The Peninsula Summer Music Festival is back for the eight year running featuring 75 artists in 14 intimate events, never failing to entertain and delight culture seekers, music lovers, holiday makers, friends and families of all ages.

From the fiery opening at the immensely popular Hair Of the Dog event on January 1 to the stunning finale on the lawn of St Johns Flinders on January 11, world-class music is played against the most beautiful backdrops Mornington has to offer with beaches, wineries and restaurants all providing inspiration and summery delight.

Performing some delights of her own at the festival is trail-blazing diva Meow Meow with her unique brand of ‘kamikaze cabaret’. On January 3 at 7pm the Peninsula Community Theatre will witness what has been described as a cabaret diva of the highest order that has hypnotised, inspired and terrified audiences globally. The spectacular crowd-surfing queen of song drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century in a show that is sure to be exciting.

Too scary? OK. With the many musical genre gems on show, there is something for everyone. From fiery Flamenco guitar and Italian masters to Australian and local Peninsula talent, there is no shortage of choice. Peninsula born Liane Keegan is set for a triumphant homecoming with a Festival exclusive performance of Shelley’s poem The Sunset. Respighi’s evocative string quartet composition, explores the themes of love, death, longing and passing of time in this unique show.

Italian classical guitarist Massimo Scattolin presents a nature-inspired program in the stunning surrounds of Hummingbird Eco Retreat on Sunday January 10 in another unique performance for a festival that includes so much. The Innovators imaginative recital of two versatile musical collaborators at the Port Philip Estate, Latitude 37 with their exotic music of the Ottoman Empire in Through the Sublime Porte at the Moorooduc Estate and the exquisite violin playing, storytelling, illustration of Play me a Story…The Nutcracker, are just a handful of the amazing acts on show.

Give your fun-loving, cultural side a workout and try out some of these shows at the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, January 1-11. More info go to www.peninsulafestival.com.au.

SIMON BURKE

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