2018 Program

Friday 2 March

Open Afternoon at Kew Traffic School

3:00pm – 6:00pm FREE
Cnr Cotham & Grange Roads, Kew
Children can learn the rules of the road. BYO bicycles, scooters and safety helmets. Adult supervision is a must! There will also be face painting, an animal farm and a jumping castle.
More info: 9278 4768 Bookings essential.

Opening of Rotary Kew Eco Trends Charity Shop

9:00am – 5:00pm FREE
650 High Street, Kew East
Refreshments Provided

Opening at Kew Court House by Kew Historical Society

“Traders of Kew”
6:00pm – 6:45pm FREE (Opening night, Invited guests)
6:45pm – 9:00pm FREE (public opening)
Thereafter each Friday and Saturday 11.00am to 1.00pm. Kew Library – Library opening hours.

Level 1, Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew & Kew Library
A special exhibition focussing on the history of trading in Kew and Kew East – with historic photographs, advertisements and objects. It will also showcase some local traders that have been operating for decades. And don’t miss seeing an original ‘Kew Flyer’, a bicycle manufactured in Kew in the 1920s.

Contact information: info@kewhistoricalsociety.org.au

No booking required.

QArt Exhibition Open Evening

6:00pm – 9:00pm FREE
Foyer, 188 High Street, Kew
An exhibition from QArt which will runs until 17 March.
More info: www.qart.endeavour.com.au

20 Minute production of “Trial by Jury” by the Savoy Opera Company

7:45pm – 8:15pm
Just Theatre, Kew Court House
188 High Street, Kew
Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury” performed by Savoy Opera Company   Just Theatre, Kew Court House.

Tickets at the door. $5.00- $10.00 donation welcomed.

Kew Junction Business Association presents “A Taste of Kew”.
6:00pm – 9:00pm FREECome and taste free samples of the vast array of foods available from restaurants, cafés and fresh food outlets located in Kew Junction. A Taste of Kew is a free event that will take place in Kew Junction on the opening night of the Kew Festival, Friday 2nd March, from 6 – 9 pm. Festival-goers have the opportunity to sample savoury finger food, sweet delights and fresh produce supplied by twelve Kew Junction traders along High Street and Cotham Road.There will also be on-street entertainment from upcoming Melbourne musicians and food-inspired 3D chalk art – perfect for the ultimate selfie.

The event will continue until March 18 in support of the KEW Festival.

Free food samples brought to you by:

Saturday 3 March


10:30am for an 4:00pm start.

142 Normanby Road, East Kew

A day of mindfulness, meditation & music. Speakers will provoke reflection, activities will offer time out and music will transport. Proceedings will close with three ancient faiths joining together to present a magnificent musical meditation. Lunch Included.

Full Program: www.eastkew.unitingchurch.org.au

Sunday 4 March

Boroondara Symphonic Band Concert
2:30pm FREE
Holy Trinity Church, Cnr High Street & Pakington Street, Kew
Take a trip around the world with the Boroondara Symphonic Band from New York to Chicago, London to the Caribbean and back home to Ballarat!The band led by Joshua Geddes will perform music from a range of Australian composers, featuring well known Australian melodies, original music for winds, and some odd surprises
Their first concert for 2018 will brighten up your autumn weekend!
Villa Alba Museum Open Day
1:00pm – 4:00pm (Tours of the historic Garden 1.15, 2.15, 3.15 pm)
44 Walmer St, Kew
Entry: $10 Concession: $8 Under 18 FREE
Explore this homestead, an important example of period decoration. This heritage listed property features exquisite 40ft murals of Sydney Harbour and Edinburgh.
No stiletto shoes allowed.
Annual Lecture, “Inside the Australia/Israel relationship from WW1, John Monash to the present day.”


Leo Baeck Centre 313-37 Harp Rd Kew East

Subtitle: “Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Israel’s nationhood and 100 years since the end of WWI”.

Speaker: Elisabeth Holdsworth, former intelligence officer, Psychologist, essayist, novelist. Winner of the inaugural Calibre Award. Raft Fellow 2017. Author of If This is a Jew and LBC member.

Monday 5 March

Chocolate Appreciation Night at Xocolatl

 6:30pm $10pp

11 Strathalbyn Street, Kew East

Indulge in and learn how to differentiate and appreciate the various types of fine chocolate.

All participants will receive a free goodies bag.

Bookings essential: 9857 0971

Tuesday 6 March

Israeli Dancing Circle

9:30am – 11:30am

Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism. 31-37 Harp Road, East Kew

9.30am class (beginners)

10.30am class (intermediate)

$9 donation.

No partner required.

Enquiries: 9819 7160

Wednesday 7 March

Melbourne Chorus Open Rehearsal
7:00pm – 9.00 pm FREE
East Kew Primary School

Bookings and enquiries: Jo josenat@optusnet.com.au or Ros rcathro@bigpond.com

Chocolate Appreciation Night at Xocolatl
 6:30pm $10pp
11 Strathalbyn Street, Kew East
Indulge in and learn how to differentiate and appreciate the various types of fine chocolate.
All participants will receive a free goodies bag.
Bookings essential: 9857 0971

Thursday 8 March

Choral Concert

Sacred Heart Church, Cnr Cotham & Glenferrie Road, Kew

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Sacred Heart Church, Cnr Cotham & Glenferrie Road, Kew

Donation ($10) appreciated.

Enjoy an evening of singing from a number of Boroondara – based choirs. The evening will culminate with massed singing of a popular song.

Saturday 10 March

A Teddy Bears Picnic

2.00pm – 4.00pm

16 Highbury Grove, (Newnham Hall)

$5 admission fee

Activities include:

  • teddy bear parade
  • story time
  • dancing
  • craft
  • face painting

Suitable for ages 2 – 7years

BYO: Favourite Teddy Bear & afternoon tea
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/TFEK or www.trybooking.com/337438

Sunday 11 March


Sackville Street Precinct Walking Tour

10am and 2.00pm FREE

Felicity Renowden and Robert Baker will lead these guided walks which will allow participants to view and hear about the history of the Sackville Street precinct – an area containing many of the grandest and most picturesque houses and gardens of Kew.

Bookings essential: 9489 7815


Meeting arrangements will be advised on booking.

Yarra River Walk with Andrew Kelly
10:00am FREE Meet at: Studley Park Boathouse, off Boathouse Road, Kew. (Parking: In adjacent carpark or on the Yarra Bvd. Melway 44 H4.)
Take a walk around Studley Park and hear the stories of the river, its rich history and learn about its complex ecology. Approximately two hours with some unsealed and steep surfaces. Not suitable for strollers or dogs.
Enquiries: 0434 892 772

Monday 12 March

Evensong with the Kew Philharmonic Chamber Choir (with
works by Byrd and Tallis

5:00pm – 6.30pm FREE

Holy Trinity Church, 251 High Street, Kew

With works by Byrd (1543-1623) and Tallis (1505-85).

Tuesday 13 March

KEWmunity Lunch

12:00pm – 3pm FREE

Trinity Grammar School, Cnr Charles Street & Cotham Road, Kew

Lunch raffle; $2 tickets or 3 tickets for $5

Lunch prepared & served by Trinity College & Ruyton College students.

Bookings essential: 0430 164 899

Wednesday 14 March


A tour of the Cemetery “Best of the Best”
10:00am FREE

Meet at the gates; cnr of High St and Parkhill Rd
Enjoy the wonderful reinstatement of the cemetery thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers.
Bookings essential: 0417 278 950

Girl Guides Marshmallow Toasting
6.30-7.30pm for girls 5-7 years FREE

St. Hilary’s Church hall, cnr John and Rowlands Streets Kew.
Come and enjoy playing games, making new friends and toasting marshmallows.
RSVP Lauren on lauren_kew_guides@hotmail.com

The 2018 McIntyre Lecture
7:30pm for an 8pm start – 9:30pm start
Just Theatre, Kew Courthouse, I88 High Street, Kew
$20. No concession.
Professor Andrew J. May of the University of Melbourne will present ‘Melbourne Street Life: The Itinerary of our Days’ – an invitation to walk the streets of the everyday past and see the urban landscape with new eyes.  He will discuss the growth and transformation of a great Australian city and the democratic right to public space.

Bookings essential: 9278 4770 or boroondara.vic.gov.au/events



Thursday 15 March

3WBC Radio Interview


Kew Community Festival has an interview slot with the radio station, to promote this years’ program and the uniqueness of the Kew Festival in the way in which it brings all aspects of the local community together over a two-and-a-half-week period.

Saturday 17 March

Highbury Common Makers Market


16 Highbury Grove, Kew

Beautiful handmade items. Includes live music, kids’ activities, food stalls, and barista coffee.

Kew Croquet Club Open Day

1.00 -4.00pm

500 High Street, Kew

Come and try your hand at croquet. It’s easy to learn and fun to play. All equipment provided. Flat shoes essential.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
6:00am – 5:00pmThe Bean Thief , 773 High Street, East Kew
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at The Bean Thief with a special Irish menu and a Guinness.
Leo Baeck Civic Service
10.00am – 12pm FREE31-37 Harp Road, East Kew
Experience progressive Judaism worship in a friendly environment. Questions welcomed after the service
Enquiries: 9819 1760

Green Glam Kewmunity Festival

3.00pm – 9.00pm FREE

Victoria Park. Cnr High St. and Adeney Ave. Kew

Come and join us for:

  • Food stalls representing Melbourne’s cultural diversity
  • Local stores and community organisations
  • Discover the Animals of Oz
  • Learn to climb on a scout climbing wall
  • Amazing rides to keep both the kids and the adults entertained
  • German Shepherd Dog display
  • Viking historical display and mock battle
  • “The last letter” – An engaging art display, part installation art, part circus performance
  • Kids disco
  • Kew’s well known Anthea’s Rubies, and other local bands will perform live music
  • Learn more about the life of a successful illustrator, Judy Horacek of “Where Is The Green Sheep?”
  • Night ends with fireworks – CANCELLED DUE TO TOTAL FIRE BAN

Sunday 18 March

Inter-Faith Ecumenical Gathering
2:30pm FREE
Carmelite Monastery, 94 Stevenson Street, Kew
Religious Service including choirs and musicians, inviting local churches and synagogues, followed by afternoon tea in the monastery gardens.

Bookings: 9853 2402

North Kew Tennis Club Open Day
12:30pm – 4:30pm FREE
177 – 179 Willsmere Road, Kew
All welcome to play at open day. Coaching clinics. New members invited.

More info: www.nktc.org.au