Ana the puppet will travel around the Macedon Ranges with her group during May.

TWO creative events have been organised in the Macedon Ranges in May, with the intention of encouraging people out into the fresh air and appreciating art and performance.

Organised by Macedon Ranges Shire Council arts and culture team, the events will incude a puppet show and a mini street art festival, which will travel around the shire, bringing interactive entertainment to different towns for all ages.

Council director of community Maria Weiss said the activities would provide an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work and for the community to connect with other people.

“Isolation has been a major issue for many community members over the last couple of years so having opportunities to get out and connect with other people in the community is extremely important,” she said.

“Combining that with a feel-good activity such as art and creative activities brings so many positive benefits to all.”

‘Ana’s Big Adventure!’ will see Ana the puppet and her group travel from town to town, learning about different animals and the environment while linking a story that travels between each of the locations. The group will be accompanied by musicians playing the violin and harp.

The performances are free and children are encouraged to interact and play with the puppets after each performance.

Two shows will be on each Saturday during May, beginning at 10am on April 30 at the Macedon Farmers Market and then 2pm at Mount Macedon CWA Hall.

The other shows are: May 7, 10am at Malmsbury Botanical Garden and 2pm at Woodend Children’s Park; May 14, 10am at Romsey Lions Park Children’s Playground and 2pm at Lancefield Reserve Children’s Playground; May 21, 10am at Riddells Creek Lions Park and 2pm at Gisborne Adventure Playground.

As part of Art in Public Spaces, the ‘Augmented Mural Trail’ will guide people through nine towns to discover a mini street art festival, featuring the work of six street artists and three Macedon Ranges artists on nine different walls across the shire.

Each piece of artwork will be animated and will come to life by scanning its associated QR code. For mural locations and updates, follow www.facebook.com/MacedonRangesArtsCulture

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