The Very Good Looking Initiative - The Function

Melbourne holds a wealth of different personalities within each of its regions and a strong example of this is the Dandenong Ranges’ own HillsceneLIVE festival on from today to Sunday.

Featuring 17 works and roughly 30 artists, this live art festival comprises of a range of performance, workshop and professional development opportunities, supporting emerging and experimental artists through the three-day festival.

Festival Co-director Justine Walsh says this year is due to be better than ever. “This year we are in a new venue and environmental space, an actual nature reserve and have organised for the build of a woodfire oven on-site which will be launched at the feast.”

Selection of 2017 Artists

Justine says the itinerary of the three days will include activities such as Poetry workshops, eco-walks and planting, performance and interactive performances and the much awaited hillsceneFEAST.

The hillsceneFEAST is a community inclusion project for up to 100 local residents, providing a free dinner and keynote presentation with access to the festival’s activities. Having organised for the building of the earth oven at the location (Birdsland Reserve) everyone who attends will be invited to share with the woodfired oven pizza on the Saturday night.

Selection of Past Artists

HillsceneLIVE was established in 2014 when hillscene magazine was looking at ways of supporting the live arts practice in the Dandenong Ranges. By 2014, the first of these annual events, growing significantly in the last few years.


Dates: 10th - 12th November 2017

Location: Dandenong Ranges (To grab a shuttle to the event, please email: hello@hilscenelive.com)

Tickets for the hillsceneLIVE are available here.

To RSVP for the FEAST, check here.

hillsceneLIVE Website