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La Mamica

La Mamica is our artist-driven programs that extend beyond theatre, across art-forms and into other realms of performance. A sisterhood of quarterly events that showcases Music, Poetry, Film and Cabaret artists.


La Mama Musica

La Mama Musica is one of Melbourne’s longest running music nights, in operation since 1969. It is a curated concert series showcasing creative music, improvising musicians and sound-artists. The intimate settings and fabulous acoustics of La Mama’s two historic theatres allows fine musicians to perform in a very special environment, amidst the set of the current theatre production – so improvisation and flexibility of presentation is also part of our process. Musica encourages unusual collaborations, provides a vital space for creative risk-taking and supports the development of new work – giving each event a special air of excitement for artists and audience alike. From 2022 – 2025 we hope to develop a partnership with Melbourne Music Week to connect, bring in new audiences and highlight and extend the program.

Curator: Gemma Horbury

When: Monday nights four times a year.

Book of Wanderings July 2021

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La Mama Poetica

La Mama presented poetry for the first time in 1967 with Glen Tomesetti and Kris Hemensley. Following these wonderful events, Mal Morgan began to organise La Mama Poetica nights which took place every five weeks. Now curated by Amanda Anastasi, La Mama Poetica remains a night of some of the best spoken-word and poetry that Melbourne has to offer, with a diverse selection of both emerging and established poets. From 2022 – 2025 we intend to develop a partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival/Emerging Writers Festival to connect, bring in new audiences and highlight and extend the program.

Curator: Amanda Anastasi

When: Tuesday nights four times a year.

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La Mama Cabaretica

La Mama Cabaretica provides a vivid celebration of the cabaret scene in Melbourne. Cabaretica is a quarterly, late-night performance at La Mama Courthouse, on selected Fridays, after the programmed show – beginning around 10pm. Three performers/acts will be invited by curators Isabel Knight & Susan Bamford Caleo, to feature in sets around 30 mins each: one will be the Conferencier/MC; one will perform before interval and the other after interval. Cabaretica offers an opportunity for established and emerging cabaret performers, and fans of cabaret, to come together to expand, explore and explode this bold and dynamic artform.

Curators: Isabel Knight

When: Friday nights four times a year.

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