Lilydale Voices

ECLC is proud to present a brand new Community initiative called Lilydale Voices.

Lilydale Voices aims to engage community within Lilydale and surrounds in a series of events to promote community connectedness and resilience.

Strong and positive social connections with family, friends and local community play a pivotal role in an individual’s feelings of mental wellbeing, and have been identified as protective factors against conditions such as anxiety and depression.

We know that story-telling can be beneficial in facilitating social connection. This locally led project will bring story-telling to the Lilydale community through fun and interactive moments that bring enjoyment and connection for participants.

Story-telling is a traditional social practice that can happen in many different ways.  This project will explore various artistic mediums to provide opportunities for story-telling including letter-writing, drawing, poetry, music, reading and the performing arts.


Event 1: ‘Heart: Finding Home’ – Letter Writing Activity

Click here to expand the event flyer: Lilydale Voices Flyer (A4) – Heart Finding home

Lilydale Voices aims to engage community within Lilydale and surrounds in a series of five exciting events. The first event, ‘Heart: Finding Home’ – is an interactive letter writing activity that invites people to share what home means to them.

Running alongside Toshi Singh’s exhibition ‘The Everyday’ at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, this is a live, collaborative, community art project that will run from 13th September to 3rd December 2023. ECLC invites you to be a part of this collaborative art exhibit.

The museum is open 12pm – 4pm everyday except Monday & Tuesday.
For more information, visit or call (03) 9294 6511

Event 2: ‘Storytime at the Athenaeum’

Expand the event flyer by clicking here: Lilydale Voices Story Time Flyer (April)

A celebration of storytelling & diverse community voices, this program of fun, colourful & inclusive stories, songs & music will entertain the whole family.

Thursday, April 11th 2024
11:30 am – 1:00pm
Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre
39-41 Castella Street, Lilydale
This is a free event, but bookings are essential.
Click here to book


Hosted by Alisa Tanaka-King

Alisa Tanaka-King is a Japanese-Australian artist, whose practice focuses on sustainability, community and the handmade. Her arts practice is an experimental exploration combining visual art, performance, storytelling and food.

Alisa also explores the links between art and mental health and wellbeing, examining the important influence of creativity on the human brain. She ahs worked for over a decade teaching art classes and workshops, as well as designing and delivering creative mental health services.

Alisa focuses on engaging communities who don’t always have access to art, or experience working on creative projects.

Music and Storytelling with Ash Dargan

Ash Dargan is a Larrakia artist, cultural educator and storyteller from Darwin in the Top End and one of Australia’s premier performers and recording artists on the Didgeridoo. His lyrical craft of storytelling and live musical performance has been described as capturing the rhythmic soul of the Australian landscape whilst reflecting a deep connection and reverence for Aboriginal culture.

Inclusive Storytime and musical performance with Brenda Bressed

Brenda Bressed is a queen with a voice, the Bressed in the Business! You may recognise her from season 12 of The Voice Australia!

The event will finish with snacks and drinks.

Stay tuned for a range of exciting, interactive community events including a Storytime Event, Treasure Hunt, Recipe Sharing and Dining event. There are 5 events in total.

Project Activities will take place between September 2023 – July 2024 and will be centred in Lilydale.

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Lilydale Voices is funded by the Victorian State Government and proudly supported by the Lilydale Suburban Revitalisation Board. Lilydale Voices is a partnership between Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC), Anchor, Inspiro, Migrant Information Centre, Oonah Health & Community Services Aboriginal Corporation, Yarra Ranges Council and Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.


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