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Fabulous Forties

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Fabulous Forties_16-9_V1.jpgKingston Arts invites you to step back in time and immerse yourself in the romance of the 1940s: an iconic era of sophistication and charm.
With diverse events ranging from the heartwarming Australian musical The Sunshine Club, to classic tunes, swing dancing, and vintage cocktails, we invite you to celebrate the enduring legacy of this remarkable period. 


A celebration of the music, fashion, and spirit of one of the most memorable decades in history, join us for an unforgettable experience that will transport you back to the golden age of swing and sophistication. 

Swing dance class

with Swing Patrol

Whether you're looking to learn the basics, impress on the dance floor, or simply have a blast with friends, our Swing Dancing Class promises to be a fun and engaging evening. Channel the spirit of 1940s fashion to be in the running for some great prizes, snap a memorable pic at our photo booth, or just grab your dancing shoes for an unforgettable journey through the swing era.

No experience required - friendly instructors from Swing Patrol will guide you through the steps. 

Times: Thursday 13 June, 7pm – 8pm

Swing Dance Class $15 + Booking fee additional

Swing Dance Class + Jack Earle Big Band $25 + Booking fee additional

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 Swing Patrol Class. Photography by Kelly Hulme 

Jack earle big band

Practice your dance moves, or sit back, and relax, and enjoy classic tunes from the height of the big band era. With a reputation as one of Melbourne's hottest large ensembles, the 17-piece Jack Earle Big Band will get the joint jumping with music from the likes of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey and more. 

Times: Thursday 13 June, 8pm – 9pm 

Jack Earle Big Band $15 + Booking fee additional

Swing Dance Class + Jack Earle Big Band $25 + Booking fee additional

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Jack Earle Big Band

vintage cocktail masterclass

with Liquid Infusions

Get a taste for the elegance of 1940s nightlife with our exclusive cocktail masterclass. Learn how to craft old favourites such as Old Fashioneds, Martinis, and Daiquiris, under the guidance of expert mixologists from Liquid Infusions. Discover the art of crafting your own signature drinks, and immerse yourself in the world of cocktail creation as you are guided through the intricate steps of shaking, muddling, and blending, ensuring every sip is an unforgettable experience. The highlight? Savouring the fruits of your labour.

Join us for an unforgettable journey into the world of cocktails, where every pour tells a story and every sip is a celebration. Strictly 18+ event. 

Times: Friday 14 June, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

$80 + Booking fee additional (drinks included)

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Liquid Infusion

The Sunshine club

Set in 1946, the joyful and acclaimed musical The Sunshine Club tells the story of Aboriginal soldier Frank Doyle, who returns home to Brisbane after serving in WW2, to find that, while the world may have changed, the same attitudes and prejudices still exist at home. 

Times: Saturday 15 June, 8pm

$45 Full Price | $40 Concession and groups of 4+ | Booking fee additional

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The Sunshine Club. Photography by Paul Dodd

Orlando combo

with the Orlando Combo Quartet

Before immersing yourself in The Sunshine Club, grab a drink from our lounge bar and enjoy the sounds of the era with a FREE jazz performance by the Orlando Combo quartet. 

Times: Saturday 15 June, 7pm – 8pm

FREE with ticket to The Sunshine Club. Separate booking not required

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Orlando Combo Jazz Band


Moviehouse offers a diverse selection of cinematic wonders from bygone eras, with an annual membership of just $25. On 17 June, enjoy the 1947 film noir classic Dark Passage, in which a man convicted of murder escapes from prison and tries to prove his innocence with the help of a sympathetic artist. 

Times: Monday 17 June, join us for a cuppa at 10am before the film.  Film commences at 10.30am sharp, running time is 106 minutes.

Annual membership $25 - Please call our Box Office on 9556 4440 for more information and to book your ticket.

 Dark Passage. Image source Turner Classic Movies

Morning Melodies: It's De-Lovely - A Celebration of Cole Porter

It's De-Lovely - A Celebration of Cole Porter brings together some of Porter's greatest hits from Broadway and Hollywood's most popular musicals in this elegant, jazzy production. Starring International cabaret performer and jazz singer Belinda Hanne-Reid along with a special guest artist, and accompanied by Mark Bradley on piano. It's De-Lovely features songs like Let's Do It Let's Fall In Love, I Get A Kick Out of You, Night and Day, Begin the Beguine, I've Got You Under My Skin, You're The Top, True Love and many more. 

Times: Tuesday 18 June, 11.00am with Morning Tea and Wurlitzer Organ performance from 10.30am

$15 + Booking fee additional (includes complimentary morning tea)

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Belinda Hanne-Reid and Tim Carney for It's De-Lovely - A Celebration of Cole Porter



13 – 18 June 2024


Kingston City Hall, Moorabbin

979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin




$15–80 | Booking fee additional

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