Mapleton Community Hall

Mapleton Community Hall

Mapleton Hall upper view

Mapleton Community Hall
PO Box 39, Mapleton, Qld 4560
31 Obi Obi Road, Mapleton
phone: (07) 5445 7253

The Mapleton Hall is held in a private Trust – The Mapleton Hall & Sportsground Trust – and has served the community of Mapleton and surrounds for a century, having been built in 1916.

The Hall and Sportsground is one of the area’s historic jewels, and has a long heritage of comings and goings – dances, sports events, classes, meetings, group activities and special events – making it a large part of community life in the small mountain top village of Mapleton.

Having undergone restructuring in July, 2016, the Hall Trustees are looking forward to a resurgence of local re-engagement, and seek to continue in their aim, as stated in the Trust Deed itself, to maintain the Hall and Sportsground for the use of the Mapleton and district community.

Whether you are attending an organised event, or seeking a venue for your own occasion, The Mapleton Hall & Sportsground welcomes you to this very special facility.

The Hall is home to a variety of local groups, amongst them Arts, Crafts, Church Services, Sports and Social groups, who regularly hire the Hall and Grounds.  Of special interest is our Community Suppers and Live Music Events.

The Mapleton Returned Services League holds a lease on the Cottage, which sits alongside the Hall, and the Mapleton Tennis Club call the newly refurbished tennis courts home.


Dances in the past

The Hall and its environs is wonderfully preserved and provides a link to Mapleton’s past for all residents. It is also the perfect venue for all sorts of events including Weddings, and offers a step back in time to a gentler and nostalgic past.

The Hall Trustees are keen to welcome the public to the Hall to take advantage of the well appointed facility, and are grateful to all those who contribute to the maintenance and upkeep, as well as the financial viability of the property.

Festival event: 5th August 2017,   9am – 2pm

Retro Fantastic

cost: free

Horseless carriages

Retro Fantastic will celebrate everything ‘1967’ marking the 50th year since the naming of the Sunshine Coast. There will be a Vintage Suitcase Rummage, 60s Fashion Parade, Rock’n’Roll Dance displays, a drive-up of Veteran cars and historical and community group displays. There will be a mix of live music, and we will be spinning some LPs from the 60s. Join in he fantastic activities from kite-making, and a 1960s craft table, to egg and spoon, three-legged, and sack races.

Themed dress will be encouraged on the day with a prize for ‘Best Dressed’. Live entertainment along with suitably 1967 foods will include Spiders, Home Made Lemonade and Ginger Beer, Devonshire Teas and Milkshakes. Market stalls will offer old fashioned fair favourites, including bric-a-brac, books, cakes, sweets and lucky dips, and heirloom produce. The tennis courts will be open for free games for over 18 year olds (bring along your old wooden rackets, and wear your whites to get into the theme!


Festival event: Saturday, 5th August 2017,   7pm

Live Music Locally, MZAZA and Vardos

cost: $30 ($25 concession)


With a fascination for making something new from the old, Mzaza’s writers and musicians skilfully create their own set of traditions from a tapestry of richly woven influences from France, the Balkans, the Middle East and Sephardic Spain.

Driven by her French and Spanish Sephardic roots, front woman Pauline Maudy sings in French, Spanish, Ladino, English and Turkish. She is an enchanting stage leader who delivers powerful and inspired performances.

The impressive musicianship of Mzaza – deftly realised with accordion, violin, percussion, double bass and Flamenco guitar – embraces diversity, the old and the new, the familiar and the foreign, through timeless melodies. It is the timelessness of the music and story that fuels an intense live show, an unforgettable musical journey, that has enraptured audiences at MONA FOMA, Queensland Music Festival, Cygnet, National and Woodford Folk Festivals, and visited airwaves internationally. Jaw-dropping technique, unique compositions and captivating shows have earned Mzaza supports for the likes of Yasmin Levy (Israel) and DJ Click (France).

The group’s 2011 album Journey Over Skin celebrated Mzaza’s collaboration with acclaimed flamenco guitarist Andrew Veivers. The tracks Le Temps qui Passe and Les Fleurs Qui Fanent were highly commended in the Queensland Music Awards 2011.

In 2015 Mzaza return with a third release, an award-nominated album titled Ghosts. A mix of originals and reworked traditional pieces heavily influenced by vocalist Pauline Maudy’s French/ Sephardic background and percussionist Jordan Stamos’ Greek/Turkish heritage, Skilfully creating their own voice, with much of the original material in French or English and inspired by Balkan music, Ghosts delves into stories of Mzaza’s ancestors, and their migratory pasts.

The band’s accomplished multi-instrumentalists play violin, kamanche tarhu (a spikefiddle of Persian ancestry), guitar, double bass, accordion, darabuka (Turkish hand percussion), cajon, tapan and bendir (frame drum).

Members of Mzaza have studied with Spanish, Middle-Eastern and Balkan music masters in Australia, Greece, Turkey and Iran.

MZAZA have been a real revelation … They are just amazing!- SBS Radio

MZAZA take the listener on a colourful international tour… it is easy to see why the band has achieved airplay on ABC Classic, Radio National, Triple J, SBS and Qantas. – Trad and Now

These are serious musicians, and the blend of elements in their songs generate intricacies to which each of them must rigorously commit. Yet there are no pretensions in their manner, no studied pseudo-mystical facades. MZAZA is a band comprised not only of skilled instrumentalists but of consummate and generous performers, who truly relish a direct and celebratory connection with their audience. – Weekend Notes

Held together by their coherent arrangements and energetic playing, MZAZA have crafted a joyous and diverse listening experience. – 4ZZZ


Driven by Alana’s wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma (Gypsy) musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe. They have been serenading audiences around the world since late last century.

Vardos have toured to every state in Australia; festivals include the National, Port Fairy, Illawarra, Cobargo and Fairbridge Folk Festivals, the Queenscliff Music Festival, the Alice Desert Festival, Dark MoFo Festival in Hobart and the Melbourne Festival where they launched the CD ‘Entertaining Countess Dracula’ to a sell-out crowd at the Famous Spiegeltent. They have also performed at the Falls Festival in Marion Bay, Tasmania and Lorne, Victoria and Harvest Festival, Victoria.

In Melbourne they have supported ‘Besh o Drom’ and ‘Antal Szalai Gypsy Band’ (both from Hungary), ‘Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club’ at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne and the ‘Gipsy Kings’ at the Palais, St Kilda.

Television appearances in Australia include cameos on ‘Spicks and Specks’, ABC TV, ‘The Footy Show’, Channel 9, and Seachange (Series 3) ABC TV . They also feature in Ruth Cullen’s documentary on artist Vali Myers, ‘Painted Lady’. (see Films)

Vardos have toured internationally to New Zealand, Noumea in New Caledonia, Geneva in Switzerland and around Hungary, have showcased in the United States, and had successful shows at the Famous Spiegeltent in the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival Spiegeltent. Vardos were nominated for the 2003 BBC Radio3 World Music Awards (Audience Award) and returned to Edinburgh in 2004 where they received a 4 star review.

VARDOS performed in 2010 at the West meets East Roma and Traveller Festival (London), Museum of the Bohemian (Amsterdam), Szent Ivan FolkFest (Hungary) and bars in Berlin.

In 2015 Vardos returned to perform in Sopron, Hungary, then played across southern France, from Marseille to Carcassonne, including a residency at Hôtel Sainte Valière.

The two most recent Vardos CD’s have been finalists for the Golden Fiddle Awards.

Violinist Alana Hunt is the live wire in chief, encouraging the audience to clap along – but in and at the right time please – by appearing menacingly at their tables, and regaling them with unlikely tales of drunken clocks, broken curfews and short-sighted shepherds” (Rob Adams, Edinburgh)

Alana formed the band in 1993 in Perth, where Vardos worked professionally for five years, appearing in many festivals including the Fremantle Festival and the Festival of Perth; during this time Alana also made two trips to Hungary to study Hungarian folk music with Beáta Salamon (Méta folk music band) and gypsy music with Miklós Kónya. Sofia and Alana have made five trips to Eastern Europe together since 1999. (see Travels in Hungary and Romania)

Sofia Chapman trained as a classical pianist until discovering and running away with the piano accordion, joining Vardos in 1998. It has been said that she “could play Shakespeare’s complete works with her eyebrows” (The Herald, Edinburgh).

Sofia has performed at WOMAD Festival in Adelaide and Reading with Xenos, and has been a guest musician on CD’s of Zulya Kamalova and Barb Dwyer. She is also a composer and playwright, winning the Melbourne Fringe ‘Best Emerging Writer’ award for her epic The Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse in 2012.

Kirri Büchler is a multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, composer and sound artist who has performed in various ensembles in Melbourne and around Australia and has studied internationally. She has played and improvised music for Sanctum Theatre and Roundangle and has collaborated with Sofia as a sound artist and actor on her plays The Anorexic Chef and The Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse, the short film The Albino Bride and the band ‘The Kurts’.


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