The Mara! Big Band project is the brainchild and long held dream of Mara Kiek, to create a bigger version of her ground-breaking Mara! band, featuring the cream of Australia’s jazz and world music illuminati.

With support from CreateNSW, Mara commissioned 5 composers to create an original suite of music for the new Mara! Big Band ensemble, setting poetry by Australian migrant and refugee poets, with stories of displacement, hope, longing, despair and resignation in search for a dream - a new life in the ‘lucky country’.

To the Mara! band’s all-star line-up - Sandy Evans, Paul Cutlan, Lloyd Swanton, Llew Kiek and Mara Kiek – are added Andrew Robson, James Greening, Sam Golding, Gary Daley, Tunji Beier and singers Silvia Entcheva and Jarnie Birmingham.

For over 3 decades the Mara! Quintet has evolved a new genre of contemporary Australian music, exploring the intersection between jazz and world music. Their creative work has been recognised with two ARIA awards and two final ARIA nominations, and has taken them across the globe on more than 30 international tours.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald's recent review of Mara! Big Band's Zashto? World Premiere here. 

Photography by Grant Leslie

"A triumph and a treat"
— Jessie Cunniffe, Sydney Morning Herald - March 2022
"...Many tongues, one heart... you'll be cheating yourself if you miss them..."
— London Observer
"The Dom Perignon of Australia's world music bands"
— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

About Live at the Village Music Festival

Live at the Village and Blue Mountains Theatre present an all-day Festival of music from some of Australia’s most evocative and contemporary artists in concert. Catch world-class performances in fusion, jazz, world and folk music: a whole day of vibrant, stunning performances - live and local. 

If you are keen to attend 3 or more concerts, a discounted bundle ticket price is available - CLICK HERE.


Event and ticketing details


Wheelchair Access
Assistive listening Assistive Listening

Dates & Times

Performance SAT 27 AUGUST 2022 - 4:00PM
Duration 60 mins


All tickets $38.50
Earlybird tickets Earlybird price (15% off) is available until 30 April
Bundle - 3 or more concerts Book 3 or more concerts from the festival program in one transaction and receive 15% off
Festival ticketing info Tickets are sold separately for each festival concert, so you can choose to attend one, or as many concerts as you like from the program.
Booking fee $3.50 - A one-off booking fee applies per transaction. This is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.


Blue Mountains Theatre

106 Macquarie Road

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