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All aboard: Relive some of Kingston's fascinating, bizarre and curious stories from the 1970s and 80s this month on a unique curated bus tour. Photo: Carla Gottgens.

All aboard: Relive some of Kingston's fascinating, bizarre and curious stories from the 1970s and 80s this month on a unique curated bus tour. Photo: Carla Gottgens.

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Event takes in new music, video, sculpture and performance works at six sites around city.

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For a bus ride with a difference this month, step back in time and relive some of Kingston's fascinating, bizarre and curious stories from the 1970s and '80s represented in a big, bold public art program - Six Moments in Kingston.

The two-hour curated bus tour visits public artworks, including new music, video, sculpture and performance works at six locations around the City of Kingston.

The stories are told by Aussie actor Michael Caton in a voiceover narration.

The six moments are:

  • A celebration of Parkdale-raised and Grammy Award-winning rocker-turner-actor Rick Springfield, of Zoot and Jessie's Girl fame;
  • The mysterious disappearance of aviator Fred Valentich who flew out from Moorabbin Airport in 1978, never to be seen again;
  • The election of Moorabbin's first female councillor and mayor, Julie Cooper, in 1976;
  • VFL player Phil Carman's notorious head-butting incident of boundary umpire Graham Carberry at Moorabbin Oval, which resulted in a 20-week suspension;
  • The story of The Grange, a homestead built on the Nepean Highway in the late 1800s, controversially demolished in 1983 and replaced with the Moorabbin police station; and
  • The protest movements that mobilised Moorabbin, including the tent protest against homelessness by two teenage girls, protests for fair wages and anti-nuclear armament marches.

The project is funded by a $65,000 grant to the City of Kingston.

Selected to take part are video artist and animator Laresa Kosloff, Tal Fitzpatrick, curator and artist Spiros Panigirakis, multidisciplinary collective Field Theory, conceptual artist Steven Rhall and performance artist Shane McGrath.

Tours are on the weekends of May 19-20 and 25-26, leaving Kingston City Hall at 985 Nepean Highway. Moorabbin. Tickets $7.50-$10.

For more information and bookings, visit kingstonarts.com.au and find Six Moments in Kingston under the Public Programs tab.

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