The Coolroom

Duration: 2021


The Northern Arts Hotel is a wonderful place to gather for workshops, events, and film screenings and is developing a growing reputation for its Coolroom program of regular music, spoken word, and film events.  Read on for more information and/or send us your email to join our mailing list here.

The Coolroom at the Northern Arts Hotel is a place for jazz and other event-based performances in a quiet room atmosphere. It’s also a place for friends and strangers to come together to share a secret film screening.
There’s the LOW BAR, where drinks are at 1990s prices.
There are also random other events which take our fancy.
We hope you’ll join us in the relaxed, convivial atmosphere.

Find our events on the Coolroom Facebook here

Events (subject to restrictions)

Watch a Flick with John Flaus
Ten ‘intrinsically worthy, idiosyncratically engaging’ films over ten weeks.
Each Sunday at 2.30pm commencing Sunday 5 September (tbc).
Ten films in ten weeks. All shown free.
Bookings and Details:  here
Films selected by Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Humphrey Jennings, Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, Satyajit Ray, Stanley Donen, Yasujirō Ozu, Jacques Demy. Films to be shown each week will be chosen on the day.

Saturday 18 September at 7pm
BrazJaz TRIO at the Coolroom
More info and tickets: here

SECRET FILM – every Sunday night from 7.30pm

Calling all film buffs.
Secret (surprise) films will screen every Sunday night from 7.30pm,
Presented by a revolving plethora of local identities, you never know what gem will be screened.
Free admission. All welcome. No booking necessary.
No BYO – bar available at low prices.



A new book by local resident and national treasure, John Flaus, is the latest offering by indie publisher Birdfish Books. Its title, Verba Sequentur, is a Latin phrase meaning “Know your stuff and the words will follow”. And Flaus surely does, now in his ninth decade of life with a rich and varied career in film and on stage under his belt. This is his second book of verse, revealing an impressive mastery of form and a real depth of observation of his wide world of experience.

‘Verba Sequentur’ was launched by Dr. Tom McWilliam at the Northern Arts in Castlemaine on Saturday 3rd July.

Friday 9th April – 7.00pm
Tickets $23.02 including booking fee.

60 seats only
SONGS of Transformation
The endless blue sky of Southern Italy is marked by the swift and darting flight of the swallows returning from Africa.
Thus does the songbird Kavisha return to her roots and in her journey has rediscovered old gems from the 1400 to the 1900’s.
She is also a poetic songwriter .Her contemporary songs together with these ancient songs of love, humour, laments, protest songs and death paint a strong portrait of the gutsy people who worked the land and show the rich tradition of authentic Italian Folk. Kavisha is artfully joined by veteran world musicians Nicolas Lyon on violin and double bass and Jack Norton on Bazouki and guitarra battente ,
The Aria award winning songbird Kavisha Mazzella will take you on an unforgettable transformational musical journey celebrating Life love and beauty.

Sunday 11th April – 2.00pm
Tickets $20.00 / $15.00 concession

A delightful afternoon of meaningful music and song from Rose and Carl.

Rose Turtle Ertler is a musician, composer and community arts facilitator. She plays a range of instruments including ukulele, banjo, piano, electric guitar and is inspired by everything from string quartets to nude distorted noise artists.

She has performed extensively over the last 30 years, often touring solo, other times in numerous collaborations.

Rose is a member of the Black Orchid Stringband a group of people from the Australian West Papuan community who use music to share stories of their culture and struggle for independence.

After 31 years gallivanting on the mainland, Rose relocated back to Tasmania a couple of years ago. Her most recent project is an all women/girls onslaught of 22 electric guitar/bass players called ‘Mapatazi’ who play only their own original material. The band’s world premiere gigs were in March 2021 as part of Ten Days on the Island.

Rose is currently planning a series of solo piano/vocal gigs in Tassie and on the mainland.

Carl Pannuzzo, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, autodidact, songwriter and educator, 30+ years in demand nationally and internationally, performing/recording with many artists and projects as varied as Bob Sedergreen, Opera Australia, Shane Howard, Mia Dyson, Stephen Magnusson, Punctum Live Arts, Sydney Children’s Festival, Kavisha Mazzella, Cirque du Soleil, Tripod and Music Outback.

As a creator, interpreter and improviser, Carl is recognized as a sensitive, dynamic and fearless singer, a quickfire musical mind and affable and engaging stage presence. Carl enjoys being a messenger for the articulate truth of music and delivers it with a balance of respect and abandon.

Carl writes songs on the sharps of arrows. And when he sings them, they are delivered directly into the heart of people… (Naomi Edwards)

Art exhibition – JENNIFER BARNETT – Happy Snaps: Moments captured in a painting
20-21, 26-28 March and 2-4 April 2021

Before selfies we had happy snaps. Moments frozen in time.
Happy Snaps is a group of oil portraits inspired by vintage 20th century photographs. All complete strangers, and all completely happy.

Live music with DJANGO FRETTS
Saturday 13th March – 3.00pm

The Django Fretts are Castlemaine’s very own gypsy jazz quartet. Formed in 2015, the Fretts have an extensive repertoire of tunes taken from theDjango Reinhardt songbook as well as a few American jazz favourites.They have played extensively around the goldfields region, honing their up-tempo sound at markets, gigs,and festivals. A set from the Django Fretts will evoke the mood of 30s Paris with authentic gypsy jazz melodies and acoustic improvisations.

Saturday 27 February 2021 – 8.00pm

Maggie’s desire in this performance is to showcase beautiful melodies from different rooms of music, Jazz, Classical, Celtic and weave them into a story that gathers the threads of improvisation, creating an intimate moment with the audience, a bliss of connection. It is what Maggie most loves about performance, that oneness, that sacred moment together.

All tickets $15.