Events and Activities

Myths about Shakespeare’s Language

This FREE lecture by Professor Jonathan Culpeper explores the truth behind the myths surrounding Shakespeare and his ongoing impact on the English language.

He’s one of the most prolific and celebrated English playwrights of all time - but how much of what we know about Shakespeare and his impact on the English language is true? 

Date: 
Thursday, 22 June, 2023 - 18:00 to 20:00

Events calendar for 2023

Upcoming events

JUNE

Myths about Shakespeare’s Language - a free lecture on Thursday 22 June at 6 pm (for 6.30 pm start).

Venue: State Library Victoria - The Conversation Quarter. Access via Entry 3 on La Trobe Street.
Refreshments and canapes will be provided. The event will conclude by 8 pm.

Learn the truth behind the myths surrounding Shakespeare and his ongoing impact on the English language.

Events calendar for 2022

Upcoming events

Our program for 2022 has now concluded. See below for a record of the events we hosted during the year.

Best wishes to all members and readers for the festive season, and for a wonderful new year. We plan to announce our 2023 program by the end of February.


Communication and bookings

Events calendar for 2021

For the record

Events held (or planned) during 2021 were:

Saturday 27 February from 6:30 pm - BBQ hosted by the ESU.

Friday 9 April - Social Night

Sunday 25 April from 5:00 pm - ANZAC Day Dusk Service and BBQ hosted by the ESU.

Friday 21 May - Social Night

2020 Update

Due to the global pandemic, our planned activities for 2020 have had to be cancelled. We look forward to being able to announce future events via this page when health restrictions permit.  

Date: 
Friday, 25 September, 2020 - 10:00 to Tuesday, 1 December, 2020 - 10:00

BRITFEST 2019

BRITFEST 2019 - Saturday 4th May 2019

Britfest is happening again on Saturday 4th of May, 2019 from 10am to 4pm at the Moonee Ponds Bowling Club, 776 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds.

Entry is FREE.

This event features Morris Dancers, Scottish dancers, food stalls and much more.

You’ll be able to buy cooked British specialty meats and a wide selection of British beers will be available from the bar.

Come and join us to celebrate British Heritage and Culture and to have a great time.

Date: 
Saturday, 4 May, 2019 - 10:00 to 16:00

Battle for Australia Ceremony

Battle for Australia Ceremony – Forecourt, Shrine of Remembrance, St Kilda Road.

On Wednesday 4th September, Australia officially celebrates the Battle for Australia, a series of victories in the Coral Sea, at Milne Bay and on the Kokoda Track which stemmed the tide of Japanese conquest. Those heroic Australians and our allies who fought in these battles and particularly those who sacrificed their lives in these campaigns to stop a Japanese invasion deserve our eternal gratitude and recognition.

Date: 
Wednesday, 4 September, 2019 - 11:00 to 12:00

Governors-General Vision and Values

ESU Victorian Branch members together with members of the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Melbourne Shakespeare Society performed excerpts of historic speeches by Australia’s Governors-General from the early 1930s to the 1970s in October 2018. The Royal Commonwealth Society hosted this event at their heritage property, “The Gables” and the theatre restaurant style proved a great success. Due to its popularity, a future performance is planned in 2019 - this time, featuring Governors-General from the 1970s to the end of the twentieth century.

Public Speaking Program

The ESU runs public speaking sessions to build individual confidence and composure with speaking in public. The sessions feature a framework for crafting a speech/talk, delivery techniques and tips for maintaining calm and confidence.

Anyone interested in public speaking can contact us at admin@esuvic.org.au to find out about forthcoming sessions.