Too Many Mirandas

Dance mob at Hanging Rock on Saturday 24 February - Unleash your inner Miranda!

Celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Joan Lindsay's book 'Picnic at Hanging Rock', a classic tale about vanishing school girls at Hanging Rock, the Too Many Mirandas project is an all-inclusive community dance event. Inviting people of all ages and gender to come along to Hanging Rock, to participate in a dance flash mob, dressed as the book's main character Miranda.

The event is all about having fun, celebrating dance, movement and our unique Australian environment.

Find out how you can be part of this historic event. 

Unleash your inner Miranda with dance moves to a musical score that has been developed specifically for the Too Many Mirandas project. Free dance workshops are being held across the shire in January and February 2018 to get you fit and ready for the main event.

You MUST register to participate in the workshops and/or the main event.

The historical fiction novel 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' is about a girls' school located at Mount Macedon in 1900 where some of the students go missing during a school picnic at Hanging Rock. Joan Lindsay wrote this story after a dream she had but is based around some real events that took place in the region. By taking the novels protagonist, Miranda, this event is looking to lighten up the storyhaving fun and celebrating our unique Australian environment, how tenuous it is and how we should work together to care for it into the future.

In 1975, Peter Weir released a feature film based on Lindsay’s book. Although the screen play also explored the affect that the school girls disappearance had on the local community, its mystical portrayal of the Australian bush was a key theme of the film. 

The haunting musical score taken from a mix of two traditional Romanian pan pipe pieces added to that mystery. The combination of these elements has ensured this film remains a significant Australian motion picture.

Stories of being lost in the wilderness are indicative of the European migrant settler narrative. They were uncertain and naive about the Australian landscape. This was in stark contrast to the traditional owners who had lived harmoniously with the land for centuries.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council acknowledges that this event will take place across Dja Dja Wurrung, Taunguraung and Wurundjeri Country whose ancestors and their descendants are the traditional owners of this Country.

We acknowledge that they have been custodians for many centuries and continue to perform age old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal.

We acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.