Who’s who of Goulburn’s live music converge at the Con
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Since its debut screening in 1991, the film The Commitments has resonated with musicians and left a vocalist and guitar teacher in Goulburn nurturing a dream. Set in the north side of Dublin The Commitments is the story of a music fanatic putting together a soul band. While the musicians are supposed to be novices, it turns out they're pretty darn...
Creative talents of Sapphire Coast will be showcased in 60 events for ART MONTH
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Those who live on the beautiful Sapphire Coast know full well what a rich and diverse region it is when it comes to art - in fact it's what draws many to live there. The region is now planning on sharing its creative talents with everyone via ART MONTH Sapphire Coast, which kicks off at the end of July 2022...
Cobargo’s revamped pole art project tells the stories of its community 20 years on
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A collaboration between Cobargo artists and residents has restored colour to the community thanks to two bushfire recovery grants. The Painted Poles of Cobargo project run by Cobargo Creators and The Lazy lizard Gallery was inspired by poles painted 20 years ago that told stories about the people and events of the community. Following the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires the...
Tales that need telling: Far South Film Festival showcases local talent
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When it comes to his budding film career, Cooma's Lachlan Salvestro is "all in".  It's not that he doesn't believe in the starving artist cliché – it's that another cliché is truer: the heart wants what the heart wants. "I started out at uni as a physics student and I despised it," he says.  "I knew if I went back,...
Sisters in Crime writers festival returns to Cobargo amid ‘explosion’ of genre’s popularity
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When Merimbula author Melissa Pouliot found herself in a room full of fellow female writers at Cobargo's first Sisters in Crime writers festival in 2016, she could scarce believe it. "It was this really incredible gathering of women talking about their books and their writing process," she said. From fans of page-turning mysteries through to true crime podcast addicts, all are...
Four Winds will be all a-twitter with bird song this weekend
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The Four Winds site near Bermagui is all a-twitter with babbling, whistling, chirruping, and screeching – and that’s inside the concert hall! On Saturday, 23 July, the outstanding Ensemble Offspring will present Songbirds, a dusk concert event that's bound to be accompanied by the local birds of Barragga Bay. With this collection of Australian chamber works, flautist Lamorna Nightingale, percussionist...
Former Defence commander draws fine line these days 
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It took time, study, practice - lots of practice - and the affirmation of his community, but these days Steve Ayling describes himself as an artist. After a notable 30-year career in Defence in Canberra and overseas and years of consulting, Steve Ayling returned to a lifelong interest in architecture, which he expresses today through fine sketching. Since leaving Wamboin...
Artists inspired by remote country invited to exhibit in Sydney’s heart
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Working off the grid provides the best inspiration for two Southern Tablelands artists who have been invited to exhibit their works at what can only be described as the dead centre of Sydney - Rookwood Cemetery. Niall Robb and his partner Eduardo Wolfe-Alegria will exhibit their distinctively different works at the 12th annual HIDDEN. This month-long exhibition transforms the historic cemetery into...
Mama Mia! Guess who’s coming to Gunning?
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ABBA is coming to Gunning - well, at least the next best thing to the Swedish supergroup. Canberra-based group Andante Andante - also known as the ABBA Choir  - returns to the Gunning Courthouse on Sunday, 7 August as guests of the Gunning Focus Group. If the choir's name sounds familiar, it's because it's from the 1980s ABBA love song...
Cootamundra woman shares the magical world of book folding
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Cootamundra's Tegan Kelly spends her spare time turning old books into beautiful sculptures. She uses book folding - an art form employing various folding techniques on the pages of books to create patterns and formations. "It was something I had wanted to do for a while but had always talked myself out of," Ms Kelly said. "Finally, I told myself...
Sculptor Wojciech Pietranik carves himself a special niche
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Canberra sculptor Wojciech Pietranik has much to be proud of. His work is held by the British Museum, the Royal Coin Cabinet in Sweden and in private collections across the world. He was one of a handful of artists invited to submit designs for the victory medals of the 2000 Sydney Olympics – and won the selection process. He also...
There’s an art to Braidwood, just ask its creative locals
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Alison Jackson and Dan Lorrimer have been in each other's lives for years, sometimes without even knowing it. They were at the Australian National University together, studying metalsmithing and sculpture respectively, yet didn't cross paths. Years later, they both worked at Fink & Co, albeit in different areas of the Queanbeyan design business. But today they are together, in life,...
Elvis (and his pelvis) are the focus in Baz Luhrmann’s electrifying biopic
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When you go to a Baz Luhrman film, you go to a Baz Luhrmann 'experience'. It would be churlish of me to say you wouldn't know who he is, as perhaps the most prominent and controversial Australian filmmaker of the past three decades. Whether it was his delightfully charming Strictly Ballroom (1992), his explosive version of Romeo + Juliet (1996) which...
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