Arts & Culture

Lose yourself, find yourself, distract yourself with top picks for summertime reading
Arts & Culture
From a horror-thriller set in colonial times, a retelling of early Christianity, to a nostalgic look at the love of grandparents, summertime has provided inspiration for the most discerning of readers. Some well-known names have also contributed to the summertime releases, including the likes of Ian McEwan – with a futuristic narrative on synthetic humans (involving a love triangle) – and Charlotte Wood – whose The...
Comfort and catharsis: Art helps bushfire recovery for Bega Valley youths
Arts & Culture
For those impacted by this year's bushfire season, recovery could take a long time, but motivated local organisations and the arrival of funding mean programs to help are starting to roll out in fire-affected regions. On the South Coast, the Bega Valley Regional Gallery (BVRG), in partnership with Regional Arts NSW and Headspace Bega, are hoping to provide comfort and...
Goulburn gives movie makers a house of horrors
Arts & Culture
Men and women have been hanged in Goulburn. In the 1800s, at the crest of residential streets and near the Court House they were left for all to see. Today the old town is serving as the backdrop for a new slasher horror movie, Alice. Dan Sanguineti of Canberra and Goulburn-based colleague Michael Watson agreed to shoot their latest film...
Friendship, rivalry and spectacular art: Matisse & Picasso opens at the NGA
Arts & Culture
There's always more to art than the painting on the wall. And if you bring together genius, towering ego and social tumult, the results will be both volatile and spectacular. The story of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, their friendship and their intense rivalry, is at the heart of the National Gallery of Australia's summer exhibition, open now. https://www.facebook.com/riotactnews/videos/801799360241573/ Matisse...
Broulee store a hub for local creativity
Arts & Culture
As an artist and producer of organic skincare and beeswax products, Greta Sharman appreciates the value of a space dedicated solely to the wares of local artisans. Her Broulee store, Bliss & Trove, has been established in that spirit. Mogo’s Greta – known for the well-loved Bliss honey products, produced by her beekeeper husband Tom – recently opened a Broulee...
South Coast artist Naomi Crowther keeps painting despite the fires
Arts & Culture
South Coast artist Naomi Crowther continues to paint despite the difficult conditions on the coast currently. She hasn’t really got a choice: her art is her job, and her painting sales support herself and her two boys. Many Canberrans have seen Naomi’s work at the Old Bus Depot markets in Kingston over the last 20 years at her fortnightly pop...
A mighty concrete canvass for Wallendbeen
Community
Imaginative artists have teamed up with ambitious communities to paint massive murals on concrete silos throughout rural Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. Since about 2015 their creations have filled stark outback skies with star-lit nights, red-breasted rosellas, working sheepdogs and larger-than-life pioneers. Tens of thousands of tourists travel to long-forgotten rail sidings, reviving the spirits of close-knit, one-pub places. These...
2019 Year in Review – Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture
Our 2019 arts and culture stories reflected the breadth of the interests of our readers from across the region. We covered music, cultural events, arts festivals and the achievements of locals on stage and screen. We showcased the region's award winners, visited a selection of cultural venues and captured everything that's wonderful about the local arts scene. Here's a look...
Seven coffee stops from Batemans Bay to Broulee
Food & Wine
From Batemans Bay to Broulee, get off the highway this holiday season and explore some excellent joints serving great coffee and fabulous flavours on the Eurobodalla Coast. Support business owners on our battle-weary coast this Summer and you will be rewarded with quality food and drinks, wonderful service and appreciation. Lisa Herbert has been out and about ... again. Crumb...
For the second time, Rainbow Wave to break on the Sapphire Coast
What's On
Following its first-year success, the far south coast's Rainbow Wave Festival is coming to Merimbula on 22 February 2020 and this time around, the event is free, public and will feature a Mardi Gras inspired parade! "Bega High School and Eden High School are both having floats in the parade. It's really special to me because I went to Eden...
Veolia Mulwaree Trust’s 2019 Round 2 grants and donations announced
Community
The Veolia Mulwaree Trust has announced the recipients of the 2019 Round 2 Grants and Donations Programmes. Nineteen community groups from across the region with a wide range of projects by providing $306,693 in grant funding in its second funding round of 2019, as well as a further 34 local organisations who have shared in $33,661 through the Veolia Mulwaree...
Dalmeny Quilters pay it forward with Christmas kindness
Community
The Dalmeny Quilters have used their craft credentials for Christmas kindness, with cash and quilt donations to women and children supported by the South-East Women and Children’s Services (SEWACS). Following fundraising in the lead-up to their quilt exhibition held in Narooma during October, the group was able to donate $1000 each to two groups – SEWACS and The Little Yuin...
Let’s have ourselves a very conscious Christmas in the Eurobodalla
Community
This year on the Far South Coast, it’s no ordinary Christmas. During Australia’s worst drought, communities have come together to defend against fierce pre-summer bushfires. Town trade has been dulled by closed highways. There’s smoke in the air, ash on the beaches and conversation about the human impact on our little patch of paradise. Around here, you’ll still find Christmas...
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