National Library cracks open Trove to publish vintage knitted treasures
Arts & Culture
Kate Boesen had been working at the National Library of Australia for almost 20 years when the call came for skilled knitters to participate in a new project. The Library trove contained stacks of vintage magazines from the early 20th century – back when knitters had their pick of patterns published regularly in magazines and newspapers. The publication team had decided...
Region’s largest book fair kicks off this Saturday
What's On
Wagga Wagga Showground has set the stage for a weekend of bibliophile heaven in the Riverina. Booklovers and collectors can leaf through more than 40,000 titles for sale at the annual Wagga Rotary Book Fair. "After we took over the book fair from Lifeline, we got bigger and bigger and moved here (showground)," organiser Graham Russell said. "We are proud of...
Wiradjuri Artist captures moments of joy in nature and country
Arts & Culture
Elizabeth Doherty describes the moment she came face to face with a wild cassowary while on her honeymoon in Cairns as "a moment of joy mixed with a slight bit of terror". The Wiradjuri artist has captured the encounter in the signature painting of her first exhibition My Secret Garden, showing at the Curious Rabbit Cafe in Wagga Wagga through May....
Bridge sculpture latest addition to Bay’s changing face
Arts & Culture
Steel from Batemans Bay’s iconic old bridge has been given a new lease on life as part of the changing face of the NSW South Coast town. Artist Joel Adler has salvaged and repurposed about five tonnes of the bridge steel to create a two-storey high sculpture, which was lifted into place this month. It is the latest part of...
Wildharmony adds local flavour to a classical Riverina tradition
Arts & Culture
Hannah-Grace Spreitzer's pure, gentle voice casts a spell across the room. Alone on stage with her guitar in the small community hall, the folk singer-songwriter weaves a lyrical tapestry of stories and reflections that bring a tear to the eye of more than one in the audience. Around 40 people have gathered at the North Wagga Community Hall to enjoy...
Heesco to return to fully wrap Murrumburrah silo
Arts & Culture
Renowned Melbourne-based street, silo and water tower artist Heesco Khosnaran will return to Harden-Murrumburrah later this year to continue his work on the Murrumburrah Flour Mill. The artist told Region Media he is looking forward to catching up with the South West Slopes locals in a town that felt like home for the six weeks he visited and painted last year....
Spotlight set to shine on main street of Yass
Community
The main street of Yass is undergoing something of a rural renaissance with the first stage of the historic Commercial Hotel restoration underway and plans afoot to bring the town's Liberty Theatre back to centre stage. The recent removal of the Commercial Hotel's derelict verandah has given a new face to the old pub which locals and visitors had been...
Wagga youth share their stories for pump station art projects
Community
From weatherworn infrastructure to eye-popping art, a pair of wastewater pump stations in Wagga have been given a creative overhaul over the school holidays. The Simmons Street park mural celebrates local animals, plants and activities, while the second pump station near the skate park off Bolton Park features a more urban ‘Mosaic of Selfies’. "Both of those pump station sites...
Snowy Valleys’ 100 km sculpture trail opens early May
Arts & Culture
Four days of celebration will launch the highly-anticipated Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail in May, comprising more than 20 sculptures in and around Adelong, Batlow, Tumbarumba, Tooma and Tumbarumba. The significant artworks were created by Australian and international artists, some of whom will stay in the Snowy Valleys for the official public opening from 5 to 8 May. Funded by the...
Young Yass Valley region musicians invited to Howl at the Moon
Arts & Culture
When young Yass Valley musicians play their hearts out for a chance at fame this Saturday (23 April), Max McGrath hopes it will change some lives -  including his. The Murrumbateman musician, 20, is one of the minds behind Howl at the Moon, a live music event at Yass' Thyme to Taste. The hybrid deli, bottleshop and cafe on the main street...
Top Queanbeyan arts awards offer $12,000, place in council collection
Arts & Culture
Up to $12,000 in prizes are up for grabs in Queanbeyan next month as the annual art awards return. Every year since 2008, council has called on artists from Queanbeyan, Braidwood, Bungendore and everywhere in between to pick up their paint brushes or carving tools and take part. Not only does the major prize winner pocket $5000 in cash, the...
ARIA-nominated country singer Brad Cox is heading home to Jindabyne
What's On
After a two-year hiatus, Jindabyne born and bred country star Brad Cox is on the road and he's bringing his band home to the Snowy Mountains in May. This is Brad's first full headline tour since the COVID-19 lockdowns, and the first since the release of his ARIA and Golden Guitar-nominated sophomore record My Mind’s Projection in November 2020. Brad will...
Cobargo poets spreading the good word, collectively
Arts & Culture
They come from various backgrounds, geographies and lifestyles but seven creative souls have one thing in common: a love of poetry. Sandra Taylor, Leigh Crowe, Glenda Mai-Morgan, Peter Storey, Kate Taylor, Kai Jensen and Linda Albertson are members of the Well Thumbed Poetry Group, based at the secondhand bookshop of the same name at Cobargo. Later this month, the group will...
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