Arts & Culture

Moruya festival harvests a new cultural relationship
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As is often the case, food became more than just a belly filler at the weekend's Southeast Harvest Festival in Moruya. A locally made blue cheese and leek tart at the opening event on Friday night was memorable, but more so were the new understandings and relationships that emerged between two cultures conflicted by a past of racism and brutality....
About Regional, a new place for the stories of South East NSW. Podcast 9
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My partners in this week’s podcast are Light to Light Camps – pristine beaches, great food, hot showers and comfy beds. This is your chance to explore the Wilderness Coast in style. Thanks to Jen, Arthur, and Jake for your support. In this program an interview that was a real surprise to me. I stuck a microphone in front of Andrew Weglarz...
A Bega Valley perspective on Mardi Gras 2017 – “Tiers and tiers of people encouraging and celebrating all those marching for just being themselves.”
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Mardi Gras in Sydney is the biggest celebration of diversity for everyone who identifies as part of the LGBQTI community, so that’s not just people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning, transgender or intersex but for families,  friends, children, faith groups, banks, surf life-saving clubs, mental health groups etc. etc.    Regional groups were strongly represented, we marched alongside a...
Churchill Fellowship supercharges Bega builders vision for change
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A Bega carpenter's big picture ideas for her trade and community have won the backing of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Jo Saccomani is off to the USA and Canada later this year having been awarded a Churchill Fellowship, an initiative set up in memory of the wartime Brittish PM to foster research and innovation and enrich society. "I have...
John Williamson sings Vegemite again after Bega Cheese take over
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John Williamson has started singing 'Vegemite' again when performing his anthem 'True Blue' on the back of the $460 million Bega Cheese take over of the iconic spread. Part of the soundtrack of our nation for the last 35 years, 'True Blue' is a tune that stirs many Australian's out of their seat and into song. Often it's like someone...
High speeds match hot temperatures at Monaro Billy Kart Derby
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With squeals of family fun still hanging in the air from this year's event, organisers of the Monaro Billy Kart Derby have already locked in a date for next year's race. A hot, sunny day at Cooma Showground yesterday (January 22) attracted 34 entries for the second running of the Derby, ten more entries than last year. The only match...
About Regional – the podcast, episode six, January 19 2017
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About Regional, the podcast, January 19 2017. In episode six... The TV show River Cottage Australia has been mothballed, host Paul West gives us the inside story and speaks of his plans for the future. Read more HERE. Author Deb Hunt shares her amazing love story with a pilot from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a man given up for...
About Regional – the podcast, episode five, December 14 2016
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About Regional - the podcast, episode five, December 14 2016 About Regional – a new place for the people and stories of South East NSW. The last program for 2016: *The Funhouse crowdfunding campaign succeeds; Bega gets a youth and community centre in 2017! Read more HERE. *Dr Matthew Nott, the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity says households in the...
Social justice the X-factor in Merimbula’s Joseph
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There is a certain civic duty sometimes that pushes you to attend a local event. Things only happen when people step up to make them happen, and in a regional community you want to see those people and their events succeed - people turning out is key. What a buzz, what a bonus when that local event blows your mind!...
About Regional – the podcast, episode 4, November 23 2016
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About Regional - the podcast, episode 4, November 23 2016 There’s a seaside feel to episode 4... Recorded at Guerilla Bay, just south of Batemans Bay, the day and the water were warm, it’s starting to feel like summer holiday time! In this program: *Tathra’s Indi Wood chats to us from Fiji about his aid work at a Lautoka radio...
ABC Radio National cuts Candelo’s musicians
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Over recent years, the town of Candelo has caught the attention of ABC Radio National presenters. Many of Candelo’s resident musicians, such as Heath Cullen, Melanie Horsnell, David Ross MacDonald (The Waifs), Robyn Martin, Pete Wild, Michael Menager, Sam Martin & Phil Moriarty (of Mikelangelo & the Black Sea Gents), and myself have all been featured on programs like ­The...
Cooma busking championships become truly national
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Cooma's annual busking festival is going national. For the last five years, the Australian National Busking Championships have been based on the Monaro. And while talent from across the nation has been drawn to the streets of Cooma to compete and take part, that claim of being a 'national championship' didn't carry the weight the name implies. That changes in 2017....
About Regional – the podcast, episode three, November 6 2016
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About Regional - the podcast, episode 3, November 6 2016 Thanks for clicking on, in this week’s program: A lesson in youth engagement from Cayce Hill from the Funhouse in Bega and a pitch for their Pozible campaign. They are chasing a year’s rent to expand on their dynamic program in 2017. Read more here. A snap from a literary lunch...
Bega asked to invest in a Funhouse future – $20,000 to go
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The push is on to secure the closest thing Bega might have ever had to a youth and community centre. The Funhouse on Hill Street has been operating for just a handful of months but in that time it has become a big feature in the lives of the growing community of people around it and a 'go to' resource...
Spineless exhibition at Mister Jones Bermagui
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The slow, gentle process of deep observation is intrinsic to many forms of art. It can have much in common with scientific observation; there's attention to detail, appreciation for form, system and structure and an experience of wonder. When we mix the two, what can we create? A group of artists has created a showcase of squidgy, surprising subjects -...
Hollywood opportunities for Bega Valley gamers and artists
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A star gamer has been added to the line up for the upcoming Gamer Dev (development) Jam in Merimbula this September. Stephanie Bendixsen, the host of ABC TV's Good Game is coming to add her weight to a budding industry in the Bega Valley. Also known by her gamer tag 'Hex', Bendixsen has been host of the popular TV program...
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