Arts & Culture

Robyn Sykes, the bush poets’ champion
Arts & Culture
Greedy suits on weedy legs and women with wide bums surface in bush poetry that is riding a resurgent wave across rural Australia. The gut-wrenching dilemma of having to sell the family farm is there too, as verses of poetry swing from humour to all-too-familiar despair. At the centre of much of the revival is Robyn Sykes, a farmer from...
Modern Japanese calligraphy exhibition launched at National Arboretum in Canberra
Arts & Culture
A free exhibition of new works by one of the leading exponents of modern Japanese calligraphy, Tairiku Teshima, has been launched at the National Arboretum in Canberra. The framed and mounted 28 ink on paper works - reflecting nature, creation and beauty - are from the school of symbolic calligraphy called shõsho, a dynamic modern art that uses limited characters and...
“Feel free to ask questions and sit down and have a yarn.” – Colleen Dixon
Arts & Culture
"It's beautiful that people are stopping and asking me questions about the poles and showing an interest," says Djiringanj elder, Colleen Dixon. Colleen has been trying to get a fresh coat of paint on three Aboriginal totem poles in Bega's Littleton Gardens since Saturday morning. "I'd be finished by now if I wasn't doing so much talking," she laughs. Speaking to...
Muscling up to Australian cartoons? Get Inked
Arts & Culture
One of the great media pleasures has to be a perfectly drawn cartoon, waspishly targeting the pomposity or ridiculousness of the day and plunging a hatpin through the political bubble of self-importance. And as it turns out, there's nothing new in any of this: the National Library has just opened Inked, an exhibition that traces more than two centuries of...
Alex Nicol’s “Old Days, Old Ways” – adventures in regional Australia
Arts & Culture
It's hard to believe in the internet age but there is no known recording of journalist, playwright and now author Alex Nicol's All Ways on Sunday radio show for ABC, which first broadcast in 1969. "Not one single second was archived," Alex says cheerfully "so you'll have to make do with my blurry recollections." The show told stories spanning from...
Batemans Bay photographer listed as ‘Loud and Luminous’
Arts & Culture
One hundred inspiring Australian female photographers have united for a powerful celebration to mark International Women’s Day today, including Batemans Bay's Elise Searson. The Loud and Luminous project celebrates and recognises the power of photography and the important contributions of contemporary female photographers, women from across Australia aged between 10 and 90 years. "I am so honoured and excited, it's...
‘Time running out’ to comment on Cooma Town Clock
News
A town clock for the centre of Cooma is a local talking point as Snowy Monaro Regional Council advances planning on the proposal. Cooma’s Litchfield family started the discussion with the donation of $100,000 for the installation of a clock in Cooma’s CBD. The gesture forms part of the 150th-anniversary celebrations of Hazeldean Pty Ltd, one of the region's pioneering pastoral...
Concern for future of Batemans Bay Community Centre
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council has rejected claims it is planning to demolish the Batemans Bay Community Centre but says plans to sell or lease the space are still being considered. "I don't know where this talk of demolition came from, it has no factual basis," says Lindsay Usher, Council’s Director of Planning and Sustainability. Talk about the centre's future has prompted a...
New Eurobodalla foodie business emerges for Autumn Equinox
Food & Wine
As the heydays of summer draw to a close, people far and wide are invited to Tilba, to celebrate the changing seasons and the arrival of a new foodie business in the Eurobodalla. The Figtree Food Company has arrived from Mudgee and invites you to their celebration of the Autumn Equinox, which marks the move from the summer cycle into...
Folk music is for folks like you, see you at Cobargo this weekend!
Arts & Culture
Cobargo Folk Festival kicks off this weekend, followed by the National Folk Festival in Canberra over the Easter weekend (April 18-22). If you've never been to a folk festival or identified with folk music, why should you start now? "Because folk music tells stories," says Peter Logue, Cobargo Folk Festival spokesperson, who also served on the board of the National Folk...
Bega’s Two Sheds Workshop expanding into Canberra
Community
Following the success of her Two Sheds woodworking workshop for women and children in Bega, Jo Saccomani is expanding her business to Wanniassa in Canberra with hopes of also expanding the visibility of female tradespeople. 'Women make up less than two per cent of tradespeople in Australia," Jo says."And so what we're doing is teaching women woodwork to change the...
Why did organisers allow a Right to Life stall at the Multicultural Festival?
News
The ACT Right to Life stall at the Multicultural Festival that showed a model of foetuses in the womb at different stages of development and photos of an unborn baby's feet is causing a stir in the local community, provoking a petition for the ACT government to ban the organisation from the event. The petition, which was started by Jess Chalker, said...
Focus on Bega Valley bushfire stories at writing workshop this weekend
Arts & Culture
As the first anniversary of the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra Bushfire draws near people are being invited to record their story guided by a professional author. Sixty-five homes were lost to the flames of March 18 2018, it's a day that will forever be remembered in Bega Valley history. Hundreds of people have their own unique story tied to the...
Nature’s Spectral Arch on show in Bungendore
Arts & Culture
An exquisite exhibition of works by Burra artist Sharon Field is now showing at Suki & Hugh Gallery in Bungendore. This is Field’s second solo exhibition with the gallery which opened on 2nd February 2019. The exhibition entitled Nature's Spectral Arch explores aspects of a changed environment around the former slate mining village of Corris, Wales, where the artist recently...
Bega singer-songwriter finds inspiration on the road from Eden
Arts & Culture
The trip between Eden and Bega is one that Corey Legge has done a million times before but this trip was one of the hardest. The high school music teacher had just finished a bad day at work and was starting to evaluate his career and his aspirations. "Do I really want to be teaching nine-to-five or do I want...
Catch Death Cab for Cutie in Canberra
What's On
In news that will thrill some die-hard fans to their 1990's era cotton socks, Death Cab for Cutie are coming to Canberra to perform at the Canberra Theatre. It's part of a strong direction for the Theatre towards musical programming that gives locals a chance to hear cult performers who have not often been accessible for the Territory. They join...
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