Arts & Culture

Big plans for ‘Birdsnest’ to be even more of a Cooma destination
News
Cooma fashion house Birdsnest is swooning on the back of their Canberra launch last week, building momentum for the online retailers next big thing. 'Big Bird' Jane Cay says the response from Canberrans has been enormous. "Canberra is very close to our heart, we have great support from the ACT through our online store and customers who drive to our...
Hugh Mackay in Bega for The Festival of Open Minds
What's On
Australia’s most respected and experienced social researcher, Hugh Mackay, believes something is wrong with our nation and in the lives of its citizens, and he is coming to Bega to explain what and why, but more importantly how he thinks we can change. For his new book, 'Australia Reimagined', Mr Mackay drew on his 50 years’ experience of listening to Australians and watching...
From Braidwood to Hollywood for stuntman Harley Durst
Arts & Culture
He has been a part of many of the stand-out action-packed international movie scenes for ten years and even more Australian dramas, but the name Harley Durst won’t register with many moviegoers. Harley is a stuntman – and one of the best. Harley’s list of credits includes the latest Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story, where he was cast...
Get your brain and heart ready for the Festival of Open Minds
What's On
As winter turns to spring South East NSW will gather for a conversation about change. About Regional presents - The Festival of Open Minds on Saturday, September 1 at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre. This day-long event will inspire your toolkit for change, with ideas and stories that promise to be out of the box. Whether we like it or...
Balkan Elvis is in the building and ready to deliver some Eastern Bloc Rock
Arts & Culture
Said to be a molotov cocktail of entertainment, ‘The Balkan Elvis: Eastern Bloc Rock’ is hitting the stage at the Canberra Theatre Centre for one night only this Thursday (July 5). Part road trip, part redemption tale, part rock’n’roll musical, it follows the exploits of Johnny Presley, the Balkan Elvis, as he searches for love, fame and fortune behind the...
Announcing Australia’s newest Aboriginal Festival – Giiyong at Eden
Arts & Culture
The inaugural Giiyong Festival on September 22 will be a celebration of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture, and a unique event for South East NSW. Twofold Aboriginal Corporation, Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council and South East Arts are working together to present this one-day multi-arts festival at Jigamy, just north of Eden. Giiyong will be the first event of its...
Cooma fashion house ‘Birdsnest’ creates a base in Canberra
News
A Cooma success story continues to 'spread its wings' with fashion house Birdsnest opening an outlet in the heart of Canberra. The much-loved retailer will open a pop-up store in The Canberra Centre on Monday (July 2). “We have so many Canberra customers who shop with us online, some of which regularly make the trip to our Cooma store," says Birdsnest...
The ‘Red Door’ opens for live theatre in Narooma and Tilba this weekend
What's On
Moruya's dynamic Red Door Theatre Company is on the road this weekend for the final performances of their contemporary satire "All in a Night's Work". "Going on the road has been a brave," says Company President and cast member Anthony Mayne. "Bums on seats is key, ours is a region of people who don't tend to prebook tickets, which can be terrifying going...
Swap rubbish for pre-loved clothes at Batemans Bay Seaside Scavenge
What's On
The Eurobodalla's 'war on waste' just took a twist; Batemans Bay will host it's first Seaside Scavenge on Saturday, July 7. This day of trash, tunes, and treasure started in Coogee in March 2015 and has been taken up by communities around Australia, it first hit South East NSW last year at Lake Jindabyne. Seaside Scavenge is a waterway clean-up and...
Bushfire stories to recognise the full and varied impact of March 18
Arts & Culture
As the Bega Valley steps forward bravely in its recovery from the March 18 bushfires, the power of storytelling is coming into play with a new project aimed at capturing the history and humanity of this event. The idea comes from people across the region who in some shape or form have been touched by the flames that moved through...
Moruya’s Granite Town music festival announces 2018 line-up
What's On
Moruya might just be home to the best-kept secret on the Australian music festival circuit - Granite Town! Now in its fifth year, Granite Town is a community run, not for profit festival, and an evolution of the long-running Moruya Jazz Festival. ‘Moruya’s Funky Little Festival’ has just announced this year’s line-up and it doesn’t get much funkier than this:...
NSW Budget drives generational change – Constance and Barilaro
News
The Member's for Monaro and Bega are heralding this week's NSW Budget as one that is making generational differences to communities from Durras to Eden to Jindabyne to Queanbeyan. “The funding announced in this budget will set in stone many key projects that will transform the Monaro for generations to come,” Monaro MP and Deputy Premier John Barilaro says. “At...
A blue print for regional prosperity by futurist Bernard Salt
Community
Social researcher and futurist Bernard Salt has provided local councils from around Australia with a blueprint to future prosperity. "The first thing is very easy and doesn't cost anything - it's unity, a galvanised community makes a powerful difference to your ability to do stuff, to deliver stuff," Mr Salt told the 875 delegates at the National General Assembly of...
Health care with an artistic twist at South East Regional Hospital, Bega
Health & Wellbeing
  South East Arts (SEA) has turned the South East Regional Hospital in Bega into a music venue. The next lunchtime concert in the 'Uplift - live music and art program' is this Thursday (June 21) featuring well known local talent Andy O'Donnell and Corrine Gibbons. The first of the monthly concerts was held in February; an idea that forms part of SEA's arts...
Local Government from around Oz in Canberra to bang the drum
News
Mayors, Councilors, and senior staff from shires and cities across Australia are in Canberra for the Local Government sectors annual get together - The National General Assembly of Local Government. President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), David O'Loughlin says for more than two decades the Assembly has identified, examined, and debated the most important issues and challenges facing councils...
“Passion into action” Thunder and Dust hits the screen highlighting speedway history
Arts & Culture
Dust and thunder from a regional speedway has roared across the big screen in Canberra, ahead of the documentary's first screening within the community that inspired it. For Bega Valley filmmakers Andrew Moore and Fiona Scott, "Thunder and Dust" has been a five-year passion centred around Sapphire Speedway, west of Candelo. Friday (June 8) nights screening with the ANU Film Group...
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