Arts & Culture

Festival of Open Minds Podcast – author and teacher Gabbie Stroud
Podcast
Gabbie Stroud and her powerful and moving memoir ‘Teacher’ has captured Australia’s attention and is part of the current news cycle. In 2014, Gabbie was a very dedicated teacher with over a decade of experience, but she was forced to walk away from her calling by frustration and despair. Her ground-breaking essay ‘Teaching Australia’ in the February 2016 Griffith Review...
South Coast waters turn electric blue! Find out how to see it and capture it on film
Environment
The famous waters of the NSW Far South Coast have at times this week been a brilliant red by day and a luminescent blue at night. This natural event is non-toxic and with a bit of luck will hang around for the long weekend so more people can take in the spectacle. "Red tide is the colloquial name for the...
Thai Ambassador visits Cooma to acknowledge architect
News
A special occasion this week for 95-year-old, Yallambee Lodge resident Tibor Olgay. On Monday, Mr Olgay played host to Thailand’s Ambassador to Australia and officials from the Royal Thailand Embassy. Thailand Ambassador, Nantana Sivakua made the trip to Cooma to personally thank Mr Olgay who designed the Royal Thailand Embassy in Canberra, 48 years ago. “We are very grateful for the work...
Let there be light! Floriade throws switch to Nightfest
What's On
If you think you've seen one Floriade Nightfest, you've seen it all, think again. Floriade lights up tonight until Sunday with an array of cascading colours across Commonwealth Park in a unique show created by design stars Mandylights - which handle the big festivals - concerts and touring productions in Australia and overseas. Director Richard Neville says no one Nightfest...
A “new” Deputy Mayor for Eurobodalla Shire Council
News
The Eurobodalla has a "new" Deputy Mayor, Councillor Rob Pollock OAM, takes over from Cr Anthony Mayne, who served in the position for two years. Describing Cr Pollock as "new to the role" should be prefaced with the knowledge that he has been a local councillor for 31 years and has previously served as Deputy Mayor for 11. Over the...
All roads lead to the National Museum for Rome: City and Empire
What's On
A monumental marble statue of a Roman magistrate, a frieze featuring a rare depiction of female gladiators, and a fragment of a gilded wall painting from Emperor Nero’s Golden House are among the treasures in the British Museum’s Rome: City and Empire exhibition, now open at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra till February. The exhibition, exclusive to the National Museum, draws on...
Keeping your photos and memories safe from fire
What's On
The possible impact of bushfire on our home and community has become an almost routine contemplation. The long-running Yankees Gap Fire burning at the back of Bemboka, Numbugga, Coopers Gully, and Brogo has so far claimed four homes, its ongoing presence mixed with one bad day puts more at risk. This five-week-old fire comes six months after the flames of the Reedy...
Giiyong builds a future beyond its fun, colour, and flavours
Arts & Culture
The power and importance of storytelling shone brightly at the Giiyong Festival at Jigamy on Saturday, the many and varied storytelling formats and styles was part of the magic but the real spark came from the people telling the stories. People with real and current connections to the dark chapters of Australian history and people with a real joy for the culture...
Only days left to apply for Mumbulla Foundation grants program
Arts & Culture
Community organisations of the Bega Valley; you have only days left to apply for the 2018 Mumbulla Foundation grants programs. When applications opened in mid-August the deadline was weeks away, well now its hear and screaming at your conscience. Applications close Sunday, September 30! The Foundation welcomes applications from not for profit and charitable organisations including; schools, charities, volunteers and individuals...
Festival of Open Minds Podcast – Jo Saccomani, Two Sheds Workshop
Podcast
Jo Saccomani is the founder of Two Sheds Workshop, she is one of the bright sparks of the Bega community and inspired 300 plus people at the recent Festival of Open Minds. Despite growing up with parents who built, renovated and decorated the family home, it was by chance that Jo became a carpenter. From school, she began an Arts...
From the Snowy Mountains to Hogwarts, Michael Milton’s next adventure…
Arts & Culture
Just when you think you know everything about Canberra’s champion athlete, Michael Milton, he goes and opens a Harry Potter-themed store in Fyshwick. What I didn’t realise about this Paralympic skier was his passion for everything Harry Potter. And he has passed this passion on to the next generation of family members. He has just one rule for his two...
You are ‘Welcome’ at the Giiyong Festival this Saturday in Eden
Arts & Culture
The indigenous and non-indigenous community across South East NSW is excited about this weekends Giiyong Festival at Jigamy, just north of Eden - Thaua Country. Giiyong is Australia's newest Aboriginal festival, incorporating music, art, food, film, literature and spoken word performances, and the first of its kind for southern NSW. Pronounced: Guy-Yoong, the word means ‘come to welcome’ in the traditional...
“But you can repair the brain – it’s amazing to see.” – Donna Richards, Childhood Foundation
Community
Family and child support workers from across the Snowy Monaro and Bega Valley are now better able to help with childhood trauma thanks to the efforts of Cooma school girls. The unique two-day workshop at the Cooma Youth Hub was funded by the hard work of young women from Project O, who raised $42,000 last November at a 12-hour art marathon...
Floriade 2018 blooming marvellous
What's On
A week of perfect spring weather has brought out the Floriade blooms in Commonwealth Park for Canberra's 31st festival of flowers. This year, the theme is Pop Culture and your favourite icons such as Marilyn, Dame Edna and the Beatles will emerge from the garden beds across the venue, with the ferris wheel being the perfect place to view the...
Space trailblazer coming to Batemans Bay to tell her story
What's On
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," where were you when Neil Armstrong uttered those words on the surface of the moon in 1969? JoAnn Morgan was in the Firing Room at NASA, the only woman, and she is coming to Batemans Bay to share the experience and much more from her stellar career. Denhams Beach local...
Six reasons not to miss Floriade 2018
What's On
Floriade 2018 opens this Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to flock to the four-hectare site at Commonwealth Park in Canberra to take part in the largest floral festival in the Southern Hemisphere. This year’s 30-day festival runs from September 15 to October 14 and promises to take visitors on a trip down memory lane through the theme...
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