Arts & Culture

Bega Valley Mayor, Kristy McBain calls on us to “Advance Australia”
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Through her Australia Day address, Bega Valley Mayor, Kristy McBain has tried to advance the conversation about our national day. "With courage let us all combine in a celebration and conversation about our country," the Mayor told the 200 people gathered in Littleton Gardens this morning for the Shire's official Australia Day ceremony. An hour after the Bega ceremony concluded a...
Podcast 21 – A lesson in the art of rock balancing with Michael Grab
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Today’s conversation is with Michael Grab. Michael’s rock balancing art stops the world dead, and in the same way that breathing just happens, your mind automatically asks, "How the hell does he do that?" https://vimeo.com/251245890 The gallery of photo and videos on his Gravity Glue website is extraordinary. Canadian born Michael has been on the Far South Coast of New...
Bombala kids shape design of all abilities playground
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Buddy benches and reflection ponds are just a couple of the bright ideas Bombala students have come up with as part of their studies into playground design. Students from St Joseph’s Primary School have just presented a range of thoughtful and captivating 3D playground models, paving the way for future playground construction in Bombala. Following months of hard work, their...
About Regional Pop-Up Newsroom – what a great day in Bermagui!
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The first About Regional Pop-Up Newsroom landed in Bermagui this week, based out of Julie Rutherford Real Estate we uncovered some of the untold stories of this town. Kelly Eastwood from River Cottage Australia dropped in to share her plans for a deli and cooking school... https://www.facebook.com/AboutRegional/videos/921549364666542/ Longtime Bermagui fisherman Allan Broadhurst talked about his life on the ocean... https://www.facebook.com/AboutRegional/videos/921593131328832/ The team...
Peter Pan gets a Eurobodalla twist with Red Door Theatre @ Moruya
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A Eurobodalla chapter is about to be added to a story that has enthralled the world for decades. Peter Pan is the creation of Scottish writer James Matthew Barrie and first appeared in Barrie's 1902 novel The Little White Bird. Narooma writer and director Linda Heald has put a local twist on the story, her chapter opens at St Mary's...
Meet 2EC’s new radio presenter – a painter from Bega, John Watkin
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One of the best blokes in Bega has just landed his dream job, four decades after he first had a crack. John Watkin has been in the paint business for close to 40 years, but as a teen, he applied for radio school with the ambition of working on the wireless. "Radio was my childhood dream and I got rejected," John...
“Pack the Pool” floats 50 metre option for Batemans Bay
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Batemans Bay locals have laid claim to the town's 50-metre swimming pool. The future of the aging facility on the Princes Highway south of the Batemans Bay bridge has been a sore point since late August when Eurobodalla Shire Council adopted a draft concept plan for a new 25-metre, year-round, enclosed aquatic centre. Aside from a 25-metre, eight-lane pool with ramp...
The Zen Warrior Princess lives on in friends and family and a 1992 Pulsar
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A group of friends from the Bega Valley have just set out on an outback rally adventure with the memory of another looming large over their odyssey. "Originally I'd signed up with my friend and colleague from Local Land Services Liz Clark," Brogo's local Olivia Forge says. "Not long after we'd signed up for the rally she was diagnosed with...
The medicine of music on the streets of Cooma – the Australian National Busking Championships
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The recent Australian National Busking Championships were more than a tourism and commerce promo for the Monaro. Sure, the tills were ringing, but for those who stopped to listen and watch the 180-odd performers dotted around Cooma’s CBD, something more valuable was at play – the joy and medicine of music. Despite the grandiose name, this year was the first...
Youth Stage at Cobargo Folk Festival turns 13 – entries open now for 2018
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The Crossing Youth Stage at the annual Cobargo Folk Festival has an impressive back-catalogue. Almost 700 young acts have entertained festival-goers and in 2018 the Youth Stage turns thirteen. Young people interested in performing and adding to the tradition are invited to apply online before December 10 to secure a place. "Because of the history and fun we've had over...
Rubbish resuscitated as art at the Eurobodalla’s ReVive Art Prize
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A tribute to an old friend, made of even older bits and pieces has won the Eurobodalla's recycled art prize  - ReVive 2107. Moruya’s Susan Bomball and her sculpture, “Bill” claimed the $4000 prize before a packed house at the Mechanic's Institute. "I was shocked, there is so much talent in there, I've never had people look at my work like this," Susan...
“Seeing my designs on the runway will drive me to do it again.”- Cooma’s Charly Thorn
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Cooma fashion designer Charly Thorn says she is happy to be sleeping in her own bed again after plying an international catwalk but is hungry for more. India is the next stop for this ambitious 18-year-old. The opportunity to leave her Snowy Monaro home was forged at FashFest in Canberra this time last year, an industry scout spotted Charly's talent and...
Bega’s Spiral Gallery goes to the dogs!
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Entries are now open for the “Year of the Dog” Open Art Prize at Bega's Spiral Gallery. Works representing cavorting canines, pampered pooches, faithful friends, and wonderful working dogs are all expected to mark their territory in the renowned Church Street art space between February 16 and March 14. There is a maximum of two works per artist with an entry...
Cooma MotorFest shines bright on a HUGE weekend
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My car sits in the driveway at home covered by dust day in day out, rain is the only thing that gets my Subaru sparkling. A couple of hours at Cooma MotorFest on Saturday (Nov 4) is not going to change that but it has left its mark. Brilliant blue Monaro skies backed the hard work of the Cooma Car...
Historic Bombala school given a future as part of the community
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Plans are underway to turn the Bombala Infants School into a place of learning again, with a safety net in place guaranteeing a positive outcome for the community. Locals were taken by surprise when an auction sign went up on the school's fence back in June. The site overlooking the town first opened as a place of learning in 1863. James Poulton,...
The Bega Valley’s ‘Shirl’ – changing the face of portraiture
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Melbourne based artist Samantha Sommariva AKA Misklectic and her portrait of performance artist Mossy is the winner of Australia’s only youth portrait prize, the $10,000 ‘The Shirl’. The Shirl is the little sister event to The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award that also attracts a significant cash prize. Both prizes are supported by the Bega Valley Regional Gallery’s patron Peter...
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