ARIA-nominated country singer Brad Cox is heading home to Jindabyne
What's On
After a two-year hiatus, Jindabyne born and bred country star Brad Cox is on the road and he's bringing his band home to the Snowy Mountains in May. This is Brad's first full headline tour since the COVID-19 lockdowns, and the first since the release of his ARIA and Golden Guitar-nominated sophomore record My Mind’s Projection in November 2020. Brad will...
Cobargo poets spreading the good word, collectively
Arts & Culture
They come from various backgrounds, geographies and lifestyles but seven creative souls have one thing in common: a love of poetry. Sandra Taylor, Leigh Crowe, Glenda Mai-Morgan, Peter Storey, Kate Taylor, Kai Jensen and Linda Albertson are members of the Well Thumbed Poetry Group, based at the secondhand bookshop of the same name at Cobargo. Later this month, the group will...
The story of ‘The Magpie Lady’ and the buttons that became her legacy
Arts & Culture
Jackie Fox was a prolific button collector. In her hometown of Cooma she was known affectionately as The Magpie Lady –  a nickname that has led her family to wear magpie pins on special occasions in her memory. One such occasion was the recent opening of a small new building amid natural bushland in Glenroy Heritage Reserve, outside Tumbarumba. The...
Crafting ghastly old railway barracks into gallery showpiece 
Arts & Culture
The dented kitchen sink looked like blokes in hobnailed-boots had danced on it. Beyond the termite-eaten floors and graffiti-splattered walls, vandals had smashed windows and doors. Yet a group of Goulburn artists were overjoyed these bashed-up, 1891 rest rooms, were now their responsibility to repair and occupy. Built for tired train drivers to sleep in at the end of their...
Gunning needs your help to track down rail history
Community
Did you use the Gunning Railway Station? Have you got old photos of it, kept tickets from it or held memories that other people may be interested in? You could play a part in its future. Southern Tablelands Arts, Gunning and District Historical Society and the State Government's Transport for NSW are working to revive the old Gunning Station to...
Learning about Wiradjuri country reaches schools
Arts & Culture
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this story contains names and images of deceased persons. The knowledge and culture that runs deep through Wiradjuri country are ancient, but learning about the Indigenous culture has taken a painstakingly long detour on its journey to the classroom. The Hilltops region has taken one giant step toward bridging...
Polarising sculptures to find new homes across Queanbeyan after restoration
Arts & Culture
Queanbeyan locals either love them or loathe them, but several life-size sculptures depicting the effect of age on the human body are set to find new homes across the region. The sculptures are the work of local artist, activist, agitator, and archivist Connee-Colleen Cameron who died suddenly last year, aged 80. The sculptures - three made from concrete and one...
Moruya historian wins heritage award for chronicling quirky stories from town’s past
Community
From the very outset it is clear Shirley Jurmann has a heartfelt connection to the Far South Coast town of Moruya. "I've got Moruya River water running in my veins," she said at the start of her interview with About Regional. Born and bred in the town as a fourth-generation member of its Louttit family, she has been announced as...
Region’s best Indigenous performers to take to Giiyong stage
Arts & Culture
The 2022 Giiyong Festival is all about community: Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities gathering together to celebrate the best of First Nations music, spoken word, culture and resilience. Meaning "come to welcome" in the language spoken by South Coast NSW elders, the first Giiyong Festival attracted more than 6000 people in 2018. It returns on 9 April with South East Arts...
The National Folk Festival is the perfect fun day out this Easter
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After a two-year pause, the National Folk Festival is making a welcome return to the Canberra annual event calendar. Running over the Easter long weekend from 14 to 18 April, it is one of the largest folk culture festivals in Australia. Held at Exhibition Park in Canberra, the festival combines a wide variety of quality live music, food and drink...
Roald Dahl to fire up imaginations at Tumut’s Montreal Theatre
Arts & Culture
Despite his death in 1990, British author Roald Dahl lives on in the imagination of children around the world. These April school holidays, his wit and whimsy will come alive in Tumut. The town's historic and popular Montreal Community Theatre, together with the shake & stir theatre co, is presenting five days of frivolous fun with Dirty Beasts & Revolting...
Goulburn takes centre stage with new performing arts centre
Arts & Culture
The new $19 million Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, re-purposed from the former town hall, opened on Friday night (25 March) and didn't miss a beat. The rates office, upstairs engineering department and round tables for council meetings have been swept aside for dressing rooms, opera pit, tiered seating for 400 people and, of course, a stage. Leading the opening night's...
Historic Cliftonwood to open its doors to raise money for Can Assist
Community
When Tony Wade was approached by the Yass branch of Can Assist to see if his family home, Cliftonwood, would host its major 2022 fundraiser he said yes, but under one condition; "I don't get anything out of it," he said. "Can Assist is such a good charity, I want all the money raised to go to them." It was...
Cayla documents a troubled past to embrace a better future
Arts & Culture
When Cayla Pothan was elected to the Yass Valley Council late last year, an outgoing councillor offered her the following advice: "Don't tell anyone anything about your personal life." Too late, Cayla thought at the time. Her first book Building in Bronze: Creating the Future Through Healing the Past had just been published, telling the story of how she survived childhood violence....
Gunning holds court as region’s new cultural hub
Community
Back in 1901, Gunning village was described as "a prosperous town meeting the needs of travellers, villagers and the surrounding rural communities". It was a thriving community with five hotels, Universal Providers department store, boot polish factory, rabbit freezing works and courthouse. Four of the pubs might be long gone, along with the boot polish factory, frozen rabbits and other...
Yass Valley’s Movers and Shakers, from Banjo Patterson to Hamilton Hume
Arts & Culture
After several disrupted seasons, the Yass and District Museum once again opened to the public on Sunday 13 March, showcasing the new Movers and Shakers exhibition. The air of excitement was only slightly dampened by the enormous amount of hard work for volunteers in hanging the new show and removing the dust and cobwebs accumulated through the enforced COVID-19 closure....
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