Arts & Culture

Rocky Hall Preschool at the top of its industry – find out why
Community
A little preschool in the deep, some say remote part of the southern Bega Valley has been identified as one of the best in the industry. Rocky Hall Preschool has been rated as 'Exceeding the National Quality Standard'. The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a national benchmark for the quality of children’s education and care services across Australia. “An overall rating...
Red Door Theatre brings radio drama to Moruya, Tilba, Broulee, Narooma
Arts & Culture
Moruya's Red Door Theatre Company is set to go this weekend with their fourth production - The Magical Moments Radio Show. This two-act play will tour Moruya, Tilba, Broulee, and Narooma over the next three weekends (March 30 to April 14) taking the audience inside the studios of a 1930's radio station. The production is set in Sydney and centres around...
Marking culture on your face: the Maori art of Ta Moko at the NGA
Arts & Culture
A swell of lilting voices resonated within the Orde Poynton hall at the national gallery in Canberra on an overcast Friday morning, uniting in a message of peace following the Christchurch attack: Our values provide a guiding light in our darkest hours.  We stand together in representing diversity and inclusion. They are us.  A fitting sentiment in a space where...
“Not just another choir concert” – Timor-Leste fundraiser bridges cultures
Arts & Culture
The Bega Valley Advocates for Timor-Leste will hold a fundraiser show, "One Night in Timor-Leste" on Friday (29 March) at Mumbulla School Hall, building on the $10,000 they have raised so far. Their goal is $65,000 to bring a Timorese choir to Australia in 2020. The evening will include a performance by the Bega-based Belun-Malu Choir, the latest incarnation of...
Booth by booth backs Barilaro for another four years in Monaro
News
As the count continues in the NSW seat of Monaro, the incumbent John Barilaro is stretching his lead out to a 9% swing with just over 80% of the vote counted. From 56,951 enrolled voters, the two-party preferred result has Mr Barilaro of The Nationals on 60.28% and Labor’s Bryce Wilson - 39.72%. The local Member since 2011, and Deputy...
PODCAST – Reimagining the housing dream at Cobargo Folk Festival
Podcast
The 'Ideas from the Edge' forums at the Cobargo Folk Festival, "are an opportunity to refresh your activist spirit, meet with local troublemakers, activists, and thinkers, as they discuss their ideas and visions for a better world," according to the Yuin Folk Club. At the 2019 festival held earlier this month, the Ideas agenda took in climate change, education systems,...
From Murrah to Guernsey for Patrick Dickson and ‘Victor Ego’
Arts & Culture
Murrah-based actor Patrick Dickson has a very familiar face. He could be your friend's dad. Or your son's friend. Maybe someone you used to work with? Dickson laughs as he explains his familiarity to the Australian public, "I was the reason Pippa left in 'Home and Away' and I was Sigrid Thornton's ex-husband who happened to be bonking her sister...
Jugiong Writers’ Festival gathers friends, ideas and community spirit
Arts & Culture
It's an event once lovingly described as the equivalent of an intellectual CWA meeting, but the Jugiong Writers' Festival (held this Saturday) is going from strength to strength in the picturesque riverside village west of Canberra. Much of its energy comes from a very strong and supportive community. The program gathers together locally connected writers including Gabrielle Chan, who will...
Deep Waters rise at ‘The Bas’ in Moruya
Arts & Culture
Eurobodalla artist Shirley Goodhew is the next to adorn the walls of the new Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya, and the first local to fill the space with her spark. Deep Waters, an eclectic and contemporary exhibition, spans more than 20 years’ of work and opens at the Bas tomorrow night (March 22). Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Creative Arts Coordinator...
Last $$$ from Tathra Bushfire Fund, Council investigates ongoing options
News
Coinciding with the first anniversary of the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra Bushfire comes the last allocation from the fund established to support those impacted by the flames of March 18, 2018. Over $1.5 million was donated to the Bega Valley Mayoral Appeal - made up of donations from around Australia as well as $160,000 raised at the Band...
Sapphire Snappers – for the love of people, place, and photos
Arts & Culture
Bega Valley photography group, The Sapphire Snappers, recently celebrated two years of casual monthly gatherings also known as 'Instameets,' where amateur photographers meet, take pictures and share their best work on Instagram. One of the group's founding members, Jason Guthrie says Snappers was inspired by the positive response he and others were getting after posting pictures on Instagram and decided they...
The driving forces behind hip hop artist Kirklandd
Arts & Culture
You can catch Canberra hip hop artist Daniel Kirkland's enthusiasm, it is that contagious. People speak quickly when they are passionate and excited, and at the rate of knots Daniel talks, you can tell he lives his life at 100 kilometres an hour and with fervent intensity. Chatting in the Sunday afternoon sun, our conversation darts from hectic travel stories in Morocco...
NGA unveils a melting masterpiece for modern times
Arts & Culture
If you're going to spend a million dollars on a major new acquisition, would you expect it to melt in the next six months? On Friday morning (15 March) National Gallery director Nick Mitzevich ascended a scissor lift in front of assembled media and lit the wick on a four-metre monolithic statue of a man made entirely of wax. The...
Candelo collaboration – The New Graces launch tonight!
Arts & Culture
It's a Candelo collaboration that makes so much sense - it's hard to believe it hasn't happened sooner! Independently acclaimed musicians Kate Burke, Robyn Martin and Melanie Horsnell have banded together as The New Graces and will perform their first gig as a trio tonight (March 15) at the Candelo Town Hall. "We've been on stage together quite a bit over...
Sculpture Bermagui, on now – fusing art and environment
Arts & Culture
Sculpture Bermagui is pulling crowds to the picturesque seaside town as art and environment fuse in a feast for the eyes. Sculpture President Paul Payten says the event is rated as one of South East NSW’s top five flagship events, and aims to present “art for the community, to excite and stimulate locals and visitors." People travelled from Sydney, Canberra,...
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...
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