Pandemic inspires the Sapphire Coast’s art of kindness
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Acclaimed Bega-based artist Mirjam Aigner knew she wanted to do something in the wake of the devastating Black Summer bushfires, but it took another disaster - this time on a global scale - to work out what. It was during the COVID-19 lockdown when the NSW and Victorian border was shut that Ms Aigner came up with the idea of...
New events making a splash on Batemans Bay foreshore
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Buskers performing on the foreshore, live canvas mural painting and blues musicians playing on a boat cruising by - there's definitely something different in the air at the Bay. Over the past few weekends, the Clyde River Waterfront has been transformed into an area abuzz with energy. This coming weekend will be no different with Foreshore Tunes from Simon Harker...
Tickets sell out to Dragon Dreaming Festival in 36 hours
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Organisers of the Dragon Dreaming Festival are confident the event will go ahead as planned and residents of Wee Jasper village are thrilled. All 2500 tickets to the annual music, arts and lifestyle festival held on the edge of Burrinjuck Dam in Wee Jasper sold out within 36 hours. It's a limited allocation given the festival is approved to host...
From Abbey Road to a recording studio out bush
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Down a little dirt track, just outside of Crookwell, in regional NSW, is the Old Binda Road Recording Studio. Owner, producer and composer Stephen Lindsay, from Oceanic Records, has worked at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, and with contestants from The Voice. Now he's recording music with local artists such as Mariah Keramianaki – aka Mariah K – who are...
Festival of Small Halls a lifeline for musos out bush
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A small, regional music festival that's due to tour NSW this April and May is proving to be a lifeline for the organisers of Woodford Folk Festival. Woodfordia Inc has been surviving on COVID-19 arts recovery grants from the government to run small events such as the Festival of Small Halls since cancelling its main event and one of Australia's...
War hero, playwright and farmer – the amazing story of Gunning’s Millicent Armstrong
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The story of Millicent Armstrong may not be widely known, but as one of Australia's great female heroes - it should be. From her early years she was destined to amazing things - one of the first women in Australia to attend university, she then travelled across the world to join the war effort as a nurse and finally returned...
New youth orchestra a gateway to adventures
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An unprecedented opportunity has opened for young people living within a 100-kilometre radius of Goulburn to join an orchestra right on their doorstep. The Hume Conservatorium is offering a pathway for young musicians to join the new Hume Youth Orchestra led by Hume Con staff members Liam Meany, Isabella Brown and Donna Seipelt. The Hume Youth Orchestra will be the representative Southern...
Queanbeyan’s Good Folk may have earned a spot on Festival calendar
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The National Folk Festival is keen to program an encore of Good Folk in Queanbeyan in the spring after the success of the two-day Easter event. Conceived as a way to keep the Festival brand alive after two successive cancellations of the traditional five-day Easter event at Exhibition Park, Good Folk not only created a buzz in the border town at...
Free workshops for young and old share the secrets of film and live streaming
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Age is no barrier when it comes to learning about film making or streaming with a number of free workshops being held on the Far South Coast. In April, Far South Film will present two-day workshops on Film making for Seniors as well as Live Visual Effects for Streaming for younger people. The youth workshop is a Youth Week event...
Basil Sellers gives Moruya the gift of a world-class sculpture
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A sculpture created by one of Australia’s most recognised artists and donated by philanthropist Basil Sellers OAM, will soon be installed in pride of place at Moruya. The $100,000 gift to the Eurobodalla community was commissioned by Mr Sellers to further enrich The Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre which has fast become a must-see attraction on the south-east arts circuit since...
Far South Coast comes alive at Easter with festivals, art exhibitions
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The Far South Coast will be a hive of activity this Easter with plenty of events and activities for both visitors and locals. There's two-days of entertainment at the Eden Easter FunDayz, the always-popular Tilba Festival, the opening of a Sculpture Garden Exhibition at Navigate Arts near Tathra and a little further ahead there will be the opening of a...
Golden girl Fanny Lumsden bringing her Australiana songs to Queanbeyan’s Good Folk
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The National Folk Festival's Good Folk headliner and multi-award winner, Fanny Lumsden, appreciates the irony. The traumatic year of bushfires and COVID-19 was, from a career perspective, her best yet. The success of the 2021 Golden Guitar Female Artist of the Year's album Fallow, despite being released on the day the "music industry was cancelled", surpassed her understandably altered expectations,...
Photography helps Grant Kitchen move beyond his wheelchair
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Technology can't help Grant Kitchen walk again, but it is helping him chase a love of photography. From the click of a button on his phone, the 62-year-old is able to capture sunsets, seascapes and a butterfly as it hovers above a thistle in the paddock. Now he's bravely preparing for his first public exhibition. At the age of 44,...
Foodies in for a treat at Narooma Oyster Festival 2021
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Mouths will be watering at the news the Narooma Oyster Festival is returning on 30 April to 1 May 2021 with a top line-up of chefs, oyster farmers and producers. The festival has attracted thousands of people each year and will be held in the Wagonga Inlet, Narooma and celebrates NSW South Coast oysters and the region’s natural quality produce,...
Bega’s Felicity Dowd smashes the country music chart at 17
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It's not every day a musician releases their debut single and it rises to number one on the iTunes Country Songs Chart overnight. However, after releasing her debut single, Blue Skies, on 8 March, Felicity Dowd woke up to find she'd achieved exactly that. The song paints an honest but hopeful picture of how natural disasters have shaped Australia's landscape, but...
Heesco’s ‘holiday’ in the Hilltops leaves a lasting impression
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He might have been on the shade side of a silo for the best part of six weeks in January, but Heesco Khosnaran felt like he was on holiday when he visited Harden-Murrumburrah. The Mongolian street artist has just returned to his hometown of Melbourne having just completed a majestic mural on the side of the twin towns’ towering epicentre...
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