Music festival to bring the blues to Thredbo Village in January next year
What's On
With winter releasing its icy grip on 2021, you might imagine the snow resorts would be falling quiet for a few months. Not so. The party is about to get started in Thredbo as three days of non-stop live music comes to town in January next year. The soulful tunes of blues will fill the air at Thredbo Village as...
Preparations on track for Goulburn Performing Arts Centre’s 2022 opening
Arts & Culture
The new $18.95 million Goulburn Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) is nearing completion, with its grand opening expected in early 2022. Built on the site of the old Goulburn Town Hall, the centre will be a state-of-the-art theatre able to seat 400 patrons. Beginning in late 2019, construction has been highly complex due to the narrow boundaries of the site and...
Thriving arts in the Eurobodalla Shire adds two new Terrance Plowright sculptures for public display
Arts & Culture
Eurobodalla will be home to two new sculptures made by renowned Blue Mountains-based sculptor Terrance Plowright OAM. Terrance Plowright has more than 35 years of experience in the industry and believes his works reveal the innate intelligence of all life and the profoundly powerful nature of existence. Director of Community, Arts and Recreation at Eurobodalla Shire Council, Kathy Arthur said...
Wagga Civic Theatre welcomes back live performances
Arts & Culture
Live performances will be making a comeback to the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre stage from early November, with a number of popular local acts ushering in the change. Under the NSW Government’s Recovery NSW Roadmap, the theatre is operating at 75 per cent capacity. Theatre manager Carissa Campbell said she's thrilled to be welcoming back both performers and patrons and...
Blue plaques add lustre to the heritage of NSW
Arts & Culture
UPDATED 2 November: Due to the strong interest in the NSW Blue Plaques Program, communities across the state will have an additional two weeks to nominate heritage places linked to notable personalities and events for recognition. The deadline for Blue Plaque nominations from MPs and MLCs has been extended to 14 November, giving communities additional time to make suggestions to their local...
Children’s book that goes to the heart of life on the farm
Community
The machinery shed is a sacred place for many people on the farm. It's the place where you might hear some swearing, but more than likely it's the place where knowledge is passed down from father and mother to son and daughter. It's usually the heartbeat of a farm, where all the parts that make things happen live, and mostly...
It seems romance writing is not for the faint-hearted
Arts & Culture
I wrote a romance novel once. OK, I wrote away to the company that publishes romance novels to get their guide on how to write one. The fact they actually produce a writing guide should have warned me off, but no, I was already so in love with my potential hero, I was blind to everything else. I thought I...
Council elections bring hope for Liberty Theatre owners in Yass
News
It's been 17 long years since Touie and Denise Smith purchased the Liberty Theatre in Yass. Originally wanting to restore the theatre, in 2014, after consistent issues in the development process, the couple determined they would instead try to sell the theatre back to the community. Seven years later and they are still looking for a community-minded buyer and they...
Moruya Riverlights return to celebrate Sydney Harbour Bridge anniversary
Arts & Culture
Moruya's spectacular Riverlights Festival will return in 2022, with the event to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on 19 March. With a harbour bridge theme, spectators will see illuminated models of the iconic landmark floating down the Moruya River, bringing much-needed joy to local families, as well as attracting visitors to the...
In Gunning, the show must go on – online
Arts & Culture
While COVID-19 has forced the closure of shows and festivals in many of our cities, it has put the village of Gunning on the virtual map. Last year was to be the first for the Gunning Arts Festival, a coming together of all that was culturally good in the small rural community about 30 km from Gundaroo and a bit further...
When it comes to bargain hunting, Claire and Ben O’Keefe just take their pick
Community
Claire O'Keefe, originally from Coleambally, has a love of history - and a degree in it. Her husband Ben also loves history, particularly that with a military bent - and he spent much of his youth at flea markets. Together they boast the best of skills for how they now earn a living - picking, visiting other people's homes by...
Captain Cook’s impact on Yuin Nation revealed in short film Yuwinj Dhari-Bulwal
Arts & Culture
A documentary shines a light on the impact Captain James Cook's arrival in Australia had and continues to have on First Nations people on the NSW South Coast, 250 years after he sailed past the shores. "Yuin people were the first to see the ship sailing up the coast, so we had a lot of different stories about the Endeavour,"...
Remarkable antiques collection to go under the hammer
Arts & Culture
When you've followed in the tradition of your father by collecting antiques, and spent your working life buying and selling them for other people, chances are you've amassed a treasure or two. Chances are you've probably also run out of room. On the weekend of 25-26 September, 2021, Tuckerbox Auctions will put one of the most remarkable collections of antiques...
River of Art keeps the good times flowing, virtually
Arts & Culture
It takes more than a global pandemic to conquer Eurobodalla's creative spirit. Just as the 2019-2020 bushfires which swept through the region couldn't keep good artists down, the COVID-19 lockdown of spring 2021 has motivated Eurobodalla's River of Art into finding new ways to give voice and visuals to its creative community. So while the planned 10-day physical program that...
Indigenous music video wins three awards at Far South Film Festival
Arts & Culture
A clear winner from the Far South Film Festival has emerged as a suite of three music videos featuring Indigenous songs takes home three awards. The 10-minute Bagan, Barra Barra, Mirriwarr (Land, Sea and Sky) has snatched up 35 per cent of the vote for the People's Choice Award after the results came in from an email survey and the numbers were...
Point, shoot, see what develops
Arts & Culture
Here's a scientific phenomenon based on absolutely no facts whatsoever: you take better photographs in the country. Perhaps because you're in the most natural of settings and, if you're timing's right, you're working with natural light you couldn't possibly recreate with any number of switches and really long extension cords. How can you not capture a sunrise right in front...
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