13 May 2021

Nine things to do in the region this week (14-20 May)

| Lottie Twyford
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Mel O’Callaghan's 'Centre of the Centre' art installation

Mel O’Callaghan’s Centre of the Centre, 2019, installation view at Artspace in Sydney (courtesy of the artist and Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney; Galerie Allen, Paris; Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon). The exhibition is currently running at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery until 12 June. Photo: Zan Wimberley.

From art exhibitions and talks, to a cider festival and simultaneous book readings, there’s something happening in every corner of the region this week.

Bring your dog as RSPCA Cooma celebrates its 40th birthday, or head to one of the many events at HeadLand Writers Festival in Tathra.

You could go along to Bang the ‘Dore at Bungendore, or catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Lords of Pretension in Yass.

Have a great week, everyone!

All week

Mel O’Callaghan: Centre of the Centre

When: Currently running until Saturday, 12 June – see website for opening hours.
Where: Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, 184 Bourke Street
Cost: Free.

Centre of the Centre is a major new commission by Australian-born and Paris-based contemporary artist Mel O’Callaghan that traces the origins of life and its regenerative forces, iterated through video, performance and sculpture.

All weekend

Cooma RSPCA’s 40th Birthday Pawty and Community Walk

When: Saturday, 15 May, from 10:00 am to 12:00pm, and Sunday, 16 May, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Jindabyne Foreshore at Banjo Paterson Park (Saturday); Centennial Park, Cooma (Sunday)
Cost: Free, donations to the RSPCA are encouraged.

To celebrate Cooma RSPCA turning 40, there will be a community walk as well as face painting, giveaways, competitions, ‘pup-lates’ (Pilates with your dog) and cake for both dogs and humans.

There will be prizes so make sure you and your dog are dressed for a party.

More information about the days is available here and here.

Promo for HeadLand Writers Festival

The HeadLand Writers Festival is a new literature event for the NSW Far South Coast. Image: HeadLand Writers Festival.

HeadLand Writers Festival

When: Friday, 14 May, to Monday, 16 May, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Where: Tathra Hotel, Tathra Beach House and Tathra Hall
Cost: Varies, see the full program online.

The HeadLand Writers Festival is a new literature event for the NSW Far South Coast featuring conversations with authors, industry forums, workshops, performances, live music and more.

The event is a partnership between the Tathra Hotel, Candelo Books in Bega, South East Arts, South Coast Writers Centre and Bega Valley Shire Council.

Crowd of people at Batlow CiderFest

Quench your thirst at Batlow CiderFest this weekend. Photo: Batlow CiderFest.


Batlow CiderFest

When: Saturday, 15 May, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Batlow Memorial Park
Cost: $20 – purchase tickets online.

Batlow CiderFest is a colourful street party celebrating the end of the local apple harvest and the best boutique ciders from the region and around Australia.

Growers and producers enjoy some hard-earned downtime after the long months of cultivating, growing, picking and packing apples before winter sets in at the Snowy Valleys.

The event will be headlined by alt-funk band The Spindrift Saga from Batemans Bay.

Band members from Lords of Pretension performing live

Lords of Pretension will perform live at Yazzbar on 15 May. Photo: Yass Valley Council.

Lords of Pretension at Yazzbar

When: Saturday, 15 May, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Yazzbar, 81 Comur Street, Yass
Cost: Free. To book a table, call Deb on 0434 105 119.

Head to Yazzbar in Yass for a night of live music with Lords of Pretension. Kick back and relax with some good food, good wine, and the band’s electric mix of jazz, blues, rock and pop covers.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Film Night

When: Saturday, 15 May, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Bowning Community Hall, 3 Short Street, Bowning
Cost: $15 per person, book online.

Bowning Hall Association Inc presents a film night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Come dressed as your favourite character, and there will be drinks, popcorn and hot-dogs on sale. You can even bring a chair or beanbag.

Promo logo image for Bang the 'Dore

All roads will lead to Bungendore for Bang the ‘Dore on 15 May. Image: Bang the ‘Dore.

Bang the ‘Dore

When: Saturday, 15 May from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Bungendore
Cost: Free.

All roads will lead to the village of Bungendore on Saturday, 15 May, for a celebration of local musical talent.

At Bang the ‘Dore, 20 local buskers will compete for prizes in the morning, and in the afternoon, three local headline artists will take the main stage.

In amongst all that, the village will come alive with a range of local specialist music-related street stalls and special food offers from the Rotary Club Bungendore Scouts and your favourite local businesses.

See the Bang the ‘Dore website for more details.

Artwork by Yvonne Boag

Join artist Yvonne Boag as she discusses her exhibition at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya. Image: Yvonne Boag.

Yvonne Boag: Artist Talk

When: Saturday, 15 May from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, Campbell Street, Moruya
Cost: Free – register online.

Join artist Yvonne Boag as she discusses her exhibition, Travelling / Leaving / Settling: Scotland, Korea, Australia.

This is a great opportunity for the public to hear directly from the artist about the ideas and themes explored in the exhibition and their extensive art practices more broadly.

Paul West holding 'Give Me Some Space!' children's book

Paul West is all systems go to read Give Me Some Space for National Simultaneous Storytime on 19 May. Photo: Bega Valley Shire Council.


National Simultaneous Storytime

When: Wednesday, 19 May at 11:00 am
Where: Check your local library
Cost: Free.

National Simultaneous Storytime is back for 2021 and ready to blast off into space with a reading of Philip Bunting’s Give Me Some Space.

Astronaut Dr Shannon Walker will read the book from the International Space Station.

The event is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association, and each year a different Aussie picture book is chosen.

Public libraries that are participating include in Batemans Bay, Queanbeyan, Eden, Tura and Bermagui.

See the Australian Library and Information Association website for more details.

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