The regions are turning it up for the final weeks of winter with a smorgasbord of entertainment options.
It’s Art Month on the beautiful Sapphire Coast, the Far South Coast’s annual film festival is back in person for the first time in two years and country shows are coming hard and fast in Ganmain and Weethalle.
We have gathered a selection of the best on offer, so grab your coat and get set to kiss winter goodbye.
When: Until August 31, various times
Where: Various Sapphire Coast locations
Cost: Only some events ticketed, access program here.
The Sapphire Coast’s art communities will continue strutting their stuff til the end of this month in this showcase of local talent. Visitors can find out where cosplay meets climate action in the “Princess of Planting” project or check out any of the weekend art trails, gallery crawls, open studios, music, performances, workshops, talks and more.
The Far South Film Festival has announced an exciting line-up of VIP guests in addition to its film screenings and social events. Actor, writer, director and producer Rosie Lourde (Starting From Now, Skin Deep, Romance on the Menu, Blockhead and Sparkles and the Flood of Tears) will moderate two Q&A panels at the festival. At the Breaking In Q&A writer Niki Aken, actor Fayssal Bazzi and actor/writer/director Chum Ehelepola discuss their break-through moments in the film industry. And the Regional Filmmakers’ Q&A will be an excellent opportunity to hear from some of the directors of the beautiful films being screened at the Festival, which gathers works made by regional filmmakers from all over Australia that reflect the people, environment and issues that matter to regional people.
When: Saturday 20 August, 3:30 pm and 6 pm
Where: Bega Indoor Sports Stadium, Carp St, Bega
Cost: Adult $15, child $10, family (four) $45, book here.
This latest production from youth dance organisation FLING Physical Theatre is a collaboration with YFLING and FLUX Creators. It’s like a living board game in which FLING’s youngest members (from age seven) play physical games created by Melbourne Game Maker Tim Snowdon. Dancers are prompted by a visual language displayed on cards, directing their movement in real time. They also make live choices in response to graphics by local designer Belinda Rosenbaum. The production challenges the strategies of play and may call on members of the audience… so get your game face on.
When: Saturday 20 August, 8 am to 6:30 pm
Where: Ganmain Showground, Showground Rd, Ganmain
Cost: Adult $16, concession $11, child 10-16 $6, under 10s free, family (two adults, two kids) $34, book here.
Get set for an electric atmosphere and all the nostalgia of a true country show, packed with fun for the whole family. You’ll need the entire day to partake in everything these folk have lined up, including a ladies pavilion, quick shear competition, horse events including showjumping, draught horse displays and dressage, dodgems, dog trials, sheep and fleece judging, cooking competitions, art and craft competitions, farm and garden produce exhibits, fashion in the fields, poultry, dog show, sideshows and roaming entertainment. As the sun sets, grab a dagwood dog or a wood fired pizza, pull up a pew and watch the fireworks.
When: Saturday 20 August to Sunday 4 September, all day
Where: Merimbula Old School Museum, 85 Main St, Merimbula
Cost: Museum entry by donation payable at the door.
The Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society is staging the Merimbula Festival and Yarn Bombing project. It kicks off on Saturday 20 August with much fanfare including music, food, stalls, crafts and special displays in the museum celebrating the area’s history, all under the theme of “know your community”. First staged in 2019 this community project will culminate in a two-week dressing of the museum grounds and street furniture in colourful and imaginative crocheted, knitted or woven artworks. Street art will brighten up Main, Market and Beach streets in Merimbula and special events will be held at the Old School Museum.
When: Saturday 20 August, 6 pm – 11:30 pm
Where: The Bend and Sip Bar, 98A Campbell St, Narooma
Cost: $11.64, book here.
All are welcome to this one-night-only celebration of women in the arts. Featuring south east soul singer Kara Coen plus Phoebe Jane and Jacqui Holmes, there will also be delicious food and drinks available from the bar. Music starts 7 pm and Dj lil 9″ takes over from 10 pm. Guests will also have the chance to see and purchase works from local female artists including painter Kyla Stone, jeweller Natalie Ashkenazi and many more in the Taste of Femme Gallery.
When: Sunday 21 August, 8 am – 7 pm
Where: Weethalle Showground, cnr Cow St and Teamster Dr, Weethalle
Cost: Adults $12, pensioners and children under 18 $6, payable at the gate.
The Annual Weethalle Show has all the trappings of a proper country show – and we mean all. It features horse events, poultry, sheep and wool and pavilion displays of farm produce, flowers, photography, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations and competitions, show rides, show bags, sheering exhibitions, card readings, dog jumpings, big rig truck competitions, sideshows, food vans, tractor pulls and endless entertainment. You get the idea – a bonanza of regional charm packed onto one showground for one day.
When: Sunday 21 August, 1:45 pm for a 2 pm start
Where: Braidwood Uniting Church, cnr Monkittee and Duncan sts, Braidwood
Cost: Adults $48.56, concession $43.29, under 30s $32.74, book here.
“Across cultures and centuries women in threes bewitch and beguile. They are icons of fate, femininity and the supernatural, and whether they appear as girls, goddesses, or ghosts, music is never too far from them.” As part of the Braidwood Concert Series, The Luminescence Chamber Singers present Dolce Cantavi. Luminescence trio A J America, Veronica Milroy and Rachel Minke offer a contemporary take on this ancient trope, performing music for three female voices by Anne Cawrse, Alice Chance, Caroline Shaw, Gavin Bryars, and David Lang.
When: Thursday 25 August, 4 pm – 7 pm
Where: Friday Flat, Friday Dr, Thredbo
Cost: Free with a valid lift pass for that day.
Thursday is arguably the best night of the week for families at Thredbo thanks to this family fun event. Make sure you purchase kids flares (lights) from Thredbo Retail cart at Friday Flat on Thursday afternoons. You can then start at the Friday Flat Bistro for kid-friendly activities and delicious pimped-out kids’ hot chocolates from 4 pm, then head over for hugs and selfies from the Thredboland Animals from 4:30 pm to 4:45 pm. Meet at the Easy Does It chairlift at 5 pm for the flare run kick off where Thredbo Snow Sport instructors will take the kiddos up. Parents can watch from the bottom of the run as their little rippers make their way down the gentle and friendly slope with their twinkling LED flares under the night sky. To cap off a perfect evening, fireworks kick off at 5:45 pm. It’s an experience your kids won’t soon forget.