17 May 2024

Nine things to do in the regions this week (17 - 23 May)

| Claire Sams
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Piles of beanies in front of three smiling women

This year 750 bright apple beanies will be for sale at Batlow’s Ciderfest on Saturday, ready to keep attendees warm. Photo: Van der Photography.

From art to theatre to apple harvest, there is still plenty going on in the regions this week. Grab your coat and get out there!

Multiple days

Wagga firefighter Sharon Spackman

Sharon was 21 when she first joined as a firefighter in 1992, and now her story is featured in an exhibition of Wagga Wagga women. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

There’s More 2 HerStory

When: 4 May to 4 June, 10 am to 4 pm (Tuesday to Saturday) and 10 am to 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Historic Council Chambers, Museum of the Riverina, corner of Baylis and Morrow streets, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free entry.

How much do you know about the history of women in Wagga Wagga? One exhibition is pulling the curtain back on the stories of 45 women – including Indigenous elders, artisans, sportswomen, performers, teachers and businesswomen – and putting them front and centre. There’s More 2 HerStory is a companion exhibition to 2019’s HerStory, and features information, objects and photographs of iconic women and their contributions to Wagga.

Artwork by Geoffrey Odgers

This new exhibition from Geoffrey Odgers looks at identity, stoicism and positivity. Image: Art by Geoffrey Odgers, via Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre Facebook.

Stoic Permanence, Spiritual Joy exhibition

When: 18 May to 6 June, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, corner of Vulcan and Campbell streets, Moruya
Cost: Free entry.

Geoffrey Odgers is inspired by the rocks at Coila and One Tree Beach at Tuross Head – and now you can see the resulting artwork. Inspired by an Australian landscape, the artworks featured in Stoic Permanence, Spiritual Joy were created through paint, collage, and drawing and feature on two canvas sizes – all for an exploration of identity, positive utilitarianism and a rejection of self-doubt.

A poster for the event

Quilts do more than keep us warm. As this exhibition shows, they can teach us about history. Image: Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council/Facebook.

A Stitch in Time exhibition

When: 15 May to 22 June, 10 am to 4 pm (Wednesday to Saturday)
Where: Rusten House Arts Centre, 87 Collett Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free entry.

A Stitch in Time shows that quilts are more than something to keep us warm when the autumn chill hits. This exhibition showcases a selection of quilts and textile art from the collections of Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and the Braidwood Quilters, including quilts made for the ‘Quilts 2000’ project for the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, quilted panels created to mark the opening of the Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall and quilts created for the Centenary of Federation. The exhibition is also part of the 2024 Queanbeyan-Palerang Heritage Festival, which is running until 25 May.

Two people holding message sticks

Don Atkinson and Jidi Cooper are two of the artists showcasing their work in this exhibition. Photo: Spiral Gallery Bega/Facebook.

Celebrating First Nations artists living on Yuin Country exhibition

When: 17 May to 5 June, 10 am to 4 pm (Monday to Friday) or 10 am to 1 pm (Saturdays)
Where: Spiral Gallery, 47 Church Street, Bega
Cost: Free entry.

This art exhibition brings together work from Don Atkinson, Sabrina Canavan, Rhiannon Chapman, Amanda Close, Jidi Cooper, Sean Deaves, Toni Hill, Troy Lenihan, Olivia Matthews, Marcus Mundy, Alison Simpson, Emma Stewart and Joe Stewart. The exhibition is presented with the financial support of South East Arts and the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Scheme and will have its official opening on Saturday (18 May) from 10 am to 2 pm, with MP Kristy McBain set to open it for everyone to enjoy.

A woman holding a microphone and a man playing a trumpet

Head to the theatre for two one-act plays in one! Photo: The Moruya Red Door Theatre/Facebook.

A Hidden Hand

When: 17 to 25 May, shows at various times
Where: Moruya RSL Hall, 11 Page Street, Moruya
Cost: Tickets cost between $20 and $30 and are available by calling 0490 805 389.

In its first offering for 2024, Moruya Red Door Theatre Company is coming back strong. Grab your ticket and settle into your seats for Moments by Bruce Kane (a romantic comedy that takes place in Heartbreak Hotel) and Strip Poker by Jean Pierre Martinez (a dark comedy about a night that drags on and on). There will also be live music before the shows by multi-instrumentalist Peter Poole and vocalist Victoria Westwood.

A poster for the event

This exhibition highlights how creativity can transform objects. Image: Supplied.

Re Fine exhibition

When: 18 May to 7 June, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm (Friday and Saturday only)
Where: Waste Art space, Moruya Transfer Station, 21 Yarragee Road, Moruya
Cost: Free entry.

The Waste Art space at the Moruya Transfer Station will be transformed into the home of an exhibition from ‘scrap-smith’ Sharon of Cardog Designs. The exhibition will open at 11 am on Saturday, where a morning tea will be on offer, and be open until early June.


Take a drive out to Batlow and this festival is sure to become the apple of your eye.

Take a drive to Batlow and this festival is sure to become the apple of your eye. Photo: Batlow CiderFest/Facebook.

Batlow Ciderfest

When: 18 May, 10 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Pioneer Street, Batlow
Cost: Tickets cost $30 (plus booking fee) online and are available via the Ciderfest’s website.

Batlow is known for its apples – and for the annual festival celebrating the humble fruit. The party marks the end of the apple harvest, with headline act The Steve Edmonds Band to lead the party. As always, there will be plenty of chances to taste the region’s famous cold climate wines and ciders, along with market stalls and roving performers.


A group of people

The Luminescence Chamber Singers are coming to Braidwood. Photo: Braidwood Concert Series News/Facebook.

Of the Body

When: 19 May, 3 to 4 pm
Where: Braidwood Uniting Church, 66 Monkittee Street, Braidwood
Cost: Tickets cost between $20 and $45 (plus booking fee) and are available via Humanitix.

The Luminescence Chamber Singers are continuing their tour with Of the Body, a show that explores our physical forms by taking audiences under the skin. Each moment of Dan Walker’s new song cycle focuses on the body – the eyes, the hands, the mouth, the feet, the blood, and finally, the heart, in a show conducted by Roland Peelman.


A man standing behind a violin

This tour is heading across regional NSW and Victoria – with a stop in Goulburn on the schedule. Photo: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra/Facebook.

Berlin to Bologna

When: 22 May, 8 to 8:30 pm
Where: Hume Conservatorium, 160 Bourke Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost between $25 and $40 and are available online.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is coming to Goulburn as part of its tour across regional NSW and Victoria, bringing music from across the seas. The program includes pieces from Bologna, before it travels north to Berlin through Venice, Innsbruck and Stuttgart for a musical tour of Europe.

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