19 January 2024

Nine things to do in the regions this week (19 - 25 January)

| Claire Sams
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The Thredbo Blues Festival is making a return – and there’s more events during the coming week. Photo: Thredbo Resort.

As we settle back into the post holiday routine of wishing we were still on holiday (while adjusting to being back to normal life), here are nine events to keep the holiday feel going!

Multiple days

People on a stage in their costumes

Fiddler on the Roof is a well known story – and now it is coming to Bega. Photo: Dreamcoat Theatre Productions/Facebook.

Fiddler on the Roof

When: 19 to 27 January, various times
Where: Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Zingel Place, Bega Town Hall, Bega
Cost: Tickets cost $50 and are available via TryBooking.

Fiddler on the Roof is based on the story of a pious Jewish dairyman living in the Russian Empire called Tevye. Tevye is dedicated to finding good matches for his daughters, but things don’t go to plan. The musical, which has music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, is coming to Bega for several shows from Dreamcoat Theatre Productions, a not-for-profit theatre group. Excess profits will be donated to the Sapphire Coast Advocates for Social Justice to support families affected by homelessness.

Two musicians performing with guitars in front of a crowd

The Thredbo Blues Festival line-up boasts a range of talented blues and jazz musicians. Photo: Thredbo Resort.

Thredbo Blues Festival

When: 19 to 21 January
Where: Thredbo Alpine Village, Thredbo
Cost: Tickets cost $239 for a three-day pass (children under 14 have free entry) and can be purchased online.

Blues and jazz music will ring out across the Snowy Mountains as this festival comes to Thredbo Alpine Village. The line-up includes more than 23 acts, set to deliver more than 60 performances across the three-day event.

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This puppet show is focused around a mystery. Can you solve it before the end of the show? Photo: The Twyford/Facebook.

A Little Bit of Blue puppet show and workshop

When: 21 to 22 January, 1:30 to 2:10 pm (puppet show); 22 January, from 11 am (workshop)
Where: Twyford Hall, 16 Market Street, Merimbula
Cost: Tickets for the show cost between $12 and $50, while the puppet-making workshop costs between $10 and $15; both are available via TryBooking.

At Mrs Mavis Hooley’s home, something has gone missing – just something small. But then it happens again – and then again and again. In the A Little Bit of Blue puppet show, Mrs Hooley and a detective set out to find out just what is going on. The show runs for 40 minutes with no interval, and is recommended for ages three to eight. There is also a chance for people to make their own paper friends in a puppet making workshop on Monday (22 January).

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Get some new books to read this summer while supporting a good cause! Photo: Braidwood Book Fair/Facebook.

Braidwood Book Fair

When: 24 to 28 January, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: National Theatre, 100 Wallace Street, Braidwood
Cost: Free entry.

Many of us plan to read more books over summer (or tackle the ones sitting on our shelves), but here is a chance to pick up some additions to your to-read list. There will also be DVDs, CDs, magazines, records, puzzles and other items looking for a new home. Items will be sorted for easy browsing, including with a children’s section for youngsters. The book fair will support local community groups.

Archibald Prize 2023

Attendees can look at Archibald Prize 2023 finalists Laura Jones’ Claudia (the GOAT) and James Powditch’s Sam I Am. Photo: Art Gallery NSW.

Archibald Prize touring exhibition

When: 19 January, 6 to 9 pm (opening night); 20 January to 3 March, 9 am to 5 pm (Monday to Friday) or noon to 4 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Civic Centre, 184 Bourke Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets for the opening night cost $64.84 and can be purchased via eventbrite; tickets for the exhibition cost between $15 and $45 (depending on ticket type) and can be purchased via eventbrite by selecting the chosen ticket type.

The Archibald Prize is well known across Australia – and now the touring 2023 exhibition is coming to Goulburn. Attendees will be able to see the 57 finalists. The exhibition will open with a formal celebration on Friday evening (19 January), featuring Goulburn-based pop rock vocalist Ashleigh Chapman and indie pop band Pash Rash. The night will be catered, so attendees can enjoy local food, wine and beer. Head along to the gallery to see this exhibition as it makes its home in Goulburn (for the next little while, at least).


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Have a dance and meet others in the community in this country tradition. Photo: Durras Community Association/Facebook.

Family Bush Dance

When: 19 January, 6 to 9 pm
Where: South Durras Progress Hall, 31 Banyandah Street, South Durras
Cost: Tickets cost between $10 and $40 (single adult tickets are sold out, though child and family tickets are available) and are available via eventbrite.

Bush dances are part of Australian country culture, and now is your chance to come along to one in South Durras! McQuoids Offering Bush Band will be providing the music, while there will be an instructor on hand to lead everyone through the steps. There will also be water, tea and coffee, fruit and home-baked cake to fuel the night of dancing.


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Check out cars and bikes of all kinds at this show. Photo: Bungendore Car Club/Facebook.

Braidwood Car and Bike Show

When: 20 January, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Royal Mail Hotel Braidwood, 145/147 Wallace Street, Braidwood
Cost: Free entry for the public or $20 each for car and bike entries.

Co-organised by the Rail Mail Hotel Braidwood and the Bungendore and District Automotive Club, this is your chance to see what otherwise might have been kept in a neighbour’s garage. But if you’re not a fan of cars or motorbikes, then don’t worry! The day will also feature live music performances, food stalls, a mullet competition, sausage dog races and more to keep everyone entertained.

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This pop-up gallery has been organised to support female and non-binary artists and other creatives from across the South Coast. Photo: Kara Coen/Facebook.

Pop-up Art and Music Fest from Creme Femme Collective

When: 20 January, from 11 am
Where: Tilba Valley Winery & Ale House, 947 Old Highway, Central Tilba
Cost: Free entry.

This pop-up festival brings art, music, jewellery and more in a celebration of female and non-binary creatives. Natalie, Wild Awkward and Piper Allen will be performing, and there will be belly dancers. The day will also feature artwork and other creative endeavours from a range of South Coast artists.


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This is the second of two inflatable pool parties in Yass Valley Council’s holiday program. Photo: Yass Valley Council/Facebook.

Inflatable Pool Party

When: 22 January, 1 to 4 pm
Where: Binalong Pool, 65 Stephens Street, Binalong
Cost: Free entry, though registrations via eventbrite are essential.

The end of the school holidays are approaching, which means the end of Yass Valley Council’s program is also near. This is the second of two pool parties council has organised – so pull on your swimmers and take on the inflatable obstacle course for some summer fun (and maybe bragging rights if you beat your friends through the course)!

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