24 May 2024

Nine things to do in the regions this week (24 - 30 May)

| Claire Sams
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Murrumbateman sculptor Michael Le Grand is one of the entrants in this year’s Sculpture for Clyde show. Photo: Supplied.

Winter may be approaching quickly, but that doesn’t mean the fun needs to stop. Here’s our list of nine things to get your blood pumping.

Multiple days

flower buds on branch

In the aftermath of the shock death of someone close to her, Liz Jakimow turned to creative pursuits. Photo: Liz Jakimow.

A Journey with Grief: exploring loss through photography and poetry

When: 25 to 26 May, 10 am to 4 pm (exhibition); 25 May, from 1:30 pm (book launch)
Where: Braidwood Regional Arts Group, 45 Wallace Street, Braidwood
Cost: Free entry.

After the sudden death of a loved one, Liz Jakimow turned to creative pursuits to make sense of her emotions over a three-month period. She started to take a photograph every day and turned to poetry when her emotions came to the fore. Now, these works from the Braidwood photographer and writer have been compiled into an exhibition, while Saturday (25 May) will see a book launch and poetry recital from 1:30 pm.

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Learn and reflect in these livestreamed events from Sydney. Photo: Eurobodalla Libraries/Facebook.

Sydney Writers’ Festival livestream

When: 23 to 25 May
Where: Events at Batemans Bay (at Hanging Rock Place in Batemans Bay), Moruya (at Vulcan Street in Moruya), and Narooma libraries (at Field Street in Narooma)
Cost: Free entry, though bookings can be made via eventbrite for the desired sessions.

What do Trent Dalton, Leigh Sales and Julia Baird have in common? They’re some of the writers, journalists and creatives joining this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival – and you won’t need to travel for it. The sessions are being live-streamed to Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma libraries for three days of philosophy, reflection and storytelling among the bookshelves. While the sessions are free, bookings are essential.

An artwork

This exhibition brings the past and present together as it takes a look at some of the faces of Queanbeyan-Palerang. Image: The artist, via Kristy McBain Facebook.

Community Connections – A Portrait Story

When: 6 April to 25 May, 10 am to 4 pm (open Wednesday to Saturday)
Where: Rusten House Art Centre, 87 Collett Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free entry.

This exhibition features some famous faces – literally. Community Connections is a collection of more than 90 portraits created by members of the Queanbeyan community in 2008. Head along and see if you recognise the local artists, past mayors, and schoolchildren given a new life in artworks from a range of mediums and techniques. This exhibition is part of the Australian Heritage Festival.

Large red steel sculpture

Ebb and Flow, a sculpture by Michael Le Grand, is among those on show in the 2024 Sculpture on Clyde event. Photo: Supplied.

Sculpture for Clyde

When: 25 May to 2 June, Batemans Bay
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free entry.

This annual sculpture show returns to the Batemans Bay waterfront for 10 days, the largest since it began five years ago, with more than 110 sculptures for exhibition and sale. There’s more than beauty on offer – there is also a prize pool of more than $115,000 on the table, after the Acquisitive Award was increased from $60,000 to $100,000. The winning sculpture will also join previous winners on the permanent Batemans Bay Sculpture Walk along the foreshore between Batemans Bay Bridge and Corrigans Cove.

Check out Circus Rio this weekend in Wagga.

Check out Circus Rio this weekend in Wagga Wagga. Photo: Circus Rio.

Circus Rio Carnival Wagga

When: 25 May, 11 am and 4 pm; Sunday 26 May, 11 am
Where: Wagga Showground, Bourke Street, Mount Austin
Cost: Tickets cost between $25 and $75, and are available via Ticketek.

The world-class Australian and international performers of The Circus Rio Spectacular have made the trip back to the Riverina. Settle into your seats and enjoy the breathtaking performance as aerialists hold themselves in the air with fabric (and their skill), jugglers showcase what they can do and much more.


People holding posters

This rally is calling for climate action. Photo: 350Eurobodalla Facebook.

Rise Up Rally for Climate Action

When: 25 May, from 11 am
Where: Foreshore Park, Batemans Bay
Cost: Free entry.

Members of 350Eurobodalla will meet under the bridge at Batemans Bay before marching to the MP’s office. This protest has been organised to call for an end to coal and gas.

Silhouetted people watching fireworks

You can finish your night with some fireworks – but there’s plenty of fun to come first! Photo: Goulburn North Public School/Facebook.

Family Fun and Fireworks Night

When: 25 May, 4 to 8 pm
Where: 1 Union Street, Goulburn
Cost: Entry tickets cost between $3 and $7 (with children aged two years old and under free), and are available via Ticketebo.

This well-known Goulburn North Public School fundraiser is returning for another year! Rides, market stalls, games and prizes will be on offer – as well as a chance to slime teachers and the president. Fairy floss, showbags, a barbecue, a silent auction and much more is planned.

the Bega Soldiers' Memorial Gates

These centenary celebrations will bring people from across the Bega Valley together to honour the shire’s veterans. Photo: Supplied.

Bega Soldiers’ Memorial Gates centenary

When: 25 May, from 10 am
Where: attendees can meet at Gipps Street (near Club Bega)
Cost: Free entry.

The Bega Soldiers’ Memorial Gates were originally erected to commemorate soldiers who died in World War I – now, it’s time to celebrate the memorial’s 100th birthday. The commemorations will include a walk to the gates, wreath laying and addresses by guest speakers. Saturday will also see the formal opening and dedication of a nearby mural with scenes from major conflicts, painted by Terri Tuckwell.


Musicians playing their instruments

The quartet will bring jazz and blues music to a beautiful setting. Photo: Lachy Hamilton Facebook.

Lachy Hamilton Quartet

When: 30 May, 6:30 to 10 pm (doors open from 6 pm for two sets of music)
Where: Kiah Hall, Kiah Hall Road, Kiah
Cost: Tickets cost between $20 and $25 (plus booking fee) and are available via Humanitix.

Keen on treating your ears to some jazz and blues music as you unwind from work (come on, Thursday is close enough to Friday)? The Lachy Hamilton Quartet will be taking over Kiah Hall for a night of music. The group is on tour through NSW and Victoria in May, so head over to Kiah for the evening. Warwick Alder will take to the stage with a trumpet, George Greenhill will man the drums, Nick Jansen will be playing the double bass and Lachy Hamilton will raise the roof with a saxophone.

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