25 January 2024

Nine things to do in the regions this week (26 January - 1 February)

| Claire Sams
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Wedgetail Pavilion at Goolabri Estate will host comedians and their audiences this week. Photo: Goolabri Estate/Facebook.

We all know Australia Day is on Friday (26 January), but what else is on this week? Here are nine events, including a food market, music performances and a comedy show.

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Two women looking at artworks hanging on a white wall

The works in this exhibition draw on Vivienne Arnott’s Eastern European heritage. Photo: Spiral Gallery Bega/Facebook.

Baba Yaga’s Table exhibition

When: Until 7 February, 10 am to 4 pm (Monday to Saturday) and 10 am to 1 pm (Sunday)
Where: Spiral Gallery, 47 Church Street, Bega
Cost: Free entry.

This is a solo exhibition of still-life paintings and illustrations from Vivienne Arnott that draws on her Eastern European heritage, as well as the plants and objects of her everyday life. The exhibition takes its name from the character (or trio of sisters) in Slavic folklore that is either helpful or harmful to humans.

A photograph of paddocks and trees

Folk music finds a home in Numeralla, a small village in the Snowy Monaro region, for this annual festival. Photo: Numeralla Folk Festival/Facebook.

2024 Numeralla Folk Festival

When: 26 to 28 January
Where: Numeralla Diggers Memorial Hall, MacLean Street, Numeralla
Cost: Free entry.

The annual three-day festival is set to return, and organisers have planned concerts, a bush dance, music workshops, a morning market and a raffle to keep the crowd entertained.

girl prints linocut on the machine.

Learn the basics of etching in this art course – and maybe take some of your hard work home to show your loved ones! Photo: Artranq/Envato.

Printmaking: Intro to Etching

When: 1 to 29 February (specific days), 1 to 4 pm
Where: Creative Space Goulburn, 205 Auburn Street, Goulburn (entry is through Clifford Street)
Cost: Tickets cost $240 and are available for purchase online.

Itching to do something creative with your hands? This is a five-week course for those interested in learning about etching for the first time. Etching is a printmaking method that sees lines cut into the material’s service and then filled with ink – this course will cover the overall process of etching, as well as the materials and tools needed. The ticket price includes instruction, the materials and morning tea during the sessions.

Two adults and three kids playing a game of basketball

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids busy, try this program at PCYC Goulburn. Photo: PCYC Goulburn/Facebook.

PCYC Goulburn School Holiday Program

When: Until 31 January, various times
Where: Goulburn PCYC, corner of Avoca and Derwent streets, Goulburn
Cost: Various, see PCYC Goulburn’s website for more information.

It doesn’t have to be difficult keeping the kids busy during the school holidays! PCYC Goulburn has a program of sport, creative activities, children’s games and more. Participants are asked to bring a water bottle, lunch and some snacks and a hat.


People watching army cadets in uniform during an exercise by flagpoles

Councils across Capital Country have prepared events to mark Australia Day in 2024. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council/Facebook.

Australia Day 2024

When: 26 January, all day
Where: Various
Cost: Various.

Councils across southeastern NSW are hosting events – depending on where you live, you might be able to check out a pool party, a free barbecue breakfast, a fireworks display, a dusk display and much more.


The venue at night and people standing around small firepits

This is an evening of music organised for a good cause. Photo: Navigate Arts/Facebook.

Mista Savona Live

When: 27 January, 4 to 8 pm
Where: Navigate Arts @ the Old Tanja Church, 1140 Tathra-Bermagui Road, Tanja
Cost: Tickets cost $90 and are available via Humanitix.

For one night, Tanja on the NSW Far South Coast will host four-piece reggae and salsa ensemble Mista Savona. There will also be food and drinks to keep participants full as they enjoy the performance. The concert doubles as a fundraiser for the Bermagui Survival Day initiative, sponsored by the Bega Multicultural Centre and Funhouse Studio.

Nethercote Produce Market

This market is only held a few times a year, so this is your chance to stock up on fresh food and other produce. Photo: Nethercote Produce Market.

Nethercote Produce Market

When: 27 January, 8 am to noon
Where: Nethercote Hall, corner of Nethercote and Back Creek roads, Nethercote
Cost: Free entry.

This is a market that is only held a few times a year, but has grown a loyal following. On Saturday, stallholders both old and new will be on hand selling a range of fresh foods, including apples, cabbages, potatoes, raspberries, shallots, tomatoes, kale and many other fruits and vegetables. The public can also get involved by donating any home-grown produce they have (if they don’t have enough for a stall) at Nethercote Hall before 8 am on market days. The proceeds of the event will be donated to food-related projects in the community.

A poster for the event

This art exhibition is opening for one night only. Photo: Charl Goldstraw/Facebook.

INFERNO art expo

When: 27 January, 5 to 10 pm
Where: The Twyford, 16 Market Street, Merimbula
Cost: Tickets cost $17.19 and are available via eventbrite.

Defy – a creative collective of multi-media artists, DJs and other creatives – have come together for this art exhibition. The theme is grunge, and attendees are asked to pull out their best grunge look to wear as they check out the artworks.

A poster for the event

Wine and laughter – what more could you ask for? Photo: Grapes of Mirth/Facebook.

Grapes of Mirth

When: 27 January, 2 to 8 pm
Where: Goolabri Estate, 202 Goolabri Drive, Sutton
Cost: Tickets cost $89 and are available via Moshtix.

Rhys Nicholson, Lizzy Hoo, Dave Thornton, Chris Ryan, Merrick Watts and DJ Pedro Moshman are big names in the comedy scene. This Saturday, they’re making the drive to Goolabri Estate for a night of wine and laughter – and you’re invited as well. Contentious Character will provide the wines and there will be food vendors on hand. The event is strictly 18+, and the tickets come with a wine glass you can take home. Attendees can bring their own picnic rugs and chairs.

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