4 August 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (4 - 10 August)

| Claire Sams
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A castle and tower built with Lego

LEGO fans rejoice … an annual show is returning to Goulburn. Photo: Playwell Events/Facebook.

Looking for something to fill your weekend? About Regional has a list to get you started.

The Windows exhibition with work from Holly Hartwell will close shortly. This week will also see the opening of the Burning Generation exhibition in Tumut, which showcases works from young people affected by the Black Summer bushfires. If you’re in the mood to celebrate LGBTIQ+ pride, Rainbow Mountain at Thredbo Resort will be the place to be.

Friday evening will see an information session on the Voice to Parliament, while the following day will see a book launch in Moruya, a dance performance in Bega and a car museum open day. On Sunday, LEGO fans are invited to Goulburn for the return of the annual Goulburn Brick Show and Queanbeyan will host Hayley Jensen during her tour.

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Your chances to see the work of Holly Hartwell are almost up, with this exhibition closing soon. Photo: Goulburn Club/Facebook.

Windows exhibition

When: 28 April to 7 August; open Thursdays and Fridays from 5 pm to late and Sundays from 1 to 5 pm
Where: The Goulburn Club, 19 Market Street, Goulburn
Cost: Free.

Windows is a solo exhibition from Holly Hartwell, an artist with 20 years’ experience. And if you’ve been meaning to stop by, don’t delay your visit any longer – the exhibition is coming to a close within a few days.

A young girl sitting on play equipment among an orange haze

The impact of the Black Summer bushfires on young people across the Snowy Valleys LGA is the focus of this art exhibition in Tumut. Photo: Greg Stonham/Shutterstock.

Burning Generation exhibition

When: 4 August to end of August, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Tumut Region Visitor Centre, 5 Adelong Road, Tumut
Cost: Free entry.

The Black Summer bushfires affected many Australians – but it’s their impact on our youngest that is the focus of a new art exhibition. An opening will be held from 3 to 5 pm on Friday (4 August). Part of a wider project, seven young people aged 12 to 18 years were involved in a series of workshops with local artist Claire Harris at Create Hub Riverina to create the artworks.

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Stop by Thredbo for a fun (and inclusive) three-day event. Photo: Thredbo Resort/Facebook.

Rainbow Mountain

When: 10 to 12 August, various times
Where: Thredbo Resort, Thredbo Village, Thredbo
Cost: Cost depends on the event, with bookings to be made through the resort’s website.

A festival to celebrate the LGBTIQ+ community is returning to Thredbo over three days this August. Many events have been planned, including snow events, parties, apres, a live concert, champagne lunch and more.


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This session on the Voice to Parliament has in-person and virtual attendance options. Photo: Kristy McBain/Facebook.

Voice to Parliament Community Conversation

When: 4 August, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Bicentennial Hall, 252 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan and online
Cost: Free entry, with registration online.

If you’ve been searching for some more information on the approaching referendum, this is the place to start. Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain will be joined by guests Thomas Mayo, Esma Livermore, Aunty Matilda House, and Kerry O’Brien to talk constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples and the proposed Voice to Parliament. For those located further afield, RSVP online and put ‘virtual’ in the comments box to receive a livestream link.


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Bergalia’s long history is the focus of this book. Photo: Moruya and District Historical Society/Facebook.

Bergalia, Meringo, Bingie book launch

When: 5 August, 1 to 2 pm
Where: Moruya Library, Vulcan Street, Moruya
Cost: Free entry, though bookings via eventbrite are essential.

Author Shirley Jurmann will be at the library to launch her book on the history of (and stories behind) farming communities around the village of Bergalia. The Moruya and District Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting will then start at 2 pm.

Young people dancing in a loose circle, dressed in black

FLING members performing PUFFER, a show created by FLING Physical Theatre co-artistic director Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Rose. Photo: Lorna Sim.

The Stadium’s Last Hurrah performance

When: 5 August, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Bega Indoor Stadium, Carp Street, Bega
Cost: Tickets are priced on a sliding scale between $10 and $50 and are available via Humanitix.

As FLING Physical Theatre prepares to end its time in the Bega Indoor Stadium, they have organised one final show to say goodbye to the space.

A panorama of a lot of cars, parked indoors

When you think of Cooma, you might think of the snow – but there are plenty of other things for car fans. Photo: Cooma Car Club/Facebook.

Motor Museum open day

When: 5 August, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Motor Museum, 11 Bolaro Street, Cooma
Cost: Entry is $5 per person, with children under 12 free.

If you’re at the snow but are looking for something different, try a museum that’s all about motoring! The Motor Museum’s next open day is Saturday.


A Harry Potter-themed Lego build

LEGO fans of all ages are invited to this show. Photo: Playwell Events/Facebook.

Goulburn Brick Show 2023

When: 6 August, 10 am to 4 pm (two-hour slots available)
Where: Goulburn Workers Club, 1 McKell Place, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost $10 and are available via TryBooking; children under 3 are free and there are family packs available.

This is an event that proves LEGO isn’t just for children! Playwell Events will be returning to Goulburn Workers for the annual Brick Show. This year, there will be models, play tables and other interactive displays.

A poster for the Queanbeyan gig

Queanbeyan is one of the upcoming stops on Hayley’s tour. Photo: Hayley Jensen/Facebook.

Hayley Jensen show

When: 6 August, 2 to 6 pm
Where: Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, 85 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets cost $23.50 (for those aged under 18) or $33.70 (for general admission), and are available via Oztix.

As part of her tour, Hayley Jensen will be stopping by Queanbeyan. Hayley is a two-time Golden Guitar Award ‘Female Artist of the Year’ and CMC Award Finalist who has been on Australian Idol and The Voice. Her tour is a chance for audiences to listen to an acoustic version of her music and to hear her new music before it’s released.

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