The Highlands is known for the strength and creativity of its artistic community. Practitioners of all levels, from national icons to enthusiastic amateurs, come to the area for the cool air, natural beauty and lifestyle which combine to provide an inspirational environment in which to create. The region supports a vibrant Arts/Culture ethos that is reflcted in the wealth of events, performances, exhibitions and festivals that occur
through every season, all year. As a dedicated Arts & Culture site for the Southern Highlands, ARTSfie is both a teaser for the spectacular creative offerings of the region, and a calendar of events for various cultural happenings during the year. We trust that you enjoy what you see and look forward to meeting you here in the
November is Southern Highlands ARTS Trail time! Visual artists across the Highlands open their studio doors for visitors to explore their creative habitats and purchase works direct from the maker. Exhibiting artists range from full-time professionals to emerging artists across genres including painting, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, photography, sculpture and printmaking. Many of our galleries also participate with Trail-specific exhibitions.
2020 Map and Trail PDFs will be available for download in late October.
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Progressing Ballet Technique: 11 am – 12:30 pm AEDT
Join us for a fun and engaging workshop where you will learn new ways focusing on alignment and core stability. This is an hour and a half class where you will strengthen your body and learn new ways of engaging your muscles.
This workshop will be a beginner class for adults where you will learn the basics of Progressing Ballet Technique. This class will focus on developing correct use of muscles and technique. It is suitable for not only dancers but people who have had injuries or haven’t trained for a while. This class will help you strengthen your body in a safe, nurturing environment.
Classes are taught by Bonnie Curtis, who is the only Certified Progressing Ballet Technique teacher in the Southern Highlands.
Ballet Basics: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm AEDT
This workshop is a beginner class for adults where you will learn the basics of Ballet. This class will cover the foundations of barre work and centre work, curated for small spaces. All you need is a chair and some clear floor space.
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Note: for the past eight years we have held the Southern Highlands Writers Festival (SHWF) in the month of July, but this year due to restrictions caused by the Coronavirus, we have rescheduled the festival to November 2020.
The festival will be held in several venues within the Southern Highlands, including Milton Park Country Hotel.
Stay tuned for more.
Thoroughbass presents Short Stories with internationally acclaimed pianist Michael Tsalka and Thoroughbass director and harpsichordist Diana Weston.
Duo partners Diana and Michael reveal the stories within the music in informal settings inviting intimacy and connection. They invite you to join them as they journey through the emotional landscape of Schubert’s famous Fantasia in f minor, re-awaken the joy of hearing about Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Tom-Thumb from Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and share Debussy’s fascination with the exotic in Six Epigraphes Antiques.
Both Michael and Diana have had many new works composed for them. True to form, they present some of these varied and unique duets and pieces for piano and harpsichord. Ann Carr-Boyd’s serenely beautiful Moonrise over Lake Argyle, Diana Blom’s sultry tango Night Music and Aspasia Nasopoulou’s mythical Io are but a few – all with their own stories.
Michael Tsalka – Piano | Harpsichord
Diana Weston – Harpsichord | Piano
Join us for our inaugural Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition and competition. As the centre piece of our Earth Hour event we have invited artists, established and aspiring, to create sculptural works of art where 80% recycled material is used.
Entries are competing for prizes categories including Best Sculpture, People’s choice and best school exhibit.
So come along and be inspired, vote for the people’s choice award, and discover amazing pieces as you enjoy a walk through the Gardens. (Most works will be for sale.)
It will be a night or good food, fascinating art and live music in a beautiful location.
David Starr Photographer
The Kosciusko bushfires of 2003 ravaged the NSW Snowy Mountain region leaving a hauntingly beautiful landscape. Leafless and seemingly lifeless. White trunked trees left abandoned, stripped by the wind, bleached by the sun, stranded in silence. The stark landscape populated by ghosts, a reminder of resilience and impermanence in both the human condition and the natural environment.
The initial bushfire wrought terror and havoc. A shock to all lifeforms. However, the Australian landscape’s ability to recover from the devastation of bushfire is legendary. Recovery takes time, but not all trees survive. Sydney photographer, David Starr, documented the Guthega region a decade later over a period of three years. The exhibition explores the impact of decimation and time on a landscape; the space in between death and life. Stillness. Silence. An uncertain suspension.
The SHAC, Southern Highlands Artisans Collective, quarterly Makers Market is on this Sunday. The autumn markets are on Sunday, March 8. 9am – 2pm. Along with the 17 artists and artisans in their studios at The SHAC there will be a range of makers of everything from bespoke fashion, home wares, food and of course art and more – hand made products to delight you. The Robertson Mens Shed will be cooking a great brekkie and gourmet sausage sizzle, our local Robertson beer maker will be there to give you the inside on bespoke brewing, heaps to keep you and the family entertained. Also the regular Robertson markets will be on the same day. Come and see the new look Robertson, the arts and food hub of the Highlands!
We are fortunate that brilliant pianist Jeremy So, has been able to return to Bundanoon.
Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2
Preludes Op. 23
No. 4 in D major
No. 9 in E-flat minor
No. 10 in G-flat major
Preludes Op. 32
No. 5 in G major
No. 12 in G-sharp minor
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 (revised version)
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Sunday Sessions Jazz presents Sydney’s premiere vocalist and trombonist, Dan Barnett!
“His singing veers between Sinatra-esque cruising and something closer to Kurt Elling-adventurousness”
– John Shand, Fairfax
Dan will be playing with our Sunday Sessions House band – David Seidel double bass, Ben Jones reeds and vocals, Peter Locke piano and Joshua Morgan drums.
Sunday 22nd March
lunch available from 12:30pm
Cover charge: $20 for Sh! Jazz members, $25 for guests
For bookings please call or text: 0437 006 678 or email email@example.com
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PLAY READING: ROULETTE by David Bermingham
Southern Highlands Youth Arts Council (SHYAC) presents the premiere of a one time only staged play reading.
Times are a-changing…relationships, friendships, futures…secrets and lies…divided loyalties.
Six friends are at a cross roads. Friends since High School are now questioning their lives and friendships and their place on the world stage. Let alone being in the comfort of the Southern Highlands. Some it may suit, others it is just a habit. The problems are formidable, the good times are hilarious and under the microscope truthful.
ROULETTE is a new play that has been work-shopped, from the perspective of 18 to 20 somethings. Young in age, but this terrific new play exposes the underbelly of our often self-satisfied lives and presents a view that may alarm, certainly enlighten and bring out laughter at how a younger generation view themselves and their region as either a death trap or something to be embraced.
*Suitable for audiences 14+ young, old and in between.
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Multi-talented session musician, Rick Falkiner is as versatile a guitarist as they come, teaming up with Stephen Brandon playing uptempo and impressive guitar for an afternoon of Sunday vibes of Gypsy Swing.
Dinner and Live Music – ease into your weekend with great food and lots of local wine, beer and spirits while enjoying the relaxing sounds of Angus Murray. Free Event bring your friends and family
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