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Carols in the Pavilion

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Carols In The Pavilion

featuring The Song Company Saturday 16 December 2017 | 8 – 9.30pm

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW

Four Winds invites you to the Windsong Pavilion to experience a stunning performance of Christmas music presented by Australia’s only full-time professional choir: The Song Company. Carols In The Pavilion will be a beautiful moment of calm before Christmas; mulled wine and mince pies will round off the performance.

General Admission $40. Children under 16 yrs $20.

Fresh Salt | An Exhibition of Visual Art | Videos

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David Gallan flow 2017
Film
5 min
flow follows water courses, from fresh to salt, from mountain streams and still forest pools, to tidal lakes and the sea. Water sustains life and shapes the landscape. flow records wildlife from microscopic diatoms to towering spotted gums and endangered southern right whales. The film is also influenced by the work of Max Williams whose verse captured the nature and sensual beauty of the far south coast. “…We saw the secret happenings of dreams, Wild things on cliffs and seaside dunes …” Max Williams, The Remains of Paradise.

Gloria Florez
MADRE-TIERRA 2017
Video
2 min loop
It takes a tsunami of open hearts to free mother-earth from mankind’s subjugation. I captured this image by coincidence, at Montreal Goldfield during Field Study 2. While walking along the remains of what once was a gold mine during the gold rush period and looking through the metal bars blocking access to one of its dark tunnels, a small and vibrant pink orchid (Dipodium punctatum) caught my attention. As I took this photograph (adjacent), someone simultaneously shone a torch into this foreboding space. The photograph evokes Nature’s resilience and desire to survive despite humankind’s
insatiable march to cut down, open up, dig up, seal up and modify many millions of years of our barely touched natural world. MADRE-TIERRA is a utopian journey into what can happen if we reconsider our actions.

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | volunteer

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Dear All,

As well as being extremely excited about the line-up of artists we have coming for the 2018 Easter Festival, I’m equally excited about working with the fabulous team at Four Winds who come together to deliver the Festival, which is made up of many, many Volunteers.

I know from my own experience that Volunteering can be one of the very best ways to experience a Festival, not least because you get a rare glimpse into the back-stage elements of these extraordinary events – as well as getting to enjoy the performances, with a free one-day pass to the Sound Shell.

Volunteer teams are always made up of enthusiastic like-minded people and it’s great to be surrounded with a team of people always working toward everything being the best it can be.

I’m glad to introduce you to some of our Four Winds Volunteers – see some of their profiles below.

I’m also struck by what a great opportunity it is for young people to have some hands-on experience of how a large scale event is managed and delivered. Volunteering is a great addition to anyone’s resume, but for younger people looking to stand out, to have Four Winds on your CV has got to be a good thing! If you know of a young person who might like this opportunity as part of their professional development, please let them know – we’d love to hear from them.

Our wonderful volunteer coordinator Bruce Frost will be really happy to connect with anyone who’d like to Volunteer to be part of the 2018 Easter Festival team. We certainly don’t take our Volunteers for granted and will happily provide a one-day pass to the Sound Shell as a thank you for helping deliver the Festival – as well as invites to special events throughout the year.

If you are interested in Volunteering please register your interest by following the link below and filling in your details.

If Volunteering isn’t going to work for you I hope we will see you at the Festival as an audience member – just a reminder that Early Bird tickets are on sale for a limited time, so guarantee your discount by booking your tickets before 4 December!

If you’ve already booked – thank you – we are really looking forward to seeing you.

Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

Explore the art of song at Four Winds…

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Beautifully Mad

In Concert | Friday 17 November, 7.30pm
Masterclass | Saturday 18 November, 10.30am

Dame Emma Kirkby (Soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (Lute)

Masterclass | Saturday 18 November, 1pm
In Concert | Sunday 19 November, 1pm

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW

A weekend exploring early and contemporary songs is coming to Four Winds.

Beautifully Mad is performing on Friday 17 November, 7.30pm in the Windsong Pavilion. Tony King and Nina Vox, two of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters, will be joined for the first time in Bermagui by their incredible Sydney band including; Bill Risby, piano, Natalie Morrison, double bass, and Nick Lister, drums, for an evening of songs from their new album ‘Silhouette’.

The following morning, on Saturday 18 November, 10.30am – 12noon, Tony King, of Beautifully Mad, will run a Masterclass on – The Craft of Song Writing. A must for anyone interested in or already writing their own songs. Tony will talk about how Beautifully Mad go about writing their material, the craft and inspirations involved.

Dame Emma Kirkby (British Soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (Lutenist) will then present a Masterclass on – The Art of Performing and Understanding Early Songs – on Saturday 18 November 1.00pm – 3.00pm.

On Sunday 19 November 2017, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will then perform as part of the Four Winds Windsong Series. This is a not to missed recital by one of the world’s leading performers of early song. British Soprano Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will perform solos written for Lute and songs from the Renaissance Period. Emma and Jakob are visiting from Europe and will be giving only three performances in Australia. Expect an afternoon of quiet, peaceful, beautiful story telling through song.

Tickets: Adults $20 – 80, 16yrs & under FREE

Fresh Salt | An Exhibition of Visual Art | 25 October – 4 November 2017

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Tony King

In our hands 2017 Song accompanied by image Approximately 5 min
Both the song and image are titled In our hands and are responses to the Fresh Salt experience.
The themes that Tony King found particularly powerful were the cultural history of the Yuin people who have been respectful custodians of the environment for many thousands of years.
In just a few hundred years, industrial society has placed this sacred place under enormous threat, both culturally and environmentally, from sea level rise to loss of habitat.
Our modern society will be measured by how we respond.


Kris Ralph

Bridge 2017 (Song 4 min)

Knowledge shared
Listening with our hearts Healing the damage
Start with building a bridge.
Impact 2017

Film 5 min
The risk of sea level rise, overpopulation putting stress on our coastal estuaries,
fishing, farming cattle and logging of forests have an impact on the natural environment


Bill Risby and Natalie Risby
Shadow Man 2017 Poem by Natalie Risby recited to music by William Risby 3 min 30 sec
Shadow Man was inspired by the stories of the traditional owners of this land. Earth, man, animals, nature, past and present are one. Banished man refers to the white convicts sent from the other side of the world – two cultures thrust together with tragic results. Climb to the top of the mountain, close your mouth, open your eyes and hearts, and listen.

School of art Gallery
OPENING HOURS:
Tuesday-Friday 10.30AM-5.00PM
Saturday 12.00-5.00PM
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays

A collaboration between visual artists, musicians, composers, choreographers and creative writers inspired by the estuaries of the NSW Far South Coast – Yuin Country – where fresh and salt water mix.

As the waters mingle so do the artists, stories, data, history and ideas in response to the place – between the sacred mountains of Gulaga and Mumbulla.

The result is a catalogued exhibition of visual art and a premier performance of original music compositions.

Four Winds’s Bermagui Project is a cultural conversation between Aboriginal elders, scientists, historians, farmers, council workers, local community and artists.

Fresh Salt aims to raise community awareness about the ecological and cultural significance of the estuaries of the NSW Far South Coast – Yuin Country through the power of art.

Its fresh and you can feel the salt.

Download the Fresh Salt Catalogue

ARTIST TITLE OF WORK
Adam Millar Beachcombing Best Finds
Caitlin Brown Under Story. A tale from a forest floor
Carolyn Young Yellow-Bellied Glider (Petauras australis) Study
Chandelle Gogerly Cuttagee 001
Gilda McKechnie Looking through a coastal Banksia at Camel Rock, Beauty Point
Helen Morris Diamond Python
Pauline Balos Common Silk Pod
Peter Cotton Midden – Wallaga Lake
Robyn Williams Spotted Gums (Corymbia maculata)
Sharon Field Understory,
Veronica O’Leary Head of Cuttagee Rd
Justina Legoe Samphire (Glasswort)
Gloria Florez MADRE-TIERRA
James Lynn The treasure you seek, shall not be the treasure you nd
Lyndell Jenkins Weaving
Paul Jackson The Ballad of Jimmy Crook
Cheryl Davison Gadu
David Gallan flow
Lee Cruse A Healthy River
Delia Silvan and Lee Pemberton A cult of forgetfulness #2
Lee Pemberton and Paul Hopper A cult of forgetfulness #1
Sky Etherington lookin at country
Victoria Nelson Corymbia maculata seed
David Hewitt Artefact
Trevor King Horizons
John Reid Nutleys Creek, Bermagui River Catchment

For more details call call 2 6493 3414

Beautifully Mad | Performance and Masterclass

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Beautifully Mad | Performance and Masterclass | Friday 17 and 18 November

Performance | Friday 17 November | 7.30pm
Masterclass | Saturday 18 November | 10.30am-12noon

Beautifully Mad, Tony King and Nina Vox, two of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters will be joined for the first time in Bermagui by their incredible Sydney band for an evening of songs from their new album Silhouette.

The following morning, on Saturday 18 November, Tony King, of Beautifully Mad, will run a Masterclass on – The Craft of Song Writing. $20 – $55, 16yrs & under FREE

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay 2546
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW

Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | An insight into programming

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Dear All,

I am really excited about how the program for the 2018 Easter Festival is coming together. I wanted to share some small insights into how I am going about programming the Festival.

For me, the starting point often varies. For instance, sometimes it starts with a musical idea or collaboration – and other times it starts with an artist and the kind of music they are particularly known for and usually with good reason.

The Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival has elements of both. For the Sound Shell program I have selected the works I believe will create a really interesting and beautiful experience for the audience – and that play to our artists strengths. For instance, Aleksandr Tsiboulski a fabulous guitarist from Adelaide will be performing Lute Concerto by Vivaldi. He will be accompanied by string players from the Australian National Academy of Music – the next generation of great Australian musicians. Another really interesting work I have programmed is Ayre by the South American composer Osvaldo Golijov. It won’t be a familiar work for most people, but it’s based on folk tunes from the Middle East and Mediterranean and features the amazing vocal range and expressiveness of soprano Emma Pearson. It’s a stunningly engaging work that showcases many instruments not normally seen on the concert hall stage. It involves a dream team of Festival Artists and will take us all on an emotional journey from meditation to a touch of mayhem.

As I said, the idea for an element of the program sometimes comes from a creative conversation with an artist. Pianist Ian Munro will be performing in our second House Concert, to be held on a beautiful property in Barragga Bay. Ian and I were talking about words in music and the fact that he has composed a song suite based on texts by Emily Dickinson, Matsuo Basho and Judith Wright called Three Birds for soprano, piano, clarinet and cello. The Barragga Bay property provides the perfect setting for these songs given that Emma Pearson will also be singing some Spanish Folk songs during the same concert with Ian at the piano. It is always exciting to introduce our artists to new works and composers they may not have collaborated with before – it makes their time at the Four Winds Festival even more interesting and engaging.

It’s always a real bonus when the timing of our Festival coincides with artists or ensembles who have a program they are currently or about to tour. The Song Company and Jessie Lloyd’s ‘Mission Songs Project’ are both examples. Though widely contrasting vocal moments of the Easter Festival, both will be truly memorable.

I’m really looking forward to collaborating with some of Australia’s finest musicians and with our celebrated guests from overseas.

Click through here to see our latest social media clip introducing the Festival Artists who are going to be performing for you…

Our promise is to surround you with music, brilliance and beauty.

I’m sure you know by now that tickets are on sale and our Early Bird rates run until the beginning of December – I’d urge you to book soon as some of the events are already sold out.

Last, please read below the details about the new Four Winds Access Pass as this may apply to you if you are purchasing concession tickets to the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday events.

Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

Windsong Series #3

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Windsong Series #3 | Performance and Masterclass | Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November 1-3pm | Info

Dame Emma Kirkby (British Soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (Lute player) will present a Masterclass on – The Art of Performing and Understanding Early Songs – Saturday 18 November 1.00pm – 3.00pm.

Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will then perform in Four Winds Windsong Series on Sunday 19 November 2017, 1.00pm – 3.00pm. This is a not to missed recital by one of the world’s leading performers of early song. British Soprano Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will perform solos written for Lute and songs from the Renaissance Period. Emma and Jakob are visiting from Europe and will be giving only three performances in Australia. Expect an afternoon of quiet, peaceful, beautiful story telling through song.

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay 2546
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW
Tickets: Adults $20 – 80, 16yrs & Under FREE

Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Fresh Salt

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Fresh Salt | An Exhibition of Visual Art | 25 October – 4 November 2017

FOUR WINDS INVITES YOU TO AN EXHIBITION AND PREMIER MUSIC PERFORMANCE

FRESH SALT: AN EXHIBITON OF VISUAL ART | 25 OCTOBER – 4 NOVEMBER 2017

OPENING NIGHT 6PM, THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2017.
FOYER GALLERY ANU SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN
2 CHILDERS STREET, ACTON, ACT 2601
ADDRESS: TIM HOLLO DIRECTOR, GREEN MUSIC AUSTRALIA

FRESH SALT PREMIER MUSIC PERFORMANCE
7PM THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2017
LARRY SITSKY ROOM ANU SCHOOL OF MUSIC,
BUILDING 100 WILLIAM HERBERT PLACE, ACTON, ACT 2601
(5 MIN WALKING DISTANCE FROM EXHIBITION OPENING)

OPENING HOURS School of art gallery:
Tuesday-Friday 10.30AM-5.00PM
Saturday 12.00-5.00PM
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays

A collaboration between visual artists, musicians, composers, choreographers and creative writers inspired by the estuaries of the NSW Far South Coast – Yuin Country – where fresh and salt water mix.

As the waters mingle so do the artists, stories, data, history and ideas in response to the place – between the sacred mountains of Gulaga and Mumbulla.

The result is a catalogued exhibition of visual art and a premier performance of original music compositions.

Four Winds’s Bermagui Project is a cultural conversation between Aboriginal elders, scientists, historians, farmers, council workers, local community and artists.

Fresh Salt aims to raise community awareness about the ecological and cultural significance of the estuaries of the NSW Far South Coast – Yuin Country through the power of art.

Its fresh and you can feel the salt.

Download the Fresh Salt Catalogue

ARTIST TITLE OF WORK
Adam Millar Beachcombing Best Finds
Caitlin Brown Under Story. A tale from a forest floor
Carolyn Young Yellow-Bellied Glider (Petauras australis) Study
Chandelle Gogerly Cuttagee 001
Gilda McKechnie Looking through a coastal Banksia at Camel Rock, Beauty Point
Helen Morris Diamond Python
Pauline Balos Common Silk Pod
Peter Cotton Midden – Wallaga Lake
Robyn Williams Spotted Gums (Corymbia maculata)
Sharon Field Understory,
Veronica O’Leary Head of Cuttagee Rd
Justina Legoe Samphire (Glasswort)
Gloria Florez MADRE-TIERRA
James Lynn The treasure you seek, shall not be the treasure you nd
Lyndell Jenkins Weaving
Paul Jackson The Ballad of Jimmy Crook
Cheryl Davison Gadu
David Gallan flow
Lee Cruse A Healthy River
Delia Silvan and Lee Pemberton A cult of forgetfulness #2
Lee Pemberton and Paul Hopper A cult of forgetfulness #1
Sky Etherington lookin at country
Victoria Nelson Corymbia maculata seed
David Hewitt Artefact
Trevor King Horizons
John Reid Nutleys Creek, Bermagui River Catchment

For more details call call 2 6493 3414

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | Early Bird Tickets

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Wednesday 28th March to Easter Sunday 1st April 2018 Info and bookings

Dear all,

I am delighted to announce that tickets for the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival are available from today. Please join me for what promises to be a beautiful Festival of music; it will be the most ambitious Four Winds Festival to date.

Surround yourself with Music, Brilliance and Beauty.

60 Artists, 10 Ensembles, 26 Performances, 10 Stunning Locations, 5 Days.

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival
Wednesday 28 March to Sunday 1 April 2018

I’ve crafted a program which will take you on a global musical journey, from early music to the current day. The program features well-known works from composers such as Haydn, Schumann, Bach, Vivaldi, Byrd, Saint-Säens, Piazzolla and Respighi. I’ve also programmed an incredible work by South American composer Golijov; ‘Ayre’ features soprano Emma Pearson singing a vocal line inspired by many different cultures and traditions accompanied by Festival aritsts who play many instruments not normally seen on the concert hall platform. The spatial, still and atmospheric music of Arvo Pärt brings a Nordic influence to the program, which is in contrast to the energized Three Dancers by Australian composer Eleanor Kats-Chernin whose composition was inspired by the Picasso painting of the same name.

What is truly wonderful is the number of stunning musicians who have agreed to come and perform for you. Celebrated British violinist Jack Liebeck is returning by popular demand and for the first time we will welcome Israeli flautist Ariel Zuckermann (Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra). They will take to the stage alongside some of Australia’s finest solo artists, including soprano Emma Pearson, pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Ian Munro, harpist Alice Giles, guitarist Aleksandr Tsiboulski, and such highly regarded ensembles as the Goldner String Quartet, The Song Company, Speak Percussion and the Australian Brass Quintet. I’m also delighted that Jessie Lloyd’s ‘Mission Songs’ project will be presented as part of the Festival.

To ensure that everyone connects with the artists and the music they are experiencing, ABC Classic FM’s Guy Noble will be our host throughout the whole Festival.

The program centres on two full days of music in Four Winds out-door Sound Shell over the 2018 Easter weekend. Those performances will be complemented by a series of concerts in the Windsong Pavilion, which undoubtedly has one of the finest acoustics in Australia and I’m really looking forward to hearing some fabulous chamber music in that wonderful space.

The Festival will start with a free concert for the community on Friday 30 March following a day of free pop-up performances in and around Bermagui. For aspiring young creatives, we will be running a Youth Program over the two days of the Easter Weekend at the Four Winds site, including a creative kid’s tent.

I’m also excited about the inclusion of a short series of alternative music theatre pieces brought together under the title of ‘Sideshow Alley’. Presented as three consecutive performances on Easter Saturday evening in the Windsong Pavilion, these one-hour shows each comprise seven music theatre works performed by nine of the Festival’s guest artists. This is a unique opportunity – not often found in a Festival environment – to experience world class artists expressing their musicianship in a completely different, theatrical way, up close, in a dramatic intimate space. It will be like nothing you have ever seen before! This will be a world where circus meets sideshow, where illusions captivate and automaton-like players spring to life and perform at the drop of a coin…

The Festival will also feature new works, made possible through the support of our wonderful donors and funders such as Creative Partnerships Australia. Two of the works are inspired by literature, Murray Bail’s multi award-winning novel, Eucalyptus, and Walt Whitman’s epic poem, We Two Boys Together Clinging (Leaves of Grass, 1855). Local composer David Hewitt will be working with Stonewave Taiko, the Djaadjawan Dancers and members of the local Yuin Community to present his new work as part of a specially commissioned ‘Welcome to Country’.

I am really looking forward to welcoming you to the Festival which has such a great reputation amongst musicians. They love to play at Four Winds, surrounded by such extraordinary natural beauty and to perform to such appreciative, engaged audiences.

Of course, your whole Festival experience is enhanced by the opportunity to enjoy locally sourced food and wine throughout the Easter Weekend!

Surround yourself with music, brilliance and beauty over the 2018 Easter weekend – I look forward to seeing you there.

With very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

P.S. You can reserve your tickets from today – 25 September 2017.

All events are individually ticketed to allow Festival goers to build their own festival experience, with the exception of the Saturday and Sunday ‘Sound Shell’ programs, which are each a full day experience.

Early Bird tickets are now on sale. We encourage you to book by Sunday 3 December, 2017 to save 15% on all ticket prices.

CLICK HERE for information on local accommodation.

All events are individually ticketed to allow Festival goers to build their own festival experience, with the exception of the Saturday and Sunday ‘Sound Shell’ programs, which are each a full day experience.

Bookings at Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival or call 2 6493 3414

Short Black Opera | Friday 22 September 2017

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Short Black Opera | Free Public Performance | Friday 22 September 2017 1-2pm | Info

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay

As part of Deborah Cheetham’s visit to the region, 30 students from Eden, Narooma and Bermagui primary schools will take part in a three-day Short Black Opera workshop at Four Winds led by Deborah Cheetham and pianist, Toni Lalich. Together the group will develop their own singing and song writing practices, work on the art of storytelling and take part in visual arts activities with local Yuin artists.

A free public performance by the group will take place on Friday 22 September at 1 – 2pm in the Windsong Pavilion.

Presented by Four Winds and Short Black Opera.

Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Radical Voice #5 | Wednesday 20 September 2017

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Radical Voice #5 | Deborah Cheetham AO | 20 September – 5.30pm | Info

Deborah Cheetham AO | The Art of Belonging

Radical Voice Talk Series #5
Wednesday 20 September 2017 | 5.30-7.00pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay

“For thousands of generations we have passed on all knowledge of geography, the sciences, medicine and humanity through visual and performing arts. The Arts have never been a luxury, rather a necessity. Our culture is our knowledge. Our knowledge is our survival.” Deborah Cheetham AO.

Renowned Aboriginal Australian soprano, composer and educator Deborah Cheetham AO presents the next instalment of the Radical Voice Talk Series on ‘The Art of Belonging’.

ADULTS $15, 16yrs & under FREE.

Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Exclusive Four Winds Volunteer Event | Friday 15 September 2017

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Exclusive Four Winds Volunteer Event, Griffyn Ensemble in Concert, Friday 15 September, 5-7pm, The Windsong Pavilion

An exclusive volunteer event to celebrate the announcement of the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival program release and early-bird tickets going on sale. All welcome! New and existing volunteers.
The Griffyn Ensemble will take a break from recording their new album in the Windsong Pavilion to perform for us. We are excited they will be in residence recording their new album being produced by award winning Australian Composer, Lyle Chan.
This is a free event. All you need bring is yourself and a smile!

Griffyn Ensemble in Concert | Friday 15 September 2017 | 5-7pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay, Located 9kms south of Bermagui.
More info www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Golden Gate Brass | Saturday 30 September 2017

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Golden Gate Brass | Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Artists In Residence | Monday 18 – Saturday 30 September 2017

Golden Gate Brass | In Concert | Saturday 30 September 2017, 11am – 12.30pm
As part of their Creative Community Residency at Four Winds Golden Gate Brass will perform a Saturday morning concert of Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris’ and Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’.
ADULTS $15. 16yrs & under FREE. Info

Golden Gate Brass | Musical Library Storytimes:
Tura Beach Library | Monday 18 September | 10.30-11.30am
Bermagui Library | Tuesday 19 September | 10.30-11.30am
Bega Regional Library | Thursday 21 September | 10.30-11.30am
FREE.

Golden Gate Brass | Private Tuition:
Private tuition available for trumpet, tuba, french horn and trombone.
Phone Michael on 0419 045 399 to arrange. All levels welcome.

Presented by Four Winds, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Bega Valley Shire Council.

Golden Gate Brass | Saturday 30 September 2017 | 11am-12.30pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay, Located 9kms south of Bermagui
Adults $15. 16yrs & under FREE.
Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Radical Voice #5 | Wednesday 20 September 2017

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Radical Voice #5 | Deborah Cheetham AO | 20 September – 5.30pm | Info

Renowned Aboriginal Australian soprano, composer and educator Deborah Cheetham AO presents the next installment of the Radical Voice Talk Series on ‘The Art of Belonging’.

“For Indigenous Australians, the Arts are the most powerful way we can know and give meaning to the world around us. For thousands of generations we have passed on all knowledge of geography, the sciences, medicine and humanity through visual and performing arts. The Arts have never been a luxury, rather a necessity. Our culture is our knowledge. Our knowledge is our survival. It is The Art of Belonging and it is for everyone.” says Deborah Cheetham AO.

As part of Deborah’s visit to the region, 30 students from Eden, Narooma and Bermagui primary schools will take part in a three-day Short Black Opera workshop at Four Winds led by Deborah Cheetham and pianist, Toni Lalich. Together the group will develop their own singing and song writing practices, work on the art of storytelling and take part in visual arts activities with local Yuin artists.

Presented by Four Winds and Short Black Opera.

ADULTS $15, 16yrs & under FREE.

Deborah Cheetham AO | Radical Voice #5
The Art of Belonging
Wednesday 20 September 2017 | 5.30-7.00pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay, 9kms south of Bermagui
Adults $15. 16yrs & under FREE.
Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Field Studies Day Two August 2017

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An afternoon with Warren Foster Mumbulla Falls

By Elena Delmercato, Four Winds Volunteer

On day two, the artists gathered under the trees at Mumbulla Falls to listen to Warren Foster Yuin Community Leader, share stories about his connection to place.

A gifted story teller, Warren spoke engagingly about the relationship he and the people of the Yuin nation have with the natural world. Gesturing behind the group to the tall trees along the river bank, he told the group how ‘We look for signs in the trees. They tell us things and teach us…when the wattle is flowering it tells us there are fish in the rivers. When we come to the bush we talk to the bush, we sing to the bush.”. Warren also spoke about the sense of responsibility he feels to look after the land, “We are here to protect and look after the land…we come from mother earth; we have to put back in mother earth”.


Mumbulla is considered the man’s mountain, and it is a special place for ceremonies to mark the passing of young boys into adulthood. Warren shared with the group how the natural environment, in particular the nearby waterfalls, form part of the ceremony, “At the top of the waterfall you are still a boy. When you slide down into the water and come out below, you are a man.”.

At one point, Warren finished talking and started singing, a song that explained his connection to his land. The group was silent, and as he sang, it was as if the sounds of the bush were accompanying him – various birds called out, trees rustled as they moved in the wind, and the sound of the river. And in the back ground, the sound of Warren’s two young boys as they jumped about on the creek bed. It was a reminder that this bush, and this place had meaning not just for Warren but his family. Just as Bithry Inlet had meaning for the Grounds family. Places, and stories about places, that connect families and honour and respect the natural environment.

As on the previous day, the session ended with a note of thanks and recognition for the natural world. This time it was Warren who told the group how he respected this place every time he visits, and encouraged them to do the same ‘Every time I come up this mountain I take a drink from the creek and say thank you’.

A special thanks to Elena Delmercato and Ben Cunningham, Four Winds Volunteers, for attending the field studies weekend as media/film crew

Nature & Shared Creativity | Artists gather at Bithry Inlet

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A group of 10 especially selected local artists gathered at Bithry Inlet for three days in mid-August to take part in the third creative field studies retreat run by the Four Winds team as part of the Bermagui Project.

This field studies weekend was the last of three which have been aimed at sharing knowledge of place and inspiring creative responses to the exquisite landscape and significance of country, with particular focus on the estuarine environment between Mumbulla and Gulaga Mountains. The resulting artworks, created by over 30 local artists, will be presented in an exhibition entitled Fresh Salt to be held in Canberra in October and then shown locally towards the end of the year.

“The idea behind the field studies is that we immerse artists in nature and present them with a curated program of expert ‘knowledge sharers’– people passionate and well-informed about the region’s environment and its history. This transfer of wisdom inspires artists to create new work that expresses the sometimes very complex ideas presented to them. That work goes on to present those complex issues in creative, accessible and easily understandable ways.” Says Lara Crew, the Producer of Four Winds Create and Inspire Program.

The latest study focused on the geographic area marked by Wapengo, Middle and Nelsons Lagoons. The broad themes for the Creative Field Studies retreats are developed in conjunction with two artistic co-ordinators selected from the local community. Leading this third field study were Justina Legoe, a Bermagui visual artist, and David Hewitt, the highly acclaimed composer and percussionist.

Knowledge sharers and participating artists included: Warren Foster, Yuin Community leader, Marr and Marina Grounds, son and granddaughter of Roy Grounds who was the architect of Myer House at Bithry Inlet; Warwick Anderson from Kingfisher Oysters; Mark McKenna and Fiona Firth, historians and authors; Lee Cruse, Yuin artist; Dr Rosemary Beaumont, social ecologist and forest activist; Emma Maratea, estuary scientist; Deb Nave, outdoor educator from the Tanja Lagoon Camp; Victoria Nelson, sculptor and visual artist; Skye Etherington, visual and performance artist; Lee Pemberton, nationally renowned choreographer; Delia Silvan, dancer/choreographer; and David Gallan, filmmaker.

Over the course of the three days the artists came to understand more deeply this unique estuary region on the far south coast of New South Wales, and the ways in which history, the natural environment and the people who live and work there come to define a sense of place. “There were many special moments. We were given access to some of the most remote and pristine parts of our region. We heard from locals and others passionate about the area how this place has been experienced and lived and how it has been nurtured and understood by generations”, said one participant at the end of the weekend.

This project is part of Four Winds’ commitment to nurturing and creating art inspired by place. It is about raising awareness and starting a discussion through art. “At the Four Winds Easter Festival, we always encourage our audience to surrender to the beauty of the natural surroundings. This project is a continuation of that philosophy”, Lara explained.

To find out more you can read the Field Studies blog at: www.fourwinds.com.au or call 02 6493 3414.

Field Studies Day One August 2017

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A visit with Marr and Marina Grounds at Myer House, Bithry Inlet

By Elena Delmercato, Four Winds Volunteer

Day One began with a session with Marr and Marina Grounds, son and granddaughter of Roy Grounds, the architect of Myer House, who established the property with Kenneth Myer. The artists gathered around the large wooden table in the impressive dining room of Myer House, the winter morning light streaming through the widows, to listen as Marina and Marr explained their connection to the house and to Bithry Inlet. As the morning unfolded, and Marina and Marr shared their memories with great generosity, the group witnessed the power of storytelling across generations and came to understand how this special place, and its unique natural environment, came to mean so much to their family.

The Grounds and Myer connection to the land began in the 1940’s, when, according to the story handed down in the families, the oysters in the nearby inlets were a big part of why the two friends chose this place – ‘The story goes that Ken and Roy were touring the coast sampling the oysters from all of the inlets when they discovered this land” said Marina.

The families shared a fascination and respect for the natural world. Ken was fascinated by the ecology of the marine environment, and Marina remembered that he could identify every fish, plant, animal, fungi or orchid, ‘In his room here at the house he kept detailed records and charts, including how many oysters he had caught’ recalled Marina. Her father, Marr, son of Roy, lived in the Barn from the mid 1980’s and created art there with his wife, also an artist. Marina would visit her dad, and recalled with joy the experiences of nature and the incredible freedom you get growing up in an environment like this’. Dad had one rule for me when I was growing up, she shared with the group, “If I ever left what we called ‘hearing and seeing distance’, I had to write a note and leave it under a stone”.

The place –both the buildings and the landscapes that are intertwined with them – continue to have great meaning for the descendants of Roy Grounds – “Coming here for me has always been coming home’ says Marina. While for Marr, Bithry Inlet gave him the opportunity to live ‘…the natural existence, a life lived without much infrastructure. A very simple life’. “In their great wisdom, my father and Ken Myer gave this special place to the Parks NSW”, said Marina. Asked about her feelings about the handover of the property to Parks NSW, Marina told the group, “The fact that place was no longer private, was in fact, really important. It is too special to be privately held”.

Over the course of the conversation, the group of artists came to understand how the passion of these two private families for the natural environment had helped to protect the unique and pristine land at Bithry Inlet. As Marina observes, “The ecology of the area is still intact; there are valleys full of ferns; and vines growing up the trees”.  As the group was moving to walk out towards the point and the equally distinctive external buildings, Lee Cruise, a visual artist and Yuin community member, addressed Marina and Marr and said ‘On behalf of my people, we owe you a thank you.  I come up here often with my father and grandfather; it is still its original environment. Thank you’.

A special thanks to Elena Delmercato and Ben Cunningham, Four Winds Volunteers, for attending the field studies weekend as media/film crew