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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 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 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 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

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 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 or call 2 6493 3414

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: or call 02 6493 3414.

Singing for your Soul | A weekend workshop

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Singing for your Soul | A weekend workshop
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 August 2017 | Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay

Experience the joy of singing. Australian singer and Composer, Paul Jarman, is leading a two-day singing workshop in the beautiful surrounds of Four Winds at Barragga Bay. Join us for a weekend of music, nature and shared creativity in a workshop exploring humanity, the search for meaning and the joy of coming together in song.

‘Paul’s energy, his ability to quickly connect with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and his musical skills are breathtaking to be part of.’ (The Bunbury Men of Song)

Paul Jarman’s songs are about explorers, mountaineers, pioneers, leaders and dreamers, innovators, risk takers and those who make a difference to the world.

Included in the ticket price is a nourishing vegetarian lunch and delicious morning tea as well as a gentle yoga/mindfulness/tai chi session at the beginning of each day.

Suitable for anyone who loves to sing, of all ages and abilities

Saturday 5 August, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Sunday 6 August, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, Barragga Bay
Tickets: $140 inclusive
Bookings at or call 2 6493 3414

Presented by Four Winds and Musica Viva

State of the Arts | Thursday 6 July 2017

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This Thursday | Share in an afternoon of discussion and collaboration focusing on the arts in regional Australia…
State of the Arts Thursday 6 July 2017 | Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui

This Thursday afternoon at 5.30pm in the Windsong Pavilion Dr Justin Macdonnell will take to the stage for the Radical Voice Talk Series #4. Justin is a leading arts historian and producer of Australian artists around the world. He will be talking about Chaos Theory and The Arts. Why are we always trying to force the arts and artists into boxes? Are we eroding wild and whimsical unpredictability… and are we getting duller in the process? Justin Macdonnell explores these questions and asks if it might be time to apply a little chaos theory to the arts scene.

Prior to this, from 2pm this Thursday, Regional Arts leaders are gathering at Four Winds Windsong Pavilion for an afternoon of discussion and collaboration stimulated by Lindy Hume’s Currency House Platform Paper ‘Restless Giant’. Lindy, who has strong links to the South Coast is leading a debate on regional Australia’s role in creating and presenting work and will be joining us via live video link from Brisbane. She will be talking with the CEO of the newly formed Create NSW, Michael Brealey, who will be at the Windsong Pavilion in person, prior to a panel discussion with local arts leaders

Four Winds Radical Voice #4
Dr Justin Macdonnell | Chaos Theory & The Arts
Thursday 6 July 2017, 5.30 – 7pm. Tea/Coffee/Bar from 5pm – no interval.
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui
Adults $15. 16yrs & under FREE.
Bookings at or call 2 6493 3414

Creative Collaboration Forum
Thursday 6 July 2017, 2 – 5pm.
Event starts with performances by Stonewave Taiko and the Djaadjawan Dancers followed by two discussions with a break mid afternoon.
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui
FREE event. Register at or call 2 6492 0711

Four Winds Easter Festival 2018 | 30, 31 March and 1 April

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Save the date…. Good Friday 30 March to Easter Sunday 1 April 2018

James Crabb, Four Winds’ Artistic Director, will curate his first Four Winds Easter Festival – our 19th iconic Four Winds Festival.

Come and enjoy world-class performances; intimate musical experiences; musical theatre; house concerts; community concerts and workshops; locally produced food/wine and stunning surrounds. or call 2 6493 3414

The Windsong Series | John Bell & Simon Tedeschi | Sunday 2 July 2017, 12.30pm

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A tale of shipwreck, heartbreak and redemption comes to the Windsong Pavilion

Sunday 2 July 2017, 12.30pm

Founder of Bell Shakespeare, John Bell, and internationally acclaimed pianist, Simon Tedeschi – two of Australia’s great storytellers – bring their unique performance of Enoch Arden to the Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, in Bermagui on Sunday 2 July 2017 at 12.30pm, as part of James Crabb, Four Winds Artistic Director’s, Windsong Series.

This epic melodrama, composed by Richard Strauss to the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s 1864 poem ‘Enoch Arden’, will be performed in words and music. “A tragic, tempestuous, romantic tale accompanied by the music of a genius. Half chamber music, half theatre.” says Simon Tedeschi.

The historic and artistic value of pairing poetry with classical music is something that both performers are eager to share with audiences as they tour around Australia. “Audiences can expect a moving and dramatic tale of shipwreck, loss and redemption— very satisfying theatre” says John Bell.

John Bell is one of Australian theatre’s most illustrious figures, having played a role in the development of our nation’s rich artistic culture, as founder of Bell Shakespeare, an actor and director. Simon Tedeschi, is one of the most sought-after pianists in Australia. After solo recitals and numerous awards throughout Europe, the USA and Asia, Tedeschi returned to Sydney in 2010 and has since performed as soloist for the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Queensland Music Festival, Musica Viva and several concert series and major venues around the country.

This rich, philosophical tale of love and loss, inspired by some of Strauss’s most intriguing music, will be performed in the Four Winds Windsong Pavilion in Bermagui on Sunday 2 July at 12.30pm.

John Bell (Narrator) & Simon Tedeschi (Pianist) perform ‘Enoch Arden’
Sunday 2 July 2017, 12.30pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui

Adults $80; 16yrs & under FREE;  Subscription package $140 – includes this event and the next Windsong Series event with Dame Emma Kirkby (Soparano) & Jakob Lindberg (Lute) – Sunday 19 November 2017.

More details John Bell & Simon Tedeschi  | or call 2 6493 3414

Aurelia Quartet | Four Winds Creative Community Residency May 2017

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Discover the musical gems uncovered by the Aurelia Quartet during their residency at Four Winds. Two-weeks of collaborations with local artists; school visits; musical story-time sessions in local libraries; a live session on local ABC South East; private tuition for local musicians and rehearsal time in the Windsong Pavilion, will culminate in a concert performance on Saturday 27 May at 2pm in the beautiful Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, just south of Bermagui.

Aurelia Quartet is a newly formed string quartet comprising Laura Freier and Natasha Hanna (violin), Beth Condon (viola) and Eliza Sdraulig (cello). The four met at the beginning of 2017 at ANAM (Australian National Academy of Music) where they are all students. Despite being freshly formed, they are all excited to explore and share the musical treasure chest that exists for string quartets.

Four Winds is fortunate to partner with organisations such as the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Together we host some extremely exciting residency programs which bring emerging artists to our region. This residency is part of Four Winds commitment to encourage and support the development of artists and the creativity that lies within our community.

Library story-times are as follows:
Monday 22 May – Tura Beach Library, 10.30am,
Tuesday 23 May – Bermagui Library, 10.30am and,
Thursday 25 May – Eden Library, 10.30am.

On Saturday 27 May at 2pm come and enjoy a concert by Aurelia Quartet and hear their reflections of their time in our community in the beautiful Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, just south of Bermagui. Adults $15, 16yrs and under free. Gates open from 1pm. Parking on site.

More info Aurelia Quartet  |

Four Winds Presents: Latin Spirit | Easter 2017 | A festival celebrating the sounds of tango & flamenco

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Four Winds Artistic Director James Crabb has unveiled details of Four Winds Latin Spirit, a festival of exquisite flamenco and tango rhythms performed by some of its finest Australian and international proponents taking place over the Easter Weekend.

Bermagui is known to music lovers for the biennial Four Winds festival of world-class contemporary classical music, and in 2017, as a part of its new all year round program, James Crabb is delighted to present this Latin themed festival: “Four Winds Latin Spirit is the start of a unique creative vision, building diversity and audiences, and I’m honoured to welcome such highly regarded musicians to Four Winds for my first festival.”

Across the Easter weekend, concerts take place in what must be the most idyllic festival space in Australia: 30 acres of wooded parkland hug the Sound Shell, an open-air amphitheatre framed by a lake, and the Windsong Pavilion, a state-of-the-art recital hall whose views gaze onto the stunning natural surrounds. Within these astonishing architecturally designed spaces, uplifting musical experiences are complemented by native bird song, frog calls and the scent of gum trees.

Headlining the festival is a performance by one of Australia’s finest baritones, JOSE CARBO. Born in Argentina, Carbo will perform songs taught to him by his grandfather amongst the repertoire of tango and Latin song, including music by Piazzolla, Gardel and Mores.  CARBO was the winner of the prestigious Australian Singing Competition Opera Award and Four Winds is honoured to welcome such a sought after talent.


James Crabb is recognized as one of the world’s finest classical accordion players and proponent of the music of Astor Piazzolla, who created a new form of tango called ‘Tango Nuevo’. For Four Winds Latin Spirit, Crabb is creating TANGO JAM 2, an exceptional group of musicians exploring one of the most dramatic and sensual rhythms of Tango Nuevo, the Milonga: ANDREW HAVERON is one of todays most celebrated violinists. Leader of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he is in great demand as an international soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. Also performing as part of TANGO JAM 2 is STEFAN CASSOMENOS, a new generation concert pianist, composer and vibrant collaborator in many different musical styles, as well as double bassist PHIL STACK, a standout musician in the jazz/rock worlds both in Australia and abroad. Another internationally acclaimed performer joining the quintet is the Adelaide based multi-award winning guitarist ALEKSANDR TSIBOULSKI. Bringing those outstanding musicians together at Four Winds is exactly that fusion of classical and jazz music elements which Piazzolla so masterfully blended together to create the dramatic and sensual Tango Nuevo. We perform together as TANGO JAM 2 on Easter Saturday evening in the Windsong Pavilion and then we will be accompanying Jose Carbo on Sunday afternoon in the Sound Shell.

James Crabb: “As with the legendary Astor Piazzolla quintet who pioneered Tango Nuevo these brilliant musicians come from diverse musical backgrounds. Tango Nuevo is a fusion of classical music forms with jazz harmonies, Latin rhythms and improvisation together with extended instrumental techniques creating a completely new seductive sound world when it evolved in the 60s.”

Also performing at the Festival are RASA DUENDE, a collaboration between internationally acclaimed musicians BOBBY SINGH (tabla), ADRIAN MCNEIL (sarod) and DAMIAN WRIGHT (flamenco Guitar) which explores the rich creative potential of the melodic, rhythmic and aesthetic meeting points between Hindustani and Flamenco music traditions, and BANDALUZIA, an acclaimed modern flamenco music and dance ensemble known for explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity. Led by Australian guitarist DAMIAN WRIGHT, BANDALUZIA features percussionist BEN HAUPTMANN, guitarist JAMES HAUPTMANN and flamenco dancer JESSICA STATHAM.

WORKSHOPS will take place on Saturday and Sunday with experts taking participants through the basics of Tango, Flamenco and other Latin rhythms. A FIESTA will take place on Sunday evening for those inspired to learn a few steps, let loose and dance the night away to all things Latin: New Flamenco from Andalusia; mestizo inspired sounds from Barcelona; traditional and electronic tango from Buenos Aires and music from beyond, embracing all the many Latin ingredients to create a sensational musical paella.

Four Winds Latin Spirit, where the finest in flamenco and tango rhythms, architectural design and natural beauty come together.

Take advantage of the $100 EARLY BIRD PACKAGE promotion for the first one hundred buyers.

Diary of a Wombat comes to Bermagui

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Diary of a Wombat comes to Bermagui

Saturday 8 April 2017 | 11am | Bermagui Community Centre

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat by Australian Children’s laureates Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Bermagui will enjoy this beautiful and iconic work when it comes to the Community Centre on Saturday 8 April 2017.

Monkey Baa Director Eva Di Cesare and a team of revered creative artists, including Puppetry and Movement Director Alice Osborne (War Horse 2012/13), Designer Imogen Ross (Hitler’s Daughter) and composer/cellist, Oonagh Sherrard, use the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story for ages 3+ to the stage.

Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!

“We’ve assembled an extraordinary team of artists to bring this iconic picture book to life,” said Eva Di Cesare. “Diary of a Wombat is such an enduring childhood classic and audiences are going to fall in love with Mothball all over again when she burrows her way on to our stage.”

Diary of a Wombat, performed by Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Bermagui Community Centre, Bermagui NSW
Tickets: Adults $22. 18yrs & under $12. Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $52

Sydney Youth Orchestra | Mozart by the Sea

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Sydney Youth Orchestra: ‘Mozart by the Sea’ at Four Winds

Sunday 26 February 2017 | 2pm | Sound Shell Amphitheatre, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui

The Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) return to the region next week for a four-day intensive residency at Four Winds, Bermagui. These talented young musicians, led by SYO Chief Conductor & Artistic Director Alexander Briger, will perform some of Mozart’s most loved orchestral works for local school students and in concert at the beautiful Four Winds Sound Shell Amphitheatre on Sunday 26 February at 2pm.

SYO is delighted to be working with Four Winds to bring the beauty of Mozart’s repertoire to the South Coast.  Specialist orchestral projects like ‘Mozart by the Sea’ provide an important opportunity for young musicians to hone their skills, develop a deeper understanding of a composer’s work and work intensively as an ensemble in the beautiful natural surrounds of the Four Winds site in Bermagui. “An opportunity like this, to spend quality time immersing oneself in classical music and being part of a project with true educational value, is simply too good to refuse.” Says Alexander Briger AM, SYO Chief Conductor & Artistic Director.

Sydney Youth Orchestra: ‘Mozart by the Sea’| Sunday 26 February, 2pm

Four Winds Sound Shell, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui.

Tickets $10. 16yrs & under free.

Bookings @

Sydney Youth Orchestra and Four Winds is grateful for the support of Arts NSW.



Four Winds Presents: The Windsong Series

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Four Winds Presents: The Windsong Series Launch

Sunday 12 February | 1pm | Windsong Pavilion

Four Winds has launched a new series of performances to be held in the exceptional acoustics of the stunning Windsong Pavilion, just 9kms south of Bermagui. The series kicks off this Sunday, 12 February at 1pm with engaging and highly versatile pianist Piers Lane, who will be joined by the outstanding Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Andrew Haveron (Violinist) and Four Winds’ Artistic Director James Crabb (Classical Accordionist).

The series continues in July with John Bell (Narrator) and Simon Tedeschi (Pianist) performing Richard Strauss’ “Enoch Arden” on Sunday 2 July 2017. The 2017 series concludes on Sunday 19 November with a recital of lute-songs performed by British soprano Dame Emma Kirkby DBE and Jakob Lindberg (Lute).  Their performance will form part of Four Winds’ new Words and Music Festival.

Bookings are available as a package of three events or as individual performances.  For more information please go to or call us on 02 6493 3414.


Great vibe at Summer Sounds music festival | Narooma News

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Great vibe at Summer Sounds music festival | Narooma News

27 January 2017

By Stan Gorton

The inaugural Summer Sounds music festival by Four Winds was deemed a success bringing a new range of diverse of music and different crowd to the scenic concert venue.

The amphitheatre at Barragga Bay south of Bermagui normally rings with the sounds of classical music, but on Australia Day this year it was an eclectic mix of world music, reggae, folk, indie rock and surf tunes.

It was all pulled together by producer Frankie Madrid, with a majority female performer line-up also being something different for music festivals.

Organisers were pleased with the crowd of about 600 given it was a new venture and are hoping for even more next time round.

Highlights included a duet performance by amazingly talented pianist Ambre Hammond who took to the stage in the Windsong Pavilion together with Four Winds artistic director James Crabb playing the accordion.

Their performance generated rapturous applause to the packed crowd spilling out onto the deck.

The full day of music ended with the stunning sounds of blues sensation Alice Terry, who originally hailed from Moruya, and then all ending with surf rockers Caravana Sun.

There was a real summer vibe to the one-day festival with the crowd of all ages dancing in the amphitheatre by the end of the night.

There is lots more on at Four Winds with more diverse music coming up, including the Sounds of Tango and Flamenco on over three days this Easter.

Check out for all the upcoming music.


CLICK HERE to see the full gallery of images

Photos by Marg Hansen

The Bermagui Project’s second Creative Field Study is an inspiration

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Performing and visual artists, including leaders Tony King and Kris Ralph of Beautifully Mad, came together for three days to explore the Bermagui and Wallaga Lake estuaries, their catchments and stories. Based on this fieldwork the artist will produce new work that will be exhibited in Canberra and Bega. We’d like to say thank you to the knowledge sharers that made this Create Field Study so inspiring…

Montreal Goldfields, our guides Judi, Bob and Malcolm were engaging and devoted to the preservation of the hand-dug mines and the stories of that era.

John Blay shared his vast knowledge of the terrain from the coast to Cooma, his connection to the place and people, through great story telling and this was enhanced by the spontaneous and insightful contribution of Cheryl Davison.

Clean Energy for Eternity‘s Bill Southwood talked climate change mitigation and inspired us with the stories of communities taking climate action. He was joined by the provocative John James with an argument for climate adaptation and some distressing images of Bermagui under various sea level rise scenarios.

Trevor King’s vision for the preservation of the Bermagui River Wetlands was palpable and certainly re-invigorated the inspiration of the artists.

This exploration took the artists hiking up Gulaga with local Yuin knowledge sharer Warren Foster. An experience the artists described as “powerful” and “deeply spiritual”.

We were in great hands kayaking across Wallaga Lake with The River Rock Cafe‘s Matt and Shane, plus estuary scientist Emma Maratea. Their insights highlighted the difficulty of balancing the health of the lake systems with the demands of an increasing human population.

Finally Cheryl Davison shared her basket weaving and knowledge of Murunna Point taking us closer to understanding the sorrow and anger of a culture that is trying to recover from oppression only to face the threats of climate change.

The conversations, heated debates, laughter and tears made this Creative Field Study a rich source of inspiration for new works of art; thank you to everyone who contributed their time and knowledge.

Four Winds Summer Movies Under the Stars

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Four Winds Summer Movies Under the Stars

Tue 27, Wed 28, Thurs 29 & Fri 30 December 2016

Four Winds Sound Shell, Bermagui


mia-wasikowska-in-madly-2016_low-resFour magical summer nights of blockbuster family movies under the stars in the beautiful outdoor Four Winds Sound Shell amphitheatre celebrating the success of Australian talent in Hollywood. Meet Mia Wasikowska (Alice) on opening night – Tue 27th – introducing her film Alice in Wonderland. Mia will take to the stage around 8pm.

Gates open from 6.30pm each evening. A short children’s film will be played each evening at 7pm in the Windsong Pavilion prior to the featured film which will begin at dusk (8pm-ish) in the Sound Shell amphitheatre.

There will be food, bar, ice cream, tea & coffee available for sale.  BYO picnic, rugs and low seating.

Prizes for the most creative costumes!

alice-in-wonderland-2010Tuesday 27 December:

7pm – Short Children’s Film: The Lost Thing

Dusk – Feature Film: Alice in Wonderland

(meet Mia Wasikowska (Alice) in person! Mia will take to the stage around 8pm)




cinderella-2015 Wednesday 28 December

7pm – Short Children’s Film: Rabbit and Deer

Dusk – Feature Film: Cinderella





paper-planesThursday 29 December

7pm – Short Children’s Film: Room on the Broom

Dusk – Feature Film: Paper Planes




eddie-the-eagleFriday 30 December

7pm – Short Children’s Film: Lost and Found

Dusk – Feature Film: Eddie The Eagle





The show will go on! In the case of wet weather all films will be shown inside the Windsong Pavilion.


We encourage creative costumes! There will be a prize for best dressed each night.


General Admission – Adult – $18
General Admission – 5-16yrs – $15
Family Admission – 2 Adults & 2 Children – $60
Free Admission – 4yrs & Under – $0


For more information, to join the Four Winds mailing list and to buy tickets go to

Call 02 6493 3414 , Email, or visit us at the Bermagui Community Centre (Weekday mornings)


Four Winds Bermagui: Chair Sheena Boughen to step down

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Four Winds Bermagui: Chair Sheena Boughen to step down

The Board of Four Winds, Australia’s renowned fine music organisation, has today announced that Chair, Sheena Boughen, has advised she will be stepping down from the role at the AGM in December 2016.

 Ms Boughen has served as Chair for over a decade and was a founding member of the Board when Four Winds held its first Easter festival in 1991. Under Sheena’s leadership, Four Winds has developed from a biennial festival with makeshift facilities into one of Australia’s most recognised music organisations, attracting the best Australian and International artists.  Sheena has overseen the creation of the exquisite Four Winds’ site, Nature’s Concert Hall, that provides outdoor and indoor facilities of international standing and was the driving force attracting significant private philanthropic support and grants from both State and Federal Governments.

With the appointment of James Crabb as Artistic Director, Sheena believes that now is an ideal time to step away from the role and that Four Winds is in great shape. “Four Winds is now an established national arts organisation and well placed to meet the challenges which lie ahead in the next phase of our development.”

Michael Darling, who has been a Four Winds Board Director for several years, will take over as Chair.
Speaking on behalf of the Board, Michael said: “What Sheena has achieved at Four Winds, shows what is possible when someone with a vision decides that no obstacles will stand in the way of success. Sheena is driven by the desire to make a difference, and enthuses all who she meets with her warmth and generosity of spirit. Her passion for community, music and education has been at the heart of creating our exquisite, performance space, Nature’s Concert Hall.”

Under her stewardship, Sheena has led a team that has generated total income for arts and capital projects of $6.6m cash and over $1m pro bono. She has steered the organisation to generate significant partnerships including the Sydney Opera House and the Australian National Academy of Music, and with architects Philip Cox and Clinton Murray who designed Nature’s Concert Hall.  Four Winds 25th birthday has been celebrated this year, having presented 18 festivals, commissioned 16 new Australian works, contracted 330 artists and 50 ensembles to Bermagui, alongside 13 local ensembles with a total of 45,000 attendees, under the leadership of seven Artistic Directors. This has resulted in locals and visitors generating economic activity in the region, adding economic value of over $3m to the local economy.

Sheena’s attention to the highest standards of quality and to deeply caring for all who come into contact with Four Winds (artists, audiences, participants) has been at the heart of our success. Sheena will be greatly missed but her legacy of enduring care is now deeply embedded in our culture.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution, the Board has announced that Sheena has accepted a role as our first Four Winds Life Ambassador and we are delighted that she will maintain her link to Four Winds.

25 Yr + Logo Grey RoundSheena will be spending more time in her consulting business supporting leaders through her strategic facilitation and mentoring expertise, and of course, new adventures.

Four Winds Bermagui exists to provide a home for music making where the creation and performance of music (and related performing arts) fires the imagination, enriches lives and encourages active participation. Nature’s Concert Hall is now welcoming audiences all year round who are drawn to the magnificent alchemy of music and nature that is the essence of Four Winds.

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