The Flavour of Four Winds Photo Gallery

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The Bei Amici Restaurant in Darling Point was the venue for a relaxed afternoon which brought together friends of Four Winds in Sydney recently. A special thank you to Michael and Manuela Darling, Four Winds Ambassadors, for making it possible and to Felix Rutz and Leigh Cholakos of Bei Amici for hosting such a beautiful event.

At the event we shared our plans for the Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival and introduced guests to the talented Festival artist, Nicholas Ng.

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Remember! Early bird ticket sales finish on 31st December so if you haven’t yet purchased your Festival tickets this is a great time to secure your place. Go to: or call 02 9493 3414.

2016 Easter Saturday & Sunday at the Sound Shell

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Easter Saturday and Sunday at the Sound Shell is set to be a divine weekend of incredible artists, exceptional music and fine local food in the Four Winds outdoor amphitheatre. Paul Dean, our Artistic Director, has secured a stellar line up of world-renowned artists that will ensure your festival experience is a truly memorable one.

The Saturday and Sunday program at a glance is as follows –

Sound Shell Saturday
Saturday 26 March 2016 | 9:30am – 4:00pm | Sound Shell

 Koora Koorai, Welcome to Country | Featuring Radical Son, Gulaga Dancers and Warren Foster.

Dvořák, Wind Serenade | A chamber composition by the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák, featuring Shefali Pryor, oboe; Paul Dean,clarinet; Lloyd van’t Hoff, clarinet; Matthew Wilkie, bassoon; Matthew Kneale, bassoon; Ben Jacks, French horn; Rachel Shaw, French horn; Trish O’Brien, cello, Rohan Dasika, double bass.

Ravel, String Quartet | Composed by Maurice Ravel in April 1903 at the age of 28, performed by the exceptional Navarra String Quartet who are joining us from the UK.

AlexRaineriLedger, New Work | James Ledger will talk about his new work, commissioned by Four Winds for the 2016 Festival, that will premiere on Sunday.

Schumann, Piano Quartet | Written in 1842, Alex Raineri, piano; Jack Liebeck, violin; Simone Van Der Geisson, viola; Li-Wei Qin, cello.



unnamed Taikoz Trio| Explosive energy and extreme dynamism with refinement and grace, featuring Ian Cleworth, Kevin Mann and Sophia Ang.

Butterworth, A Shropshire Lad  | Alex Raineri, piano; Andrew Goodwin,tenor.

Sculthorpe, 8th String Quartet | Penny String Quartet.

Paul Stanhope, Pulse : Heart : Beat | Kiran Phatak, flute; Paul Dean, clarinet; Lloyd van’t Hoff, clarinet; Amy Brookman, violin; Anthony Chataway, viola; Jack Ward, cello; Alex Raineri, piano.

unnamed (1) HK Gruber, Frankenstein | A pan-demonium for baritone chansonnier and orchestra based on children’s rhymes, this is one of the strangest, most engaging pieces of music and involves a collection of toy instruments. Featuring Jason Barry-Smith, baritone; Emma Scholl, flute; Paul Dean, clarinet; Matthew Kneale, bassoon; Ben Jacks, French horn; David Elton, trumpet; Amy Brookman, violin; Madeleine Jevons, violin; Tom Higham, viola; Trish O’Brien, cello; Rohan Dasika, double bass; Alex Raineri, piano.


Sound Shell Sunday
Sunday 27 March 2016 | 10:00am – 4:00pm | Sound Shell

Li-WeiQin Hindson (arr Power), Cello Concerto, 2nd movement | Soloist: Li-Wei Qin, cello.

Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor | Soloist: Jack Liebeck,violin.

Britten, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings | Andrew Goodwin,tenor; Ben Jacks, French horn and the Festival string orchestra including the Navarra String Quartet.

Ledger, World Premiere | Ledger’s 2016 Four Winds commissioned work. JamesLedger

Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No 1 | Soloist: Alex Raineri, piano.


Erhu, a recital celebrating this ancient Chinese instrument | Nicholas Ng, Erhu.

Hindson, Light Music | The Arcadia Wind Quintet.

Hind, The Tower of Silence | Zubin Kanga, solo piano.

Gershwin, Songs (arr by Ledger) | Andrew Goodwin, tenor.

Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue | Zubin Kanga, piano, with Festival Artists en masse.

We would love to see you there!
For more information, including more details on all our artists and ticket packages, please visit our Festival page.

Maboba’s Promise Screens ‘Love Marriage in Kabul’ in the Windsong Pavilion

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Australian aid organisation, Mahboba’s Promise, has decided to kick off their 2016 program by screening their award-winning documentary, Love Marriage in Kabul, in the Windsong Pavilion on the afternoon of Saturday 9 January 2016. The film promises to take viewers on a journey into a country not often accessed by the outside world.

Love Marriage in Kabul follows the incredible journey of Australian-Afghan woman, Mahboba Rawi, the founder of Mahboba’s Promise, as she challenges old traditions and passionately negotiates to make a love marriage happen in Kabul.

Directed by Iranian-Australian, Amin Palangi, Love Marriage in Kabul has won numerous awards including the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival and Best Documentary Award at the Canberra International Film Festival.


Mahboba and the girls of the Panjshir Valley

The evening will be a revenue raiser for Mahboba’s Promise, an aid organisation with no political or religious ties to any groups, whose main concern is providing women and children with a path to being independent and self-sufficient in a country that has been racked by decades of war and where social safety nets do not exist.

Mahboba’s Promise has around twenty development projects in Afghanistan including orphanages, schools, and vocational and social enterprise programs. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Mahboba’s Promise to help support its projects in Afghanistan.

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Abdul on the roof at night

There will be light refreshments, a Q&A session and a bar available after the show. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25. No bookings are required.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for more updates.


An Update on Our ‘Carols in the Pavilion’

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Four Winds, with its friends Heartsong and the Friday Choir, are presenting an awe-inspiring evening of choral Christmas music in the Windsong Pavilion at Four Winds’ beautiful ‘Nature’s Concert Hall’ site at Barragga Bay.

At this busy time of year take a moment to relax. This concert offers you the chance to start your Christmas with a moment of peace and beauty – it will end with some communal carol singing under the stars. Audience members will be treated to mulled wine and mince pies within their ticket price.

Traditional carols such as ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ and the ‘Wexford Carol’ will meet works by major composers; ‘Legend’ by Tchaikovsky and ‘Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light’ by Bach. Quiet and reflective pieces such as the Polish lullaby ‘Usnijze mi, usnij’ by Gorecki and ‘Infant Holy’ by Wilcocks will be complemented by the luscious harmonies of Warlock’s ‘Bethlehem Down’.

Heartsong, made up of 40 choristers will perform alongside the 8 piece Friday Choir. Together they will create a performance of pure peace and beauty during the last weekend before Christmas.  We encourage you to come along to spend 90 minutes immersed in magical Christmas music performed by local choristers.

Tickets are $40. There will be mulled wine and mince pies as well as tea and coffee available after the performance.

For a taste of what’s in store for you, have a listen below:

We would very much like to see you there and to share a pre-Christmas celebration with you.  For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.

To read our previous blog post about the two special carols events we are hosting this year, click here.

What’s New at the 2016 Four Winds Festival

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The 2016 Four Winds Festival will run for an unprecedented 6 days of musical joy. This extra time will allow us to bring more performances and music-in-nature experiences to our festival-goers and the community. It also means that we will be running several new elements to the Festival — there really will be something for everyone!

Click here to go straight to our early bird tickets and packages–from now until 31 December!

Free Opening Concert:

We will be presenting a free, opening concert on Friday 25th March, held at the Four Winds’ site for the first time and featuring collaboration between local fLiNg Physical Theatre and preeminent percussion group, Ensemble Offspring. The performance of Philip Glass’ Music for Changing Parts is going to be pretty special and way for us to say thank you to our wonderful, supportive community.

‘Close to Home’ House Concert Series:

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The Sculthorpe Quintet featuring Emma Sholl, Shefali Pryor, Lyndon Watts, Ben Jacks, and Paul Dean.

In the lead up to the Festival, Four Winds presents the ‘Close to Home’ House Concerts series. This selection of intimate and acoustic performances will be held at spectacular local homes. The Sculthorpe Quintet will be performing in a Tilba home on Tuesday 22 March 2016; Zubin Kanga, Jack Liebeck, and Nicholas Ng will come together to perform in a home at Barragga Bay on Wednesday 23 March 2016. We are thrilled that the Navarra String Quartet performance in a Murrah home on Thursday 24 March 2016 has already sold out. Tickets for the other performances are selling fast so please book now in order not to miss these very special performances.

Windsong Chamber Music Series:

Every evening during the Festival, there will be something special happening at the Windsong Pavilion. As part of our ‘Windsong Chamber Music Series’, between the 25 and 27 March 2016 we will present a different, remarkable program of chamber music: Friday 25 March 2016, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time; Saturday 26 March 2016 works by Haydn and Schubert; Sunday 27 March 2016 Britten’s 3rd String Quartet and Brahm’s Clarinet Quintet. There are several different ticket packages available to make sure you don’t miss out on one of these beautiful evening performances. Have a look at our Festival page for more details.

The Double Bar:

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Paul McDermott at the Festival’s Double Bar in 2014.

In the centre of town, the Bermagui Community Hall will be transformed into The Double Bar—a relaxed place for festival-goers, festival performers, and all the community to mingle and share in the festivities. This year, as part of our ‘After Dark’ program, The Double Bar will play host to the fantastic Radical Son on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March 2016. Traversing musical genres like soul and hip-hop, and featuring a seven-piece band, Radical Son is a performer that galvanises and energises all audiences. These performances promise to bring something wonderful right to the heart of town. The Double Bar will also be open on Sunday evening, whilst no performance is scheduled, it’s a great chance to mingle and relax together as the Festival winds down.


Radical Son.


Tickets and More Information:

Early bird ticket packages are available for all events during the Festival on our website until the 31 December 2015. A lot of events are selling fast so make sure you secure your tickets for the Festival.

Our local accommodation is also filling fast for the weekend of the Festival. If you are one of our out-of-town visitors, follow this link to get more information about the accommodation in the area.

We can’t wait to welcome you  to our 2016 Festival and share a remarkable musical experience with you.

Four Winds’ Architects Awarded for their Excellence!

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Four Winds is very proud to announce that the architects responsible for the creation of our two beautiful performance venues–the Windsong Pavilion and the Sound Shell–have been recognised in the 2015 National Architecture Awards.

Phillip Cox, founding partner of Cox Architecture and designer of the Four Winds’ Sound Shell, has been awarded the 2015 National Architecture Awards: Public Award for the firm’s work on the redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval.

ArchitectureAU says, ‘All parts of the Adelaide Oval have been carefully considered to produce what must be, nationally, one of the most accessible and most spatially dramatic public buildings devoted to sport.’

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Philip Cox’s Sound Shell in action at a Four Winds Festival

To read more about Philip’s award, click here.

Also in the same awards ceremony, Clinton Murray, of Clinton Murray Architects and designer of the Windsong Pavilion, has been awarded the 2015 National Architecture Awards: Residential – Houses (News) for his collaboration with Polly Harbison on the Balmoral House.

Of this stunningly designed house, ArchitectureAU says, ‘Balmoral House nurtures structure, art, environment and lifestyle to the maximum.’

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Clinton Murray’s the Windsong Pavilion at the Four Wind’s site.

To read more about Clinton’s work and see pictures of the beautiful Balmoral House, click here.

Four Winds Presents a Special Carol Experience

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The festive season is fast upon us and for Four Winds that means the start of our Christmas choral program.

We have a number of things planned to musically mark the start of the silly season. A special, Community Carols event will take place on the Dickinson Oval in the heart of Bermagui, 18th December 2015. This event will be a celebration of community and the beautiful place we share, something Four Winds is very proud to be hosting. It is a free event and more details will be announced soon. Keep an eye on our What’s On page for updates.

The highlight of our Christmas program however, will be the Carols in the Pavilion: a traditional carol experience at Four Winds Windsong Pavilion for those wishing to experience the beauty of choral seasonal music. This event is shaping up to be a really special evening featuring two of our wonderful local choirs in the magnificent natural Four Winds site. Heartsong and the Friday Choir will take visitors on a beautiful musical journey beginning in the Windsong Pavilion and finishing under the stars. The program will include pieces from JS Bach, Prayer Before Sleep by Robinovitch and Ubi Caritas by Gjeilo.

Previous years have been a great success with the sound of choral voices floating over the water and into the summer twilight.

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Carols in the Pavilion, 2014

We strongly encourage you to come and be a part of this intimate, seasonal event.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Limelight Magazine Feature: Vibrancy, Serenity & the Unknown

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Artistic Director of the 2016 Four Winds Festival, Paul Dean, shares his key curatorial ingredients…

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Why do people go to music festivals? Festivals, particularly regional festivals, create a unique environment for the creation and performance of arts. Audiences are out of their normal lives, and normal surroundings and in a sense give themselves to the Festival – therefore creating a wonderful performer and listener/observer relationship. No one in the audience, especially at Four Winds, is really worried about getting up early for work the next day, or fighting the mad city traffic to get an incredibly over priced car park in an unbelievable rush to make the downbeat.

Click here to read full article at Limelight Magazine

Richard Gill talks Music Education on ABC South East

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Recently, Richard Gill appeared in conversation with Tim Holt on ABC South East, discussing his beliefs surrounding the importance of a revolutionised musical education in Australian school curriculums. “Music holds the key to a quality education system,” said Richard.

You can listen to the entire, enlightening interview here:

For more information about Richard’s events on November 18th, please click here.

Dave Hewitt begins his Four Winds Residency

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A beautiful sunny morning at the Four Winds site welcomes David Hewitt, acclaimed percussionist and composer, with Jed Silver, sound artist/engineer, to day 3 of their residency in the Windsong Pavilion.

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Dave and Jed in the Windsong Pavilion.

Dave, continuing from his residency last year, will be working on a composition titled ONDES, a solo piece for percussion, voice, and live sound design.

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The view from the sound design deck.

Says Dave, “my starting point with ONDES is to explore gradually evolving waves of mesmeric rhythms and vocal melodies. For me this approach reflects the patient and evolving character of the local landscape, it’s seasons and it’s community. This meditative approach also serves to focus my creativity energies and to open up the possibility of other ideas. The material developed through ONDES will ultimately form the basis for a number of distinct projects which are also likely to include other artists i.e. musicians,choreographers, lighting designers and multimedia. Jed Silver, joins me as we collaborate to further develop this material utilizing his incredible skills in manipulating live sound.”

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Dave and Jed will be in the Windsong Pavilion until the end of this week. We’re very excited to see the finished product!

Paul Dean’s Postcard from India

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Apart from being Artistic Director of the Four Winds Festival, I’m very privileged to play with the Australian World Orchestra and am currently on tour with them in India.

So, I thought I’d send you all a postcard!

The highlights have been too numerous to mention. Playing Schubert’s 9th Symphony with Zubin Mehta is a pretty tough one to beat, I have to say the orchestra has played absolutely incredibly during the tour.
However, visiting slums on Saturday with Belinda MacFarlane (violin LSO), Monica Curro (violin MSO) and Troy Greatz (Percussion WASO) and playing a concert for the extraordinary children there was life changing. Never before have I felt so humbled and privileged to be a musician. An incredible audience!
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The orchestra rehearses Schubert 9 in the New Delhi Weightlifting centre. Made for a very acceptable concert hall. Great plaque about the Maestro at the back of the stage!
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The Australian World Orchestra with the Maestro post concert number 2 in the Concert Hall in Mumbai. Notice that the Maestro places the wind section around the front of the string section when playing Schubert 9. A career highlight for me.
I’m so pleased to be flying the flag for Australia, Four Winds and Bermagui on this wonderful international tour.  I am really looking forward to playing for you at the 2016 Festival in performances of Dvorak’s Wind Serenade and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time to name just a couple.  Of course I can’t sign off without reminding you that tickets are now on sale. If you haven’t yet purchased your Festival tickets then please click here.
Very best wishes
Paul Dean
Artistic Director
PS – I recently did an interview with Alex Sloan on ABC666 Canberra, so if you’d like to find out more about my life as a musician you might like to follow this link…

The Value of Music Education – Richard Gill

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“Music is important for the following reasons: it is abstract, it doesn’t mean anything outside itself. Music does not describe. Music does not narrate. Music does not tell stories. Music evokes. Music suggests, music implies, and music opens up the mind of a child in an extraordinary way. This abstraction about music is what offers a child the chance to move into a really special way of thinking.”

Richard Gill OAM is one of Australia’s pre-eminent conductors and has been recognised for his contribution to music by receiving several awards. Perhaps most importantly, however, has been his work in music education and the revitalisation of music in Australian schools.

Four Winds is very excited to be welcoming Richard to The Windsong Pavilion on November 18th to share his insights. The day will begin with a participative creative music workshop from 9:30am – 3pm, for music teachers, music leaders and music enthusiasts in and out of the classroom. Following that, Richard will deliver a keynote address from 4:30 – 6:30pm on how he believes music can transform lives.  We suggest you watch the video below to get a sense of what an interesting and engaging session this is going to be.

For more information on the day or to book your spot, please follow this link.

Planting Has Begun!

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Our Native Species Arboretum is underway thanks to the hard work by botanist and coastcarer, Stuart Cameron, and our site manager, Russell. With generous assistance from the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15, we are working to restore the ex-beef cattle grazing lands of the Four Winds site to its original state. Stuart Cameron, has designed a specific vegetation management strategy to recreate the distinctively local species and plant communities that mark this area, and to illustrate the richness and uniqueness of the region’s botanical heritage.

“We take our custodianship of the land at the Four Winds site very seriously,” said Sheena Boughen, Four Winds Chair, “and have attempted to infuse everything we do with that appreciation of the natural environment.” The first tasks of planting native species are underway with involvement of volunteers from the local community and we hope that this project will bring a greater appreciation of the unique South Coast environment, a wider sense of the importance of working towards restoring and maintaining our fragile and precious natural spaces, and provide opportunities for people to directly participate in the natural space.

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Stayed tuned for more updates on the progress of the site. If you would like to get involved and volunteer as part of the regeneration team, please click here.

2016 Festival Tickets Now on Sale!

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We are very excited to launch the program for the 2016 Four Winds Festival and to announce that tickets are now available for purchase.

It is going to be an invigorating and exciting weekend, with many different events and performances to keep you busy.

photo by Warren Purnell

photo by Warren Purnell


Please go to our Festival page for more information and to find the program.

Wise Up to Wetlands

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Four Winds exists to enrich the lives of people through the power of unique music-in-nature experiences. We are also committed to raising an awareness of nature through the artistic form. We believe this creates a dialogue and stimulates thought regarding environmental issues in an innovative way that extends the reach of important environmental issues and concerns to new audiences.

Wise up to Wetlands is a school based artistic program that aims to raise an awareness and knowledge of the important wetland areas in Bermagui. There is a clear lack of community knowledge about the uniqueness and value of these areas that we hope to address by instilling an awareness, recognition and pride in them.


The project involves the commissioning of a song to be composed by four of Four Winds Indigenous artistic collaborators: Warren Foster Snr, Warren Foster Jnr, Jacob Morris, and Joel Deaves. These artists have consistently provided quality musical outcomes in past projects with us. As Yuin Traditional Owners they are committed to education about important wetlands.

Once developed, the Bermagui Primary School will partner with us to teach the song to 150 students so that it may be performed at future Four Winds, school and community events.

This project compliments and supports another developing Four Winds project, known as the ‘Bermagui Project’ which brings together Indigenous, arts and non-arts (eg. sciences, philosophy, health) communities to creatively collaborate in alternative ways of engaging communities about place by provoking dialogue and attracting audiences to be active participants. With both these projects, we seek to promote the cross-cultural knowledge of contemporary Indigenous artists whose ancestry has long recognised this place and the link between art, culture and expression.

Four Winds is extremely grateful to Local Land Services South East for their support as a funder of the Wise Up to Wetlands project.

The Vampires Leave their Mark

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After a beautiful afternoon performance by The Vampires hosted in the Windsong Pavilion by Zephyrs Jazz, Bill Brown from ABC South East had this to say:

“…a sublime performance by the Vampires, some were saying that the newly constructed Pavilion at Bermagui may be the highest quality music venue between Nowra and Melbourne.”


Thank you to Bill Brown, Roger Stuart from Zephyrs Jazz, and The Vampires for a wonderful afternoon!

Four Winds Gets Behind Music Education

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The value of an early education in music is now recognised worldwide. The scientific data is clear; children who have good early education in music thrive at every level. In short, music education makes a profound difference in the lives of children and the benefits are life-long.

The National Music Teacher Mentoring Program was founded by Australia’s foremost music educatos, Richard Gill, and has a very specific goal … to make high-quality music mentoring available to generalist classroom teachers across Australia with the aim of providing quality music education, not just for the few, but for every primary school child in Australia.

Last September, Four Winds launched an ambitious campaign to raise the funds necessary to bring Richard Gill’s program to the local school community of the Far South Coast of NSW. With the generous help of our wonderful donors, we’ve been able to select two local music teachers and begin implementing the program. Starting with primary schools in the local area, making a difference to over 100 local primary students this year alone, and benefitting many more students in the future. This program will have all the more impact in this low-income area where schools welcome many indigenous and disadvantaged students.

The NMTMP has been the perfect opportunity for the Four Winds community to affect the lives of ordinary Australian children in the way we know best, through music. We hope to continue into the future.

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If you are interested in finding out more about this program or want to expand yourself as a music educator, we are hosting a very special and educational day event with Richard Gill on the 18th November. Please follow this link for more details.

Bermagui Primary Records New Wetlands Song at Four Winds

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On Monday 14th December, Four Winds welcomed the children of Bermagui Primary School to the Pavilion for a day of music-making and artistic exploration.

The Indigenous artists worked with the children to record and engineer a new song as part of the ‘Wise Up to Wetlands’ project: a school based artistic program that aims to raise an awareness and knowledge of the important wetland areas in Bermagui. The project was funded, in part, by NSW Local Land Services.

Yuin artists, Warren Foster Snr, Warren Foster Jnr, Joel Deaves and Jacob Morris, were on hand to lead and accompany the children through the recording of a song they had composed for them.

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Warren Foster Snr and other local musicians helping the Bermagui Primary children record in the Pavilion

Take a listen of the Wetlands Song recording here:


The project was also an opportunity for the children to have their music recorded by local professional recording artists, Michael Hanlon and Sats Kramer. After just a few takes and with the support of music teacher Merinda Antill, the track was laid and it was time for the children to relax and enjoy the surrounds.

Here’s a little video of the kids’ visual and sound creations from the day:

Yellow Team = Kindergarten on visuals, Yr 3/4 on sound

Red Team = Yr 1 on visuals, Yr 4/5 on sound

Blue Team – Yr 2 on visuals, Yr 2/3 on sound

For many of our local children, it was the first time they had seen the site and many were asking about the festival and Four Winds activities.

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The Bermagui Primary kids taking inspiration from nature

After lunch the children took part in creating a visual and sound artscape; inspired by nature, in nature and with nature. Dividing up into groups, the children created three-dimensional collages using natural materials found around on site.

The Bermagui Project

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The Bermagui Project is a process of coming together and discovering, transferring knowledge and reflecting about our place. The project will draw together stories, culture, history and knowledge of our place and reflect that in new works of music, dance and art, as well as how we experience the Four Winds’ site.

Our 10ha site has two architect designed arts performances spaces with manicured surrounds providing an inspirational setting for music. To enhance our natural environment, Four Winds decided to transform much of the remaining area of ex-beef cattle grazing land, into a native species arboretum. With major input from local Landcare, botanists and Indigenous local knowledge, including creating interpretive signage, we will restore the original flora – greatly increasing biodiversity – and provide native species education and for our local, regional and national community.


The Bermagui Project is a commitment to our beliefs: that music making can transform lives; that our place, our site and our community are connected; that the environment is vital to human flourishment; and that a strong cultural life helps create a strong community.


Bermagui Project Stage 1 | 2014 – 2015:

The first year, 2014, of the Bermagui Project worked to build on our years of song-writing workshops with the local Koori community, Shellie Morris returned with Archie Roach to perform and to continue composing music with local Indigenous musicians. In 2016, David Leha (Radical Son) continued this work, resulting in a performance at the 2016 Festival.

We worked to:

  1. Build stronger relationships with local Indigenous communities as the basis for ongoing creative arts projects and collaborations;
  2. Foster two-way learning between Indigenous and non-indigenous members of the community;
  3. Work with emerging musicians and potential or existing artistic leaders and mentors to create pathways for others in the community to be supported in music making;
  4. Create more opportunities for original works of music (dance, arts?) to be presented in the community;
  5. Involve local professional musicians so that the creative lives of participating artists, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, are enriched.
  6. Inform the way the Four Winds’ evolves as a native species arboretum and space for performance and education

We invite you to stay in touch for more developments of this exciting project.

Bermagui Primary Wetlands Song Day

CLICK HERE to view the Wetlands Song creation story as part of Bermagui Project Phase 1


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CLICK HERE to see the Four Seasons Live Streamed event from the Sydney Opera House, followed by an afternoon of Bermagui Project activities with local schools


Bermagui Project Stage 2 | 2016 – 2018

Stage 2 of the Bermagui Project has now received funding from Arts NSW and the Federal Government’s Regional Development Fund. It builds on, and significantly develops, the initial Indigenous phase of this project as well as confirming our track record for delivering projects by working in partnership with the community.

The Bermagui Project is a cultural conversation instigated through creative collaborations between musical and visual artists, scientists and the South Coast community. It encourages communities to reflect on ‘place’, inspired by local Indigenous knowledge, scientific analysis of the environment and through creative arts practice.

The project’s geographical focus is the country between Mount Gulaga and Mumbulla Mountain and involves the Indigenous community, professional artists, ANU, regional artists and young people.The ANU School of Art Field Studies Program methodology will be used to train leading visual artists as co-ordinators, working with other visual artists from our region whose work is inspired by our place.The resulting works will be exhibited as part of a collaboration with the Bega Regional Gallery.

As part of our commitment to supporting the development of the arts in our region, Four Winds will continue to be part of the National Music Teacher Mentoring program in 2016. We will be exploring a theme of music and words for a different style of festival in 2017 and commissioning different works leading into our Easter Festival in 2018.