It has been an extraordinary few days on the Far South Coast with devastating bush fires in Tathra. We are thinking of all our friends and neighbours affected by this life changing event. There is no doubt in my mind that music plays a huge role at moments like these.
People often turn to music to console, lift their spirits and as a means of expressing a shared experience. I hope that on the Easter Weekend – particularly for the free community concert on Good Friday – the locals will come together to enjoy the company and togetherness that music brings. The community itself will be represented by Bega’s own Heartsong Choir who will be performing during this event.
We have many visitors coming to the region for the Festival. As of next week, the artists will be arriving and will spend the week rehearsing at the Four Winds site in Barragga Bay.
We will be welcoming local school children to the site on Thursday to meet musicians and experience dress rehearsals particularly for the Welcome to Country which features the Djaadjawan Dancers.
On Good Friday, Festival musicians will appear in pop-up performances around Bermagui before the free concert on the Dickinson Oval in the evening from 7pm. I will be there, performing in a large Festival jam with other festival musicians. The feel good Brazilian popular folk music genre called Choro will bring a joyous and uplifting end to the evening.
I’m looking forward to welcoming all our musicians, visitors and friends to Four Winds next week and to sharing this wonderful music Festival with you.
Next week’s enews will have more practical information for everyone coming to the Festival – but if you haven’t yet purchased your ticket there is still the opportunity to do so at www.fourwinds.com.au/easterfestival
Very best wishes