Since the very first concert on the natural amphitheatre bushland site in April 1991, which attracted an audience of 200 people, Four Winds has captured the hearts and minds of composers, musicians and audiences near and far, bringing thousands of people to the site every year.
The natural bush site was transformed in 2014 with the expertise and vision of architects Phillip Cox and Clinton Murray. The 2,000-person capacity outdoor Sound Shell was developed to create a stunning outdoor performance space; the 180-seat Windsong Pavilion, mimics the surrounding spotted gum forest, and boasts an extraordinary acoustic in which sound is gently circulated around the purpose-built panels to delight musicians and audience alike. Due to its acoustics, the Windsong Pavilion is a highly sought-after recording venue.
Four Winds has undertaken the development of a significant Native Species Arboretum on the site in conjunction with Landcare Australia. Four Winds has a clear vision and commitment to foster community engagement, preserve the natural environment, and to deepen partnerships with the Yuin Nation’s local aboriginal communities.
These permanent facilities have enabled Four Winds to grow to present a rich year-round program comprising orchestral concerts, intimate performances, community events, artist residencies, music education programs including mentorships, and live-streamed digital events.
Today thousands of music lovers come to be enthralled at Natures Concert hall, embraced by the music, sharing the experience with friends and family, and enjoying the local food and wines.
Four Winds continues to blossom each year, giving musicians and audiences the opportunity to immerse themselves in music and nature, to celebrate the creative life. Four Winds continues to encourage and support creative people of all ages and ultimately inspire all who join in this experience.
The cultural heart that is Four Winds invites all to dive in to music and nature and emerge transformed.
Four Winds has a clear vision and commitment to foster community engagement, preserve the natural environment, and to strengthen partnerships with the Yuin Nation’s local aboriginal communities.
Four Winds Audience Musings
The ethos of the Four Winds festival is the epitome of the best of regional areas with its commitment to artistic excellence and to nurturing a regional musical culture, especially among young people. Combined with a genuine partnership with Aboriginal custodians the artistic vision is deeply embedded in the profoundly beautiful local environment.
There is something rare and important about Four Winds. Nature and music combine in a way that is somehow instilled with a wonderful serenity through the power of music to comfort and unite us.
We can absorb the wonder of music from all reaches of the planet gathered in our small town, always with performances of inspiring imagination and collaboration. It lifts us all, every time.
Four Winds is a fabulous example of partnerships and passion that nurture a community and sustain a future for musicians and audiences alike.
Hearing and playing music in this environment, which is a total sensory experience, makes every drop of music a rare and beautiful thing and it reminds us why we are alive.
Four Winds brings a diverse range of high quality music and performance to the South Coast, that we would not get any other way. It is also important as it works closely with the local community during the year and particularly the aboriginal community to provide amazing opportunities for kids and adults.
I would close my eyes and hear the music around me then I could sense a gentle breeze, my senses are heightened, what a sublime experience!
Between the Four Winds site and its surrounds, it is the perfect creative space for music making; both as a musician and composer, it’s the ideal environment to develop your skills and ideas.