April 2012


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Cultural Services Newsletter Wollongong City Council



Thriving Illawarra

Date: 29th April 2012

Venue: Corrimal High School

Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm


Building a Thriving healthy community

On the 29th April at Corrimal High School a unique event will unfold for the first time in the Illawarra.

Thriving Illawarra is a community celebration of health and healing. It willbring together the many different levels of health and healing in the region to network and inspire each other, to create work and provide interconnectivity for the greater wellbeing of the community. Thriving involves all sectors of the community from health professionals to community gardeners.

Highlights will involve The Gyoto Monks from Tibet as part of their “Infinite Present” Tour, Dr Roger Cole, Padmini Pai, Sue Brittain, Darren Sassall and many other local practitioners. It also includes Workshop facilitators and groups involved in some form of health and healing.

There will be healthy, organic and gluten free food, yoga, meditation and many other workshops. Foodies can enjoy home grown local produce as well as cooking demonstrations from some of the Illawarra’s best caterers. Community gardens and bushcare groups will be present.

Performances will include Crystal Healing Bowls, Beatmeisters, Tia Wilson, Tribal Jewels, Mem Davis, Wiyanga Nanga Mai, The Silvertones, other local choirs and musicians.

The festival will commence with an opening ceremony from many traditions including a blessing for the region from the Tibetan Monks and an Indigenous welcome.

Thriving is the vision of a group of local women Mignon Lee-Warden, Jennifer Farinella, Delyse Wright ( Lotus Health and Wellbeing ) Gwen Vardareff Sand Hall and Theresa Gregory. “Now is the perfect time for a celebration such as Thriving Illawarra and everyone is excited to be involved in the first one”

This celebration aims to provide an inspiring and nurturing day. Together we can build strong networks to heal the earth, one another and ourselves by building a thriving healthy community.

Thriving Illawarra will be at Corrimal High School from 10am to 5pm.

Entrance is by donation and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Information about Thriving Illawarra can be found on our website


Theresa Gregory

Publicity and Marketing Coordinator



In celebration of Nan Tien Institute’s first postgraduate student graduations, and the plans for the $30 million dollar university campus Stage 1 and Art Gallery (commencing 2nd half 2012); Nan Tien Institute is proudly hosting ‘Transformation’ – an art exhibition held at Nan Tien Temple during the month of April 2012.

Nan Tien Institute (NTI) Art Gallery is seeking expressions of interest from regional artists wishing to be included in NTI’s ‘Transformation’ Art Exhibition as part of a group exhibition.

Artists have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their art at the ‘Major Tourist Attraction’ of the South Coast, Nan Tien Temple, through our busiest peak tourist period during the Buddha’s Birthday and Easter celebrations, plus school holidays – in which over 10,000 visitors participate in a variety of events and celebrations.

Please forward this email on to all potential artists that you know of who may be interested in exhibiting; and we encourage you to put the dates aside to come and view a diverse range of ‘Transformational’ artworks.

We look forward to seeing you here!

Nan Tien Institute Team

Siena Morrisey

Marketing Director | Nan Tien Institute  CRICOS Code: 03233C

180 Berkeley Road, Berkeley, 2506 Australia

Tel: +612 4272 0609   |  Fax: +612 4271 7862







The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) will be bring its hugely popular one-day course Running Your Own Creative Business toWollongong on Friday May 11.

This is an essential course for anyone working in a creative field. Creative practitioners often prefer to concentrate on creative and artistic output, but secured financial viability and success relies on the ability to navigate the world of small business too.

Running Your Own Creative Businessis one of AFTRS most popular courses. It is taught by Monica Davidson who, through practicing what she preaches, has a long and distinguished career as a successful freelance director and writer as well as the author of “Freelancing for Australians for Dummies’ (2008).

AFTRS OPEN Regional Manager Martin Corben, says this intensive 1 day course has been developed to focus on the key practical tips that arts-based businesses and graduating students most need.

As a long term freelancer herself, Monica is able to answer the key questions and issues concerning all arts-based small businesses such as the need for business planning, managing irregular income, tax and financing, contract and copyright basics and how to create a plan to market the arts in a way that will bring in more clients and profits,” Martin says.

Past graduates of the course include filmmakers, dancers, ceramicists and musicians – even a professional graffiti artist and drag ‘king’ performer.

This AFTRS initiative is part of its recently expanded regional training program. AFTRS Open, the short course program of AFTRS, now offers a broad range of film, television and radio courses all year round across Australia in partnership with local organisations. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Booking Details:

Wollongong – Friday May 11 – $95.00 at the Digital Media Centre, University of Wollongong

Info & Booking:

Info & Enquires: 1300 065 281 /

For details, images and interviews please contact:

Undine Marshfield / AFTRS OPEN Marketing /02 9805 6543






Illawarra Choral Society

Magical Mozart

Monday 29th April 2012  2.00pm

Adult: $25, Concession/Group of 10+: $22, Under 16: $10

Following the rapturous reception of Handel’s Messiah in December, the Illawarra Choral Society offers an all-Mozart program on April 29.  Be entertained by Mozart’s wry and perceptive take on love – or its absence -as four superb guest vocalists perform arias, duets and ensembles from his best-loved operas. Opera Australia’s Kate Wilmot (soprano), Anna Yun (mezzo-soprano) and Javier Vilariño (bass) join with tenor Russ Ixer (Scottish Opera, Opera North) in lively and lyrical selections from The Marriage of Figaro, Così Fan Tutte (The School for Lovers), Don Giovanni and more.

Local instrumentalists will showcase their solo and ensemble skills in a program of captivatingworks. Then the combined forces of choir, soloists and orchestra will stir your soul with Mozart’s sublime Requiem – music not to be missed.



Wednesday, April 11, 7.30pm.
The Basement @ The Builders Club.
SOL presents The Bearded Gypsy Band + The Penny’s

Recently at ‘WOMADElaide’ The Bearded Gypsy Band played an “astonishingly vituoso set for an ecstatic crowd. Their prodigious skills produced a finessed performance that musicians with fifty years experience could well envy.”

The Bearded Gypsy Band play an eclectic mix of energetic Gypsy Folk, Celtic & Gypsy Jazz music. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Django Reinhardt and other folk music from around the world, their original music takes the listener on explorative journeys with varying energies, styles and rhythms, from singular spiritual moments to full-body engaged collective ‘anthemic’ music. Seeing this band live really brings their infectious music to life as their incredible musicianship is experienced. They have been described by musician David Ross McDonald as “The Too Young for Their Talent Band”.

For the past few years The Pennys have been performing their uniquely upbeat blend of Indie Folk & Catchy Rock to audiences up and down the Australian East Coast.
Born out of an impromptu jam at a local politician’s fondue party, they quickly discovered a mutual love for Sing-a-long Choruses, Hawaiian Shirts and Jauntiness, deciding then and there that they would combine all three and form a collective.

“The Penny’s make music that is charming and heartfelt, always wistful and always a charm” ….David Young

“Boasting the sounds of double bass, harmonica, keys, percussion and both acoustic and electric guitar, the musicianship displayed by this band is very strong with a strong stage show to boot.” – Wollongong UniBar Band Comp

For Info Contact Damion
E  M 0416 204 674

April 6-9th – 26th Annual Easter Jazz Festival Presented by the Illawarra Jazz Club

Venues include: The Builders Club, The Palm Court Hotel, Crown Street Mall, Wesley Uniting Church

Artists Include: Wollongong Conservatorium, Nick Rheinberer’s Les Blues, South Coast Big Band, Shelley Rae King’s Nice ‘n Tight, Belmore Basin Band and many more…over 25 bands!

Click here for details!




Maree Faulkner has her Opening of her latest exhibition on at yoursandowls (Across from Wollongong Town Hall). The exhibition is open for two weeks from Saturday 7th of April 2012.





Hi everyone,

Here is an invitation for you to come along and see our new joint art exhibition, ‘Whimsical Wonders’, at Bungendore Fine Art Gallery in Bungendore.

Helen Hewitt and I are exhibiting a new collection of whimsical drawings there from 31st March (meet the artists day…between 2-4pm) and then from 10 – 4.30 each day until Tuesday of the first week in May.

My artworks for his exhibition centre on reviving Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales finely drawn with a ‘medieval’ flavour, in black pen and coloured with ink.

The gallery is in 42 Ellendon St Bungendore.  

It is opposite the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery which you may know or have heard of (  – another great place to visit!

If you are travelling up to Canberra in the next month or just looking for a good day out, come along and visit Bungendore!

Jann Parkes

Black Bird Art Studio Kiama





Propaganda Window (Melbourne) presents:

We know

A projection installation by anonymous collective subTEXT
April 3 – 28  | Opening Night Friday April 13 
“Help. A universal need. An act of generosity. A moment of knowing you aren’t alone.
HELP! I’m drowning. I’ve lost my car keys. I’m too fat to be loved. I have no sense of purpose. I’m wearing last season’s trousers.
The biggest industry in the world isn’t guns, sex or banking. It’s help. We buy what we think helps us. We identify a need and someone offers a solution. Or someone identifies an opportunity and sells us a problem.
Hear that, anti-bacterial handwash? We’re talking to you.
 Our world is full of messages designed to persuade, seduce and scare us into following the prescription offered. We know picks up a long stick and prods at the ambiguous underbelly of a media landscape that insists it knows what we need.”
-subTEXT |

Projecting every night at 110 Franklin Street from dusk till late at 110 Franklin Street Melbourne.




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