January 2011

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Wikileaks Doco

“WikiRebels Documentary

The first in-depth documentary on WikiLeaks and the people behind it.

From summer 2010 until now, Swedish Television has been following the secretive media network WikiLeaks and its enigmatic Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange.

Reporters Jesper Huor and Bosse Lindquist have traveled to key countries where WikiLeaks operates, interviewing top members, such as Assange, new Spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson, as well as people like Daniel Domscheit-Berg who now is starting his own version –”



Vandana Shiva Sydney Peace Prize
“”If commerce starts to undermine life support, then commerce must stop, because life has to carry on.” This is the central premise Dr Vandana Shiva’s passionate address for the 2010 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture, in which she lambasts global corporations for waging war against nature in the name of profits.”



Dear Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival Fans

In between festivals, we are busy organising our regular folk night River Music and the monthly Kangaroo Valley Village Markets, which raise funds for the festival. Since we’re a musical bunch, we never let a chance go by and usually have live music at the markets.

If you want to strutt your stuff in public, we have a PA system set up at every Kangaroo Valley Market. The markets are on the second Saturday every month (except February) 8am-2pm at the beautiful Kangaroo Valley Showground. Performers of all levels are welcome to come and have a go. You can put out your instrument case to collect donations or sell CD’s if you have them.

Performers from out of town, if you are passing through the Valley on a market day, we’d love you to drop in and share a few songs.

The next markets are on this Saturday. If you want to play, please contact Stuart Leslie on 0412 288923.

If you don’t want to perform, come along to the markets anyway. It’s a great way to while away an hour or two sipping a coffee and sampling local produce.

Apologies to those on the River Music mailing list, who have now received this message 3 times.

Next KV Folk Festival is 21-23 Oct 2011.

See you in the Valley.





Life drawing group starting at The Manse in Nowra (across from Aldi in Kinghorne St) on Thursday January 13, 7 to 9pm. Bring your sketching stuff and easel and/or drawing boards. $10 covers room hire and model.

Book your spot by ringing Lea on 44417 017 or email Jen on

Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts Inc.

Media release

For immediate release

Thursday 9th December 2010

‘4 sculptors, 4 painters and a printmaker’

Some serious, some quirky, all original, Illawarra made

The newly incorporated Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts Inc. (IAVA) is showing its third exhibition of Illawarra made Contemporary Art in the IAVA Foyer Gallery.

IAVA is a group of visual artists supporting one another to achieve their highest potential through exhibitions and professional development.

Sculpture, printmaking and painting are exhibited in the IAVA PopUp gallery next to Bing Lee, 200 Keira Street, Wollongong from Thursday 9th December for 4 weeks over Christmas and the New Year.

Works by 4 sculptors, Deborah Redwood, Greer Taylor, Judy Bourke and Libby Bloxham, 4 painters Alena Kennedy, Angela Forrest, Jennifer Portman and Jennifer Jackson, and printmaker Liz Jeneid, all foundation members of IAVA, are being exhibited. Each of the artists is a professional practising artist. Angela Forrest and Jennifer Portman collaborated on one painting that depicts their children.

The PopUps are an opportunity to fill vacant spaces with Contemporary Art. IAVA thanks Wollongong Central and The GPT Group for their generous support of the Illawarra Cultural Community.

The IAVA Foyer Gallery is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays. At other times the exhibition can be viewed 24 hours through the glass doors from the bus stop next to Bing Lee in Keira Street or by appointment.

Judy Bourke Ph 4267 2696

Greer Taylor Mob 0409 663373


Gallery: 5 Crown Lane

We would like to thank everyone who showed up and supported us at the ‘It’s Official’ launch party and exhibition. With over two hundred people through the door and a visit from our local member it turned out to be a massive and positive cultural event and even better, most of the artwork sold out!

We hope to see you all again at future events and exhibitions and if you haven’t been up to see us yet, drop in and say hi.

Looking forward to all the big projects on the horizon for 2011.

stay tuned…








South Coast Writers Centre, Australian Poetry Centre & Poets Union presents:

Poetry Reading @ Clifton School of Arts

Presented as part of PoetryLab: the Wollongong Poetry Workshop

Featuring Michael Sharkey, Bronwyn Lea & Susan Hampton, plus PoetryLab participants and a public open mic section.

An excellent opportunity to see three of Australia’s best poets read together. The Clifton School of Arts is a beautiful federation building perched on the sea cliffs between Helensburgh and Wollongong – just a ten minute walk north from Scarborough train station.

Gold coin donation appreciated. All welcome.

When: 2pm, Saturday 8 January

Where: Clifton School of Arts, 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton

More information:

Contact: South Coast Writers Centre on 02 4228 0151 or



Hello to all our wonderful Pics & Flicks supporters,

Just a couple of quick announcements:

Firstly – I sincerely apologise (again) for the ‘to all’ email last month when advising of the December film. I do try my best to remember to ‘BCC’ but on this occasion as I do acknowledge and understand people’s concerns with distributing their contact details. I will continue to try to remember in the future.

Secondly – in continuation of long held custom, the Pics & Flicks crew will be taking a break in January and will be back in action in February, so keep your eyes posted for news of the Feb film some time in January.

And finally – from everyone at Pics & Flicks, here’s wishing you all a happy holiday and will see you all in 2011!!

Best wishes

Pics & Flicks



Here’s the sequel, “Down the Rabbit Hole”  to “What the Bleep” shown last month.




Happy New Year all!
Attached is the program for the Illawarra Folk Festival Summer School  which is part of the Illawarra Folk Festival. It’s held at the Northern Illawarra  Uniting Church (cnr Point St & Princes Hwy Bulli) Jan 12 & 13. The school is for all ages and abilities. There’s lots of fiddle & guitar sessions + songwriting with Eric Bogle, mouth organ, tin whistle, circular breathing for wind players + much more.
Please spread the word. It’s a hoot!

Ann Lehmann
Illawarra Folk Summer School Coordinator



Save $15 with an Advance Season Pass for $95 if purchased by 7 January.

Click here to purchase tickets online or call 1300 887 034 for over the phone Credit Card payment.

SEASON PASS Adult (after 7 Jan 2011) – $110

SEASON PASS Youth Ticket (Aged 12 to 17 with paying parent) – $20

SEASON PASS Child Ticket (Under 12 with paying parent) – FREE

SEASON PASS CAMPING (flat rate for 1 to 4 nights).
Available only with Adult Pass Purchase. LIMITED NUMBERS. – $25

WEEKEND PASS (Saturday and Sunday) Adult – $85




SATURDAY or SUNDAY DAY Youth (Aged 12 to 17 with paying parent) – $10

FRIDAY EVENING Adult , from 6pm – $30

SATURDAY EVENING Adult, from 6pm $35

FRIDAY or SATURDAY EVENING Youth (Aged 12 to 17 with paying parent) $5

CHILD (Under 12 with paying parent) FREE

Lunch Italian Style at the Illawarra Folk Festival – Thursday 13 January Midday


Midday to 2pm
Thursday 13 January 2011
Bulli Showground Restaurant, Princes Highway

Music by Zumpa and friends

Come early for a free drink of Spanish Sangria

COST: Adults $15, Children (U16) $7. No bookings required. Doors open 11.30am

Further information David De Santi. tel 0409 57 1788

Since it’s inception by the festival’s Artistic Director  David De Santi in 1999 Lunch Italian Style has been a popular introduction to the Illawarra Folk Festival for a growing number of people.

Come and be caught up in the irrepressible spirit of Italy, with singing, laughing, dancing in the aisles (and sometimes on the tables), and of course eating.

It’s an afternoon in a make believe Neapolitan villa and kitchen, brought to the Illawarra with the flair, style, jovial cheekiness and drama that makes for a fantastic Italian Lunch.

The energy is exuberant, as we listen and dance to traditional tarantellas, quadriglias, mazurkas, waltzes, old songs and some new ones by ZUMPA and friends.Zumpa!, a collaboration of Italian and Australian musicians (with a bit of African beat for good measure) will lead the charge of musical talent for the afternoon. The dancing and good fun comes naturally, courtesy of a vibrant Italian community, but beware it IS infectious!!

If you  want to know how to dance Italian style, there is sure to be a Nonna or a Mamma to help you on your way!

If not, no worries, with piano accordion, saxophone, clarinet, violin, bouzouki, piano and plenty of percussion you are sure to experience your first dance of the Festival at this extravaganza of an Italian Party!

The Italian Lunch has been privileged to host many special guests over the years. Having laughed, danced and sung with Kavisha Mazzella, Nonna (Giri Mazzella), Ekosi Multicultural Women’s Choir, Joe Dolce and Eugenio Bennato & Musica Nova, all the way from Naples, the organisers are often amazed at the talent that springs from the crowd to help the celebrations along.

FESTIVAL PASSES: Save with Advance Season Pass for $95, buy before 7 January

It’s less than 3 weeks to the 26th Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli Showground, north of Wollongong and only 1 hour south of Sydney.

Advance 4 Day Season Passes are available for $95 – a saving of $15 – until 7 January.

Youth Season Passes are only $20. Children (U12) with paying parent are FREE

2 Day Weekend Passes are also available for $85.

Camping passes are $25 per person.

For further information or to purchase tickets go to or ph 1300 887 034

MEDIA ALERT: Illawarra Folk Festival to Secede and Create FOLK REPUBLIC OF BULLI – 7 JANUARY

Embargo until 10:00 am on 7th January 2011 – NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

On 7th January, 2011, the organisers of the 2011 Illawarra Folk Festival will officially secede from the Commonwealth of Australia and Wollongong City Council and declare Slacky Flat at Bulli Showground the ‘Folk Republic of Bulli’.

The proclamation will take place at Wollongong Mall at 10am on 7 January 2011.

There will be a band, protesters and supporters. They will march down the Mall to the Wollongong Council Chambers, where Presidento Russell Hannah will officially declare Bulli the Republic of Folk and secede from Wollongong Council. It should be an exciting and colourful rally with lots of photo and interview opportunities.

The Chief Minister of the new Republic, Presidento Russell Hannah has set out a manifesto which includes a promise of dancing, fun and laughter.

“Between the 13th to 16th of January, I declare a united stand in support of good music, good verse, good singing and dancing” declared the Presidento. “All people who like music and having a good time will be welcome to become residents of the New Republic” he said.

“We just want to have fun!” Presidento Hannah exclaimed, “We decided that we needed to establish a country free from rival parties and back biting.

There is only one party in our republic and it goes from Thursday to Sunday night. And the only backbiting is people coming back to bite into the delicious food that is available, including the Republic’s national dish, tripe.

The only opposition we will tolerate is opposition to boring music.”

“Our passports will be in the form of a ticket which will entitle all holders to become residents of the new republic.

Citizens of the republic will be easily recognised by the decorative wristbands that they will be wearing.” stated the leader.

“We will be issuing our own uniform (a fetching folk festival T-shirt and cap) and for a $95 season pass, people can purchase citizenship of the Folk Republic of Bulli and can enjoy four days of music, dancing, spoken word and singing without worrying about income tax, GST or NBNs!”

“There will be no elections but lots of choice and I plan to release the names of the citizens who will be appointed as Ministers in the New Republic at the proclamation,” concluded Presidento Hannah.

There is a variety of material in the media kit (click here) and you can obtain additional media releases and a program. Complimentary media passes for the festival plus a media pack are available; please contact us to arrange collection.

For further information on covering this exciting event or to arrange an interview with the Presidento, please send an RSVP to

Peter O’Neill, Marketing and Media Manager
Illawarra Folk Festival
0429 674 005

We have a couple of Music events happening at Meroogal, Worrigee Street Nowra In January & February

*Summer notes at Meroogal

Revel in long summer evenings in the garden at Meroogal. Bring a picnic and

some friends and enjoy the beautiful original music of two talented young singer–songwriters.

Saturday 15 January 2011 6.30–9pm

LANIE LANE has been described as the spirit of Muddy Waters inhabiting Doris Day. She sings a mix of blues, jazz, pop

and country from the golden era of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Saturday 19 February 2011 6.30–9pm

Melanie Horsnell. A fusion of singer–songwriter folk and 1960s-infuenced pop, Melanie’s tender, heartfelt, simply beautiful songs are the perfect accompaniment to a summer evening.

$25 or $20 concession

Bookings essential for events

02 8239 2211 (HHT box offce).or book on line

For more information contact Meroogal

On 02 44218150 or

Many thanks


Sandra Lee | Manager | Meroogal

ph: 02 44218 150 |fax: 02 44212 747

Historic Houses Trust

Are Penny and the Mystics the new wave in Australian music? The Australian newspaper’s music reviewer Anthony O’Grady thinks so. 

In the Weekend Australian Review liftout on 4 December, O’Grady wrote about their debut album:

“Penny and the Mystics are four young surfers (who) belt out roots, rock and reggae… Penny Hartgerink has a remarkable voice, clarion clear and expressive … best demonstrated on Welcome Here, Hiding the Light and Directions (while) drummer Joe Winkler’s two reggae outings, Red Van and Bushfire, (are) delivered in a similarly relaxed drawl to that of surfing music giant Jack Johnson. Welcome to the new wave.”

O’Grady is not the only reviewer impressed by this four-piece band from the NSW South Coast town of Kiama – Penny Hartgerink (guitar and vocals), Joe Winkler (drums and vocals), Sam Hathaway (lead guitar) and Jedd Bradmore (bass).

In his review in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Metro liftout on 26 November, Jeff Apter wrote:

“At their best Penny and the Mystics wash up somewhere between Clouds and the Waifs.

Head for such standouts as Hiding The Light and Hoop of Fire. These zero in on Penny Hartgerink’s heartfelt wail and the band’s sharp rock-pop dynamics.”

Illawarra Mercury music writer Glen Humphries compared the band favourably to Angus and Julia Stone and The Beautiful Girls, writing:

“There’s a lot going on – and a lot of interesting stuff too. There are smatterings of folk, country, blues, reggae and rock all nicely coated with a very appealing pop sound.


Tonight (New Year’s Eve):

Kiama Golf Club (9 pm to 1am)

Sunday, 2 January:

Towradgi Beach Hotel – 2.30-5.30pm

Saturday, 8 January:

Eurobodalla Botanical Gardens at Batemans Bay – open air concert with two other acts – Damien Coen and the Fathers of Necessity and Spicy Fruit Chutney.

Gates open at 6.45pm.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday January 13-14-15:

Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli Showground.

Penny & The Mystics appear at 10pm on Thursday, 3pm on Friday and 9.30pm on Saturday.

Friday, 21 January:

Huskisson Hotel – 9.30pm-12.45am

Friday, 28 January:

Great Southern Hotel at Berry – 8pm-midnight

Sunday, 30 January:

Jamberoo Hotel 2-5pm


Sunday, 16 January:

Balgownie Hotel 3-6pm.

This information was sent to you by BluesOnStage because we thought you’d dig it and may want to come along.
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What’s On: Kiama Jazz Club Gigs

Sunday January 2, 2011

John Hill

Bella Brunch & Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11 – 3pm

A reflective few hours with John’s soulful piano and vocals.

Thursday January 6, 2011

Free Twilight Jazz & Blues

@ Hindmarsh Park Kiama 6 – 9pm

Chill out or bop till you drop – free and fun for everyone, bring a blanket and evening picnic and groove to the exquisite nine-piece Ritmo Arch and the sensational blues of the Ray Beadle Band. Ritmo play an inspired mix of Latin, Cuban, swing and retro jazz with an extraordinary vocalist plus exciting line up of sax, trombone, trumpet and more played by a young group of exceptionally talented players. Switch to Ray Beadle Band (Ray being the Chain Awards Blues muso of 2010) and you will be rocked and amazed at the band’s capacity to lift your spirits and bop you into 2011. Nobody sits still when these boys play!

Friday January 7

John Hill & Cora James

@ The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Blue Diamond Bar 6 – 9pm

John plays an individual and heartfelt piano and soulful vocal; and Cora is the voice of the Whisky Angel.

Sunday January 9

Priscilla Gauci

Bella Brunch & Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11 – 3pm

Blues, Soul and Funk for lunch and brunch.

Friday January 14

Pearl Noire Duo

@ The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Blue Diamond Bar 6 – 9pm

If you like your R&B smooth and rich stirred with a whole lot of personality come and hear Pearl – a lot of soul and a lot of fun. Pearl is sensational.

Friday January 21

Luke Koteras

@ The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Blue Diamond Bar 6 – 9pm

Luke is an amazing young man, talented, affable, charismatic, easy on the eye and an absolutely brilliant musician: originals and individual takes on familiar jazz and blues inspired numbers. Guitar and vocals.

Sunday January 23

Luke Koteras

Bella Brunch & Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11 – 3pm

As above, a perfect side with eggs benedict and coffee.

Friday January 28

Paul Robert Burton & Andrew Toner

@ The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Blue Diamond Bar 6 – 9pm

Paul has just returned from wooing and wowing them overseas – lucky we’ve got him back! Paul, charismatic multi-talented multi-instrumentalist with a not-always predictable repertoire, blending original takes on Celtic, blues, gypsy, middle eastern, swing, bop, folk and jazz, perfectly paired with the stunning (young) guitar maestro Andrew. Can you tell that they’re my favourites?

Sunday January 30

Paul Robert Burton & Andrew Toner

@ The Kiama Golf Club 3 – 6pm

As above, fabulous all over again. What an excellent way to end January 2011


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