January 2012


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Cultural Services WCC – Newsletter, Wollongong Town Hall







Presented Illawarra Folk Club Inc. PO Box 5289, Wollongong, NSW 2500 HOTLINE1300 887 034

Countdown to the Illawarra Folk Festival

The state’s biggest folk festival is just weeks away, with more than 150 acts from around Australia and overseas booked for the 27th annual Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli Showground on January 12-15.

International headline acts include Scottish folk singer Dougie Maclean and American folk legend and political activist Peggy Seeger, who is on a farewell tour of Australia.

Regular visitors The Beez are back from Germany in 2012, while Australian performers range from the grand dame of Australian folk-singing Judy Small to comedian/singer Pete Denahy.

There is also a great line-up of contemporary acts, including The Bearded Gypsy Band from Adelaide and two Melbourne bands, the Woohoo Revue and Triple J indie-music favourites Skipping Girl Vinegar.

Illawarra artists will also be well represented, with many of region’s best musicians on show.

The stellar line-up suggests that January’s festival may top the 2011 event, which attracted almost 10,000 music-lovers to Bulli over the four days.

Four-day festival passes are $130 and provide four days and nights of great entertainment, including world class musicians, poetry, folk dancing and musical workshops. The festival passes could make an ideal gift for the whole family, as children under 12 are admitted free if they accompany a paying adult, while there are also youth season passes for just $40.

You can book your tickets through the festival website or by phoning the FESTIVAL HOTLINE1300 887 034. Tickets are also available over the counter at Albion Park and Bulli post offices.

Artistic director David De Santi promises the festival’s traditional eclectic mix of world, acoustic, Celtic, traditional folk, gypsy and bluegrass music, along with poetry, spoken word, dances, workshops and plenty of stalls selling great food and clothing.

He said organisers received more than 500 applications from performers wanting to be part of the 2012 festival, and it was an extremely difficult task settling on the final line-up.

The applications have come from overseas, around Australia and from local performers. We had a very difficult time choosing the final line-up, but that’s great news for festival patrons.”

And 2012 will be the year of the autoharp, with organisers inviting a number of Australian and US autoharp players to share the magic of their unique instrument at concerts and workshops as part of the festival’s Folk Summer School.

A feature of the festival is the Green Music Trains that travel from Sydney to the festival, featuring some of the festival acts. The first train on Saturday 14 January will leave Bondi Junction at 8.13am, picking up at Central (platform 25) at 8.29, Hurstville at 8.48 and Sutherland at 8.59, arriving at Bulli at 9.57. The second train will follow one hour later. On Sunday the only service will be the 8.13am train originating at Bondi Junction, with the same pick-up times along the route.

Entry into the carriages is with a CityRail ticket. Passengers can pre-purchase their festival pass at the festival website or purchase at the end of your journey at the Festival Office at the Showground. To plan the trip go to or call 131 500.

The Illawarra Folk Festival is an annual event presented by volunteers from the Illawarra Folk Club.

Festival highlights – Thursday 12 January – Sunday 15 January:

Peggy Seeger: Friday: 4.45pm; Saturday 2pm and 8.30pm, Sunday 4.45p,

Pete Denahy: Thursday: 6.45pm and 9.15pm; Friday: 4pm; Saturday: 4.15pm; Sunday: 10.15am.

Dougie Maclean: Saturday, 14 January: 3.15pm; Sunday: 4.45pm and 7.15pm (festival finale)

The Woohoo Revue: Friday 2.15pm and 10.45pm; Saturday 9pm; Sunday: 7.45pm.

Skipping Girl Vinegar: Saturday 2pm; Sunday 6pm.

The Bearded Gypsy Band: Thursday 8.30pm; Friday 8.30pm; Saturday 11.30am; Sunday 3.30pm.

The Beez: Thursday: 10.15pm; Friday: 6pm; Saturday: 9.45pm; Sunday: 9pm.

Caption: US folk singing legend Peggy Seeger will be performing at the Illawarra Folk Festival in January as part of a farewell tour of Australia.

Caption: Melbourne’s Woohoo Revue will bring their distinctive brand of Gypsy music to the Illawarra Folk Festival.

Caption: German band The Beez are popular regular visitors to the Illawarra Folk Festival.

Issued by Nick Hartgerink (Honorary Publicity Officer): Ph 0418 424085



Yours and Owls

Upcoming January shows:

Date: 3/01/12

Time: Doors at 8pm

Headline: Raein (Italy)

Supports: Loma Pieta (USA), Lo           

Date: 4/01/12

Time: Doors ay 8pm

Headline: Young Pretties

Supports: TBA

Date: 5/01/12

Time: Doors at 8pm

Headline: I am The Agent

Supports: Bats & Battleships

Date: 6/01/12

Time: Doors at 8pm

Headline: Cape Tribulation

Supports: Red Sea Drifters, Massonics

Date: 11/01/12

Time: Doors at 8pm

Headline: Manorex6

Time: Abstract Classic

Date: 12/01/12

Time: Doors at 8pm

Headline: Happy New Year (NYC)

Supports: Nite Fields, Moonbase Commander

Date: 15/01/12

Time: Doors at 6pm

Headline: Passenger (UK)

Supports: Stu Larsen, Tim Hart (Boy &  Bear)

Date: 16/01/12

Time: Doors at 8pm

Headline: The Bearded Gypsy Band

Supports: TBA

Date: 18/01/12

Time: Doors at 8pm

Headline: The Ommissions 

Supports: TBA

Date: 26/01/12

Time: Doors at 8pm

Headline: Sun Araw (US)

Supports: Prince Rama (US)




Friday January 6
John Hill & Cora James
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 7-10pm,
Heartfelt piano & vocals with John, and Cora is the voice of the whiskey angel. Give in to the temptation and come along.

Friday January 6
Freya Garbutt Duo
@ Mercure by the Sea, Gerringong 6-9pm,
Jazz piano and upright bass.

Friday January 13
George Washingmachine Duo
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 7-10pm,
Gorgeous cheeky George with his jazz violin, sassy tunes and son Arthur on the side avec guitar.

Friday January 13
Rob Eastwood
@ Mercure by the Sea, Gerringong 6-9pm,
A swinging way to relax into the weekend.

Friday January 20
The Jacky Howellers
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 7-10pm,
Howling blues with Danny on harp and Rob on guitar & vocals

Friday January 20
James Vann
@ Mercure by the Sea, Gerringong 6-9pm,
Blues guitar from a young local genius.

Friday January 27
Luke Koteras
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 7-10pm,
Guitar & Vocals, blues, jazz, rock influences. Brilliant young man.

Friday January 27
Mike Walshe Duo
@ Mercure by the Sea, Gerringong 6-9pm,
Cool & mellow: guitar, vocal & double bass.



Wollongong Jazz



MASTER BUILDERS, Church St Wollongong JAZZ in the BASEMENT

It’s Free! And starts at 2:30pm At the Builders Club on Sunday afternoons

January 1st  – Aaron McCulloch Band

January 8th   – Bill Williamson Trio

January 15th – Yuki Kumagai/John Mackie Band

January 22nd – Terry Rae’s Big Swing Band

January 29th – Roxy Heartfelt






Dear friend of Pics and Flicks,

we hope you are enjoying the festive season.

This email is to advise that our first screening for 2012 will be on 3rd February at the usual time and place.  (We have found that many of us are too tied up with family, holidays and celebrating to attend a January screening.)

A further email will be sent very soon, advising you of the film that has been selected to begin our 2012 program.  In the meantime stay safe and well.

With best wishes for the New Year,

Pics and Flicks


Find out what’s on next month at 

Tickets go on sale at Gerringong Town Hall at 7.30pm with the film starting at 8.00pm. After the film, stay for our Gerringong Pics and Flicks world famous Tea, Coffee and Cakes ($2.50) and take the time to discuss the film or anything else you like in a relaxed social atmosphere.

And remember – yearly memberships available now for only $50. That’s 11 movies for just $50.

So come get your kicks at Gerringong Pics & Flicks!!







info sheet



Little Leonardo’s Art Studio wishes you a  wonderful New Years!

Our studio will be closed over the holiday break and reopened on the 3rd January 2012 for our School Holiday Program.

Our School Holiday Program is attached to this email, the workshops can be viewed and purchased securely through PayPal online through our website

Taking enrolments for term one starting 30th January 2012 as of 2nd January, so please contact us if your child or children are interested in joining our studio.

Feel free to pass this on to a friend who may be interested.

Wish you all the very best in 2012

Natalija Vocanec

Creative Director

Suite 3, 4 George Street, Warilla NSW 2528

PO Box 4319, Shellharbour NSW 2529

0414 829 548

abn 15 154 259 570

Summer holiday workshop schedule 2012



ECLECTIC COLLECTION an exhibition by  PAULINE PROUSE and  MICHAEL SMART at SHELLHARBOUR EXHIBITION SPACE from Wednesday 25th till Sunday 29th of January. The new gallery is on Wentworth Street,in Shellharbour Village.The exhibition features the watercolors,acrylic and oil paintings from Pauline with figurative and abstract styles featuring.Michael demonstates his love of expressionist abstracts, with small and large works of steel, wood and re-cycled materials. Both artists will also make available prints and drawings. The  OFFICIAL OPENING by GORDON STREEK ,director and actor from Roo theatre,will be on  WEDNESDAY 25th January at 5 p.m. and all are welcome.



Make it Public
at Propaganda Window
in 2012!

Large outdoor projection spaces offer
video artists something different…

Propaganda Window wants to see your art!
Consider exhibiting with Propaganda Window, the independently run video art space offering two unique public sites at 110 Franklin Street and Federation Square.
2011 has been a bumper year for artists taking full advantage of these two high traffic sites, their work reaching beyond the white cube audience.

Are you an Artist or Curator that:
-digs video art?
-has an idea for something big to be projected?
-wants to get their work out to a wider Melbourne audience in 2012?
-is searching for low cost and dedicated outdoor video art spaces?

Release your art on Melbourne in 2012!
Currently we are in the process of locking in exhibition dates for 2012, and Propaganda Window would like to extend the invitation to you. Propaganda Window has two permanent CBD projection sites for your digital output!

Propaganda Window (Melbourne) offers:
-High traffic night projection site attached to 110 Franklin Street Melbourne, home of Blender Art Studios, Dark Horse Experiment and Melbourne Street Art tours
-Three large rear-projection screens to make your work get big real quick
-A three week dedicated public exhibition, running every night from dusk until late, sharing events with Dark Horse Experiment and Melbourne Street Art tours
-Technical, curatorial and logistical support
-Affordable rates
Proposal deadline is Wednesday 1 February 2012

Propaganda Window (Fed Square) offers:
-A portal into Melbourne’s art destination, Federation Square
-A tri-monthly, half-hour compilation showcasing your work with other exciting new local and international video artists
-High exposure on both the Big Screen and inside the Atrium
-Zero costs to artists
Fed Square submissions are accepted all year round, but get in quick for the next compilation in March

For more information visit

Currently in the public sphere

Propaganda Window (Melbourne)
Adrian Doyle, Joel Gailer and Michael Meneghetti. Projecting every night from dusk till late until January 15

Propaganda Window (Fed Square)
Spanning over January and February is Propaganda Window (Fed Square)’s first video compilation for 2012.
Sourced from artists across Australia, this New Year compilation showcases recent work from Adrian Doyle, Amelia Johannes, Bevan Honey, Bonnie Lane, Joel Gailer, Nina Ross and Michael Meneghetti.
The line-up brings a critical and playful vision to Fed Square’s Big Screen and Atrium over the next two months.

Please visit Fed Square’s website for screening times


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