may 2011

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What’s happening with GM food contamination?

The case for WA







In Orwellian Style, Chinese Artist Ai WeiWei has been “disappeared”

You can learn more about Ai Wei Wei here

And, perhaps you’ll be interested in joining the action for his release here

But, before becoming overzealous about the shortcomings of the Chinese Government, maybe a closer look at the deterioration of our own democracy warrants more attention then we’ve cared to give? Consider how closely our own policy follows that of the US and then consider our asylum seekers, Julian Assange and then Bradley Manning and the Guantanamo detainees. What of the fact that a move to have the Guantanamo detainees tried on US soil in a civil court was blocked by the old republican guard? It begs the question “What are they hiding?”

Consider the increasing militarisation of US government

that it is essentially corporate driven


Human Rights!







We’re  privileged to view the rough cut of local Journalist, Nathan Burlings’  new documentary on the Oxford Tavern in Wollongong.

As he puts it, The Oxford or “The Occy” was the home of live original Wollongong music for three decades. In 2007, it shut it doors. This documentary explores the history of the Oxford, mainly from the nineties as well as the reasons for it’s eventual demise and the current state of the Wollongong music scene. This is still a work in progress.

*Contains adult themes and strong language.



Performer Applications Closing for the

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival

21-23 October 2011

The friendly festival in Australia’s most beautiful valley

Don’t forget, you only have until next Saturday 30 April to get your performer applications in (closing Saturday midnight).  Download performer guidelines and application form here.

Volunteers and Stallholders Needed

We need lots of volunteers to join our happy team.  Download application form here.

Stallholder applications are open, with sites being allocated on a first-come-best-dressed basis.  Download application form here.

Full Dance Program

This year there will be dancing all weekend, starting with a dance in the hall on Friday night, followed by workshops all weekend and the famous dance in the historic Upper River Hall on Saturday night.


Accommodation in the Valley books out quickly, not just from festival folk.  If you want a motel room, cabin or B&B, why not book now?  See our accommodation page.


Online earlybird ticket sales open 1 July.

To check out the latest on the festival, visit our website.  Or better still, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

See you in the Valley!

STOP PRESS – The amazing Fred Smith is performing at River Music in Nowra on Friday 20 May, supported by harpist Moira Lawry and local group Forever Archie.  Get more information here.  Why not come down and make a weekend of it?  See Fred Smith then explore the beautiful Shoalhaven region and the pristine Jervis Bay.





After the success of Youth Fest volleyball, WYAT: Wollongong Youth Action Team are organising a regular social volleyball event in McCabe Park. The event will be run fortnightly on Thursdays from 4-5.30pm. The team are currently looking for DJ’s who may want to perform alongside the event.
If you know any DJ’s aged 12-24 who are from the local area and would like to perform please encourage them to contact me.
Alison Bradford
Youth Development Worker
Wollongong Youth Services
85 Burelli St Wollongong
02 4226 5969  Fax 02 4226 5304








I, Sally Wiggins, and my band Mo’Fyah – a new drumming sensation fusing Afro-beat/ Funk/ Samba/ Latin and African style grooves have a few exciting shows coming up THIS WEEK with the famous AFRO-MOSES. At the end of this email there is a link with some past footage of an afro Moses gig including Sally Wiggins on Drum Kit and Neeni-Tuti on D’jembe (two members of Mo’Fyah). This clip does not include any Mo-Fyah footage but be assured that Mo’Fyah is a must see event and I hope that you can come join us at one or all of the following venues 🙂
MO’FYAH – all girl drumming sensation support AFRO-MOSES:

115a Cronulla Street, Cronulla 2230, NSW.
PH: (02) 9544 3844
Start 8pm, $15.
240 Princes Highway, Bulli, 2516, NSW.
PH: (02) 4284 5884
146 George Street, Windsor, NSW.
PH: (02) 4587 8146
I Look Forward To Seeing You There!!

Footage from past Afro-Moses show at The Headlands Hotel, Austinmer.. enjoy!
(Copy and paste this into your address bar)


3rd Snowy Mountains of Music – 10-13 June 2011

The 3rd Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music will be held in venues in Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes in the NSW alpine area during the opening weekend of the Australian ski season.

There will be over 120 concerts and 35 arcts bands over 10 venues in the mountains it’s was smorgasboard of music from blues to roots, gypsy, folk and trad headlined by Christine Anu, Ash Grunwald, The Sunny Cowgirls, Eric Bogle and King Marong and Afro Mandinko! More information about artists



Hi everyone,


Here is the May gig guide for Penny and the Mystics – some new venues and some old favourites.


Hope you can make it to one to some of them.


Penny and the Mystics


Friday, 6 May:Great Southern Hotel, Berry – 8pm-midnight


Friday, 13 May:Tory’s Kiama Inn 9.30pm-1am


Sunday, 15 May:Mt Kembla Hotel  3-6pm


Friday, 20 May:The Driftwood Shed, Terara – This is a live music venue on the Shoalhaven River just east of Nowra, at 111 Terara Rd.  We’ll be playing from 8-10pm as part of High Tide – a program that starts at 4pm with Born with Buttons and Brock Lette. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from Shoalhaven River Boat Hire (0402 471776). BYO. There’s a flyer attached.


Sunday, 22 May:Towradgi Beach Hotel 5-7pm


Saturday, 28 May:Kiama Leagues Club 8pm-midnight


Sunday, 29 May:Jamberoo Hotel 1-4pm


Solo acoustic:


I’m also doing a couple of solo acoustic gigs:


Thursday, 5 May:Hotel Illawarra, Wollongong 5.30-7.30pm


Sunday, 8 May:Balgownie Hotel – 1-4pm (Mother’s Day)




Penny Hartgerink xx





If you want to hear some of the best, cutting edge music being played in Australia today make sure you catch a show by the Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band during their national tour. Led by celebrated pianist/composer Mark Isaacs and featuring the cream of Australia’s instrumental musical talent – including guitar legend James Muller – the Resurgence Band serves up an exciting fusion of jazz, funk, ambient groove as well as sublime lyrical compositions.Known for their thrilling live shows, the Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band showcases ‘exceptionally articulate soloists’ (Rhythms, Adrian Jackson) who also play together as a cohesive unit and perfectly complement each other – ‘teamwork is the band’s forte’.“This band features some incredible players including leaders in their own right like guitarist James Muller and saxophonist Matt Keegan. It’s great to write for them as a composer and then give them the freedom to do their thing,” says Isaacs. “Instrumental music that does not confine itself to one particular genre spoke to a broad audience in the 1970s, and is doing so in new forms today. That’s the ‘resurgence’”Gig: Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band
Mark Isaacs (piano), James Muller (guitar), Matt Keegan (saxophone), Brett Hirst (double bass), Tim Firth (drums)
Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Auditorium
Date: Thursday 19 May
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $14 (General) / $12 (Parents accompanying students) / $10 (students) / $35 (Family: 2A, 2C)
For more info: (02) 4228 1122



As part of the Illawarra Music Festival, we bring you one of Australia’s leading jazz ensembles and one of Australia’s finest jazz vocalists.

The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra is widely acknowledged as Australia’s leading full size jazz orchestra. Musically, this ensemble represents many of the finest young improvisers Australia has to offer and features original music from Australia’s most dynamic and creative large ensemble composers all packaged into one exciting super-ensemble.

Gig: The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra with special guest Kristin Berardi

Venue: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
Date: Friday 3 June
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $29.50 (General) / $22.50 (Parents accompanying students, Concession) / $15 (students) / $65 (Family: 2A, 2C)
Click here to purchase tickets through the Merrigong Box Office. This concert has reserved seating.
For more information contact Wollongong Conservatorium of Music (02): 4228 1122, or call the Merrigong Box Office: (02) 4224 5999
This event is part of the Illawarra Music Festival: June 3-5, 2011




Sunday May 1


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

Guitar & vocals, jazz, folk and covers.

Friday May 6

George Washingmachine Duo

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

Our sassy jazz fiddler and smoochy vocals with son Arthur on guitar

Sunday May 8

Rob Devlin

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

Piano man entertains you and Mum for Mother’s Day

Friday May 13

Night & Day Duo

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

Jazz, vocals and keyboards (& nothing to do with Kath & Kim)

Sunday May 15

David Christopher

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

Popular Guitar and vocals

Sunday May 22

Kylie Stephens

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

Piano and vocals

Friday May 27

Dr Don’s Double Dose

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

The rich big bluesy gospel inspired swing, hop, jazz and bop of Don Hopkins and Rob Grosser. Piano, drums and vocals.

Sunday May 29

Rob Devlin

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

Piano and vocals





The  Mike  Nock   Trio   with   Ben &  James Waples   plus   saxophonist  Karl  Laskowski,  will    be  at  the  Seymour  Centre’s   Sound   Lounge  Friday  May  6th.  (   City  Rd  &  Cleveland Str,  Chippendale. )   Nominated  for  the 2011  Bell Awards  and  invited  to  perform  at  this years  TOKYO  JAZZ FESTIVAL,  the  Trio’s  recent CD  “An  Accumulation  of  Subtleties”  has    been  attracting  a  lot  of  attention.   Their  May  6th   performance will  feature   drummer James  Waples    fresh  from  a   stay  in  New  York  City.  Bookings   02 9351 7940







Thought you might like to pass on ICAN has joined in with Red Point Artists at Port.

We now have a shop front at Wentworth Street Port Kembla..

we have also  been given the opportunity to set up a POP UP gallery at crown Central

At the top of the escalators 2nd floor next to Gloss.

The space looks great and at present we have 8 Artists exhibiting.


Irene Carroll








WorkNWomen Final Program PDF

WnW info for Presenters and Presentations








Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc.
“Sarah’s Key”
Friday 6th May

On Friday 6th May Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. present “Sarah’s Key” [Rated M]

Review by David Stratton

SARAH’S KEY is by French director GILLES PAQUET-BRENNER. The original title is ELLE S’APPELAIT SARAH.

Julia, KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS, an American journalist married to a Frenchman and living with their teenaged daughter in Paris, becomes obsessed with the story of Sarah Starzynski, a Jewish girl who in July 1942, at the age of 10, was rounded by French police and, with her parents, confined with 13,000 others in a sweltering sports arena while waiting to be sent to concentration camps.

Sarah is particularly anguished because when the police came she locked her little brother in a secret cupboard in their apartment – the same apartment that, in 2009, Julia’s husband is renovating.
Further comments

DAVID: Margaret, what did you think of this film?

MARGARET: David, do you know it’s another one of those films like THE READER that looks at the horrific things that happened in World War II and the fact that those incidences reach beyond the generations to affect contemporary life. You cannot shake off stuff like that in a hurry. They reach down and touch you and this is a film that reminds you of that and I think it’s got something very, very nice about it. Kristen Scott Thomas, managing that transition from American to French. She’s really a fabulous performer in any language, with an accent.

DAVID: Yes. And the thing that surprised me about it, I expected to be moved on a certain level because the story of the Holocaust, of course, is an incredibly moving story but it moved me on levels I didn’t expect in the modern story and I found that very effective. But I must say I have a feeling there’s a little person somewhere in an office in Paris who changes the names of French films with really dumb English titles. The original title of this means “Her Name Was Sarah.” What’s wrong with that for an English title? I know Sarah has a key in the film but, why change it? He’d call CITIZEN KANE “The Man Who Wrote Newspapers” or something. I don’t know.


DAVID: So annoying.

MARGARET: All right. Okay. Well, the little man is going to be very wary of you in future. He’ll shape up. I’m giving this four stars.

DAVID: I’m giving it four, as well. I liked it very much.


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!!





National Indigenous Writers and Educators Conference

17,18 and 19 May 2011

The second National Indigenous Writers and Educators Conference will be held in Wollongong NSW. Featuring writers such as Kim Scott, Bruce Pascoe, Elizabeth Hodgson, Yvette Holt, Gayle Kennedy, Rosemary Plummer, Ali Cobby-Eckermann, Lionel Fogarty and more.

This chapter of NIWEC 11 will be a defining meeting place for literary minds and will leave you immersed in talent, humour, history and cultural sophistication long after the pages have been turned. For a full online view of the NIWEC 11 Program and details of speakers please visit email

When: 17, 18 and 19 May 2011

Where: Building 24, University of Wollongong NSW

Cost: Early Bird registration (until 15 April) $405, full registration $495.Daily rate $170.

More information: or contact or 02 4228 0151.


Celebrating the Voice 11: Indigenous Writers Night

19 May 2011

Featuring the launch of This country anytime anywhere : an anthology of new Indigenous writing from the Northern Territory (IAD Press) with readings by Ali Cobby Eckermann, Marie Munkara, Rosemary Plummer and Maureen Nampijinpa O’Keefe. Plus readings from special guest Peter Yanada McKenzie. Presented by South Coast Writers Centre and Woolyungah Indigenous Centre, University of Wollongong. Supported by Arts NSW, Wollongong City Council and Wollongong City Gallery.

When: 6pm-8.30pm, Thursday 19 May 2011

Where: Wollongong City Gallery, corner of Kembla and Burelli Streets, Wollongong NSW 2500

Bookings and enquiries: or 02 4228 0151

Free event. All welcome.


Rocket Readings

20 May 2011

Hosted by Sally Evans with special guest poets Kei Miller and Linda Godfrey. Plus the Rocket Readings Open Section (open readings have a three minute limit). A Sydney Writers Festival event presented by South Coast Writers Centre and supported by Arts NSW and Wollongong City Council.

When: 6pm-8pm, Friday 20 May 2011

Where: Phoenix Theatre, corner of Bridge Street and Gladstone Avennue, Coniston (next to Coniston Railway Station)

Bookings and enquiries: or 02 4228 0151

Free event. All welcome.


River Readings

27 May 2011

Hosted by Chere Le Page with special guest poet Lizz Murphy and the River Readings Open Section. Open readings have a five minute limit. Presented by

South Coast Writers Centre, Kitchen Table Poets and Shoalhaven Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. Supported by Arts NSW.

When: 6–8pm, Friday 13 May, 2011

Where : Library Meeting Room, Berry Street, Nowra NSW

Bookings and information: t: 02 4228 0151 or 02 4421 3076 e:


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