May 2012


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Cultural Services Newsletter Wollongong City Council



Greetings ARTfestians…

‘Branching Out’ – the theme for this year’s festival is already sparking the imaginations of our talented local artists and we’re very excited about the prospects for ARTfest 2012. An amazing line-up of events is evolving, which can only mean an AMAZING festival is evolving also!

Entry Forms for festival events are now available from the website. We’re also looking for a couple of extra committee helpers if you think you can contribute please contact us.
Keep reading for all the latest ARTfest news and other events around our creative little district.

2012 Festival – Entry Forms NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Want to host an event at Escape ARTfest 2012? Whether it be an exhibition, performance, culinary event or otherwise, you will need to complete a 2012 Event Entry Form. As with previous years, event organisers are encouraged to weave the theme ‘branching out’ into their individual offerings.

No events should be scheduled on the Festival Opening Night – Friday 28th Sept. Please call Julie Sydenham on 44545993 or contact us if you wish to discuss your event before submission.




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, writers, performers, musicians and visual artists.

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 to regional Australia in partnership with local organisations. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – LIMITED PLACES

Booking Details:

Wollongong – Friday May 11 – $95.00 /$45 TAFE and Wollongong Uni Students

Venue: 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







Exhibition Dates: 4th May – 1st June
Open Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm

Main space and Vitrine: Edward Gould and Alanna Lorenzon
Alone, Together, In Conversation and Thought.

Our society is becoming increasingly good at sharing our triumphs, however miniscule, with an ever widening audience, but perhaps the sound of our success is getting a little too loud.
Alone, Together. In Conversation and Thought began in 2011 and is an attempt by Edward Gould and Alanna Lorenzon to amplify the other end of the emotional spectrum. Part 2 of this exhibition brings together the responses of 50 anonymous members of the public, discussing their personal thoughts on loneliness, connectedness and what it means to be human.

Sample: Melissa Martin
Only Natural

Only Natural is a print based installation attempting to explore the relationship between the natural and constructed environment and how we perceive the two. This work uses textures and patterns from natural materials to create a mini, built ‘natural’ environment within the confines of a glass case. This exploration leads to the question of, what do we consider natural and what do we consider constructed? How does the presentation of these two environments alter how we perceive them?

Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces

Campbell Arcade, Degraves Street Subway, Melbourne

PO Box 117, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 8009

Artist Expressions of Interest to perform for the 28th Illawarra Folk Festival – 17-20 January 2013 are now open

New South Wales’ biggest and most diverse folk festival is on again in January 2013.

For four days from January 17-20 the Bulli Showgrounds will be home to the 28th annual Illawarra Folk Festival – with its sensational line-up of folk, world, acoustic, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music, as well as poetry, dances, workshops, parades and sessions.

We are looking for folk music artists who will be part of the event and be involved not only in concerts but also sessions, singalongs, workshops, theme concerts, dances, children’s events where possible.

The Illawarra Folk Festival is an event which exubes friendliness, participation and having a good time with new and old friends.

We are getting ever increasing artist applications to perform at our Festival so we are looking to minimise the effort for artists to apply and for us to assess applications. We will have a 2 part process with the first stage being an Expression of Interest to Perform.

Please read through the information and instructions on the Artists Application & Remuneration Guidelines webpage prior to deciding to express an interest to perform.

We will also be holding our 10th Folk Music School to be held during the festival on 16 and 17 January 2013. We are looking for tutors and students.

We are also looking for artists who are interested in performing on the Green Music Train which will run twice on Saturday 19 and once on Sunday 20 January 2013.

Click here to go to the Performer guidelines and the application form.

Expressions of interest to perform close on 30 June 2012.


David De Santi / Russell Hannah / Graeme Morrison
2013 Illawarra Folk Festival Booking Committee


More information…

The festival begins on Wednesday evening (16 January) with a bush dance and concert, followed by an Charity Concert, Lunch Italian Style and the Tripe Dinner and Folk Concert on Thursday, the official start of the festival. Up to 12 venues will then operate from Friday morning to Sunday evening.

All fees quoted are to be totally inclusive of all costs such as GST, travel, visas, meals.

International Performers

There are only a limited number of international performers we accept who generally are visiting Australia.

We DO NOT PROVIDE AIRFARES but minimal expenses.

International artists are also to arrange their own visas and travel arrangements to and from the festival.


The Illawarra Folk Fesitval is presented by volunteers from the Illawarra Folk Club .

It is a non-profit incorporated association with the objective to present and en-courage folk music and folk lore as it exists in Australia today, in all its most genuine, and valuable musical, social, historical, cultural and pleasurable forms.

The Illawarra Folk Club presents concerts on 1st Friday and 3rd Saturdays of each month and the annual Illawarra Folk Festival.





  • FRIDAY 4 MAY – Mike Cooper (UK) and film, Gilbert Whyte
  • SATURDAY 19 MAY – Sam Green (Vic), Nigel Wearne
  • FRIDAY 1 JUNE – Jan Preston presents the film KID’S STAKES, Rapunzel’s Party
  • JUNE 8-11 – Illawarra Folk Club tour to the 4th Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music [Buy Accommodation / Coach Package] (
  • SUNDAY 25 JUNE – House Concert with Martin Pearson
  • SATURDAY 30 JUNE – The Popes (Ireland)
  • FRIDAY 6 JULY – The Hannafords
  • SATURDAY 21 JULY – Woody Guthrie Tribute with Peter Hicks
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Academy Award Winner at Illawarra Folk Club

How often can you get to see an academy award winning film at the Illawarra Folk Club?

Well that’s just what you can see at the City Diggers on Friday 4th May when the club presents: White Shadows in the South Seas (1928).

This is a silent film adventure romance produced by Cosmopolitan Productions in association with MGM and distributed by MGM. The movie was directed by W.S. Van Dyke and starred Monte Blue and Raquel Torres. Based on the novel of the same name by Frederick O’Brien, the film won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for Clyde De Vinna.

How often can you get to see an academy award winning film at the Illawarra Folk Club? Well that’s just what you can see at the City Diggers on Friday 4th May when the club presents: White Shadows in the South Seas (1928).

This is a silent film adventure romance produced by Cosmopolitan Productions in association with MGM and distributed by MGM. The movie was directed by W.S. Van Dyke and starred Monte Blue and Raquel Torres. Based on the novel of the same name by Frederick O’Brien, the film won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for Clyde De Vinna.

Of course the old silent movies always had a musical score (often improvised) that was played in the theatre and ‘Shadows in the South Seas’ is no exception. The great folk/blues/innovative British musician Mike Cooper (now living in Rome) is on tour and will be providing the score.

The movie takes an anti-white superiority viewpoint. (unusual for 1928) Dr. Matthew Lloyd, an alcoholic doctor is disgusted by the exploitation by white people of the natives on a Polynesian island. The natives dive for pearls. However, numerous accidents occur and one diver dies. In anger, Dr. Lloyd punches Sebastian, the employer. As revenge and to prevent further interruption of his activities, he tricks Dr. Lloyd onto a ship with a deceased crew (thinking they are ill) and his men rough him up and send the ship off into a storm. Dr. Lloyd survives and is washed ashore on an island where none of the natives have ever seen a white man….

For the past 40 years Mike Cooper has performed and recorded, solo and in a number of inspired groupings, and in a variety of genres. Initially a folk- blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, his work has diversified to include improvised and electronic music, live music for silent films and radio art.  He is a music journalist, writing features for magazines such as fROOTS (formerly Folk Roots) on a variety of performers, particularly Pacific musicians, a visual artist, film maker, collector of Hawaiian shirts and appears on more than sixty records to date, both solo and with other people.

Starting in the mid sixties; a solo country blues singer and slide guitar player,one of the handful of acoustic players who pioneered the ‘British Blues Boom’,he played with and alongside such blues legends as Son House,Mississippi Fred McDowell, Bukka White, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed. His 1969 l.p. ‘OH REALLY!?’  is widely acclaimed as one of the best acoustic blues albums of the period.

The support act for the night will be Gilbert Whyte who has played at the club to great acclaim on a number of occasions.

Gilbert Whyte Gilbert Whyte is a Scottish songwriter who has drawn a performance style out of both traditional and contemporary folk and blues. Fingerpicking his way about Australia with a guitar in one hand and a banjo in the other, Gilbert is a relentless travelling musician. His rambling storytelling songs are earning him a reputation for musicianship and heartfelt performance wherever he goes.

The action kicks off at 7.30pm with the Mystery Performer.

Admission is still only $10 members ($15 others) and all the facilities of the club are available to guests

Russell Hannah, President Illawarra Folk Club
02) 4297 1777

issued David De Santi
Artistic Director, Illawarra Folk Festival, Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music
member of Wongawilli Band, I Viaggiatori, Zumpa, The Con Artists, John Broomhall Band
tel: 0409 57 1788



May 6 – David Reglar Quintet at Samuel’s with Special Guest Phil Slater

Phil Slater – trumpet, David Reglar – saxophone, Nick Southcott – piano, Tom Wade – bass, Finn Ryan – drums

Come out to the hippest little club in the Northern Suburbs and check out some live jazz at Samuels.  This Month, regular trumpeter Eric Dunan will be on tour in the states so we’ve rustled up one of Australia’s best trumpeters to fill his shoes; Phil Slater! 

So don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Australia’s best jazz musicians play with some of the Illawarra’s best jazz artists (including Wollongong Conservatorium Alumni Thomas Wade on bass and Finn Ryan on drums) jammin’ out some bebop, latin jazz, post bop FOR FREE! 

Gig: David Reglar Quintet w/Phil Slater
Dates:  01/04/12, 06/05/12, 03/06/12 
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Tickets: Free Event
For More Info: (02) 4228 1122

May 25 – Darren Sigesmund Strands Project (CA)


Eliana Cuevas – vocals, Luis Deniz – tenor saxophone, Darren Sigesmund – trombone, James Muller – guitar, Jim Vivian – bass, Ethan Ardelli – drums.

2010 JUNO nominee and Galaxie Rising Star winner Toronto trombonist Darren Sigesmund has firmly established his Strands project as one of Canada’s leading national and international touring ensembles. Following up on his 2008 debut quintet CD Strands, Darren has released Strands II, nominated for a 2010 JUNO for Best Traditional Jazz Album. Sigesmund received the 2010 Galaxie Rising Star award for Best Composition (“Dance for Leila”) at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. Acclaimed for its compositional ingenuity, the Strands project consists of Sigesmund’s self-penned compositions, a contemporary blend of jazz, Latin and classical influences. Strands II features an expanded ensemble, with the addition of sensational vocalist Eliana Cuevas and dynamic percussionist Daniel Stone. With vigor and flair, Sigesmund has woven the textures of voice and percussion into fresh new compositions for the Strands II recording which features special guest New York saxophonist Tim Ries of the Rolling Stones.

Wollongong Jazz is proud to present Darren and his strand project (featuring Australia’s renowned guitar virtuoso James Muller) for a special concert at the Wollongong Conservatorium. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this internationally acclaimed group play cutting edge jazz in an intimate setting.

This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s National and International Touring program.

We also acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $154 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Gig: Darren Sigesmund Strands Project

Venue: Con Auditorium
Date: 25/05/12
Time: 7pm
Tickets: at the door or book here
$15 general/$12 parents w/student/$10 students
For More Info: (02) 4228 1122  



Danielle de Niese


Thu, 7th Jun, 7:30 pm

Adult tickets from $49 (additional fees may apply). Accessible seating must be pre-booked via Wollongong Town Hall Box Office.

A double debut, this concert marks Richard Tognetti’s first performance in the Wollongong Town Hall since the recent  renovations, and Danielle de Niese’s first professional concert in the country of her birth.

After leaving Australia at the age of 11 to conquer the world, soprano Danielle de Niese returns a star, fêted in opera houses from New York to Glyndebourne, to make her professional home-coming debut with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. The program includes Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet and more.

“De Niese has a voice made for Mozart: bright, beautiful, agile and creamy.” NPR

“The joy of singing radiates from her.” The Times

MOZART Symphony K196/121, “La finta giardiniera”
MOZART Exsultate jubilate

SCHUBERT (arr. Tognetti) Death and the Maiden
SCHUBERT (arr. Tognetti) String Quartet No.14, “Death and the Maiden”

VINE The Tree of Man (World Premiere)
MEALE Cantilena Pacifica

Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin
Danielle de Niese Soprano

Danielle de Niese was born in Melbourne and won Young Talent Time aged 9, then moved to Los Angeles, won an Emmy and made her debut with the LA Opera aged 15. She has blossomed into one of the hottest properties in opera, enrapturing audiences in roles like Cleopatra, Euridice and Susanna at Glyndebourne, the Metropolitan Opera and on screen.

To celebrate her professional debut in her home country, De Niese sings a specially commissioned Australian work, which also marks the centenary of Australia’s Nobel laureate Patrick White. She also shines in Mozart’s joyous Exsultate jubilate, matched with a flourish by a symphony from one of Mozart’s early operas.

Schubert’s haunting song, Death and the Maiden, is at the heart of Schubert’s famous and dramatic quartet.

Video: Danielle de Niese on her tour with the ACO



special treat for Sydney Jazz Lovers.
US saxophonist/composer Howie Smith, currently visiting Sydney to record
with pianist Mike Nock, will be at Colbourne Ave, Thursday April 12th.
This is a rare opportunity to hear a great musician who has made a huge
impact on Australian Jazz. Howie first visited Australia January 1973 to June
1976, during which time he made a huge impact on the local jazz scene
through his excitingly virtuosic performances with the legendary Jazz Co-op
and founding the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Studies course.
“An electrifying and versatile soloist.” New York Times
Colbourne Ave. 37-47 St Johns Rd Glebe
8 pm Thursday April 12th $10 – $20
Colbourne Ave is a relaxed venue, BYO, with a good piano and great ambience.


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