If you’re local and have something to add here in following months, send pre-edited details to with “add me” in the subject bar if you’d also like to join the list.


Informing others about this website will assist the artists of the Illawarra!

Thank You!





REVISITING an old, unresolved concern. A recent study published by the respected science journal, Elsevier, has revealed that a genetically modified corn, causes tumours in rats. The corn in question, Monsantos NK603 has been approved for consumption by Australian consumers since 2002 by Food Standards Australia New Zealand. (for varification see

The revelation of this finding made mainstream news in Europe, yet here….. ? What’s going on folks?


More background here:








How important are the arts to society?




Dear Friends,

I just signed the campaign: Fund Art Education in NSW TAFE

It would mean the world to me if you could also add your name to this important issue. Every name that is added builds momentum around the campaign and makes it more likely for us to get the change we want to see.

Will you join me by taking action on this campaign?

After you’ve signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others. It’s super easy – all you need to do is forward this email.

Thank you!






Welcome to spring with this reminder to join the Folk Republic of Illawarra with a 2013 Illawarra Folk Festival Early Bird Season Pass for $120.

For four days from January 17-20 the Bulli Showgrounds will be home to NSW’s largest folk festival – the annual Illawarra Folk Festival. It includes a sensational line-up of folk, world, acoustic, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music, as well as poetry, dances, workshops, parades and sessions. There will be 11 venues and 350 concerts and events with 150 international, national and local acts.

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

Early Bird Season Passes run out 22nd December 2012 and you save a massive $50 on the full price! Please remember you can only get On-Site Camping with a Season Pass purchase.

Click here to see the full range of ticketing and to purchase online!
You can also buy over the phone by calling 1300 887 034.

Read on below to see the amazing lineup we have booked so far including Christine Anu, Mike McClellan, Jeff Lang and Rory McLeod (UK).

David De Santi, Artistic Director 2013 Illawarra Folk Festival

P.S and as an avid accordion player I’m pleased to announce the festival feature instrument for 2013 is… the accordion …

Early Artist Bookings Announced…

The booking process for artists is still progressing but we can announce some now to whet the appetite: Christine Anu, Mike McClellan, Jeff Lang, Rory McLeod (UK), Nancy Kerr (UK) and James Fagan, Modhan (Scotland), The Woohoo Revue, Mzaza, The Go Set, Ruby Boots, Rik Palieri (USA), Rick Nestler (USA), Gregory Page (USA), Don’t Mention the Wall (Germany), Tolka, Mustered Courage, Riogh, Mark Cryle & The Redeemers, Monsieur Swing, Fiona Boyes, Frencham Smith, Shameless Seamis and the Tullamore Dews, Karen Lynne Bluegrass Circle, Johnny Huckle, Jan Preston, Thrillbilly Stomp, Handsome Young Strangers, Susanna Carman, Senor Cabrales, The Volatinsky Trio, Mal Webb, Barry Skipsey, Vardos, Ballpoint Penguins, The Simpson Three, Big Erle. There’s still around another 100 to come!


  • Adult EARLYBIRD $120 SAVE $50 (closes 22 December 2012)
  • Adult ADVANCE $140 SAVE $30 (closes 15 January 2013)
  • Adult after 15 January $170
  • Child Season Pass (U12) with paying parent FREE
  • Youth Season Pass (12-17) with paying parent $50


  • $20 per site (tent, caravan, or motorhome) plus $20 per adult on that site. Maximum of 6 persons per site. Camping can ONLY be purchased with Season Pass. Camping is limited so book EARLY. Locations will be allocated on arrival.


  • for Saturday & Sunday $120


  • Friday Full Day (till midnight) $60 | Friday Evening (after 6pm) $40
  • Saturday Full Day (till midnight) $70 | Saturday Evening (after 6pm) $45
  • Sunday Full Day $60 | Youth and Child day/evening passes are discounted


  • 2 Day Wednesday & Thursday $80 | 1 Day Wednesday or Thursday $50
  • Single Session $20 | Child (U12) 2 Day Pass $30

Christmas Gift Voucher

A great way to share the experience of the festival is to provide a Festival Gift Voucher as a Christmas gift to your family and friends. Make a purchase online and call 1300 887 034 to get the Certificate arranged.

FOLK SCHOOL Wed 16/Thu 17 January 2013

The Illawarra Folk Club is proud to present the 10th Illawarra Folk Festival Summer School. There will be 3 venues and 35 workshops over the 2 days. The Summer School aims to increase awareness of folk music traditions and provide opportunities for musicians of all ages to build on their skills. It’s an action packed two days with a variety of tutors including Mike McClellan and other festival artists. Supported by APRA.

More information | Purchase Folk School Passes

GREEN MUSIC TRAIN Sat 19/Sun 20 January 2013

The festival provides a Green Music Train transport alternative over the festival weekend. There are 2 services on Saturday and 1 on Sunday morning with 8 themed music carriages. Trains depart from Bondi Junction and platform 25 at Central Station. Musicians will entertain you on the trip to Bulli Station, from which is just a ten minute walk to the festival.

More information

Booking Festival Accommodation and Beyond

Where to stay

Do you use the on-line booking systems Wotif.Com or Booking.Com for local, national and international accommodation, travel etc? If so you can now help out the Festival by clicking on the following links. Wotif.Com | Booking.Com

By simply using these links to get to the booking systems, the festival will receive a commission for any sales generated through these links.
So next time you’re planning a trip anywhere in the world or to the festival, please consider using these links and you’ll be helping out the festival!

Make Money for your Community Organisation

The festival has over the years provided financial benefit in excess of $85,000 to over 40 local organisations. This has been through its Charity Bush Dances, Community Partnerships, Festival Charity Concerts and the Community Ticket Selling Scheme.

Non-profit organisations, that are approved as an Illawarra Folk Festival Community Partner, can obtain a commision of $20 per Festival Season Pass or Weekend Pass from sales generated by their promotional effort.

More information

Want to get involved?

The Illawarra Folk Festival 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.







Pics and Flicks


A Royal Affair

Review by Margaret Pomeranz

The Danes are riding high on the international film scene at the moment with MADS MIKKELSEN winning best actor in Cannes recently. He stars in a new release here, A ROYAL AFFAIR, about a possibly little-known historical event in Denmark in the 18th Century. A young English princess, Caroline – ALICIA VIKANDER – travels to Copenhagen to be married to the Danish king Christian – MIKKEL BOE FOELSGAARD.She’s horrified to discover that her young husband is mentally unstable. When Johann Struensee, Mikkelsen, is appointed to be his personal physician, a dangerous closeness develops between the young Queen and the doctor.

R, 2 hr. 13 min.

Art House & International, Drama

Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel

Written By: Lars von Trier

4 Star- Margaret Pomeranz





Diverse exhibition of recent works by

Amy English, Tegan Russell, Elizabeth Batger

24th October – 6th November

Opening: Friday 26th October, 5:30-9:30

Refreshments and Nibbles Provided, B.y.o Alcohol

Acoustic Live Entertainment

Artist talk: Saturday 27th October 4pm

Workshops: Contact Individual artists for information, or see website









Mozart, Handel & Vivaldi Concertos


Mon, 15th Oct, 7:30 pm

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

Musical firebrand Richard Egarr directs the Australian Chamber Orchestra in music from the beginning of the Baroque to the start of the Classical period – 200 years of immense invention and imagination, including Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart and more.“’The Bernstein of Early Music’… He’s one of the most exciting and delightful musicians of our time.” National Public RadioCORELLI Concerto Grosso, Op.6 No.1
CASTELLO Two Sonatas, “per stromenti d’arco”
BIBER Battalia
VIVALDI Violin Concerto, RV190
MOZART Piano Concerto No.12
HANDEL Concerto Grosso, Op.6 No.1
Richard Egarr Guest Director, Harpsichord, Fortepiano
Satu VänskäLead ViolinOne of the world’s finest keyboard players, respected conductor and historian, and director of the Academy of Ancient Music, musical firebrand Richard Egarr directs this concert of rousing Baroque music from the harpsichord and performs Mozart’s delightful Piano Concerto No.12 on the fortepiano.Egarr’s program displays all the invention and innovation that abounded through the 17th and 18th centuries, calling on virtuosic techniques that still excite the ear.  Satu Vänskä is soloist in a dashing Vivaldi concerto on the ACO’s Stradivarius violin. Richard Egarr gives a talk about the program one hour prior to each concert. The pre-concert talk is held at the concert venue and is free for concert ticket holders.Program Notes: Mozart, Handel & Vivaldi Concertos

Big Village Big Things Tour

Yours & Owls Presents

Fri, 19th Oct, 8:00 pm

Ages 18+ only. $20 Presale, $25 Doorsale.

Big Village Records are genuinely thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of “Big Things Vol Two”. Dropping August 10th, “Big Things Vol Two” is the labels latest compilation and features all exclusive new tunes from Big Village founding members Tuka (Thundamentals), Ellesquire, Daily Meds, True Vibenation and Loose Change, as well as collab tracks and solo tunes from Reverse Polarities, Suburban Dark, Rapaport, Klue and Tenth Dan. In what can only be described as a gargantuan undertaking by anyone’s standards, to celebrate, they’re taking the whole damn label on the road for a national tour to launch said album– that’s nearly 20 of Sydney’s finest MCs, DJs and Producers.Big Village has undertaken the audacious task of taking their entire label on the road for the BIG THINGS tour across September / October. The tour will feature the full roster of current label acts including Tuka and Ellesquire performing a dual headline set, Daily Meds fresh from their ‘Happy Daze’ album release and tour and True Vibenation who also recently completed their own national tour. Coming along for the ride are Loose Change, Reverse Polarities and speed-draw-freestyle-rap-gameshow Sketch The Rhyme, featuring Big Village members Rapaport, P.Smurf and Jeswon.That’s a lot of people, but then that’s why it’s called the BIG THINGS tour folks. The tour also represents the first time proper that the Sydney based label will truly unfurl itself at a national level, so look out. From the Annandale to The Oxford Arts Factory, the last 4 Big Village presents shows in Sydney have all sold out.The Big Village fam invites you to come and experience this travelling party and get a sense of the groups undeniable passion and respect for both each other and the wider hip hop community, check it!!!

2012 Doll, Bear & Craft Fair

The Wollongong Doll Club Inc.

Sun, 21st Oct, 9:30 am

Admission: Adult $6, Children $2.
Enquiries: Rosemarie (02) 4229 7010

Wollongong’s original Doll Fair in it’s 29th year! Supporting local hospitals and charities. Bus trips welcome. Disabled Access. Free Sunday CBD Parking.

* 2 halls of trading tables

* Dolls & Bears – old & new and all related items

* Miniatures & Doll Houses

* Craft & Supplies

* Free Kids Craft

* Raffles

* Dolls Hospital

* Free Doll & Bear Valuations (limit 2pp)

* Plenty to see & buy

more information



Sunday 14 October 2012, Jamberoo Valley Lodge

Early Adult Price – $40 until 13 October, save $10


A relaxing one-day folk festival in the beautiful Illawarra Rainforest with over 15 artists, 25 concerts in 5 venues at the Jamberoo Valley Lodge. Food and drink available.

2012 Artists booked so far: Le Vent du Nord (Quebec), Mr Gregory Page (USA), Sunas (Qld), Bruce Watson (Vic), The Stetson Family (Vic), The Con Artists, No Such Thing and more to come.

Concerts start at 8.30am and continue until 7pm.

The Jamberoo Valley Lodge is offering a special deal to stay on Sunday night. Call the Lodge to make a booking on 02 4236 0269. For accommodation in nearby Kiama, about 15 km away, call the Kiama Visitors Centre 02 4232 3322.

DRAFT PROGRAM (subject to change)

  • 8.30am-10am Poets Breakfast (Zondrae King) THE GROVE
  • 9.30am -10.30am Morning Trad CARRINGTON
  • 9.30am-10.30am The Stetsons (Vic) WENTWORTH
  • 10.30am-11am No Such Thing THE GROVE
  • 11am-12 noon La Vent Du Nord (Quebec) WENTWORTH
  • 11am-12noon Sunas (Qld) RESTAURANT
  • 11am-12noon Youth Showcase CARRINGTON
  • 11.30am-12.15pm The Con Artists THE GROVE
  • 12.30-1.30pm Bruce Watson (Vic) RESTAURANT
  • 12.30pm-1pm Serbian Folklore Ensemble THE GROVE
  • 12.30pm-1.30pm Joan Baez Tribute (Claire Roberts) WENTWORTH
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm Bowralhouse BELMORE ROOM
  • 12noon-1pm Battlers Ballad BELMORE ROOM
  • 2pm-3pm The Stetsons (Vic) RESTAURANT
  • 2pm-3pm Sunas (Qld) WENTWORTH
  • 3pm-4pm Mr Gregory Page (USA) BELMORE
  • 3.30pm-4.30pm Dubliners Tribute Concert WENTWORTH
  • 3.30pm-4.30pm Bruce Watson CARRINGTON
  • Afternoon Trad BELMORE ROOM
  • 5pm-6pm La Vent Du Nord (Quebec) RESTAURANT
  • 6.15pm- 7.30pm Finale RESTAURANT


Friday October 12, 7pm
Marialy Pacheco (Cuba)
Gleniffer Brae Auditorium

$15 (general) / $12 (concession) / $10 (students of the Con)

Marialy Pacheco – piano | Joe Marchisella – bass | Andrew Shaw – drums

Marialy Pacheco represents the next generation of emerging Cuban musicians. Her music is a fine balance between Cuban tradition, jazz and her classical training. She brings the piano to life with an immense talent for highly nuanced improvisations. Marialy has released 5 independent albums and in 2011 was a finalist at Europa Fest International Jazz Competition in Bucharest, Romania. She won the Solo Piano Competition at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the world’s leading jazz pianists in her debut Wollongong performance.

Sunday October 21, 2pm
Scott Taggart – Reliving the Menuhin Odyssey
Wollongong City Gallery
46 Burelli Street, Wollongong


$25 (General) / $20 (Concession) / $15 (Students of the Con)

Head of Strings at the Con, Scott Taggart together with Alan Hicks will perform Reliving the Menuhin Odyssey at the Wollongong City Gallery. Performing works made famous by Yehudi Menuhin, Scott and Alan will also be joined by Philip Bailey, personal friend and biographer to Menuhin himself, who will provide anecdotes and glimpses into the life of one of the greatest violinists ever to have lived.

Saturday October 27, 7pm
Sirens Big Band
IPAC Theatre, Wollongong

$20 (general) / $15 (concession) / $10 (students of the Con)

Saxophones: Loretta Palmiero (alto/sop) | Melissa Mony (alto) | Ruth Wells (tenor) | Harri Harding (tenor/sopranino) | Sophie Unsen (bari)
Trombones: Rose Foster (lead) | Emma Riley | Fiona Keating | Rosie Marks-Smith (bass bone)
Trumpets: Claire Hollander (lead) | Ellen Kirkwood | Lisa Gori | Kim Griffin
Rhythm: Jessica Dunn (double bass, band leader) | Milan Ring (guitar/vocals) | Monique Lysiak (piano) | Lauren Benson (drums/vocals)

Sirens Big Band is a 17-piece all-female ensemble formed in late 2009 when founding members, bassist Jessica Dunn and saxophonist Harriet Harding, were awarded the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award. The group was formed as a direct response to the under-representation of women in the Jazz music community and brings together some of Australia’s strongest and most innovative young female jazz musicians and improvisers. Sirens Big Band has a unique Australian voice that explores the intersection of traditional Australian Jazz with the rich musical traditions of our multicultural society.

This will be Sirens Wollongong debut and the launch of their new album, developed whilst artists in residence at Bundanon. Supported by the Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra.

“This all-female jazz ensemble…can roar as one like an Ethiopian lion or fly like a bullet train, and yet also bristles with world-class soloists who are given free rein to blow and blow and blow.” –Orange Press.




Captivating, electrifying, “way too dirty for soap” and more than a little dangerous-Drunken Moon is a pure live spectacle.

The festival came about when James Grim, frontman for Melbourne sex-voodoo-Delta blues-a-billy band Brothers Grim & the Blue Murders’, set out to, quite simply, carefully curate the finest collection of live bands he’s seen in the past year into one massive east coast splurge of shows. Acts selected are ones that draw inspiration from varied ol’ time musical roots, fused with a mode

rn twist and representing the burgeoning hybridised Australian blues community to boot.Pulling into Melbourne, Brisbane, Wollongong, Sydney and Woombye this Spring, the first annual national Drunken Moon Festival will pull out all the stops across each and every town they roll into. Each show will feature a slightly different line up (please find all line up and gig details below) in order to ensure that the best of both local and national talent are represented – “tight, loud and proud”.As Grim explained in a recent interview “If you took a 70s B-Grade muscle car slasher film and tore it into a bunch of bands…these would be the ones you couldn’t look away from. We are all bastards of our parents’ music.”Headliners Brothers Grim & the Blue Murders, along with Kira Puru & the Bruise, Mother and Son, Frank Sultana & the Sinister Kids, Papa Pilko & the Binrats and Howlin’ Steam Train will soon be rollicking through a town near you. Don’t miss the chance to be part of a very boisterous celebration.BANDS:BROTHER GRIM & THE BLUE MURDERS PURU & SON’ STEAM TRAIN SULTANA & THE SINISTER KIDS PILKO & THE BINRATS






Curated by Adam Cruickshank
Dodecahedron comprises the work of twelve international and Australian artists and designers.
An accompanying book, Dodecatalogue, encorporates additional work from all exhibitors and features further contributions from: Terri Bird, Nic Dowse, Nathan Gray, Christopher LG Hill, Spiros Panigirakis, Tom Polo, Dell Stewart, Masato Takasaka, Nat Thomas and Anna Varendorf. Dodecatalogue is available on opening night or direct from: Marsupial Life
First Dog on the MoonAn exploration of national identity through the medium of anthropomorphised fauna.
It is the self conscious yearning for a national narrative about ourselves, our sense of place, our cultural and political fetishes, that sees this work place the commodified other, the disneyfication of the marsupial hero inexorably at the centre of an Australian Vision.
This is cultural commentary through the prism of the market, Australian identity catechised via the instrument of political cartooning (specifically native fauna). It is going to be adorable. Hahahah I have no idea what any of that means, there will be cartoons and a bandicoot made from felt.Hero on the horse
Laura CarthewThe ‘Hero on the horse’ is a colloquialism that represents a recurrent model of commemorative public sculpture. This form of monument adorns many parks and thoroughfares both nationally and internationally. Monuments serve to commemorate the past, yet the history raised by each sculpture is often in question due to the disconnection between contemporary society and the historical moment the sculpture was erected in. This act of forgetting leaves openings for imaginative interactions. ‘Hero on the horse’by Laura Carthew, playfully reconstructs the King Edward VII monument situated in the Queen Victoria Gardens, furthering the line of enquiry surrounding a photograph of this statue taken by Richard Holt, found in the Platform archive.
Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces

Campbell Arcade, Degraves Street Subway, Melbourne
PO Box 117, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 8009

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