If you’re local and have something to add here, send details to with “add me” in the subject bar if not already on the list. It’s also possible that you we’re on the list already but are no longer receiving the messages? If this is the case, check your spam folder at the beginning of each month. Cheers!


And, as for assuring truth in media, check out this new organisation

After consulting a range of organisations like The Centre for Policy Development, The Australia Institute, Media Matters for America, the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, GetUp, Avaaz and a range of individuals from all walks of life, we are hitting the ground running with a petition encouraging the Government to establish a short, sharp public Inquiry. We reckon the Inquiry should take a look at how to promote higher standards, protect people’s privacy while guaranteeing the freedom of the press, stimulate a more diverse media marketplace, and ensure that problems and complaints can be handled simply, fairly and effectively.”



“Come out of your rooms, even if you find it an effort, pull down your individual barriers, let yourselves be caught up by the ideas of working people and help them in the struggle against a corrupt society.”

– George Grosz



Voting in the current local elections? Turning Wollongong into a creative arts haven appears to be a platform for community voice candidates. see here.

Wollongong could be vibrant cultural hub:

Community Voice





Cultural Services Newsletter1

Cultural Services WCC – Newsletter2

Kiama Cultural Network Newsletter Sept 2011



Take Part and Have Your Say

The Feasibility Study into establishing a Regional Art Gallery at the former Mittagong Bowling Club is underway and now is the time to share your ideas.

    • What public programs could a new Gallery offer?

    • What exhibitions would you like to see?

    • What gallery partners might be developed?

    • What space needs to be planned?

    • What are the model regional galleries that might inform the Southern Highlands Art Gallery proposal?

Everyone is invited to come along to either workshop.
Workshop 1      Tuesday 6 September 2011 -10.30 to 1pm Bowral Memorial Hall, Bendooley Street Bowral
Workshop 2      Saturday 10 September 2011 – 1.00-3.30pm Mittagong Community Centre, Queen Street Mittagong
Refreshments will be served
RSVP – (for catering purposes)  Leesa  Stratford Phone 4868 0761
Inquiries – Jenny Kena Phone 4868 0855

JENNY KENA | Cultural Development Officer | Wingecarribee Shire Council
P: 02  4868 0855 | F:  02 4869 1203 | |
Civic Centre Elizabeth Street Moss Vale NSW 2577 | PO Box 141 Moss Vale NSW 2577  |  DX 4961 Bowral



Pecha Kucha – a night of ideas

A Viva La Gong event


When: 6pm, Wednesday 28th September 2011

Where: Hideaway Café, Church St, Wollongong

Submissions close: Monday 12th September

 Are you full of new ideas? Are you looking for a supportive and creative environment to test them out?

Then you’re invited to take part in Pecha Kucha – a night for artists, writers, performers, designers, social entrepreneurs, scientists (in fact, anyone!) to pitch their ideas to an audience in a fast PowerPoint presentation format.

Pecha Kucha (Japanese for the ‘sound of conversation’) is a fun and fast way to ‘pitch’ interesting ideas in a format of 20 slides / 20 seconds per slide for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Presentations are short, concise and inspirational. Pecha Kucha is an informal event to promote cross-disciplinary collaborations and connections.

Pronounced ‘peh-cha ku-cha’ it was originally founded by Klein Dytham Architects (KDA) in Tokyo in 2003, as a way for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public.

While this approach does require considerable discipline and practice it is a powerful approach to presentations and a forum where creative work can be easily and informally shown.

Instructions for Pecha-Kucha

1. Use PowerPoint to build 20 slides

2. Set the timing for each slide for 20 seconds

3. Use only simple words, or even better no text (the audience won’t have time to read it) and images on each slide

4. Use the slides as a storyboard

5. Each slide is only on the screen for 20 seconds so practice before your presentation.

To apply to present at Pecha Kucha

  • Your name and contact details, including phone number
  • Your occupation

  • 100 words about the idea you plan to pitch
  • 2-3 x images or photographs relating to your presentation, or, examples of your previous work (as jpg files on CD or printed images)

PowerPoint presentations don’t need to be completed for the submission of your proposal.  

For further enquiries please contact Cultural Services, by email or phone 02 4227 7685



Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival

21-23 Oct 2011

In Australia’s Most Beautiful Valley

Super Earlybird Tickets Closing Soon

Get your weekend ticket for a crazy $65 (full price $80) until 31 August. (Concession only $55).  If you miss that deadline, don’t worry, normal earlybird tickets are still a measley $70 until 8 October.

Purchase tickets here through our secure PayPal shop (you don’t need a PayPal account).

Volunteers Wanted

Click here to find out about volunteering at KVFF 2011.  We still need more people to join our happy band of volunteers.

Poetry Competition

Entries are open for our famous Bush Poetry competition until 16 Sept.

Click here to find out more.

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!

To unsubscribe, please click here.






VIVA LA GONG 2011 – Spirit & Place

 Digital Video Screening


 As part of Council’s Viva La Gong Festival 2011, local artists are invited to send in an Expression of Interest to produce original digital based artworks / short films / animations based on the Viva la Gong 2011 theme of ‘Spirit and Place’.

Successful works will be projected on the night of Viva la Gong Festival in MacCabe Park.  A combining of digital art, film, lighting and music either live and recorded can be also used. Video Specification:16:9 widescreen. Standard or High Definition (HD 720p or 1080p preferred) QuickTime H.264 Best Quality codec 48.000 kHz Stereo Audio. Other formats need to be negotiated.

 This projects aim to:

 ·           foster creative engagement with the city by the use of exciting and evocative art spaces that embrace the energy of urban life.

·           to further the public’s access to and experience of the arts

 Artists will need to send in the following:

1.                  Project Description:  A brief description of your ideas and how you will address the project theme.

2.                  Artist/s curriculum vitae.

3.                  Examples of your previous work.

All proposals are to be submitted to Cultural Services by 5pm

Monday 5th September 2011

 For further enquiries please contact Sue Bessell Cultural Development Worker,

Cultural Services on 42277599 or email



Human Resource Manager

from the director of Lemon Tree

Eran Riklis

Abraham B. Jehoshua and Noah Stollman

Film Information

from film review website

THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER is a dramedy centered on the HR manager of Israel’s largest industrial bakery, who sets out to save the reputation of his business and prevent the publication of a defamatory article. It was Israel’s official entry for the 2011 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category. HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER is a Film Movement release, runs for 103 minutes, is in Hebrew, English and Romanian with English subtitles.

The Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem’s largest bakery is in trouble. He is separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter and stuck in a job he hates. When one of his employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing, the bakery is accused of indifference, and the HR Manager is sent to the victim’s hometown in Romania to make amends. Far from home, on a mission to honor a woman he didn’t even know but has somehow grown to admire, the HR Manager rediscovers his own humanity and his ability to truly care for human resources.


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!!



9 September: Special Event – INTANGIBLE ASSET #82 SCREENING + SHOWA 44


Showa 44 (Simon Barker – percussion / Carl Dewhurst – guitars)

Since forming in 2001, Showa 44 have released three Cds of improvised duets through Kimnara records (Showa 44, Ormus, Orneon) and have performed at major festivals in Australia and abroad. Featuring Carl Dewhurst and Simon Barker, Showa 44 utilise tuned metallic resonances, rhythmic densities and spontaneous invention via electric guitar and percussion to manifest compelling and evocative soundscapes. Showa 44 are increasingly becoming recognized as one of Australia’s foremost creative ensembles:

“Drifting, humming guitar reminiscent of the swirls of Fripp & Eno open and recur on this beautiful second album of improvisations from guitarist Carl Dewhurst and drummer Simon Barker.” John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

Intangible Asset #82 (a film by Emma Franz)

A respected jazz drummer’s search for an enigmatic Korean Shaman becomes a rite of passage,
as he is inspired and transformed by the journey.

What lengths will people go to for their music? How do they discover the tools of self-expression and develop an individual voice? Where does the calling come from? What does it mean to be a musician in modern times?

Tackling these questions and more, Australian singer Emma Franz documents long time friend and colleague, Simon Barker – an Australian drummer acclaimed as one of the most persuasive and individual voices in drumming today – as he searches for enigmatic Korean Shaman, Kim Seok-Chul; a man he believes to be one of the world’s great improvisers.

Click here to read more about the film




We Are Change Sydney and Truth News Australia are proud to host a screening of this exciting new documentary film by Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

Saturday, September 10, 2011, 7:00 PM

Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney (map)

The film features cutting-edge 9/11 evidence from more than 50 experts in their fields – high-rise architects, structural engineers, physicists, chemical engineers, firefighters, metallurgists, explosives experts, controlled demolition technicians, and more. They are each highly qualified. Several have Ph.D’s, including renowned scientist, Lynn Margulis who was awarded the National Medal of Science, and who exposes in this film the fraud of NIST and discusses how the scientific method should have been applied to the destruction of evidence and to the high temperature incendiaries in the WTC dust samples. The documentary is filled with wisdom from experts such as Les Young, one of several high-rise architects interviewed in the film, who remarks,

“I would not have expected the whole building[s] to just give in at once. And I thought it rather odd that they fell almost perfectly – in very similar ways. It seemed odd that lightning would strike twice.”

9/11: Explosive Evidence DVD

The full-length documentary includes interviews with almost a dozen psychologists who help us to understand why 9/11 Truth is so difficult for the public to even face, much less accept – and what we can do better to reach them. We also hear from several 9/11 victim family members who support AE911Truth in our call for a new investigation.

Psychologist William Woodward, Ph.D, one of eight mental health professionals who are also AE911Truth petition signers, provides a profound insight in that section of the film:

“Reconciliation through the truth is a deep path to psychological recovery from the myths and lies around which this historic event has been cloaked in the official view.”

We look forward to seeing you there!






Eric Dunan Quintet Three-Peat

Beginning Sunday, September 4th, the Eric Dunan Quintet will perform at
Samuels Thirroul on the first Sunday of every month through November from
5-8pm.  This comes at the request of the club¹s management after two
successful performances in previous months.

The group is lead by the director of the Jazz Program at the Wollongong
Conservatorium Of music, Eric Dunan, who is originally from America where he
played professionally in San Francisco.  After settling in Wollongong 10
years ago, Dunan has been integral in setting up a strong Jazz Scene in the
area, and playing with him will be three of his former students; Jodie
Michael on drums, Lucy Clifford on Bass, and David Reglar on Saxophone. All
three are all currently working on the professional jazz scene in Sydney and
Wollongong while they finish their degrees in Jazz Studies at the
prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

³We were super excited after the last gig when the club¹s manager told us
what a great night they had and that they wanted us back for three more
dates.  Everyone in the band is super happy to be playing jazz to a full
house with a great vibeŠright here in our own home town!² Says Dunan.

Also in the band is jazz pianist Nick Southcott, who plays with Mucho Mambo
and the Band of Giants as well has numerous other Sydney bands.  Southcott
also teaches in the jazz faculty at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.

There is no cover charge for these performances.  There¹s food and under
18¹s are okay to be in the club with supervision of an adult.

Samuels is located at 382 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul.

Gig: Eric Dunan
Venue: Samuels Thirroul, 382 Lawrence Hargrave Drive
Date: Sunday, September 4th
Time: 5-8pm
Tickets: NO Cover
For more info: (02) 4228 1122 /



‘Get the Quaddie Up’ 4 artists in Concert


7.30pm FRIDAY 2 September, City Diggers Wollongong tel: 1300 887 034

Media Enquiries: Russell Hannah, 4297 1777, 0488 97 1777

In racing parlance if you ‘get the quaddie up’ you back four winners in a row. It’s pretty hard to get and you are usually rewarded with considerable riches. Well our concert on Friday 2nd September at 7.30pm at the Wollongong City Diggers there will be a ‘quaddie’, four very talented acts who will be undoubted winners with everyone who goes. You will be rewarded with lots of entertainment and cultural riches.


You can see and hear, “Trojka” and experience Macedonian folk music live and unplugged. They will take you on a journey back in time when stories were told and songs were rich with emotional depth, spirit and passion. Your body will be stirred with engaging rhythms and sounds beautifully created and illustrated through traditional songs, taking you on a journey of wonder, surprise, and intrigue. It will leave you with a deep understanding and appreciation of the culture, and yourself.


Back by popular demand is “Alan Blackshaw” who is a singer/songwriter grounded in the folk tradition . Hailing from Nowra, he is a storyteller and a balladeer who writes about life as he sees it.


His songs have a strong lyrical base. Alan has been on the fringes of the folk scene for a number of years, performing at selected festivals and venues. He has, finally, produced his first CD “Maybe This Year” and is becoming a regular at the club.


Bundeena is a great little village and has a reputation for being the abode of a very thriving arts community. Dannielle Karis is another fine singer to emerge from this seaside village. Last year she was a big hit on the Green Music Train that came down for last years  Many of her songs are written in and about the village of Bundeena inside the RNP. These stories would also reflect life in the Illawarra.


Finally we have the ‘Multicultural Womens’ Performance Group’. This group is not to be missed. Now all from Wollongong they come from many different countries throughout the world but have now made Australia their home. They not only sing but they have fascinating stories to tell that will keep you enthralled. Led by Denise Thomas (of Erica’s Jive Fame) they have played to great acclaim at the Illawarra Folk Festival and Folk Week’s Gallery Concerts last year.


Admission is still just $10 (members) $15 (others) and the action kicks off at 7.30pm with the mystery performer.

Kiama Art Society Annual Exhibition 15th -23rdctober 2011 Kiama Leagues Club.

Entries close Wednesday 14th  September. 6 catagories. $8,900 prize money. details available www.



2 September: KIM LAWSON TRIO

After completing his studies at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music in 2004, 28 year old saxophonist/composer Kim Lawson quickly emerged as one of the top of the heap of up and coming creative musicians on the Australian music scene.

Following some time in New York city and a few years of playing gigs around Sydney with several notable musicians and bands, Lawson satisfied a growing urge to have his own band by recruiting renowned bass virtuoso Steve Hunter, and fellow up and coming powerhouse, drummer James Hauptmann, to form the “Kim Lawson Trio” in 2008.

Although drawing from jazz, classical, funk and various other sources, the trio succeeds completely in having its own sound. The months spent ‘workshopping’ – both in rehearsal and on live performances – have certainly paid off.

Kim Lawson sounds like a man on a mission and a deadline. There is an urgency about every note in every line coursing from his alto or tenor saxophones. Many of the Sydneysider’s compositions carry a breathless intensity, driven as they are by vigorous grooves realised by bassist Steve Hunter and drummer James Hauptmann. There is astutely programmed relief,
however, including the lighter sound and more lyrical ideas Lawson brings to bear on ‘Fly’, where his tenor really does take flight against Hunter’s trademark thick-pile sound
and a Latin-tinged groove from Hauptmann. Hunter’s ‘Cake Man Ray’ is also very attractive, with its bubbling bass and keening saxophone over chopping drumming.

– John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

Gig: Kim Lawson Trio. Kim Lawson (saxophone), Steve Hunter (electric bass), James Hauptmann (drums)
Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Auditorium
Date: Friday 2 September
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $14 (General) / $12 (Parents accompanying students) / $10 (students) / $35 (Family: 2A, 2C)
For more info: (02) 4228 1122 /



The Dame Nellie Melba Experience


The glamorous world of Dame Nellie Melba will be relived in a highly entertaining musical and theatrical tribute on Sunday 18 September at Gerringong Town Hall.

Award winning soprano Louise Page and pianist Phillipa Candy have created a wonderful musical trip back in time. As Louise said, “Nellie Melba (1861-1931) was an international celebrity and became the epitome of glamour. She was a complex character who was demanding, vain and scandalous yet also generous, hard working and beloved by audiences worldwide. In other words she was the classic diva.”

The concert provides a rare opportunity to hear some of Nellie Melba’s most loved operatic arias, including Caro Nome from Verdi’s Rigoletto, Mi Chiamano Mimi from Puccini’s La Boheme and Bishop’s Home Sweet Home, the song that Nellie Melba made her own.

Louise Page is one of Australia’s most highly regarded singers. Career attributes include the Robert Stolz/ Apex scholarship to Vienna and the Belgian Opera en Bel Canto Prize.  She also won the 1995 inaugural Mietta’s Song Recital Competition and was winner of the ABC Young Performer of the Year vocal final back in 1989.

The concert is presented by Gerringong Music Club and Musica Viva Australia. Musica Viva is Australia’s oldest independent professional performing arts organisation.

The concert will commence at 2pm on Sunday 18 September, and tickets will be available at the door from 1.30 pm. Entry is $25 (free for children and $15 for Music Club Members).



30 September: Nick Garbett Quintet

Nick Garbett (trumpet), Karl Laskowski (saxophone), Hugh Barrett (piano), Alex Boneham (bass), James “Pug” Waples (drums)

Nick Garbett is one of the leading young trumpet players on the Australian jazz scene, and was placed 3rd in the 2010 National Jazz Awards. He grew up in Wollongong and has gone on to study at Sydney Conservatorium of Music and play with his own groups The Vampires, The Strides and his quintet as well as Watussi (which supported Santana on their Australian tour), The Beautiful Girls, Mike Nock, and Lisa Mitchell. He has made several trips to New York to continue his musical studies with artists including Clark Terry, Avishai Cohen, Cuong Vu, Ralph Alessi and Laurie Frink, and in 2011 participated in the Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music led by Dave Douglas.

Garbett’s quintet features some of the strongest players on the Sydney jazz scene, playing a range of music composed and arranged by Garbett for the group.

Gig: Nick Garbett Quintet
Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music
Date: Friday 30 September 2011
Time: Jazz Showcase starts at 6pm, Nick Garbett Quintet at 7pm
Tickets: $10 at the door
For more info: (02) 4228 1122
See the event on Facebook



Wongawilli Band Gigs

The Wongawilli Band is part of the Club and has performed all over Australia and the World!

Coming gigs:

Saturday 3 September, 11.30amBunnings Store at Shellharbour Square to celebrate Fathers Day

Sunday 25 September, 1.30pm Celebrate Spring with Bush Music with Wongawilli and The Handsome Young Strangers, Wongawilli Community Hall. BYO picnic lunch.  more details



How did you spend your weekend?

. on an island in the middle of Sydney Harbour?

. making music with old friends and new?

. steeped in Sydney’s history?

If you want to answer “YES”, join us for the second annual “Sing Cockatoo” weekend on

15-16 October 2011

Sing Cockatoo 2011 is a weekend of singing workshops, a Saturday evening
singing session and other musical activities, culminating in a performance
on Sunday afternoon. There will be lots of opportunity to explore the
Island and find out more about its fascinating history. Musical Director
Christina Mimmocchi will be ably assisted by Christine Wheeler and Rob
Maxwell-Jones and a surprise guest or two.

Camping is available for the full Cockatoo experience. Families are
welcome. Bring your own tent or rent one in “Tent City”. For those who
prefer to return to the mainland to sleep, transport will be available on
Saturday evening.

We can promise you lots of fun and heaps of singing in a unique, World
Heritage environment. Check out the website for a taste of Sing Cockatoo

The people of Cockatoo Island’s history include bushrangers and convicts,
urchin boys and wayward girls, shipbuilders and seamen, artists and
artisans, sopranos, altos, tenors and basses – there’s a place for you!!

Contact for more info, see attached, or call:
Christina Mimmocchi: (0410 682061)

Online refs:

or search ‘Sing Cockatoo’ on Facebook

Sing Cockatoo: Do something different before the year is out…

In conjunction with Cockatoo Calling / Places + Spaces














Cultural Services Newsletter

Cultural Services Newsletter2

Cultural Services Newsletter3

Cultural Services Newsletter4


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: