The Highlands is known for the strength and creativity of its artistic community. Practitioners of all levels, from national icons to enthusiastic amateurs, come to the area for the cool air, natural beauty and lifestyle which combine to provide an inspirational environment in which to create. The region supports a vibrant Arts/Culture ethos that is reflcted in the wealth of events, performances, exhibitions and festivals that occur
through every season, all year. As a dedicated Arts & Culture site for the Southern Highlands, ARTSfie is both a teaser for the spectacular creative offerings of the region, and a calendar of events for various cultural happenings during the year. We trust that you enjoy what you see and look forward to meeting you here in the Southern Highlands.
The Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail is held every year in November. It is an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to open their studio doors and welcome visitors to explore their creative habitats. Exhibiting artists include full-time professionals as well as emerging artists across a range of media; painting (traditional and contemporary), ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, furniture, textiles, photography, garden sculpture and printmaking
Download the Map and Trail PDF
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Want to learn how tap dance like Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire?
Join our Beginner Tap Dance Classes for Adults! In this class, you will learn the foundations of tap technique. Improve your musicality and learn choreography to songs from famous musicals such as 42nd Street.
Classes are taught by award-winning choreographer Bonnie Curtis. This class is suited to people who have never taken a tap class or would like to refresh their tap dancing skills.
If you have access requirements or require a companion to attend, please contact us via email or phone Bonnie on .
What is Tap Dance?
Tap dance is a style of dance known for rhythm and musicality. Tap dancers where shoes fitted with metal plates that create sounds when the dancer strikes their foot on a hard surface, such as the floor. Made famous by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Mr Bojangles and movie musicals from the 20th century.
CLASS INFORMATION Weekly on Mondays – Classes run in 6 week blocks where we learn a series of steps and a dance routine. Sept/Oct – Monday, September 23 to Monday, October 28, 2019 Nov/Dec – Monday, November 4 to Monday, December 9, 2019 Christmas Fun Classes – Monday, December 16 to Monday, December 23, 2019
Classes will resume January 2020. Date TBC.
Description: In this class, you will learn the foundations of tap technique. Improve your musicality and learn choreography to songs from famous musicals such as 42nd Street. This class is suited to people who have never taken a tap class or would like to refresh their tap-dancing skills.
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An amazing program to round out the 2020 Season, this concert welcomes back the brilliant young Australian violinist Grace Clifford with a debut for Selby & Friends by outstanding young Paris-based soprano Alexandra Flood and French horn player Nick Mooney, Principal of Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Artistic Director Kathryn Selby has created a program rich in song, melody, beauty and pathos with works by Schubert, Beethoven, the iconic American Eric Whitacre and Brahms gorgeous horn trio. This is a concert to relish and enjoy as we head towards the summer months and Christmas.
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The Summer Exhibition includes a mix of works from the Gallery Stockroom and exhibitions held throughout 2019. Works include paintings, etchings, limited edition prints, photography, sculpture and glass. Exhibiting artists include – Ross Townsend, Greg Hyde, Paul Battams, Ros Goody, Bruce Chanter, Felicia Aroney, Ivan Goodacre, Meredith Woolnough, Pennie Pomroy, David Welch, Ted Lewis, Liz Priestley, Lisa Rodden, Nicole Ayliffe, Annie Holcombe, Kim Shannon, Justin Pearson, Ian Bell, Dana Dion, Denise Faulkner, Amanda Harrison, Janet Matthews, Penny Oates, Laurel Lawless, Janet Cervin, Anthony Springford, Max Linegar, Aidan Weichard, Ebony Bennett, Susan Heslin, Philip Turton, Paul Harmon, Melissa Hartley, and more…
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Join us for a fun and engaging workshop where you will learn new ways focusing on alignment and core stability.
One hour of Progressing Ballet Technique to warm up your body and learn new ways of engaging your correct muscles. This is followed by a one-hour ballet class where you can put into practice your newfound skills.
This workshop will be a beginner class for adults where you will learn the basics of Progressing Ballet Technique and Ballet. This class will focus on developing correct use of muscles and technique. It is suitable for not only dancers but people who have had injuries or haven’t trained for a while. This class will help you strengthen your body in a safe, nurturing environment.
3-week summer Intensive: January 13 – January 27 6-week workshops resumes February 3 – March 9
Immerse yourself and explore the craft of contemporary dance. Express yourself in a fun and nurturing environment.
Learn: – Floor work – Coordination of the spine and limbs – Moving in and out of the floor safely – Creativity and artistry – Choreography from company repertoire
This class is suited to people who have never taken a contemporary dance class or would like to refresh and extend their existing skills.
This class is suitable for adults who have some tap dancing experience. This class extends upon the technique learnt in Beginner Tap.
*Save 10% by booking both Beginner Tap and Beginner Tap Extended together.
Classes are taught by award-winning choreographer Bonnie Curtis.
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To celebrate Christmas, The SHAC is having a Hand Made Market Day this Sunday, 8 December, 2019 from 9am until 2pm.
This will be an amazing day to spend a few hours at The SHAC, along with the 17+ permanent studio residents at The SHAC (who will be open until 4pm) there will be another bunch of makers doing demonstrations and selling hand made products.
New SHAC Hand Made retail store, The Modern Major General in Shop 1 out the front is up and running. Featuring a collection of hand made items, from homewares to fashion.
SHAC Resident ANDY WALLACE A new studio Freedom Surfboards, featuring and making traditional hand made timber surfboards. Also featuring a special Ocean Dreaming Collection of boards Andy has made in collaboration with aboriginal artist Andy Snelgar.
The Robertson Men’s Shed Come for breakfast. The team from The Shed will have a marquee running a gourmet sausage sizzle, and soft drinks and tea and coffee all day.
Christmas Gifts There will be a huge array of hand made Christmas gifts to purchase so that you can do all your Christmas shopping in one day
We look forward to seeing you there!
Join us for an evening exploring the tradition of timber surfboard making in Australia and the unique artistry of ANDY WALLACE. Andy will talk about how he employs only the traditional techniques of board manufacture where every piece of timber is selected according to its functionality and beauty, and used to shape the rails and ribs over which hand-shaped planks are combined to create the hull and deck of a fully functional hollow board.
Using rare and often salvaged, second life timber, Freedom Surfboards are unique, fully functional works of art, specifically designed to capture and preserve the beauty and joy that both nature and surfing provide.
Andy’s talk will be held at The Workshop Room at The SHAC
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Can it really be 10 years?
It’s passed in a whirl of wonderful songs, singing, socialising and supping!
We’d love a broader reach of the community to come and share our happy musical experience with us for this our 10th Anniversary.
The music is eclectic: from conventional sing-along carols (yes, you get to participate if you wish) to folk style to musical shows to songs from the antiquities through sublime harmonies.
And home baked yummies to follow. See you at Exeter Village Hall on Sunday 8 December at 7pm 🙂
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After several successful european tours in 2018 and 2019 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Germany) is coming back to Australia in summer 2020 with a powerful and lovely new programme.
“Classical music the world over” – this is the motto of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne. It is irrelevant for our musicians whether they are playing in a little village church, in the open air, in Cologne Cathedral or in the Sydney Opera House – their enthusiasm to play music is the same every time.
The objective is simple – we want to inspire as many people as possible across all generations to enjoy classical music. The popularity of our ensemble is reflected in the fact that the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne gives around 300 concerts a year around the globe and listeners throughout the world look forward to a musical encounter with our exceptionally talented musicians.
The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne was founded in the city whose name they bear: Cologne. The city that is famous throughout the world for its University of Music and its musical and instrumental teaching. Generations of musicians have been trained here for many decades who, in terms of their musicality, are unparalleled around the world. Taking advantage of this pool of talent, a stock of outstanding musicians has accrued that in a changing cast of musicians take our motto across the world.
Since November 2009, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne has a very special partner at their side – the Mercedes-Benz Centre in Cologne. As part of a creative cooperation, this world renowned company, via its branch in Cologne, thrilled by our musical concept provides the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne with a comfortable tour bus. It enables our musicians to travel quickly and comfortably to the many varied concert locations. In return, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, in close cooperation with the Mercedes-Benz Center Cologne, organises special concerts for the car company’s special customers. The remarkable construction of the Mercedes-Benz Center is transformed in the process into a really top-class concert palace. This results in the smell of new cars mixing with the sounds of classical music.
The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne is at home all over the world. Our tours regularly take us to New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland and many other countries – and of course to Germany. In this context, the selection of works and soloists takes on a special significance. The multifaceted composition of the ensemble provides every member of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne with the opportunity to perform as a soloist.
The permanently expanding repertoire of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne consists primarily of hand-picked pieces. The real appeal of our programme lies in the meeting of popular and unknown works from a wide variety of musical epochs. This sees familiar greats like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi in dialogue with works from people such as Sergei Prokofieff through to the “King of Tango” Astor Piazzolla. This mix promises great diversity of the very highest order, without us having to preach to the audience in the process. After all, music is for entertainment and not for instruction.
To inspire people across the world to enjoy classical music – that’s what we view as our maxim!
Classical music the world over!
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The final M&L Concert for 2019 will be held on Friday 6 December at 10.30am. The program includes Schubert’s “Symphony No 6”; Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro Overture”; Mike Butcher’s “Christmas Memories”; and Alexandra Guilmant’s “Final alla Schumann” for organ and orchestra. Funds raised at this concert will be directed to Wombat Welfare Southern Highlands. Admission: $20 (concert only), $27 (concert and lunch).