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
Soul Time is a unique event for Bowral providing a welcome opportunity to reflect on inspiring themes and common threads linking us all together. Soul Time features live music, audio-visual pieces and readings from faiths and philosophers, authors and indigenous cultures, from all over the world. The purpose of Soul Time is to inspire us to transform our lives, and our communities, with actions that promote social betterment and unity. Soul Time is a free event open to all as a community service initiative of the Bahá’ís of Wingecarribee
It’s a beautiful way to inspire people, to bring people together no matter what their religion or spiritual beliefs and spend a thoughtful nurturing hour at a lovely location, to be inspired about how the world could look…
Thoroughbass presents Short Stories with internationally acclaimed pianist Michael Tsalka and Thoroughbass director and harpsichordist Diana Weston. Duo partners Diana and Michael reveal the stories within the music in informal settings inviting intimacy and connection. They invite you to join them as they journey through the emotional landscape of Schubert’s famous Fantasia in f minor, re-awaken the joy of hearing about Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Tom-Thumb from Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and share Debussy’s fascination with the exotic in Six Epigraphes Antiques. Both Michael and Diana have had many new works composed for them. True to form, they present some of these varied and unique duets and pieces for piano and harpsichord. Ann Carr-Boyd’s serenely beautiful Moonrise over Lake Argyle, Diana Blom’s sultry tango Night Music and Aspasia Nasopoulou’s mythical Io are but a few – all with their own stories. Michael Tsalka – Piano | Harpsichord Diana Weston – Harpsichord | Piano Where & When BURRADOO – Saturday 18 April | The Rose Room, 51F Sunninghill Ave | 4.00pm www.thoroughbass.com.au Enquiries: 0411 375 821 Tickets: ClassikOn https://www.classikon.com/?s=thoroughbass
After forging a dazzling country music career that has won her 6 Golden Guitars, and stunning audiences on Dancing with the Stars, Australian favourite, Melinda Schneider steps back in time to pay homage to one of her musical heroes, Doris Day.
Following on from hugely successful capital city seasons of her theatre stage show DORIS, Melinda is bringing the songs from the show that audiences love so much to new territories in a concert format called Melinda Does Doris.
Melinda’s love affair with Doris began when, in childhood, Melinda laid eyes on Calamity Jane, Doris Day’s 1953 film tour de force and was smitten by all she saw.
“She was such a huge talent” she enthuses now, “a triple threat as they say – she could sing, dance and act. I thought then she was the best of everything a woman can be and when I grew up I wanted to be just like her.
This nostalgic celebration includes such timeless hits as “Sentimental Journey”, “Que Sera, Sera”, “Everybody Loves a Lover”, “Secret Love” and a whole slew of hits from “Calamity Jane”, “Love Me or Leave Me” and “The Pajama Game”.
“I am really excited to be able to bring this wonderful music to smaller centres” Melinda says, “I am constantly being asked when are you bringing the Doris music here Melinda, and by putting together this concert version of the show, it all becomes possible!”
View the show trailer here!
Doors open: 3pm
Show starts 3:30pm
Starring Vic Trevino Jnr, Ben Thompson and Justin Shandor
Due to overwhelming demand, Elvis an American Trilogy, the show that embodies the essence of The King, is back in Australia this September. Three of the world’s leading Elvis performers will take the audience on a spellbinding journey through the many eras of The King, a 20th century icon and one of the world’s most recognisable figures.
The show begins with Vic Trevino Junior, who is returning to Australia for his fifth tour. Vic captures the audience with his raw rockabilly sound and feel combined with some of the best Elvis dance moves.
Ben Thompson, winner of the 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest, takes the role of Elvis in his movie years and the ‘68 comeback special. He effortlessly recreates him straight out of the army and into black leather, personifying this period with all the songs and sex appeal that was Elvis.
Since the passing of Elvis there has never been a tribute artist that has captivated the look, moves and sound, more than Justin Shandor. He is the only tribute artist to make the front page of USA Today, feature in Vogue Magazine and perform on The David Letterman Show. Justin transcends the Aloha From Hawaii concert with the voice and the shy but charming banter.
Don’t miss the ultimate Elvis experience!
Doors open 3pm
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The Bowral District Art Society Members Exhibition is always a highlight of the year. Every member has the chance to show and hopefully sell their work. From Workshop holders, Tutors, Professional Artists & Students – working in all mediums – including Oils, pastels, watercolour, printmaking, sculptures, drawings…. And of course every style, subject matter and technique you can imagine.
There’s something for every viewer here, so come along, be inspired, maybe join a class or workshop, or buy that perfect original artwork for your home.
Opening: Saturday 18 January @ 2pm
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Join us for a fun and engaging workshop where you will learn new ways focusing on alignment and core stability.
We start with the Progressing Ballet Technique to warm up your body and learn new ways of engaging your correct muscles. This is followed by a 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.
Classes are taught by Bonnie Curtis, who is the only Certified Progressing Ballet Technique teacher in the Southern Highlands.
As an artist Wendy Matthews has an expressive voice that never fails to move those who hear it. Her music is an unhurried journey of clean melodies, infectious energy and simple grace, In an age where uber-production techniques are thought to be hip and cynicism an attribute, Wendy has proven that commitment to beauty is still not only valid but applauded by the public ear. This is exemplified by the reality that Wendy’s music is now in more than 1 million homes in Australia and all her albums to date have multi-platinum status. Wendy has an immense talent and capacity to capture and define a diverse range of styles in her music. She takes songs from every genre and makes them her own; from jazz to blues, from rock to gospel, from soul to outright infectious pop and then, of course, there are the beautiful ballads.
Doors 6pm – Support 7.30pm – Wendy Mathews – 8.30pm Meals available on the night.
Collective Harvest is an exhibition featuring a multidisciplinary collaboration of artists and makers responding to food culture.
For centuries artists and makers have celebrated the importance of all aspects of food production and consumption in their art.
19 artists and makers from The SHAC have collaborated to bring a ‘salon style’ exhibition that references food in all its gloriously varied forms.
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Sunday, Jan 19th, 12:00PM – 3:00PM.
Treat yourself to High Tea at Peppers Manor House accompanied by sumptuous live music provided by acclaimed singer/pianist Anton Koritni. Relax in The Great Hall and indulge your senses with a feast of high tea and music in an elegant country retreat that exudes old world charm. Anton Koritni will be bringing the Grand Piano to life from 12:00PM – 3:00PM. Bookings Essential +61 2 4860 3111
AUSTRALIAN SINGER/ACTOR JOHN WATERS ANNOUNCES STELLAR CONCERT TO SUPPORT BUSHFIRE VICTIMS IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS.
TO BE HELD AT BONG BONG PICNIC RACECOURSE BOWRAL FRIDAY 24TH JANUARY. DARRYL BRAITHWAITE, MEGAN WASHINGTON, LEO SAYER, JOHN PAUL YOUNG, JUSTINE CLARKE JACK JONES, MARGARET URLICH AND MORE!
FireAid2020 will be held on Friday, 24th January at The Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse, Bowral. Gates to open at 2pm with the show to start at 3pm. The concert will be hosted by Julia Zemiro and appearing alongside John Waters will be Stewart D’Arrietta with the songs of Leonard Cohen and more. Justine Clarke will also join in to entertain the kids. More names to be announced soon.
“All of us want to do something; but I realised I had the power of public recognition and that I had a lot of friends in the music and entertainment industry with a lot more of that power than me, and the idea of FireAid2020 ‘The Concert’ was born.
As much as raising funds, this FireAid2020 concert is about community spirit; about unconditional love for each other; about fire-in-the-belly action. Rock On Australia!” – John Waters.
Net proceeds from this event will go to the Red Cross Bushfire Relief and directed to the Southern Highland division to directly assist locals affected by recent bushfires in the Southern Highlands and South Coast region.
“Australia is in a time of genuine crisis. Like so many other communities around the country, The Southern Highlands have been affected by the horror of fire and loss. As a community we can do what always works: Band together. Work together. Support one another. Music is also a way to allow our emotions out- to cry, to sing along, to maybe smile again for a while.
As a newish resident to Bowral, I am humbled to be hosting FireAid2020, an event John Waters has pulled together with a little help from his friends.” – Julia Zemiro
FireAid2020 could not happen without the artists and the many organisations that have lent their support to this event. John Waters would like to especially give thanks to the Wingecarribe Shire Council, Peter Hales of the Bong Bong Racecourse and Carisa Wells form Regional Development Australia – Southern Inland, for their support and assistance in confirming and organising this event – even during the height of the fire emergency in the local region. #fireaid2020 FireAid2020 – Friday, 24th January Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse, Bowral- gates open at 2:00pm This is an all-ages event – tickets $65 per adult, $20 under 16s
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The Wingecarribee Vocal Muster No cover charge Donations in support of Local Bushfire Victims.
Come and join us for an evening of entertaining music provided by local performers the ‘Billy Chand Rockers’. This duo play a range of music and sing songs to suit a variety of tastes. The club bistro, catered by Mittagong RSL Club, is open from 5pm to 8:30pm so you can enjoy entertainment while you dine, or simply call in and have a drink.