Let's Talk

Let's Talk public conversations series addresses relevant issues and hopefully inspire new ways of thinking. We'll be bringing a great line-up of speakers to Bermagui to talk- and listen - people who have made a difference through their creative thinking and relationships, and who have wisdom to pass on about different models of collaboration, sustainability, participation and engagement in rural, regional and coastal communities.

In a major coup for Four Winds, the first speaker in the series was the internationally-acclaimed social entrepreneur Rachel Botsman. Her book What's Mine is Yours, the Rise of Collaborative Consumption was recently included by Time Magazine in the US in its list of Ten Ideas That Will Change the World. Oxford and Harvard educated, Botsman, who lives in Sydney, is a former director of the William J Clinton Foundation in the US and recently briefed David Cameron's senior advisors at Number 10 about how her ideas could be integrated into his Big Society policies. She is in high demand from the corporate sector as a speaker and consultant on the power of collaboration and trust.

LET'S TALK is curated and hosted by journalist and broadcaster Caroline Baum who lives on the south coast.



Caroline Baum Review of Paul Kildea Dinner Conversation

Paul Kildea & Caroline Baum at il Passaggio

The relationship between music and food has long been harmonious. But Paul Kildea, Four Winds new Artistic Director, a maestro who also happens to be a good cook was quick to dismiss the idea that there were any similarities between cooking and conducting when he spoke at an intimate dinner gathering at Il Passagio. In a revealing conversation with Caroline Baum he also emphatically rejected the stereotype of the orchestral conductor as a figure with an outsize ego.

The event, organised by the Four Winds, gave patrons ( including one couple who drove up specially from Melbourne!) an opportunity to get to know the Canberra- born Kildea. Now based in Berlin, he was spending an extended period in Bermagui to get to know the community ( where his sister lives) and pull together the next festival program.

High on the agenda is a co-commisionned work with the Aldeburgh Festival, founded by Benjamin Britten, where Kildea was Head of Music.

His second book on Britten following on from the critically acclaimed Selling Britten, will be published to coincide with the centenary of the composer’s birth in 2013.

Kildea talked enthusiastically about the similarities between the two coastal fishing communities and about the energy that Britten brought to Britain’s cultural life at a time of post-war reconstruction - an energy he seems to share, combined with an irreverent humor and an appetite for ideas. An avid reader and enthusiast for the new digital platforms of delivering performances to audiences around the world, he revealed himself to be fully engaged with contemporary politics, passionate about mentoring and nurturing emerging talent, and with a strong conviction that Four Winds should evolve into a series of satellite events that orbit the main Festival program, providing Bermagui with an extended cultural calendar not only on the festival site but across the community.

Nothing was off limits as Kildea spoke with wit and candour about his non musical background and his experiences as Artistic Director at London’s Wigmore Hall (where not wearing tie for a public conversation with Sir Charles Mackerras was a cause of consternation - not something he needs to be worried about here!)


Feed your mind, your soul and your heart — Podcast coming soon!

Two remarkable musical dynamos talk candidly about what drives them

genevieve lacey

Artistic Director Genevieve Lacey and...

...star of the Box Office smash hit documentary Mrs Carey's Concert, Karen Carey

in conversation with well known journalist and broadcaster Caroline Baum

Genevieve and Karen share stories from their musical lives beyond the concert stage – from schools to prisons, from the Opera House to the outback. Listen to two of this country's most inspiring and passionate cultural ambassadors talk about leadership and transformation, collaboration and creation, followed by questions and discussion.

The Four Winds Program for 2012 was also launched at this event.

Friday, 4 November, 2011 5.30pm Bermagui Community Centre, Bunga Street, Bermagui

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through
the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Creative Industries

A BVSC Cultural Planning Committee Public Event that Four Winds was a partner in.

creative industries, bega valley; liveable, sustainable, enterprising, accessible, leading place

Download Flyer as PDF from the Four Winds Media Page

Video coverage of this event now available as a vodcast if you subscribe to the Four Winds mediacast channel with iTunes or other or as streaming video from the Four Winds website in the Media section.

Whether you are a visual, performance or literary artist, a designer, organise a festival, go to a book reading, create beautiful food products, run a cultural or tourism business or a community enterprise, or are just curious about the future for your community, you'll be interested in this seminar.

It was an exciting seminar with presenter Professor Brad Haseman, to begin the planning for our regions social, cultural and economic development, and learn what the place of creativity is in transforming the Bega Valley for the 21st century.

Professor Haseman's presentation and open discussion at the seminar challenged participants to begin the journey of developing a unique and targeted approach suitable for the Bega Valley. This will contribute to driving the framework for the Bega Valley's next Cultural Action Plan which recognises that creative industries can make a significant contribution to business and tourism, and contribute to social benefits for our community.

New futures for the Bega Valley 2030

Location: Bermagui Community Centre
Date: Saturday, 15th October 2011
Times: 11:00am – Registration and morning tea
12pm to 1:30pm – Keynote presentation – Professor Brad Haseman
1:30pm to 2pm – Lunch and Networking
2pm to 3:30pm – Workshops – facilitated by Sheena Boughen, Chair Bega Valley Shire Council Cultural Planning Committee
3:30pm to 4pm – Feedback and wrap up – where to from here
Cost: Free!!!




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