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December, 2012

Four WindsFour Winds Festival wins AbaF NSW/ACT giving award

The Four Winds Festival at Bermagui has won the AbaF NSW/ACT giving award for its capital campaign to raise money to create Nature’s Concert Hall on the festival site at Bermagui.… read more

November, 2012

ABC RadioTUNE IN to ABC Classic FM

Nov 6,7,8 and relive 2012 Festival highlightsABC Classic FM is broadcasting Festival segments next week! Relive the frogs and the atmosphere with your favourite glass of wine!… read more

July, 2012

Penny AmbergAppointment of Chief Executive Officer

Four Winds is thrilled to announce the appointment of their first full time Chief Executive Officer, PENNY AMBERG and farewell General Manager Natalya Tacheci, who is moving to London.… read more

Paul KildeaIntroducing Paul Kildea

Find out more about Paul Kildea, Artistic Director of Four Winds Festivals 2014 & 2016… read more

ABC South East websiteBright Birds recording

ABC South East has posted a Bill Brown video recording of the inaugural performance at the Four Winds Festival 2012 of the commissioned Damian Barbeler work Bright Birds.… read more


May, 2012

abc classicfm onlineLinks to several ABC Classic FM online articles regarding Four Winds

Interviews with Bill Caldicott and Genevieve Lacey; Genevieve Lacey's first play in the Sound Shell (with thunderstorm) plus Vanessa Milton reports on her experience of a voyage on “The Seagull”… read more

australia council newsMore post—Festival write-ups

Narooma News, The Australian & Australia Council… read more


April, 2012

OzCo online mag 'Artery' detailFour Winds in the News

Interesting articles about facets of Four Winds in the Sydney Morning Herald and Australia Council's online magazine Artery... read more

March, 2012

Genevieve LaceyGenevieve Lacey awarded Australia Council Fellowship

“Over the last 12 years, I've created an international career based in Australia. Prior to this, my instrument, the recorder, was one that few people in this country took seriously. Creating and sustaining a life as a freelance musician is a huge undertaking – exhilarating, precarious, consuming” read more

February, 2012

Damien Barbeler with Cliff Wallis and Sayaka MiharaDamian Barbeler Composition

Bill Brown has made a beautiful short film through the ABC about Damian Barbeler's new work that Four Winds has commissioned for their 2012 festival … read more

seagull detailGenevieve responds in words to her experience of sailing on the Seagull

“We met each day at dawn and dusk, hauling ourselves and the boat down to the jetty. Sometimes The Seagull and its passengers wore burnished halos like something out of fourteenth century Italy …”read more

Concrete Pumping truck at Sound Shell siteNew Sound Shell Progress page goes online

Images revealing the progress and story of the new Philip Cox designed Four Winds permanent Sound Shell — updated regularly. see blog page

Madam Pat ThompsonBill Brown Documentary about Madam Pat

“Madam Pat Thompson's destiny as a singer began on the stage of the 1920s Melbourne Tivoli, but was then thwarted by the Great Depression, family tragedy, war, and then family life as itinerant bush workers. She returned to professional music in her 50s after losing her husband in a tragic accident …” read more

January, 2012

detail of the seagull flyerThe Seagull

Don't miss an opportunity to take part in the latest Sound Walk from Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey. Bookings essential to record ambient sound in the refitted 4-person skiff... read more

December, 2011

bluebottleBermi Talks

Join Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey for the latest in their series of Bermagui Sound Walks. Meet at Bermagui Surf Club at 8:30am to collect sound recording equipment. read more

October, 2011

4 Winds  2011Stories from their musical lives beyond the concert stage

Feed your mind, your soul and your heart. Two remarkable musical dynamos talk candidly about what drives them read more

September, 2011

Rachel Botsman speaks at Bermagui Community CentreInspiring 2011

Four Winds presents: Inspiring 2011. A community partnerships project with Sydney Childrens Choir, Dan Walker, Bega Valley Children's Choir, David Hewitt, 9 local schools and 420 local students — including the World Premiere performance of 'The Singing Stones' by Dan Walker. read more

Four Winds site - top of amphitheatreFour Winds wins $1.67M for Nature's Concert Hall at Barragga Bay

The Four Winds has been granted $1.67M Federal funding to further develop the Four Winds site at Barragga Bay into “Nature's Concert Hall”, a cultural facility that can be used by all the community. read more

July, 2011

Rachel Botsman speaks at Bermagui Community CentreRachel Botsman Podcast Now Available

We are proud to announce another online episode on the Four Winds Interviews channel. Automatically available if you have subscribed via iTunes, you can also access it from our website in the Media section. In this episode we feature Rachel Botsman's presentation at the Bermagui Community Centre on Saturday, 14th May, 2011. read more

June, 2011

4wf proposed soundshellSoundshell 2012 — See Whats in Store!

Four Winds would like to share with you the latest designs for the permanent Soundshell to be constructed later this year. read more

May, 2011

John EllingworthVale John Ellingworth Sadly, we have lost a treasured co-founder of the Four Winds. John Ellingworth passed away in April. He was a committed and visionary Chair… read more
amc apra award for Four WindsFour Winds wins awardThe Four Winds has won a major APRA/AMC national award for its 2010 Easter music festival. For details
Rachel BotsmanRachel Botsman as part of Brain FoodRachel Botsman 5.30pm Saturday 14 May 2011, Bermagui Community Centre, Bunga Street Bermagui. Entry by gold coin donation, no bookings taken… more
soundshell fund-o-meter2012 Festival PlanningOur Artistic Director, Genevieve Lacey is working hard to bring you an exciting mix of international and national performers and their music in 2012… more
Four Winds soundshellSoundshell 2012 Cox Richardson Architects and Board members have been working together to fine tune the Sound Shell design. We are delighted with the simple elegance of Cox Richardson's design and with their enthusiasm for the project… more
soundwalks imageWhat's happening in 2011? Upon a Time, Creative Community Partnerships Initiative, Soundwalks, Inspiring, Community Concert, Four Winds working with BVSC … more
Four Winds logoNew Board Members The Board welcomes three new members, all of whom have been visitors to the region and Four Winds over the years, and now live here … more

April, 2011

rachel botsmanRachel Botsman

The internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur and author shares inspiring ideas about how individuals and communities are using technology to create dynamic business opportunities, strengthening community ties and building a more sustainable future for all. Your questions will be welcomed. read more

March, 2011

Fishing Boats - Matt JonesSoundwalk 2 - Fishing Flash Mob

Join sound artists Maddie & Tim in an impromptu event to record the experience of a trawler returning to harbour and unloading the catch after a day at sea.... read more

Upon a TimeUpon a Time

The Four Winds is delighted to invite the south coast community to an upcoming concert in support of the new sound shell for the Four Winds site. Our festival artist Director and virtuoso recorder player, Genevieve Lacey and Paul Hoxbro, an acclaimed player of pipe and tabor are giving us a concert... read more

December, 2010

Terry IrwinTerry Irwin 1943-2010 How we miss Terry Irwin at Four Winds! Terry tackled his ‘Four Winds life’, as he put it, with a bluff and idiosyncratic humour, intense dedication, and a sharp intellect.… read more
abc classic fmFour Winds 2010: ABC Classic FM Broadcasts during JanuaryWhat a great way to start the New Year! During January, ABC Classic FM will broadcast performances from the 2010 Four Winds program across the nation. ABC Classic FM will devote four evenings in January to Four Winds. The first broadcast will go to air at 8pm on Monday, 10th January, with two performances from the 2010 festival. ‘Fandango with Friends’ with classical guitarist Karin Schaupp… more
4 winds stage2010 Festival wrap-upArtistic Director Genevieve Lacey’s vision for the Four Winds as a sanctuary for musicians, is becoming a reality. The musicians who performed in 2010 have said they loved the experience and being looked after by the local community. Genevieve reminds us that as they travel the world and the country… more
soundshell fund-o-meterSound Shell 2012 by the sea shoreThanks to the overwhelming response to our appeal to build a permanent, all-weather sound shell at the Festival site, we are happy to report that we are two thirds of the way there. Not bad, considering we only launched  the appeal this Easter! To date, we have raised $535,000 of our target of $800,000… more
upon a time graphic'Upon a Time' in Canberra Following the age-old  tradition of wandering minstrels, pipe and tabor player Poul HØxbro and the Australian recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, lead their audiences back to medieval Europe, weaving melodies and stories into an hour of unbroken performance, meant to impress as well as touch… more
giant ship puppet from Windsong 20102011: More exciting artistic projects coming up The Sound walks will see Bermaguians walking in and around the town, listening to environments they thought they knew, listening too to stories from locals who inhabit these spaces. Artists Tim Humphrey and Madeline Flynn will inspire a team of local collectors and recollectors to listen to and record the stories and sounds of their place. These recordings will provide inspiration… more

August, 2010

Natalya and GenevieveFour Winds Appoints New General Manager

The Four Winds has appointed a former Bermagui resident as its first General Manager to work with the community to develop cultural activities in the more

March, 2010

low-backed chairTerry's top hints to maximise your enjoyment of this years Festival Obviously, go to our web site and re-read the past newsletters. OK so only my mother would do that. But seriously, spend five minutes browsing, and I promise you will learn something interesting or garner that bit of background that will add to your Festival enjoyment… read more
ruby hunterSad NewsWe've recently heard the tragic news of the loss of a treasured Australian musician, Ruby Hunter. The acclaimed Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjarra, Kookatha singer and songwriter, aged 54… more
pippi longstockingGenevieve Pippi Longstocking Lacey?Our artistic director, Genevieve Lacey has been very busy. Maybe you saw the article in the Weekend Australian a couple of weeks ago? She is referred to as an enchantress and a convivial Pippi Longstocking… more
bermagui gelati clinicGelato, Bermagui, and a Passion for Four Winds What a life expanding experience it is to write this newsletter. Already in past issues we have helped our readers come to understand important issues such as the viol de gamba and spaghetti westerns. Why not an aspect of the culinary arts?… more
food and wine…and Food and Wine This Year Rosemary Millard and Stuart Absalom, the wonderful duo who are organizing Food and Wine for this year's Festival sent along this note: With only a few weeks to go, there is a sense of anticipation about the pleasures that await us all… more
peter sculthorpeEtcetera, Etcetera Four Winds world premieres; big rainfalls; modern technology; quad bike transport for picnic baskets; an improved parking system; finger painting at the National Gallery of Australia and… more

January, 2010

early birdDon't Wait at the Gate!Avoid queueing for tickets at the Four Winds gate. Purchase your tickets online and ensure a smooth passage into the festival site. You can further minimise time in a line by pre-ordering your lunch online.
FREAK OUTWhy Haven't I Received My Tickets Yet?Panic not! If you ordered from our web site, you should have received an email to confirm your order. If you replied by mail order, you can be sure that your order was received… more
hildgard de bingen bustHildegard of BingenOne of the things that I love about the Four Winds is the chance to discover more about familiar music. Genevieve Lacey, our artistic director, will be taking us on a musical journey through time… more
Spaghetti Western OrchestraSpaghetti Western Orchestra I feel it my duty to help Festival goers come to a better understanding of the Spaghetti Western Orchestra as we are treated to a re-invention of a live radio broadcast… more
karin schauppWhen Muso Meets PlaywrightIf you are one of the poor unfortunates that can only come on one day of the Festival owing to other commitments, you are in for a tough choice. One of the highlights on Saturday will be Karin Schaupp playing the Guitar as a soloist and with Marshall McGuire on the Harp… more
witchypooEtcetera, Etcetera Hooray, Hooray, fellow Munchkins of Four Winds world as the dreaded vouchers are gone. So now fellow Munchkins join me in singing as we dance up from the amphitheatre… ding-dong the queue is dead… more

November, 2009

4 Winds Festival Outreach programOutreachA few years ago, Four Winds decided to step up and do more in our community in between festivals, as we are keen to show how culture and economy can work together to build a future for our community. We started from… more
black armbandBlack Arm Band to Join in Community OutreachWe will have the women of The Black Arm Band (BAB) to close our 2010 festival. Prior to Easter members of BAB will be visiting the Wallaga Lake Koori community to share skills, through a series of music workshops… more
Inspiring Concert - Percussion instrumentsInspiring Public Performance Another project that Four Winds is involved with is Inspiring. If you can travel to Bermagui on Sunday, November 8th at 11AM, you can see the world-premier, one-off performance of students from local schools from Moruya to Eden. Now what makes this special… more
paolo pandolfo plays the viola de gambaPatrons of Paolo & How to Bluff Your Way with the Viola de Gamba If you are a philistine like me and all you know about the Viola de Gamba comes from reading the subtitles and viewing the 1991 French movie, Tous les matins du monde, here is your chance to learn some essential factoids… more
excavator at the 4 winds festival siteEtcetera, Etcetera Four Winds personnel updates, site preparations, a viola de gamba clip and… more

September, 2009

genevieve lacey - artistic directorAn Update From Our Artistic Director
The past few months have been a period of intense activity: we're in the midst of multiple projects. Four Winds exists only because of the passionate community that surrounds it. It has been conceived, created, sustained, and continues to grow… more
fire at night on GulagaDramatic Gulaga Fires
As fires burnt out of control on Gulaga (Mt Dromedary), the rural fire service and local residents were poised for all possible eventualities, having to respond to quickly changing conditions. Many of our Tilba and Mystery Bay friends were kept busy fending off ember attack… more
andrea kellerPremiere of jazz composition inspired by Bermagui at Four Winds 2010
Thanks to the Keir Foundation, our next festival will feature the outstanding jazz pianist Andrea Keller who has been invited to compose a work inspired by Bermagui and the surrounding region. Andrea who has been referred to by The Age newspaper as “one of this country's most daring and fascinating composers” is the 2008 ARIA award winner for best jazz album (Footprints), as well as numerous other awards… more
inspiring schools outreach programInspiring - Schools Outreach Project at Bermagui
In early June it really was a case of shake, rattle and roll as Bermagui Community Centre reverberated with the sounds of maracas and drums, claves and castanets and foot stomping too, as 15 teachers participated in a Percussion Workshop led by an energetic and skilled team from Sydney school, MLC… more
rob tacheciFour Winds People (a little insight into our members)
Skiers Unite! If you like the new website, you can thank our team of Richard Lambert of Flying Monkey Multimedia, and Rob Tacheci our director extraordinaire in charge of visuals and our website. You may not be aware but apart from website and visuals Rob is also carrying on a fine tradition on the Four Winds Board – a love of snow and skiing.… more