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October, 2011


Feed your mind, your soul and your heart

Two remarkable musical dynamos talk candidly about what drives them

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Artistic Director Genevieve Lacey and... 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 will share stories from their musical lives beyond the concert stage – from schools to prisons, from the Opera House to the outback.

Come and listen to two of this country's most inspiring and passionate cultural ambassadors talk about leadership and transformation, collaboration and creation.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

Copies of the DVD of Mrs Carey's Concert will be available for sale.

The Four Winds Program for 2012 will also be launched at this event…

…giving you the earliest opportunity to preview a fantastic line-up of outstanding performances, musicians and cross-cultural collaborations.

Friday, 4 November, 2011 5.30pm Bermagui Community Centre, Bunga Street, Bermagui (doors open 4.45pm)

Entry by gold coin donation. No bookings taken. All proceeds go to the Four Winds Soundshell fundraising campaign. All enquiries to (02) 6493 3414

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

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Creative Industries

Your chance to guide our region

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

Download Flyer as PDF from the Four Winds Media Page

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.

Please join us in 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 will challenge 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!!! RSVP by Tuesday 11th October to: Alison Cohen on 6499 2290 or


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Date: 8 September, 2011

Four 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.

The Regional Development Australia funding was announced yesterday by Minister Simon Crean and Mike Kelly, MP for Eden Monaro. Last year Four Winds received $420,000 from the Australia Council to fund cultural activities in the region between festivals over two years, and $90,000 from the NSW government towards the building of a permanent Sound Shell.

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“This realises all our dreams to create a cultural hub in this region where we can create wonderful musical and other events, and bring outstanding performers to the region to share their spirit and artistry with the community”, said Sheena Boughen, chair of the Four Winds, speaking from the US.

“The fact that we have managed to raise funds of $770,000 from donors and grants toward Nature's Concert Hall was an important factor in receiving this grant, as was the support shown by so many people in the community, and the region.”

“This grant means that in addition to the permanent stage and Sound Shell we are building we will be able to have a Shed – a modern day hall at the site, with facilities, broadband and solar power. Instead of trucking everything in for each event it will be there for us all to use.”

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“We would like to thank, from the heart, everyone who has supported us over the last two eventful years, and our wonderful team of volunteers and our tiny team of staff , all of whom have worked so hard to achieve this result.”

Four Winds plan to start building stage 2 of the project after the next festival at Easter 2012. The new Sound Shell will be completed in time for the Festival.

Enquiries: call Tonia Liosatis on 0458 000 955

Four Winds IS THE WINNER 2011 APRA/AMC Australian Art Music Award for Excellence in a Regional Location.

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