'Our Backyard…a celebration of special places and spaces'
The Benalla Festival theme for 2018, 'Our Backyard...a celebration of special places and spaces' has inspired conversations in the Red Road Cafe about its potential as a theme for an exhibition at NEA during the Festival. We have downloaded an Expression of Interest form to run an event included in the Festival Program and are keen to receive feedback, ideas and input first.
'The Benalla Festival is celebrated every November on the foreshore of Lake Benalla and around the Rural City. "The Festival is a celebration of the local lifestyle. All events are low or no cost. The program of fun and creativity aims to engage the community and visitors with street entertainment, music, theatre, art, dance, exhibitions, fireworks and more. Every event is a chance to celebrate our community spirit, create, consume and come together for two weekends of fun activities."
Watch this space for developments!
Thursday 5th July 2018
i hear django + North East Artisans present...
An intimate evening of storytelling through song
Featuring Jenny Mitchell (NZ) + Nigel Wearne (VIC)
6pm - $10 entry*
Jenny Mitchell is New Zealand's brightest rising star, blending country, folk and Americana into her own captivating style. Influenced by Gillian Welch, The Lumineers and Miranda Lambert, Jenny’s love for storytelling is at the core of her craft. With a New Zealand Gold Guitar under her hat in 2017, Jenny also placed 3rd on New Zealand's Got Talent years earlier at the tender age of 14. After her success on the show, she went on to release 'The Old Oak' that debuted at #1 on the NZ Country iTunes Charts and #3 on the Official NZ Music Charts. A seasoned performer, who's already played to audiences in Sweden, Ireland, Australia and her homeland of New Zealand. "An artist who knows exactly who she is and feels no need to give way." - Southland Times NZ.
Jenny Mitchell performing "So Far" at Sofar Dunedin on November 5th 2017
Nigel Wearne is a folk/country singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, his music melds finger-style guitar, clawhammer banjo, folk and honest storytelling. Gleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Townes Van Zandt and Sun Kil Moon, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs. Nigel’s current album ‘Drawing Circles’ is a solo record that’s raw, compelling and reflective. A storyteller at heart, he paints lyrical pictures with “the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly” – Beat Magazine. “One of Australia’s emerging songwriters” – Tone Deaf. “Warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits” 4 Stars – Rolling Stone. www.nigelwearne.com
*Free for U18's if accompanied by parent/guardian. Drinks at bar prices.
The Benalla Yarn Bombers, keen to lighten up Benalla in a late winter yarn bombing event, decided it would be useful to have a website to share news about the event, both for planning and marketing purposes. The group decided to ask Bev from NEA for advice and possible help. Maggie was prepared to be involved in developing and updating the website. Chatting around the table, it seemed that developing an free version for the event might not work, so it was decided to try to work within the NEA site. With approval to go ahead from the committee, Maggie's input, and some ideas from Bev about setting it up as a 'planning portal' with a menu on the side (as NEA's menu needed to stay on the top) the Yarn Bombers Planning Portal is now available as a support to the Yarn Bombing Event. If you would like to check it out, you can go to Events on the NEA website menu, or simply go to http://www.northeastartisans.org/benallas-winter-yarn-bomb.html
Come and be a part of the PREMIERE poetry event at North East Artisans in Benalla to mark the Winter solstice.
Bring along your own poetic creations or the work of your favourite poets.
The focus of the night is to provide a forum where people can let loose their creativity and perform/recite in a supportive friendly environment.
There will be an opportunity to write a Limerick or Haiku on the night.
Admission by gold coin (or pinkie) donation, (to cover heating and lighting).
Tea, chai and hot chocolate will be served.
If you can, please bring a small plate of bikkies or home baking to share.
Enquiries - Seamus 0418 540 156
"The Personalised Writing & Editing Workshop with Killer Pig Productions was great. So much learnt listening to Jake and Sam talk about each piece attendees submitted., Recurring themes that came up, no matter what the style or genre, were having a sense of place and writing with intention.... Thanks Killer Pig Productions" Carla Gardner, Broken River Writers
"The ‘Collins Street farmer’ represents the corporate organisations that have taken control of our food chain. He looks down at a hamburger that consumed around 2,500 litres of water to produce.
The city scape in the background describes the affluent Western world fed by these farming practices, people disconnected and too busy to think about where their food comes from and how it is produced.
Look carefully in the top left corner and you will see a bulldozer clearing the last remaining old growth forest. Acres of monoculture corn and soy sprawl across the horizon where these forests once stood. The primate on the stump sits helplessly wondering where its home has gone. The dead canary sends an alarming message to stop these unsustainable practices before all species on the planet are doomed.
The cows are locked in small yards. Part of the production line, they are force-fed corn on a conveyor belt. The markings on the cows form the world map indicating that this is a world problem, while on the other cow the face of an African child peers out, wondering why that corn isn’t grown to feed his starving country.
The whole scene plays out in knee-deep rising water caused by global warming and rising sea levels.
My mural was inspired after watching a documentary called ‘Cowspiracy - the sustainability secret’. For me it was a game changer. I became a vegetarian the very next day.
“Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.”
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Tim's ‘Cornography’ – mural can be found on the Benalla Senior Citizens Community Centre building, 17 Fawckner Drive, Benalla on the wall looking towards the Sir Weary Dunlop Learning Centre.
‘Cowspiracy – the sustainability secret’ at www.cowspiracy.com/facts/
Congratulations to all at North East Artisans for winning the 'Promotion of Arts and Culture Award' at the Benalla Business Excellence Awards announced this evening at BPACC,
In the first image available to share, NEA's Ruth Mollison and Michaela Alexander are pictured with the award.
Ruth and Michaela's fabulous head gear certainly provides an inspirational taste of things to come in Benalla's late winter Yarn Bombing event!
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
Broken River Writers
Wots4Me Benalla Youth
Art Gallery on Ovens
Bush Gatherings -Violet Town
GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)