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South Coast Leisure Times : Spring 2011
Braidwood / Queabeyan / Canberra www.southcoastleisuretimes.com.au South Coast 61 TThhee QQuueeaannbbeeyyaann PPeerrffoorrm miinngg AArrttss CCeennttrree,, fondly known as ‘TThhee QQ’’, is one of the region’s best-kept secrets. First-time visit ors to this stunning venue are often heard to say ‘I had no idea such a building existed in Queanbeyan’.The purpose-built space provides a range of unique spaces for performing and visual arts, social occasions and corporate events. Spacious, light and elegant, these prestigious surroundings are enhanced by a program of professional and amateur productions, changing art exhibitions and displays. ‘The Q' Exhibition Program aims to display exhibitions of local, regional, st ate and national prominence. A regular changing program of outst anding visual ar ts, craft s and design exhibitions are displayed throughout the year. A highlight of the local art s calendar is the QQuueeaannbbeeyyaann AArrttiissttss TTrraaiill and OOppeenn SSttuuddiioo WWeeeekkeenndd in Oct ober. Local ar t studios throw open their doors to the public over the weekend.Visitors can collect a brochure with information on the studios and opening t imes and travel at their leisure, or take the AArrttss TTrraaiill bbuuss oonn SSuunnddaayy 3300 OOccttoobbeerr. Lunch is provided to bus passengers and the tour ends atThe Artist s’ Shed with drinks and live music – the ‘Shed Sessions’. An exhibit ion of participating artists’ work is shown at ‘The Q’ to coincide with the ArtistsTrail weekend. ‘The Q’ Exhibition Space, Queanbeyan Performing Ar ts Centre, Lowe St Queanbeyan. Open Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat 10-3 P: 6285 6290 www.theq.net.au For further information cont act the Cultural Development Officer, Queanbeyan City Council on 6285 6170 or email culturalser email@example.com TThhee ssppeeccttaaccuullaarr NNaattiioonnaall GGaalllleerryy ooff AAuussttrraalliiaa,, iiss aa ggrreeaatt ddaayy oouutt aanndd aa m muusstt ffoorr eevveerryyoonnee.. TThhee hhoom mee ooff AAuussttrraalliiaann aarrtt,, sseeee AAuussttrraalliiaa’’ss hhiissttoorryy oonn ccaannvvaass aanndd tthhee FFrreedd WWiilllliiaam mss eexxhhiibbiittiioonn -- ddeettaaiillss ppaaggee 1100 Next stop qquueeaannbbeeyyaann’’ss bbeesstt kkeepptt sseeccrreett ‘Lil Red’ red stoneware ceramics, steel, mixed media by Chris Harman. TThhee hhiissttoorriicc ggoolldd--m miinniinngg vviillllaaggee ooff MMaajjoorr’’ss CCrreeeekk will come alive with the sounds of music on NNoovveem mbbeerr 1111--1133 when the Braidwood Folk Music Club presents the annual M Muussiicc aatt tthhee CCrreeeekk festival. With several venues dot ted around the recreation ground, including the lovely old hall, tiny stone chapel and various marquees, there’s much to see and do. The old fashioned village atmosphere has attracted increasing numbers of visitors and performers each year since its inception 19 years ago. Again this year the program will be a beauty, with ccoonncceerrttss ggaalloorree!!There are workshops for those who wish to attempt something new – whether it’s learning the finer points of playing an instrument, trying out a new dance step or singing those songs. With ddaannccee eexxhhiibbiittiioonnss aanndd wwoorrkksshhooppss, concerts in a variety of musical styles and a children’s tent with supervised fun activities ,there’s really something f or everyone!A variet y of food stalls cater to all tastes and the bar is a great meeting place to enjoy some wonderful impromptu music sessions. Majors Creek is aann eeaassyy ddaayy ttrriipp from Canberra and the South Coast – why not st op for a cof fee and some shopping in Braidwood and then it’s a hop, step and jump to Music at the Creek! For weekend revellers there is bbaassiicc ccaam mppiinngg available at Majors Creek or hotel and motel accommodation and bed and breakfasts available in and around Braidwood –but you’ll need t o book early. Due t o health and safety regulations absolutely no pets are allowed into the festival area. See wwwwww..m muussiiccaatttthheeccrreeeekk..ccoom m..aauu for ticketing and program details. m muussiicc aatt tthhee ccrreeeekk Join a bellydance workshop; ‘Coolgrass’ a bluegrass band from Melbourne with entertain and don’t miss Celtic band ‘Humbug’ playing in the lovely old st one church plus Morris Dance rs and mo re. Photos: Don Burt 22131262214990