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Feast of writers for Literary Festival

Best short story: winner of last year’s Bert Van Bedaf Award was Carmel Lillis, pictured with Rowena Ashley from Coal Creek.

COAL Creek will again be holding its annual Literary Festival this year. This year’s festival has engaged an exciting range of guest speakers to take you through a literary journey on the day. Experienced Age journalist Julie Szego has written a fascinating story about what can happen in our justice system when indisputable DNA evidence […]

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Tamika’s dreams take flight

Family first: Tamika Ball (left) made it into her dream industry with the help of her sister Rhiarna the whole way.

MIDDLE Tarwin’s Tamika Ball left for a life changing journey to China recently. She is a professional acrobat on her way to perform with the Wanda Dragone Company on a three year contract. Tamika said her family helped her achieve her dreams. “As kids my parents let us (her and sister Rhiarna) experience everything,” she […]

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Featured | Read More »

Golden moment at biggest eisteddfod

Winners: from left back winners at the Great Southern Star eisteddfod last week Jackson Patterson, Tilly Thorpe, Claudia and Morgan Bolam, middle Lauren Dodge, Morgan Mitchellson, Mariah Lawrence, front Lara Bolger and Brodie Tallon. Photo courtesy of SJP Studios Leongatha.

DANCERS at the fifth annual Great Southern Star Eisteddfod were thrilled when Commonwealth Gold medallist Eleanor Patterson attended the biggest ever event to see her cousin Jackson Patterson perform. The pride of Leongatha and indeed the nation Eleanor, freshly home from her gold winning leap in Glasgow shared her success with the very excited local […]

August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Featured | Read More »

Play time in Foster

Back then: award winners at FAMDA’s 2013 One Act Play Festival, from left, Sean Hand, Brett Hyland, Imogen Martin, John Jennings and Genya Mik (Pop Culture Theatre); Jeanette Dunn, Meg Dunn and Peter Noble (Nuworks Theatre); Alison Drury (manager Foster Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank); Tom Blackburn and Fiona Carter (ARK Theatre); Michael Mace (Adelphi Players); and Edwin Coad (FAMDA president).

A ONE act play festival provides its participants with a friendly competition and its audience with a huge variety of entertainment with comedies and dramas, realistic plays and fantasy. It is a great opportunity for our community to experience theatre by viewing a huge variety of plays close to home and without spending a fortune. […]

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Artist inspired by South Gippsland

Work of art: Adrian Johnson points out his painting Dunes in the Bunurong.

WONTHAGGI artist Adrian Johnson has an incredible talent for capturing South Gippsland’s beautiful landscapes. He began his painting career in the early ’80s by joining the Wonthaggi Art Group. His pieces can now be viewed in the Wonthaggi Artspace Gallery. He was self taught and developed his own representational and traditional style. As his passion […]

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Bands count down to battle

Event management: from left, Stephen Loftus and Rebecca Dowthwaite are part of the youth committee which has worked hard to stage this year’s Battle of the Bands.

THE Battle of the Bands, a big night of non-stop music, is hotting up. Four local bands will do battle in the South Gippsland heat on Saturday, August 9 at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha. One of the three judges is John Rhys who was the bass guitarist for the iconic Australian band Men at […]

August 5th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Enjoy Lyric in comfort

Goal reached: a happy moment for Lyric Theatre vice president Ross Garner as he hands over the cheque from Lyric Theatre to a Camatic representative, finalising the purchase of the new seats.

LEONGATHA Lyric Theatre is proud to announce it has new luxurious seats on order in preparation for its next big musical, Blood Brothers in September. Mesley Hall has long needed up-graded seats and Lyric Theatre has stepped up and ordered top of the range seating to provide local theatre-goers with a more comfortable experience. The […]

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Prom Coast Singers reborn

Lead role: Fiona Watts is the new musical director of Prom Coast Singers.

THE Foster based choir known as the Prom Coast Singers was born in 1998 with Paddy Broberg as the musical director. The group functioned continually for the next 10 years and intermittently in more recent times. The group hosted a major choral festival, Sing South Gippsland!, in 2011 and reuniting to sing as part of […]

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Stories drive Jessica’s film dreams

Creative mind: former local Jessica Marshall is currently studying a Master of Fine Art, Writing for Performance at NIDA in Sydney.

AFTER several attempts at choosing a career, former South Gippsland Secondary College student Jessica Marshall seems to have found her niche. Jessica is currently completing a Master of Fine Art, Writing for Performance at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. Jessica said her journey to NIDA was quite a convoluted one. “After […]

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Featured | Read More »

Don’t miss the Bugsy magic

FAMDA’S production Bugsy Malone opened at Foster at the weekend, and the all youth cast created a gangster spoof with humour and action. 
Lead actors Leuca Maclean as Bugsy Malone (front) and Taliya Barker as his girlfriend Blousey Brown appeared with, from left, Faith Gardiner (as Bronx Charlie), Isla Hayward-Bannister (Laughing Boy), Kadison Duff (Shoulders), George Nicoll (Yonkers) and Kaatje Smolders (Doodle).

By Avril Van Wamel FAMDA’s latest very ambitious production Bugsy Malone is the result of four months of rehearsals, lots of enthusiasm from 47 children from all points of the South Gippsland compass and the dedication of many committed adults. From the moment the show starts, audience members know they are in for a couple […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Featured | Read More »

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