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Bega Valley Festival of the Face 2018

Saturday 10th November, 2018 - Sunday 25th November, 2018


The Bega Valley Festival of the Face is a community celebration and an initiative of the Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry to coincide with the biennial Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery.

The Festival will run from 10-25 November 2018.

The theme is THE FACE and everything associated with it.
Masks, make up, design, body art, sculpture, costumes, music, multi-media, visual and performing arts. The historical, hysterical, the everyday and fantasy – you have permission to play with the face.
We intend to bring the centre of Bega alive with activity – at the same time the two weeks in November are an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the creative industries, the arts, cultural activities and innovation across the Bega Valley Shire. We are always on the look-out for new artists and artisans, so whether you are an object- based, graphic or performing artist, musician, writer or other creative worker, or if you feel you have something to contribute get in touch with Beverley Atkins – contactus@festivaloftheface.info or visit the website here.

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Where:

Zingel Pl, Bega NSW 2550

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Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

Friday 26th October, 2018 - Saturday 8th December, 2018

JACQUI GRANTFORD Ashley Dawson - Damer. Oil on canvas 80 x 180cm

JACQUI GRANTFORD Ashley Dawson – Damer.
Oil on canvas
80 x 180cm

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award is one of Australia’s most loved and richest realistic portrait prizes.

Hannan was a gifted realistic portraitist and well known in the Bega Valley as a staunch supporter and generous patron of the arts.

Her legacy was carried by her husband Brian Settle, and now by Hannan’s son Peter, who is himself a talented photographer. The purse is $50,000, with an additional $3000 for people’s Choice and $500 Mailroom Prize.

Finalists will be announced by Friday 28 September, 2018.

 

 

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Exhibition

Where:

Council Chambers, Zingel Place, Bega, NSW, 2550

Phone:

(02) 6499 2202

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The Merimbula Classic

Thursday 22nd November, 2018 - Sunday 25th November, 2018

Image: Stan Squire

The Merimbula Classic is a SUP-Kite-Windsurf event like no other.   Its a 4 day celebration of wave sailing, SUP surfing and kite surfing in the wind and waves of The Sapphire Coast.  There’s no heats, no judging tent and certainly no coloured rashies. Just a long weekend of paddling, hanging out and having a good time.

Watch current and past world and Australian champions mix it with the locals on the beach and check out all the latest gear at Ford Oval, which lies just behind the dunes.

2018’s Merimbula Classic will be held over 4 days (Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th November)  This year’s event will be the 38th, making it the longest event of its kind in the world.  Check out all the details by visiting the Merimbula Sailboard Club’s website here

 

 

 

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Where:

Ford Oval, Merimbula.

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Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

Friday 26th October, 2018 - Saturday 8th December, 2018

JACQUI GRANTFORD Ashley Dawson - Damer. Oil on canvas 80 x 180cm

JACQUI GRANTFORD Ashley Dawson – Damer.
Oil on canvas
80 x 180cm

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award is one of Australia’s most loved and richest realistic portrait prizes.

Hannan was a gifted realistic portraitist and well known in the Bega Valley as a staunch supporter and generous patron of the arts.

Her legacy was carried by her husband Brian Settle, and now by Hannan’s son Peter, who is himself a talented photographer. The purse is $50,000, with an additional $3000 for people’s Choice and $500 Mailroom Prize.

Finalists will be announced by Friday 28 September, 2018.

 

 

Type:

Exhibition

Where:

Council Chambers, Zingel Place, Bega, NSW, 2550

Phone:

(02) 6499 2202

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Australian Bowls Championships 2018

Monday 3rd December, 2018 - Thursday 6th December, 2018

The Australian Championships, one of the country’s premier bowling events, will again be held at Club Sapphire, Merimbula this December.  The tournament will run over three days, from December 3rd to 6th and will showcase some fabulous bowls action at this world class venue.

Why not stay on in town for a few days after the event and explore the bowling on offer, here on the Sapphire Coast.   From companionable beachside greens at Tathra to world class covered rinks at Merimbula, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  For a list of our clubs, click here.

Sapphire Coast Restaurants Race Day

Monday 3rd December, 2018

Grab your mates for a fantastic day of racing at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club. Free buses to and from the track, free entry for under 18’s, and loads of quality racing.

For bus times and pick up locations, please see our website www.sapphirecoastturfclub.com.au

Bendigo Bank Boxing Day Races and Pambula Cup

Wednesday 26th December, 2018

raceOur biggest social race day!

Sapphire Coast Turf Club is set on a picturesque 300 acre site on Sapphire Coast Drive at Kalaru, between Merimbula and Bega and Tathra.

Take advantage of the free buses and view the racing action from the large, banked lawn, members reserve or function centre. There’s also refreshments, TAB, local and interstate bookies.

Eleven race meetings are held during the season with jockeys and trainers coming from all over south eastern NSW and East Gippsland to compete.

View or download the bus timetable. Entry $20

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Sport

Where:

1695 Sapphire Coast Dr, Wallagoot NSW 2550

Phone:

02 6494 1899

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Tathra Beach Bowlo Family Race Day

Wednesday 2nd January, 2019

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Sapphire Coast Turf Club is set on a picturesque 300 acre site on Sapphire Coast Drive at Kalaru, between Merimbula and Bega and Tathra.

Enjoy a day out for the whole family at the Tathra Beach Bowlo Family Race Day! Dress in your best Hawaiian gear for a Hawaiian themed fashions on the field and a complimentary corona (for those over 18) or a complimentary soft drink for those that join in on the dress up fun. There will be a free jumping castle for the kids, free entry for those under 18, free entertainment, prizes and much more!

View the racing action from the large, banked lawn, members reserve or function centre. There’s also refreshments, TAB, local or interstate bookies.

Eleven race meetings are held during the season with jockeys and trainers coming from all over Southern NSW and East Gippsland to compete.

Free buses to and from the track, with pick ups in Eden, Pambula, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Tathra and Bega. See our website for pick up times and locations.

www.sapphirecoastturfclub.com.au

 

Tathra Wharf to Waves

Saturday 19th January, 2019 - Sunday 20th January, 2019

Getting ready for swim

Each year over 400 people jump into the crystal blue waters from the historic Tathra Wharf and swim to the beach to celebrate Wharf to Waves.

The swim claims centre stage of a weekend of fun and fitness in Tathra, which includes a 2km Beach Fun Run and a Bega to the Beach 30km Mountain Bike Ride.

The weekend culminates with volunteers, competitors, sponsors and friends sitting back on the deck while taking in the stunning vista of Tathra Beach.

There will be lots of rides and games to keep the children amused too!

Blue Water Classic

Saturday 26th January, 2019 - Monday 28th January, 2019

Marlin catch_157aHead to the NSW Sapphire Coast for the annual Bermagui Blue Water Classic game fishing tournament over the long weekend in January. A NSW Game Fishing Sanctioned Tournament, competitors who sign up for the tournament will also be chasing other fish such as shark, kingfish and tuna, in the waters north or south of Bermagui.

With a number of tournament trophies and prizes on offer, there really is something for everyone. The prize list is extensive with various categories in the tag and release sections as well as the capture. Prize categories include marlin, other game fish such as yellow fin tuna and shark, junior and lady angler categories, most meritorious, as well as a small fry section and a lucky angler prize.

“There’s more than $40,000 in prizes on offer” says Scott Bradley, who as owner of Bermagui Fish and Tackle is a major sponsor of the event, as well as president of the town’s Chamber of Commerce. “Everyone is welcome to enter, from adults to juniors (aged 11-16 years) and what we call ‘small fry’, which is kids under the age of 11. As long as you have a saltwater fishing licence and are prepared to obey the rules on bag limit and size restrictions, you can try your luck.”

Type:

Sport

Where:

Bermagui Harbour, Bermagui NSW

Phone:

02 6493 5051

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Bega Cup Race Carnival Weekend

Saturday 2nd February, 2019 - Sunday 3rd February, 2019

Bega Cup Weekend is a full weekend of racing action at Sapphire Coast Turf Club with free buses to and from the track each day.

Bega Cup Carnival Day 1, 2nd February 2019, is Superhero Saturday with free jumping castle all day, free entry for under 18’s, Superhero Fashions on the Field and heaps of prizes.

Bega Cup Carnival, Day 2 Sunday 3rd February 2019 will be a huge day of racing with quality horses and trainers from the local area and interstate. Don’t miss our biggest Fashions on the Field competition of the year with spectacular prizes. For the kid’s we will have a free jumping castle, games and prizes.

Take advantage of the free buses and view the racing action from the large, banked lawn, members reserve or function centre. There’s also refreshments, TAB, local or interstate bookies.

 

 

Cobargo Show

Saturday 9th February, 2019 - Sunday 10th February, 2019

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Cobargo Show is a traditional country show with exhibitors in Beef Cattle, Holstein and Jersey Cattle, Poultry, Hack, Heavy Horse, Show Jumping and a variety of exhibitors in our pavilion including spectacular jams, cakes, quilts, art work, handcrafted objects, flowers, children’s craft work, photography, agricultural produce and a wide variety of fruit and vegetables.

The show is run over 2 days, opening daily at 8.30am and is held at the Cobargo Show Ground at the corner of Avernus Street and Cobargo-Bermagui Road, Cobargo. There are camp facilities, public toilets and showers available.

 

Type:

Exhibition, Festival

Where:

Cobargo Showgrounds, Cobargo Bermagui Road, Cobargo, NSW

Phone:

0407 105 767

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Bega Show

Friday 15th February, 2019 - Sunday 17th February, 2019

Our biggest show – held over 3 days!

Entertainment is outstanding with Street Theatre (daily), demolition derby (Sunday), fireworks (Friday) and so much more.

Get filthy while you have fun in the Thornleigh & Mudd Monsters Obstacle Park! There are three sessions daily.

In the show ring see our best beasts, hacks and trotters and on the grounds you can see street theatre, a pet show, oyster shucking, shearing, wood chop and much more. There are also rides for the kids, show bags and market stalls.

The Bega Agricultural, Pastoral & Horticultural Society has been serving the community since 1871.

Camping is available, please see the website.

 

Type:

Exhibition, Festival, Sport

Where:

Bega Showgrounds, Upper Street, Bega NSW

Phone:

0427 921 452

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Cobargo Folk Festival

Friday 1st March, 2019 - Sunday 3rd March, 2019

Image by Ben Marden.

Image by Ben Marden.

The three day event is widely described as the best little folk festival in the country. Over 200 performers and thousands of fans from all over Australia converge on the picturesque village of Cobargo to celebrate and share a love of music & performance.

Camping and amenities are provided for ticket holders and kids are well catered for with a range of musical activities, stories and craft.

 

 

 

Type:

Festival

Where:

Cobargo Showgrounds, Cobargo Bermagui Road, Cobargo NSW

Phone:

02 6493 6758

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Eden Amateur Fishing Competition

Saturday 2nd March, 2019 - Saturday 9th March, 2019

Eden Fishing Competition

An annual week-long Eden fishing competition that has been running for over 40 years! In 2018 the prize pool was a whopping $45,000, including a brand new trailer boat as a lucky door prize.

There are four categories – open, ladies, boys and girls – for both marine and estuarine species.

Enter on any day throughout the competition and come and try your luck!

Eden Amateur Fishing Competition 2019

Saturday 2nd March, 2019 - Saturday 9th March, 2019

 

Running annually since 1979, the Eden Amateur Fishing Club Inc. is proud to host the 2019 Eden Fishing Competition.  Keen fisherman from all across Australia travel to the area to fish this great comp and in 2019 there will be $40,000 in prizes and draws.  The competition in 2019 will run from March 2nd to March 9th.

Entries can be made before or on any day of the competition at the Eden Amateur Fishing clubhouse, Quarantine Bay between 7am and 7pm.

Fish may be weighed in 3 hours after entering the competition. In the event of an equal weight fish, the first recorded fish will win the prize. Heaviest of each species listed, uncleaned, to be awarded the winning prize.

There will be a free BBQ supplied prior to the presentations.

The competition is divided into 4 sections

OPEN – anyone may enter- entry fee $40. Major prize is a boat, trailer and motor package. 24 species are targeted with the top weight for each species receiving a $400 prize.

LADIES – only ladies may enter – entry fee $20. 16 species are targeted with the top weight in each species receiving a prize of $200.

BOYS and GIRLS SECTIONS – for children under 16 years of age – entry fee $5. 15 species targeted. All winners receive a trophy and a $50 voucher to be spent at Eden Outdoors and Marine.

 

Where:

Quarantine Bay, Eden

Phone:

6496 341

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Merimbula Cup Race Day

Friday 8th March, 2019

Sapphire Coast Turf Club3Sapphire Coast Turf Club is set on a picturesque 300 acre site on Sapphire Coast Drive at Kalaru, between Merimbula and Bega and Tathra.

Take advantage of the free buses and view the racing action from the large, banked lawn, members reserve or function centre. There’s also refreshments, TAB, local and interstate bookies.

Ten race meetings are held during the season with jockeys and trainers coming from all over south eastern NSW and East Gippsland to compete.

Please see the website for bus timetables. Entry $15

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Sculpture Bermagui

Friday 8th March, 2019 - Sunday 17th March, 2019

‘Influence’ by Jen Mallinson

 

Stroll among outdoor sculptures on Dickinson Point headland and foreshore, join conversations with artists and public torchlight tours, against a backdrop of music, fire spectacles and Bermagui’s spectacular coastline.

The indoor works are curated in the nearby Community Centre to enable their appreciation out of the elements. with Gulaga Mountain and Horseshoe Bay as the backdrop.

 

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Exhibition

Where:

Bermagui

Phone:

0466 013 153

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EAT Merimbula

Sunday 10th March, 2019

In the hands of Matt Crossley of Wild Rye’s Baking Co, Pambula’s famous Rock Oysters become the hero ingredient in a tasty new pie featured at Eat Merimbula 2018

EAT Merimbula is a premium foodie providore event held at Fishpen, overlooking the picturesque Merimbula Lake.

March 10, 2019

10am – 2pm Fishpen

EAT Merimbula is a premium foodie providore event held on the foreshore of Fishpen Merimbula, overlooking pristine waters and working oyster leases.

The event features local chefs and restaurateurs gathering in a market style setting to create bespoke dishes featuring local produce. The dishes are presented in entrée sizes and prices capped at $8 per dish.

In 2018, local offerings included tempters like steamed pork boa buns, a Balmain Bug Brioche, slow cooked brisket, craft beer, oyster harvested only metres away, Eden Mussel pies, local stone fruit crepes, 12 hr fermented artisan donuts and much much more…

The event will enter it’s seventh year in 2019, with growing demand from visitors seeing more and more vendors participating each year. A road closure will be in place this year providing a refreshed layout and more elbow-room for guests.

The event is free to enter.

Download 2018 map and menu here.

Follow us on Facebook and watch our videos here. #eatmerimbula

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Where:

Fishpen, Merimbula NSW

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Four Winds Easter Festival

Thursday 18th April, 2019 - Sunday 21st April, 2019

Four Winds Festival: Nature's Concert Hall, Murrah.

Four Winds Festival: Nature’s Concert Hall, Murrah.

At the beginning of the 1990s, a group of friends who shared interests in fine music and the wonderful local scenery around Bermagui were brought together by the idea of arranging concerts in the open air.

Set in a unique environment at Barragga Bay on the majestic south coast of NSW, the Four Winds Festival brings world-class musicians, performers and audiences together in purpose built state-of-the-art facilities in an exceptional location amongst the majesty of nature.

At the heart of the Four Winds Festival are two full days of music presented on the venue’s main stage, its iconic 2,000-person capacity Sound Shell amphitheatre. Unique within Australia, this state-of-the art facility, conceived by architect Philip Cox, is surrounded by nature, amidst 30 acres of carefully maintained natural bushland.

Over the Festival’s four days, a series of more intimate concerts will also take place at Four Winds’ Windsong Pavilion, a stunning purpose-built 200-seat indoor performance space, designed by architect Clinton Murray, which has been described as having one of the finest acoustics in Australia.  Free community performances, music installations to be discovered around the Four Winds site, and a special program for aspiring young musicians, all ensure a diverse range of opportunities for the entire community to engage with the Festival’s artists and their music.

More information will be announced soon on their website.

 

Type:

Exhibition

Where:

Four Winds Road, Barragga Bay NSW 2546.

Phone:

02 6493 3414

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Candelo Village Festival

Friday 26th April, 2019 - Sunday 28th April, 2019

Candelo Village Festival celebrates art, culture and music.

Candelo Village Festival celebrates art, culture and music.

The Candelo Village Festival is a biennial celebration of the village culture and the Arts in Candelo.

In 2017 the festival took a new shape with considerable changes to the format of the years gone by.

Music, Theatre, Local Forums and Literary events will be held in the town hall over the entire weekend of 26-28 April.

The Community Hall will play its role as a vibrant cultural hub and be the primary venue for the festival audience this year.

Fine food will be available throughout the park and village all weekend.

Camping will be available onsite this year and proceeds will go to supporting and maintaining the community park.

Plenty more announcements through March and April so be sure to stay posted on the website.

 

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Dance, Festival, Music

Where:

Candelo, NSW

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Malibu Surfing Competition

Saturday 4th May, 2019

Malibu Surfing CompetitionThe Malibu Surfing Competition is an annual surfing event held in Merimbula. It is a one-day Malibu surf spectacular with surfers surfing through a virtual gauntlet to reach the finals and great honours.

The Malibu event is an open, double elimination event with trophies and prizes for the six finalists and for each of the categories of women’s, juniors, local, men’s, masters, veterans, legends and of course the dead set-legends!

For more information visit the website.

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Merimbula

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Merimbula Jazz Festival 2019

Friday 7th June, 2019 - Monday 10th June, 2019

Merimbula Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers adore this seaside festival, celebrating music across 3 days with hundreds of musicians and performers and in 2019 it will see in it’s 39th year!!

The festival was born in 1980, during an impromptu Sunday afternoon gig at Merimbula’s Fishpen, the next year it began in earnest and now includes all styles of jazz from traditional, ragtime, big bands, swing, mainstream, modern and funk.

Features of the weekend are the Jazz Street Parade and Concert, Saturday night Jazz Quest and the late night jam session which has the town rocking until well into the wee hours.  This year the ‘Jazz Hatters’ free concert will be held on Monday 10th June with the venue to be confirmed closer to the time.

 

Type:

Music

Where:

Merimbula

Phone:

0419 445 011

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