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After the recent hardship and uncertainty, the Cementa22 festival comes. Cementa welcomes you to join over 40 artists for four days and four nights of contemporary art and culture spread across the post-industrial town of Kandos.
This year the festival offers a raft of works that quietly take part in the intimate life of Kandos, inviting audiences to participate in the craft culture that is endemic to the country town, and listen to the stories that locals usually only tell to each other.
You can expect all the old favourites of the festival: the Welcome to Country at the NE Wiradjuri Centre, the Cementa Salon opening, the performance Night featuring The Shammgods.
The festival will close on its final day with Whinangarra Gamarra (Listen, Hear Think Awaken), a First Nations communal ceremony, re-awakening the site's ancient Songlines, whose connections to surrounding Aboriginal Nations have been disrupted by colonisation.
- When: May 19-22 from 9am to 6pm
- Where: Various locations across Kandos
- Cost: Varied
- Contact: 6373 3856 or email@example.com
- Additional info: cementa.com.au
Mudgee Farmers' Market and Farm Walks
The monthly Mudgee Farmers' Market will return to Robertson Park this Saturday, May 21 from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Following the markets, the Mudgee Farm Walks will take place on Sunday, offering attendees a guided tour around local farms. To see which farms you can visit and all additional information, head to https://mudgeefinefoods.com.au/farm-tours/.
Starring Gaye MacFarlane and Greg Crease, Sassy Sondheim takes us through the life, loves and psyche of the famous Broadway lyricist and composer, Stephen Sondheim.
His famous songs range from the poignant Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music to the very funny The Ladies who Lunch from Company.
It will be a laugh and cry kind of show performed by Gaye MacFarlane who has starred in musicals across Europe and Australia.
Gaye MacFarlane's previous show Stay a While with Weill was nominated for a Best Cabaret Award (Sydney Theatre Awards) last year and was enthusiastically enjoyed by a large audience in Gulgong.
Voices in the House is a series of four concerts held at Prince of Wales Opera House, Gulgong. May 22 at 4pm (1 hour), Prince of Wales Opera House, Gulgong, $30 online through TryBooking.com/BYFWC or $35 at the door (cash only).
Mudgee CWA open day and history book launch
The Mudgee CWA will celebrate its 100th year anniversary on Monday May 23, 2022. There will be an open day at the Mudgee CWA room at 48 Market Street Mudgee from 10am to 2pm with displays, scones with jam and cream, cakes, sandwiches and tea/coffee. At 11am, there will also be a book launch for the anniversary - 'Mudgee CWA Branch - Celebrating 100 years'. Books will be $25 each. All money raised goes to the Mudgee CWA and will be donated back into the community. Books will also be on sale from the Mudgee Newsagent, Mudgee Book Nest and Mudgee Museum after May 23.
Mudgee Arts Precinct displays
Two new all-local exhibitions are up for viewing at the Mudgee Arts Precinct.
Michael Bourke: A Brief History of Mudgee and Pamela Welsh: The Princess and the Piano will be on display until June 26.
Michael Bourke is a talented artist and educator whose work investigates the local landscape through the lens of a true larrikin. The painterly landscapes, which often pay homage to great Australian artists, reimagine the history of Mudgee and the Mid-Western Region, poking fun at the establishment through his playful eye and sharp wit.
Landmarks such as the Regent Theatre, the Prince of Wales Opera House (Gulgong), the township formerly known as Cudgegong, and local celebrities, such as Ken Sutcliffe have all been celebrated by Michael's keen sense of the ridiculous.
Mudgee artist, Pamela Welsh will present her series of beautifully detailed sculptures based around the extraordinary life of Princess Alexandra of Bavaria, who was convinced she had swallowed a glass grand piano as a child.
Pamela's intricately detailed sculptures portray a series of princesses who suffer from this rare psychological condition known as 'glass delusion'. The exhibition invites viewers to explore their transcendental worlds which capture the hypnagogic state between wakefulness and sleep or the dichotomy of reality and fantasy.
Mudgee Arts Precinct is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Entry is free.
Mudgee Markets Calendar
- June 5
- May 21
- June 18
People Leadership Series
Business Mudgee and Pearl Daly-Swords of the Centre for Executive Development (CED) will host a People Leadership series.
The two hour workshop will focus on mindset, tools, skillset and business topics.
- Event dates: May 4, May 18 from 12pm to 2pm
- Cost: $250 each course
- Tickets: 123tix.com.au
Mudgee CWA Day Branch meeting dates
Held in the CWA rooms from 11am at 48 Market Street each first Friday of the month, the Mudgee CWA Day Branch host their meetings.
- May 6
- June 3
- July 1
- August 5
- September 2
- October 7
- November 4
- December 2
Visitors and new members are always welcome.
For more information, contact Genevieve on 0411 574 611.
Henry Lawson Heritage Festival Markets
The Henry Lawson Heritage Festival Markets will take place on the June long weekend.
Additional details will be released closer to the event.
Guided kayak tours
Are you looking to get out in nature?
Southern Cross Kayaking offer a two and a half hour tour through Wollemi National Park that gives attendees an up close and personal look at the landscape while learning about the area's cultural history and environmental significance.
With no experience necessary, the activity is available for people aged 12 years and over. Equipment is included as part of the cost.
- When: Twilight Tours - Friday evenings, every weekend from 9am to 11:30am
- Where: Wollemi National Park
- Cost: $70
- Tickets: Click here
- Contact: 0439 936 480
Mudgee Anglican Church
With the state's COVID vaccination levels having reached 80 per cent, worshipping can return at Mudgee Anglican Church.
- St John's Mudgee - 10am
- St John's Mudgee - 9am (Note change of time)
- St Luke's Gulgong - 9am
- St Laurence's Kandos - 9am
- St James' Rylstone - 10.30am
Arvo Church is new modern service held at St John's Anglican Church, Mudgee each Sunday at 3pm.
Bible Talks are uploaded weekly to YouTube and can be searched under "Arvo Church Mudgee". They are also available by podcast by the same search name.
A warm welcome is extended to the community to come and join the service which is accessed by going to the website: cudgegongvalleyanglican.church or by phoning 02 6372 1126.
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