Shire ready to ‘go live’ at arts festival

Musica Viva has described them as ‘Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio’ and shire residents can see the Streeton Trio play live as a part of the River of Art’s line up of live acts.

The Streeton Trio will perform in Batehaven, on May 28, and festival chair Sue Barford said they were “just one highlight in a fabulous selection of music, theatre, dance and live performances”.

“In Batemans Bay, young performers, edgy storytellers, and dancers will be taking over the esplanade for Liquid Art,” Ms Barford said.

“We have stand-up comedy with Kirsty Webeck, one of Australia’s hottest new comedians. Kirsty be supported by cross-cultural reporter Polichnya Gregonoviczh – both are performing live.”

Ms Barford said one of the festivals best loved events would feature at Tuross Head on May 20.

“At the Poetry Slam we give participants just 15 minutes to improvise and recite on a topic suggested by the audience,” Ms Barford said. “As usual, the winning poets are decided by ‘clap-o-meter’; that’s audience applause.”

Ms Barford said music lovers could indulge in almost any genre throughout the festival.

As well as the Streeton Trio, classical music enthusiasts could treat themselves to an intimate string concert by the Aurelia Quartet, who would perform glorious chamber music by Haydn and Schumann in the Windsong Pavilion, just south of Bermagui, on May 27.

She said Narooma would become a musical mecca on Saturday, May 27. “There will be bagpipe bands, honky tonk, choirs, singer songwriters, guitarists, drummers, harmonicas, sax, banjos, ukuleles, piano, tap shoes and much more when performers hit the town for the Australian National Busking Championships,” Ms Barford said. “Don’t miss The String Family!”

The live performances began on opening night at the Bodalla Hall on Friday, May 19.

“Music and dancing are guaranteed thanks to performances by the Djaadjawan Dancers, Clive Dorien and Barny Barnbrook,” Ms Barford said.