The Border Watch : May 22nd 2014
12 NEWS EXTRA Singers return to festival roots TRADITION will continue for the Southern Heritage Singers as the group produces two performances for the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival. Musical director Pamela Walker OAM holds the festival close to her heart, having been asked to form a choir for the inaugural event, and is excited with the program the Southern Heritage Singers has assembled over Saturday and Sunday. The first of the two events will be a 21st anniversary gala concert held at Rymill Hall from 7pm on Saturday for a 7.30pm start. Featuring a vast array of return artists and current students for the first act, the concert will offer a variety of musical stylings before the second half highlight of Les Miserables. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au COLOURFUL FESTIVAL: Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival committee member Fleur Roachock said the event catered for all ages and tastes. The 2013 instalment left a lasting impression on Penola High School after a visiting artist completed two murals at the site. Art talent flocks to region Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival showcases creativity HIGH CALIBRE: Opera Australia soprano Teresa La Rocca will be a special guest at the Southern Heritage Singers 21st anniversary gala concert on Saturday night. Among the cast is renowned soprano and Opera Australia star Teresa La Rocca, who will fill the role of Fantine in the second act. “We think we have picked out a fantastic program,” Ms Walker said. “I’ve always had a special spot for the festival because, like Southern Heritage Singers, it all started in a small way. “It’s been a joy to be involved every year since then.” Sunday’s 21st anniversary presentation at St Joseph’s Church will feature a tribute to John Shaw Neilson, Adam Lindsay Gordon, Will Ogilvie and Banjo Paterson with their poetry set to music. Ms Walker said popular demand also paved the way for the return of When Irish Eyes are Smiling meets Scotland the Brave. Guest stars will include piper Donald Patterson, drummer Anthony Munro, Ardlair School of Dancing principal Lisa Barker and the Penola and District Caledonian Pipe Band. The event will begin at 3pm. Tickets for both events can be purchased from the Penola Coonawarra Visitor Information Centre on 8737 2855 or at the door. From page 9 “It’s part of a jam-packed kids program and will be great for families,” she said. In a coup for organisers, the Adelaide Festival Caberet Roadshow will also perform a pop-up show on Saturday at Heywards Hotel at 1pm. “We are thrilled that these three world-class performers will be showcasing a teaser of their full show,” Ms Moorhouse said. Meanwhile Penola and District Business and Tourism Association (PDBATA) president Deb Redman said the festival had flow-on effects for local business. “It’s usually difficult to get accommodation around this time and we have people that visit from neighbouring towns and spend the day in Penola,” Ms Redman said. “It’s great for the town.” Ms Redman said PDBATA contacted the festival committee expressing a desire to become more involved in the annual event. “We appreciate all the work the committee does for this event,” she said. “We wrote to them asking how we could be involved because it is good for our businesses, so we wanted to return the favour.” This year the association is involved with the design prize, Dawn Chorus performance and the running of a postcard competition at Brands. The festival begins tonight with the official opening and the announcement of the 2014 John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize at Penola High School from 5pm. A local art, youth art and festival design prize will also be awarded. Interactive ‘zoo’ delivers environmental message CREATURES of all shapes and sizes will call Penola Memorial Park home this weekend as Evelyn Roth’s Nylon Zoo visits the region. Having appeared countless times at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Nylon Zoo is a choreographed participatory event which involves audiences becoming the performers. The inflatable story-telling theatre is the creation of Roth - a self-taught international award winning community artist who specialises in environmentally sensitive events and art gallery exhibits. Roth’s knitting and crochet skills came to be used to recycle natural fibres and video tape, resulting in the publishing of the Evelyn Roth Recycling Book by Talon Books. Motivation from festival events led Roth to construct a series of animal, insect and vegetable costumes for instant parades titled Nylon Zoo. Appearing for the first time at the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival, all artists and interested public are welcome to have a behind the scenes look at Roth’s art pieces and the Nylon Zoo concept. CREATIVE CREATURES: Penola Memorial Park will come alive this weekend as Evelyn Roth’s Nylon Zoo visits as part of the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival. 12 - The Border Watch, Thursday, May 22, 2014 The Nylon Zoo will operate in half hour segments on Saturday from noon to 2pm and Sunday from 10am to noon. Tickets are $4 and the event is open to all ages. Bookings can be made at the Penola Coonawarra Visitor Information Centre on 8737 2855.
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