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Why culture buffs should head to the epic Four Winds Festival this Easter

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Culture buffs, are you missing festivals? We have the perfect COVID-safe option.

Picture an amphitheatre of green—an open-air concert venue sculpted from nature herself, surrounded by spotted gums and the pristine beauty of the South Coast. Before you, some of Australia’s most revered musicians take to the stage as you relax with a local gin in hand.

No, this isn’t a fever dream stemming from lack of exposure to live music—this is what you can expect at Bermagui’s Four Winds Festival this Easter.

Taking place across three days from 2-4 April, Four Winds Festival offers a coastal escape like no other, with live music, dance and theatre performances in Four Winds’ unique ‘Sound Shell’ natural amphitheatre with local food and wine in an inclusive family-friendly atmosphere.

Now in its 21st year, Four Winds Festival has something for everyone—here’s why.

It’s the cultural getaway you’ve been craving

Starved for culture after a quiet 2020? Four Winds delivers live performance in spades. Director of Four Winds Festival Lindy Hume AM has programmed more highlights to the 2021 festival program than you can poke a conductor’s baton at.

Lindy Hume AM. Credit: Lisa Herbert.

“Yuin cultures, voices and languages will Welcome us to Country and resonate throughout the program. South Coast artists and musicians will feature, and the first day, Friday, is totally free,” she says.

“Some of Australia’s finest musicians such as the Goldner Quartet, soprano Taryn Fiebig, the Baroque specialists Muffat Collective, pianist Stefan Cassomenos and others will be joined for the first time by their peers in contemporary dance and theatre. Think Sydney Dance Company and William Zappa’s The Iliad Out Loud.”

 

Sydney Dance Company’s CINCO. Credit: Chloe Leong.

She adds that there will also be some real surprises for the audience.

“Audiences will also experience contemporary and popular music with Lior, The New Graces, and Lou Bennett, and there will be moments for other genres including film-making and poetry/spoken word. All in I what I believe is truly one of the most beautiful performance sites on the planet.”

Djaadjawaan Dancers. Credit: Raine Brown Photography.

Pair that with a picnic-style atmosphere where you can spread across the grass on a blanket, eating a packed picnic or some delicious lunch purchased on-site while enjoying some oysters and gin and you have culture buff heaven.

View the full program here.

Lior.

There’s so much more on offer than just music in Bermagui

Got a partner or family member who isn’t too into live music, dance and theatre? There are plenty of ways to entertain yourself—or just wind down and relax—across Easter weekend in Bermagui.

Nestled on a lush stretch of the South Coast just 30 minutes’ drive south of Narooma and 3.5 hours from Canberra, Bermagui offers some of the South Coast’s most gorgeous swimming spots (have you seen the Blue Pool and Horseshoe Bay?) as well as a thriving township to explore.

Discover vintage and retro treasures at Strangers in Paradise, shop uber cool surf and beachwear at Boho Republic, local art and jewellery at Esther Jane and find luxe and unique homewares at Mermaids of Bermagui.

You’ll find amazing coffee at Mr Hope, famous bread and pastries at Honorbread, even more famous gelato at the Bermagui Gelato Clinic, great fish and chips at the fresher-than-fresh Bermagui Fisherman’s Wharf and amazing vegetarian fare at the very hip Boneless.

To get that proper holiday feeling, take a drive to nearby Mimosa Rocks National Park for a dip at pristine Bithry Inlet, paddleboard on the Bermagui River or roll out your towel on one of the many nearby beaches. Bermagui is your oyster (oh, and the oysters are really good too).

The Four Winds experience is as flexible as it is inclusive

Flexibility is key when it comes to a relaxing getaway.

Want to attend for Four Winds Festival for one day only? You can! Single daytime tickets can be purchased, as well as ‘All In One’ three-day festival tickets. Also, for the first time ever, Friday’s program is completely free! Tickets can be purchased here with registrations required for free events.

The Sound Shell. Credit: David Rogers.

For those with limited mobility, there is priority car parking on-site and the Windsong Pavilion is fully accessible and fitted with a hearing loop, with wheelchair users invited to use the dedicated seating area in front of the Sound Shell stage.

There’s also the flexibility to support local vendors and producers by buying their food and drink on-site or bringing your own picnic to enjoy on the day. Alcohol cannot be brought onto the premises, but you can purchase drinks at the Four Winds bar. There are even provisions for wet weather, with alternative venues arranged should the weather turn.

Picnic atmosphere at Four Winds. Credit: Ben Marden Photography.

Don’t want to drive? The free Four Winds shuttle bus runs all weekend from Bermagui to Four Winds’ Barragga Bay site (a 10-minute drive). See the website for more information closer to the festival.

And the best part of this all? The outdoor, grassed seating area means that you can practice social distancing with ease, making Four Winds an easy choice for all of us with COVID-safety on the brain. You can read Four Winds’ detailed COVID-safety plan here.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Four Winds Festival 2021
When: 2-4 April 2021
Where: Four Winds Road, Barragga Bay (near Bermagui) NSW (3.5-hour drive from Canberra)
Tickets and more information: fourwinds.com.au

Feature image: Robert Tacheci

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