Regional Arts NSW
Skip to content

Easter Weekend | Four Winds Festival

Four Winds Festival – the three-day, fine music festival held in Barragga Bay, near Bermagui in NSW – is on this Easter long weekend.

Since its creation twenty years ago, Four Winds Festival has presented world-class performances, virtuoso musicians, commissioned Australian music and world premieres at its inspirational natural setting. It has also fostered strong community involvement through its ongoing musical programs. At the heart of the Four Winds philosophy is the belief that a culturally engaged community is a healthy and enriched community.

This year, for the first time, the festival will be held at The Windsong Pavilion. This purpose-built indoor recital hall was constructed with $1.6 million dollars from a Regional Development Australia Fund grant, and will allow year-round performances, extending Four Winds from a biannual festival to a full-time cultural hub.

“I can’t yet say how Easter 2014 will be for our audiences and performers, but I know the ingredients are right,” says Artistic Director, Paul Kildea. “This is a festival in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, boasting two top-class venues, an involved and committed community, and some brilliant Australian and international artists.”

The commissioned artist for this year’s festival is Kate Neal, a freelance composer who was born in Cooma and now resides in regional Victoria. She has created an original arrangement of Cole Porter songs for the final performance of the festival on Sunday afternoon.

“I’ve seen the scores of the commissioned pieces and have greatly enjoyed my close work with the Four Winds team to ensure that audiences, composers and performers have a great experience at Easter,” says Paul.

Four Winds Festival was first created by a group of friends and visionaries, who were passionate about classical music. Several of these are still active participants, including Neilma Gantner, her son Carrillo Gantner, many other members of their Myer family, Sheena Boughen, the current Chairperson and others.