Top picks for the Seechange Festival Jervis Bay, 1 - 10 June 2019

June 2, 2019 / By Claire Atteia

Spanning a whopping 10 days, the SeeChange festival is one for those of us who seek to engage, entertain and enrich the heart and mind. Featuring a mix of free and ticketed creative and performing arts events, this festival is a great reason to head to the beautiful Jervis Bay region. Yes, that place, that has the world famous white-sand beaches and clear crystal waters. 

 Most of the festival will be held in Huskisson and Vincentia, but there’s a number of events and exhibitions held in private homes and public venues in and around the wider Jervis Bay and St George’s Basin area. If you’re lucky to be in town over the festival, be sure to check out one of the many bay and ocean beaches, where you’ll spot the resident dolphins at play, and perhaps humpback and southern right whales on their annual migration! You can view the full SeeChange festival program online, but here’s my pick of events that can’t be missed:

SeeFood@SeeChange - Saturday 1 June, 5.30–10pm 

This much-loved feasting and tasting event is held on opening night of the SeeChange festival, promoting the wonderful food of the Shoalhaven area, and showing why the region is such a great food destination all year round. 

Jervis Bay Underwater - Saturday 1 to Monday 10 June

This fascinating photographic collection highlights the beauty and variety of the marine life in Jervis Bay. Taken from 10–25 metre depths, the collection showcases the small, colourful and unusual marine life that live below us. 

Alcohol Ink Workshop - Sunday 2 and 9 June, 9am – 12pm 

Learn the unique and specialist skills of working with alcohol inks in all the colours of the rainbow with artist Alecia from AleKat Colour. During this three hour workshop, you’ll watch and learn and also get to create your own artworks using this rich and expressive medium. Step back in time and spend a few hours in one of the historic classrooms at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum. Morning tea is included, and Alecia will frame one of your artworks so you can feel like a real artist for the day! 

The Brewer’s Plate  - Sunday 2 June, 1–4pm (image above)

Grab a mate, get your appetite ready and head to The Huskisson Hotel for a five course communal feast paired with beers from Stoic Brewing, Jervis Bay Brewing Co. and Cupitt Craft Brewers. Guaranteed good times. 

Hearchange Music Day Out - Sunday 2 June, 2–8pm 

For a mix of New Orleans and old Chicago in the Shoalhaven, come along to a fun day of live music from local and regional musicians. A great line up has been assembled and you’ll hear bands bring out some real musical treasures, from your favourite blues standards from yesteryear to Spanish classical and acoustic guitar. Limited tickets available, so get a group together and book your tickets today.

Cultural sharing - Wednesday 5 June, 5–7pm 

Listen, and talk with, artists, makers and performers in this evening of cultural sharing. They’ll be sharing their stories, music and food. What a wonderful chance to hear someone else speak about their experiences. 

Drum Circle and Campfire at Paperback - Thursday 6 June, 6–9pm (image above)

Rug up with your nearest and dearest for a night under the stars. Be warmed with hot hearty soup and a mulled wine before joining your fellow drummers in a 75 minute workshop lead by locals Jamie Bedson and Tracy Myers. Book now and don’t miss a beautiful night amongst the towering gum trees. 

Drawn from the Sea - Saturday 8 June, 9am–3.30pm 

What is your concept of ‘haven’? Does it come from the sea? Award-winning artist, Linda Dening, thinks so. Join her for a one-day workshop that combines drawing, printing and mixed media based on a subject from the sea. For those of us that enjoy creating art and thinking about composition, you’ll spend time with Linda observing, drawing and printing your own layered, coloured and mixed-media work. 

A fine afternoon’s poetry and satire - Sunday 9 June, 1–5pm 

Held in a hill-top, stone house in Tomerong, with views of Jervis Bay, you’ll be treated to an afternoon of live poems and songs. Poet and comedian Tug Dumbly, will be reading poems from his just released book, and will be joined by other fine local poets, for an afternoon of stimulating and clever conversation.

Top image Mind Walks with Elyssa Sykes Smyth & Nigel Christensen

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