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Opera Queensland is calling for the community to get involved in an upcoming workshop weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 30 April and 1 May at Tumbulgum Hall as part of Arts Northern Rivers If These Halls Could Talk project.

The performing arts company has been commissioned by Arts Northern Rivers to develop an event that celebrates stories of Tumbulgum Hall and the surrounding community.

OperaQ Artistic Director, Lindy Hume, together with the two Creative Directors on the project, Jason Barry-Smith and Rod Ainsworth, will be at the hall to speak with the community about the stories that should be told, the food that should be eaten and the songs that should be sung at the event.

Barry-Smith said, ‘Drop in anytime to tell us stories of love, of loss, of friendships past and present, of antics and mayhem and your visions of the future – these will be the ingredients that will make the final event a night you’ll never forget!’

Over the two days there will be a series of singing workshops that are open to everyone and a specific call out for musicians to register their interest to be part of the project.

‘The Tumbulgum Hall has been about many things but music and song features strongly,’ said Barry-Smith.

‘If you’re a muso and you’re interested in being involved in this project, we’d like to hear from you. Please come along and put your name down’.

Food will also be important to the final event therefore a special recipe drop has been set up for Sunday between 1-2pm for those who have a special food memories connected to the hall.

All the workshops are free and open to anyone who would like to participate in the project.

OPERA QUEENSLAND WORKSHOP PROGRAM

SATURDAY 30 APRIL

Storytelling drop in

WHEN: Saturday 9 – 1pm

Drop in anytime to tell us stories of love, of loss, of friendships past and present, of antics and mayhem and your visions of the future – these will be the ingredients that will make the final event a night you’ll never forget.

Singing Workshops

WHEN: Saturday 9 – 11am

Jason Barry-Smith will run two singing workshops – some vocal goodness to start both days. You only need to bring your voice.

Stories from Song

WHEN: Saturday 11 – 1pm

The Tumbulgum Hall has been about many things but music and song features strongly. We want your musical memories from the Hall. What do you remember as a child? Who have you danced with? What stars have been born here?

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SUNDAY 1 MAY

Singing Workshops

WHEN: 
Saturday 9 – 11am

Jason Barry-Smith will run two singing workshops – some vocal goodness to start both days. You only need to bring your voice.

Musicians Consultation

WHEN: Sunday 11 – 12pm

We want to hear from musicians of any ilk. If you’re a muso and you’re interested in being involved in this project, we’d like to hear from you. We’ll start a register of interest and be in touch as the project develops. But we need to meet you first. Please come along and put your name down.

Recipe Drop

WHEN: Sunday 1 – 2pm

Food will be important to the final event. As well as the community stories, we want to understand the food that means something to you and the Hall. What flavours does this Hall conjure up for you? Please bring recipes or your food memories to this session.

Stories from Song

WHEN: Sunday 2 – 3pm

The Tumbulgum Hall has been about many things but music and song features strongly. We want your musical memories from the Hall. What do you remember as a child? Who have you danced with? What stars have been born here?

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MEDIA CONTACT FOR INTERVIEWS AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

Zoë Robinson-Kennedy | Communications Manager
t    02 6628 8120  0403 666 584 | e   zoe@artsnorthernrivers.com.au
w  artsnorthernrivers.com.au | /artsnorthernrivers | t   @arts_nr  | @artsnr

ABOUT THE PROJECT //

The Northern Rivers is a region of villages, most with a hall that lay at their heart. Some sit proud on hills, some tilted with age but all are places of stories and keepers of secrets. If These Halls Could Talk is a multi-arts project celebrating these halls and the role they play in our communities. The project invited people to nominate their local hall for a chance to be involved in the project. Over 120 nominations were received but with the help of panel of industry experts’ seven halls from across the Northern Rivers were selected to have a renowned creative team collaborate with their community to create a site-specific work inspired by the unique narrative of their hall.

If These Halls Could Talk is funded through Arts NSW Regional Partnerships Funding and the Regional Arts NSW Regional Arts Fund.

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