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This year marks our 21st birthday - our coming

of age - and we want you to help us celebrate. Aside

from the usual activities around the site, we have some

special events planned. Further details can be found on pages

8 and 9.

The Festival is not just about watching a concert. There is so much

else to see and do.

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LOTUS TENT

The Lotus Tent is an initiative of a group of Bega Valley women. It’s a

place to explore and deepen a connection to the earth and the local

landscape using art, music, storytelling in a supportive environment.

All are welcome to join the activities in the Lotus Tent. See the

Festival map for its location and page 9 for scheduled activities.

NESTIVAL (CHILL-OUT ZONE)

Festivals can be frenetic and exhausting for some people. (Try playing

in three or four different bands…). This year we’re introducing the

NESTival, a space on site for you to sit in comfortable chairs, relax

and just unwind. Look for the Chill-out Zone on the Festival map.

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A new, dedicated venue for Spoken Word events will be introduced

this year. The Poets’ Supper and Breakfasts and the Ideas from the

Edge forums will be held here.

EXTENDED BAR AREA

The area in which you can consume alcohol bought from our bar

has been extended for 2016 - see the Map on page 36 for the area

covered by our Liquor License.

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MORNING YOGA

Start your day on Saturday and Sunday with a relaxing Yoga session -

all welcome, no experience necessary!

OPENING CEREMONY

Our official opening ceremony including the Welcome to Country will

be at 11:00am on Saturday in the Mumbulla venue.

BLACKBOARDS

Blackboards provide an opportunity for everyone to participate.

Whether a novice or experienced performer, you can add your name

to a Blackboard for an “Open Mic” concert on Friday or Saturday

evening or Sunday afternoon, in the Yuin. There will also be some

Blackboard spots available at the Lotus Tent. Please see Venue

Managers for bookings.

Note: Preference is given to performers who are not

booked elsewhere at the Festival.

SPOKEN WORD

Calling all poets, yarn spinners,

historians, joke tellers, and you get-up-

and-have-a go-folk! Don’t miss the Poets’

Supper on Friday evening hosted by Vic

Jefferies and the ever popular Poets’

Breakfast each morning from 8am in the

new The Yarnin’ venue - hosted by Vic

Jefferies on Saturday and Russell Hannah

on Sunday.

If you’ve never been to one – and I know

a lot of our younger patrons may not have

– you will be very surprised. Join in or

just come and listen.

STREET THEATRE

Street theatre is an integral part of most festivals and Cobargo is no

different. Look out for a choir or other street performers who pop up

around the site.

WORKSHOPS

Some of the best and most interesting times you can have at our

Festival are at the wide range of workshops where performers let

you into some of the secrets of their trade – a peek behind the stage

performance.

This year the offerings are outstanding particularly some of the

instrumental classes from the likes of Beth Patterson on the bouzouki,

the Diddly Dee Director, Gino Lupari on the bodhran, harmony singing

from Stray Hens, Irish fiddle from Sean Regan. And who could resist

Fred Smith’s offer to teach you how to sing in New Guinea Pidgin, a

fascinating composite language spoken by our nearest neighbours.

With around 20 different workshops for instruments, dance, singing

and spoken word scheduled over the Festival you will be sure to find

something that will inspire you.

See pages 14 to 16 for further details.

KIDS PROGRAM

We have a great program to entertain younger kids at the Festival and

we like to think we’re helping their parents have a more enjoyable

time in the process.

Held at the child-friendly Bunyip site little kids and grown up kids

can do Maypole with Molly, silly songs for kids from Farmer Mick and

Miss Jane, action songs and dressing up and a kids parade from the

Puddin’ Eaters, and even someone singing about chickens. Heavens,

where is the world going to? See page 17 for further information.

And even if you who don’t have littlies to look after any more, do

drop by and see the quality of Australia’s children’s entertainment

nowadays.