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Thank you SKYPRINTS for this amazing photo of the stairs at Sand Patch
By George, it’s Gershwin, Liszt, Mancini, Scott Joplin, … and more of the musical greats.
The fun starts with a Broadway opening and continues until the “everything including the kitchen sink” Curtain Call. And somewhere in the middle will be a sensational act involving three pianists playing 57 famous tunes on one piano – at the same time!
Car horns, referee whistles, African drumming, synchronized clapping, Il Divo singing, a silent movie and roosters will all play a part in this joyful event.
Tickets are available Online, at Uptown Music and at the door.
$15 Children under 17
Join us for another enthralling night as we take it FROM THE TOP.
Three Plates and a Chef-Chestnuts (Mount Barker)
Fri, Jul 7, 2017 6:30pm
Sat, Jul 8, 2017 12:30pm
Poachers Ridge Winery
1630 Spencer Road Narrikup, WA, 6326 Australia
We are excited to be bringing our unique pop up long table dining experiences to the Great Southern Region this July.
7th July 6:30pm - 9:30pm DINNER
8th July 12:00pm - 2:30pm LUNCH
Our signature ‘Three Plates and a Chef’ experiences celebrate a hero ingredient, subtly woven through three amazing courses paired with divine local wines.
This July, chestnuts are our hero ingredient, and our chef is already planning special ways to bring this local produce through each course.
We have sourced award winning wine directly from some of the best boutique cellar doors in the Great Southern Region to bring to the table for you to experience.
One wine from each of the wineries will be paired to each of the different courses plus there will be sparkling on arrival.
The menu is kept top secret up until your arrival on event day, but one thing we can assure you is that each course will be a foodie delight in this one-off pop up dining experience.
This event will be extra special we host the event at Poachers Ridge Winery overlooking the amazing views of the vines, celebrating all this amazing region has to offer.
Ticket prices are all inclusive of three courses, paired wine and sparkling on arrival and booking fees. Dietary requirements can be catered too if advised in advance. Group booking discount available for groups of 6 or more.
There will be a bus pickup from Albany.
City to Surf in Albany, Western Australia
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Middleton Beach, Albany, WA
The Chevron City to Surf for Activ in Albany, Western Australia has 12km and 4km running and walking events, and a 4km wheelchair event.
This event is part of the WA City to Surf series. Finish all five events in the series in one year and be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Southern MTB Albany
In 2016 the Albany Mountain Bike Club partnered with event management company Project3 to develop an all-encompassing multi day MTB festival. A new cross country 30km and 50km stage race was introduced through some of the most picturesque and challenging terrain that Albany has to offer. The Jump Comp took centre stage on York St in the middle of Albany’s bustling CBD and took centre stage for the new Event Village at the Albany Town Square for the weekend.
If you’re a hardcore rider, committed mountain biker, daredevil, or just like to ride we’ve got something on for you! Southern MTB 2017 weekend promises more challenges and thrills for participants and spectators alike. Dedicated to bringing Albany to the world stage of mountain biking competitions, Southern MTB will be showcasing Albany and its scenic surrounds as an irresistible destination for mountain bikers from all over the world.
Southern Peaks is a cross country MTB race over either 37km or 50km.
Starting at the stunning Maitraya Private Resort travelling over some of the most stunningly beautiful coastline the region has to offer. Maitraya Private Resort is normally closed to the public so, this is the only time you be able to ride around this beautiful pristine estate.
Thanks to the Dept of Parks and Wildlife the route then travels through more breathtaking coastal scenery to the highly anticipate Emu Point channel crossing where riders are ferried across surprisingly quickly! The route then travels through a variety of sneaky single track, gruelling climbs and the ‘hidden’ highlights of central Albany finishing in the Albany Town Square Event Village.
Continuing from the Albany Town Square Event Village delivering even more challenging climbs, steep descents and of all round amazing views from the top of Mt Melville. Riders finish up back at the Albany Town Square Event Village for celebrations and well-deserved beverage!
Course map and detailed information will be released in the week prior to the race.
Southern Peaks includes access to some tracks and trails that can only be ridden during the event. It is greatly appreciated that all riders acknowledge this and respect these landowners outside the race period.
Event date: Saturday 23rd September
37km &50km Start time: 9:00am
Start location: Maitraya Private Estate*
*The start for both the 37km & 50km event
Presentations: 5:30pm – Event Village (Albany Town Square)
The Albany Urban Downhill manifests everything that is fast, daring and exhilarating that you can do on two wheels. A gutsy, steep downhill course riddled with tough terrain and built features – it’s no wonder this competition has been such a huge hit with daring downhill riders from around the world.
Beginning from Mt Clarence, where we pay our respect to the Anzac’s, gravity will challenge the riders early over a new and very exciting route down the Mounts. High speeds over rock faces through scenic bushland before breaking out into the Urban environment winding down a few of the steepest roads in WA. Course designers are currently busying themselves crafting new features to test even the bravest of the brave as they weave their way through the houses to the finish line in the centre of Albany.
We are fortunate to be able to offer an exciting new route for the 2017 Albany Urban Downhill, some of which is not available to ride at any other time
The Albany Urban Downhill is an exciting yet daunting course for those who prefer not to peddle!
Event date: Sunday 24th September
Bike Check: 1pm
Practice Runs: 1:30 – 2:30pm
Round 1: 2:30– 3:30pm
Round 2: 3:30 – 4pm
FINALS: 4pm – 4:30pm
The Jump Comp took over Albany in 2016 and secured it’s place amongst Australia’s extreme sporting spectacles. The Jump Comp will be integral to the Albany Town Square Event Village, finishing right in the heart of the village offering the ultimate stage for riders to show off their tricks, kicks and whips at will.
New for 2017, the Jump Comp will deliver a slopestyle multi feature course launching off sea containers and stomping huge dirt landers. It is just getting better and better…
Saturday night will be the night to be in the Albany Town Square Event Village. Spectators will be able to secure their spot early and warm their hands around the fire pits while enjoying their favourite beverage and smashing a woodfired pizza or two. When the competition on course finishes, we will kick on in the village with live entertainment and more.
vent date: Saturday 23rd September
Start time: 7pm
Presentations: 9pm– Event Village (Town Square)
Entry fee: $60
Southern Art Trail
The Great Southern Art Trail is held annually and promotes local galleries and artists. Entries for participating as a member are closed for this year.
2017 dates for the Southern Art and Craft Trail
Sat 16th Sept - Sun 8th Oct
More than 250 artists will display their works, including paintings, felt work, sculptures, photography, woodwork, jewellery, glass art, ceramics and many more, enriching the cultural fabric of the region.
10th ALBANY ART PRIZE 2018
National Acquisitive Prize For Contemporary Australian Painting
$25,000Acquisitive prize + studio residency
$2,500 Highly Commended Prize
$2,500 People’s Choice Prize
ENTRIES OPEN: September 8th, 2017
ENTRIES CLOSE: December 8th, 2017
Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern
Sep 01, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017
Spring paints our landscape in yellow and green as the crops and pasture look their very best and a short stop along the way will reveal many 'hidden treasures' including patches of wildflowers, natural scenery and photo opportunities.
Our festival 'events' and activities introduce visitors to the wonders of the Great Southern including our magnificent wildflowers, natural attractions such as the Stirling Range, Fitzgerald and Porongurup National Parks, award winning wines and locally grown foods, open gardens in full bloom, train rides and whale-watching along the coast.
There is something for everyone so take the time to seek out those other treasures including local cafes, war memorials, heritage buildings, museums in each town and much more.
For more information please click HERE
At the ALBANY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
Harbourside Concert Series
Presented by Albany Entertainment Centre
Every Thursday from 15 June – 27 July 2017 from 7.30pm
The popular Harbourside Concert Series returns for a seventh year with a diverse program of Western Australia’s most outstanding and entertaining musicians.
With cabaret-style seating, bar service and award-winning food, what better way to break the winter chill than to bask in the glow of a great evening’s music!
Tapas and bar service available from 6.30pm until late.
- Los Car Keys
This High-fiving fun crew from Denmark are the new kids on the block, albeit in well-worn bodies! They have a passion for African and South American music along with composing original songs that reflect infectious humour, vibrant and often improvised music.
- Albany Shantymen
Raucous, loud and beardy, the Albany Shantymen returned triumphant from Fairbridge Festival having sung up a storm of salty tales and windswept stories. Led by Grizzy Greenwald, let them take you on an historical and interactive show that will have you bellowing boldy like you have never before.
- Penderecki String Quartet with David Braid
The internationally acclaimed Penderecki String Quartet performs with improviser, composer and Steinway artist, David Braid – winner of two Canadian Grammy Awards, and two Canadian Academy Awards for his work in the recent Chet Baker – Ethan Hawke film “Born to Be Blue”.
- Something Doing
Delicate and exquisite renditions of Joplin rags and obscure turn of the century tunes, Peter Grayling and Rachel Armstrong play beautifully together on vintage Gibson mandolins producing an authentic glimpse into a past era of music. Don’t be surprised though if a cello, mandocello or guitar appears and they sing you an original song or two as well.
- Lucy Peach
WAM Award winner for Best Folk Artist in 2017, Lucy continues to garner huge respect for her prodigious song writing skill and pitch perfect voice. Celebrated songs, numerous tours and renowned live performances are becoming part of Lucy’s stable as she establishes herself as one of the most important WA artists of recent years.
- Little Whiskey
Three Albany girls return to their beloved hometown with a swag of gigs under their belt and a passion for live performance and original songwriting that is completely infectious. Sombre and sensual with a harmony singing style that is meltingly satisfying. Little Whiskey are blended, rich and warming.
- Powderkeg (CD Launch)
Following standing ovations at Fairbridge Festival and performing with celebrated international artists, Powderkeg deliver vintage swing tunes, rags and blues with humour, instrumental skill and energy like few ensembles can. Django-esque, tight and punchy, Powderkeg guarantee to keep their powder dry for a genuinely explosive concert.
- Carus Thompson
A much celebrated WA and Australian touring artist, Carus performs Harbourside mid-way through an extensive new album tour. Charismatic, accomplished and always a joy to watch and listen to, Carus performs his much anticipated new album after a five year recording hiatus.
- Trevor Jalla
17 Years as a full-time musician has taken Trevor from European festival stages and club dates across the USA to the most intimate solo acoustic performances around Perth and South-West WA. His unique blend of soul, folk, country and blues pays homage to influences such as Ray Charles, James Taylor, George Jones and Robert Johnson, while his original compositions have been three-times nominated for WAM Song of the Year.
- David Rastrick Trio
Trumpet player and vocalist David Rastrick presents some of his jazz based music in acoustic format – with double bass and guitar – with catchy compositions such as Balingup Blues, Mambo D’Mulcho, The Second-hand Band, and King Banana Calypso, demonstrating a jazz rich tradition of embracing cultural elements from around the world.
- The Praashekh Quartet
Praashekh Borkar is part of a musical family dynasty from Puna, India, where both his father and brother are also renowned virtuosos of the sarod, one of India’s most famous string instruments. Currently he is one of his country’s leading younger generation musicians. Join him with a stellar line of Perth’s top world/jazz musicians.
Donna Davis and Roimata Keepa-Tibble are 2Maia from the Shores of New Zealand, now local to Albany. A passionate, driven and inspired RnB Soul acoustic duo, individually unique singer/songwriters capturing and creating fresh originals of meaning and depth within their sound.
- Rose Parker and Dave Hyams
Rose Parker is a much loved singer songwriter who is fiercely Australian in her heritage and universal in her outlook. From her roots in the wheatbelt towns of WA and her musical travels from San Francisco to Fremantle, her sound merges elements of folk, gospel, alt country and blues. She is joined by leading West Australian musician Dave Hyams.
- Zeilinski and Fowler
Rob Zeilinski is a musician’s musician. As well as being a gifted violin maker and restorer he has studied with some legendary Donegal players. Rob will be accompanied on guitar by Joe Fowler, also a seasoned musician drawing knowledge and inspiration from several renowned Cork and Country Clare musicians.
The Merchant Of Venice
Presented by Albany Entertainment Centre
Bell Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Director Anne-Louise Sarks
Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it.
Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it.
This uncompromising and dark production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that don’t. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.
Featuring 3 time Helpmann Award winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, this masterfully envisioned production tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.
The Australian Bee Gees Show 40th Anniversary
Presented by The Harbour Agency
The Australian Bee Gees Show are digging out their flares and dusting off their platform shoes in preparation for the Australian leg of their 2017 world tour so let the party begin!
It’s hard to believe that it has been 40 years since The Bee Gees redefined pop music and culture forever with the phenomenal success of The Saturday Night Fever album, the most successful soundtrack of all time. The Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary tour is a fitting tribute and a celebration of the wonderful music of the Brothers Gibb.
This new show will be presented in two parts and feature all of the hits in a nostalgic trip down memory lane in a multimedia concert event.
After 20 years on the world stage and over 6,000 performances in over 50 countries, The Australian Bee Gees Show has evolved to become the definitive live celebration of the wonderful music written by the Brothers Gibb.
From their first shows in 1996, The Australian Bee Gees Show has conquered Las Vegas and has played to capacity houses around the world, cementing their reputation as an exceptional live concert act and the world's leading Bee Gees Show.
For one night only be a part of the magic that is, The Australian Bee Gees Show.
Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole - Great Country Song Book Vol II Tour
Presented by CMC
As individual artists, Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole have stayed at the forefront of Australian country music for close to two decades, each with an impressive list of awards and top selling albums.
The combination of these two dynamic performers has proven to be a hit with live audiences having toured the country on several occasions since their first encounter almost 20 years ago. Adam and Beccy have finally taken their favorite list of country duets to the studio and fans across the country are set to benefit when they hit the road in 2017 with The Great Country Song Book Volume II Tour.
Together they have brought back some of the most famous country combinations of all time; classic duets recorded by Johnny Cash and June Carter, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lyn and Kenny Rogers and his many duet partners…including Dolly Parton of course! Australia’s most entertaining duo will be onstage for two unforgettable hours as they bring you their versions of the greats, delivered with high energy and a few laughs in true Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole style…You won’t want to miss this.
Isla Grant in concert
Presented by Grand International Concerts
Following her 2015 triumphant sell out performances, Scotland's legendary singer/song writer Isla Grant returns to Australia with exciting new songs - plus her extensive repertoire of her most loved music.
As an internationally acclaimed recording artist, Isla’s beautiful voice encompasses everything from country folk songs to easy listening - an unforgettable evening of old favourites and sparkling new compositions.
Al Grant, Islas’ genial and talented husband will join her on stage and bring his irrepressible humour to the show featuring his tribute to Jim Reeves.
Accompanied by the multi-instrumental musician and singer Glen Flynn.
Isla’s concert performance promises to be an absolutely unmissable event.
Damien Leith - The Parting Glass
Presented by The Harbour Agency
After wowing audiences and critics in 2015 with his cabaret show “The Parting Glass - An Irish Journey”, Damien Leith is proud to revisit the show in 2017.
The show which incorporates both a play and a musical concert of classic Irish songs is set in an Irish pub and see’s Damien take on the character role of an Irish father as he chats with the audience about his son Daniel who lives in Australia.
Filled with great conversation and humour, heartfelt emotion and a repertoire of rousing and touching Irish Songs (Danny Boy, Raglan Road, Toss the Feathers, Molly Malone, Galway Bay, Carrickfergus, Rocky Road to Dublin…), The Parting Glass is a show like none other. It showcases Damien as not only an exceptional musician and singer, but as a talented and engaging actor.