KDAC AGM Saturday 2 March, 2024

Our Annual General Meeting takes place Saturday 2 March, commencing at 11.00am at the Roxy Gallery. This is a very important meeting because reports will be given by the President, Secretary/Treasurer about how the organisation is going, its report card, if you like, and then, importantly, the 2024 committee will be elected. 

All positions will be declared vacant. 

As our Secretary, Carol Harris, mentions in her report below, if KDAC is to continue to not only operate but expand its activities and events, it needs members to step up and join the committee.  Being a committee member is actually a really enjoyable and creative experience and you get the chance to actually make a real difference in enhancing the arts and culture scene in Kyogle. Remember, if you want to see change, you need to actively participate in bringing about that change.

There will be at least three vacancies at this year’s AGM: Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Update from the President, Cris Matthews

The new year has started with a bang!

The Kyogle Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival Art and Craft Competition opened with a flash of light and a crash of thunder! A wonderful storm heralded the event! It was well attended and well represented, with entries from as far away as Brisbane.

The Saturday of the Festival, we had over a 100 people through the Gallery before noon! Total was over 150 for the day – surely a record for us! Thank you to the volunteers that day.

We always need more volunteers and if you have ever thought of becoming a Roxy Gallery volunteer, please act on it! A two and a half or four hr shift a month, a fortnight or once a year will be happily accepted!

Membership renewals are due next month, March and the AGM will be held on the 2 March so come along and support YOUR Arts Council. 

And an Update from KDAC Secretary, Carol Harris

Hi members, 

Another year ready to begin with an AGM just around the corner.  We have had a slowish 12 months even though we have had plenty of ideas to try and follow-up and get moving. 

Like many organisations these days we are struggling to commit to our original ideals.  Yes, we have financial members (almost 100) who support our concept and what we do, help out where possible, eg by volunteering at The Roxy Gallery. But as a committee, we would love more active involvement by members by attending meetings with ideas, be willing to help to organise events, and/or volunteer to at an event, and put forward new ideas to the committee to action, whether they be workshops, performers or other activities or initiatives.

Unfortunately, we are down to a handful of regulars who are doing their utmost best to hold everything together. But it is crunch time.

Our AGM is next month, with all committee positions declared vacant. This year, two committee members are stepping down from their positions. Kevin is stepping down from Vice president and Communications officer. He has been responsible for regular newsletters and all publicity about KDAC and events. And I have decided to step down from Secretary, having held the position for at least 25yrs. I also am currently the Treasurer. But the two positions have been challenging for me over the past 12 months as I have many other demands on my time, and these are eating into the time I can spend as Secretary/Treasurer. 

We really want to get out and about around our villages to make an impact on the creative side of our communities, though most are doing a fabulous job at this with the help of various small grants from Kyogle Council. With the ideas that were put forward during our Members’ Forums last year we have a ‘To do’ list and hopefully will get some of them into fruition this year. It may not happen overnight, but it will happen, so they say.

KDAC is a fabulous group, one of a kind in the Northern Rivers region, and I hope that I haven’t sounded too negative, but as members I feel that you should be kept in the loop and feel part of the group that you belong to. But without active participation by more of our members, it just doesn’t happen the way it should. 

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to make contact, 0412321552 or cb_harris@yahoo.com.au

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Congratulations to our extremely hard-working secretary/treasurer, Carol Harris, who was awarded Kyogle Senior Citizen of the Year in this year’s Australia Day ceremony. Very well deserved, Carol!

Vintage Drag in Mint Condition does Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras…and then on to the NT

This show, which was originated in Kyogle, with funding from NSW Government, and Kyogle Council, and directed by our own Lynette Zito, from Village Hall Players, premiered to a capacity audience at KMI Hall in November 2022. Telling the amazing life story of our own Stan Munro, the show has toured to the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, the Gallipoli Legion Club in Newcastle and has now been invited to be performed as part of this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Arts Festival, at Dulcie’s at Kings Cross. It’s quite the honour to be invited to perform in this festival and it’s a big coup for Kyogle. And then, in June, Stan and his off-sider, Kevin Markwell, take the show up to Katherine in the Northern Territory. Every time the show is performed, a little bit of Kyogle is shared with a new audience.

The Energising Electrifying Enthusing Edoardo Returns

After the resounding success of last year’s Italian Song Workshop with the dynamic Edoardo Materassi, the Kyogle Semitones are delighted to announce that he will be returning on February 28 this year.

All singers and choristers and from the region, present or past or just aspiring, are warmly invited to come and join in, to share in his charismatic and inspiring instruction. Participants will take part in the preparation of beautiful Renaissance madrigal, O Primavera by Claudio Monteverdi, which will be available to download on registration, as well as some of his own works.

Eduardo will also work on two charming Italian songs with the Semitones on Wednesday 28 February, 11.00am until 1.00pm. 

Registrees are invited to attend the Semitones rehearsal on Friday February 16th at the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall (corner of Summerland Way and Stratheden Street) from 11am – 12.30pm to familiarise themselves with the pieces.

The workshop with Edoardo will be held at Kyogle Public School Hall from 11am-1.00pm. Admission, cash only, will be $40.

ITALIAN SONG WORKSHOP WITH EDUARDO MATERASSI

Presented by Kyogle Semitones Community Choir

  Wednesday 28 February, 2024, 11am-1.00pm

Kyogle Public School Hall, Groom Street near Roseberry Sreet

Participation cash only $40 at door

Prior registration at mdoley@gmail.com

There is also a 3 day workshop with Edoardo in Byron Bay, 1–3 March, information at  www.thecreateescape.co, but it is a considerable coup for the Semitones and Director Fiona Kerr to have again tempted the maestro away from the coast out to Kyogle. He must have been impressed with our talent and enthusiasm last year!

Kyogle Readers and Writers Festival, May 2024

Like a storybook volcano, this year’s Kyogle Readers and Writer’s Festival erupts on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May. Get swept up in the literary lava as it oozes through the KMI Hall, Roxy Gallery, down into the Supper Rooms and across to the Uniting Church Fellowship House, Community Centre and the Laneway Community Space. 

This year’s line-up of writers and speakers is Capital I Impressive and includes some very well known people indeed, including everyone’s favourite gardener, Costa Georgiadis from ABC’s Gardening Australia. Apart from his hosting of the very popular gardening programme, Costa published his book, Costa’s World: Gardening for the Soil, the Soul and the Suburbs in 2021. Keeping on the gardening theme will be a panel called Gardening by the Book, during which the influence of gardening books, including Yates Garden Guide, which is in its 45th edition. But so much more, too of course: workshops on self-publishing books and writing poetry, conversations with authors and more panel discussions.

The full programme and ticket sales will be available through Kyogle Readers and Writers Inc’s website, kraw.com.au from 5 March. 

5 Reasons to Consider Joining the KDAC Committee at the next AGM in March

1. You can help shape the organisation’s activities over the coming year

2. It’s a way of giving back to your community

3. It’s fun to meet regularly with like-minded people to talk about the arts and figure out ways to better support the arts in Kyogle Shire

4. You can learn or enhance your skills and abilities relating to event organisation, marketing and promotion and the ways committees operate 

5. It’s a great way to meet other people from around Kyogle who are passionate about arts and culture

Finally, we want to acknowledge the support of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal who provided KDAC with a grant at the end of 2022 to enable us to purchase a laptop, digital printer and for us to get our beautiful website created by member, Kate McGain, of Hey friend. 

If you have any news relating to the arts and cultural scene of  the Kyogle district that you would like to share with the world, or at least the 100 or so members of KDAC, please contact secretary@kyoglearts.com.au