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Friends of Orange Regional Museum General Meeting

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Former Orange Mayor John Davis will be speaking at the next meeting of the Friends of Orange Regional Museum. John will be speaking on the beginnings and planning for Orange Regional Museum. How did we obtain the millions needed to build this superb building? Opened in 2016, Orange Regional Museum is an award-winning museum dedicated to sharing engaging exhibitions and diverse public programs for audiences of all ages. Davis said the $8 million museum was first conceived of in 1997. Construction started in 2015 and was completed in April 2016.
The evening will also include a screening of highlights from the digitised Channel 8 news, sport and current affairs footage donated to Orange Regional Museum by Prime Television in 2021.
Please RSVP by August 20 to Phillip Schwebel [email protected] or 0477075626

Winter Fire Festival in the Park

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The Orange Winter Fire Festival will be bigger and brighter this year, thanks to the NSW Government’s Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program.

This funding will go towards enhancing the existing Orange360 event into a 10-day program of free live performances and experiences at Robertson Park.

From 6 – 14 August, the Winter Fire Festival in the Park will be held in Robertson Park, featuring;

  • A Spiegeltent hosting a range of live performances from circus and magic to comedy and cabaret
  • Café de Rude; a café/bar for pre and post-performance food and drink, hosting live music
  • Circus Drop Zone, including ‘Have a Go Trapeze’ and live professional aerial shows
  • Lantern-making workshops
  • A closing festival event on Saturday 13 August, featuring a lantern parade from the Southcourt to Robertson Park, fire sculpting, a fire show, fire pits and marshmallow roasting, gluehwein and hearty winter cuisine.

Bookings are essential, get in quick as seats are limited! Click here for tickets.

2022 Orange Readers and Writers Festival

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Snuggling up beside the fire with a good book is one of winter’s pleasures. Be inspired by our incredible guest authors at this year’s festival.

Enjoy a lively program of non-fiction and fiction authors with Robert Tickner, Helen Ennis, Petronella McGovern, Michael Brissenden and Todd Alexander at this intimate Readers and Writers Festival to be held at the Hotel Canobolas on Saturday 6th August coinciding with the Winter Fire Festival.

Tickets $95 which includes morning tea and lunch.

Make Do and Mend Series: Visible Mending

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Give your clothes a new life in this visible mending workshop at Orange Regional Museum

Don’t throw out that favourite shirt with its holes and tears! In this 2 hour visible mending workshop you’ll discover creative ways to repair your clothes, breathe life back into your favourite garments and turn your handiwork into a colourful feature. Mending also keeps textiles out of landfill. Using simple hand-stitch techniques, learn how to patch and mend your worn and loved garments.

Illawarra-based visual artist and educator Michele Elliot will be your guide in this workshop.

Workshop details

When: Saturday 18 June- 10am-12pm OR 2pm-4pm

Cost: $30

This workshop is suitable for adults and interested young adults. Basic sewing materials will be supplied, including embroidery and sewing thread, needles, scissors and scrap fabrics. To get the most out of the workshop, you are encouraged to bring along:

  • your clean torn or holey clothing items in need of repair (jeans, jumpers, shirts, skirts etc),
  • any cotton/linen fabric scraps for patching that you have at home
  • your sewing kit, if you have one (needles, pins, sewing thread, embroidery thread, scissors).

This workshop also includes an introduction to Orange Regional Museum’s exhibition Inherit: old and new histories. We’ll explore new objects in the exhibition that share a philosophy with visible mending as old objects are given new life through repair and upcycling, including a hessian apron made from repurposed CSR Sugar sacks and a wine press crafted from salvaged spare parts.

This class is a rare opportunity to learn visible mending in the Central West, and we pleased to offer this class at a special price thanks to generous support from the Australian Government’s Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program.

Discounted tickets for Friends of Orange Regional Museum

Friends of Orange Regional Museum members receive 25% off ticket prices for Museum events. Visit our website for more information and to join.

Orange Winter Jazz Festival

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Contemporary Jazz in a Regional Winter Wonderland

Get set for a weekend of great music and fine wine in the picturesque winter wonderland of Orange.

This beautiful and historic township plays host to the best of the Central West’s music scene, alongside Australia’s most electrifying jazz artists across the June long weekend 2022.

Meander between music venues, discover historic sites, boutique food and brews or explore the wine trails of the region and quaint surrounding villages in this three-day festival.

Just four hours’ drive from Sydney and Canberra or five hours from Newcastle, the Orange Winter Jazz Festival is the perfect weekend escape.

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The Orange Winter Jazz Festival is a collaboration between non-profit organisations JAM Orange and the Sydney Improvised Music Association.

 

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra: Sounds of Vienna

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Vienna was the centre of the cultural world at the dawn of the 19th century. Music was performed everywhere – in homes both grand and modest, in the taverns, even in the streets.

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s finest chamber musicians invite you to the salons of Vienna. Hear Joseph Eybler’s Quintet – a sparkling, delightful example of late Classical style – and Schubert’s towering masterpiece, his Octet in F Major.

Sounds of Vienna is touring nationally, including a concert at the Orange Conservatorium on 3 June.

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra: Sounds of Vienna

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Vienna was the centre of the cultural world at the dawn of the 19th century. Music was performed everywhere – in homes both grand and modest, in the taverns, even in the streets.

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s finest chamber musicians invite you to the salons of Vienna. Hear Joseph Eybler’s Quintet – a sparkling, delightful example of late Classical style – and Schubert’s towering masterpiece, his Octet in F Major.

Sounds of Vienna is touring nationally, including a concert at the Orange Conservatorium on 3 June.

Local History Talk: Josiah Holman Cadia Mining Captain

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Orange & District Historical Society presents family historian Michael Webb talking about his great-grandfather Cornish-born Josiah Holman, who worked at Cadia Mine in the mid-19th century. Josiah also explored the Canadian wilderness before migrating to Australia. Michael has undertaken significant family history research and will give a fascinating talk at Orange City Library. All interested people are welcome to attend.

Make Do and Mend Series: Kintsugi for Beginners

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Join our beginner’s kintsugi class to explore this unique and ancient Japanese art of repairing broken, chipped and cracked pottery using lacquer and gold, led by Sydney-based artisans Jun and Hitomi from Kintsugi Australia. Dating back 500 years, ceramics repaired using Kintsugi are objects of beauty and treasured items.

In this 2.5 hour workshop you’ll learn about the history and philosophy of kintsugi, and use a modernised technique using contemporary materials to repair a broken plate. You’ll go home with your plate, as well as the knowledge to repair your own objects at home.

Workshop Details

This workshop is suitable for adults and interested young adults. All materials are provided, including a broken plate for you to repair.

This workshop also includes an introduction to Orange Regional Museum’s exhibition Inherit: old and new histories. We’ll explore new objects in the exhibition that share a philosophy with kintsugi as new objects made from old, including a hessian apron made from repurposed CSR Sugar sacks and a wine press crafted from salvaged spare parts.

This class is a rare opportunity to learn kintsugi in the Central West, and we pleased to offer this class at a special price thanks to generous support from the Australian Government’s Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program.

When: Saturday 14 May – 10am-12.30pm OR 2pm-4.30pm

Cost: $50

Discounted tickets for Friends of Orange Regional Museum

Friends of Orange Regional Museum members receive 25% off ticket prices for Orange Regional Museum events. Visit our get involved page for more information and to join.

 

This project is supported by the Australian Government’s Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program.

Beneath the Surface: School Holiday Program

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Create your own underground world inspired by ‘How Cities Work’

There’s a whole world below our feet. From fossils and archaeological sites to train tunnels and sewer pipes, come along and imagine what lies beneath the surface.

Create your own underground world in a shoebox – be it an ancient world, a paleontological paradise or the home of a burrowing animal. Then see if you can lay the foundations for a modern city without disturbing your underground world.

This school holiday activity is inspired by our new exhibition How Cities Work, a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

Please bring along a shoebox for each child participating in the workshop.

Suitable for kids aged 6+

About How Cities Work

Explore the city inside out, top to bottom in a whole new way at How Cities Work. From skyscrapers to underground networks, this interactive family exhibition reveals the secret workings of our busy urban centres.

How Cities Work is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

Exhibition Partner LONELY PLANET KIDS

In collaboration with JAMES GULLIVER HANCOCK

This is a FREE event; bookings are essential.

Sessions:

Wednesday 20 April 10am-11.30am

Wednesday 20 April 1pm-2.30pm