Australia’s arts and music had an extensive history dating back to the prehistoric period to the present. Ancient Aboriginal arts are seen in cave paintings and rock engravings.
And indigenous Aussie music has a rich heritage of over ten-thousand-year history. Didgeridoo, a traditional wind instrument, remains widely used in Australia today.
The lively arts and music scene in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley exhibit that heritage.
Contemporary cultural scenes
Many contemporary Australian artists have defined and redefined Australia’s visual arts landscape as it continues to flourish. The various museums throughout Australia including ones in Melbourne and Sydney would prove that.
It is the same with music. In the last one hundred years, Australian music has thrived – from indigenous to folk, from country to jazz, from pop rock to electronic and dance music.
The fusion of indigenous artistic genius and modern techniques in music and arts created a unique and distinctive Aussie identity.
Arts in Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley has a lively arts scene. Arts Upper Hunter, for instance, has helped promote, support, and provide opportunities so people can participate in art activities.
Participating in the arts enriches the people’s social, cultural, and economic well-being.
Art galleries, museums, and historical societies dotted the Hunter Region from Dungog and Singleton to Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter regions. Some of Hunter Valley’s cellar doors have art galleries too.
Music festivals and concerts
The burgeoning Australian contemporary music scene has introduced us to hundreds of music artists and bands ranging from a variety of genres.
November to March seemed to be the music concert season in Hunter Valley with performances both indoors and outdoors. In fact, arts and music events are scheduled throughout the year.
Many of the 120 cellar doors throughout the region host music concerts and some of them have regular gigs.
For this year, 2018, here are some music festivals to look forward to:
Gum Ball 2018
The festival runs from 27th to 29th of April. It kicks off on Friday afternoon to Sunday noon in a secluded bush in Belford. It is a music lovers’ paradise out there. So, enjoy great music.
Paddock Sessions Wollombi
On 28th April, TaerAngwidd Farm organises “a handcrafted and manicured alternative folk & country music festival.” Whatever that means, it must also something to look forward to for folk and country music lovers.
Wollombi Music Festival
The festival runs on the 21st to the 23rd of September in Wollombi. It is the festival’s 9th year and there will be two stages with blues, roots, reggae, and dub performances.
Opera in the Vineyards
On the 6th of October, you can catch the festival to celebrate the region’s food and wine, and of course, opera. Hope Estate is the event’s host.
The festival is for alternative rock enthusiasts. It is on 13th October, Saturday, from noon to 10 PM. Hope Estate is also the host of this event. For more info, check out FKA’s website.
Jazz in the Vineyard
This is my favourite, a jazz festival that Hope Estate hosts on the 24th November. That is Saturday, 3-10 PM. Seven hours of jazz with James Morrison performing. More info here.
The vibrant arts and music scene in Hunter Valley showcase the region’s rich heritage.