See the #BG this spring

80 Must Do Experiences this Spring in the BGTime to trade in belly-warming comfort food and the cosy-as hideaways of winter for spring’s glorious warm weather and sunny days. We uncover not only the things you MUST DO, but WAYS TO SEE them and take you deeper into the soul of the Bunbury Geographe #BG.

Not interested in things passé and so last year. Then you, TREND HUNTER, will want to take note! From pushing your limits at an adventure challenge or
unwinding at some of the best spring festivals, we have everything you need for a supremely lovely springtime.

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FOR CULTURE VULTURES

If you’ve resolved to increase your intake of ARTS & CULTURE this year, read on. From blockbuster shows to celebrations in small artist towns… here’s where to start.

1.  EXPERIENCE ICONIC ART @ BRAG

Housed in a very distinct pink convent, BRAG is home to the largest collection of public art in Western Australia. The South West’s premier art gallery also offers a program of rotating art exhibitions. This spring, check out the John Austin: Survey II 1994-2017. Currently based in the South West, John Austin is a renowned Australian photographer known for working exclusively with fine silver-gelatine black and white prints. Survey II 1994- 2017 features a broad cross-section of his work.

  1. SWEET CLASSICAL SOUNDS

Attend the cultural events of the season. Witness a sunset and symphony treat at the Philharmonic South West’s Spring Concert on the greens of Sanctuary Golf Resort, 16 September. The Orchestra, under conductor David Pye, will take you on a scintillating journey from the formal dances of the French Court to the gypsy camps. Performers of the Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company and Azzura Belly Dance will add colour to the program.

On November 18, the South West Opera Company presents Stars on Preston at the Donnybrook Amphitheatre. Bring the family and sip local wine under the stars while you are serenaded.

  1. ABSORB GREAT TALENT

The talent and quality of productions are top notch at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre (aka BREC). Our Top 4 picks for spring are….

  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra – the long-awaited return of the greatest big band of the 1940s arrives direct from the USA.
  • Yamato: the drummers of Japan – having performed 3500 shows in 53 countries, Yamato arrive in Australia for the first time, presenting a staggering display of physical strength and ferocious skill. The beat will fill your body!
  • Carnival of The Animals – the Circa Carnival comes to town with whimsical tales of creatures from land and sea, who tumble, fly, leap and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom.
  • Justice Crew – a hot ticket for Urban Pop lovers! The eight-time ARIA nominees are back on the road this September, bringing their brand new show for 20 special performances across Australia for the ‘Kick Ons’ tour.

Carnival of the Animals BREC

  1. IT’S TIME TO SAY KONICHIWA AT THE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

The Japanese Film Festival is on again! Thanks to its ties to Setagaya, Bunbury annually hosts the West Australian regional screenings of the Japanese Film Festival, the largest such festival in the world. Head to The Rose Hotel on 28 -29 October for the best in Japanese film.

  1. BE A DIVA

Have a bit of fun at the Diva Drag Queen Show on Saturday, 2 September. Get set for an evening of fast-paced frivolity, disco beats and playful banter as the Divas strut their stuff in a night of hilarity, glitter and glamour at the Water’s Edge Cafe & Restaurant, Bunbury. Join the girls for dance-offs, games and costume changes.

  1. ReDISCOVER STREET ART

Rediscover the largest collection of street and public art in regional Australia. Canvases are everywhere you look in the #BG, which teems with vibrant street art. Spot everything from abstract, commissioned works, restaurant-themed façades and lots more in Bunbury. #BG loves the whimsical characters painted by leading WA artists on 20 electrical boxes scattered through the CBD. Grab a copy of the self-guided walking tour map by Six Two Three Zero. Add to your street-art fetish by touring the surrounding hinterland towns, particularly Capel which is covered with awesome community generated murals and public art.

Anya Brock Bunbury

  1. BE ARTY ON ABEL

Boyup Brook is home to some highly talented locals. See the best on display and in action at Art on Abel from 23-25 September. Be sure to walk the ephemeral art trail with exhibition works reflecting the theme Out in the Elements.

  1. FIND A SMALL GALLERY THAT PUNCHES ABOVE ITS WEIGHT

The Collie Art Gallery opened in 2015 as a centre for art and artists. It was the first fit-for-purpose A-class gallery to be built since the Art Gallery of WA was opened in 1979. Through a passionate team and local support, it showcases a diverse exhibition program. This spring, don’t miss Periclesian Habits by West Australian printmaker, Leon Pericles. Leon has an impressive following, along with many notable art awards and has been featured in gallery exhibitions around the world. See his work from 6 October – 12 November. Later in the season, the gallery will host Big Sky Country by leading WA artist Di Talyor from 17 November to 17 December. Di began her career at the age of 17 in Sydney, where she studied at the National Art School, since which she has experienced more than 40 years of drawing and painting, resulting in many prestigious exhibitions around Australia.

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Images: Taj Kempe, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Diva Drag Queen Show, ReDiscover by Six Two Three Zero – artist Anya Brock