Exploring the region’s top cultural offerings has been made a whole lot easier, thanks to a newly launched cultural trails website, Creative South.
Creative South is a joint project between South East Arts and Southern Tableland Arts, funded through CREATE NSW’s RESTART initiative with the aim of building cultural tourism in the region.
The website brings to life the vast and vibrant creativity of South Eastern NSW, giving you a dynamic and engaging tool to uncover hidden cultural treasures.
South East Arts Executive Director, Andrew Gray, said that arts and culture are a great way for visitors to connect with the local community during their visit.
“Whether it’s attending a major annual music festival or a chance to visit an artist in their studio, visitors to the region can engage with the unique creative expression of regional life,” Andrew said.
When visiting the website, you can personalise your search by selecting a region you’d like to explore and a category to discover, or simply view the entire catalogue on offer.
“It can be a challenge at times for visitors to the region to know what’s on offer in the region, so this new website draws together the diverse offerings across a range of artforms,” Andrew added.
Categories include creative retail and markets, festivals, public art, museums and heritage, music and performance, and galleries and studios.
Creative retail and markets includes inspiring or colourfully quirky creative retail experiences selling handmade from near and far, country craft, collectables and one-offs to make your trip all the more memorable.
Festivals in the south often feature national and international artists, performers, music, sculpture, literature and dance, drawing focus and celebrating life in the regions.
Public art on offer includes sculpture, murals, street art, installations in public places, as well as permanent, significant street art not commissioned or approved by anyone.
The museums and heritage category lists the top museums in the south of the state as well as historic homes and sites open to the public at some point during the year.
The south also boasts an abundance of music and performance events, adding vibrancy to the community and presenting original contemporary arts. The new cultural website ensures you won’t miss any of them, listing a number of interesting regional venues or organisations that host regular live performance, music, theatre, and dance.
Galleries of all sizes are also included on the website, as well as exhibitions and retail venues, and artist hubs and studios where you can see artists at work.
As you browse the many hidden gems across the southern region, you can add them to a travel itinerary feature called ‘My Trip’, where you can map out your perfect cultural getaway.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to the Creative South website and start planning your cultural trail across south eastern NSW now: https://creativesouth.com.au
Dancers at the Giiyong Festival; one of the many arts and cultural events on the NSW South Coast. Photo by David Rogers.