Four Winds Festival celebrates 21st with eclectic line-up of classical music, contemporary dance
Four Winds celebrated its 21st festival over the Easter weekend with an eclectic offering of classical music, spoken word performances and an Indigenous language choir in the mix.
This year marked 30 years since a group of friends and neighbours first brought the focus on classical music performed by some of the best in the business to “Nature’s Concert Hall” at Barragga Bay, south of Bermagui.
More than the enjoyment of string quartets and orchestral compositions this year was in the inclusion by artistic director Lindy Hume of a wider variety of offerings than seen at previous festivals.
Sharing the stage with the Goldner String Quartet and Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship were The New Graces and their country/folk stylings from Candelo, as well as the Djinama Yilaga Choir led by Dr Lou Bennett singing in language.
The incorporation of the Far South Coast’s Indigenous culture, and the wealth of talent in the artistic enclave of Candelo, were also centre stage for Friday afternoon’s free community concert.
And to give credit where it’s due, one of the new compositions by the Fellowship was more jazz (with a touch of rap) than classical adding even more interest to their “Ecstatic Science” symphonies.
Over the three nights there was also a powerful spoken word performance of Homer’s The Iliad, directed by William Zappa and read aloud as the sun went down.
Especially captivating was the incorporation of contemporary dance by the stunning Sydney Dance Company, who received a standing ovation as Saturday’s afternoon finale on the spectacular Sound Shell stage at Barragga Bay.