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Gympie Regional Council launches new arts and culture program


Gympie Regional Council has launched RESET Gympie which is a new arts and culture program that celebrates live entertainment returning to the Gympie region.

RESET, which spans from the beginning of August until late September, brings together an incredible assortment of handpicked talented artists from across Australia that is set to entertain and inspire audiences of all persuasions.

The program includes performances featuring music, dance, storytelling, poetry, art and culture.

During August there are multiple events taking place as part of RESET, including Chasing Smoke by Casus Circus, The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) Collective, Fright Night, Pete the Sheep and Karl S Williams who is part of the Live and Local Music Series.


Casus Circus is heading to the Pavilion on Saturday, 7 August at 4pm to perform their show Chasing Smoke.

The world’s oldest living civilisation is the life force that empowers the stories within Chasing Smoke told through the lens of Australia’s all First Nations.

The Casus Circus crew stomp, dance, flip and weave their message, showcasing a people not defeated by adversity, but instead celebrating survival, modern-day Aboriginality and pride.


The ACO Collective is performing at the Pavilion on Tuesday, 10 August from 7.30pm.

The ACO Collective combines Australia’s most talented emerging string players with the professional musicians of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) to create a high energy orchestra.

Led by Helena Rathbone, ACO Principal Violin and founding Director of the ACO Collective, audiences are in for a magical journey on the ACO Collective 2021 regional tour, from world premieres by Australian composers Paul Stanhope and Holly Harrison to Vivaldi’s much loved The Four Seasons.


On Friday, 13 August, Creative Arts Gympie Region is presenting Fright Night at the Australian Institute of Country Music building at 28 Channon Street, Gympie.

Be prepared to be scared with live music and slam poetry that play homage to the superstitions and mystery of Friday the 13th.

Dress up if you dare, or just come along and enjoy a unique night out with music to die for and words to live by.


Pete the Sheep is an amazing production by Monkey Baa Theatre Company that is coming to the Pavilion on Friday, 20 August.

Based on the quirky and classic Australian picture book, Jackie French’s characters and Bruce Whatley’s expressive illustrations of them, come to life on stage.

Monkey Baa’s hilarious musical comedy is imaginatively told by four performers playing shearers, dogs and sheep that explores the challenges and rewards of being an individual.

With music and lyrics created by Phil Scott and the comedic imagination of Jonathan Biggins as director (both of Wharf Revue fame), audiences will be delighted by foot-tapping tunes and witty storytelling.

With two sessions available, the first starting at 12.30pm and the second at 5.30pm, this event is one the whole family can enjoy.


The final event in August is a performance by singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist and poet, Karl S Williams at the Pavilion on Saturday, 21 August at 7pm.

Karl’s songs are a distillation of life, love and the human condition.

Delivered with powerful conviction that takes your breath away, his performances are frequently referred to as a visceral and ‘spiritual experience’, leaving an audience slightly altered in the best possible way.

Special guest artists are the truly authentic, naturally charismatic, and delightfully entertaining, transpacific troubadours, Lawrence Menard (USA) and Clare Quinn (AUS), also known as Those Folk.

RESET Gympie is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

For more information, including the full list of events and how to book, visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au/RESET


A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 01 September 2021 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 01 September 2021

Spring is here and if you’re like me you’re chomping at the bit to get outside and get amongst the action. Whether its getting into your garden, meeting up with friends, or seeing a live show, you can do all of that and more this September in the Gympie region.

One community event that is taking place is the Valley Bees Open Day at the Pavilion, this Saturday from 9am. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at beekeeping but don’t know where to start, this event gives you the chance to watch demonstrations, ask questions and network with others in the community. 

If you can’t make it to the open day, the Valley Bees run information sessions and demonstrations at Landcare on the first Saturday of each month, and at Honey Bee Resort Kandanga on the third Saturday of the month.

Council’s arts and culture program RESET Gympie kicked off last month, and September’s line up of events has something for everyone.

On Saturday, 4 September from 6pm, Creative Arts Gympie region is opening their new creative space and gallery at 39 Monkland Street. This free event is a great opportunity to get together and celebrate an exciting new space dedicated to creatives in the Gympie region.

There are two great shows taking place at the Pavilion during RESET Gympie.
The lads from OKA will be performing on Friday, 10 September from 7pm to 9.30pm. This show combines an exciting blend of music that draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country to create their signature Australian earth sound.

On Saturday, 25 September from 7.30pm, Briefs Factory International will be presenting their amazing show Dirty Laundry. If you’re looking for a fun night of disco dancing, a little bit of circus and great comedy, this one is for you.

Finally, Story Vessels - ‘Boundaries’ Lines - Between - Apart will be on display at the Gympie Regional Gallery from Thursday, 9 September to Saturday, 2 October. This amazing exhibition explores the concept of how society’s perception of ‘boundaries’ has shifted since COVID-19. 

Check out the entire RESET Gympie program by visiting www.gympie.qld.gov.au/RESET

Mayor Glen Hartwig

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