Blue Mountains Music Festival March 2013

Blue Mountains Music Festival 2013

Blue Mountains Music Festival 2013The Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk Roots and Blues , now in it’s 18th year, takes place in Katoomba on the 3rd weekend of March. It runs from 7pm Friday ’til late. Saturday 10am ’til late and Sunday 10:00am til 8:00pm.

The festival site is home to 8 undercover performance venues on which over 100 performances occur. A one ticket entry to the festival site allows patrons access to any or all of the performances.

Don’t miss out, book your Brigalow accommodation now.

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The Roaring 20’s & All that Jazz Festival February 2013

The Roaring 20's and all that Jazz Festival
The Roaring 20's & All That Jazz Festival

The Roaring 20's & All That Jazz Festival

During the month of February, the Region will kick up its heels with a host of events taking on a 1920s theme. Held at venues throughout the Region events include 1920’s costumed balls, high teas, film screenings, jazz performances, ragtime dancing, vintage couture fashion parades, historical walks, vintage car picnic, Charleston Challenge, ‘Gatsby’ Soirees, murder mysteries, cinema under the stars, Hickory Golf Cup, Ukulele Festival Highlands Steam Festival, radio plays and lots more fun.

Doff your fedora, polish your pearls and celebrate a golden era of opulence, architecture and jazz music when the Roaring 20′s Festival.. and all that Jazz! Festival kicks up its heels again from 2nd to 24th February 2013.

Events and Festival calendar.

The annual festival is a fabulous way to celebrate the halcyon days of the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region when visitors flocked to the nation’s first tourist destination eager to embrace an endless round of post-World War I hedonism – sumptuous architecture, costume balls and high teas, saucy clothing, outrageous (for the time) dancing and jazz music.

Held at venues throughout the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region and featuring 1920s-style balls in historic grand ballrooms, high teas, film screenings, jazz performances, vintage couture fashion parades featuring exquisite examples of the era thanks to Festival Ambassador Charlotte Smith, historical walks and much more, the festival program offers an event for everyone.

There are history tours, murder mystery fashion parades, afternoon tea parties, costumed balls, ragtime dancing and cocktails at gorgeous venues of the era, 1920s-themed transport rallies and film nights, community fairs and much more.

And don’t miss the chance to make history by joining in the Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge at Leura Mall on February 2 to set a new Guinness Book of World Records for the greatest number of costumed people dancing the Charleston.

At least 251 people are needed to dance for five minutes in costume (a boa and black dress or a snazzy suite and hat will do).

Would-be record breaking “flappers’’ and “gangsters’’ can even arrive in true 1920s style on The Blue Mountains Flyer diesel train in time for the Challenge. It departs Central station and stops at Strathfield, Westmead and Penrith.

After the Challenge, rest your feet under the trees and enjoy the ever-popular Automobile Picnic in Leura Mall.

The event, staged by Leura Village Association in conjunction with Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism, will transform the picturesque village back to the 1920s with live entertainment, costumed characters and a convoy of vintage cars, motor bikes and historical vehicles (many of which featured in the Underbelly Razor TV series and Betty Boop, a star of the new Great Gatsby movie).

Don’t miss out on all the festivities, book your Brigalow accommodation now.

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Everglades Vintage and Retro Weekend 17th-18th November

One of the best ways to enjoy the world famous, Blue Mountains is by visiting the National Trust property, Everglades. The weekend of the 17th and 18th November will a fabulous time to visit as Everglades will be hosting its second Vintage and Retro Weekend. This year, vintage and retro fashion parades will be featured. While the ladies relish the fashions of the 30’s and 40’s, the men can lust over polished vintage vehicles.

There’s plenty of lush green lawns to sprawl over while watching your kids play hopscotch or quoits. Throughout the day, you will be able to try Croquet, enjoy a tour of the Art Deco home, wander through 8 acres of gardens or find that perfect spot for a picnic. We encourage everyone to dress the part. Once you’re done, you can learn to move and groove. All this and a lot more will be up for grabs.

Book your Brigalow accommodation now.

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Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Opening in November

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre artist's impression

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre artist's impression

Due to open in November 2012, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will feature the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition which is devoted to education about the distinctive environment, history and culture of the Blue Mountains region. The Cultural Centre is co-located with the new Katoomba Library.

The Cultural Centre will showcase innovative, diverse, distinctive and creative cultural programs for enjoyment by residents of, and visitors to, the Blue Mountains.

Built on the highest point in Katoomba with panoramic views of the World Heritage area and it will link to the main shopping precinct on Katoomba Street through enhanced pedestrian connections.

Being the first publicly owned and managed, purpose designed facility of the arts to be constructed in the Blue Mountains, it is expected that the development will significantly contribute to the improvement of the economic health and cultural vitality of the Blue Mountains and the surrounding regions.

Additional features of the Cultural Centre include:

  • Foyer – providing cultural and visitor information
  • Theatrette/Seminar room – for seminars, talks and presentations
  • Multi-purpose Workshop – for educational public programs
  • Cultural Centre Restaurant / Café – for fine food and outdoor dining
  • Cultural Centre Shop – providing quality craft and mementos of the Blue Mountains Region
  • Two public courtyards and a scenic viewing platform – providing opportunities for outdoor events and spectacular views over the Jamison Valley.


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October Snow Falls in Leura

Winter returned to the Blue Mountains with snow falling in October for the first time since 2008.


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