Friday 2, Saturday 3, Sunday 4 April (Easter Weekend)

A major South Coast music and arts event returns for 2021 as Four Winds announces its 2021 Festival program over three joyous days at the magnificent Barragga Bay site near Bermagui. The Four Winds Festival 2021 opens on Friday 2 April with FREE events on the Four Winds Sound Shell from mid-afternoon into the evening.

From English Baroque to Candelo folk, from Middle Eastern song to contemporary dance, from ancient Yuin culture to ancient Greek tales, and from romantic poetry to Ravel piano trios, the Four Winds Festival is a cornucopia of culture in the heart of NSW’s South Coast.

For over a year the Four Winds Sound Shell has been silent, waiting for this moment of reconnection with festival audiences. Creative Director, Lindy Hume says “This is the perfect place for us to gather and reconnect with each other, with nature, with music, with the world. This will be a weekend of celebration and reflection, a gathering site for artists and audiences, locals and visitors to our region, people of all ages and backgrounds.”

“Four Winds Festival 2021 comes after a period of stress and upheaval for the South Coast. Making a festival of music and art in a natural setting, together with the community, seems a good place to start that recalibration”.

Animating the program theme RECONNECT are four key events:

· The Festival Opening Event is THINGS ARE LOOKING UP: SONGS FROM YUIN COUNTRY, a joyous all-in celebration of the music, dance, language and cultures of this region. Yuin artists perform a Welcome to Country, before joining the musician-storytellers of Candelo on the Sound Shell stage including Heath Cullen, Robyn Martin, Sam Martin, Melanie Horsnell, Pete Wild, Kate Burke, Anactoria, Matty Walker & Kyarna Rose and Gabadoo. THINGS ARE LOOKING UP: SONGS FROM YUIN COUNTRY is a FREE EVENT

· Ancient Greek theatre comes to Four Winds each night of the Festival with THE ILIAD – OUT LOUD. Local artist William Zappa’s adaptation of Homer’s epic tale earned standing ovations at the Sydney and Adelaide Festivals. Zappa’s team of actors and musicians bring this millennia-old tale of war and destiny to Bermagui’s own outdoor amphitheatre over three evening performances. (Images, interviews available) Part One of The Iliad - Out Loud is a FREE EVENT.

· Making a spectacular appearance is SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY performing Rafael Bonachela’s stunning Cinco, to live accompaniment from a Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows string quartet. Presenting seven brilliant athlete-artists in full flight, bathed in natural light on the Four Winds stage. (Hero image & quotes available)

Photo: Don Arnold

· The final statement of the Festival is COMPASSION. created by two treasured Australian artists, award-winning composer Nigel Westlake and the luminous-voiced performer Lior. Featuring an astonishing line-up of Australian musicians this powerful music and Hebrew/Arabic text,“Compassion is a work we all need to hear now” – Lindy Hume. (Images: Performance, Westlake and Lior)

Also featured are the renowned Goldner String Quartet; baroque and early music specialists The Muffat Collective; soprano Taryn Fiebig; Persian oud player Hamed Sadeghi; artists conversations with ABC’s Graham Abbott; solo performances of Bach cello suites by Timo-Viekko Valve; the exuberant pianist Stefan Cassomenos; beloved locals The New Graces; a program of all-female composers from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows, and much more…

Experience Four Winds legendary hospitality and conviviality with great food, wine and coffee, local gin and other site experiences and stalls from local producers. FREE SHUTTLE BUSES FROM BERMAGUI. All information on our website from Monday 25th January: