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Songwriting workshops for community connection

Strathbogie Shire Council has invited residents to connect at a free songwriting workshop with acclaimed folk music singer Lucy Wise.

Arts and Culture Officer Kobe Pallis said the three-hour Shared Sky Songwriting Workshop − hosted at in the east and west of the Shire in May − was designed to connect all ages and levels of creative experience.

“The workshop is an introduction to the art of songwriting for curious minds, and an opportunity to enhance community connection across the Shire,” Ms Pallis said.

“Lucy will share insights into the songwriting process, how to develop ideas from seed to song, and maintain a sense of flow through the process.”

Ms Pallis invited residents to book an afternoon workshop at Nagambie Lakes Community House on Saturday, May 28; or a morning session at Moglonemby Memorial Hall on Sunday, May 29.

“As a collaborative group, participants will draw inspiration from Strathbogie Shire environment, cultures and relationships for exploring songwriting themes and structures,” Ms Pallis said.

Ms Wise is a central-Victorian based singer-songwriter who has toured nationally and internationally.

She was nominated at the 2021 Music Awards as Best Folk Act and is renowned at music festivals for warm and heartfelt lyrics and melodies, telling stories of love, healing, and relationships with the environment.

Ms Pallis said the sentiment and community feedback at the two Strathbogie Shire workshops would inspire the future creation of “a community folk anthem of sorts”.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Laura Binks said the Shared Sky project was created based on community consultations which set objectives for Council’s Arts and Culture Strategy.

“We are excited to invite people from all postcodes in our Shire to be part of The Shared Sky project, which launches in May with these social and creative workshops led by talented singer-songwriter Lucy Wise,” Cr Binks said.

“The Shared Sky workshops – and any future event in this project – aims to connect people of all ages across the Shire, encourage collaboration, sharing and developing skills, and support our facilities with arts and culture activities and events.”

The Shared Sky Songwriting Workshops will be held on:

  • Saturday, May 28 at Nagambie Lakes Community House, 363 High St, Nagambie from 2pm to 5pm. Afternoon team provided. Book at: https://tinyurl.com/SongNagambie
  • Sunday, May 29 at Moglonemby Memorial Hall, Moglonemby Hall Rd, Moglonemby from 10am to 1pm. Morning tea provided. Book at: https://tinyurl.com/SongMogHall

Participants must present COVID double-vaccination certificate on arrival at the workshop and should note any dietary needs when making their online booking for a workshop.

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