From April 17-20, 2014, the idyllic coastal community of Bermagui will again host the award winning Four Winds Festival a biennial event showcasing rich and vibrant talent from around the world and close to home.
In his first festival as Artistic Director, Paul Kildea has gathered four spectacular artists from around the world – Australian violinist Richard Tognetti, cellist Giovanni Sollima from Italy, pianist Dejan Lazic from Croatia and violinist Zen Hu from China.
The festival location includes one of the world’s most unique venues – Nature’s Concert Hall. This year audiences will experience the newest addition to the site, Clinton Murray’s Windsong Pavilion, named in honour of Neilma Gantner a festival founder. The Windsong Pavilion is a woodland marvel, perched on the hill overlooking and complementing Philip Cox’s wondrous sculptured Sound Shell.
The new pavilion can accommodate a full orchestra or seat 160 people – with many more spilling out onto the decking during summer – listening to a recital by a resident quartet, visiting soloists, or speaker.
This latest addition completely recasts the function and future of Four Winds. Together, the buildings invite artists and audiences of the future as much as those of today. Barragga Bay is now a hub where writers, musicians, artists, directors, audiences and students participate in the creative process. Together these buildings will host Four Winds, Four Seasons – a year round program of events for and by the community of residents, artists, and the many guests who will be allured by these magnificent venues. Windsong Pavilion is named in honour of Neilma Gantner – founder, believer, wayfarer.