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Art & Culture

Come and delight in a unique cultural experience across our magnificent Snowy Mountains region.

Many artists and artisans - musicians, sculptors, painters, ceramicists and poets - call the Snowy Mountains region home. The landscape has inspired and drawn people here over many decades. Banjo Paterson spent time here (his poem The Geebung Polo Club was written about the Polo Club at Cooma); Patrick White worked for a short time at Bolaro near Adaminaby; Dorothea McKeller was governess at Coolringdon Homestead; Miles Franklin was born at Talbingo. More recently, artists like Prue Acton, and the internationally-renowned Imants Tillers - have settled in the Snowies.

Art exhibitions, displays and competitions are held year-round, across the district. Notably, the Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre (located inside the historic Lord Raglan Inn, Cooma) is being established as a Regional Gallery, and hosts local and travelling exhibitions. Kunama Art Gallery on Kosciuszko Road in Jindabyne features works unique to the Snowy Mountains region from renowned artists including Alan Grosvenor. Others include: the Kosciuszko National Parks Visitor Centre’s exhibition gallery features a regular monthly exhibitions of artists from the region and touring shows; Stewarts Information and Gallery at Adaminaby displays consist of historic photos, newspaper clippings, documents on the history of Adaminaby plus paintings form local artists.

Almost anywhere you travel across the Snowies, you will hear music playing at the assortment of indoor and outdoor venues from ski resort night clubs to live unplugged sessions on a summer deck - there is a soundtrack to your holiday to be found across the region in every season. Apart from individual businesses promoting their own gigs, groups such as the Snowy River Arts Council and the Snowy Monaro Arts Council bring a variety of musical acts to the region.

Theatre-lovers are also catered for. The Cooma Little Theatre has entertained audiences throughout the mountains for 50 years. The Thredbo Players present one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces each year on the Village Green in Thredbo. The beautiful Olympia Theatre in Bombala occasionally hosts visiting theatre companies.

Culture also means belonging to the residents of the Snowies region. To find out more about the history, aboriginality and lifestyle of our different shires, information can be found at the South East Arts Region website.

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