Every festival has its blue-ribbon event and for Bello Winter Music it’s the Opening Night Gala in the beautiful Bellingen Memorial Hall on Thursday 11 July. Featuring short performances by a selection of festival acts the Opening Night Gala offers a thrilling taste of the wonders of the festival weekend to come.
As a special treat this year’s Bello Opening Night Gala will feature A Midwinter Night’s Dream, a magical forest of song woven together by flame haired enchantress Claire Anne Taylor, nature boy Archer and squeezebox sprite Gleny Rae Virus. Audiences will also be treated to performances by Hat Fitz and Cara, Ethno Folk Orchestra, Miss Friby, Greg Sheehan, Leah Flanagan, Joe Newton and one of the winners of the Youth Mentorship Program (winners to be announced in July). The entire evening is deftly held together (or pulled apart!) by comedian and festival favourite Mandy Nolan.
“We like to kick off Bello Winter Music with a celebration,” says Festival Director Glenn Wright “Bello’s Opening Night Gala is the perfect way to get a taste of what’s to come and sets the tone for the festival. It’s kind of like musical speed dating and lots of fun for the artists and the audience. We’re thrilled that Claire Anne Taylor, Archer and Gleny Rae Virus have created a special one-off performance for the night.”
Bello Winter Music Opening Night Gala is being held on Thursday 11 July, 6pm – 11:30pm at Bellingen Memorial Hall. Get in quick and grab your Gala tickets at bellowintermusic.com.
About Bello Winter Music
Bello Winter Music (11- 14 July) is a small, family-friendly festival that fills the streets, cafes and halls of the NSW Mid North Coast town of Bellingen. Bello Winter Music is known for its diverse program, relaxed atmosphere and delightful venues spread throughout the town. This year’s line-up of more than 70 acts includes Tammi Savoy and The Chris Casello Combo (US), Vaudeville Smash, Jess Ribeiro, Nadia Reid (NZ), The Montgomery Brothers, Emily Wurramarra, Hein Cooper, Psycho Zydeco and much much more.
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