IMPORTANT – Tumbulgum Hall Event coming up soon.
Details and bookings: Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever or phone Phoebe at Arts Northern Rivers 02 6628 8120
If These Halls Could Talk is a multi-arts project celebrating regional halls and the role they play in our communities. As part of this project, Opera Qld has been working with local participants on a performance inspired by stories told in our Hall earlier this year.
There’s been an accident on the Tweed River. A collision. Someone has died and when that happens souls come to wait here on the bank to find out who will be taken into the afterlife. They’re waiting for the Ferryman to decide. The Tumbulgum Hall will be transformed into this other-worldly place; a place where souls meet and where the community comes together. And while souls meet this December they’ll be taken on a musical journey into the next world and into forever.
Bring a plate to share, reminiscent of your favourite hall – drinks for sale on the night.
Dates: 16th and 17th December
Where: Tumbulgum Community Hall
Tickets // Adult $20 // Family $50 (2 Adult + 2 Children under 18)
Book on line: http://ifthesehallscouldtalk.com.au/program
or phone Phoebe at Arts Northern Rivers 02 6628 8120
If These Halls Could Talk – An Arts Northern Rivers Project
On 9 April 2015 Arts Northern Rivers launched their project If These Halls Could Talk. The two-year project invited everyone in the Northern Rivers to nominate their local hall for a chance to be involved in the community arts project, funded by Arts NSW Regional Partnerships.
Tumbulgum Hall was nominated by Brian Breckenridge and chosen by Arts Northern Rivers to represent Tweed Shire as one of 7 halls across the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
29 January 2016 the artists engaged to work with the halls were announced. Tumbulgum’s community engagement day on Sunday 7 February was well attended by over 100 people keen to get involved with the project. Catherine Marciniak, ABC Open recorded stories of memorable moments in the hall. Jules Ober photographed the faces of Tumbulgum Hall. Jason Barry-Smith of Opera Queensland led more than 60 singers of all abilities in the singing workshop.
Congratulations on a great day go to TCA members and friends who spent hours making phone calls, posting and distributing postcards and flyers and helping on the day: Sue, Brian, Jan, Robert, Rex, Bruce, Heidi, Gwen, Donna, Jenny, David, Beth and Yvonne, Trish. Community volunteers make all the difference!
Opera Queensland Artistic Director, Lindy Hume, together with Creative Directors Jason Barry-Smith and Rod Ainsworth, spent 30 April – 1 May at Tumbulgum Hall to engage the community again in telling the stories that should be told, sharing recipes for the food that should be eaten and singing the songs that should be sung to tell the story of Tumbulgum Hall in all its glory. Listen to ABC Open’s recording here.
In August 2016 Arts Northern Rivers announced the full program for If These Halls Could Talk, a region-wide season of contemporary arts events being held in seven community halls from the 17 September – 17 December 2016.
Opera Queensland held auditions on 1 and 2 October in the Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre for singers and musicians for its forthcoming presentation Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper between Now and Forever that will be performed at Tumbulgum Hall on 16 and 17 December as part of Arts Northern Rivers’ If These Halls Could Talk project.
About the If These Halls Could Talk project