Eurobodalla Shire enjoys a vibrant and varied arts and cultural scene with the region spearheading a counter-urban renaissance. This is exemplified by Sculpture on Clyde, which launched in 2017 as one of Australia richest acquisitive sculptural prizes. Red Door Theatre Moruya, another recent launch, is Eurobodalla’s second theatre group, joining the award-winning Bay Theatre Players.
The festival and events calendar is as interesting as it is eclectic, and includes the River of Art, Batemans Bay Writers Festival, Granite Town, Narooma Oyster Festival, Tilba Festival, Art on the Path, Shakespeare in the Gardens, Southeast Harvest Festival, Yooftube and an interesting meander of concerts, exhibitions, displays and workshops.
The Perry St Cinema in Batemans Bay is a licensed multi-screen cinema focussing on blockbusters, while Narooma’s Kinema has a distinct art-house vibe. This theatre also features live performances in its funky Edwardian interior. Recently, a new wave of digital creatives and artists have begun to occupy Batemans Bay’s industrial estate, with the creation of co-working and co-creative spaces such as South Tribe in Batemans Bay, flagging new opportunities arising from the arrival of the NBN.
This renaissance is due in part to the large number of practicing artists that have chosen to make Eurobodalla Shire their home. As well as making this an interesting and vibrant place to live, it creates opportunity for cultural tourism ventures and arts based businesses, as the regions reputation as an arts and culture destination grows. These opportunities will be further enhanced by the Mackay Park Precinct redevelopment, which signals significant investment in Eurobodalla’s arts and cultural sector by Council and the NSW State Government.