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Wollongong here we come!
From President Neil Kinsey
Dear Fellow choirs,
I take this opportunity to wish you well for 2017 and give you an update on the work being done for our 2017 Festival of Song at Wollongong
Our Treasurer, Dave Bryars, has been working quietly behind the scenes and has secured sponsorship from Destination Wollongong who have provided us with a link to all accommodation in the Wollongong area and I would strongly encourage choirs to use the link when planning their visit. (below) Work is also underway seeking sponsors in the Illawarra region and discussions with the Wollongong Sports and Entertainment Centre are almost complete.
I apologise for the delay in getting the song books to you as the task has proved to be greater than we thought with some publishers refusing to give us a licence. We look forward to the 2017 Festival which I am sure will be our best ever!
Brother in song
Concert planners have now met twice in Wollongong to visit the fine venue, and meet with a representative from Destination Wollongong. We urge member choirs who have not done so to organise their accommodation as we are told it could be in short supply at the time of our concert.
Destination Wollongong will be very pleased to assist you with accommodation at favourable prices. You can also call them on 1800 240 737.
WIN Entertainment Centre
On venue for the 2017 concert, in keeping with the other fine venues we have performed at in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, is the Wollongong Sports and Entertainment Centre. It is a similar venue to the AIS Arena in Canberra, but offers a little more flexibility and facilities for performers. It also has a magnificent setting close to the waterfront.
The WIN Entertainment Centre (WEC) includes the main auditorium, the Premiers Room and 3 expansive venue foyers. A Foreshore Plaza is adjacent to the eastern end of the Centre and is overlooked by The Illawarra Brewery.
Seating a maximum of 6,000 in tiered theatre style seating, the main auditorium has the flexibility to be reduced to various configurations and is ideal for hosting concerts, dinners of 300 pax plus, or for hosting conference on one side of a dividing curtain and catered events or exhibitions on the other.
A modular concert and presentation stage, quality PA system, TV quality lighting, first-class kitchen and catering facilities and, a dream location, complete the picture for this unique conference and entertainment facility.
A bus drop-off bay suitable for 5 buses at any one time, an easy walk from hotels, rail transport, the City Centre and shops, and its proximity to Lang Park and City Beach (both of which are only 20 paces away!) make it a facility which is accessible and a joy to attend.
WIN Entertainment Centre is well equipped with accessible seating areas, lifts and ramps (where necessary) has a hearing loop facility and disabled parking can be easily arranged.
Wonderful Wollongong Weekend!
Your concert planning group are still hard at work putting things in place for the weekend of October 13 - 15th - with the emphasis on a fabulous concert and also a memorable and rewarding weekend.
You will find a copy of the current program of events here - but please keep in mind that some elements may be modified in the coming weeks.
Are you a male choir in Australia? If so, please now and join in the fun and fellowship.