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Moree a cultural mecca as Moree On A Plate celebrations bring food, wine, art and entertainment to town

MOREE will transform into a cultural mecca, with local galleries and organisations collaborating to ensure a full schedule of celebration over the Moree on a Plate Festival weekend.

Initiating the weekend’s festivities, Yaama Ganu Gallery will present its inaugural women’s show, applauding the contribution of women to contemporary Aboriginal Art.

Gallery directors Toby Osmond and Catherine Madden said they are thrilled to bring such a significant all-female collection to Moree, particularly given the exhibition coincides with Mothers’ Day.

“We’ve got some really exciting works by renowned indigenous artists such as Sonia Kurarra, the Papunya Tjupi artists and senior Kaltjiti Arts artists Imitjala Curley,” Toby said.

“Mrs Curley is one of the major talents in the APY Lands, and being a mother of five daughters may offer some insight into the joy and whimsy that inhabits her work.”

The exhibition opens Thursday evening, May 9, with opening drinks at the gallery, 211 Balo Street, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Further showcasing the rich culture and social fabric of Moree, The Moree Gallery opens its latest group exhibition the following day, featuring renowned artists Catherine Stewart, Sarah Bishop, Andrena Smith and Moree born-and-bred ceramic artist, Lucinda Kirkby.

Local caterers Toby Osmond and Kate Goodhew will prepare a special Mothers’ Day Luncheon at The Moree Town and Country Club to cap off the weekend.

The exhibition opens at 10am, Friday May 10, with drinks with the artists open to all from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at The Moree Gallery, 30 Heber Street.

Moree’s musical talent will also be on display over the weekend, with local all-female vocal group, Serendipity, returning to the stage at the Bank Art Museum Moree (BAMM).

Vocalists ageing from 13 through to 65 will wow the crowd with their spine-tingling performance Serendipity Time Travels on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 7.30pm.

Yaama Ganu Gallery will hold its inaugural women’s show to coincide with Moree on a Plate and Mother’s Day.

Serendipity’s Michele Maurer said this was the group’s second major concert, with their first, in 2018, selling out within the day.

“There’s nothing more soothing for the soul than listening to a beautiful, harmonious live choir. In fact, a UK psychiatrist found students feeling stressed or mentally overwhelmed should join a choir, and I’m not surprised – making music is calming and wonderful,” Michele said.

“It’s a common language that we can all come together and experience that wonderful emotion.”

Tickets at $25 each and are currently on sale at Sylvia’s Fabrics, Heber Street, Moree.

And while Moree’s creative talent will shine over the weekend, so too will our region’s rich agricultural sector.

While the Moree on a Plate Food and Wine Festival on Saturday, May 11 from 10am to 4pm is dedicated to showcasing the produce and talent born from the north-west plains, Tourism Moree will once again complement the event with interactive, first-hand farm tours.

O’Dempsey’s Agri Tours will run four excursions over the weekend, aimed at enhancing visitors ‘paddock-to-plate’ experience with guided tours to a pecan nut farm, and a cotton farm and gin tour.

The tours will run on Friday, May 10 (9am -12 pm) Cotton Gin Tour and 1pm-4pm Guided Pecan Tour and Monday, May 13 9am-12-noon Guided Pecan Tour and 1-4pm for the Cotton Tour.

Each tour runs for three hours, and costs $30 for adult and $20 for children under 14.

And capping off a stellar few days in Moree, The Moree Town and Country Club will hold a special Mothers’ Day Luncheon, lovingly prepared by guest chefs Kate Goodhew and Toby Osmond.

Serendipity Sings will wow the crowd with their spine-tingling vocal performance, with two performances at the BAMM over the Moree on a Plate weekend.

Committee member Penny Holliday said it was a wonderful opportunity to indulge mum, or a special someone, and relax in the tranquil gardens of the club.

Lunch is $50 for adults and $15 for children. Bookings are essential so please call 0267 521430.

Moree on a Plate president Bethany Kelly said she was thrilled so many organisations had rallied around Moree on a Plate to ensure visitors to the festival had the opportunity to enjoy all the delights the community offers.

O’Dempsey’s Agri Tours will give visitors to the region a first-hand insight into local agriculture, with cotton and pecan farm tours running during the festivities.

“With so many visitors from out of the region, even the State, descending on Moree for the festival, it is fantastic that we can offer them a full local experience, and can all join together to showcase every aspect of our great community,” Bethany said.

“The weekend will be the source of great pride for our town, and we’re all getting very excited. I encourage everyone to invite friends and family from out of town to gather in Moree for the Mothers’ Day weekend, support these great events and celebrate the great community in which we live.”

For further information on these events see www.moreegallery.com.au, www.yaamaganu.com.au,

www.moreeonaplate.com, www.bamm.org.au and www.moreetourism.com.au.

Words: Georgina Poole