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Event Category: Theatre/Entertainment
Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of our country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia. It is produced by Woodfordia Inc in partnership with many other wonderful Australian festivals, regional partners and great lovers and supporters of folk and contemporary acoustic music. It’s an opportunity for music-lovers from welcoming communities to invite artists from Home and Abroad into their towns, and a way of exploring this vast country in the spirit of hospitality and great fun.
Kandanga, a rural town in the Mary Valley, is 20 km south of Gympie. It is thought that the name was derived from an Aboriginal expression describing a bend in a creek or referring to a mountain ridge.
The first township in the area was called Bunya Creek, an apt name to partner with Woodfordia and its enduring love of the native tree. The opening of the Mary Valley railway to Kandanga in 1914 led to the formation of a township around the station. Before then there existed only a basic rural community; a school (1900), a Union church at Bunya Creek (1905), a blacksmith, a store and the Kandanga Farmers Association.
A war memorial hall was built in 1925. The old hall was converted to a store, adding to Kandanga’s butcher, baker, bank and tea room. After several years of travelling cinema shows in the hall, the Kandanga Talkies picture palace (400 seats) was opened in 1942.
Today, the Kandanga Hall hosts everything from blue light discos to gourmet foodie experiences, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Mary Valley. Gympie Regional Council and CoolArts are pleased to welcome you!
Featuring folk racontuer Vance Gilbert (USA) and acclaimed singer-songwriter Liz Stringer (AUS)
For more information, see https://festivalofsmallhalls.com/tours/
Doors Open 6.30pm
Proudly presented by Gympie Regional Council and CoolArts