The Park Line-Up


Kate Burke is a musician and science buff who moved to Candelo seven years ago after many years touring in Australia and overseas.  She has a passion for small-town sustainability, knowledge sharing and strong community. Kate will host a forum in the park on imagining Candelo's future.

Welcome to Country
Smoking Ceremony with Warren Foster and the Gulaga Dancers.

Kids Activities
The Candelo Playgroup and Candelo Pre-School will provide a fun safe environment for kids to play and connect in the Tennis Shed in the Candelo Park. Times of operation will be advised on the day via a sign at the tennis shed. Parents are expected to be involved and supervise their children in the kids play area. A chill out zone for busy parents/baby change area will also be available in the tennis shed.

South East Arts and Grow the Music
Grow the Music is a creative Music and Arts program that deliver extensive workshops for Aboriginal and refugee communities across Australia. Through music, film and performance, Grow the Music builds self-esteem and confidence in people of all ages.

Grow the Music are a dedicated group of music educators who spend 4 weeks at a time in Aboriginal communities and offer intensive sessions in music, playing in a band, drumming, singing, recording, making instruments from recycled materials, performance skills and individual tuition on all rock band instruments. All of our programs culminate in a community concert, where participants get the opportunity to perform on stage, often for the first time.

In a Village Festival special event Grow the Music in partnership with South East Arts will present a free 90 minute feature concert in the Candelo Park.

Grow the Music Featured Performers;

Gabadoo is a Yuin man, born and raised in Bermagui NSW. He has been creating hip hop, R & B and urban funk music for over ten years, and is known for producing soul–infused beats and clear, dynamic vocals.

For Gabadoo, music is a way to express his feelings about his life, family and experiences. Making music has helped Gabadoo overcome some anxiety in the past, providing a creative outlet and a way to escape the challenges of everyday life.  A father of four, Gabadoo loves spending time with his young family.

After relocating to Coffs Harbour for nine years, where he met his partner Ash, Gabadoo was called back to his country on the far south coast of NSW where he now lives.

Gabadoo started listening to hip hop artist Easy E from N.W.A when he was a kid, and that inspired him to try making his own music a few years later. Even though he has been creating songs for over a decade, Gabadoo has only recently started to perform live. He hopes to keep gaining live experience, and carve out a career as a successful MC.

Alison Walker
Alison Walker is a Yuin / Monaro woman who grew up in Wallaga Lake Koori Village on the NSW south coast. Her totem is Umbarra, Black Duck. She takes strength in her culture, passed down by Elders through many generations.

Her artistic practice always has cultural significance and includes painting, singing, shell work and dance. Alison has attended festivals and events across Australia as a member of the Djaadjawan Dancers, a female traditional Aboriginal dance troupe.

Alison has worked as a tour guide for Umbarra Cultural Centre and also held a position on the Board of Merrimans Local Aboriginal Land Council for some years. In 2016, Alison founded her own female dance group at Wallaga Lake, the Djiringanj Dancers. She is a custodial traditional owner of Gulaga and Biamanga Mountains.

Tekeisha Thomas
Tekeisha Thomas is an exciting young musician who was born in Bega. She lived in Darwin until she was twelve, followed by Port Stephens and Canberra. Now she is back home on the South Coast on NSW.

She decided to pick up a guitar when she was living with her Aunty in Port Stephens, teaching herself by watching YouTube videos, and taking music lessons. Tekeisha recalls the first song she learned to play was ‘Nothing else matters’ by Metallica.

Candelo Songwriters Group
The Candelo Songwriters Group is a collection of individuals who's musical influences have evolved from the continuum of classical to rap; and are eclectic, from acoustic to electric. The format that inspires and kindles creative fireseach week is thus. The Word is chosen by the inimitable relevant delegate Mr Phil Moriarty, who then transmits The Word to the rest of the group. The Word is then transformed into musical, poetical and lyrical waxing. The transmogrified Word is presented to the group, who provide encouragement, constructive feedback and tea n biscuits, to soothe the fevered brows of the collective creators of song, poem and rhyme.

Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows
When Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows step onto stage, they take children (5-12 years) and parents alike on a high energy adventure full of spontaneous creativity, crazy drama acts and exciting original songs that have them singing and dancing in no time!

Inspired by “The Muppets” and “Sesame Street” ideals of sophisticated music with lyrics that connect to young people, they will excite and delight with their combination of folk,rock, funk, a little touch of country and what can only be described as a hypnotic Transylvanian polka.

Come and soar to new heights as they rock your world!

Caravan of Wonders

Park Stage Saturday 3-8pm
The Caravan of Wonders is an event in the Candelo Park on Saturday afternoon (3-7pm) featuring young performers from across the South East region. The event will be hosted by The Trickster Rhys Davies and is an excellent opportunity to see some of The Sapphire Coast’s hidden gems. Rhys will also present a circus skills master class on Sunday at 1pm in the park. Featuring performances by SCLC Stage Band, The Trickster,Tim Winterflood, Bega High Ensemble and Alice Wiebe. A black board concert will run from 5-7pm dedicated to young performers.


Candelo Shines in the Park

The Cabbies.
Six years ago in Candelo a unique band evolved under the guidance of brass and woodwind maestro Helen Gill. The criteria for joining the band was simple: to choose an instrument you have never played before ! Called the Candelo Adult Beginner's band now fondly know as Cabbies, we've tackled a few instruments and are almost prepared to bring you a tune or two.

Performances by Candelo Public School.

Display by Candelo Karate.

The Fun house Games
Cayce Hill and the Funhouse team will program 2 hours of village games and frivolity on Sunday morning from 11am. The games will be located in the Candelo Park Market precinct and all are invited to join in on the fun.

Circus Skills Master class with The Trickster and the Candelo Jugglers

Candelo General Store and Café
The Candelo General Store and Café alongside the Southern Valley Folk Club will present a blackboard concert at the Café. Musicians are invited to perform a 15 minute slot at the venue between 1 and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Acoustic sessions are welcome at other times. A range a food and refreshments will be available.

Candelo Bowling Club
The Candelo Bowling Club is offering free barefoot bowls all day and ‘The Bega Sound Collective' present KEEP OFF THE GRASS dance party from 9pm Saturday evening.

Roll on up for a chilled beer and tasty food, a bowl and a boogie. Open all weekend from 10am till close

Candelo Hotel
The Candelo Hotel and The Candelo Blues Club will present an afternoon of Blues on the Saturday (4-7pm) featuring the Jackson Fisher Band and the Chris Harland Blues Band. This is a free event. Acoustic sessions are also welcome at the hotel at other times. A range a food and refreshments will be available all day

The Crossing Gallery
The Crossing Gallery is owned and operated by Anne Stanton. Anne works alongside other Candelo Artists and exhibits work by local and national artists. Phillipa Street, Kim Falkenmire and Anne Stanton present an exhibition of historical photographs of Candelo over the festival weekend.  Be sure to drop in to The Crossing Gallery Candelo and experience 'Behind the Image'.

St Peters Church Art Installation
Local Artist Craig Cameron is creating a video art installation in the St Peters church that will be open to the public in the twilight hours (6pm Saturday). Craig is well known in the area for his expressive and diverse art. This is a one of installation created for the 2017 Candelo Village Festival with kind support of the St Peters church and the Sapphire Coast Anglican Parish.

Artists of all walks are invited to participate in the festival, outside of the curated program. Buskers and street performers are welcome in the festival precinct and spaces will be provided, visual artists wishing to paint at the festival are encouraged to do so. Questions regarding street performance and busking are to be directed to David Hargraves at