Fringe Events

Festival Fringe events are aimed at making music accessible to all. Whether you want to listen or join in, the Fringe is for you.


Festival Suppers

Before going to the evening concerts, why not enjoy food, drink and music in Maam Gaduying (Meeting Place) Park, just opposite the Bellingen Memorial Hall.  Local musicians will whet your appetite for the evening performance while your hunger will be satisfied by tasty, reasonably priced meals served in the Senior Citizens Rooms adjacent to the park.  Wine and soft drinks available.

Proceeds of all food and beverage sales will help fund the Bellingen Youth Orchestra and the Music Festival.

Friday and Saturday, 27 and 28 September

6:00 – 7:30 pm
Maam Gaduying (Meeting Place) Park

Free event



Classical Street Busking

Saturday mornings in Bellingen are always lively.  But on September 28th the air will also be infused with musical notes from busking music students and others, both young and old.

While you are strolling along Hyde Street get a festival program at the Festival Stall outside the Bellingen Newsagency.

Saturday 28 September

9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Various locations along Hyde and Church Street

Free…unless you wish to show your gratitude!



Waterfall Winds

In 2017 five professional musicians from the Bellingen region formed a wind quintet, consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon. The name “Waterfall Winds” was adopted as the players get together to rehearse along the Waterfall Way in Bellingen, and also because each of their instruments involves a great deal of lung activity. From the vast repertoire of music specifically written this configuration of chamber music ensemble, this performance presents a selection of pieces, in various styles, that makes the most of the characteristic sonorities of the individual instruments in the shifting timbres of their diverse combinations.

Saturday 28 September

11:30am to 12:15pm
Uniting Church Worship Centre

Gold Coin entry at the door



Lunch with the Bellingen Big Band

The Bellingen Big Band, under the direction of Chris Frater performs a great variety of music at many events and festivals throughout the North Coast NSW region. Members are drawn from the broad music community in the area. Established in 1998 the Bellingen Big Band is known as the finest Big Band in the region with an energetic yet sophisticated sound. It has provided the opportunity for training and performance to well over 300 aspiring musicians.

Visit the Bellingen Big Band Facebook Page

Saturday 28 September

1:15 to 2:00pm
Old Butter Factory Café

Music is free – but bookings are advised for lunch at the Café



Music-by-Youth Alumni Celebration in the Park

More to come!

Saturday 28 September

4:30 to 6:00pm
Maam Gaduying (Meeting Place) Park

Free event



Nota Bene

Nota Bene string ensemble with Wendy Nathan,  Louise Thompson and Pam Fayle (violin); Ruth Egan and David Fayle (viola); and Stephanie Abbott (cello),  was formed in 2017/18 by members of Coffs Harbour City Orchestra with an interest in playing chamber music.   They rehearse regularly …” more than half the fun is the rehearsals” … and like to take on challenges but always choose music they absolutely love to play. Their repertoire includes Baroque and classical pieces as well as some movie themes and other popular pieces. This year, apart from playing for weddings, they will be performing at a Red Cross Function, at an art exhibition opening and as a feature ensemble at Coffs Orchestra concerts. They are currently busy rehearsing Borodin’s String Quartet no 2 which they hope to perform at the Festival.

Sunday 29 September

10:00 to 10:45am
St Andrews

Gold Coin entry at the door



Karin Braidwood

A classical guitar performance by Karin Braidwood.

Karin has been a lifelong teacher of guitar and general music education with a passion for live performance in all styles of music.

Her versatile and expressive style coupled with the magic of the classical guitar is bound to enchant you. … More about Karin

Sunday 29 September

11:00 to 11:45am
St Andrews

Gold Coin entry at the door


A Chorus of Choirs

The great Ella Fitzgerald once said “The only thing better than singing is more singing”  and we have plenty of singing at this year’s Festival.

AkaBella has been delighting audiences for over 20 years. Guided by Louise Gore, AkaBella has a diverse repertoire sung in many languages, from many genres of early to contemporary music. 

More recently, local Jo Pierce has nurtured both the Sohum Women’s Choir and the all male Bromantics which, when combined, form the SoRomantics – the name says it all! 

Led by local pianist, Mei Wei Lim, Swingfonia jazz choir formed in June 2011, to the thrill of many who love jazz music.  As the name Swingfonia suggests, the choir perform music mainly from the jazz swing era, including some latin, blues, funk, some originals by Mei Wei Lim, and some jazz fusion.

But there’s more!   Composers and musicians Paul Jarman and Bonnie Nilsson will be leading the Valla Voices onto the Festival Stage.  Valla Voices is a youth choir that have sung at the Australian National Choral Festival and have twice toured with the Gondwana World Choral Festival.

So come along to hear, hum, clap and be inspired in song at the Chorus of Choirs.

Sunday 29 September

12:15 to 1:45pm
St Margarets Anglican Church

Gold Coin entry at the door