Arts & Culture in Deni - you'll be surprised by what's on!
An exciting arts scene awaits visitors to Deniliquin. Public art, museums, gallery, travelling exhibitions and live performances are regular features on our calendar.
Visitor Info, Art and Great Food
The ideal place to start is at the Visitor Information Centre and Peppin Heritage Centre which also houses the Peppin Gallery, which has 12 exhibitions a year, a combination of art work, sculpture travelling exhibitions, and theatrical performances and music recitals.
If you need a break before exploring the Peppin Gallery and Heritage Centre, the adjoining Crossing Café’s meals and coffee are delicious!
The Peppin Heritage Centre focuses on the Peppin Merino stud breeding program from its beginnings, but also includes a recreated old-school classroom and the original Deniliquin Gaol. The Peppin Merino sheep was bred in the Deniliquin region and now dominates Australian wool production.
Deni’s museum is the Deniliquin and District Historical Society Museum which is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year. The museum, in the beautiful old building of the former police inspector's residence built in the 1880s, displays a varied and interesting collection reflecting the different facets of a lively community. It is open Tuesdays and Saturdays 10am – 2pm and by appointment on other days, with $5 entry for adults.
From the Visitor Information Centre, take an hour and a half to explore Deniliquin with a self-guided historical town walk, to visit our street sculptures and learn about Deni's historical buildings, people, places and how Deniliquin and the river that runs through it were named.
Classical Guitar Concert
The South West Music Regional Conservatorium is presenting four-time ARIA Award-nominated guitar duo, the Grigoryan Brothers on 7 July. Though they’ll be performing much of the instrument’s standard classical repetoire, the brothers’ passion is to expand their horizons through new arrangements, their own compositions and commissions, taking the guitar into genres such as jazz, folk and contemporary music. There are no boundaries, resulting in a dimension to guitar-playing rarely seen in the musical world. Tickets are available here.
Deniliquin Uke Muster
The Deniliquin Uke Muster has been rocking four strings since 2011, an eclectic bunch who get together every Wednesday night (during school term) at the Deniliquin Club to play, sing and learn. Led by experienced guitar tutor and local legend Chris Bodey, the players thrive as he never gives up on trying to teach them new things.
Music brings on endorphins – singers feel so good after a couple of hours of singing. Sing Australia believes everyone can sing and makes no judgement on how well that happens. The group of around 40 singers meets Tuesday evenings 6pm-8pm at the Community Health Centre and the public is welcome to join in. The group is performing a concert at Deniliquin Uniting Church Sunday 9 September at 2pm Sunday $10 including afternoon tea. More information from Sue McMillan at 0427 272 398.
Deniliquin Film Society shows interesting, thought-provoking and enjoyable films the second Friday of each month (doors open at 7.30pm, film starts at 8.00pm), typically critically-acclaimed films, classics, and films that are difficult to access locally, such as foreign language films. Your first visit is free! July’s film is Destry Rides Again, a western with Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart.
Artist Ros Lockhart’s solo exhibition 'Growing Venturous' is showing at the Peppin Heritage Centre Gallery until 21 June. 9am-4pm daily with $3 admission.
The Fab Fakes Art Exhibition by Marianne Jenkins will be on display at the Peppin Heritage Centre 25 June - 27 July – an opportunity to buy recreated masterpieces such as paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Monet.
While You Were Sleeping is a street art and innovative public sculpture project that aims to inspire creativity and build a culture of sustainability - it’s all about imagination in unconventional places and unique spaces. Outback Theatre for Young People has brought together Deni’s youth and professional artists to develop street art and public art installations using recycled materials. This year OTYP the artists are creating installations to develop a street art walking tour of Deniliquin, due to launch in November 2018.
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The project was developed in response to the mixed feelings expressed by Deni teenagers about their town, the perception of teenagers as out-of-place on the streets, loiterers rather than citizens, and the joyous response of the town to the outdoor outcome of the group’s previous project.
Edward River Art Society has classes each week: the free Thursday Painters class 10am-2pm free at the Multi Arts Centre; the $10 Wednesday Beginners class 7pm-9pm at the Multi Arts Centre; and the Infocus Photographers class on the first Thursday of each month 7pm-9pm at Intereach. Call Pam Wettenhall at 0458 423 871 to register.
Find out more about local art at South West Arts.
Regional indigenous culture
Deniliquin region was originally inhabited by the Wamba Wamba indigenous people. Their traditional boundaries included the Perrepa Perrepa tribe from the Barham area and adjoined the lands of the Yorta Yorta nation. Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre has displays of cultural heritage artifacts including stone and wooden tools and woven baskets and Wamba Wamba language-learning displays, an indigenous knowledge library, and an art and bush tucker shop. The Yarkuwa offer guided tours of local cultural heritage areas, such as the Island Sanctuary, the Murray Valley Regional Park or the Werai Reserve.
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Bush Poets Deniliquin meet every third Sunday of the month at 2pm at Intereach corner of Napier and Trickett streets. Visitors are very welcome to join for a couple hours of free entertainment and a friendly cuppa with some very talented original local writers.
Have you stopped to pause and reflect on what makes up your culture? Who you are, what you represent? How is culture created and how can we better understand and include people who have a different cultural belief system to our own? Friday 29 June 6-10pm we will be exploring all things culture with three local and inspiring speakers - not to be missed! This event is hosted by The Riverina Collective who host three events each year where local speakers tell their story. All events are turned into a free podcast called ‘Rural Women Making Change’.
String Bag Weaving
String bag workshop with Craft School Oz from 10am – 3pm 16 June. Create a string bag by making your own string and learning the ancient art of bag making that has been around for generations. $50 includes materials, and tea and coffee. BYO lunch. Contact Ariane at 0358983100 or email [email protected] to reserve your space.
The University of the Third Age has events every day of the work week for people over 50 years old, such as Tai Chi, play reading, guided meditation, card games, and guest speakers. Visitors are welcome to join in.
Deniliquilters and Friends
Devoted to patchwork, quilting and other textile crafts, Deniliquilters has stitching days every Tuesday 9am- 3pm with a different skill highlighted each week. Patchwork/quilting workshops taught by local and visiting tutors are every fourth Tuesday. Visitors are welcome - contact Liz Macdonald at 03 5882 5933 for more information.
Markets are held twice a month: the Lions Club Community Market is in the Waring Gardens on the fourth Saturday of the month, and Naponda Farmers Market is on the second Saturday of the month beside the Peppin Heritage Centre. The farmers market includes wonderful bread, fruit and veggies, preserves and conserves – a great opportunity to pick up lunch and some treats for the weekend. The community market is a great place to pick up seedlings and trees for the winter veggie patch and garden, or find collectables, clothing and jewellery.
As you drive to or from Melbourne, 45 minutes south of Deni is a farm gate trail that runs east from Barmah to Yarrawonga with 25 farm gates and wineries, such as The Big Cherry, Aintree Almonds and Apiary, Cactus Country, and KNM Berries & Fruits.
Long Paddock Sculpture Drive Trail
This touring route follows a by-gone era along the Cobb Highway where Cobb & Co stage coaches once ran from Moama on the border north through Deniliquin to Wilcannia. Most of the Cobb & Co inns have disappeared, though in their places there are now townships, which had their beginnings as resting places for coaches and their passengers. Deniliquin is in every sense a crossing place. The township sprung up at a favoured spot on the Edward River where drovers forded or swam their stock across on their journey along The Long Paddock - the travelling stock route.
Stop at the Black Swamp rest area between Booroorban and Wanganella, home to the famous Headless Horseman sculptures. Drovers around the Black Swamp in the middle of the 19th century told of a horseman who appeared suddenly at a campsite, mounted on a trotting cob, a cloak about his shoulders but with no head, spooking the animals and causing stampedes. It was said to be the ghost of a drover who had died at the swamp.
Check out the original Cobb & Co stables at The Royal Mail Hotel in Booroorban.
Customised group bus tours can be organised through the Deniliquin Information Centre, which could include a farm tour, a visit to a farmgate café, a country pub experience, picking up collectibles or seeing exhibitions.
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Learn more about visiting Deniliquin at www.visitdeni.com.au