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Blue Shorts Film Festival 2019
Blue Shorts is a short film festival held in the Blue Mountains, Australia. Just for local residents, Blue Shorts celebrates Blue Mountains stories and storytellers and is a celebration of local creativity and community. Filmmakers of all levels are encouraged to submit short films – from young and emerging filmmakers to the many pros we have in the area. We are looking for short films 7 minutes and under in any genre and style (*films in 12 years and under category need to be 2 mins or less*). We are ready to take your entries now! The closing date is 22 March 2019.
The festival screenings will be held on 4-May 2019 at the beautiful Mount Vic Flicks with an awards presentation after the screenings.
**NOTE** this festival is not listed publicly on the FilmFreeway so cannot be found by searching the FilmFreeway listings. Once you have created your project and uploaded your film, please go to https://filmfreeway.com/BlueShorts in order to submit your entry to Blue Shorts.
Blue Shorts is brought to you in partnership with Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre, Mount Vic Flicks and Local Film Makers with support this year from Sydney Water. We will be running an animation workshop on the theme of water for children and young people ages 8-14 in the upcoming weeks. Contact 0438 099 081 for more information.
Awards & Prizes
Best Film Best Film with Water Theme (12 and under – * 2 minutes or less*) Best Youth Film (12 and under – * 2 minutes or less*)
Best Youth Film (Aged 13-18) People’s Choice Award x 2 Best Family Made Movie Best Comedy Best Story Best Animation Best Music Video Best Documentary Best Dramatic Film Best Cinematography Best Sound Best Edit Best Special Effects
Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre has been nominated for the 2018 BlueMountainsAustralia.com People’s Choice Awards, if you’d like to vote for us, click here and fill in the relevant fields. Thank you!
Variations on a Theme – Three Piece Suite concert in Blackheath.
Sunday September 9th.
In their final concert series for 2018, string trio Three Piece Suite will present a true variety performance at the Blackheath Presbyterian Church on Sunday September 9th at 4pm– all the works by diverse composers are connected with Theme and Variations form. Covering a wide range of musical periods and styles , Rachel Westwood, violin, Valmai Coggins, viola and Deborah Coogan, cello will explore this perennially popular form with an eclectic mix of works by Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, Dohnanyi, Klein and more. The varied moods will mean you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and everything in between – our infinite variety will never stale!
Some things will remain the same; the cosy acoustics of the church will delight and you can stay after the concert for a delicious afternoon tea in the hall. Remember variety is the spice of life! Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only) or at tpschambermusic.com $25 for adults, $5 for children.
Venue: Blackheath Presbyterian Church, Wentworth St, Blackheath
Date & Time: Sunday 9th September at 4pm
Tickets: Adult $25, Child $5
Did you know we know have frozen vegetarian meals here at BANC? This is a new community project, created in response to increasing food insecurity being felt by local people. We are partnering with The Victory Cafe, Junction 142 Food Recovery, and BANC volunteers to provide nutritious meals to our community for a gold coin donation. Please share this information with your networks.
Click HERE to access site.
“In partnership with the Uniting Church the ‘Junction 142’ project at 142 Katoomba Street now has a renovated laundry and bathroom available for use. It is incredibly difficult to function in society without access to these facilities so they are filling an important need. On top of this, we can also provide free clothing from our Op Shop to prepare people for job interviews and appointments with real estate agents.
In the past year we have provided more than 6000 free meals and food parcels as well as rescuing around 20,000 kilos of surplus food from going to landfill.
We deal with homelessness every day. Often it can be locals who just haven’t been able to make the rent or mortgage payments. Director Rosa Del Ponte says “We deal with ordinary people who struggle to manage sky rocketing housing costs. It just takes a run of bad luck and anyone can end up homeless. One partner loses a job and the other gets sick and then in a matter of months they are on the streets. We have even helped a family of five who were living in a tent in the bush”.
The Soul Kitchen also helps the Sydney homeless who are riding the trains at night to stay safe and warm. Rosa explains “They hop off at Katoomba and come to us for a meal or to have a shower and launder their clothes”.”
For more information, please click HERE
This morning at BANC we received an extremely generous donation of over $1,400 from The Blackheath Knitwits group! We are so incredibly grateful as this donation will assist us to continue helping the local community. We would like to take this opportunity to promote what these wonderful people do.
The Blackheath Knitwits are a knitting group that meets in the Invanhoe pub dining room area every Tuesday at 2pm. There they knit various items for community services and charity groups like Katoombas Thrive Family Support services, ‘Wrapped With Love’, Junction 142 and Soul Kitchen. If you’d like to join in, head on down and meet new friends while knitting for some great causes.
Donations of knitted 25cm/10 inch squares, yarn, or completed rugs are also happily collected.
Phone Yvonne 4787 5392 or Dot on 47877610
Thanks again to the Knitwits!
The month ahead looks like a lot of fun as the sister towns of Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba and Blackheath in the Upper Blue Mountains exhibit a healthy dose of sister rivalry to compete to be the ‘best-dressed’ town for the inaugural 4 Sisters Yulefest – a joyous mid-winter celebration!
The Blackheath sister has already started to rebel and has no interest in being the ‘prettiest’ … true to her name BLACKheath, she’s the cool, dark and daring sister and her businesses are celebrating Blackheath’s DARK side … which is why Blackheath is a good place to go stargazing in winter! But check them out … they’ve created a ‘red light district’ to look at the issue of light pollution on wildlife, and are daring customers to go#ToplessInJuly as they tackle the plastic pollution problem of single-use plastic ‘tops’ on cups.
Check her out and check out all the other sisters as the month unfolds … they each have very different personalities!
Blue Fringe Literature Award entries are now open.
Entries are due by 5pm 14th September 2018.
Open for people with a lived experience of mental illness.
For more information and entry form go here.
Come and meet a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) at BANC Community Access.
This one to one consultation is an opportunity to bring your questions to an LAC.
The LAC can assist you with the following:
* Provide you with information regarding the NDIS,
* Help you understand your NDIS funded plan,
* Help you identify the next steps to take on your NDIS journey,
* Connect you with your local community,
* Help identify what supports are available in the community if you do not have a NDIS plan.
Location: 110 Wentworth Street Blackheath
Date: Wednesday 25th July 2018
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30pm
If you would like more information please call 4723 9444, for general questions you can also call BANC Community Access on 47875684
Please book should you require AUSLAN or language interpreting services so we can make arrangements to suit your needs.
The 1st Blackheath Scout Group has been part of the community of the Upper Blue Mountains for 100 years. They provide boys and girls, young and old with lots of fun, challenging experiences, skills development and motivation to do their best and prepare them for an active and rewarding life.
Each section has its own trained Leaders and Assistant Leaders. Scout Leaders come from all walks of life, from parents of Scouts, to childhood Scouts, to people with no Scouting experience at all.
Hello lovely friends. We are hoping to add to our wonderful team of volunteers here at BANC. Currently we have a Wednesday afternoon available. If you would like to come and be a part of our service, meet new people and connect with your larger community, please drop-in or call us on 47877770. Please share with your friends. Thanks in advance :
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Have you started filming your short for the festival yet?
Applications are accepted from people whose film is either made on location between Lapstone and Lithgow, or if the film maker/s reside between the same areas.
Film entry lengths are restricted by category as follows
General: 7 mins or less
Youth(13-18): 7 mins or less
Youth(under 13): 2 mins or less
Entries are being accepted online at
The closing date and time is 5pm on March 31st 2018.
Finalists’ films will be shown at Mount Vic Flicks on Sat 19th May 2018
Vacation activities for April 2018 School Holidays!
Come and make art with local artist Niki Martignago.
Monday 16th April 10.00 am – 11.30am
Bollywood to Brazil HIP HOP WORKSHOP
Tuesday 24th April 10.00 am – 11.00 am
Indoor Archery with FitKids Australia
Thursday 26th April 9.30 am – 11.30 am
Location – Community Halls, Blackheath, CNR Gardiners Cres and the Highway
Cost – $10 per child (accompanying parent/ carer is free of charge)
Bookings are essential as spaces are limited, Call BANC on 4787 7770
Parents/ Carers MUST stay on the premises for the duration of the workshop
Bring own morning/ afternoon tea.
For further information contact Jo on 0438 099 081
New! JP service at BANC.
Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre now has the services of a NSW JP.
Current Availability – Thursdays 9.30am to 4pm. No need to call – just come in to BANC with your documents.
Other times may be available by prior arrangement. Please call 4787 7770 to leave your name and number and our JP will get back to you.
We are currently offering volunteer position/s at our Blackheath Out Of School Hours (BOOSH) service! This position is for one hour between 3pm and 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays and also has the possibility of turning into paid work. If you love kids and would like the chance to join our wonderful team, please call Jade on 47877770 to discuss.
Sadia is a human rights activist working in the field of sexual violence as a consultant on honour-based violence, forced marriage and FGM. Based in the UK, she has a focus on black minority ethnic women. Sadia organised a hugely successful event titled ‘Let’s Talk Honour’ in October 2016, which was held at Gloucester University. She also launched Critical Sisters, a forum to debate, discuss and challenge anti-feminist norms, including religious norms. She talks about the importance of speaking out against religious fundamentalism and Islamist narratives regarding blasphemy and apostasy laws and other matters, insisting on the right to criticise some aspects of religion, despite the fact that views such as hers are often labelled as unacceptable, Islamophobic or offensive, and people can even be – and are – killed for such criticism.
Sadia won the IKWRO Special Recognition: Activist of the Year 2017, and is a spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.
There is no charge for this talk but please rsvp by 5 Feb, as seating is limited.
RSVP by 5 Feb: Gaby Grammeno – email@example.com or 4751 9715.
Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre is now a provider of Water Payment Assistance Scheme (PAS) vouchers
PAS vouchers can help you if you are having difficulty paying your Sydney Water bill. This scheme assists people experiencing financial hardship by providing vouchers or a credit to a water account.
Before you seek assistance:
If you are having trouble paying your bill you should speak to your water company first.
Water suppliers may be able to suggest a payment arrangement to assist you manage your bills.
ETTIN CON IS COMING TO BLACKHEATH!
From the Ettin Con website:
Modern games have come a long way since monopoly or snakes & ladders. Bring your favourite board game along to share, or even try something different from our library of public games.
Magic? Uno? Card Wars? Netrunner? Dominion? Bring your deck, shuffle into your seat, and deal us in!
We haven’t forgotten you screen-heads. Enjoy our consoles together or bring your portable device with some multiplayer games!
For more information and to buy tickets: https://ettincon.org/
The new Vaction Care program for Blackheath out of School Hours (BOOSH) is ready for bookings. Excursions to the gardens at Mount Tomah and Lazer Skirmish at Penrith will be popular, so book early to avoid disappointment. These holidays BOOSH is introducing an exciting new incursion in the form of a 9D Cinema experience which is sure to enthrall the children, so don’t miss out!
Mountains regular “Three Piece Suite” returns to Blackheath Presbyterian Church on Sunday 15th October at 4pm.
The trio of Rachel Westwood (violin), Valmai Coggins (viola) and Deborah Coogan (cello) are in their fifth year of performance in Blackheath, continuing to provide the highest quality chamber music to appreciative mountain audiences.
To share the magic, the string trio celebrates the return of guest flautist James Fortune with an all-Mozart program. While sometimes rumoured to have disliked the flute, Mozart wrote his Flute Quartet in A major K 298 as a humorous and affectionate tribute to his friends. The mighty Divertimento in E flat major K 563 is the first significant piece ever written for string trio. Finally, enjoy some of the most popular tunes from the opera “The Magic Flute”, arranged in 1793 by Franz Heinrich Ehrenfried for flute and strings.
Since the last performance in March, cellist and music teacher Deborah Coogan has moved residence to beautiful Blackheath. Although she maintains a part-time presence in Sydney, the charms of mountain life have finally won her over.
After the concert, meet and mingle with the musicians over afternoon tea in the church hall.
Hello lovely friends. We are hoping to add to our wonderful team of volunteers here at BANC. Currently we have Tuesday afternoons from 1pm til 4-30pm and Wednesday mornings from 9:30am until 1pm, free (hours are flexible). We highly value our volunteers and all the hard work they do to keep BANC humming along smoothly! Please drop-in or call us on 47877770 if you’d like to apply. Thanks in advance.
Have your say! Go to http://www.bluemountainshaveyoursay.com.au/blackheathmp-community to comment on the Proposed Blackheath Town Square and Carparking plan.
Toolo, the Blue Mountains Tool Library, a not for profit, artist run initiative and has everything from 3 x 3 metre marquees, PA systems and microphones, drills, sanders, lawn mower, whipper snipper, 3d printer, sewing machines, digital camera equipment, camping cookers and bbq’s. We’re a library of things, your ideal home from everything you have ever needed to buy for the occasional use. Members subscribe for a yearly period for less than $2- per week and the library is open from 9am-1pm on Saturdays and by appt. at 8 Froma Crt ( on Froma Lane next to the cultural centre) www.toolo.com.au email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our goals are to provide a sustainable collection of resources and equipment, house it all under one roof, and for us to pay our rent, electricity, internet, service maintain equipment, buy equipment, insurance, testing and tagging, we need people to get behind the project! Join us today!
From those rich and distinct musical heritages of folk and art music, the trio will present a fascinating blend of composers old and new, at the Presbyterian Church in Wentworth Street, Blackheath on Sunday 30th October at 4pm.
Enjoy arrangements of Welsh and Scottish songs by Beethoven and Haydn, string trios by Irish composers Ernest Moeran and Swan Hennessy and our own Margaret Sutherland. A special feature will be the Australian premiere of a recent work by Edinburgh based Julian Wagstaff and as usual a familiar encore will delight.
From the plaintive and heartfelt, to the toe-tapping and stirring, Celtic Connections will appeal to your inner Celt! Feel free to wear green, tartan or byo leek. The musicians, Rachel Westwood, violin, Valmai Coggins, viola and Deborah Coogan, cello, look forward to sharing the experience. Sláinte!
Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only) or at tpschambermusic.com $20 for adults, $5 for children.
Venue: Presbyterian Church, Wentworth St, Blackheath
Date & Time: Sunday 30th October at 4pm
Tickets: Adult $20, Child $5