by Aimee Croxon
The seven regional Cities behind the Evocities campaign are rapidly becoming burgeoning hubs for art and culture with many Sydneysiders moving beyond the Great Dividing Range to experience a unique blend of contemporary City culture and relaxed country vibes.
Evocities spokesperson, Councillor Mathew Dickerson said the Evocities were becoming well-known as cultural landmarks due to the many thriving assets in each City such as the recently opened Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) which has one of the largest and best-equipped gallery spaces in the state.
“Many Sydneysiders have the misguided perception that unless you’re an avid sports lover there’s not really much you can do in your spare time in the Evocities,” Clr Dickerson said.
“Well this couldn’t be further from the truth, each of the Evocities has developed its own distinct assortment of notable cultural facilities spanning art, theatre, history, music and dance, alongside gourmet food and wine fresh from the region.”
In addition to MAMA, Albury is home to a number of large and intimate performance venues hosting live performances year round and featuring major international and national artists.
Renowned as one of the prettiest Cities in NSW, Armidale is home to the University of New England which has a stellar music department nurturing the Armidale Symphony Orchestra, Armidale Youth Orchestra, and many other choral and musical groups.
As the oldest inland City in Australia, Bathurst is a treasure-trove of historical gems including Abercrombie House a grand family mansion built in 1878 and now open to the public.
Dubbo is home to Australia’s oldest-standing timber slab homestead along with a state-of-the-art 500-seat tiered theatre and a dedicated cultural centre with the largest gallery space west of the Blue Mountains.
Orange is famous for its food and wine scene with a hatted restaurant and some of Australia’s leading cool-climate wineries calling the City home.
As the country music capital of Australia, Tamworth comes alive for the annual Country Music Festival but it’s the combination of galleries, film and theatre venues that keeps the City humming year-round.
Wagga Wagga seamlessly combines contemporary studio galleries with historical museums. When residents are done exploring they can enjoy a drop from one of the City’s famous wineries or Wagga’s award-winning brewery.
Clr Dickerson encouraged Sydneysiders considering making the move to get out of Sydney and spend a weekend exploring what their chosen Evocity has to offer.
“I encourage any Sydneysider considering making the move to an Evocity to take a weekend getaway and come and experience the wonderful cultural vibrancy in these regional Cities. I guarantee you won’t be able to fit everything in one weekend or even a week,” Clr Dickerson said.
Evocities launched in September 2010 with the message that a move to an Evocity is a city change where a quality life awaits and a wide range of opportunities exist for personal and professional growth.
Since the campaign’s launch in 2010, Evocities has received over 4,796 enquiries about moving, attracted more than 353,568 visits to Evocities.com.au and more than 1.4 million visits to evojobs.com.au and had over 2,455 households move to one of the seven cities.
The seven Evocities are Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.