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Berrima Gaolbreak 2015

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The Rotary Club of Berrima District is once agin hosting their popular Berrima Gaolbreak on October Long Weekend (Saturday the 3rd, Sunday the 4th and Monday the 5th of October 2015).

This community event raises much needed funds for charities including supporting local youth initiatives. Last year's event on Australia Day raised in excess of $90,000 for worthwhile causes.

Over the three days, the Rotary Club of Berrima District will be presenting a diverse program of events for all the family to enjoy.

Come along during the weekend and take a self-guided tour of the Gaol (open from 9am to 4pm daily) and discover WWI German History inside the Gaol firsthand. From 1914 to 1944 the Gaol was used by the Army as an internment camp for German mariners and prisoners of war. It could best be described as a detention barracks. Those interned were mainly captains and officers from German merchant ships with a few military officers from German Pacific colonies and senior crew of the light armoured cruiser SMS Emden, of the German Imperial Navy.

The village of Berrima owes much to this period of the Gaol's history as much development took place around the village during this time.

Then at 7pm each night, a special production will be staged on the grounds of the Gaol.

Kicking off the series on Friday 2nd October from 7pm is 'Blues Behind Bars' with renowned Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter Frank Macias. Born in Texas, Frank's music has been inspired by blues styles from Texas, Mississippi and Chicago. In 2013, Frank was inducted into the US Blues Hall of Fame. During the evening Frank will perform an acoustic and electric set with the Los Amigos. Click here to purchase tickets.

On Saturday 3rd October at 7pm, an Opera Concert with celebrated Soprano, Cheryl Barker (AO), respected Australian singer, Michael Lewis (OAM), and leading opera singer, Nicole Youl will be held. Against the backdrop of Historic Berrima Gaol, audiences will enjoy a spectacular evening of fine entertainment with internationally renowned artists and musicians. Click here to purchase tickets.

To conclude the series, on Sunday 4th October from 7pm, Dead Men Talking, a two-man show will be held. This acclaimed production is based on the writings of Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson and is performed by Warren Fahey and Max Cullen. It is sure to delight audiences members of all ages. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Where: Historic Berrima Gaol, Berrima NSW
Cost: from $12 Adult
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