Lazy Mountain Music & Arts Festival

And the Australian Government Office for the Arts’ Festivals Australia Program Presents

Healing Truth

Announce Set Times Festival Saturday, April 8, Tix On Sale Now Berry Showgrounds, Dharawal Country

Yours & Owls and the Australian Government Office for the Arts, Festivals Australia Program are thrilled to present Healing Truth, an exciting new and immersive art installation based on a series of poems by Yuin writer, Kaitlen Wellington. Featuring Kaitlen Wellington, Damien Lane, Russel Webster, Laurens Tan, Jay Drury and the Mudjingaal Yangamba choir.

Healing Truth is being presented for the first time at the Lazy Mountain Music and Arts Festival April 8th, at Berry Showgrounds.

Incorporating music, sound design and animation as well as poetry, the work explores themes of intergenerational trauma and healing, acknowledging the difficult history for first Nations people in the Berry region. In a cultural context, it’s a symbolic representation of clearing out dead language with new language (culture and song).

Kaitlen has collaborated with musicians Russell Webster (Shining Bird), film composer Damien Lane, artist and animator Laurens Tan and the Shoalhaven-based Mudjingaal Yangamba choir, to create an immersive and unique experience for audiences.

Set Times are also here! One stage, no clashes, and plenty of time between sets to peruse the incredible food on offer, curated by the South Coast Food and Wine Festival team. Have a look at the lush site plan here.

Getting down to Lazy Mountain via public transport requires a little bit of pre-planning. Train timetables will be impacted by trackwork over Easter so please check the Transport NSW / Tripview app for details.

Shuttle Bus tickets will need to be pre purchased by March 27th head here for information on routes, times and tickets:


Kaitlen Wellington Kaitlen Wellington is a Yuin woman, who is an emerging writer and poet. She is passionate about traditional and contemporary ways of storytelling. Her creative expression reflects her personal Journey as she utilises contemporary forms of storytelling to heal and reclaim her narrative. Kaitlen experiments with different forms such as poetry, prose, play, visual arts and sound, as her intuition guides the creative process. She has worked with Bundanon Trust creating an installation, ‘True Reflections’, and has had poems ‘calbunya initiation’ & ‘spirits hope’ published in Guwayu – For All Times and, ‘It’s about time’ & ‘Lost Booraiwaluwala’ published in the Australian Poetry Journal.

Laurens Tan Laurens Tan is a 3D practitioner in art and design working in Wollongong, Beijing and Las Vegas. Contemporary survey exhibitions in Beijing: Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Fat Art 2010 (Today Art Museum), Red Gate and PKM Galleries; the Kuandu University Art Museum, Taiwan; Seoul National University Museum of Art, Gana Gallery at Seoul Square; Boston ICA & 11 US Art Museums; touring exhibitions in Australia & China (2012-13) and Canada (2012-15) with solo exhibitions in Las Vegas, NY, Paris, Miami. Most recent acquisitions: Deakin University, Melbourne, Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas and the Smart Museum, Chicago.

Damien Lane Damien Lane is an APRA award winning and AACTA nominated film composer. Recent work includes scoring two series for ABC TV in 2022; production for the Australian Music Prize-nominated album ‘We Need to Be Free’ by Jodi Phillis (The Clouds), film collaboration ‘Dysrhythmia’ with visual artist Tamara Dean; and a work to be performed at the Sydney Opera House in 2024. 2023 will see Damien release an album of instrumental music on the Strange Loops label, following the recent single ‘Ventura’. He is also the founder and principal songwriter of guitar-based band Dropping Honey.

Russell Webster Russell Webster is a composer, producer and songwriter from Austinmer. Alongside his solo out put he is involved in a variety of projects including Shining Bird, Tropical Strength, The M1 and Ernest Ellis. Using a selection of analogue synths, acoustic instruments and manipulated samples, Russell creates immersive sound environments that often evoke the landscape in which he lives and works on the South coast of NSW.”

Lazy by name, lazy by nature, Lazy Mountain Music & Arts Festival is for music luvahs who want all of the amusement of a music festival without having to exert all that sweaty, stressy, set time clashing effort!

One glorious stage, dreamy midday start, featuring Gang Of Youths, Tash Sultana, Middle Kids, Slowly Slowly, Tyne James Organ, Merci, Mercy scrumptious food, glorious location, and plenty of music and arts to get lost in, with a bonus for all of you with offspring, Lazy Mountain is kid friendly!

General Event Info:

Berry and its surrounding areas have a plethora of accommodation options, including a number of camping alternatives on offer with official Lazy Mountain camping packages for both Friday and Saturday, offering options from basic to luxury glamping. Head to for details and bookings. And of course local hotels, BnB’s and a bunch of Air BnB options to choose from.


Security will be checking I.D. at the front entrance. Minor’s with a valid ticket must be accompanied by a responsible adult, that is, a parent, step-parent or guardian of the minor at all times during the event, so keep your kids close. Further information can be found here

Yours and Owls has announced a Wollongong to Berry bus route as well is the other existing shuttle bus services every 20 mins to Berry Showgrounds from and to the below destinations. You will need to pre-book your bus tickets from


Stop 1 Crown St opp Station St, Wollongong. Stop ID: 250078

Stop 2 Corrimal St after Market St, Wollongong. Stop ID: 2500196 Accessible Stop

Stop 3 Princes Hwy opp Achilles Ave, North Wollongong. Stop ID: 250018 Accessible Stop

Stop 4 Berry Showground, 35 Alexandra St, Berr. Festival Stop


Stop 1 Kiama Station. Stop ID 253331 Accessible Stop

Stop 2 Fern St after Blackwood St. Stop ID 253478

Stop 3 Berry Showground, 35 Alexandra St, Berry. Festival Stop


Stop 1 Bridge Rd opp Shoalhaven Council. Stop ID: 254182

Stop 2 Berry Showground, 35 Alexandra St, Berry. Festival Stop

Lazy Mountain Music and Arts Festival acknowledges the support of the Department of Regional NSW

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