Mid North Coast Creative Places
Just as you are about to cross the picturesque Camden Haven River at the entrance to the town there is a welcome sign, “Kendall. The Poets Village” a sure clue that something creative is going on. Indeed it has been for over 100 years.
About The Town
On the banks of the picturesque Camden Haven River Kendall is fondly known as “The Poets Village” with a connection to the arts going back nearly 150 years.
In 1891 the village of Camden Haven was renamed Kendall in honour of Australia’s first major native born poet, Henry Kendall, who lived in the area in the 1870’s and wrote some of his best poetry here. His works and life have inspired a range of creative activities in the town including a sculpture of the man himself. There are also a number of other major pieces of public art around the village and the Town Green, reflecting a strong interest in all things creative.
A community always known for its enterprise and initiative Kendall has gained a reputation for the arts, community events and a lifestyle the envy of many. The focus for much is the delightfully restored Kendall Hall. It hosts the internationally known Kendall National Violin Competition which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018 and has established itself as one of Australia’s foremost performance opportunities for young violinists. Past finalists and winners of the Kendall National Violin Competition have embarked on impressive careers around the world. The Hall is also home to PhiloMusica and touring artists and programs with strong links to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. On the first Friday of the month, it hosts the Kendall Music Exchange with a variety of local performers including guest artists.
Volunteering is at the heart of this community as is the local Op Shop which funds through grants many activities. The community has converted its train station into an Aladdin’s Cave of arts and crafts representing over 50 local artists. Like Henry Kendall, many have been inspired by the tranquillity and beauty of the landscapes of the area. All this is only two minutes from the Pacific Highway taking the turnoff at Kew which has its own creative attractions worth calling in on. The community-run Kew Visitor Centre can give you all the local details and information you need.
For more information on visiting Kendall go to http://www.kendall.org.au