The Upper Kangaroo River Community Hall, or Upper River Hall as it is commonly called, was built in 1963 on a pocket of land generously donated by the Sharman family who own the land around it. The people of the Upper River community built the hall, and for the next dozen years or so, regular dances and social events were held there and people came from all around to enjoy the hall and what it had to offer. The back annexe was added in the 1970’s, providing a large covered outdoor area. However over the last couple of decades the hall was used less and like most 50 year olds was beginning to show signs of wear and tear.
During 2012, a concerted effort was made to raise money to fix up the hall and hold exciting artistic and cultural events there for the community, and significant funds have been raised since then through community events, donations by generous supporters and Arts NSW funding.
The last four years have seen a new roof put on the hall, the front doors, windows and cladding replaced; water tank, pump and hot water installed; improved lighting in the annexe and hall; a power upgrade and the whole hall painted, inside and out!
The ARTS LAB, a regular program of film, theatre, music and in-conversations was launched in 2015 and will continue to bring exciting artistic events to the community. The curated program is a partnership between the Upper Kangaroo River Progress Association and Shark Island Institute. For information about artistic events at Upper River Hall and to join The ARTS LAB mailing list, visit The ARTS LAB website.
The hall is also available to be privately hired for local Kangaroo Valley community events and local resident private parties and functions.