Opening Night Dinner: With Jane And Jimmy Barnes

Jane And Jimmy Barnes In Conversation With Emma Macdonald

6.30PM – 10.30PM
Gandel Atrium
National Museum of Australia

For one night only, CWF invites you to join Jane and Jimmy Barnes in conversation with Emma Macdonald.

Enjoy a specially curated meal inspired by their best-selling book Where the River Bends (named after ‘Riverbend’, the NSW Southern Highlands country home where Jane and Jimmy live).

Come share the Barnes’ heart-warming stories, the food they love and the legendary feasts they host for family and friends.



Jane and Jimmy Barnes have spent forty years together, sharing a life of music, cooking, travel and raising their family. During the Covid pandemic, Jane and Jimmy launched a series of ‘at home’ online performances, which attracted more than 100 million views on social media and brought their many thousands of fans and followers directly into their living room. They have also co-authored Where the River Bends, a book inspired by the food they love and the legendary feasts they host for family and friends. It features more than 70 recipes from their kitchen table accompanied by personal recollections, anecdotes and stunning photography.



Known by all as ‘Barnesy’, Jimmy is the heart and soul of Australian rock-and-roll and released his twentieth studio album, Flesh and Wood, in July 2021. He has 17 number one albums and has sold more records in Australia than any other local rock and roll artist. His third book, Killing Time: short stories from the long way home, debuted at number one on the non-fiction book charts, as did Working Class Boy and Working Class Man. Jimmy’s most recent publications are a children’s book, Rosie the Rhinoceros, and a cookbook written with his partner Jane, Where the River Bends.



Emma is a multi-award-winning journalist who devoted 23 years of her life to newspaper journalism before moving to the new media online platform HerCanberra in 2016. She is the Canberra convenor of Women in Media and co-founded an international maternal health charity Send Hope Not Flowers, which funds safe birth projects across nine developing countries.