On 25 September 2016, Ulrike Klein, founder of Ngeringa Arts, launched a new name for the foundation and its cultural centre.
The name takes its inspiration from Ulrike’s vision and legacy, represented by her initials. Aria, a song within opera and oratorio derived from the Greek and Latin ‘aer’ meaning air represents freedom and of course her love of music.
UKARIA is also hidden within the botanical name for Hoop Pine – Araucaria Cunninghamii. This wood is used extensively in the interior of the concert hall. It is a rich golden colour and plays a vital role in the acoustical performance of the hall. It is one of the building’s most distinguishing features and this tree is our reference to nature, growth and renewal.
Unearthing a new name has been a unique and welcome opportunity to reflect on our rich story and compose a new chapter. It also ensures future sustainability for both us, and our neighbours, by eliminating any brand confusion with NGERINGA Vineyards, which sits alongside the Cultural Centre.
Concerts have been hosted on the property for acclaimed national and international artists since the mid-1990s. In 2014 the modest concert room was demolished and replaced with a magnificent 220 concert hall purpose built for chamber music. Great care has been taken to ensure that the new hall has superb acoustics without compromising the spectacular sweeping views over the valley and up to the Mt Barker Summit.
The UKARIA Cultural Centre was built through the generosity of the Klein Family Foundation and officially opened on 29 August 2015. Ulrike Klein, co-founded the internationally acclaimed skin care label, Jurlique in 1985 and founded UKARIA, formerly known as Ngeringa Arts, in 2009.