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Katie Robertson Loud Mouth Theatre Company
01.04.15 12:57 pm



23 APRIL – 2 MAY

“Writers aren’t people. This has never been more clear.”

Loud Mouth Theatre Company proudly present Theresa Rebeck’s provocative comedy, Seminar. Seminar is a brutally funny dissection of four tortured fiction writers under the microscope of their internationally renowned and astronomically drug-addled mentor and teacher, Leonard.

This biting Broadway comedy about power, sex, and art is a smorgasbord of vicious, hilarious wordplay examining the collision of innocence and experience.

Directed by Loud Mouth’s own Maeve Mhairi MacGregor, the stellar cast includes local actors Jeff Keogh, Robert Maxwell, Bryony Geeves, Zachary Lennon and Jessica Davies.

What does it take to make it? Sacrifice, sex, self-loathing and cookie dough are all things this “tight, witty, and consistently entertaining” (The Hollywood Reporter) comedy promises to deliver.

The show premiered on Broadway in 2011 with Alan Rickman in the role of Leonard.

Loud Mouth Theatre Company is Tasmania’s newest independent theatre company. They received three nominations including one win in the professional category at the recent Tasmanian Theatre Awards. Loud Mouth are committed to producing new and collaborative professional theatre experiences.

April 23 - May 2

Moonah Arts Centre 23-27 Albert Road

Tickets available through Centertainment 6234 5998

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Emily Cheung
01.04.15 12:50 pm



Fresh off the back of a prestigious WA Music (WAM) Song Of The Year win last fortnight, esteemed Perth alternative soul tunesmith and multi-instrumentalist, Morgan Bain has announced the release of his new single, Why Don’t You Stay, alongside a national tour.  Kicking off on the main stage at West Coast Blues’N’Roots (Fremantle) on March 29, alongside two Perth shows in April, the tour will then move through Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmania, Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle and will finish up at Sydney Blues & Roots Festival (Windsor) on May 16.

Organ driven with rich and varied vocals, Bain’s self-described ‘alternative moody soul’ sound is perfectly showcased in the new single, Why Don’t You Stay.  The track was recorded and produced at The Wastelands studio with ARIA award winning producer, Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe, Meg Mac, Little Birdy) and mastered by Grammy Award winner, William Bowden of King Willy Sound (Goyte, Eskimo Joe,Tim Finn, Empire of the Sun). Bain explains, “The song is about anxieties that come with giving your everything to someone and how to not let those anxious thoughts take over and get in the way of how you really feel.”

The video clip for the single was directed by Steve Browne (Scalphunter, Tired Lion, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels) and tastefully shot at Chris Huzzard studio.  Dark, powerful and thought provoking, the clip depicts a young man’s internal conflict and anxiety about a situation.  “The video is simple but complicated in an emotional way, just like the song and its concept,” says Bain. 

With a song writing maturity well beyond his tender twenty years, Bain’s prolific songwriting talents have already been acknowledged on a global level several times this year, and a number of tracks off his latest EP, What You Believe (released mid 2014) are in this mix of accolades.  Earlier this month, Bain was announced as a semi finalist in the US International Songwriting Competition (Unreleased song, Lost In The Moment), a finalist in the US John Lennon Songwriting Contest (EP track, In The Middle) and he also scooped his third WAM Song of The Year award (EP Track, Hold On) on March 21.

Working hard to make a name for himself and becoming known for his incredible vocals and live performances in his home state of WA, Bain is excited to take his show to a national audience.  Hitting the road as a trio (guitar/keys/bass/drums), with funding from the WA Dept of Culture and The Arts, the tour will be “Jam-packed with alternative soul… it’s a pretty upbeat show, but does have light and shade.”

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Brisbane Baroque Festival 2015 - A New Home for Excellence

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, The Culture Concept Circle
01.04.15 12:42 pm


Brisbane Baroque April 10 - 18, 2015 is shaping up to be a festival of music sublime, with insightful productions designed by artistic director Leo Schofield AM. There will be many opportunities to enjoy rich, resonating performances, reflecting a world of changing artistic ideals.

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Leonine Leo, Forever Young and Restless

Paula Xiberras
30.03.15 6:30 pm


It has been a while since I chatted to musician Leo Sayer but the other day we caught up for a chat about his new album ‘Restless Years’ and about his present tour of the album.

The name Leo means ‘Lion’ and Leo is certainly a Lion in roaring out his views on topics he is passionate about. Leo’s surname ‘Sayer’ is also well ‘suited’, (pardon the pun). Its origin is in silk weaving and one could say Leo has woven a successful career out if his silken voice.

The name Sayer is also associated with ‘the profession of a professional reciter, one whose occupation was’ to read or recite both prose and poetry’ ( ) and indeed, Leo has been reciting in song to us since the 70’s.

Singing as strong as ever, Leo is revelling in his extensive tour and looking forward to visiting Tasmania where the Country Club patrons’ love their music and fun’, and Wrest Point were ‘the lighting is great’.

On the tour Leo has established a special interplay and interaction with the audiences, even the hecklers! It means that every night audiences will be treated to something slightly different with lots of surprises including his increasing use of the harmonica!

The shows, in Leo’s words are ‘very malleable’ and forever evolving and since Tassie is the last stop on the present tour it should host the best shows of the tour as evidenced from Leo himself viewing some of the shows recorded on the tour. He has noted a growing polished performance. Leo has much admiration for his band who perform solos in the concert to showcase their talent.

After his part in last year’s incredibly successful ‘APIA Good Times’ tour Leos’ many fans wanted to see him present a full set of his own music and so this tour answers that request with at least 5 of the songs from his new album as well as inclusion of all his much loved songs from his career. One of the songs from the former is the wonderful ‘How did we get so old’ that not only looks at the rapidness of time but also the positive factors of growing older such as the wisdom it gives us to impart to others but also how as a nation we tend to worship youth when we should consider also the great wisdom we can gain from those that are older. Leo also emphasises the great wisdom that can be gained from our indigenous population and value their hindsight as he refers to in his song as’ A Pot of Gold’.

Leo says he would love to do an annual tour as well as visit New Zealand but for now…

You can see Leo on his Tasmania tour on:

Saturday 11th April 2015 at Launceston Country Club

Sunday 12th April 2015 at Wrest Point Casino Hobart.

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Nicole Stringer, National Promotions Manager - ABC Contemporary Music Media Release
29.03.15 4:12 pm


‘SPIRIT OF THE ANZACS’, the remarkable new album from Lee Kernaghan & Special Guests, has moved up from last week’s ARIA #2 debut position to claim the ARIA Album Chart #1 spot, overcoming a host of international and domestic releases with one of the strongest second week sales of the year. ARIA has also certified that the album has gone GOLD after only two weeks of sales.

‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’ has dominated the iTunes All-Genres album chart this week with the Deluxe Edition of the album hitting the top of the chart on Sunday evening. The music video featuring the charity single Spirit Of The Anzacs’ has also claimed the number one position on the iTunes All Genre video chart.

Lee is thrilled that this album has resonated so strongly with the Australian public, saying “Writing and recording these songs that have been inspired by the letters and true stories from servicemen and women is the most humbling yet inspirational experience of my career.

I am so grateful for the contribution and incredible performances from some of Australia’s greatest artists, who have joined me in honouring the Anzacs. Every nation has its story. This ours”.

Additionally, ABC Music achieves a landmark this week, achieving their first ever artist No.1 ARIA Mainstream album. Robert Patterson, Director – ABC Commercial, said “It is a great achievement that ABC Music has attained its first No.1 mainstream chart album. It’s also entirely fitting it should be by Lee Kernaghan – an artist who has worked in partnership with the ABC for his entire career.”

‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’ features a diverse array of stars across the musical spectrum including Lisa McCune, John Schumann, Sara Storer, Fred Smith and VC recipient Ben Robert Smith.  Superstars Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Sheppard, Jon Stevens, Shannon Noll and Megan Washington donated their time and talents to the ‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’ charity song and video with all proceeds going to Legacy Australia and Soldier On.


Inspired by the songs from Lee Kernaghan’s chart-topping album ‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’, SPIRIT OF THE ANZACS – The Arena Tour will tour nationally this August and September. The production will feature a star-studded line-up including Jack Thompson, Lisa McCune, John Schumann, Harrison Craig, Fred Smith, Jack Jones, Lee Kernaghan and more.

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The Artists, the Songwriters, the ABC, record labels and publishers will donate their proceeds from the song
“Spirit of the Anzacs” to Soldier On and Legacy.

LIMITED DELUXE EDITION AVAILABLE NOW! – Featuring exclusive additional content. 

2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC’s landing at Gallipoli. The ‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’ album pays tribute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve Australia in this, the Centenary of the Gallipoli landing.

Lee and Garth were granted unique access to the Australian War Memorial archive, collecting letters penned by diggers to their loved ones at home and spanning World War I to the present day. Each song on the 16-track recording is inspired by one of these real letters.

“This is some of the most powerful material that I’ve ever had the privilege to record in my career”, said Lee. “The album takes you on a real journey, from the trenches of the Western Front to the bombing of Darwin, Kokoda, Long Tan, and the dust of Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan. It is a project that goes to the heart of who we are as a nation.”

Lee Kernaghan is one of Australia’s most prolific country music artists. He has earned 3 ARIA Awards for Best Country Album, 33 Golden Guitars, and has achieved 33 No.1 hits on the Australian Country Singles Chart. Lee has sold in excess of 2 million albums in the Australian market. In 2008, Lee was named Australian Of The Year for his service to rural and regional Australia.

Lee’s most recent release, ‘Beautiful Noise’ scooped the pool at the 2014 Country Music Awards of Australia, picking up awards for Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year (Flying With The King), along with Male Artist of the Year and Top Selling Album of the Year.
‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’ in 2015 will be Lee’s eleventh studio album.
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Thousands play along with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra forming The Global Orchestra, playing ...

Katherine Stevenson Public Relations Manager Sydney Symphony Orchestra
29.03.15 12:10 pm

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SYDNEY, Australia – Sunday, 29 March, 2015:  Thousands of people across the world, including musicians at NASA, joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO), and its Chief Conductor David Robertson, for last night’s Earth Hour in the inaugural Concert for the Planet presented by the Global Orchestra Foundation. 

As the SSO performed Holst’s popular work The Planets at the Sydney Opera House at 8.30pm on 28 March, groups of musicians around the world came together to play along to a live web-stream of the concert, joining the SSO and the Global Orchestra Foundation in creating a soundtrack to Earth Hour.

Thousands of people gathered with their instruments to play along or just to listen at hundreds of satellite events in Australia – held at music schools, community centres, parks, private homes and primary and high schools – to play along to the live web-stream of the concert. A separate stream of David Robertson conducting – the “Conductor Cam” – guided players through the bar numbers and assisted them in following the score.

The web-streams were hosted on youtube and, allowing virtually anyone in the world to be part of this “global orchestra”.

Mr Robertson said the initiative showed the SSO’s continued commitment to digital education, innovation and accessibility: “It’s so wonderful that, together with the Global Orchestra Foundation, we’ve been able to use digital technology to share our music with thousands of people around the world. We’d like to thank all the musicians who joined us from their homes, schools and community centres in performing Holst’s The Planets in this innovative project.”

The Global Orchestra Chair, Angela Catterns, said “The inaugural ‘Concert for the Planet’ was a blast. The concert was so exciting! The SSO was in great form and it was thrilling to realise that kids in primary schools, musicians in country Conservatoriums and musicians all over the world were actually playing along”.

The Global Orchestra Foundation was formed in 2013 by composer Charlie Chan, creative technologist Justin Baird and former SSO Principal Cellist Nathan Waks, with a mission to get together once a year to make music and demonstrate a commitment to a sustainable future for the planet.

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Rebecca Fitzgibbon | Events Media Manager | Mona |
28.03.15 5:00 pm


•      Dark Mofo announces evolution of Future Hobart, called The Hothouse
•      The Hothouse project is comprised of four components, including: the Hothouse structure, 72-hour ideas session, ideas forum, and ideas exhibition
•      The Hothouse is a project of Dark Mofo, Clemenger Tasmania/OMD, City of Hobart, University of Tasmania, and News Corp Australia

Last year, Dark Mofo presented a newly-conceived project in partnership with the City of Hobart called Future Hobart 2014, as part of the Museum of Old and New Art’s winter festival in Tasmania, Australia.

Building on the strengths and learnings of the project, this year we will again explore the use of public space and community engagement to consider an issue of important public interest - not only to Hobart, but extending to all Tasmanians. In early April, the topic will be announced. But how it will be facilitated is key to its success.

The 2015 project was conceived in a collaboration between Clemenger Tasmania/OMD and Dark Mofo. Called The Hothouse, it will gather the most creative and strategic thinkers and communicators in a purpose-built temporary structure to share their ideas, passion and skills to generate ideas in response to an issue.

The Hothouse space has been designed in collaboration between Sydney’s Cave Urban Design Collective and Master Architecture Students from the School of Design, University of Tasmania, for the past two months. The structure will be built on Salamanca Lawns during May, and also represents a physical example of how creativity can resolve issues.

The Hothouse project components include:
•      the Hothouse Structure: designed and built in partnership between UTAS and Cave Urban Design Collective through February to May 2015;
•      the Hothouse Session: a 72-hour session in the structure from June 1-3: to creatively generate ideas in response to an issue resulting in 12 ideas;
•      the Hothouse Forum at the Odeon Theatre during Dark Mofo on June 11: presenting the 12 ideas to the public;
•      the Hothouse Ideas exhibition in the Structure during Dark Mofo from June 11-13: presenting the workings, the ideas that didn’t make it, and the 12 that did.
During the Hothouse Session, for 72 hours our participants will demonstrate the power of creative thinking to generate ideas in response to an issue. The ideas generated by the Hothouse can initiate real and meaningful change; change that can affect the way people see, behave, and think about the issue at hand, which affects our state and our people.

The Hothouse is presented by Clemenger Tasmania/OMD, City of Hobart, News Corp Australia, Dark Mofo and the University of Tasmania, coinciding with their 125th Anniversary. Future Hobart projects like the Hothouse position the City of Hobart as an innovator, investing in creative outcomes and opportunities for the next generation of Tasmanians.


Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said: “Dark Mofo is presenting the Hothouse with our project partners as a way to highlight how creative thinking can generate ‘outside the box’ ideas to difficult and complex topics. The Hothouse presents a visible space for this kind of activity, with a focus on community engagement and tangible outcomes.”

Marcus Murphy, Creative Director of Clemenger Tasmania is excited about the bold aim of The Hothouse. “The Hothouse is a project that is close to our hearts. We passionately believe in the power of ideas to resolve an issue - and this is a big, bold way to show it.”

Matt Fishburn, Managing Director of Clemenger Tasmania/OMD agrees. “The Hothouse is a unique opportunity to collaborate, share the results of an exciting project and make a real difference to Tasmania.”

The Director of the University of Tasmania’s Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts (ACIPA), Professor Stephen Loo, said: “It is tremendously fitting that part of the celebration of our 125th anniversary is a project which sits at the heart of the University’s values around discovery and the power of creativity. Our involvement in the design of the Hothouse Pavilion has also created a phenomenal student experience. The University’s commitment to excellence in knowledge, research, teaching and the student experience is what underpins our global standing.”

The City of Hobart’s Alderman Dr Peter Sexton, Chairman of the Community, Culture and Events Committee said: “Future Hobart is an excellent opportunity for the community to become involved in conversations about issues affecting the City as well as the state more broadly. The Hothouse will enable academics, entrepreneurs, young people and community representatives to come together to proactively discuss complex challenges which will then become the subject of a public forum and exhibition. Having the unique Hothouse structure in the Salamanca Place precinct will provide an iconic focus for the generation of ideas as part of Dark Mofo. Future Hobart began as part of the festival in 2014 and it is great to see this public dialogue continue as part of this year’s festival.”

Cave Urban design collective’s Juan Pablo Pinto explains that the Hothouse Pavilion is the product of research, work-shopping ideas, innovative problem solving and collaborative design between students, professionals and the community. “The temporary bamboo structure facilitates further creative and collaborative thinking. It embodies the very essence of the Hothouse itself, in fact, it is its first product.”

Cave Urban looking for bamboo in Tasmania: Cave Urban Design Collective is looking for bamboo to use in the Hothouse structure. If any Tasmanians have some bamboo that can be thinned out a little, Cave Urban will come to you. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Dark Mofo 2015 lineup will be announced on Friday 10 April.

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Come party with La Soirée to wrap up the Tasmanian International Arts Festival

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
27.03.15 3:40 pm

The English Gents performing with La Soiree. Photo: Viktor Wallstrom

Come and join La Soirée after their final Hobart performance for 2015 at an exclusive wrap-up party
at the Spiegeltent, before the mirrored masterpiece is dissembled and the tent continues on its
exciting journey around the world.

For the second year running, La Soirée has been a breakout success, smashing box office records and
leaving very few tickets unsold.

The La Soirée wrap party will feature your favourite cast members closing out the festival with a
night of special performances, mind-blowing party tricks and a few other surprises you won’t have
ever seen before.

Over the last two weeks, the award-winning madcap family of performers that make up La Soirée,
have entertained Hobart with their edgy fusion of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and
contemporary vaudeville.

Come along for an evening of fun and frivolity as we transform the Spiegeltent into Club Soirée and
your last chance to bid farewell to this motley crew of acrobats, contortionists and cabaret queens!

For those looking to kick start their Sunday session in the sun a bit earlier, Doctor Svengali will also
be performing a free set in the Outdoor Lounge from 2.30pm, followed by La Soirée’s final show at
5pm and Club Soirée from 8pm.

Tickets to Club Soiree are $10 (cash only) and are available to purchase from 10am on Sunday, 29
March from the onsite Spiegeltent Box Office. Get your tickets quick as this spectacular closing
event is sure to sell out!

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Carmen Stephens, Fesitval of Voices
27.03.15 10:44 am



Festival of Voices could not be more excited to present internationally acclaimed US ensemble; SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK. Sweet Honey In The Rock is truly something different.

The group has maintained a rich and distinguished legacy as one of the world’s most revered and treasured a cappella ensembles in contemporary music.

Educating, entertaining and empowering, Sweet Honey In The Rock make their way to Tasmania this July, spreading love and compassion, with a strong message.

For six days, singers of all ages and abilities will have the rare opportunity to work alongside, learn from and share the stage with this Grammy Award winning group. An experience guaranteed to resonate for life.

Rooted in African American culture and history, this powerful group of five women possess stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants and so much more.

Their collective voice, often accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms.

Raising their voices to advocate for truth, justice and compassion while addressing the critical issues of democracy, freedom, racism, and economic and social justice, they use a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation as dynamic vehicles to empower their audiences and community.

This July (3 to 12), thousands of choristers, singers and music lovers will descend on Hobart to perform and participate in the 2015 Festival of Voices, Australia’s premier celebration of the human voice in many forms. Transforming Hobart into a Singing City, expect a magnificent 10-day program of performances, community events and – uniquely – workshops run by the artists.

*Sweet Honey In The Rock concert details to be announced April // 2015 Festival of Voices Full Program will be announced Thursday 7 May 2015.

WORKSHOP REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN AT FESTIVALOFVOICES.COM *Suitable for singers of all abilities, 16 +

/festivalofvoiceshobart @festofvoices #FOV2015

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Are We A Nation:

Wade In The Water:

Give Love:

Let There Be Peace:

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Last chance to sample international arts festival delights

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
27.03.15 8:19 am

Rising, photographed by Chris Nash

Make the most of it! It’s your last chance to enjoy Tasmanian International Arts Festival experiences
as the festival gears up for its final two days of visual feasts, comedy, sultry acrobatics, 4D cinema
experiences, family friendly fun and acclaimed international theatre across the state.

Artistic Director David Malacari said Tasmanians and visitors alike had a plethora of exciting events
in every corner of the state to choose from during the final weekend of the festival.

“In Queenstown, in our west, Watermark explores the power of music and theatre as a tool to
reconstruct a town which has seen recent struggles, while the visual arts exhibition Landscape is a
conversation delves into the subjects of colour, creativity and imagination,” Mr Malacari said.

“In the north west, audiences can help the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra mark its 50th birthday at a
celebratory concert at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre on Saturday evening, and again in
Launceston on Sunday late afternoon.

“Back in Burnie, for those young at heart, a free interactive tiny puppet community experience at I
Think I Can presented by Terrapin Puppet Theatre will also at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre all

“Contemporary dance company Stompin’s latest piece 6000 to 1 will give audiences in Launceston
an opportunity to explore the impact and importance of the choices we make as well as the
repercussions of real-life situations in a showdown with the notions of luck, chance, fate and choice.

“And for those looking for a place to rendezvous with friends before or after a festival show in
Launceston, Plato’s Cave at the Earl, will be open from 5pm till late over the weekend, providing an
immersive environment where visitors can eat, drink and question the nature of perception and
reality in this site-specific installation. Not to mention exhibitions at QVMAG and the Design Centre.

“On the state’s East Coast locals and visitors should head to Triabunna on Saturday, 28 March to
enjoy the annual maritime celebration that is Seafest, and enjoy a free Cuban concert by El Son
Entero at 5pm and, for those with some energy left after dancing up a Cuban storm, the highly
acclaimed Alzheimer Symphony will be presented at the Swansea Town Hall at 7.30pm.”

Mr Malacari said Hobart had an array of festival delights including an incredible line-up of
international acts such as Dementia 13, The Cardinals and Rising to finish off.

“New Zealand company Live Live Cinema will recreate the entire soundtrack, dialogue, sound effects
and music of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1963 film Dementia 13 live on stage in Hobart at Wrest Point on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” he said.

“Renowned international dancer, Aakash Odedra, whose work is inspirational, has travelled to
Tasmania from the UK to captivate audiences with his acclaimed show Rising.

“In contrast, UK company, Stans Café, will provoke questioning and self-reflection as they explore
the concept of belief with great humour in their production, The Cardinals which will be presented at
St David’s Cathedral on Friday, 27 March and Saturday, 28 March at 7.30pm.

“Another highlight of the festival’s final days is Blue Angel, which combines music installation, video
and sound design to tell the stories of Tasmanian sailors and seafarers.”

Mr Malacari said the final weekend of the Spiegeltent’s spectacular program was also upon us, with
some amazing performances still to come.

“Saturday at the Spiegeltent kicks off with great line-up of family entertainment with Live & Loopy, in
which electronic wizardry is wonderfully combined with DIY ingenuity, to play an array of surprising
instruments. This is a great one for the kids,” he said.

“And hailing all the way from Scotland’s highlands is Breabach – a five-piece ensemble who will hit
the Spiegel stage with full vigour at 2.30pm, followed by the ever popular La Soirée with two shows
at 5pm and 7.30pm and traditional Cuban band El Son Entero at 10pm.

“On the final day of the Spiegeltent another family friendly show Kaput will tumble across the
Spiegeltent floor with a hilarious mix of chaos, comedy and acrobatics, rounded off at 5pm with La
Soirée’s final Hobart show for 2015.”

For a copy of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival or Spiegeltent programs or to book a show,
simply head to or phone (03) 6210 5777.

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Triabunna Seafest gets a taste of Cuba

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
26.03.15 1:05 pm

Seafest 2015
Saturday, 28 March from 9am – sunset
Triabunna Seafest gets a taste of Cuba

The annual East Coast maritime celebration, Seafest will get a taste of Cuban music and culture with
exciting Cuban band El Son Entero headlining the Seafest musical line-up and hosting a free
workshop for school students.

On their first ever international tour as part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival, renowned
Cuban band El Son Entero will perform a free concert at 5pm at the Triabunna Marina to get Seafest
visitors up and dancing to their blistering rhythms and infectious grooves.

El Son Entero are renowned within Cuba for their tightly woven rhythms, seductive syncopated beats
and sultry melodies that leave audiences powerless to do anything other than to get up and dance.

The East Coast towns of Triabunna and Swansea boast a surprising and rewarding friendship with
Cuba, after locals have donated Tasmanian tonewood to Cuban luthiers and musical instruments to
Cuban school children since 2011.

Since this first donation in 2011, East Coast and Cuban youths have also exchanged artworks and
East Coast school children have made a recording in Spanish.

To further this unique, long distance friendship, El Son Entero and the Triabunna District Highschool
will also host a CUBAUS Workshop for local school children as part of Seafest, where the band will
introduce a Cuban theme to a classic Australian song the students have chosen and learned. The
band will infuse the song with a Cuban rhythm and then the students (with the band) will perform
the piece as singers, percussionists and instrumentalists. Students will also learn basic Cuban dance
routines as part of the free workshop which runs from 12.30-2.30pm.

Seafest is an annual community gathering that transforms the Triabunna Marina into revelry of all
things maritime and where friends and families congregate to mess about in boats, savour the fruits
de mer and relax. The Tasmanian International Arts Festival is delighted to be a part of its 2015

WHO: Band members from one of Cuba’s finest traditional
bands, El Son Entero
WHAT: Seafest 2015 including a free performance and workshop
with Cuban band El Son Entero
WHEN: Saturday, 28 March from 9am – sunset with El Son Entero
performing at 5pm
WHERE: Triabunna Marina, Triabunna

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Global Orchestra’s “Concert for the Planet” takes off!

Rina Ferris Media Release
26.03.15 12:52 pm


Global Earth Hour Initiative set to resound around the planet

For Release – Thursday, 26 March, 2015: The Global Orchestra’s inaugural Concert for the Planet, a mass participation, multi-location, first of its kind performance of Holst’s The Planets, has gone global with musicians and communities around the world coming together via innovative technology to mark our commitment to listen to each other and our planet’s needs during Earth Hour 2015.

The unique performance will take place at 8:30pm on 28th March 2015, with Global Orchestra’s Conductor-Cam capturing and streaming the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) highly acclaimed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson live as he leads the SSO through Holst’s The Planets at the Sydney Opera House.

While the main event will take place at the Sydney Opera House, events are being hosted across the globe as community groups come together to perform in unison with the SSO via the live stream.
With only a few days to go, Global Orchestra has been inundated with registrations and can confirm that several hundred of schools and organisations in Australia and around the world, as well as the NASA base at Langley, will all be joining the performance.  Registration is not compulsory and it is anticipated that the number of people actually participating in the Concert event will be in the thousands.

The inclusion of 70 musicians from NASA’s Langley Research Centre in Virginia, consisting of NASA employees and local Adult and Youth Orchestra Members is a huge addition to the Concert event.

Kelly Murphy, Assistant Head of the Aerothermodynamics Branch at NASA Langley Research Center said today: “One of NASA’s primary missions is to understand and protect our home planet.  NASA Langley, where many of the world’s leading atmospheric scientists conduct cutting-edge research, is thrilled to participate in the Concert for the Planet – with people all over the world - to reflect on how each of us can “play our part for the planet.”

Photos are available for download, including a picture of Kelly Murphy and Tony Arviola, two of the NASA musicians, at

With the support of the SSO, Global Orchestra has also created musical arrangements, instructional videos, lesson plans and information packs for participants to play their part on the big night. The Conductor-Cam, featuring David Robertson conducting the SSO live in performance, will also guide players through the bar numbers and count players in to ensure everyone follows the score and knows when to play their part.

Please see the introduction video at

In another world first, Google + will live stream a broadcast quality, multi camera production of the SSO‘s performance, via Hangout on Air.

Earth Hour is supporting the initiative and encouraging schools to link with the Global Orchestra to spread the word of this unique opportunity. More than 200 community and schools groups have already registered, with thousands of participants rehearsing in the lead up to the Concert for the Planet.

Global Orchestra Founder and Artistic Director, Charlie Chan, said today “In the last week we’ve had an amazing pick up of registrations and interest, particularly with the inclusion of 70 musicians at the NASA base in Langley.  There’s only two more days to go and even at this late stage, people are still registering new events - it’s not too late to join!  We’re looking forward to forming the Global Orchestra with the world”

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New online tool for cultural tourists

The Tasmanian Arts Guide team
26.03.15 8:51 am


The Tasmanian Arts Guide is a user-friendly website that brings together the best arts and cultural experiences across Tasmania.  It is designed for cultural tourists and locals alike – making it easy to find the best creative places to go and things to do in the arts in Tasmania.

The website was developed by Arts Tasmania in partnership with the arts and creative industry to provide reliable and curated content that simplifies travel and entertainment planning for the arts-interested traveller.

It has a comprehensive ‘what’s on’ guide where you can browse a range of creative events, you can discover a plethora of creative places to go across the state and there are creative travel guides, exclusive insider tips and feature articles, plus, profiles of a selection of Tasmanian artists, designers, writers and arts companies.

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The Tasmanian Arts Guide can be found at

You can follow the Tasmanian Arts Guide’s social media channels at Facebook, and Instagram, for news and updates.


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Dianne Sheehan, Education & Public Programs Officer Devonport Regional Gallery. Pub: Mar 25
26.03.15 4:04 am

Laura McMahon


Where: Devonport Regional Gallery
When: Wednesday 8 April, 1–4 pm
Who: Ages 12+
Cost: $10 / $8 members

Join street artist Laura McMahon for an afternoon of designing, drawing and installing a piece of street art. Artworks will be pasted to an external wall outside the Gallery and visible as part of Devonport’s National Youth Week festival, Reclaim the Lane.

Reclaim the Lane will be held on Friday 10 April, 3 – 5 pm in Rooke Lane, Devonport. Laura McMahon is this year’s artist-in-residence, creating a public art work alongside participants of the Paste Ups workshop.


Where: Devonport Regional Gallery
When:  14th & 21st April, 6 – 8 pm &
28th April, 5.30 – 7.30 pm (twilight session)
Who: Adults
Cost: $20 per session / $50 all sessions (members: $15 / $35)
Bring: camera (must have fully manual functions), tripod and spare battery

Explore Devonport in a new light and experience the nightly spirit of the city with local photographer Brian Sollors.

Brian will be exploring various locations around Devonport with participants of each workshop and teaching how to make beautiful low light photographs. This is a great workshop for beginners to night photography, or those who wish to hone their skills and explore different locations.

Each workshop covers compositional and technical considerations. The final session on 28th April is scheduled earlier in order for participants to learn how to take good photographs during twilight.

Brian is featured in Devonport Regional Gallery’s current exhibition, ReViewing (13 March – 10 May, 2015).

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Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
25.03.15 9:16 am


This iconic work by Philip Wolfhagen has just been released on the secondary market.  This painting was first exhibited at Sherman Galleries in 2002, and more recently, toured the country as one of the major highlights in Wolfhagen’s survey exhibition, Illumination.

This important painting is now available for sale.

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Honouring Richard Flanagan & Awards to Inspire Our Writers

Will Hodgman, Premier
25.03.15 8:59 am

Today’s reception for Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan was a tremendous opportunity to celebrate his 2014 Man Booker Prize and enduring contribution to literature and Tasmania.

The acclaim for Richard’s novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North truly establishes his status as the greatest Australian novelist of his time.

Through The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard shares the deeply personal story of his late father Archie, and like so many of his stories, it brings readers to our island.

Richard’s deep connection with his island home not only inspires his novels, it inspires readers the world over and is a great source of pride for Tasmanians.

On behalf of all Tasmanians, I congratulate Richard on his accomplishments and thank him for sharing his stories with us.

We want to support Tasmanian writers and those who write about our state, which is why I am also pleased to announce that the Liberal Government will sponsor Tasmania’s biennial literary awards, the Premier’s Literary Prizes 2015.

We will provide $25,000 for the Tasmanian Book Prize for the best book with Tasmanian content, while the University of Tasmania will sponsor the $5,000 Margaret Scott Prize for the best book by a Tasmania writer and the $5,000 University of Tasmania Prize for the best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian Writer.

I am also very excited to announce a new prize, the $5,000 Young Writer’s Prize for young Tasmanian writers aged 35 or under, made possible by philanthropic donations.

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Despard Gallery News: Congratulations Pat ...

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
24.03.15 5:47 am





20 March - 30 August 2015

Despard would like to congratulate Patrick Hall for his latest exhibition, Things I Once Knew currently on show at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Things I Once Knew is a survey exhibition that represents the development of Patrick Hall’s practice from the mid-1980s to the present. We strongly recommend you visit this show that is on at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery until 30 August, 2015.

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Saturday, 21 March – Sunday, 29 March: Reorder to transform Triabunna’s Spring Bay Mill

Lucinda Szczypior Font PR
21.03.15 9:07 am


The Tasmanian International Arts Festival will present a rich array of visual arts experiences across
the state, including Reorder at the unique Spring Bay Mill in Triabunna from Saturday, 21 March –
Sunday, 29 March.

Spring Bay Mill has begun the process of converting the old woodchip mill site at Triabunna into a
centre of environmental and cultural exchange, set within a botanical garden.

Using materials found within the mill site, artists Bronte Booth, David Hamilton, Ed King, Jacob Leary,
Serena Rosevear, Isis St Pierre and Tricky Walsh have created six installations in response to
particular locations at the site, with the mill’s large scale industrial environment as its canvas.

Discarded wood has been recovered, wood chips have been reassembled, and rusted machine parts
repurposed as Reorder, which examines the transition of the mill from one form of enterprise to

Reorder is free and open daily to the public from 10am – 6pm from Saturday, 21 March – Sunday, 29
March 2015.

For a copy of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival program, simply head to,
phone (03) 6210 5777 or visit the Ten Days office at 71 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania.

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The Rundown ... This Weekend

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21.03.15 8:14 am


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Bronwyn Williams
21.03.15 6:16 am


All living things – from the most microscopic of organisms to the Earth itself – have a compelling need to exist in a state of balance or equilibrium.  When that balance is disturbed, instinct dictates that all possible effort must be made to restore it.  Sometimes, the organism is successful – a state of harmony is re-established, and life moves on. 

But sometimes, the assault is too great.  Sometimes, despite heroic endeavour, an organism is left permanently damaged – diminished in vigour and prone to further devastation.

Sometimes, the organism does not survive.

The images displayed in Isla Macgregor’s new exhibition, Entropy 1, are a visual expose of mining’s assault on the natural balance of the environment.  In particular, the environment of Tasmania’s West Coast.

Ms MacGregor’s images – as was her intention – are a telling contrast to the picture postcard Tasmanian eye candy we are accustomed to seeing on public display.  They are equally captivating, with gorgeous colours and textures, but closer inspection reveals the inexorable ruination of the environment that began many decades ago in our state’s far flung mines.

The rust is everywhere - making lacy patterns in the abandoned apparatus of mining, and colouring the waterways a murky, unnatural shade of ochre.

Many are familiar with the arid ‘moonscape’ surrounding the West Coast mining region of Queenstown, and for most it is no more than an historic curiosity – a minor blip in an otherwise pristine environment.

Ms MacGregor’s exhibition gets up close to the decaying remnants of mining in Queenstown and Zeehan, and shows us the magnitude and aggression of the enemy our environment faced in this arena.  It shows how valiantly the environment must have fought to restore itself to equilibrium – how it is still fighting to save itself.

Entropy is described as a disordered state, and Ms MacGregor’s exhibition is well named.  The disorder and disharmony shown in her authentic, unadorned work are a timely reminder to us all that we cannot take the continued health of our environment for granted.

Complementing the visual element of the exhibition is a selection of Tasmanian historical texts and records, where acknowledgement of mining’s impact on the island state’s environment is also disturbingly absent.

Tasmania might be ‘clean and green’, but the shiny veneer sometimes hides a grubby, tarnished underbelly.  Rather than avert her gaze, Ms MacGregor has used her lens to bravely expose this uncomfortable reality.

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The Rundown

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20.03.15 11:30 am


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Tasmanian International Arts Festival launched

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
19.03.15 2:33 pm

The Tasmanian International Arts Festival is an opportunity for all Tasmanians to experience world class arts events.

The Festival is a statewide cultural event of international significance, with events and performances in approximately 30 locations around the state.

First held in 2001 as Ten Days on the Island, the Tasmanian International Arts Festival has become an important part of our arts, cultural and major events calendar.

It showcases the amazing talent we have here in Tasmania, as well as attracting an influx of national and international artists.

Importantly, it contributes to the Hodgman Liberal Government’s target of attracting 1.5 million tourists per year each year by 2020.

The Tasmanian International Arts Festival promotes our state nationally and internationally and adds to our significant appeal as an arts and cultural tourism destination.

The festival has something for everyone from cabaret, circus, dance, theatre, and the visual arts.

I urge Tasmanians to take the opportunity to see the incredible array of artistic offerings on show around the state as part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival.

For further information or to book tickets visit the festival website

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Festival reinforces Tasmania’s cultural reputation

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
19.03.15 1:11 pm


Tasmanian audiences are again in for an arts treat, featuring work from the far corners of the globe
alongside the outstanding creativity of local Tasmanian artists as the state plays host to the eighth
acclaimed, statewide biennial multi-arts festival – the 2015 Tasmanian International Arts Festival.

With one of the festival centrepieces – the popular Spiegeltent – already in the second week of its
25-day season, the much anticipated statewide component of the festival is now being celebrated
with gala celebrations in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart, offering an array of events across the island
until 29 March.

Artistic Director David Malacari said with artists flying in from as far away as Cuba and Bolivia, over
45 productions and more than 100 festival performances would be available to audiences from King
Island in the north west, George Town in the north and as far south as Bruny Island.

“Since the first Ten Days on the Island event in 2001, the festival has touched the lives of more than
one million people, and in 2015 our program of events aims to build on this – rolling out creative
experiences in each corner of the state and everywhere inbetween,” Mr Malacari said.

“Confronting, diverse, innovative and unforgettable, the 2015 Tasmanian International Arts Festival
program delivers a visual and enriching feast for art lovers of every age, enhancing the state’s
reputation as a hub of cultural and artistic activities.”

Mr Malacari said opening for the festival this evening at St John’s Anglican Church in Launceston,
was the UK’s inventive Stan’s Café Theatre Company, who will explore the concept of belief using a
tiny puppet stage to depict the most recognisable tales from the Bible in The Cardinals.

“While Burnie enjoyed the genre-defying circus cabaret Beyond as part of the Spiegel Sideshow last
night, opening for the festival in Hobart on Friday evening is an Australian exclusive, with South
American company Teatro de los Andes delivering a unique reinterpretation of the Shakespeare
classic Hamlet, in Hamlet de los Andes,” he said.

“Starting today, Tasmanians can choose to see everything from international thought provoking
theatre productions, to immersive overnight maritime experiences; including free outdoor twilight
concerts in some of the state’s most remote locations and an array of visual arts exhibitions to
challenge both the mind and the eye.

“International acts gracing stages across the state include New Zealand’s Dementia 13, the UK’s The
Cardinals, Bolivia’s Hamlet de los Andes, and the UK’s contemporary dance piece Rising.”

Mr Malcari said as the only multi-arts statewide festival in Australia, the Tasmanian International
Arts Festival was a quintessential example of how a cultural asset could enrich the brand of a place.

“Since the first festival in 2001, Ten Days has led the state’s creative industry, adapting and evolving
in order to continue inspiring and entertaining Tasmanian audiences, and the 2015 festival is no
exception,” he said.

“The 2013 Ten Days on the Island event generated an investment return of ten dollars for every
public dollar spent, demonstrating the strong economic value of the international multi-arts festival.

“With more Tasmanians participating in arts than in any other state in Australia, we look forward to
delivering a 2015 festival program that touches the lives of those living in both remote locations or
in city centres.”

For a copy of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival program or to book a show, simply head to or phone (03) 6210 5777.

Click here for all details, including program

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Devonport Regional Art Gallery: March 2015 Newsletter

Devonport Regional Art Gallery
19.03.15 7:36 am


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Carmen Stephens, Fesitval of Voices
19.03.15 5:59 am


Following a successful launch in 2014, the Voicebox Cabaret Showcase (formerly Tasmanian Cabaret Festival) is back this July for Festival of Voices! The Festival of Voices launched its PETITARET Cabaret in 2014, an evening featuring fast and fresh ten minute performances by an extravagant range of talent from around the country followed by full length shows by some of Australia’s favourite cabaret artists, including Amelia Ryan, Melody Beck and Trevor Jones. This July, Festival of Voices in association with Allison Farrow & Dell’Arte Productions is thrilled to present again a Voicebox Cabaret Showcase (formally Tasmanian Cabaret Festival) featuring our successful PETITARET applicants and performances by invited artists. We hope to encourage more Tasmanian artists to participate on the national circuit and more interstate and overseas artists to perform in Tasmania. Held over two big nights (Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 July), the Festival is seeking ten-minute shows, a taste of talent to dazzle the audience.

Allison Farrow said: “Our 2014 event was enthusiastically received by audiences and performers alike, and we truly succeeded in unearthing talent from all over Australia, presenting some sensational Tasmanian artists as well as showcasing emerging and established cabaret artists from all over the nation. I can’t wait to share our 2015 program with Hobart audiences!” This is a development and networking opportunity for artists to progress their understanding of the form, test audiences, meet other practitioners and build their careers as cabaret performers. It presents the perfect opportunity for emerging performers with shows they believe have the potential to develop into full-length performances to be seen in a professional context. What we are looking for: We seek to present a diverse program and value original well-written concepts that have high entertainment value and are easy to promote. Shows that explore the cabaret genre and push the boundaries are encouraged; comic, 18+, tragic, jazz, folk or electronica, past, present and future, esoteric and highly visual, family friendly, circus-style or part-improvised…anything goes!

Please note: The Voicebox Cabaret Showcase and Petitaret are curated events and submission is an expression of interest only – not a guarantee of selection.

Submissions now open at:

Submissions close 31 March, 2015.

This July, thousands of choristers will descend on Hobart, Tasmania to perform and participate in the 2015 Festival of Voices, Australia’s premier celebration of the human voice. Transforming Hobart into a Singing City, expect a magnificent 10-day program of performances, community events and – uniquely – workshops run by the artists.

In its eleventh year, the Festival welcomes individual singers, choirs and music lovers from across Australia, as Hobart is transformed into a Singing City.

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