Aussie Rules The World

Second Nature Films
22.08.14 11:44 am


Second Nature Films presents


          Directed by Michael Stringer McIntyre  
            Narrated by David Wenham

Releasing in selected cinemas nationally from 22nd July, 2014

Second Nature Film’s feature documentary AUSSIE RULES THE WORLD releases nationally this July, with special red carpet premiere events scheduled to take place around Australia. AUSSIE RULES THE WORLD is narrated by award winning actor David Wenham and directed by Michael Stringer McIntyre.

Second Nature Films is the team behind the international award winning success story Yogawoman. Aussie Rules the World is being distributed by the innovative Australian distribution company INDIEVILLAGE.

Filmed in 20 countries, AUSSIE RULES THE WORLD is a sports travel film with huge appeal to all footy fans, sports fans and families who want to catch a glimpse of a revolution as Australian football goes international.

The film features football legends Brett Kirk, the AFL’s International Ambassador and the former co-captain of the Sydney Swans; Adam Goodes, dual Brownlow medallist and 2014 Australian of the Year, Andrew Demetriou, Mike Sheahan, Martin Flanagan; Eddie McGuire and AFL Multicultural Ambassador Bachar Houli, devout Muslim player respectively.


Why would we keep the greatest game in the world a secret? Australia’s national game is under threat from all world sports. Will the Australian Football League (AFL) find new ways to survive in this new global market? AUSSIE RULES THE WORLD follows AFL superstar Brett Kirk on an international mission to save the game.  This film uncovers people’s passion for footy in unexpected corners of the globe. Footy will never be the same!

Michael Stringer McIntyre was given a super 8mm camera when he was 12 years old and has made films ever since. He has an extensive background and wealth of expertise as a Producer, Director, DOP and Distributer. In 1997 he co-founded Second Nature Films and went on to produce and distribute the award winning Yogawoman. Second Nature Films is one of Australia’s leading independent documentary production companies. Michael has been a football fan since he was a boy.

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- Screening dates below -


DARWIN Friday 4 July Event Cinemas


SYDNEY Tuesday 22 July EQ Hoyts
MELBOURNE Wednesday 23 July Village Crown
PERTH Monday 28 July Perth Paradiso
ADELAIDE Wednesday 30 July Mercury Cinema
WEST SYDNEY Monday 4 August Event Cinemas, Burwood
BRISBANE Wednesday 6 August Barracks Cinema
BALLARAT Wednesday 13 August The Regent
BENDIGO Thursday 14 August The Star Cinema
MT GAMBIER Friday 15 August Oatmill Cinemas
WAGGA WAGGA Tuesday 26 August Forum 6
HOBART   TBC - August State Cinema

Tasmanian premiere on Wednesday 3 September, 6:15pm at The State Cinema

24 July: Cameo Cinemas, Belgrave | Classic Cinema Elsternwick 31 July: Croydon Cinema
14 August The Star Cinema, Bendigo 19 August Forum 6, Wagga Wagga

Other cities & towns to follow – Check for details

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Onion Waters Eyes and Soul

Paula Xiberras
22.08.14 8:49 am


It’s a rare treat to see John Waters in his signature piece ‘Looking Through a Glass Onion,’ even more so because come October, John will be taking the production to an open ended season at the Union Square Theatre in New York. This has been given with the approval of the Yoko Ono Estate.

I spoke to John recently and he recounted his happy memories of being on the road touring Tassie, both Hobart and Launceston. In fact he tells me Tassie, after Melbourne, was the place Glass Onion had its first big show at the Theatre Royal.

John originally came to Australia on a working holiday as part of a English rock band ‘Riot’ and went on to stay the 40 years he now clocks up. He says the initial aim was to stay 2 years and get a passport, in fact he says he was an early example of a backpacker.

It happened that John got entangled in a little production called ‘Hair’ followed by acquiring an agent and contacts in Australia and even though he did return to England he then settled in Australia for good. John still returns to England, every two years to stay in touch with family but he sees Australia as the perfect place to raise his young family.

With all his work on film, TV and stage that John has taken part in I ask is he the triple threat?. He jokingly says to me ‘only if you can consider the tango’ he did in the stage production of the Addams family as reputable dancing!

‘Looking Through a Glass Onion’ is not a glossed over portrait of John Lennon nor a ‘hagiography’ but ‘a hard hitting warts and all’ depiction of Lennon’s life. The title takes its name from a line of The Beatles from the White Album, so called because the album cover was completely blank apart from the Beatles names emblazoned upon it.

John tells me the production’ leaves the audience ‘moved and endeared’ by the man and his story. The production is hard to describe as it is neither a concert nor a play.

John says John Lennon was ‘a brilliant writer ‘and ‘creative genius’ ‘a person of extreme intelligence’, with ‘an openness and personal honesty’, remembering, he also had ‘a tortured childhood of abandonment’.

I ask John what has been his favourite role and he says he can’t choose but he believes this show is his signature one.

You can see John in his last Australian appearances for some time in ‘Looking through a Glass onion’ at Wrest Point Casino on Friday September 12 and Launceston Country Club on Saturday, September 13.

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Allegri Ensemble is proud to present Madrigals & Spirituals in the beautiful Hobart Town Hall.

Caroline Miller Allegri Ensemble
21.08.14 5:06 pm


Madrigals & Spirituals features the subtle word-painting and sometimes extraordinary harmony of sixteenth century madrigalists from Gibbons to Gesualdo, in secular part-songs dealing with love, death…and birds. Some are well-known, others rarely performed. These are partnered with familiar Spirituals in perhaps not-so-familiar settings. Musical Director Andrew Bainbridge, Organist of St Mary’s Cathedral and Assistant Chorusmaster of the TSO Chorus, formed the ensemble in 2010 delivering highly acclaimed performances of Handel’s Messiah in 2010 and 2011. The handpicked Allegri Ensemble has grown into a tightly-knit group of committed singers drawn from many choirs, some of whom are soloists in their own right.

The program includes Jannequin’s extended and masterful Le chant des oiseaux, full of French bird-song; Tromboncino’s frottola Non val acqua; the frothy fa-la-la refrain of Morley’s ballet April is in my Mistress’ Face; the serpentine part-crossings of Thomas Weelkes’ O Care, Thou Wilt Despatch Me and Carlo Gesualdo’s Moro lasso; and the sombre moral contemplations of Orlando Gibbons’ The Silver Swan. Also included is one modern madrigal, Phyllida and Corydon by E J Moeran. Written in 1939, this is the opening movement of a suite of the same name, in what is possibly its first ever Hobart performance.

After interval, the mood changes and the emotions are set free in Spiritual settings by pioneers Harry T Burleigh and William H Dawson; two British arrangements by Michael Tippett from his cantata ‘A Child of Our Time’; and modern American settings by Rollo Dilworth and short-lived genius and hero of the genre, Moses Hogan.

A concert not to be missed, tickets to Allegri Ensemble’s Madrigals & Spirituals are available from Centertainment, 53 Elizabeth Mall, Hobart ph 6234 5998,, or at the door. Official website:

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ST.ART Festival: Primitive

Alderman Doug Chipman, Mayor of Clarence
21.08.14 4:54 pm


Street art is an age old art form. Over thousands of years humans have drawn cartoons on the walls of the Forum in ancient Rome, told tales on the tomb walls of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt and recorded their lives on the walls of caves in the Palaeolithic era. To reflect this rich history and connect it with today, the 2014 ST.ART Festival is teaming up with the Bookend Trust’s ’16 Legs’ and ‘Cave Art Open’ programs to deliver street art with a history.

During second and third terms this year, a school workshop program has empowered students to create works reminiscent of ancient cave art but with a modern twist. The works combine modern aerosol sprays with charcoal and ochre and will be on display in a custom made ‘cave’ during the Festival.

Alderman Doug Chipman, the Mayor of Clarence said that inspiring young people toward legitimate artistic expression was helped when they are shown that they too are a part of the history of telling stories through their art.

“There’s a great gulf between destructive tagging and the development of artistry in our young people. By exploring the history of art styles and adapting the ancient into modern forms we are encouraging participants towards positive creation,” Mayor Chipman said.

As well as retaining the ST.ART Festival’s favourite components such as free spray, stencilling and dirty car reverse graffiti, the Schoolhouse Gallery and The Barn will be featuring exhibitions inspired by Tasmanian caves and endemic cave spiders.

Other new components for this year’s festival include web bombing with Team Textiles, creating spider webs and spiders and a tribal sound track performance by DJ Wax Doctor West.

WHAT: ST.ART Street Art Festival: Primitive
WHEN: 1-4pm, August 23rd
WHERE: The Rosny Farm
  ST.ART is a free family festival.

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Horror Film Festival Opens in Hobart

Elise Archer, Speaker of the House of Assembly
21.08.14 3:33 pm

Today I officially opened the Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival at Salamanca Arts Centre.

Now in its third year, the festival focuses on horror films that are made from a female perspective and explores the connection between the genre and gender.

There are almost 30 events over the four day festival, which is gaining national and international attention and attracting visitors who are passionate about the genre to Tasmania.

This unique festival is widely acclaimed in the film community and has been voted in the ‘Top 5 Coolest Women’s Film Festivals in the World’ by readers of Movie Maker Magazine.

Congratulations to the festival’s co-directors, local filmmakers Briony Kidd and Rebecca Thomson, for adding to the diverse cultural activities on offer across Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Government is a strong supporter of the arts and is providing funding to this year’s festival through Screen Tasmania and Events Tasmania.

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Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival returns from 21-24 August in Hobart

Briony Kidd, director and programmer Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival, web: twitter: @swmf_
21.08.14 1:11 pm

Mattie Do

Festival launch by Elise Archer and special guest filmmaker Mattie Do, Laos’s first female director

Hobart – 21 August 2014 – The third Stranger With My Face Horror Film festival will be officially opened today by the Hon Elise Archer MLC along with international guest, and Loas’s first film director Mattie Do.

Ms Do’s first film Chantaly has the distinction of being the first horror film made in Laos and only the fourth feature film ever made there.

Chanthaly is a psychological ghost story that reflects on aspects of Laotian society through the vehicle of genre filmmaking. It was produced with a tiny budget, with filming taking place in the director’s own house. Her pet dog even has a starring role.

Mattie Do is currently in pre-production on her second feature film, Dear Sister, following a recent successful crowdfunding campaign. She’s looking forward to arriving in Hobart and sharing ideas and low budget filmmaking tips with the local film community.

“It’s amazing that I can be a part of an event that so strongly promotes women’s talents and stories like the Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival. Being the only woman to have directed a feature film in my country, I often feel like the odd one out “

“I’m so excited and looking forward to being a part of the Stranger With My Face Festival and seeing the support for these unique works in person!”

The Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival in Hobart, Tasmania, features a shorts film program, the awards night of the 48-Hour Tasploitaiton Challenge and the Tasmanian Gothic Script Challenge, and a range of talks, workshops, panels and events. The festival’s principle supporter this year is Screen Tasmania.

The launch will be followed by the opening of an art exhibition that is part of the festival this year Exterminating Angle: Rare prints by Linda Dement (curated by Nancy Mauro-Flude).

When: Thursday, 20 April 2014
Where The Founders Room Salamanca Arts Centre
Time: 1:20 pm
Mattie Do is available for interviews – and vision of her debut feature is available for broadcast, as well as high resolution stills.

Watch the trailer here:

More information and bookings:


Tasmania’s STRANGER WITH MY FACE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL is an annual event which returns for the third time in August 2014. The event’s featured filmmaker in 2013 was American filmmaker Jennifer Lynch. SWMF has recently been voted one of the Top 5 Coolest Women’s Film Festivals in the world by the readers of influential Movie Maker Magazine.

The festival program is available online and tickets can be purchased via the website or at the door of screenings. There is also a VIP Festival Pass option, which allows access to all ticketed events (except the children’s program) for $90. There are also a number of free events, including Mary Shelley Symposium talks and spooky storytelling for children.

Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival takes its name from the teen suspense novel by Lois Duncan and focuses on highlighting the work of female filmmakers in genre, from exploitation to gore, art house to exploitation. 

In 2014 the event will start on 21 August with the awards night and screening of the 48-Hour Tasploitation Challenge, a filmmaking comp that is open to both male and female participants from around Australia. The opening night film and party are on 22 August, followed by a weekend of screenings, talks, workshops, panels discussions and social events, including a short film program on the evening of 23 August and a live reading of a new play on 24 August.

Laos, 2012
109 minutes
Director Mattie Do

A young girl, raised alone by her overprotective father sequestered in their home in Vientiane, Chanthaly suspects that her dead mother’s ghost is trying to deliver a message to her from the afterlife. After a change in the medication treating her hereditary heart condition causes the hallucinations to cease, Chanthaly must decide whether or not to risk succumbing to her terminal illness to hear her mother’s last words.

Starring Amphaiphun Phimmapunya, Khouannakhone Souliyabapha, Soulasath Souvannavong, Soukchinda Douangkhamchan, and Douangmany Soliphanh

Directed by Mattie Do
Written By Christopher Larsen and Douangmany Soliphanh
Screenplay by Christopher Larsen and Mattie Do
Produced by Lao Art Media and Sleepy Whippet Films

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Chanthaly screened at the 2012 Luang Prabang Film Festival and the 2013 Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Pop singer Amphaiphun Phimmapunya stars in the leading role as Chanthaly, alongside Douangmany Soliphanh and Soukchinda Duangkhamchan.

Mattie Do will participate in a post-screening discussion with Australian/Indonesian filmmaker Katrina Irawati Graham, whose short film White Song will screen before the feature film.


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Future of Film in Jeopardy

Koral Chandler
20.08.14 7:21 pm

Emerging Sector Responds to Screen Australia Cuts

On Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 filmmakers from across the country will come together to discuss how Screen Australia’s cuts will impact the emerging screen sector.

Public Forums In Hobart:

Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
6 – 8pm

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Rachel Gemmell
19.08.14 8:21 pm

Tina Arena

Hobart-based, Essential Oils of Tasmania (100% owned subsidiary of ASX listed Atlas Pearls and Perfumes Limited (ASX:ATP)), is set to star centre stage as the company announces its involvement in the production of what is expected to be Australia’s first luxury perfume.

This unique venture will launch Australia into new territory, breaking into the traditional European perfume market and putting Tasmania on the map, whilst leading the charge for a new generation of perfume and cosmeceuticals. 

Essential Oils of Tasmania, as a long established local business, produces a wide range of essential oil products for use in perfume; pharmaceutical and food industries.  Crops include lavender, boronia, Tasmanian native mountain pepper, parsley, fennel and peppermint.  It is these crops, produced on 20 farms across Tasmania’s clean environment that will feature in the production of the perfume, alongside world best plant extracts from France.

Managing Director of Essential Oils of Tasmania, Stephen Gleeson, is delighted to announce this ground breaking project:

“Our expectation is that this perfume will focus worldwide attention on the incredible crops of Essential Oils of Tasmania and the pristine wonders that the great state of Tasmania has to offer.”

In a major coup, singer and songwriter, Tina Arena will collaborate and launch the aforementioned perfume from Tasmania to the world. With nearly 40 years in the entertainment industry, Tina Arena is arguably considered Australia’s best known female artist.

Essential Oils of Tasmania’s parent company, ASX listed Atlas Pearls and Perfumes is delighted to announce the collaboration with Tina Arena,  who hopes to create a “world’s best” perfume and jewellery capsule that reflects on the personal journey of both Atlas Pearls and Perfumes’ CEO Stephen Birkbeck and Tina Arena.

The pair share a united love and passion for Tasmania and France, as Steve Birkbeck explains:

“Tina is an astute business woman and the perfect bridge between Australia and France.

“It has taken two and a half years for me to entice Tina Arena to collaborate with Atlas Pearls and Perfumes.  I am delighted that Tina has joined the Atlas team on this journey and on such an exciting project. 

“Tina is the consummate professional and does not lend her name to products in a flippant fashion sometimes expected of celebrities. To my knowledge she has never lent her name to any brand. This is not a typical celebrity fragrance but an artistic collaboration. Tina has been the key decision maker on all aspects of the fragrance, the bottle and philosophy underpinning what both parties believe will be a reference for the global luxury perfume industry.”

About Essential Oils of Tasmania
Essential Oils of Tasmania will build and commission an innovative manufacturing facility in Tasmania for production of fragrance, flavour and cosmetic ingredients from innovative Australian indigenous botanicals and marine (pearls and seaweed) and fungal products, and secure long term supply agreements for these products. It will include Australia’s first commercial Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) plant using CO2 for the extraction of ingredients and bioactive compounds.  Tasmania is recognised as an attractive source of new cosmetic ingredients because of its environmentally pure resources.

About Atlas Pearls and Perfumes Ltd
Atlas Pearls and Perfumes (“Atlas”) is an Australian based pearling and perfume business established in 1992. Atlas has earned an enviable reputation as a world leading pearl producer of “nature’s most precious gift”, the South Sea pearl, specialising in highly sought after white and silver pearls. Atlas operates pearl farms spread across the Indonesian archipelago, including Bali, Flores, and West Papua. Atlas is a fully integrated pearling business. The Company has its own high quality grading and loose pearl distribution business, a jewellery manufacturing capability and sells direct to customers through wholesale partners and via its retail outlets. In 2012, the Company expanded its operations into perfumes and is currently developing a range of propriety products which include pearl powder (cosmetics and nutraceuticals), pearl proteins (cosmetics), pearl volatiles and boronia (perfumes) for supply into the global luxury supply chain.

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Eileen Francisco'
19.08.14 8:09 pm


Hot Dub Time Machine Presents:
‘Biggest. Tour. Ever.’

SYDNEY       Friday 10 October       Enmore Theatre                    
HOBART       Saturday 11 October     Odeon Theatre                      
DARWIN       Friday 17 October       Discovery Theatre                  
BRISBANE     Saturday 25 October     The Tivoli                              
ADELAIDE     Friday 31 October       Thebarton Theatre                
MELBOURNE   Friday 7 November     Forum Theatre                    
PERTH         Friday 14 November     Astor Theatre                    

First Release $30 + bf
All tickets from

All the details here

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Concert at Runnymede House Sunday 24 August 2.30pm

Susan King Hobart Tasmania Australia
19.08.14 5:56 pm


Helen Thomson - soprano
Susan King - lute
Brett Rutherford - viola da gamba
Matt Goddard - percussion

Special Guest - Gary Files
Award winning actor, theatre director and radio writer, Gary Files has a distinguished career. His TV work includes Neighbours, Corelli, State Coroner, Marshall Law, MDA, Blue Heelers. He co-founded The Period Pieces Theatre Company In Victoria. In 2006 he played Raymon Radley in the TV series of Dogstar

Tickets - available from and in in person from Chez Moi French Style at 55 Liverpool Street Hobart. Tickets are $75 each and include Concert, Champagne and Canapes. Audience limited to 40 people as it being held in an historic house - Runnymede House in Bay Road New Town, Hobart. Pre-booking essential. For questions and info contact Susan King 0432164145 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Arrive at 2.30pm for pre-concert champagne and canapés especially prepared by chef Philippe Pascal. Then you are invited to the post-concert reception to meet the musicians & enjoy further champagne and canapés finishing at 5pm.

The Program
Songs of John Dowland
Flow My Tears, Come Again, Now O Now, Can She Excuse, Time Stands still.

Other Renaissance Songs
With my Love my Life was Nestled, It was a Lover and his Lass, Tobacco is like Love.

Poetry, Sonnets & Readings
William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe,  Sir Walter Ralegh, Michael Drayton, John Donne, George Peele & King James I of England (VI of Scotland).

Instrumental Music
From music so popular you will guess what it is as soon as you hear it to the very beautiful but mostly unknown, Dowlandʼs Adew for Lute & Viola da Gamba.

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Peacock Theatre ... Breaking!

Kickstart Arts
19.08.14 11:44 am


You are invited to the following event:

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Multiple Dates
Peacock Theatre
77 Salamanca Place
Hobart, TAS 7000


Breaking is a moving, unique and beautiful dance and music work that opens at The Peacock Theatre at Salamanca Arts Centre on Saturday August 23.  Kickstart Arts and Salamanca Arts Centre’s SPACE Dance Program teamed up to create a powerful multi-artform hybrid workwork based on refugee stories. Breaking features contemporary dance led by renowned choreographer Kelly Drummond Cawthon set to…

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Cash Back for Tasmania

Paula Xiberras
19.08.14 5:33 am


It really will be a Cash bonanza for Tasmania when, for the third time in so many years, Daniel Thompson will bring his tribute show celebrating the life and music of Johnny Cash to the state.

Daniel says Tasmania is ‘a beautiful part of the world’ and that band member Stuie French is actually a real Tasmanian!

Daniel is also a big fan of The Theatre Royal where one of his performances will take place. Daniel says’ it’s a beautiful old theatre’ and is amazed by how close the audience are to the performers.

This year’s presentation will again feature all of Johnny’s big hits and with Daniel’s expert knowledge will also include some different songs from favourite catalogues, as Daniel says ‘There is no shortage of songs to select from’. Another addition this year will be Cash’s ‘Australian Songbook’. It may surprise that Johnny wrote a song about ‘Ned Kelly’ and did versions of ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ and ‘A Pub with no Beer’.

Daniel’s extensive research on the man in black, he believes is his responsibility and although the attention to detail doesn’t see him going overboard in attempts to look like Cash physically, he does believe there are expectations to be met, such as wearing the black suit and Daniel will only use the type of guitars that Cash himself used. Daniel also emulates how Cash held his guitar which Daniel describes as ‘a little bit differently ’ and also affected his stance. Daniel has a deep voice like Cash but doesn’t believe he sounds that much like him but adds that members of the audience often say that if they shut their eyes they could imagine Johnny was singing himself. Daniel believes this is because the audience brings their own perception to the show and it’s up to them to interpret as they will.

Johnny Cash as Kris Kristofferson said was ‘truth and fiction’ and Daniel agrees with this statement. That sometimes Cash would emphasise the bad time he had in prison in an attempt to reach out and help those who also endured those conditions. Daniel says Cash was very upfront and didn’t try to hide ‘his battles with addiction and women’.

Daniel is a huge fan of Johnny Cash and says, that admiration grows, as he learns more about him as does his appreciation of the songs which are ‘hard to sing’ and that John was ‘a good singer and entertainer’. Daniel also believes that John and June were not as serious performers as many believed.

Fantastic old video shows Johnny in the background pulling ‘goofy’ faces and ‘making noise’s when June was singing to distract her and make her laugh. It’s to be noted that at all times the performance is respectful to John and June’s legacy.

An interesting piece of information that Daniel has come across in his research is that in the 60’s, at the height of his career, Johnny Cash performed in either Burnie or Devonport and surprisingly only 17 people attended! Whether it was because the event wasn’t advertised sufficiently or people didn’t believe it was the real Johnny Cash, Daniel has still to establish.

He does know he has met people who said they were at the concert and those that have attested as being there add up to more than 17!

You can see Daniel perform as ‘Johnny Cash the Concert: Golden Greats of the Man in Black’ the Theatre Royal on Friday 10th of October and at the Launceston Country Club on Saturday 11th of October.

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Award-winning Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival ...

Travis Tiddy, Festival Director, Leigh Styles Marketing Coordinator
18.08.14 8:29 am



The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is an award winning, hand crafted cultural festival held every two years in the mining town of Queenstown on Tasmania’s West Coast. Following the success of the 2012 festival, the festival returns in October 2014 appropriately themed ‘The Power of Water’ to celebrate the centenary of the Lake Margaret Power Station – Australia’s oldest working Hydro Electric station, near Queenstown.

The highlight of the West Coast winter is the official program launch and gala evening.

Date:  Saturday 30 August
Time:  7:00pm
Venue: Queenstown Memorial Hall, Orr Street, Queenstown
Tickets: Tickets for this event are almost depleted. Interested persons   should look to secure their tickets in the next few days to avoid   missing out. Ticket price: $145.00 per person. Tickets available   from or by telephoning the West Coast Wilderness   Railway Station in Queenstown (03 6471 0100)
Attire:  Black tie

The program launch and gala evening are a major fundraiser for the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival. The Royal Australian Navy Band Tasmanian Detachment headlines a bumper evening of entertainment.Ticket prices include entertainment, alcohol, soft-drink and hors d’oeuvres catering.

Festival Director Travis Tiddy said that the festival committee have worked hard to deliver a hand crafted and authentic event, the program launch and gala evening being an event for the West Coast community and anyone with an interest in the area:

We would like to extend a warm welcome to join us at the program launch and gala evening on August 30. We’ll be saying goodbye to winter with a great night of entertainment, food, drinks and friends.

Regarding the festival weekend (10-12 October):

October’s festival is of increased importance in boosting morale and providing a social and economic lift for our community. Our aim and our pledge is to excite audiences by providing money-can’t-buy connection with a place and its people; inspiring audiences with the abilities and cultural wealth of regional Tasmania. We aim to demonstrate what can be achieved through working together and through adherence to authenticity, excellence, and understanding what makes our region so special.

The best thing that we can do is work hard to give everyone a big lift this October. We’d like to welcome you to attend our festival and contribute to this experience with us.

At a time when the residents of the West Coast need an event like this, we welcome all Tasmanian’s to join us in Queenstown.

• Official Program Launch and Gala Ball:  Saturday 30       August

• Festival Weekend (More details to follow):  Friday 10       October for       three days

Festival Director Travis Tiddy encouraged visitors to Queenstown to book in advance:

Tickets for our program launch and gala evening have sold quickly. I urge anyone that is interested in attending to book at or by telephoning the West Coast Wilderness Railway Queenstown station.

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Arts | What's On

Hear a Spaniard play the works of two great French and Spanish composers

Robert Thompson
18.08.14 7:00 am


Hear a Spaniard play the works of two great French and Spanish composers – Debussy and Albéniz.

Fermín Higuera - concert pianist

Classical Afternoon Invitation
Saturday 6th September
1640 Channel Highway, Margate,
Brookfield House

3.30 Enjoy a pre concert drink whilst soaking the country ambience. Meet the Makers of some local crafts on exhibit and sale.
4pm Featuring: Allan Guiseppi Badalassi on piano, Rachel Walters on Violin and Roman Astra on Sitar.

4.30 Nibbles supplied by Marypin and a glass of Brookfield Pinot Noir

4.50 Fermín Higuera

Fermín is from Tenerife in the Canary Islands and is a concert pianist and professor of piano at the Conservatorium of Music in Madrid, Spain.

Outside Spain, he has delivered recitals in Argentina, Colombia, France, Italy, Switzerland and Venezuela.

Here is a unique opportunity to hear a Spaniard play the works of two great French and Spanish composers – Debussy and Albéniz.

Supported by World Class Local Composer, Allan Giuseppe Badalassi, with Rachel Walters and Roman Astra.

Cost $30
Seating limited so book now on 0439 672 331 and secure your place at this amazing concert.

“Proceeds to “Save the Children’‘

Robert Thompson of
Robert’s GIFTS and GAMES
featuring Made in Tasmania
at the Old Avalon Theatre Indoor Market
(Open Hours: Sat 9-3, Sun 8-2)
52 Melville Street Hobart Tas 7000

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Arts | What's On

World premieres at Stranger With My Face

Briony Kidd Director, Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival
15.08.14 8:16 pm


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Ama-zon-ing Marcia

Paula Xiberras
15.08.14 7:45 am


Miss Marcia Hines is back with an amazing album, both by name and content! The Amazon in the title refers to Marcia’s promotional poster for the ‘Amazing’ tour which sees her dressed in a golden hue, looking every bit the amazon goddess!

Marcia is excited to back touring Tasmania after her last visit to Launceston in 2011. This time Marcia is happy to be visiting both Launceston and Hobart and says next time’ Burnie’!

Marcia has a history with Tasmania that goes further back than her holiday at Freycinet 2 years ago. Marcia lived here while performing’ Hair, at that time she was esconed at the casino and she developed a love for its surrounds and the suburb of Sandy Bay, especially appealing are the op shops. Reflecting on her time in Launceston she tells me it was a time when the monkeys were running free and the curator of the museum and his family took Marcia in to stay with them. Marcia still keeps in touch with the children.

Marcia will return to Tasmania with her new band ‘Weather Permitting’ perhaps a topical name forTasmania at the moment. Marcia smiles at this and reminds me that this doesn’t bother her as snow was common in her original home of Boston, a place she still regularly visits and is her’ other’ home together with Australia.  Even though these are her homes Marcia says she is ‘A Child of the Universe’.

The new album ‘Amazing’ enlists the help of some musical friends, with’Diesel’ Mark Lizotte playing on the beautiful love song ‘Equals Three’ and Russell Crowe acting and singing in ‘Remedy. The collaboration eventuated after Marcia worked on Russell’s group ‘Ordinary Fear of God’ and the favour was returned with Russell insisting on directing ‘Remedy’ in a Sydney studio and the result is a cinematic rendering of a high energy song that highlights Marcia acting talent.

Marcia explains to me that she was keen to have an album where every track was a stand-alone winner, and in ‘Amazing’ including the title track she has done just that.

Talking of studios Marcia has now been given her own station by Foxtel, called ‘Smooth’. Marcia works with Cameron Daddo at ‘Smooth’ and tells me she feels very comfortable as a TV host of the eclectic musical presentation that also includes lots of humour and fun between the two hosts. Marcia says the presentation is ‘well put together’ and includes music from the 60s, 70s, 80’s and music relative to now.

Away from work Marcia is a keen textile artist and creates individual works for her friends although don’t be surprised that there may be a public exhibition sometime soon. Marcia is also as she calls it’keeping the grey matter massaged’ by thinking up ideas for telling stories, Marcia has already published a book on wisdom ‘Life: Things to Get You By’

In her Amazonian appearance Marcia is also taking time to address critics like those that recently attacked Kylie Minogue with derogatory remarks about her being too old to do sexy videos. Marcia says’who are they to decide and that’ if they want to say something like this then they should stand in front of a mirror ‘scantily clad’ themselves!’.

Audiences will be treated to a mix of Marcia’s ‘Amazing’ new album and all her hit songs on her tour of Tasmania.

You can see Marcia perform at the Launceston Country Club on Friday 5th of September and at Wrest Point Casino on Saturday 6th September.

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AAADA Sydney Antiques Fair 2014 - Art and Design on Show

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, thecultureconcept circle
13.08.14 12:25 pm


At Randwick Racecourse 27 – 31st August member dealers of the Australian Antiques & Art Dealers Association will hold their Sydney Antiques Fair 2014. You will find the useful and beautiful, a fine selection to choose from for professional and personal spaces.

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Hobart to experience a more creative world 10 minutes at a time!

Ros Peck Festival Director Short + Sweet Theatre Hobart
13.08.14 7:21 am


The world’s biggest little play festival hits Hobart

Playhouse Theatre Sept 30 - Oct 11

The first “Short +Sweet, Hobart” Program is ready to launch showcasing local writers, directors + actors.  With 10/30 plays being TASMANIAN WORKS it is the biggest showcase of Tasmanian Writers seen in any one festival. The festival is also attracting attention from the mainland with NSW and Victorian entries. None of the plays have ever been seen in Hobart.

On at The Playhouse Theatre in September/October, Short + Sweet, Hobart 2014 is not just another one act play festival…. There are 30 ten minute plays spread over 3 programs.  Program 1 Opens 7.30 Sept 30 - Oct 3 Program 2: Sat 4th Oct @ 2.30+7.30pm and Program 3 Oct 7-11 7.30pm we finish the festival with the “GALA PREVIEW” on Sat 11th @2.30pm and the “GALA SHOWCASE with Award and Prize Presentations comprising of the judges and people choices from all programs at 7.30pm

The Short + Sweet theatre festival began in Sydney 13 years ago and their recent festival showcased 170 plays. “S+S festivals occur in 22 cities in 7 countries around the world and all play submissions are included in the 2014 S+S library for production in any festival around the world” Peck says “The opportunities are enormous.”

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Dizzy Dani

Paula Xiberras
13.08.14 7:12 am


Dani Smarrelli is a fairly unique name and so too, is the name ‘Nussy’ (Dani’s performance name), true to both her names she is one of the most unique musicians of recent times.

I spoke to Nussy recently about her upcoming EP and its launch in Adelaide and Melbourne for which she couldn’t wait’ as the songs ‘hadn’t been performed live before’.

Nussy has only been to Tassie once, a couple of years ago, when she was in the group ‘True Love’ as a backing vocalist, at that time she visited MONA and she says ‘it was cool and she ‘really, really loved it’.

Fingers crossed, Nussi says, a visit to Tasmania is not too far in the future.

Nussy says her performing name came about from a random association in a childhood nickname that’s origin is now lost.

Nussy has been playing piano since she was 4 years old but originally thought she would write for other people rather than perform herself but discovered at 16 or 17 she loved singing and since then has been committed to singing 100 per cent.

Nussy’s new single ‘Dizzy’  in which Nussy rotates us through a fashion feast as she focuses on the rotation that too often we make young people go through, putting them on a revolving disc to finding a career and a successful future instead of enjoying the here and now. Sometimes we need to stop running around in circles and take perhaps a different and un-grooved road.

Some special words are for Nussy’s own parents who have been supportive of her and the highs and lows of a creative career. They did encourage her to finish high school first, before launching into her musical career.

Something that really stands out in Nussy’s video clips is her sense of fashion and how this fashion trend setter is confident in her choices and makes both gold and white lipstick look cool.

Nussy’s single ‘Dizzy’ ( view the clip here: ) and her self-titled EP are out now.

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Night Terrors at Stranger With My Face

Briony Kidd Director, Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival
12.08.14 7:03 pm


12 August (Hobart) – Melbourne horror synth heavyweights The Night Terrors return to Hobart to launch their brand new album Spiral Vortex at the Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival opening night party on 22 August at the Brisbane Hotel.

Featuring the haunting theremin melodies of Miles Brown, plus an orgy of vintage electronics, Spiral Vortex sees the band build upon their post-prog roots to explore a broader universe of warped psychedelia, thunderous dreamscapes and dark cosmic dance.

Since the release of the 2009’s Back To Zero, The Night Terrors have toured the world, playing with the likes of Goblin, Hawkwind, Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson, Black Mountain, Melt-Banana and Serena-Maneesh. In 2012 they performing a 50 minute piece they composed for the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Pipe Organ, supporting Goblin at Melbourne Music Week.

The band have just completed recording an album of this material for a Halloween 2014 release through Andy Votel’s UK label Twisted Nerve, and are returning to Hobart to play their horror electronic Spiral Vortex set for you at the Brisbane Hotel on Friday 22 August at the Brisbane Hotel.

The Night Terrors will be supported by Hobart band All The Weathers and followed by DJ BTC.

Tickets are $20, with your VIP Festival Pass or at the door.


Press for Spiral Vortex:
“Spiral Vortex is brilliant. It is the kind of late night spiral (it can’t be helped) into the black hole of feverish lament and Giallo deconstruction (and dismemberment). And the spectral cinematics are evidently something the band revels in – titles like ‘Lasers For Eyes’, ‘Monster’ and especially ‘The Devil Played Backwards’ serves to drive this heavy theme home.” – Sonic Masala

“Folks you should check out this incredible record by The Night Terrors. It is pretty awesome it’s like Bruno Nicolai meets MBV jamming with a gigantic theremin.” – Spencer Hickman, DeathWaltz Recording Company

“Melbourne’s horror dwellers The Night Terrors continue delving into the darkest recesses of the cinematic nightmare on second LP Spiral Vortex. Walking a tightrope between garishness and genuine tension, albeit in a lush Argento-esque fashion, the trio remain a potent force. Miles Brown’s theremin theatrics continues to amaze, while Damian Coward’s pummelling drums plays like an apocalyptic metronome. The key to Spiral Vortex’s success though is the synth lines devised by Brown and Sarah Lim – at once archaic and futurist (‘Lasers For Eyes’), macabre and sensuous (‘Monster’), with the slightest rays of light piercing through the darkness.”

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The Night Terrors to play opening night party

Briony Kidd Director, Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival
12.08.14 6:46 am


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Those of us born in Australia don’t understand what it is to be an 8-year-old with an AK-47 running

Richard Bladel, Kickstart Arts and Salamanca Arts Centre
11.08.14 3:30 am



Those of us born in Australia don’t understand what it is to be an eight-year-old with an AK-47 running through the dark with your last remaining family members, pursued by a terrifying enemy, under attack and running for your life.

Breaking is a moving, unique and beautiful dance and music work that opens at The Peacock Theatre at Salamanca Arts Centre on Saturday August 23.

The creation of Breaking was led by three story owners – young people who came here as refugees and are in different stages of their settlement – each having extraordinary experiences to share.

Kickstart Arts and Salamanca Arts Centre’s SPACE Dance Program,Ogilvie High School students and community members including children under 10 teamed up to create a powerful retelling of these refugee stories through contemporary dance, led by renowned choreographer Kelly Drummond Cawthon. Included in the show is an original new digital and live musical fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz and Classical music by emerging composer Max Bladel played by a fantastic ten-piece band, and haunting projected images by artist Jason James.

One of the Breaking storytellers is rapper Lawrence ‘Big Money’ Gino, who was born in South Sudan during the civil war. When he was just a few weeks old, his mother fled with him to Uganda. He spent the next fourteen years living in refugee camps before his older sister sponsored him to Australia. “I hope that people will hear my story and begin to know me as a brother, a father, a worker, a colleague, a friend and an artist rather than as ‘that refugee’. Although where I am from is important, it is the things I have overcome to be where I am now and the future in front of me which complete me as a person.”

“We spent many months in deep conversation with the story owners – these people telling of their experiences of loss, transition and survival,” said Kickstart Arts Artistic Director Jami Bladel. “These are the stories of African indigenous people wrenched from the country where they evolved over centuries as custodians of the land. Their family lineage, identity, belonging and responsibilities in law were all connected to their country. Being forced to flee from everything that brings meaning to their lives because of unspeakable violence & brutality is an impossible situation for any human being.”

Breaking explores some of the complexities of the refugee experience – of leaving your homeland having survived trauma, of making the transition from one culture to another, the sense of relief when you arrive, only to face a new battle - the crazy struggle to fit in.

Another storyteller in Breaking, Shewit Belay is a year-12 student at St Mary’s College, and also an active member of the live music scene performing regularly around Hobart. “The Breaking journey, as well as being a great opportunity to be in a thought-provoking performance, has been one of innovation, discovery … and delicious lunches from World Kitchen! As a five-year old, relocating to Australia with my immediate family as refugees, I guess I’ve grown up, predominantly, as an Australian.”

Contemporary dance has had a relatively low profile in southern Tasmania over the last few years, however Lesley Graham through Ogilvie High School and Kelly Drummond Cawthon through The SPACE Dance Program have done much to support the development of contemporary dance locally, including with Breaking.

Breaking is at The Peacock Theatre, in the Salamanca Arts Centre
Performance times:
Saturday August 23 - 2PM + 7PM
Saturday August 30 - 2PM + 7PM Tickets $25 and $12 concession

Limited door sales     Enquiries to Kickstart Arts (03) 6228 0611 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Devonport Regional Gallery: the extraordinary sculptural object’s crafted by Colin Langridge

Ellie Ray, Tracy Broomhall, Devonport Regional Gallery
09.08.14 4:10 pm

Persistent patch of shadow, 2014, poplar, polyurethane glue, varnish, enamel paint

15 August – 28 September

The Devonport Regional Gallery’s upcoming exhibition showcases the extraordinary sculptural object’s crafted by Colin Langridge.

Colin Langridge’s art is motivated by a resonance with and curiosity of mediums’ properties and qualities. An understanding of how materials behave and how they can be used is achieved through lengthy experimentation – turning raw materials into new states of existence over a period of months.

To stimulate what Langridge refers to as ‘a sense of wonder’, the artist explores outmoded construction techniques, namely coopering and clinker boat building. These techniques are the foundation over which layers of paint, rubber and varnish are applied.

The more Langridge fine-tunes his process and technique, the closer he comes to presenting the viewer with art objects that appear simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar. Langridge observes: ’Things that initiate a state of wonder and hyper-awareness are fundamental to my practice, where the artworks are often suspended in an indeterminate position between the unfamiliar and the familiar.

The Gallery will offer Education programs with the exhibition including 1,2,3 Create for babies and toddlers; Little Aesthetics for early years to grade 6 and floor talks for High School, College and University students. Bookings for these programs are essential.

Colin Langridge will present a floor talk at midday on Saturday August 16th.

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100 Goulburn St: Painting with Weather

Constance ARI
09.08.14 6:39 am


We invite you to the second of the PAINTFACE exhibitions for 2014

Constance ARI presents…

Constance ARI / 100 Goulburn St / Hobart
Exhibition runs: 8 August - 30 August
Closing drinks: 6pm Friday 29 August

PAINTFACE is a series of exhibitions that takes painting off the wall and into new and uncharted territory, stretching the limits of contemporary painting practice in Tasmania and beyond. Presenting new and experimental work that responds to site, process and materiality of paint. We would like to invite you to Painting with Weather by Catherine Woo the second part of the PAINTFACE series, a process-based painting installation developed throughout the three Constance gallery spaces from August 8th.

Join us for closing drinks 6pm Friday 29 August /

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PAINTFACE is curated by Polly Dance and presented by Constance ARI. This project funded by the Visual Arts Section of Arts Funding at the Australia Council, Presentation and Promotion Grant. 

Painting with Weather evolved through a bi-fold intention - to create a painting system whereby to some extent the works would create themselves, and to combine this with an existing framework of exploring matter, body and environment. The desire to have the works self-propagate was somewhat prosaic in its genesis, read: time poor artist needs assistance from natural process to achieve artwork outcomes. What manifested was a partnership with the immediate environment around the studio - the guttering was re-directed into the studio, and its seepage, flowing and wave motions were combines with vibration and evaporation - and a collaboration with the weather came into being. The resulting works document this process, where the involvement of the artist is no greater than the processes deployed, leaving not so much a record of my perception of the environment, as a trace of our alliance.

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Paying Tribute to Peter Sculthorpe

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
09.08.14 6:26 am

We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE.

Born in Launceston in 1929, Peter Sculthorpe became one of Australia’s greatest composers.

His internationally renowned works were known and celebrated for their distinctly Australian references.

On behalf of all Tasmanians, I pay tribute to a great Tasmanian and Australian.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends.

Peter Sculthorpe’s death a ‘huge loss, but he leaves such a big musical legacy’

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MOFO 2015 dates announced

Rebecca Fitzgibbon Events Media Manager Museum of Old and New Art
08.08.14 4:10 pm


Hobart’s MONA FOMA (Museum of Old and New Art Festival of Music and Art) in Tasmania, Australia, has announced its summer festival dates for the New Year, and organisers are bracing for a seismic shake-up of the MOFO festival model.

Curated by Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes, The Break), MOFO 2015 will be leaping back across the Port of Hobart to Princes Wharf 1 (PW1 festival hub, on the Salamanca side) and surrounding venues for the period of January 15-18 2015, plus a few surprise events either side.

The four-day festival ticket will be packed with music and art - ranging from New York post-punk to Japanese girl groups, Mexican DJ’s, guitar orchestras, inflatables, and interactive sound art - continuing with the tradition of hosting free events around the city in line with MONA’s egalitarian, anti-formulaic and non-hierarchical modus operandi. Try and say that after a few Moo Brews in the sunshine.

“We will be going for a sprawling non-stop 24/7 experience for MOFO 2015,” curator Brian Ritchie says. “Don’t expect to sleep much.”

As if. Previous MOFOs have aligned bluegrass Bach with Bollywood dance music; Mongolian throat-singing with avant-garde opera; electroclash riot grrrl punk with underwater drumming; heavy metal markets with morning meditations. Last summer, close to 45 per cent of MOFO attendees came from interstate and overseas to feel the earth move a bit with an erratic mix of old and new music and art.

“The performance was… look, I don’t know what the hell was going on…” - Marcus Teague, The Vine

“It’s the first time I’ve seen singer wear a business leotard and wish for a form of feminist discourse like basketball: where you get knocked down, get pulled back up and then get drunk over pizza” – Jenny Valentish, Time Out

“Meanwhile, the poor souls at the bar are using sign language to place orders for espresso martinis served in blood bags and vodka-citrus concoctions in urine cups. You read that correctly. Urine cups.” – Darren Levin, FasterLouder

“It’s big, bold and freaky” – Mercury headline

Loosen your grip on the bedrock and revel in the after-shocks with us. MONA FOMA is an initiative of the Museum of Old & New Art (MONA), supported by the State Government, through Events Tasmania.

MOFO takes place in Hobart from January 15-18, 2015. The lineup will be announced in October 2014.

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Bett Gallery: Philip Wolfhagen, Landscape Reinventions

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
08.08.14 7:34 am



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2014 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition Applications now open!

Rina Ferris + Kristyn Brennan
08.08.14 7:29 am


APRA AMCOS, Alberts and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA) are pleased to announce that entries for the 2014 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition – the largest charity songwriting competition in the world – are now open.

With thanks to Alberts and APRA AMCOS, this year’s winning songwriter/s will take home a cash prize of A$50,000 and join the illustrious company of past Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition winners – Megan Washington (2009), Kimbra (2011) and The Preatures (2013).

Three runners’ up, cash prizes are also on offer with second place receiving A$10,000 thanks to AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association) and third place taking home A$5,000 courtesy of new sponsor, AEG Ogden.

Brett Cottle, APRA AMCOS CEO, said “It is a great honour for APRA AMCOS to support this competition because of what it achieves. First, the fantastic work of Nordoff-Robbins and their music therapy is supported and they can continue to bring music into the world of people who get real benefits from it. Secondly the opportunity for talented songwriters to be recognised and also get some help in the next stage of their career.”

David Albert, CEO of Alberts, said “Alberts is thrilled to be continuing its longstanding association with Nordoff-Robbins and the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition into 2014, the year in which we also celebrate 50 years of our record label, Albert Productions.  From writing and recording with The Easybeats, Marcus Hook Roll Band and Flash And The Pan, through to writing hits for the likes of John Paul Young and nurturing songwriters of the ilk of AC/DC, there’s arguably been no more defining contribution to both Albert Productions and Australian songwriting than that of George Young and Harry Vanda.”

This year’s competition will also include the Encouragement Award with a cash prize of A$2,000 which has been graciously donated by last year’s winners, The Preatures.

The Preatures’ Isabella Manfredi said today, “Winning the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition was such a huge leg up for us, and we wanted to show our thanks and support by helping the next wave of applicants with this encouragement award.”

The Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious songwriting competitions in the world, supporting talented songwriters whilst raising much needed funds for music therapy that has been proven to help people with developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rett Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome and disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Dyspraxia and Spina Bifida.

The competition is open to songwriters worldwide with each applicant paying an entry fee of A$50.00 per submission with money raised going directly to supporting Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia.  To date, the Vanda & Young Song Competition has raised over $485,000 for NRMTA over the past three competitions.

The 2014 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition will be judged by a panel of songwriters and industry professionals.

Entries close on the 22nd September 2014.

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MONA: Synaesthesia, Aug 16-17

07.08.14 12:48 pm


Indulge in a veritable smorgasbord of sound, colour and light, accompanied by feasts of fine fare and wine.

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And it was brilliant ... Don’t miss this ...

Bronwyn Williams
07.08.14 4:32 am

• The final show is this Saturday, 9 August, at the Princess Theatre in Launceston. Matinee at 2.00pm. Evening show at 8.00pm.



The sun was shining last Saturday after days of drenching rain - there were cats, dogs and even a giraffe thrashing around in puddles in the yard.  But we forsook the warming rays and took ourselves indoors - despite the burgeoning cabin fever - to the Theatre Royal.

A matinee performance of the Fabulous Croon Live was calling us.  And it was brilliant - two hours of foot tapping, singalong musical delight, delivered with consummate skill and good humour by the lovely and talented John X and his compatriots, Andrew Colrain and Colin Dean.

The theatre oozed with the smooth melodies of around 30 big band classics, and the crooners were backed sublimely by the Matthew Ives Big Band.  Four lovely young ladies, in a dazzling array of dancers’ gear, added regular bursts of colour and movement to the stage.  There were costume changes aplenty for the singing gents, including a stint in airline stewardess drag for the Sinatra classic, Come Fly With Me.  It was fabulous - clean, assured harmonising from the trio and a big, ballsy back-up from the band.

Special guests Naomi Sarich and Di Richards brought some girly balance to the performance with Ms Sarich delivering an appropriately emotional rendition of Maybe This Time and the equally talented Ms Richards treating us to a red hot, classy take on Fever.

And there was tap dancing too.  Colin Dean’s solo performance of Mr Bojangles was cleverly accompanied by dancer Adam Jose on the tapping spats.  ‘Mr Bojangles, dance’, said the song, and he did.

Did I mention that the crooners mix it up vocally as well?  This show is not a procession of tunes delivered by a static three-man line-up - there are solos and mixed duets tossed in amongst the three part classics, and a pleasing line in comedic patter.  And a true blue Tassie version of (I did it) My Way.

The audience loved it - us included.  Especially the teenage Miles Davis fan we took with us.  If you hanker for a big band fix, administered with oodles of style, don’t miss the Fabulous Croon Live at Launceston’s Princess Theatre on Saturday 9 August.  And, remember, when they call for an audience request, it’s Tom Jones - It’s Not Unusual.  They already have the wigs.

PS After the show we adjourned to the newly re-opened Hope and Anchor for an early dinner. First impressions weren’t too flash.  They couldn’t find our booking, our order was misplaced and we waited over an hour for food.  Many apologies and a free round of drinks were offered but we were in early and expected a quick turnaround.  They were busy with a function, and seemed a little bit at sea - let’s hope they don’t find themselves floundering without an anchor again!

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