All Saints, South Hobart, 7.30pm, April 1: a cappella choral Music for Tenebrae

Caroline Miller, Loose Canon Chamber Ensemble
05.03.15 11:19 am


Loose Canon Chamber Singers, conducted by Jonathan Wallis, presents a service of divine a cappella choral Music for Tenebrae on April 1st 2015 at All Saints Anglican Church, 336 Macquarie St, South Hobart.

Works include Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday interspersed with readings, and Motets for Holy Week by Felix Mendelssohn. Starts at 7:30 pm, gold coin donation.

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FREE Spiegeltent community opening night

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
05.03.15 8:57 am


TONIGHT (Thursday, 5 March 2015)

Hobart will tonight play host to a FREE opening night party to mark the highly anticipated return of the
Spiegeltent, presented by Ten Days in association with Strut & Fret, as part of the Tasmanian
International Arts Festival.

Kicking off the Spiegeltent program in style is a free community opening extravaganza TONIGHT
(Thursday, 5 March) from 5pm, featuring an evening of enchanting entertainment including Silent Disco,
The Dead Maggies, DJ No ReGrets, Dean Stevenson & the Rock Drop, Mangus, a shadow photo booth
from the Terrapin Puppet Theatre, a sampling of highlights from internationally acclaimed circus
ensemble Circa from their show Beyond, exclusive guest spot from singer – songwriter and sexy Irish
chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan and more!

Located outside the velvet and mirror adorned Spiegeltent, will be The Outdoor Lounge, which will
showcase fine Tasmanian produce and beverages, including delights from Taco Taco and Urban Bounty,
as well as beverages from Jansz, Cascade, Domaine A, Stoney Vineyard, Dalrymple, McHenry and Sons
Distillery and Ritual Coffee.

This is the chance of a lifetime to experience these acts for free as well as soak up the Spiegeltent
atmosphere, so make sure you get to the forecourt of PW1 early as entry will be limited! For a copy of
the Spiegeltent program, simply head to, phone (03) 6210 5777 or visit the Ten Days
office located at 71 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania.

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NYUON’S Nocturnal Notes

Paula Xiberras
05.03.15 7:30 am


Melbourne is home for recording hip hop artist NYUON and it is Melbourne he sings about in his new single ‘Your city’.

Born in Ethiopia to Sudanese parents NYUON can’t remember much about his life in his birthplace, having left at a very young age, so Melbourne really is home and in ‘Your City’ he becomes Melbourne city’s voice and takes on its persona.

NYUON hasn’t been to Tasmania yet but with a student friend in Tassie who he would like to visit, he says he is looking forward to bringing ‘Your City’ to Tasmania’s cities!

Music has always been part of NYUON’s life from very early on when he found learning lyrics came very easily to him and he would often pause his music player to enable him to learn and sing along with the songs. Even though NYUON tells me his parents were ‘typical Sudanese parents’, encouraging him into a career of law or medicine, NYUON decided to pursue music as ‘there will be time for school later on’. Giving a boost to his music career was his second placing in the Melbourne Music Bank competition.

NYUON’s video clip (shot by filmmaker George Kalpa) to ‘Your city’ takes us into a Melbourne by night, in some respects an industrial wasteland but NYUON’s hip hops lyrics juxtapose the fertility of the words with the barren nightscape, giving vision of life in the darkness of the night. NYUON also insisted a basketball court be featured in the clip! The clip is peopled by NYUON’s own friends who have supported him all through his musical journey.

NYUON will launch ‘Your city’ at The Workers Club Melbourne on March 13.

Tickets available from .

You can keep up to date with NYUON at and watch the clip

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Moonah Arts Centre: Meet MAC ...

Moonah Arts Centre
04.03.15 4:10 pm


Join us as we finally reveal your new MAC Moonah Arts Centre. Take a peek at Tasmania’s newest arts and cultural facility, nestled in the heart of Moonah. From arts-tragics to the curious; from 4 years old to 84 years old, you’ll find something to delight during our opening 24 hours.

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Matthew Fagan Tassie Tour, including workshops

Kellie Grattidge
04.03.15 3:13 pm


Matthew Fagan
10 String Guitarist & Maton Endorsed Ukulele Player
Ukuleleland & Guitar Show & Workshop tour

Don’t miss the opportunity to come face to face with one of Australia’s best Guitar & Ukulele players and educators.  For those of us that are passionate about guitar & Ukulele, either as a player or keen spectator, come and explore your love of guitar & Ukulele, be inspired to play or play more, sit back, relax and enjoy Matthew’s fiery virtuosic performances.  Please see Matthew’s tour schedule below

On his 2015 tour, World Virtuoso Matthew Fagan will perform music from his newest CD Ukuleleland, a stunning world music album recorded in Kansas USA.  UKULELELAND takes fans on a fun journey from African dance, to wild gypsy dance, Cuban, Latin and Celtic music and even rocking out Cajun tunes.

Matthew is a regular hit at Australian National Ukulele Festivals including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Melbourne, Central Coast, Newcastle Ukulele Festivals and the Deniliquin Uke Muster.  Audiences are continually amazed, reinspired, and even become converted fans of the Ukulele after seeing Matthew’s performance on the Ukulele.

A show with Matthew would not be complete without Matthew performing on guitar.  Matthew is leading exponent of performing on Australian Custom made Instruments, including an intriguing handmade James Keith 10 String Spanish Classical Guitar, an amazing instrument with four extra base strings which sounds similar to a harp and a David Churchill Steel String Guitar.

In the guitar component of his show, Matthew presents new and familiar works and highlights of Spanish & Classical Music from his new American recorded CD’s, Virtuoso.  Matthew is renowned for his virtuosity and versatility on guitar, always suprising audiences with his original arrangements and compositions with a magical repertoire which crosses from Celtic, Latin, Folk, Blues, World Music & Contemporary music.

A highlight of Matthew’s performance is his virtuosic hit rendition of J.S Bach’s Toccata on Celtic Steel String where his recording and hands appeared on the climax episode of the Final episode of series one on the Australian ABC TV1 Television Production “A Moody Christmas”

The performance also highlights Matthew’s 10 String Guitar Celtic arrangements that he arranged when touring with Billy Connolly.

Matthew’s uke workshops are a highlight of festivals especially Matthew’s unique “ukulele yoga

Matthew’s Ukulele workshops can include:-

- complete right hand fingerstyle development for ukulele from beginner to advanced.  Covering fingerstyle influenced by Folk/country/ and traditional genres as in styles of Merle Travis / Chet Atkins /and Tommy Emmanuel.

-Banjo rolls, Bluegrass and Flamenco guitar technique as applied to fingerstyle guitar including Flamenco strumming techniques i.e. rasguedeo advanced rhythms.

-Flat picking techniques as in Traditional bluegrass and gypsy jazz (Django Reinhardt) styles.

-How to create your own chord melody arrangments and chord melody development.

Beginners Ukulele Workshops are available upon request and Matthew has 12 Ukuleles for first time ukulele players.  Guitar Workshops and private lessons are also available.  Please enquire to 0438 881 985/ .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Matthew Fagan is an exhilarating, breathtaking and captivating performer and his shows are not to be missed.

Ukulele & Guitar Performance
WHEN: Thursday 19th of March, 9.00pm
VENUE: Royal Oak Hotel in the Boat Shed
ADDRESS: 14 Brisbane St (Crn of Brisbane St and Tamar St), Launceston
Food available and Bar Open

Stringsfest Deloraine
Guitar & Ukulele Performance
WHEN: Saturday 21st March, Afternoon Concert time
VENUE : Gallery 9, 3pm-4.00pm
ADDRESS: 2 West Barrack St, Deloraine, TAS

Guitar & Ukulele Performance
WHEN: Sun 22nd March 12.00pm to 1pm
VENUE:  Mona- Museum of Old and New Art
ADDRESS: 655 Main Road Berriedale, Hobart

Guitar Concert
Sponsored by Greater Green Ponds Branch Tasmanian Regional Arts Southern Midlands Council and supported by 10 Days Tasmanian International Arts Festival
WHEN: Tuesday 24th March, 5-6pm
VENUE : St Mary’s Church
ADDRESS: Main Street Kempton

Bruny Island
Ukulele Workshop & Ukulele & Guitar Concert
WHEN: Thursday 26th March Workshop, 5.30pm concert 7.30pm
VENUE: Adventure Bay Hall
ADDRESS: 5 Kellaway Road, Adventure Bay
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: 0438 881 985 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Port Arthur
Ukulele Workshop & Ukulele & Guitar Concert
WHEN: Friday 27th of March, Workshop 5.30pm, Performance 7.30pm
VENUE : Gabriel’s Restaurant/ Stewart’s Bay Lodge
ADDRESS: 6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur
BOOKINGS/ENQUIRIES ESSENTIAL: Ph 03 6250 2771 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Ukulele Workshop & Ukulele & Guitar Performance
WHEN: Sunday 29th March, 11.30am Workshop, Concert 2.00pm
VENUE: Stanley Town Hall
ADDRESS: 10 Church Street, Stanley, Tasmania, 7331
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  0438 881 985

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Despard: At Bull Bay

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery. Pub: Feb 12
04.03.15 1:00 pm


18 February - 15 March 2015

Joanna Logue, Camie Lyons, Ian Marr, Amanda Penrose Hart, Luke Sciberras

You are invited to the opening of AT BULL BAY, an exhibition of works completed by Australian painters and sculptors whilst on residency at Bull Bay, Bruny Island.

Please come and share a drink with the artists and friends of Despard Gallery at Wednesday 18 February 2015, 5:30pm.

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Roll up, roll up – the Spiegeltent has returned!

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
04.03.15 12:01 pm


The travelling Dutch ‘tent of mirrors’ is about to fling open its salon doors to Tasmanian audiences
for a second year running, with 25 jam packed days filled with circus, comedy, cabaret and burlesque
performances, family fun and the very best of Australian and international musical talent.

Artistic Director David Malacari said the Spiegeltent, part of the 2015 Tasmanian International Arts
Festival, would play host to 34 shows from 5-29 March 2015, and outside the tent the free Outdoor
Lounge’s bars and food experiences would be open to everyone, providing a great destination for an
alfresco food and beverage experience.

“We are very excited to have the Spiegeltent back after its successful debut in 2014 when over
16,000 people streamed through the mirrored doors for a night of theatrical magic,” Mr Malacari

“In a Tasmanian first, a selection of Spiegeltent performers will also be stepping out of the tent to
entertain audiences in Launceston, Devonport and Burnie as part of the festival’s Spiegel Sideshow

“Launching the Hobart Spiegeltent program is a free opening night party on Thursday, 5 March from
5pm featuring Silent Disco, The Dead Maggies, DJ No ReGrets, Dean Stevenson & the Rock Drop,
Mangus, a shadow photo booth from the Terrapin Puppet Theatre, a sampling of highlights from
internationally-acclaimed circus ensemble Circa from their show Beyond, plus an exclusive guest
spot from singer – songwriter and sexy Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan.

“The free Outdoor Lounge will keep party goers refreshed with an array of fine Tasmanian produce
and beverages in a beautiful alfresco setting; featuring delights from Taco Taco and Urban Bounty,
and beverages from Jansz, Cascade, Domaine A, Stoney Vineyard, Dalrymple, McHenry and Sons
Distillery and Ritual Coffee.”

Mr Malacari said that after the opening night festivities, the program would begin in earnest with
headline act Circa, and their latest genre bending production Beyond.

“Beyond blends dynamic circus acts, such as trapeze and Chinese pole, with cheeky feats of strength
and oversized bunny heads, set to a bewitching mix of show tunes, ballads and electronica,” he said.
“Beyond’s astonishing world-class performers will create a rich circus cabaret experience for
audiences of all ages.

“Joining Beyond on the headline bill is internationally-acclaimed La Soirée, who proved to be the
most popular show in the Spiegeltent program in 2014, selling out and sparking the announcement
of an extra show to meet demand, which also completely sold out within 48 hours.

“With a cocktail of astonishing acrobats, mind-bending feats and thrilling chanteuses, spiced with a
pinch of the exotic and well-seasoned with humour, La Soirée is sure to again leave audiences
spellbound with its unforgettable naughty and hilarious evening of low inhibition entertainment.”

Mr Malacari said joining the headline acts gracing the Spiegeltent stage were some of Australia’s
favourite comedians, Denise Scott, Colin Lane and Ronny Chieng, alongside an all-star musical lineup,
including Archie Roach, jazz legend James Morrison, Asta, Jordie Lane, Paul D. Miller AKA DJ
Spooky, Dexter, Iceland’s Sóley, L-FRESH the Lion and multi-award winning singer Camille O’Sullivan
with her show Changeling.

“The Spiegeltent program also offers a fantastic range of family friendly entertainment in the form of
much loved Playschool host Justine Clarke, the UK’s The Chipolatas with their universally acclaimed
show Gentlemen of the Road, and the hilariously funny mix of chaos, comedy and acrobatics in
Kaput, “ he said.

“Our program of great family shows also includes Tasmania’s revered contemporary theatre
company, Terrapin, with its moving production Boats, and Linsey Pollak in Live and Loopy, featuring
electronic wizardry combined with DIY ingenuity to play a surprising array of instruments.

“For those looking for an extraordinary cabaret experience, Le Gateau Chocolat returns with his diva
performance in I ♥ Chocolat, after seducing Tasmanian audiences in 2014 as part of La Soirée and
being voted by Time Out London as one of its Top 10 Cabaret Stars.

“Whether you are looking for a spot to chill out after work to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat, a night of
laughter, some great music or an opportunity to kick up your heels, the Spiegeltent program will
have something for you.”

The Spiegeltent is brought to Tasmania by Ten Days in association with Strut & Fret Production
House as part of the 2015 Tasmanian International Arts Festival.

For a copy of the Spiegeltent or Tasmanian International Arts Festival programs or to book a show,
simply head to, phone (03) 6210 5777, drop into the Ten Days office at 71 Murray
Street, Hobart or from 5 March, visit the onsite box office at the Spiegeltent.

Download Program:

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NGV, Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, The Culture Concept Circle
04.03.15 11:29 am


Shift into top gear. Take your family and friends on a road trip to celebrate Australian car design at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) as, for the first time, an Australian art institution showcases the aesthetic achievements of the car industry in this country.

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Roll up, roll up – the Spiegeltent returns!

04.03.15 8:00 am


The travelling Dutch ‘tent of mirrors’ is about to fling open its salon doors to Tasmanian audiences
for a second year running, with 25 jam packed days filled with circus, comedy, cabaret and burlesque
performances, family fun and the very best of Australian and international musical talent.

The Spiegeltent is brought to Tasmania by Ten Days in association with Strut & Fret Production
House as part of the 2015 Tasmanian International Arts Festival, and in a first for Tasmania, a
selection of Spiegeltent performers will be stepping out of the tent to entertain audiences in
Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.

Artistic Director David Malacari said the Spiegeltent would play host to 34 different shows from 5-29
March 2015, and outside the tent, the free Outdoor Lounge would provide Tasmanians and visitors
with a wonderful alfresco dining experience.

“We are very excited to welcome the Spiegeltent back after its successful debut in 2014 when over
16,000 people streamed through the mirrored doors to experience the theatrical magic,” Mr
Malacari said.

“Kicking off the Hobart Spiegeltent season in style will be a free opening night party open to all, on
Thursday, 5 March from 5pm, featuring sneak previews of Spiegeltent acts as well as fine Tasmanian
produce and beverages to enjoy in the Outdoor Lounge.”

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Bett Gallery: Megan Walch, Materia Prima ...

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
03.03.15 4:50 pm


The rough guide to a soft apocalypse ...

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Angela Slater, QPAC Strategic Communications Manager
03.03.15 4:45 pm

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) today became the first Australian performing arts centre to share content on the Google Cultural Institute. QPAC and Queensland Museum are the only two Queensland cultural organisations to be selected for the Australian launch of the Institute among fourteen others nationwide. Launched today, the platform will now allow people around the world to explore parts of Brisbane’s vibrant culture online.

QPAC’s contribution includes a brief background and history of the centre that celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. Visitors to QPAC on the Google Cultural Institute can view galleries of images from QPAC’s signature events; Out of the Box, Clancestry, and the QPAC International Series. The resolution of the images, combined with a custom built zoom viewer allows art and culture lovers to discover minute aspects of art forms that they may never have seen up close before.

QPAC Director - Marketing, Roxanne Hopkins said the Google Cultural Institute offered a new way for audiences to experience QPAC beyond the four walls of our theatres.

“Our digital marketing team is continually striving to deliver new ways to interact with audiences and encourage learning through the arts via online platforms; making what we do every day in our theatres more accessible,” said Ms Hopkins.

Visitors to the Google Cultural Institute can browse works by cultural organisation, artist’s name, artwork, type of art, country, collections and the time period.

The ‘ My Gallery ’ feature allows users to save specific views of any of artworks and build their own personalised gallery. Comments can be added to each image and the whole gallery can then be shared with friends and family. It’s an ideal tool for students or groups to work on collaborative projects or collections. In addition, a feature called ‘Compare’ allows you to examine two pieces of art sidebyside to look at how an artist’s style evolved over time, connect trends across cultures or delve deeply into two parts of the same work.

The Google Cultural Institute which is dedicated to creating technology that helps the cultural community to bring their art, archives, heritage sites and other material online. The aim is to increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world that is available for people to explore online and in doing so, democratise access to it and preserve it for future generations

Visit the Google Cultural Institute at, and search for ‘Queensland Performing Arts Centre’ or ‘QPAC’.

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03.03.15 4:38 pm


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Emily Cheung
03.03.15 12:25 pm


Having recently shared stages with BB King, Los Lobos and Kenny Wayne Shepherd in the US, talented Melbourne blues/rock guitarist and prolific songwriter, Hamish Anderson has been invited to showcase his skills on a global stage announcing x7 official shows at the credible SXSW music festival in Austin Texas from March 17-22, with performances set for the iconic Aussie BBQ, Stubhub, direct support of Wynonna Judd and more.

Anderson is thrilled to be in on the SXSW action and is excited to be playing alongside his band for the festival comprised of veteran Austin talent, Johnny Radelat (drummer for Gary Clark Jr), John Branch (bassist for Spanish Gold) and Nate Basinger (organist for The Diplomats).

“For years I’ve been watching the emerging artists that play at SXSW and it’s so great to be part of it this year,” says Anderson.  “It’s an honour to represent Australia’s music scene abroad.”

Anderson explains, “I really hope I have some time to check out a few shows while I’m there, but it looks like it may be tricky.  I have seven shows and then a bunch of interviews and performances for media, so that will take up most of my time.  We are also looking to record that week, so that’ll make things even tighter for me.”

Anderson is quickly becoming a fixture on the international circuit, having represented Australia with a number of showcases at last year’s CMJ Music Marathon in New York and will be following up his SXSW appearances with a number of additional shows in the US, followed by a showcase at Canadian Music Week in May.

And there’s some exciting news for Aussie fans also, with a video for new single, Little Lies coming out in the next few months and a tour on home turf to follow later in 2015.















“’Burn’ is the lead single from the new EP, and I love every moment of it.  The bluesiest twangiest of riffs carries the track through, while Anderson’s rich voice hits every note with just the right amount of flirtatiousness, as each phrase coyly trails off into the music.  His Masterful guitar and lyrical abilities are on display from start to end.  A catchy, solid drumbeat, perfect rhythms and a wailing guitar solo – this piece is a rock ‘n roll romp through and through.”
Indie Shuffle (Lauren Ziegler)

“With Hendrix-inspired guitar riffs and extended solos, Anderson tore up the stage, simultaneously reviving and reinventing the blues.” -
Beat Magazine (Dina Amin)

“He’s a talent that provides an exhibition that is addictive to watch, and gives total bang for your buck if you get the chance to witness it.” –
The Music Melbourne Magazine (Izzy Tolhurst)

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Small Museums and Collections program now open

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
03.03.15 12:03 pm

Arts Tasmania’s Small Museums and Collections program recognises the important role that our community museums and collections play as custodians of our state’s unique cultural heritage.

The Small Museums and Collections program offers assistance towards the curatorial and collection management practices of smaller public and community collections and museums in Tasmania.

The program can provide both grants and the allocation of time with a professional Roving Curator.

A Roving Curator can provide an injection of expertise to organisations which are largely reliant on volunteers. They can assist organisations with areas such as the care and handling of objects in the collection, preparation for an exhibition, training of volunteers in best museum practice and the development of museum policies.

Applications for grants in this program can be made for a wide range of purposes, including the purchase of cataloguing software, consumable preservation materials, the design and printing of interpretation materials and the engagement of other museum professionals, such as conservators.

Applications for projects to be undertaken in 2016 close on Monday 6 July 2015.

For further information on the program please visit or call Arts Tasmania on 03 6165 6666. Information sessions in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart will also be scheduled for April.

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Kate Harrison, Island Marketing
02.03.15 8:01 am


MONA founder David Walsh and Island magazine editor Matthew Lamb announced today that they are to form a literary partnership. 

In an introductory note to the next issue of Island - due out in late March - Walsh writes: ‘my lust for literature, and my lust for collecting, has led me to seek a trophy journal.’

Lamb and Walsh see the partnership as essentially using MONA as a framing device to help put Island magazine on show, to help amplify its explorations of all aspects of literary culture. So if Island is seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of MONA.

Each issue will be like a miniature fringe exhibition of ideas, words and images. Island will retain its creative autonomy and intellectual independence. MONA will be invited to submit bespoke content and ideas for Island to consider. Together the partners are taking their first big risk: starting with the next issue Island will become a print-only magazine, with no digital edition, and no online content from the magazine. 

There will still be a website through which to subscribe to the magazine or to locate retailers, but essentially, like any museum exhibit, the audience is asked to engage with the physical experience of the magazine as a print-artefact.

Lamb said he first approached Walsh after seeing The Red Queen exhibition in 2013 that explored the reasons behind why homo sapiens make art, because ‘it became clear to me that MONA is built primarily on ideas. And those ideas derive, in no small part, from David’s love of reading, of writing, of books, and of libraries.’

‘Whether this will be a long relationship is difficult to predict,’ Walsh writes, in his introductory note. ‘Of more significance is whether it is consensual: am I raping Island? Was Island in such a parlous predicament that it had to bend over and take one from me, all the time thinking of Tasmania?’ 

Lamb replies: ‘Did we bend over and take one from Walsh? That’s not entirely true. We were standing up against a wall at the time. I like to think, in that way, we have retained our dignity.’

Island is one of Australia’s leading literary magazines, a print-only quarterly of ideas, writing and culture. Based in Hobart, Tasmania, Island has been evolving within Australia’s media ecology for the past 35 years.

Island 140 will be published on 30 March 2015.

Island Magazine Social Media
TWITTER: @IslandMagTas
FACEBOOK: /islandmag
INSTAGRAM: @IslandMagTas
HASHTAG: #islandmagtas

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 4703
Bathurst Street PO
Hobart, TAS 7000

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Crowbar crowdfunding incentive program renewed for 2015

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
27.02.15 12:16 pm

The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of the arts in Tasmania.

We are very pleased that Arts Tasmania’s successful Crowbar program, successfully piloted in 2014, is being offered again in 2015.

Arts Tasmania’s Crowbar program aims to help artists and organisations test the market for projects or products, expand and grow their audiences and supporters and encourage a culture of individual investment in the arts.

Crowbar is a crowdfunding incentive program that encourages supporters to get behind a project by providing an additional financial contribution from Arts Tasmania when the crowdfunding project reaches its target.

Crowdfunding encourages people to invest small amounts of money in a project to help an individual or organisation to achieve a larger financial goal.

Crowbar was run as a pilot program in 2014. During the pilot, 18 projects were supported by Arts Tasmania with an investment of $31,150. This support leveraged $90,434 through more than 1,215 pledges from other supporters.

The Crowbar investment payment provided by Arts Tasmania is 50 per cent of the campaign target, capped at $2,000 for successful and approved campaigns.

Investors in projects in 2014 came from every state and territory in Australia, as well as from America, Sweden, Singapore, the UK and Canada.

Crowbar can be used to fund things that might not be normally eligible for Arts Tasmania investment, like purchasing equipment, CD pressing, book printing or awards.

It is open to Tasmanian artists, arts organisations and small museums and collections and will continue to be offered in partnership with Australian crowdfunding platform Pozible.

Applications for the 2015 program will open on March 1. For further information visit

To view and support current campaigns please visit the Arts Tasmania Collection on Pozible:

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QPAC Publicity
27.02.15 10:25 am

Are you 20 years or under? Do you need more dance, drama, opera, and classical music in your life? Look no further, because the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is proud to announce the 20to20* youth ticketing offer.

20to20 has been created with QPAC’s four home companies to encourage young adults to attend live performance.

The ticketing initiative will run across selected performances within the Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Ballet, Opera Queensland and QPAC Presents programs in 2015.

As part of QPAC’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, the initiative kicks off with tickets on sale for the discounted price of $20 to those aged 20 years and under for selected performances of Everybody Loves Lucy, La Traviata, the Morning Masterworks Series, and Sleeping Beauty with more to be announced throughout 2015.

20to20 is designed to connect young people with live performance and is a perfect opportunity to extend your interest and taste without a high ticket price.

Discounted youth tickets are available for selected performances in 2015 and for a limited time only.

*For full terms and conditions on the 20to20 youth ticket offer click here:

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Cold Chisel to release Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set

Kristyn Brennan Media Release
27.02.15 9:53 am

Deluxe box to include all studio albums, plus rarities and never before released material

Iconic Australian rock band, Cold Chisel, have announced the release of a strictly limited edition deluxe vinyl box set on Friday April 10, 2015.

This special box set includes all seven of Cold Chisel’s legendary studio LP’s, two of which (The Last Wave of Summer and No Plans) have never been released on vinyl.  It also contains three other collectibles. Firstly, the rarities album Teenage Love (which has also never been released on vinyl before) and it is compiled here with 6 additional songs that have never been released on any physical format. Secondly, the rare and hugely collectible live EP You’re Thirteen, You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine which has not been available on vinyl since its initial release in 1979. Finally, hardcore followers will appreciate the repressing of the 7-inch single ‘Knockin On Heaven’s Door/The Party’s Over’ that came as a bonus item with the first 10,000 copies of the band’s bestselling studio album, East when it was originally released in 1980.

The same deep care and attention to detail that went into the band’s digital reissues in 2011 has gone into this limited edition package. Each album has been mastered especially for vinyl, by the band’s long-time mastering engineer Don Bartley (Benchmark Mastering) using the original analogue tapes. Each disc has been pressed on 180gram audiophile quality vinyl. All of the album sleeves and artwork have been restored to the exact specifications of the original album releases and in the case of the albums that have never been released on vinyl, these have been meticulously prepared and reconfigured for the 12-inch format. The deluxe set is finished off in a custom designed cigarette-style flip top lid box. (Hi resolution jpegs of the box set can be downloaded at

This is one for the true believers.

“This project has been in development for 18 months and we are really excited to finally reveal it,” says Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss. “When we started out in Adelaide all those years ago, vinyl was the main format for all of our releases. It’s great to have Cold Chisel’s entire studio catalogue available on vinyl and all of it gathered together in this one cool box.”

“I still love listening to music on vinyl,” said the band’s frontman Jimmy Barnes, “so I’m really proud to have all of our work restored and pressed on big, thick state-of-the-art vinyl. This is going straight to the pool room.”

Importantly, Cold Chisel has strictly limited this pressing to only 2,000 copies.

And in a gesture to their loyal fanbase, the first 1,500 people to order the set from the band’s website store will receive an extra never-for-sale LP, Live at St Leonard’s Park 29.05.1978 (also on 180gram vinyl). This famous, much bootlegged 11-song live recording captures the band in wild and dangerous form as they cut through early Chisel favourites like ‘Home and Broken Hearted’ and ‘Khe Sanh’, rarities like ‘F1-11’ and ‘Mona and the Preacher’ and a cover of the classic ‘Georgia On My Mind’.

The box set can be pre-ordered now from:

The Cold Chisel Vinyl Box Set Contains:

•      Cold Chisel (1978)
•      Breakfast at Sweethearts (1979)
•      East (1980) + Bonus 7-inch single Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (live)/The Party’s Over
•      Circus Animals (1982)
•      Twentieth Century (1984) + includes original foldout poster as in original vinyl release
•      The Last Wave of Summer (1998) - double vinyl - never before released on vinyl
•      No Plans (2012) - double vinyl - never before released on vinyl
•      You’re Thirteen, You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine EP (1978)
•      Teenage Love (1994) - double vinyl album, and including 6 additional songs that are previously unreleased or unavailable on any physical format:
o   ‘Misfits’
o   ‘H Hour Hotel’
o   ‘On The Road’
o   ‘Hold Me Now’
o   ‘Four Walls, Wash Basin, Double Bed’ (original early demo of the later classic ‘Four Walls’)
o   ‘Bunny’s Blues’ (early rarity - the first song ever written by Don Walker)

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Peacock Theatre, Saturday: Tarkine Tales with Bob Brown

Jenny Weber Campaign Manager The Bob Brown Foundation Pub: Feb 26
27.02.15 7:51 am


This Saturday night at the Peacock Theatre at 6pm.

Hear from Bob Brown, Michelle Foale and Sharnie Everett.

Talking TARKINE…..

Images by Tasmania’s Tarkine photographers.

Passion & Protest

Tickets on sale online and at the door.

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Devonport Regional Art Gallery: Take part in The Sketchbook Project

Devonport Regional Art Gallery
27.02.15 6:37 am


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Theatre Royal E-news

Theatre Royal
26.02.15 2:19 pm

Hanlet de los Andes, photographed by Sandra Sea

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Master Murray, Lord of the Dance

Paula Xiberras
26.02.15 8:16 am

Pic: by Terence Munday

The name Murray means ‘Lord’ or ‘master’ and Tasmania’s own Churchill Fellowship Award winner, Glen Murray encapsulates those meanings.

Glen boasts an impressive resume of work with The Australian Ballet and The Sydney Dance Company.

He says working with them was a great privilege.

Now it’s Glen’s turn to shine with an ensemble he conceived himself.

‘MADE – Mature Artists Dance Experience’ is a ‘contemporary dance troupe of mature adults’ that Glen founded and that has been growing quietly as he says ‘under the radar’.

For his innovative work Glen received the 2011 Churchill Fellowship, which allowed him to visit Europe and North America the following year to study ‘cultural engagement’ of mature people.

Glen’s group looks at bringing mature age dancers out of the audience as ‘consumers’ and into the broader community as creators and ‘participants.’
Glenn says that the mature age group have been largely ignored and yet, dance has many benefits for the more mature, including benefits to health and wellbeing.

Glenn says his love of dance all started for him in kindergarten when his teacher remarked to his parents that he was an impressive dancer and advised on dancing classes.

With supportive parents Glen left school in grade 9 to pursue his dancing dreams even though architecture, a field which also is involved in form, did appeal to him. But more than unmoving structure his real interest was dance and its rendering of ‘the movement of bodies in space’.

In his present project Glen will visit Austria on invitation by Liz King to prepare ‘a work for The Body Focus Group (made up of local members of the community with an age range from 40 to 77) for The Burgenländische Tanztage ‘an innovative and internationally known festival’.

The work Glen will create is entitled ‘an incomplete geopolitical examination in two parts’ and will seek to interpret by dance, countries with their names beginning with A to K.’

When Glen returns to Australia he will seek to use his experience and skills garnered at the festival to address the second part of the work and seek to interpret’ the countries from L to Z’ with his Australian team.

Glen says there is something special about leaving a piece unfinished. It gives the audience a chance to enter what Morris Gleitzman called the ‘Magic Spaces’ and enable them to bring their own experiences to engage with the work.

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World’s Largest Orchestra Launches “Concert for the Planet”

Rina Ferris - Ferris Davies PRM
25.02.15 12:47 pm


The Global Orchestra has today launched the inaugural Concert for the Planet, a mass participation, multi location, first of its kind performance of Holst’s The Planets. Musicians and communities around the globe will come 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, in the count down to this year’s Earth Hour. Global Orchestra’s Conductor-Cam will capture and stream live the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) highly acclaimed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson as he leads the SSO through Holst’s The Planets.

With the support of 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.

Chair of the Global Orchestra Foundation, Angela Catterns AM explained, “The inaugural Concert for the Planet will be a fitting embellishment to Earth Hour. We hope it’ll spread across the world and become an annual event and a musical movement for environmental awareness and change.”

David Robertson said the inaugural Concert for the Planet would demonstrate the Orchestra’s continued commitment to digital education and accessibility.

“At the SSO we’re always looking for innovative ways to allow audiences across Australia and overseas to experience our performances,” Mr Robertson said. “We’re thrilled to be joining the Global Orchestra Foundation in this multimedia project which will allow audiences and musicians across the world to connect with the SSO and the music in a new and exciting way.”

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

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.
Earth Hour is supporting the initiative and encouraging schools to link with the Global Orchestra to further 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: “Our goal is to have 100,000 participants across 500 locations in Australia and abroad playing in sync to as the soundtrack during Earth Hour. Coming together to play music requires collaboration, listening, creativity and playing your part. This is what we all need to do if we are to find sustainable ways to live on this planet.”

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One week until the splendiferous Spiegeltent hits Tasmania

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
25.02.15 8:40 am

Spiegeltent Hobart 2014

Following its successful debut in Hobart in 2014, the tent of mirrors adorned with velvet, canvas and
leaded glass will again astound Tasmanian audiences in just one week, with a stunning line-up of
over 150 international, national and Tasmanian performers.

The Spiegeltent, proudly brought to Tasmania by Ten Days in association with Strut & Fret
Production House as part of the 2015 Tasmanian International Arts Festival, was a smash hit with
crowds last year, selling over 16,000 tickets and reaching half-a-million dollars in ticket sales at the
box office.

Ten Days Artistic Director David Malarcari said the Spiegeltent would again be erected on the
forecourt of Princes Wharf No.1 for 25 days of dazzling entertainment and fun from 5-29 March,
featuring an exciting array of comedy, cabaret, music, circus, burlesque as well as family friendly fun.

“In a Tasmanian first, a selection of Spiegeltent performers will also be stepping out of the tent to
entertain audiences in Launceston, Devonport and Burnie as part of the festival’s Spiegel Sideshow
program,” Mr Malacari said.

“Kicking off the Spiegeltent program in style is a free community opening extravaganza on Thursday,
5 March from 5pm, featuring an evening of enchanting entertainment including Silent Disco, The
Dead Maggies, DJ No ReGrets, Dean Stevenson & the Rock Drop, a shadow booth from the Terrapin
Puppet Theatre, a sampling of highlights from internationally acclaimed circus ensemble Circa from
their show Beyond, plus an exclusive guest spot from singer – songwriter and sexy Irish chanteuse
Camille O’Sullivan.

“Partygoers can also sample the delights of the Outdoor Lounge, which will showcase fine
Tasmanian produce including scrumptious tacos from Mexican food truck Taco Taco, as well as
beverages from Jansz, Cascade, Domaine A, Stoney Vineyard, Dalrymple, McHenry and Sons
Distillery and Ritual Coffee.”

The opening night party is the chance of a lifetime to experience these acts for free and soak up the
Spiegeltent atmosphere, so make sure you get to the forecourt of PW1 early, as entry will be limited.
For a copy of the Spiegeltent or Tasmanian International Arts Festival programs or to book a show,
simply head to, phone (03) 6210 577 or drop into the Ten Days office at 71 Murray

WHAT: Free community Spiegeltent opening night party featuring roving
entertainment from 5pm as well as fine food and drinks
throughout the evening in the Spiegeltent Outdoor Lounge
WHEN: Thursday, 5 March 2015 from 5pm
WHERE: Forecourt of Princes Wharf No.1 (PW1), Hobart
COST: Free and open to everyone
INFO: Visit or phone (03) 6210 5777

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Country Chic(s)

Paula Xiberras
25.02.15 5:25 am


The name Melinda is a combination of ‘Mel’ and ‘Linda’ meaning ‘honey’ and ‘gentle, soft’ respectively and Melinda Schneider certainly has a voice like honey with a gentle demeanour as I discovered when I spoke to her recently. 

Melinda’s co-star for this visit to Tasmania is equally a country legend, Beccy Cole. The name Beccy depending on what definition you believe, means ‘ensnaring’ or ‘star’ and Beccy does indeed have an ensnaring voice and is an established star in her own right.

Melinda has performed in Tassie a few times and says the audience are ‘always great’. She says it’s ‘a beautiful place’ that ’ loves country music’. Melinda loves the long drives Tassie affords and wants to introduce her 20 month-old, Sullivan, who will accompany her on this trip to Tassie as she checks out the markets and restaurants.

Melinda says she and Beccy’s new show ‘Great women of Country’ showcases strong women, making music in a male-dominated field. Melinda says that with she and Beccy both having ‘musical mums’ it was inevitable they become musicians.

The ladies were amicable in deciding who would sing which of the classic songs, Melinda’s own ‘selfish’ selection includes the Judds and Bonnnie Rait’s country blues-inspired songs while Beccy is doing the big ballads; so each girl is playing to her strength. Melinda adds that audiences won’t be disappointed with a dash of Dolly in there and also an ounce of Olivia, as the latter was the first Australian to win a CMA in Nashville.

Melinda describes the recent reception to the show in Brisbane as ‘amazing’ and the applause ‘spine- tingling’ and with 20 shows in 6 weeks these ladies of country are going to be very busy.

Melinda who is ‘the triple threat’ in that she can sing, dance and act talks to me about another project she is involved in, her Doris Day musical that she would love to bring to Tasmania if it wasn’t such a big production. Of course if the audience at the concert let Melinda know their interest just maybe it could be a case of ‘que sera sera!’

The new album by Melinda Schneider and Beccy Cole ‘Great Women of Country and The Women That Made them’ is out now.

You can see these great women of country:

Wed 25 Feb – Princess Theatre, Launceston
Thur 26 Feb – Burnie Arts & Function Centre
Fri 27 Feb – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart

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The Kore-ah teachings of the Bible

Paula Xiberras
25.02.15 5:20 am


I had the pleasure of chatting to Dr Matthew Jacoby of ‘Sons of Korah’ a little while ago. Matt has links with Tasmania; his sister lives at Clifton Beach in South Arm and he particularly enjoys the Tasmanian countryside.

The band recently performed in Tasmania at Door of Hope Church in Launceston and for the second time at St David’s Cathedral in Hobart. Matt remarks on the latter’s ‘wonderful acoustics’ and ‘its atmosphere’ which come together to provide ‘an excellent venue in fact their favourite in Tasmania and one of their favourites in Australia’.

The band is one, if not the only one in the world that soley sings the Psalms. Matt explains that this is how they were meant to be enacted and not only gives us the beauty of music that touches the emotions but singing them actually helps singer memorise internally the words.

Matt says the Psalms are ‘contemporary’ and ‘relevant to our lives today’ with ‘their timeless spirituality.’ The Psalms give voice to ‘injustice, suffering, indignation and anger’.They explore the whole gamut of emotions allowing us to respond to situations with a variety of emotions.

Ranging from tranquil to jubilant to expressing lament, Matt probably describes it best when he says sometimes it can be ‘a roller coaster ride’ but a cathartic one.

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Despard Gallery Newsletter ...

Steven Joyce, Despard Gallery
24.02.15 6:05 pm



Business as usual at Despard Gallery however the first tell tale signs of construction are starting to take shape. Our first floor store room is now closed for the next 5 - 6 months, re-opening August 2015, with two solo exhibitions of Matthew Harding and Jacob Leary, in what will be our NEW gallery.

In the meantime, the stock room has been reduced to our in house painting racks and off-site storage. If there is a specific artwork you would like to see again, please contact us at the gallery and we will make arrangements for its viewing.

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