Indian Summer

Paula Xiberras
11.12.13 6:08 am


Declan Melia will be visiting Tasmania in the New Year with the rest of the band known as British India (Declan Melia: Guitar, Will Drummond: Bass, Nic Wilson: Lead guitar, Matt O’Gorman: Drums).

The name Declan means ‘full of goodness’ and this is a band full of original musical goodness, Declan’s surname Melia means ‘rival’ or ‘emulating’ and indeed it may well be that this band has few rivals but many that seek to emulate British India’s unique sound and vision.

As a school boy Declan and the other guys that comprise British India were something of misfits at school, even though they were academically gifted they didn’t want to follow the normal route of school and university, a conventional job and necessarily the picket fence dream -or at least not yet!. Instead they decided to take their music as far as they could and this aim continues.

The guys found their name in Hong Kong when on holiday in 2005 they stumbled across a shop called British India. At the time there was resurgence in reverting to 60s and 70s sounding group names and their name British India was in part a rebellion against this in that they didn’t want their music defined by a specific genre and even blurred their origins, with many mistaking them to be a British band.

Unlike some musicians their music is not written from personal experience but is instead inspired by art and film.

This can be seen in their video clips, one example being ‘I can make you love me’ which might be viewed as a re-telling of beauty and the beast from the beast’s perspective but on another level, a darker edge giving voice to the monster within us all.

The group are usually pretty busy when on tour but this trip to Tasmania may give them a few extra days for relaxation. The guys are already MONA aficionados, calling it ‘groovy’.

You can see British India when they support ‘The Hunters and Collectors’ in Tasmania on:

Saturday March 15       Josef Chromy Wines, Launceston

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The Festival of Voices is pleased to announce ...

Festival of Voices
10.12.13 6:20 pm

... its artistic curator for Voicebox 2014 ... Kim Smith ...


Kim was a startling feature in Voicebox at the Festival of Voices in 2012 and is back by popular demand to curate the full season of Voicebox in 2014. An Australian performer, and world-star in the making, now based in New York, boy does he have a few surprises in store!

To give you some background…

Australian Kim Smith is an emerging electropop singer, and award winning cabaret performer, known for his Weimar-era inspired works that juxtapose authentic musical material with stylistic takes on current popular tunes. His electro-pop album, Nova, is available worldwide on iTunes and Amazon.

His cabaret programmes, Misfit and Morphium have performed regularly in New York City at Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Due Theatre at DMAC, and Bard Spiegeltent at Bard College, while also touring Australia — presented at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival (2010, 2012), The Festival of Voices, Slide Bar and Lounge, Chapel Off Chapel, the National Gallery of Victoria, and Smith’s cabaret birthplace, the Butterfly Club.

Past cabaret programmes include Johnny Come Lately (directed by Karen Kohler), Kim Smith’s Jungle Parade (directed by Martin Croft), Kim Smith is Madly Adored, and Quietly Kim Smith. 2009 saw Smith presented with the Back Stage Magazine Bistro Award for Special Achievement as an Outstanding Performer (honoured alongside Liza Minnelli and Charles Aznavour).

He was also nominated for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Manhattan Association of Cabaret (MAC) Awards in the Outstanding Male Vocalist category.

Smith is a recipient of the American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Award for aspiring artists (2008), and is a member of the Kabarett Kollektif, a troupe of New York-based artists dedicated to preserving the European cabaret tradition.

Kim has appeared in Earl Dax’s celebrated kabarett revues, Weimar New York, Off the Cuff, and Tingel Tangel Club. Mr. Smith studied music theatre at the Ballarat Arts Academy in Australia (BA, Music Theatre).

FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCED MAY 2014, but we might slip a few early announcements.

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JOHN BUTLER TRIO introduce ‘Flesh & Blood’ with a national tour for Australian fans

10.12.13 11:24 am


The John Butler Trio recently completed a quick stint of thrilling performances in capital cities selling out small capacity iconic venues around the country as they introduced new tunes and their new drummer, Grant Gerathy. With the trio’s sixth studio album ‘Flesh & Blood’ locked and loaded for a February 7th global release the band are pleased to announce a national tour, their first extensive Australian tour in 4 years. Tickets for the tour will go on sale Friday December 13th 2013.

The John Butler Trio’s ‘Flesh & Blood’ album tour will take in major capital cities and a host of regional centres throughout March and April 2014. Fans can expect a set list encompassing tracks from their new album ‘Flesh & Blood’ as well as crowd favourites from the breadth of the trio’s catalogue.

‘Only One’, the first single from the album, released on November 15th, offers a fresh take on JBT’s signature sound. Cascading acoustic riffs flow effortlessly over driving rhythms while sun kissed steel drums and an inspirational melody and lyric delivers a quality summer soundtrack. It’s already been welcomed with open arms by fans and media alike with community and commercial radio, triple j and ABC radio stations around the country embracing the new tune.

‘Flesh & Blood’ was recorded in John’s studio ‘The Compound’ in Fremantle, Western Australia, with Jan Skubiszewski (Way Of The Eagle) in the producer’s chair.
“Working with Jan was everything I hoped for and more,” Butler says. ” I really loved his musicianship, ideas, communication skills and the sounds he was pulling. His suggestions were always spot on and he really became the fourth member of the band. His experience with the wide variety of music he’s made and produced was just perfect for the eclectic band we are.”

‘Flesh & Blood’ captures the John Butler Trio working up old strengths and finding new ones even at a time of change. For fans, there is much to take from this, their sixth album.

“I hope they go on a journey with it or take it with them on a journey.” Butler reflects. ” I hope it can be the soundtrack for some cool moments in their life and some shit moments in their life and I hope it can be there for them at the ebb of their energy wave and at the crest of it. In the loud times and the quiet times. That would be nice, and I think that’s what all good art’s done for me. It’s been there for me, in one way, or another.”

Brisbane singer-songwriter EMMA LOUISE will be opening shows (except in Hobart ***) on JBT’s Flesh & Blood tour. Her impressive breakout hit ‘Jungle’ alerted many a music fan and critic alike to her stunningly beautiful voice. Her debut album ‘Vs Head Vs Heart’ was released in March debuting at # 12 on the ARIA charts, winning QMA’s Album Of The Year and she was nominated for best female artist at the recent ARIA Awards. She spent 2013 busy touring the world and ‘Jungle’ was recently certified platinum in Italy. You can checkout her latest video for ‘Pontoon’ here

In West Australia, The Stray Sisters (Vikki and Donna from The Waifs) will also be joining the line up to make an unforgettable concert experience. Sister connections run deep. Donna and Vikki get back down home not as “The Waifs without Josh” but as The Stray Sisters, rediscovering their love for singing and performing together. It is through harmonizing that Donna and Vikki forged a intuitive understanding of each other. The Waifs was their public vehicle but at home the sisters loved to sing and connect through the songs they grew up with. With The Waifs temporarily out of action and Donna and Vikki living on opposite sides of the world, both felt the desire to return to the stage, inviting audiences to share in the joy of connecting through song. They will be performing new material as well as reworked favourites from The Waifs.

JOHN BUTLER TRIO – Flesh & Blood Tour dates:

Presented by triple j, MAX and Jarrah Records
With special guests Emma Louise
(For WA only special guests will be The Stray Sisters [of The Waifs] and Emma Louise.)
(For Hobart Special guests will be Mama Kin only)
Tickets on sale Friday Dec 13th

March 2014
Thursday 27th March   Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA * Licenced/ Over 18
Tickets available from Oztix | | 1300 762 545 | Usual Outlets
Friday 28th March         Belvoir Amphitheatre, Swan Valley WA * Licenced/ Over 18
Tickets available from Ticketmaster | | 136 100 | Usual Outlets
Saturday 29th March     Old Broadwater Farm, Busselton WA* Licenced / All Ages
Tickets available from Oztix | | 1300 762 545 | Usual Outlets

April 2014
Tuesday 1st April         Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC Licenced / All Ages
Tickets available from Ticketmaster | | 136 100 | Usual Outlets
Thursday 3rd April       Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA Licenced / All Ages
Tickets available from Venuetix | | 08 8225 8888 | Usual Outlets
Saturday 5th April         Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre, DARWIN ** Licenced / All Ages
Tickets from | | |Darwin Entertainment Centre 08 8980 3333 |Usual Outlets
Monday 7th April         Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD Licenced / Over18
Tickets available from Ticketmaster | | 136 100 | Usual Outlets
Wednesday 9th April     Newcastle Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW Licenced / All Ages
Tickets available from Ticketek | | 132849 | Usual Outlets
Friday 11th April           Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW Licenced / All Ages
Tickets available from Ticketek | | 132849 | Usual Outlets
Saturday 12th April       Royal Theatre, Canberra, ACT Licenced / All Ages
Tickets available from Ticketek | | 132849 | Usual Outlets
Sunday 13th April         Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW Licenced / Over18
Tickets available from Ticketmaster | | 136 100 | Usual Outlets
Thursday 17th April       City Hall, Hobart, TAS *** Licenced / All Ages
Tickets available from Oztix | | 1300 762 545 | Usual Outlets
Saturday 19th April       Bluesfest, Byron Bay NSW      
Tickets from   

* WA shows only - Special guests The Stray Sisters (Vikki and Donna Simpson from The Waifs) and Emma Louise
**  JBT headlining One Tropical Day Festival with Pete Murray, Emma Louise and more
***Hobart Show only- Special Guests are Mama Kin  

JOHN BUTLER TRIO - ‘Flesh & Blood’ album out Friday February 7th 2014

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Wellington Gallery open for summer

Soren Andersen, Wellington Gallery, 190 Strickland Avenue South Hobart 7004 Tasmania, Australia
09.12.13 6:39 am

I would like to invite you to the re-opening of Wellington Gallery, in the foothills of spectacular Mt.Wellington in Hobart, Tasmania.

We open full time for the summer of 2013-14 from

December 9th 2013 onwards, 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week.

Any changes to opening hours will be indicated on the website.

Including our exhibition of the Last Available Works of Thomas Andersen, the gallery also exhibits paintings, sculpture and ceramics by other prominent Australian artists - including George Callaghan, Peter Barraclough, Peter Hiller, Roger Murphy, and many more.

Looking forward to seeing you at the gallery.

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Spiegeltent brings international spellbinding experience to Hobart’s waterfront

Ten Days Executive Director and Producer, Marcus Barker
07.12.13 10:00 am


Unveiling the next step in an exciting new direction, Ten Days on the Island has revealed the first
event in a new year-round program offering multifaceted cultural experiences, featuring the
internationally-renowned Spiegeltent, to be erected on the forecourt of PW1 from 6-23 March

Ten Days Executive Director and Producer, Marcus Barker, said Tasmanian audiences would be
treated to breathtaking acrobatics, intimate encounters, dance and cabaret as they left real life
at the door and journeyed through the incredible worlds of spectacular acts including headline
world-class performances from La Soriée and Cantina.

“Full of saucy, witty and skilful acts, La Soriée is an intoxicating cocktail of cabaret, burlesque,
circus sideshow and contemporary variety shows,” Mr Barker said.

“For those a little more courageous, Cantina offers a daring and extraordinary display of
acrobatics, contortion and aerialism.

“With only a small number of the legendary “tent of mirrors” left in the world today, Hobart is
set to experience unique and magical sights and sounds all of its own.

“Built of wood, mirrors, canvas, leaded glass and detailed velvet, each Spiegeltent has its own
personality, delivering an incredible experience supported by an array of world-class acts.

“Hobart’s Spiegeltent will host over 30 acts, including local, national and international singers,
bands, comedians, children’s entertainers, cabaret, circus and burlesque artists.

“We are thrilled to announce that internationally-acclaimed La Soriée and Cantina will be
Spiegeltent Hobart’s two headline acts, which we know will have Tasmanian audiences on the
edge of their seats.”

Mr Barker said the March 2014 Spiegeltent extravaganza was one of the first steps in an exciting
new strategic direction for Ten Days, evolving from a biennial festival to offering audiences
across the State access and enjoyment to a range of exciting, multifaceted cultural experiences
all year round.

“Spiegeltent Hobart paves the way for a fresh new approach that will inspire and enrich the
State’s creative culture,” he said.

The full Spiegeltent program will be inserted into the Mercury on 11 December and tickets go on
sale at 10am that day. An early bird offer for tickets purchased prior to Christmas provides a 25
per cent discount, subject to availability. To purchase tickets simply head to,
phone 6210 5777 or visit the new Ten Days office located at 71 Murray Street, Hobart.

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Bett Gallery now representing Matt Coyle

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
06.12.13 6:13 pm


Bett Gallery is thrilled to announce that Matt Coyle has joined the gallery stable. Coyle’s full suite of his series Worry Doll was exhibited at The Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland and the same series of work was also part of the Ten Days on the Island festival in Tasmania in 2009. In 2009 Coyle was commissioned by Art and Australia to produce the eight page sequential series The Shades,which appeared in the magazine over four issues.

Coyle is scheduled to have a solo exhibition in 2015.  in the meantime view some works in the stockroom ...

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Australian artists on the world stage

Big hART
06.12.13 10:31 am

Albert Namatjira’s ghost gums ...

Renowned Central Australian artists and Albert Namatjira’s grandchildren Lenie Namatjira and Kevin Namatjira attended an exhibition celebrating Australian art in London tonight.

At a reception at the Royal Academy of Arts, London Lenie and Kevin met Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Whilst on tour in London with Big hART’s Namatjira production Lenie Namatjira and Kevin Namatjira, grandchildren of international renowned Aboriginal watercolour painter Albert Namatjira, were invited to attend a viewing of the Australia exhibition with The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Two paintings by Albert Namatjira are hanging in the Australia exhibition; Gum Tree and Sandhill, (c.1938) and Love’s Creek, MacDonnell Ranges, (c.1948)

Having learnt from their fathers Oscar and Maurice Namatjira and grandfather Albert Namatjira, Lenie and Kevin are established and widely exhibited watercolour artists in their own right. They were thrilled to have met The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall especially given that His Royal Highness is an avid watercolour artist.

The attendance by the Namatjira grandchildren at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts was an invaluable opportunity to raise the profile of the Hermannsburg School watercolour movement for the contemporary practicing artists, from the Central Australian Desert. The Namatjiras were honoured to take their rightful place and voice in the international visual arts canon.

Kevin and Lenie Namatjira are in London to perform in a play Namatjira developed with social change arts company Big hART which tells the story of their grandfather, renowned artist Albert Namatjira.

Last week the cousins attended an audience with Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace to see watercolours by their grandfather Albert Namatjira from the Royal Collection.

As well as the stage production Big hART partnered with Palya Arts and Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Centre – who are based in Alice Springs and represent the watercolour artists - to present the Living Watercolours exhibition in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer alongside the Namatjira stage production last week.

The exhibition was opened by Kathy Lette and Geoffrey Robertson QC and attracted huge interest, selling all of Lenie and Kevin’s paintings and most of the works in the exhibition.

Iris Bendor from Ngurratjuta Many Hands Arts Centre, Alice Springs said;
People were taken by the strong vibrant colours which are so different to European watercolours and the public were very enthusiastic to discover this arts movement.

This exhibition was a big step for Ngurratjura Many Hands Art Centre who are now assured that there is a strong global market for artwork from the Hermannsburg School, which confirms for us the value in continuing to invest in these artists.

Lenie and Kevin return home to Alice Springs this weekend.


Namatjira stage production Southbank Centre
Living Watercolours Exhibition Southbank Centre
Australia Exhibition Royal Academy of the Arts
Ngurratjuta Many Hands Arts Centre
Namatjira project
Big hART 

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Let the Party begin ...

Festival of Voices
06.12.13 5:45 am



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Amplified: And that’s a Wrap!

Music Tasmania
05.12.13 11:16 am

And that’s a wrap! As the dust settles on AMPLIFIED 2013, we wanted to spread the news of some early outcomes that have resulted from the weekend.

On Monday evening, AMPLIFIED 2013 delegate Sarah Howells, ensured the rest of the country heard about the splendid time she spent checking out Tassie acts, with a special Tasmanian music feature on her triple j radio show Roots N’ All.

The playlist was Jed Appleton, Lulu and the Paige-Turners, Dark Matter of Story Telling, The Dead Maggies, Christopher Coleman Collective, and Mangus - the first time being played on national radio for 4 of these artists.

This followed The Middle Names interview and play on triple j lunch on Saturday.

Along with performances; panel workshops, a networking function and roundtable discussion sessions provided an invaluable opportunity for artists to share their activities, challenges and plans with delegates.

The connections made have resulted in commitments from delegates to foster performance pathways for artists to play shows in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne through their venue networks.

22 artists performed for AMPLIFIED and were brought together to engage with 13 delegates and fellow artists. Over 900 gig goers attended across the four shows held on November 29 and 30 at the Republic Bar, The Brisbane Hotel, the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, and The Grand Poobah.


“Having the chance to knock heads with some of the best in the industry was a great opportunity for us. Amplified is a great environment to be able to have a couple of drinks, some food and and meet and network with industry professionals. The bands were also fantastic, and it was a pleasure to meet a lot of the bands that we haven’t met in the past. Congratulations on running a top event” - Captives

“The timing for us post grant season was excellent; it really set us straight on what to focus on next, beyond recording the record - the touring workshop was a great help there! We came away feeling refreshed, inspired and focused.” - The Embers

“Amplified is such an amazing opportunity to show Australia’s industry what we have on such a personal level. Feels like I have another foothold on the industry. Better than Uni I say!” - Jed Appleton

Music Tasmania would like to acknowledge AMPLIFIED 2013 supporters: Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Tasmania, TMAGgots, Edge Radio, and the venues - Republic Bar, The Brisbane Hotel, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, and The Grand Poobah.

Thank you to The Mercury, Warp Magazine, 936 ABC Hobart, and Aphra Magazine for your coverage of the event.
The Annual General Meeting for Music Tasmania will be held on

6pm for 6.30pm start.
Finish: 7.30pm approx.

For more details on proceedings and how to nominate to be a member of the Board, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Copyright © 2013 Music Tasmania, All rights reserved.

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MONA: Roger Ballen and Hubert Duprat

05.12.13 11:01 am


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The Falls Music and Arts Festival Arts Program

Two Fish Out of Water
05.12.13 10:32 am


Get ready for a total eclipse of the art as The Falls Music & Arts Festival release their immensely diverse program for The Village! The line-up presents a labyrinth of performance-based art that continues to grow bigger every year, physically and metaphysically! With artists and installations from across Australia and the world, The Village is a space packed with an organised kind of chaos, loveable characters, enchanting music and charming surrounds. Here’s who they have playing:

Spinning The Village into orbit at Lorne this year are 30 assorted performers and activities including hip-hop yoga sessions, biscuit readings, rockabilly bands, blues artists, 10 minute intensive dance parties, circus performers, carnival games, karaoke tournaments, fake jailhouse tattoo artists, magic shows, interpretive dance contests and more! Playing this summer, in alphabetical order:  A Moment in Time, Amanita, Baba Yaga Orkestar, Beauty Parlour, Bike Powered Games, The Biscuit Readings, Bohjass Upas Militia, The Burnt Sausages, Coral Lee and the Silver Scream, Crystal and The Wanninashvilles, DJ Lovely Clearwaters’ Bike Powered Ten Minute Dance Parties, DJ NIGHTWRK, Empat Lima, Exhale (Gravity & Other Myths), Falls’ hip-hop yoga, Feed Your Family: A pop-up playground game, Geryon, The Harpoons, High Striker, Karaoke Falls, Larry Bang Bang, Larry’s Tattoo Show, Lessons with Luis, Liam Power, Magical Entertainer, Mangelwurzel, Mona Povey, The Red Brigade, Richie 1250 & The Brides of Christ, So You Think You Can Interpretive Dance, Snorkellarama by Kinetic Theatre, Tina Del Twist, Victoriana Gaye, Xavier Michelides.

The wondrous delights waiting to be explored at The Village in Marion Bay include acoustic guitar artists, hair salon stations, stand up comedy sessions, hair metal bands, swing dance lessons, funk artists, contortionists, cabaret performances, line dancing, Baltic hit machines, electronic sample bands, circus workshops and more! Playing this summer, in alphabetical order: After Dark, All of the Things!, Alan Gogoll, Anthony Morgan, BJ Morriszonkle, Camp Cheveux Hair Salon, Cicada, Clubhouse Comedy, The D&M Music Experience, Danger Academy, Danger and Mayhem Swing Out!, Dr. Professor Neal Portenza, Emlyns, Enola Fall, Fleasha’s Fantastic Flea Circus, Georgia Lucy, Group Noise, Heloise, The Impossible No Goods, Joseph Joseph, Joel Tito, King Cake, The Lawless Quartet, Made For Chickens By Robots, Maharaja’s Choice, Mieke Lizotte, Miss Friby’s Den of Iniquity, NICA’s The Right Mix, Nicholas Osborn, Peter Bibby, PGC, The Raccoons, Rose Ottavi-Kokkoris, Salty Serge, So You Think You Can Interpretive Dance, The Surreal Estate Agents, Sweet Country Jam, Ten Minute Dance parties, Tiger Choir, Transylvanian Gypsy Kings, VARDOS.

Mixing local and national artists this year the Byron program is filled to the brim with performers of many varying genres, including gypsy folk bands, hip-hop beat producers, singer-songwriters, cabaret performers, glitchhop artists, scratch djs, burlesque danseuse, time travel artists, Bollywood dancers, theatre productions, yoga, creative workshops, giant puppet weddings and more! Playing this summer, in alphabetical order: Bollywood Sisters, The Button Collective, CabilWoolfzinger, The Captain Syphilis Experience, The Cassettes, Dangling My Tootsies - Songs of Weimar Berlin by Annie Lee, Deya Dova, Die RotenPunkte (The Red Dots) - Otto & Astrid Rot, Dr. Seth Greengil, Hussy Hicks, Ilona Harker, Invisible Friend, Jimmy Willing presents: Bring On The Dancing Girls, Joel Salom, Juzzie Smith, Kimberley McIntyre, The Lab, Laura-Doe’s Vaudeville of the Vulva, The Lollipop Ladies, Miss Belle Benét, Mr Speaker and the People Party, The mysterious case of Ms Mae Wilde’s identity crisis, Porcelain Punch, Rapskallion, Reilly Fitzalan, Safety First, Sistagurl, Shep Huntly, Shiny Shiny, The Slow Show, So You Think You Can Interpretive Dance, Suzy Leigh, Ten Minute Dance Parties, The Tiniest Circus with the Biggest Heart!, Wacko and Blotto, Willow Beats.

Back again at Falls this year is the one of the festival highlights, the Falls Fiesta! It’s an effervescent extravaganza on the last night of each event, which entails a colourful explosion of dancing and costumes with a huge parade designed to bring everyone together. Puppets and sculptures created throughout the art camps before and during the events lead the parade to party music. Everyone is welcome to get involved and be apart of something very special.







Dec 28 – Jan 01 in Lorne, VIC (est. 1993) 18+ event – sold out
Dec 29 – Jan 01 in Marion Bay, TAS (est. 2003) All ages – on sale
Dec 31 – Jan 03 in Byron, NSW (est. 2013) 18+ event – final ticket release on sale

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Howling Hermanos!

Paula Xiberras
05.12.13 4:29 am


Okay the guys are not Spanish but the title makes a good case of alliteration.

I am drawn to one of the photos of the Wolfe Brothers on their site. The guys are slightly muddied, and it reminds me of one of the origins of the name Brodie, meaning muddied.  But after rain and mud comes the rainbow and today I am talking to Brodie Rainbird, one member of The Wolfe Brothers about their continuing success and their own origins.

Brodie and the other 3 members that make up The Wolfe Brothers are like their namesake ‘wolves’, a close pack that have been together since they travelled on the bus to school. and like wolves whose howling can be heard vast differences, the boys music is now heard far and wide, due in part to a fortuitous decision to appear on Australia’s Got Talent.

Initally the boys weren’t keen to participate on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ but realised it was a chance to get over Bass Strait literally and metaphorically and gain that all important national exposure and extend their fan base. They approached the program as a fun event while at the same time giving it all they could.

Brodie, like the other boys in the group has a musical background. On his Mum’s side is a cousin who is a successful indie rock musician in the UK and Brodie’s uncle on his Mum’s side is a piano accordion player. Brodie’s Mum also sang in a choir.


Brodie’s coming from a small town experienced quite an impression of the big smoke where everything, says Brodie was bigger, even the food and he struggled to grasp the scale of it.

Since their success on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ the boys have been catapulted into super-stardom with Lee Kernaghan coming on board. Lee’s had them as his support act on his ‘Beautiful Noise’ tour and has glowing things to say about boys.  So impressed is he that when he considered ‘freshening’ up his band he got a new one ... The Wolfe Brothers!.

Brodie tells me they are still pinching themselves that this is all really happening. The boys, that had days jobs of dental technician,posty station worker, builder and refrigerator mechanic are now recording music and making videos, the last of which featured 8 models!

One thing that hasn’t changed and will always remain is their commitment to Tassie and desire to keep Tassie as their base, after all the mainland isn’t that far away! Also the boys are looking forward to their upcoming tour and a return to the days when they would load up the ute on a Friday afternoon after work, ready for visits to the pubs of the Midlands, an experience which Brodie calls simply calls ‘fantastic’.

The boys will have their new and second album in out in March.

The boys will be on the road again and back in Tassie for an extensive tour.  You can see them at:



Queenstown Memorial Hall - December 13

Bagdad Community Club -  Dec 14
Supported by Adam Cousens

Commercial Hotel Launceston - Dec 20

Hotel Soho, Hobart - Dec 21
Supported by Adam Cousens

Shearwater Resort - Jan 4



Spurs Nightclub, Devonport - April 11

Longley International Hotel, Hobart - April 13

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A Horrormathèque and Stranger With My Face screening of Celluloid Horror

Briony Kidd Director, Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival
05.12.13 4:18 am


Last night in Melbourne! And then repeated on Friday night in Hobart….

Two special events. Tickets are available at the door. See you there!

A Horrormathèque and Stranger With My Face screening of

7.30 pm
Celluloid Horror
a feature documentary by Ashley Fester, presented by Kier-La Janisse
The Wheeler Centre, 4 December

“Celluloid Horror provides an insider’s look into the fertile mind of dynamo Kier-La Janisse, who single-handedly, and against all odds, started Canada’s first all-horror Film Festival, Vancouver-based CineMuerte, which ran for six editions between 1999 and 2005. Although the film is aimed at the tried and true horror fan, Kier-La’s infectious enthusiasm for all things horror, and her single-minded see-the-show-through-at-all-costs determination will win over anyone with a weakness for the underdog.”

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Zombified JOHN BUTLER TRIO as you’ve never seen them before

05.12.13 4:05 am


New video announcement for ‘Only One’ single

‘Only One’ the JOHN BUTLER TRIO’s first single lifted from the band’s new album ‘Flesh & Blood’(due for worldwide release on February 7th 2014) has elated fans as the band showcased new songs and crowd favourites on their recent sold out intimate tour a couple of weeks ago. The single, has also achieved huge interest at radio with virtually all commercial radio networks, triple j, community radio stations and many ABC stations around the country rotating the track across airwaves.

Now it’s time to introduce the band’s new video for ‘Only One’ which portrays the trio as you have never seen them before! Directed by Perth’s Ben Young, the unusual video depicts the band as Zombies - be afraid, be very afraid!

The official JOHN BUTLER TRIO video can be viewed here

“Only One is one of those ‘turn around” songs. The idea of a Zombie love story came to me a while ago. I wanted the song and video almost to be juxtaposed but still somehow have an element of love….and humour. I think we made a seriously cool and funny video. I love it. Even if I do look dead!”

‘Only One’, available now through iTunes, presents a fresh take on JBT’s signature sound. Cascading acoustic riffs flow effortlessly over driving rhythms while sun kissed steel drums and an inspirational melody and lyric delivers a quality summer soundtrack.

And for those who may have missed the recent news of the trio welcoming new drummer, percussionist and backing vocalist Grant Gerathy to the fold, he’s well and truly cut the mustard on the recent live tour with fans expressing their delight with his incredible stick work!

Stay tuned for a major Australian tour announcement coming soon…

In the meantime enjoy the zombies in the house of madness performance from the John Butler Trio!    


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WIN The Circle’s Xmas GiveAway 2013

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, thecultureconcept circle
04.12.13 11:54 am


The ‘Circle’ team would like to thank our colleagues at Pinchgut Opera, Sydney, Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane, Pie Society, Sydney and Mossgreen TeaRooms at Melbourne for generously donating prizes to our Xmas Giveaway 2013. CLICK TO ENTER NOW - IT’S FREE:

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Forests are our life - Artists unite - Please donate

Jenny Weber Huon Valley Environment Centre
04.12.13 6:19 am

For the past nine years the Black Sassy Collective has curated the Weld Echo exhibitions with over 1000 artists, many thousands of people visit the forests in the city by immersing themselves in Weld Echo.

This year we need your help to pay for the deposit. We have an online fundraising effort, follow this link to donate, click here:

$2600 will pay the deposit for the gallery for our 9th annual art exhibition Weld Echo 2014 and pay our cutting edge designer for our new exciting campaign.

Weld Echo

Since 2005, the Black Sassy Artist Collective has curated the annual Weld echo art exhibition. A collaborative exhibition displaying works inspired by the Weld Valley of Southern Tasmania.

For the first time since the first Weld Echo exhibition, a large tract of once threatened forests of the Weld Valley have been protected as World Heritage listed.
Weld Echo 2014 is held from 8-22 January.

The Black Sassy Artists Collective is a community collective of artisans, poets, creative and musicians, inspired by the wild lands of Tasmania’s forests, rivers and sea.

The Black Sassy Collective mission is to encourage and empower, inspire and educate people about the beauty and integrity of keeping these wild lands intact. intact these wild lands.

Design is Art and Activism

Our organisation has a designer who is cutting edge at his work for the forests in digital campaigning. He has been volunteering his efforts for years. As a family man who needs to eat and design, we are raising funds for his next campaign project with our organisation.

What will we use $2600 for?

$1100 deposit for gallery hire

$500 printing and posting invitations,

$1000 paying our graphic designer for our next campaign project

Please consider helping us and make a donation. Click here:

With thanks,

Jenny Weber
Huon Valley Environment Centre

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Hobart Baroque auditions for American production of Handel’s Orlando

Steven Godbee
03.12.13 8:14 am


HOBART BAROQUE will be holding auditions this Friday 6 December for acting roles in their international production of Orlando, an operatic masterpiece by Handel.

This beautiful production by director Chas Rader-Shieber and designer David Zinn premiered at Glimmerglass Festival, the company at the forefront of Baroque resurgence in the USA, and was later shown to great acclaim at Lincoln Centre in New York.

American director Chas Rader-Shieber will be flying to Hobart specifically for the auditions this Friday to ensure he finds the right people for specific roles.

The key acting role in the opera is Amor (Cupid). Of this role, Mr Rader-Shieber is looking to cast a male child between 6 and 8 years old, or a small teenager who looks approximately this age. “I’m looking to cast a smart, musical male child who understands musical cues and recognises musical gestures for timing of actions”, Mr Rader-Shieber said. “It’s a physical role, with some running, falling and general youthful folly, and he must have energy, charm and a bit of mischief as well! The role of Amor is a very large role, and will require a lot of time and effort, but will be a wonderful experience for a young actor”.

There are also four Genii, who will be four young men aged between 14 - 18 years old, or older males that look approximately this age.

Two soldiers are also required. These should be young males of no specific age. One of these actors will play a small, but important role at the end of the opera.

Finally, Mr Rader-Shieber is looking to cast the small role of Isabella - a young female role. “While this role is only on stage for 15 seconds, she will wear one of the most stunning costumes in the opera!”, said Mr Rader-Shieber.

“These acting roles will be an incredible opportunity for local actors to work with one of the most important directors of baroque opera repertoire in the world today. Chas Rader-Schieber is an amazing talent and we’re extremely fortunate to have him direct our production in Hobart”, said Hobart Baroque Executive Director Jarrod Carland.

“We are also fortunate to have an incredible American cast of some of the leading young singers in the opera world. It’s a great opportunity for local actors to work with not only Chas, but the entire American team”, he said.

All actors would need to be available for rehearsals between Monday 3 March - Thursday 27 March (part-time), and for performances on 28 & 30 March and 2 & 4 April 2014.

Auditions will be held this Friday 6 December at Old Nick Company, 50a Letitia St North Hobart between 11am and 4pm.

Full breakdown of roles and audition registration, visit:


All actors would need to be available for rehearsals between Monday 3 March - Thursday 27 March (part-time), and for performances on 28 & 30 March and 2 & 4 April 2014.

• Male that looks between 6 and 8 years old, but can be a small teenager who looks the part
• Needs to be smart, musical (understands musical cues, and recognises musical gestures for timing of actions)
• Physical role: running, falling, and general youthful folly
• Energy, charm, and a bit of mischief are all required
• This is a very large role, comparable to one of the lead singers, and will require a lot of time and effort for a wonderful “return on the investment”

• Males
• There are four Genii, who do the bidding of Zoroastro
• Looking to cast young men who look like teenagers (between 14 and 18), but happy to have older who look the part
• Should be musical (understand musical cues, and recognise musical gestures for timing of actions)
• Very physical roles, with lifting of scenic props, and running/carousing on a raked stage

• Two young men, who spend the first act of the opera in hospital beds, as patients of the nurse Dorinda
• Should be musical (understand musical cues, and recognise musical gestures for timing of actions)
• One of these actors will play a small, but important role at the end of the opera

• Female
• A small role; Looking for a young woman who runs across the stage and falls (an important plot point, and a stunningly beautiful costume, for 15 seconds of stage time!)

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Bluesfest wins Best Major Festival and Event at the NSW Tourism Awards

Gaynor Crawford Bluesfest Publicist
02.12.13 12:41 am

The 24th Annual Bluesfest was awarded the Gold Award in the Major Festival and Events category last night at the 2013 NSW Tourism Awards held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. Bluesfest2013 which included headliners such as Paul Simon, Robert Plant and Santanawas nominated against Tamworth Country Music Festival. Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble was in Sydney along with ten members of the Bluesfest team who went on stage to accept the award. Peter Noble said “ What an honour to receive a NSW Tourism Award three years in a row, we are proud to bring this award home to the North Coast and to be representing NSW in the Australian Tourism Awards in February next year.

The category of Major Festivals & Events is open to hallmark Festivals or Events that create substantial economic impact, attract visitors from interstate and or overseas, generate a national or international media profile and positively promote the destination. It is not just a proud win for Bluesfest but also a major recognition for the Northern Rivers/North Coast NSW region.Bluesfest won the Silver award in this category in 2012 and Gold in 2011.

The award comes after a winning streak of award wins and nominations for Bluesfest including last weeks Australian Event Award win for Best Regional Event, the esteemed Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Music Festival at the 13th Annual Helpmann Awards in Sydney, A Greener Festival Award, a North Coast Tourism Award for Business excellenceas well as a nomination for the highly regarded Annual Pollstar Award in the category of the 2013 ‘International Music Festival of the Year’.

The 25th Anniversary Bluesfest will take place over the next Easter long weekend; Thursday 17th– Monday 21stApril, 2014 at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay, NSW. Headliners announced to date include Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band and contemporary acts Passenger, Iron & Wine and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros amongst many others. The latest Bluesfest announcement included Blues greats including Buddy Guy, newcomer Jake Bugg, The James Cotton Blues Band, Booker T. Jones, Charlie Musselwhite, Eric Bibb and many more.

Bluesfest playing schedule is available on

All Festival and Camping tickets are on sale through or by phoning the office on 02 6685 8310. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster on

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Monster Fest!

Briony Kidd, Stranger With My Face
01.12.13 9:59 am


Happy December!

Our long-planned takeover of Monster Fest begins tomorrow. (well, just for the last day!)


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Bett Gallery: Patrick Grieve immeasurably distant. Dai Li, lexicon. Opens Friday 6 December 6-8pm |

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
01.12.13 6:18 am





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Pontville Detention Centre resident named People’s Choice

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers
29.11.13 9:05 am


A 16 year old former resident of the Pontville Alternative Place of Detention has been
awarded the 2013 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP) People’s Choice

The Award, voted on by the Tasmanian community over the exhibition season, saw
Murtazza’s coloured pencil piece ‘Ajai’, drawn during his time at Pontville, win with a total of
275 votes.

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said he was proud to award Murtazza with this year’s
People’s Choice Award and the prize of $500.

“The winning piece is well deserved, especially given the amount of votes it received and I
would like to thank the Tasmanian community for all its support again this year,” Mr Sayers

“I think the piece and the depth of the description in the artist’s statement strongly resonated
with the Tasmanian community and all those who voted.”

Winning artist, Murtazza, said this Award meant everything to him and gave him a feeling of
joy and happiness, especially as it was voted on by the people of Tasmania.

“I have been painting for almost five years now and it gives me a real sense of
achievement,” he said.

“I still have a lot to learn and I plan on taking some art classes, which is what the prize
money will go towards.”

Trent Sayers said RACT Insurance was proud to once again be associated with the TPP and
its contribution to art and creative endeavours in the State.

“The competition, now in its sixth year, saw more than 70 entries in 2013, which was
narrowed down to 33 finalists from across Tasmania,” he said.

“The amount of interest we have seen this year is an encouraging sign for young aspiring
artists statewide and illustrates Tasmania’s continuing resurgence of artistic culture.

“I would also like to again congratulate the overall winner of the 2013 RACT Insurance TPP,
Alex Davern, runner-up Nik Lee, as well as Emily Blom who took home the Sponsors Choice

“As the only locally-based insurance company in Tasmania, we are proud to support
activities such as the TPP and would like to acknowledge all the artists who entered this

“It was very encouraging to see such strong attendance numbers at the statewide exhibition,
which featured displays the Long Gallery in Hobart, The Devonport Regional Gallery and the
Sawtooth Gallery in Launceston.”

This year’s judging panel consisted of the 2011 RACT Insurance TPP winner Robert
O’Connor, editor of the national journal Art Monthly Australia Maurice O’Riordan, and
renowned visual artist Greg Leong.

The winner of the 2013 RACT Insurance TPP, received $5,000 in prize money and a trip for
two to the Archibald Prize exhibition in Sydney, while the runner up received $2,000 to assist
with studio rent.

The Sponsor’s Choice and People’s Choice winners both received $500 to further their
artistic careers.


I don’t know from where and how I should start. I chose this portrait for many reasons. I’m a 16 year
old boy living without my mother and my family. I can say I came to Australia by boat in a very
dangerous condition. From the first time from when I put my foot in the door I felt alone. After the
days that passed I went to the library and I saw a woman there, at that moment I felt comfortable.

She is very kind, having great heart. What can I say she looks to me like my mother. Do you know
what her name is? She has sweet name, like her sweet heart ‘Ajai’. Interesting is here that the word
Ajai is in Hazaragi language, and it means Grandmother. I asked Ajai “where you get your name?”

She said the other guys here, they were calling me Ajai. She said to me you can also call me Ajai.

From here I understood how the Tasmanian people have great hearts. That they can accept another
name which is not from their language, they think widely. She is very kind, whenever I am with her
she tells me about Tasmania and about the people of Tasmania; the way they behave and the way
they talk. And I love to hear more and more about Tasmania from her. I really enjoy being with her.

When I ring my mum I am joking with her and I am saying “I don’t need you anymore” because I
have found another mum who looks similar to you. After that my mum said, “My son, I will always
pray for you, to find good friends and a good person to guide you and show to you the correct way. I
think you have found Ajai, to show you how to live, how to behave and how to respect those older
than yourself. And I am happy hearing from you, that you have Ajai with you”.

When I heard about the Tasmanian Portraiture prize, I was really thinking who would be the person
to draw? Then the days that I passed with Ajai and her lovely sayings reminded me to choose to do
her portrait because she is the only woman for me that looks like my mum. Then I decided to start
her portrait. The days I was busy with Ajai’s portrait I really enjoyed, that’s why I thought to draw
her twice, one with coloured pencils and another with only lead.

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The Call Of Aurora 2013

Martin Blackwell
29.11.13 6:02 am


THE CALL OF AURORA, an Opera about Love, Death & Madness, is the World’s First and Only Opera to Celebrate and Interpret the Story of Douglas Mawson’s 1911‐1914 Antarctic Expedition.

The Call of Aurora

After having spent ten years composing and preparing this project, The Call of Aurora, a new chamber
opera by Tasmanian composer & librettist, JOE BUGDEN, will premiere in Hobart in December 2013, to coincide
with the conclusion of the Centenary of Mawson Events that commemorate and celebrate his epic
and heroic time in Antarctica.

December 2013 marks 100 years, to the month, that Douglas Mawson, after spending two years in
Antarctica, travelled back to Hobart on the Aurora.

There have been many books about Mawson’s time in Antarctica, and December will see another, Flaws in
the Glass, by David Day, as well as the opening to the public of the replica of Mawson’s Huts on Hobart’s

But, Hobartians will also have the unique opportunity to see and hear The Call of Aurora, the only opera to
have been composed about Mawson’s 1911 ‐1914 Antarctic Expedition.

Brief Synopsis of The Call of Aurora

The opera opens with a prologue; set in a mental institution, the expedition’s wireless operator,
Sydney Jeffreys, who has been written out of history, and is still haunted by the power of Douglas
Mawson, calls on Mawson to amend the official records and to give him his rightful place in

Act One begins with the dying and death of Xavier Mertz, who, along with Mawson, and after the
death of Ninnis, has to struggle back to base camp, having lost most of their supplies and
resources down a crevasse along with their companion, Belgrave Ninnis.

Both Mawson and Mertz are suffering the effects of exposure to the elements, lack of
nourishment and the effects of eating the toxic Husky Dog livers that, whilst keeping them alive, is
also slowly poisoning them. Mertz succumbs to the fatal build‐up of Vitamin A, whilst Mawson,
eventually running out of Husky dogs to eat, is able to struggle on alone for over a 160 kms back to
base camp. He finally arrives, only to see the Aurora, in the distance sailing away without him.
There Mawson, and the few of the original crew who agreed to stay back to search for him (and
the two others), remain stranded throughout all of 1913, to finally await the return of the Aurora
in the summer at the end of that year.

Act Two sees Mawson and his crew confined to spending that long and dark year holed up inside
what has become known as Mawson’s Hut. During that year they must deal with the monotony of
having to spend a year in cold darkness with no purpose other than to wait for the ship to return.
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Mawson must endure that boredom in addition to being responsible for buoying the morale of his
colleagues, and all the while, silently dealing with the weight of responsibility for the deaths of
Ninnis and Mertz – but perhaps more than all this – Mawson also has to content with the effects
of ‘cabin fever’ on the newcomer to the group.

When the Aurora left Antarctica without Mawson in early 1913, it left Sydney Jeffreys, the ship’s
wireless operator to manage the communication between Commonwealth Bay and the Macquarie
Island wireless transmitter. But Jeffreys was unaccustomed to the ravages of a long Antarctic
winter, and throughout 1913 loses his mind, developing both psychosis and delusion – so much so
that he ends up believing that he is Jesus Christ.

On top of all this, Mawson is dealt another blow with the terrible news, delivered to him via the
now neurotic and gloating Sydney Jeffreys, that the entire crew of Robert Falcon Scott has died on
their return from the South Pole.

Throughout Act Three Mawson has to manage Jeffreys’ increasing madness until the return of the
Aurora at the end of 1913. But until then, Jeffreys’ Christ‐like delusion gives rise to him taunting
Mawson about Mawson’s role in the deaths of Ninnis and Mertz, and tempts him, in the Antarctic
Wilderness, to script history in a particular way; in a way that might salvage Mawson’s own
reputation as a leader and explorer and also cast Ninnis and Mertz as some kind of heroes of
scientific endeavour.

The Call of Aurora interprets and imagines this tale, which is so well known to so many Tasmanians, but
also investigates the lesser known relationship of Mawson and Sydney Jeffreys.

The Call of Aurora is also a story about the love of Mawson and his fiancée, Paquita Delprat, and her
adoration for Mawson, who she knows is a man of determination and integrity.

When & Where is The Call Of Aurora being performed?

DATES of the Four Performances

Opening Night: Thursday 12th December 2013 with performances on 13th, 19th & 20th December
8pm to 10pm (duration is ca 90 mins with a 15 min interval between Acts 1 & 2)
@ The Peacock Theatre Salamanca Arts Centre Salamanca Place Hobart.
$35 ($28 concession)

Tickets can be purchased online at

Ticket sales also at the door 30 mins before the show.

Who will be interested in The Call Of Aurora

The story of Douglas Mawson’s epic tale of survival, following the deaths of Ninnis and Mertz, is well
known, and through Tasmania’s long and strong connections with Antarctica, this opera will resonate with
all those who, through their work or other interests, have their own relationship with Antarctica and
Mawson’s place there.

The Call of Aurora is also for those who enjoy theatre, story‐telling and music. Interpreted through the
intimacy of chamber opera, and the immediacy of live theatre, Bugden has written a libretto that develops
the themes of loss, love and heroic struggle against temptation, to a chilling climax. Bugden’s use of rich
and beautiful music invests the story with emotion and drama, and envelops the space in a range of
textures, from deep and dark to sparse and atmospheric.

The Call of Aurora ‐ The List of Characters

The characters are (in order of appearance):

• Sydney Jeffreys ‐ the mad wireless operator – sung by Jamie Scott
• Xavier Mertz / Cecil Madigan / Ghost of Robert Falcon Scott – sung by Nick Monk
• Douglas Mawson ‐ sung by Philip Joughen
• Mawson’s fiancée, Paquita Delprat / Aurora ‐ the Spirit of the South – sung by Jennifer O’Halloran

Meet The Cast & Crew

Phillip Joughin as Douglas Mawson
Jamie Scott as Sydney Jeffreys
Jennifer O’Halloran as Paquita Delprat
Nick Monk as the Ghost of Robert Falcon Scott

Joe Bugden: Composer & Librettist
Gary Wain: Music Director & Conductor
Martin Blackwell: Staging & Art Direction
Gareth Kays: Lighting Designer
Make Up Artist: Corrine Costello

Produced & Directed by Joe Bugden

The Call of Aurora is scored for flute. Bb clarinet, viola, cello & vibraphone.

Sponsors for this event include:

The composer gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous & visionary support of this project.

Hobart City Council
The Hon. Lara Giddings, Premier & Minister for the Arts
The Hon. Rob Valentine, Independent Member for Hobart,
The Hon. Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Dennison
The Salamanca Arts Centre
Tasmanian Energy Brokers

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BRIAN RITCHIE guest programs RAGE

Rebecca Fitzgibbon Events Media Manager Museum of Old and New Art
28.11.13 5:40 pm


Saturday Nov 30: 10.30am - 11.30am
Saturday Nov 30: alllll night from 11.30pm on ABC1

“From 80’s alt-rocker to Japanese bamboo flute master, we’re excited to welcome Violent Femmes founding member/bassist Brian Ritchie to the rage couch. Responsible for forever-catchy hits like ‘Blister in the Sun’, ‘Kiss Off’ and ‘Gone Daddy Gone’, The Violent Femmes were undoubtedly one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the 80s, having sold over nine million albums.

Ritchie has also released numerous solo records, exploring his inklings for world music, folk and jazz. Since moving from Milwaukee to Tasmania in 2006, Ritchie has pursued many projects – banding together with ex-Midnight Oil members to form surf rock group The Break, playing alongside the Australian Chamber Orchestra, learning the art of the shakuhachi, and running a tea house.

Ritchie is also the director of MOFO, the annual art and music festival at Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art. The festival has included performances from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Elvis Costello and PJ Harvey since its beginnings in 2009.

His eclectic interests are reflected in his rage selections, playing classics care of Roxy Music, T-Rex and Iggy Pop, some good old Aussie rock from The Saints, Australian Crawl and Midnight Oil, plus a few true surprises like Die Antwoord.”

Admittedly, that was all lifted from the Rage website. They really dig Brian.

Coincidentally, so do we. At MONA in Hobart, Brian curates our annual Festival of Music and Art (FOMA).

This Saturday, Brian is hosting Rage.

Coincidentally, it’s the same day the full MOFO 2014 program is released.

Brian’s Rage special showcases some MOFO 2014 artists like John Grant, Astronautalis, Bombay Royale and Roland Tings. It also stems the usual neglect of Tasmanian artists by programing Psycroptic, Ben Wells and the Middle Names, Asta and the Stickmen. Typically, you’ll see a lot of stuff that would otherwise go unseen - that’s the MOFO way.

Here’s Brian’s Rage teaser video:

Saturday. Watch it. Live-tweet the show. Take us down a notch. Make a request. Tell Brian to get a haircut and a real job. Post photos of your grumpy cat. And whatever you do, ping us back: @MONAFOMA #MOFO2014 #brianritchie #partyallthetime

MOFO 2014 golden tickets are on sale now from

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The Hag
28.11.13 6:13 am

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Albert Namatjira’s grandchildren meet the Queen

Big hART
28.11.13 6:10 am

Albert Namatjira’s Ghost Gums

Lenie Namatjira and Kevin Namatjira - grandchildren of renowned Central Australian indigenous artist Albert Namatjira – have been invited to attend a private audience with Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace, London, England ahead of tonight’s international premiere of the play Namatjira at London’s Southbank Centre.

Albert Namatjira (born Elea Namatjira 1902 dec.1959) was a renowned watercolour artist and Aboriginal man, hailing from Western Aranda country in the Central Australian desert. He grew up in Ntaria/Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia, and became the first prominent indigenous artist and a pioneer of contemporary indigenous art. He was also the first indigenous Australian to be granted citizenship in 1957.

Today, two of Albert Namatjira’s grandchildren Lenie and Kevin Namatjira - both painters in the watercolour tradition will meet with Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace, London.

During her 1954 coronation tour of Australia, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth met Albert Namatjira in Canberra, Australia. Albert presented Her Majesty with a painting which is now part of a group of Namatjira paintings in the Royal Family’s collection.

Today’s meeting is momentous and symbolic, reaffirming the international significance of Albert Namatjira and the Central Australian desert watercolour tradition.

The Duke of Edinburgh owns paintings by Albert Namatjira and his son Oscar Namatjira which were on display during the meeting in London today. Oscar Namatjira is Albert’s son and Lenie Namatjira’s father.

Not only are Lenie and Kevin celebrated artists, but they are now stars of the stage too. In London with their Living Watercolours exhibition - presented by Palya Art - they will also appear in the Big hART stage production Namatjira which has its international premiere tonight at Southbank Centre. The exhibition and play sit alongside the Royal Academy of Arts ‘Australia’ exhibition, which features two of Albert Namatjira’s paintings.

Lenie Namatjira said “I am happy to see Her Majesty The Queen, I have come a long way, all the way from Australia to meet her and represent my family and our community”.

Kevin Namatjira added “I’m a little bit nervous, but I am proud. I’m going to give Her Majesty a painting, like my grandfather did”

Lenie and Kevin Namatjira will also presented Her Majesty The Queen with a postcard from school students at Ntaria (Hermannsburg) School, where they have been delivering workshops to nurture the next generation of painters to carry forward this great tradition.


Namatjira stage production Southbank Centre

Living Watercolours Exhibition Southbank Centre

Australia Exhibition Royal Academy of the Arts

Namatjira project

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One good thing about music: when it hits you, you feel no pain

28.11.13 6:04 am


One good thing about music: when it hits you, you feel no pain

Bob Marley said that but he was probably high.

In any case, MONA socks it to you this week with Cambodian pop, avant-garde jazz,and the full MOFO lineup announcement with Brian Ritchie guest programming RAGE. There’s an art to making it hurt this good.

RAGE Guest programmer
Saturday Nov 30: 10.30am - 11.30am
AND alllll night from 11.30pm on ABC1

From 80s alt rocker to Japanese bamboo flute master, we’re excited to welcome Violent Femmes founding member/bassist Brian Ritchie to the rage couch.

Responsible for forever-catchy hits like ‘Blister in the Sun’, ‘Kiss Off’ and ‘Gone Daddy Gone’, The Violent Femmes were undoubtedly one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the 80s, having sold over nine million albums.
Ritchie has also released numerous solo records, exploring his inklings for world music, folk and jazz. Since moving from Milwaukee to Tasmania in 2006, Ritchie has pursued many projects – banding together with ex-Midnight Oil members to form surf rock group The Break, playing alongside the Australian Chamber Orchestra, learning the art of the shakuhachi, and running a tea house.
Ritchie is also the director of MOFO, the annual art and music festival at Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art. The festival has included performances from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Elvis Costello and PJ Harvey since its beginnings in 2009.
His eclectic interests are reflected in his rage selections, playing classics care of Roxy Music, T-Rex and Iggy Pop, some good old Aussie rock from The Saints, Australian Crawl and Midnight Oil, plus a few true surprises like Die Antwoord.
Brian Ritchie is hosting rage on Saturday 30th November from 10:30-11:30am and then will return for the night from 11:30pm on ABC1.

Admittedly, that was all lifted from the Rage website. They really dig Brian!

Coincidentally, so do we. Live-tweet the show - we dare you to take us down a notch. @MONAFOMA #MOFO2014 #MOFOrage


MoFolk, Saturday Nov 30: 1pm-3pm

The Cambodian Space Project float our boat big time. They’ll play a variety of golden age 1960s Cambodian pop, as well as some of their very own psychedelic rock. Get amped. In the sunshine. Trip on life.’s-on/music


JAM, Sunday Nov 24: 1pm-4pm

Simon Ellaby’s The For Now specialises in freeform improvisational, avant-garde, jazz-style noise art. Think banjo, bouzoukis, trumpets, clarinets, harmonicas and guitars. Yeehah.’s-on/music


MOFO 2014
JAN 15-19, 2014

MONA FOMA is back, but not as you know it; running from Wednesday 15 January to Sunday 19 January 2014, MOFO is skipping across the Port of Hobart and anchoring down at Macquarie Wharf (MAC1 and MAC2 to you) for the first time.

Featuring two stages, three orchestras, more than 200 artists and four hours’ sleep a night (okay, so that hasn’t changed), this MOFO program is all over the place. On purpose.

There’s a dancing robot, a free-styling philosopher, prog-punk space opera, morning meditation, black metal with violins, gender liberationists, ambient electronica, string quartet protest music, a Krautrock pioneer, bluegrass Bach, improvised pipe organ, and the usual Bacchanalian nightclub mayhem of Faux Mo. Oh, and lasers. You know there will be lasers.

Tickets available now - buy the Festival Ticket
MONA Cinema. Near the Void Bar; follow the smell of popcorn.

National Theatre Live’s 50th Anniversary Encore screenings continue with Shakespeare’s Hamlet featuring Rory Kinnear’s award-winning performance in the title role. Directed by Nicholas Hytner.
CINEMONA session times:
Sat Nov 30 at 1pm
Sun Dec 1 at 10.30am
Mon Dec 2 at 11am
Wed Dec 4 at 2pm-6.15pm
Thu Dec 5 at 10.30am
Thu Dec 12 at 11am
Tickets: Adult $25 / Concession $23 / Child $15
Bookings at MONA Museum Reception 03 62779971 or


Captured by the Roman army, Spartacus and Phrygia are condemned to slavery. After becoming a gladiator, Spartacus foments a legendary rebellion.
CINEMONA Session Times
Sun Dec 1 at 3pm-6.15pm
Wed Dec 4 at 10.30am
Thu Dec 5 at 3pm-6.15pm
Tickets: $23 Adult / $21 Concession / $15 Child (U18)
Bookings at MONA Museum Reception 03 62779971 or


In Central Australia truth is more precious than gold. In 1931 Harold Lasseter’s body was found in the desert. Claiming he’d found gold worth millions, he would ‘give it all for a loaf of bread’. Despite hundreds of expeditions since, the gold has never been found.Obsessed with solving the mystery, filmmaker Luke Walker discovers Lasseter’s 85-year-old son Bob, still wandering the desert on a quixotic mission to find the gold that killed his father and destroyed his childhood.
But now, 80 years on, is it still possible to piece together the fragments of history Lasseter left behind? Armed with a camera and unshakeable belief he will find gold in Lasseter’s story, Walker sets out across six states to unravel the tangle of myths, lies and legend that remain buried with Lasseter’s bones in the heart of Australia and finds himself closer to the gold than anyone has been for 80 years.
CINEMONA session times:
Sat 30 Nov at 11am and Mon 2 Dec at 4pm (final)
Tickets: Adult $17 / Concession $15 / Child $12.
Book at MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971 or online


December 7, 2013 - April 21, 2014
MONA, Level B1

French artist Hubert Duprat creates in a world that MONA loves exploring - evolutionary and organic processes.  He uses tree trunks, natural amber, minerals, rocks, clay, magnets and even insects to nurture nature into forms that are greater than the sum of their parts: a tiny bejewelled caddisfly in a Baroque ‘carapace’ of its own design; a mound of magnets that form their own sculpture. Artist and nature collaborate on many a wonder.’s-on/exhibitions/


December 7, 2013 - April 21, 2014
MONA Library Gallery and The Round House

American artist Roger Ballen explores worlds where nothing is black and white. For almost 50 years, his globally influential documentary photographs of South Africa’s outsiders have left people bothered and bewildered and wanting more. Asylum at MONA reveals his latest works from the Asylum of the Birds and Apparitions collections, in a world-first, immersive sculptural environment, ahead of the publication of his new book.’s-on/exhibitions/


Until April 21, 2014
Museum of Old and New Art

MONA’s major exhibition for the year, The Red Queen is an assemblage of major commissions, exciting art loans and yet-unseen works from David Walsh’s collection. The idea behind the exhibition is ‘‘art that explores why art is made’’. Is art necessary to human survival and evolution? Whatever you decide, it’s a lot of fun. Take the kids – there’s a jingly trampoline and a room with 40 TVs. Entry is $20 (free for Tasmanian residents and under-18’s). Wednesdays to Mondays, 10am - 6pm


MONA - Museum of Old and New Art - 655 Main Rd, Berriedale, Tasmania. Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday, 10am - 6pm (last entry 4.30pm). Entry $20 (free for Tasmanian residents & under 18). Ph 61 3 6277 9900

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Despard Gallery: solo show ROME

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
28.11.13 5:46 am


Greetings friends of Despard,

This year we are celebrating our 27th festive season with the opening of Todd Jenkins solo show ROME,

December 4 from 6pm, followed by our annual Summer Show on December 28, the first Saturday after Christmas.
      Despard Gallery Christmas soiree 

Please join us this coming Wednesday for our Italian themed soiree. Taking inspiration from Todd’s paintings and travels we have decided there will be a lucky door prize for the most fabulous interpretation of Italiano Fashion. The choice of fashion is broad- Gucci,  Amani, Valentino, Prada Dolce & Gabbana, Versace et al ….  (look alikes accepted) So please look to the wardrobe and drag out your own interpretation of Italian Modern or antique in style -  the reliable Toga and Laural wreaths are always a good back up.

A fabulous Door Prize will be awarded by our very own- very coiffed Saraè for the most stylish outfit.

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Pop Up Shop – Hand-Made and Vintage

Astrid Joyce: Education and Public Programs Officer Devonport Regional Gallery 45-47 Stewart St Devonport 7310
27.11.13 3:40 am

Saturday 7 and 14 December


Haven Yoga, Rooke Lane Devonport

The Devonport Regional Gallery members The Droogs are hosting a pop up shop in the Devonport CBD on 7th and 14th of December between 9am – 1pm. All of the items for sale in the store will be in the theme of Hand-Made and Vintage.

The Droogs are creative young people living in Devonport who facilitate a range of fun and creative projects for themselves and other young people living on the North West Coat.

The Droogs will be putting on their retail hats throughout December to sell some of their wares and spread the word about the Droogs and how the Devonport Regional Gallery support young creative people in the region.

You will find them popping up in the new yoga studio, Haven Yoga in Rooke Lane, just a stone throw away from the Gallery. Owner Andrea Martin is excited about supporting young people in the region and promoting Devonport as a fun and creative place. ‘When I was growing up in Devonport we had to make our own fun, so I love to support anyone who is creative, ambitious and driven to do the same, there needs to be more things like this happening in the CBD.’ Andrea Martin, Haven Yoga Director stated.

The Droogs are always looking for new members, if you are between the age of 16 and 30, call into to meet The Droogs at Haven Yoga on the 7th and 14th of December. It is free to join.

If you would like to find out more about our programs please contact:

Go to our website
For find us on Facebook

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Festival of Voices launches Handmade 2014

Festival of Voices
26.11.13 4:59 am

The Festival of Voices is proud to launch Handmade 2014, a program to develop new works and local artists in Tasmania for a national audience.

Calling all artists, performers and theatre-makers in Tasmania.

This is an exclusive opportunity for you. The Festival of Voices and Blue Cow Theatre present HANDMADE: an exciting opportunity to showcase the voices of local artists.

Handmade is a series of intimate, personal, beautifully crafted, small-scale pieces which support and celebrate new voices, great talent, local content, writers, performers and producers.

The series will be part of the Festival of Voices 2014 program, July 4-13.

Artistic Curator of Handmade, Robert Jarman, is currently seeking expressions of interest.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for an interview about the program and/or submission details.

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Cosentino wins coveted Merlin Award for ‘International Magician of the Year’

Emily Cheung
26.11.13 12:16 am


Australia’s own globally renowned master illusionist, Cosentino has been paid the highest tribute in magic after being crowned and presented as the winner of the coveted Merlin Award for ‘International Magician of The Year 2013’ in Melbourne on the weekend. 

The Merlin Award is to magic what the Oscar is to motion pictures, and to honour Cosentino and his remarkable win the world’s largest magic organization, the International Magicians Society flew their CEO and Chairman, Mr Tony Hassini over to Australia from New York to present Cosentino with the award before his sell out show at The Palais Theatre on Saturday night.

This prestigious accolade is a peer-voted award and judged by the 47,000 members of the International Magicians Society.  Previous winners of this award have been David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Penn & Teller and Criss Angel.

“No one knows more than your peers the hard work and dedication that you have given to magic. To be honored by your peers is the greatest compliment you can receive. We honor you and your achievement in magic,” said Mr Hassini.

Humbled by this incredible win, Cosentino enthuses, “to be named Best International Magician for 2013 is a dream come true.  Over the years I have seen this prestigious award presented to the biggest names in magic, including one of my true heroes my David Copperfield.  To be recognised in this way by my peers around the world is an incredible honour.”

Cosentino will be dancing his way through Australians’ lounge rooms in the finale of Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday night (November 26) and will be completing his final show of the national tour in Adelaide at the Entertainment Centre on November 30.

Limited tickets are still available to Cosentino’s Adelaide show through or

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