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FILM FESTIVAL PUTS TASMANIA ON THE INDUSTRY MAP

BOFA
08.11.12 10:01 am

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Tasmania’s Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival starts today (Thursday, November 8) at Launceston’s Inveresk precinct, with a glamorous opening night party, followed by the Australian premiere of Two Days In New York, with Julie Delphy and Chris Rock.

The Festival kicks off in Hobart on Friday with screenings at the State Cinema and MONA.

Tasmania’s only major annual film festival is bringing many film industry leaders to Tasmania, including director Robert Connolly (Balibo, The Bank), actor Jimi Bani (Mabo, Redfern Now) and producer Andrew Knight (Jack Irish, Seachange).

An exciting program of 30 features and documentaries from around the world has been curated by BOFA’s Artistic Directors, producer Trish Lake and director Rowan Woods.

Festival Director Owen Tilbury said that BOFA’s purpose was to celebrate screen based story telling that inspires positive change.

“This year’s Festival has many new features including the free 50th anniversary screening of the classic Tasmanian children’s film They Found a Cave, and a unique underwater experience with the free daily screening of Coral Rekindling Venus at the QVMAG Planetarium,” he said.

Friday night will see the Tasmanian premiere of the locally made feature film The First Fagin, followed by a party with local band The Embers.

Saturday is Film Industry Day, when film makers, prospective film makers and actors can attend workshops on low budget film making, making movies with a DSLR camera, and screen acting techniques.

Saturday night the Launceston community will join the stars, directors and producers at the BOFA Awards dinner with the presentation of the BOFA Devil Career, Director, Writer, Innovator and Short Film Awards.
Sunday will be Make a Difference Day, inviting Festival visitors and local residents to explore ways that they can make a difference, personally, locally and globally.

The Festival winds up with the Big Picture Debate (Sunday at 2.30 at the QVMAG Museum), when a celebrity panel will unravel a hypothetical on the theme that social media does more harm than good, in front of a local live audience and a world wide audience through a simultaneous upload to YouTube.

Festival Director Owen Tilbury said that the BOFA Festival stemmed from a realisation that Tasmania was the only state without a major annual film festival.

“We’re now in our third year, hoping to stimulate film production and career opportunities in the state and to bring Tasmanians the very best cinema from around the world.”

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Full details of the 2012 BOFA Film Festival program are available on the web site http://www.bofa.com.au

THE TASMANIAN BREATH OF FRESH AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2012 PROGRAM:
• TWO DAYS IN NEW YORK (USA)  Australian Premiere
• THE FIRST FAGIN (Australia) 
• THE ANGELS’ SHARE (UK)
• SEMI COLIN (Australia) World Premiere
• THE HUNT (Denmark)
• UNDER AFRICAN SKIES (USA/South Africa)
• A COMMON PURPOSE (Australia)
• GIRL WALK//ALL DAY (USA)
• SIDE BY SIDE (USA)
• JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (USA/Japan)                                                                                       
• THE GIANTS   (Belgium)
• AND IF WE ALL LIVE TOGETHER (France/Germany)
• LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED   (Denmark)
• SAVE YOUR LEGS (Australia)
• INSIDE OUT: ANTON CORBIJN (Netherlands/Germany/UK/Italy/Sweden)
• BONSAI PEOPLE- THE VISION OF MUHAMMAD YUNUS (USA/Bangladesh) Australian Premiere
• AFTER THE FACTORY (USA)
• YOU WILL BE MY SON (France)
• ROAD TO ROUBAIX (USA)
• SALLY: A VENTURING FORTH: A JAUNT (Australia)
• TO ROME WITH LOVE (USA)
• BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (USA)
• CHASING ICE   (USA)
• CORAL REKINDLING VENUS (Australia)
• WAR WITCH (Canada)
• THEY FOUND A CAVE (Australia)
• ELECTRICK CHILDREN (USA)

BOFA FILM FESTIVAL: THURSDAY 8TH – SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER, 2012
In 2012, BOFA plans to showcase over the Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 November, international and Australian feature films/documentaries,  short films,  cinema related exhibitions (in partnership with Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery),  master-classes and parties, but, as well, is adding a new Make a Difference Day (Sunday 11th November) incorporating a free community open day, screenings of a Make a Difference Day short film competition, features/documentaries, several master-classes run by industry experts, and writers’ festival speakers all on Make a Difference themes. The Make a Difference Day will be the culmination of the festival and will highlight the purpose of inspiring “positive change”. 

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BOFA Film Festival brings film industry to Tasmania


08.11.12 8:05 am

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  Jimi Bani         Andrew Knight     Robert Connolly      


The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA) to be held from November 8-11 in Launceston and Hobart, will bring many leading film industry players to Tasmania.

One of Australia’s finest indigenous actors will be a special guest at BOFA 2012. Torres Strait Islander Jimi Bani is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is well known to Tasmanian audiences for his leading roles in the ABC series The Straits and Redfern Now and for his much praised performance as Eddie Mabo in the telemovie Mabo.

Jimi Bani will talk about the craft of acting at a free Actors’ Studio session with Sara Cooper of Cooper Screen Academy at the Festival Hub, QVMAG Museum, Inveresk at 2.30pm on Saturday, November 10.

Director and producer Robert Connolly will also be a special guest. One of the country’s leading directors, he is best known for Balibo, with Anthony LaPaglia, The Bank and Three Hands with David Wenham.

With John Maynard, he heads up Arenafilm, a production company dedicated to high quality cinema with a political focus and social themes.

Amongst their many credits is the award-winning The Boys, with David Wenham and Toni Collette, directed by BOFA Artistic Director Rowan Woods.

Andrew Knight is a leading Australian writer and producer with hundreds of hours of television and feature films amongst his credits.

He has received numerous AFI Awards, Logies and other industry awards for television programs After The Deluge, My Brother Jack, Fast Forward and Seachange and feature films Siam Sunset and Spotswood.

He will add his expertise and experience to the Low Budget Film Making workshop at the QVMAG Museum, Meeting Room at 2.30pm on Saturday, November 10.

Producer and founder of Looking Glass Pictures Mitzi Goldman will present her award winning documentary A Common Purpose, the dramatic story behind a notorious murder trial that marked South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy.

The story is told from the perspective of the trial’s defence lawyer, Andrea Durbach, who will join Mitzi Goldman for an audience Q & A after the screening.

Both women will also participate in the free Writers’ Forum to be held in the QVMAG Museum, Meeting Room at 4pm, on Sunday, November 11.

Logie winning filmmaker Simon Nasht will also be at BOFA 2012. His work has been seen around the world and he has produced and directed some of the ABC’s most successful documentaries of recent years including; The Bridge, Addicted to Money, and the Eureka Prize winning How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer.

He is currently producing The Hive, an interactive documentary comprising a serious game and documentary which seek to explore and test the hidden codes of cooperation: whether the collective ‘hive mind’ of humanity can collaborate for the greater good, or whether we will be doomed by self-interest.

He will present the New Screen Symposium, a free event exploring innovative uses of new technology, at the Festival Hub, QVMAG Museum, Inveresk at 12.30pm on Saturday.

Other celebrity guests will include the four speakers for the Big Picture Debate; comedian, author and broadcaster Catherine Deveny, campaign director for Getup!, Paul Oosting, leading film journalist Lynden Barber and the founder of the Melbourne feminist salon Cherchez la Femme, Karen Pickering.

The debate, on the subject ‘Social Media Does More Harm Than Good’, will be held at the QVMAG Museum, Meeting Room at 2.30pm on Sunday, November 11 and broadcast by both ABC and YouTube.

Festival patrons can meet the many celebrity guests at the BOFA Opening Night party on Thursday, November 8 and the BOFA Awards Dinner on Saturday- bookings through the web site http://www.bofa.com.au

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Full program details, tickets and Festival passes are available on the Festival web site http://www.bofa.com.au 

THE TASMANIAN BREATH OF FRESH AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2012 PROGRAM:
• TWO DAYS IN NEW YORK (USA)  Australian Premiere
• THE FIRST FAGIN (Australia) 
• THE ANGELS’ SHARE (UK)
• SEMI COLIN (Australia) World Premiere
• THE HUNT (Denmark)
• UNDER AFRICAN SKIES (USA/South Africa)
• A COMMON PURPOSE (Australia)
• GIRL WALK//ALL DAY (USA)
• SIDE BY SIDE (USA)
• JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (USA/Japan)                                                                                       
• THE GIANTS   (Belgium)
• AND IF WE ALL LIVE TOGETHER (France/Germany)
• LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED   (Denmark)
• SAVE YOUR LEGS (Australia)
• INSIDE OUT: ANTON CORBIJN (Netherlands/Germany/UK/Italy/Sweden)
• BONSAI PEOPLE- THE VISION OF MUHAMMAD YUNUS (USA/Bangladesh) Australian Premiere
• AFTER THE FACTORY (USA)
• YOU WILL BE MY SON (France)
• ROAD TO ROUBAIX (USA)
• SALLY: A VENTURING FORTH: A JAUNT (Australia)
• TO ROME WITH LOVE (USA)
• BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (USA)
• CHASING ICE   (USA)
• CORAL REKINDLING VENUS (Australia)
• WAR WITCH (Canada)
• THEY FOUND A CAVE (Australia)
• ELECTRICK CHILDREN (USA)

BOFA FILM FESTIVAL: THURSDAY 8TH – SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER, 2012
In 2012, BOFA plans to showcase over the Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 November, international and Australian feature films/documentaries,  short films,  cinema related exhibitions (in partnership with Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery),  master-classes and parties, but, as well, is adding a new Make a Difference Day (Sunday 11th November) incorporating a free community open day, screenings of a Make a Difference Day short film competition, features/documentaries, several master-classes run by industry experts, and writers’ festival speakers all on Make a Difference themes. The Make a Difference Day will be the culmination of the festival and will highlight the purpose of inspiring “positive change”. 

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BOFA: Opening Night Party on the 6:30pm, 8th November

BOFA
08.11.12 8:02 am

Opening Night Party on the 6:30pm, 8th November

VIP guests will arrive at the event in vintage motor cars before walking the red carpet for the black tie opening night party and the Australian premiere of the Two Days in New York, followed by a nightcap at the BOFA Bar.

The BOFA 2012 Opening Night Party and film is a glamorous event with guests walking the red carpet, enjoying live music and Tasmania’s finest wines and foods such as oyster shooters, (natural, leatherwood and with Boks bacon) and Navarins of lamb with native Pepperberry damper crust.

Event:            BOFA Film Festival, Opening Night Party
Date/Time:    Wednesday 23rd November, 6.30pm (for a 7pm start)
Venue:        Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG)
Address:        Festival Hub, QVMAG, The Inveresk Precinct, Launceston

Dress:            Hollywood glamour meets black tie

NB:                Tickets are still available, $75 for opening party and film (Two Days in New York)
http://bofa.com.au/2012/ticket

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Despard: Mincham ceramics, Woodbury abstracts

Steven Joyce, Despard Gallery
07.11.12 6:47 am

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Greetings art lovers, please see your invitation to the combined exhibition of master ceramic artist Jeff Mincham with abstract painter Steve Woodbury, exhibiting at the Gallery for the first time.

The unique ceramic forms of Mincham are a wonderful foil for the bold abstract paintings of Woodbury.

Please join us to meet the artists for celebratory drinks this Thursday evening from 6 pm

preview now online.
http://www.despard-gallery.com.au/artists/woodbury12/index.html
http://www.despard-gallery.com.au/artists/mincham12/1.html

Steven Joyce
Director
Despard Gallery
15 Castray Esplanade
Hobart Tasmania Australia 7000
http://www.despard-gallery.com.au
ph +61 3 62238266
fax +61 3 62236496

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Bett Gallery: Sally Rees, The Medium

Bett Gallery
07.11.12 4:53 am

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BOFA FILM FESTIVAL OFFERS UNIQUE UNDERWATER EXPERIENCE

BOFA
06.11.12 10:28 am

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One of the most extraordinary films showing at this week’s Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival at Inveresk will be screened, not in a cinema, but in the Launceston Planetarium.

For the three days of the BOFA Festival the Planetarium will move from the night skies to an amazing underwater world, with free screenings of Coral Rekindling Venus.

An unforgettable experience for adults and children, the film provides viewers an immersive 45 minute journey into a mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures and rare marine life. Coral Rekindling Venus reveals a complex community living in the oceans most threatened by climate change.

Acclaimed Australian installation artist Lynette Wallworth spent five years making this film on the coral reefs of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Wallworth has created a work of mesmerising beauty about climate change and coral reefs, reminding us that we again face problems that cannot be solved by one nation acting alone, where the notion of co-operation “to the benefit of all humanity” still applies.

“My intent is to leave the audience with a sense of wonder for the complexity of the coral community and a deep-felt longing to see it survive,” she said.

The title refers to the first example of international co-operation, when nations ceased hostilities and worked together to observe the Transit of Venus, taking measurements that underpin navigation today.

This beautiful cinematic experience is set to the haunting music of artists including Aboriginal singer Garrumul, Antony and the Johnsons and Max Richter.

Coral Rekindling Venus will be screened FREE at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Planetarium, Inveresk at 11am and 1pm daily Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 9-11.


THE TASMANIAN BREATH OF FRESH AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2012 PROGRAM:
• TWO DAYS IN NEW YORK (USA)  Australian Premiere
• THE FIRST FAGIN (Australia) 
• THE ANGELS’ SHARE (UK)
• SEMI COLIN (Australia) World Premiere
• THE HUNT (Denmark)
• UNDER AFRICAN SKIES (USA/South Africa)
• A COMMON PURPOSE (Australia)
• GIRL WALK//ALL DAY (USA)
• SIDE BY SIDE (USA)
• JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (USA/Japan)                                                                                       
• THE GIANTS   (Belgium)
• AND IF WE ALL LIVE TOGETHER (France/Germany)
• LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED   (Denmark)
• SAVE YOUR LEGS (Australia)
• INSIDE OUT: ANTON CORBIJN (Netherlands/Germany/UK/Italy/Sweden)
• BONSAI PEOPLE- THE VISION OF MUHAMMAD YUNUS (USA/Bangladesh) Australian Premiere
• AFTER THE FACTORY (USA)
• YOU WILL BE MY SON (France)
• ROAD TO ROUBAIX (USA)
• SALLY: A VENTURING FORTH: A JAUNT (Australia)
• TO ROME WITH LOVE (USA)
• BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (USA)
• CHASING ICE   (USA)
• CORAL REKINDLING VENUS (Australia)
• WAR WITCH (Canada)
• THEY FOUND A CAVE (Australia)
• ELECTRICK CHILDREN (USA)

BOFA FILM FESTIVAL: THURSDAY 8TH – SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER, 2012
In 2012, BOFA plans to showcase over the Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 November, international and Australian feature films/documentaries,  short films,  cinema related exhibitions (in partnership with Queen Victoria Museum),  master-classes and parties, but, as well, is adding a new Make a Difference Day (Sunday 11th November) incorporating a free community open day, screenings of a Make a Difference Day short film competition, features/documentaries, several master-classes run by industry experts, and writers’ festival speakers all on Make a Difference themes. The Make a Difference Day will be the culmination of the festival and will highlight the purpose of inspiring “positive change”. 

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BOFA Film Festival to launch unique E-learning project

BOFA
06.11.12 7:15 am

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Roar Films of Hobart have chosen the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival for the national launch of their new e-learning project Founders and Survivors Storylines.

Education Services Australia have now licensed the web portal for use in Australian Schools for the next five years. The new web portal will be launched with a student audience at the BOFA Festival Hub, in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Inveresk, at 2.00pm on Friday, November 9.

This will be a free event and parents, children and teachers are welcome to see this exciting new educational tool demonstrated for the first time.

Founders and Survivors Storylines is a multifaceted online project that springs from one of the world’s great historical studies of immigration, forced labour and settlement, the world heritage-listed convict records of Tasmania

Using this database of remarkable convict records, the project explores how modern-day Australia was forged by the men and women, who were forced to come here; exiled from their families and homelands, and who, against the odds, were survivors and founders of the nation.

As a Web portal, Storylines uses a creative team of programmers, writers, musicians and digital artists to explore the Founders and Survivors database in two key ways: Lifelines and Mugsheets.

Lifelines features twenty one narratives based on individual Vandemonian convict stories, bringing together contemporary songwriters and digital artists to create digital stories and music for download. Lifelines also features a series of interviews with historians, social scientists and descendants from Australia and beyond to build context for the wider transportation story, and provides direct links to the original convict records as well as a series of maps that locate convicts and their families at different stages of their life journeys.
Mugsheets uses the model of a modern social networking site such as Facebook or My Space to re-package the convict records in a form that will appeal to younger users, offering them the opportunity to interact with the records by creating convict faces and the Mug Shot identikit tool.

Festival Director Owen Tilbury said that the Roar Films Storylines project was a good illustration of the BOFA philosophy.

“BOFA is about screen based storytelling and that includes much more than cinema - creative people using television and the internet to tell their stories will increasingly become a more important part of the Festival.”

“We are delighted to launch a truly innovative web based educational program designed by a Tasmanian company.”  Mr Tilbury said.

Full program details, tickets and Festival passes are available on the Festival web site http://www.bofa.com.au 

BOFA FILM FESTIVAL: THURSDAY 8TH – SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER, 2012
In 2012, BOFA plans to showcase over the Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 November, international and Australian feature films/documentaries,  short films,  cinema related exhibitions (in partnership with Queen Victoria Museum),  master-classes and parties, but, as well, is adding a new Make a Difference Day (Sunday 11th November) incorporating a free community open day, screenings of a Make a Difference Day short film competition, features/documentaries, several master-classes run by industry experts, and writers’ festival speakers all on Make a Difference themes. The Make a Difference Day will be the culmination of the festival and will highlight the purpose of inspiring “positive change”. 

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Bett Gallery: Thornton Walker

Bett Gallery
02.11.12 6:43 pm

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Standing in the shadows of ... MONA


01.11.12 12:24 pm

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This free event brings the sound of Motown and African American Gospel to MONA, via Andrew Legg and the ARIA-winning Southern Gospel Choir.

Standing in the Shadows of MONA is for the whole family – and you’ll want to sing along, a la The Sound of Music but with less nuns and goats and stuff, and more:
-  STEVIE WONDER
-  JACKSON 5
-  JOE COCKER
-  MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS
-  THE BEATLES

The Southern Gospel Choir trumpets joy in joining in, and celebrates community. Its roots draw from the musical history of slavery: exuberance in the face of oppression. Cut loose, cut sick, and kick back on the beanbags on the MONA lawns.

SOUTHERN GOSPEL CHOIR
WITH THE VERY RIGHTEOUS GOSPEL BAND
+  MICHAEL SPIBY (THE BADLOVES)
+  BRIAN RITCHIE
+  MARIA LURIGHI
+  ANDREW LEGG
+  DEAN STEVENSON

Be there or be a massive, boring square.

This, and other events, here

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Building Blocks

Paula Xiberras
01.11.12 6:18 am

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A polygot is defined as one who speaks many languages and the polygot theatre with its ‘international’ language of creative play is going a way toward breaking down the barriers between countries in their international experiment/ cross between theatre and art instillation called ‘We Built This City’ which involves building a ‘city’ from cardboard boxes.


You may have already seen around Hobart city located outside shops and shopping centres, some of the friendly ambassadors of the event.


The friendly characters and the larger assemblage to come are also reminders of the ephemeral nature of what we build and create because at the end of the event the structures will be demolished just as our concrete creations are pulled down, replaced and rejuvenated over time.


You are cordially invited to be an amateur architect and take part in the creativities in a creative workshop on Saturday November 10th and 11th.  The two hour workshops from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm each day take place at a suitably vacant block on the corner of Campbell and Collins Street.  Provisions have been made in case of rain to take the production inside and refreshments can be purchased.

It’s building both cardboard cities and something more substantial, in that the event encourages co-operation, teamwork, problem solving and forges friendships between participants.

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FESTIVAL MUSIC LINE-UP A FOOT-STOMPING AND HAND-CLAPPING FIESTA

Ten Days on the Island
31.10.12 9:10 am

Tasmanians should prepare to be grooved, moved and amused next year by an hand-picked array of
world-leading musicians, who will travel from different corners of the northern hemisphere to perform at
12 locations throughout the State during Ten Days on the Island in March.

Ten Days Artistic Director Jo Duffy announced today that the festival will include the world’s best-loved folk
musician Dougie MacLean from Scotland, the world-leading a capella choir A Filetta from Corsica, and the
insanely fun and beyond lively Cape Breton Island band Sprag Session, who will perform their unique style of
contemporary Celtic tunes.

“These musicians are truly some of the world’s finest, and their shows will add to the transformative festival
feel as they reach each of our 10 Festival Towns around the State and even on Flinders Island,” Ms Duffy said.

“Dougie MacLean is a Scottish legend, who has been described as a musical hero and performer of
extraordinary warmth and ease, A Filetta are the undisputed masters of polyphonic singing with a captivating
stage presence and sound, while Sprag Session will round off the international musical performances with
genuine appeal for ages 8 to 80.”

Other festival highlights announced today included Little Big Shots – an international film festival for kids
playing in nine locations, 21 Circus Acts in 20 Minutes – a crazy, chaotic, mad-capped caper for the whole
family playing in 10 towns, a selection of curated visual arts exhibitions across the State, and THINKtent, which
will provide Tasmanians with the opportunity to slow down and reconnect within our community.

“Ten Days on the Island 2013 will be a Statewide international arts festival for everyone, with arts and cultural
events for families seeking vibrancy and fun, for people overwhelmed with the pace of modern living looking to
retreat, and for people seeking new experiences with inspiring visual and performing arts,” Ms Duffy said.

“Ten Days is committed to not only bringing the best artists in the world to Tasmania but we are dedicated to
sharing those artists with all Tasmanians, touring them to towns as distant as Queenstown and St Helens,
Huonville and Burnie. We have the have the courage, the conviction, the professionalism, the reputation and the
support to make this calibre of performance conceivable right across Tasmania.

“Locally, we have home-grown arts projects like THINKtent, which offers participants a chance to take a break
from the choppy, inane conversations that populate social media and everyday chatter, and instead connect
through real conversations in a beautiful, welcoming space.”

A diverse range of visual arts experiences were also announced today and include Felt Presence – an exhibition
by Tasmanian, Scottish and Irish artists; Hemisphere Travellers by artist Katherine Cooper who has taken
inspiration from the Shetland Islands, Three Hummock Island and King Island; Into the Wild, showing the work
of trail-blazing wilderness photographers, artists and naturalists of Tasmania who are now are global legends;
the best in contemporary printmaking with the Burnie Print Prize; and Tasmania Today: An Island State
profiling incredibly diverse hive of creative visual artists working in a range of mediums who are the cultural
barometer of this island state.

Tickets to the music events will be available from 1 November at http://www.tendaysontheisland.com

All other events will be free. The remaining festival program will be announced later in November.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
TICKETED EVENTS
Dougie MacLean will perform in Hobart, Queenstown and on Flinders Island.
A Filetta will perform in Deloraine, Swansea, Hobart, Launceston and Campbell Town.
Sprag Session will perform in Huonville, Sorell, Burnie, LaTrobe, St Helens and Hobart.
FREE EVENTS – FAMILIES
Little Big Shots – International film festival for kids will visit, Huonville, Campbell Town, Hobart , St Helens, La
Trobe, Moonah, Swansea and Deloraine.
21 Circus Acts in 21 Minutes will visit Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Swansea, Campbell Town, Deloraine,
Queenstown, , Huonville, Devonport, St Helens and Port Arthur.
FREE EVENTS – THINKtent
THINKtent will visit Burnie, Launceston and MONA in Hobart.
FREE EVENTS – VISUAL ARTS
Into the Wild will be presented in Launceston.
Burnie Print Prize and Hemisphere Travellers will be presented in Burnie.
Felt Presence will be presented in Devonport.
Tasmania Today: An Island State will be presented in a selection of galleries in Launceston.
http://www.tendaysontheisland.com for nine other events released previously for Ten Days on the Island 2013

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Glenorchy: Works Festival : Peoples Day, Sunday Nov 11

Michael McLaughlin Community Cultural Development Officer Glenorchy City Council
27.10.12 3:42 pm

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Works Festival : Peoples Day, Sunday Nov 11,  11am to 3pm
Montrose Foreshore Park, Glenorchy , Southern Tasmania

The Works Festival final People’s Day event on Sunday the 11th of November brings together all the highlights of this FREE and quirky biennial Festival held at our new Festival venue on the Montrose Foreshore, Elwick Bay.

People’s Day kicks off with a special Remembrance Day tribute by the Glenorchy City Concert Brass.  Patrons can then enjoy the centrepiece of this year’s Festival,  ‘Flotilla’, a temporary public art, following a 1.5km trail of riverside parkland.

‘Flotilla’ features the work of five of Tasmania’s most accomplished public artists, Andy Vagg, Sharyn Woods, Chantale Delrue, Elizabeth Woods and Gwen Egg.  Each have responded to the site by planning large scale visual installations inspired by the wind, natural river fibres, the water as a reflective surface, people’s recreational use of the park, even the pollution that ends up in the nearby waterways. 

Other in park Festival highlights across the day include,  an interactive sound installation for children and families by Melbourne artists, The Megaphone Project. People’s Day patrons can also enjoy Kickstart Art’s The Happiness Pod, a unique solar powered cinema featuring films from communities across Tasmania. For music lovers there is Boardwalk Beats - nearly six hours of live music on two riverside stages. There will be water sport demonstrations and activities as well as a select number of pop up eateries within the Park across the day.

Free parking and FREE entry to the Festival is via the DEC carpark. For full details visit the Festival website http://www.worksfestival.org

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Devonport Regional Gallery: After Image, Paul Snell


27.10.12 3:23 pm

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PAUL SNELL Pulse #201207 Lambda metallic print mounted on acrylic 2012

AFTER IMAGE
PAUL SNELL
OPENING 2ND NOVEMBER 2012
EXHIBTION DATES: 3RD NOVEMBER – 25 NOVEMBER
THE LITTLE GALLERY
DEVONPORT REGIONAL GALLERY

Paul Snell is a Launceston based artist whose distinct images aim to create an immersive visual experience. This new series of works titled Afterimage explores non-representational forms in photography and examines the possibilities of abstraction and minimalism in new media.

Afterimage comprises of two large photographic prints mounted behind acrylic creating a contemplative installation in The Little Gallery. Paul Snell’s art practice examines the transformation of photographic modes of production and the manipulation and exploration of data to invent new visual forms. Snell utilises the basic elements of line, colour, surface and light. The imagery is composed of repetitive colour pairing, overlapping, reversing and sequencing creating a vibrant viewing experience.

The Devonport Regional Gallery has an active education program which invites schools to visit the exhibitions for no charge. Afterimage will give students the opportunity to see the links between these contemporary pieces and some of the work produced in the sixties by modernist painters and printmakers and more contemporary abstract painters and photographers.

The Little Gallery is the Devonport Regional Gallery’s project space, where early to mid career Tasmanian artists have the opportunity to exhibit a small body of work. This program is also designed to assist artists to expand their practice in a non- commercial space.

The Devonport Regional Gallery is currently taking applications for The Little Gallery, applications are due on 19th of November. Go to our website top find out more.
http://www.devonportgallery.com

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Lonnie and Hobart!

Paula Xiberras
25.10.12 8:44 am

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As noted in the title Lonnie will be performing in ‘Launnie’ and Hobart this weekend.


Singer Lonnie Lee has visited Tasmania a number of times for performances not to mention the additional times he ‘sneaks’ in non performance mode   to enjoy a holiday on the East Coast in a cabin situated near Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula, he finds these perhaps once a year non- performance visits very condusive to song writing. He sees Hobart as what Sydney was 50 years ago and means it in a very complimentary way, he believes Tassie, even Hobart City has managed to retain its peaceful quiet without all the hustle and bustle and describes it as a last bastion of charm.


This time Lonnie will have a quick visit. Flying in for two shows one each in Launceston and Hobart. When the band flies out on Sunday he will remain here until Tuesday.
Lonnie has been performing for something like 50 years now and he entered the business when there really was no real business about it here in Australia. The US and UK were thriving industries with movies and tours but Australia didn’t have much going on.


Growing up on a sheep farm it wasn’t easy to opt for a career away from the land and indeed Lonnie did enjoy the land and was all for fulfilling family expectations, him to become a first rate wool classer and being groomed for management, and Lonnie had done a stint as a jackaroo, all until the music bug bit. Lonnies great love is singing and he often mentions how the money and fame associated with success in the industry is a byvproduct and a bonus to what he really loves.


His musical appreciation started out in the choir just at about the time that he says rock and roll visited and he was dragged up to his destiny using the analogy of Dorothy being caught and transported in a tornado in the ‘Wizard of Oz’. And indeed Lonnie was transported in the tornado that was rock and roll. Because of the lack of a thriving industry in Australia he created his own gigs, taking whatever opportunity he could to get out there and perform which meant doing as many charity events as he could.


He studied piano and remembers his piano teacher rapping him over the fingers during the learning process, he also played the ukulele and stepped up to the guitar.


Lonnie is sometimes defined as rocka billy has also been called a crooner (which he says always makes him think of Bing Crosby) but the fact is Lonnie is very eclectic in his music and people going along to his Tasmanian concerts will see a wide range of music played. There will be ballads and country (Hank Williams kind of country rather than Aussie bush ballads). The performance will also encompass his 50 years and ongoing in the business from Australia to the US and Lonnie has many interesting tales to tell about his brushes with the famous.


One such story Lonnie recounted to me about his working in Nashville and being called by Don Williams, not the country singer but the brother of Andy Williams . Don was originally part of a quartet with his brother but after they broke up Don went to work behind the scenes as talent scout, he Lonnie remembers looking out the office at the sunset strip boulevard discussing some of his songs being recorded by Florence Henderson.


At the Tassie shows audiences will also get the opportunity to purchase some merchandise that lonnie is developng including the first release DVD ‘Black and White years/ a DVD of his black and white TV performances.


There are also the intention to put some bibliographies together which pose a problem, with as Lonnie says, the fractured career he has lived, from pop idol at the beginning of his career to time in Europe as a cabaret singer and the US as a songwriter and later promoter of Normie Rowe and others.


You can check out Lonnies site to purchase the DVD and other merchandise and you can see Lonnie at the Australian Italian Club - Launceston and at the Wrest Point Casino, Hobart on Saturday 27th October.


http://www.lonnielee.com

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MONA: Free shit ...

MONA
25.10.12 6:59 am

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Come to Tassie to see our exhibition, Theatre of the World - and stay for the weekend, or longer. We’ve put together some snappy packages to get you in the mood. You get free shit, you love that, don’t you, admit it.

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Crafty Cosentino

Paula Xiberras
23.10.12 7:25 am

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Talking with magician Cosentino is indeed a magical experience. He is both enlightening and makes one believe in the seemingly impossible. He is also a polished showman that can wow an audience.


Cosentino grants Tassie as the place that was his career catalyst when he performed here as a fresh faced kid in 2001. Since then he has been continuing to climb the ladder (among other constructions) of success!


Cosentino also remembers fondly Tassie’s chocolate factory and one can only imagine if his magical skills were at optimum strength what he could have done in such a place, the possibility of multiplying chocolate comes to mind!


This trip to Tassie will be a strictly a quick one focusing on his performances then a vanishing act (pardon the pun). So no chocolate over indulgence this time around. The fleeting visit will see audiences treated to a rare talent. A talent that began at the unusually late age(for a magician) of 12 or 13 rather than in most cases 5 or 6 years of age.


Cosentino’s first introduction to magic came via a David Copperfield show. He followed this up with library research and also studied gymnastics which would prepare him well for a future requiring a high level of agility. Almost totally self taught Cos is keen to stress that apart from the background knowledge and physical dexterity he stresses the importance of the role of the entertainer in magic shows.


As for the present crop of TV programs that seek to debunk magic. Cos believes this is doing a disservice to the profession because it seems to suggest that ‘anyone’ can do any number of stunts and tricks when in fact the kind of skill that is required is beyond most ordinary people. It takes natural talent and a high level of skills as well as time to perfect those skills before any stunt attempt can be made . The debunkers often do not show the entire method and the dexterity required is simplified and watered down. In some ways it belittles the skills required in being a magician.


Cos has always been a keen student of magic and when he toured with Hale and Pace, once his act was finished, unlike other support acts who returned home after their gig, Cosentino took his place in the audience and would listen, and watch at why the audience laughed at certain points or what caused whatever reaction and he would seek to emulate the showmanship that caused these reactions in his own shows.


I asked Consentino what it is about magic that entices him and he explains that in escape acts like being held under water it is the exhilaration at the end following the adrenaline flow. Being locked in that space for 4 concentrated minutes and then being re released to the world in a burst of shock is like being reborn. Cos believes this moment of exhilaration is like that of an athlete who trains for years for that one 4 minute race. This adrenaline rush and feeling it gives him, he believes is worth it even if sometimes he has risked life to achieve it, when he has not been able to hold his breath for long enough and has ended up being rushed to the emergency department with a tank full of blood behind him.


Just like circus performers magicians must rely on a good team around them to whom they must trust their life magicians must have complete faith in their team and lucky for Cos that team is made up of his older brothers,one a structural engineer, mechanic and another brother involved in marketing, logistics management, and promotion, it would seem Cos has both the technical and promotional aspects of his act worked out however it becomes serious when you realise his brothers must also work to a strict precision of timing for things like the water tank rescue.


Cos has a great respect for arguably the greatest magician of all, Harry Houdini. Cos was mesmerised by the vaudeville posters that show Houdini as the ultimate showman.


I ask Cos if he thinks there is any truth in Houdini’s extraordinary,almost supernatural magical powers. Cos suggests that its good to believe in a little mystery at a time when we have information at our fingertips but we are somehow lacking in real knowledge.


The fact that Houdini notes were destroyed after his passing will always leave a mysterious air about him and leave us guessing if in an otherworldly way perhaps he knew more than the rest of us do.


Cos’s great aim is to emulate what David Copperfield once did and fly. Cos says he needs more study and preparation first before he can attempt such an event but technically he knows how to do it so keep watching this space.


Cosentino appears (pardon the pun) at the Wrest Point Casino on 7th November.

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Glenn Miller Orchestra

Paula Xiberras
20.10.12 6:58 am

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The Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1938 and is still keeping up a busy tour schedule today; including its first ever trip to Tasmania.


With songs that have lasting appeal and a movie made about it, the orchestra aimed to be different to its peers, with its emphasis on the clarinet and tenor saxophone creating the melody, and several other saxophones providing the harmony.


Popular hits included among others, Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the mood, Moonlight Serenade and Pennsylvania 6-5000.


Musical Director Rick Gerber took time out to answer these questions.


Have you been to Tasmania before?  Will you have time to do anything special while here?


No, we’ve never visited Tasmania before, but are certainly looking forward to this occasion.  Due to the itinerary of the tour we will probably not have much free time to do any sightseeing etc.

 

Glenn Miller said that a band ought to have a sound all of its own it ought to have a personality. Can you tell me a bit about the ‘Glenn Miller Orchestra’s’ personality?


Glenn Miller developed his own unique “sound” which became his instantly identifiable trademark.  More specifically the “Miller Sound” was centred around the saxophone section of the original Glenn Miller Orchestra.  This trademark sound consisted of a clarinet playing the top note of a chord with a tenor sax playing doubling that lead voice an octave lower;  between these two notes the remaining voices of the five-reed sax section (two alto saxes and another tenor sax) filled in the harmony voices of the chord.




A famous quote Glenn miller said was “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing”. Do you agree with that?


Actually the quote, “It Don’t Mean A Thing…..” was uttered by Duke Ellington and that quote was the title of one of Duke’s most popular compositions.

This is the first time I’ve ever heard of it being attributed to Glenn Miller, but it’s a great quotation that describes the idiom of swing music.



What do you think is Glenn miller’s signature tune?


Glenn Miller’s signature tune, without question, is “Moonlight Serenade” which he composed and arranged.  It has been the orchestra’s theme song for over 70 years and we play a brief version of it to open every show and the full-length version as the closing number of every performance.  Perhaps a close “second place” tune would be “In The Mood” which was his biggest selling record and is probably the most remembered song from the swing era of big bands.

 

You can see Rick and the Glenn Miller Orchestra perform at Wrest Point Casino on Tuesday 13 November at 7.30 p.m.

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Despard: Rodney Pople Exhibition Opening Thursday 18th October at 6 pm

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
17.10.12 6:07 pm

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Shudder:  - verb to tremble with a sudden convulsive movement, as from horror, fear, or cold.

We would like to remind you that Rodney Pople’s powerful new exhibition, Shudder, opens tomorrow night at 6 pm at Despard Gallery.

Rodney won this year’s prestigious Glover Art Prize with a painting of Port Arthur, from which this current series has evolved.

Port Arthur encapsulates a dark and brutal history - In one sense these paintings can be interpreted as crime scenes in which the traces of catastrophe and trauma, while no longer visible, remain intangibly present. They remain haunted and the paintings conjure up the ghosts, bringing into daylight buried issues and unresolved conflicts.

While Port Arthur and its history are at the core of this exhibition Rodney’s other paintings capture the drama of the Tasman Bridge disaster in 1975; an indelible event in Tasmania’s history.

The catalogue will be available online this Friday, 19th of October: http://www.despard-gallery.com.au/artists/pople12/index.html

Rodney will be discussing his new work with Airlie Ward, tune into the ABC 7.30 TAS Report this Friday night at 7.30 pm.

Despard Gallery
15 Castray Esplanade
Hobart Tasmania Australia 7000
http://www.despard-gallery.com.au
ph +61 3 62238266
fax +61 3 62236496

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Despard: “Shudder,” by Rodney Pople

Steven Joyce Director
12.10.12 6:28 pm

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Dear Art Lovers,

We are pleased to invite you to the much anticipated exhibition “Shudder,” by Rodney Pople. Exhibition Opening is Thursday the 18th of October at from 6pm.

Link to read the essay for the exhibition is below.

http://www.despard-gallery.com.au/artists/pople12/index.html

Steven Joyce
Director

Despard Gallery
15 Castray Esplanade
Hobart Tasmania Australia 7000
http://www.despard-gallery.com.au
ph +61 3 62238266
fax +61 3 62236496

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Feast, drink, party


12.10.12 5:54 pm

120+ artists over 2 days of
feasting, drinking and musical surprises

SYNAESTHESIA MUSIC OF COLOUR & MIND NOVEMBER 3-4 AT MONA

This is a rude reminder to get your tickets for Synaesthesia. 

Your ticket includes a two-day fest of music, feasting, drinking, and up-close encounters with a truly diverse and arresting array of musical talent.

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Despard: Don’t miss Runnymede this weekend

Steven Joyce Despard Gallery
11.10.12 6:09 pm

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Greetings from Despard Gallery,

We would like to invite you to a truly unique event; one that celebrates the world of decorative arts and antiques in a magnificent heritage property.

Runnymede in Newtown is one of Tasmania’s most important colonial homes. For the first time the house will be the venue for an exciting cultural weekend, with selected art and antique dealers exhibiting their pieces through out the house and grounds.

Despard Gallery will be hanging the walls with contemporary Tasmanian fine art to compliment the furnishings.

Works include landscape by Geoff Dyer that were inspired by a recent visit to the area of Aix-en Provence, France. These tranquil landscapes will be complimented by Wayne Brookes’s 18 th C high baroque interiors. Other new artworks from Dale Richards, Anne Morrison and Todd Jenkins will be placed throughout the house to compliment the antique furnishings.

We will also be showing selected twentieth century decorative arts including European studio glass and unique designer Jewellery.

Hope you can make it and please feel free to bring friends.

The $10 entry fee goes to the National Trust to help maintain this magnificent colonial home.

  Friday 12Th to Saturday 13Th October 10 – 5 pm & Sunday 14Th 10- 4 pm.

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Ms Mahalia and Princess Prinnie!

Paula Xiberras
11.10.12 7:02 am

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Mahalia Barnes is a fan of Tassie and recalls her many visits here as backup singer with her dad Jimmy. The fresh produce and natural beauty of Tassie are two attractions that stand out for her and she will be hoping to introduce her singing partner and fellow voice contestant Prinnie Stevens, a self-confessed newbie when it comes to Tassie, to a dinner out during their tour.


You may recall the two girls, and firm friends, being pitched together in a gladiatorial face off on ‘The Voice’. This experience the girls tell me was surreal and although singing their hearts out to win, the girls cemented their friendship even more to the extent they would consider being put in the ring together a blessing in disguise because although the girls are friends they had not considered recording or touring together, which is what has eventuated from their appearance on ‘The Voice’.


Prinnie is what is known in the industry as the triple threat and more than that even says Mahalia. Prinnie has been a singer and dancer since age 4 and once performed in John Paul young’s ‘Love is in the Air’ video, while Mahalia admits to not being a great dancer she can certainly as the saying goes ‘nail’ a song. Prinnie agrees.


The ladies have recorded an album together and are touring the country with their beautifully different, but complimentary voices. Their styles comprise Prinnie‘s pop and R & B and Mahalia’s bluesy rock.


It’s clear to see the girls have the utmost respect for each other and are grateful for the opportunity being on the voice gave them to decide to collaborate on this album and tour. The advantages of collaboration are many, having someone there to encourage you when you are finding it all too much, (the girls are still maintaining their individual careers and busy raising their families) it means they can share the load and lean on each other for support.


Further to the collaboration Mahalia’s band ‘Soul Mates’ are joining the girls with the addition of some members of Prinnie ‘s band, the girls promise an energetic show with the audience involvement they crave and the girls are eager to meet and sign for fans after the show.


The girls are also keen to remind potential audiences that the Launceston show is family friendly and not an 18 and over event. Because they both have young children the girls believe it’s important to provide entertainment the whole family can attend without worry.


You can see Mahalia and Prinnie perform at The Country Club Showroom Fri 16th November and Wrest Point Showroom Sat 17th November.

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QUEENSTOWN COMES TO LIFE FOR HERITAGE AND ARTS FESTIVAL

Travis Tiddy President - Project Queenstown and Festival Coordinator
11.10.12 6:08 am

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The mining and tourism town of Queenstown throws open its doors on 12 - 14 October and welcomes all Tasmanians to come and explore the West Coast region at the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival.

The biennial Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is a hand-crafted program of contemporary arts and cultural activities that are bold, fresh, surprising and fun – events that are fundamentally tied to a sense of place, a rare phenomenon which can’t be seen anywhere else in Tasmania.

The 2012 festival will commemorate a momentous event in Australia’s history when a fire sprang to life in a pumphouse on the 700 ft level within the North Lyell Mine. The flames quickly enveloped the building and produced thick billows of smoke that trapped many workers deep underground. Four days of exhaustive and heroic rescue attempts couldn’t avert the eventual catastrophe, as 42 local men lost their lives within the mine.

One hundred years later the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is paying tribute to the disaster by encompassing the anniversary within the festival program, presenting a range of activities that confidently combine the arts with the rich cultural heritage of Queenstown in a way that respects the past and recognises the present and future of our community.

The West Coast Mining Industry is one that supports many Tasmanian’s. The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is an event the whole family and your opportunity to visit a special place that has such importance to Tasmania, and commemorate the 1912 North Lyell Mine Disaster where 42 men lost their lives. With over 55 events in 3 days, many free
events, discounted rail rides and discounted underground mine tours, we encourage all Tasmanian’s to come and visit Queenstown and the West Coast of Tasmania” said Festival Coordinator Travis Tiddy.

A highlight of the festival will be the fully decorated Funeral Train which departs Queenstown at 9:15am on Friday, as well as the North Lyell Mine Disaster Commemorative Service held at the Queenstown Cemetery on Friday at 10am.

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Moonah: Live Album Launch: Andrew Marshall Returns to Moonah Arts Centre Concert Series

Michael McLaughlin Community Cultural Development Officer Glenorchy City Council
10.10.12 5:04 pm

Live Album Launch: Andrew Marshall Returns to Moonah Arts Centre Concert Series

Local indie singer-songwriter Andrew Marshall will launch his first live album in an intimate setting at the Moonah Arts Centre Concert Series on Friday 12 October.

After a six month break from the local live music scene to record new material, Andrew will be returning to the Moonah Arts Centre with an earthy musical performance featuring good friends and local musicians Mia Palencia, Hannah May Bartle and Peter McIntosh. The original roots/folk performance will combine stirring vocals with earthy, acoustic instrumentation including guitars, didgeridoo, banjo and blues harp.

Andrew is often compared to the likes of James Taylor, Don McLean and John Lennon, drawing in audiences with his creative instrumentation and lyrical storytelling. He has performed shows and festivals around the UK and is currently receiving regular airplay on local stations ABC Radio and Edge Radio as well as BBC Radio UK. He was a Top 10 finalist in the 2012 Australian songwriting Musicoz Awards with his live song “Charley”, which features on the new album.

Andrew’s Moonah Concert Series show will begin at 7:30pm on Friday 12 October. Doors open at 7pm with admission by gold coin donation. His multi-instrumental fusion of roots, folk, indie and rock musical styles will appeal to all ages.

For further information visit Andrew online at andrewmarshallmusic.com

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We of The Tamar

Yvonne Gluyas
10.10.12 7:09 am

WE OF THE TAMAR

By Yvonne Gluyas
(Poem entered into Launceston Poetry Cup at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival 2012)


Poor Gunns, you’re better off dead.
At least we’ll get some peace of mind!

Stripped bare of your assets,
your wealth frittered away
on dreams of a pulp mill
by Greg and John Gay.

Your shares are now worthless,
your company gone broke.
Yes, we of the Tamar
for years loudly spoke.

Never defeated
we kept up the fight.
The noisy majority,
we knew we were right.

Once a fine Tassie company,
your workers you misled…

So I’ll dance on your grave
Til I’m sure that you’re dead!

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October at Devonport Gallery

Astrid Joyce
08.10.12 5:25 pm

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Celebrate our local musicians throughout OCTOBER at the Gallery.
Entry is by donation and refreshments will be available.
Music starts at 7pm
 
12 October - Classical with TRIO AL DENTE

Trio al Dente consists of Dominique Baker (piano), Gail Tivendale (violin) and David Humphries (cello). They have been performing together since mid-2010, and have performed at the Classical Meets Jazz concert in the Tasmanian Arboretum, as well as various smaller concerts and recitals. They enjoy playing traditional chamber music by composers such as Clementi, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Debussy, the wonderfully elegant music composed for intimate gatherings of the European upper classes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. However, they have also explored arrangements of traditional tango tunes and works by the famous classical/jazz/tango fusion composer Astor Piazzolla; this exciting Argentinian music is always rhythmic, but can range from brooding and introspective to fiery and dramatic. It provides a wonderful contrast to the restrained and civilized works of the classical composers.

26 October - Acoustic Set with Younger Dryas
The Younger Dryas emerged from the foothills of Ben Lomond, Tasmania in 2009. They currently play and experiment with a wide range of styles and influences mainly Roots & Rock, Blues & Folk with a little bit of Delta and Reggae mixed in for old times sake. They have just released a new EP titled the Weapons of Mass Creation Part 1. Their music has a raw quality with underlining hooks and a catchy flavour, They have been likened to other bands such as: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Australia’s John Butler Trio. The Younger Dryas have a dedicated fan base on the North West Coast and have recently played at the Forth Valley Blues and Roots Festival. The Younger Dryas have recently returned from a tour of Asia, Europe and Australia. Keep and eye on their movements and antics by following them of Facebook.

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Younger Dryas

Astrid Joyce
Education and Public Programs Officer | Devonport Regional Gallery
45-47 Stewart Street Devonport TAS 7310
P: (03) 6424 8296 | F: (03) 64235305 | http://www.devonportgallery.com

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Shakespeare in the Gardens: As You Like It


08.10.12 9:49 am

Directions Theatre Pty Ltd

MEDIA RELEASE

SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDENS AUDITIONS

Actors who like it wanted!

Directions Theatre is proud to announce that As You Like It will be the 2013 Shakespeare in the Gardens production.

“As You Like It” – is a play about love at first sight, and we like it. Rosalind is banished from her uncle’s court, disguises herself as a man and hides out in the Forest of Arden. There with her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, love runs riot but all the mismatches, cross dressing and fighting all turns out ok in the end – just as we like it!

“As You Like It” will be directed by Anica Boulanger Mashberg who was in the production when Directions Theatre last did it 10 years ago.

Auditions are being held on Saturday 20 October anyone interested in taking part please call Ingrid on 0419 536 084.


As You Like It
Venue : Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Times / Dates: 7PM Tue to Sat 8 Feb – 2 Mar 2013
Prices: $25/$15
Booking details (Online / Phone): Centertainment, Gate Sales from 6PM on night of performance

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Great show!

John Maddock
08.10.12 7:30 am

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I don’t go out much at night now.  Partly because I’m running out of energy, (I’ve been known to fall asleep in Federation Hall concerts and at the cinema), partly because there’s not much on that stirs my interest and partly because between emails, British Farming Forum, Gumtree, Tasmanian Times, the free to air TV channels - not to mention iView, On Demand and radio, my entertainment is catered for.

But when a pair of complimentary tickets to the “Some Kind of Genius + RocKwiz” show at Wrest Point were offered by one of the principals (met a few months ago via a family connection) how could I say “not interested”?

For fear of falling a sleep - or indeed being hit in the ribs for fidgeting - I had a longer than usual snooze after lunch on Saturday - and it worked!  I felt not the slightest need for a snooze during the show, nor did I fidget (that I’m aware of) although I confess to some mind-drifting during some of the longer songs; in my view Joe Camilleri didn’t know when he had come to the end of the number. Also, curiously, to watching the screen projections of the stage, rather than the stage itself, quite often.  Maybe I’ve watched too much TV.

All that aside, it was a great show and probably worth the money we didn’t have to pay.

I was curious as to how the contestants would be chosen and was duly impressed - knocked out, even - when the randomness of it turned up some pretty good local talent.  Sure, there were a couple of people of the initial 24 selected by random placing of cards under chairs who didn’t continue to selection, but there were also a couple of people who were very impressive with their rock industry knowledge and participation.

I have no knowledge of Brian Nankervis’s past work (nor Julia’s for that matter) but clearly RocKwiz (is that Rock wiz or Roc Kwiz?) is more than just the current job for both of them.  Energy, sharpness of repost, humour, stage craft all were evident in Brian’s warm up and selection of the contestants and in Julia’s compering.  If anything, I think her performance was better than the norm seen on SBS TV: she was on show, engaged with the contestants, the guest stars and the audience.  On more than one occasion, she had to warn the audience to “back off” because they were so responsive to her that the contestants were swamped.

Even her “slip” of confusing Bob Brown’s name with the name of the Franklin River (understandably)  she handled with barely a pause; very professional indeed. Moreover, she looked the part in a tailored red fringed black pants suit topped by softly curled long blonde hair.  (I’ll refrain from following that line of thought further for fear of being called sexist, or something).

Never having been a rocker, the guest stars didn’t do a lot for me and I wonder yet again why extreme volume seems to be an essential part of a rock show.  Don’t these people understand that producing volume requires humungous amounts of electricity and there is no free photovoltaic-sourced electricity available at night when rock shows are held? Besides, the carbon content of last night’s show is more than I could imagine - even allowing for some hydro produced electricity (we still get charged the carbon tax on hydro).

All in all, a great show and a memorable night.  I predict that if and when Julia leaves RocKwiz, the show will be dead. Mort. Finito.

Instantly.

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Help Jed Appleton and the Quartet: Tasmanian Times foster band!

Editor
08.10.12 5:23 am

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Help Tassie Times get Jed Appleton and the Quartet to the Falls Festival - Vote for them HERE:

Falls Festival Foster Band Initiative - Power to the People

It’s no secret that Tasmania is a breeding ground for some of our country’s most exciting musical talent.</strong> No one is better positioned to comment on the who’s who of these shining stars than the people on the ground and around the towns themselves. So why not call on the people who know best to uncover some fresh local sounds to add to our festival line up?

The Falls Music & Arts Festival has banded together with a bunch of Tasmanian music’s most supportive media friends, to shine the light on local artists through the Falls Festival Foster Band Initiative. Its giving local Tasmanian acts a national platform to launch their music and their profile. Falls Festival Foster Band Initiative is a way to shine the spotlight on sizzling local artists that have been causing a stir in venues across the state over the past few years. By casting their vote, music fans will give these local bands the opportunity to score a slot on the Falls Festival line up.

“We are really excited about this year, with so many of Tasmania’s media actively getting behind acts and for the first time. The public are able to have a say in who makes it on this year’s Falls Music and Arts program.” Simon Daly, Festival Director. 

During the month of October, the Tasmanian press are generously opening their pages and fostering one local act, featuring them, their talents and their story and giving them a big fat dose of love and attention that they so deserve.

Readers will be given the chance to uncover their new favourite artist and help secure them a paid spot on the Falls Festival line up by casting their vote via the Falls Festival website: HERE:

There are three paid spots up for grabs. Voting opened October 1st and closes October 31st, with the winners being announced in November.

All about Jed Appleton and the Quartet:

Jed has been writing and playing music for about three years now. He is a former member of Red Sugar, Fox Hunt, and The Mail Men, and has now resorted to his own original music with his four piece band.

The young troubadour has also traveled performing solo shows Australia wide and will be venturing off on a national tour in December/January with the band to busk and play some shows and a couple of festivals.

At 16, Jed has already toured and released an EP “Beautiful One”, reaching no.19 on Singer/Songwriters charts on Itunes, and has estimated selling 1000 copies so far.

Impressing the likes of international bands such as Passenger, Stu Larsen, Set Sail, The Falls, and Shaun Kirk, Jed has managed to be able to support them on their tours.

Jed will be releasing his second EP “Comforts Flow” in November, with a different approach, firstly recording professionally in the studio with a full band now known as “Jed Appleton and the Quartet”, and also with more up tempo folk songs, with the likes of a banjo, double bass, keyboard, and acoustic.

“His Infectious melodic vocals alongside tasteful rhythmic guitar stylings is a must see.” The Waratah Hotel.

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Tasmania’s Kentish district will host the World’s ‘Biggest’ Arts Festival

Danielle Rodgers
05.10.12 10:58 am

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A Postcard From Tasmania: Winner Judges’ Award and Visitors’ Choice Award2012 International Mural Fest

International Mural Fest president Des Brown today announced the Kentish district in Tasmania’s picturesque north-west will host the world’s biggest arts festival commencing in 2013.

The new month-long Kentish Arts Festival will be held over March and April, culminating with Mural Fest in Sheffield, the Town of Murals.

And it’s staking its claim as the world’s ‘biggest’ arts festival.

This is what happens when a 1,187 square kilometre district becomes one bigpublic art canvas.

“With Mural Fest we have a unique, highly popular outdoor art event in a world-renowned public art town,” Mr Brown said.

“As we head into our eleventh year we want to expand on that andinvite the whole district.”

Now that’scapitalising on your assets; it’s already ‘big’, so why not super-size it?

The new and uber-enthusiastic Mural Fest committee might just be on to something.

Picture this.

The oversized artworks createdby the nine finalists in the public ‘paint-off’ atSheffield’s annual International Mural Fest measure an impressive 4.8m x 2.1 metres. When you times that by nine, the paint splashed around in this 7-day competitioncovers over 90 square metres.

That’s a lot of art for a voluntary gold coin donation.But in 2013 there’s going to be a whole lot more bang for your buck.

As part of the new Kentish Arts Festival, the nearby towns of Railton, the Town of Topiary, and Wilmot, Valley of Viewswith its noveltyLetterbox Trail,will host their own arts events – all in keeping with the public art theme the district is renowned for.

But perhaps the really big news is the inclusion of the public in the making of the art.

With the expansion to a district-wide arts festival, Kentish is taking public art to a whole new level. No longer contained to a group of elite artists interpreting the themed poem at Mural Fest, the new festival will be art ‘for the people by the people’.

During the festival the public will be invited to participate in events and create their own art. One activity is amobile phone photo competition, where visitors to Kentish can send in their photos capturing the 2013 theme, Wild and Free.

But wait, there’s more.

Thousands of metres in fact.

When you throw in the existing artwork adorning Sheffield’s quaint, historic buildings, along withthe many murals scattered across the scenicKentish district, you’re looking at around100 murals painted over the last25 years.

Big? Yes. But all of them painted with humble house paint. So how elite can this art thing be?

In the wind-up of the town’s silver jubilee, the game has changed.

In the words of Thomas Edison, “There ain’tno rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish somep’n!”

Could it be time torelease your Wild and Free instinct and join the Kentish crusade at the world’s biggest arts festival?

For details of specific activities and competitions join Mural Fest on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/InternationalMuralFestor check the website atwww.muralfest.com.au

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