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Civil Engineering of a very literal question

Paula Xiberras
04.10.12 8:01 am

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Meredith McQueen is on her directorial debut with the production of David Williamson’s ‘Soul Mates’.


Meredith feels a certain affinity with David Wiliamson as both she and Mr Williamson are engineers, she civil, such as road design and sub divisions and he mechanical. she formed a connection to this play over ten years ago when she saw it performed in Melbourne. Its seems a natural conclusion that this civil woman has engineered a production David Williamson would be proud of.


Meredith, who had previously played in ‘A woman of no importance’ and ‘The Browning Version’, something of a family affair with her husband, a teacher, playing a teacher and her son also taking part. Meredith also cut her teeth and possibly planted the seed of direction when she would take part in The Playhouse Sunday readings of plays.  There are a lot of reasons why Meredith selected this play when invites for submissions were sent out.


Meredith loves the play because it encompasses strong roles for mature women, it is pacey with over 31 scenes, so it is very difficult to be bored and the female character is based on the sometime outrageous Ms Kathy Lette, she of the witty, and sometimes snappy lines.


The play poses the questions why should that which is popular be dismissed as having no literary value?  Williamson is giving a jibe at his detractors in this play and the comments they made to him about his being successful not translating to the worthiness of his work


Before the play starts its run, and in conjunction with the State Library of Tasmania,  you can get a tantalising taste of the play when some acts from the play are performed at Hobart, Rosny and Kingston Linc on October 5 and 6.


The play will be performed at The Playhouse Theatre on 26 October to 10 November.


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Ally’s sweet tale of spirit!


03.10.12 7:27 am

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I phone Ally Fowler as she is shopping in an organic food store in Launceston. Located on Federal street, the ‘Good Food Organic ’ appeals to Ally. Her hands are full at the checkout so I phone her back as she leaves the store. The delightful actor is in Tassie for a few days to perform in David Williamson’s ‘Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica’. She describes the play as ‘simple and sweet’ and with ‘no political undertones’ as we witness these two very opposites coming together. Glenn Hazeldine plays Rex, who is a country pop singer more in the mould of Kasey Chambers or Sara Storer than traditional country. He sets about wooing Miss Monica the classical lady.


This tale is one of an unlikely romance between a former country music star turned handy man and a classical pianist played by Ally. No stranger to music, of the pop kind, Ally still performs with her band the Chantoozies (who at one time were visiting Tassie once a year) for corporate hire, and also sings Chantoozies’s hits in an 80’s music celebration with the likes of Brian Mannix.


However ,nowadays you are likely to see Ally on the the gruelling but satisfying theatre travelling circuit soaking up both the city and the country areas. Ally talks about the amazing theatres she has performed in, some heritage buildings, others state of the art modern and some just ‘kooky’, A stint at The Palladium got Ally’s imagination working as she said it would be a great venue for a mystery play with its rickety staircase! Ally also tells me about the theatre in Ballarat’s ghost of a little girl, said to be the daughter of a former owner who has been seen drifting around the theatre, . Ally is eager to know the age of the Princess Theatre where the troupe will be performing on Tuesday and is excited when I tell her about the famous ghost at the Theatre Royal. Ally is thrilled to hear this and jokes she might change her accommodation and camp out at the theatre to spy the spirit!


Ally is also excited about being back in Tassie after a lapse of some years and is looking forward to the coastal drive,  although in the intervening period she did have a short visit earlier in the year to perform another Williamson play ‘Let the Sunshine’ for Hit Productions and some years ago for 3 days she was invited down for the casting of a beer commercial in which she assisted a friend. Talking of beverages Ally is also looking forward to visiting the Tamar Valley on this visit and purchasing some fine wines to take home with her. After the tour Ally will be content to settle back home for a while, do some gardening, visit cafes with friends and hopefully, as well as more theatre we will see her back on our TV screens next year.


‘Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica’ will be performed at the Princess Theatre Launceston on 3 October and the Theatre Royal Hobart on Friday 5 October at 8pm and Saturday 6 October at 8pm.

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BOFA FILM FESTIVAL SECURES TASMANIAN PREMIERE OF THE FIRST FAGIN


03.10.12 7:10 am

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The First Fagin film still (actors Ryk Goddard and Carrie McLean as Ikey and Ann)

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA) has announced that the docu-drama The First Fagin, shot entirely in Tasmania, will have its first Tasmanian screening at the Festival in November.


Produced by Hobart based Roar Film in partnership with Queensland production company Wild Fury Productions, and supported by Screen Tasmania, the film is based on the book “The First Fagin- the Story of Ikey Solomon” by Judith Sackville-O’Donnell, and was filmed in Tasmania with an all Tasmanian cast and a largely Tasmanian crew.


Narrated by British actor Miriam Margolyes, best known for the Harry Potter movies, it tells the extraordinary colonial story of Jewish convict and career criminal Ikey Solomon, said to have been the inspiration for Charles Dickens’ immortal character of Fagin in Oliver Twist.


Graduating from pickpocket to London’s most successful receiver of stolen goods, Solomon, played by Tasmanian actor Ryk Goddard, spends six years on a convict hulk on the Thames, and acquires folk-hero status through his spectacular escape from Newgate Prison, and flight to New York in 1827.


When his wife Ann (Carrie McLean) is transported to Van Diemen’s Land, Ikey follows, to be mercilessly pursued by disciplinarian Governor Arthur.


Reconstructed dramatic sequences are seamlessly blended with narration and historical analysis, with Tasmanian historical locations a feature of the production, including Dysart House, until recently the home of Leo Schofield.


Truth is indeed stranger than fiction in this sweeping and romantic tale set around the transportation system and early Van Diemen’s Land.


Directed by Alan Rosenthal and Helen Gaynor, The First Fagin had its World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August.


Released to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, The First Fagin will have its Tasmanian premiere at the BOFA Film Festival on Friday, November 9 at the Tramsheds Theatre at Inveresk. The film will be released nationally in cinemas by Ronin Films on November 15.


Early Bird Festival passes are now available through the Festival web site at 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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MOFO 2013


01.10.12 7:47 am

DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT + MORE

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Glenorchy’s Biennial Festival of Art and Community Launches


30.09.12 9:35 am

The 2012 Works Festival, Glenorchy’s award winning biennial festival of arts and community has released details of its upcoming November Festival with a relaunched website. In launching the new site , Glenorchy Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee member and Festival spokesperson Alderman Chris Lucas spoke about a number of highlights from across the four day program.

Read the rest of the Media Release here

All about the festival here

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Moonah Arts Centre’s Friday Night Concert Series

Michael McLaughlin Community Cultural Development Officer Glenorchy City Council
27.09.12 7:58 am

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The recently formed Hobart Jazz Octet, will premiere their Ebony and Ivory tribute to big band leader, Duke Ellington as part of the Centre’s popular Friday Night Concert series.

A genius for instrumental combinations, improvisation, and jazz arranging which brought the world the unique “Ellington” sound, The Duke, is considered by many to be America’s greatest composer, bandleader, and recording artist

Recently formed by Aly Patmore the Hobart Jazz Octet is a collective of professional musicians interested in taking the small ensemble form to a new level, spirit and energy. The Duke Ellington ‘Ebony and Ivory’ project is the catalyst on a rolling sea of opportunity, creativity and expands on ideas of original compositional works and arrangements in styles previously perfected by world class musicians.

The Hobart Jazz Octet will play songs and arrangements by the great man himself and his loyal instrumentalists and co-writers ie Billy Strayhorn, Juan Tizol, Cootie Williams and Johnny Hodges. These blues-based melodies, are some of the finest creations in big band and vocal jazz.

The Hobart Jazz Octet is
Alyson Patmore - Vocals/Arrangements
Paul Smith - Trumpet
Danny Healy - Saxophones
Alistar Dobson- Saxophones
Donald Bate - Trombone
Kelly Ottaway - Piano
Oscar Neyland - Bass
Matthew Ives - Drums

Hobart Jazz Octet
Where: Moonah Arts Centre, 65 Hopkins St.  Moonah
When: Friday 28th September  
Times: Doors open from 7pm for a 7:30pm start
Entry by Gold Coin Donation
For media inquiries: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Michael McLaughlin
Community Cultural Development Officer
Glenorchy City Council

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Despard:  ‘Synchronicity, Matthew Harding sculpture, Meg Jenkins paintings

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
26.09.12 8:30 pm

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‘Synchronicity’
  Matthew Harding sculpture  
        Meg Jenkins paintings

  Opens this Thursday the 27th September from 6 pm

Matthew Harding is a significant sculptural artist whose work is held in major collections nationally and internationally – in Tasmania most people are familiar with his work without knowing it, thousands have walked through it… the mirrored polished stainless steel entry for MONA - commissioned from Matthew for MONA, through Melbourne based architects Fender Katsalidas.

Matthew’s art has been exhibited widely in exhibitions in Australia, London, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United States. He has received numerous grants, fellowships and awards including ‘People Choice Award’ McClelland National Sculpture Survey, 2010; the ‘Helen Lempriere Scholarship’, Sculpture by the Sea, 2010; Rosalie Gascoigne Award, 2005; ‘Popular Choice Award’ for the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, ‘First Prize’ in the Inaugural ‘Outside’ site-specific Sculpture Symposium, Alice Springs, NT, 2001 and, in 1998, Matthew was a recipient of the Churchill Fellowship.

This will be Matthew’s first show in Tasmania- he has titled the new sculptures. ’ Intersection ‘

Meg Jenkins is a Hobart based artist whose paintings have morphed from flesh toned figurative imagery in the late 90’s - to the present work with hard edged abstracted forms. Vibrant fluro orange, yellow and white float over matt black grounds on canvas, her work is in numerous private and corporate collections including Art Bank (8) with numerous architects and designers among her followers.

The title for her new body of work is ‘Tyburn Gallows’, many of us are familiar with the childhood nursery rhyme Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clement’s…The wallpaper in Meg’s bedroom as a child, was illustrated with images of 18Th c English scenes of the Tyburn Gallows, this centre for public execution was viewed as family entertainment of the day, subliminal influences of this dark nursery rhyme have permiated through Jenkins ouvre, her leaning toward ‘The Dark side’ is illustrated in a world of shadows and architectural forms that are compelling beyond their initial viewing- the collection being exhibited is titled appropriately;

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                ‘Tyburn Gallows’

      http://www.despard-gallery.com.au/sync.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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The Man Across The Street

Paula Xiberras
25.09.12 7:53 am

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We know amber as a mineral that was used as a healing agent in folk medicine, and in a way that attribute of healing agent can be observed in country music singer Amber Lawrence who I had the privilege of speaking to recently. Amber is hoping to visit Tasmania next year in her role as entertainer but she remembers visiting 10 years ago and the beautiful scenery of the triumphant boats on the waterfront from the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. It seems fitting as Amber’s own life has had its triumphs and trials and she has had the ability to get up and try again when necessary. Perhaps that is why she naturally felt closeness to those with a competitive spirit such as the children of the Special Olympics for whom she is a special ambassador and has written and performed the theme song for the games later this year. Her song is called ‘Try’ and was co-written with Drew McAlister and Tamara Stewart.


Amber calls the young special Olympians ‘awesome kids’ and ‘amazing’. Naturally,the song is naturally positive and Amber hopes it will connect with the wider population.


Amber isn’t your natural country singer, for one thing she is a city girl from inner city Sydney and often hears the planes flying over her house, fitting in a way, as this young lady was once a high flying chartered accountant for Qantas!

Amber walked down the country path when her singing teacher encouraged her to try something different, a genre that she previously had not explored and so it came to be that Amber became one of Australia’s next biggest country success stories.


In fact Amber wasn’t even musically inclined until she was presented with a guitar at 22 by her then boyfriend,  with whom she later parted company, but he left her with this wonderful musical gift.


Amber was on the receiving line of perhaps the greatest gift very early on in life, in fact when she was a baby. Amber had somehow stumbled through an opening in her house gate and on to the road. It was the quick action of the man sitting on his porch across the street running across to rescue her. This event is now immortalised in her song co-written with Colin Buchanan and titled ‘The Man Across the Street’.


Amber would later learn this man was a Vietnam veteran and the song is in part a tribute to him and his colleagues in all conflicts that risk their lives to protect us on a macro level as well as the sacrifice demonstrated by this particular individual man on the micro level who saved Amber’s life.

 
Amber’s album her third, is suitably called ‘3’  and is out now.

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MONA: Yannick Demmerle

Delia Nichols, Research Curator, MONA
25.09.12 7:37 am

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Yannick Demmerle has been our resident artist for the past eight months and has produced 10 large-scale drawings in pencil.

They are intense, powerful and beautiful. He used to photograph the Tasmanian wilderness but found his images did not express the mysteries he found. The drawings reveal his mysteries.

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Ten Days on the Island: Hobart


25.09.12 7:30 am

FABULOUS FESTIVAL FUN FOR FAMILIES INCLUDES TWO WORLD PREMIERES

Two world premiere events will lead the family-friendly component of Ten Days on the Island in 2013, with
a ground-breaking collaboration between Terrapin Puppet Theatre and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
(TSO) to create Shadow Dreams, together with the return of the company that last year brought us the
hugely-popular Dinosaur Petting Zoo, with more life-sized puppets in The Dream of the Thylacine.

Artistic Director Jo Duffy said Ten Days on the Island would include plenty of events for families in 2013,
with a mixture of free and ticketed events, and that both Shadow Dreams and The Dream of the Thylacine
had distinctly Tasmanian themes.

“Not only is Shadow Dreams a world premiere event, it also utilises the NBN, so that it will be presented
simultaneously in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie,” Ms Duffy said.

“It is a story of two boys experiencing each other’s dreams, even though one lives in the city and the other
in the bush, and it is unlike anything ever undertaken in Tasmania, or even nationally, as it requires the NBN
technology that is only available in Tasmania.

“As a statewide festival, we are uniquely placed to deliver Shadow Dreams as a statewide event.

“We are confident it will be both entertaining as a piece of theatre and impressive as a showcase of
communications technology.”

The Dream of the Thylacine from Erth Visual and Physical will bring the tale of the last known Tasmanian
Tiger to life in a 30-minute show that incorporates TMAG’s Tasmanian Tiger exhibits and invites audiences
to investigate the species’ disappearance.

Free events for families will include a sculpture project sited at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
“This event, Tatton@RTBG, will develop gradually over 90 days, as sculptor Marcus Tatton works
to complete a series of sculptures on site at the Botanical Gardens by the last day of the festival,” Ms Duffy
said.

Hobart dance lovers have not been overlooked for the 2013 festival, with Tasmania’s leading dance
company Tasdance bringing Luminous Flux, an electrifying double bill that explores light.

“Ten Days on the Island has always sought to celebrate Tasmanian artists within the festival, while also
ensuring our youngest audience members can join in the fun, and 2013 will be no exception,” Ms Duffy said.

“We are looking forward to announcing details on more festival events in coming months.”

Tickets and more information about these events will be available from
Thursday 27 September online at tendaysontheisland.com.

Terrapin Puppet Theatre was awarded an Australia Council Broadband Arts Initiative grant to support the
development and delivery of Shadow Dreams.

VENUE INFORMATION
Shadow Dreams
Hobart Recital Hall, Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music
5 Sandy Bay Road, Hobart
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 March
The Dream of the Thylacine
Hobart Bond Store, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Saturday 16 – Monday 18 March
Tatton@RTBG – FREE EVENT
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Luminous Flux
Theatre Royal, 29 Campbell Street, Hobart
Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 March
Tickets and more information about these events will be available from
Thursday 27 September online at tendaysontheisland.com.

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Ten Days on the Island: Launceston


25.09.12 7:26 am

FABULOUS FESTIVAL FUN FOR FAMILIES INCLUDES TWO WORLD PREMIERES

Two world premiere events will lead the family-friendly component of Ten Days on the Island in 2013, with
a ground-breaking collaboration between Terrapin Puppet Theatre and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
(TSO) to create Shadow Dreams, together with the return of the company that last year brought us the
hugely-popular Dinosaur Petting Zoo, with more life-sized puppets in The Dream of the Thylacine.

Artistic Director Jo Duffy said Ten Days on the Island would include plenty of events for families in 2013,
many of which would be free, and that both Shadow Dreams and The Dream of the Thylacine had distinctly
Tasmanian themes.

“Not only is Shadow Dreams a world premiere event, it also utilises the NBN, so that it is presented
simultaneously in Launceston, Hobart and Burnie,” Ms Duffy said.

“It is a story of two boys experiencing each other’s dreams, even though one lives in the city and the other
in the bush, and it is unlike anything ever undertaken in Tasmania, or even nationally, as it requires the NBN
technology that is only available in Tasmania.

“As a statewide festival, we are uniquely placed to deliver Shadow Dreams as a statewide event.
“We are confident it will be both entertaining as a piece of theatre and impressive as a showcase of
communications technology.”

The Dream of the Thylacine from Erth Visual and Physical will bring the tale of the last known Tasmanian
Tiger to life in a 30-minute show that incorporates TMAG’s thylacine exhibits and invites audiences to
investigate the species’ disappearance.

It will present the community with an emotional connection to the Tasmanian Tiger, and will feature
animated custom-made puppets, which will be accurate, life-size reproductions.

Launceston dance lovers have not been overlooked for the 2013 festival, with Tasmania’s leading dance
company Tasdance presenting Luminous Flux, an electrifying double bill that explores light.

In addition, Launceston’s Stompin will present On Your Marks – a vibrant and cheeky blend of dance and
physical theatre based on the kitsch 1980s television show, It’s a Knockout.

“Ten Days on the Island has always sought to celebrate Tasmanian artists within the festival, while also
ensuring our youngest audience members can join in the fun, and 2013 will be no exception,” Ms Duffy said.
“We are looking forward to announcing details on more festival events in coming months.”

Tickets and more information about these events will be available from
Thursday 27 September online at tendaysontheisland.com.

Terrapin Puppet Theatre was awarded an Australia Council Broadband Arts Initiative grant to support the
development and delivery of Shadow Dreams.

VENUE INFORMATION
Shadow Dreams
Annexe Theatre, UTAS School of Visual and Performing Arts at Inveresk
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 March
The Dream of the Thylacine
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery at Inveresk
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March
Luminous Flux
Earl Arts Centre
57 Brisbane Street, Launceston
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 March
On Your Marks
Aurora Stadium
Saturday 16 – Monday 18 March
Tickets and more information about these events will be available from
Thursday 27 September online at tendaysontheisland.com.

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Ten Days on the Island: Burnie


25.09.12 7:23 am

FABULOUS FESTIVAL FUN FOR FAMILIES INCLUDES WORLD PREMIERE
A world premiere collaboration between Terrapin Puppet Theatre and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
(TSO) heads the family-friendly component of Ten Days on the Island in 2013, with ground-breaking use of
the NBN to create a new work, Shadow Dreams.

Artistic Director Jo Duffy said that Shadow Dreams is distinctly Tasmanian, but also nation-leading.
“Not only is Shadow Dreams a world premiere event, it also utilises the NBN, so that it is presented
simultaneously in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart,” Ms Duffy said.

“It is a story of two boys experiencing each other’s dreams, even though one lives in the city and the other
in the bush, and it is unlike anything ever undertaken in Tasmania, or even nationally, as it requires the NBN
technology that is only available in Tasmania.

“As a statewide festival, we are uniquely placed to deliver Shadow Dreams as a statewide event.
“We are confident it will be both entertaining as a piece of theatre and impressive as a showcase of
communications technology.”

Dance lovers have not been overlooked for the 2013 festival, with Tasmania’s leading dance company
Tasdance presenting Luminous Flux, an electrifying double bill that explores light.

For theatre lovers, I Heart Alice Heart I from Ireland is a joyous piece of theatre about two women who defy
stereotypes to share something they’ve never shared before. A fresh, human and hilarious piece, I Heart
Alice Heart I will be performed in both Burnie and Deloraine.

“Ten Days on the Island has always sought to celebrate Tasmanian artists within the festival, while also
ensuring our youngest audience members can join in the fun, and 2013 will be no exception,” Ms Duffy said.

“We are looking forward to announcing details on more festival events in coming months.”

Tickets and more information about these events will be available from

Thursday 27 September online at tendaysontheisland.com.
Terrapin Puppet Theatre was awarded an Australia Council Broadband Arts Initiative grant to support the
development and delivery of Shadow Dreams.

VENUE INFORMATION
Shadow Dreams: Burnie Arts & Function Centre, 77 Wilmot Street, Burnie, Sunday 17 March
Luminous Flux: Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre, Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 March
I Heart Alice Heart I: Deloraine Little Theatre, 18 March
Burnie High School Performing Arts Centre, 21 March

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Caravan Kaleidoscope

Paula Xiberras
21.09.12 11:08 am

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Talking to Moira Finucane is the literal equivalent of looking at a kaleidoscope. She is bejewelled, made up of many sparkling fragments that expand and contract on one another to create a dazzling spectacle.


I spoke to Moira recently about bringing her carnival burlesque to Tasmania, something she and her writing partner Jackie have pondered on for some time. Moira said if they could take the caravan to Hungary why not Hobart? and the pop up set has made that a reality.


Moira sees Tasmania as a unique place and speaks highly of the clean air wafting in from Antarctica; as we know Tassie has the cleanest and purist air in the world.


It may be that Moira’s background as an environmental scientist gives her a greater appreciation of Tassie’s wild beauty. Moira was in Tassie recently to talk to other artists about their work and at the same time made sure she was able to make a trip to that destination of all artistic inclined visitors, Mona.


‘Caravan Burlesque’ was dreamed up in 2004 over a cold winter in Melbourne and it has been strutting it’s stuff, (which doesn’t reflect it’s cool beginnings, in fact it’s content is decidedly hot stuff) for eight years.


Moira is reinterpreting burlesque for modern times. No longer is it just the reserve of late night cabaret but it now gets to a wider audience, while still including elements of the macabre, mockery, the grotesque, parody, exaggeration. Circus themes in it’s eclectic mix.


Moira’s caravan is all these things and more and she uses it all to explore the path to humanity and what it means to be human in all its dazzlingly different conceptions.


There is a juxtaposition of images and words in the production where we will see visual representations inspired by fairy tales and the Gothic moving to the music of ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’ as well as Bollywood and Mexican dance and music. There are stark contrasts like wearing a brilliant white dress while balancing a bowl of rich, red tomato soup.


The production is provocative and aims to invite and stimulate, and it seems to be working and instead of standing ovations, we have dancing ovations with the audience continuing the ABBA connection and singing ‘Dancing Queen’


Moira attributes her interest in the Burlesque to a Irish catholic childhood filled with contrasting images from fairy tales and the lives of saints, both the gory and the redemptive quality and both of these hold forth in her burlesque show where dreamscapes and German expressionism take flight.


It may all seem that you need to be very worldly to appreciate this show but Moira believes everyone will get something out of this wild exploration which has and continues to evolve over the eight years it has been in production.  Moira is always adamant of taking care of her audience on this adventure and rewarding their intellectual curiosity. Moira and her cast have been met with care too. at many of the regional towns they visit, including vanilla slices and scones being served up and honoury memberships bestowed.


Moira calls her show ‘charming and alarming’ and that’s probably the perfect description.

 
An indication of the high esteem in which this production is held is the fact that many artists from all over the world have foregone performing as far afield as New York, to instead join the caravan. Indeed the production has impressed audiences from London, Tokyo and Hungary to name a few. This heady cocktail will also have a ‘wolf woman’ in attendance as well as the skills of Paul Cordeiro the choreographer of the lion king and the associate choreographer of the Sydney Olympics.


You can join Moira and the caravan at the Theatre Royal on 26th and 27th September.

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Tasmanians encouraged to feature in Canberra Centenary

Robyn Archer
20.09.12 3:02 pm

Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra Robyn Archer AO has encouraged members of the Tasmanian community who have visited, lived, worked or studied in Canberra to feature as part of the national capital’s 100th Birthday.

Current Hobart residents are encouraged to gather at the State Library of Tasmania tomorrow (September 21) where they can record short (5 min) films sharing their stories, memories and experiences of Canberra.

The films will then be uploaded to http://www.canberradiaspora.com.au.

Students, politicians, public servants, doctors, musicians and other professionals who have had contact with the national capital are encouraged to make a short visit to the State Library.

The State Library of Tasmania is located on Murray Street in Hobart.

The site and its unique catalogue of stories will become part of the National Library of Australia’s collection for permanent storage at the end of 2013 and will create a piece of history that can be enjoyed in years to come.

A professional film crew will be located at the State Library of Tasmania between 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

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Crusade For A Cure

Paula Xiberras
18.09.12 7:55 am

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Most people have heard of the great siege of Malta and the knights of St John and their crusades. You may also recall that the knights are the forerunners of what we know today as St John’s ambulance, an organisation which proudly displays the Maltese cross. The knights were men of medicine so it seems fitting that Maltese born, Australian singer song-writer Joseph Portelli’s crusade is a medical one. Joseph Portelli likens a cause close to his heart, the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, as something akin to a battle and a fight just as the knights of St John dually practiced medicine and the life of soldiers.


Joseph’s dad has been assaulted by Alzheimer’s disease for many years and watching his dad’s deteriorating health has prompted Joseph to use his skills as a singer songwriter to take up arms against this insidious disease.


As we speak Joseph’s conversation is littered with analogies to a fight and battle, and of the learning to live with the enemy and respect it. He sees Alzheimer’s disease as a foreign body that lays siege to the host, the one with the illness.


Joseph has been a musician from his childhood and although it consumes him he sometimes wishes it didn’t and he didn’t have this talent. Especially at the time of writing his deeply personal reflection on the ravages of Alzheimer’s, he felt it was for himself and didn’t feel like commercialising the song and sharing these deeply personal feelings, yet as the same time he realises by sharing this song of reflections he is helping those going through the same situation and also bring awareness to this condition. With the possibility that cases of dementia are set to escalate in the future more awareness of the condition and funding for research is imperative.


Music is part of the genetic make-up of Joseph’s family, his dad played the guitar and his mother has an uncle who was a symphony conductor. Cousins play pianos and saxophones and orchestral experience runs though the family.


His mum, as well as being musically inclined is also a nurse and it was she that first recognised the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s in her husband. Joseph remembers his mum sitting he and his siblings down to a talk where she explained what their dad was going through. Joseph’s mum and other family members are now carers of his dad. Joseph also wants to highlight the work of carers and the support they need in their important role that is not dissimilar to that of an explorer discovering an uncharted territory.


Joseph’s catch phrase is’ think ahead, to go ahead’ and that is what the governments and medical researchers of the world need to do to combat and conquer like the knights of St John, in this case this mysterious and invasive enemy known as Alzheimer’s disease.


Joseph splits its time between Melbourne, Australia and his homeland of Malta.


He will be in the UK presently for press conferences with the International Alzheimer’s Association.


Joseph’s song ‘How the Times Have Changed’ will be launched 17th September.


Please download the song on iTunes and help awareness of Alzheimer’s and the crusade for a cure.

You can watch a video of the song here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv3MCTS-NCE&feature=youtu.be

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Canberra’s turning 100 – but why should Tasmania care?


17.09.12 3:18 pm

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Since it was founded, Canberra has been the subject of discussion and debate, and to this day, no other Australian city prompts such strong opinions.

Acclaimed performer and festival director Robyn Archer AO is in Hobart tomorrow, on a mission to shift perceptions about Canberra and use the program she’s developed for next year’s centenary to increase understanding, appreciation and respect for the national capital.

Archer rose to prominence in Hobart with her work as the inaugural artistic director of Ten Days on the Island, playing a prominent role to developing the event into Tasmania’s premier cultural festival.

‘Tasmania Performs’ will contribute significantly towards the Centenary of Canberra program with their performance of As We Forgive, starring the celebrated actor Robert Jarman, who has featured in every edition of Ten Days on the Island since it commenced in 2001.

As We Forgive will form part of Collected Works: Australia 2013, an extensive program that will bring diverse and high quality cultural performances from every state and territory of Australia to the nation’s capital.

Vintage Caravans from Tasmania will also be part of the Museum of the Long Weekend project by Devonport based Big hART.

In Museum of the Long Weekend, vintage caravans from around Australia will be converted into mobile art installations celebrating leisure-time in Australia and travel in convoys to Canberra.

As Canberra approaches its 100th year, Archer will describe the main attractions of the 2013 Centenary of Canberra program to Hobart media, to prove Canberra has more to offer than politicians and roundabouts.

The year-long program aims to re-connect all Australians with their national capital and provides many reasons to visit and experience the real Canberra in 2013 and beyond.

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All Saints Daffodil, Art and Photography Show 2012


13.09.12 1:51 pm

It’s daffodil season! This weekend will see All Saints Church and Hall bedecked in the glorious colours of daffodils and a range of Spring flowers. Come and learn about growing, breeding and showing daffodils with local breeder Owen Davies or enter one of the many community classes in the show. All are welcome and entry is free.

You can also book a tour of the church with Duncan Foster (Stonemason) or Gavin Merrington (Stained Glass restorer) and view a display of stained glass, as we begin the painstaking task of repairing the heritage windows in the church.

Friends and visitors, young and old, are encouraged to enter Community Classes which range from a simple arrangement of garden flowers in a vase to photography, original artwork and colouring in for all ages. Budding artists are encouraged to either colour in an original a line drawing by Rod Barwick or create their own original work. Prizes will be awarded for winning entries in all Community and Standard classes.

The vase theme for this year’s show is ‘retro-glassware and early bakelite/plastic’. The distinctive orange, mustard and cream colour scheme of the 60’s forms a stunning counterpoint to the yellow array of daffodils.

So dust off your old vases, pick some flowers from your garden and arrange them at the show. All Community Classes will be judged at 3pm on Sunday 16 September, enabling potential exhibitors to lodge their entries over the entire weekend.

Entertainment includes Ethereal Celtic Harps, playing from 10am in the garden on Saturday. From 12.30pm The Old Time String Band will perform. On Sunday a string quartet will give a recital at 3pm in the church. All Saints organists will play the church organ at regular intervals over the weekend.

Kids will enjoy the face painter and refreshments will be available in the gardens on both days. The Jesse Tree (All Saints Op Shop) will also be open during the show along with a Garden Market on both Saturday and Sunday.

The show will be open to the public on Saturday 15 from 10- 4 and Sunday 16 from midday to 4pm.

Download:
Whats_Happening_Leaflet_2012.pdf
Daffodil_schedule_2012.pdf

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Come and join IHOS in Queenstown Tasmania

IHOS
13.09.12 9:11 am

KIMISIS: FALLING ASLEEP BY IHOS OPERA
IHOS Opera’s Kimisis: Falling Asleep is a sophisticated and contemporary opera installation that thematically ties with the underlying concern of the festival – loss of life – exploring religion and notions of passage into heaven.
KIMISIS: FALLING ASLEEP BY IHOS OPERA
Venue: Old Honan’s Transport Warehouse
Address: 24 Hunter St
Time: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm Saturday, Oct 13
Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: $10 per person
RSVP: Bookings essential on 0364 710 100
Tickets need to be picked up from= Queenstown Train Station and shown on entry
http://www.queenstownheritageartsfestival.org/qhaf/

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Junction Arts Festival awards

Junction Arts Festival
12.09.12 11:23 am

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Junction Arts Festival wins two AbaF awards and represents Tasmania at the prestigious 2012 National AbaF Awards

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Back from further studies in typography

Nadine Kessler
12.09.12 7:13 am

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Arts Tasmania / Vitra Design Museum Fellowship Winner 2012 - Nadine
Kessler has just come back to Tasmania after spending four weeks in
Europe to further her studies in typography.

Nadine Kessler was awarded the Arts Tasmania / Vitra Design Museum
Fellowship 2012. She attended a week-long design workshop held by
internationally renowned designer duo Mischer’Traxler at the Domaine de
Boisbuchet in France. This was part of the annual international summer
seminar program by CIRECA in co-operation with Vitra Design Museum and the
Centre Georges Pompidou. The workshop was a great opportunity to focus on
design process to further Nadine’s typography expertise, build international
networks and take valuable experience back to Tasmania.

In the design workshop ‘(trans)formed nature’ Nadine investigated the
possibilities of how nature can be used as a co-designer. Her experimentations
included using horse manure. Through language and words she created a
series of artworks which questions our values in the twenty first century.
She was also given an exclusive tour of the Vitra Design Museum collection
in Weil am Rhein, Germany by curator Mathias Schwartz-Clauss.

“The visit felt like entering a history book of design. Beginning with ‘Thonet’
chairs from the late nineteen hundreds through to contemporary furniture
designs by Hella Jongerius. Even Australian designer Marc Newson was
represented” - Nadine Kessler

Now back in Tasmania and inspired by this once-in-a-lifetime experience,
Nadine is bursting to bring her expertise to projects in Tasmania and
interstate.

Nadine Kessler is a swiss trained typographer, artist and graphic designer who
works as a freelancer at award-winning Nadine Kessler Design. She has also
been teaching Advanced Typography at UTAS School of Art since 2009. Her
studio is based at Negara 42, a space shared with other leading designers and
artists.

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Curtains down and heart wide open

Paula Xiberras
11.09.12 6:47 am

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Tamara has a couple of meanings in Hebrew, one is palm tree and another is perfection and Tamara Stewart is about as close to perfection as you can get. Tamara is an Aussie country music performer in her own right as well as a talented songwriter who has written hit songs for others but still thinks it’s ’kind a’ cool to hear your songs sung by other artists and is not at all jealous of others finding fame with her words, in fact she thinks its quite’ quirky’ when she has her own song in the chart competing with songs written by her but performed by others!


Tamara would love to do more co-writing, with Paul Coster and Amber Lawrence amongst other country artists.


From a business perspective it’s good but always surprising! At present on tour in Victoria doing 18 shows in 4 weeks and with the prospect of a bigger tour next year including dates in Tasmanian I spoke to Tamara one morning recently after one of her gigs.


We talk about her latest album’ Apple Seed’ the most personal of her albums to date.  The album she says is very much ‘curtains down and heart wide open’ in its openness and lack of holding back. With songs like ‘Women in Song’ where she is joined by good friends Sara Storer and Felicity Urquhart to sing a tribute to Joy McKean, Slim Dusty’s wife and other notable female country singers that have inspired Tamara and the current crop of ladies of country.  Tamara is looking forward to making a video for her ‘Sisterhood’ song with good friends Sara storer and Felicity Urquhart.


The album also features a tribute to her uncle a war hero and a duet with Rick Price called ‘Lion Heart’ that honours the strength of those who have been touched by cancer, particularly breast cancer and the song raises funds for The National Breast Cancer Foundation.


Tamara seemed destined to be a writer as she grew up with a love of words. Early on Tamara was a fan of Pam Ayres poetry and when Tamara was given a guitar at 10 years of age, writing and music combined in the young country star in the making!


Tamara worked in pub gigs, spent time travelling with her music to indigenous communities and continued to develop as a songwriter and later more mainstream exposure by writing a song called ‘Miracles’  which was used in successful TV series ‘Packed to the Rafters’.


Tamara’s writing has developed to the extent that she now teaches song writing at The Academy of Country Music and she has had stints as a staff writer at Nashville.


Nashville is the place to be for serious songwriters, especially country ones. It inspires because of its history and the fact song writing is treated like the business it is.  Music Row is a suburb removed and renowned for its plethora of publishing and recording offices and the place where the great songs writers gravitate. Writing rooms are open for business from 9 to 1 and from 1 to 5, you may sit in a room with a piano with a tea and coffee room at your convenience and you get to brainstorm with great writers drawing on their knowledge. You may even chat over the water cooler with someone who has just written ‘Reba McEntire’s latest hit’ says Tamara.

Luckily Tamara is the kind of person who can write both to a regimented schedule and deadline like that in Nashville and can also write to inspiration.

A little while ago however, Tamara went through one of those bleak periods that many writers do, she had a pretty scary case of writers block that latest for 18 months and after one day sitting down and unintentionally writing she overcame the writer’s block and now is stronger and more confident.


Looking towards visiting Tasmania next year Tamara says she remembers performing here with Adam Brand how passionate Tassie audiences are about their country music.


For all her appreciation of Nashville and it’s people who are so supportive, accommodating and generous hard working artists, Tamara still encourages Aussie writers to find an Australian voice in their songs and it need not necessarily be about ‘the bush’ and ‘utes’ but that these songs have an aussie feel to them is her particular soapbox.


Tamara also is a great organiser and this was evidenced when she created a song; ‘Tangerine Sky’ which brought together the cream of country friends and acquaintances to raise money for the Salvation Army appeal to aid those affected by the Victorian bushfires.


You can visit Tamara at her website
http://www.tamarastewart.com.au

Tamara’s album ‘Apple Seed’ is out now.

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Imperial Island Return of Russians

Paula Xiberras
10.09.12 7:41 am

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The cheery voice of Gediminas Taranda, the artistic director of The Imperial Russian Ballet, greets me over the telephone. The Russian accent is a warming one and reminds me of the Russian students I taught in the past.


He is ecstatic about returning to Tassie after sell out performances in 2009, 2010 and 2011.


He wants to know about how the weather is in Tassie and I tell him as we move out of winter things are improving. ‘Please’ he says ‘let it be warm’.


I encourage him it will, or should be a couple of weeks from now when the Imperial Russian Ballet will bring their version of ‘Swan Lake’ to Tasmania.


‘Swan Lake’ is very Russian in that it finds its origins in the folktales of Russia, in the image of the swan and it’s attribute of faithfulness and is called by Lopukhov ‘essentially Russian’.

It is fitting then that this much loved production should be performed by this company.
 
Gediminas is impressed by the knowledge and appreciation of classical ballet he observed in Tasmania on previous visits and recounts to me stories of meeting patrons after the performance over a glass of wine to discuss the production. Also he recalls a married couple that attended marvelling at the romance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’.



Another feature of The Imperial Russian Ballet’s interpretation of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ was that it included some of the fairy-tale characters considered superfluous and omitted by some other productions as well as those included. Characters like ‘Puss in Boots’, ‘‘Red Riding Hood’, ‘the wolf’ and ‘Cinderella’ and The White Cat all took part. That production included 140 costumes!


I ask Gediminas what his favourite ballet is and like a parent he is loath to make a choice, although he does agree that ‘Swan Lake’ has probably the best music and choreography of all ballets. This version sticks with the happy ending because as Gediminas says it is Swan Lake not ‘Anna Karenina’!


Gediminas is not only the artistic director of the Imperial Russian Ballet. His skills have also been utilised as an Olympic coach for a number of years, in Athens, Beijing and London. For his work in this capacity in bridging the disciplines of sport and arts he was awarded an Olympic medal in Vancouver.


Gediminas talks about the celebrations at the Russian house at the London games with music and orchestra. During the Olympics Gediminas worked with gymnasts, judo competitiors and boxers among others


‘Swan Lake’ performs in Hobart at the Theatre Royal on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September and in Launceston at the Princess Theatre on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th September, 2012.

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Country Proud, Tassie Bound

Paula Xiberras
10.09.12 7:36 am

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Last week I had a chat to Troy Kemp of country band McAlister Kemp. The guys were voted the best new act of the year in 2011, have been to Nashville, and were invited to be the support for American country music legend Alan Jackson on his Australian tour. Tassie is in for a treat when the boys play at the Waratah hotel on 15th September.


They are unique among Country music duos in Australia where duos are mostly siblings think The McClymonts or Tassie’s own Wolfe brothers. McAlister Kemp are not blood related. The boys met when both were in a production of the Johnny Cash story. An immediate rapport saw them join forces.


However, in country music we don’t get any sibling rivalry or any other sort either because even though someone has got to be burdened with all those Golden Guitars country music is not a competitive field.  Troy says one of the reasons why stretches back to the mindset of early pioneers and settlers who strove to help each other and that is a tradition which country music carries on today.

 
Country music, he says has a generosity that we don’t always see in other genres as it is traditionally based on family values, hard work and looking out for your mate.
Hence, song writing in the country music area involves a lot of collaboration and writing songs for others.


Similarly, in Nashville being a staff writer means you spend many hours in a room with other likeminded and often very influential people who are hit makers sharing your stories and creating songs together. Nashville is the place to learn about constructing a song which usually means coming up with a title and going from there. The productive output is amazing. Troy talks about writing 14 songs in 14 days, but it’s not all easy, for every 10 songs written 2 might be songs that work and hopefully become hits.


McAlister Kemp’s travels to Tassie are not that regular but they have garnered fans in their previous visits as support act for Adam Brand and Lee Kernigan among others.
 

Troy will be here in Tassie four days ahead of his partner Kemp and hopes to take in some visits to markets, Cradle Mountain and possibly MONA!


Tory sees Tassie as an ‘untouched gem’ and ‘gorgeous’ with pretty good real estate deals compared to Sydney. In fact after living some time in Canada and being immune to a little cold weather he could see himself living here!


He has much praise for the flavour of the moment, Tassie’s own Wolfe Brothers who he sees as doing similar music to McAlister Kemp, making country a bit more progressive and modernising it so it is ‘cool’. He hopes to shake the Wolfe Brothers hands in Tamworth next year.


Perhaps the old fashioned country values were put aside when the boys decided to do a tongue in cheek song called ‘cold beers, hot women’. A song that featured scantily clad females providing beers possibly making many men’s fantasies come true! The song gathered the boys some more fans from predominantly a male audience. It was an experiment for the boys but it helped them widen their appeal to another demographic.


Perhaps the biggest thrill so far for the boys was they got the call to be Alan Jackson’s support act. Troy makes me smile as he explains his reaction. He says ‘he was screaming the house down’ the even was an awesome experience for the boys performing to an enormous crowd at Rod Laver arena among other venues.


“Country Proud’ is out now and the boys will be performing at the Waratah Hotel on 15th September.


You can visit them on the web here


http://www.mcalisterkemp.com/

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Creatives shine on the state and national stage


07.09.12 3:55 pm

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The Barbarians: Photograph by Lucia Rossi

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Patrick Street: Photograph by Peter Whyte

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Patrick Street 02: Photograph by Patrick Whyte

Local multidisciplinary design firm Liminal Spaces has been honoured twice this week; awarded the Australian Business Arts Foundation’s City of Melbourne SME Award (Tas) in conjunction with contemporary Tasmanian opera company IHOS, for their successful partnering on two MONA FOMA productions, Kimisis-Falling Asleep and The Barbarians and being shortlisted for a prestigious Residential Architecture Award at this year’s Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards for Patrick Street Residence.

“The AbaF awards celebrate businesses that show innovative thinking and best practice through their support for the arts and winning the SME award is great recognition of the collaborative processes that we use in our business” said Peta Heffernan, Principal of Liminal Spaces.

“Our collaboration with IHOS commenced in 2009 with Kimisis-Falling Asleep which delighted audiences, critics, MONA FOMA organisers and partners alike in 2010, and elicited a further invitation and commission for The Barbarians performed in January 2012. The partnership has created and delivered high quality contemporary productions accessible to national and international audiences”, she added.

Other accolades Liminal Spaces and IHOS have received for The Barbarians include:

• Nominated: Best Opera in national Helpmann Awards 2012 (announced late Sep 2012)
• Finalist: Event Design in Australian Interior Design Excellence Awards 2012 (announced Nov 2012)
• National Commendation for Installation Design in 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards
• Best of State Commercial Design in 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards.

“Unfortunately the future of IHOS company is in a precarious position with the announcement that its state funding has been cut” lamented Peta. “This award is acknowledgement of the important cultural contribution that partnering can foster and it is critical that Tasmania continues to invest in the creative industries”.

Patrick Street Residence, a restoration and extension project, which respects historic values and qualities combined with contemporary functionality, has been recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects’ national jury for the National Architecture Awards. The project is one of 59 out of 140 state award recipients to be shortlisted for a national award to be announced in Perth on November 1. 
“Being shortlisted is further evidence that Tasmanian architects continue to be recognised for their ability to deliver high quality projects on limited budgets” added Peta.

Situated prominently near the top of a steep hill in West Hobart the almost derelict original house was painstakingly repaired. A sensitive restoration extended and preserved its historic position within the street.  When receiving the Tasmanian Residential Architecture Award for Alterations and Additions in June, the state jury noted:

The Patrick Street Residence is a clear, refined and complementary addition to a respectfully restored late Federation Queen Anne cottage in West Hobart. Whilst doubling the area of the existing cottage, the addition is discreetly scaled and arranged carefully around the low central spine which continues the line of existing corridor through the length of the building as it seamlessly expands into the living areas and outdoor room. This glass walled courtyard becomes the centrepiece of the home, bathing it in light and introducing a playful ambiguous quality about the threshold to outside. Clever lighting and ventilation strategies combine with calm material choices, considered detailing and quality construction.

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BOFA early bird tickets go on sale


06.09.12 10:52 am

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Film Still: A Common Purpose by Mitzi Goldman

BOFA FILM FESTIVAL EARLY BIRD TICKETS GO ON SALE

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival has released its 2012 Early Bird ticketing, offering big savings and preferential seating for movie fans who book early.

In a more flexible system, BOFA will offer Early Bird passes for 4, 8 and 16 entries, but will this year allow passes to be used multiple times at the one event. For example, a four pass could be used for four people at one film, a couple at two events or a single person at four different films, or other selected Festival events. 

Festival Director Owen Tilbury said that, although the full Festival program won’t be released until early October, Early Bird purchasers could be assured of an outstanding line-up of films from around the world.

“We are sourcing films that range from major studio presentations to quirky arthouse stories,” he said.

“Our artistic director, Trish Lake, attended Cannes Film Festival and has made a number of recommendations on must-have films that we are negotiating at the moment. We have just secured the rights to screen A Common Purpose by Mitzi Goldman, a 2012 AFI nominated documentary and winner of the 2011 Sydney Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.”

Early Bird passes will not only offer filmgoers substantial savings but will for the first time guarantee priority seating, a big plus when many films on the programme are expected to sell out.

Prices start at $6 per admission to a film or other selected Festival event (Early Bird 16 pass-concession), but Early Bird passes must be purchased by October 7.

“With so many great films and new screen offerings to choose from, early bird ticket purchasers are assured of stimulating viewing and great value for money,” Owen Tilbury said.

EARLY BIRD TICKET DETAILS

• 16 ENTRY PASS $128 ($96 CONCESSION)
• 8 ENTRY PASS $76 ($64 CONCESSION)
• 4 ENTRY PASS $42 ($34 CONCESSION)

These passes offer substantial savings on regular Festival prices and include PRIORITY SEATING.

Concession passes are available to full time students, members of a Film Society, Senior’s Card holders and people employed in the film industry.

Early Bird passes may be purchased on line at: http://www.bofa.com.au
or in person or by phone at:  Launceston Travel & Information Centre, 12-16 St John St, Launceston, FREECALL:  1800 651 827
Or Neil Pitt’s Menswear, 76 Brisbane Street, Launceston. Phone 03 6331 3711


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, a major Big Ideas debate (in partnership with The St James Ethics Centre), 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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MONA: Music of Colour and Mind, November 3-4

MONA
03.09.12 8:19 am

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Apparently, some people can see music and hear colour, things like that. This so-called ‘condition’ (blessing?) is called ‘synaesthesia’. David’s been interested in (jealous of) this rather singular state of being for a while. He has a friend, in fact, who has it, and has explained to him in some detail how it feels and works.

This concert - hosted by MONA and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - is a fancy-pants exploration of the synaesthesic state. It’s a two-day sound and colour fest, with over a hundred performers popping up all over the shop. The museum will be closed to the regular punters for the duration of the weekend. Feasts are included. It’s pricey, yes, but will be totally amazing…

Only 400 tickets are available, for more information click here:

http://mona.net.au/what’s-on/events.aspx?utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=synaesthesia

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A Sweet Sheppard

Paula Xiberras
03.09.12 7:55 am

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It began as yarning between mates on the porch at home in Queensland, and from that the realisation that many memories and thoughts are held in common, that and the insistence of one of his mates that ‘there was a show in this’ has become the genesis of Mark Sheppard’s show ‘Chasing the Lollyman’.


The show is a humorous look at what it means to be indigenous and gay and how ultimately whatever the differences between our individual stories we all connect on a larger stage.


The show doesn’t make light of Indigenous culture and beliefs but looks past the emblems we associate with indigenous culture such as the didgeridoo and painting in ochre. As Mark states you won’t see them in this production. We are instead asked to consider how a Murri family would fit into the neighbourhood of Ramsay Street, and the advent of our first indigenous PM!


Mark is bringing ‘Chasing the Lollyman’ to Tasmania and will also have some time to explore our state.  It is Mark’s first visit to Tassie and he tells me it has always intrigued him, whether it is the exciting possibility of our delicious produce, the awe inspiring nature of our forests and just the delight of discovery.


Working on the belief that laughter is the best medicine Mark will treat us to ‘black fella’ humour and will demonstrate the fact he is a triple threat, actor, dancer and singer who has composed his own music including a respectful song for lost cousins or as he calls them brothers.


In his one man show he attempts to blur the boundaries and dismiss the political correctness that has somehow consumed most of our lives.


It all goes back to community days and festivals when the community would bring food and music and their yarns along for celebration. On these days the image of his uncle in a makeshift hessian sack coat, which he would decorate with lollies is vivid to Mark as is the image of children chasing the Lollyman for a sweet treat. That image although not present anymore at such community events proves a fitting metaphor for Mark, his chasing of his dream and the sweet success he now enjoys.


Mark as his name suggests is a ‘shepherd’ in leading us to realise that although we have different backgrounds and cultures our experiences, memories and reflections are for the most part held in common.


You can see Mark perform in ‘Chasing the Lollyman’ at the Theatre Royal 5-8 September at 7pm.

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Moonah Arts Centre: Mia Palencia: Songbird

Michael McLaughlin Community Cultural Development Officer Glenorchy City Council
02.09.12 6:51 am

Moonah Arts Centre’s 2012 Friday Night Concert Series
Friday September 7

Mia Palencia: Songbird

Talented singer songwriter Mia Palencia is bringing her own distinct brand of story based guitar to the popular Moonah Arts Centre, Friday night concert series.

Singing tunes in both Malay and English,  Mia will begin the evening with a solo set of her original acoustic guitar based tunes before being joined on stage by her band for a fine second half groove. 

Singer songwriter, jazz crooner, voice actor and occasional thespian, Mia Palencia is a woman of many talents. Her original music revolves around the acoustic guitar, working with folkish tunes and an eclectic blend of soul, folk, RnB, bossa nova and the occasional rock vibe. Her lyrics are always story-based, relating her personal experiences with the people and places around her.

Please join Mia for this intimate evening of singer song-writing with a groove.


Mia Palencia: Songbird
Where: Moonah Arts Centre, 65 Hopkins St.  Moonah
When: Friday 7th September  
Times: Doors open from 7pm for a 7:30pm start
Entry by Gold Coin Donation

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International acts headline Ten Days on the Island in 2013

Ten Days on the Island Artistic Director Jo Duffy
30.08.12 9:58 am

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INTERNATIONAL ACTS HEADLINE TEN DAYS ON THE ISLAND IN 2013

An exclusive Australian premiere season from New York City’s award-winning theatre company
Elevator Repair Service (ERS) and concert performances from legendary soprano Dame Kiri Te
Kanawa, who will perform in Launceston, Burnie and Hobart, form the backbone of the international
component of Ten Days on the Island in 2013.

The festival will open with ERS’s THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway
in Hobart, while Dame Kiri will commence her Tasmanian tour in Launceston two days later.

THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) follows a group of decadent, hedonistic and disillusioned young expatriates
as they drift from post-war Paris to Spain. ERS has thrilled audiences around the world with this glamorous and
exciting production, which typifies the modern interpretations of American 20th Century literary classics the
company is known for.

Dame Kiri will perform a rich programme of classic and contemporary highlights from her famed repertoire and
will be accompanied by esteemed New Zealand pianist Terence Dennis.

Ten Days on the Island Artistic Director Jo Duffy said she was excited and delighted to bring artists of this
calibre to Tasmania for her first festival.

“ERS is one of New York’s most celebrated contemporary theatre companies, with a signature style that
combines elements of comedy, high energy, wild choreography and precise theatrical dramatisation, with the
sometimes terse words of Ernest Hemingway,” she said.

“I am sure Tasmanian audiences will love it just as much as audiences in New York, Dublin and Edinburgh.
“Of course, Dame Kiri needs no introduction to Tasmanian audiences.

“She has told us she has long wanted to visit Tasmania and perform to audiences across the State, and I know
that she will experience a very warm welcome.”

The festival is offering early release tickets to these headline acts, with tickets available for sale to the general
public from 9am on 30 August.

Executive Director and Producer of Ten Days Marcus Barker said the two events will be strong elements of the
Ten Days 2013 programme and will provide stimulus for inter and intrastate visitation, which will fuel local
economies.

“They will also provide additional jobs for our skilled Tasmanian arts workers, as part of the whole programme
of events,” he said.

The full festival programme will be announced later in 2012, with all artists now secured and plans moving into
full swing for opening night of the festival on 15 March 2013.

THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) will be performed in Hobart from 15 – 20 March 2013 at the Theatre Royal,
with tickets available from 30 August online at tendaysontheisland.com and from the Theatre Royal box office.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will perform at the Princess Theatre Launceston on 17 March 2013, the Burnie Arts &
Function Centre on 19 March 2013 and the Theatre Royal in Hobart on 21 March 2013. Tickets will be available
from 30 August online at tendaysontheisland.com and from the venues.

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Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival


30.08.12 8:31 am

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QUEENSTOWN HERITAGE & ARTS FESTIVAL PARTNERSHIP WITH INFLIGHT ARI

The biennial Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival is a hand-crafted three-day program of 55 contemporary arts and cultural experiences that are permanently tied to a sense of place; a rare phenomenon which can’t be seen anywhere else in Tasmania.

The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival 2012: Centenary of the North Lyell Disaster gives rise to an exciting new partnership between Project Queenstown and Inflight ARI. Acting as a curatorial committee the two organisations have selected and commissioned five site-specific works from seven early career artists. This unprecedented collaboration has resulted in a unique festival program presenting challenging and engaging new work in one of Tasmania’s most remarkable landscapes. The projects to be presented are as follows.

DARREN COOK & MATT WARREN (TAS) – Still
A sound and video installation within the abandoned rooms and corridors of the old Queenstown General Hospital, focusing on attempts to communicate and the psychological effects of being in mortal danger and disconnected from loved ones.

CLAIRE KROUZECKY & RAEF SAWFORD (TAS) – perspectus
Multiple projections attempt to bring the essence of the surrounding hills into the township. perspectus invites a renewed and contemplative encounter with these Queenstown monuments by observing the ways the hills characterise the temporal states and atmospheric conditions of the place.

ANDREW REWALD (VIC) – Bind and Stand
A series of pop-up performances exploring the complex interplay between nostalgia and eating, food and community. A demountable kitchen will appear in unexpected locations incorporating food eaten at the local hotels in 1912.

MICHELLE SAKARIS (VIC) – 1,100 feet for Mount Lyell
An interactive installation directly responding to the North Mount Lyell disaster inviting audiences to tie knots in a 1,100 foot length of rope- each knot an act of remembering.

PETER WALLER (TAS) – The Drink
An otherworldly installation in the old dining room of the Royal Hotel in Linda- an significant site for the area and the festival which housed many who worked at the North Lyell mine at the time of the fire.


HOBART LAUNCH OF FESTIVAL PROGRAM ON FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2012

The Festival committee and Inflight ARI are pleased to invite local media to the launch of the Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival program – a 32-page A5-size publication that details the 55 attractions and activities that form the festival.
8000 copies of the program will be distributed at drop points throughout Tasmania and a copy will be delivered to every West Coast mailbox.

Event:  Program Launch (Hobart)
Where: Inflight ARI Hobart, 100 Goulburn Street, Hobart
When:  31 August at 6pm

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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 & Arts Festival.

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 & 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.


ABOUT INFLIGHT ARI

Inflight ARI is a not-for-profit Artist Run Initiative established in 2003 with an exhibition space in Hobart. A Board of practicing artists and designers volunteer their time and skills in order to manage an annual exhibition program and realise additional satellite projects. Inflight aims to provide affordable and high profile opportunities for the development, exhibition and discussion of new work from a variety of disciplines. We seek first and foremost to present local emerging and early career artists, with opportunities for more established artists engaged in experimental practices to show in a non-commercial space. Inflight compliments this focus by presenting diverse and dynamic art practices across Australia and beyond.

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