Tas Wilds Spur Sydney Oboe Concerto

Steven Chaffer, The Bob Brown Foundation
10.02.17 9:45 am

Picture: Bob Brown

Sydney composer Nigel Westerway, perhaps best known for having written the score for the smash-hit film ‘Babe’, has composed an oboe concerto after visiting Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Westerway’s concerto is to be premiered by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra this month. (see link to story below)

Bob Brown, who took Westerway on a flight and cruise on Bathurst Harbour (with Par Avion Wilderness Flights) last year, says Westerway’s work fulfils a prophesy of iconic Tasmanian photographer Olegas Truchanas. In the early 1970s, opposing the impending flooding of Lake Pedder, Truchanas forecast these wilds could spur creativity like that of the Scandinavian composers Grieg and Sibelius.

“With partner Paul, I will be off the wild west coast of Tasmania on a yacht trip from Strahan to Stanley when this premiere takes place. It is simply wonderful that, not for the first time, Tasmania’s wilderness is stimulating great creativity for people to enjoy in the crowded cities of the world,” Brown said.


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Wrest Point: The Witches and Kitten Club

Paula Xiberras
10.02.17 6:49 am


You would be forgiven of thinking it is Halloween next week in Tasmania as our state plays host to some ‘witches’ and ‘kittens’ of the musical kind.

Late last year I caught up with musician, songwriter and dancer from ‘Atomic Kitten’, Natasha Hamilton to chat about the upcoming tour. Atomic Kitten is perhaps best known for their hit song ‘Whole again’. Natasha said she was looking forward to the imminent tour and told me it has been a decade since the Kittens last visit to Australia.

This tour Natasha hopes for a few free days amidst all the mayhem of touring to see some of the country and relax.

The name Atomic Kitten is a contradiction, at once the feeling of feline friendship and at the same time, a sense of explosive feminine fearlessness. The kittens being more of the ‘I am woman hear me roar ‘’ilk’ than the purring variety!

Natasha has had a passion for performing starting in her teenage years. Originally from Liverpool Natasha now lives in the picturesque English countryside with her four children with the possibility that perhaps LA might beckon, workwise, in the future.

Always a strong supporter of charity, one that resonates most with Natasha is that of road safety. It may not be widely known but when Natasha was just three years old she miraculously survived being hit by a car.

Natasha has also had theatre success, one of her proudest career moments came when she gained a standing ovation for her role in the West End production of Blood Brothers, perhaps fittingly, for a young woman who has performing in her blood.

You can see Natasha with the Atomic Kittens, Bewitched and others at the Wrest Point Casino on Wednesday 15th February.

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Tasmanian Heritage on UNESCO Register

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
09.02.17 2:11 pm

I am very pleased that important sound recordings of Tasmanian Aboriginal language held in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) collection have today been officially inscribed on UNESCO’s Australian Memory of the World Register.

The recordings, which have been in TMAG’s collection for over 100 years, contain the only spoken record of the original Tasmanian Aboriginal languages, spoken and sung by Fanny Cochrane Smith – the last fluent speaker of those languages.

For Cochrane Smith’s descendants, the recordings provide a legacy of cultural knowledge and a record of family oral history while also illustrating the resilience and cultural continuity of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community.

Exhibits such as these strengthen TMAG’s position as one of Tasmania’s premier cultural attractions that attracts locals and tourists alike and will help the Government reach its goal of attracting 1.5 million visitors to the state by 2020

Visitors can listen to copies of the recordings when visiting TMAG’s ningina tunapri gallery, and they are also one of TMAG’s 100 objects that shaped the state, as listed in the Shaping Tasmania project.

To find out more about the wax cylinders, visit the Shaping Tasmania website at

To view the full UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register, visit

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TSO and UTAS come together to hold National Conducting Academy

Becher Townshend
09.02.17 2:03 pm


With the aim of fostering new musical talent, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and UTAS will host a National Conducting Academy Summer School in Hobart to ensure future musical leaders get the best possible opportunity to learn how to conduct an orchestra.

The move comes in the wake of recent funding changes to national training arrangements, with the creation of a new National Conducting Academy formed in partnership by the TSO and UTAS in Tasmania.

The Summer School will commence in January 2018 as an ongoing model under the leadership of Course Director, Johannes Fritzsch, who is the highly regarded former Chief Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Graz and Graz Philharmonic Orchestra (Austria) now living in Tasmania working as an Adjunct Professor to UTAS.

The TSO’s Director of Artistic Planning, Simon Rogers, said Mr Fritzsch was an important asset for the program, bringing his many years of experience as a conductor and natural authority in this area, coupled with passion and interest in training.

“Under the previous program, much of the national training was done with the TSO. We still want the TSO to be actively involved in conductor training and continue to make a strong contribution to national training activities, for which we rightly have an enviable reputation,” said Mr Rogers.

“The TSO is a special environment - the players are very passionate about training, they are incredibly patient and nurturing of talented young musicians, and have made a huge contribution to the future success of many musicians in Australia and around the world.”

As part of fostering new conductor talent, the TSO recently engaged their first Assistant Conductor, Elena Schwarz, who participated in the previous conductor program with the TSO.

“Without a course such as this, there is simply no clear pathway for emerging conductors,” Mr Rogers said.

“The TSO is already widely known for our training activities nationally and will always seek to be very active in this space. With our new relationship with UTAS, there is an opportunity for us to jointly develop a real niche in this specialist area.”

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Devonport Regional Gallery: February Newsletter ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
09.02.17 6:42 am


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Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra to tour Tasmania

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
08.02.17 3:10 pm

I am pleased to announce China’s iconic Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra is coming to Tasmania as part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to continuing our strong relationship with China, and this announcement will add further weight to the state’s growing national and international reputation as an arts and cultural tourism destination.

The Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra is one of China’s great orchestras and they will hold two concerts as part of the festival, with one at Albert Hall in Launceston and another at Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall.

It follows a visit to the city of Xiamen in the Fujian Province by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as part of their tour to China earlier this year.

Tours such as this will further strengthen our cultural connection and friendship with China while allowing the Ten Days on the Island Festival to promote our state to a national and international audience.

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Terrapin Puppet Theatre: YOU tell US a story!

Kevin O'Loghlin, Terrapin Puppet Theatre
08.02.17 2:59 pm

For 35 years, Terrapin Puppet Theatre has been telling stories to Tasmanian School Children, and now Terrapin wants YOU to tell US a story!

It’s been said that if you went to a Tasmanian primary school in the past few decades, you likely saw a Terrapin show. That’s over 300,000 people with a story to tell about their Terrapin experience.

Telling tales of humour and pathos, and travelling far and wide, telling stories is what we do. Now we want to hear from you. What is your favourite Terrapin memory? What shows do you remember seeing?

What does Terrapin mean to you?

Terrapin Artistic Director, Sam Routledge, said: “Terrapin wouldn’t exist without continuous support from the Tasmanian community, so we want to talk to the people who have been a part of the journey so far! It’s our way of saying thank you and recognising their involvement.”

We’re aiming to collect stories and memories to support Terrapin’s rich history in Tasmania and create a databank of audience experiences.

To tell Terrapin your story, go to, click on the links and complete the pop-up survey. Alternatively, contact Development Manager, Amy Fogarty on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 6223 6834.

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Bett Gallery:  Raymond Arnold, Prospect and Refuge

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
08.02.17 2:40 pm

Elsewhere World Fragment (Consolidated image I - December 2016).

Opening Friday 3 February, 6pm. Runs until the 20th of Feb.

Join Raymond in the gallery from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday the 11th and Saturday the 18th of February for conversations.

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Devonport Regional Gallery: New after school arts program

Dianne Sheehan. Education and Public Programs Officer, Devonport Regional Gallery
08.02.17 2:33 pm

Devonport Regional Gallery is shining a bright light on creativity in Term 1 with a new suite of workshops for students wishing to pursue their arts practice outside of school.

Art Spark is the Gallery’s new series of after school workshops on offer for Primary and Secondary students with local artist Jessie Pangas to explore ideas, spark the imagination and develop an appreciation of the visual arts. No prior skill or knowledge is required, just a healthy sense of curiosity and desire to create. With only six places available in each group, Jessie offers a focused, individual and tailored approach for participants.

“We’ve often received comments and requests from parents wishing to enroll their children in after-school arts-based workshops, so we’re thrilled to now offer Art Spark to students in Primary and Secondary year levels,” said Education and Public Programs Officer, Dianne Sheehan.

“Jessie will tailor the sessions to each individual’s interests, focusing on fostering creativity and expression through a variety of arts media, and drawing inspiration from the world around us – something that is fundamental to any arts practice, whichever medium.”

A ‘Meet the Artist’ session will be held on Tuesday 14 February, 4–5 pm at the Devonport Regional Gallery for interested parents and students to drop by and discuss the program and their child’s interests with Jessie.

Enrolments are now open. Please contact the Gallery for details and to book: 6424 8296 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Meet the Artist   Art Spark
Tuesday 14 February, 4–5 pm Tuesdays: 21, 28 February & 7 March
Devonport Regional Gallery   Primary:  3.15–4.15 pm
Free, drop-in Secondary:  4.30–5.30 pm
Devonport Regional Gallery
Cost: $120 per student / $105 Gallery members (all sessions)
Book: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (03) 6424 8296

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John Farnham Hobart concert to be rescheduled

Leanne Menard
07.02.17 3:59 pm


The John Farnham concert, which was to be held at The Cenotaph Lawns on 12th February, will move to a new venue and date, due to logistical reasons.

The concert will now be held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre and the new date will be Sunday 26th March, 2017.

For patrons that have already bought tickets, Ticketmaster will be in contact to issue new tickets for the new venue and date in order of tickets purchased for the original show. 

Patrons that have already bought tickets and cannot make it to the concert on the new date are able to contact Ticketmaster before Friday10th February for a full refund.

The new rescheduled concert will still feature special guest, Jon Stevens and tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster on Tuesday 14th February.

Experience the best of what Australia has to offer on one stage, with these two music legends, whom will be sure to give Tasmanian audiences their fix of prestigious Australian music.

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Moonah Arts Centre, Feb 15-25: The Effect, by Lucy Prebble

Katie Robertson Loud Mouth Marketing and PR Manager
07.02.17 12:29 pm


Loud Mouth Theatre Company presents ...

the effect
by lucy prebble


Maeve Mhairi MacGregor
CAST Andrew Casey, Sara Cooper, Anna Kidd and Alex Duncan.

Ellen Roe

Tim Kling

Moonah Arts Centre | February 15 – 25

The wonders and terrors of love, neuroscience and big pharma are put under the microscope and examined with charm and humour in this Critics’ Circle Best Play Award winner by Lucy Prebble: author of the likewise critically acclaimed Enron, and ITV’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Tristan and Connie, two young volunteers on a clinical trial for a new antidepressant, meet and fall head over heels for each other. But is it the drug, or is it real? And does it matter?

The quotable quotes from director maeve mhairi macgregor

“in the end, the play doesn’t have any answers for whether it’s right or wrong to medicate, whether the brain is a reliable narrator of our own experiences, what love is real love, or why it matters. But there’s hope. There’s trying something new. There’s an urge to keep loving, and keep studying the brain, though no answers are in sight. Love and science have that in common, I suppose. There’re no answers: just more questions. But that’s sort of better.”

“All of us (cast and crew) have either experienced shifts in our own mental health, or supported others who have had “illnesses” or “tendencies” (depending on your point of view!) resulting in depression and anxiety. In rehearsal we have approached the script with rigourous research, but also with the empathetic perspectives of human beings for whom the landscapes of mental health, and of love in all its forms, are not strange.”

Loud Mouth is a Tasmania-based theatre company committed to producing new, collaborative and professional theatre experiences.

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Pay What You Want (Door Sales Only) is February 15th 7:30pm.

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Stencil Art Prize

Flinders University City Gallery
03.02.17 3:28 pm

Images: Headache, Peace wall (detail), 2016, aerosol on canvas, 120 x 120 cm; Art & Dharma, Memory, depth, clarity, 2016, aerosol on board, 120 x 90 cm; Carley Cornelissen, Birds out (detail), 2016, aerosol, acrylic on board, 120 x 120 cm; Tinku, Tributo, 2016, aerosol, acrylic, salt, soil on canvas, 105 x 85cm; courtesy the artists

Making its South Australian debut at Flinders University City Gallery, the 2016 Stencil Art Prize celebrates the phenomenon and fervour of the global stencil art movement.

The world’s oldest and largest stencil art event, it comprises work by more than eighty finalists from over twenty countries. Artists have been influenced by the tenacious and rebellious nature of street art that was cultivated during the late twentieth century in Europe and the United States. The featured work melds pop culture imagery and politics to visualise current social issues and injustices.

Stencil Art Prize curator, founder and director Jacinta Fintan remarks that, “In the early days of the Stencil Art Prize, artists were jostling to see who could put the most layers into an artwork to achieve photorealistic results, now the prize encompasses nearly every stencil making method on the planet”. Such creative approaches include hand drawn, hand cut, screen-printed and computer generated stencil layers combined with collage and mixed media. 

Flinders University Art Museum (FUAM) has maintained a strong interest in collecting and researching Australian political prints and posters since the early 1990s. The collection preserves works by Australian artists such as Ann Newmarch, Toni Robertson and Byron Pickett, and collectives including the Anarchist Feminist Poster Collective, Earthworks Poster Collective and Harridan Screen Printers. FUAM Exhibitions Manager Celia Dottore comments that, “In Australia, the graphic energy and immediacy of the political poster has made it a popular medium for activism since the 1960s. It is this legacy that endures in the vibrant stencil-based works being made today. As a genre that continually pushes the boundaries of what constitutes art, it also has the power to reflect our collective hopes, dreams and fears”.

The 2016 prize was awarded to Guatemalan artist Tinku for his moving tribute to Guatemala’s Indigenous women. He states “This is a homage and a way to give more visibility to the struggle of the Guatemalan people who fought for a country free of oppression, exploitation and discrimination and therefore this is for them”. As an acquisitive prize it endeavours to preserve this largely ephemeral art form and nurture connections between artists, across borders and cultures.

The 2016 Stencil Art Prize will be officially launched at 6pm on Friday 10 February by South Australian artist James Dodd at Flinders University City Gallery. It is presented as part of the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival and will be on display until Sunday 9 April 2017.

Public Program
Saturday 11 February 2017 | 2 - 3pm
Floortalk with curator Jacinta Fintan and artist Joshua Smith

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The Best of the Eagles In Concert

Happy Days Records
03.02.17 12:32 pm


“From the start of the show they had the audience captivated and if you closed your eyes you would swear you were listening to the original band.” – Mark Hammond – Astor Theatre, Perth.

The Eagles are indisputably one of Rock’s greats, their statistics speak for themselves – more than 150 million records sold worldwide, six Grammy Awards, six number one albums and five number one singles, they are one of the most successful bands of all time.  The group’s first best-of collection, ‘Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975’, is amongst the best-selling albums of all time with over 42 million copies sold.

The Best of the Eagles is a tribute concert production that delivers a captivating show from start to finish and recreating the synonymous country rock sound Eagles’ fans have come to expect.  With a string of sold out shows from coast to coast performing to over 10,000 Eagles fans in 2016, The Best Of The Eagles won over audiences with fans calling the show “entertaining” and “brilliant”.

‘Together and Alone’ for the first time will present a song fest of classic Eagles hits including ‘Desperado’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘New Kid In Town’, ‘Take It To The Limits’, ‘Heartache Tonight’ and the legendary ‘Hotel California’, amongst many more with a mix of solo hits of members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey.

The discography of Don Henley consists of five studio albums, two compilation albums and twenty-seven solo singles including such hits as ‘The Boys Of Summer’, ‘Dirty Laundry’, ‘All She Wants to Do Is Dance’ and ‘The End of the Innocence’.

Joe Walsh began his solo career in 1974 releasing his first of twelve solo albums.  Releasing eighteen singles, Walsh enjoyed hits with ‘Life’s Been Good’ and ‘Rocky Mountain Way’.

Glenn Frey achieved solo success in the 1980s having recorded five solo studio albums, two compilation albums, a live album and released 19 singles including Top 40 hits ‘The Heat Is On’, ‘You Belong To The City’ and ‘Smuggler’s Blues’.

Get set to be enthralled as the signature harmonies and musicianship of the Eagles is recreated to perfection. The Best of the Eagles is a concert experience not to be missed.

Wednesday March 8 2017 – Burnie Arts Centre – BURNIE TAS / (03) 6430 5850

Thursday March 9 2017 – Devonport Entertainment Centre – DEVONPORT TAS / (03) 6420 2900

Friday March 10 2017 – Theatre Royal – HOBART TAS / (03) 6233 2299

Saturday March 11 2017 – Launceston Country Club – LAUNCESTON TAS / 1300 795 257

Friday March 17 2017 – Blue Mountains Theatre – SPRINGWOOD NSW  / (02) 4723 5050

Saturday March 18 2017 – International Convention Centre – SYDNEY NSW / 1300 795 012

Friday March 24 2017 – Griffith Regional Theatre – GRIFFITH NSW / (02) 6962 8444
Saturday March 25 2017 – The Cube – WODONGA NSW / (02) 6022 9311

Thursday March 30 2017 – Horsham Town Hall – HORSHAM VIC / (03) 5382 9555

Friday March 31 2017 – Mildura Arts Centre – MILDURA VIC / (03) 5018 8330

Saturday 1st April 2017 – Mercure Convention Centre, Ballarat, VIC | (03) 5327 1200

Friday April 7 2017 – The Capital – BENDIGO VIC / (03) 5434 6100

Saturday April 8 2017 – Frankston Performing Arts Centre – FRANKSTON VIC / (03) 9784 1060

Friday April 21 2017 – Palms At Crown – MELBOURNE VIC
136 100 /

Saturday April 22 2017 – Dunstan Playhouse – ADELAIDE SA / 131 246

Friday April 28 2017 – Laycock Street Theatre – GOSFORD NSW / (02) 4323 3233

Saturday April 29 2017 – Glasshouse – PORT MACQUARIE NSW / (02) 6581 8888

Wednesday May 3 2017 – Albany Entertainment Centre – ALBANY WA / 1300 795 012 /

Thursday May 4 2017 – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre – MANDURAH WA
(08) 9550 3900 /

Friday May 5 2017 – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre – BUNBURY WA
1300 661 272 /

Saturday May 6 2017 – Astor Theatre – PERTH WA
(08) 9370 1777 or 1300 111 369 /

Sunday May 7 2017 – Queens Park Theatre – GERALDTON WA / (08) 9956 6600

Friday May 19 2017 – Lighthouse Theatre – WARRNAMBOOL VIC / (03) 5559 4999

Saturday May 20 2017 – GPAC Drama Theatre – GEELONG VIC / (03) 5225 1200

Friday June 2 – Capitol Theatre – TAMWORTH NSW / (02) 6766 2028

Saturday June 3 – Dubbo Regional Theatre – DUBBO NSW / (02) 6801 4378

Friday June 9 – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre – BUNDABERG QLD / (07) 4130 4100

Saturday June 10 – Brolga Theatre – MARYBOROUGH QLD / (07) 4122 6060

Friday June 16 – The Events Centre – CALOUNDRA QLD / (07) 5491 4240

Saturday June 17 – The Tivoli – BRISBANE QLD / 136 100

Saturday June 24 – Armitage Centre – Heritage Bank Auditorium – TOOWOOMBA QLD / 1300 655 299

Friday June 30 – Sutherland Entertainment Centre – SUTHERLAND NSW / (02) 9521 8888

Saturday July 1 – The Concourse – CHATSWOOD NSW / 1300 795 012 / (02) 8075 7111

Saturday July 22 – Twin Towns Services Club – TWEED HEADS NSW – ON SALE OCTOBER 3 / 1800 014 014

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Clarence Jazz Festival 2017 Program Launch

Alicia Sargent
01.02.17 12:14 pm


This year marks a special milestone as the Clarence Jazz Festival celebrates 21 years.

From humble beginnings, the festival has now grown to a nine day festival, with more than 200 artists playing at nine stunning locations around our city, including waterfront sites from South Arm to Geilston Bay, and the rural retreats of Richmond and Cambridge.

The festival program for 2017 will be launched tomorrow at Bellerive Boardwalk. Local traditional jazz veterans, the Paul Martin Quartet, and young musicians, the Shoreline Jazz Collective, will join forces to surprise locals with their musical talents, providing a glimpse of what this year’s festival has to offer.

The Clarence Jazz Festival, held from 18-26 February 2017, also welcomes international and national musicians. Headline acts include Canadian jazz trumpeter and composer Mike Field, known for his bright, upbeat and energetic performances. Vocalist extraordinaire Kristin Berardi, one of Australia’s ‘first call’ jazz vocalists will also make an appearance, bringing her technical brilliance and full throttle soul to the stage.

To celebrate its coming of age, the festival is having a birthday party to start the event, headed up by three of the most jumping jive and swing bands in the country; Shuffle Club (from Melbourne), Lucky 7 (from Adelaide) and Yesterday’s Gentlemen (from Hobart).

The nine day festival, presented in parklands and waterfront locations throughout the Eastern Shore, allows audiences to indulge in European styling, South American rhythms and Louisiana foot stompers, all whilst enjoying uniquely Tasmanian pinot noir, cider and seafood.

Clarence Jazz Festival Convenor, Alderman Heather Chong, is thrilled with this year’s festival line-up.

“The Jazz Festival is a signature event in our city and delivers a fantastic festival atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy,” Alderman Chong said.

“With our extensive list of artists involved this year, the Clarence Jazz Festival will celebrate its 21st birthday in style.”

“The festival program will be included in The Saturday Mercury this weekend and is also available on the Clarence Arts and Events website.”

The program provides a go-to guide for patrons to find out more about the gigs, locations and what to see and do in Clarence.

More information on the Clarence Jazz Festival can be found at or on Facebook.

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Despard Gallery Newsletter Summer 2017

Steven Joyce. Director, Despard
31.01.17 4:19 pm


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Hobart Federation Concert Hall, 14 Feb, 7pm: China National Opera and Dance Theatre

Tess O'Brien
31.01.17 12:48 pm


With a history of over 50 years, China National Opera and Dance Theatre’s renowned national level orchestra led by conductor Hong Xia and principal gaohu soloist Bai Miao performs music that merges traditional Chinese style with contemporary music.  The orchestra has a unique artistic style that is composed of over 50 musicians many of whom have taken part in national and international instrumental music competitions and received many prizes.

Treasures of A Nation promises to be a transcendent experience that merges ancient and modern art form, showcasing China’s diverse musical heritage and introducing audiences to a new world of music, stunning visuals and virtuosity. Soaring melodies from both traditional Chinese style and contemporary music are guaranteed to ring in the year of the Rooster in breathtaking cultural style.

The orchestra use a combination of western and eastern instruments including the sheng, an ancient flute, the liuqin mandolin, and the gaohu and erhu, sometimes referred to as “the Chinese fiddle”.

The orchestra has performed in India, South Africa and Canada. This is their second visit to Australia, following a successful Chinese New Year 2016 Concert.

Hobart Federation Concert Hall, 14 Feb 7:00pm

Book at or call 03 6232 4450

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The bands come out to play for Apia Good Times 2017!

Rina Ferris
30.01.17 7:52 am


The Black Sorrows with Vika + Linda Bull

Colin Hay (Men at Work)

Deborah Conway (Do Re Mi)

Mental As Anything 
The annual Apia Good Times Tour returns for it’s fifth consecutive year with another once-in-a-lifetime line-up of Oz music legends including The Black Sorrows with Vika + Linda Bull, Colin Hay (Men at Work), Mental as Anything and Deborah Conway leading the sing-alongs across the country.
The 2017 Apia Good Times Tour kicks off on Wednesday, 17 May in Darwin before taking in Adelaide, Perth, Bunbury, Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong, Newcastle, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Tweed Heads, Sydney, Thirroul, Canberra, Launceston and finishing the party in Hobart. Tickets to all shows go on sale at 10.00am local times on Monday, 6 February.
2017’s line-up of legends have a huge array of hits to draw from including Harley & Rose, Chained to the Wheel, Hold on to Me, Down Under, Who Can It Be Now?, Overkill, Nips Are Getting Bigger, Live it Up, Too Many Times, It’s Only The Beginning and Man Overboard, to name a few. Each artist performs a solo set of their hits before joining in an extraordinary finale with all four sharing the stage.
The Black Sorrows are one of Australia’s most enduring touring bands and live up to their reputation as a dynamic live act every time they hit the stage. Their musicianship and energy appeals to music fans everywhere and at their helm, Joe Camilleri steers the band through an interplay of solid grooves mixing blues, soul, R&B and gospel, with flashes of country and Brill Building pop.
The Black Sorrows are in top form after completing over 150 shows in the past 6 months alone to celebrate the release of their critically acclaimed 20th album, Faithful Satellite featuring Fix My Bail and the latest single, Raise Your Hands (with Vika + Linda).
For 30 years the glorious voices of Vika + Linda Bull have comprised one of the most distinctive, versatile and emotionally charged sounds on the Australian music landscape and have been an integral part of The Black Sorrows. Vika + Linda are world class singers in their own right and feature on many of the band’s hits including Never Let Me Go, Chained to the Wheel and Raise Your Hands.
Colin Hay is familiar to millions of music lovers around the world as frontman, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work. Over the past 15 years, Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out rooms around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process.
Finding himself in the unprecedented place of having both 80s fame and indie credibility, Colin Hay has created an impressive body of work and in March, 2017, he will release his new album, Fierce Mercy, described as an epic, cinematic step forward exploring the themes of love and loss, but always with the singular perspective and acerbic wit that has defined Hay’s work since his days with Men at Work.
Colin Hay takes his audience on a journey, through hilarious stories and songs from his extensive catalogue, sometimes straight down the main road, and sometimes taking the twists and turns of the road less travelled. You’ll laugh, you may shed a tear, but you will most certainly be more than entertained. Colin Hay is returning to Australia exclusively for the Apia Good Times tour and these shows will be the first time Australian audiences get to hear him perform Men at Work classics alongside songs from the new album.
Nearly 40 years of recording and non-stop touring, 25 Top 40 hits in Australia and an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame, and Mental As Anything are still going strong. “The Mentals” started off as students who put a band together to play blues, sixties pop, rockabilly, country and increasingly their own original compositions to fill in time at art school in Sydney in the mid 1970s. Initially playing to students at parties, pubs and Uni dances they caught the attention of new independent label Regular Records who in late 1978 sold out 1300 copies in a fortnight of the three track vinyl “Mental As Anything Plays at Your Party” with one track: The Nips Are Getting Bigger on everyone’s radio over Christmas.
Mental As Anything, with their two original lead vocalists Martin Plaza and Greedy Smith, have been touring since the late 1970s honing the craft of performing their songs live and perfecting the art of just being Mental. And nailing it.
Deborah Conway has been a significant and eloquent contributor to Australian music for over 30 years. Conway’s first band, Do Re Mi, topped the charts and her first solo album achieved platinum sales and earned her an ARIA Award. Conway will be joined onstage by long time collaborator, Willy Zygier, who she started working with in 1991, together they have written, recorded & released 9 albums that have all won appreciative audiences and critical acclaim from reviewers.
Alongside the core business of writing, recording and performing songs Conway and Zygier have pioneered the house concert concept in Australia; produced ‘Broad’, the national concert series of all female singer/songwriters from 2005 – 2008; Conway was the Artistic Director for the Queensland Music Festival 2009 – 2011; and they are running the Shir Madness Melbourne Jewish Music Festival as Festival & Artistic Directors in 2015 and 2017.
In 2016 Conway and Zygier’s 1993, 5/4 anthem “Alive & Brilliant” was inducted into the National Film & Sound Archive and both Leaps & Bounds Festival and Rolling Stone Magazine recently named Conway a Living Legend. Their new album Everybody’s Begging was released last September to rave reviews.
Tickets to the Apia Good Times Tour go on sale to the general public at 10.00am, local times, on Monday, 6 February 2017.

Apia Members pre-sale: Customers will have the opportunity to access pre-sale tickets from 10.00am on Wednesday, 1 February until 10.00am on Friday, 3 February.

Frontier Members pre-sale: Wednesday, 1 February from 2.00pm until Thursday, 2 February at 2.00pm (or earlier if pre-sale allocations exhausted)

Ticketek Members / Venue pre-sales: Thursday, 2 February from 10.00am until Friday, 3 February at 10.00am (or earlier if pre-sale allocations exhausted)

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Apia Good Times Tour 2017:

The Black Sorrows with Vika + Linda Bull
Colin Hay (Men at Work)
Mental As Anything
Deborah Conway (Do Re Mi)
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tickets available from the Box Office, 08 8980 3333 and
Friday, 19 May 2017
Adelaide Entertainment Centre (Theatre Mode), Adelaide, SA
Tickets available from Ticketek - 132 849 and
Saturday, 20 May 2017
Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Tickets available from Ticketmaster - 136 100 and – and - Perth Concert Hall Box Office,
08 9231 9999 and
Sunday, 21 May 2017*
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Tickets available from the BREC Box Office, 1300 661 272 and
*4pm matinee show
Friday, 26 May 2017
Hamer Hall, Melbourne, Vic
Tickets available from Ticketmaster - 136 100 and and Arts Centre Melbourne –
1300 182 183 and
Saturday, 27 May 2017
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, Vic
Tickets available from the Box office, 03 5434 6100 and
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Costa Hall, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, Vic
Tickets available from GPAC - 03 5225 1200 and
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Tickets available from Ticketek - 132 849 and
-and- the Box Office, 02 4929 1977 and
Thursday, 1 June 2017
Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, Qld
Tickets available from the Box office, 1300 655 299 and
Friday, 2 June 2017
QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, Qld
Tickets available from the Box Office, 136 246 and
Saturday, 3 June 2017
Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW
Tickets available from the Box office, 1800 014 014 and
Friday, 9 June 2017
Enmore Theatre, Enmore/Sydney, NSW
Tickets available from Ticketek - 132 849 and
Saturday, 10 June 2017
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Tickets available from Ticketmaster - 136 100 and
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Tickets available from the Box Office, 02 6275 2700 and
Friday, 16 June 2017
Princess Theatre, Launceston, TAS
Tickets available from the Box Office, 03 6323 3666 and
Saturday, 17 June 2017
Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS
Tickets available from Tixtas - 1300 795 257 and
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Devonport Regional Gallery: Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent

Devonport Regional Gallery
27.01.17 3:14 pm

New touring exhibition opens at Devonport Regional Gallery, Friday 3 February 6 pm

Richard Bell, Kick somebody else, 2008, acrylic on canvas

Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent
Curated by Dr Yvonne Rees-Pagh
A Salamanca Arts Centre exhibition toured by Contemporary Art Tasmania

Opening Friday 3 February, 6 pm
Guest speaker: Rosemary Miller, CEO and Artistic Director, Salamanca Arts Centre

Exhibition dates: 4 February – 12 March 2017

Artists: Cigdem Aydemir, James Barker, Richard Bell, Pat Hoffie, Locust Jones, Megan Keating, Michael Reed, Khaled Sabsabi

Devonport Regional Gallery presents its first new exhibition for 2017, Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent, touring from the Salamanca Arts Centre and opening Friday 3 February.

Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent, features artists that present their opinions on pressing social and political issues facing the world today. From major economic crisis, raging wars, pollution and climate change through to religious prejudice and racism, this powerful exhibition sheds light on a global state of distress.

This exhibition has strong social currency, moving audiences to consider the complexities of many issues that are often portrayed in simplistic terms by the media. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue that includes essays by the curator Dr Yvonne Rees-Pagh, and essayist Pete Hay.

Artwork in brief: 4 videos, 1 photographic installation, 1 paper cutout installation, numerous works on paper, 2 paintings on canvas, prints on carpet, textile and paper, small sculptural artworks.

Upcoming events:

Teacher Preview | Friday 3 February, 3 – 5 pm (drop-in)
Twilight Tour | Thursday 2 March, 5.30 pm

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Moonah Arts Centre: Be the quick brown fox ...

Moonah Arts Centre
27.01.17 2:37 pm


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Devonport Regional Gallery: Tidal last days ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
27.01.17 2:24 pm


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Devonport Regional Gallery: Tidal Festival Day 4 ...

27.01.17 6:42 am


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Saroo’s story takes its lion’s share of Academy Award nominations

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
26.01.17 6:56 am

Saroo ... and birth mum ...

On behalf of the Hodgman Liberal Government, I would like to congratulate Saroo Brierley and his family, after the film based on his life, Lion, was nominated for six Academy Award nominations overnight.

I would also like to congratulate the production companies involved - See-Saw Films, Aquarius Films, and Sunstar Entertainment.

The film has captured the world’s attention with fantastic box office results and has picked up six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Dev Patel, and Best Supporting Actress for Nicole Kidman.

The production was supported by the Government through the provision of on-ground production support and it showcases iconic Tasmanian locations to the world including kunanyi/Mount Wellington, Cockle Creek, Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsular.

This amazing story is taking Tasmania to the world and Tourism Tasmania has worked closely with Saroo to produce an online video to help promote Saroo’s home state, featuring clips from the film as well as Saroo explaining why he loves Tasmania. 

The video is available here -

The Academy Award nominations follow others for Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, BAFTA and Critics Choice awards.

It is fantastic to see a Tasmanian story projected onto the big screen across the world, and Lion’s continued success is a culmination of hard work on behalf of the Tasmanian Government and Screen Tasmania across recent years.

2017 is set to be another big year for the Tasmanian Screen industry with filming commencing on another feature film, Nightingale later in the year and the release of locally produced animations Little J & Big Cuz and Fanshaw and Crudnutt.

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Commemorating the 1967 Bushfires in words and music ...

Claire Pendrigh Elliott Marketing Officer
26.01.17 6:29 am

Image: Brooker Highway Gridlock, Photo by Bill Hamilton

The ’67 bushfires ripped through Southern Tasmania, from Bothwell to Snug and up the Derwent Valley, consuming over 2500 square kilometers, wiping out whole communities, and leaving 62 people dead, 900 injured and over seven thousand homeless.

This February marks the 50th anniversary of the disaster.

Black Tuesday, a rehearsed reading of Les Winspear’s play at Moonah Arts Centre, is a commemoration of the 1967 Bushfires in words and music.

Les Winspear is the acclaimed writer of enormously popular family shows staged annually in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, but in Black Tuesday he turns his keen attention to this catastrophic event.

Based on interviews Les conducted with residents who lived through the fire, the play interweave several real-life stories, and vividly brings the day to life through the voices of those who were there. Chilling and funny, terrifying and uplifting, Black Tuesday is both a commemoration of loss and a celebration of the strength and resilience of the Tasmanian community.

This special reading of the play will be read by a cast of distinguished Tasmanian actors including Guy Hooper, who recently enthralled audiences with his performance as Prospero in Blue Cow’s The Tempest at TMAG, and Jane Longhurst. Jane last appeared at MAC in Blue Cow’s Grounded, for which she won the 2015 Tasmanian Theatre Award for Best Actor.

The event will also feature the exceptional sounds and creativity of Michael Fortescue, double-bass player extraordinaire.

4pm Sun 5 Feb
7pm Mon 6 Feb
Tickets $10 full / $5 concession, available online through

Black Tuesday is presented by Blue Cow Theatre in association with Moonah Arts Centre and Glenorchy City Council.

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2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year, Rosalie Martin and Island magazine celebrate ...

Kate Harrison, Island Operations / Marketing Manager
25.01.17 6:44 am


... two years of partnership bringing together literacy and literature ...

Rosalie Martin, speech pathologist and literacy advocate, and Island magazine, one of Australia’s leading literature journals are celebrating their two-year partnership by bringing out a special - and free - collection of seven essays, written by individuals who have successfully come through an adult literacy program implemented or championed by Martin’s charity organisation, Chatter Matters Tasmania.

The founding speech pathologist of Chatter Matters Tasmania – a charity building awareness and skill in human communication – Rosalie Martin has been honoured by being named the 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year, and is now a National Finalist for the title of 2017 Australian of the Year (to be announced tonight - 25 January 2017).
Helping adults crack the code of reading, Rosalie has developed a unique approach to literacy. For three years, she has visited Tasmania’s Risdon Prison as a volunteer to deliver ‘Just Sentences’, a pilot project that is achieving astounding results. With specialist knowledge in the acquisition of language, and in the processing and production of speech sounds, Rosalie is able to uncover hidden literacy problems and tackle them head on. It is a program she has extended beyond prison to a wider community of learners.
As a result, many of the people in her program have learned to read and write in a matter of months, and Rosalie is showing how many lives can be transformed.
In 2015, Rosalie Martin partnered with Island magazine, to provide a space where the newly literate could speak, in their own words, to the broader community who so often take their own literacy for granted. This ongoing partnership was founded on the understanding that literacy and literature are both essential for the activation of citizenship in a democracy.
As Martin says in her introduction to this collection of essays: ‘Across the series of seven Chatter Matters essays published in Island, the hoped-for outcomes for learners and readers have emerged. And now I find further benefit. I have been asking the new learners I work with to read the Island essays to me, or I read them aloud to them. I sit across the table from men and women, the authenticating feel and fragrance of the fine literary magazine between us, and see eyes well and throats choke as they read or listen. For in honest language, their own hidden pain is gently spoken. And the same soft syllables carry inspiration for who they are and what can be.’
Chatter Matters and Island magazine now invite you to share in this inspiring partnership by downloading the collection of essays ...

For more information:

Rosalie Martin, Chatter Matters
0418 390 449
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Twitter: @chattertas / Facebook: @chattermatterstasmania

Our mailing address is:


PO Box 4703

Bathurst Street PO
Hobart, TAS 7000

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Tidal Festival Day 3 ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
24.01.17 11:27 am


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Devonport Regional Gallery: Tidal Festival day 2

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23.01.17 11:21 am


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Wrest Point: Icehouse 40 year anniversary ...

23.01.17 9:46 am



announce 40 Years’ anniversary

In celebration of their 40 Year milestone, ICEHOUSE are proud to announce the release of their first career spanning box set - ICEHOUSE - The Complete Collection – which will be released on 17 February 2017.
The 10 album set compiles ICEHOUSE’s complete body of work, kicking off with Flowers’ Icehouse (first released in 1980) all the way through to the acclaimed double live album ICEHOUSE – In Concert from 2015.
The set will be available on CD and digitally from 17 February and is available to pre-order now from
The box set is housed in a deluxe slipcase containing digipack versions of each of the following albums:
1.  Flowers: 30th Anniversary Edition (2CD + DVD)
2.  Primitive Man: 30th Anniversary edition (CD + DVD)
3.  Sidewalk
4.  Measure For Measure
5.  Man Of Colours: 25th Anniversary Edition (CD + DVD)
6.  Code Blue
7.  Big Wheel
8.  Berlin Tapes
9.  Dubhouse
10. In Concert
In addition, the debut album, Flowers’ Icehouse enjoys a reissue on vinyl for the first time since its original release. The landmark recording, featuring the hugely successful string of singles – Can’t Help Myself, We Can Get Together, Walls, Icehouse and fan favourites Sister and Fatman – went on to enjoy quadruple platinum accreditation after spending close to a year on the Australian chart through 1980-1981. The album is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and replicates the original layout and uncoated sleeve of the original pressing.
The album is available to order now from or
Further, ICEHOUSE are pleased to announce the release of their complete body of work on streaming services as of today. Every album is now available to stream on your service of choice in Australia and NZ with global markets to follow imminently.  You can add your favourite ICEHOUSE tracks to your collection right now.
ICEHOUSE has sold over three million albums locally, more than nine million internationally, and have achieved 28 platinum album sales in Australasia. They have had eight Top 10 albums and more than 30 Top 40 singles. ICEHOUSE and Iva Davies have won many awards, including the Countdown Award for the Most Popular Male Performer and ARIA Awards for the Best Album and Highest Selling Album for Man of Colours. The band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006.
Pictures and full bio information can be downloaded from here.
ICEHOUSE are currently on their 40 Years! Live tour (dates below) and tickets are on sale NOW. 

40 Years Live! Tour Dates

Saturday, 28 January 2017
Summer Concert Tour - Taupo Amphitheatre, Taupo, NZ
Tickets available from through (0800 ticketek)
Sunday, 29 January 2017
Whitianga Open Air Venue, Whitianga, NZ
Tickets available from through (0800 ticketek)
Wednesday, 1 February 2017 -and- Thursday, 2 February 2017
Crown Theatre, Perth, WA
Tickets available from Ticketmaster 136 100 |
Presented by 96FM
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Tickets available from Ticketmaster 136 100 |
Presented by Cruise 1323
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Red Hot Summer Tour – Old Mount Gambier Gaol, Mt Gambier, SA
Tickets on sale from 9.00am, Monday 29 August from
Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Saturday, 18 February 2017
Red Hot Summer Tour - Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Tickets on sale from 9.00am, Monday 29 August from
Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Friday, 24 February 2017
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Qld
Tickets available from Ticketek 132 849 |
Presented by 4KQ
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre, Tamworth, NSW
Tickets on sale now from or 02 6767 5300 or in person from
Capital Theatre Tamworth or The Big Golden

Saturday, 11 March 2017
Red Hot Summer Tour – Mackay Park, Bateman’s Bay, NSW
Tickets on sale from 9.00am, Monday 29 August from
Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Sunday, 12 March 2017
A Weekend in the Gardens
  ICEHOUSE, James Reyne, Clare Bowditch
Tickets on sale now from Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Friday, 17 March 2017 -and- Saturday, 18 March 2017
Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS
Tickets available from
Presented by 7HOFM and WinTV

Saturday, 25 March 2017
Red Hot Summer Tour - Roche Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW
Tickets on sale from 9.00am, Monday 29 August from
Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Saturday, 1 April 2017
Red Hot Summer Tour - Harrigan’s Drift Inn, Jacob’s Well, Qld
Tickets on sale from 9.00am, Monday 29 August from
Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Saturday, 22 April 2017
Red Hot Summer Tour - Bendigo Jockey Club, Bendigo, VIC
Tickets on sale from 9.00am, Monday 29 August from
Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Friday, 23 June 2017 –and- Saturday, 24 June 2017
Enmore Theatre, Enmore, NSW
Tickets on sale now from Ticketek 132 849 |
Presented by WS FM101.7  

#ICEHOUSE   #40YearsLive

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Youth in Film:  Celebrating the voices of the young

Lucien Simon Director Mast Films
23.01.17 8:35 am


Peter Jackson lives in a city the same size as Hobart and, one could argue, one that is even more isolated. This didn’t deter him from making films. It didn’t concern him. He just made films and people watched his films and loved them – it was that simple. No Government initiative, no private backing, just the love of cinema, persistence and an audience that appreciated it.

“Transistor Youth Film Festival is your opportunity to see films from the next generation of Tasmanian filmmakers and witness, potentially, the birth of our very own Peter Jackson.”
Transistor Youth Arts Director, Lucien Simon

Transistor Youth Film Festival is supported and sponsored by the Clarence City Council. The Festival will screen some of the State’s finest films made by young people aged 12-25 years. Films were sourced from Transistor Youth Arts Programs, MyState Student Film Festival and Wide Angle Tasmania’s Youth Programs.

“Film is becoming an increasingly accessible and important way for young people in Tasmania to express their ideas, issues, imagination and aspirations. This is highlighted by the fact that over 600 films were submitted into last years MyState Student Film Festival and over 150 young people participated in Transistor Youth Arts Filmmaking Programs in 2016.
Transistor Youth Arts Director, Lucien Simon

We are proud to announce that the Hon. Jacqui Petrusma MP and Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman will launch Transistor Youth Film Festival and Transistor Film Weekly Workshops.

Transistor Youth Film Festival will screen two film projects that were created last year in partnership with Clarence City Council.

‘Black Hills High’  - a 5-part web-series created through the Transition Film program in partnership with Rokeby High School and Rosny College and funded by the Clarence Council Partnership Grant and the Community Support Levy.

‘Eliza’ a short film created as part of Transistor Youth Art and Clarence City Council’s, Film Greenhouse.

Transistor Youth Arts is works in partnership with Local Government and a host of organisations to remove access and equity issues faced by marginalized young people so that they can create films that reflect their lived experiences. 

“I am incredibly proud of ‘Black Hills High’, the young people involved were incredibly open about their lives and experiences and together we were able to create a series that showed the impact bullying and domestic violence has on young people - issues that affect a majority of young people in Australia. In fact, headspace reports that 46.6% of secondary students reported being bullied last year. It is very empowering for the young filmmakers who make this kind of work as they not only expose and address issues that concern them but they become, in a sense, ambassadors for their generation.”
Transistor Youth Arts Director, Lucien Simon

Transistor Youth Film Festival
Thursday, February 2, 6.30pm
Venue: The Barn, Rosny Farm
This is a FREE EVENT.

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Artist in residence ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
22.01.17 8:04 am


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Devonport Regional Gallery: The Secret’s Out ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
22.01.17 5:30 am


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