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THE lineup for the Frankston Arts Centre’s 2021 season has been unveiled.
The 2021 program was revealed at an event last week. Highlights on the 2021 calendar include the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Sydney Dance Company’s Impermanence, Opera Australia’s Carmen, new works performed by The Australian Ballet School, and a production of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
The season launch event was hosted by Jimmy Rees, best known by his stage name Jimmy Giggle.
Frankston Arts Centre head of programming, Tammy Ryan, said “as 2021 unfolds and after working with artists, touring companies and arts organisations we are delighted that many of the shows originally scheduled to perform in 2020 are once again able to return to Frankston as part of this year’s program.”
To find out more about the Arts Centre’s 2021 shows visit www.thefac.com.au or phone 9784 1060.
First published in the Frankston Times – 23 March 2021
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Stan Grant and Tracey Holmes’s portrait in Australian Love Stories. Picture: Nic Walker
Australian Love Stories
There are many ways to make a great love story, and the National Portrait Gallery tries to include as many as possible in its latest exhibition. Australian Love Stories explores love, affection and connection in all its guises. From the enduring to the forbidden, romantic to platonic, the unrequited, obsessive, scandalous or creative. Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. Continues until August 1. Tickets are $15 from portrait.gov.au.
Dances of Passion
Australia’s national vocal ensemble, The Song Company, opens its 2021 season with an entertaining program of Johannes Brahms’s energetic Liebeslieder Waltzes and the touching Tonadillas en un stile antiguo by Enrique Granados. Saturday, 2pm. The Street. Tickets are $55 from thestreet.org.au.
Margaret Fulton The Musical
Before Margaret Fulton burst into the nation’s kitchens in 1969, encouraging housewives to try their hand at nasi goreng and apricot chicken. The Margaret Fulton Cookbook, with hundreds of recipes, step-by step instructions, hints, tips and full-colour pictures, was a huge success and gave confidence to housewives across the country. This musical biography of a true Aussie legend based on her bestselling autobiography, I Sang For My Supper, will be at The Q this week. Tuesday, 8pm. Continues until Saturday. Tickets are $65 from theq.net.au.
The award-winning Australian musical Fangirls heads to Canberra this week. Part concert and part musical, Fangirls follows 14-year-old Edna who is head over heels in love with Harry. He’s beautiful. He’s perfect. And he’s also the star of the world’s biggest boyband. Getting Harry’s attention might seem impossible, but there’s nothing that Edna won’t do to prove to Harry that she’s the one. Wednesday, 7pm. Canberra Theatre Centre. Continues until March 28. Tickets from $49 from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
Be More Chill
For the first time, the Broadway musical Be More Chill comes to Canberra, thanks to local theatre group Budding Theatre. Be More Chill is a sci-fi musical about growing up, high school and what lengths people will got to in order to get what they want. Jeremy Heere is just your average, dorky teenager, until he discovers The Squip – a supercomputer inside a tiny grey pill he swallows with Mountain Dew that promises him everything he desires – but at what cost? Wednesday, 8pm. Gungahlin College Theatre. Continues until March 27. Tickets from $43 from buddingtheatre.com.
Anh Do’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugeehas made readers laugh and cry. Now he takes it a step further with his stage show. Combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces he retells his story, dicing deep into his life’s joys and sorrows. It promises to be an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves audiences uplifted and filled with happiness. Wednesday, 8pm. Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets are $69.90 from canberratheatre.com.au.
Craft ACT hosts two new exhibitions this week – Between Earth and Sky and Essence of Cloud. Between Earth and Sky sees the 2020 Craft ACT artists-in-residence Jenni Kemarre Martinello and Sharon Peoples present a new body of work inspired by their research at the National Museum of Australia and their three-week residency period at Namadgi National Park. Essence of Cloud is a multi-faceted solo exhibition featuring the work of glass artist Mark Eliott. This exhibition represents a major turning point in Eliott’s career as a long-form body of work, which delves deeply into narrative, and character development. Thursday, 10am to 5pm. Continues until May 22.
Vive La Vrai Ceramique: Adventures In Clay
Acclaimed ceramicist Jeff Mincham presents his 90th solo show at Canberra Potters this week, after more than 40 years of professional practice working from his home studio in the Adelaide Hills. Vive La Vrai Ceramique: Adventures in Clay will show an outstanding body of work by one of Australia’s greatest artists working in clay. Mincham has had a long association with Watson Arts Centre and Canberra Potters, having first exhibited in the capital in 1986. He has since shown his work in Canberra on a number of occasions. Thursday, 6pm. Canberra Potters. Continues until April 11. To make a booking go to Eventbrite.
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Tasmania-based musician Rose Turtle Ertler had not come across a big, guitar-only band playing original music — until she started her own.
The all-women band — cheekily named Mapatazi — consists of 22 electric guitar and bass-playing women of all ages and levels of musical experience.
“To have so many guitars together was a new thing to try out,” Turtle Ertler said.
“Most people think it’s funny, and then when I tell them the [band] name they laugh a bit more.
“But it feels really exciting, and … so far it seems to be working.”
Mapatazi has just played its first gigs, as part of the Ten Days on the Island arts festival, and Turtle Ertler says they were well received.
‘We’re not going to shut up’
Turtle Ertler, of Chudleigh in northern Tasmania, decided to seek bandmates for Mapatazi just six months ago — to build her friendship and musical connections after having lived away from the island state for 31 years.
“I haven’t quite worked out what’s happening here in the music world, so I thought that was a good way to find out who’s out there.”
Turtle Ertler said she decided on the women-only policy for the band because she thought it would be “refreshing.”
“The music scene is very dominated by men — every venue, every recording space you go into,” she said.
After the success of the band’s first couple of gigs, Turtle Ertler is now determined to keep the group going.
“I want to keep doing things, with the idea that it is always about relentless women’s voices,” she said.
“We’re here and we’re not going to shut up, and you can’t get rid of us — that’s what I want the feel of Mapatazi to be.”
Safe, welcoming environment
Women who responded to Turtle Ertler’s initial callout for band members joined for different reasons, with the all-female factor being just one lure.
Kit and her daughter Cleopatra (whose names have been changed to protect Cleopatra’s identity) began attending rehearsals together — on the same day Cleopatra bought an electric guitar without ever having had a lesson.
“My daughter and I wanted to play some music together, [but] … neither of us had played electric instruments before,” Kit said.
Kit says the all-female aspect of the band gives it qualities that she and Cleopatra “absolutely love”.
“I think that’s actually been crucial for the kind of warmth and welcome that you get,” she said.
“There’s … no judgement, a lot of people helping everybody, so rehearsals are really unstructured and they flow — I think that comes with being an all-women group.”
Another band member, Mary Shannon, said she valued the group for helping artistic women and non-binary people thrive.
“[And] it’s nice to know that other women guitarists and bass players are out there, and they’re all wanting to be a part of something, and drink tea.”
So much more than just a band
Mapatazi rehearsals have been held once a week since the band started, but Turtle Ertler has made the group about more than just music.
Sketching, costume-sewing, screen-printing and zine-making are just some of the activities associated with it.
“It feels like [the band is] a really good base group to do things off,” Turtle Ertler said.
“You just have to ask, ‘Does anyone want to come and help print our band T-shirts?’, and there’ll be a few people who can do that.”
When looking to have the band’s costumes made, she came across a local women’s friendship group comprised mostly of Hazara Afghani refugee women.
“They’ve designed and made these shiny goddess-like headpieces for us all, so that’s really beautiful to work with them.”
‘Awesome’ gig, lots of fun
Before the band’s first live performances, Kit said she was looking forward to getting into the “whole rock vibe thing”.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” she predicted.
So was she right?
“It was a fantastic experience … an awesome concert,” Kit said.
“You always do something a bit weird when you’re up in front of a whole lot of people … but that’s the joy of performing — you get something slightly different every time.
And the band plays on …
Members of Mapatazi are now looking to a future beyond the festival.
“I love all of it, I love all the groupie stuff, I love that I was able to do a piece with my own daughter … [so] we’re going to push for the group to keep going,” Kit said.
For Shannon the band is important in helping to “break down barriers” for local women in music.
“We do get not as welcomed into spaces as we should, but that’s definitely changing and improving,” she said.
Turtle Ertler, who had initially thought of finding 30 members for Mapatazi, said 22 was “absolutely enough”.
“You can do a lot with 22 people … and it’s a really beautiful bunch of people,” she said.
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ArtsIndustry Commission (AIC) recipients gathered at the Door Gallery and Café
Fyansford Wednesday 11 March for the launch of the Project.
Arts Industry Commissions were a direct outcome of the Geelong COVID-19 ArtsRecovery (G-CAR) Panel (May 2020) in response to COVID-19 and the devastating
effects on the arts, entertainment, creative and cultural industries within
The projects celebrate the exceptional
and varied creative and cultural live art experiences being created for
audiences throughout 2021, and include music (Sonus Ensemble; OK Motels;
Sweethearts); film (Back to Back Theatre); dance (Micro Moves); theatre
(Threading Gold) and installation art (Hello Geelong).
Two of the projects, The
Journey of Extraordinary Encounters (Mary-Jane Walker, School of Lost Arts)
and Geelong Digital Outdoor Museum (part one), are featured as part of
Geelong Design Week.
Details of all other
projects can be found here.
Arts Industry Commissions are
supported by the City of Greater Geelong through the Arts & Culture
City of Greater
Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher
The high quality and innovative work that’s
come to fruition is testament to the depth of creative and cultural experience
within the City of Greater Geelong.
Council is proud to
support and foster the projects being created by our region’s artists via the Arts
Mary-Jane Walker, AIC recipient, School of
launch of the Arts Industry Commissions provided a wonderful opportunity to
appreciate, in person, the depth and range of arts practice being supported at
this crucial time by the City of Greater Geelong.
Many of the projects addressed themes that
interconnected but with individually fresh and surprising perspectives. As an
AIC recipient, it gave vital impetus to my project activating Geelong as a city
that can take a real lead in showing how design can address global challenges
and shape how we live in the new urban ecosystem.
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Queanbeyan Players’ 2021 stage production of The Sound of Music features Lydia Milosavljevic as Maria, centre. Picture: Richard Thompson.
Movies to Change the World
This episode of The Story of Film at the National Film and Sound Archive examines world cinema from 1969 to 1979. Movies to Change the World takes a look at the work of filmmakers from Germany (Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog), Italy (Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci), Britain (Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg), Australia (Peter Weir and Gillian Armstrong) and Japan (Noriaki Tsuchimoto and Kazuo Hara). The Story of Film is a British documentary film series about the history of cinema, presented in 15 chapters. Saturday, 1pm. To register go to nfsa.gov.au.
The Sound of Music
The classic musical, The Sound of Music is at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre this week, with the Queanbeyan Players production asking audiences, how do you solve a problem like Maria? In a convent in 1930s Austria, free-spirited postulant Maria is found ill-suited to life as a nun and is sent to serve as governess to the seven children of Captain Von Trapp, a widower and decorated naval officer. Upon her arrival, Maria discovers the seven children living grim lives in a strict and regimented household, run by a father who has forgotten how to love. Soon, however, Maria’s zest for life, love and music infects not only the Von Trapp children but Captain Von Trapp himself. Continues until March 21. To make a booking call 6253 1454. To get tickets to the livestream on March 20 go to stagecenta.com.
With music heading back to the stage, Canberra Sinfonia launches its 2021 concert season this week with Appalachian Spring and Sinclair. Opening the program is the world premiere of Chloe Sinclair’s Rainfall of Diamonds, commissioned by the Canberra Sinfonia. Focusing on the events of the past year, Sinclair has transcended the individual to reflect on a global perspective. The event will also see the symphony perform Aaron Copland’s score for Appalachian Spring, which is rarely performed in its full-length original version. Saturday, 3pm. Wesley Uniting Church. Tickets are $35 from canberrasinfonia.com.
Canberra Philharmonic Society presents Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Jersey Boys is a 2005 jukebox musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatises the formation, success and eventual break-up of the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll group The Four Seasons. The musical is structured as four “seasons”, each narrated by a different member of the band who gives his own perspective on its history and music. Songs include Big Girls Don’t Cry, Sherry, December 1963 (Oh, What A Night), My Eyes Adored You, Stay, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Who Loves You, Working My Way Back to You and Rag Doll, among others. Saturday, at 2pm and 8pm. Continues until March 20. Erindale Theatre. Tickets are $60 from philo.org.au.
My Brilliant Career
See the NFSA Restores digital restoration of the film based on Miles Franklin’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, My Brilliant Career. The film had an unusually strong female team for the time it was made – including director Gillian Armstrong, producer Margaret Fink, lead actress Judy Davis, production designer Luciana Arrighi and costume designer Anna Senior, who received an Academy Award nomination for her work. During the drought of 1898, Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) dreams of escaping the drudgery of farm life for a career as a writer. She meets a well-to-do grazier, Harry Beecham (Sam Neill), and must decide if love will interrupt her plans for a brilliant career. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with NFSA curator Jenny Gall. Saturday, 2.30pm. National Film and Sound Archive. Tickets are $12 from nfsa.gov.au.
Songs from a Stolen Senate
Five of Australia’s most prolific First Nations musicians time travel through Australian parliament, redefining words that were spoken by the country’s governments, in Songs from a Stolen Senate. The performance is the beginning of an ongoing series from The Griffyn Ensemble that challenges how Australian identity was forged since European settlement. In this instalment, First Nation composers from across the country have stolen parliamentary voices and reworked them into song and storytelling from the perspective of their own interests and life stories. Saturday, 7pm. Belconnen Arts. Tickets are $45 from belcoarts.com.au.
Finding the Lost Year
Finding the Lost Year is a concert planned for 2020, and played in 2021. Maruki Community Orchestra finds its lost year with a massive program for its pandemic-return concert. Beethoven’s Egmont, Alan Hinde’s world premiere In Search of the Lost Land, John Gould solos for the Sibelius Violin concerto and to finish, the romanticism of Schumann’s 4th Symphony. Sunday, from 3pm. Albert Hall. Tickets are $25 from trybooking.
The Emma Pask Quartet
Award-winning Australian vocalist Emma Pask has established herself as one of the country’s favourite voices in jazz. After her intimate sold-out performance in 2020, the singer returns to Canberra Theatre with The Emma Pask Quartet. Pask is sure to delight as she interweaves storytelling through timeless swinging jazz standards, upbeat Latin rhythms, tender ballads and of course some raucous blues. Friday, 8pm. Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets are $49.90 from canberratheatrecentre.com.au.
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The Greens are calling on the Morrison Government to provide targeted support to the arts and entertainment industry, together with the Covid Tourism Package expected to be announced this week before JobKeeper is cut off.
Greens Spokesperson for the Arts, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said:
“A support package for the tourism industry is welcome, but it is well overdue and should be accompanied by a continuation of JobKeeper for as long as it is necessary during the pandemic.
“The Morrison Government must also announce a targeted support package for the arts and entertainment industry which works hand in hand with the tourism industry.
“Our arts and entertainment industry was the first to be shutdown by Covid restrictions and one of the last to get any assistance from the government. Then once it did, that assistance was measly and the funding programs have been well over-prescribed.
“The Morrison Government had no problem allowing the HomeBuilder scheme to blow out to $2billion to support an industry that only suffered a quarter of the job losses that arts and entertainment did.
“It’s another cruel blow for an industry that has delivered so much during the pandemic, and is still struggling to get back on its feet with domestic and international border restrictions and social distancing rules impacting its ability to operate at full capacity.
“It makes good economic sense to support an industry that contributes $112billion a year to our economy and it’s time the Morrison Government properly acknowledged that fact.”
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Funding of up to $8000 is now available for City of Logan artists through the latest round of Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants.
The program helps arts and cultural workers from all art forms and at all stages of their careers to develop further.
Individuals, groups and organisations in the areas of skills development, cultural tourism/creative projects and regional partnerships can apply.
RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
Applications for the RADF grants will close at 4pm on Wednesday 17 March for projects beginning in June 2021.
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Cavill Lane Surfers Paradise is aligning with the community and celebrating local artists and performers to reconnect the fringe of the Gold Coast to the heart of the city. Get ready to experience 19 artists and exhibits, live DJs and performances, special guest appearance, giveaways laneway bar and so much more at our debut arts festival “Arts in the Alley”. A free, all age, arts festival for the entire community to enjoy together and showcased over 8 days this March 2021.
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Beyond the Sand Arts Festival (formerly known as Sand Safari Arts Festival) will transform Surfers Paradise into a beachfront gallery of colour, movement and music across nine spectacular days and nights from 13 to 21 March 2021.
From: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM,
Saturday, 13 March 2021
To: Sunday, 21 March 2021
Surfers Paradise Esplanade
Marketing Major Events Gold Coast
Major Events Gold Coast
1300 035 189
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