One of Tasmania’s most staunch and independent environment organisations, the Huon Valley Environment Centre, will celebrate its ten year anniversary this January with a music festival, art exhibitions and public gatherings.

Huon Valley Environment Centre will be holding a 3 day music and arts festival in Lonnavale and an art exhibition at the Church Studio, Franklin.  The music and arts festival will be held from January 19th – 22nd 2012 in Southern Tasmania.  The art exhibition, Artists behind the Action, will be held from Friday 27th January to Sunday 5th February.

‘Since its establishment by community volunteers in 2001 the Huon Valley Environment Centre has acted as a tireless voice for the threatened forests and ecosystems of Southern Tasmania. It is an incredible achievement to reach the ten year mark,’ said HVEC spokesperson Jenny Weber.

‘Huon Valley Environment Centre activists have practiced a strong community ethic, organised hundreds of non violent protests, fought litigation, experienced the violence of their opponents and, yet, continue to stand up for the protection of the wild forests of southern Tasmania.  Our efforts have brought unprecedented international attention to the threatened forests of the Weld Valley,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘The campaign has been buoyed by ongoing support from artists and musicians through art exhibitions and music events. In celebrating our tenth anniversary, we will showcase the artists who have always been behind the action,’ Jenny Weber, Huon Valley Environment Centre’s spokesperson said.

Situated in the small southern Tasmanian town of Huonville, the Huon Valley Environment Centre organises international and national exposure for the threatened forests of southern Tasmania, with non violent direct action, forest community open days and artist field trips, information dissemination, film making, public meetings, report writing, lobbying, an eco-shop and threatened forest wilderness gallery. The HVEC provides a staunch and independent voice for the forests and ecosystems that face destruction at the hands of Tasmania’s logging and mining industries.

Over the last 10 years people from all corners of the globe have visited the Weld Valley and have been inspired by the Huon Valley Environment Centre. We are calling out to all supporters, previous and present, to come and join us and be part of this important celebration for the forests and for those who fight so tirelessly for them.

The festival titled, A Decade of Forest Defence, will feature live musicians, cabaret performances, speakers, films, workshops, bushwalks, kids space and activities, art making, a licensed bar and food stalls.  The venue will be River’s Edge Campground, Lonnavale.  Gates Open 3pm Friday.

With Guest Speaker Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown.

And performances by;
International Artists; Delaney Davidson (NZ)
National Artists; Jake Savona, Saritah, Barons of Tang, Monkey Marc live, Madeline, Las Banditaz, Golden Orb,
Tasmanian Artists; Log Jam Fury, Blue Mosquitoes, Peach & the Tree, Little Bear, Dublo, Grand Master Trash, Muddy Turds, Middletones, HairyMan, Tad Poedee, Wolves of Rain, Gene Bob, Kellie Watkins, Barry Jones, DJ Reme’, Circus Horrificus, Scarlett Jezebel, Forest Nymphettes, Sands Family Circus, Clare & Eva Hoop, HoTown Heroes, kids act Zucchini Clan & more!
Sunday night, punk night - Forest Riot! -  Anti Chynus, Now You’re Fucked, Dog Tower, Satanic Rockers, Spoonfed, Traitor, Last Measure

Weekend ticket (includes camping); $60
Weekend ticket - over 12’s; $20
Day pass $20
Day pass – children over 12; $5
Under 12’s free
Limited tickets, to book online email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Art Exhibition
Artists Behind the Action
An exhibition of prints, photographs, 3D work and a special limited edition box of prints.  Contributing artists are Senator Bob Brown,  Milan Milojevic, GW Bott, Michael Schlitz,  Glenda Or, Nic Goodwolf, Rob Blakers, Matthew Newton, Wolfgang Glowacki, Raymond Arnold, Kaye Green, Simon Olding, Ros Meeker, Andrew Donohoe, Deborah Wace, Marcus Tatton and Simon Pankhurst.
Saturday 28th January - Sunday 5th February 2012 - 11am - 5pm daily
Church Studio Franklin, 3408 Huon Highway, Franklin

A selection of artists who are involved and their biographies:

A Selection of Artists

Decade of Forest Defence Music Festival

Jake Savonais a Reggae, Dancehall and Hip-hop producer and keyboardist based in Melbourne, Australia. He is best known for his third self-produced album Melbourne Meets Kingston released on ElefantTraks in 2007. This 21 track album was recorded in Jamaica and Australia between 2004 and 2007 and is the first ever album length collaboration between Australian and Jamaican musicians.
It features performances from Jamaican singers and deejays such as Anthony B, Determine and Big Youth. It was followed in 2010 by the release of his fourth studio album “Warn The Nation”, recorded in the UK, Jamaica, Australia and Africa. It features internationally renowned artists such as Capleton, Sizzla, Horace Andy (Massive Attack), Alton Ellis (in one of his last recordings), Burro Banton and more. The album received widespread critical acclaim, including Triple J describing it as “Australia’s definitive reggae album”. He is also the first Australian producer to release his own riddim series in Jamaica, the successful ‘Fire Dragon’ riddim released in 2009 which features artists such as Sizzla, Burro Banton and Vida-Sunshyne. Other releases include two solo albums, Invasion Day and Bass & Roots.

Saritah is an Australiansinger-songwriter. She describes her music as “vibrant rootsy acoustic earth grooves”. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and brought up mostly in Perth, Western Australiaand nowadays based in Melbourne.  With lyrical affirmations, inspirations, and observations that weave with sounds inspired by dancehall, reggae, soul, world and pop music, Saritah is a festival favourite, and loves to connect with the audience, her vocals are delivered with a captivating blend of attitude and grace.  Festivals played in Australia include The Big Day Out, West Coast Blues & Roots, Woodford Folk Festival, Peats Ridge Festival, Island Vibe Festival,Reggaetown Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival, Shine On Festival, Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Wide Open Space Festival,  Fairbrige Festival, OZASIA Festival.  International Festivals include; Bali Spirit Festival, Indonesia March 2011, Kispiox Valley Festival, BC Canada, Jun 2010, Sustenance Festival California USA July 2010 , Mosaic International Music Festival, Singapore, Mar 2010, Grand Mint Festival, Korea Oct 2009, Sori Festival , Korea 2007, The Fringe, Hong Kong Oct 2009, GreenRoom Festival, Japan 2008

MonkeyMarc is a leading producer/DJ from Melbourne, Australia known as the mastermind behind political hip hop group Combat Wombat and more recently for this eclectic solo work.  He also initiated the Labrats Solar Powered Sound System, whose environmentally sustainable parties have impressed audiences throughout the country for over ten years.  MonkeyMarc’s electronic career debuted in 1997 when he DJd with the infamous AllFunked Up Crew Sydney. His love for deep electronic music and strong political ideals lead him on a wild and adventurous track and in 1998 he co-started Labrats Solar Powered Sound System.

Elf TranzporterAn original member of one of Australia’s early legendary underground hip hop acts, MetaBass’n'Breath, Elf Tranzporter, continues to bring his unique blend of ‘heart-core’ lyricism mixed with home-made instrumentation combined with his cypher-honed beatbox skills to audiences throughout Australia, Japan and the USA. .... Whether flowing over electronic rhythms created by some of Melbourne’s finest producers or over his own live-looped beatbox percussion beds, Elf’s performances and lyrical delivery is hailed one of the most versatile, conscious and progressive that Australia’s ever-growing hip hop community has to offer. .... Weaving the political with the personal within his rhymes, Elf Tranzporter’s inter-dimensional approach to the art form, consistently manages to burn the line that often divides music designed to enliven the dance floor with that of music made to mobilize unity-consciousness and community empowerment.

Barons of Tang, From Melbourne, Lashing Tango, Rockabilly, Metal and Gypsy feels together with hard hitting guitar riffs, double kick blast beats and massive horn arrangements, The Barons of Tang serve up their self described ‘Gypsy Death-core’. The catchy tunes and punk ethos all tie together to mean one thing, dancing is inevitable! This genre mashing 7 piece, alternative gypsy ensemble have earned a reputation as one of Melbourne’s hardest working bands, playing nationally and internationally at festivals including Womad NZ, Splore NZ, Luminate NZ, Widows Peak USA, North West Folk Life USA, Womadalaide, Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, The Falls Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Sunset Sounds Festival, Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Alice Springs Desert Festival, Peats Ridge Festival, High Vibes, West End Carnivale, Karavan International Gypsy Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, Fairbridge Folk Festival, St Kilda Festival, Wallaby Creek Festival, Rainbow Serpent. And are touring New Zealand, USA, and Europe in 2012.

Log Jam Fury is based in Fern Tree Tasmania, but made up of musicians that has travelled the mainland music scene extensively. Singer/lead guitarist Lily Leahy, originally from Newcastle, has spent time travelling abroad and bringing back many of her inspirations from places such as Brazil. She is backed up by one of Tasmania’s funkiest bass players, flute and sax, percussion and drums with a bit of mandolin thrown into the mix. Made up from eclectic styles from gentle folk, through roots and funk to gypsy punk, with intelligent and relevant lyrics.

The Blue Mosquitoes have an energetic, vibrant sound - mixing traditional Celtic music with contemporary sounds and are aiming to take their music to a whole new generation.  The band’s sound is rooted deeply in Celtic music, with an undeniably Australian character. Their career highlights include performing with Dougie Maclean and supporting the legendary Saw Doctors. The band has performed at many Tasmanian venues as well as the National Folk festival in Canberra, Newstead Live (Victoria) and a successful tour of UK and Ireland in 2011.

Dublo are an original Dub/Reggae band mixing Reggae & Heavy Dub Grooves with elements of Funk, Psychedelia& Trance, layered with conscious lyrics & saturated with live Dubs & FX… Inna Dub Style…  In July 2010 Dublo debuted as the opening act for Ash Grunwald and have followed up supporting forTjuana Cartel, Mista Savona, and the Nomad. They have played the Falls Festival and will play this year’s Jackeys Marsh Festival.

Grand Master TrashMusical director Cap’nSkipdipper comes from the original Funk on Junk crew Junkadelic from P-Earth Western Australia. The Cap’n moved to Hobart Tasmania 4 years ago, and Grand Master Trash was born. Grand Master Trash plays funky poly-rhymical beats on reused and recycled binstruments, based on New Orleans mardi-gras style call and response mixed with hip hop thievery and funky back beats.

Middletones, Not your average blues duo, The Middletones play a blend of stomp driven, classic slide blues, mixed up with their own groove based, guitar fueled originals. The band have truly unique take on the blues; it’s full power, infectious music that gets feet on the dance floor and brings the ‘blues’ to a new generation.. The band has won several awards including best new talent at the Forth Valley blues festival and are nominated for Best blues and roots band in this years Amplified awards. Fast exhausting venues and festivals in their home state they are looking to take their music to the big island and last year the boys played WA’s Blues at Bridgetown festival where they blew their audiences away.

Circus Horrificus,delivers world class, bizarre & beautiful performances for all occasions. In the mountains of Tasmania, lurks one of the world’s most truly idiotic clown troupes. Samora Squid and Bridget Bridge are renowned for their extreme slapstick and stunt-based physical-comedy skits that truly test the durability of this unique pair of twits bodies.Forming in Hobart for a theatre residency during 2006, Circus Horrificus continue to astound audiences across two continents, with their absurdest take on circus sideshow stunts.

Sands Family Circus, the Sands family from Kellevie - parents Mark and Kristy and kids Jiemba, 15, Spida, 11, Rain, 8, and the newest star of the show, little two-year-old Ooli. As well as performing everywhere from school assemblies to corporate events, the family teaches a wide range of circus skills to anyone who’s interested, regardless of age or ability. With a range of skills between them - tumbling, balancing, juggling, unicycling, acrobatics, a colourful and enjoyable troupe that will delight the crowd.

Artists Behind the Action – A selection of contributing artists

Marcus Tatton, is a mid-career sculptor who lives in Tasmania. He has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions for over 15 years and has completed a number of public and private commissions across Australia. Marcus is a sculptor who works in public spaces and draws inspiration from the Tasmanian landscape. Marcus has exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea at both Bondi and Cottesloe. Marcus currently works out of a rented studio over 15 kilometres from his home in Allens Rivulet.

Wolfgang Glowacki is an international, multi-award-winning photographer. His photographs have been extensively published worldwide. His mission is to share the natural wonders of Tasmania through his art. Wolfgang walks 450 kilometres per year through rough, mountainous terrain traversing an average of 24 vertical kilometres carrying a 30kg backpack to bring you these images and loves every moment of it. He is also committed to caring for the environment and community by donating time, images and money towards environmental issues and charity events.

Michael Schlitz, In 2011 Schlitz was the Winner of the Rick Amor Print Prize 2011.
Michael Schlitz, lives and works in Tasmania.  The following quotation from Artlink describes his work.‘In Michael’s large scale woodprints, he often depicts a solitary man seemingly trapped or encompassed by nature. They exude a dark melancholy which undermines any temptation to see the works as whimsical surrealism.’ His prints are hand burnished onto hand made Japanese Kozo paper. Kozo being a plant [Broussonetiakajinoki] which provides a paper that is used for its softness, sensitivity and absorbency in the traditional art of relief woodblock printing.

Matthew Newton, is a photographer and cinematographer based in Hobart who has continually sought to disclose the natural beauty of Tasmania’s wilderness. His photography is helping spread the message about the importance, beauty and value of Tasmania’s spectacular natural wilderness. His work has been published in a wide range of publications including The Australian, Australian Geographic, National Geographic Adventure and the New York Times. It has also been included in a number of exhibitions including the Leica CCP Documentary Award, Head On Portrait Prize Exhibition and The Walkley Awards Exhibition. Matthew has worked as Director of Photography on numerous documentaries that have been broadcast nationally on ABC and SBS television, and recently shot three video portraits for the National Portrait Gallery. He is committed to protecting Tasmania’s natural beauty and supports the action taken by environmentalists defending the forests under threat from forestry industries, by documenting their demonstrations. In doing so he has helped raise awareness of these campaigns and drawn international media attention. He has given a voice to a group that often find themselves silenced. He is passionate about preserving Tasmania’s unique landscape for all Australians to enjoy.

Kaye Green, Kaye has lived, worked and exhibited in Japan, the USA, Belgium, New Zealand, Finland and most of Australia. Following a year as an exchange student in Japan in the early seventies, she completed her BA in Visual Arts, majoring in Printmaking, at the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart in 1976. Kaye has had 19 solo and numerous group and mixed exhibitions. She completed a Master’s Degree at the University of New Mexico in 1981, in which time she also studied at the prestigious Tamarind institute of Lithography. She completed a residency at the FransMasereel Studio in Belgium in 1996 and worked for 6 months in the Helsinki Grafiris Printmaking Studio. In 1996 she won the national Silk Cut award for lino prints which enabled her to travel to Amsterdam for study and inspiration.

Raymond Arnoldis an Australian artist/printmaker with a national and international reputation. In 2007 he was the recipient of the prestigious Glover Prize for his painting titled Western Mountain ecology - The relationship rather than the things themselves.In 2006 he established Landscape Art Research Queenstown [LARQ], a non-profi t studio/gallery in the Western Tasmanian mining town of Queenstown. LARQ’s main intent is to develop a ‘wilderness’ art space with an imbedded residency program that will become a nest for incubation for his own art practice and that of others in response to the natural and heritage values inherent in the region.