Bett Gallery: David Keeling, The Long Game

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
24.08.16 1:38 pm



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24.08.16 6:53 am


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Voting Now Open for 2016 Innovative Tasmania Awards

Owen Tilbury, Director of the Innovative Tasmania Awards
23.08.16 1:17 pm


Voting is now open for the 2016 Innovative Tasmania awards. All 66 entries are online and voting for the Innovative Tasmania Awards is now live at as is the booking for the Awards presentations in Hobart on 27 October, where Michael Malone, founder of iiNet and serial innovator, is the key note speaker. See

Owen Tilbury, Director of the Innovative Tasmania Awards, said: ” We are delighted that there are over double the number of entries in this year’s Innovative Tasmania Awards. The range and quality of entry really highlights how innovative Tasmanians are. Now is the time for Tasmanians to vote on the ones they think are the best in the 11 categories. With amazing innovations in categories covering young innovators to product, service, technology, start ups, community and government innovations, the voting is a fascinating chance to see what innovative Tasmanians are creating.”

Voting is as follows:

1. There are 11 categories, each numbered on the website. Voters can vote in one category, many or all. It’s free and easy. Simply click on the tab that matches the specific award (eg tab 06 takes you to the Innovative Community Award) read the 120 word description and click on READ MORE if more details are wanted.
2. Once voters have read all the innovations in that category they just vote for the BEST one in that category by using the survey at the bottom.
3. Voters can vote in one session or come back when time allows. But they can only cast one vote per category. All entries will be reviewed and multiple entries from one person will be disqualified.
4. Voting closes September 30. Winners are announced on 27 October at the Wrest Point presentations (6 - 8.30pm).

Each winner receives a 2 minute video vignette of their innovation which will be broadcast on Southern Cross News (value $4,500) plus a trophy, certificate and laurels.

Prizes will be awarded at Wrest Point, Hobart in Hobart on Thursday 278th October, 2016.

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The Unconformity Program Launch

Leigh Styles Secretary | The Unconformity
23.08.16 1:02 pm


Date: Friday 26th August

Time: 5:30pm

Venue: West Coast Community Services Hub (Enter off Hunter Street), Queenstown


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Despard Gallery, Last week of: The Uncanny Valley ...

Steven Joyce, Despard Gallery
22.08.16 9:00 am





Despard is proud to present Hobart based artist Mish Meijers and renowned Sydney based artist Jenny Orchard, represented by Despard for twenty five years, putting together a visual treat; The Uncanny Valley.

Jenny Orchard is among the best known ceramic artists in the country, whose distinctive vibrant figurative works are represented in most public collections nationally. Jenny is completing her phd which is based around ‘The Happy Valley’ we look forward to this new visual phase of her career.

Mish Meijers is an interdisciplinary artist using installation, sculpture, drawing, digital media, and performance,  what ever mediums that she thinks will translate and communicate.

Join us for a celebratory drink!


<b>Preview exhibition online: HERE

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Montaigne’s Mercurial, Musical Mind

Paula Xiberras
22.08.16 8:04 am


Montaigne aka Jess Cerro is a musician with a mercurial mind. Jess looks at things from a psychological perspective as I found out when I caught up with her again a few weeks ago.

Jess is yet to tour Tasmania but believes as her music becomes increasingly familiar it is just a matter of time. Jess would dearly love to perform here and tells me that she thinks MONA is ‘awesome and beautiful’.

Even though music eventually won out there were many career possibilities for Jess, she considered wildlife photography, being a botanist, design and zoology.

The single ‘Because I love You’ from the album ‘Glorious Heights’ Jess tells me explores ‘falling out of love’ when ‘the spell’  which initially captured us fades.

Jess is definitely a master with words and being able to convey emotions succinctly in the form of a song lyric but she tells me that she doesn’t like witting longer texts like essays!

How people interpret her songs is of interest to Jess. She is intrigued at how ideas (including her own mums!) about her songs can be so different from the meaning she wished to convey!

Montaigne’s single ‘Because I love you’ and her debut album ‘Glorious Heights’ are out now.

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Moonah Arts Centre, September 9: Ethereal Ensemble

Moonah Arts Centre
19.08.16 5:15 pm



Ethereal Ensemble is one of Hobart’s leading folk groups and kicks off the September concerts on Friday 9th with a collection of original and inspired music.

This is Hobart’s leading folk duo of Helen Morrison and Lynne Griffiths that combines harp, flute, cello and keyboard to create a world of beauty and imagery.

Ethereal Ensemble has performed in many festivals and community events over the last decade in the greater Hobart area. They have produced several professional recordings of their music and soon to release a book of their music verse and photography.

Tim Jones and the Big Cheese perform for the second time at the MAC on 16th September. Tim Jones, who plays tuba with the TSO formed the band in 2012 as a vehicle for his tuneful tuba playing and singing. This is a wonderful and lovable collection of groovy pop, jazz and show tunes. It’s an impressive ensemble of accomplished musicians that regularly plays at MONA and Hot August Jazz, that shouldn’t be missed.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for all Friday Night Live gigs. Bar is open from 5.30pm with one hour performances from 6pm.

This fantastic performance is part of the Moonah Arts Centre FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE program which is subsidised by Glenorchy City Council. Tickets are available on the night for $5.00.

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Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
19.08.16 6:06 am

Skull 2015, etching on paper, 76 x 102cm, edition of 99



In Australia, John Kelly is probably best known for his paintings and large sculptures of William Dobell’s cows, papier-mâché creations used during WWII in an attempt to confuse enemy aircraft as to the location of the Australian airbases. His sculptures of these cows have been exhibited on the Champs Elysées, Paris, in Les Champs de la Sculpture, 1999, Monte Carlo, in La Parade des Animaux, 2002, the MAMAC in France, The Hague, 2007, Glastonbury (2006 and 2007), Cork city 2011, and Melbourne Docklands (2001 to the present).

More recently, Kelly’s work has taken various turns and adventures that have seen him tackle contemporary issues – such as branding in contemporary culture, and museum politics – in places such as the Guangzhou Triennale, 2008, and the Göteborg Biennale, 2009.

Ten years ago Kelly’s work was commissioned by David Walsh (Museum of Old and New Art, MONA) in Hobart to create work for his Moo Brew beer labels. Kelly referenced the logo of the Australia Council for the Arts, who themselves had advocated a “branding the Arts” strategy. In what was a successful anti-branding branding campaign the award winning labels have become iconic Australian beer labels.

Join us, along with John Kelly and John McDonald to celebrate this ten year relationship with an exhibition of limited edition etchings, and to enjoy a nice cold Moo Brew….

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Moonah Arts Centre: What’s on at MAC

Moonah Arts Centre
19.08.16 5:13 am


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BOFA:  Volunteers Application Form

Breath of Fresh Air Festival
17.08.16 7:34 pm


The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival, 10-13 November 2016

Volunteers Application Form

Thanks very much for volunteering to be part of the 2016 Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival. Whether this is your first BOFA or you are a returning volunteer we look forward to welcoming you to the team. 

Patron surveys after the last two festivals have confirmed what we suspected all along – that our team of volunteers is our most valuable asset. We aim to have a big team of happy festival stewards who are approachable, well informed and friendly. In return for your time, we will provide you with a BOFA t-shirt to keep, refreshments, tickets to films, and an invitation to the BOFA after-party.

There will be a wide variety of roles including crowd and event management, food and drink service, VIP liaison and transport, and ticketing. There are also new types of roles emerging in 2016 which will see volunteers take some ownership of specific films and events. Some of you may prefer to stick to a well-defined role for the duration of the Festival whereas others may like to try a variety of things. We will do our best to cater for your preferences. 

The more volunteers we have the fewer hours each volunteer will be asked to work. So please do spread the word (and the work) and invite your friends and family!
Please keep a copy of this application for yourself. If you have any questions, please email us on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We look forward to having you involved in this year’s Festival and to meeting you at our pre-Festival Volunteer’s Welcome and Briefing event which will be held one evening in late October 2016.

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Theatre Royal, 7.30pm, August 25-27: Othello

Paula Xiberras
17.08.16 6:37 am



Actor Elizabeth Nabben loves Tasmania and tells me about a two week visit here that saw her visit MONA, spend ages exploring and then wanting to explore some more! Elizabeth is also keen on visits to the Tasmanian markets and Port Arthur. On her upcoming visit Elizabeth will be with the Bell Shakespeare Company and their production of Othello but between the performances she hopes to get some spare time to visit Bruny Island.

Elizabeth tells me she didn’t always want to be an actor but performing was always the aim just in a different medium. Elizabeth started learning dance at age 2 but due to damage done to a disc in her knee had to abandon her dancing ambitions. To counteract for that disappointment Elizabeth started to take theatre study which encouraged her interest in communication.

Several Jacobean plays later Elizabeth finds herself interpreting the bard as Desdemona in Othello. She tells me that even though Shakespeare lived over 400 years ago he had ‘incredible insight into women’s and men’s psyches, of the latter demonstrating in his plays how men internalise their insecurity and how the male ego may materialise into unjustified jealousy. This may be observed in Othello.

As to the dialogue of Shakespeare Elizabeth says the company, although mostly faithful to the text, may occasionally find a word that is too difficult to understand for modern day audiences or to incorporate into a modern retelling and so will be edited.

As for learning the lines Elizabeth says that is easy because ‘Shakespeare has the rhythm of a song’.

The play is set in a psychological landscape and in Elizabeth’s words ‘the fashion is contemporary elegant’

You can see this elegant Bell Shakespeare interpretation when Othello plays at the Theatre Royal Thurs 25 to Sat 27 August & 7.30pm.

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Crossmolina’s Irish musician knitting relationship with Tasmania

Paula Xiberras
17.08.16 6:27 am


When you look up Crossmolina, Mayo, on Wikipedia you get two notable persons that were born there, one, Gaelic footballer, Ciaran McDonald and the other Irish musician Marc Roberts. Marc is best known to Australian Irish music fans as some time song writing collaborator with Daniel O’Donnell, as 1997 Irish Eurovision song contest entrant, as a presenter of radio programs on Galway Bay FM that can be accessed on the internet and by his regular and respected John Denver tribute concerts.
I recently put some questions to Marc including the close relationship between his home town of Crossmolina and Tasmania.

You have visited Tasmania what do you enjoy about it?
We had a wonderful time in Tasmania.  I have to say it’s a funny feeling to come such a long distance from Ireland and to meet so many people, that remind you so much of home. The people were so friendly and Salamanca in Hobart reminded me so much of Galway where I live. I remember doing an interview on TV with Daniel O’Donnell, and we were just back from Tasmania, and I used the analogy of ‘putting a knitting needle through that globe of the world’,  in through Crossmolina,
where I was born, it would come out in Tasmania!  We were the furthest away from home we could’ve been! It was a wonderful experience.

In 1997 you took part in the Eurovision song contest. How did that develop your skill and confidence as a performer?
Well, I was lucky in the sense that I had been a performer for many years prior to Eurovision. I had my own band and we performed a lot of shows around the country and especially in Dublin. So, when it came to performing in front of 350 million people, I was ready for it.  It was an amazing experience and a wonderful opportunity to represent my country. I always think, that’s one of the most precious accolades you can be given! And finishing a credible second on the night, was
just an amazing thing.

What is your favourite song?
That is a very tough question! It’s almost like asking a parent to choose a favourite member of their family. Lol! I love quite a lot of songs in quite a lot of genres. Some because they’ve been written in such a way that it intrigues me. Typical example of this is ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Kate Bush. I always feel the chord structure is just so different and she was so young when she wrote it, it’s still stands the test of time, and it is still a fabulous song. I love the music of John Denver, James Taylor, Carole King, Dan Fogelberg and people like that.  It may be because they wrote their own music. So much so, I feel I have a stronger connection with the message they were trying to convey.

What is the favourite of your own songs and why?
When you write songs, I always find, the most recent song you’ve written is usually your most favourite. So, as a result that changes regularly.  I love when a song touches people. There’s nothing nicer for a writer, than when someone says that one of your songs has become a part of their lives in some way.  ‘When I found you’, which I wrote with Majella O’Donnell, for her wedding to Daniel O’Donnell, is one of those songs that I get requests for from all over the world.  Where
people want to perform it at their wedding! That means a lot!

You have a love for American country music but also for contemporary music and count John Denver as a major influence. Do you favour country or contemporary?
As i mentioned earlier, I love almost all genres of music.  Like the late John Denver, people try to pigeon hole your music into a particular genre.  As a writer, you cross genres regularly & nowadays there’s such a thin line between country, folk, pop & rock, that it’s almost impossible to do that.  A lot of it depends on which direction the producer you’re using interprets the song.  So, I can’t honestly say I favour one over the other.

Did you ever entertain another career ambition?
I remember on leaving school I got accepted for a couple of different colleges. There was a choice between primary school teaching, art college, but I eventually chose mechanical engineering.  I did that for a year & then started doing shows during the summer holidays…I never went back! I guess I always knew it had to be music.

When you write is it an easy process or do you continually go back and refine your music and lyrics or do some songs arrive easier than others? What inspires you, ie I have spoken to writers who have their prologues visit them in dreams. Do you have any unusual events that led to you writing a song?
Writing I find cathartic…it’s something I have to do.  There’s an old saying about a carpenter having to be able to use his tools before he’ll make his masterpiece.  It’s the same with songwriting.  They may not all be masterpieces, but the process & the practice is important.  It’s a wonderful thing & no one knows where it comes from, but thank God it does!  I think the most important thing is to continuously write down your ideas, document them! I use my phone quite a lot when I get ideas.  Then, when I decide it’s time to work on something, I can go back over what I’ve scribbled down & see if anything suits.  I can’t remember of anything unusual, but one of the most interesting had to be the song I mentioned earlier ‘When I found you’.  Majella wanted to sing/write something special for Daniel the day of their wedding.  But, needless to say, she had never written anything before.  It was Don, my manager, that came up with the idea…....she wrote a letter to Daniel, as if he was going away to war or someplace that she may never see him again.  This was her last chance to tell him exactly how she felt!  I was doing a show in the National Concert Hall, Dublin & Majella met me after the show & handed me an envelope with the letter inside.  Later that I week I had a
walk by the sea in Galway where I live & wrote the song using her thoughts, sentiment & some of her words.  It worked perfectly! She sang it to one very shocked Daniel the day of the wedding & I accompanied her. 

Do you have an epiphany when a song is finished?
I have a beer! LOL! No, seriously, there’s definitely a feeling of relief mixed with joy & then anxiety until you get to perform it live.  In the meantime, I would continue to sing the song privately & make sure I’m totally happy with the lyric & melody before I share it.

How did you get involved in radio and how do you enjoy it. Is writing and is performing still your first love?
I was asked by my local radio station in Mayo, Mid West Radio, where I’m from, by Paul Claffey, the station boss, if I’d do a programme for the Summer.  I did it for two summers & loved it!  That sowed the seed.  Then, when I represented Ireland in Eurovision 1997, I moved to Galway & was asked by the local radio station there, Galway Bay FM, if I’d present my own shows.  I still do it, & love it! I also do some TV presenting, but yes, singing, performing & writing are my first loves!

What next for you….another album and if so what can we expect? More self-penned tunes or perhaps a DVD?
Well, I’ve started writing a new album & I’m trying to get back into the studio to record them.  It’s a lengthy process but I’d rather take my time & be completely happy before it’s released.  That’s the difference with original music. If you’re recording a cover version of someone else’s song, there’s a blueprint already there that people are familiar with. And, though you try to make it your own, there’ll always be comparisons made.  With original songs, this is the very first time the public are hearing it, so you have to spend the time & hope that it’s the best that it can be!

Marc is keen to return to Australia to tour so any promoters out there you can get in touch with Marc’s management at the following address .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Marc’s official website is and you can listen to Galway Bay FM online at

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Devonport Regional Gallery: 3D PRINTING COMES TO DEVONPORT

Dianne Sheehan, Education & Public Programs Officer
15.08.16 1:36 pm

Pic: Vincent Buret

Devonport Regional Gallery and 3D printing education provider Modfab have partnered to deliver a range of 3D printing workshops to students and teachers in October, coinciding with the Australian Design Centre touring exhibition, Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future.

Shapeshifters opens at Devonport Regional Gallery on Friday 30 September, 6 pm and features the 3D printed work of Australian visual artists and design practitioners, including Ryan Pennings, Louis Pratt and Michael Eden.

Modfab’s 3 hour workshops and full day immersion course are on offer to students across the north and north west of Tasmania between 18 – 20 October, along with a one day professional learning workshop for Tasmanian teachers on Friday 21 October. All workshops explore the 3D printing design cycle, with participants creating their own 3D printed object.

Expressions of interest are now open to primary and secondary schools who wish to take up the opportunity to host Modfab on Tuesday 18 October for the 3D Printing Immersion day for 20 students and one teacher. The full day workshop explores the 3D printing design cycle with students creating an original product and seeing them brought to life.

“3D printing and design provides a great opportunity for schools to unleash the tremendous potential of their students to become the artists, engineers and designers of the future.” – Heike Roberts, Director of Education Projects, Modfab

Modfab’s one day professional learning workshop at Devonport Regional Gallery is open to teachers across the state who wish to develop hand-on skills in 3D printing and basic computer-aided design (CAD) software. The course is designed to get teachers up to speed with this exciting new technology, and provides teachers with the confidence to operate, maintain and troubleshoot a generic 3D printer.

Shapeshifters is on display at Devonport Regional Gallery from 1 October to 13 November.

Full Day Immersion
When: Tuesday 18 October, 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $30 per student
Who: Available for 20 students and one teacher (one school only)
Where: at participating school
For more information, requirements and to register your school’s interest contact:
Devonport Regional Gallery
P 6424 8296 E .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

3D Print: Pencil Topper     3D Print: Key tag or Maze
When: Wednesday 19 October, 9 am – 12 pm When: Wednesday 19 October, 12.30 – 3.30 pm
Who: Students in grades 1 – 3   Who: Students in grades 7 – 9
Cost: $35 per student     Cost: $30 per student
Where: Devonport Regional Gallery   Where: Devonport Regional Gallery
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3D Print: Key tag or Maze   3D Print: Minecraft Character or Object
When: Thursday 20 October, 9 am – 12 pm   When: Thursday 20 October, 12.30 – 3.30 pm
Who: Students in grades 3 – 6   Who: Students in grades 5 – 7
Cost: $30 per student     Cost: $30 per student
Where: Devonport Regional Gallery   Where: Devonport Regional Gallery
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Professional Learning: 3D Printing and Basic CAD
When: Friday 21 October, 9 am – 4.30 pm
Who: teachers (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary)
Cost: $350 per teacher
Where: Devonport Regional Gallery
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Tasmanian Folk/Punk Festival - HOBOFOPO announces second round of artists

Folk 'Til Ya Punk Records,
12.08.16 5:31 pm


Celtic Punk band The Ramshackle Army (above), who have been back and forth between the US from touring with Dropkick Murphys, The Tossers and Frank Turner.

The Dead Maggies

Hobart’s Original Folk Punk Orgy HOBOFOPO has just announced the second round of acts, for their folk-punk festival in November. Joining; The Go Set, Handsome Young Strangers, Fox ‘N’ Firkin, This Is A robbery and Squid Fishing are;

No surprise that local band The Dead Maggies are on the bill, but they’re bringing all the musos that they know to form The Dead Maggies’ Dark Orchestra to perform a special piece titled “200 years of oppression, a history of van diemens’ land”.

Potty-mouthed, middle-aged Newcastle yobs The Australian Beefweek Show, are in for a fun and raucous time. They used to have some cow-punk and folk-punk songs, but they’ve aged disgracefully and now just get drunk and swear a lot.

The alternative darlings of beer-soaked country folk The Stragglers make their first trip to Tasmania, featuring members of The Little Sisters and Cherrywood, expect some sweet tunes and sweet melodies to swig a few bottles of whiskey to.

And, local enigma Hairyman will be venturing out from the forests of the far south of Tasmania to deliver his a’cappella bush-ballads.

And where and when will this folk-punk orgy be I hear you ask???

The dates and venues follow.

Tickets will be available soon, so keep your eyes on and follow #HOBOFOPO

Thurs 10/11 - The Republic Bar 9-11pm
Fri 11/11 - Willie Smiths Apple Shed 7-9pm
Fri 11/11 - The Brisbane Hotel 9pm-late
Fri 11/11 - Big Dan’s Franklin Tavern 9pm-midnight
Sat 12/11 - Frankies Empire Cafe - intimate lunchtime acoustic sets.
Sat 12/11 - Afternoon All Ages, The Brisbane Hotel 3-6pm
Sat 12/11 - The Homestead 9pm-midnight
Sat 12/11 - The Brisbane Hotel 9pm-late
Sun 13/11 - Arvo BBQ session, Fern Tree Arts Hall 1-8pm
Sun 13/11 - Folky wind-down at The Homestead 9-11pm

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Our roster contains some amazing and upcoming Australian; folkpunk, folk, punk, folkrock, celtic punk, gypsy and bluegrass artists.

Check out:

The Dead Maggies - Tasmanian Convict Folkpunk & Cowpunk Storytellers.
- Released their full length album ‘Well Hanged’ on FTYP in November 2015. It was feature album on ABC 936, Edge Radio and 2BoB, was recommended by AMRAP. Had national airplay through several plays on Triple J and national ABC networks, and scored #7 on London Celtic Punks 2015 Album of the year list.

The Button Collective - Energetic Folk music from Northern NSW.
- Released their EP ‘The Lonesome Sea’ on FTYP in February 2016. It has received Triple J airplay and the band have been launching it on a month long tour.

Fox ‘N’ Firkin - Celtic Flavored Punk Rock from Brisbane.
- Recently recorded a full length album, for release in April 2016, and touring April 2016.

Handsome Young Strangers - Australiana bush-punk and a Sydney institution.
- New EP titled ‘The Battle Of Broken Hill” coming out in Nov 2016 with an album following in 2017.
Hairyman - A bush balladeer with a’capella tales straight out of the deep dark forests of southern Tasmania.
- Recording soon for a release later in 2016.

The Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble - Rogue folk troubadour, lively folk music with deep and intelligent lyrics.
- Recording soon for a release later in 2016.

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Moonah Arts Centre: Kashkin

Moonah Arts Centre
12.08.16 5:01 pm


Audiences will pack the Moonah Arts Centre on Friday 19 August to experience the original funk and soul of KashKin; an extraordinary seven-piece Hobart based band is receiving international attention.

KashKin was unearthed last year on Triple J with three singles that are seriously funky and are bound to get the crowd moving.

Since it formed in March 2015 the band has been playing to local audiences; performing as a main stage act at the 2015/16 Taste of Tasmania, playing original songs at the 2016 Tasmanian Composers Festival and Concert, and performing for a live broadcast for ABC radio.

In addition to live performances, the band’s music has received national and international airplay in the US and Europe. They were featured on BBC radio on the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show where they were on the playlist alongside artists including James Brown, Funkadelic, Michael Jackson, Maceo Parker and many others.

KashKin are currently recording their first EP due for release in September 2016, and will feature songs from the forthcoming EP at the Friday Night Live@MAC performance.

This fantastic performance is part of the Moonah Arts Centre FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE program which is subsidised by Glenorchy City Council. Tickets are available on the night for $5.00.

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Aboriginal Tasmanian playwright Nathan Maynard gets funding for The Season

Annette Downs, Producer Tasmania Performs
12.08.16 12:48 pm


Aboriginal Tasmanian playwright Nathan Maynard, TASMANIA PERFORMS and the biennial arts Festival Ten Days on the Island are celebrating the confirmation of major funding for Maynard’s original play about mutton birding family life in Tasmania, The Season.

The Season recently secured funding through the Major Festivals Initiative (MFI), and will now be staged in theatres across the country in the 2017 including Ten Days on the Island Festival in March.

The Season is Nathan’s first full-length play, it will be produced by TASMANIA PERFORMS, directed by Isaac Drandic and features a cast of seven leading Aboriginal actors drawn from across the country including renowned film and theatre actor, Trevor Jamieson.

Mr Maynard said,

“I may have written this yarn but the story is really a testimony to the old coes who carried our traditions through a time where they were being pressured to assimilate. These old fellas deserve to be depicted on stage.

The dogged determination from the Ten Days on the Island festival, Tasmania Performs and many others, to go out and make this possible is very humbling. It is also a reflection of the spirit and character of these organisations and the people who run them.”

TASMANIA PERFORMS Producer, Annette Downs, is thrilled to see Nathan’s talent being recognised and his community’s story making it to the mainstage of our international festivals.

Ms Downs said,

“TASMANIA PERFORMS identifies artists that have creative potential and provides support via; mentoring, sourcing investment, producing and touring, to bring their work to audiences. After two years in development with Tasmania Performs, it was the Ten Days on the Island’s link to the MFI funds that provided the critical last step to staging Nathan’s play.“

Ten Days on the Island’s CEO Jane Haley is very proud that Ten Days on the Island can play a significant role in helping local artists and companies take their work to audiences outside the state.
Ms Haley said,

“As a member of the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Ten Days on the Island is in the fortunate position of being able to pitch for Australian Government funding which ensures that new, original Australian creative projects can reach their full potential. We are also able to work with our interstate counterparts to extend the life of new Tasmanian and Australian arts productions through their presentation as part of at least three international arts festivals,”

Tasmanian audiences can look forward to a wonderful night of comedy and rich story telling when Nathan’s play THE SEASON is presented at the Ten Days on the Island Festival 2017 which will run from 17-26 March bringing arts experiences to Tasmanians across the state.

For more information, or to request interviews please contact:

Background information on…

THE PLAY: Featuring an all Indigenous cast, The Season is a funny insight into the inner workings of a family mutton bird shed on Dog Island. The story follows the highs and lows of the mutton bird season; with no TV reception and basic living conditions there are lots of shenanigans. Every problem is complicated by the island factor, dealing with extreme weather and ‘family’. There are plenty of tears, truths and laughs to be had during a birding season and at the Maynard’s shed it’s no exception.

Not since elder, Jim Everett wrote most of his plays in the 1980s, has Tasmania had an Indigenous playwright actively telling stories about their culture. Jim and the community have identified Nathan as a man of talent and cultural strength and have anointed him as the one to keep telling the stories.

The misconceptions that many people hold about Tasmanian Aboriginal culture are turned on their head by this play.

THE WRITER: Nathan is a direct descendant of Mannalaganna, chief of the Troowolway clan and of the whole of the North East Tasmanian Indigenous peoples. Since the 1830s, Nathan’s family has been known as the Maynards. Nathan has 17 years’ experience as a performer in schools and communities.

TEN DAYS ON THE ISLAND FESTIVAL AND THE MFI: Over the past 15 years Ten Days on the Island, as the Tasmanian member of the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, has presented a number of works supported through the MFI, including, Blue Angel produced by Big hArt, Ringing the Changes by Strange Fruit (2011), Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s The Garden of Paradise (2005) and Beasty Grrrl written by Scott Rankin (2003).

The Australian Government provides approximately $1.5 million each year for the major international arts festivals through the MFI which supports the commissioning, development and showcasing of new Australian performing arts works of scale for Australia’s major international arts festivals.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc. and the Australia Council.

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Moonah Arts Centre: Tropicana Tease, Sat, August 13, 7pm

Grace Cherry, Producer
12.08.16 9:30 am


Tropicana Tease
Saturday 13 August
@ Moonah Arts Centre : 23-27 Albert Rd, Moonah
Doors 7pm; Show starts 8pm

Can’t get to the Olympic Games ? Experience the Rio carnival spirit in your own backyard!

Tropicana Tease opens at the Moonah Arts Centre this Saturday.

Expect hot Latin beats, colourful costumes and shimmying showgirls. Tropicana Tease delves into the heart of Brazilian culture - with a twist of burlesque.

Tropicana Tease is the brainchild of burlesque and samba performer, Evie Red (WA). The event took Melbourne by storm in 2014 and 2015 with sell out events. The show takes its first interstate tour to Tasmania this week.

“It is the perfect time to bring this fabulous Rio- inspired party to Tasmania. Everything has just come together perfectly,” said Evie Red, producer and founder of Tropicana Tease.

“We have amazing circus artists, musicians, samba dancers and burlesque starlets all under the one roof,” said Ms Red.

“It really is a complete variety show. There is something for everyone,” she added.

Tropicana Tease features prestigious Australian entertainers including Miss Burlesque Australia and Burlesque Hall of Fame Winner, Zelia Rose

“Bringing Zelia Rose to Tasmania is a privilege. She is one of the best artists in the business, having just finished touring with the Australian Burlesque Festival. Tasmanian audiences are going to be blown away”, said Grace Cherry, co-producer and burlesque performer.

“I’m excited to be working with Evie Red to bring this truly unique event to Tasmania - it is more than your standard burlesque show,” said Grace Cherry.

Tropicana Tease will feature a variety of performers including:

Australia’s Got Talent star, Bodane Hatten (MC)
Evie Red (Burlesque)
Grace Cherry (Burlesque)
Gemini (Circus/Aerial)
Brazilian Heart Production (Samba Dance troupe)
and more

Tickets are $32 General Admission (available until midnight 12 August) from or

Door sales may be available for $45 General Admission (cash only)

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There’s no DoubtingThomas

Paula Xiberras
12.08.16 6:24 am



Thomas Pidd is returning to Tasmania in a production of May Gibbs ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’.

Thomas hails from Ulverstone in the Northwest, later moving to Hobart to attend Elizabeth College.

Theatre and plays are part of Pidd family pedigree. Thomas follows his uncle and dad’s footsteps in performance both in acting and musical theatre. Thomas tells me the whole family thing may appear a bit ‘naff’ but nevertheless performance is part of the Pidd family legacy.

After working at theatre in Tassie, he was encouraged by other Tassie theatre pedigree, in his teacher at Elizabeth College, theatre director Chris Hamley and the similarly talented theatre director Robert Jarman to pursue and his acting ambitions. Thomas says although he has gone on to further his skills and experience on the mainland he believes the professionalism in Tasmanian theatre is equal to the best in the world. Thomas encouraged to extend his theatre talents in physical theatre and even had a special climbing contraption/mechanism built for him to work on during a production of Les Miserable in 2008.

In 2008 Thomas left Tassie to go to WA to extend his abilities in different disciplines but ones that might still inform his acting.

Thomas worked mining minerals in Western Australia and enjoyed conversations with fellow workers, some incredible people, such as one worker whose job entailed driving his truck around in circles. Thomas gained insight into a rich array of character studies forming fantastic fodder for a working actor.

You can see Thomas using his eclectic experience, including that in physical theatre to help bring to life the magical May Gibbs story of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie at the Theatre Royal on Mon 29 Aug 2016 5:30pm and Tue 30 Aug 2016 5:30pm.

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Matt Fraser, Amy Owen
11.08.16 10:11 am


Ground breaking documentary, The Animal Condition ( HERE ), is set for a national cinema release this August and September via new Cinema-On-Demand platform The thought provoking documentary charts the journey of animal welfare in Australia from a fringe issue to a nationwide debate.

After stumbling upon activist videos of suffering farm animals online one night, four young friends take an investigative road trip around Australia. Unafraid to ask questions, the filmmaker’s views on the subject change as they speak to all sides of the debate, from activists and welfare agencies to government and industry.  It soon becomes clear that the animal condition spreads far beyond the farm gate.
Director Michael Dahlstrom says “This isn’t just another animal welfare film, it’s a documentary about human and animal suffering; the dying farmer unable to keep his operating costs low enough to break even, the activist jailed for refusing to pay trespassing fines and the animals caught in the middle“.

Three and a half years in the making, and with over 400 hours of footage shot, the documentary features interviews with industry heavyweights (Australian Pork Limited and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry), federal politicians (the then Minister for Agriculture Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig and the Hon. Bob Katter MP), animal welfare advocates (Lyn White and Peter Singer), Indigenous Australians, immigrant factory workers, philosophers and scientists.

The documentary screens at a time when conversation between the animal industry and welfare groups continue on a national level. The debate has recently been reignited when in late 2014 the Minister for Agriculture announced plans to make filming in farms without permission illegal. These have been dubbed the ‘ag-gag’ laws and if passed, members of the public who film and report animal cruelty could face prosecution. On the flip side, farmers and those within the animal industry often feel harassed by rights groups and misrepresented in the media.

Following sold out sessions at the Melbourne International Film Festival, CinefestOz and Portland Film Festival in the U.S., current screenings already running on Fan-Force include:

Hobart: Wed 17 Aug - The State Cinema Hobart
• Canberra: Mon 22 Aug - Dendy Cinemas Canberra
• Brisbane: Wed 24 Aug - Event Cinemas Myer Centre
• Sydney: Wed 14 Sept – Event Cinema George St
• Darwin: Wed 28 Sept – Deckchair Cinema

Fan-Force is a revolutionary way to enjoy cinema. Fans and community groups can nominate which film they want to see and in which cinema. If enough tickets are sold, then the screening goes ahead.
If there isn’t a screening in your local area and you think you’d be able to rally enough troops to put one on, log into to learn more about hosting your own screening of The Animal Condition.

Background ...

The Filmmakers
The Animal Condition is a collaboration between four NIDA graduates who met in 2007-08 during their studies. Shortly after graduating they picked up a camera and spent three years filming their experiences as they travelled the country documenting the many ways humans relate to the animals they eat.

MICHAEL DAHLSTROM – Director, Producer, Writer, On-Screen Investigator
A Directing graduate of NIDA and Monash University (BPA Hons in Spectacle Theatre), Michael Dahlstrom has directed theatre in Melbourne and Sydney – most notably Cherry Smoke by James McManus. Nominations include: Best Documentary, The Animal Condition, Film Critic’s Circle of Australia (2014) and Best Newcomer, Writer & Director for Vena und Schnitzel, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2006). Michael’s second documentary collaboration, It’s Not About the Sex, will be released later this year.

ANDE CUNNINGHAM – Producer, Writer, On-Screen Investigator
Ande studied English and Film at the University of Sydney and received a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Acting from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He also studied the Advanced Screenwriting Program of the University of Southern California (USC). As an actor, in addition to roles in Australian theatre, he has worked in Australian, US and NZ television such as SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, PACKED TO THE RAFTERS, VENUS AND MARS, BOMBSHELL, feature film BACKYARD ASHES, and video game L.A. NOIRE. Ande’s screenplay THE ERAe was a finalist of Cinequest and second place in Slamdance 2014 screenwriting competitions. He recently made his directorial debut with the short film RAKER, and is developing the feature screenplay. His latest short as writer and director, ORANGES DON’T GROW ON TREES, will make its festival premiere in February 2016. 

SARAH-JANE MCALLAN – Producer, Writer, On-Screen Investigator
A Screen Producers of Australia ‘Ones To Watch’ 2014 emerging producer, SJ is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, NIDA, (BDA Design), the Australian Film Television and Radio School, AFTRS, (Postgrad Dip in Screenwriting) with extensive background in business administration. Recent credits include feature documentary THE ANIMAL CONDITION (producer & production Manager) ; her postgraduate short film THE WONDERFUL (writer), winner of the 2014 Best Tertiary Fiction ATOM Award, screening at numerous international festivals ; and newly completed short ORANGES DON’T GROW ON TREES (producer, production manager, production and costume designer) making its festival premiere in February 2016.

AUGUSTA MILLER – Producer, Writer, On-Screen Investigator
A multi-disciplinarian, Augusta Miller (BDA, NIDA) works as a documentary filmmaker and factual TV producer. Previous work includes dialogue, music editing and lyric writing on Warner Bros animation, Happy Feet Two. Also narrating Judy Rymer’s acclaimed ABC documentary, Risking Our Kids. Augusta regularly collaborates on ABC2’s Hack Live programs and has produced content for NBC Universal. Her documentary directing debut, It’s Not About the Sex, will be released later this year.

ABOUT FAN‐FORCE.COM is a revolutionary new ‘cinema-on-demand’ platform enabling fans, organisations and businesses to book any film in any cinema they choose - and even raise funds from screenings. Fan‐Force’s unique approach removes the financial risk from cinema screenings – sessions only proceed if enough tickets are reserved first. The platform has already helped to launch a number of other films across the country such as the hugely successful ‘That Sugar Film’, ‘Wyrmwood- Road of the Dead’, The Emperor’s New Clothes’ by Russell Brand and ‘Awake-The Life of Yogananda”.

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Danae Effern
10.08.16 9:28 am


“A superb album” The West Australian

“much more than good music, it’s an education & a lesson in life. Get educated”
Forte Magazine

While Liz Stringer’s album All The Bridges has only been out a couple weeks, the achievements it has made in such a short time have been thoroughly deserved and simply overwhelming… Album of the Week at 2SER, 2BOB FM, ABC Darwin, ABC Newcastle, ABC Wide Bay - Bundaberg and landing in Triple R’s Soundscape and receiving 4 stars from the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

And the good news just keeps coming with Liz announcing the supports for her upcoming tour. Joining her on the road are names such Claire Anne Taylor, Tanya Ransom, Kate Oliver, Alice Williams and Leah Flanagan.

Be sure to grab tickets for a show near you and take in the incredible All The Bridges live.



Presented by The Music

Wednesday 31 August - Club Mullum, Mullumbimby, NSW w/ Claire Anne Taylor
Thursday 01 September - Junk Bar, Brisbane QLD
Saturday 03 September - Darwin Railway Club, Darwin NT w/ Tanya Ransom
Sunday 04 September - GYRACC, Katherine NT w/ Kate Oliver
Wednesday 07 September - El Questro, Durack WA
Thursday 08 September - Gulliver’s Tavern, Kununurra WA
Friday 09 September - Divers Tavern, Broome WA
Wednesday 14 September - The Junkyard, Maitland NSW w/ Alice Williams
Thursday 15 September - Lizotte’s, Newcastle NSW
Friday 16 September - Django Bar, Sydney NSW w/ Leah Flanagan
Saturday 17 September - Howler, Melbourne VIC w/ Claire Anne Taylor + This Way North
Sunday 18 September - Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth VIC w/ Claire Anne Taylor
Wednesday 21 September - Red Room, Ararat VIC w/ Claire Anne Taylor
Thursday 22 September - Sookie Lounge, Belgrave VIC w/ Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 23 September - Wheaty Hotel, Adelaide SA w/ Claire Anne Taylor
Saturday 24 September - Red Hot Music, Devonport TAS w/ Claire Anne Taylor
Sunday 25 September - Caravan Club, Oakleigh VIC w/ Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 11th November - Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh NSW
Saturday 12th November - Folk In Broke, Broke NSW
Friday 18 – Sunday 20 November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby NSW
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff VIC
Friday 16 December - Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA
Sunday 18 December - Fremantle Arts Centre - Sunday Music, Fremantle WA 

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Wrest Point, Dec 14: Em Rusciano, The Try Hard Tour

Siobhan Kranz
08.08.16 3:40 pm


including ...

Wed 14 Dec
Theatre Royal
Hobart, TAS (All Ages)
Ph: (03) 6233 2299

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Moonah Arts Centre: Call out for our 2017 Arts Program

Moonah Arts Centre
08.08.16 3:27 pm


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EL SALVADOR open the LatinAmerican Film Festival in Hobart

Jenny Forward, Sonia Parra
08.08.16 3:21 pm


The “The Crow’s Nest,  a film from the Central American country, El Salvador will open the Latin American Film Festival in Hobart on Friday 19 August in the Stanley Burbury Theatre, at the University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay. The film has received global recognition in Canada, the United States and Germany.

On the opening night the Salvadorian community, one of the biggers and old Spanish speaking communities in Tasmania, will have the opportunity to showcase part of their culture such as traditional food, customs, music and dances.

The film festival is open to the public and the entire program is FREE of charge! All films will be subtitled in English.

The festival runs from 19 to 28 August with Latin American films from 13 different countries, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador and Guatemala.

Please find here more information about the films:

We wish to thank the kind generosity of the UTAS Community Friends and Networks *** Programme who are also sponsoring this event in Hobart by providing a venue. Also, thanks to the Hobart City Council for their financial support. 


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Run away and join the circus … after you’ve got the degree

Miranda Brown Publicity
05.08.16 5:07 pm


National Institute of Circus Arts


The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) will be touring the country in search of Australia’s future circus stars!

NICA is calling for young people with backgrounds in areas such as sport, circus, gymnastics, dance and theatre to audition for places in Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts.

As the country’s Centre of Excellence in contemporary circus arts training, positions at NICA are much sought after and attract Australia’s most talented, physically gifted and creative young performers.

In 2001, NICA pioneered Australia’s first Bachelor of Circus Arts, with an aim to prepare students for national and international careers in contemporary circus arts and physical theatre. NICA graduates have secured positions with Circus Oz, CIRCA, La Soriee, Legs on the Wall and Cirque du Soleil.

Skills developed during the course include basic physical training, circus skills, performance and dance, history and culture of circus, entrepreneurship, and health and safety in the circus environment.

The Bachelor of Circus Arts is an innovative three-year degree program based at NICA in Melbourne, at the Swinburne University of Technology Prahran campus. Entry to the course is by audition. NICA also offers Certificate III and Certificate IV foundation courses.

Prospective students must complete an application form and attend an audition and interview in the location nearest them. The NICA team, led by the Head of Circus, James Brown and VE Coordinator, Tegan Carmichael, will visit the following cities for auditions:

MELBOURNE  Thursday 15 September  NICA National Circus Centre (Black Flip)
MELBOURNE  Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 of September  NICA National Circus Centre
SYDNEY  Saturday 26 September  Aerialise
HOBART  Monday 26 September  Slipstream Circus
BRISBANE Tuesday 27 September  Flipside Circus
MULLUMBIMBY  Thursday 29 September  Spaghetti Circus
FREMANTLE  Sunday 2 October  WA Circus School
ADELAIDE  Tuesday 4 October  Cirkidz
DARWIN  Thursday 6 October  Corrugated Iron Youth Arts
CANBERRA  Sunday 9 October  Warehouse Circus

Applicants are required to register for an audition via the NICA website at or by phoning NICA on (+613) 9214 6975. Applications close Friday 2 September.

For more information, visit our website ( HERE ) or watch our promo video ( HERE ).

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Republic: City Calm Down

Siobhan Kranz
04.08.16 5:34 pm



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Devonport Regional Gallery: August Newsletter

Devonport Regional Gallery
04.08.16 7:02 am


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Bett Gallery: Matt Coyle, Worry Doll

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
03.08.16 4:46 pm



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Peacock Theatre, Aug 4 - 14, 7.30pm: The Merchant of Venice

Katie Robertson Marketing and PR Manager
03.08.16 4:45 pm




AUGUST 4 – 14

Maeve Mhairi Macgregor

Sara Pensalfini as Shylock

With Emesha Rudolph, Robert Maxwell, Martin Spurway-Smith, Jared Goldsmith, Jessica Davies, Connor Carthy, Katherine Tucker, Jane Hamilton-Foster, Paul Levett, Eri Konishi, Rob Braslin, Kallista Adkins and Victoria Bremner.

Bassanio goes to his best friend for a loan to finance his wooing of the beautiful Portia, an heiress worth her weight in gold. With all his capital tied up in sea trade, Antonio contracts himself to the userer and Jew, Shylock: for three thousand ducats or a pound of flesh, due in three months.

As Antonio’s ships sink, Bassanio woos his lady, and Shylock is tested to her limits, the powers of love and money and the unending cycles of finance and violence will be interrogated in this production of one of
Shakespeare’s most confronting plays.


“Sometimes, I look at a record of works performed over and over again, and I think to myself - “Gee, that is a great role… but I reckon a woman would be amazing in it. Why have I never seen a woman play that role?” So, I set about it for myself to get a woman to play that role. And that is a how I have always felt about the Merchant of Venice. Shylock has always been a woman in my mind. She has been a single mother, like my own mother, who has fought against all odds to succeed, not for herself, but for her family and her community. I can’t think of any actor more suited to the role than Sara Pensalfini, and working with her once again has been a privilege.”

“I recently returned from a trip to Europe, where I was working for Terrapin Puppet Theatre. On my way home I was lucky enough to visit Venice, with support from the Andrew Jones Travel Scholarship. The three days I spent there were incredibly informative. The history of the Venetian Jewish community, long lunch breaks, men that know how to wear pants… The list of what I learnt about history and culture goes on and on, and maybe you’ll see a shadow of it on the stage at the Peacock.”

“It’s been super exciting to work with performers from a verity of backgrounds. Some professional actors, some stand up comedians, children’s entertainers, some singers, some dancers, some young and emerging actors - the absolute most exciting thing about rehearsing this show is the diversity of experience and skills brought together in the room to work on a play that is really about that diversity of experience.”

THE ONES BEHIND THE MADNESSLoud Mouth is a Tasmania-based theatre company committed to producing new, collaborative and professional theatre experiences.

Barging onto the local scene in 2014 with their hit debut ‘Venus In Fur’, Loud Mouth have continued to prove that they are here to stay.

“To me, Loud Mouth represents the future of theatre here and in them I see the next generation of professional Tasmanian theatre.”
- Charles Parkinson, Artistic Director, Tasmanian Theatre Company

THE PRICE YOU HAVE TO PAY or through Salamanca Arts Centre or Centertainment 6234 5998

$15 - $25

Opening night is Pay What You Want (Door Sales Only)

August 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th – 13th

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Danae Effern
03.08.16 2:55 pm


The new single by Tom Lee-Richards is both raw and strikingly honest. The themes of beauty and introspection captured in ‘Madness’ combined with Lee-Richards’ velvet voice are enough to melt the hardest of hearts.

Featuring fellow New Zealander Monique Shelford’s playful vocal weaving, ‘Madness’ is about the tension of ownership and blame when it comes to negotiating relationships.

The accompanying film clip is a harrowing and unnervingly romantic tale of life on the streets for Australia’s homeless. Directed with compassion by Tim Brade, the clip for ‘Madness’ aims to shine a light on Homelessness Week Australia and bring awareness to the most vulnerable among us.

Watch the Video HERE

Learn more about the Tour HERE

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The Unconformity is coming to Queenstown, Tasmania this October

Andrew Ross
02.08.16 3:32 pm


The Unconformity, formerly the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival, returns to the isolated town on Tasmania’s west coast this October with a three-day celebration of the region’s cultural life.

Its name The Unconformity refers to a geological feature, known as the Haulage Unconformity, upon which the town sits, and which was responsible for the mineral wealth including copper and gold that drove the town’s mining fortunes from late in the 19th century.

Festival Director Travis Tiddy says the aim of the Festival is to highlight the off-beat nature of Queenstown and celebrate its spirit of place and the otherworldliness and power of its landscape, which includes high mountains, deep valleys and a range of surrounding hills left bare of life due to the environmental impacts of the town’s past mining industry.

“In recent years, the town’s fortunes have changed, with the mines closing and our population in decline. Those who have stayed are grappling with finding a new identity to match new industries such as tourism and the arts that are hope will ensure a sustainable future,” said Mr Tiddy.

“The Unconformity is about people and connections and the community’s association with a dramatic landscape that many people feel is simultaneously compelling and ugly, valuable and damaged. As such, it is very much about local issues and emotions, but they are stories and feelings that will resonate with people from all around Australia where communities have grappled with new economic realities and cultural change.”

The Unconformity’s artistic program will explore Queenstown’s paradoxes and unexpected associations inspired by the town and its environment. Local, national and international artists will offer a festival that encompasses visual art, contemporary dance, music, sound art and theatre, as well as the chance to visit some unusual former industrial sites and other places around the town that are not normally open to the public.

The full Festival program will be released in late August; however given the popularity of previous festivals, anyone who wishes to travel to the region to experience it is strongly advised to make accommodation arrangements sooner rather than later. Local accommodation, activities and travel advice is available from the West Coast Visitor Information Centre

Anyone who would like to receive the program as soon as it is available is encouraged to sign up to The Unconformity’s email news list at

The Unconformity - Queenstown, Tasmania 14-16 October 2016

Learn more HERE

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