Come party with La Soirée to wrap up the Tasmanian International Arts Festival

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
27.03.15 3:40 pm

The English Gents performing with La Soiree. Photo: Viktor Wallstrom

Come and join La Soirée after their final Hobart performance for 2015 at an exclusive wrap-up party
at the Spiegeltent, before the mirrored masterpiece is dissembled and the tent continues on its
exciting journey around the world.

For the second year running, La Soirée has been a breakout success, smashing box office records and
leaving very few tickets unsold.

The La Soirée wrap party will feature your favourite cast members closing out the festival with a
night of special performances, mind-blowing party tricks and a few other surprises you won’t have
ever seen before.

Over the last two weeks, the award-winning madcap family of performers that make up La Soirée,
have entertained Hobart with their edgy fusion of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and
contemporary vaudeville.

Come along for an evening of fun and frivolity as we transform the Spiegeltent into Club Soirée and
your last chance to bid farewell to this motley crew of acrobats, contortionists and cabaret queens!

For those looking to kick start their Sunday session in the sun a bit earlier, Doctor Svengali will also
be performing a free set in the Outdoor Lounge from 2.30pm, followed by La Soirée’s final show at
5pm and Club Soirée from 8pm.

Tickets to Club Soiree are $10 (cash only) and are available to purchase from 10am on Sunday, 29
March from the onsite Spiegeltent Box Office. Get your tickets quick as this spectacular closing
event is sure to sell out!

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Carmen Stephens, Fesitval of Voices
27.03.15 10:44 am



Festival of Voices could not be more excited to present internationally acclaimed US ensemble; SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK. Sweet Honey In The Rock is truly something different.

The group has maintained a rich and distinguished legacy as one of the world’s most revered and treasured a cappella ensembles in contemporary music.

Educating, entertaining and empowering, Sweet Honey In The Rock make their way to Tasmania this July, spreading love and compassion, with a strong message.

For six days, singers of all ages and abilities will have the rare opportunity to work alongside, learn from and share the stage with this Grammy Award winning group. An experience guaranteed to resonate for life.

Rooted in African American culture and history, this powerful group of five women possess stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants and so much more.

Their collective voice, often accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms.

Raising their voices to advocate for truth, justice and compassion while addressing the critical issues of democracy, freedom, racism, and economic and social justice, they use a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation as dynamic vehicles to empower their audiences and community.

This July (3 to 12), thousands of choristers, singers and music lovers will descend on Hobart to perform and participate in the 2015 Festival of Voices, Australia’s premier celebration of the human voice in many forms. Transforming Hobart into a Singing City, expect a magnificent 10-day program of performances, community events and – uniquely – workshops run by the artists.

*Sweet Honey In The Rock concert details to be announced April // 2015 Festival of Voices Full Program will be announced Thursday 7 May 2015.

WORKSHOP REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN AT FESTIVALOFVOICES.COM *Suitable for singers of all abilities, 16 +

/festivalofvoiceshobart @festofvoices #FOV2015

Sweet Honey In The Rock video links:

Are We A Nation:

Wade In The Water:

Give Love:

Let There Be Peace:

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Last chance to sample international arts festival delights

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
27.03.15 8:19 am

Rising, photographed by Chris Nash

Make the most of it! It’s your last chance to enjoy Tasmanian International Arts Festival experiences
as the festival gears up for its final two days of visual feasts, comedy, sultry acrobatics, 4D cinema
experiences, family friendly fun and acclaimed international theatre across the state.

Artistic Director David Malacari said Tasmanians and visitors alike had a plethora of exciting events
in every corner of the state to choose from during the final weekend of the festival.

“In Queenstown, in our west, Watermark explores the power of music and theatre as a tool to
reconstruct a town which has seen recent struggles, while the visual arts exhibition Landscape is a
conversation delves into the subjects of colour, creativity and imagination,” Mr Malacari said.

“In the north west, audiences can help the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra mark its 50th birthday at a
celebratory concert at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre on Saturday evening, and again in
Launceston on Sunday late afternoon.

“Back in Burnie, for those young at heart, a free interactive tiny puppet community experience at I
Think I Can presented by Terrapin Puppet Theatre will also at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre all

“Contemporary dance company Stompin’s latest piece 6000 to 1 will give audiences in Launceston
an opportunity to explore the impact and importance of the choices we make as well as the
repercussions of real-life situations in a showdown with the notions of luck, chance, fate and choice.

“And for those looking for a place to rendezvous with friends before or after a festival show in
Launceston, Plato’s Cave at the Earl, will be open from 5pm till late over the weekend, providing an
immersive environment where visitors can eat, drink and question the nature of perception and
reality in this site-specific installation. Not to mention exhibitions at QVMAG and the Design Centre.

“On the state’s East Coast locals and visitors should head to Triabunna on Saturday, 28 March to
enjoy the annual maritime celebration that is Seafest, and enjoy a free Cuban concert by El Son
Entero at 5pm and, for those with some energy left after dancing up a Cuban storm, the highly
acclaimed Alzheimer Symphony will be presented at the Swansea Town Hall at 7.30pm.”

Mr Malacari said Hobart had an array of festival delights including an incredible line-up of
international acts such as Dementia 13, The Cardinals and Rising to finish off.

“New Zealand company Live Live Cinema will recreate the entire soundtrack, dialogue, sound effects
and music of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1963 film Dementia 13 live on stage in Hobart at Wrest Point on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” he said.

“Renowned international dancer, Aakash Odedra, whose work is inspirational, has travelled to
Tasmania from the UK to captivate audiences with his acclaimed show Rising.

“In contrast, UK company, Stans Café, will provoke questioning and self-reflection as they explore
the concept of belief with great humour in their production, The Cardinals which will be presented at
St David’s Cathedral on Friday, 27 March and Saturday, 28 March at 7.30pm.

“Another highlight of the festival’s final days is Blue Angel, which combines music installation, video
and sound design to tell the stories of Tasmanian sailors and seafarers.”

Mr Malacari said the final weekend of the Spiegeltent’s spectacular program was also upon us, with
some amazing performances still to come.

“Saturday at the Spiegeltent kicks off with great line-up of family entertainment with Live & Loopy, in
which electronic wizardry is wonderfully combined with DIY ingenuity, to play an array of surprising
instruments. This is a great one for the kids,” he said.

“And hailing all the way from Scotland’s highlands is Breabach – a five-piece ensemble who will hit
the Spiegel stage with full vigour at 2.30pm, followed by the ever popular La Soirée with two shows
at 5pm and 7.30pm and traditional Cuban band El Son Entero at 10pm.

“On the final day of the Spiegeltent another family friendly show Kaput will tumble across the
Spiegeltent floor with a hilarious mix of chaos, comedy and acrobatics, rounded off at 5pm with La
Soirée’s final Hobart show for 2015.”

For a copy of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival or Spiegeltent programs or to book a show,
simply head to or phone (03) 6210 5777.

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Triabunna Seafest gets a taste of Cuba

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
26.03.15 1:05 pm

Seafest 2015
Saturday, 28 March from 9am – sunset
Triabunna Seafest gets a taste of Cuba

The annual East Coast maritime celebration, Seafest will get a taste of Cuban music and culture with
exciting Cuban band El Son Entero headlining the Seafest musical line-up and hosting a free
workshop for school students.

On their first ever international tour as part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival, renowned
Cuban band El Son Entero will perform a free concert at 5pm at the Triabunna Marina to get Seafest
visitors up and dancing to their blistering rhythms and infectious grooves.

El Son Entero are renowned within Cuba for their tightly woven rhythms, seductive syncopated beats
and sultry melodies that leave audiences powerless to do anything other than to get up and dance.

The East Coast towns of Triabunna and Swansea boast a surprising and rewarding friendship with
Cuba, after locals have donated Tasmanian tonewood to Cuban luthiers and musical instruments to
Cuban school children since 2011.

Since this first donation in 2011, East Coast and Cuban youths have also exchanged artworks and
East Coast school children have made a recording in Spanish.

To further this unique, long distance friendship, El Son Entero and the Triabunna District Highschool
will also host a CUBAUS Workshop for local school children as part of Seafest, where the band will
introduce a Cuban theme to a classic Australian song the students have chosen and learned. The
band will infuse the song with a Cuban rhythm and then the students (with the band) will perform
the piece as singers, percussionists and instrumentalists. Students will also learn basic Cuban dance
routines as part of the free workshop which runs from 12.30-2.30pm.

Seafest is an annual community gathering that transforms the Triabunna Marina into revelry of all
things maritime and where friends and families congregate to mess about in boats, savour the fruits
de mer and relax. The Tasmanian International Arts Festival is delighted to be a part of its 2015

WHO: Band members from one of Cuba’s finest traditional
bands, El Son Entero
WHAT: Seafest 2015 including a free performance and workshop
with Cuban band El Son Entero
WHEN: Saturday, 28 March from 9am – sunset with El Son Entero
performing at 5pm
WHERE: Triabunna Marina, Triabunna

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Global Orchestra’s “Concert for the Planet” takes off!

Rina Ferris Media Release
26.03.15 12:52 pm


Global Earth Hour Initiative set to resound around the planet

For Release – Thursday, 26 March, 2015: The Global Orchestra’s inaugural Concert for the Planet, a mass participation, multi-location, first of its kind performance of Holst’s The Planets, has gone global with musicians and communities around the world coming together via innovative technology to mark our commitment to listen to each other and our planet’s needs during Earth Hour 2015.

The unique performance will take place at 8:30pm on 28th March 2015, with Global Orchestra’s Conductor-Cam capturing and streaming the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) highly acclaimed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson live as he leads the SSO through Holst’s The Planets at the Sydney Opera House.

While the main event will take place at the Sydney Opera House, events are being hosted across the globe as community groups come together to perform in unison with the SSO via the live stream.
With only a few days to go, Global Orchestra has been inundated with registrations and can confirm that several hundred of schools and organisations in Australia and around the world, as well as the NASA base at Langley, will all be joining the performance.  Registration is not compulsory and it is anticipated that the number of people actually participating in the Concert event will be in the thousands.

The inclusion of 70 musicians from NASA’s Langley Research Centre in Virginia, consisting of NASA employees and local Adult and Youth Orchestra Members is a huge addition to the Concert event.

Kelly Murphy, Assistant Head of the Aerothermodynamics Branch at NASA Langley Research Center said today: “One of NASA’s primary missions is to understand and protect our home planet.  NASA Langley, where many of the world’s leading atmospheric scientists conduct cutting-edge research, is thrilled to participate in the Concert for the Planet – with people all over the world - to reflect on how each of us can “play our part for the planet.”

Photos are available for download, including a picture of Kelly Murphy and Tony Arviola, two of the NASA musicians, at

With the support of the SSO, Global Orchestra has also created musical arrangements, instructional videos, lesson plans and information packs for participants to play their part on the big night. The Conductor-Cam, featuring David Robertson conducting the SSO live in performance, will also guide players through the bar numbers and count players in to ensure everyone follows the score and knows when to play their part.

Please see the introduction video at

In another world first, Google + will live stream a broadcast quality, multi camera production of the SSO‘s performance, via Hangout on Air.

Earth Hour is supporting the initiative and encouraging schools to link with the Global Orchestra to spread the word of this unique opportunity. More than 200 community and schools groups have already registered, with thousands of participants rehearsing in the lead up to the Concert for the Planet.

Global Orchestra Founder and Artistic Director, Charlie Chan, said today “In the last week we’ve had an amazing pick up of registrations and interest, particularly with the inclusion of 70 musicians at the NASA base in Langley.  There’s only two more days to go and even at this late stage, people are still registering new events - it’s not too late to join!  We’re looking forward to forming the Global Orchestra with the world”

For more information about the Global Orchestra or to register for the Concert for the Planet:

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New online tool for cultural tourists

The Tasmanian Arts Guide team
26.03.15 8:51 am


The Tasmanian Arts Guide is a user-friendly website that brings together the best arts and cultural experiences across Tasmania.  It is designed for cultural tourists and locals alike – making it easy to find the best creative places to go and things to do in the arts in Tasmania.

The website was developed by Arts Tasmania in partnership with the arts and creative industry to provide reliable and curated content that simplifies travel and entertainment planning for the arts-interested traveller.

It has a comprehensive ‘what’s on’ guide where you can browse a range of creative events, you can discover a plethora of creative places to go across the state and there are creative travel guides, exclusive insider tips and feature articles, plus, profiles of a selection of Tasmanian artists, designers, writers and arts companies.

Watch a TouTube vid spruiking the site:

The Tasmanian Arts Guide can be found at

You can follow the Tasmanian Arts Guide’s social media channels at Facebook, and Instagram, for news and updates.


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Dianne Sheehan, Education & Public Programs Officer Devonport Regional Gallery. Pub: Mar 25
26.03.15 4:04 am

Laura McMahon


Where: Devonport Regional Gallery
When: Wednesday 8 April, 1–4 pm
Who: Ages 12+
Cost: $10 / $8 members

Join street artist Laura McMahon for an afternoon of designing, drawing and installing a piece of street art. Artworks will be pasted to an external wall outside the Gallery and visible as part of Devonport’s National Youth Week festival, Reclaim the Lane.

Reclaim the Lane will be held on Friday 10 April, 3 – 5 pm in Rooke Lane, Devonport. Laura McMahon is this year’s artist-in-residence, creating a public art work alongside participants of the Paste Ups workshop.


Where: Devonport Regional Gallery
When:  14th & 21st April, 6 – 8 pm &
28th April, 5.30 – 7.30 pm (twilight session)
Who: Adults
Cost: $20 per session / $50 all sessions (members: $15 / $35)
Bring: camera (must have fully manual functions), tripod and spare battery

Explore Devonport in a new light and experience the nightly spirit of the city with local photographer Brian Sollors.

Brian will be exploring various locations around Devonport with participants of each workshop and teaching how to make beautiful low light photographs. This is a great workshop for beginners to night photography, or those who wish to hone their skills and explore different locations.

Each workshop covers compositional and technical considerations. The final session on 28th April is scheduled earlier in order for participants to learn how to take good photographs during twilight.

Brian is featured in Devonport Regional Gallery’s current exhibition, ReViewing (13 March – 10 May, 2015).

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Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
25.03.15 9:16 am


This iconic work by Philip Wolfhagen has just been released on the secondary market.  This painting was first exhibited at Sherman Galleries in 2002, and more recently, toured the country as one of the major highlights in Wolfhagen’s survey exhibition, Illumination.

This important painting is now available for sale.

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Honouring Richard Flanagan & Awards to Inspire Our Writers

Will Hodgman, Premier
25.03.15 8:59 am

Today’s reception for Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan was a tremendous opportunity to celebrate his 2014 Man Booker Prize and enduring contribution to literature and Tasmania.

The acclaim for Richard’s novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North truly establishes his status as the greatest Australian novelist of his time.

Through The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard shares the deeply personal story of his late father Archie, and like so many of his stories, it brings readers to our island.

Richard’s deep connection with his island home not only inspires his novels, it inspires readers the world over and is a great source of pride for Tasmanians.

On behalf of all Tasmanians, I congratulate Richard on his accomplishments and thank him for sharing his stories with us.

We want to support Tasmanian writers and those who write about our state, which is why I am also pleased to announce that the Liberal Government will sponsor Tasmania’s biennial literary awards, the Premier’s Literary Prizes 2015.

We will provide $25,000 for the Tasmanian Book Prize for the best book with Tasmanian content, while the University of Tasmania will sponsor the $5,000 Margaret Scott Prize for the best book by a Tasmania writer and the $5,000 University of Tasmania Prize for the best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian Writer.

I am also very excited to announce a new prize, the $5,000 Young Writer’s Prize for young Tasmanian writers aged 35 or under, made possible by philanthropic donations.

For entry details go to

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Despard Gallery News: Congratulations Pat ...

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
24.03.15 5:47 am





20 March - 30 August 2015

Despard would like to congratulate Patrick Hall for his latest exhibition, Things I Once Knew currently on show at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Things I Once Knew is a survey exhibition that represents the development of Patrick Hall’s practice from the mid-1980s to the present. We strongly recommend you visit this show that is on at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery until 30 August, 2015.

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Saturday, 21 March – Sunday, 29 March: Reorder to transform Triabunna’s Spring Bay Mill

Lucinda Szczypior Font PR
21.03.15 9:07 am


The Tasmanian International Arts Festival will present a rich array of visual arts experiences across
the state, including Reorder at the unique Spring Bay Mill in Triabunna from Saturday, 21 March –
Sunday, 29 March.

Spring Bay Mill has begun the process of converting the old woodchip mill site at Triabunna into a
centre of environmental and cultural exchange, set within a botanical garden.

Using materials found within the mill site, artists Bronte Booth, David Hamilton, Ed King, Jacob Leary,
Serena Rosevear, Isis St Pierre and Tricky Walsh have created six installations in response to
particular locations at the site, with the mill’s large scale industrial environment as its canvas.

Discarded wood has been recovered, wood chips have been reassembled, and rusted machine parts
repurposed as Reorder, which examines the transition of the mill from one form of enterprise to

Reorder is free and open daily to the public from 10am – 6pm from Saturday, 21 March – Sunday, 29
March 2015.

For a copy of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival program, simply head to,
phone (03) 6210 5777 or visit the Ten Days office at 71 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania.

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The Rundown ... This Weekend

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21.03.15 8:14 am


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Bronwyn Williams
21.03.15 6:16 am


All living things – from the most microscopic of organisms to the Earth itself – have a compelling need to exist in a state of balance or equilibrium.  When that balance is disturbed, instinct dictates that all possible effort must be made to restore it.  Sometimes, the organism is successful – a state of harmony is re-established, and life moves on. 

But sometimes, the assault is too great.  Sometimes, despite heroic endeavour, an organism is left permanently damaged – diminished in vigour and prone to further devastation.

Sometimes, the organism does not survive.

The images displayed in Isla Macgregor’s new exhibition, Entropy 1, are a visual expose of mining’s assault on the natural balance of the environment.  In particular, the environment of Tasmania’s West Coast.

Ms MacGregor’s images – as was her intention – are a telling contrast to the picture postcard Tasmanian eye candy we are accustomed to seeing on public display.  They are equally captivating, with gorgeous colours and textures, but closer inspection reveals the inexorable ruination of the environment that began many decades ago in our state’s far flung mines.

The rust is everywhere - making lacy patterns in the abandoned apparatus of mining, and colouring the waterways a murky, unnatural shade of ochre.

Many are familiar with the arid ‘moonscape’ surrounding the West Coast mining region of Queenstown, and for most it is no more than an historic curiosity – a minor blip in an otherwise pristine environment.

Ms MacGregor’s exhibition gets up close to the decaying remnants of mining in Queenstown and Zeehan, and shows us the magnitude and aggression of the enemy our environment faced in this arena.  It shows how valiantly the environment must have fought to restore itself to equilibrium – how it is still fighting to save itself.

Entropy is described as a disordered state, and Ms MacGregor’s exhibition is well named.  The disorder and disharmony shown in her authentic, unadorned work are a timely reminder to us all that we cannot take the continued health of our environment for granted.

Complementing the visual element of the exhibition is a selection of Tasmanian historical texts and records, where acknowledgement of mining’s impact on the island state’s environment is also disturbingly absent.

Tasmania might be ‘clean and green’, but the shiny veneer sometimes hides a grubby, tarnished underbelly.  Rather than avert her gaze, Ms MacGregor has used her lens to bravely expose this uncomfortable reality.

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20.03.15 11:30 am


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Tasmanian International Arts Festival launched

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
19.03.15 2:33 pm

The Tasmanian International Arts Festival is an opportunity for all Tasmanians to experience world class arts events.

The Festival is a statewide cultural event of international significance, with events and performances in approximately 30 locations around the state.

First held in 2001 as Ten Days on the Island, the Tasmanian International Arts Festival has become an important part of our arts, cultural and major events calendar.

It showcases the amazing talent we have here in Tasmania, as well as attracting an influx of national and international artists.

Importantly, it contributes to the Hodgman Liberal Government’s target of attracting 1.5 million tourists per year each year by 2020.

The Tasmanian International Arts Festival promotes our state nationally and internationally and adds to our significant appeal as an arts and cultural tourism destination.

The festival has something for everyone from cabaret, circus, dance, theatre, and the visual arts.

I urge Tasmanians to take the opportunity to see the incredible array of artistic offerings on show around the state as part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival.

For further information or to book tickets visit the festival website

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Festival reinforces Tasmania’s cultural reputation

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
19.03.15 1:11 pm


Tasmanian audiences are again in for an arts treat, featuring work from the far corners of the globe
alongside the outstanding creativity of local Tasmanian artists as the state plays host to the eighth
acclaimed, statewide biennial multi-arts festival – the 2015 Tasmanian International Arts Festival.

With one of the festival centrepieces – the popular Spiegeltent – already in the second week of its
25-day season, the much anticipated statewide component of the festival is now being celebrated
with gala celebrations in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart, offering an array of events across the island
until 29 March.

Artistic Director David Malacari said with artists flying in from as far away as Cuba and Bolivia, over
45 productions and more than 100 festival performances would be available to audiences from King
Island in the north west, George Town in the north and as far south as Bruny Island.

“Since the first Ten Days on the Island event in 2001, the festival has touched the lives of more than
one million people, and in 2015 our program of events aims to build on this – rolling out creative
experiences in each corner of the state and everywhere inbetween,” Mr Malacari said.

“Confronting, diverse, innovative and unforgettable, the 2015 Tasmanian International Arts Festival
program delivers a visual and enriching feast for art lovers of every age, enhancing the state’s
reputation as a hub of cultural and artistic activities.”

Mr Malacari said opening for the festival this evening at St John’s Anglican Church in Launceston,
was the UK’s inventive Stan’s Café Theatre Company, who will explore the concept of belief using a
tiny puppet stage to depict the most recognisable tales from the Bible in The Cardinals.

“While Burnie enjoyed the genre-defying circus cabaret Beyond as part of the Spiegel Sideshow last
night, opening for the festival in Hobart on Friday evening is an Australian exclusive, with South
American company Teatro de los Andes delivering a unique reinterpretation of the Shakespeare
classic Hamlet, in Hamlet de los Andes,” he said.

“Starting today, Tasmanians can choose to see everything from international thought provoking
theatre productions, to immersive overnight maritime experiences; including free outdoor twilight
concerts in some of the state’s most remote locations and an array of visual arts exhibitions to
challenge both the mind and the eye.

“International acts gracing stages across the state include New Zealand’s Dementia 13, the UK’s The
Cardinals, Bolivia’s Hamlet de los Andes, and the UK’s contemporary dance piece Rising.”

Mr Malcari said as the only multi-arts statewide festival in Australia, the Tasmanian International
Arts Festival was a quintessential example of how a cultural asset could enrich the brand of a place.

“Since the first festival in 2001, Ten Days has led the state’s creative industry, adapting and evolving
in order to continue inspiring and entertaining Tasmanian audiences, and the 2015 festival is no
exception,” he said.

“The 2013 Ten Days on the Island event generated an investment return of ten dollars for every
public dollar spent, demonstrating the strong economic value of the international multi-arts festival.

“With more Tasmanians participating in arts than in any other state in Australia, we look forward to
delivering a 2015 festival program that touches the lives of those living in both remote locations or
in city centres.”

For a copy of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival program or to book a show, simply head to or phone (03) 6210 5777.

Click here for all details, including program

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Devonport Regional Art Gallery: March 2015 Newsletter

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19.03.15 7:36 am


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Carmen Stephens, Fesitval of Voices
19.03.15 5:59 am


Following a successful launch in 2014, the Voicebox Cabaret Showcase (formerly Tasmanian Cabaret Festival) is back this July for Festival of Voices! The Festival of Voices launched its PETITARET Cabaret in 2014, an evening featuring fast and fresh ten minute performances by an extravagant range of talent from around the country followed by full length shows by some of Australia’s favourite cabaret artists, including Amelia Ryan, Melody Beck and Trevor Jones. This July, Festival of Voices in association with Allison Farrow & Dell’Arte Productions is thrilled to present again a Voicebox Cabaret Showcase (formally Tasmanian Cabaret Festival) featuring our successful PETITARET applicants and performances by invited artists. We hope to encourage more Tasmanian artists to participate on the national circuit and more interstate and overseas artists to perform in Tasmania. Held over two big nights (Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 July), the Festival is seeking ten-minute shows, a taste of talent to dazzle the audience.

Allison Farrow said: “Our 2014 event was enthusiastically received by audiences and performers alike, and we truly succeeded in unearthing talent from all over Australia, presenting some sensational Tasmanian artists as well as showcasing emerging and established cabaret artists from all over the nation. I can’t wait to share our 2015 program with Hobart audiences!” This is a development and networking opportunity for artists to progress their understanding of the form, test audiences, meet other practitioners and build their careers as cabaret performers. It presents the perfect opportunity for emerging performers with shows they believe have the potential to develop into full-length performances to be seen in a professional context. What we are looking for: We seek to present a diverse program and value original well-written concepts that have high entertainment value and are easy to promote. Shows that explore the cabaret genre and push the boundaries are encouraged; comic, 18+, tragic, jazz, folk or electronica, past, present and future, esoteric and highly visual, family friendly, circus-style or part-improvised…anything goes!

Please note: The Voicebox Cabaret Showcase and Petitaret are curated events and submission is an expression of interest only – not a guarantee of selection.

Submissions now open at:

Submissions close 31 March, 2015.

This July, thousands of choristers will descend on Hobart, Tasmania to perform and participate in the 2015 Festival of Voices, Australia’s premier celebration of the human voice. Transforming Hobart into a Singing City, expect a magnificent 10-day program of performances, community events and – uniquely – workshops run by the artists.

In its eleventh year, the Festival welcomes individual singers, choirs and music lovers from across Australia, as Hobart is transformed into a Singing City.

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Festival again celebrates Tasmania’s arts reputation

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
19.03.15 5:32 am


Tasmanian audiences are again in for an arts treat, featuring work from the far corners of the globe
alongside the outstanding creativity of local Tasmanian artists as the state plays host to the eighth
acclaimed, statewide biennial multi-arts festival – the 2015 Tasmanian International Arts Festival.

With one of the festival centrepieces – the popular Spiegeltent (above) – already in the second week of its
25-day season, the much anticipated statewide component of the festival is now being celebrated
with gala celebrations in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart, offering an array of events across the island
until 29 March.

Artistic Director David Malacari said with artists flying in from as far away as Cuba and Bolivia, over
45 festival productions would be available to audiences from King Island in the north west, George
Town in the north and as far south as Bruny Island.

“Since the first Ten Days on the Island event in 2001, the festival has touched the lives of more than
one million people, and in 2015 our program of events aims to build on this – rolling out creative
experiences in each corner of the state and everywhere in between,” Mr Malacari said.

“Confronting, diverse, innovative and unforgettable, the 2015 Tasmanian International Arts Festival
program delivers a visual and enriching feast for art lovers of every age, enhancing the state’s
reputation as a hub of cultural and artistic activities.”

Opening for the festival on Thursday evening at St John’s Anglican Church in Launceston, is the UK’s
inventive Stan’s Café Theatre Company, who will explore the concept of belief using a tiny puppet
stage to depict the most recognisable tales from the Bible in The Cardinals.

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OPENS TONIGHT ... The Hawker Centre: Photographic Exhibition by Isla MacGregor

Isla MacGregor
18.03.15 2:00 pm


Invitation ...

to attend the

Official Opening by Lindsay Tuffin Editor of Tasmanian Times
and Dr Gavin Mudd Chair of the Mineral Policy Institute

of a

Photographic Exhibition by Isla MacGregor

Entropy 1

6pm Wednesday 18th March, 2015
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Exhibition runs March 19 - 29, (12-5pm), The Hawker Centre, All Saints Church, 339 Macquarie St, Hobart.

Artist’s Statement

In this first exhibition by Isla MacGregor, Entropy 1, we see images of Tasmania that conflict with the dominant wilderness photography product - a product that has saturated our collective perception of how Tasmania is shown to the outside world.

Isla first came to Tasmania in 1979 and for a few weeks lived in the small mining town of Rosebery on Tasmania’s west coast.  It was against the backdrop of the stunningly beautiful Mount Murchison that Isla fell in love with Tasmania.  During those few weeks she explored many of the area’s legacy mine sites, and revived her passion for mineral collecting and geomorphology.

Isla seeks to explore the conflicted zone between the romanticised imagery of artists and historians, the deep connection to place felt by mining folk, and the severe degradation of the environment that follows mining activity.  The evocative images of the roaster at The Tasmanian Smelters at Zeehan, set against the flayed hills, are nostalgic reminders of the hardships endured by many early mining families on the west coast.

Forever battered by wild winds and rains, the smelter continues to fall into a state of disorder - a red, raw relic presiding over decades of mine waste.  Acid mine drainage from the surrounding waste heaps and a toxic metal lode leach into the Little Henty River as it journeys to the Great Southern Ocean.

Thus it is that mining eats away at our geomorphology, turning the ecological order of nature into a perverse disorder.

The island state of Tasmania has over 4,000 mine sites.  There are 682 abandoned mines, 215 of which are polluting over 75 waterways known to be contaminated with acid mine drainage and some with a noxious cocktail of heavy metals – they are a poisonous legacy for future generations.

The hidden disorder wrought by humans and our structures, and their collision with our ecology, are the inspiration for Isla’s photographic work.

In recent years Isla has travelled extensively in outback Australia photographing geological formations and legacy mine sites from Chillagoe in northern Queensland, to Waukaringa in South Australia, and the old mine at Captains Flats.  Heavy metals from Captains Flats continue to leach into the Molonglo River, and then into Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

Isla views the camera as a transformative tool – one which can be used to change the way we think about resource extraction, its impact on the world’s climate and ecology, and our dependence on the industrialised world.

This collection of images exploring the collision of human enterprise with the naturally evolving world is the first in a series of future exhibitions on the theme of Entropy.

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Despard Gallery: Palimpsest by Damon Bird

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
18.03.15 1:26 pm


You are invited to the opening of PALIMPSEST an exhibition of new paintings by Damon Bird. Please join the artist and friends for a celebratory drink on Wednesday 18 March from 5:30pm.

The exhibition will be on show until 13 April 2015

View exhibition online ...

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HANDMADE IN CYGNET Open Studio Art Trail

Ginger Nutt
18.03.15 1:09 pm


Handmade in Cygnet is an open studio art trail beginning on Easter Sunday. 40 local artists
and makers will fling open the doors of their studios and workshops at 31 venues giving
members of the public an opportunity to view and chat about their work, art practice and
creative lives. Participants include painters, ceramicists, photographers, fabric workers,
writers, jewellers, timber workers, leather workers, musical instrument makers and more.

Cygnet and surrounds is a thriving and growing creative community with an increasing
reputation for vibrant arts & crafts, food, wine and local growers. Handmade in Cygnet offers
visitors (even regulars!) the opportunity to discover Cygnet’s creative output and the ‘hidden
gem’ nooks and crannies that inspire the artists and makers living in the area.

A printed trail map brochure will be available late March from Balfour House, 22 Mary Street
Cygnet, and various outlets in Cygnet. The trail map and artist information is available online
now at

Many artists and makers will have work for sale &/or take commissions and although there is
absolutely no obligation to buy it might be hard to resist the treasures discovered on the trail.

Vicki Taiwo is a local weaver whose journey through textile design stems from her studies and
travels with traditional weaving and dying techniques still used. Her passion is to preserve the
ancient and grassroots techniques used in textiles across cultures. On a recent trip to the UK
Vicki Taiwo was so impressed with art trails in Stroud and Oxford she returned home
determined to organise a similar event in the Cygnet area. Vicki invited Ginger Nutt, who has
operated her own gallery, to join her in organising Handmade in Cygnet.

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Cindy Ullrich, QPAC Publicity Manager
18.03.15 12:44 pm


Classical music lovers nationwide are counting down with less than four weeks until the first Brisbane Baroque kicks off.

Presented in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from Friday 10 April, to Saturday 18 April 2015, the nine day celebration of early music will showcase
leading international and Australian classical musicians. All events are exclusive to Brisbane and will be presented at QPAC and key venues across the city including Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane City Hall and St Mary’s Church, Kangaroo Point.

Please find media release attached with further details.

To access the Brisbane Baroque website for program of events please go to

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Brisbane Baroque: All that we’re missing

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Killers of the King by Charles Spencer - Janet Walker’s Review

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, The Culture Concept Circle
18.03.15 10:07 am


Janet Walker asks questions of bestselling historian Charles Spencer, as well as reviews his action-packed enthralling thriller Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I, which is shedding light on why the king refused to surrender his throne

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The Rundown ...

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18.03.15 2:24 am


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Harvest Market: Tasdance ensemble present The Body as a Riddle on Saturday

Annie Greig, Tasdance
17.03.15 1:59 pm


Portuguese choreographer and dancer Marta Silva along with the
Tasdance ensemble present The Body as a Riddle on Saturday at the
Harvest Market, 21 March between 9am – 12 noon

Portuguese choreographic artist, Madalena Victorino, dancer Marta de Silva and Tasdance members have
been working in the studio and with the northern suburbs community and will present The Body as a Riddle
this Saturday in Launceston. Part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival and supported by the
Australia Council and Launceston City Council.

Part dance, part theatre, part participation, this engagement will touch all who see and experience it. The
performance is accompanied by an exhibition, which is like a letter. A letter written to yourself.

This letter wants to wake you up to the expressive and transforming power that the body has.

The body transports within itself hidden senses behind its movements, gestures, postures and glances.

Madalena Victorino (an internationally renowned community
performance exponent), four Tasdance members along with Portuguese
dancer, Marta Silva will surprise and excite audiences and invite you to
find out a whole lot more with the wonderful exhibition that accompanies
this performance.

Madalena Victorino brings decades of experience working in and with
diverse communities throughout the world, and has the skills to
successfully collaborate with the range of ethnic groups on this project.

Her body of work is testament to her ability to inspire community-based
arts practice that reaches standards of excellence, achieved through a
resolute belief in the value of performing arts activities generated from
the community members themselves.

The Tasdance artists are Sarah Fiddaman, Brianna Kell, Katherine Gurr
and Rikki Mace. Each of these Australian artists has broad artistic
experience beyond their work as dancers in the company. Marta Silva is
an experienced performer and teacher and all have regularly lead dance
workshops in various locations in Australia and overseas, working with a
range of groups from professional dancers to individuals with disability.

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MONA Curator joins portraiture prize to reward young artistic talent in Tasmania

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
17.03.15 9:29 am


With Tasmania currently being recognised internationally as a hub of cultural and artistic activities,
MONA Curator, Jarrod Rawlins (above) has been named one of the three judges set to review Tasmania’s
up and coming young artists in the 2015 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP).

MONA Curator Jarrod Rawlins will be joined on the 2015 TPP judging panel by accomplished
Tasmanian printmaker and artist Barbie Kjar, as well as last year’s prize winner Cameron McRae.

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said now in its eighth year, the premier art prize continued to
encourage the state’s youth to partake in the art resurgence happening across Tasmania.

“The TPP aims to foster the development and passion of young Tasmanian artists, as well as
providing them with an opportunity to launch their professional careers and place their work on
public exhibition for the wider Tasmanian community to appreciate,” Mr Sayers said.

“In order to enter the prize, Tasmanians aged under 30 are asked to paint a portrait of someone
who is important to them, as well as provide a statement explaining why and how this person
inspired their creative piece.

“The portraits can be submitted in any medium, with last year’s 78 entrants submitting works in a
wide range of mediums including photographs, oils, acrylics, graphite, watercolours, print and
animation on paper.”

Mr Sayers said RACT Insurance was proud to support young aspiring artists in Tasmania as well as
adding to the state’s artistic resurgence through the prize, and was thrilled to have such an
inspiring judging panel to review the entries.

“It’s very rewarding to encourage young Tasmanian talent and to see where entering the prize
takes each entrant in the future,” he said.

“Each year the number of entrants continues to grow and we look forward to seeing what talent
this year’s entries reveal.”

The winner of the 2015 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize will receive $5,000 and a trip
for two to the Archibald Prize exhibition in Sydney, while the runner-up will receive $2,000 to assist
with studio rent.

Entries are now open for the 2015 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, closing on 30 June,
2015. This year the exhibition will feature in Hobart’s Long Gallery, Launceston’s Sawtooth ARI
Gallery and the Devonport Regional Art Gallery.

For more information, visit or call Kylie Eastley on 0439 262 344.

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World premiere places spotlight on the lives of seafarers across the globe

Lucinda Szczypior, Font PR
16.03.15 3:16 pm


Big hART’s world-renowned theatre makers and social innovators are putting the final touches to
their seafaring social change project, in preparation for the world premiere of their latest production Blue Angel, presented as part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival.

Through Blue Angel, Big hART aims to raise awareness of an invisible global issue – the reality of life
for workers in the shipping industry, who work day and night to bring us over 90 per cent of what we
use and consume in our daily lives.

Blue Angel is a celebration of everything maritime, including the romance, mysticism and folklore of
the sea, as well as the dangers, working conditions and economic pressures of the international
shipping industry.

Blue Angel takes place across two well-known venues in Hobart, the Astor Private Hotel and the
legendary Sirens building which is being reawakened and completely transformed by a site-specific
maritime master piece.

Richly layered with original music, and including the work of renowned filmmaker Peter Greenaway,
Blue Angel boasts a cast led by award-winning actor Kerry Armstrong and Melbourne-based singer
songwriter Mikelangelo.

Audiences can book a safe berth and stay overnight at the Astor Hotel, enjoying a customised sea
menu at the Astor Grill and experiencing unexpected events until midnight, or guests can choose to
attend the boutique concert as a standalone event.

The Blue Angel Hobart season runs from 24-29 March and once finished, it will travel to other port
cities across the globe, exploring shipping themes and stories specific to each port location.


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Dianne Sheehan. Education & Public Programs Officer, Damian Collins Junction HUB Coordinator
16.03.15 1:24 pm

Laura McMahon (aka Brain Foetus), Council of the Soothsayer, 2013, fine pen (ink) on paper

Laura McMahon (aka Brain Foetus)                   


Reclaim the Lane is set to transform one of Devonport’s urban laneways into a vibrant celebration of youth arts and music for its fourth consecutive year. The event will launch National Youth Week for Tasmania.

Free youth music and arts festival.

Where: Rooke Lane, Devonport
When: Friday 10 April, 3–5 pm
Who: All ages
Cost: FREE
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Located in Rooke Lane between Steele & Stewart Streets, Reclaim the Lane will present a range of arts and music activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. Rooke Lane is also home to a range of funky endeavors including a new artist workspace, public art, a yoga studio, coffee shops and the iconic Devonport Regional Gallery.

Reclaim the Lane seeks to enhance this atmosphere using this unique space to offer public art workshops, live local music and various art-making, music and photography activities. While the event has a youth focus, it is open to all of the community.

This year, past Devonport artist and Devonport’s Young Citizen on the Year 2015 recipient, Laura McMahon (Hobart), aka Brain Foetus, will be the artist-in-residence creating a public art work in Rooke Lane and providing public art workshops prior to and during the event.

Other entertainment and activities include a photo booth, performances by Slipstream Circus, The Sketchbook Project exhibition, an open mic ‘soap box’ and music by local musicians. Free food also available.

Reclaim the Lane is coordinated by Devonport Regional Gallery and their young members, the Droogs; Devonport City Council and Youth, Family & Community Connections.

About National Youth Week
National Youth Week is celebrated in towns and cities all over Australia. It is a week focused on highlighting the numerous and varied positive contributions young people make to Australian Society. In 2015 the theme is It Starts With Us. 

History / About Reclaim the Lane
Reclaim the Lane is Devonport’s National Youth Week event, presented each year by Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport City Council and Youth, Family and Community Connections. The event is co-funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Devonport City Council.

Reclaim the Lane is a youth arts and music festival, celebrating the contributions young people make to the Devonport community and providing a space for young artists and musicians to exhibit their work. The event is organised by young volunteers of Devonport Regional Gallery and The Junction.


Reclaim the Lane features The Sketchbook Project Exhibition, a project presented by Devonport Regional Gallery’s young members, The Droogs.

Sketchbooks can be collected from Devonport Regional Gallery at 45–47 Stewart Street, Devonport. Participants are encouraged to fill it with their drawings, ideas and writing using pencils, ink, paints, charcoal, pastels and more, and then drop it back in to the Gallery by Wednesday 8 April.

Filled sketchbooks will be presented in The Sketchbook Project exhibition at Devonport’s National Youth Week event, Reclaim the Lane, held in Rooke Lane on Friday 10 April, 3–5 pm.

The Sketchbook Project celebrates and promotes young people and their talents in the North West, and provides a space for public viewing of their work.

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