Arts

Celtic Carusos

Paula Xiberras
20.04.18 6:37 am

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‘Softly softly catchy monkey’, Matthew Gilsenan reminds me, is not a purely Irish phrase, it does however, refer to patience winning the day. Perhaps it signals it’s time for us to move more slowly and stop and savour the moment. Which makes it the perfect time to savour some superb Irish music performed by Ireland’s tenor-iffic trio ‘The Celtic Tenors’ when they arrive in Tasmania this weekend. The Celtic Tenors are Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson.

Several weeks ago I received a phone call from one of the tenors, Matthew Gilsenan and with a love of the Irish language myself I was ready to answer with the Irish greeting of ‘dia dhuit’. Matthew is amazed and impressed. He explains to me through the history of The Celtic Tenor’s interviews the guys have had no one greet them in their native language. Matthew goes on to talk about Ireland’s growing multiculturalism and how he was pleasantly surprised to witness a young child from a Chinese background prove themselves to be a best Irish speaker in their class at school!

Keeping with the topic of education Matthew himself trained to be an excellent engineer but with all his siblings musically inclined and his own love of music, it was no surprise when he engineered a move into music.

Music has taken Matthew around the world and that includes Tasmania. I’m pleasantly surprised to learn that he has visited Tasmania before as part of a cruise.  He remarks to me how impressed he was by Hobart’s beautiful old buildings.

It’s arguably agreed that The Celtic Tenors do the best version of Danny Boy, ever! But it’s not all Irish songs in the group’s repertoire, they sing an eclectic mix of Irish, classical, folk and pop, serious stuff you might think but when I spoke to Matthew, he is quick to assure me these Celtic Caruso’s like to include an equal measure of comedic quips in their shows to lighten the mood. Those soft melting accents are there and so is the twinkle in those smiling Irish eyes.

Matthew tells me at the start of this whole experience of ‘The Celtic Tenors’ they promised themselves they would always choose good songs, including hybrid ones. For example we have an Australian song by a Scottish/Australian artist in Eric Bogle.

Of course there will be an Irish songbook which includes such favourites as ‘Danny Boy’, ‘Caledonia’, ‘Song for Ireland’ and ‘You raise me up’, ‘Spanish Lady’ and ‘Mairi’s wedding’ (Scottish Gaelic hybrid).

We come full circle in regard to multiculturalism when Matthew reminds me that one of their songs ‘Forever Young’ will be a version of the Irish blessing, based on a ballad written by Bob Dylan making it an Irish song written by a Jewish American.

The three tenors each come from different religious backgrounds one is a Southern Catholic another a Northern Protestant and another, a different Christian denomination but together and through their careful selection of songs they prove that music is able to blur boundaries.

You can see The Celtic Tenors, Matthew, James and Daryl perform in Tasmania at the following dates and venues ...

DEVONPORT – Entertainment & Convention Centre – Friday April 20

HOBART – Theatre Royal – Saturday April 21

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Altan-ertive Music

Paula Xiberras
19.04.18 6:26 am

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When I first call Altan’s Mairead Nimhagonaigh I get her answering machine, her soft, lilting voice speaking in her native Irish. It seems fitting that this very traditional fluent Irish speaker should also be traditional when it comes to music.

When we finally connect Mairead enthuses about Australia, calling it ‘a lovely place’ and although Tasmania is not on the schedule for Altan’s tour, Mairead impresses me with the knowledge of Tasmania’s history as a former penal colony and the Irish that found their way here.

An accomplished fiddle player Mairead was taught to play the fiddle by her dad, in the Donegal style. If you are unfamiliar with what the ‘Donegal style’ means.  It is explained by Mairead as like a person from a different country or even just a different area, having a different sound of speech.

Altan’s songs are very much accented in the Donegal style.  The band’s name itself, refers to a lake in Donegal and was suggested by Mairead’s father. The name ‘Altan’ was deemed appropriate for its direct and distinctive, Irish-ness but at the same time easily pronounced by non- Irish speakers.

Altan’s songs are inspired by Donegal’s beauty veiled in constant rain and other worldly mist and mystery.  Altan lake cannot be reached by car but instead the journey must be made on foot, adding to the mystery. The stillness of the water could be a metaphor for the band itself, a music to fine stillness and contemplation in as well as movement.

Mairead, a former teacher visits schools sharing Altan’s music. Mairead also has strong views on education believing it should aim to educate the whole person and shouldn’t be narrowed into specialised subjects and cites the Finnish model of education which recently eliminated subject boundaries. Mairead also believes the most important skill to teach students is communication, a skill required in whatever way their careers lead them, from the academic to the vocational because whatever the job it requires the employees to be clear in their communication. Communication is something that is of course essential to music, which in Altan’s case communicates to audiences hearts and minds, touching and in some cases even healing them.

You can experience Altan at the following date and venue: 16 June - Fly By Night, Perth

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Lloyd’s Opera Macbeth lights up the big screen

Amy Owen. First published April 16
18.04.18 12:32 pm

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Phyllida Lloyd’s haunting 2002 production of Verdi’s Shakespearean opera Macbeth will screen exclusively at Event & Village Cinemas on 19, 20 and 23 May across 17 cinemas nationally as part of Royal Opera House 2017/18 Live Cinema Season.

Presented in partnership with Trafalgar Releasing, the richly hued spectacle features a marvellous cast drawing from Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision, including Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria “La luce langue.”

Featuring filmed performances from the world-renowned Royal Opera House in London, the program showcases the very best opera and ballet from the iconic venue, captured in jaw-dropping detail for Australian audiences to enjoy as if they were there themselves.

Participating Event Cinemas include:
NSW:
Burwood
Cronulla
George Street (23 May Only)
Macquarie
QLD:
Cairns City
Indooroopilly
Pacific Fair
Toowoomba Strand
SA:
Marion
ACT:
Capitol Manuka WA:
Innaloo
Gold Class Sessions are available at the Wednesday screening dates at participating locations.
VIC:
Geelong
Karingal
Knox
Rivoli
TAS:
Launceston
Eastlands

PROGRAM DATES
Screening Type Date
Macbeth Opera Saturday 19 May, 1pm
Macbeth Opera Sunday 20 May, 1pm
Macbeth Opera Wednesday 11 April, 10.30am (in NSW,  QLD, SA, WA) and 11am (in VIC, TAS)
For tickets and further information visit http://www.eventcinemas.com.au/roh and http://www.villagecinemas.com.au
PRICING
Adult - $20
Concession - $18

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Moonah Arts Centre: You are invited to 3 exhibitions opening at MAC

Moonah Arts Centre
18.04.18 12:09 pm

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Exciting and varied TSO programs upcoming this May

SAMUEL J CAIRNDUFF | Director Marketing and Communications | Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
18.04.18 12:00 pm

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra continues its stellar 2018 season with 5 exciting and varied performances throughout May. Covering a wide spectrum of settings and genres, from collaborating on stage with an iconic Australian rock band, to presenting the world famous Australian Chamber Orchestra with a very special guest, to performing Beethoven’s most famous work ever, to 2 very different intimate ensemble performances - one in a brewery and one in St David’s Cathedral – this May the TSO truly has something for everyone!M

ESKIMO JOE
Federation Concert Hall
Friday 11 May, 7.30 pm
Iconic indie rock band
Iconic indie rock band Eskimo Joe gets the full backing of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Over the past 21 years, Eskimo Joe has had its music released to great acclaim in the US, Canada, Europe and Korea.
With six studio albums and sales exceeding 750,000 in Australia alone, the band has seen three of its albums debut at Number 1 on the ARIA charts and has racked up an impressive 35 ARIA nominations.
For the first time ever, Eskimo Joe performs massive hits with the TSO including “From the Sea”, “Black Fingernails, Red Wine”, “Foreign Land” and more.

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Federation Concert Hall
Sunday 13 May, 6.00pm
Featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
“A most engaging cultural fusion…a fabulous evening’s entertainment is guaranteed. Go see!” Limelight
Richard Tognetti, Joseph Tawadros and the Australian Chamber Orchestra bring their unique blend of musical alchemy to Hobart with this program featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons interspersed with a selection of original works by Joseph Tawadros, Egyptian-Australian oud player and composer extraordinaire. It’s been 20 years since the ACO’s last mainstage performance in Hobart. Don’t miss this long awaited return.

BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH
Federation Concert Hall
Saturday 19 May, 7.30 pm
The most famous symphony in the world
Seventy years ago, almost to the day, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra gave its first concert, which included Beethoven’s Symphony No 5. Lofty, impassioned and invigorating, Beethoven’s Fifth has been performed by the TSO innumerable times since, but has never lost its power to captivate and inspire audiences.
Rory Macdonald conducts Beethoven’s enduring masterwork and an entirely new composition by celebrated Australian composer Carl Vine, the Concerto for Two Pianos. Co-commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Concerto for Two Pianos brings together the dream team of soloists Kathryn Stott and Piers Lane.

TSO Live Sessions in the Red Shed
Red Shed, Hobart Brewing Company, Macquarie Point
Friday 25 May, 7pm
Drink in the sounds, soak up the atmosphere
Out of the concert hall and into the pub with the Strings of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Drink in the sounds, soak up the atmosphere and imbibe the very best of the Hobart Brewing Company.

TSO BRASS IN ST DAVID’S
St David’s Cathedral
Saturday 26 May, 2018 | 7:30 pm
From honeyed horns to brilliant trumpets
Like alchemy, the rich sounds of the TSO Brass and the spacious surrounds of St David’s Cathedral combine to deliver a concert experience of rare and resonant beauty. From honeyed horns to brilliant trumpets, ceremonial trombones to deep-toned tuba, the TSO Brass present a world of instrumental colours, each one distinct yet perfectly blended when combined as an ensemble.
Includes musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music

ALL TICKETS AVAILABLE: http://www.tso.com.au | 1800 001 190

Website: http://www.tso.com.au

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DRG: New exhibitions to celebrate the homes of the North-West Coast

Devonport Regional Gallery First published April 10
18.04.18 6:58 am

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Not Without a Trace

The Kathleen Cocker Collection and The Homes of Devon Collection
From the Devonport City Council Permanent Collection
21 April – 3 June 2018
Opening Friday 20 April, 6 pm
Guest Speaker: Michael Holmes, Author of Tasmania’s Vanishing Towns

The exhibition Not Without a Trace combines a selection of works from two collections held by Devonport City Council, the Kathleen Cocker Collection and The Homes of Devon Collection, which through paintings and photographs trace the history of the dwellings of North West Tasmania.

Kathleen Cocker, born in East Devonport in 1901, was a self-taught artist who began painting in 1969 at the age of 68. Cocker was a member of the National Trust North-Western Regional Committee. After only a few years she had produced several hundred watercolour paintings of the homes of North West Tasmania.

“Kathleen Cocker’s collection of watercolours and their accompanying stories provide an alternative history to that presented in more formal historical books and documents. The story of the North West, as captured by Cocker, is an unofficial, nostalgic and personal history of a region since changed.” Said Erin Wilson, Curator Devonport Regional Gallery.

Many of the buildings captured by Cocker are now demolished and many others were already gone when she painted them, using photographs to aid her memories of these structures.

The Homes of Devon photographs were first commissioned in 1982. Over the following 10 years, 10 photographers; Brian Allison, Don Carter, Rex Direen, Allan Francis, Paul Griggs, Rod Hamilton, Bob Iddon, Peter Lord, Greg Mace, Peter Manchester, each uniquely captured the homes of the region.

Together, these collections have traced the history of the homes of the broader Devonport region over a period spanning more than a century, creating unique lasting records both of homes since lost, and those still standing.

“These collections reflect a resurgence of interest in local histories and a recognition of the significance of localness, regardless of the size or location of a town. Not only do local histories allow us a deeper, more genuine insight into the people and places that culminate in broader national histories, they also acknowledge the significance of geographic regions to the makeup and individuality of communities.

“These works are a lasting visual record both of homes since lost, and those still standing, and a unique insight into communities that have since vanished or evolved.”

This is the first time the Kathleen Cocker Collection will be displayed in its entirety, with over 250 of Kathleen Cockers watercolours will be on display, along with a selection of photographs from each of the 10 Homes of Devon series.

The exhibition Not Without a Trace has been curated by Erin Wilson

Events:

Twilight Tour with Curator Erin Wilson, Thursday 10th May 5.30pm
Workshop with artist Jessie Pangas, Drawn Home, Saturday 26th May, 2 -4 pm

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Gallery Opening Hours | Mon – Fri 10 – 5 | Sat 12 – 5 | Sun & Public Holidays 1–5
45-47 Stewart Street | PO Box 604 |  Devonport TAS 7310 | P: (03) 6424 8296 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)|devonportgallery.com | devonport.tas.gov.au

Lonely Planet Guide #1 Devonport Destination, 2017

Toured by the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
THE LITTLE GALLERY PROJECT SPACE
Mike Singe – Carbon Capture and Storage/Celebrating 400ppm
24 February – 15 April 2018

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Food Fighter to screen at Human Rights Arts and Film Festival in Canberra

Aleta Moriarty CEO of HRAFF
16.04.18 5:54 pm

Food Fighter is the inspirational story of one woman’s crusade against the global scandal of food waste.

The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival will screen Food Fighter on May 30 in Canberra.


Filmed over two years and across four continents, Food Fighter follows Ronni Kahn. Kahn was once a contributor to Australia’s food waste when she ran a company producing million-dollar dinners. After realizing the absurdity of throwing away perfectly edible food she founded the food rescue charity OzHarvest. Food Fighter follows Ronni as she takes on politicians and big business across the globe to crusade against the global food waste scandal. 

Four million tonnes of edible food are discarded in Australia every year while up to two million Aussies suffer from food insecurity. The Australian Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year.

The film is directed by Dan Goldberg, an award-winning producer and director who began his career in newspapers and magazines. Food Fighter is his first feature-length documentary.

“It seems such a simple proposition, and it has such huge social, economic and environmental benefits, but the underlying point is that it takes an extraordinary type of person to effect such profound change on a global level.” Said Goldberg. “And while Food Fighter is a film about food waste, it is also a character study of a global change-maker”

The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival tours to Canberra on 29 May. This year, their festival focuses on: conflict and global people movement, gender equality, Indigenous rights, and the environment and rights. Tickets can be purchased at
http://www.hraff.org.au

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Arts from Trash ... dates for your diary

Art from Trash
16.04.18 1:31 pm

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Another boost for Tasmanian youth, arts and culture

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts
15.04.18 2:10 pm

Tasmania’s art scene will receive a $260 000 injection to support high-quality, youth focused, art experiences and activities across the State.
The program will be delivered through Arts Tasmania and aims to support and invigorate the State’s youth arts and screen sector, while providing professional development for young artists.
Nine organisations will receive funding to develop and deliver creative content, including:
• The Unconformity Inc. will run storytelling and visual arts workshops for young people living in communities along Tasmania’s west coast, which build and develop skills while fostering a sense of community pride;
• Mast Films Pty Ltd will establish a cross-cultural community development project where refugees, new arrivals, and young people born and/or raised in Australia will create an original web-series;
• The Folk Federation of Tasmania Inc. will run an after school youth music program in Triabunna, Youth Songmaking Sessions, which focuses on personal learning needs and opportunities, and culminates in a showcase concert;
• The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra will introduce a chamber music program, supporting the development of 24 young musicians through high-quality active arts engagement.
The funding forms part of the Tasmanian Government’s $1.44 million investment for Tasmania’s first Youth Arts Program, to be delivered over four years.
For a full list of successful applicants, please visit http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding_decisions
For further information on the Youth Arts (Organisations) Program, please visit http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/youth_arts_organisations.

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Crikey’s The Rundown ...

Crikey
13.04.18 12:18 pm

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Tasmanian filmmakers become shareholders ...

Abi Binning, Director - Wide Angle Tasmania
13.04.18 12:14 pm

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Two years ago ...

Today marks the second anniversary of the announcement that Wide Angle Tasmania was saved from closure after a generous donation from a group committed to encouraging new Australian filmmakers. 

To celebrate, Wide Angle Tasmania has launched WAT SHARES – an online platform for filmmakers to develop film projects, build businesses and learn new screen skills.

Since its foundation in 2005 Wide Angle Tasmania has provided essential skills training, production opportunities and advice to thousands of screen practitioners in the state.  It has enabled the screening of hundreds of Tasmanian films to national and local audiences and offered Tasmania’s only comprehensive production equipment hire service.

In October 2015 Wide Angle announced it would shut its doors following the withdrawal of Screen Australia funding. State Government agency Screen Tasmania was unable to make up the shortfall caused by the loss of Federal Government funding.

The generosity of Wide Angle’s benefactors has provided the operational support and stability for Wide Angle To continue serving the Tasmanian screen sector. Over the past two years, Wide Angle Tasmania has:

• Established Tasmania’s Centre for Screen in South Hobart - a dedicated space for making and watching screen content - with a 70-seat cinema, screening room and library
• supported 17 mentored screen production opportunities, with $72,000 in cash budgets, $50,000 value of equipment hires, resulting in 3 hours of screen content and 410 screen credits to Tasmanian cast and crew
• provided professional development to 892 participants

Wide Angle Tasmania’s newest initiative is WAT SHARES -  a time bank for Tasmanian filmmakers to trade their skills and experience.  29 filmmakers have already joined the interactive platform – offering more than 65 hours to help other practitioners learn new skills, develop their project and build their business. 

Wide Angle Tasmania created this platform to increase opportunities, encourage mentoring and build the creative, professional and business capacity of Tasmanian screen practitioners – without the constraints of money.

Executive Director, Abi Binning said that this type of program was an opportunity for filmmakers to connect and share.

“WAT SHARES has been devised to capitalise on the Tasmanian screen sector’s greatest strength - our people. We are a community of innovative, generous and ambitious makers who already share our time and resources with incredible generosity. WAT SHARES helps to formalise, broaden and strengthen this informal network. It also addresses some of the key challenges and barriers that exist for many filmmakers.”

Inspired by the many time-banking initiatives around the world that trade time, rather than money, the pilot stage of WAT SHARES has been supported by the Tasmanian Community Fund with additional investment from Wide Angle Tasmania.

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DARK MOFO: More tickets on sale now ...

Rebecca FitzGibbon
13.04.18 11:39 am

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Despard Gallery: Representing Tjanpi Desert Weavers ...

Despard Gallery
12.04.18 5:35 pm

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TJANPI DESERT WEAVERS Grey Papa (dog) by Judith Inyika Chambers, Red Papa by Tjungurra George Mantuwa

Despard is proud to announce that we are representing Tjanpi Desert Weavers artists in Tasmania! Tjanpi is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, created to enable women in remote central desert to earn their income from fibre art, based in Alice Springs.

A full stock list online soon and introducing several works in the upcoming ART AND OBJECT show, opening 2 May - 27 May 2018, where Mary Scott will present her new sculpture series Whimsy.

Jenny Orchard and Dale Richards are joining for the second time in an exhibition, new ceramic sculptures and drawings by Jenny and new paintings by Dale. The latest Art Collector magazine is featuring a double spread about both artists work and this show. More information coming soon, keep following us on social media and our website for updates.

During the month of April we have a big stockroom SALE at Despard! Various works on paper going from $25 and up from artist like drawings by Peter Poulet, photographs by Andrea Morruchio, etchings by Tim Jones and gouaches by Dale Richards.

Want to keep up to date with Despard Gallery’s news, upcoming shows and events? Follow us on social media and our website for news items.

Despard is now member of the Indigenous Art Code

UP NEXT AT DESPARD AUTUMN 2018 ...

ART AND OBJECT
With Mary Scott new sculptures and works by Tjanpi Desert Weavers.
2 May - 27 May 2018

Jenny Orchard and Dale Richards
A joint exhibition
1 June - 24 June 2018

Anne Morrison
The Crossings
27 June - 22 July 2018

Wayne Brookes
30th Anniversary Show
25 July - 19 August 2018

Sam Field and Sara Lindsay
22 August - 16 September
 
Despard Gallery
Level One
15 Castray Esplanade
HOBART TASMANIA 7000

http://www.despard-gallery.com.au
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TSO Launceston Education Day this Saturday

Samuel Cairnduff,Director Marketing and Communications TSO
11.04.18 6:33 pm

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TSO comes to Launceston with a full day of education events - The TSO comes to Launceston this Saturday for a full day of invaluable educational and outreach opportunities for aspiring local orchestral musicians to benefit from up-close exposure to the orchestra’s world class musicians.

In an event called TSO meets LPO! TSO musicians will join City of Launceston Philharmonic Orchestra between 10am and 12.30pm for a unique side-by-side rehearsal at the Albert Hall, and share their experience and knowledge as both orchestras come together to rehearse repertoire featured in the upcoming LPO concert.

During the afternoon, the TSO will undertake the largest masterclass event ever undertaken by the orchestra. Selected students aged 25 and under from the North and Northwest of Tasmania will have the opportunity to participate in 16 individual masterclasses. Each masterclass will be led by a world-class musician from the TSO, with up to 6 participants per class.  The masterclasses will be held between 2pm and 3.30pm at venue partner Scotch Oakburn College Performing Arts Centre, Newstead. Members of the public are welcome to attend as observers free of charge.

The TSO provides a full program of educational events and activities across Tasmania throughout the year. More information at http://www.tso.com.au/educate
Saturday 14 April

TSO meets LPO!
Albert Hall, Launceston
10am and 12.30pm

TSO Launceston Masterclasses
2pm-3:30pm
Scotch Oakburn College
Performing Arts Centre, Newstead
Observers FREE

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Dark Mofo venue changes & more tickets for Borderlands ...

Rebecca Fitzgibbon
11.04.18 6:19 pm

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... + LATERNE BY BERLIN ATONAL

Due to unprecedented demand, organisers of Mona’s winter festival Dark Mofo have announced a plan to increase capacity on two high demand, sold-out shows in Hobart this June.

In the first two days of ticket sales, Dark Mofo ticket sales exceeded 25,000 purchases, totalling more than $1.5 million in box office revenue, with 66% of those sold to interstate and international patrons.

With hundreds of people on waiting lists for different sold-out shows, organisers are assessing ways to ease the troubled minds of those who missed out.

Venue changes have been announced for two sold-out shows: Laterne by Berlin Atonal on June 21 and 22 and Borderlands on June 23 have both been moved to the larger capacity venue at MAC2 (Macquarie Wharf Shed No.2 on Hunter St, Hobart), and more tickets are now on sale to the waiting list and general public.

No action is required from people with tickets already issued. Ticket holders will receive emails containing replacement tickets in the coming days reflecting the venue change.

http://www.darkmofo.net.au

LATERNE BY BERLIN ATONAL (DEU)
NEW VENUE ANNOUNCED + MORE TIX ON SALE
A temple of experimental and electronic music, performance, and audio-visual art, curated by the German capital’s venerable advanced music festival, Berlin Atonal.
+ Thursday 21 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), MAC2, Hunter Street, Hobart, $49 + booking fee (18+)
+ Friday 22 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), MAC2, Hunter Street, Hobart, $69 + booking fee (18+)
THURSDAY ARTISTS
• FIA FIELL
Ethereal and unsettling synthesiser music from Carolyn Schofield (Rolling Mass, Jaala), melding lush melodic cycles, ecstatic drones and free improvisation.
• OMELAS
Four electro-acoustic compositions collide with a live performance of an original opera inspired by Ursula K Le Guin.
• GROUP A* (JPN)
Heavy synth, minimal wave, noise, striking visuals and performance art from the Japanese duo. *Australian exclusive.
• PEDER MANNERFELT* (SWE)
Raw and brutish sounds from the Swedish synth savant. *Australian exclusive.
• ALTAR* (GBR)
An explosive performance of ritual system music, courtesy of Roly Porter and Paul Jebanasam. *Australian exclusive.
• DEMDIKE STARE WITH MICHAEL ENGLAND* (GBR)
This Manchester duo extract the best from ’90s jungle, drum’n’bass, industrial and ambient techno sound. They’ll appear alongside award-winning filmmaker Michael England. *Australian exclusive.     
FRIDAY ARTISTS
• RINGS AROUND SATURN
Hardware-based, immersive ambient electronics from the Melbourne based producer.
• IONA FORTUNE* (SCO)
This Scottish producer brings enchanting sounds of the ‘fourth world’ into the disenchanted twenty-first century. *Australian exclusive.
• FIS AND PYUR PRESENT 7 BLUE STONES* (NZL/DEU)
Gastric and sinuous sounds from two forward-thinking young producers. A premiere performance. *Australian exclusive.
• DREW MCDOWALL PRESENTS TIME MACHINES (SCO)
A live performance of Coil’s drone masterpiece for hallucinogenic chemicals.
• AUTECHRE (GBR)
The indisputable UK masters of dark and dimension-warping electronic music.

BORDERLANDS
NEW VENUE ANNOUNCED + MORE TIX ON SALE
Be consumed by transcendent music and experimental sound.
+ Saturday 23 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), MAC2, Hunter Street, Hobart, $49 + booking fee
• WILLIAM BASINSKI (USA)
A solo electronic performance by the lionised master of minimal, experimental music.
• THE HAXAN CLOAK* (GBR)
Electronica for the afterlife. The Haxan Cloak’s first ever and *exclusive Australian performance.
• PAN DAIJING (CHN/DEU)
Explosive sound, industrial noise and experimental theatrics.
• MERZBOW* (JPN)
Venture into the wilds of industrial sound with this prolific pioneer of Japanese noise. *Australian exclusive.
• THE SPEAKER (CHN/DEU)
Theatre of electronic sound, via one vocalist and a six-channel acousmonium (a sound diffusion system devised in the 1970s).

Twitter @dark_mofo
Instagram @dark_mofo
Facebook @darkmofofestival
YouTube @monamuseum
#darkmofo #discovertasmania
http://www.darkmofo.net.au

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Crikey Daily Review

Crikey
11.04.18 6:16 pm

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Winter Masterpieces MoMA at NGV Completing a Wondrous Year of Modern & Contemporary Art

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle
11.04.18 3:19 pm

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Shaun Kirk announces howlin’ at the moon tour

Dannae Effern
11.04.18 3:09 pm

Following the recent success of his Australian ‘Midnight in Motion’ Tour which saw award winning blues/soul
troubadour Shaun Kirk selling out numerous headline shows across the country; the one man dynamo has
announced a stack of new tour dates across Australia & New Zealand to launch his soon to be released new single
‘Howlin at the Moon’.

Kirk’s first release in over 3 years will come off the back of what the 29 year old describes as a “quarter-life crisis”
ignited by a US Record Deal that fell through in questionable circumstances back in 2015. Determined to
overcome his disappointment and grow from it, Kirk has since spent countless hours soul searching and honing
his skills as a writer and musician inside his home studio on the outskirts of Melbourne; prevailing with a fresh new
sound and groove to carry him into the next phase of his ever evolving career.

Recorded and co-produced with Nick Huggins (Jen Cloher, Fraser A Gorman, Skipping Girl Vinegar) at A Pocket
Full of Stones Studios in the sleepy beachside town of Point Lonsdale, Victoria and co written with ARIA Award
Winner Joel Quatermain (Eskimo Joe) – ‘Howlin at the Moon’ is out on Thursday 15th Feb.

HOWLIN AT THE MOON TOUR DATES

Sunday, 4th March - Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday, 8th March - 5 Sawyers, Newcastle, NSW
Friday, 9th March - The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday, 10th March - Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday, 11th March - Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday, 16th March - Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Saturday, 17th March - Nukara Music Festival, Geraldton, WA
Friday, 23rd March - Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday, 24th March - Saints & Sailors, Portarlington, VIC
Thursday, 29th March - Monday April 2nd - Byron Bay Bluesfest, NSW
Wednesday, 4th April - The Wine Cellar, Auckland, NZ
Friday, 6th April - Dome Cinema, Gisborne, NZ
Saturday, 7th April - Brew, Rotorua, NZ
Sunday, 8th April - Tauranga Entertainers Club, Tauranga, NZ
Thursday, 12th April - Caroline, Wellington, NZ
Friday, 13th April - Le Cafe, Picton, NZ
Sunday, 15th April – Wunderbar, Christchurch, NZ
Friday, 20th April - Bison Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday, 21st April - The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday, 22nd April - Hotel Brunswick - Brunswick Heads, NSW
Friday, 27th April - Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday, 28th April - Jamieson Autumn Festival, Jamieson, VIC
Wednesday, 2nd May - Bank Coffee House & Wine Bar, Warragul, VIC
Thursday 3rd May – Jack Greene, Hobart TAS
Friday, 4th May - The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday, 5th May - Narara Music Festival, Kariong, NSW
Friday, 11th May - Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday, 12th May - Baby Black Cafe, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Friday 18 May - Sunday 20th May - Blues on Broadbeach, Gold Coast, QLD
Tickets are limited and on sale now! For more info visit http://www.shaunkirk.com

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Australian piano star to make TSO debut with Grieg concerts in Hobart and Launceston this week

SAMUEL J CAIRNDUFF | Director Marketing and Communications | Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
11.04.18 10:10 am

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Born and raised in rural Queensland, 32 year old London-based Australian pianist Jayson Gilham is recognised as one of the finest pianists of his generation …

International Piano star Jayson Gilham make his debut with the TSO this week with ‘Gilham Plays Grieg’ concerts in Hobart (Thursday, April 12) and Launceston (Friday, April 13). Conducted by Eivind Aadland, direct from Norway and who last appeared with TSO in 2017, Gilham will dazzle audiences with Grieg’s blistering Piano Concerto in A minor. The TSO, this year celebrating its 70th anniversary, performed this work at its inaugural concert on 25 May 1948 in Hobart City Hall with pianist Eileen Joyce, the featured soloist, and Joseph Post the conductor.

This week’s concerts in Hobart and Launceston will also include Schumann’s dynamic Symphony No 3, one of the touchstones of the symphonic repertoire. Its great sweeping gestures have energised listeners for generations. At the helm of this vibrant concert is acclaimed Norwegian maestro, Eivind Aadland, who conducted the TSO in 2017 and Chief Conductor of another TSO, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, from 2004-2010.


Jayson Gilham grew up in outback Australia but now performs on the most prestigious concerts stages in the world.  The 32 year old, recognised by one of his early music teachers as ‘firmly in the prodigy category’ spent his childhood in the rural Queensland town of Dalby – about as far from the European classical music world as you can imagine - but has carved out a remarkable reputation as an in demand concert pianist, thrilling audiences worldwide with his faultless technique and finely honed judgement.

Now based in London, Gilham has participated at the highest level of international piano competitions, catapulting to critical attention when he took first prize in the 2014 Montreal International Music Competition.

Jayson makes his keenly anticipated debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Grieg’s blistering Piano Concerto with concerts in both Hobart, April 12 and Launceston April 13.

“[His] virtuosity was much on display, but it was his extraordinary interpretive skill that left me overwhelmed.” Limelight

WATCH Jayson Gilham’s message to TSO audiences on YouTube: https://youtu.be/0jrfPnPq3-M

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Jayson Gilham
Eivind Aadland
Gilham Plays Grieg

12 April, 7.30pm
Federation Concert Hall, Hobart

13 April, 7.30pm
Albert Hall, Launceston

Bookings available http://www.tso.com.au / 1800 001 190

Further information available at: https://www.tso.com.au/concerts/gillham-plays-grieg/

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New producer for company Stompin

Caitlin Comerford, Artistic Director Stompin
10.04.18 6:40 pm

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Stompin is excited to announce that Mary Shannon has been appointed as the Producer for the Company commencing 1 May 2018.

Mary has a strong connection with the Launceston community and a real passion for the arts.  Since graduating from The College of Event Management in Sydney, she has been actively involved in the arts sector in Launceston working on numerous local events such as Festivale (Event Officer), Junction Arts Festival (Program Coordinator, Partnerships Manager, Volunteer & FOH coordinator), Party in the Paddock (Artist Liaison) as well as producing her own events as part of the local music scene. In her spare time, you’ll catch Mary writing music and performing for the bands Meres, Isla Ka, Teens and Bansheeland.

Mary is passionate about the future of our youth and issues affecting our society, particularly in rural and regional communities.  She has a keen focus on producing work that is relevant and assists in giving individuals and communities a voice. The Stompin Board are impressed with her enthusiasm, drive and professionalism and look forward to Mary’s contribution to Stompin as the company moves into its 26th year of creating work of significance with young people in Tasmania.

Mary has been producing Stompin’s 2018 Major Work ‘Mirror Mirror’, taking over from Alison Wilkes who stepped down from the role at the end of 2017 to pursue new challenges in the arts in Tasmania. 

About Stompin:

Stompin creates an environment in which young people grow, as individuals and as citizens, through their connection with dance.
Working with young people in a small regional community in Launceston, Tasmania, we develop artists, audiences and community through creating, curating and presenting unforgettable performance experiences.

Unique to Australia, Stompin’s performance culture unites non-professional dancers with professional artists to create and present signature works in ordinary and extraordinary places.

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Virtuosi Tasmania: Violin and Viola

Virtuosi Tasmania
09.04.18 7:07 pm

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Virtuosi Tasmania is excited to present some of the greatest music written for the highly underestimated combination of violin and viola. We invite you to three concerts of the duo repertoire with Miranda Carson, violin and Douglas Coghill, viola playing masterpieces from Mozart; a brilliant piece from Martinů; a premier performance from Latham and a stunning passacaglia from Handel/Halvorsen.

  May 5 Saturday 11am Home Hill Winery, Ranelagh
  May 5 Saturday 3pm Riversdale Estate, Cambridge
  May 6 Sunday 2pm Holy Trinity Church, Cressy
  Listen to the Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia on YouTube

Tickets available from the TSO Box Office (  ) and at the door.

Tickets for Holy Trinity Church at Cressy $30 (no concessions). Bookings only - please contact David McEwan on 6391 2002 mob 0417 976 235 or Val Murfett on 6397 8366

Visit http://virtuositas.org.au/index.shtml for further details.

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Gird your loins: Dark Mofo pre-sale kicks off at 6pm tonight

Dark Mofo
09.04.18 6:31 pm

Dark Mofo June 2018

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Felicity has resigned ...

Ali Copley Acting CEO – Tasdance
07.04.18 7:01 am

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Yesterday Tasdance announced that Artistic Director of 2½ years, Felicity Bott, above,  has resigned from her role with the company.

Felicity was instrumental in establishing The Makers’ Company strategy, which heads Tasdance in a new direction focused on the creation and development of dance works from the studio in Launceston.

Tasdance Chair, Peter Matthews said “Felicity has worked tirelessly to ensure Tasdance has adapted to challenges in funding, audience trends and the changing arts environment in Tasmania. Her commitment to the Tasmanian community at large has seen Tasdance engage strongly with people from all walks of life throughout the state, attract new audiences and become more visible throughout Tasmania. We congratulate Felicity on her artistic achievements during her time at Tasdance and wish her well for the future.”

Tasdance will shortly begin a national recruitment process to fill the Artistic Director’s position. In the interim, Carol Wellman Kelly will be Acting Artistic Director. Carol has worked with Tasdance for many years as Rehearsal Director and brings 28 years of experience to her position. Her professional practice includes dance performance, teaching, choreographing, facilitating and management both in Australia and around the world.

Peter Matthews said “Carol’s capacity to lead Tasdance through this important period as The Makers’ Company becomes a reality is unquestioned. Her deep knowledge of Tasdance, her vast dance experience and her talent as a choreographer, teacher and manager mean we have a steady hand navigating the ship into exciting new waters.”

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DARK MOFO 2018 13–24 June 2018, Hobart ...

Rebecca Fitzgibbon
06.04.18 9:00 pm

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St Vincent

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Winterfeast

PROGRAM REVELATION
• Sixth annual Dark Mofo
• Prelude weekend: Thursday 7–Sunday 10 June
• Dark Mofo continues: Wednesday 13–Sunday 24 June 2018, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
• Subscriber presale tickets 6pm AEST Monday 9 April
• Tickets on sale 11am AEST Tuesday 10 April http://www.darkmofo.net.au
• Image gallery
• Video upon request
• HIGHLIGHTS (*Australian exclusive)
• ART: Lou Reed Drones*, Ryoji Ikeda* (JPN), United Visual Artists* (GBR), ZERO at Mona, A Journey to Freedom at TMAG, Matthew Schreiber* (USA), French & Mottershead* (GBR), Chalkroom (Laurie Anderson + Hsin-Chien Huang)*, Soda_Jerk, Terrapin Puppet Theatre*, more
• MUSIC: Laurie Anderson (USA), Tanya Tagaq* (CAN), Electric Wizard* (GBR), St. Vincent (USA), Alice Glass (CAN), Lydia Lunch (USA), Zola Jesus (USA), Nobody (Willis Earl Beal)* (USA), Jarboe* (USA) and Father Murphy* (ITA), Einstürzende Neubauten*, Blasphemy* (CAN), Batushka* (POL), Portal*, Autechre (GBR), Marlon Williams (NZL) The Haxan Cloak* (GBR), Merzbow (JPN)*, William Basinski* (USA), Rebekah del Rio* (USA), Iona Fortune* (SCO), Peder Mannerfelt* (SWE), Group A* (JPN), ALTAR* (Roly Porter + Paul Jebanasam)*, Pan Daijing (CHN/DEU), Demdike Stare + Michael England* (GBR) Charlemagne Palestine (USA), many more
• OTHER DARK DELIGHTS: The return of Ryoji Ikeda’s xenon searchlight work spectra, a masked costume ball, multi-venue late-night party precinct, Twin Peaks-esque Bang Bang Bar, guest curation by Berlin Atonal (DEU), Dark Park, Winter Feast, Nude Solstice Swim, ogoh-ogoh purging and burning, theatre, orchestra, opera, more
Dark Mofo, Mona’s winter festival, delves into centuries-old solstice rituals, exploring the links between ancient and contemporary mythology, humans and nature, religious and secular traditions, darkness and light, and birth, death and renewal.
Since its inception in 2013, the festival has grown to attract over 400,000 attendances and more than 80,000 tickets sold to events last year.

Dark Mofo returns this year with a new Prelude weekend from 7–10 June, featuring new major exhibition openings of ZERO at Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) and A Journey to Freedom at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), an orchestral quartet at the Port Arthur Historic Site, plus the new weekend-long literature, film, and ideas event Dark and Dangerous Thoughts, a masked costume ball taking over an historic hotel, and art exhibitions across the city of Hobart.

Dark Mofo’s full force festival runs 13–24 June with Australian exclusive performances, much-loved events including the return of Ryoji Ikeda’s xenon searchlight work spectra, nude solstice swim, the two-weekend, seven night Winter Feast, our industrial art playground Dark Park with its ogoh-ogoh purging and burning, the multi-venue late-night party precinct Night Mass, plus large-scale light and sound works, and music ranging from doom and drone to chamber pop, ambient and noise, and a lot more.

Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said: “Dark Mofo is moving towards its sixth iteration, and we’ve pulled together our most expansive lineup yet, spread over three weekends and presenting more than 750 artists, 22 exhibitions, two opera companies, two theatre companies, one puppet theatre company, one orchestra, and a community choir.

“The festival will showcase a powerhouse of headliners; Laurie Anderson, St. Vincent, Alice Glass and Tanya Tagaq, who will lead the way on our usual mix of extreme, experimental and eclectic programming.

“It’s always difficult to know exactly how the festival will unfold for the audience. We just strive to try and find new ways to experience the darkness, and hope that people will continue to embrace it, and enjoy Hobart’s longest nights.”

To encourage the annual winter pilgrimage, Dark Mofo travel partner Spirit of Tasmania is offering a special Dark Mofo discount on select sails between Melbourne and Devonport, from $85* per person. See website for more details. After docking in Devonport, take the Dark Road to Hobart, our curated guide for traversing the island and extending the trip.

Dark Mofo is a project of Mona, supported by the State Government through Events Tasmania.

+ PRELUDE WEEKEND +
Thursday 7 June–Sunday 10 June

QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME AT PORT ARTHUR
Olivier Messiaen’s haunting meditation on nature’s beauty, humankind’s ruin by war, and the ascension of the faithful to salvation with God—written and first performed in the Stalag VIII-A concentration camp during World War II. With Tamara-Anna Cislowska (piano) + Sue Collins (violin) + Sue-Ellen Paulsen (cello) + Andrew Seymour (clarinet).
+ Thursday 7 June, 6pm, Separate Prison, Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania $29–$49 + booking fee

NANOOK OF THE NORTH TANYA TAGAQ* (CAN)
Journey to the Arctic Circle with celebrated Canadian Inuk performer, throat-singer, and Indigenous activist Tanya Tagaq and band, as they perform an explosive and elemental live score to a screening of Robert J. Flanerty’s silent chequered classic, Nanook of the North (1922), which documents the life of an Inuit family in the Arctic. *Australian exclusive.
+ Friday 8 June, 8pm, Odeon Theatre, Hobart, ticketing information to be announced

A JOURNEY TO FREEDOM AT TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
The story of human progress is one of emancipation—and incarceration. This new exhibition at TMAG gathers artists working with sculpture, installation, video, photography and virtual reality from Australia and around the world to break open ideas of imprisonment—from physical confinement in spaces like jails and detention centres, to the numerous bodily, psychological and social prisons we construct for ourselves and others. With Janet Biggs + Nicolas Daubanes + Mounir Fatmi + Shaun Gladwell + Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige + Ali Kazma + Rachel Labastie + Ricky Maynard + Robert Montgomery + Jean-Michel Panci + Jhafis Quintero + Sam Wallman, curated by Barbara Polla (Switzerland) with Olivier Varenne (Mona) and Mary Knights (TMAG).
+ Grand opening: Friday 8 June, 6–9pm,
+ Exhibition continues until Sunday 29 July, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart. See website for more.

ZERO AT MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART
‘Zero is the beginning.’ Major artworks from the Zero movement, shown together in Australia for the first time. In 1958 some students in Düsseldorf started to make art that ran against the style and feeling of the moment. This was Germany, in the aftermath of World War II. The mood wasn’t light. But for these young people, it was time to break free from the anxious individualism that seemed to oppress the artists of the time. This major exhibition at Mona presents a series of chambers, each an immersive exploration of an important aspect of the Zero phenomenon: vibration. Includes works by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein, Heinz Mack, Hans Arp, Yayoi Kusama, Josef Albers, and many more. Exhibition concept by Tijs Visser.
+ Grand opening: Saturday 9 June, 6–10pm, Museum of Old and New Art, 655 Main Rd Berriedale, Tasmania, free with registration http://www.mona.net.au/zero
+ Exhibition continues 9 June 2018–22 April 2019 (usual museum opening hours and entry prices apply).

DARK AND DANGEROUS THOUGHTS LITERATURE, FILM AND IDEAS
Talk is cheap. Opinions proliferate. Our speakers live (and sometimes, are prepared to die) by their words. A two-day symposium of literature, film, ideas, and conversations, with people sharing their lived experiences of the complex moral and ethical issues evoked by contemporary culture. Curated by Laura Kroetsch and presented by Mona and Dark Mofo, with select sessions presented by Guardian Australia and films curated by VICE.
+ Friday 8 June–Sunday 10 June, Odeon Theatre, Hobart. More to be announced late April.

SODA_JERK TERROR NULLIUS
A political revenge fable which offers an un-writing of Australian national mythology. This sample-based film from NYC-based art collective duo Soda_Jerk is part political satire, eco-horror and road movie, and has been pretty controversial of late. It’s a beautiful bloody mix of the historical and the speculative, art house and grindhouse.
+ Screening session times + location to be announced. Contains adult themes, sexual content and strong violence.

SOCIÉTÉ ANONYME MASKED COSTUME BALL AT HADLEY’S ORIENT HOTEL
Check in to the grand old Hadley’s Orient Hotel for a night of cloaked exhibitionism, anonymous art, light refreshments and ritualistic madness with a riot of strangers. Dress to excess and come as you aren’t: shrouded in anonymity, disguise and transformation.
+ Sunday 10 June, 8pm till late, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart, $99 + booking fee, (18+) Tickets by ballot >> enter

+ FIRST WEEK +
Wednesday 13 June–Sunday 17 June
ALL THE THINGS I LOST IN THE FLOOD LAURIE ANDERSON (USA)
‘And we suddenly see: we’re drowning in our own stories.’ Artist, musician, multimedia maven, filmmaker, writer, and New York maverick, Laurie Anderson celebrates language and stories through live music, video, spoken word and electronics.
+ Wednesday 13 June, 8pm (doors 7pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $49–$99 + booking fee

RETRIBUTION TANYA TAGAQ* (CAN)
The exhilarating and multiple award-winning Tanya Tagaq—celebrated Inuk performer, throat singer and political punk—will unleash a fierce live performance of her 2016 album Retribution, backed by a full community choir, gathering specifically for this performance. *Australian exclusive.
+ Thursday 14 June, 8pm (doors 7pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $29–$69 + booking fee

CHALKROOM* LAURIE ANDERSON (USA) + HSIN-CHIEN HUANG (TWN)
Fly through a shadowy city and navigate your way through a dark world of fractured stories and drawings, exploded clouds of language, and words that crumble into dust. A collaboration in virtual reality between pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson and new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang, awarded “Best VR Experience” at the 74th Venice Film Festival (2017). *Australian exclusive.
+ Thursday 14–Sunday 17 June,
+ Wednesday 20–Sunday 24 June, location, times and ticket information to be announced

LOU REED: DRONES*
Immerse in the sound bath created by the late Lou Reed’s guitars and amps, brought to us by Laurie Anderson and Reed’s friend and former guitar tech Stewart Hurwood. As 24 strings are activated by magnetic cones, they unleash cascading and colliding waves of feedback. Enter, sit, lay down, listen, meditate, cry, dance, chant, practice Tai Chi. *Australian exclusive.
+ Thursday 14–Sunday 17 June,
+ Wednesday 20–Sunday 24 June, location and times to be announced.
BANG BANG BAR
‘What year is this?’ It doesn’t matter, as long as there is a slice of cherry pie and some damn fine live music. Welcome to Dark Mofo’s Lynchian tribute venue, hosting intimate shows that would fit right in at the Twin Peaks Roadhouse.
+ Thursday 14–Saturday 16 June,
+ Wednesday 20–Saturday 23 June, Murray St, Hobart
FIRST WEEK ARTISTS:
• MARLON WILLIAMS (NZL)
Make way for heartbreak, reverb and rollicking guitars from the Kiwi crooner who’s been described as the love child of Roy Orbison and Elvis.
+ Thursday 14 June, 6pm (doors 5pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee (18+)
• BLIXA BARGELD*
From whispering, screaming and creaturely noise to scientific theory, poetry and philosophical games: Einstürzende Neubauten’s leading man is here to push the limits of music and sound with class, irony and ferocity. *Australian exclusive.
+ Friday 15 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee (18+)
• BRUTAL MEASURES LYDIA LUNCH + WEASEL WALTER (USA)
The no-wave queen and legend of the New York underground will hurl spoken word anarchic philosophy with cryptic electronics from improvisational virtuoso Weasel Walter.
+ Saturday 16 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee (18+)
SECOND WEEK ARTISTS:
• LAURA JEAN
Deep pop, dancing and the debut of Laura Jean’s latest album, Devotion: a new direction for the Melbourne artist formerly known for her folk music.
+ Wednesday 20 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee
• TINY RUINS (NZL) + JESS RIBEIRO
The Kiwi psychedelic folk four-piece Tiny Ruins has collaborated with David Lynch, and tonight, will share the Bang Bang Bar stage with Jess Ribeiro and her hazy, brooding rock’n’roll.
+ Thursday 21 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee
• NOBODY (WILLIS EARL BEAL)* (USA)
An unsettling and soulful collision of synths, blues and folk from the reclusive artist Nobody (Willis Earl Beal). *Australian exclusive.
+ Friday 22 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee
• JARBOE (USA) + FATHER MURPHY* (ITA)
The American shape-shifter of experimental music, Jarboe (formerly of Swans, Neurosis), takes to the stage with Italy’s duo of occult psychedelia and Catholic guilt, Father Murphy. Both are *Australian exclusives.
+ Saturday 23 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee

CROSSROADS: ALEXANDER HACKE + DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO*
This nomadic duo has been on the road for eight years, searching for an artistic haven much like Berlin in the 1980s. Now, they’ll present a silent film of their pilgrimage—across Europe, North America, Australia and Mexico—set to a dark, acoustic neofolk live score.
+ Thursday 14 June, 10pm (doors 9:30pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart $19 + booking fee

ARCHIE ROACH + TIDDAS: DANCING WITH MY SPIRIT
Celebrated Australian Indigenous artists Archie Roach and Tiddas hit the road to perform songs from Archie’s lost album, Dancing With My Spirit—forgotten for more than 20 years and only recently unearthed. Deadly Award-winning folk trio Tiddas (Koori English for ‘sisters’) is reforming just for this tour.
+ Friday 15 June, 7pm, Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $29–$69 + booking fee

ST. VINCENT (USA)
The Grammy Award-winning songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and David Byrne collaborator returns to Australia with her poetic art-house chamber pop, performing songs from her fifth studio album Masseduction (2017).
+ Friday 15 June, 8pm (doors 7pm), MAC2, Hunter St, Hobart, $99 + booking fee

NIGHT MASS
Dark Mofo’s late-night party precinct surrounding and subsuming the Odeon Theatre. More than 100 artists performing across four venues above and below ground, connected by an inner-city laneway, a party carpark and a closed CBD street. Artworks, performances, cocktail lounges, clubs and liturgical raves, tucked away in a sprawling nocturnal neighbourhood. Worship the fullness of the night in our hidden city. Artists will be announced on the relevant day.
+ Friday 15 + Saturday 16 June, 10pm till late
+ Friday 22 + Saturday 23 June, 10pm till late, Corner of Murray and Liverpool Street, Hobart, $59 + booking fee (18+)

REBEKAH DEL RIO* (USA)
The dazzling chanteuse, songwriter and David Lynch collaborator (including appearances at the Bang Bang Bar in Twin Peaks, and at Club Silencio in Mulholland Drive) will take up residence at Dark Mofo’s Lynchian tribute Bang Bang Bar during Night Mass. *Australian exclusive.
+ Friday 15 + Saturday 16 June
+ Friday 22 + Saturday 23 June, Night Mass, Included in Night Mass ticket ($59 + booking fee, 18+)

LAMENT EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN*
A blistering requiem for the outbreak of World War I, written 100 years after its beginning, and will be performed live 100 years after its end. At last year’s Dark Mofo, Neubauten said they wanted to come back to perform this album, and so here they come, replete with gigantic instruments and industrial noise-generating devices. *Australian exclusive.
+ Saturday 16 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart
+ Sunday 17 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $49–$99 + booking fee

INVISIBLE HOUSE AT SALAMANCA ARTS CENTRE
The 40-year-old Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) throws open its walls, halls, and spaces for a frenzied celebration of arcane knowledge, magic, science, and the occult.
+ Opening Thursday 14 June, 6–9pm
+ Continues Friday 15–Monday 25 June, times vary, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
• TohuVBohu BRENDAN WALLS
A chamber of sound and light, where public and private rituals build to an ecstatic twenty-four-hour live performance for strings, percussion and field recordings, by local experimental musicians.
• BARRY WILLIAM HALE AND NOKO
In NOKO mode with Scott Barnes, Barry William Hale enters into a trance state through esoteric art, occult rituals, live music and hundreds of audio-visual artworks.
• WILLIAM MORTENSEN (USA)*
Grotesque and visionary photographic creations from William Mortensen, the man Ansel Adams once called “the Antichrist”. *World exclusive, with thanks to NYC’s Stephen Romano Gallery.
• SAK YANT WITH AJARN OHR (THA)
Ritualistic tattooing on subscribed members of the public, by Ajarn Ohr, a monk and master of traditional Thai sak yant (or ‘magic tattoo’), combining symbols of Buddhism, Animism and sacred geometry. See website to subscribe, $400 + booking fee, 18+
• AMERICAN MAGUS HARRY SMITH (USA)
This retrospective ponders the pioneering film works of Harry Smith: American filmmaker, painter, folk music historian and occultist. An Australian premiere, presented by Dark Mofo and Salamanca Arts Centre. See website for screening times.

CITY OF HOBART DARK MOFO WINTER FEAST
The gastronomical heart and soul of Dark Mofo is returning for its sixth iteration this year, taking place on seven nights over two weekends and consuming Princes Wharf, along Hobart’s Salamanca waterfront. The feast is a contemporary take on pagan solstice celebrations, as the community gathers around fires and under the stars to eat, drink and celebrate as the longest night of the year approaches in Australia’s southernmost city. Chefs, stalls, musicians, and menus will be announced early May.
+ Friday 15 + Saturday 16 June, 4–11pm, $10
+ Sunday 17 + Thursday 21 June, 4–10pm, $10
+ Friday 22 + Saturday 23 June, 4–11pm, $20
+ Sunday 24 June, 4–10pm, free, Princes Wharf 1, Castray Esplanade, Hobart
Free after 8pm nightly, and for under 16s with a parent or guardian.
Season Pass: Seven-night ticket with priority entry: $50 + booking fee. Under 16s free with registration.

DARK PARK AT MACQUARIE POINT
Dark Mofo’s after-dark industrial art playground.
+ Friday 15–Sunday 17 June, 5–10pm
+ Thursday 21–Sunday 24 June, 5–10pm
Bar open until midnight on Fridays + Saturdays, Macquarie Point, Evans St, Hobart, free
• UNITED VISUAL ARTISTS: MUSICAL UNIVERSALIS* (GBR)
United Visual Artists return to Dark Mofo to present Musical Universalis, a spatial instrument that uses kinetics and sculpture to explore the connections between light, harmony and order. Eight orbs turn and turn in a darkened warehouse, manifesting the harmonic patterns of faraway celestial bodies in our solar system. *Australian exclusive.
• THE PURGING: OGOH-OGOH
As the darkness sets in, make an offering of your fears to our Tasmanian cave spider-shaped ogoh-ogoh—a demon-like sculpture derived from Balinese Hindu tradition.
• THE BURNING: OGOH-OGOH
Join the massive procession snaking its way around the waterfront to the ceremonial fire of Dark Park, where our ogoh-ogoh—and our fears with it—shall be commended to the flames.
+ Sunday 24 June, 5pm, Parliament Lawns to Dark Park, Macquarie Point, free
• TERRAPIN PUPPET THEATRE: THE SPIDER AND THE FLY*
A free puppet show of Mary Howitt’s creepy little fable of flattery, charm and hunger, with sound by Dylan Sheridan and narrated by Rosie Grace. Bring the kids.
• MATTHEW SCHREIBER: LEVIATHAN* (USA)
A massive geometric sculpture wrought from lasers and light, from the visual artist who was James Turrell’s lighting expert for 13 years and works in the field of light, architectural space and holography.
• WINTER FIRES
Poetic lyrics go up in flames at 6pm nightly.
• TALISKER DARK BAR
Come in from the cold dark night, for warming tipples, midwinter libations and gourmet toasties, courtesy of Talisker whisky. Enjoy live music, bring your friends and family.

WATERBORNE FRENCH + MOTTERSHEAD* (GBR)
Take a boat ride up the dead cold River Derwent, and listen to UK artist duo Rebecca French and Andrew Mottershead’s Waterborne: an audio meditation on the process of a human body decaying in water, dissolving and disintegrating, as it is borne through a deepening estuary and out to the sea. *Australian exclusive. This work contains graphic descriptions of human decomposition and is recommended for audiences age 10+
• Thursday 14–Sunday 17 June, 1–9pm on the hour, every hour, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, Franklin Wharf, Hobart, $29 adult / $10 under 16s + booking fee
• Wednesday 20–Sunday 24 June, 1–9pm on the hour, every hour, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, Franklin Wharf, Hobart, $29 adult / $10 under 16s + booking fee

+ SECOND WEEK +
Wednesday 20 June–Monday 25 June

ONGOING FROM FIRST WEEK:
+ Bang Bang Bar, Wednesday 20–Saturday 23 June
+ Waterborne, Wednesday 20–Sunday 24 June
+ Chalkroom, Wednesday 20–Sunday 24 June
+ Lou Reed Drones, Wednesday 20–Sunday 24 June
+ Winter Feast, Thursday 21–Sunday 24 June
+ Dark Park, Thursday 21–Sunday 24 June
+ Invisible House at SAC, daily until 24 June
+ A Journey to Freedom at TMAG, until Sunday 29 July
+ ZERO at Mona, until 22 April 2019
HYMNS TO THE DEAD
Come into the crypt of your soul for a night of metal mayhem at the Odeon.
+ Wednesday 20 June, 7PM (doors 6pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $69 + booking fee (18+)
• BLASPHEMY* (CAN)
Formed in 1984, Blasphemy continue to conjure the gods of war from the wilds of Vancouver. They provided the opening track to Fenriz of Dopethrone’s 2004 compilation album The Best of Old-School Black Metal, and with good reason. *Australian exclusive.
• PORTAL*
Churning death metal as the soundtrack to your demise. This meditative nihilist outfit from QLD appears onstage dressed as executioners, to create cinematic horrorscape metal that paints the Sunshine State black. *Australian exclusive.
• BATUSHKA* (POL)
In the name of the father: heaving, unholy black metal from this mysterious Polish eight-piece band. Pronounced ‘Batjushka’, the band’s Cyrillic name Батюшка means ‘father’, as in Eastern Orthodox priest. Vibrating with Slavonic and Balkan liturgical chanting, be warned: this father is not Christian. *Australian exclusive.
• NUMENOREAN (CAN)
Leap into the abyss with Calgary’s black metal innovators, whose recent album cover depicted a bloody child, symbolising the unfulfilled pain of living and how death is the true release from suffering. What sounds like Buddhist philosophy is sometimes simply atavistic depressive suicidal black metal.
• SPIRE
Australia’s despairing and atmospheric black metal progressors head south from QLD to remind you of your place in the cosmic dirt. Prepare your psyche for the weight of communal laments dedicated to purposelessness (their words, no judgement).
ELECTRIC WIZARD* (GBR)
England’s Electric Wizard are the heavy metal innovators of downturned, grinding, monolithic esoteric doom, consistently redefining the preconceived thresholds of detuned guitar chords for the past quarter of a century. Their ninth studio album release, Wizard Bloody Wizard (2017), mixes Detroit garage sleaze with droning, drug-laced funereal metal and acid rock. *Australian exclusive.
+ Thursday 21 June, 9pm (doors 8pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $89 + booking fee

LATERNE BY BERLIN ATONAL (DEU)
A temple of experimental and electronic music, performance, and audio-visual art, curated by the German capital’s venerable advanced music festival, Berlin Atonal.
+ Thursday 21 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Avalon Theatre, Hobart, $49 + booking fee (18+)
+ Friday 22 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Avalon Theatre, Hobart, $69 + booking fee (18+)
THURSDAY ARTISTS
• FIA FIELL
Ethereal and unsettling synthesiser music from Carolyn Schofield (Rolling Mass, Jaala), melding lush melodic cycles, ecstatic drones and free improvisation.
• OMELAS
Four electro-acoustic compositions collide with a live performance of an original opera inspired by Ursula K Le Guin.
• GROUP A* (JPN)
Heavy synth, minimal wave, noise, striking visuals and performance art from the Japanese duo. *Australian exclusive.
• PEDER MANNERFELT* (SWE)
Raw and brutish sounds from the Swedish synth savant. *Australian exclusive.
• ALTAR* (GBR)
An explosive performance of ritual system music, courtesy of Roly Porter and Paul Jebanasam. *Australian exclusive.
• DEMDIKE STARE WITH MICHAEL ENGLAND* (GBR)
This Manchester duo extract the best from ’90s jungle, drum’n’bass, industrial and ambient techno sound. They’ll appear alongside award-winning filmmaker Michael England. *Australian exclusive.     
FRIDAY ARTISTS
• IONA FORTUNE* (SCO)
This Scottish producer brings enchanting sounds of the ‘fourth world’ into the disenchanted twenty-first century. *Australian exclusive.
• FIS AND PYUR PRESENT 7 BLUE STONES* (NZL/DEU)
Gastric and sinuous sounds from two forward-thinking young producers. A premiere performance. *Australian exclusive.
• DREW MCDOWALL PRESENTS TIME MACHINES (SCO)
A live performance of Coil’s drone masterpiece for hallucinogenic chemicals.
• AUTECHRE (GBR)
The indisputable UK masters of dark and dimension-warping electronic music.

BORDERLANDS
‘The centre cannot hold.’—W.B. Yeats. Be consumed by transcendent music and experimental sound.
+ Saturday 23 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Avalon Theatre, Hobart, $49 + booking fee
• WILLIAM BASINSKI (USA)
A solo electronic performance by the lionised master of minimal, experimental music.
• THE HAXAN CLOAK* (GBR)
Electronica for the afterlife. The Haxan Cloak’s first ever and *exclusive Australian performance.
• PAN DAIJING (CHN/DEU)
Explosive sound, industrial noise and experimental theatrics.
• MERZBOW* (JPN)
Venture into the wilds of industrial sound with this prolific pioneer of Japanese noise. *Australian exclusive.
• THE SPEAKER (CHN/DEU)
Theatre of electronic sound, via one vocalist and a six-channel acousmonium (a sound diffusion system devised in the 1970s).

ALICE GLASS (CAN) + ZOLA JESUS (USA)
The Canadian electro-punk powerhouse Alice Glass, formerly of Crystal Castles, supported by industrial electro-pop goth Zola Jesus.
+ Saturday 23 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $59 + booking fee (18+)

SPECTRA RYOJI IKEDA* (JPN)
Ryoji Ikeda’s spectra [tasmania] appeared at the first Dark Mofo in 2013. Now, on the winter solstice, join us in Mona’s grounds for its return: a towering pillar of powerful searchlights reaching high into the night sky. Evening ferries will shuttle you to and from the museum – book tickets closer to the festival. This temporary installation of spectra for Dark Mofo 2018 will soon be replaced by a permanent version on Mona’s Berriedale grounds. Presented by Mona.
+ Thursday 21–Sunday 24 June, from sunset to sunrise, Museum of Old and New Art, free

BORROWED VERSE TINY RUINS (NZL) + BEN SALTER + ANGIE HART + EMILY LUBITZ
Australian and New Zealander songwriters and poets come together to tangle the traditions of music and poetry, with Borrowed Verse from William Butler Yeats and Charles Bukowski to Uncle Herb Wharton, Dorothy Porter, and Judith Wright. Featuring music by Tiny Ruins (NZL), Ben Salter, Angie Hart (Frente!), Emily Lubitz (Tinpan Orange), Nausicaa, plus poetry from David Stavanger and Graham Akhurst.
+ Friday 22 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $19–$49 + booking fee

BACKWARDS FROM WINTER* FOUNDATION IHOS AMSTERDAM
A tragic love story told in reverse and through the unwinding cycle of the seasons: from grief in winter to loss in an autumn storm, to the passion of high summer and new love in spring. Backwards from Winter is an operatic work for soprano, electric cello, video and computer. Composed by Douglas Knehans with libretto by Juanita Rockwell and mise en scène by Constantine Koukias. *Australian premiere, presented by Dark Mofo and Foundation IHOS Amsterdam.
+ Wednesday 20 + Thursday 21 June, 6pm
+ Friday 22 June, 9pm
+ Saturday 23 June, 6pm + 9pm, Hobart City Hall, $39 + booking fee

ETERNAL TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA + TSO CHORUS
Timeless masterpieces from Baltic Europe, including Arvo Pärt’s heartfelt take on the centuries-old sacred choral tradition of the mass. Program: Arvo Pärt, Spiegel im Spiegel, Henryk Górecki, Piano Concerto No. 2, Arvo Pärt, Berliner Messe, Pēteris Vasks, Cantabile, Henryk Górecki, Kleines Requiem für eine Polka. Conducted by Johannes Fritzsch, featuring Tamara-Anna Cislowska on piano and the TSO Chorus.
+ Friday 22 June, 7.30pm (doors 6.30pm), Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, $49–$89 + booking fee

CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE (USA)
At the age of 12, he was bandmate to Allen Ginsberg and Kenneth Anger. Now, lionised master of minimalist organ performance Charlemagne Palestine explores resonance, duration and the transcendent potentials of music.
+ Friday 22 June 2018, 4pm (doors 3pm), Hobart Town Hall, $39 + booking fee

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA VICTORIAN OPERA + TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Written by Benjamin Britten, The Rape of Lucretia is a tragic opera in two parts, with the Victorian Opera joined by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, telling a harrowing ancient roman tale of love, sexual violence and despair. A co-production of Sydney Chamber Opera and Victorian Opera Sydney 2017 season presented by Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks. These performances of The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd of London. Recommended for audiences age 15+
+ Friday 15, Saturday 16 June, 8pm, Theatre Royal, $59–$89 + booking fee
+ Sunday 17 June, 2pm, Theatre Royal, Hobart, $59–$89 + booking fee

ANIMAL INFLUX THEATRE
In a remote town, two sisters prepare for survival in a savage society, one punch at a time. An unrelenting work of physical theatre. Animal is performed by Influx Theatre (Susie Dee, Kate Sherman + Nicci Wilks). Contains some nudity, loud music and effects, recommended for audiences age 15+
+ Friday 22 + Saturday 23 June, 6pm
+ Sunday 24 June, 2pm, Theatre Royal, $29–$49 + booking fee

WILLIAM BASINSKI: THE DISINTEGRATION LOOPS
New York based avant-garde composer William Basinski created the four-volume album The Disintegration Loops with archived recordings of ambient music on tapes, which gradually decayed as they played, disintegrating with each loop. The result is beautifully hypnotic, and will be reinterpreted and performed live by an orchestra, closing the music program on the last night of the festival. 
+ Sunday 24 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $29–$59 + booking fee

WINTER SOLSTICE
‘And reaching out into the deep darkness, he saw himself.’—David Lynch.
+ Thursday 21 June, 8:07pm AEST

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NUDE SOLSTICE SWIM
Welcome back the sun, after the longest night of the year. Dark Mofo’s communal contemporary ritual, the Nude Solstice Swim, attracts more than one thousand brave souls to shed their inhibitions along with their clothes, and dive into the winter ocean.
+ Friday 22 June, 7.42am, Long Beach, Sandy Bay, free with registration

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Facebook @darkmofofestival
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#darkmofo #discovertasmania
http://www.darkmofo.net.au

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Celebrate Youth Week in Devonport

Joshua van Essen Customer Service Officer | Devonport Regional Gallery | Devonport City Council
06.04.18 7:54 pm

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Reclaim the Lane 2017. Photo: Kelly Slater

Devonport is the place to be to celebrate Youth Week Tasmania this year if you are a young person on the North West Coast.

For a seventh consecutive year, Devonport’s annual Youth Week Tasmania event Reclaim the Lane returns to Rooke Lane on Friday 13 April, 3.30–5.30 pm. The free event transforms Rooke Lane into a vibrant celebration of youth arts and music for all ages.

As part of Youth Week Tasmania, The Devonport Regional Gallery and their young members committee, The Droogs present The Sketchbook Project Exhibition at Devonport LINC. Over the last four weeks young people across the North West collected a handmade sketchbook to fill with their drawings, ideas and writing. All returned sketchbooks will be featured in this public exhibition at Devonport LINC from 13 April- 22 April.

“The Sketchbook Project celebrates and promotes young people and their talents and provides a space for public viewing of their work” said Birgitta Magnusson-Reid, Creative Learning and Public Programs Officer, Devonport Regional Gallery. “We’ve distributed some 450 sketchbooks this year, and we’re always amazed at the talent and creativity found between the pages.”

‘Reclaiming’ the entire laneway between Steele and Stewart Streets, the event showcases the talents of young people and features various art-making and music workshop spaces, young makers selling their wares, live music by young local performers, a photo booth and interactive stalls by youth service providers. Free food is also available.

Burnie/ Hobart based artist, Emma Magnusson-Reid is this year’s Reclaim the Lane artist and she will be creating a new mural in Rooke Lane on the base of the Payne street carpark.

This year, Reclaim the Lane will feature young performance artists Slipstream Circus, drummer Keep The Beat will deliver drumming workshops and, visual artist, Loralee Newitt will engage the community in a communal mural activity and young musicians from Don College will provide live music throughout the event.

The event is organized each year by Devonport Regional Gallery and the Droogs in partnership with Youth, Family and Community Connections.

DETAILS
The Sketchbook Project Exhibition
Where: Devonport LINC
When: 13 April – 22 April
Who: All ages
Cost: FREE
More info: devonportgallery.com or facebook.com/DevonportSketchbookProject

Reclaim the Lane
Where: Rooke Lane, Devonport
When: Friday 13 April, 3.30–5.30 pm
Who: All ages
Cost: FREE
More info: facebook.com/reclaimthelanedevonport

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Crikey: Lawrence Mooney’s brilliant Malcolm Turnbull

Crikey
06.04.18 1:05 pm

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Visual Bulk presents Equated Dissonance

Grace Herbert, Co-ordinator,Visual Bulk 153A Argyle St Hobart
05.04.18 4:40 pm

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Visual Bulk presents Equated Dissonance. Exhibition opening Friday the 6th April at 6pm and panel discussion Sunday the 8th April at 3pm.

Equated Dissonance is an exhibition which explores queer bonds and non-normative kinships. Emerging Hobart artist Clare Powell invites Sydney based artists Mark Mailler, Ainslie Templeton and Kieran Bryant to contribute their own perspectives on queer relationships and heartache.

Curator, Clare Powell says that, “Equated Dissonance is a collective exposition surrounding the turmoils of queer love and non-normative kinships. Through a mix of sculptural, performative, digital and written works, Equated Dissonance offers four unique responses to themes of love, sex and family.”

To accompany the physical exhibition, the artists have compiled the Equated Dissonance Reader, a collection of texts which offer relevant queer criticism and narration. The Reader will be available at the exhibition’s opening, and is also available to download via the this link:

In an effort to extend the camaraderie of the exhibition opening event, Equated Dissonance has invited audiences to a Sunday afternoon-tea and discussion panel surrounding issues of contemporary queer love and contemporary practice. This session will include talks and readings by visiting artists and discussions drawn from the Equated Dissonance Reader.

Exhibition curator Clare Powell, or visiting artists Mark Mailler, Kieran Bryant and Ainslie Templeton are available for interview about the show and their work in the coming days.

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2018 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival program announced

Georgia Rowles
04.04.18 3:42 pm

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Festival to shine a light on Indigenous rights, gender equality, conflict, people movement, rehabilitation and retribution, and the environment.

The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) has launched its 2018 program of over 50 films and events. The festival starts in Melbourne on Thursday May 3 and runs through to May 17. This will be followed by a tour to Canberra on May 29 through to 2 June and <b>co-program with the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival on 19 and 20 May in Launceston.


The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival aims to make human rights relevant, accessible and engaging to Australians through film, art, music and forums. HRAFF attracts a diverse audience of 15,000 – 20,000 people each year, many who would not normally engage in human rights.

The festival has become one of the leading and largest public human rights events, telling meaningful stories that help create a different world. In the past twelve months, it has been recognised by the Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation and the Future Leaders Justice Prize.

The 2018 festival aims to create awareness on pressing human rights issues across five major themes: conflict and global people movement, gender equality, Indigenous rights, rehabilitation and retribution, and the environment.

Opening night in Melbourne is headlined by Australian film After the Apology, directed by Larissa Behrendt. Behrendt is an Indigenous (Eualeyai/Gammilaroi) filmmaker, novelist, lawyer and academic. Her landmark documentary After the Apology explores the practise of Aboriginal child removal. 

Aboriginal children are being removed at almost double the rate of the time of Rudd’s Apology speech. After the Apology also reveals that Indigenous children are ten times more likely to be placed in out of home care than non-Indigenous children.

“Film provides a mechanism for telling real stories that highlight the need for change,” says Behrendt. “More than statistics, research and legal arguments, personal stories show the real reasons for the need to protect human rights”.

HRAFF will also globally premiere the ground-breaking documentary Border Politics, directed by Judy Rymer. The feature-length documentary follows human rights barrister, Julian Burnside, as he travels the globe examining the increasing compromises to human rights in Western democracies occurring via the exploitation of fears around border protection. 

In 2016, the UNHCR identified 22.5 million asylum seekers in the world. Just 19 per cent were resettled around the globe.

“If we continue to abuse human rights in Australia the way we’ve been doing for the last 15 years we run the risk of completely devaluing the human rights fabric in Australia” Burnside said.

The festival also shines a light on the issue of gender equality. Her Sound, Her Story, directed by Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore, examines sexism within the Australian music industry. By showcasing over 40 women from different areas of the music industry, Her Sound, Her Story provides insight into the pressures of being a female musician.

Other leading picks from the festival are: Jackson, an insight into reproductive rights in America; Jaha’s Promise, about the practice genital mutilation, A Better Man, an intimate look at violence against women; Food Fighter, about food waste; Guilty, investigating capital punishment; The Grown-ups on rights of people with disabilities and Last Man in Aleppo about the remaining besieged citizens in Aleppo, Syria.

“We know that statistics change policy but film and arts change people’s hearts and minds, and that’s enduring change”, said Aleta Moriarty, the CEO of HRAFF.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.hraff.org.au

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Despard Gallery: Works on Paper ... TONIGHT, 5.30pm

Despard Gallery. First published March 29
04.04.18 10:00 am

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HELEN HOPCROFT Fish Eating Fish #1 2017 acrylic on paper 56 x 76 cm signed verso $2,650.00 (framed)

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE OPENING OF

WORKS ON PAPER

a group show

Wednesday 4 April 5.30pm

4 April - 29 April 2018

Join us for the opening of the Works on Paper show Wednesday 4 April at 5.30pm!

With artists Dale Richards, Anne Hall, Anne Morrison, Helen Hopcroft, Geoff Dyer, Bertie Blackman, Todd Jenkins, Jenny Orchard, Glen Clarke, Mary Scott, Rodney Pople and new works by Peter Poulet and Jonathan McBurnie.

Plus, we have cleaned out our stockroom and have a BIG SALE on a selection of works on paper during the month of April! Various artists, prices range from $10 - $750. Be quick, don’t miss out!

PREVIEW WORKS ON PAPER:  http://www.despard-gallery.com.au/group-show/

UP NEXT

ART AND OBJECT
2 May - 27 May 2018

Jenny Orchard and Dale Richards
A joint exhibition
1 June - 24 June 2018


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JONATHAN MCBURNIE Emerging artist blues (Today I ate KFC) 2017 Ink and watercolour on paper 28 x 19 cm signed verso unframed $650.00

Despard Gallery
Level One
15 Castray Esplanade
HOBART TASMANIA 7000

http://www.despard-gallery.com.au
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The 11th human rights arts and film festival program accounced

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF)
04.04.18 4:16 am

Festival to shine a light on Indigenous rights, gender equality, conflict, people movement, rehabilitation and retribution, and the environment.

The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) has launched its 2018 program of over 50 films and events. The festival starts in Melbourne on Thursday May 3 and runs through to May 17. This will be followed by a tour to Canberra on May 29 through to 2 June and co-program with the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival on 19 and 20 May in Launceston.

The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival aims to make human rights relevant, accessible and engaging to Australians through film, art, music and forums. HRAFF attracts a diverse audience of 15,000 – 20,000 people each year, many who would not normally engage in human rights.

The festival has become one of the leading and largest public human rights events, telling meaningful stories that help create a different world. In the past twelve months, it has been recognised by the Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation and the Future Leaders Justice Prize.

The 2018 festival aims to create awareness on pressing human rights issues across five major themes: conflict and global people movement, gender equality, Indigenous rights, rehabilitation and retribution, and the environment.

Opening night in Melbourne is headlined by Australian film After the Apology, directed by Larissa Behrendt. Behrendt is an Indigenous (Eualeyai/Gammilaroi) filmmaker, novelist, lawyer and academic. Her landmark documentary After the Apology explores the practise of Aboriginal child removal.

Aboriginal children are being removed at almost double the rate of the time of Rudd’s Apology speech. After the Apology also reveals that Indigenous children are ten times more likely to be placed in out of home care than non-Indigenous children.

“Film provides a mechanism for telling real stories that highlight the need for change,” says Behrendt. “More than statistics, research and legal arguments, personal stories show the real reasons for the need to protect human rights”.

HRAFF will also globally premiere the ground-breaking documentary Border Politics, directed by Judy Rymer. The feature-length documentary follows human rights barrister, Julian Burnside, as he travels the globe examining the increasing compromises to human rights in Western democracies occurring via the exploitation of fears around border protection. 

In 2016, the UNHCR identified 22.5 million asylum seekers in the world. Just 19 per cent were resettled around the globe.

“If we continue to abuse human rights in Australia the way we’ve been doing for the last 15 years we run the risk of completely devaluing the human rights fabric in Australia” Burnside said.

The festival also shines a light on the issue of gender equality. Her Sound, Her Story, directed by Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore, examines sexism within the Australian music industry. By showcasing over 40 women from different areas of the music industry, Her Sound, Her Story provides insight into the pressures of being a female musician.

Other leading picks from the festival are: Jackson, an insight into reproductive rights in America; Jaha’s Promise, about the practice genital mutilation, A Better Man, an intimate look at violence against women; Food Fighter, about food waste; Guilty, investigating capital punishment; The Grown-ups on rights of people with disabilities and Last Man in Aleppo about the remaining besieged citizens in Aleppo, Syria.

“We know that statistics change policy but film and arts change people’s hearts and minds, and that’s enduring change”, said Aleta Moriarty, the CEO of HRAFF.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.hraff.org.au

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