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June 2017

Be Public In The Now – Exhibition by Christopher R. Inwood

June 4 - September 1
The Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane Square, 266 George St
Brisbane, QLD 3000 Australia
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The Autodidatic artist Christopher R. Inwood has created 17 large, traditional oil paintings that draw from the composition and aesthetic of our current homogenised digital culture, so as to provide a vehicle for direct communication with the people of our time. The ‘meme’ has been used as a formula for the composition of the paintings in this show, due to its simple and direct communication, and ease of engagement. The contemporary oil portraits will be constructed using the unique parameters and benefits of the new digital aesthetic, and will be combined with text that comments on issues prevalent in our current and future culture. The use of oil painting draws from Inwood’s knowledge of art history and his understanding of the refinement of painting, which enables him to bring the immaterial into the tangible world. The visual intrigue created by the painted memes is supported by didactics that direct the…

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July 2017

Call for Submissions: Japanese Poetry

July 21 - August 20
water chain on guttering of a Japanese building with forest background.

A new poetry festival celebrating the influence of Japanese poetry in Australia will take place in Melbourne in the last week of September. The festival is cross-cultural in nature, featuring the work of Japanese-Australian writers (such as a tanka group, a haiku poet and more) and Australian authors influenced by Japanese styles and themes. Events are currently planned to take place at the University of Melbourne and in Melbourne city. We are seeking expressions of interest from: -Japanese-Australian poets and people interested in talking about poetry. -Women of Japanese background interested in reading works by female Japanese poets. We also welcome general expressions of interest and other proposals. Please email festival contact Elizabeth ASAP at e.beaton@unimelb.edu.au

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$20 - $55

RICE by Michelle Lee

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - August 26 @ 9:30 pm AEST
SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod Street
Kings Cross, NSW 2001 Australia
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Woman yelling into a phone, Michelle Lee, RICE

Presented by Griffin Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre  Michele Lee is an important emerging voice in contemporary Australian writing. Ambitious in form and idea, her observations on race, gender and power can be both sharp and tender. With Rice, Michele sets the personal politics of two women against the politics of global food production. Nisha is a high-flying young executive at Australia’s largest producer of rice — precocious, headstrong and determined to become Australia’s first female Indian CEO. She’s presently closing in on a secret deal with the Indian government, which will place her company at the centre of India’s rice distribution. Working late every night, Nisha encounters Yvette, the ‘Chinese cleaner’ of her office building. As the nights wear on, she soon realises that Yvette has more to offer than merely clearing away her dishes. The two form a powerful, if unlikely, bond as they navigate the complexities of their lives. Rice won Michele…

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August 2017
$14.50 - $369.00

Melbourne International Film Festival 2017

August 3 - August 20
Various venues, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia + Google Map
2016 MIFF OPENING NIGHT Crowd and stage_Image Credit Tony Zara & Dean Walliss 2

"MIFF is a not-for-profit organisation that has been continuously running since 1952, making it the leading film festival in Australia and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, alongside Cannes and Berlin. Presenting a curated global program of innovative screen experiences and the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking, MIFF is an accessible, iconic cultural event that provides transformative experiences for audiences and filmmakers alike." (miff.com.au) This year's Melbourne International Film Festival, with its full program covering everything from International film to Animation, and everything in between, is an event not to miss. The festival is running 3 – 20 August, and the full program, prices and passes is up on the MIFF website now. Various venues, and various prices. See the MIFF website for further details.

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QPF2017 POETS IN RESIDENCE WORKSHOPS + KEY EVENTS

August 24 - August 28
Speaker with eyes closed, talking into mic.

QPF2017 has three incredible Poets in Residence this year: the Arts Queensland Poet in Residence role is being shared by two artists (Joy Harjo from the US and Courtney Sina Meredith from NZ), and our Indigenous Poet in Residence is Ali Cobby Eckermann. These three accomplished poets and performers are doing a range of events and workshops as part of QPF this year, and many fall outside the four-day festival itself, so check out the line-up on our website—you'll find Arts Queensland Poet in Residence details here and Indigenous Poet in Residence details here. QPF2017 Poets in Residence Workshops and key events Poets in Residence QPF2017 Workshops and key events

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21st Queensland Poetry Festival

August 24 - August 27
Various venues, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia + Google Map
Queensland Poetry Festival 2017.Left to right - Ali Cobby Eckermann, Omar Musa, Mark Doty, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Sarah Holland-Batt - 980x551px

The 21st Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) turns up the volume on the finest local and international poetic voices from 24‒27 August at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and a host of other exciting satellite venues. Featuring 120+ artists in 80+ sessions over four dynamic days and nights, 75% of sessions are free. Building upon over 6000 attendees last year, QPF2017 is the festival’s biggest and most ambitious venture yet. Redefining the poetic artform, the packed line-up includes slam poets, live music, panels, workshops, visual art installations, spoken word, film screenings, performance art, comedy and an inaugural poetry Publishers and Zine Fair. Some QPF2017 features include: Two Poets in Residence: QPF is proud to announce that the 2017 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence will be shared between one of the world’s greatest poets and one of its most exciting new voices: Joy Harjo (USA) and Courtney Sina Meredith (NZ). You can catch both Poets in Residence performing across a number of shows…

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$25

LIVING ARTEFACT: LUKA LESSON + KAHL WALLIS IN CONCERT

August 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 420 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006 Australia
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Living Artefact, two men sitting at a wooden table.

As part of QPF2017 Distant Voices, Australia’s bestselling spoken-word/hip-hop artist, Luka Lesson, joins creative forces with multi-award-winning Indigenous artist Kahl Wallis (The Medics) for the Brisbane leg of their joint 'Living Artefact' single and national tour. Living Artefact is a strong, defiant world hip-hop track, and its performers are determined to continue their contemporary cultural songlines. Lesson will also be in special three-piece band mode for the first time in Queensland. Don't miss this epic event! Saturday 26 August, 7.30 pm Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts Tickets: $25

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$30

QPF2017 WORKSHOP: WAYS TO WRITE THE BODY

August 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEST
Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen, 454 Brunswick St
Fortitude Valley, Queensland 4006 Australia
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This workshop is a chance to meet and learn from award-winning poet, writer and researcher, Dr Quinn Eades. The workshop focus will be on writing from (rather than about) life experiences and the body, particularly around gender and sexuality. Quinn will discuss the politics of life writing, and the ways that writing stories from ‘other’ bodies can broaden minds and promote social change. Quinn will share information about his own writing practice, and then set a series of writing exercises, some of them to music. If you haven’t written for a long time, think your story is not important enough to write or have dreamt of writing but never put fingers to keyboard or pen to paper, then this workshop is for you: you will leave with words. Book now! Sunday 27 August, 12–2 pm Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen Tickets: $30

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$50

QPF2017 WORKSHOP: POETRY BOOTCAMP FOR EMOTIONAL DELINQUENTS WITH HERA LINDSAY BIRD

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
State Library of Queensland, Stanley Pl
South Brisbane , Queensland 4001 Australia
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Woman with brown hair and purple shirt next to large rock, long dry grass in the background.

For award-winning New Zealand poet Hera Lindsay Bird, the central question/task of poetry is how to make something that feels alive on the page. How do we get to the heart of what we are trying to say, without being overly didactic or too oblique? How do we to approach what we are unable to approach, when we are stuck and overwhelmed, staring at a blank page? Good poetry should guide itself, not be dragged kicking and screaming towards a predestined conclusion. Good poetry allows the poem permission to steer itself. But how, practically, can we achieve this? And how can we take linguistic and formal risks while staying emotionally honest? This workshop is a practical guide to generating new ideas and experimenting with text, but it’s also about how we integrate emotional honesty into our writing practice, and how we can adapt formal exercises to bring us closer to the heart…

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September 2017
Free

Asia What? Melbourne Writers Festival 17

September 1 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm AEST
ACMI The Cube Federation Square, Flinders Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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image for Asia What? Credit: Melbourne Writers Festival 2017

This FREE EVENT, with no bookings required, asks the questions, what are the 'authentic' stories of Asians and 'Asian-ness'? How are Asian narratives crafted, and as settlers, what are their relationships with Indigenous peoples? Explore these provacations through a day of free discussion, performances, workshops and reflections featuring Bruce Pascoe, Eugenia Flynn, Melanie Cheng, Ra Chapman, Sangeetha Thanapal, Steven Winduo, Shinen Wong and more. Presented in partnership with the Asian Australian Democracy Caucus - AADC. More details here: bit.ly/2uEXAOE

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$25 - $35

Assembly Operation Speak Percussion @ Arts House

September 5 @ 7:30 pm - September 9 @ 8:30 pm AEST
Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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Three people in white shirts standing in shadows looking forward

Three percussionists dutifully form an assembly line to extract music from everyday objects. Drawing on the visual, sonic and conceptual qualities of the one Yuan note, using paper, packaging, electronic toys and traditional objects, Speak Percussion delivers a loaded sonic odyssey. In this major new collaboration between Eugene Ughetti, performance maker Clare Britton and visual artists Cyrus Tang and Jia Jia Chen, dark video sequences and minimalistic set design conjure surreal reflections on mass-production. Assembly Operation manufactures high quality sound by crunching and grinding low worth goods. Composer/Director: Eugene Ughetti Designer/Dramaturge: Clare Britton Video Artist: Cyrus Tang Sound Designer: Nick Roux Lighting Designer/Production Manager: Richard Dinnen (Megafun) Ceramicist/Visual Artist: Jia Jia Chen Performers: Kaylie Melville, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Eugene Ughetti Producer: Michaela Coventry Image: Damian Stephens @ DDT World Premiere Presented by Arts House 7.30pm, Tue 5 Sep 7.30pm, Wed 6 Sep 7.30pm, Thu 7 Sep 7.30pm, Fri 8 Sep 7.30pm, Sat 9 Sep 45…

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$19 - $38

Chef: Come Dine with Us! (Atobiz Co & Persona Inc)

September 9 - October 16
Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street
New Farm, Queensland 4005 Australia
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Actor from performance 'Chef: Come Dine with Us'

The perfect satisfaction for all theatre-loving foodies! Two rival sous chefs compete in the ultimate cooking show to determine who stays in the kitchen to carry on the legacy of the popular Korean dish bibimbap. Combining jaw-dropping beatboxing and breakdancing, astounding acrobatic displays and pure visual delights, this culinary cornucopia of entertainment will please every palette. Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au Sat 9 & Sat 10 Sept @ 7:30PM Sun 10 Sept @2PM (Post show Q&A) Tue 12- Sat 16 Sept @7:30PM Sat 16 Sept @2PM Venue: Brisbane Powerhouse - Powerhouse Theatre 119 Lamington Street NEW FARM QLD 4005  Cost: Adult - $38 Concession - $32 Child - $19 Group (6+) - $32  

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$30 - $36

Charlie Lim and the Mothership (Charlie Lim)

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
South Bank Cultural Forecourt, Melbourne St
South Brisbane, Queensland 4101 Australia
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Charlie Lim standing outside with grass field and some trees behind him

Stretched between acoustic melancholia, neo-soul, post-rock, and electronic-pop – the extremities that mark Charlie’s music – there’s a cinematic gravitas that takes you on a sonic journey set against the rich narratives of life’s tales. Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au  Dates: Sun 17 Sept @ 7PM Cost: Adult - $36  Concession - $30  Group (6+) - $30 each Venue: The Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent Cultural Forecourt SOUTH BANK QLD 4101  

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$20

Where’s David? (Melbourne Fringe Festival)

September 20 - September 24
No Vacancy Gallery, 34-40 Jane Bell Ln
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Back of person with dark hair bob cut and white shirt, one arm above head, one arm behind back. Where's David? presented as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017. Image by Cassandra Eli Yiannacou

"I burnt my toast this morning. I also killed my best friend." With a dark confession, an unnamed performer arrives on stage, unraveling the murder of a best friend, sentiments on sentimentality and the grief of burning your toast. A darkly playful, one-woman show, Where's David? is an attempt to understand and reconcile the death and murder of the ones you love. Presented as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival, WHERE'S DAVID? returns, reworked and revived after its intial season in La Mama's Explorations 2016. DATES + TIMES Wed 20, Thurs 21/ 6.30pm Fri 22, Sat 23/ 8.00pm Sun 24/ 6.30pm Created and Performed by Sandra Chui Co-produced by Adrian Del-Re Image by Cassandra Eli Yiannacou Special thanks to the team of Small and Loud, The Kiln (Arts Centre) and friends for the generous support and love during the development of Where's David? This performance has been developed on the land…

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$33 - $37

Attractor (Senyawa) – with Indonesian band Senyawa.

September 20 - September 23
Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street
New Farm, Queensland 4005 Australia
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Indonesian heavy metal duo Senyawa and Australian choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forced with two of Australia’s Leafing dance companies to create an unforgettable performance. As the performance evolves it transitions into an all-in dance event. Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au Dates: Wed 20 – Sat 23 September @ 7:30PM Sat 23 Sept @ 2PM Cost: Adults - $37 Concession - $33 Group (6+) - $33 (each) Join the cast on stage and participate +$8 Venue: Brisbane Powerhouse - Powerhouse Theatre 119 Lamington Street NEW FARM QLD 4005

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$19.90 - $29

BITCH: The Origin of the Species (Edith Potesta) – Sinagapore

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - September 23 @ 10:00 pm AEST
Theatre Republic – The Loft, The Loft (Building Z2), QUT Creative Industries Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove, Queensland 4059 Australia
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Black dog and woman in blue shirt looking to one side. Image for the production 'Bitch' as part of Brisbane Festival 2017

This is a visually rich theatrical reclamation of one of the most complex insults in the English language. A reflection of the animal in nature and the animal in our nature.Created by theatre veteran Edith Podesta and featuring Helmut Bakaitisand Brisbane’s very own Merlynn Tong with stellar multimedia, BITCH unleashes our primordial instincts from domesticity. Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au Dates: Wed 20 – Sat 23 Sept @ 7PM Cost: Adult - $29 Concession - $19.90 Venue: Theatre Republic - The Loft The Loft (Building Z2), QUT Creative Industries Musk Avenue KELVIN GROVE QLD 4059

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$50 - $244

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Plays The Romantics (Darrell Ang, Conductor)

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - September 23 @ 10:00 pm AEST
Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
South Bank, Queensland 4101 Australia
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Man (Daryll Ang) orchestrating symphony

  Singapore’s Darrell Ang is one of the world’s most lively up-and-coming conductors. Now he leads the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in a double bill of great nineteenth century romantic works based on the journeys of two of Byron’s wandering heroes, Harold and Manfred. Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au Dates: Wed 20 – Sat 23 Sept @ 7PM Cost: A-Reserve Adult      $117 Concession^       $96.50 Student^^            $50 Family^^^            $284 B-Reserve Adult      $97 Concession^       $85.50 Student^^            $50 Family^^^            $244 Venue: QPAC - Concert Hall Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank QLD 4101    

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FREE

Melbourne Youth Orchestras presents Moments of Beauty at State Library Victoria

September 27 - December 22
State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Teenager playing trumpet with swirls of colour in the background

Celebrating Melbourne Youth Orchestras (MYO) fifty-year milestone, Moments of Beauty is a series of surprise free concerts throughout some of State Library Victoria’s most glorious and intriguing spaces over a five-week program from 27 September – 29 October 2017. Showcasing some of Victoria’s best young musicians, Moments of Beauty will utilise four of the nine MYO ensembles, including the John Antill Youth Band, Melbourne Youth Junior Strings, Melbourne Youth Chamber Strings and the esteemed Melbourne Youth Orchestra. Playing with two different ensembles, Louise Turnbull is 12-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Mount Martha who will play viola for Melbourne Youth Chamber Strings and flute for John Antill Youth Band during the Moments of Beauty series. Creating moments of beauty throughout the State Library Victoria (SLV), this site-specific series of works will delight audiences of all ages with family performances in the SLV Courtyard; chamber music in the SLV Cowan Gallery; and an in-the-round brass…

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$19.90 - $29

Hawa (Hatch Theatrics) – Singapore – Australian Premiere

September 27 @ 7:30 pm - September 29 @ 10:00 pm AEST
Theatre Republic – The Loft, The Loft (Building Z2), QUT Creative Industries Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove, Queensland 4059 Australia
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Lady in black silk head scarf looking over balcony with trees in background. Image for Hawa.

Siti, a recent convert to Islam, is suddenly tasked with overseeing the funeral arrangements of her close friend and companion. While preparations are being made for the last rites a charming stranger arrives unexpectedly. Even as Siti grieves, she has to contend with the societal forces that threaten to deny her of her own existence. Performed in English and Malay with English surtitles. Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au Dates: Wed 27 – Fri 29 Sept @ 7PM & Sat 30 Sept @ 3PM Cost: Adult - $29 Concession - $19.90 Venue: Theatre Republic - The Loft The Loft (Building Z2), QUT Creative Industries Musk Avenue KELVIN GROVE QLD 4059    

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$45 - $65

Under Siege (Yang Liping Contemporary Dance) (China)

September 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
South Bank, Queensland 4101 Australia
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Dates: Wed 27- Fri 29 Sept @ 7:30PM Thu 28 Sept @ 9:20PM (post show Q&A) A climatic battle between the Chu and Han armies – an encounter that changed the course of Chinese history. A love story between a besieged warlord Xiang Yu and his self-sacrificing concubine that would transcend death. Ambition. Loyalty. Treachery. The might of empires. The power of sacrifice. Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au Sat 30 Sept @ 8PM Cost: Premium Adult   $65 A-Reserve Adult      $55 Concession         $49 Groups 6 to 10   $49 B-Reserve Adult                     $49 Concession         $45 Venue: QPAC - Playhouse Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets Queensland Performing Arts Centre SOUTH BANK QLD 4101  

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$35 - $45

Sultan of The Disco (South Korea)

September 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
The Tivoli Theatre, 52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Brisbane, Australia
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Five men sitting together in night gowns, sunglasses, headbands, and slides.

Inspired by soul/funk music from the Golden Age represented by Chic, Jackson 5 and Kool and the Gang, this Kooky five-piece Korean disco band delivers a vintage sound to modern listeners. Cool costumes, cheeky lyrics and unique group dancing will get the crowd grooving along!! Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au  Venue: The Tivoli 52 Costin Street FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD 4006 Date: Sat 20 September @8PM Cost: Adult - $40 Concession - $35 At the door - $45

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