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August 2017

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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$30
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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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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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$50
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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

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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Free
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. Friday, September 1st 2017 @ ACMI Cube (at Federation Square) 10am to 4pm Indigenous Connections: What is the relationship to indigeneity within the diverse identities of Asian and Pacific communities? As settlers, what role do Asian Australians play in the ongoing colonial project? Eugenia Flynn, Bruce Pascoe and Steven Winduo investigate and perform readings of their work. http://mwf.com.au/session/asia-what-indigenous-connections-2/ Genealogies of the Body What makes bodies ‘Asian’? How do the histories that we carry and the…

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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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$25 - $35
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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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Channels Festival 2017

September 6
The Substation, 1 Market Street
Newport, Vic 3015 Australia
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Free
Picture of a pantomime in colourful clothes - Channels Festival 2017.

Channels Festival 2017 officially launches this Friday 1st September! You're invited to join them at The SUBSTATION from 6pm to celebrate the festival launch and official opening of the group exhibition Future Tense and Australian premiere of A Mountain Close Up is Only Rock by UK artists Kihlberg & Henry. Exploring the concept ‘futures of’, Channels 2017 showcases new and exciting contemporary moving image by over 90 Australian and international artists across multiple venues around Melbourne. Channels is the only Australian biennial dedicated to presenting video art and culture in a dynamic and inclusive festival of free exhibitions, screenings, workshops and public programs. FESTIVAL LAUNCH + OPENING NIGHT Date: Friday 1 Sept, from 6pm Location: The SUBSTATION FREE /// no bookings required   SCREENING Video Visions Date: Friday 8 Sept, 7pm Location: ACMI, Cinema 2 Tickets: $15 Full, $12 Concession, $10 ACMI Members  BUY NOW  Selected from over 470 submissions from around the world, Video Visions draws on contemporary positions in video art to present…

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Korean Film Festival in Australia – Melbourne

September 7 - September 14
ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Federation Square, Flinders Street,
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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$12 - $16
Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) 2017 poster

This year, the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) will proudly showcase 16 of the most innovative cinematic feats from ‘Hallyuwood’s’ top directors. The film festival celebrates the talent and diversity in genres of Korean film, from romance, comedy and drama to action, thriller and mystery. KOFFIA’s exciting selection of recent films is a true reflection of Korean history and culture.  

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12th Sydney Latin American Film Festival

September 7 - September 11
Dendy Opera Quays, 2 East Circular Quay
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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The 12th annual Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) returns this September (07-11) to Dendy Opera Quays. The Festival will screen a specially curated program of captivating contemporary Latin American cinema: eight feature films, two documentaries, and seven shorts, along with vibrant opening and closing night parties, over five jam-packed days. From stories of human resilience, to political turmoil and redemption, the 2017 program focusses on diversity and representation, providing engaging insight into the vast cross-section of Latin American cultures. Fifty percent of this year’s program comprises of female directors, and showcases who we are as a whole continent, with representation from Central and South America, and a special Caribbean spotlight. The program highlights the wonderful kaleidoscope that is the Latin world, bringing films from Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic to Sydney. SLAFF is not for profit, with its proceeds going to grassroots community…

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Shifting Permanence (Australian Premiere) – OzAsia Festival

September 7 - October 7
Art Space Gallery, Festival Dr
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Free
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The Chengdu Blue Roof Museum is one of the most outstanding centres for contemporary art in China. Founded in 2003, the museum has grown into a commune for contemporary artists and has accumulated one of the most significant collections of contemporary art in China. This selection of work from Chengdu Blue Roof Museum reveals how contemporary artists are engaging with the rapidly changing Chinese landscape through performance art, installation, photography and video art. *Warning: Contains nudity.

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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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$19 - $38
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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TRANSTRAVAGANZA

September 16 - September 30
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St
Footscray, Victoria Australia
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TRANSTRAVAGANZA: the Performance offers a sample platter of new work by five of Melbourne’s most talented trans and gender diverse artists. First, whet your appetite with Elija Montgomery's participatory photographic work exploring monstrosity and humanity. Then, sink your teeth into Raina Peterson's contemporary Indian dance performance that traverses liminal genders in Hindu art and culture. Get your fill of absurdist theatre with Dove Quinn and Leon Andon's physical theatre adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's The Chairs. Finally, cleanse your palate with Luca Lovejoy's thoughtful and charming cabaret performance, before finishing off with Yelris' multi-sensory buffet of non-binary electro-poetica beats, words, and Asian gender bending visuals. TRANSTRAVAGANZA: the Exhibition is a collection of works from Melbourne/Narrm-based trans and gender diverse (TGD) artists that shines a spotlight on the beauty and diversity of TGD experience. The exhibition features works by Tama tk Sharman La hole, Dawn Iris Dangkomen, Erin Swift, and Elija Montgomery.…

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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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$30 - $36
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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Estrella Wing, Showgirl at Melbourne Fringe Festival

September 18 @ 5:30 pm - September 24 @ 9:00 pm AEST
The Butterfly Club, Carson Place
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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$32
Melbourne Fringe Festival, Estrella Wing, Showgirl Poster

Estrella Wing, Showgirl: A zany and poignant musical tale of the saddest showgirl in Chinatown San Francisco’s Forbidden City nightclub. 1942. Estrella Wing is on the brink and she needs time to think. How do you blend in and stand out? How do you tell your best friend you love her? When will you stop feeling so alone? In a dazzling Fringe debut, writer/performer Margot Tanjutco springs into a kaleidoscopic haze of eras with an eclectic mix of jazz, pop, and soul. Doses of magical realism are combined with true stories from this forgotten gem of history as the show follows the young showgirl’s attempts to conquer a city and understand her place in it. Whilst creating the show, Margot found lasting inspiration from Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ‘Amélie’, Julie Koh’s short stories, David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald - and her desire to contribute to the tapestry of diverse stories being told on…

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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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$20
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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Attractor (Senyawa) – with Indonesian band Senyawa.

September 20 - September 23
Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street
New Farm, Queensland 4005 Australia
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$33 - $37
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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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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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$19.90 - $29
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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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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$50 - $244
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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In Between Two

September 21 - October 15
Various venues Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia + Google Map
In Between Two Tour Dates poster. Credit: CAAP

Celebrated Asian-Australian Hip Hop artists, Joel Ma and James Mangohig share their stories growing up in Howard's Australia: underscored with humour and rap beats that resonate with Asian Australian youth today. Produced by CAAP (Contemporary Asian Australian Performance). On Tour NOW - 15 OCT.

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Stir Fry – Fringe Festival Satellites 

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - September 26 @ 10:00 pm AEST
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St
Footscray, Victoria Australia
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$15 - $18
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A two-part performance that connects audiences with characters in unexpected ways, Free Theatre’s Stir Fry, is set at a Multicultural Day event where circumstances lead to a clash of beliefs, identities and prejudices between six characters. WHEN: Monday 25 September and Tuesday 26 September, 7.00 pm. VENUE: FCAC Performance Space COST: Full $18.00 / Concession $15.00 / Group +6 $15.00 each BOOK NOW: www.melbournefringe.com.au/event/stir-fry Presented as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival. Performed by Free Theatre.

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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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$19.90 - $29
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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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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$45 - $65
Dancer with red background

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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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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$35 - $45
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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