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June 2018

Before After 以前丶以後

June 15, 2018 - July 21, 2018
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St
Footscray, Victoria Australia
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Everything exists in continuity. Before After 以前丶以後 by artist Nikki Lam is part visual memoir, part investigation of our connections to place through gestures. Through the process of collecting, learning and re-performing gestures, new meanings are added through adaptation. Like dreams of the past living through veins and imaginations, what was inherited, what was left, was muscle memories and a cluster of dislocated hopes never to be fulfilled. This is an attempt to portray the remembering of a migrated history. OPENING: Thursday 14 June, 6pm – 8pm EXHIBITION: 15 June – 28 July ARTIST TALK: Saturday 28 July, 3pm – 4pm VENUE: Roslyn Smorgon Gallery COST: Free

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Masterclass: The Boring Bits – EWF

June 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm AEST
The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, 176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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We’ve brought together professional writers and industry insiders to make all the boring bits fun, taking the hard work out of the grunt work in sustaining a writing career. This masterclass will provide all the useful, practical information you need to know to be able to do what you love, pay the bills, and avoid burnout. 10am Navigating the Freelance Jungle  It’s hard out there for a freelancer. How do you maintain a steady income and a healthy wage from your work? How do you balance commercial gigs with creative freedom? From pitching to publications to negotiating with editors, hear from these freelancing pros as they share their tips, tricks and tools of the trade. With Lindy Alexander, Matilda Dixon-Smith and Neha Kale 11am Tax, Income And Money  How do you establish yourself as a business? What can you claim on tax? Do you need an arts accountant? From setting up invoices and…

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Amazing Babes – EWF

June 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote VIC 3070 + Google Map
$17 – $19

The fifth iteration of our festival favourite, a celebration of the babes that make our lives better. This year, we’re making a new venue home, and filling the Northcote Town Hall with wonderful women of writing, performing odes to the babes in their lives that inspire and uplift them. Includes the announcement of the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. With Idil Ali, Leah Avene, Kate ten Buuren, Simona Castricum, Shastra Deo, Eugenia Flynn, Soreti Kadir and Manal Younus. Hosted by Namila Benson

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Reading the Suburbs -EWF

June 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Edinburgh Castle, 681 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Vic 3056 Australia
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Milk bars, fast cars, the Maccas run, shopping trolleys up the creek, tags and plastic bags, skate parks, ovals, summer sun, slow trains, even slower buses, the walk to school and Aussie Rules, your church, your mosque, your temple, your shopping centre. Readings and performances about the ‘burbs, held in a local backyard. With Eleanor Jackson, Lian Low, CB Mako, Omar Sakr and Sumudu Samarawickrama.Hosted by Khalid Warsame

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Imaginary Homelands – EWF

June 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
VU At Metro West, 138 Nicholson St
Footscray, Vic 3011 Australia
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“I am a turtle, wherever I go, I carry ‘home’ on my back.” – Gloria Anzaldua. Seven artists reflect on the poetics and politics of place-making. In the second half we invite you onto the stage. Come prepared or improvise —in any genre or style — and tell us: what does home mean to you? With Rhea Bhagat, Kat Clarke, Mindy Gill, Marjon Mossammaparast, Sharifa Tartoussi and Manal Younus. Hosted by Natalie Kon-Yu Presented in partnership with Victoria University

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Public Conversation: Making Asian Art Public/s

June 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm AEST
MADA Monash University Art, Design & Architecture, 900 Dandenong Road
Caulfield, Vic 3145 Australia
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How are contemporary Asian artists and curators of Asian art working in new ways to make art matter to, and resonate with, society today? Join us for a public conversation inviting diverse perspectives on art and its public significance in rapidly changing cultural contexts in contemporary Asia. Public Conversation: Friday 29 June 2018, 1–2.30pm, followed by light refreshments Free, all welcome. Please RSVP by 21 June:

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July 2018


July 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - July 14, 2018 @ 10:30 pm AEST
Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia
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$30 – $55

Palestinian writer-performer Amer Hlehel tells the story of the great poet Taha Muhammed Ali, whose beloved verses document the compelling and heartbreaking experiences of Palestinian refugees with hope and optimism. Based on Adina Hoffman's book My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness, Hlehel skilfully interweaves Taha’s exquisite poetry with his compelling life journey – a journey that sees a humble, engaging man evolve into a renowned Palestinian writer against all the odds. With no props other than a bench and a briefcase, Hlehel delivers a deeply affecting, tour-de-force solo performance. TAHA received critical acclaim in London, Edinburgh and Adelaide festivals and continues to tour internationally. Performed in English. Audience members are invited to stay for a post show Q&A with Amer Hlehel following the performance on Wednesday 11 July.

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A Twist in the Tale with Mirandi Riwoe

July 21, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm AEST
Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland
Stanley place, Queensland 4000 Australia
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$59 – $85

Join The Stella Prize-shortlisted author Mirandi Riwoe for a fascinating workshop on how to incorporate reimagination and adaptation into your writing. Find new creative inspiration through transforming or responding to existing narratives, genres, research and lives.

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Web Series FRESH!

July 25, 2018 @ 12:00 am AEST

Web series FRESH! springs from an exciting crop of new Aussie filmmakers, paying homage to market life with one of the most culturally diverse ensembles in Australian storytelling history. After its theatrical premiere at the Melbourne edition of Series Mania, lauded by Variety as a festival that “is to TV drama what the Cannes Film Festival is to film,” the short-form series launches online today, with all six episodes available on YouTube. From creator and writer/producer Nikki Tran and producer Simon Trevorrow, FRESH! is a warm and satirical workplace dramedy that takes us into the joys and pitfalls of multi-culturalism against the backdrop of a Melbourne fresh food market. Set in a world where businesses are still family-run and bargains are bellowed in at least three different languages, the series brings into focus observations on race, workplace politics and family dynamics. FRESH! was filmed at local markets operating across Melbourne,…

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August 2018

Red Dirt Poetry Festival 2018 — Alice Springs

August 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - August 5, 2018 @ 11:00 pm AEST
Totem Theatre (Snow Kenna Park) Alice Springs, Australia + Google Map

Welcome to the Red Dirt Poetry Festival for 2018. RDPF is a four day celebration of poetry and spoken word in the heart of Australia. Built on the back of the success of The Dirty Word and Central Australia’s long and rich love affair with poetry, Red Dirt Poetry Festival brings together poets and spoken word artists from all over Australia and overseas. With a range of diverse writers and artists of spoken words, the RDPF provides an opportunity for the artists to explore the notion of constraint, the physical, mental, emotional and socio-political ideas of being contained and the resistance, defiance, acceptance and strength they find in it. You are welcome to this magnificent festival. Bring your poems and your passions, be the fire, digest the confusion, join this world. Tickets available. Pay at the event.

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Bendigo Writers Festival

August 10, 2018 - August 12, 2018

With more than 100 events, Bendigo Writers Festival is a big event for a small city, and we are delighted to provide a wide range of ticket options . A Festival pass gives access to almost all the day events running simultaneously across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are ticketed events in Ulumbarra Theatre and Strategem Studio at Ulumbarra, as well as a couple of special events in and around the city. Chk out the full program: here:    

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The Slow Canoe Live Journal — Winter 2018

August 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm AEST
The Slow Canoe, Sundry, 49 Argyle Street, Fitzroy Australia + Google Map

The Slow Canoe is a live journal event in Melbourne, a chapbook press, and this website, which includes the interview series 'Walks with Writers'. At their live journals, they present works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film, music, photography and graphic pieces, as well as those that exist between forms. They aim to give a platform for all forms of narrative, whatever they look like. As Bella Li, a wonderful Asian Australian often featured in Peril Magazine, the creator of The Slow Canoe, puts it, 'Perhaps, it's not so much "existence between forms" (because you could keep endlessly dividing the pie) as the way in which such projects show how formless and porous forms can be, in the sense of there being acute resonances between, say, non-fiction and poetry, or photography and music.' The Slow Canoe Live Journal -- Winter 2018 is comprised of fiction, poetry, short film, chapbook, photography and…

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Express Media Tracks: Bendigo

August 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST
Bendigo Trades Hall, 34-40 View St
Bendigo, VIC 3550 Australia
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Express Media is delighted to present Tracks a travelling pop-up program for young writers that brings the best of Express Media’s workshops, masterclasses, networking opportunities and special events to communities across Australia. On Saturday August 11, we’re bringing the Tracks program to Bendigo, partnering with Writers Victoria and Bendigo Writers Festival to take the best of Express Media right to your backyard. If you’re aged 14 to 25 and have a love of writing and storytelling, Tracks: Bendigo is an exciting day-long event just for you. 9am to 5pm, Saturday August 11 Bendigo Trades Hall 34-40 View St Bendigo, VIC 3550 The Bendigo Trades Hall is wheelchair accessible with a ramp at the entrance, and accessible bathrooms. BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW Tracks is free for Express Media members to participate in and attend. If you’re not a member already, Tracks: Bendigo costs $25 and includes membership to Express Media (normally $25) and Writers Victoria (normally…

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Unveiling: Gay Sex for Endtimes

August 14, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - August 25, 2018 @ 9:30 pm AEST
The Blue Room Theatre, 53 James Street, Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia 6000 + Google Map

Behold! The Second Coming. Presented by the deviant minds at Renegade Productions, Unveiling:Gay Sex for Endtimes examines the search for ecstasy, utopia and rebellion through self-destruction. It is a contemporary and perverse reading of The Book of Revelation – the thread from which we weave annihilation and redemption. From boot-scooting, to the U.S Navy, a swarm of locusts, and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Unveiling focuses on reaching for higher meaning through an escalating series of sex acts and hallucinogenic experiences. Unveiling: Gay Sex for Endtimes is a collaboration from Joe Hooligan Lui, Andrew Sutherland, Jacinta Larcombe, and Michelle Aitken based on what they know best: a fatalistic yet earnest search for meaning in these troubled times. Reach out and touch faith. Contains nudity, eggs, and strobe lighting Recommended for ages 18+ Director & Sound Designer: Joe Lui Producer: Natalie Di Risio Devisers & Performers: Andrew Sutherland, Jacinta Larcombe…

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September 2018

2018 Deborah Cass Prize

September 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - October 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm AEST

Deborah Cass Prize The Deborah Cass prize is here now with an aim to invite early career writers of migrant background to apply for the 2018 prize. Above all, the prize is in the memory of Deborah Cass. Certainly, the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants, Deborah Cass, became a prize-winning professor of International Law at the London School of Economics. After diagnosis of cancer, Deborah left her academic career. Consequently, she focused on creative writing. She had a number of short fiction pieces published, but was unable to realise her aim to complete a novel. With generous support from family and friends, this prize aims to help someone outside the mainstream find a voice for themselves.   The prize The winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000 plus a three-month mentorship with an established writer. There is also the opportunity for publication of the winning excerpt in Mascara Literary Review. On completion,…

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Running Writing Workshops

September 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm AEST
Little Lonsdale, 176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000-3000 Australia
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Are you? Are you a writer with an urge to teach writing? Learn all about the theory and practice of teaching creative writing in this dedicated workshop for women writers of colour and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women writers. This workshop has been made possible with donations from an anonymous donor. However, it is presented in partnership with Mascara Literary Journal. The workshop is free, but registrations are essential to secure your place. Please note that this workshop is for women and non-binary writers of colour. About Stephanie Armstrong Stephanie is a Gamilaraay woman from a large extended family from northern NSW. She is a trained primary school teacher, having taught for over 35 years in rural, remote and urban contexts. This has provided her with the skills and experiences she requires in both her consultancy business and her personal life. Stephanie is on many local committees and on the Worawa (Aboriginal girls school)…

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Queer Lady Magician

September 12, 2018 - September 15, 2018

Can an overly honest person be a good magician? If you failed at something once should you never try again? And what's with all these straight White men in Orientalist drag? Queer Lady Magician tells the story of my first love of stage magic, losing the love from failure, and revisiting my childhood passion as an adult. In the process of doing so, I am forced to confront my demons: impostor syndrome, fear of failure, trauma from emotional abuse. Interwoven with autobiographical storytelling are acts that politicize stage magic to question norms about magic and society: assumptions about people's identities based on their appearance, gender stereotypes of (male) Magician and (female) Assistant, cultural appropriation in magic, and much more. Serious social and personal issues are tackled with humour, silliness, saltiness, and heartfelt sincerity. Through this show, I learn what it means to be a Queer Lady Magician, eventually taking ownership…

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Meuko! Meuko! (Taiwan) // CORIN // Yumgod // TZECHAR+Night Dives

September 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - September 22, 2018 @ 12:00 am AEST
Boney, 68 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000 + Google Map

Meuko! Meuko! Meuko! Meuko! makes her Australian debut in Melbourne on September 21st. Hailing from Taipei, Taiwan, she uses destructive drums, alarm-raising horns and far eastern gnosticism to morph sonics into palpable senses . Dark Sonic Visions of Taipei With a sound shaped by the claustrophobic intensity of metropolis life, Meuko! Meuko! creates a cacophony of pulverising kicks, razors synths and ceremonial chants to portray her dark sonic visions of Taipei. Live at Boney With regular spots on NTS LND and her latest EP ‘鬼島 Ghost Island’ on Aïsha Devi’s Danse Noire, Meuko! Meuko!'s amalgamation of Juke beats and dismantled Gabba with traditional Taiwanese instrumentation and mythology makes for a captivating live show. After playing a slew of European festivals (HyperReality, Rhizom and Distortion) she will be playing debuting her live set at Boney, on Friday 21st September. Supporting Meuko! Meuko! on the night will be javascript fatigue of CORIN,…

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October 2018

The Longhouse: Melbourne

October 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
Southbank Theatre, 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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CAAP's Longhouse CAAP’s Longhouse is a networking and information sharing program that has been building a solid and thriving Asian Australian performance community in NSW since 2015. As a result, now, CAAP invites you to attend Melbourne’s first Longhouse to be hosted by Melbourne Theatre Company. So, facilitated by Ra Chapman with an introduction by Annette Shun Wah, four of Melbourne’s most progressive and dynamic storytellers will be joining us to share their experiences within the industry in Victoria. Also, they will take part in a conversation about the current state of diversity and representation on our stages and screens. Likewise, the panel discussion will run for approximately one hour, followed by a chance to network over nibbles and drinks. Guest Speakers KIM HO (The Language of Love, Mirror’s Edge – Winner 2017 Patrick White Playwright’s Award) MICHELE LEE (Going Down, Rice – Winner 2018 Australian Writer’s Guild Award, Victorian…

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November 2018

The 9th Asia Pacific Trienniel Of Contemporary Art (APT9)

November 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm AEDT

24 Nov 2018 – 28 Apr 2019 QAGOMA | Free The hugely ambitious APT series returns to QAGOMA this summer. Undoubtedly, it brings significant art from across Asia Pacific to Brisbane. Overflowing with colour and life, this free contemporary art exhibition presents a unique mix of creativity and cross-cultural insight. Moreover, you can discover more than 400 artworks by 80 individuals, collectives and groups that capture the energy of new art being created in Asia, the Pacific and Australia. In addition to that, alongside the exhibition are 3 thought-provoking film programs, 8 hands on activities for kids and 5 months of ongoing programs and special events, including daily guide tours. The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is a single institution located across two adjacent river-side buildings in the Cultural Precinct at Brisbane's South Bank. Presently, QAGOMA holds a collection of over 17,000 works of historical, modern and…

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Anita Ratnam: Bringing Neo Bharatam to Australia

November 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - December 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm AEDT

Dr Anita Ratnam, based in Chennai (Madras), India, is highly respected as a performer, writer, speaker, arts entrepreneur and culture mentor. She has been described as an ‘intersectionist’, whose work weaves the many disciplines of dance, theatre, spoken word, ritual, archaeology, dramaturgy and women's issues. For over 40 years, her distinguished career has witnessed over 1000 performances in 27 countries. In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for contemporary dance by the President of India. This is Ratnam’s first performance tour of Australia and will include the following events. Solo Performance of Ma3Ka and Artist Talk at Chunky Move for Mapping Melbourne 2018 Saturday, 1st Dec 6 pm to 8 pm Chunky Move 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC 3006 Buy Tickets She is energy, exuberant in play. The joy of experience passed on generously from within. She is a confluence, a woman, owning her powers. She is Ma3Ka. Woman. Earth Mother, three times and…

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