Harp Plus! Impressionists

Virtuosi Tasmania
28.08.18 6:13 pm


It’s almost September when Virtuosi Tasmania will bring you Ravel, Debussy and Bach. Download the Program for details: Mark your diaries with the dates. See you there!

  Sept 6 Thursday 2pm City Baptist Church, Launceston
  Sept 7 Friday 2pm Burnie Arts and Function Centre, Burnie
  Sept 9 Sunday 11am Home Hill Winery, Ranelagh
  Sept 9 Sunday 3pm Riversdale Estate, Cambridge

Download the full Program with all the details, or visit our Website:

Tickets from the TSO Box Office - - and at the door.

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Second Sight comes to Triabunna

Robert Thompson
28.08.18 4:46 pm

Deborah Fabbro, Director, Carol Shelbourn lead actress and Matthew Phillips lead actor

When a young burglar breaks into the home of elderly unsighted Zoe she senses that his unexpected intrusion heralds more to share.

A new one act play written by Tasmanian playwright Alwyn Lewis and recently performed at the Victorian One Act Play Festivals where it picked up eleven awards,

Second Sight brings the Melbourne cast for two performances only at the Triabunna Community Hall on Saturday October 13 at 1 pm and 4 pm. 

Tickets are available from Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, tel:  6256 4777 and reservations are essential.

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Moonah Arts Centre: Fierce, fearless and powerful ...

Claire Pendrigh Elliott | Marketing Officer | Moonah Arts Centre
28.08.18 3:57 pm


The Moonah Arts Centre and Moonah MOVES Festival presents Liz Lea’s one-woman show RED on Sat 1 Sep 1:30pm and Sun 2 Sep at 8pm.

A poignant, riotous and ultimately triumphant exploration of one woman’s story - an exquisite exploration of female endurance.

This show tells Liz’s personal story of living with endometriosis – a disease that afflicts one woman for every 10 women in your life. Only in the past year has the endometriosis community achieved a critical mass of awareness around this disease, forcing governments and the medical industry to take notice.

Described as unforgettable, shattering and hilarious, RED is a soul baring retelling of one woman’s journey through illness and recovery with an eye to the future. RED is fearless, RED is fierce, RED is powerful - a one woman show full of film and fabulousness.

You will laugh, you’ll cry, you won’t forget. RED is an elusive, fractious and fabulous interdisciplinary performance.

Bringing on the bawdy and banishing the banal. A tale told by one woman with a particular take on how time passes for us all.

Tickets to RED are $20 / $10 under 18. Book online at

The Moonah MOVES Festival is a celebration of dance in all its forms, and of the diverse community of movers that make it. The festival runs from 30 August – 8 September 2018 at Moonah Arts Centre.

• RED is showing Sat 1 Sep 1:30pm and Sun 2 Sep at 8pm
• Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah
• Book online at
• Moonah MOVES Festival runs 30 Aug – 8 Sep 2018

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Faro Food, wine and Xylouris White

Alex Johnston Mona Senior Media Coordinator
28.08.18 3:36 pm


Xylouris White dancing ...

Mona’s Pharos will be serving hot food accompanied by hot Cretan music by acclaimed duo Xylouris White in our newish restaurant, Faro, on September 28th, and you’ll be there if you give us 95 bucks.
Comprised of vocalist and lute player George Xylouris and drummer Jim White (of Dirty Three fame), Xylouris White has attracted fans all over the world with a mix of contemporary and traditional Cretan music.

“Xylouris White creates a trance-inducing miasma of improvised microtonal and polyrhythmic splendour. They also kick much ass and have fun while doing it. You will too”, Mona music curator Brian Ritchie said.

“George lives and breathes Cretan lute and Jim is an Australian national treasure banging on stuff. Faro has the right blend of ethereal and informal to provide the ideal vehicle for their freewheeling musical excursions.”

The Friday evening event will be no ordinary gig. It will be a Cretan feast for all of the senses.

Mona’s executive chef Vince Trim has designed a special menu to match the sounds of Xylouris White.

“Riotous Cretan music deserves glorious Cretan food. We’ll be serving octopus, squid, lamb, as well as lots of vegetarian options,” Vince Trim said.

Xylouris White will play at Mona on September 28 from 7pm.

Drinks and canapés are included in the $95 ticket price.

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Xylouris White website
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THE RUBENS announce Lo La Ru album tour

Mushroom Promotions
27.08.18 8:38 am



•The Rubens are heading across the country later this year on their LO LA RU Album Tour
•Their third studio album LO LA RU debuted at #3 on the ARIA Album Chart
•LO LA RU features hit tracks ‘Million Man’, ‘Never Ever feat. Sarah’ and ‘Freakout’
•The band have supported P!NK on her massive sell-out 42-date arena show run of Australia and New Zealand
•New single ‘Never Ever feat. Sarah’ has just achieved Gold ARIA Accreditation
•triple j Hottest 100 #1 single ‘Hoops’ is now 3 x Platinum ARIA Accredited
Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce Menangle five-piece The Rubens will perform for audiences across the country this November and December in celebration of their third studio album LO LA RU (out now via Ivy League Records).  The tour will see the alt-rock favourites delight fans in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Fremantle and Melbourne as well as eight regional centres across Australia. They will be joined at all headline shows by special guest Little May with an additional opening support act in each state to be announced via a triple j Unearthed competition.

2018 has proven to be The Rubens’ biggest year to date. Following the release of LO LA RU in June, undertaking a mammoth worldwide headline tour across Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe and most recently supporting P!NK on her massive 42-date sell out arena tour of Australia and New Zealand!
‘Full of fun, soul-injected rock tracks’ – theMusic

‘Pleasantly melodic, often with a good sense of groove, and tastefully recorded.’
– Sydney Morning Herald

‘The Rubens have made a conscious effort to create something unique, beautiful, and different to what they’re used to. The result? A well-constructed album, proving they truly can do anything.’ - Beat

Their bold and confident third album LO LA RU debuted at #3 on the ARIA Album Chart, receiving praise from fans and critics alike. Recorded in a converted WWII bunker in their hometown of Camden on the outskirts of Sydney, the album was produced by Wilder Zoby and Little Shalimar (the co-producers of Run The Jewels 3) and pushes the band’s sound into new territory.

Drawing on RnB and hip-hop influences without losing any of the soulful warmth that fans have come to know and love about The Rubens, LO LA RU features exuberant party jam ‘Million Man’, heart wrenching hit ‘Never Ever feat. Sarah’ (now accredited Gold) and current track ‘Freakout’.

Fans can also expect to hear The Rubens delving into their impressive back catalogue from previous albums The Rubens (Platinum ARIA Accredited) and Hoops (Gold ARIA Accredited).  Crowd favourites ‘Hoops’ (recently 3 x Platinum ARIA Accredited), ‘Hallulejah’, ‘Lay It Down’ and ‘My Gun’ are sure to be jockeying for setlist positions.

Joining The Rubens at all shows will be indie folk trio Little May. Formed in Sydney in 2012, Little May released their debut album For The Company in 2015, co-produced by Aaron Dessner of The National. With a number of standout songs including ‘Boardwalks’ and ‘Hide’, Little May are guaranteed to enchant audiences across the tour.

The Rubens have teamed up with triple j unearthed to select an additional opening support act in each state. Each winner will also sing the female part of The Rubens hit song ‘Never Ever feat. Sarah’ on stage with the band on the night. Head to for details.

Following an incredible year from The Rubens, these shows are not to be missed! Get in early to avoid disappointment. 
VIDEO: ‘Never Ever feat. Sarah’ by The Rubens: 
VIDEO: ‘Boardwalks’ by Little May:

with special guests LITTLE MAY
Presented by Frontier Touring, triple j & Beat (Melbourne only) 

Begins: Wednesday 29 August (12noon AEST)
Ends: Thursday 29 August (12noon AEST)
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

Begins: Wednesday 5 September (10am local time)

Friday 9 November          
The Tivoli | Brisbane, QLD
18+ | Ph: 136 100
Friday 16 November        
Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW
All Ages | Ph: 132 849
Friday 30 November      
HQ | Adelaide, SA
18+ | Ph: 1300 438 849

Saturday 1 December        
Metropolis | Fremantle, WA
18+ | Ph: 1300 762 545
Saturday 8 December    
The Forum | Melbourne, VIC
18+ | Ph: 136 100

*Not Frontier Touring shows

Saturday 3 November*   
This That Festival | Newcastle, NSW

Thursday 8 November*         
Miami Marketta | Gold Coast, QLD
18+ | Ph: 1300 762 545
Friday 23 November*
ANUI | Canberra, ACT
18+ | Ph: 1300 438 849

Saturday 24 November*     
Kinross Woolshed | Albury, NSW
18+ | Ph: 02 9266 4034
Thursday 6 December*
Club 54 | Launceston, TAS
18+ | Ph: 1300 762 545

Friday 7 December*
The Goods Shed | Hobart, TAS  
18+ | Ph: 1300 438 849

Friday 14 December*
Tanks | Cairns, QLD
18+ | Ph: 1300 855 835

Saturday 15 December*
Entertainment Centre | Darwin, NT
All Ages | Ph: 08 8980 3333

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Hoodoo Gurus, Kate Ceberano and Jon Stevens head to Festivale

24.08.18 7:36 am


Festivale Announces Headline Acts for 2019

Hoodoo Gurus, Kate Ceberano and Jon Stevens head to Festivale.

Festivale announces the headline acts confirmed to play at the 2019 event.

Friday night will see Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool fame take to the stage to get the party started, followed by the Hoodoo Gurus performing their greatest hits and helping patrons celebrate the end of the working week. 

Saturday evening will feature true music legends with Jeff Lang (an Australian guitarist/songwriter/vocalist who has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, melodic and loaded with soul) followed by Kate Ceberano performing many of her well known hits on her return to Tasmania.  Jon Stevens (recognized as one of the most talented rock musicians to emerge from Australia) will take to the stage to keep everyone on their feet and wanting more as he closes the entertainment for Saturday evening.

Sunday will see The Ginger Man himself Brian Cadd on stage to perform many of his hits from his extensive career.  Kate Ceberano will then take to the stage for a 2nd performance and close out the event with a leisurely jazz inspired afternoon performance.

Festivale Chairman David Dunn is excited at the final lineup and believes the entire entertainment program will offer something for everyone.  “The Entertainment Committee have secured one of the strongest lineups ever and we are offering Festivale attendees a true Australian musical experience”.  “Where else could you pay $45 for three day access to top quality entertainment and see such a unique and highly successful lineup”.

A mouthwatering array of food and beverage stallholders showcasing the best of Tasmania’s produce and beverages and will be announced in the coming weeks.  Together with an excellent local entertainment lineup and a very special Guest Chef, Festivale will be a must do on every food lovers calendar.  Full event details will be released shortly.

A special three day pass promotion is offering the unique prize of exclusive use of the Rotunda for the winner and 9 friends for the Friday evening.  The prize includes a food and beverage package as well as guaranteed exclusive seating in the Rotunda.  All 3 day passes purchased PRIOR to 25th September will automatically go into the draw. 

In its 33rd year, Festivale is set to rock Launceston on February 1, 2 and 3 2019.

Tickets are on sale now – visit

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Life Drawing in the Gallery

Geoff Dobson Director Devonport Regional Gallery
23.08.18 8:28 am

Devonport Gallery is offering Life Drawing Classes at the Gallery. The sessions will begin on Wednesday 29 August and run for five weeks.

Latrobe artist June Wilson will again be tutoring these very popular classes, which are suitable for experienced artists as well as beginners.

Art Gallery Director Geoff Dobson said life drawing improved an artist’s observational skills and their overall drawing technique.

“The key for beginners is to learn to look and draw what you see and not what you know about the human body. And for the experienced artists, life drawing is the art form that keeps you sharp and focused, whilst remaining self-critical, he said.

``June is a very experienced life drawing teacher, who encourages you to observe closely but work freely.”

Places are limited. All materials are supplied by the gallery. To book, call the gallery on 6424 8296 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

When: Weekly on Wednesdays from 29 August until 26 September 2018
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Cost: $120 / Members of Friends of the Gallery: $105

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Alex Williamson announces 20-date tour ...

Julie Lawless
22.08.18 3:24 pm



Alex Williamson - one of Australia’s most popular comedians and social media creators - has played six comedy festivals across Australia, New Zealand and the UK, eleven shows in England and Ireland and a 14-date tour of greater Australia in 2018 alone.

While he’s bang in the middle of a whopping additional 26 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Frontier Comedy is pleased to announce a 20-date Australian tour for Alex throughout October and November.

Best known to his fans for his ‘Loosest Aussie Bloke’ and ‘Bogan Aussie’ characters, Alex writes a hilarious new live solo show every year. So Wrong, It’s Wrong, his latest batch of parodies, songs and stand-up comedy, is his most popular show to date. There’s a reason Alex sells out shows everywhere he goes and has a whopping three million online followers - his live show is not to be missed.

‘Crude, yet hilarious. Unfiltered, politically incorrect and downright naughty!’
- ★★★★½ This Is Radelaide

‘Modern comedy at its finest.’ - ★★★★ All About Entertainment

Alex is taking So Wrong, It’s Wrong through every state and territory in Australia, kicking off on October 6 in Darwin, before visiting Wollongong, Canberra, Revesby, Adelaide, Mildura, Renmark, Ipswich, Lismore, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Emerald, Townsville, Cairns, Mt Isa, Geraldton, Bunbury, Albany and Launceston and wrapping up on November 24 in Hobart.

‘On stage, the Aussie comic, who has well and truly earned his rave reputation, is the definition of polished: confident in his material, and an effortless rapport with his adoring audience, energetically bouncing from gag to gag .’ - ★★★★ The Speakeasy (NZ)

‘Williamson enters a whole new realm of comedy - if you’re not afraid of going to hell, go see Alex. If you laugh, it’s nothing a few Hail Mary’s can’t fix.’ - Lot’s Wife

Did someone say drugs, pedos and terrorists? Probably not, alas these are just some of the topical/fun themes touched upon in this one hour honesty session. If you’re not an 85 year old church-goer, there’ll be something in this show for you. But by all means come along if you are an 85 year old church goer, just flick your hearing aid off and laugh along in a haze of dementia.

The brilliantly twisted mind of Alex will shake your faith in humanity at times, before restoring it ever so slightly, then smashing it once again beyond repair. But hey, at least it’s entertaining. Tickets to all shows are on sale now.

Presented by Frontier Comedy


Sat 6 Oct
Darwin Entertainment Centre | Darwin, NT
All Ages | Ph: 08 8980 3333
Sat 13 Oct
UOW Uni Bar | Wollongong, NSW
18+ | Ph: 1300 438 849

Fri 19 Oct
Pop Up at ANU | Canberra, ACT
All Ages | Ph: 1300 438 849

Sat 20 Oct
Revesby Workers | Revesby, NSW
18+ * | Ph: 02 9772 2100
Thu 25 Oct
Rhino Room | Adelaide, SA
All Ages

Fri 26 Oct
Mildura Arts Centre | Mildura, VIC
All Ages | Ph: 03 5018 8330

Sat 27 Oct
Chaffey Theatre | Renmark, SA
All Ages | Ph: 08 8586 1800
Fri, 2 Nov
Racehorse Hotel | Ipswich,QLD
18+ | Ph: 1300 762 545

Sat 3 Nov
Lismore City Hall | Lismore, NSW
All Ages | Ph: 1300 066 772

Tue 6 Nov
Sugarland Tavern | Bundaberg, QLD
18+ | Ph: 1300 762 545
Wed 7 Nov
Allenstown Hotel | Rockhampton, QLD
18+ | Ph: 1300 762 545

Thu 8 Nov
Emerald Star Hotel | Emerald, QLD
18+ | Ph: 1300 762 545

Fri 9 Nov
Kirwan Tavern | Townsville, QLD
18+ | Ph: 1300 762 545

Sat 10 Nov
Brothers Leagues Club | Cairns, QLD
18+ | Ph: 07 4053 1053
Sun 11 Nov
Mt Isa Civic Centre | Mt Isa, QLD
All Ages | Ph: 4749 1555

Thu 15 Nov
Geraldton Grammar School | Geraldton, WA
All Ages | Ph: 1300 438 849

Fri 16 Nov
Prince Of Wales Hotel | Bunbury, WA
18+ | Ph: 1300 762 545

Sat 17 Nov
Albany Entertainment Centre | Albany, WA
All Ages | Ph: 08 9844 5005

Fri 23 Nov
The Tramsheds | Launceston, TAS
All Ages | Ph: 1300 438 849

Sat 24 Nov
Wrest Point Showroom | Hobart, TAS
18+ | Ph: 13 61 00

This event is recommended for patrons aged 15+
* U18s must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian

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Moonah Arts Centre: Moonah MOVES Festival

Moonah Arts Centre
22.08.18 2:17 pm


The Moonah Arts Centre is proud to host The Moonah MOVES Festival!

This festival is an inclusive, exciting, inviting celebration of dance in all its many and varied forms.

Kicking off on 30 August, The MOVES offers a packed program of workshops, performances and events.

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Despard Gallery: SAM FIELD Have One On Me. TONIGHT

Despard Gallery. First published August 15
22.08.18 10:00 am

SAM FIELD Young Settlers Looking Over Their Jerusalem 2018 oil on panel 120 x 110 cm


Have One On Me

With sculptures by designer maker Sara Lindsay

”My paintings fill the interstices in Australia’s timeline between settlement and the present. They are depictions of a clichéd cultural narrative that runs obliquely beside that great unknown, true history. Based on my own life and experiences they portray places I’ve visited, histories I’ve read and stories I’ve been told. They are depictions of the tired, lonely, romanticised old landscape that I grew up with, yet am finding difficult to find.” - Sam Field, 2018

Join us for the opening of Sam Field’s first solo exhibition at Despard Gallery, Wednesday 22 August 5.30pm.
Preview - Have One On Me by Sam Field:
Preview Sara’s work - Sara Lindsay:

Please contact gallery for Sam Field’s full catalogue

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TSO to host second Australian Conducting Academy Summer School early 2019

Samuel Cairnduff Director Marketing and Communications
21.08.18 4:18 pm

Orchestra will offer training opportunity for aspiring conductors with Maestro Johannes Fritzsch

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will host the second Australian Conducting Academy Summer School January 24 to February 1, 2019. Under the leadership of Course Director and TSO Principal Guest Conductor Johannes Fritzsch, students will benefit from rehearsals with pianists as well as six orchestra calls with the TSO over the course of the school.

Open to Australian and New Zealand permanent residents, The Australian Conducting Academy plays a vital role in nourishing talented emerging conductors, and supports graduates in building substantial careers both in Australia and internationally.

‘For the second year running, we are delighted to offer a talented group of aspiring conductors a unique opportunity to work with a professional orchestra which is very involved and supportive of the process, and hone their skills with Johannes, a master educator and mentor,’ said TSO Managing Director, Nicholas Heyward, ‘The TSO undertakes a number of nationally recognised elite training opportunities each year and the Australian Conducting Academy is building on the success of many initiatives over the years.’

The course, with support from UTAS, will take place at the TSO and UTAS Conservatorium of Music Thursday 24 January –Friday 1 February, 2019. Applications open on Monday 20 August, 2018 and close on Friday 10 September 2018. 

The Australian Conducting Academy
2019 Summer School
Thursday 24 January –Friday 1 February, 2018
Hobart, Tasmania

More information and application forms:

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Iconic dance moments from film, reimagined by people living with disability

Moonah Arts Centre
21.08.18 4:06 pm


Iconic dance moments from film and re-imagined by people living with disability in this photographic exhibition at Moonah Arts Centre.

Did you know more than 11 million people in the UK (and over 4 million in Australia) are living with disability? People Dancing is a UK organisation that supports and celebrates ALL those who dance.

As part of the Moonah MOVES Festival, the Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) presents a selection of photos from the 11 Million Reasons to Dance photography exhibition – featuring Sean Goldthorpe’s thought-provoking images inspired by iconic dance moments from film (commissioned by People Dancing) all re-imagined by Deaf, sight impaired and disabled dancers.

The exhibition 11 Million Reasons to Dance opens 6pm Thursday 23 August, and will be on display in the MAC foyer until 15 September 2018.

The works displayed are a “part collection” of 11 Million Reasons to Dance. The full collection can be found at 11 Million Reasons commissioned by People Dancing, with photographer Sean Goldthorpe.

• Opening 6pm Thursday 23 August
• Exhibition runs 24 August – 15 September 2018
• Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah
• Exhibition open from 10am-5pm Tuesday – Friday and 11am-3pm Saturdays
• Entry to the exhibition is free

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Moonah Arts Centre: Bold, Raw & Fragile

Kath Chapman, Marketing Manager, Tasmanian Theatre Company
21.08.18 3:18 pm


The Tasmanian Theatre Company’s new play ...

How do young Australians deal with the deluge of information and exposure to violence, bullying, selfworth
and cultural identity? From where do they get their information and who should they believe?

What happens when a collective decision is made to rise up and do something about injustice?

The Tasmanian Theatre Company’s Uprising explores the nature of contemporary protest in Australia.

Inspired by real events and written by two of Australia’s most prolific playwrights, Patricia Cornelius and
Melissa Reeves, this work is bold, raw, fragile and reflective of the world around us.

With a cast of eleven emerging performers these complementary plays by two of Australia’s most
respected playwrights will amuse and discomfort audiences as only great drama can do.

The Tasmanian Theatre Company have selected an outstanding group of emerging performers in
Hobart for this powerful and engaging performance. Performing alongside rising star, Katie Robertson,
also about to feature in season 3 of Rosehaven, this ensemble cast bring a high level of skills and
intelligence under the capable direction of Christine Best.

“The Uprising company are a joy to work with as they are not afraid to take risks and develop new
theatrical concepts. I am looking forward to sharing our ideas with an audience.”

- Christine Best, director
Debuting at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre in 2016, Uprising is an exploration of reactions to
contemporary issues by young Australians in a powerful, reflective context which puts the spotlight on
the thinking, actions and consciousness of the next generation.
“It is stimulating to be directing texts by Patricia Cornelius and Melissa Reeves. These writers are
not afraid to discuss gender, politics and identity. The scripts demand that the actors leap from
realism into non-naturalism and physical theatre.”

- Christine Best, director
Don’t miss your chance to see this talented cast of emerging performers as they explore both personal
and political rebellion and the place of protests are in modern society.

New Australian theatre, celebrating anarchy, anger and taking action! Uprising opens at the Moonah Arts
Centre on 19th September and runs until 29th September.

Bookings at or Centertainment (6234 5998).

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Derwent Entertainment Centre: Il Divo ... Timeless Tour Australia 2018

Leanne Menard
21.08.18 12:41 pm


The original and still the world’s best classical cross over group, Il Divo, are heading our way in October for a national tour. Australia is one of the most successful territories for the multi-national vocal quartet, who have become one of the best-selling music groups in the world.

Il Divo have become a global touring phenomenon – they have sold over 30 million albums worldwide, achieved more than 50 No.1 records, received over 160 Gold and Platinum sales awards in 33 countries and staged four ground-breaking world tours. They have performed in front of the world’s great and good – from President Barack Obama to Her Majesty the Queen. They have shared microphones with fellow superstars - from Barbra Streisand to Celine Dion and their sell-out concerts have been attended by Hollywood icons including Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro.

The supergroup comprises of Switzerland’s Urs Bühler, Spaniard Carlos Marín, the USA’s David Miller, and Sébastien Izambard of France. Il Divo came together following an international search that discovered the fabulous four. They have released seven studio albums to date, most recently in 2015. They are set to release another album in August in Australia, through Universal Music, with a brand-new single going to radio in mid-May. Says Carlos Marín of their pending tour “we can’t wait to return to your beautiful country and bring our music to you, including all the classics and songs from our new album Timeless! We are very excited to be coming back as we miss our fantastic fans in Australia.”

They will be supported by one of Australia’s favourite stars, Marina Prior, whom has become known as our leading lady of musical theatre. Marina has played over thirty lead roles in such shows as Les Misérables, Camelot (opposite Richard Harris), The Phantom of The Opera, West Side Story, Guys & Dolls and Hello Dolly. She has also performed with symphony orchestras throughout Australia including a critically acclaimed Australasian concert tour with international tenor, José Carreras.

John Foreman will be conductor for Marina Prior. John is a musical director, event director, pianist and composer, plus a well-recognised face on Australian television. His compositions have been performed by artists ranging from Vanessa Amorosi to José Carreras. He’s the man behind many of the biggest events in entertainment.

Il Divo’s sold-out Amor & Pasión dates in 2016 had critics praising their ability to “ignite hearts” (Brighton Argus) with their effortless charm and “magnificent vocals” (Belfast Live). Their romantic and timeless repertoire always find a way to move their fans. Il Divo are the success story of four people, from different nationalities and backgrounds, who have proven to the world that music transcends boarders and definitions.

These shows are not to be missed – be sure to get your tickets quickly.

Tickets on sale Thursday 10th May, 2018


Tuesday 16th October
Perth Arena, Perth
Tickets available from:
Special guest: Marina Prior
Conductor, John Foreman and orchestra

Thursday 18th October
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Tickets available from:
Special guest: Marina Prior
Conductor, John Foreman and orchestra

Friday 19th October
H.O.T.A. Home Of The Arts, Gold Coast
Tickets available from:
Special guest: Marina Prior
Conductor, John Foreman and orchestra

Saturday 20th October
Derwent Entertainment Centre, Tasmania
Tickets available from:
Special guest: Marina Prior
Conductor, John Foreman and orchestra

Tuesday 23rd October
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Tickets available from:
Special guest: Marina Prior
Conductor, John Foreman and orchestra

Wednesday 24th October
AIS, Canberra
Tickets available from:
Special guest: Marina Prior
Conductor, John Foreman and orchestra

Thursday 25th October
ICC, Sydney
Tickets available from:
Special guest: Marina Prior
Conductor, John Foreman and orchestra

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A Decade Undressed: A Burlesque Anniversary

Miss Kitty's Meow. First published August 14
21.08.18 9:00 am


The smooth jazz styling of Tassie’s own Bootleg Gin Sluggers will accompany your favourite artists as they show off a decade of disrobing.

Take this one night only opportunity to dust off your best fashion, lace up your dancing shoes and celebrate the night with us!

Early Birds $25| Pre sale $35| Doors $45

Tickets are limited and pre booking is highly recommended.

On Saturday 25 August 2018 at 8:00pm


Moonah Arts Centre
23-27 Albert Road, Moonah, Tasmania 7009


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Devonport Regional Gallery: Kelly Slater’s Mersey Bluff

Devonport Regional Gallery
21.08.18 7:52 am

Kelly Slater’s Mersey Bluff: The marks that make the place to be final exhibition in Little Gallery Project Space

The Little Gallery Project Space

Opening: Friday 24 August at 6pm
Artist Talk: Saturday 29 September, 2-3pm with Kelly Slater, Julie Gough and Dave mangenner Gough
Exhibition Dates: 25 August - 30 September 2018

Kelly Slater’s Mersey Bluff: The marks that make the place is the last exhibition to be presented in the Little Gallery Project Space before the Devonport Regional Gallery relocates to the old Courthouse building, at the paranaple arts centre.

Kelly grew up in New Zealand and lived in Western Australia and the Northern Territory before coming to Tasmania.

Kelly trained in both traditional film and contemporary digital photography and describes herself as a photographer of people and place. She is currently working as an event photographer in North-West Tasmania, volunteering her skills at local heritage organisations and art practice exploring human connection to place.

“My personal work explores local heritage themes and the natural environment.

Through my time spent exploring Mersey Bluff, I have begun to understand how inevitable it is that humans mark the landscapes they inhabit,’’ Kelly said.

``Shallow or deep, the imprint of human activity can be seen across the surfaces of Mersey Bluff. Permanent or ephemeral, the marks, structures and spaces that have developed, reflect how strongly people have been drawn to this place.

``Each person will make their own connections to a place, influenced by the things that they
see, hear and experience, and the things they remember and imagine. Every time I go to
Mersey Bluff my experience is different, the landscape and the sense of place is always

Kelly said that sometimes she felt content and curious about the things that she saw and
experienced while at other times she felt distressed and sad.

``I hope people will view these images and consider the legacy of the marks we as a
community leave on this place and how they will be experienced by generations to come. ‘’

``We belong to this earth. We leave our experiences in the land; it is the layers of experiences
both natural and constructed, which create places.’’

Kelly has also paid tribute to the Six Rivers Aboriginal Corporation Board and community
members, Bass Strait Maritime Centre volunteers and staff and Ellie Ray, the former Director of
the Devonport Regional Gallery, who she said had provided their support and time as she
explored the Mersey Bluff and developed the body of work.

The Little Gallery Project Space is available to emerging and early career contemporary
Tasmanian artists and promotes experimentation in 2D and 3D art, critical thinking and
engaging concepts.

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Bett Gallery: You are invited ...

Bett Gallery
20.08.18 1:14 pm


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Verdant Garden wins the Mercury People’s Choice Award in the Hadley’s Art Prize

Romany Brodribb
19.08.18 8:33 am

Mercury People’s Choice Award winner, Jennifer Riddle with artwork, Verdant Garden. Credit: Jessica King

Victorian artist, Jennifer Riddle, has been voted by exhibition visitors as winner of the Mercury People’s Choice Award in the 2018 Hadley’s Art Prize, with her depiction of a garden cloaked in mist, it was announced today.

The $5000 prize was a welcome surprise to Riddle, who visited the exhibition during its opening in July when local artist Neil Haddon took out the $100,000 landscape prize with his ‘War of the Worlds’ inspired artwork.

Riddle, who was also the recipient of the People’s Choice Award for the Glover Art Prize last year, said she has long been drawn to the Tasmanian landscape.

“In recent years, my inspiration has been shared between the pastoral surrounding of my home in Victoria and the evocative wilderness of the Tasmania’s remote Southwest,” she said.

“I have no doubt that this award will be reinvested back into Tasmania’s economy as I plan further exploration across the beautiful state.”

Riddle, who lives on the Mornington Peninsula, said her motivation to paint came from nature’s ability to heighten the senses.

“When painting Verdant Garden the damp air was infused with the scent of the wooded forest … but I could no longer see its familiar form — where towering eucalypts usually shadowed the land, a wall of white hung silently in the air, swallowing the landscape I knew so well,” she said.

The artist moved to the Mornington Peninsula after the death of her sister, hoping to fulfil her creative aspirations and find comfort.

“I needed to be amongst the trees and I needed to fulfil my longing to paint. Never had I ever felt such certainty. I feel that this was a direct result of Andrea’s loving encouragement before she died,” Riddle said.

“This experience gave me a new way of seeing the land, a deeper connection and gratitude that helped heal and fulfil my spiritual self.”

Hadley’s Art Prize Curator, Dr Amy Jackett, said she was pleased with the high number of visitors to the exhibition this year and, although different artworks resonated with each person, Riddle’s piece won with an overwhelming number of votes.

“Verdant Garden was a standout for viewers of all ages and was interestingly, the artwork most admired by visiting school groups,” Dr Jackett said.

The exhibition at Hadley’s Orient Hotel features the work of 31 finalists, whose works were selected from 640 entries received this year. The exhibition is open to visitors until 25 August with some artworks still available for purchase. 

The Hadley’s Art Prize is an annual acquisitive art award for contemporary landscape art. Entries for the 2019 prize will open early next year.

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Press Club announce biggest national tour to date ...

Danae Effern
17.08.18 11:35 am


Press Club are taking off in the big Tarago of the sky on what will be their second Australian headline tour for 2018. November will see Press Club revisit towns that have shown them support on previous jaunts as well as call on a few less frequently played locations.

The band who have already flourished in the proving ground that is the Australian live-music scene, this morning took on triple j’s Like A Version to ovation and are excited to be taking their reputably raucous show to their already incredibly loyal fans around Australia.


With what seems like an ever-growing array of new material, and the familiarity of songs from their debut album, Late Teens, Press Club continue to deck audiences with their involuntary spontaneity and physically immersive performances. Six shows on their first headline tour in July were sold out months in advance, people wanting to see the group will need quick trigger fingers when tickets go on sale this morning for the November run. 


Saturday 3rd November - The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart TAS - TICKETS
Sunday 4th November - Til The Wheels Fall Off, Launceston TAS - SOLD OUT

Thursday 8th November - Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC - TICKETS
Friday 9th November - The Tote, Melbourne VIC - TICKETS
Saturday 10th November - Karova Lounge, Ballarat VIC - TICKETS
Sunday 11th November - Whalers Hotel, Warrnambool VIC - TICKETS
Saturday 17th November - Loch Hart Music Festival, Princetown VIC
Thursday 22nd November - Transit Bar, Canberra ACT - TICKETS
Friday 23rd November - The Lair @ The Metro, Sydney NSW - TICKETS
Saturday 24th November - The Cambridge, Newcastle NSW - TICKETS
Sunday 25th November - North Gong Hotel, Wollongong NSW - FREE ENTRY
Thursday 29th November - Crowbar, Brisbane QLD - TICKETS
Friday 30th November - Miami Shark Bar, Gold Coast QLD - TICKETS </b>

“It would be easy to pigeonhole the group to a fast-moving punk act, but right from the start, Late Teens proves that there’s a whole lot more to Press Club.”  - The Music

“The face-blasting first offering….a raw, but clean, capture of energy and the band’s clear no-bullshit approach. What a bloody exciting introduction.” - Rolling Stone Australia

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Significant colonial artworks on show in Tasmania for the first time

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts
16.08.18 8:16 pm

Two important new art exhibitions exploring the State’s colonial past have today opened at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
The National Picture has been developed in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia (the National Gallery) and is a major exhibition of colonial art works and contemporary responses to the Black War in Tasmania.
Curated by Professor Tim Bonyhady (Australian National University) and Dr Greg Lehman (University of Melbourne), the exhibition draws on key loans from national and international collections, including several works from TMAG’s collection, and examines British colonists’ representations of Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
This exhibition is the first time many of these portraits have been seen in Tasmania, and it was developed after extensive consultation between the National Gallery, the co-curators and importantly, the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.
Also opening today is the Thomas Bock exhibition that showcases exquisite drawings, watercolours and daguerreotypes by convict artist Thomas Bock, developed in collaboration with the UK’s Ikon Gallery.
At the heart of the Thomas Bock exhibition is the extraordinary series of portraits of Tasmanian Aboriginal people, now held in the British Museum and on show in Australia for the first time as part of this exhibition.
Both exhibitions provide a wonderful opportunity for Tasmanians to see major works from TMAG’s collection sitting alongside significant colonial works from other institutions that have rarely been seen in the State.
The exhibitions are accompanied by a range of public programs, including a forum discussing the themes explored in The National Picture on Friday, 17 August at 11:00 am, and a Thomas Bock curator floor talk on Saturday, 18 August at 11:00 am.
I encourage all Tasmanians to visit TMAG to view this truly unique opportunity.
The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania’s Black War is on show in Argyle Galleries 1-3 and Thomas Bock is on show in Argyle Gallery 4 from 17 August until 11 November 2018.
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Queens of the Stone Age asked if they could play MONA. We said YES

MONA. First published August 14
16.08.18 4:00 pm


Now’s your chance for an audience with the Queens, in a literally underground, one-off, non-arena-style special performance in the heart of the museum.

Monday 3 September, 8pm (doors 7pm)
Nolan Gallery, Mona
$82.50 + booking fee




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Artist explores fragility through knitting

Claire Pendrigh Elliott | Marketing Officer | Moonah Arts Centre
15.08.18 2:00 pm

Image: Elizabeth Day, Porous Entity (detail), 2016, knitting and felt

Abstraction, Abjection and Activism: The Fragility of Goodness is one of three exhibitions opening at the Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) 6pm Thursday 23 August.

Elizabeth Day makes her art from white baby wool. This fine, soft wool is knitted into abstract, modernist patterns and objects.

Elizabeth says: “Intimating something unsullied, innocent and pure, white wool evokes the preciousness of the baby and its likewise precious bond with the mother, their knitted together relation – each folded into the other – as fragile as goodness and the work itself.”

The exhibition also includes a collaborative textile work created by the artist in collaboration with female inmates in NSW prisons.

At the opening of the exhibition, Elizabeth will also launch her book Discontinued Narratives.

Elizabeth will also present a free public talk about her exhibition at MAC 1pm Saturday 15 September. This is a free, casual event where you can meet artists currently exhibiting at MAC and hear more about the stories and inspirations behind their exhibition.

The exhibition is open from 24 August to 15 September, Tuesday to Saturday at the Moonah Arts Centre, free entry. 


• Opening 6pm Thurs 23 August 2018
• Exhibition runs 24 Aug – 15 Sep
• Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah
• Exhibition open from 10am-5pm Tuesday – Friday and 11am-3pm Saturdays
• Entry to the exhibition is free

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Bett Gallery: Patrick Grieve, Surface

Bett Gallery
15.08.18 1:34 pm

Pattern fields, research farmland 2 2018, oil on linen, 122 x 138cm

FRIDAY 24 AUGUST, 5.30 - 7.30PM

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Investing in Tasmania’s Creative Future

Mel King
15.08.18 9:27 am

The Theatre Council of Tasmania (TCT) is delighted to announce that home-grown artist, Rob
Maxwell, will soon return to Hobart share his professional talent with local theatre

Rob will conduct two, voice empowerment master classes on Saturday, 18 August and will
also spend Monday, 20 August working with the cast of professional theatre company, Blue
Cow’s, production of Hamlet to deliver specific voice coaching.

Rob is a Tasmanian actor, voice teacher and recent NIDA graduate (Master of Voice), who also
holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Melbourne, and is a graduate of the
Atlantic Acting School in New York City. Rob is currently teaching on NIDA’s prestigious
Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program, and runs a private voice, speech and dialect coaching
business in Sydney. In 2017, Rob was the recipient of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board
(TAAB) Chairman’s Scholarship and used his grant to do further study in America under
internationally-acclaimed dialect coach Beth McGuire

TCT Vice President, Rod Anderson said that “Tassie theatre has produced some of Australia’s
finest talent.

“The TCT is proud to continue supporting the development of our next generation with this
invaluable workshop.”

The master classes on 18 August are not just for actors but anyone wanting to free their
natural speaking voice, whether it be as an actor, a teacher, a director, a public speaker, or a
parent. Participants will come away with a greater awareness of their vocal abilities.

However, you better be quick as the workshops are filling up fast!

The Hamlet rehearsals will begin with Rob leading the company in vocal warmups, working
one-on-one with the actors and sitting in on the day’s rehearsal, listening to text, giving
feedback and supporting director Robert Jarmon.

Rob is thrilled to be sharing his studies with Tasmanians and hopes to encourage more people
to develop their skills through scholarship opportunities offered by the TCT and other sources.

Additional Background:

In the two master classes on Saturday, 18 August, Rob will take participants through a series
of explorations that will cover breathing, phonation, resonance, articulation, and text. He will
also be touching on dialect acquisition for those actors seeking to expand their repertoire of

Robert Maxwell

As a voice teacher and acting coach Rob is passionate about guiding actors towards individual
expression, through the acquirement of a psycho-visceral connection to text. During his time
at NIDA Rob was fortunate enough to work with some of the world’s leading voice
practitioners, including Kristin Linklater, Catherine Fitzmaurice and Barbara Houseman. His
teaching philosophy is also inspired by the work of Cicely Berry, Arthur Lessac, Patsy
Rodenburg and F.M. Alexander.

In 2017 Rob was the recipient of the NIDA MFA Scholarship, and also the Tasmanian Theatre
Council’s TAAB Chairman’s Scholarship. The latter gave him the opportunity to travel to the
U.S.A. to intern with esteemed dialect coach Beth McGuire, while she worked on the hit Marvel
film Black Panther. In 2018 Rob returned to the States to undertake residencies at Yale School
of Drama and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Sidespace Gallery: Henrietta Manning 10-15 August 2018 Solo Exhibition. LAST DAYS

Henrietta Manning, First published July 26
14.08.18 12:00 pm

Henrietta Manning, Grand Tour, Self, acrylic on masonite

Title: Henrietta Manning. A Cambodian Selfie.

Venue: Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Level 1/77 Salamanca Place, Hobart, TAS.

Dates & Times open to the public: 10th – 15th August 2018 10am-5pm

Date & Time of Official Opening: Friday 10th August 6-8pm

Speaker at Official Opening: Adriana Taylor. Commissioner Huon Valley Council

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Event Teaser ...

The Grand Tour, at its height in1660–1820, was undertaken to complete the education of predominately wealthy young men, becoming a rite of passage forming part of an elite’s entry into polite society.

Often accompanied by a tutor or guide the most popular destinations were the cities considered to be major centers of culture, and sites with the remains of ancient Roman and Greek civilisation.

Surprisingly today’s tourist holds much in common with those earlier travelers; while the journey is unlikely to be as arduous, the mindset is similar. Our idea of a ‘holiday’ reflects the reality that time on the Grand Tour was frequently spent in more frivolous pursuits.

Most striking is the difference in speed. A Grand Tour lasted from months to several years while today the tyranny of distance has been vanquished, it is possible to dip in and out of cultures and worlds different from our own for a few weeks/days or even hours. There is no slow acclimatization and the real sense of distance travelled has been lost.

The collection of souvenirs was as endemic as today. Like the modern selfie, the desire to record one’s own image as traveler was met by commissioned portraits, painted either in iconic settings or surrounded by tokens of learning and acquired mementos.

Today a selfie takes only seconds to capture.

The artist’s self portrait, ’Grand Tour Self’ references the traditions of the Grand Tour commissioned portrait. In particular it’s proportions, composition and the pose of the artist is based on the 17th century Italian painter Pompeo Batoni’s portrait of the 22 year old Wyndham Knatchbull-Wyndham. Grand Tour sitters were typically portrayed wearing the luxurious silk ensembles they had tailored for them overseas in the company of their dogs that may even have accompanied them.

The artist is wearing Cambodian trousers and shawl, and not having any dogs has substituted her cat and chickens. As the artist’s worked in their studios, not out on site, certain props reappear. Noticing the chair in the Wyndham portrait appearing in a number of other Batoni portraits Manning has reincorporated it into her own.

‘A Cambodian Selfie’ contrasts the superficiality of mass tourism with the real world of Cambodia, a country struggling with extremes of wealth and poverty, corruption and privilege and the intergenerational trauma of civil war. In their tourist bubble focused on the stunning historical sites such as Angkor Watt what is learnt or understood about the current lives of its people? In 2017 the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs contributed 90 million of tax payer’s money to aid Cambodia’s ‘greater prosperity’. This to a country whose track record on human rights and democracy is lamentable, that the international Labor Organization reported that 10 cents in every dollar is lost to corruption. A government who’s Tourism Minister has stated ‘we have no crisis but there are politicians who are having a crisis themselves’ in reference to opposition party members fleeing the country after the forced disbandment of their party by the current government in preparation for the 2018 elections. While the tourism town of Seim Reap expands its accommodation and services government imposed economic land concessions rob farmers of their land and livelihoods. Half of the countries arable land, a quarter of the countries surface, has been conceded to private companies under the scheme. It has been estimated that 85% of Cambodians are now migrants, either internal, or external to countries such as Thailand.

Holiday travel is by its nature superficial and can only provide a small window to experience another culture but how much smaller is that window getting every day as the crowds hop off planes onto buses, following their tour leaders flag back to the safety and sterility of their generic hotel? The Grand Tour has become ‘grand tourism’, the crowds of people descending on ‘hot spots’ are now so vast that whole cities are considering limiting their numbers because of the impact physically and culturally of this stampede. What do these tourists really see and return home with? A bucket list ticked? A series of selfies loaded onto facebook and instagram?

The idea of travelling for the sake of curiosity and learning was an idea developed in the 17th century. With John Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690), it was argued, and widely accepted, that knowledge comes entirely from the external senses, that what one knows comes from the physical stimuli to which one has been exposed. Travel, therefore, was necessary to develop the mind and expand ones knowledge of the world.Today tourism is the world’s largest industry. More people are involved, either as a member of a host community, a travel/tourism industry player or as a consumer/tourist than in any other industry. The legacy of the Grand Tour lives on still influencing the destinations tourists choose and shaping the ideas of culture and sophistication that surround the act of travel, but of the staggering 2.5 million visitors to Angkor Watt in 2017, generating 52.5 million in six months, what is the real cost and benefit to the Cambodian people?

Exhibiting since1985, Henrietta is an established award winning artist represented by Colville Gallery, Hobart, and has been a finalist in many art prizes including The Wynne 1994/1996 and the 2017 Glover Prize.

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Quiet please, the People’s Library is opening its doors for September

Natasha Newman, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
14.08.18 9:51 am

The People’s Library (2017-18) is a participatory artwork by Tasmanian artists Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward (A Published Event) presented in partnership with Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.

Tethered in everyday acts of writing, reading and telling, The People’s Library has published a unique living library of new and original book-length works by Tasmanian writers. Part performance library, part contemporary artwork, The People’s Library has published one hundred and thirteen books covering many genre that is cumulating in a month-long event at the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre in September 2018 which the library’s holdings will be held for a public audience.

Influenced by the great Ancient Library of Alexandria, (founded in the third Century BC) whose rulers attempted to assemble in one place, every book in existence, The People’s Library is an opportunity to leave a trace, locate a life or sweep a narrative arc within a unique Tasmanian library.

In September 2018, The People’s Library will open at Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, creating a movement of public events – book groups, live readings, dedicated readers in residence, salon events. The People’s Library/A Published Event will also launch the inaugural HobART Book Fair from 21-22 September 2018.

Key Dates for The People’s Library

For a detailed calendar of public event for The People’s Library:

Wednesday 15 August @ 11am
Soapbox Launch: Mather’s Place, Bathurst St, Hobart.

Friday 7 September @ 11am
MEDIA CALL: The People’s Library, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

Friday 7 September @ 6pm
OFFICIAL OPENING: The Peoples Library, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

Friday 21 September @5pm
OFFICIAL LAUNCH: HobART Book Fair, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

Each year Salamanca Arts Centre commissions a curator or curators to research and develop a significant exhibition on a specific curatorial concept that becomes our Major Curated Exhibition. Emerging, mid-career, established or even outsider artists respond to the curator’s concept.

The exhibitions debut at SAC’s Long Gallery and Sidespace Gallery. The Major Curated Exhibitions are of national significance and the highest profile activity within SAC’s annual Arts Program.

SUPPORTED BY: The Australia Council, the Federal Government’s arts funding and advisory body; the City of Hobart; The Regional Arts Fund; with generous support form the Allport Bequest

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TSO to perform September concert at Melbourne Recital Centre

Samuel Cairnduff Director Marketing and Communications TSO
14.08.18 9:42 am

Orchestra to headline Shubert & Strauss concert at MRC; followed by Hamer Hall The Capulets and the Montagues performance with Victorian Opera

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will travel to Melbourne in September for two performances, firstly on Sep 13 in a headline concert entitled Shubert’s The Great at Melbourne Recital Centre, then as part of Victorian Opera’s production of Bellini’s The Capulets and the Montagues at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne the following evening, September 14.

One of Melbourne’s pre-eminent performing arts complexes Melbourne Recital Centre is an acclaimed music destination combining architectural innovation and acoustic perfection. Its world-class performance spaces showcase the best music, artists and ensembles from around the world. The TSO will perform in the MRC’s largest space, the 1000-seat Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Shubert’s The Great will feature the composer’s Symphony No 9, his last, and widely regarded finest, symphony - commonly known as the ‘Great’.  Featuring renowned Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg, whose talents will be featured in works by Richard Strauss, the concert will be conducted by TSO Principal Guest Conductor Johannes Fritzsch.

On the stage of Hamer Hall the following evening, the TSO joins Victorian Opera’s production of The Capulets and the Montagues which will feature Jessica Pratt and Caitlin Hulcup.  The innovative move of offering choir seating for sale will provide the audience with a unique perspective of the performers as they overlook the orchestra.

The collaboration between the TSO and Victorian Opera is part of a multi-year collaboration between the two organisations to present opera in different formats. The TSO will present the Opera in Concert, Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette on October 20 in association with Victorian Opera as part of an 11 day festival of Shakespearean inspired works.
Shubert’s The Great will be performed ahead of the Melbourne concert Thursday 6 September in a Tasmanian exclusive at Launceston’s Albert Hall. 

Siobhan Stagg also appears on August 25 with the TSO in the matinee concert Clair de Lune at Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall.

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - Schubert’s The Great
Thursday 6 September 2018 7.30pm
The Albert Hall, Launceston
Tickets: | 1800 001 190

Thursday 13 September 2018 7.30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Tickets: | +61 (0)3 9699 3333

The Capulets and the Montagues
Friday 14 September 2018, 7.30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
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Devonport Regional Gallery: The final exhibition at Stewart Street, From Here to There

Geoff Dobson, Director, Devonport Regional Gallery
14.08.18 8:35 am

Left image: Allan Francis, Baptist Church once; Art Gallery now 1987, from Homes of Devon 6 Open House, b&w photograph, DCC Permanent Collection, acc. 1987.029. Right image: Courthouse, Devonport, n.d. The Robinson Collection, R5844, DCC Permanent Collection

From Here to There
Curated by Erin Wilson
Opening: Friday 24 August at 6pm
Exhibition Dates: 25 August - 30 September 2018

In its final exhibition before relocating to the old Courthouse building, at the paranaple arts centre, the Devonport Regional Gallery will look back on the exhibitions, collection, people and events that have shaped its last 34 years in Stewart Street.

paranaple arts centre director Geoff Dobson said the public was being encouraged to share both their memories of the Gallery and their ideas for its future as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition, From Here to There, will feature a reading room with past exhibition catalogues on display for visitors to look back on. This will be accompanied by an installation of light box posters from a selection of past exhibitions, highlighting the scope of both Tasmanian and national touring exhibitions held at the Gallery over the years.

A display from the permanent collection will also celebrate the diversity and growth of the collection. A selection of items representing different facets of the collection will be on display, including photographs from the historic Robinson Collection, a ladies’ ball dress from the Moon Collection and a selection of Owen Lade’s portraits of children. In addition, the first acquisitive Tidal Award recipient Matthew Newton’s work Moonbird boy 3 will be on show, along with a recent acquisition of works by Anne Morrison.

In addition to artworks from the gallery’s permanent collection, the exhibition will also feature an indoor mural by the gallery’s young members’ committee, The Droogs.

Mr Dobson said the mural would be developed during the whole exhibition period and visitors are encouraged contribute to the mural, which will focus on the gallery’s history as well as the community’s hopes and dreams for the new gallery at the paranaple arts centre.

``This is a unique opportunity for the public to join in the celebration of the DRG’s last three decades as well putting their hopes for the future on display.’’

``We are hoping many people will take an opportunity to offer their insights.’’

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Tasdance: Drinking Water ...

14.08.18 8:12 am


Sete Tele and Lisa Hirmer
Presented by Tasdance at the Junction Arts Festival

Final Call out for participants!

There are only a few places left for households to be involved in this unique project!

Led by artists Sete Tele (based in Perth WA) and Lisa Hirmer (Canada) Drinking Water is a participatory installation dance performance work that encourages all communities to transition to new ways of sharing water.

If you think you and your household might like to ‘harvest’ water over a few weeks in your homes with the help of Sete and Lisa, then we want to hear from you!  Each household will be tasked with gathering or ‘harvesting’ water on/ in their respective homes.  The artists Sete and Lisa will personally visit each household in the lead up to the Junction Arts Festival to devise a water gathering process appropriate to each home, with local and environmental conditions taken into account.  You will be asked to chart the ‘harvesting’ of your water over a few weeks.

Your ‘harvested’ water will be brought to Tasdance on Sunday September 9th where the water will be celebrated and tasted.  Then the water will be ‘danced’ to Prince’s Square to join the Acoustic Picnic at the Junction Festival and to finally transfer the water into the Fountain…..if this sounds like something you want to participate in, we would love to hear from you!

If you and your household are keen to be part of this art work, please contact Tasdance no later than Wednesday August 15th at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)                       



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Luca Brasi team up with Alice Ivy

Danae Effern, Little Giant
10.08.18 11:27 am


Luca Brasi met Alice Ivy for the first time at Falls Festival when Alice Ivy came to the rescue.

With a flight cancellation Luca Brasi were never going to make it to Byron Bay in time for their set. Bummed to potentially be missing out on playing, Alice Ivy swapped set times to save the day!

A new found friendship led to Alice Ivy remixing recent Luca Brasi single ‘Clothes I Slept In’ from their recently released fourth album Stay.

“We were fucked. Alice Ivy swapped spots with us and when we got to the site she gave us a bottle of Moet and we hung out and drank together. We made a sick and extremely talented new friend, got to party and play a show. The result of all this is that she also did a sick remix of one of our songs. We definitely owe her a few, what a ledge!” said Luca Brasi lead singer Tyler Richardson

“I was soo stoked when the guys asked me to remix a song off their record! We come from such different music worlds but it’s amazing that we were able to create something super cool together, those boys will always have a place in my heart!” Alice Ivy

Luca Brasi kick off their national album tour this weekend and have announced they will be supporting Gang Of Youths at the Brisbane Riverstage on Saturday the 24th of November.




With special guests Tiny Moving Parts and Eliza & the Delusionals
Sat 11 August – Club 54, Launceston * - SOLD OUT!
Fri 17 August – The Triffid, Brisbane - SOLD OUT!
Sat 18 August – Manning Bar, Sydney
Wed 22 August – Rosemount Hotel, Perth **
Thur 23 August – The Gov, Adelaide
Fri 24 August – The Croxton, Melbourne - SOLD OUT!
* Tiny Moving Parts not appearing ** Eliza & The Delusionals not appearing

Just announced - Saturday 24 November, Riverstage, Brisbane with Gang Of Youths. Tickets on sale now.



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