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18 May 2010
Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced more than $459,000 in Festivals Australia funding for 32 projects at regional and community festivals throughout Australia.
"Australians living in regional and remote areas will benefit from the new and innovative arts activities offered by the festivals receiving funding," Mr Garrett said.
"A broad range of activities, including interactive art installation workshops, circus performance, dance and music workshops, Indigenous art and theatrical performances will visit destinations across Australia.
"These festivals are calendar highlights for communities with something for everyone, including workshops developed to build new skills in audiences that include school students, families and professional artists. This is a terrific initiative."
"I am particularly pleased that nine projects are located in remote and very remote and very distant areas, such as Blackall in Queensland," Mr Garrett said.
"In addition a number of projects also have a strong Indigenous component, including a multimedia work that will celebrate the strength of the traditional culture of Indigenous women in the Northern Territory.
"Festivals Australia Round 30 showcases the creative ideas and unique activities of Australia's regional festivals."
Round 30 Festivals Australia recipients include:
Festivals Australia is an Australian Government funding program designed to assist the presentation of new arts and cultural activities at Australian regional and community festivals.
The closing date for applications for the next round of Festivals Australia funding is 15 July 2010. For more information visit www.arts.gov.au/festivals_australia
A public art project using projectors beaming visual images provided by local artists and students onto Tuggeranong's urban buildings, cafés, footpaths andstreets to transform the environment. The visual effects will provide the viewer with opportunities to experience a collide-a-scope of 'movies'.
A performance program hosted by 'Circo Belco's World History of Razzle Dazzle'. Professional artists will work with different community groups to create a set and performance that explores the circus theme with specially developed performances and art installations by marginalised community groups. In consultation with the artist, each group will choose to develop a particular style of performance.
The ceremony will be developed through a six week community workshop period and involve a costumed parade featuring movement, dance, acrobatics and music around the theme of mythical creatures, reflectingnatural surroundings. The performance will also involve a 'Wishing Flag' ceremony. Community workshops will create flags, which contain the wish(es) and artwork of community members.
Clown and Acrobat, Hemlock Marjarne, will provide an interactive show with children, involving them in dance and musical activities. He will provide two workshops where the children will have the opportunity to learn physical circus skills, acrobatics, balance, stilt-walking, and clowning.
A series of workshops by well known visual artists leading up to thefestival will provide an opportunity for the community to discuss and visually represent the issues around why people leave rural communities and what they bring with them on their return. The outcome is the creation of a series of dioramas for display indisused shop fronts and public spaces in Coonamble using 3,000 origami birds, Indigenous dilly bags, traditional and contemporary travel bags. Visual representations will be projected onto lantern eggs.
Based on the Aboriginal Black Swan Story 'Cumbangi', a script will be written and performed at Coomaditchie Lagoon, Port Kembla. A nest will be constructed out of metal and woven with reeds in theweeks leading up to the festival. Key arts professionals will work with the local community delivering skill development workshops to create and perform the Black Swan Story at a site specific performance at the festival.
Established artists will be engaged to develop installations for the festival. As part of the project, three established artists will be engaged to develop installations in sound, video and performance. Ideas for the installations will be based on a community forum. Skills development workshops will be held for the community. The artists will also mentor an emerging local artist to work with youth on the project.
Professional puppeteer, Angela Orrego, from Melbourne (originally from Bowraville) will consult with the community in the construction of cultural and historical character puppets to be paraded in the festival. The project will allow the creation of three back-pack puppets (human characters) that stand three to four metres tall and two -two person puppets (animal characters) that can be operated by children and youth from Bowraville.
The Raw Dance Company will conduct dance workshops over a period of four days leading up to the festival weekend. All schools within the region will be invited to attend these free workshops. The Company will then conduct a matinee on Saturday afternoon designed to entertain and uplift spirits and also highlight the talents of the local youth performing.
The production of a new Australian play celebrating and showcasing the Arrernte women of Central Australia who are pre-eminent fibre and textile artists. The project will present a series of performances as part of the festival alongside a workshop program of skills and professional development initiated, managed and presented by central desert women.
The project is for a series of 'Wearable Arts' workshops over five days using recycled materials and culminating in a final fashion parade. There will be two types of workshops; one will provide professional development opportunities for career artists, the other will target community groups (families, children and young people).
The project is based on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of prayer flags. The objective of the project is to create 'Flair Flags' that are non denominational flags created by the community with the focus on social cohesion, harmony and healthy communities. The project offers the community an opportunity to write a message or create an artwork which will then be screen-printed onto flags and hung at festival venues. The second part of the project is to create some larger flags to hang on lightpoles up and down the highwaythrough town.
The project will involve a range of artists from the region working with experienced artists to create atemporary public art installation for the festival. The work will evolve from a series of artist and community workshops, including a three-day bush camp. The installation will be made using a combination of traditional beans (from the Ajurrujurru tree), beading techniques, fibre-weaving and construction techniques. The installation will reflect and celebrate aspects of community life and culture in the Barkly.
Community company ‘Slippry Sirkus’ will develop a women’s multimedia work to be presented as a new program feature in the festival. The project aims to explore and celebrate the strength of Indigenous women’s traditional culture. Slippry Sirkus artists will work with senior women, young women and children to develop and present a performance based on a dreamtime or creation story specific to women&arsquo;s culture. The project will be delivered with a series of workshop programs across four weeks leading up to the festival.
The project aims to engage the community and offer an opportunity to develop and showcase new creative skills including a Lantern Parade to the existing Mardi Gras Street Parade at the Rodeo. The project involves bringing an artist to Mount Isa to conduct workshops with school, youth, community and business groups for entering the parade. At the completion of the parade the community groups will add their individual lanterns to a large feature lantern in the shape of a bull's head that will be the focal point for a laser light spectacle.
The project is a cross cultural community visual art exhibition to celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival. The project will re-create a version of the Yuen Po bird market, a famous bird market in Hong Kong. The exhibition will display the art works of 30 artists, each creating their own birdcage either through sculpture, assemblage, painting, installation or multi media art projection. The artworks will be installed and layered to represent the appearance of the Yuen Po bird markets.
The project will teach people positive ways of expressing themselves by educating them in performance poetry and song writing. The project will provide opportunities for local community members to improve self confidence through interaction with professional artists, and demonstrate alternative career paths and independence from mainstream jobs through facilitated workshops. Workshops include song writing workshops by Queensland’s own 'Womenindocs' and poetry workshops by well known performance poets.
The project aims to provide the community with the opportunity to participate in workshops of dance, mask making, instrument making and sculpture of traditional Indonesian culture culminating in a performance at the festival.
Well known country music singer, Paul Costa, along with his support act, Victoria Ballie, will run two three day song writing workshops for both youth and adults. These workshops will encourage participants to explore their inner stories as well as those of the region and in doing so develop cultural diversity and expression within
The project is a series of workshops with indigenous artists working with the local community to demonstrate how traditional indigenous music, dance and storytelling can be blended with contemporary music to produce an exciting and captivating performance. The styles of performance will include comedy, dance, didgeridoos and drums mixed with classical instruments and modern bands and different genres of music from classical to hip-hop and rap.
This project will introduce members of the community to the technique, materials and processes involved in using natural, sustainable and non-toxic materials to produce unique hand-dyed and printed textiles. A series of workshops will be hosted on hand-dying and individuals will be assisted in creating a piece of dyed fabric which will form an artistic representation of their home environment. The resulting textile artworks will feature as the central piece of the 'Beyond The Canvas' exhibition during the festival.
The project involves local artists, children, young people, community groups, families and tourists in a program to create hand crafted and solar powered lanterns designed especially for the festival. A series of workshops will be presented by local artists on lantern making and 100% renewable power.
Facilitated by the local Gunai/Kurnai community the project is designed to promote learning and understanding for children through artistic and cultural connections. Children will create their own artworks under the supervision of local indigenous artists. The project will include the creation of a large scale artwork created by the children and displayed at the festival.
The PARS Garden is a project for Iranian women from the Geelong/Barwon area. Women will be brought together as part of the Iranian Women’s Meeting Place program and participate in a consultative process with a sculptural artist, Lysa Gruzarskas. Together a garden design using cultural symbols and themes will be developed and implemented to launch at the festival. In collaboration with the artists both design and creation workshops will be held with the participants.
‘Ali E’ Nation is a digital feast of picture, sound and technology that facilitates engagement of people with differing abilities for creative expression using fun and festive humanish like creatures to interact and engage. An artistically designed sculpture reminiscent of an Avatar, Ali has a fully functioning computer screen as a face and software that facilitates the collection of and projection of images with the ability to roam to the towns of Birchip, Murtoa and Donald. Ultimately digital artworks will be projected onto a large scale installation in the Main Street of Horsham.
The project involves a series of puppet making workshops and a performance which will lead the festivals opening float parade. Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will facilitate a series of workshops targeting disadvantaged youth living in Kwinana. The project is designed to engage young people in the community, using the art of puppetry as a vehicle to discuss social issues, to convey a community narrative and to celebrate place.
A mural artist will conduct workshops with school students. Students will paint their ideas of what Dardanup and the festival mean to them. The mural artist will use the students ideas and with their assistance will paint 16 panels. The panels will be placed around the festival site and form a festival trail. Festival goers will receive a booklet requiring them to visit each panel and answer a simple question relating to that panel by recording it in their booklet.
The keynote author and illustrator workshop sessions will be scheduled in the historic Balingup Town Hall, the largest of the venues being used during the festival. The keynote author and illustrator workshop sessions will be the highlights of the festival.
The project will showcase local Indigenous art and involve arts and craft created by the elderly at Karlara House Residential Aged Care and the Local Indigenous clients of the Wapa Karu Maya. Workshop sessions will be set up at each place between now and July so that the elderly continue to create or commence creating artworks. The paintings and craft work will be displayed on a tall trees in a forest setting painted and lit up by lights.
The Centennary Celebration will feature local art, craft and produce stalls and the popular ‘Back to Morawa’ Brass Band will perform and parade through the streets. Other features of the market will include a circus challenge, a graffiti wall, sculpture activities and a visitors wall.
The project will see the City of Swan and its youth Hyper Festival team partner with other key arts bodies to hold the first ever forum in digital art for the emerging young artists in Perth— focusing on the growth areas of animation and VJ-ing. Following the forum, participants will be invited to free workshops to develop their animation and VJ-ing skills. Digital works will be invited from submissions across the City of Swan through various lead-in festival activities and the HyperVision 'call-out'.
The project will explore the juxtaposition of the relationship Tasmanians have to the land. Landscape will commission five artists to create a series of ephemeral large-scale, site-specific installations at sites located in the catchment area of the Tamar Estuary and Esk River system. Community celebrations event staged at each site will also be developed in consultation with each of the communities.