Festival of Tibet in Brisbane

The Brisbane Powerhouse is currently hosting the Festival of Tibet through until the end of this weekend.  It is the second such occasion, with the first being organised at the time of the most recent violent crackdown by Chinese government authorities in Tibet. The Festival features a lot of Tibetan music, art and other cultural and…

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Interview with musician Ember Swift: on building bridges with Chinese music, language & ways of acting for change

This week on my regular shift on 4ZZZ FM, (Brisbane’s independent music and news radio station), I interviewed Ember Swift, an interesting Canadian-born musician and advocate for activism.  She recently made her fourth appearance at the Woodford Folk Festival, and is playing her final Australian show this weekend on Saturday night (Jan 23) at The…

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For Brisbane people interested in human rights…

There are a couple of interesting events being held next week in Brisbane. On Tuesday night at the Uni of Qld, two films about children: The first is called “Child in Charge” on the lives of child-headed families – children who have raised their siblings in post-genocide Rwanda.  Director Kym Rolle will also be there…

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Leonard tour of Australia confirmed

A commenter brings news confirming the rumours (including Paul Kelly being the support act) that Leonard Cohen will tour Australia early next year, after a 24 year break. This site lists five ‘day on the green’ concerts in various regional areas in January/February – although it also states “the tour will include a series of…

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Leonard Cohen to tour Australia?

Leonard Cohen fans (I’m sure there are some of you out there) would know that the living legend is currently embarked on a world tour – his first extended run of live performances for many years.  So far this has meant a heap of shows in Canada and Europe. But I heard a reasonably strong indication…

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Get a real Black Arm Band view

I am not overly fond of parochialism, but there is undoubtedly a lot to recommend about the cultural treasures within the soon to unfold Brisbane Festival – not least the free opening event of The Black Arm Band – free at the Riverstage in the Botanic Gardens. There are not stars here, the ‘star’ is the music…

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Danger Bunnies Rock

I went to a CD launch today at the Powerhouse down by New Farm Park. The band was called the Danger Bunnies, a local group of 11 and 12 year old girls (plus a newly added boy) who’ve been playing for a couple of years. It was the first live gig I’d been to in…

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Back on the Zeds

As most readers would be aware, I have a bit more spare time at the moment than I’ve had for many a year, so I am trying to take the chance to do a few fun things that I have let slide. One of those things is having a go at doing a weekly shift…

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A film worth seeing

A documentary film about a survivor of the SIEV-X tragedy is being screened around Australia for a couple weeks as part of Refugee Week, starting June 19th. The film is called Hope. I’m sure it was done and the title chosen before Barack Obama burst on the scene, but in any case, hope is a…

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If only there were two of you

I got sent this clip from YouTube today.  It has been up there since August last year. It’s a short (5 minutes) film which won best Film at the Queensland Short Film Festival 2006, among other awards, but it was the first time I’d seen it.  It grabbed my eye because the opening scene is…

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I just look at the pictures

Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art is currently hosting a major exhibition on/of Andy Warhol. I managed to get along to the opening night last Friday to have a look around. I’m no expert on visual arts and am just a casual observer, so I don’t profess to have any great insights. As far as I’m…

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