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NEW ZEALAND Mosque Attack, Friday, 15 March 2019. The face of real leadership: New Zealand Prime Minister JACINDA ARDERN comforts the bereaved. Our thoughts are with you New Zealand. (NZ Montage by L.J. May)

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This is Brisbane! Queensland, Australia

Greetings and welcome to Watchwords. This site is about writers, readers, artists, filmmakers and our beautiful City of Brisbane.

WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE RIGHT NOW?

QUICKLISTS FOR 'WHAT'S ON AUTHORS?', WHICH COVERS AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR AND FILMMAKER EVENTS, AS WELL AS WRITING AND FILMMAKER COMPETITIONS FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE, ARE UNDER THE TAB ON THE MENU AT LEFT - OR CLICK HERE EVENT QUICKLISTS! 

DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF GENERAL EVENTS, THERE IS A SECOND PAGE FOR 'WHAT'S ON NOW?' AT EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2.

 THIS WEBSITE WAS PARTIALLY UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 22 MARCH 2019!

   WHAT'S THE NEWS? TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENING!

 THE QUEENSLAND MUSEUM PRESENTS THE WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE

THE WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE will be held in Brisbane from Wednesday, 20 March 2019 to Sunday, 24 March 2019, as well as in several venues across regional areas in Queensland. Hailed by The New York Times as ‘a new cultural institution’, The World Science Festival – founded by renowned Physicist, PROFESSOR BRIAN GREENE, and Emmy award-winning journalist TRACY DAY – has been held annually in New York for more than a decade.

The Festival explores and celebrates the entanglement of science and art through a curated program of thought-provoking conversations, inspiring theatrical and cinematic experiences, interactive workshops and engaging demonstrations – and a great deal of FUN!

THE QUEENSLAND MUSEUM NETWORK has secured the exclusive licence to host World Science Festival in the Asia Pacific from 2016–21. The only global extension of this hugely popular initiative, the World Science Festival Brisbane reinforces the Queensland Museum’s position as a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and engagement.

Go to https://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/2019-festival-program to see the FESTIVAL PROGRAM DETAILS, and for the PROGRAM AT A GLANCE visit http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/PROGRAM-GUIDE-2019-At-a-glance.pdf. You can also DOWNLOAD THE WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL PROGRAM at http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/WSFB-2019-PROGRAM-GUIDE.pdf.

FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS will be easily recognisable in red World Science Festival Brisbane t-shirts and lanyards. A whole team of helpers are on hand to answer your questions and direct you to venues. CONNECT WITH THE FESTIVAL, stay up-to-date and share your highlights using the dedicated World Science Festival Brisbane social media channels: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, using their official hashtags #WSFB2019 #WSFBrisbane and #qldmuseum.

While you’re in town for the festival, discover our beautiful city of Brisbane. From eclectic bars to fine dining, and breezy cafes to boutique-lined streets, explore the beautiful parklands, bohemian markets, enticing galleries and bustling urban precincts, each with its own unique vibe. 

The World Science Festival Brisbane joins an extensive calendar of major events in Brisbane, from international sporting fixtures to blockbuster shows and exclusive cultural events. Click here https://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/faqs-travel-tips to get some FAQs and Travel tips.

THE BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL CONTINUES!

Give it up for the BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL, which this year turns 10 and offers a multi-venue extravaganza of giggles and gags. The Festival kicked off with an Opening Gala at City Hall on Friday, 22 February and will run until Sunday, 24 March 2019.

The festival will hit the big 1-OH with 75 hilarious comedy acts including stand-up, sketch, improv and cabaret. Organisers invite you to get skit-faced during four great weeks of entertainment across three venues: the Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC in Sunnybank. They would also like to say that festival organisers are not responsible for any side-splitting laugh injuries which leave you in stitches.

This year the laughs will spread across the whole family with a series of weird, whacky, and wonderful shows for kids (and kids at heart)! Don’t be shy – slap on a smile and get ready to laugh with some of the funniest people in the country. Many of the events are FREE, so even if you’re broke you’ll find something to laugh about.

Catch up with the March comedy events and check out what’s happening at WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages), plus PICS and information about who’s appearing and where, on the top and bottom of COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) and WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages). 

If you get in quick, you should be able to pick up a full program for free at your local Brisbane City Council Library. You can also DOWNLOAD THE EVENT GUIDE at https://www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com/content/uploads/2018/12/BCF-guide-FINAL-pages-low-res.pdf.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS! and EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. See NEWS PAGE 2 for more about INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY and the exploits of Australia’s early suffragettes. See the top and bottom of this page and WHERE IS BRISBANE? for our support, pics, thoughts and condolences to the people of New Zealand following the heinous attack on Christchurch's Muslim Community.

WORLD SCIENCE WEEK explodes across Brisbane this month. Check out the top and bottom of the WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) for pics and information about what’s on. Don’t miss the great comedians and comedy events being held across Brisbane as part of the BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL. Go to the top and bottom of COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) and WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages) (coming soon) to find pics and information on some of your favourite comedians and events. 

CURIOCITY BRISBANE – EXPLORE, CREATE AND PLAY, AS SCIENCE, ART AND TECHNOLOGY SPAN THE BRISBANE RIVER

Things are set to get seriously curious in Brisbane. If you’re looking for more to see and do in March, check out CURIOCITY BRISBANE. The new festival merges science, technology and art, and runs over 20 days from Friday, 15 March to Wednesday, 3 April 2019. One-of-a-kind installations, pop-ups and interactive spaces, which have been crafted by local and international artists, technicians and makers, will be on display and free for everyone to explore.

Hear, touch, see, taste, learn, play and wonder, as a trail of large-scale interactive installations comes to life. You will encounter more than 10 ‘Curiocities’ along the Brisbane River, from the South Bank Cultural Precinct to the creative Hub centred on the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm.

These include Brisbane-based installation artist Ross Manning’s Wave Opus III, and Sky by Australian cybernetic artist Geoffrey Drake-Brockman. Sky reacts to people’s presence through sensors and is made up of 32 fabric wind plumes that can rise up to 5m high.

Curiocity Brisbane also includes the World Science Festival Brisbane, and QODE, a conference for creators and leaders in innovation and technology, which will be held from Tuesday, 2 to Wednesday, 3 April 2019. For more details, to see a video, and to find a map to help you explore the experiences, visit https://curiocitybrisbane.com.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

‘We are, in my opinion, running counter to the intentions and to the design of the Great Creator, and we are reversing those conditions of life to which woman was ordained… The main ambition of a woman's life should be to become the wife of an honourable and honest man…

‘I have a mother, and I have a wife and a sister and daughters, and I wish to continue in the position of their supporter and their protector, and not to place them under the necessity of protecting their own political position… I do not wish them to have extended to them the right not only to vote, but to sit in this Chamber. It is man's duty to be here, and it is woman's duty to attend to the family.’

Aaaargh!

Scott Morrison on the place of women in 2019? Well no – this was part of a speech by William Knox (Kooyong, Free Trade), in the House of Representatives on 23 April 1902 (p. 11941) – although you could be excused for thinking that the Liberal Party’s attitude hasn’t progressed much since then.

There were some men who got it! James Stewart (Queensland, Australian Labor Party) told the Senate on 9 April 1902 (p.11499): ‘The very men who say that giving a woman a vote would degrade her, have not the slightest compunction about making her a drudge. They do not regard it as degrading for a woman to black a man's boots.

‘Oh, no! It is not degrading for her to scrub a floor or to be turned into a stuffy kitchen to cook for a man, or to be put into a factory where she will have to work nine or ten hours a day for a wretched pittance. None of these things will degrade a woman, but to give her a voice in the government of the country will degrade her! That is what the opponents of female suffrage tell us.’

Australia and New Zealand once led the world in the fight for women’s rights – see NEWS PAGE 2 for more about the exploits of Australia’s early suffragettes – but something seems to have gone wrong. More than 50 women are killed by their current or ex partners in Australia each year, and 69 women died from domestic violence in 2018.

There is something seriously wrong with the attitude of Australian men to women, and nothing will change unless children are taught from the cradle to have respect for each other, regardless of their gender. 

International Women’s Day has been held for more than 100 years and  is celebrated around the world on or around the 8th March. It’s a time to celebrate the achievements of women and take stock of where we are and where we need to go from here.  

AND THAT REALLY WILL BE THE END OF THE NEWS! 


See NEWS PAGE 2 for details of INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY and the exploits of three of Australia’s early suffragettes.

UPDATES

22. Mar, 2019
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during March 2019, there are COMPETITIONS to enter and OPPORTUNITIES for creators, as well as AUTHORS to meet, WORKSHOPS to attend, and GENERAL EVENTS to go to – most events are FREE or LOW COST.
NEW ZEALAND Mosque Attack, Friday, 15 March 2019. In BRISBANE vigils are being held across the city. What do you say to a child when a boy her own age has been slaughtered at his most vulnerable in a place of worship – for no other reason than he was born Muslim? Our prayers are with you New Zealand. (Australian Montage by L.J. May)