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You don’t have to be Einstein to see the light and find the energy to attend the massive WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL blasting off in Brisbane during March. Gladstone, Toowoomba, Townsville and Chinchilla will also be holding events. See the news and the ‘WHAT’S ON NOW’ pages to find out what’s happening. (Artwork is by an unknown artist. Efforts to find them have failed, possibly due to the fact that they have moved to a parallel universe. Sorry, but thanks anyway)

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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 HAPPENING IN BRISBANE AND THROUGHOUT QUEENSLAND, AS WELL AS WRITING AND FILMMAKER COMPETITIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE, MAY BE FOUND 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 AND THE NEWS WAS UPDATED ON MONDAY, 13 MARCH 2017

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

BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL 

The eighth annual BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL is ON NOW and runs until Tuesday, 28 March 2017! During the weeks of the festival, OVER 60 COMEDIANS will perform at two major venues – the Brisbane Powerhouse at New Farm and Brisbane City Hall’s Main Auditorium, Brisbane Room and Ithaca Auditorium. 

In addition, some of Brisbane’s best food vendors will serve up international delights in King George Square in front of City Hall, where there will be FREE debates to entertain, inform and amuse you while you’re munching on your supper.  

Most events are ticketed (but affordable) and some are FREE. Phone (07) 3358 8600 for details. Visit the website at http://www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com to book online and to find out who’s on where. See the top and bottom of the pages at WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) for some of the best sessions – but they’re all good, so troll through the website to find your soon-to-be favourites!

WELCOME TO THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

The ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 will run in Brisbane from Thursday, 16 March 2017 to Wednesday, 19 April 2017. This major annual French event has been attracting an ever increasing number of lovers of cinema each year since the mix of sophisticated, vibrant and daring French films first intrigued Australian audiences in 1990.

Philippe Platel, the festival’s Artistic Director says: ‘The 45 films selected are a wonderful mix of artistry and celebrate established stars and new talents from all over the world. You will contemplate for the Opening Night, laugh for the Closing night; and in between, you will travel the world and through time, you will dance and sing, you will fall in love, and you will dream. French cinema, more vibrant and alive than ever, is for every single one of you.’

There are two venues in Brisbane, the Palace Centro,39 James St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Tel: 3852 4488 and Palace Barracks,61 Petrie Tce, Brisbane. Tel: 3367 1954. Brisbane site – map http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/venues. Visit the website at http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/schedule to see what’s on and to download the program. For more details, go to WHAT'S ON NOW?

UNDERSTANDING COPYRIGHT – THE AUSTRALIAN COPYRIGHT COUNCIL’S ANNUAL SEMINAR SERIES

Wherever you work, the chances are that you will be involved with copyright in some way. The Australian Copyright Council’s 2017 National Seminar Series UNDERSTANDING COPYRIGHT: MAKING IT WORK FOR YOU is aimed at: 

  • Content creators and copyright managers, including writers, artists and publishers
  • Website administrators and social media managers
  • Museum and gallery professionals
  • Library and archive professionals
  • Educators and administrators in educational institutions.

The ACC is the ultimate expert on copyright, and although the seminars are not cheap, if you are in the business of finding your way through the increasingly complex labyrinth of copyright law and usage, attending a session will quite possibly save you money in the long run. Read More.

Seminars will be held in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane from March 2017 to July 2017. You can download a program brochure for your city from the website at http://www.copyright.org.au. Interested people can also sign up for a newsletter to stay updated on further details. 

To register for the BRISBANE SESSIONS, which will be held from Monday, 27 March to Wednesday, 29 March 2017 at the State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, download the brochure and then scan and email your booking form to info@copyright.org.au. If you have any enquiries or need assistance, email the ACC at that email address or phone (02) 9101 2377.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH IT’S A MIXED BAG

See pictures and info at the top and bottom of this home page, and the top and bottom of the following Watchwords pages: potted biographies of David Tennant and Olivia Colman of Broadchurch on EVENT QUICKLISTS!, the St Patrick’s Day March and Irish Festival on EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2 and WHERE IS BRISBANE?, and on the blog pages – Brisbane Comedy Festival performers and dates on WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages), all things Mardi Gras on COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) and the World Science Festival on WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages).

MY FAIR LADY – THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION

Some people would argue that the most popular musical of all time is The Sound of Music, but in 1956 MY FAIR LADY, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s masterful retelling of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, took the world by storm.

The tale of a young cockney flower seller who wants to better herself, albeit under the waspish tutelage of the arrogant phoneticist, Henry Higgins, won all our hearts. The part of Eliza Doolittle was perfect for a young Julie Andrews in only her second role on Broadway, a role which precipitated her into international stardom.

The score for this Cinderella story included unforgettable musical numbers such as Wouldn’t it be Loverly?, I Could Have Danced All Night (which echoed incessantly from the studios of singing teachers all over the world for about ten years after the show first premiered), On the Street Where You Live, Get Me to the Church on Time and many more.

Now, in a world first, JULIE ANDREWS directs this glorious production of My Fair Lady, with a stellar cast including Downton Abbey’s CHARLES EDWARDS as Professor Higgins, ANNA O’BYRNE as Eliza, REG LIVERMORE as Alfred E. Doolittle and ROBYN NEVIN as Mrs Higgins. This unmissable theatrical event will glide its way around the floor at the Lyric Theatre, QPC from Tuesday, 14 March 2017.

Wouldn’t it be loverly? Of course it would! ‘Ridiculously beautiful,’ said The Australian. So move yer bloody arse and gavotte yourself across to the website at http://www.myfairladymusical.com.au for a rundown of who’s playing who and to book your tickets.

HARMONY DAY AND NEIGHBOUR DAY 2017

HARMONY DAY on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Take a moment to chat to your neighbours about their heritage or invite your local community to an event and ask them to bring a plate of food from a different country. Don’t forget to register your event on the Harmony Day website.

Celebrate NEIGHBOUR DAY on Sunday 26 March 2017. Neighbour Day is Australia's annual celebration of community held in the last week of March every year. It's a great way to meet your neighbours and help create a strong, safe community where people look out for each other.

By getting to know your neighbours you can meet like-minded people, develop new friendships and feel an increased sense of security. You can simply say hello to your neighbour and have a chat over the fence, or invite your neighbour for a cup of tea. Or you could arrange a larger social gathering, like a BBQ, afternoon tea, lunch, street party or a picnic in a local park.

Register your event on the Neighbour Day website to receive your free Neighbour Day e-kit, including posters, invitations, calling cards, nametags and other useful items. If you need help with a neighbourhood activity or gathering, phone Council on (07) 3403 8888 and ask to speak to a Community Development Coordinator.

WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL – BRISBANE!

The WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL is due to collide with Brisbane from Wednesday, 22 March to Sunday, 26 March 2017 and will provide a fascinating and exciting week of activities and scientific innovation for Brisbane residents and visitors. Visit http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au to find out what’s happening and to book your tickets – some events are FREE. Click on WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages) for pictures and information at the top and bottom of the pages detailing some of the exciting sessions you can attend. 

Regional Queensland has not missed out! The festival’s regional program in 2017 will again provide Queensland communities the opportunity to get involved locally in the World Science Festival Brisbane. Check out the website to find out what’s on in your area at http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au. Stimulating and inspiring experiences will be unique to each location and community events associated with the program will be delivered into four regional locations:

  1. Gladstone – 4 March 2017
  2. Toowoomba – 17 March 2017
  3. Townsville – 26 March 2017
  4. Chinchilla – 1 April 2017

This year there is a special APPRENTICE PROGRAM for Students in Years 10 to 12 who are keen to get a taste of real science in action. check out the top and bottom pages at WHAT'S ON NOW? for details of the three workshops on offer and download the full program at http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au for further details. Participants must be aged 15 and over, covered footwear is essential, school and international study groups must be accompanied by a teacher, and basic scientific English language skills are essential.

A TREASURE TROVE OF PLANETS DISCOVERED!

Our sun is one of at least 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and that’s just our galaxy. In February 2017 (just in time for THE WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL), NASA announced that their Spitzer Space Telescope, backed by ground-based telescopes, had discovered A TREASURE TROVE OF PLANETS orbiting the red dwarf sun Trappist 1 in the Aquarius constellation, some 39 light years away.

This discovery sets a new record as the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star outside our solar system. See an artist’s impression at the bottom of the WHAT'S ON NOW? page and View this and many more images, as well as several videos, in an extensive multimedia gallery highlighting this discovery.

All seven planets could have liquid water (the key to life as we know it) under the right atmospheric conditions, but the best chance lies with the three in the habitable or ‘Goldilocks’ zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. Go to the website at https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-telescope-reveals-largest-batch-of-earth-size-habitable-zone-planets-around to see the press release.

Keep up with it all on the NASA website on these pages – for more information about Spitzer, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/spitzer, for more information on the TRAPPIST-1 system https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/trappist1, and for more information on exoplanets generally, check out the information at https://www.nasa.gov/exoplanets (and alert the kids to this awesome website).

ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND THE IRISH FESTIVAL

Brisbane celebrated everything Irish at this year’s ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE on Saturday, 11 March 2017, with about 40,000 spectators lining the new route in the inner city to watch the colourful convoy of floats, marchers, bands and entertainers.

THE IRISH FESTIVAL is not just about the St Patrick’s Day parade of course – there are lots of other events to attend during the BRISBANE IRISH FESTIVAL, a long-standing annual event promoting and celebrating St Patrick’s Day, Irish culture and the contribution of the Irish community to Queensland. Go to http://www.brisbaneirishfestival.com to see the whole program.

THE SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS!

The 39th annual SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS PARADE 2017 strutted and floated its way in all its glittering fabulousness down Oxford Street, Darlinghurst in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, 4 March 2017 with SBS On Demand providing live streaming.

On Sunday night, 5 March, there was a special SBS TV broadcast with hilarious Mardi Gras commentary, a behind the scenes look at the parade and stories which delved more deeply into the issues faced by the LGBTI+ community. For all things Mardi Gras, check out the SBS website on http://www.sbs.com.au/mardigras. Go to COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) for some pics to remind you of it all.

  BROADCHURCH IS BACK!

Fans of the quality British TV crime drama BROADCHURCH are currently in the grip of the third (and final) series currently showing on ABC1 on Fridays at 8.30 p.m. British actors, David Tennant as DI Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman as DS Ellie Miller, star. Their riveting performances in series one and two were memorable. Go to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2249364 to learn more about the cast and crew.

Go to http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/broadchurch to keep track of the episodes at the ABC website and iView. Go to the IMDB website for full biographies of David and Olivia at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0855039/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1469236/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm. For pics and a potted history of David and Olivia, head to the top and bottom of the EVENT QUICKLISTS! page.

BRISBANE WELCOMED INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS!

With the start of the university year looming, on Saturday, 4 March 2017 the citizens of Brisbane and the Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, welcomed thousands of international students from over 50 counties at THE CITY WELCOME FESTIVAL, the largest orientation festival for international students in Australia.

STUDY BRISBANE manages a series of events to make our visiting students feel at home. To find out what’s happening, visit http://www.studybrisbane.com. Students should obtain a copy of the 2017 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDE, a collaboration between Insider Guides and Study Brisbane.

The guide is written by locals and is full of important information to ensure that you make the most of your time as an international student. It will help you find a place to live, get a job, a mobile, a bank account, navigate public transport and much more.

Get a hard copy at your Study Brisbane member institutionsVisitor Information Centre in the city, Brisbane City Council libraries and the Visitor Information Centre at the Brisbane International Airport. You can download an online copy of the guide at http://insiderguides.com.au/wp-content/mp/uploads/guides/files/insider-guide-brisbane-2017.pdf. Welcome students!

 

AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS!

UPDATES

13. Mar, 2017
See the NEWS above for the many events on offer in Brisbane during March. As usual, 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.
Revellers headed to Sydney for the 2017 MARDI GRAS PARTY at Hordern, RHI And Hi-FILang Road Moore Park, NSW, Australia. This is the big one! THE LGBTQI PARTY OF THE YEAR, with more than 12,000 partygoers from all over the globe. From all walks of life, all communities, all places, they were welcome. Shinier and more spectacular than ever, they all helped spread the love and let their Mardi Gras spirits soar. (Banner courtesy of The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival 2017)