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FEDERAL ELECTION 2019: ‘Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.’ ─ Groucho Marx. Yes, it’s election time again and we suppose that we should mention it… although we’ve tried to hide it away on the NEWS2 page. On the other hand, this is probably the first election in many years that there is sufficient difference between the major party policies to make us sit up and take notice – something might actually get done. In case you’re planning a Eurovision party instead, sorry – voting is still compulsory in Australia. Election Day is on Saturday, 18 May 2019 in case you’ve been living under a rock, or sticking fingers in your ears and chanting la, la, la…every time a pollie appears. (Poster 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 UPDATED ON MONDAY, 13 MAY 2019!

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

BOTANICA – A FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART OUTSIDE!

BOTANICA will be held in the City Botanic Gardens from Friday, 10 May to Sunday, 19 May 2019. The gardens will once again be transformed into an outdoor gallery, which will invite new perspectives through the interplay of art and nature. During this FREE OPEN-AIR EXHIBITION, audiences will uncover a stunning series of installations set among the beauty of Queensland’ premier heritage garden.

Artists responded to the theme ‘Remnant Landscapes’, to consider what the world looked like before people arrived on the continent and imagining a future perspective in relation to the way we are now. In this, its second year, Botanica will offer a rich public program of tours, talks and workshops. Friday night up-late sessions will feature live performances, projection artworks and food trucks.

DISCOVER BOTANICA – HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS: 

Botanica is a signature event of the Museum of Brisbane's inaugural Brisbane Art Design (BAD) festival. For more information, check out all Botanica event listings and https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/things-do-brisbane/council-venues/parks/city-botanic-gardens/botanica-2019.

If you fancy volunteering at this event, express your interest to volunteer at Botanica 2019 by filling in our online form. Book your self-guided or guided tour for educational groups by filling in our online form. For more information about Botanica, you can: sign up for program updates including details of workshops, talks and tours, phone Brisbane City Council on 07 3403 8888, email the project team or write to: Botanica, Brisbane City Council, GPO Box 1434, Brisbane Qld 4001.

THE BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) FESTIVAL

THE BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) FESTIVAL features 150+ artists and designers! 25 venues! 17 days! Equals 1 hot city! Art, design, and the City of Brisbane will collide over a 17-day festival from Friday, 10 May 2019 to Sunday, 26 May 2019. Dynamic exhibitions, performances, talks, art tours, workshops and open studios will showcase over 150 Brisbane creatives – from emerging artists making a name for themselves locally, to trailblazers who are redefining creativity on the international stage

The Museum of Brisbane (MoB) will function as the official BADhub, with plans to spread across 25 venues, including the CBD, West End, Fortitude Valley, Highgate Hill, South Brisbane, Woolloongabba, Bowen Hills, to name just a few. At the heart of the program is a signature exhibition at the MoB which profiles Brisbane’s brightest names in art and design. The exhibition will run from Friday, 10 May 2019 until Sunday, 11 August 2019.

Visit the website at http://www.brisbaneartdesign.com.au for the full festival program and enjoy. Sometimes it’s good to be BAD. The wider BAD@MoB program offers a range of workshops, talks, performances and tours amplifying the creative mavericks and diverse voices of Brisbane art and design. This is what makes them BAD.

Enthusiasts can take part in the BAD OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND, where they will discover the beating heart of Brisbane’s creative community over a weekend of events from Friday, 17 May to Sunday, 19 May, 2019. Go behind the scenes to learn what makes creatives tick by taking part in a curated series of studio tours, design demos, hands-on workshops, and talks.

The tours will take you into the studios of ceramicists, printmakers, graphic designers, robot programmers, furniture makers and more. The events are FREE, but registrations are required for some venues. Go to the website above to find out what’s on and where, and see the picture and information at the bottom of this page for more highlights.

THE DESIGN CONFERENCE (TDC)

THE DESIGN CONFERENCE (TDC), to be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse from Wednesday, 29 May to Saturday, 1 June 2019 is unlike any event you’ve ever been to. TDC discusses more than the future direction of design, but also what design means in the hearts and minds of the world’s favourite creative leaders.

The conference will feature 18 keynotes from critically acclaimed creatives, including Adam J. Kurts, Tea Uglow (Google Creative Labs) and Chris Do (The Futur) as well as a wide range of breakout workshops. TDC is a fun and exciting way to experience the business of design alongside a warm and highly engaged audience. Plus there will be parties, curated side events, music and culture experiences along the way. Be a part of it! Book your tickets at https://thedesignconference.com.au.

THE MELT PORTRAIT PRIZE

THE MELT PORTRAIT PRIZE gives visual artists the creative license to celebrate heroes in the LGBTIQ+ Community, whether it be a local icon or an internationally acclaimed personality.

Having developed a reputation for attracting exceptional works of art from across Australia, this highly anticipated portrait prize offers a Judge’s Choice and a People’s Choice Prize. The result is a stunning FREE exhibition, which will be on display throughout the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, from Friday, 17 May to Sunday, 7 July 2019.

The Brisbane Powerhouse has previously featured a variety of mediums from painting to photography, drawing and digital illustration. The Judge’s Choice recipient will be announced on Friday, 17 May 2019. The People’s Choice recipient will be announced during MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture to be held from Thursday, 27 June until Sunday, 7 July 2019. 

IDAHOBIT CEREMONY – THE INTERNATIONAL DAY TO CELEBRATE SEXUAL AND GENDER DIVERSITY

On the eve of MELT, the Festival of Queer Arts and Culture to be held from Thursday, 27 June until Sunday, 7 July 2019, come together with the local community for this annual worldwide celebration to honour sexual and gender diversities. The BRISBANE POWERHOUSE is proud to stand in support of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

In 2019, this special event on Friday, 17 May 2019 at 6.30 p.m. will include a remembrance gathering in the Powerhouse Plaza, with special guest speakers, a memorial ceremony, lighting of the building and a musical tribute. The MELT Portrait Prize and MELT visual arts exhibitions will also be launched. The Brisbane Powerhouse looks forward to welcoming all members of the LGBTIQ+ community and friends to join them at this FREE inclusive and poignant evening.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS!EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2, and WHERE IS BRISBANE?. See NEWS PAGE 2 for political jokes (who will you elect?) and a rundown of where you can find some sensible information about the issues. Check out the top and bottom of the WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) for BRISBANE STREET ART FESTIVAL (BSAF) photos. Go to the top and bottom of COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) for EUROVISION pictures, and for information about the RSPCA MILLION PAWS WALK and pictures of our furry friends visit WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages)

GET READY AUSTRALIA! EUROVISION MANIA IS BACK!

Get ready to sing and dance and wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care! Eurovision mania will once again grab audiences around the globe – a gravy train to somewhere for some performers and a train wreck for others. Australia is set to participate in THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live and in prime time, exclusive to SBS, from Wednesday, 15 May to Sunday, 19 May 2019. Unfortunately it will be rudely interrupted by the Federal Election on 18 May – check the website to time your vote around it. 

Australia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest four times since their debut at the 2015 contest in Vienna. The country's best result in the contest is a second-place finish for Dami Im in 2016. Australia also finished in the top ten in two of its other appearances in the contest, with Guy Sebastian finishing fifth in 2015, and Isaiah Firebrace finishing ninth in 2017.

Award-winning singer-songwriter KATE MILLER-HEIDKE will represent Australia in Semi-final 1 with her operatic pop song ‘Zero Gravity’ after being selected by the Australian public and a jury of industry experts at the first national selection show ‘Eurovision – Australia Decides’ on the Gold Coast, Queensland, in February.

Kate is set to compete against 16 counties in Semi Final 1, including Sandstorm star Darude, Polish traditional folk group Tulia, Icelandic bondage-synth-punk trio Hatari and the bookies favourite, Greek-Canadian singer Katerine Duska.

Music buff (and former star of Spicks and Specks) MYF WARHURST and comedian JOEL CREASEY will host SBS’s Eurovision coverage, on the ground from Expo Tel Aviv in Israel. They will bring Australians every angle of the contest as they explore the razzmatazz, kitsch, political voting, showbiz, cultural displays and heart of Eurovision – the artists and songs.

With early morning LIVE broadcasts of Semi Final 1, Semi Final 2 and the Grand Final for immediate results and voting along with Europe, and prime time broadcasts for fabulous Euro-themed parties around the country, there are plenty of opportunities to get behind Kate.

Join in the fun of picking favourites from the 41 competing nations, each bringing a taste of their own musical culture to the contest. For more about what’s happening and how to vote, go to https://www.sbs.com.au/programs/eurovision.

THE OFFICIAL EUROVISION SONG CONTEST APP is your ultimate second screen tool during the live shows, available for your iOS, Android and Windows device. You'll get live information about the participants, shortlist your favourites and vote.

After voting you get a special video message from your favourite contestant. The app also features the latest news, videos and backstage photo galleries, selfie filters and easy access to the songs. What more could you want? Go to these links to Download for Android, Download for iOS, and Download for Windows Phone.

NEWS FROM THE AWG 

Will writers be better off after the senate inquiry?

Our industry feels like it’s in a constant state of flux as the media landscape continues to change, with added ferocity over the last two decades as screening models make the leap from free-to-air television to online streaming services. 

The Senate Inquiry into Australian Content and Broadcast, Radio and Streaming Services has sought to explore these changing times for the industry and come up with recommendations for its healthy future. Since last year, the Senate Inquiry into Australian Content and Broadcast, Radio and Streaming Services has heard over forty submissions from various stakeholders in the industry, including the Australian Writers’ Guild.

The Australian Greens have since handed down their recommendations, which are very closely aligned to the AWG’s submission, including a recommendation to introduce quotas for Streaming Videos and On Demand services. 

While the AWG supports the recommendations made, both sides of Government have been making motherhood statements and conducting consultations for a decade. What the industry needs is action. WITH THE FEDERAL ELECTION SO CLOSE and no active commitment from the ALP, these recommendations are likely to remain in limbo. Read the full AWG summary here.

Mindframe for Stage and Screen 

AWG members are encouraged to check out the new Mindframe website. Mindframe supports safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs, including resources for stage and screen writers. 

The updated Mindframe site aims to provide visitors and diverse sector stakeholders with an easier navigation experience to ensure quick access to the information they are seeking.   

Some of the other changes to the site include: 

  • Specialised content areas 
  • Improved search filtering and functionality
  • Designated areas for news and media alerts. 

The site now contains an ‘events’ section which encompasses both key events and team activities in one place. This will allow members to stay up-to-date on where the Mindframe team will be and at what events the team will be presenting.

AND THAT REALLY IS THE END OF THE NEWS! 


See NEWS PAGE 2 for POLITICAL JOKES, politicians (but I repeat myself), and how to make sense of the gobbledegook that passes for political debate these days. Think about the issues that mean something to you, find the closest match, and vote early (no, you can't vote often). 

‘Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.’ 
― Mark Twain. 

UPDATES

13. May, 2019
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during May 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.
THE BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) FESTIVAL: Art, design, and the City of Brisbane will collide over a 17-day festival of dynamic exhibitions, performances, talks, art tours, workshops and open studios during (BAD). Visit http://www.brisbaneartdesign.com.au for the full festival program and to book. Enthusiasts can take part in the BAD OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND, where they will discover the beating heart of Brisbane’s creative community over a weekend of events from Friday, 17 May to Sunday, 19 May, 2019. Go behind the scenes to learn what makes creatives tick by taking part in a curated series of studio tours, design demos, hands-on workshops, and talks. CREATIVE MORNINGS is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Each month, on a Friday morning, hundreds of people gather in more than 190 cities around the world to celebrate their collective creative talent with like-minded individuals, based on a global theme. For BAD at the Museum of Brisbane (MoB), Level 3, Brisbane City Hall on Friday, 24 May 2019 from 7.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. the theme is ‘Preserve’. In this FREE session, Product Design Director at Liquid Interactive, SAM DALEY, will wax lyrical on the value of cross-disciplinary design based on his 18 years working in the digital design and production sector. (Photo by L.J. May)