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Street Smart Art!

The annual BRISBANE STREET ART FESTIVAL (BSAF) has returned for a fourth year with its biggest program yet. Australian and international artists have gathered in Brisbane to transform walls into canvases and redefine the way people engage with public art. The festival is on at various locations around Brisbane from Saturday, 4 May 2019 to Sunday, 19 May 2019. To see the full program and a festival map, visit the website at https://www.bsafest.com.au. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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This page is devoted to events and activities of interest to writers, illustrators and readers! Go to entries below the quick list for more detailed information.    

  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR WRITERS AND OTHER CREATIVES! Yes, THE 2019 FEDERAL ELECTION is nigh! Find out whose policies best support Australian writers and creatives, and affect the ability of Australians to hear their own stories across a range of media. Oh, and HANDS OFF THE ABC! Thank You. Read the report from the Australian Writers Guild (AWG) on behalf of the industry’s MAKE IT AUSTRALIAN campaign. Voting is at a polling booth/sausage sizzle near you on Saturday, 18 May 2019 from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. sharp.
  • For years, Brisbane writers NATALIE BOCHENSKI and STUART LAYT have been sharing their obsession with Game of Thrones through their popular podcast, Raven On. To mark the series’ explosive final season, they’re bringing their trademark humour and passion for the fantasy epic to the Brisbane Powerhouse with RAVEN ON LIVE. It’s ON NOW at The Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, at 7.00 p.m. every Tuesday night during the season until Tuesday, 21 May 2019 – and its FREE.  
  • Meet MATTHEW WENGERT, an historical researcher and writer with a particular interest in medical history and Queensland’s colonial frontier, to discuss his research into the Spanish Flu, its arrival in Australia, and the local stories that he discovered. Matthew will be at the Bulimba, Indooroopilly, Brisbane Square and Annerley libraries between Wednesday, 15 May 2019 and Saturday, 25 May 2019.

 

The Event: THE ELECTION IS NIGH – WHOSE POLICIES BEST SUPPORT AUSTRALIAN WRITERS AND OTHER CREATIVES?

Date and time: Saturday, 18 May 2019 from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. sharp.

Venue: At a polling booth/sausage sizzle near you. Yes, voting is still compulsory for all Australian citizens aged 18 years and over. To find your nearest polling place, visit http://www.aec.gov.au/where.  

Cost: Peace of mind and/or relief.

What’s happening: Here is a message from the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) dated Tuesday, 7 May 2019.

MAKE IT AUSTRALIAN WELCOMES LABOR ON THE WAY FORWARD

The MAKE IT AUSTRALIAN campaign – made up of Screen Producers Australia (SPA), Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG), and the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) – has welcomed Labor’s announcement that, if elected, a Shorten Labor Government will modernise the policy and regulatory settings that support Australian and children’s screen content in the converged media environment.

Shadow Minister for Communications, MICHELLE ROWLAND MP, addressed an audience of almost 500 people at Fox Studios and over livestreaming on Wednesday night – including producers, directors, writers, actors, broadcasters and streaming services like Netflix.

Michelle congratulated the Make It Australian campaign for its effectiveness, acknowledged the sector’s efforts in various reviews and announced Labor’s plans on the way forward. If elected, a Shorten Labor Government will convene a Taskforce to conclude the Australian and Children’s Screen Content Review ‘swiftly’ with implementation of the new scheme to be effected ‘as soon as practicable’.

The Taskforce will canvas options to get the settings right for the production and transmission of Australian and children’s screen content, as well as to assess the impact of regulatory proposals to avoid any negative unintended consequences.

Labor has articulated its core review principles as being that: 

  • Australians must be able to enjoy Australian screen stories in an online environment across a range of media;
  • All content services in the business of providing Australians with professional content, that meet certain scale and service criteria should be contributing to the health and sustainability of our screen content sector;
  • a consistent set of obligations and incentives should apply across all platforms and access models; and
  • a diversity of services should provide a diversity of Australian content.

‘During more than 40 years in this business I've seen the huge difference a supportive government can make to the health of our industry,’ said Australian screen icon, BRYAN BROWN. ‘Right now, we are in dire need of policies that support Australian stories and Australian storytellers. I'm standing with the tens of thousands of Make it Australian supporters calling for a Government that supports stories by us, for us, about us.’

Michelle Rowland MP addressed how a Shorten Labor Government would support the screen ecosystem ‘from the bottom up’, acknowledging the critical importance that public broadcasters and screen agencies play. In her keynote speech, ‘The Way Forward’, she signalled Tony Burke MP, Shadow Minister for the Arts, will soon launch Labor’s Arts and Culture policy.

‘We’ve been through 5 reviews in 6 years, with more than $400 Million in cuts to the ABC, SBS and Screen Australia,’ said award-winning Australian feature film and documentary director, GILLIAN ARMSTRONG. ‘It’s seriously time to move beyond restating problems and start implementing solutions – that is, restoring funding arrangements that underpin our industry and ensuring Australian stories can be told across all platforms, particularly streaming services.’

SPA CEO MATTHEW DEANER said: ‘We thank Michelle for her generous support of the campaign and careful attention to the longstanding competition issues and much needed reform to evolve the regulations and incentives in our sector.’

The Make it Australian campaign will soon publish an Election Scorecard outlining the policy commitments from each of the major parties in the lead up to the Federal Election. Do you support the #makeitaustralian campaign? We invite you to take action by emailing your Federal MP here

  • Download the Make it Australian media release here.
  • Download Labor’s media release here.
  • Download Michelle Rowland MP’s speech, ‘The Way Forward’, here.

Download the release here. 

 

The Event: RAVEN ON PODCAST LIVE – GAME OF THRONES

Date and time: ON NOW at 7.00 p.m. every Tuesday night during the season until Tuesday, 21 May 2019.

Venue: Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD 4005. Click on link for a map.

Ticket price: FREE! For more information http://brisbanepowerhouse.org. These sessions are suitable for people aged 15+ on account of they contain some coarse language, adult themes and sexual references. 

What’s happening: Night gathers, and now their final watch begins… For years, Brisbane writers NATALIE BOCHENSKI and STUART LAYT have been sharing their obsession with Game of Thrones through their popular podcast, Raven On. To mark the series’ explosive final season, they’re bringing their trademark humour and passion for the fantasy epic to Brisbane Powerhouse with Raven on Live.

Call your bannermen and assemble at PROUD MARY (Brunch Bar and Bistro, Ground Level, Brisbane Powerhouse) every Tuesday night during the season, and join Natalie and Stuart as they dissect each week’s episode. Send a raven and rally the realm… it’s time for the ultimate battle #ForTheThrone.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR MATTHEW WENGERT

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Matthew Wengert’: Wednesday, 15 May 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Bulimba Library (Phone: (07) 3407 8223); Saturday, 18 May 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Indooroopilly Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0009); Sunday, 19 May 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon at Brisbane Square Library (Phone: (07) 3403 4166 – NOTE: Weekend parking is available at King George Square Car Park for $5); Saturday, 25 May 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Annerley Library (Phone: (07) 3403 1735).

Ticket price: FREE but bookings are required at the presenting library by contacting them on the phone numbers given above.

What’s happening: Join MATTHEW WENGERT, an historical researcher and writer with a particular interest in medical history and Queensland’s colonial frontier, as he discusses his research into the Spanish Flu, its arrival in Australia, and the local stories that he discovered. Matthew received the 2018 Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History.

City in Masks: How Brisbane fought the Spanish Flu is a narrative history of this city’s encounter with the biggest killer in history. The 1919 epidemic was the deadliest disaster Brisbane ever endured. The story is, of course, dramatic and sad. It is also inspirational, not only in terms of the heroic work done by doctors and nurses, but because hundreds of women organised themselves to help keep thousands of dangerously sick people alive by taking care of the fundamental basics of life.

 

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WATCHWORDS HOME

The city-wide outdoor BRISBANE STREET ART FESTIVAL’S two week program will include live mural art, music, theatre, numerous exhibitions, creative master classes and workshops from some of our leading creatives, at various locations around Brisbane. Most events are free but bookings may be required for some events. Brisbane has some astonishingly good street artists and FISH LANE in Brisbane’s West End boasts some fine examples. This Fish Lane mural depicts an optometrist who is known to have practised in Fish Lane in a bygone era. (Photo by L.J. May)