Underdog project launched


#LoveOzYA Short Stories
Short tales from the Australian writers of tomorrow

Underdog is the first #LoveOzYA short story anthology for unpublished Australian writers. We are seeking submissions from Australian young adult fiction writers of all ages.

We believe young adult fiction is the perfect form for expressing what it means to be Australian, given that our country is, in essence, a 'young adult' itself. We are particularly interested in short stories that celebrate the diverse, dynamic and ever-changing nature of our young nation's culture, or that challenge the idea of what it means to be 'Australian'.

At Underdog, we are dedicated to providing unpublished writers with a platform for their stories, as we believe there are too many brilliant tales that never get told, too many voices that go unheard. The selected short stories will be published in an anthology by a local independent publisher in 2018.

w: www.underdogshortstories.com

e: underdogshortstories@outlook.com

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The Four Seasons Music Festival ramps up for Spring

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The Four Seasons Fine Music Festival offers four outstanding weekend festivals of fine music and song. Performances are linked to the heat of February’s High Summer, to the cusp of Autumn-Winter in Clunes, to shadows and shimmering candlelight and the heady aroma of mulled wine in the Winter Solstice, and the effervescent renewal of life and energy with Spring Vitality.

Musicians will play an extensive range of western, European and Indian musical instruments, including the beautiful historic pipe organs at St John’s Church, Creswick and St Paul’s Church, Clunes.

Each venue has first class acoustics, with each church being a significant building in the historic central Victorian goldfields area. The festival will annually showcase a great diversity of quality music and choral performance.


Vitality and Energy

Saturday 28 October, 7.00pm.

Venue: St Paul’s Church, Clunes

Babaganoush Gypsy Ensemble

Babaganoush is an energetic, exuberant and rapturous five-piece band that will mesmerise you with their spicy melodies, hot rhythms and fiery vocals. Violin, clarinet, piano accordion, bass, percussion and bouzouki create warm, sensuous and intoxicating sounds, exquisite for dancing. You may find yourself dancing in the aisle! They play the best mix of Gypsy Music, Balkan Beats and Greek Folk, full of passion.


Vitality and Energy

Sunday 29 October, 2.00pm.

Venue: St John’s Church, Creswick

Rhys Boak and Bruno Siketa Rhys studied piano and organ from an early age and since completing studies at The University of Melbourne, his career as organist, pianist, choral conductor and arranger has taken him around the world. He has toured Europe, including performing in Bach’s church in Leipzig and in the Bonn church where Beethoven was organist; given the first-ever series of classicalorgan recitals in China and performed organ to full houses in Tokyo. His many, notable musical collaborations include the celebrated Greta Bradman.

Presently Organist-Manager of Music at St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, his recordings are regularly broadcast on ABC and MBS networks.

Bruno obtained his Bachelor of Music Performance at VCA, was sub-principal trumpet with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for two years and since 2003 has been guest principal trumpet or casual trumpet with most Australian State orchestras and symphony orchestras. He toured China as principal trumpet andperformed solo and with organ at Music at the Basilica Festival. He has performed solo at Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival and performs regularly at St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne. He recently performed and recorded many new works by Australian and other contemporary composers, including with the Raga Dolls Salon Orchestra.

Early purchase tickets will be available a few weeks before each concert weekend:

Creswick Visitor Information Centre

41-43 Albert Street, Creswick, Vic 3363.

Tel (03) 5345 1114

Clunes Visitor Information Centre

The Warehouse, Clunes

36 Fraser Street, Clunes, Vic 3370.

Tel (03) 5345 3359

(Closed Tuesdays)

Online @ www.trybooking.com

Select ‘Buy Tickets’, then ‘Search’ for Four Seasons Fine Music Festival. Trybooking will not accept purchases when all online tickets have been sold.

Adult - $25.00

Senior/Student - $20.00

Children under 14 years - Free - but must have a ticket ($0.00)

Door Sales may be available, depending on the number of early purchases.

Seating - The doors will be open ½ hour before each concert. There is no allocated seating.

Refreshments will usually be available for a small charge after each concert.


Tarli Glover, alumna of BAF, to open her solo exhibition

Opening on the 14th October 2017, Tarli Glover's solo exhibition LAND is a series of new and recent works. LAND celebrates the changing seasons, the subtle tones of response from the landscape to the loss of water, or the chilling cold. These colours are ones a farmer would recognise, noting the time to plant or harvest or appreciating that it's time to protect from fire. They also reveal a deep love and respect.

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The maverick satirical comedy sensations Aunty Donna, Mark Samuel Bonanno (BAF alumni), Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane, for their critically acclaimed Melbourne International Comedy Festival season 

The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s vibrant live performance industry and recognise distinguished achievement and excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors. The winners of the 2017 Helpmann Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 24 July at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.