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A national festival for all folk!

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Folk Festival
Music of the Middle East is one of the themes of the 2007 National Folk Festival, which will feature leading musicians and dancers representing many cultures from the region.
The dance program will feature a leading Australian Lebanese dance group, the Cedars of Lebanon Folkloric Group, performing the dabki. In the Piazza Campfire to Cairo is an evening dance extravaganza, a narrated dance presentation, will take the audience on a voyage through the history of Egyptian belly dance and Daughters of the Peacock will perform belly dance in the earthy, provocative Egyptian gypsy style.
Camoon (Arabic and Hebrew for the spice Cumin) is a funk-fusion group that combines the Moorish rhythms of Spanish and Moroccan music with the melodic styles of Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia, played on traditional instruments.
Internationally acclaimed group Sirocco has drawn on music of many cultures and has developed its own unique blend of music, playing over thirty different musical instruments. The Festival offers a chance to enjoy the music of traditional Turkish stringed instruments in the hands of renowned player Ismail Bektas. Dionysus play music of regional Greece and the Balkans on percussion, guitars, lute, oud and bouzouki.
Yalla is one of the few groups in Australia to play Middle Eastern music exclusively on traditional instruments, and features a separate ensemble, Sanctuary, which is becoming well known for its rich and inspiring playing of devotional Sufi music, songs, ilahis (middle-eastern chants), ecstatic dances & the poetry of Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet.
These performers and many more will entertain and delight visitors to the 2007 Festival, four-and-a-half days of non-stop entertainment held in the golden glory of Canberra’s autumn.
Dances from all around the world will take stage at the Festival – Africa, Spain, China, Ireland, Egypt, Scotland, Argentina, Papua New Guinea, Chile, Lebanon, the Balkans and beyond – colonial and Scottish balls, bush dancing, square dancing, clog dancing – dance workshops and dance displays, including Chinese Lion Dancing , German dance, Falun Dafa (Chinese traditional dance and Qi Jong yoga), Hungarian dance, belly dancing and the traditional Lebanese dabki.
Africa Live! is a spectacular presentation which features the six- piece Ngewell Kora playing the music of Senegal, while Flamenco Fiesta displays passion and polish from the Tomàs Dietz Flamenco Dance Academy and the Los Carmonas Flamenco Academy.

Western Australia is the featured State in 2007and these are just some of the performers coming out of the west to take part in Australia’s great folk Easter celebration.
In partnership with the National Library of Australia, the Festival features two world-class Irish performers from Western Australia, traditional fiddler Sean Doherty and Tom Kearns, who is a sean-noss (unaccompanied) singer, whistler, and a captivating lilter.
Dougal Adams and Ormonde Waters are a wonderful Celtic whoe instruments include Irish wooden flute, Scottish bagpipes, concertina, uilleann pipes, warpipes and whistles. Versatile composer, performer and music producer David Hyams will be appearing with his Miles to Go Band. Loaded Dog’s repertoire is a mix of Australian folk ballads and original material that reflects Australian life. Steve and Ros Barnes play music that has been described as “folk/ acoustic/ jazz with Irish and country leanings”. Clarke’s Grey Vest may sound like the result of an under-achieving laundry detergent but it is, in fact, a trio comprising three top-line musicians, Dave Clarke, Peter Grayling and Rod Vervest, on mandolin, guitar, fiddle and cello. Bernard Carney, singer /wordsmith of international acclaim, is the musical director of the Working Voices social justice community choir which will also perform at the Festival. Acoustic guitarist Simon Nield sings and plays traditional Irish, classical Indian, pop, jazz and world music. Yarnspinner, bush poet and writer Roger Montgomery teams up with bass player / songwriter John Angliss and friends as Telescopic Roger; giving members of the audience introductions to stars other than those on the stage – and their versions of the first of the Goon Shows. Psallité – four voices in a cappella harmony will take audiences on a witty, warm and wonderful tour of Europe’s deep past. Tetrafide Percussion is a young contemporary percussion ensemble based in Western Australia which plays classical music with urban grooves and irresistible dance rhythms. Ngewell Kora, led by acclaimed musician, singer and dancer Ziggy Mabeye Diagne, performs traditional Senegalese dance and music. There will be rich voices and body percussion from the strictly men’s business Voicemale choir- who have an intriguing workshop entitled Coming out of the Shower”.

The Kids Festival is equally popular with parents and children alike – the daily 10am to 5pm Kids’ Festival offers the rare chance for children to experience live performances from different world cultures and to join in the joyous, creative process. Parents can leave behind the television, computer games and wails of “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!” and enjoy seeing the spontaneous creativity the Festival atmosphere generates in the small folk.
The Kids Festival runs a Yoga Garden, the popular Once Upon a Song interactive, dress-up music and storytelling experience, Preston’s Historic Punch and Judy show and the Warehouse Circus!
And for the youth audience there are street bands and choirs to join in with and the late- night acoustic venue AXIS! and a great performer list. The Mammals, described as “subversive acoustic traditionalists” (a string band augmented with drums and electric guitar), is where rock meets traditional Appalachian music. Tom Woodward is a local Canberra talent who doesn’t believe in wasting time, performing before audiences at fourteen and now with 500 songs under his belt and recent release Blue Day Requiem. Borderline Ceili; from Western Australia a beautiful blend of witty, bittersweet lyrics and soul-stirring guitar from Khin Myint and the exciting group Just Fiddling; Damien Howard & the Gentle Souls; slide guitarist Owen Campbell (winner of the 2006 Declan Affley Award); a meld of contemporary folk, gypsy and bluegrass with NSW group Pettibone and CC, accapela singer of traditional Irish, Scottish and English songs A special feature this year will be the hiJinxYouth Cabaret.

All these events are part of the 16-hours-a-day entertainment offered by the National Folk Festival – all for the price of one entry ticket. Generous discounts apply for visitors younger than seventeen and under-fives are free. The site is pram-friendly (as are most of the venues); there’s plenty of free parking and even a shuttle- bus to run you from your car right to the Festival gates. There are food stalls galore and an onsite supermarket. The Festival has a team of dedicated volunteers who keep the wheels running smoothly and ensure that you – and yours – have a time to remember.
It’s a Festival with the best on offer for everyone; for more information or to book tickets online got to www.folkfestival.asn.au , e-mail info@folkfestival.asn.au or call the team on 0262 49 7755.
MAKE EASTER YOUR NATIONAL HOLIDAY !

Belconnen Community Mural

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By Jan
The Belconnen Community Mural is sure to get plenty of approval from residents – after all, they designed it!
The project began last year as a proposal to repaint the three murals on the front of Belconnen Community Centre as part of marking the 40th birthday of Belconnen. 4 community artists have been engaged to work on the mural designs. They are Phil Nizette, Nasser Palangi, Duncan Smith, and Kurt Laurenson. All four have had extensive experience in producing public and community based art works, and have long term established links to Belconnen and the Community Centre.

There are 4 stages to the project:
Stage 1 – artists run workshops with the community, leading to draft designs
Stage 2 – the designs are presented for public comment
Stage 3 – panels are painted by the artists with community assistance
Stage 4 – mounting of the panels on BCC and launch

Chief Minister John Stanhope introduced the artists and the process at the Belconnen Festival launch on 26 October, 2006. The artists then worked with 120 community members in 13 different workshop groups to develop designs, concepts, photographs, and drawings. The designs have now been put into a composite image, giving an impression of how it will look on the wall at Belconnen Community Centre.
The painting and mounting of the panels will commence in early 2007, and the whole mural is expected to be completed by Easter. Belconnen Community Centre is delighted with the input from the community so far, and invite comment on the design drawing. Community members are also welcome and to participate in the painting of the murals. Please contact Jan the Community Arts and Culture worker at BCC to find out more.
Thanks especially to the ACT Government, which has given great support so far to the mural.

Congratulations to all the kids who were born in the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

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First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking ..
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. We ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because…… WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem .
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on pay TV, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents .
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt and the worms did not live in us forever.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Football teams had trials and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them!
CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
And while you are at it, show it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!

IT teacher, publisher, webmaster, poet, songwriter and digital artist!

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by Kim Wells
Jennifer Kathleen Phillips doesn’t do things by halves. Now a local, Jennifer Phillips graduated from Massey University, New Zealand, in the top 5% of students with a degree in education and has since taught all ages from preschool to adults in a variety of settings. She is presently an IT teacher at Lake Tuggeranong College and active on a number of committees including the Computer Education Group of the ACT, Australian Government Quality Teaching Program and the Council of ACT Education Associations. In her free time she is vice president of the ACT branch of the Australian Federation of University Women, having just served two terms as president. She has published 5 books and is a poet, webmaster and songwriter as well as an artist.
For Christmas 2003 her husband bought her a copy of Adobe Photoshop and about the same time she was asked if she would paint a picture for Easter. Jennifer says,
“As I had not been making many art works I thought I would do a concept sketch on the computer, so I took photos of a rose and barbed wire and manipulated them using software tools to sharpen the image, stretch and reshape it and add texture. I was so pleased with my work that I had it printed on canvas. The response from people was so positive that it encouraged me to make more digital art works. I discovered some online galleries and digital art communities and began exhibiting my work online as well as offline and have begun selling limited edition prints to a global market!”
Jennifer entered some digital images into the ARTOTEQUE, a real time global art competition held in February 2006 in London and was one of only four exhibitors from Australia awarded prizes.
Encouraged by this success Jennifer held a solo exhibition of works at Belconnen Gallery in August 2006, which was well received by nearly 1000 visitors.
She has since won The People’s Choice at Waniassa Art’s ‘Views in the Hills’ exhibition in 2006 for her image, Loved – never forgotten. Works are currently part of the “Wasteland’ Exhibitio, a project of the MV Network, a federation of regional arts facilities and presenters bonded by the M5 motorway, stretching from the Casula Powerhouse in Western Sydney through Campbelltown and the Southern Tablelands to Canberra and Queanbeyan. The Wasteland exhibition at Belconnen is the first stage in a multi phase project that will see each of the members interpret the Wasteland theme, culminating in a major exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse in 2007
Jennifer’s art will be part of the upcoming exhibition: ‘Affluence’ by the art group Multifocus at the HUW DAVIES GALLERY situated in the Manuka Arts Centre, corner of NSW Crescent and Manuka Circle, Griffith (presented by Photoaccess). The exhibition continues until 20 February. Gallery hours are 11am to 5pm (closed Monday). Phone 6295 7810.
Recently Jennifer has established an online sales site where her prints can be viewed and purchased at www.phillips-prints.com
Jennifer has created several educational aids including easy website development and animation and a series of reading activity packs that contain interactive computer reading games to help young children learn to read. Activity Pack 1 – which contains animated reading activities and printable worksheets to help a child develop early reading skills – is now available at www.phillips-prints.com
Jennifer is also working on a children’s storybook that will be illustrated with digital art.

Belconnen Community Mural

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Belconnen Mural
PIC: composite design from artists’ impressions; information about the artists
By Jan
The Belconnen Community Mural is sure to get plenty of approval from residents – after all, they designed it!
The project began last year as a proposal to repaint the three murals on the front of Belconnen Community Centre as part of marking the 40th birthday of Belconnen. 4 community artists have been engaged to work on the mural designs. They are Phil Nizette, Nasser Palangi, Duncan Smith, and Kurt Laurenson. All four have had extensive experience in producing public and community based art works, and have long term established links to Belconnen and the Community Centre.

There are 4 stages to the project:
Stage 1 – artists run workshops with the community, leading to draft designs
Stage 2 – the designs are presented for public comment
Stage 3 – panels are painted by the artists with community assistance
Stage 4 – mounting of the panels on BCC and launch

Chief Minister John Stanhope introduced the artists and the process at the Belconnen Festival launch on 26 October, 2006. The artists then worked with 120 community members in 13 different workshop groups to develop designs, concepts, photographs, and drawings. The designs have now been put into a composite image, giving an impression of how it will look on the wall at Belconnen Community Centre.
The painting and mounting of the panels will commence in early 2007, and the whole mural is expected to be completed by Easter. Belconnen Community Centre is delighted with the input from the community so far, and invite comment on the design drawing. Community members are also welcome and to participate in the painting of the murals. Please contact Jan the Community Arts and Culture worker at BCC to find out more.
Thanks especially to the ACT Government, which has given great support so far to the mural.

Sala Kahle Mombasa, hullo Awkward!

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By Peter Okwechime
AWKWARD BAR is Canberra’s newest night club, opening on Thursday 22 February 2007, on the site of the former club Mombasa.
Awkward’s music policy is based around Hip Hop, Breaks, Drum and Bass, Indie, Rock and Roll, Alternative Dance, Electro and other non-mainstream music policies. In keeping with the philosophy behind club Mombasa, Awkward Bar will provide an alternative to the discerning clubbers of Canberra looking for a change from the mainstream music clubs. Awkward Bar will be entirely separate in terms of music policy from club Mombasa, but will share the best parts of the club Mombasa ethos, including providing a safe, friendly and welcoming environment. We believe in serving up good music and good drinks in an unpretentious style.
I want The Awkward Bar to support people involved in music at grass roots level in this area. The Awkward Bar is an ideal venue for running an open-mic night and we want to create an exciting venue which is not only accommodating but respectful, inclusive and supportive for the artists”.
The Band Night runs every Thursday from 1st March 2007 at the Awkward Bar. It all starts at 9pm and runs until 3am. Anybody wanting to perform should come down on the night and make themselves known to the compere. Bands wanting to book a slot should phone Peter on 0419609106 or e-mail peter@clubmombasa.com.au
For more information log on to the www.myspace.com-awkwardbar.

Hoodoo Gurus hit the AIS!

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Every thriving event has a watermark year, where the experience supersedes all expectations and finally arrives as a national institution.so bring on the 2007 d&d ball!!
Canberra.step on up!
On Sat March 3, AIS Arena, Canberra will be transformed into a d&d ball playground.
A paradise full of flirtatious fun! An all inclusive ticket will get you awesome bands, outrageous and sexy theming, a stacked bar full of high quality drinks, your chance to be matched to your dream date, free entry to the pre and after parties and thousands of Canberra’s most glamorous singles converging to party central.take a breath!
What more could we possibly do to take the d&d ball over the edge?
Australian rock legends the Hoodoo Gurus will be busting out their massive anthems all night long including What’s My Scene, Like Wow Wipeout, Bittersweet, Come Anytime, Miss Freelove 69, 1000 Miles Away, The Right Time & many more.
The Young Divas will be bringing their electric live performance (as witnessed on their recent sell out tour) to this year’s d&d ball and melting up the dance floor with their smoking hot good looks and undeniably catchy songs.
Whipping the d&d ball into a frenzy will be International artist T-Funk aka Mr. Timothy and featuring the stunning Katie Underwood who will add her honey dripping vocals to the mix. Big Brother stars Mike Goldman and Bree Amer will be hosting the night as well so anything could happen.
Steaming up the decks will be Canberra’s best including Chris Fraser, Milk Bar Nick and Jimmy Z. With many more artists to be announced the 2007 d@d ball at AIS Arena will be one massive party so get your tickets now before they sell out.
Tickets on sale now
d&d ball Canberra
SATURDAY MARCH 3
AIS ARENA
www.ddball.com.au,
Ticketek 13 28 49