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The arts as drivers of the innovative economy

20 May 2017

(Image: Australian designer, Akira Isogawa at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Photo: Eva Rinaldi )

Sadly the government quest for innovation from STEM technologies (science, technology, engineering, and maths) ignores the potential from arts industries where funding could have huge economic benefits to the country.

In part, the problem is in the language. Fashion for instance is more about reinvention than new "breakthroughs", yet the fashion industry already accounts for 220,000 jobs in Australia. Why not invest in it further, so Australians spend their fashion dollars on home grown product and fashion can further develop export markets?

"Australia has long had a vibrant artistic scene that has translated into success in fashion, advertising, and industrial design – which are all critical to market success today. 

The knowledge in these sectors is just as important to building a sustainable innovation economy as STEM disciplines, and should be part of a more nuanced innovation debate."

Read the whole article here

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Funding for Education in the Federal Budget

16 May 2017

Taking 22 billion dollars out of the Education Budget nationally cannot be good for schools. Let's hope the Greens change their minds and vote against this passing in the Senate!

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Happy Mothers Day!

14 May 2017

Hope all mothers have their feet up today! Enjoy.

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Feedback from you on some of the shows you've booked.

13 May 2017

Congrats to you teachers/librarians/parents who book a show, hoping it will be inspiring. Here's a couple of responses to recent shows by the people who booked them. We're so pleased the shows went well. 
C'est Si Bon  (image above)
"C'est si bon was a wonderful experience for all the children and teachers” F. Renaudin, Xavier College, May 2017
The Mad Hatter was amazing.  I would rate it an 11 out of 10.  The children were totally mesmerised by the magic and were more than willing to "help" the Mad Hatter.  We had some wonderful feedback from the children and parents.  
Very professional and fantastic with the children. Lyn Yates,  Library Technician & Book group Coordinator. RACV Club Melbourne.
"The whole experience was fantastic! We have never had anything like Kinder Dreaming in our centre so we didn't have unrealistic expectations but all the children were engaged with Tristan and educators thought it was fantastic. Some of my kinder kids are still talking about it this week! " Jodie Rabi, Good Start Early Learning, Horsham

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Yr 9 Students in Geelong After Dark

11 May 2017

One of Victoria's regional cities, Geelong, had a one night event last Friday - Geelong After Dark (GAD).

Luckily it wasn't too cold and lots of people were out enjoying light shows, opera on the steps of the town hall, spooky experiences in the Wool Museum and lots more.

Congrats to the 4 Christian College Yr 9 students who aced the GAD theme of The Sound of Light with their deconstructed musical instrument installation. They recycled old/broken musical instruments - see the piano and guitars in the image above. The students were there on the night, explaining their project to passers-by. They had to apply to the GAD Committee and were the youngest participants. (Pictured above is one of the students, Taylor Beard, with SFS's Karen Keegan)

Very impressive!

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SFS May enews out this week - subscribe for a copy

9 May 2017

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New week, lots to do

8 May 2017

Already over 40,000 students have been booked into our productions this year. Companies are touring Australia, teachers are using the arts as a springboard for all sorts of learnings. Lucky students

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Thinking of touring Victoria in 2018?

4 May 2017

The Victorian Assessment Authority lists a number of productions each year for senior students of Drama and Theatre Studies. If your show fits their criteria, why not apply?

Applications are now open. Go here for details

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Happy May Day!

1 May 2017

May Day is celebrated as a Labour Day, commemorting  8 hour day or more distantly, the pagan celebration of the start of summer with a little Maypole dancing or by Catholics of St Joseph. Choose one. Happy May Day.

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At last, SA and TAS are starting Term 2

1 May 2017

We hope you had a relaxing break!

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Mr Burns Haunts Adelaide

27 April 2017

Mr Burns - A Post-Electric Play , presented by State Theatre Company of SA, dazzled opening night crowds last night at the Adelaide Festival Centre, as this oddball comedy propelled audience and media beyond the end of the world and into a shatteringly funny future where The Simpsons has become legend. At the Festival Centre until May 13. 

We can't wait to see it!

The Belvoir season, of Mr Burns, in Sydney, begins June 1

Image: Ezra Juanta, Mitchell Butel andJacqy Phillipson in Mr Burns

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Welcome back to school ACT & NSW!

26 April 2017

Lots to discover on SFS

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