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Congratulations to La Mama

9 October 2019

La Mama, the iconic small independent theatre in Carlton, Melbourne, that has nurtured hundreds of theatre makers over many years, burned down in May last year. La Mama have just announced they have raised over $3million to rebuild it!!! Thanks to the Victorian State Government, philanthropic trusts and anonymous donors.

This is a great day for the Arts.

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Welcome to Term 4 Queenslanders!

8 October 2019

Join the Vics.

Another week of term holidays for everyone else.

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Australia Council Arts Leadership Programs

29 September 2019

Interested in furthering your career in the arts as a leader in your field?

Why not apply for either the Arts Leaders 2020 scheme for mid-career artists

or the Future Leaders 2020 for emerging artists

Read more

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Spring Equinox today!

22 September 2019

Yay - daylight will be longer than dark from now!

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Last Day of School for Victoria and Queensland Schools!

20 September 2019

Already! Have a great break.

Other states and territories will follow next week.

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SFS September enews out today for NSW teachers. Lucky!

17 September 2019

Not a subscriber??? Go here

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Latest Presenter Profile

13 September 2019

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra have a wide range of offerings for students from Kinder to Year 12. 

Check them all out here.

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Bogan - a word enshrined in the Australian language but where did it start??

2 September 2019

The history of the word has been mysterious but new light may have been shed. Did it start life at one of Melbourne's elite schools? That is, at Xavier College in the 80's?

Read the article here

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1 September 2019

Enjoy the new season

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100,000 booked into our events this year!

30 August 2019

Thanks so much for supporting all these fab shows and SFS!

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Australian Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

28 August 2019

An incursion for schools in NSW.

 “Perfectly linked to the syllabus, directly supports their HSC”

 “Authentic performances”

“Interacted brilliantly”

“Engagement with the rubric, explanation of scenes and different contextual interpretations made it absolutely beneficial.”

The feedback is in, and the word needs to get out that this brand new incursion for HSC students is razor sharp.  

 The myriad of human experiences alive in The Merchant of Veniceplaces it as a rich text for HSC study. The characters represent a host of human qualities and emotions giving students a playground of options to identify the anomalies, paradoxes and inconsistencies in human behaviour and motivations. 

 By giving students their own unique lived experience of this play in performance, their connection to these characters forms on a deep level. In the 1.5 hour session they come face to face with the original context and explore how adjusting this context, playing with purpose, stylistic and grammatical features and form impacts the human experience of others and themselves. 

Teachers are commenting how well this session later translates to insightful written response. The interactive format stands the students in the heart of the action – watching scenes and speeches and immediately discussing and interrogating. As these characters unfold in front of them we debate their motivations, and this visceral experience gives students ownership of the world of the play.
The goal is to not to bring the heightened text down to a modern translation, but rather we work to raise the hearts of a modern audience to the heights of Shakespeare. And it’s working! It’s Shakespeare for tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow….

Available in Terms 3 and 4 for HSC Students across NSW. Go here to book.

Teachers in Victoria can also book The Merchant of Venice - go here.

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In Victoria? Head to Apollo Bay's WinterWild

27 August 2019

For the third year, Apollo Bay, beautifully placed at the foot of the Otways, on the Shipwreck Coast,  will put on an amazing festival of music, workshops, food events, outdoor events and more, over two weekends in August. 

Weekend Two of the Apollo Bay WinterWild festival, this weekend.

Their feast concentrating on local produce this year takes inspiration from the Chinese Year of the Pig - and the recently World Heritage listed eel traps....

Also, don't miss part 2 of the outdoor event, The Dogwatch. In Part 1, on the first weekend, a sea witch was fished from the harbour...and burned on the foreshore. It is a challenging festival!

Check out the whole program here.

Image: The sea witch is captured

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