OUR Land People Stories brings three unique and awe-inspiring contemporary dance performances to the stage at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. The wonderful clan Bangarra once again astonishes its audience with dazzling choreography, the power, dynamism and grace of their dancing, the authenticity of their storytelling and the originality of soundscape and design.
Meeting dancer and choreographer Jasmin Sheppard, whom I remember vividly as the courageous but tragic Patygarang in the Bangarra performance of the same name, she seems weightless as if she might float away unless anchored to the foyer armchair.
Louise Virgona has been a resident of Waterloo for three years. Several of her portraits are of well-known Waterloo residents. Louise’s solo show at the Orchard Gallery (South Sydney Uniting Church) features various prints (drypoint, lithography, lino-cut and silk-screen) and photographic works spanning the last 15 years.
WATERLOO: Weave Youth and Community Services provide a wide range of programs supporting the local community, with a focus on working with people facing disadvantage and social exclusion. Their Driving Change program aims to combat an issue that is faced by many young people – getting their licence.
Courage epitomises the life of a refugee. It takes courage to stand tall against persecution and violence. It takes courage to speak out against injustice. It takes courage to leave your home to protect your family and attempt to find safety in foreign lands. The stories of refugees are personal, connected to place and family and culture.
The NSW state government has announced that Alexandria Park School will consolidate both the junior and senior schools into a 2,200-student multi-storey school on the site of the junior school campus, next to Alexandria Park.
The Hon. Robert Hawke AC launched a new exhibition – Memories of the Struggle: Australians Against Apartheid – at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House to coincide with Freedom Day.
Speaking via mobile to Vicki van Hout as she catches a train, I find my own meaning for an expression used by a former student of hers: to vickify. I would define it as “to travel at high speed through uncharted territory with dedication and humour”.
At the recent Sydney Writers’ Festival, speechwriter Lucinda Holdforth asked her audience about their reason for attending. She asked why, over the course of a week, almost 110,000 people would descend on Walsh Bay and surrounding venues, to hear from more than 400 Australian and 60 international writers. Why, rather than reading those writers’ books or listening to a festival podcast, they would come together to participate in the program.