Arts About Us news

It’s a busy time with VicHealth’s Arts About Us Roadshow (overview of the project in my portfolio).

The fantastic Museum Victoria project Talking Difference will open at the Shepparton Library on 28 February for a three-week stint that is the first stop on its regional tour. The sensitive design of this interactive media project elicits very honest responses from people who venture inside to answer the video questions and participate in a dialogue with other’s responses. See the Talking Difference blog for some of the very moving content generated during the project’s time in Brimbank in 2011.

Rehearsals are underway in Shepparton for Dare to be Faceless, Simon Tengende’s play commissioned through La Mama which will have its premiere in the SheppARTon Festival. A couple of weekends ago I met the cast at a reading and BBQ, which was really terrific. First-time actors from local African communities are joining seasoned members of Shepparton Theatre Arts Group (STAG) for this production. We also secured the participation of local choirs, especially St David’s Lutheran Church choir, which will add some rich tones and textures to the production.

Kirsty and I will travel to Mildura for Sarajevo Suite on International Womens’ Day, 8 March, in the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, and then a few days later be in Shepparton supporting the cast and crew for the Dare to be Faceless premiere on 12 March.