So what’s cracking? January was hectic. We saw the Grammys and the Golden Globes, the death of J.D. Salinger, Australia Day, Hottest 100 and, if you’re into politics, Obama’s State of the Union address (which while not extremely important to Australia was still darn interesting).
We hope you all kept busy over the month but have had a bit of time to relax before February kicks in. We’ve got a bucket load of great events for you this month amongst other things.
Don’t forget we’re always on the look-out for feature articles for the newsletter and for the magazine. Email [email protected] your article or idea!
We’d also like to say a semi-farewell to Rachel Longhurst, editor of lip magazine, who is stepping down as editor. We wish you all the best for your future plans. I’d like to personally thank Rachel for giving me the opportunity to be involved in lip, it’s been fantastic working with you.
In that vein we’re also welcoming Zoya Patel to the role of editor! All of you beautiful readers will already know Zoya as fiction editor. So make her feel welcome. Head to the website (www.lipmag.com) for Zoya’s welcome post.
Well, it’s been a long day. So we’re going to kick back with a good book. We hope you’re doing the same.
australian blues music festival
Head to Goulburn for the National Festival of Australian Blues Music from 10-14 February. See the very best of emerging and established Aussie blues talent. The line-up includes acoustic and electric acts. Styles range from the roots of blues music to the music influenced by blues. Visit www.australianbluesfestival.com.au for more details.
australian of the year: inspiring a nation
Get inspired by this selection of portraits from the collection that celebrates the 50th anniversary of these national awards for remarkable individual achievement. The exhibition is running until 21 February. Check out www.portrait.gov.au for more information.
movie extra tropfest 2010
Join the largest audience outside of Sydney for the 18th annual screening of Movie Extra Tropfest. This year’s Tropfest Signature Item is Dice. The 16 finalist films will be screened via satellite from Sydney on 21 February. See http://www.events.act.gov.au/?/event/view/149 for the full program of events.
st kilda festival
Now in its 30th year, St Kilda Festival is one of Australia’s best known and Melbourne’s most loved events. It utilises St Kilda’s stunning foreshore and celebrates the cream of Australia’s musical talents. So come check it out from 6-14 February. Full details can be found at www.stkildafestival.com.au.
experimenta utopia now: international biennial of media art
Experimenta Utopia Now International Biennial of Media Art chases the dream of a perfect world from 12 February. Showcasing more than 25 works from countries including Australia, Japan, Austria, India, Germany, Canada, France, and the UK – Experimenta Utopia Now critiques the scope for happiness on earth as we know it, pokes fun at social and physical boundaries and questions the human race’s ability to preserve itself. Visit www.experimenta.org for more details.
movie extra tropfest 2010
One of Australia’s iconic cultural events, Movie Extra Tropfest – the world’s largest short film festival is on Sunday 21st February 2010. Check out www.tropfest.com for the full program.
Wondermart is a unique, interactive audio tour that takes you on a journey through the familiar surroundings of the supermarket. Wearing headphones and anonymous behind your trolley, you are guided around the aisles immersed in a private soundscape. Running until 13 February this is something you need to experience. Details can be found at www.brisbanepowerhouse.org.
fly on the wall 1 exhibition
Fortwenty Gallery proudly present Fly on The Wall, a super-fly exhibition featuring 6 of Australia’s premier street artists. This huge group show will feature unique, custom-built pieces by buzz artists Anthony Lister, Sofles, Seiko, Yuin Huz, Benny Glouster and Bliggs, and opens this Saturday 6 February, from 7pm, at The Fort Arts Hub. Visit www.thefort.org.au for information.
national play festival
Ignite your imagination at the National Play Festival. With more than 20 performances of new plays in one week, the National Play Festival is a feast of Australian theatre with something to sample for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out www.judithwrightcentre.com.au for more information.
wholphin: rare and unseen short films
The Wholphin Short film Series brings some of the best international short films, animations & documentaries to Brisbane – for free! Visit www.brisbanepowerhouse.org for details.
windows on europe film festival 2010
The Windows on Europe Film Festival returns for its fourth season, bringing a dazzling program of award winning films to screens at Dendy Portside from 20-28 February. Visit www.dendy.com.au for the full program
adelaide festival of the arts 2010
One of the largest multi-arts festivals in the world, featuring opera, theatre, dance, music, literature, visual arts and film from 26 February. Visit www.adelaidefestival.com.au for the full program of events.
Australia’s first free-to-air Papercrafts television series- be a part of the studio audience! Papercrafts Roadshow, is excited to announce the launch of Australia’s very first free-to-air television series focusing solely on papercrafts and the papercraft industry in Australia. The show will be kicking off in Adelaide on 14 February with 20 stalls where shoppers can browse, purchase, participate in make-and-take’s etc, with the added excitement of being a part of the studio audience for the filming of the TV show. Visit papercraftsroadshow.com for information.
uwa perth international arts festival
The UWA Perth International Arts Festival is the oldest annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere. Annually it offers some of the world’s best theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts, literature and free community events. Visit www.perthfestival.com.au for details.
hyde park community fair
un, fun, fun! That is the only way to describe the 2010 Hyde Park Community Fair presented by the Rotary Club of North Perth and the Town of Vincent. This free community event will be held at beautiful grounds of Hyde Park in Perth from 28 February. Check out http://www.moomarketingwa.com.au/hyde-park-applic.html for information.
no events at this time.
paul ferman photography exhibition – shelter
Paul Fermans’ new exhibition at King Street Gallery on William, titled “Shelter”, is a series of photographic work taken in Japan and positioned under major capital city freeways and bridges. Exhibition starts on 9 February. Visit www.kingstreetgallery.com.au/ for more information.
giant digital origami tigers
This installation is inspired by traditional Chinese lantern-making methods and zhezhi – the art of paper folding – more popularly known as origami. Developed with cutting-edge design and the latest in fabrication technology, this spectacular installation combines tradition with innovation, bringing East and West together. Check out www.sydneycustomshouse.com.au for details.
mardi gras film festival
Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival kicks off the Mardi Gras season early with the opening night taking place February 12 in Sydney. Screening across six venues for three weeks, the 2010 festival showcases the very best of Gay and Lesbian cinema from around the world, with more Australian content than ever before. The full program can be found at www.mardigrasfilmfestival.com.au.
no events at this time.
gumnuts poetry competition
Little poems to eight lines in length, any style, any theme.1st prize, $100; 2nd prize, $50; and publication on the website. Submission guidelines can be found at scribbligum.com/gumnuts.html
call for script entries
The 4th Dungog Film Festival In The Raw program is calling for submissions of unproduced feature, miniseries, and TV series scripts by Australian nationals. Selected scripts will receive $9,000 (approx.) in script development support to perform the script live for audiences at the 2010 Festival. Download an entry form from www.dungogfilmfestival.org/film-entry.
This online publication wants contemporary, near future, earth-based science fiction. Stories should have a strong emphasis on characters confronting or embracing imminent cultural, social, technological, and scientific changes. Stories can be any length up to 15,000 words. Submit via their online submission form. Payment is a fl at rate of US$200 per story, for first electronic rights and non-exclusive audio performance rights. Response time is usually two to five weeks. Submission guidelines can be found at futurismic.com/guidelines.
featured artist profile
peter akhurst – www.myspace.com/peteakhurst
– Long walks on the beach,
– Romantic dinners by candle light,
– And… ROCKIN’ IT OUT ON HIS GUITAR!
sm: who are you and where are you from?
P: Pete Akhurst, Originally from Sydney but moved to Canberra in 2004. Finished off school and decided to hang around. Started gigging around town just playing open mic nights before I was old enough to be in the pubs and then been doing gigs ever since.
sm: how would you describe what you do?
P: Singer/Songwriter. Acoustic, raw and honest. The way it’s always been for me, even since I was young.
sm: tell me why you do what you do…
P: Everyone has there own outlet whether creative or not; music is mine. The best thing about music for me is I never really know how it’s going to end.
sm: have you ever had a recurring dream; if so, what about?
P: Not really. I hardly remember any of my dreams.
sm: when do you find yourself most creative?
P: In the mornings usually, but it differs as to what I’m doing that day or something. I never really plan on being creative it just pops up. There have been plenty of times when I have been in the most random of places and a melody or a lyric will pop into my head. I think it comes out best when it’s unplanned.
sm: what are you passionate about?
P: Most passionate would obviously be music. Comes first before most things.
sm: do you scrunch or fold?
P: Depends if I’m in a rush or not. But I prefer to fold get a better wipe. LOL
sm: if you had a super power, what would it be and why?
P: Super power I already have one. Super power to ROCK N ROLL. Umm no that’s a good question never really thought about it, But as I am thinking about i think being able to read minds would be cool or be able to make things magically appear you never know when you might need a pen or something HAHA!
sm: if you could be anything for one day, what would you be?
P: Probably a penguin ‘cause there the coolest.
sm: can you tell me why the sky is blue?
P: I thought it had something to do with the water but water is clear so no I have no idea. Cause green was taken!
sm: what is the strangest event that has happened to you?
P: Gotten mistaken for that guy out American Pie once, Stiffler. Was quite random was in Sydney and some random group of people came up to me and were like “Stiffler”. My sister and I thought was hilarious.
sm: what’s your greatest fear?
P: Biggest fear…Losing stuff whether it people or things… I hate it also saying Goodbye. It’s never a goodbye just a ‘see ya later’.
sm: what makes you happy?
P: Playing guitar and writing music. I could have nothing at all in the world but as long as I had those I’d be sweet.
sm: if you weren’t doing what you are now, what would your second choice be?
P: A voice-over guy for movie previews. You know the over reactive voice over guys that make romantic movies sound like action films be a cool job to get paid to talk.
sm: what is your ultimate dream career?
sm: where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
P: Playing music hopefully,
sm: where can we see or hear more of your musical talent?
P: For updates on upcoming shows, visit www.myspace.com/peteakhurst for more information.
On behalf of lip magazine I’d like to thank-you, Pete, for your time and awesome conversation, and wish you all the best for your future. Be sure to keep us informed of what you’re up to!
Brianna Carpenter was featured in the February 2009 e-newsletter of lip. I recently caught up with the lovely beauty and super busy bee to see how she’s been going since we last spoke…
“I was shortlisted into the final three of the New Artist To Radio Competition (www.na2r.com.au) with my song “Jacqueline”. This was a tremendous achievement and gave me the opportunity to network with all the Commercial Radio Station music directors to help further my career. As well as these great opportunities, I attended the Dream Inc Workshop in 2009. It was here that I had the opportunity to play in front of many industry professionals including the fabulous Seymour Stein (CEO of Sire Records. Signed Madonna, Seal, The Smiths, The Ramones, The Veronicas etc). This was an outstanding opportunity and I secured myself a Development Deal with a Major Label (shhh…can’t tell you which one yet) after performing my song “You Are Mine”.
2009 also saw me working more with my newly formed four piece band performing in a range of live music venues as well as Master classes in schools, Apple Instore appearances, and at The Queensland Poetry Festival. The long awaited film clip for “Jacqueline” has also recently been completed. You can watch the clip at http://www.myspace.com/briannacarpenter
2010 looks set to be a busy one. I’m currently planning an East Coast Tour. An all female singer/songwriter showcase is also being organised for later in the year with Melanie Horsenell and Kate Vigo.