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The Chronicle Tuesday, May 12, 2015
ACT ARTS FUND
Are you planning an exciting and
innovative arts project for
Online applications for Project
Funding will close pm July
An Information Session will be
held from 3 pm on Tuesday
th May at the Theo Notaras
Multicultural Centre London
Circuit Canberra City
For information visit
www arts act gov au or phone
Prime time for musicians to shine
Leisure Suit Lenny is among the acts which will play Festival 15 at The Basement, Belconnen, on Friday.
Festival 15 at The Basement in
Belconnen will showcase 15 bands,
each with 15 minute sets on Friday,
For $15, festival-goers get far more
than the numeric theme.
The event promises non-stop acts of
all styles from funk to acoustic, metal,
hip-hop, rock and folk.
Organiser Mike Stanker said the
festival began six years ago as a way to
offer emerging musicians, who may
only have 15 minutes worth of
material, a chance to shine.
"Because its 2015 it s a good excuse
to tell the rest of the world it s around,"
"Bands love the concept.
It gives them the opportunity to
give the crowd the best of what they
have got and in the process they
network with loads of other bands."
Armed with an air horn and on stage
timers, Stanker said the night ran like
"Doors open at 8pm and the first
band goes on at 9pm," he said.
"After 15 bands have played, we re
never running more than a minute or
so over time."
The set list is drawn from a hat on
the night ensuring fans would stay for
the full event to make sure they did not
miss their favourite act.
"Being there from the beginning of
the night, crowds get to see 14 other
bands they wouldn t normally see and
usually get blown away," Stanker said.
He said the appetite for the festival
had grown year on year.
"I had thought it might be the last
one soon," Stanker said. "But everyone
seems to love, so it sounds like it is
going to stick around for a while."
Underage musicians and music
lovers can come along provided they
are accompanied by an adult at the
Festival 15 at The Basement,
Belconnen, kicks off at 8pm Friday.
Tickets cost $15.
ALBUM: WILDER MIND/ ARTIST: MUMFORD AND SONS
Uplifting pop folk band continues to blur the lines
Wilder Mind comes at an interesting
time for Mumford and Sons. Two
albums in no other band so defines
popular folk --- artificial term
suggests both musical commercial
interests as well as an inherent ability
to tell colourful stories.
It s apt: Mumford and Sons,
sometimes at the mercy of the British
press, seem forever attached to being
chart-topping purveyors of a form of
alt-country and folk and overly
Wilder Mind announces no real
sonic departures for the band. There s
the familiar moody background filled
with tension and passion-fueled
release, flashes of bombastic
percussion tightly and expertly
controlled, and frontman Marcus
Mumford s observational outlook on
Fans won t complain about the
former --- the band can craft
emotionally uplifting tunes --- but this
album surprisingly doesn t contain a
hint of banjos but a lashing of electric
guitars and synthesisers. It shows the
lines between folk and rock are
continuing to be blurred.
Tompkins Park Square is an alluring
and intoxicating first song complete
with Coldplay-esque guitars and
Mumford s more low-key and nuanced
folk. It sets the scene for a thrilling
album with the intoxicating Believe a
WRITING FOR KIDS
Tips on how to
Author and illustrator Tania
McCartney is hosting a workshop on
Saturday to teach writers how to
connect with readers through school
and library visits.
The ACT Writers Centre event, held
from 10am to noon, will share tips for
how writers and illustrators working in
the children s book industry can
promote their work and inspire young
readers through face-to-face
McCartney, who will be a featured
author at the Asian Festival of
Children s Content in Singapore in
June, will cover everything from
preparation, to billing, book signing
and more. The event takes place from
10am-noon at E block seminar room,
Gorman Arts Centre. Tickets $25
members, $40 non-members.
SHORT PLAYS SOUGHT
TO SWEETEN FESTIVAL
Canberra s creatives can serve up their
best project ideas for the 2015
The festival will showcase 30 of the
world s best 10-minute plays from
August 4-15 at the Canberra Theatre
Centre Courtyard studio. Actors,
directors, writers, designers and
independent theatre companies can
contribute work of any theatre
performance style so long as it runs for
10 minutes or less.
The festival will end when the best
12 short productions will compete for
the crown of winner of Short+Sweet
THE COLLECTIVE WORK
OF ARTISTS ON DISPLAY
Collective Images will showcase the
work of six female artists at
Ginninderra School House Gallery in
Gold Creek. The exhibition is open
until May 31 and features works by
Aina Atkins, Helen De Jonge, Ros
Dudek, Sheila Duke and Jane Eustice.
It opens Thursdays and Fridays from
10am-4pm and 8.30am to 4.30pm on
Saturdays and Sundays. Phone:
2015-16 Participation (Multicultural)
Grants Program Now Open
Canberra-based community organisations and groups
can now apply online for a share of $260,000 funding
under the ACT Government's 2015-16 Participation
(Multicultural) Grants Program.
The aim of the program is to enhance the ACT
community through the provision of supplementary
funding to promote cultural diversity, social harmony
Guidelines and online application forms are available
Enquiries on: 6205 3047
Applications close Friday, 3 July 2015
Clinical Trials Unit at Canberra
Hospital,collaborated with Menzies Research
Institute Tasmania, is conducting a national
study on improving treatment for people with
high blood pressure.
If you are taking blood pressure lowering
tablets and are aged 70 years or younger you
may be eligible to participate.
If you are interested and would like further
information please contact:
Clinical Trials Unit, Canberra Hospital
Phone: (02) 6244 3687
This clinical study has been approved by the ACT
Health and Human Research Ethics
Committee (ACTH HREC)
DO YOU TAKE
Study Volunteers Needed
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