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The Chronicle Tuesday, November 3, 2015
INCLUSION IN DIVERSITY
Noteworthy display of literary arts
The producers of the 2015 Noted Festival, Duncan Felton and Yasmin Masri.
Photo: Melissa Adams
Canberra is one of the few major cities
without an annual writer s festival but
in 2015 Noted emerged as a new
experimental literary event focused on
re-scripting that story.
Staged as the first ACT writers
festival in five years, Noted has
quickly established itself as an event
which serves to provide something
left-of-centre and fill the longstanding
events programming gap in the ACT s
independent literary scene.
In its inaugural year, 60 artists
worked to deliver programming across
28 live, digital and professional
After its success in March,
organisers are calling for artists, poets
and all manner of word-wranglers to
submit contribution and event ideas for
the 2016 festival. Applications will
close on Sunday, November 29.
Next year Noted will be held from
March 16-22 giving Canberrans seven
days to enjoy literary bar-hopping,
multi-art collaborations, online
interactions, development workshops,
performances and exhibitions.
The 2016 program is yet to be
finalised but will offer everything from
digital storytelling via Twitter, Skype
poetry session, guerrilla writing meet-
ups and children s events to showcase
the work of school-aged artists.
Noted are calling for writers and
interested parties to contact them and
discuss potential events ideas, or
proposals with them.
Non-writing artists (sculptors,
dancers, designers, you name it) keen
to collaborate with those in the literary
world are also encouraged to apply.
The festival production team is
committed to paying artists.
However, co-directors Lucy Nelson
and Yasmin Marsi said that as the
festival was in its infancy any fee
amounts were not indicative of how
much work and artist s contributions
While Noted is not a themed
festival, co-founder Ashley Thomson
said it aimed to reflect social inclusion,
diversity and responsibility.
Applications from Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islanders or culturally
and linguistically diverse backgrounds
"We are about paying artists,
engaging our community, fostering
talent, diversity, innovation and social
responsibility locally and nationally,
and showcasing great writing and
writers," Mr Thomson said.
Apply or find out more at
Songs warm but abbreviated in change of pace
ALBUM: NO NO NO (4AD)/ ARTIST: BEIRUT
Wanderlust has made for a rich and
expressive body of work when it
comes to the American independent
artist Beirut. Banlieue beats, Balkans
wedding dances and gypsy grooves
have all populated the previous albums
from Zach Condon, but on his fourth
record the Santa Fe songwriter finds a
new and unexpected destination: his
No No No is situated closer to the
classic American songbook and
baroque 1970s pop, with the songs
built around a deft rhythm section and
expressive piano parts.
The midnight bustle of old is
replaced by drily floundering horns (At
Once) or melancholic string parts
(August Holland), and the songs --
recorded quickly after an earlier album
was abandoned -- are warm but
Condon s baritone croon remains,
and with comparatively pared down
arrangements his vocal melodies trace
some beautiful lines, with the carnival
bounce of the title track sounding like
an acoustic take on a contemporary
Most experiments by musicians
result in something expansive or
eclectic, but on No No No Beirut
surprises with simplicity.
on day of dead
While the Halloween fun might be
over, Canberra will be treated to A
Day of the Dead Afro-Latin Festival
this Friday and Saturday.
Over two nights, Canberra band Los
Chavos will present a celebration of
the music, food, dance and culture that
unites Africa and Latin America.
Colombian lead singer of the ARIA
nominated band Watussi, Oscar
Jiminez will join a host of musicians
and poets from 6pm for Acoustica! at
the Teatro Vivaldi.
Or shake it on Saturday from 4pm at
Fiesta at the Australian Croatian Club
Joining Los Chavos on stage will be
leading West African band Keyim Ba,
Andean and Caribbean fusion group
Amaru Tribe, Melbourne s Afro-
Brazilian percussion and dance group
Maracatu Estrela do Mar and Sydney s
Jambalaya will deliver reggae vibes
alongside ACT locals FunkyTrop.
Enjoy powerful percussion, food
and craft stalls and fabulous
Tickets $10-$25, full two-day
festival passes $45, at
NOONAN BRINGS NEW
ALBUM TO CANBERRA
Katie Noonan s new album
Transmutant will come to life at The
Street Theatre on Friday from 7.30pm.
The album introduces audiences to
Katie Noonan s Vanguard, bringing
the recording artist back to the band
environment where she started.
In Canberra Noonan will be joined
by special guest Hannah Macklin, aka
MKO SUN, a soulful sonic trailblazer
who shifts between soft soprano
vocals and punchy R&B.
Tickets $45 plus booking fees at
thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223
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