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Changes afoot!

Big changes are underway both personally and professionally for me as I’ve just made the decision to relocate to Galiwin’ku, a small island north east of Darwin! While I still have a small studio in West End with Browning Street Studios, it was time to move out of the city and so when the opportunity came up through my partners work to relocate, I jumped at it.

While I’m still involved in the West End Film Festival as General Manager and other Brisbane and east coast projects and ventures, I’m refocussing my work on the local context here in Galiwin’ku. And it’s happening quickly!

I’ve begun working with a great grassroots organisation called Why Warriors, supporting their Hope For Health and Arnhem Human Enterprise Development (AHED) program. It’s early days as far as my involvement goes but their approach and the momentum they’ve developed working with local people is very exciting. The work is based on the book by Richard Trudgeon, Why Warriors Lay Down and Die about the history of Yolngu and impacts of colonisation and development.

This issue of FC news focuses on upcoming events I’m involved with and keen to share with you so if you’re in Brisbane and have the time, I hope to see you there!


West End Film Festival Music Video Awards 2015

I’m excited to announce we’ve partnered with West End Festival to present the WEFF Music Video Awards – a great selection of music videos and local performers –  as part of their free week long program.

The Music Video Awards will take place in Rumpus Cinema (corner Russell and Boundary Streets, West End) from 7pm to 11pm on 28 October and will include screenings of our final selections from the quality entries we’ve received, as well as performances by talented local musicians in accoustic mode.

Thanks especially to SAE Institute for their support providing sound and technicians, Rumpus Room for being the great local venue they are in the community, West End Community Association for helping make the event happen, FATS Digital and QUT Creative Industries for support with prizes and sponsorship and for Streetcat / Posterbill support with printing.

Check out our Facebook page for more details about the event and please spread the word. It’s going to be a great night!

For information on West End Festival, go to their Facebook page or website.

West End Festival 2015

West End Festival is back and includes exciting collaborations with Kurilpa Derby, Fiesta Latina and the West End Film Festival. All events are free!

The Festival will be officially opened with the Kurilpa Derby on Sunday October 25 and continue as a week-long program of “happenings” across artforms and including films, street walks, parades, street parties, forums and a free community feast. The Festival closing party will be Fiesta Latina on Day of the Dead, Saturday October 31.

The program also includes:

  • 25 Oct – Beggars Banquet and stage performances – following the Kurilpa Derby (on Russell Street which will be closed off to vehicles)
  • 26 to 30 Oct – daily live music program to be announced
  • 27 Oct – Avid Reader presents Peter Garrett
  • 28 Oct – WEFF Music Video Awards @ Rumpus Cinema
  • 31 – The Big West End Garage Sale (morning) & Fiesta Latina (afternoon)

The 2015 West End Festival program will explore five key themes:

  • Public Space: Activating public spaces, engaging with public spaces and advocating for public spaces;
  • Local Retail: How we can support and celebrate our local small businesses;
  • Ideas and Hope for the Future: In the face of rapid and large-scale change, what is important about our community and what do we want the future to look like? How can we learn from other locations around the world?
  • Showcasing What We Have: The people, art, businesses, ideas and practices that make 4101 special.
  • Participation in Community Life: How can we bring people together to create an exciting and engaging program.

Colourise Festival 2015:

    Earth – Chance Change Motion

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 at 5:00 PM to Friday, 30 October 2015 at 9:00 PM

South Bank SLQ, Kuril Dhagun Talking Circle

South Bank Kurilpa Bridge

North Quay Riverside Walkway

Colourise Festival eARTh – a dusk to dark, Indigenous community-mobile-live-media-art event. On warm evenings under a full moon participants ’creAct’ contemporary ceremonies with casual walks on Turrbal country, to re-imagine Brisbane city through Indigenous eyes. Join us in ’re-dreeaming’ the land as we care for country, care for kin.


Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th October 5 – 9.00pm

Workshop: 5 – 7pm SLQ Kuril Dhagun Talking Circle

Clay and weaving workshop to celebrate the life giving water cycle, followed by Brisbane riverside walk.

Assemble for walk: 7pm exterior Talking Circle


Friday 30th October 7 – 9.00pm

Assemble: 7pm, South Bank (venue to be confirmed)

Tickets are limited to suit personalised event. Get tickets to each event HERE.