Bouddi at Bells: Supporting future creative artists

The Bouddi Foundation for the Arts, in association with Bell Shakespeare founder John Bell, are holding their annual musical fundraising event on Sunday October 19 in support of aspiring young performers and writers in the Central Coast region.

The concert, set on the beautiful lawns of Manfredi at Bells, will this year feature members of Opera Australia and NAISDA, flautist Jane Rutter, Central Coast trio Good Times She Wrote, the Fusion Vocal Group, and local Australia’s Got Talent star Greg Gould in an array of opera, jazz, classical, pop, and indigenous music. ABC’s James O’Loughlin will MC.

Last years event saw artists such as Wendy Matthews, Graeme Blundell, Rob Carlton, and Jane Caro come together to perform, without fee, a mix of jazz, Shakespeare, opera and comedy.

Tickets for the day are a fully tax deductible $85, with all profits going towards advancing the careers of budding young talents.

The Bouddi Foundation for the Arts was founded by Shakespearian actor and director John Bell who believes successful artists have a “duty of care to lend a helping hand” to shy, or struggling young creatives.

Photo courtesy The Bouddi Society

With One BIG Voice

With One Voice Brisbane are performing in Musgrave Park on 11 October and the Melbourne With One Voice choirs are coming together for a huge concert at Melbourne Town Hall on October 12 to raise funds that will help keep the choirs going.

The With One Voice choir program is the brain child of Tania de Jong, Soprano and founder of charity Creativity Australia.

Engaging individuals of all ages, nationalities, faiths, and abilities, the With One Voice choirs gather weekly to sing together, build friendships, and live happier, healthier lives. Currently, choirs exist across Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane and are expanding, with new groups starting up in Holland and a pilot program launching in Arizona.

Bookings are needed for the Melbourne Town Hall concert. Some tickets may be available at the door.

Children’s music charity concert

Children’s music group Hey Dee Ho are holding a third concert for their charity Creepy Crawlies event in Melbourne after selling out the first two!

Held in the beautiful Wilson Botanic Park in Berwick, the group take littlies on a walking, singing, and dancing tour around the lake where many creepy crawlies are discovered and scrutinised. At the end of the concert, Hey Dee Ho plant seedlings for the children to take home with them. And all the proceeds from the day are donated to the Cancer Council’s Relay For Life Pakenham and Cranbourne branches.

To attend, call and book with Dot on 0413308700.

Dance Speaks: Conversations with professional dancers

Dance Speaks is a monthly gathering for Melbourne artists in the dance industry to meet, learn from, and be inspired by professional dancers, choreographers and dance theatre makers. Each session, two dance artists are invited to share their knowledge and methodologies, hold a discussion, or present their work. The Dance Speaks team will ask the artists questions and the audience is encouraged to join the conversation.

Meetings yet to be held will feature Chunky Move dance teacher and Australian Dance Awards recipient Anthony Hamilton, independent dancer, choreographer, and collaborator Deanne Butterworth, and choreographer and dance theatre maker Leah Landau.

Dates for the remainder of the year are:
Monday 24 November 2014, 6.30pm
Monday 8 December 2014, 6.30pm

Dance Speaks is an initiative designed to instigate and foster dialogue that acknowledges diverse practices in Melbourne. It would make a perfect meeting place for those wishing to learn more about collaboration and wanting to network with others in the dance industry.

Photo courtesy Chunky Move

Screening: Deaf Kids Writing program

A free screening of stories written and performed by grade 4, 5, and 6 students will be shown at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image next week as part of the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. Students from Furlong Park School for the Deaf and Victorian College for the Deaf have been participating in writing and story-telling workshops run by 100 Story Building in conjunction with Deaf Arts Network.

The Deaf Kids Writing Program is funded by the Cassandra Gantner Foundation.

Our Stories, Our Way will show on the 28 August at 12:30pm, in the Cube.

Pozible Workshop: Crowdfunding

Pozible is a popular crowdfunding platform that unites project-makers with the community in order to raise funds, realise dreams, and even change the world! Everyday, as hundreds of initiatives get off the ground because of their Pozible campaigns, the formula proves that our strength and ability to succeed lies in a united community.

Luckily for those in Melbourne, Pozible will be holding a Crowdfunding ‘How To’ workshop at their Collingwood Headquarters on September 8. Covering everything from campaign tips to how to choose the rewards offered for donations, the workshop will offer valuable advice on how to start and run a successful campaign. The evening will also look at project planning and structure, an important aspect of achieving the desired result for your campaign.

Speakers for this session include The Fabric Social members Megan Schipp and Amruta Pendharkar, who last June raised over $18 000 to develop an app which allows conflict-affected women to sell their handcrafted apparel directly to the international market.

To attend, register to be in Collingwood or watch via Ustream

Home Is Where My Heart Is Exhibition 2014

A photographic exhibition, Home Is Where My Heart Is displays the work of youths who have experienced homelessness. The work presents their interpretations of ‘home’, providing insight into the lives of homeless youths in Western Australia.

The youths have been partnered with young and emerging photographers who guide and mentor them through the photographic process. The exhibition and sale of the work is the culmination of this four-month journey. All proceeds are fed back into the Home Is Where My Heart Is project.

Established in 2008, the project is the collaboration of the Youth Affairs Council of WA and Propel Youth Arts WA. This year, the exhibition coincides with National Homeless Persons Week.

Twisted Broadway

For one night only, Twisted Broadway presents Australia’s TV and music theatre stars singing the songs of Broadway that were written for the opposite gender. The comedy night is a fundraiser for Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the industry specific AIDS charitable fund.

Celebrating its fifth year and sell-out seasons across Melbourne and Sydney, Twisted Broadway will this time feature Amanda Harrison (Wicked), Esther Hannaford (King Kong), and Josh Piterman (West Side Story) and be hosted by cabaret performer Virginia Gay, also known for her appearance on television’s Winners and Losers. Chris Parker will Direct along with Trevor Jones as Musical Director.

To date, the event has raised over $60 000 for people effected by HIV/AIDS.