Friday, August 29, 2014
(This first bit appeared in the Albany Advertiser14/8/2014)
Like many when away from home I explore, mostly on foot, and reflect on the place I left behind.
On my most recent trip, to research a book and attend a conference, I landed in Barcelona for the first time since 1974.
Way back then I was a raw and idealistic young man, Generalissimo Franco was in charge and the streets were full of his hated henchmen carrying sub-machine guns.
With Spain now a confirmed democracy, I saw it all with new and often dazzled eyes.
So what is it about Barcelona that could be of any interest to us in the great southern and, in particular, Albany? Well, they know how to wait on table, to serve with efficiency and panache and they know how to celebrate great art and architecture.
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Sponsored by Creative Albany
My War? is a multi-arts project for young people (14 – 25 years) that explores the connections between Anzac ‘culture’ and contemporary youth culture. At its core the project asks “how is Anzac part of my story?". In workshops in dance, theatre, writing and design young people from the Great Southern have been gathering twice a week under the leadership of director, Annette Carmichael. On the first weekend of November 2014 the project will launch the My War? film clips and e-zine at an exhibition of writing and photographs at the Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany. With additional financial support, My War? will become a full stage show to premiere in 2015. Further information is available at www.annettecarmichael.com.au.
My War? Is a project for the centenary of Anzac, presented by Creative Albany and supported by Lotterywest, City of Albany’s Vancouver Arts Centre and Albany Port Authority.
Photographer Ben Reynolds will be holding an exhibition and series of photography workshops at the Vancouver Arts Centre from Oct 5-12 2014. The project is sponsored by Country Arts WA and auspiced by Creative Albany. There will be limited places available for he exhibition opening, so please contact Ben or Vancouver Arts Centre to reserve a spot. For more information on Ben's work go to:http://www.benreynolds.com.au