Friday, 11 April 2008

Fierce! Festival voting closes today

The Fierce! Festival, in the West Midlands of the UK, has set an idiosyncratic curatorial task for this year's festival, to be held from 23-26 May, 2008. Taking a leaf out of reality television's pseudo-democratic book, they've asked the audience to vote for their most desired acts to fill the program, with the act which receives the least votes being eliminated each day. Its been fun logging on each day, voting, and seeing the process play out online over the last few weeks. Now we're down to the last day, with the top three acts in each category being declared the winners, and thus appearing as a part of Fierce! Its a fun concept, and probably one that might appeal to local and much-beloved conservative commentators such as armchair arts festival programmer Andrew Bolt.

In the final round is the fabulous Sydney-based performer Rosie Dennis with her Love Song Dedication. Rosie's work is always exhilarating and evocative, and I urge everyone to vote for her before the ballot closes in a mere 20 hours!

Image Credit: Sylvia Zajkowski & Rosie Dennis

The quick and the dirty

Our host Candy (Victoria Spence) descends the steep aisle and is greeted by great applause. She’s “emerging from 12 long years” that has involved some “deep undercover work called Motherhood”. But now she’s back. It’s been nine years since Taboo Parlour, itself a successor to the legendary Club Bent, appeared during Mardi Gras at Performance Space, and finally Quick and Dirty has arrived to fill the void.

Read the rest of my recent article, The quick and the dirty, published in the print and online editions of RealTime #84, here.

Gwenda & Guido in Quick & Dirty, photo by George Voulgaropoulos

The rise of the west

While the resources boom appears to be feeding an arts resurgence in Western Australia, an equally significant artistic boom seems to be reaching critical mass across Western Sydney. With the emergence of a diverse range of new and revitalised spaces, new collaborations, and exciting new visions, could we be witnessing the rise of Western Sydney as a major player in the national arts scene?

Read the rest of my recent article The rise of the west, published in the online and print editions of RealTime #84, here.

Image: Still image from the exhibition
Australian currently open at the refurbished Casula Powerhouse.