The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-16T01:45:07Z CULTURE DRIVES WINNING RESULTS FOR ASX TECH COMPANY 2017-08-16T01:45:07Z culture-drives-winning-results-for-asx-tech-company JCurve Solutions has been recognised as an Employer of Choice (EOC) in The Australian Business Awards 2017. The EOC accolade recognises organisations which have developed leading workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.   JCurve Solutions has also been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2017 for Product Excellence. This award recognises the success of JCurve ERP - an all-in-one, cloud-based business management software solution designed exclusively for growing small-to-medium (SME) sized businesses in Australia and New Zealand. As an exclusive small business edition of NetSuite, JCurve ERP helps SMEs better manage their resources (across people, products, customers and financials) to drive productivity and performance further.   Stephen Canning, CEO of JCurve Solutions says these awards provide important recognition of the great success which the business is achieving. He attributes this success to continued investment in people, culture, values and customers.    “JCS has become known for its awesome culture, energetic team and delivering results. We’ve invested to create the foundations for people to do their best work; together”, CEO, Stephen Canning, explained. “Values are made real at JCS. Everyone is not only encouraged but expected to challenge each other on actions and behaviours inconsistent with values focussed around teamwork, ownership and a sense of urgency.     “Our commitment to building a values-led organisation allows us to attract and retain top industry talent who are passionate about delivering solutions to clients that improve business performance. The team are very proud to once again be recognised as a top Australian workplace,” continued Stephen.   Australian Business Awards Program Director, Tara Johnston, comments, “There is a close relationship between innovation and employee engagement. Engaged employees often perform at a higher level and bring dedication and interest to their job, which often leads to innovation in the workplace.”   Now in their twelfth year, The Australian Business Awards are an annual all-encompassing awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of comprehensive award categories.   The key attributes of the Employer of Choice Framework define the characteristics of well-managed, high-performing, industry leading organisations that provide a stimulating and supportive workplace. Entrant organisations are required to demonstrate their achievements across the key areas of Organisational Culture; Leadership & Strategy; Employee Education, Training & Development; Employee Health, Safety & Satisfaction; Performance Management; Recognition & Remuneration.   For more information on The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice and the 2017 EOC Winners go to www.employerofchoiceawards.com.au.   For more information on The Australian Business Awards and the 2017 ABA100 Winners go to www.australianbusinessawards.com.au.     – ENDS –     About JCurve Solutions: JCurve Solutions is a trusted Australian technology solutions partner, listed on the ASX (JCS). The team at JCS utilise the power of the cloud to help customers make lasting, substantial improvements to their performance and grow into great businesses. Supported by some of the biggest names in the cloud computing and telecommunications industries, partners of JCS include the number 1 global cloud ERP provider, NetSuite, Optus Australia and MYOB. Learn more: www.jcurvesolutions.com     For further information or comment, contact: Kate Massey Head of Marketing JCurve Solutions   Phone: 02 9467 9212 Email: kate.massey@jcurve.com.au Celebrate 20 years of Italian festival, Ferragosto 2017-08-16T01:35:43Z celebrate-20-years-of-italian-festival-ferragosto Media Call – Italian street festival, Ferragosto What: Ferragosto Italian street festival celebrates 20th anniversary Interview/ filming opportunities: Australian Idol finalist and ARIA award winning artist, Cosima De Vito, Salt Meats Cheese co-owner and celebrity chef, Massimo Mele, gelato sundae building competition for children, Paw Patrol and City of Canada Bay Mayor, Helen McCaffrey Where: Great North Road, Five Dock When: Sunday, 20 August from 10am-4pm, best media opportunities between 1pm-2.30pm Media contact: Fiona Armstrong-Bunker, 0477 345 098   CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF ITALIAN FESTIVAL, FERRAGOSTO  Great North Road, Five Dock will come alive with the tastes and sounds of Italy this Sunday. With four stages, more than 120 stalls, Italian motor vehicle displays, amusement rides and a petting zoo, Ferragosto promises to be the perfect way to explore the beauty of Italian culture in Five Dock and celebrate the vibrant multiculturalism in the City of Canada Bay. Highights include: ·         Australian Idol finalist, Cosima De Vito performing (1.40pm) ·         Renowned chef Massimo Mele demonstrating his cooking prowess (2pm) ·         Salt Meats Cheese’s cheese making demonstration (12.30pm) ·         Nick Jr.’s PAW Patrol Ready for Action Show (11am, 12pm, 1pm) ·         Dance @ Nikki Webster (11.30am) ·         Sundae building competition for children with Duccio Gelato (1.30pm) ·         Gelato blind tasting competition with Cremeria De Luca (2.20pm). The event will also feature authentic Italian food with pizza, pasta, cannoli, Italian ginger bread, gelato, antipasto, homemade sausage and sweets, just some of the delights that  will have event-goers’ tastebuds dancing. There is even a twist on an old classic, with deep friend lasagne. Full festival guide: http://bit.ly/2w8Cc4W Business breakfast with social purpose 2017-08-09T04:59:26Z business-breakfast-with-social-purpose On 31 August 2017 Conscious Capitalism Australia and New Zealand in collaboration with Two Good Co will be hosting a Sri Lankan breakfast to bring together business leaders over conversation about working for profit and purpose. Participants will mingle with social engineer Rob Caslick, the CEO of social enterprises Two Good Co and We are Table, Vanessa Watson, who produces the event series for We are Table, and celebrated chef O Tama Carey, of Lankan Filling Station, who will entertain you using her culinary expertise with a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast feast.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with CCANZ partners and find out more about the concepts for business in Australia. The breakfast gives people the opportunity to connect with businesses of any size so that they can share in strategies to align their business with social purpose or corporate social responsibility. The breakfast is the first in a series of events that offer the opportunity to discuss the benefits of doing business with social purpose with like-minded businesses, and get first hand advice from those that have already walked the path and are part of the new corporate revolution. Conscious Capitalism is a global movement that aims to co-create a thriving ecosystem of conscious businesses that serve, lead and advocate the greater good. Conscious Capitalism Australia formed in 2012 and was the first chapter established outside of the US. The Chapter merged with New Zealand in 2016 and brings together a community of business and thought leaders who all share the belief that business has the power to elevate humanity. "Today, the concept of social purpose is becoming an important aspect of business. How an organisation is perceived by its customers, suppliers and the general public has a major impact on its success. This is not new, but the idea that you can benefit a community at the same time as doing well in business, is often not considered,” says Victoria Plaksin, Partnerships Director, Conscious Capitalism ANZ. “Where business leaders often struggle is in establishing a way to make a positive social impact that aligns with their values and is, therefore, an authentic aspect of their business. At this breakfast we hope to inspire solutions and opportunities between people about how to incorporate social purpose into any business. And, with our growing network of people and businesses, participants can connect with those who are living and breathing this every day." To start attendees on their social purpose journey, for every breakfast purchased on the day, a meal will be provided to the kids at Holroyd High School in Greystanes, where 60 per cent of families live below the poverty line. So, you'll be starting your day in a positive way and helping a young Australian to do the same. Where:   255 Wilson Street, Eveleigh located next to Carriageworks When:     31 August 2017 Time:       7:30-9:00am What:      A delicious Sri Lankan breakfast in conversation with hosts discussing how they incorporated social purpose into their business Why:       To provide inspiration for businesses who recognise that social purpose can benefit your bottom line. Cost:       $40 +GST for non-members and $30 +GST for members of Conscious Capitalism ANZ   About Conscious Capitalism ANZ Conscious Capitalism Australia & New Zealand is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the cultivation of the theory and practice of Conscious Capitalism and serving as communities of inquiry and practice for business leaders, entrepreneurs and consultants. Driven by members, for members, we aim to co-create a thriving ecosystem of conscious businesses that serve, lead and advocate the greater good. The Conscious Capitalism movement includes numerous CEOs and thought leaders globally. To fulfil its purpose and mission, and to respond to increasing demand for information, support and collaboration, Conscious Capitalism, Inc. empowers a global network of U.S. and International Chapters to run events and through presentations, publications and social media. The Australian Chapter currently has communities in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth and in 2016 merged with New Zealand. Volunteers needed to help illuminate Parrtjima - A Festival in Light 2017-08-08T01:54:17Z volunteers-needed-to-help-illuminate-parrtjima-a-festival-in-light-1 The Northern Territory Government is calling for volunteers to help bring to life the second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light in Alice Springs from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017. Curated by First Nations creative director, writer and producer, Rhoda Roberts OA, Parrtjima is a spectacular free event that celebrates the magnificent Aboriginal art of Central Australia. More than 50 volunteers are required to assist in running the free public event through a variety of roles, including guest services, information and helping with installations. Volunteers will receive training prior to the event and be required to donate their time between 5.30pm and 11.30pm on a minimum of two evenings during the 10-day festival. Andrew Hopper, General Manager of Northern Territory Major Events Company encourages Territorians to get involved, saying: “Volunteering at Parrtjima is a fun and rewarding experience and a great opportunity to learn more about the rich art and culture of Central Australia. “The extraordinary support provided by our enthusiastic volunteers in 2016 enhanced the experience for almost 16,000 people who attended. We hope many volunteers will return for a second year and we look forward to welcoming additional volunteers to support our growing program of events.”  People interested in taking part are invited to register to attend one of two information sessions hosted by not-for-profit organisation, Volunteering NT on Wednesday, 16 August at 6:30pm – 7:30pm and Thursday, 17 August at 10:00am – 11:00am at Red Hot Arts Central Australia at 67 Bath Street,Alice Springs. Volunteer at the inaugural Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, Chantelle Rothwell, said: “Volunteering at Parrtjima is brilliant experience and a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. It was so cool to be part of such an amazing event. I had a lot of fun and am excited to volunteer again this year.”  Parrtjima (pronounced Par-CHee-ma) is created in partnership with the Northern Territory Government, Parrtjima Festival Reference Group, AGB Events, local Aboriginal artists and art centres from across the desert region. For more information and to register as a volunteer, please call 08 8952 9630 or visit parrtjimaaustralia.com.au/festival-information/volunteers/   -END- Media contact: Sarah Shields, +61 408 283 091 | sarah@access-dgc.com.au Rachael Ryan, +61 406 484 929 | rachaelr@access-dgc.com.au Discover Sand Song at Barangaroo this October School Holidays 2017-08-07T01:21:52Z discover-sand-song-at-barangaroo-this-october-school-holidays Sydney’s unique cultural space, the Cutaway, will host SAND SONG, an uplifting contemporary Aboriginal dance and theatre performance and workshop, during the October school holidays. Created by visual artist Walbira Murray and director Elena Vereker, and produced by Insite Arts, SAND SONG will illuminate the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve with nine shows across six days from Tuesday, 3 October to Sunday, 8 October 2017. Murray, a Gammilleroi woman from Dirranbandi, said SAND SONG is a unique and inspiring Aboriginal culture experience for children aged 5-12 and their parents or carers. “The vibrant performance tells the story of ‘Cheeky Brolga stealing Emu’s egg’, which is the Gammilleroi Dreaming story of the ‘First Sun’ – the first time the sun’s light shone on Australia. The story also represents the dawn of understanding, growing up, and gaining wisdom,” said Murray. During a 30-minute hands-on workshop, children meet the performers, learn the Emu dance and ‘paint up’ their dream on a glass ‘dream holder’ that becomes part of the SAND SONG set. Children will get to keep their dream holder after the show. The workshop is followed by a mesmerising and humorous 40-minute performance exploring the power of light, dreams and fire and featuring a fusion of contemporary and traditional music, with live singing, didgeridoo and clap sticks. Aboriginal artist and storyteller Rick Roser and four dancers perform on a large artwork of red sand, white ochre, emu feathers and five towering ancestor poles. Roser tells the captivating story using traditional Aboriginal bush craft techniques such as fire-making, ochre-spraying and net-weaving. Previously performed at Brisbane Festival and Out of the Box children’s festival in Brisbane, SAND SONG will make its much-anticipated New South Wales debut at Barangaroo. Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Executive Director, Activation and Precinct Management, Sandra Bender, said: “SAND SONG is a magnificent experience of First Nations storytelling, particularly for five to 12-year-olds and their parents or carers. We are delighted to present this contemporary work, which features the crossing of culture between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples as part of our inaugural school holiday programming at Barangaroo.” Tickets are on sale now at Ticketek via 13 28 49 or premier.ticketek.com.au for $20 per adult/child; $65 for a group of four; or $18 per person for a group of 10 or more. Barangaroo Reserve is accessible to all visitors. The Cutaway is fully wheelchair accessible with lift access from the carpark under Barangaroo Reserve (access via Towns Place). The 311, 324 and 325 bus routes stop on Hickson Road, just metres from the Cutaway. Insite Arts is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. For more information and tickets, please visit www.barangaroo.com. MEDIA QUERIES  Sarah Shields, Access-DGC, 02 9292 7007 | 0408 283 091 | sarah@access-dgc.com.au Claire McGee, Access-DGC, 02 9292 7005 | 0422 777 596 | claire@access-dgc.com.au EVENT DETAILS Event: SAND SONG at Barangaroo Date/Time: Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 & Friday 6 October 2017 at 10am Thursday 5 October 2017 at 10am & 1.30pm Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 2017 at 11am & 2.30pm Location: The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo, NSW Tickets: $18-$20 per person + bf URL: www.barangaroo.com/see-and-do/whats-on/sand-song/ The poster boy of the Reformation – Martin Luther – commemorated with a global poster exhibition. 2017-08-04T04:47:10Z the-poster-boy-of-the-reformation-martin-luther-is-being-commemorated-with-a-poster-exhibition-at-st-andrew-s-cathedral-in-sydney-s-cbd Keen to discover more about “The Reformation” and Martin Luther’s involvement?  Why was the sharing of knowledge – through the written word and music – so important to so many? It is fitting that the poster boy of the Reformation – Martin Luther – is being commemorated with a poster exhibition at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney’s CBD – part of a global showcase observing the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany.  OFFICIAL OPENING – ALL WELCOME This thought-provoking exhibition will be officially opened by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales on Tuesday 8 August, at a free event in the Cathedral starting at 6pm.    All are welcome at Tuesday’s exhibition opening, which is also the first official event of “German Week Sydney”.  The exhibition will then continue at the Cathedral until late September 2017. With the Reformation also referred to as a “singer’s movement”, music will be central to the official opening, with the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir of boys and men singing two Bach Cantatas Now thank we all our God (Cantata 79, Bach, arr. Cobb) and Erschallet, ihr lieder (Cantata 172, Bach), the second sung in the original German. “Our choir will also lead a stirring rendition of the most well-known of Luther’s hymns, “A Mighty Fortress is our God.” said the Very Rev. Kanishka Raffel, Dean of St Andrew’s Cathedral. “With two of our young choristers currently preparing for their roles in the chorus of Wagner’s Parsifal with Opera Australia, also opening next week, their German language coaching will come in good stead,” he said, acknowledging that the Consul General of Germany is offical co-host of Tuesday’s opening. ABOUT THE EXHIBITION #HereIstand reflects the most important events in the lead up to the Reformation. The Dean invites anyone, especially those interested in history and Protestant Christianity, to come and discover what framed the Reformation and to take inspiration from the life of the man who did not bow to corrupt authority or prevailing opinions: Martin Luther. “We are delighted that the Cathedral is involved in this exhibition – encouraging Sydneysiders and visitors alike to be part of an ongoing global conversation.  “By considering the dynamics for reform that took hold after Luther published his 95 theses, we can better understand the far-reaching consequences of Luther’s actions in the 16th Century,” commented the Dean.  “Luther’s role in translating, printing and sharing the Word of God directly to and with the people was central to the Reformation, however there are many more outcomes from Reformation history that have continuing expression in modern society”, said the Dean. “We hope that those who visit the Cathedral take some time to view these beautiful, informative posters to discover why the Reformation happened, and reflect on its importance.” While this very modern exhibition - comprising 30 carefully researched information graphics -  is self-guided in design, Cathedral volunteers will be available to answer questions. The exhibition shows the most important events in the history of the Reformation, and its effects up to the present day. Martin Luther’s biography forms the point of departure for an investigation of the environment the people of the Reformation lived in, putting the Reformation in context and highlighting its impact. The period between 1520 and 1530 was a time of upheaval, including for gender roles. Today it is often forgotten that women played a role in the Reformation. With an examination of the spread of Protestantism in the USA, the exhibition also considers what the civil rights leader Martin Luther King has in common with his namesake. A MEDIA REVOLUTION In the 16th century, Martin Luther shrewdly used the media of his time: the printing press. Movable type enabled a new kind of communication as one text could become a thousand in no time – be it scripture or a songsheet. Now 500 years on, technology is again playing a central communications role, with this entire exhibition having been downloaded and printed locally, reflecting the changing face of printing. A particular highlight of the exhibition is the inclusion of images of Luther memorabilia, many of which can be viewed online or, like the posters, can be downloaded and printed on a 3D printer – in affect bringing the museum to the people! If the Reformation was happening today, would Luther prefer Twitter, Facebook or Instagram? Share your thoughts on the Reformation on your preferred social media networks using the hashtag #HereIstand. EVENT DETAILS “#HereIstand - Martin Luther, the Reformation and its Consequences” St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney Cnr of George and Bathurst Streets, Sydney NSW 2000 8 August 28-September 2017  The Cathedral is open to the public between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday and on Sundays. The poster exhibition will also be open before regular evensongs, held twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays from 5.15-6pm. Please note: St Andrew’s Cathedral School assemblies and regular weekly services may restrict access at times.  View the posters online - http://here-i-stand.com/en  Exhibition initiated by the German Foreign Office and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany with the support of Moore College, the German Lutheran Church, Johanniter Order, the Goethe Institute and the German National Tourist Board. John Farnham makes special guest appearance at Queensland Music Festival’s epic You’re The Voice concert to sing out against domestic violence alongside Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano, Isaiah and over 2,500 choristers 2017-07-29T07:00:00Z john-farnham-makes-special-guest-appearance-at-queensland-music-festivals-epic-youre-the-voice-concert-to-sing-out-against-domestic-violence-alongside-katie-noonan-kate-ceberano-isaiah-and-over-2-500-choristers QMF.ORG.AU MEDIA RELEASE STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 5PM SATURDAY 29 JULY 2017 John Farnham makes special guest appearance at Queensland Music Festival’s epic You’re The Voice concert to sing out against domestic violence alongside Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano, Isaiah and over 2,500 choristers Legendary Australian singer John Farnham joined forces with Queensland Music Festival (QMF) Artistic Director Katie Noonan, fellow Australian music icons Kate Ceberano and Eurovision finalist Isaiah and over 2,500 choristers to sing out against domestic violence at QMF’s epic You’re the Voice concert at Brisbane’s South Bank Piazza on Saturday 29 July. In a surprise guest appearance, John Farnham joined QMF’s for one special song at the end of the concert – his iconic ‘You’re The Voice’ alongside Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano and Isaiah and the mass choir. John Farnham and manager Glenn Wheatley said they were honoured to be part of QMF’s powerful You’re The Voice initiative. “We are proud to have ‘You’re the Voice' associated with such fine talent and such a worthy cause.” Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk applauded QMF, and Artistic Director Katie Noonan, for its vision of affecting positive change through its month long program, including the You’re the Voice initiative. “I thank all involved in this initiative, and this incredible finale, for making a difference, and for not sitting in silence. “Special thanks to John Farnham for his rousing anthem and for getting behind this extraordinary cause. “I continue to urge all Queenslanders to use your voice to speak out against domestic and family violence - it has no place in our community. “The Queensland Government is proud to support the Queensland Music Festival and its You’re The Voice initiative which has shone a light on the issue of domestic and family violence and united thousands of people across the country.” QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan is passionate about using music to educate, inspire and change the world, as well as helping everyone to find their musical voice. “I’m so proud of the positive response from the Australian community and music industry in rallying together to support Queensland Music Festival’s You’re The Voice initiative. It is an honour to have John Farnham raise his voice alongside thousands from across the country to sing for change. You’re The Voice is a testament to the power of music being able to make a difference,” Ms Noonan said. The monumental, mass rendition of Farnham’s iconic ‘You’re the Voice’ was a powerful finale to the You’re The Voice concert, and Katie Noonan’s first festival as QMF Artistic Director, uniting thousands of Australian voices in a strong, musical stand against domestic violence. More than 5,000 people, including 135 choirs from Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia were involved in the initiative, either by singing at the Brisbane event, holding a local event, or joining the sea of voices via livestream. QMF livestreamed the concert so that people from every corner of Australia who wanted their voice to be heard on this issue could sing in unison with those at the event in Brisbane at South Bank Piazza. In addition to the You’re The Voice event, Katie Noonan and the Sony Foundation brought together Australian music stars Archie Roach, Troy Cassar-Daley and Montaigne to join Kate Ceberano and Isaiah to release a charity single on iTunes to raise funds to support young people affected by domestic violence. Sony Foundation will donate all profits from the sale of the single to DVConnect, which provides 24/7 crisis response in Queensland for those living with domestic or family violence – click here to buy the single and here to view the video. To help raise awareness, QMF is working closely with the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation and the Luke Batty Foundation. Donations can be made at allisonbadenclayfoundation.org.au and lukebattyfoundation.org.au. For domestic and family violence support call DVConnect: Womensline 1800 811 811, Mensline 1800 600 636. You're The Voice is presented by Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane City Council, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and Aurizon, and supported by Cornerstone Living, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail, Seven Network, APN Outdoor, Rio Tinto, Brisbane Marketing and Australia Council for the Arts and Actrua. For more information please visit qmf.org.au. ENDS Queensland Music Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Queensland Music Festival is a state-wide celebration of music with a vision to transform lives and communities through music. You’re The Voice has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Queensland Arts Showcase Program. The You’re The Voice project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Follow QMF on: Facebook: /qldmusicfest Twitter: @qldmusicfest Instagram: @qldmusicfest YouTube: /qldmusicfest Hashtags: #qmf17 MEDIA CONTACT For further information and interviews please contact: Jean Smith Jack Doonar Agency North Agency North 0474 385 109 0450 735 779 jsmith@agencynorth.com.au jdoonar@agencynorth.com.au Click here to access images and additional media content. Join Australian music stars Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano & Isaiah and over 4,500 voices at 5pm on Saturday 29 July to sing for change about domestic violence 2017-07-24T22:00:00Z join-australian-music-stars-katie-noonan-kate-ceberano-isaiah-and-over-4-500-voices-at-5pm-on-saturday-29-july-to-sing-for-change-about-domestic-violence Hope you had a great weekend. I thought you might be interested in attending the very special choral finale to Queensland Music Festival’s You’re The Voice. OPEN MEDIA OPP - EVENT COVERAGE WHAT: On Saturday 29 July at Brisbane’s South Bank Piazza, Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano and Eurovision star Isaiah will lead a moving, mass rendition of John Farnham’s powerful anthem ‘You’re The Voice’ as part of a very special Queensland Music Festival (QMF) mass choral initiative inviting voices from across Australia to sing out against domestic violence via livestream at 5pm on Saturday 29 July. Media are invited to attend to capture the event in a dedicated press area. WHEN: Saturday 29 July between 4PM and 6PM DETAILS: Pic, vision, live feeds, and interview opps TALENT: Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano, Isaiah, Jonathan Welch (conductor, Hard Knocks Choir) and You’re The Voice choirs (over 2,500 singers) VISION: Performance of ‘You’re The Voice’ led by John Farnham, Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano and Isaiah, with over 2,500 choristers, conducted by Jonathan Welch SCHEDULE: 4PM - 6PM 4PM: Media arrive to register with Agency North and for briefing on approved areas to shoot from - there will be a raised platform to shoot from, roaming coverage is allowed except filming of children in seated area of Piazza 4 - 4.30PM: Pre-event backstage interviews with Katie Noonan, Jonathan Welch, Kate Ceberano and Isaiah Backstage - on request ONLY 5PM - 6PM: Event coverage from No post interviews WHERE: South Bank Piazza RSVP: RSVPs essential via Jack Doonar jdoonar@agencynorth.com.au / 0450 735 779 OR Tash Spong nspong@agencynorth.com.au / 0424 202 147 Please see the media release below, and please don’t hesitate to contact me for further information. Sincerely, Jack Doonar (m) 0450 735 779 QMF.ORG.AU MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Join Australian music stars Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano and Isaiah and over 4,500 voices at 5pm on Saturday 29 July via livestream to sing for change about domestic violence Queensland Music Festival (QMF) Artistic Director Katie Noonan is calling for people across the country to join her and other Australian music icons Kate Ceberano and Eurovision grand finalist Isaiah at 5pm on Saturday 29 July to sing for change about domestic and family violence as part of QMF’s powerful You’re The Voice initiative, a fitting finale to the 2017 festival. Since calling out to singers in April to join the movement, over 4,500 individuals, including 135 choirs from across the nation, have signed up to participate in You’re The Voice, and more than 2,500 choristers will raise their voices at a special concert led by Noonan, Ceberano and Isaiah at South Bank Piazza (strictly limited capacity), which will culminate with a national, mass rendition of John Farnham’s powerful anthem ‘You’re The Voice’. Noonan encourages all Australians to view the concert and join the sea of voices, from anywhere in the country, via a special livestream of the concert, which will be broadcast via QMF’s Facebook page and at qmf.org.au at 5pm on Saturday 29 July, so that people of all ages can sing in unison for change. In addition to the You’re The Voice event, Katie Noonan and the Sony Foundation have brought together Australian music stars Archie Roach, Troy Cassar-Daley and Montaigne to join Kate Ceberano and Isaiah to create a charity single. The single was released on Tuesday 30 May on iTunes to raise funds to support young people who are victims of domestic violence. All profits from the sale of the single will be donated by Sony Foundation to DVConnect who provide 24/7 crisis response in Queensland for those living with domestic or family violence – click here to buy the single and here to view the video. Katie Noonan is passionate about using music to educate, inspire and change the world, as well as helping everyone to find their musical voice. “I’m so proud of the positive response from the Australian community and music industry in rallying together to support this initiative. It is a testament to the power of music being able to make a difference,” Ms Noonan said. “I believe that if you can talk, you can sing. Whether as part of a choir, part of a community or on your own, we’re calling on all Australians to join us at 5pm via our website and Facebook page on Saturday 29 July to raise their voices and sing for change.” Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government was proud to support the Queensland Music Festival’s You’re The Voice initiative designed to unite communities in voice and speak out on the issue of domestic and family violence. “Uniting in song is a powerful way for communities, schools, choirs and individuals to stand up together and create a society that is connected, respectful, inclusive and feels safe,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “Now not only can the community participate in the Not Now, Not Ever initiative, You’re The Voice provides another creative avenue to bring this important issue to light. “I would like every Queenslander to register and sing in You’re The Voice.” The Honourable Quentin Bryce, AD CVO, Chair of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, will be the Patron of the event. She said You’re The Voice would send a powerful message of unity and solidarity with those members of our community who need our voice. Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Choir of Hard Knocks and School of Hard Knocks, has come on board as Choral Director of the program to help recruit choirs, work with choral directors leading up to and during the concert, and conduct the choirs. Dr Welch said choral singing can bring huge social benefits. “Our School of Hard Knocks 'No Excuses' women's choir and MEN ALOUD! programs in Melbourne have had a huge impact for those who have experienced family violence, saying that the music has given them a voice and empowered them to start healing and turn their lives around through shared singing,” Dr Welch said. It doesn’t matter if they have only ever sung in the shower, QMF wants You’re The Voice to be a socially inclusive event that anyone can take part in, even if they’re just singing in their sitting room. To help raise awareness, QMF is working closely with the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation and board member and Allison’s sister, Vanessa Fowler, Rosie Batty and the Luke Batty Foundation, and DVConnect. Donations can be made at qmf.org.au. Aurizon Managing Director and CEO Andrew Harding said Aurizon is proud to be a presenting partner of this important project. “The safety of our employees and others is our highest priority and this initiative builds on the work we are doing to help prevent domestic violence and support those affected,” Mr Harding said. “Employees from across Aurizon will be joining choirs to raise their voice and help put an end to domestic violence.” QMF (7–30 July 2017) is a biennial festival that brings music to every corner of Queensland with more than 100 events over three weeks. For domestic and family violence support call DVConnect: Womensline 1800 811 811, Mensline 1800 600 636. You're The Voice is presented by Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane City Council, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and Aurizon, and supported by Cornerstone Living, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail, Seven Network, APN Outdoor, Rio Tinto, Brisbane Marketing and Australia Council for the Arts and Actrua. For more information and to register interest in singing in You’re The Voice, please visit qmf.org.au. LIVESTREAM DETAILS The You’re The Voice concert will be broadcast via a special livestream at 5pm Saturday 29 July from Queensland Music Festival’s Facebook page and website qmf.org.au EVENT DETAILS EVENT: You’re The Voice DATE: Saturday 29 July 2017 TIME: 5pm–6pm VENUE: South Bank Piazza, Brisbane TICKETS: Free, limited, registrations essential HOW TO REGISTER: Capacity to attend the event is very limited and can only be secured via registration on the day. Registrations for wristbands open at 1pm at South Bank Piazza. Please note there is no seating available, standing room only. Once capacity has been reached, patrons will be directed to Rainforest Green to watch via screens (subject to capacity), or encouraged to view via livestream at a nearby cafe or restaurant in South Bank. - ENDS - Queensland Music Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Queensland Music Festival is a state-wide celebration of music with a vision to transform lives and communities through music. The You’re The Voice project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Follow QMF on: Facebook: /qldmusicfest Twitter: @qldmusicfest Instagram: @qldmusicfest YouTube: /qldmusicfest Hashtags: #qmf17 MEDIA CONTACT For further information and interviews please contact: Jack Doonar Agency North 0450 735 779 jdoonar@agencynorth.com.au Click here to access images and additional media content. You're The Voice lyrics We have the chance to turn the pages over We can write what we want to write We gotta make ends meet, before we get much older We're all someone's daughter We're all someone's son How long can we look at each other Down the barrel of a gun? You're the voice, try and understand it Make a noise and make it clear Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo We're not gonna sit in silence We're not gonna live with fear Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo This time, we know we all can stand together With the power to be powerful Believing we can make it better Ooooh We're all someone's daughter We're all someone's son How long can we look at each other Down the barrel of a gun? You're the voice, try and understand it Make a noise and make it clear Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo We're not gonna sit in silence We're not gonna live with fear Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo Ooooh We're all someone's daughter We're all someone's son How long can we look at each other Down the barrel of a gun? You're the voice, try and understand it Make a noise and make it clear Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo We're not gonna sit in silence We're not gonna live with fear Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo [4x] AMELIA BARNES NAMED CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO MILRAY PARK 2017-07-17T01:57:19Z amelia-barnes-named-contributing-editor-to-milray-park SYDNEY, July 17, 2017 – Sally Bevan, Founder of Milray Park, today announced that Amelia Barnes has joined Milray Park Magazine as a contributing editor. Barnes is a Co-Founding Editor of Rented Space, a website about creatively styled rental properties and their tenants she created with her partner, photographer Dan Soderstrom. Barnes will be an ambassador for the Milray Park brand where she will consult on story ideas, provide insight on trends and design themes, and write for the magazine. Her stories will outline how renters can style their homes on a budget, find a great rental property, and incorporate upcoming interior trends into their home. “It was love at first sight when I came across Rented Space website. Renters represent 31% of the Australian's population so demonstrating that ownership status and budget are no barriers to a beautiful home is really important. And that's what Rented Space does. We couldn’t be more proud to have Barnes join the Milray Park team and contribute to our Magazine,” Bevan said.   Milray Park gives all Australians access to affordable interior design online for one simple flat-fee $299 price. The Milray Park Magazine is a playful exploration in design, culture and modern life. -- About Amelia Barnes Melbourne-based, Amelia Barnes is a regular contributor to Domain and The Age reporting on real estate, interior design and lifestyle trends, and is also the co-founding editor of Rented Space. Rented Space is a website created by Barnes and her partner, photographer Dan Soderstrom, to showcase uniquely styled rental properties. The site exists to demonstrate that neither a tight budget, nor a strict tenancy agreement, are barriers to creating a beautiful space.   Since being founded in mid-2016, Rented Space has recently become a semi-regular column in Domain’s weekend magazine included in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.   https://rentedspace.com.au/ -- About Milray Park Milray Park gives all Australians access to affordable interior design online for one simple flat-fee price.  Whether looking to pull together the look for a space with just a few finishing touches, or for a full-on transformation, Milray Park provides a tailor-made interior design service that works. The personal service starts with the client’s choice of interior design professional, who they then will collaborate with to create their dream space.    It finishes with exclusive access to the Milray Park Concierge™, who will take care of any post-design related assistance required, from product ordering to coordinating the timely delivery of purchases. (continued on next page) The Milray Park Concierge can also negotiate retail discounts so clients are able to shop like industry insiders and save up to 20% off tag prices.  Design packages start from $299 per room for a Designer, and $599 per room for a Senior Designer.   http://milraypark.com.au/ SCOTT PURCELL NAMED CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO MILRAY PARK 2017-07-10T04:05:06Z scott-purcell-named-contributing-editor-to-milray-park SYDNEY, July 10, 2017 – Sally Bevan, Founder of Milray Park, today announced that Scott Purcell has joined Milray Park Magazine as a contributing editor. Purcell is a Co-Founder of Man of Many, a leading Australian online men’s lifestyle magazine which showcases the latest in products, culture, and style. Purcell will be an ambassador for the Milray Park brand where he will consult on story ideas, provide insight on trends and design themes, and write for the magazine. “Scott is an insightful voice in the Australian lifestyle scene and represents the stylish and savvy modern man. We couldn’t be more proud to have him join the Milray Park team and contribute to our Magazine,” Bevan said.   Milray Park gives all Australians access to affordable interior design online for one simple flat-fee price. The Milray Park Magazine is a playful exploration in design, culture and modern life. -- About Scott Purcell Scott Purcell is the Co-Founder of Man of Many.   What started as a passion project in 2012 with his friend Frank Arthur, Man of Many is today one of Australia’s leading men’s online lifestyle and fashion magazines. After completing his CFA and working in finance for seven years, Scott decided to leave the comfort and security of his corporate role to pursue his passion for uncovering unique products, inspiring individuals, and cool stories. Man of Many now generates over 700,000 page views and 250,000 unique visits per month. The site was recently ranked 11th in the Australian Top Influencer Awards and also recognized by GQ as one of Australia's top men's influencers. www.manofmany.com -- About Milray Park Milray Park gives all Australians access to affordable interior design online for one simple flat-fee price.  Whether looking to pull together the look for a space with just a few finishing touches, or for a full-on transformation, Milray Park provides a tailor-made interior design service that works. The personal service starts with the client’s choice of interior design professional, who they then will collaborate with to create their dream space.    It finishes with exclusive access to the Milray Park Concierge™, who will take care of any post-design related assistance required, from product ordering to coordinating the timely delivery of purchases. (continued on next page) The Milray Park Concierge can also negotiate retail discounts so clients are able to shop like industry insiders and save up to 20% off tag prices.  Design packages start from $299 per room for a Designer, and $599 per room for a Senior Designer.   http://milraypark.com.au/ Here's something you can use for the post-conference blues. 2017-07-03T00:03:47Z here-s-something-you-can-use-for-the-post-conference-blues-1 Back at work, the buzz of energy and excitement you shared at the conference or ED course is slipping away fast as you begin to feel the familiar weight of everyday tasks on your shoulders. We all know the feeling, but we don’t all realise that you can turn this negative energy into a positive. A few words about a recent experience of mine shows one strategy. OK, this time it is all about you! Returning from an entrepreneur personal development conference always prompts me to think about self-awareness and how people can use it to their advantage. In a world where we are encouraged to be team-centric and think of others first, there can be a bit of guilt associated with putting yourself front and centre. You now have permission to do just that. Yes, it is all about you. OK, you’re back from the conference and the same old world is beginning to close in. Step aside for a moment and ask yourself why? Now, step further aside and have a good long look at yourself too. Here’s the most common answer. The excited and motivated person at the conference was the real you. A butterfly escaped from the chrysalis of everyday work. But coming off the conference high, you’ve allowed yourself to slip back into the same old, same old. As I said, time for a look at yourself and how you can bring that energy into your working day. Here are a few questions to get you started Do you have any sort of plan for your life journey and any self-development that may be required to attain your goals? What are you doing to self-assess your areas of happiness and discontent? Can you identify what’s missing and join the dots? Not everyone is equipped to evaluate their own personal transformation, or prepared to gain the skills to do so. But how we measure life, work happiness and our place in the universe is essential to making progress along the journey  What is your trigger, or wake up call to accelerating your personal development? Remember back at the conference or course? Immersed and ignited with bright ideas you were confident (of course you were!) of following through? Why does this happen – where do all your great ideas go? What will inspire you to reach for the stars and pull off that crazy concept? What’s niggling in the back of your mind that you are putting off, or are not making time for? At the event I attended, many of the speakers focused on turning life’s challenges and disappointments into triggers to drive personal growth and future success. Now it’s back to you again OK. So, your blues weren’t all about the conference or ED course. Now you know they were about you. Perhaps you were disappointed with yourself, or just resigned to slipping back into the same old rut. Stop it! You’re doing it again. Go back and reread a few of the questions. Give yourself a quick life review, where you are and where you’d rather be. Are you satisfied, or are there things you’d like to change? Executive coaching can be the catalyst to give you the knowledge and strategies to drive your life in the direction you’d like it to go. Executive coaching can get you up and running at the level you want to operate on – and stay there, before, during and after conferences, ED courses and company feel-goods. Why do you think so many senior managers and decision makers rely on it? Here’s a quick way to see whether executive coaching is for you – and receive a personalised career/leadership/workplace strategy outline that you can apply immediately. Discovery – exploring and mapping your current situation and goals Detangle – a range of strategies that you could employ to achieve them Strategy – a personalised plan of selected strategies for you to implement BIO Melinda Fell is a personal coach who works with individuals and organisations to help them recognise and realise opportunities for immediate and ongoing improvement. She has always been intensely curious about how people tick and what drives human behaviour. Specialising in C-level placements, Melinda draws on a unique combination of traditional human resources skills and coaching qualifications to ensure every client receives a solution tailored to their specific needs. Melinda has earned a reputation as a thought leader and consultant who combines understanding and empathy with a clear analytical appreciation of every situation. Melinda Fell Consulting offers boutique executive search and selection and executive coaching, exclusively to the financial services sector for both employees and employers.     Photos available on request.   ACPA applauds QLD Training Awards finalists 2017-06-29T23:36:59Z acpa-applauds-qld-training-awards-finalists The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) is thrilled to announce two successful nominations in the 2017 Queensland Training Awards (metropolitan region). Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) student David Biondi-Odo has been named as a regional finalist in the category of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year. Music Head of Department Nathaniel Andrew has been named as a regional finalist in the category of VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year. The Queensland Training Awards, run by the Department of Education and Training, celebrate the state's top training achievers. A panel of representatives from business, industry and the public sector reviewed over 800 nominations across 14 categories to select just three finalists for each category.  “We are very proud to see David and Nathaniel receive such public recognition for their personal efforts to enrich the experience and reputation of the Queensland performing arts community,” said ACPA CEO, Dr Dimitri Kopanakis. “David’s story was featured on the ABC’s 7.30 Report last December. In August, he was selected as one of 12 Indigenous dancers from around the world for a scholarship to study at the Banff Centre in Canada, where his performance was described by The Calgary Herald as ‘shockingly mature.’ “Nathaniel’s students have benefited enormously from his international experience and very personable teaching style. He has lifted the professionalism of students considerably since joining ACPA in 2014,” Dr Kopanakis said. Regional winners will be named in July, and shortlisted for the announcement of state winners at the prestigious Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner on Friday 1 September. The state winners for each category will represent Queensland at the Australian Training Awards in November. More details about David and Nathaniel’s involvement with ACPA can be viewed on the Centre’s website: www.acpa.edu.au Further information about the Queensland Training Awards can be found here: https://training.qld.gov.au/qta/home Japanese voice actor Daisuke Sakaguchi to attend SMASH! 2017 2017-06-26T05:28:57Z japanese-voice-actor-daisuke-sakaguchi-to-attend-smash-2017 Sydney, NSW, May 2nd, 2017 — Sydney’s #1 anime convention, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show, is highly acclaimed for bringing prolific guests to the Australian pop-culture scene. Following the guest announcement of international cosplayers BAOZI and HANA, SMASH! is delighted to reveal the second guest for SMASH! 2017: Japanese voice actor DAISUKE SAKAGUCHI. With a career that spans over twenty years, Daisuke Sakaguchi is a Japanese voice actor who has worked on numerous titles across the anime, dubbing, and gaming industry. Sakaguchi is best known for his roles as Shinpachi Shimura (Gintama), Leonardo Watch (Blood Blockade Battlefront), Satoshi Fukube (Hyouka), Youhei Sunohara (Clannad), and Uso Ewin (Mobile Suit Victory Gundam). Besides his voice-acting work in anime, Sakaguchi has worked in the video gaming industry as well. Some of his recent titles include Gnome (Tales of Symphonia), Yuki Mishima (Persona 5), and Tatsu (Xenoblade Chronicles X). SMASH! President Andrew Qiu says there is a “significant demand” to bring Japanese voice talent to the convention every year. “It is a great honour to have Mr Sakaguchi as one of our special guests for SMASH! 2017,” Qiu said. “Australian fans are always eager to learn about the Japanese animation industry. This is a great chance for fans to learn more about Sakaguchi’s journey, and his experiences as a voice actor in the industry.” Fans will have the opportunity to meet Daisuke Sakaguchi at the convention and attend exclusive Q&A panels. SMASH! 2017 is a Japanese pop-culture convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens (NSW) on August 19th and 20th. For more event and ticketing information, visit www.smash.org.au. ***ENDS*** “Closing The Gap” In Kempsey 2017-06-26T04:55:09Z closing-the-gap-in-kempsey The Girls Academy, an initiative to support and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls, is launching at two sites in Kempsey, New South Wales this week in a bid to close achievement gaps and boost academic performance.   The Kempsey Girls Academy will be officially opened by Member for Oxley and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight The Hon. Melinda Pavey, MP on 27 June at Kempsey High School, and Kempsey Shire Council Mayor Liz Campbell will officially open the Melville Girls Academy at Melville High School on 29 June.   The Girls Academy works within local school systems to provide high school age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls with support to prosper in school and pursue their goals. The Girls Academy program has the ‘Big 4’ objectives - increase school attendance, advance academic and personal achievement, improve year 12 graduation rates and facilitate post-school transition planning. The Girls Academy is the flagship program for Role Models and Leaders Australia Ltd, a not for profit charitable organisation founded in 2004 by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace (MEdL, BPolSc) to addresses the inequity in investment in educational support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.   "The Girls Academy supports young women to engage in their education, achieve their goals and strengthen their communities,” said Ricky Grace, CEO and Founder of the Girls Academy. "Our program aims to increases the skills, employability, health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls throughout Australia.”   Mr Grace said, “With support from both Federal and State Governments along with backing from major corporate and philanthropic organisations the Girls Academy aims to expand the Girls Academy to 2,500 girls enrolled nationwide by the end of the year, with 800 girls enrolled in New South Wales alone.”   "Support from the NSW Government and Department of Education has been crucial to the Academy's successful expansion in New South Wales. We also thank each school for their commitment to the program," continued Mr Grace.   Minister Pavey said "This is a very valuable opportunity for the girls of the Macleay - at both Kempsey and Melville High Schools. I encourage all to embrace it truly; occasions such as this can - and should - be used to make a real and lasting difference in life. Girls, go for it!.”   Mayor Liz Campbell said "It is wonderful to have the Girls Academy established in Kempsey. This is another step in developing our young Aboriginal people through education, mentoring and activities that will make them the leaders of the future. This Academy compliments other work being undertaken at both Kempsey and Melville High Schools through the Clontarf Foundation for young males. We welcome the Girls Academy to the Macleay Valley."   Kempsey High School Principal, Mr Mick Eller said, "The opening of the Kempsey High School Girls Academy is a significant step in enabling our Aboriginal Girls to achieve improvements in their attendance and engagement. Our wish for them is that they will go on to meaningful further education and careers. I sincerely thank Role Models and Leaders Australia, the Federal and State governments and generous donors for their assistance in making the Girls Academy a reality at Kempsey High School".   Melville High School Principal, Mr Jeff Hollingsworth said, “Melville High School has welcomed the initiative from Role Models and Leaders Australia, to establish a Girls Academy at this school. The potential improvement in the lives and outcomes of our students will be immense, and I congratulate and thank all those who have supported us in this process. It has been demonstrated in a short time that the program and staff can have an impact on our girls and their families which was difficult to achieve without such support."   About the Events   The Kempsey Girls Academy Official Opening will take place on Tuesday 27 June 5 pm – 7 pm at Kempsey High School, 13 Broughton Street, Kempsey NSW 2440.   The Melville Girls Academy Official Opening will take place on Thursday 29 June 5 pm – 7 pm at Melville High School, 44-50 Nicholson Street, South Kempsey NSW 2440.     About the Girls Academy   The Girls Academy program is the leading provider of school-based programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Australia. The program works within the local school system to support high school girls to engage in education and pursue their goals through mentoring, sport, cultural and empowerment programs. The program is centred around an Academy room in each school where a minimum of two mentors deliver a program to achieve the ‘Big 4' objectives - increase school attendance; advance academic and personal achievement; improve year 12 graduation rates and facilitate post-school transition planning. The program is community driven and tailored to the needs of each community. The Girls Academy Program is the flagship program of Role Models and Leaders Australia Ltd, a not for profit charitable organisation founded in 2004 by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace (MEdL, BPolSc) to addresses the inequity in investment in educational support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.   Further information at http://www.girlsacademy.com.au/  STUDENTS SHOWCASE HEAVEN-SENT TALENT 2017-06-19T03:54:37Z students-showcase-heaven-sent-talent Australia’s next generation of stage and screen stars will be shining at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) mid-year showcase from 21-23 June 2017, at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art in Brisbane. Over three nights, ACPA students will perform various works under the banner of ‘Heaven & Earth’, exploring what happens when the earth moves us to passion and makes promises of heavenly rewards - who will hold our hand and what will hold us back? ACPA CEO, Dr Dimitri Kopanakis, said the showcase will allow students to experience performing for an audience in a professional venue. “We provide an excellent vocational education that is industry-relevant, with a strong emphasis on public performances to build confidence,” Dr Kopanakis said. "Our mid-year showcase is not only an opportunity for students’ families to watch their progress, but also for ACPA’s corporate and community supporters to see how they’re helping our students to shine. “The showcase is open to the general public too, and we hope Brisbane theatre goers will come to all three shows and enjoy a unique performance experience,” he said. ACPA is Australia’s only training centre offering courses that incorporate all performing arts genres, including classes dedicated to Indigenous cultural fusion. Each night a different genre will be featured. Wednesday 21 June – Melodies from Heaven II Australia’s most talented First Nations performers will sing acapella, solo and ensemble interpretations of African American gospel music. Thursday 22 June – Lovers Anonymous A hilarious and poignant portrayal of young lovers as they break up, make up, and give up on the L word.  Friday 23 June – The Clutch and Fur & Feathers Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’, The Clutch explores the fragile struggle between independent identity and group power. Fur and Feathers is a journey back through time, dancing with the energies of the land through the spirits of the Kangaroo and the Emu. All performances commence at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available from Qtix - $15 for adults and $10 concession.   Event details What:   Heaven & Earth mid-year student showcase When:  Wed-Fri 21-23 June 2017, 7.30 pm Where: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley Tickets: $15 adults; $10 concession. http://judithwrightcentre.com/event/heaven_earth