Top 10 Australia Culture On this week 19/04/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)

There’s more than one way to get mashed.


10) Drink in Design: Mike Lowery

21st April

What: Grab a beverage, any beverage, and get comfortable because MODA is bringing design to you! Atlanta’s most creative people (and some from beyond the 404) will invite you into their home, studio, or maker space. They’ll tell you about their work, their career trajectory, and what they’re thinking about now as our world takes a new form. Mike Lowery is an author and artist living in Atlanta, Georgia. Mike’s work has been seen on everything from greetings cards to dozens of children’s books to gallery walls all over the world.

Why: Experience Altanta’s most creative family man without having the image of a pile of severed human body parts sewn together seared onto your brain.


9) Verses Festival of Words: Mashed Poetics

22nd April

What: Come join the Vancouver Poetry House for the 10th annual Verses Festival of Words: Mashed Poetics. This iteration of Mashed Poetics features Spillious on acoustic guitar, performing the songs on the album Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me. Mashed Poetics is the first performance from Verses on a format that allows the performers and their audience to maintain social distancing.

Why: Quarantine can take you to weird, psychologically irredeemable places. So it’s comforting to remind yourself once in a while that there are still people who consider themselves on the radical fringe of creativity by working a medium that was tired in the 50s.


8) In-Verse: An Evening of Poetry & Spoken Word with Nobody Likes Us, But We’re Here Anyway

24th April

What: Love spoken word? MODA is taking Ryan J and Nate Mask online! Join these award-winning, spoken-word artists who tour as Nobody Likes Us, But We’re Here Anyway, for an evening of poetry and spoken word at MODA. Come prepared to be inspired as you listen and/or to take your turn at the mic – virtually!

Why: At least they’re honest.


7) The Vancouver Quarantine Performance Project: Showcase Screening 

20th April

What: The Vancouver Quarantine Performance Project is an online festival launched to give local out-of-work performers and creatives an opportunity to continue to make cool, weird, and profound projects, even while self-isolating. Categories include quarantined short-film, monologue, stand-up, and original song. All projects were required to be completed following social-distancing protocol. Experience a showcase of the best and weirdest creative projects.

Why: Experience the Canadian version of weird. It’s either going to be really boring or fundamentally alter your psyche forever.


6) Red Note Ensemble’s Digital Noisy Nights 

24th-25th April

What: Due to social distancing, Scotland’s Red Note Ensemble is bringing you live, original contemporary music through Youtube live streaming with their Noisy Nights series! After opening a challenge to composers by randomly assigning them an instrument to write a solo piece, Red Note, with Ruth Morley on flute, Sasha Savaloni on classical guitar, Tom Hunter on percussion, Jackie Shave on violin and Robert Irvine on cello, are performing the 20 compositions selected by the players on their YouTube channel. This incarnation in the series will feature Carol J Jones’s ‘Selkie’, Florence Anna Maunders’ ‘Black Ants/Red Ants’, Stefano Paparozzi’s ‘A Chord Chart’, Mauricio Cristales Armas’ ‘Longing for Hope’ and Colin Johnson’s ‘Grimpen Mire’.

Why: Realise your efforts to create something of value during quarantine are futile in comparison to those whose talents were honed prior to the pandemic, put down the whittling knife, and spend the rest of your time discovering if there are any foods in existence that don’t taste good with a thick layer of butter on them.


5) Vienna State Opera: Live

19th-25th April

What: The Vienna State Opera is sharing past performances via free daily online streams. Experience the majesty of the Viennese opera alongside a worldwide audience. This week’s performances will feature Undine, Der Nussknacker, Capriccio, L’Italiana In Algeri, Le Pavillon D’Armide, Fidelio, Anna Bolena and Madama Butterfly.

Why: There’s nothing like blasting late 19th Century German opera to remind yourself that there are far worse things to fight over than a square of toilet paper.


4) Silkroad Home Sessions with Amirtha Kidambi 

21st April

What: Jazz singer Amirtha Kidambi “takes a holistic approach to singing, which can mean treating every element as unfixed: Words can be opened up, rendered nonspecific. Melody can be repeated and frozen and stuck in place. Markings of rhythm can become utterly abstract, freed from cadence” (New York Times). Experience her unique style in a livestreamed performance.

Why: But you’d never thought your increasingly deranged internal monologue would be so well interpreted by a Jazz singer.


3) Virtual Wild and Scenic Film Festival 

22nd-27th April

What: 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and now, more than ever, is the time to reflect on and celebrate the Earth. The Sierra Nevada Alliance is proud to provide a way to appreciate our planet and inspire advocacy from the safety of your couch during the coronavirus pandemic. The Alliance is inviting you to celebrate Earth Day online with the Virtual Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour combines award-winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism. Each year, films are chosen so that you are inspired to take further action regarding issues that impact our environment, ourselves, and our world.

Why: Reminisce about January. When we all really gave a s*** about these issues.


2) Silkroad Home Sessions with Reylon Yount 

25th April

What: Reylon is a Chinese American yangqin player breathing new life into his instrument through performance, songwriting, and improvisation. Based in London, he co-directs Tangram, an artist collective exploring new music of the Chinese diaspora. He now enjoys working across contemporary classical, experimental, and alternative folk scenes. Experience his unique talents in a livestreamed performance.

Why: Experience a master of an ancient Chinese version of the dulcimer. Then tell your friends. Tell all your friends. Over-pronounce every non-English word so they know how superior you are.


1) Silkroad Home Sessions with Sandeep Das 

22nd April

What: Tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das is one of the few Indian classical musicians to have collaborated with major symphony orchestras, string quartets, and jazz musicians. Das is trained in the centuries-old Indian tradition of Guru-Shishya Parampara, studying and living with his Guru—Pandit Kishan Maharaj—and learning and practicing music as a way of life, more than just an art form. Sandeep has been an artist in residence at universities including Dartmouth, Brandeis, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Clara University, College of the Holy Cross, Juilliard School, Berklee College of Music, and UC British Columbia. Experience his unique talents in a livestreamed performance.

Why: See the man before the Oscar-nominated film comes out about his life starring Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper and also some Indian guy billed third, probably Dev Patel.

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