In a few hours –four-ish to be almost precise, Something Else kicks off at The Bowl in Braddon. It’s looking huge. What we’re most excited about is that the kinds of collaboration that have occurred are varied and colourful: we have fashion designers, bloggers, musicians, illustrators, skywhales and poets. Here’s the line up, so you don’t miss your favourite act:
8:21 – 8:30 – Aaron Kirby and ACT Comic Meet
8:31 – 8:36 – David Finnigan: Skywhale
We have three Canberra artists and bloggers taking to the stage to provide their narrative reportage concerning the Skywhale. Hannah McCann is a PhD candidate at the ANU. She’s pretty much the best tutor at the whole uni, and has an award to prove it. She’s also amazing with conversations about gender (see her blog) and Skywhale’s best friend. Samuel Townsend is a photographer who also once performed a multimedia cross-camera lip-synch to Iggy Pop and Peaches’ ‘Kick It’. David Finnigan is a playwright and festival curator, among other things. He is one part of Finnigan and Brother, a collaboration between spoken word and electric guitar.
We have a WORDOPERA being performed by JC Inman and Varisht Gosain, which you can contribute to by visiting this link. Audience members will stand and read aloud different sections of an epic poem put together by a huge collection of poets from Canberra and surrounds.
Finally, we have a panel featuring one particularly amazing guest. His name is Jeremy Staples. He has a big stapler on his arm. He’s come from Toowoomba to run a zinemaking workshop at the NLA on the weekend, and on Friday night he’s also collaborated with us to put together this spectacular launch over at The Front.</P
Is this ridiculously huge? Yes. Do we have anyone else to thank? We do.
The ACT Writers Centre is sponsoring us: insuring our butts and providing us with wine from Zane Hills winery. In case you didn’t know, the Centre is currently offering free memberships to people under the age of 25. Not bad, hey. Get in there and grab yourselves a membership: you get a monthly magazine, movie tickets, discounts at Paperchain and Electric Shadows, and so much more. Call 6262 9191, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to take up the offer.