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April 2011

This month has seen the culmination of the YouthFest events skills program with young people, from the Port Macquarie/Hastings, Kempsey/Macleay Valley and Nambucca Valley who engaged with the program participating in creative enterprise, on site arts installation, roving circus and as volunteers for Youth Fest events during Youth Week. The Youth Fest events skills program was a collaboration with MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation.

Nambucca Youth Service Creative Industries crew who participated in Youth Fest program
Thank you and congratulations to our Physical Circus Co-ordinator Hemlock Mejarne who assisted with the Youth Fest program and who has joined the A.C.A.P.T.A Board
Hemlock in full flight.. 

The intergenerational digital storytelling project ‘Looking Back to the Future’ continues in post production with film editor Josh Thomason and Andrea Varigos , musician & soundscape artist,  working alongside Slippry Sirkus’s artistic director to realize the artistic outcome, while Miss Raphaela Rosella completes the fine tuning & printing of the portraits of participants.

April also saw the final program of workshops delivered in the two year Healthier Communities strategy, a partnership with Port Macquarie/Hastings Council.

Birpai Land Council workshop program

National Photographic Portrait Prize… You can see 2010 Australia Council of the Arts Kirk Robson  recipient  Yanni Scott Davis’s  self portrait along with the other finalists at: 

The outreach strategy into Cambodia gained momentum with the April visit providing the opportunity to strengthen connections made last August and to cement a partnership between Krousar Thmey, Phareps and Slippry Sirkus that will provide the opportunity for a cross cultural artistic mentoring and skills exchange program to support the work of these organisations in Cambodia and to strengthen Slippry Sirkus’s skill base.

Madi & Denni with street sellers Krousar Thmey School & centre
The visit also provided the opportunity to work with the Cambodian Space project who provided advice and support through our stay. and social documentary maker Marc Eberle
Krousar Thmey officialn celebration                   The Prime Minister, his wife and officials

While in Cambodia, a documentary was filmed by Channel 7 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Krousar Thmey and the contribution that the late Peter Carrette had made over the past twenty years.  Jack Thompson contributed with his insights to this journey that commenced twenty years ago, when Jack, Peter and Benito (Benoit Duchateau-Arminjon), the founder of Krousar Thmey, moved the first group of children from refugee camps along the Thai border to the first centre.  Benito’s vision and drive has built a foundation assisting deprived children, with educational and social support and access to arts & culture through their blind schools, arts centers and orphanages.  A  Buddhist ceremony was held on the Mekong river and a Krousar Thmey centre named in honour of our dear friend and photographer Peter Carrette.

Thank you to Anne, Julien & the Krousar Thmey crew and Allans Music who donated a box of percussive instruments that was presented to Vanna, the musical director of the blind schools and who was one of the original children from the refugee camps.

 Jack & Krousay Thmey children  on train.  1991                 Jack, Benito & Vanna

Slippry Sirkus would like to extend its gratitude to our Chair Jodie Harrison for all her work in putting the whole visit together and to her daughter Miss Madi Carrette plus a huge thenk you to Benito.

Jodie & Madi with Krousar Thmey children                         Benito unveils the memorial plaque


This month’s featured artist is: Anthea Varigos…..

'When her music stops, the silence is deafening’ David Andrews, Time Out

From poet to singer/songwriter to sound artist and composer, Anthea is a musician excited by unknown territory. Her career has taken her across the world and between genres, building an arsenal of skills and expertise along the way.

Anthea’s career as a singer/songwriter saw her win awards and work with some of the best in the business, supporting the likes of Missy Higgins and Pete Murray and recording with Portishead’s

Jim Barr in Bristol, Skitch (Mary Trembles,the Dark Horses) and Powderfingers Ian Haug.

More recently, Anthea has been collaborating with French HipHop artists and her compositions for time lapse artist Cy Starkman’s films have won acclaim, with Anthea in the final stages of producing the soundscape for Starkman’s latest work ‘Coast to Coast.

Later in the year, through a project supported by adventurer and philanthropist Dick Smith, she and Cy Starkman will fly across Australia to create ‘Australia in a Day’ in images and sound.

'Handle With Care' Project

‘The Journey' shares insights from the young people from the sixteen communities who participated in this two year project.




Have a look at the images that capture some of  the many project highlights

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Media Comment


There has been very positive responses to our projects across a broad sector of the community

View samples here

Making Music

Listen to the songs created by the young people about the lives, their families and their communities.

Bourke Girls Track