The Culturalist Series: An insider’s guide to the Cultural Precinct
For our third instalment of the Culturalist Series, we sat down with Sophie Dixon, Public Programs Coordinator at QAGOMA, to ask her what she is looking forward to in the coming weeks in the Cultural Precinct.
Last week we had fun exploring the Indigenous playlist category, so this week we thought we should get some insider information from the Culturalist app’s Staff Picks category. Better yet – we went straight to the source of the Cultural Summer playlist, Sophie Dixon, and asked her to guide us through. Sophie says:
“The Cultural Precinct is a beautiful place to work but I have to say, even being in such close proximity to a huge array of amazing places and events, I am definitely guilty of missing things in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Culturalist app is a great way to make the most of a visit to the area – or identify a sneaky lunchtime excursion!
I’m a huge fan of musicals and have been looking forward to seeing Les Misérables at QPAC for a few months now, which opens on Tuesday November 10. There’s something about musical theatre that can transport you to another place and time. I try to see a musical, opera or ballet at QPAC a few times per year.
I’m also really looking forward to the Lure of the Sun: Charles Blackman in Queensland exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery opening this weekend on Saturday November 7, which will feature the work of one of Australia’s most important living artists. You can feel the warm glow of the Queensland sunshine in these works. I’d definitely recommend taking advantage of a free volunteer-guided tour of the exhibition to get the most out of your visit.
While you’re in the area, catch the finals days of the free 2015 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition at the State Library of Queensland to reconnect with the wider world and gain some perspective – it closes on November 22.
The APT8 opening weekend (Saturday November 21 and Sunday November 22) at QAGOMA is set to be huge! A few highlight recommendations from me would be the APT8 Live: Yumi Danis (We Dance) performance featuring women from the Sunameke dance group and the ABC Radio National Books and Arts Live Broadcast on the Saturday. On Sunday, don’t miss APT8 Live: Anida Yoeu Ali’s Buddhist Bug performance, as well as a spectacular finale event with APT8 Live: Ming Wong and a group of performers from Yogyakarta and Sydney performing a live, lip-syncing drag performance.
It might take a little while to recover from the APT8 opening weekend, but don’t forget to take a look at the Clancestry, A Celebration of Country 2015 free program at QPAC in early December, celebrating the arts and cultural practices of the world’s First Nations Peoples with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. My pick of the talks is Clancestry Conversation One –Intersectionality and Indigeneity: Narratives of Black Australians who are #NotJustBlack.”
Be sure to explore all of the playlists in the Staff Picks category of the Culturalist app – you can download it for free through the App Store and Google Play. Look out for next week’s instalment of the Culturalist Series, when we explore the Kids playlist category with plenty of fun-filled children’s activities in the lead up to the summer holidays.
Image one credit: Field of Fire (detail), Adam Hourigan, 2014 Nikon-Walkley Community Regional Prize Winner.
Image two credit: Clancestry, Photo: Mick Richards, courtesy QPAC
Image three credit: Anida Yoeu Ali / The Buddhist Bug, Into the Night (production still) 2015 (detail) / A project of Studio Revolt. Concept and performance: Anida Yoeu Ali; Video: Masahiro Sugano / Commissioned for APT8. The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2015 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist