In 2021 the Festival Reimagined is presenting a very diverse and rich mix of monthly programming for our online and radio audience, and live events are returning in October.
The expression and sharing of both cultural differences and cross-cultural connections is such a positive thing now and into the future. Get a taste of that with the Djoliba Rattler Quartet, with Sarita McHarg and Jacob Papadopoulos, and by dipping into the video featuring David Marama, Fem Belling and Rolf Koren.
Be thrilled and fascinated by these diverse delights – by artists, creators and cultural leaders.
AMANDA ANASTASI AND MARY SITARENOS | THE SPOKEN WORD
This program provides the opportunity to meet two inspiring artists of the world of poetry and literature. Amanda Anastasi is a poet connecting us deeply with the science of climate change to communicate a powerful message. And Mary Sitarenos an accomplished theatre director, actress and writer who shares with us her latest spoken word piece; a beautiful story about her childhood in Adelaide and what it meant to grow up in a family of migrants.
Amanda Anastasi is a Melbourne poet and the author of ‘The Inheritors’. She is a recipient of the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship and the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize, and her work has been published in the Australian Poetry Journal and Best Australian Science Writing. Amanda is currently the Poet in Residence at the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub, where she writes poetry in relation to the climate crisis and ecological issues.
Born in Adelaide to Greek Cypriot parents, Mary Sitarenos began her career after graduating from the VCA and becoming a core member of Theatre Works creating original new works. Throughout her career Mary has continued her research and practice with renowned practitioners and has developed somatic theatre practices influenced by west and eastern masters. Mary has been invited to China training actors in the Greek Classics and chorus work. She has also worked in Indonesia, Hong Kong Singapore and Japan.
SARITA MCHARG AND JACOB PAPADOPOULOS | INDIA MEETS GREECE
In this program India meets Greece on this new exciting music episode with two talented Melbourne based artists: Sarita McHarg (Sitar and Vocalist) and Jacob Papadopoulos (Bouzouki player and Poet).
Enjoy their mesmerizing collaborative performances and conversations about common stories from traditional folk songs sung in both countries and Bollywood films that impacted their culture.
WHANG ZHENG TING AND VINOD PRASANNA | CULTURAL AND MUSICAL CONNECTIONS
The magical sounds of two ancient instruments: Sheng (Chinese mouth organ) and Bansuri (Indian flute) join us for the first time on this special episode with two great masters of their music traditions.
Wang Zheng Ting and Vinod Prasanna create new sonic worlds in this exclusive performance and interview where cultural boundaries disappear and give space to spiritual human connections.
IAKI VALLEJO WITH GUESTS DAVID JONES AND EVRI EVRIPIDOU
This program is a very special re-encounter of Iaki, David and Evri for the Victorian Seniors Festival. After 8 years, these three top jazz artists reconnect, and bring Australia and Latin America closer through their sounds.
Iaki Vallejo – singing since the age of 10, Colombian singer/songwriter Iaki Vallejo has travelled the world, composing, performing and studying with luminary figures. She released her first album in Australia in 2016, and her new EP contains seven original songs ranging from ballads, currulao, jazz, reggae and salsa. In 2019 Iaki was nominated for Music Victoria’s best intercultural act. iaki.com.au
David Jones – acclaimed, innovative Master drummer and educator, David Jones is a Melbourne based, world class performer and recording artist. Experienced in all styles of music, David is also a mesmerising solo drummer/percussionist.
Evripidies Evripidou – Evri is one of Australia’s leading bassists. He holds a degree in Jazz and Classical studies and has toured alongside artists such as James Morrison and Antonio Sanchez. Evripides has gained a reputation as an inventive and electrifying player through innovative use of multi string basses and electronic effects.