The art of music

Spring has sprung and there seems to be so many upcoming events – I can’t quite keep up!  The Darebin Music Feast started yesterday and lucky people in the area have so much choice close to home.  I sit next to a work colleague who is also a drummer in a band and was lamenting the fact that it’s been ages since I’ve been to a gig.  However, that will change next month because La Trobe University is holding soundvision – an outdoor art and live music event to close off our 50th Anniversary Year on Saturday 18 November.  There’s some great bands in the lineup including Bombay Royale, Emma Donovan and the Putbacks as well as the Raah Project featuring the Australian Youth Orchestra Ensemble.  All the action will take place on the Academic Lawn overlooking the Moat (yes we have a moat and a wildlife sanctuary at La Trobe).  My media and communications, Events and 50th Anniversary Office colleagues are all involved in the organisation of this event, to which we’ve already bought tickets as a family!

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Image via La Trobe weekly student update

While I was away, my Bold Thinking Series team ably held the Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley lecture in Shepparton and both La Trobe alumnus and Asylum Seeker Resource Centre CEO Kon Karapanagiotidis and Indigenous academic Dr Julie Andrews in particular were impressive speakers.  Interesting if you get a chance to watch on the livestream, Julie’s comments in relation to Australia Day celebrations and the stolen generation.

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Image via YouTube

The previously sold out lecture with Kevin Rudd has been moved to a larger space at The Sofitel so there are currently some tickets still available if you’re interested in China and its relationship with Australia.  Details are also online regarding my final lecture of the year on the future of Universities featuring the three Vice-Chancellors from Melbourne, La Trobe and Monash, which will be facilitated by La Trobe alumna Virginia Trioli. The way we study at University now is rapidly changing with a move to short courses and online, and people choosing to do select subjects often with an industry focus – it’s a brave new world and I think will make for a fascinating topic if you’re interested in the sector or have children.

A few other things to mention – if you’re a sci-fi fan, tickets are on sale for The Last Jedi at IMAX Melbourne and my friends who’ve been to see Bladerunner 2049 have said it’s fantastic.  The Heide Makers Market is on tomorrow, while on Sunday the North Melbourne Spring Fling.  Enjoy!

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I’m so glad it’s Friday today and can’t quite believe how frantically busy this past week has been.  While I’ve managed to make it to both a training session at Cinch PT and my yoga class, work’s been a bit out of control with not one but now two lectures on the go and starting to plan and program for 2018.  It’s been a very busy start to Spring, but at least it’s taken my mind off the weather!  Hello Melbourne – what is with this weather?  Never mind…

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18-20 Alexandra Street image via www.realestate.com.au

These two houses which have just come on to the market have both caught my eye – the former (train) Station Master’s house at 18 – 20 Alexander Street in Greensborough which has some beautiful period details as well as the light filled, modernist house at 7 Helene Street in Bulleen, where I grew up – I love those clerestory windows.

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7 Helene Street image via www.realestate.com.au

It’s also nice to have a number of arty things happening as of this week.  The Darebin Music Feast has started and the 20th Anniversary Art4All event at Fairfield Primary also starts tonight and runs this weekend while if the weather holds, the Heide Makers Market re-starts tomorrow and the Diamond Creek Town Fair is also on.

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Image via www.montsalvat.com.au

Sunday looks like the pick of the week and I hope my friend Arts Manager Jeannette Davison is happy with the turn out at the Montsalvat Arts Festival.