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Film Festival: Film Continent Australia
Ongoing until 4 June 2019, Vienna
Music: Courtney Barnett in Concert
20 May 2019, 7:00 pm, Budapest
Australian indie-rock singer-songwriter, Courtney Barnett, is currently on a world tour and will be performing in concert in Budapest. Barnett released her debut album Sometime I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit in 2015 and immediately received worldwide acclaim, including nominations at the Grammy Awards and the Brit Awards. Known for her particular brand of music that combines dry wit with typical Australian sarcasm, Barnett has established herself as one of the most promising contemporary indie-rock singers through her unique artistry.
Music: Carousel, starring Ben Connor
20 May 2019, 7:00 pm & 30 May 2019, 6:00 pm, Vienna
Australian baritone, Ben Connor, will perform the leading role of Billy Bigelow in the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Carousel in Vienna. Carousel tells the story of a carousel barker who dies after a failed robbery attempt but is given a second chance by the heavens to return to Earth and redeem himself. Connor moved to Vienna in 2010 to pursue a career in theatre and has since performed in other musicals including The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, Die Fledermaus, Sweeney Todd and My Fair Lady. Outside Austria, Connor has also performed in Australia, Estonia, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Music: Ratzer/Herbert/eXtracello, featuring Melissa Coleman
29 May 2019, 8:30 pm, Vienna
Australian cellist, Melissa Coleman, will be performing alongside noted Austrian jazz musicians, Kart Ratzer and Peter Herbert, as part of the four women cello ensemble, eXtracello. Originally from Melbourne, Coleman has found success performing as a jazz cellist, both as a soloist and an ensemble musician, in music festivals around the world. In addition to performing, Coleman also works as a composer and arranger in modern dance, theatre and multimedia projects.
Film: Mini Australian Film Festival in Slovakia
1-2 June 2019, Bratislava
The Kino Lumière is presenting an offshoot of the Film Continent Australia, by showcasing four Australian films over one weekend. Mad Dog Morgan (1976) and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) will be screened on Saturday, while Breaker Morant (1980) and The Tracker (2002) will be showcased on Sunday. The festival as a whole aims to highlight how Australian films are deeply rooted in collective memory yet also cover a broad spectrum of themes and ideas unique to the Australian culture and Australia’s Indigenous people. All films will be shown in English.
811 08 Bratislava
Dance: ab [intra] by Sydney Dance Company
7 June, 7:30 pm, St. Pölten, Austria
Australia’s leading contemporary dance company Sydney Dance Company will be touring Europe, performing their latest production, ab [intra], which has already received critical praise in Australia. Choreographer, Rafael Bonachela, and composer, Nick Wales, have created this production which sees 17 dancers discover the extremes of human nature in ‘an exploration of our primal instincts, our impulses and our visceral responses’. The Sydney Dance Company traces its origins back 50 years and has cemented its reputation internationally by performing around the world in New York, Moscow and Shanghai. Its members have received numerous awards, both Australian and international, for their performances.