Sneak Peek of the 2013 Come Out Festival

Come Out Festival offers a sneak peek into future of the 2013 program

Come Out Festival 2013 offers something for everyone; from hip-hop playing violinists to world class local theatre and a state-wide publishing project for toddlers through to school students. With the theme of the festival encouraging audiences, young people and the public to dream the future, Come Out Festival 2013 is set to inspire and create the life-long memories for which it has become renowned. The much loved arts festival for schools and families today announced several program elements, ahead of its full program launch on February 1st.

Challenge your perceptions of music when classical meets hip hop in Black Violin with Drums

To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical are musical genres but to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they're nothing but ingredients. Combining an array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that’s not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this trio of two classically trained violinists and their DJ is redefining the music world; one string at a time. With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin break all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create a sound that nobody has ever heard, but that everybody wants to feel. Black Violin tear down stereotypes. Young, black and gifted, they appeal to music enthusiasts everywhere. Fusing classical training with the urban musical genre doesn’t seem like a typical combination or mix… but it works!

Join a playful journey with one of Australia’s most acclaimed theatre companies in The Moon’s A Balloon

A balloon can be a friend to play with or a maker of friendships. It can hold its breath for days and disappear in an instant. It can make your hair stand on end and fill you with laughter. A balloon can be something loved or something lost; something shared or something broken. A balloon can be anything you need it to be. Imaginative, magical, moving and funny, The Moon’s A Balloon is inspired by the EE Cummings poem of the same name, which suggests that amazing possibilities can come from the simplest of things. The work sees white balloons, two performers and a musician explore and play as they search for meaning and friendship. This work has been collaboratively created by Patch Theatre Company with an all Adelaide team; Josh Bennett, Dave Brown, Morag Cook, David Gadsden, Robert Griffin and Katrina Lazaroff.

Share dreams through story, illustration and community publishing with Kids’ Own Publishing

Kids’ Own Publishing are heading across South Australia to run book-making workshops in which dreams become words and pictures. From these, books are ‘published’ to share with family, friends and young people everywhere. The Book Cubby is a travelling library of books by children for children and will appear in selected public libraries across the state. Workshops are available for schools and the general public in which groups of kids will create artwork and text for a variety of book styles, under the guidance of experienced facilitators and well known authors and illustrators. Kids’ Own Publishing is a pioneer in children’s community publishing, giving voice to young people and families, involving them in all stages of creating their own book.

Change the way you think about Australia’s history in Bindjareb Pinjarra, a comedy about a massacre

This hilarious and thought provoking play has been acclaimed across Australia by audiences and critics alike. Dealing with Western Australia’s 1834 Pinjarra Massacre, and its contemporary reverberations, this unique work has found enthusiastic support from elders, educators and young audiences. Created by Nyoongar and Wadjella actors, Bindjareb Pinjarra demonstrates extraordinary risk-taking through its fusion of history, outrageous comedy and tough physical theatre.

Bindjareb Pinjarra speaks directly from the heart about how we all share the same history, and how by understanding our past we can work together towards a better future. Each performance is followed by a short debrief, allowing those attending to deal with the tragedy, share local stories and depart in good spirits. Created and performed by Isaac Drandic, Geoff Kelso, Sam Longley, Frank Nannup, Kelton Pell and Phil Thomson. Audiences may be familiar with Kelton Pell’s role as Raymond in a recent episode of ABCTV’s Redfern Now.

Be part of a visually spectacular opening celebration and dream of Future Gardens at the Adelaide Festival Centre

Massive air-filled inflatable objects will be the showpiece of the festival’s official opening event on May 22nd 2013. Made collaboratively by students from across the state and KneeHIGH, the designs submitted by primary and high schools will be turned into a giant inflated reality and installed around the Adelaide Festival Centre, reflecting the festival’s theme Dreaming the Future. Accompanying the inflatables will be another installation at the Centre (and across the state in schools); Future Gardens. Designed by Morag Cook in collaboration with students and teachers, participants are asked to dream of the future for objects from the past to create beautiful and unexpected garden installations from objects that might otherwise be considered rubbish.

Creative Producer Michael Hill says

“We have waited a long time for this moment, when we can finally share some of the exciting, diverse and highly participatory projects we’ve been busy lining up for 2013. I can’t wait to see the Adelaide Town Hall full of kids breaking out their hip hop moves to the pumping beats and flaming strings of Black Violin from the US. Or to see the much anticipated world premiere from Patch Theatre – one of Australia’s most highly regarded children’s theatre companies – as they present their latest collaboration with local artists, The Moon’s A Balloon, at their home in Norwood’s Odeon Theatre.

And I know that there’ll be jealous parents who envy their kids’ chance to write and publish their own book, complete with ISBN, during the Kids’ Own Publishing project.

It will be very rewarding for South Australian audiences to finally have a chance to see Bindjareb Pinjarra, which has travelled Australia for years, bringing laughter and understanding to audiences all over the country. This powerful show is a great way for Come Out Festival to celebrate and draw awareness to Reconciliation Week.

Last but not least, we are simply bursting at the seams to bring Adelaide the Opening Event, where children and young people will transform the Adelaide Festival Centre into a brand new space inhabited by massive inflatables and Future Gardens. Come with us, and join Come Out Festival in Dreaming The Future.”

The full Come Out Festival 2013 program will be launched on February 1st 2013. Tickets for the general public are on sale through BASS now. Schools ticketing will be available from February 1st.

Come Out Festival runs from May 22 – 31 2013 and events take place state wide.

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