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It Takes A Village Play2Learn sessions Woolloongabba and Stones Corner

Save the Children has recently established an integrated playgroup program called ‘It Takes A Village Play2Learn’. This program has been specifically designed to create a sense of community for recently migrated and refugee families. This Department of Social Services funded program will provide sustained wrap around support for families to strengthen social networks, build personal and community capacity and get children ready for the Australia school system.  It Takes A Village Play2Learn sessions are currently held weekly (including school holidays) at Woolloongabba and Stones Corner and is facilitated by one qualified Early Childhood Educator and Bicultural Worker with access...

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A group of the Queensland’s finest singers will lend their voices to premiere the innovative new production, Our Place, on July 5-7 in Brisbane. The production, featuring the Queensland Choir’s singers, DeepBlue musicians, didjeribone player Tjupurru and a cast from Digi Youth Arts, explores the ever-changing relationship between neighbours and takes audiences from the bush to the backyard and balcony. The Queensland Choir’s musical director Kevin Power says, “The Choir is excited to be involved in the creation and presentation of Our Place because it’s an opportunity for us to perform new repertoire in really innovative ways. “Our Place...

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TrashFest2019 – “a riotous assault on the senses”

Meet Queensland’s Andrew Leavold: video store owner-turned-filmmaker, author, film historian, world traveller, and now international tour guide and creator of the new two hour compilation TrashFest 2019, touring around Australia from the 26th of June. As part of a Kickstarter fundraising campaign for his latest venture Film Safari – taking small groups of film freaks on guided tours of foreign movie locations – TrashFest 2019 is culled from Leavold’s thirty years of collecting and sharing film oddities, and promises to be one of his wildest creations yet. “Expect a riotous assault on the senses…ESPECIALLY taste! I have prepared a...

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New book explores unsolved assassination that gripped Australia – @AKalagianBlunt ‏

Author Ashley Kalagian Blunt launches her first book, My Name Is Revenge, at a public event at Avid Reader in Brisbane’s West End on Wednesday 24 July 2019, 6pm. She will be in conversation with Ashley Hay, novelist and editor of Griffith Review. Tickets are available through Avid Reader (details below).    Combining fiction and non-fiction, My Name Is Revenge explores the Australian connections to a wave of international terrorism that began in California in 1973 and continued for two decades. Terrorist groups sought retribution for the ongoing denial of the Armenian genocide, which took place in the Ottoman Empire during WWI. Two...

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High levels of concern about fake news have led to fact-checking by Australian news consumers. The Digital News Report: Australia 2019 finds 62% of Australian news consumers say they are worried about what is real or fake on the internet, which is much higher than the global average (55%). The report also shows that concern about fake news is strongly linked to news avoidance and news fatigue. Two thirds of those who are concerned are also more likely to avoid news. And almost eighty per cent (79%) of those who worry about the veracity of online content say they...

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