Thursday, February 17th, 2011

SPOKE Writers' Festival 2011

the inaugural Adelaide Fringe word festival

22 Feb 2011 Opening address 6.30 - 7.00 pm

An official part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2011 SPOKE will be opened by Robyn Archer at 6 pm on 22 February at AC ARTS in Light Square.

SPOKE will then offer showcases, forums and workshops until 25 February 2011.

Robyn Archer is a singer, writer , director , Artistic Director and public advocate of the Arts. In all of these roles her reach is global. In 2010 she has given concerts in Honolulu, Adelaide and Port Fairy: in February 2011 she will sing Brecht in his birthplace, Augsburg, at the Brecht and Music festival. Recent keynote addresses have been widely praised and a collection was published in 2010 by UWA press under the title Detritus. She is in constant demand throughout the world as a speaker on the Arts and recent destinations have been Varna ( Bulgaria), Perth and all points east in Australia, Vancouver, Prague, Seoul, London, Ghent: there are new invitations to Jeju ( Korea) , Glasgow, Sydney, Townsville, Mackay, Yolgnu Land ( NT).

Her most recent play Architektin premiered in Adelaide in Sept 2008, and she spent 5 weeks at Carnegie Mellon SChool of Drama in Pittsburgh March/April 2009 directing a theatrical cabaret which she devised.

Robyn is currently the Creative Director of The Centenary of Canberra ( 2013) and Artistic Director of The Light in Winter which she created for Federation Square in Melbourne . She is devising the program for the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture ( Melbourne October 3-6 2011) and advising on the National Gallery of Victoria's 150th celebrations in 2011. She was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor to the University of Canberra.

Her specialty of the songs of Brecht /Weill /Eisler and Weimar culture generally have marked her out internationally, and her landmark recordings with the London Sinfonietta, Songs For Bad Times Vols 1 and 2 , are now available as digital downloads . She continues to sing an eclectic repertoire including her own songs and much of the back catalogue is also now available through Chaos Music from this site, or as digital download.

Robyn was Artistic Director of the National Festival of Australian Theatre in Canberra for three years and of the Adelaide Festival in 1998 and 2000. She was chair of the Australia Council's Community Cultural Development Board, a consultant to the new Melbourne Museum for three years and advisor on the Australian cultural content for EXPO 2000 in Hannover. She created a new celebration of the arts for Tasmania: Ten Days on the Island . Robyn was artistic director of the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2002, 2003 , 2004 and created a trilogy of festivals there : TEXT BODY VOICE. For two years Robyn has worked on Liverpool European Capital of Culture, and was adviser to the startup of Luminato , a new festival for Toronto. In 2008 she curated the Deakin Lectures , served as juror for Culture France's Danses Caribes in Cuba, went to the Australia 2020 Summit , was formal mentor to Arts Mildura, and was juror for the Victorian Premier's Literary Prize.

Robyn is an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier du l'Ordre des Arts at des Lettres ( France), Officer of the Crown ( Belgium) and holds honorary doctorates from Flinders and Sydney Universities. In 2006 in New York she was awarded the International Citation of Merit by the International Society of Performing Arts and in 2009 the Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Cultural leadership Award for ABAF. She is the Patron of The Australian Art Orchestra ( Melbourne), Brink Productions ( Adelaide), The Australian Script Centre ( Hobart) and The Arts Law Society( Sydney) and most recently co-patron ( with Judge Ian North) of the institute of Postcolonial Studies ( Melbourne), as well as maintaining ties with RMIT's Globalism Insititute and the International Women's Development Agency.

followed by

SPOKE Virtual Sense 7.00 - 8.30 pm X-Space

Late in 2010 the AC ARTS' Professional Writing Program announced the inaugural SPOKE - Adelaide's new mini-festival celebrating the art and craft of writing.

The festival boasts a slew of award winners, scene celebrities and multi-taskers, all from South Australia's local, inner-city, urban and indigenous pool of writers.

Date Event Stream Time Location

22 Feb 2011 Opening address 6.30 - 7.00 pm X-Space
22 Feb 2011 SPOKE goes Virtual 7.00 - 8.30 pm X-Space
23 Feb 2011 *makes improetry! 4.30 - 6.00 pm X-Space
23 Feb 2011 SPOKE gives it up 6.00 - 7.00 pm X-Space
23 Feb 2011 SPOKE slams it 7.00 - 8.30 pm X-Space
24 Feb 2011 springs eternal 4.00 - 6.00 pm Marquee
24 Feb 2011 SPOKE-N First 7.00 - 8.30 pm X-Space
24 Feb 2011 First Loud-N-local 8.30 - 10.00 pm X-Space
25 Feb 2011 SPOKE breaks a leg 4.30 - 6.30 pm Marquee
25 Feb 2011 SPOKE puts out 6.00 - 7.00 pm X-Space
25 Feb 2011 Closing address 7.00 - 8.30 pm X-Space

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Adelaide College of the Arts
39 Light Square
PO Box 1872

Email: enquire online

Phone: 61 8 8463 5000
Fax: 61 8 8463 5001
David Jobling
P: 0404148880


Robyn Archer, David Paul Jobling, Terri Louise Kelly



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