Wheeler Centre Gala 2017: Stories for the Dead [Melbourne]
Wheeler Centre Gala 2017: Stories for the Dead [Melbourne]

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Sunday February 26, 2017
5:30 PM


Hammer Hall, Melbourne, Arts Centre
100 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, VIC 3004

Auslan Interpreter/s

Cheryl Sandilands & Mark Sandon

Language/ Cultural Consultant


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‘Death exists, not as the opposite, but as a part of life,’ Haruki Murakami wrote in Norwegian Wood. What stories do we tell ourselves about death and the dead? How do our ideas around death vary across cultures?

For our seventh annual gala night of storytelling, we’re partnering with Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA to bring together talented writers and artists from across the region. Each will respond to our provocative (and slightly spooky) theme: Stories for the Dead.

Guests include writer Clementine Ford, soprano Deborah Cheetham, Indonesian dancer Eko Supriyanto, performer Candy Bowers, Thai Classical dancer Pichet Klunchun, musician Kakushin Nishihara with translator Nobuko Aiso, US musician and author Amanda Palmer, broadcaster and writer Myf Warhurst, wordsmith David Astle, cellist and broadcaster Eddie Ayres and author Ramona Koval.

Prepare for very different reflections on the theme – from funny to ghoulish to political to poignant. Do the dead walk among us? Join us for stories of ghosts and spirits; ritual and revival; life, loss, love and death.

Presented by the Wheeler Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA.

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

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