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Event – HOW TO DESIGN A BRILLIANT FESTIVAL IN COMMUNITY – July

Posted in Events, Models by Ferne Edwards on June 30th, 2008

WORKSHOP WITH NEIL CAMERON – HOW TO DESIGN A BRILLIANT FESTIVAL IN COMMUNITY
For Artists, Directors, Producers, Community Activists and Local Government Cultural Workers

Humans have held celebrations since the beginning of time because they are essential for a healthy community, without them we are lost in the ordinary.” Neil Cameron

Sunday 27th July – 10:00 – 4:00 and Sunday 3rd August – 10:00 – 4:00
The two weekends are progressive (refreshments included ) $121 Full / $99 conc (single workshop), $231 Full / $187 conc (both workshops), (CERES members concession price)

Neil Cameron is well known for his commitment to cultural development and is one of Australia’s leading authorities on the role that festivals and celebrations play in a healthy community. His impressive career spans over thirty years both nationally and internationally, and CERES is proud to invite him to share his knowledge with our community. To do this, he has agreed to take time from his study (a doctorate on celebration and festivals at Flinders University) to present these rewarding workshops for the first time in Melbourne.

The workshop will inspire and give a contextual and archetypal “toolkit” with which to vision artistic ideas which have a relationship to community and environment. He uses myth, the arts, archetype, anthropology, cultural development theories and cognitive studies to determine what happens to people in cultural experience and celebration, thereby designing enriching festivals and events.

CERES has staged over 15 award winning festivals including the Return of the Sacred Kingfisher and Harvest Festivals. CERES is a 4- hectare community environment park which has the experience in staging small and large scale outdoor successful community celebrations and is committed to developing, exploring, and making innovative community arts.

Selection of Neil Cameron’s projects:

  • RECOVERY EVENT. Theatre project victims of Mt Macedon bush fire 1983
  • CELEBRATION OF WELCOME. Group devised theatre with Vietnamese community, Melbourne 1984
  • FIVE SEASONS. The first Yarra River Parade for Moomba with the western suburbs of Melbourne. 1985
  • THE MELBOURNE PEACE VIGIL. An international peace festival sponsored by the Melbourne City Council. 1986
  • WOLF IN THE FOLD. Theatre for the physically disabled. Sydney 1989
  • RIVER OF DREAMS. Theatre event with the Pitjinjara people & community on the Todd River. 1990
  • MACBETH IN THE KATHERINE GORGE. Theatre with the community of Katherine. 1991
  • OPENING OF MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 1994
  • FESTIVAL OF JOURNEYS. An event at Port Arthur to reclaim the massacre site for local people 1997
  • MALENY/WOODFORD FESTIVAL. Large community event staged over fourteen years celebrating New Year. 1989- 2002
  • FESTIVAL OF VOICES. Choral Festival in Tasmania 2005

Proceeds go toward staging the 16th annual Return of the Sacred Kingfisher Festival Saturday 29th of November 2008.

For more information please contact CERES festivals and events Cnr Roberts and Stewart Sts, East Brunswick. Tram No: 96 (last stop): Merri Creek Bike Path: Melways Ref: 30 B7 See www.ceres.org.au for more information, including an
organic café, market, nursery and education centre.

'Brilliant Festival Colours' by Kristal Mcallister

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