2021 is off to a flying start, with BEMAC supporting and facilitating a range of programs, events and other opportunities in Ipswich and Logan for local artists.

With the help of the Regional Arts Services Network, and other organisations like YCMA, Solidarity Külture Club and Loganlea TAFE, below is a full list of what has been happening at BEMAC recently.

Sector Sessions – Last year BEMAC commenced online sessions for different art forms, and this year we are extending the invitation for everyone to join us!

While the sessions are run by  local creatives, BEMAC is here to support. We would love for people with a passion or career in their art form to join us for regular online and in-person sessions.

Sessions currently include:
– Poetry and Writers
– Film, and
– Theatre

If you would like to start your own session for a different art form, please contact BEMAC so we can help you organise this.

Rekon Workshops are back – We  are once again supporting the Rekon team to bring a free, safe space to Logan youth.

This workshop is for people aged 12-18 years old who want to get creative and enhance their artistic skills. Here, they can learn how to record music, produce DJ/beat music, design street-art or design their own t-shirt to take home with you during the Rekon workshops!

There is also a volleyball and football game, a ping-pong table, video games and delicious food. This will take place every Wednesday from 10 February at the Multicultural Sports Club (558 Kingston Road, Kingston).

If you would like to volunteer and become part of the Rekon Team, please contact [email protected].

This program is supported by RASN.

DIY Music Workshop Series – If you’re aged between 12 to 25 and write your own music, apply now to participate in our DIY Music Workshop series!

Solidarity Külture Club & Writer’s Block have teamed up to deliver a 7 session weekly course covering creative time management, recording, preparing material for release, audio formats, merchandise, setting up your own shows, building musical community and making decisions for taking your music even further.

This program is support by the Regional Arts Development Fund.

Arts Therapy Workshops – Commencing in February at the Loganlea TAFE, the Arts Therapy Workshops will take place over eight weeks.

Loganlea TAFE in partnership with Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma, will be running Art Therapy groups for all their pre-English classes. The aim of these groups is to help students with their acculturation process and assist with their sense of belonging.

This program is supported by RASN.

Event Management Workshops – We’ve partnered with YMCA Acacia Ridge and Ipswich State High School to teach youth about event management.

In these ‘hands on’ workshops young people will learn all about what it takes to put on a great live music event, develop skills in setting up and operating a sound system, cable management and risk assessments, creating an atmosphere with visuals and lighting and managing performers and patrons.

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