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November News

November is such a busy month and we intend to keep your calendar full of lots of great music, workshops and films to experience.

However, our disappointing news is BEMAC had to postpone our 25th Birthday Concert scheduled for Saturday 10 November.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to make this difficult decision and we apologise to all our supporters for this inconvenience.  We are working on refunding all tickets, so please contact us if you have any questions.  But don’t worry – the concert will be back bigger and better in March next year and we will keep you posted when a date is confirmed.  We really value your support.

There is no shortage of shows to not get your dose of world music and events.  Next Tuesday 13 November, we are hosting Arhnem Land band, East Journey in a double bill with Brissy boys, Slip-on StereoEast Journey is getting noticed everywhere and every how, and they are on their way to showcase at the prestigious Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) in Melbourne.  Slip-on Stereo is on the up after hitting the scene earlier this year and just returning from a very successful tour with high profile Busby Marou.  Both bands were featured on Virgin’s annual “Home” CD, which showcases the best in current Indigenous music artists.  Don’t miss this great concert and as tickets are only $12 is shouldn’t hit the pockets too hard.

We will continue our Cultivart Concert Series the following night on Wednesday 14 November at the QMC.  The first concert really blew our audience away and BEMAC was very proud to see what the group and Joel, our mentor, achieved.  This concert will be no different and I can only say there are some incredible voices in this group.  Local favourite Linsey Pollak is our mentor and the last rehearsal of their collaboration was really special.  Tickets only $12.

Thursday 15 November is a showing of the beautiful Thai film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.  This is a free event and we are very pleased to partner with Reel Connections to co-present this film.  For our performance artists – both experienced or just curious – Indonesian artist and political activist, Iwan Wijono will be conducting a performance workshop on Friday 16 November.  Spaces are limited so book a spot quickly.

Don’t delay in securing a ticket or two to the amazing and energetic Wouter Kellerman.  He is one of South Africa’s greatest world music exponents.  Wouter will be performing with his ensemble on Saturday 24 November at the QMC.

Finally, it was fantastic to see such a strong audience at the last two concerts in the Planet Series at the Powerhouse.  Nougat and Walisuma last Saturday was a sublime concert.  BEMAC would like to thank MAV for making Nougat’s performance possible.  We would love to see them come back in the near future and I think they won many fans.  Half of the group hasn’t gone far.  Ruth will be performing with her group, Tango Noir, at the Brisbane Cabaret Festival this Saturday 10th of November at 6.30pm for their CD launch and 8.30pm for a Milonga at the Old Museum.  And of course, Walisuma never disappoints with their evocative sounds of the Andes.  Oscar and Marigold (Kim Cunio & Heather Lee), accompanied by Tunji and Nicholas Ng on the 25th of October, just shows the depth of talent we have in Brisbane and beyond.

We are looking forward to many more great shows to offer you.