Today, we take you behind the scenes of the evocative and triumphant performance of Chasing Smoke by Casus Circus. Casus Circus is Australia’s only Indigenous contemporary circus ensemble, and is about to go on tour around Australia and take Chasing Smoke to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I was lucky enough to speak to the visionary director of Casus Circus and Chasing Smoke, Natano Fa’anana.
In this episode of Remarkable Tales, we take you to the Woodford Folk Festival. The Griffith University student newsroom based on site has gathered tales from throughout Woodfordia, where more than 130,000 thousand people gather every year, making it larger than the nearest town of Nambour.
In this episode, we look at why Australian voters are becoming increasingly cynical about the people in power who lead our nation. Nance speaks to Griffith University Research fellow and lecturer Ferran Martinez Coma, about the sometimes surprising voting habits of Australians in his comprehensive study for the Australian Electoral Commission. He says that cynicism if left unchecked, is a threat to the democratic process, and it’s critical that politicians rebuild the trust of Australian citizens. And Nance also speaks to Griffith Review assistant editor Jerath Head about his top ten summer political reads to keep you company on the beach this holiday, as we look ahead to the pending federal election.
Today, we head to Brisbane’s westside, to meet artist and social entrepreneur, Kagi Kowa. She tells us about her journey from Sudan to Forest Lake, and how that journey of self-discovery continues to this day, years after she first came to Australia’s shores.
Today, we head to the unheralded jewel of South Australia to the Clare Valley. It’s here at a Country Womens Association function, that an ancient bus and an energy powerhouse collide, when we meet Amanda Blair, wandering around her charity vintage clothing bus, Dulcie’s Shop of Real Opportunity, which has raised more than a hundred thousand dollars for South Australia’s homeless.
In this episode of Remarkable Tales Griffith University academics Hamish McLean and Duncan McConnell talk about their incredibly successful training trip to Mongolia, giving locals hands-on teaching in the latest paramedic techniques, while using the most basic equipment they had available.
In this episode of Griffith University’s Remarkable Tales, we speak to Griffith University’s inaugural Outstanding Alumnus recipient, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services(QFES)Commissioner Katarina Carroll. She tells us about her distinctive management style, and how she navigated significant cultural change in the QFES. She is passionate about her work advancing gender equity, and explains how it makes good economic as well as ethical sense to improve the representation of women in the workplace.
In this episode, we have a wander with one of Tassie’s favourite adopted daughters, former wicketkeeper of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team, Julia Price. We find out what took the Queenslander so far south she shivered through her first days in her new home, and how she was invited to join the greats of the game as a life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lords.
What started as a Griffith University film school final year project has evolved into a three-part series of award nominated documentaries, with a worldwide following. It took nearly two years from conception to completion. The 23 year olds behind the Tasmanian Ghost Town project gained the trust of sceptical townspeople, tired of reporters coming into their dying mining town and telling just one side of their story. Those apprehensive townspeople eventually trusted the filmmakers so much they revealed parts of their lives and stories that had been kept behind the mountains for decades. Hear their story as we go to the world premiere at Queenstown Tasmania with reporter Nance Haxton, where the films were specially selected to feature in the prestigious arts festival, The Unconformity.
In this episode we go to one of Brisbane’s funkiest inner city laneways, Fish Lane, to eat Vietnamese with talented Aussie actor Kurt Phelan. We hear how since playing Johnny in the Australian production of Dirty Dancing, he is now living the transcontinental life between Brisbane and New York.
In this episode of ‘Remarkable Tales’, Nance Haxton speaks to former Australian of the Year, Griffith University Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, Professor Heidi Zeeman, and Conference organiser Nick Rushworth about how the conference plans to explore the exciting opportunities being opened up by new research in neuroplasticity – at the National Brain Injury Conference at the Princess Alexandra Hospital on November 13 and 14.
In this special edition of SOYT, we go to the Hub Neighbourhood Centre in Inala, to meet Benjamin Parsons. The Hub has helped him pick up the pieces at pivotal points in his life. He has a message of tolerance, asking us to look more sensitively on people in the community who at times have struggled, as he has.
In this special edition of SOYT, we go to the Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre, to meet Leigh Winsor. It was only a few short years ago on January 11th 2011, that he found himself at the Sherwood Community Centre with little more than the shirt on his back. He was one of thousands of people caught in the floods that swept through Brisbane and Ipswich. This is his story of survival.
In this special podcast for Miro Magazine, Nance Haxton aka The Wandering Journo reviews Everyday Requiem, the latest production from Expressions Dance Company which debuted on Friday night in Brisbane Australia. This is the last show for Artistic Director Natalie Weir, and as Nance Haxton discovered, it’s a triumph for the company. The show continues at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre until October 20.
In this episode we go to the beautiful paradise of Stradbroke Island in sparkling Moreton Bay. We speak to Michael Bulloch, the owner and operator of Coffee in Cylinder’s, a pop-up coffee shop on Cylinder Beach.
In this episode we find out about the pop culture phenomenon of cosplay. Justine – or as she is more well known Jus-Z – tells us how dressing up as your favourite character is not a task for the faint-hearted.
In this episode we find out about a special convoy raising awareness for post traumatic stress disorder, that is about to make its way through many Australian country towns.
Leading Indigenous entrepreneur Dean Foley has overcome many challenges to become a driving force supporting and empowering Australia’s First Nation’s youth. His Barayamal Centre of Entrepreneurship attracts young people from across the country, helping their Indigenous startups and businesses grow.
In this episode, Nance speaks with Professor Anne Tiernan on the state of Australia’s democracy, the benefits of Westminster over a presidential model and why politicians must renew faith with voters. She also comes to grips with Australia’s Drought Dilemma, speaking to farmers on the ground, and Griffith University Climate Change Institute Professor Brendan Mackey and Economics Professor Fabrizio Carmignani about how government policies need to shift to better respond to the changing climate.
In this episode we meet Ruthie Ackerman, editor at Forbes Magazine, in New York. We find out about the favourite Streets of Her Town, and the literary geniuses who lived there before her, in Brooklyn.