Creative Womyn Down Under 

Lesbian Weekender

8 - 10
July 2011

LESBIAN WEEKENDER EVENTS

Creative Womyn Down Under and our fabulous team invited lesbians, our friends and family to a weekend of wonderful events celebrating our culture. 
 Here's a summary of what happened:

Download Lesbian Weekender Programme (PDF).

Friday 8 July 7pm – 11pm Lesbian Bush Dance
Venue: Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Road (near Marrickville Road) Marrickville
Park on surrounding streets including Marrickville Road 
Marrickville Station is 10 minutes walk.
423, L23, 425, and 426 buses stop on Marrickville Rd.
Check Sydney Train, Bus and Ferry timetables here.

A kick up your heels for a rootin-tootin fun night with KD Twang, Lesbian Bush band led by Ruth Shepherd and guest country singer/whip cracker Kerrin Dow.  Prizes for Dancing and Best Dressed. Raffle supporters include: Digital Camera Warehouse and King Street Newtown businesses Bloodwood Restaurant, Holy Sheet, Better Read Than Dead, Gelatomassi The Women’s Library.  Women $15/$10 at door, children free.  
Supper included. Check out some of Ann-Marie Calilhanna's bush dance photos here in Sydney Star Observer.


Saturday 9 July 10am – 5pm Day in Newtown
Venue: Newtown Neighbourhood Centre 1 Bedford Street, Newtown
Opposite the Newtown Train Station. Buses from the city include: 422, 423, 426.
Check Sydney Train, Bus and Ferry timetables here.

Lesbian Artisans Market; Poetry Session; short films; Lesbian Walking Tour ending with a BBQ lunch at The Women's Library; Open Mic; Forum facilitated by Katrina Fox. Women $15/$10, children free. Refreshments provided.  All the details at the end of this page.  
Download programme for Day in Newtown here.


Saturday 9 July 7.30pm – 10pm Lesbian Movie Night
 The Women's Library, Brown Street, Newtown. Enjoy a great lesbian movie in feminist company: 'Better Than Chocolate', hot chocolate, chocolate treats and a lively discussion among the stacks. Women welcome, $10/$5 at the door supporting The Women's Library.


Sunday 10 July 7pm - 11pm  Lesbians in the House Concert
Sydney Opera House, Opera Theatre. Gala Night Celebrating Our Culture!
Free 8-page concert programme in LOTL magazine July 2011
or download a concert programme here (low resolution,
pages 19 - 26 LOTL July 2011 Issue 259).




Two thousand lesbians gathered at the Sydney Opera House 20 years ago for a night of great music, dance and a celebration of community. On 10 July 2011 over 1000 lesbians, our friends and family were back in the House with many of our original artists plus a whole lot more. 

The 1991 performers Judy Small, Deborah Cheetham, Anique, Kath and Ini and Jive with Jeanette dancers were joined for an unforgettable night by Bluehouse, Julie McCrossin, Shauna Jensen, Kerrianne Cox,  MignonDonna-Maree Dunlop,  Gabe JourneyMaeve Marsden, Catherine Golden, Sally Whitwell, Toni Lalich, Madison Shakespeare and Pia Cameron.  

This exciting night began when the Opera Theatre Foyer opened at 6pm with a photographic exhibition by Diann Payne, a drumming welcome by Tranceportation in the Southern Foyer followed by Feral Fingers in the Northern Foyer, ACON's This is Oz social justice photo campaign, and welcoming everyone into the Opera Theatre with magical harp music (as well as during interval) the wonderful Moira Lawry.

The concert included surprises such as Lesbian Logies presented by Julie McCrossin, Lesbian Honour Roll, Happy Birthday song to all July birthday lesbians sung by Bluehouse;  a community choir directed by Ini and Deb with 28 lesbians from many parts of NSW and the ACT; an honouring of lesbians who have passed in the last 20 yearsin a DVD compiled generously by Fiona Davidson, and a young singers showcase featuring fabulous up and coming musicians Bo Banta, Genevieve ChadwickHannah Matysek and Gabby Dever.

Massive Thanks
Creative Womyn Down Under thank all the performers, supporters, crew, assistants, media (LOTL our Major Media Partner) and concert goers who made the Lesbians in the House Concert such a wonderful night. We would like to especially thank the amazing management and staging crew of the Sydney Opera House for all their support. Carina Cargill Account Manager, Sara Holt Stage Manager, Liz Young Production Manager, Jeremy Christian Head of Sound/AV, Paul Najor Lighting Supervisor and Paul Hasler - who was there in 1991, and without whom this concert would not have been possible.

Auslan Interpreters
Thank you to our wonderful team of Auslan Interpreters who signed the concert, making this event accessible for deaf lesbians and their friends were:  Della Goswell, Chris Miller, Anna Hruby, Bek Cramp, Chevoy Sweeney, Dalia Rozsa-Brown, Gerry Shearim, Kylie Scott, Linda Finucane, Michelle Maguire, Natalie Kull, Rebecca Ladd and Tanya Miller.  For more information on Auslan visit www.auslan.org.au or to book interpreters go to www.deafsocietynsw.org.au/

Photography
Thank you to our concert photographers Tracey Beckler, Antonia Goodfellow, Diann Payne and Ann-Marie Calilhanna who did an amazing job throughout the night. We are gathering the photos, and will keep you posted on when and how they will be available. Ann-Marie has published some good ones already in Sydney Star Observer click here.

Heart Harmonies Choir
Thank you very much to the concert community choir "Heart Harmonies" directed by Ini veerkamp and Debra Jones. Choir members came from many parts of NSW as well as the ACT “Qwire”: Carol Kee, Christine Forster, Deborah Hauswirth, Diana Roe, Felicia Mellito, Fran Truen, Frederique Landgraf, Jen Shallcross, Jesse Star, Julie Rea, Kath Hart, Kathryn McMillan, Maria-Eleni Alesandre, Mary-Anne Humphries, Rebecca Le Cornu, Ruth Shepherd, Sara Johnston, Shairon Fray, Sheila Addison, Tricia Fox, Virginia Edwards and Virginia Kauffman Hall.  A number of choir members were not able to sing at the concert due to illness. We would like to acknowledge the time and commitment of these womyn to the choir: Jay Rutovitz, Louise Wadley and Morgana Oliver-Ayers.

Feral Fingers Drummers
Laura Brown and Gabe Journey coordinated the reunion of the Feral Fingers drummers for the concert. We would like to thank Bev Tresize, Suzanne Baird, Carolyn Murdoch, Susan Sappho Baxter, Steph Glover, Fiona Davidson, Spider Redgold, Corinne Roberts, Julia Jacobs, Ini Veerkamp and  Debra Jones for drumming with Feral Fingers during the audience farewell. This performance was dedicated to the memory of Liz Ireland, who co-initiated Feral Fingers during the 1993 Lesbian Space Project in Sydney and had brought womyn’s drumming community together for almost 20 years.  

This is Oz Campaign
ACON's This Is Oz campaign got some great photos during the concert interval. Part art project and part social justice campaign This Is Oz is an online gallery where people can upload images of themselves with handwritten signs that support GLBT rights and social inclusion. For more about This Is Oz  go to www.thisisoz.com.au


Artwork
The beautiful artwork "Passion Wand" for the concert has been generously donated by NSW lesbian feminist artist 
Jack Draper. You can order a t-shirt with the original Passion Wand image from Jack's website, as well as a range of her other art work as cards, posters and prints.  Visit http://www.jackdraper.com.au/
 

Support Lesbian Music
Please click on the links on performer names above to find out more about them and to buy their music.  The finale song at the Lesbians in the House Concert "Gathering Our Tribes" by Mignon Lee-Warden is available on her CD of the same title. Please contact Mignon directly if you would like to buy the album for $25 on 0411 486 192 or email to  mignon1959@gmail.com.  


Creative Womyn Down Under thanks our
wonderful supporters listed alphabetically below.



Atelier 2010 based in Surry Hills specialises in residential interior design and decoration, and colour schemes. My approach is first to discover and understand the clients needs, values, and aspirations, to achieve the best result . I have a strong focus on customer satisfaction and a high quality service. I do believe in design for a better way of living. Contact  nathalie@atelier2010.com.au or 0422 248 642.





At Coleman Rimes Real Estate it is all about the service.  As an independent, non-franchise agency we are able to tailor our services to meet your individual needs. Located on Enmore Road, Newtown, we are easily accessible for our clients in Sydney's Inner West.
Ph 02 9557 3022.


Shop online or phone Digital Camera Warehouse for discount still and video digital camera, camera battery and accessories. We'll do our best to help.  Best prices, best service. Below retail prices. Ph 02 9789 9700.



Fostering Young Lives
 finds safe, stable and loving homes for children and young people who can’t live with their birth family.  Some children need care for a few days or weeks, other for months or years. Foster carers come from all walks of life – they can be gay or straight and single or in a relationship. Anyone over the age of 21 who wants to provide a safe and loving home can apply to become a foster carer. Ph 02 9504 6694.



Global Contact Bookstore  is the South Coast’s leading spiritual, metaphysical and alternative bookstore. We provide access to books, cds, audio’s and dvd’s on specialist subject areas to help bring peace of mind and open your heart.  Ph 02 4464 2121.   


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Creating spaces for lesbians since 1986, Lesbians Incorporated provides financial backing to lesbians and lesbian friendly organisations through its community grants scheme. Since 2000, we have distributed over $100,000 for a range of activities of benefit to the lesbian community. 

  




Livingstone Road Animal Health Centre
, established by Veterinary Surgeon Dr. Janet Cridland, offers high quality Veterinary care for your pets in the inner west. LRAHC are driven by a philosophy that is designed to foster and facilitate the bond between animals and their companion humans.
Ph 02 9568 3077.

 

 



Moreton Consulting
 works with organisations to improve community wellbeing and tackle disadvantage. Ph 02 9690 0154.




New Mardi Gras is a non-profit membership-based organisation that puts on the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras as part of its broader mission to raise the visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities.  We rely on support through membership, donations and our fundraising events.







One In Ten was established over 20 years ago and is the largest GLBT wholesaler in Australia.  Goods include: Flags, Stickers, Lapel pins, Necklaces, Bracelets, Caps, Rainbow beanie bears, cats & dogs, Rainbow satin vests, and much more. 
Ph 02 9557 8889.


 


Self Defence Now with Penny Gulliver is an in-house program available to your organisation ranging from a one hour presentation to a 12 hour intensive aimed at untrained participants of all ages for Safety, Confidence and Self Esteem. We also have Martial Arts Classes at Erskineville Town Hall, and Same Sex Salsa Classes Wednesday Nights at 10 Brown St Newtown. Ph 0411 808 451.





Sound Therapy is a portable self help program delivering ear and brain health for life. High frequency audio stimulation is used to build and organise brain connections. Benefits include relief for tinnitus, hearing loss, dizziness, blocked ear, stress, anxiety, sleep problems, memory loss, fatigue and learning difficulties. To receive a free information pack and DVD call 1300 55 77 96.

 

 

 

 Special thanks to Fardoulis Chocolates - a new luxury in world class chocolates.

  

 

  

MAJOR MEDIA PARTNER & PROGRAMME SPONSOR
Lesbians in the House Concert & Lesbian Weekender
 



LESBIAN WEEKENDER:
DAY IN NEWTOWN
Saturday 9 July 2011 from 10am

Thanks everyone for an amazing day! 

Venue: Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
1 Bedford Street, Newtown (opposite Newtown Train Station)
This is a special event for women and children held in the upstairs hall.
Women all day entry $15/$10 at the door, children free

How to get here:
Drive and park in Newtown around Australia or Bedford Streets.
Train to Newtown Train Station then cross the road. 
Buses from the city include: 422, 423, 426.
Check
 
Sydney Train, Bus and Ferry timetables here.

Download a printable programme (pdf)

10am – 5pm
 Lesbian Artisans Market

Fiona Davidson - Sydney, NSW
Fiona will bring along a collection of her sturdy and elegant Wooden chests, memory boxes, scarves, wooden journals, quilts with feminist and lesbian images and cards. 

Jack Draper - Bellambi, NSW
Jack will have a range of cards, bookmarks, snow domes, T- shirts, prints and sachets with positive and loving lesbian images printed from her paintings, including the Passion Wand, the image for the Lesbians in the House Concert on 10 July. 


Marg McHugh - Nowra, NSW
Marg will bring along her internationally acclaimed art work small paintings, marmalade, leather armlets and fridge magnets.  

Denise Walker - Broome, WA

Denise travels to Sydney with her work from Lesbian Love Lines from the womanly form...A collection of canvases and wooden blocks, that unveil the mystique of curves and lines that are familiar to lovers of woman...the seen and the unseen.  Part proceeds of all Denise’s sales will go to the womens' centre for creating art in the village of Santiago Zamora in Guatemala. Her art will be featured as originals and prints on canvas and boards,  framed and unframed from 61 x 94cm at $380  to  5 x 10cm at $12. 

Sonia Zutt - Sydney, NSW
Sonia’s handmade products are from reclaimed material where possible. She has been making little people (mobile dolls) for over a year now in various designs. Son also makes wooden brooches and fridge magnets from reclaimed wood, this is also part of a children's party project that she has just established. She produces photo cards of all her products including holidays, pets, retro and vintage post cards.

Please see below for details on other stall holders.


10.15am Acknowledgement of Country: Glendra
We began the day with an acknowledgement of Aboriginal Land. The Elders of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation were acknowledged in song in language. Everyone joined in.

10.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm Self DefenceSame Sex Salsa and Martial Arts 
Demonstrations happened throughout the day by Penny Gulliver and her team from Newtown Martial Arts/GLMA students and helpers: Nikki, Jessica, Tamara, Irene, Emilie, Del, Mickie, Pola, Haley and Holly.

11am – 12.15pm Lesbians in the Hall Poets: Host Jenni Nixon
Beatriz Copello, Keztril, Tricia Dearborn, Gabe Journey, Jenni Nixon and Ray Tyndale. Open mic readers included: Uma Kali-Shakti, Ros Hope and a Fostering Young Lives poem.

12.15pm – 1pm Lesbian Walking Tour of Newtown
35 lesbians met at the front steps of Newtown Neighbourhood Centre for a guided walk around Newtown the lesbian heart of Sydney. Tour included Twenty10, Flying Penguin, King Street Newtown businesses Bloodwood Restaurant, Holy Sheet, Better Read Than Dead and Gelatomassi concluding with a 1pm BBQ Lunch at The Women's Library 10 Brown Street, Newtown.

2pm – 3.30pm Lesbians in the Hall Musos: Host Sin
Westgate Lounge Collective (Michelle Westgate, Julia Jacobs, Corinne Roberts & Mystie Ford), Sue Gee, Kerrin Dow, Pilot Darcy, Sally Hackett, Colleen Fricker and Su Blu. Open mic singers included: Joanna Leigh.

3.30pm – 5pm Lesbian Discussion Forum: Facilitator Katrina Fox
Local Sydney lesbians Gail Hewison, Steph Sands, Gabe Journey, Corrina Liao, Holly Bennett and Mardi James discussed their thoughts on this Virginia Woolf quote:

"As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."

The forum included question and discussion time. Gold coin donation if only attending the forum.

For Kids Young & Old:  
11am - 1pm Maureen Nash provided face painting and  bubbles for kids young and old.

SATURDAY NIGHT IN NEWTOWN

After dinner with friends at one of Newtown or Enmore's delicious restaurants, over 50 women attended a Lesbian Movie Night: Saturday 9 July 7.30pm – 10pm at The Women's Library, 10 Brown Street, Newtown. They enjoyed a great lesbian movie in feminist company:'Better Than Chocolate', hot chocolate, chocolate treats and a lively discussion among the stacks. Women welcome, $10/$5 at the door supporting The Women's Library.

Other Stall Holders

ACON information stall. Annaliese Constable, Coordinator of the Lesbian and Same-Sex Attracted Women's Health Project brought along a lot of ACON information nd resources to share with everyone at a Day in Newtown.

Chai and Cakes
 a delicious stall by Amma's Kitchen, a community service activity run and supported by enthusiastic volunteers. Currently serving meals to between 40 to over 80 homeless people up to 6 times each month. Money raised at their stall goes towards Amma's charitable services. 

The Feminist Bookshop located in Rozelle, Australia 's First Women's Bookshop- Established 1974.  New co-owner Jo had a great selection of lesbian fiction and non-fiction books.

Fostering Young Lives finds safe, stable and loving homes for children and young people who can’t live with their birth family.  Some children need care for a few days or weeks, other for months or years. Foster carers come from all walks of life – they can be gay or straight and single or in a relationship. Anyone over the age of 21 who wants to provide a safe and loving home can apply to become a foster carer. Ph 02 9504 6694.

LOTL Magazine is the major media partner of the Lesbian Weekender, and programme sponsor for the Lesbians in the House Concert.

One In Ten was established over 20 years ago and is the largest GLBT wholesaler in Australia.  Goods include: Flags, Stickers, Lapel pins, Necklaces, Bracelets, Caps, Rainbow beanie bears, cats & dogs, Rainbow satin vests, and much more.  Ph 02 9557 8889.

Rainbow Warehouse had a range of colourful rainbow merchandise for sale including rainbow ties, stickers, socks, t-shirts, homewares, lapels,badges and pet accessories. Ph 02 9332 2725. 

Self Defence Now with Penny Gulliver is an in-house program available to your organisation ranging from a one hour presentation to a 12 hour intensive aimed at untrained participants of all ages for Safety, Confidence and Self Esteem. We also have Martial Arts Classes at Erskineville Town Hall, and Same Sex Salsa Classes Wednesday Nights at 10 Brown St Newtown. Ph 0411 808 451.
 

Sound Therapy
 is a portable self help program delivering ear and brain health for life. High frequency audio stimulation is used to build and organise brain connections. Benefits include relief for tinnitus, hearing loss, dizziness, blocked ear, stress, anxiety, sleep problems, memory loss, fatigue and learning difficulties. To receive a free information pack and DVD call 1300 55 77 96.

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