Aug 23, 2011

Celebrating WoMan Festival!

Celebrating WoMan


Join us for 7 days of celebrating

the Feminine:

a Fundraiser Festival supporting

sex trafficked survivors in Nepal

9th September -

17th September 2011

Prana House Melbourne. 

9th - 17th

September 2011

Prana House, Thonbury

Celebrating WoMan Festival

9th - 17th September 2011

Prana House, Thonbury Melbourne

Celebrating Woman is a 7-day fundraising festival exploring woman’s health, healing & wellbeing. Workshops will be offered by experienced facilitators in the areas of Art Therapy, Yoga, Meditation, Music, Movement and more with all the funds raised going directly to the Art2Healing Project (, which assists and empowers sex trafficked woman. 

The Celebrating Woman Festival was dreamt into being by a group of spirited and passionate Melbourne women in early 2011. The founding member of this group Atira Tan has been working with the Art2Healing Project for the past 8 years and has dedicated her life to offering support and healing to sex trafficked women in the slums and brothels of Asia and the Pacific. The intention behind the Celebrating Woman Festival is to not only raise funding for this vital cause but also bridge the gap between women from the east and west, creating a positive outcome for both parties.
Just four weeks out from the festival and a 7 day fundraising event has been created that offers workshops for both men and woman and most importantly lends a space to celebrate woman from all walks of life. Prana House has kindly offered its location for the 7-day festival and all facilitators running workshops during the week are also volunteering their time and energy for this amazing cause. The workshops offered over the 7 days range from, Expressive Art Therapies, Yoga, Meditation, Dance, Talks & Women’s Health and Fertility. And for the hard core yogi’s there will be a non stop 9 hour Yogathon which will feature a new teacher and style of yoga on the hour.

he Festival will come to a close with the well-known Sisters for Sisters charity event happening at the Northcote Uniting Church, showcasing an amazing line-up of all female performers. Featuring spoken word, dance, and music, the Sisters for Sisters Event reaches into the hearts of all who bare witness to the courageous artists on stage and has established a reputation as a night not to be missed.

Pre-Bookings are required to reserve a space for our workshops and classes. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE & HOW YOU MAY BE ABLE TO HELP GO TO:

For Bookings and Inquires, please contact: Jasmine Abbott –0431 838 796 – or
Atira Tan - 0467 613 562

Aug 8, 2011

Conference in Austria: Call for Presentations, Workshops, Papers

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to take part
in the International Conference
"Performing Arts Training Today"

December 17 - 21, 2011

at Retzhof Castle - Retzhof Educational Institute
in Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria!

"Performing Arts Training Today" is the professional conference open
to performers, performing arts educators and teachers from all over
the world interested in the research of topical questions and
processes in contemporary performing arts education and training.

The conference is open to different art genres, techniques and forms -
theatre, dance, music, circus, visual and multimedia art.

The main tasks of the conference are to demonstrate various methods
and techniques in contemporary performing arts education and training,
to open discussions about successful and effective strategies, to
establish new contacts, to exchange experiences with colleagues from
different countries and to lay the foundation for future networking
and collaboration.

PARTICIPANTS: actors, directors, choreographers, dancers, performing
arts educators, teachers, musicians, singers, composers, stage
designers, painters, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters,
playwrights, theatre critics, journalists and arts managers.

The working language is ENGLISH.


The conference will take place in the "Green Heart" of Austria, Styria
Region in Leitring bei Leibnitz, the beautiful town located about
30min drive from Graz Thalerhof Airport, 2.5h from Vienna, 40min from
Graz, and just 20min from the Slovenian border. The programme will
take place in the 15th century historic castle of in the landscape of
natural beauty.

The organizers help the conference guests to organize accommodation
and meals in Leitring bei Leibnitz.


You are welcome to take part in the conference
as a Speaker, Presenter, Participant, Observer!

"Performing Arts Training Today" is a wonderful opportunity for
performers, performing arts educators and teachers to demonstrate
their methods and techniques. The number of presentations is limited.
The program forms on a competitive basis.


•  practical workshop/master class
•  work in progress
•  performance fragment not requiring special technical conditions
•  reading/lecture
•  other way of demonstration offered by Speaker/Presenter can be considered


The presentation proposal should be sent to
and should include the following documents:

•  Letter of motivation stating the conference title and dates
describing the purpose of application - at least in one sentence
•  Detailed CV
•  Brief biography - max 100 words
•  Title and format of presentation
•  Brief overview of presentation - max 250 words
•  Head shot and additional photo materials

All documents of a presentation proposal should be sent in one email
as attachments: text documents should be sent in Word format, photo
materials should be sent in JPG format.

Registration fee for Presenters/Speakers:

500 EUR if payment is made before August 12th - reduced early registration fee.
(695 EUR if payment is made after August 12th).

The fee covers the Speaker's/Presenter's registration fee
and participation in all events of the conference programme:
practical workshops, presentations, performance fragments, lectures.

Conference web page:

Photo gallery of the past events:

Speakers/Presenters of the past conferences:

We appreciate in advance if you could spread the word among your
friends and colleagues. Thank you very much, and have a great creative
work in your field!

Please feel free to contact me for questions you may have about the conference.

Yours truly,

Alex Weller
Project Coordinator


Aug 4, 2011

ACATA Member Movie Pass Giveaway!!!

ACATA has 5 double passes for preview screenings of PINA!!! Preview dates Aug 12 to 14.
The first 5 members who email ACATA regarding this preview will receive a double pass! 
Unfortunately, this offer is only available for members living in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth. 

Subject: I want to see PINA!!!

If you miss out, the next 30 people to email ACATA will receive a '2 for 1' ticket to PINA
Please note, these tickets are valid from August 18th in the following cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. 

Subject: I want to see PINA!!!