Sunday, April 9, 2017

Small Voices Louder

What does the World need to Hear?

From the mouths of babes we have all heard innocence, raw opinion, honesty, and the importance of that very moment right now in time. Children teach adults many things, but life is busy these days, are we really listening to them?
The Small Voices Louder project by Alex Desebrock and Maybe_Together in partnership with Performing Lines, offers the opportunity for grown ups to stop and listen. Because sometimes Children's voices are exactly what the world need to hear.
Small Voices Louder is a two part project. Firstly, in partnership with Hopetoun Primary School and Ravensthorpe District High School, children were invited on an excursion to the Hopetoun Hall. The Hall was filled with an installation of tents which individually contained a micro-world of sorts - an alien, a cloud, a fish, a crystal, a beating heart, a portal, the world and an egg. Each tent also presented a question, and the children's answers were audibly recorded. These recordings will be weaved into sound works.

Part two of the Small Voices Louder project will be a "sound experience" where the soundtracks will be broadcast to adult ears. This part of the project will be moving into production phase shortly. We absolutely cannot wait to hear the sound tracks, and we can't wait to share them so keep your ears to the ground! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates.

A special thank you goes to Lotterywest for funding the school bus which brought the children in from Ravensthorpe DHS to the Hopetoun Community Centre. Also much thanks to First Quantum Minerals Ravensthorpe Nickel Operations for their ongoing support with supplying accommodation for our artists.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

The Corker Hopetoun Bush Dance

A partnership with Hopetoun Primary School P & C.

When you’re a bushwhacker and you’ve been one for a while, you know how important it is to get together with your mates and have a good honest yarn. What's better than a yarn? A good old fashioned toe tapping spoon whacking bush dance.

The bush bash began with a song written and conducted by the lovely Richenda Goldfinch, performed by the Hopetoun Primary School kids. The kids musical instruments were home made with recycled materials by a cobber that goes by the name Bruce Alford. The kids put in some hard yakka practicing for their debut. No bull dust, it sounded like the kids had walked strait off the stage at the Sydney Opera House. Mag. Nificent. Proud as punch they were.

A WA favorite, The Mucky Duck Bush Band, cranked out colonial style Australian dance music and the young'uns had another change to wow the crowd with their practiced dance moves. School lunchtime dance workshops had payed off, and the band encouraged all to join in instead of just sitting around having a gander! The festivity was well received.

You may remember Deb "Spoons" Perry from Australia's Got Talent a few years back? After a "spoons" workshop at the Hopetoun Primary School, the kids were geared up to play along with the famous Deb "Spoons" Perry and they had a ball. Deb also performed an open slather-spooned crowd pleaser to a spoon chaperoned compilation of "Black Betty" and "These Boots are made for Walking". An absolute rip-snorter. 

All sorts scrubbed up for the occasion. Cockys, Codgers, Sheilas, Larrikins, Grommets, and Greenies, it was on for young and young at heart.

Some good tucker was on offer, Roast Beef and Gravy Rolls, Stuffed Spuds and a Snagger Sizzle all thanks to the Hopetoun P&C. And last but not least, yummy sweets from the Pavlova Bake Off! The 'big kids' enjoyed a couple of tinnies at the bar too.

By jingoes you won't find a better mob from Cooee to Timbertown, and I'm not pullin' your leg. The Sheilas (and Blokes) from Hopetoun P&C along with the many other volunteers that pulled the night together did a ripper of a job. The town will be gas bagging about it for yonks.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council reckon the Hopetoun Bush Dance was grouse, and are tickled pink to have been the major sponsor. Fair dinkum.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Doing an Acrobatic Happy Dance

With Hopetoun Dance Group

We like dance in the Shire of Ravensthorpe, we really really do. We have a great history of making artistic things happen in our tiny shire, and with a population of 2500 spread over 4 townships, sometimes making things happen can take a bit of coordination and a whole lot of passion.
The Hopetoun Dance group was born an idea between two Mums with a passion for health and vitality. It began in 2014 with a highly successful 'dance taster workshop' and 4 years later the program enrolls an average of 40 children per school term who partake in weekly dance classes. Supported by Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council, the weekly dance classes have provided a creative after school activity that children residing in remote communities often miss out on. Further more the ongoing nature of the program creates a meeting hub for like minded parents.

In a recent bonus opportunity, children were invited to take part in an Acrobatic & Circus Workshop in March 2017. Additional to the weekly dance classes which currently covers Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance, 50 students between the ages of 4 and 12 partook in learning new acrobatic skills and tricks in a safe engaging environment amongst their peers. Partnering with Southern Edge Arts in Albany for this workshop has enabled local children to continue their passion in 'acro' whilst that particular component of dance is currently unavailable in the weekly classes.

During the Acro workshops the children learnt a variety of skills including ker-flops, bouncy leggers, roly polys, and upside downies, obviously not the technical terms. On a more serious note, the focus of circus and acrobatics is to encourage strength and confidence in many areas including team skills and trust. Workshop opportunities like these spark imagination in young people, invoke emotional health and well being in the community and excellence and creativity in all forms.

For more information on Hopetoun Dance Groups classes email Beck & Kristin at or check out their dedicated Facebook page "Hopetoun Dance Group".

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

Sunday, April 2, 2017


A Taste of Bondi in Hopetoun

Each year Flickerfest screens for 10 days at Bondi Beach in January, with selected highlights then touring Australia. For the very first time, thanks to Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council, the tour landed at the Hopetoun Community Centre on Saturday 18th March.
A gathering of about 80 got comfy with blankets and beanbags, accompanied by BYO cuisine which ranged from gourmet platters to bags of chips. Anticipation was high as the crowd wondered what they were in for. What the heck was a Flickerfest anyhoo?
Opening with a heart-warming and very Australian short film called “Welcome to Country” it was soon apparent that the films were very well put together, and worth the effort of pulling out the very heavy Hopetoun Community Centre tables.

Whilst watching the films, you had to remind yourself they were a product of a competition with tight scrutineering, made by cutting edge leading film makers. They were not your average episode of Home and Away. Some were touching, some were absurd and others, particularly “the psychiatrist one” namely The Eleven O’clock were very clever indeed.

As audience members, we walked (and trespassed) through breath taking landscapes, we pondered our environmental footprint, we tasted authentic dishes and what could have been, we found out that rotating your mattress is an important part of adulthood and we were even lead to ponder our evolution – and the demise of it.
A nice cosy night out with laughter, applause and puzzled facial expressions which exacerbated the laughter. We look forward to the next Flickerfest, the question…. Where in the Ravensthorpe Shire will it pop up in 2018?

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.
Ravensthorpe Bus Run Supported by Lotterywest Funding