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Four Flower Pieces
Baby soft and woolly white
smokebush glows, half foam, half light.
Whiter than sheep and just as still,
the flock is grazing over the hill.
Flowering Judas Tree:
Crone in the east wind,
all freaked out in silly pink,
shivers darkling fruits.
Shouting look! the stalk
spears out its scarlet purpose,
one summer in ten.
RAIN. Lost deserts bloom;
blooms engulf the country kid
in clouds of flowers.
Anne Hardy was born in Port Pirie and
graduated from Adelaide University to
teach science there. Wife to a country
doctor, mother of four, grandmother of
nine, she is a previous contributor to Poet s
Reader unpublished poems to 30 lines
can be emailed with postal address to
or posted with an SAE to the Poetry
Editor, Independent Weekly, GPO Box 114
Adelaide 5001. A poetry book will be
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Compiled by John Miles
From the drums of Mumbai
to the lights of Seoul, this
year's OzAsia Festival is set
to provide Adelaide with another
spectacular celebration of Asian
art and culture.
Festival director Jacinta
Thompson is eagerly anticipating
OzAsia's most exciting program
yet, with a wealth of new features
set to be introduced during this
"The festival brings a range of
exciting events and performances
highlighting the changing dynam-
ics of the cultural and social fabric
of our country, and the cultures
of our Asian neighbours," she
says. "It's a melting pot of cultural
Now in its fourth year, the
festival is the only one of its kind in
Australia and features more than
100 artists from across Australia
and Asia, ranging from Hong Kong
filmmakers and Indian percus-
sionists to Indonesian dancers and
"It's a really exciting collabora-
tion of artists and performers,"
Thompson says, adding that the
festivities will have a distinctly
"Korea is one of the creative
leaders of Asia and we wanted to
highlight that this year."
This creative brilliance will
be seen in a number of special
performances during the festival,
including the drama When his Watch
Stopped, whose themes of fear and
conflict are especially poignant in
the current political climate, and
Jump, a martial arts comedy.
One of the most intriguing
shows will be the Yohangza
Theatre Company's twist on a
Shakespearean classics, with a
unique Korean-language interpreta-
tion of Hamlet which incorporates
Korean shamanism and folklore in
the staging, costumes and music.
Yohangza presented a Korean
interpretation of A Midsummer
Night s Dream at the Adelaide
Festival Centre in 2007.
Adding an educational element to
the festival, international political
scientist Dr Ashis Nandy will
present a topical keynote lecture
at Her Majesty's Theatre on the
nature of cultural diversity and
international relations. Addressing
the topic: "Is it necessary to love
your neighbours?" Dr Nandy will
discuss the "underside" of interna-
tional relations, including people's
right to disapprove of aspects of
a culture, and how this shapes
relationships between countries
This year's OzAsia will also
include a number of exhibitions,
forums and demonstrations.
The Animania Festival is
expected to prove popular, with a
costume play competition called
Cosplay where fans can dress up
as their favourite Japanese pop
culture character, while restau-
rateur and television chef Luke
Nguyen will bring the finest tastes
of Vietnam to the city in a day of
As a celebration of multicultural-
ism and the cultural heritage of
many Australians, local community
involvement plays a key role in
OzAsia. More than 70 international
student volunteers will help run
of this year's event through the
Festival Centre's GreenRoom
program, while the traditional
Moon Lantern Festival involves
local primary schools and com-
"Through getting involved in
making lanterns and experiencing
the joy in lighting, children are
learning about what this means to
our society," Ms Thompson says.
"It (the festival) is a very diverse
and accessible event. The number
of attendants has jumped consider-
ably over the years.
"I hope that people take a few
risks. Come and celebrate the
creative delights on offer by some of
Australia and Asia's most talented
and contemporary artists."
The OzAsia Festival takes place
from September 17 until October 2.
Celebration of culture
A CHAOTIC Korean family and a
botched home burglary set the scene
for a collision of comedy, extreme
martial arts and mime in Jump.
Produced by Korea's Yegam Theatre
Company and coming to Adelaide as
part of the OzAsia Festival, Jump is
described as "Jackie Chan crossed
with The Matrix".
Producer Cara Han says miming
enables the audience to get the most
out of the energetic performance.
"Jump is a very special show
because we have a very strong
culture, but we do not use any
language during the performance,"
she says. "So every country,
every culture, every audience can
understand the show."
Jump's nine performers bring a
diverse range of martial arts skills
to the stage, from tae kwon do and
kung-fu, to the ancient practices of
Shaolin monks and sword fights.
Their physical skills are matched with
equally diverse stage personalities.
"The London audience liked the
drunken uncle, but the New York audi-
ence liked the daughter, and Asians
like the son-in-law, just like I do," says
Han. "Different countries and cultures
like different characters."
Jump has been performed more
than 5000 times to more than two
million people in America, Europe and
Asia. "We have lots of experience in
international tours, but we have never
before toured Australia, so we are
very excited," says Han.
Jump is at the Festival Theatre from
September 29 until October 1.
Jackie Chan meets The Matrix
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