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WORK, APPRECIATE and delight all your
senses, with the Vision Australia exhibition,
'Living in a Sensory World', travelling around
Developed in partnership with the
Powerhouse Museum, Living in a Sensory
World: stories from people with blindness
and low vision focuses on how the blind or
vision impaired learn, work, play and carry out
Featuring stories from people with blindness
and low vision, the exhibition showcases how
society has progressively catered for all the
senses, from the historic invention of Braille to
the modern creation of bionic eye.
The exhibition uses interactive displays
and multimedia, and explores over 100
objects that utilise sound, touch and smell
to assist the vision impaired with navigating
through their world.
On show, for example, will be a Braille
Playboy magazine, a talking ski bum-bag and
the ball bowled in the first match of blind cricket
played in Melbourne nearly 100 years ago.
The accessible exhibition will be on display
at a number of regional museums and local
galleries on nominated dates throughout the
Tour dates: Yarra Ranges Regional
Museum until 14 April; Museum of the Riverina,
from 10 May to 21 July; and Noosa Regional
Gallery, 6 Feb 2014 to 23 March 2014.
For more details, call Vision Australia
on 1300 84 74 66.
"There's one advantage to being 102.
There's no peer pressure."
-- Dennis Wolfberg (American stand-up
comedian and actor)
FESTIVAL OF FLICKS
ATTENTION New South Welsh folk aged over 65 years or in
contact with older film fanatics! Mark your diaries in the 17-
24 March space for the 8th Young at Heart 2013 Festival.
This annual seniors' film festival is the flagship event of
NSW Seniors Week and the only film festival in the world that
caters specifically for film-lovers aged 60-plus.
The 2013 lineup features a series of new film premieres
and loved classics, as well as film-related social events
for seniors, their friends and relatives. There'll be panel
discussions with filmmakers, a few free movie sessions, and
a short film award collection to keep your eye on.
The festival will take centre-stage at Sydney's Dendy Opera Quays and western Sydney's
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. But fret not regional film lovers! The Young At Heart Short
Film Awards program will also screen in south and east NSW as part of the state's Seniors
Week. At each screening, audiences will be able to watch the finalists in this annual national
short film competition, and vote for the Regional NSW Audience Award for Best Film.
If you run a venue or community group in NSW you can register your interest to screen
the Young At Heart Short Film Awards program of finalists for free. Call 02 9281 5608 for
details. For festival info, visit www.youngatheart.net.au
By Yasmin Noone
BREAK THE SILENCE
To recognise and celebrate the 35th anniversary
of the Sydney Mardi Gras festival (winding up in
early March), AAA's film of choice this issue is
the poignant documentary, Gen Silent.
The critically acclaimed, award-winning 2011
film deals with the common and unfortunate
dilemma facing many lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender or intersex (LGBTI) seniors who
have to hide their sexual orientation from the
health system for fear of discrimination.
The title of the American film, set in Boston,
refers to the silence imposed on this group
of seniors who, out of concern for their own
safety, often spend their final years 'in the
closet' living a lie.
Directed and produced by the celebrated
filmmaker, Stu Maddux, the 63 minute
nterrobang Productions doco now has a
dedicated Facebook page, allowing fans
to hook up with others and receive updates
about LGBTI and age-related issues. Gen
Silent can also be downloaded free. For
details, visit www.facebook.com/gensilent
A Braille Playboy magazine: just one
of the many items on display as part of the
Living in a Sensory World exhibition.
GET WITH THE CONFERENCE PROGRAM
Organisers of the Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, 5th International Arts and
Health Conference are now calling for papers. But be quick, as the 30 April deadline is
looming. The event, presented by the Australian Centre for Arts and Health in partnership
with the College of Fine Arts (University of New South Wales) will run from 12 to 14
November. For more details, visit www.artsandhealth.org.au
A PICNIC IN THE PARK
VICTORIA WILL SHARE in the Seniors
Week festivities this month, as the
Australian Shakespeare Company and
Open Gardens Australia present A Picnic
with Cole Porter on 16 March at Bolobek
in the Macedon Ranges to celebrate the
Audiences can look forward a picnic
on the lawn of the rather grand Rippon
Lea Estate while being treated to a
selection of tunes from the Cole
The show will also feature anecdotes
about Cole Porter's life and music.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster
(www.ticketmaster.com.au, 136 100).
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