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Doors to the spiegeltent open as week one of Brisbane Festival begins

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Blanc de Blanc will be the resident show in the Spiegeltent at the Brisbane Festival. Photo: Ken Leanfore Masha Terentieva and Shun Sugimoto of the Blanc De Blanc cast at the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent. Photo: Tammy Law
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The California Crooners Club featuring Hugh Sheridan will appear as part of Brisbane Festival. Photo: Supplied

The Game is a new play being performed at Brisbane Festival that explores sex work. Photo: Supplied

The nights are warming up and for party people that is a sure sign that Brisbane Festival has begun.

For three weeks in September the city drags itself out late into the night to sample the best arts from around the city, around the country and around the world.

From world class Spiegeltent shows to world-leading ballet production to a smattering of world firsts, Brisbane Festival is kind of like World Expo only infinitely cooler.

This year the festival boasts productions from as far afield as Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, The United States and, of course, all around Australia.

This year Brisbane itself offers a smattering of productions from world premiere from local circus and physical theatre troupe Circa in the Suncorp Piazza, to a variety of works in the Theatre Republic; Brisbane Festival’s independent theatre festival held within the broader festival.

Whether you love dance, theatre, music or art, David Berthold has curated a festival that will appeal to at least one of your interests and even if you aren’t a regular arts consumer, there will be at least one event in the program that you can try.

With hundreds of events on offer over the three weeks, our Brisbane Festival expert (and reigning mayor of the Spiegeltent according to Foursquare) Nathanael Cooper has narrowed it down to the top seven things you should get to this week.

The Game

This is innovative and explorative theatre at its absolute finest. The Game gives audiences a look into a world we all know about but few of us enter – buying sex. Each night five male volunteers, who have no idea what they are in for, enter the stage without a script and without being told what is about to happen. The piece explores the role of sex workers and people who buy sex in a fascinating way for what is sure to be a confronting, exciting and challenging night at the theatre.

September 3 – 5, Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse.

California Crooners Club

Packed to the Rafters hottie Hugh Sheridan made a run at a recording career a few years ago and it, sadly, slipped past most people’s ears. His stunning voice has now been added to this modern-day Rat Pack which combines the group’s love of jazz with a variety of other styles as they take on everything from the classics to Sia. A perfect Spiegeltent show.

September 3 – 11, Aurora Spiegeltent, Southbank

Snow White (opera)

An unlikely collaboration between La Boite Theatre Company and Opera Queensland this most-definitely-not-kid-friendly take on the classic Grimm fairytale isn’t for the faint hearted. Exploring the grit and grime of a wicked woman out to slay her beautiful young step daughter comes with a warning – it contains adult themes, sexual references and violence. If you like your fairytales twisted, make some tickets be in your possession, this is dirtiest way to twist them.

September 3 – 24 Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove

Game Show-Off

With the last game show to be shot in Brisbane, Family Feud, hosted by the inimitable Rob Brough finishing in the 90s, there’s very few opportunities to exercise your game show genius without travelling interstate. Fortunately some of Queensland’s most eminent theatre makers have given us a theatrical version to show off our talents. But be warned, this won’t be your basic Baby John Burgess episode of Wheel of Fortune. Rounds include ‘Garbage Couture’ and ‘Shitty Poetry’, so brace yourself.

Thursday and Friday nights until September 23, Theatre Republic Bar, Kelvin Grove

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s appeal has barely faded despite him being in the ground for 400 years and theatre makers’ appetite to put fun new interpretations on his works is only growing. While many interpretations are dreadful, the Lyric Hammersmith and Filter Theatre production from the UK was raved about. Nerf guns, a food fight and a live band, this is Shakespeare for the generation that filters all things through Instagram.

September 9 – 17, The Playhouse, QPAC

george

They didn’t make a lot of music but the music they made left an indellible mark on the Australian music scene, and now george is back together. Originally planned as a secret gig at The Zoo, the fans demanded more and now the band will play a public show for the special ones whose youth played out to a soundtrack of george songs. The show is almost sold out, so get in quick.

September 9, Concert Hall, QPAC.

Blanc de Blanc

It’s sexy, it’s naughty, it’s silly and somehow it still manages to maintain artistic integrity. Blanc de Blanc brings together the best of circus, cabaret, burlesque and comedy from around the world in the perfect Spiegeltent show. And to cap it all off, it was made by a local. This is not a show for prudes, so pack that away, grip onto your seat and take yourself of the bubbliest ride you are ever likely to have.

September 3 – 24, Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Southbank

Snow White

One of the major highlights of this year’s Brisbane Festival is the inclusion of Snow White from France’s Ballet Preljocaj.

The dance company of acclaimed choreographer Angelin Preljocaj is bringing the production to Australia for the very first time combining Preljocaj’s extraordinary choreography with costumes by legendary fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and music by Gustav Mahler, the piece has been acclaimed around the world.

One of the most contemporary ballet work’s in the company’s repertoire the piece will introduce audiences to an entirely different style of choreography and dance in theme with QPAC’s other International Series performances from the likes of The Hamburg Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet and the Cuba National Ballet.

The International Series has been such a success the State Government has committed extra funds to help lure the best international companies from around the world to Brisbane for exclusive performances.

Funding for three years has been given which means QPAC can continue working with companies from around the world to bring their works here.

And with major successes already under their belt, QPAC is also considering inviting back some past guests for another visit.

“We are looking to find the best and perhaps one or two returns,” QPAC boss John Kotzas said.

“At the moment our minds are open and we are reading some fantastic reviews from lots of companies.”

Snow White opened on Friday night and will continue until September 11.

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The hunters and protectors of the reef: the live coral trade

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Coral is collected from the reef and the ‘frags’ are then attached to live rock to create a miniature marine biome. Photo: Facebook/Bernardo Lamuno Coral is collected from the reef and the ‘frags’ are then attached to live rock to create a miniature marine biome Photo: Facebook/Edison Ly
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Coral collected from the reef. Photo: Facebook/Ciaran Hemmings

Coral is collected from the reef and the ‘frags’ are then attached to live rock to create a miniature marine biome Photo: Facebook/Carlos Alcantara

Coral collecting is not a term often heard in the same sentence as protecting the Great Barrier Reef. The industry would have people think otherwise.

The industry is worth between $12 and $14 million annually and, as part of the global aquarium trade, it is reliant on aquarium hobbyists.

More than 600 species of coral can be found on the Great Barrier Reef. Such diversity is more than enough to keep any hobbyist enthralled for a lifetime.

The hobbyist’s hunger for diversity is key to keeping the trade and the collectors in a sustainable industry that does not damage the reef said Ryan Donnelly, a spokesperson for the Aquarium Supply Industry Association, Pro-Vision Reef.

He said it was an unbelievably selective industry and market, which demanded only coral of a certain size and colour vibrancy.

“It’s about species diversity, divers have to shop around, visit many sites and swim over the vast majority of existing coral until they find something they want,” Mr Donnelly said.

“It’s a quota fishery. The quota was assessed scientifically back in 2001 and determined the catch was well within sustainable limits.

“It found the collectors removed a tiny fraction of the regrowth potential of the reef. [The amount collected] wasn’t even on the radar.”

There are about 20 businesses that are permitted to collect from the reef and they collect only half of the allowed quota a year.

The 200 tonne quota consists of 60 tonnes of live, slow-growing, stony coral and 140 tonnes of sea or live rock and fast growing corals.

Nic Dos Santos has just been awarded with the title of Reef Guardian by the Great Barrier Reef Park Authority for his work in helping to sustain the reef.

Mr Dos Santos from Ultra Corals Australia is a collector who dives on the reef or more specifically, inter-reefal zones in between reefs.

He said the processes he had to put the corals through to make them suitable for the trade limited his workflow.

“We have practices in our business that we do that ensures we get a 0.5 to 1 per cent dead on arrival rating,” Mr Dos Santos said.

“Which is not achieved by everyone.”

Mr Donnelly’s company Cairns Marine is also one of these Guardians. Their business is to research and report on the reef.

The Guardians have been recognised for their work in educating the public about the reef and the dangers to it, as well as assisting researchers in studying coral and finding pests such as the crown of thorns starfish.

Morgan Pratchett is a Professorial Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and has sought out one of the guardians to assist in his studies.

“Nic is one of several fishermen working with scientists from JCU, WA Fisheries and QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to better understand the impacts of the coral fishery on wild stocks of commonly harvested corals across QLD, NT and WA,” Professor Pratchett said.

Coral collectors take their role seriously.

Mr Dos Santos is creating a new commercial facility that he hopes will further assist scientists with their studies of coral.

“What we aim to do is mesh ourselves with the science community, so we’re going to try and have scientists either living on site or nearby that can do studies on the coral in the tank,” Mr Dos Santos said.

“We’re going to do our best to bring as much coral and as much research data to scientists.

“One of the things I’ve found over the years working with scientists is the biggest downfall is their ability to get out there and do research.”

Ryan Donnelly said the industry was well organised and there was a stewardship action plan for the coral fishery that prescribed actions in the water designed to drive down ecological risks.

“When there is a disturbance such as bleaching, we get together with the marine park authority and help with reporting menaces such as crown of thorns starfish or bleaching,” Mr Donnelly said.

“The thing that gets people into this industry is the same thing that gets them into keeping species in tanks at home, it’s a love of the sea and the love of diving. They aren’t simply commodities.

“If it were solely for the money, we’d be working with nuts and bolts or something.”

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Meet Gary, turtle protector and Queensland’s father of the year

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Gary Prior was announced as Queensland’s father of the year for his work with disaffected youth, raising seven children and four foster children. Photo: Scripture UnionOn thousands of hectares of wetlands and beach at Abbott Point in the north of the state, Queensland’s father of the year works with two of his nephews to protect the landscape.
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They rid the place of noxious weeds and protect sea turtles from pigs and foxes.

When he comes home he helps take care of his seven children, four foster children and helps his sisters.

The award came as a surprise for Gary Prior, a Juru Man born in Ingham, working on sugarcane farms from ‘dark to dark’ before moving to Bowen three years ago to work on the country.

He said the award was a big thing for him and he did not expect any recognition for being a dad.

But Mr Prior has gone to lengths to keep his family together. Twelve years ago four of his nieces and nephews had become wards of the state.

“We could see the sadness in their faces as they we’re about to be separated and sent to different homes,” Mr Prior said.

“So we brought them to north Queensland and that’s how it started.”

A highlight in Mr Prior’s 24 years of being a dad was when his daughter Zion was born, 12 years ago, just before he and his wife adopted the four nieces and nephews.

“Her birth would have to be the highlight of being a dad, because I got to deliver my own daughter,” he said.

The doctor and midwife had to leave the room and assist another patient while Mr Prior’s wife Janeen was in labor.

“My wife said look, she wants to come out and she wants to come out now, and I said ‘what?’ there was no doctor, no midwife, so all I had to do was get on my knees and pop my hands out to catch my own daughter.

“Shaking, I just had to have the control to grab my own daughter and I turned her around in five seconds flat and just read her whole body.

“She had my eyes, she had my ears, my lips, my hands, my feet, my legs. It was like looking at my own self in the shape of a little girl.

“We have a special bond that very few dads and grandads have experienced and ever since then she’s been my best friend, we share the same shadow sometimes.”

Looking after his own is not all Mr Prior has done to deserve the award, he works with disengaged youth, teaching them about aboriginal culture and guiding them on to the right path.

“I’ve been working lately with Mission Australia, taking six young men out on country with five mentors, including my dad, my older brother, an elder and another young man,” he said.

His advice for other fathers who are struggling with their own children was simple.

“Just try and be there, I’ve had a few nephews gone down the wrong way.”

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Seahawks secure Big V championshipphotos, video

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Seahawks secure Big V championship | photos, video FLYING HIGH: Warrnambool Seahawks captain Nathan Sobey lifts the Big V grand final crowd with a slam dunk. Pictures: Rob Gunstone
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FLYING HIGH: Warrnambool Seahawks captain Nathan Sobey lifts the Big V grand final crowd with a slam dunk.

FLYING HIGH: Warrnambool Seahawks captain Nathan Sobey lifts the Big V grand final crowd with a slam dunk.

FLYING HIGH: Warrnambool Seahawks captain Nathan Sobey lifts the Big V grand final crowd with a slam dunk.

A WORLD AWAY: Peter and Kerrie Sobey watch their son Nathan accept his Big V grand final series best on court trophy via Skype from their cruise boat in Greece.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Warrnambool Seahawks celebrate their first Big V title in 18 years on Saturday night.

FAMILY TIME: Alex Gynes takes a moment with his son Ollie to enjoy Warrnambool Seahawks’ grand final series triumph.

BIG GAME: Xavier Johnson-Blount drained 25 points in Warrnambool Seahawks’ game two win over Casey Cavaliers.

JOB WELL DONE: Warrnambool Seahawks captain Nathan Sobey accepts the MVP trophy from Big V chairman Darryl Neal.

TO THE BASKET: Warrnambool Seahawks import Xavier Johnson-Blount works hard against two Casey Cavalier opponents on the grand final stage.

TO THE BASKET: Warrnambool Seahawks import Xavier Johnson-Blount works hard against two Casey Cavalier opponents on the grand final stage.

HAPPY: Big V chairman and Warrnambool Seahawks co-founder Darryl Neal presents the grand final trophies.

TOO STRONG: Casey Cavaliers’ Dean Johnson can’t stop Warrnambool Seahawks’ Alex Gynes from driving to the basket in the grand final.

OH CAPTAIN, OUR CAPTAIN: Seahawks players congratulate Nathan Sobey for being named best on court in the grand final series.

SING IT LOUD: Warrnambool Seahawks’ Xavier Johnson-Blount, Jacob Sobey and Tim Gainey celebrate their grand final victory.

BIG PLAY: Xavier Johnson-Blount drives home a one-handed slam to excite the Warrnambool Seahawks’ grand final crowd.

DRIVING TO THE BASKET: Warrnambool’s Alex Gynes slips past Casey’s Dean Johnson in the first half of the Big V grand finals series’ second game.

OUR MOMENT: Warrnambool Seahawks’ Brock Carter, Xavier Johnson-Blount, coach Matt Alexander and Jacob Sobey model their 2016 champions t-shirts.

FAMILY MOMENT: Warrnambool Seahawks’ Alex Gynes has his grand final medal hung around his son Ollie’s neck.

IMPORTANT COG: Warrnambool Seahawks guard Josh Dean drives to the basket past Casey’s Sean McKinnon in the Big V grand final series clincher.

LISTEN UP: Warrnambool coach Matt Alexander talks to his players during their grand final series win over Casey Cavaliers.

WE DID IT: Warrnambool Seahawks players start cheering as the clock runs out to zero and they take out the 2016 Big V division one championship.

STAR POWER: Nathan Sobey fights his way to the basket in the Warrnambool Seahawks’ championship-winning game.

THAT’S MINE: Warrnambool Seahawks’ Alex Gynes and Casey Cavaliers’ Dean Johnson wrestle for the ball during game two of the Big V grand final series.

CHAMPIONS: Warrnambool Seahawks teammates celebrate their grand final series victory over Casey.

Big V Basketball Grand Final Game 2 Warrnambool Seahawks v Casey Caveliers. Warrnambool #10 Alex Gynes slips past Casey #7 Dean Johnson. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Big V Basketball Grand Final Game 2 Warrnambool Seahawks v Casey Caveliers. Warrnambool #7 Josh Dean drives to the basket past Casey #10 Sean McKinnon. Picture: Rob Gunstone

PUMPED: Warrnambool captain Nathan Sobey takes a seat after making a basket in the Big V grand final series.

LEAP: Warrnambool Seahawks’ Nathan Sobey puts the shot up over Casey Cavaliers’ James Deneefe in the first half of their grand final series win.

TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING: Warrnambool Seahawks veteran Tim Gainey removes the net in celebration of their Big V grand final series victory.

GOAL ACHIEVED: Warrnambool Seahawks captain Nathan Sobey cuts down the net after leading them to a Big V title on Saturday night.

TRADITION: Warrnambool Seahawks’ Alex Gynes cuts down the net after their Big V grand final series win.

FOR YOU, WARRNAMBOOL: Seahawks leader Nathan Sobey celebrates after he receives his Big V grand final medal.

OUCH: Warrnambool Seahawks’ Nathan Sobey runs into a roadblock against Casey during the Big V grand final series.

RAPT: Warrnambool Seahawks guard Josh Dean cuts down the net after their Big V grand final series triumph.

LEADER: Warrnambool Seahawks president Jacob Sobey was influential on and off the court for the Big V title winners.

CONGRATS: Warrnambool Seahawks import Xavier Johnson-Blount receives his grand final medal.

WELL DESERVED: Warrnambool Seahawks’ Josh Dean receives his Big V grand final medal.

ECSTATIC: Warrnambool Seahawks v Casey Cavaliers. Seahawks players celebrate their victory.

RUNNING THE FLOOR: Warrnambool Seahawks guard Josh Dean brings the ball down the court during game two of the Big V grand final series.

PUMPED: Xavier Johnson-Blount delivered a championship in his first Big V season with Warrnambool Seahawks.

HAPPY: Nathan Sobey celebrates the Seahawks’ grand final victory with his teammates.

BENCH SUPPORT: James Mitchell and Dion Smith cheer their teammates on during the Big V grand final series.

FAN FAVOURITE: Long-time Warrnambool Seahawk Tim Gainey cuts the net down as he savours his first Big V championship, some 10 years after moving to Australia to join the club.

ADVICE: Warrnambool coach Matt Alexander talks to Josh Dean during the grand final series.

TweetFacebookWarrnambool Seahawks coach Matt Alexander talks about the club’s Big V title drought-breakerWarrnambool coachMatt Alexander was elated after the buzzer, rapt to help veteran Tim Gainey win his first title after 10 years with the club and watch the likes of teenager Ollie Bidmade stand up on the big stage.

“I feel fantastic. I have a lot of gratitude to be in this situation coaching a fantastic team and it’s just really special feelings,” he said.

“It is my second time I have coached the Seahawks. We were a development group that time and some of these guys have come up seven years later and I was privileged enough to coach them to a championship.

“I truly had faith in our talented team in any situation –if we were 10 down I’d still feel like we’ve got very elite players who can bring it back.The way we played today, the cohesion was fantastic, the ball movement, it was a real team effort. I was really impressed with all the guys.”

THEY DID IT!! @WarrnamboolS Seahawks are @bigv_ball division one champions!!!! ? #BigVfinalspic.twitter苏州美甲美睫培训学校/Vv5BK0QdwE

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Knight’s day with dual win in Lowlines

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AUSTRALIAN LOWLINE YOUNG SIRE: Grand champion Australian Lowline bull held by Julie Knight, Vic, with Vic judge Ben Davies.
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A BULLswap between breeders gave northern Vic stud Wanamara the grand championdouble in the Australian Lowline judging.

The grand champion bull and female exhibited by Julie Knight, Major Plains via Dookie, Vic, were May 2015-drop progeny of Whitby Farm Freeman –the 2008 Royal Melbourne Show grand champion.

Ms Knight had Freeman loaned to her for a season in return for her Melbourne reserve champion bull.

Judge Ben Davies, Wodonga, Vic, could not go past“functional young sire” Wanamara Cavalier for his supreme after elevating itfromjunior togrand champion bull.

Cavalierweighed 375 kilograms with 6-millimetre rump fat, 5mm rib fat and63-square centimetre eye muscle area.

Mr Davies selected Wanamara Firestorm for hisjunior and grand champion heiferfor its “balance and length of body”.

“Ithas a fantastic topline, lovely neck extension,ample spring of rib and walks out well,” he said.

Ms Knight hasbred Lowlines for more than 20 years and said the breed’s temperament was a huge plus.

“They are very quiet to handle,their beef is good for the freezer andthere is a good market forbulls to commercial breeders for their calving ease,” she said.

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