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Centenary program (Part 1) [Would you have preferred The Rolling Stones poll?]

By johnboy - 4 September 2012 39

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The meeja reptiles are being entertained as I write in The Playhouse for the launch of the Centenary Program (Part 1), and tonight the Great and The Good will assemble for a gala event.

But here we’re more interested in the substance and so here’s the program (Part 1).

Anything leaping out at you there dear reader?

Apparently we could have had The Rolling Stones for one big night, or this program. Which would you have preferred? (Remember there’s a Part 2 still to be unveiled)

Which would you prefer for the Centenary?

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Centenary program (Part 1) [Would you have preferred The Rolling Stones poll?]
c_c 6:58 pm 04 Sep 12

Masquara said :

Robyn Archer is an enthusiastic lady of moderate cabaret talents

And immense ego I would suggest. Jumping up the front and singing at the launch today. Gosh, doesn’t Canberra have any good singers that she had to do it instead?

Masquara 6:37 pm 04 Sep 12

Robyn Archer is an enthusiastic lady of moderate cabaret talents, who has developed a track record successfully directing standard arts festivals – where you loosely devise a theme, and are lauded for bringing disparate and fabulous acts from all over to a city, where a mix of visitors and locals celebrate hard for a week or two.
I simply don’t think she has been up to the C100 job.
Here’s an example: C100 spokesman interviewed on 666 this afternoon was asked to nominate two highlights of Canberra’s festival – remember, Canberra’s 100 years is the year-long theme. He nominated the Toulouse Lautrec exhibition and a one-day cricket match – both of which should fall solidly into the camp of “side, foreign” and “side, national” rather than “core” events.

The centenary has a name, but not a cogent theme. Remember how Archer’s framework specified one of the goals for Canberra’s centenary events as “encouraging remote Indigenous employment” – simply a byproduct of hauling C100 funding from some program bucket or other into the C100 budget – after she was questioned about Ngapartji’s links with Canberra (spuriously retrofitted from a single performance that happened to coincide with an Indigenous conference at Aiatsis years ago, and nothing to do with any actual developed relationship between Ngapartji and Canberra).

C100’s PR has been piecemeal, inconsistent and anything but strategic. Out of a hotchpotch of 1,000 events, of course many of them will be fun and worthwhile, especially lots of the local ones, and the ones arising from Canberra’s ACTUAL, not Robyn Archer’s faux, diaspora. But cherrypicking some great events from a pea soup (pardon the mixed metaphor) over an entire year simply won’t hang together for Canberrans as a cogent celebration.

The interview this evening was also STILL apologising for Canberra. Since when was “worthwhile Canberra” only “recent Canberra”? The “old Canberra” is apparently something that Archer has lately decided to reject, refining her PR message to somehow send a message that Canberra has seen the error of its ways and is now a fun city. What a ridiculous approach, when that “old” Canberra was an absolute fount of creativity and amazingness, and a unique environment where hippiedom, academia, grunge & bohemia could mix & thrive. Archer in her arrogance hasn’t bothered with the social history and identity of Canberra.

More’s the pity.

And inflicting a 64 megabyte program on those of us who won’t get handed one in hardcopy, is just another example of incompetence.

Duffbowl 5:56 pm 04 Sep 12

johnboy said :

But it’s hard to keep going after King O’Malleys is named the Centenary Pub

And who says public servants don’t have a sense of humour.

On the upside, at least it’s a pub that acknowledges it’s pulling the piss about being an Irish pub. On the downside, it’s King O’Malleys.

johnboy 5:51 pm 04 Sep 12

My efforts at shrinking it still came out at well over 30MB, by which point google already had it. It’s a rich print document.

justin heywood 5:36 pm 04 Sep 12

astrojax said :

tommo said :

How’s this for a brief summary:
It’s not the Rolling Stones

so, no satisfaction then? i thought wild horses wouldn’t keep them away. they miss you already and would gimme shelter if they were to come, but it’s only rock n roll…

Well, you can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you might …

Get what you need!

HenryBG 5:24 pm 04 Sep 12

What would the 500 public servants employed by the ACT Government’s “Arts” directorate *do*, though, if they weren’t given an endless stream of pointless tasks to perform?
It would be a disaster – our Rates would have to go down if they didn’t find all these sorts of pointless rubbish to fund.

switch 5:12 pm 04 Sep 12

Not even Sympathy for the Devil.

c_c 5:07 pm 04 Sep 12

Bluey said :

Hey Johnboy the program is 64MB.

Any chance of cliffnotes version?

Suspect someone in CMD hasn’t learnt to use PDF Optimiser in Acrobat. No way a file should be that big.

astrojax 4:31 pm 04 Sep 12

tommo said :

How’s this for a brief summary:
It’s not the Rolling Stones

so, no satisfaction then? i thought wild horses wouldn’t keep them away. they miss you already and would gimme shelter if they were to come, but it’s only rock n roll…

tommo 4:12 pm 04 Sep 12

How’s this for a brief summary:
It’s not the Rolling Stones

johnboy 4:06 pm 04 Sep 12

I don’t see how it can be summarised.

100+ bitsy pages of ad ons, previously announceds, rebadged existing events, and then god knows what.

poetix 4:02 pm 04 Sep 12

So will you do a summary JB? In your copious spare time?

astrojax 2:34 pm 04 Sep 12

will i get to wave at the queen?

johnboy 2:31 pm 04 Sep 12

Bluey said :

Hey Johnboy the program is 64MB.

Any chance of cliffnotes version?

There really isn’t.

I did ask for a breakout of the new events rather than the rebadged ones and got this answer:

“In terms of separating what’s completely ‘new’ versus the legacy stuff, no, we don’t have a break down and it would be really tricky – there are new components to existing activities (e.g., Collected Works at CTC), what we released at the Preview in March, and new things that have already been announced along the way …”

Some things go all years, some for months, some were happening anyway.

Canberra Day down by the lake is meant to be a big highlight.

But it’s hard to keep going after King O’Malleys is named the Centenary Pub and Summernats makes its appearance.

Everything is presented as being MAAARVELOUS, and there’s a hundred odd pages of it, so who’s to say?

Bluey 2:26 pm 04 Sep 12

Hey Johnboy the program is 64MB.

Any chance of cliffnotes version?

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