I am in Torino for Magfest! When I left Munich on Thursday morning, the first winter snow was falling - but in Torino it was a beautiful sunny day. I was met at the airport by Valentina and Christina Kyriazidi, who had just arrived from Berlin, then we had lunch with Gabriella and her parents. Gabriella and Valentina have put the festival together on almost nothing (in New Zealand we'd say "on the smell of an oily rag") and focussed on performances - 17 performances over two days and one evening - mostly by "younger" women.
We all know how difficult funding is to get, and that in the "current economic climate" it is getting harder and harder. But there are funds out there, and perhaps if we join forces and apply together we may be able to access something. As an international network, the Magdalena Project is significant and fairly unique, and our work connects into many funding organisations' priorities. We just have to find the right fund to approach and give them a good pitch.
I thought I’d write a short blog for those who were interested but unable to attend today’s Magdalena@25 afternoon tea at my place. This is by no means a comprehensive description of the conversation that took place, but if you were one of the women who just couldn’t be there today, here’s a taste of the ground covered:
Once the Magdalena Norway group gets up and running, this will be a place for group members to post blogs about Magdalena Norway's activities. In the meantime, this is here as a placeholder, to show you that it can be done!
Finally managed to sort through all of the photos from the first couple of days of the Legacy and Challenge Magdalena in August! For now, I have put every single one on a Photobucket album (the link is below). You should be able to download any of the photos, but if there are any problems I can email them directly to you, just email the link of the photograph to me. This is the same if you want any photos edited or photoshopped, as I have access to Photoshop CS4.
Magdalena Australia Australian Theatre Forum Lunch
Thursday September 15; 1 - 2 p.m. Graffiti Room, Brisbane Powerhouse BYO lunch to share
This is a great opportunity for those who have not been able to attend or link into the Australian Theatre Forum to come along and meet women artists who have come from around Australia, as well as connecting with our own Brisbane colleagues and friends.