Frón Voyáge

Frón Voyáge is a new event we trialled on April 8, with the hopes to create a brand new boutique experience for some of Camp Doogs’ most loyal fans. The two-day event featured the likes of Lower Plenty (VIC), Ela Stiles (NSW), Magic Touch (US) and a whole host of locals. The event differs to Camp Doogs by allowing ticketholders to camp next to their cars and experience music in a more intimate setting that feels more like a community camp than a festival.

Event Direction and Booking: Stephen Bellair
Project Management: Coel Healy, Stephen Bellair
Technical Production: Steven Aaron Hughes
Site Production and Design: Ben Konto
Visual Art Direction: Loren Kronemeyer
Activities Direction and MC: Matt Aitken
Bush Funnel Booking: Johanna Lettenmaier

Photos courtesy of Ashleigh Norman

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Government of Bangka Island demands Ahmadiyah convert to Sunni Islam or be expelled: Human Rights Watch

Photo by Adek Berry/AFP
Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia is often held up as a shining example of interfaith harmony and tolerance, but many religious groups continue to face persecution in the archipelago. One of the most persecuted groups are members of the Ahmadiyah community, a minority Islamic sect whose followers have faced intimidation and violence many times in the past.

The latest instance of persecution against the Ahmadiyah in Indonesia is taking place on Bangka Island. Members of the small Ahmadiyah community there have reportedly been targeted by the Bangka Regency Government, located off the east coast of Sumatra in Bangka-Belitung Islands province, and told to convert to Sunni Islam or be forced to leave the island.

Read the full article I wrote for Coconuts Jakarta.

Camp Doogs 2015 Wrap

Camp Doogs happened once again in October. This year we amped things up with a full site makeover and big lineup featuring the likes of Kirin J Callinan, No Zu, Noise in My Head, Sui Zhen, DJ Nozaki, Dead, Mutton and a whole host of locals including Catlips, Grace Barbe and many more. This year also featured a showcase from Melbourne label Bedroom Suck Records that included performances from Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, Superstar and Tim Richmond. Beyond just the music, we had a much bigger selection of Activities including clay pot making demonstrations, stick and poke tattoos and cheese tasting yoga. The festival was made to look amazing by the incredible visual art direction of Lauren Kronemyer and site design from Ben Kontoulas and Colleen Sutherland.

This year we were lucky enough to received grants from both the Department of Culture and The Arts as well as the South West Development Commission. Subsequently, Camp Doogs was once again was nominated for most popular event in the 2015 WA Music Awards and I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to speak on a panel about the future of music festivals, as part of the WA Music Conference.

The Camp Doogs highlights video and upcoming live performance videos were produced and directed by Coel Healy with camera work from Dom Pierce, Aaron Mccann, Naveed Farro, Lewis Rodan and Fabian Rojas. Editing by Coel Healy and Steven Hughes.

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Modern Living and WA Music Conference

WAM

Today I can announce I will be a speaker at the WA Music Conference. As a co-founder of the Camp Doogs music event, I will be giving my insights into the changing nature of music festivals. I will be speaking alongside a range of music industry leaders including Fred Pessaro (Editor in Chief of Noisey/Vice) and Nick Findlay (Triple J). It all takes place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of November – Tickets are available now through the link below.

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Update 22/11/2015:

Photos from the conference – courtesy of Rachael Barrett

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RTR

Modern Living, a new segment I’m presenting for RTRFM’s Out to Lunch program began today. It’s a half hour segment where I delve into reissued records and compilations. Additionally, my new monthly podcast series ‘Unlabelled’ starts on the first of next month (October) and will be aired regularly as part of The Mag. You can re-stream Modern Living at the link below:

Tuesday 29/09/2015 – RTRFM OTL Restream

Camp Doogs launches 2015 website and branding

Today we officially launched the 2015 iteration of the Camp Doogs branding and subsequent website. It marks the end of a significant collaborative project between Good Times Arts members Ben Konto (Graphic Design), Loren Kronomeyer (Art Direction), Matt Aitken (Copy) and myself (Creative Direction, Web Design); as well as local Perth artist, Sally Bower, who was responsible for creating the felt graphics. Check out the Camp Doogs 2015 website here.

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Nick Allbrook & Kirin J Callinan

As part of The Bakery’s final curtain programme, Good Times Arts presented one mammoth event to see in the launch of the Camp Doogs 2015 campaign. We teamed up with Acres Agency to present high profile local, Nick Allbrook (Pond, Tame Impala) and the ever groundbreaking Kirin J Callinan, who’s solo live show was truly inspiring.

(Photos curtesy of Toby Price and Amber Bateup)

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Kirin J Callinan

Ariel Pink & The Clean

January was the start of a big year for Good Times Arts Inc. We had the opportunity to co-present Ariel Pink (USA) at The Bakery and The Clean (NZ) at the Rosemount. These were just the first of a number of shows we’ll be presenting this year, in the lead up to the third edition of Camp Doogs. In May we’ll be presenting Kirin J Callinan alongside a great list of locals including Nick Allbrook, as part of The Bakery’s farewell series. This show will also mark the launch of the Camp Doogs 2015 campaign which I’m very excited to get started on.

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Check out the great review from Xpress Magazine http://xpressmag.com.au/ariel-pink-3/

Camp Doogs 2014

This month myself and a team of like-minded individuals presented the sophomore edition of WAMi nominated event Camp Doogs. The camp first came into existence in 2013 as a response to the lack of alternative camping festivals in our state that cater to the needs of a wide variety of musicians. It was a big task, but somehow we managed to pull it off. In 2014 we got a little bit more ambitious and expanded the festival to cater to six hundred punters and crew. The event provides a platform for a wide variety of local acts and touring bands that would otherwise struggle to find opportunities to play to large crowds.

campdoogs.com // goodtimesarts.com

Photos by Julian Frichot, Pippa Wolfe & Zandra Eller

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Recording the Burundi Band

As part of Honours project i’m currently producing a Documentary on the lives of a group of Burundian refugees. Located in a small regional town several hours south of Perth, they perform in a band known as the Burundi Band & Peace Choir. Today we shot a major component of the film and recorded 12 songs on location.

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Time Honoured Tendrils

Last week I visited Yakushima, a small island three hours south of Kagoshima in Japan. One of the last bastians of truly unspoilt natural wonder, Yakushima is next-level amazing. Home to many ancient trees, including the 7,200 year old cedar, Jomon Sugi. This ancient tree sprouted not long after the Kikai Caldera erupted, that destroyed most of southern Japan. Jomon Sugi then went on to survive the extensive logging that happened during the Edo period.

Yakushima also boasts an amazing selection of natural beachside hot springs or ‘Onsen’, one of which only accessible at low-tide. The island’s forests are mostly UNESCO world heritage protected, I really hope it remains that way.

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