Low Light in the Limelight
Friday 22nd June in the borough featured a range of events kicking off the inaugural ‘Low Light’ festival that will run over four consecutive weekends during the winter months of June and July. The festival is promoted as a ‘celebration for all the senses’ with international and local arts and culinary talents.
The festival launched at Salt Gallery where about 50 people gathered for a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony that preceded several culinary events along Hesse Street and aboard The Q Train, a Progressive Dinner, and the launch of the Bellarine Lighthouse Film Festival.
Saturday’s events included art, film, a heritage walk, dinner by candlelight at Circa 1902 and an Abba show and dinner at 360Q. Sunday for High Tea on the High Seas, Vida Pearson’s Lino Print Demonstration at Seaview Gallery and over the road it was the Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop launch of mezzotints by Queenscliff artist Graeme Peebles ‘From Velvety Depths’ A Survey Exhibition.
There are many more enticing events to warm the cockles of your heart including the Australian premiere of films by the Icelandic Dance Company screening at the New Hall, Kirk Road, Point Lonsdale. ‘After Dinner’ a very funny play by the Lighthouse Theatre Group and dinner at 360Q so pick up a Low Light flyer from around town and enjoy what’s on offer.
Bellarine Lighthouse Film Festival
“Over 200 people attended opening night. This is the first time the event has sold out, which was very exciting for our organising group. The Q&A featuring Mark Grose, Shannon Swan and Marsha Uppill facilitated by Jane Wager helped put the film into some context as I felt uncomfortable coming from my position of power and privilege and witnessing the potential for exploitation for an artist like Gurrumul. The film didn’t portray him as being exploited, as the team around him were very respectful of his culture and personality and came across as his friends.
The discussion after the film focussed on respect and under-standing of culture. Adnyamathanha Arruru Artu woman, Marsha Uppill, pointed the way forward as respecting and learning about indigenous culture without overlaying white Australian ideologies. ‘Allow US to speak of our culture, allow US to tell it and teach it ourselves’ she implored.
The use of power to exploit vulnerable people was a theme that followed through the Saturday films, and was heavy going for filmgoers. I make no apologies for pushing people out of their comfort zones with the film selections. As we saw on Sunday in The Square, sometimes the purpose of art is to push the boundaries, promote thinking and open discussion, although next year we’ll consider including a lighter comedy!”
~ Monica Clemow, BLF