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October Update



In late July a team of Tutti staff and artists including Joel Hartgen, Lorcan Hopper, and James Kurtze  headed to Penang, Malaysia to present the world premiere of BEASTLY, an initiative of the exciting new OzAsia Festival and George Town Festival partnership. There they met and worked with collaborators – street artist Andres Busrianto from Indonesia and people with a disability from Stepping Stone Centre, Penang, who supported the creation of the interactive BEASTLY Village  in the beautiful upper floor rooms of the Penang Science Cluster. The team together with Andres Busrianto and Aina Khor ( Director of Stepping Stone) and artist Eunice Tew Xin Yen then returned to Adelaide in time to present BEASTLY at the OzAsia Festival.
This unusual cross artform intercultural collaboration is the first fruit of a growing relationship between Tutti artists and their peers and supporters in Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia. It grew from common concerns about disappearing habitats, endangered animals, and which animals we most identify with.

Critical and public response at both festivals was wonderful with every performance booked out and a steady stream of people posting pictures on Instagram and Twitter of themselves interacting with fabulous Beastly creatures and birdpeople created by Busrianto, Kurt Bosecke, Scott Pyle, William Gregory, Tessa Crathern, Henry Jock Walker and many others. Inside the village, audiences were treated to individual themed performance pieces that invited deeper reflection about how we as human beings relate to the animal kingdom.
“a personal awakening that touches on the child within the cynical adult.”
“absolutely enchanting”… “a committed, and powerfully expressive performance”

"I left the tent stunned and enraptured.... For me, it felt like I had been given a beautiful gift.... The reward is truly marvelous." - Tony Knight, Stage Whispers

Read the full reviews here:
Stage Whispers review by Tony Knight

RealTime review by Keith Gallasch
RealTime article by Ben Brooker
Guest Artist Andres Busrianto (Centre) from Yojyajakarta, with Tutti Artists and Staff
Left: Aina Khor (Director of Stepping Stone) and artist Eunice Tew Xin Yen
Right: Caitie & Sudarththa
BEASTLY is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
An initiative of the OzAsia Festival and George Town Festival Partnership.

Sit Down Shut Up And Watch!

Eight days to go!

Buy your tickets now! 

44 film entries from all over the world, made by people with learning disability and they're fantastic! Come along to view the films & stay for the Red Carpet Awards Night.

Sit Down, Shutup and Watch: Film & New Media Festival is Australia¹s premier film festival
raising awareness about international learning disability led screen culture.

Don't miss this amazing festival at the Angaston Town Hall, on Friday 21 October in the beautiful Barossa Valley.  Make a weekend of it and get along!

Official Opening and first film screening session at 10:30 am

SDSW has been getting some great publicity already! You can see the recent Indaily article here
When: Friday 21 October 2016
Where: Angaston Town Hall
Washington Street, Angaston SA
Session One: 10:30 am - 12:15 pm
Session Two: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Session Three: 3:00 pm - 4:40 pm
Red Carpet Award Presentation: 7:00 pm, for a 7:30 pm start
Tickets: $10 for 1 session; $15 for 2 sessions; $20 for 3 or more sessions.
Companion Card Holders free
Book Now - SitDownShutupandWatch Festival
Best of Fest
If you missed the excitement of the main festival, there will be a Best of Fest screening of the SDSW Award Winners films, across all 8 categories on 3 November.

Where: Mercury Cinema
13 Morphett Street, Adelaide
Times: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tickets: $10; School Students $5
Book Now - Best of Fest
The Festival needs you! 
We still need volunteers to assist us with the SDSW festival. If you are friendly, welcoming & interested in new films, please get in touch.
Roles available include:
Front of House: sell & check tickets, assist patrons to enter & exit, cash handling experience desirable.
Merchandise sales: selling popcorn, drinks & other merchandise; cash handling experience desirable.
Surveyor: A chance to chat to the audience to hear about their favourite films & encourage them to complete Festival surveys.
Award Ceremony Wait Staff: set up platters of food, glasses, plates; assist with beverages; Responsible Service of Alcohol preferred (but not essential)

Plus other general duties are available.

If you can spare a few hours on Thursday 20 October or Friday 21 October, we'd love to hear from you.
To chat about any of these roles or find out how you can help support the Festival, contact Ceri Hutton via email for more information.

Tutti Kids & Youth Showcase

On Saturday 10 September, the Annual Tutti Kids and Youth Showcase was held at Brighton Performing Arts Centre. The Showcase is the highlight of the year for the youngest members of the Tutti team. For many children, the Showcase is their first experience of performing to an audience on a stage, under lights, and it is here we see them thrive!

Family, friends and supporters were treated to lively afternoon of singing, dance, drumming, music and movement pieces that TKY participants had been working on over the previous months. Fun, smiles, joy, concentration, teamwork, friendship, laughter and a sense of achievement are just a few words that summarise the lively energy of the event. 

A huge THANK YOU to everyone involved who made this year's Showcase a great success!
If you know a child or young person with disability aged 5-18 who may like to try their hand at the arts please contact:
Tutti Kids and Youth Coordinator,
Jillian Arthur: E:  Ph:8422 6511

School Holiday Program 

Expressions of Interest

Due to the success of TKY and requests from children and families, Tutti Arts is considering running a school holidays program for school aged children with disability and their siblings. Should enough interest and required numbers for a program be received, the School Holiday Program would run between Monday 9 January to Friday 13 January 2017.

We are seeking expressions of interest from families who may wish to take part.

To register your interest, please email us as soon as possible, giving ages of the participant/s and which days (Monday through Friday) they'd like to attend.

Dates: Monday 9 January to Friday 13 January 2017
Times: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Tutti Arts, King George Avenue, Brighton
Daily fee: To be advised

Digital Arts Project

Tutti Arts is the first site for the Digital Arts Project to get underway. The Digital Arts Project is a national research project coordinated by the Central Queensland University, providing the opportunity for indigenous and non-indigenous youth with disability, disadvantage or those who are disengaged from school to complete a Certificate II in Visual Arts (Digital Media).

Tutti Arts is excited to be leading the way with this project as one of four sites around Australia. The participants are mentored at Tutti by a film maker and an animator/digital designer and all are looking forward to the great projects and collaborations that are to come.

There are still places available in this program and we would love to have more people join us!

If you know of any 15-28 year olds (indigenous and non-indigenous youth with disability, disadvantage or those who are disengaged from school) who would like to learn about film making and visual arts and gain a Certificate II qualification in the process
(free of charge), please contact us. 

Jillian Arthur - Digital Arts Project Coordinator
E:  Ph:8422 6511

Tutti Choir News

Gala Concert

On the evening  of 20 August the Tutti Choir, Poco Tutti and soloists gave a rousing concert with Off The Cuff Police Band at Freemasons Hall, North Terrace Adelaide.

The concert was well attended and all proceeds went to the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health which seeks to support various aspects of men's health.
Highlights included the choir's impromptu version of Pharrell Williams' Happy" with the Police Band, followed by Peter Allen's 'I Still Call Australia Home', 'I'm a Believer', 'Gimme Some Lovin' and everyone's favourite 'That's Amore'.

Organised by a small committee the event was a great success and another joint concert is already planned for 2017.

Day of the Song Festival

Book early for these two magic concerts

We are celebrating International Day of People with Disability all weekend

3 December 2016: Day of the Song at Grainger Studio, 6:00 pm
4 December 2016: Concert Two: Day of the Song at The Gov, 1:30 pm

Join Tutti and our sensational guest artists for Day of the Song in early December.  Day of the Song's headline artist for 2016 is Tony Lindsay, 'the voice of Santana' for over 20 years. Tony has toured and performed all over the world with Carlos Santana, gaining 11 Grammys and countless accolades along the way. He has also recorded and performed with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau and Teddy Pendergrass.

Tony will be joined on stage by electrifying US soul singer and world-class keyboard player Janice Maxie Reid, who has toured internationally with notable artists including Sting, George Duke and Stevie Wonder.
“Janice Maxie-Reid is simply BRILLIANT!  She is truly a musician's musician, and a singer's singer. Watching and listening to her perform is an experience that cannot be duplicated.”  Larry Batiste, Music Director, Producer & Arranger
Together these two phenomenal performers will entertain Adelaide audiences with a soul-stirring mix of jazz, blues and R&B classics. Special guests with Tony, Janice and the Tutti Choirs on Saturday night will be La La Land & the International Revival Gospel Choir, musically directed by Carol Young.

On Sunday special guests with Tony and Janice will be local and international blues legend Chris Finnen, and Tutti's own acoustic-pop darlings The Sisters of Invention, soon to be featured on ABC iView.
"Chris Finnen is one of Australia's most innovative guitarists. He took us down to the crossroads and off into space, from Delta Blues to Chicago, from Adelaide to Northern Australia via India and Africa." Adelaide Fringe Review; The Australian, February 2013:
An initiative of Tutti Arts and Infusion Music The Day of the Song Festival is a celebration of how song and music support inclusive communities through building positive physical and mental well-being.  The key aim of this joyful festival is to support disadvantaged youth to overcome barriers of language, culture and disability, decreasing their marginalisation & building confidence and self respect.
Left: The International Revival Gospel Choir   Right: The Sisters of Invention

Tutti Artists will be attending workshops and Masterclasses with our guests, but you can catch them all on stage over two days of performances!

Save the dates:
Day of the Song Choral Festival at the Grainger Studio
Saturday 3 December 2016

Tony Lindsay, Janice Maxie Reid with Tutti & Poco Tutti choirs, La La Land and the International Revival Gospel Choir
Venue: Grainger Studio,
91 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Day of the Song at The Gov
Sunday 4 December 2016 @ 1:30 pm
Tony Lindsay, Janice Maxie Reid and Chris Finnen Blues Band, joined by Tutti's own The Sisters of Invention
Venue: The Gov
59 Port Road, Hindmarsh
Tickets: $30 Adults, $20 Conc


The Day of the Song Festival concerts coincide with International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), held on 3 December each year.


IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

Arts Activated Conference

Tutti was well represented at the Arts Activated: Pathways to Practice 2016 Conference at Carriageworks in Sydney on the 20-21st September. Lee Witczak and Mathew Wauchope from The Sit Down ShutUp Steering Committee delighted audiences with their presentation “Artists with Disability Re-framing the Landscape Through Film” presenting the ins and outs of the upcoming SDSW Festival and 2016 workshop program.  Tutti Arts Manager, Jane Gronow also attended the conference to meet with national and international disability arts practitioners and artists, and absorb the showcase of inclusive arts and cultural programs, projects and research from across Australia.

AAPPAC Conference

The recent annual AAPPAC (Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres) Conference held at the Adelaide Festival Centre on 28 & 29 September and was an excellent opportunity to engage and network with cultural leaders in the Asia Pacific.

Pat and Jane attended the conference and met with experienced representatives from festivals and cultural centres throughout the Asia Pacific.  Presenters and delegates explored the significant role and contribution of art centres in our communities and the potential they hold to deliver social change.
Jane Gronow & Pat Rix with AAPPAC delegates Sudarththa (Sri Lanka), 
Ken Hayashi (Japan) & Rick Heath (Australia)

Visual Arts

Congratulations to Georgio Mouzakitis who's artwork has been selected to be featured on the cover of the Annual Report from the Office of Public Advocate.  
Artwork by Georgio Mouzakitis - 'Flamingos'

Attention all art lovers!
Art for Lease

We are now leasing Tutti artwork and invite you to adorn your walls with some of the outstanding work created by our very talented artists.
For more information, please contact Linda on 8422 6511 or email


How would you like to win this bottle of 2004 Jacobs Creek Johann Shiraz Cabernet - VALUE $60!!

Or even better, a cruise to the South Pacific!

We are selling raffle tickets at Tutti for the Christmas Cruise lottery – ALL PROCEEDS from every ticket we sell goes to Tutti Arts and our brilliant artists.

First prize in the raffle is a SOUTH PACIFIC CRUISE PACKAGE for 8-10 nights, AIRFARES INCLUDED.

Buy a book of 10 tickets for $20 and go in the draw to win this magnificent bottle of wine - AND – YOU MIGHT WIN A CRUISE!!!

Call us at Tutti on 8422 6511 or email us at

A big THANK YOU to the team at
Booze Bros Staff Charitable Fund!
They have kindly made a donation to the Tutti Choir in our appeal for funding for a new keyboard and carry case.
Thank you very much for your donation!
We can't wait to have you at a concert to see your generosity in action.
And last but not least... a big Thank You!
On behalf of all the artists in our programs we would like to thank the following individuals and community groups for their generous support: 

To find out more on fundraising opportunities or how you can help support Tutti, contact Linda Jacobssen on or 8294 5916

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Tutti gratefully acknowledges the support of the South Australian Government through Disability SA and Arts SA. Tutti also acknowledges the support of our long term partner Minda Incorporated.
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