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Foundation for Australia & New Zealand Arts

Hello friend,

As we emerge from lockdown, late spring and summer 2021 bring some exciting antipodean events to screen and stage.

Coming up - at a glance:

Read on for more information, plus a look at what's ahead.

The FANZA Team

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird


Winner Book of the Year 2021 - Australian Book Industry

What sustains us through our darkest and most uncertain times? Renowned author and award-winning journalist Julia Baird's timely and deeply personal memoir is an investigation into how to find and nurture the 'light' within ourselves, the inner happiness that gets us through. Available in the UK on 27 May.

Read the Guardian review

A New Zealand Evening at Ronnie's

A New Zealand Evening at Ronnie's - 3 June

The long-awaited return of live music is here! The legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club presents an all-star Kiwi band to celebrate the beautiful music they have created separately and, for a one-off evening, play it all together. Delivering some of the best that New Zealand has to offer, the line up includes Myele Manzanza on drums, Ashton Sellars on guitars, Aron Ottignon on keys, Benjamin Muralt on bass, and special guest Rosie Frater-Taylor on guitars.

More info and tickets at Ronnie Scott's

Australia House Ensemble - 27 May and 17 June

With a London concert in the pipeline for early July, you can get in the zone now with their free online concerts under the banner Reawakening. Concerts feature members of the Ensemble performing as two different string trios and include new member Pei-Jee Ng on cello and guest cellist Brian O'Kane.

Concerts on 27 May and 17 June present works by Dohnányi and Mozart (Naoko Keatley, Morgan Goff & Pei-Jee Ng).

More info and tickets at Australia House Ensemble

Etched in Bone live online screening - 17 June

Menzies Australia Institute

Etched in Bone tells an extraordinary story of theft and repatriation. When the Smithsonian Institution agrees to return stolen human bones from northern Australia, an Aboriginal elder creates a ceremony that restores his ancestors' spirits to their homeland. Linking into contemporary debates about decolonising museum collections and repatriating cultural artefacts and human remains, the post-screening discussion will consider recent efforts in the UK and the US.

Menzies Australia Institute co-directors Martin Thomas and Béatrice Bijon will join for a live Q&A, along with former Curator of Living Cultures at the Manchester Museum, Stephen Welsh, who was instrumental in the recent, unconditional repatriation of Indigenous objects.

More info and tickets

Looking ahead:

2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize - congratulations to Australian writer Katerina Gibson, author of Fertile Soil, who is already among the five Regional Winners. Fingers crossed for her when the Overall Winner is announced 30 June at

Salon Opera back soon performing live - revivals include Madame Butterfly, Tosca and a staged performance of Songs of the Auvergne. Dates to be announced.

Kiwi band SIX60's UK Tour (Nov-Dec 2021) is already selling strongly in London, Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow - don't miss!

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