Erin Cabanawan - “Music and arts in Adelaide”

Erin Cabanawan

Erin Cabanawan is a postgraduate student from the Philippines studying Gender and Development at Flinders University. 

When I watched the film Once (2007, John Carney), I remember being so touched and inspired by the story of two talented musicians meeting eachother in the streets of Dublin. I was even more amazed when I learned that the story reflects real life. The film's stars, Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova, are also musicians and have been creating great music together as The Swell Season.

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“I remember being so touched and inspired by the story”

Imagine my surprise when I found out that Glen Hansard and his original band, The Frames, will be performing as part of the 2013 Adelaide Festival! Coincidently, a good friend of mine has arrived in Sydney to do her studies as well, and we thought of going to the concert together. After working out our schedules, we realized we could only catch the concert during its run in Melbourne. We were so glad we did!

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“A good friend of mine has arrived in Sydney to do her studies as well”

Glen Hansard is such a charismatic performer. After finishing his concert’s formal line up, he went back to the stage as the crowd cheered him on, and started performing random songs. He then literally brought the concert to the audience, as he went down the stage, to the lobby, and all the way to the street outside the Melbourne Recital Centre, all the while singing great songs. I will never forget that moment - it was already past midnight, Glen was right there in front of us, and we were enjoying a concert in the street! 

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“He then literally brought the concert to the audience”

 

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“He went down the stage, to the lobby, and all the way to the street outside”

 

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“I will never forget that moment...enjoying a concert in the street”

I really appreciate how easy it is to have access to great shows in Australia.

Just recently, I was able to catch Vox Populi (2010, Dennis Marasigan), a Filipino film which was also featured in the 2010 Cinemalaya Film Festival. As part of the Adelaide Fringe (thanks to Anahata Community), the film screened to an international audience.

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“Vox Populi (2010, Dennis Marasigan), a Filipino film which was also featured in the 2010 Cinemalaya Film Festival”

It’s amazing how an independent film is given the opportunity to be seen outside of its originating country and by a different audience. Aside from film screenings, I’ve also been able to go back to watching theatre, especially plays in which a couple of friends have performed. 

Adelaide has the abundance of arts and cultural festivals, and Melbourne has opened its alleys and streets to painters and buskers. It’s an environment where people could meet future Glen Hansards or see nice films. I’m looking forward to the next shows with excitement.

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