Aliandra Calabrese

Aliandra Calabrese and the Visible Ink space crossed paths as part of Youth Performing Arts Queensland (YPAQ), a not for profit theatre company which aims to bring young people together to embrace their creativity and help foster creative communities in Brisbane. At the time she was looking for the perfect venue to hold workshops and came across our space.

It was as a member of this vibrant community that Aliandra discovered that the opportunities available to her were not necessarily available to all young people,  “I have been fortunate to have good health, a loving family and supportive friends and not all young people have had the same opportunities as me. I love to sing and hang out with my friends and I think that young people living with a disability in an aged care home miss out on a lot. Hardly any of them go out or have friends visit them.”

As someone who has benefited from the skills and friendships formed as part of an active and creative community, Aliandra has taken great interest in making sure that other young people don’t miss out, and many of these opportunities begin at home,  “I discovered that there is limited appropriate housing for young people living with a disability who need 24/7 care, so many of them must be placed in aged care homes where the average age is 80 yrs. This is so hard for them, young people need to live young lives surrounded by people their own age not people who are near the end of their lives”.

Which is how she came across the work of Youngcare, an organisation which aims to raise awareness of the difficulties many young people with disabilities face, as well as developing strategies to create a more supporting environment into the future. Encouraged by their aim to help meet the long-term housing needs of young people living with a disability, Aliandro set about raising awareness for the organisation in combination with her love of music.

Together with friends, Regan Samuels and AJ Hawkins, the group have created a remix of an old song called California Dreaming to help get the message out:


She says of getting involved with issues you’re passionate about, “If you see an issue and think you can help give it a go. It doesn’t have to be a great thing because even a small thing done with real heart can help to enrich another person’s life”, and she encourages others to have a go… “If you have a brilliant idea to help raise awareness get onto Youngcare and get their advice and support. Hold a dog-wash afternoon, or car-washing morning and donate the proceeds to the organisation to help them build appropriate housing. Or you can make a donation online.”

You can catch Aliandro and her crew perform with YPAQ, and keep an eye out for more of their videos over at their youtube channel.

For more information about the work of both organisations YPAQ and Youngcare, see their respective websites:
http://www.ypac.com.au
http://youngcare.com.au
Young People Defining Brisbane

Call-out for performers – Valentine’s Busk

Calling out all performers and artists to come and busk, win fabulous prizes and join in the World Record attempt for the World’s Largest Busk!

Whether you’re a seasoned busker, a first timer or if you are a musician, circus performer, poet, singer, dancer, comedian or chalk artist, if you have an act that attracts applause and tips, we want you to share the love. Register here

Valentine’s Busk
Saturday, 14 February 2015
Cultural Precinct, South Bank
The full program of artists and events for Valentine’s Busk will be announced in January 2015.
Opportunities

Callout for Brisbane Youth Week Youth Manangment Team

Brisbane Youth Week (10-19th April) is a celebration of the diversity and creativity of our city’s young people. It’s a chance for Brisbane’s youth to open their creative minds and have a voice in our great city.

If you’re a young person and looking to get involved in Brisbane Youth Week 2015 we want to hear from you!

Joining the Youth Management Team will allow you to develop your skills in event planning and management and corporate processes. You will have the opportunity to generate programming and initiatives across the week. Past events have included exhibitions, talent competition, live music, forms, arts and cultural workshops, sporting activities and other localised community events.

Members of the Youth Management Team will need to commit to attending about fortnightly planning meetings in the lead up to the week, as well as the delivery of nominated events across Brisbane.

Also, we’re looking to showcase talent at the Visible Ink space over the week so if you have an interest in performing, or have any ideas about how to best show off the talents of the young people of Brisbane, please let us know!

Contact Ruby Treichel by phone 3178 2267 or via email Ruby.Treichel@brisbane.qld.gov.au

Opportunities

Theatre Workshop

Date: Monday, 17th January, 2015
Time: 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Location: Visible Ink
Cost: Free!

Work with a group over a series of workshops to develop your theatre and drama skills. You will become involved in different drama activities, and create and produce a drama piece to be performed to family and friends.  The theme of the workshops will be isolation and individualism.  It is recommended that participants attend all seven workshops in order to gain the most skills from the experience.

Bookings essential, contact Sarah on 0452192220 or salouproductions@gmail.com

 

Chill Out

Theatre Workshop

Date: Friday, 16th January, 2015
Time: 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Location: Visible Ink
Cost: Free!

Work with a group over a series of workshops to develop your theatre and drama skills. You will become involved in different drama activities, and create and produce a drama piece to be performed to family and friends.  The theme of the workshops will be isolation and individualism.  It is recommended that participants attend all seven workshops in order to gain the most skills from the experience.

Bookings essential, contact Sarah on 0452192220 or salouproductions@gmail.com

 

Chill Out

Theatre Workshop

Date: Thursday, 15th January, 2015
Time: 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Location: Visible Ink
Cost: Free!

Work with a group over a series of workshops to develop your theatre and drama skills. You will become involved in different drama activities, and create and produce a drama piece to be performed to family and friends.  The theme of the workshops will be isolation and individualism.  It is recommended that participants attend all seven workshops in order to gain the most skills from the experience.

Bookings essential, contact Sarah on 0452192220 or salouproductions@gmail.com

 

Chill Out

Film production- advanced

Date: Wednesday, 14th January, 2015
Time: 10AM – 3PM
Location: Visible Ink
Cost: Free!

This workshop will teach you advanced camera work, editing,  and lighting techniques to get you ready for the film industry.

Bookings essential, please contact Visible Ink at visibleinkvalley@brisbane.qld.gov.au to reserve your place

Bring a USB, water bottle and lunch

Chill Out

Film production – beginner

Date: Tuesday, 13th January, 2015
Time: 10AM – 3PM
Location: Visible Ink
Cost: Free!

This hands on workshop will teach you some basic filming, camera work and editing techniques to create a short film with a small group.

Bookings essential, please contact Visible Ink at visibleinkvalley@brisbane.qld.gov.au to reserve your place

Bring a USB, water bottle and lunch

Chill Out

Theatre Workshop

Date: Monday, 12th January, 2015
Time: 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Location: Visible Ink
Cost: Free!

Work with a group over a series of workshops to develop your theatre and drama skills. You will become involved in different drama activities, and create and produce a drama piece to be performed to family and friends.  The theme of the workshops will be isolation and individualism.  It is recommended that participants attend all seven workshops in order to gain the most skills from the experience.

Bookings essential, contact Sarah on 0452192220 or salouproductions@gmail.com

 

Chill Out

Theatre Workshop

Date: Friday 9th January, 2015
Time: 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Location: Visible Ink
Cost: Free!

Work with a group over a series of workshops to develop your theatre and drama skills. You will become involved in different drama activities, and create and produce a drama piece to be performed to family and friends.  The theme of the workshops will be isolation and individualism.  It is recommended that participants attend all seven workshops in order to gain the most skills from the experience.

Bookings essential, contact Sarah on 0452192220 or salouproductions@gmail.com

 

Chill Out