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VIP Contemporary Indigenous Performance

 

 

During the Victoria Invitation Program dinner at the National Gallery of Victoria, Maurial and her troop performed an exquisite up-close personal look at contemporary Indigenous dance, through its unique and ancient storytelling. A Victorian Government event with attendance from the Premier, guests from around the world were in awe of their beautiful portrayal of works evoking the past and present.  The audience were enthralled by this special performance, the only live component of the program to introduce visitors to Indigenous culture.

European Languages Festival

In collaboration with Cultural Infusion, PAN International  is proud to be part of the European Languages Festival which will take place at the National Gallery of Victoria in May.

PAN International artists will performs in 5 different languages (French, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish) to promote multicultural diversity to students from year 1-4 via dance, songs and performance with artists who have shared heritage with Europe.

 

Western Creation at Swinburne Grad Ceremony

Western Creation performs at the Swinburne Graduation Ceremony on December 20, 2013.

 

On December the 20th,  Western Creation will be performing at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the occasion of the Swinburne University of Technology’s second round graduation ceremony.

About Western Creation:

Members of the Noongar tribe and the Bibbulmann clan, Western Creation are one of the most inspiring Indigenous groups currently performing.
For over 20 years, Western Creation have been performing across Australia and touring through the USA and New Zealand. Currently taking their culture into schools across Australia as part of the Cultural Infusion Schools’ Program, Western Creation promotes reconciliation and understanding between all people in Australia.

Using many aspects of Aboriginal culture, including dance, music, song, art and history, Western Creation bring Australia’s Indigenous people into the hearts and minds of their audiences.
With family members involved, Western Creation have been involved in many large events across the country, including Australia Day concerts, Davis Cup ceremonies, Harmony Day celebrations, museums and exhibitions.

Testimonial of the Australian's Christmas in China

Australian Christmas in China 2013

PAN International is pleased to be producing an “Australian Christmas in China 2013” in the city of Jinan, our fourth event being produced in East China, by creative director, Peter Mousaferiadis.

Invited by the Grand Mercure hotel chain, PAN will present a variety program comprising of some of Australia’s leading acts to celebrate their “Australia Month”, a celebration of all things Australian.  The event will warm up with Australian food and wine producers before culminating in an Australian extravaganza at Jinan’s Grand Mercure Ball Room in the 3rd week of December. The Australian artist line-up includes internationally acclaimed Sergei Golovko, who can only be described as a pyro-technician of a performer on the xylophone, and leading Australian all male acapella vocal group Suade.

Creative director and CEO had this to say about the upcoming gig “I am thrilled to see that PAN International continues to expand its delivery of creative services throughout East and South East Asia. This points to the growing interest in Asia to experience the full gamut of Australian Culture. There is a need for more Australians to work in this area and most importantly for us to draw upon our greatest and most underutilised brand: our Cultural Diversity.”

Other international events will see Peter producing the United Religious South East Pacific Conference interfaith showcase in the Philippines in November 2013. Participants will be from countries including Australia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Malaysia and New Zealand. 2014 will mark Peter’s fourth appearance at the United Religious Initiative South East Asia Pacific Conference. In 2012, Peter was also appointed a Global Regional Leader for United Religious Initiative.

Multicultural Festival for bestchance Child Family Care

Multicultural Festival for bestchance Child Family Care

bestchance Child Family Care held its annual festival on Sunday, 13th October, produced and staffed by PAN personnel and a dedicated band of volunteers. Despite on ominous weather forecast, the festival delighted audiences with an array of stunning multicultural performances from the very youngest of the Children’s Services’ kinder classes to the Chinese Senior Citizens of Kingston and everyone in between.

bestchance Child Family Care, located in Glen Waverley, is an independent, not-for-profit, community organisation providing educational and welfare services.

The festival brought families and friends together to celebrate multicultural diversity. The morning’s program was reserved for official speeches by bestchance’s CEO Kevin Feeney, MP Neil Angus and the Mayor of Monash Micaela Drieberg; in addition to an unveiling of the plaque recognising the founders of the Burwood Boys Home and its development into the world class facility it is today.

Discovering some sunshine, a host of artists beckoned the crowd outside and the stage welcomed local cultural acts such as:

Jindi Worabak Aboriginal dancers

Red Chamber Chinese Opera

Kingston Chinese Senior Citizens Club for traditional Han dances and Chinese flute

Mai Nachungi Dance Company for Bollywood dancing

bestchance children performing songs and dances

Tanishka, Academy of Indian Classical Dance for Bharatanatyam

bestchance staff multicultural fashion show

African drumming with Tawanda Gadzikwa

Chinese Lion Dance from the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne

Monash Salvation Army Youth Band

Jalisco and Tequila for a Mexican dancing duo

Local singing sensation, Rachel Constanzo

La Cumbiamba with some fun, interactive Colombian dances

 

Meanwhile, kids were actively learning about different cultures playing all sort of circus games with The Dreaming Space. The youngest were making their own costumes under the craft tent and the teenagers were getting a traditional Indian henna tattoo.

 

To be sure to delight the most sophisticated taste buds, the day offered an extensive array of multicultural food stalls. Attendees were able to try Vietnamese food on-the-go, an Australian barbecue, Himalayan traditional rice dishes, African delicacies, Japanese crepes just to name a few.

In the typical fashion of the multicultural city, Melbourne offered the standard unpredictable weather, living up to the ‘four seasons in a day’ tag. Despite this unpredictable weather, the energy of the performers was enough to warm up the crowd and amaze the kids.

We’d like to thank Diana, Vicki, Kevin and all the bestchance staff for their support in helping us produce a fantastic festival. For photos of the day, see our Facebook page: here

PAN artists to perform at ICN’s welcoming ceremony

Western Creation and sand artist Pooja Harishandra will be performing at the Welcome Reception for the International Council of Nurses (ICN) 25th Quadrennial Congress 2013.

The ceremony will take place on the 17th of May 2013 at the Melbourne Town Hall. The congress, which focuses on equity and Access to health care is held from the 18th until the 23rd of May.

About the artists:

 

Western Creation:

Members of the Noongar tribe and the Bibbulmann clan, Western Creation are one of the most inspiring Indigenous groups currently performing.
For over 20 years, Western Creation have been performing across Australia and touring through the USA and New Zealand. Currently taking their culture into schools across Australia as part of the Cultural Infusion Schools’ Program, Western Creation promotes reconciliation and understanding between all people in Australia.

Using many aspects of Aboriginal culture, including dance, music, song, art and history, Western Creation bring Australia’s Indigenous people into the hearts and minds of their audiences.
With family members involved, Western Creation have been involved in many large events across the country, including Australia Day concerts, Davis Cup ceremonies, Harmony Day celebrations, museums and exhibitions.

 

Sand Artist Pooja Harischandra:

Sand art is an innovative type of live performance art which guarantees to excite and entertain. Audiences will be taken on an enchanting visual journey allowing for a story-telling experience that is unlike any other.

Pooja Harischandra is a prolific sand artist specializing in sand animation. Pooja has been the star of TV commercials for the National Museum of Australia and has also given sand artistry performances at the Museum in Canberra.

 

 

 

 


 

Red Earth Arts Festival, Pilbara, Western Australia: 2012

 PAN produced the 2012 Red Earth Arts Festival a three week-long event which involved more than 200 hours of programing in the month of September. The themes for the festival was ‘Bringing the World to the Pilbara’, and featured artists from all over Australia PAN also produced two flagship events during the Festival: Voices and Lights (a vocal and light installation) at Hearson’s Cove accompanying it’s famous moonrise, and Many Faces Concert attracting 500 people to a performance showcasing the many diverse expressions of culture in the Shire of Roebourne. PAN provided the total event management including the marketing and creative direction for the event.

The Australia Day Voyages Concert is a concept of the VOYAGES concert was developed by PAN International.

Australia Day Concert 2012: What’s in your Suitcase?

Australia Day concert 2012

What’s in your suitcase?

January 26,2012 – 7pm- Sydney Myer Music Bowl

Since 2004 I have been staging the Australia Day Concerts in Melbourne. Each year a different theme is chosen to celebrate the rich cultural heritage that makes up our wonderful nation. Past themes have included: Stories of Migration, Bunjil the Eaglehawk, The Way of the Bagpipe, Just Me ’n My Guitar, Moon Cow (based on Oxen), Drum on Drum Oz, The Big Bang (Creation Stories) and last year we brought to you “Blow Your Horn for Australia Day”, through which a narrative explored the German link to our unofficial National Anthem Waltzing Matilda.

In 2012, the concert is titled “What’s In Your Suitcase?”, and includes the InterACT Arts Project. InterACT connects professional artists from different cultural backgrounds with community groups to develop a multi arts production which promotes diversity to main-stream audiences. The concept of the suitcase was borne out of workshops with many residents in different parts of Melbourne. In these workshops we unpacked the notion of the “suitcase” where we explored culture, identity, memories and stories that make up Australia today.

A suitcase conjures up many things in people’s minds. As the son of Greek immigrants how often did I hear my parents exclaim the overly used cliché “We came here with Just a Suitcase In One Hand” and a relatively empty one at that. I am sure we all connect some way or another with a suitcase.

As I explore these ongoing themes it never ceases to amaze me as humans just how much more we have in common than difference.

Australia Day is a day to celebrate the past and present but more importantly it is a day to celebrate all things in a fun and exciting
new way. Tonight we have many surprises. We invite you to all join in during the sing-a-long to many of Australia’s favourite songs,
and if you don’t know the words then just sit back and watch as the suitcase begins to tell you the stories of the songs you will hear during the contemporary medley.

Happy Australia Day!

What’s In Your Suitcase?

Peter Mousaferiadis

City of Subiaco (WA) – 2008-2012

Providing total event management of two concert series each year for the City of Subiaco in Perth, Western Australia. Each year, PAN presented 24 afternoon concerts featuring local and interstate musicians performing for crowds of up to 500+, along with coordinating the production, OH&S/Risk Management, marketing, publicity, signage, coordinating and monitoring of traffic flow, sourcing stall holders, volunteers, creation and dispatch of event marketing collateral, posters, flyers, sourcing unpaid advertising, media and photo opportunities,  and all other aspects of these events.

Victoria’s Australian Day Concert: 2004 – 2012 Producer

The Australia Day Voyages Concert was produced by PAN for the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet  The concept of the VOYAGES concert was developed by PAN International’s Creative Director Peter Mousaferiadis as an intercultural event celebrating all things Australian. The Voyages Concert annually showcased over 500 performers in over 30 sequences.  The production of the event, managed by Peter Mousaferiadis and his creative team – including concept development, music direction, script development, storyboarding, choreography, production, stage and artist management, logistics, risk management, audio-visual, sponsorship, marketing and media was an ongoing success for the client. The event consistently drew thousands into the city to celebrate Australia Day. The concerts were diverse events encouraging the participation of many cultural groups as both performers and audience members.