Sunday , February 25, 2018 - 4pm

Activism And Radicalism From The AIDS Crisis To Today

Conversations inspired by the stories told in the film BPM (Beats Per Minute) by Robin Campillo

Moderated by Nell Schofield, with panelists Philippe Mangeot, Maxime Forest, Bridget Haire and Lyle Chan.

When the AIDS crisis hit, LGBTQI communities around the world were changed forever. Groups like ActUp! mobilized themselves with radical tactics to fight for our lives against hostile attitudes and governments. This panel will bring together Australian and French perspectives on the AIDS crisis, and how the lasting effects of AIDS activism is still felt today in fighting for the rights of all LGBTQI people.

This panel will feature the co-screenwriter of BPM (Beats Per Minute) Philippe Mangeot sharing some key scenes from the film and recounting his own experience as President of ActUp! Paris in the 90s.

The Acacia Quartet will also feature and perform live, playing an excerpt of Lyle Chan’s work, the AIDS Memoir Quartet, a musical reflection on Chan’s experience as an activist during the crisis.

This panel is proudly presented in partnership with the French Embassy and the Alliance Française French Film Festival, with the support of the Institut Français. The talk is part of the French Australian Conversations series.




Friday, March 9, 2018 - 7pm

Italian Serenade

Let Acacia Quartet take you on a musical trip to Southern Europe. Hugo Wolf's Italian Serenade was inspired when setting music to poems by Joseph Eichendorff, while Giacomo Puccini's Crysantemi was written in one night after hearing about his friend's, the Duke of Savoy's death on the news. John Peterson's String Quartet No. 3 is a newly written, very groovy Australian piece. The only surviving chamber music work of Giuseppe Verdi is his String Quartet. It was premiered during a production of AIDA at an informal recital at Verdi's hotel. Finishing in Spain, Joaquín Turina's La Oración del Torero (The Toreador's Prayer) is a dreamy reflection of longing and hope.


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'In the world premiere of Henderson’s Dombrovskis Quartet, performed by ... the Acacia Quartet, played with such clarity it was as if they had been playing Henderson’s music for most of their lives.' - Canberra City New, 2018, - read more here

'Engaging and gripping from the outset, the concert from this prominent quartet on the Australian musical landscape drew on its collective experience and skill to present intricacies of rhythm in the ingenious works selected. ' - Sydney Arts Guide, 2017, - read more here

'Again we marvelled at the unerring dialogue of the musicians as they responded to each other in this quartet, which began with such longing and foreboding as well as such sadness and hope and evolved, through a display of skill from all the players, through a whole gamut of moods leaving the glorious tranquillity of the second ‘Rosamunde’ movement forever in our musical experience.' - Yass Music Club, 2017, - read more here