gong li in 'raise the red lantern'well, we've reached that time of year were those of us without air-conditioners have sweat running down our backs. how is it that those beautiful ladies in vietnam and such places seem to glide through the streets in their gorgeous dresses without so much as breaking a sweat... anyway, lets hope the tropical weather is kind to us on saturday and allows us to celebrate the beginning of summer and the end of 'red lantern' for this year. there will be a lot going on this saturday at 'red lantern' but i thought i'd take the time to tell you in advance what mr. dean. winter of the 'royal exchange', 32 bolton st newcastle, is up to this saturday. to support 'red lantern' dean is holding a film evening to coincide with the last market. dean will be screening 'raise the red lantern' a fantastic film i mentioned in an earlier blog and one of my favourite chinese films. it stars the wonderful actress gong li and if you are able to get to the 'royal exchange' you really should take the opportunity to see this visually stunning film on the big screen at a very cute venue. the 'royal exchange' is a hidden gem of newcastle and a little like a speakeasy from times old.. here is the link which also tells you about the film www.royalexchangenewcastle.com.au
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
saturday will be the last red lantern for this year and i hope you will come and help us celebrate!!! the last two markets have been fantastic and there has been a real variety of people visiting which has been great. if you come this week bring someone new, who hasn't been before, and if you know an international student or visitors to the city bring them along to experience a different side to newcastle!! that has been one of the big aims of red lantern- to get people coming back into the city and to show everyone that you can create exciting interesting happenings in spaces that have been very silent for a long time. colour, people, movement, music, sound, food- all those essential ingredients that a thriving city needs... so, lots will be happening on saturday. music: 'nick & liesl', 'earthen rhythms', jack dawson and a busking competition will be taking place. the funky little rickshaw will be operating for rides, first light entertainment will wow you with a fire show and other suprises!!! we'll have some new stallholders this time 'round: anna marie de cruz, biddy accessories, blossom and cat and the strutt sisters to name a few as well as lots of other very talented stallholders. around 80 this time. you'll just have to come along and see all the talented people that live and work in newcastle. more tomorrow....
Sunday, December 5, 2010
red lantern november 27, (conor ashleigh)
it's been a mighty month of markets and it has really been amazing!! my blog hasn't been happening but i promise i have putting my all into 'red lantern'!!! tomorrow is the first day, of the last week, of this years three red lantern night market dates... in honour of all the creative people involved i'll concoct a little story tomorrow night about the coming saturday. it's going to be a great night, so if you're reading this blog and haven't been yet, book saturday night in if you can!!! til tomorrow night,
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
all these lanterns need to be hung...
saturday is coming around fast, and last week showed me, that we need help on the ground!!! perhaps you are out there just wondering what you could possibly do with all the time you have free this weekend!!!! if that sounds like you i have lots of things i could organise for you!!! a little bit of lantern hanging, a tiny bit of table assembling, perhaps a bit of traffic managing??? doesn't it all sound so exciting!!! be brave get in contact and add your name to the tiny list of helpers that make 'red lantern' happen!! i'll love you for it... the email address is email@example.com i'll sit by my computer and wait for your email!!!
Monday, November 22, 2010
so... the first 'red lantern' for this year is done and dusted!! the evening was truly beautiful and the moon almost full. it couldn't have been more perfect really. it was fantastic to see hunter street and the surrounding laneways come alive once again. in a few short hours we transformed the inner city from a fairly quiet, and bland, saturday into a bustling, vibrant, entertainment filled space. have a look for yourself!! come along to the next market this saturday 27th november and then on saturday 11th december. this saturday will feature: 'gamelan novo kastria' gamelan music and shaddow puppet performance, local indie band 'birdsandbelles', street performance and fire twirling. there will also be henna designs by lovely ladies from the indian community, rickshaw rides, a different array of fantastic market stalls and lots more!!!! oh! and there will also be more food stalls, from a variety of cultures, as the food stalls actually ran out!! sorry if you missed out!!
Monday, November 15, 2010
i must admit that i have totally lost the plot with my supposed daily blog!! i've been run off my feet trying to do all the last minute organising and i just haven't had any steam left to wax lyrical at the end of my 12 hour days. but i do solelmly swear the 'red lantern night market' will be lots of fun with fantastic things to see and will live up to what has been promised!!! unlike my blog which started out as a daily running commentary and didn't quiet deliver!! so here is a little ditty! get ready, it goes a little something like this: sarsparilly, encircled, lhami, swiz is smitten, electric firefly, funk you up, soto & spunky, ciao meow, misconduct, clay & edie, tillymuz, pashom.... and more!!! did you get it?! they're the names of some of the fantastic people that will grace the footpaths and alleyways at 'red lantern'. it's going to be fun.... you betch ya it is!!!!! night!!!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
tonight it is too late friends! i have been a very, very busy lady, and i'm sorry, but i have neglected my post!! tomorrow i will find the time, i promise, and will write something interesting... i'll give you more information about what will be happening in the coming weeks at 'red lantern' and introduce you to some more of the stallholders. until them my friends! goodnight...
Thursday, November 4, 2010
it's been a hard job juggling the two markets over the last months. if you haven't been to my other market it's called 'the olive tree market' and it has been running for the last two years- the market really belongs to all the fantastically talented people who have great stalls!!! i started 'olive tree' with my two partners bec and ally- two beautiful sisters who have been wonderful friends and inspirations. last year we started 'red lantern' together, but this year i'm going it alone, because the girls have just started a new cafe 'one penny black'. if you haven't been go along and support a new institution!! i can well and truly say it is much more fun collaborating on a market than trying to do it on your own!!! a good collaborative relationship is a real gift, and i think coming from a background in film, i prefer to work in that way. i miss the girls anyway!!! so... olive tree is newcastle's first dedicated art and design market and it has really settled into being a regular on many people's calenders. it's a fantastic venue for many local artists to show their work and make a go at earning a living. it's also allows our community to see how many talented people actually live here!! so, if you're from out of town, or from nearby and haven't dropped in before, come and visit us this saturday. it's meant to rain but we will be there either way!! actually, it would be abnormal for 'olive tree' to have a beautiful day with a sky full of blue!! i must say we 'novocastrians' need grow a spine when it comes to 'bad' weather. a little rain is not going to kill you!!! anyway... it's my birthday too so perhaps i'll bake a cake tomorrow and i may even make the effort and wear a dress on saturday. speaking of dresses!! when i was in china town last week, buying the lanterns for 'red lantern', i bought a rather super chinese dress in black silk that is very cute, actually it's sexy, and perhaps i will wear it to the last red lantern! it's a bit revealing for me, and i'm no slip of a girl, but what the hell it would look good in the rickshaw! here is the 'olive tree' poster if you haven't seen it.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
image just being able to invite a few thousand people to the centre of newcastle, and then sitting down together, we could all at once release thousands of beautiful paper lantern lights into the sky. i can hear the silence of the moment and then the small feeling of warmth as they floated up into the night sky....but we have a thing call 'public liability insurance' and 'flight paths' which have made such a thing 'too risky'. what a pity....mmm, it would be a lovely thing to do so i might talk to those in power again tomorrow and see if there is a way... i've started putting the posters around town so you may see them in a window near you very soon. i think that are lovely, and gwena my gorgeous french graphic designer, has done a beautiful job. if your looking for a talented person to help you she has great ideas. gwena came up with a number of different designs for this years poster and it was hard to make a decision. i'll show you a few in the coming days. i've just decided that i might sell them on the market nights because i think they would look pretty on your wall at home. what do you think??
Monday, November 1, 2010
i'm rather excited that some of those 'bright young things' will be at 'red lantern' again! it is rather confronting when you meet some of the fantastically talented people around town and you realise, when examining the conversation afterwards, that you come from a very different era on the time chart and that, in theory, they could actually be you progeny! this has happened to me a bit of late! maybe 40 is the new 20 but i think i'm only fooling myself... anyway there are lots of very cute kids around town at the moment. their style is very quaint with a dash of the 20's a bit of the 30's and a pinch of the 50's together with a spoonful of the 80's, that somewhat hurts the eyes of us who were there, at the same time as stirring nostalgia... that's just fashion though and underneath all that wackiness there are some seriously talented artists. one of my favourite artists amongst this new guard, or 'young and baroque' is a particular young fellow about town david hampton, he gets about in lovely waistcoats, and makes wonderful prints, of which, i am lucky enough to have one. david will be at red lantern which is very exciting but before then i believe you may be able to see his work at a artists market this weekend in the east of newcastle above one penny black. it is a great little market that sells art and yummy food and other such things. it is in fact called 'young and baroque' and you should check it out.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
i know i'm meant to be writing my blog but i'm watching tv instead, because sunday is for the god fearing, or something like that. anyway juno is on tv and it's a great film... i suppose i can do two things at once!! maybe... i went to a market today and i really didn't enjoy it so much. especially when i almost got chased off the site because, well, i run another market. i was there with my daughter to buy a birthday present, really, and it's kind of comical how serious market business has become!!! i fell into this game by default; a direct result of returning to my childhood city which has no industry whatsoever from my previous incarnation as a filmmmaker. the whole red lantern lead-up has had me thinking about film, a lot, so maybe once it's all finished i may start thinking of a little film festival or something. maybe there are some filmmakers out there that may want to come to red lantern and show their film or project it on a building or down one of the alleyways??? just to have a little bit of a film presence... a little bit like this image below. you're welcome to... so contact me if you want to come and we'll sort something out. so happy halloween everyone. hopefully your children are all off the walls by now or if you're a big kid, without any kids, have a nice night. zaijian!!!
Friday, October 29, 2010
i feel like i've been racing all around the joint today!! it's coming together but the pieces feel a little like they're wizzing around my head! it's not such a big town and i ran into people left right and centre today. 'miss fancypants' was on her lovely dutch bicycle on darby street and kept me company while i put up posters. coffee at one 'penny black' where i saw miss marni from 'renew newcastle' impeccable as ever. i visited a new stallholder in her fancy terrace on the hill and managed to stop for a sec and look down upon the harbour..... i really do love the harbour and think i have to take a breath and walk out along the breakwall this weekend and take in the salt air. it's funny how much good will there is about red lantern, and how community events like this, do give people the opportunity to try on a new hat. connections are made and sometimes you have no idea just where you might end up... but i'm starting to get cryptic and perhaps it's time to call it a night. before i do another stallholder... drum roll!!! the love zoe tjanavaras from oscar & matilda. zoe makes gorgeous resin jewellery some of which look good enough to eat. she is another one of the many talented woman in newcastle who really do astound me with the amazing creativity they harness and how it is often across many different disciplines. zoe is one of those women so come and see what she can do.....
Thursday, October 28, 2010
i've been a little slack haven't i??!! it's time to start introducing you to more of the creative people who will be at red lantern this year. one of our stallholders from last year is trish from 'miss fancypants'. trish is a very talented lady, with a fantastic sense of style, and is gorgeous to boot! 'missfancypants' has had a cracker of a year and is growing from strength to strength. any of you ladies out there who haven't seen her fabulous vintage inspired swimwear should come down to red lantern and check out the new styles 'miss fancypants' has whipped up for this summer. or if you are one of those sensitive boys, who wants to get in the good books, then i'm sure your lady friend won't mind....
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
so, sydney was really fun as i was saying. the noodle market was massive and an example of what you can do with a serious wad of cashola up your sleeves!!!! oh well... it was a funny experience. lots and lots of people but i think i enjoyed the asian night market in wellington n.z earlier in the year more. wellington had such a bustling vibe and you were forced to walk through a sea of people to buy food. sydney was very ordered and a somewhat anglo in comparison... not to be negative but sometimes i think our whole litigious society gets in the way of a good event... anyway, it was a beautiful night and hyde park is a gorgeous setting and the sea of lanterns was really beautiful. it would be fantastic to have as many asian food stalls in newcastle.. perhaps if i burn enough incense!!! i was slightly dreading and also looking forward to buying the lanterns for this years market. chinatown, without any knowledge of mandarin or cantonese, is not the best option when going to haggle for an event with a limited budget. last year i had a great time in a little shop where i knew i got ripped off but didn't really care. this year i went to the shop that the 'little shop' bought from. 'leung wai kee buddhist craft & joss stick shop' is on george st in haymarket. i love it in there!!! this is the place to go if you are wanting to burn anything paper for the after life! i'm not totally up on the complexities of the custom but at 'leung wai kee' you can buy paper everything for the spirit world and ancestors: business suits, briefcases, money, clothing... it's all rather surreal but very cool all the same! as well as a whole floor dedicated to such things there are serious amounts of red lanterns to be found!! i think i did ok! the whole back of my station wagon is now full of lanterns so hunter st will be very pretty sometime soon! at the end of my time at 'leung wai kee' i felt very special when sam, the lovely man who served me, allowed my to drive around to the lane behind the store and ring a 'secret' bell to pick up my purchases. i could have spent a long time in that storeroom...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
mother chu's taiwanese gourmet....
back from life in the big smoke! i really enjoyed being in sydney and it is starting to feel quiet normal to spend most of my time in chinatown. i spent a good decade living down the road in glebe and rarely visited chinatown. not sure why really??? i think in my youth i thought it was a bit tired but i knid of like that about it now!! anyway, over the last twelve months, since the idea of red lantern came upon us, i've stayed in chinatown four times and really enjoy hanging out there. my favourite quick place to eat is 'mother chu's taiwanese gourmet' in dixon street. once you get the hang of the menu, or copy the person next to you, the food is fantastic and the way the ladies make noodles, dumplings and wantons is something to be seen. my first time there i ended up sharing the table with a young couple. she was korean, he was chinese, and their common language was english. they gave me the heads up on some really simple and yummy food that i wouldn't have known to order otherwise. so now i feel really comfortable plonking myself down and ordering a small table full of plates. the setting is fairly basic but it has the obligatory red lanterns, lots of bustle and noise which is how i like. mother chu's is in a small arcade full of funny little shops that always leave me wondering how they survive. one shop sells only bras and underpants that look like they came from communist china in the fifties. none of the lovely young ladies i see in china town would wear them although one never knows....but i'm getting distracted. i think i'll actually leave it there for tonight and write more on sydney later. i'm off for a little operation tomorrow and i need my beauty sleep. i'll fill you in on the noodle market and lantern shopping tomorrow.... zaijian/bye bye....
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
off to sydney tomorrow to check out the the noodle market in hyde park. it's part of the sydney international food festival....tired tired tired tonight. not many words to say. i'll pull some special little thing out though! otherwise what's the point! so, i'm really excited that at the middle red lantern local band 'birdsandbelles' will be playing. shanna the lead singer makes my morning coffee most days at rolador in hamilton. she makes a great coffee and her singing is even better... i don't want to sound cheesy so thats all i'll say! birdsandbelles will play in morgan lane near 'one penny black'. times will be posted early november... night...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
a little bit of programming! the first 'red lantern night market' this year will be held on the 20th and november and we will be collaborating with 'livesites' who will produce an evening of 'dancing in the streets'.... dancing in the hunter st mall- what a nice idea! the dancing will be just outside david jones which means the whole of hunter st mall will be full of people, colour, music, performance and dance which will be amazing. i hope as many people as possible will come along and that we will all be bumping shoulders with each other... i'm sitting down tomorrow to put the finishing touches on the 'red lantern' postcard which will be sent out to little pockets all around town. if one happens to land in your letterbox stick it on your fridge so you don't forget! thats enough blatant advertising....good news for the second market! birds and belles, a fantastic indie group from newcastle, will be playing as well as novokasatria javanese gamelan orchestra and shaddow puppet performance. more on all of that later...
Monday, October 18, 2010
elizabeth chev rollet roger
I've been watching films for inspiration, walked around the mall like i'm slightly 'touched' while i'm thinking of possibilities and talk, talk, talking. so now down to the nitty gritty.... i have a lot to do and 33 days to make it happen. the liquid mercury is rolling in the right directions.. my postbox has been full of nice thick envelopes. but still.... oh well!! so, i'll put my hand into the hat and pull out a name and tell you a little about that stallholder. drum-roll.....elizabeth chev rollet roger... yes, it's a delicious mouth full, i know!! well she is one of the creative girls at makespace, a fantastic renew newcastle project, opposite david jones in wolfe st. it is a colourful blast of creativity in there and you should check it out... back to elizabeth. she makes fantastic bags out of all sorts of materials and has just started working with cane toad leather!!! it's actually rather lovely and very soft! anyway, she also makes funky little fascinators, hair pieces and upholsters lots of great stuff. i haven't seen her in action but she also partakes in rollerderby!! a true renaissance lady all round! anyway she will be at red lantern... more later... enjoy your evening!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I think i've found out the name of the lady in this years red lantern poster! if i'm right her name was hu die and she was a film star from china in the 1930's. the time when shanghai was know as the paris of the orient.... hu die was the most famous film star of the time and trained as an actress at the china film school, as opposed to most actors, who came from traveling acting troupes.... i posted this years red lantern poster on the blog today and i hope everyone likes it! the artwork was done by the lovely gwena levasseur who has done a fab job. this week i'll start telling you a bit more about the market and introduce you to some of the stallholders. until then...
Friday, October 15, 2010
today the day was meant to be sunny! instead the emails could have wrapped a small suburbs in code... sometimes i crave the chaos of italy. my dear friend lives in sicily and often in her town of catania people have 'happenings'... called this, i suppose, because things just, well, happen! i went to a disco in the middle of a cactus farm. another was in the middle of an orange grove where a japanese dj played fantastic music and an impromptu installation had wooden bloats full of burning candles floating around in a dam....anyway... sometimes a bit of chaos would be good for us anglo types. so tonight, on this path to red lantern night market, i decide to take on the shape of a warrior woman. like in crouching tiger hidden dragon.... it is year of the tiger of course. an indian friend told me that tomorrow there is an indian community celebration on at the ethnic communities council. i'd like to go and enjoy some indian culture and perhaps find some indian food stallholders for red lantern. i think it is on from 4-8pm at the ecc.... til tomorrow.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
too much thinking today..... everything becomes very small when your mind is too tight. perhaps sleep is the answer? i'm sure tomorrow will be more colourful. don't you think? just so you know, the lady from yesterday and today is anna mae wong. i'm sure she is long gone but i think i'm her new fan. strange too she was in a film with a red lantern in the title way back in the olden days. i'll find out more and let you know tomorrow. night.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
it's been one of those days that didn't go so well. for one my photographs keep disappearing off my blog and being new to this whole game i really have no idea how to rectify the situation. so if you are out there in this strange virtual world and you know what to do please let me know!! so much about me is visual that when the pictures disappear I get disconcerted.... so maybe i'll concentrate on something else. you might like to know there will be some very fine stalls featuring at red lantern. newcastle really does have some very talented people and it gets exciting when a group of them can come together in one place. this happens in many different ways and red lantern will be one of those occasions! you see beautiful things all around when you actually look so i'm concentrating hard on the space where the market will operate. the laneways around hunter st mall are really cute and looked fantastic last year when they were full of people and great art & design stalls... a few weeks ago newcastle hosted the 'tina' festival- which is fantastic if you have never been. they have a great zine market each year which was run this year by miss suzy pow. great name! during that festival a partnership took place between 'tina' and 'gpt/hso' where graffiti artists did some fantastic work in morgan lane. this is right next to where the market will take place and people should check out the great work. i don't know the artists name so i'll publish when i find out.. i'll add some pics and i hope they stay this time! i'm out of steam tonight so more tomorrow...
morgan lane graffiti...
morgan lane graffiti...
morgan lane graffiti...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
today i talked to efendi jaenudin a lovely Indonesian musician who will play at red lantern with his ensemble on november 20th. i was really inspired earlier this year when i visited wellington, new zealand, and went to that gorgeous city's asian night market. it was a really fantastic market as was wellington really. in many ways it reminded me of newcastle and we could really try and emulate some of what is going on in windy wellington- although it wasn't for the week i spent there. anyway, it was the week of the international arts festival and the market was held on the harbor. there were lots of fantastic elements and i'll add a few photos from there today. wellington has a large international student population and many asian students. the festival was great in that it really included the student population as well as the many asian communities that call wellington home. in no way can i hope to pull off the same type of festival this time around, it would take at least a year in the making, but my aim down the track is to do just that. that said this year i really do want, and aim, for red lantern to have more of an asian flare than our first year did. so anyone out there who has contacts in local chinese, indonesian, thai, singaporean, malaysian, vietnamese and Indian communities i would love to hear from you. as well as all the other asian communities i've left out... back to efendi though! he played at the last olive tree market and i'm excited to hear and see his ensemble play at red lantern. more later... by the way, i keep putting photos up that then disappear and leave only a ? any ideas on that??? i've lots more from wellington that keep disappearing as did my one from old newcastle of the chinese community??
Monday, October 11, 2010
|a different image... as mine keeps disappearing|
today I have been thinking all things asian. chinese really. It's had me wondering about the history of newcastle's chinese community... I haven't been able to find out a great deal but will contact the chinese association tomorrow. they are just down the road in lovely wickham. i searched the online photographic catalogue from newcastle library without much luck. except for the one below which I think is quite beautiful. who were the people i wonder? it seems to be taken in front of a church. i think i'm about to embark on my own private film festival as inspiration for red lantern. last night i watched memories of a geisha. which isn't a favourite but had some lovely costumes. i'm more interested in re-watching the films of hong kong filmmaker wong kar whai. particularly, in the mood for love, which is a visually sumptuous film and very beautiful... lots of scenes at markets where the main character have take away 1960's hong kong style. i saw that film at the lyrique/showcase which is no more.... if you haven't seen it make sure you do. the cinematographer is the amazingly talented australian cameraman christopher doyle. he is an interesting subject himself.... but i'm veering off track, again.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
a small post. because I said I would... a quiet day. without much colour. doing the small things. counting the numbers and seeing what needs to be done. i suppose some days are just like that. not very visual. but important none the less. so today i started putting the expression of interest poster up around town. hoping that all those small gems are taking their time and waiting to the last moment to put up their hands. i hope so anyway.
Friday, October 8, 2010
today I just walked around the city for a while. thinking..... wondering what was possible and looking around me. I ran into a girl Rose who I'd met once before. She looked lovely and was going on a 'lady date'. Then I looked across the road and saw a sign for a different type of lady.... There are lots of great signs around town and I took photos of a few. There are so many stories just below the surface in this city. Some times you just have to stand still or look up instead of down.... It never grows old listening to the sounds of the ships entering or leaving the harbour. That deep sound that is full of romance. I ran into a friend with his three kids and looked in on another in her fabulous new cafe. Down the other end of Hunter St. In ''The Mall''. The girl rose was there too.... Then I just sat and stared and wondered what was possible....
Thursday, October 7, 2010
so here goes... Day 1. I never intended on blogging but I'm thinking the only chance I have of reaching all the people I want to reach is by jumping into the wormhole. I've got six weeks, 44 days actually, to pull this years Red Lantern Night Market together. If I actually concentrate on that number I start to squirm. So instead I'm going to jump into the deep end of the deep end and see what I can come up with. At the end of those 44 days will be the first of three night markets. Last years market was massive: art and design market stalls, street performance, percussion groups, and beautiful red lanterns and people. The number of people who visited the market was amazing- posts on The Herald website suggested that the images had been photoshopped. Not true. Anyway, people took it upon themselves and blocked off the street and had a big party. This year I hope it will be even bigger. The call out now is for all you creative types to get in contact if you're interested in having a stall. Or if you would like to be involved as a performer for that matter. If not you then pass on the news to all the creative people you may know. So.... lets see what happens in the next 44 days! Thanks!