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All Ages

With Declan Burgess

You know the drill; it’s cold, it’s wet and hopefully you’re neither of those things this week if you leave the house, which you should because there’s a heap of neat things going down. On Saturday May 20, there’s a hot little contest called Africa’s Got Talent going down at Bowery Theatre in St Albans. The competition is part of the annual worldwide celebration of the 1963 founding of the African Union, Africa Day, and is the final heat of auditions held all over the state, showcasing young, emerging African Australian performing artists.
The lucky ten competitors perform in front of four secret judges for and all finalists are offered both intensive feedback and artistic mentorship. Africa’s Got Talent has a habit of selling out so don’t miss out, head to Africa Day Australia’s website for tickets and further information.
 
On Tuesday May 23, APRA AMCOS are hosting a panel discussion on mental health in the music industry. The panel is aimed at opening up a discussion about maintaining a healthy headspace and is led by Catherine Haridy (Support Act) and made up of professionals; psychologist Margaret Osborne and GP Dr Matthew Long as well as The Smith Street Band frontman, Will Wagner. The talk goes down from 6pm in the Abbotsford Convent and is completely free to attend, all you have to do is RSVP to victas@apra.com.au.
 
Abbotsford Convent seems like the place to be. Friday May 19 sees Lentils with a Side of Poetry take over. It’s a fresh monthly serving of amateur poetry that takes place every third Friday of the month. The evening has no theme or participant skill requirements; it’s just a free-for-all of words and a pay-what-you-want of food. The readings and dinner are provided from 6pm and go until the last participant has read.