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The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - ROCK THIS COUN­TRY BLUE Un­til Oc­to­ber 13 Kick­Arts THE STRIP SHOW Un­til De­cem­ber 3

The Ku­randa Bil­l­abong hosts Rock This Coun­try Blue fes­ti­val next Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 15). Pa­trons can re­lax on a cus­tom-built tim­ber deck, look­ing out over the wa­ter, sur­rounded by wildlife that calls The Bil­l­abong (be­low) home, in­clud­ing tur­tles, kan­ga­roos, eels and more. The fes­ti­val fea­tures a great cross-sec­tion of artists from Rock, Coun­try and Blues gen­res. Free camp­ing is avail­able. There is no al­co­hol per­mit­ted at this event. Visit rock­this­coun­try­ Shay Ram­pal is an emerg­ing in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist based in Cairns. The World Her­itage area in which she lives in­flu­ences Ram­pal’s in­stal­la­tion and pho­to­graphs. Her works are cre­ated us­ing sea­sonal de­tri­tus and de­bris to cre­ate ephemeral, vis­ual, and au­ral works. Av­i­fauna ex­plores the tem­po­rary and cyclic en­vi­ron­ment of the trop­ics. Dur­ing the mon­soon sea­son in Far North Queens­land avian life is at its peak, with the build­ing of nests, find­ing of mates and more. The Strip Show ex­am­ines the in­flu­ence of comic strips on the work of Aus­tralian artists Stephen Bird, Sharon Good­win, Chayni Henry, Shin Koyama, Jonathan McBurnie, Brian Robin­son (work pic­tured, right) and Charles Street. The ac­ces­si­bil­ity and mass con­sump­tion of comic strips en­sures an on­go­ing in­ter­play of mythol­ogy within con­tem­po­rary culture. These artists utilise the sub­ver­sive na­ture of the comic medium to un­veil univer­sal truths of hu­man­ity where tragedy, hu­mour, vi­o­lence and erot­ica com­fort­ably sit along­side each other. The ‘dan­ger­ous’ im­agery that re­sults, trans­forms the lin­eage of comics’ se­quen­tial sto­ry­telling into re-imag­ined cul­tural archetypes.

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