The Adelaide Fringe kicked off last Friday night with the incredible Fringe Parade down King William Street lighting up the centre of Adelaide. The parade introduced the many diverse art forms that will be involved this year including comedy, circus, dance, music and visual art.
The Fringe festival aims to be the leading open-access arts festival in the world- this means that anyone can be registered and involved to showcase their art form. As well as the numerous different types of ticketed events, there are also a number of free produced events that run during the Fringe period to add to the great atmosphere and lively event.
The Fringe will run from the 13th of February til March 15th with over 900 events staged around different locations in the city central. This includes parks, warehouses, open streets and event venues such as theatres and town halls. There will also be many different delicious food and drink venues at locations as well as seating areas and shelter for families.
SeaStar Rock are getting ready to perform at one of the most popular and best carnival Fringe locations, the Garden of Unearthly Delights from March 1st- 28th. Purchase tickets today through the Adelaide Fringe website: http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/seastar-rock/852a7b42-b2ff-45aa-95e4-35555265aecd
Make sure you take advantage and come join in the spontaneous, fun and inspirational atmosphere at the Adelaide Fringe this year!
The beautiful oceans that surround Australia are our most significant and stunning natural resources. We are a marine country- our ocean region is double the size of our land space and we have the largest single reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef on our doorstep. Our oceans and beaches are our way of life, as Australians we spend much of our lives by the beach. Whether we are snorkelling, sunbathing, swimming or having a beachside lunch, the beach is a part of being and living in Australia. However, our natural oceans are now under threat due to overuse and lack of protection and preservation.
In 2012, the Government of Australia declared the largest network of marine sanctuaries in world, located throughout the Commonwealth waters to preserve our oceans. Marine sanctuaries are significant for protection and preservation of our ocean life, as sea creatures and flora are free to grow with protection from harmful industries such as fisheries and oil companies. Over time, marine life will replenish in sanctuary zones, increasing the number of fish and marine creatures in our current oceans and providing a diverse ocean life for future generations. This is especially important for our protected creatures that are more vulnerable to extinction, such as turtles and sharks that are depending on sanctuaries. It also provides a natural environment for Australians to enter to swim and snorkel as well as an area for better scientific research and education.
However, in 2013 the Abbott Government declared it will review and suspend the current marine reserves in Australia. This means that despite proven evidence that the marine sanctuaries are vital for the future of our ocean life, our sanctuaries will no longer be protected from destruction nor will our marine life be able to properly replenish.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society is aiming to fight the review in order to save our Australian oceans.
You can join the cause by signing the petition online at: http://www.marineconservation.org.au/petitions.php/7/send-an-sos-to-your-mp-save-our-sanctuaries
It is known that those that have little in material possessions and other valuables are often more grateful than those who have alot. A child growing up in the third world will not enjoy the same benefits to education, health care and basic human needs as those growing up in a western society. They may be extremely grateful for medical assistant or even fruit and vegetables for the day, whereas a child living in a first world country may expect these possessions without consideration of their value.
SeaStar Rock had the opportunity to travel to Sri Lanka and to perform for children living in these poorer parts of the world. Being able to meet these children, who were extremely grateful and positive despite their lack of the latest gadgets or electronics was a great source of inspiration for SeaStar Rock. The eye-opening experience showed the true value of our natural world, as many children living in poorer conditions depended on the natural environment for play, entertainment and to socialise with other children.
More importantly, it showed the significance of teaching our children the true meaning of gratitude. As children are not born aware that may be fortunate, it is important to teach our children to be grateful for little things such as food and water, which unfortunately not all children are in possession off. Grateful children, such as those living in Sri Lanka who are grateful for what little they may have, develop into caring, compassionate and understanding adolescents as they understand the true value of not just material possessions, but the value of education, health and money.