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WA artist Vanessa Hopes selected by Kram for One Eye on the Stranger program

12 May

Over 150 applications from across Australia were received for this year’s One Eye on the Stranger (OEOTS) mentorship and residency program.  The winners were selected by the 2017 mentor, Kram from Spiderbait, including Vanessa Hopes from WA.

“I congratulate all the winners, and can’t wait to start work with them on Bruny Island.” said Kram “I’m sure it will be a brilliant and awesome experience for everyone, and audiences at Voicebox will love what they hear.”

Presented by Festival of Voices, the program pairs emerging artist with an iconic Australian musician for a one in a lifetime opportunity to develop their songwriting and showcase their work to a national festival audience. Established in 2015, OEOTS was previously opened to Tasmanian based artists only, but this year, with the support of APRA/AMCOS, AMIN, and all States peak music bodies (including WAM), the program ran a nationwide submissions process.

In addition to the opportunity of working with Kram, the successful participants from each State receives an all expenses paid trip to Hobart, including return flights, exclusive accommodation retreat and food provisions on Bruny Island, wilderness boat tour courtesy of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, and a live performance showcase with Kram at the closing night of VOICEBOX, the Festival’s hub.

“This program offers artists a unique opportunity to work in a supported environment to develop their work while learning not just from Kram, but from one another.” said Festival of Voices/OEOTS producer Tim Kling.

About Festival of Voices

At its core, Festival of Voices is the celebration of song and voice and our purpose is to spread warmth and happiness throughout the community. Festival of Voices transforms Hobart and beyond into singing cities every winter. As Australia’s premier celebration of the voice, we attract thousands of singers, choristers and music lovers from all over the world, for the chance to experience unique vocal performances in concert halls, theatres and public spaces across the state. The 2017 Festival runs from 30 June – 16 July.

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