I am Woman: Hear me sing, watch me dance, see me paint

ONE Arts is celebrating all things woman this month with their free Womanhood Exhibition.

Held during Queensland Women’s Week, the multi-artist showcase is designed to emphasise women in leadership, female creativity and the diverse achievements of local women.

Female visual artists will exhibit their works with the simple subject: Woman. The one night only event will provide opportunities for the participants to talk with visitors and share their thoughts and expand their networking for future collaboration project.

Local artist Shirin Majd will be performing at the event. Born in Tehran, Shirin studied classical singing as a youngster and joined the choir of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, where she performed as a soloist.

Shirin completed her study in Armenia with Hasmik Hasagorchian and attended courses at the prestigious Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. In 2010 she went on to study opera and music at the Johann-Joseph Fux Konservatorium and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

Since moving to Australia, she has graduated in Master of Music Performance, studying under Professor Lisa Gasteen and Margaret Schindler, and is now the artistic manager of Sweet Sound Ensemble.

Shirin explores many culturally diverse avenues, delving into the deep emotional connections between western and Middle Eastern music and cultures.

Also performing is contemporary dancer Rita Markwell. Rita explores a fusion between contemporary style, Middle Eastern and Romani/Spanish dance and integrates elaborate costuming reminiscent of the ancient Silk Road.

She is also choreographer and dance teacher who completed two Contemporary Dance intensives with Expressions Dance Company in Brisbane, facilitated workshops in contact improvisation and intuitive dance for women.

Rita has performed with live bands and in recorded sets regularly at Canberra Multicultural Festival, National Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and has taught numerous workshops at festivals around Australia.

Gold Coast Multicultural Arts Group hosts the event in collaboration with Queensland Government. More at gcmagic.org.au

The Womanhood Exhibition will be held on Friday 10 March at 7.00pm at ONE Arts on Isle of Capri.

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