2017 Season Launch report by Helen Musa

CityNews Arts Editor Helen Musa writes:

“I AM not interested in Anzac-ery”, artist in residence for the Australian War Memorial, Christopher Latham, told an audience at the Ainslie Arts Centre on Sunday (July 30) as he launched the 2017 season of his “Flowers of War” project – with music.

Christopher says Canberra has the opportunity during these anniversaries to reflect on the commemorations of the “Great War”, which is so necessary considering the “obscene amount of suffering” and the fact that the European powers did it again such a short time after 1918.

Ankle-deep in a sea of red poppies, which were sent by women from the “5000 poppies” project in Melbourne, Latham joined by MC David Whitney, pianist Aaron Chew and soprano Louise Page, urged music lovers present, including Maj General David Chalmers and representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to get behind this significant cultural program.

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