The Twoks are Xani Kolac (electric violin/vocals) and Mark Leahy (drums). The Melbourne-based duo have been making violin and drums dance music together for the past four years. With influences ranging from Sigur Ros, Kate Bush, Phoenix, Leonard Cohen to Pat Benatar, this duo is an eclectic mix of dark and bright. The Twoks have played St Kilda Festival (MEL), DARK MOFO (TAS), The Falls Festival (Byron Bay), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK), Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), Port Fairy Folk Festival and a stack of other gigs, clubs, parties and cities. Recently, The Twoks opened for Clare Bowditch and Adalita’s “Winter Secrets Tour” as well as for 2Cellos at The Palais. The pair have released a bunch of recordings, including an LP of half an hour’s worth of instrumental improvisations. The duo have worked with producers, Tony Buchen (The Preatures, Andy Bull) and Andy Baldwin (The Cat Empire, Haerts) and Xani Kolac was nominated for the AUReview award for Best Live Instrumentalist in 2014.
Classically-trained singer-songwriter Phia makes music that is abound with luscious layers of harmonies, rambunctious vocal percussion and vivid pop sensibilities.
Recorded in Berlin at the famous Funkhaus studios and mixed in New York, U.S by Eli Crews (Tune-Yards, Deerhoof, Dear Reader), her debut album ‘The Ocean of Everything’ is one of breathtaking beauty and joy, capturing Phia’s fascination and curiousity in the world around her and inside of her, with the pure sound of her African kalimba enhanced by electric guitar lines, deep synth bass and beats.
Phia grew up in Melbourne Australia where she started off working as a session pianist for various projects. In 2011 she bought a one-way ticket to Berlin.
This leap into the unknown led Phia and her songs around the world, where she honed her truly remarkable live show across hundreds of performances – from bars in Southern Italy, to fisherman’s villages in Iceland and major music festivals in Germany.
Lash78 were the winners of this year’s Kingston’s Got Talent competition! Lash 78 combines the vocal talents of sisters Lauren and Sheridan Harvey. Inspired by a wide range of artists and genres, their acoustic show attracts people of all ages. The girls always provide a captivating, fun and energetic atmosphere. They are becoming well known for their knockout harmonies and a performance that keeps audiences coming back for more.
Arts and craft workshops and children's activities
Urban Yarn Art Group
The Urban Yarn Art Group will be running a free pom-pom making workshop during the Makers Market as part of their Longbeach Storybook Yarn Art Trail exhibition at Kingston Arts. Easy and fun to make, using a tool or just your hands! Make them in one colour or mix it up a little. Suitable for all ages, children must have parental or guardian supervision. For more information about the exhibition and other workshops, please click here.
Venue: G1 + G2, Kingston Arts Centre
Minute Exhibit Puppet Peep Box
Image courtesy of Grant Hobson for Yarraville Arts Festival
Minute Exhibit puppet shows are exactly one-minute long for only one person at a time. 'The Curator' is the original Minute Exhibit puppet box and has travelled internationally to great audience acclaim. Universally adored, 'The Curator' is surprising, interactive, sweet and suitable for all ages. A curator is organising his newest exhibition, and something seems to be missing... how can he... what does he need.... aha! It seems the one audience member can provide it.
Venue: Foyer, Kingston City Hall
International Youth Silent Film Festival
The top 20 films from the International Youth Silent Film Festival 2016 will be screened during the Makers Market! The filmmakers were asked to select a 3 minute musical score (Slapstick, Action, Horror, Romance, Mystery, Sci-fi, Hero, Discovery, Western, or Noir) and create a silent film set to their chosen music and genre. Take this opportunity to enjoy some time-out from the hustle and bustle outside and keep the kids entertained.
Venue: Theatre, Kingston Arts Centre