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by stapletonm
posted 12/06/2019

Heritage Tourism and Designs for The Return of Ulysses

13 June 2019

What are the best international models for heritage tourism?

Last Year, Dr Caroline Butler-Bowden, Director Strategy and Engagement with Sydney Living Museums was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore visitor experiences at heritage sites across 5 countries, 18 cities, 24 museums and 27 historic sites.

Join me, Maisy Stapleton, to learn from Caroline’s acute insight into places ranging from ancient sites (The Roman Baths in Bath, England) to contemporary art and Danish Culture (Louisiana, outside Copenhagen, Denmark).

This is essential listening for anyone interested in heritage, cultural and heritage tourism – or for the traveller who would like to gain insight into some of the best-managed heritage and cultural sites in the world.

Her visits raised questions about what we can do in Australia both to foster tourism to our heritage sites and increase our own appreciation for Australian culture and heritage

Then, look at how a setting is created for an opera about an Ancient Greek story, set to music in the early 17th Century and performed in a wholly contemporary setting!

Meet Melanie Liertz , a freelance designer and maker for theatre, film, dance and circus and designer for the forthcoming Pinchgut Opera performance of Monteverdi’s last opera The Return of Ulysses.

Melanie was the costume designer for Pinchgut’s Triple Bill in 2017 and returned this year to design Athalia and now The Return of Ulysses for the company.

Her recent designs include Funatorium- Captain Hooks Pirate Party (Sydney Opera House), Alice in Wonderland (Sydney Festival), No End of Blame (Sport for Jove), Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Australian Theatre for Young People), Antigone (Sport for Jove), Frankenstein (Q Theatre).

Melanie tells us how she came to develop the sets and costumes for this Baroque Opera.

If you’ve ever wanted to get behind the scenes at the museum or the opera, Arts Thursday’s program will reveal some of the complexities that make the arts and cultural such deeply satisfying experiences.

For further information:

Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses

Sung in Italian with English surtitles Thurs 13 June 7pm | Sat 15 June 2pm | Sun 16 June 5pm | Tues 18 June 7pm | Wed 19 June 7pm at the City Recital Hall


Caroline Butler-Bowdon’s report on her fellowship experiences can be found at https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/fellows/detail/4213/Caroline+Butler-Bowdon


If you miss the program you can listen again by going to http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ and clicking on the date 13 June 2019 2019.

And watch out for podcasts at a later date.

Tune into Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton every fortnight from 10:30 to noon.

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