We published an album of video frames extracted from the footage we shot in Queensland in Australia. We made our hub in the charming town of Port Douglas from where we sailed to the Great Barrier Reef where we dived and shot 4K footage underwater. From there we went to Mossman Gorge and Daintree National Forest hanging out with the crocs – kind of unfriendly. We drove all the way to Cape Tribulation and we walked several of the spectacular forest boardwalks before we returned and spent a little bit of time in Cairns.
We published an album of video frames extracted from the footage we shot in the Outback of Australia. We shot first in Alice Springs, a town in the middle of nowhere but from where many spectacular adventures start. To the name of the town are attached multiple legendary feats related to Australia. From there we left on a multiple hours bus ride through the “bush” to hike around Uluru ending the day with a sleep under the stars listening to the howling of dingos and the snorting of camels. The following days we hiked in Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park, spending one more might under the spectacular show-sky of the Southern Hemisphere before we returned to Alice Springs for a some more sedate espresso cocktails on the main street.
It looked almost like a funny coincidence that a guy from an old Commie country reads about life in two Commie countries, one ex and one actual, on May First in the KGB Bar in East Village, the perennial heart of the left wing movement of New York. What else did we miss? The Black Maria waiting on 4th street?
Any way, I want to thank to all who came for the reading and for all who sustained me on all social media avenues that still represent a mystery for me in their convoluted ways. My reading as well as the other authors’ readings were fun, exuding a joyful atmosphere and it looked that everybody had a great time. Hopefully we’ll do another at one point grace to our publisher Nava Renek and New Meridian Arts.
And for many who could not come but emailed me that they would have died to be there – actually I made this up – please click on the image that would give you a little excerpt from the reading, but this time with a – very, very, very rough – edit of scenes from Havana. Or click here
New Meridian Arts invites you to a literary event at the KGB Bar in East Village for the launch of their latest titles:
“In Search of the White Magician” by Stefania Magidson and Carmen Firan
“Green In a Landscape With Ashes” by Anna Halberstadt
“Between Ceausescu and Fidel” by Radu Polizu
“Stranger at Home” by Andrey Gritsman
The four authors will read between 7-9 PM on May 1. Come and enjoy!
New Meridian Arts and FlyingMonk Films are proud to announce the launch of a fascinating literary journey through today’s Cuba as discovered by an author and filmmaker who lived his youth in another Communist system, Ceausescu’s Romania, half a world away.
“When I planned to go to Cuba, I never thought even for moment that I would land in a place that resembled the world where I lived as a youth. In my mind, that type of world had vanished and been completely replaced by new heads of the same hydra, as authoritarian and inhumane, and labeled creatively for the new generations.
Probably because of this state of mind, my first contact with Cuba was shocking. Amusingly, Cuba unveiled my forgotten youth in Romania, with the entire repertoire of senseless propaganda based on the same script that had been written in Moscow a century ago, with the same people’s complete dismissal of the authority, and even identical in the long forgotten street sayings, replicated in a world decades apart.
But besides all this, I discovered Cuba as a fabulous live museum, a place where history was forced to halt for a moment and take a long and refreshing breath. The cars, the architecture, the people’s spirit, the lack of Internet and even their antiquated leaders looked like they all crept out from a time that refused to advance, a time that you may find only in the yellowed pages of old newspapers. I also witnessed Cuba waiting feverishly for President Obama’s visit, an unexpected visit for the Cubans but their greatest and only hope in the last 60 years. All these elements compose the effervescent charm of Cuba, a country that lives with fervor and passion in an incredibly uplifting atmosphere that transcends time and space. The phenomenal resilience of Cubans in their will to enjoy life to abandon, with music, dance and rum, in spite of their daily hardships, looking almost like a rebellion against their oppressive and inept government, form the core of all the stories I have written in this book.”
Radu Polizu aka FlyingMonk
A first reading from the book will happen on May 1 at 7:00 PM at KGB Bar in East Village – 85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003, USA (map)
Sydney’s harbor is dominated by the Harbor Bridge. It was built after many debates during the Great Depression keeping many people employed. It was inspired after Hell Gate Bridge in New York, the bridge that connects Queens to Randall’s island and it took about 60 years to be paid off.
Anywhere you may go in downtown Sydney you’d see the bridge in each and every picture you may take. The walk on it is as popular as a walk on NYC’s Brooklyn Bridge and if you really want to get an edge of it, for a hefty price and dressed in a special suit you can escalate its top and admire the entire Sydney harbor unobstructed. More or less the same you can get if you escalate the 300 steps of its pylon but for a more reasonable entry fee.
It is hard to get close to the aboriginal culture in Australia. In all discussions we had and asked about this we got a sense of distance between the mainly white population and its original inhabitants. Glimpses of the traditional culture of Australia are everywhere, from the traditional dot paintings to the music instruments, the boomerangs and other objects but mostly they are commercialized by “white” galleries. We tried to understand by talking with the white locals what is the exact relationship with the aboriginals but few conversations were able to shed light on this tenuous situation. I don’t know if the aboriginals who were selling art on the Circular Quai were for real but they looked that were trying to capitalize on their culture.
In any case the aboriginal art is present in all Australian Museums and represents one of the most interesting exhibits. Another aspect that stands out is the deep respect the Australians have for their veterans. The monuments that adorned their cities are just one aspect of this care and that is heavily backed by special clubs, events and a care for the health of these people. Anzac, stand for Australia and New Zealand Army Corp, and the monument in Sydneyis dedicated to the memory of those who fought and perished in the assault of the Gallipoli Peninsula in the First World War.