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The life of the dead is in the memory of the living – Cicero

Queensland's Metro Arts has a death wish, literally. It is holding the first arts and culture festival for Queenslanders to talk about death and embrace grief. Held in Brisbane, Deathfest runs from 12 to 20 November, 2016. Check out the Order of Service:

* Saturday, 12 November, 2016:
Tour: Historic Cemetery
Dr Hilda Maclean guides you through the Christ Church Milton Memorial Garden.

Commencing: 3.00pm and 4.00pm
Admission: FREE and bookings essential from this link.

After the cemetery tour, you are welcome at the special twilight concert.

Special Twilight Concert: Deathsong
This intriguing work by Linsey Pollak and Lizzie O'Keefe combines human voices with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals. You will take a musical journey to a world where human and animal sounds combine. This event also includes a performance of Brisbane Threshold Choir.

Venue: Christ Church Milton, 9 Chippendall Street, Milton
Commencing: 5.00pm
Admission: No bookings are required and a donation at the door will support the Christ Church Milton.

* Monday, 14 November, 2016:
Film: The Sixth Sense
Starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment this 1999 film deals with one person's supernatural abilities creating consequences resulting in the unexplainable.

Venue: The Lumen Room, Metro Arts
Commencing: 6.30pm
Admission: $12 and can be purchased here.

* Tuesday, 15 November, 2016
Film: After Life
A Japanese film dealing with newly dead people caught in limbo. Counsellors help these each select a single memory from their lives to take with them into eternity.

Venue: The Lumen Room, Metro Arts
Commencing: 6.30pm
Admission: $12 and can be purchased here.

* Wednesday, 16 to Sunday, 20 November, 2016
Performance: Exquisite
Exquisite provides a unique exploration of love and loss with those around us. Internationally renowned Fran Barbe's unique choreography presents a beautiful theatrical experience. Brian Lucas, Min Zhu and Fran Barbe dance to the original music composed and performed by Mace Francis and his Orchestra.

Venue: Sue Benner Theatre, Metro Arts
Commencing: 7.00pm on 16 to 19 November and 12.00 midday on 20 November
Admission: General $28; Concessional $23. Tickets can be purchased before the performance here.

Warning: Contains adult themes.

* Thursday, 17 November, 2016
Installation: I am not here, Leave a Message
Pete Macfarlane has created three unique grave sites featuring active and layered design through various mediums including plywood, fabric and soil.

Venue: Out the Back, Metro Arts
Commencing: 5.00pm
Admission: FREE

Installation: An Invitation to Sit with Death Awhile
Join in Dawn Albinger's An Invitation to Sit with Death Awhile

Venue: Ground Floor Carriageway, Metro Arts
Commencing: 5.00pm
Admission: FREE

Film: Departures
In this Japanese film a musician finds work in a mortuary and slowly realises he has found his true calling in life.

Venue: The Lumen Room, Metro Arts
Commencing: 6.30pm
Admission: $12 and can be purchased here.

* Friday, 18 and Saturday, 19 November, 2016
Durational Performance: I Stand In
A five-hour performance by Julie Vulcan where volunteers are invited to 'stand in' for a faceless individual.

Venue: Basement, Metro Arts
Commencing: 5.00pm, Friday; 2.00pm Saturday
Admission: $5 at the door

Warning: Contains nudity and mature themes. Strictly no photography.

Storytelling: Good Grief
Yarn Storytelling is a quarterly storytelling event, featuring true stories, told live and without notes. Good Grief explores relationships with loss and what can ultimately be gained by the experiences.

Venue: Lumen Room, Metro Arts
Commencing: 7.30pm.
Admission: $5 at the door.

Warning: Contains mature themes and coarse language.

* Saturday, 19 November, 2016
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Talk: Wine and Die
Enjoy some drinks and nibbles as you converse with Sarah Winch on all things related to death and dying.


Venue: The Gallery, Level 2, Metro Arts
Commencing: 7.00pm
Admission: $25 per person online; includes two drinks of wine/beer and nibbles

Performance: Dangerous Song
A concert by Linsey Pollak and Lizzie O'Keefe combining the human voice with sounds of endangered and extinct animals creating an absorbing and poignant musical performance.

Venue: Lumen Room, Metro Arts
Commencing: 8.00pm
Admission: General Admission is $28 and Concessional Admission is $23. Tickets can be purchased online here.

* Sunday, 20 November, 2016
Installation: I Stand In
The installation resulting from the two performances of I Stand In.

Venue: Basement, Metro Arts
Commencing: 11.00am
Admission: FREE

The Brisbane Threshold Choir will open the installation.

Conversation: Dying Well and Death N Art
Zenith Virago and a group of speakers discuss death and dying and how to die well.

Venue: Lumen Room, Metro Arts
Commencing: 1.30pm
Admission: FREE but bookings essential from here.

Performance: Songs of the Leaving
David Megarrity points towards how songs sometimes sing of the final going away.

Venue: Sue Benner Theatre, Metro Arts
Commencing: 2.30pm
Admission: $12 and can be purchased online from here.

Film: Griefwalker
A portrait of Stephen Jenkinson's work with dying people filmed over twelve years. Griefwalker shows Jenkinson teaching doctors and nurses and counselling dying people and their families. Elham Day from Hummingbird House introduces the film and facilitates a post screening Q&A.

Venue: Lumen Room, Metro Arts
Commencing: 6.00pm
Admission: $12 obtainable online here

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For more information on this exciting event contact Metro Arts, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane by email at: info@metroarts.com.au or phone 3002 7100.

Likewise, you can check out Metro Arts' web page or its Facebook page and discover some of the fantastic activities and events this dynamic organisation stages.
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Why? This is where art meets death - it must be spectacular
When: From Saturday, 12 to Sunday 20 November, 2016.
Phone: 3002 7100
Where: Metro Arts Gallery, Level 2, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane
Cost: Event costs range between FREE and $28
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