TROPICS>TROPICS Tour to Johor Artfest, Malaysia

by Sasi Victoire
(Cairns QLD)

Cairns Artists and Performers to be showcased at Johor Bharu International Art Festival, Nov 5 – 16, 2015.

Visual Artist and print maker, Sasi Victoire, is heading up a collaborative project - TROPICS>TROPICS - with the Johor Bharu International Art Festival (Nov 5 -16), in Malaysia.

Just like a flock of magpie geese moves north towards Asia, a group of artists, musicians and theatre performers are eagerly heading North to the equatorial Tropics of Johor, Malaysia for the Johor Bharu International Art Festival, commencing with art workshops, an exhibition and an opportunity to introduce fine art and theatre, all locally created and developed in Cairns.

As the first International guests in the festival, it is a rare opportunity offered to curator and local artist, Sasi Victoire, to proudly showcase the diversity of the arts and cultural heritage that the Cairns arts community has to offer to new audiences from Malaysia.

Victoire takes great pride in announcing that the TROPICS>TROPICS Tour will leave for Johor Bharu on the 5th November 2015 for a week long program of activities hosted by Johor Artfest with a group of 13 Cairns participants.

This project highlights Cairns as a cultural destination and showcases Cairns as a centre for excellence in contemporary arts and theatre. The tour will expand local arts and cultural heritage in Asia and create more employment and tourism opportunities by increasing international awareness of what the tropics has to offer.

Representing Far North Queensland at the Festival are theatre performers from Cairns: Roz Pappaladro and Helen Ramoutsaki from JUTE theatre, musicians, Jeremiah Johnson, Glenn Saggers (also film production), Bernie Singleton (Indigenous performer/artist), Norah and George Bagiri performers along with Rebecca Solomon, Harry Newie, Samantha Kris from Torres Strait, Nickeema Williams, Elizabeth Hunter and Sasi Victoire (visual artists) from Cairns.

The theme for the exhibition is derived from the recent release of the James Cook University report on the State of the Tropics. This project has only been made possible with the recent success of the Arts Queensland Projects and Programs grant and sponsorship from Cairns Regional Council, James Cook University (Cairns and Singapore campuses).

The in kind support from JUTE theatre, Kick Arts Contemporary Arts, UMI Arts and the immense commitment of the group of participants have made this tour a reality.

Victoire thanks the local member from Cairns, Rob Pyne and Craig Crawford, Member from Barron River, Hon Member Warren Entsch and also local business, Thala Beach Nature Reserve for their much-appreciated support.

Victoire hopes to enlist more support from more local businesses that will benefit from a presence, via the tour catalogue, in Malaysia or would like to support the group with a contribution. Please contact by e-mail:

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Tour to Johor
by: Jessica

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What an adventure!
by: Jill

Sasi, perhaps you could share images of artists preparing for the trip?

I'm sure that you'll take some great photos while you're there. Have a wonderful trip and make great connections.

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