The show is the brainchild of Nikola Nikolich who along with Diane Popovich remembered a much earlier broadcast in their Serbian program when Peter Jeffery, who then was a lecturer in literature read some translations of Serbian poetry to commemorate a national festival. They felt this made good radio and were impressed with the impact of the well chosen and well spoken words of poetry.
Many years later, when some broadcast space freed up in the now fully crowded programming, Nick approached Peter again and asked if he would like to head up a program that would highlight the many varied talents that are displayed in each of the ethnic minorities and their own programs. Many of our listeners listen out specifically for programs that are in their original language, but stay on to listen to what else is around.
Because 6EBA is strong with World or Folk Music, many listeners tune in for the music as they drive, or to help them with their household chores, and importantly the interfusion of English and translated language creates an outreach for audiences well beyond that of the specific minorities that generate the staple of ethnic programming. Secondly, when artists have been approached in the wider community, it is nearly always found that they have a multicultural background far beyond that of the British Isles, and though some are first generation migrants, they are often second and third generation Australians from that initial migrant family. Hence the term 'outreach' is both accurate and welcoming to the making of new listeners to enjoy 6EBA with all its old fans as well.
Initially 6EBA members such as Diane Popovich and Guido Nigro and Geoff Rowley helped Peter by 'driving' the program and smoothing out the rough edges, sometimes through prerecording and cutting interviews, and even moving onto the occasional call-in phone interview. When Dorothy Psaila Savona came back into 6EBA, after a rest after some six years of working with the Maltese programmes, Nick engaged Dorothy and Peter as a team, and they moved into a much appreciated format of music, news about the arts, interviews, highlights of foreign museums and tourism, and poetry. Dorothy has now moved on and Peter is now assisted by a young Murdoch student Dea Lalovic.
Along with this adult flare, they introduced a section on Youth Arts giving the Murdoch Graduate Joana Pop her own section as a self developing project. After several successful months of this, 6EBA concentrating on rejuvenating itself through its multicultural youth broadcasting invited Joana to form her own Youth Arts program that she imaginatively named ImaginArt. In due course she worked along with our current Maylands Project Officer Olivia Holmes leaving 6EBA to work at Groove FM where Joana escalated to the Station Manager position. Groove FM was soon to lose its broadcasting licence and the organisation folded.
Peter is the holder of the prestigious Award of an OAM for his contribution to
multiculturalism, the arts and film and television education, and is also a Life Member of the Film and Television Institute of WA. He has travelled extensively in countries as various as Vietnam, India, Japan, Indonesia, the UK, USA, and 'bella Italia'. Recently he was elected Chairperson of Community Television Perth and has sat on the Board of the now defunct Access 31.
If you had been listening over the last quarter you would have heard artists as
interestingly various and accomplished as Milic Ilic, classical guitarist; Ingle
Knight, actor, director, playwright; Else Kikiros, speaking of the Mandurah 'Loosely Tied' exhibition; Wesley College prizewinning students of a project involving the arts and charity; Roger Vella Bonavita chorister at UWA; Danielle Micich director of the all boy DASH show; Tom Gutteridge, artistic director of BLACK SWAN THEATRE Company; Sue Peacock and Didier Theron, choreographers; Daniel Chan, media lecturer and scriptwriter; Max O'Grady sculptor, children's writer; and Helen Duncan, co-ordinator of the Mandurah Stretch Festival.
So wherever you are on a Friday afternoon between 4 and 5 tune into THE WORLD OF ART, and enjoy the blend of music, information and probing interviews in depth, but remember, as Dorothy says, 'Drive Safely and have a Good Weekend!'
The program’s format includes a ‘What’s On Around Perth’ segment which covers Theatre & Film within the forthcoming week and beyond – social life in Perth is hard to keep up with, as it’s variety at its best! If Poetry tickles your fancy, Peter, himself a Poet, reads a few poems, his own or other gems of poetry of other popular poets. For me, the highlight of the program is the weekly interview with Artists from every sphere of the Arts. The interviews are thought provoking, exciting and so varied in content. They involve lots of research, but ultimately, so rewarding! My favourite interviews, amongst many, were with David Wakeham, International Baritone, from the Opera ‘Nabucco’ and John Michael Swinbank who is a PR Strategist, Raconteur, Cabaret Singer…his list goes on! I just can’t forgo ‘Movin Melvin Brown’ – a great singer and ‘Tap Dancer’ whose rhythm and personification of Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jnr. was indeed a treasure and a delight to have on the program.
Through the segment ‘Information on the Arts from around the World’, we entice our beloved listeners to coordinate their forthcoming holidays, with the Arts in mind, both for adults and children.
Music plays a big part on ‘The World of Art’ program. This covers classical and contemporary music in cosmopolitan renditions for one and all.
So, tune in, every Friday from 4.00pm – 5.00pm, Perth Time, on Radio 6EBA, 95.3FM, World Radio. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. The program is produced with you, the listener, in mind. I cordially invite you to listen to us thus joining many other contented listeners, for a relaxing and refreshing hour of the awesome program ‘TheWorld of Art’.
Some snapshots from The World of Arts program
|The World of Art program on Friday 25th January 2013|
The World of Art team; Peter Geoffrey, Elizabeth Milne and Guido Nigro joined by local Nyoongar playwright and poet; Mailand Schnaars and Multimedia & Visual Artist; Mia Holton from "If I Drown I can Swim" showcasing at Blue Room Theatre on Tuesday January 29th - Saturday February 2nd 2013.
|The World of Art program on Friday 1st February 2013|
The World of Art team; Peter Geoffrey, Elizabeth Milne and Guido Nigro joined by actors Adriane Daff and Josh Price who are performing The Wives of Hemingway in an unusual venue in 2013 Fringe World Festival.
(The below photo of three actors was taken from au.news.yahoo.com)
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