You can download a summary of social events here.

Canberra100
#AFMLTA2013 is being held during Canberra’s celebrations to mark its centenary of foundation. There are many activities and events on offer. Check out http://canberra100.com.au/ for full information about what is on offer.

Visits to Embassies
The Embassies of Croatia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and Turkey have thrown open their doors to registrants of #AFMLTA2013. If anyone is interested in making a visit to these embassies in Canberra during this year’s conference, please let us know. Embassy staff are prepared to welcome participants on Friday 5th July or Monday 9th July 2013 – by appointment.

Please email natalie.stewart@ed.act.edu.au (Conference Convenor) or meri.dragicevic@ed.act.edu.au (President MLTA ACT Inc.) to RSVP for this opportunity.

Welcome Receptionnpg
A Welcome Reception for those delegates who have registered for this social event will be held at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), King Edward Terrace, Parkes commencing 5.30pm on Friday 5 July. Registration will not be available at this venue. Entry will be by pre-printed name tag provided at the door.

You can read the text of the speech given by the special guest, His Excellency, Mr Pedro Villagra Delgado, the Ambassador of Argentina, here.

Conference Dinner
The Conference Dinner is taking place at University House, Australian National University, commencing 6.30 for 7.00pm on Saturday 6 July. The ticket includes a 3 course meal and a drinks package. Entertainment has also been arranged for this event.

Guest Speaker- Geoff Page (http://geoffpagepoet.wordpress.com/)geoffpage
Geoff Page is a major Australian poet who has published 18 collections of poetry, as well as four verse novels, since his first collection of The Question in the volume Two Poets was published by UQP in 1971. In addition he has written novels, criticism and plays as well as editing a number of anthologies, most recently his collection of essays and poems, 60 Classic Australian Poems (UNSW Press).  Page moved to Canberra in 1964. He was Head of the English Department at Narrabundah College from 1974 until his retirement in 2001. He has been a passionate advocate for Australian poetry and has run monthly poetry readings in several successive cafés, most recently at The Gods Café and Bar at the Australian National University.  He has won several awards, including the ACT Poetry Award, the Grace Leven Prize, the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Poetry and the 2001 Patrick White Literary Award. Selections from his work have been translated into Chinese, German, Serbian, Slovenian and Greek. He has also read his work and talked on Australian poetry in Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Britain, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Singapore, China, the United States and New Zealand.

The poet Robert Gray notes, “Geoff Page has become one of the very finest celebrators of our culture, in its broadest sense; of particulars of our history, and uniqueness. His work is full of great affection and is written without pretension or program.”

You can read an excerpt from the speech Mr Page delivered on the evening here.

Pianist – Anthony Bozicevic

tonybBorn in Narrandera, NSW, Anthony Bozicevic began playing the piano at the age of nine. In 1992 he joined Keith Radford’s studio at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga. In 1995 he was accepted into the Bachelor of Music course at the Canberra School of Music where he studied with Gabor Rosza. In 1998 he completed his degree with high distinction. In his final year Anthony was invited to play Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’ with the Canberra School of Music Orchestra. In 1999 Anthony travelled to Croatia to study with two renowned pianist/teachers, Marina Ambokadze and Evgeny Zarafiants at the Music Academy ‘Ino Mirkovic’ in Lovran, and in 2001 completed his Masters degree with high distinction.

In 2002 Anthony joined the piano staff of the Riverina Conservatorium of Music where he taught over 200 individual piano students. During that time he was constantly active as a concert pianist performing throughout NSW as a soloist and as a part of the Riverina Piano Duo. In 2003 Anthony gave three performances of Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ with the Australian Army Band Kapooka. Anthony has played for the Chopin Society of Sydney, Government House in Canberra, The Croatian Festival at the Great Hall of Sydney University, and on numerous occasions at the Croatian embassy in Canberra. He has also played throughout Croatia including the Music Centre in Zagreb. Anthony has also given numerous master classes and has adjudicated throughout NSW. In 2008 Anthony travelled to the remote mountains of Papua New Guinea for three years where he taught high school music at Sacred Heart High School in Tapini as a Palms Australia volunteer. During this time Anthony taught music to hundreds of students who never previously had the chance to learn music.  Since returning to Australia in 2011, Anthony has given two performances of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with the Orange Regional Orchestra. He has also performed solo recitals throughout regional NSW. Anthony now lives in Canberra where he teaches piano.