curated programs

Umbrella Festival: Who Run The World

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A potent showcase of female South Australian musicians, curated over two nights in July

Who Run The World is the idea of local female musicians Erin Fowler and Emily Bettison, who both reside at The Mill (Erin as Director and Emily as singer, songwriter and producer at her recently built sound studio.)

Bettison and Fowler have each curated an evening of music featuring a bevvy of local female artists.

Thursday July 12: PASSION POP: Shining a light on female pop artists, curated by Emily Bettison Artists: NAKATOMI // FERRNS // KADO

Three of Adelaide’s finest female-fronted pop outfits. Indietronic, alternative future-pop duo NAKATOMI combine the fully-charged vocals of Em Smart along with musical partner Hamish Cox. Bettison’s eclectic, alternative pop act FERRNS will also grace the stage, exploring electronic pop with soul and R’n’B stylings to create vibrant, infectious tunes to promote joy, empowerment and movement. Kaitlin Feagan of KADO (formally Alice Girl), who blends glitter with alcoholism to bring you nostalgic tunes in the style of alternative alco-pop.

Bringing pop to the fore, audiences can be sure to have their feet moving and dance the night away.

Thursday July 19: STORY AND SONG: An evening of storytelling and song, curated by Erin Fowler Artists: NAOMI KEYTE // SITARA // HANNAH YATES

A stunning line-up of artists with  unique and intimate ways of telling a story – be it through song, poetry, film or dance. Award-winning singer songwriter from the Adelaide Hills, Naomi Keyte will work with multi-award winning photographer (and The Mill Associate Artist) Che Chorley, who’s passion and affinity for the ocean sees him create mesmerizing photography and film. Chorley's recent exhibition THE SEAN AND SHE was a stunning celebration of the female form. Fowler's band SITARA  - with sister Tess - will perform their 2017 visual album, Alchemy, against their projected 40 minute film,  incorporating Tess’s experience in theatre and screen, and Erin’s work as a choreographer and dancer. To complete the line up, is local songstress Hannah Yates who floats storytelling lyrics on nylon string lullaby rhythms to soothe you through deep nostalgia and into an eerie and uncomfortable place. Hannah interweaves storytelling, folk and haunting soul with a hint of cheeky with the purpose of preserving the Kaurna language and culture of the Adelaide Plains.

Doors and food from 5:30pm
Music from 6:30pm
Food trucks (vegan options available): Soza’s Sri Lankan Street Food (July 12th) // The Taste of Spain (July 19th) Drinks and mulled cider by SPARKKE // Hither & Yon


In conjunction with the two performance evenings, The Mill will also host 2 open dance classes for women, accompanied by recorded music from female South Australian artists. These will run be facilitated by Fowler – a trained Qoya teacher. Qoya is a movement practice specifically for women blending yoga, dance, feminine movement, ceremony and sisterhood. It is open to women of all ages, experiences and ability and music is a key part of a Qoya class.

Who Run the World has been supported by the Umbrella Winter City Sounds Festival, through Music SA as well as beverage company, SPARKKE.