RITUALS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA TAASA Monday Night Lecture Series 2017 Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St Sydney All events 6-8pm. Drinks & refreshments served. Cost: Members $25, Non-Members $30. Payment in advance essential. No refunds. Booking confirmation to Jillian Kennedy. Email: bookings@taasa.org.au; tel: 02 9958 7378. Payment by EFT: The Asian Arts Society of Australia BSB: 012-003, Account No. 2185-28414. Please provide name. Pay by credit card via TAASA website www.taasa.org.au. – TAASA Review June 2017


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