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Little Lunch Online (LLOL)

Little Lunch Online (LLOL) is a daily online meet up and creative exchange to support the Australian arts sector during the Corona Virus pandemic. 

Mar 23 2020 To Sep 30 2020

Little Lunch Online (LLOL) is a chance to check in and connect with each other while we grab a quick bite of lunch, or a morning coffee for folk in the West. It's a quick 30 minute window to share ideas and resources, and plan our actions in responding to the pandemic, the climate crisis and whatever global emergency awaits us next.

Our dystopian future may have arrived a little early but social distancing won't stop us from staying connected, sharing resources and doing even more amazing work. 

First Peoples First 

The first week of Little Lunches featured some great First Nations artists with the wonderful Lyndon Davis from Gubbi Gubbi Dance kicking things off for us on Tuesday and the amazing Katina Olsen on Wednesday and  Merindah Donnelly from Blakdance in conversation with independent dance and performance artist Josh Pether at Friday's LLOL #4.

Host a Little Lunch (or two!) 

Artists and organisations across the country will have the opportunity to take a turn at hosting some Little Lunches. Hosts will organise guest speakers for their lunches and get a chance to dig a bit deeper into what's going in their community. https://artsfront.com/event/37103-little-lunch-online-llol/forms/37237-llol-eoi-hosts

Little Lunch Artists 

Each Little Lunch will also feature great live performances by artists from across the country. It's a way for us to create and promote new ways for artists to present their work online and get paid for it! LLOL is an experimental space to try new things and learn from and with each other. Let's get that NBN humming! 

Little Lunch Online - how does it work?

www.llol.com.au or https://artsfront.com/event/37103-little-lunch-online-llol 

Please note that all the Little Lunches will be recorded and shared online.

There are 3 live participation options for the first Little Lunch:

  • Zoom video conferencing (up to 100 people)
  • YouTube live stream embed (unlimited numbers)
  • Comments and questions on the Arts Front lunch page (unlimited numbers)

If you can’t make it at lunch time you can catch up later on www.llol.com.au 

Zoom - you can connect via Zoom on your laptop, ipad or the Zoom mobile app. We invite everyone who joins via Zoom to use the chat to type in a quick message to ‘check in,’ say hi and let everyone know the First Nations country you are on for today’s lunch. If you would like to make a video comment or question on Zoom during the lunch please start it using the word QUESTION or COMMENT or IDEA (etc) in CAPITALS so we can find you. In the half hour format there might not be time for everyone to talk but questions can also be picked up in future lunches.

If using Zoom please keep your mic on mute when you aren’t speaking. 

The Little Lunches are being delivered through Feral Arts’ Arts Front Platform. You don’t have to be an Arts Front member to participate. Arts Front members can login and register to be part of the Lunches. If you aren’t currently a member feel welcome to register and an Arts Front Profile will be created for you. 

Arts Front is providing live captioning and signing to improve the accessibility of the Little Lunches. Please call or email us for details. Email Arts Front

Little Lunches Online is an initiative of Feral Arts as part the Arts Front Project.

Next Up
Catch Up

Monday 13th July

Monday 13 July 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST

Festivals are one of the parts of the arts sector hit hardest by COVID. In this special one-hour Little Lunch, Katie Edmiston, Creative Arts Alliance will lead a conversation with Lynne Bradley, artistic director of the Horizon Festival, Amanda Jackes - general manager of the Woodford Folk Festival and Lincoln Savage, creator of the Yonder Festival. How is COVID impacting? How are festivals responding? What does it mean for the future?

We will also be joined by the wonderful Lyndon Davis for a unique performance and welcome to country.

Monday 6th July

Monday 6 July 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Hi everyone - The Little Lunch Team are taking a short, well-earned break! We'll be back to dominate the intertubes again in early July. 

In the meantime feel free to Catch Up on any of the sessions you might have missed!

If you aren't already an Arts Front / Little Lunch member register here to receive all our regular email updates. https://artsfront.com/event/37103-little-lunch-online-llol/register

Thursday 11th June

Thursday 11 June 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

The wonderful series of access-focused Little Lunches being curated by the good folk at Arts Access Victoria resumes on Thursday. The amazing Kath Duncan joins Caroline Bowditch to pick up on one of the topics coming out of her Lunch with Maddie Little #38 - ‘is there a disability arts movement in Australia?'

Wednesday 10th June

Wednesday 10 June 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Pilar Kasat joins Priya Srinivasan and Veronica Pardo in conversation with special guest Minerva Tapia for Little Lunch #51. Minerva is a Mexican-American choreographer, educator and company director of the Minerva Tapia Dance Group. We will be discussing Minerva’s life on the border between San Diego and Mexico, her artistic work on the war on women, and how she is dealing with COVID by connecting communities online who are separated by many borders.

Tuesday 9th June

Tuesday 9 June 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

This Tuesday 9 June we will celebrate Little Lunch #50 in style! 

During times of social distancing, many are experiencing social isolation for the first time. But this is not the case for many older members of the community. Tristan Meecham and  Bec Reid (All The Queens Men) will be joined by Elisabeth Bridson and Lizzi Craig, collaborators on the Elders Dance Club, to discuss experiences of isolation and marginalisation for older people.

Dust off your dancing shoes people! 

Friday 5th June

Friday 5 June 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

The Australia Council is working on an overarching national plan to Re-ignite arts and cultural activity across the Country. This work includes the development of a Re-Imagine, a new Industry Plan to position arts and culture at the heart of the nation’s COVID recovery. 

For part of our 2 part Re-ignite series Jade Lillie and Sandra Fields are back to start to get our input into the new Re-imagine plan. What are conditions under which arts and cultural activity is both possible and viable for the industry to move from surviving to thriving?

Thursday 4th June

Thursday 4 June 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

The Australia Council is working on a national plan to Re-ignite arts and cultural activity across the Country. This work includes the development of Re-Imagine, a new Industry Plan to position arts and culture at the heart of the nation’s COVID recovery.

In a special 2 part Little Lunch series, Council's Head of Sector Development Jade Lillie joins leading cultural sector consultant Sandra Fields to bring us up to speed on the Re-ignite process and to start to get our input into the new plan. 

Wednesday 3rd June

Wednesday 3 June 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

The wonderful series of Wednesday Little Lunches being curated by the team at Multicultural Arts Victoria continues for Little Lunch #47 as hosts Priya Srinivasan and Veronica Pardo are joined by the new artistic director of OzAsia Festival, the fabulous Annette Shun Wah. What is the impact of her appointment to the festival at this critical moment, what is her vision for the future taking into account COVID-19 and what does it mean in terms of achieving her vision of making contemporary Asian Australian theatre more visible?

Tuesday 2nd June

Tuesday 2 June 11:30am - 12:00pm AEST

JUTE and NORPA - the silver linings in troubled times...a regional theatre perspective.

Julian Louis the CEO and Artistic Director at NORPA and Suellen Maunder Artistic Director/CEO of JUTE Theatre Cairns join Bec Mac to talk about the unique position regional Theatre Companies have found them selves in due to COVID 19 and the opportunities that have emerged to make new and exciting work!

Monday 1st June

Monday 1 June 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

In 2020 due to the COVID-19, South East Queensland Mabo Day Celebrations are going virtual. As we pay respect to Eddie Mabo's Legacy this year, we ask the questions -  where are we at today and how do we continue to celebrate, acknowledge and action the legacy of Eddie Mabo in the future. Busty Beatz and Nancy Bamaga will lead a conversation with Charles Passi and Edward Monaei

Friday 29th May

Friday 29 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Friday’s Little Lunch #44 will be an open planning meeting for Arts Front 2030 - a month long national arts sector festival / conference being planned for November 2020. 

Friday’s Lunch will focus on brainstorming ideas for Arts Front 2030 and how we can work together to create something amazing!

Thursday 28th May

Thursday 28 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

The wonderful Caroline Bowditch (Arts Access Victoria) is back in conversation with groundbreaking performing artist Heidi Everett. In her own words, 'Heidi loves teaching and enabling shushed-up people the art of story telling, like producing Qualia theatre and directing Schizy Inc - and has been doing that professionally for the last decade. One thing that this Heidi really loves, is stuffing up the medical model of mental illness. It's not mental illness, it's bloody good survival!'

Wednesday 27th May

Wednesday 27 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Oscar Jiminez will be performing a solo work before joining a discussion with Veronica PardoPriya Srinivasan and Eyal Chipkiewicz on the role of Latin American artists in Australia. We are exploring some of the history of this community, their practices and connections back to Latin America and what might come next in terms of reciprocal exchange between us.

Tuesday 26th May

Tuesday 26 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

One of the big ideas that has really gained traction and momentum during COVID is universal basic income and a living wage for artists. The amazing Mel Ree will kick us off with a performance. Then the organisers of the Artist* Led Economy Symposium,  Dario Vacira and Lucie McIntosh will be joined by symposium panelist and leading living wage advocate David Pledger to give us an update on the work currently underway, and to share their plans for the symposium. 

Monday 25th May

Monday 25 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Little Lunch #40 is dedicated to National Sorry Day which is observed on 26th May each year. The wonderful Nancy Bamaga will host a conversation with Brisbane community Elder Auntie Flo Watson OAM, Chairperson of Teralba Park Stolen Generations Support Group Inc. It's been 20 years since massive crowds marched in Sorry Day Marches right across the country. How will people be observing Sorry Day in the midst of COVID and what if anything has changed for First Nations Australians since 2000? 

Friday 22nd May

Friday 22 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

For Little Lunch #39 we are going to take a moment to talk about the Little Lunches themselves and where we go from here. 

It has been an amazing, whirlwind couple of months since the first LLOL back on March 24 and a lot has happened during that time. Anne Dunn is going to lead a conversation about where to next and how the Little Lunches can feed into the larger Arts Front 2030 visioning project. 

Thursday 21st May

Thursday 21 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Caroline Bowditch is back in conversation with award winning performing artist Madeleine Little for Little Lunch #38. Madeleine, a passionate, young, proudly disabled theatre maker was the inaugural winner of the Stella Young Award will talk about the process of ‘coming out’ as disabled. Madeleine will also share some of her wonderful writing.

Wednesday 20th May

Wednesday 20 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Veronica Pardo and Priya Srinivasan are joined by Pilar Kasat and Eyal Chipkiewicz to kick off a two-part exploration of the future of cultural diversity through the lens of Latin American artists in Australia. In this first part the focus is on the broader positioning of diversity in the cultural landscape. What future do we want for arts and culture to look like and what opportunities might the COVID-19 disruption present?

Tuesday 19th May

Tuesday 19 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

The team from Regional Arts Australia are back to host lunch #36. Communications Coordinator and regional artist Alana Hunt will lead a conversation with Frankie Snowdon and Léuli Eshraghi about what skills artists working outside of metropolitan centres might already have that have proven useful during the difficulties of COVID-19 and what they are shaping up for the future.

Monday 18th May

Monday 18 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Our focus switches to the climate crisis for Little Lunch #35 with not one but two of the country's leading arts + environment activists/thinkers/practitioners. Alex Kelly will be chatting with Jen Rae on climate change and arts in the time of corona. Jen and Alex will share a little of what they have been reading and thinking about and open up a conversation about the future arts + environmental practice.

Friday 15th May

Friday 15 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Rounding out a big week, Friday’s Little Lunch will celebrate the official launch of the Bukjeh’s website! Nasser Mashni come on as hosts with the talented Samah Sabawi and Sara Saleh, joining Aseel Tayah to share the importance of stories from home and how it contribute to the local culture landscape Internationally and in Australia.

Thursday 14th May

Thursday 14 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

We are in for a treat on Thursday for Little Lunch #33 with deaf creative practitioner and leading advocate for deaf inclusion Dr. Riona Tindal hosting a conversation with fellow deaf arts advocate Irene Holub on their lived experience, Auslan and access in the creative industries. What can we learn from our experiences during COVID-19 and how can we reimagine the arts of the future to be more diverse, accessible and inclusive?

Wednesday 13th May

Wednesday 13 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Veronica Pardo and Priya Srinivasan are joined in conversation by Nimmy Raphael from Adishakti in Puducherry, India for Little Lunch #32. What does COVID-19 mean for our international collaborations and connectedness? What things can we share and learn from each other?

Tuesday 12th May

Tuesday 12 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Executive Director of Grants at the Australia Council Frank Panucci is back for Little Lunch #31 in conversation with Anne Dunn to update us on everything COVID-19 related at Council. With applications to the Resilience Fund closing on 28 May its an important opportunity to check in and find out what's going on. 

Monday 11th May

Monday 11 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Bec Mac talks to Zohar Spatz Executive Director of La Boite Theatre and Dave Sleswick Creative Director of The Tivoli. What does recovery look like and through the impacts of COVID-19? What strengths and weaknesses have been revealed in their core business and how if addressed they could potentially come back stronger than ever?

Friday 8th May

Friday 8 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

We are in for  special treat for Friday's Little Lunch #29 as RUN ARI come on as hosts. Internationally acclaimed visual artist Nicole Voevodin-Cash will lead a discussion with Noosa Regional Gallery director Michael Brennan in exploration of how COVID-19 is effecting visuals and in particular the regional galleries sector. 

Opportunities for Visual Artists at this time

ACCA: Open (Victorian artists only) https://acca.melbourne/
ARTS House House warming commission https://www.artshouse.com.au/ourprograms/the-housewarming-commissions/
GOLD COAST: HOTA Ragweed’s against the Virus https://hota.com.au/hota-artist-fund-rage-against-the-virus/
Horizon Festival, Sunshine Coast: Home Grown https://www.horizonfestival.com.au/homegrown

Thursday 7th May

Thursday 7 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Hosting for Thursday's Little Lunch #28 moves to the festival city and the wonderful team from Access2Arts. Expect the unexpected when Martin Sawtell is joined by award-winning performance poet Alison Paradox.   

Wednesday 6th May

Wednesday 6 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Join CAN as they share their experiences of supporting Noongar communities to preserve and promote Noongar language through the creation of Lullabies. Phil Bartlett - Noongar singer, songwriter and co-facilitator of CAN's Lullabies program will be there - and you might just learn some Noongar along the way!

Tuesday 5th May

Tuesday 5 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Today’s lunch is heading regional for a conversation between Regional Arts Australia’s Ros Abercrombie and Regional Arts Victoria’s Joe Toohey. Tune in to hear about how their response to COVID-19 falls within existing strategic plans, and why locally driven arts projects are the way forward.

Friday 1st May

Friday 1 May 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Our focus for Little Lunch #25 shifts to the environment and in particular the wonderful world of Acoustic Ecology. Special guest host the fabulous Leah Barclay leads a discussion with some of Australia's leading sound artists and researchers on the environmental impact of COVID-19. On the eve the annual Reveil Dawn Chorus its a chance for us to all get our listening ears on! 

Thursday 30th April

Thursday 30 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Our national arts and access road trip heads west this Thursday for Little Lunch #24 with our hosts the wonderful team at DADAA (dadaa.org.au). Filmmaker Tony Sarre will join DADAA’s Mallika Macleod for look at how COVID-19 is impacting NDIS arts programs through the lens of blind filmmaking.

Wednesday 29th April

Wednesday 29 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

MAV’s Bendigo Emerge Cultural Hub will host Wednesday’s lunch from Dja Dja Wurrung Country with Traditional Owner Rebecca Phillips and we will hear Dabora Dout singing her new song in Dinka that has a global perspective. 

Tuesday 28th April

Tuesday 28 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Continuing our First Peoples First agenda, enjoy a quickie with independent producer, artist and CCD specialist Alicia Melonie Jones in a performative LLOL with special guest star Lann Levinge.

Broadcasting live from Kombumerri country, tune in for a wonderfully spirited journey of artistic transition granted to us by COVID-19.  

Monday 27th April

Monday 27 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Joseph Purugganan, songwriter, and JL Burgos, filmmaker, will join Bong Ramilo for a chat. Joseph was an artist-in-residence with Darwin Community Arts in 2014. JL's work has been screened at festivals in Queensland and Victoria

Friday 24th April

Friday 24 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Hot Brown Honey are Back for Little Lunch Online - #20. Get set for more decolonising and moisturising action with Busty Beatz and special guest the amazing Ghenoa Gela

Thursday 23rd April

Thursday 23 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

For Little Lunch #19 join award-winning writer, Wongaiibon woman, and wheelchair user Gayle Kennedy for a discussion about arts, disability and access with Liz Martin, Arts Development and Training Manager from Accessible Arts, NSW’s peak arts and disability organisation. Gayle will also read from her hilarious short story anthology Me, Antman & Fleabag.

Wednesday 22nd April

Wednesday 22 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

The team from Multicultural Arts Victoria is back to host lunch #18 and continue with our mid-week focus on all things diversity. This week Priya Srinivasan will be joined by special guest Collette Brennan CEO of the Abbotsford Convent. How has the COVID-19 effected Australia's largest multi-arts precinct and what role will diversity play in its future?

Tuesday 21st April

Tuesday 21 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Little Lunch #17 is a Digi Youth Arts take over. Join us to hear some of the voices and truth of the youngest generation of one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. #250yearsresistingplagues

Friday 17th April

Friday 17 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

LLOL #16 was a lunch in two parts. 

First up, Australia Council's Executive Director of Strategic Development and Advocacy Wendy Were was in conversation with Anne Dunn on the topic of advocacy in the time of COVID-19 and beyond. 

Then in part 2 we got stuck into one of the questions raised in LLOL #13 - what are the practical things we can do right now to get support to independent artists. 

Thursday 16th April

Thursday 16 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Little Lunch #15 is a Hot Brown Honey Takeover! Busty Beats and Lisa Fa'alafi step up to the mic for an epic half hour of fierceness and fun. 

Wednesday 15th April

Wednesday 15 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

The team from Multicultural Arts Victoria's is back to host lunch #14 and continue with our mid-week focus on all things diversity. Veronica Pardo and Priya Srinivasan will be joined by the wonderful Eleanor Jackson.  

Tuesday 14th April

Tuesday 14 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

With the dust starting to settle on the 4 year funding results, Australia Council's Executive Director of Grants and Engagement, Frank Panucci is back in the hot seat in conversation with Anne Dunn. In a shorter 30 minute format, Frank will give us an update on everything happening at Council. Grab a sandwich and don't forget to bring your burning questions!

Thursday 9th April

Thursday 9 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Arts Access Victoria's Caroline Bowditch is back in the pilot's seat with the second instalment of her deep dive into questions of access in a COVID-19 world. 

Wednesday 8th April

Wednesday 8 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

Hump day is shaping up nicely with Multicultural Arts Victoria's incomparable Veronica Pardo inviting us into her kitchen for what promises to be a fiery exchange with the wonderful Priya Srinivasan.

10–10:30 am AWST in Perth
11:30 am–12 pm ACST in Darwin and Adelaide
12–1:00 pm AEST in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Hobart

Tuesday 7th April

Tuesday 7 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

On Tuesday we head north to Darwin Community Arts as Bong Ramilo takes the reins and unleashes his refections on the new normal in a music focused Little Lunch. 

Monday 6th April

Monday 6 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEST

The brilliant Bec Mac kicks off the week with performances from three wonderful guest artists in one Little Lunch!

Friday 3rd April

Friday 3 April 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEDT

We are back to the one hour format for Friday's Little Lunch #8 when we will again be joined by Australia Council's Executive Director of Grants and Engagement Frank Panucci to answer our questions about the four year funding outcomes and everything else COVID-19 related that is happening at the Australia Council.

Thursday 2nd April

Thursday 2 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEDT

The wonderful  Caroline Bowditch from Arts Access Victoria takes the steering wheel for Little Lunch Online - #7 as we dig a bit deeper into the impact of COVID-19 on people with disability. 

Wednesday 1st April

Wednesday 1 April 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEDT

LLOL turns its attention to the independent music sector with special guest artist Luke Peacock in conversation with Brisbane music legend John Willsteed

Tuesday 31st March

Tuesday 31 March 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEDT

This special 60 minute Little Lunch has had to be cancelled because of a delay in the release of the Australia Council 4 year Funding outcomes. 

Please note the Little Lunch #6 is definitely going ahead on Wednesday April 1. 

Friday 27th March

Friday 27 March 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEDT

Rounding off week 1 of the Little Lunches, we welcome the wonderful Merindah Donnelly from Blakdance in conversation with independent dance and performance artist Josh Pether

Thursday 26th March

Thursday 26 March 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEDT

In today's special edition of Little Lunch Online we are joined by Frank Panucci, Executive Director of Grants and Engagement at the Australia Council to update everyone on yesterday's COVID 19 response package. 

Wednesday 25th March

Wednesday 25 March 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEDT

Today's lunch features dancer Katina Olsen and Australian Arts amidst COVID-19 Facebook group moderator Dan Goronszy.

Tuesday 24th March

Tuesday 24 March 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEDT

Our first offical Little Lunch kicks off in style with Gubbi Gubbi cultural leader storyteller and dancer Lyndon Davis. 


Live captioning and subtitles

ArtsFront are hosting the “Little Lunch On Line” series of daily zoom meets to share ideas and resources, and plan our actions in responding to the pandemic, the climate crisis and whatever global emergency awaits us next.

Artists and organisations across the country will also have the opportunity to take a turn at hosting some Little Lunches and provide a varied program. Hosts will organise guest speakers for their lunches and get a chance to dig a bit deeper into what's going in their community. 

Arts Front is providing live captioning and Auslan signing to improve the accessibility of the Little Lunches for each session, ensuring access for both panellists and participants.

The Captioners are all arts practitioners that have offered their skills to provide this service. Introductions can be made to the Captioner team, if you would like to provide this service on your next online event. 


  • Captioners are paid $50 per hour, directly to the person who will invoice on event completion.
  • Two Captioners will be rostered on for each session and assigned 15 minute blocks to be alternated.

CONTACT: Captioners Coordinator

EMAIL: captioning@artsfront.com

First Peoples First - Acknowledging Country

Artists across the country are reporting to the UN on the Welcomes/Acknowledgements of Country they are delivering as part of their arts events. 

Image: 'Lyndon Davis, Gubbi Gubbi Dance – Welcome to Country at the Floating Land Festival 2019'. Feral Arts.

Home page for First Peoples First - Acknowledging Country
Keeping Connected

An Arts Front Action connecting artists needing financial support to stay online during the COVID-19 pandemic with people who can support them. 

Private Home page for Keeping Connected


Covid 19 - Resources, links, information


We are keen to hear your feedback and ideas on how to shape the Little Lunches project. 

  • Punctum could see and hear clearly
    by Steven Mayhew, Friday 27 March 9:53am
    27th March, 2020

    Everyone was loud & clear from Castlemaine, Victoria. We survive on a 4K wireless USB modem as we have no NBN or landline connection in the office.  That said it was a clear and sunny day here :)

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