Peter Tullin mixes art and tech to cast Melbourne as a post-Silicon Valley metropolis


The Victorian State Government’s Creative Summit 28-29 June is distinctive in as much as government, that slow beast, makes clear its intention to recognise the artist’s role as an essential, mainstream and productive member of society and the economy and not just an outlier. Big stuff does get done in summits. Summits are short, sharp and seek solutions. There’s

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Overseas visitors rate Sydney first for culture but locals say Melbourne is tops


Melbourne is used to winning the World’s Most Liveable City title and the slightly less prestigious World’s (Second) Most Fun City but a new report released this week by the Victorian Government shows that its reputation as a cultural capital needs some work as other cities catch up. According to the government’s report, Melbourne as a Global

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Hot Brown Honey review (Sydney Opera House)

Reviews, Stage |

Hot Brown Honey — the performance and party event that’s part burlesque, part cabaret, part hip-hop gig, part circus and all protest — has become a bit of a sensation over the last few years. The politically-charged show, which is the brainchild of Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers and Lisa Fa’alafi, has toured extensively and is now

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There’s a crisis in Australian musical theatre — and it’s about more than funding & support

Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

The near-total lack of homegrown musical theatre recognised in this year’s Helpmann Award nominations has been the subject of much discussion and dismay in the performing arts industry over the last few days. Plenty have criticised the Helpmanns for failing to acknowledge the work of more local creatives, but others have suggested that the result

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Slut review (Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

This production of Patricia Cornelius’s play Slut started life as a one-off staging as part of the Women in Theatre and Screen’s (WITS) Festival Fatale last year. When I reviewed that initial staging, I wrote: “I hope this production returns to Sydney at some point, because it needs to be seen.” Now the production has returned for a

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Sleeping Beauty ballet review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

TAB 1THE SLEEPING BEAUTY_Lynette Wills and Arists of The Australian Ballet. Photo Jeff Busby
Dance, Reviews, Stage |

Romantic rose ceremonies are now part of pop-culture thanks to reality TV’s The Bachelor. But The Sleeping Beauty ballet is where you’ll find the original real-deal in single-stem suspense. At her 16th birthday celebration, Princess Aurora balances on one leg, on pointe, in a tricky-to-hold ‘attitude’ position, while greeting a line-up of handsome Princes –

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The Helpmann Awards can’t be taken seriously


Like many people who work with Australia’s live performance industry, I have conflicting feelings about the Helpmann Awards. On one hand, I think it’s important to celebrate the significant achievements of a vibrant industry, and I appreciate that the Helpmann committee and Live Performance Australia try pretty hard to make a national performing arts award consistent and representative.

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My Fair Lady leads Helpmann Awards 2017 nominations: full list

News & Commentary, Stage |

Opera Australia and John Frost’s revival of My Fair Lady, directed by Dame Julie Andrews, is the front-runner for this year’s Helpmann Awards, having picked up nine nominations. But it’s a tight race in the musical theatre categories, with Book of Mormon in a close second with eight nominations, and Aladdin and Kinky Boots with seven each. Those four musicals make up the

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