Budget 2019: Infographic on arts input into Australia


Last night’s Federal Budget once again showed the LNP ’s adhoc and grudging tolerance of the arts. The organisation representing the major performing arts companies, AMPAG, is one of nine arts sector bodies that has created an infographic showing national participation in the arts and how its economic impact contributes $4.2 billion to Australia’s GDP. According to AMPAG (it represents the 28 major performing arts companies lucky

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Sam Strong to leave Queensland Theatre

News & Commentary, Theatre |

In a surprise announcement, Queensland Theatre (QT) artistic director Sam Strong is returning home to Melbourne after just over three years at the helm of the Brisbane company. In a statement Strong said: ““I’m not going on to another company. Leadership for me at this point in my life means being more available to my family. I’m committed to

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Vallejo Gantner to head Onassis Foundation

News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Melbourne producer and former artistic associate of the Melbourne Festival, Vallejo Gantner, has been been appointed artistic and executive director of the Onassis Foundation USA based in New York. From 2005 to 2017 Gantner was artistic director of the experimental Performance Space 122 (now Performance Space New York). He was previously artistic director of the Dublin Fringe

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Mike McLeish on the ‘The Drop Off’ and the pleasures and pain of making a web series

News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

Mike McLeish, actor, singer, and music theatre star is best known for his unforgettable channelling of a charmingly Machiavellian Paul Keating in the mega-hit musical Keating. As performers have done for centuries, he and his wife – and fellow performer and writer – Fiona Harris, have had to create their own opportunities. They are now into the second series of their self-produced series The Drop Off

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Head On Festival returns in 2019

Head On 3
Festivals, News & Commentary |

The Head On photo festival returns to Sydney to celebrate its 10th anniversary this May. The festival presents curated exhibitions featuring contemporary fine art photography, portraiture and photojournalism. Features of the program include an exhibition of works by internationally celebrated German-Australian fashion photographer Helmut Newton (1920-2004), David Bowie by renowned Japanese artist Masayoshi Sukita, Walkley Award

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Parrtjima – A Festival in Light announces 2019 program

Photo Credit James Horan
Festivals |

The program for this year’s iteration of Parrtjima – A Festival in Light has been unveiled. The festival aims to showcase some of the oldest continuous cultures on Earth though the newest technology, against the backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges. Creative director Rhoda Roberts returns to curate her third Parrtjima, which this year is themed

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2019 Stella Prize longlist announced

Stella Prize
News & Commentary |

The longlist for the annual Stella Prize celebrating Australian women’s contribution to literature has been announced. This is the award’s seventh year. The longlist was drawn from over 170 entries. This year’s judges are writer, editor and award co-founder Louise Swinn, writer Michelle de Kretser, journalist and ABC presenter Daniel Browning, investigative journalist Kate McClymont and Head

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