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Win tickets to the Australian Ballet’s ‘Murphy’ in Sydney

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The Australian Ballet is presenting the lavish and thrilling Murphy, a tribute in dance to the legendary dancer and choreographer Graeme Murphy in Melbourne this month and Sydney next month. In his 50 plus year career, Murphy has choreographed and directed dozens of dance and opera productions around the world with his signature physicality, humour and an unwavering commitment to

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Guess who’s going to the Venice Biennale?

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News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

The Australia Council announced the Australian artist to represent Australia at Venice Biennale 2019 this morning with a selection panel headed by artist Callum Morton choosing his Anna Schwartz Gallery stablemate, Angelica Mesiti. The curator of her show will be Juliana Engberg. The pair were selected by Morton and his panel as Australia’s representation at the 58th International

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Longlist for the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards announced

Books, News & Commentary |

The Australian Publishers Association has announced the longlist for 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). The list was voted for by the ABIA Academy, a group of publishers, booksellers, agents, media and industry representatives. A shortlist will be released on April 19 with the winners announced on May 3. ABIA LONGLIST 2018  Biography Book of the Year ·         A

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The 2018 Stella Prize shortlist of six announced

News & Commentary |

The annual Stella Prize celebrating female writers has announced its shortlist from a longlist of 12 books and more than 170 original entries. The winner of the award, who will receive $50,000, will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney on April 12. Each shortlisted author receives $3000 in prize money, as well as a three-week writing retreat on the

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Australia Council Awards recipients announced for 2018


The Australia Council has announced the 2018 recipients of Australia Council award which “recognise and celebrate the significant contributions of leading artists to the artistic and cultural vibrancy of the nation”. The winners, nominated by industry peers, are: Bruce Pascoe (VIC) – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature Liza Lim (VIC) – Australia

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Win a $110 DVD pack: Shot Caller, Machete Kills, Transport 3, Transporter Refuelled, Red, 44 Inch Chest, Red and In Bruges


If you like prison movies, then this one is for you. In Shot Caller, Jacob Harlon (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones) is a successful businessman “who after killing a man in a DUI car accident is sent to a maximum security prison where he soon realises he must adapt or die’’. And like all good prison

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Rebetiko is the music of the poor, the broken, the disaffected, the exiled; and it’s thriving again

Live, Music, News & Commentary, Recorded |

Con Kalamaras is the director of the inaugural Melbourne Rebetiko Festival at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday, March 10.  The afternoon and evening festival features Pliri Ntaxei (Greece) pictured above, Chrysoula K and Purpura (Greece), Zourouna,  Melbourne Rebetiko Ensemble, Pascal Latra and the Philhellenes, Melbourne Bouzouki Orchestra with Dean Georgalas and the Manasis School of Greek and Dance Culture. We asked Kalamaras to explain Rebetiko – often

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