Vallejo Gantner on being artistic director of the Onassis Foundation


It was mid-February in Athens and cold and sunny as we sat on the balcony of an apartment sipping cloudy ouzo and eating salty olives. Vallejo Gantner and I did this almost every afternoon to celebrate another day’s end of Athens Burns Bright; Creative Ecology Tour. “Mate, I signed the contract, it’s real, it’s happening,” Gantner said, breathing out a big

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Rebetiko Festival: nostalgia is not a dirty word

Music, News & Commentary |

Rebetien are four musicians (pictured above) from Athens who are headlining this year’s Melbourne Rebetiko Festival. I spoke to bouzouki player, vocalist and the group’s co-founder Fotis Vergopoulos as they were about to hop on a bus to Port Fairy Folk Festival and then fly to WOMAdelaide. Rebetiko began as the music of Greek refugees from the Asia Minor Catastrophe

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The immigration debate that isn’t

News & Commentary |

Immigration is what Australia has been built on and there is no indication that it will change soon regardless of recent dog whistling, writes Fotis Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the “fair dinkum” reduction of the migration ceiling from 190,000 permanent migrants to 160,000, last week. This announcement was cynical and far from ‘fair dinkum’,

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Community broadcasting goes global

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News & Commentary |

Russell Anderson the head of the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council is thrilled about the new role of independent ethnic broadcasting and digital convergence on the even of the 2018 NEMBC Conference. Next weekend, the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council, (NEMBC), is bringing together over a 150 ethnic and multicultural broadcasters at its annual

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Play On: Finding music and a new audience in an underground carpark

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Live, Music, News & Commentary |

Lydia Dobbin and her team in Play On began a minor revolution. They perform classical music by Xenakis, Mendelsohn and Britten and then follow it with a DJ who ‘navigates diverse genres and pivots towards the counter-culture’.  This concept is staged in underground car parks and other non-traditional spaces and was founded by Melbourne-based Dobbin and her co-conspirators,

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Julian Burnside on Tampa, Turnbull and the ‘unthinkably awful’ Peter Dutton

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Fotis Kapetopoulos speaks to Julian Burnside QC who will be delivering the annual Walter Lipmann Oration on Thursday, September 13 at the Melbourne Town Hall presented by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria. It is a cold, wet and dark afternoon at the lawyers’ end of Melbourne’s CBD. The office of human rights advocate and barrister Julian

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