Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019 review: Philip Quast Uncut

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Philip Quast with Anne-Maree McDonald at the piano, Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, June 10. One show only. There are few Australian music theatre performers as celebrated as Philip Quast, and none more modest about their accomplishments. So in this, the only performance of the world premiere of his one-person show, he seems almost startled

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Labor’s boost to the arts is welcome but our political climate does not take culture seriously

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 Jo Caust is Associate Professor and Principal Fellow (Hon), University of Melbourne Labor launched its arts policy in Melbourne on Saturday. The new policy document is called “Renewing Creative Australia”, paying homage to Labor’s two previous cultural policy documents; “Creative Nation” in 1994 and “Creative Australia” in 2013. The policy includes a commitment to restore funding

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When one art form tumbles into another: Paul Dyer and Yaron Lifschitz on English Baroque with Circa

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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa’s third collaboration, English Baroque with Circa, opens the Canberra International Music Festival tonight before visiting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Anders Furze talks to artistic directors Paul Dyer and Yaron Lifschitz. Recently, Paul Dyer, the irrepressible artistic director and co-founder of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, found himself hanging upside down on a trapeze. “There I

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Dick Diver gig review (The Tote, Melbourne)

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Sometimes the best gifts are the unexpected ones. I’d been wanting to get tickets to Dick Diver pre-Christmas shows at the Tote but they’d sold out within minutes. Resigned to missing out, I still kept my eyes peeled and happened to see a small link in a marketing email saying there was a Monday afternoon

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The Top 10 Songs of 2018

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Another year, another bumper crop of tunes. But while some years display a discernable shift in musical trends or production styles, 2018 was a year of fragmentation. Great albums were peppered out throughout the year across a broad spectrum of genres.  Drake, George Ezra, Calvin Harris and Ariana Grande were among the familiar names to

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