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Could Apple be the lesser of all evils for Federation Square?

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News & Commentary |

Despite widespread criticism of building an Apple Store in Melbourne’s Federation Square, it may be the best way to safeguard its civic character argues Michelle Tabet in this article first published on the UK-based design site, Dezeeen. It is hard to dispute that Federation Square is one of Melbourne’s most successful architectural projects ever. With its angular architecture, stepped public

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Opera singers’ court win after allegations of unpaid ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ performance fees

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News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

Leading opera singers Antoinette Halloran, Jason Wasley, Andrew Jones and Jacqueline Dark have had a win in the NSW District Court after their agent took action against the producers of the inaugural Melbourne Musical Theatre Festival. The festival had cancelled a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Some Enchanted Evening in early 2017, one day into rehearsals. The singers’ agent, Patrick Togher Artists’ Management, this

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Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards announced in Brisbane

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Dance, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

The winners of the 2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were announced last night by Carrillo Gantner AO, chair of the Sidney Myer Fund at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the Australian Performing Arts Market. The winners were playwright and actor Kate Mulvaney for the Individual Award ($60,000); Nicole Beyer, the executive director of Theatre Network Australia won the

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Monash Uni launches a program of music, theatre and dance, and it looks like a year-long festival

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Dance, Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Composer and former Adelaide Festival director, Paul Grabowsky, who is also the executive director of Monash Academy of Performing Arts in Melbourne, has announced the inaugural season of MLIVE – a program of Australian and international live music, theatre and dance curated “as a cultural response to Melbourne’s diverse and open-minded communities”. “We’ve assembled an incredible line-up

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A fly on the wall at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in Brisbane

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News & Commentary |

SOFEX (Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference). The Brisbane Boat Show (most cities have one). SEXPO (apparently also known as the Health, Sexuality and Lifestyle Expo by no-one at all). It seems like there’s a grand, capitalist exhibition for every industry and angle, and the gentle enclave of the performing arts does not escape the dollar’s

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