From warehouse to Powerhouse: Soft Centre is hard-wired for shaking up festivals format

Soft Centre feature
Festivals, News & Commentary |

The creation of co-directors Jemma Cole, Sam Whiteside and Thorsten Hertog, Soft Centre is an experimental electronic music and multidisciplinary arts festival held annually at Sydney’s Casula Powerhouse. An amalgamation of the various warehouse party communities that have marked Sydney’s underground movement in recent years, the one-day event seeks to redefine the festival experience via

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OzAsia Festival 2019 program

Vessel Yoshikazu Inoue
Festivals, News & Commentary |

Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell talks about this year’s OzAsia line-up with Murray Bramwell. * Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival has come a long way since its inception in 2006. Initiated by Adelaide Festival Centre CEO Douglas Gautier, who brought his extensive list of contacts from the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the program remained in the capable hands

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On arts and irrigation funding

News & Commentary |

Mid-summer, one of the searing images burnt into our collective memory was the millions of dead fish floating in the Darling River at Menindee. Extreme climate conditions, drought, low flows and irrigators pumping too much water upstream were all cited as factors in the devastation. The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) manages the operation of

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Australia Council’s demotion of plays and playwrights

News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

What is it about our funding bodies and media that they ignore the role of theatre and playwrights? Every other culturally expressive country in the world recognises the power of writing for live performance. From the amphitheatre at Epidaurus to upstairs at the Royal Court in London. Playwrights are at the coal face. We take big ideas, social commentary,

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Orchestrated mid-winter yearning brings music of Cave and Ellis from screen to stage

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Film, Live, Music, News & Commentary, Reviews |

Subtle notes of angst, despair and deep yearning defined a powerful union of the work of musicians Nick Cave and Warren Ellis with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in several shows at Hamer Hall at the weekend. The unique pairing showcased six of Cave and Ellis’s notable film scores as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival,

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