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GRAPHIC Festival Review: Sarah Blasko - Sydney Opera House (11.10.15)

Photo: Dan Boud.

On album number five, Sarah Blasko shimmies and struts to the language of love. Her recent show at the Sydney Opera House for Graphic Festival saw the world premiere and official preview of her latest offering. It was worlds apart from her previous concert at this iconic venue where she was backed by the Sydney International Orchestra. This time around it was about taut, indie pop tunes and celebrating a crazy little thing called love.

GRAPHIC Festival Review: Ólafur Arnalds - Sydney Opera House (10.10.15)

Photo Credit: Prudence Upton

One of the most anticipated musical events at the Sydney Opera House this weekend arrived as part of the House's GRAPHIC Festival, featuring acclaimed Icelandic pianist Ólafur Arnalds, accompanied by a 15 piece Orchestra and special graphics commissioned specifically for the event, produced by Máni M. Sigfússon.

Eight things we learned at Kevin Smith's "Superhero Multiverse" at the Sydney Opera House

For the second time in a week, I had the pleasure of listening to Kevin Smith talk his ass off as he winds down his Australian tour with Jason Mewes. As part of the Graphic Festival, Smith & Mewes held their final show at the iconic Sydney Opera House, talking all things film, comics and vulgar sex stories. Here are 8 things I learned.

Sydney Opera House's GRAPHIC festival returns with a huge line up led by George Miller and Kevin Smith

One of Sydney's most diverse, and celebrated festivals is back and it's returned pulling absolutely no punches, with a very big, very impressive lineup spanning the worlds of graphic storytelling, animation, and music. In it's fifth year, GRAPHIC festival will be bringing big names like George Miller, Kevin Smith, Sarah Blasko, and Ólafur Arnalds to the iconic Sydney Opera House for a unique program unlike any other on the city's rich event calender.

Graphic Festival Review: Ludovico Einaudi - Sydney Opera House (07.10.13)

Writing and performing music that may be described as pensive, emotional, and contemporary, Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi put on a powerful show at the Sydney Opera House. As part of the impressive Graphic Festival roster, it was easy to see how Einaudi’s music could be seen as cinematic, and consequently a fantastic fit for the festival that celebrates graphic storytelling, animation and music. Indeed, the performance was accompanied by visuals by Claudio Sinatti, a multimedia artist based in Milan. With a background in working with music and video, Sinatti certainly did an impressive job of accentuating the stories being told by the musicians.

Live Review: GRAPHIC Festival - Radio With Pictures ft. Don Walker, Claudia Karvan, Fenella Kernebone and more - Sydney Opera House (06.10.13)

Last year’s instalment of Radio With Pictures at Sydney’s Graphic Festival sold out and it’s easy to see why. The 90 minute show at the Sydney Opera House saw a group of compelling storytellers come together over a mutual love of radio, writing and graphics. It was a multimedia show that fed all the senses.

Live Review: GRAPHIC Festival - Wordless by Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston - Sydney Opera House (05.10.13)

It’s undeniable that Art Spiegelman is nothing short of a cartoon genius. His Pulitizer Prize-winning Maus (1991) is renowned for bringing a newfound intelligence to graphic novels, allowing the medium to gain credibility and respect. But during the performance that was Wordless, what was most striking to me was his passion for comics, cartoons and graphic novels: Spiegelman is definitely someone who is working in the right field for him.

Live Review: GRAPHIC Festival - The Cinematic Orchestra - Sydney Opera House (06.10.13)

The Cinematic Orchestra at The Sydney Opera House

The Cinematic Orchestra are a difficult act to pin down, given their fluent hybridisation of often unrelated genres. The Jason Swinscoe-led act were to take to the iconic Sydney Opera House as part of GRAPHIC Festival, and with the inclusion of the forty piece Sydney International Orchestra, the show was set to have a natural inclination towards the latter part of the British outfit’s name.

Live Review: Graphic Festival - Robot Chicken Live - Sydney Opera House (04.10.13)

Since 2005, the Comedy Channel has been the host of one of TV’s most irreverent and disturbing, but also hilarious comedy programs. Robot Chicken uses stop motion animation, toys and the twisted minds of Seth Green and Matt Senreich and their fellow animation creators to challenge the boundaries of taste. The GRAPHIC Festival showcase at the Sydney Opera House brought out the two co-creators along with Tom Root, John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner and Doug Goldstein for a talk and Q&A about Robot Chicken, the inspiration behind some of the episodes, twerking and pizza toppings.

the AU interview: Jason Swinscoe of The Cinematic Orchestra (UK)

Larry catches up with Jason Swinscoe of famed ensemble The Cinematic Orchestra to talk about their upcoming trip to Australia for GRAPHIC festival, working with The Light Surgeons for the event, their latest music and much, much more... listen on! The group will also appear at Melbourne Festival.

the AU interview: Ludovico Einaudi (Turin)

If you’ve been following and indeed getting amongst this year’s GRAPHIC Festival, then Ludovico Einaudi’s scheduled performance at the Opera House on October 7th is probably set to be one of the festival’s major highlights. The Italian musician and composer is going to be making his Australian debut with his six-piece band, performing songs from an extensive catalogue which has seen a fusion of many different musical strands come to life in an incredibly unique way. His GRAPHIC Festival show will be accompanied by the visuals of Italian artist Claudio Sinatti, opening the show up completely for interpretation.

Details on Sydney's GRAPHIC Festival revealed; Robot Chicken to perform live!

The Sydney Opera House today announced the details of the 2013 GRAPHIC Festival, set to take place over four days in October. Graphic storytellers, comics, animation, music and illustration is set to ignite the Sydney arts community, and the guests for the October 4-7 festival are seriously ones you'll want to see.

Live Review: Dr Seuss Meets Elefant Traks - GRAPHIC Festival at Sydney Opera House (11.11.12)

It was hard to know what to expect from the Elefant Traks crew when this show was hotly announced a couple of months prior. Part of Sydney Opera House’s Graphic Festival – which is essentially a festival dedicated to animation – many were excitedly curious as to how the well respected hip hop crew would create a meeting of styles between their Australian brand of hip hop and the inimitable style of Dr Seuss's characters and world.

the AU interview: Hermitude (Sydney)

This duo from the Blue Mountains are well adored. Since their inception years ago, Hermitude have been making progressive beats for an ever-growing fan base. Elke Giroux spoke to them about some of their most recent projects and Dr. Seuss.

ZZZ Collective win Graphic animation competition

Sydney Opera House announced the winner of the global animation competition, held as part of the Graphic 2011 festival of storytelling, animation and music. The $20, 000 prize was awarded to the ZZZ Collective for their film Run Amok. Their winning film can be viewed on Sydney Opera House Graphic YouTube Channel