Mavis Staples performs at SXSW and talks about seeing her documentary "Mavis!" for the first time.


This morning at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, a packed out Paramount Theatre enjoyed the World Premiere of the new music documentary Mavis!, telling the story of the legendary Mavis Staples.

Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular returning to Australia in 2015!

First appearing on Earth 230 million years ago, the beasts known as dinosaurs were stunningly recreated for the theatrical stage show 'Walking With Dinosaurs' and brought to Australia in 2007. Eight years later, these dinosaurs will once again roam Australian soil in March 2015 across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle and Perth.

The 2014 Age Music Victoria Award Winners are...

Daddy Cool and an all-star cast of Victoria’s finest musicians gathered last night to wow a capacity crowd at The Age Music Victoria Awards at 170 Russell, with Daddy Cool playing a nostalgic and note perfect greatest hits set after their induction to The Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame. Other award night highlights included Ed Nimmervoll’s induction to the Hall of Fame by Russell Morris, who also performed on the night along side Davey Lane, Jess Cornelious, Ash Naylor, Stonefiled and Henry Wagons.

Australia Council For The Arts announces details of their New Grants Model at AWME in Melbourne

"A culturally ambitious nation" is the phrase that the Australia Council for the Arts are using to encapsulate the biggest changes to the way the Council issues grants in some 40 years. From structural changes to a new skill based board, the Council went through the finer details of their plans at a special panel during AWME (The Australiasian Worldwide Music Expo) in Melbourne over the weekend.

Line up for 2015 Perth International Arts Festival announced

Last week the line-up for the 63rd Perth International Arts Festival was released to the world. It will be the final year in charge for Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway and he certainly seems to determined to leave on a high; with a staggeringly diverse and exciting cultural feast of theatre, music, visual arts, literature and movies.

Foster Band Competition Winners Announced for the Falls Music & Arts Festival!

The Falls Music & Arts Festival is a world-class line-up of music, comedy and arts in a relaxed festival environment. The festivals most popular competition to date has been The Falls Music & Arts Festival’s 2014 Foster A Band Initiative, which had over 4000 votes via the festival’s website selecting who they wanted to see hitting the Marion Bay stage this summer alongside the likes of Alt-J, The Presets, Vance Joy, and many more!

Award winning NY production "Here Lies Love" secured for Vivid Sydney 2015, auditions opening in October!

Andrew Stoner, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, today announced that the award-winning production of Here Lies Love has been secured as the theatrical centerpiece of Sydney's Vivid Festival in 2015! The New York original, penned by Talking Heads' David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, retraces the journey of Imelda Marcos - from the Filipina First Lady's rise to power, to her descent following the People Power's Revolution. Incorporating music, choreography and an incredibly 360-degree scenic and video environment, Here Lies Love is set to be one of the drawcards of the festival program next year for sure.

World premiere of Opera "Floods" to tour Queensland through September and October.

The world premiere of Floods will take place across Queensland throughout September and October. Floods is an Australian opera inspired by the people who lived through the devastating floods of 2011.

The 2014 Melbourne Festival reveals program!

Melbourne will be overtaken by some true gems of the arts world and industry when the 2014 Melbourne Festival kicks off this October. Running from the 10th through to the 26th, the Melbourne Festival's program this year is representative of a carefully curated vision, specific to the city. In its 29th year in 2014, the Melbourne Festival is set to highlight global circus from Europe, North America, Asia and on the Australian homefront too, with the likes of Cirque Eloizre, Dislocate and more all on the program. Its contemporary music program for 2014 is also impressive, with events set to draw hundreds in from all areas of the community.

Bill Bailey's 'Limboland' show bringing him to Australia this October and November!

One of our favourite comics and actors Bill Bailey is returning to Australia with a new show in 'Limboland'! The tour is an extensive one too, so there are ample opportunities to see Bailey onstage - kicking off in Perth in October and continuing through until it wraps in November in Launceston. 'Limboland' is about the gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they actually are - with Bailey known for delivering witty and razor sharp material which is as intelligent as they are hilarious, you can bet these 'Limboland' shows are going to be nothing short of great.

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman bringing Mythbusters to Australian stages in August!

The brains behind Mythbusters are going to be bringing the chaos fans love to Australian stages next month! Both Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will be presenting 'Mythbusters: Behind the Myths' - an evening of on stage experiments, audience involvement and a cool behind the scenes look at the smash hit show! Touring Australia for the first time, this is sure to be a popular one for fans to be involved in - don't miss out!

Rhys Darby set for run of Australian shows in October!

'...and Murray? Present'. Rhys Darby, NZ comedian and everyone's favourite band manager has been confirmed to appear in Sydney as part of 'Just For Laughs' this October, but for all those fans of Flight of the Conchords and his work in Yes Man and The Boat That Rocked who can't get to the Opera House, Darby has announced two shows which will bring him to Perth and Brisbane!

Black Sabbath collaborate with Converse on three new Chuck Taylor All Star styles

Iconic brand Converse are known for collaborating with artists of all inclinations, creating some of the most accessible and fun footwear all over the globe. The latest addition to their Fall 2014 catalogue is no exception; the brand has once again collaborated with landmark rockers Black Sabbath for three new styles inspired by different facets of the band's prolific career.

New Orleans Jazz Fest broadcast brings a star-studded lineup, while Jazz Fest craft artists are to feature in new exhibition!

The countdown for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, lovingly known as the New Orleans Jazz Fest, is officially on as we near ever more to the April 25th kick off! Some exciting announcements have made their way out of the camp, which are sure to add to the rapidly growing momentum which surrounds the festival itself.

Arts News Weekly: 30th March 2014

In This Issue: Jason Scott Lee joins Melbourne production of The King & I, second run of GREASE shows announced for Melbourne, nominations for NSW's Premier's History Awards open, ACMI to host new DreamWorks exhibition, DARK MOFO no longer heading into Launceston, Bangarra farewells Deborah Brown, Metamorphosis Theatre Company's Idaho coming to Melbourne; Nick Parnell bringing special show to Sydney in May