Arts

6 Events not to miss as Perth Festival celebrates local artists and stories in 2021

November 26, 2020

With international travel still on hold, Australia’s summer arts festival have a distinctly local flavour this year. The freshly announced program for Perth Festival 2021, for example, is focused on celebrating and contemplating Western Australian artists, creatives, and landscapes, in all aspects this summer. Built around the theme of “Bilya”, meaning river, the 2021 festival will […]

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Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival 2021: An all-Australian and Covid-safe celebration

November 23, 2020

Sydney is to be the canvas for 24 days of culture, fun and artistry once again, with Sydney Festival set to start the new year from 6-26 January 2021. The 2021 program has been specially curated to showcase all things “Australian made”, with artistic director Wesley Enoch and his team lining up 130 events celebrating […]

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Surry Hills hotspot The Clock Hotel gets arty with Bombay Sapphire and local creatives

October 28, 2020

Though we weren’t able to attend Vivid this year, Surry Hills’ The Clock Hotel are putting on their luminous art exhibition in partnership with Bombay Sapphire, hosting the alluring “RE-CLAIMED”. Prepare for an an enigmatic light and sound experience created by Sydney artist Sam Whiteside and design-driven creative studio Babekuh.  The Clock Hotel will, temporarily, become […]

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Ball Park Music

Album of the Week: Ball Park Music are back and bloody glorious on their new self titled LP (2020 LP)

October 22, 2020

There’s a strange level of satisfaction reviewing a new album for such a universally loved band like Ball Park Music. It’s like listening to the news that your best friends are getting married, that you’re going to become a parent for the first time or that the coronavirus has been eradicated. It’s pure, unadulterated excitement, […]

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Ladies Who Sing Leonard to feature 16 of the best female vocalists paying tribute to Leonard Cohen

October 21, 2020

The Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM) have prepared a special event to wrap up their Homeward Bound series. Ladies Who Sing Leonard will feature 16 of the world’s best female vocalists paying tribute to the legendary Leonard Cohen. The event will take place on November 7, coinciding with the fourth anniversary of the […]

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Word Travels’ Story Week returns for a virtual festival this November

October 15, 2020

Next month Australia’s largest performing writer’s program, Word Travels’ Story Week returns. Running from November 6th to 14th, this year’s program will be entirely virtual and feature a range of international and Australian guests and performers.  This year’s line-up explores themes of race, ancestry, identity and more. “The global pandemic has had a large impact […]

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‘Looking Past the Pandemic’ with Bridgette Meinhold from Park City, Utah

October 7, 2020

Keeping travel dreams alive and setting goals has never felt more important. We can all agree that 2020 has been an unfortunate year so far, and almost every facet of daily life has been wrought by this ongoing global pandemic, the start of which now feels like forever ago. The arts has been one of […]

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Know Before You Go: Van Gogh Alive is Sydney’s new “it” exhibition

September 23, 2020

With COVID-19 cases low, more people in Sydney are looking to get back to a sense of normalcy, alongside, of course, common sense practices to avoid further restrictions and keep the community safe. And that’s great news for Australian company Grande Exhibitions, who have created and, across 50 cities, shaped the innovative, multi-sensory art experience […]

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‘Looking Past the Pandemic’ with Leah Doeland from Port Macquarie, NSW

September 21, 2020

Keeping travel dreams alive and setting goals has never felt more important. We can all agree that 2020 has been an unfortunate year so far, and almost every facet of daily life has been wrought by this ongoing global pandemic, the start of which now feels like forever ago. The arts has been one of […]

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Northern Territory’s ‘Parrtjima – A Festival in Light’ can now be experienced online

September 14, 2020

The spectacular annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light is now in full force, taking over the Red Centre of Northern Territory with a dazzling light display of various installations and artworks. Located in Alice Springs Desert Park, the lively art and light festival has now been firmly established as one of Australia’s best and […]

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Film production set to ramp up in Australia as Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis gets underway in Queensland

September 10, 2020

“We’re back to, as Elvis liked to say, ‘taking care of business’”. And with that statement, Oscar-nominated director Baz Luhrmann once again controls the reins of Elvis, a musical drama detailing the life and music of the iconic Elvis Presley. After an unexpected delay in filming due to the unprecedented world events, cameras will roll […]

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Interview: MasterChef alumni Matt Sinclair shares his tips and techniques on all things beef

September 10, 2020

As warmer weather approaches, what better way to celebrate spring than a good old fashioned BBQ or cooking up a Sunday roast? The AU Review spoke with MasterChef finalist and restaurant owner of Sum Yung Guys, Matt Sinclair, who enlightened us with his knowledge of the best beef cuts and cooking techniques. From slow braising, […]

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The 2020 Queer Screen Film Festival goes online

September 8, 2020

This year’s annual Queer Screen Film Festival, the little sister to February’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, will be held entirely online, allowing for anyone across the country to join the celebration. Running across 11 days from Thursday 17 September to Sunday 27 September, this year’s program features over 40 feature films, documentaries and shorts. With […]

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Win a double pass to see Van Gogh Alive at Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney

September 1, 2020

Van Gogh Alive is a large-scale, multi-sensory experience that has been seen by over 6 million people across 50 cities around the world including Rome, Milan, Berlin, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Moscow and many more. Finally, it comes to Sydney as a massive socially distanced, COVID-safe event. Van Gogh Alive will be held at Royal Hall […]

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Gold Coast’s Home of the Arts announces new details of $60.5 million HOTA gallery

July 28, 2020

Gold Coast’s impactful Home of the Arts (HOTA) has now confirmed the 20 Australian artists that will make up the inaugural exhibition program for the venue’s new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery in April 2021. Although it feels like forever away right now, the energetic cultural precinct is looking forward to next year [as we all […]

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Carriageworks to reopen with major installation by Giselle Stanborough

July 28, 2020

After the great news that Carriageworks had been saved with the support of a group of donors, the Sydney art institution has officially announced Friday 7th August as a reopening date. And with the space once again being open to the public, comes new commissions that’ll take over the space as part of the ongoing […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival launch their 2020 program – MIFF 68 ½

July 16, 2020

In a bid to maintain the state of cinema and reimagine the festival mind-frame, the Melbourne International Film Festival has launch MIFF 68½, an online curated program that’ll allow home-bound Melburnians the chance to experience the festival’s intended 2020 line-up. Running from the 6th-23rd August 2020, MIFF 68½ will showcase 113 films across its schedule – […]

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Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea 2020 announces more than 100 exhibiting artists

July 15, 2020

Following a solid response from artists around the world, this year’s Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi has confirmed that more than 100 artists have been selected for the iconic outdoor exhibition. As one of the first major public arts events in Sydney since the Covid-19 lockdown, Sculpture by the Sea is currently scheduled to […]

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Interview: Sydney Festival’s new director Olivia Ansell talks direction, music and untold stories

July 9, 2020

Through some temporal wizardry, January 2020 simultaneously feels like yesterday, and many years ago. COVID-19 and its resulting lockdowns has confused our sense of time and wreaked havoc on the numerous industries that define Australia. The arts has been a most prominent victim of this ongoing global pandemic, but that won’t stop the tenacious scene […]

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The story behind Paddington’s ambitious new mural: Renegades of Funk

July 3, 2020

Sydney-based outsider artist Joel Veness has examined the idea of isolation and grown it into the city’s newest large-scale mural, adding a meaningful and provocative piece to the inner-city’s growing collection of street art. Although Melbourne nears monopoly when it comes to discussions about street art in Australia, works like this are important to spread […]

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Iso sensation Nat’s What I Reckon is hitting the road for a huge Australian tour

June 24, 2020

Comedian and YouTube sensation Nat’s What I Reckon has built up quite the profile based off his hilarious, straight-shooting, shit-pasta-sauce-hating cooking videos. As iso upped the demand for cooking videos, his blunt approach and cuss-heavy humour quickly positioned him as one of 2020’s brightest stars. Now, that star is hitting the road. Though Nat had […]

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Parrtjima – A Festival in Light dates confirmed for September 2020

June 22, 2020

Now that domestic flights are being heavily discounted, Australian who have all this pent-up wanderlust brimming about need to make a decision on which parts of the country they want to explore in the coming months. The Northern Territory should benefit greatly from this, especially now that it has been confirmed that the state will […]

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10 of the Best Immersive Online Experiences to be enjoyed from home

June 18, 2020

With international travel off the cards for the moment, virtual exploration has grown in popularity. From museums, galleries, and immersive documentaries, the world is full of wonders even if viewed on the screens of our electronic devices. So please sit back, relax and be inspired by art, institutions and our incredible planet.  Beneath The Waves […]

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Biennale of Sydney

22nd Biennale of Sydney will reopen mid-June and extend to September

May 27, 2020

Along with reopening of restaurants across New South Wales, it appears the 22nd Biennale of Sydney has plans on welcoming art lovers back to its full public program. The free contemporary art exhibition, which takes place across various Sydney art institutions, will reopen from 16th June with its entire collection of more than 700 artworks […]

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Sydney Fringe partners with international festivals to present digital global fringe festival

May 26, 2020

Yesterday, Sydney Fringe Festival became one of the latest victims of the COVID-19 lockdowns, announcing that its September 2020 run would be cancelled. Festival CEO Kerri Glasscock said: “We are devastated not to be presenting our annual festival but the uncertainty and risk no longer make it viable for us proceed this year. Instead of […]

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Howlite

Exclusive Single Premiere: Howlite “Infancy” (2020)

May 14, 2020

Melbourne band Howlite make their return this week, with new single “Infancy”. Offering insight into their forthcoming EP Not Here, the single sees the trio venturing into the territory of “dark” other-worldly pop. We’re excited to bring you this exclusive first listen ahead of tomorrow’s official release date.  Alison Thom’s beguiling vocal is what immediately […]

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MIFF introduce Digital Film Festival 68½

May 7, 2020

In the face of the global disruption to the entertainment market, the film industry is finding new and innovative ways to keep cinema enthusiasts connected, and today the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) announced MIFF 68½ – a reimagined celebration of film online. Following the festival’s cancellation, MIFF Artistic Director Al Cossar and his team […]

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The Valla

Exclusive Single Premiere: The Valla “Ice Cream” (2020)

May 5, 2020

One of London’s latest up-and-coming indie rockers, The Valla, will be releasing their brand new single, “Ice Cream” tomorrow. Before its official release we’re stoked to bring you this exclusive first taste of the feel good track.  Recorded and produced by Andy Hall Hall (Bastille), the single is the band’s first of the year, and […]

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Interview: Sarah Marriott gives us the lowdown on Lounge Room Sessions

April 8, 2020

With venues across the country closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, performers are looking to digital platforms to share their creativity. Enter Sarah Marriott and an exciting new project, dubbed Lounge Room Sessions. With more than 2,000 tuning into the first event last weekend, Lounge Room Sessions are already off to a flying start. Fronted by […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: A Better You is a charming, self-reflective look on the social-media age

April 8, 2020

*Due to the current global crisis the planned 2020 Tribeca Film Festival has been postponed. The AU Review has been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. A commentary on the so-called perfection of social media, Eamonn Murphy‘s quirky short A Better You is […]

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