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Australia can seem oversaturated with festivals. But, festivals provide focused engagement with the arts world as well as endless opportunities for artists and audiences. And why put a cap on that?
How have arts festivals changed over the past decade, and what makes them unique? Brett Sheehy talks about the idiosyncratic nature of festivals from his 10 year programming perspective.
While punters attending Splendour in the Grass this weekend are likely to be much more distracted by the likes of Jack White, Lana Del Rey and The Smashing Pumpkins, an especially created and curated contemporary arts program is bound to steal some of the attention and add to the unforgettable experiences packing the three-day extravaganza.
This week the Melbourne Writers Festival unveiled its 2012 program; the siren song for Festival Director/CEO Steve Grimwade. But he’s not the only festival director to call it quits in 2012.
Things are looking a little gloomy in Melbourne. Thank goodness for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival – it’s not only lighting up winter, but also the history of this compelling inner-city street.
On the 27th January 2012, Danny Boyle, the Artistic Director of the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games, celebrated the six month count down to the Olympic Games by revealing that the occasion has been inspired by the monologue, Isles of Wonder, delivered by Caliban in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
New Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley has worked on film festivals in five continents. Now he has a chance to show how he became the festival's first non-Australian director.
The Melbourne Festival needs to find its place within the city’s vast cultural paradigm. Accepting its own attenuation and finding a place in this rich patchwork will be its greatest challenge.
The Gold Coast Film Festival, presented by Australia Fair Shopping Centre, has released the full program for the 2012 festival, which begins on April 19th. Festival Director Casey Marshall Siemer offers up her top picks.
The inaugural Perth FRINGE WORLD has finished proceedings with high fives all around. Huge audience numbers and satisfied performers mean the sky’s the limit for Australia’s newest fringe fest.
This year’s Adelaide Fringe promises to be one of the best yet. The 2012 program features a record-breaking 4,000 artists in 923 events, including 250 comedy acts, 130 theatre shows, 170 concerts, 100 cabaret shows and 110 art and design exhibitions.
The country’s oldest arts festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, is celebrating its distinguished 60-year history in 2012. Taking the reins for the first time in this auspicious year is British born Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway. If you think that the milestone would intimidate him, you’d be wrong. And boy does he have big plans.
The Sydney Festival 2012 kicks off in a month on January 7, and thirty days out Festival Director Lindy Hume is a hard woman to get a hold of. On Friday morning she’s just touched down in Brisbane for a series of meetings, and though we’ve tried to schedule a chat for 10am, her plane has been delayed.
Melbourne Festival Artistic Director, Brett Sheehy began working in the arts by writing reviews of plays. Hanging around theatre foyers immersed him in the arts industry and became the stepping stone for what has become a long and illustrious career.
As careers go in the creative industry, one might say that the role of a Festival Director is revered and thought of as even quite sexy.
Roll up! The first-ever Melbourne circus festival has come to town, with a program celebrating the achievements of NICA students past and present.
Not only is the Queensland capital enjoying a resurgence in optimism after January’s floods, the city is also surfacing culturally with a little help from performing arts veteran and Brisbane Festival Artistic Director, Noel Staunton.
Cabaret commands a certain intimacy. From dimly lit piano bars and sophisticated salons to the glittering heritage of The Butterfly Club, The Melbourne Cabaret Festival will make you feel at home.
Gertrude Street is one of Melbourne’s most profoundly dualistic strips. It is poised amongst both high art, at the centre of Fitzroy’s creative community, and cultural abscess, with giant commission flats hogging the skyline. As the heartland of a lively community, the edgy street on the city’s fringe is the ideal location for nocturnal art exhibition The Gertrude Street Projection Festival.
LITTLE BIG SHOTS FILM FESTIVAL: Launched in 2004 by a father who wanted to expose his children to a variety of international short films intended for their demographic, today Little Big Shot Film Festival is an event eagerly anticipated each June by the children and parents alike.
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