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This week's arts news and trending topics

We report it – you read it. This week's top arts news stories.

Pursuing a career as a dancer comes with financial burdens and an uncertain future. Two dancers wearing light brown workwear onesies in a white space. One is sitting with one foot propped up on the chair, their hand on their head, and another is standing behind in an elegant stance, extending their arms and one leg.
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'We make so many sacrifices so our girls can dance'

Dance education is in decline, with financial barriers deterring prospective students and families, finds new report.

Shadow of a woman on a stage with dramatic red lighting. Yirramboi Festival.
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6 signature projects for 2025 YIRRAMBOI festival

Cross-arts First Nations festival announces artist commissions that will define its 2025 event.

The angular buildings of Adelaide Festival Centre sit on the banks of the River Torrens, surrounded by parkland and taller buildings in the background. The photo is taken at the golden hour in late afternoon, and the buildings are blurrily reflected in the river.
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Adelaide Festival Centre theatres to temporarily close in 2025

Upgrades to the Space Theatre, Dunstan Playhouse and Festival Theatre from July 2025 onwards mean the theatres will be dark…

Lighting designer Paul Jackson nominated in the 2024 APDG Awards for 'Do Not Go Gentle', Sydney Theatre Company. A stage set lit in blue light depicting a group of five people huddling and finding their way in a harsh snowy landscape.
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Opportunities and awards

Matched funding opportunities, plus shortlist and nominees unveiled for Emerging Writers' Awards, Art Music Awards, National Architecture Awards and Bowness…

Australia has many opportunities for playwrights. This photo is of a simple office desk, with a computer, open notepad, and tea cup.
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Exciting opportunities for playwrights

Hardly any theatre companies will accept unsolicited scripts. Most playwrights make their way through prizes and programs. We've gathered this…

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Theatre review: A Streetcar Named Desire, Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne

The MTC's take on Williams' 20th century classic impresses, but lacks genuine menace.

Two men are holding up paper puppets that are dressed in the same clothing as they are. Hare Brain.
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Theatre review: Hare Brain, Claremont Show Grounds, Perth

Inanimate objects came to life in this rendition of the hare and the tortoise tale.

A woman wearing a cardboard crown. She has a black top over a light blue skivvy. La Belle Epoque.
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Theatre review: La Belle Epoque, Theatre Works

A multimedia play that interweaves different art forms to tell the story of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A woman wearing a fancy ruffly red dress and tiny matching hat is standing in front of a pop art sign that says 'Popera.' She has one arm stretched out.
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Performance review: Popera: Sex, Death & Politics, The Butterfly Club

Uma Dobia plays a feminist icon in 'Popera', ready to stamp out opera’s entrenched sexism in sparkly knee-high boots.

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