This week’s arts news

What's on, what's in the headlines, and the latest program releases – to put you ahead of the game this week.

We’ve recapped the hottest headlines, announcements and arts news that shaped the zeitgeist this past week.

CLASH OF WRITERS FESTIVALS: On 19 October Melbourne Writers Festival announced their 2023 dates: 4 – 7 May. Usually held later in the calendar year (the 2022 MWF ran from 3-12 September), the new dates directly overlap with Bendigo Writers Festival. The latter immediately voiced their frustration on social media, saying ‘We are so disappointed by @MelbWritersFest move, can’t fathom why they’d do it’. Many commenters, including writers, authors and speakers, also questioned MWF’s decision on Twitter, pointing out that this ultimately bars both writers and visitors from attending both festivals.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.