This week’s arts news and trending topics

What's in the headlines and what people are talking about in the arts this week.
A man sits with one leg crossed over the other on a wooden chair in an empty warehouse. His face is obscured by the newspaper he is reading. The newspaper is on fire, suggesting he is reading this week's hottest arts news.

Which stories caught our readers’ eyes in the last week? The announcement of a major new Egyptian blockbuster was the week’s number one story, with other topics attracting attention including the premiere of a new Australian musical at Brisbane Festival, a cross-sector study of audience engagement trends, and a focus on the biennial Yellamundie Festival.

Largest loan of Egyptian artefacts from British Museum to land in Australia

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts