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Festivals meet first open borders since COVID

WA’s opening up phase will coincide with its peak festival period. How are they dealing with these new horizons?


Rebuilding the performing arts: an economist weighs in

One of Australia's best economics brains looks at the good and bad news for the arts as a keynote at…


How an Australian company toured Europe mid-pandemic (plus Tubular Bells!)

Yaron Lifschitz reflects on the challenges of mounting three new works in Europe while half of Australia was in lockdown.

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20 year milestone shows independent theatre's struggle

An independent remount of a work first staged 20 years ago reveals struggles faced by artists since then.


Are local artists enough to save our festivals without international headliners?

Can 'hyperlocal' arts programming save Australia’s previously thriving festival scene? Or are audiences still looking for the big names from…


Must see performing arts of 2021: Part Two – dance and circus

Our Performing Arts Editor Richard Watts selects more of the shows he’s most excited to see in 2021.


Adelaide Fringe at 60

Over six decades to date, the Adelaide Fringe has been both a playground and a career springboard for Australian and…


Australia’s most influential circus company? The Fruities at 40

Based in the regional NSW city of Albury, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus has become a remarkable Australian success story.


Why circus arts and festivals are a match made in heaven

Contemporary circus acts now seem almost de rigueur at international arts festivals but is this just a fad, or evidence…


Strengthening the art in circus arts

Lack of funding and limited touring opportunities are restricting the artistic development of Australian circus, but new initiatives are set…

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