Asian arts extravaganza challenges our Anglocentric status quo – The Age

Singaporean experimental music legend Margaret Leng Tan teams with local avant-garde theatre mavericks Chamber Made for Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep, a hybrid of spoken and recorded text, video projections, and music for toy piano and percussion.

Acclaimed Balinese artist Kamila Andini will adapt her award-winning film The Seen and Unseen to the stage, with the assistance of one of our most stylish independent theatre directors, Adena Jacobs, and designer Eugyeene Teh.

And Armstrong is proud …

The Neighbourhood At La Boite Presents Stories Without Borders – scenestr

In times of ever-increasing states of diversity and the world progressing somewhat towards globalisation, it comes at the perfect time that ‘The Neighbourhood’, a brand-new play about intimate storytelling which transports the audience across borders within the walls of La Boite, should be ready to share some of the stories of the people who make up the diversified culture of our communities.


With so many different themes of journeys, experience, and a sense of community, …

Hunter Hands of Hope founder Melissa Gontier named Cessnock’s Citizen of the Year – Cessnock Advertiser

Hunter Hands of Hope president Melissa Gontier was recognised for her dedication to helping homeless people when she was named citizen of the year at Cessnock’s Australia Day awards on Sunday. Ms Gontier was absent from the ceremony at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre as she was unwell, and was presented with her award at the council chambers on Tuesday morning. She was surprised and honoured to receive the award. “I love what I do, and…

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J-Wire extends congratulations to all members of the Jewish community who have been honoured their country…and we now have added those not mentioned on our initial list…Peter Fritz AO, Bobbi Mahlab AM, Julie Steiner AM, Judith Ferber OAM and Bob Selinger OAM.

OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL …

Vanessa Amorosi and Adam Liaw to headline 2020 National Multicultural Festival – The RiotACT

National Multicultural Festival. Photo: Supplied.

Australian icon Vanessa Amorosi and former MasterChef winner Adam Liaw will headline this year’s National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people annually to celebrate diversity in the capital.

The 24th instalment is set to turn the heart of Canberra into a profusion of sounds, sights and smells with hundreds of stalls selling local delicacies, and both local and international acts taking over the capital towards …

‘You’re not from Australia’: Labor’s multiculturalism reboot – Sydney Morning Herald

Dr Aly, the first Muslim woman to be elected to federal Parliament, told The Sun-Herald and Sunday Age it was time to revisit what multiculturalism “actually means”.

“It’s no longer just about celebrating our cultural diversity one day a year by dipping your sausage roll in soy sauce,” she said. “It actually has significant impacts on people’s lives as well.”

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In the wake of its devastating 2019 election loss, the Labor Party is prioritising …

Mazal tov to our Australia Day honorees! – The Australian Jewish News

2020 Australia Day Honours recipients:

OFFICER OF THE ORDER (AO)

Ilana ATLAS, NSWFor distinguished service to the financial and manufacturing sectors, to education, and to the arts.

Professor Roy ROBINS-BROWNE, VIC For distinguished service to medical education and research in the field of microbiology and immunology, and to professional groups.

Professor Rachelle BUCHBINDER, VICFor distinguished service to medical education in the fields of epidemiology and rheumatology, and to professional associations.

Peter FRITZ AM, NSW For distinguished service to business, particularly to information …

It’s not just Australia Day — national holidays are ‘almost always political’ – ABC News

Australia Day, which commemorates the landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, has become a source of deep division and debate.

In recent years many have called for a new national holiday that respects the experience of Indigenous Australians — though others believe the January 26 date should stay put.

And while few other national days attract the same controversy as Australia Day, the politics around the celebration are an example of a global …

What to See at Perth Festival 2020 – Broadsheet

Perth Festival kicks off next month with one of the 66-year-old event’s most ambitious programs yet. Incoming Perth-born artistic director Iain Grandage has centred his maiden program on the theme Karla, a Noongar word meaning “fire”, with a renewed focus on First Nations productions.

The festival opens on February 7, with eight of its 24 days dedicated to Indigenous-only programming, including a landmark Noongar language adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a mixed-genre celebration of the music …

Confused or Uneasy About How to Commemorate Australia Day? The Sydney Festival Director is Here to Help. – Broadsheet

Last year on January 25, 4000 people gathered at Barangaroo from dusk until dawn the following day to reflect on what life was like before the First Fleet landed on these shores on January 26 – now officially commemorated as Australia Day. Sydney Festival director Wesley Enoch invited Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians alike to consider our country’s Aboriginal heritage, as well as the impact of colonial institutions and multicultural migration. It wasn’t a protest or …