Books & Talks

BETTY CHURCHER

Like a surgeon losing the functionality of his/her hands or a king unable to make a speech, Betty Churcher lived through the degeneration of her eyesight. Who is Betty Churcher? She was the former Director of the National Gallery of Australia, art critic at The Australian newspaper and all in all lived for the love […]

THEATRE, DEMOCRACY & THE END OF DISTRACTION

In my interview with 67-year-old Aboriginal actor Jack Charles this week, he described himself in his 20s as such, “I was political and thought of myself a useful person but I wasn’t as outspoken as I can be today. I was very shy and held back quite a bit. But theatre was the driving force […]

GUWANYI – POETRY IN THE PARK

The National Aboriginal Writers’ Festival is still a toddler at three years old but the history of Aboriginal stories and its oral tradition goes back a long time. Amidst a whole day of celebrating the best of Aboriginal literature, join Jim Everett, Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Lionel Fogarty and MC Cathy Craigie as they […]

FOSTERING A GREEN CULTURAL PRECINCT AT WALSH BAY

How do we make Walsh Bay green and colourful at the same time? Already hailed the arts hub of Sydney, Walsh Bay is the heart of arts central (amidst Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Theatre for Young People, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Regional Arts NSW, Accessible Arts, The Song Company, Gondwana […]

NATURAL CLEANING & HOME DETOX

What’s worse than cleaning toilets? Having to inhale all the juxtaposing smells from each individual cleaning product. I arm myself with eight different bottles before I get started. When did we become programmed to think that mirrors and taps need different cleaning products and it is ok to spray our homes with insecticide as long […]

LOVE, LUST & THE SCIENCE OF ATTRACTION

In the style of Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Art After Hours, the Australian Museum is bringing you art, live music, film and talks all through summer with Jurassic Lounge – an initiative by the people who bring you the annual Canadian Film Festival, The Festivalists. Enjoy a little culture after hours every Tuesday […]

HOT TIX: SHAUN MICALLEF AUTHOR TALK

No, Shaun Micallef has NOT written an autobiography or memoir although I reckon his would be a rather fascinating read in comparison to the truly mind-boggling biographies that line the “me, me, me” shelf at bookstores these days. Think Fierce by Kelly Osbourne. Really? Or Learning to Fly by Victoria Beckham. Reeeally? Micallef has taken […]

PECHA KUCHA 20×20 FOR HAITI

Like most great things in this world, Pecha Kucha 20x20 originated in the city of sensory overload, Tokyo. Since its beginnings in 2003 at famed club SuperDeluxe, Pecha Kucha 20x20 has grown into a worldwide network of architectural and design creatives, from Tokyo to Lima to lil old Sydney. The format is simple - each […]

MANDY SAYER’S AUSTRALIAN LONG STORY

Let's face it; loads of people don't make time to read novels these days. Finishing one can take months, by which time the protagonist’s name has been forgotten at least three times. Meanwhile the short story, the novel’s oft-sought alternative, can incite the feeling that life is passing too quickly. Acclaimed local author Mandy Sayer […]

TALKS: SYDNEY IDEAS

Thinking about public lectures, I find myself closing my eyes and imagining the smell of leather books, wide green lawns and twinkly eyed lecturers with loosened ties. I long to hark back to the days of great public debate, when students rioted with style and cafes were full of revolutionaries. For those of you similarly […]