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COVID-19 arts funding leaves smaller theatre companies in the dust

By Tessa Pelle As large-scale music, dance and theatre productions hurry to claim a $75 million COVID-19 relief fund, smaller entertainment companies are left grasping at straws for support.  Almost half of the stimulus has been allocated within the first five weeks since Create NSW launched its crisis funding for non-for-profit and commercial performing arts […]

Sydney Fringe Festival Cancelled, Again

By Rida Babar Following the rising number of COVID-19 cases in New South Wales, the Sydney Fringe Festival has cancelled its 2021 season – but there’s a bright side for those still wanting to enjoy some festival favourites. Renowned for being the state’s largest independent arts festival, the Sydney Fringe will be missed by Sydneysiders […]

The 5 best fast-tracked movies to watch this lockdown

By  Lucinda Garbutt-Young With lockdown extended until August 28, Sydney-siders need to escape from their homes.  These fast-tracked movies will give you the perfect outlet!  In the Heights  You’ve probably seen the In the Heights TikTok that’s been trending. This film is based on the musical by Hamilton writer, Lin-Manuel Miranda. The story follows a […]

Best Zoom Creativity Classes To Overcome Sydney’s Lockdown

By Gemma Billington As Sydneysiders grapple with a further month-long lockdown, many businesses have opted to transition to Zoom, offering classes right to your living room. The next four weeks could be full of potential! Whether you’re hoping to learn a new skill, meet new people or find some decent book recommendations, there’s an online […]

Greens Demand Greater Support For Artists In Lockdown

By Tessa Pelle The arts, entertainment and live music industries were some of the first hit by social distancing restrictions and continue to face further uncertainty as the Sydney lockdown drags on indefinitely. Greens MP for Balmain, Jamie Parker has backed calls for greater government support to be given to creatives affected by Sydney’s stay at […]

“User-beware” social media model to blame for anti-lockdown protest

By EVA BAXTER Reset Australia is demanding greater transparency about how Facebook’s algorithms work. Reset Australia is the local affiliate of the global initiative working to counter digital threats to democracy and society. Executive director Chris Cooper told City Hub that the anti-lockdown protest on Saturday was organised on social media. “We know that a […]

Music Industry’s ‘Rock The Vax’ Campaign Incentivises Vaccination

Golden Robot Records has taken up the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s green light for COVID-19 vaccination incentives. The company is donating a free album from their back catalogues to Aussies who prove vaccination. The Rock The Vax campaign is running until August 15th and hopes it will boost national vaccination numbers during the Sydney outbreak.  Golden […]

The Cost Of COVID: Cancelling Cultural & Creative Events

By Gemma Billington Cancellations have been rife across the arts sector amid health concerns for the growing COVID-19 delta variant outbreak throughout Greater Sydney. Greater Sydney is currently under strict stay at home orders until July 30, though as case numbers remain high, arts exhibitions, events and performances have been forced to postpone. Vivid, Opera […]

Covid-19 exposures are changing our arts community 

Close contacts are in isolation after a COVID-19 case at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital vaccination centre on July 6. Among them is Word Travels Creative Director, Miles Merrill. Merrill, who is at home with his whole family, gave insight into creative practice of his literary arts organisation during this time.  “I think the challenge... […]

Vulnerable renters put out despite reinstated ban on evictions during lockdown

By SASHA FOOT The NSW government reintroduced an eviction moratorium for renters this week. Tenants who can’t pay their rent in full due to Sydney’s lockdown cannot be evicted between now and September. However, the eviction moratorium only applies to households that can prove their income has reduced by 25% or more due to the […]