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So called ‘long-COVID’ is not just a malaise confined to bodily health and mental well being. The effects of the pandemic and various lockdowns will be felt for years if not decades to come, despite the appearance of a somewhat superficial return to normality. One of the hardest areas hit has been the entertainment and […]

Inner West Council to invest in local music and film festival

By Patrick McKenzie Inner West Council has voted unanimously to invest in a raft of new COVID-safe outdoor community events, in a bid to provide more support to the local arts and culture sector. The vote came during a Council meeting on Tuesday evening, where Labor Councillor Chloe Smith moved a motion to build on […]


When television began in Australia back in 1956 it was all very innocent and polite – a technological and entertainment novelty rather than a force for social change. We had variety shows, the Three Stooges, Our Gang, Disneyland, a bunch of American sitcoms, a nightly news service and the ‘epilogue’ at midnight when stations shut […]

Anthony Callea Contracts COVID

On Wednesday night Anthony Callea took to Instagram to announce that he is the latest Australian celebrity to be diagnosed as COVID positive. In his post Callea explained the moment he noticed symptoms, "woke up around 6am Sunday morning in the most excruciating pain. My head felt like it was about to combust, my throat, […]

King Street Carnival postponed, again

Newtown's three-day music and arts festival, the King Street Carnival, is the latest victim of the Omicron outbreak sweeping New South Wales. This marked the second time the festival has faced a delay, with organisers saying on Instagram "we don't feel that now is the right time to be bringing large crowds into the local community." […]

Omicron spoils NYE plans across Sydney

By EVA BAXTER Sydneysiders are being forced to change plans and businesses are cancelling New Year’s Eve events as cases of Omicron soar. Long lines have formed at PCR testing clinics over the festive season, with some clinics closed or operating on reduced hours until January 4th. Sonya queued for three hours at RPA to […]


Their democratic right to protest aside, many would regard the ragtag collection of protestors who have turned out regularly for the anti-lockdown protests as serial pests. The same faces, spruiking the same agendas, regularly appear at the Sydney and Melbourne protests and unmasked, they have no problem being documented by the media.  Whether frustration with […]

Inner West pharmacies begin vaccinating against COVID after months wait

By EVA BAXTER Metropolitan Pharmacy Services in Leichhardt began administering AstraZeneca vaccines on Monday, August 9th. Jessica Ayoub, a pharmacist at MPS, told the Independent the demand has forced them to run on Wednesday and Friday, instead of only on Monday and Tuesday as originally planned. “This came straight out of a customer’s mouth, ‘I […]

What’s happened to our independent theatre makers?

By Lucinda Garbutt-Young It’s been over a year since independent theatre companies had to close their doors for the first time. After the stickiness of job loss dried up, it seems we almost stopped talking about the struggles of Sydney's smaller creatives.  Perhaps we forgot the 12% job loss that occurred between March and September […]

Keeping the kids entertained during lockdown? Here’s what you can do. 

As Greater Sydney hits the middle of our projected lockdown period, many parents are stretching for things to keep the kids busy. It’s no easy task. If you’re working from home, with your kids bouncing around, this might seem almost impossible.  We have a list of some of the best things you can get your […]