This week we take a look at the politics behind gender and technology. Global politics are constantly shaping artists and the work they produce, and this week we have an opportunity to see what makes them tick.
With Valentine’s day and Mardi Gras aligning it’s the season of love, so this week’s Culture Guide explores some of the most tantalising art and theatre that will make your heart skip a beat.
“Dance is forever rediscovered in its sharing,” noted Amrita Hepi. A Bundjulung and Ngapuhi dancer and choreographer who is invested in getting others to move, Hepi has been doing a lot of sharing, and a lot of discovering.
If you could name one Australian act that has shaped 21st century music globally, it would be hard not to pick Melbourne outfit The Avalanches. Their two albums, Since I left You (2000) and Wildflower (2016) have been critical and commercial successes, and the sixteen years between releases are the stuff of legend.
Australian indie-rock duo Little May have undergone a significant change since their 2015 album For The Company. With the departure of the then trio’s bassist Annie Hamilton, their sound has transformed from slow and powerfully emotive rock, influenced by The National, to a new sound of fizzy production, shimmery guitars and thumping drums.
The effect of having a city with restricted opportunities to play music live, and club-focused, electronic music in particular does not just result in the headline grabbing club closure announcements but the slow deterioration of creative opportunities for the sector as a whole.
In a gloriously sweaty Oxford Art Factory last Wednesday night, YouTube-born eclectic pop sensation Clairo floated onto the stage with her air of unwaveringly cool energy and rebellious self-confidence.
Since its inception in 2017, meal delivery service Soulara has been filling the gap in the market for plant based, ready-made meals. The brainchild of founder Yuki Thomas, Soulara was created to “challenge the conventional idea that plant-based diets are bland or un-inspiring.”
For the second year running, Aperture Australia will introduce audiences to the breadth of the photographic industry. Taking place at the Sydney International Convention Centre over the weekend of June 22-23, speakers and events will cover landscape, documentary, wildlife and artistic forms of photography.
Having continually expanded over the past ten years, Head On Photo Festival is celebrating its largest program yet for this year’s iteration. Taking place for two weeks in May, the program currently includes photographic icons such as fashion photographer Helmut Newton and Masayoshi Sukita, who created some of the most iconic portraits of David Bowie.
In the 2017 film Kodachrome, which followed a dying father and his son as they drove to Dwanye’s Photo, the last place that still developed the iconic Kodachrome film, the father Ben says, “People are taking more pictures now than ever before, billions of them, but there are no slides, no prints.
Opening proceedings last night in the band room of the Lansdowne Hotel, comedian Matt Okine recalled, “I remember moving down to Sydney eleven years ago and thinking this was the greatest city in the world … it was a place where anything could happen at any time.”
The Southern Highlands has found a symbiosis between bucolic ideals and fresh, creative spirit. Located just over an hour's drive from Sydney, the region provides the perfect escape from the city: follow up idyllic nature walks with a glass of wine overlooking terraced vines, dine at hatted farm-to-table restaurants, trawl through art galleries and explore the best brunch spots during your stay in the Highlands.
While news of Sydney’s music venues can often read like the obituaries pages, today’s announcement comes with a bit more vigour. After closings its doors for the last time early last year, the venue once known as The Basement will re-open, thanks to the duo that keeps applying a defibrillator to Sydney’s nightlife, shocking it back into life.
While Seoul is rapidly making its way to the top of any discerning traveller’s bucket-list of cities for its incredible food scene and world class fashion boutiques, it is also the place to be for all things design. Of course, this is not surprising. For a city that prides itself on being achingly hip and always ahead of the curve technologically, slick design is a must.
As we welcome the year of the pig, Sydney will be awash in various celebrations of colour, light, sound and flavour. While the first day of the new year is Tuesday, February 5, many events will run for the week surrounding the date, offering multiple opportunities to enjoy.
Last Tuesday, the categories and world-class music acts appearing at Australia’s biggest vogue ball, Sissy Ball, were revealed. Presented by Sydney Mardi Gras and Red Bull Music, Sissy Ball will take to the Carriageworks runway on Saturday, February 23.
“The same way as the painters were the leaders in changing the discourse around what painting could be, these artists are changing the discourse around what sound could be.” That’s the view of Jonathan Wilson, program producer for the Masters of Modern Sound, who has assembled the leading edge of Australian and international ambient music to accompany the Masters of Modern Art exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.
In their final show of 2018, Prada’s Priscillas delivered a thrill-a-minute tour de force in drag artistry with a stocking full of tongue in cheek Christmas merriment to boot. Performing at Kingsford Leagues Club to a sold-out audience comprised of people from various generations and backgrounds …
There are two ways to enter Usfin Atelier. From the street frontage, you wind up a set of wooden stairs with high, chestnut coloured balustrades. Framed images of workers from the early 20th century ring the stairwell as light pours in from above. Entering the second floor a warren of offices spreads out, each simply marked by a plaque at the entrance.
Australia’s largest short film competition is back for its 28th year in 2019, running from January 11 to 20 at Sydney’s Bondi beach. Set to screen the best short films from across the globe in the Bondi Pavilion, FLiCKERFEST received over 2500 entries this year, with the best 100 selected for screening.