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Maori artist brings Australia's colonial history to life in 25-metre video installation

New Zealand multimedia artist Lisa Reihana is in Australia to unveil her collection of work - including her striking 25-metre video installation In Pursuit of Venus (infected). Reihana, who is of Maori and British descent, loves to explore how identity and history are represented through her artworks, and challenging colonialism. And her featured panoramic installation does not shy away from those concepts. In Pursuit of Venus , 2015—17, which premiered to critical acclaim at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. SBS Debuting at the 57th Venice Biennale last year, the video work is an adaption of 19th century French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, also known as The Voyages of Captain Cook. "I was really inspired to create a work that kind of spoke back through time," Reihana told SBS News. "Just kind of readdressed some of the look of the wallpaper and certainly to put a stake in the ground. "And say yes Indigenous people are strong and yes we are still here." Reihana..

Cricket Australia censors footage of Bob Hawke's beer skol

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Cricket Australia censors footage of Bob Hawke's beer skol Daily TelegraphFull coverage

The Girls From Oz return with their Australia Day shows

For two shows only, The Girls From Oz, a trio of expat singing talent and their Pommy Pianist, will pay a tongue-in-cheek tribute to their beloved home country on 26th January 2018. Their cabaret act features songs by Australian artists such as Kylie, Men At Work, John Farnham and Vegemite, but sung as you’ve never heard them before! The Girls From Oz have given these songs their own 3 part harmony twist with a touch of dancing, some instrumental multitasking and plenty of laughs. The Girls From Oz are made up of a bevy of bonza beauties currently living in London and this performance will be starring Natasha Veselinovic (‘Les Mis’ international tour and ‘The Railway Children’), Chloe Rose-Taylor (‘Carrie – the Musical’ Australia) and Melissa Gall (‘Gypsy’ and ‘The Sound Of Music’ Australia) and are joined by their pommy pianist, Simon Beck (‘Rocky Horror Show’, ‘Monty Python at the O2’). After a successful run at last summers Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Girls are returning to Londo..

Apple's new Federation Square retail store in Australia facing backlash from locals

Apple announced last month that it will open a new retail store in Melbourne, Australia at Federation Square. While both Apple and the Victorian Labor Government are confident in the economic boom this new store will bring, some locals are anything but happy at the idea of Apple taking over the Yarra Building at Federation Square… Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods Earhooks CoverApple’s store in Federation Square would take over the Yarra Building, which has been home to several different organizations, including the Melbourne Festival Headquarters and more. Since the store’s announcement last month, public outcry has mounted against the news. An entire website called “Stop Apple” has emerged to unite the “citizens of Melbourne against Apple Federation Square.” Furthermore, a several petitions have emerged on aiming to stop Apple’s demolition of the Yarra Building at Federation Square. Most notably, one petition has accumulated over 50,000 signatures, explaining that the loss of the ..

The Problem With Australia's Next Apple Store

A rendering of Melbourne's future Apple Store, which will be built in the city's Federation Square. AppleThe company’s latest flagship will displace an Aboriginal cultural center in Melbourne. When Federation Square first opened 15 years ago, Melbourne residents were skeptical. Understandably so: Its deconstructivist buildings were literally edgy; its abstract bluestone-paved plaza was like nothing else in town. This was Melbourne’s first proper public square—a civic center explicitly devoted to culture—and it took some getting used to. Since then, Federation Square has become the heart of Melbourne, as The Age tells it. While the multifaceted geometries and sharp façades of the buildings may not be for everyone, even residents who don’t care for the design grudgingly admit that area has emerged as one of the city’s most recognizable features. Others simply see Federation Square as lucrative property, including its ostensible caretakers. Just before Christmas, the government ..

Australian police investigate death of koala screwed to post

Thu, Jan 11, 2018 - 3:43 PM [SYDNEY] The death of a koala found screwed to a post in Australia has sparked an outcry from animal rights groups and prompted a police investigation. The koala may have been alive when it was "cruelly attached" to the post of a wooden shelter using building screws, though it was dead when found on Wednesday, said Koala Rescue Queensland in a Facebook post accompanying a picture of the animal. It shows the small koala, limbs wrapped around one of the shelter's wooden supports, appearing to clutch a bunch of gum leaves. The caption says "all is not as it seems". It gives the location as a lookout at Brooloo Park, 140 km north of the city of Brisbane in Queensland state. "Police are currently investigating the matter," Senior Sergeant Pierre Senekal, at nearby Kenilworth, told Reuters on Thursday. He said the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) will organise an autopsy of the animal to determine cause of death. Animal cruelty c..

Australian Tom Clark is changing the world's coffee culture from Coutume Café in France

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Australian Tom Clark is changing the world's coffee culture from Coutume Café in France Daily TelegraphFull coverage

Australia child abuse inquiry finds 'serious failings'

Media playback is unsupported on your device A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had "seriously failed" to protect children. The royal commission, Australia's highest form of public inquiry, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from victims of abuse. The accusations covered churches, schools and sports clubs over decades. Among more than 400 recommendations, the report calls on the Catholic Church to overhaul its celibacy rules. "Tens of thousands of children have been sexually abused in many Australian institutions. We will never know the true number," the report said. "It is not a case of a few 'rotten apples'. Society's major institutions have seriously failed." Since 2013, the royal commission has referred more than 2,500 allegations to authorities. The final report, released on Friday, added 189 recommendations to 220 that had already been made public. The proposals will now be considered by legis..

5 Things We Learned From New Australian Music Book 'The Long and Winding Way...

When Rolling Stone writer Andrew P Street thought about penning his third book, he decided he wanted to tell the story of Australia through pop music. And so, bleary eyed after the birth of his son, he wrote The Long and Winding Way to the Top: Fifty (Or So) Songs That Made Australia. Here, he highlights five key learnings from the process: 1. Australian feminism might have created pub rock "There's a theory that the rise of live bands in Australian pubs was at least in part a result of changes in licensing laws," starts Street, "which meant that women moved out of the 'Ladies Lounge' and into the front bar, leaving most pubs with a big empty room that was just perfect for the rising tide of teenagers to take over with their infernal beat music." 2. Shepparton is Australia's Nashville "Sorry, Tamworth, but you're a pretender: from the original Aboriginal country music circuit to touring riverboat clubs to Briggs' entire album about getting the hell out, Sh..

Genie! CoCo! Roger! Tennis stars are living their best lives in Australia

By D'Arcy Maine | Jan 3, 2018 Currently, most of tennis' brightest stars are in Australia as they prepare for the year's first Grand Slam. Sure, they have to play in tournaments and practice and all that other stuff, they also seem to be making time for a little fun. Eugenie Bouchard hit up the beach on her off day: Days off in Australia be like - Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) January 2, 2018Roger Federer hung out with what might be the world's most adorable animal: Meet my new furry friend. So happy to be back down under ��#HappyQuokka @westernaustralia - Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) December 28, 2017And CoCo Vandeweghe did a totally normal, everyday thing and -- wait for it -- JUMPED OUT OF A PLANE. No big deal, right? Okay, okay, Australia, I'm sold. You're the best, and we all need to come visit, like ASAP. See something entertaining on social media that you think ..

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