New podcast challenges cultural whitewashing

Lena Nahlous interviews Benjamin Law; courtesy Diversity Arts Australia; Photos by Jennifer Macey Launched by Diversity Arts Australia, new podcast The Colour Cycle aims to disrupt cultural whitewashing by questioning the degree to which Australia’s arts and cultural sector resembles Australia at large. The seven-part series is hosted by Lena Nahlous, Executive Director of Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS). Nahlous told ArtsHub: ‘The trigger was the Beyond Tick Boxes symposium that we held last year where we brought together people from the arts sector to talk about cultural diversity in the arts. We didn't want these conversations to disappear or to stay locked in that room. We wanted them to have a broader reach and a longer life, and we felt podcasts was the way to make this happen.’ ADVERTISEMENTRead: From ticking boxes to thinking outside the square She added in a statement: ‘We want our podcast to open up conversations about why our arts and screens don’t reflect Australia’s..

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..

Culture Shlock: 2018, The Year in Preview

Remember this time last year when we, as a nation, looked forward to the new year to come, filled with a genuine sense of optimism, wonder, possibility and — dare I say it — hope for the future? Yeah, me neither. No, as soon as we witnessed Mariah Carey’s devastating lip sync fail on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, we should have known that the recording star was describing far more than her own performance when she walked off stage with a disgusted, “It just don’t get any better.” Still, we could never have predicted the specific ways 2017 wouldn’t “get any better.” Sure, we knew air travel would continue to leave us bedraggled and beaten, but we didn’t know passengers would literally be beaten and dragged off of planes. We knew Donald Trump’s tweet storms would be full of nonsense, but we didn’t know he would coin his own nonsense word in “cofvefe.” And we knew that Republicans would likely try to kill Obamacare, but we didn’t know that the program’s unlikely champion and savior..

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 Latest Lamb Ad Is A Literal Musical Skewering Australia's Culture Wars

The latest lamb ad – which has somehow become the barometer for our we measure the social and political climate in this country – is out, and it skewers Australia‘s never-ending culture wars via Broadway musical pastiche. No, we’re not joking. The story is as follows: an Aussie mum is just trying to cook her kids some lamb on the barbie (on the front lawn, for some reason), when singing tropes representing the far left and far right commentators descend. “If you’re a right, you think equal rights are wrong,” sing the blue shirts, a.k.a the right. “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” “Your thinking is so 1950s era,” respond the pink shirts, a.k.a the left. “All you care about is the War on Terror.” And then there’s the guy who’s too scared to cause offence, so he’s just sitting on the fence, like a coward. Give it a watch below. [embedded content] Is this guy singing, “You tell ’em, daddy-o” meant to be some kind of Milo Yiannopoulos character? He bloody well is. MLA has courted..

Boxing Day sales: Where to find the best deals

BARGAIN hunters were calm and orderly as the Boxing Day sales kicked off at Sydney’s Pitt St Mall this morning - a far cry from the chaotic scenes seen in previous years. At 6.45am large retailers like Myer and Zara were already well and truly open for business, but while there was a noticeable security presence and crowd control cordons in place, they were not necessary for the largely well-behaved crowd. While numbers picked up significantly throughout the morning, the only retailer with a noteworthy queue was streetwear brand Culture Kings, which had a large line of shoppers waiting at the entrance as the store opened its doors. However, the National Retail Association (NRA) predicted that Australians would spend a staggering $2.36 billion today, making it the most lucrative Boxing Day in recent years. You’ll find a list of the more notable deals below, which we will keep updating. Crowds were also orderly but consistent at neighbouring Strand Arcade, Westfield Sydney and MidCity Sh..

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

I have always struggled to fit in with Australia's swimming culture

These days, summer smells like the scent of star jasmine, like dirt in the air before a storm rolls in. But growing up, summer was associated with dread, the sum of a series of tiny humiliations. Like the time I swallowed mouthfuls of water as I tried and failed to swim freestyle. Or the casual indifference of high-school PE instructors. Or the time I was scooped out of the deep end by a boy in Year Seven at the annual school carnival, despite the fact that I was in the kickboard relay. Nothing sums up how unnatural I’ve always felt in the water as much as the chemical tang of chlorine. The children of immigrants tend to be painfully conscious that they’re different. To me, these differences are encapsulated by the way my Australian-born friends dive joyfully into swimming pools, the way they propel themselves headfirst into the ocean unafraid that the surf will engulf them. In a country whose version of youth is the endless summer beach party, where the national consciousness is steep..

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 ..

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