2016 Sydney Writers Festival

Australia’s biggest literary event is almost upon us once again: the Sydney Writers Festival. This year more than 400 Australian and 60 international writers will be converging on Walsh Bay, and other venues across Sydney. You’ve no doubt already heard about a few of the big draws: Gloria Steinem, Jonathan Franzen, Jeanette Winterson, Anna Funder, […]

Anything could happen

For many people, the concept of music is that it’s something definable, consistent and predictable. Most of all: it is replicable, whether it’s a three minute pop song or a 15 minute sonata. Experimental music breaks all these rules. You never quite know what might happen, what concordance of sounds might be produced. As one […]

2016 Young at Heart Film Festival

It’s the world’s only film festival for senior citizens, and it’s back for its 11th season. The Young at Heart Film Festival returns to Canberra and Sydney on 1 April before travelling onwards to Melbourne and Brisbane. The festival brings with it a diverse line-up that’s sure to tug on heartstrings as well as make […]

2015 Italian Film Festival

To Australians, he’s best known for his long-running role as Inspector Montalbano. To Italians, he’s a versatile actor and director of the stage and screen – in addition to being the Commissario. Luca Zingaretti was the special guest at this year’s Italian Film Festival, back for its 16th instalment. He stars in two of the […]

2015 AICE Israeli Film Festival

The programme for the AICE Israeli Film Festival received a makeover this year under Richard Moore, who took over as artistic director. From Australian and world premiering films to classics of Israeli cinema, stories of Israeli immigrants, tensions between the Jewish state and its neighbour, to the local queer community – there’s a mix of […]

Word up

Think of all the writers festivals you’ve ever been to or heard about. Now take that, turn it upside down, shake it up – and you have the Noted Festival, Canberra’s very first “experimental festival of words”. From a literary bar hop to a bunch of online-only activities to collaborations between performers and writers, Noted […]