Monday, August 8, 2022



Grab your pens and enter Blak & Blu

Blak Douglas, Archibald Winner 2022, is sponsoring the second Blak & Blu annual pen on paper art prize – with entries closing on August...

Chippendale cellist wins major instrumental scholarship

Chippendale cellist, Heesoo Kim, has taken out the top prize against four young talented instrumentalists for the 2022 Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Doctors Orchestra Instrumental...

‘Making music with my brothers’

Willy J, Olz and the Chaza are three rappers...

Five books worth stopping for

It’s icy outside. Find a sunny spot behind glass or a fire to warm you – and grab one of these fine books to keep you company.

The Escape Artist

The Escape Artist is the true story of Rudi Vrba (formerly Walter Rosenberg) who achieved the near impossible – he escaped Auschwitz. Vrba and his fellow escapee Alfred Wetzler prepared a detailed dossier of the ruthless killings in Auschwitz that reached Allied leaders ...

Where the Crawdads Sing

It’s all the things that make Where the Crawdads Sing such a perfect date film that contribute to it being drawn out, laboured and unsatisfying.

Much Ado

Much Ado at the Flight Path Theatre in Marrickville is well-worth seeing for its quirky transplantation of Renaissance court conduct into the modern and equally demanding code of effortless cool.

The One

In The One, Vanessa Bates takes the now familiar theme of cultural belonging and creates a potent mix of exuberant comedy and moving insight into the challenges of being Eurasian in contemporary Australia.

The Space Between the Stars: On love, loss and the magical power of nature to heal

The majority of Iindira Naidoo’s memoir concerns her youngest sister’s suicide at the beginning of the first Melbourne lockdown in 2020.

Émilie – one concert performance only

Sydney-based opera company The Cooperative is thrilled to present a concert performance of Kaija Saariaho and Amin Maalouf’s gripping monodrama Émilie in its Australian premiere.

Packed crowd relished live jazz vibes

Two dynamic jazz ensembles brought a great vibe to...

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Ray Lawlor’s characterisation of the four doomed characters in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is complex and their changing relationship nuanced, and the four actors in the Genesian Theatre's iteration fully meet the challenge. 

Duo offers ‘intimacy of jazz’ in Winter Jazz Fest

On Saturday July 16, in the Opera House’s atmospheric Utzon Room, “The Intimacy of Jazz Now” will see songstress Martha Marlow alongside legendary pianist Chris Abrahams (The Necks) presenting an exclusive preview of her forthcoming album Queen of the Night.

Chippendale cellist chosen as scholarship finalist

Heesoo Kim from Chippendale is one of five finalists...

Vivid images

Lighting of the Sails, 12th Vivid Sydney, June 2022. The...

Sydney Writers’ Festival etched in mind

Jazz Money (how to make a basket) and Evelyn...


With her debut novel, Nightcrawling, 19-year-old Leila Mottley has achieved sudden fame; her widely acclaimed book is already an Oprah Book Club pick, with Mottley the youngest author so honoured.

Top Gun: Maverick

Everyone who told me they’s seen Top Gun: Maverick agreed that the action sequences are awesome and everything else is filler.

Rosie’s on the rise

From performing in a play in Redfern, to writing...

Water theme flowed at 23rd Biennale

From March 12 to June 13, the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, was staged at the Cutaway (Barangaroo) and Stargazer Lawn along with a handful of other venues in Sydney and Parramatta. Rivers, wetlands and other salt and freshwater ecosystems featured as dynamic living systems with varying degrees of political agency.

Golden Blood

Merlynn Tong’s long anticipated Golden Blood is an enthralling 90 minutes of theatre superbly performed by two spellbinding actors.

AMPLIFY brings large-scale art to Carriageworks

Over four days in September, Carriageworks will host Sydney Contemporary’s AMPLIFY, which is staging 16 large-scale installations from renowned contemporary artists.

Waterloo’s Anna Stephens wins third place in major opera scholarship

Anna Stephens from Waterloo has been awarded third place against seven young talented operatic hopefuls singing in the 2022 Sydney Eisteddfod’s prestigious Opera Scholarship Final in June.

M. Rock

Lachlan Philpott’s M. Rock has something important to say about our compulsively label-driven world and says it in a very funny and sweetly eccentric way.

Join us at the forefront – Club Weld: assist neuro-diverse musicians

You can support neuro-diverse musicians to make wonderful music by...

Bedtime Story

After her partner, journalist Don Watson, is diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, Chloe Hooper is faced with telling their two young sons that their father is dying.

Sydneysiders create giant human progress flag to welcome WorldPride 2023

Nearly 1,000 Sydneysiders have created a giant human progress flag on the steps of the Sydney Opera House to mark the 44th anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and to send a message of welcome to the world as Sydney gears up to host WorldPride in 2023.

‘for Margaret’

the fall of leaves ...

Queer teen tragedy wins Sydney Film Festival’s top prize

Belgian director Lukas Dhont has won Sydney Film Festival’s $60,000 Sydney Film Prize for his queer teen tragedy Close, which portrays a powerful friendship between two 13-year-old boys that is severed as they transition to high school — with tragic results.


A burnt sun sets on a dry desert day ...


Terrain can also be read as an affirmation of the survival, and the resurgence, of Aboriginal culture and the very real possibility that ancient ways may yet protect the land from the ravages of climate change.


While the proliferation of digital theatre during Covid had live theatre anxious over its future the technologically tuned-in Coil offers the theatrical equivalent to the hybrid car. Coil is a live-cinema event, that is, a mix of live performance and screen action, and while hilarious is, at the same time, elegiac in mood.

‘The giraffe sings to his Creator’

It’s not easy being tall ...

‘There once was a chilly giraffe …’

There once was a chilly giraffe ...


A toy giraffe thrown in a tree ...


Giraffa camelopardalis they call me ...

Hercule Poirot’s First Case

In Hercule Poirot’s First Case, be prepared for a new, pared-down, fast-paced adaptation of Agatha Christie’s first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles under the vigorous direction of Tom Massey.

Lost & Found: A Memoir

Millions of us watch the decline and death of a beloved parent (or two) in sorrow and helplessness; few of us have Kathryn Schulz’s elegance of prose in describing her range of emotions as her erudite, charming father sickens, stops talking and finally dies.

Pleasure principles – an interview with Adam Connelly

Pleasure are an improvisational band from Sydney/Eora, comprising Adam...

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes

You may hesitate to leave your warm home on a very cold evening to go to the theatre but you will be well rewarded if the production is Belvoir Street’s Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes. Playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s engaging script charting one young woman’s reversal of the embedded gender power imbalance underlying our everyday transactions is superbly performed and stylishly staged.

Australian photographers dazzle at Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Australian photographers feature prominently amongst Winners and Highly Commended...

The Writer Laid Bare: Mastering emotional honesty in a writer’s art, craft and life

The Writer Laid Bare: Mastering emotional honesty in a writer’s art, craft and life mingles memoir with writerly guidance – the latter fired in the crucible of Lee Kofman's experience and shaped through a lifetime of reading.

Son of Byblos

Son of Byblos is a tightly constructed and tense family drama set in Australian suburbia and within the Lebanese community. 

This Is My Dad

Recently, a friend of mine had to do a week-long stint of single parenting, and she confessed it was intimidating.

The Candy House

Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House is a book she describes as a “companion” (the term “sequel” is avoided by both Egan and publicists) to her 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. Several of Goon Squad’s characters reappear, among them Lou Kline, Bennie Salazar, Sasha, Lincoln and Lulu.

The Northman

If your taste in film is Shakespearean drama, Tarantino level violence and Viking legend then The Northman hits your sweet spot.

Inaugural First Nations women’s hip‑hop showcase

Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) will host the inaugural First Nations women’s hip-hop showcase, Love for My Sisters, as part of this year’s conference program.

The Deb

The Australian Theatre for Young People’s production of The Deb is an uplifting and optimistic theatrical experience.

Wayside Bride

Alana Valentine’s Wayside Bride, a warm tribute to the work of the Reverend Ted Noffs and the Wayside Chapel, is a moving affirmation of the power of acceptance to transform human lives.

Australian premiere of ‘Pissarro: Father of Impressionism’

The Australian premiere of Pissarro: Father of Impressionism is in May. The 90-minute documentary, celebrates an incredible artist, without whom the Impressionist movement may never have begun or endured.

Ten Steps to Nanette

Ten Steps to Nanette is a stimulating memoir from a visionary voice.

Theatresports to cap off Sydney Comedy Festival at Enmore Theatre

“Improvised comedy at its fastest and funniest” is what’s...