Author: Matthew Wotherspoon

Brisbane artists to put skills on display this July

Queensland performance collective The Good Room, will transform some of Brisbane’s most recognised public spaces next week, allowing the public to get up close and personal with world-class contemporary artworks by local artists. The Good Room – the creative ensemble behind the 2014 sell-out production I Want To Know What Love Is and the 2015 Wonderland Festival, in conjunction with Brisbane City Council will activate Brisbane’s Jacob’s Ladder and the Metro Arts Laneway with a series of visual and audio installations that highlight the imagination of artists from around Brisbane. Running from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 July 2017, Brave New Worlds...

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Nuanced and breathtaking BIFF is back

The 2017 Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) will be kicking off next month, and to get cinephiles prepared program co-directors Maxine Williamson and Richard Sowada have recently announced the full program, giving expected audiences a taste of what’s to come. Opening the festival on Thursday August 17 at Palace Barracks Cinema is the winner of Canne film festival’s Palme d’Or prize, The Square; a Swedish satirical drama about a museum curator who hires a public relations company to advertise an overly pretentious art installation, while the closing night on Sunday September 3 will see home-grown documentary The Go-Betweens: Right Now, grace the Palace Centro screen for a spectacular finale...

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Experts shine light on Australia’s genocidal history

The need for recognising past injustices towards Indigenous Australians was a powerful topic at this year’s International Association for Genocide Scholars (IAGS) conference in Brisbane. The 2017 conference saw several global scholars come together at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus for a collective discussion about the two core components of the UN Convention: justice for acts of genocide, and prevention of future genocides. Indigenous Australian academic and activist Lilla Watson, opened the conference on Sunday night with an insightful keynote which focused on the widespread effects of colonialism and intergenerational trauma. “The events of colonialism have severely disrupted the lives of Aboriginal...

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Week two of QMF continues in fine style

Week two of the Queensland Music Festival gets underway this week, with over 30 performances from classical to contemporary artists set to take place across the sunshine state. Artistic Director for QMF (Queensland Music Festival), Katie Noonan said the festival’s opening weekend gave Queenslanders only a small taste of what’s on offer until 30 July 2017. “Brisbane and regional and remote Queensland audiences are in for a contemporary and classical musical fiesta during week two,” Ms Noonan said. Several musical events are set to make their debut across Queensland, including the world premiere of Sanctuary on 13 July; an evocative musical performance by the Queensland’s Chamber...

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An outbreak of Bluegrass in West End

Get ready for a night of upbeat melodies and intoxicating rhythms, when The West End Sessions returns next month with bluegrass favourites The Company, and folk rockers Tin Star. Hosted by the West End Uniting Church, The West End Sessions is renowned for its impressive year-to-year line-up of local and international touring musicians and sonic display of world music styles. Previous acts who have graced the historical stage of the United Church include The Verandah Chix, Kristy Apps, Chanel Lucas and The Barleyshakes, just to name a few. This is a family friendly, alcohol-free event and dinner will be provided in exchange...

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