Author: Matthew Wotherspoon

Nuanced and breathtaking BIFF is back

The 2017 Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) will be kicking off next month, and to give cinephiles a taste of what’s to come co-directors Maxine Williamson and Richard Sowada recently revealed the full program. 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. The closing night, on Sunday September 3 will then see home-grown documentary The Go-Betweens: Right Now, grace the Palace Centro screen for a spectacular finale which pays homage to Brisbane artistry. The...

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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 on the widespread effects of colonialism and intergenerational trauma. “The events of colonialism have severely disrupted the lives of Aboriginal Australians, and...

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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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Little play season back for another year in South-East QLD

The Brisbane Powerhouse and the Arts Centre Gold Coast will play host to this year’s Queensland Short+Sweet Festival, running from the 19th of July to the 3rd of September. The 9th Short+Sweet festival will showcase a number of successful 10-minute contemporary and classic works, from celebrated theatre to passionate song and dance pieces. Originally a small festival in Sydney which featured short 10-minute plays, Short+Sweet is now a global phenomenon, and a cornerstone for budding artists wishing to break into the national and global performance circuit. This year’s festival will open with the full-length version of Boys Taste Better With...

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