Design History & Decorative Arts

Pascal & Ami Roge – lasting impressions, the poetry of sound

Pascal & Ami Roge – lasting impressions, the poetry of sound

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Impressionism in music is like a ‘tonal painting’, unique. Internationally renowned French pianist Pascal Roge and his Japanese wife Ami Hakuno (Roge) have chosen a wonderful selection to play for their Medici Concert at Southbank on 28th May.

Fit for a King or Queen – Art & Antiques in NYC in Spring

Fit for a King or Queen – Art & Antiques in NYC in Spring

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In New York starting 28th April the Art and Antique Dealers League of America Spring Show is highlighting works of art fit for a ‘King or Queen’ in celebration of the Royal wedding in England.

The Borgias – Interpreting the Silence of God

The Borgias – Interpreting the Silence of God

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Bring it on Showtime. Knowledge is Power. From Director Neil Jordan comes tales and stories of the dastardly Italian Borgia dynasty, one of the most infamous families of the Renaissance in Italy. This is a family whose code was certainly to take no prisoners.

Sunny Sydney, turning 40, sharing a little wine and sweet words

Sunny Sydney, turning 40, sharing a little wine and sweet words

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Sydney is amazing really. It never fails to engender me with a new sense of hope. It’s something in the air here. The people are confident, sure of their own worth and surging ahead, embracing change, which as in any progressive society is constant. They don’t look back as much as they look forward, trying to build on tradition while imagining and inventing the new.

Fashion Festivities @ Melbourne – Creating Style

Fashion Festivities @ Melbourne – Creating Style

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Fillies in fabulous frocks showing off their festival form and fine fetlocks usually happens at Melbourne in November at the horse racing event of the Australian calendar, the Melbourne Cup. But even the fastest of them would not finish ahead of the ferocious fashionista’s all clad in fantastic finery competing, clamouring and cramming into celebratory events all over the city during L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Week March 14 – 20, 2011.

Upstairs Downstairs – it’s a class act really

Upstairs Downstairs – it’s a class act really

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Hot on the heels of the success of Downton Abbey, which captivated the hearts of English viewers during 2010, comes news of the all new three part series of its inspiration, Upstairs Downstairs. It is another character laden piece filled with wonderfully flawed people ensuring that everyone viewing feels right at home.

The Culture Concept Circle

The Culture Concept Circle

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The Culture Concept Circle is a friendly meeting place for those with an interest in the arts (performance and visual), design history and the continuing development of a sustainable and creative society. It’s all about art, design and style past, present and future. Hundreds of FREE posts are published on…

Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. – Memories of Nindooinbah

Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. – Memories of Nindooinbah

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I am writing this on the seventh anniversary of the passing of Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. (8 January 1941 – 11 February 2004). She lived all her life in one of Queensland’s most historic houses, Nindooinbah, which is sited superbly in a lovely valley nearby to Beaudesert in Queensland…

Celebrating Percy Grainger 2011 with pianist Jayson Gillham

Celebrating Percy Grainger 2011 with pianist Jayson Gillham

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Expat Australian musicians who are friends in London are among those honouring the works and 50th annniversary of esteemed Melbourne born Australian composer and pianist George Percy Grainger 1882 – 1961. They are all participating in The Grainger Festival, a four-day event at Kings Place, reports brilliant young Dalby born pianist Jayson Gillham from London.

The Music of Friends with Christopher Wrench & Louise King

The Music of Friends with Christopher Wrench & Louise King

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Commencing on the 28th February at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art at Brisbane the Chamber Music Series will include works from all the great composers spanning all the eras of music from the Baroque to the 21st Century.

The music of friends, as chamber music is often described today, is indeed appealing. Designed originally for a close up and personal encounter, it gently consumes the listener, providing a memorable experience that lifts the spirit and rewards the soul.

Connectivity, compassion, collaboration – a reason to cheer

Connectivity, compassion, collaboration – a reason to cheer

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If it can be said that if a positive aspect has come out of all the flooding in Australia this summer it would have to be about connecting people at local, state and national levels. In every aspect, harnessing the capacity and creativity of the community to deal with this unbelievable crisis together has produced amazing results.

Costume, a footnote to culture in Downton Abbey and The King’s Speech

Costume, a footnote to culture in Downton Abbey and The King’s Speech

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Costume is, and remains an important footnote to culture. It is both a changing and eternal form of human expression. In the new English series Downton Abbey, which we recently reviewed, the costumes for both men and women are truly superb, mostly tailor made for its bevvy of actors both upstairs and down.

The Oprah Phenomenon – Putting the O in Oustanding and the D in Dream

The Oprah Phenomenon – Putting the O in Oustanding and the D in Dream

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G’day Oprah. Welcome to Australia. The first image we have of you in Australia is cuddling a Koala, the quintessential shot to have. As you tour around Australia in these last weeks before Christmas in pursuit of happiness on your ‘farewell tour’ we would wish that you go well. For many you are the Santa Claus coming down the chimney or in the door this holiday season.