Meeting New Zealand born painter, sculptor, drawing and chalk artist Amelia (Mealie) Batchelor, whose view of life is a continual journey of discovery, has been one of great joy. We met at Brisbane where we had both found ourselves after leaving the cities where we were born. Me Sydney, she Auckland.
Happy 90th Anniversary Qantas. Like many Australians I have been a customer of yours for much of my life. For over 40 years I have experienced first hand, the high quality of service that helped gain your reputation for safety and reliability both nationally and internationally.
A story in the press today about a gaff by Britain’s Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson should give us all pause for thought. Mr Clarkson, just like many other celebrities, has discovered success and fame come at a price. However it is often not just paid in dollars, but by the society that offers its support. Mr Clarkson there is simply no occasion, in any way shape or form, when it is acceptable to denigrate an individual, or group of people through a careless remark, especially about those with special needs, those who are disabled or disadvantaged in society and for whom, often just the daily ritual requires a great deal more effort than the rest of us.
The highly skilled and accomplished young Australian born tenor Andrew Goodwin will sing the challenging role of Orpheus in the Sydney based Pinchgut Opera’s production of Joseph Haydn’s l’Anima del Filosofo: Orpheus+Eurydice this December.
It was very interesting to discover that the cover story in the A2 Section (Culture and Life) of the The Age Newspaper on Saturday October 16, 2010 here in Melbourne was about Brisbane. The headline read ‘Forget Melbourne vs Sydney. Is Brisbane our new cultural capital’? The byline added ‘Brisbane’s…
Hello, my name is Carolyn McDowall and I would like to welcome you to the October edition of Muse~News the newsletter of The Culture Concept Circle (The Circle). We hope this issue demonstrates our purpose well and that Muse~News will become of increasing value and interest to our readers. Our…
Australian born opera singer Elena Xanthoudakis, whose heritage on her father’s side is appropriately Greek, is starring as Eurydice, and the Spirit this December in the Pinchgut Opera’s presentation of L’Anima del Filosofo – Orpheus + Eurydice by Joseph Haydn at Sydney. A must for opera buffs it will also seduce those who are opera virgins.
One could say daylight saving really is a metaphor for Melbourne – as it goes from the darkness to the light in the most dramatic way possible.
Belladiva, a bevvy of bountiful beauties from Brisbane with blazingly good voices will raise them in October to both honour, and to assist the Melbourne based 20th Man Fund raise money to afford a front-line youth worker to help kids without support, many without a place to live.
On a recent visit to Sydney I was pleased to take in the opening night performance of the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), which is heavily sponsored by the Australian Government and Australia Council for the Arts. The play performed is on all university curriculums – a deliciously dark confronting comedy.
Karen Lonsdale, Artistic Director, has let us know about the inaugural Logan Summer Music Workshops to be held in Brisbane from Friday December 17 to Sunday December 19. This is a weekend of innovative music workshops for all ages, all instruments and voice. Award winning and inspiring tutors will facilitate intensive music learning in a supportive and creative atmosphere.
From Brisbane comes the results of the Q Song Music Awards 2010 in a vast variety of musical categories that are proof that musical talent is alive and well, especially in Queensland in Spring. From Keith Urban to Powderfinger, from Jeffrey Black to Lisa Gasteen, Andre Rieu’s favourite, the lovely…