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Elysian Fields – The Scandinavian Project

Elysian Fields

Since their first performance three years ago, Elysian Fields, Australia’s only electric viola da gamba band, has carved out a growing reputation for performances that blur the boundaries between jazz, chamber music and world music. Drawing largely on the compositional and arranging skills of its multitalented members, the six-piece band’s charts shift effortlessly from stately, baroque-like solemnity to multilayered improvisations and driving, pulsating rhythms.  And then there is the unique sound of the electric viola da gamba! Continue reading Elysian Fields – The Scandinavian Project

HISTORIC NYE OPENING: RENEWED JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE AT SOH

Images of the renewed Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House: Daniel Boud

The Sydney Opera House has provided a glimpse of the changes that audiences will see when the world-famous Joan Sutherland Theatre (JST) re-opens on New Year’s Eve, after seven months of renewal works. Continue reading HISTORIC NYE OPENING: RENEWED JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE AT SOH

SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE IS ON PANDORA, AUSTRALIA’S WEB ARCHIVE

PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive, was set up by the National Library in 1996 to enable the archiving and provision of long-term access to online Australian publications/websites.

Australia’s national library  is committed to preserving selected websites of lasting cultural value for long-term access by the Australian community. In 1996 the Library set up Pandora, Australia’s Web Archive.

Only a relatively small number of websites are assessed as being significant enough for PANDORA and Sydney Arts Guide is proud  to advise that it is now to be included in the Archive. Continue reading SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE IS ON PANDORA, AUSTRALIA’S WEB ARCHIVE

KING AND QUEEN OF JORDAN VISIT GOVERNMENT HOUSE

King Abdullah and Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan made a quick visit to Sydney, such that they did not even have time to do the obligatory trip on Sydney Harbour.

However, they did have lovely views of the Harbour from Government House where prior to a formal lunch they inspected its gardens whose flowers were in full bloom, accompanied by Governor David and  Mrs Linda Hurley.

All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).

REMEMBRANCE DAY 2016 – THE CENOTAPH MARTIN PLACE, SYDNEY

The Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the Armistice. After World War 2 the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom’s proposal that Armistice Day be renamed Remembrance Day to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars.Today the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts is commemorated on Remembrance Day and continues to be commemorated in Allied Countries.

The time honoured proceedings took place at the Cenotaph in Martin Place. Lt Colonel John Moore was the Master Of Ceremonies for the Order of Service.

After the Royal Australian Navy’s Band’s Vice Regal Salute, the 2016 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholars Mr Nikita Papastamatis and Ms Amber Frost read ‘In Flanders Fields’, a poem by John McGrath, composed in 1915. Continue reading REMEMBRANCE DAY 2016 – THE CENOTAPH MARTIN PLACE, SYDNEY

107 PROJECTS AND ACTOR’S CENTRE AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCE NEW PLAYWRIGHTING AWARD

 

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Last night saw 107 Projects and The Actor’s Centre Australia (ACA) launch an exciting innovation in funding for playwrights. The new model can be summed up by a comment by Melissa, a writer with whom I was chatting over canapes at the event. “It’s incredibly rare for a playwriting prize to guarantee a production.” she excitedly explained. THE NEW PLOT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD does exactly that and not just for the winner but for each the 6 finalists.

The award was launched this evening by award winning, international director Gale Edwards, who is Ambassador to the project and celebrated Australian playwright Stephen Sewell, who will serve on the expert panel which will shortlist the entries.

Speaking passionately at the launch Gale Edwards spoke of the ‘loneliest experience’ of a writer who creates work which travels “from the little wooden stage to the hearts and mind of strangers”. She stressed the need for collaboration and suggested that no play is complete until a director has tried to rewrite at least a third of it! Collaboration is exactly what this award aims to nurture. Continue reading 107 PROJECTS AND ACTOR’S CENTRE AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCE NEW PLAYWRIGHTING AWARD

KIT BROOKMAN WINS INAUGURAL ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY PLAYWRITING COMMISSION

Performer and writer Kit Brookman. Pic by Brett Boardman
Performer and writer Kit Brookman. Pic by Brett Boardman

At  a function held in the Ensemble Theatre Company’s  gorgeous waterfront theatre foyer last Friday evening 4th March Australia’s premiere playwright David Williamson announced that talented young playwright Kit Brookman was the winner of the Ensemble Theatre’s inaugural playwriting commission.

The commission is a result of a partnership between the Ensemble, the Australian Writers’ Guild and David Williamson. Williamson donated the  prize money he received from winning the NSW Premier’s Special Award in early 2015 to make the commission viable.  ‘Words on a page alone don’t help playwrights, but having their plays performed does, so I am  happy to gift my Premier’s prize to encourage a commission and performance of a new work.’ Continue reading KIT BROOKMAN WINS INAUGURAL ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY PLAYWRITING COMMISSION

BLU-RAY REFUSED CLASSIFICATION VERSION HAS BEEN ON RETAILERS’ SHELVES SINCE JUNE 2014

Blue is the Warmest Colour - LA VIE D’ADELE – CHAPITRES 1 ET 2 (DVD)

https://www.sydneyartsguide.com.au/blue-is-the-warmest-color/

LA VIE D’ADELE- BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR – ( DVD BLU-RAY)

Consumer Advice – High impact sex scenes

Version ORIGINAL

Duration 173 minutes

Director ABDELLATIF KECHICHE
Producer BRAHIM CHIOUA / ABDELLATIF KECHICHE / VINCENT MARAVAL
Production Company NOT SHOWN
Country of Origin FRANCE
Applicant TRANSMISSION FILMS
File Number T13/3750
Classification Number 260379

OFLC Classification: rated R18+ (High impact sex scenes),  173 minutes.    http://www.classification.gov.au/Pages/View.aspx?sid=mapm7kPB72VXr%2F6EzVRKzA%3D%3D               

This Blu-Ray 180 minute version of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR has been on retailers’ shelves since 18th June 2014, without a classification rating issued by the Federal Government  (OFLC) having been purchased for this 180 minute version.

http://www.transmissionfilms.com.au/films/blueisthewarmestcolour

 

Paramount Home Entertainment (Australasia) Pty Limited  is the distributor of the blu-ray 180 minute version of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR. The blu-ray movie version was purchased and screened length was 179:38 minutes, compared to the 172:27 minutes approved for sale in Australia by OFLC.

 

Refused Classification (RC) is a classification category. Material that is Refused Classification is commonly referred to as being ‘banned’.           Films, computer games and publications that are classified RC cannot be sold, hired, advertised or legally imported in Australia.

 

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P.A.N MOUNTS CAMPAIGN TO REVIVE THE VICTORIA THEATRE NEWCASTLE

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A door of the derelict Victoria Theatre which is soon coming up for auction.

In a side street in Newcastle’s CBD sits Australia’s oldest surviving theatre, the grand old Victoria Theatre. It also still contains the first fly tower in Australia. It’s in a sorry state now, full of junk and detritus from years of being used as a shop until it fell into complete disuse a few decades ago. I remember buying a pair of brown jeans there in 1978 when it housed a jeans store. Pigeons have had a lovely time as well although they have now gone since the roof has been replaced.

In its time it rivaled the biggest and best theatres in the country. Originally opened in 1876, it was a cutting edge prestigious venue during the era of vaudeville, theatre and cinema, rivaling Sydney theatres with its gold leaf terracottas, 12 dressing rooms, 66 by 40 foot stage, a labyrinth of property and storage rooms and most significantly, a three level fly tower.

The best vaudeville acts came to The Victoria. There are even rumours of some nude dancing girls; that must have been burlesque. Continue reading P.A.N MOUNTS CAMPAIGN TO REVIVE THE VICTORIA THEATRE NEWCASTLE

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

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Sydney Arts Guide is inviting regular readers of the site to submit their own reviews. The review has to be of a show or arts event that is currently  taking place in Sydney.

A new page has been created just for you, that is simple to use and we only ask for the information that we need to publish.

Tell us what you think about the shows/arts events that you are seeing around Sydney.

Continue reading TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

Wesley Enoch appointed as Sydney Festival Director 2017-2019

Sydney Festival has announced that Wesley Enoch as the incoming Festival Director for a three-year tenure from 2017-2019. He will take the reins from Lieven Bertels, who completes his term in 2016, marking the Festival’s 40th anniversary.

Wesley is currently the Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company (2010-15). He has been the Artistic Director of Kooemba Jdarra in Brisbane (1994-97) and Ilibijerri in Melbourne (2003- 04), Resident Director for Sydney Theatre Company (2000-01), Associate Artistic Director of Belvoir (2006- 08), a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House (2003- 2011) and a director of the Indigenous section of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

He has directed six projects for Sydney Festival over the past 15 years: The Sunshine Club (2000), Eora Crossing (2004), The Sapphires (2005), Nargun and the Stars (2009), I am Eora (2012) and Black Diggers (2014). Wesley has worked with almost every major theatre company and festival in the country and toured shows internationally.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said “Sydney Festival is one of the world’s pre-eminent arts and cultural festivals and I am delighted that Wesley Enoch will be the Festival’s new Director. Wesley has already made a significant contribution to the Australian arts landscape and brings a wealth of experience to this coveted role in which he will lead one of our country’s most important annual events alongside Executive Director, Chris Tooher.”

The Lord Mayor, Clover Moore MP said “Wesley is one of Australia’s finest creative talents and it’s terrific to see him at the helm of Sydney’s major cultural festival. Judging by his past contributions to Sydney Festival, with productions like I am Eora and Black Diggers, he will not shy away from the important issues. Under Wesley Enoch’s watch I’m looking forward to seeing more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and audiences, who make such a valuable contribution to our country’s creativity and culture, taking part in the Festival.”

Wesley is delighted about the new challenge, saying “Excited is too inadequate a word for how I’m feeling. I have had a long love affair with Sydney Festival and its audiences. I’m totally thrilled to return in the role of Festival Director. The Festival is a huge family of people who give their time, resources, money and talent; and I want to meet every single one of them. Festivals provide a huge cultural canvas and help reimagine a city, helping it think creatively and see things differently. I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting started.”