Kathy Lette on Breaking Through: 75 Years of Women in Parliament


  On the same day, at the very same moment, that the leadership spill was going down, I was just a hop, skip and a jump away at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House. Instead of checking #libspill every five minutes, I was instead pleasantly distracted from the downfall of our nation by a woman strewn across the desk in the Prime Minister’s Suite. That woman was Kathy Lette, our new Minister for Feminism and Fun. There may not be a real ministry for feminism or fun, but if there was, and there most certainly should… Continue Reading

Jakop Ahlbom’s Horror – An Interview with Performer Silke Hundertmark


  Staying up all night watching scary movies and gorging yourself on enough junk food to make you vomit is a right of passage for most young people. It certainly was for Jakop Ahlbom , Dutch auteur and lover of the horror genre. In his hugely successful work Horror, Ahlbom brings together his signature mix of theatre, dance, mime and music to create an immersive experience that will leave you terrified. Featuring special effects rarely seen outside of film, the play follows a woman who returns to her childhood home where, in a series of flashbacks, she is haunted by… Continue Reading

An Interview with Aeora – Music, Collaboration and Letting Loose


  After a huge couple of years that have seen her showcase not once, but twice, at Canadian Music Week and perform alongside the likes of Flower Drums, Evangeline, SAATSUMA and Vincent Sole, Australian pop electronic vocalist and producer Aeora has recently released her sophomore EP Let Loose. The lead single I.G.I, produced by Haxx (you might remember his name from our profile on Kult Kyss a little while ago), explores letting go  — ‘I.G.I perfectly embraces everything I’ve been feeling and thinking and focuses on that one moment of pure happiness when you let go,’ Aeora explained. We caught up with… Continue Reading

Flora, Fauna and Challenging History – Bangarra’s Dark Emu


  Following up a critically acclaimed show that has enjoyed a sell-out season is always going to be tricky, but for Bangarra, Australia’s indigenous performing arts company, story telling is in the blood and artistic director Stephen Page has seemingly no shortage of inspiration. After exploring the story of Woollarawarre Bennelong, a senior man of the Eora, in Bennelong last year, Bangarra’s new work Dark Emu moves away from narrative and instead delves deep into the academic. Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s book of the same name, Dark Emu challenges the hunter-gatherer tag that has been applied to Australia’s first peoples… Continue Reading

In Conversation: Musician Shoeb Ahmad and designer Adam J Bragg


  For Shoeb Ahmad, musical experiences have always been tied up with how they’re visualized. On the eve of a new creative project — her latest album quiver, and the singles that precede it — she turned to long-time collaborator: designer Adam J Bragg, to help shape the visual identity of the record. Now that the album is out in the world, the pair caught up to chat about everything from their shared musical lineage to the times they’d drink coffee together while Ahmad spent days off with her son.   Shoeb: Adam J Bragg and I have been collaborating for the… Continue Reading

Eurydice Dixon was let down – It’s time for tangible and effective change


  Did you know that since the September 11 attacks in 2001 there have been six people killed by terrorists in Australia? This is itself a hideous thing to think about, and it should make us grateful for the anti-terrorist measures that the government and police force are always undertaking. Did you know that since 1 January 2018 there have been thirty women killed in Australia? That is more than one woman killed each week. Really think about it for a moment. Thirty women. And yet, in the federal budget this year, Malcolm Turnbull’s government committed more money to a… Continue Reading

Queer Eye – What Went Down in Yass


  After breaking this story wide open on Tuesday in an article that scooped mainstream media (a huge win for the little guy, we even got picked up by Pedestrian TV!) we of course wanted to head straight to Yass and see just what was going down. However, after having already taken a rather extended lunch break on Tuesday to lay eyes on the handsome visages of Antoni Porowsi, Tan France, Karomo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk as they made their way from The Cupping Room to the city, taking a whole day off work to trail them… Continue Reading

Queer Eye for the Yass Guy


  One of our favourite people at the Canberra Times has just published an article postulating that the fab five are in Canberra to make over a lucky Canberra man. Antoni Porowsi, Tan France, Karomo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk have touched down in the nations capital and, thanks to the power of instagram, we know they are staying at the Ovolo hotel in New Acton. We can rather gleefully reveal, largely due to the combined efforts of our interconnected web of spies, that our favourite quintet will in fact be making over a lucky someone from the… Continue Reading