Downright delightful Darwin


  If you’re living in Australia and aren’t situated in the northern regions, no doubt you’ve been plotting an escape to some sort of tropical paradise. And I can’t blame you. By all accounts this winter has been one for the history books as the coldest, wettest, stingiest winters of all time (according to me and my own deduction skills). Predominantly when us Aussies plan a toe-thawing time away we look further abroad to places like Bali, Thailand or even (if you’re a gazillion-aire) the Italian coastline. But I’m here to question those choices and poise a query for you… Continue Reading

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