Australian Theatre Live is making three filmed plays from its catalogue available for viewing online

Emerald City playing at Riverside - Ben Winspear and Kelly Pater
Juliette Binoche in French film, Let The Sunshine In. SUPPLIED PIC

Finetuning the streaming experience

Subscription streaming services are the obvious way to seek out new movies, but there are other options that don’t cost a thing.

Adrian Collette


Australia Council sends out $5m lifeline to the arts

The arts agency has scrapped grant programs and plans emergency relief for artists and companies facing hardship

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New-look Melbourne Festival moves to 2021

The rebooted Melbourne Festival has been postponed until next year due to the likely continued risk of infection from COVID-19.

Taras Berezhansky as Attila, Natalie Aroyan as Odabella and Diego Torre as Foresto in Opera Australia's production of Attila. Picture: Prudence Upton


Opera Australia stands down workers until late May

Opera Australia is seeking government assistance as the company stands down most of its staff until at least the end of May.

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Lost Children Archive wins Folio prize

Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli’s novel Lost Children ­Archive won the Rathbones Folio Prize for literature on Monday night.

Fiona Choi, Michele Lim Davidson. Torch the Place, Melbourne Theatre Company. Picture: Jeff Busby

Plea to help the shows go on

The COVID-19 rescue package will assist small companies, but there are no measures to save a sector that is going to the wall.


Gt arts - author Favel Parrett


Indies share love for novelist

Novelist Favel Parrett was the big winner when the Indie Book Awards were announced on Monday.

Natalie Aroyan as Odabella in Opera Australia's production of Attila. Picture: Prudence Upton


The music has stopped

Our theatres are closed for the foreseeable future. Our orchestras are silent and there is no singing.



Cape home is where her art is

Relive the magic created by acclaimed indigenous artist Mavis Ngallametta.

Kenny Rogers At The Rosemont Horizon


Gambler folds ’em as Dolly mourns

Kenny Rogers sold tens of millions of records and won three Grammys, making him a musical superstar of the 1970s and 80s.

Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum's 2012 Artist-in-Residence - Kenny Rogers


Country music icon Kenny Rogers dies

COVID-19 outbreak forces family to postpone public memorial for five-times married country crooner, who has died aged 81.

The Sightgeist by Glen Le Lievre


Revealed: the Queen’s secret hidden talent

Talented artist Ingahild Grathmer, who just happened to have been the Queen of Denmark, had a remarkable connection to JRR Tolkein.

Rob Hirst and Jay O'Shea


Dad, daughter stun with near-perfect album

Debut album The Lost and The Found proves that shared blood is the best binding agent when blending voices.


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’Good manners’ behind Welcome to Country

Indigenous arts leader Rhoda Roberts explains the real meaning of Welcome to Country.

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Infectious, timely viewing

“There are tens of thousands of deaths every year from the flu,” says paediatrician Eve Shapiro.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 18, 2018 the General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux (L) and the President of the Cannes Film Festival Pierre Lescure look at guests arriving for the screening of the film "The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. - The Cannes film festival will not take place as planned in May, it was announced on March 19, 2020 amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (new Coronavirus). (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)


Cannes film festival delayed

The Cannes Film Festival was forced to postpone its latest edition on May 12-23 because of the spread of the coronavirus.

The Mahi-Mahi by Rob Palmer WINNER NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2020 The National Photographic Portrait Prize Josh Niland, head chef and owner of Saint Peter restaurant, is reinventing what can be done with fish, and – most importantly – with every part of the fish, in a huge effort to drastically reduce wastage


Rare portraits cut through dross

Painted portraits have a long history, which we can follow continuously since their reappearance in the Renaissance.

Music stands stand in front of empty audience seats on stage at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, March 12, 2020 . Due to a decree of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, no public events will take place at the Konzerthaus Dortmund until April 15, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)


Staring down a gig-less horizon

There’s no escaping that those who work in the arts are facing a difficult time.

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This (Plum) Life

The house next door goes on the market within weeks and sells within days. The plum tree in the front yard ripens.

The Blacklist - Season 6


Spy series for binge-list

The Blacklist is splendid escapist entertainment and a substantial binge-watching opportunity in these challenging times.

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Power of poetry

An Australian poet helped me not only understand the power of poetry but changed how I thought about things.

Satu Vanska


Strings attached

The lead violin of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Satu Vanska, 40, shares her thoughts on life and her ‘priceless’ Stradivarius.

Denise Green, Story: Cobalto, 2000. TarraWarra Museum of Art collection. Gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO, 2007. On display TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria. Caption details: Materials synthetic polymer paint on canvas Dimensions: 172 x 182 cm


Focus on great women

One of Denise Green’s paintings is on show at the TarraWarra Museum of Art in Victoria as part of the Making Her Mark exhibition.

The must read books to read to save your sanity.


What to read during self-isolation

So you are stuck at home and after 2000 episodes of Law & Order decide­ you need a book instead. Our literary editor asks top writers and critics for their picks.

L to R Larry Gundora, Jimmy Tchooga, and Helicopter Tjungurrayi, all prominent artists from the remote Kimberley community of Balgo, in the Tanami Desert (Painting behind is artwork by Jimmy Tchooga).


Indigenous artists fear for lives

Aboriginal art centres face extreme financial hardship as key art markets cancelled amid fears for the health of elders.



Montaigne in tears as Eurovision called off

Sydney-based pop singer-songwriter Montaigne — aka 24 year-old Jessica Cerro — was to represent Australia with her song Don’t Break Me, but the contest will not go ahead.

A member of the orchestra of Opera Australia performs in Sydney on March 19, 2020. - Musicians performed with their instruments to call on the company to reconsider its decision to stand down musicians without pay, and for the federal government to provide emergency financial support to the performing arts sector devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)


Arts leaders in crisis talks

The arts industry is seeking immediate emergency assistance from governments as federal, state and territory culture ministers meet to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the sector.

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Made-in-Africa stories go global

Queen Sono, the main character of Netflix’s new show, is a troubled hero for complicated times.

Anika Wells


Time to give back to creative workers

The last time Australia faced a crisis our arts community helped bring the nation together in support of people doing it tough.

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Arts Editor

Ashleigh Wilson has been arts editor since 2011. He has been at the paper for more than 15 years in various roles around the country, including several years as Darwin correspondent. In 2006, he and Nicolas Rothwell won a Walkley award for coverage of indigenous affairs. His first book, published by Text in 2016, was Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing, a biography of the late Australian painter. His second book, On Artists, was published by MUP in 2019.

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