Culture Buff

Banks, the new biography of Joseph Banks by Grantlee Kieza reviewed

16 January 2021 9:00 am

One of the most eligible bachelors in England, he was strong, handsome, well-educated, adventurous and a fabulously rich young man.…

New year pleasures

9 January 2021 9:00 am

There are things to bring us pleasure in this new year. The opera has opened The Merry Widow (until 16…

The Australian Ballet

19 December 2020 9:00 am

It is indeed a new era. The Australian Ballet announced its 2021 season under the new artistic direction of David…

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Time to look to the future; performing arts companies are encouraging us to do so through their subscription seasons now…

Richard Tognetti

5 December 2020 9:00 am

There’s no doubt about the Australian Chamber Orchestra; full of confidence it is sailing into 2021 with its most ambitious…

Eryn Jean Norvill

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Normality is returning, bit by bit, to public entertainment.Apparently fifty thousand people can go to a football match, yelling themselves…

Ernani at Teatro all Scala

21 November 2020 9:00 am

The Opera is coming back! Unable to perform for nine months, the company has suffered great financial loss, forcing substantial…

Arthur Streeton Land of the Golden Fleece 1926

14 November 2020 9:00 am

In February 1922, Princess Mary, the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, was married in the first…

Simon Fieldhouse Mozart Statue, Vienna

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Simon Fieldhouse is a Sydney- based artist who has developed a very particular area of expression. Typically, he uses watercolour…

Neil Armfield’s Dream

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Benjamin Britten’s setting of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an outstanding achievement. In Australia, we have experienced two exceptional…

Opera Australia’s Attila before shutdown in March

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Attila the Hun might have been hard to stop but Verdi’s opera Attila was stopped in its tracks at the…

Josh Frydenberg

17 October 2020 9:00 am

There has been a fair bit of bleating from sectors claiming to have been ignored in the Budget; in fact…

Richard Tognetti

10 October 2020 9:00 am

They led the way back into the spotlight. Richard Tognetti and members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra were the first…

V. Namatjira Stand strong for who you are

3 October 2020 9:00 am

It is a name deeply imbedded in Australia’s cultural memory.  Albert Namatjira’s (1902-1957) was a prolific and immensely popular watercolour…

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

19 September 2020 9:00 am

The world became aware of Sheku Kanneh-Mason when he played the cello at the wedding of Harry and Meghan Sussex…

Cynical Theories

12 September 2020 9:00 am

They are possibly the most politically incorrect authors in the world.  And they have universities squarely in their sights.  Helen…

Angus Cerini

5 September 2020 9:00 am

No longer confined to the digital space, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is returning to the platform in City Recital Hall…

Paul Newton

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Things are starting to happen culturally, at least outside of Victoria. Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre is rehearsing a play to…

Zadie Smith

22 August 2020 9:00 am

She had a heady start to her writing career. The rights to her first novel were the subject of a…

A.N. Wilson

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Kathy Lette says that during lockdown she has been reading Dickens. Her choice illustrates the enduring appeal of Charles Dickens…

James Darling striding the shores of Limebuners’ Bay

8 August 2020 9:00 am

‘Just as I am’ is the recurrent opening line of a hymn written in 1835 by Charlotte Elliott. It was…

Pierre Soulages

25 July 2020 9:00 am

A French painting purchased in Melbourne in 1953 has been repatriated selling for $5.26m earlier this month in Paris. For…

David Hockney A closer winter tunnel, February-March 2006

17 July 2020 11:00 pm

The National Gallery of Victoria has closed again ‘until further notice’. The rest of the country is more fortunate, at…

Jessie Traill: A biography

11 July 2020 9:00 am

She could have been one of our great-aunts. She was from that remarkable generation of educated, unmarried women who chose…

Wendy Bowman, 2019 by David Darcy Darling Portrait Prize 2020

4 July 2020 9:00 am

She is not a theoretical or idealogical environmentalist. Wendy Bowman became an activist when her crops were ruined by polluted…