Festivals can no longer focus solely on their recurring, physical events.
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Festivals are a vibrant part of Australian culture but, as arts funding dries up, festival organisers will have to get creative if they want to survive. The recurring, physical event isn't enough.
Emoji wave scene.
Can emojis be used to tell stories, and if so what kinds of stories can we use them to tell? The National Young Writer's Festival, which opens today, aims to find out.
A rescue worker battling a bushfire in South Australia, 2015.
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In a world full of catastrophe, what good are books? Specifically, can books be written to do good?
Can learning to write about sex help young people navigate their love lives?
Sex is part of young people's lives. So how do we teach young authors to navigate tricky narrative waters when they write about it?
Burning Man: inspiration for the first Google doodle.
Focusing on the extravagances of a select few overlooks a broader affinity between the madness of Burning Man and the West Coast’s technocracy.
If only we could all get this excited about tackling climate change.
The UK should look to mainland Europe for greener music festivals.
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Far from supporting risk, the environment of the Fringe is increasingly one in which playing safe is the best way to avoid losing out.
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It seems like every year there is controversy over Glastonbury lineups and the worst sin in popular music – that of "selling out".
Good old fashioned fun.
Future archaeologists sifting through Glastonbury's earth will look for clues as we do at Stonehenge.
Alive and kicking.
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The rock promoter thinks festivals are on the way out. But he couldn't be further from the truth.
So cold it’s hot … The Winter Feast crowd fan the flames at Dark MOFO 2014.
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We're not short on festivals in Australia, so new events need to make their presence felt. What's the secret of Dark Mofo, which is about to enjoy its third outing?
Thousands of people will throng Sydney’s streets for Vivid 2015, which opens this weekend.
Vivid Sydney draws larger crowds each year and when it opens this weekend, the streets will be packed. Are events like Vivid Sydney and Paris' Nuit Blanche artistically valuable – or just a lot of fun?
A still from the film Los Hongos, by Oscar Ruiz Navia, 2014.
Images courtesy of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.
Showing the "impact" of arts and cultural events is ever more important. But defining and measuring that impact requires long-term tracking and customised tools.
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a motza.
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Perth’s Fringe World 2015 is currently sauntering through the Western Australian capital. Featuring more than 2,000 performers, the annual festival has perfected a blend of cabaret, circus, theatre, film…
Maxime Pascal conducts the Argonaut Ensemble at BIFEM.
What, one might wonder, is the value of an international festival of exploratory music? And why is it in Bendigo, in north-west Victoria? In Australia, we have so many festivals featuring music, film…
Avignon Festival is also under threat.
A delayed start to a performance of La Traviata at the Bastille Opera may not seem like the stuff of politics, but it made headlines in France. The Saturday night show went ahead an hour late, but by the…