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Burning Man: inspiration for the first Google doodle. Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Why Burning Man is Silicon Valley

Focusing on the extravagances of a select few overlooks a broader affinity between the madness of Burning Man and the West Coast’s technocracy.
So cold it’s hot … The Winter Feast crowd fan the flames at Dark MOFO 2014. MONA/Rémi Chauvin Image Courtesy MONA Museum of Old and New Art,

Where the dark gets in: why Dark Mofo lightens a crowded calendar

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: contemporary art – or just a bright night out?

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.

Film festivals have impact, sure, but we need to measure that

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. Jarrad Seng/Sydney Festival

Forget passion – unpaid work keeps fringe festivals afloat

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. Jason Tavener

Why Bendigo’s exploratory music festival is worth trumpeting

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. EPA/Sebastien Nogier

French benefits dispute with artists will haunt Hollande

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…

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