The musical The Lion King - here starring Amanda Kunene - in New Zealand.
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Problems limiting the growth of the sector aren’t self-inflicted. They’re firmly rooted in the country’s development agenda.
Cinemas in Kampala, Uganda, remained poorly attended after reopening in November.
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The pandemic has not only negatively impacted the creative sector in Africa, but it has also exposed its shortcomings.
Drummer Jason Moser records a live-streamed performance in a South African theatre during lockdown.
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The plight of live music mapped in the new survey should concern anyone looking to the return of the country’s diverse live music scene.
Sho Madjozi, who performed in a live stream benefit concert during lockdown.
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The live streaming of music events online is full of potential – but right now few artists or hosting venues are earning much from it.
A mural by famed Cape Town artist Faith47.
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There aren’t a lot of studies on South Africa’s cultural economy. A new one finds a cluster of creative firms in Cape Town with high levels of innovation.
Tourists queue to take a photograph of the Mona Lisa at The Louvre.
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At a time when even accountants are looking for a more compelling understanding of value, it is imperative that the arts – where individual experience is central – resist the evangelical call of quantification.
Artists and creatives often work in industrial spaces, which are declining in Sydney.
The loss of creative spaces to development is pricing Sydney artists out of the city. But they could be encouraged back with new cultural policies.
Dancers rehearse at a 2016 media call for The Australian Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Of our 28 major performing arts organisations, only three have female artistic leaders.
Women make up the majority of arts consumers and employees, but men dominate at every level of arts leadership.
A scene from Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Lore: the oldest continuing culture in the world resonates with overseas audiences.
Why do students still describe Australia as a ‘young’ country lacking culture? Are our universities doing enough to to teach Australian films, artwork and books?
The creative economy is failing to live up to the fast-growing, young entrepreneurial image it promotes.
The notion of the creative sector driving fulfilling work as cities shed old industries has worn thin. But those creatives might be delivering value of a different kind, offering a more human future.
Edinburgh is one of the European cities that make the most of their creative and cultural assets.
A comparison of 36 Australian cities finds that, unlike Europe, the data on their creativity and culture are not closely linked to their capacity to generate economic value and social well-being.
Writing has never been easy, but sending writers out to find new ideas and people might be one way to help.
Writers like Frank Moorhouse and Ben Eltham have proposed new long-term fellowships to support writing. But a better way may be more smaller grants, offering opportunities for travel.
If the government decides to remove regional trade protections on the book industry, it should compensate Australian authors. But given how unlikely new funding would be, the best option – for everyone – is to leave well enough alone.
Worth a thousand words? Or $37 million.
New York’s Met just announced more job cuts to balance its books as the shifting tastes and demographics make it harder to make a museum’s ends meet.
Turn up the volume of creativity.
A focus on core subjects for 16-year-olds should not exclude arts, music or drama.
‘If these index findings are indeed true then our economic and cultural performance, our overall prosperity, should be better than it is.’
The warmest, most welcoming home of cultural nationalism is appeal to the provenance of “our stories”. Real Australian stories are made by Australians, for Australians, using only Australians, and only…
Regular readers of this column will know that I’m neither an artist nor a cultural expert, but something much more déclassé: I’m a cultural economist. Part of this involves studying the incentives that…
How grim a message is the budget inadvertently sending?
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The reality of the 2014 budget is now pretty clear, not just its specific provisions but the kind of nation it wants Australia to become. How it affects culture relates not just to this or that cut to…
The state of culture in Australia? Basically, it’s in rude health.
In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is Australia doing overall? In this special series, ten writers…