George Clooney cites Irish Famine in refugee speech

‘Refugees are people like you and me,’ star says after presenting humanitarian Aurora Prize. Refugees are “people, like you and me”, Hollywood star George Clooney has said during a speech in Yerevan, Armenia… Source: George Clooney cites Irish Famine in refugee speech Read More »

Australian sculptor Inge King dies aged 100

Renowned Australian sculptor Inge King, who for more than 60 years was a pioneer of contemporary sculpture in her adopted homeland, has died in Melbourne. “Halfway between 100 and 101,” the centenarian died peacefully in the presence of her family late Saturday night, her long-time gallerist Stuart Purves said… Source: Australian sculptor Inge King dies aged 100 Read More »

Menuhin: 100 facts to celebrate his centenary

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Friday 22 April is the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth. His biographer has compiled for us a list of 100 facts about the great musician and his musical legacy. 1. Yehudi Menuhin, born in New York City on April 22, 1916, was a US violinist, later also a conductor, teacher, impresario and supporter of human rights… Source: Menuhin: 100 facts to celebrate his centenary | Music | The Guardian Read More »

Yehudi Menuhin, The Violin of the Century

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Filmed at home, in Greece, Yehudi Menuhin tells the story of his life, which is the musical history of the century. To leaf through Yehudi Menuhin’s photo album is to cover the musical history of an entire century. He tells us about his life, filmed in his… Source: Yehudi Menuhin, The Violin of the Century | Medici Read More »

Remembering Phil Ochs, the Other Great Jewish Folksinger of the ’60s

It was 40 years ago this weekend, on April 9, 1976, that Phil Ochs was found dead at his sister’s home in Far Rockaway, Queens. He was one of the best-loved of the generation of young singer-songwriters of the 1960s, but he was much more than that. He was the most eloquent, wittiest, most piercing political bard… Source: Remembering Phil Ochs, the Other Great Jewish Folksinger of the ’60s – Opinion – Read More »

William Shakespeare’s handwritten plea for refugees to go online

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Sir Thomas More script is only surviving copy of a play in the bard’s hand and is one of 300 texts being digitised in run-up to British Library exhibition. The last surviving play script handwritten by William Shakespeare, in which he imagines Sir Thomas More making an impassioned plea for the humane treatment… Source: William Shakespeare’s handwritten plea for refugees to go online | Books | The Guardian Read More »

Taxithi – An Australian Odyssey – theatre review

An intelligent, insightful and emotion-charged work from Melbourne writer and performer Helen Yotis Patterson awaits those who venture to see this world premiere production. Inspired by untold true stories of love, sacrifice and courage, Taxithi opens the door to the Greek migrant experience to Australia in the 1950s and ‘60s… Continue reading Source: Taxithi – An Australian Odyssey – theatre review | the blurb magazine Read More »

Maria Mercedes’ Greek journey in Taxithi

Embracing her Greek heritage, Maria Mercedes explains that doing Taxithi is not just another job, it’s a gift… Taxithi. “The title means nothing to the majority of people – unless you’re Greek,” said Maria Mercedes with a laugh. “It’s Taxithi, which means journey.” Taxithi is the story of Greek migrants to Australia through the 1940’s to 1970’s. It’s written by Helen Yotis Patterson and is based on her own… Source: Maria Mercedes’ Greek journey in Taxithi – Theatrepeople Read More »

Reflections of the Lost Diggers of Vignacourt ( Video )

The Lost Diggers – Portrait Exhibition by George Petrou ( Video ) Source: Past Events | George Petrou Read More »

Cross of Valour | by George Petrou ( Video )

Cross of Valour – Portrait Presentation by George Petrou – ( Video ) Source: Cross of Valour | George Petrou Read More »

105-year-old Australian Aboriginal artist honored with U.S. exhibition

Loongkoonan only took up painting in her mid-90s, embracing it with such originality, confidence and dedication her work soon found its way into museums and private collections… Source: 105-year-old Australian Aboriginal artist honored with U.S. exhibition – Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW Read More »

Pro-rape ‘pick-up artist’ organises two Scottish events

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‘LEGAL rape’ group Return of the Kings will be holding meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow this weekend. The Scotsman The meetings were organised by controversial American pick-up artist and rape advocate Roosh V, who is the leader of a “neomasculinist” group. Supporters of the group will meet at Glasgow’s George Square and Edinburgh’s Grassmarket to join other members before heading to a secret location. Roosh states that meetings are restricted to only hetrosexual men and any women attempting to attend ... Read More »

One girl’s quest to become the first hijabi ballerina in the world

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Sydney schoolgirl Stephanie Kurlow stopped performing ballet when she converted to Islam in 2010. The Sydney Morning Herald – Rachel Olding, Reporter The 14-year-old, who has been dancing since she was two, doubted her chances of becoming a professional ballerina as she struggled to find schools that catered to both her religious beliefs and dance needs. Yet she watched around her as Misty Copeland became the first African-American principal dancer, Noor Tagouri became the first American news anchor to wear a ... Read More »

Ray Harryhausen film memorabilia ‘to tour Scotland’

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HE WAS the groundbreaking Hollywood special-effects guru who amazed generations of film fans before the digital revolution transformed the world of film. The Scotsman – By BRIAN FERGUSON Ray Harryhausen’s iconic creations for science fiction and fantasy films would go on to inspire the likes of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and Peter Jackson. Now the legacy of Ray Harryhausen will live on in Scotland after it emerged his collection of movie memorabilia, which is being held in a storage ... Read More »

‘Ephemeral City’: cardboard metropolis being built in Barangaroo, Sydney

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Forget bricks and mortar. It seems all you need to build a city is cardboard, sticky tape and a lot of hands. The Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney Pead This month, anyone who’s ever made a cubbyhouse from a fridge box can have their dreams come true as they help French artist Olivier Grossetete transform Barangaroo Reserve into a bustling metropolis. The finished interactive artwork, called The Ephemeral City, will be completed next week, comprising seven massive cardboard buildings and several ... Read More »

Frances Morris to become new Tate Modern chief

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Tate Modern Veteran curator who has been with Tate galleries since 1987 will become first Briton to head successful showcase of contemporary artists The Guardian – Mark Brown Arts correspondent A curator who has been at Tate Modern since it opened in 2000 will be the first woman and the first Briton to head the gallery when she takes up the role of director later this year. It was announced on Friday that Frances Morris, Tate Modern’s first head of displays, ... Read More »