POPSART: Sunpac Theatre and OperaQ are taking it to the people!

I attended the opening night of OperaQ’s regional tour of Night with Opera Queensland from Sunpac Theatre Sunnybank on Friday night and was totally enthralled by the passion, talent, power and beauty of the work. Presenting Opera in this non-conventional form like a cabaret, a chocolate box of hits from Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto and Don Giovanni, makes it particularly entertaining and entrancing. Many of the songs were familiar, revealing the impact opera has had on our popular culture, presented with a theatricality that’s archetypical in its extremity and emotion.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: Hanson in a Burqa? John Safran’s book Depends on What You Mean By Extremist is the conversation we need to have

As a well armed far-right movement in America raises its ugly head in Charlottesville, leaving one oppositional protester murdered, Pauline Hanson turns up to Parliament in a Burqa. As her terribly offensive action is passionately berated by George Brandis, of all people, fourteen people are murdered in Barcelona, mowed down by a car in one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. Across the globe, the actions and conversations that would have once seemed almost impossible ten years ago in their extremity have become the norm.... Read More | Share it now!

8 shows not to be missed at this year’s Brisbane Festival

It’s Bris-been another great year of arts, music and experiences in Brisbane but nothing compares to the Brisbane Festival. Sadly, there won’t be another public holiday for it (thanks anyway, Ekka Show) but it will give you 21 days of interactive features, theatrical performances, high-flying acrobatics and international music acts. But how do you choose what to see from such a huge line-up? Well, we’ve put together the 8 must-not-be-missed performances of the festival so you don’t have to.... Read More | Share it now!

Here’s what to expect from the ambitious art program at Helsinki’s award-winning Flow Festival

Heading to Flow Festival in Helsinki this year? Great choice; not only will you be getting amongst performances from world-renowned acts like Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, Aphex Twin, London Grammar, the xx, and Angel Olsen, you’ll be able to experience an immersive cutting-festival which has been named one of Europe’s very finest. And that’s saying a lot, considering how sought-after European music and arts festivals are; often occupying the top spots on any discerning traveler’s bucket-list. ... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: La Boite Theatre’s Blackrock, a brutal tale of sexual violence against women that is still relevant as ever.

The new production of Blackrock, a play written by Nick Enright some 20 years ago, opened at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane last night. Its opening coincided with the acquittal of four men found not guilty of the gang rape of a fifteen year old girl in the Blue Mountains; it’s clear this horrifying narrative is as relevant today as ever.... Read More | Share it now!