Read the first chapter of Iain Ryan’s new regional noir novel The Student

Sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re going to know if you’re going to like a novel just from looking at the cover and the synopsis. Sometimes it’s handy to read a little bit of the novel, get a feel for it… realise you love it, want to read more, and go out and by it. So in the interest of convenience we at the AU Review are supplying you with an exclusive extract of Iain Ryan’s latest regional noir The Student for your reading pleasure – the first chapter.... Read More | Share it now!

Seven theatre productions you can’t miss in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane this month

It’s a massive month for theatre all around Australia, with the Helpmann Awards on July 24th only furthering the spotlight on the many great productions happening all over Australia. But the Helpmann nominees aren’t the only shows worth celebrating; here are seven productions which kick off or continue through the month ahead in Sydney, Brisbane, Parramatta and Melbourne we reckon you can’t miss.... Read More | Share it now!

Five reasons Dark Mofo is now one of Australia’s must-have experiences

Buildings dressed in blood red lighting; hipsters running around a rocky, pitch-black industrial playground ducking in and out of old warehouses with a hot toddy in hand; inverted polly waffles cooked over campfires and handed out to shamelessly salivating foodies; a single helicopter performing impressive choreography over Hobart’s spectacular waterfront while being blasted by an atmospheric and densely layered siren song; a legendary German band creating thick soundscapes with home-made instruments in one of the country’s coolest live music venues. This was – is – a tiny slice of Dark Mofo, now one of the most in-demand art festivals in the country – certainly the most unique – and I tried desperately to soak it up all during the two nights down in Hobart this year.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: La Boite’s HWY – Deconstructing ‘Australian-ness’ through theatre

Australian theatre is so male and white. Main stage subscriber theatre is irrelevant. Theatre is a boutique heritage industry. I have been having these conversations for years and to varying degrees these statements are true. But culture is not static, it grows and evolves and theatre is now transforming itself; driven by the artist that are making it to become relevant, to have central to itself makers of diverse back grounds and to find forms that keep it alive and capture new audiences. A program such as La Boîtes HWY‘s showings, panels, conversations and workshops, is a vital part of this growth.... Read More | Share it now!

Nine things we learned at Vivid Ideas’ Unlocking Your Grey Zone: How Positive Ambiguity Can Help You Thrive In An Uncertain World

We often make breakthroughs when we reserve judgement and keep things like fear and prejudice at bay. Yet as humans the notion of embracing ambiguity can be a hard thing to swallow because the only certain things in life are death and taxes. Matt Whale is the founder and managing director of How To Impact, a leading agency specialising in innovation strategy, insight and delivery. We share the top nine things we learned at his Vivid Ideas talk, Unlocking Your Grey Zone: How Positive Ambiguity Can Help You Thrive In An Uncertain World.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: Metro Arts intimately takes over, with masturbation master classes, geo-politics and queer narratives.

The emergence of participatory art with a desire to move viewers out of the role of passive observers into the role of co-creators has been evolving for decades in contemporary art and theatre practice and theory. In the 70’s, artist and activist Joseph Beuys created the term “Social Sculpture” to illustrate his idea of art’s potential to transform society in which everyone has the potential to be an artist.... Read More | Share it now!

Ten Things We Learned at Deadlines, Dreams & Goals during Vivid Ideas in Sydney

The vast majority of us are not natural born managers. Many managers have had to study, research and gain practical experience in the field before they can earn the title. But what do you do if you’re a creative practitioner, freelancer or sole trader who is in charge of their own career? The idea of administration, planning and goal-setting can seem overwhelming if you don’t have the necessary tools or experience.... Read More | Share it now!