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Judith Durham: A Seeker who found international fame

Judith Durham: A Seeker who found international fame

Her crystal-clear voice propelled Judith Durham and The Seekers to international stardom and made the Melbourne singer a national treasure. But amid the success she endured a series of personal setbacks.

  • by Harriet Veitch

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‘He loves books. I like sports’: Meet opera’s opposites-attract couple

‘He loves books. I like sports’: Meet opera’s opposites-attract couple

Haotian Qi and Esther Song met in Sydney in 2017, married in 2019, and now live in (almost) perfect harmony as principal singers with Opera Australia.

  • by Jane Cadzow
Dangerous, beautiful and disturbing: the many faces of human crowds

Dangerous, beautiful and disturbing: the many faces of human crowds

The Australia Chamber Orchestra’s latest project has acquired extra resonance from the COVID pandemic.

  • by Nick Galvin
One in three women in Sydney Symphony Orchestra experienced sexual harassment
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One in three women in Sydney Symphony Orchestra experienced sexual harassment

A report by Elizabeth Broderick has found almost half of surveyed musicians and staff had experienced workplace bullying.

  • by Linda Morris
Incoming Arts Centre CEO warns of ‘short-term pain’ amid rebuild

Incoming Arts Centre CEO warns of ‘short-term pain’ amid rebuild

The Arts Centre’s new CEO Karen Quinlan says she is excited about taking over just as the centre is about to become a building site.

  • by Elizabeth Flux
How a rowdy pub became an unexpected haven for Melbourne poets

How a rowdy pub became an unexpected haven for Melbourne poets

Until 1975 “no respectable poet would read in a pub”. A new documentary looks back over 50 years of anarchism, open mics, and community.

  • by Andrew Bock
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‘We thought they’d hate it and punch us,’ says Hairspray creator

‘We thought they’d hate it and punch us,’ says Hairspray creator

The Tony-award winning director of the Hairspray musical says when it premiered in Seattle, way back in 2002, it felt like they were taking a big risk.

  • by Catherine Lambert
The surprising and colourful knockout on show in new ACMI exhibition

The surprising and colourful knockout on show in new ACMI exhibition

Light: Works from Tate’s Collection offers a chance to compare the work of 19th-century masters with contemporary artists to stunning effect.

  • by Robert Nelson
Spanish prosecutors seeking eight-year prison term for Shakira

Spanish prosecutors seeking eight-year prison term for Shakira

Her public relations team said earlier this week that the artist has deposited the amount she is said to owe in taxes, including €3 million in interest.

The striptease that made unlikely friends of Todd McKenney and Shane Jacobson

The striptease that made unlikely friends of Todd McKenney and Shane Jacobson

Dancing with the Stars judge Todd McKenney met Shane Jacobson when he choreographed the actor’s striptease. Despite their differences, they instantly clicked.

  • by Dani Valent
The power of Laurinda: ‘I see myself now. I don’t need you to see me’

The power of Laurinda: ‘I see myself now. I don’t need you to see me’

A new play based on Alice Pung’s 2014 novel has been a healing process for the playwright, who found echoes of her own schoolyard trauma in its pages.

  • by Steve Dow