The first black arts festival was shaped by Cold War politics

Ellington on stage. David Murphy, Author provided David Murphy, University of Stirling In April 1966, legendary jazz musician Duke Ellington travelled to Dakar, Senegal, with his orchestra to play at the first World Festival of Negro Arts. Organised against the backdrop of African decolonisation and the push for civil rights in the US, the festival was hailed as the inaugural cultural gathering...
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We’re all going on a summer (art blockbuster) holiday

What blockbuster exhibition will you see this summer? One option is Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament at MONA. Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Photo: Rémi Chauvin Joanna Mendelssohn, UNSW I still remember my first blockbuster art exhibition. Two Decades of American Painting came to Australia under the auspices of New York’s Museum of Modern Art in...
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Tree of Codes wields dance, music and art to create new spectacle

Tree of Codes is less about drama, and more about the technical union of dance, music and art. Stephanie Berger HR Jana Perkovic, The University of Melbourne It would do great disservice to Tree of Codes to consider it in dramatic terms. When it comes to the possible plot, emotions or even themes expressed, your guess is as good as mine. What we are often taught to expect from theatre – a...
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