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A discordant sound travels from Wagga to world stages

Mat Schulz found a place where experimental music was brought into the fold in the Polish city of Krakow. Sanjay Fernandes catches up with him in Germany.

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Big Day gets out, and smaller is probably better

With the Big Day Out on the hunt for a new site, the economic impact of big festivals has never been more important. But are tourist dollars really the best way to measure the impact of cultural events?

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A tropical musical feast in Townsville

On the Great Barrier Reef’s most beautiful island, a feast of world-class music. It sounds like a fantasy, but the Australian Festival of Chamber Music has never been conventional, writes Alison Cotes.

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New cultural roadmap, but will there be a soundtrack?

The arts year will be dominated by key themes: the announcement of the National Cultural Policy, the deflation of the music festivals bubble, and fraught times at many smaller companies.

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Nowhere to pee, but music fans keep rocking on

Music festivals have the problems other arts sectors would die for. The logistics are a nightmare — like the recent Harvest Festival — but the fans keep coming.

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Just 50,000 of my closest music loving friends and a small hurricane

The season-ending Bestival on the Isle of Wight is a smaller version of Glastonbury. Weather forecasts for the weekend had Nicola Heath in a frenzy of sun-loving, Antipodean dread.

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Listen up, cool cats … just listen

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival kicked off on Saturday. Tonight’s highlights include New York’s hip-hop inspired Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, drummer Jim Black’s AlasNoAxis, and traffic. Yes, traffic. Iona Salter explains.

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The cultural revolution was online in 2010

The most important arts and “cultural” events of 2010 happened online, writes Ben Eltham, in his final My Cup of Tea column for the year.

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