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Ring Cycle: if you can watch 16 hours of opera, read on

Wagner’s 16 hour-long Ring Cycle is not for the casual opera fan, but die-hards are in for a treat.

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Packer’s Sydney arts donation a lay-down misere

Daily Review journalist Ben Neutze says James Packer’s major arts donation — in exchange for approval for his Sydney casino — raises questions around the meaning and funding of culture in Australia.

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The ripple of Australian art that radiates outwards (all the way to Crikey)

The arts is a living, breathing monster; roaring in our major cultural spaces and dingy laneways near you. Crikey is diving into the pond with the launch on Monday of Daily Review.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS|

Grammar? None for Gretchen Wieners, bye

Young people take grammar more seriously than you’d think, writes Allie Severin.

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Arts funding winners grin, but some criticism for Crean report

As the dust begins to settle on Simon Crean’s Creative Australia policy, most arts and cultural leaders have been overwhelmingly supportive of the new plan. But there are a few dissenting voices.

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National Cultural Policy out at last — and it’s a big win for arts

The federal government’s National Cultural Policy, released today, is a big win for the arts generally — it’s got new money and plenty of policy reform. But there are losers.

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Creative jobs: maybe that arts degree isn’t so useless after all

Worried about a career in the arts? It’s not as bad as you may think. Journalists and printers may be on the scrap heap, but there are more artists employed than ever according to new data.

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Arts is local, storytelling digital, in co-creative communities

Community arts and cultural development is in transition. There might be a lack of policy direction, but grassroots organisations are getting on with the business of creating.

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How government austerity is squeezing smaller arts groups

Tight state government revenues mean small-to-medium arts companies face an uncertain future. Is the golden age of funding coming to an end?

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Crimes ed backflips on arts cuts. But what about Age and SMH?

Canberra Times editor Rodd Quinn caves into pressure from advertisers and reinstalls the position of arts editor. But what about the arts at other Fairfax papers, ask Matthew Knott and Cathy Alexander?

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Human rights gets a new voice, Right Now

Not-for-profit media organisation Right Now is a lesson in socially responsible and creative online publishing, writes Sanjay Fernandes, a freelance writer and journalist.

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An attack on arts, and science

Crikey readers have their say.

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Pain in the arts: only a transparent Australia Council will do

It doesn’t take a censor to silence an artist — a sufficiently opaque and discretionary funding body can achieve the same effect, writes Jacqueline Elaine, executive director of the Australian Writers’ Guild.

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Putting bums on seats: new ways to sell old arts

The ultimate aim of arts companies is to put bums on seats. But the multi-media, multi-faceted strategy is an inexact science. Crikey speaks to arts marketers about the challenges of their jobs.

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Money and art: should businesspeople run the creative space?

The common message from much of the social sciences is that the arts and culture are more than just industries exchanging goods and services. They are constitutive parts of our everyday life.

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What do we want from arts media?

Some scant research is beginning to reveal that arts journalism runs on objectives and principles that are quite different to those of conventional journalism, writes Lucinda Strahan, a lecturer at the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University.

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Outsourcing the arts at Aunty: the problem with commissioning

ABC TV’s flagship program Art Nation has been axed and 15 people have also been reportedly offered redundancies. So what does that mean for arts programming, asks Nicholas Pickard?

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Save the Australia Council, at least for the music: academic

Some have argued to abolish arts funding body the Australia Council altogether. But that could kill classical music, argues academic Justin O’Connor.

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How PR became the art of imitating the art of journalism

New evidence shows that arts journalism in Melbourne’s newspapers is saturated by PR content, writes Lucinda Strahan, lecturer in media and communication at RMIT University.

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‘Window dresser’ Garrett a pain in the arts …

For someone who was once a working artist, on the whole Peter Garrett has been missing from every aspect of what is an enormous portfolio, writes a Sydney arts insider.

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TV Tonight | TV & RADIO|

Has the fat lady sung on ABC’s live arts coverage?

After ABC2’s live opera broadcast failed to take Australian television by storm, with only 6000 tuning in, is it curtains for the classics on Auntie, asks David Knox.

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The Australian | TV & RADIO|

New SBS arts channel in the works

Pay-TV arts channel, Ovation, has been given the flick by Foxtel and Austar to make way for a new arts channel from SBS, which hopes to attract a younger and more male demographic.

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VIC|

University of Melbourne spinning themselves a lie on VCA

Management and spin doctors are in denial over the unpopular changes to the Victorian College of the Arts, writes Scott Dawkins.

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Marcus Westbury | ART & DESIGN|

Where Australia’s arts funding goes

Following up from his great piece on the Australia Council’s failure to adapt to the digital era, Marcus Westbury charts exactly where our country’s arts funding is — and isn’t — going. In a word: orchestras.

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