The correspondence about Melbourne vs Sydney and the question of
which cities rank in the arts has been pouring in. Here is a sample of
your interesting feedback:

A poetic subscriber writes:

One cultural activity not on your map is the spoken word/poetry
scene. In this area Melbourne is easily the most significant in
Australia, and a world player in terms of vitality. There are perhaps
thirty events each month. The Overload Poetry Festival in August is in
its fourth year, seventy events over two weeks, featuring national and
international acts. Rappers, wordsmiths, and lyrical grandmas. It’s a
fun scene, friendly, grassroots, not much funding, often sophisticated,
often daggy. In other words, Melbourne.

Our original arts insider writes:
Hasn’t the feedback been great. It was a pity I forgot the War Museum in Canberra – it is genuinely the most
moving museum I’ve ever been to. The proud Canberran makes a good point
for more than 0.5, but how much Federal dollars has its instutions taken compared
to the other States? Plenty, I’ll bet.

Louis Matthews from Melbourne-based Chamber Music Australia writes:

Pleased to see Crikey is going arty, but would be even
happier if your readers knew the ‘Olympics of chamber music’ gets
the starters gun this week (Thursday 30 June to Sunday 3 July) at the
National Academy of Music, in South Melbourne. So you are not deluged
with phone calls, please feel free to
tell your readers to call our hotline on 03 9645 8200. The nation’s
best musical talent is competing for cash and prizes worth $60,000.

My Fair Lady comes to Melbourne

Peter Fray

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