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Brandis is wrong: small arts orgs deliver much greater bang for govt buck

Brandis is wrong: small arts orgs deliver much greater bang for govt buck

New data released by the Australia Council reveals that large performing arts companies are highly inefficient, writes Ben Eltham.

Theatre review: <em>Carmen</em> — Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

Theatre review: Carmen — Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

It's as good as Carmen can be, indoors or out. Opera Australia's Sydney Harbour spectacle might not be pure, but it's a visual feast and the performers are world-class, writes Lloyd Bradford Syke.

Theatre review: <em>Penelope</em> — TheatreWorks, Melbourne

Theatre review: Penelope — TheatreWorks, Melbourne

Irish playwright Enda Walsh wrestles Beckett, Joyce and Homer and comes out a little worse for wear in Red Stitch's Penelope, says Sarah Braybrooke, despite some winning (near-naked) performances.

Theatre review: <em>The Addams Family</em> — Capitol Theatre, Sydney

Theatre review: The Addams Family — Capitol Theatre, Sydney

They're creepy and they're kooky, and the Australian players really dazzle. The Addams Family, a moderate hit on Broadway, arrives in Sydney in perfect working order, writes Lloyd Bradford Syke.

Massive step for dance, speaking to new audiences

Massive step for dance, speaking to new audiences

Contemporary dance enjoys renewed attention -- and attracts large audiences -- as part of the Dance Massive festival in Melbourne. It's driving innovative new projects in Australia.

Arts funding winners grin, but some criticism for Crean report

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.

Power and privilege: the 25 ‘trophy’ boards high-flyers covet

Power and privilege: the 25 ‘trophy’ boards high-flyers covet

What are the boardrooms Australia's corporate high-flyers most want to be in? The ones with perks where no experience is necessary -- but it's still hard work. Crikey names the most coveted.

Two-speed performing arts sector drags down attendance

Two-speed performing arts sector drags down attendance

New data released by the Australia Council confirms stagnating audiences for the nation's largest performing arts organisations. But companies say it's not as bad as it looks.

Performing arts audiences stagnating: <em>Crikey</em> analysis

Performing arts audiences stagnating: Crikey analysis

A major new analysis of public source attendance data for Australian performing arts companies published today by Crikey reveals stagnating audiences across the sector.

Crean gets to work on Labor’s cultural fabric

Crean gets to work on Labor’s cultural fabric

Some broad outlines of Labor's National Cultural Policy are beginning to finally emerge. But arts minister Simon Crean faces some big questions from industry and artists.