Top 10 Australia Culture On this week 09/08/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)


Then go to sleep, then wake up, then go to sleep again. It’s an endless cycle and we’ll all be glad when we’re dead.


10) Louvre Museum Live Interactive Virtual Tour

16th August

What: Join your expert Parisian guide on a virtual exploration of the Louvre Museum with a live chat and Q&A with your guide. Whether you’ve never been abroad or spent every summer in France, enjoy this exciting, interactive experience from the comfort of your home.

Why: See the world’s most underwhelming painting in the world’s most underwhelming format.


9) Royal Albert Home: Opera For Kids with Abigail Kelly

15th August

What: Join Albert’s Band’s soprano Abigail Kelly in this instalment of Opera for Kids as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. Abigail will delight you with opera favourites by Strauss, Verdi and Dvorak, as well as some Jamaican traditional songs!

Why: Unite two loud braying things. Because why not?


8) Sustaining Joy In AntiRacism Work

10th August

What: This lecture-conversation with Thea Monyeé and EbonyJanice Moore provides a framework for creating powerful anti-racism work while sustaining our efforts by maintaining a high quality joy practice. This lecture-conversation will provide strategies for those who are experiencing racism in the midst of dismantling systems of oppression, and allies who are both new to this work, or have had real skin in the game for some time now. A discussion of how the unlikely weapon of joy can be used to fortify anti-racism work, and move us all into a healthier tomorrow.

Why: The benefits of ‘F**k the police’, with a smiley face in the ‘o’.


7) In Conversation: Isabel Wilkerson and Jacqueline Woodson

11th August

What: Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson, the acclaimed author of The Warmth of Other Suns, discusses her latest book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, with 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award winner and New York Times best-selling author Jacqueline Woodson. Wilkerson’s new immersive narrative examines how America has been shaped by an unspoken caste system and the impacts of this rigid hierarchy of human divisions on our lives today. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, she explores eight pillars that underlie these systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more.

Why: A little context as we continue to watch the horror show.


6) Royal Albert Home: Teddy Swims

15th August

What: American singer-songwriter Teddy Swims will deliver an exclusive set from his home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. Teddy made a name for himself online thanks to his uniquely soulful style and R&B covers, bringing his own flavor and delivery to classic songs. His cover of Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 song I Can’t Make You Love Me for example showcases both his low, smoky register and soaring, powerful vocals. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Jaten Dimsdale, known by his moniker Teddy Swims (which stands for Someone Who Isn’t Me Sometimes), first toured the US as a hip-hop artist in early 2019 with his best friend Addy Maxwell before expanding into uncharted territory by blending the various genres he loves.

Why: The combination plate of music; slightly under-satisfying everyone.


5) Antigone in Ferguson

10th August

What: Antigone in Ferguson was conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014, through a collaboration between Theater of War Productions and community members from Ferguson, MO. Antigone in Ferguson fuses dramatic readings by leading actors of Sophocles’ Antigone with live choral music performed by a choir of activists, police officers, youth, and concerned citizens from Ferguson and New York City. The performance is the catalyst for panel and audience-driven discussions about racialized violence, structural oppression, misogyny, gender violence, and social justice. Featuring performances by Oscar Isaac, Tracie Thoms, Ato Blankson Wood, Willie Woodmore, Marjolaine Goldsmith, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, De-Rance Blaylock, Duane Martin Foster, Marcelle Davies Lashley, John Leggette, and Gheremi Clay, and the Antigone in Ferguson Choir.

Why: A searing evocation of the themes of civil disobedience, corrupt institutions and loyalty. Just…ignore all the rampant incest.


4) Royal Albert Home: Roberto Fonseca

17th August

What: Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca will deliver an exclusive set from his home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. The Havana-born vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and bandleader first appeared at the Hall with the Buena Vista Social Club ensemble, as part of a 400-date world tour. His subsequent nine solo projects have included the epic Afro-Cuban album, Zamazu – which spawned the song Llegó Cachaíto, used in the Hollywood film, Hancock – 2012’s GRAMMY-nominated Yo, and extensive tours both as a solo artist and in a trio. During this special Royal Albert Home online session, expect retro-modern keyboards, electronic beats and AfroCuban rhythms.

Why: Impress the Russians with a little forced variety in your internet history.


3) Royal Albert Home: Nathaniel Rateliff 

12th August

What: Nathaniel Rateliff will deliver an intimate set from his home studio in Denver as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. The American singer-songwriter developed a dedicated following within the Denver music community, so much so that The New York Times dubbed him a ‘Denver local folk-pop hero’. This wave of acclaim led to a solo tour opening for The Fray, which brought his work to the attention of national and international audiences. During this session, Nathaniel will perform a live solo acoustic rendition of his latest album And It’s Still Alright in its entirety following a one-on-one interview with Rolling Stone editor and music journalist David Fricke.

Why: Going to be a fricking good time. He’s probably used to people doing that. And he probably still loves it when people do that.


2) Royal Albert Home: Deelee Dubé

13th August

What: Jazz vocalist Deelee Dubé will deliver an exclusive set from her home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. Embodying a stellar African musical lineage, the eclectic tastes of a London upbringing and a deep love and respect for the jazz tradition, Deelee possesses what Jazz Times called “a warm tone, genuine blues feeling and easy rhythmic authority”. In 2016 she was the first and only winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in Newark, NJ. A songwriter, poet and singer, Dubé is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s, and made her Royal Albert Hall debut as part of the Late Night Jazz season in 2016.

Why: An impressive, complex and lyrical background to what is…still jazz.


1) Virtual Screening: Dear Homeland 

13th August

What: The virtual world-premiere screening of the KQED-produced documentary Dear Homeland by award-winning Colombian documentary filmmaker Claudia Escobar. Dear Homeland tells the story of Bay Area-based singer-songwriter Diana Gameros as she finds her voice as an artist and fights to define home for herself as an undocumented immigrant. Told in part through Diana’s hauntingly beautiful music, we learn of her nearly 20-year journey that takes her from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to San Francisco, California, where we watch Diana assert herself not only as a musician, but as an immigrant seeking citizenship and as an advocate for immigrant rights.

Why: The interesting story of a brilliant, underrated Mexican musician. In other words, if you’re white, Tarantino’s B-side.

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