Top 10 Australia Culture On this week 24/05/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)
You’ve marinated in depression long enough. It’s time to ignite the gas, wield the liquor and self-immolate.
10) Fun with DJ Qualls
What: Join DJ Qualls (Garth Fitzgerald IV) for an entertaining panel, as he answers questions about being part of the Supernatural family and more!
Why: Some people see value in this. Perhaps you are one of those people.
9) Royal Albert Home: Classical For Kids
What: Albert’s Band’s cellist Samara Ginsberg and pianist Leo Nicholson will deliver an exclusive set from their home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. Featuring a repertoire by Schumann, Bach and Dvorak, little ones will love this enchanting introduction to the cello.
Why: If your prepubescent child enjoys listening to Bach at midnight, sleeping with a knife under your pillow isn’t an act of paranoia, it’s just good planning.
8) Jazz and Classical Music from Frankfurt
What: The musicians of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and the Frankfurt Radio Big Band have started a live stream with duos and solo performances. One or two musicians will enter the stage of the radio hall and play for their virtual audience.
Why: There’s a WWII joke in here somewhere, but we’re facing WWIII and frankly this time we want Germany on our side.
7) Live Baroque Music ‘To Survive Melancholy’
What: In collaboration with Bach Club, Pawel Siwczak, concert artist, harpsichordist and a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music, each week chooses one or two works from a baroque repertoire, introduces them and then performs live. The previous episodes featured works by Froberger, John Blow and Nicolaus Bruhns, Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis Couperin and François Couperin. Future episodes will include music by Scarlatti, Frescobaldi, Byrd, Sweelinck, CPE Bach and more!
Why: Reflect upon a time when melancholia still qualified as a mental illness rather than a logical state of mind.
6) Werk With Trinity The Tuck (Live)
What: Join Trinity The Tuck as she brings you her wildly popular podcast “Werk With Trinity The Tuck” live to your screen as she interviews her guests on camera. This week’s guests are world famous duo “Latrila” consisting of Latrice Royale & Manila Luzon.
Why: A podcast that might just shatter the stereotype and actually be interesting.
5) Vienna State Opera: Live
24th, 27th & 28th May
What: The Vienna State Opera is sharing past performances via free daily online streams. Experience the majesty of the Viennese opera alongside a worldwide audience. This week’s performances will feature Arabella, La Fille du Régiment and Salome.
Why: Salome was once described as “repugnant to Anglo-Saxon minds”. The universal hallmark of anything good.
4) This Holding: Traces of Contact (Film Premiere)
What: Celebrated Nashville visual artist Jana Harper joins forces with choreographer Rebecca Steinberg, musician Moksha Sommer, and filmmaker Sam Boyette for a physical exploration of personal empathy and the shared human experience. Originally conceived as a live performance, this dance and visual art event has been re-imagined for the camera, taking a timely look at our responsibilities to each other as citizens of a global community. Tune in for the film premiere to participate in a live Q&A with the artists.
Why: “A physical exploration of personal empathy”. It’s basically the filthiest, most transgressive porn for the COVID-19 era.
3) Queer, Far, Wherever You Are
What: Join the world’s largest and longest-running queer theatre Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for their digital performance series Queer, Far, Wherever You Are. Queer artists will be sharing intimate performances from their homes, from burlesque to readings, and DJ sets to makeup tutorials. This performance will feature cabaret artist Ophira Calof.
Why: A light, refreshing entrement in the heavy, grotesque full course dinner of 2020.
2) Royal Albert Home: Imogen Heap
What: Imogen Heap will deliver an exclusive set from her home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. The Ivor Novello-winning producer, writer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and technologist is the creative force behind gestureware MI.MU gloves and the music ecosystem Mycelia. Imogen won a Grammy for her work with Taylor Swift and was Grammy nominated as the composer & arranger for the acclaimed West End musical Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This special Royal Albert Home set will see Heap let her fans choose the setlist.
Why: An act with so much indie cred, it transcends the rules of capitalisation and pronunciation.
1) We Are One: A Global Film Festival
29th May-7th June
What: Discover and watch films during this first ever 10-day global film festival co-curated by over 20 film festivals from across the world. All funds raised during the festival will benefit COVID-19 relief funds. The festival will feature programming curated by the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM), Jerusalem Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR), San Sebastian International Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.
Why: It’s Sydney Film Festival, but you don’t have to pretend to be enthralled by a slow-burn exploration of rural Flemish family politics. You can just turn it off, get drunk and enjoy the South Korean gorefest you signed up for.