Top 10 Australia Culture On this week 31/05/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)

Live from the dustiest back cupboard of everyone’s minds, it’s the Tony Awards.


10) How Can Humans Coexist With Monster Wildfires?

5th June

What: Have fires become too big for people and the planet? How are fire management techniques—both old (such as “cool” or prescribed burns used by some Indigenous people) and new (digital technology that maps fire hot spots)—being employed against megafires? And how can citizens and their communities learn to live, build, and plan for a future of firestorms? Historical ecologist Jared Dahl Aldern, CSU Long Beach American Indian Studies professor Theresa Gregor, and Fernanda Santos, The Fire Line author and Professor of Practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visit Zócalo to examine how and whether human beings can coexist with megafires.

Why: If we expect the US to take our advice on gun violence, we at least have to listen to their advice concerning megafires.


9) Brundibár: A Children’s Opera

4th June

What: Halifax Theatre for Young People is pleased to offer a free digital presentation of BRUNDIBÁR: an opera performed by and for children with music by Hans Kràsa and a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister. Be sure to check out this unique production!

Why: Because the shrill aspect of a child is highly undervalued.


8) Together with Chor Leoni 

7th June

What: JUNO-nominated Chor Leoni presents Together with Chor Leoni, an hour of choral beauty and connection. This is a curated online digital concert event, streamed in real time, and hosted by Artistic Director Erick Lichte. Presented in HD on YouTube, Together with Chor Leoni is a celebration of the sights and sounds of Chor Leoni’s concert performances recorded in the greatest concert halls of the world; from Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre to Vancouver’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. This digital concert will also feature exciting and never-seen-before collaborations, plus a few surprises.

Why: Undoubtedly one of the most mellifluous inclusions of the rhotic r to be broadcast globally in recent times.


7) Jazz and Classical Music from Frankfurt

4th June

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.


6) Live Baroque Music ‘To Survive Melancholy’

6th June

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.


5) Vienna State Opera: The Tempest Live

3rd June

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 they will feature The Tempest.

Why: The Tempest is still the most eloquent f**k you to the audience from the author to ever exist. Though Dan Harmon’s not dead yet.


4) One-Page Score Project with Vancouver Electronic Ensemble 

3rd June

What: Ever wondered what a picture could sound like? Vancouver New Music will host the live premiere of 2 new scores on their YouTube channel. For this special virtual edition of the One-Page Score Project, they invited community members from a wide variety of backgrounds to take part in a free two-day online workshop on how to create a graphic score. Guided by Giorgio Magnanensi, participants learned about and experimented with graphic notation, sound, composition, gesture and figure. The participants were then paired with a member of the Vancouver Electronic Ensemble to collaborate on an interpretation of their score, playing with the musician’s unique instrumentation and musical style. In graphic notation, signs and symbols can be used to represent sounds, textures and various kinds of sonic events. Using graphic notation, composers don’t need any prior knowledge of how to write or read traditional musical notation, just a desire to create and explore sound.

Why: Vancouver’s creative potential made manifest beyond trees for Wolverine to lacerate and the Canucks.


3) Tony Awards Virtual Celebration 

8th June

What: Broadway comes back for a never-before-seen special Tony Awards celebration despite the rescheduling of the prestigious 74th in-person awards show and curtains closing across the nation amid the pandemic. Tony Award nominee Lonny Price hosts the one-hour fundraising event benefiting the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League.

Why: Once this pandemic is over, live theatre will either be dead or running rampant. In both instances, it will be an entertaining journey to the end point.


2) Parkland Rising

3rd June

What: The screening of the feature documentary Parkland Rising to coincide with National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The evening will feature a live screening of the film introduced by Executive Producer Katie Couric with a conversation to follow with, Manuel Oliver, Greg Kahn (Gun Safety Alliance Co-Lead), Cheryl Horner McDonough, and Manju Bangalore (March For Our Lives LA Chapter Co-Lead), moderated by Katie Couric. Pearl Jam and the Black Eyed Peas are hosting the streaming premiere.

Why: If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times. What the hell are the Black Eyed Peas doing here? Regardless, this documentary is unfortunately more relevant than ever. (Unlike the Black Eyed Peas.)


1) We Are One: A Global Film Festival

31st 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 the 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 that one off, get drunk and turn on the South Korean gorefest you signed up for.

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