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Short and sweet: Three new plays by Hilary Bell hit the stage in Sydney

It is always exciting to see new plays being performed for the first time in their entirety.

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Romantic comedies, Japanese reality television and NZ true crime: What to watch now

We have never been more spoilt for choice when it comes to what we can watch on (streaming) television. But the downside of this gluttony of riches is the sheer overwhelm that can come from having to choose your next show.

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Wurrdha Marra, new gallery dedicated to First Nations art and design to open at NGV

Meaning ‘Many Mobs’ in the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung language, Wurrdha Marra is a new exhibition space dedicated to displaying masterpieces and new works from the NGV’s First Nations art and design collection.

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V&A Museum opens major Coco Chanel exhibition

The V&A Museum in London is gearing up for a new exhibition, opening this week, dedicated to the life and work of fashion designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.

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Kenneth Branagh’s A Haunting in Venice his 20th film – what to make of his prodigious output?

A Haunting in Venice, Kenneth Branagh’s 20th film as director, has just been released. It marks an impressive career straddling genres and production scales.

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Powerful Pairing: Sydney Theatre Company production of Switzerland to open in Auckland

Australian theatre legend Sarah Goodes directs homegrown acting royalty Sarah Peirse in the black comedy, Switzerland.

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Standing up for Te Reo Māori: The history of Māori Language Week

As we celebrate Māori Language Week, we not only revel in the richness of Te Reo Māori but also look back at the arduous journey to secure its place as one of Aotearoa-New Zealand’s official languages.

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Book Review: The Fraud by Zadie Smith a dazzling depiction of Victorian colonial England

Zadie Smith’s latest novel, The Fraud, is her first foray into the world of historical fiction. The result is a stunning, well-studied examination of Victorian colonial England and some of its inhabitants.

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Review: Atmospheric Memory by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer at the Powerhouse Museum

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s new show at the Powerhouse Museum is an interactive – and at times unsettling – experience.

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A weekend with ‘the girls’

The Weekend explores a long-standing friendship between three women who come together to honour their recently lost friend.

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At mass grave exhumation, daughter of Spanish Civil War victim seeks closure

Benita Navacerrada is a 91-year-old Spanish woman with a yearning to know where her father was buried more than 80 years ago.

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Artisans of Kyoto: Exploring the profound importance of traditions

Around the world, indigenous crafts face the possibility of extinction due to advancements in machinery and technology.

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Stories of life and death: Auckland Theatre Company presents ‘Things That Matter’

Tales of our overworked, underpaid medical staff and the marginalised communities they serve come vividly to life in ATC’s new play.

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Edinburgh Fringe 2023: how to immerse yourself in the world’s biggest arts festival

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (known as “the Fringe”) is now the biggest arts festival in the world, and welcomes tens of thousands of performers across over 250 venues every August.

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‘Constellations’ is ‘Sliding Doors’ for adults

This play is an innovative depiction of love, life, quantum physics, and the choices we didn’t make.

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Floating art, Nordic style

MiNDFOOD Editor-in-Chief Michael McHugh discovers an art gallery at sea showcasing both well-known and emerging artists while travelling on the magnificent Viking Mars through scenic Scandinavia.

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David Hockney’s Harry Styles painting to go on display in London

A painting of pop star Harry Styles created by English artist David Hockney will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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How to motivate yourself to learn a language

Are you thinking about learning a language? Considering your motivation and even adjusting it slightly may help you stick to it. 

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Giant ‘breathing’ sphere to appear outside Melbourne’s NGV

A giant inflatable sphere – which appears to breathe throughout the day – has been selected as this year’s NGV Architecture Commission.

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Exhibition of Banksy’s art touring Australia

An exhibition featuring more than 150 artworks by Banksy is currently touring Australia.

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100 years of Vegemite, the wartime spread that became an Aussie icon

There are roughly 22 million jars of Vegemite manufactured in the original Melbourne factory every year. According to the Vegemite website, around 80% of Australian households have a jar in the cupboard.

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Unseen photos taken by Paul McCartney show height of Beatlemania

Personal and previously unseen photographs taken by musician Paul McCartney as ‘Beatlemania’ was soaring in the 1960s have gone on display at The National Portrait Gallery in London.

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Wisdom from the Dalai Lama on his 88th birthday

The Dalai Lama, a spiritual leader and a source of wisdom for many, has shared numerous pieces of advice throughout his life. 

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V&A’s new centre reveals pivotal role photography plays in reflecting and shaping our world

In May, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum opened the much-anticipated second phase of its Photography Centre. Set to be the UK’s largest permanent photography display, it will survey the medium’s past, present and future. With plans to rotate displays across seven galleries, it reflects the V&A’s renewed commitment to photography.

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