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2014 Melbourne Festival program announced

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Last night the 2014 Melbourne Festival program was revealed with a daring and surprising line-up that will see the city come alive with vibrant performances. This annual celebration of Melbourne’s art and culture will include close to 100 events, works from artists from 23 different countries and will run across more than 30 venues throughout…

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Hirotoshi Ito creates mind-bending stone sculptures

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We’ll be the first to admit that we may have overlooked the creative potential of the humble rock. Apart from occasionally blaming them as the culprit for a stubbed toe, they’ve always seemed too cold, hard and lifeless to merit further thought. Turns out – we were wrong. Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito’s mind-bending sculptures transform…

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German artist Martin Klimas captures striking images of dancing paint

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What does music look like? That’s the question German artist Martin Klimas has set out to answer through his stunning series of photographs. Or perhaps it’s the question “can you make paint dance?” – Either way, we love this vibrant collection of images that manage to capture paint splattering to the rhythm of music. To…

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Heydar Aliyev Center wins Design of the Year Award.

The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, has just been awarded the Design Museum Design of the Year Award. The building’s designer, Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid, has become the first woman to win the prize. The spectacular Heydar Aliyev Centre features the elaborate rolling curves and waves that Hadid is renowned for. A member…

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Bondi Feast set to brighten up Sydney’s winter

From the 8-26 July, winter is taking a hit. A creative hit, that is. Bondi Feast returns to one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, with a festival of all the best in homegrown theatre, music, comedy, visual art, and food. For the third year of the festival, Bondi Pavilion will be home to Bondi Feast’s…

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Legendary soul singer, guitarist and songwriter Bobby Womack dies aged 70.

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Iconic soul singer, guitarist and songwriter Bobby Womack has passed away at the age of 70. The legendary musician, best known for his songs ‘Lookin’ for Love’ and ‘That’s The Way I Feel About ‘Cha’, died over the weekend with the cause of death yet to be confirmed. Womack first broke onto the international music…

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Hidden portrait discovered underneath Picasso masterpiece

A hidden portrait has been discovered beneath the brushstrokes of Picasso’s masterpiece The Blue Room. Scientists and art experts working together with infrared imagery were able to detect a painted image of a bow-tie wearing man resting his bearded face on his hand underneath the visible image of a woman bathing in Picasso’s studio. The…

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Australia’s largest ‘yarn bombing’ sees yellow submarine brought to life

Australia is now home to a ‘yellow submarine’ – a life-sized, yarn-covered submarine at that. The small country town of Holbrook, near the New South Wales/Victoria border, has become home to what is believed to be the largest ever ‘yarn bombing’ to have taken place in Australia. The submarine in question is the HMAS Otway,…

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The Light In Winter Festival – STUDIO Highlights

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Now in its eight year, The Light In Winter Festival continues its celebration of art, music and performance from June 1 – 22 in Melbourne. This year‘s festival explores the ideas about the circle of life through interactive light installations and whimsical shrines. Have a look at some of the highlights here: CAMPFIRE: Leemeeyt Weeyn’…

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Must-sees of this year’s Vivid Festival – kicking off this Friday!

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This Friday, Sydney will once again be transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, when the Vivid Festival takes over the city after dark from 23 May – 9 June. Here are some of STUDIO’s must-sees of the festival. Harbour Lights 23 May – 09 June from 6.00pm Experience Sydney Harbour like never before with a…

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Potholes like you’ve never seen before…

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Potholes are irksome. They result in a bumpy ride, busted tires and generally make us angry. This winter, a small group of artists in Scranton, Pennsylvania have decided to poke fun at potholes. Scranton’s Pop Up Studio have challenged residents to create their own pothole art and submit photos of their creations to a contest. “It’s…

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Artist transforms river debris into eerily beautiful installations in Houston, Texas

Texas based artist Jeremy Underwood’s eerily beautiful series Human Debris focuses on installations made from debris harvested on the beaches of Houston’s waterways. Materials such as used bottles, wood and plastic were collected and formed into site specific installations, which were then left at the sites to be discovered by others. These ethereal and striking forms…

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Daniel Boyd awarded the prestigious $80,000 Bulgari Art Award

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31 year old artist Daniel Boyd has become the first indigenous man to win the prestigious Bulgari Art Award. Boyd was awarded the $80,000 prize – which includes a $50,000 painting acquisition and a residency in Italy valued at $30,000- and is considered one of the most valued Australian art awards. His prize-winning work Untitled…

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Cough – a new play by Emily Calder

It all starts when one person gets a nasty cough. Then, well – you all know the drill. Before long everyone within a kilometre radius is struck down by it too. Sydney playwright Emily Calder’s new play is based on this all-too-common phenomenon. In an anonymous child care centre, somewhere in the city, there’s a…

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Hollywood icon Mickey Rooney passes away aged 93.

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Veteran actor, singer and entertainer Mickey Rooney has passed away at the age of 93. Rooney’s prolific career spanned across eight decades, initially finding success as a child actor during the era of silent film. From his first film appearance in 1926, Rooney went on to star in over 200 films, including classics such as and The Black Stallion,…

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Win thousands at Vivid Ideas 2014 with ‘Stand Up, Stand Out’

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Think your creative idea could make it big? Then listen up. As part of Vivid Ideas 2014, crowdfunding platform Pozible presents Stand Up, Stand Out, a one night only live pitching event that will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Four selected participants will be asked to deliver a 5 minute pitch of their…

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The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton passes away aged 64

Scott Asheton, founding member and drummer of the iconic band The Stooges, has passed away at the age of 64. The news was announced on the band’s official Facebook page by Asheton’s band mate and long-time friend Iggy Pop. The singer paid tribute to his friend in the following statement: “Scott was a great artist….

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Celtic Thunder principal singer George Donaldson passes away aged 46

George Donaldson – one of Celtic Thunder’s principal singers – has passed away in his Glasgow home this Wednesday 12 March at the age of 46. The self-taught musician joined the wildly successful group Celtic Thunder in 2007 and has served as the principal singer since then. In a statement, fellow principal singer Ryan Kelly…

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Vivid Sydney- 2014 Program Announced

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Vivid Sydney is set to enthral audiences once again with the largest program of light, music and ideas in its six year history. Highlights will include Harbour Lights- where for the first time ever, the ferries and vessels docked in Sydney Harbour will be decked out in LED lights with their colours computer-controlled by satellite…

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INNER GARDEN – a new work from contemporary dance company De Quincey Co

What is your obsession? How does it control you or can you keep it in check? Set inside a hidden walled garden in Callan Park, Rozelle, this site-specific work delves into the depths of the imagination exploring the crevices of the mind and the shape of our obsessions. As audience members enter a space inhabited by dancers,…

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