DARLINGTON: If a tree falls in Abercrombie Street – was it because of a truck accident? Or perhaps a “force majeure” due to the recent storms, or was it, as many Darlington residents and shop owners believe, the result of root damage and a very inept and poorly managed street upgrade project.
Indie-roots three-piece Eddie Boyd & the Phatapillars have been extremely busy these past 12 months recording a debut EP, touring and writing. And it’s all paid off – with tight performances, Triple J airplay, an appearance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay and a video clip on the way. Eddie Boyd & the Phatapillars are fast-tracking their way to the top of the Sydney indie-roots scene. Liz Hughes talks to Eddie Boyd about cross-country adventures and what’s in store for 2015.
“At the end of the day, it’s just not sustainable in a world approaching nine billion people to demand meat every day, let alone with every meal.” Ryan Alexander is a passionate advocate for animal rights and vegetarian ethics. “Humans can live, happy, healthy and fulfilling lives without meat,” he says. “There really is no need to eat meat in our culture. It is a choice, weighed down by the inherited thinking of ‘need’ and the mass marketing machine of big business which feeds off this thinking.” He talks to Andrew Collis about the No Meat May campaign.
The myth of Antigone begins and ends with death. What should we die for? What do we owe our dead? These are the essential moral questions of the play, dramatised by Sophocles through the conflict between an authoritarian ruler and a defiant young woman standing on principle in the face of overwhelming opposition. These are the questions that each generation feels compelled to answer.
“City Streets” by Julie Hill is a song with special meaning for Anne Jordan PVBM, director of Cana Communities. The lyric speaks of the pain of life on the streets, as well as solidarity and the promise of healing relationships: “Who will hear their song, who will sing along …?” City Streets magazine was published over two decades. Its editor, Aleida Jansen, has now edited a book to celebrate Cana’s 40th anniversary. Cana Communities – Celebrating 40 Years was launched by Margaret Cannane PVBM on Sunday May 3 at Redfern Park. As befits the Cana story thus far, the event was a joyous and chaotic, musical and liturgical celebration.
This year’s Gallipoli centenary saw one of the biggest crowds ever gather in Redfern Park on Anzac Day to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and servicewomen.
ULTIMO: Every great city in the world has a science and technology museum. Sydney has its Powerhouse Museum, an oasis of learning for people of all ages. Yet this treasured cultural landmark could soon be sold to developers and uprooted from its iconic location.
A huge rally in support of refugees was held in Belmore Park on Sunday April 19. Speakers included Graeme McGregor, Refugee Campaign Coordinator, Amnesty International Australia; Ged Kearney, President ACTU; Dr Sue Wareham, Medical Association for the Prevention of War; Kyol Blakeney, President Sydney Uni SRC; Lydia Shelly, Islamophobia Register; and Shokufa Tahiri, a Hazara refugee.
REDFERN: Country music star and Australian Hearing ambassador Troy Cassar-Daley has written a new song for Australian Hearing. The song, which celebrates the gift of hearing, was officially launched on April 21 at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE). The event was emceed by Paul Brant, Manager of Recruitment Services, Australian Hearing.
Once again the totally relevant and exciting Théâtre Excentrique has chosen to present a play that disturbs and challenges its audience. The conflict between personal feeling and public policy dramatised by Anouilh’s Antigone is as important to us today as it was to occupied France in 1944, the time of its first performance, and to the fifth century Athenian audience of Sophocles’s tragedy.