Gunpowder, whisky and a prayer to the gods: Thailand’s rocket festival

Gunpowder, whisky and a prayer to the gods: Thailand’s rocket festival

Posted May 18, 2018 17:31:04 Thamnong Chaiyanit concentrates as he plunges a metre-long drill bit directly into compressed gunpowder. Water floods the whirring drill bit, but one spark could be the end of him, and all the other men nearby packing explosive powder and straightening bamboo. The Angel of Time …

Festival Hall could be saved as Heritage Victoria recommends protection for Melbourne venue

Festival Hall could be saved as Heritage Victoria recommends protection for Melbourne venue

Posted May 18, 2018 08:18:41 Photo: The proposed development would see two apartment towers built on the site. (Supplied) Related Story: ‘We’re being pummelled’: Festival Hall owners say it can’t compete as redevelopment plans unveiled Melbourne’s Festival Hall could be saved from demolition, after Heritage Victoria recommended the 100-year-old venue …

Melbourne to host New York-style winter festival and exhibit works from MoMA

Melbourne to host New York-style winter festival and exhibit works from MoMA

Posted May 17, 2018 13:12:22 Photo: The festival will feature “secret laneway” gigs to celebrate Melbourne and New York’s rock heritage. (AAP: Joe Castro) Hot dogs and live music. Melbourne is taking a bite out of the Big Apple with a new winter festival in the city to coincide with …

Sydney CBD to host big air snowboarding festival with 16-storey ski ramp

Sydney CBD to host big air snowboarding festival with 16-storey ski ramp

Posted May 16, 2018 14:40:57 Photo: The big air snow ramp will be constructed in the Domain in August. (Supplied) Related Story: Snowboarder Jess Rich, Aussie bobsleigh team just miss out on finals When you think of a white winter, Sydney is not the first city that comes to mind. …

Perth Festival appoints Iain Grandage as new artistic director from 2020

Perth Festival appoints Iain Grandage as new artistic director from 2020

Posted May 09, 2018 12:01:00 Photo: Grandage says he wants to create “a festival for everyone”. (ABC News: Julian Robins) Related Story: How Australia’s longest-running cultural festival is democratising the arts Related Story: Artists turn Perth’s CBD into massive surround-sound system Celebrated Australian composer Iain Grandage has been named as …

Records squashed as tiny town Collector hosts sell-out pumpkin festival

Records squashed as tiny town Collector hosts sell-out pumpkin festival

Updated May 07, 2018 18:52:00 Related Story: Riverland record smashed by pumpkin Record-breaking crowds have squashed into the tiny town of Collector, north-east of Canberra, for its annual pumpkin festival. The 300 residents hosted over 16,000 visitors to the weekend festival, which is the peak fundraising event on Collector’s calendar. …

Records squashed as tiny town Collector hosts sell-out pumpkin festival

Records squashed as tiny town Collector hosts sell-out pumpkin festival

Posted May 07, 2018 16:06:33 Photo: Festival stalwart “Pumpkin Joe” was just one of the thousands in attendance. (ABC Canberra: Michael Black) Related Story: Riverland record smashed by pumpkin Record-breaking crowds have squashed into the tiny town of Collector, north-east of Canberra, for its annual pumpkin festival. The 300 residents …

#MeToo revelations and loud, angry men: the feminism flashpoint of Sydney writers’ festival | Books

Hours before the cornerstone Sydney writers’ festival panel about the #MeToo movement on Saturday night, the Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Diaz – with events still booked in Sydney and in Melbourne – was on a plane out of Australia. The day before, another festival guest, writer Zinzi Clemmons, had spoken …

Junot Diaz withdraws from Sydney Writers’ Festival after sexual harassment allegations

Junot Diaz withdraws from Sydney Writers’ Festival after sexual harassment allegations

Posted May 05, 2018 14:10:22 Photo: Junot Diaz has pulled out of all events at this weekend’s Sydney Writer’s Festival (ABC Radio ) Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz has withdrawn from the rest of the Sydney Writers’ Festival events he was scheduled to appear at, following historical sexual harassment allegations …

Bonfire explodes at Jewish festival in London, 10 suffer minor injuries

Bonfire explodes at Jewish festival in London, 10 suffer minor injuries

Posted May 03, 2018 17:00:34 Ten people suffered minor injuries following a large fire during a Jewish celebration in north London. External Link: London Ambulance tweet: “Tonight we have assisted @Hatzola dealing with multiple patients.” “Ten individuals suffered minor injuries following a large fire lit as part of local Jewish …