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From Israel to Iceland

I’VE been to a lot of arts festivals and interviewed a lot of festival directors, but this was the first time one had invited me to don a bikini for a meet-and-greet with musicians in a hot spa. Clearly, Israeli-born […]
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From Greeks to Throne

WHEN it comes to writing and critiquing, American Daniel Mendelsohn works both sides of the fence, but expresses no qualms about it. “Criticism is writing and all my books are critical, so there’s no real division or distinction,” says the […]


Prize-winning photos

THE winners of the Head On Photo Festival, sharing $50,000 worth of prizes, were announced on May 1 at the festival’s official opening held at Sydney’s Lower Town Hall. The portrait prize was won by Molly Harris with her emotive […]


Yiddish redux

Canadian writer and raconteur Michael Wex, who has breathed new life into the Yiddish language, is visiting Australia this month. He speaks to Peter Kohn Shakespeare has been translated into Yiddish, but let’s face it, the greatest hope for Mameloshen […]

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Tackling photography Head On

The work of 900 photographers across 150 exhibitions around Sydney will feature in the annual Head On Photo Festival to take place throughout May. Director Moshe Rosenzveig tells Phoebe Roth what’s new this year. NOW into its 11th year, the […]

The Buchenwald boys today

Buchenwald Boys dance again

IN 2005, on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp, local filmmakers Danny Ben-Moshe, Uri Mizrachi and Andrew Weisman made the acclaimed documentary The Buchenwald Ball which followed the Buchenwald “boys” as they set about celebrating […]

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Crowdfunding for a story of hope

TWO Sydney filmmakers and a klezmer singer have launched a crowdfunding campaign to enable the production of Pockets of Hope, a documentary film which tells an inspiring story they believe might play a role in stemming the rising tide of […]


Comic book slant on the community

IT was during Ted Janet’s time in Los Angeles as a student, while he was feeling homesick, that the seeds were planted for a new book based around his childhood days in Melbourne’s Jewish community. “I was telling stories of […]


Taking up the teen challenge

WRITER Joanne Fedler long suspected that her latest book – an often hilarious, always frank, no-holds-barred account of raising teenagers – would be thought-provoking, yet nothing could have prepared the mother of two for the intensity of the response to […]


Moving to a Balkan beat

ISRAELI experimental group Balkan Beat Box is bringing its eclectic blend of Middle Eastern-spiced electronica to Australia this month. The band is making its first tour Down Under with concerts in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and in New Zealand. Formed in […]