Arts & Features

Musical mastermind behind Whiteley

Celebrated Australian Jewish composer Elena Kats-Chernin said the new Australian opera Whiteley, based around the iconic life of artist Brett Whiteley, is “probably the biggest show of my life”. Sophie Deutsch reports.

Lisa Sarzin (left) mentors GO Foundation scholar and Wadi Wadi woman, Natalie Abraham.

A common meeting ground

NAIDOC Week is marked from July 7-14, a time when we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Lisa Sarzin, Mark Leibler and Gary Samowitz share the special relationships they have fostered with Indigenous Australians.

The Gal Gadot effect

GAL Gadot is regularly touted as a better ambassador for the State of Israel than the hundreds of Israeli diplomats stationed around the world. And she's arguably the most famous Israeli face on the planet.

Short stories on the big screen

TWO experienced filmmakers have been awarded $5000 grants to make short films that will premiere at this year’s Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF), screening in Melbourne and other capital cities in October and November.

Lior’s soulful lyrics on love

THE blissful and exhilarating phase of early romance naturally lends itself to poetic songwriting, but Israeli-born Australian singer-songwriter Lior has always sought to reflect the realities of love and relationships.

Dream role for globe-trotting star

It was an offer that come out of the blue for opera singer Daniel Sumegi to perform alongside Anthony Warlow in the Australian musical Sweeney Todd.

Yiddish flavour to cabaret festival

This year the Melbourne Cabaret Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with highlights including Yiddish Divas and a tribute show to Amy Winehouse.

Sydney Film Festival fanfare

As cameras go behind the scenes to document the intriguing lives of some well-known Jewish figures, this year’s Sydney Film Festival, which runs from June 5-16, also celebrates Jewish talent in filmmaking.

Trials and tribulations of the Jewish people

Through waves of persecution, expulsion and forced conversion, the Jewish people remain defiant against all odds. Simon Schama addressed the Sydney Writers’ Festival and spoke to Sophie Deutsch about his book, The Story of the Jews: Belonging earlier this month. 

Piterman to embark on first solo concert tour

Singer Josh Piterman is embarking on his first solo concert tour of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane next month to perform his favourite songs.