If you want a holiday that offers adventure and an astonishing range of environmental and cultural attractions, I would place the “Top End” in Australia’s Northern Territory very high up on the list. I first visited in 1995 with my wife and our children, Julia (then 12) and Max (then 10). Cultural sensibilities were rather different from now. “Don’t miss Ayers Rock, or Uluru, as they now call it!” our Primrose Hill travel agent advised. “And if you’re going to climb it, don’t wear flip-flops. In places the climb is near vertical!” • Australia on a budget Of course, we made Uluru our first port of call. While my wife walked around the perimeter of the monolith, Julia, Max and I climbed to the top. It was indeed tough going, particularly as the wind got up, and you had to hold tight to the chain to pull yourself up. But I shall never forget that view from the summit, at the very heart of Australia’s Red … [Read more...] about Stanley Johnson’s Northern Territory: ‘Arnhem Land has a very special kind of wilderness’
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This edition of Artworld Roundtable appears in collaboration with Chris Richards, the pop music critic for the Washington Post. Over the next several weeks, we’ll present a series of roundtable discussions based on Richards’ “five hardest questions in pop music”: “cultural appropriation, problematic lyricism, selling out, the ethics of posthumous listening, and … separating the art from the artist.” AFB has rounded up several thinkers working in these areas to see what they have to say about each question. Richards has provided AFB with key examples to draw out the problems and complexities of each debate. Up first is cultural appropriation. Nicki Minaj and Chun Li. Eminem and Iggy Azalea. What counts as cultural appropriation in music, and when is it bad? And is there such a thing as acceptable appropriation? Cultural appropriation is the crux of the first of “the five hardest questions in pop music”, as described … [Read more...] about ARTWORLD ROUNDTABLE: IS CULTURAL APPROPRIATION EVER OKAY?
Last weekend was the 20th Garma Festival hosted in East Arnhem Land by the Yolngu people. With the Garma Festival dominated by talk of indigenous Australians being given a "voice to parliament" it is tempting to wonder how relevant it is to Aboriginal people living in poverty around the country. But it does matter and it's the personal testimonies at the remote Arnhem Land gathering that drive home why rather than speeches delivered by big-city academics. "I cannot speak my own language, I have grandchildren but I was denied my mother and father," says William Tilmouth, a member of the Stolen Generation and brother of activist Kwementyaye "Tracker" Tilmouth. "Sometimes I don't know where I belong, where we're going or who the hell am I." He was not recognised in native title and former prime minister Kevin Rudd's apology "meant nothing to me", he says. His speech drives many of those present, including indigenous academic Marcia Langton, to tears. Barayuwa Mununggurr, a … [Read more...] about Aboriginal call for justice at Garma
Summertime festivals around the world Photographers capture communities gathering at events organized to celebrate a variety of cultural observances in 2018. 1 Regional dancers perform at the Guelaguetza festival on July 30 in Zaachila, Oaxaca, Mexico. The Guelaguetza is a festival held once a year which gathers music, dance, gastronomy and handicrafts of different ethnic groups and tribes of the state of Oaxaca. (Patricia Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images) 2 Revellers participate in the summer solstice gathering at Stonehenge, Salisbury, Britain on June 21. The annual festival attracts hundreds of people to the 5,000-year-old stone circle to mark the longest day in the northern hemisphere. Sunrise was at 4:52 a.m. local time and was celebrated by dancing, music, and ritualistic events around the stones. (Will Oliver/EPA/Shutterstock) 3 Some people prepare to catch offerings thrown by Tengger tribe people into the crater of Bromo volcano to in Probolinggo, East Java province, on June … [Read more...] about Summertime festivals around the world
Share on twitter Share on Google Plus by Sally Patten Health Minister Greg Hunt and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt's first port of call when they arrived in Alice Springs last week was the Purple House, a not-for-profit organisation that operates renal dialysis units in remote communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.The ministers were in Alice Springs for a meeting of COAG health ministers, but in recognition of the Purple House's contribution to improving the health of Indigenous Australians, they dropped into the organisation's main headquarters, where chief executive Sarah Brown – one of the 2018 BOSS True Leaders – is based.Then it was on to an Indigenous health roundtable with community leaders and to the COAG meeting, where it was agreed that Indigenous health would automatically be placed on the agenda of COAG health council meetings. In addition, an Indigenous health roundtable will be held at least once a year."This … [Read more...] about Greg Hunt drops in to see BOSS True Leader Sarah Brown