Singer/Songwriter Yasmin Mohamed to perform the Universal Language of Music at Marrickville’s Django Bar

Yasmin Mohamed and her band Fanous will be playing an eclectic mix of exciting African beats and melodies, alongside contemporary western songs at Marrickville's Django Bar this Sunday, 15th January at 7:30pm (doors open at 6pm). Featured previously on the blog in 2016, Yasmin Mohamed, along with the band Fanous, shared a love of music, culture and passion for working together to create art and energy. Originally from Sudan, Yasmin arrived in Australia in 2005 and settled in Sydney, where she ...

11th Sydney Latin American Film Festival + interview with founder Mark Taylor

The Sydney Latin American Film Festival is back again this year, kicking off from Thursday, 8th September and continuing until Monday, 12th September.  The opening night's an absolute gem, with the Australian premiere of Jules and Dolores, and an opening night fiesta that includes 8-piece band, Kriola Collective, playing 70’s Black Rio Samba, Soul and Funk.  DJ Don Juan (who you might have seen around Sydney at various clubs, events and functions) will also be there on Opening Night. The ...

Shorts, Sounds and Stories of Latin America: Sydney Latin American Film Festival 2016

While the world's best athletes are competing for gold in Brazil, I'm sittin' on my couch, chomping through my dinner and cheering them on. The sports games are amazing, I'll admit ("sports games" - ha! That's how bloody sporty I am), but what I scan the screen for are the Brazilian faces. The background images. The landscape. The music. Therefore, the country, as displayed through my Samsung teev. I'm a fan of Latin culture. There, I said it. I love the music and the culture and the vibe, ...

The beauty of Scandinavian culture as depicted in film

The third Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival is just about to wrap up. It started on the 5th July and featured 22 films from Scandinavian talent. Films and film festivals are a great way to experience the culture and art of another region of the world, without even pulling out your passport. It's an important exercise in understanding another way of life, another point of view, another population. Elysia Zeccola is the Scandinavian Film Festival director, and she was kind enough to share her ...

Adventures of a Happy Homeless Man is screening at the Chauvel Cinema

Everyone kind of adores the Loveable Loser in film and TV.  They're those hapless characters who, on the surface, look like they've lost everything, but still they manage to place one foot in front of the other and carry on. They're endearing because they remain hopeful for their future, regardless of their current circumstances. This is the case for Rafael in the new Australian film, Adventures of a Happy Homeless Man, played by Felino Dolloso. Directed and written by Dicky Tanuwidjaya, the ...