Postcards from Italy at the Sydney Opera House

I've never been to Italy. I'd like to, but I've never been.  I've eaten enough of the food to know I would love it if I went (I've never met a plate of pasta I haven't liked), and I've watched enough Sophia Loren matinee movies to know the ladies are like woah momma!  And I have an enduring crush on one Antonio Sabato Jr., so I know the dudes are easy on the eye too. I also know it's a culture that appreciates fine art and beauty. I know artists like Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci have ...

Africultures Festival 2016 and the undeniable presence of African influences everywhere

Last weekend I attended the Afro Latino Festival for the first time ever, taking 3 of my friends with me.  Amongst the crowds, the music, the heat (it was a very hot day out there in Casula), I heard a young man tell one of the African drummers who was giving an African drumming workshop, "You know why Latin music is so good? Because it's a mix of indigenous, Spanish and African music".  And then he sat back in his chair and tapped his drum a few times, as if to reiterate his point. The ...

Australia’s ONLY Afro Latino Festival is back for 2016

I did a How Diverse is My Suburb thingy that SBS has online and plugged in the two suburbs I grew up in (both in Western Sydney) and the suburb I currently live in now, and discovered that, even though I joke with my husband all the time that where we currently live in isn't diverse ("babe, they recognise us in this cafe coz we're the only brown people in here"), I found that all three suburbs are pretty diverse anyway. Sydney is diverse, there is no gettin' around it, no denying, no hiding ...

Interview with Australian singing duo Microwave Jenny

A lot of what goes up on My Local World has to do with events and experiences that may have originated outside of Australia's fair shores. But it's totally safe to say that we've got some pretty hot homegrown stuff too.  Case in point: Microwave Jenny. Whilst writing up a lil' piece about Sydney's Courtyard Sessions for another site, I discovered this delightfully talented Australian husband/wife duo Tessa and Brendon Boney, also known as Microwave Jenny.  They describe their music ...

Belonging to two cultures: an interview with Richard Emmert, a Westerner in Japan

In the latter part of 2015 I saw a demonstration of Noh Mask making at the Japan Foundation in Sydney.  Not only was it an interesting and thoughtful evening, it was also a really eye-opening experience.  It makes me feel really fortunate that I have access to the events and facilities that organisations like the Japan Foundation hold, and I would really encourage anyone interested in Japanese culture (or anyone just wanting to tap into another culture) to check them out. ... We are all ...