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, ...

From Sudan to Sydney: Yasmin Ibrahim Mohamed’s love for music travelled with her to Australia

This week is Refugee Week, a chance for the wider Australian community to recognise the contributions that refugees bring to the country.  Refugees have sought a new home to escape persecution, war or natural disaster, and refugees have been settling in Australia for decades.  Refugees have definitely made a positive impact in their new country, and here's a list of people who were refugees, or children of refugees: Freddie Mercury:  Born in what is now known as Tanzania, this frontman for ...

Ethica Accessories Trivia Night

Everyone enjoys a good trivia night session, and everyone enjoys it more when it's for a good cause.  If you're a community-minded smarty-pants, and want to support an organisation that helps impoverished women earn an income through the sales of quality goods, head to the Ethica Accessories Trivia Night on Thursday, 16th June at the Isabel Menton Theatre, 11 Mount Street North Sydney. About the Ethica Accessories Trivia Night The trivia night on Thursday, 16th June at the Isabel Menton ...

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 ...