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 ...

The 2016 Sydney Film Festival brings 2 Filipino films to the fray

I was 5 when I moved to Sydney from Manila, so my knowledge of Filipino films, filmmakers and actors is non-existent. I couldn't name a popular Filipino actor if they walked past me on the street.  I grew up with a couple of people who knew them so well they developed crushes them, in much the same way I did for American film stars when I was a teen.  When I was in high school, a friend tore down a massive street poster of Stephen Dorff (does anyone remember him?) and gave it to me for my ...

Aussie singer Cosima De Vito on Postcards from Italy, Sydney Opera House

When Cosima De Vito withdrew from season 1 of Australian Idol in 2003, I felt a little sad. I had followed the season for a while and Cosima was the one with the clear, silvery voice, if that is even such a thing.  It rang out, most evident (to me) in her performance of Cold Chisel's When The War Is Over.  Did everyone go to school/uni/work whatever the next day with Cosima's "Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away" reverberating in their heads? She left because of throat nodules, and ...

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 ...

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 ...