From Iceland to India … the Sydney Festival is here!

I counted the number of times I stepped inside a plane in 2015 and was done in less than a second because I stepped inside a plane ZERO TIMES in the past 12 months.  Yes, ZERO. Zilch. Zip. Nil. Nada. NOTHING times. No times. You get it. Kind of why I love festival season in Sydney. The sun is shining (ish), the weather is sweet (when it's not thundering or showering) and everyone is still kind of rolling off the high of NYE and Christmas.  I mean, really.  Wanna feel truly festive over the ...

German Fairy Tale “Hansel and Gretel” is less about breadcrumbs and more about desperation

Hey-ya! Gotcha on that title, hey?  Sounds bleak and definitely un-fairytale-like, but that's because, like most folk stories and fables, they have their origins in tumultuous events, and serve as cautionary tales for the generations that follow. This is how the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel came about, and is now best remembered as a "never take candy from strangers" fable.  It's become a classic story, printed in more than 100 languages.  Get a person from Portugal, Peru, Perth and ...

Sydney Latin American Film Festival’s final film for 2015

Film's a great way to tap into another culture, right?  It's entertaining, it's uplifting, it can be a thought-provoking and sometimes it can just straight-up bum you out.  But whatever you think, you're always taken to another era, another place, and out of your comfort zone. The Sydney Latin American Film Festival does all of those things, and for one final night, The Green at the Addison Road Community Centre will be transformed into an open-air cinema with a twist, with the tastes and ...

Charango Master Jaime Torres Tours Australia

OK before I get into anything, I just want to say blogging is hard, OK. It's just hard.  When your fulltime and your freelance jobs are both demanding, when you seem to come down with something every other week (recently I felt like Patient Zero.  You know the one) and when it's just hard to keep up, the blogging kind of ... it's hard. Then the Paris attacks happened.  A lot of the accompanying media commentary noted that our sympathy was much more visible for the Parisians rather than the ...

A very Latin affair: more acts you need to catch at the 2015 Darling Harbour Fiesta

With the sun out (ish) and the spring weather upon us, it comes as no great surprise that the organisers of the Darling Harbour Fiesta hold it during that time of the year between ¡ay dios mio, hace frío! and ¡Que calor! (I'm looking at you, Christmastime).  The Fiesta is full of music, dancing, food and a whole lot of latin culture thrown in.  There are some amazing acts to follow this weekend (runs until Sunday 11th October) - I've made a list of the 4 acts you need to see at the Darling ...