Time Out Steps Up to Recognise Independent Arts

30/10/2009 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

When my monthly edition of Time Out arrives in the post, I tend to think of it as something to read on the loo, hardly the bastion of arts & culture journalism Sydney craves. Considering for so many years we didn’t even have that – I will admit to subscribing if only for the occasional giveaways. But one doesn’t think of their reviews as being anything approaching critical, the words “gushing praise” spring to mind when it comes to just about anything they write.

But Time Out (and at the other end of the spectrum, the often indecipherable RealTime) is usually worth a look to see what’s happening in this city in a broad sweep – with so much on offer across town; between 3DWorld, The Brag, and the teensy arts section in the Herald there’s always something that gets overlooked. To stay informed it’s important to read all of these (legitimacy of opinions notwithstanding).

One initiative I applaud is the Sydney Music Arts & Culture Awards, voting for which is on now and brings a bit of people power to the recognition of creative innovations in Sydney 2009. It’s been a fairly interesting year and I am pleased to note a few of my own personal favourite events are listed for the awards, along with some patently obvious choices and some things even I haven’t heard of. The War of The Roses deservedly gets a nod for innovation and sheer ambition in theatre, as do the awesome crews at The Red Rattler and Imperial Panda Collectives (tough choice voting in that category). One of my personal highlights is Wade Marynowsky getting a nomination for his interactive exhibit The Hosts at Performance Space.

It’s good to see a combination of mainstream and independent arts in this upbeat reflection on 2009, the year of Creative Sydney, and a wide range of new events on the cultural horizon. Kudos for Time Out, Unwired, FBi Radio & The City of Sydney for kicking it out there. I’ll even forgive them for raving about Cate Blanchett’s performance “as Rick 3” (she played Richard II – it helps to get the name of the parts right kids). Critically they might be off the radar – FBi actually run a sort of cash-for-cultural-comment scheme if you want an independent show to be plugged (issue for another day perhaps)! But it’s great to see some encouragement for the independent sector to get a bit of recognition in a mainstream context as this.

Stop by for the full listings and cast your vote!

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