Newcastle’s Critical Animals symposium will take place this year at The Lock Up in Newcastle as part of the “This is not Art” festival. The symposium, which brings together students, researchers, writers, artists, academics and thinkers that are involved in creative and experimental art practices, will focus on the topics of emotion, gender, social change, and indigeneity. Other Critical Animals events include a performance lecture about dolphins and utopic mutation research, experimental dance performances, research paper presentations, a work of physical theatre, a workshop on developing sound and effective artistic-political praxis, and Emma Fielden's solo exhibition An Immeasurable Distance.
Rebecca MacFarling has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Writers Festival and will take over from outgoing CEO Shona Barrett who has been with MWF for the past seven years.
Rebecca has held roles at Musica Viva Australia, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Bangarra Dance Theatre, as well as being the interim CEO of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. She currently serves on the board of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
The 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival will run from 30 August to 8 September 2019.