Kieran Finnane

Another river giant goes up in flames

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Our photos were taken yesterday at midday as the call was being made to 000. Passers-by had stopped when they saw smoke coming out of the hollows of this river giant. This follows the an unprecedented loss of mature trees  to apparent arson attacks over recent months.

UPDATE, Friday 22 September, 12.55pm: A prompt phone call to 000 and effective action by the fire brigade looks to have saved this tree. FULL STORY »

Alice’s upbeat YES campaign for marriage equality

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They may lament the waste of public funds on the Australian Government’s non-binding same sex marriage postal survey, but nonetheless the local LGBTQI+ community are throwing themselves into campaigning for YES, confident of success as long as people make sure to complete and post their form. KIERAN FINNANE speaks with two campaign supporters. FULL STORY »

Namatjira Project: a story of triumphs and false hopes

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In this film of the project the “remarkable triumph”of Albert Namatjira’s friendship with Rex Battarbee and what they achieved together takes second place to the story of the artist’s financial legacy, which also seems to have raised false hopes amongst the descendants.

KIERAN FINNANE reviews.

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Voices call, Nature responds: Desert Song in the gorge

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What better place could Desert Song’s assembled choirs have sung their songs of blessing, for peace, and of the strength found through acting together for change. KIERAN FINNANE and ERWIN CHLANDA were at Ormiston Gorge for Sunday’s concert. 

 

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Bush Bands Bash: music, language, country, fun!

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For the best of Indigenous music in Central Australia, in front of stage and back, RONJA HONEY MOSS and DEON M. SORTINO were at the annual Bush Bands Bash. FULL STORY »

Burst of desert art and life in Sydney CBD

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As commuters move through the underground corridors of Sydney CBD’s busy Wynyard Station this month, a burst of life and colour from Central Australia greets them: on a huge wide-format screen (23m x 3m), a video-installation by Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and Leonardo Ortega. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Desert Mob: next generation always on their minds

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As an emblem of the driving force behind desert Aboriginal art, the photograph by Ikuntji Artists’ Roseranna Larry, winner of the 2017 Desart Photography Prize, is eloquent. In whatever medium they are working, artists are making their art primarily for their children, “for our next generations”: this is the most repeated statement about what motivates them, as simple as it is profound. KIERAN FINNANE reports on the annual Desert Mob. FULL STORY »

Raising the bar: the art of keeping your shop safe

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Grilles on shop windows that are things of beauty in themselves, from inside and out; gates at the shop entrance that are a work of art: instead of deadening the street with blank roller doors, they enliven it, while delivering the same security or better. It’s happening here in Alice Springs. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

The audience is the actor: roll up for The Living Theatre

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Living theatre requires participation. Turning up, you take more than the usual gamble on whether you will be thrilled or bored.  To some extent, you will be given the opportunity to thrill or bore yourself! KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Change on new council: three women, three greens

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Two more women have joined top-scorer Jacinta Price on the Alice Springs Town Council, and with Jimmy Cocking their election makes for three greens all up.

 
UPDATED, 6.25pm: The numbers  and comment by KIERAN FINNANE.  FULL STORY »