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Platform Papers 04  

The Myth of the Mainstream: Politics and the Performing Arts in Australia Today

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In a passionate personal/political statement, Australia’s most celebrated festival director and cabaret artist accuses Australia and its political leaders of selling out its arts to populism and ‘the myth of the mainstream’. While at home Australians are tolerant, imaginative and flexible, the mainstream no longer allows for difference of opinion in public.

Currency House | 978-0-97573-010-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


ROBYN ARCHER, AO, is a singer, writer and director. Having performed in recent years in Zurich, Berlin, New York and Oxford, as well as Australia, she is currently preparing a new work with Paul Grabowsky and the Australian Art Orchestra. After ten years in London, where her one-woman show, A Star is Torn, ran for a year in the West End, Robyn returned to Australia, where she has developed new dimensions to her career: she has been the Chair of the Australia Council’s Community Cultural Board and was Artistic Director of the National Festival of Australian Theatre (1993–95), the Adelaide Festival (1998–2000), the Melbourne International Festival of Arts (2002–04) and created a new festival for Tasmania, Ten Days on the Island, which was inaugurated in 2001. She continues to serve on a number of arts-related boards in Australia. Robyn is a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres (France), and been given honorary doctorates by Flinders (SA) and Sydney Universities.