• How to live?

    editor     |      April 22, 2015

    The Sydney Writers’ Festival 2015 takes place from 18 to 24 May. It is an annual literary festival that includes author talks, conversations, film screenings, panels, readings, workshops and various events for children. This year’s theme is ‘How to live?’

  • An inclusive society for all

    The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP     |      April 1, 2015

    One of Australia’s greatest resources is the diversity of its population. The Hon Philip Ruddock MP says this demonstrates to the rest of the world that you can have a cohesive and inclusive society for all.

  • Your heritage… pass it on!

    editor     |      March 31, 2015

    Australian Heritage Week runs from 11-19 April. It is a national celebration of Australia’s shared heritage. All communities are encouraged to get involved with planning and hosting a range of activities to showcase local heritage to the rest of the country.

  • Celebrate your way

    Open Forum     |      January 22, 2015

    Whether you are having a picnic with your family, a barbeque with friends in the backyard or follow the Australian of the Year awards, Australia Day on the 26th of January is an occasion to come together as a nation and celebrate what’s great about Australia.

  • This is Sydney in Summer

    Open Forum     |      January 5, 2015

    Every January, Sydney celebrates culture and big ideas with the Sydney Festival. From 8 to 26 January there are around 370 performances and 100 events performed by over 700 artists in more than 30 venues. The program ranges from circus and cabaret over theatre and dance to opera, classical and contemporary music.

  • Looking back on 2014

    Svetlana Stankovic     |      December 23, 2014

    I would like to thank you, the Open Forum community, for your support and engagement throughout the year. You are instrumental in shaping this website with your blogs, ideas and comments.

  • Proudly Standing Up

    Gary Samowitz     |      December 1, 2014

    How will history judge us and our current response to desperate refugees? Gary Samowitz from Stand Up urges us to show compassion and put humanity at the core of the political debate.

  • Why Australia needs a Multicultural Act

    Hsiao-Shan Fu     |      October 10, 2014

    Australia's proposed move to ban the wearing of burqas in Parliament House has exposed cultural tensions and social distrust. Hsiao-Shan Fu says Australia needs to support its belief in a multicultural coexistence with a law.

  • The hijab: Be careful what you WISH for…

    Polly Chester     |      October 8, 2014

    WISH is an online campaign and stands for Women in Solidarity with Hijabis. Polly Chester likes the solid intentions of the WISH campaign but doesn’t believe it’s so easy to rebuild societal perceptions with “slack-tivism”.

  • Understanding how culture shapes identity

    Jovana Balanovic     |      September 8, 2014

    In our modern society we are experiencing contact with different cultures like never before. Jovana Balanovic is conducting a survey that wants to answer the question why people respond to inter-cultural contact in different ways.

  • A Nation of “Good Sports”‘? Cultural Citizenship and Sport in Contemporary Australia

    David Rowe     |      July 24, 2014

    The national government and its agencies tend uncritically to reproduce the mythology of universal Australian love of sport. David Rowe is head of a project in ethnically diverse Greater Western Sydney, exploring if it still can be assumed that sport plays a unifying role in this country.

  • Sport in Australia: global engagement, national and local significance

    Daryl Adair     |      July 21, 2014

    Australia is no backwater in world sport and hosts big international tournaments each year. Daryl Adair says a balance of global and local events is important for the sustainability of the Australian sport marketplace.