• Drawn to Yirrkala

    Amanda Peacock     |      February 4, 2014

    The Art Gallery of New South Wales is currently showing drawings from the Yirrkala community in Arnhem Land. Amanda Peacock travelled up north to witness the exciting early stages of creating an artwork.

  • Moments that take your breath away

    Anne Fritz Cohen     |      February 3, 2014

    Art evokes a range of feelings and emotions. Anne Fritz, who has spent more than three decades exploring the arts, invites us to allow this emotional experience to happen and thus make our life richer.

  • World religions – Is there a meaning for you?

    Ronald Forbes     |      January 15, 2014

    Knowing more about the beliefs people hold has benefits for all of us. Ronald Forbes has written his book about world religions from a sincere appreciation of what each faith offers.

  • Happy Australia Day!

    Open Forum     |      January 5, 2014

    26 January is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain in 1788. Today Australia Day not only marks this historic event though. It’s a day to reflect and look ahead, be proud of what we have achieved as a nation while not forgetting our shortcomings.

  • Join the party

    Open Forum     |      January 3, 2014

    Sydney celebrates again this January. The Sydney Festival offers a diversity of international visual and performing arts, coming together in an exciting flurry of artistic activity.

  • Year in review 2013

    Svetlana Stankovic     |      December 23, 2013

    I would to thank you, the Open Forum community, for all the support you have shown throughout 2013. As readers and bloggers you play a major role in shaping the content of this website.

  • Food to nourish the body and soul

    Lisa Goldberg     |      November 29, 2013

    More than seven years ago, six women sat down to gather recipes that tell the story of their community. Lisa Goldberg shares memories – and a delicious recipe – from her sisterhood, the ‘Monday Morning Cooking Club’.

  • The Australian love affair with all things French

    Sharon Stratford     |      November 28, 2013

    Australia has embraced French culture in many ways. Sharon Stratford from French Desire explores the growing affinity with France and its influence on Australia.

  • Coming together as a nation

    Alok Ralhan     |      November 26, 2013

    As a nation we are becoming more multicultural. Alok Ralhan urges Australians to build on common interests instead of focussing on differences that may hold us back.

  • A home for Brisbane’s multicultural community

    Jeannie Mok     |      November 25, 2013

    The Multicultural Community Centre in Brisbane has re-opened its doors. Director Jeannie Mok invites the public to be part of the centre’s mission to support our multicultural communities.

  • The Importance of Cultural Exposure

    Laurence Strano     |      November 15, 2013

    Getting access to different cultures is important in appreciating the positive aspects our multicultural society has to offer. Laurence Strano shares his experiences in a life-long exposure to a multitude of cultures.

  • On ‘How are you’ and ‘Good thanks’

    Ina Thiel     |      November 8, 2013

    Speaking another language isn’t just about memorising a range of words, but also about challenging your values and expanding your culture. Ina Thiel talks about conversations in supermarkets and growing as an individual and consequently a society.