What the folk? Whatever happened to Australia’s national folklife centre?

Poster for the 23rd National Folk Festival in Maleny, Qld, 1989. Since 1994, the Festival has been held in Canberra.  Courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive and Kim Brown, 462585. Most Australians know something about “folklore”. Every year crowds converge on Canberra for...

Why UNESCO was right to add reggae to its cultural heritage list

Picture by Paul Weinberg When UNESCO announced that “the reggae music of Jamaica” had been added to its list of cultural products considered worthy of recognition, it was a reflection on the fact that reggae, which grew from its roots in the backstreets and dance halls...

Why Christians prefer classical music and non-believers like heavy metal

Christians go to fewer concerts and are less likely to listen to genres such as heavy metal. Shutterstock "Music in general has been moralised, feared, and suppressed by various authorities – both religious and secular" When Prime Minister Scott Morrison bizarrely used a Fatman Scoop track embedded...