Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Australian Arts Review

AAR-Merry-Christmas-2021Australian Arts Review would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

The last 18 months, and especially 2021, the pandemic has tested the arts and the wider community – from lockdowns, cancellations and postponements – many of us have never experienced anything like it before – many have struggled, while others, have had to look at new ways of working.

From the outset, I made the commitment that Arts Review would continue to publish – there were still stories to be told and new opportunities to investigate. I am pleased we did! Our visitation rates to the Arts Review website and interactions with our socials are now exceeding pre-pandemic levels.

I would like to thank everyone who has continued to support us over the past 12 months. From the many artists, publicists, producers, venues, and you, the reader – without your support, Arts Review wouldn’t exist.

In particular, I would like to thank our regular small team of reviewers – Michele-Rose Boylan, David Collins, Craig Dalglish, Leticia Mooney, Betty Samis, Paul Selar, Bill Stephens OAM and Jason Whyte for their support, dedication and commitment.

Already 2022 is shaping up to be a very exciting year, with a number of major musicals, large scale events and festival openings happening around the country.

Arts Review will continue to support the professional, independent and emerging performing and visual arts sectors through editorial coverage and reviews. Our ever popular On the Couch series will also return. Arts Review will also be introducing a monthly newsletter in early January – sign up today if you would like to receive some monthly arts goodness!

I will be taking a short break over the Festive Season and will return on Monday 10 January 2022 – though look out for a couple of special features we will publish in early January.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Rohan Shearn
Managing Editor