Marika Dobbin

Marika Dobbin

Opera strips to bare essentials in kindred venue

Marika Dobbin It must be the first opera to be held in a strip club.

Late reprieve as festival gets the go-ahead

Rainbow Serpent Festival

Marika Dobbin The Rainbow Serpent Festival will go ahead as planned for more than 10,000 ticket-holders this Australia Day weekend after it received a last minute council permit.

Mother of festival fatality supports its go-ahead

Daniel Buccianti.

Marika Dobbin Mother of a Melbourne man who died at last year's Rainbow Serpent Festival in regional Victoria from drug-related causes has joined a campaign to have the event reinstated.

A grand event for piano enthusiasts

Ben Austin, Jennifer Li and the imported Steinway on which they will compete.

Marika Dobbin When Jennifer Li took to playing an imaginary piano on the dining-room table when she was just seven, her grandfather asked if she would like to have lessons and an instrument of her own.

Wiggles add a classical touch to their act

Marika Dobbin Audience members rarely do headstands in the aisles during Melbourne Symphony Orchestra concerts at Hamer Hall.

Arthouse cinema's premiere snared in red tape

arthouse cinema

Marika Dobbin Plenty of arthouse cinemas have closed in Melbourne in recent decades, but rarely has a new one opened.