Monty Python star Michael Palin has been knighted in Britain's New Year's Honours List, alongside former England cricket captain Alastair Cook, while 1960s model Twiggy will become a dame.
From the offbeat to the beatific, there's a plethora of cultural stuff to keep you occupied in and around town over the warmer months.
- by Hannah Francis
Sydney Symphony Orchestra has refunded $1 million it received from the NSW government.
- by Linda Morris
STC's productions dominated the nominations, while women made up the majority of nods for best new Australian work.
- by Natassia Chrysanthos
'A lot of people my age don't know who Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are,' the 26-year-old lead admits.
- by Lydia Lynch
It's a Christmas party favourite, but the origins of this Australian invention are largely unknown.
- by Mary Ward
The film Yuli tells Acosta's life story but, he says, it shares many similarities with the experiences of other Cubans.
- by Sarah Marsh
An inspired interpretation of Stephen Sewell's writing results in intriguing circus art but the performers are often clumsy when it comes to verbal delivery.
- by Cameron Woodhead