It’s been 17 years since Jess Ducrou and Paul Piticco started Splendour In The Grass and since then it’s become arguably Australia’s most successful festival. HuffPost Australia spoke to Jess and Paul as well as Bernard Fanning and a whole host of other Aussie artists, about Splendour now and then. Interviews by Josh Butler, Video by Emily Verdouw.
During the Ogoh-Ogoh procession from Parliament Lawn to Dark Park in Hobart, Tasmania, the vibe on the street is pumping. This procession is the final act of Dark Mofo and follows two weeks of winter feasting, art installations, performances and music at what is becoming Australia's most loved modern arts festival, in the southern most capital city. By Emily Verdouw.
If you love soul music, there's a new Aussie band dipping into its funky, vintage roots. Actually, if you just love good music in general, you'll bloody love The Teskey Brothers. Interview and video by Emily Verdouw.
This doesn't make for comfortable viewing. Although that said, nothing about domestic violence is comfortable. It's a shameful, hidden problem that exists throughout Australian society and around the world. That shame is palpable through both Jerry and Worrell, two men who admit to using violence in their homes -- be it physical, psychological or emotional. But they're also two men who have been through men's behaviour change programs and want to share their experience to help other men recognise and stop their own abusive behaviour. By Emily Verdouw.
Five years ago, Josh Porteous was living a fairly standard existence in Sydney. Working for one of the world's largest companies, Coca-Cola, he was nearly at the top. And just like any other city-dweller, he was caught up in a lifestyle motivated by money and success. But it was on another Sunday, facing another hangover, that Josh got fed up with this lifestyle and chose to do something about it. By Emily Verdouw.
While no particular part of our society is left untouched, no one person exempt from the mental and physical aches that life can bring, for many complex reasons, men are currently at particular risk of suicide — they’re three times more likely to take their lives than women are. Interviews and video by Emily Verdouw.