November 03, 2005

CRITICISM | Melbourne International Arts Festival

Sub-standard criticism damages the Arts in Australia
by Gary Anderson
Source: Arts Hub Australia, November 02, 2005

The Melbourne International Arts Festival (MIAF) has passed, and just as the clock and our attention ticks over to summer time, there is a nagging, lingering irritation that needs attention. Now about a week after the last performance, the energy of artistic director Kristy Edmund’s boldly international and unexpectedly proselytizing program is slowly dissipating. Concurrently on web blogs and in conversations around the country the poor quality of critical reviews of the performances at this festival is receiving increasingly concerned attention.