Things We Love

At For the Love of Good, we believe in showcasing creative work that tackles pressing social issues and promotes open mindedness and inclusivity. On our Things We Love Page, we explore Aussie art that we love through micro-reviews, sharing with our readers why we feel each work is worthy of praise. We urge followers to take the time to check out some of the brilliant work listed here and share the love. 

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Our Top Picks: Arts House July Series

Arts House's July Series boasts a line up of events that explore the complex relationships of place and belonging. Here's a look at our top 3 picks from the series: 

TRIBUNAL
20 July-23 July
Tribunal is a  collaborative piece that unpicks Australia’s history of colonisation and detention.  Indigenous elders, artists, human rights activists, refugees, lawyers, young leaders and outlaws converge to create a Truth and Reconciliation Tribunal. 

Hitting the issue from so many different angles is bound to be an interesting night at the theatre. 

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ART & ACTION: DISPLACING WHITENESS IN THE ARTS
30 July

A must see for People of Colour fighting for their space in the arts industry and those who wish to genuinely understand how to create a more inclusive Australian creative landscape.

Hosted by Tania Cañas, an all-female panel including Sethembile Msezane, Odette Kelada and Mariaa Randall, explores the intersecting roles of race, gender and class in the lives of First Nations Women and Women of Colour navigating the arts sector.

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THE COMMUNITY READING ROOM
19 July - 30 July

Enter a space that puts People of Colour at the forefront.

A pop-up destination for researchers, artists and book lovers, The Community Reading Room (CRR) holds space for individuals who identify as First Nations and People of Colour to encounter texts that acknowledge and place their lived experience and practice at the centre, rather than the margin.

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Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again
Theatre/Feminism

Through platforming the confusing, the confronting, the chaotic and outright absurd, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again seems to comment on the convoluted jumble that is modern day feminism. 

The play offers a refreshing spin on the age old issue of women’s rights and provides respite to those of us still finding our feet in feminism.

In the battle to have our own voices heard, are we losing unity in what we’re trying to achieve? Do we even know what we’re trying to achieve?

It highlights that in some ways, we are all just talking in circles and adding to the pile of dos and don’ts that weigh heavy on women, without offering any space for us to just be. 

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again brings the uncomfortable questions we’ve been hiding under our pillow at night, out into the open. 

 
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The Permanent Resident
- Roanna Gonsalves

Literature/Migration/Cultural Diversity

In The Permanent Resident, Gonsalves gives voice to the misunderstood and marginalised.  The doubts, dreams and drive of each Indian migrant are parcelled up and packed between the covers, sitting together as a collection of short stories, each with a clear identity. Gonsalves validates the migrant experience and the micro aggressions that come with the package. Readers will walk away from these stories either with a greater understanding of what it means to be a migrant; or feel less alone in their experience of Australia. 

 
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Ruins - Rajith Savandasa
Literature/Cultural Diversity / Society

Ruins is a slice of contemporary Sri Lanka that can be devoured in a single sitting. 

Savandasa captures a quintessentially Sinhala voice, unapologetically weaving his mother tongue into the text. As a Sri Lankan, this is the first time I have so purely connected to a story; this is the first book I’ve read that has made me feel seen. The honesty and ownership of Savandasa’s writing pulls readers into his nook of the world. 

Putting the cultural immersion component aside, Savandasa cleverly weaves social commentary through his exploration of the central family, hinting at the ripples still ebbing post a 26 year civil war and racial tensions that are eerily representative of attitudes towards migrants and asylum seekers today.  

For those that have yet to grace Sri Lanka’s shores, Ruins is a far more authentic insight into contemporary Sri Lanka than trawling through your bestie’s insta feed, so get on to it — stat.