Theatre

Festival Fails to Fire Progressive Passions

IT’S midsummer in Australia and the Somewheres are fighting bushfires. Elsewhere the Anywheres are going to music and gender and arts festivals, and painting nasty signs for Invasion Day. Somewheres and Anywheres are names, suggested by British writer David Goodhart, to indicate the two sides of the great split that divides Western societies. On the left the Anywheres, the elitist cultural gatekeepers, and on the other side the more deplorable rest of us, the Somewheres—“who feel their more socially conservative intuitions have been excluded from the public space in recent decades”. Before the Sydney Festival, third-time director Wesley Enoch appeared…

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