Any great meal is made up of a complex mix of flavours and spices. The best meals balance these flavours in intricate arrangements that challenge and reward the diner. This month’s cultural curations feature vibrant, impactful offerings – colourful and rich in their layers but worth the challenge.
Yevu is a socially responsible fashion label produced in Ghana and devised by Australia designer Anna Roberston. Robertson had spent a year living in Ghana and was inspired by the vibrancy, colour and chaos of West African wax print and handmade textiles. She started the label to share these beautiful fabrics with the world but also as a social project to provide income to Ghanaian tailors and seamstresses. Profits from production go directly back into jobs and supporting the community.
SEE: RAMESH MARIO NITHIYENDRAN
Sri Lankan born artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is fast becoming one the hottest artists in Australia right now - mixing sell out commercial gallery shows with major museum solo exhibitions such as 2016’s Mud Men at the National Gallery of Australia.
His work is engaging and vibrant and relates directly to his mixed Hindu and Christian background. He crafts large scale ceramic idols painted in rich colours and draws inspiration from the internet, pornography, fashion and art history. His achievements are even more impressive when you consider that Nithiyendran is just three years out of art school and hasn’t turned 30 yet. Definitely one to watch.
HEAR- HOLY BALM
This Sydney electronic three piece has been making waves since the release of their 2012 album It’s You. They describe their music as ‘mutant house’ and are infamous for their sweaty party filled live shows. Their sound features an eclectic mix of House music, No Wave and Disco with inspirations as diverse as proto Hip-Hop pioneers E.S.G and Talking Heads side project Tom Tom Club. They are currently touring nationally to promote their latest offering Activity and are regarded as one of the best live bands in the country.
DRINK: WHITE RABBIT SOUR ALE
This Red Ale features a diverse fusion of sweet, sour and bitter flavours that work to create a concoction reminiscent of an elegant wine - a beer for a drinker that appreciates complexity that stays on the palate.
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During Australian summers, our attention naturally turns to finding spots by the water and cooling off from the heat. These three cultural offerings are perfectly pitched for pool sides or balmy summer nights coupled with Panhead’s sexy, steamy rosehip and hibiscus infused Lola Deville.
Your search for a finely crafted drop full of flavour is now over.