Posted 30 Mar 2017 @ 11:08am

You've heard of ride-sharing, yeah? Maybe even car-sharing? Well, this is pretty much like that - except instead of sharing a beat-up Corolla with four other people, you're sharing a doggo. 


Australia's first dog-sharing website lets you borrow a dog free of charge, allowing you to get some quality time in with puppas, woofas, dergs, and dawgs without the full-time commitment...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 7:22pm

It's that time of year again - the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back for another side-splitting year. 


With hundreds and hundreds of shows on offer, you're going to need a hand sifting through it all. That's where we come in. With stacks of interviews and profiles from some of Australia's finest comedians along with the big-name internationals, it's your one-stop...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 1:56pm



Following sold out runs at the 2015 and 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Trainspotting Live arrives in Melbourne as part of this year’s Comedy Festival and it’ll be, without a doubt, unlike any trip to the theatre you’ve ever had before.
As you descend the stairs into the basement theatre on Flinders Lane the sound of thumping electronic music begins to...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 1:36pm

As laughable as it may seem, Vir Das is far more than the multifaceted musician, actor, and comedian he is revered for. And while all these aspects have seen the talented Indian comedian climb the ranks of Bollywood and the international comedy circuit alike, it is what Das has done for his home country that truly separates him as an international talent.


“When I first started...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 3:05pm

The ultimate Twin Peaks nerd experience will challenge novices and experts alike – bringing hints of drag, plenty of weird and enough brown to turn you upside down.


Talented music maker and performance artist Tanzer joins waitress extraordinaire Jordy unravelling episode by episode ever so slowly so suspicion lingers for the show’s imminent revival.
Remember that...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 2:13pm

These guys know an antiquated shitbed when they see one.


As Melbourne welcomes back the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show for 2017, ShitGardens return to work – scouring the suburbs for grated parchments, disgustingly symmetrical arrangements and those little tree spout things which pop out of the middle of the lawn for no good reason.


In 2017,...

Posted 27 Mar 2017 @ 2:55pm

Brian Cox is one of the world’s foremost scientific communicators – enlightening crowds with his simplistic and entertaining explanations. Now, he's heading back to Melbourne. 


A particle physicist at the University of Manchester and Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science, Cox has spent plenty of time on television screens making sophisticated sound easy – ...

Posted 26 Mar 2017 @ 11:10am

A historic mosaic that's been hidden under carpet for 50 years at Melbourne's iconic Forum Theatre has been restored to its former glory. 


The restoration took three months of 19-hour days to complete, bringing an original mosaic first completed in 1929 back to life - painstakingly working with over 200,000 pieces. 
Aiming to recreate the original design as...

Posted 24 Mar 2017 @ 3:54pm

Australian Director Hollie Fifer's debut feature The Opposition will premiere for the opening night of the 10th Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.


The Opposition details the struggle of 3000 residents of the Paga Hill community in Papua New Guinea, who watched helplessly as police bulldozed their homes to make way for a luxury resort.
The gripping documentary...

Posted 23 Mar 2017 @ 4:47pm

Well-loved actor Bill Nighy is set to hit Melbourne to appear live in conversation. 


The special event will act as a prelude to a screening of Nighy's new film, Their Finest. 


A BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning actor, Nighy's career as a character actor has stretched across generations of film, TV, and stage, appearing in films and series such as Love Actually,...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 3:04pm

Meet Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival - Melbourne's brand new ten-day event that celebrates over 60,000 years of Indigenous Australian culture. 


The festival is loaded with over 60 unique events encompassing dance, music, visual art, theatre, film, and talks. Redefining notions of Indigenous art and performance, the festival covers spaces throughout Melbourne including...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 12:04pm



After an award-winning run in Sydney, the Judy Davis directed production of Brian Friel's 1979 play Faith Healer has made its way to Melbourne. The play tells the story of Francis Hardy, an Irish faith healer reflecting on his career as a travelling huckster. Told in four monologues, the play introduces Hardy’s perspective before complicating his version of events with the...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:19am

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been delivering laughs to audiences for three decades.  Whoever’s been running the show must doing something right – right?


Look no further than Festival Director/CEO, Susan Provan, who earlier this month was recognised for her incredible work and inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. “I got an e-mail from Rich Hall...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 4:49pm

Some of the brightest and biggest names in comedy will join forces for the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala. 


Comedy's night of nights will feature an all-star lineup, featuring Aussie comedy kingpin Wil Anderson hosting the 22nd incarnation of the event. 
He'll be joined by 20 of the funniest local and international artists including Paul Foot,...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 4:23pm

Welcoming the walking thinktanks of Jay Rayner, Armando Iannucci, Megan Tan, James Gleick, Tracey Spicer and more.


He’s a legendary food critic and now Jay Rayner has promised to lead us to the edible promise land with his new book The Ten (Food) Commandments. Rayner will explain why thou shalt eat with thy hands, why thou shalt worship leftovers, plus a load more in an...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 4:20pm

Legendary Australian theatre troupe Bell Shakespeare are bringing one of the Bard's most iconic tales to Melbourne. 


First performed in 1593, Richard 3 paints a portrait of a Machiavellian psychopath that manipulates his way to the ruling class, slaughtering his family, marries his victim's widow and betrays his allies - all in a quest to become king. 

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 4:09pm

Melbourne Fringe Festival is set for its return in 2017, with artist applications opening in April. 


Artists from all disciplines are invited to participate in this year's festival, which is renowned for its sprawling open-access program. 
"The world needs artists to express themselves now more than ever," says Simon Abrahams, Creative Director and CEO of...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 2:49pm

Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival is back for another year, arriving as the largest celebration of tattoo culture in the Southern Hemisphere. 


Featuring over 250 of the finest tattoo artists from Australia and across the globe, the weekend-long festival will feature seminars, the Miss Rites of Passage Competition, a self-contained food truck festival, muscle cars and customised...

Posted 20 Mar 2017 @ 3:45pm

Seamlessly blending the risk and beauty of breathtaking physical improbability with Circus Oz’s distinct brand of Australian humour.


The troupe’s trademark theatricality and effervescent choreography will also be on show for a performance unfolding within a cleverly designed model-kit world that challenges perspective, scale and concepts of normality.

Posted 20 Mar 2017 @ 9:57am

Prahran is set for a facelift to the tune of $60 million. 


Built in the centre of Prahran, the new plaza and park will stand at 9000 square metres, inspired by the piazzas of Europe. 
Dubbed Cato Square, the new development will feature nine open-air zones including a central square with a garden, water feature, and even a small 'forest' - arriving at a size that'...

Posted 20 Mar 2017 @ 9:32am

US comic Tom Segura is heading to Australia. 


He'll be bringing a barrel full of fresh laughs with him, courtesy of his brand new stand-up show No Teeth No Entry. 
The tour comes in the wake of his Netflix comedy special Mostly Stories and his popular Your Mom's House podcast, as well as his third hour-long stand-up album, which topped the iTunes and Billboard...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 1:18pm

Arts Centre Melbourne and Footscray Community Arts Centre present Passenger, a new theatre experience.


At the show, audiences are taken aboard a moving suburban bus on a narrative-based journey that departs and returns to the same location.
An original filmic soundtrack subtly seduces passengers into an alternate understanding of what they see outside with...

Posted 16 Mar 2017 @ 9:11am

Legendary comedian Chris Rock is heading to Australia. 


He'll be heading to our shores on behalf of his highly anticipated new show, The Total Blackout Tour. 
Currently taking the show across the US, he's been receiving rave reviews for his first tour in more than nine years. 
With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock has enjoyed ongoing...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 4:14pm

Like the desert surrounding it, joint Australian-American military base Pine Gap holds many secrets. As a key contributor to controversial international surveillance program ECHELON, very few have seen the spy facility in its remote location 18kms from Alice Springs - and fewer know the intent it holds. 


In this secluded, shrouded corner of the world, Kristian Laemmle-Ruff...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 3:43pm

Emmanuel Jal overcame the seemingly impossible to get where he is today. 


From his start in life as a child soldier in war-torn southern Sudan, Jal went on to become an acclaimed speaker, performer, actor, campaigner, recording artist and peace ambassador around the world.


He's since addressed the UN, the US Congress and has performed for Nelson Mandela and the...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:52pm

You may remember flipbooks from your childhood – brief sequences of consecutive images that you rapidly flick through to invoke the illusion of movement, lying somewhere between photography and film in effect – montage theory to a tee.


Volker Gerling is a passionate creator of photography, film and an intrepid traveller. His show Portraits in Motion was inspired by this idea of...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:24pm

Chunky Move and Malthouse Theatre’s ANTI—GRAVITY is the creative force to be reckoned with amongst the programs of Asia TOPA and Dance Massive. We talked to the Artistic Director of Chunky Move, Anouk van Dijk, about her dynamic collaboration with visual artist and filmmaker Ho Tzu Nyen and their new piece reflecting the elusive, transformative nature of clouds.


It was the...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:15pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Bumper crop this time around, folks, as some locals rough the joint up and a hardline porcine socialist brings her leftist agenda Down Under.


There's also the return of an oft-maligned but visually talented Hollywood director, a major award-winner with Aussie faces, an exciting...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 2:55pm

William Eggleston's vivid images of mid-century American life will be exhibited at the NGV as part of their large-scale photography festival. 


Eggleston’s images of people in diners, petrol stations, phone booths and supermarkets have inspired contemporary Hollywood filmmakers including Sophia Coppola, the Coen Brothers and David Lynch.
Direct from the National...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 2:42pm

Two of Australia's brightest comedians are set to host the Victorian heats of the 2017 Raw Comedy competition. 


Anne Edmonds and Geraldine Hickey will each host one of the Preliminary Finals for the Victorian heats of RAW, with Tom Cashman hosting the State Final. The winner of the state final will compete in the National Grand Final as part of this year’s Melbourne...