Arts News

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 12:16pm

File under: why, God? Why? 


Picture this. You emerge from your gold-encrusted throne, moving forth from your library ensconced with thousands of leather-bound books (all unread). Stepping out the front door, you call to your driver.


"Jeeves," you beckon.  


"Yes, Mr Penny Packer?"  


"Let's go bowling. But not your everyday, run-of-...

Posted 20 Feb 2017 @ 3:33pm

Celebrating its 27th year, the inimitable festival has revealed 135 films encompassing 30 countries.


Fifteen documentaries, 47 features, 73 shorts, 6 Australian premieres and ten special event screenings and forums make up a bill which will see a special satellite event take over Testing Grounds in Southbank.


According to Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF)...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 3:56pm

The ever-crowded Cranbourne-Pakenham line will score a $660 million upgrade to reduce overcrowding on one of Melbourne's busiest train lines.  


Longer platforms will be rolled out across 18 stations on the train line to cater for 65 new High-Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs).  
The new trains will be 20 percent longer than the existing fleet, capable of transporting...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 11:17am

Is this real life? Is this just fantasy? Cult comedy Wayne's World is turning 25, and there's a special screening party going down to celebrate. 


The film will be blasting in the Northcote Social Club bandroom, capped off with two $100 bar tabs up for grabs by getting dressed in your best Wayne's World-inspired getup. 


Capping it off come food and drink specials...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 5:50pm

Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star is arguably the most iconic sneaker ever.


With a 100-year history behind the shoe, Converse is now exploring the three core cultural scenes that helped make Chucks a classic. It's released a new series titled Forever Chuck.


Part one of this digital and social campaign – Why Iconic Characters wear Chucks – showcases the role of...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 3:58pm

This March, the ReelGood Film Festival will journey into its fourth consecutive year of showcasing and proudly supporting independent Australian cinema and filmmakers. 


An ongoing celebration of Aussie cinema, ReelGood Film Festival is aiming to redefine the film festival experience - removing the barrier between the film, the filmmaker, the festival and the audience. 

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 3:41pm

Love: Art of Emotion will feature pieces revolving around the idea of that complex, human emotion we all experience.


The exhibition will take more than 200 artworks from the NGV's permanent collection, from paintings to sculptures, prints, costumes, and more.
They will cover the Medieval period all the way to the Romantic period, offering a rich representation of...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 3:31pm

Netflix in the sky -  now that's a 2017 I can get behind. 


Quantas passengers will be treated to Netflix, Foxtel and Spotify this year when Quantas launches its new service. 


While the subscription is usually at a cost for us land-lubbers, it'll be free to use for passengers. This means you can binge-watch the new season of Stranger Things while crossing the...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 3:14pm

Lauded American pop artist Jim Dine has gifted hundreds of works to the National Gallery of Victoria, covering multiple decades of his work. 


The gift includes some of his most iconic print works featuring his signature motifs of hearts, bathrobes, tools, skulls and Pinocchio from the period of 1969-2013.
Emerging as a central figure of American art alongside Pop...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 9:51am

The full program for the 31st Melbourne International Comedy Festival has landed. 


Featuring 556 shows across 100 venues, the streets of Melbourne are set to erupt with laughter as a huge lineup of local and international comedians join forces for one of the most hotly anticipated events on Melbourne's cultural calendar. 
Australian comedians leading the charge...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 6:12pm

Legendary Australian film critic David Stratton is coming to Melbourne to discuss his life's journey. 


It comes in support of his upcoming documentary, David Stratton: A Cinematic Life. The film explores his first boyhood cinema experience in England, moving through his migration to Australia and into his illustrious film career. 


Stratton himself will be...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 5:45pm

Filmmakers Jake Lloyd Jones and Thomas Hyland were blown away by China’s rich musical melting pot.


Relaxed cultural policies of the Chinese Communist Government have allowed for greater artistic exploration and a flurry of outstanding rock music talent has come to the fore. Chinese record label Maybe Mars have been at the heart of the transformation and now they’re bringing a...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 12:48pm

Local photographer extraordinaire Zo Damage committed to photographing a band or more, every day for a year. That's 365 days of live music photography. Now, all this dedication will pay off in a stellar exhibition bolstered by some killer bands. 


"The project itself has been a massive journey into live music, culture and community," said Damage. "That I have manage to achieve...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 11:09pm

The free exhibition will showcase a series of artists’ films, photographs and installations from Southeast Asia’s pioneering performance artists.


It’s one of the driving forces in contemporary art across Southeast Asia and its cultural resonance means that performance art is one of the region's most popular creative endeavours.
Political Acts: Pioneers of...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 3:31pm

Twenty-four features, five online series and two high-end television projects will receive development funding while two producers and a director will benefit from supported talent placements.


Screen Australia Senior Development Manager Nerida Moore said of the announcement, “This round of development funding reflects the vibrancy of the story landscape in Australia with ...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 3:02pm

The exciting live venue has locked in some movie greats to close out its fantastic inaugural venture.


Alongside Ridley Scott’s masterpiece and the 2016 theatrical groundbreaker comes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Rocky Horror Picture Show for a final stretch of epic proportions.
La La Land has just equalled history with 14 Oscar nominations, need I say more...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 12:35pm

The Grammy-nominated comedian is returning Down Under with his hilarious live show.


He’s the funnyman who’s done it all – when he’s not on stage, he’s behind the camera, wielding the ball pen or producing. Amongst all of that he's had five children and has etched his name in Madison Square Garden history - becoming one of only ten comics to sell out the venue.



Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 10:37am

Internationally lauded street artist Nychos is bringing a dose of Freud to Melbourne - in the form of a three-metre installation. 


Melbourne is the second city in the world to secure Vienna Therapy, with the free public installation first displayed in New York in June 2016.  
The work presents a modern portrait of seminal psychologist Sigmund Freud's inner mind,...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 3:40pm

Melbourne's Wheeler Centre is set to play host to self-proclaimed 'loud woman', writer and performer Lindy West.


Lindy West is noted for her controversial, confronting and undeniably comedic voice.
Best known for her writing in Jezebel and The Guardian, the outspoken public commentator end entertainer tackles issues ranging from body image to sexual violence....

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 11:10am

Arts Centre Melbourne has unveiled a killer lineup for the invigorating and intriguing project XO State as part of the 2017 Asia TOPA Festival.


A celebration of Australia's relationship with contemporary Asia, Asia TOPA invites audiences into an eclectic world of artists, musicans and performers who will experiment with both perceptions and expectations. No two evenings are the...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 3:27pm

The Social Studio’s fourth Block Party promises a killer lineup, with musical powerhouse Ecca Vandal leading the charge.


A not-for-profit social enterprise based in Collingwood that aims to create employment from fashion and creativity, The Social Studio’s annual Block Party has proven to be an exciting affair.
Starting off the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s...

Posted 7 Feb 2017 @ 8:59am

An intimate exhibition giving insight into the life of Amy Winehouse is headed to Melbourne in an Australian exclusive. 


Curated by the Jewish Museum London in partnership with Amy’s brother and sister-in-law, Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait will touch down in Melbourne having toured destinations such as San Francisco, Vienna and Tel Aviv to widespread acclaim.


Posted 6 Feb 2017 @ 4:17pm

Pichet Klunchun’s newest work is a spiritual venture erasing the line between life and death.


Coming to Melbourne as part of Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, the feature was inspired by Phi Tha Khon – a traditional Thai folk festival where locals don colourful masks and vibrant costumes to honour fertility and death.
Klunchun has created a new...

Posted 3 Feb 2017 @ 1:59pm

Carl Gardiner's first exhibiton, Beats Working, is a collection of artworks celebrating simple pleasures and special moments experienced through a passion for music, a love of surfing and connection to nature.


Carl Gardiner's love for art was nurtured thorughout his chilhood by his parents and their creative works.
Yet his own 'time out' hiking, surfing and taking...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 3:07pm

If you want to escape the sun this summer, dig into these three thought-provoking documentaries at ACMI.


Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death by Audio will launch the summer series. Directed by Matt Conboy, the film dives into one of New York City's most popular DIY venues, Death by Audio, and its eventual forced closure. 
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 2:58pm

The Book of Mormon knows they're in high demand and their tickets aren't the cheapest. So they're doing something about it.


They're starting a ticket lottery, where you can go into the ballot to buy a limited amount of tickets to the hit musical for just $40, compared to their usual exorbitant prices.
All you need to do is fill out a form at the box office two and...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 12:34pm

Whatever you do, don't fall off. 


The World Naked Bike Ride is returning to Melbourne for another year- all for a good cause. 


Punters will be putting their naked bodies on the line, hopping on the treadley, and going for a leisurely cruise.


The ride aims to raise awareness for the environmental impact of automobiles, championing the humble bike...

Posted 31 Jan 2017 @ 10:43pm

Fresh from announcing their jam-packed international selection, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back for a huge 2017 - busting at the seams with local legends, up-and-coming talent, and world-renowned names. 


While there...

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 4:41pm

Kicking off the venue’s seventh year is a stellar lineup of world-leading writers, comedians, activists and storytellers.


Coinciding with Asia TOPA, the Wheeler Centre Gala and resulting launch of the program will welcome a host of talented writers to respond to a provocative theme – Stories for the Dead.
The likes of Clementine Ford, Eko Supriyanto, Candy Bowers...

Posted 30 Jan 2017 @ 3:12pm

The largest display of Van Gogh works to ever travel to Australia will come to the National Gallery of Victoria as pat of their 2017 Winter Masterpiece series. 


Van Gogh and the Seasons will explore Van Gogh’s profound connection to the seasons of nature through nearly 50 paintings and drawings.
Works will reveal Van Gogh’s vibrant impressions of springtime, with...