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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 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. 
 
Sound...

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.
 
Acrobats...

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 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...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 4:01pm

Faith Healer is an extraordinary production presented in four beautifully sculpted monologues starring Colin Friels and directed by Judy Davis.

 

The production takes turns wrestling with the past, showing that memory can be as unreliable, and as contradictory, as faith.
 
Director Judy Davis said, "To quote Brian Friel himself, 'Memory is about what has happened in...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 4:49pm

The Astor has lifted the lid off their latest program, bursting at the seams with cult classics and film festivals aplenty. 

 

Kicking things off are will be a James Dean marathon, screening East of Eden and Rebel Without A Cause back-to-back. Elsewhere comes Blade Runner, a double feature of Trainspotting and T2 Trainspotting, La La Land paired with Jackie and the opening night...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 7:12pm

Things are getting strange at this year's Supanova convention. 

 

Breakout sensation Millie Bobby Brown who plays Eleven in Stranger Things will be heading to our shores, alongside David Harbour, who plays the tough-yet-sensitive Hawkins town police chief Jim Hopper in their first every Australian appearance. 
 
Elsewhere on the Supanova lineup, there'll be...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 4:07pm

IMDb has just added a new F-rating system, which sees films rated based on how inclusive they are of women.

 

The score will be adopted into IMDb’s rating system, running alongside traditional MPAA ratings, G to R18+.

 

Executive Director of England’s Bath Film Festival, Holly Tarquini, first created the rating in 2014 in an effort to...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 3:41pm

Ali MC is presenting an upcoming photography exhibition and photo essay based on his recent travels to Rohingya refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

 

Titled Rohingya: Refugee Crisis in Colour, it's an intimate look at humans who more often than not go unseen. 
 
“The ongoing genocide of Rohingya people in Western Myanmar (...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 3:30pm

Susan Provan has been recognised for her outstanding leadership and excellence in developing one of the world’s most inimitable and extensive comedy festivals circuiting today.

 

Provan was among 25 exceptional women who were inducted to the Honour Roll at a ceremony in Federation Square. Speaking of the announcement, Provan said, “I am honoured and chuffed to be inducted with...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 3:09pm

Are you ready to enter an endless whirlpool of laughter, where sleep is expendable and your mind becomes an eternal encyclopaedia of humour, wit and droll?

 

If your schedule for April and March looks decidedly empty, your determination is ripe and your conceptual insight is primed, then this is the competition for you.
 
Since 2005, the Funny Tonne has dared three...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 1:01pm

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is fast approaching in support of International Women’s Day, a group of comedians have announced a special promotion to celebrate the cause.

 

Punters who books tickets to see Yianni Agisilaou’s The UnPinchable Pink Pen, Tessa Water’s Fully Sik, the Fringe Wives Club’s show Glittery Clittery - A ConSENSUAL Party or Frehd the Clowns’...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 12:06pm

Melbourne's first 'gender equal' pedestrian crossing lights will be installed this week, with distinct female walking signals set to light up the CBD. 

 

It comes as a move to reinforce gender equality and equal gender representation, following a push from lobby group the Committee for Melbourne. 

 

The Equal Crossings initiative will roll out at the intersection of...

Posted 6 Mar 2017 @ 6:05pm

St Kilda's Gatwick Hotel will close its doors for good following months of speculation regarding the embattled rooming house's future. 

 

The Gatwick has been a place where countless of Melbourne's citizens on the verge of homelessness have found refuge, but is also well known as a hotbed of crime - much of it bloody and violent. 
 
Housing Minister Martin Foley said...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 3:42pm

Brook Andrew: The Right to Offend is Sacred will bring together more than 100 works by an Australian artist well known for reinterpreting colonial and modern history and offering alternative perspectives.

 

The exhibition will map great moments in Brook Andrew’s 25-year career, and will look at the artist’s fascination with archival materials and strong interest in process that...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 2:25pm

Music and writing will collide when the Rock & Roll Writers Festival hits Melbourne. 

 

Australia’s only literary festival celebrating the creative relationship between writing and music, the Rock & Roll Writers Festival will bring more than 15 musicians, novelists, commentators and journalists together, marking the first time the festival has toured from its home base of...

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