Arts News

Posted 1 May 2017 @ 2:52pm

A first of its kind in Australia, the exhibition will unearth our gaming heroes through an interactive, immersive experience.


Code Breakers allows punters the opportunity to get hands-on with an array of playable games which have been created by Australian and New Zealand women working in different capacities – as directors, programmers, developers, even writers.

Posted 28 Apr 2017 @ 6:01pm

DANCE X is a dynamic, participatory exhibition set to challenge the way you view dance and choreography forever.


Local artists Gareth Hart, Gülsen Özer and Viv Rogis bring their own dance experiences and desires together through a series of activities taking you on a journey from light to dark, from child to adult.
This free exhibition has been developed over...

Posted 28 Apr 2017 @ 5:40pm

Pick Toad and conquer Rainbow Road or dominate Kalimari Desert with Bowser at the wheel because Bartronica's Ultimate Mario Kart Tournament is making its return.


It's the first instalment in their new biannual Mario Kart Tournament series and the equation's simple – study the corners of Banshee Boardwalk, hone your dexterity in Royal Raceway and you could take home Bartronica's...

Posted 28 Apr 2017 @ 3:30pm

Andrew Bovell's lauded play makes its return to the stage.


Interweaving a series of connected stories, seven people confront the mysteries of the past in order to understand the future. Through an intensely theatrical and non-naturalistic piece, the show plays on themes of betrayal, love and abandonment. 
Spanning four generations, it travels two hemispheres from...

Posted 28 Apr 2017 @ 10:18am

Legendary comedian Chris Rock just tacked on another Melbourne show to his 2017 Australian tour.


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,...

Posted 27 Apr 2017 @ 6:05pm

For those with the stage confidence of Aretha Franklin, cancel your plans for Friday night because the 2017 Melbourne Karaoke Festival is your time to shine.


Providing the backbone to the festival is a karaoke competition. Anyone can enter and punters will be divided into three categories – diva's that can't share the stage, couples that can't do it alone and collectives of...

Posted 27 Apr 2017 @ 10:54am

New York's Queen of Cabaret, Bridget Everett, and King of Drag, Murray Hill, are dropping Down Under with their hilarious combo show.


Making his first Melbourne appearance since starring in Dita Von Teese's sold-out Australian tour last year, Hill is everything a performer aspires to be – a relentless shtick slinger, larger-than-life personality and freewheeling ad-libber....

Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 12:09pm

St Kilda Film Festival is Australia's longest-running short film festival and as we quickly approach its 34th year, the festival has lifted the lid on the entirety of its program.


As part of Australia's Top 100 Short Film Competition, special feature The Eleven O’Clock is set to be showcased. Directed by Derrin Seale and starring Josh Lawson and Damon Herriman, the film...

Posted 24 Apr 2017 @ 9:35am

Hannah Gadsby won over hearts and minds at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival taking out the Barry Award for best show in what may be her final comedy journey.


Nanette is a sophisticated show, meandering through narratives of identity and gender politics without ostracising witticism and means for laughter. Humour stemmed from intellect and precision in what was...

Posted 22 Apr 2017 @ 11:52am

Celebrating their 14th anniversary in August, the National Indigenous Music Awards have opened nominations for 2017.


The NIMAs are one of Australia's most important music events held under the stars at Darwin's historic amphitheatre and for the first time ever, the awards will coincide with a speical CD collection of Indigenous music.
2017 has been a landmark year...

Posted 21 Apr 2017 @ 4:23pm

The nominations are in for the 31st annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Best Newcomer Award.


The first comedian nominated is Angus Gordon for Sad Boy Comedy Hour. A show laced with punchy one-liners and bleak anti-humour had everyone in stitches. His show also had a distinct originality about it which had punters guessing every night.
Aaron Chen has...

Posted 17 Apr 2017 @ 11:58am

Overcoming 11 of Australia's finest new comedians, Zack Dyer is officially the country's brightest young talent.


Zack Dyer, who's been running alongside David Rose and Izzy Ali as the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival's funniest triple combo, had everyone in stitches behind his candid, not least quirky life perspectives.
The occasion fronted by a packed...

Posted 17 Apr 2017 @ 10:06am

Recognising the most outstanding show at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Barry Award is one of the most prestigious awards of its kind.


The Barry Award was launched in 1998 as the 'Stella Award' and was won by Miss Itchy. It was then renamed in 2000 to pay tribute to Melbourne International Comedy Festival founding patron Barry Humphries.

Posted 13 Apr 2017 @ 1:59pm

Starring the likes of Nancye Haye and Sue Jones, Melbourne Theatre Company's latest work has arrived for its world premiere.


The Autumn Road Retirement Village in Caulfield has an ultra competitive bridge club but when Minnie Cohen loses her partner in an unfortunate swimming accident the best player in the village, Liraz Weinberg implores that she step up to the plate....

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 12:20pm

Selected by legendary Australian film critic David Stratton, the curated selection of Kurosawa films will screen with specially imported 35mm prints. 


This retrospective consists of ten of the finest films made by Kurosawa, from Rashomon (1950) to Ran (1985), showcasing the auteur's masterful take on capturing action. 


Hugely influential, Kurosawa went on to...

Posted 11 Apr 2017 @ 2:50pm

Ever wondered how your doggo’s ability to fetch sticks’n’things from the water would fare in a competitive environment?


Well look no further as the ultimate test of a canine’s speed, agility, swimming talent and competitive desire comes to Melbourne welcoming dogs of all breeds over six months old.
The event will be divided into three parts with Big Air, Extreme...

Posted 11 Apr 2017 @ 1:55pm

Helmed by Ransacked Clothing, Ransacked pulls together the fields of fashion, art, ink and music. 


It's all happening at the Vic Bar in conjunction with an art show from Oneillmind. 
"A large part of my process is to look through as much tattoo flash as possible (new and old) to try and refine those ideas, taking them in a new direction," says the artist. "I do...

Posted 11 Apr 2017 @ 10:07am

Brunswick’s hipster spinoff of Anaconda has arrived in the form of North Walls.


All of the rock climbing walls are grid-bolted allowing for universal lead climbing so you can use a harness and not worry about falling and dying.
There's no excessive training processes either, get your lead assessment done straight away by a climbing expert and then climb like you’...

Posted 10 Apr 2017 @ 2:26pm

Comedy at the Nash brings you means for rapturous laughter while embracing local talent with its 2017 lineup.


Stand-up won’t be standing alone as improvised puppetry, comedic plays and music theatre fill up a slate kicking off with Dads Have Feelings To – a warm tale of a well-intentioned dad humorously fighting a midlife crisis.
Then there's Table 17 – the...

Posted 10 Apr 2017 @ 2:24pm

Making it’s Australian premiere, works from some of today’s most unintentional, untrained, undiscovered and unclassifiable artists will be unveiled in Tasmania.


Concisely put by exhibition founder, James Brett, “The Museum of Everything is not an exhibition of art objects. It’s a dictionary of private languages, a survey of human behaviours and an encyclopaedia of profound...

Posted 10 Apr 2017 @ 2:18pm

Stephen K Amos jumps into the adjudicator’s chair for Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s next instalment of the Great Debate.


That You've Gotta Fake News To Make News will be the motivating slant of tongue with Tom Ballard, DeAnne Smith and Andy Zaltzman taking argument’s easy way out on the affirmative side.
Loggerheading from the negative side will be...

Posted 6 Apr 2017 @ 3:05pm

Melbourne-based illustrator Sian Davies is pulling together a selection of her best work, all centered with bright visuals and lucid drawings. 


With surreal drawings exploring the weird and wacky corners of the imagination, Davies takes influence from classic tattoo art styles and Day of the Dead traditions, all peppered with references to storytelling and characters. 

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 3:32pm

Best known for her role as Margery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, Natalie Dormer is heading to Melbourne in an exclusive Q&A.  


Asides from her role in Thrones, Dormer is also well-loved for her starring role as Anne Boleyn on hit period drama The Tudors. 
In film, she previously starred opposite Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde in director Ron Howard's Rush,...

Posted 4 Apr 2017 @ 4:54pm

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back and Beat Magazine is proud to present MICF Menu - your inside track to all the delectable treats of this year’s festival season. Hope you’ve left some room since last festival, because this year’s program serves up a veritable smorgasbord of shows. I’m Nick Mason and I’ll be previewing each day of the festival before it happens,...

Posted 4 Apr 2017 @ 1:40pm

The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival has revealed its 2017 program, complete with Oscar-nominated films, thought-provoking content, Australian shorts, exhibitions, events and more.  


Highlights of the full Melbourne program include Australia's first ever Oscar-nominated foreign language film, Tanna, Sundance Film Festival favourite Quest, a Melbourne-only Australian...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 6:23pm

Behind five newly-commissioned artworks, visitors to the Abbotsford Convent will experience new sights and sounds this autumn under their new arts program.


In connection with the ground’s heritage and aesthetic inimitability, the new program comprising installations and performances encourages visitors to engage with the artists and their work.
Kicking off the...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 1:42pm

Because singing Sappy Songs to his adoring Australian fans once wasn’t enough, Alan Cumming is coming back to do it all over again.


Not many play a better deviant than Alan Cumming but as he whips back around on his 2017 venture Down Under, it’s set to be far more joyous and light-hearted. Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs has befitted a prolonged worldwide domination, taking the...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 9:30am

Melbourne's set to score a 2.5km bicycle veloway built above Footscray road, to make it easier and faster to ride into the CBD. 


The veloway will bypass multiple traffic lights, bolstered with escape hatches and stairs so commuters can easily exit if they stack or puncture a tyre. 
But hey, if slamming down the bike highway isn't your thing - you'll still be able...

Posted 31 Mar 2017 @ 3:06pm

Music Victoria champions Victorian music through advocacy, professional development and support for our thriving music industry and its people with a loud and clear voice.


From local music lovers to bands, artists and venues, those who sign up as a Music Victoria member are able to contribute to this voice. 


New and existing members who renew today will go into...

Posted 30 Mar 2017 @ 1:25pm

Areas of the State Library that have remained boxed off to the public for years will be reopened for use as part of an $88.1 million upgrade.


The new designs have been created by international renowned firms Architectus and Denmarks' Schmidt Hammer Lassen, set to open up 40 percent more space to the public. 


“For the past 18 months we’ve been asking Victorians...