Arts News

Posted 17 Jan 2017 @ 4:07pm

National treasure and comedian Aaron Gocs has outdone himself. 


Gocsy has gone ahead and recreated the magic of '90s Australiana TV show Ocean Girl, complete with panoramic montage intro sequence, an attempt at dating his crush David, a quick bout of chasey, and an altercation with those vile ecosystem-hating Russians.


If you watch anything today, just make it...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 3:34pm

Returning in March with the best and latest in LGBTIQ cinema from around the globe, Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) has just lifted the lid on its first instalment for 2017.


The first eight features have been uncovered highlighted by the captivating drama Tomcat. It shocked audiences at the Berlin International Film Festival where it took out the Teddy Award for Best Film...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 3:29pm

The outsider musician, actor and painter known for his goof and folly on stage will appease his Australian fans for the first time since 2015.


Known for his roles on Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, Liebe Hart combines devine puppetry with nerdy interests to produce a guilefully unpredictable show.


With electronic...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 2:32pm

The free exhilarating musical extraordinaire fusing heartbeat-animated symphonies with ethereal soundscapes and contemporary art installations is returning to MPavilion in 2017 laced with the flavour of love.


The evening will be highlighted by the Australian debut of LA-based electronic group Tropic of Cancer, looking to divulge into ulterior consciousness as they play live to...

Posted 9 Jan 2017 @ 10:37pm

Sit back and enjoy some top-notch movies on the hallowed grounds of the MCG with the return of Cinema at the 'G. 


Instead of kicking a footy, you'll be catching the likes of Lion and Sully at one of the world's most spectacular open-air cinemas. Arrive early to enjoy dinner and a drink at the 'G's selected food outlets. 
You’ll be able to set foot on the hallowed...

Posted 9 Jan 2017 @ 2:58pm

Spoken word artist and rapper OVEOUS (Oveous Maximus) will make his first ever Australian performance in Melbourne. 


A man of many talents, his words in poems and music have made him one of the most highly sought after artists in the spoken word scene.    Having worked with great artists like Roy Ayers and Louie Vega, he's also featured on the cult slam poetry show, Def Poetry Jam...
Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 3:15pm

Drawn from the NGV’s exclusive collection, Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s provides an in-depth look at a period characterised by dramatic change.


Between 1990 and 2000, artists began incorporating new technologies and increasingly heterogeneous approaches to making art and Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s looks to celebrate that movement....

Posted 23 Dec 2016 @ 3:11pm

Morphing a meteoric screen-space with first-release movie showings and a panoramic view of Melbourne from above – a cinematic experience has never been so romantic.


Featuring blockbusters Allied, Red Dog: True Blue, Trolls, Why Him?, Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, Monster Trucks and XXX: Return of Xander Cage over its first few weeks, The Backlot Rooftop Drive-in accommodates 60...

Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 10:55am

Twenty-three new photographic works will be unveiled at NGV as part of a new solo exhibition from Australian artist Bill Henson. 


The exhibition - simply titled Bill Henson - is slated to explore key theme's in the artist's oeuvre, including sublime landscapes, portraiture, and classical sculpture captured in museum settings.
Ambiguous, dark and open-ended, Henson...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 3:22pm

Now in its 28th year, the Alliance Française French Film Festival is back with a stellar program. 


Brimming with highlights, the 2017 event will present 45 films, unveiling the artistry of renowned directors ranging from Emmanuelle Bercot, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Nicole Garcia, Benoît Jacquot and Mia Hansen-Løve, to Philippe Lioret, Martin Provost, Jérôme Salle,...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 3:16pm

We Love Life is returning for 2017 with live music, DJs and more.


Find inner peace by joining in on some yoga or become more environmentally conscious through painting workshops about health and nutrition. If you're not in the learning mood, drop by to chill out to some live music, meander in the markets or grab a tasty vegan bite. 

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 3:12pm

Urban contemporary artist Unwell Bunny will bring his new exhibition to Melbourne next year.


A study into the American physce, Super Psychology arrives as a body of work taking part over two time periods from six weeks travelling through New York, LA, and San Francisco with observations of American fast food psychology before arriving in Melbourne, exploring the figurative edge...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 12:40pm

Conservation icon and primatologist Dr Jane Goodall will come to Melbourne for a one-off lecture and conversation. 


Throughout her groundbreaking career, Goodall has brought the world closer to our nearest relatives through her scientific discoveries and studies on chimpanzees of the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. 


Through her research, Goodall has...

Posted 19 Dec 2016 @ 4:00pm

ACMI are bringing movie buffs the chance to watch and dive deep into the films of legendary American director, Jim Jarmusch, as part of their Jim Jarmusch: Rock'n'Roll film season. 


Jarmusch has been a major component of the independent cinema scene since the 1980s, directing films such as Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law, Mystery Train, Dead Man, Coffee And Cigarettes and...

Posted 19 Dec 2016 @ 3:18pm

Carnevale Australia is bringing a taste of Venetian tradition to Melbourne to raise money for the victims of the 2016 earthquake in Italy. 


Earlier this year, a 6.0 earthquake hit central Italy, destroying homes and killing over 300 residents of the town of Amartice. Carnevale Australia is asking Melburnians to party with a conscience to aid the victims of this natural disaster...

Posted 19 Dec 2016 @ 2:07pm

Could Days of Our Lives get any more dramatic? The folks behind Midsumma Festival most certainly think it can. 


Midsumma Festival has announced a new performance as part of their 2017 program. 
Gays of Our Lives will see four of Australia's best gay improvisers take to the stage in a completely improvised episode of a soap opera you have never seen before. ...

Posted 16 Dec 2016 @ 3:50pm

The Reverence Hotel has made its name for its stellar rock'n'roll bills, not so much for their earnest Christmas celebrations, nevertheless they've got something outstanding prepared for the night before Christmas.


Think of the Rev filled with cushions, bean bags, popcorn, beers and good vibes. Then think of a screen showing two of the greatest Christmas films of all time –...

Posted 16 Dec 2016 @ 3:31pm

We will miss you Forgotten Worlds.


The American-style gaming tavern has become one of the most accessible and comfortable social hideaways in Melbourne. Spanning three years of existence, the venue's become one of the city's most multidimensional bars, putting on eclectic art exhibitions, themed party nights, karaoke as well as welcoming some of the very best local DJs....

Posted 16 Dec 2016 @ 9:57am

The State library is set to receive a brand new gallery as plans for wider redevelopment commence. 


The news follows an $8 million donation made to the State Library, arriving as one of the largest philanthropic efforts made in the library's history. 
The donation will fund a brand new exhibition space, dubbed The Victoria Gallery, which will curate iconic...

Posted 15 Dec 2016 @ 4:24pm

Studio 45 will host a score of DJs and art installations all around for your audiovisual pleasure. But you'll have to find it first.


Studio 45 are truly embracing the introduction of augmented reality in the Sugar Mountain program by making the nightclub only discoverable using AR on the festival's app.
The club itself will take place inside a specially built,...

Posted 15 Dec 2016 @ 4:05pm

Anime has long had a reputation for strong female characters, and now you can celebrate them all.


The Essential Anime Heroines festival will screen an expansive list of anime films that feature fearless and resilient female characters in popular culture.
The screenings consist of Hayao Miyazaki's Arrietty, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, as...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:30pm

In an Australian first, both Altona and Williamstown beaches will become the first in the country to offer 24-hour access for those with disabilities. 


The Hobsons Bay beaches have now installed foreshore mats that allow those with wheelchairs - as well as prams and mobility aids - to move along the sand. Beach wheelchairs will also be made available for use at no extra cost. ...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 11:17am

White Night will return once more to light up the streets of Melbourne from dusk till dawn. 


Highlights of the all-night event include the monstrous fire-erupting Pyrophone Juggernaut at the Melbourne Museum Plaza.
The Juggernaut is a giant metal beast, arriving as the largest hand-operated, multi-octave, fire organ in the world and built entirely from reclaimed...

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 7:44pm

After first being slated to be pulled off air and switching to online-only broadcast, free-to-air community station Channel 31 have been granted a further six months of broadcasting. 


It comes in the wake of a widespread social media campaign, petitioning Senator Mitch Fifield to...

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 3:04pm

An exciting Theatre Works season has been announced for 2017, with a showcase of local, diverse and wonderfully unique talent to be expected.


Creative Director of Theatre Works, John Sheedy, has stressed the importance of the alternative voice in Australian theatre in his announcement.
"Our 2017 season brings together a group of game changers who share our view,"...

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 2:55pm

The Wheeler Centre is set to hold its annual gala night of storytelling, partnering up with 12 writers to respond to this year's theme: Stories for the Dead.


In collaboration with the Arts Centre Melbourne and Asia TOPA, writers from across the region will join together to reflect on the theme of death, ghosts and spirits, life, loss, love and death.
With an open...

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 1:20pm

A new burlesque dinner show hits the GH Hotel in December.


Australia's very own burlesque beauty Sina King has brought a new variety show to Melbourne. The award-winning burlesque performer and snake charmer is producing The BurlyQ Club, a night that promises two titillating acts and a delicious three-course meal.


Ticket holders will be treated to an ensemble of...

Posted 9 Dec 2016 @ 2:52pm

2016 was a revolutionary year for women in the arts and as the year swiftly comes to a close, Wit incorporated have divulged a stellar all women opening lineup for 2017.


In promoting an all female cast of writers, directors and actors, the independent theatre company are also committed to diverse casting, meaning each show will reflect the community in which they are being...

Posted 9 Dec 2016 @ 2:29pm

Some of the Australia's most talented female comic minds are teaming up for the inaugural Women In Comics Festival.


In celebrating women who read, create and are curious about comic books, the All Star Women's Comic Book Club have organised the event with the support of ACMI and Swinburne University of Technology.
Running over two days, the festival will see women...

Posted 9 Dec 2016 @ 12:02pm

NGV has revealed their newest exhibition, announcing a world premiere and Melbourne-exclusive that will explore and celebrate one of the world's most notable fashion houses. 


A collaboration between Dior and the National Galley of Victoria, The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture will bring together 140 of the greatest designs in the history of fashion, spanning from...