Arts News

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 10:24am

The planning of 17 new suburbs have begun in an effort to boost land supply and make housing more affordable for Victorians. 


Under the Streamlining for Growth program, 100,000 lots will be rezoned over two years within key growth corridors. 


The Streamlining for Growth program will be extended a further three years, helping councils streamline the subdivision...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 3:30pm

Helmed by LEGO master builder Ryan 'The Brickman' McNaught, the exhibition will be bringing some mindboggling bricked creations to Melbourne. 


There'll be more than 50 creations exhibited, including a towering King Kong atop the Empire State Building, iconic landmarks from across the globe, and a painstaking recreation of Michelangelo's David. 

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 2:01pm

Following news of Bill Paxton's death, the Astor will be hosting a special tribute screening. 


The iconic Melbourne cinema will be screening Near Dark in 35mm film. 


Released in 1987, Near Dark has grown to enjoy a cult following. An American western horror film, it features Paxton as Severen - a psychotic vampire out with intentions to kill. 



Posted 27 Feb 2017 @ 1:14pm

New planning rules have been implemented to protect the Yarra river for decades to come, with a hope to restore its health to a higher level of cleanliness. 


The new rules will apply to a 42-kilometre stretch of the river, offering a consistent approach towards upkeep and foresight from Richmond through to Warrandyte. 
Under the new plan, an independent body will...

Posted 27 Feb 2017 @ 11:30am

Occurring only once every three years, the NGV Triennial is on the horizon - filling four levels of NGV International in what's being touted as their most ambitious exhibition to date. 


The Triennial will present a curated cross-section of art and design, arriving from countries across the globe, featuring both renowned artists and emerging. 
Taking up all four...

Posted 27 Feb 2017 @ 9:50am

AMIN have lifted the lid off the prize pool for their Love Live Music 60-second film competition. 


The competition, as part of a National initiative to focus on the importance of Australian contemporary live music, calls for filmmakers and musicians to collaborate on a 60-second film that is centred around one of the following themes: 

Imagine life without live...
Posted 24 Feb 2017 @ 3:04pm

After two months of film screenings, fine food, free shows and sold out gigs, the final week of the 2017 Shimmerlands season is upon us. 


For the last installment of Shimmerlands, Melbourne's premier community radio station RRR will be playing a free show before the last screening of La La Land and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
In addition to this, Shimmerlands...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 3:32pm

It's not a trick of the light, Dark Mofo's hit art installation will be making its way to rural Bendigo.


During Bendigo's Easter Festival, make sure to take a detour through Rosalind Park to see the renowned House of Mirrors.
The installation caters to all ages, keeping the young or the old on their toes around every corner. 
With a series of full-...

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.