Arts News

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...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 3:46pm

'Everybody Is Going To Die' is an NYE celebration that's truly a matter of life or death. 


Anonymous art collective The Boon Companions are at it again, hosting another immersive theatre party to celebrate the new beginnings of 2017. 
This year, party-goers will allegedly be 'born' upon entry, 'die' at midnight, and be 'reborn' when they leave, but not before each...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 3:38pm

The Substation is one of the best Melburnian promoters of multi-disciplinary contemporary arts, and their Season One program for next year only reaffirms that. 


The program is jam-packed with a diverse and international range of theatre, sound art, interactive exhibitions, installations, creative collaborations, as well as artist residencies.
Ellen Fullen and...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 2:17pm

The latest Astor calendar has landed. 


Their summer season is chocked with classics this time around, including The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, E.T, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, and Apocalyspe Now. 
Elsewhere, you'll find a double feature of Hitchcock films with Psycho and The Birds as well as a full marathon session of the entire Back To The Future ...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 6:41pm

Well, this should be suitably bonkers. Shock comedy king Eric Andre is taking over Rage. 


Whether it's offending celebrities, smashing furniture or eating his own vomit, Eric Andre always goes to the extreme for a gag (pun intended). Most well known for his surreal faux talk show The Eric Andre Show, Andre is the modern master of pushing the boundaries of taste and decency in...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:08pm

Two iconic songwriters will join forces for a very special event - exploring what it means to be a mother and an artist in contemporary society. 


In her mid-thirties, singer/songwriter and New York Times best-selling author Amanda Palmer approached a conflicted baby conundrum. 
She'd always had a hard time shaking the belief that suffering and isolation were...

Posted 6 Dec 2016 @ 3:23pm

Barefoot Cinema is opening up in the beautiful setting of Portsea's Point Nepean National Park. 


The cinema promises to screen "great films in an amazing location that most people will have never seen before", as punters soak up screenings under the stars. 
Program-wise, Barefoot Cinema will be screening the likes of Anchorman, The Big Short, Almost Famous, Mad...

Posted 6 Dec 2016 @ 2:37pm

Video sampling collective Soda_Jerk have been awarded $100,000 from the Ian Potter Moving Image Comission, as part of a ten-year program for new works by mid career Australian artists.


Soda_Jerk will take on the IMPIC following the success of their July 2016 work The Was, which they created in collaboration with The Avalanches.


Formed in Sydney in 2002,...

Posted 6 Dec 2016 @ 11:20am

All aboard one and all, because Melbourne's Inflatable Regatta is back and bigger than ever for 2017 - offering the chance to cruise down the Yarra in a little blow-up raft once more. 


This year, the event promises to double in size - sending a whopping 1,000 rafts down the Yarra as opposed to last year's 500. 
Seated in either one or two-person vessels, the...

Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 12:47pm

Cult cartoon series Adventure Time is bringing its debut live show to Melbourne. 


The show, featuring an absurd mix of a talking transforming dog, a punch-drunk human and a slew of other fantastical monsters and princesses has found favour among as many adults as at has younger audiences, noted for its often surreal storylines and characters. 


The live show is...