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Arts News

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 4:18pm

Arts House has long been an iconic part of Melbourne's cultural landscape, and the huge 2017 Season One program proves that once again. 

 

With 30 works across three ambitious festivals, an international Company in Residence, as well as over 100 artists involved, Arts House 2017 Season 1 will bring hip-hop, interactive bondage, dark ecology, and more to the table for an exciting...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 12:57pm

Melbourne's beloved community television channel is shutting down with a bang after 22 years on our screens. 

 

Last Week Live will have the network broadcast for six straight days, featuring current and past faces of the C31 community and claiming an unofficial Australian free-to-air TV record.
 
The feat will rope in the support of national community TV flagbearers...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 11:59am

Wominjeka Festival is back for 2017 with a sprawling program celebrating Indigenous arts and culture featuring music, exhibitions, workshops, conversations, film and more. 

 

Kicking off the festival comes Frank Yamma, headlining Wominjeka In Concert as part of TERRAIN 2017 alongside a strong lineup of fellow Indigenous musicians. He'll be joined by award-winning artist Gawurra,...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 2:36pm

Missed out on the first two chances to catch the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra live-score Jurassic Park in real time? You're in luck, with the MSO adding a third show to their run of concerts due to overwhelming demand. 

 

Featuring one of John Williams’ most iconic and beloved musical scores, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation and became...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:35pm

Following on from Shimmerlands' initial announce, revealing a set from Parquet Courts in the process, the multifaceted summer festival has now unveiled their two-month cinema programme. 

 

Tying in well with their hotly anticipated music lineup,...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 9:58am

For one night only, the real life DEA agents who were instrumental in taking down notorious cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar will come to Melbourne. 

 

The actions of Javier Pena and Steve Murphy were used as inspiration for the hit Netflix show, Narcos, which dives into the story of Columbia's infamous drug cartels and Pablo Escobar's fight to stay at the top. 
 
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Posted 29 Nov 2016 @ 5:35pm

Following sold out and extended seasons in the United Kingdom, Trainspotting Live will make its way to Melbourne - bringing audiences into a world of sex, drugs and '80s trance. 

 

The adrenalin filled production captures the controversy of Irvine Welsh's seminal novel and globally acclaimed film, translating it into an immersive production that portrays the underground drug...

Posted 29 Nov 2016 @ 2:30pm

Internet activist Julian Assange will appear live via video link at the Melbourne Town Hall in a rare opportunity for a real time interview and Q&A. 

 

No More Secrets, No More Lies: Julian Assange will dive headfirst into Assange's controversial history since founding WikiLeaks in 2006, releasing secret dossiers and classified information to the public in a divisive push for...

Posted 25 Nov 2016 @ 4:00pm

With their eagerly anticipated 2017 season almost upon us, Melbourne Theatre Company have revealed a slew of first-class acting talent for their forthcoming schedule.

 

Having starred in Suicide Squad and Divergent, Jai Courtney is one of the hottest names in Hollywood and will be taking on the title role of Macbeth in Simon Phillips' fearsome new take on Shakespeare's epic...

Posted 25 Nov 2016 @ 3:50pm

Following a recent five-star season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the stereotype-smashing political cabaret is set to make its debut at Arts Centre Melbourne.

 

Hot Brown Honey has shocked and delighted audiences the world over, dominating seasons at the Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Brisbane...

Posted 25 Nov 2016 @ 10:06am

Some of the country's foremost choreographers feature in the 2017 Dance Massive program, including 12 world premieres across 20 productions. 

 

The program will run across ten days, providing cutting edge dance from the likes of Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc, Martin Hansen, Mariaa Randall, James Batchelor and more in world firsts. 
 
From dancers learning to skateboard...

Posted 24 Nov 2016 @ 2:35pm

Who's Afraid of Colour? will collate over 200 artworks by 118 Indigenous Australian women and survey their transformations of contemporary art. 

 

The exhibition will feature everything from customary woven objects and bark paintings to acrylic canvases and digital photography, challenging preconceived notions about Indigenous art.
 
Spread across six galleries, major...

Posted 24 Nov 2016 @ 1:43pm

The heart of Melbourne will reinvent itself as the place to be this summer with Federation Square's huge list of activities for tourists and locals alike, including a 75-metre waterslide. 

 

Christmas festivities will kick off the program, starting with a six-metre-high, glittering white Christmas bauble installed in the square and the Christmas projection show's flashing colours...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:10pm

Thirty-five artists have created 35 original portraits of trailblazing, history-making women to raise funds for those fighting for gender equality in Cambodia and Nepal.

 

The exhibition celebrates the courage and contributions of women from lauded Mexican artist Frida Kahlo to Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, as well as women much closer to home, including the first female...

Posted 22 Nov 2016 @ 4:21pm

Made In Melbourne Film Festival has returned for its eighth year in a row, with some exciting new incentives including a web series category and Indigenous filmmaking initiative.  

 

Launched in 2009, MIM will feature the films The Legend Of Ben Hall, Crime & Punishment, The Trivialist, Lazybones and Innuendo.
 
Growing from what was once a single night of films,...

Posted 22 Nov 2016 @ 3:19pm

The worlds of rooftop cinema and drive-in cinema will collide with Melbourne's newest entity, The Backlot Rooftop Drive-in - set to launch by the year's end. 

 

Set to embody all of the nostalgia of a '50s drive-in with a modern twist, the cinema will take place from an elevated CBD location and will showcase first-release films, encompassing all genres, via staggered evening...

Posted 22 Nov 2016 @ 2:44pm

Ever been so hungover you'd consider hooking a cure straight into your veins? Well, you're in luck. 

 

Hangover Clinic is in the business of sorting out your cooked self by way of plugging an intravenous drip into your arm and letting some nutrients and minerals work their magic.
 
Already established in Sydney, Australia's only hangover clinic is planning on...

Posted 21 Nov 2016 @ 3:45pm

Twenty free talks from international thinkers are set to be held in some of the Melbourne's favourite venues as part of The City Of Melbourne's latest event, Raising the Bar.

 

Originating in New York, the education initiative has since been held in London, Hong Kong, Sydney and San Francisco and is now making its way to the country's cultural hub to present research, ideas and...

Posted 21 Nov 2016 @ 2:33pm

Fans of the infamous YouTube series The Big Lez Show will be able to crack open a frothie with animation creators as well as view exclusive new content in December.

 

Hosted by comedian and YouTube personality Lewis Spears, creators of the show Jarrad Wright, Izak Whear and Tom Hollis will discuss the creation of the show, ideas for its content and the reception of the show world...

Posted 21 Nov 2016 @ 12:31pm

Some absolute weapon has turned Melbourne's lauded and loathed public transport system into a tabletop party game. 

 

Touch On is the name of the game, in which two or more players set off on a journey - 'accidentally' fare evading their way across Melbourne and trying to pick up as few fines as possible, all while trying to catch their mates out along the way. 

 

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Posted 21 Nov 2016 @ 10:05am

Award-winning South African/NZ comedian Urzila Carlson is returning to our shores with a brand new stand-up show.

 

Carlson will perform the Australian debut of her new show Unacceptable, which tackles political correctness gone mad by questioning everything from mass assimilated taste in music to gluten intolerance. 

 

Posted 18 Nov 2016 @ 3:48pm

Jason Robert Brown's acclaimed 2001 song cycle The Last Five Years will open in Melbourne next week alongside The Gathering as two performances play out in the same venue with alternating times. 

 

The Last Five Years follows one couple's relationship as they move through time, albeit, in separate directions. The Melbourne incarnation will see Helpmann Award winning actors...

Posted 18 Nov 2016 @ 3:37pm

She's been a member of the Women of Letters community from the beginning, having read at the first-ever WoL event and now Angie Hart will be taking charge as longtime host Michaela McGuire steps away.

 

Known to many as the founding member of alt pop band Frente!, Hart has also released two solo albums, Grounded Bird and the ARIA nominated Eat My Shadow. She also spent a decade...

Posted 18 Nov 2016 @ 1:35pm

The country's foremost assembly of all hair red and ginger has just unveiled its 2017 host and Melbourne has won the honour for the second year running.

 

Hosted by Buderim Ginger, this year's inaugural event saw over a thousand redheads unite against bullying and rejoice in human diversity at Federation Square. The next incarnation is set to be even bigger and once again the...

Posted 17 Nov 2016 @ 12:33pm

The Midsumma program has landed for 2017, celebrating queer culture with a spectacular array of events in a 30th-anniversary event for the ages. 

 

The three-week event will kick off with the annual Midsumma Pride March, as well as being bolstered by their renowned open-access program alongside outdoor events. Namely, the Midsumma Carnival is set to get the weekend started right...

Posted 17 Nov 2016 @ 11:05am

ACMI will celebrate the works and output of Aardman Animations - the Oscar-winning studio responsible for iconic claymation productions - with an expansive exhibition next year. 

 

Wallace and Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman will delve into 40 years of animation and claymation prowess from Aardman – who have created the likes of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep,...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:55pm

Your old mate Goccsy is asking the big questions for his upcoming trivia night. 

 

The comedian/bloke who sports a mullet extremely well will be turning his hand to trivia. Teams are encouraged, and the Tote's kitchen will open to serve up some tasty brainfood. 

 

Posted 15 Nov 2016 @ 6:00pm

Iconic Byron Bay label Fairy Floss has opened its doors at a new Fitzroy location. 

 

The label offers tribal-inspired clothing for both men and women, which goes down perfectly at festivals. They'll be opening their store with a night of music,drinks,elixirs and good vibes - offering the chance to get to know this unique label.

Posted 15 Nov 2016 @ 5:26pm

The Melbourne Philharmonia Project are gearing up for their second concert, bringing some classical gems to the public with a masterful program. 

 

The orchestra's last concert for the year will feature works including Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Sibelius Violin Concerto performed by soloist Charlie Westholff and Strauss Four Songs Opus No. 27 performed by soloist Cleo Lee-...

Posted 15 Nov 2016 @ 2:42pm

Over ten days, the Art & Industry Festival will celebrate and investigate the ever-changing industrial and manufacturing heartland of Australia based in Melbourne’s western suburbs. 

 

The festival shines a light on the local industrial creators and resources in the Hobsons Bay area that is home to craft brewers, carmakers, designers, oil tanks and treasured heritage...

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