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Arts News

Posted 25 Oct 2016 @ 1:45pm

The annual festival has today opened registrations for local and international acts to perform across March and April in 2017.

 

One of the largest comedy programs in the world, the event showcases a lineup of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts.
 
In 2016, over 3,000 artists participated in 528 shows in 131...

Posted 20 Oct 2016 @ 1:59pm

The renowned artist has managed to squeeze in a trip to Melbourne in his busy schedule after years of invitations from his Australian fanbase.

 

Parker will be showing both original art pieces as well as the latest Hawaiian souvenirs from his company Tiki Shark next month, and fans will also get to meet and greet the Hawaiian celebrity at the two-day Kona Kustom Kulture...

Posted 20 Oct 2016 @ 1:23pm

Get ready to be spooked around every corner at this year's hotly anticipated Luna Dark.

 

With a massive turn out last year, the spooktacular event returns in 2016, this time with zombies roaming throughout the amusement park. 
 
Rides will be open all night so guests can make the most of this carn-evil experience, and with new attractions like the Circus of Scares...

Posted 20 Oct 2016 @ 1:16pm

Maxine's nightclub is going back to its Crystal T's roots with a whole night of retro entertainment. 

 

There'll be no need to be nostalgic, as Back to Crystal T's will recreate the big hair, tight pants, and groovy tunes of the past next month. Enjoy supper and a glass of bubbly with live performances, dancers, a retro disco, and more, on this trip down memory lane. 

Posted 18 Oct 2016 @ 5:04pm

Australian film distribution company, Monster Pictures, have denied connection of their latest Rob Zombie film, 31, to the recent creepy clown craze sweeping the nation.

 

Neil Foley, Monster Pictures' Head of Acquisitions has made a statement in response to several claims that these clown incidences are part of a campaign designed to promote the Monster Pictures Halloween...

Posted 18 Oct 2016 @ 1:16pm

UK theatre company Kaleider presents The Money, a 90-minute spectacle where audience members are the performers, and must decide on how to spend a pile of cash. Seems simple enough, right?

 

There are two ways to participate in The Money: as a Benefactor, you’ve paid for the privilege to participate in the game. It is these people who will decide how to spend the money on the...

Posted 17 Oct 2016 @ 4:23pm

The Melbourne Design Market is around the corner, offering a slew of first-class and independently created wares for you to find. 

 

With this year's event having a particular focus on first-time stallholders, it's the perfect opportunity to find something special. Highlights include stalls from Vanessa Lucas, who has been offering porcelain tableware and bespoke clothing for 20...

Posted 17 Oct 2016 @ 3:55pm

ACMI have been taking VR experiences to the next level of late, with their latest project being no exception. 

 

For most of us, reaching the top of Mount Everest or swimming alongside a giant blue whale will forever remain a dream. But hey, who needs to worry about the logistics of finding a sherpa willing to drag your sorry self to the top of the world's highest mountain when...

Posted 17 Oct 2016 @ 3:00pm

For three weeks, Midsumma will take over the city with everything from international queer royalty to showstopping events and parties. Now, Arts Centre Melbourne have revealed the events that'll be taking up residency within their hallowed doors when the festival kicks off in January next year. 

 

Leading the charge comes the darling of London's cabaret club scene in Nigerian-...

Posted 14 Oct 2016 @ 3:58pm

Lido Cinemas' rooftop cinema is back once more, bringing a first-class summer program with it. 

 

Launching with a western-themed party and a screening of Hell or High Water, audiences are encouraged to dress up in their dusty desert finest – think plaid, jeans, boots and a ten-gallon hat if that floats your boat. 
 
With a focus on new release films, expect to see...

Posted 14 Oct 2016 @ 9:52am

ACMI has just announced a cutting edge, immersive virtual reality project that invites audiences into the mind of ghosts. 

 

Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid is an intimate virtual reality experience that invites audiences to become the ghosts of couple, Steve and Maude, and revisit the kitchen where they fell in love, grew old, and ultimately, grew apart. 
 
The...

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 3:19pm

This Friday will see comedians from around the country take a stand against domestic violence as part of the #IStandUp campaign. 

 

The comedy nights will take place simultaneously around the country, in all eight Australian capital cities, with comedic superstars Dave Thornton and Celeste Barber leading the charge in Melbourne alongside Doug Chappel Jnr, Rose Callaghan, Mayumi...

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 12:25pm

Flinders Street Station is set to undergo a multi-million dollar restoration, with intention to return the iconic Melbourne landmark to its original glory. 

 

Part of the restoration will see the entire facade repainted in the original 1910 colours, seeing the current shade of mustard ditched for a more subdued shade of stone.

 

Both the current green and maroon...

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 11:13am

The Edinburgh Fringe hit show, Randy Writes a Novel, is set to roll into Melbourne for one night only. 

 

Billed as "what happens when Randy cuts sick for an hour" the show will see everyone's favourite purple specimen wax lyrical in a hilarious follow-up to previous shows, Randy Is Sober and The Last Temptation of Randy. 

Posted 11 Oct 2016 @ 4:39pm

The Wheeler Centre is back with its final season for the year, and it's jam-packed with intellectual goodness, diversity, laughs and a look back at the year that was. 

 

The latest season features luminaries Dan Harmon, Jad Abumrad, Stan Grant, Peter Greste, Caroline Wilson, Masha Gessen, Matthew Reilly, Gary Foley, Deng Adut, Stephanie Alexander, and many more. 
 
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Posted 11 Oct 2016 @ 3:44pm

Muggles, witches, and wizards of Melbourne, we've got some news for you.  

 

In anticipation of the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, IMAX will be screening all eight Potter films. Each of the films will be screened twice - once on a week night, and once again on a weekend as part of a double feature. 

Posted 11 Oct 2016 @ 12:04pm

You've seen them turn newsprint into phallic masterpieces time and time again. Now, the oddballs behind viral art sensation Drawing Dicks on The Herald Sun are turning their pens onto Donald Trump. 

 

Doodles on Donald is the latest exhibition from the crew, who recently set up shop to...

Posted 10 Oct 2016 @ 6:20pm

Students of Melbourne, it's time to get some culture up ya. 

 

Melbourne Festival are offering some of the best shows in town at the moment. However, in between topping up your Myki and buying your weight's worth of two-minute noodles, finances can get a little tough for the studious ones among us. That's why Melbourne Festival have made a limited allocation of $25 tickets...

Posted 10 Oct 2016 @ 3:14pm

NGV know how to deliver the goods. Case in point, the surreal, neon pink car wash-inspired hangout that's opening this week. 

 

The 23metre-long structure reimagines an ordinary suburban icon, morphing it into a fantasy-like version of itself to reveal the architects’ vision of using design to improve the amenity of Melbourne’s outer suburbs. 
 
The hyper-colour slice...

Posted 10 Oct 2016 @ 10:52am

The international award-winning hit musical is coming to Australia. 

 

Based on the smash-hit Warner Bros 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard features a slew of Houston bangers including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, and of course, I Will Always Love You.

Posted 7 Oct 2016 @ 2:15pm

The film program is designed to shape the debate around some of the most urgent issues of our time, portrayed by four critically acclaimed documentaries.

 

The first capsule of the much anticipated Lies and Secrets season is titled Zero Days, a film which looks to expose cyber warfare acts committed by the United States and Israel to ruin a vital component of an Iranian nuclear...

Posted 7 Oct 2016 @ 1:14pm

Australia's premier genre-film festival Monster Fest is returning to Melbourne for its 6th edition and they've just rolled out the first program announcement.

 

Julia Ducournau's controversial film, Raw, will open proceedings on opening night while keynote speaker Ted Kotcheff is set to compliment retrospective screenings of his films, Wake in Fright, First Blood and Weekend at...

Posted 7 Oct 2016 @ 12:14pm

This Melbourne production explores the battle ground of global climate politics through the eyes of those on the front line.

 

Set in the not-too-distant future on the brink of climate disaster, CALIBAN starts where Shakespeare's The Tempest left off, wherein the always contentious climate debate is turned on its head.
 
Originally seeded as a street show presented at...

Posted 7 Oct 2016 @ 10:05am

The festival will showcase some of Melbourne's best independent, theatrical talent over five weeks later this year.

 

Poppy Seed has announced the four ambitious works it will be introducing to theatre fanatics: Blessed, LadyCake, What's Yours Is Mine, and F.
 
The selected works will be performed by exciting Melbourne companies like Attic Erratic, Three Birds Theatre...

Posted 6 Oct 2016 @ 3:38pm

The world famous duo are set to perform the premiere of epic comedy art performance, Airplay, at the Arts Centre this summer.

 

Exclusive to Melbourne, Airplay will feature the comic physicality of Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone paired with artist Daniel Wurtzel's mesmerising air sculptures.
 
Directed by West Hyler, the work boasts flying umbrellas, huge balloons,...

Posted 6 Oct 2016 @ 3:28pm

A three-week living art installation is coming to Melbourne as part of a new project with some talented artists. 

 

The Ends is a combined vision of some of Australia’s most exciting creative talent, inhabiting the narrow seam of space between Flinders Street Station and the banks of the Yarra River - and at certain times, the river itself. 
 
Contemporary Australian...

Posted 6 Oct 2016 @ 2:54pm

Notorious street artist Lush will be exhibiting work, as well as painting the bodies of dancers at Kings Cross' Centrefold Lounge. 

 

Lush will be performing body painting of the entertainers in Centrefold Lounge as a part of an exhibit dubbed The Booty Gallery. 

 

The prolific artist has been garnering buzz across the globe for his murals around Melbourne, covering...

Posted 6 Oct 2016 @ 1:02pm

A $1.25 billion landmark is in the works for Melbourne's CBD, dubbed "The Pantscraper" due to the skybridge that will connect two 42-storey towers. 

 

The development will offer 250 apartments, along with office spaces, a five-star hotel and shops. 
 
Collins Arch will also deliver 2,000 square metres of public open space, including a new park on the corner of Collins...

Posted 6 Oct 2016 @ 9:48am

The hit Broadway adaptation of the all-time Disney classic is coming to Melbourne. 

 

Aladdin is brought to life with a fresh new take that embraces the best of the film, as well as adding something altogether new. The musical brings audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure and comedy, featuring a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 12:27pm

Australia's two burlesque beauties Bella de Jac and Alyssa Kitt will be bringing one hell of a party to Melbourne. 

 

If you know exactly how it feels to have someone rip you off, then you'll get a kick out of Bitch Stole My Act; a funny clash of tension and jealousy that pokes fun at frenemies, burlesque wives and besties.
 
You may decide to dress as your bestie, or...

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