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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...

Posted 4 Oct 2016 @ 2:20pm

Outdoor movie experience Sunset Cinema is ready for a season of frothies, friends and films at a brand new location in Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park.

 

The outdoor cinema is offering a mix of new-release blockbusters, comedies and thrillers, including The Girl On The Train, The Magnificent Seven, Inferno, Bridget Jones' Baby and more.
With a fully licensed bar and some ...

Posted 3 Oct 2016 @ 9:25am

Thousands of flowers will be gifted between strangers for the Taiwanese-American artist's artwork coming to Melbourne in October. 

 

The Moving Garden will feature 1,000 fresh flowers each day, and 106,000 flowers in total, for gallery-goers to pluck and hand over to strangers on the street. 
 
The exhibition, a part of Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing...

Posted 29 Sep 2016 @ 3:09pm

The satirical take on Shakespeare, Anti-Hamlet, will have its world premiere right here in Melbourne. 

 

Acclaimed playwright and director Mark Wilson puts his own Australian political twist on another Shakespeare classic, with Anti-Hamlet being the last act to his trilogy of parodies.
 
The New Working Group will perform the production, alongside Wilson himself who...

Posted 29 Sep 2016 @ 2:26pm

The boundary-pushing Eric Andre is coming to Melbourne. 

 

Host of Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show, Andre has been perplexing and provoking audiences for years. Now, he's embracing the weird and hitting the road with his inventive and daring approach to stand-up comedy. 

 

Posted 29 Sep 2016 @ 12:17pm

It's never been easier to bail on your Tinder date on a minute's notice, with the implementation of the country’s largest and fastest free Wi-Fi network across Melbourne’s CBD today. 

 

From today, Melburnians can enjoy the VicFreeWiFi service within all Melbourne CBD train stations including the Bourke St Mall, Queen Victoria Market, and South Wharf Promenade at the Melbourne...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 3:57pm

The Astor are back in fine form with some first-class films to enjoy, taking audiences right up to Christmas with their latest calendar. 

 

Highlights include a screening of the new Ron Howard helmed Beatles flick, Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years as well as a double screening of Cry Baby and Fast Times along with a 50th anniversary screening of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly...

Posted 27 Sep 2016 @ 3:55pm

The first ever annual award ceremony for cat videos is being held at The Astor Theatre, catering to a whole new audience of film lovers. 

 

Resident cat Duke has inspired 'The Dukes', an hour long feature of bizarre and heart-warming cat videos that have taken the internet by storm. The votes of audience members will be tallied at the end of the session to decide what movie moggy...

Posted 27 Sep 2016 @ 1:19pm

The Australian Ballet has revealed a season of wonderment for 2017, offering a stellar program combining contemporary ballet along with all-time classics. 

 

The 2017 program begins with the opulent, The Sleeping Beauty, fresh from garnering widespread acclaim and selling out seasons on its debut in Melbourne. Returning for a hotly anticipated encore, the story of Princess Aurora...

Posted 26 Sep 2016 @ 3:51pm

ACMI will present a touring film season dedicated to the oeuvre of Franco-Polish director Roman Polanski. 

 

ROMAN: 10 X Polanski will showcase ten key films drawn from Polanski’s filmography – from the director’s Polish New Wave debut, Knife in the Water to his 2010 political thriller, The Ghost Writer.
 
Capping off the selection comes the director’s British films...

Posted 26 Sep 2016 @ 2:47pm

Comedy hero Nath Valvo has unveiled the lineup for his latest Comedy Gang Bang, bringing together a slew of funnypeople for a great cause. 

 

Raising money for Australia's biggest youth organisation for LGBTQI young folk Minus18, the comedy event will play host to Randy, Nick Cody, Rhys Nicholson, Gillian Cosgriff, Demi Lardner, Danielle Walker, a set from Nath Valvo, and one...

Posted 26 Sep 2016 @ 11:59am

To celebrate the opening of the imminent world premiere exhibition, Dutch fashion designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren will appear in conversation with international guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot in a major NGV public event. 

 

Viktor&Rolf in Conversation will explore the designers’ boundless creativity and their career-defining ethos of wearable art. As self-...

Posted 23 Sep 2016 @ 11:27am

Master composer Ludovico Einaudi will head to Melbourne to perform his renowned works along with immersive visual and lighting elements. 

 

Einaudi's latest release Elements has garnered praise from across the globe, becoming the first classical release in 23 years to reach the Top 15 of the UK charts. Drawing from the likes of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich, Einaudi's music also...

Posted 22 Sep 2016 @ 4:37pm

Hotly anticipated visual art project Life Inside An Image is set to make its long awaited opening in line with its Melbourne Festival run. 

 

Orbiting around Irish artist Gerard Byrne's newly commissioned work Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjneli (Film inside an Image), the exhibition presents a selection of recent moving-image works by contemporary Australian and international artists...

Posted 22 Sep 2016 @ 11:32am

Two of Australia's favourites will join forces in Melbourne Theatre Company's upcoming staging of a comedy classic. 

 

Shaun Micallef and Francis Greenslade star as the famously mismatched duo in The Odd Couple, directed by comedy specialist Peter Houghton.  
 
In Neil Simon’s unforgettable play, opposites attract in the most hilarious way when the grouchy slob Oscar...

Posted 22 Sep 2016 @ 9:52am

Sweet baby Satan, this is the shit nightmares are made of. 

 

Horror Movie Campout is Australia's first horror festival, arriving as an overnight, scary as all hell, camping experience. 
 
Immersive scare actors will roam the site while bands take to the stage throughout the day. Elsewhere, you can try your luck in the "death chamber" scare maze as a nightmarish...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 5:21pm

Is it a coincidence the town crowned World’s Most Liveable (yet again) also happens to hold UNESCO City of Literature status? Not according to the women behind two of this years Fringe Festival shows celebrating Melbourne’s relationship with books.

 

As Georgia Symons, creator of You Must Come Alone To The Last Book On Earth explains, Melbourne is so attuned to literature that...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 10:55am

Start packing your hampers Melbourne, Moonlight Cinema is back in business for another year. 

 

Australia's largest outdoor cinema will return as a BYO-friendly event (fuck yes, tinnies), as well as playing host to some first class food truck grub along with a fully licensed bar, serving up LA-style snacks to cap off the summer cinema experience.
 
Back once again,...

Posted 16 Sep 2016 @ 3:07pm

Start.Options.Exit. is an independent Australian black comedy, featuring some unlikely appearances from '70s pornstar Ron Jeremy, '90s Australian sex symbol Tottie Goldsmith and notorious Australian cult criminal icon Mark "Chopper" Read prior to his death in 2014. 

 

A no holds barred exploration of the male ego story, the film follows the exploits of wayward twenty somethings...
Posted 16 Sep 2016 @ 2:04pm

NANCY brings together an enthralling concoction of cabaret, drag, circus and song into one night, hosted by Melbourne drag star Karen From Finance.

 

The event which normally occurs on the first Saturday of every month, is getting an extra slot and will feature the likes of cabaret superstars Yana Alana and Tina Del Twist, as well as subversive dance extraordinaire Benjamin...

Posted 16 Sep 2016 @ 11:50am

The masterworks of one of the world’s most famous and influential artists will go on show at NGV next year in the forthcoming instalment of the gallery's acclaimed Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series. 

 

Drawn from the collections of leading international institutions, including Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, Van Gogh and the Seasons will bring more than 60 of van Gogh’s iconic...

Posted 16 Sep 2016 @ 9:38am

The winners for Fringe Furniture 2016 have been revealed, celebrating 30 years for the landmark event.  

 

This year’s theme, Redesign, encouraged designers to re-visit history, separating functional purpose and encouraging impossibility.
 
“There’s no doubt Australia’s design culture is in good hands if Fringe Furniture is anything to go by. There’s weird and whacky...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 3:31pm

Following huge sell-out demand, more shows have been added to the hotly anticipated Melbourne Festival event, Lady Eats Apple. 

 

Coming from the acclaimed Australian theatremakers Back to Back Theatre, the production is brought to life under the direction of Bruce Gladwin. Collapsing the space between the epic and the everyday and divining the mythic in the mundane, Lady Eats...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 11:22am

If one thing's for sure, this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival is nothing if not huge. In fact, it's their biggest year yet. With hundreds of brilliant, bizarre and amazing shows to sift through - sometimes you need a little help to find what's right for you. That's where we come in. 

 

 

Inside our handy guide you'll find feature articles with some of Fringe's...

Posted 13 Sep 2016 @ 9:46am

Hilarious internet sensation Jordan Shanks (AKA Friendlyjordies) has announced a Melbourne show, bringing his brand of political satire to the people in a hotly anticipated live date. 

 

Chin Up Stooge marks a step into the live arena for Shanks, whose videos have garnered thousands of views. While much about the show is being kept tightly under wraps, Chin Up Stooge will see...

Posted 12 Sep 2016 @ 3:59pm

Forget everything you thought you knew about footy finals because Melbourne Fringe is kicking goals with their 2016 coverage. 

 

Exciting events include On The Mark with comedians Geraldine Hickey and Laura Dunemann commentating the Grand Final as it's screened live in the Festival Club. Elsewhere, Fringe Footy Club with Dr. Professor Neal Portenza and Penny Greenhalgh will be...

Posted 12 Sep 2016 @ 9:33am

A comprehensive Banksy retrospective is coming to Melbourne. 

 

More than 80 works will be on display, presenting the largest collection of Banksy artwork to ever draw upon Australia, including the iconic Girl with Balloon, Flag Wall and Laugh Now pieces. Curated by Steve Lazarides, former manager of Banksy, the works come from his own collection and other private collectors....

Posted 9 Sep 2016 @ 3:27pm

To commemorate the illustrious career of the late Gene Wilder as well as the centenary of infamous author Roald Dahl, The Astor are showcasing one of the duo's most magnificent pieces of work, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, as a one-off feature.

 

The Mel Stuart-directed masterpiece debuted on-screen in 1971 but continues to be one of the most popular pictures for...

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