Arts News

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 3:39pm

The world premiere of Sunshine will make its way to Melbourne in an acclaimed piece of theatre from Australian playwright Tom Holloway. 


The night creeps in and rain buckets down on the streets of Melbourne. Music blasts from hotted-up hatchbacks full of youths. Four people have a night they will never forget as two strangers are thrown together through one shocking event. It...

Posted 6 Sep 2016 @ 2:28pm

The one and only Shitgardens is hosting a Melbourne exhibition. 


Arriving as a "celebration not a condemnation" of urban landscaping, the exhibition is an homage to suburban environments and a great example of an inside-joke that got a little out of hand. Prints will be up for sale, with proceeds going to Free...

Posted 5 Sep 2016 @ 2:30pm

Best known as a world renowned musician, Holly Throsby has now written her first mystery novel about twin disappearances in a country town and she's ready to share her insights with Melbourne.  


Throsby first made her debut in 2004 with her album On Night, and since then has released another four solo records among other works. 
She has explored writing in the...

Posted 5 Sep 2016 @ 2:12pm

Gather round scallywags, it's time to pick out your best pegleg and get yourself some ink so good it'd garner respect from ol' Captain Blackbeard himself. 


East Brunswick Tattoos will be celebrating International Talk Like A Pirate in true seafaring fashion. There'll be limited flash and availability for this event, so make sure you get in fast.  Capping it off comes rum...

Posted 2 Sep 2016 @ 3:46pm

Sunshine is set to welcome another more unconventional member to the community with a 6-metre tall edifice depicting a man lifting a cow set to be unveiled.


Renowned artist, John Kelly, has been working tirelessly on the project which is designed to be a drawcard for visitors to the Sunshine town centre. Sunshine-raised, Kelly has become a role model for the community through...

Posted 2 Sep 2016 @ 12:06pm

The Wheeler Centre has revealed a fascinating lineup of talks, keynote sessions and Q&As for its Season Four selection.


Expect to witness some of Australia’s most influential personalities in conversation with the likes of Jad Abumrad, Anthony Albanese, Alan Brough and many more set to grace the stage. The Di Gribble Argument returns for a third year, taking on one of the...

Posted 2 Sep 2016 @ 8:41am

Malthouse Theatre has unveiled a stunning season for 2017, capped off with five new Australian plays, eight world premieres and international guests. 


Opening the 2017 season comes The Encounter, fresh from critically acclaimed performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, The Barbican and on Broadway. Setting the bar high for the rest of the year, Encounter tells the...

Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 1:02pm

Forget taking your little brother to the movies this school holidays. Melbourne Fringe Festival's first ever kids club has got you covered. 


With something for both the young ones and the young at heart, get down to experience Comic Chaos - bringing drawings to life in an epic storybook ride - Dance The Pacific bringing a slice of Tropicana heaven to Melbourne, Rainbow Cactus ...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 4:13pm

Coming from creative pioneers Ensemble Offspring is The Secret Noise - exploring the sounds behind the glossy production most people listen to. 


From the sacred forms of ceremonial music and legally extinguished compositions to ‘backmasking’ (playing an LP backwards to reveal a subliminal, satanic message), private love songs and the proliferation of personal music players, the...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 3:19pm

Featuring deafblind artists Heather Lawson and Michelle Stevens, Imagined Touch is a unique and immersive shared experience – a tactile and visceral step into each other’s worlds through live art, theatre and sensory performance.


Touch is the main way that deafblind people navigate, communicate and connect with others. Yet, in a society where touch is not encouraged, deafblind...

Posted 30 Aug 2016 @ 3:54pm

Heading our way for a national speaking tour, Henry Rollins will be dropping into Triple R while in Melbourne for a candid conversation. 


Henry Rollins is a man of many talents, turning his eye onto literature, poetry and acting since his time with Black Flag in the 1980s, as well as his years with Rollins Band and the host of The Rollins Show. 
He'll join ...

Posted 30 Aug 2016 @ 2:40pm

The 17th Melbourne Underground Film Festival is back for another year to showcase the best in emerging cinema. 


Opening the festival comes The Perfect Nonsense - a weird yet accessible journey through violence and humour from Addison Heath, plus short film A Thin Life by Frank Howson.  


Further highlights include screenings of SheBorg Massacre from Daniel...

Posted 29 Aug 2016 @ 1:36pm

The Finders Keepers Market continues to present the very best from the Australian art and design community, releasing the dates for the latest iteration.  


Expect to see contemporary artworks, jewellery and cute kidswear amongst other exciting goodies. The Finders Keepers Market incorporates the artistic flair of a new illustrator every season, with Adelaide's Julie White...

Posted 29 Aug 2016 @ 9:36am

Melbourne Theatre Company have unveiled their 2017 program, offering an astute mix of drama, laughter, empathy and debate through 11 mainstage productions.  


Opening the season comes '40s Broadway classic Born Yesterday, starring Christie Whelan Browne and Joel Jackson. The screwball romance is followed by John, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Baker and Brian Friel's ...

Posted 26 Aug 2016 @ 3:23pm

Featuring a pop-up park, bar and unique performances, Coburg Carnivale is ready to thrill audiences. 


The event will feature some next level puppetry, roaming surreal fireflies, a hip hop jamboree, a totally improvised show with The Quiet Achievers, face paint by children, a circus masterclass and an epic two-hour set from The Bedroom Philosopher. He'll be celebrating his...

Posted 26 Aug 2016 @ 2:23pm

Circus Oz's acclaimed TWENTYSIXTEEN production is ready to enthrall more audience members, coming to Preston for a limited run of shows. 


Pushing the boundaries of physicality, gravity and imagination - the production will take to the stage at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre with acrobatics and circus tricks aplenty. 
As a prominent music hub, Darebin is...

Posted 26 Aug 2016 @ 12:33pm

Welcome to Notel. A rooftop camping experience that lets punters sleep in refurbished Airstream trailers atop an inner-city haven.  


Opening tomorrow, Notel is more than just caravans on a roof. The trailers have been refitted with top notch bedding and showers as well as private spas, outdoor decks and a view overlooking Flinders Lane. 




Posted 25 Aug 2016 @ 3:36pm

Melbourne Theatre Company will present Joanna Murray-Smith’s acclaimed two-hander, Switzerland, when it comes to the stage with the original cast of Sarah Peirse and Eamon Farren.


Inspired by renowned master crime novelist Patricia Highsmith, Switzerland is an original thriller that begins with a knock at the door and spirals into a calculated contest of wits and words. ...

Posted 25 Aug 2016 @ 10:47am

Cinephiles, rejoice! A film festival celebrating and screening all things Kubrick is coming to Melbourne. 


For the first time in Melbourne, all of the master filmmaker's feature films will be seen on the cinema screen at a single film festival event. Expect to see the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, Eyes Wide Shut, Fear and Desire, Full...

Posted 24 Aug 2016 @ 2:24pm

The Australian Ballet will perform a special Melbourne season of Coppélia this September.


Coppélia has an important place in The Australian Ballet’s history. It was performed during the company’s inaugural season in 1962. The ballet was revived in 1979 in a new production by The Australian Ballet’s founding Artistic Director Dame Peggy van Praagh and the renowned theatre...

Posted 24 Aug 2016 @ 1:59pm

Chris Russell's Chicken Walk will screen his documentary next month at the Spotted Mallard.


Melbourne bluesman Chris Russell reflects on life, death, success, regret and music in a new short documentary by Sebastian Broadbent.
By day Russell maintains a full-time job manufacturing flag poles for golf courses. By night, he pursues a hectic writing, rehearsing and...

Posted 24 Aug 2016 @ 12:23pm

The Curiosity Experiment are inviting those game enough to pull up a chair, put on a bllindfold and see how much you can bear.


The interactive ghost story will see 13 people sitting around a table blindfolded, and told a story that has been passed down the generations, of a supernatural experience that the host himself was part of as a child.
First taking place...

Posted 24 Aug 2016 @ 12:05pm

Hannibal Buress will bring his new stand-up comedy tour, The Hannibal Montanabal Experience, to stages across Australia this December.


With appearances in a variety of hit TV shows and feature films under his belt, as well as featuring as a cast member on Comedy Central series Broad City and co-host of Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show- Hannibal is emerging as a comedy superstar...

Posted 22 Aug 2016 @ 3:54pm

A co-production with St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Gonzo has been developed from interviews with anonymous boys aged 12 to 18, who have shared their personal experiences with and their relationship to internet porn. 


These usually behind closed door revelations will be played out by actors Ari Maza Long, Sam Nugent, Jack Palit and Sol Rumble, divulging alarming and uncensored...

Posted 22 Aug 2016 @ 3:33pm

For 40 years, the Camberwell Market has been one of Melbourne's most popular second-hand, handmade, antique and vintage markets. Now it's celebrating a big milestone with an even bigger celebration. 


Balwyn Rotary plans to make the birthday celebration one that will honour and thank all the locals that have attended the weekly market, which has grown to become a beloved ritual...

Posted 19 Aug 2016 @ 2:45pm
National treasure, award-winning actor and activist Uncle Jack Charles will share tales and stories from his life in an intimate Melbourne Q&A session.


A Night With Uncle Jack will see the Aboriginal elder joined by a host of special guests (many of whom remain a tightly kept secret) to join with him in momentous musical performances and storytelling capturing much of his work in...

Posted 19 Aug 2016 @ 2:38pm

Not all heroes wear capes. One Melbourne cartoonist has absolutely nailed the hospo life with a string of hilarious sketches that capture the tropes, trivialities and everyday mentalities of day-to-day coffee shop work.  


Helmed by Erin McConchie, the sketches are as rudimentary as they are incisive. 



Posted 18 Aug 2016 @ 4:45pm

Alternative lifestyle sexuality groups will unite at the upcoming Oz Kink Fest and Fetish Expo for 10 days of workshops, entertainment, vendors and parties. 


Featuring over 50 local and national business vendors, top level entertainment, music, educational and community building workshops and parties, the event is one of the largest kink and fetish gatherings in the country. ...

Posted 18 Aug 2016 @ 10:12am

Our fair city has been named the world's most livable city for the sixth year running. 


Taking into account healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment and infrastructure, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has rated Melbourne ahead of Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.


Adelaide came in at number six, while Perth followed at seventh place. ...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 11:09am

The latest collection from the Benaki Museum to travel to Australia’s Hellenic Museum tells a tale of more than just the wearing of jewellery.  


The Art of Adornment: Greek Jewellery from the 17th to 19th Centuries features items that were said to bring the wearer good luck, enhance fertility, and ward off evil spirits for protection and prosperity.