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Making the Australian Quilt: 1800-1950

Venue:The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Date:22 July – 6 November 2016
Time:Open daily, 10am–5pm.
Fee:Adult $15 | NGV Member $11 | Concession $12 | Child $7 | Family $41

Australia’s rich quilt heritage, resplendent with imagery of native flora and fauna, early coats of arms and motifs of daily colonial life, will be revealed in Making the Australian Quilt: 1800–1950.


In an Australian exclusive, the exhibition will bring together more than 80 stunning quilts, coverlets and patchwork fashion garments, as well as examples of intricate quilting techniques.


Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘Making the Australian Quilt will uncover remarkable personal stories of Australian character, ingenuity and thriftiness through the lens of our nation’s quilting legacy. Showcasing important works from public and private collections across the country, the exhibition will provide an insight into the skills and technical virtuosity of these women, and men, whose works chronicle the history of Australia, stitch by stitch.’




Exploring Australian Quilt Making Symposium

Sat 23 Jul, 10am-4pm

Speakers include Dr Annette Gero, exhibition co-curator and quilt historian; Dr Leslie Levy, Executive Director, Quilt Study Center and Museum, Nebraska, US; Margaret Rolfe, quiltmaker and author; Lucas Grogan, artist; Crystal McGann, Project48; Linden Vine, Project48; and, Katie Somerville, Senior Curator, Fashion and Textiles, NGV

Cost $28 M / $35 A / $30 C, includes exhibition admission

Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International


Curator's Perspective

Sun 24 Jul, 11am, Katie Somerville, Senior Curator, Fashion and Textiles, NGV

Sun 24 Jul, 2pm, Dr Annette Gero, exhibition co-curator and quilt historian

Cost Exhibition admission

Venue Exhibition space, NGV Australia


Common Threads: Social Stitching

Sun 24 Jul, 1pm-3pm, Sat 22 Oct, 10am – 1pm and Sat 6 Nov, 1pm – 3pm

Celebrate opening weekend with a drop-by social stitching session with contemporary artist and maker Shuh Lee. Shuh Lee is a Melbourne based artist and maker behind the label 'shuh.’ With a fashion background, Lee has a love for hand stitching techniques and this is at the core of her practice. Her work combines art and craft, and re-purposing material objects into something usable, wearable and fun.

Cost Free

Venue Foyer, Level 3, NGV Australia

What’s on at The Star in June

Venue:The Star, Sydney

The Star Sydney will host a thrilling line-up of winter sport, entertainment and fine food across the precinct this June.


Take in all the action of this year’s footy season when NSW VB Blues take on the XXXX QLD Maroons for the 2016 Holden State of Origin Series Game I and Game II, screened live from the 24/7 Sports Bar.


In celebration of Vivid Sydney, the roof of The Star will be illuminated and will light the night sky from Friday, 27 May to Monday, 18 June. Music fans can dance under the stars in a silent disco at the Sky Terrace rooftop bar which will open from 5pm until late for four weekends of winter fun.

Foodies looking for an authentic farm-to-plate experience can indulge in exquisite Ralston Bros. Oysters at The Star’s signature Australian grill, BLACK by ezard for a special one-off Oyster Farm Dinner.


The Star Event Centre boasts a month of diverse talent including Air Supply’s sold out 40th Anniversary Tour, Li Jian’s extraordinary Chinese folk performance and an inspirational talk from LA’s real estate agent to the stars, Josh Altman.





BLACK by ezard’s Oyster Farm Dinner | Sunday, 26 June at 6.30pm


BLACK by ezard teams up with fifth generation oyster farmers, Ralston Bros. Oysters from the Clyde River at Batemans Bay, NSW for an exquisite Oyster Farm Dinner. Guests will enjoy a four-course degustation menu created by BLACK by ezard, executive chef, Dany Karam featuring caviar, fillet wagyu MBS5+ and a dessert of warm couverture ganache, banana sorbet, hazelnut mousse and cookie crumble. Throughout the evening, roving oyster shuckers will serve Ralston Bros’ signature fresh Waterfall and Heritage oysters that are known for their distinctive and pure flavour. The set menu is $185 per person, and $265 with matching champagne. For reservations phone 1800 700 700.




Silent Disco on Sky Terrace | Friday & Saturday evenings from 27 May to 18 June


Sydney’s rooftop bar, Sky Terrace will open for four weekends of winter fun in celebration and support of Vivid Sydney. Sky Terrace will light up the night each Friday and Saturday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm with a silent disco under the glow of the illuminated rooftop with sets from some of the city’s best DJs, including DJ Sasha Moon, DJ Kitsch and DJ D-Flat to name a few. Cap off the experience with a range of cocktails and mocktails inspired by Vivid. Entry is free. Full DJ schedule available at star.com.au/skyterrace.


Holden State of Origin at 24/7 Sports Bar | 1 June & 22 June from 8:00pm


Catch the NSW Blues clash with the XXXX QLD Maroons in Game I and Game II of the 2016 Holden State of Origin series at the Home of the NSW VB Blues, The Star Sydney. Game I kicks

off on Wednesday, 1 June at 8:00pm live from ANZ Stadium. Take in every tackle on the impressive 34-square metre LED mega screen for optimum stadium atmosphere and top of the line audio. Fans can catch all the action at 24/7 Sports Bar on Wednesday, 22 June for the screening of Game II live from Suncorp Stadium.


Air Supply 40th Anniversary Tour (SOLD OUT) | Sunday, 12 June at 7:30pm


One of Australia’s most-loved and successful music duos, Air Supply will return to Sydney for their 40th Anniversary Tour to perform soft rock hits such as ‘Lost in Love’, ‘Love and Other Bruises’ and ‘Now and Forever’ at The Star Event Centre on Sunday, 12 June. After meeting in 1975 as part of the Sydney production of Jesus Christ Superstar, Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock have forged a long and successful musical career that continues to thrive.


Josh Altman at The Star Event Centre | Tuesday, 14 June at 7:30pm

Learn from the best and join leading real estate agent to the stars, Josh Altman on his first Australian tour at The Star Event Centre on Tuesday, 14 June. Stars of Bravo’s hit TV series, Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles, Josh and his brother Matt Altman will reveal their trade secrets, offering real estate enthusiasts and aspiring entrepreneurs tips and insights to outsmart the competition and get ahead in the property market. With a live Q&A session, private dinner and meet and greet experience tickets available, don’t miss the chance to learn from the best. Tickets are priced from $49.96. Book now at star.com.au.


Li Jian at The Star Event Centre | Friday, 24 June at 7:30pm


For the first time since participating in China’s popular reality TV show, I Am a Singer in 2015, Chinese folk singer, Li Jian, will bring his soothing melancholic sounds to Australian fans for one night only at The Star Event Centre on Friday, 24 June. Since launching his solo career, Li Jian has released eight albums and has received international acclaim for hit song, ‘Chuan Qi’ (The Legend). Don’t miss this inspiring performance, which will transport you to another era. Tickets are priced from $191.67. Book now at star.com.au.


For more information about what’s on at The Star in June, please visit www.star.com.au.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Date:September 16th-25th, 2016

A breathtaking 10 days of flowers, flavours and sounds, the 67th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will take over the Southern Queensland city in the most beautiful of ways from September 16 to 25 with a program of more than 50 unique events and experiences including internationally acclaimed musical acts, award winning parks, some of the best food and wine to be found in Southern Queensland and a multitude of cultural adventures.

Testament to its position as one of the country’s most acclaimed special events.

Denise Scott + Libbi Gorr + Geraldine Hickey

Venue:Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen St Yarraville
Date:Saturday, July 9th
Time:7.00pm (Dinner & show); 8.00pm (show only)
Fee:$30-35 +bf (show only); $78-$83+bf (dinner & show)

Yarraville Laughs continues to bring top-notch comedy to the New West, with three of our hilarious greats taking the stage on Saturday, July 9:  Denise Scott, Libbi Gorr and Geraldine Hickey.
Touted on 60 Minutes as “A national treasure”, the brilliant Denise Scott is arguably one of Australia’s top stand-ups, and always delivers face-aching laughs, no matter what insight she’s sharing at the time. The best-selling author and Barry Award winner sells out wherever she performs, and this show will be no exception.
In this headline show, Denise (aka “Scotty”) will be supported by the current darling of 774 ABC radio, Libbi Gorr, who first came to prominence with the satirical television character that she created called "Elle McFeast" on Andrew Denton’s ‘Live & Kicking’. The last time Libbi was at Yarraville she lifted the roof off, so it will be exciting to see what she has in store.

Wild Onesie Week 2016

Date:June 5th – 11th, 2016

WWF-Australia is calling on wildlife supporters to dress up and ‘fun-raise’ to help save endangered species during Wild Onesie Week, by registering to participate via its website and buying an official onesie, this year’s official ‘onesie’ species being the green turtle. 

From June 5th – 11th, everyday Australians are encouraged to take a walk on the wild side, put on an animal onesie and support threatened species and their habitats, both in our own backyard and around the world. 


This year WWF-Australia is excited to introduce the green turtle to the official onesie range, joining the iconic giant panda and the native black flanked-rock wallaby. The green turtle is a species adored by Australians and through Wild Onesie Week this year WWF-Australia is hoping to shine a spotlight on the plight of this species.


Registrations for Wild Onesie Week are now open via www.wildonesieweek.com


You can also join the #wildonesie journey and become part of the Wild Onesie Week community through Facebook - www.facebook.com/wwfaustralia and Instagram/Twitter - @WWF_australia.

An Evening With Reese Witherspoon


Exclusive tickets have just been released for An Evening With Reese Witherspoon in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne on the 12th, 14th and 16th of July respectively.

Oscar winning actress, film producer, lifestyle entrepreneur and philanthropist Reese Witherspoon will be the guest of honour and speaker for this star studded occasion, with the gala dinners benefiting the incredible charity work of Save The Children.

Almond Breeze Breezey Masters

Australia’s leading almond milk brand, Almond Breeze, is hitting the road to find the country’s best baristas, following the successful launch of its Almond Breeze Barista Blend in Australia, just 18 months ago.  


The creator of this world first almond milk variety designed specifically for coffee, has launched a nationwide competition – the Almond Breeze Breezey Masters – that will touch each state, where baristas from across the land will be invited to craft the most creative latte art using Almond Breeze Barista Blend.


Roger Ringwood, Country Director at Blue Diamond Growers Australia said: “Almond Breeze Barista Blend has achieved significant success in terms of sales, barista endorsement and distribution presence since launching in 2014. We continue to break the mould and wanted to take this to the next level with a program designed to support and highlight the world-class barista talent we have in Australia.”


The first of eight rounds will take place in Darwin in June and will progress around the nation ahead of a grand final in Sydney in October, where the winner will take out the title of Breezey Grand Master 2016 and win an all-expense paid trip to America.

Almond Breeze Barista Blend is exclusive to the food service market. The specifically formulated blend contains no added cane sugar and only has 60 calories per 250ml serving, as well as containing 30% fewer calories than a coffee made with skim milk or regular soy milk.


The Breezey Masters heats will take place in the following states over the coming months:

Darwin: 21st June 2016

Brisbane: 28th June 2016

Adelaide: 5th July 2016

Perth: 12th July 2016

Sydney: 24th July 2016

Hobart: 9th August 2016

Melbourne: 16th August 2016

Canberra: 6th September 2016

Winter in Fed Square: River Rink

Date:Saturday 18 June – Sunday 17 July 2016
Fee:Tickets are on sale to the public from 1 June and prices for kids start at $12.50 for a 45 minute session. The ticket price includes skate hire however, transactional charges may apply.

Fed Square is set to become a winter wonderland with the return of River Rink, part of the Winter in Fed Square season that runs from 1 June – 17 July in the heart of Melbourne.


Following on from its great success in 2015, River Rink is destined to become a popular destination as the Yarra River’s terrace is transformed to a sensational site of skating fun.  The open air rink will bring a touch of the northern hemisphere to our cool, southern climes as happy skaters of all ages can experience the joy of skating outdoors.


River Rink will be open from 10am – 10pm every day, and skaters of all levels are welcome.  Whether an experienced ice skater, dancer or just a beginner, the River Rink is the place to be.  And cute 70cm high penguins are available for hire to assist our little learners, and give them the support and confidence they need to enjoy this uniquely Melbourne winter experience.


Picture skating across River Rink, the sun sinking into the west, watching Fed Square become a fairyland of light and colour with the spectacular views of the city providing the most dramatic backdrop.  Singles, couples, families and visitors can revel in the experience as they glide on by.


Open from 18 June to 17 July including across the Victorian school holidays families are encouraged to park, eat and skate at Fed Square with the convenience of special parking rates available for ticket buyers, a range of restaurants and cafes to suit any craving and River Rink to provide the perfect day out. 

What’s on the menu at Vivid Sydney

With over 80 light installations to see, more than 170 creative Ideas talks to be inspired by, and eclectic music performances at over 22 venues across the city, there is no denying that experiencing Vivid Sydney will make you hungry. Thankfully, as Sydney lights up from 27 May to 18 June, food retailers have prepared a delicious offering of Vivid Sydney inspired food and beverages that will satisfy visitors’ appetites all over the city.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said, “Vivid Sydney is set to once again delight visitors with some of Sydney’s hippest purveyors of food and beverage presenting a smorgasbord of Vivid-inspired treats that showcase our city’s world-class food and wine culture. With so much to choose from, foodies can even plan their own Vivid Sydney dining trail to ensure they’re not only experiencing the best light, music and ideas, but they’re also tasting the best cocktails, market food, and gelato. It’s the perfect addition for a night out at Vivid Sydney.”

Here are 14 of the many unique food and beverage experiences on offer at Vivid Sydney:

1.        This year for the first time at Vivid Sydney, two Sydney based production powerhouses, Motti+Smith and Paper Moose have collaborated to bring Martin Place their very own 8 Bits+Bytes burger activation. Throughout the festival, five of Sydney’s best burger houses including Mary’s, Milk Bar by Café ish, Pub Life Kitchen, Bang Bang, and Sammy’s Burger Bar will be making visitors burger dreams come true. Themed like the inside of a vintage arcade game, visitors will be able to vote for their favourite burger in an interactive burger battle which will be tallied in real-time on a digital score board.

2.        For Vivid Sydney 2016, the ground-breaking Songlines will showcase ancient Aboriginal stories on the Sydney Opera House sails. In keeping with this year’s stunning Lighting of Sails, restaurants across the Opera House will celebrate Australia’s rich culinary heritage with uniquely local ingredients. Opera Bar will serve oyster shots enriched with Indigenous berries and herbs for vibrant colouring, with ‘bush tucker’, including fingerlimes, lemon myrtle and smoked macadamia nuts. Colourful cocktails, a GIF photo booth, projections and lights will add to the playful Vivid Sydney festival atmosphere.

3.        Carriageworks are hosting a series of bespoke dining experiences called Sydney Table, created by Sydney’s leading forces in food and creative industries. At each dinner, 50 guests will be treated to an evening designed and prepared by some of Australia’s most exciting talents from the fields of food, music, art and design. The line-up includes Designer Vince Frost, Sam Miller from Silvereye and artist Lisa Madigan. For the full program and ticketing information visit:  http://www.vividsydney.com/event/music/sydney-table

4.        Visitors can chow down in Chatswood ahead of previewing the vibrant WildLight – The Bio-Kenetic City installations. Throughout Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, the precinct will have market stalls in the Mall, food trucks on Anderson Street, and the new Asian inspired Hawker lane in Westfield Chatswood. At Chatswood Interchange visitors can enjoy a meal at Chatswood’s newest dining precinct, The District, open daily until 11pm. The Concourse, and Chatswood Chase will also offer food options galore with restaurants, desert bars, and coffee shops.

5.        At the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, visitors can sit down, relax and unwind at Busby’s Bar for a Tyrrell’s wine and a bite to eat as they take in the spectacular light installations and join in their 200th birthday celebrations. For those on the move, Busby’s Bites will offer a delicious range of food from gourmet cheese toasty’s, beef brisket or lamb shoulder rolls, to heart-warming soups. There are also sweet treats on offer with hot mini doughnuts and Liquid Lindt chocolate shots. Busby’s Bar is named after James Busby, who collected vine cuttings from Europe that were planted in the Garden in 1833 which were critical to the evolution of the Australian wine industry of today. Busby’s Bar and Busby’s Bites will be open from 6pm – 11pm every night during Vivid Sydney.

6.        This year The Galeries will bring Vivid Sydney indoors with impressive installations lighting up the centre. As visitors explore the dazzling Perspectives installation they can enjoy fine dining until 10pm at The ArtHouse Hotel, Graffiti Italian Ristorante, Lotus, and Sushi Hotaru to name but a few.

7.        At Westfield Sydney the Enchanted Forest installation offers a perfect backdrop to diners on level five and six of the centre. The food court includes a variety of cusines such as delicious dumplings from Tim Ho Wan and Din Tai Fung with late night bites open to the public until 9pm from Thursday to Saturday.

8.        Twelve Squares at Central Park will have a pop-up bar located next to Chippendale Green offering the perfect spot for visitors to sit back with a drink and enjoy the impressive projections. The lower ground dining district offers an alfresco dining experience with soulful Asian comfort food from Ippudo, traditional fall off the bone Ribs and indulgent burgers from Ribs and Burgers, all offering family friendly outlets that could feed an army.

9.        Chef Peter Gilmore’s menu at Bennelong, at The Sydney Opera House celebrates the abundant flavours and diversity of Australian produce, and no dish highlights this more than the locally sourced Red claw yabbies from Mandandanji country in South West Queensland, served with lemon jam, cultured cream and buckwheat pikelets. ‘The Bennelong Billy’, an Aussie rum-based cocktail with river mint, quandong liqueur and strawberry gum served over crushed ice will also be on offer during Vivid Sydney.

10.        Showcasing the very best producers and chefs from across Sydney and Regional NSW, The Night Market at Carriageworks will be Sydney’s first large scale immersive contemporary food and wine event.  Curated by Carriageworks Farmers Market Creative Director Mike McEnearney these markets on 4 June and 18 June will feature over 50 stallholders including Young Henry’s, Archie Rose Distillery, Icebergs, Porteno and Cornersmith to name but a few.

11.        As the lights come on, the Eat Drink, Western Foyers heaters will turn up at Sydney Opera House, ready to serve winter warmers featuring a selection of award-winning NSW wine and produce, carefully curated by Chef Lauren Murdoch. Visitors can sample Palmer’s Island Mulloway with roast tomato sauce, saffron potato and rouille or for those on the go, a pop-up on the Forecourt will serve Lozzie’s Hot Dogs, jaffles, soup and other family-friendly food and drinks.

12.        The team behind Tios and The Cliff Dive are back in a perfect haze with the hotly anticipated return of the Deep Purple Pool Hall pop-up bar at Sydney Opera House. This hidden speakeasy is likened to a piece of Americana flotsam washed up on Sydney Harbour. Guests will follow the eight-ball up the western stairs to discover a unique bar, run by Aria catering. The venue is about juxtaposing high and low culture, bringing artisanal beer and wine from some of Australia’s smallest and best producers to the domain of Opera and sparkling wine.

13.        One burger is never enough, so Blackstar Pastry, Little Marionette and N2 Extreme Gelato have teamed up to create ice cream burgers in Martin Place. For those visitors not boarding the burger bandwagon other on site food offerings include Bar Pho and Sandweesh. Martin Place will host a pop-up bar on-site serving Young Henry’s and 4 Pines Beer, Batlow cider, and James Estate Hunter Valley wines.

14.        Parked trucks with scrumptious foodie treats will line Hickson Road Reserve throughout Vivid Sydney serving meals from the likes of Happy as Larry, Urban Pasta, and Agape Organic. The City of Sydney Food Trucks will rotate throughout the festival and will offer everything from yum cha favourites to New York-style pastrami sandwiches, organic pizzas, soft tacos, and gourmet bangers and burgers. The trucks are a great place to grab a quick meal to take with you as you stroll around the famous light walk.

Owned managed and produced by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney is set to once again transform the city into a colourful canvas of light, music and ideas for 23 nights from 27 May to 18 June. For more information visit www.vividsydney.com

On Our Shores

Venue:Footscray Community Arts Centre - 45 Moreland St, Footscray
Date:Thursday 23rd June
Fee:$25 Full, $20 Concession, $15 Student

For hundreds of years many have set sail to call Australia home. With refugees risking their lives at sea, the Australian government is still shipping children and women into offshore detention centres. Melbourne Playback Theatre Company puts a spotlight on why we continue the plea for all people to be treated humanely, and invites you to experience the stories of Refugees and Activists in this special Refugee Week event.


A part the 2016 Melbourne Playback Theatre Company Q&A Series, On Our Shores intertwines theatre and discussion - with a panel featuring prominent Refugees and Asylum Seeker Activists, followed by an interactive performance.


Panellists for this evening include CEO of Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Kon Karapanagiotidis, Author Mariam Issa and Lucy Hohan from the Refugee Action Collective, with more special guests soon to be announced.


Melbourne Playback Theatre’s ensemble of professional actors, musicians and MCs have been captivating audiences for over 30 years with their unique form of improvised theatre; transforming shared, real-life events into powerful and engaging stories on the stage.

Bring Your Game King George Square

Venue:King George Square, Ann St, Brisbane
Date:10th & 11th June
Time:Friday, 10th June, 4pm-8pm AND Saturday, 11th June, 11am-3pm
Fee:General public admission is free and registration is not required.

NIKE & FOOT LOCKER are bringing a personality quiz to life with a twist - an Australian first “Bring Your Game” pop up and it is FREE.

You will find out which NBA Superstar you are most alike!

    Do you possess explosive power like Lebron James?
    Do you have the electric quickness like Kobe Bryant?
    Or you have the dynamic versatility like Kevin Durant?

On 10th & 11th June, King George Square will transform into a basketball ARENA where you can test your skills – strength, speed and versatility and find out which NBA personality you are! Each challenge will take place in a section of the court dedicated to three masters of the game: Lebron James for explosive power, Kobe Bryant for electric quickness and Kevin Durant for dynamic versatility. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of Australia’s basketball greats, trial products and win prizes throughout the free two-day event. Game on we say!

What’s On at ACMI 1st - 7th of June


Just some of the things happening at ACMI...


Seniors’ Cinema – Trumbo M
4 to 13 June
In 1947, the successful career of prolific screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Risking everything, Trumbo refuses to renounce his views and pays the price for his commitment to personal freedom. In this fascinating true story director Jay Roach recreates a post-war society and glamourous industry shaken to their core by tumultuous social change.
Tickets: Seniors $7, Members $6, Non-Seniors $13

Melbourne Filmoteca Presents: Carmina and Amen R18+
7 June, 7pm
Melbourne Filmoteca returns in 2016 showcasing a vibrant catalogue of Spanish language films from across the globe. In Carmina and Amen, the heavy smoking Carmina is dealing with the surprise death of her husband while trying to keep his passing (and body!) a secret until his bonus pay-check is due. With her daughter Maria in town, Carmina’s next 48 hours involve dealing with an unhinged son, a suspected break-in and unexpected guests. All the while, she maintains her quick wit and uncompromising attitude as she generously dishes out her signature vulgar and often offensive comedy in order to get what she wants.
Tickets: $13-$17 Member discounts available.

In association with the Victorian College of the Arts
Australian Perspectives – VCA 50th Anniversary Screening Unclassified 18+
4 June
Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the VCA, with this collection of shorts from graduate students who have gone on to become Australia’s most celebrated filmmakers. The VCA has been the testing ground for the likes of Richard Lowenstein (Dog’s in Space), Gillian Armstrong (My Brilliant Career) and John Hillcoat (Ghosts of the Civil Dead), just to name a few. This selection of shorts only scratches the surface but is a fascinating insight into these now celebrated artists developing their sensibility. Featuring is Ariel Kleiman’s claustrophobic submarine drama, Deeper than Yesterday, Justin Kurtzel’s surreal Blue Tongue, cinematographer Adam Arkapaw’s Catch fish and Adam Elliot’s graduating short Uncle.
Tickets: Full $7, Members $5

SCORSESE Film and Public Program Highlights
Presented in association with the Sydney Film Festival and National Film and Sound Archive
Essential Scorsese: Selected by David Stratton
27 May to 12 Jun
The Essential Scorsese film season screens in celebration of the SCORSESE exhibition.

Taxi Driver (R18+)                                   27 May to 7 June
Mean Streets (18+)                                 28 May to 9 June
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (M)      28 May to 5 June
New York, New York (M)                            29 May to 10 June
Raging Bull (MA15+)                                29 May to 6 June
Goodfellas (18+)                                    2 June to 11 June
The Age of Innocence (G)                       3 June to 12 June
The King of Comedy (PG)                      3 June to 5 June
The Aviator (M)                                      4 June to 12 June
Casino (R18+)                                        4 June to 11 June

Can’t get enough of Scorsese’s films? We invite you to discuss these legendary works at our fortnightly Sunday afternoon Scorsese Film Club.
Tickets: Full $17, Concession $13, Member $10 (3 and 6 Session Pass also available).

Kids’ Flicks
Hugo 3D Suitable for kids 6+
6 June to 11 Sep
Scorsese brings the illustrated novel 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' to life in magnificent 3D. Hugo Cabret is a crafty orphan who secretly maintains the clocks in a Paris railway station. When he seeks to find the key that will animate an automaton, his only remaining link to his dead father, the twelve year old unlocks an even deeper mystery steeped in the very origins of cinema.
Tickets:  Full $7, Members $5

Talks & Performances
An Introduction to Scorsese
3 Jun to 23 Aug
This series of free talks offers an intimate introduction to the acclaimed SCORSESE exhibition and a unique look at the man behind the camera. Hosted by ACMI curators and programmers, the talks introduce the master filmmaker’s expansive career and examine the iconic content on show in the gallery, uncovering the range of influences that have helped shape Scorsese’s own work. These talks also explore the immense cinematic impact the filmmaker has had on the film industry along the way.
Admission: Free for SCORSESE exhibition ticket holders.

Dash and D’Bree: Fierce

Venue:The Space – Cnr Carlton and Little Chapel Sts, Prahran
Date:23 – 25 June, 2016
Time:Thurs – Sat 10:15pm
Fee:$37 Full, $33 Concession and Grps 6+, $29 Festival Friend Pass Holder
Booking:www.melbournecabaret.com/dash-and-dbree-fierce or at the door (subject to availability)

The original ridicheads are back.


They've studied the Gospel of Tyra Banks, read up on RuPaul and are ready to unleash a stack of original songs, epic rap battles, and whack re-workings of party classics… all in the name of living Fierce.


If only they could agree on what being fierce actually is.


Dash loves Disney, Taylor Swift, and dieting. She’s about keeping it nice, not "real". As a child she dreamt of a handsome prince and a job as Admin Assistant… or a top model - being a pelvis thrusting feminist was never on her radar.


Thanks, though, to her fierce, booty-twerking, drag queen loving, throw your hands up at me independent BFF D'Bree, Dash is in for a ridic education in the ways of the Fierce 21st Century female.


First there was fashion retail, then there was Clap Rap – an original song that landed two best friendz on Australia’s Got Talent, in front of millions of hapless viewers - and now (with a seriously hot web series stashed in their clutch purse) Dash and D’Bree return to the stage, ready for a Fierce re-invention. Get some.

Pop Up Food Crawl

Date:Saturday 28th May

Get a taste of Campsie for just $15 during an epic food crawl exploring East Asian, South Asian as well as Arabic cuisines!  Local restaurants are gearing up to showcase their iconic eats and treats during the 17th ‘Campsie Food Festival 2016' open air food fair.


The two featured food crawls, East Asian and South Asian/Arabic Tours are both one hour low walking food crawls departing at times starting from10:30 am allowing visitors to taste the town’s most authentic bites, with a local expert guide from Taste Cultural Food Tours leading each group down Beamish Street. These tours are designed to awaken your taste buds and sample Sydney's best true East and South Asian food as well as Arabic food.


Known as the City of Cultural Diversity Campsie presents to you over 150 different nationalities and they bring to you endless colourful food that is bound to take you through an experience you will never forget! From Malaysian Crabayaki balls to Arabic kebabs you name it we serve it!

Each tour will visit four restaurants in one hour.


East Asia Crawl - Japanese, Korean and Chinese starting from the Taste Stall at the Festival

Date- 28th May

Times- 11:00am, 12:30am and 2:00pm


South East Asia and Arabic Crawl- Malaysian, Indonesia and Arabic starting from Taste Stall at the Festival

Date- 28th May

Times- 10.30am, 12:00pm and 1.30pm

Her Place

Venue:Town Hall Room - Melbourne Town Hall
Date:16 May to 3 June 2016
Time:10am to 5pm daily

Plans were announced today for a campaign to establish HER PLACE, the first women’s museum in an Australian capital city, in Melbourne.

It will be Australia’s only major museum dedicated solely to women, who are currently under-represented in museums across the country.

As a precursor to a permanent museum, a three week HER PLACE Pop Up Exhibition showcasing the contributions of nine trailblazing women to Australia’s social, cultural and economic story has opened at Melbourne Town Hall.

Women honoured in it include Australia’s first female commercial pilot, Deborah Lawrie, nurse war hero Vivian Bullwinkel; business activist for homeless and “at risk” young people, Rebecca Scott, and highly awarded Australian film editor, Jill Bilcock.

In addition to the profiled women, a program of public talks, audience surveys and interactive displays will give visitors the ability to share their ideas for a future HER PLACE Women’s Museum, as well as sign-up to be part of its future. Her Place Board Chair Mary Stuart said that the exhibit is a tribute to many unsung heroes in our midst who have helped pioneer pathways for other women. “Our goal is to build a quality permanent museum that will herald and display the collective history of women. To do this we need financial donations and are encouraged by the wide community support that we have received to date for the idea. “The countless achievements and contributions women have made in shaping Victoria and Australia have been left out of the historical narrative. We are committed to ensuring that future generations will recognise the tremendous value women bring to our society.

“HER PLACE will honour women, inspire girls and will educate everyone,” said Ms Stuart.

The plan is for HER PLACE to be a space to tell the story of Australia’s women: pioneers, indigenous people and migrants, from all walks of life, past and present. It will be both a physical and online “gallery” space, with travelling shows for rural audiences, interactive exhibits, an education program and a retail outlet.

Overseas experience shows that women’s museums play a valuable role in affirming female solidarity and women’s rights and are important for women’s education, empowerment and self-confidence.

In addition to the nine profiled women a program of public talks will explore topical issues affecting women of all ages, including feminism today, the impact of family violence and women in sport.

The free Pop-Up Exhibition will be open 10am to 5pm daily from 16 May to 3 June 2016, at the Town Hall Room - Melbourne Town Hall.


The Exhibition will be officially launched by the Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, the Honourable Fiona Richardson, on Monday evening, May 16. The project is supported by the City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants Program.

Gala For Gilbo

Venue:Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
Date:Sunday, July 17th
Time:7.00pm – 10.30pm

An all-star line-up of Australia’s top comedians are rallying to help their friend and one of Australia’s favourite entertainers, Russell Gilbert, staging a fundraiser event – GALA FOR GILBO - at Palais Theatre on Sunday, July 17.
Among the dozen plus renowned funny men and women sharing the stage in this one night extravaganza will be Dave Hughes, Wil Anderson, Judith Lucy, Glenn Robbins, Denise Scott, Shaun Micallef, Richard Stubbs, Brian Nankervis, Lehmo, Bob Franklin, Lawrence Mooney, Trevor Marmalade, Colin Lane and more, hosted by Mick Molloy.
As an additional treat, ARIA award-winning musical comedy duo, Scared Weird Little Guys will reform for the event, with special appearances by Russell’s former Hey Hey It’s Saturday co-stars, Red Symons and Wilbur Wilde.
One of our most-loved comedians, Russell suffered through a devastating series of personal and medical issues in late 2015.   A brain aneurysm, followed by a stroke has left him reeling.  His family and close friends say that the former star of Hey Hey, It’s Saturday, whose TV career began in 1998 with The Comedy Company – two of the most popular Australian comedy shows of all time - will not be able to work again in the foreseeable future …  if at all.
All profits from Gala For Gilbo will help to provide for his rehabilitation and ongoing care, and to help him get back on his feet.
On the night, a silent auction will take place, with dozens of Big Ticket items available to bid on prior to the show and at interval.
Those of Russell’s famous friends who are unable to appear live, will each pre-record a special shout out, to be screened exclusively at Gala For Gilbo: Rob Sitch (reprising his much-loved Frontline character, Mike Moore), Daryl Somers and more.

April Fools in MediaWhore

Venue:The Space, corner of Carlton and Little Chapel streets, Prahran
Date:Wednesday 15 June – Friday 17 June
Fee:$37 full, $33 concession & groups of 6+, $29 festival friend pass holder

Meet the most fame hungry narcissist in social media history. Her name is April Fools, a washed up Reality TV star, determined to remain famous, whatever the cost.


Isabella Valette introduces April Fools in MediaWhore, running from June 15-17, 2016, at The Space as part of Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2016.


After debuting to a sellout season at Melbourne Fringe 2014, Mediawhore is back fresh from seasons at The Butterfly Club, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth Fringeworld and a extremely successful recent season at Adelaide Fringe.

What’s On at ACMI 25th - 31st of May

Date:Wednesday 25 May to Tuesday 31 May 2016

Education: Screen It Videoconference Series
26 May, 10am – Live Action
30 May, 10am – Introduction to the theme ‘Mystery’
Screen It is Australia’s biggest annual student film competition open to all Australian primary and secondary school students. Budding filmmakers, animators and game designers are encouraged to enter a Live Action film, Animation or Videogame, via a school, team or independent entry.
Admission: FREE (duration 45 minutes)

Hothouse – Emerging media artists wanted
Applications close 27 May
A week-long intensive program for Victorian students in Years 10, 11 and 12, aimed at nurturing creativity and moving image skills.
Applications:    FREE, Download the Hothouse Application Kit

Australian Perspectives – Mad Max Fury Road MA15+
28-31 May
ACMI’s Mad Max season continues with this gloriously insane action film that explodes new life into the series and redefines the action genre.
Tickets:            Full $7, Members $5

SCORSESE – Opens this week!
26 May -18 Sep 2016
ACMI presents the first exhibition celebrating the cinematic legacy of Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese.
Tickets: Full $25, Concession $18, Member $17

SCORSESE: Film and Public Program Highlights
Scorsese in Focus
27 May, 5pm
Join a panel of experts, critics and cinephiles as they focus in on the master filmmaker’s expansive career.
Tickets:  Full $17, Concession $13, Member $10

31 May, 6.30pm
In celebration of SCORSESE, and the DVD release of Vinyl Season 1, we present a special cinema screening of the ambitious two-hour series pilot, directed by Martin Scorsese.
Tickets:  FREE

At Last The Etta James Story

Venue:Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Date:12 to 17 July, 2016
Time:Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday 8pm | Matinees: Saturday 2pm & Sunday 3pm
Fee:$74 to $119 (booking fees apply)
Booking:www.sydneyoperahouse.com 02 9250 7777 www.ticketmaster.com.au 136 100

This smash-hit show had its world premiere in 2013 and since then has played to packed houses and thunderous applause throughout Australia and New Zealand. Having recently completed a sell-out season at Arts Centre Melbourne this incredible show returns one more to the Sydney Opera House – for one week only from 12 to 17 July.


Starring the sensational Vika Bull At Last tells the story of soul legend Etta James turbulent life and features some of her most beloved songs including Tell Mama, Something’s Got A Hold On Me, Sugar On The Floor, the heart rending I’d Rather Go Blind, her iconic signature song At Last and many more. Vika puts her heart and soul into this unforgettable show and is joined on stage by some of Australia’s finest and funkiest musicians.


During a long and tumultuous career that saw her win six Grammy Awards and a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Etta James has influenced a vast array of artists from Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart and is acknowledged as inspiring the careers of a new generation of singers from Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Adele and the late Amy Winehouse.

Sadly, Etta’s frantic recording and touring schedule coincided with her ever-growing addiction problems and over time she not only sang the blues…she lived the blues. Mercifully, her passion for life and strength of character saw her conquer her demons and she continued to record and perform into her seventies.

Little Big Shots Film Festival 2016

Date:Friday 1 to Sunday 10 July 2016 (Opening Gala 1 July)

After hosting Little Big Shots since its inception 12 years ago, for the first time ACMI welcomes the festival as one of its internal programs in 2016. This new partnership consolidates the relationship between Australia's premiere film festival for kids, and Australia's premiere organisation for the moving image.


Australia’s largest and longest running film festival curated especially for kids aged 2 to 12, Little Big Shots runs for 10 days from Friday 1 July, beginning on the first day with a special Opening Gala event. The festival is designed to entertain young minds and inspire future filmmakers, featuring a selection of the best local and international films, made both for kids, and by kids.


Spanning animation, live-action and documentary titles, the Little Big Shots 2016 program features over 80 films, with 22 films made by child filmmakers and 28 films made by Australian filmmakers. This year also features ten world premieres and 43 Australian premieres. To bring the very best in film for kids to the festival, titles are also sourced from 26 different countries, which this year for the first time includes films from Iran and the Republic of Moldova.


Little Big Shots complements ACMI’s year-round programming for young people, and features four films from ACMI’s national Screen It student filmmaking competition as part of the festival’s Kids Behind the Camera session.

Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose

Date:21 June to 18 September 2016

Celebrating the extraordinary collaboration between two-time Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton and acclaimed filmmaker Brendan Fletcher, ACMI presents new exhibition Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose, tracing the remarkable adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century classic into a hauntingly beautiful animated film. 


From 21 June, this free exhibition will transform ACMI’s Gallery 2 space into an immersive and intricate Barton-inspired world: colourful, bold, enchanting, brooding, and revealing. Barton’s paintings will be displayed alongside the film for the first time.


The film itself is a landmark in contemporary moving image, voiced by some of Australia’s most celebrated actors, including Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham and Geoffrey Rush, and layered with stirring score by Australian singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko.


Audiences can view the 14-minute animation in the depths of the exhibition space, and then make their way through a lush display of objects that explore the incredible workings behind the production, spanning classic text to canvas, sculpture to screen. This will include items such as Barton’s artwork, a selection of stunning and never-before-seen handmade props, material from the animation archives, and a rare 1913 edition of Wilde’s anthology.


“Each exhibition piece shows how this classic story was interpreted at first through Barton’s sophisticated artistic lens, then enlivened by Fletcher’s brilliant filmic mind and Method Studio’s deft animating hand, in conjunction with a group of creatives working across the full spectrum of moving image arts,” said ACMI Curator Jess Bram. “The result is an extraordinarily nuanced work that speaks to a contemporary audience, while remaining authentic to Wilde’s original text and Barton’s astounding feel for the handmade.”


Originally conceived as a collection of eight paintings and four drawings, the film has its genesis in a commission by Art&Australia. The publishing house asked Barton in 2010 to reimagine a timeless fairytale in her signature aesthetic and technique. A long-time aficionado of Wilde’s works, Barton was struck by using his ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ as her inspiration – one of the most poignant of Wilde’s stories and so closely related to her own work in its construction of an emboldened but vulnerable feminine protagonist. Produced over the course of two years, Barton’s series brings Wilde’s classic to life in her inimitable meditative and meticulous style.


“When I first discovered Oscar Wilde’s radical fairy story ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ as a teenager, it seemed to me that the character of the Nightingale breathed with the energy of a true artist,” said Barton. “Nightingale gives completely of her deepest essence in her life choices. She is a little hero of mine. From the making of my paintings and drawings for the book project, to a three year (and often agonising) marathon making the animation, the ‘Nightingale’ experience has been an extraordinary and multifaceted creative journey. I feel so blessed to have shared the challenges of this journey with so many talented collaborators and to have created relationships that will no doubt enable many more film projects. I am truly in love with this exciting, exacting medium!”


It was a moment of synchronicity when Barton mentioned to esteemed Australian director and friend Brendan Fletcher that she was eager to transform her Nightingale world into a short film. Though neither at the time possessed an animation background, together they took on the project with a unified vision to offer something new and different to the genre, whilst retaining the spirit of Wilde’s prose and Barton’s signature aesthetic.  


"I was deeply inspired by Del’s heartfelt passion for The Nightingale story and her wildly original artistic vision, but I’d also felt for a long time that her work had an unexplored cinematic quality to it,” said Fletcher. “I love working with people working outside the film industry, as while these collaborations can be challenging (this particular development process took a very long time!) they are very rewarding and lead to films that are fresh and a little bit unpredictable."


After Fletcher and Barton had worked together on the film for a year, they recruited the expertise of award-winning visual effects and post-production house Method Studios in a collaboration that would take an additional two years. The final creation is an intense but remarkably ethereal and visceral gesture to the tragic beauty and earnestness of Wilde’s tale.


First published in 1888 as part of Oscar Wilde’s renowned anthology The Happy Prince and Other Tales, ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ is a story of unrequited love, of transformation, metamorphosis and ultimately sacrifice. More tragedy than traditional fairy-tale, it tells of the Nightingale, who surrenders her life so that the Student may offer a single red rose to the girl that he adores, only for his gift to be rejected. When the object of his passions opts for jewels over the flower, the Student flings his rose into the gutter and renounces love completely.


Enchanting in its creation of fanciful characters – trees, flowers and animals that come to life in full speech – ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ gives voice to Wilde’s musings about the painful realisation of disappointed desire. And yet, through the sweet vulnerability of the Nightingale’s song, there exists a captivating beauty, a passionate earnestness and emboldened integrity that defies the calamity of her betrayal.


Through an artistic layering of original works, alongside the breathtakingly beautiful hand-crafted paper props, snapshots of the stop-motion and digital animation process and behind-the-scenes interviews with the creative team, ACMI magically brings to life Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose for contemporary audiences.

SticksnStones on the Birrung Marr

Venue:BMW Deakin Edge Theatre – Federation Square
Date:27th of May
Time:6:30pm – 8:45pm
Fee:$25 Full, $15 Concession, $10 Senior

Melbourne Playback Theatre Company acknowledge the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum with their second Q&A show for 2016; SticksnStones on the Birrung Marr.

Featuring a plethora of cultural educators, the panellists for this highly anticipated event will include award-winning author Bruce Pascoe, architect Rueben Berg, and performing artist and member of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition Monica McDonald - with other special guests yet to be announced. These First Nations Victorians will discuss Indigenous perspectives of home and work life, history, place-making, legal practice, and significant movements that are occurring right here in Melbourne.

Audience members are invited to participate in this compelling Q&A, which will then be followed by a one-of-a-kind Melbourne Playback Theatre Company performance.

Melbourne Playback Theatre’s ensemble of professional actors, musicians and MCs have been captivating audiences for over 30 years with their unique form of improvised theatre; transforming shared, real-life events into powerful and engaging stories on the stage.

Panellists include:
Bruce Pascoe (Award-winning author)
Rueben Berg (Director of Indigenous Architects and Design Victoria)
Monica McDonald (Performing artist and member of Australian Youth Climate Coalition)

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains - MGallery by Sofitel

Date:Saturday 9 July 2016

My Kitchen Rules (MKR) fans need not worry now that season seven is over, with judge Colin Fassnidge set to join the culinary team at Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains - MGallery by Sofitel on Saturday 9 July 2016 for two exceptional gastronomic events - a masterclass and four-course gala dinner.


The cheeky Irish chef and MKR judge who is best known for his signature nose-to-tail cooking philosophy, will take guests on a spectacular culinary journey during a masterclass presentation from 1:30-3pm, sharing all his tips and tricks along the way.


During the evening event, from 6:30-10:30pm, Fassnidge will share his passion for food and his journey to becoming one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs over an extraordinary four-course gala dinner, paired with a range of impressive regional NSW wines.


"I look forward to partnering with the culinary team at Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains to present and celebrate the very best of the region’s fresh local produce in my nose-to-tail masterclass and gala dinner,” said Fassnidge.


Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains General Manager Scott O’Neile, said “Winter is the perfect time to escape the city for a gourmet getaway in the Blue Mountains, with the occasional dusting of snow surprising our guests. We look forward to collaborating with Colin and delighting our guests with two exciting unique culinary events this July.”


The nose-to-tail masterclass is priced at $80 per person, including canapés and beverages.


The four-course gala dinner is priced at $160 per person, including paired wines.

Bookings are essential as places are limited.


Stay the weekend from $259* per room, per night at the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains - MGallery by Sofitel in a standard room or $299* per room, per night with full buffet breakfast included overlooking the Jamison Valley.


To book, call (02) 4785 0094 or visit www.fairmontresort.com.au | accorhotels.com  

St Kilda Film Festival

OPENING NIGHT – Thursday, 19th May. Opening night at the Palais Theatre will feature a selection of films representing the different programs being showcased throughout the Festival.

AUSTRALIA’S TOP 100 – Thursday 19th May – Saturday, 28th May. The Top 100 will be showcased across multiple sessions throughout the Festival and will feature a dynamic mix of Australia short films. The prize pool for this program includes a $50,000 prize pool. The Top 100 films will be released next week.

CLOSING NIGHT – Saturday, 28th May. The winner of the Top 100 Short Films will be announced at the closing night of the festival, and will walk away with incredible prizes.

SoundKILDA – Thursday, 26th May. SoundKILDA showcases the country’s top creative collaborations, with seventeen clips from local and international musicians created by some of our most talent filmmakers. An official awards ceremony and after party follows on from the presentation.

LOST LAUGHS FROM THE PAST – Monday, 23rd May. St Kilda Film Festival together with National Film and Sound Archive presents a full program of indie comedies from the past.

SHORT BLACK – Wednesday, 25th May. A program that celebrates Indigenous short film, screening a selection of shorts from talented Indigenous directors.

PALM SPRINGS – Saturday 28th May 2016. In partnership with the Palm Springs International ShortFest, a specially curated program from the 2015 festival will be showcased on the last day of the Festival, featuring cultural hit, Discipline, from Switzerland.

FANDOR International Showcase – Sunday, 22nd May. Fandor is an American subscription film service and social-sharing platform. Fandor specialises in independent and international films of all durations from 1895 to the present day. St Kilda Film Festival has worked closely with founder Jonathan Marlow (who is this year an international guest joining the judging panel for the Top 100 Short Film program) to present a hand-picked program of award-winning independent films from across the globe.

Miss Cooly Rocks On Vintage Glamour

Venue:Beach House Seaside Resort, Marine Parade, Coolangatta.
Date:Friday 10 June

The Miss Cooly Rocks On Vintage Glamour pageant  highlights the synergy between ‘50s and ‘60s vintage glamour fashion and the annual nostalgia festival.


From entries received in this year’s Miss Cooly Rocks On pageant, 12 finalists will be selected, and the bevy of beauties will be sashed at an event on Friday 10 June from 7pm at the Beach House Seaside Resort, Marine Parade, Coolangatta.


Tickets to the event are $5 and there will be live entertainment at the Beach House venue overlooking Coolangatta Beach.


The twelve finalists will be stars of the street parade on Saturday 11 June when they dress to the nines and take their places in classic cars for the Sharp Motor Group Cooly Rocks On Street Parade, from 9.30am.


On Saturday 11 June from 6pm, the Miss Cooly Rocks On finals take place at Komune Resort and Beach Club, Marine Parade, Coolangatta.  Tickets to the judging of Miss Cooly Rocks On are $20 and include a glass of bubbly upon arrival.  To book visit www.coolyrockson.com


16th Annual Helpmann Awards

Venue:Sydney Lyric Theatre
Date:Monday 25 July
Fee:Gold Star Package - Show and After Party Ticket $175* Show only Ticket $55*

With the 16th annual Helpmann Awards set to dazzle at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on Monday 25 July, Live Performance Australia (LPA) today announced the line-up of Hosts for the Ceremony, and Performances.  Additionally it was announced that tickets will go on sale to this iconic live theatre event on Monday 2 May through Ticketmaster.


Hosts for the evening will be Adam Garcia, Helen Dallimore, Guy Noble, Simon Philips, Queenie van de Zandt, and The Umbilical Brothers.


The preliminary line-up will include performances by the casts of Matilda the Musical, The Sound of Music, and Singin’ in the Rain, with individual performances by Marina Prior & Mark Vincent, and Sarah Blasko, together with Bangarra Dance Theatre and The West Australian Ballet as well as the winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition.


The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s vibrant live performance industry and recognise distinguished achievement and excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre, children’s presentations, regional touring, and cabaret.


LPA Chief Executive, Ms Evelyn Richardson said last year’s Helpmann Awards sold out in record time. Given the extraordinary calibre of shows presented on stages across the country, we expect this year to be a night to remember.


“Audiences are integral to the success and vitality of the live performance industry.  It is only fitting they join in the celebration of the Helpmann Awards alongside the industry’s biggest stars.”


“Tickets are limited so fans of the live performance industry are urged to purchase tickets to the Helpmann Awards today to avoid disappointment.”


NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said, “The Helpmann Awards is the pinnacle celebration of Australia’s live performance industry and an opportunity to applaud and recognise our creative talent. As the nation’s hub of culture and creative industries, Sydney is a fitting home for the Helpmanns and the NSW Government is proud to support the event through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. I encourage everyone to start planning their visit to Sydney now to be a part of this spectacular occasion.”

Directing The Dressmaker: In Conversation with Jocelyn Moorhouse

Venue:Event Cinemas, 505/525 George Street, Sydney
Date:Thursday 16 June 2016
Time:6:30pm – 8:00pm
Fee:Tickets are open to the general public ($20 plus booking fee) and AFI | AACTA members ($10 plus booking fee).

Internationally acclaimed director of THE DRESSMAKER, Jocelyn Moorhouse, has joined this year’s Vivid Ideas program, holding an ‘In Conversation’ event presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) at Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

The Directing ‘THE DRESSMAKER’: In Conversation with Jocelyn Moorhouse event will be held on Thursday 16 June at Event Cinemas on George Street and will provide an insightful, informative and honest conversation about filmmaking and what it takes to be an award-winning director.

With a career spanning more than 30 years in Australia and the United States, writer-producer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse has worked with some of the world’s biggest names in film.


Venue:Powerhouse Museum, Sydney: 500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW
Date:Closing 13 June 2016
Fee:Adult: $26 Concession: $22 Child: $16.60
Booking:maas.museum/aotb To avoid the queues pre-book your tickets at www.ticketek.com.au

Australian audiences have been the first in the world to experience THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS exhibition and due to popular demand, the exhibition has been extended until 13 June, providing visitors with another six weeks to visit this must-see show.


Exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, this one-of-a-kind exhibition created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya, has already sold over 110,000 tickets.


THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC COMICS features more than 120 original works of art across 10 galleries, created using over 1 million LEGO© bricks, including a life-size Batmobile, spanning 5.5 metres (18 feet) and constructed from 500,000 bricks. Inspired by legendary characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, Harley Quinn and others, Sawaya has imagined large-scale sculptures featuring some of the most iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains from the pages of DC Comics.

The Man Of Mode

Venue:Chapel Off Chapel – 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
Date:18 – 28 May, 2016
Time:Tues – Sat 8pm, Sat 28 May 3pm, Sun 6pm
Fee:$35 Full, $32 Concession and Preview, $30 Groups 6+, $25 Students
Booking:03 8290 7000 or www.chapeloffchapel.com.au

A dark and sexy comedy returns to the theatre to prove that people are always the same… alarming, absurd, and here to entertain you.


The great philanderer, Dorimont, finally meets the woman of his dreams, but is it possible for this charismatic dog to give up his womanising tricks for true love? 


In his wonderfully wicked way he is every man’s secret self, and every woman’s guilty pleasure…


Based on the infamous Lord Rochester and his entourage, The Man of Mode follows an abundant cast of lovers and losers, and serves up the perennial battle of the sexes with wit, elegance, and a tongue firmly planted in its in cheek.


One of the three biggest hits of the 1670s, this iconic Restoration Comedy script has, without losing any of its sexy charm, now been translated into modern English. Cheekily premiering at Melbourne’s Chapel Off Chapel this May, it’s a riotous romp, not to be missed!

My Name Is Asher Lev

Venue:Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Date:Sunday 8 – Sunday 29 May 2016
Time:Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 7.30pm. Wednesday and Thursday at 11.00am; Sunday at 2.00pm
Fee:From $34 to $46

Premiering in Sydney after an award-winning Off-Broadway season is the classic coming-of-age story, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV by Aaron Posner based on the novel by Chaim Potok.

MY NAME IS ASHER LEV won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and the prestigious John Gassner Award. Under the direction of Moira Blumenthal, the Sydney premiere will star ANNIE BYRON, TIM McGARRY and JOHN O’HARE. This award-winning play that explores the tensions people often feel between tradition, art, family and self will have an exclusive season at Eternity Playhouse, playing from 8 to 29 May 2016.

Asher Lev is a young Hasidic Jew growing up in Brooklyn in the late 1940s. His considerable artistic talent draws opposition from not only his own strict sect, which believes art is a waste of time, but also from his parents.

Asher is willing to challenge the expectations of his community and the unhappiness of his family but will have to pay a terrible price for the right to use his gift.

WAR - A Playground Perspective

Venue:Newington Armory Gallery (Building 18) and Armory Building 20 Access via Jamieson Street at Sydney Olympic Park
Date:every weekend from 14 May - 14 August 2016

WAR – A Playground Perspective is a FREE exhibition to be displayed for the first time at Newington Armory at Sydney Olympic Park from 10am-4pm between Saturday 14 May-Sunday 14 August 2016 – weekends only.


The exhibition will provide the opportunity for some of Australia's leading contemporary artists and audiences to seriously examine an aspect of human nature that is deeply embedded in our communal psyche - territorialism.


Curated by Allan Giddy and Nick Vickers of the University of NSW Art and Design faculty, the public exhibition will showcase a variety of thought-provoking paintings, installations and digital media projections by 24 acclaimed artists including Sydney Peace Prize Winner 2015, George Gittoes and official war artists who have served with Australian troops: Shaun Gladwell, Wendy Sharp and Ex de Medici.


"WAR – A Playground Perspective neither condemns nor condones the conditions of war. Rather, the exhibition explores and interrogates perspectives of war," said exhibition curator, Allan Giddy.


"Sydney Olympic Park's Newington Armory is the ideal venue for this exhibition. Not purely due to the loaded history of Newington Armory but also because the exhibition shows nearby the Armory's playground facilities (Blaxland Riverside Park Playground), which offers a perfect counterpoint for an exhibition that has a lot in common with the playground and an underlying theme which is, of course, much more onerous," added Mr Giddy.


WAR – A Playground Perspective will be staged within the Armory Gallery (Building 18) – which spans 500 square metres and boasts Australia's largest continuous gallery wall at 38m x 3.5m – as well as within Newington Armory's Building 20, which is the Armory's original 19th Century gunpowder magazine.


Once the Royal Australian Naval Armament Depot, Newington Armory features more than 100 buildings dating back to the 1800s, including cavernous armament depots, hidden explosives bunkers, cottages, tiny train stations, groves, glades and a wharf. Each building, bunker and bomb is accompanied by stories that reveal an interesting piece of Australian history.


Sure to enhance the experience of exhibition attendees at open every weekend, the heritage-listed Newington Armory site today serves as an arts and culture hub of Sydney. Situated between the southern bank of the Parramatta River and the suburb of Newington, the site can be accessed via Jamieson St, with free parking available at Blaxland Riverside Park.


War – A Playground Perspective will feature the artworks of: Abdula M I Syed, Adam Norton, Allan Giddy, Alwy Fahdel, Atanas Djonov, Bonita Ely, Dacchi Dang, Ex de Medici, George Gittoes, Gunter Hoidesec, Halin Nieuwenhuyse, Helen Sturgess, Ian Howard, Jamil Jamani, John Aslanidis, Luisa Dawson, Mark Booth, Martin Sims, Prudence Murphy, Shaun Gladwell, Rachel Levine, Richard Goodwin, Tony Albert and Wendy Sharp.

Avenue Q

Venue:Her Majesty’s Theatre
Date:Wednesday 3 August – Wednesday 14 August
Time:Tuesday – 7.30pm | Wednesday – 7.30pm | Thursday – 8.00pm | Friday – 8.00pm | Saturday – 2.00pm & 8.00pm | Sunday – 3.00pm
Fee:Standard $59-$110-Concession $59-$100
Booking:13 28 49

The hilariously side-splitting Avenue Q is set to return to Melbourne for a strictly limited season this August, bringing audiences a show that is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.

Winner of the TONY® TRIPLE CROWN for BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST BOOK, Avenue Q, directed by Peter J Snee, is an irreverently witty and outright uproarious insight into a world where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans.


This is a puppet show, however make no mistake, this is not your average kids puppet show. Join us as we follow the life of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate navigating his way through the multicultural, and at times raucous neighbourhood, Avenue Q in New York City.

Be prepared to be transported into a world of puppet debauchery, where puppets and humans mingle with gregarious consequences. From sexual congress, failed childhood stardom and excessive drinking to finding your purpose in life, Avenue Q hilariously navigates
adult life from a puppet’s point of view – no strings attached!


The Glass Menagerie

Venue:Merlyn Theatre
Date:18 May – 5 June
Fee:From $35

The Glass Menagerie / comes to Malthouse Theatre fresh from a sell-out season in Sydney, giving Melbourne audiences the chance to see the incredible Pamela Rabe (TV’s Wentworth) bring one of Tennessee William’s most legendary characters to life.

A faded Southern Belle with delusions of grandeur, Amanda Wingfield shares a rundown apartment with her two adult children – frustrated Tom and cripplingly shy Laura. All three need to break free in their own way and are presented the opportunity to when Laura has a ‘gentleman caller’.

Winner of the 2015 Helpmann Award for Best Play, Eamon Flack’s new production subverts Williams’ own description of The Glass Menagerie as a ‘memory play’.

Boom Crash Opera

Boom Crash Opera have always had a reputation for exciting live shows that blend boisterous, angular rock with soulful singing and a sense surging of joy and camaraderie.  They have a classic repertoire of hit songs - Onionskin, Great Wall, The Best Thing and Hands Up In The Air  to name a few.

BCO songs are woven into 80s and 90s pop culture, featuring in films such as The Big Steal and Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead to name a couple. Of recent time ‘Dancing In The Storm’ featured heavily in a nationally aired Mount Franklin water TVC.

"Back in the 90s it felt like whenever a political party needed an anthem they turned to our song, Bettadaze”, says guitarist/songwriter Peter Farnan.

2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of the bands debut self titled album and they plan to be hitting the road solidly in celebration of this landmark event. This top 20 album delivered a top 5 ARIA hit in ‘Great Wall’, a top 20 hit in ‘Hands Up In The Air’ and a top 40 hit in ‘Her Charity’.

Boom Crash Opera are embarking on a run of live dates in June and July.

These will be the first shows debuting Andrew De Silva after the departure of Dale Ryder in 2015.



Friday 3 June – SSA Club, Albury NSW

Saturday 4 June – Mulwala Ski Club, Mulwala NSW

Saturday 11 June – The Whalers Hotel, Warrnambool VIC



Saturday 2 July – Workers Club, Geelong VIC

Saturday 23 July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh VIC

Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage


On behalf of Michael Coppel and Philip McIntyre in association with Louise Withers, Creator and Co- Writer of the original television series, John Cleese today announced that Stephen Hall will play the role of Basil Fawlty in the World Premiere Tour of Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage with Blazey Best Co- Starring as Sybil Fawlty.

Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage will play a strictly limited, four-week only season at Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay from August 19 – September 18 in advance of seasons in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and New Zealand.

The original television series, was first broadcast on BBC Two in the UK in 1975 and is based on a reallife hotel owner. John Cleese came up with the idea for the character of Basil Fawlty when the Monty Python team stayed at the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay. The owner of the hotel, Donald Sinclair, fascinated Cleese with his incredibly rude behaviour.

Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage will be based on the hilarious and much loved BBC TV series written by John Cleese and Connie Booth. It will be adapted for the stage by John Cleese, with direction by Caroline J. Ranger and set design by Liz Ascroft.

Manic, snobbish, condescending, sycophantic and rude, Basil Fawlty is without doubt one of the funniest, most iconic and most memorable British comedy characters ever written.


Strictly limited, four-week only season on sale now
August 19 – September 18
Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay
To purchase tickets
Tel: 02 9250 1999
Or Ticketmaster:
Tel: 136 100

Comedy Theatre
October 26 – November 13

Her Majesty’s Theatre
September 21 – October 23

The Regal Theatre
November 17 – December 18

The Playhouse, QPAC
December 28 – January 22

Hothouse 2016: Virtual Reality

Venue:ACMI, Melbourne
Date:Hothouse applications close Friday 27 May 2016

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and the Victorian Government have together created the ultimate incubator for emerging media artists and are seeking promising young Victorians to apply for this once in a lifetime learning opportunity.


Hothouse is a week-long intensive program for Victorian students in Years 10, 11 and 12, aimed at nurturing creativity and moving image skills. Ten students are selected each year and dropped into a fast-paced production studio to gain hands-on production experience, contacts in the industry and plenty of career inspiration.


The program takes place over one action-packed week of June 27 – July 1, 2016 and it is free for selected participants.

“Hothouse is a significant opportunity for young media artists and those with an interest in the moving image to take their skills to the next level,” said Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP. “Virtual reality is an emerging format with many possibilities for our creative industries, and this program is a chance for participants to get ahead of the game by working with experienced artists and technicians."


The program is structured around a production timeline and allows students to develop vital skills for the creative industries including idea development and research, scripting, design, filming, editing, post-production time management and planning skills.


”Hothouse is a highly practical way for students to begin working towards a career in the creative industries,” said ACMI Education Manager Christine Evely. “Not only is it a unique and engaging program for young people who are interested to expand their skills working with virtual reality, hands on guidance comes from people who know what workplaces are looking for, and how those skills can be applied in the workforce”.

Participants will have the use of ACMI’s state-of-the-art production facilities including a fully equipped media studio, editing suites and sound booths. Collaborating in small groups to create a virtual reality, the week culminates in an exhibition of the students’ work, showing their creative endeavours to friends, family and teachers.


This is not the first time ACMI has embraced cutting edge VR technology in a program for young people. When VR was still very new, ACMI held a workshop with artists who were beginning to explore VR technology as part of the Intermix program for young creatives.


There is now a strong current of VR work coming through the creative industries, and so far in 2016 ACMI has featured VR titles as part of the 2016 White Night program, and in March ACMI presented their first virtual reality (VR) commission Stuck in the Middle With You. Presented in partnership with Closer Productions and Sydney Dance Company, ACMI invited audiences to step into a virtual world with some of Australia’s finest dancers when this free world-premiere event.


The work is a virtual reality dance experience in which the viewer becomes part of the on stage performance of a live dance work originally choreographed by Gideon Obarzanek for the Sydney Dance Company. Fusing choreography, performance, documentary and drama the landmark moving image work launched as a free, temporary exhibit, held inside ACMI’s Flinders Street entrance for two weeks. While the premiering exhibit has ended, it will soon be installed in ACMI’s permanent exhibition Screen Worlds.


This foray into VR is an example of ACMI’s dedication to harness ground breaking ideas and cross-disciplinary creativity in all its programs. Hothouse brings these multi-platform opportunities to emerging artists.


The Hothouse program has built a creative alumni community of young filmmakers, animators, game developers, documentarians and now media artists. Alumni of the program are often engaged by ACMI to participate in other programs and activities, and benefit by broadening their network, and building friendships with likeminded creatives.


Support for those living outside of Metropolitan Melbourne is also available.


Applications are free and now open for Hothouse 2016 but must close on Friday 27 May 2016.

The Star Event Centre Highlights

The Star Event Centre is turning up the heat with a stellar live line-up of talks and entertainment from internationally renowned talent including Chris Isaak, Tom Jones, Sammi Cheng, Josh Altman and Air Supply.


Located on the rooftop of The Star, with views over Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, the state-of-the-art Event Centre regularly plays host to a raft of international and local talent, all in an intimate environment.


Events taking place at The Star Event Centre from this month to June 2016 include:



Tom Jones Live in Concert | 21 (SOLD OUT) & 22 March

One of the hottest tickets in town, Tom Jones will perform live in concert over two nights in Sydney in the intimate setting of The Star Event Centre on Monday, 21 March and Tuesday, 22 March. Over his 50 year career, Tom Jones has sold more than 100 million records, won a Grammy and two Brit Awards and given us countless hits including; ‘It's Not Unusual’, ‘Delilah’, ‘Kiss’ and ‘Sex Bomb’. Tickets on sale now at Ticketek from $101.85*.


Na World 2016 | 28 March

One of China's best vocalists, Na Ying, comes to The Star Sydney for one night only on Monday, 28 March at 8:15pm. Having won several national singing contests in the 1980s and receiving vocal training from the famous composer Gu Jianfen, Ying went on to sell more than 10 million albums. She is best known for her debut album 'Dreaming with you' (1994) and as coach and judge on the popular reality TV show The Voice of China. Tickets on sale now at Ticketek from $242.64*.




Chris Isaak | 6 (SOLD OUT) & 7 April

Californian crooner and The X Factor Australia judge, Chris Isaak will perform two huge shows at The Star Event Centre on Wednesday, 6 April and Thursday, 7 April at 8:00pm. Boasting an unparalleled 11 ARIA top 20 albums across his 30-year career, Isaak has sold upwards of a million albums in Australia alone. Audiences will be treated to an inspired performance of tracks from his latest release ‘First Comes The Night’ as well as long running hits like ‘Wicked Game’, ‘Forever Blue’, ‘Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing’ and ‘Somebody’s Crying’, all injected with Isaak’s sly sense of humour and raw charisma. Tickets on sale now at Ticketek from $ $101.34*.


Touch Mi Sammi Cheng World Tour | 22 & 23 April

Cantopop queen Sammi Cheng returns to Sydney with her Touch Mi World Tour on Friday, 22 April and Saturday 23 April at 8:00pm. One of the most prominent and successful female artist in Hong Kong, Sammi Cheng is a versatile entertainer who has spent a quarter of a century on the stage and has achieved album sales of more than 30 million copies throughout Asia. Catch her soothing love medleys, complete with lively choreography and amazing costumes over two nights. Tickets from $191.67*.


The Ten Tenors | 24 April

Experience The Power of Ten, an exhilarating celebration of the unique sound of the spectacular contemporary music group, The Ten Tenors on Sunday, 24 April from 3pm. Following 16 years of sell-out performances across the globe, including more than two thousand of their own headline concerts, The Ten Tenors will take on some of the world’s most-loved songs, with beloved classics by Puccini, Rossini and Verdi and artists including Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Bruno Mars, Fun and the Everly Brothers. Tickets on sale now at Ticketek from $100.93*.




Celtic Thunder Australian Tour 2016 | 22 May

Celtic Thunder will return to Sydney with their new and highly anticipated show, Legacy, on Sunday, 22 May from 7:30pm. A review of Celtic Thunder’s most popular songs to date, Legacy creates a perfect blend of entertainment and tradition and sees Celtic Thunder soloists joined by guest artist and former Glee cast mate Damian McGinty, backed by the amazing eight-piece Celtic Thunder Band. The 2011 #1 Billboard World Artists, who once performed for President Obama at the White House, will perform their rousing signature anthems ‘Caledonia’ and ‘Ireland’s Call’, which never fail to bring the audience to its feet. Tickets on sale now at Ticketek from $90.74*.


Karen Mok | 27 May

Three-time Golden Melody Award-winning Hong Kong actress and singer-songwriter, Karen Joy Morris, better known as Karen Mok, will perform at the Event Centre for one night only on Friday, 27 May at 7:00pm. Renowned for her unique style and passion for blending fashion with music, the spectacular performance is not to be missed. Tickets on sale at Ticketek from $98*.




Air Supply | 12 June

One of Australia's most loved musical duos, Air Supply will return to Sydney with their 40th Anniversary Tour concert on Sunday, 12 June at 7:30pm. Renowned for their soft-rock top hits such as ‘Lost In Love’, ‘Love and Other Bruises’ and ‘Now and Forever’, Air Supply's unique harmonies made them one of Australia’s first and most successful musical exports. Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met as chorus members of the 1975 Sydney production of Jesus Christ Superstar, before going on to dominate the charts around the world. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketek from $97.06*.

Josh Altman | 14 June

Real estate powerhouse, author of It’s Your Move, and star of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Josh Altman comes to the Event Centre on Tuesday, 14 June at 7:00pm to share his insider tips on how to become a successful real estate investor. In his only appearance in New South Wales, the agent to the stars will draw on his extraordinary success in the most competitive real estate market in the USA and reveal his street-smart strategies for building confidence and mastering the knowledge you need to succeed.


For more information about The Star Event Centre and tickets, please visit www.star.com.au.

Songs for a New World

Venue:The Loft, Chapel off Chapel
Date:2nd June – 12th June
Time:Tuesday to Saturday 8pm, Saturday 2pm, Sunday 1pm and 6pm
Fee:Adult $59 Concession $54 Group $49 (for 10+)
Booking:www.chapeloffchapel.com.au or phone 03 8290 7000

Blue Saint Productions are thrilled to announce their next show following the award-winning production of VIOLET. Songs for a New World is a stunning musical to be presented at Chapel off Chapel in June 2016.


The show is to be directed by Helpmann and Green Room award winner, Luke Joslin (Avenue Q, Les Miserables), with Musical Direction by Geoffrey Castles (Les Miserables, Aladdin) and will be designed by Jacob Batista (Avenue Q, Carrie the Musical)


Teagan Wouters, as Woman 1, is currently performing as Tzeitel in Fiddler On The Roof starring Anthony Warlow. Before that she performed the role of Lisa Houseman in the Australian Tour of Dirty Dancing and Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family Musical.


John O’Hara, as Man 1, recently toured in the tenth anniversary tour of Wicked and has just been a part of the new and acclaimed staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Company.


Nat O’Donnell, as Woman 2, has recently performed the role of Diana in Doorstep Productions’ production of Next to Normal at Hayes Theatre Co, she also received a Green Room nomination for her performance as Olive in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Linden Furnell, as Man 2, recently cemented himself as a brilliant newcomer in the Australian theatre industry with his performance as Roger in the critically acclaimed production of RENT at Hayes Theatre Co. He also played various roles in the award-winning Sydney season of Violet


SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today. The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges Of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices we make.


Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage.


With a small, powerhouse cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score running the gamut of today's popular music, Songs For A New World is a great way to bring the next generation into the theatre.


Venue:ACMI, Melbourne
Date:26 May to 18 September 2016

From Taxi Driver and Goodfellas to The Age of Innocence and The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s intense and exhilarating films define him as one of the most influential directors of our time. Now the first exhibition celebrating the indelible cinematic legacy of the prolific and passionate auteur comes to Melbourne’s ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).


Opening 26 May 2016, SCORSESE explores the breadth of Martin Scorsese’s work, from his early experimental beginnings through to his award-winning feature films, working methods and key creative collaborations, as well as his personal motivations and passions, offering insight into Scorsese’s career as an unparalleled screen stylist and a tireless champion of cinema. Curated by the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum for Film and Television, Berlin, the exhibition, which draws on the riches of Scorsese’s personal collection and recollections, demonstrates a relentless and accelerating work ethic over almost six decades with no signs of slowing down.


Announcing the exhibition’s only Australian stop, ACMI Director and CEO, Katrina Sedgwick said: “It’s an honour to be taking audiences on a ride through some of the most exhilarating filmmaking of all time in SCORSESE. Scorsese’s passion for the moving image spans feature film, documentary and television, along with a fervent commitment to the preservation and celebration of our cinematic history. When the opportunity arose to spotlight this creative master of cinema, we just knew it had to happen at ACMI as Australia’s shrine to cinema.” 

Cirque du Soleil KOOZA

Booking:www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza or by phone on toll free 1800 036 685

Cirque du Soleil is delighted to announce the return of its trademark blue-and-yellow big top to Brisbane with an all-new production, KOOZA. A sparkling, colourful homage to the traditions of circus, KOOZA will open on Thursday, November 24 2016 for a limited engagement at Skygate Brisbane Airport.


Cirque du Soleil rediscovers its origins with the company’s eighth Big Top show to tour Australia. A return to the intimate and fundamental human elements of circus, KOOZA combines thrilling acrobatic performance with the art of clowning. We follow The Innocent as he takes a journey of self-discovery through a comic kingdom of eccentric characters, electrifying thrills and out-of-the-box surprises. Presented in a colorful mélange, KOOZA springs open like a bejeweled toy box to capture the audience’s imagination and set their pulse racing. Sheer human effort - performance in its rawest, purest form - is showcased in all its splendor and fragility.  The international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors present heart-stopping feats and laugh-out-loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats.


Sydney - From August 25 2016, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Brisbane - From November 24 2016, Skygate Brisbane Airport (near DFO)

Melbourne - From January 20 2017, Flemington Racecourse

* Dates for the Perth season will be announced later in the year.


2016 Fire Station Open Day

Date:21st of May
Time:10am to 2pm

The 2016 Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Fire Station Open Day will take place on Saturday, 21 May.


Fire Stations across the state will be open from 10am to 2pm giving NSW residents, especially children, a chance to meet their local firefighters, and see fire engines and firefighting equipment up close.


Headed into winter, Fire Station Open Day is also a great opportunity to learn more about fire prevention.


A range of free activities will be on offer including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety presentations, including advice about installing smoke alarms, changing smoke alarm batteries and preparing a home fire escape plan.


Visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au for more information.

Roberto Alagna live in Brisbane

Date:Saturday, 30 July 2016

Roberto Alagna, one of the greatest voices of this generation and the most charismatic artist working in opera today, will perform in Brisbane on Saturday July 30 in a one-off extraordinary concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. The concert is part of Roberto Alagna’s debut tour of Australia.


Alagna’s landmark Australian appearances follow his three month season starring with the New York Metropolitan Opera in the role of Canio (Pagliacci) and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly). Just announced, Roberto Alagna will give his debut performance in Manon Lescaut, as Chevalier des Grieux. Later in 2016, he will sing Lohengrin in Bayreuth. Undoubtedly his tour will be a high point of the Australian cultural calendar.


This is a rare chance to hear this magnificent Italian/French tenor, one of the most sought after opera stars in the world who performs on the world’s greatest opera and concert stages and is invited to perform at the most prestigious festivals.


The Brisbane concert is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Queensland Arts Showcase Program.



Venue:                  Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall

Date:                     Thursday 21 July

Time:                     7.00pm

Bookings:            sydneyoperahouse.com or 02 9250 7777 - ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100



Venue:                  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Date:                     Wednesday 27 July

Time:                     7.30pm

Bookings:            artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183 - ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100



Venue:                  Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Date:                     Saturday 30 July

Time:                     7.30pm

Bookings:            ticketek.com.au or 13 28 49

Ghost Stories

Date:14th July – 2nd October 2016

It horrified London, petrified Sydney and now this haunting thriller is coming for you.

Seen by over half a million people worldwide, Ghost Stories is a truly terrifying theatrical experience that will make you laugh and scream in equal measures. Not for the faint hearted, Ghost Stories will tour Geelong, Adelaide, Melbourne, Wagga Wagga, Canberra and Perth from Thursday 14 July to Sunday 2 October 2016.

Written by the masters of the macabre, Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentleman) and Andy Nyman (star of ‘Death at a Funeral’ & writer of the Derren Brown shows); Ghost Stories combines the very best of live theatre with all the thrills of a great horror film. Despite being blood and gore free, this 80-minute drama will take you on a chilling journey that you’ll never forget.


Thursday 14 July – Saturday 17 July GEELONG Performing Arts Centre www.gpac.org.au
Thursday 21 July – Saturday 23 July ADELAIDE Festival Centre www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au
Tuesday 26 July – Saturday 6 August MELBOURNE National Theatre www.nationaltheatre.org.au/
Tuesday 12 August – Saturday 13 August WAGGA WAGGA Civic Centre www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/civic-theatre
Thursday 18 August – Saturday 20 August CANBERRA Theatre Centre www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au
Friday 19 September – Sunday 2 October PERTH Health Ledger Theatre www.ticketek.com.au

Australia Day at Stokehouse Q

Venue:Stoke Bar and Stokehouse Q: Sidon Street, South Bank, QLD 4101
Time:Open seven days from 12noon for lunch and dinner, year-round (closed Christmas Day only).

The crew at Stokehouse Q Brisbane love celebrating their Australianness so much, this year they will be paying tribute to our national day over four flavour-filled days, from Saturday January 23 through to Australia Day proper, Tuesday January 26.


In Stoke Bar homage to the wide brown land we love will be apid with a classic Aussie burger and beer for just $20 – this will be The Lamb Burger with mint sauce, red onion, rosemary and a garlic bun and a Top Shed Lager off the tap.


Of course, Stokehouse Q’s celebrated chef Richard Ousby has created his own special Lamington (pictured) which is available in the restaurant and in Stoke Bar.


Stokehouse Q’s Strawberry jam and vanilla cream-filled Lamington is oozing with goodness! Try this gourmet twist on an Aussie classic at the Stoke Bar from Saturday January 23 until Australia Day for just $10.

Daniel Crooks: Phantom Ride

Venue:ACMI, Melbourne
Date:Tuesday 16 February to Sunday 29 May 2016

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust are proud to present the world premiere of Phantom Ride, a brand new work by one of Australia’s leading moving image artists, Melbourne-based Daniel Crooks. Practising across a range of media including digital video, photography and installation, Crooks’ work plays with the notion of time, stretching and distorting reality while questioning our perception of it.


Phantom Ride is the second Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC), a ten-year, biennial program providing $100,000 for the creation of new works by mid-career Australian artist – and the most significant moving image commission in the country.


Entries now open for the 2016 National Biography Award


Entries are now open for Australia’s richest prize for biographical writing and memoir – the National Biography Award 2016, with $25,000 awarded to the winner and $1,000 for each shortlisted author.


The National Biography Award is administered and presented by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the Award’s benefactor Mr Michael Crouch AO.

Former Senior Judge and Director of the National Centre of Biography, Professor Melanie Nolan said: “The NBA gives recognition to hard-working authors and signals to the literary community the works that stand out the most. For almost 20 years the Award has been effectively compiling a map of the most significant Australian life-writing publications.”


Established in 1996 by Dr Geoffrey Cains, the National Biography Award encourages the highest standards of writing in the fields of biography and autobiography, and promotes public interest in these genres.


In 2015 Philip Butterss took out the Award for his biography of C J Dennis, An Unsentimental Bloke. His book, published by Wakefield Press, is now being reprinted on the back of winning the Award.


There will be an extended nomination period to allow for the Christmas and New Year break. Entries for the 2016 Award will close on Thursday 4 February 2015.


The online nomination form and guidelines are available on the State Library’s website.


The winner will be announced at the State Library of NSW in August 2016.

David Bowie is Public Programs

Venue:ACMI, Melbourne
Booking:Book at acmi.net.au/bowie or call 03 8663 2583



In conjunction with the David Bowie is exhibition, ACMI presents an eclectic mix of short talks exploring the man behind the icon.


Offering a broad insight into Bowie’s work, as well as the man himself, the series touches on everything from his impact on the fashion world, to his time on screen, and even personal accounts and first-hand insights into Bowie’s time visiting Australia.


Hear from Bowie mega fans, critics, writers, musicians and pop culture aficionados in this intimate, detailed look at Bowie’s iconic work and life.


Supported by the City of Melbourne


Full program: acmi.net.au/strange-fascinations


Thu 16 July 2015

Strange Fascinations with Jeff Duff



From the glitz’n’glam of his Ziggy performances, to his trips beyond the stardust with his BOWIE Unzipped shows, Jeff Duff will take audiences on a journey behind the scenes of his onstage engagement with Bowie and his music, and lifts the glitter-spattered lid on a flamboyant career that spans the 1970s to today.


About The Speaker

Jeff Duff is an Australian singer/cabaret performer in the tenor range. In his career he has used various personae, wardrobe, and satire as features of his performance. He is widely known for his show Ziggy, a portrayal of the music of David Bowie.


In a flamboyant music career Duff has released 27 albums, including a recent album with members of legendary British rock band Deep Purple, finding success both in Australia and abroad. Duff has received acclaim for numerous performances and shows including the smash hits Ground Control to Frank Sinatra, Ziggy, and BOWIE Unzipped. He is a regular performer on Australian television and continues to headline some of Australia's leading jazz festivals including the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Darling Harbor Jazz Festival, Casino Jazz, Thredbo Jazz Festival and Noosa Jazz Festival.


Sun 26 July 2015

Strange Fascinations with Tanya Stark

David Bowie, Carl Jung and the Unconscious


When Bowie famously sang of “Jung the foreman” on Aladdin Sane, with its iconic lightning bolt cover and word play on sanity, it seems the musician was heralding the pivotal resonance Jung’s ideas had upon his life.


Visiting artist and writer Tanja Stark examines Bowie’s long-term fascination with Carl Jung, introduces some of Jung’s key ideas and begins an exploration of some intriguing links between the music icon and the Swiss psychiatrist.


Often inhabiting Carl Jung’s world of archetypes, Bowie is known for reading and speaking of the psychoanalyst with passion, compellingly suggesting that Jung has been a central influence upon him. Contrasting ideas found in Jung’s writings and his confrontation with the subterranean unconscious, with Bowie’s own creative expression, Stark uncovers significant parallels in thoughts and themes that illuminate core aspects of Bowie’s often cryptic, multilayered work.


The presentation will be introduced by the President of the Melbourne Jung Society, Professor Derry Doyle.


About the Speaker

Tanja Stark is an artist, writer and researcher who explores the interplay between psychology, philosophy and spirituality within her creative projects. She is a contributing author to two recent academic books on Bowie, with her chapter “Confronting Bowie’s Mysterious Corpses” appearing in Enchanting David Bowie (Bloomsbury, 2015) and “Crashing Out with Sylvian: David Bowie, Carl Jung and the Unconscious” in David Bowie: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2015).


Thu 30 July

Strange Fascinations with Geraldine Quinn



Geraldine Quinn has been performing her original style of pop/rock songwriting in Australia and the UK since 2005. An English graduate and  an actor by training, Quinn is a self-taught songwriter, comedian, guitarist, singer, ginger and wit-slinger whose black humour has local and international sell-out audiences in stitches as she and her bands carve up the stage at all the major comedy, fringe, cabaret and queer festivals around Australia and New Zealand.


Geraldine is the winner of multiple awards for her work including a Green Room Award for Best Emerging Cabaret Artiste (2007), Short & Sweet Cabaret competition winner (2009), the Brian McCarthy Memorial Moosehead Award (2011 and 2014) and most recently the Green Room Award for Best Cabaret Artiste (2015).


A media savvy talent, Geraldine has appeared on ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks and Adam Hills Tonight, SBS’s RocKwiz, The Comedy Channel, and has also guested on various ABC and BBC radio programs.


Sun 9 Aug 2015

Strange Fascinations with Clementine Ford



Jim Henson’s 1986 Labyrinth introduced Bowie to a new generation of cinema goers and is one of the most loved children’s films of all time.  


Clementine Ford takes a look back at the cult classic and all the quintessentially ‘80s special effects, synth music and hairdos that helped immerse viewers in the film’s fantastical world, and uncovers the underlying symbolism embodied in Bowie’s portrayal of the iconic Goblin King.


About The Speaker

Clementine Ford is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker, and a columnist for Fairfax’s Daily Life. She has been thrice selected as one of Daily Life’s Women of the Year and has won an EVA award for excellence in reporting on violence against women. She is a frequent guest on ABC 774, ABC TV’s The Drum, Q&A, and has also appeared on Channel Nine’s Mornings.


Clementine’s work focusing on gender inequality frequently challenges people to think more critically about how society and culture influences our choices and beliefs about women and femininity. She regularly writes on feminism, pop culture and social issues.


Thu 20 Aug 2015

Strange Fascinations with Michael Dwyer



From the shock of Major Tom’s desertion to Ziggy Stardust’s five-year deadline to Armageddon, right through to the grim forebodings of Heathen and The Next Day, Bowie’s sustained narrative of modern anxiety and impending doom has always set him apart in the often feel-good world of rock ’n’ roll as we know it.


Starting with the storyboards and video for Bowie’s shelved Diamond Dogs movie project, Michael Dwyer will springboard into one of the defining themes of Bowie’s catalogue, one which the man himself once described as his own personal “non-specific nagging fear”.


About The Speaker

Michael Dwyer has written about popular culture for 28 years for publications including Rolling Stone, The Age, The Bulletin and Melody Maker. Formerly, the Managing Editor of Perth’s top street press publication X-Press, Michael has broadcast extensively on Perth’s RTR-FM and nationally on Triple J. In these roles he has interviewed many of the biggest names in rock, jazz and elsewhere, including Lou Reed, Brian Eno, U2, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Yoko Ono, Steve Reich and, the man himself, David Bowie.


Michael is currently working on a novel titled Son of Starman, a suburban Australian rock 'n' roll mystery from space (or thereabouts) and lectures in arts journalism at Monash University. Michael’s latest musical project is the Bowie-inspired, The Thin White Ukes.


Thu 3 Sep 2015

Strange Fascinations with Bruce Butler



Bowie Down Under’s Bruce Butler has had a fascinating, interwoven history with David Bowie. Showcasing articles from his own personal collection, including Record Mirror magazines from the 70s, promotional posters, personal letters, signed memorabilia and personal photographs, this very special presentation is an intimate snapshot into the connection between an icon and his fans.


Through this personal Bowie slideshow, Butler traces his interconnected history with Bowie, from his first meetings as a fan in 1978 through to numerous meetings, gigs and correspondences that have peppered his life as both a music fan and industry professional.


About the Speaker

Bruce Butler is a veteran of the Australian music industry having begun his career at an early age at Melbourne’s iconic specialist record store Gaslight. 


Having worked both in Australia and the UK, Bruce has run his own management companies, held positions at CBS Records and Virgin Records, and worked on ABC TV’s The Factory and Countdown Revolution. He has been on the board of youth organisation The Push, and wrote the book The Young Players Guide, which gave general advice to young musicians and managers in dealing with various aspects of the local music industry. He has also taught music industry hopefuls in his former role at NMIT.


Bruce’s love of music has led him to work with bands and musicians including The Crystal Set, Ollie Olsen, Simon Polinski, The Church, Steve Kilbey, Monique Brumby and David Bridie. 


Sun 13 Sep 2015

Strange Fascinations with Mel Campbell



From Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to The Thin White Duke, David Bowie has been as much of a fashion innovator as he's been a musical icon – breaking barriers, pushing sartorial buttons and shaping the way history sees fashion.


Exploring the links between costume and character, Mel Campbell will explore how Bowie flagged his changing musical directions through the changing of his costume, how his sartorial choices are tied to the performance of gender and sexuality, and how the costumes of an icon informed an entire generation.


About the Speaker

Mel Campbell is a journalist, author and cultural critic who researches and writes about fashion, film and television, books and ideas, advertising and branding, media, and the wonderful, underrated banalities of everyday life. Her work has appeared in Junkee, Crikey, The Guardian, New Matilda, Overland, The Lifted Brow and the Wheeler Centre. A seasoned media commentator on popular cultural phenomena, she has also appeared on discussion panels, in public lectures, on radio, TV and podcasts.


Thu 1 Oct

Strange Fascinations with Emma Beddows



Presenting a surreal unity between rock and science fiction, Bowie’s 1972 release, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, is seminal for its ground-breaking and artistic approach to the concept album and its radicalisation of the rock scene.


Exploring the prominent science fiction themes that feature in Bowie’s work, Emma Beddows examines how recognisable sci-fi tropes are reflected in, and have had deep influence on, the work of the music icon.


About the Speaker

Emma Beddows is a professional geek. She holds a PhD in transmedia storytelling, popular culture and fans. She is a freelance narrative and media consultant, co-hosts for the pop-culture podcast The Whatcha Show, and works for Swinburne Online where she teaches media and communications at tertiary level. Growing up the child of a Bowie fanatic she had very little choice in her early exposure to music. What began innocently enough with watching the 1986 film Labyrinth on her parents’ VHS player evolved into Emma’s lifelong love of Bowie with his image adorning her walls and his music filling her home and her heart.





Bowie Sunday Session

Sunday 19 July 2015

12pm – 5pm, ACMI Lightwell and The Cube


Celebrate the opening weekend of the David Bowie is exhibition with an afternoon exploring the cultural icon’s shifting style and constant reinvention.


Featuring a series of short talks by Bowie experts, aficionados and fanatics, the Sunday Sessions will delve deep into the Bowie archive to examine one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times. 


Covering everything from Bowie’s impact on the fashion world, to his undeniable musical influence and his forays into film, this snapshot series of talks and discussions will provide the perfect accompaniment to your first visit to the David Bowie is exhibition. 


Including an afternoon of Bowie inspired music designed to compliment your exhibition and talk experience, the Sunday Sessions is the perfect way to get to know the man behind the icon.


Free event.

David Bowie is Curator Talks

Sunday 19 July to Thursday 15 October 2015


ACMI curators give you an intimate introduction to the spectacular David Bowie is exhibition.


Exploring all facets of the groundbreaking multi-media exhibition experience, you’ll have unprecedented access to the curatorial process of collecting, showcasing and celebrating the work and life of one of the most influential artists in rock, pop, fashion and performance.


From bringing the acclaimed exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London all the way to Australia for its exclusive showing at ACMI, to developing the immersive aspects of exhibiting the work of a music icon, the David Bowie is Curator Talks will take you on a journey through the 50 legendary costumes, original stage set designs, handwritten lyric sheets, album artwork, rare film, video and photographs that showcase Bowie’s impact as a live performer and screen star.


Entry is free with exhibition ticket purchase.


Dates and Times:

Sunday 19 July, 2pm

Tuesday 4 August, 2pm

Thursday 27 August, 6pm

Tuesday 8 September, 2pm

Sunday 20 September, 2pm

Thursday 15 October, 6pm

Supported by the City of Melbourne


Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre

Jessica Hopper: Living Female Rock Critic

Mon 20 July 2015

6:15pm, Melbourne City Conference Centre


Jessica Hopper has been writing about music for two decades, gathering an international following for her fearless and adroit critical talents delivered through a vast catalogue of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews and oral histories.


Hopper’s newly published anthology, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, bears a title which she explains is “about planting a flag” for women and young female writers in the male-dominated world of music journalism.


In Australia to celebrate the opening of David Bowie is, Hopper appears in conversation to talk about the trends and trajectories of music journalism and share the backstory to her own revolutionary work.


About the Speaker

Jessica Hopper is a music and culture critic based in Chicago, USA, whose work regularly appears in GQ, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s deconstructed Lana Del Rey for Spin, interviewed Björk and, in a longform piece for Buzzfeed, argued that selling out saved indie rock. After acting as Rookie’s Music Editor she became a Senior Editor at Pitchfork, the Chicago-based website that’s been divining the musical zeitgeist since before it was cool, and was also recently named Editor-in-Chief of The Pitchfork Review, the website’s quarterly print publication.


Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Hopper was the long-time music consultant for This American Life. Her first book, The Girls' Guide to Rocking, was named one of 2009's Notable Books For Young Readers by the American Library Association.





Intermix is ACMI’s program for young people 15 – 25.

The following events are free.

Participants must register interest: intermix@acmi.net.au

Full program: acmi.net.au/live-events/intermix

 Proudly supported by Naomi Milgrom AO

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre

Intermix: Future Critics with Jessica Hopper

Sunday 19 July 2015, 2pm to 4pm

ACMI Studio 1


Explore the world of music journalism with a special girls-only Future Critics workshop with international guest Jessica Hopper.


With her work appearing in the pages of Rookie mag and Rolling Stone, Jessica has gained critical acclaim for her vast catalogue of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews and oral histories.


Explaining that the title of her newly published anthology, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, is all “about planting a flag” for women and young female writers in the male-dominated world of music journalism, Jessica will be appearing at ACMI to share the backstory to her own career trajectory, and to discuss exactly what its like being a living female rock critic.


This Intermix event is for female participants aged 15 – 25 only.  


Intermix: Future Critics – Labyrinth

Saturday 25 July 2015, 2pm to 5pm

ACMI Studio 1


David Bowie is the Goblin King in this cult classic film which includes a mind-bending maze, a talking door knocker, fairies and a colony of goblins. Join film critic Zak Hepburn and other emerging cinephiles for a screening and discussion of Labyrinth (1986) designed to pave the path to becoming a culture savvy screen critic in a fun environment with peers.


Showcasing the awe-inspiring creativity of Jim Henson and David Bowie, Labyrinth has become a cult classic. This fantasy film produced by George Lucas utilised cutting-edge animatronics and puppetry of its era to give shape to Henson’s boundless imagination. The film was intended to fuse the technical innovation developed on Henson’s previous film, The Dark Crystal (1982), with the popular light-hearted appeal and musical stylings of his hit TV series The Muppets.


A David Bowie and Labyrinth fan since childhood, Zak Hepburn is a Melbourne-based film critic and programmer. He currently appears on ABC TV's national ABC News Breakfast program and the weekly ABC Overnights radio program. Zak writes for Fairfax publications and curates film programs for Cinema Nova, Palace Cinemas, and a series of film festivals.


Intermix: Starman: 3D Alien Design

Sat 8 Aug, 10am to 5pm

ACMI Studio 2


Using Bowie’s iconic Starman as a starting point, make an alien life-form with leading 3D artist Carl Knox. Concentrating on skin textures and realistic colouring, warp your own humanoid 3D model and render a professional artwork in this one-day workshop suitable for aspiring game artists, animators and VFX artists - or anybody interested in a hands-on look at the art of VFX.


Use a professional production pipeline and take home your creation on USB.


Intermix: Gender Rebellion

Sat 15 Aug, 2pm to 4pm

ACMI Studio 1


Gender performativity has been a central theme throughout David Bowie’s career, with his playful approach to creating fluidly gendered characters and personas making a profound impact on the way gender and sexuality are explored in pop culture. 


Join writer, advocate and trans activist Fury, performance artist Reverse Butcher, and feminist geek Lauren Stardust, as they uncover the rebellious ways in which Bowie played with notions of gender, and examine the iconic personas that allowed him to do so. 


Touching on their own experiences, they look at Bowie’s ongoing influence on gender identity in pop culture, the ways he examined gender in performance, and the deep impact his engagement with notions of gender and sexuality has had on audiences worldwide.


Intermix: Future Beats with Dizz1

Tue 8 Sep, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

ACMI Studio 1


Join local beat wizard, turntablist, producer, drummer and teacher Dave Norris (aka Dizz1) for a future beats percussion workshop. Dave shares the secrets of making  future beats with tricks and tips to make your music stand above the masses.


Dizz1 will step you through a creating your future beats, from recording found sounds such as wood drums and anything in the studio (voice, chairs, tables, pipes, plastic buckets) and post-producing recordings, to editing hits with the found and created samples, to performing live on a midi controller and finger drumming on MPC pads.


Learn why heavyweight artists like Aloe Blacc and Roots Manuva want Dizz1 beats. Get your beats on track with this one-off free pro session.

Participants go home with their own beats, and some Dizz1 drum hits saved on a USB drive.


About the Mentor

Dizz1 has been involved in the music industry for over ten years. Starting off as a DJ, he has worked and performed alongside the world’s best such as Grand Master Flash, Jam Master Jay (RIP), Jazzy Jay, D Styles, A-Trak, Plus One, Melo D and JRocc (Beat Junkies). He also makes beats for some of the hottest, forward-thinking hip hop vocalists in the world.


Intermix: Future Critics - Music Criticism Now

Date, 5pm-6pm (Note there are conflicting dates in the PCF of 25 Sep and 25 Oct – please advise which it is

25 September

The Cube, ACMI


Ever wondered what it takes to break into music journalism? Being paid to listen to music, go to gigs and to share your thoughts with an audience sounds like a pretty great job, right? Join professional critic Doug Wallen to explore the world of music journalism and take an in-depth look at music criticism now.


Doug Wallen is the music editor of The Big Issue (Australia) and writes for FasterLouder, Rolling Stone (Australia), The Age, The Guardian, Junkee, STACK and The Thousands. In this Intermix event he shares his experiences and knowledge of the industry and fields your questions on what it takes to be a music critic and journalist.


After the session, pick up your pencil and notepad and head down to Bowie late nights to catch Georgia Field’s very special Bowie-inspired set and write your own review.


Intermix: Me, My Selfie and Major Tom 1: Personas

Wed 7 Oct, 5pm to 8pm

ACMI Studio 1


The first of a four-part series of workshops explores identity through image and performance, and examines the influence of cultural icons such as David Bowie and artists like Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.


Autobiography and self-portraiture have a long tradition that has reached fever pitch in the era of Instagram and selfie sticks. ‘Me, My Selfie and Major Tom’ is a free, multi-part project open to young people interested in exploring their ‘other selves'. Over the course of four workshops explore ideas of persona, selfies, avatars and the process of putting your image out there in contemporary culture. 


Led by professional artists over four creative sessions, the project looks at ways of making – and mashing up - self-portraits using photography, video, projections, online spaces and live performance.


Join in for a single session or attend all four. Further sessions take place on 10, 14 and 17 October 2015.


Intermix: Me, My Selfie and Major Tom 2: Avatars

Sat 10 Oct, 11am to 3.30pm

ACMI Studio 2


Examine second life, with an exploration of avatars in online spaces.


The second of a four-part series of workshops takes you deep into Second Life to explore concepts of projecting personal identity through avatars. Armed with nothing but a suite of consoles and a data projector, participants take their ‘other’ selves into the online space.  


Further ‘Me, My Selfie and Major Tom’ sessions take place on 14 and 17 October 2015.


Intermix: Me, My Selfie and Major Tom 3: Selfies

Wed 14 Oct, 5pm to 8pm

ACMI Studio 1


Explore selfies as art, using digital and analogue media.


Combine data projection, digital photography, polaroid photography, art techniques and a mashup of medias in this workshop that explores the selfie as it exists at the convergence of the digital and analogue worlds.


Further ‘Me, My Selfie and Major Tom’ sessions take place on 17 October 2015.


Intermix: Me, My Selfie and Major Tom 4: Mashups

Sat 17 Oct, 11am to 3.30pm

ACMI Studios 1 and 2


Mashup your ‘other’ self using photography, video, projection and more.


In the last of our series of workshops looking at autobiography and self-portraiture, mashup your ‘other’ self into a sublime self-portrait using photography, video, projections, online spaces and live performance.


Intermix: Make a Music Video

Fri 16 to Thu 22 Oct, various times  

ACMI The Cube and Studio 2


Write, shoot and edit a music video using professional techniques in this intensive workshop. Paying respect to Bowie’s forward- thinking video catalogue, get an exclusive, one-off chance to film Rat & Co in their live performance at the Bowie late nights program.


In this intensive, hands-on workshop, participants receive guidance and help from professionals, with pre and post- production expertise.


Whether you’re looking for a head start in the industry, an addition to your showreel, or an introduction to music video art, this is a fantastic opportunity.


The workshop takes place across three sessions:


Session 1: Plan the shoot and walk through pre-production, before shooting Rat & Co as they perform live at Bowie late nights.

The Cube, Friday 16 October, 5pm – 9pm


Session 2: Edit your footage

Studio 2, Tuesday 20 October,  4.30pm – 7pm 


Session 3: Take your footage through the post production stage and add VFX, then render your clip to take home.

Studio 2, Thursday 22 October, 4.30pm – 7pm 




Australian Mediatheque

Open 7 days from 12noon - 5pm


Living in the 70’s – Australian Music and Youth Culture

On the heels of the swinging sixties, Australian culture and style was evolving in the 1970s particularly through music, youth and fashion.  


Music is a cultural way we are drawn together as a society, to celebrate and relax but it is also a way for particular groups of people to identify themselves and their place in the world. The 1970s was a melting pot of music and cultural happenings both conservative and radical. This program aims to highlight the diversity of music in Australia and the fashion and ethos of various youth groups gathering together in a 1970s Australia.


The Australian Mediatheque is a screen culture resource centre providing access to a wealth of audio and video content from the collections of ACMI and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. From early footage of the Melbourne Cup and the landmark The Story of the Kelly Gang to award-winning animation and shorts, you can access moving image content for research, learning and entertainment.


The Australian Mediatheque is located on the Entry Level and is open to everyone.

Admission to the Mediatheque is free.


An Evening of ‘Chocolate & Yarn’

Venue:Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery in Yarra Glen
Fee:$65 per session or $120 for both
Booking:For full details and to buy tickets jump onto www.crumbzcraft.com.au or phone Crumbz Craft on 03 5962 6635.

On the last two Friday nights in June, Crumbz Craft will host a scrumptious evening of
chocolate and yarn at the iconic Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery in Yarra Glen.

Beginners can choose a workshop where they learn to knit a scarf or crochet a pot, with
experts on hand to teach them. And throughout the evening, unlimited top-ups of hot
chocolate will be poured and a delicious light supper of chocolate treats will be served.
Imagine brownie squares, macaroons and fondues with fruit, nougat, liquorice,
marshmallows and honeycomb.

More advanced knitters and crocheters can also bring their projects along on the night, and
enjoy craft demonstrations and for two and a half hours, experts will be on hand to answer
any knitting or crocheting questions they have, and of course there’s the chocolate too!


Beginner knitters and crocheters will be able to pre-purchase starter kits, which will be given
to them on arrival at the craft night, so they are all set and ready to go!

What’s On At ACMI: 15th – 21st of April, 2015

Venue:ACMI, Federsation Square

Film: Poles Apart
Sat 18 Apr - Fri 15 May
$13 - $17
The Arctic and Antarctic still remain great unexplored frontiers. Mysterious landscapes, undiscovered species, gigantic icebergs, impenetrable ice-floes and utterly inhospitable conditions all contribute to our fascination with these locations.


Exhibitions: War Pictures: Australians At The Cinema 1914 – 1918
Showing Until Sun 26 Jul 2015
What did Australians see at their local cinema during the First World War? View a fascinating selection of shorts, newsreels, propaganda and feature films produced by the developing,local film industry, as well as a selection of international content. See how the war was presented on the big screen, and explore the melodramas and comedies that offered entertainment and escapism to those on the home front.


Talks & Performances: Intermix, Gameloading: Rise Of The Indies

Fri 17 Apr, 6pm
Produced by Melbourne’s own Studio Bento, Gameloading: Rise of the Indies is a feature-length documentary exploring the new global subculture of independent game development, taking a personal and holistic look at the passionate people expressing themselves through video games and creating an international community.

Celebrate Valentine's Day at The Star

Venue:The Star, Sydney
Booking:Star.com.au/valentinesday or call 1800 700 700.



Embrace the romance of Italy and experience world-famous chef Stefano Manfredi’s signature cuisine with a bespoke four-course menu matched with superb harbour views for $139 per person. Created especially for Valentine’s Day, the menu will feature gourmet creations such as marron lobster with shaved baby vegetables and saffron vinaigrette, and a chocolate and pistachio mousse with wild strawberry jelly. Bellissimo!


First seating 6-8pm; second seating 8.30pm-late. Bookings via Guest Services 1800 700 700.


Valentine’s Day opening hours –


Dinner – 5:30pm til late


BLACK by ezard

Award-winning chef, Teage Ezard, has crafted an exquisite five-course menu for guests to experience this Valentine’s Day at The Star’s contemporary Australian grill, BLACK by ezard. With beautiful harbour views, it’s the perfect venue for anyone who appreciates a sophisticated setting. Guests can enjoy the very best of seasonal produce including ocean trout sashimi, Spencer Gulf prawns, wagyu striploin and oven roasted hapuka finished with a decadent chocolate parfait accompanied by raspberry, sheep’s milk sorbet and chocolate cookie cream. BLACK by ezard is sure to set the tone this Valentine’s Day.

The five-course dinner is $150 per person or $250 per person with matching wines. Bookings via Guest Services on 1800 700 700.

Valentine’s Day opening hours –

Dinner – 5:30pm til late


Start the romance early and sip on a flute of NV Moët & Chandon, garnished with a fresh strawberry, while enjoying Sokyo’s gourmet à la carte and continental breakfast spread. Or slip into Sokyo with your loved one for a mouth-watering Japanese dining experience. Explore Sokyo’s à la carte menu, plus some special Valentine’s Day dishes that you’ll adore, guided by Japanese cuisine master and Sokyo’s Executive Chef, Chase Kojima. 


Bookings via Guest Services on 1800 700 700.


Valentine’s Day opening hours –

Breakfast – 7am-10:30am

Lunch – 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner – 5:30pm til late





Celebrate Valentine’s Day at one of Sydney’s most stylish cocktail lounges; Cherry bar. Cherry’s resident DJs will mix up lounge, afro beats, electro jazz and reggae DJ mixes, while you and your special someone sip on beautifully crafted cocktails and dance the night away. Lovers can dial up the romance by taking in stunning views of Sydney Harbour and indulging in Cointreau carafes for $25.


Valentine’s Day opening hours –




If you’re looking for romantic pampering on Valentine’s Day, book the ‘Date Night’ package at The Spa at The Darling and enjoy a 15% discount. For a blissful four hours, couples will begin their decadent treatment in the private Hamman room enjoying a Moroccan ‘Savon Noir’ body exfoliation performed by the spa’s skilled therapists. Couples will then be left to their own devices to apply a mud wrap to one another and enjoy some spa time in total comfort before a relaxing full-body massage side by side in the VIP Spa Suite. The indulgent treatment will finish with a purifying ESPA Facial. Paying homage to romance, the ‘Date Night’ package will be available throughout February.


From Feb 1-28. Bookings available at thedarling.com.au/thespa or on 1800 800 830. Please book 48 hours in advance.


Opening hours –


Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm

Friday-Sunday: 9am-9pm

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