What's On - Special Events, Previews & Signings
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Ladies in Black
Ahead of tomorrow night’s Helpmann Awards, Queensland Theatre Company has announced that the smash hit musical and six-time nominated Ladies in Black will tour nationally in early 2017, taking in Sydney and Canberra with encore seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne.
From the adaptation of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women in Black, this acclaimed production has been brought to life by Australian screenwriter Carolyn Burns and internationally-acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies) with original music from legendary singer songwriter, Tim Finn OBE (Split Enz, Crowded House).
The world premiere of Ladies in Black, the stylish story of fashion, friendship and 1950s Australia took place in Brisbane in November 2015 with the frock-fest signalling a stunning and triumphant return of musical theatre for the company.
Ladies in Black has been nominated for six Helpmann Awards including Best New Australian Work, Best Director of a Musical, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Music Direction and the coveted Best Musical.
The critically acclaimed show features over 20 original songs written by Tim Finn and a stunning range of some 30 custom-designed and created dresses and suits. The genesis of Ladies in Black actually happened at the Brisbane Airport – Tim Finn was famously looking for a book to read, bought The Women in Black and on reading it, was compelled to call Simon Phllips and plant the seed for a stage production. On the plane, he started writing the music. The rest is history.
The cast and all dates and further detail will be announced at the national launch event to be held on August 15 in Sydney.
Dandenong Festival of Lights
|Venue:||Dandenong Showground in Greaves Reserve in Victoria|
|Date:||26th of August- 9th of October|
|Time:||6pm to 10pm daily|
|Fee:||$20 for adults, $14 for kids and $60 for a family of four. It is free of charge for kids aged 3 and under.|
Following a hugely successful festival in Melbourne last year, the Dandenong Festival of Lights is set to amaze Melbourne once again with its brand new show.
Dandenong Festival of Lights celebrates Chinese culture through a display of over 500 interactive and beautiful silk lanterns. The vibrant light displays, some of which are an impressive 20m wide and 15m high, come in all shapes and forms. This includes mythical creatures, Chinese Zodiacs, terracotta warriors and animals such as elephants, pandas and many more. To complement the visual experience, visitors can enjoy ambient music which will be played along the marked tree-lined paths.
The festival begins on the 26th of August and will run until the 9th of October. It will be open to the public from 6pm to 10pm daily. The festival covers over 10,000 square metres and will be held in the picturesque Dandenong Showground in Greaves Reserve, Dandenong, VIC.
“We are thrilled to be organising and bringing back such a captivating and impressive light festival,” says Rod Stoller, Director of Logistic Events Australia. “It truly is a one-of-a-kind event which fits in with the arts and culture of Melbourne. With hundreds of new lanterns, we know that the Dandenong Festival of Light will again be a huge success. We hope the festival not only shares Chinese culture, but also enlightens and educates people of all ages.”
In addition to the light displays, there will be live performances of lion costume dancing and drumming shows to entertain people of all ages. Throughout the festival, visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in kung fu workshops and drumming workshops. A dumpling bar and other rotating food vendors will be on-site. Kids will also be entertained with a range of rides.
This will be an incredible experience for the whole family to share and an inspiring way to welcome in spring.
Million Dollar Quartet
|Venue:||Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition Street, Melbourne|
|Date:||From Thursday 8 December 2016|
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famous recording session that brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time for one incredible night.
On 4 December, 1956, Sam Phillips, regarded as the ‘father of rock ‘n’ roll’ gathered these four young musicians together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest impromptu jam sessions of all time. This feel-good show brings to light the extraordinary story of broken promises, secrets, and the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four young friends that is both poignant and heart-warming.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life, featuring over 20 rock classics including Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls of Fire, See You Later Alligator, I Walk the Line, Fever, Who Do You Love?, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog and many more.
This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together, just once, as a red-hot rock 'n' roll band.
Written by Tony Award nominees Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET opened on Broadway in 2010, following a highly successful seven year run in Chicago, and in 2011 opened in London’s West End. Also in 2011 the show embarked on a tour of the United States – and is still touring today.
Since 2013, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET has enjoyed a hugely successful residency at Harrah’s Showroom in Las Vegas – just 10 minutes away from The International Hotel where Elvis himself had a long standing and famous residency!
This electrifying musical has been nominated for and won prestigious awards – on Broadway the show received Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of Musical and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Musical; and it won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, for Levi Kreis’s portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is brought to Australia by the producers of Jersey Boys, Cats, Singin’ in the Rain, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables: Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, AKA and TEG DAINTY in association with Mark Goucher and Simon Friend.
Don’t miss your chance to discover the true story of this hallowed day in the history of rock ‘n’ roll!
|Venue:||The Rear Entrance of “THE NEVADA” at The World Bar, 1 Mansion Lane, Kings Cross|
|Date:||From Friday 16 September to 9 October 2016|
|Fee:||Mon – Thu - $35 (transaction fees may apply) Fri – Sun - $45 (transaction fees may apply)|
|Booking:||Ticketmaster 136 100 or ticketmaster.com.au|
King Cross is a state of mind. No boundaries to its name, no limits to its life. But half a century later, has the Cross been crossed out?
Hidden Sydney - an immersive, exhilarating and witty cabaret experience is set over four floors of “The Nevada”, the former Sydney brothel which boasted the biggest bed in the world.
John Olsen: The You Beaut Country
|Venue:||The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia|
|Date:||16 September 2016 – 12 February 2017|
|Fee:||NGV Member $12 / Adult $16 / Concession $13 / Child (5–15 years) $7 / Family (2 adults + 3 children) $41|
|Booking:||Tickets on sale now from ngv.vic.gov.au.|
Arguably Australia’s greatest living artist, John Olsen will be celebrated in the most comprehensive survey exhibition of his work to date opening at the National Gallery of Victoria in September 2016 and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in March 2017.
With a career spanning almost seven decades, Olsen has carved a place in Australian art history. He is known for his energetic painting style and evocative landscapes that have captured Australia’s unique terrain and spirit with a distinct visual language.
The latest instalment of Olsen’s career-defining landscapes series, The you beaut country, will be unveiled in this Australian premiere exhibition. Commencing in 1960, the series highlights Olsen’s lifelong interest in the natural world and his continued pursuit to capture the Australian identity.
The exhibition will survey Olsen’s career and will feature his most iconic and arresting works, including large-scale paintings of Lake Eyre, the Simpson Desert, Sydney Harbour and his much-loved tree frogs.
‘John Olsen is one of Australia’s most distinguished artists. Traversing a lifetime of creativity, this exhibition will offer an extraordinary and in-depth insight into Olsen’s life and practice. From his first exhibition in 1955 to the highly anticipated, most recent work in The you beaut country series, the exhibition will showcase Olsen’s major paintings and works on paper alongside lesser-known aspects of Olsen’s practice,’ said Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV.
A major figure in the story of Australian art, Olsen is a highly acclaimed and decorated artist and has been awarded the Order of Australia and the Order of the British Empire for his services to the arts. Among his many prize-winning works, the exhibition will include his Archibald Prize-winning Self-portrait:Janus faced, 2005.
John Olsen: The You Beaut Country will also reflect Olsen’s varied interests, including Spanish cooking and culture, poetry and journal writing, as well as the diverse use of mediums in his practice, including tapestries, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. There will also be activities for kids and families inside the exhibition, inspired by Olsen’s sketches and drawings.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 232-page landmark publication, beautifully illustrated and featuring insightful essays on Olsen’s practice to date, available from the NGV design store for $39.95.
John Olsen: The You Beaut Country is on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square from 16 September 2016 to 12 February 2017 before opening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 10 March until 12 June 2017.
An Evening with Susan Sarandon
|Date:||Sunday, 7th August 2016|
Adding further gravitas to a night of brilliant conversation and inspiration, Eventcepts is excited to announce Carrie Bickmore as host for An Evening with Susan Sarandon.
Carrie Bickmore, host and Gold Logie winner for Network TEN’s The Project is an inspirational leader in her own right. Founder of Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer and Australian Ambassador for UNICEF, Ms Bickmore couldn’t be better suited for the role. Sharing the stage and in conversation with one of Hollywood’s most fearless leading women, Ms Bickmore is looking forward to the event: “I’m very excited to hear all about Susan, I have always been inspired by her approach to life and career”.
The evening presentation is one of two events La Dolce Italia is presenting with the Academy Award winning actor, passionate activist, writer and director, and is set to showcase all of the style, grace and determination that has seen Ms. Sarandon become as respected for her social activism as her film career.
In addition to conversation between Ms Bickmore and Ms Sarandon, the floor will be open to questions from the audience, providing a significant opportunity for guests to interact with the Hollywood legend.
In a recent interview with Australian media Ms Sarandon explained: “I usually prefer, no matter what the venue, to have a dialogue rather than speaking at people. It gives me an opportunity to hear what people are thinking, what they’re curious about and what’s going on in worlds that I don’t travel in that often.”
The Evening will be a night of stories, insight and laughter. Susan’s illustrious career has spanned over 50 years and includes notable films such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise and Dead Man Walking. This one night only exclusive Melbourne event is a chance to get up close and personal with a truly talented Hollywood star and learn about her fascinating story.
What’s On at ACMI: Wednesday 3rd to Tuesday 9th August 2016
Sandy Powell HeroACMI and MIFF present Sandy Powell: Masterclass in Costume Design
Thursday 4 August, 6pm
A highlight of the SCORSESE Film and Public Programs, ACMI and MIFF present multi-Academy Award® and BAFTA winning costume designer, Sandy Powell OBE, in a special night of conversation hosted by Associate Professor Jessica Bugg of the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT. The long-time Scorsese collaborator has designed for six Scorsese-directed films, notably taking home the 2005 Oscar® for Best Achievement in Costume Design for the acclaimed Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. ACMI’s SCORSESE exhibition features costumes loaned by Powell exclusively for the exhibition’s Melbourne season, including dresses worn by Cate Blanchett and Gwen Stefani in The Aviator; Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York; and three costumes from Hugo.
ACMI Fundraising Event Sandy Powell OBE In Conversation with Rachel Griffiths
Friday 5 August, 12pm
ACMI holds an exclusive fundraising lunch with Academy Award-winning Costume Designer Sandy Powell OBE, hosted by Australian actress and director Rachel Griffiths who joined the ACMI Board in 2016. Delivered by ACMI at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, guests will enjoy cocktails, lunch, a fundraising auction, VR experiences and designer gift bags. Winner of three Academy Awards®, including one for The Aviator, Powell has worked on six of Martin Scorsese's films and will discuss working with the auteur as well as her recent work in films such as Cinderella and Carol. All funds raised support ACMI’s commissioning of artists.
Fundraiser tickets: $330, Table of 10 $2,970
Free ACMI exhibition Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose continues
Until Sunday 11 September
Already drawing 20,000 visitors since opening on 21 June, this free ACMI exhibition celebrates the extraordinary collaboration between two-time Archibald Prize winning artist Del Kathryn Barton and acclaimed filmmaker Brendan Fletcher, tracing the remarkable adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century classic into a hauntingly beautiful animated film. The multi-award winning film plays on loop inside the exhibition space – a landmark in contemporary moving image voiced by some of Australia’s most celebrated actors, including Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham and Geoffrey Rush, with a music score by Sarah Blasko. In addition to the film, the exhibition features a selection of Barton’s evocative paintings, stunning never-before-seen handmade props, and material from the production archives which reveal the extraordinary workings behind this captivating animated picture.
Seniors’ Cinema presents Mr Holmes
Saturday 6 to Monday 15 August
Mr Holmes sees Sir Ian McKellen play one of British literature’s most revered characters, Sherlock Holmes. Based on the novel by Mitch Cullin, A Slight Trick Of The Mind, a long-retired Sherlock Holmes lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse tending to his bees, with just a housekeeper Mrs Munro (Laura Linney) and her amateur-sleuthing son, Roger (Milo Parker) for company. Far from living out his twilight years in peaceful retirement, Holmes is haunted by an unsolved case from several decades earlier. With his legendary powers of deduction on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes comes to rely on the quick-witted and endlessly curious Roger.
Tickets: Seniors $7, Members $6, Non-seniors $13
Melbourne International Film Festival
Selected dates from Thursday 28 July to Sunday 14 August
ACMI hosts sessions as part of the 65th Melbourne International Film Festival on selected dates between 28 July and 14 August. Festival Highlights screening at ACMI include: Radio Dreams a chaotic day in the life of a Farsi-language San Francisco radio station waiting on a visit from Metallica; Ella a descendant of the Wiradjuri people makes history in 2013 by becoming the Australian Ballet's first Indigenous dancer; No Home Movie Chantal Akerman’s last film is also her most intimate and personal work; and Banana a warm-hearted Italian comedy of innocence and experience with a wisdom that belies its youth.
Tickets from $13.50
Weiner On Show At ACMI
|Date:||Opens 1 September 2016|
At a time when politics around the globe has never been more entertaining - nor more alarming - ACMI brings the political documentary Weiner to the big screen. With both Melbourne International Film Festival screenings already sold out, the critically acclaimed stranger-than-fiction tale of political fodder and contemporary morality shows exclusively at ACMI from Thursday 1 September 2016.
The documentary follows Anthony Weiner, a Democratic Congressman who was on the rise before a ‘sexting’ scandal forced his humiliating resignation. Two years later, Weiner ran for New York City Mayor, betting that his democratic ideas would trump his indiscretions. With unprecedented access, Weiner takes us inside this fascinating political comeback-turned-meltdown.
“Weiner stands tall in this eruptive portrayal of a “d@!% pic” overshadowing the most valiant political efforts,” said ACMI Senior Film Programmer Kristy Matheson. “Bending over backwards to compensate, Weiner is a fascinating study of a political character, and one that will captivate anyone who owns a mobile phone, uses the internet and has ever been drawn in by titillating clickbait.”
Dubbed “fast, funny, insightful and outrageous” by Vanity Fair, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary begins with Weiner trying to rebuild his political career. A native New Yorker and a passionate advocate for the city, Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin (who is a long term Hillary Clinton staffer and currently vice-chair of her 2016 presidential campaign) decide that their time is now.
What begins as an unexpected surge to the top of the polls takes a sharp turn once Weiner is forced to admit to new sexting allegations. As the media descends and dissects his every move, Weiner desperately tries to forge ahead, but the increasing pressure and crippling 24-hour news coverage halt his political aspirations.
Weiner walks the line between political farce and personal tragedy. With New York City as a loud and bustling backdrop, this documentary charges through an increasingly baffling political campaign with unflinching clarity, humour, and pathos.
An Evening With Jean-Claude Van Damme: Unplugged and Unscripted
The theater shows are on Wednesday 24th August at The Star, Sydney and on Sunday 28th August at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
“The Muscles from Brussels” has not been in Australia for over 18 years and is looking forward to his visit. JCVD is one of the most famous action movie stars of all time. At his shows he’ll reveal the untold stories of his incredible life, his movies, his career, the stars he’s worked with, health and fitness and also take part in an open question and answer session with the audience.
Beauty Expo Australia
|Venue:||Sydney Exhibition Centre|
|Date:||20 and 21 August 2016|
Beauty Expo Australia is back – in Sydney Exhibition Centre for the final time, before heading to Sydney’s new InternationalConvention Centre in 2017.
Across two action-packed days – 20 and 21 August 2016, the largest gathering of brands and suppliers in the beauty industry will inspire visitors with creative education, live demonstrations, catwalks and feature shows – all under one roof. So what’s in store for 2016?
Here are this year’s key features…
DERMAL THERAPY CONFERENCE
Rosie Waterland - "My Life On The Couch (With Vodka)"
|Venue:||135 Stephen St, Yarraville|
|Date:||Saturday August 20|
|Time:||7:30pm & 9:30pm|
|Booking:||Tickets are on sale now through www.yarravillelive.com|
Following a run of sold-out debut shows at Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year, Frontier Comedy are delighted to confirm that Rosie Waterland will be bringing her one-woman show My Life On The Couch (With Vodka) to The Yarraville Club, Sat August 20.
Describing the show as “… a true mixed bag. From foster care to disaster Tinder dates. It’s about me pulling my life together before turning thirty”, Rosie has been heralded as Australia’s answer to Lena Dunham. Best-selling author, columnist, host, comedian and screenwriter, she became a household name in 2013, with her hilarious satirical recaps of the first season of The Bachelor Australia.
Her commentary across the three seasons have received more than 6.6 million unique clicks and in excess of 450,000 Facebook shares and she is currently amping up to do it all over again for the show’s fourth season.
German Christmas Market
|Venue:||German International School Sydney, 33 Myoora Road, Terrey Hills|
|Date:||Friday 12th August from 5.00pm to 9pm and Saturday 13th August from 4pm to 9pm|
|Booking:||www.giss.nsw.edu.au or call: 02 9485 1900|
If you’re looking for some family fun this August, celebrating Christmas with a twist, then look no further than the German International School Sydney, as it undergoes a frosty transformation into a magical Christmas wonderland. The school will be adorned with twinkling fairy lights and shimmering snowflakes under the open sky, creating a scenic backdrop unlike any other. The intimate setting, lovingly adorned open air market stalls and the romantic Christmas lights create a special ambience that enchants more and more visitors every year.
German Christmas delicacies are particularly famous; and there will be a variety of tasty treats to try including time-honored specialties like homemade gluhwein (mulled red wine). For something hearty to warm your belly, there will be delicious traditional German food on offer from a variety of stalls including bratwurst, soup, corn and waffles. All senses will be engaged, with all the sights, sounds and smells filling the air, transporting you to Christmas time in Germany as you immerse yourself in their culture and delicacies under the stars.
For those seeking to warm up will be drawn to the bonfire as the wintry air fills with the warming aroma of freshly toasted marshmallows. With the local fire brigade on hand, guests will have the opportunity to gather around with friends and family to enjoy a sweet treat, all while immersing themselves in the enchanting surroundings.
Lovers of the traditional sounds of Christmas, are urged to watch and participate in the German lantern walk, with the lanterns available to purchase on site. This will also see students and visitors filling the air with customary winter lantern songs, and creating a sense of merriment and Christmas cheer that will last all night. Handmade ornaments and crafts available at the stalls will make perfect winter gifts for friends and loved ones, as their unique sense of character is unlike any other.
This event isn’t only a chance to experience a taste of German Christmas culture and appreciate the setting, its also allows the children of the school to showcase their talents and be involved in the festivities. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in two different cultures and traditions in the same place at the same time. So if you’re looking for a lovely way to spend an evening, creating lasting memories with friends and family and to have a taste of German Christmas culture then this is an event not to miss!
|Date:||17th September to 16th October|
Floriade, Australia’s premier celebration of spring, returns from 17th September to 16th October with over one million flowers are set to bloom in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park for the event’s biggest year yet.
Aside from celebrating spring, Floriade will be doing things differently in 2016. Boasting the most impressive schedule to date, the event will prove it’s much more than just a flower show and there really is something for everyone to enjoy. Please see attached for more information on offerings including events for:
The green thumbs
The night owls
The little ones
Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense
|Venue:||Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House|
|Date:||Tuesday 23 – Sunday 28 August|
Following a sell-out year on London’s West End, three successful UK tours and a season in Mumbai, the charmingly incompetent English gentleman Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves are packing their bags for a trip to Sydney. The iconic double act will be appearing in Perfect Nonsense for a strictly limited season in the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House from Tuesday 23 to Sunday 28 August. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday 24 June and available online at sydneyoperahouse.com and ticketmaster.com.au or by calling Sydney Opera House on 02 9250 7777. Tickets can also be obtained at Sydney Opera House box office in person.
Winner of Best New Comedy at London’s 2014 Olivier Awards, the highly acclaimed comedy Perfect Nonsense layers joy on joy and joke on joke in a hilarious evening of theatrical absurdity.
Playing the role of Jeeves is Joseph Chance, who has performed at some of the UK’s most prestigious theatres and in numerous Shakespeare productions, including seasons with the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company. Matthew Carter, who plays Wooster, has also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has appeared in the West End’s longest-running play The Mousetrap, and his film and television credits include Wallander and The Bill. As well as co-writing Perfect Nonsense, Robert Goodale has played the butler Seppings on the UK tour and now reprises his role for Sydney. He is an experienced Shakespearean actor with numerous Royal Shakespeare Company roles to his credit, as well as film and TV appearances, including Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Heartbeat, Foyle’s War and Holby City.
Creating a Climate for Change
|Venue:||Northcote Town Hall - 189 High St, Northcote|
|Date:||Thursday 11th August|
|Fee:||$25 Adult, $18 Concession, $15 Student and Under 18|
|Booking:||03 9481 9500 or online at www.melbourneplayback.com.au/whats-on/climate-for-change|
Playing as a part of National Science Week, Creating a Climate for Change is the fourth Q&A event in the 2016 series presented by Melbourne Playback Theatre Company.
With three previous SELL OUT shows already this year, during International Women’s Day, National Reconciliation Week and Refugee Week, this one-off evening will explore climate solutions, action, and what it means to live in a warming world. Featuring esteemed panellists Professor Rob Adam AM (Director City Design and Projects, City of Melbourne), Lucy Best (Communications and Community Engagement Manager at Positive Charge), and Dr Stephen Bygrave (CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions) Creating a Climate for Change will look at how current climate solutions can change our lives and communities in positive ways; not just at a purely environmental level. The panel will also include a Q&A with the audience.
This discussion will then be followed by a unique interactive performance with Melbourne Playback Theatre’s ensemble of professional actors, musicians, and MCs. MPTC 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.
Good Food & Wine Show
|Date:||5th-7th of August, 2016|
The Good Food & Wine Show Sydney is back this year from Friday 5th - Sunday 7th August.
The Sydney Showground will once again become THE destination for all things food and wine this August as it hosts Australia’s largest, three day gathering for fanatical foodies. Jam packed with opportunities to watch, learn and taste the mouthwatering works of world-class chefs, food enthusiasts and TV personalities this one-of-a-kind event it not to be missed.
Life in the Park
|Venue:||Education Centre at Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park|
|Date:||Sunday 28 August|
From birds, butterflies, microbats and mangroves, to frogs, native fish and thousands of invertebrate species, Sydney Olympic Park is renowned for its rich biodiversity.
A series of FREE short talks, wildlife displays and family-friendly activities about urban ecology at Sydney Olympic Park will be presented from 10.00am-12noon on Sunday 28 August at the Education Centre at Bicentennial Park.
The series of short talks by members of Sydney Olympic Park Authority and local community experts will shed light on the vast variety of urban wildlife and how we can protect their habitat. The event will also feature displays of live reptiles, birds and frogs as well as live footage via EagleCAM of the Park's nesting White-bellied Sea-Eagles.
Last year's Life in the Park event was well-attended and this year's addition of family-friendly activities is sure to enlighten and entertain. Free activities will include (but are not limited to): frog habitat building, Ranger dress-up and bring a feather and have it identified by bird experts. Attendees can choose to partake in the talks and/or the activities and displays designed for all ages.
The activities and displays will be run by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority ecology team, Frog and Tadpole Study Group, Cumberland Bird Observers Club, BirdLife, the Australian Herpetological Society and others.
What’s On at ACMI: Tuesday 19 July to 26 Tuesday July 2016
One night only - Saturday 23 July 2016, 8pm
RETROLYMPIAD celebrates the 2016 Olympic games in Rio with an evening of food, drinks and Olympics inspired retro videogames from the 80s through to the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Tickets: Full $22, Concession $20, Members $18
ART+FILM event - Tacita Dean: Event for a Stage UNCLASSIFIED 18+
Tuesday 19 July, 6:30pm
Starring Stephen Dillane (The Hours, Spy Game, King Arthur, Game of Thrones), Tacita Dean’s Event for a Stage (2015) was originally presented over four nights at the 19th Biennale of Sydney.
Tickets: FREE, registration essential
ACMI and UoM present Shakespeare on Film
Thursday 14 to Tuesday 26 July
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, ACMI, in association with The University of Melbourne, present an international touring program from the British Council and the British Film Institute (BFI) that explores the deep affinity between cinema and The Bard.
TICKETS: FULL $17. CONCESSION $13. MEMBER $10.
Scorsese: Friday Night Cinema
Friday 22 July FINAL SESSION FOR JULY, RECOMMNCES ON 19 AUGUST AFTER MIFF
Want to stretch out your SCORSESE experience on a Friday night? Catch one of Scorsese's acclaimed films in Scorsese: Friday Night Cinema at 7pm, then drop into the exhibition while it’s open for extended hours on Friday nights. On Friday 22 July Scorsese: Friday Night Cinema features The Wolf of Wall Street (R 18+), the story of greedy Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo Di Caprio).
FULL: $17 CONCESSION: $13 MEMBER: $10
Scorsese Film Club
Sunday 24 July, 2pm FINAL SESSION
An interactive experience for Scorsese fans to connect, engage and discuss the master filmmaker’s most iconic work with a guided discussion over drinks in the ACMI Bar & Café.
Tickets: FREE, registration essential
Mt Buller’s Annual Peak Pics Photography Competition
Entries are now open for Mt Buller’s annual Peak Pics Photography Competition, as well as the Mt Buller Short Film Festival, with photographers and filmmakers invited to submit their best work for the chance to win some great prizes.
Open to photographers of all levels of experience, from enthusiastic amateurs to savvy professionals, Peak Pics consists of four categories comprising of People, Landscape, Action and Light, under the theme “Never Miss a Moment”. A judging committee, headed by Mt Buller photographer Mark Ashkanasy will select up to twelve finalists, including one winner from each of the four categories. The collection of photographs will be framed showcased in an artistic display in the Alpine Central building at the resort.
The Mt Buller Short Film Festival also returns for its sixth year, with filmmakers encouraged to enter their original short films showcasing their mountain adventures. Finalists will be selected by an expert judging panel and shown on the big screen at the 180-seat Mt Buller Cinema during a gala screening on Saturday, 13 August. Entries close on Friday, 31 July.
Group Manager of Marketing, Sales and Events for Mt Buller Resort Management, Gillian Dobson, is looking forward to seeing what entries will be received in 2016. “Peak Pics and the Mt Buller Short Film Festival are fantastic opportunities for people to show off their visual arts skills and highlight the beauty of our alpine environment. Over the past few years we have seen incredible talent across both competitions, so we’re really excited to see what 2016 holds.
“The Peak Pics winners will be announced on Saturday 17th of September., With fantastic prizes up for grabs, including a pair of skis or snowboard. we encourage everyone to get out and get snapping!”
For information on the Peak Pics photo competition and Mt Buller Short Film Festival including the event brief, rules, entry details are more, visit mtbuller.com.au.
Oreo Feats of Wonder
|Date:||29-30 July 2016|
For two days only, Oreo is giving Australians the chance to perform some of our athletes’ awe-inspiring feats at their Feats of Wonder event in Sydney on 29-30 July 2016.
It’s no secret our Aussie athletes accomplish some incredible things – Aussie long jumpers can jump further than wallabies, the natural jumpers of our nation. And now you can too, thanks to Oreo.
On Friday 29th July and Saturday 30th July, curious visitors can head down to Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay West, The Rocks between 9am – 4pm where they will be welcomed by a special Oreo trail leading them to the activation, with 3D paper craft- like elements codesigned by Australian Papercraft Artist, Benja Harney.
There they will have the chance to accomplish four remarkable feats, cross the finish line and feel like a champion on the winner’s podium. Reigniting Australia’s imagination, Oreo has added a wondrous twist to long jump, pole vault, tae kwon do and weightlifting:
Long jump Now we can all clear an Olympic-length jump of 7.8m. Let Oreo wire you up and jump further than a wallaby’s usual 7.5m.
Pole vault Vault higher than the tallest giraffe just like our Aussie athletes do, with a little help from Oreo.
Tae kwon do Oreo gives you the chance to smash a stone block faster than a Category 4 hurricane – the speed of the fastest Aussie tae kwon do kick.
Weightlifting Our nation’s pro weightlifters carry hundreds of kilos, more than the weight of an elephant, and now you can too, with Oreo barbells.
The two-day event is the official launch of Oreo’s Feats Of Wonder campaign, which celebrates the skill, dedication and accomplishments of our Australian athletes and gives Australians an opportunity to experience the magic of achieving things they never thought possible.
Oreo is an official partner of the Australian Olympic Team.
GoodnessMe Box Dessert Wholefood Night Markets
|Venue:||The Grounds of Alexandria, 7A, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW 2015|
|Date:||Thursday 28th July|
After last year’s success, this years ticketed event boasts a stellar line up including Jessica Sepel, Jacqueline Alwill of The Brown Paper Bag, Luke Hines, Instagram sensation Taline Gabriel, the Merrymaker Sisters, Martyna Angell of My Wholesome Cook and Lee Holmes of Supercharged Food who will be presenting talks and cooking demos on the night.
ACMI presents Winter in Motion
|Date:||June to August 2016|
ACMI is primed for kids and families to make the most of the cold weather with a packed schedule of indoor activities including award-winning kids’ flicks screenings, a huge list of creative workshops including popular favourites and brand new offerings, plus Little Big Shots, a film festival curated especially for kids. From June to August 2016, ACMI’s Winter in Motion program will keep imaginations alight and bellies full with a free kids meal offer for holders of valid Kids’ Flicks tickets when they purchase a main meal at the ACMI Café & Bar on the day of their screening!
To celebrate ACMI’s SCORSESE exhibition, ACMI screens a 3D version of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, which picked up five Oscars, two BAFTAs and a Golden Globe in 2012. Other films include the new Anne of Green Gables film along with two titles screening exclusively at ACMI: the first one follows the lives of pampered cats Pim & Pom, and is based on the celebrated Dutch comic strip illustrated by Fiep Westendorp, and the second film is Antboy, a tale about a 12-year-old superhero, based on the popular Danish book series by Kenneth Bøgh.
After the recent refresh to ACMI’s free, permanent Screen Worlds exhibition, the space features a slick new selection of games and a special Minecraft Zone, so it makes sense that the incredibly popular Massive Minecraft Movie and Family Minecraft creative workshops return to ACMI’s school holiday program this winter. Creative workshop favourites including Make A Move, Make an Animation and Flip It and Spin It are on offer, alongside some brand new offerings like YouTube Starz, Makeup for Movies, Lego Robotics (and Family Lego Robotics). There is even an event for the youngest humans this winter – Tiny Tales, a dress up for 0 to 5 year-olds.
|Venue:||Whole Lotta Love Bar, 520 Lygon St, Brunswick|
|Date:||Wednesday 3–Sunday 7 August 2016|
|Time:||6:30pm start, 60 min duration|
|Fee:||$25 standard plus booking fee|
Hot from a sell-out season at Fringe World earlier this year, meet Amy Winehouse, back from the grave. Devised and written by Ashleigh Kreveld (Impromptunes, HAIR: Summer of Love), this is an all out cabaret experience featuring all the soul, sass and vulnerability of this late modern legend.
Frankly Winehouse, featuring Ashleigh Kreveld as Amy Winehouse, plays at Whole Lotta Love bar in Melbourne from August 3-7 2016, for 5 shows only.
Joining the 27 Club like many great music legends before her, Amy Winehouse’s legacy has truly lived on. With a voice that ignites all, and the talent and ingenuity to match, Amy Winehouse has a story of intrigue, torment and passion.
Ashleigh Kreveld steps into the world of Winehouse – delving well past the beehive, caked-on eyeliner and cleavage, and into the damaged, but divine, rawness of Amy Winehouse. Featuring all the gags, eye-rolls and witty repartee of the cheeky Amy, watch this diva delve into her life of addiction, pop idols, ‘f*ck me pumps’ and what really held that hair up.
Soaring through each brilliantly constructed, gin-soaked and smoky ditty Winehouse ever wrote, plus some killer covers, this cabaret paints a stunning portrait of Amy and reinvokes the spirit of an incredible artist the world lost too soon.
Freedom of Expression
|Venue:||Tanks Art Centre|
|Date:||1st - 24th of July, 2016|
A co-curated exhibition, titled Freedom of Expression, at this year’s Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) will showcase visual art and literary works from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates, to draw attention to the strength of artistic output among Queensland prisoners.
CIAF Artistic Director Janina Harding announced the collaboration she has developed with Tanks Arts Centre Curator, Chris Stannard, to present Freedom of Expression, opening at the Tanks Art Centre on July 1, and running until July 24.
Shining a light on artwork created by prison inmates from four of Queensland's correctional centres - Mareeba, Maryborough, Gatton and Rockhampton - Freedom of Expression will show a continuing cultural expression and connection to country, and seeks to change public perception on what constitutes an artist by re-defining the public’s view on prison art.
Importantly, Harding says, the showcase of work has the potential to create a rehabilitation and economic benefit to inmates for life beyond prison.
|Venue:||Old Council Chambers, Victorian Trades Hall - 54 Victoria Street, Carlton|
|Date:||14 – 30 July, 2016|
|Time:||Thurs – Sat, 8pm|
|Fee:||$32 Full, $28 Concession, $25 Grps 6+ and Preview|
|Booking:||online only at www.boutiquetheatre.com.au|
10 years after the harrowing events of the Salem Witch Trials in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, lead accuser Abigail Williams (who sent twenty people to their deaths) now lives under an assumed name on the outskirts of Boston. Quietly striving to atone for her sins.
When a handsome stranger arrives claiming to be a sailor in need, Abigail takes him in and long-dormant passions awaken within her. Love starts to blossom between the two, but their contentment is short-lived… for someone else is coming for Abigail. Someone who has been looking for her since she danced in the woods of Salem.
The Devil is demanding Abigail's soul, but first she must make peace with the woman she most wronged.
Boutique Theatre is a Melbourne-based independent theatre company which creates work that is inventive, local, relevant, and disruptive. The company launched in 2012 and has since gone on to produce six international and Australian works, whilst developing a Writers’ Programme, Workshop Programme and housing an ensemble of Creatives.
Masterworks from MoMA
|Date:||8 June 2018 – 7 October 2018|
In an international exclusive, the NGV announced today that it will present a major exhibition of modern and contemporary masterworks from New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), to open in June 2018 at NGV International in Melbourne.
The NGV will be the sole international venue for the exhibition, which will showcase renowned art and design from a line-up of seminal artists including Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Edward Hopper, Jeff Koons, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Lyubov Popova, Mark Rothko and Vincent van Gogh.
The exhibition will feature around 150 works including some never-before-seen in Australia, and is the largest instalment of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, for the first time traversing the entire ground floor of NGV International.
MoMA is one of the most illustrious cultural institutions in the world, its global collection of twentieth- and twenty-first- century art second to none. Its diverse collection extends beyond the traditional fine arts of painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking, to include architecture and design, film and photography.
A multi-disciplinary approach to the exhibition display will see paintings and sculpture exhibited alongside drawings, prints, photographs, furniture, design objects, graphic design and architecture.
The Hon. Premier Daniel Andrews said: ‘Picasso, van Gogh and Matisse: only in Melbourne will you see this roll call of history’s most iconic art figures – it will be an experience not to be missed. MoMA is one of the most prestigious modern art galleries in the world and its partnership with the NGV is testament to Victoria’s reputation as an international cultural destination.’
Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV said: ‘This exciting exhibition will showcase an unparalleled collection of modern and contemporary art and design. We are delighted to be working with MoMA to bring such an extraordinary and diverse selection of works to Melbourne. Our visitors will be able to experience first-hand the momentous change and creativity in the development of modern art, and consequently appreciate contemporary art and design with greater understanding.’
Glenn D. Lowry, Director, MoMA said: ‘MoMA’s mission is to share our story of modern and contemporary art with the widest possible audience, to encourage the understanding and enjoyment of the art of our time. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share these important works from nearly every area of our collection with the NGV and the many visitors who will take advantage of this rare opportunity.’
The exhibition will explore the emergence and development of major art movements and represent more than 130 years of radical artistic innovation. It will also reflect the wider technological, social and political developments that transformed society over the twentieth century, and which contributed to the formation of our twenty-first century globalised world.
The exhibition will reveal the ways in which artists have sought to be agents of change, transforming society and creating new worlds through their work, demonstrating how the development of new materials and technology has enabled artists to realise their visions in inventive ways.
CHINA: Grain to Pixel
|Venue:||860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill, Victoria, Australia|
|Date:||5 June to 28 August 2016|
MGA (Monash Gallery of Art), Australia’s only gallery dedicated to the collection and exhibition of photography, announces China: Grain to Pixel, an exciting international exhibition presenting a survey of Chinese photography over the past 150 years for the first time to Australian audiences.
This highly anticipated exhibition will unveil an unique insight into China’s recent history as told through the stunning evolution of a culture made visual via the lens.
MGA Director Kallie Blauhorn believes the works offer an intriguing insight into the somewhat obscure history of Chinese photography, from an era of black-and-white documentary images through to imaginary contemporary visions.
“China: Grain to Pixel will be the first from-then-to-now survey of Chinese photography presented in Australia,” said Blauhorn. “The exhibition showcases a beautiful range of images, which illuminate the breadth of visual culture in China.”
Blauhorn continued, “It is also the first time that this survey will be exhibited outside of China, which is a significant moment for MGA and Australia’s photographic community. It is a privilege to host these important works and to play a role in fostering cultural relations between international galleries. In addition and as important, we hope that these efforts can pave the way for collaborations between MGA and international institutions to exhibit Australian photography.”
China: Grain to Pixel features 150 works by 70 Chinese photographers including: Chen Man, Cai Shanxiong, Han Lei, Jiang Zhi, Li Lang, Luo Dan, Liu Heung Shing, Yang Yongliang and Zhang Yaxin.
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
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.
Venue Foyer, Level 3, NGV Australia
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.
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
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.
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.
|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!
WARNING: FULL PUPPET NUDITY AND OTHER VULGARITIES WILL INDUCE LAUGHTER.
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
Tel: 136 100
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
ACMI presents SCORSESE
|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
Bookings: sydneyoperahouse.com or 02 9250 7777 - ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Date: Wednesday 27 July
Bookings: artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183 - ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Date: Saturday 30 July
Bookings: ticketek.com.au or 13 28 49
|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.
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
|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.
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: email@example.com
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
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
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 –
THE SPA AT THE DARLING
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 –
P!NK wax figure, Madame Tussauds Sydney
|Venue:||Madame Tussauds Sydney, Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour (right next door to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo)|
|Time:||9:30am – 8pm daily (last entry 7pm - Please note; opening times may vary due to private events)|
|Fee:||Best price guarantee when you book online. Walk-up price – Adults: $40, Children (4-15yrs): $28. Combination tickets are available with SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary|
|Booking:||1-800-205-851 or Madametussauds.com/sydney|
Using hundreds of photos and detailed measurements of P!NK, 60 of Madame Tussauds most talented artists spent over 800 hours creating the wax figure. Every aspect was meticulously constructed, right down to the placement of each individual strand of hair on the figure’s heads – a process that takes up to 6 weeks.
The figure will be joining an iconic cast of female performers including Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue.
Tim Minchin On The Steps
|Venue:||Sydney Opera House|
|Date:||Monday 23rd of Feb, 2015|
Tim Minchin, internationally renowned, awardwinning Aussie comedian, actor, composer and big-haired-small-jeaned-rock-god will return this February for an exclusive one-night only performance – in his only Australian show scheduled for 2015 - ‘On The Steps’ at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt.
Tim Minchin is the second act to be announced as part of the inaugural week-long ‘On the Steps’ series
of outdoor concerts, presented by the Opera House and Live Nation as part of the 2014-15 Summer at the
Perth Riverside Theatre: 27th of Jan
Melbourne Hamer Hall: 29th of Jan
Brisbane City Hall: 31st of Jan
Sydney Opera House: 1st of Feb
Madame Tussauds Sydney Presents Bollywood King Amitabh Bachchan
|Venue:||Madame Tussauds Sydney, Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour (right next door to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo)|
|Time:||9:30am – 8pm daily (last entry 7pm - Please note; opening times may vary due to private events).|
|Fee:||Best price guarantee when you book online. Walk-up price – Adults: $40, Children (4-15yrs): $28. Combination tickets are available with SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.|
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has taken centre stage for a limited time only in Darling Harbour’s Madame Tussauds Sydney.
From October to December only, visitors to Madame Tussauds Sydney have the chance to get up close and personal with the indisputable ‘King’ of Indian Cinema in an opulent Bollywood set draped with gold and Indian textiles.
Located within the A-List celebrity zone, stars including Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie will be joining Amitabh and attending the Bollywood party which is set to have everyone practicing their best Bollywood dance moves.
|Venue:||Studio, Sydney Opera House|
|Booking:||sydneyoperahouse.com/clubswizzle or 9250 7777|
Following three outstanding summer seasons, the creators of La Soirée bring the world premiere of their brand new show Club Swizzle to Sydney Opera House in January 2015.