What's On - Special Events, Previews & Signings

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Steve Taylor of COS Design’s display garden for Garden DesignFest Melbourne

Venue:14 Tallis Drive, Mornington VIC
Date:Saturday November 12 and Sunday November 13
Time:10.00am – 5.00pm
Fee:Single garden entry $8 or all gardens entry $60 per ticket

Steve Taylor, one of Australia’s most acclaimed landscape designers and founder of C.O.S Design, is exhibiting his private Mornington garden at ‘Garden DesignFest’, the nation’s premier open garden weekend on November 12.


Garden DesignFest features the talents of 36 landscape designers across the Melbourne CBD and Peninsula surrounds.


Steve’s garden features an exclusive exhibition of installations by some of Melbourne’s most famous artists, including the well-known life sized Harry the Hippo sculpture by Matt Hill Projects, sculptures by Lump Sculpture Studio, Matt Drysdale and Steelscapes. He will also be on site to talk through his design and impart advice.


For all guests, Steve will be serving fresh pizza from his woodfire pizza oven and will have a barista on site. 


Proceeds from the festival will go to the Monash Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation supported by the Kew, Brighton North and Central Melbourne Rotary Clubs.

What’s On at ACMI: Wednesday 9th to Tuesday 15th November, 2016


Experience VR for free inside ACMI’s permanent Screen Worlds exhibition from November 2016
From November 2016, ACMI’s permanent Screen Worlds exhibition will feature a new VR section where audiences can drop-in every day of the year except Christmas Day and experience VR works for free. VR works on offer will include Stuck in the Middle With You, a virtual reality dance experience that fuses choreography, performance, documentary and drama.


ACMI in partnership with Sandpit, Google’s Creative Lab and Grumpy Sailor
FINAL DAYS: Special VR exhibition Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid invites audiences to step inside a ghost to experience the work
Until Sunday 13 November 2016
This special VR exhibition enters its final days before closing on Sunday 13 November.  Sandpit’s Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid is a VR experience that invites audiences to don a ghost costume in order to step into the lives of two characters, Maude and Steve, and into the kitchen where they fell in love and grew old together over 50 years.  

Roman Polanski retrospective ROMAN: 10 x Polanski season continues at ACMI Cinemas
Until Sunday 20 November
Lauded by the Museum of Modern Art in New York as “one of the great modern masters of the cinema” Roman Polanski has over the course of five decades refined a formal film language and expressed a mordantly ironic worldview in genre-defining films that are provocative, compelling and inventive.
Tickets: Full $17, Concession $13, Member $10

Melbourne Cinematheque double bill screens at ACMI Cinemas: Dust In The Wind + A Time To Live, A Time To Die
Wednesday 9 November 2016
Melbourne Cinematheque is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run film society that holds back-to-back screenings at ACMI every Wednesday night for most of the year. 
Membership from $24

The Russian Resurrection Festival screens at ACMI Cinemas
Thursday 10 to Sunday 20 November 2016
The XIII Russian Resurrection Festival 2016 returns in 2016, screening at ACMI Cinemas in November and boasting some of the best films from the great northern nation. As the biggest festival of Russian Cinema anywhere in the world (outside of Russia), this year’s program promises to enchant and inspire. 
Tickets: Full $19, Concession $16, Member $15

Q2 Dance 7 VICES


Independent dance company Q2 Dance proudly presents 7 VICES, a unique and vibrant dance production created by Shannon Hsu, owner and artistic director of Q2 Dance, one of Australia’s most awarded Performing Arts studios and dance academies in Australia.


7 VICES is a dynamic performance produced, directed and choreographed by an all-female creative board which celebrates some of Australia’s leading contemporary, hip hop, dance hall and jazz dancers. The production presents seven choreographers who will share their stories of life and love through the art of dance, allowing each segment to showcase their individual talents and creativity.


The show also stars seven young dance protégés aged from 14 years including Trevor Santos of the award winning Collektive Dance Crew and one of Melbourne’s most versatile dancers Andrew Liu, as well as top dance performers auditioned and cast from all over Australia.


The production is a proud sponsor of White Ribbon Australia donating $1 from every ticket sold to the organisation, which helps fight the issue of violence against women in Australia and raises awareness of support networks available to those affected.


Dance Editorial’s production of 7 VICES is touring nationally across Australia in October this year, showing at Sydney’s Seymour Centre on Saturday 29th October 2016.

The 2016 Dungog Festival

Date:Thursday 27 October to Sunday 30 October 2016

The 2016 Dungog Festival is just two weeks away, and one of the most highly anticipated components of the festival is its incredible film programme, which will run throughout the entire festival. It features a fantastic array of predominantly Australian feature films and documentaries, along with panel talks, interviews and a short film competition.
The centrepiece of the programme is a digitally restored version of 1982 Australian cult classic StarStruck, about the wild adventures of aspiring singer Jackie (Jo Kennedy) and her enthusiastic cousin Angus (Ross O’Donovan). In partnership with the Dungog Film Festival, the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) is delighted to present the digital restoration of Gillian Armstrong's effervescent rock musical comedy.
Ahead of the screening comes a special event, In Conversation with Brian Thomson, one of the country’s most celebrated stage and screen designers. As well as StarStruck, Brian is renowned for his fabulous work on films such as the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, as well as the Olympic Games and the Rugby World Cup.

The Tea Party

Australia truly began its love affair with Canadian trio, The Tea Party in 1995.  The band’s second album, The Edges of Twilight, became their first top 10 album in the country thanks to the incredible support from the fans, and Triple J championing them.


In 2002, The Tea Party toured Canada with a full Symphony Orchestra following the release of their Interzone Mantras album (whilst also touring Australia 3 times that year alone!). 


The Orchestral Show has never been performed outside of Canada or since 2002.


TEG Live is proud to announce for the first time in Australia, The Tea Party will perform with the iconic Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for one night only.  The event is exclusive to Melbourne and will be staged at the home of fine music, Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne.


The show is being updated from its Canadian origins to incorporate songs from its entire career including their epic and bombastic hits.

Since its inception, the band has relied heavily on the use of Middle Eastern instruments to provide a unique twist to their hard rock style.  Instruments such as Oud, Sitar, Qanoun, Hurdy Gurdy, Theremin, Rabob, Tabla and many unusual and rarely seen percussive instruments feature heavily through their catalogue and many of these will feature in this unique performance. 


A full Symphony will lend a dramatic turn to these songs with spectacular arrangements and the band is thrilled to work with such a world renowned orchestra.


TOUR DATE: Friday 28 April, 2017      Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Espolón Day of the Dead Celebrations

There's no better way to mark Day of the Dead this year than with the premium, authentic taste of Espolón Tequila. The award-winning, handcrafted, 100% pure Blue Agave tequila is distilled by artisans in the Los Altos region of Jalisco in Mexico and adds a rich, intense flavour to Day of the Dead celebrations this year at events across the country.

Celebrated from pre-Columbian times, Day of the Dead (or El Día de los Muertos) has been given new life around the world as it begins to surpass Halloween as the festivity du jour. The beautiful Mexican ritual focuses on gathering family and friends to pray and honour past loved ones and support their spiritual journey with feasts, dancing, sugar skulls and art.

Capturing this vitality, history and spirit of Mexico, Espolón is the perfect tequila for Day of the Dead festivities this year. Join the revolution – take part in unique celebrations in Espolón venues across the country this October, with each venue offering their own unique Day of the Dead experience to patrons.

For those wanting to get festive, Day of the Dead themed face painting will be available, and a select number of venues will offer live Espolón inspired art instillations by local talent to bring to life the story of Espolón and Day of the Dead. With bespoke Espolón cocktails offering a fresh take on the tequila experience, accompanied by Mexican inspired menus, there is no better way to experience Day of the Dead this year.

Master distiller, Cirilo Oropeza, brings multiple decades of expertise and careful craftsmanship to the creation of Espolón Tequila, applying as much artistry to the liquid as you will find on the label. The decorative label on each Espolón bottle pays powerful tribute to the Mexican artists who inspired the world with their true portrayals of the country's rich story and complex everyday life.

Espolón Day of the Dead celebrations in New South Wales include:

Taylor's Rooftop 29th October 8pm onwards

Manly Wharf 29th October 7:30pm onwards

Mona Vale Hotel 29th October 8pm onwards

Northies 29th October 8pm onwards

Longueville Hotel 28th October

Espolón Day of the Dead celebrations in Melbourne include:

The Penny Black 31st October 8pm onwards

Big Mouth Hotel 5th November 8pm onwards

The Grovedale Hotel 28th October 7pm onwards

Espolón Day of the Dead celebrations in Brisbane include:

Shafton Hotel from 14th October to 10th November for a month long celebration every Friday night

Caxton Hotel from 14th October to 10th November for a month long celebration

Espolón Day of the Dead celebrations in Adelaide include:

Ocean One Bar 30th October

A Fair Day Out

Venue:Eumundi Markets
Date:Saturday 29 October

Join us at the Original Eumundi Markets on Saturday 29 October for 'A Fair Day Out' with a Halloween twist! 


Event Coordinator Stephanie Whelan says visitors can expect some creepy good times.


“Market visitors are invited to come dressed-up in their Halloween best – to be in the running $600 in market vouchers,” Stephanie says. The judging and parade of best costumes will take place at the Eumundi Amphitheatre at 11am.


The prize categories are: Most original costume ($200 market voucher); Best costume under 5 years ($100 market voucher); Best costume 5 - 14 years ($100 market voucher); Best costume14 years and over ($100 market voucher); and Spookiest costume ($100 market voucher).


“We'll also have special 'Trick or Treat' games for young market visitors embracing the Halloween fun,” she says  “Games include Pin the Tail on the Black Cat, Witches Hat Ring Ross, Pumpkin Bowling, and Squirmy Worm Dunk”.


A Fair Day Out celebrates inclusive communities and is a wonderful creative expression for people with disabilities. 


The day is organised with volunteer and professional support by the On Track Cooperative, comprising five Sunshine Coast NFP disability support organisations - Equity Works, Inclusion Plus Family Support, SCILS, Spiral, and Parent to Parent.  Together these organisations support over 800 people with disabilities and their families on the Sunshine Coast. 


The hub of the event will be at the Eumundi Amphitheatre with stalls providing information about services for people with disability, stalls run by people with disability using the Original Eumundi Markets' philosophy of 'make it, bake it, sew it, grow it', a haunted house photo booth (where you can have your pic taken with Halloween monsters!), as well as free art and craft activities for children + a 'Come 'n Try' tent, with a range of great free activities including hula hoop making, drumming workshops, and Zen Do Kai sessions.


The Amphitheatre Stage will see entertainment from 10am - 2pm, with a blend of performances including dance, music and more.

Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts

Date:Tuesday 6 December 2016 to Monday 13 March 2017

In December 2016, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) will present the first Australian solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed French artist and filmmaker, Philippe Parreno – one of the most significant contemporary artists working at the intersection between art and film.


Fresh from opening his triumphant exhibition Anywhen, the prestigious annual Hyundai Commission at London’s premiere contemporary art gallery, Tate Modern, the artist will be in Australia to open Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts at Australia’s only museum devoted to the moving image.


Introducing Parreno’s innovative and experimental practice to Australian audiences and occupying ACMI’s subterranean gallery, this exhibition will be the first-ever retrospective of Parreno’s filmic works. Orchestrated as an evolving cinematic experience within the gallery, the exhibition will weave the films together with lighting, sound and sculptural elements. Through performance and programming, the exhibition invites visitors to enter a world between reality and fiction, in which every visitors viewing experience will be unique.


For nearly three decades Parreno has been producing films and exhibitions that subvert audience expectations and seek to redefine the exhibition experience. He has become known for creating exhibitions that are played according to a score, working with a script that serves to structure a sequence of events – choreographing a mise-en-scene through which to explore the nature of images, duration, memory, and the passage of time. This exhibition will enfold visitors within a composition of image and sound in which time is not chronological, and a moment becomes eternity.

FITT Executive Forum 2016

Venue:Doltone House, Hyde Park, Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Date:Tuesday 29 November, 2016

The fundamental issue facing Australia’s IT market today is the distinct lack of students taking on IT studies and pursuing careers in the IT and digital spaces… and in doing so, helping Australia to compete at the forefront of innovation nationally and internationally.


Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel noted recently that, “The most striking finding in my mind is the range of occupations that people with STEM qualifications have pursued. We have people with physics doctorates working as financial analysts. We have chemistry graduates running farms and making wine. We have ICT graduates planning cities. There are no limits on what a STEM graduate can do, and we shouldn’t impose them.”


“Do we impose them? I suspect we do, perhaps particularly on women with the talent and passion for STEM….


“Our STEM community, and most of all our young people, should be given every encouragement to find new applications for their skills across the economy. Our best future is a future that builds on technology, innovation, ideas and imagination. It is a future with STEM. And it is a future that is ours to build.”


Come and join with like-minded STEAM professionals at FITT’s Inaugural ‘FITT Executive Forum’ to start the conversation about how we can encourage today’s students and graduates to become the future STEAM leaders of our nation – and the world.


This event will feature a keynote presentation by David Thodey, Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation, Chair of Jobs NSW and former Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Telstra.

Sign Of The Times

Venue:aMBUSH Gallery
Date:from Thursday, 20 October until Sunday, 13 November

Have you ever wished there were sign posts along the path of urban life? Where are we going? Are we heading in the right direction? How do we even know where we are? Come and find some answers at aMBUSH Gallery’s new exhibition, Sign Of The Times.

The collective works of eight photographers documents myriad people and places in unstructured moments of everyday life, and reveals how we interrelate and move within our city spaces. The group show will reflect rapidly changing environments the world over, showcasing seemingly small stories pulled from urban settings. The photographers are seeking a way to preserve the proof of our existence in these modern times, as well as compare and contrast experiences in different societies.

Curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery, and presented in conjunction with Central Park Mall, this group show features work from local and international photographers Enzo Amato, Gary Compton, Dayvis Hayne, Tahmid Nurullah, Brett Patman, Sebastian Robert Wighton Tuckey, David Sark and Billy Zammit.

House of Lucas Exhibition

Venue:Gold Museum, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
Date:The House of Lucas exhibition will run from October 28th until March 26th, 2017.
Booking:(03) 5337 1107

A new exhibition, set to open at the Gold Museum, shares the rich fabric of Ballarat’s fashion past as it tells the story of the city’s iconic Lucas clothing company.


The ‘House of Lucas’ is a brand new exhibition, celebrating the family-owned firm that operated in Ballarat from 1888 until 1968, employing hundreds and putting Ballarat on the map as a producer of high quality clothing. The exhibition is a tribute to the personalities that shaped the firm, a behind the scenes look into its production techniques, and a look at some of the incredible archival pieces from the Gold Museum’s Lucas collection.


From historical photos of the factory and advertisements that ran in the Australian Women’s Weekly in the 1950s, to a beautiful two-piece Pierre Cardin suit that was produced by the House of Lucas, circa 1960, and other precious fashion objects, the exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to discover a unique part of Ballarat’s history.


The Lucas fashion house emerged under difficult circumstances when founder Eleanor Lucas was widowed in 1878. She began sewing underwear and shirts to support her family, and when she was widowed again in 1888, she launched her own sewing firm. The firm was successful from the outset, and by 1908, it employed over 200.


From the start, the business was innovative – its premises were the first in Ballarat to use electrical power, and in 1905, Tilly Thompson was hired by Lucas as a saleswoman, making her Australia’s first female commercial traveller.


In 1917, Tilly proposed a campaign to create an Avenue of Honour and an Arch of Victory as a living monument to Ballarat’s men who served during the First World War. With the firm’s support, Tilly and the staff, affectionately known as the ‘Lucas girls’ raised over £10,000 towards the project. The Avenue of Honour remains the longest in the Southern Hemisphere and the first of its kinds in Australia.


In terms of fashion, Lucas was an innovator, becoming one of the first textile manufacturers to open a knitting factory, equipped with the latest machinery and a dye house.
The knitting factory allowed Lucas to produce Australia’s first knitted nylon tricot which would go on to revolutionize Lucas’ lingerie and dress lines.


Lucas also developed commercial relationships with American lingerie firm Vanity Fair (with Lucas manufacturing Vanity Fair lingerie for the Australian market) and French couture house Pierre Cardin. This dramatically increased the firm’s prestige and exclusivity, and as early as 1930, a Lucas stylist travelled to study European markets and buy fabric samples.


Lucas remained a family business with Eleanor‘s first son, Edward Hargreaves Price, joining his mother‘s business full-time in 1898. Edward’s three sons eventually succeeded him, followed by two of his grandsons.


Gold Museum curator Snjez Cosic says “The House of Lucas exhibition provides a fascinating glimpse into such an important part of Ballarat’s history, both in terms of the fashion industry, but also the individuals who shaped the House of Lucas. It’s a thrill to bring the stories and historical pieces to life through this exhibition.”

What’s On at ACMI: Wednesday 2 November to Tuesday 8 November 2016

Date:Wednesday 2 November to Tuesday 8 November 2016

Presented by ACMI, sponsored by HTC and NVIDIA, and proudly part of Melbourne International Games Week
Special one-day event Game Changer: ACMI VR Festival is on at ACMI during Melbourne International Games Week
Thursday 3 November, 12pm – 8pm
Immerse yourself in the cutting edge tech of Virtual Reality and explore exotic worlds developed by some of the best minds in the business, all made possible by the HTC Vive. Featuring the Vive headset, the world's first truly immersive VR equipment with hand-tracking and room-scaling sensors allowing you to move freely through 3D environments. 
Tickets: FREE

ACMI in partnership with Sandpit, Google’s Creative Lab and Grumpy Sailor
Special VR exhibition Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid continues to invite audiences to step inside a ghost to experience the work
Until Sunday 13 November
Opening in time for Halloween and as part of Melbourne International Games Week is Sandpit’s Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid, a VR experience that invites audiences to don a ghost costume in order to step into the lives of two characters, Maude and Steve, and into the kitchen where they fell in love and grew old together over 50 years.
Tickets: FREE

Boy and the WorldAcademy Award-nominated film Boy and the World returns for a full kids’ flicks season at ACMI UNCLASSIFIED for all ages suitable for children 4+
Saturday 5 to Sunday 27 November
Following a successful once-off ACMI screening in early 2016, Academy Award-nomiated film Boy and the World returns to ACMI Cinemas for a full kids’ flicks season. In addition to its 2016 Academy Award-nomination for Best Animated Film, the film is has won over 40 international prizes. 
Tickets: Full $7, Member $5.

ACMI Cinemas show An (Sweet Bean) as part of the ongoing Seniors Cinema program of matinee screenings M
Saturday 5 to Monday 14 November
ACMI Cinemas screen An (Sweet Bean) in November as part of the ongoing Seniors’ Cinema program. Directed by Naomi Kawase, An (Sweet Bean) is an adaptation of a novel by Durian Sukegawa where central character Sentaro (Nagase Masatoshiruns) is the proprietor of a bakery that serves dorayakis – delicate pastries filled with delicious sweet red bean paste (an). 

Tickets: Seniors $7, Member $6, Non-Seniors $13

ACMI Cinemas screen Roman Polanski retrospective ROMAN: 10 x Polanski
Saturday 5 to Sunday 20 November
Lauded by the Museum of Modern Art in New York as “one of the great modern masters of the cinema” Roman Polanski has over the course of five decades refined a formal film language and expressed a mordantly ironic worldview in genre-defining films that are provocative, compelling and inventive. 
Tickets: Full $17, Concession $13, Member $10

Australian comedy legend Tim Ferguson delivers a two-day Comedy Writing Masterclass
Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 November
One of Australia’s most successful international comedians, Tim Ferguson, reveals the secrets of comedy writing for stage and screen in this two-day writing masterclass, covering everything from stand-up and sketch to movies, web and plays.
Tickets: Full $350, Concession $315, Member 300

For session times and more information on these and all other events on at ACMI visit acmi.net.au

Das Bierhaus Oktoberfest

Venue:Das Bierhaus, Mona Vale
Date:Saturday 29th October
Fee:$89 per person

Experience one of the most popular festivals in the world ‘Oktoberfest’ on Sydney’s northern beaches this October. Celebrate Oktoberfest in true German style on Saturday 29th October at 7pm at Das Bierhaus, Mona Vale. It will be a great night out encompassing a range of authentic, live German entertainment, fun games and delicious German food & drink for an all-inclusive $89 per person or a group of 10 for $600. This German International School Sydney community event is open to adults only and attendees are welcome to come in traditional dress if they wish to do so.

Research Australia Health & Medical Research Awards

Date:Wednesday 16 November, 2016

It’s time to celebrate some of Australia’s best, brightest and generous – join the prestigious 14th annual black tie event at the Research Australia Health & Medical Research Awards, to be held at 7pm on Wednesday 16 November 2016.


The Award categories span from young researchers to philanthropy, to reflect the multitude of important roles and contributions, that all come together to make Australian health and medical research a powerful force.


CEO of Research Australia, Nadia Levin, said she is thrilled to invite members of the community to come together and congratulate the hard work of these inspiring individuals.


“This is a wonderful, annual opportunity to recognise the invaluable contributions made to health and medical research by advocates and researchers from across the country,” Levin said.


“Research Australia would particularly like to thank all those who nominated these outstanding achievers for an Award in a year of record nominations.”


This year Research Australia welcomes the inaugural Data Innovation in Health & Medical Research, which recognises this fast growing area of digital health and technologies that will fundamentally shape the way we approach our health and wellness.


“Making those final nominee decisions was extremely difficult for our Board, with so many strong applications from our thriving health and medical research community,” Levin said.


“Every single one of our nominees has committed their time, energy, efforts and passion to improving people’s lives through research, and we are eager to come together to celebrate them.”


“It is a privilege to gather together all these great minds – be they clinicians, researchers, advocates or philanthropists – and to take time out with them to appreciate their successes.

Wellness Revolution Explodes: GoodnessMe Box Wholefood Markets Are Back and Bigger Than Ever

Venue:The Grounds of Alexandria, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria
Date:8th and 9th November 2016
Time:General admission 11.30am- 9pm 8th Nov, and 10am-9pm on the 9th Nov

The GoodnessMe Box philosophy is quite simple: It's all about Food with Integrity; because eating clean isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle.
GoodnessMe Box is famed for its immersive Wholefood Markets and they’ve quadrupled in size by popular demand at The Grounds of Alexandria on 8th and 9th November, for two full days and evenings, at just $35.00 a ticket.

The event will be held at the stunning Grounds of Alexandria. A cool inner-city hub which oozes fresh market vibes in a secret garden style wonderland, enticing visitors to discover, sample and shop in a wholesome and feel-good environment under the twinkling fairy lights. Last year the event sold out in just 30 minutes and now GoodnessMe Box have opened the event to over 3000 health-lovers, so numbers of attendees are expected to skyrocket this year! Especially as eating healthily is more than ever right at the top of people’s agendas.

This year it boasts a jam-packed schedule of influential speakers & cooking demos, including the likes of Luke Hines, Jessica Sepel, Melissa Ambrosini, Jacqueline Alwill - The Brown Paper Bag, Lyndi Cohen - The Nude Nutritionist, Leah Itsines, and many more. These speakers will be showcasing impressive cooking techniques and sharing their insights on how to live healthily and enjoy delicious and nutritious food.

The ideology behind the GoodnessMe Box, started by owner and founder Peta Shulman, is to provide boxes filled with only the highest quality health food products, courtesy of brands that want to share wholesome food with the world to fuel your body– that’s natural, GMO-free, clear of any artificial nasties and totally de-lish.

The GoodnessMe Box Wholefood Markets is an opportunity to ‘get inside the box’ if you will, and discover more about the brands that fill it each month, including favourites such as: major sponsor Nuvia, Raw C, Zebra Dream ice cream, The Beauty
Chef, BSKT Vegan chocolate, The Chia Co, Morlife, Foodie Fee and Bioglan, and many more.

From Here to Maternity

Venue:Chapel off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
Date:Wed 26 – Sun 30 Oct 2016
Time:Wed – Sat, 8pm, Sun 6pm. 2pm matinee Sat 29 Oct; parents and bubs sessions, Thur 27 – Fri 28 & Sun 30 Oct, 12pm
Booking:03 8290 7000 chapeloffchapel.com.au

Mik and Lana are best friends and new arrivals in Babyland. Their expectations, joys and fears are all explored in this comedic portrayal of motherhood.


Revealing the deeply personal truths that are never really talked about, it shatters the myths and stereotypes about motherhood from the delivery room to the home front. 


This new iteration has been written by Elise Hearst.  From Here to Maternity’s journey through the first year of parenthood is a hilarious and cathartic show for anyone who has ever been on a trip to Babyland, at Chapel off Chapel, 26-30 October 2016.


As sleep becomes a mere memory Babyland becomes increasingly surreal.  Featuring nightclub flashbacks, competitive play dates, brand obsession and epic parenting fails this is a show that every parent can identify with. Features mild playground violence and very little sex.


While this is a light-hearted look at parenting, the show does touch upon some of the more difficult issues faced by first time mums.  ‘We want to reach out to first time parents to let them know that they’re not alone.  There are high expectations from society and ourselves, sometimes we can be the harshest critic, we need to be realistic – first time parenting is really difficult, absurd and confusing but can also be a time filled with joy,’ says Mikhaela Ebony. 


It stars long-time friends, Mikhaela Ebony and Lana Meltzer


Elise Hearst is a Melbourne-based playwright and new mother who credits include Bright World (Theatre Works and ARTHUR, co-written with Andrea James), The Mesh (Red Stitch and ARTHUR), The Reckoning (Fairly Lucid Productions), The Sea Project (Griffin Theatre and ARTHUR, Mudlark Theatre and ARTHUR, MTC Cybec Readings), Dirtyland (National Play Festival, New Theatre and ARTHUR), She’s a Little Finch (MKA), and Delight (Griffin Theatre). She was shortlisted for the prestigious Lysicrates Prize for new Australian playwriting in 2016.


Twenty five percent of all profits will be donated to PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety Depression Australia.    


Direction by Bronwen Coleman with Set and LX Design by Rob Sowinski, Sound Design/Composition by Russell Goldsmith and Projection Design by Piper Huyn.  

2016 Fast5 Netball World Series

Venue:Hisense Arena (Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne VIC 3004)
Date:Saturday 29 October - Sunday 30 October, 2016
Time:1pm on both days

The electrifying spectacle that is the Fast5 Netball World Series is set to hit Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on October 29 and 30, 2016.


Catch Australia’s star-studded team in action – including six current Australian Diamonds – as the host nation takes on England, Jamaica, Malawi, South Africa and reigning champions, New Zealand.


Fast5 is the revolutionary format of netball featuring five players-a-side, shortened quarters, multiple point shots and double point power plays in an exciting two-day series format.



The Red Rose Dress

Venue:Level One, Chatswood Chase Sydney - 345 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Date:From now until Wednesday 30th November 2016

A stunning bespoke couture gown consisting of nearly 400 hand-sculpted paper roses is on display at the premier shopping destination on Sydney’s North Shore, Chatswood Chase Sydney, until 30th November 2016.


Entitled The Red Rose Dress, the new work is by acclaimed UK paper artist Zoe Bradley and has been exclusively commissioned by Chatswood Chase Sydney in celebration of their Spring and Summer fashion season.


The gown is the culmination of an astonishing 100 hours of handmade work including 392 paper roses and 12,152 curled petals. No stranger to such feats, Bradley is renowned for her larger than life sculptural dresses that have been exhibited worldwide.


Standing an impressive three and a half metres tall by four metres long, The Red Rose Dress creates the illusion of silk thanks to the luminous quality of the red paper utilised for the roses.


John Klein, Marketing Manager of Chatswood Chase Sydney said, “We are delighted to showcase the work of such a talented international artist in Sydney for the very first time.”


White Day Dream

Venue:fortyfivedownstairs - 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Date:27th October – 6th November, 2016
Time:Thurs – Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm
Fee:$35 Full, $28 Concession and Groups 8+, $25 Student Groups 10+, $20 Arts Access Victoria and Auslan users (please book AAV and Auslan tickets via jflorence(at)artsaccess.com.au)
Booking:03 9662 9966 or online at www.fortyfivedownstairs.com

Is it really happening right in front of us, or are we daydreaming?


A unique fusion between Butoh and physical theatre, White Day Dream is the latest creation from Weave Movement Theatre. Performed by dancers with and without disability and choreographed by Yumi Umiumare, the work moves between the surreal and the absurd; exploring universal human themes of memory and dreams - their fragility, transience, and power. Like a dream itself, White Day Dream recalls subconscious emotions… where things are at once unexpectedly linked, and disconnected.


Weave Movement Theatre is an ambitious and diverse Melbourne-based hybrid dance and theatre performance company, comprised of people with and without disabilities. The company formed in 1997 through an Arts Access Victoria project and continues today developing high quality performances. Weave Movement Theatre’s work subverts audience’s expectations, and challenges conventional ways of seeing dance and disability. They present a distinctive and progressive model for inclusive dance performance.

2017 Executive Ready Program - Applications Open

$4,000 scholarships are now being awarded to support female leadership development in the 2017 Executive Ready Program. The scholarship initiative is administered by Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) to support the nationwide launch of Executive Ready – WLA’s new flagship development program for mid to senior level managers.

Informed by the experiences of hundreds of talented and respected women across all industries, Executive Ready is a leadership accelerator designed to stretch participants and propel them towards executive level performance, behaviours and mindsets. Developed by the country’s foremost authority on women leaders and their unique needs, Executive Ready is for women who want to lead more confidently, transform the performance of their team and fully realise their future career/life potential.


The program’s content is purpose designed to extend leadership ability in preparation for future advancement. Due to its applied nature and performance orientated outcomes the program is also appropriate for leaders looking to consolidate their current position and independent business owners looking for practical advice and strategy to transform the performance of their staff.


To view the Executive Ready program prospectus click here

The Morrison - Melbourne Cup 2016

Venue:The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room, 225 George Street Sydney, NSW 2000
Date:Tuesday 1st November
Fee:$135 pp
Booking:(02) 9247 6744

Saddle Up, shine your shoes and pull out your best frock – Melbourne Cup is around the corner!

Join us at The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room to celebrate the race that stops the nation with your nearest and dearest.

4 Course Shared Feast and glass of Champagne on arrival, plus entertainment, sweeps and fashions on the field.

2016 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards

Date:Entries are open until September 30, with finalists announced in October.

A distinguished panel of judges has been announced for the 2016 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards.


Chaired by Dr. Andrew Young, CEO of The Centre for Social Impact, the judges will bring considerable corporate, philanthropic, government, community and academic experience to their evaluation of entries.


“Having assembled such an experienced and respected group of judges shows that Workplace Giving has evolved into an important funding channel in Australia. We are looking forward to learning how leading employers are harnessing the power of Workplace Giving – not only to achieve great outcomes in the community, but also as a tool to bring their organisation’s values to life in a way that is engaging and motivating for their staff,” says Dr. Young. 


The Awards are part of the One Million Donors campaign that was launched by The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, in 2014. The campaign’s mission is to see one million Australians donating to charity from their pay by 2020.  Achieving this would create an additional donation flow of over $250 million each year for community.


The Workplace Giving Excellence Awards are a key pillar of the campaign, recognising the achievements of those employers and their staff who are making significant contributions to the community through Workplace Giving. 

Dungog Festival

Date:Thursday 27 October to Sunday 30 October 2016

The Golden Ticket option includes access to the entire film program, dining under the stars down the main street at the Long Table Dinner, Settlers Arms Friday night gig and the Saturday night Dungog Festival Party with the Enormous Horns. The early bird Golden Ticket secures a place for the sell-out Dinner along with the package of entertainment for $220, rising to $250 once general tickets are released.
A newly announced initiative is The Weekend Indulgence Ticket, also on sale on Monday, providing the best access to the culinary delights that Dungog Festival 2016 has to offer. With an early bird price of $360, rising to $390 for general sale, the exclusive ticket provides access to the entire film program, the Settlers Arms Friday night gig and Saturday night party with the Enormous Horns, as well as places at the Saturday star event, Christine Manfield’s Wine Matching Lunch and the popular Sunday Long Lazy Lunch.
The quirky, picnic-style Long Lazy Lunch is set in a mystery location with the journey and setting sure to provide the best view of the region. A new addition to this year’s program, the Wine Matching Lunch is a special degustation luncheon hosted by the renowned chef and food personality Christine Manfield, showcasing locally grown produce and matched Hunter Valley wines.
The musical program at this year’s festival is sure to bring down the house. Join the Saturday night party with the Enormous Horns for an entertaining mix of rock, pop, soul and big band swing or catch some retro magic, with a soon to be announced big name band on Friday night at the Settler’s Arms.
The Short Film Competition will recognise the film history of Dungog and the iconic James Theatre. Spanning a number of different genres, festival-goers can check out the entries throughout the weekend.
A variety of additional free and ticketed activities such as the night markets, a growers market, craft beer brewing and bread baking workshops and a tractor parade are just a few of the offerings to be experienced alongside the main program of events at Dungog Festival.

Collisions: Lynette Wallworth

Venue:ACMI, Gallery 2
Date:Thursday 6 October 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017
Fee:Free Exhibition

Opening as part of the Melbourne Festival, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) presents Collisions, a deeply poetic and thought-provoking virtual reality film experience by acclaimed Australian filmmaker and artist, Lynette Wallworth, exploring the collision of science and spirit.


Collisions is Wallworth’s first work using VR technology and the first known VR document of an Indigenous story. By employing this technology, Wallworth places the audience at the epicentre of a powerful cinematic experience.


Collisions takes audiences on a journey into the homeland of Indigenous elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian desert. The Martu lived largely untouched by Western culture until the 1960’s, and Nyarri's first contact with Western culture came in the 1950's via a dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology when he witnessed firsthand and with no context, an atomic test.


Half a century later, another technology affords Nyarri the chance to show the audiences the world that was ruptured the day he witnessed an atomic explosion in the desert. From songs of the oldest surviving culture on the planet to drones soaring above the red desert, from projectors powered by car battery to bombs that poison the land, this is a world that finds itself once again teetering on a precipice of technological change that questions how we will steward it into the future.


Combining live action and animation, the ambitious project included the challenge of 360 degree filming in remote locations, involving crew driving vast distances to avoid being in frame. The experience is narrated by Wallworth and Nyarri’s grandson Curtis Taylor, and produced by US-based producer, Nicole Newnham.


Collisions was created when Wallworth was selected as the inaugural artist of the Sundance Institute New Frontier/Jaunt VR Residency Program. With Nyarri present, it premiered before world leaders in January this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Since then, Collisions has been shown at the Climate Action Summit in Washington DC and at the UN offices in Vienna, where it was shown to signatories of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation, as well as screening at numerous film festivals such as the Tribeca Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival.


“I am so happy to be showing Collisions at ACMI in October as part of the Melbourne Festival,” said Wallworth. “As my work HOLD; Vessel 1 was part of the very first exhibition at ACMI in 2002 it has always held a special place for me.” 


Collisions is Wallworth’s third work with the Martu people of the Western Desert. She said the privilege of being invited by Nyarri and the Martu tribe to tell this story extends to the audience who, thanks to VR, are welcomed fora brief time to witness this extraordinary story and hear the message Nyarri imparts using the most current of technologies.


“Collisions, my new VR work, is a powerful parable for our country. Nyarri Morgan's story has been hidden till now so I am grateful that it will be showcased at ACMI allowing many to contemplate its message,” she said.


ACMI CEO and Director, Katrina Sedgwick, agrees the message of Collisions is a powerful one.


“This extraordinary work takes us into the world of the Martu people, connecting us with Nyarri’s story, and enabling us insight into his experience and that of his community and allowing us to ask urgent questions.”


“Lynette has an exceptional ability to harness new technologies to create her works, revealing stories in a way that creates a deeply affecting and emotional connection for her audiences,” said Sedgwick.


An acclaimed Australian artist and director, Wallworth’s immersive installations and films reflect connections between people and the natural world. Her work has shown at the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, New York, the American Museum of Natural History, New York, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, London Film Festival, Auckland Triennial and the Brighton Festival among others.

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!

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.

Rosie Waterland - "My Life On The Couch (With Vodka)"

Venue:135 Stephen St, Yarraville
Date:Saturday November 12
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.

Masterworks from MoMA

Venue:NGV International
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.


Making the Australian Quilt: 1800-1950

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

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


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


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




Exploring Australian Quilt Making Symposium

Sat 23 Jul, 10am-4pm

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

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

Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International


Curator's Perspective

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

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

Cost Exhibition admission

Venue Exhibition space, NGV Australia


Common Threads: Social Stitching

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

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

Cost Free

Venue Foyer, Level 3, NGV Australia

Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage


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

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

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

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

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


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

Comedy Theatre
October 26 – November 13

Her Majesty’s Theatre
September 21 – October 23

The Regal Theatre
November 17 – December 18

The Playhouse, QPAC
December 28 – January 22

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.

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.

David Bowie is Public Programs

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



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


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


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


Supported by the City of Melbourne


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


Thu 16 July 2015

Strange Fascinations with Jeff Duff



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


About The Speaker

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


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


Sun 26 July 2015

Strange Fascinations with Tanya Stark

David Bowie, Carl Jung and the Unconscious


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


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


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


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


About the Speaker

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


Thu 30 July

Strange Fascinations with Geraldine Quinn



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


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


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


Sun 9 Aug 2015

Strange Fascinations with Clementine Ford



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


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


About The Speaker

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


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


Thu 20 Aug 2015

Strange Fascinations with Michael Dwyer



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


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


About The Speaker

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


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


Thu 3 Sep 2015

Strange Fascinations with Bruce Butler



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


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


About the Speaker

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


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


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


Sun 13 Sep 2015

Strange Fascinations with Mel Campbell



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


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


About the Speaker

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


Thu 1 Oct

Strange Fascinations with Emma Beddows



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


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


About the Speaker

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





Bowie Sunday Session

Sunday 19 July 2015

12pm – 5pm, ACMI Lightwell and The Cube


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


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


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


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


Free event.

David Bowie is Curator Talks

Sunday 19 July to Thursday 15 October 2015


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


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


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


Entry is free with exhibition ticket purchase.


Dates and Times:

Sunday 19 July, 2pm

Tuesday 4 August, 2pm

Thursday 27 August, 6pm

Tuesday 8 September, 2pm

Sunday 20 September, 2pm

Thursday 15 October, 6pm

Supported by the City of Melbourne


Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre

Jessica Hopper: Living Female Rock Critic

Mon 20 July 2015

6:15pm, Melbourne City Conference Centre


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


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


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


About the Speaker

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


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





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

The following events are free.

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

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

 Proudly supported by Naomi Milgrom AO

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre

Intermix: Future Critics with Jessica Hopper

Sunday 19 July 2015, 2pm to 4pm

ACMI Studio 1


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


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


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


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


Intermix: Future Critics – Labyrinth

Saturday 25 July 2015, 2pm to 5pm

ACMI Studio 1


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


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


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


Intermix: Starman: 3D Alien Design

Sat 8 Aug, 10am to 5pm

ACMI Studio 2


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


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


Intermix: Gender Rebellion

Sat 15 Aug, 2pm to 4pm

ACMI Studio 1


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


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


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


Intermix: Future Beats with Dizz1

Tue 8 Sep, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

ACMI Studio 1


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


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


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

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


About the Mentor

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


Intermix: Future Critics - Music Criticism Now

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

25 September

The Cube, ACMI


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


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


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


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

Wed 7 Oct, 5pm to 8pm

ACMI Studio 1


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


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


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


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


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

Sat 10 Oct, 11am to 3.30pm

ACMI Studio 2


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


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


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


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

Wed 14 Oct, 5pm to 8pm

ACMI Studio 1


Explore selfies as art, using digital and analogue media.


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


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


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

Sat 17 Oct, 11am to 3.30pm

ACMI Studios 1 and 2


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


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


Intermix: Make a Music Video

Fri 16 to Thu 22 Oct, various times  

ACMI The Cube and Studio 2


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


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


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


The workshop takes place across three sessions:


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

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


Session 2: Edit your footage

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


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

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




Australian Mediatheque

Open 7 days from 12noon - 5pm


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

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


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


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


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

Admission to the Mediatheque is free.


An Evening of ‘Chocolate & Yarn’

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

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

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

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


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

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

Venue:ACMI, Federsation Square

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


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


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

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

Celebrate Valentine's Day at The Star

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



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


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


Valentine’s Day opening hours –


Dinner – 5:30pm til late


BLACK by ezard

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

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

Valentine’s Day opening hours –

Dinner – 5:30pm til late


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


Bookings via Guest Services on 1800 700 700.


Valentine’s Day opening hours –

Breakfast – 7am-10:30am

Lunch – 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner – 5:30pm til late





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


Valentine’s Day opening hours –




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


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


Opening hours –


Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm

Friday-Sunday: 9am-9pm

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
House line-up.

Bill Burr


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.

Club Swizzle

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.

ACMI What's On: 10th - 16th of September

Venue:ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

Legends of Australian Animation
15th of September
$19 - $25
A decade ago, the much loved, panoramic fantasy world of Lord of the Rings was brought to the screen in Peter Jackson’s phenomenally successful trilogy of films. Released over a period of three years, the films were offered up to a demanding but desperately hopeful international fandom.

Film: Fell

13th and 16th of September
$7 - $10

Matthew Nable (Underbelly) and Daniel Henshall (Snowtown) star as two men precariously linked by a tragic hit-and-run accident in this haunting tale of revenge and redemption. Set deep in the Australian bush, this tense, enigmatic and unsettling film marks a stunning debut by director Kasimir Burgess.

Film: Joe
Until 16th of September
$13 - $17
Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage delivers a career best performance as Joe, a ragged, good-hearted, ex-con who runs a small lumber business in rural Texas. Plagued by a short fuse and a past, Joe lives by a strict code of solitude and restraint but when he meets a young drifter, Gary (Tye Sheridan) he is instinctively drawn to help. Gary's father Wade (in a chilling performance by Gary Poulter) is an abusive drunk, dragging his family across country. When Wade falls in with a sleazy local, events accelerate and unhinge the moorings of Joe's existence.

ACMI What's On: 2nd - 8th of April

Venue:ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

Film: Tiny A Story About Living Small

3rd - 30th of April
Full $10 / ACMI Member/ACMI Film Member $9
In a world where resources are running dangerously low and McMansion is listed in the Oxford dictionary, an ingenious movement to think big and go very small is sweeping the Western world.

Live Event: In conversation with Bill Damaschke
Tuesday 8th of April, 6:15pm
Full $25 / concession $20 / ACMI Member $19
Go behind the scenes of DreamWorks Animation's incredible success story with one of the key architects of its amazing 20-year journey - Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke.

Film: Faith Connections
2nd - 24th of April
Full $16 / concession $12.50 / ACMI Member/ACMI Film Member $11
Indian filmmaker Pan Nalin (Samsara and Valley of Flowers) returns to the big screen with a spectacular vision of humanity.

Desert Island Flicks: Castaway with Kaz Cooke

Venue:Studio 1: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne
Date:Thursday 13th of March

As part of its Desert Island Flicks program, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) hosts cultural commentator Kaz Cooke. Stranded at ACMI for the evening on Thursday 13 March, the writer, cartoonist and broadcaster will count down her top five favourite films.


With a career spanning over 30 years, Cooke has provided guidance to countless Australian women with her intelligent, personal and at times hilarious advice. Weighing in on everything from parenting to pop culture, she has become an immensely popular voice on the ever-changing and busy nature of women’s lives.


Using her trademark wit she has written a number of best-selling books, including Up The Duff (The Real Guide to Pregnancy), Kidwrangling (Looking After Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers), Girl Stuff (Your Full-on Guide to the Teen Years) and Women’s Stuff.


Join Cooke as she provides a fascinating insight in her life, and reveals the personal stories behind her favourite films and why they resonate so much with her.


Desert Island Flicks presents a wash up of celebrity ‘castaways’  as they reveal their top five flicks – the only films they could pack if they were stranded on a desert island. With a diverse array of special guests from the realms of cinema, literature, sport, politics, science, art and media each event promises to reveal a treasure trove of fascinating insights.

The Australian Ballet 2014 Melbourne


Tickets to The Australian Ballet’s 2014 Melbourne season at Arts Centre Melbourne are now on sale.

The general public can now book tickets to the company’s popular ballets, including Peter Wright’s enchanting family favourite, The Nutcracker; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, a sumptuous feast for the senses; and Stanton Welch’s exotic take on the ballet classic La Bayadère.

Bookings are also open for The Australian Ballet’s 2014 Public Programs. Enrich your ballet experience by attending company talks, tours, classes, workshops and in-theatre events.

Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon: 14 – 24 March
Chroma: 6 – 14 June
Bodytorque.DNA: 17 – 24 June
Imperial Suite: 20 – 28 June
Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère: 28 August – 6 September
Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker: 12 – 25 September

What's On At ACMI 16th - 22nd of October, 2013

Venue:ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

Seniors’ Cinema: Journal de France
Saturdays and Sundays 11am, Mondays 1.30pm, Tuesdays 2.30pm
Until Tuesday 22nd of October
Depardon’s wonderfully layered essay-film combines an arresting pictorial history of the 20th century, drawn from over five decades of ‘footage from his basement’, with an impressionistic contemporary overview assembled from a six-year campervan journey through France.

Australian Perspectives: Spotlight on Don McAlpine
My Brilliant Career G
Saturday19th of October 4pm

Saturday 30th of November 4pm
In her adaptation of Miles Franklin’s classic novel about a sensitive, passionate young woman who hopes for a career as a writer, Gillian Armstrong renders Franklin’s heroine, Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis), through the lens of prevailing 1970s feminism. The film won six AFI Awards, including Best Cinematography.

Kids’ Flicks: Sundays and School Holidays
Fantastic Mr. Fox PG
Saturday 19th October — Sunday 27th October
In this quirky stop-motion animated feature film based on the book by Roald Dahl, witty, urbane and silky smooth Mr. Fox (George Clooney) has done his level best to subdue his, well, animal instincts. Not even Mrs. Fox’s (Meryl Streep) diligent and tender affections can rein in all his impulses, however.

ASOS Wedding Chapel

Date:Thursday 5th of September
Time:5 - 9pm

As Vogue Fashion’s Night Out hits Sydney on Thursday 5th September from 5 - 9pm before other major fashion capitals around the globe, ASOS is set to deliver an experience like no other. Shoppers who flock to Sydney’s CBD will not be able to resist a closer look at the ASOS Wedding Chapel in Martin Place, a global first for the celebrated brand. As if plucked from the Nevada Desert complete with stained glass windows and neon signage, this unique construction offers shoppers a night of pure fashion indulgence with a whimsical twist. The game is simple, visit the ASOS Celebrant to marry your must-have piece from ASOS on the night to get it for free!

Synonymous with being on the pulse of trends, ASOS is creating a must-visit space where fashion meets theatre, with lots on offer for participating shoppers. And if you are not in Sydney you can still declare your undying love for fashion for the opportunity to win a dream honeymoon to Bali at www.facebook.com/ASOS.

The hottest styles from the current ASOS collection will be showcased on live mannequins as the wedding ceremonies run continuously throughout the evening, featuring plenty of quirky characters to make your big night a special one. After walking down the aisle, participants marry their chosen item from the current ASOS collection, which will be shipped straight to their door in a genuine ASOS experience. The fun doesn’t end there. Each and every ‘precious’ moment will be captured by the ASOS wedding photographer. Onlookers can participate as wedding guests for the smitten brides and grooms-to-be and if they LIKE the ASOS Wedding Chapel pinned post on Facebook they will receive a goodie bag instantly.

Those at home across Australia can still prove their love for fashion in a virtual Wedding Chapel on the ASOS Facebook page. People will be able to marry their favourite ASOS fashion item from Thursday 5th September 2013. Newlyweds will then go into the draw to win a Bali 'honeymoon' and will be encouraged to update their relationship status to MARRIED.

Shoppers will be able to choose their ‘marriage material’ from a rail of the hottest new season picks from the spring/ summer collections for Australia. ASOS has been selling to Australians since 2009 and launched a local Australian site two years ago. It now sells a fashion item every six seconds and delivers four jumbo jets of clothing every week.

What’s on at Flemington in Spring

Fee:General Admission: Season Pass: $200, Adult: $74, Concession/student: $60, Concession/pensioner: $40, Children under 16: free when accompanied by an adult
Booking:For further information call VRC Customer Service on 1300 727 575 or visit Flemington.com.au.

Flemington Spring Fashion Lunch

Thursday 5 September 2013


The Atrium, Flemington Racecourse

VRC Members: $175 per person

Non-Members: $185 per person


As an official event of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, the new season’s fashion trends take centre stage with a show-stopping racewear catwalk at the annual Flemington Spring Fashion Lunch.


Sofitel Girls’ Day Out

Saturday 7 September 2013

First race 12.20pm 

Last race 4.50pm

Flemington Racecourse


Spring Group 1 racing and Flemington’s signature annual celebration of style will break out of the barriers with Sofitel Girls’ Day Out.


Turnbull Stakes Day, presented by Yellowglen

Saturday 5 October 2013

First race 11.50am 

Last race 5.45pm

Flemington Racecourse


The stars of spring step out to contest a high-quality day of thoroughbred racing in a full dress rehearsal for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.


The Preview Lounge

Saturday 5 October 2013

11.00am to 6.30pm

 Flemington Racecourse (east end above the horse stalls)

$215 VRC Members, $225 non-Members;

Inclusions  Racecourse admission

Entry into The Preview Lounge


A gourmet extended cocktail menu  

Selected Australian red and white wines, sparkling wine, beer, soft drinks and basic spirits

Punter’s Club hosted by RSN personality Shane Anderson

Pamper Lounge services

Tote facilities and televisions within the marquee.


AAMI Victoria Derby Day

Saturday 2 November 2013

First race 11.20am 

Last race 5.10pm

Flemington Racecourse


With arguably the most outstanding raceday on the Australasian calendar, the Melbourne Cup Carnival leaps into action with AAMI Victoria Derby Day. It’s an unrivalled day of prestigious racing featuring the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby boasting $1.5 million in prize money, one of four races at the elite Group 1 level.


Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade

Monday 4 November 2013

12.00 pm

Bourke Street Mall to Federation Square



The city will be brought to a standstill as the Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade makes its way through Bourke Street Mall then down Swanston Street into Federation Square in a spectacular cavalcade of past and present champions of the turf.


Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

Tuesday 5 November 2013

First race 10.20am 

Last race 5.15pm

Flemington Racecourse


Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar. Racegoers flock to Flemington to watch the best staying handicap in the world, the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup. It is a day that firmly puts Australian racing in the international spotlight.


VRC Oaks Club Lunch

Wednesday 6 November 2013

12:00 noon red carpet arrival for 12.30pm

Crown Palladium

VRC Members: $240 per person

Non-Members: $250 per person


Celebrating the fine tradition that is Crown Oaks Day, the Carnival’s ultimate style day, famous racing and fashion faces will gather for the glamorous VRC Oaks Club Lunch at the Crown Palladium.


Crown Oaks Day

Thursday, 7 November 2013

First race 12.20am 

Last race 5.45pm

Flemington Racecourse


The third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is Crown Oaks Day, an occasion for the ladies and considered the ultimate style day. It’s a raceday for women of all ages to shine in their elegant and romantic creations and celebrate an unforgettable day out with friends. With femininity the core theme of the day, it’s no wonder that Crown Oaks Day is marked by a pink rose on many a gentleman’s lapel.


Emirates Stakes Day

Saturday, 9 November 2013

First race 11.30am 

Last race 5.10pm


Emirates Stakes Day concludes the Melbourne Cup Carnival with a day for the family. It is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the perfect way to draw a close to the excitement of the week. The official flower for Emirates Stakes Day is a red rose and the fashion is a pleasant mix of understated style and fun.

La Traviata

Fee:From $25-$79; Premium Stalls & Dress $98.00
Booking:Ticketek 13 28 49 or Ticketek.com.au / box office 03 9650 1500

To mark its 10th anniversary, Melbourne Opera are proud to announce a restaging of their highly successful first opera, the world acclaimed La Traviata, from 11-20 September at The Athenaeum Theatre and at the Monash University’s Alexandra Theatre on 11 October.


Dates: 11th, 18th, 20th, September 7.30pm; 15th September 3.00pm, Athenaeum Theatre
11th October 8:00pm, Alexander Theatre, Monash University

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