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The Rocks Aroma Festival

Date:Sunday 24 July, 2016
Time:10am – 5pm
Booking:Visit the therocks.com for more information.

The Rocks Aroma Festival brings together the very best in brewers, baristas and boutique roasters from around Australia for one magical day of caffeinated delight on Sunday 24 July, 2016.


Tantalise the taste buds with more than 60 coffee and gourmet food stallholders, food trucks, latte art competitions and demonstrations, pop-up bars, performers and amazing coffee inspired specials.


Brewing industry leaders are showcasing some incredible offerings at Aroma. Melbourne brand St Ali are popping up with their Sydney outlet, Sensory Lab, to deliver a fuss free speciality coffee experience that focuses on the minimalist magic behind the perfect brew.


Sydney’s rockstar roasters, Pablo and Rusty’s, are recognised around town for their small-batch roasted beans. A regular at Aroma for the last few years, the team are known for their ethically sourced produce and stellar trio of espresso blends.


The Rocks Aroma Festival is about celebrating coffee from every corner of the globe. Malgudi Days bring their South Indian style filter coffee made with stretched milk to the festival while Djebena Coffees will be brewing coffee the traditional Ethiopian way, in a clay pot called a ‘djebena’.

 

Stokehouse Q: Dinner on the Bridge

Date:Friday July 22, 2016 (Wet weather back-up date – Friday July 29, 2016)
Time:5pm
Fee:$155pp – 3-course set menu, sit-down, with matched wines
Booking:www.stokehouse.com.au

In what promises to be THE dining event of the year for Brisbane, the city’s famed Stokehouse Q, in collaboration with Café on the Bridge, has announced the Goodwill Bridge will be transformed into Brisbane’s most exclusive dining room for the one-off event, Dinner on the Bridge, to celebrate Good Food Month.  On Friday July 22, over 200 diners will experience a truly unique culinary event….

 

In the middle of the celebrated Good Food Month, Dinner on the Bridge will showcase the flavours of the region in a three course, sit-down meal designed by Stokehouse Executive Chef, Richard Ousby, with carefully matched wines.  The dining room itself will stretch across the Goodwill Bridge, from South Bank to the city.

 

The best part? Tickets are only $155 per person. The event begins at 5pm sharp and diners are reminded to rug up!

 

Stokehouse Q’s Peter McMahon said the event would celebrate Brisbane in the best way possible. “We wanted to put on an event that would not only showcase our city’s beautiful assets, but also the exceptional local producers who we value so highly. We’re very excited to be creating such an extravagant dinner – what could be better than indulging in a three course dinner over the mighty Brisbane River! It’s a wonderful nod back to the heady days of Riverfestival when bridges became restaurants; we want to revisit that magic, but with 2016 flavours and the new skyline of Brisbane.”

 

Don’t miss out on this major highlight on the Brisbane Good Food Month calendar and celebrate Brisbane with Stokehouse Q.

GoodnessMe Box Dessert Wholefood Night Markets

Venue:The Grounds of Alexandria, 7A, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW 2015
Date:Thursday 28th July
Time:From 6:00pm
Booking:https://goodnessmebox.leadpages.co/gmb-dessert-night-markets/

After last year’s success, this years ticketed event boasts a stellar line up including Jessica Sepel, Jacqueline Alwill of The Brown Paper Bag, Luke Hines, Instagram sensation Taline Gabriel, the Merrymaker Sisters, Martyna Angell of My Wholesome Cook and Lee Holmes of Supercharged Food who will be presenting talks and cooking demos on the night.

NAIDOC Blak Markets at Barangaroo

Venue:Barangaroo Reserve, Nawi Cove, Hickson Road, Barangaroo NSW 2000
Date:Saturday, 9th July 2016
Time:10:00am – 4:00pm
Fee:Entry is free
Booking:www.barangaroo.sydney

Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2016 at Sydney’s spectacular new Harbour foreshore park, Barangaroo Reserve, with outdoor markets, entertainment and tours on Saturday, 9 July 2016 at 10:00am – 4:00pm.

 

The NAIDOC Blak Markets at Barangaroo event will feature free live music, traditional Aboriginal dance performances, bush tucker, cooking demonstrations, weaving workshops, shell workshops and markets showcasing Aboriginal arts and crafts.

 

Sydney’s Blak Markets will pop up at Barangaroo Reserve for one day only, transforming Nawi Cove into a lively marketplace showcasing Australia’s rich Indigenous culture.

 

More than 20 stallholders will sell Indigenous arts, crafts, skincare products and bushfoods. These include Cheryl Davidson (gift cards, baskets, painting), Clair Bates (traditional hand-made Aboriginal jewellery and woven baskets), Glen Timbery (boomerangs), Torres Strait stallholder Ilan Treasurez with hand-painted shell work and Tangentyere Artists from Alice Springs.

 

Live outdoor cooking demonstrations will be held with renowned Indigenous chefs, Clayton Donovan, Fred's Bush Tucker and Black Olive, encouraging visitors to try Indigenous bushfoods and learn about traditional Indigenous cooking methods.

 

Visitors to Barangaroo Reserve can also learn more about Australia’s Aboriginal history and culture by booking an Aboriginal cultural tour with Barangaroo’s Visitor Services Guides, which are free for one day only.

4Orlando

Venue:Comedy Theatre, Melbourne
Date:Saturday 9th of July, 2016
Booking:https://www.facebook.com/events/1026648290745957/

On Saturday 11th June, the world was rocked with news of a mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub, a gay bar in Orlando. Countless lives were stolen and the world got that little bit darker.

 

Some of Australia’s biggest stars - comedians, singers and media personalities - are joining the millions of voices around the globe voicing love, strength and support for the Orlando LGBTQI+ community who have been rocked by the Pulse nightclub tragedy, in a unique night of stand-up comedy, music and variety hosted by Chrissie Swan and Joel Creasey. The live extravaganza will take place Sat July 9 at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre.

 

All profits to Equality Florida’s Pulse Victim’s Fund and disbursed directly to the victims and their families with the assistance of the National Center for Victims of Crime and the City of Orlando.

ACMI presents Winter in Motion

Venue:ACMI, Melbourne
Date:June to August 2016
Booking:acmi.net.au/winter-in-motion

ACMI is primed for kids and families to make the most of the cold weather with a packed schedule of indoor activities including award-winning kids’ flicks screenings, a huge list of creative workshops including popular favourites and brand new offerings, plus Little Big Shots, a film festival curated especially for kids. From June to August 2016, ACMI’s Winter in Motion program will keep imaginations alight and bellies full with a free kids meal offer for holders of valid Kids’ Flicks tickets when they purchase a main meal at the ACMI Café & Bar on the day of their screening!

 

To celebrate ACMI’s SCORSESE exhibition, ACMI screens a 3D version of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, which picked up five Oscars, two BAFTAs and a Golden Globe in 2012. Other films include the new Anne of Green Gables film along with two titles screening exclusively at ACMI: the first one follows the lives of pampered cats Pim & Pom, and is based on the celebrated Dutch comic strip illustrated by Fiep Westendorp, and the second film is Antboy, a tale about a 12-year-old superhero, based on the popular Danish book series by Kenneth Bøgh.

 

After the recent refresh to ACMI’s free, permanent Screen Worlds exhibition, the space features a slick new selection of games and a special Minecraft Zone, so it makes sense that the incredibly popular Massive Minecraft Movie and Family Minecraft creative workshops return to ACMI’s school holiday program this winter. Creative workshop favourites including Make A Move, Make an Animation and Flip It and Spin It are on offer, alongside some brand new offerings like YouTube Starz, Makeup for Movies, Lego Robotics (and Family Lego Robotics). There is even an event for the youngest humans this winter – Tiny Tales, a dress up for 0 to 5 year-olds.

Frankly Winehouse

Venue:Whole Lotta Love Bar, 520 Lygon St, Brunswick
Date:Wednesday 3–Sunday 7 August 2016
Time:6:30pm start, 60 min duration
Fee:$25 standard plus booking fee
Booking:www.moshtix.com.au/v2/frankly-winehouse

Hot from a sell-out season at Fringe World earlier this year, meet Amy Winehouse, back from the grave. Devised and written by Ashleigh Kreveld (Impromptunes, HAIR: Summer of Love), this is an all out cabaret experience featuring all the soul, sass and vulnerability of this late modern legend.

 

Frankly Winehouse, featuring Ashleigh Kreveld as Amy Winehouse, plays at Whole Lotta Love bar in Melbourne from August 3-7 2016, for 5 shows only.

 

Joining the 27 Club like many great music legends before her, Amy Winehouse’s legacy has truly lived on. With a voice that ignites all, and the talent and ingenuity to match, Amy Winehouse has a story of intrigue, torment and passion.

 

Ashleigh Kreveld steps into the world of Winehouse – delving well past the beehive, caked-on eyeliner and cleavage, and into the damaged, but divine, rawness of Amy Winehouse. Featuring all the gags, eye-rolls and witty repartee of the cheeky Amy, watch this diva delve into her life of addiction, pop idols, ‘f*ck me pumps’ and what really held that hair up.

 

Soaring through each brilliantly constructed, gin-soaked and smoky ditty Winehouse ever wrote, plus some killer covers, this cabaret paints a stunning portrait of Amy and reinvokes the spirit of an incredible artist the world lost too soon.

BBR Festival

Venue:Circular Quay foreshore and Customs House Square
Date:Thursday 14 July - Sunday 17 July
Booking:www.bbrfestival.com.au/

BBR Festival is proud to announce the 4th annual weekend bustling with appreciation for everything FRENCH. Held over Bastille Day weekend, Thursday 14 July - Sunday 17 July, the four day open air Festival boasts an array of artistic events and delicious stalls for punters across Circular Quay foreshore and Customs House Square.


Paying homage to France’s National Day (La fête nationale), the BBR Festival celebrates Le “Quatorze Juillet” in style with an array of live concerts, traditional French cabaret, French films, food and exciting cooking masterclasses with French chefs ! Oui, s'il vous plaît !! Last year’s festival attracted 350,000 people over the three days. This year is expecting to go above and beyond with an additional day of celebration, more attractions, stalls and entertainers.


The French immersion begins Thursdays 14 July at 7am with a French croissant and a “Cafe crème” on actual Bastille Day. Live concerts will start at 11am, followed by the official Bastille day party from 6pm with French music and cabaret girls ringing in Bastille Day in style. Firemen officers will also be around to celebrate Bastille Day like the French do !! Celebrations are set to be so French, you’ll be transported from Circular Quay to the Moulin Rouge with tunes, dancing, eating and drinking.  The party will be followed by the first of many films screened over the festival, the greatest cult French film “Les Bronzés font du ski” at the Open Air Cinema. (Free events)


Friday 15 July at 7pm, the Festival Village will host a 20 minutes authentic French Cabaret Show. Voted best three things to see in Sydney, The Magicians Cabaret will deliver an enchanting body of work at 2016 BBR Festival. When the curtain will rise, your will step back to Paris in the 18th century, the birthplace of cabaret. Experience its story telling, its song, its dance, its magic. (Free event)


For food lovers, one of the highlights of this year’s festival are the “Tour de France” cooking masterclasses held daily byFrench Chefs to learn how to cook traditional dishes from the regions visited by Le Tour de France 2016. From Mont St Michel to Mont Blanc, explore the culinary specialities of these summits crossed by Le Tour in 2016. The Masterclasses are the only ticketed events at this year’s festival.


The French Village Market features everything you need for a French experience in our backyards. Glorious French food with Stalls offering the best of the best from French eats. Bite into the best baguettes, smell stinky cheese and try traditional French cakes and treats.

The food centric market would not be complete without a feature of the best wines from the most reputable regions. Drink your way from Bordeaux to Beaujolais, Loire valley to of the nation’s luxury, Champagne.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival

Venue:Mt Buller
Date:Saturday 25 June
Fee:$30.50 for Adults, $20.50 for Children
Booking:www.banffaustralia.com.au

The Banff Mountain Film Festival will return to Mt Buller for the eighth year running on Saturday 25 June, and is set to wow crowds again with another series of enthralling mountain adventure films. Taking in more than 390 communities in 35 countries across the globe, the tour features a collection of films inspired by mountain culture – from landscapes and culture to adrenaline-packed action sports including skiing, snowboarding, ice-climbing and BASE jumping, mountain biking and more. Audiences will be captivated by mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenalin-inducing action sequences.

 

The tour is produced by Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre in Canada, an organisation that promotes understanding, appreciation and education on the world’s mountain areas. The festival launched in 1976, and each year a selection of the best films are chosen to tour the world. Mt Buller is the only Australian snow resort to host the Festival, at the resort’s 180-seat cinema.

 

Gillian Dobson, Group Manager of Marketing, Sales and Events for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management is looking forward to Banff returning to Mt Buller. “The Banff Mountain Film Festival is a great night and it’s one of our favourite events on the Mt Buller calendar. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for us this year – there is always an incredible line-up of films taking in all aspects of outdoor adventure, with jaw-dropping and truly inspiring films showcasing people doing amazing things in the incredible environment we live in.

 

“Drinks and snacks will be available, as well as some great prizes up for grabs, so we encourage people to come along and enjoy the Banff Mountain Film Festival at Australia’s highest cinema here at Mt Buller.”

 

Films will be shown at the Mt Buller Cinema on Saturday 25 June at 7pm with doors opening from 6:30pm. Further information on the event as well as accommodation options can be found by visiting mtbuller.com.au. Tickets are $30.50 for Adults, $20.50 for Children (including resort entry for the evening) and are now available for purchase online at www.banffaustralia.com.au (online purchases attract a $2.36 booking fee).

Freedom of Expression

Venue:Tanks Art Centre
Date:1st - 24th of July, 2016

A co-curated exhibition, titled Freedom of Expression, at this year’s Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) will showcase visual art and literary works from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates, to draw attention to the strength of artistic output among Queensland prisoners.
 
CIAF Artistic Director Janina Harding announced the collaboration she has developed with Tanks Arts Centre Curator, Chris Stannard, to present Freedom of Expression, opening at the Tanks Art Centre on July 1, and running until July 24.
 
Shining a light on artwork created by prison inmates from four of Queensland's correctional centres - Mareeba, Maryborough, Gatton and Rockhampton - Freedom of Expression will show a continuing cultural expression and connection to country, and seeks to change public perception on what constitutes an artist by re-defining the public’s view on prison art.
 
Importantly, Harding says, the showcase of work has the potential to create a rehabilitation and economic benefit to inmates for life beyond prison.

Shakespeare on Film

Venue:ACMI
Date:Thursday 14 July to Tuesday 26 July
Booking:acmi.net.au/shakespeare

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, ACMI, in association with The University of Melbourne, present an international touring program from the British Council and the British Film Institute (BFI) that explores the deep affinity between cinema and The Bard.  From 14 to 26 July this prestige program showcases a selection of new digital restorations.

 

The season features 11 films, including three special presentations: Play On! (Silent Shakespeare), a compilation of silent Shakespeare shorts with a newly commissioned score by award-winning young composer Laura Rossi and performed by the Globe musicians, an exclusive on-stage discussion between Ian McKellen and Richard Loncraine recorded at BFI Southbank in April 2016 to follow each screening of the digitally restored Richard III, and a post screening Skype Q&A with Macbeth Director Justin Kurzel on 16 July.

 

A selection of the films will also be accompanied by introductions from key University of Melbourne faculty and visiting academics including Dr David McInnis the Gerry Higgins Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies, Dr Mark Nicholls from Screen and Cultural Studies, Dr Joe Hughes from English and Theatre Studies, and Dr Miriam Nicholls from Trinity College and more.

 

With so much high drama, history and romance, it’s little wonder that William Shakespeare is credited with more film adaptations that any other writer. His influence of cinema is profound, while cinema has wholly transformed access to his work. The enduring love for Shakespeare in the modern theatre of cinema ranges from Derek Jarman by way of Vincent Price, to Kenneth Branagh. The films in the season range from titles for literary fans (e.g. Henry V, Kenneth Brannagh, 1989) to cult cinephiles (e.g.Theatre of Blood, Douglas Hickox, 1973) and everyone in between.

 

Read on for details on each film and presentation in the Shakespeare on Film season.

Abigail/1702

Venue:Old Council Chambers, Victorian Trades Hall - 54 Victoria Street, Carlton
Date:14 – 30 July, 2016
Time:Thurs – Sat, 8pm
Fee:$32 Full, $28 Concession, $25 Grps 6+ and Preview
Booking:online only at www.boutiquetheatre.com.au

10 years after the harrowing events of the Salem Witch Trials in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, lead accuser Abigail Williams (who sent twenty people to their deaths) now lives under an assumed name on the outskirts of Boston. Quietly striving to atone for her sins.

 

When a handsome stranger arrives claiming to be a sailor in need, Abigail takes him in and long-dormant passions awaken within her. Love starts to blossom between the two, but their contentment is short-lived… for someone else is coming for Abigail. Someone who has been looking for her since she danced in the woods of Salem.

 

The Devil is demanding Abigail's soul, but first she must make peace with the woman she most wronged.

 

Boutique Theatre is a Melbourne-based independent theatre company which creates work that is inventive, local, relevant, and disruptive. The company launched in 2012 and has since gone on to produce six international and Australian works, whilst developing a Writers’ Programme, Workshop Programme and housing an ensemble of Creatives.

Cath Jamison: Conjure Woman

Venue:Northcote Town Hall
Date:Thursday 7 July – Saturday 9 July, 2016
Time:9.15pm
Fee:$25 full price, $17 concessions, $17 groups of 10 or more
Booking:http://melbournemagicfestival.com/speaker/conjure-woman

We invite you to step into the mystical and captivating world of Cath Jamison as she brings her show Conjure Woman to The Melbourne Magic Festival from 7-9 July, 2016.

 

When you’re named one of the most “bizarre and unusual” women in Australia, it’s important to keep the audience guessing! Blending creepily accurate insights with her comedic sass, style and mind manipulation, Cath Jamison offers an innovative form of entertainment taking the audience on a fun and thought-provoking journey into human behaviour.

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.

 

The Axis of Awesome

Venue:Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen St Yarraville
Date:Saturday, 25 June 2016
Time:7.30pm
Fee:$33+bf (GA unreserved seating only)
Booking:www.yarravillelaughs.com

If you thought Yarraville Laughs couldn’t get any more awesome, think again because The Axis of Awesome are coming for one exclusive Melbourne show to celebrate their “Aluminium Jubilee” on Saturday, June 25 at The Yarraville Club!

With over 120 million hits on YouTube, this hilarious trio are known for their signature comedy songs and musical jokes. They’ll be playing a selection of their sickest tracks and illest tunes, including that “4 Chords” song; you know the one …..

They’ve also got six studio albums, multiple world tours and a failed investment in waterproof liquorice under their belts. Come and see the act that The Age called “Super-musical, super-nerdy and super-funny!”

One night only in the heart of Melbourne, Yarraville!

Rachael Brook to Inspire Next Generation of Beauty Professionals

Venue:Nuvocca Parramatta Beauty College – 215-217 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150
Date:Saturday, 25 June 2016
Time:9:30am to 2pm
Booking:www.nuvocca.com.au

Leading Australian makeup artist Rachael Brook will offer budding beauty professionals insight into how to break into the competitive industry at Nuvocca Beauty College Parramatta’s Open Day. Rachael, who trained under makeup icon Rae Morris and has over a decade of experience working with Australia’s highest profile celebrities, lifestyle magazines and fashion and beauty brands, will share her tips for forging a successful career in Australia’s beauty industry. Rachael will also be joined by a number of other industry leaders at the event, which aims to showcase the newly opened, state-of-the-art beauty campus, give people a taste of the course and highlight the career pathways available to graduates.


Key Guests:

·         Rachael Brook

·         Dermalogica

·         Limelily Cosmetics

·         The Onboard Spa by Steiner

·         Results Laser Clinics

Snowing on South Wharf this Winter

Date:July 1 – 10
Time:5pm - 8pm
Booking:www.southwharfpromenade.com.au

Winter will come alive these school holidays when South Wharf’s Dukes Walk gives way to 10 days of cascading artificial snow, coloured lighting effects and special winter meals and discount deals for the whole family to enjoy.

 

From July 1 – 10, the intimate alleyway that is Dukes Walk will be adorned with 12 faux snow making machines and large ornamental fir trees supplied by the Mornington Peninsula Christmas Tree Farm.

 

Every evening, between 5pm - 8pm, the snow machines will shoot out small flurries of continuous snowflakes, gently falling over the walkway and buildings and creating a winter wonderland sensory experience and play activity for children walking through.

 

Dukes Walk will also be alight with the installation of seven swivelling special effect light towers shimmering bright and beaming all night as snowflakes fall to the ground.

 

Before treating the kids to some outdoor winter fun, mums and dads alike can enjoy some shopping at DFO South Wharf with its big brands and big discounts.

 

Shoppers can then walk along Dukes Walk and sample a little bit of Europe by the riverside with family-friendly and wallet-friendly meals provided at South Wharf restaurants between 5.30pm – 7pm each night.

 

Special winter drinks and dishes for adult dining will be available after 7pm, complete with beautiful waterside views and all within easy reach of the central city.

 

Visitors looking to treat themselves can get cosy with an overnight stay in the affordable luxury Hilton Melbourne South Wharf and will appreciate the easy and plentiful discounted commercial car parking located alongside South Wharf Promenade.

 

Brought together by the South Wharf Association, the Snowing in South Wharf winter activation and all the precinct’s offerings are the perfect way to shake those winter school holiday blues.

CHINA: Grain to Pixel

Venue:860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill, Victoria, Australia
Date:5 June to 28 August 2016

MGA (Monash Gallery of Art), Australia’s only gallery dedicated to the collection and exhibition of photography, announces China: Grain to Pixel, an exciting international exhibition presenting a survey of Chinese photography over the past 150 years for the first time to Australian audiences.

 

This highly anticipated exhibition will unveil an unique insight into China’s recent history as told through the stunning evolution of a culture made visual via the lens.

 

MGA Director Kallie Blauhorn believes the works offer an intriguing insight into the somewhat obscure history of Chinese photography, from an era of black-and-white documentary images through to imaginary contemporary visions.

 

“China: Grain to Pixel will be the first from-then-to-now survey of Chinese photography presented in Australia,” said Blauhorn. “The exhibition showcases a beautiful range of images, which illuminate the breadth of visual culture in China.”

 

Blauhorn continued, “It is also the first time that this survey will be exhibited outside of China, which is a significant moment for MGA and Australia’s photographic community. It is a privilege to host these important works and to play a role in fostering cultural relations between international galleries. In addition and as important, we hope that these efforts can pave the way for collaborations between MGA and international institutions to exhibit Australian photography.”

 

China: Grain to Pixel features 150 works by 70 Chinese photographers including: Chen Man, Cai Shanxiong, Han Lei, Jiang Zhi, Li Lang, Luo Dan, Liu Heung Shing, Yang Yongliang and Zhang Yaxin.

Salt Meats Cheese: Cheese and Wine Appreciation Night

Venue:Salt Meats Cheese at Thrive, 706/2 Huntley Street, Alexandria
Date:Tuesday July 5th
Time:6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Fee:$105pp
Booking:http://www.saltmeatscheese.com.au/event/cheese-wine-night/

We bring the best of both worlds together for an enjoyable, delectable night of cheese and wine appreciation!

Marly our cheese expert from Omnom Cheese and Michael Quirk wine educator from McWilliams Wines will host the night and introduce you to our hand selected  cheeses and wines!

Ease into the night with some sparkling on arrival and your first matching cheese. Then sit down to indulge in matching cheese and wines carefully selected by our experts.

Come along for a fun, educational and relaxed evening. Learn something new, indulge in some different cheese and wines and perhaps pick up a few things to impress guests at your next dinner party!

15% off dine in voucher for Salt Meats Cheese for all attendees.

Stroud Saddles up for the Wild West

Venue:Stroud Showground
Date:Saturday 9th July 2016
Time:10.30am – Street parade @ Cnr Broadway and Cowper Streets, Stroud ~ 11.30am - Stroud Showground – Brick & rolling pin throwing competition
Booking:www.stroudbrickthrowing.com.au

Nobody would have ever assumed that an entire event could be based on a brick, and that so much fun could be had from such a basic object. The little town of Stroud, NSW however had very different ideas for this slab of cement, and have used it as the building blocks for a historic and international event for several decades. It’s that time of year again, the time where the iconic Stroud Brick-throwing competition takes place, this year striding into the wild, wild, west for their 56th brick and rolling pin throwing event.

This is an exciting time for all, with the contest dating back to 1961, with contestants actually competing internationally against Canada, England and the United States, with people believing it is responsible for putting this humble little town on the map and making an impressive name for itself. The first event gathered a crowd of 3,000 for a town that only had a population of 450, and morale has never wavered since.  In previous years, more than 2,500 people have turned up for the historic event, making it one of the most well-known and talked about festivals in town.

Traditionally, the male event includes brick throwing, a chance to demonstrate their impressive skills and masculinity while taking part in a historic event for their town. Women on the other hand get to toss specialised rolling pins, with the fun-filled addition of children being able to chuck a rubber chicken provides laughter and entertainment for everyone, and ensures all family members can get involved in the days’ festivities. This ‘chuck a chook’ element embodies the events sense of family spirit and light heartedness, which keeps attracting participants and spectators year after year. There is something for everyone at this monumental family based event which has community values embedded in its foundations.

The days’ festivities begin with the Street Parade which starts the entire show at 10:30am. The funky floats and marchers will make their way through the main street and concluding at the Stroud Showground.  The town will be alive with a tangible buzz and sense of merriment, with the parade starting the events high energy ambience, even throwing lollies and treats for the kids. 

Following this, the show will officially open at 11.30am, where the real fun will begin, with an endless list of family activities and amusements on offer.

Einstein: Master of the Universe

Venue:Theatre Works – 12 Acland Street, St Kilda
Date:30 June - 10 July, 2016
Time:Tue - Sat 7:30pm, Sun 4pm, 1.30pm Sat 9 July
Fee:$35 Full, $30 Con, $28 Grps 6+, $25 Student
Booking:03 9534 3388 or online at www.theatreworks.org.au

To every story there’s a different point of view.

 

Premiering this June, Einstein: Master of the Universe is a compelling new Australian musical by writer and lyricist Jess Newman. Performed by a cast of some of theatre’s brightest young stars, it invites audiences into the little known, tumultuous personal life of iconic physicist Albert Einstein.

 

Classified as the worst student in his graduating class, Einstein’s determination and obsession with physics is essentially his making, and his undoing. Blessed with a great mind and an insatiable enthusiasm for questioning everything, is the price he pays too dear on his pursuit to understand how our universe works?

 

A dynamic new piece of musical theatre, Einstein: Master of the Universe examines the fame, the fortune, the loves of his life… and the loss of them. It’s a unique premiere season not to be missed.

 

Einstein: Master of the Universe is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH.

Courage To Kill

Venue:La Mama Theatre - 205 Faraday Street, Carlton
Date:6 - 17 July, 2016
Time:Tues 6:30, Wed - Sat 7:30, Sun 4pm
Fee:$25 Full, $15 Concession
Booking:03 9347 6948 or online at www.lamama.com.au

What does it means to be a coward?

As part of their Nordic Noir season, La Mama presents the Australian premiere of a haunting thriller from Sweden's most acclaimed playwright, Lars Noren.

Ignited by the arrival of an alluring young woman and fuelled by sexual tension, the explosive conclusion of this moving work forces us to look at how dysfunction and fear can envelop and suffocate a family relationship.

Delving into the volatile relationship between a father and son, Courage To Kill explores how the past can never be separated from the present...

ACMI presents The Fits

Venue:ACMI
Date:Saturday 18 June to Sunday 10 July 2016
Booking:acmi.net.au/the-fits

ACMI presents an exclusive limited season of Anna Rose Holmer’s internationally acclaimed feature debut The Fits (2015), an atypical coming of age tale with a mysterious twist, set as a group of young women train to defend their reigning title in the fierce dance battle world. Following its recent local festival debut, ACMI screens The Fits in its first and only Melbourne cinema season for a limited run from 18 June to 10 July.

 

The film portrays the tenacious young ‘Lionesses’, an all-female dance battle troupe, through the eyes of Toni, a tomboy played by nine-year-old newcomer Royalty Hightower, as she navigates more than just the transition from pull-ups to kick-steps. Each day after school Toni (Hightower) heads to the local community centre where she works out in the boxing gym that her older brother manages. Toni slowly gravitates towards the power and confidence of the ‘Lionesses’, who practise on the other side of the gymnasium doors. But as she veers evermore into their foreign, primal world of adolescence, she must navigate this unknown land on her own terms while confronted with a spate of mysterious behaviour.

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
Booking:ngv.vic.gov.au

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.’

 

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

 

Exploring Australian Quilt Making Symposium

Sat 23 Jul, 10am-4pm

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

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

Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International

 

Curator's Perspective

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

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

Cost Exhibition admission

Venue Exhibition space, NGV Australia

 

Common Threads: Social Stitching

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

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

Cost Free

Venue Foyer, Level 3, NGV Australia

What’s on at The Star in June

Venue:The Star, Sydney

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

DINING

 

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

 

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

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Date:September 16th-25th, 2016

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

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

Denise Scott + Libbi Gorr + Geraldine Hickey

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

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

An Evening With Reese Witherspoon

Booking:simpaticoconnect.com

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

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

Almond Breeze Breezey Masters

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

Darwin: 21st June 2016

Brisbane: 28th June 2016

Adelaide: 5th July 2016

Perth: 12th July 2016

Sydney: 24th July 2016

Hobart: 9th August 2016

Melbourne: 16th August 2016

Canberra: 6th September 2016

Winter in Fed Square: River Rink

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Dash and D’Bree: Fierce

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

The original ridicheads are back.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Gala For Gilbo

Venue:Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
Date:Sunday, July 17th
Time:7.00pm – 10.30pm
Fee:$99.00+bf
Booking:www.ticketmaster.com.

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

At Last The Etta James Story

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

Little Big Shots Film Festival 2016

Venue:ACMI
Date:Friday 1 to Sunday 10 July 2016 (Opening Gala 1 July)
Booking:acmi.net.au/little-big-shots-2016

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose

Venue:ACMI
Date:21 June to 18 September 2016
Fee:Free
Booking:acmi.net.au/nightingal

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains - MGallery by Sofitel

Date:Saturday 9 July 2016
Time:1:30-3pm

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Bookings are essential as places are limited.

 

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

 

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

16th Annual Helpmann Awards

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

WAR - A Playground Perspective

Venue:Newington Armory Gallery (Building 18) and Armory Building 20 Access via Jamieson Street at Sydney Olympic Park
Date:every weekend from 14 May - 14 August 2016
Time:10am-4pm
Fee:FREE
Booking:sydneyolympicpark.com.au

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Avenue Q

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

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


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

 

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


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


WARNING: FULL PUPPET NUDITY AND OTHER VULGARITIES WILL INDUCE LAUGHTER.

Boom Crash Opera

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

June

Friday 3 June – SSA Club, Albury NSW

Saturday 4 June – Mulwala Ski Club, Mulwala NSW

Saturday 11 June – The Whalers Hotel, Warrnambool VIC

 

July

Saturday 2 July – Workers Club, Geelong VIC

Saturday 23 July – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh VIC

Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage

Booking:www.fawltytowerslive.com.au

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.

 

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

MELBOURNE
Comedy Theatre
Melbourne
October 26 – November 13

ADELAIDE
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Adelaide
September 21 – October 23

PERTH
The Regal Theatre
Subiaco
November 17 – December 18

BRISBANE
The Playhouse, QPAC
Southbank
December 28 – January 22

The Star Event Centre Highlights

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

 

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

 

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

 

MARCH

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

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

 

Na World 2016 | 28 March

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

 

APRIL

 

Chris Isaak | 6 (SOLD OUT) & 7 April

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

 

Touch Mi Sammi Cheng World Tour | 22 & 23 April

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

 

The Ten Tenors | 24 April

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

 

MAY

 

Celtic Thunder Australian Tour 2016 | 22 May

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

 

Karen Mok | 27 May

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

 

JUNE

 

Air Supply | 12 June

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


Josh Altman | 14 June

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

 

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

ACMI presents SCORSESE

Venue:ACMI, Melbourne
Date:26 May to 18 September 2016
Booking:acmi.net.au/scorsese

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

 

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

 

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

Cirque du Soleil KOOZA

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Melbourne - From January 20 2017, Flemington Racecourse

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

 

2016 Fire Station Open Day

Venue:NSW
Date:21st of May
Time:10am to 2pm
Booking:www.fire.nsw.gov.au

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Roberto Alagna live in Brisbane

Date:Saturday, 30 July 2016

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

SYDNEY

Venue:                  Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall

Date:                     Thursday 21 July

Time:                     7.00pm

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

 

MELBOURNE

Venue:                  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Date:                     Wednesday 27 July

Time:                     7.30pm

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

 

BRISBANE

Venue:                  Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Date:                     Saturday 30 July

Time:                     7.30pm

Bookings:            ticketek.com.au or 13 28 49

Ghost Stories

Date:14th July – 2nd October 2016

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

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


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

 

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

Australia Day at Stokehouse Q

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Entries now open for the 2016 National Biography Award

Booking:http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/about/awards/national_biography/index.html

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

David Bowie is Public Programs

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

STRANGE FASCINATIONS

 

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

6pm

 

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
5pm

 

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

6pm

 

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

2pm

 

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

6pm

 

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

6pm

 

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

2pm

 

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

6pm

 

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.

 

 

TALKS

 

Bowie Sunday Session

Sunday 19 July 2015

12pm – 5pm, ACMI Lightwell and The Cube
acmi.net.au/bowie-sunday-session

 

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.net.au/bowie-curator-talks

 

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.

 

WORKSHOPS

 

INTERMIX

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 

 

VIEWING

 

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.

 

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