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Get Funky This NYE At Fed Square

Venue:The Square - Federation Square
Date:Saturday 31 December 2016 - New Year’s Eve
Time:8pm – 1am
Fee:Free and visitors of all ages are welcome

Fed Square, the beating heart of Melbourne, is about to pump up the jam with a free program of entertainment this New Year’s Eve that will get everybody’s toes tapping.  There’s sure to be a mass of movement as this musical powerhouse raises the roof to bring in the new year.  Think glam and glitter; disco and decadence and dress to impress at the party of the year.


With a program put together by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), the diverse line-up will feature Latin beats, salsa, funk, hip hop, Caribbean spice and a new school dance battle, as well as a show stopping tunedestined to get bodies moving at 11.55pm – just before the official new year’s countdown begins. 


DJ Manchild will be hitting the decks throughout the night before Circle of Funk and their Dance Battle light up the stage.  The sounds of past and future will collide when duo Zillanova play their sweet but heavy soul, rock and rocksteady tunes.  A change of pace as ARIA nominated Australian trio Cookin’ On 3 Burners infuse deep funk, raw soul, organ jazz and boogaloo.


The temperature and energy will be rising as Stella Angelica’s explosive voice fills the night air as she moves through psych/exotica, lounge and soul to really set the mood.  Inspired by the passion of salsa luminaries of New York in the 1970’s, Quarter Street will deliver a vibrant set of original salsa infused tunes and dance-inspired covers.  Featuring a driving rhythm beat and a trombone-heavy horn section, these guys are the real deal.


Enter CaribVic Masqueraders , a community lead and volunteer ensemble, who will bring some Caribbean soul, vibrancy, theatre, colour and movement to their dance set before Quarter Street retake the stage to really get the party started.  Sing and dance your way to midnight as they channel Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson with a show-stopping rendition of UpTown Funk, a tune destined to get the hips swinging and the hands clapping. 

West End Art Park

Venue:Trenerry Property’s West End site: Entry via Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne
Date:Sunday 18 December
Time:12pm – 4pm

Four of Australia’s most acclaimed urban artists will transform a West Melbourne carpark into an inclusive and vibrant celebration of art – West End Art Park – on Sunday 18 December.

George Rose, Phibs, Georgia Hill and Ken Taylor will come together to create the ultimate urban gallery.

Featuring artist workshops, an interactive art zone, live music curated by Perfect Day Music and three specially selected food trucks West End Park will foster the perfect atmosphere for a Sunday.

Live art by George Rose, Phibs, Georgia Hill and Ken Taylor

Two art workshops hosted by George Rose 

Interactive public art zone for freestyle art creation

Musical performances curated by Perfect Day Music

Food trucks

Shaded lounge areas

Entries for St Kilda film Festival’s 2017 Competition are NOW OPEN


Both emerging filmmakers and industry professionals are being called upon to submit their creative works for the chance to walk away a winner of one of the many categories at the 2017 Festival!!

With prizes including over $50,000 of cash and in-kind craft awards including a $10,000 prize for Best Short Film, this is one competition that you don’t want to miss out on!

St Kilda Film Festival will celebrate it’s 34th anniversary in 2017, with St Kilda Town Hall being transformed into a hub of culture and arts.

Applicants for Australia’s Top 100 Short Film Competition and the extremely popular SoundKILDA Music Video Competition can enter at https://stkildafilmfestival.com.au/ before Friday 27 January 2017.

All This Living!

Venue:The Butterfly Club - Carson Place (Off Little Collins St), Melbourne
Date:22 - 26 February, 2017
Time:Wed – Sun 7pm, Sun 5:30pm
Fee:$32 Full, $28 Concession, $26 Butterfly Club Members, $25 Groups 6+
Booking:03 9663 8107 or online at www.thebutterflyclub.com/show/all-this-living

When I grow up, I want to be an old woman.


Jay’s head is buzzing. Is she the incredible shrinking woman, a faint dot? Why is she disappearing? Ignored once too often as "just an old woman" she sets out to investigate what this third stage of life is.


Having its much-anticipated Melbourne premiere season this coming February at The Butterfly Club in the CBD, All This Living! is a contemporary solo work packed with humour, home truths, mythical stories, and leaps of imagination. Each wrinkle and crinkle holds secrets surprises... and stories.


Writer and performer Camilla Blunden has worked for over 35 years as an actor, director, creator, and mentor with organisations that include The Street Theatre, Jigsaw Theatre Company, Shortis and Simpson, The Ensemble Theatre Company, Bunch of Posers, About Face Theatre Company and Women On A Shoestring Theatre Company.

What’s On at ACMI: Wednesday 14 to Tuesday 20 December 2016


Essential Anime Heroines film program opens at ACMI Cinemas
Wednesday 14 to Friday 23 December 2016
ACMI Cinemas once again host a celebration of Japanese Anime’s most beloved characters, this time with Essential Anime Heroines. These plucky, resourceful and resilient heroines have driven some of the most acclaimed and popular films of this genre, and the ACMI season will screen some of the best: Princess Monoke, My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Arrietty, The Girl Who Lept Through Time and Summer Wars.
Tickets: Full $17. Concession $13. Members $10.

ACMI Cinemas exclusive: A Town Called Double Panic: Double Fun
Monday 12 to Saturday 24 December 2016
With disarming wit and hilarious visuals, ACMI cinemas screen an exclusive season of two short films back-to-back in A Town Called Panic: Double Fun. The films revel in the simple setup of three plasticine toys sent on increasingly surreal and freewheeling adventures. First in Christmas Panic, then in Back to School Panic, central characters Cowboy and Indian are up their usual harebrained schemes, with Horse left to clean up the mess. These new short films continue the brilliant, over-the-top visual inventiveness that has given the series a dedicated cult following, with a classic slapstick comedy sensibility that is perfect for all ages.
Tickets: Full $7. Members $5.

ACMI’s annual Christmas screening: The Muppet Christmas Carol G
Saturday 17 December 2016
ACMI Cinemas keep up tradition with their annual screening of the Brian Henson’s festive classic The Muppet Christmas Carol starring a crotchety Michael Caine in this adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story. Working for the skinflint is Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a holiday on Christmas Day. Scrooge reluctantly agrees and goes home on Christmas Eve angry at the festive merrymakers. However, a visit by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, forces Scrooge to face his sorrowful past and its consequences. The festive season just wouldn't be the same without some Muppet magic.
Tickets: Full $7. Members $5.

ACMI tributes Australian cinema with screenings and Q&A events
Beginning in December, ACMI screens a series of Australian films complemented by special introductions and Q&As.

New this week:


The Boys + Q&A with producer Robert Connolly MA 15+ ADULT THEMES, MEDIUM LEVEL COARSE LANGUAGE.
Saturday 17 December
Brett Sprague (David Wenham) returns to his family home after twelve months in jail. Things have changed while he has been away – his brother Glen (John Polson) has moved out with his girlfriend Jackie, younger brother Stevie’s (Anthony Hayes) pregnant girlfriend Nola now lives with the family and his mother Sandra has taken on a Maori drifter. Re-united with his brothers, Brett uses his first day back to restore order. This session is followed by a Q&A with producer Robert Connolly.

Continuing from last week’s what’s on:

Pawno season + introduction by one the directors, Ian Tran, on Sunday 11 December
Until Saturday 17 December 2016
Director Paul Ireland’s audacious debut celebrates the microcosm of suburban life in this disarmingly charming film, starring an impressive cast of new and veteran actors. Filmed in the heart of Footscray, Pawno is filled with the minutiae of daily life – from a mother in search of her son, to a budding romance. The screening on Sunday 11 December (please note this is a correction, last week’s what’s on document contained a date error) will be introduced by one of the directors Ian Tran, and also include a screening of the multi-award winning short film Olympic Nick: A Donutumentary.
Women He’s Undressed + Q&A to be announced PG
Until Saturday 31 Dec
Director Gillian Armstrong reteams with her Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst writer Katherine Thomson, to bring to the screen the life of Orry – Kelly, Australia’s greatest unsung hero (and the subject of an ACMI exhibition in 2015!). Kelly rode the many highs and lows of a career in showbiz, designing costumes for 275 films, sometimes 50 or 60 a year. Audiences can check the ACMI website for details of a yet-to-be-announced Q&A with a special guest involved with the film.
All Australian film tickets: Full $7, Member $5

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

Melbourne Christmas Light Show

Venue:Melbourne Town Hall and Federation Square
Date:30th November 2016 to 25th December 2016
Time:9pm-10.20pm daily

t's that time of year when the city comes alive with glittering Christmas light projections. 

Head to Melbourne Town Hall and watch the iconic building transform into a bright and swirling magical Christmas light show. 

Last year, spectator numbers averaged 7500 a night. 

For the first time, spectators can also see the wonderful light projections at Federation Square.

Celebrate Darling Harbour 2016

Venue:across Darling Harbour
Date:Sunday 11th of December

Grammy-award winner KIMBRA will be the headline act at the FREE Celebrate Darling Harbour 2016 family concert in Darling Harbour on Sunday 11 December, to mark completion of the three year, $1.5 billion development of International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney), and revitalisation of Darling Harbour’s public domain.


Taking place in the new Tumbalong Park from 12pm to 5pm, the FREE Celebrate Darling Harbour 2016 concert will feature a variety of acts to delight people of all ages.  KIMBRA will headline the program and perform the songs that have made her one of the most powerful voices of her generation.


Children's entertainers will also perform live and talented stilt-dancers, giant costumed characters and other roving acts will add to the festive and family-friendly atmosphere of the day.


Attendees will be able to enjoy free hands-on craft activities at the Village Green, and grab a tasty treat from the smorgasbord of food trucks.


Celebrate Darling Harbour 2016 features a competition with prizes to be won in the lead-up to and during this special event. The public is invited to submit photographs, via Instagram and Twitter, using #celebratedarlingharbour, of their favourite experience or part of Darling Harbour, since the precinct opened in 1988.


Celebrate Darling Harbour 2016 will also be the last chance for the public to take a free self-guided tour of the ICC Sydney, before it officially commences operations on 20 December. The tours will operate between 1.30pm-3.30pm on 11 December.

Koori Arts Expressions 2016: Songlines

Venue:National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

The Koori Arts Expressions 2016 exhibition, a highly imaginative selection of visual artworks created by students from public schools across Sydney, has opened at the Australian National Maritime Museum.


The 90 works created were inspired by this year’s NAIDOC Week theme – Songlines – the living narrative of our nation.

In developing the artworks, students were asked to reflect on the unique connection Aboriginal people have to country and how the achievements of the past inform and further our aspirations and plans for the future. The theme was an opportunity for all Australians to learn more about Songlines and explore those which have created the Country in their region.

Murat Dizdar, Executive Director, Public Schools NSW said: “The annual program aims to develop an understanding of Aboriginal culture and heritage amongst all students. This year’s theme is one of great significance and has resulted in some truly inspirational art. Our students are highly talented and skilled which is reflected in the work they have produced. A real credit to all our students, staff and school leaders involved in this fantastic opportunity.”


Paintings, photography, textiles, sculptures and videos are amongst the diverse works on show. One of the many highlights is the work titled We come from all around the world but live on Aboriginal land by Kindergarten children at Waverly Public School. This collaborative painting depicts Songlines coming across the sea to Australia, demonstrating that none of the children who made the artwork are Aboriginal but they wanted to celebrate that they all now live on Aboriginal land.

Bushland, rivers and suburbia, a collaborative painting by Kindergarten – Year 6 children at Yowie Bay Public School, is an aerial view of the Yowie Bay Surroundings. It demonstrates that students and teachers travel near and far on their journeys to school but are all connected through their school community.


Among the artworks are some that reflect relationships with the sea – the National Maritime Museum’s core theme. In Songs of the Sea, Year 4 children at Clovelly Public School have created their own Songlines by using symbols that represent each of them and their lives. They used the symbol of a wave to show their connection to the beach, which links them all together, and to pay their respect to the coast.


Kevin Sumption, director of the Australian National Maritime Museum said, “We are delighted that the museum can again host such an impressive body of artworks. These young artists must be commended for their interpretation of the significance of the land and sea to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”


The Koori Art Expressions 2016 exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum is open now, runs until 29 January 2017 and is included in the museum’s Galleries ticket which is free.

Barkly Square Open Air Cinema

Venue:Barkly’s Open Air Cinema

Brunswick’s about to get a new afterhours-hang, with Barkly Square announcing it will launch an Open Air Cinema in December.


Nestled into Barkly Square’s quaint laneway precinct, the silent cinema which runs 16 December to 28 January, will see an eclectic mix of family-friendly, arthouse and modern favourites, kicking off with the much-loved family favourite, Home Alone.


The Cinema is delivered by Blow Up Cinema, kitted out with state-of-the-art headphones, a 5m wide screen, comfy deck chairs and beverages available at neighbouring Zambrero and Jerry’s Burgers & Fried Chicken. Barkly Square’s Roll’d and Poh’s Kitchen will also be on hand to feed hungry bellies.


Spirited ticketholders are invited to dress the part for Barkly’s two Christmas-themed films (Home Alone and Elf) with prizes for ‘best dressed’.


The series runs from 16 December to 28 January and tickets are now on sale.

Films start at 8.30pm, with live entertainment prior to all screenings (7.30 – 8.30pm).


Barkly’s Open Air Cinema seats up to 60 people per night with tickets available for just $10.

All proceeds to go to the Vicdeaf Society.


16 December – Home Alone (PG)

23 December – Elf (G)


6 January – Whiplash (MA15+)

7 January – Amy (MA15+)


13 January – The Big Lebowski (MA15+)

14 January – Amelie (M)


20 January – Guardians of the Galaxy (M)

21 January – Lords of Dogtown (M).


27 January – Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG)

28 January – Donnie Darko (M)


The Music of Queen – A Rock & Symphonic Spectacular

Venue:Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Date:Saturday 21st January
Fee:$59.90 plus booking fee
Booking:www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183

The Music of Queen is a rock and symphonic spectacular celebrating the greatest hits of Queen and featuring Australian and International stars, rock band and symphony orchestra!


“We are thrilled to be bringing the Music of Queen to Melbourne in January,” said co-producer Richelle Brookman. “The previous concerts in Sydney sold out.”


Featuring I Want it All, It’s a Kind of Magic, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody and many more. Experience the unforgettable magic of Queen, featuring international We Will Rock You alumni, MiG Ayesa (West End/Asia), Michael Falzon (Australia/UK), Amanda Harrison (Australia/West End) and Carly Thomas Smith (USA).


“Queen’s grand sweeping music and epic ballads lends itself perfectly to collaboration with symphony like no other contemporary band,” added Ms Brookman.


Don’t miss the harmonies, hits, and nostalgia of one of the world’s most iconic rock bands!

Return of the Eumundi Night Markets


Eumundi is the place to be on Friday nights in the lead-up to Christmas with the much-loved Eumundi Night Markets scheduled for Fridays 2, 9, 16 and 23 December.


Join us from 5 til 9pm for retail therapy under the stars with a fabulous selection of art and craft stalls, and a wide selection of food stalls offering delicious fare from all corners of the globe.


The village of Eumundi will certainly be sparkling - with shops in the village and the trees within the market precinct lit up with Christmas lights. 


Caplick Park playground will be transformed into an Enchanted Forest with special animations and attractions including one of Santa's elves climbing an aerial silk circus rig, along with a sensational laser light show by Coruno Laser Productions.


Santa himself will be arriving at the Eumundi Night Markets at 6.30pm each Friday night  on the Eumundi Fire Truck, and he'll then be available for Santa photos with market visitors.


Visitors will also enjoy a great line-up of live music, colourful street performers and fire twirlers each week, as well as free family outdoor movies screening from 7pm.  


The movie line-up is as follows:

Friday 2 December - HAPPY FEET (G)

Friday 9 December SURF'S UP (G)

Friday 16 December - ELF (G)

Friday 23 December - The Santa Clause (G)


Another special Christmas treat this year will see our friends from Buderim Ginger Factory bringing 200 gingerbread people to be decorated by kids visiting each Friday night market (only $2 each).

Harbour Town Magical Christmas

Venue:Harbour Town Melbourne: 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands
Time:Open seven days, 10am until 6pm

To kick off the Christmas festivities jump on board the City Circle Tram to Harbour Town Melbourne for a wondrous Christmas Parade starring Mrs Claus, gingerbread men and also the Snow Queen and her fairies. Joined by giant candy canes on stilts, Poppy and Branch from the DreamWorks Movie Trolls and Guide Dogs Victoria Ambassador Dogs, Santa will officially arrive at the centre on Saturday, 26 November at 12noon.

Located on the edge of the CBD, Harbour Town Melbourne will bring to life the magic of Christmas for children of all ages, including the Sensory Santa for children and families with disabilities. A full program of interactive activities will run from Saturday 26th November through to Christmas Eve - Saturday, 24th December. See the full schedule of activities below.

This Christmas, Harbour Town Melbourne is proudly supporting Guide Dogs Victoria through various fundraising efforts and providing a Sensory Santa experience for special needs children and their families. Guide Dogs Victoria Ambassador Dogs will join Santa in the Harbour Town Melbourne Christmas Parade.


Visit Santa for photos daily until Christmas Eve in the Christmas Academy. Every child who visits Santa will receive a free gift – ‘My Christmas Activity Case’
Saturday 26 November 1.30pm – 6pm
Sun 27 November to Fri 9 December 11am – 3pm daily
Saturday 10 December 11am – 4pm
Sunday 11 to Wednesday 21 December 11am – 3pm daily
Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 December 11am – 4pm daily

Join us for breakfast with Santa and his friends in Santa’s Christmas Academy. Limited tickets available.
Date: Saturday 10 December
Time: 7.30am – 8.30am or 9am – 10am
How: Tickets sold at Harbour Town Melbourne Customer Service Lounge from Monday 28 November at 10am. Only cash transactions accepted for the purchase of tickets.

Shop exclusive centre-wide offers, say hello to Santa Claus plus join us for family entertainment as we raise money for Guide Dogs Victoria.
Date: Saturday 10 December
Time: 10am – 7pm

Harbour Town Melbourne would like to invite children and families that are sensitive to crowds and loud noise the opportunity meet Santa Claus with our Sensory Santa sessions. Limited spaces available and bookings are essential.

How: Bookings can be made by contacting Harbour Town Melbourne Customer Service
Lounge on 03 9328 8600.

Bring your pooch to meet Santa Claus this Christmas. Pet Photography sessions are available, spaces are limited and bookings are essential.

Christmas and Summer Fun at Fed Square

Venue:Fed Square
Date:Tuesday 29 November – Thursday 16 February 2017

Fed Square, the heart of Melbourne and home to music, projections, festivals, exhibitions, markets, installations and fun is set to become the place to be over the Summer months ahead.  Melbourne will come alive when a giant Christmas Bauble lights up on Tuesday 29 November, heralding in the festive season and a very full range of activities that run until February.  With something for everyone, Fed Square will connect locals, visitors and families alike with its comprehensive program of Summer activities wrapped up in a big dose of Christmas cheer.


Christmas Bauble

Tuesday 29 November – Friday 30 December 2016 – St Paul’s Court

24 hours | Free

The first of its kind ever displayed in Australia, the six metre high white bauble will glitter during the day and twinkle at night.  Illuminating the court opposite St Paul’s Cathedral, the pretty bauble will celebrate the festive season and be a beacon for all.  Visitors will be able to walk into the bauble, take a selfie and celebrate the joy of Christmas in Fed Square.       

But the bauble won’t be the only source of light in Fed Square this festive season…..


Christmas Projection Show

Tuesday 29 November – Monday 26 December 2016

9pm – 11pm | Free

This year, Fed Square will be part of the City of Melbourne’s mesmerizing Christmas Projection Show, lighting up The Square’s facades with our favourite Christmas characters.  Visible from 9pm each night, a continuous light show will create an immersive and heart-warming spectacle.


Koorie Krismas

Sunday 11 December

1pm – 4pm | Free

Presented by the Koorie Heritage Trust and Fed Square visitors can create ‘Krismas with a K’ for just one day.  This family-friendly event features free activities, live music from Culture Evolves and Tongberang’I Ngargga Inc amongst others, decoration workshops and a special visit from Koorie Klaus.  The kids will delight in this celebration of Koorie heritage whilst parents can visit the Koorie Art Show for a dose of Krismas culture!


Fed Square’s Festive Fair

Sunday 18 December

10am – 5pm | Free

Stop, shop, refresh and enjoy as Fed Square’s Festive Fair makes Christmas shopping easy.  Grab a coffee and explore the range of market stalls full of local goodies.  Think unique gifts, crafts, treats and festive favourites and you have a one-stop Christmas shop!

Hit up the food trucks and choose from a delicious range of global cuisines, then get moving to the energy of African dance and drumming, enjoy live music performances by the Choir of Hard Knocks and Gruppo Culturale Italiano Choir, and check out some of Melbourne’s best buskers on the Busker Stage sponsored by the City of Melbourne.

That’s not all!  The big screen in The Square will feature some much-loved Christmas movies to warm the heart and set the spirit for the week leading up to the big day!


Christmas Eve

Saturday 24 December

5.30pm – 7.30pm | Free

Head to The Square for a special family concert featuring The Jingle Belles!  Sing along as this sassy trio give a modern and glamorous twist to our favourite festive tunes.  With sublime harmonies, The Jingle Belles will sing in the spirit of Christmas with style.  MC DJ and comedian Fiona Scott-Norman will spread her unique Christmas cheer whilst spinning some classic festive vinyl.  And after the concert, stay on to watch everyone’s favourite Carols by Candlelight on the big screen.


New Year’s Eve 2016

Sunday 31 December

8pm - late | Free

Ring in the New Year at a dance party like no other. Combining a powerhouse of live music and entertainment to welcome in the New Year, Fed Square’s free celebration will not only be a party to remember, but also the best place to watch Melbourne’s impressive and much anticipated fireworks.  With a program designed to reflect the city’s rich and diverse music scene, The Square will come alive to a feast of music to get toes tapping and feet dancing.  Think Latin beats, salsa, funk, hip hop, Caribbean spice and new school dance battles.

Come glammed up and join in the kaleidoscope of colour and movement.  Sing your way to midnight as Quarter Street channel Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson with a show-stopping rendition of ‘UpTown Funk’.  Fed Square will welcome 2017 with an entertainment line-up supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria, celebrating the city’s diversity whilst watching the clock tick over to another year.


Slide The Square

Wednesday 4 January – Sunday 15 January

10am – 8pm (last slide at 7pm) | From $20 | Tickets on sale soon | Head to fedsquare.com/slide

 Last year was such a success that Fed Square is bringing back the slide!  Cool down with the inflatable waterslide that gives you 75 metres of slipping and sliding fun in the sun.  Perfect to escape the city heat, bring friends and family along for a wet and wild ride down the slope of The Square.  Just make sure you pack a change of clothes because you will get wet!  A unique Melbourne experience, this is one for little kids, big kids and parents alike! Make a day of it and park in the Fed Square Car Park, grab a bite to eat in one of the many eateries in The Square and check out some great exhibitions too!


Fed Square Live

Selected Thursdays until 16 February 2017

5.30pm – 7.30pm | Free

The perfect opportunity to soak up summer evenings, Fed Square Live features some of Melbourne’s most talented and emerging artists.  A summer concert series like no other, Melbourne’s music lovers can pull up a deck chair, slip on their dancing shoes or just settle down in one of Fed Square’s restaurants and bars and surrender to the joy of open air, live music in the heart of Melbourne.


Summer in Motion

Varying times | Free – head to fedsquare.com/umbrellas/summer-in-motion

Get moving and shake your summer booty with a range of regular, free health and fitness events this summer.

Enjoy a program of participatory events with something to engage the whole family. Kids can experience a fun and creative way to relax, exercise and improve body awareness through Yoga for Children. While others may want to join Zumba, the Latin-inspired, energetic dance workout. There is a full range of activities on offer including dance classes, belly dancing, juggling and African drumming. Check out the full schedule of events to get moving and shift those Christmas kilojoules with a program that’s full of fun and fitness!


Fed Square really is the heartbeat of Melbourne and with a comprehensive program of activity over the Summer, it’s the place to be!  Head to fedsquare.com/summer

What’s On at ACMI: Wednesday 7 December to Tuesday 13 December 2016

Date:Wednesday 7 December to Tuesday 13 December 2016

Exhibition Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts opens + public programs commence
Tuesday 6 December 2016 to Monday 13 March 2017
Following the opening of the first Australian solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed French artist and filmmaker, Philippe Parreno, along with related event Philippe Parreno: In Conversation on Tuesday 6 December, from Wednesday 7 December, audiences can learn about sound design from a world renowned expert, gain insight into the exhibition from ACMI experts, and hear creative responses to Parreno’s work from Australian artists.

Designing Sound with Nicolas Becker
Wednesday 7 December 2016, 6pm
One of the most sought-after foley artists, sound designers and composers in the world, Nicolas Becker (Gravity, American Honey), delivers a masterclass at while he is in Melbourne to work on the sound design for exhibition Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts. Renowned for his original and uniquely creative reasoning, Becker will touch on the wide array of film and arts projects he has done with notable directors, along with his close work with Parreno to compose the sound for his films and as the sound designer for his exhibitions.

Philippe Parreno Introduction Talks + Creative Response Series
Selected dates between Saturday 10 December 2016 and Sunday 12 March 2017
Beginning on Saturday 10 December with ACMI’s lead Thenabouts Curator Emma McRae, ACMI experts give an illustrated introduction at Philippe Parreno Introductory Talks. In each talk, audiences can delve into the key works, themes and meanings behind this radical exhibition. Also beginning on Saturday 10 December, the Creative Response Series celebrates Parreno’s love of interdisciplinary collaboration. Throughout the series hear from noted visual artists, filmmakers, sound designers, dancers, critics and writers as they respond to key exhibition works and themes.
Tickets to exhibition Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts and associated public programs are FREE

ACMI welcomes Superhero Identities Symposium
Thursday 8 December and Friday 9 December 2016
This special two-day symposium features award – winning creators and academic experts, who will unmask superheroes across all eras and media platforms. Featuring industry interviews and panels alongside presentations from leading superhero scholars, the symposium will see over 50 experts presenting on topics ranging from Netflix’s Jessica Jones, to convention cosplay and Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary. The Superhero Identities Symposium is organised by the Superheroes & Me research team, and supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and ACMI.
Superheroes Identities Symposium Tickets: Full $190, Concession $155, Member $145

Women in Comics Panel
Friday 9 December 2016
The Women in Comics Panel brings together artists and scholars to discuss the many facets of women comics culture – as a woman working in comics, a female superhero represented in comics, and as a woman who reads comics.
Women in Comics Panel tickets: Full $18, Concession $16, Member $16

Proudly sponsored by Swinburne University of Technology Cinema and Screen Studies
In Conversation with Paul Dini
Friday 9 December 2016
Join Paul Dini for a special event exploring his multifaceted career. Paul is an Emmy, Eisner and Annie Award-winning director of some of the most popular superhero stories ever, including the best-selling graphic novel Dark Knight:  A True Batman Story. He is also co-creator of fan-favourite character Harley Quinn, who was played by Margot Robbie in the blockbuster film Suicide Squad.
In Conversation with Paul Dini tickets: Full $35, Concession $30, Member $30

ACMI tributes Australian cinema with screenings and Q&A events
Beginning in December, ACMI screens a series of Australian films complemented by special introductions and Q&As.
Sherpa screening + Skype Q&A with producer Bridget Ikin M MATURE THEMES AND COURSE LANGUAGE
One screening on Saturday 10 December 2016
Together with her cinematographer Renan Ozturk, veteran high altitude Australian director Jennifer Peedom (Miracle on Everest) scaled Everest during the 2014 climbing season to make a film about the Sherpas who undertake the life-threatening work that underpins Nepal’s tourist trade. The screening is followed by a Skype Q&A with producer Bridget Ikin.


Women He’s Undressed + Q&A to be announced PG
Sunday 11 December to Saturday 31 Dec
Director Gillian Armstrong reteams with her Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst writer Katherine Thomson, to bring to the screen the life of Orry – Kelly, Australia’s greatest unsung hero (and the subject of an ACMI exhibition in 2015!). Kelly rode the many highs and lows of a career in showbiz, designing costumes for 275 films, sometimes 50 or 60 a year. Audiences can check the ACMI website for details of a yet-to-be-announced Q&A with a special guest involved with the film.

Pawno season + introduction by one the directors, Ian Tran, on Saturday 17 December
Until Saturday 17 December 2016
Director Paul Ireland’s audacious debut celebrates the microcosm of suburban life in this disarmingly charming film, starring an impressive cast of new and veteran actors. Filmed in the heart of Footscray, Pawno is filled with the minutiae of daily life – from a mother in search of her son, to a budding romance. The screening on Saturday 17 December will be introduced by one of the directors Ian Tran, and also include a screening of the multi-award winning short film Olympic Nick: A Donutumentary.
All film tickets: Full $7, Member $5

Parkes Elvis Festival

Venue:Parkes, NSW, Australia
Date:11-15 January 2017

Australia’s biggest celebration of The King, the 2017 Parkes Elvis™ Festival, will celebrate their 25th birthday with two incredible international Elvis tribute artists, Jake Rowley from the US and the U.K’s Pete Storm. The 2017 Parkes Elvis Festival will take place over five hip-swingin' days from Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 January in Parkes, NSW. 

Billed as two of the world’s best Elvis performers, Rowley and Storm are set to perform four spectacular tribute shows at the Parkes Leagues Club for the Festival’s 2017 Feature Concert Series.

The Tea Party

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts

Date:Tuesday 6 December 2016 to Monday 13 March 2017

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


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


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


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

House of Lucas Exhibition

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

2017 Executive Ready Program - Applications Open

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

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


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


To view the Executive Ready program prospectus click here

Collisions: Lynette Wallworth

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

John Olsen: The You Beaut Country

Venue:The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Date:16 September 2016 – 12 February 2017
Fee:NGV Member $12 / Adult $16 / Concession $13 / Child (5–15 years) $7 / Family (2 adults + 3 children) $41
Booking:Tickets on sale now from ngv.vic.gov.au.

Arguably Australia’s greatest living artist, John Olsen will be celebrated in the most comprehensive survey exhibition of his work to date opening at the National Gallery of Victoria in September 2016 and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in March 2017.


With a career spanning almost seven decades, Olsen has carved a place in Australian art history. He is known for his energetic painting style and evocative landscapes that have captured Australia’s unique terrain and spirit with a distinct visual language.


The latest instalment of Olsen’s career-defining landscapes series, The you beaut country, will be unveiled in this Australian premiere exhibition. Commencing in 1960, the series highlights Olsen’s lifelong interest in the natural world and his continued pursuit to capture the Australian identity.


The exhibition will survey Olsen’s career and will feature his most iconic and arresting works, including large-scale paintings of Lake Eyre, the Simpson Desert, Sydney Harbour and his much-loved tree frogs.


‘John Olsen is one of Australia’s most distinguished artists. Traversing a lifetime of creativity, this exhibition will offer an extraordinary and in-depth insight into Olsen’s life and practice. From his first exhibition in 1955 to the highly anticipated, most recent work in The you beaut country series, the exhibition will showcase Olsen’s major paintings and works on paper alongside lesser-known aspects of Olsen’s practice,’ said Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV.


A major figure in the story of Australian art, Olsen is a highly acclaimed and decorated artist and has been awarded the Order of Australia and the Order of the British Empire for his services to the arts. Among his many prize-winning works, the exhibition will include his Archibald Prize-winning Self-portrait:Janus faced, 2005.


John Olsen: The You Beaut Country will also reflect Olsen’s varied interests, including Spanish cooking and culture, poetry and journal writing, as well as the diverse use of mediums in his practice, including tapestries, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. There will also be activities for kids and families inside the exhibition, inspired by Olsen’s sketches and drawings.


The exhibition is accompanied by a 232-page landmark publication, beautifully illustrated and featuring insightful essays on Olsen’s practice to date, available from the NGV design store for $39.95.


John Olsen: The You Beaut Country is on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square from 16 September 2016 to 12 February 2017 before opening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 10 March until 12 June 2017.

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.


Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage


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

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

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

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

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


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

Comedy Theatre
October 26 – November 13

Her Majesty’s Theatre
September 21 – October 23

The Regal Theatre
November 17 – December 18

The Playhouse, QPAC
December 28 – January 22

Cirque du Soleil KOOZA

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

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


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


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

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

Melbourne - From January 20 2017, Flemington Racecourse

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


2016 Fire Station Open Day

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

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


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


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


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


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

Australia Day at Stokehouse Q

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

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


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


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


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

David Bowie is Public Programs

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



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


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


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


Supported by the City of Melbourne


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


Thu 16 July 2015

Strange Fascinations with Jeff Duff



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


About The Speaker

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


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


Sun 26 July 2015

Strange Fascinations with Tanya Stark

David Bowie, Carl Jung and the Unconscious


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


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


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


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


About the Speaker

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


Thu 30 July

Strange Fascinations with Geraldine Quinn



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


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


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


Sun 9 Aug 2015

Strange Fascinations with Clementine Ford



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


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


About The Speaker

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


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


Thu 20 Aug 2015

Strange Fascinations with Michael Dwyer



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


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


About The Speaker

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


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


Thu 3 Sep 2015

Strange Fascinations with Bruce Butler



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


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


About the Speaker

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


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


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


Sun 13 Sep 2015

Strange Fascinations with Mel Campbell



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


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


About the Speaker

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


Thu 1 Oct

Strange Fascinations with Emma Beddows



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


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


About the Speaker

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





Bowie Sunday Session

Sunday 19 July 2015

12pm – 5pm, ACMI Lightwell and The Cube


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


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


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


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


Free event.

David Bowie is Curator Talks

Sunday 19 July to Thursday 15 October 2015


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


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


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


Entry is free with exhibition ticket purchase.


Dates and Times:

Sunday 19 July, 2pm

Tuesday 4 August, 2pm

Thursday 27 August, 6pm

Tuesday 8 September, 2pm

Sunday 20 September, 2pm

Thursday 15 October, 6pm

Supported by the City of Melbourne


Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre

Jessica Hopper: Living Female Rock Critic

Mon 20 July 2015

6:15pm, Melbourne City Conference Centre


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


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


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


About the Speaker

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


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





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

The following events are free.

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

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

 Proudly supported by Naomi Milgrom AO

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre

Intermix: Future Critics with Jessica Hopper

Sunday 19 July 2015, 2pm to 4pm

ACMI Studio 1


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


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


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


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


Intermix: Future Critics – Labyrinth

Saturday 25 July 2015, 2pm to 5pm

ACMI Studio 1


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


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


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


Intermix: Starman: 3D Alien Design

Sat 8 Aug, 10am to 5pm

ACMI Studio 2


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


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


Intermix: Gender Rebellion

Sat 15 Aug, 2pm to 4pm

ACMI Studio 1


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


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


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


Intermix: Future Beats with Dizz1

Tue 8 Sep, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

ACMI Studio 1


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


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


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

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


About the Mentor

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


Intermix: Future Critics - Music Criticism Now

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

25 September

The Cube, ACMI


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


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


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


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

Wed 7 Oct, 5pm to 8pm

ACMI Studio 1


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


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


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


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


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

Sat 10 Oct, 11am to 3.30pm

ACMI Studio 2


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


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


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


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

Wed 14 Oct, 5pm to 8pm

ACMI Studio 1


Explore selfies as art, using digital and analogue media.


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


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


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

Sat 17 Oct, 11am to 3.30pm

ACMI Studios 1 and 2


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


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


Intermix: Make a Music Video

Fri 16 to Thu 22 Oct, various times  

ACMI The Cube and Studio 2


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


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


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


The workshop takes place across three sessions:


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

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


Session 2: Edit your footage

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


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

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




Australian Mediatheque

Open 7 days from 12noon - 5pm


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

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


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


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


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

Admission to the Mediatheque is free.


An Evening of ‘Chocolate & Yarn’

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

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

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

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


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

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

Venue:ACMI, Federsation Square

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


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


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

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

Celebrate Valentine's Day at The Star

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



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


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


Valentine’s Day opening hours –


Dinner – 5:30pm til late


BLACK by ezard

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

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

Valentine’s Day opening hours –

Dinner – 5:30pm til late


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


Bookings via Guest Services on 1800 700 700.


Valentine’s Day opening hours –

Breakfast – 7am-10:30am

Lunch – 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner – 5:30pm til late





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


Valentine’s Day opening hours –




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


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


Opening hours –


Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm

Friday-Sunday: 9am-9pm

P!NK wax figure, Madame Tussauds Sydney

Venue:Madame Tussauds Sydney, Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour (right next door to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo)
Time:9:30am – 8pm daily (last entry 7pm - Please note; opening times may vary due to private events)
Fee:Best price guarantee when you book online. Walk-up price – Adults: $40, Children (4-15yrs): $28. Combination tickets are available with SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Booking:1-800-205-851 or Madametussauds.com/sydney

Using hundreds of photos and detailed measurements of P!NK, 60 of Madame Tussauds most talented artists spent over 800 hours creating the wax figure. Every aspect was meticulously constructed, right down to the placement of each individual strand of hair on the figure’s heads – a process that takes up to 6 weeks.


The figure will be joining an iconic cast of female performers including Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue.

Tim Minchin On The Steps

Venue:Sydney Opera House
Date:Monday 23rd of Feb, 2015

Tim Minchin, internationally renowned, awardwinning Aussie comedian, actor, composer and big-haired-small-jeaned-rock-god will return this February for an exclusive one-night only performance – in his only Australian show scheduled for 2015 - ‘On The Steps’ at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt.

Tim Minchin is the second act to be announced as part of the inaugural week-long ‘On the Steps’ series
of outdoor concerts, presented by the Opera House and Live Nation as part of the 2014-15 Summer at the
House line-up.

Bill Burr


Perth Riverside Theatre: 27th of Jan
Melbourne Hamer Hall: 29th of Jan
Brisbane City Hall: 31st of Jan
Sydney Opera House: 1st of Feb

Madame Tussauds Sydney Presents Bollywood King Amitabh Bachchan

Venue:Madame Tussauds Sydney, Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour (right next door to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo)
Time:9:30am – 8pm daily (last entry 7pm - Please note; opening times may vary due to private events).
Fee:Best price guarantee when you book online. Walk-up price – Adults: $40, Children (4-15yrs): $28. Combination tickets are available with SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has taken centre stage for a limited time only in Darling Harbour’s Madame Tussauds Sydney.

From October to December only, visitors to Madame Tussauds Sydney have the chance to get up close and personal with the indisputable ‘King’ of Indian Cinema in an opulent Bollywood set draped with gold and Indian textiles.

Located within the A-List celebrity zone, stars including Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie will be joining Amitabh and attending the Bollywood party which is set to have everyone practicing their best Bollywood dance moves.

Club Swizzle

Venue:Studio, Sydney Opera House
Booking:sydneyoperahouse.com/clubswizzle or 9250 7777

Following three outstanding summer seasons, the creators of La Soirée bring the world premiere of their brand new show Club Swizzle to Sydney Opera House in January 2015.

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

Venue:ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

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

Film: Fell

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

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

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

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

Venue:ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

Film: Tiny A Story About Living Small

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

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

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

Desert Island Flicks: Castaway with Kaz Cooke

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

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


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


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


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


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

The Australian Ballet 2014 Melbourne


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

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

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

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

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

Venue:ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

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

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

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

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

ASOS Wedding Chapel

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s on at Flemington in Spring

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

Flemington Spring Fashion Lunch

Thursday 5 September 2013


The Atrium, Flemington Racecourse

VRC Members: $175 per person

Non-Members: $185 per person


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


Sofitel Girls’ Day Out

Saturday 7 September 2013

First race 12.20pm 

Last race 4.50pm

Flemington Racecourse


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


Turnbull Stakes Day, presented by Yellowglen

Saturday 5 October 2013

First race 11.50am 

Last race 5.45pm

Flemington Racecourse


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


The Preview Lounge

Saturday 5 October 2013

11.00am to 6.30pm

 Flemington Racecourse (east end above the horse stalls)

$215 VRC Members, $225 non-Members;

Inclusions  Racecourse admission

Entry into The Preview Lounge


A gourmet extended cocktail menu  

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

Punter’s Club hosted by RSN personality Shane Anderson

Pamper Lounge services

Tote facilities and televisions within the marquee.


AAMI Victoria Derby Day

Saturday 2 November 2013

First race 11.20am 

Last race 5.10pm

Flemington Racecourse


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


Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade

Monday 4 November 2013

12.00 pm

Bourke Street Mall to Federation Square



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


Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

Tuesday 5 November 2013

First race 10.20am 

Last race 5.15pm

Flemington Racecourse


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


VRC Oaks Club Lunch

Wednesday 6 November 2013

12:00 noon red carpet arrival for 12.30pm

Crown Palladium

VRC Members: $240 per person

Non-Members: $250 per person


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


Crown Oaks Day

Thursday, 7 November 2013

First race 12.20am 

Last race 5.45pm

Flemington Racecourse


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


Emirates Stakes Day

Saturday, 9 November 2013

First race 11.30am 

Last race 5.10pm


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

La Traviata

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

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


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

Good Food Month


A new national food event is set to capture tastebuds around the country when Good Food Month presented by Citi gets underway for 2013.

Australia’s largest food festival, Good Food Month invites food-lovers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra to celebrate Australia’s extraordinary culinary scene, with everything from fine-dining dinners to free, family-friendly outdoor festivals.

In Sydney and regional New South Wales, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month presented by Citi makes a triumphant return throughout October after four years operating as Crave Sydney International Food Festival, which attracted almost a million festival-goers in 2012. And as Melbourne’s newest food festival, The Age Good Food Month presented by Citi will host a series of exciting food-and-drink events throughout November, including the city’s first Night Noodle Markets. Satellite events will also be held in Queensland and Canberra as restaurants ranked in the prestigious Good Food Guide join in with quirky Hats Off Dinners and fabulous Let’s Do Lunch set menus.

It wouldn’t be a celebration of food without a line-up of amazing chefs including Rene Redzepi, the creative genius behind Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, ranked second in the world. Redzepi will headline at a series of events in both Sydney and Melbourne, including an all-star dinner with a group of Australia’s most inspiring culinary talents. In November, his colleague Alex Atala – the chef sensation from Sao Paolo in Brazil, ranked number six in the world, will also be heading Down Under.

Signature events in Melbourne and Sydney include the iconic, Asian-inspired Night Noodle Markets as well as the Shoot the Chef culinary photographic competition. Other Good Food Month features include Good Pub Grub, Bar Hop cocktail and bar snack combinations, Ultimate High Teas as well as numerous other pop-ups, parties and hands-on cooking classes, showcasing the best restaurants, bars, pubs and artisan food businesses across the country.

“Good Food Month is every food-lover’s favourite time of year and we’re delighted to bring the excitement to our most food-mad cities,” says festival director Joanna Savill. “We’ve already had such a huge response from chefs and food producers who have developed some fabulous events to add to the program. We can’t wait to get underway!”

Good Food Month is all part of the celebration of food and drinks that is the Fairfax Good Food network, linked to The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food, The Age's Epicure, The Canberra Times' Food & Wine sections as well as the ultimate resource for all things eating in, out and everything in between.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers

Date:Saturday October 5th
Booking:Ticketmaster 136 100 or visit Qso.com.au/thetwotowers

Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers Complete Score Performed Live with Film

Do you find yourself practicing wizardry like Gandalf, speaking elfish like Legolas, wearing a cloak and pretending you’re part of a Fellowship or have you gone the whole nine yards, moved to the country, bought a house under the ground and adopted the life of a hobbit? If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you may well be Queensland’s biggest Lord of the Rings fan; the Sunshine State’s very own Frodo. If so, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra wants YOU!

What's On At ACMI

Venue:ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

Kids’ Flicks: Miffy The Movie
Full / Concession $7 ACMI Member $5
Sunday 30th of June - Saturday 6th of July
The classic character created by children's book author Dick Bruna makes her big screen debut.

Senior Cinema: Barbara
Seniors $7 ACMI Member (Senior) $5 Carers free of charge
Saturday 29th of June – Tuesday 9th of July
Barbara (the sublime Nina Hoss) is a skilled doctor banished to a rural East German town as punishment for applying for an exit visa. Regarded with suspicion and barely veiled hostility by the locals, Barbara steadfastly refuses to ingratiate herself, only revealing her considerable reserves of compassion and skill in the treatment of her patients. Despite her self-contained demeanour, she does not escape the notice of the hospital's head physician, a younger male doctor who harbours his own secrets.

Kids In The Studio: Cut Out Creations
Monday 1st of July – Friday 5th of July and Monday 8th of July – Friday 12th of July
11am – 2pm
Create costumes for your own cut-out characters in our free, drop-in workshop. Kids can get creative and learn the basics of designing a costume using simple cut-out techniques for a well-known movie character or one they've created themselves.

Venus in Fur presented by Queensland Theatre Company

Venue:Cremorne Theatre, QPAC
Date:27 June – 27 July (previews commence June 22)
Booking:Queenslandtheatre.com.au or phone 136 246

After thrilling audiences on Broadway, Queensland Theatre Company promises all the intensity, drama, and dominance that keeps us fascinated by the concept of sexual power shifting between master and slave with the Australian premiere of VENUS IN FUR, opening June 27 in the Cremorne Theatre at QPAC.

Russian Resurrection Film Festival


Russian Resurrection Film Festival is proud to announce that the international premiere of Legend No. 17 will be held at the Russian Resurrection Film Festival 2013 screening as Sydney’s Opening Night Film.


Sydney: Chauvel, Paddington & Event Cinemas, Burwood
24 July - 7 August

Melbourne: Palace Como
3 July  - 16 July

Brisbane: Palace Centro
26 July - 4 August

Canberra: Palace Electric Cinema

16 July - 21 July

Perth: Cinema Paradiso

1- 11 August

Byron Bay: Palace Byron Bay
2 - 4 August

The Melbourne International Animation Festival

Venue:ACMI Cinemas: Australian Center for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne
Date:20th - 30th of June, 2013
Fee:Single Session: $15 Full, $12 Concession
Booking:Miaf.net or 03 8663 2583,

The Melbourne International Animation Festival is a whopping eleven day celebratory feast of forums, conferences and 400+ of the best, recently released, historical and retrospective animation from around the world.

As a part of the MIAF13 we’re proudly launching RENDER: a two day animation conference, a jam packed CG Symposium and two special fundraiser screenings to digitally preserve Alex Stitt's groundbreaking feature Grendel Grendel Grendel (1981). International guests will include master animator Koji Yamamura (Japan), indie animator extraordinaire Patrick Jenkins (Canada) and noted CG animation historian Terrence Masson (USA).

The Fifth Estate: He Said/He Said

Venue:The Wheeler Centre
Date:'Tuesday 2 October 2012 '
Time:6:15PM - 7:15PM
Conversations about sex and sexual identity are constant in our times: from the debate about gay marriage - including this month's vote in our federal parliament - to the intense discussions and disagreements about consumerism and commercialisation of sex. Yet one conversation that never takes place is that between a straight and a gay man. How do two men, one straight, one gay, see these issues? What are the different ways in which gay men are able to act out sexual desires compared to straight men? What do we mean by the word family? And what do we mean by equality?
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