What's On - Special Events, Previews & Signings

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Cheese Lovers Festival

Venue:Sebel Kirkton Park, Hunter Valley
Date:Saturday 17th June AND Sunday 18th June
Time:10am - 5pm


50 stalls of cheese, beer, wine and assorted cheese-related food stalls

Exclusive cheese lunch and dinner menu designed by Nick Haddow

Cooking with cheese workshops

Beer & Cheese workshops

Fancy Cheesecake Competition (Amateurs only)

Composed Cheese Course (Professional chefs only)

Cheese making classes

Live music from local bands

Kid’s Zone to keep the little ones entertained while you enjoy cheesy goodness!

Tutu Du Monde- Melbourne Sample Sale

Venue:The White Space Photographic Studio, Level2 95 Victoria Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Date:18th March
Time:9am - 3pm

You’re invited! The Tutu Du Monde Melbourne Sample Sale will take place at the White Space Photographic Studio, Level2, 95 Victoria Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065. The Sale will include samples, end of line stock, one-offs exclusives.

Sydney Intocraft LIVE

Venue:Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, James Ruse Dr, Rosehill
Date:March 2 - 5, 2017
Time:Thursday - Sunday / 10am - 4pm
Booking:Buy your tickets at the door or online https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/Sydney-Intocraft-Live-2017/tag/Sydney

Sydney Intocraft LIVE is all about doing what you love. Covering a great selection of crafts, this event offers the perfect mix of inspiration, learning opportunities from experts across a range of crafts, and great shopping for the latest supplies to get crafting straight away!

Sydney Intocraft LIVE is a destination event for the dedicated craft community as well as a great place to visit for the modern crafter or those looking to try their hand at something crafty for the first time.

What’s On at ACMI: Feb - March, 2017


ACMI celebrates the colourful, the queer and the cutting-edge during Asia TOPA
Events from early Feb
Joining Arts Centre Melbourne and a consortium of cultural organisations, ACMI showcases the colourful, the queer and the cutting-edge during the inaugural Asia TOPA program in 2017 – a festival-style program that celebrates the wellspring of moving image, performing arts and culture from the diverse Asia-Pacific region.


Screen installation Ex Nilalang
Until 5 Mar, Lightwell, 1–5pm
Ex Nilalang is a cumulative moving image project by Australian-Filipino collective Club Ate, founded by multidisciplinary video and performance artists, Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra. Three episodes were created in 2015 and ACMI is proud to have commissioned the fourth for Asia TOPA, when the work fills ACMI's Lightwell space with the colourful alter-identities, costumes and spectacle of screen installation Ex Nilalang. The work explores queer mythological figures from the Filipino and South East Asian diaspora, seeking to transform existing Filipino mythologies that were once used to demonise queer identities by colonial powers. The artists draw from their own narratives, lived experiences and personal relationships to forge new connections between queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural experiences. Additionally, Ex Nilalang artists speak at ACMI’s monthly ART+FILM screening and talk series event on Wednesday 1 March.


One night club event Club Ate
2 Mar, 8–12pm
Club Ate is a hybrid party event featuring live performances, video art, music, food and drinks. The event is hosted by Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra, the Sydney-based artists behind ACMI’s Asia TOPA screen installation Ex Nilalang.


ART+FILM with Benji Ra and Justin Shoulder
1 Mar, 6.30pm
In this special ART+FILM event, Sydney-based, Australian-Filipino artists Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra present the first three episodes of a work started in 2015; Balud, Dyesebel and Lolo ex Machina; as well as the brand new fourth episode commissioned for Asia TOPA; Ex Nilalang. The screening is followed by a conversation with Justin and Bhenji about their unique creative practice, which explores the intersections of art, performance, film and identity. Ex Nilalang is a cumulative performance video project that explores queer mythological figures from the Filipino diaspora. The artists use intricately crafted costumes, prostheses, masks, movement and sound to transform their bodies into fantastical otherworldly creatures. ART+FILM is ACMI’s free monthly program showcasing rarely-screened, short and feature-length works by leading Australian and international moving image artists.


Bombay Talkies exhibition
8 Feb – 2 Jul, Gallery 2, 10am–5pm
Free acmi.net.au/bombay-talkies
A major Asia TOPA highlight, ACMI exhibition Bombay Talkies captures the excitement and glamour of early Indian cinema with a treasure trove of artefacts collected by the ‘father of Bollywood cinema’. The exhibition showcases, for the very first time, the Dietze Family Trust archive, inherited by Melburnian Peter Dietze and his two brothers, who discovered late in life that their grandfather was a famous Indian filmmaker and entrepreneur. The collection comprises 3000 cultural artefacts in what is the most comprehensive collection of 1920s and 1930s Indian film studio ephemera in the world. Bombay Talkies is a household name in India, co-founded by ambitious and entrepreneurial filmmaker Himansu Rai (1892 – 1940) and his movie-star wife Devika Rani (1908 – 1994). Releasing 40 films over 20 years, Bombay Talkies was one of India’s most innovative and highly resourced studios, launching the careers of several prominent luminaries including actor Ashok Kumar and director Raj Kapoor.


ACMI & Melbourne Queer Film Festival present Criminalising Queer panel event
21 Mar
The case of the San Antonio Four explored in Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, which screens during this year’s Melbourne Queer Film Festival, is one of many crimes in which the sexuality of the accused (four queer Latina women), is used as damning evidence of their guilt. The Criminalising Queer panel discussion will draw on this and other true crime documentaries including Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hoods, The Staircase and The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst to examine cases where sexuality, assumed sexuality and the personal proclivities of the accused create fear and moral panic in the press and the public.


ACMI presents Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts
Closes 13 Mar
ACMI presents the first Australian solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed French artist and filmmaker, Philippe Parreno – a key artist of his generation and one of the most significant contemporary artists working at the intersection between art and film. Occupying ACMI’s subterranean gallery, this exhibition will be the first retrospective of Parreno’s filmic works – a cinematic ensemble in which the artist’s films play with temporal and spatial boundaries, guiding the visitor through a complex journey of images, duration, memory, and the passage of time. Controlled live by a gallery technician, no one visit is ever the same. Through work that draws on cinema, science fiction, architecture, the phantasmagorical, and the natural, Parreno merges reality and fiction to produce exhibitions that radically challenge our notions of reality, memory and the passage of time.


Parreno Creative Response Series
Until 12 Mar
In the spirit of Philippe Parreno’s love of interdisciplinary collaboration, hear from noted visual artists, filmmakers, sound designers, dancers, critics and writers as they respond to key works and themes in Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts. The upcoming session on Sunday 26 February will feature award winning poet and novelist Lisa Gorton and on Sunday 12 March Justin Clemens will speak on Parreno, Science-Fiction and Technology.


ACMI’s free, interactive Screen Worlds exhibition is open daily, and now features a new VR section
Open every day except Christmas Day, 10am–5pm
Screen Worlds is ACMI’s free, permanent and interactive exhibition that tells the remarkable story of the moving image; a vibrant biography that explores its past, past present and future. This stunning exhibition will change the way audiences think about the most pervasive and powerful cultural forms of our time. Presented in conceptually connected sections Emergence, Voices, Sensation, Games Lab and Kids Space, Screen Worlds brings together rarely seen footage, fascinating objects and interactive displays. ACMI’s first virtual reality (VR) commission Stuck In The Middle With You joined the Screen Worlds display in early November following its short exhibition at ACMI in early 2016. The work is an exciting and immersive VR dance experience that fuses choreography, performance, documentary and drama to put viewers on stage with the Sydney Dance Company. A rotation of new VR commissions will join Stuck in the Middle With You inside Screen Worlds in future.

Squeaky Clean Comedy 

Venue:Melbourne City Conference Centre - 333 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Date:1 - 8 April, 2017
Time:Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm
Fee:$45 Premium, $40 Full, $32 Concession, $30 Grps 8+
Booking:03 9013 5883 or online at www.candlelightproductions.com.au

Nine comedians, two hours, three nights only.


Now in its fifth year, Australia's premier clean comedy gala returns for THREE SHOWS ONLY at this years' Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


When Squeaky Clean Comedy first hit the stage it was the only overtly clean comedy show for adults in the entire MICF. A testament to the quality of comedy on offer, it's now become one of the largest and most loved events in the festival.


Featuring a stellar line-up of award-winning, local and national comedians including Michael Connell, Simon Taylor, Angus Gordon, Michael Shafar, John Englezos, Mark Trenwith, Aaron Pratt, Diana Nguyen and Mike Klimczak, this years' Squeaky Clean Comedy is a two and half hour, jam packed gala event which is aimed at adults, but still suitable for all ages.


Supporting and championing our local talent, Candlelight Productions invites you to laugh yourself hoarse on a night out at this years' Comedy Festival that is "excellent value for money", and "a show that caters to all tastes." (Comedy Beast)


World Vision, Thankyou Water, and Etiko Clothing have proudly partnered with Candlelight Productions in support of this years' Squeaky Clean Comedy event.


Venue:Theatre Works - 14 Acland St, St Kilda
Date:23 - 26 March, 2017
Time:Thurs - Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm (Preview Thurs 23 March)
Fee:$28 Full, $20 Concession and Preview, $22 Grps 8+
Booking:03 9534 3388 or online at www.theatreworks.org.au

A large ensemble of friends are on vacation. Isolated and shielded from the tumultuous events of an empire in upheaval, these Summer guests are free to enjoy life at leisure in the Russian countryside. In whatever way they choose...


Written by Maxim Gorki in the months leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1905, Summerfolk is infused with the anger and energy of a nation dissatisfied with its way of life. It is not a play of barricades, blood on the streets or backroom political deals. It is an invitation to live and embrace a life of passion, fulfillment, and agency.


Featuring a 17 strong cast, this ambitious production by Burning House takes a classic work by one of Russia's most profound writers, activists and Nobel Prize winners, and transplants it in modern day Australia. Running for FOUR SHOWS ONLY, it's a dynamic adaptation, not to be missed.


Burning House is an emerging independent company dedicated to bringing bold interpretations of rarely performed classic texts to Melbourne. Burning House’s heart is Robert Johnson (Artistic Director), Jessica Doutch (General Manager) and James Lew (Associate Artist).

A Victorian Silhouette Fashion Event

Venue:The Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Date:March 8th, 2017
Time:at 6pm

For the first time, the Melbourne Museum and Sovereign Hill have come together to present ‘A Victorian Silhouette’ as an official part of the 2017 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Arts Program.


On Wednesday 8th March, Sovereign Hill’s Costume Department will present 1850s ladies daywear in fascinating detail.  A Victorian Silhouette presents an evening behind the door of the boudoir to experience the secrets of the 1850s Victorian silhouette, and will showcase a range of fashions from the 1850s, including a wedding dress.


The show will also demonstrate how the 1850s silhouette was built through undergarments and foundation wear.


Costume is one of the most recognisable aspects of Sovereign Hill’s interpretation of life on the Victorian goldfields and is a powerful exhibit in communicating how fashion, morality, etiquette and social structures have changed over time. 


Presented in Melbourne Museum’s award-winning exhibition The Melbourne Story, these stunning costumes will be surrounded by more than 1200 objects from Museums Victoria’s humanities collection including Phar Lap, a Cobb and Co Coach and a Luna Park Big Dipper.


A Victorian Silhouette will be staged on 8th March from 6pm - 7.30pm at The Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton.

Seniors Film Festival: Young at Heart


Young at Heart, the only film festival in the world catering to film lovers over 60 years of age, returns this April to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Canberra - and also makes its debut in Adelaide! Presented for the first time by Palace Cinemas, the festival celebrates its 12th birthday in 2017, with a specially curated selection of intense dramas, cracking comedies, and riveting documentaries. 


Highlights of Young at Heart include the Australian premiere of the period piece VICEROY’S HOUSE, starring Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon and Hugh Bonneville. Based on the true story of India’s final Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, who lived with 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants, the film is set during the 1947 partition of the British Indian Empire into India and Pakistan.


The late Australian artist Brett Whiteley comes under the spotlight in the Australian premiere of the documentary WHITELEY, directed by James Bogle. With contributions from the artist’s former wife Wendy Whiteley and his sister Frannie Hopkirk, the film features Brett’s own voice and offers a fascinating insight into one of the art world’s most brilliant and controversial figures. 


Directed by Jason Connery, son of acting legend Sean Connery, is the moving drama TOMMY’S HONOUR. Starring Sam Neill, Ophelia Lovibond, and Peter Mullan, the film focuses on the relationship between Scottish father and son, Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, and how their unique bond gave birth to the modern game of golf.


Award-winning Irish director Jim Sheridan (The Boxer) returns with his latest drama, THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, starring Vanessa Redgrave, Rooney Mara, Eric Bana, Theo James, and Jack Reynor. Based on Sebastian Barry’s book of the same name, the story recounts the fictional diaries of Roseanne McNulty, who has been confined to an asylum for most of her life.


There will also be special retrospective screenings of the 1968 film THE LION IN WINTER, featuring the Hollywood all-star cast of Katharine Hepburn (in her Academy Award®-winning role), Peter O’Toole, John Castle, and Anthony Hopkins. The film is based on James Goldman’s Broadway play about King Henry II and the extremes his family go to in an effort to coerce him into deciding which of his three sons will be the next king.


YOUNG AT HEART Presented by Palace Cinemas                                                

Sydney: April 3 – 9,  Palace Norton Street and Verona
April 3 – 9, Palace Electric
Adelaide: April 10 – 16, Palace Nova Cinemas
Melbourne: April 20 – 26, Palace Balwyn and Brighton Bay
Brisbane: April 20 – 26, Palace Centro


An Evening with John Kavanagh

Join John Kavanagh, the Head Coach to world renowned UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor and Author of best-selling book ‘Win or Learn,’ on ‘An Evening with John Kavanagh’ - as he tells the amazing story of his long road to success in MMA. 

John will be joined in conversation with Kacper Rosolowski and Denis Shkuratov of Submission Radio (Australia and New Zealand’s biggest weekly Mixed Martial Arts show).  Guests will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about John's truly inspirational approach to life and his take on being the man behind the most talked about fighter in combat sports.  A first hand look into the behind-the-scenes of the rise and triumphs of Conor McGregor.  John will also be signing copies of his book: ‘Win or Learn’ (Out via Penguin)


Friday 7th April – The Star – Event Centre, Sydney

Tuesday 18th April – Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

All About Women - No Lights, No Lycra

Venue:Main Rehearsal Room: Sydney Opera House
Date:Sunday 5 March 2017
Time:5pm and 6.30pm
Fee:$15 + booking fee
Booking:aaw.sydneyoperahouse.com or 02 9250 7777

The fifth, annual All About Women festival will conclude – and shake off – an empowering and huge day of talks, panels, and performances – with anti-dance class phenomenon No Lights, No Lycra (NLNL).


Conceived in Melbourne in 2009 by dancers Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett, No Lights, No Lycra (NLNL) is famous for its inclusive, body positive, and truly uninhibited approach to dance.


Now a global dance community found in 76 locations around Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada, and the USA, NLNL is strictly, and importantly, no lights, no lycra, no teacher, no imposed choreography, and no technique. It’s purely about the joy of dancing, minus the judgment.


With powerful, curated playlists and a pitch-black dancefloor, NLNL’s mandate is free form movement, exhilarating dance, and self-expression.


After a full day of important and challenging discussions, the NLNL sessions will provide a (sweaty) release for All About Women audiences.


All The Songs I Can't Sing

Venue:Tasma Terrace - 6 Parliament Place, East Melbourne
Date:28 March - 8 April, 2017
Time:Mon - Sat 9:15pm
Fee:$25 Full $20 Concession and Grps 4+, $15 Preview and Tightarse Tuesday

It's terrifying.


Gavin can’t sing. Well, maybe. He sometimes hits the notes. Rarely though. He’s tone deaf and has no concept of pitch. Nor does he have any appealing vocal quality.


But dammit, that’s not going to stop him from trying.


All The Songs I Can’t Sing is a celebration of one man's limitations and his yearning to take to the stage and share with an audience the songs that have touched him on his soul. And other places.


A powerhouse in the heady world of "One-Man Theatre", since 2011’s smash hit Confessions of a Grindr Addict Gavin Roach has also inflicted Any Womb Will Do, I Can’t Say the F Word and The Measure of a Man on SOLD OUT houses in Melbourne.  He has had hugely successful national and international tours of his work, so it should then come as no real surprise that he was the 2016 Artist of the Year at the GLOBE Community Awards.


With songs like Walking on Sunshine, Like a Prayer and Dancing On My Own in the mix, this premiere season promises to serve up more of Gavin’s trademark vibrancy, wit, and never-ending attempts to overachieve. It’s the pitch perfect show to catch during the 2017 MICF.


Adman: Warhol before pop

The Art Gallery of NSW is set for a fabulously queer makeover this February and March as Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras rolls out a bumper program of events and activities to spark creative discussion and celebrate equality.

Aligning with the Art Gallery of NSW’s exhibition Adman: Warhol before pop, Mardi Gras’ thought- provoking Queer Thinking will host a series of events to get you talking (Sat 25 and Sun 26 Feb) while  the Gallery’s Art After Hours event will celebrate Warhol with some of the most outrageous and ostentatious performers in town (Wed 1 March, 5pm–10pm).

Adman: Warhol before pop takes us back in time to the 1950s, a pre-pop and pre-mad men era, when a young Andy Warhol arrives to make his mark in New York. A collaboration between the Art Gallery of NSW and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, the exhibition is a rare opportunity to encounter the formative years of one of the world’s most influential artists, providing deeper insight into the making of an icon, but hold on there’s more.

Queer Thinking gives audiences the low down on some of the meaty LGBTQI community issues for 2017, both in Australia and abroad. Inspiring, entertaining and provocative, the annual talkfest finds a shiny new home at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Day one of Queer Thinking, Queer Warhol, will use a queer lens to focus in on the theme of sexuality in Warhol’s artistic output and to explore his lasting impact on queer artists worldwide. The afternoon will begin with a keynote address by Richard Meyer (Professor of Art History at Stanford University), author of What was contemporary art? and co-author, with Catherine Lord, of Art & Queer Culture. Following Richard’s talk, Barry Keldoulis (CEO and Fair Director, Art Fairs Australia) will lead a panel discussion featuring four contemporary Australian artists: Deborah Kelly, Claudia Nicholson, Josh Feeney and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran.

Day two, EqualiTea Party, is the perfect setting to engage in discussion across a diverse range of queer- centric topics, as an eclectic line-up of leading guest speakers share their inspirational stories. Speakers include Benjamin Law (journalist, author of Gaysia & The Family Law), Bonnie Hart (intersex advocate, XY  woman and President of the AIS Support), Teddy Cook (founding member of GRUNT [PASH.tm], team leader ACON Regional Outreach Service), Jordan Raskopoulos (transgender comedian and actress – The Axis of Awesome), Jacqueline Tomlins (writer and trainer, founding member Rainbow Families Council and mother of three) and Be Steadwell (American songstress/filmmaker, making work for queer people of colour).

Keep the ideas flowing afterwards over a refreshing afternoon tea and a sneaky glass of bubbles, served by our glamorous Sydney drag hostess, Hannah Conda.

Queer Art After Hours combines what we already love about Sydney’s weekly social night out at the Gallery with a specially curated, star-studded queer lineup. Glam up with a glitzy glitter makeover in the Parlour Bizarre by Glitta Supernova, catch stunning performances by Sydney queer darlings Blake Lawrence, Matt Format and Brendan Maclean, or grab a drink at the bar and become immersed in the bizarre, character performance duo Cocoloco and Melbourne’s James Welsby (YUMMY) and The Huxley’s — all against the beautiful backdrop of the historic Art Gallery of NSW and the Andy Warhol exhibition.

Also as part of Queer Thinking is Politics in the Pub on Tuesday 28 February presented by Merivale in association with The Equality Campaign. The theme of the discussion panel is achieving marriage equality, from a local and international perspective. The panel will feature US Senator Ricardo Lara, former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally, A4E’s Tiernan Brady and AME’s Dr Shirleene Robinson.


Queer Thinking: Queer Warhol
Saturday 25th February, 1pm – 3pm
$30 Adult
$28 Concession
$26 Members (AGNSW or SGLMG)
Includes admission to the Adman: Warhol before pop exhibition

Queer Thinking: EqualiTea Party
Sunday 26th February, 1pm – 3pm
$25 Adult
$20 Members (SGLMG)
Includes afternoon tea and a glass of bubbles

Queer Art After Hours
Wednesday 1st March, 5pm – 10pm FREE

Politics in the Pub – Achieving marriage equality, a local and international perspective
The Beresford, L1
Tuesday 28 February, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
$10 entry (supporting the Equality Campaign) & enjoy 10% off dinner (event night only)

Adman: Warhol before pop
25 February – 28 May 2017

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney

$18 adult
$16 concession
$14 member
$44 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$8 child (5-17 years) Free for children under 5

Exhibition tickets are dated and timed.

Tickets to Queer Thinking are available now through the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras website mardigras.org.au

The Secret Garden at The Grounds of Alexandria


This February the usual garden space will become a lavishly decorated Secret Garden, boasting incredible floral installations and out of this world Instagram opportunities around every nook and cranny.

The Grounds will be hosting an exclusive Valentine’s Day evening degustation, starting from 7pm - It will be a evening to remember filled with captivating entertainment and is set to capture the romance of couples enjoying the night in the Grounds' very own luscious photo booth, complete with a swing for two!

The night will lovingly start with an exquisite Valentine's Day cocktail on arrival, followed by four divine courses accompanied by matching wines and unlimited pre-selected drinks. The chefs are keeping the heavenly details under wraps, but you can expect the following as the main pièce de résistance:

To begin, a selection of 3 garden inspired canapés, served with warm sourdough fresh from the woodfire ovens.
Starter: Champagne Lobster
Main: Beef served medium with a mixed garden salad
Dessert: An enchanted garden to share

While seats for the evening are strictly limited and bookings essential, all of The Grounds customers are invited to experience the beauty of the Secret Garden come to life and join in the everyday fun and festivities at the cafe, the bakery and patisserie, the potting shed and the roastery. All whilst being surrounded by nature’s best in the former Alexandria industrial site.

"There are so many reasons for our guests to come back again and again," says cofounder Ramzey Choker - "there’s always something new to see, do and try, we’re always innovating.”

The Way Things Work

Date:31 January - 5 March

Democracy dies behind closed doors…

Corruption. Politics. Loyalty. Fear.

Mate. Brother. Ally.

Don’t look away.

The media are savaging him, a Royal Commission has just been launched, and Patrick Barlow is in it neck-deep. At least he has his mate Dench to count on…

Multi award-winning writer/director Aidan Fennessy’s dynamic and topical play is a darkly compelling, bitingly funny exploration of the relationship between masculinity and the thirst for power … in whatever echelon you might happen to inhabit.

Lawrence Weiner: Out Of Sight

Venue:NGV International
Date:10 February – 17 April 2017
Time:Open daily, 10am-5pm
Fee:Free entry

The NGV will present pioneering American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner’s latest installation OUT OF SIGHT, a participatory hopscotch-inspired artwork stretching 16m long, from 10 February 2017.


Developed especially for teenagers, OUT OF SIGHT invites visitors of all ages to think creatively about the direction of their lives as they engage with the floor-based work in front of NGV International’s iconic Waterwall.


Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be one of the first galleries in the world to stage Lawrence Weiner’s newest work OUT OF SIGHT, which will also be presented in cities including New York, Houston, Chicago and Shanghai. Using Weiner’s characteristic text-based approach, OUT OF SIGHT will explore the concept of uncertain futures with visitors encountering a number of different phrases and ideas as they move along the hopscotch.’


The installation will be accompanied by additional elements including a short film, featuring reflections on the artwork from a cast of Melbourne high school students. The opening weekend for OUT OF SIGHT will be marked by a series of dynamic performances showcasing the unique talents of local teenage creatives in fields such as music, dance, comedy and sport. Through these performances the process of practicing, honing and then performing a skill will be on show, providing a window into teenage life and the act of becoming.


NGV Teen Guides will also activate OUT OF SIGHT, offering their own diverse perspectives on the artwork to visitors and encouraging conversation and speculation about the work’s intention. Following a successful pilot program, NGV Teen Guides will be launched as an ongoing initiative to coincide with the launch of OUT OF SIGHT, allowing teenagers to make their voices heard within the gallery.


Lawrence Weiner was born in 1942 in the South Bronx, New York City. He is considered a central figure in the development of conceptual art during the 1960s. Weiner is renowned for his predominantly text-based artworks that use language as a form of sculpture, replacing material with ideas. His artworks have been exhibited all over the world during a prolific career spanning more than fifty years.

Dane Swan in conversation with Titus O'Reily

Venue:The Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen St Yarraville
Date:Saturday, April 8th
Time:6.00pm (dining); 7.00pm (show only)
Fee:Tickets (excl. BF): $90-$95 (Dinner & Show); $30/$40/50 (Show only)

In a must-see show for footy and comedy fans alike, controversial AFL superstar Dane Swan will share the stage with football satirist Titus O’Reilly for what’s bound to be a bloody hilarious, no-holds-barred conversation.
Not many AFL champions become better to watch AFTER they’ve retired, but Collingwood Football Club legend Dane Swan is that rare breed of former footballer who says what he thinks and means what he says – most of which is refreshing, knowledgeable, unique and funny.  Always funny.
Such is his national appeal that last night, he made his debut on Network Ten's hit series, "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here". 

Swan is widely-known and loved not only for his full body of tattoos (often accompanied by a Kelly Gang beard), but also for his quick wit and uniquely dry humour – not to mention a haul of individual awards including the 2011 Brownlow Medal, three Copeland Trohies, five All Australians, an AFLCA Most Valuable Player, a Jim Stynes Medal and a couple of ANZAC medals.  
He recently released his brutally honest and very funny book, talking about the highs and lows of his AFL career and on the Yarraville Club stage with the bluntness of Titus O’Reilly, there’s bound to be some great laughs and a clanger or two to surprise us all.

Nikki Britton is Romanticide

Venue:The Forum Theatre (Ladies Lounge) - Flinders Street, Melbourne CBD
Date:30 March - 23 April
Time:Tues - Sat 8:30pm, Sun 7:30pm
Fee:$22 - 24 Full, $17 - 20 Concession, $15 - 20 Grps 6+, $17 Tuesdays, $15 Preview
Booking:1300 660 013 or online at www.comedyfestival.com.au

"Once upon a time there was a young woman who fell madly in love with a prince and they lived happily ever after."


This is not that story.


She's studied clowning in Paris, worked as a choreographer at Disneyland, and toured New Zealand as a football team massage therapist; Nikki Britton's life is a smorgasbord of sensational stories. Despite a life so rich with wonder and bad ass joy, this self-confessed "hopeless romantic" is still chasing that elusive ideal of happily-ever-after... BUT WHY?


Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australian Comedy's most exciting rising stars, Nikki’s effervescent style, outrageous characters and lightning wit has seen her sell out shows at every festival for the last four years. Fresh from touring Australia with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow and Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase tours, and killing it in the Los Angeles at comedy scene, Nikki Britton returns this year with her latest and greatest solo hour of stand up in Nikki Britton is Romanticide.

Desperate and Dateless at The Coopers Malthouse

Venue:The Coopers Malthouse - 113 Sturt Street Southbank
Date:30 March - 2 April, 4 - 9 April
Time:Tues - Sat 8:15pm, Sun 7:15pm
Fee:$32 Full, $25 Concession and Groups 6+, $25 Tightarse Tuesday
Booking:03 9685 5111 and www.malthousetheatre.com.au/whats-on/desperate-and-dateless

The Ginger and Tonic gals are at a loss as to why their relationships never work out, after all they're vivacious, outgoing, gorgeous women?! They've played hard to get, then easy to get, tried salsa classes, and also swiped right on Tinder. They've even tried just "being themselves", and nothing seems to work.


But every pot must have a lid and these determined women won't stop until they find theirs...


Specialising in original songs as well as impertinent parodies, female a cappella group Ginger and Tonic's combination of superb voices create their unique, much lauded sound. Making their Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut with award-winning production Desperate and Dateless at The Coopers Malthouse, these ladies know how to wow an audience.


Since forming in 2010, Ginger and Tonic have performed as a headline act at the Festival of Voices in Hobart, toured to Germany to perform at the International A Cappella Festival in Leipzig, and in 2012 won first place at SingFest – Australia's leading a cappella festival and competition. They have also performed at festivals all around Australia including Port Fairy Folk Festival, Perth's FringeWorld, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and the Queenscliff Music Festival.


What's On at the Sydney Opera House

Venue:Sydney Opera House

Club Swizzle – classy cabaret from the creators of La Soiree
9 December – 29 January 2017
From $69.90
The Studio
Following its premiere in The Studio last year, this scintillating new season of Club Swizzle marks the triumphant return of a company that has been seducing Sydney with top-shelf cabaret since the 2012 debut season of La Soiree.
Summer Playground
6 – 29 January 2017
Western Broadwalk, Western Foyers
Stroll down the Western Broadwalk and soak up the vintage carnival vibe. Enjoy the free entertainment and activities, dine alfresco and cool down at the pop-up harbourside bar.   

The Funatorium: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – a chaotic cabaret for kids (ages 5 and over)
7 – 22 January 2017
From $29
The Studio
Hats on! Tea Poured! Silly faces at the ready! A tea party made just for kids has rolled into town. Inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic tale Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, kids will be whisked into a weird and wonderful world full of acrobatics, circus, singing, dancing and roller skates.

Amanda Palmer – An evening with Amanda Palmer
21 January
From $49
Concert Hall
Five years after her Opera House show, the reigning queen of punk cabaret, and founding Dresden Doll, continues her love affair with Australia, returning solo to the very same Concert Hall that spawned her 2011 love-letter album, Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under.  

Nigel Kennedy – Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons + Dedications 
27 – 28 January
From $89.00
Concert Hall
Titled 'The New Four Seasons', Kennedy will take you on a familiar but electrifying new journey with trademark flair, bringing his fresh interpretations of the music whilst keeping Vivaldi's Four Seasons at the heart.        

BARBU – Canadian hipster circus make their daring Opera House debut
8 February – 4 March
From $39.90
The Studio
These big-bellied carnies from Canada’s francophone heartland make their Opera House debut – and stray dangerously close to the edge.

Explosions in the Sky – Cathartic rock royalty make their Concert Hall debut
23 February
From $49
Concert Hall
Texan post-rock giants will brinf their soaring, guitar-driven mini-symphonies to the Concert Hall as part of the Sydney Opera House’s summer music program.  

Warpaint – Returning to Australia for their Concert Hall debut  
25 February
From $49
Concert Hall
It’s been three years and two world tours since LA quartet Warpaint ifrst played in australia. Since then they’ve titled their murky art-rock jams towards the dancefloor – and the sort of high-octane performance befitting their Concert Gall debut during the Opera House’s summer music program.

Conor Oberst – Indie’s poet-prince makes Opera House debut
27 February 2017
From $69
Concert Hall
He’s been hailed as ‘the new Bob Dylan’ and named songwriter of the year by Rolling Stone. Now Conor Oberst makes his Opera House debut in an intimate and exclusive Australian performance.

All About Women
5 March 2017
Ticket prices vary
Academy Award-winning actor and advocate Geena Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mei Fong, writer and fat acceptance activist Lindy West, Worimi entrepeneur Josephine Cashman and author Clementine Ford headline the fifth All About Women program, the Sydney Opera House’s annual festival exploring the issues that matter to women.

8 - 9 March 2017
Ticket from $89 +bf
Proclaimed heirs to Oasis by the Gallaghers themselves, Leicester's stadium rock rogues preview their sixth album in two Australian exclusive Opera House performances.

Taste of the Opera House
2 April – 3 December 2017
Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen, Portside Sydney, Bennelong
Wine and dine your way around the Sydney Opera House’s restaurants and bars on our new Taste of the Opera House experience. An entirely different way to experience Australia’s most inspiring building while taking in the culinary delights of some of Sydney’s best chefs.

FITT presents the 2017 International Women’s Day Luncheon ‘Celebrating the Digital Frontier’

Venue:Park Hyatt Melbourne – Grand Ballroom 1 Parliament Square, East Melbourne, Vic, 3002
Date:Friday 17th March, 2017
Time:11.45am – registration
Fee:$180 + GST
Booking:www.fitt.org.au or go direct to https://fittiwdmelb2017.eventbrite.com.au

It’s no secret that Information Technology is one of the most pervasive, if not THE most pervasive industry today.

At home, in the office, in the car, in the supermarket, bank or gym – Information Technology is everywhere.

It’s pretty easy then to draw the conclusion that there are lots of really cool jobs out there in the IT and digital space and that skills in STEM can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go in your career.


This year, FITT is ‘celebrating the digital frontier’ and our IWD luncheon series will feature a number of people with cool carers and super cool outlooks when it comes to the opportunities that our industry presents… and where they see the future of digital heading.


We invite you to join with hundreds of people across the ICT industry to hear about the digital future from the eyes of a rocket scientist, a leading Group CIO of an ASX listed organisation, inspirational inventors and more… They’re the people of today who are pushing the boundaries for tomorrow.

So, come and celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 with the FITT community and be part of the discussion about how we can all join together to ‘celebrate the digital frontier’ and in doing so, build a greater, brighter and more exciting future for our industry, locally and globally.


There will also be opportunities to network – both over the sumptuous lunch and during our networking breaks.

The FITT IWD luncheon events sell out each year, so we encourage you to get your tickets before they’re all gone. Be part of IWD 2017 – and Celebrate the Digital Frontier!

FITT presents the 2017 International Women’s Day Luncheon ‘Celebrating the Digital Frontier’

Venue:Star City – Event Centre: 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
Date:8th of March, 2017
Time:11.45am – registration
Fee:$180 + GST

It’s no secret that Information Technology is one of the most pervasive, if not THE most pervasive industry today.


At home, in the office, in the car, in the supermarket, bank or gym – Information Technology is everywhere.

It’s pretty easy then to draw the conclusion that there are lots of really cool jobs out there in the IT and digital space and that skills in STEM can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go in your career.


This year, FITT is ‘celebrating the digital frontier’ and our IWD luncheon series will feature a number of people with cool carers and super cool outlooks when it comes to the opportunities that our industry presents… and where they see the future of digital heading.


We invite you to join with hundreds of people across the ICT industry to hear about the digital future from the eyes of a rocket scientist, a leading Group CIO of an ASX listed organisation, inspirational inventors and more… They’re the people of today who are pushing the boundaries for tomorrow.

So, come and celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 with the FITT community and be part of the discussion about how we can all join together to ‘celebrate the digital frontier’ and in doing so, build a greater, brighter and more exciting future for our industry, locally and globally.


There will also be opportunities to network – both over the sumptuous lunch and during our networking breaks.


The FITT IWD luncheon events sell out each year, so we encourage you to get your tickets before they’re all gone. Be part of IWD 2017 – and Celebrate the Digital Frontier!

Queensland Symphony Orchestra in February 2017 - Brave, Bold and Adventurous

This February, Queensland Symphony Orchestra launches with five extraordinary musical events, celebrating Chinese New Year on 9 February with the legendary Piers Lane before world renowned stars of classical music, Alondra de la Parra and Maxim Vengerov take centre stage commencing a remarkable program of brave, bold and adventurous orchestral music.

Thursday 9 February at 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (QSO WorldBeat)
Conductor Dane Lam, Soprano Yafen, Erhu Ma Xiaohui, Pipa Zhao Cong, Piano Piers Lane, Violin Zoë Black
Program includes: Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bao A Dialogue Of Flowers, Chindamo American Spirit, Tchaikovsky Waltz-Finale from Nutcracker, Gaun Fantasies Symphoniques - Farewell My Concubine, Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain, Cong Apsaras on the Silk Road, Tan Dun Eternal Vow from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Concerto. Patron: His Excellency Mr Cheng Jingye, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Australia. The WorldBeat series is presented by NAB and supported by Brisbane City Council. In association with ACCCA. Friend of BrisAsia Festival.

Friday 17 February at 11am, Concert Hall, QPAC (QSO Morning Masterworks)
Conductor Alondra de la Parra, Piano Zhang Zuo (Zee Zee) Australian debut, QSO exclusive
Program: Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1, Mahler Symphony No.1 Titan
QSO’s Morning Masterworks feature some of the finest repertoires ever created, presented by the best international conductors and soloists together with Queensland Symphony Orchestra. In February, QSO Music Director Alondra de la Parra continues her epic Mahler cycle with Symphony No.1 Titan. Exciting young pianist Zhang Zuo makes her Australian debut with Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1 Join like-minded music lovers for a complimentary morning tea before taking your seat in the Concert Hall for this feast of magnificent music. The QSO Music Director is proudly supported by Timothy Fairfax AC. Presented in association with QPAC. The Morning Masterworks series is proudly supported by 4MBS Classic FM.

Saturday 18 February at 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (QSO Maestro)
Conductor Alondra de la Parra, Piano Zhang Zuo (Zee Zee) Australian debut, QSO exclusive
Program: Wagner Tannhäuser Overture, Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1, Mahler Symphony No.1 Titan
QSO’s Music Director Alondra de la Parra opens QSO’s 2017 Season with the next instalment of her epic Mahler cycle. The Titan, a work of brilliance and extraordinary scale, sets the composer on his journey as one of the great symphonists; the perfect gateway to a Mahler odyssey. Add Mendelssohn’s glittering jewel of a concerto in the hands of young pianist Zhang Zuo, who brings enthusiasm, glamour and pure artistry to the stage on her Australian debut. Commencing with Wagner’s grand Tannhäuser Overture, this bids fair to be an evening of power, sparkle and spectacle. The Tannhäuser Overture marks the commencement of QSO’s 70th anniversary celebrations in 2017 and was the first work performed at QSO’s inaugural concert in 1947 in Brisbane City Hall. The QSO Music Director is proudly supported by Timothy Fairfax AC. Presented in association with QPAC. Pre-concert talks at 6.30pm.  

Wednesday 22 February from 5.30pm for 6pm, QSO Studio, South Bank
QSO’s In Conversation series provides audiences with a deeper insight into the artists that grace our concert stage, in the intimate setting of the QSO Studio. Join QSO Music Director Alondra de la Parra and 2017 Artist-in-Residence Maxim Vengerov in a very special event that promises to be both illuminating and entertaining. Two of the world’s most exciting and influential artists discuss what drives and inspires them, and what it means to be an integral part of QSO’s 70th Anniversary celebrations. Complimentary drinks will be served in the foyer prior to the event from 5.30pm. The QSO Music Director is proudly supported by Timothy Fairfax AC. The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by the T & J St Baker Charitable Trust, and The University of Queensland.

Thursday 23 February at 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (Special Event)
Violin Maxim Vengerov, Piano Roustem Saïtkoulov
Program: Schubert Grand Duo in A Major, Beethoven Sonata No.7 in C Minor, Ravel Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, Ernst Variations on the Irish Folk Song The Last Rose of Summer, Paganini Cantabile, Paganini (arr. Kreisler)
Maxim Vengerov makes a triumphant return to Queensland with this special event that marks the start of his tenure as QSO 2017 Artist-in-Residence. An up close and personal concert recital, featuring some of the world’s greatest violin music, played by the world’s greatest violinist. Joined by regular collaborator Roustem Saïtkoulov on piano, seminal works by Schubert, Beethoven and Ravel will be followed by Ernst’s fiendishly difficult Variations for solo violin, before returning to the sonata format with Paganini. An unforgettable evening in the great tradition of violin recitals, this is a concert not to be missed. The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by the T & J St Baker Charitable Trust and The University of Queensland. Co-presented by QSO and QPAC.


NGV Living Landscapes

Date:Friday Night until March 10th
Time:6pm – 10pm

A new La Trobe University initiative, inspired by one of the world’s most influential living artists currently featuring at the NGV in David Hockney: Current, will see a virtual forest of hand drawn digital trees and plants translated into a real-life forest, creating long-lasting benefits for the environment.

Under the initiative, Living Landscapes, visitors to the NGV’s Friday Nights program create their own personalised tree on an iPad using the colours and brush strokes inspired by David Hockney. They move their tablet over a virtual scale replica of the University’s 30-hectare Wildlife Sanctuary and digitally “plant” their creation amid an evolving forest of digital trees already created by other visitors on the night.

For each of the estimated 4000 virtual plants created during the initiative, La Trobe will plant one within the Sanctuary, which was set up 50 years ago to protect local flora and fauna. Sanctuary Senior Coordinator Andrew Stocker said the University was delighted to offer an experience that allowed gallery visitors to create their own Hockney‐inspired art while also helping protect an iconic Melbourne habitat.

Queer Screen’s 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival

Date:15th February – 2nd March 2017

From James Franco making porn to a sing-a-long with Doris Day, Queer Screen’s 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival has something for everyone whether it’s an inspiring political documentary, a tear-jerking drama or a sexy romp!


Tickets are now on sale at queerscreen.org.au for the full program which runs from 15 February to 2 March in Event Cinemas George St and other venues. Featuring a world premiere, four international premieres, a massive 31 Australian premieres and MOONLIGHT, the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama, the range of films cover important issues like safe schools, marriage equality, economic migration, political asylum, and the struggles of ageing, alongside a lot of fun films celebrating the sequined, sexy and sultry side of queer life.


“Continuing our focus on diversity and aiming to be a truly representative LGBTIQ film festival has been our guiding vision,” explains Festival Director Paul Struthers. “While we still feature this year’s best coming-of-age movies, we are screening stories about the young and old in our community and everyone in between. Building on last year’s expanded program, we have again increased the proportion of lesbian and transgender content and included more people of colour”.


There is a green hue to this year’s Festival as for the first time, both Opening and Closing Nights are Irish films. The Opening night audience will fall in love with award-winning drama A DATE FOR MAD MARY which premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Root for fresh-out-of-prison Mary as she desperately seeks a date for her best friend’s wedding. Closing the Festival is HANDSOME DEVIL, a comedy about geeky student Ned and his school’s reaction to a blossoming friendship with sporty jock Connor. Recently shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, the screening with be followed by a very special party hosted by Irish ‘royalty’ – the Queen of Ireland, Panti Bliss.


Queer Screen's President Lisa Rose welcomes the Festival’s newest sponsors, Major Partner American Express and Sponsors Accenture and Lush Cosmetics. “We couldn’t run the Festival without the fantastic support of our sponsors and this year we are thrilled to partner with leading LGBTI allies such as The Star Sydney, American Express, AGL, Event Cinemas George St, Optus, Monash IVF, Accenture, Lush Cosmetics and SBS who alongside our other treasured core Festival and Queer Screen sponsors, will work with us to deliver the biggest and best Mardi Gras Festival yet”.

Food Allergy Week 2017

Date:14th-20th May

Food allergies are increasing at an alarming rate across Australia - that's why we need to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of potentially severe allergic reactions throughout the general community.


Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the developed world - improved education and awareness keeps those affected by such allergies safe.



Puppetry Of The Penis

Date:2nd February through to 28th April

The much-­loved hilariously nuts spectacle that is Puppetry Of The Penis, is returning down-­under for an action packed tour across the country. The show will stop at 24 cities across Australia from 2nd February through to 28th April.

Continuing to be one of Australia’s greatest theatrical exports, Puppetry of the Penis has now played to most of the Western World. The show has been hosted in over 35 countries and performed in six languages. Two near naked men (they wear shoes) manipulate their nether regions using the Ancient Art of Genital Origami, providing the audience with a hilarious array of shapes and impersonations
which will be projected onto a huge video screen.

This latest incarnation comes fresh from Sin City itself, where the show has been thrilling audiences for the last two years, and will feature the stellar cast direct from Las Vegas, Rich Binning and Barry Brisco.

It features all your favourites, including the Eiffel Tower, the Lochness Monster, the Pelican and of course, the iconic Hamburger, but will also include a host of new installations, such as Miley Cyrus, Yoda, and the Kardashian, that promise to rock you into hilarious fits of laughter.


WAGGA WAGGA 2nd February | Civic Theatre
ALBURY 3rd February | Entertainment Centre
CANBERRA 4th February | Playhouse Theatre
ORANGE 5th February | Civic Theatre
YOUNG 5th February | Young Services Club
BATHURST 10th February | Bathurst Panthers
MUDGEE 11th February | Parklands Resort
ADELAIDE 17th February – 19th March | Fringe Festival
MANDURAH 22nd March | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
PERTH 23rd – 26th March | Regal Theatre
TRARALGON 28th March | Latrobe Performing Arts Centre
MORWELL 29th March | Kernot Hall
SALE 30th March | Esso BHP Billiton Entertainment Centre
MELBOURNE 1st – 9th April | Melbourne Comedy Festival
NOOSA 12th April | The J
BALLINA 13th April | Ballina RSL Club
TWEED HEADS 14th April | Twin Towns Services Club
CALOUNDRA 15th April | The Events Centre, Playhouse
CAMDEN 20th April | Civic Centre
BRISBANE 21st April | Eatons Hill Function Centre
WYONG 23rd April | The Arts House
BYRON BAY 27th April | Byron Bay Civic Centre
SYDNEY 28th April | Enmore Theatre

QV Outdoor Cinema

Venue:QV Square (level 2), QV Melbourne, corner Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
Time:7:30pm for event activity
Fee:All regular sessions cost $12, or $14 for bring-your-dog charity screenings, with all proceeds going to Lort Smith.

QV Melbourne’s Outdoor Cinema is thrilled to announce more live entertainment, themed food and drink, pop-up beer bars and wine tastings, doggie dress ups and special filmmaker screenings for their January – February program.
QV is embracing the holiday fun with every week in January featuring pre-film entertainment, food and drinks. Sessions begin at 8:30pm Thursday to Sunday nights until 26 February, with special event screenings commencing at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale now via qvcinema.com.au.
On Saturday 7 January, the Doggie + Deckchair charity screening encourages you to get ghoulish and bring your dog dressed up monster-style for a screening of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. All proceeds from ticket sales go to Lort Smith.
On Sunday 8 January, be entertained with a special teaser from Melbourne Musical Theatre Festival’s new cross dressing musical comedy Chriss Crossed, before watching everyone’s favourite cross dressing Aussie movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
The 12-15 January is a whole week dedicated to Melbourne’s love of sport, with tennis and cricket films ahead of the Australian Open and Australia v/s Pakistan One Day match at the MCG. On Saturday night 14 January, come down at 7:30pm for a game of lawn bowls with prizes from Fitness First ahead of the Mick Molloy classic Crackerjack. Cinema goers can sip on Melbourne’s best beers, ciders and alcoholic ginger beers at the QV Cinema pop-up beer bar.
From 19-22 January, the music-lovers are catered with Music + Movie week. A special event night on Friday 20 January features a busk-off from two of Melbourne’s best busking bands Malcura and Opal Ocean and wine tasting from Red Hill Estate ahead of a screening of the 2016 Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead. On Saturday 21 January, Emo The Musical has its first screening since Melbourne International Film Festival, with a special introduction from the film’s producer Lee Matthews. It’s a special sneak peak to catch the film ahead of its theatrical release in April.
QV Melbourne is celebrating Chinese New Year (CNY) with screenings of two popular Chinese movies, the action blockbuster Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon on Saturday 28 January and the Asian hit romance In The Mood for Love on Sunday 29 January. Audiences will be given to-your-deckchair service with CNY themed cocktails from Father's Office and Chinese food from Red Spice QV as part of QV’s 'Red Class' cinema experience. Award-winning short films by Melbourne-based Chinese filmmaker Xin Li will also screen before each feature. Xin has won awards for his paint-on-glass animation.
Then an entire week is dedicated to Ryan Gosling right before Valentine’s Day on 9-12 February. Teeling Whiskey will recreate Gosling’s concoctions from Crazy, Stupid, Love on Friday 10 February, with free cocktails for all cinema goers who arrive early at 7:30pm.
Bring the kids along to Pixar + Popcorn, a week dedicated to some of Pixar’s most popular movies from 16, 17 & 19 February. Pint-sized cinemagoers can enjoy free popcorn while they watch Inside Out, Wall E and Finding Dory.
Melbourne’s only silent cinema is located on the open air Astroturf square in the heart of the precinct. One of the city’s most affordable outdoor cinemas, QV Outdoor Cinema’s $12 ticket includes deckchair seating and high quality headphones for every audience member.
Pre film dining is easy at QV, whether it’s a wrap from Schnitz, a Movenpick ice cream, a dark hot chocolate from Max Brenner, or a modern Asian dinner at Red Spice QV, audiences will be spoilt for choice before settling into the intimate 80-seat deckchair and beanbag cinema.
Worlds apart from other retail precincts in Melbourne, QV represents the quintessential Melbourne lifestyle. Intimate laneways in the urban precinct give visitors the freedom to wander and discover the eclectic mix of shops, cafes and restaurants at their own pace. Located on the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, QV has something for everyone with boutiques, enlightening entertainment and cosmopolitan bars and restaurants.
Lort Smith runs an adoption centre and community outreach programs including pet therapy, and is Australia’s largest not-for-profit animal hospital.

NGV Friday Nights Australian Greats

Venue:NGV International
Date:11th of November 2016 – 10th of March 2017
Time:6pm – 10pm, headline act at 8.30pm
Fee:Online $24 Member / $30 Adult / $12 Child

Superstar provocateur Amanda Palmer, breakout talent of the Memphis music scene Julien Baker and Latin GRAMMY-nominated electro-pop artist El Guincho are among the musicians featured in the next series of NGV Friday Nights, kicking off at NGV International on 11 November 2016.


Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘The National Gallery of Victoria is pleased to offer an eclectic program of live music that will complement our two major summer exhibitions: David Hockney: Current and Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists. The combination of after-hours exhibition access and diverse live music acts has made Friday Nights one of the most popular programs on the NGV calendar.’


Australian artists in the summer line-up include seminal 1990’s pop band Custard, Melbourne singer-songwriter Sarah Mary Chadwick, Sydney indie rock band Dappled Cities, experimental quintet Tangents, ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Models, voice of TISM Damian Cowell appearing as part of Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine (With Tony Martin), and award-winning blues and country six-piece Cash Savage and the Last Drinks.


The New Year will see performances by emerging post-punk stars Gold Class, lo-fi Brisbane trio I Heart Hiroshima, creator of lush synthesiser soundscapes Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (USA), psychedelic jazz-infused experimentalists The Comet is Coming (UK), deft wordsmith and multi-instrumentalist Olympia, underground danceworld legends NO ZU, London-based electroverts PVT and ARIA Award-winning rockers Dave Graney ‘n’ the Coral Snakes.


Along with headline acts performing in the Great Hall, NGV Friday Nights includes after-hours entry to major summer exhibitions David Hockney: Current and Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, DJ’s in the NGV Garden, talks, and access to food and bars.

Pop Up Playground; Outside: The Cloud

Venue:Inner city Melbourne and the CBD
Date:23 January – 26 March, 2017
Fee:$50 Two Month Subscription, $30 Monthly Subscription
Booking:0476 270 767 or www.popupplayground.com.au/outside-the-cloud

If you value your humanity, you will join us.


A brand new immersive street adventure being played from January to March in 2017, Outside: The Cloud is the latest offering from Australia’s leading Live Games Company, Pop Up Playground.


What if a chemical weapon was secretly tested on a major city?

What if artificial intelligence could spread like a virus?

What if human life was slowly being replaced from within?


In early 2016, a radical environmental activist at a world leading nano-technology company accidentally unleashed an artificial intelligence onto the internet. Gravely affecting those exposed before it was contained, the technology that spread the AI caused its victims to violently hallucinate.


Later that year, two scientists from the same company stole the prototype to destroy it, believing it to be too dangerous for the world. They were hunted down by the inhouse security, but not before they completed their mission.


Now, new information has come to light that the company has been secretly testing their weapon on the general public. Factions within factions, conflicting stories, who can you trust? Find the codes, complete the missions, and WORK TOGETHER…


Played over two months on the streets of Melbourne, Outside: The Cloud takes place online and in the physical world. A real-life choose your own adventure, each week a new episode is released consisting of documents and videos that will be hidden online, and passcodes that are concealed in the real world. There’s also no restriction on start time, so players can join the game whenever they like! Head to the website for more information, www.popupplayground.com.au  


Pop Up Playground works with professional writers, actors, game designers, set builders, and puzzle makers to produce interactive live entertainment and new sports. They’ve designed games for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare, Melbourne University, The State Library of Victoria, White Night Festival, VicHealth and City of Melbourne and have also run programs for Federation Square and the Melbourne Football Club.


Central to the work of Pop Up Playground is the idea that play and games contribute to improved physical strength, intellectual faculty, and empathic capacity. They believe games make people (and society) healthier, smarter and nicer.

Gingergirl by Teage Ezard pops up at The Star

Venue:The Star Café Court, The Star Sydney, 80 Pyrmont Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Date:16 December 2016 - 31 March 2017
Time:Sunday to Monday 11.30am-9.00pm, Tuesday to Thursday 11.30am-10.30pm, and Friday to Saturday 11.30am-11.00pm
Booking:For more information, please visit www.star.com.au.

Award-winning chef Teage Ezard serves up extraordinary Asian hawker-style street food for lunch and dinner seven days a week at his new pop-up restaurant, Gingergirl in The Star Sydney’s Café Court.


The creative and tasty pop-up is inspired by Gingerboy, Ezard’s cult Melbourne restaurant, which is known for its vibrant experimental menu.


The casual dining menu features a range of offbeat Southeast Asian-inspired street food dishes perfect for summer, including cold noodle salad with squid, drunken chicken, sesame, paw paw and bandit dressing ($16); yellow curry of blue eye, lychee and mango salad ($22); and red duck leg curry with thai basil and coconut cream ($24); and more.


The menu is complemented with delicious non-alcoholic beverages ($8-10), including refreshing green bubble tea punch, Vietnamese espresso, and the ‘Tropic Thunder’ slushie with coconut water, ginger, watermelon, passionfruit and lime.


The Gingergirl pop-up will be open daily from Friday, 16 December until the end of March 2017; open on Sunday to Monday 11.30am – 9.00pm, Tuesday to Thursday 11.30am – 10.30pm and Friday to Saturday 11.30am – 11.00pm.

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture

Venue:NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Date:27th August – 7th November 2017
Fee:Adult $26 | Concession $23.50 | Child (5–15 years) $10 | Family (2 adults + 3 children) $65.

In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the most prestigious couture houses in the world, the National Gallery of Victoria will present the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture at NGV International from 27 August to 7 November, 2017.


Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior and will feature a sumptuous display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed 1947 to 2017.


Highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic Spring 1947 ‘New Look’ collection, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ballgowns and evening dresses, as well as current contemporary designs from the House’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.


Drawing primarily on material from the House of Dior archive in Paris and the NGV Collection, the exhibition will also feature accessories, sketches, photographs, haute couture toiles, multimedia and archival material.


The exhibition will narrate the rich history of the fashion house, including Christian Dior’s early influences, the design codes synonymous with Dior, as well as the milestones of its six successive designers following Christian Dior’s sudden death in 1957, including the esteemed designers Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria-Grazia Chiuri.


The exhibition will also explore Dior’s unique affinity with Australia, including the historic Spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney, where House models wore fifty original creations by Christian Dior. This is considered the first complete Dior collection to be shown outside of Paris.


‘The exhibition will invite Australian and international audiences to discover some of the most significant couture designs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The exhibition will be a celebration of Dior’s most landmark moments and designs, including their iconic ‘New Look’ silhouette, which revolutionised women’s fashion in the 1950s, through to the present-day contemporary aesthetic. We are also delighted that 68 years after the historic Dior fashion parade at its Sydney store, David Jones is once again helping Australia celebrate the House of Dior, as the exhibition’s Principal Partner,’ said Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV.


‘It is a great pleasure and honour for the House of Dior to be celebrating its anniversary in 2017 in Melbourne. This exhibition will be the biggest Dior retrospective ever held in Australia. It will cover seventy years of creation, presenting the emblematic work of Christian Dior and his successors, including Maria Grazia Chiuri, who arrived last July and is the first woman at the head of the couture house,’ said Sidney Toledano, Chief Executive, Christian Dior Couture.


‘2017 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year for the NGV and for art, design and fashion lovers. The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture will be a stylish addition to our unparalleled creative calendar. This exciting collaboration with one of the world’s great fashion houses is a testament to the NGV’s global standing, the strength of its fashion collection and expertise and its role in our creative state,’ said Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries.


The exhibition opening will be celebrated with the inaugural NGV Gala, a ticketed, black-tie ball on Saturday 26 August 2017. The proceeds from this event will go toward supporting the NGV Fashion and Textiles Collection.

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.”

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.


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.

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