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Joy Of Life: Charms Design Competition

The Harcourts Butterfly Ball 2017 is one of Brisbane’s signature events that raises money to raise money for Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital's tiniest patient - Premature and seriously ill babies.

For the first time Joie De Vie Charms will be featuring a symbol jewellery piece for Butterfly Ball that fits everyday wear. This competition is open to all the designers no matter young or old, amateur or professional as long as you are passionate about design, art, jewellery and supporting our community.The winning design of the competition will be manufactured as a “limited edition” of Butterfly Ball collection. All the profits from the sales of this limited edition will be donated to RBWH Foundation to support the Neonatal Unit at RBWH as well as medical research into baby brain development and other conditions associated with premature birth. The competition features various of participate gift, top pick prizes and cash vouchers.

The competition is free to enter and will be starting on 16th June 2017.

Bridget Everett and Murray Hill at Yarraville Club

Venue:Yarraville Club, 135 Stephenson St, Yarraville
Date:Friday, June 9th
Time:Doors Open: 7pm (dining); 8pm show only
Fee:$94-$99 + bf (dinner & show); $40-$60 (reserved seating)

Acclaimed host of Club SWIZZLE and as seen on the Dita Von Teese tour of 2016!

Yarraville Laughs is proud to announce two NYC comedy and cabaret icons in one super show will take the Yarraville Club stage on Wednesday, June 7 as part of their Australian tour:  Bridget Everett and Murray Hill live!

The crowned Queen & (drag) King of NYC Cabaret, respectively dubbed “one of the funniest people in New York” (Bridget) by Time Out New York and one of “Fifty Most Iconic Gender Benders of All Time” (Murray) by New York Magazine, are finally joining forces to tour down under and will take their flamboyant brand of comedy across the Westgate. The pair of breath-takingly hilarious nightlife legends are returning to our shores off the back of their last visits where Murray toured with Dita Von Teese and hosted Club SWIZZLE, and Bridget won hearts and blew minds in a knee-trembling appearance at the Sydney Mardi Gras Comedy Festival.

Join New York night-life legend, comedian and internationally renowned entertainer- “Mr Showbiz” Murray Hill, in a double-headline extravaganza with the Village Voice’s “most exciting performer in New York City” and absolute force of nature, Bridget Everett in an unforgettable night of pure showbiz pizzazz.

Whiskey Dinner & First Birthday Fiesta

Venue:El Camino
Booking:http://www.cutbarandgrill.com/ or call 02 9259 5695

World Whiskey Day Dinner
Celebrate World Whiskey Day on Saturday, 20 May at The Cut Bar & Grill with an exclusive dinner hosted alongside Woodford Whiskey.
Enjoy four courses by Head Chef Joel Wootten matched to Woodford Whiskey, including Distillers Select, Double Oaked & Rye, and Masters Collection White Corn. $150pp,

16 Argyle Street, The Rocks


First Birthday Fiesta

Fire up your weekend with El Camino’s 1st Birthday Fiesta next Friday, 19 May. Get ready for sombreros, piñatas, Margaritas, tequilas and tacos … not necessarily in that order!

We’re celebrating 365 days in existence for Sydney’s most authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. There will be a free taco station from 5-7pm, a Tex-Mex infused, limited-edition birthday Margarita, a DJ from 6pm and churro birthday cupcakes for guests. What’s not to celebrate!

Uncover your creativity this winter with Etsy and Art Series

Date:24 June to 9 July

Etsy.com, the marketplace for unique, vintage and handmade goods, has partnered with Art Series Hotel Group to help uncover Australia’s creativity this winter, with a month of hands-on events in the comfort of the art inspired hotels.

Talented local Etsy makers will host workshops at Art Series’ world-class hotels around the country from 24 June to 9 July.

From the art of weaving in the bold colours of The Cullen (Melbourne) to the intricacies of embroidery in the whimsical surrounds at The Blackman (Melbourne) and the style of typography in the bright lyricism of The Watson (Adelaide), visitors will get the chance to learn new creative skills and connect with talented local makers in the beauty of Art Series’ art-imbued spaces.

Visitors can turn their workshops into a creative weekend escape with Art Series Hotel Group’s special accommodation and workshop packages which include overnight accommodation in art inspired luxury, a $20 Etsy gift card and mini gift bag.

The winter creativity will also take over Art Series Hotels’ foyer spaces throughout June with communal weave installations for guests and visitors to get creative with.

Bookings for the workshops and for creative stay packages at Art Series Hotels around Australia will open on 1 April at etsy.me/artseries

Etsy seller and embroidery artist Madi Astolfi (unpicking.etsy.com), who will be leading workshops at the The Blackman in Melbourne as part of celebrations, said the workshop series provided the perfect opportunity to learn new skills, connect with people who have the same creative interests, meet influential makers and have fun.

By a Thread

Venue:Gasworks Arts Park - 21 Graham Street, Albert Park VIC
Date:12 - 16 July, 2017
Time:Wed - Sun 7:30 pm, Sat 1:30 pm
Fee:Full $45, Concession $40 and Under 30, Groups 6+ $35
Booking:(03) 9699 3253 or www.gasworks.org.au/event/by-a-thread-2

7 acrobats, 30 metres of rope, 6 shows only!


Returning to Gasworks this July, One Fell Swoop Circus proudly present By a Thread. Revamped and reinvigorated, this much lauded and dynamic production is an ensemble circus creation exploring the relationship between trust and play.


Long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrap around bodies, explicitly connecting movements above and on the ground. Like the booms and sheets of a sailing ship performers are hoisted and swung by one another to create striking tableaux and breath-taking dynamics. The actions of one acrobat affect the movements of others in a mesmerising negotiation of cause and effect.


By a Thread offers rich visuals of inventive aerial acrobatics and spectacular skills from some of Australia’s finest emerging circus artists. With intense training in a breadth of contemporary circus disciplines, these performers have pooled their knowledge and skills and then shattered traditional boundaries. By a Thread has been created as a show where classic techniques are used in expansive ways and new skills are made possible.


One Fell Swoop Circus is a vibrant young ensemble of circus artists from Melbourne’s renowned National Institute of Circus Arts.

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2017 Exhibition

Venue:Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney
Date:29 July – 22 October 2017

Get up close and personal with the topical, the influential and the sometimes scandalous portraits of the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.


The highly anticipated and much loved annual showcase of the who’s who in Australia celebrates its 96th year in 2017.


Competing for the Archibald’s $100,000 prize money, artists from across the country embrace the genre of portraiture, creating works, in the terms of JF Archibald’s will, ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics’.


Gallery-goers will also be able to enjoy works by finalists in the Wynne and Sulman Prizes, as well as the enchanting entries in the Young Archie competition by children and teenagers aged 5-18 years.

Neon Night Garden

Venue:QV Square, Level 2, QV Melbourne, corner Swanston and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne 3000
Date:17 May to 16 June, 2017

From 17 May to 16 June, an outdoor garden gallery of interactive neon art installations will transform QV Melbourne and its laneways, vibrant by day and glowing bright at night.

QV Melbourne have partnered with Melbourne-based international artist Carla O’Brien (White Night, Burning Man, Earthcore) to deliver an alluring new exhibition called Neon Night Garden, featuring nine colourful artworks in Carla’s most extensive exhibit yet. 

Carla’s signature Neon Angel Wings will be re-imagined as the colourful wings of a giant butterfly, coming together with eight other touchable works to create an effervescent garden of colour, light and photogenic delights. The unofficial entrance to the garden is a 2.4-metre high Neon Night Garden Archway. Consisting of a series of whimsical neon lines that look as if they were playfully hand drawn, the archway acts as a gateway into the imagination. Viewers are invited to stand inside the archway for an immersive 3D multi-colour experience.

The Sydney Fair

Venue:Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Date:25 – 28 May 2017
Fee:Opening Night $30.00, General Day Admission $15.00, Concession $10.00 and children under 16 years of age free.

Take a stroll through history with the most exclusive range of Antiques, Art Deco, 20th Century Art and Vintage pieces across interiors, jewellery, art and fashion at the largest Sydney Fair to date.

Now in it’s fifth year, enthusiast’s with a passion for buying, collecting and selling will gather to The Sydney Fair to interact and buy from over 60 of Australia’s leading Antique, 20th Century and Art Dealers.

The expansion calls for a new, grander location at the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park across four days from Thursday 25 May to Sunday 28 May 2017.

With a vast price range to appease all, attendees can expect affordable discoveries across Interiors, Fashion, Jewellery, Art, Lighting and Collectables.  All pieces are authentic attracting investors, collectors and general public with an eye for the rarest finds on the market.

For the interior lovers there are mid to high range exhibitors offering distinctive furnishings from Antique to twentieth Century that add whimsical character to home décor. Like the impressive range from Lauder and Howard specialising in the unusual, the beautiful and the rare from eighteenth to twentieth century, British & European furniture, glass, bronzes and porcelain to Virtanen-Antiques with Swedish Art Deco.

“Minimalism is making way for interiors of a more opulent, layered home, mixing the modern with the vintage, the precious with the bargain and adding pattern, texture and splashes of saturated colour,” says event organiser Dianne Pickett.

The fashionistas will marvel at exhibits of vintage couture evening gowns from the 1920’s, plus nab unique style and vintage pieces for as little as $100 all the way up to designer vintage handbags by Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dior. Attendees will be in awe of divine stones from jewelers like Karen Deakin Antiques or Elizabeth Kwan who will display high-end engagement rings and museum status jewels valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Sydney Fair is a far cry from your typical ‘antiques roadshow’ with Art Galleries showcasing Contemporary Art to Photography. Noteworthy exhibitors include Cooee Gallery and Becker Minty.   

“You may walk away with a piece of history whose design and craftsmanship have withstood the test of time, improving its aesthetic character through its use. Antiques, Art and Vintage Couture are forever gorgeous investments,” says Dianne.

Saturday will feature fashion parades and a ‘best-dressed of the era’ competition awarding the winner a $500 gift voucher to be spent at the fair. Sunday will host live performance art filtered throughout the fair and a schedule of workshops from interior designers and antique experts.

Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical


Leading theatre producer John Frost and Chief Executive Officer of Arts Centre Melbourne, Claire Spencer, today announced that they would unite to reinstate the tradition of the annual summer musical in the State Theatre of Arts Centre Melbourne from 2017. “In days gone by, Melbourne audiences looked forward to enjoying lavish musicals during their summer holidays. Shows like Hello Dolly, The Secret Garden and The King and I opened in late December at the State Theatre and played though January and February,” they said.


The first musical which will celebrate the return of the summer musical at Arts Centre Melbourne will be Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, John Frost and his co-producers John and Barbara Gilbert of Gilbert Theatrical, confirmed today. Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical had its world premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre late last year and audiences fell in love with this new Australian hit. David Campbell will return to star as the Grammy award-winning singer and Oscar nominated actor, Bobby Darin, in the Melbourne summer season, with further cast members to be announced shortly.


“We were blown away by the audience response to Dream Lover in Sydney, with standing ovations at every performance and universal five star reviews by audience members on social media,” commented John Frost, on behalf of his co-producers John and Barbara Gilbert. “Audiences were awe-struck by the incredible performance of David Campbell, and the energy of Simon Phillip’s thrilling production. We’re excited to be able to bring Dream Lover to Melbourne as the first in the new annual summer musical presentation at the Arts Centre.”


Claire Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of Arts Centre Melbourne, said “We are thrilled that Dream Lover will grace the stage of the magnificent State Theatre next summer - adding to the vibrant performance offerings of Melbourne. At Arts Centre Melbourne, we love bringing people together for remarkable experiences and this production will be no exception. We're looking forward to working closely with John Frost and the team to bring this fabulous show to Melbourne.”


An extraordinary story that goes far beyond the song, Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical reveals the amazing life of this legendary American singer, songwriter and actor. An intimate and epic story of an all-round entertainer adored by his fans, Bobby Darin, together with his movie star wife Sandra Dee, provided the iconic soundtrack to a generation. The musical captures the glamour and passion of the big band era, the Rat Pack in Vegas and the Golden Age of Hollywood, a time of trail-blazing stars, knock-out fashions and life-changing events.


Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical is a big show with a big score and a big heart. Based on an original concept and stage play by Frank Howson and John-Michael Howson, and adapted for the stage by Frank Howson with Simon Phillips and Carolyn Burns, the show includes 34 great hits from the 50s and 60s including Mack The Knife, Beyond the Sea, Splish Splash and the multi-million-seller Dream Lover.


Audiences and media acclaimed the premiere season of Dream Lover. The Sunday Telegraph said, “Turning in a phenomenal performance, (David) Campbell is the charismatic heart and anchor of Dream Lover … Brian Thomson’s glittery black set, studded with arching lights, puts the superb 18-piece big band on stage. Tim Chappel’s wonderful costumes capture the period, as does Andrew Hallsworth’s snappy, inventive choreography. Simon Phillips’ slick direction keeps things moving seamlessly and he is well served by a terrific cast.” Broadwayworld.com said, “Australia…can rival anything Broadway or the West End can produce” and The Australian raved about “a thrilling 18-piece band”.


Don’t miss Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical, a true story stranger than fiction and far beyond the song.

Code Breakers: Women in Games

Venue:ACMI Cinemas, Federation Square
Date:Tuesday 25th of July - Sunday 5th of November

Press play on Code Breakers, an exhibition curated by ACMI and the first of its kind in Australia celebrating the achievements of women working in the games industry.

Code Breakers celebrates emerging and established female game makers in an interactive and immersive exhibition. Visitors can get hands-on with an array of playable games – from indie through to commercial hits and new releases – all made by Australian and New Zealand women working in different capacities: as directors, programmers, developers, digital artists, writers, producers and designers.


Katrina Sedgwick, Director and CEO of ACMI says, “Despite women making up almost 50% of game players, they account for less than 10% of the games industry. Code Breakers seeks to shatter stereotypes and celebrate the women who are breaking down barriers and building vibrant, creative careers within a global industry that is increasingly diverse. Our hope is that the industry will soon reflect the diversity of the gaming community it seeks to serve.”


From platformers and role-playing strategy digital board games through to graphical adventure and racing games, Code Breakers offers something for everyone at every skill level. Deliver pizzas and crush bullies in Ninja Pizza Girl, join an animal clan in Armello or race souped-up cars in Need For Speed: No Limits.


Code Breakers ponders important questions in a post Gamergate landscape: What does a more inclusive games industry look like? How do we encourage this diversity? In Code Breakers, each maker reflects on the sometimes challenging journey they’ve made into this male-dominated industry, revealing the human stories behind their games via a custom built exhibition audio tour.


"I think this exhibition is an excellent way to give Australians a peek behind the curtain of game development, and highlight that women are playing an integral role within the industry. I really hope it helps to inspire girls and women to begin making their own games," says Rebecca Fernandez, a games programmer who worked on recently released PS4/Steam titles Tricky Towers and Armello.


The game makers featured in the exhibition include: Lisy Kane, Producer at League of Geeks, co-founder of Girl Geek Academy and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in the games category; Katharine Neil, independent Game Developer and director of the hugely controversial and influential game Escape From Woomera; Maru Nihoniho, Founder and Managing Director of Metia Interactive and recipient of a New Zealand Order of Merit for her service to the gaming industry; and Siobhan Reddy, Co-Founder and Studio Director of Media Molecule, named in Fortune's 10 most powerful women in gaming.


Code Breakers has been curated by ACMI in collaboration with an advisory committee consisting of key industry figures Kate Inabinet, Animation and Games Industry lecturer at RMIT and creator of education based games for children; Helen Stuckey, media arts curator, researcher and Program Manager of Games at RMIT; and Leena van Deventer, a game developer, writer, educator and Co-Director of WIDGET (Women in Development, Games and Everything Tech).


O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism

Venue:Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney
Date:1st of July – 2nd of October 2017

O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism at the Art Gallery of NSW features the iconic art of American Georgia O’Keeffe alongside modernist masterpieces by pioneering Australian artists Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith.


The ground-breaking exhibition draws together about 30 works by each artist from the breadth of their careers.


While O’Keeffe, Preston and Cossington Smith developed highly individual styles, they are connected by their choice of subject, their experimentation with light, colour and form, and their commitment to presenting alternative ways of seeing the world.


Each artist identified in their paintings a personalised or modernised sense of place, and in so doing developed new art forms that expressed something of the identity and culture of their respective nations.


The exhibition is presented by the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of NSW in partnership with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe and the Queensland Art Gallery.

Garage Barbershop

Venue:Blacktown Arts Centre
Date:Thursday, 11 May 2017 – Saturday, 3 June 2017
Time:Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
Fee:Admission is free.

In a modest garage in the heart of Blacktown, men come to have their hair cut, faded and shaved by self-taught barber Charles Lomu and his 5 apprentices.

This humble space is not just somewhere to go and get a haircut; it is a hub where men can congregate and converse without feeling judged or out of place.

These encounters are captured in Garage Barbershop, a new exhibition at Blacktown Art Centre, produced in partnership with Parramatta-based Information and Cultural Exchange.

Garage Barbershop presents a series of photographic portraits by international fashion photographer Harold David that depict modern masculinity; and candid video interviews with men from Western Sydney.

Charles and his young apprentices will also man a pop-up barbershop at Blacktown Arts Centre.

As part of the project, Charles Lomu mentored a group of young men – dubbed the ‘Original 5’ – in barbering as a craft, a culture and a potential career.

The 17th annual Helpmann Awards

Date:Monday 24th of July
Fee:Gold Star Package - Show and After Party Ticket $175 - Show only Ticket $55

Live Performance Australia (LPA) today announced the details of the 17th annual Helpmann Awards, which will see the stars of the live performance industry come together with fans for a remarkable night on Monday 24 July at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.


The 17th Annual Helpmann Awards Ceremony will include performances by the casts of Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon, Disney’s Aladdin The Musical and My Fair Lady. Tickets will go on sale to this iconic live theatre event on Monday 1 May through Ticketmaster.


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

HRS Melbourne 2017

Venue:The Melbourne Convention Centre
Date:19th and 20th of July

Key speakers/sessions to highlight

Chris Blake, EGM Group Services at Australia Post will be presenting a keynote on their disruptive change journey – case study from a national organisation and change management is something all HR ppl are involved in so it will be interesting

Anjanette Murfet, HRD of Coca-Coala is talking about data to drive innovation – more and more HR teams need to look at data about their workforce to be able to make credible and accurate people management decisions so this case study should be an interesting one.

Samantha Turner, Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Westpac – she was a very well rated speaker at the National HR Summit so we’ve invited her back to share another case study. This is a mega hot topic that people are very passionate about and Westpac is one of the biggest corporates in Australia so definitely a leader in the field.

Crumbz Craft Yarn-A-Thon

Crumbz Craft have chosen Foster Care Association of Victoria (FCAV) as their annual charity for 2017, and will be raising funds for their foster carers with a sponsored Yarn-a-Thon throughout May. Crafters will be sponsored by the hour or by the item as they knit and crochet scarves, mitts and beanies during 31 days of May. And over Mother’s Day weekend, 13/14 May, Crumbz Craft will host a 31-hour
‘Overnight Non-Stop Yarn-a-Thon’ in their shop in Healesville’s Main Street.

Mt Buller Twilight Sessions

Venue:Mt Buller
Date:Saturdays and Sundays in July and August
Booking:Visit mtbuller.com.au for dates, timing and pricing.

Mt Buller has made winter weekends even longer with the announcement of the new ‘Twilight Sessions’ for the 2017 winter season. On Saturdays and Sundays in July and August Mt Buller will extend winter hours of operation, running the Bourke St lifts and Village Toboggan Park continuously to 8.30pm each evening, all under lights.


As part of the Twilight Session’s program a lively roster of afternoon entertainment including music and films will keep the Mt Buller village buzzing, and in an Aussie first the Mt Buller Ski & Snowboard School will offer Twilight Discover and private lessons, ideal for those new to skiing and boarding.


The fun continues in the Village Toboggan Park into the evening, as families enjoy the extended hours to make snowmen, have a snowball fight and discover the fun of tobogganing. In addition, reduced resort entry fees after 3pm offer great value, and guests will find it easy to get around the resort with shuttle buses running until 9.30pm.


Group Marketing Manager, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, Gill Dobson said, “The new Twilight Sessions are ideal for families and beginners. Families can avoid the morning rush by arriving later in the day, and benefit from cheaper resort entry from 3.00pm. The slopes will be quieter making it easier for the littlies, and it is just so much fun skiing under lights.”


“I encourage everyone to make their winter weekends a little longer and spend some quality time with family and friends. Whether it’s watching a band in the Village Square, learning to ski under the stars, or simply enjoying an evening meal the Twilight Sessions are the ideal way to discover the fun of a snowy family escape”.


Just three hours from Melbourne, Mt Buller is the most accessible major snow resort in Australia with over 300 hectares of skiable terrain, more lifts, more runs and more accommodation options than any other Victorian snow resort. 

Little Big Shots 2017

Date:8th - 12th of June, 2017

ACMI and Little Big Shots present Australia’s largest and longest running film festival curated especially for kids ages 2 to 12. Held over five days across the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, Little Big Shots runs from Thursday 8 June to Monday 12 June.


An experience unlike any other, Little Big Shots brings together the best short films for kids from Australia and across the globe, including films from Jordan, Taiwan, Norway, Japan, Hungary, USA, UK, South Korea and The Netherlands. Engendering a love of film among even the youngest cinema goers, ACMI and Little Big Shots are enhancing the media literacy and creativity of the next generation with offerings spanning animation, live-action and documentary. This year’s program features 82 films from 20 countries, as well as boasting 10 world premieres and 40 Australian premieres.


“Little Big Shots is a highlight of ACMI’s year-round programming for children and families, complementing our popular Screen Worlds exhibition and monthly Family Sundays series. I’m delighted that we can showcase films made by, and for, kids,” says ACMI CEO and Director, Katrina Sedgwick.


Festival Director, Ben Laden says “This year's Little Big Shots is full of surprises, spills and thrills. The whole family will be delighted by this wonderful collection of shorts from award winners to quirky kid-made films. I can’t wait to introduce the next generation of film lovers and makers to the best kids’ movies of the year.”


This year’s highlights include Best of the Fest: a program packed with blockbusters and exceptional short films as chosen by the Little Big Shots Kids’ Jury; and a very special red carpet event for kids on Thursday 8 June. 2017 sees the addition of the inaugural Audience Award, as voted by kids and parents.   


Elsewhere in the program fans of Adventure Time will love Bad Jubies by director Kirsten Lepore, who brings Finn and his friends to life in beautiful claymation. Stick Man, based on the writing of much-loved children’s author Julia Donaldson and from the creative team at Magic Light Studios, features the voice of Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office) as Stick Man and narration by Jennifer Saunders.


Little Big Shots features 27 films made by Australian filmmakers including Junction by Nathan Jurevicius, the critically acclaimed The Orchestra by Mikey Hill, The Supermarket by award-winning director Stuart O'Rourke, and Today? by first-time South Australian director Heather Maggs.


Celebrating emerging Australian talent, this year’s festival showcases 23 films made by kids, including The Professor, a mysterious live-action by quirky brothers Ryan and James Twemlow, Monday a thoughtful animation from 17-year-old director Shanon McKenzie and Journey by 17-year-old Radheya Jegatheva, which sees stock images from NASA come to life in vivid animation.


As part of the festival, ACMI will hold Family Virtual Reality Creation on Sunday 11 June, a special 2 hour virtual reality workshop where kids and families can create fantastic worlds they can explore together in real time.


Doctor Blake’s Ballarat

Venue:Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum
Date:11th April – 3rd September


A new exhibition of ABC and BBC series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, designed by the show’s own production designer, Carrie Kennedy, and curated by the Gold Museum, will run at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in Ballarat from 11th April – 3rd September.


From vintage costuming worn in the show to Dr Blake’s 1937 ‘Blakemobile’, the exhibition, titled ‘Doctor Blake’s Ballarat’, will celebrate the international success of the hit television series, set against a backdrop of Ballarat’s most visited locations.


“The Doctor Blake Mysteries has been an international success story, shown in more than 130 countries, and has helped to put Ballarat on the world stage,” says Jeremy Johnson, CEO of Sovereign Hill. “The exhibition offers visitors a real glimpse into the world of this beloved television series.”


The exhibition, presented in conjunction with December Media, will consist of two parts; ‘Cast and Crew’, providing a sneak peek behind the camera of everyone involved in bringing the series to life; and ‘On Location’, looking at the Ballarat locations involved in the show.


Cast and Crew – will provide a glimpse into the people and props involved in the Production Design, Cinematography, Hair and Make-up, and Costume Design.  Featuring eleven of the Doctor Blake costumes, as well as images, fabric swatches, set sketches, and props, this section of the exhibition will show how the series comes to life.


On Location – this section of the exhibition looks at how the show uses historical Ballarat locations to set the story, how the show has showcased Ballarat to the world, and how locals have embraced the series. Props and photography will showcase several Ballarat locations, including Lake Wendouree, the Ballarat Art Gallery, Ballarat East Fire Station, the Old Colonist’s Club, as well as events like the Begonia Festival.


Other exhibition highlights will include:

-       A recreated loungeroom from the Doctor Blake series, including Doctor Blake’s highly recognised lounge suite.

-       A dressing table used by one of the characters in an episode

-       Doctor Blake’s desk, where visitors can sit behind the desk for a photo

-       Doctor Blake’s ‘Blakemobile’  - a 1937 Coventry Standard automobile, that will welcome visitors at the Gold Museum entrance


Highlighting the unique way that the series showcases Ballarat, the exhibition will provide a history lesson of what Ballarat was like during the Doctor Blake era.


In a unique ‘Meet the Makers’ series of public events, visitors will also be able to meet the creative team behind the Dr Blake series. George Adams, the Series Producer, as well as some of the writers and costume designers will provide a real insight into the magic of creating a successful television show.


Visitors will also be able to see interviews with crewmembers, historical footage of Ballarat locations, and iconic scenes from the show.


“This exhibition will allow visitors to truly immerse themselves into the exciting world of Dr Blake. Fans of the series are going to love the exhibition, but so too will anyone interested in fashion, the creative television process, as well as touring groups,” says Jeremy.


The Doctor Blake exhibition will run from 11th April – 3rd September at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum. The Doctor Blake Mysteries series, starring Craig McLachlan as police surgeon Dr Lucien Blake and Nadine Garner as his housekeeper Jean, has been an incredible success, with the fifth season returning to the ABC later this year.

Series Mania Melbourne

Date:20th to 24th July 2017
Fee:Entry is free but audiences are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

Film Victoria and ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) today announced a joint partnership which will bring Series Mania, the world’s most prestigious festival of international television, to Melbourne, Australia.


Over four days Series Mania Melbourne will deliver program highlights from Paris’ Series Mania 2017, with over 40 free screenings of premiere seasons of some of the best new drama, narrative comedy and web based series from around the world. Alongside Q&As with key creatives, there will be workshops, panel discussions and masterclasses for the public and industry.


Held annually at the Forum des Images in Paris since 2009, Series Mania is the fastest growing festival of its kind, and a key event on the global TV industry calendar. The festival invites the finest drama and narrative comedy series from around the globe to have their local (and often international) premiere in the free screening program alongside Q&As with members of the key creative teams.


Attended by nearly 40,000 viewers over the 11 days of the 2016 Paris festival, and showcasing 80 TV series across 20 countries, Series Mania has become an important launch pad for international TV, and hosts an increasingly influential co-production forum for industry. At the 2016 Series Mania awards, Australia’s own The Kettering Incident (Foxtel) picked up the Special Jury Prize, and the festival has previously showcased hit Australian series Cleverman (ABC), The Family Law (SBS), Gallipoli (Nine) and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (ABC).


The 2017 Series Mania Paris, which takes place in April, recently announced its high-profile program will include the world premiere of the Melbourne-made drama Seven Types of Ambiguity. The series, by Matchbox Pictures, stars Hugo Weaving, Xavier Samuel and Suzie Porter and is based on the novel by Victorian author Elliot Pearlman. 


ACMI CEO and Director Katrina Sedgwick said today: “We are experiencing a golden age of television around the world right now, as this medium rapidly expands into new platforms. We're delighted to partner with Film Victoria to bring Series Mania to Melbourne. Our audiences will preview some of the best series coming to our screens in the year to come – and discover stunning international TV that we might not ever see otherwise.”


Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi said: “Victoria is the home of fantastic Australian drama so bringing the best of Series Mania 2017 to Melbourne is a real coup. Film Victoria and ACMI are natural partners for this event, and we know Melbourne audiences and filmmakers will relish the opportunity to view and discuss the best of TV drama from around the world.”


General Director of Forum des Images Laurence Herszberg said: "We’re very enthusiastic about this new partnership with ACMI and Film Victoria. It will give Series Mania the opportunity to show the best international dramas to a passionate audience and develop professional relations with the very creative Australian industry.”


With 48 per cent of drama production in Australia made in Victoria contributing over $119.9 million to the State’s economy, the bumper program at ACMI will celebrate the importance of TV (free-to-air and streamed) as a key platform for content makers.

Head On Photo Festival

Date:Thursday 5 – Sunday 28 May 2017

From mental illness and motherhood, ISIS and nudists, to the nightlife of Kings Cross in the 1970’s and rare and unseen images of David Bowie, Head On Photo Festival returns to Sydney with a stunning array of exhibitions from around the world.

Running from Thursday 5 – Sunday 28 May 2017, Head On Photo Festival is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious photo festivals. Since it began in 2010 the Festival has evolved from 70 events to 180 throughout its program. This year, over 60 featured exhibitions have been nominated as highlights of the Festival.

Festival Director, Moshe Rosenzvieg says “This is the biggest year yet for Head On. We’re exhibiting works from over 600 photographers from 10 different countries. Head On is also moving out to Paddington. We’ve teamed up with Woollahra Municipal Council to revitalise the creative suburb for the month of May.”

“As well as our Festival hub at Lower Town Hall in the city, we’ll have two new Festival Hubs at Paddington Town Hall and Paddington Reservoir Gardens as well as exhibitions throughout Oxford St where festival goers can see some of the most engaging photography the Festival has to offer,” said Rosenzvieg.

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week

Date:21st-27th of May 2017

Over 50? You’re at risk of macular degeneration
One in seven Australians over 50 has some evidence of macular degeneration. Could it be you?  Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. If you’re over 50, have an eye test and macula check this Macular Degeneration Awareness Week (21 to 27 May 2017).


Do you know the facts?
An eye test can save your sight
1 in 7 Australians over 50 have some evidence
50% chance if direct family history
You can have the early signs without knowing
Diet & lifestyle supports good macular health

Macular Disease Foundation Australia provides free information, call 1800 111 709 or visit www.mdfoundation.com.au

ACMI presents Screen It 2017

Date:Entries are due by Monday 25 September 2017
Fee:Entry is free.

World leader in moving image education ACMI presents Screen It, Australia’s premiere moving image competition for students which is now taking registrations for 2017. Open to school-aged students around Australia Screen It fosters the next generation of screen creators across film, animation and video games.


The largest competition of its kind, Screen It entries are guided by an annual theme which is in 2017: Time. Students are encouraged to expand the limits of their imaginations and showcase their new technical skills through their entry which goes in the running for exhibition at ACMI and some great prizes.


To get ideas flowing, camera lights glowing and fingertips coding, ACMI’s team of expert Educators provide support to students and teachers via online resources and interactive video link-ups throughout the year.


ACMI’s Education Manager, Christine Evely, encourages students and teachers to get involved in 2017.


“We are looking forward to viewing and playing what creative and hard-working young people from around Australia come up with for this year’s theme, Time,” said Christine.


“Time can stop, go, pause, and be everlasting. It can be once upon a time, long long ago, one day in the future, or parallel. There are just so many angles and possibilities. We wish everyone who enters the best of luck and know they will gain so much from the process – from initial concept to final completion.  We have also created stacks of resources to make the whole process a lot more achievable and satisfying – we are here to help!”


Judged by industry professionals including film and game makers, academics and industry representatives, there are prizes for each category.


At the end of the competition, students, teachers, families and friends are treated to an awards gala at ACMI in Melbourne to celebrate their achievements.

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.

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!

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 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.

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.

The Australian Ballet 2014 Melbourne


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

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

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

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

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

Venue:ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

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

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

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

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

ASOS Wedding Chapel

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s on at Flemington in Spring

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

Flemington Spring Fashion Lunch

Thursday 5 September 2013


The Atrium, Flemington Racecourse

VRC Members: $175 per person

Non-Members: $185 per person


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


Sofitel Girls’ Day Out

Saturday 7 September 2013

First race 12.20pm 

Last race 4.50pm

Flemington Racecourse


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


Turnbull Stakes Day, presented by Yellowglen

Saturday 5 October 2013

First race 11.50am 

Last race 5.45pm

Flemington Racecourse


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


The Preview Lounge

Saturday 5 October 2013

11.00am to 6.30pm

 Flemington Racecourse (east end above the horse stalls)

$215 VRC Members, $225 non-Members;

Inclusions  Racecourse admission

Entry into The Preview Lounge


A gourmet extended cocktail menu  

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

Punter’s Club hosted by RSN personality Shane Anderson

Pamper Lounge services

Tote facilities and televisions within the marquee.


AAMI Victoria Derby Day

Saturday 2 November 2013

First race 11.20am 

Last race 5.10pm

Flemington Racecourse


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


Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade

Monday 4 November 2013

12.00 pm

Bourke Street Mall to Federation Square



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


Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

Tuesday 5 November 2013

First race 10.20am 

Last race 5.15pm

Flemington Racecourse


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


VRC Oaks Club Lunch

Wednesday 6 November 2013

12:00 noon red carpet arrival for 12.30pm

Crown Palladium

VRC Members: $240 per person

Non-Members: $250 per person


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


Crown Oaks Day

Thursday, 7 November 2013

First race 12.20am 

Last race 5.45pm

Flemington Racecourse


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


Emirates Stakes Day

Saturday, 9 November 2013

First race 11.30am 

Last race 5.10pm


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

La Traviata

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

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


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

Good Food Month


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's On At ACMI

Venue:ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

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

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

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

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