27 November

Melbourne Art Trams to take a spin around the City Circle for Community Day

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You won’t have to touch on to see Melbourne’s iconic trams in a whole new, more colourful light

This year’s Melbourne Art Trams will be taking a glory lap around the City Circle route this Sunday from 10am to 2pm to celebrate the third year of the collaboration between Melbourne Festival, Yarra Trams and Creative Victoria. Eight trams have been decorated by Australian visual artists and the public is welcome to ride the moving artworks to see as musical acts including Playwrite, Whitaker, The Mae Trio and The Senegambian Jazz Band perform live around the City Circle.

Photographers, illustrators, painters, graphic designers and installation artists have been enlisted this year to draw inspiration from Melbourne’s architectural landscape and decorate the eight Art Trams. They’ve gone on to paste up prints on the trams’ exteriors that reflects how architecture has defined and influenced the city we all know and love.

Pick your favourite Art Tram by 2pm on Sunday November 29 via Melbourne Festival’s website, before the winner of the People’s Choice Award is announced at 2.30pm on Melbourne Festival’s social media channels.… Read more

25 November

Think you’re funny? Entries for Australia’s largest open mic comedy comp are now open


What do Josh Thomas, Ronny Chieng (pictured), Celia Pacquola, Matt Okine and Hannah Gadsby have in common? Aside from all being household names in comedy, each of them have taken out the RAW Comedy title.

Now, it’s your turn. The search is back on for the RAW Comedy National Champion. Registrations are now open, with heats being held across the country between January and March in preparation for the grand final at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April next year.

So if you’re an aspiring master of LOLs, what have you got to lose? This competition is seriously life-changing: the winner will be sent to Edinburgh Fringe next year and nab a spot in the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition.

Keen? Here’s what you need to do:

  • Check your eligibility. If you’ve earned less than $500 from performing comedy this year, read on…
  • Dig deep and write the best damn five minutes of comedy you can manage.
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18 November

NGV announces major 2016 Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Degas: A New Vision


Even if the name doesn’t instantly inspire excitement, you’ve no doubt encountered the work of Edgar Degas. The French painter, who lived from 1834 to 1917, is best known for his kinetic, beautifully composed paintings of ballerinas: paintings like ‘The Arabesque’ (1877) and ‘Rehearsal Hall at the Opera, Rue Le Peletier’ (1872) are among the most recognisable paintings from the 19th century.

These works, along with more than 200 others, will make their way to Melbourne in June 2016 for the NGV’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Degas: A New Vision. In collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the NGV has gathered works by Degas from 41 cities in 13 different countries all over the world, making this the most complex Winter Masterpieces ever. If this wasn’t a big enough coup for the NGV, the exhibition was curated by renowned Degas expert, Henri Loyrette, former director of the Louvre.

Degas: A New Vision will present the artist’s work thematically, exploring Degas’ preferred subjects: ballet scenes, horse-racing, the nude, women at work and leisure and Parisian nightlife.… Read more

17 November

QV’s got your outdoor cinema plans sorted this summer

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The QV retail precinct in Melbourne CBD is gearing up to host an outdoor cinema program this summer. From December to February, the astroturf-covered square in the shopping center will be kitted out with deckchairs and a giant outdoor screen from Thursday to Sunday nights.

The cinema program, which will feature seasonally appropriate screenings for the festive season and Australia Day, has been curated by local filmmaker Gus Berger. In February, he’ll present a selection of local flicks as part of the Melbourne Independent Film Focus.

Opening night on Tuesday December 1 will feature a free screening of The Devil Wears Prada. Tickets after opening night are $12 and will also buy you access to selected special screenings complete with pre-screening entertainment and live gigs.

Bring your beloved pooch on Saturday December 12 to the fundraiser screening of Best In Show, where all proceeds will go to The Lost Dogs’ Home.… Read more

16 November

Volunteers needed to line up 7000 giant dominoes across Melbourne


The Arts Centre Melbourne is putting the call out for 300 volunteers to help set up their Dominoes installation art project, in which a chain of giant dominoes will tumble in a two-kilometre stretch across Melbourne on Saturday, February 6. The eye-catching stunt by internationally renowned performance company Station House Opera will see more than 7000 dominoes snake in and out of buildings, over and under bridges and along laneways and promenades in the city, linking the city’s diverse areas in a very literal demonstration of cause-and-effect.

Volunteers are needed to help place the row of dominoes (really lightweight concrete breezeblocks) across Melbourne, and also guard said row from the hundreds of jokers who will no doubt try to sneakily give it a nudge.

First created as a celebration linking five London boroughs, Dominoes has since been performed in more than 10 European cities, including Copenhagen, Marseille, Helsinki and Ljubljana. February’s performance will mark the first time it has been presented outside of Europe.… Read more