4 August

Melbourne Festival program launches today: here are our highlights

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World-class arts light up the city in October as part of the Melbourne Festival’s stellar 30th anniversary program

As proof that the Melbourne Festival grows more innovative and broad-ranging each year, the 2015 program boasts 74 arts events over 18 days; 17 of which are Australian premieres, and 15 of which are exclusive to this year’s festival. The program spans theatre, dance, music, film, circus and visual art from international and local artists, and you’ll need a good stretch of time to get through the highlights and plan your experience. Tickets are on sale now.

In keeping with the last two years, the festival will open with Tanderrum: a ceremony that will see elders from the five clans of the Kulin nation (Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Wathaurong, Taungerong and Dja Dja Wurrung) unite for a powerful affirmation of Koorie culture, comprising dance, storytelling and song.

A much-anticipated theatre highlight is the chilling, powerful adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984, created by UK theatre company Headlong.Read more

28 July

Shadow Electric brings ‘Visions’, a musical and visual mash-up, to Estonian House

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The Shadow Electric crew is temporarily relocating its atmospheric Abbotsford Convent screen to the Estonian House in Brunswick West, which is really completing a bit of a circle given that the joint used to be a cinema.

The move’s only happening for three days, but from August 28-30, Shadow Electric will move out of the Convent and into the Brunswick hub to present ‘Visions’: a cinematic journey combining music and visual arts.

As you’d expect, the line-up is killer. Each band is collaborating with a visual artist to bring to life the essence of their music. Melbourne-based indie dream rockers Teeth & Tongue kick off proceedings (7pm. Fri Aug 28 ) followed by electro/hip-hop outfit Rat & Co ( 7pm. Sat Aug 29). There’s also Juice Rap News, the crew that cleverly rap the news live, who’ll be joined by mates Nazeem Hussain and Dan Ilic (1pm. Sun Aug 30), as well as the mock-rock-Bollywood extravaganza Bombay Royale to bring down the house (7pm.Read more

24 July

Program announced for Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 (and it’s a beauty)


Melbourne Writers Festival 2015, our annual celebration for writers, readers and thinkers, kicks off Thursday August 20, and tickets for its biggest program to date go on sale noon today.

Each year the festival highlights the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a thought-provoking program of storytelling, conversation and debates, music and art events. In fact, this year brings together over whopping 530 events.

Celebrating its 30th birthday, this year’s festival takes us on a literary tour of Australia and all corners of the globe. Here are our highlights:

Opening night address by Louis de Bernieres, author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Thu Aug 20, 6.30pm).
Rob Thomas, creator of arse-kicking teen-detective series Veronica Mars and new show iZombie, talks about how pint the sized PI made it from tele to silver screen (Thu Aug 20, 9pm).… Read more

15 July

David Bowie Is launched to media this morning, opens to public tomorrow

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It’s been too many sleeps since David Bowie Is came on our radar, but the wait’s over – ACMI launched the V&A curated exhibition this morning for the media (hereafter, we will refer to July 15 as Bowie Day) and it opens to the public tomorrow.

Proving again that gingers are rightly taking over the world, songstress and dyed-in-the-wool Bowie fan Geraldine Quinn put us in the mood, while giving us a glimpse of what we can expect during the Late Nights Program with her dramatic and powerful rendition of ‘Let’s Dance’. Suitably fabulous in a red and blue sequinned gown (slashed to the waist and with a sequinned horn on one shoulder) Quinn went full throttle on the chorus, making more than flowers tremble.

ACMI’s new CEO Katrina Sedgwick ran us through some of the exhibition’s stats – apparently, it’s broken attendance records worldwide (Australia’s the seventh stop on its global tour to date) and the pre-sales have exceeded any other ACMI exhibition to date, including Hollywood Costume.… Read more

8 July

Get puttin’ at Howler’s pop-up Mini Golf-O-Rama


Limber up, channel your inner Tiger Woods and have a putt over a pint as Howler’s bandroom is transformed into Brunswick’s most laid-back country club for their Mini Golf-O-Rama. The performance space will turn into a custom-made nocturnal mini golf course with nine holes, each with its own theme. Complete with classic mini golf obstacles including windmills, sculptures and loops, punters will be able to putt through jungles, down volcanoes and to the beach.

This new little country club is free to enter with any purchase at Howler. So grab a drink, pick out a putter and practice your swing as guest DJs complete the experience with great tunes.

Howler’s Mini Golf-O-Rama runs from Sunday July 26 to Monday August 3. The course is open daily at 5pm and from 1pm on Saturday August 1 and Sunday August 2. Read more