18 May

ACMI announces huge, two-day Bowie symposium as part of the David Bowie Is exhibition

David Bowie Symposium

If you thought that the monumental David Bowie Is showcase– on loan to ACMI from London’s V&A Museum – could be contained to just the exhibition itself, then, like Major Tom, you’re just not grasping the gravity of this situation.

David Bowie Is opens on Thursday July 16. The next two days will see fans of the Thin White Duke unite for a Bowie bender, as the world’s top cultural commentators, academics and artists run panel discussions, presentations, performances and creative workshops. On the Friday night, kick on with your new Bowie buddies at the conference dinner at Bokchoy Tang in Fed Square.

Visit our symposium website for our program highlights, or check out our sneak peek photo gallery of some of the exhibition highlights.

Bowie Symposium: The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie Jul 17-18. Book through the ACMI website now.Read more

11 June

Sir David Attenborough: in 3D!

Sir David Attenborough

Attenborough fans and nature lovers alike get excited, you’re about to go on an adventure.

Luckily for us, Sir David Attenborough cannot get enough of surveying our planet. His career as a filmmaker has spanned nearly five decades, so we know we’re in for a treat when things start to turn 3D. In his newest instalment he uses the latest technologies such as CGI and time-lapse in order to give us a chance to see the natural world in a unique way.

This year you will get the chance to see highlights and insights from his recent adventure in ways not dreamt about a few years ago. Attenborough will be here live (that’ll be 4D, then), talking about his latest filming exhibition, before you get to study the micro world in extraordinary detail.

Attenborough’s name has been synonymous with natural history for some time, and for good reason too. The 88 year old continues on his quest to unearth the world’s mysteries through documentary making.… Read more

5 February

The School of Life returns to Melbourne!

School of Life

Looking for a bit of inspirational and philosophical guidance? For a school offering something a little different, try the classes from the School of Life – the brainchild of philosopher Alain de Botton, who set the London school up in 2008. In 2012/2013 the first international campus opened in Collingwood, but for 2014 it’s moved to the more central location of Bourke Street. Each class is limited to 26 attendees. Some are favourites from last year and many have a couple of date options.

The School of Life, 669 Bourke St, Melbourne. 27 Mar-22 Apr, $65 per class.Read more

12 November

Skywhale set to soar over Melbourne


It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Nope, it’s a whale, with boobs?

Patricia Piccinini’s grand SKYWHALE will be floating into the forecourt of the ACCA. The kooky yet majestic hot air creature will be in Melbourne for just two hours from 7-9am and its creator Piccinini will be hanging around for a special open-conversation with impresario, Robyn Archer. Archer, is also the creative director for the Centenary of Canberra and commisioned the SKYWHALE for the celebrations.

Patricia Piccinini In Conversation, ACCA, Mon Dec 2, 8-9am.

Photo: Nick-DRead more

6 November

Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Australia

Aung San Suu KyiThis folks, is a big one. In her first official visit to Australia, Burmese activist and 2015 Myanmar presidential candidate Aung San Suu Kyi will speak in Melbourne.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who founded the National League for Democracy, spent 15 years under house arrest until being released in 2010, and recently announced she would seek the presidency of Myanmar in two years. If you want to take advantage of this chance to hear one of the world’s most significant political figures, get in quickly.

Public Lecture by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Robert Blackwood Hall, Sat 30 NovRead more