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10 Arts Shows, Festivals and Events not to miss in October 2015!

October, the month of Halloween! The 31st means ghouls and ghosties, scares and spooks, lots of “boo!” and a birthday (well in the case of this Arts Editor anyway!). So when you’re not busy preparing your pumpkins and hanging your cobwebs, how about heading along to be surprised (this time in a good way) by one of these October Arts events?

Circus Oz presents Curiosity by Dislocate – Melbourne (17th – 24th October)

An energetic, wonderfully warm, family-friendly-adventure show with original song and dance, Curiosity is a theatrical collision between Dr Seuss, Circus Oz and Alice in Wonderland. Which sounds like a scarily good bunch of fun!

For more information visit www.circusoz.com

GRAPHIC – Sydney (10th & 11th October)

The fifth year of the festival of graphic storytelling, animation and music. With plenty of free events including a Mad Max: Fury Road exhibit and exclusive events with George Miller, Kevin Smith, Sarah Blasko, Ólafur Arnalds.

For more information visit http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/graphic

VELVET – Sydney (6th October – 1st November)

Legendary former Queen of Pop Marcia Hines headlines the live vocals throughout with fellow cast member and Australian Star Brendan MacLean showcasing an incredible talent and vocal ability. The show is a fusion of disco, dance, burlesque and Circus and a wonderland for all the audience members!

For more information visit www.velvettheshow.com/

Duality: An Art Experiment – Melbourne (23rd & 24th October)

Featuring 50 incredible Melbourne writers and visual artists. A photographer anonymously paired 25 writers’ words with visual artists to explore individuality and narrative. Writers shared a sentence, lyric or scribble and artists were given a blank archival rag sheet & seven days to create works based on these words which will now be display at the No Vacancy Gallery.

For more information visit www.dualityexperiment.com/melbournewriters

LIQUID ARCHITECTURE – Brisbane (3rd & 4th October)

Liquid Architecture’s 2015 Brisbane program unfolds over two evenings in various spaces at the IMA, and features a selection of international and Australian artists performing and presenting in Brisbane for the first time. The festival will be headlined by skewed British freak-folk troubadour Richard Dawson and exhilarating abstract techno producer Basic House of Newcastle, UK.

For more information visit www.liquidarchitecture.org.au/

MAYHEM: Chequers Club – Sydney (8th & 9th October)

Travel back to 1969 and step into a night inspired by Sydney’s Chequers Club on the evening of its most scandalous party – when Chicago mobster Joseph Testa was in town and excess was the order of the day! The popular cabaret club, rumoured to hold strong ties to the city’s seedy underworld, was THE place to be seen as the 60s drew to a close. Come along dressed in your finest 60s garb and enjoy a night to remember.

For more information visit slm.is/mayhem

1984 – Melbourne (16th – 25th October)

1984 is one of the most influential novels of all time, and with more than a quarter of a million people have already seen Headlong’s radically staged production of 1984, it is one of theatre’s most powerful events of recent times. Now the West End smash hit adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece will have an exclusive Australian season at the Melbourne Festival. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen…

For more information visit www.melbournefestival.com.au

Australian Ballet Exhibition – Sydney (until the 18th October)

A whole suite of stunning and iconic costumes of the Australian Ballet will be on display to the general public from now until the 18th October at Sydney’s QVB. A perfect opportunity to swoon over the feathers of Swan Lake before the company launches their 2016 production of the ballet.

For more information visit www.qvb.com.au

Illuminated – Melbourne (25th October)

Two of Australia’s greatest ensembles, Sydney Dance Company and Australian Chamber Orchestra, will come together for one unmissable performance of virtuoso dance and music in Illuminated.

For more information visit http://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/illuminated

JUST FOR LAUGHS SYDNEY – Sydney (19th – 18th October)

The Just For Laughs All-Star Gala will feature Irish powerhouse TOMMY TIERNAN, Scottish superstar DANNY BHOY, critically acclaimed British stand-up STEPHEN K AMOS and the Pub Landlord himself, AL MURRAY, as well as Aussie favourites DAVE HUGHES, WIL ANDERSON and CELIA PACQUOLA. They will join the lineup of previously announced Festival acts include Russell Brand, John Bishop, Al Murray, Danny Bhoy and Omid Djalili. Comedy for everyone!

For more information visit www.sydneyoperahouse.com/justforlaughs