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NEWS OF THE ARTS

World premiere of Opera "Floods" to tour Queensland through September and October.

The world premiere of Floods will take place across Queensland throughout September and October. Floods is an Australian opera inspired by the people who lived through the devastating floods of 2011.

The 2014 Melbourne Festival reveals program!

Melbourne will be overtaken by some true gems of the arts world and industry when the 2014 Melbourne Festival kicks off this October. Running from the 10th through to the 26th, the Melbourne Festival's program this year is representative of a carefully curated vision, specific to the city. In its 29th year in 2014, the Melbourne Festival is set to highlight global circus from Europe, North America, Asia and on the Australian homefront too, with the likes of Cirque Eloizre, Dislocate and more all on the program. Its contemporary music program for 2014 is also impressive, with events set to draw hundreds in from all areas of the community.

Bill Bailey's 'Limboland' show bringing him to Australia this October and November!

One of our favourite comics and actors Bill Bailey is returning to Australia with a new show in 'Limboland'! The tour is an extensive one too, so there are ample opportunities to see Bailey onstage - kicking off in Perth in October and continuing through until it wraps in November in Launceston. 'Limboland' is about the gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they actually are - with Bailey known for delivering witty and razor sharp material which is as intelligent as they are hilarious, you can bet these 'Limboland' shows are going to be nothing short of great.

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman bringing Mythbusters to Australian stages in August!

The brains behind Mythbusters are going to be bringing the chaos fans love to Australian stages next month! Both Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will be presenting 'Mythbusters: Behind the Myths' - an evening of on stage experiments, audience involvement and a cool behind the scenes look at the smash hit show! Touring Australia for the first time, this is sure to be a popular one for fans to be involved in - don't miss out!

Rhys Darby set for run of Australian shows in October!

'...and Murray? Present'. Rhys Darby, NZ comedian and everyone's favourite band manager has been confirmed to appear in Sydney as part of 'Just For Laughs' this October, but for all those fans of Flight of the Conchords and his work in Yes Man and The Boat That Rocked who can't get to the Opera House, Darby has announced two shows which will bring him to Perth and Brisbane!

Black Sabbath collaborate with Converse on three new Chuck Taylor All Star styles

Iconic brand Converse are known for collaborating with artists of all inclinations, creating some of the most accessible and fun footwear all over the globe. The latest addition to their Fall 2014 catalogue is no exception; the brand has once again collaborated with landmark rockers Black Sabbath for three new styles inspired by different facets of the band's prolific career.

New Orleans Jazz Fest broadcast brings a star-studded lineup, while Jazz Fest craft artists are to feature in new exhibition!

The countdown for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, lovingly known as the New Orleans Jazz Fest, is officially on as we near ever more to the April 25th kick off! Some exciting announcements have made their way out of the camp, which are sure to add to the rapidly growing momentum which surrounds the festival itself.

Arts News Weekly: 30th March 2014

In This Issue: Jason Scott Lee joins Melbourne production of The King & I, second run of GREASE shows announced for Melbourne, nominations for NSW's Premier's History Awards open, ACMI to host new DreamWorks exhibition, DARK MOFO no longer heading into Launceston, Bangarra farewells Deborah Brown, Metamorphosis Theatre Company's Idaho coming to Melbourne; Nick Parnell bringing special show to Sydney in May

Arts News Weekly: 13th March 2014

In This Issue: One Year Performance by Tehching Hsieh, Australian fashion designers on display at Powerhouse Museum, Pat Brassington, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, and The 24 Hour Experience...

John Barrowman and Katie Cassidy announced for Supanova Sydney and Perth!

While Supanova is going to be hitting up the Gold Coast and Melbourne next month, more guests for the June conventions in Sydney and Perth have been announced this morning, with John Barrowman and Katie Cassidy set to represent the highly successful American series Arrow in Australia this year!

Arts News Weekly: 25th February 2014

In This Issue: Jeff Dunham's Australian tour, Sydney Theatre Company's Children of The Sun and Switzerland, ACMI presents DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, The Legend of King O'Malley, and registrations now open for Screen It 2014...

Emergence Creative Festival kicks off this week at Margaret River!

The Emergence Creative Festival kicks off in West Australia’s Margaret River this week from the 19th-21st February. With 22 speakers spread across three days and 10 venues, the festival is set to bring together some of the brightest from around the world to discuss, workshop and explore the role and value of creativity in business, communication, education, innovation and the economy.

Arts News Weekly: 17th February 2014

In This Issue: Joseph McGlennon at The Byron at Byron, Jennifer Saunders at The Sydney Opera House, In Conversation with Lionel Shriver, Galerie pompom reopens, White Night Melbourne, The Cremaster Cycle returns to ACMI, and The Friends of the Art Gallery of WA...

Arts News Weekly: 12th February 2014

In This Issue: Mike Epps to tour Australia, Kevin Hart to promote new film, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Yarraville Laughs 1st Birthday Bonanza, Michael Winslow The Man With 10,000 Voices, and Revelation Perth International Film Festival...

The Supanova Pop Culture Expo gears up for a huge run of events in Melbourne and the Gold Coast this April!

As it does each year, the Supanova Pop Culture Expo brings together some freaking exciting line-ups and never fails to rouse the attention and hype within various fandoms. Whether it's sci-fi, old school action, manga and anime or anything else with a cult pop following, Supanova caters to it and with the Melbourne and Gold Coast conventions not too far away, the guest announcements keep coming.