Yet again, it’s time to go through a bunch of events not to miss for the month of May. Here are seven of the events we think that’d be well worth going to see and check out, and despite it getting into the colder months of the year, there are many great things to get around to and indulge in the arts this month.
This is the ultimate winter arts event in Sydney where talks, technology, ideas and art combine to give a rich slice of culture. Featuring a bunch of Sydney-exclusive performances and events, the amount on offer is so much that it can’t be encapsulated in one paragraph. If it feels all a bit overwhelming, at least go and see the Lighting of the Sails: Audio Creatures which is the offering for light art on the Sydney Opera House. Sydney artist and art director Ash Bolland is behind the project this year, along with collaboration with musician Amon Tobin
Where: Various venues around Sydney
When: From May 26th – June 17th
More Info: www.vividsydney.com
It’s been a well-tuned tale that has seen Oscars and Tonys aplenty been given to the actors who have featured in various productions. Despite some audio issues, our reviewer Kara enjoyed the night saying that it “…was pure entertainment and a celebration of slapstick comedy.” The talented Paul Capsis seems a perfect pick for the role of Emcee and many other reviews have mentioned how great Chelsea Gibb is in the role of Sally Bowles. Worth going to see at the current run at Melbourne’s Athenaeum this month, and in future months at it’s return season in Sydney.
Where: Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
When: Now until May 20th
More Info: www.cometothecabaret.com.au
Van Gogh and the Seasons
Hugely anticipated, this is the largest collection of Van Gogh artworks to ever come here to Australia. Curated by Sjraar van Heugten, independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Van Gogh and the Seasons is exclusive to Melbourne. While devoted to looking at the seasons of the year, there is much more to ponder than that with the results of research from Van Gogh’s personal letters and interests outside of visual are on display as well.
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
When: Now until June 9th
More Info: www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/van-gogh-and-the-seasons
Jon Bennett – Fire in the Meth Lab
Renowned Australian storyteller Jon Bennett comes back to Melbourne to play at the adorable Butterfly Club the sordid and bizarre antics of his brother’s life. What has been touted as an amazingly chaotic tale, Bennett aims to bring the hijinks of crime, drugs (with a title like Fire in the Meth Lab, you’d hope it’s about drugs), theft and all manner of misdemeanours to stage through a storytelling form.
Where: The Butterfly Club, Melbourne
When: 10th – 14th May
More Info: thebutterflyclub.com/show/fire-in-the-meth-lab
When: 9th – 27th May
More Info: blueroom.org.au
When: 25th May – 3rd June (Thurs – Sat only)
More Info: www.metroarts.com.au/events/swallow
When: 18th – 27th May
More Info: www.dreambigchildrensfestival.com.au/