7 Arts Events Not To Miss Around Australia – May 2017

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.

Vivid Sydney

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

From the Maiden Voyage Theatre Company comes Toast. The company was founded in Perth last year with a great mantra – to achieve gender parity in theatre, put more women in prominent roles on stage and put new plays on stage. Toast will be the Perth stage debut of Home & Away actor Amy Mathews and the return of Alison van Reeken, who starred in last year’s award-winning hit playing in Perth, GroundedToast looks at three sisters left adrift in the wake of their mother’s death. If you’re in the west, go see this to simply support great initiatives as well as see great talent.
Where: The Blue Room Theatre, Perth Cultural Centre
When: 9th – 27th May
More Info: blueroom.org.au
From the mind of Matilda award-winning actor Elise Grieg, this is a serious story about being on the precipice; not being to handle what is ahead and trying to handle it all with others that you cross by. Swallow is part of Metro’s LCL Program, presenting work from contemporary playwrights and local artists.
Where: Metro Arts, Brisbane
When: 25th May – 3rd June (Thurs – Sat only)
More Info: www.metroarts.com.au/events/swallow
DreamBIG Children’s Festival
Formerly the Come Out Children’s Festival, this is one of South Australia’s premier children’s arts festival. The festival is set up in two different streams: the schools program where children take part in events and the general public program for families. Performances like E Bully, focusing on the aim to enable change in bullying amongst kids are there to shed light on issues for young people, while the light-hearted Tetris is a performance trying to emulate the actual game with the same name – only they use actual people rather than blocks
Where: Various venues in Adelaide
When: 18th – 27th May
More Info: www.dreambigchildrensfestival.com.au/


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