7 Arts Events Not to Miss in Australia This Month (May 2016)

Time to take a look at seven of the must-see arts events happening around Australia this month – May 2016, and it’s a eclectic mix if there ever was one:

Sydney Comedy Festival


With the Melbourne International Comedy Festival finished for the year, it’s time for the Sydney Comedy Festival to take the comedic festival mantlepiece. Many comedians who had runs down south are also performing here, plus some great local comedic talent from the harbour city.

Where: various venues in Sydney
When: On now until 15 May
More Details: http://www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au/

Anywhere Festival


From a crew who have put on some unique festivals in the past in both the outer suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney as well as regional Queensland. This festival aims to “engage in theatre anywhere regardless of their income or location.”

Where: various venues in Brisbane
When: 5–25 May
More Details: http://anywherefest.com/

Melbourne Knowledge Week


With more than 60 events exploring the innovation, creativity and technology shaping our future, this week of ideas is sure to set your thinking ninety degrees.

Where: various venues in Melbourne
When: 2–8 May
More Details: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/arts-and-culture/events-partnerships/melbourne-knowledge-week/Pages/melbourne-knowledge-week.aspx

Being YOUnique Photography exhibition


Being YOUnique was a competition run by the Children’s Tumour Foundation for budding photographers to show their talents. Prints will be sold by the Foundation, with proceeds going towards the foundation to raise money for research and to promote awareness.

Where: MLC Center, Martin Place in Sydney & a ‘prominent building’ in Melbourne.
When: from 3–13 May in Sydney, 17–27 May
More Details: http://www.beingyounique.com.au/

Pio Abad: 1975 – 2015

Pio Abad, Decoy (2014-2015), dummy CCTV cameras decorated with tropical seashells. Courtesy the artist and Silverlens Gallery, Manila

Working in a range of media including drawing, installation and photography, Manila-born, London-based artist Pio Abad is showcasing a whole array of his works questioning the role of domestic objects within political movements. The centrepiece being Decoy (2016) a sculpture featuring dummy CCTV cameras adorned with tropical seashells (as seen above).

Where: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181–187 Hay St, Sydney
When: 14 May – 19 July
More Details: http://www.creative-asia.net/

Standing on Ceremony : Focus on Utopia


A region  270km North-East of Alice Springs – known as Utopia – was named as such by drovers in the 1920s. Since the late 70s however, the area has breeded some of the lands great Aboriginal art. This exhibition will include paintings by renowned Utopia artists through the years including sisters Ada, Gloria and Nancy Petyarre, Charmaine Pwerle and Selina Teece.

Where: Artitja Fine Art
When: 5 May – 22 May (preview and seeing only available by appointment)
More Details: http://www.artitja.com.au/

Spec Fiction and Fantasy Writers Festival, Adelaide

Spec Fic

If you’re keen on getting more information on how to write speculative fiction through exclusive writing classes, networking events and industry panels, then this unique opportunity to mingle with such writers like Gillian Rubenstein, Sean Williams, and many others is for you!

Where: SA Writers Centre, 187 Rundle Street, Adelaide
When: 7–8 May
More Details: https://sawriters.org.au/event-registration/?ee=324


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