Seven Events Not To Miss Around Australia This August

From Cabaret to Theatre and Contemporary Dance, August is offering up a delightful assortment of options to get you out of the house all over the country. Here are just arts events we think should not be missed this month!

Melbourne: Crazy Horse Paris presents Forever Crazy

Celebrating 65 show-stopping years of naked couture and cabaret, Forever Crazy brings its legendary show direct from Paris to Melbourne’s Crown Casino. Coming to Australia for the first time, the Parisian cultural phenomenon features a cast of ten classically trained dancers known as the ‘Crazy Girls.’ Promising to, ‘delight the mind and enthral the eyes,’ the cabaret sounds too enticing to miss.

Crazy Horse Paris presents Forever Crazy runs from 8th of August – 2nd September 2017. For tickets and details visit:

Sydney: Sport for Jove’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 

Presenting a new production of a much-loved story, Sport for Jove brings One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest back to the stage. Brought to life by Playwright Dale Wasserman in 1963, the original adaption was described as, ‘scarifying and powerful,’ by the New York Times. Now, directed by the brilliant Kim Hardwick, the devastating story of a psychiatric clinic and its inhabitants makes its way to the Seymour in Sydney this August.

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Sydney: Melba by Emma Matthews 

Hayes Theatre Co and New Musicals Australia present MELBA, the story of Dame Nellie Melba’s journey to the top. From her humble beginnings in Melbourne, to the stages of opera houses around Europe, Melba was one of the most celebrated singers of her generation. The production stars one of Australia’s most popular opera stars, Emma Matthews, and internationally acclaimed Director Wayne Harrison. A story filled with triumph and tragedy, MELBA brings to life, ‘a woman we know so well, yet not at all.’

For tickets and more details, head HERE.

Gold Coast: PLUNGE 

“Are you scared of falling or are you afraid that maybe you’ll throw yourself over so hard and fast, it’ll knock the wind out of you?”

PLUNGE delves into the lives of athletes, Alex and Cassy, exploring the pressures they face and what it means to take a leap of faith. Using the very venue that will play a prominent role in the Commonwealth Games, Writer/Director Kate Shearer has created an exciting physical, site-specific performance that promises to be an experience like no other.

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Ballarat: Ballarat International Foto Biennale

“We will present the world on our doorstep – celebrating and creating a shared, exciting perspective of how we see our surrounds, our community and ourselves”.

Since 2005 the Ballarat International Foto Biennale has immersed Ballarat in inspiring photographic art from around the world. The not-for-profit event will host exhibits from both International and Australian photographers in various locations around Ballarat.

The 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale will run from August 19th to September 17th. For full program visit:

Adelaide: Sydney Dance Company Frame of Mind – A double bill by Rafael Bonachela and Wildebeest by Gabrielle Nankivell 

Multi-award-winning Rafael Bonachela and Adelaide’s own Gabriell Nankivell come together to present a wildly powerful double score. Bonachela’s Frame of Mind features a dramatic contemporary-classical soundtrack by Bruce Dessner, whilst Nankivell’s Wildebeest examines the power of dance en masse. Together they promise to provide a gripping evening of high-octane dance performed by the Sydney Dance Company.

A strictly limited Adelaide season. For tickets visits:

Melbourne: Ian Potter presents The Score 

Inspired by how sound can be physically transcribed, The Score contemplates how the emerging art trend of cross-disciplinary works might be further examined through performance and colour. Presenting numerous and varied examples of music and dance notation, using all three floors of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, The Score highlights artworks that shift between disciplines and defy our expectations. The exhibition discovers how visual metaphors can reinterpret sound, using your eyes and ears to take you through new unexpected experiences.

The Score runs from Tuesday, August 1 until Sunday, November 5 at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. For more info:


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