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The 2020 Midsumma Festival program is revealed

November 20, 2019

Australia’s premier queer arts experience Midsumma Festival have tonight launched their 2020 program and is set to be bigger than ever, with the festival taking over ninety eight venues across Melbourne’s CBD and outer suburbs.  Running from January 19th to February 9th 2020, the festival will showcase a spectacular array of performances, exhibitions, talks and […]

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Artistic Director Iain Grandage launches his first Perth Festival, with opening week dedicated to First Nations performances

November 1, 2019

Running from February 7th to March 1st, more than 250 events will take over the WA capital for next year’s Perth Festival, all under the guidance of incoming Artistic Director Iain Grandage. And, in an Aussie arts festival first, the 2020 run will kick off with an opening week dedicated to First Nations artists and […]

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Museum dedicated entirely to the Empire State Building opens in New York

October 28, 2019

New York City’s iconic 1,454 foot Empire State Building has undergone an enormous change, revealing the second phase of its completely reimagined “Observatory Experience”, which now includes the city’s only museum open seven days a week from 8am to 2am. A 10,000 square foot series of galleries now occupies the second floor of the mammoth […]

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Eric Andre confirms The Eric Andre Show return in 2020 as he readies his “Black Borat movie”

September 27, 2019

Last night, comedian Eric Andre hit the stage at the Meridian Hall in Toronto as one of the headliners of the annual Just For Laughs comedy festival. Part of his Legalize Everything Tour, the hilarious hour and a half show was something of a tamer affair than what you might have seen on his popular […]

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Renee Zellweger to visit Australia for Judy in October

September 25, 2019

Shout hallelujah c’mon get happy because Renee Zellweger is coming to Australia! Universal Pictures has announced that the Academy Award winning actress will visit Melbourne and Sydney this October to celebrate the highly anticipated release of Judy, the Judy Garland biopic from Rupert Goold. Zellweger’s portrayal of the legendary star has been widely predicted by […]

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Celebrate the Brisbane music scene at High Rotation, now exhibiting at the Museum of Brisbane

September 22, 2019

Recently opening at the Museum of Brisbane, High Rotation celebrates three decades of local music, from Keith Urban to Violent Soho, Sheppard to Powderfinger, and The Veronicas to WAAX. A celebration of Brisbane artists thirty years in the making, visitors will be able to explore a vast catalogue of film clips, photographs, instruments, and ephemera, […]

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Catch Monica Lewinsky in conversation with Leigh Sales, as part of UNSW and Carriageworks’ UNTHINKABLE

September 16, 2019

Running from 7th – 9th of November, ideas festival UNTHINKABLE is a joint venture from Sydney’s Carriageworks and The UNSW Centre for Ideas. Featuring speakers from around the world, the three day event will explore the questions we haven’t asked, the futures we can avoid, and the inevitability of unexpected realities. UNTHINKABLE Curator and Director of […]

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Disney D23 Expo 2019 Announcements Drop A Huge Slate Of New Content

August 27, 2019

Over the weekend Disney held its sixth D23 Expo, an event where the company gets to showcase all its forthcoming news and announcements to both the media and the general public. In a surprising turn after dropping the official launch announcement less than a week ago for Disney+ the company has come charging out of […]

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Sydney Festival reveals Black Cockatoo as first show of 2020 season

August 8, 2019

Sydney Festival has announced it’s first show of 2020 with Black Cockatoo, a bold new collaboration between screenwriter Geoffrey Atherden and festival artistic director Wesley Enoch. Premiereing at the festival, Black Cockatoo tells the story of legendary cricketer Johnny Mullagh, bringing together Sydney Festival and Ensemble Theatre to explore the tale of Australia’s first ever […]

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Sydney Contemporary announce Opening Night, Performance Contemporary, and Kid Contemporary programs – as well as something new!

July 17, 2019

One of the most celebrated art events on Sydney’s cultural calendar, international art fair Sydney Contemporary has this year announced a new curated strain, running alongside their much anticipated Opening Night, Performance Contemporary, and Kid Contemporary programs. New program NEXT will focus on cutting edge contemporary art, produced by emerging artists under the age of […]

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Brisbane Writers Festival announces 2019 program

June 27, 2019

Over 160 internationally renowned writers and thinkers will descend upon the River City in early September, for the 57th Brisbane Writers Festival. From the 5th to the 8th of September, workshops and panels will take over several venues across Brisbane. As well as the usual mix of family friendly, YA, and adult events, there will […]

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Megan Evans takes home 2019 Footscray Art Prize

June 20, 2019

PARLOUR, a powerful photograph that examines the impact of colonialisation on identity, was chosen from from over 800 entries, and scores its creator, interdisciplinary artist Megan Evans, a $10,000 prize. The judging panel, made up of ACMI’s Katrina Sedgwick, ACCA’s Hannah Presley and VCA’s Raafat Ishak, selected Evans’ work from a shortlist of 33 works, spread […]

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Louis Theroux announces 2020 Australia and New Zealand tour

June 6, 2019

Next year, the king of documentaries will be back on Australian shores for the first time following his sold out 2016 tour. Louis Without Limits will see the BAFTA winning investigative reporter explore some of the stories that made his career, in a series of shows with Australia’s own Julia Zemiro. Theroux says: “It was […]

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Celebrated film composer Hans Zimmer to return to Australia

June 6, 2019

After a huge arena tour back in 2017, composer Hans Zimmer will return to our shores for three massive shows later this year. With stunning visuals, an expansive lightshow, and, of course, iconic movie music, Hans Zimmer Live will wow audiences in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne this coming October. “Performing a concert series likeHans Zimmer […]

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Sydney Contemporary: At least 85 of the world’s best galleries coming to Carriageworks

May 24, 2019

For the 2019 edition of Sydney Contemporary, more than 85 galleries from across the country and around the globe will come together at Carriageworks for four days of Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair. Five different continents will be represented, showcasing over 300 artists from more than 30 different countries, including France, Japan, New […]

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Bingo Loco is back and it’s barmier than ever!

May 6, 2019

Global phenomenon Bingo Loco is heading back to our shores in just a few short weeks, bringing its hectic blend of conga lines, lip sync battles, and wild prizes to venues all over Australia. Buckle up kids, because this ain’t your granny’s bingo night! The wacky brainchild of three childhood friends, Bingo Loco began life […]

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Five things not to miss at the 2019 Adelaide Festival

February 23, 2019

The Adelaide Festival opens runs between the 1st and 17th March and there’s a full program which can make choosing what to see a daunting task. Here’s five suggestions that should help choosing easier. Opening night: National Geographic: Symphony for our world Elder park comes alive on Saturday 2nd March for this family-friendly free concert […]

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How to get $40 tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Melbourne

January 9, 2019

Harry Potter Fanatics and cheap theatre ticket chasers assemble! As the Potterites amongst you are likely already aware, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to finally arrive in Melbourne, with the first preview performances taking place next week. Whilst the price of the show (especially the need to attend two performances) may be […]

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Mona Foma wants to fly you to Launceston on their own “weird” airline, for free

October 31, 2018

The team behind Mona Foma are celebrating the infamous summer festival’s new home in Launceston by launching an airline, Air Mofo, to fly mainlanders to the event for free. Festival curator and Violent Femmes rocker Brian Ritchie is giving away airline seats in rows of six via a competition that’s now live and will also […]

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Victorian artist James Parrett announced as recipient of prestigious Aqualand Sculpture Award

October 29, 2018

In the world of art, sculptures are fascinating works that can be viewed and placed as wonderful masterpieces. This year, that was proved by Victorian artist James Parrett, who was the recipient of the $70,000 Aqualand Sculpture Land award or M-fortysix at the 22nd annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi. This is a series of exhibitions […]

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Indigenous Slam Queen crowned Australian Poetry Slam Champion

October 24, 2018

Her very first performance brought the house down and now Melanie Mununggurr-Williams has been crowned Australian Poetry Slam Champion. Dropping an absolutely stunning slam about aboriginal identity, Melanie won crowds over with her complex piece about breaking free of inner demons, and “being caught between a western white mans world, and ancient aboriginal antiquity”. Her […]

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These hotels are letting guests spray paint rooms for the sake of art

October 19, 2018

Australia’s beloved Art Series Hotels have just introduced a slick new concept for hotel guests looking for a little participatory art project for dabble in. From now until December 30th, Melbourne gems The Blackman and The Olsen, and Brisbane’s The Johnson, will offer a “Colour Your Stay” package where guests can grab a spray can, […]

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Here’s what you need to see at Sculpture by the Sea 2018

October 18, 2018

Sculpture by the Sea , one of the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibitions, has now opened for another year across Sydney’s spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. The exhibition, which each year sees the coastline transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks, features 107 sculptures by artists from 21 countries […]

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MONA FOMA announces hilarious money-back guarantee for Launceston debut as 2019 dates are confirmed

September 24, 2018

The Tasmanian music and art festival MONA FOMA (Museum of Old and New Arts: Festival of Music and Arts) has announced the new location for its annual run in 2019. From next January on the MOFO will take place in the northern Tasmanian city of Launceston instead of being held at its usual Hobart location. […]

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ABC and Screen Australia announce four Art Bites projects

August 24, 2018

ABC and Screen Australia have announced four short-form documentary projects have received funding through ABC and Screen Australia’s Art Bites Initiative. This initiative is currently in its third year, encouraging filmmakers to produce a total of 6 x 5-minute documentary series for ABC’s online viewing platform ABC iView, based around art. Each team will receive […]

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Inaugural FLAIR Arts Festival announces arts administrator Michael Lynch as keynote speaker

August 4, 2016

Filling the spot left by the recently cancelled Melbourne Art Fair, FLAIR will be taking over several Flinders Lane art galleries later this month, with a series of exhibitions, events, and talks. Heading the festival will be Michael Lynch CBE ME, one of Australia’s most experienced, influential, and outspoken arts administrators. After more than 13 […]

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World-first exhibition “Degas: A New Vision” to open in June 2016 at the National Gallery of Victoria

November 23, 2015

In June 2016 a world-first exhibition will make its way to The National Gallery of Victoria for the thirteenth annual Melbourne Winter Masterpieces. Degas: A New Vision will showcase over 200 works of one of the world’s most loved artists in all of his disciplines, including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and photography. Tony Ellwood Director […]

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the ARTS review: what’s happening in the world of arts & film – issue 018

May 12, 2012

Welcome to the 18th edition of the AU review’s ARTS review, where we present the latest Arts and Film news from around the country. In This Issue: Mystery cinema surprises Sydney, Bill Nuttall resigns role as chairman of Melbourne Art Foundation, Federation Square lights the way with liturature, secrets for Etsy success revealed at Vivid […]

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the ARTS review: what’s happening in the world of arts & film – issue 016

May 4, 2012

Welcome to the 16th edition of the AU review’s weekly ARTS review, where we present the latest news from the Arts and Film world. In This Issue: Explore a history of iconic album covers at Blender Gallery, conversations about the art of criticism with Marc Fennell, debut Russian ballet at its finest with the Eifman […]

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the ARTS review: what’s happening in the world of arts & film – issue 015

April 27, 2012

Welcome to edition number 15 of the AU review’s ARTS review, where we feature the latest from the world of Arts and Film. In This Issue: Circa debuts Australian tour in Adelaide, art for sight with ColourGRIND 2012, Craig Schuftan revisits the 90’s, artists explore their Interstate Romances, 100 bedrooms are exposed and the QCP […]

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