SEASIDE SCULPTURES, wild dining on Flinders Island, city-wide arts FESTIVALS from Darwin to Melbourne, major INDIGENOUS ART exhibitions and more.
3–21 OCTOBER MELBOURNE FESTIVAL VARIOUS VENUES, MELBOURNE, VIC Melbourne’s major international arts festival returns. festival. melbourne SEPTEMBER 8–29 BRISBANE FESTIVAL VARIOUS VENUES, BRISBANE, QLD En Masse, a world premiere from leading contemporary circus troupe Circa, presents circus to a soundtrack of Stravinsky and more; a highlight of this year’s arts festival. brisbanefestival.com.au 11 AUGUST – 11 NOVEMBER THE NATIONAL ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ART AWARDS MAGNT, DARWIN, NT Showcasing Australia’s longest running and most prestigious Indigenous art award. magnt.net.au AUGUST 25 WILDERFEAST FLINDERS ISLAND, TAS Experience an evening of art, music and local fare from chefs Samuel Mugg and Romuald Oudeyer on Flinders Island. wilderfeast.com.au 28–30 SEPTEMBER CEDUNA OYSTERFEST VARIOUS VENUES, CEDUNA, SA An Eyre Peninsula institution since 1991, Ceduna Oysterfest celebrates all things seafood and community spirit. ceduna.sa.gov.au 25 AUGUST – 2 SEPTEMBER SHINJU MATSURI VARIOUS VENUES, BROOME, WA The iconic Festival of the Pearl is an annual event that pays tribute to Broome’s pearling industry history and its unique and diverse cultural identity. shinjumatsuri.com.au
7–19 AUGUST SYDNEY SCIENCE FESTIVAL VARIOUS VENUES, SYDNEY, NSW Whether you’re interested in the environment or quantum computing, this National Science Week tie-in has you covered. sydneyscience.com.au 9–26 AUGUST DARWIN FESTIVAL VARIOUS VENUES, DARWIN, NT From spoken word to cabaret, comedy and classical music, a diverse range of arts events take place over 18 days in the tropical climes of Darwin. darwinfestival.org.au 14–23 SEPTEMBER SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL CURRUMBIN BEACH, QLD The 16th edition of this outdoor exhibition presents the work of over 50 local and international artists. swellsculpture.com.au 21–23 SEPTEMBER KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA PALACE ELECTRIC CINEMA, CANBERRA, ACT From blockbusters to indie films and rom-coms, the ninth Korean Film Festival in Australia is eclectic. With runs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane too. koffia.com.au UNTIL APRIL 2019 22 ZERO MONA, HOBART, TAS Mona’s latest exhibition, ZERO, presents major artworks from the ZERO movement – a key avantgarde art movement of the 20th century that sprang from an optimistic spirit in postwar Germany – together in Australia for the first time. mona.net.au UNTIL 5 OCTOBER NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS SERIES NGV, MELBOURNE, VIC Visit the NGV’s MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art after hours with live jazz performances. ngv.vic.gov.au UNTIL 16 SEPTEMBER A LIGHTNESS OF SPIRIT IS THE MEASURE OF HAPPINESS ACCA, MELBOURNE, VIC A major exhibition that explores the significance of family, community and humour in contemporary Aboriginal life through the work of 10 artists. acca.melbourne