Arts & Cul­ture

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They don’t call Mel­bourne Aus­tralia’s

cul­tural cap­i­tal for no rea­son.

On any day and at any time, you can find an event or ex­hi­bi­tion to en­chant and in­spire.

Art on Show

Take some time to ex­plore The Ian Pot­ter Cen­tre: NGV Aus­tralia. This ex­pan­sive gallery in Fed­er­a­tion Square fo­cuses on Aus­tralian art. While the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion is al­ways in­ter­est­ing, there are a num­ber of tem­po­rary in­stal­la­tions on show. The work of con­tem­po­rary Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­land artists who take their cus­tom­ary sym­bols and tech­niques and re-in­ter­pret them are on show at Past Legacy: Present Tense (un­til Jan­uary). Pre­vi­ously seen at the Venice Bi­en­nale, The Pool (un­til 18 Fe­bru­ary) is an ar­chi­tec­ture ex­hi­bi­tion that ex­am­ines cul­ture, land­scape and ar­chi­tec­ture through a sin­gu­lar ob­ject, the swim­ming pool.

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On the Stage

One of the Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany’s most an­tic­i­pated pro­duc­tions is the adap­ta­tion of Mark Had­don’s book The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night-time (11 Jan­uary – 18 Fe­bru­ary). This is the first time this ac­claimed pro­duc­tion from the UK’s Na­tional The­atre will be seen in Aus­tralia. At Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, David Camp­bell takes to the stage in Dream Lover – The Bobby Dar­rin Mu­si­cal (from 27 De­cem­ber), which prom­ises to cap­ture the glam­our and pas­sion of the big band era. A favourite is re­turn­ing to the stage with the mu­si­cal ver­sion of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (from 21 Jan­uary) com­ing to the Re­gent The­atre. mtc.com.au arts­cen­tremel­bourne.com.au mar­riner­group.com.au

Day at the Mu­seum

The new­est ex­hi­bi­tion at Mel­bourne Mu­seum is ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing. In­side Out (23 De­cem­ber – 11 Fe­bru­ary) is an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence where vis­i­tors jour­ney through frozen mo­ments and ab­stracted ev­ery­day en­vi­ron­ments. Your un­seen host will guide you through the ad­ven­ture. At the mu­seum’s Bun­ji­laka Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural Cen­tre, Mar­ramb-ik (I Am) (1 De­cem­ber – 18 Fe­bru­ary) ex­plores the role of sto­ry­telling in the First Peo­ples’ cul­ture us­ing the con­tem­po­rary medium of comics.

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Fam­ily Favourites

There are laughs, mu­sic and great sto­ry­telling dur­ing the the­atre adap­ta­tion of Cres­sida Cow­ell’s much-loved book, Emily Brown and the Thing (3–14 Jan­uary). It’s suit­able for kids aged three and older. If they’re a bit big­ger, they’ll love the colour and move­ment of The Un­be­liev­ables (3–13 Jan­uary), com­bin­ing jaw-drop­ping magic, cir­cus tricks and spec­tac­u­lar ball­room danc­ing. The ac­ro­bats of Grav­ity & Other Myths are bring­ing their hair-rais­ing stunts to A Sim­ple Space (3–14 Jan­uary), where seven per­form­ers and one mu­si­cian push their phys­i­cal lim­its. Whether you’re 12 or 52, you’ll be gasp­ing at the spec­ta­cle. All shows are on at Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne.

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Step Back in Time

If you’re cap­ti­vated by the city, check out Mel­bourne: Foun­da­tions of a City at the Old Trea­sury Build­ing. The ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether paint­ings, pic­tures and maps that show the evo­lu­tion of Mel­bourne from Euro­pean set­tle­ment to 1900. Also on dis­play is Christ­mas at the Old Trea­sury (un­til 6 Jan­uary), show­cas­ing in­tri­cate, home­made dec­o­ra­tions of the 1920s. At the State Li­brary Vic­to­ria, Writ­ing the War: per­sonal sto­ries from WWI brings to­gether the let­ters, pho­tographs and di­aries of seven or­di­nary Aus­tralians who were sent to fight over­seas. oldtrea­sury­build­ing.org.au slv.vic.gov.au

The Beat Goes On

See a favourite act or dis­cover the next big thing on a night out en­joy­ing Mel­bourne’s thriv­ing live mu­sic scene. The Tote, where the beer is cold and the mu­sic is loud, holds a spe­cial place in the hearts of Mel­bourne’s rock­ers. Booths line the dance floor at Ding Dong Lounge, where the en­ter­tain­ment can range from elec­tronic up-and-com­ers to soul bands. For more than 20 years, the Eve­lyn Ho­tel has hosted live mu­sic seven nights a week. You might see a lo­cal band launch­ing an al­bum or a show­case from an in­die la­bel. thetote­ho­tel.com ding­don­glounge.com.au eve­lyn­ho­tel.com.au

Re­gent The­atre

Ian Pot­ter Cen­tre: NGV Aus­tralia Robert Black­burn

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Word on the StreetJanet (32), CoburgI hadn’t been to Mel­bourne Mu­seum for years, but a friend sug­gested we check out Noc­tur­nal, the adults-only Fri­day night event that hap­pens once a month. It was very cool. We wan­dered through some of the col­lec­tions, grabbed a drink, lis­tened to one of the ex­perts talk about space and saw a re­ally cool band. It re­minded me that there’s so much to see there.w mu­se­umsvic­to­ria.com.auNoc­tur­nal Cesur Sanli

In­side Out

Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne Robert Black­burn

The Un­be­liev­ables

State Li­brary Vic­to­ria Cameron Mur­ray

Eve­lyn Ho­tel, Fitzroy

The Tote, Colling­wood Tahlia Palmer

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