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Fundraising event

This fundraising concert features the beautiful nostalgic Laika and Rembetika songs of pre 1970 Greece, performed by Melbourne's fabulous Greek singers. Featuring Anthea Sidiropolous, Maria Papathanasiou, Jenny Theologidis and Helen Yotis Patterson, accompanied by a premier Greek band led by…

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SHORTS@45

Join us for the final SHORTS@45 literary reading of the year with an evening of memoir writing from three outstanding Australian writers. Journalist and media personality Sian Prior will read from her memoir, Shy, a very personal account of her…

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George Papadimas

greyscale spectrum marks George Papadimas' first exhibition in his native Melbourne after a nine-year period of living and working in Ho Chi Minh City and New York City. Papadimas has created a series of works that reflect his ongoing fascination…

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Richard Besley

Richard Besley is a Melbourne based painter who has won acclaim for his contemplative colourist improvisations over the past 15 years. His delicate and ethereal compositions reveal a preoccupation with surfaces, layers and light. Recent Painting features large scale works…

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Saray Iluminado

Saray Iluminado perform Sevdah, the traditional songs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sephardic Jewish Romances from the Balkans. Its repertoire celebrates the ancient Balkan cities where a multitude of cultures coexisted and thrived in cosmopolitan artistic environments. This repertoire includes songs that…

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Chris Humphries

In this collection of drawings and works on paper, Chris Humphries transports us to central Victoria, inspired by a seven year period spent living on the urban rural fringe of North West Melbourne with his family. Humphries’ interpretation of the…

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SHORTS@45

SHORTS@45 is a new series of readings by authors and actors held every two months, celebrating  the best short story writing at home and overseas. Program two contributors include: Maxine Beneba Clarke Elliot Perlman Paddy O'Reilly Gregory Day SHORTS@45 is curated…

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Brahms and Liszt ANTITHESIS

Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5 Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor Tristan Lee is an Australian pianist rapidly gaining international recognition for his distinctive style and musicianship. Widely sought as a chamber musician and associate artist…

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The Rolling Wave

The Rolling Wave is a recital of music performed by Matthew Horsley on the complex, evocative and eccentric uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes), as the culmination of his JUMP mentorship with renowned Irish musician Mikie Smyth. The program will include Matthew’s…

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Mel Kerr

Mel Kerr’s practice examines the way in which childhood impacts on our adult life, and how the restrictions in the childhood domestic environment play significant roles in our adult subconscious. The metaphorical cages that we hold onto as a child…

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David Hirst

David Hirst’s practice explores the emotional events that he has experienced during his travels through life and as a research scientist. Hirst seeks to explore the parallels between both fields, ultimately striving to capture emotion and memory so that the…

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Julia Boros

Through the integration and collaboration of different artistic approaches The Fifth Wall derives its name from the projection screen used in a theatre or performance space. A suspended textile installation provides the backdrop to works on paper, collage and sculpture. Red…

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Kaff-eine

Kaff-eine is one of Australia’s premiere female street and contemporary artists. She paints her distinctive characters on walls around the globe, immersing herself in local communities and sharing their stories on their walls. While painting street murals in Manila shantytowns…

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Broken Consorts

Surprise meetings, unexpected vistas, unusual sounds. Ensemble Offspring & Ironwood bring their unique sounds together in this program of mix n match, old meets new. The seventeenth century consort of viols could be ‘broken’ and played by any instrument at…

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SHORTS@45

SHORTS@45 is a new series of readings by authors and actors held every two months, celebrating  the best short story writing at home and overseas. We kick off in February 2015 with Love and Loss and contributors include Carrie Tiffany, Arnold Zable…

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Adolescent – featuring Michael Griffiths

"Go and see this show." Peter Burdon, The Advertiser ★★★★ 1/2 "Griffiths is an incredibly skilled performer and an absolute charmer." Bobby Goudie, The Clothesline "The show might be called Adolescent but there is nothing immature about this performance. Griffiths...…

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Adnan Baraké

Syrian composer and oud player Adnan Baraké draws on middle-eastern and western traditions in search of a unique musical voice. Strongly influenced by traditional Arabic music, Adnan explores country, bluegrass and classical styles to create contemporary sounds on this ancient…

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Keringke Arts

Experience the bold, cultural colours of Keringke. Various Keringke Artists have developed this painting style over twenty five years. It is most identifiable from the intricate detail and high colour. Keringke Arts is Aboriginal owned and operated. Visit Keringke's website…

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Penelope Metcalf

Whether working in her studio or in front of her kitchen cupboard, Metcalf adopts a plein-air approach and transforms her still life compositions into little landscapes. The result is a series of oil on timber paintings that find drama and…

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First Dog on the Moon

"Marsupialiminal - The world is terrible. Furry animals, intrepid chickens, talking pizza. A spring roll argues with a fox terrier at the opera. Spending the last 7 years as a full time professional political cartoonist has given me a unique…

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Redemption

Redemption is the gripping story of two priests who harbour a terrible secret. One night in a remote country parish - Ben arrives at the home of Terry – his life long mentor and close friend of a retired Monsignor,…

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Dayne Trower

This new series of maquettes by Dayne Trower is a study into the modifications made to the natural ground for the purpose of a new dwelling. An elongated site with a gentle incline is excavated, levelled and retained through the…

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Julie Poulsen

NORTH excerpts and essays meander the wide-ranging north Queensland landscape from Julie Poulsen’s home town of Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands onto Cooktown via the Savannah Way. The interpreted views are mixed elucidations: a broad perspective of the far north…

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Louisa Ennis-Thomas

in/animate investigates tensions between nature and culture. Informed by both art and science, Louisa Ennis-Thomas’ biomorphic installations explore recurring themes of transformation, symbiosis and temporality. Humans are antithetically at odds with, yet inextricably linked to nature. Mimicking aspects of the…

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A Short History of Western Music

ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the year, Hoang Pham will perform twelve eternal masterpieces from J.S. Bach (1685-1750) to Thomas Adès (1971- present) in chronological order. Each work will be discussed by pianist Sean Hennessy-Brose, who will focus on how to…

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Silhouettes, inside outside

Silhouettes, inside outside brings together classical musicians, visual artists, silhouettes, shadow art, the audience and the space within and without a giant three-sided canvas. You can listen, you can watch, or you can grab a brush and make your mark…

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Jo Daniell

Documented in such diverse locations as Svalbard, Iceland, the Mornington Peninsula and the Southern Ocean, Weather by Jo Daniell explores the power that nature exerts over the landscape. Works are made in black and white to heighten the elemental drama…

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