Events In Melbourne

1/19/19 to 12/1/19

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Original London company. Photo: Manuel Harlan

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Childˮ, showing at Melbourne's Princess Theatre, is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. In the play, Harry Potter has grown up and wrestles with his career, as well as being a dad and a husband...
2/12/19 to 12/14/19

Queen Victoria Market's Ultimate Foodie Tour

Queen Victoria Market's Ultimate Foodie Tour. Photo: Simon Shiff.

One of the best ways to experience Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market is to take the Ultimate Foodie Tour, a gourmet walking tour for food lovers. Taste the freshest produce, discover unique ingredients, learn tips and tricks for shopping and cooking, and discover the Market's history. The two-hour...
6/24/19 to 6/1/20

Wayward Women? at Old Treasury Building

Portrait of Beatrice Phillips as part of the "Wayward Women?" exhibition at Old Treasury Building

In the late 19th to early 20th centuries, women who transgressed societal mores were judged harshly. While some prospered, many of them paid dearly for their actions—but not all for nothing. The “Wayward Women?” exhibition at Melbourne's Old Treasury Building follows the stories of 10 women from...
7/27/19 to 10/20/19

An Idea Needing to be Made

Pippa Drysdale, "Splendour at Black Rock, East Kimberley" (detail), 2018-19. Porcelain, dimensions variable. Courtesy: the artist and Adrian Sassoon, London; Joanna Bird, London; Sabbia Gallery, Sydney; and Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA. Photo: Robert Frith—acorn photo.

Artisans have been making ceramics since time immemorial, but today the medium is often not given the attention it deserves as a serious contemporary artform. The current exhibition at Melbourne's Heide Museum of Modern Art, "An Idea Needing to Be Made: Contemporary Ceramics", gives the form an...
8/3/19 to 10/27/19

Robin Boyd: Design Legend

Boyd House, Walsh Street, South Yarra 1958. Architect: Robin Boyd. Photograph: Mark Strizic c.1965, © Estate of Mark Strizic.

One of Australia’s most well-known and respected architects, Robin Boyd held the belief that good design can both improve people’s lives and the world we live in—a belief that was put into practice through his more than 300 projects, which ranged from residential houses to civic buildings. No...
8/9/19 to 8/9/20

Rain Room at Jackalope Pavilion

"Rain Room" by Random International. Image courtesy: MoMa.

Participant art is one thing; standing in a 100-square-metre field of continuous rainfall that doubles as an immersive art installation is another. "Rain Room" by art collective Random International has been experienced by more than half a million people worldwide, and has been installed for...
8/9/19 to 10/20/19

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Comes to Melbourne

Paul Slade Smith, Willy Wonka and lead cast of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Photo: Brian Geach.

Willy Wonka is opening his marvellous and mysterious chocolate factory up to a Melbourne audience this month, when the new musical production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” opens at Her Majestyʼs Theatre. Based on the beloved original book by Roald Dahl, this stage adaptation is a...
8/22/19 to 3/15/20

Roger Kemp: Visionary Modernist

Roger Kemp, "Flight in space I", c.1960–c.1965. Enamel paint on composition board, 136.8 x 183cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of the National Gallery Society of Victoria, Governor, 1983 © Kemp Trust.

From pastel fields of bending trees to dense canvases of deep colour, reminiscent of stained glass windows, the career of the late artist Roger Kemp—widely considered one of Australiaʼs great innovators in the field of abstract art—saw many shifts of focus and progressions into complexity. The “...
9/13/19 to 2/2/20

Civilization: The Way We Live Now

Sato Shintaro, "Kabukicho, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo / Kabukicho, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo", 1997−99, from "Night Lights" series. Inkjet print, 63 x 78.5 x 2.6cm. Courtesy: PGI, Tokyo, © Sato Shintaro.

From brutalist, pastel apartment blocks to crowds of neon signposts jostling for attention, the “Civilization: The Way We Live Now” photography exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) explores the bizarre complexity of life in the 21st century, and documents mass behaviour in urban...
9/14/19 to 11/17/19

ACCA International: Haroon Mirza

Haroon Mirza, "Pavilion for Optimisation", 2013. Installation view at Museum Tinguely, Basel, 2015. Credits: Museum Tinguely, Basel. Photo: Bettina Matthiessen.

Art meets musical composition meets electrical manipulation in the unusual and varied practice of Haroon Mirza. The London-based artist is not only exhibiting at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) this month, but completely overhauling it, using its vast architecture to create a...