Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 07/03/2021

Close your eyes and see it glisten. Just…don’t touch it.


10) Pandemos

11th March

What: Poet and multi-disciplinary artist Georgia Kartas/Saint Jorge performs Pandemos, an exploration of Greek iconography, quantum mechanics and queerness. Developed during Georgia’s Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship in 2020, Pandemos and other poems will be delivered as part of the Counihan Gallery’s celebration of the Greek Bicentenary and International Women’s Day.

Why: A mezze platter of contemporary art.


9) Geelong Jazz Soiree

13th March

What: This will be a concert featuring an assortment of the regions finest jazz musicians performing a mixture of original improvised compositions and jazz standards – all within the beautiful setting of the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

Why: Jazz as jazz is meant to be. 75km away from Melbourne.


8) In The Flesh: Exhibition Opening

13th March

What: ‘In the Flesh’ is an attempt to create a record of Melbourne’s Covid-19 lockdown period by a family of artists and their friends. The exhibition centres around a collaborative photography project and showcases three generations of artists from the same family who have created work throughout isolation. The stories vary from melancholy to hopeful, and provide an evocative glimpse into a diverse group of lives.

Why: Your days of being polite about people’s terrible COVID ‘projects’ are coming to a middle.


7) Kofi Kunkpe (Ngoni) and Aboubacar Djéliké Kouyate

12th March

What: Experience a mesmerising night of West African groove music. The Kouyate line of griots that exists to this day emerged during the Mali Empire of the 14th century. True to this, Malian musician Aboubacar Djéliké Kouyate was born into the jeli tradition in the riverside village of Djoliba during the 1970s and from the age of seven, under the eye of his father Adama Kouyate (Super Rail Band Bamako), began formal training in the inherited oral and instrumental traditions that have been passed down through the centuries. Kofi Kunkpe is an Ewe master drummer from the Volta Region of Ghana. He is passionate about the maintenance of traditional culture in helping to improve the lives of the people of Ghana. As a child Kofi studied a wide range of musical instruments at Peter King College of Music in Elobo, Nigeria. Enjoy the awesome talents of both virtuosos in an incredible live night of music.

Why: Something so niche you get points just for pronouncing the performers’ names correctly in conversation.


6) Russell Howard: Respite

13th March

What: Following the record-breaking success of his 2017 tour Round The World, Russell Howard returns with his biggest globe-spanning stand-up tour to date.  Hot on the heels of his critically-acclaimed hit Sky One show The Russell Howard Hour, and his global smash Netflix special Recalibrate, Russell is back on stage where he belongs, making sense of a world that’s spinning out of control. It’s time for Respite.

Why: Everyone’s ‘eh, he’s alright’ comedian is on tour again!


5) Play Something We Don’t Know

10th March

What: Experience a special one-off event for BMF 2021, celebrating the music and art of internationally renowned composer and musician Jim Cuomo. Internationally renowned composer and musician Jim Cuomo (1945-2018) spent his late years in Melbourne, creating work for the MCB Phoenix Project and other local groups. Jim’s work encompassed diverse musical idioms including jazz, psychedelic electronica and world music. Featuring performances by some of Melbourne’s most celebrated jazz players: MCB Phoenix Project, The Jim Cuomo Trio, Ronny Ferella, Callum G’Froerer, Jenny Barnes, Eugene Ball, Phil Noy and Hans Knutson.

Why: A tribute to a man’s life’s work. So you have to pretend to like it.’t-Know/836ec910-7e19-11eb-8dd8-8f4a8500c961


4) Gordi: In Conversation

11th March

What: An intimate hosted session, featuring Australian singer-songwriter-producer Gordi (Sophie Payten) sharing her artistic journey and music alongside a live Q&A in the Small Time studio. Gordi is the musical moniker of Australian singer-songwriter-producer and purveyor of soothing, subtle folktronica, Sophie Payten. She is a doctor, an acclaimed songwriter, and has toured with the likes of Bon Iver, Of Monsters and Men and The Tallest Man on Earth.

Why: A non-accusatory doctor-lead lecture.


3) Malthouse Outdoor Stage

7th-14th March

What: The new Malthouse Outdoor Stage will host music, comedy, dance, cabaret, talks, and theatre, all in the open air. The stage will open with a line-up of local artists including ARIA-winning jazz and soul prodigy Kaiit, euphoric funk craftsmen Mildlife, and the singular style of Emma Donovan & The Putbacks. The program will continue with comedians taking centre stage, including Lano & Woodley, Eddie Perfect, Anne Edmonds, and Judith Lucy and Denise Scott.

Why: It’s open air. So the miasma of mouth juices has a chance to really expand throughout the atmosphere.


2) Adalita: In Conversation

10th March

What: An intimate hosted session, featuring Australian rock-icon Adalita sharing her music and artist journey. Adalita is best known as front woman for the multi-ARIA Award nominated Aussie rock band Magic Dirt. Adalita is currently working on her highly anticipated 3rd studio album. She has also been back on the road with her hugely successful band, who have been welcomed back with rapturous ovations and coveted reviews.

Why: Think of all the bad-a*** female rockers of the eighties. Also, Adalita is in conversation.


1) Transitions Film Festival

7th-15th March

What: In a year of unprecedented disruption and upheaval, there has never been a more vital time to understand our world and imagine a better future.  The Transitions Film Festival returns this February with an enthralling program of world-changing documentaries about the existential challenges, creative innovations and heroic pioneers that can help us envision a new normal. Covering a huge range of mind-expanding themes including the wonder of nature, environmental activism, social and economic justice, ethical business, and creative innovation, this year’s Festival will change the way you look at the world.

Why: Remember when it was just films that changed the way you looked at the world rather than mass death and redundancy? Good times.

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