Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 08/09/2019
Kasey Chambers’ and Guy Sebastian’s anniversary tours are just two out of the many things this week that’ll stop you once and for all from blanketing yourself in nostalgia to counter your fear of the future. Admit it. It’s always been terrible.
10) Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival
What: Join Flemington Library in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival! Bring the kids along, make your own lantern and sample some delicious traditional mooncake.
Why: It’s been a while since we had one just for the kids. Now you know why.
9) ZIRK! CIRCUS
What: ZIRK! CIRCUS brings together Russia’s finest big top traditions with the daring skills of today’s greatest circus superstars. Step inside the Big Top Chapiteau and be part of the action where no audience member is ever more than 15 rows from the circus ring. Marvel, gasp and cheer at the most exciting, action packed, awe-inspiring circus event coming to Australia this year.
Why: There’s no more brilliant way to get the heart pumping with feats of expert athleticism than by proxy whilst holding an ice-cream.
8) Ballarat International Foto Biennale
8th September-20th October
What: The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is one of Australia’s pre-eminent photographic festivals. Program highlights include To the Moon and Back, in recognition of the Apollo moon landing 50 years ago, A History of Misogyny, Chapter One: On Abortion, a stark look at women’s reproductive rights, and Adi Nes’s homoerotic portraiture, which delves into questions of gender, masculinity and humanism.
Why: One of the few events that features the art of photography in which your data won’t be sold at a major profit. Though if you do decide to use Instagram while you’re there, that’s your prerogative.
7) Channels Festival: International Biennial of Video Art
What: The 2019 Channels Festival highlights Australian and international artists working across video and performance. The festival, curated by Kelli Alred, will present artworks that blur fact with fiction and deconstruct notions of belonging, complicity and resistance to challenge our understanding of difference, connectivity, power and place.
Why: We know. It reads like an HSC syllabus. But then again, wouldn’t it be a lovely thing to regress to that era when you could say ‘ugh, I just want to kill myself’, rather than, ‘I hope I can go to the movies without someone trying murder me’?
6) Fine Wine Tasting Melbourne
What: Come along and meet the people behind some of the most prestigious wine brands in the world. A mammoth event not to be missed where you can taste the wines and also hear the stories from personalities that craft and stand behind some of the worlds most distinctive and fabulous wines. All tastings are included and a Riedel Ouverture Magnum wine glass is your gift on entry, to take home.
Why: You’ll also take home a violently distressed liver and a repulsive sense of superiority.
5) Spring Sakura Festival
What: Celebrate the coming of Spring with Bincho Boss’ Spring Sakura Festival! Enjoy a wonderful showcase of local Australian spring produce, complete with two hours of bottomless housemade fruit saké, all while admiring the beauty of cherry blossoms.
Why: Nothing amplifies the beauty of cherry blossoms like blurred vision.
14th & 15th September
What: Madfest (Madman Anime Festival) is a truly unique event that brings all things anime and Japanese culture to you! Featuring international guests and exhibitors, cosplay, and super exclusive anime events, Madfest has something for every anime fan.
Why: Get in on the zeitgeist now before the majority of it is porn. Wait…sorry. You had your chance.
3) Kasey Chambers: 20th Anniversary of The Captain Tour
12th & 13th September
What: Twenty years ago Kasey Chambers released her ground-breaking debut album ‘The Captain’. It was a pivotal record that remains the cornerstone of her outstanding career. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of The Captain, Kasey performs a very special concert, sentimentally reforming her original band, playing songs from The Captain album, alongside a “best of her career set”.
Why: Is she not pretty enough? Is her heart too broken? Did her sense of personal validation peak in the 90s creating a sucking psychological black hole that can only be briefly sated by reliving the days when she was once relevant? Ticketmaster is now accepting donations to her cause.
2) Guy Sebastian: Ridin’ With You Tour
What: Australia’s much loved singer, song writer and producer will take audiences on a musical journey spanning his 15 year career that has seen him rise to become one Australia’s most successful male artists. Fans will be treated to a collection of Guy’s globally loved mega hits Battle Scars, Bloodstone and Like A Drum, along with his breathtaking platinum single Before I Go and his brand new soulful and powerful smash hit, Choir.
Why: If you listen real close, you can hear Mark Holden’s ego from beyond the grave crying ‘I’m still here!’.
1) Melbourne Fringe Festival
What: Melbourne Fringe transforms the city into a platform for every kind of artform imaginable, supporting over 3,000 artists to present 450+ works in 170+ venues to more than 360,000 people. The Fringe celebrates freedom of artistic expression, takes voices from the margins and amplifies them across the city. By pushing boundaries and illuminating new thoughts and ideas, the Festival transforms not only the city’s places but its people too.
Why: Hundreds of thousands of hipsters infesting every corner of city, randomly exploding in quasi-unsolicited theatrics. What a transformation for Melbourne.