Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 18/08/2019

It’s time to channel your inner critic. (Youtube frequenters not welcome.)


10) present tense .2 Auto-Response

22nd August

What: Autoresponse is about the interconnectivity between writing, art and dance. Featuring four prolific artists, this performative event uses reflection and response to challenge dominant storytelling narratives.

Why: All your intellectual credit for the week in one shot. It’ll taste horrible, but it’ll do the trick.


9) Artist Talk – Gabriel Jia: The Hidden Pilgrimage

22nd August

What: Earlier this year photographer and civil engineer Gabriel Jia fulfilled a childhood dream to visit the Lalibela Rock-Hewn Churches in Ethiopia. His debut solo exhibition, The Hidden Pilgrimage, shares his enchantment with an ancient place. Be privy to an intimate artist talk as Gabriel recounts his experience travelling to this remote place of worship and the realisation that with action it is possible to achieve ones dreams.

Why: He may be right. If you take the action of plugging your ears and slamming three tequila shots before this event, you’ll get all the credit of appearing cultured without having to listen to an engineer wax lyrical about his quasi-religious childhood fever dreams.


8) Boatrocker Meets Blackman’s

22nd August

What: The second instalment of grain meets glass with a new line up of beer and spirit pairings. This time the crew from the Boatrocker/Hippocampus distillery will be hosting the evening. Ben along from Boatrocker and Rick from Blackman’s will chat through the pairings. Your ticket includes exclusive access to 3 Hippocampus spirits matched with 3 Blackman’s Beers.

Why: Your mother told you never to mix drinks. But she didn’t live in the era of Vine stars.’s/7ea7c8b0-bd71-11e9-b14f-a713526e5192


7) Barrel-Aged Boilermaker Evening (New Belgium X Kings County)

22nd August

What: For all the barrel-aged beer lovers, don’t miss out on this special barrel-aged showcase evening! White Oaks is collaborating with New Belgium Brewery (Colorado) & Kings County Whiskey (NY) to bring you a rare opportunity to try some very limited Barrel-Aged beers & whiskeys.

Why: Ahh, ‘Barrel-aged’. The term that transforms an addiction into a hobby.


6) Come From Away

18th August-22nd October

What:  Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony and Grammy nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein.

Why: We have to admit, we’re warming to this new trend of post-political scandal musicals. A poetic, jazzy refrain is a much more enjoyable ear-worm than ‘SNC-Lavalin’ or ‘incomprehensible tweet no. 8300’.


5) Craft Cubed Festival

18th-31st August

What: Now in its tenth year, the Craft Cubed Festival, a month-long, state-wide celebration of making, community and creative experimentation returns with a program embracing events, exhibitions and happenings from across the Victorian maker landscape. The theme of Crafting Culture invites the community to think about the ways in which the act of making connects and forges our cultural lives, be it across generations, across time, across geography. Expect both traditional and experimental interpretations of what it means to be involved in craft in 2019.

Why: Come one, come all to the sacred land of things Vinnie’s considers ‘unsaleable’.


4) Hot Chocolate Festival

18th-29th August

What: Enjoy 31 hot new delicious and exotic hot chocolate flavours to warm up your winter. A selection of eight flavours will be available each day throughout the festival with each one served with an extra shot of hot couverture chocolate plus a handcrafted giant marshmallow.

Why: Write the above down. Send it to your doctor. Set an appointment for the end of the month. Check if your insurance covers insulin shots.


3) Ballarat International Foto Biennale

24th August-20th October

What: The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is one of Australia’s pre-eminent photographic festivals. Pprogram 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.


2) Channels Festival: International Biennial of Video Art

24th August

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’?


1) White Night Reimagined

22nd-24th August

What: Experience Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Birrarung Marr like never before, as three unique creative experiences are unveiled, and artists from across the city and across the globe take you on journeys mythological, mysterious and mesmerising. Throughout White Night Reimagined, Melbourne’s iconic cultural institutions will once again come alive, and enticing food and music offerings will complement the event, showcasing some of Victoria’s best local produce and talent.

Why: An increasingly anomalous event in the 21st Century. An event called ‘White Night Reimagined’ without a cross burning.

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