Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 23/02/2020
The gases you’ll be consuming this week are real classy.
10) Teddy Bears’ Picnic
What: Prepare for a fun-filled day of marvellous market stalls, food trucks, roving entertainment, performances, and a vintage carnival. And don’t forget to enter the famous Teddy Bear Parade. You’re sure of a big surprise!
Why: The big surprise? Children don’t inherently give your life meaning and you’ll forever resent them for that on the slow financially compromised march towards death.
What: A religious girl and a not-so-religious boy, Izzy and Paul spent a childhood intertwined; enamoured by the universe above them and spurred by an insatiable intrigue for that world beyond their own. Two brilliant, dissonant minds in rural Victoria, life inevitably draws them in separate directions until a decade later, when the death of Paul’s mother draws them home. What follows is an interrogation of beliefs, an affirmation of convictions, and a desperate struggle to reconnect.
Why: What we need in an era of such divisiveness. To be united in the shared excruciating boredom of contemporary theatre.
8) Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Screening)
What: A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a film four years in the making. From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch witnesses in an experiential and non-didactic sense a critical moment in geological history, bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.
Why: Yes. It’s purely non-didactic. They’re not pushing you towards any realisation whatsoever, nor are they making any comment on anything. Just experience apocalyptic images of concrete seawalls, a devastated coastal reef and toxic lithium ponds and draw conclusions that are entirely your own.
7) Billy Elliot The Musical
23rd February-19th April
What: Featuring music by the legendary Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical has been seen by over 12 million people worldwide. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, it is the recipient of over 85 awards internationally. Set in a northern town during the miners’ strike of 1984/5, the show follows Billy’s journey from the boxing ring to ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever. Billy Elliot the Musical is an extraordinary theatrical experience that has captivated audiences around the world.
Why: A story that is depressingly still relevant.
6) Shakespeare Under The Stars: Twelfth Night
What: Laugh yourself silly with: Sir Toby Belch – the man believed to have invented partying, Sir Andrew Aguecheek – dispossessed of any intelligence, Malvolio – a power hungry puritan who falls from a great moral height when pushed by Sir Toby, Maria – the housemaid who outwits Malvolio and housetrains Sir Toby, Viola – a shipwrecked girl who cross-dresses as a boy to get a job, Olivia – deeply grieving for her brother’s death refuses Duke Orsino’s overtures and rebounds by falling in love with the cross-dressed Viola, and Orsino – the lovesick Duke pining for Olivia, but seems to fancy Viola dressed as a boy! One of Shakespeare’s finest plays is given a wild makeover under the stars.
Why: A Shakespeare play with themes somehow more incendiary today than in the 1600s. How far we’ve progressed.
25th & 27th February
What: Prepare to be astounded and mesmerised by this horrifying yet exhilarating spectacle. Based on Oscar Wilde’s notorious play, Strauss’ opera explores the nature of desire and outer limits of human behaviour. One of the most extreme operatic experiences, Salome is an extraordinary work that still has the same power to shock audiences as it did when it was first performed.
Why: Not directed by Al Pacino. You’re welcome.
4) Bright ‘n’ Sandy Food and Wine Festival
What: Now in its 17th year, the Bright n Sandy Food & Wine Festival attracts over 10,000 visitors who can sample, purchase, and learn new culinary techniques whilst enjoying a fantastic day out with friends. The musical line up includes The Chris Commerford Band, Jordan-Ravi, Velvet Archers, and many more. Enjoy incredible tastes from across the world, including Spanish gourmet caterers, Honey Dee Loukoumades, Nepalese street food, Texan cuisine and so much more!
Why: A festival proving no matter from what country or culture you hail, you’ll have a version of deep fried sugar dough. Diabetes: the hill we’ll all die upon (if we don’t die halfway to the peak).
3) Lennon: Through A Glass Onion
What: Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/musician John Waters and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta; Lennon – Through a Glass Onion is part concert and part biography, revealing the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century. It’s a compelling story and features 31 iconic hits of Lennon and his collaborations with McCartney including Imagine, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, Woman, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Working Class Hero, and Jealous Guy. For the audience, this is either an emotional trip down memory lane or a wonderful introduction to the life and times of one of the most fascinating icons of our time. For John and Stewart – it’s a dream come true.
Why: Imagine no need for greed for fifty bucks a ticket.
2) Transitions Film Festival
23rd February-8th March
What: Showcasing films about the innovations shaping our collective future, Transitions is an event which exists in order to not only shine a light on important environmental and technological issues, but also begin to search for solutions to them. The film will showcase local and international films and then pair those films with local, expert panel discussions with the hope of showcasing what is happening on the ground locally, and providing a pathway for people to get engaged with their local change-maker communities. This year’s festival has the overarching theme of ‘Resilience’. This is the ability to adapt, survive and thrive in the face of chronic stresses and acute shocks.
Why: Be progressive without having to talk or look at anyone or move your limbs.
1) The Prosecco Festival
What: Explore a great selection of quality bubbles at the 3rd annual festival dedicated solely to Prosecco. Meet growers, winemakers and importers, and taste some of the best Prosecco available in Australia today. This unique event brings together Italian and local Prosecco producers, as well as Van Di Vino, Australia’s first Prosecco and Spritz Bar, wines by the glass, and great tunes to get you in the mood. With up to 40 different Proseccos to try there’s one to suit every palate! The outdoor piazza will be host to an array of delicious Italian and local food.
Why: For those who consider themselves too wealthy to be called alcoholics, but are not wealthy enough to snort mountains of cocaine without legal consequence.