Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 27/12/2020

Remember, life’s not about the amount of breaths you take, it’s about the efficacy of the drug you’re breathing in.



5) Van Gogh Museum: Livestream Art Tour

3rd January

What: Experience an online/virtual tour of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Van Gogh Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings and drawings, plus works by many other artists including Monet, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and more. There’ll be a live discussion concerning how the museum’s paintings and drawings compare and contrast with well-known items at other museums and the context of these works in Vincent’s life and legacy.

Why: Observe the manic spatter of the mentally ill without having to visit your family.


4) Carbon8 Campfire Film Festival 

2nd January

What: Get your regeneratively grown popcorn ready to celebrate all the wonderful films about regenerative agriCULTURE and regenerative communities. Be inspired by a deep conversation with three extraordinary women who have made a deep impact with the work they do on the global stage in connecting to their ancestral wisdom. Dr Vandana Shiva, the protector of Biological and Cultural Diversity, Dr Anne Poelina. a Nyikina Traditional Custodian from Australia and Diane Longboat, a traditional teacher from Six Nations Grand River Territory, Canada. These wisdom keepers straddle worlds, combining deep knowledge of place and kin, of big picture systems and ecology with new learnings and bring with them a huge range of knowledge and expertise. The interview will follow with the screening of Three Sisters – Women of High Degree – seven years in the making with conversations between three Yimardoowarra Marninil, Nyikina women from the Fitzroy River, Lucy Marshall, Jeannie Wabi, and Anne Poelina, and French-Australian filmmaker Magali McDuffie.

Why: If the phrase “get your regeneratively grown popcorn ready” didn’t immediately romance you, you might not need to hate yourself as much as you think you do.


3) Beats Antique: New Year’s Eve in The Virtual Mushroom

1st January

What: Beats Antique is an Oakland based group featuring Zoe Jakes, David Satori, and Sidecar Tommy, which has stumbled down the rabbit hole and emerged anew on the other side. The band forges a curious alliance between middle eastern traditions and potent west coast circus, underground hip hop, breakbeat brass band, downtempo, glitch and dubstep. Ring in the new year live with your fellow Beats Freaks!

Why: Thought the hipster era would die with the end of the 2010s? You were wrong. An even stronger mutant strain has emerged.’s-Eve-in-The-Virtual-Mushroom-(Melbourne)/b40ef9f0-4615-11eb-96b7-b132cf2a7536


2) NYE Comedy Mega Show 

1st January

What: Experience the 2021 return of a special evening of comedy, this time online, so now the whole world can get in on the action! Help say goodbye to 2020 and bring in 2021! Featuring comedy by Reggie Watts (The Late Late Show), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Natasha Leggero (Another Period), Moshe Kasher (Endless Honeymoon Special and Podcast), Andrew Michaan (Podcast But Outside) and Brent Weinbach (Gangster Party Line).

Why: Come for Fred Armisen; take a s*** during Reggie Watts.


1) New Year’s Eve International Global Gala

1st January

What: 2020 has been a year like never before. This New Year’s Eve, it’s time to circle the globe and touch countries from all continents to make this a truly worldwide welcome into 2020! At this event, the choice is yours with a number of virtual rooms in a single ZOOM experience. Feel free to virtually travel from room to room. Perhaps you want to experience Caribbean dancing in one room. Or, perhaps you want to partake in trivia in another. Maybe virtual karaoke is your style! Or, you want to watch a magic show. It is up to you! With everything from Oktoberfest to Bollywood to Tchaikovsky, there’s something for everyone!

Why: Why do one thing you actually enjoy when you could do several things about which you feel indifferent bordering on disdainful? Perfect practice for the upcoming year.’s-Eve-International-Global-Gala-(Melbourne)/ff4aa940-4616-11eb-96b7-b132cf2a7536



5) Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears Exhibition

2nd January

What: Discover the romance and adventure of costumes designed by Margot Wilson, including props and more from the recent cinematic release, Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears. Immerse yourself in the adventure with Phryne Fisher and unravel a decade-old mystery concerning priceless emeralds, ancient curses and the truth behind the disappearance of a forgotten tribe. The exhibition also includes costumes from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, as well as pieces from the expanded Miss Fisher universe.

Why: They’ve somehow found a way to make the Miss Fisher series more underwhelming. You can’t deny that’s impressive.


4) Old Melbourne Gaol

27th December

What: When the Old Melbourne Gaol was built in the mid-1800s, it dominated the Melbourne skyline as a symbol of authority. Inside the Gaol, dangerous criminals were held alongside petty offenders, the homeless and the mentally ill. Between 1842 and its closure in 1929 the gaol was the scene of 133 hangings, including one of Australia’s most infamous citizen: the bushranger Ned Kelly. Experience self-guided entry into the Old Melbourne Gaol and Watch House, and explore a harrowing and fascinating piece of Melbourne’s past.

Why: Experience a time in which the mentally ill had full access to government-funded housing.


3) Queen Of Hearts Mariachi

27th December

What: Experience the unique sounds of the first female mariachi band in Melbourne! Queen of Hearts is an all female band drawing from the Mexican Mariachi tradition. These ladies are from Latin America and Australia. They cover the traditional classics from artists such as Rocio Durcal and Juan Gabriel as well as composing their original pieces. Their love for Mexican music unites them and creates a rich cacophony of lyrical drama!

Why: Expand your awareness of Mexico beyond tacos, Salma Hayek and caged children.


2) Cookin’ on 3 Burners

31st December

What: Australia’s hardest hitting Hammond Organ trio Cookin’ On 3 Burners are hitting The Northcote Social Club for a night of sweet soul and dirty dance floor funk. In true CO3B fashion, this show is set to be all live and full of vibe – with Ivan “Choi” Khatchoyan keeping those drum breaks tighter than a mosquito’s tweeter, Jake Mason making the Hammond swell and scream and Dan West twanging his guitar like a boss. Joining them onstage will be special guest vocalist and Lab Experiments feature artist Stella Angelico, whose smokey vocals and dynamic performances have been setting stages ablaze around the country.’

Why: If the phrase “tighter than a mosquito’s tweeter“ didn’t immediately sell you on this, then we won’t waste our time pitching our new book ‘Oh, Brother! The Ins and Outs of Bucolic Incest’ to you.’-on-3-Burners/31d6f5b0-4619-11eb-96b7-b132cf2a7536


1) Bacio: A European Night Under the Stars

31st December

What: Held at Generations, enjoy a summer cocktail style event, drinking and dancing the night away whilst taking in the magnificent sea views of the Port Melbourne Waterfront at sunset. Lounge on the deck, have a bite to eat and enjoy indoor and outdoor spaces buzzing with live music and entertainment. See Bacio’s very own Miss Italia, and interact with Italian waiters and grape girls. With DJ’s spinning your favourite European summer tunes all night long across Commercial, House and R&B with a touch of Latin, this promises to be a NYE party you’ll never forget!

Why: Yes…“grape girls”.

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