Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 31/01/2021

Keep your head.


10) Matters of Facts

2nd February

What: Resistance to closer analysis of the climate reality can lead to a dangerous underestimation of the problem and jeopardise the formation of sound strategies. Deep-seated fears about the extent of the crisis, and concerns about complex solutions, can fuel serious doubts about our ability to respond in time. Yet, to succeed we need to reexamine the facts with fresh rigour and unrestrained honesty to form action at a level that will give us our best chance of local and global protection. Join some of the world’s leading climate scientists and expert analysts for a deep dive into the depths of major impacts, risks, and actions that will shape climate advocacy in the decade ahead.

Why: Memorise smart sounding statements from this and whisper them to yourself whilst you’re getting into your car because it’s too humid outside to walk 100m to the shops.


9) Joy: A Performance

6th February

What: JOY is an intimate theatrical exploration of Joy Hester’s fascinating life by Melbourne playwright Christine Croyden. Performed by actor Claire Larisse Nicholls and directed by Sara Grenfell, the play takes the audience through a series of poignant and revelatory moments and Hester’s encounters with characters such as Sunday Reed, Albert Tucker, and Gray Smith. Poltergeists and dreams break through the piece theatrically and in a haunting soundscape with an original score performed by musician and composer Rosie Westbrook.

Why: A contemporary, surreal interpretation of a play about an Australian Modernist. We’re not sure when art hit creative bedrock and became so incestuous, but it was at least some time last century.


8) Overlapping Magisteria Artist Talks: Sam Petersen and Isadora Vaughan

4th February

What: Join artists Isadora Vaughan and Sam Petersen as they discuss their newly commissioned works for Overlapping Magisteria: The 2020 Macfarlane Commissions.

Why: Listen to artists talking about their art, then go home and get pissed watching reruns of children’s cartoons. A perfectly balanced evening.


7) Secret Garden Bottomless Drinks

4th February

What: Experience an afternoon of bottomless cocktails in a beautiful secret garden.

Why: Mary Lennox would’ve been a lot less sour had she been a pisshead.


6) Indie Bev Market

7th February

What: The Indie Bev Market is coming to Fed Square this summer, showcasing Melbourne’s best local independent beverage makers. Learn more about your favourite beers, wines and spirits, and independent brands. Meet the makers, and ask about the production process and ingredients of your favourite beverages from local independent beer, wine, cider and spirit producers. The live media schedule features industry experts, podcasts and Q&As throughout the day.

Why: Artisanal alcoholism.


5) The Smokin’ Phoenix Steampunk Circus

5th February

What: Introducing The Smokin’ Phoenix Steampunk Circus. Featuring an award-winning cast backed by live house band The Ruffled Feathers, this inclusive dinner and a show will deliver some of the country’s best in circus and cabaret performance. Be taken to new heights with Airmistress Octavia and be plunged into sexual desire by Vera Von Vixen. Be mystified and amazed with the juggling skills of NICA superstar Mistatrix and set your world on fire with brazen burlesque beauty Lura La Rouge. And let’s not forget the woman who pulls all the strings, the heavenly devilish Madam Phoenix, with the voice of gold…all from the Covid-safe comfort of your seat.

Why: Feel less ashamed about your addiction to increasingly violent porn by realising sexual titillation once heavily featured jugglers.’-Phoenix-Steampunk-Circus/cb677920-61d0-11eb-833c-8d4622c61372


4) Everleigh-After

3rd February

What: The Everleigh in collaboration with leading Australian Chef Peter Gunn (IDES) have cultivated a blend of art and flavour interpreted through digital environments. A four course meal will be paired with cocktails composed by The Everleigh. Each dish will exhibit an intensity of flavour designed to complement The Everleigh’s signature mastery of alchemy. A narrative carved from the earthy elements adorning The Everleigh will oscillate in an electrifying symphony of texture and tradition. SSIXX is a multi-disciplinary travelling degustation for intimate groups and individuals seeking an otherworldly dining experience.

Why: Nothing whets the appetite quite like an epileptic seizure.


3) Indian Bazaar Summer Market

6th February

What: The Indian Bazaar Summer Market brings you the ultimate shopping extravaganza in the heart of Melbourne at Fed Square. Explore the latest in Indian fashion at stalls from top retailers, enjoy a live fashion show, indulge in culinary delights from food trucks and dance to the tunes of the latest Bollywood music. The family-friendly event has loads of entertainment and fun including henna tattoos and face-painting.

Why: Just try not to think about the government-sanctioned cultural genocide currently occurring in India. It really dulls the buzz of pani puri.


2) National Sustainable Living Festival

1st-28th February

What: The National Sustainable Living Festival is the largest and longest-running sustainability-themed event in Australia. The festival aims to inspire and provide solutions to the sustainability and climate challenges currently faced, both now and into the future. The month-long program showcases local and international sustainability and climate thought leaders presenting critical understandings, observations and insights to help inform and guide the stark choices that now stand before all Australians. Cutting-edge sustainability and innovative climate change solutions will be presented in both virtual and in-person formats throughout the month of February, with live-streamed presentations, interactive discussion forums, and digital workshops on a variety of topics.

Why: Assuage your guilt about being a consumptive, wasteful a***hole with a couple of pamphlets and feigned interest.


1) Triennial Extra

31st January-14th February

What: Triennial Extra, the NGV’s free late-night festival, returns in 2021 featuring a program stacked with live performances, DJs, dance, food, pop-up bars and after-hours access to the NGV Triennial exhibition. Over 31 nights local artists, musicians and dancers will perform throughout the Gallery responding to artworks in the NGV Triennial exhibition. Meanwhile in NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden the Triennial Summer Stage will feature nightly guest DJ sets, presented in partnership with Melbourne Music Week. Award-winning Melbourne chef Adam D’Sylva will transform the NGV’s Garden Restaurant and new outdoor dining space into a pop-up restaurant exclusively for Triennial Extra. Open for lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant presents an exciting and accessible menu of shared plates, inspired by D’Sylva’s popular modern Indian eatery Tonka.

Why: An art gallery, but with loads of food, booze, lights and music around so you don’t have to pretend to care about the art.

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