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April 2017
FREE

Decolonising Climate Action

April 25 @ 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm AEST
Blak Dot Gallery, 33 Saxon St
Brunswick, Victoria Australia
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Decolonising Climate Action Black Dot Gallery For Peril Event Calendar

This event brings together artists, activists and experts to creatively respond to and discuss Indigenous knowledge systems informing decolonised climate action on land management, sustainability, climate justice and climate refugees. Featuring: Readings from Feedback Loop artist Katie West and Claire G Coleman Conversation on Decolonising Climate Action Facilitated by Dr Tyson Yunkaporta with Jacynta Fuamatu from 350Pacific, Allara Pattison from Seed Mob Youth Climate Network and Flow artist Jen Rae Contemporary dance performance from Feedback Loop artist Jahra Rager Wasasala.

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FREE

Melbourne Karaoke Festival

April 28 @ 5:00 am - 10:00 pm AEST
Unnamed Venue, 206 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Karaoke enthusiasts are set to go head to head at the Melbourne Karaoke Festival – with $3,000 in cash prizes up for grabs! Think you’ve got what it takes? There are three categories, designed to cater for divas that can’t share the stage, couples that can’t do it alone & groups of three or more – in other words SOLOS, DUETS & BANDS. The best from each will take home a $1,000 cash prize & some serious street cred. Fuel the fun with takeaway options available on the night from some of Melbourne’s best Dumpling restaurants, including Tim Ho Wan Melbourne, China Red, China Chilli & Dragon Boat. And as karaoke is thirsty work – Collingwood’s Sample Brew will be serving up Dutch courage for those hitting the stag...e and those having to endure the hits and misses. The first 400 people to arrive at the Sample Brew pop-up from…

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FREE

Buddha Birth Day Festival 2017 (Brisbane)

April 28 @ 9:00 am - April 30 @ 9:00 pm AEST
The South Bank Parklands, Brisbane, 4000 QLD Australia + Google Map
Buddha Birthday Festival Brisbane, 2017. Multicultural Festivals in Brisbane.

Since 1997 the Buddha Birth Day Festival has grown into one of Queensland’s most prestigious cultural events attracting in excess of 200,000 visitors and is now recognized as the largest annual Buddhist Birth Day Festival in the world. This year the Buddha Birth Day Festival is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary at The Parklands at Southbank.  continue to showcase the diversity of Australia’s multicultural society, as visitors can enjoy a relaxed environment surrounded by a range of displays, entertained by a variety of performances and experience many cultural customs and activities and vegetarian food. It is a Festival for everyone, regardless of ages, religious or cultural backgrounds.

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May 2017
FREE

Fiesta Malaysia Melbourne 2017

May 6
Federation Square, Federations Square
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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Fiesta Malaysia Melbourne is an event which aims to promote Malaysia’s famous multi-racial culture & society through an exciting and inclusive festival featuring live performances, games and exhibitions, and Malaysian cuisine. It is presented with a familiar “open house” style which is a common practice in various Malaysian festivals ...that see family, friends and even the whole neighbourhood coming together to celebrate with great fun and laughter! Being one of the flagship events proudly organised by the MCulture arm of Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia, Victoria (MASCA Victoria) in collaboration with the Consulate General of Malaysia, Melbourne, Fiesta Malaysia 2017 is supported by Tourism Malaysia, Victorian Multicultural Commission, City of Melbourne and other corporate sponsors.

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$37 - $44

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 2017 (Brisbane)

May 10 @ 7:30 pm - May 13 @ 10:00 pm AEST
Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street
New Farm, Queensland 4005 Australia
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MICF Roadshow 2017 Brisbane

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse Buckle up Australia! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is back on the bus, hitting the road to home deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival! With an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers we’ve got all your comedy bases covered.  Featuring everything from stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show. Every year our cast of intrepid entertainers board the bus and set their sights on over 80 destinations across this great Southern land. No road is left untraveled and no sides are left un-split, from Darwin to Devonport and everywhere in between! Don’t miss your chance to join the laughs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy roadtrip rolls into town! Lineup:…

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Conflicted: Works from the Vietnam Archive Project – Presented as Part of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

May 12 @ 6:30 pm - July 1 @ 8:00 pm AEST
The Substation, 1 Market Street
Newport, Vic 3015 Australia
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THE VIETNAM ARCHIVE PROJECT by Phuong Ngo is an ongoing artwork started in 2010. Currently consisting over 10,000 items, including slides, photos, documents and objects; this ever-growing collection explores histories that have come to define the personal and collective identities of Vietnamese communities, both within and outside of Vietnam. CONFLICTED explores the political and social aspects of war through the lens of service men and women. Utilising found images and objects from the VIETNAM ARCHIVE PROJECT, the exhibition comprises a series of intimate moments and large scale installations offering a nuanced and alternative reading of the Vietnam War. Presented as part of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival Exhibition: 12 May – 1 July Gallery Open: Tues - Sat, 11AM - 5PM

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FREE

HRAFF Goes West – Presented by the Human Rights Art and Film Festival

May 13 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St
Footscray, Victoria Australia
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Film still from Spear, photo credit Edward Mulvihill, Human Rights Art and Film Festival, image for Peril Magazine Event Calendar

Join us in celebrating 10 years of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival this May. Celebrations kick off with performances by musicians and artists involved in THE KEY OF SEA, a collaborative music project by some of Australia’s nest established artists and extraordinary musicians who brought their cultural heritage from across the sea, escaping war, hardship or persecution. This will be followed by a screening of SPEAR, the cinematic feature lm debut from Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre , Stephen Page, and post-film Q&A with Spear producer John Harvey. WHEN: Saturday 13 May, 2pm – 8pm VENUE: Performance Space COST: Free, booking required FIND OUT MORE: http://footscrayarts.com/event/hraff-goes-west-2017/ BOOK NOW: http://2017.hraff.org.au/events/hraff-goes-west-music-movement/ Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre in association with Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.

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June 2017
$15 - $49

The Moors – Australian Premiere

June 6 @ 8:00 pm - July 9 @ 10:00 pm AEST
Red Stitch Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel St
St Kilda East, Victoria Australia
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The Moors Australian Premiere

Part gothic thriller and part black comedy, The Moors is a tale of seething tensions and repressed passions tormenting Agatha and Huldey, who are eking out an isolated life in the wild and inhospitable heath.

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FREE

ASRC Visit & Dinner

June 14 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm AEST
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre(ASRC), 214-218 Nicholson Street
Footscray, Victoria Australia
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Asylum Seeker Resource Centre wall painting

From ASRC: The work and impact of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) would not be possible without the support of you - our community. That is why in 2017, we are offering monthly tours of our Home of Hope in Footscray so you can learn and witness how your support, enables the ASRC to assist and empower over 3,000 people seeking asylum each year. We would love you and a friend, to join us for a complimentary dinner and a guided tour of the ASRC. During the tour, you will learn about each of our programs and services, the refugee determination process and treatment of people seeking asylum in Australia. Please RSVP via Eventbrite: https://asrckeyevents2017.eventbrite.com.au/ Schedule: 17:45 Arrival - meet at first... floor reception 18:00 Dinner 18:30 Centre tour 19:00 Q&A Please note: spaces are limited and other people may be hoping to attend. Kindly let us know if…

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July 2017

Book Launch: Joiner Bay & Other Stories (Melbourne)

July 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton
Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  Join us at the Melbourne launch of our short story anthology, Joiner Bay & Other Stories. Selected out of over 200 entries from the 2017 Margaret River Short Story Competition, Joiner Bay & Other Stories features seventeen beautifully written and distinct short stories from across Australia. This year’s winner, Laura Elvery has had work published in The Big Issue Fiction Edition, Kill Your Darlings, Award-Winning Australian Writing and Griffith Review. Her story, “Joiner Bay”, tells the tale of a schoolboy who runs to make sense of his best friend’s suicide. Second prize winner Else Fitzgerald’s work has appeared in Visible Ink, Australian Book Review, Award Winning Australian Writing and Offset. Her story “Sheen” leaves the reader questioning what it is that makes up humanity. The South West Prize winner Leslie Thiele has had her short fiction commended and shortlisted in various competitions. Her story “Harbour Lights” details the emotional…

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$15 - $49

Incognito

July 18 @ 8:00 pm - August 13 @ 12:00 am AEST
Red Stitch Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel St
St Kilda East, Victoria Australia
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Incognito at Red Stitch, splices of four faces next to one another

INCOGNITO By Nick Payne Directed by Ella Caldwell & Brett Cousins Australian Premiere 18 July – 13 August “Ingenious, remarkable and tantalizing.” New York Times "Fascinating and moving. Incognito is at the top of its class.” The Guardian Founding Red Stitch Ensemble members Ella Caldwell and Brett Cousins will extend their 16 year creative relationship, co-directing the Australian premiere of Incognito by Olivier Award-nominated UK playwright Nick Payne. Tracing three interwoven stories (two of which are based on true events) across time and continents, Incognito is a dramatic intellectual puzzle about the workings of that most mysterious organ, the brain. It asks the ultimate question of humanity – how do we give our lives meaning? It’s 1955 in New Jersey and Princeton Pathologist Thomas Stotz has just performed an autopsy on the recently deceased Albert Einstein – and then proceeds to steal his brain. In 1953, Bath, England, Henry undergoes pioneering…

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Free - $35

The Different Shades of Place and Displacement

July 19 - July 30
Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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The different shades of place and displacement Arts House is presenting a series of installations, performances, spoken-word events, readings and conversations during July, which will reveal and explore the complex relationships of place and belonging. Arts House Artistic Director Angharad Wynne-Jones said the works, which run from 19 – 30 July 2017, explore narratives around the violence of colonialism, the migration of people as refugees or those asserting new futures, and our connection to the land on which we live on. “Twelve lead artists and their collaborators from across the globe, and around the corner, are bringing their urgent, powerful explorations of histories and possible futures to Arts House in July,” said Wynne-Jones. Artists include multi-media spoken word maestro Nástio Mosquito with his work Respectable Thief. Known for his performances, videos, music and poetry with an intense commitment to the open-ended potential of language, Mosquito comes to Arts House via…

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Queensland Poetry Festival 2017 Program Release – 21 July 2017

July 21
text reading 'Distant Voices. Queensland Poetry Festival 2017. August 24 - 27'

This year's QPF program has been released. Click here to view the full program. We are proud to be collaborating with QPF this year for a very special August Edition of Peril.

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Call for Submissions: Japanese Poetry

July 21 - August 20
water chain on guttering of a Japanese building with forest background.

A new poetry festival celebrating the influence of Japanese poetry in Australia will take place in Melbourne in the last week of September. The festival is cross-cultural in nature, featuring the work of Japanese-Australian writers (such as a tanka group, a haiku poet and more) and Australian authors influenced by Japanese styles and themes. Events are currently planned to take place at the University of Melbourne and in Melbourne city. We are seeking expressions of interest from: -Japanese-Australian poets and people interested in talking about poetry. -Women of Japanese background interested in reading works by female Japanese poets. We also welcome general expressions of interest and other proposals. Please email festival contact Elizabeth ASAP at e.beaton@unimelb.edu.au

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Salty Singaporean comedy horror image by Yasi Pieris
$11 - $32

Salty

July 25 @ 8:30 pm - July 30 @ 11:00 pm AEST
The Butterfly Club, Carson Place
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The Butterfly Club presents gooey Singaporean horror comedy.* Two-time Melbourne Fringe award-winner Shannan Lim and his spook buddies Jayde Harding and Tye Norman vomit three short, interconnected plays—contemporary slants on the lurid demons of Singaporean-Malay mythology. Accompanied by neat video projections, Salty features a curious stillborn fetus, a slippery oily man nobody can catch, and a smouldering sex vampire looking for somebody to impregnate her. Each story places a ghost of Singapore in a modern Australian context and deconstructs contrasting ideas about culture, masculinity and self that exist between Asia and Australia. Southeast Asian ghosts are frequently people who died in agonising circumstances, and whose motives are therefore recognisable as base human desires, only so pure and singular to the point of terror. In Singaporean folklore, salt is the currency of the afterlife. Salty—together with acclaimed Asian Ghost-ery Store and upcoming The Yonder—are part of a series that looks at cultural identity with absurdity and play. WINNER Melbourne Fringe 2016 —…

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$10 - $20

Mirror’s Edge

July 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
Union Theatre, Cnr Tin Alley and Union Road
Parkville, Victoria 3052 Australia
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silouhette of person jumping above water, with sunset in the background

Presented by Union House Theatre Written by Kim Ho Directed by Petra Kalive Eight strangers are drawn to an impossible Lake in the heart of the Mallee – connecting across cultures, across languages, across time. Sea Lake is dying – a tiny drought-stricken town in the heart of the Mallee. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a busload of Chinese tourists turns up to take photos on the nearby salt lake. When the sun goes down, when the light’s just right, the lake turns to mirrorwater and it’s like you’re walking on sky. Not far behind these unlikely visitors comes Kai, fleeing Melbourne, broken and adrift. As Kai begins to understand this strange new place, its cultures and stories begin refracting through one another. With tenderness and humour, Mirror’s Edge examines cross-cultural relationships across three centuries. The show provokes discussion around how these cultures work to enrich each other, through great design…

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August 2017
FREE

NYWF: Slinkies/NYWF Phone It In Competition

August 1
National Young Writers Festival,
Black and white photograph of man and woman with old style phones attached to their heads.

The Spineless Wonders’ Slinkies team scouts for new and emerging writers  from across Australia. This year, we are excited to announce our collaboration with the Slinkies team to host the Phone It In competition to find the best stories up to 100 words. The theme is open, entry is free and there is no limit to the number of entries. All entries must be submitted as audio files (recorded on any device and in any audio format) and uploaded to Submission Manager via this link. The competition is open to any person aged between 18 and 35 years of age who is residing in Australia or any Australian living overseas. The NYWF/Slinkies competition will open on May 22 and closes on August 1. The Slinkies team will select a shortlist of submissions and these will be loaded on to the Spineless Wonders StoryPhones which will be installed at various locations at the National…

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Hoa Pham and the Lady of the Realm – book launch

August 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton
Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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Peril's founding editor, Hoa Pham's latest work is Lady of the Realm. Please join her and Spinifex Press to celebrate her work, to be launched by Alice Pung.  

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$14.50 - $369.00

Melbourne International Film Festival 2017

August 3 - August 20
Various venues, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia + Google Map
2016 MIFF OPENING NIGHT Crowd and stage_Image Credit Tony Zara & Dean Walliss 2

"MIFF is a not-for-profit organisation that has been continuously running since 1952, making it the leading film festival in Australia and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, alongside Cannes and Berlin. Presenting a curated global program of innovative screen experiences and the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking, MIFF is an accessible, iconic cultural event that provides transformative experiences for audiences and filmmakers alike." (miff.com.au) This year's Melbourne International Film Festival, with its full program covering everything from International film to Animation, and everything in between, is an event not to miss. The festival is running 3 – 20 August, and the full program, prices and passes is up on the MIFF website now. Various venues, and various prices. See the MIFF website for further details.

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FREE

AUGUST COUPLET

August 4 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm AEST
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St
Brisbane, Queensland 4000 Australia
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repeated print of 2 of Ace cards with 'Couplet' written in the center.

Curated by Queensland Poetry Festival, COUPLET is a free poetry and performance event that presents two dynamic voices every month. Join us for August's COUPLET, which sees the start of Queensland Multicultural Month (who are a QPF2017 festival partner) Melbourne's Gayelene Carbis is in town to launch her first collection of poetry Anecdotal Evidence (Five Islands Press) at COUPLET. Gayelene is a poet/performance poet, playwright, and prose writer of Chinese/Irish/Cornish heritage whose work has been published and performed in Australia and overseas. Gayelene has been recently shortlisted for various poetry prizes, including: the Montreal International Poetry Prize; Fish International Poetry Prize (Ireland); and the Adrien Abbott; Martha Richardson Memorial; and Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prizes. Gayelene was awarded a Writing Studio (Poetry) Scholarship to the Banff Arts Centre in Canada in 2012 and read her work in Canada and New York. Gayelene’s most recent one-woman show won Best Premiere Production at the…

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$27 - $33

Way Out West album launch (Canberra)

August 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
AGAC, Elouera St
Canberra, ACT 2612 Australia
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Jazz band playing instruments on stage

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres is excited to be bringing experimental jazz ensemble Way Out West to Canberra as part of their national tour. Led by daring trumpeter/composer Peter Knight (Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra), Way Out West’s latest, self-titled album features koto virtuoso, Satsuki Odamura and won the 2016 Age/Music Victoria ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ along with rave reviews including four and a half stars in The Australian. Way Out West is at the vanguard of an important musical movement that engages with Australia’s place in Asia to produce a unique hybrid form of jazz. Their sound – which integrates, Asian, African, and jazz influences – has been described as “utterly unique” and has earned the band a loyal local following as well as invitations to play some of the largest music festivals in the world. When: Thursday 10 August, 7.30pm to 9.30pm Where: Main Hall,…

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