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November 2017

We’re Queer Here

November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Art Play, Birrarung Marr
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Rainbow Alert! Presented by Peril Magazine and the City of Melbourne as a part of Digital Diasporas - we are delighted to invite you to a night of queer art and performance. All year we've been working hard to support queer artists from diverse cultural backgrounds to make and share new work as a part of our rolling edition, We're Queer Here. And now we're ready to share it with you live and IRL. Join us at Art Play on Transgender Remembrance Day for a night of art, performance, perspectives, solidarity and community that celebrates the diversity of the LGBTIQ communities of colour across Melbourne. Interrogating place, home, identity, belonging, culture, race and sexuality, We're Queer Here puts the queer human, body and thinking at the foreground of a night of art, collusion, creativity and community. While content will contain adult themes and discussion (we will provide guidance for self-curating…

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December 2017

KAIJU HIP HOP JAZZ PROJECT

December 2, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
The Jazzlab, 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick Victoria 3056 Australia + Google Map

Kojoe X Aaron Choulai explore the boundaries of hip hop and jazz in a new collaboration with an impressive line-up of Melbourne musicians on the cutting edge of the local underground and mainstream music scene. Celebrated jazz pianist and beat maker Aaron Choulai, who grew up in Australia, made Tokyo his home in 2008. It was there that one of his most exciting collaborations came together when he crossed paths with Kojoe. Koichiro “Kojoe” Sakata is a Japan born, Queens NYC bred artist who bears lyrical fluency in both Japanese and English. Performing Hip Hop that authentically reflects his life story, Japanese heritage and Black culture experiences is what drives the artistic expression and cultural connection Kojoe aims to make through his music. Together, these fresh and innovative artists refuse to stop changing the sound of contemporary hip hop by incorporating elements of jazz and experimental beats. Doors Open 02…

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Audiocraft Presents: It’s Not A Race

December 4, 2017 @ 6:30 pm AEDT
The Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith Street Collingwood VIC 3066 + Google Map

It’s been a big year for ABC RN podcast It’s Not A Race and they’re throwing a party to celebrate! Beverley Wang and a panel of special guests are taping the season two finale in front of a live audience in Melbourne, and you should be there! Paola Balla, Santilla Chingaipe and Benjamin Law will be on stage for the diversity panel to ~end~ all diversity panels. What are the conversations they’re ~dying~ to have, rather than the conversations they’re ~expected~ to have? Also featuring a musical performance by Yeo. It’s Not A Race is the podcast Australia needs right now, featuring stories and conversations about everything race related here and beyond. Subscribe here or find it on the ABC listen app. DETAILS Doors open 6.30pm for 7.30pm start Drinks available for purchase at the bar Tickets are $15. Book online: http://bit.ly/2zKlxHh | $20 on the door (subject to availability)

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Always There And All A Part | Emerging Curator Mentorship

December 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
Blindside, Nicholas Building, Level 7, Room 14, 37 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Always there and all a part presents works that interrogate the complexities of navigating race in the arts. Whiteness is at the foundation of the sector, and the exhibition plays with the tension between diversity and inclusion discourse and the institutional Whiteness that frames the practices and bodies of non-White artists. Spanning both gallery spaces of BLINDSIDE, Always there and all a part unpacks what it means to make work for a White artistic community that is invested in creating an aesthetics of inclusion, while simultaneously only extending conditional invitations to diverse artists from within White spaces. The exhibition troubles these aesthetics and power dynamics at their borders and boundaries, across photography, performance, printmaking, video and installation. Curator | Andy Butler Curatorial mentor | Emily Cormack Nathan Beard, Lara Chamas, Caroline Garcia, Steven Rhall, Hari Sivanesan, Priya Srinivasan, TextaQueen Opening night includes performance by Priya Srinivasan + Hari Sivanesan With…

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NIDAnights: Resonant Lines

December 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
NIDA Melbourne, 484 Smith Street Collingwood VIC 3066
Melbourne, Victoria 3006 Australia
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Resonant Lines (as part of Mapping Melbourne 2017) Presented by NIDA with Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc. Triple-bill presents an eclectic collection of aural, visual and poetic explorations of ritual as drawn from the intersecting vectors of identity and connection of the artists. The meanings are often metaphoric and reference the spontaneous transformation of experience. The evening curated as part of Mapping Melbourne will culminate in a six-way improvisation between the artists based on energy exchanges and instinctual flows. Allocations are now exhausted for this edition of NIDAnights! NIDAnights are strictly a ticketed event, see our upcoming schedule of events at nida.edu.au/nidanights About Multicultural Arts Victoria: Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) is Victoria's peak arts organisation promoting cultural diversity in the arts. MAV is a not for profit organisation and proudly represents artists and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. MAV is a highly regarded organisation with a reputation for delivering…

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Edition Two Submissions

December 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm AEDT

The Next Edition Theme by The Art of Oral Storytelling Journal The Art of Oral Storytelling Journal presents their next edition theme: A Storyteller's Toolbox. Open for submissions based on this theme until Dec 31, 2017. They will be kicking off the new year with the release of the next edition the late Jan. Submissions The AOSJ is looking for submissions of creative non-fiction that is connected to the theme. All successful submissions also require a photo and a short biography. Please view their website for submission guidelines at www.aostjournal@wordpress.com All submissions are to be emailed to aostjournal@gmail.com

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January 2018

Howie Lee with Corin, Nico Niquo, Jale and Wa?ste

January 12 @ 7:30 pm - January 13 @ 1:00 am AEDT
Howler, 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick
Melbourne, Victoria 3056 Australia
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HOWIE LEE makes his Australian debut with his newly created live A/V set. Playing at Howler on the 12th of January, as a side show to his MOFO and Sydney Festival dates, with supports by CORIN, NICO NIQUO, WA?STE and JALE. Howie’s sound has been described as the future music of cyberpunk Beijing, his tracks contain clattering percussion, skittering rhythms and the sound of traditional China, dragged kicking and screaming into the digital age. With a uniquely “Made in China” aesthetic, Howie is an electronic music visionary – creating a hybrid club sound rooted in the Middle Kingdom, but built for our interconnected globe. His Sinofuturism set will include visual from Veeeky and Thoiid, with a specially built RPG computer game being played and mixed into visuals. More at Howie Lee with Corin, Nico Niquo, Jale and Wa?ste

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Women on Country: Indigenous Sovereignty and Feminist Identity

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm AEDT
The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, 176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Cordite Publishing Inc. Event Date: 24 January 2018 Author / Presenters: Jeanine Leane, Anne Elvey, Timmah Ball, Bonny Cassidy Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/910110822486413/   Re: Double book launch by Cordite Books in partnership with Australian Poetry. Free event, and with wine. Please attend the launching of and readings from Jeanine Leane's Walk Back Over and Anne Elvey's White on White – both published by Cordite Books – at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas on Wednesday, 24 January 2018. 6-7.30pm. Although written independently, they will print and launch together as the last of our Series 2 books. These are not new or emerging voices, they represent seasoned, contemporary, feminist literature. Elvey's interrogation of her European heritage in post-colonial Australia and Leane's unflappable Indigenous identity both explore our past archive and demand much from our future. These are two of the most culturally significant books that will be published for 2018. Fact, not hyperbole. Timmah Ball will…

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Bent Bollywood

January 25 @ 7:30 pm - February 3 @ 8:30 pm AEDT
Brunswick Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Melbourne, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Karma Dance makes its 2018 Midumma Festival debut with their original production, Bent Bollywood, an eclectic and libidinous dance show that combines the technical rigour of classical Indian dance with the camp theatrics of Bollywood. Featuring Karma Dance Co-Artistic Directors, Govind Pillai and Raina Peterson, Bent Bollywood showcases everything that is both weird and wonderful about queer performance art. Witness the treacherous imagination of the diaspora, the postcolonial rage of the subaltern, and the exuberant lust of the queers who would have written a much better “Kama Sutra” if only they'd been asked. Govind Pillai is one of only a few professional male practioners of Bharatanatyam, a genre of Indian classical dance expressing Hindu religious ideas and spritual themes traditionally performed only by women. Raina Peterson is a professional Australian practioner of Mohiniyattam, an Indian dance style that evokes a mythical enchantress of the Hindu god Vishnu who helps good…

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February 2018

Arouze Presents 我们 (Wo Men) w Rainbow Chan, May Lyn, and More

February 9 @ 8:00 pm - February 10 @ 1:00 am AEDT
The Night Cat, 141 Johnston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3065 Australia
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In anticipation for the arrival of the Lunar New Year (15/02), we've put together this event to celebrate the upcoming festivities. For those of you who are already pining for a redo of 2018, fret not, as the New Year only begins officially in Feb according to the Chinese calendar. To top things off, we'll be celebrating 1 year since Arouze has been formed. All of this wouldn't have been possible without our very first signee, May Lyn which why we'll be bringing our Brissie home gal down for this party. As this is our inaugural event, we're doing things a little differently. We've curated an incredibly personal event which features a selective group of artists which have inspired us on our musical journey. ...'我们' pronounced phonetically as 'Wo Men' means 'Us' in Mandarin. In line with the theme for this event, we feel very honoured and privileged to be…

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April 2018

To Arrive Upside Down: Exhibition

April 6 - April 28
Hunger Rozario, 143 Brunswick Street Fitzroy VIC 3065 + Google Map

'To Arrive Upside Down' is a solo exhibition by the artist Lorilee Yang, and examines her relationship to her Asian-Australian identity. The works in this show largely depart from Chinese mythology and symbolism ,alongside of Western illustration and art history.

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May 2018

Electric Butterflies: Comedy

May 2 - May 6
The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204 + Google Map
$18.90 - $22.95

Hirarious* storyteller and cornball romantic Kuah Jenhan brings you an age-old story: Boy meets girl. Girl leaves boy. Boy flies to Uzbekistan. Boy writes a rom-(stand-up)-com. Specifically, it’s the story of a once-fresh faced 20-year-old Jenhan who encounters a Central Asian beauty queen, almost finding love amidst apartments in Kuala Lumpur and black markets in Tashkent, with Powerpoint playing cupid. One of Malaysia’s brightest comedy talents, Kuah Jenhan is a regular feature on local radio, TV and film.  In the last 12 months he has been featured on Comedy Central Asia, and has opened for comedy legend Eddie Izzard. 'Be prepared to LOL with abandon, and perhaps more unusually, fight the very real urge to rise from your seat to give the guy a big bear hug.' The Music 'Jenhan is quite the engaging story-teller... you’ll leave with a soft spot for this modestly-spoken comedian.' Chortle (UK) 'Jenhan combines family history, identity,…

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Next Wave Festival: Bloodlines by Sancintya Simpson

May 3 @ 12:00 pm - May 20 @ 5:00 pm AEST
Blak Dot Gallery, 33 Saxon St
Brunswick, Victoria Australia
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Along with culture and tradition, memories and trauma are also passed down to the next generation, shaping who we are. A story told through a narrative of Indian miniature paintings with sound, video and prose, Bloodlines addresses the unacknowledged history and experiences of women taken from South India to South Africa as indentured labour during the late 1800’s and throughout the early 1900’s. Tricked onto vessels, and often raped and abused on board before being mistreated on the sugar cane plantations they were sent to, these women buried their stories beneath years of shame, intergenerational trauma, and loss of culture. Simpson journeys with her mother to search for historical information through disappearing oral histories, from their own matrilineal heritage. By sharing these harrowing experiences, Simpson affords them a rightful place in history. Access • A multi-site audio described tour for people who are Blind or have low vision will take place on…

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Theatre: Hungry Ghosts by Jean Tong

May 3 @ 7:30 pm - May 19 @ 10:30 pm AEST
Southbank Theatre, The Lawler, 140 Southbank Boulevard
Melbourne, Victoria 3006 Australia
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$29 - $47

Hungry Ghosts is a new Australian work by Jean Tong starring Emina Ashman, Jing-Xuan Chan and Bernard Sam that offers an unconventional take on contemporary life as it criss-crosses between the fate of flight MH370, Malaysia’s billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, and explorations of identity. Filled with humour, vivid imagery and rebellious energy, Hungry Ghosts promises to be a haunting theatrical experience when it premieres at Southbank Theatre, The Lawler on Saturday 5 May under the direction of Petra Kalive (Melbourne Talam). Tickets available here.  

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Next Wave Festival: On the Border of Things Pt. II

May 4 - May 20
Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street , Abbotsford
Melbourne, Victoria 3067 Australia
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An artist and a fruit picker take o on a road trip. They’re blood, but not close. Similar, yet with very different ideas about life. As they hit the road, you’re invited along for the ride. Presented in three parts across three separate locations, On the Border of Things sees artist James Nguyen share a drive with his uncle, Ai – himself an artist who makes a living by picking fruit in regional Australia. Like James’ parents, Ai attempted to flee Vietnam back in the eighties. But in contrast, free-spirited Uncle Ai isn’t interested in this idea of being the “good new Australian” as they are. Viewed from the driver’s seat of an old ute, the documentary is a playful and refreshingly candid take on the classic road trip trope. 4 May: Abbotsford Convent 10am – 4pm 5 May: Abbotsford Convent 9am – 3pm 6 May: Abbotsford Convent 10am –…

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Next Wave Festival: Deep Water Dream Girl

May 4 @ 10:00 am - May 20 @ 6:00 pm AEST
Testing Grounds, 1 City Rd, Southbank VIC 3006 + Google Map

Devotion, attachment and an unrelenting wet permeate Athena Thebus’ exhibition of video, sculpture and sound. The camera follows two cousins as they negotiate their separate but intertwining passages and mythologies. Although distinct from one another, each is deeply influenced by their Filipina mother. Moods shift tidally, a sleepy volcano awakens. Channelling Sappho through fragments of punished desire and pride, the Sydney-based sculptor and lm-maker brings together her blood and “chosen” family to traverse notions of queerness, Catholicism, and Filipina femininity. Ricardo Morales-Arevalo appears as talent and muse, while club music producer Marcus Whale (Black Vanilla, Collarbones) and Jess Lavelle (Jikuroux) collaborate on the original score. Deep Water Dream Girl opens May 4, and is showing May 5th-20th Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-6pm, with a B-Sides Party on May 19th 5-11pm. This is a free screening. Secure your tickets here.

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Next Wave Festival: Baby Cake

May 9 - May 13
Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote VIC 3070 + Google Map
$23 - $28

Two performers, one baby. One life, one choice. Your hosts, Kerensa and Yuhui, are both women of childbearing age. One is a mother. The other is not. Both are acutely aware this single decision has the power to alter the course of one’s entire life. This compelling live performance slips between the autobiographical and the absurd, the banal and the surreal, the conversational and the theatrical. Amidst chaos and control, restraint and rebellion, a baby watches the performance unfold from his throne. Drawing on their interest in domestic ritual, Diball and Ng-Rodriguez invite you in and offer morsels to share. Partake in their candid response to the pressures of being a good woman, a bad mother, becoming our mothers and what it means to have children. Or not. As a part of Next Wave Festival, Baby Cake runs from 9-13 May, Wednesday to Saturday at 6.30pm, and a relaxed performance on Sunday…

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Yang Yongliang: Exhibition

May 12 @ 3:00 pm - May 26 @ 5:00 pm AEST
Sullivan+Strumpf, 799 Elizabeth St Zetland, Sydney NSW Australia + Google Map

Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in Sydney by celebrated Chinese new media artist Yang Yongliang. Yang Yongliang (born in 1980, Shanghai, China) exploits a connection between traditional Chinese art and the complexities of contemporary urban life, conflating ancient oriental aesthetics and literati beliefs with modern language and digital techniques. Born in Shanghai where he now lives and works, Yang Yongliang was schooled from early childhood in the art of traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, graduating from China Academy of Art, Shanghai in 2003, majoring in Visual Communication. His groundbreaking use of new media including virtual reality and multi-channel video–included in numerous international museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum in New York–is informed by Chinese Philosophy and his early training in the inherited traditions of Song Dynasty landscape painting.

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Loops and Knots: Weaving Workshop with Hannah Gutchen

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm AEST
Institute of Modern Art, Ground Floor, Judith Wright Centre 420 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley Brisbane QLD 4006 Australia + Google Map

Date: 19 May 2018 Time: 11:00AM-4:00PM Cost: This is a free event. Loops and Knots is a series of four free weaving workshops for young people aged 15-18 years, led by artists from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Pacific cultural backgrounds. In each workshop, students are taught techniques over the course of the day and are guided to produce a woven object. Limited places are available for these free workshops. Some travel subsidies are available for students’ transport to and from the workshop through an application process. To register your interest and for more information please contact sancintya@ima.org.au. At the end of the series of workshops, participants are invited to return to the IMA with their families to present their work and share cultural traditions in a public community celebration. About this Workshop: This workshop, led by Hannah Gutchen, explores Torres Strait Islander weaving techniques, focusing on put weaving. In Torres Strait Islander dance and…

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June 2018

IMA: First Thursdays, Naomi Blacklock

June 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Institute of Modern Art, Ground Floor, Judith Wright Centre 420 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley Brisbane QLD 4006 Australia + Google Map
Free

Ocean Between Us You’re invited to an evening of meditative breath work led by artist Naomi Blacklock and her mother Charlie Blacklock. Take part in participatory meditation and ritualised body practice, blending the yoga practice of Charlie with Naomi’s sound practice. Both use breathing techniques as a method of grounding and as an expression of agency and sovereignty. Perform Ujjayi or ‘wave of breath’: a breathing technique that involves locating the sound of the upward movement and release of the breath from the body. Afterwards, enjoy ayurvedic biscuits and tea made by Charlie and Naomi’s family members. By bringing the practice of yoga and meditation into the gallery, artist Naomi Blacklock opens up conversations around how these practices have been appropriated in the West as part of a broader discussion of colonisation. The Blacklocks will share their perspectives on navigating these issues within the dynamics of their own family, and in their respective cultural…

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Masterclass: The Boring Bits – EWF

June 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm AEST
The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, 176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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We’ve brought together professional writers and industry insiders to make all the boring bits fun, taking the hard work out of the grunt work in sustaining a writing career. This masterclass will provide all the useful, practical information you need to know to be able to do what you love, pay the bills, and avoid burnout. 10am Navigating the Freelance Jungle  It’s hard out there for a freelancer. How do you maintain a steady income and a healthy wage from your work? How do you balance commercial gigs with creative freedom? From pitching to publications to negotiating with editors, hear from these freelancing pros as they share their tips, tricks and tools of the trade. With Lindy Alexander, Matilda Dixon-Smith and Neha Kale 11am Tax, Income And Money  How do you establish yourself as a business? What can you claim on tax? Do you need an arts accountant? From setting up invoices and…

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