Do you have an event, festival, contribution opportunity or other activity with a relationship to Asian Australian arts and culture? Just email us your information with a link to the relevant details and we will do our best to share with our readers.

Loading Events
Find Events

Event Views Navigation

Past Events

Events List Navigation

September 2017

Estrella Wing, Showgirl at Melbourne Fringe Festival

September 18, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - September 24, 2017 @ 9:00 pm AEST
The Butterfly Club, Carson Place
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
+ Google Map
$32
Melbourne Fringe Festival, Estrella Wing, Showgirl Poster

Estrella Wing, Showgirl: A zany and poignant musical tale of the saddest showgirl in Chinatown San Francisco’s Forbidden City nightclub. 1942. Estrella Wing is on the brink and she needs time to think. How do you blend in and stand out? How do you tell your best friend you love her? When will you stop feeling so alone? In a dazzling Fringe debut, writer/performer Margot Tanjutco springs into a kaleidoscopic haze of eras with an eclectic mix of jazz, pop, and soul. Doses of magical realism are combined with true stories from this forgotten gem of history as the show follows the young showgirl’s attempts to conquer a city and understand her place in it. Whilst creating the show, Margot found lasting inspiration from Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ‘Amélie’, Julie Koh’s short stories, David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald - and her desire to contribute to the tapestry of diverse stories being told on…

Find out more »

Where’s David? (Melbourne Fringe Festival)

September 20, 2017 - September 24, 2017
No Vacancy Gallery, 34-40 Jane Bell Ln
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
+ Google Map
$20
Back of person with dark hair bob cut and white shirt, one arm above head, one arm behind back. Where's David? presented as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017. Image by Cassandra Eli Yiannacou

"I burnt my toast this morning. I also killed my best friend." With a dark confession, an unnamed performer arrives on stage, unraveling the murder of a best friend, sentiments on sentimentality and the grief of burning your toast. A darkly playful, one-woman show, Where's David? is an attempt to understand and reconcile the death and murder of the ones you love. Presented as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival, WHERE'S DAVID? returns, reworked and revived after its intial season in La Mama's Explorations 2016. DATES + TIMES Wed 20, Thurs 21/ 6.30pm Fri 22, Sat 23/ 8.00pm Sun 24/ 6.30pm Created and Performed by Sandra Chui Co-produced by Adrian Del-Re Image by Cassandra Eli Yiannacou Special thanks to the team of Small and Loud, The Kiln (Arts Centre) and friends for the generous support and love during the development of Where's David? This performance has been developed on the land…

Find out more »

Attractor (Senyawa) – with Indonesian band Senyawa.

September 20, 2017 - September 23, 2017
Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street
New Farm, Queensland 4005 Australia
+ Google Map
$33 - $37
Strange image of opened hands behind head

Indonesian heavy metal duo Senyawa and Australian choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forced with two of Australia’s Leafing dance companies to create an unforgettable performance. As the performance evolves it transitions into an all-in dance event. Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au Dates: Wed 20 – Sat 23 September @ 7:30PM Sat 23 Sept @ 2PM Cost: Adults - $37 Concession - $33 Group (6+) - $33 (each) Join the cast on stage and participate +$8 Venue: Brisbane Powerhouse - Powerhouse Theatre 119 Lamington Street NEW FARM QLD 4005

Find out more »

BITCH: The Origin of the Species (Edith Potesta) – Sinagapore

September 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 pm AEST
Theatre Republic – The Loft, The Loft (Building Z2), QUT Creative Industries Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove, Queensland 4059 Australia
+ Google Map
$19.90 - $29
Black dog and woman in blue shirt looking to one side. Image for the production 'Bitch' as part of Brisbane Festival 2017

This is a visually rich theatrical reclamation of one of the most complex insults in the English language. A reflection of the animal in nature and the animal in our nature.Created by theatre veteran Edith Podesta and featuring Helmut Bakaitisand Brisbane’s very own Merlynn Tong with stellar multimedia, BITCH unleashes our primordial instincts from domesticity. Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au Dates: Wed 20 – Sat 23 Sept @ 7PM Cost: Adult - $29 Concession - $19.90 Venue: Theatre Republic - The Loft The Loft (Building Z2), QUT Creative Industries Musk Avenue KELVIN GROVE QLD 4059

Find out more »

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Plays The Romantics (Darrell Ang, Conductor)

September 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 pm AEST
Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
South Bank, Queensland 4101 Australia
+ Google Map
$50 - $244
Man (Daryll Ang) orchestrating symphony

  Singapore’s Darrell Ang is one of the world’s most lively up-and-coming conductors. Now he leads the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in a double bill of great nineteenth century romantic works based on the journeys of two of Byron’s wandering heroes, Harold and Manfred. Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au Dates: Wed 20 – Sat 23 Sept @ 7PM Cost: A-Reserve Adult      $117 Concession^       $96.50 Student^^            $50 Family^^^            $284 B-Reserve Adult      $97 Concession^       $85.50 Student^^            $50 Family^^^            $244 Venue: QPAC - Concert Hall Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank QLD 4101    

Find out more »

In Between Two

September 21, 2017 - October 15, 2017
Various venues Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia + Google Map
In Between Two Tour Dates poster. Credit: CAAP

Celebrated Asian-Australian Hip Hop artists, Joel Ma and James Mangohig share their stories growing up in Howard's Australia: underscored with humour and rap beats that resonate with Asian Australian youth today. Produced by CAAP (Contemporary Asian Australian Performance). On Tour NOW - 15 OCT.

Find out more »

Stir Fry – Fringe Festival Satellites 

September 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - September 26, 2017 @ 10:00 pm AEST
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St
Footscray, Victoria Australia
+ Google Map
$15 - $18
People standing pointing up at camera person

A two-part performance that connects audiences with characters in unexpected ways, Free Theatre’s Stir Fry, is set at a Multicultural Day event where circumstances lead to a clash of beliefs, identities and prejudices between six characters. WHEN: Monday 25 September and Tuesday 26 September, 7.00 pm. VENUE: FCAC Performance Space COST: Full $18.00 / Concession $15.00 / Group +6 $15.00 each BOOK NOW: www.melbournefringe.com.au/event/stir-fry Presented as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival. Performed by Free Theatre.

Find out more »

Hawa (Hatch Theatrics) – Singapore – Australian Premiere

September 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - September 29, 2017 @ 10:00 pm AEST
Theatre Republic – The Loft, The Loft (Building Z2), QUT Creative Industries Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove, Queensland 4059 Australia
+ Google Map
$19.90 - $29
Lady in black silk head scarf looking over balcony with trees in background. Image for Hawa.

Siti, a recent convert to Islam, is suddenly tasked with overseeing the funeral arrangements of her close friend and companion. While preparations are being made for the last rites a charming stranger arrives unexpectedly. Even as Siti grieves, she has to contend with the societal forces that threaten to deny her of her own existence. Performed in English and Malay with English surtitles. Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au Dates: Wed 27 – Fri 29 Sept @ 7PM & Sat 30 Sept @ 3PM Cost: Adult - $29 Concession - $19.90 Venue: Theatre Republic - The Loft The Loft (Building Z2), QUT Creative Industries Musk Avenue KELVIN GROVE QLD 4059    

Find out more »

Under Siege (Yang Liping Contemporary Dance) (China)

September 30, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
South Bank, Queensland 4101 Australia
+ Google Map
$45 - $65
Dancer with red background

Dates: Wed 27- Fri 29 Sept @ 7:30PM Thu 28 Sept @ 9:20PM (post show Q&A) A climatic battle between the Chu and Han armies – an encounter that changed the course of Chinese history. A love story between a besieged warlord Xiang Yu and his self-sacrificing concubine that would transcend death. Ambition. Loyalty. Treachery. The might of empires. The power of sacrifice. Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au Sat 30 Sept @ 8PM Cost: Premium Adult   $65 A-Reserve Adult      $55 Concession         $49 Groups 6 to 10   $49 B-Reserve Adult                     $49 Concession         $45 Venue: QPAC - Playhouse Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets Queensland Performing Arts Centre SOUTH BANK QLD 4101  

Find out more »

Sultan of The Disco (South Korea)

September 30, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
The Tivoli Theatre, 52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Brisbane, Australia
+ Google Map
$35 - $45
Five men sitting together in night gowns, sunglasses, headbands, and slides.

Inspired by soul/funk music from the Golden Age represented by Chic, Jackson 5 and Kool and the Gang, this Kooky five-piece Korean disco band delivers a vintage sound to modern listeners. Cool costumes, cheeky lyrics and unique group dancing will get the crowd grooving along!! Purchase tickets at brisbanefestival.com.au  Venue: The Tivoli 52 Costin Street FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD 4006 Date: Sat 20 September @8PM Cost: Adult - $40 Concession - $35 At the door - $45

Find out more »
October 2017

Tetsuya Umeda

October 30, 2017 - November 4, 2017
The Substation, 1 Market Street
Newport, Vic 3015 Australia
+ Google Map
$10
Tetsuya Umeda

Japan’s master artist of sonic visual sensations, Tetsuya Umeda is set to thrill with his site specific occupation of The SUBSTATION from 30 October to 4 November and a one off performance on Friday 3 November, guiding audiences to a dynamic experimental path. Umeda creates dynamic environments with architectural structures, sound and light. His mesmerising and surprising performances produce intricate soundscapes and musical compositions through live experiments with everyday tools and scraps, re-purposed machines and electronics.    Umeda’s site-specific installation employs found domestic objects, transformed from their daily familiarity into a transcendent spectacle of the unexpected. Umeda’s work demonstrates elaborate systems of cause-and-effect, with elements powered by gravity, wind, centrifugal force or falling objects, capturing the moments where ordinary and extraordinary collide. His richly dynamic and embodied installations are often situated outside of the gallery context. The transparent process taking place before the audience’s eyes, exposes viewers as both witnesses and collaborators as they engage with his interactive performance pieces.  …

Find out more »
November 2017

Decolonising Gender and Contending with Legal Systems

November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST
Metro Arts, 109 Edward St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
+ Google Map

The cis-sexist and white supremacist textures of colonisation has created and supported a gender binary system that has led to the discrimination and systemic oppression of trans, gender diverse and two-spirit people. How do we push back? What are the tools and frameworks we need right now? How might trans politics use legal systems as a tactic for survival and dismantling structural violence whilst ensuring that our transformative demands are not watered down? Join us as Philip Marrii shares a First Nations perspective on gender diverse identities. Then Matilda Alexander & Sujay Kentlyn will discuss new anti-discrimination laws that have significant implications for the rights of trans and gender non-binary people. These 3 speakers will share first, then there will be time for Q&A and discussion. People of all genders and allies are invited. Please share with your trans, gender non binary and ally friends. We can all be better…

Find out more »

URBAN LAYAS presents The Colour of Desire

November 11, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm AEDT
South Oakleigh College, Barkers Road
Oakleigh South, Victoria 3167 Australia
+ Google Map
$27.33

Bold, Rebellious and Stereotype busting! Seven female voices performing a repertoire of songs that will shatter your understanding of Indian classical music forever! .............................................. THE COLOUR OF DESIRE presented by URBAN LAYAS is a two hour exploration of female desire in South Asian music and poetry, through a unique combination of vocal, instrumental and dance performances by some of Melbourne's emerging artists. From fun and frivolous to deeply romantic and even tortured, The Colour of Desire reclaims female sexuality in all its hues, puts it back in the bodies and voices of real women, and engages with the question of the gap between the sexually liberated female voice in music and contemporary representations in everyday life. “Our aim is to use poetry and performance to engage audiences in a powerful and long overdue conversation about gender equality and cultural sexual repression, and, in particular, give agency to women of South…

Find out more »

Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit

November 14, 2017 - November 26, 2017
The Butterfly Club, Carson Place
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
+ Google Map
$22 - $35

Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit – Jean Tong  World premiere 14 – 26  November 2017 There’s something so enticing about forbidden fruit   A musical romp better than the best mod-rom-com, Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit takes the star-crossed lovers audiences know and love, and makes them better as starcrossed lesbians. Featuring a Dead Lesbian chorus and some pretty gay songs, Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit is fun, campy, politically irreverent and casually incisive. Writer, director and lyricist Jean Tong explains that the creative team are young, queer and want to party while opening up pathways into shifting the state of representation as it currently stands, “It’s 2017 and the world is still telling the same, tired old story about queer people of colour and our access to spaces.” “Whether on the news or on Netflix, we’re still watching ourselves die for someone else’s happiness, someone else’s comfort. Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit is…

Find out more »

We’re Queer Here

November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Art Play, Birrarung Marr
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »
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…

Find out more »

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)

Find out more »

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
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

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
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

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

Find out more »
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
+ Google Map
AUD25

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

Find out more »
+ Export Events

Please note: Peril provides these details as a courtesy, but we’re not in charge of the events, so please don’t harrass us if the Facebook page is down for a particular event – unless we make that really really clear, in which case you’ll know because we’ll probably be hounding to you come along.