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

Past Events

Events Search and Views Navigation

Event Views Navigation

October 2018

The Longhouse: Melbourne

October 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
Southbank Theatre, 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
+ Google Map

CAAP's Longhouse CAAP’s Longhouse is a networking and information sharing program that has been building a solid and thriving Asian Australian performance community in NSW since 2015. As a result, now, CAAP invites you to attend Melbourne’s first Longhouse to be hosted by Melbourne Theatre Company. So, facilitated by Ra Chapman with an introduction by Annette Shun Wah, four of Melbourne’s most progressive and dynamic storytellers will be joining us to share their experiences within the industry in Victoria. Also, they will take part in a conversation about the current state of diversity and representation on our stages and screens. Likewise, the panel discussion will run for approximately one hour, followed by a chance to network over nibbles and drinks. Guest Speakers KIM HO (The Language of Love, Mirror’s Edge – Winner 2017 Patrick White Playwright’s Award) MICHELE LEE (Going Down, Rice – Winner 2018 Australian Writer’s Guild Award, Victorian…

Find out more »

November 2018

The 9th Asia Pacific Trienniel Of Contemporary Art (APT9)

November 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm AEDT

24 Nov 2018 – 28 Apr 2019 QAGOMA | Free The hugely ambitious APT series returns to QAGOMA this summer. Undoubtedly, it brings significant art from across Asia Pacific to Brisbane. Overflowing with colour and life, this free contemporary art exhibition presents a unique mix of creativity and cross-cultural insight. Moreover, you can discover more than 400 artworks by 80 individuals, collectives and groups that capture the energy of new art being created in Asia, the Pacific and Australia. In addition to that, alongside the exhibition are 3 thought-provoking film programs, 8 hands on activities for kids and 5 months of ongoing programs and special events, including daily guide tours. The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is a single institution located across two adjacent river-side buildings in the Cultural Precinct at Brisbane's South Bank. Presently, QAGOMA holds a collection of over 17,000 works of historical, modern and…

Find out more »

Anita Ratnam: Bringing Neo Bharatam to Australia

November 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - December 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm AEDT

Dr Anita Ratnam, based in Chennai (Madras), India, is highly respected as a performer, writer, speaker, arts entrepreneur and culture mentor. She has been described as an ‘intersectionist’, whose work weaves the many disciplines of dance, theatre, spoken word, ritual, archaeology, dramaturgy and women's issues. For over 40 years, her distinguished career has witnessed over 1000 performances in 27 countries. In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for contemporary dance by the President of India. This is Ratnam’s first performance tour of Australia and will include the following events. Solo Performance of Ma3Ka and Artist Talk at Chunky Move for Mapping Melbourne 2018 Saturday, 1st Dec 6 pm to 8 pm Chunky Move 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC 3006 Buy Tickets She is energy, exuberant in play. The joy of experience passed on generously from within. She is a confluence, a woman, owning her powers. She is Ma3Ka. Woman. Earth Mother, three times and…

Find out more »

January 2019

The 9th Asia Pacific Trienniel Of Contemporary Art — Guided Tours

January 2 @ 8:00 am - April 18 @ 5:00 pm AEDT

24 Nov 2018 – 28 Apr 2019 QAGOMA | Free Guided Tours--2 Jan to 18 April, 2019 The hugely ambitious APT series returns to QAGOMA this summer. Undoubtedly, it brings significant art from across Asia Pacific to Brisbane. Overflowing with colour and life, this free contemporary art exhibition presents a unique mix of creativity and cross-cultural insight. Moreover, you can discover more than 400 artworks by 80 individuals, collectives and groups that capture the energy of new art being created in Asia, the Pacific and Australia. In addition to that, alongside the exhibition are 3 thought-provoking film programs, 8 hands on activities for kids and 5 months of ongoing programs and special events, including daily guide tours. Guided Tours: There will be volunteer guided tours as well as snapshot tours. The schedules of these tours can easily be checked at https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au. So, lovely souls! QAGOMA looks forward to welcoming you to APT9.…

Find out more »

Midsumma Festival

January 19 - February 10
Melbourne

Midsumma Festival Announcement: Midsumma Festival is proud to announce the recipients of Midsumma Futures. It's a nine-month development , and mentorship program for emerging artists and culture-makers, kicking off in October 2018. Besides, Midsumma-Futures provides opportunities for early-career-artists for advancing their skills, deepening practice, gaining exposure and leading the future of queer-culture. Moreover, the program brings together a range of emerging cultural-practitioners, creating a unique space for the intersection of ideas and modes of practice. Undoubtedly, the artists range from producers, socially engaged practitioners, community leaders, and culture-makers. Midsumma Festival 2019: Midsumma Festival will reveal itself in all its finery once again. Yes, it'll bring a kaleidoscope of preeminent queer arts and cultural festivities from 19 January to 10 February 2019. It's since 1988 that Midsumma Festival has been celebrating LGBTQIA+cultures. It's been offering Melbourne audiences a diverse array of performances, talks and social events with leading local and global artists.…

Find out more »

February 2019

CHINESE READING AND WRITING FESTIVAL 中文文学节

February 22 @ 8:00 am - March 8 @ 5:00 pm AEDT

Chinese Reading and Writing Festival Launch (22 Feb to 8 March, 2019) Hello friends, get ready. We are celebrating a vibrant reading and writing festival focusing on Chinese and Chinese-Australian literature with an exciting program full of events and activities. Indeed, we aim at encouraging cross-cultural connections and promoting the power of reading and literature to enrich lives. Moreover, the festival will include author talks, writing workshops, poetry readings, calligraphy demonstrations and discussion panels. To add colour to these, we are including presentations by award winning author Melanie Cheng, and co-writer and creator of The Family Law Benjamin Law, Chef Elizabeth Chong. Melanie Cheng 郑素莲 will speak about the complexities and challenges of writing stories from a Chinese-Australian perspective. Besides, our artist and illustrator Queenie Chan will set up workshops in this context. Join Us Therefore, join us to celebrate the opening of Whitehorse Manningham Libraries inaugural Chinese Reading and Writing Festival.…

Find out more »

March 2019

Discussing Australia’s history of race and power

March 9 @ 8:00 am - May 5 @ 5:00 pm AEDT

Discussing Australia’s history of race and power Those Monuments Don’t Know Us coming to Bundoora Homestead Those-Monuments-Don’t-Know-Us, a new exhibition at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, pushes the limits of Australia’s current political and cultural landscape. Indeed, it engages in conversation with a colonial history that defines Australia. Exemplified by the opulent British architecture of Bundoora Homestead, the works of these artists provoke questions about who we are and where we are going. Artists in the exhibition speak to the social, cultural and political structures that continue to shape national discourse. Most work, among other things, touches on the deep issues around culture, racism and power that still define us. Besides, the exhibition features recent works and new commissions. The artists of these works bring diverse perspectives and cultural narratives to notions of ‘belonging’ in Australia. The exhibiting artists include Khadim Ali, Timmah Ball, Hayley Millar-Baker, Phuong Ngo, James Nguyen, Nabilah…

Find out more »

April 2019

The Inaugural 2019 Light Up Melbourne Festival announces ICD Property as Naming Rights Sponsor

April 6 @ 12:00 am - April 9 @ 11:59 pm AEDT

Melbourne has yet another signature event on its calendar with the announcement of the 2019 ICD Light Up Melbourne Festival. This is the first large lantern event of its kind in Australia, with previous displays showcased in China, Singapore, US, Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands and Belgium. The Festival is an initiative of the Association of Australia Sichuanese and will be held on April 6-9 at Birrarung Marr, set along the North Bank of the Yarra River. President of the Association Jolin Zhou said appearing over 2,000 years ago in the Han Dynasty, lanterns have remained a staple in Chinese history and traditions: “The Association of Australia Sichuanese Inc. has always had a strong belief in sharing Chinese culture with the wider community. In 2019, we are proud to bring to Melbourne such an internationally recognised Lantern showcase. Hopefully with this event, the Association can continue to serve our community as…

Find out more »

May 2019

Brisbane Street Art Festival

May 4 @ 8:00 am - May 19 @ 5:00 pm AEST

Brisbane will welcome a plethora of acclaimed local, national and international street artists from around the globe this May, as the city opens its door to Australia’s biggest street art festival program - Brisbane Street Art Festival (BSAF) from May 4 - 19. This free public art event has 46 commissioned artworks across Brisbane CBD and surrounding suburbs. With a program of live music, panel talks, exhibitions and workshops, BSAF will have something on offer to suit every age group over the two-week period. Festival Director Lincoln Savage said the public can expect to see more diversity and creative license for artists in 2019, with the program doubling in size from 2018. Savage said, “Our goal is to help create one of the most vibrant and culturally rich cities in Australia that supports the development of emerging artists and continues to empower its creative industries through BSAF.” BSAF has support…

Find out more »

4A Emerging Writer’s Program — May 2019

May 6 @ 8:00 am - May 24 @ 5:00 pm AEST

About the 4A Emerging Writer's Program Following the inaugural offering in 2016, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the fourth consecutive 4A Emerging Writer’s Program that will support an emerging Australian writer to travel to Indonesia in 2019 and realise two publication outcomes. 4A Emerging Writer’s Program is open to all Australian emerging writers and suits individuals with a keen interest in fieldwork research in art and culture from the Asia Pacific region, and someone who can demonstrate a flair and passion for writing. The selected writer will undertake up to a two-week research trip to Indonesia in late 2019. Facilitated by 4A and its networks, the writer will be asked to conceive and deliver two writing outcomes for publication in 4A Papers and program supporter Art Monthly Australasia. This may include a critical essay, historical research, interview, review, profile, or feature with accompanying online audio-visual…

Find out more »

4A Beijing Studio Program — 2019

May 6 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm AEST

Applications for the 2019 Program open in May 2019. The 4A Beijing Studio Program is now in its eighth year and provides Australian artists with a valuable opportunity to research new projects in rich cultural surroundings, build professional networks and observe the changes taking place in one of the most important cities in Asia. The 4A Beijing Studio Program is a unique initiative that sees three Australian artists embark on a month-long residency in September at the studios of internationally renowned Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin. This experience provides a unique opportunity for artists to be mentored by a leading international artist, undertake research for new works, develop professional networks and witness first-hand the changes occurring in one of the world’s most vibrant capitals. The program covers airfares, accommodation, daily meals, travel insurance, and a small stipend. In 2019, for the first time, this special 4A initiative is being supported by…

Find out more »

nomnomnom

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - May 12 @ 7:30 pm AEST
Testing Grounds, 1 City Rd, Southbank VIC 3006 + Google Map
$20
Mysterious faceless figure running wearing a visor

Fresh from winning the Melbourne Fringe 2018 award for Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice and sell-out shows in Iceland, nomnomnom is a site-specific, participatory event in which YOU the audience role-play as time-travelling food delivery people. Explore time travel portals at nomnomnom HQ (aka Testing Grounds) and deliver fresh meals and your winning smile to households around the world. We’ll provide the visors – all you need to bring is an open heart and your passion for customer service! Tickets are limited so lock in your first shift now! This project is supported by City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Development support by Moreland City Council. Between Thursday 9 May 2019 6:00 PM and Sunday 12 May 2019 7:30 PM Image by: Vy Nguyen

Find out more »

Ethnic City –a brand new variety show in Melbourne

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - June 14 @ 7:50 pm AEST

A brand new variety show exclusively featuring performers of color: Imagine a Melbourne stand-up comedy show where comedians of colour dominated centre stage. You won’t find it, until now with the inaugural Ethnic City, a live comedy production showcasing the best up-and-coming performers from diverse backgrounds. Creator and producer of Ethnic City, Brendan Wan, is set to change Melbourne’s demographics of comedy. “It’s no secret Melbourne’s creative arts industry lacks diversity. I know far too many incredibly talented ethnic actors, writers and comedians who need to create projects in order to pursue their artistic goals as their ethnicity isn’t regarded as marketable,” says Mr Wan. It’s easy to see why Ethnic City is tipped to attract an incredible reception with its all-star line up of acts including Margot Tanjutco, 2019 Golden Gibbo nominee at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, who blew audiences away for her performance in Vanity Fair Enough.…

Find out more »

June 2019

Joyful Strains

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am AEST
The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
+ Google Map

Following on from his landmark 2010 anthology Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home, editor and poet Kent MacCarter speaks to authors Dmetri Kakmi, Maria Tumarkin, and Chi Vu about writing cultural displacement and the experience of being an immigrant in an ethnocentric society. Panelists: Dmetri Kakmi, Kent MacCarter (chair), Maria Tumarkin, Chi Vu

Find out more »

The Art of Poetry

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am AEST
The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
+ Google Map

That the word poem derives from the Greek word "poiema" or "made thing" is indeed quite telling. How does a poet turn experience into poetry? Whose experience is it? Are imagination and inspiration personal or universal? How does a poem work and move and sound, and why? In the spirit of the famous Paris Review interviews this in-depth discussion about the aesthetics and praxis of poetry takes us into the "mindfields" of poet and researcher Dr. Lucy Van and celebrated poets Michelle Cahill, Dr. Tina Giannoukos, and Ouyang Yu. Panelists: Michelle Cahill, Dr. Tina Giannoukos, Dr. Lucy Van (chair), Ouyang Yu.

Find out more »

The Word and the Image

June 1 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm AEST
The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
+ Google Map

Location: Library Join poet and researcher Dr. Lucy Van as she speaks to award-winning poets Bella Li and Stavros Messinis about the relationship between the written word and the image in avant-garde poetry, and the narrative possibilities that can be produced in their work. Panelists: Bella Li, Stavros Messinis, Dr. Lucy Van (chair)

Find out more »

The Politics of Language

June 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST
The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
+ Google Map

Location: Mezzanine How does literature from marginalised communities challenge the colonial monolingualism of the Australian literary landscape and broader national narrative? Dr. Lucy Van finds out when she explores the topic with the inimitable poet-activists Π. Ο. and Sista Zai. and acclaimed author and First Nations community activist Dylan Coleman. Panelists: Dylan Coleman, Π. Ο., Sista Zai, Dr. Lucy Van (chair)

Find out more »

Bilingualism and Identity

June 1 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm AEST
The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
+ Google Map

Location: Library If literature is a vehicle through which we make sense of the world, what happens to writing when the author writes in a language other than his or her own native tongue? What is the impact of bilingualism (or multilingualism) on an author's aesthetics and praxis and their negotiation of a largely monolingual literary and cultural landscape? Poet and researcher Dr. Tina Giannoukos speaks to author Maria Tumarkin, and poets Dean Kalimniou and Ouyang Yu, about this vital and fascinating topic. Panelists: Dr. Tina Giannoukos (chair), Dean Kalimniou, Maria Tumarkin, Ouyang Yu

Find out more »

July 2019

Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុ ងតូច

July 10 @ 5:00 pm - July 13 @ 7:00 pm AEST

As part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Big World, Up Close and Families Winter/Spring programs, Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុ ងតូច is a dance work that represents the cultural exchange between Australian and Cambodian artists, taking over the State Theatre Rehearsal Room from 10 – 13 July these winter school holidays. In this work, dancers Erak Mith, from Phnom Penh, and Aaron Lim, from Darwin, use the rituals, movement styles and language of their shared hip-hop culture to reveal the dramatically different worlds that surround them and uncover the choreographic links that unite them. This is an immersive experience, with the performers up close, as the audience forms a circle to witness the playful and exploratory intensity of physical storytelling. Choreographed by internationally-renowned Sydney hip-hop dance artist Nick Power and accompanied by the beats and sound design of Jack Prest, the work blends the raw energy of b*boy battles with skillful improvisation…

Find out more »

September 2019

Sweet & Sour Dilemmas: untold story of riches to rags migrant story

September 12 @ 9:45 am - September 20 @ 5:00 pm AEST

Brendan Wan & Trades Hall present  GENRE: Comedy, Sketch and Storytelling Sweet & Sour Dilemmas: untold story of riches to rags migrant story It’s a familiar story: Asian migrant leaves with $5 in his pocket for a better life in Australia. Or, if we want to be strictly precise, affluent Indonesian-Chinese migrant leaves his mother country because he’s swept by the romance of living the charming Australian life of quality coffee, orderly traffic, and cigars in the sun, only to learn the brutal reality of migrant life, which has resulted in comedy-drama production, Sweet and Sour Dilemmas. Brendan Wan is an incredible new talent on the Melbourne comedy scene, and it’s easy to see why Sweet and Sour Dilemmas is tipped to receive excellent critical reception. Audiences will quickly forget they’re assembled in a traditional theatre in Carlton as they enter ‘Chef Chung’s’ bustling Chinese kitchen. Through storytelling and the…

Find out more »

LOTUS

September 12 @ 6:30 pm - September 20 @ 5:30 pm AEST
Fringe Hub, Carlton , Fringe Hub: Trades Hall - Meeting Room | 54  Victoria St, Carlton 
Melbourne, Australia
+ Google Map

LOTUS is Chi Nguyen’s debut one-woman comedy cabaret all about her outrageous life as a Vietnamese immigrant living in Australia. After starring in the first-ever Vietnamese-Australian comedy web series Phi and Me, LOTUS is Nguyen’s most humourous, daring and personal work to date,  bringing you on Nguyen’s journey of falling in and out of love with her cultural identity and finding her place in the world. This is a journey filled with hilarity,  compassion, and resilience. With dramaturgy by Jean Tong (MTC’s Hungry Ghosts ),  music composition by Sidney Millar (MTC’s Wild ) and set design by Alex Rothnie (VCA’s Mother Courage and  Her Children ), LOTUS is the race-in-your-face hour of entertainment Australia has been waiting for. Featured original songs include Nguyen’s soon-to-be-smash-hits Things White People Say to Me,  Google Translate Saved My Life and I’m a Banana  (Yellow Outside, White Inside) - they’re all so irresistibly catchy it…

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.