All posts tagged: culture

Melbourne International Flower and Garden show

March may mark the start of autumn, but at the Royal Exhibition Building activity is blossoming with the return of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) Presented by Lawn Solutions Australia, March 27 – 31, 2019. The event is predicted to attract over 100, 000 visitors from across the nation and overseas. The annual convergence of the most talented landscape designers, progressive florists, emerging design talent, DIY specialists, well over 200 exhibitors and thousands of flowers provides evergreen inspiration for the year to come. With new charity partner Beyond Blue aligned with the Show, visitors can expect gardens that are not only visually arresting, but are emotionally stirring as they tap the sense of tranquillity and wellbeing that comes from connecting with nature. The annual Landscape Design Show Gardens welcome an impressive line-up of local and international talent with confirmed designers including: NZFGS Gold Medallist Bayley LuuTomes, a collaboration between Candeo Design, Jason Hodges for Lawn Solutions and Semken Landscaping, MUSA Landscapes in partnership with Beyond Blue, Inge Jabara, Christian Jenkins, Waddell Landscapes, …


Become the One is a story we have never seen or even heard of but which would, surely, exist. The play develops around the couple’s budding romance and ongoing partnership by focusing on their shared domestic life. Following a flirtatious first meeting when Noah is contracted as Tom’s cleaner, the two soon start cohabiting and indulging in teasing pillow talk, bubbling sexual energy, and happy moments, like knitting, together. The outside world peeps into their sanctuary through references to the media surrounding Tom’s athletic status, a point of tension resulting in climatic moments. Become the One is a tragedy representative not only of queer athletes and their partners but of the Australian Football League’s persistence in modelling a repressive narrative of masculinity and heteronormativity to a nation.  Venue: Main Theatre – Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park Duration: (70 mins) Date: 6th to 9th February 2019 More info here

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Pack your picnic and score a spot on the lawn to enjoy the perfect summer soundtrack to the city this February when the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs its free concert series at Melbourne’s favourite outdoor venue, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The free concerts will take place on Friday 8, Saturday 16 and Wednesday 20 February at 7.30pm. Gates open from 4.30pm. With 10,000 people expected to attend each concert, be early as entry is on a first in, best dressed basis. Presented in association with the University of Melbourne and Arts Centre Melbourne, supported by the Sidney Myer MSO Trust Fund. More info : here

Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Festival is an innovative festival highlighting the rich culture of the arts that exist within the Melbourne lifestyle. Watch various performances of dance, theatre, circus, music, visual arts, multimedia,  as well as free outdoor events will be held across several venues across the city. First established in 1986, the festival was created to carry the transformational nature that exists within arts and culture and the positive change it has on individuals.   Highlights this year include David Bowie: Nothing has changed | October 15 – 17 Paying tribute to the starman, musical artists will perform his music in their own unique styles, accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. M Pavillion | October 5 – February 18 Commissioning a world-leading architect to design a temporary garden pavilion for Melbourne, this year’s space is designed by influential Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. Watch a free program of talks, performances, debates in this unique experimental space. Program released September. Triptyque | October 6 – 9 Canada’s Les 7 Doigts (The 7 Fingers) straddle the gap between circus and dance …


Sydney Dance Company’s CounterMove is an exhilarating double bill that will intrigue, move and entertain you. Featuring a laugh-out–loud funny piece, Cacti, by Swedish Choreographer Alexander Ekman and Rafael Bonachela’s deeply moving world premiere, Lux Tenebris.  Receiving rapturous reviews from around the world, Cacti is a brilliantly conceived, laugh-out-loud funny piece that dares to poke fun at contemporary dance. While Rafael Bonachela’s world premiere, Lux Tenebris explores light and darkness with fiercely physical movement and deep, electronic beats by composer Nick Wales (long-term collaborator of Sarah Blasko). Don’t miss CounterMove in it’s limited Melbourne season. We Know Melbourne exclusive: Quote SDCHOTEL online to receive $10 off tickets throughout the season. When: 25 May – 4 June Where: Southbank Theatre, Melbourne. Visit the CounterMove website.

Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical has arrived in Melbourne! Following rave reviews in Sydney, London’s West End and Broadway, is a multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the genius of Roald Dahl. Based on his 1998 children’s novel, the story follows five year-old Matilda Wormwood (Ingrid Torelli), a child prodigy who armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Co-written by  Australia’s own Tim Minchin, the show is currently playing at the Princess Theatre. When: From March 13 Where: Princess Theatre, 163 Spring St Visit the website here.

The F-Word

Celebrating International Women’s Day in true form, The F-word kicked off with a panel of inspiring high-profile feminist: Jane Gilmore – editor of Women’s Agenda, Melba Marginson – Executive Director of the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition, Clementine Ford – a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker, well-known for her public opinion pieces on feminism, pop culture and social issues, and actor / writer Tammy Anderson. Each woman represented a distinctly different take on what their view of feminism was, which resonated with much of audience on an individual level and the Q&A that followed allowed us to gain a little deeper insight into the mind of these proud, passionate women. The show was a sell-out, Howler – a great location for this panel / performance was packed to the rafters with about 95% ladies – with a few supportive men dotted throughout. At the conclusion of the panel session, Melbourne Playback Theatre took centre stage for their improvisational piece – performed by an entirely female ensemble of actors and musicians for a powerful out of the box piece …