Events You Need to Know About This February

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Jan 19, 2018

by SAMANTHA O'BRIEN, Editorial Coordinator

This month’s top events, plus a sneak peek at what’s on in March. 

VICTORIA

St Kilda Festival

11 February | St Kilda Foreshore

Join 400,000 revellers at Australia’s largest free music festival.

Image: Nathan Doran

The Language of Ornament

Until 11 February | National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 

Charting the history of ornament, this collection of decorative arts includes pieces from Wedgwood and postmodernist Michael Graves.

Alone Experience

14-18 February | Melbourne

Straight from California, this hour-long immersive walk-through explores the human psyche, taking participants out of their comfort zone and into a world of daydreams and nightmares.

White Night

17 February | Melbourne

In its sixth year, White Night transforms Melbourne’s CBD for one evening with dusk-to-dawn art installations, lightshows, projections, music and exhibitions.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

16 February-22 April | Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne

Esther Hannaford and the cast head to Melbourne to perform King’s beloved hits, including It’s Too Late and So Far Away. 

Image: Joan Marcus

Next Month: Murphy

16-26 March | Arts Centre Melbourne 

The Australian Ballet pays tribute to Graeme Murphy, the country’s premier choreographer, 50 years after he joined its corps de ballet. The performance will revive his reimagined Firebird and feature highlights from his career.

NEW SOUTH WALES

The Book of Mormon

From 28 February | Sydney Lyric Theatre, Pyrmont

After breaking records in Melbourne, the Tony Award-winning musical is on a mission to entertain audiences in Sydney. 

Twilight at Taronga

2 February-17 March | Taronga Zoo, Mosman 

Witness the magic of Sydney Harbour at dusk while enjoying acts such as Neil and Liam Finn, James Morrison and Kate Miller-Heidke. 

Image: Maclay Heriot 

Carmen

10 February-23 March | Sydney Opera House 

Mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham takes the title role, joined by Argentine tenor Marcelo Puente as Don José, in this lavish production.

Tropfest

17 February | Parramatta Park

Enjoy free entertainment under a blanket of stars at Australia’s biggest short-film festival.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

15 February-4 March | Various venues, Sydney 

Now in its 40th year, the festival celebrates gay pride with the inaugural Sissy Ball and family day out at Luna Park, plus the traffic-stopping annual parade. For more information, go to page 24.

Next Month: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

21 March-28 April | Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney

Hugo Weaving returns to the Sydney Theatre Company to play small-time gangster Ui in Bertolt Brecht’s anti-fascist political satire set in 1930s Chicago.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Until 25 February | National Museum of Australia, Canberra

The standout in this exhibition about the Seven Sisters Dreaming is the Travelling Kungkarangkalpa Art Experience featuring immersive projections inside a digital dome.

Next Month Cartier: The Exhibition

30 March-22 July | National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 

Royal families are among those who’ve lent tiaras, jewellery and brooches to this exquisite exhibition of Cartier’s designs. Don’t miss Queen Elizabeth II’s halo tiara, which was worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, and Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48-carat diamond engagement ring. 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA  

Festival Adelaide Fringe

16 February-18 March | Various venues, Adelaide

Showcasing theatre, comedy and cabaret, Australia’s largest ticketed non-curated arts festival takes over the CBD for 31 days.

Kitty Flanagan

27 February-18 March | Royalty Theatre, Adelaide

The Australian comedian makes a stop in South Australia on her Smashing national tour.

Next Month: Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay

29 March-29 July | Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

More than 65 works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Pissarro, Cézanne and others have travelled from Paris for this Adelaide-only exhibition.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth Festival

9 February-4 March | Various venues, Perth 

Australia’s oldest international arts festival brings performance, music and film to the city. The program includes White Spirit, a show direct from Syria’s Umayyad Mosque that features three of the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus.

City of Perth Opera in the Park: La Bohème

3 February | Supreme Court Gardens, Perth 

The City of Perth and West Australian Opera present Puccini’s work of love and heartbreak at this free one-night-only event.

Next Month: Bruno Mars

28-29 March | Perth Arena

Touring Australia with special guest Dua Lipa, the Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum-selling recording artist brings his 24K Magic World Tour to Perth.

QUEENSLAND

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

10 February | Brisbane Showgrounds 

The line-up on this bumper day of music includes Father John Misty, Amy Shark and Mac DeMarco.

Robbie Williams

20 February | Brisbane Entertainment Centre

The 18-time Brit Awards winner plays a gig in Brisbane on his Heavy Entertainment Show Tour around Australia. 

Aladdin

From 20 February | QPAC, Brisbane

Join the pauper, the princess and the genie when the magic carpet glides into Brisbane before taking Agrabah to Perth in July. 

Queen + Adam Lambert

24 February | Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Queen fans will be singing those questions when Brian May and Roger Taylor take to the stage with frontman Adam Lambert.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Imparja Cup and National Indigenous Cricket Championships

3-12 February | Various venues, Alice Springs 

Watch rising Indigenous cricket stars play in the Red Centre’s annual tournament.

Next Month: Our Land People Stories

9-10 March | Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs 

Bangarra Dance Theatre takes its touring triple bill to Alice Springs. One of the works, Nyapanyapa, is inspired by the paintings of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

Image: Edward Mulvihill

TASMANIA

Ben Folds

13-14 February | Theatre Royal, Hobart 

On this unique tour, the first half of the show is curated by musician Ben Folds and the second by members of the audience, who use paper planes to launch song requests onto the stage.

T20 International

7 February | Blundstone Arena, Bellerive 

The T20 tri-series moves south, with the Aussies facing England in the second of the tournament’s seven matches.

Symphony Under the Stars

17 and 24 February | Tolosa Park, Glenorchy, and City Park, Launceston 

This free open-air event sees the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra perform under Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz.

Next month: Jimmy Barnes Working Class Man

24 March | Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart

A follow-up to his 2016 stage show, Working Class Boy, Barnesy’s night of stories and songs picks up where the last tour ended: heading out on the road with Cold Chisel in 1974. 

Top image: St Kilda Festival/Nathan Doran

SEE ALSO: The Best Walks Around Australia