Jun 18, 2018
This month’s top events, plus a sneak peek at what’s on in August.
Various dates 16-28 July and 28-29 August | Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne ￼
Pink’s Australian tour continues as the pop icon rocks up in Melbourne, where she’ll perform 11 shows.
West Side Story
27-28 July | Arts Centre Melbourne
In true surround sound, the remastered Academy Award-winning musical will play on a big screen while the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs Leonard Bernstein’s famous score.
18-28 July | Arts Centre Melbourne
Friends, Romans, countrymen… you know how this one goes. Shakespeare’s play about the fall of Julius Caesar hits Melbourne as part of its nationwide tour.
Colony: Australia 1770-1861/Frontier Wars
Until 15 July |￼ National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, Melbourne ￼
Don’t miss this free dual exhibition that offers fascinating parallel perspectives on the European settlement of Australia. One looks at life in the colonies while the other focuses on the impact on Australia’s First Peoples.
Vikings: Beyond the Legend
Until 26 August | Melbourne Museum
Straight from Stockholm’s Swedish History Museum, this collection consists of more than 450 artefacts, including swords that date back to 700 CE.
Next Month: Giselle
30 August-8 September | Arts Centre Melbourne
A highlight of this hugely popular ballet about love and forgiveness is the “white” act, during which the stage is transformed into a haunting forest filled with spirits. See what all the fuss is about during this limited season.
27-28 July | Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park
The Grammy-winning singer’s last Australian tour may have been a decade ago but it’s all coming back to us now. The spectacle kicks off in Sydney before continuing on to Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.
18 July-31 August | Sydney Opera House ￼
Verdi’s epic is transformed as Italian director Davide Livermore’s high-tech sets breathes new life into the classic drama.
6 July-23 September | Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney ￼
This exhibition showcases the work of John Mawurndjul, a Kuninjku elder and master bark painter, created over a 35-year period.
Splendour in the Grass
20-22 July | North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay
Music lovers will converge on Byron Bay for a line-up that includes local legends Gang of Youths and Hilltop Hoods as well as Lorde and Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper and headline act Kendrick Lamar.
James Cameron: Challenging the Deep
Until February 2019 | Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Drawing on the award-winning director’s many ocean dives in his Deepsea Challenger submersible, this exhibition uses projections and props to take visitors down below.
Next Month: Trevor Noah
29-30 August |￼ ICC Sydney
￼He dishes up political analysis as easily as he delivers punchlines on American late-night favourite The Daily Show. Now the South African-born comedian brings his stand-up tour to Sydney after stints in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
Cartier: The Exhibition
Until 22 July | National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ￼
It’s your last chance to delight in this special exhibition that features more than 300 pieces of jewellery, some of which have been worn by the most photographed women in the world, including the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Grace of Monaco and Elizabeth Taylor.
26-28 July | Canberra Theatre Centre
Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s book of the same name, Dark Emu is directed by Stephen Page (who choreographed Bennelong) and uses a series of contemporary dance stories to explore the intricate relationships between our nation’s flora and fauna.
The Sleeping Beauty
￼6-12 July | Adelaide Festival Centre
￼Gleaming sets, lavish costumes and one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous scores... Princess Aurora’s fairytale world has rarely looked or sounded as good as it does in artistic director David McAllister’s latest production, in Adelaide for an exclusive season.
Diane Arbus: American Portraits
14 July-30 September | Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
￼Photographer Diane Arbus made visible subjects who were typically forgotten by society. In the process she created some of the most influential portraiture in postwar America. It’s the latest stop on this exhibition’s tour from the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
Next Month: Priscilla Queen of the Desert
From 19 August | Adelaide Festival Centre ￼
Celebrate the musical’s 10th anniversary road trip around the country by cheering on the cast as they belt out dance anthems including Hot Stuff, I Will Survive and I Love the Nightlife.
21, 24, 26, 28 July |￼ His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Follow legendary femme fatale Carmen as she seduces soldier Don José in Georges Bizet’s passionate opera.
Winter Night Tours
Until 31 August | Perth Observatory
The night sky above Western Australia, resplendent with constellations and just-visible galaxies, is at its best during the chiller months. These two-hour tours provide an expert guide to the stars and conclude with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.
Image: Andrew Lockwood
24-25 July |￼ Perth Arena
￼The Witness tour has landed and there are sure to be fireworks. The perennially popular songstress kicks off in Perth before heading to Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.
Next Month: Good Food & Wine Show
24-26 August | Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
￼Australia’s favourite food festival is back with a stellar line-up, including The Chef and the Butcher columnists, Colin Fassnidge and Anthony Puharich, who will discuss the benefits of nose-to-tail eating.
￼27-28 July | Palace Barracks Cinema, Brisbane
The Walkley Foundation gathers some of Australia’s top media stars, including former foreign correspondent Peter Greste, to explore and discuss why journalism matters in times of uncertainty.
20-29 July | Various venues, Noosa
Regional Queensland’s premier arts and culture festival is back with a jam-packed schedule that includes actor and comedian Stephen Curry and a collaboration between singer Katie Noonan’s band, Elixir, and cartoonist Michael Leunig, whose poems have been turned into songs by the band.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
From 13 July | QPAC, Brisbane
This show focuses on the American singer-songwriter’s early life up to the release of her extraordinary album, Tapestry, one of the bestselling records of all time.
Next Month: Ekka
10-19 August | Brisbane Showgrounds ￼
The Royal Queensland Show (affectionately known as Ekka) has the best of the Sunshine State in one place, including livestock, food and wine, as well as rides, entertainment and a pavilion filled to the brim with showbags.
Festival Darwin Lions’ Beer Can Regatta
22 July | Mindil Beach, Darwin
￼It’s recycling or perhaps upcycling, depending on your perspective: watch competitors turn empty cans and milk bottles into an armada of seagoing vessels, with varying degrees of success.
Next Month: Darwin Turf Club Gala Ball
4 August |￼ Little Mindil Beach, Darwin
Gather under the stars on the lawn at Little Mindil Beach and toast the lead-up to the 2018 Darwin Cup, with plenty of food, wine and stellar entertainment, including a performance by Darwin-born Jessica Mauboy, fresh from her dazzling turn at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest
13-15 July | Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, Grove
Honour the region’s apple-picking past at this lively festival, which includes cider, food, folklore and the ancient tradition of wassailing: singing to the trees to promote a good harvest for the coming year.
Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony
28 July | Federation Concert Hall, Hobart
￼Pianist Simon Trpčeski makes his Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra debut in a program that also includes Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and the “love scene” from Berlioz’s beautiful Roméo et Juliette symphony.
Until 22 April 2019 | Mona, Berriedale ￼
In postwar Germany, a group of artists started an avant-garde minimalist movement that used motion and light to create works of art. Key pieces are now being shown in Australia for the first time, including some by the Zero movement’s founders, Heinz Mack and Otto Piene.
Next month: Tasmanian Whisky Week
13-19 August | Various locations, Tasmania ￼
Sniff and sip your way around the state as the Apple Isle’s leading distilleries, bars, barns and restaurants open their doors for a week of tastings. ￼See Ancestral Spirit Beings Collecting Honey (1985-1987) and other works by John Mawurndjul at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Top image: Rony Alwin
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