Jul 03, 2017
This month’s top sports and cultural events. By Samantha O'Brien.
The first major Australian exhibition of the work of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), best known for The Great Wave off Kanagawa, features prints, paintings and rare books on loan from the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum in Matsumoto.
When: 21 July-15 October
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne￼
My Fair Lady
￼The original Eliza Doolittle, Dame Julie Andrews, directs the classic musical that made her famous in 1956. Downton Abbey star Charles Edwards appears as Professor Higgins. See myfairladymusical.com.au
When: Until 27 July
Where: Regent Theatre, Melbourne
￼Featuring music, food, theatre and art, this new festival showcases the best of the city’s fashionable Chapel Street.
When: 20-30 July
Where: Chapel Street, Melbourne ￼
Mark Seymour & The Undertow
Catch the Hunters & Collectors legend performing with his new band, The Undertow. Go to markseymour.com.au
When: 21 and 22 July
￼Where: Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
￼Sydney-born Hollywood action star Jai Courtney returns to the stage in the Shakespearean tragedy’s title role, under the direction of Simon Phillips. Visit mtc.com.au
When: Until 15 July
￼Where: The Sumner theatre, Melbourne
￼Starting at Federation Square and finishing at Birrarung Marr, the five-kilometre, 10-kilometre and half-marathon runs aim to raise $2 million for a variety of causes. See solemotive.com
When: 30 July
Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy
Inspired by punk and feminism, works from the 1970s to the present highlight Melbourne-born, Brisbane-based Jenny Watson’s lasting impact on the Australian art scene.
￼When: 5 July-2 October
￼Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney
￼This is the last chance to catch songwriter Cyndi Lauper’s feel-good musical before it moves north to Brisbane.
When: Until 13 August ￼
￼Where: Capitol Theatre, Sydney
￼An exploration of the life of Woollarawarre Bennelong, who, in the 1790s, became the first Aborigine to visit Britain and return. Go to bangarra.com.au
When: Until 29 July ￼
￼Where: Sydney Opera House
Disney on Ice Presents Frozen
￼Spectacular ice-skating and frosty effects make this a cool holiday date for Frozen fans. Visit disneyonice.com.au
When: 12-17 July
￼Where: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2017
￼Judge the Archibald Prize-winning portrait for yourself, alongside the winners and runners-up in the Wynne and Sulman categories.
When: 29 July-22 October
￼Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Russell Howard: Round the World
￼The English comedian and television star is back on stage after a three-year break. Go to livenation.com.au
When: 19, 20 and 22 July ￼
￼Where: Various venues, Sydney
The Friends of The Gantry Dinner Series
Enjoy a collaborative 5-course degustation menu designed by chef Joel Bickford and some of his industry friends.
When: Lunch and dinner throughout July
Where: The Gantry Restaurant & Bar, Sydney
￼George Orwell’s dystopian tale has been newly adapted as a theatrical blockbuster by English writer-directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.
When: 25-29 July ￼
￼Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
The Truffle Festival
￼Hunt for your own truffle, learn how to cook with it or just enjoy this prized fungi in local cafés, wineries and restaurants. Visit trufflefestival.com.au
￼When: Until 2 September
￼Where: Various venues, Canberra
Matilda the Musical
The “revolting children” of Tim Minchin’s award-winning musical are making one last stop on their nationwide tour.
￼When: Until 16 July ￼
￼Where: Festival Theatre, Adelaide
Liverpool Masters vs Manchester United Masters
Teams featuring veteran players from one of the English Premier League’s most intense rivalries will go head to head in this six-a-side tournament.
￼When: 22 July ￼
￼Where: Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide
Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival
￼Local and international beers and ciders meet their perfect partners: live music and sausages. Go to beerfest.com.au
￼When: 28-30 July
￼Where: Brick Cattle Pavilion, Adelaide Showground,￼ Adelaide
Good Food & Wine Show
Celebrity chefs Manu Feildel, Gary Mehigan, Adam Liaw and morewill take the stage at this annual food show.
￼When: 14-16 July ￼
￼Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Revelation Perth International Film Festival
￼Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the festival will feature more than 120 films, including documentary Becoming Bond about Australian 007 George Lazenby.
￼When: 6-19 July ￼
￼Where: Various venues, Perth
￼Twenty-four Sunshine Beach State High School students will perform in Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro, part of the 10-day food, music and entertainment festival.
￼When: 21-30 July ￼
￼Where: Various venues, Noosa
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
In 2016, the fair attracted more than 50,000 people. This year it promises to be even bigger, with dance and music shows, film screenings and art workshops.
￼When: 14-16 July
Where: Various venues, Cairns ￼
The Royal Ballet
In Australia for the first time in 15 years, the UK’s Royal Ballet will perform two original works: The Winter’s Tale and Woolf Works.
When: Until 9 July
Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane
Darwin Fringe Festival
Darwin’s arts scene showcases some of the Top End’s finest talent. Visit darwinfringe.org.au
￼When: 7-16 July
Where: Various venues, Darwin ￼
Australian Outback Marathon
The Ayers Rock Resort hosts this event, which includes full and half marathons and two fun runs, all with spectacular views of Uluru.
￼When: 29 July ￼
Where: Alice Springs ￼
Hound in the Hunt
Accomplished painters will try to re-create paintings by masters such as Vermeer and Michelangelo.
When: From 2 July ￼
Where: Mona, Berriedale
Festival of Voices
Performances by the Umbilical Brothers, Sarah Blasko and Toni Childs are part of Australia’s premier celebration of the voice. Go to festivalofvoices.com
When: Until 16 July ￼
Where: Various venues, Hobart ￼
Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest
Craft ciders, artisan food and morris dancers will be the stars of this pagan-themed celebration. Visit huonvalleymidwinterfest.com.au
When: 14-16 July ￼
Where: Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, Grove ￼