Not really that into the Melbourne Cup? But still very happy about the public holiday... Don't stress, there is a lot going on.
If you are into the races, then there is obviously the race on you can get involved in. Or you can get creative, go and check out some art or exhibitions...
A colourful Sesame Street exhibition is heading to Melbourne Central!
Did you know that it’s been 50 years since the beloved children’s television show Sesame Street premiered? To celebrate this huge achievement, Melbourne Central is putting on a free exhibition in the space next to the Shot Tower.
The exhibition has been curated by creative director and curator Eddie Zammit, who asked 50 local and international artists to put their spin on some of the most popular Sesame Street characters. You’ll be able to see the likes of Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie and heaps more.
And its free!
Take a look at the event here: https://www.melbournecentral.com.au/what-s-happening/sesame-street-50-years-and-counting
Take to the skies inside a shipping container with this immersive sound experience!
Here's a guaranteed way to not cure your fear of flying: step inside a plane cabin recreated inside a 40-foot shipping container, don a pair of high quality binaural headphones, and plunge headfirst into complete darkness.
Flight is the latest immersive sound experience from Melbourne company Realscape Productions, the team behind the brilliantly scary Séance, which has had two successful runs in Melbourne. That experience was legitimately terrifying, conjuring up nefarious spirits inside a shipping container using nothing but cutting edge 3D sound design and some lowkey seat vibrations.
We don't know exactly what to expect from Flight, and that's part of the fun. What we do know is that the shipping container has been fitted out with seats and overhead baggage bins from a real commercial plane, adding to the authenticity of the experience. All we can really hope for is a safe landing, but judging by our Séance experience, we're not exactly optimistic.
Take a look at the event here: https://www.darkfield.com.au/flight
The New York artist's much-loved characters are taking over the NGV for summer
Even if you don't know his name, you're almost certainly familiar with Brian Donnelly's (aka KAWS) larger-than-life sculptures and paintings. Kaws take icons from cartoons and pop culture and reimagines them in vulnerable and unexpected situations. His signature? Their hands are marked with sharp crosses.
For several decades, KAWS has been one of the world's most prolific contemporary artists and his work is equally in demand with major modern art galleries as it is with brands and pop artists. He's collaborated with MTV (and redesigned their Moonman in his signature style), Nike and Uniqlo, designed album covers for Kanye West and Towa Tei, and crashed New York's Museum of Modern Art's website when they sold a limited edition KAWS action figure.
This new exhibition at the NGV (which is running at the same time as the gallery's Basquiat and Haring blockbuster) features paintings, sculptures, graphic design and product design, covering the full spectrum of his creative output. Central to the exhibition is a monumental sculpture, which is his largest work in bronze so far.
And which characters should you expect to see? Well, definitely his take on Mickey Mouse, probably The Simpsons (or 'Kimpsons' in the world of KAWS) and maybe even Spongebob.
Bringing your youngsters to the exhibition? Check out KAWS: Playtime, a brilliant interactive experience designed just for children.
Check out the event website here: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/kaws/
Connect with a stranger in this uniquely moving free experience
You know the saying, but have you ever actually done it? Walked a mile in somebody else's shoes, that is.
That's the concept behind A Mile in My Shoes, a storytelling experience that's travelled all around the world and is making its local debut on the forecourt of Arts Centre Melbourne. It's a simple enough idea – every person who visits the giant pop-up shoebox is given a stranger's shoes and an mp3 player. As you set off on a stroll in their shoes (don't worry, they clean them), you'll hear the story of the original owner of those shoes and take a moment to connect.
A Mile in My Shoes is by the Empathy Museum, an organisation that creates unique experiences to help audiences see the world through someone else's eyes. When we saw the work in Perth in 2016, we were surprised at how moving and intimate it was to give yourself over to the stranger's stories.
All together, there'll be 35 pairs of shoes in the Melbourne season, and they're all new stories collected specifically for Melbourne. So we'd recommend paying a repeat visit and seeing what you'll score in this lottery of footwear.
Its a free experience
Take a look at the event website here: https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2019/other/a-mile-in-my-shoes
This West End hit about a pioneering female scientist is having its Australian premiere at Melbourne Theatre Company
Nicole Kidman starred in the West End premiere of this play by Anna Ziegler about scientist Rosalind Franklin, who played an integral role in the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA but is often overlooked. Nadine Garner will play the role in this Australian premiere production, directed by Pamela Rabe, with a cast rounded out by Gig Clarke, Nicholas Denton, Paul Goddard, Yalin Ozucelik and Dan Spielman.
“This play finally celebrates [Franklin] and brings her to the attention of the world,” Melbourne Theatre Company artistic director Brett Sheehy says. “I think it’s a fantastic, heartbreaking, but really important story.”
View the event website here: https://www.mtc.com.au/plays-and-tickets/season-2019/photograph-51/
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