May 05-28, 2017

Head On Photo Festival

This year’s Head On Photo Festival showcases over 800 artists across 100 venues. Festival highlights include Andrew Goldie’s “Laid Bare”, which looks at how the beach has served as a symbol of our Australian culture since early in the 20th century. However, it is a symbol traditionally dominated by good looking bronzed muscly Anglo Saxons. This exhibition will question the idea of this symbol, replacing it with the beauty of an alternative.

Apr 15 - May 21, 2017

Hard and Fast: Abstraction, Pop, Colour Field

The exhibition “Hard and Fast: Abstraction, Pop, Colour Field” at Gold Coast City Gallery features some of Australia’s most recognised artists working in abstract art. The international movement launched in the late 1950s and is known for its hard edges and lines in fast-changing times of society and culture. During the late 1950s and 1960s, international exhibitions from London and New York travelled to Sydney and Melbourne showcasing abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop and colour field painting and exposed Australian artists and audiences to new forms of contemporary art.

May 27 - Sep 03, 2017

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe

“Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe”, exclusive to the Gallery of Modern Art, is Australia’s first major Marvel exhibition and the largest ever presented in an art museum. The exhibition follows Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and their allies and adversaries from comic book to cinema screen as it explores the interconnected films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It features more than 500 artworks from Marvel’s archives and private collections, with iconic objects such as Thor’s hammer, Captain America’s shield and Iron Man’s armour.

May 25 - Jun 03, 2017

The Pearlfishers

Australia’s prima diva Emma Matthews is set to thrill Brisbane audiences when she appears in the exotic tale of jealousy and temptation in Bizet’s “The Pearlfishers”. It’s pearl diving season in colonial Ceylon and old friends Zurga and Nadir are reminiscing of a woman they both loved but who Nadir secretly pursued years ago. When the racketeer Nourabad brings a beautiful priestess to bless the fisherman, Nadir instantly recognizes her—it’s Leila, the object of his obsession. The pair meet in secret, but know their love is perilous in the face of Zurga’s jealousy and Nourabad’s fanaticism.

May 04-14, 2017

The Play That Goes Wrong

The hit English production, “The Play That Goes Wrong”, is playing at QPAC. The comic play introduces The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society which is attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery. As the title suggests, everything that can go wrong does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call. Described as “Fawlty Towers” meeting “Noises Off”, the play is renowned for its highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and slapstick delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring.

May 01 - Aug 06, 2017

Kinky Boots

The new musical “Kinky Boots” is now playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Based on the movie starring Joel Edgerton and inspired by a true story, “Kinky Boots” takes you on a hilarious journey from a working class shoe factory to the runways of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to save the family shoe business and live up to his father’s expectations. Determined to keep the factory from bankruptcy, Charlie meets a fashionable new friend who gives him an outrageous idea that could change both of their destinies.

May 26 - Jun 17, 2017

Vivid LIVE

Vivid LIVE 2017 presents a spectacular array of artists performing at the Sydney Opera House. Don’t miss folk-rockers Fleet Foxes, electronic masters AIR, Australia’s own Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker), singer songwriter Laura Marling and singer Beth Orton. The Avalanches are also hosting a “Since I Left You” Block Party featuring DJ Shadow, Briggs and Sampa The Great. Various venues at Sydney Opera House. 9250 7777. sydneyoperahouse.com/vividlive 

May 26 - Jun 17, 2017

Vivid Sydney

Vivid is Sydney’s annual festival of lights, music and ideas. The festival runs for three weeks and encompasses cutting-edge music, vibrant light displays, art installations, and some of the world’s best creative minds. Vivid Light is the brightest part of the program and draws huge crowds into the city. Buildings are illuminated throughout the city, Circular Quay and The Rocks, including the iconic lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails. vividsydney.com

May 04-26, 2017

Opera Australia's "Carmen"

Opera Australia is performing John Bell’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen”. Set against crumbling, monumental colonial architecture, Bell’s production brings obsessions and love to the stage through traditional Spanish dance and a touch of contemporary breakdancing. The opera features Havana-inspired bright colours, fluorescent piñata horses, cobblestone grounds and for a complete contrast, a red combi van.

May 01 - Jun 11, 2017

Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition

The 2017 Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition sees the works of 90 contemporary Australian artists displayed in Toorak Village shop windows and on the sidewalks. The sculptures are made from mediums including copper, clay, paper, steel, marble, mosaic, bronze, wood and found objects. They include life sized sculptures like Lucy Mceachern’s “Australian Black Swan”, David Waters “Shell Koala” and the tiny bronze cicada called “March” by Lana Thymian. Joining these new works are the eight permanent sculptures purchased by the Toorak Village businesses from previous shows.

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