‘Bruce Munro: Tropical Light’ is the first major event for the tropical summer. It is a 2.5km outdoor exhibition featuring 8 spectacular illuminated sculptures by world renowned artist, Bruce Munro. The exhibition is Bruce Munro’s first city-wide exhibition in the world with the collection reflecting the artist’s personal history of visiting Australia and the Northern Territory. The exhibition is free to view and is connected by a self-guided path to wander along with each piece intended to inspire interest during the day though hold their special significance when they illuminate each night at 7pm. ‘Tropical Light’ will open 1 November 2019 and run fr 6 months closing on 30 April 2020.
The Art Gallery of South Australia is the place to be on the first Friday of every month. Check out the latest exhibitions, hear great talks from artists and unwind to live music in the Courtyard.
All your favourite Play School characters are sailing in to the Maritime Museum this December for an exhibition that brings all your childhood memories alive! Take a cardboard box, a paper hat, a whole lot of imagination, and you can be sailing the high seas, tackling mythical sea creatures as an explorer, a pirate or the captain of your own ship. This is the kind of creative learning and fun that the iconic Australian TV show Play School has offered for more than fifty years. To celebrate, a landmark exhibition marking the program’s milestone 50th birthday is coming to South Australia and will be exclusively at the Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide. This exhibition is free with general museum admission. Happy Birthday Playschool: Celebrating 50 Years is a travelling exhibition from the National Maritime of Australia developed in collaboration with the ABC.
Tickets for the Australian premiere season of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been flying out the Princess Theatre’s door since they went on sale in July last year. So you’re probably thinking you’ll need to book months and months in advance to score the best seats in the house, right? That’s generally true, but for those of us without the patience to wait half a year (and those of us who don’t have ready access to a time turner), there’s now a new way to get great tickets. The show’s producers have announced details of a digital ticket lottery, which will allow fans to score tickets for just $40 per part (so $80 for the full, two-part epic). The program is known as “Friday Forty” and is modelled on the lottery run for both the West End and Broadway productions of the show. There will be a minimum of 40 tickets available through the lottery for each performance, and while you can’t guarantee where those seats will be, producers are promising they’re some of the best in the theatre. Our favourite thing about Friday Forty? It’s a digital lottery, so you don’t even have to line up at the theatre, and can enter every week from anywhere you’ve got an internet connection. Here’s how it works: Entries are open from 12:01AM every Monday of the show’s season until 1am Friday. You can either enter at the official Cursed Child website or on the TodayTix app. The winners will be drawn at 1pm each Friday, and if you’re lucky enough to be selected you can purchase up to two tickets to performances the following week. There’s a maximum of two tickets per transaction, so we’d recommend you double your chances by finding a loyal friend and both entering the lottery each week. The first lottery is open now, so get your entry in and your Felix Felicis potion at the ready! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at the Princess Theatre from January 18 and booking through until December 1.
Summer blockbusters and cult classics hit the Botanic Gardens this summer There’s nothing quite like a film under the stars in the evening cool of the Botanic Gardens. Settle back with friends and family for a movie this summer at Moonlight Cinema. The alfresco theatre has announced its dates for the 2019-2020 summer season, with films running from Thursday, November 28 until Sunday, March 29. Punters can expect a mix of acclaimed Oscar hopefuls, kids’ favourites, festive faves and retro screenings to satisfy the nostalgic urges. There will be screenings of the Elton John biopic Rocketman, JLo’s star turn in Hustlers, a 20th anniversary screening of The Matrix, Joaquin Phoenix’s thrilling Joker, Stephen King’s Dr Sleep, Disney blockbuster Frozen 2, the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as well as Pulp Fiction, Love Actually, Dirty Dancing and Die Hard. You can check out the full program here. As always, the Moonlight Cinema food truck and bar can supply you with comestibles, but you’re welcome to BYO food and drinks, too. A pop-up Tia Maria bar will even be serving Espresso Martinis (essential for long movies) and Tia Popcorn Frappés. Those looking to splurge can opt for the gold grass experience where you’ll sloth out on bean bag beds with a premium view of the big screen. You don’t even have to get up for movie snacks or drinks as waiters will happily take your order. Screenings kick off at sundown (around 8.45pm from December to February and 8.15pm in March) and tickets range from $18-$40.
Big things come in small packages as Melbourne Museum goes miniature Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be like Alice and eat something to become huge, or drink something to become tiny? What would the world look like to a giant? What does it look like to a cat? You can find out at Melbourne Museum’s Mini Mega Model Museum, which plays with scale in more than 300 objects displayed in tiny and oversized galleries. There are model specimens to examine in the Zoomological Laboratory, hyper-realistic wax food in the life-sized cafeteria to play with and a fully furnished mini-mansion to pore over. The mini-mansion took more than 40 years to create, and museum visitors could spend hours appreciating every tiny detail. Kids can learn about model making and try their hand during the Mini Mega Makers Workshop. And for some very large-scale critters, have a stroll through the museum’s Dinosaur Walk.
Cool down with a view: the Melbourne Star’s summer beach boxes are back What could be a better summertime activity than taking a 30-minute flight in Melbourne Star’s cool, temperature-controlled cabin? This summer, Melbourne Star’s cabins will become pop-up summer beach boxes featuring pool toys, refreshments and a blissfully cool temperature controlled space 120 meters above Melbourne. During this flight, you’ll also enjoy 360-degree views of the port, towards Melbourne CBD and all the way out to the shores of Mornington Peninsula. By nighttime, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset with views of the city along with audio commentary playing in the background, revealing the hidden stories and history of the viewable landmarks. Summer Beach Box bookings also include a cheese platter and a complimentary drink for each guest. The Summer Beach Box experience is available daily from 11.30am to 8.30pm, until February 29, 2020. Bookings must be made five days in advance The flight starts at $29 per person for a group of eight or $200 for an intimate two-person flight.
WHALE WATCHING IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA Learn the Language of the Whales™ via the live onboard commentary as they communicate with each other both visually and by sound. This 5 Star Whale Watching Experience will not only show you the whales but also educate you in why they have grown from near extinction in 1962 to over 35,000 today, the largest humpback family in the world, right here in Perth, Augusta, Busselton and Margaret River, Western Australia. Western Australia provides the opportunity to sight wild Orca and Blue Whales, the only location in Australia and one of very few places in the world you can be guaranteed to sight these elusive species! Also home to the largest Humpback migration on the planet and host to the endangered Southern Right Whale nursery grounds.
Help raise funds for conservation while listening to big-name musicians under the stars We’d be lion if we said that Zoo Twilights wasn’t our summer highlight. The concert series kicks off in January and attracts some pretty big names in music. Kicking things off on January 24 is Aussie duo Confidence Man supported by party starters Wax’o Paradiso. The next night audiences will be treated to a special performance from Iva Davies and Aussie music royalty Icehouse. Influential Jamaican reggae troup Toots and the Maytals will also hit the stage this summer, as well as a run of Aussie favourites like Missy Higgins, the Cat Empire, Methyl Ethel, Meg Mac and Julia Jacklin. ‘I’m Not in Love’ singers 10cc are also gracing the line-up, as is UK art pop pioneers Stereolab. Randy Newman, whose inescapably hummable ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ anchors the Toy Story film series, will hit the stage as part of his Australian tour. The festival will close on Saturday, March 7 with a performance from living legend and soul king Mavis Staples. Topping the line-up, of course, are the Zoo’s wild residents. All proceeds from the Zoo Twilights summer concert series will be going back towards the zoo’s conservation work, including work to save the critically endangered mountain-pygmy possum from extinction. No Zoo Twilights night is complete without a gourmet picnic – pre-order a hamper with your tickets or check out the Taste of Twilights food zone on the night for street eats from some of Melbourne’s best food trucks. Zoo Twilights tickets also include exclusive zoo entry from 5.30-7pm before the show (Zoo Twilights tickets do not include entry to the zoo prior to 5.30pm). See the full line-up below: Fri Jan 24 – Confidence Man, supported by Wax’o Paradiso Sat Jan 25 – Icehouse, with special guests Fri Jan 31 – Toots and The Maytals, supported by Systa BB Sat Feb 1 – An Evening With Randy Newman Fri Feb 7 – Missy Higgins, supported by William Crighton Fri Feb 14 – The Cat Empire, supported by Emily Wurramara Fri Feb 21 – 10cc, supported by Russell Morris Sat Feb 22 – Methyl Ethel, supported by Hatchie Fri Feb 28 – Julia Jacklin, supported by Weyes Blood Sat Feb 29 – Meg Mac, supported by Fergus James Fri Mar 6 – Stereolab, supported by Mildlife Sat Mar 7 – Mavis Staples, supported by Emma Donovan and The Putbacks
Walk across a vast, rocky riverbed created by Olafur Eliasson; see predator and prey gather to drink together from Cai Guo-Qiang’s brilliant blue waterhole; gaze at Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s snowman frozen in Brisbane’s summer heat; traverse a cloud of suspended gymnastic rings in a participatory artwork by William Forsythe; view the tidal currents rise and fall around Angela Tiatia; reflect on the cultural traditions of bodies of water, including the Brisbane River, with Judy Watson; and on the long history of our reliance on water through Megan Cope’s re-created midden. When ‘Water’ opens this summer at GOMA, visitors are invited to explore this vital element which sustains all forms of life on Earth. From major immersive experiences to smaller-scale treasures by Australian and international artists, the exhibition will highlight this precious resource and spark conversations about the environmental and social challenges we face today.
Surfest is the largest surfing festival in Australia.The best professional male and female surfers in the world travel to Newcastle, NSW to compete for the much cherished Mark Richards ‘MR’ trophy on Merewether Beach, Newcastle. Surfest is also very proud to support the growth of Pro Junior surfing in Australia.
Visit the Art Gallery of WA (AGWA) during the school holidays and PLAY with Horizontal Geometries, FIND hexagons on the ceiling, DISCOVER stories of the building, DRAW your breath, LISTEN to your feelings and SHARE ideas. Conversations with Rain | FREE | Ongoing Collect your FREE interactive Unlocking Imagination journal and pencil from the front desk and let it lead you on a responsive journey through the Gallery. A shared family experience for all ages! Learn more about the Conversations with Rain program. Imagination Room – Horizontal Geometries | FREE | Until 10 February 2020 Join us in the Imagination Room and PLAY with pattern, shape and colour to create your own evolving installation of hexagons, conceived by WA artist Eveline Kotai. All ages welcome! Then visit WA Now Breathing Pattern and explore the patterns and colours Eveline Kotai uses in her own work. Dreaming in Concrete | FREE | Until 17 February 2020 HOW MANY HEXAGONS CAN YOU FIND IN THE AGWA BUILDING? Visit Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete to find some clues! That Seventies Feeling | FREE | Until 9 March 2020 Enjoy the rich colours and large scale paintings in That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern exhibition. This exhibition is all about FEELINGS. Spend some time in front of different paintings and notice how they make you feel. Does the feeling change the longer you look? Artmaking Workshop | Take a Chance | 8 & 17 January 2020 Allow the curious mind to take a chance. Go on a journey to explore the artmaking process in response to works from That Seventies Feeling. Follow your curiosity, play games of chance, explore unexpected combinations of shape and colour, respond to sounds and feelings, and create a treasured work of art from recycled materials to take home with you! Click here to purchase tickets. For more information on these activities please visit artgallery.wa.gov.au/learn/children-and-families.