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Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act
There's a good chance you don't know Haroon Mirza's name just yet, but the London-based artist is making a huge impression overseas with his artworks, which combine installation, electricity and a frequently startling use of sound. This exhibition is Mirza's first solo show in Australia, and will utilise all of ACCA's gallery spaces as one giant musical instrument. From there, other artists will be invited into the space to collaborate. Read our interview with Mirza about all you'll experience in the exhibition.
Where to enjoy the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne
On Saturday, September 28 the last siren on of the AFL season will ring out across the hallowed grounds of the MCG. No matter who wins, Grand Final Day is always one of the most exciting days of the year for Melbourne, with even non-supporters keen to join in the city-wide celebrations. Of course the city’s bars and hotels are keen to get in on the action too, with a stack of special offers and packages available for those who want to watch the big game in style. Here are eight places to enjoy the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne.
For some people, cars are a means to get from A to B. For others, cars are feats of engineering: intricate and beautiful machines that are mechanical works of art. If you're of the later persuasion, or leaning that way, then you'll be gratified to learn that for three days this October (11-13), Melbourne will be home to an exhibition of rare, vintage and collectible cars when Motorclassica comes to the Royal Exhibition Building. Motorclassica is Australia’s only internationally significant exhibition of cars and motorcycles. More than a car show, the three-day event showcases luxury vehicles from across the decades and has lined up a terrific program to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Even before Motorclassica officially kicks off the celebrations will begin on October 10 with Tour Classica – a parade of elegant heritage cars from Alexandra Gardens to Royal Exhibition Building, where they’ll assemble for the show. Other highlights of Motorclassica include the Australian International Concours d’Elegance (the annual awards for rare and classic cars with estimated 140 entrants expected for 2019) and a heritage number plate auction – last year $525,000 changed hands for one number plate alone (the Victorian ‘911’ plate). Visitors to Motorclassica will also be able to watch automotive artisans at work at the restoration theatre; see tributes to Bentley, Alvis, Citroën, Abarth and Mini; get behind the wheel with a vehicle test drive; and relax in style in the VIP Lounge.
Our top picks of the Melbourne Fringe Festival
This year marks a new evolution for Melbourne's expansive Fringe Festival (Sep 12-29), which is packed with around 450 performances, exhibitions and events. After 20 years based in North Melbourne, Fringe is moving its hub to Trades Hall, which will be buzzing with art for the full three week program. We know as well as anybody that the Fringe program can be overwhelming. If you don't know where to start, here are some of our faves. You can check out the full program on the website. Only into comedy, cabaret or dance? Sort by section on the site and you'll find individual genres. RECOMMENDED: How to score cheap theatre tickets and the best art exhibitions in Melbourne this month.