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"We were all sent home and had no work": How Melbourne creatives are getting through 2020
News

"We were all sent home and had no work": How Melbourne creatives are getting through 2020

In a year of cancelled shows, productions on pause and hardly any work in sight, we spoke to three members of Melbourne’s performing arts industry share how they’re getting by.  

Our top picks of the Melbourne Fringe Festival
Theatre

Our top picks of the Melbourne Fringe Festival

Fringe leaps (largely) online for a festival like no other.   

The NGV Triennial has announced its 2020 dates
News

The NGV Triennial has announced its 2020 dates

The NGV Triennial will run from December 19 to April 18, 2021, showcasing 86 thought-provoking, eye-widening works from more than 100 artists.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is postponed til 2021
Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is postponed til 2021

If you hold tickets for performances for affected performances, you'll be automatically moved to a new date.

Melbourne Theatre Company has created a series of audio dramas
News

Melbourne Theatre Company has created a series of audio dramas

Enjoy the dramatic arts remotely. 

The latest movie reviews

Happiest Season
Film

Happiest Season

Kristen Stewart shines in this adorable festive rom-com with a queer focus

Mank
Film

Mank

Is Citizen Kane the greatest movie ever made? This is certainly the greatest film about making Citizen Kane  

Monsoon
Film

Monsoon

Henry Golding plays a gay British-Vietnamese man exploring his past in this aching drama

Pinocchio
Film

Pinocchio

Matteo Garrone’s live action take is a lot more more faithful than the Disney animation, maybe too much so

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Movie-going in Melbourne

The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne
Film

The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne

Outdoor cinemas are allowed to reopen, with restrictions, just in time for warmer weather. Are you keen for a classic garden cinema experience? Or what about an inner-city rooftop? You could even catch a film by the beach. These are our top choices of alfresco cinema in Melbourne. While you're planning your summer adventures, check out our favourite places to swim, or just stay socially distanced in your car at our favourite drive-ins. RECOMMENDED: What to do if it rains at an outdoor cinema.

Fed Square film screenings
Film

Fed Square film screenings

Get into the holiday spirit with free screenings of some favourite family films at Federation Square. The precinct is screening two all-ages films every weekend in the lead up to Christmas, including recent hits and nostalgic gems. This year the program features films like Hugo, Instant Family, Daddy's Home, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and the Christmastime classic, It's a Wonderful Life.  Screenings are free to enjoy, though we advise your bring a picnic blanket or something to sit on. Guests should also sign in on arrival and adhere to all social distancing guidelines while in attendance.  

The best TV shows and movies to stream this month
Film

The best TV shows and movies to stream this month

If we’ve learned anything from two lockdowns, it’s that we all need something to look forward to. Thankfully, it’s nice to escape into a book, a movie or a television show every once in a while to give our minds a break from real life. So, here are a few things coming to Australian streaming providers in August.  Looking for other things to occupy your time? Here's everything you can do at home right now. 

Tenet review
Film

Tenet review

As with Inception and Interstellar, it’s a movie designed to be unpacked over multiple viewings and maybe a podcast or two

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
These drive-in cinemas near Melbourne have reopened
Film

These drive-in cinemas near Melbourne have reopened

Park yourself in front of the screen, tune into the FM broadcast and enjoy your movie in a safe, physically distanced location.

The best art in Melbourne

The NGV Triennial returns to Melbourne
News

The NGV Triennial returns to Melbourne

The hotly anticipated NGV Triennial will return this summer, with the gallery announcing the dates for the second edition of the colossal exhibition.

Big Weather
Art

Big Weather

Big Weather comes to the NGV Ian Potter Centre in October to explore Australia's weather.

TarraWarra Museum of Art wants you to write about the pandemic for a new art project
News

TarraWarra Museum of Art wants you to write about the pandemic for a new art project

TarraWarra Museum of Art is calling on all Victorians to submit written works as part of a new participatory work.

McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery has launched an online wellbeing series
News

McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery has launched an online wellbeing series

Inspired Minds is an art and wellbeing series developed by the park in collaboration with mental health experts the Mind Room.

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The best theatre and dance in Melbourne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is postponed till 2021
Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is postponed till 2021

If you hold tickets for performances for affected performances, you'll be automatically moved to a new date.  

MTC has cancelled the remainder of its 2020 season
News

MTC has cancelled the remainder of its 2020 season

Arts Centre Melbourne’s spire has been lit yellow as a sign of hope
News

Arts Centre Melbourne’s spire has been lit yellow as a sign of hope

It will shine every night until Arts Centre Melbourne reopens.  

Melbourne Theatre Company has created a series of audio dramas
News

Melbourne Theatre Company has created a series of audio dramas

Wistfully thinking of the good old days at the theatre? Us too. In the meantime, enjoy these MTC audio dramas from MTC.

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Your guide to art in Melbourne

The best art galleries in Melbourne
Art

The best art galleries in Melbourne

Take in blockbuster exhibitions, local shows and state-of-the-art installations at Melbourne's best galleries

The best free art galleries in Melbourne
Art

The best free art galleries in Melbourne

Because getting up close to world-class art shouldn't cut a healthy slice out of your salary

Where to find the best street art in Melbourne
Art

Where to find the best street art in Melbourne

The street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping

Time Out's guide to Aboriginal art
Art

Time Out's guide to Aboriginal art

Many visitors want to take away a piece of Indigenous art as a souvenir, but it’s not quite that simple

Bluffer's guide to contemporary art
Art

Bluffer's guide to contemporary art

From Duchamp and Warhol, contemporary art can take a fair bit of untangling

The best music in Melbourne

A love letter to the Corner Hotel pole: a pillar of Melbourne's live music scene
News

A love letter to the Corner Hotel pole: a pillar of Melbourne's live music scene

I miss you, even if you're a pain in the arse most of the time

Sidney Myer Free Concerts

Sidney Myer Free Concerts

Some people like to go for a swim on a warm summer evening; some people like to listen to symphonies.

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Melbourne Music Week will take place over three months this summer
News

Melbourne Music Week will take place over three months this summer

Melbourne Music Week has stuck to its commitment to run this year, despite the barrage of curveballs hurled at it.

Falls Festival has been cancelled this year
News

Falls Festival has been cancelled this year

The annual music and arts festival has been running since 1993

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