Best things to do in Melbourne in September
Body Worlds: Vital is an exhibition that will help you better understand your body and the way it works. An educational exhibit about human anatomy, it features 150 real human bodies, which have been 'plastinated' and put on display. There are whole bodies, individual organs and transparent 'body slices' that demonstrate the human body in all its forms – healthy, diseased and everywhere in between. All of the specimens have been voluntarily donated for this express purpose, and the process of donation has been thoroughly documented.
We know Melbourne is sick for a dumpling, which is why the Oriental Teahouse's first Dumpling Degustation went bananas. Happily for anyone who missed out last time, the dumpling house is doing it all again at its Chapel Street location. This is not a drill – it's a six-course dumpling degustation. The degustation will include traditional flavours like chilli prawn coriander shu mai and chilli and kaffir lime wagyu beef dumpling served with in-house chilli sauce, along with more modern and adventurous varities, like tea- smoked duck breast and Long jing tea soup and flame thrower pulled pork dumplings. For the sweet tooths, there will be a dessert dumpling of lychee and red bean dumpling with coconut shavings & palm sugar sauce. The degustation is $55, or $85 with matched wines and sake. After dinner, head upstairs to digest over drinks at the 1930’s Shanghai-themed bar, Zhou Zhou. But first, book those tickets. You don't want to be the kid holding the empty steamer basket.
A cheap plastic keyboard mightn't make a particularly impressive sound, but you'd be amazed what happens when 100 of them join forces. That's the sonic experience Japanese sound artist Asuna conjures up in this site-specific work being performed at the Substation as part of Melbourne Festival.
MC Skepta is widely considered a pioneer of UK grime and has become one of the genre’s heavyweight champions. The Boy Better Know indie music label founder has been making music for over a decade and now he’s heading to Australia to perform one bass-heavy debut at the Forum. Fans can expect to hear singles ‘Shutdown’ and ‘That’s Not Me’ from his fourth album Konnichiwa, as well as his cutting lyrical commentary on the British socio-political climate across his ten-year discography.
This September, the MSO will be performing the award-winning music of Final Fantasy, one of the most popular video game franchises in the world. The event will take place at Hamer Hall and will celebrate the atmospheric work of composers Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu who composed the music from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X. The centrepiece of the concert will be a 45-minute symphony based on Final Fantasy VII, as well as a stirring performance of the piano concerto from Final Fantasy X, performed by pianist Katharina Treutler who previously recorded the piece with the London Symphony Orchestra.
To put it lightly, this is huge. Melbourne is the (temporary) home of masterpieces by Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Mark Rothko... the list goes on. They're on loan from New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Many of these works have never been seen in Australia before, and the exhibition is exclusive to Melbourne, taking up the entire ground floor of NGV International.
Last year, dance had a major presence in Melbourne Festival's program, thanks to Wayne McGregor's contemporary ballet Tree of Codes. That trend will continue in 2018: a dance and music hybrid opera telling the story of the tragic romance of Layla and Majnun. The story is perhaps the Middle East's best-known love story.
Wonderland is a highly interactive and immersive journey through Alice in Wonderland's many incarnations in pop culture over the years, from Lewis Carroll's original texts to countless adaptations. The exhibition begins with the earliest moving image adaptations of Carroll’s three Alice stories, and moves chronologically through each major work. The result is an exploration of the evolution of film, as Alice graduates from silent film into animation, live-action cinema, CGI, 3D and video games.
You may well think the world has seen plenty of Hamlet on stage, but British performer Dickie Beau is offering an entirely fresh look at the lives and experiences of the actors who've played the Great Dane. Using video and lip-sync performance, Beau channels the Hamlets of years gone by to explore how theatre lives or dies in our memories.
The NGV's Friday Nights series is back for another round, and this time they’re pairing a string of gigs alongside masterpieces from the Big Apple in MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art. Few things go hand-in-hand like music and art, and NGV Friday Nights’ set-up is the best way to take in the latest NGV exhibition while enjoying the best in local and international acts. NGV Friday Nights includes after-hours entry to the MoMA exhibition, local DJs and access to food and drinks.
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