Melbourne Festival

2014 Melbourne Festival program announced

Melbourne Festival

Last night the 2014 Melbourne Festival program was revealed with a daring and surprising line-up that will see the city come alive with vibrant performances. This annual celebration of Melbourne’s art and culture will include close to 100 events, works from artists from 23 different countries and will run across more than 30 venues throughout…


Melbourne Festival TV

Tuesday 30 October, 9.30pm

Every week in October, STUDIO will be capturing all the hype, jaw-dropping performances and innovative artworks of Melbourne Festival 2012. Don’t miss the next installment on Tuesday evening. You can catch up on the excitement and view previous episodes here.


The 2012 Melbourne Festival Official Opening Night Tonight


The 2012 Melbourne Festival kicks off this week, bringing the city to life with exceptional performances, exhibitions and events. For 17 days in October, theatres, galleries, and streets will be filled with ‘a kaleidoscope of exhilarating events, both home-grown and from around the world, hand-picked by Artistic Director Brett Sheehy to satisfy all tastes’. This…


Win tickets to Never Did Me Any Harm at Melbourne Festival (COMPETITION CLOSED)


Force Majeure and Sydney Theatre Company unite for a stunning dance theatre work – Never Did Me Any Harm. Inspired by Christos Tsiolkas’ best-selling novel The Slap, this performance melds dance theatre, incredible lighting and dialogue taken from real-life interviews, into a beautiful and captivating story. Choreographer Kate Champion offers a fascinating look at the…


Never Did Me Any Harm

Monday 29 October, 8.30pm

Striking a chord with audiences throughout Sydney Festival 2012, this bold production from Force Majeure and Sydney Theatre Company uses real stories in an exposé of contemporary family life in Australia. Award-winning director and choreographer Kate Champion uses dance, lighting and text to illuminate what goes on behind closed doors, drawing inspiration from Christos Tsiolkas’…


The 2012 Melbourne International Arts Festival program has launched


Last night, the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2012 program was officially launched. This year’s festival is looking better than ever, as Artistic Director Brett Sheehy unveils the line-up for his last year as festival director. Acts from around Australia and the world will be heading to Melbourne in October for 17 days to surprise and…


Josephine Ridge Heads Up Melbourne Festival 2013

Josephine Ridge

As Brett Sheehy’s term as Artistic Director of Melbourne Festival comes to an end with this year’s event, the question of who will replace him has been hot on everyone’s lips. This week the Festival announced that Josephine Ridge, current Executive Director of Sydney Festival, would be taking on the role. During her time at…


Track List – notes from the hard road and beyond

notes from the hard road and beyond brought together a star-studded cast to perform protest songs from throughout the ages. See full track list below.   Which Side Are You On – Lou Bennett with Shane Howard & Paul Dempsey I Was Only Nineteen – John Schumann with Shane Howard I Am Woman –  Joss…


Emmanuel Jal: War Child

Emmanuel Jal

Born into the life of a child soldier in Sudan, Emmanuel Jal survived unbelievable struggles to emerge as a world-acclaimed hip-hop artist, spreading a message of peace and understanding. In this clip, filmed at notes from the hard road and beyond, he performs War Child, his exploration of the life of a child soldier. See…


Mavis Staples: Freedom Highway

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The closing night concert of Melbourne Festival 2011, notes from the hard road and beyond, brought together some of the world’s finest performers for a night of protest songs. Gospel icon Mavis Staples was joined onstage by members of The Black Arm Band to perform Freedom Highway, a Staples Singers hit that would become an…


Joss Stone: People Get Ready

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Filmed at notes from the hard road and beyond, Joss Stone applies her soul groove to The Impressions hit, People Get Ready. See more clips of the extraordinary protest songs filmed on the night here, or catch the television premiere on STUDIO on Friday 25 November at 8.30pm.


Joss Stone and Paul Dempsey: Throw Your Arms Around Me

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In this duet, soul singer Joss Stone and Something for Kate’s Paul Dempsey perform a beautiful rendition of the Hunters and Collectors classic, Throw You Arms Around Me. Filmed live at the closing night concert of Melbourne Festival 2011, notes from the hard road and beyond. Watch more clips including Joss Stone performing People Get…


Soundtrack of a Revolution: YouTube Playlist

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The closing night of Melbourne Festival 2011, notes from the hard road and beyond, brought together some of the world’s biggest performers to sing protest songs from throughout the ages. Before you watch the world television premiere of the concert on STUDIO, relive all the original performances from the likes of Bob Dylan, Green Day…


I Believe…

Friday 25 November, 8.30pm
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At the closing night concert of Melbourne Festival 2011, guests enjoyed a spectacular tribute to the lives and voices that changed the course of human history. notes from the hard road and beyond was a celebration of music of protest, rebellion, love and hope and featured the incredible Mavis Staples, Joss Stone and Something for…


FESTIVAL TV: Angels and Demons Take Over Melbourne


They’re the talk of Melbourne – Giant black cherubic demon sculptures with bat wings and reptilian tails, dotted around the city. Festival TV explores one of the highlights of Melbourne Festival, ‘Angels-Demons. Parade’, created by irreverent Russian powerhouse art collective AES+F. Watch as the six-metre tall cherubic demons transform the city into a large-scale playground….



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Australia’s own Tom Tom Crew is a rhythmic collision of acrobatics, hip-hop and percussion. With gravity-defying manoeuvres, beat boxing, break dancing and contortion, you will want to run away with this adrenaline filled circus. In this Festival TV ArtBreak the group warm up for their Melbourne Festival performances (4-23 Oct, Forum Theatre) and chat about…


FESTIVAL TV: Melbourne Festival Opening Night

The Manganiyar Seduction

The Opening Night of Melbourne International Arts Festival 2011 saw an exciting mix of events held all over the city. In this STUDIO Festival TV piece, hear from audience members who were moved, excited and amazed by what they saw and see a sneak-peek of some of the highlights of the festival.


FESTIVAL TV: Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

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What happens when actors with perceived intellectual disabilities devise and perform a theatre piece? Meet the talented performers and watch the show come together as Festival TV explores the new work by Back To Back Theatre. Named Ganesh and the Third Reich, it’s set to be one of Melbourne Festival’s most talked-about shows. It follows…