7 Arts Events Not to Miss in Australia This Month (December 2016)

There may be relaxation, holidays and many other festivities on the mind of everyone during the month of December, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out and enjoy the best the art world has to offer, here’s what we think is the best of the bunch this month!

Photo credit: Ken Leanfore.
Photo credit: Ken Leanfore.

Opera Australia’s The Opera Gala & La Bohème

New Year’s Eve is Sydney’s night really. There is an eternity of fireworks and party-times alongside the harbour.
If something a little more chilled out within the Sydney Opera House itself seems a good pre-cursor to the night of revelry, then Opera Australia has you covered. They take over both the Joan Sutherland Theatre and the Concert Hall in the Sydney Opera House to stage two sensational performances of The Opera Gala & La Bohème

Conducted by Brian Castles-Onion and hosted by Jonathan Biggins, it’s a pretty majestic way to roll in 2017.

Where: Sydney Opera House, NSW
When: News Years Eve, 2016
More info: www.opera.org.au

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Babes in the Woods: Australian Purity Defil’d

An original Australian pantomime, Babes in the Woods: Australian Purity Defil’d is playing at Sydney’s Old Fitz with some intrigue surrounding its story of an Australian wowser and the battles of power and land.

Where: Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling St (Cnr Cathedral St), Woolloomooloo, NSW
When: December 13th – 21st and then January 6th – 21st 2017
More info: http://www.redlineproductions.com.au/babes-in-the-woods

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Wonderland Festival

Brisbane’s end-of-year carnival of surprise and delight is playing to Brisbane once again with circus, burlesque, cabaret and comedy being the order of the day.

Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, B119 Lamington Street, New Farm, Qld
When:November 29th – December 13th
More info: http://brisbanepowerhouse.org/festivals/wonderland-2016/

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Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives will explore Ancient cultures meeting today’s technologies. The mysteries of mummification buried for thousands of years direct from the British Museum collection. 3D visualisation technology also features predominantly, giving us a unique insight to this adorning insight into history.

Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
When: Opens December 10th until April 2017
More info: https://maas.museum/event/egyptian-mummies-exploring-ancient-lives/

Photo Credit: Ribal Hosn
Photo Credit: Ribal Hosn

The DI$COUNT UNIVERSE: It’s-too-soon-for-a-retrospective Retrospective Exhibition

A retrospective exhibition for a fashion brand that isn’t really feeling the retrospective vibe? Well with the DI$COUNT UNIVERSE folks (aka Nadia Napreychikov and Cami James), it’s a celebration regardless, and why not? With customers like Madonna, Beyonce, Rihanna, Rita Ora, Ashanti and more from the celebrity list of celebrities, there’s a weird, bright world to this small collective of esoteric fashion from Melbourne.

Where: DI$COUNT UNIVER$E Private Gallery – 32-34 Wellington Street, Collingwood Vic
When: November 29th – December 9th
More info: http://discountuniverse.bigcartel.com/

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A–Z: Art & Objects

Combining artworks and objects from both the Adelaide Festival Centre Works of Art Collection and the Performing Arts Collection, Adelaide Festival Centre’s A–Z: Art & Objects exhibition celebrates South Australia’s rich and important visual and performing arts histories through a chosen assortment of stunning artworks and objects – all neatly categorised from A to Z.

Where: Artspace Gallery + Festival Theatre Foyer PAC Cabinets, Festival Dr, Adelaide
When: December 10th 2016 – February 4th 2017
More info: http://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/

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Em Rusciano – The Try Hard Tour

The strong, wily voice and comedic abilities of Em Rusciano have simply gone from strength to strength. This little pocket rocket of action has gone from performing small rooms at the Melbourne Comedy Festival to now this huge tour around Australia performing her latest single ‘Versions of Me’ and sharing other tidbits of her life at huge venues like the Enmore Theatre in Sydney and the Palais in Melbourne.

Where: Various venues around Australia
When: December 8th – February 10th 2017
More info: http://emrusciano.com.au/