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The White Hat Review of Victrian Opera's production of The Cunning Little Vixen

20 Things to do in Melbourne on a Monday

Events, attractions & activities added (or details altered) in the week beginning Monday 20th March 2017:

These listings can be found on various pages throughout the White Hat web site.

The Coronation of Poppea

Lyric Opera’s bold re-imagining of Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea - a bloodthirsty baroque drama in which love triumphs, but at what cost?

This dangerous and sexy production tells the tale of the beautiful Poppea as she convinces Emperor Nero to abandon his wife, destroy his friends and crown her Empress. This is opera up close and personal.
With a cast of singing actors led by Rebecca Rashleigh in the title role, Nick Jones as Emperor Nero and Caroline Vercoe as his scorned Empress Ottavia.
This full-length bloodthirsty drama will be directed by Tyran Parke, leading an exceptional Melbourne creative team including Rob Sowinski, Bryn Cullen and Dann Barber.  Music Direction is by Lyric's Artistic Director Pat Miller, leading an eclectic ensemble fused of period and modern instruments. 

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English
Three hours, including one interval

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Hokusai is the first major presentation in Australia of one of Japan’s most influential, prolific and everlastingly popular artists, Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849).  An influential master of Japanese manga and a self-proclaimed ‘drawing maniac’, Hokusai produced a body of work comprising some of the most recognisable and reproduced images in the history of Asian art, most notably ‘The great wave’.

Spanning the artist’s entire career, Hokusai includes more than 170 works by the artist, comprising woodblock prints, rare paintings on silk never-before-seen in Australia and hand-printed manga (illustrated books).

Produced in a landmark international collaboration between the NGV and the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum (JUM), which houses the world’s largest and oldest collection of traditional Japanese woodblock prints, the exhibition includes the complete sets of Hokusai’s five career-defining series – all produced by the artist during his seventies and rarely on display in their totality – including Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, 1830–34, which features his iconic work The great wave off Kanagawa, c. 1830.

The exhibition also features all fifteen editions of The Hokusai Manga, the artist’s irreverent homage to Japanese humorous illustrations, which had an indelible impact on the development of contemporary manga in Japan and positioned Hokusai as a pioneer of the popular form.

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Gertrude Street Projection Festival

Commencing in 2007 the Gertrude Street Projection Festival has grown to become  one of inner Melbourne’s most visible and accessible free large scale arts festival. The festival celebrates projection art and lets us see familiar spaces and buildings in new, inspired ways. It’s a collaborative, volunteer effort of artists and traders, residents and community groups all brought together by The Gertrude Projection Association.

For 10 evenings in July and in over 38 sites, the length of Gertrude Street in Fitzroy is illuminated by the visions of talented projections artists for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Buildings, laneways, footpaths and tree trunks light up with site-specific, curated projections. The Festival’s diverse arts program celebrates and connects our diverse community.

White Hat can thoroughly recommend the festival as a showcase of the edgy, arty inner suburbs. more info >>

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Nite Art

50+ artists open their doors to the public once a year in the city and close by.

Full information at Nite Art

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Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie

Australian conductor Simone Young AM will bring together Australia’s finest musicians from the international stage and Australia’s finest pre-professional musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) for one spectacular performance of Messiaen’s mammoth Turangalîla-Symphonie. Featuring soloists Timothy Young, piano and Jacob Abela, ondes Martenot

Messiaen’s Turangalîla is both a monumental symphony and a virtuosic piano concerto, an epic symphonic 'love song' demanding the full commitment of over one hundred orchestral musicians. Turangalîla is considered one of the most important pieces of the 20th century and is scored for a huge orchestra, with multiple percussionists, brass, winds and a virtuosic piano solo which will be performed by Timothy Young and featuring Jacob Abela on the electronic ondes Martenot.

The performance will be the culmination of a unique artistic collaboration between the Australian World Orchestra and ANAM where Australia’s next generation of musical talent are mentored by Australia’s finest musicians from both home and abroad.

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Melbourne Museum - Free monthly talk - Reel History: A Look at Life Through Motion Film

Motion film is one of the most pervasive media we have for portraying life. We are all, in one way or another, influenced by the moving image through cinema, television, the internet and the smart phone. Museums Victoria has a rich collection of film, categorized as home movies, scientific recordings, and film of industry and significant historical events. This lecture will highlight the role of non-fiction film as ‘storyteller’.

The three speakers in this lecture will present segments from a selection of film, including one of the earliest extant ethnographic films made. Each of the films embodies a story, made unique by the medium used to create it. In this sense film is a powerful means of creating, preserving and sharing our history. This lecture is an opportunity to view excerpts of film from the collections which has only recently become accessible as an outcome of the Museum’s audio-visual digitisation program. These include: An Arrernte Welcoming Party, Alice Springs, 1901; A Trip to Hermannsburg and Central Australia, 1939; Kodak Australasia footage, Melbourne, 1960s. 


  • Dr Philip Batty, Senior Curator of Anthropology in the Humanities Department, Museums Victoria.
  • Lorenzo Iozzi, Senior Collection Manager of the History & Technology images collections in the Humanities Department, Museums Victoria.
  • Fiona Kinsey, Senior Curator of Images & Image Making, in the Humanities Department, Museums Victoria

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Melbourne Museum - Free monthly talk - Preparing to Roam the Dome: Stories from the Royal Exhibition Building

Looking out at Melbourne from the Royal Exhibition Building’s dome promenade was an experience enjoyed by thousands of Melburnians in the nineteenth century. Learn about the forthcoming Protection and Promotion project, which will reinstate the dome experience for a new generation.

Hear from one of the project architects and the curator as they reveal the conservation and other works involved in enabling access to the dome. Then journey through the rich and eclectic history of the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, with stories from some of the objects that will form part of the interpretative experience for the project.


  • Michelle Stevenson is Senior Curator of Politics & Society at Museums Victoria. She is passionate about history and enjoys exploring new ways of connecting objects, stories and the community.
  • Anne Marie Treweeke is an Associate Director at Lovell Chen Architects and Heritage Consultants. She has over 20 years’ experience as an architect and master planner, delivering award-winning projects in heritage contexts.

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Melbourne Museum - Free monthly talk - The Astronomical Lantern Slide and the Visual Communication of Popular Science

The astronomical magic lantern show was a well-known form in the nineteenth century. Lantern slides and visual communication were central to the performances of lecturers from the local schoolmaster to the international celebrity Richard Proctor.

For audiences of the nineteenth century, the magic lanterns projecting slides of stars and planets were a telescope on the universe, while for lecturers these technologies extended the range of cultural tropes that could be drawn into their performances.

This talk traces the development of the astronomical lantern set and its use in Australia, with a focus on the cultural interpretations of popular astronomy.


Dr Martin Bush has recently completed a PhD on the history of popular astronomy in Australia in the era of the lantern slide. Prior to this, he worked at Museums Victoria for thirteen years, including as Curator of Scientific Instruments and Antarctic History, and as Technical Programmer and Scientific Communicator on the Melbourne Planetarium production team. These interests have combined in his fascination with astronomical Magic Lantern slides. Martin is now a Research Associate in the Humanities Department at Museums Victoria. 

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Melbourne Museum - Free monthly talk - Curatorial Conversations: Behind the Scenes Stories on Acquiring Artefacts

In this presentation Humanities curators will discuss how material comes to their attention and how it becomes part of the museum’s collections. They reveal some of the rich and remarkable stories behind recent acquisitions.

Telephone conversations out of left field, calls to action via social media, carefully nurtured community relationships and auction anxiety. Whether we’re collecting objects and stories that record Indigenous cultures, artefacts that document the historical experience of war, Invisible Farmer oral histories that re-write Australian farming history, or any other material relating to our wide-ranging collections, Museums Victoria’s Humanities curators work in diverse ways to acquire and preserve material for future generations.

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European Night Market - Madame Brussels Lane

White Hat suggests you rug up and wander around for a night filled with rich aromas of European fare and a quirky selection of stalls.

There will be mulled wine with a special feature of warm butter rum and an atmosphere reminiscent of the classic Christmas night markets in Manchester (UK) and much loved in countries such as Austria, Germany and Switzerland. More information at European Night Market >>