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  • MPavilion

    5 Oct - 18 Feb

    MPavilion

    An event hub, a meeting place and an invitation to experiment, each MPavilion brings creative collaborators together to present a free, four-month program of talks, workshops, performances and installations.

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  • Lee Mingwei: The Moving...

    15 Oct - 29 Jan

    National Gallery of Victoria

    Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei is internationally recognised as one of the leading creators of art which invites audience participation.

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  • Climax of the Next Scene

    2-5 Feb

    Australian Centre for the Moving Image

    Created by South Korean artist Jisun Kim, Climax of the Next Scene is a bold video triptych that opens a portal onto a world of online games.

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  • Bunny

    2-5 Feb

    Meat Market

    “Bunny” is a nickname given to the person being tied in rope bondage. In this work, we ask ourselves: What if everyone (in the theatre) is a Bunny?

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  • Kung Fu Motion

    3-28 Feb

    Immigration Museum

    Kung Fu meets cutting edge technology for an evocative video installation

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  • Asia Pop Courtyard

    3-24 Feb

    Immigration Museum

    Synthesise your summer with Asia Pop!

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  • East Meets West: Chinese New...

    4 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    This Chinese New Year, revel in the textured sounds of traditional Chinese instruments, new works and world-class musicians in the heart of Melbourne, a city with a rich Australian-Chinese history, worthy of celebration.

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  • Bombay Talkies

    8 Feb - 2 Jul

    Australian Centre for the Moving Image

    ACMI’s Bombay Talkies exhibition captures the excitement and glamour of early Indian cinema.

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  • Ex Nilalang

    9 Feb - 5 Mar

    Australian Centre for the Moving Image

    A cumulative moving image project by Australian-Filipino collective Club Ate.

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  • Time’s Journey Through a...

    9-12 Feb

    Arts House

    A poetic—and at times devastating—investigation of the internal conflicts that merged in the wake of the 2011 earthquake in Japan.

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  • Little Emperors 小皇帝

    9-26 Feb

    Malthouse Theatre

    ‘Little Emperor Syndrome’ is a term used to describe the behavioural time-bomb created by China’s One Child Policy.

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  • He An: Do You Think That You...

    11 Feb - 23 Apr

    Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

    A major public neon installation by contemporary Chinese artist He An, Do You Think That You Can Help Her Brother? will be presented against the façade of ACCA’s iconic architecture for a three month period from 11 February 2017.

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  • Political Acts: Pioneers of...

    11 Feb - 21 May

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Providing avant-garde artists with a creative means to critically explore a range of social, political and environmental issues across Southeast Asia.

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  • Gala: India Now

    11 Feb

    Federation Square

    Welcome the greatest literary show on earth to Australia's City of Literature at the spectacular JLF Melbourne Opening Night Gala!

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  • Taikoz – The Beauty of 8

    11 Feb

    Melbourne Recital Centre

    For one night only, Australia’s internationally acclaimed drumming ensemble Taikoz will leave you breathless as they perform alongside world renowned taiko player and Kodo principal dancer Chieko Kojima and shakuhachi Grandmaster Riley Lee.

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  • Jaipur Literature Festival:...

    12 Feb

    Federation Square

    Melbourne Writers Festival joins forces with Jaipur Literature Festival to present JLF Melbourne, a brand new festival transporting the magic, colour and excitement of India’s biggest literary celebration to Fed Square.

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  • After Shock: Artists Talk

    12 Feb

    Arts House

    Fukushima, Japan experienced an earthquake, a nuclear reactor meltdown and a tsunami in quick succession.

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  • Body and Cloth: Performing...

    17 Feb - 13 Apr

    Australian Tapestry Workshop

    An exhibition of artists from Australia, Asia and the Pacific who examine the relationship between cloth and the body by using textiles in conjunction with the body or in performance.

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  • Flying Buck Exchange

    15-18 Feb

    MPavilion

  • The Red Detachment of Women

    15-18 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    For the first time in Australia, the National Ballet of China performs one of the twentieth century's most striking cultural icons.

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  • Traces of Becoming: Three...

    15-18 Feb

    Immigration Museum

    Be mesmerised with a series of solo and ensemble contemporary dance performances by Melbourne-based artists Victoria Chiu, Ding Chai, Priya Srinivasan and Arun Munoz.

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  • Kagerou – Study of...

    15-18 Feb

    Arts House

    This intimate, documentary-style performance tells a woman lost her husband was swept away by a tsunami through her own words and voice. Or so it seems.

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  • One Beautiful Thing by Circa

    16-19 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Australia’s leading contemporary circus company Circa joins forces with Indian mallakhamb artists in this epic new collaboration, created especially for Asia TOPA.

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  • The Music of AR Rahman

    16 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    A world without AR Rahman would be a world without Bollywood.

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  • Lukautim Solwara (look out...

    17 Feb

    Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

    Smoke rises. Song welcomes. Bodies are adorned. Enter a space carrying culture, ceremony and regalia of our longest living cultures.

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  • Traces of Becoming:...

    18 Feb

    Immigration Museum

    Join us in conversation with the Traces of Becoming choreographers.

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  • Solo Rites: Seven Breaths

    18 Feb

    Melbourne Recital Centre

    Sonic, visual and visceral rites and reflections are discovered by pilgrimage through Taiwan, East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea.

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  • Asian Producers Platform...

    20-26 Feb

    Arts House

    Performing arts producers from Korea, Japan, Taiwan Australia Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Indonesia and New Zealand join together in Melbourne for APPCAMP Australia, following CAMPs in Korea (2014), Taiwan (2015) and Japan (2016).

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  • The Age of Bones

    22 Feb - 5 Mar

    La Mama Courthouse

    The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang) is an Australian-Indonesian co-production about an Indonesian boy, Ikan, who goes fishing one day and fails to return.

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  • Tao Dance Theater in ‘6’ and...

    22-24 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    China’s most successful and globally sought-after avant-garde performance company returns to transfix Melbourne with its explorations of the human form.

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  • THE GHOST PROJECT

    22 Feb - 4 Mar

    Malthouse Theatre

    Anna Tregloan, The Association of Optimism, local community, and artists from across the Asia TOPA program will embark upon a discussion around the culturally ubiquitous notions of ghosts and hauntings.

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  • Attractor at XO State

    22 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Indonesia’s tour-de-force music duo Senyawa along with Melbourne's choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australia’s leading dance companies, Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc. Together they take you on a trance-noise odyssey that transcends all borders, a unique ecstatic music/dance ritual for non-believers...

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  • Jambinai at XO State

    22 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    South Korean trio, Jambinai, sound less like a band than a force of nature, fusing the full dramatic range of post-rock dynamics to Korean folk roots to create an exhilarating, vivid and unique fusion.

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  • Water Futures

    23 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Water is as critical to life as air. It’s what we share, mostly what we are, what we pollute, and what we revere.

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  • Cybec Electric

    23-25 Feb

    Southbank Theatre

    In 2017 Cybec Electric is partnering with Asia TOPA, the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, to celebrate Melbourne’s finest Asian-Australian playwrights. And for the first time we will be joined by international directors: Jo Kukathas from Malaysia and David Jiang from China.

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  • Macho Dancer at XO State

    23-25 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    The State Theatre will be transformed into a site of wonder and the uncanny, as artists from across the Asia-Pacific region are given free rein to challenge your imagination and distort your reality.

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  • Aristophanes at XO State

    23 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Aristophanes is a Taipei based artist, whose striking verbal wordplay, poetry, and forward thinking delivery has seen her rise to be at the very forefront of the new sounds emerging of the new Taiwan.

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  • Satan Jawa

    24 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    A ravishing new work of Indonesian cinema is given a live score by the MSO and an ensemble of Indonesian gamelan players.

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  • Inner Beat – Live

    24-25 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Inner Beat: Live is a collaborative public art project that explores the construction of complex identities of young culturally diverse artists from Melbourne's West.

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  • Rebel Musik at XO State

    24 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    The State Theatre will be transformed into a site of wonder and the uncanny, as artists from across the Asia-Pacific region are given free rein to challenge your imagination and distort your reality.

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  • Chinese Square Dancing

    25 Feb

    Melbourne Museum

    Learn the modern combination of dance and exercise that is a fun and visual spectacle.

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  • Parvathy Baul at XO State

    25 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Breathtaking master singer, instrumentalist, painter and storyteller Parvathy Baul is one of the leading exponents of Baul sung poetry, the stunning ancient vocal tradition of the Baul mystic bards of Bengal.

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  • The Trading Routes - The...

    25 Feb

    Melbourne Recital Centre

    In this explosive Speak Percussion collaboration, David Shea combines four virtuosic musicians with a grand video work.

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  • Takao Kawaguchi: About Kazuo...

    25-26 Feb

    Dancehouse

    Takao Kawaguchi, reconsiders authorship and artistic freedom by recreating the movements of legendary Butoh dancer, Kazuo Ohno.

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  • Bo Ningen at XO State

    25 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Enlightenment activists from far east psychedelic underground, Bo Ningen are one of Japan’s most impressive musical exports performing exclusively at XO State.

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  • The Wheeler Centre Gala 2017

    26 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Stories for the Dead

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  • Paradise Bangkok Molam...

    26 Feb

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    The State Theatre will be transformed into a site of wonder and the uncanny, as artists from across the Asia-Pacific region are given free rein to challenge your imagination and distort your reality.

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  • Art is a Prayer

    27 Feb - 3 Mar

    State Library Victoria

    See art and activism in motion as Indonesian artist Tisna Sanjaya creates a new installation on the Library forecourt over five days.

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  • Boiler Room Lecture: Mami...

    1 Mar

    State Library Victoria

    Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) in association with Asia TOPA and the Biennale of Sydney are pleased to present a special lecture by Mami Kataoka, recently appointed Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney. Following the lecture Charlotte Day, Director of MUMA, will convene a Q&A session.

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  • Cry Jailolo

    1-4 Mar

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Indonesian youths channel the forces of the sea in this mesmerising and uplifting call for change.

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  • ART+FILM: Justin Shoulder...

    1 Mar

    Australian Centre for the Moving Image

    A regular free monthly program showcasing rarely-screened, short and feature-length works by leading Australian and international moving image artists.

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  • Balabala

    1-4 Mar

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Five young women draw on ancient martial art traditions to carve out a new space of their own.

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  • Dancing With Death

    2-4 Mar

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    The line between life and death is joyously erased in a physical work of rare intensity.

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  • Club Ate

    2 Mar

    Australian Centre for the Moving Image

    Club Ate celebrates the contemporary voices of the queer Filipina diaspora and its surrounding island sissies.

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  • The Manganiyar Classroom

    6-7 Mar

    Melbourne Recital Centre

    Theatre director Roysten Abel, famous for The Manganiyar Seduction, returns with The Manganiyar Classroom.

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  • Evocation of Butoh

    9-12 Mar

    La Mama Courthouse

    Evocation of Butoh is a mini festival to activate artistic and cultural exchange in the performance art of Butoh with local arts communities in Melbourne.

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  • The People's Currency

    14-19 Feb

    Federation Square

    The People’s Currency turns Federation Square's Amphitheater into ‘Renminconn’, a closed loop ‘special economic zone’.

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  • The Light Within a Night -...

    15-19 Mar

    La Mama Courthouse

  • ANTI—GRAVITY

    17-26 Mar

    Malthouse Theatre

  • A Big Walk to Golden...

    18-25 Mar

    Various

    ‘Big Walk to Golden Mountain’ invites you to side step the city with a walk through Golden Mountain country. You’ll follow in the footsteps of thousands from Guangdong whose migratory passage led to prodigious achievement and shared wealth.

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  • Between 8 and 9 (Chengdu...

    29 Mar - 1 Apr

    Melbourne Recital Centre

    A convening of voices, electronics, instruments and audience.

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  • Cerita Anak (Child's Story)

    30 Mar - 2 Apr

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) takes pre-school children and their adults on a sea journey never to be forgotten.

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  • Asian Arts in Australia:...

    31 Mar - 1 Apr

    Lesley Kehoe Galleries

    A two day cross disciplinary platform combining visual artists, choreographers, theatre makers, musicians and academics, in dialogue and series of short performances that explore the long history of Asia in Australia and possible futures.

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