Arts for All Appeal

4 February 2022


A city bursting with colour, culture and entertainment that knows no bounds! From imaginative inspiration to delectable delight, there’s so much to explore in Melbourne’s CBD and arts district to make your day at Live at the Bowl brighter.


Two DJs stand behind their desk. One is dancing, their head bent forward, the other holds their hands in the air. Both are smiling blissfully. Behind them is a video display that looks like graphic waves.


Sorbaes: Douple Dip


A summer staple for live performance lovers, this year’s Live at the Bowl program delivers outdoor entertainment in spades.

The 2022 offering includes events which take local talent to the big Sidney Myer Music Bowl stage and aims to connect with all corners of our diverse Victorian community.

The first of these events is City Sessions – iconic freestyle dance battles celebrating street dance. Taking place Saturday 5 February, it's a family-friendly event costing $15 per standard ticket.

In addition to the outstanding local dance talent, enjoy live entertainment from Cookin’ On 3 Burners; DJs Smilez, Mothafunk and Mero dropping beats; and MC’s Sid Mathur and Jonathan Homsey.

Another all-ages event, SorBaes: Double Dip, is presented by DJ and designer Soju Gang and Footscray Community Arts. Last year’s debut offering delivered some of the most exciting acts of Naarm and 2022 promises to be just a delicious. Taking to the stage on 13 March, it's only $15 per ticket and $2 from every ticket will be donated to Dhadjowa Foundation. Check back in on 8 February when the full list of mould-breaking acts will be released.

Finally, Australian youth music organisation The Push take over Sidney Myer Music Bowl on 10 April to showcase an epic all-ages event. Following the success of last year’s show, which saw Skeggs and Ruby Fields perform, the much-anticipated 2022 line-up has been curated by a committee of next generation of music industry professionals and will be announced soon.


When you’re in the city for these incredible events, why not stop by some other local venues and stores, and support inspiring creatives. Writer Monique Grbec, takes us through some of her local favourite community haunts.

Eat & Drink

Nornie Bero, a person with medium-length curly hair, wearing a shirt with avocados printed on it over a black t-shirt, stands behind the counter at Mabu Mabu's Big Esso, smiling widely.


Mabu Mabu's Big Esso


Get energised by the fresh fruit effervescent cocktails and mocktails, or a non-alcoholic beer from Sobah at Mabu Mabu's Big Esso. Talk it out over a Green Ant-ini made with Seven Seasons Green Ant Gin and garnished with ants, and taste it up with delicious share plates inspired by Nornie Bero’s Torres Strait Islander childhood. If you’re heading home, grab a copy of Nornie’s just published cookbook Help Yourself.

Sometimes the best secrets are right out in the open! If you want to immerse yourself in the who’s who of the theatre world, grab a coffee, sit back, and soak up the art-full angst at Protagonist.

And because you deserve to be pleasured, head to Pidapipo for gelato or a chocolate pop. Treat yourself with a delectable scoop of pistachio, rose, coconut, ricotta and fig, or Nutella swirl.


The contestants of the 2021 Miss First Nations drag competition pose inside Holmesglen TAFE's Victorian Tunnelling Centre. They're all wearing fabulous outfits and looking fierce.


The contestants of the 2021 Miss First Nations competition. Image: Joseph Mayers


Witness self-care and self-love through education and community spirit at the Koorie Heritage Trust. The 9th Annual Koorie Art Show in the ground floor gallery is packed with traditional and cutting-edge contemporary arts and crafts. Be thrilled by the retail cross-over and find some funky Bronwyn David jewellery, Josh Muir bags and Mick Harding ties. The Mwerre clay and ochre soap is a bonus.

Up the escalator there’s history and artefacts and along the hallway bend, between floors, is always the sweetest surprise. The current exhibition is Blak Jewellery: Finding Past | Linking Present. Leather, feathers, grass and metal – a chance to wear Country, culture and world class creativity and craftsmanship.

The 7th iteration of MPavilion, Australia’s leading architecture commission, is ‘Lightcatcher’ by MAP studio Venice. A resplendent architectural kaleidoscope it invites awe and contemplation. Grab a coffee and snack from the kiosk, take a seat and take in the view. Or, take advantage of their free program of talks, workshops, and performances including:

Take a detour for a flash-fast photographic showcase of Midsumma Blak Queens at the Miss First Nation Exhibition. Be amazed as the contestants from Miss First Nations 2021 serve up a whole lot of deadly glamour.

Stop by for a quick cultural, creative and political fix to inspire you into the next decade at the The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia! Highlights are Maree Clarke’s Ancestral Memories, Rosalie Gascoigne and Lorraine Connelly-Northey’s Found and Gathered and the upcoming collection of Queer and Australian portraits Who are you?


A First Nations woman with long brown hair, wearing a white jumpsuit and beautiful high-heeled sandals, sits on a chair in front of a light pink wall. She's shown side-on, smiling quietly and turning her head to look straight at the camera.


Alkina Edwards' Winyarr Collection for Wittner


Deadly chillwear and heart-sparkle accessories that empower and show respect can be found at the Haus of Dizzy X Gammin Threads Pop Shop!

No longer just Kulin cool, check out who’s reppin’ the HOD (House of Dizzy) and who has got their Gammin chill: Miranda Tapsell, Lidia Thorpe, Montaigne, SHAKAYA, Perry Mooney, Chelsea Watago, Georgia MacGuire, Djirri Djirri, Wagan Dancers, Sky Thomas aka Soju Gang, Meriki and Tarneen Onus, Celeste Barber, Larissa Waters, Clementine Ford, Lil Sammy, Kiya from Playschool, and Baker Boy! And, all the way over in the USA: Lauren Hill and Drew Barrymore.

Last but not least, put your best foot forward! Check out The Winyarr (woman) Collection designed by Yorta Yorta, Wemba Wemba, Matthi Matthi and Wiradjuri artist Alkina Edwards at Wittner.


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