The doors may be shut and the curtains drawn, but the show goes on with a series of freebies online from Arts Centre Melbourne. Diving in to connect with and uplift us all, you'll find lots of entertainment on the Arts Centre Website to keep you engaged. Keep checking back on all of their social media sites as new programming will be released regularly for your enjoyment, till you're able to engage under the Spire once again.
First, there are the live shows like Big Night In with John Foreman with upcoming shows on the 6th, 13th and 20th May 2020 at 7pm. Filled with chit-chat, songs, laughs, surprise all-star appearances and a grand finale music act, put those dates in your diary and get ready for a big night out at home on your big screen with the sound up for a big effect.
Your young teens may well love LOL Squad; a team of funny young-uns aged 14-18 from the Class Clowns program. Enjoy their original comedy sketches and meet a ghost with low self esteem, watch a how-to-guide for faking your own death, witness a very unusual heist, and get into some hardcore parkour and more. And then there's more for the kids as you can see, below.
Teeny Tiny Stevies (every parent's favourite kid's band) will have you and your kids boogying in no time. You'll find lots of entertainment on their website, including a song for toilet training if that's what you're tackling in your life right now.
Stream full performances of JUNK by Flying Fruit Fly Circus; Australia's world famous circus for young people for FREE, along with brilliant behind-the-scenes footage.
Polyglot Theatre has a series of videos about the fun things to do with stuff you find around the house for endless hours of home-bound fun.
The Listies will fill you with silliness in isolation, featuring an insane lineup of Aussie comedians. While you're there, check out their online shop for a swag of goodies.
There's enough content to keep the kids happy in between homeschooling and free time.
For those of you who'd love the goss behind your music idols, SEE HERE for interviews from the Australian Music Vault, with some of the country's most influential trailblazers and unsung heroes. Listen as Missy Higgins, Judith Durham and more open up about their lives in music. If you'd like to sit back and delve into more Arts Centre Melbourne stories with artist interviews, behind-the-scenes articles, iconic moments and more, SEE HERE.
If Podcasts are your thing, listen up, be entertained and enlightened with a collection of podcasts, music and audio interviews from the archives. There's something to inspire all you audiophiles out there. SEE HERE for more you might like to explore like 5x5x5 (5 emerging composers. 5 new works. 5 minutes); Sound As Ever (podcasts series by young content creators & radio makers); Stories in the Wall (original audio stories by budding storytellers).
You might also like A Mile In My Shoes. There are 35 stories from the storytelling exhibition at the travelling shoe shop. Visitors are invited to take a walk in someone else's shoes - literally. It's a project that explores how empathy can both transform our personal relationships and tackle global challenges such as prejudice, conflict and inequality. Do note that some stories are more appropriate for adults.
If all you want to do is chill, the Australian Music Vault curators have put together some great Australian playlists for your listening pleasure. You'll also find the trailblazers like Johnny O'Keefe, Jimmy Little, Wending Saddington and Russell Morris to name only a few! There are some Great Highlights from the Collection you might want to check out. With lots more happening online, you might want to check out the rest of what's happening at the Arts Centre HERE.
Head to the Art Centre's YouTube page and you'll find even more to keep you occupied.
Perhaps for all the entertainment, you might like to support the mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts by DONATING. Workers in the performing arts across the state are reeling from the immediate and devastating impact of event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID-19 and your support would make a world of difference to them. You could also head to Support Act and don your fave Aussie band or artist merch and make a donation there too.