Events You Need to Know About this July 2019


All the top events across Australia in July 2019. 


Much Ado About Nothing

17-27 July | Arts Centre Melbourne

The witty quarrels between courting couple Benedick and Beatrice take centrestage as Shakespeare’s beloved rom-com comes to Melbourne.


Until December 2019 | Sovereign Hill

In this new immersive theatrical extravaganza at Sovereign Hill,  26 hectares of gold-rush territory are brought to life with 3D light projections and walk-through historical exhibits.

Midawarr: Harvest

Until 14 July | Melbourne Museum

This collection of works by Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley reflects the artists’ experiences  of the Yolngu country’s harvest season over the past five years.

Shakespeare in Love

15 July - 14 August | Arts Centre Melbourne

Fresh from giving Muriel’s Wedding the stage treatment, Simon Phillips has turned his attention to Oscar winner Shakespeare in Love. It plays for a limited season in Melbourne.

Turning Points: Contemporary Photography from China

Until January 2020 | Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 

Showcasing the wave of Chinese photography produced since the 1990s, the works on display depict themes such as self-identity and connection to traditional culture.


Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow

19 July - 7 October | Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Spanning two decades of  the artist’s practice across painting, drawing and video, this retrospective also features augmented and virtual reality pieces that aim to highlight technology in 21st-century art. 


15 - 30 July | Sydney Opera House

The life of legendary artist Brett Whiteley is painted across a new canvas: the stage. His tumultuous personal story is set to music by composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial

 26 July-13 October | Mildura Arts Centre   

This National Gallery of Australia touring exhibition includes pieces by 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists created in response to the 50th anniversary of the 1967 history-making referendum.

NAIDOC in the City

13 July | Hyde Park, Sydney    

Observe the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages at the Harbour City’s NAIDOC celebrations featuring live performances, kids’ activities and a marketplace with local arts, crafts and produce.

David Hockney: Prints

13 July - 8 September | Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Gymea   

More than five decades of the experimental printmaker’s work is on its way around the country, showing in southern Sydney  before a final stop on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.


Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia

Until 17 October | National Gallery of of Australia, Canberra   

Highlighting the incredible recent art emerging from Bali and Java, this exhibition includes both up-and-coming and established artists whose work explores  topics such as family, sexuality  and the environment.

Bangarra: 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand

18-20 July | Canberra Theatre Centre   

Marking 30 years of innovative Indigenous dance theatre, the acclaimed Bangarra company visits the nation’s capital to perform a limited-run program of three contemporary works.


A View from the Bridge

12 July-3 August | Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide   

Playwright Arthur Miller’s tale of family drama in 1950s Brooklyn has long been lauded as one of  the most important works in American literature. Sixty-four years after it was first staged, the State Theatre Company is bringing the classic story to life.

Ned Kelly

Until 4 August | Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier   

Mount Gambier gets its chance to see iconic works by one of Australia’s most revered artists when this travelling exhibition of Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series rolls into town.


Revelation Perth International Film Festival

4-17 July | Various venues, Perth

More than 120 feature-length, short and documentary films from around the globe will screen at an array of venues across the city during this two-week event.

Sweeney Todd

13-20 July | His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth   

Ben Mingay steps into the title role of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The Tony Award-winning musical thriller follows the twisted story of Todd and his accomplice, insane pie-maker Mrs Lovett.


Regional Flavours

20-21 July | South Bank Parklands, Brisbane   

A family-friendly roster of celebrity chefs, live music and kids’ activities will descend on South Bank, along with a bumper market filled with provedores peddling fresh produce, wine, jams, cheese and more.

School of Rock

From 12 July | Lyric Theatre, Brisbane   

Class is now in session! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest hit musical re-creates the 2003 film starring Jack Black and features a cast of super-talented youngsters.

Groundwater Country Music Festival

26-28 July | Broadbeach, Gold Coast   

Lee Kernaghan and Beccy Cole  join the line-up of homegrown  and international artists at this free outdoor event.


Australian Outback Marathon

26-28 July | Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara

Runners hit the red dust, passing the iconic Uluru and Kata Tjuta during the full and half marathons or the less-intense fun runs (11 and six kilometres).

Beer Can Regatta

14 July | Mindil Beach, Darwin

Now in its 45th year, the classic Territory race sees boats made from cans, plastic bottles and  milk cartons built to varying degrees of seaworthiness. Don’t miss the sandcastle and thong-throwing competitions.


Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest

12-14 July | Ranelagh Recreation Ground, Huon Valley   

Held in the middle of Tasmania’s wilderness in the depths of winter, this event will have you singing  at an apple tree, sipping on the state’s best apple cider and watching as a two-storey-tall wicker man burns on a cold night.

Devonport Jazz

25-28 July | Various venues, Devonport   

The hills of Devonport will be alive with the sound of (jazz) music when this beloved North West festival returns with a slew of Australian and international musos.

The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein

4 July | Federation Concert Hall, Hobart
6 July | Albert Hall, Launceston 

Few people have made more of an impact on the world of musical theatre than Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Sing along  to songs from their biggest hits – The Sound of Music, The King and I and Oklahoma! – played by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

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