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08 August 2016

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST OPEN FOR WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE 2017
White Night Melbourne will return to the streets, laneways and gardens of the CBD from dusk till dawn on Saturday 18 February, 2017 and the inaugural White Night Ballarat will follow on Saturday 4 March, 2017. White Night Melbourne is one of Australia's most celebrated cultural events that continues to draw record crowds into Melbourne's CBD. Due to the success of the past 4 events, next year will mark the first regional White Night in Ballarat. The White Night Ballarat website will be launched and open for Expressions of Interest on 9 August and will remain open until 23 August 2016. Artists and performers wanting to participate in White Night Melbourne are now open and full details can be found at www.whitenightmelbourne.com.au.

JAYNE DYER EXHIBITION SHARPNESS
Anna Pappas Gallery (2-4 Carlton St, Prahran) is now housing the latest exhibit by Jayne Dyer entitled Sharpness, a continuation of the artist's investigation of imminent states of collapse through a series of small-scale candy coloured objects. Corporeal tensions are implicit in these abject forms. Behaving like bodily matter - clinging to shelves, spilling onto the gallery floor - they appear delicate and beautiful, while also familiar and visibly uncomfortable. Are these fleshy malformed objects prototypes of our future DNA? The exhibition will run until 27 August (Tues to Fri: 10am - 6pm; Sat: 12pm - 6pm). For further information or a price list, email info@annapappasgallery.com, visit www.annapappasgallery.com, or call (03) 9521 7300.

REBETIKO FESTIVAL
The inaugural Melbourne Rebetiko Festival takes place next month on 20-21 August at the Caravan Music Club (95 Drummond St, Oakleigh). Commencing at 4.00pm, the two-day event will focus on the golden era (1920s - 1950s) with live performances of works by Markos Vamvakaris, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Giogos Batis, Rita Abadzi, Kostas Skarvelis, Panagiotis Toundas, Giorgos Mitsakis and various others. So there's sure to be plenty of dancing, including food and other festivities. Reserved seats $35, General Admission $25, or $30 at the door (if available). To purchase tickets, visit www.caravanmusic.com.au/gigs/melbourne-rebetiko-festival.

SFERA CLUB
Melbourne locals who love Greek music are in for a treat, with a new monthly Greek night. Volume one of Sfera is set to take place on Friday 2 September at The Black Rabbit (85 Queen St, Melbourne). Doors open at 9pm with the party going until 3am as Melbourne's top Greek DJs take to the decks. Be sure to dress to impress. Booth bookings are also available. For more information and to contact organisers, visit www.facebook.com/sferaclubmelbourne.

NICK MOURTZAKIS' EXHIBITION TWO WORDS
Artist Nick Mourtzakis' forthcoming exhibition Two Words is set to open on Saturday 3 September. Recently selected as a finalist for the Art Gallery of NSW's prestigious 2016 Archibald Prize, his celebrated piece 'Self portrait in violet' will be showing as part of the exhibition at MARS Gallery (7 James St, Windsor; open Tues to Sat: 10am - 5pm). Two Words will run until September 24. For more information, visit www.marsgallery.com.au or call (03) 9521 7517.

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