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New York, we love you … but you’re bringing us down with your sloppy pizza slices, your stinky subway and your surplus of models, moguls and movie stars.
Sure, you've got your world-class art museums. And, yes, we know, you're the birthplace of hip-hop. And okay, okay, you've got Broadway and bagels and Beyoncé. Congratulations on the High Line. But can you really be top of the list, king of the hill, A Number One when you're overrun with wild squirrels?
As part of MEL&NYC – a city-wide cultural festival celebrating all things New York and Melbourne – we’re staging a night of storytelling from some favourite Melburnians who don’t heart NY. They'll talk fantasy, failure and false starts. They'll share horror stories of gridlocked traffic, closet-sized apartments and dumpster-flavoured coffee.
Join them at the Athenaeum Theatre for hilarious tales of striving and surviving but not quite thriving in the city that never sleeps.
Comedian and writer Sami Shah has been profiled in the New York Times and ABC's Australian Story, and appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Asian Network, TEDx, The Project and the Soho Theatre. He is currently based in Melbourne, Australia and is co-presenter of 774 / ABC Breakfast Radio.
Dave Graney and drummer Clare Moore played with the Moodists from 1978 to 1986. They then played with the White Buffaloes/Coral Snakes from 1987 to 1997. Then the Royal Dave Graney Show and Lurid Yellow Mist. Now it’s the mistLY. Graney and Moore are joined by Stuart Perera (guitar since 1998) and Stu Thomas (bass since 2004).
Releasing a single each month from Feb 2016 to April 2017, their current album is a collection called Let's Get Tight. They released a single in February 2018 called 'Song of Life'.
Brodie Lancaster is a critic and editor based in Melbourne. From 2012 to 2017 she was the editor of Filmme Fatales, a print zine about the places where film and feminism intersect. She has contributed writing to publications including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Rookie and New York magazine. Her first book, a pop culture memoir called No Way! Okay, Fine was published by Hachette in 2017.
Sally Seltmann is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has released four solo albums and has toured internationally. Sally is the co-writer of the song '1234', performed by Feist, which became a Top 10 hit on the United States Hot 100. Sally previously released her music as New Buffalo and is a member of Seeker Lover Keeper with fellow Australians Sarah Blasko and Holly Throsby. Her debut novel is Lovesome, published in 2018 by Allen & Unwin.
Beverley Wang is a journalist, broadcaster and creator of the ABC podcast It’s Not A Race, which has been hailed as a ground-breaking series opening up conversations on race in Australia. She is also the producer and co-host of Stop Everything! on ABC RN, focusing on the politics of pop culture.
Kate Miller-Heidke is an award-winning singer-songwriter who traverses the worlds of contemporary pop, folk and opera.
Sarah Krasnostein is a writer and a lawyer with a doctorate in criminal law. She is the bestselling, multi-award winning author of The Trauma Cleaner which won the Victorian Prize for Literature in 2018. She has written for a variety of publications in Australia, America and the UK, as well as various academic journals.
Truly unique, Tina Del Twist is Australia’s much-loved nightingale, known for her ‘beautiful voice and wicked sense of comic timing’ (the Age). With a voice as smooth as honey and a comedic wit that could shred brie, you’ll have a ball enjoying the talents of Tina Del Twist.
Christie Whelan Browne is a stage and television actress. Most recently she has been seen in Muriel's Wedding the Musical as Tanya Degano (Sydney Theatre Award Nomination). Christie is currently performing in Melbourne Theatre Company’s An Ideal Husband. For the company she has also been seen in The Odd Couple, Born Yesterday, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Drowsy Chaperone (Helpmann award nomination).
This winter, Melbourne’s leading cultural organisations and communities present diverse events that share culture, creativity, politics, business and everyday experience as seen through the eyes of leading New Yorkers and Australians.
Extending across all corners of Melbourne from June to August 2018, MEL&NYC includes conversations, music, performance, dining, education exchange and community programming led by Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Writers Festival, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Wheeler Centre and more.