Live-streaming – Lots to see and be part of.

Posted 25 March 2020

Live-stream a range of events

Creatives and cultural organisations are moving their work online. Here’s what’s coming to your online platform …


  • 25 March–29 March: Riverboats Music Festival have launched The Lounge Room Sessions, which will broadcast a 20-minute set from an Australian act at 8pm each night, via Facebook live – with a link to where viewers can make an optional contribution, 100% of which will go directly to the artist. On 25 March it’s Matt Walker (Lost Ragas); on 26 March it’s Skyscraper Stan; on 27 March it’s Gabriella Cohen; on 28 March it’s Matt Joe Gow; and on 29 March it’s Jess Locke.
  • 27 and 28 March: The organisers of Isol-Aid have announced it’s happening again this weekend, from noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. The fundraiser for Support Act involves some of the best Australian bands and musicians in Australia; each act plays a 20 minute set on Instagram Live, before throwing to the next performer. Lineup will be announced soon; read about last weekend’s Isol-Aid here.
  • From 27 March:The Melbourne Digital Concert Hall is hoping to start streaming pay-for-play concerts soon, kicking off with an online music festival 27–29 March.

Theatre and cabaret

  • 27 March:On YouTube, actor Robert Myles has a reading group for professional and amateur actors – and they’re performing Shakespeare’s plays in the order they’re believed to have been written. This weekend they’re doing The Taming of the Shrew; but you can watch last weekend’s Two Gentleman of Verona too.


  • 27 March: Marrickville’s Static Vision will premiereLockdown – A Static Vision Livestream, as a digital-follow up to their short film festival Hyperlinks. Tune in from 6pm until midnight for a six-hour long feed of three feature films, shorts, and guest interviews.
  • Ongoing: Get meta with Australia Centre for the Moving Image. The ACMI is launching weekly Metastreams that allow you to sync up with distant friends and stream films together, such as Jafar Panahi’s The White Balloonand OffsiteNew films will be announced each Tuesday. From March 27, Keep an eye on the centre’s YouTube channelfor free twice-weekly workshops on topics such as screenwriting and what makes a good factual story.


Kicking off a series of online events and support for Aboriginal businesses and our community. More details and full program at @NGARRIMILI INSTAGRAM


    • Alice Skye
    • Allara
    • Benny Walker
    • Birdz
    • Keyhoo
    • The Merindas
    • Lil Kootsi
    • Rachael Lia
    • Soju Gang
    • Djirri Djirri

A Partnership between Ngarrimili, Ngamai Meet Ups, Barpirdhila Foundation & Strong Brother Strong Sister.

Visual art


  • 2 April: Melbourne’s The Wheeler Centre is hosting a free live-stream featuring Alice Bishop, whose 2019 short story collection A Constant Hum was written after the 2009 Black Saturday fires. Bishop will be talking about “regrowth, resilience and its cost” in the wake of a disaster. Sounds relevant in too many ways right now.
  • 17 April: The Stella prize – celebrating Australian womens’ writing – will be announced via a livestreamon Tuesday 17 April at 8pm (AEST). The annnouncement features guest speaker Julia Gillardhere is the shortlist.
  • 9 May: Yarra Valley writers festival in Victoria, Australia, will be live-streamed. Online viewing tickets will go on sale in early April.
  • Ongoing: The Australian writer Kirsten Krauth has created the Facebook group Writers Go Forth. Launch. Promote. Party for writers whose publicity tours and in-store events for new-release books have been cancelled. The group is quickly becoming a one-stop shop for authors announcing the details of virtual Q&As and readings through Facebook and Instagram Live.

Other online hubs

  • Take a tourist-free walk through some Victoria’s most popular exhibitions via Melbourne Museum at Home. Google Maps lets you explore rooms including the “Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world room”, with quite good zooming capabilities. The whole website is packed with excellent resources for kids, including Scienceworks at Home, with explainer videos and theme-based learning.
  • Check the Social Distancing festival for live streams and videos featuring performance art and concerts from all over the world.
  • The music industry professional Cherie Hu has created a Virtual Music Events Directory– a round-up of upcoming performances around the world and a guide for musicians and other performing artists who want to take their work online.


  • Ongoing: Zoos Victoria has launched Animal House, a selection of (so fare) four live feeds from its animal enclosures in Melbourne and Werribee zoos. Watch the giraffes munch their way through afternoon, see the penguins get fed (or a naughty seagull steal a pilchard), coo over the sleepy snow leopard cubs or the lions lolling about in the sun.

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