Asia TOPA Development Site at BMI

Tues 3 - Sat 21 March | Event

Asia TOPA (Local and International)

Arts Centre Melbourne and Asia TOPA in association with Brunswick Mechanics Institute present:

Epoch Wars Working Group by Pony Express:

In March 2020, the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) will host a gathering of experts to discuss the possibility of naming Earth’s next era “The Anthropocene”. The name of Earth’s next epoch could have deep ramifications for the next 10,000 years. Pony Express refuse to leave this monumental decision in the hands of a privileged few. They are convening The Epoch Wars Working Group at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute as part of AsiaTOPA Festival.

Join us for a development presentation of Epoch Wars Working Group by Pony Express at Brunswick Mechanics Institute. Sunday 8 March, 6pm.

Documentary Theatre Making in Australia and Malaysia

Leading theatre maker, David Williams (Australia), Mark Teh and June Tan from Five Arts Centre (Malaysia) have a shared interest in issues of politics, history and public memory in documentary theatre.  In this conversation they discuss their approach and share with us the first steps of a collaborative exchange looking at history and conflict memorialisation – especially how these conflicts are intimately entwined with national identity formation – in Australia’s case, World War 1, and for Malaysia, the so-called ‘Malaya Emergency’.

Join us for a conversation about Documentary Theatre Making in Australia and Malaysia at Brunswick Mechanics Institute. Friday 6 March, 6pm.

Rehearsing the Witness

The sensational Bhawal court case which began in the1920s and took 16 long years to resolve is re-examined in Zuleikha Allana’s Rehearsing the Witness. Cleverly sliding between the fiction of theatre, documentary and installation the work brings together a selection of local actors and experts who reiterate the original court transcript before dropping the guise of acting to give their own contemporary opinion on the evidence presented and to probe larger issues of identity and theatre.  This development presentation, in the timber lined, historical, Moreland City Council Chambers will be the fourth iteration of the project and its first development outside India

In Five Arts’ recent work A Notional History, left wing individuals and organisations once excised from the foundational myths of an independent Malaysia reappear.

Australia spent $700m commemorating the centenary of WW1 – three times the combined expenditure of all of the other nations involved in WW1.  Is it surprising that no funds were committed to commemorating Australia’s two defeated conscription referendums?

With residencies, exchanges and public conversations in Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur, this will be the start of a multi-year collaboration to create a new performance project.

Join us for a development presentation of Rehearsing the Witness at Moreland City Council Chambers, Friday 20 March, 6pm.


Various throughout March







Free (bookings essential)



Venues 3056

18 Mar | Event

Jannah Quill and House of Vnholy (VIC)

Jannah Quill X House of Vnholy presented by BMF X BMI 

Noise and light fuse in this electrifying performance. Using modified solar panels to sonically amplify the electric current from emitted light, Jannah Quill and House of Vnholy will draw upon previous collaborations for an improvised experimental audio visual performance. Quill fuses the “noise” of lights, which is affected by the rhythm and movement of HOV’s design, with labyrinthine melody and rhythm from modular synthesis and electronic music production to create a unique A/V experience.  

Where: Brunswick Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick
When: 7:30pm, Wed 18 Mar, 2020
How much: Free

About VENUES 3056
Brunswick’s best venues bring you Venues 3056 – a night to weave your way ’round town and catch a tonne of gigs for nix. Grab the map and some mates for an evening sans cover charge courtesy of the venues that bring live music to Brunswick year-round. 


Wed 18 Mar, 2020





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Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 March 2020 | Event

Listen Conference (Local and International)

LISTEN LISTEN 2020 is back!

Over the weekend of 28 and 29 March at Brunswick Mechanics, Listen will present a community-strengthening grassroots conference covering critical issues in Australian music and beyond.

Spotlighting a remarkable line-up of  local and international keynotes, ‘in conversation’ talks, roundtable discussions, and workshops. LISTEN LISTEN 2020 aims to spark reflection; strengthen learning; empower growth across communities, and inspire action in Australian music.

This year’s LISTEN conference features unique ‘in conversation’ sessions, pairing local and international keynote speakers with artists and industry professionals. Keynote discussions include Emma Donovan and Rachael Hocking, DJ Haram and Roj Amedi, object blue and Jennifer Loveless, and Dr Suzi Hutchings. Multiple other speakers will appear across a range of roundtable discussions, and the conference is partnering with community organisations such as Liminal Magazine and Sound School to host several workshops.


Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 March 2020




Full weekend pass: $85

Concession weekend pass: $60

Saturday ticket: $60

Sunday ticket: $40

Individual session: $20

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tix free: contact



Concession prices available

All gender toilets

Wheelchair accessible venue

Companion card holders welcome

Child minding available

Auslan services available

Low stimulation break out spaces

Multiple seating options