Monday June 24, 2019

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MLIVE presents: Progress - A Festival of Ideas


May 16 - April 28, 2019

Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, Monash University
Clayton, VIC



Progress – A Festival of Ideas taking place at Monash University’s Clayton campus as part of MLIVE’s 2019 program, offers music, arts, theatre and comedy lovers an exciting line-up of performances that challenge the idea of ‘progress’.

Running from 16 to 26 May 2019, the festival celebrates the opening of the Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, a new state-of-the art centre that has been four years in the making.

Progress – A Festival of Ideas includes more than fifteen shows plus an impressive talk series, exploring themes of feminism, creativity in exile, technology, and more.

Music performances include Canadian artist and pianist Eve Egoyan in Solo for Duet; powerful protest music from Thando, N’fa Jones, Sophie Koh, and Mama Alto in Songs of Freedom; and celebrated Australian artist, Archie Roach featuring Paul Grabowsky. OK EG, will reframe the idea of live performance in Wavelength II.

Those looking for an evening of comedy, songs and ideas will love Smokestack hosted by comedian, Tom Ballard, while the world premier season of Whale, an immersive participatory new play by award-winning playwright Fleur Kilpatrick, is not to be missed.

The Festival of Ideas has been programmed to reflect the idea of ‘progress’ and its impact on people and society.

There is a seriously talented line-up of artists performing across the festival that offer something for all tastes. MLIVE is also excited to showcase the new Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts with its fantastic new spaces like the informal Jazz Club and intimate Sound Gallery, featuring some of the best stage and sound technologies available.

Also forming part of the festival is an incredible series of free talks that give viewers a chance to be involved in dynamic conversations with names such as this year’s Victorian Prize for Literature winner, Behrouz Boochani joining live from Manus Island via video link. Talks include Creative Exiles, Humans + Machines = its Complicated with EK OG, Robin Fox (Liquid Architecture) and Cat Hope, plus more.

Tickets to Progress – A Festival of Ideas are on sale now. For more information, the full program and to book, visit


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