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National Theatre Live presents


The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her award-winning role, joined by acclaimed Australian actor Brendan Cowell. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Australian director Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.

In selected cinemas from 14 October

Win a double pass to a preview screening of Yerma in Sydney and Melbourne on Wednesday 4 October. Enter using the promo code YERMASYD for Sydney and YERMAMELB for Melbourme. Competition closes Monday 11 September 2017.



Ali's Wedding

Australian Muslim rom-com, Ali's Wedding, is based on the almost unbelievable true story from co-writer and star Osamah Sami. After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, Ali finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family and his heart.

In selected cinemas from 31 August

Win one of 20 bouble passes to Ali's Wedding. Enter using the promo code WEDDING. Competition closes Monday 11 September 2017.




Australian documentary from Sherpa director Jen Peedom, Mountain is a unique cinematic and musical collaboration that explores the human obsession with mountains. Narrated by two-time Academy Award® nominee Willem Dafoe and set to extraordinary music performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In selected cinemas from 21 September

Win one of 20 double passes to Mountain. Enter using the promo code MOUNTAIN. Competition closes Monday 11 September 2017.


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Frontier Touring presents

Anna Netrebko & Yusif Eyvazov

It is with great pleasure that Frontier Touring announce the debut Australian tour of Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov. The superstar couple of the opera circuit will perform 'An Evening of Opera Highlights' in Sydney and Melbourne.

18 October, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
24 October, Sydney Opera House

Win one double pass to Anna Netrebko on Wednesday 18 October at 5pm, Hamer Hall, MelbourneEnter using the promo code NETREBKO. Competition closes Monday 11 September 2017.


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Musica Viva presents

Altstaedt & Madžar

One of the world’s most sought-after chamber pianists joins a star of the new generation, to perform a dazzling concert this September.

Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madžar entwine the tender, expressive cello with sparkling piano sounds in Romantic masterworks by Brahms, Debussy, Britten and Shostakovich.

Touring nationally 11–30 September

11 & 16 September, City Recital Hall

Win a double pass to see Altstaedt & Madžar on Saturday 16 September at 2pm, City Recital Hall, Sydney. Enter using the promo code MUSICA. Competition closes Monday 11 September 2017.

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The Travelling Tenor has released four exciting opera adventures to Sydney. Swoon over Pinchgut Opera's Coronation of Poppea and dine with stars from the show, celebrate on our New Year's Opera Extravaganza or enjoy La Bohème under the stars on our House & Harbour getaway.

Book two Sydney packages and receive a $150 Sydney Opera House gift voucher.


Melbourne Festival presents

Under Siege

One of China's most epic stories is reinvented as one of this century's most ravishing spectacles. Under Siege sees the acclaimed Yang Liping team up with set designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) to stir up a visual maelstrom of breathtaking imagery.

5–8 October, State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne

Win a double pass to Under Siege on Friday 6 October at 8pm. Enter using the code SIEGE. Competition closes Monday 11 September 2017.

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Joan Sutherland & Richard Bel Canto Award and Elizabeth Connell Prize

11 Australian and International singers compete for $155,000 in cash prizes and scholarships. A Festival of Opera and Song: 13–16 September 2017.
Sydney Song Prize — Wednesday 13 September at 6:30pm, Opera Centre, Surry Hills
Preliminary Final — Thursday 14 September at 6:30pm, Independent Theatre, North Sydney
Final — Saturday 16 September at 4pm, Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium

Win one of six double passes to one of the Festival of Opera and Song finals. Enter using the pomo code SUTHERLAND. Competition closes Friday 8 September 2017.

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Queer Screen Film Fest presents


Winning the audience award for Best Documentary at Frameline, this film paints a portrait of a cigar-smoking, tequila-downing rebel and queer icon, Chavela Vargas.

23 September, Event Cinemas George Street

Win one double pass to Chavela on 23 September. Enter using the promo code CHAVELA. Competition closes Monday 11 September 2017.


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The Choir of St James’ and The Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, combine to present a programme of sumptuous choral music reflecting the end of mortal life and the journey beyond death. The choirs will perform Tallis’ famous 40-part motet, Spem in alium, and other monumental choral works.

16 September at 5pm, St James Church, King St, Sydney

Win one of three double passes to Incarnation. Enter using the promo code STJAMES. Competition closes Monday 11 September 2017.

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Pinchgut Opera presents

Coronation of Poppea

This towering masterpiece of superbly crafted characterisation and heartbreaking beauty is set to exquisite, sensuous music culminating in the famous duet 'Pur ti miro'.

30 November–6 December, City Recital Hall

Win one double pass to the opening night of Coronation of Poppea on Thursday 30 November at 7pm. Enter using the promo code POPPEA. Competition closes Monday 11 September 2017.

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Bell Shakespeare presents

The Merchant of Venice

Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, Bell Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice. After touring nationally, we are thrilled to bring this acclaimed production to Sydney.

27 October–26 November, Sydney Opera House

Win a double pass to see a preview of The Merchant of Venice on Tuesday 24 October at 7:30pm. Enter using the promo code MERCHANT. Competition closes Monday 11 September 2017.

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Opera Bites presents

Opera, wine & dine series

Experience Opera Bites, Sydney’s boutique opera company, in a stunning heritage listed dining room, complete with a bespoke menu and select fines wines to match. Join us on an operatic magic carpet ride as we journey to 18th century Turkey.

22 September at 7:15pm, The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel

Receive a 10% discount on standard tickets using the promo code ALLERTA.



opera in the vineyards

Experience this much-loved annual celebration of food, wine and opera in the beautiful surrounds of the Hunter Valley. Featuring Cheryl Barker and Teddy Tahu Rhodes. A wonderful inspiration for a day or weekend away.

14 October, Chateau Elan Hunter Valley

Receive 10% off A Reserve tickets using the promo code ALLERTA.


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Sydney Dance Company presents

2 One Another

An epic international masterpiece returns to Sydney for its 100th performance. Crackling with exultant power and intricate physical conversation, 2 One Another must be felt to be believed.

5–14 October, Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay

Win a double pass to 2 One Another on Friday 6 October. Enter using the promo code DANCE. Competition closes Monday 11 September 2017.
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Museum of Contemporary Art presents

Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

Tickets for the dazzling summer exhibition Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean at the Museum of Contemporary Art are now on sale. Take the plunge and dive into her exhibition of colourful, kaleidoscopic installations.

23 August–19 November, MCA

Win a double pass to Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean. Enter using the promo code OCEAN. Competition closes Monday 11 September 2017.
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Pipilotti Rist, Administrating Eternity, 2011, installation view, Pipilotti Rist: Eyeball Massage, Hayward Gallery London, London, 2011, audio visual installation, courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine © Pipilotti Rist, photograph: Linda Nylind.

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Queensland Theatre Company presents

An Octoroon

An Octoroon is a provocatively hilarious black comedy. Leading Aboriginal artist and commentator Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy) makes her directorial debut in a Queensland Theatre exclusive. Co-produced with Brisbane Festival

16 September–8 October, Bille Brown Studio, Queensland Theatre

Win a double pass to An Octoroon on Saturday 16 September at 7:30pm. Enter using the promo code OCTOROON. Competition closes Sunday 10 September 2017.