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    In Conversation with Butoh artists Yumi Umiumare and Takashi Takaguchi

    Over the last two months, we’ve been discovering the many faces of Butoh, a Japanese performance art traditionally known for its dark and grotesque nature, now shaking up its image with modern reinventions. The Convent’s second ButohOUT! Festival, centering on the theme ‘Forbidden Laughter’, has invited performers, children and now audiences to crack a smile at the surreal comedy of contemporary Butoh.

    Advocacy Through Art

    Art can bring people together, tell a story or illustrate an issue in a uniquely affecting way. We chat to three creatives who are harnessing the power of art as a vehicle for change.

    Conversations with Wellbeing Experts

    With winter on our doorstep, it’s the perfect time to direct our attention to looking after ourselves physically and mentally. Luckily, Melbourne’s newest boutique wellness event, Super Bloom Festival, is coming to the Convent on 13 and 14 April. We sat down with some of the wellbeing experts involved in the event to share their best wellness tips and insights.

    Conversations with Creative Women at the Convent

    The Convent is home to over 120 creatives, organisations and wellbeing practitioners, forming the beating heart of this creative precinct.

    This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the women in our Convent community. Their presence and work breathes new life into this historic precinct every day.

    In Conversation with Kelli Alred

    We’re excited to launch our Magdalen Laundries Program with Temporal Proximities, curated by Kelli Alred. We spoke with Kelli about the challenges of combining static and performative works, and how the unique characteristics of the Convent’s heritage-listed Magdalen Laundries shaped the exhibition.

    In Conversation with Grand Ridge's Sam Cumming

    Over one big weekend, on February 23 and 24, the Convent will welcome hundreds of craft beer fans to celebrate summer at Brewers Feast. We chat with Sam Cumming from Grand Ridge, one of the breweries taking part in the event, about the ins and outs of craft beer, trends in the industry, and what festival guests can expect from Grand Ridge at Brewers Feast.

    Announcing Our New Monthly Market Provider

    The Abbotsford Convent Foundation is pleased to announce that Melbourne Farmers Markets (MFM) has been appointed to deliver a regular food market at the Convent from 23 February 2019. As the existing regular market contract was nearing its completion date, it was timely for the ACF to consider ways to improve and expand our market offering through collaboration with our creative tenants, partners and the broader community.

    In Conversation with Penny Quartet’s Madeleine Jevons

    Known across the country and beyond for their vibrant approach to performance, Penny Quartet will present a concert of Beethoven and Mozart favourites at the Convent on Friday 15 February. We spoke with Madeleine Jevons from Penny Quartet about the group’s exploratory attitude to repertoire and how 2019 is set to be the quartet’s biggest year of performance.

    In Conversation with Choreographer Ashley Dougan

    Forest Collective’s upcoming production shines a new light on the Orpheus myth, paying equal attention to his love of men and women. The show’s premiere season will run from 31 January – 3 February at the Convent as part of Midsumma Festival. We chat to Orpheus choreographer Ashley Dougan about this world premiere ballet-opera, and the lesser-known elements of the Orpheus myth it explores.

    In Conversation with Slow Art Collective's Dylan and Chaco

    This month, hundreds of children are descending on the Convent’s c3 Contemporary Art Space to experience Slow Art Collective’s Sensory Art Lab. We chat to Dylan Martorell and Chaco Kato from Slow Art Collective about Sensory Art Lab, their slow art philosophy, and why simple materials can often generate the most wonder.