Melbourne's Chapel Street PROVOCARÉ Festival of the Arts is back for its second year, and it's bound to be as alluring, if not more so, than its first edition. With a new lineup of dramatic performances and artwork, as well as Spencer Tunick's distinctive nude installation, the winter art festival is set to be something completely unafraid and honest.
From July 5–15, PROVOCARÉ offers a plethora of opportunities for you to immerse yourself in a world of pure creativity. With live performances, an art walk, blindfolded dinner, video art and much more, the festival will meet your art cravings and make you question reality. It's also a great excuse for you to explore the eateries and retail businesses in the area.
At I Want to Know What Love Is, connect with the emotions attached to all things romance and heartbreak, while enjoying the stage performance centred around true confessions and tales of "love's gritty collision course".
Get your shine on as Reuben Kaye makes you laugh and dance around with Glitter. From July 7–15 at Chapel Off Chapel, the show will transport you to a world of colour with all the filthy language, dazzling sequences and hopefully ridiculous sets (like a gin bathtub).
And with only five shows during the festival, the Empty Bodies circus should be a priority on your list. Witness the dramatic display of life and identity, as elite graduates from the National Institute of Circus Arts perform the reflection of "chaos in conflict with order".
If you're keen for an event that encompasses all the things PROVOCARÉ stands for, then join the club — literally. Starting at 8.15pm, Club PROVOCARÉ is serving serious seduction every night of the festival. With burlesque, drag shows and other tempting entertainment led by cabaret queen Bernie Dieter, you won't want to miss a minute of the fun.
Lastly, EcoCaddy is providing free transportation all festival long to get you from one arty event to another without the worry of a ridiculous ride fee.
For tickets and more event information, head to the PROVOCARÉ website.