Five Arts events not to miss around Australia this November

Summer is closing in, and you know exactly what that means. Australia is home to some of the biggest and brightest selections of entertainment and there is no doubt that coming up there will be something for everybody. From Jazz Festivals to Comedy shows, November is jam-packed with ah-mazing events and we aren’t going to judge if you grab yourself a sneaky ticket to everything on our calendar for this month.

Just For Laughs Comedy Festival

November 19th – 25th / Sydney Opera House

Get ready to belly laugh your way through an entire week of incredibly hilarious acts at the annual Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, kicking off at the Sydney Opera House in just seventeen days. Returning for its eight year, the festival boasts a stellar line-up of international and Australian comedians who are bound to make you giggle uncontrollably. From the stars of Who’s Line Is It Anyway? Colin, Brad and Greg, clean-cut favourite Ryan Hamilton and the remarkably hilarious Ken Jeong, best known for his roles in The Hangover and Crazy Rich Asians, this star-studded festival is an unmissable November event.

To check out the entire line-up of events and secure your tickets, head on over to the festival site HERE.

Perth International Jazz Festival

November 9th – 11th / Perth Cultural Centre & Ellington Jazz Club

Back for its sixth year, this three-day festival held in Perth is a vibrant and exciting exploration of music and performance. Presented to promote jazz music to the wider community, the much-anticipated weekend event will present incredible performers from far and wide in numerous venues across the city, with a program that boasts a little something for everyone.

Australian favourite Kate Ceberano joins Carl Mackey to present ‘Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley’, whilst the Artemis Orchestra present a collaboration with Perth’s leading female jazz artists as the finale for WAYJO’s focus on Women in Jazz. With both free community events and stunning ticketing performances, there is plenty for Perth audiences to get excited about.

For the full program and to book your tickets, head on over to the Perth International Jazz Festival website HERE.

Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival

November 16-18th / Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Word for Word Saturday PM. Picture: Mike Dugdale

Australia’s only national literary event with a focus on non-fiction work and ideas. Prepare to be moved, inspired and challenged with an array of fantastic, authentic voices and robust discussions on an array of issues such as #METOO and #TIMESUP movements, history and racism, asylum seekers, true crime, memoirs and much much more.

The first day of the festival boasts writing masterclasses, whilst the opening night features conversations with the critically acclaimed writer Helen Garner, and the announcement of the 2018 Scribe Non-Fiction Prize for Young Authors. With presentations by human rights advocate Professor Gillian Triggs, six-time Walkley winner Kerry O’Brien, Clementine Ford and leading social researcher Hugh Mackay, this event is full of incredible and inspirational speakers and classes.

For the full program and to grab yourself a ticket, head on over to the festival website HERE.

Jaipur Literature Festival

November 9-11th / Adelaide

In collaboration with OzAsia Festival, Teamwork Arts have brought together an amazing free three-day festival in various venues around Adelaide celebrating cultural connections and new perspectives. Showcasing the stories and heritage of South Asia, this festival will be reflecting a global view of contemporary literature and celebrating critically acclaimed writers and thinkers from across the globe with a selection of panels, debates, performances, workshops and so much more.

With events such as Hyphenation: Bridges Across Cultures exploring the puzzles of identity and cultural hyphenation, through to a distinguished panel of Australian and Indian academics Anna Funder, Christopher Raja and Wendy Were discussing global alliances, history and partnerships, this event is perfect for anyone interested in global connection, cultural collaboration and fantastic literature.

For the full program and tickets, head on over to the Jaipur Literature Festival website HERE.

Raising the Bar Melbourne

November 28th 6:30pm til late / Various Melbourne Bars

Bringing together some of Melbourne’s greatest minds and creative thinkers, Raising the Bar is an event that will ignite discussions on huge topics and fosters learning and education as a part of a city’s popular culture. From themes such as whether nerds run the world, why we can’t vote online, and how much we should worry about data privacy, Raising the Bar aims to raise the bar on the content we consume everyday in some of our favourite places.

Held in seven bars across Melbourne with twenty-two talks, you are completely free (and encouraged) to go bar-hopping on a Wednesday night and enjoy some incredible, out of the box thinking. We promise we won’t tell your boss, but there is no promises that you won’t want to tell them after this superb, sell out event. A global initiative that has been held worldwide from New York to Hong Kong, this is an event you do not want to miss this month.

Following two previous sell out years, tickets are bound to go quick, so head on over to the website to grab yours and check out the program for more information HERE.

Tiana Sixsmith

Rates: Political memes, live music, well written books and fun socks. Hates: People who walk slowly, yellow starbursts and boring socks. You can find her on Instagram @tianasixsmithyeah or tweeting @tianaaasixsmith