What we're about

This is a social group dedicated to exploring all the strange, obscure, weird, wild, absurd, bizarre, avant garde, unconventional entertainments that Melbourne has to offer.

BEWARE! This ain't no brunch club. There will be NO trivia nights at the local RSL. This group is not for the faint of heart - it is for people who are fun, adventurous, and ready to hit their wild button. All ages (18+), all genders, all sexual orientations, all types - anyone who wants to explore an alternative, bohemian, experimental, wild-at-heart side of Melbourne is welcome!

We want this to be the place where everyone can just come as they are and mingle with people who are like them AND who are NOT like them. Let your hair down! Go wild! Be open minded, be non-judgmental, expand yourself, challenge yourself and, most importantly, BE yourself.

"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!" - Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

OUR TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM

Our events (like our members!) are each wild in a different way.

Some events are artistically wild, challenging us to explore new and unusual forms of art, music, burlesque, cabaret, poetry, theatre...and all varieties of bohemian performing arts events. We call these "GREEN EVENTS"

Some events are socially wild, and involve activities that challenging us to open up and risk truth in order to make genuine, non-superficial connections with each other. We call these "YELLOW EVENTS"

Some events are just plain WILD and only suitable for the truly adventurous!! These events challenge our self-imposed limitations and the socially constructed concepts of "normal". If an event "May contain nudity and adult themes" we will mark them as a "RED EVENT!"

WHERE WE DRAW THE LINE:

There are no drugs and no sex parties! We do not include things in our event that put our members at risk, break the law or fail to meet with meetups defined policies and guidelines. Each member is responsible for their own behavior and is expected to treat members, venues, entertainers and staff with courtesy and respect.

TICKETS:

Our events are audience funded so almost all of our events are pre-purchase only. (no tickets at the door). This enables us to cover costs of our events without risk. We are unable to offer refunds, however, if you purchase a ticket and then can't make it, you can post on our message board that you are looking to sell your ticket.

Upcoming events (5)

DRAGON FLAME: Midwinter Fire Festival

24 Moons

At the darkest and coldest time of year, friends and strangers gather to commune with the gods of fire! This immersive social celebration explores and celebrates the human relationship with fire with a dazzling array of fire acts, from graceful palm candles to wild flaming swords. Lively social activities and dance floor sessions ignite new friendships and warm even the coldest of hearts. Come dressed as a fantasy fire-themed character and be a part of the spectacle! Come on your own or bring your friends and loved ones. Leave no one out in the cold! **YELLOW EVENT** DRESS THEME: Come dressed as a fantasy creature or character associated with fire. Fire gods and goddesses, fire sprites, devils, fire demons, dragons, phoenix, a Balrog of Middle Earth, Daenerys Targaryen, St George the Dragon Slayer... If you’re really stuck for ideas or you just don’t do fancy dress too well, just wear festive fire colors - red, orange, yellow or gold. Just don't come completely casual or you'll feel left out! ENTERTAINMENT: The Venus Underground Ensemble (creators of Temple of Lilith, ErotiCats, and Pirates of NoPantz) lead us through an evening of fire and fantasy! Our artists draw from various mythologies, each portraying a different fire god or goddess as they perform wildly beautiful fire acts and guide us through creative social activities. Of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without music and dancing so be ready to join us on the dance floor for some festive grooves! DRINKS & NIBBLES: Drinks are available for purchase at the bar. The venue serves food and there will be some complimentary nibbles on offer, however, dinner is not included in the ticket price. TICKETS: $48 TICKETS MUST BE PRE-PURCHASED ONLINE! NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR PURCHASE TICKETS HERE>> https://www.trybooking.com/BCRVW

PERSEPHONE: TO HELL - Slow Friending Dinner Theatre

Royal Melbourne Hotel

Be a part of Persephone’s journey as she ventures deep into the underworld in pursuit of her darksome lover. Persephone: to Hell is an immersive dinner theatre event consisting of four theatrical performances, four courses of food, four different sets of dinner partners, and four themed discussion questions to pepper the evening with spicy conversation. Join our friendly community of bohemians for an artistic social evening that is deliciously out of this world. **Contains some artistic nudity TICKETS: $65 This covers: - Dinner consisting of four mini courses - Entertainment - Exclusive entry (this is a private, exclusive event!) PRE-PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE - NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE>> https://www.trybooking.com/BDMUO THE STORY: Persephone: To Hell is the first of four events which together tell the story of the mythological character, Persephone. Originating in Greek and Roman mythology, Persephone is the symbolic embodiment of the four seasons. She appears repeatedly throughout literary history, imagined and re-imagined by poets and storytellers throughout the ages. This chapter of the Persephone Cycle tells the story of Persephone’s wintertime journey into Hades where she transforms from the Goddess of Spring into the Queen of the Underworld. THE STRUCTURE: The evening is broken up into four parts. Each part part contains a 10-15 minute performance, a serving of food, and a themed discussion question. Guests are sat at tables of four and rotated to provide a different set of dinner partners for each course. THE CREW: The Venus Underground ensemble create and host socially enriching artistic events for our community. Our ensemble are gracious party hosts and enliven every occasion with their impressive variety of performing arts skills. Persephone: to Hell incorporates music, dance, physical theater, striptease, and Japanese shibari in an immersive theatre setting. Persephone: to Hell is hosted and performed by: Scarlet Rose as Persephone - Scarlet Rose is a fierce, inked up red head that brings out the fire in all of us. A seasoned veteran on the stage she shocks audience members with the unexpected and then some! Highly skilled in a vast array of disciplines including fire eating, breathing, fans, dragonstaff, swords, singing, striptease, pole and twerk. Scarlet spreads her passion for performing like wildfire! Taking the world by storm with glorious, magnificent fire and a strong sense of purpose. Raised in the flames of creative arts, Scarlet blends a variety of breathtaking and remarkable fire acts with fantastically choreographed dance and expressive, graceful movement. Rich as Hades - Rich is a multi faceted performer, who delights in bringing character to his chosen arts of juggling, fire spinning, music, shibari and dance. Always looking to spice up the brew by blending new and different elements to perform. Jess - Minion of Hell - Jessica (aka Rebecca Diamond), who stunned and delighted audience in Temple of Lilith, returns once again to the Wild Things/Dare Evil stage. Jess is an accomplished dancer with a well-studied background in jazz, tap, classical and contemporary ballet and is a professional striptease artist. Yosh - Minion of Hell - Yosh is back again after his last feature in Pirates displaying his agility and athleticism on stage in this very same venue. Specialising in acrobatics and the martial arts, Yosh brings to the stage a new energy with captivating displays of what the human body is truly capable of! THE VENUE: The Cells at Royal Melbourne Hotel Step inside the original bluestone heritage-listed Cellblock of the old jail. Once a temporary home to some of Melbourne’s most infamous characters, The Cells is an impressively unique social entertainment space.

SPICE OF LIFE: Progressive Dinner Explore Footscray Edition

How often do we come to conclusions about people based on superficial basics such as age, appearance and profession? THE SPICE OF LIFE dinner game is aimed at helping us move passed preconceived ideas about each other by challenging us to reveal strange, unusual, or unexpected secrets with each other. Come on a singles friending foodie adventure! Explore a variety of strange and wonderful bars/ restaurants and make friends with a colorful and varied group of friendly single bohemians. All ages, all backgrounds....variety is the spice of life! WHY FOOTSCRAY? We thought it would be fun to shake it up a bit by adding a new element.....exploration! Footscray's multiculturalism has fostered such a sense of community in the suburb; making it a great place to try new food and explore the arts. It's also known for its thriving food scene, with few better places to get authentic Vietnamese and African cuisine in Melbourne. A place known for good, wholesome meals, in a more intimate and cosy setting, its a nice change from the hustle and bustle of the city. Come with us and explore the suburb of Footscray...or as some call it, Footscrazy! Lets go and see if the whispers are true! HOW IT WORKS: Everyone meets at Sloth at 7pm When you arrive, you will be given a dinner schedule that will take you to one venue for entree, another for main, and a third for dessert. Each course comes with a different set of dinner partners and a question that asks you to reveal a secret or unusual fact about yourself. What is said at the table STAYS AT THE TABLE. Meet back at Sloth after dinner for a drink and mingling TICKETS: $55 - but you get $40 back in cash when you arrive to spend on food and drinks. Why do we do this? 1) To minimize no-shows. 2) So that everyone has cash to make it easier to split bills. TICKETS MUST BE PRE-PURCHASED ONLINE BEFORE THE DAY OF THE EVENT PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE>>https://www.trybooking.com/BDTQY

PERSEPHONE: TO HELL - Slow Friending Dinner Theatre

Royal Melbourne Hotel

Be a part of Persephone’s journey as she ventures deep into the underworld in pursuit of her darksome lover. Persephone: to Hell is an immersive dinner theatre event consisting of four theatrical performances, four courses of food, four different sets of dinner partners, and four themed discussion questions to pepper the evening with spicy conversation. Join our friendly community of bohemians for an artistic social evening that is deliciously out of this world. TICKETS: $65 This covers: - Dinner consisting of four mini courses - Entertainment - Exclusive entry (this is a private, exclusive event!) PRE-PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE - NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE>> https://www.trybooking.com/BDMUO THE STORY: Persephone: To Hell is the first of four events which together tell the story of the mythological character, Persephone. Originating in Greek and Roman mythology, Persephone is the symbolic embodiment of the four seasons. She appears repeatedly throughout literary history, imagined and re-imagined by poets and storytellers throughout the ages. This chapter of the Persephone Cycle tells the story of Persephone’s wintertime journey into Hades where she transforms from the Goddess of Spring into the Queen of the Underworld. THE STRUCTURE: The evening is broken up into four parts. Each part part contains a 10-15 minute performance, a serving of food, and a themed discussion question. Guests are sat at tables of four and rotated to provide a different set of dinner partners for each course. THE CREW: The Venus Underground ensemble create and host socially enriching artistic events for our community. Our ensemble are gracious party hosts and enliven every occasion with their impressive variety of performing arts skills. Persephone: to Hell incorporates music, dance, physical theater, striptease, and Japanese shibari in an immersive theatre setting. Persephone: to Hell is hosted and performed by: Scarlet Rose as Persephone - Scarlet Rose is a fierce, inked up red head that brings out the fire in all of us. A seasoned veteran on the stage she shocks audience members with the unexpected and then some! Highly skilled in a vast array of disciplines including fire eating, breathing, fans, dragonstaff, swords, singing, striptease, pole and twerk. Scarlet spreads her passion for performing like wildfire! Taking the world by storm with glorious, magnificent fire and a strong sense of purpose. Raised in the flames of creative arts, Scarlet blends a variety of breathtaking and remarkable fire acts with fantastically choreographed dance and expressive, graceful movement. Rich as Hades - Rich is a multi faceted performer, who delights in bringing character to his chosen arts of juggling, fire spinning, music, shibari and dance. Always looking to spice up the brew by blending new and different elements to perform. Jess - Minion of Hell - Jessica (aka Rebecca Diamond), who stunned and delighted audience in Temple of Lilith, returns once again to the Wild Things/Dare Evil stage. Jess is an accomplished dancer with a well-studied background in jazz, tap, classical and contemporary ballet and is a professional striptease artist. Yosh - Minion of Hell - Yosh is back again after his last feature in Pirates displaying his agility and athleticism on stage in this very same venue. Specialising in acrobatics and the martial arts, Yosh brings to the stage a new energy with captivating displays of what the human body is truly capable of! THE VENUE: The Cells at Royal Melbourne Hotel Step inside the original bluestone heritage-listed Cellblock of the old jail. Once a temporary home to some of Melbourne’s most infamous characters, The Cells is an impressively unique social entertainment space.

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