Visiting Melbourne

Visiting Melbourne

Destination Melbourne are the proud publishers of the Official Visitors Guide to Melbourne. In addition to picking up a hard copy version of this must-have guide as you arrive through the airport, the guide is now available in iphone app, ipad and Android app versions. Download here for Melbourne's best guide, including interactive maps, itineraries, and to enjoy the special offers.

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If you are flying into Melbourne, make sure you go to visitvictoria.com to find out everything you need to know about the city and its attractions, Victoria's must-see destinations, accommodation options and travel ideas for every budget.

For business visitors stay up to date with meetings and events at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre or plan your next conference with the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau.

Here are some of the many cultural and sporting events coming up in the city and around Victoria:



Blueherring Pop-up
20 January 2014 until 26 August 2015

Blueherring Pop-up

The Blueherring pop-up is a mini-exhibition and retail stand for photographic artwork about Melbourne.

Unique memories and moments of Melbourne are available on quality cards, calendars, fridge magnets, limited edition prints, canvases, and other one-off artworks. All work is created by local Melbourne artist and photographer, Analise.

Artwork focuses on architecture, Melbourne's famous laneways and other iconic scenes.

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John Wolseley: Heartlands and Headwaters
11 April 2015 until 16 August 2015

John Wolseley: Heartlands and Headwaters

For four years, artist John Wolseley has roamed the coastal floodplains of the Northern Territory through to the glacial lakes of Tasmania, exploring and recording in exquisite detail the diverse wetlands of Australia.

This series of eighteen evocative works on paper, many of them monumental in scale (up to 10 metres in size), detail the geographical features and unique plants and animals of these wetlands in works characterised by minutely-observed drawing and rich watercolour washes.

Many works combine collage and unusual markings made through burying works or hoisting large sheets of paper across the charred remains of burnt tree trunks and branches. Through this 'collaboration' with the natural environment, Wolseley subverts traditional approaches to the depiction of landscape and seeking to give the natural world a more active presence in the work of art.

The mangrove swamps of Roebuck Bay in Western Australia, the flood plains of the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory, the Finke River in the Simpson Desert and the sphagnum swamps of Skullbone Plains in central Tasmania are just some of the sites detailed in these impressive works.

Commissioned by Sir Roderick Carnegie AC, these works celebrate the beauty of the Australian wilderness and encourage an understanding of the significance and environmental fragility of these remote and little-known sites.

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John Wolseley – Heartlands and Headwaters
11 April 2015 until 16 August 2015

John Wolseley – Heartlands and Headwaters

Over the past four years, John Wolseley has explored the waterways and wetlands of Australia in a major series of new works commissioned by Sir Roderick Carnegie.

In this series of monumentally scaled works on paper, the artist celebrates the variety and unique nature of water forms in Australia. The mangrove swamps in Roebuck Bay (WA), the floodplains of Garanalli in the Northern Territory, the Finke River in the Simpson Desert and the sphagnum swamps of Skullbone Plains in Tasmania are just some of the sites detailed in these impressive works.

The different geographical features and unique plant and animal forms of these wetlands are depicted in the finely worked drawing and rich watercolour washes that characterise Wolseley’s work. Many also combine collage elements and markings made 'in collaboration' with the natural environment. Through this way of working, which includes burying works and drawing with carbonised wood found in the bush, the artist subverts traditional approaches to the depiction of landscape.

These works celebrate the beauty of the Australian wilderness, and encourage an understanding of the significance and environmental fragility of these remote and little-known sites.

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Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914–45
24 April 2015 until 16 August 2015

Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914–45

Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914–45 is the NGV’s contribution to the rich and diverse cultural offerings being presented to the Victorian public in 2015 to mark the centenary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli Cove.

In response to this important moment in Australian history, the gallery is presenting a major exhibition showing the work of Australian artists who drew on their experiences of war between 1914 and 1945.

The exhibition comprises a diverse range of works, including paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculpture and vernacular art, reflecting the diversity of attitudes and experiences of this turbulent time in Australia and around the world.

See the work of some of Australia’s best-known artists, including Arthur Streeton, Russell Drysdale, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, Frank Hurley and Max Dupain, as well as soldier artists and unknown contributors.

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Gods, Heroes and Clowns:  Performance and Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art
01 May 2015 until 30 August 2015

Gods, Heroes and Clowns: Performance and Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art

For centuries past, the many countries, ethnic groups and religions of South and Southeast Asia have enjoyed rich storytelling traditions, using lavishly illustrated storyteller's cloths to recite the great Hindu epics and animated puppet shows to portray the exploits of local folk heroes and mythical kings. A new NGV exhibition titled Gods, Heroes and Clowns: Performance and Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art will explore these stories, their performance, and ongoing role within contemporary society.

More than 50 rarely seen works from India, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia and Cambodia will be showcased, including storyteller's cloths, ceremonial hangings, puppets, sculptures, paintings and masks, which are used in rural villages, royal courts, temples and modern urban settings. Many of the pieces form part of ceremonial and performative traditions which are still thriving today, revealing complex stories of myth, history, magic, everyday life, pathos, bravery and humour, which resonate across time and space to captivate new audiences.

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Impossible Occurrences - Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
26 May 2015 until 30 October 2015

Impossible Occurrences - Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show

Witness Impossible Occurrences, one of Melbourne's most exclusive magic show at The Marriott Hotel.

If you are Melbourne local or visitor this a must see.

Award winning magician Luke Hocking intrigues and amazes with astounding displays of magic, illusion and mind reading.

The performance blends elegance and astonishment to create an unbelievable entertainment experience like no other. Showcased in Melbourne's five star Marriott Hotel, this is a performance of utter distinction.

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Feel Young
04 June 2015 until 17 December 2015

Feel Young

Drawing from ancient Chinese traditions, Feel Young combines gentle exercise and dance in a program suitable for all ages.

Led by expert instructors from the Federation of Chinese Associations, Feel Young is designed to invigorate the mind and the body, building fitness, balance and mobility.

All ages are welcome and bookings not required.

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ArtPlay Backyard
01 July 2015 until 06 September 2015

ArtPlay Backyard

Come and play in the ArtPlay Backyard.

All sorts of materials will be on hand for you to create your artwork. Draw in the sand, build sculptures with recycled and natural materials or muck about with water. Make a mandala, wrap up some rope or ribbon and dream up your own mini landscape. Anything is possible!

Don't forget to wear appropriate clothing, as the program will run whatever the weather. This is a great family friendly activity that every can get involved in.

Workshops are on 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12 July; 2 August; and 6 September. Please contact for further details.

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Feathering the Nest: Richard Nylon Meets William Johnston
07 July 2015 until 20 October 2015

Feathering the Nest: Richard Nylon Meets William Johnston

Renowned Melbourne-based milliner, Richard Nylon, is the guest curator of Fairhall House Museum at the Johnston Collection as part of the continuing 'House of Ideas' series.

In Feathering the Nest: Richard Nylon meets William Johnston, Nylon applies his consummate knowledge of the English Regency period to Fairhall and William Johnston's magnificent collection in this personally guided house museum tour.

After-hours tours second Saturday of each month at 10am and noon, and the third Thursday of each month at 6pm.

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David Bowie is
16 July 2015 until 01 November 2015

David Bowie is

Seen by over one million people worldwide at sell-out shows in London, Paris, Chicago and Berlin, David Bowie is comes exclusively to ACMI from London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Celebrate one of the most influential artists in music, film and video, fashion and performance in this groundbreaking exhibition at its only Australasian venue.

Featuring over 50 legendary costumes, original stage set designs, handwritten lyric sheets, album artwork, rare film, video and photographs and interviews with collaborators, the exhibition showcases Bowie's impact as a live performer and screen star.

Avoid the queues and book online now for this strictly limited season.

Image is album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Photograph by Brian Duffy. Photo Duffy copyright Duffy Archive and The David Bowie Archive.

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Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill
17 July 2015 until 25 October 2015

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill

Step back in time to colonial Australia in this stunning free exhibition. Premiering 17 July, Australian sketchbook: Colonial life and the art of ST Gill provides a window onto everyday life on the goldfields and in the bush, cities and towns of 19th-century Australia.

Prospectors, Aboriginal Australians, larrikins and swagmen - see classic Australian characters brought to life in the vibrant imagery of ST Gill, the most significant artist of the colonial era. From Dead Man's Creek to Diggers Rest, Gill captures the essence of a young nation - its resilience, dry humour and above all, its love of an underdog.

Once Australia's most popular artist and now a forgotten name, this first-ever retrospective brings a lifetime of ST Gill's work to light, showcasing more than 200 paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints.

The exhibition is complemented by a host of free programming, including guided tours, illuminating discussions and curator presentations.

A major publication on Gill's life and work has been launched to accompany this exhibition. Pick up a copy of S.T. Gill & his audiences by curator and art historian Professor Sasha Grishin at Readings, State Library Victoria.

A series of satellite exhibitions displaying additional ST Gill artworks will be held in Bendigo, Ballarat, Castlemaine and Geelong from July to October 2015. An associated conference, S.T. Gill and the Colonial World, will be held on 17 and 18 July 2015, presented by the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne, in partnership with State Library Victoria supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.

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Bette: Your Life – The Bette Midler Tribute Performance
18 July 2015 until 22 August 2015

Bette: Your Life – The Bette Midler Tribute Performance

One of the greatest personalities to ever perform on any stage, and adored by all ages, Bette Midler inspired and charmed a generation with her songs and movies.

Now, for a limited season, Australia's only vaudeville theatre, Speakeasy HQ, presents a truly stunning tribute performance by the cabaret icon Belinda Hanne Reid, as she sings some of Bette Midler's biggest hits of all time.

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Ella's Live Swing Quartet
20 July 2015 until 28 December 2015

Ella's Live Swing Quartet

Ella's Live Swing Quartet features Bernadeta Glow on vocals with Scott Griffiths on piano and guitar, with a rhythm section, playing 50s style swing.

Bring your dancing shoes and swing the night away to all those Ella Fitzgerald tunes you love.

Check the website for event updates.

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Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill - Guided Tour
20 July 2015 until 25 October 2015

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill - Guided Tour

Take a guided tour of the exhibition Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill.

Australian sketchbook provides a window onto the world of colonial Australia, showcasing a lifetime of work by the nation's most popular mid-19th-century artist.

Tours run daily. No booking required, except for groups.

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Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children's Book Illustrations
25 July 2015 until 04 October 2015

Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children's Book Illustrations

Enchanting large-scale works from more than 60 of Australia's best-loved book illustrators will feature in Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children's Book Illustrations. Original and instantly recognisable images will be showcased including award-winning work by Graeme Base for The Eleventh Hour, Shaun Tan for the popular John Marsden book The Rabbits and Ron Brooks' cover of The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek, as well as familiar characters such as Leigh Hobbs' cheeky cat Old Tom.

Providing an insight into the development of children's book illustrations over the past forty years, the works are inspired by Australia's unique natural environment, telling stories of family, home, fantasy and adventure in the distinctive settings of the bush, the beach and the city.

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Crafty Mondays at Fed Square
03 August 2015 until 03 August 2015

Crafty Mondays at Fed Square

Discover the creativity of embroidery with members from the Embroiderer's Guild of Victoria on the first Monday of each month. In these free sessions you can watch various techniques or stitch up a piece yourself.

Learn the old craft of crochet on the second Monday of each month with workshops led by a group of volunteer crochet enthusiasts who are making red crochet poppies for display on ANZAC Day 2015.

Explore the simple but intricate craft of basket making in a new program led by the weaving wonders from the Basketmakers of Victoria. Basket making classes run on the third Monday of each month.

Whether you are a knitting Nanna, cabling crusader or stitching superstar, bring your knitting needles to The Atrium on on the fourth Monday of each month to knit one, purl two under the guidance of experts from The Handknitters Guild.

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Comedy At Spleen
03 August 2015 until 03 August 2015

Comedy At Spleen

Every Monday night, Comedy at Spleen brings you the biggest names in comedy, mixed with the newest up and comers in Melbourne.

It has been one of the best comedy rooms in the country for more than seven years and has seen big names like Wil Anderson, Dave Hughes and Jimeoin drop in unannounced, as well as grooming the future of comedy like Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola and many more.

It is all for a measly gold coin donation - or more if you are feeling generous.

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Classics at Fed Square
03 August 2015 until 03 August 2015

Classics at Fed Square

Enjoy your favourite music all year round with Classics at Fed Square.

Held in the stunning surrounds of the Deakin Edge, these free monthly concerts offer something for everyone, from classical and swing to big band, jazz and even contemporary pop!

The diverse program includes some of the best local soloists along with big bands from across Victoria. Bring a friend and make a day of it, with free exhibitions at ACMI and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and plenty of great cafes open for lunch or coffee.

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2015 Squash Australian Open Championships
03 August 2015 until 09 August 2015

2015 Squash Australian Open Championships

The 2015 Australian Open Squash Championships will be hosted by Squash & Racquetball Victoria at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, Albert Park.

The event is a Tour 25 event on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) and a Silver 25 on the Women's Squash Association (Women's Squash Association) international circuits. Prize money for both events is $25,000 (split between all 32 main draw entrants).

Players who have entered to date include Australia's number one and world number 19 Cameron Pilley, Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS - 2014 Victorian Open runner up), Melbourne's Rex Hedrick, Greg Lobban (Scotland) and Martin Knight (New Zealand).

Schedule of Play:

Qualifying Round One from 12:00 noon (Free entry)
Qualifying Round Two from 12:00 noon (Free entry)
Main draw Round One from 4:30 pm (Free entry)
Main draw Round Two from 4:30 pm (Free entry)

Quarter-final Sessions commence from 1.00 pm (Sessions comprise two matches - one Women's, one Men's and Tickets are required. Tickets available from Ticketmaster late April and are limited)
Semi-final Sessions commence from 2.00 pm (Sessions comprise two matches - one Women's, one Men's and Tickets are required. Tickets available from Ticketmaster and are limited)

Final Session commences at 3:00 pm (Session comprise two finals - Women's and Men's Tickets are required. Limited tickets are available from Ticketmaster).

To be first to be notified when tickets go on sale - download the Squash & Racquetball Victoria App in the App store (iPhone and Android).

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Gian Manik - Umbrella
04 August 2015 until 29 August 2015

Gian Manik - Umbrella

Gian Manik's work is highly conceptual and deeply rooted in materiality. His creative process stems from his artistic materials, which act as a springboard for imagined systems or structures. The potential for creation is the driving force; a space of growth and of bringing something into existence is essential.

For his solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery, Gian Manik will present a new body of work that continues his engagement with painting images of mirrored surfaces. The works are rooted in an element of chance, as the subjects of his paintings are dependent on what appears in the reflection. This includes abstracted images of the artist's body, windows, walls and even other paintings in the studio. Worlds within worlds are created and manipulated, and what is produced on the canvas arrives through multifaceted pathways.

Manik explores the liminal space that exists when numerous visual devices are utilised. The space 'in between' also exists in the physical realm, between the mirror, the object, the painter and the canvas. These elements vibrate and coalesce into an image that transcribes the essence of the artist's environment.


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Claire Bridge Solo Exhibition
04 August 2015 until 08 August 2015

Claire Bridge Solo Exhibition

Claire Bridge has always masterfully executed the models who have graced her canvases. In her solo exhibition she has painstakingly elevated them with a skillset likened to Master painters of old, rendering reclining nudes and subjects gazing wistfully into a star-spattered sky.

Yet with her latest body of work she has consciously relaxed her hand, allowed her paintbrush to lay lightly within her fingertips and instead of depicting the life model before her with an acute analytic gaze, she has allowed her mind to wander.

Her strokes are broader, her application painterly and more loosely flowing. It is here where Bridge has allowed us to explore a unique intimacy with the artist and her model that cannot be found within taut lines and the marks of a conscious brush.

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Benjamin Lichtenstein - Living in Oblivion
04 August 2015 until 29 August 2015

Benjamin Lichtenstein - Living in Oblivion

Benjamin Lichtenstein does not simply take photographs - he creates them. For this young, upcoming artist, the process does not end at the camera, but extends to the darkroom and beyond. Manipulating the images by hand, strong lines and restrained patterns begin to arise. Merging photography with collage and drawing, the surface of the image is blended to the point where the original medium is no longer recognisable.

For his solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery, Lichtenstein will present a new body of monochromatic works. The multi-paneled compositions embody the artist's unique imagery through painting masks in the darkroom printing process. Living in Oblivion is Lichtenstein's most ambitious body of work to date, exceeding the usual dimensions of his work and pushing the limits during the printing process. Living in Oblivion references the film of the same name, described as 'a film about film making', alluding to Lichtenstein's technical proficiency and experimentation with photography as a medium.

Lichtenstein's images capture the hand of the artist in a way the medium usually denies. The resulting monochromatic creations are unique prints, each work personifying an intimate and distinctive vision.

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Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill - Curator Tour
06 August 2015 until 06 August 2015

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill - Curator Tour

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill - Curator Tour provides a window onto the world of colonial Australia, showcasing a lifetime of work by the nation's most popular mid-19th-century artist.

Tour the exhibition with curator and art historian Professor Sasha Grishin as he gives fascinating insights into colonial history and the art of ST Gill.

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A Grand Literary Dinner
06 August 2015 until 06 August 2015

A Grand Literary Dinner

In partnership with the Wheeler Centre, MGallery Hotels are providing Australian writers with a three-day residence in their boutique hotels, with the aim to provide a creative retreat, a chance to focus on their writing and creative practice, away from the distractions and demands of everyday life. All writers have been commissioned to write a short story which will be published in a unique book, an edition de luxe.

During their residencies, each writer will also appear in conversation for an intimate discussion of their work and their contribution to Australian literature.

This grand literary dinner features Robyn Annear, a historian and author who spends her time on her property in Castlemaine, writing and researching. She is best known for her books Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne and A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker's Melbourne.

Enjoy champagne and a four-course menu while listening to tales of creativity, inspiration and success from this popular and successful author.

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Immortal Horns
07 August 2015 until 07 August 2015

Immortal Horns

The high-energy Immortal Horns have stormed the Melbourne music scene with their gut-busting brass sound.

Originally conceived as a busking group, they juxtapose smooth harmonies with punchy riffs, all executed by their fearsome line-up of trumpet, trombone, tuba and drums.

With influences that span a wide array of artists and sets that incorporate a fusion of traditional New Orleans jazz, hip-hop and funk, the Immortal Horns have been turning heads and impressing crowds since their inception in mid-2014.

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Bogan Bombshell - Janeen from Clarinda Cabaret
07 August 2015 until 07 August 2015

Bogan Bombshell - Janeen from Clarinda Cabaret

Direct from triumphant engagements in rural Victoria, the Bogan Bombshell herself; Janeen from Clarinda is on a mission!

After being caught embezzling hundreds of dollars from the McHappy Day Fund, Janeen's hubby Johnno has landed in jail - with the bail set at $176.

In a bu-lesk-q-ee specatcular featuring her hit songs "Bogans are People Too', "Get em out" plus classics like "All that BAM", she puts her sanitation engineer skills to their biggest ever test.

Can the Duchess of Dunnies raise the cash to rescue her hubby from prison popularity?

One night only! Doors open at 7pm.

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A Night of Swing
08 August 2015 until 08 August 2015

A Night of Swing

Errol's Angels Community Choir and Friends present a set of songs from the 1930s and '40s, followed by Dr Crask and his Swingin' Elixir band, playing their dance floor standards for you to swing and dance the night away.

The evening will commence with swing dance lessons for those who wish to learn or sharpen their steps.

Funds raised will go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and TrekMedi.

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A Night of Swing!
08 August 2015 until 08 August 2015

A Night of Swing!

A Night of Swing! will be a night of entertainment hosted by North and West Melbourne's Community Choir, Errol's Angels.

The evening commences with swing dance lessons, followed by music from Dr Crask and his Swinging Elixir, then songs from the 1930s and 1940s from Errol's Angels.

A Night of Swing! is aimed to raise funds for Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and TrekMedic the Nepal earthquake appeal. Finger food will be provided. Drinks can be purchased at the bar.

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Crochet at Fed Square
10 August 2015 until 10 August 2015

Crochet at Fed Square

Learn the old craft of crochet with free workshops at Fed Square.

Crochet workshops are led by a small group of volunteer crochet enthusiasts who are working towards making poppies for the "5000 Poppies project".

The project gives crafters of all persuasions an opportunity to contribute to a large community tribute of respect and remembrance to Australian servicemen and women who have fought in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

The original goal of the project was to create a field of 5000 poppies for display at Fed Square on ANZAC Day 2015, as part of Australia's 100th Anniversary commemoration of the Gallipoli landing. To date there has already been tens of thousands of crocheted, knitted and felted poppies collected and thousands more are expected by ANZAC Day 2015.

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ISM
14 August 2015 until 14 August 2015

ISM

Born out of a love for contemporary jazz, ISM's quirky compositions range from minimalist soundscapes to wild frenzies.

Predominantly influenced by musicians of the ECM recording label, ISM offers an intriguing European jazz sound. Formed in 2013, the trio has already succeeded in winning the Victorian College of the Arts' Ensemble Series competition and performs regularly at many prestigious jazz venues around Melbourne.

ISM is made up of bass player Isaac Gunnoo, pianist Selene Messinis and drummer Maddison Carter.

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 Nice Work If You Can Get It
15 August 2015 until 23 August 2015

Nice Work If You Can Get It

This bubbling 1920s-era musical sparkles with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and a delicious love story between a wealthy playboy and the feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. Set in the Prohibition era, Nice Work If You Can Get It with book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis). This madcap tale combines laughter, romance and Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, gangsters, glamour and Gershwin. Nice Work features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin's most beloved tunes including Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, Someone to Watch Over Me, 'S Wonderful and Fascinating Rhythm.

Rohan Browne (Strictly Ballroom) is Jimmy Winter, a wealthy and handsome playboy. Esther Hannaford (King Kong) is Billie Bendix, a feisty but beautiful bootlegger who is on the run from the law and steals Jimmy's heart. Christie Whelan-Browne (Singin' in the Rain, Rocky Horror Show) is Jimmy's fiancé Eileen Evergreen, the self-proclaimed finest interpreter of modern dance in the world.

Gina Riley (Kath & Kim) is Duchess Estonia Dulworth, a prohibitionist who succumbs to the bottle and falls in love with a gangster. Nicki Wendt (Mother & Son) is Jimmy's mother Millicent, a wealthy matron with great élan. George Kapiniaris (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) is Cookie McGee, a fast-talking bootlegger. John Wood (Blue Heelers) is Senator Max Evergreen, a humourless career politician who lightens up by the end! Tony Farrell (Rocky Horror Show) is Chief Berry, head of the Long Island Police Department and fiercely dedicated to his job. With Monica Swayne (Wicked) as Jeannie, a happy go lucky chorus girl and Jensen Overend (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Duke, Cookie's not-so-bright sidekick.

Directed by Helpmann Award winner, Roger Hodgman (Show Boat,) with Musical Director John Foreman (The Boy From Oz, ) and Choreography by Dana Jolly (Show Boat)

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Harp in the Gardens: Nature's Inspirations
16 August 2015 until 16 August 2015

Harp in the Gardens: Nature's Inspirations

Harp in the Gardens: Nature's Inspirations is a concert of music composed in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens) over the past seven years.

Includes stories and experiences of plants and animals of the Gardens that have provided much of the creative inspiration behind Michael Johnson's music.

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Finding Families
18 August 2015 until 18 August 2015

Finding Families

Start to build your family tree in this workshop - learn the principles of family history, access research resources and tour the Family History collection.

Recommended for beginners.

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Climate Watch Walk
18 August 2015 until 18 August 2015

Climate Watch Walk

Be a Climate Watcher! Join a guide at the Royal Botanic Gardens and a Climate Watch Scientist on this free guided walk.

During the walk, record features of specific plants and animals in the Gardens. These observations will become part of a database that helps scientists see what impact climate change is having on particular species and therefore inform Australia's response to a changing climate.

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Feminerd
19 August 2015 until 23 August 2015

Feminerd

Boldly going where no woman has gone before, Adele Scott tackles the bullying and sexism rife within geek culture, using nothing but love, charm and her sonic screwdriver.

Feminerd is a comedy cabaret about the life as a woman and a nerd, full of original songs, beat poems and music videos by Australian artists.

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Glory Box La Revolucion
20 August 2015 until 23 August 2015

Glory Box La Revolucion

The beginning of the next decade. Wilder than ever.

It's the evolution to La Revoluci?n. Finucane and Smith's Glory Box; a Franken-Spectacular of erotically charged, monstrous and electrifying acts that shoves a fork into the toaster of cabaret, circus, burlesque and performance art. A beloved Melbourne institution since 2004 with acclaimed incarnations on every continent of the planet (except perhaps Antarctica) bursts forth anew again.

At the dawn of their next decade and with their eyes on Paradise, Moira Finucane has conjured a massive black bird to take you to heaven and hell. Demon dancers Holly Durant and Lily Paskas are bringing twinfreak-Bollywood-gyrations, sideshow siren Azaria Universe is swinging naked on a silver thread, singer Clare St Clare is slinking South of the Border, and special guests include beautiful Countertenor Diva Mama Alto, and circus' most surreal aerial strongwoman, Rockie Stone. Rock 'n' roll, nudity, and wild abandon.

Those who have seen it come back every year. Those who haven't should prepare themselves to be charmed and alarmed like no other. A dangerous and excitable beast that chews holes in its fish nets, tears apart conformity, and always guarantees its audience a great night out.

"Always puts a velvet clad boot into any preconceptions you may have about 'burlesque'. It's outrageous, hilarious sometimes shocking, and stronger than ever." - The Age

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Duo Amythis - Classical Guitar Recital
22 August 2015 until 22 August 2015

Duo Amythis - Classical Guitar Recital

Formed in 2008, the Duo Amythis has played concerts in the USA, Mexico, Australia, Vietnam, and all over Europe. Since 2009, they have won prizes in Transylvania, Olsztyn, with Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now, and in the Nuits Musicales de Cieux. The two guitarists have contrasting backgrounds, and the contradictions in their individual approaches bring depth and playfulness to their interpretations as a duo. Their richly varied programs appeal to a wide audience.

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22 August 2015 until 23 August 2015

"Multiples" An Exhibition of Traditional Darkroom Photographic Prints

"Multiples" is an exhibition of traditional photographic prints, all made by hand in the darkroom or by using historical darkroom processes.

The exhibiting photographers will present their interpretation on the theme as well as photographs that explore their own individual interests.
Styles as diverse as portraiture, landscape, nature, street photography and photojournalism will all be represented.

The prints will go beyond quality black and white images into historical processes such as gum bichromate, cyanotype and lith printing. Viewers will be given an insight into the stunning detail that a true photographic print can render.

As an additional display, some photographers have chosen to compile their prints in hand-crafted books, made using traditional bookbinding techniques. These photo albums will show what can be done to create a unique presentation of images, designed to turn individual photographs into a treasured keepsake.

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Brahms 3
23 August 2015 until 23 August 2015

Brahms 3

After triumphant performances of Beethoven in 2012, Brahms in 2013 and Mahler and Sibelius in 2014, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra return, in grand style, to Johannes Brahms.

Experience an exploration of the world's great symphonies in grand style with Brahms' 3rd Symphony, a work that really is perfect for the ACO. It's concise and confident, mixing grandeur and intimacy in equal parts.

To complement the Brahms, bask in two beautiful works by Mozart, including an opportunity to hear Richard Tognetti and Christopher Moore perform the dazzling Sinfonia Concertante.

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Knitting at Fed Square
24 August 2015 until 24 August 2015

Knitting at Fed Square

Knit one, purl two at Fed Square with free knitting workshops.

Whether you're a beginner seeking your first lesson, a Fair Isle queen or a cabling crusader, the experts from The Handknitters Guild will welcome you with open needles.

The Handknitters Guild is a community knitting group based in Melbourne. Members also meet the first Sunday of each month at the Ross House in Flinders Lane.

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Confusion for Three – Jo Lloyd
26 August 2015 until 30 August 2015

Confusion for Three – Jo Lloyd

In this new work by Melbourne choreographer Jo Lloyd (Future Perfect, 2013), hypnotic tension is generated by three dancers as they negotiate a progressively unravelling system of choreography.

Navigating their physical histories, both recent and distant - from traces of folk dance to idiosyncratic body rhythms - the performers reveal a series of desperate encounters, in a destabilising flood of movement.

The questions remain: can this confusion be sustained, and where does it lead us?

Lloyd has brought together some of Melbourne's finest creatives for this fascinating work, including dancers Rebecca Jensen (Overworld, Dance Massive 2015) and Shian Law (Personal Mythologies, Next Wave 2014).

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FoodSocial Mystery Box Cook Off
30 August 2015 until 30 August 2015

FoodSocial Mystery Box Cook Off

Experience your own Masterchef Cook Off in this fun and light-hearted hands on cooking experience without the eliminations.

This social cooking experience is perfect for anyone who loves cooking. You will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival as you mingle with other guests before the cook off.

On the day, get tips and tricks off experienced Chef Robert Monteau, then create your two meals in a hands-on cooking experience.

You will get to enjoy your own masterpieces in shared dining experience with great company. Prizes for the winning group and a guaranteed fun day in the kitchen!

What you will get to enjoy a complimentary sparking upon arrival, an exclusive cooking demonstration and tips from Chef Robert Monteau, a hands-on cooking experience, quality ingredients provided, cooking equipments provided, two meals you will get to enjoy in shared dining experience and a prize for the winning group.

Bookings are essentials. Book online via the Food Social website. Limited spaces available!

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Car Club Showcase
30 August 2015 until 30 August 2015

Car Club Showcase

See your favourite cars up close and meet the proud owners at the Fed Square Car Club Showcase - a free monthly motor show in the heart of Melbourne.

On the last Sunday of every month car aficionados transform the Flinders Street frontage of Federation Square into the most glamorous car park in town. Classic cars one month, vintage the next and modern sports cars another. All lovingly restored and cared for.

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Impermanence – Ruby Aitchison and Thomas O’Hara
01 September 2015 until 06 September 2015

Impermanence – Ruby Aitchison and Thomas O’Hara

Ruby and Thomas create tactile jewellery and small objects, with an emphasis on the material and its expression. Both artists use materials with an inherent transient and imperfect nature, to create objects that are rudimentary, irregular, intricate, textured, subtle, individual, and have a quiet authority in their projection of sensory information.

Ruby combines vegetables with metal and uses heat to preserve the organic matter, while Thomas uses wood, which he erodes with fire. Presented together in ‘Impermanence’, the works demonstrate the variation of each material and its ability to change through different processes.

The focus of Ruby’s research is the performative role of the organic in the manifestation of object. In her practice, she activates a dialogue between materials by juxtaposing a fixed component with contingency to create objects that are a tangible description of the organic material’s vitality and flux. Cracks and impurities are desired, and reveal evidence of the processes and conditions involved.

Thomas uses controlled systematic processes but is interested in the free, organic characteristic of the material and the natural world it comes from. Thomas makes objects that blur the line between what has been formed in nature and what has been constructed by the hand of the artist.

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Legends!
02 September 2015 until 20 September 2015

Legends!

Welcome to the satirical and sentimental world of Legends! A funhouse of gossip, rivalry, reminiscence, longing, scandal and a sexy male stripper named Boom Boom.

As the sun sets in Manhattan the claws come out as two famous but fading movie stars try to upstage one another. Leatrice Monsee (Hayley Mills) and Sylvia Glenn (Juliet Mills) are hustled by a theatre producer played by the versatile Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2, Dynasty, The Colbys) to kick-start their once-luminous careers by starring in a Broadway-bound play. There is just one problem, they loathe one another.

The fast-paced play takes audiences on a joyous journey from the glamour of Hollywood to the excitement and promise of a new lease of life on Broadway.

The pairing of Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills promises to be a sensational sister act full of back-stabbing and banter, wisdom and wit. Their consummate talents will shine in this riotous new production directed by Christopher Renshaw (The King and I) and designed by Justin Nardella. Also starring Maxwell Caulfield and Leah Howard.

Written by Pulitzer Prize winner James Kirkwood (A Chorus Line) and produced by John Frost, the Australian premiere of Legends!, opens in Brisbane at QPAC in May 2015 for a strictly limited season, followed by a national tour.

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Flavour Exchange
03 September 2015 until 04 September 2015

Flavour Exchange

Celebrate the flavours of each incoming season at Federation Square's quarterly tasting event, Flavour Exchange.

Here is your opportunity to explore Victoria's superb wine, beer and cider and enjoy sensational seasonal produce while meeting all the producers, winemakers and growers. Work your way through the tasting trail, hear the stories behind these much-loved local products and purchase your favourites directly from the producer.

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David Bowie is: Strange Fascinations with Bruce Butler
03 September 2015 until 03 September 2015

David Bowie is: Strange Fascinations with Bruce Butler

Bruce Butler has had a fascinating, interwoven history with David Bowie. Showcasing articles from his own personal collection, including Record Mirror magazines from the 1970s, promotional posters, personal letters, signed memorabilia and personal photographs, this very special presentation is an intimate snapshot into the connection between an icon and his fans.

Through this personal Bowie slideshow, Butler traces his interconnected history with Bowie, from his first meetings as a fan in 1978 through to numerous meetings, gigs and correspondences that have peppered his life as both a music fan and industry professional.

Bruce Butler is a veteran of the Australian music industry, having begun his career at an early age at Melbourne's iconic specialist record store, Gaslight. Having worked both in Australia and the United Kingdom, Bruce has run his own management companies, held positions at CBS Records and Virgin Records, and worked on ABC television's The Factory and Countdown Revolution. He has been on the board of youth organization The Push, and wrote the book The Young Players Guide, which gave general advice to young musicians and managers in dealing with various aspects of the local music industry.


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An Evening with Renée Fleming
03 September 2015 until 05 September 2015

An Evening with Renée Fleming

Strauss Intermezzo: Four Symphonic Interludes
Ravel Shéhérazade
Canteloube A selection from Chants d'Auvergne
Various A selection of celebrated arias from the operatic repertoire

Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Renée Fleming soprano

Famed for her magnetic performances and sheer beauty of tone, celebrated American soprano Rene?e Fleming joins the MSO and Sir Andrew Davis for two Australian exclusive orchestral concerts. This special event sees Fleming perform her signature works, including Ravel's sensual song cycle She?he?razade, the luxurious melodies of Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne and a selection of beloved arias from the operatic repertoire.

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All Ears – Kate McIntosh
03 September 2015 until 06 September 2015

All Ears – Kate McIntosh

New Zealand-born, Brussels-based artist Kate McIntosh creates an improvised laboratory for unusual recordings and acoustic experiments, using everyday objects and materials. Chairs are dragged, paper is torn, glasses are toppled; sounds are recorded and played back along the way.

As curious scientist, mischievous questioner and eclectic storyteller, McIntosh creates a distinctive journey made of parables, fragments and jokes: of human and animal behaviour, of crowd control and linguistics, politics and group dynamics, birds and traffic jams, societies and social interactions.

In the silences in between, questions arise about who people are alone and how people are together; about what it might take to change a culture, and what people might miss in the push for self-sufficiency.

All Ears beautifully balances on the thin line between experiment and entertainment.

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Karyn Taylor - Immaterial Alchemy
04 September 2015 until 03 October 2015

Karyn Taylor - Immaterial Alchemy

Karyn Taylor's work embodies the concept of potentiality. She explores the theory of a space where something can exist and not exist simultaneously - a state where anything is possible, before it collapses into reality. Working with light, shadow and negative space, Taylor creates ephemeral and experiential works. The viewer is challenged to participate with an unseen world, a world of refracted light and the immaterial alchemy of a dual existence. Taylor's works consider a narrative of endless possibility, rather than a definitive and certain statement. What is possible, and what is actual? It is up the viewer to come to their own conclusions.

For her upcoming solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery, Taylor will be presenting a new body of installation and light works. Referencing formalism in its minimalist style, her work inhabits a space that exists between the material and the immaterial, cognition and precognition, ontology and epistemology. Her conceptual rigor incubates within the boundless parameters of light, reflection and refraction.

Taylor holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from Massey University, and completed her Masters of Fine Arts (First Class) at Elam, Auckland. Selected exhibitions include Light, 2015, 30 Upstairs, Wellington; Sandra Bushby and Karyn Taylor, 2015, Window, Auckland; New Zealand Sculpture on Shore, 2014, Fort Takapuna, Auckland; Waikato Contemporary Art Awards, 2014, Waikato Museum, Hamilton; Jacob's Ladder, 2014, Corner Gallery, Auckland; Abstract Philosophy, 2013, 30 Upstairs, Wellington; and Quietly Confident, 2012, SOFA Gallery, University of Canterbury. She has been a finalist for several awards, such as the Wallace Art Awards, 2014; the Waikato Contemporary Art Awards, 2014; and the Lola Anne Tunbridge Award, 2012.

Monday by appointment.

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Exaudi Youth Choir: Gathering Voices
05 September 2015 until 05 September 2015

Exaudi Youth Choir: Gathering Voices

Originally established in 2007 to bridge the gap between children's choirs and adult community choirs. Exaudi Youth Choir is now 60 voices strong, and is bringing together choristers from many different backgrounds.

Exaudi has toured extensively and performed at many events, including White Night Melbourne and touring for a week in July this year as part of Hobart's Festival of Voices.

Now, Exaudi invites you to join them for an evening of exquisite and breathtaking choral music in "Exaudi: Gathering Voices".

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Anything Goes
08 September 2015 until 31 October 2015

Anything Goes

Australia's hottest new creative team, Helpmann Award winning Dean Bryant and Andrew Hallsworth stage a brand new production of Cole Porter's delightful and de-lovely musical Anything Goes.

This smash hit musical comedy, Anything Goes sets sail for Melbourne from May and touring to Brisbane from July and Sydney from September 2015.

Multi-award winning and internationally esteemed Caroline O'Connor and the critically acclaimed and hilarious Todd McKenney will be joined at sea by Alex Rathgeber (The Phantom of the Opera - London, An Officer and a Gentleman), Claire Lyon (The Phantom of the Opera - World Tour, Love Never Dies), Wayne Scott Kermond (The Producers, Singin' in the Rain), Carmen Duncan (A Country Practice, Winners & Losers), Debora Krizak (A Chorus Line, The Producers) and Australia's most popular talkback presenter, Alan Jones.

This is a first class musical extravaganza, a ship-shape production that will have you all at sea if you miss out on a ticket.

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A Drone Opera – Matthew Sleeth
10 September 2015 until 13 September 2015

A Drone Opera – Matthew Sleeth

A Drone Opera viscerally explores the rapidly developing technology of unmanned aerial vehicles, colloquially known as drones, and their social and cultural impact. Artist Matthew Sleeth directs an experimental multimedia performance featuring drones, their pilots and opera singers, combined with a new sound score, laser light design and moving image.

Feeling the drones' air displacement and hearing their rotor sound, audiences will experience this robotic technology first hand, shifting their knowledge of drones from political abstraction into embodied experience in time and space. Curious about their potential to reshape our world, Sleeth has designed, built and programmed customised drones specifically for the performance context.

Sleeth's largest work to date, A Drone Opera also features an inspiring line-up of collaborators, including experimental artists Kate Richards, Robin Fox, Phil Samartzis and Susan Frykberg, lighting designer Bosco Shaw and choreographer Shelley Lasica.

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Hummingbirds Keon Couture Fashion Parade Luncheon
11 September 2015 until 11 September 2015

Hummingbirds Keon Couture Fashion Parade Luncheon

The Hummingbirds present a delicious two-course lunch with unlimited beverages, gift bag and a stunning Keon Fashion Parade to support the O'Brien Institute of regenerative surgery, internationally renowned for it's work in Microsurgery and Tissue Engineering.

Internationally acclaimed violinst, Patrick Roberts, will strut the catwalk playing exciting music introducing the couture fashion. The catwalk will feature stunning racing outfits, beautifully crafted day-wear and glamorous evening gowns, tailor made from exquisite French and Italian fabrics.

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Dance of the Bee – Martin Friedel and Michael Kieran Harvey
11 September 2015 until 13 September 2015

Dance of the Bee – Martin Friedel and Michael Kieran Harvey

The signs are there: over the past few decades, humanity's 5000-year collaboration with the honey bee has been building towards a grim conclusion. If we fail to heed their warning, could we be casually swept into the fossil record alongside them?

Dance of the Bee is a remarkable interspecies musical collaboration: a work performed by three pianists, the vocalists of the Astra Choir and a live swarm of bees, housed inside a sculpted, transparent hive.

Woven through the mysterious song of the bees, the pieces range from soundscapes to intense virtuosic arrangements, punctuated by semi-improvised sonic excursions.

As the bees sing, live video allows the audience to observe the marvel of the hive at work - and to ponder on the fragile connection between the human world and the bees.

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Edge of Reality UFO Conference
12 September 2015 until 12 September 2015

Edge of Reality UFO Conference

The Edge of Reality UFO Conference is Australia's biggest UFO conference of the year.

UFO investigation has many synergies with many other forms of investigation. Methodology, process, physical trace elements, eye witnesses' accounts and many more other pieces of evidence can be followed to try and discover who or what the event was.

There are many tools that are used in this huge task and UFO investigation can take many different trips down the rabbit hole. Hear conference presenters explore different aspects used around Australia and the United States of America.

Presented by Victorian UFO Action.

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2015 Victorian State Schools Spectacular
12 September 2015 until 12 September 2015

2015 Victorian State Schools Spectacular

Talented young circus performers, acrobats, skaters, skippers, musicians, dancers and singers will feature in the 2015 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: What's Your Story? Many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, technical experience too.

The live show involving more than 3,000 students from over 200 Victorian government schools will be performed twice at Hisense Arena - on Saturday 12 September at 1:00pm and 6:30pm. Tickets will be available from Ticketek from 20 July, 2015.

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David Bowie is: Strange Fascinations with Mel Campbell
13 September 2015 until 13 September 2015

David Bowie is: Strange Fascinations with Mel Campbell

From Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to The Thin White Duke, David Bowie has been as much of a fashion innovator as he is been a musical icon - breaking barriers, pushing sartorial buttons and shaping the way history sees fashion.

Exploring the links between costume and character, Mel Campbell will explore how Bowie flagged his changing musical directions through the changing of his costume, how his sartorial choices are tied to the performance of gender and sexuality, and how the costumes of an icon informed an entire generation.

Mel Campbell is a journalist, author and cultural critic who researches and writes about fashion, film and television, books and ideas, advertising and branding, media, and the wonderful, underrated banalities of everyday life.


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Legends Showcase
19 September 2015 until 19 September 2015

Legends Showcase

Legends Showcase is a two-hour musical spectacular starring stunning celebrity impersonator Mark Andrew with his fabulous show girls and show band.

Mark Andrew has mastered the looks and sounds of Dean Martin, Buddy Holly, John Lennon, Tom Jones, Jim Morrison, Austin Powers and Elvis Presley.

For the first part of the show, Mark will perform (with very quick costume changes!) as Dean Martin, Buddy Holly, John Lennon, Tom Jones, Jim Morrison and Austin Powers.

The second half will feature Mark as Elvis Presley in concert.

Hosted By Darren James from 3AW



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La Petite Mort
22 September 2015 until 27 September 2015

La Petite Mort

Neo Radio presents La Petite Mort: rock, pop and rap re-imagined by sultry singers and a live jazz band. Don your fedora for a film noir experience in classic radio play style.

La Petite Mort transports music by artists like Nick Cave, Amy Winehouse and Taylor Swift to the steamy streets of jazz land, upstairs at the Butterfly Club.

The dastardly escapade features sultry singers Sam Qualtrough (Suade, Serenade, Pablo), Yvette Hearn (Nuance, Serenade) and Suzanne Barton (Rush Hour Big Band, Old Time Music Hall, OperaBox) and a live jazz band. The dulcet tones of Paul David-Goddard (An Air Balloon Across Antarctica, Mr & Mrs Murder, The Sculptor) provide narration for this tongue-in-cheek whodunit.

French for 'the little death', la petite mort is an idiom for orgasm. Neo Radio invites you to indulge in an evening of devious delight.

Please visit the website for more information.

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Future Sound of Egypt 400
26 September 2015 until 27 September 2015

Future Sound of Egypt 400

Arguably Australia's most loved uplifting trance duo, Aly and Fila, will present an array of fresh talent in a memorable evening at the Future Sound of Egypt 400 live broadcast.

Joining them will be Ahmed Romel, Bjorn Akesson vs Mohamed Ragab (exclusive performance), Fady and Mina, Ferry Tayle, Photographer and the highly anticipated debut of Skypatrol.

Aly and Fila’s radio show, Future Sound of Egypt, has become an iconic platform, showcasing the latest releases and mixes from the world’s best producers and DJs to hundreds of thousands of listeners each week.

This year, the Egyptian duo celebrate their 400th episode of the broadcast with a world tour, including one show at Festival Hall. The audio from the show will be streamed live across the globe for fans to enjoy.

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Isaiah B Brunt
30 September 2015 until 30 September 2015

Isaiah B Brunt

Isaiah B Brunt, a former studio owner, worked with some of Australia’s iconic bands, including Steve Prestwich’s (Cold Chisel) solo album and Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), along with popular overseas acts. When Keanu Reeves wanted to rehearse and record his band Dog Star, when Randy Jackson visited down under or Julio Iglesias and his orchestra hit town, Ïsaiah was their go-to man.

All the while Isaiah was listening to other people's music, he never forgot the first time he heard his father strum the ukelele, blow the harmonica or unleash on the lap steel.

In 2010 Isaiah became Sydney Blues Society’s performer of the year, and travelled to Memphis to get a taste of things to come. Now having produced his own album, Isaiah delivers a classic blues album recently recorded in New Orleans and released worldwide to much acclaim and success in 2015.

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Deep Hollow
30 September 2015 until 17 October 2015

Deep Hollow

Deep Hollow applies the trope of the cave to the gallery space, relating the installation experience to a ritualised inter-dimensional portal to a suggested underworld or psychological shift.

Talitha Kennedy's creature-like black leather soft forms descend into the gallery evocative of other presences or guarding monsters.

Min Wong's black vinyl drawings read as a shadowy mirror on the floor conjuring sinking portholes to the underworld or pool reflecting the self. An installation of aspiration or failure to reach the other side.

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Lemnos – The Other Side of Gallipoli
01 October 2015 until 01 October 2015

Lemnos – The Other Side of Gallipoli

Jim Claven MA, Secretary of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, will recount the often forgotten role that the Greek Island of Lemnos played in the Gallipoli campaign.

Lemnos was the forward base for the campaign and the location of soldiers' rest camps and field hospitals. There were 148 diggers buried amongst the over 1,200 other Allied graves on the island.

Lemnos is also the location for the armistice which ended the First World War in the East.

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David Bowie is: Strange Fascinations with Emma Beddows
01 October 2015 until 01 October 2015

David Bowie is: Strange Fascinations with Emma Beddows

Presenting a surreal unity between rock and science fiction, Bowie's 1972 release, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, is seminal for its ground-breaking and artistic approach to the concept album and its radicalisation of the rock scene.

Exploring the prominent science fiction themes that feature in Bowie’s work, Emma Beddows examines how recognisable sci-fi tropes are reflected in, and have had deep influence on, the work of the music icon.

Emma Beddows is a freelance narrative and media consultant, co-hosts for the pop-culture podcast The Whatcha Show, and works for Swinburne Online where she teaches university students in media and communications.


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Bronx Gothic – Okwui Okpokwasili
08 October 2015 until 12 October 2015

Bronx Gothic – Okwui Okpokwasili

A solo creation at the intersection of theatre, dance and visual art installation, Bronx Gothic gives palatable force to the charged relationship between two girls on the verge of adolescence in 1980s outer-borough New York City - where Newport cigarettes are bought in singles at the corner bodega, sex-saturated notes are passed in class and Orchard Beach erupts in flames.

Created by New York-based writer, performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, in collaboration with director and designer Peter Born, Bronx Gothic is a performance of psychic and physical collisions that threaten to break the body.

Collecting a prestigious 'Bessie' award during its New York run, this powerhouse work takes an unflinching look into the exquisite turbulence of one woman's memory, drawing inspiration from both Victorian-era novels and West African griot storytelling.

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Great Australians Gala Dinner
10 October 2015 until 10 October 2015

Great Australians Gala Dinner

The Great Australians Gala Dinner raises awareness and funds for the charity initiative Growing Hope.

This year the event will see a host of Great Australian icons gather together for one amazing evening, sending a message of hope for people in need. Any Australian can achieve greatness if given the chance, and this event provides an opportunity to celebrate the Great Australian within us all.

Distinguished guests will have the honour of having a Great Australian joining them at their table for an evening of fine dining, conversation and entertainment from some of Australia's music legends including Kate Ceberano, Jon Stevens, Glenn Shorrock and Ross Wilson.

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2015 Great Amazing Race
10 October 2015 until 10 October 2015

2015 Great Amazing Race

Race for the kids, and compete in Uplift Events' 2015 Great Amazing Race. Regarded as Melbourne's ultimate urban adventure race, the annual event will be raising funds to support the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation.

If you love the outdoors, competing and enjoy keeping fit, then this is the ideal event. Competitors from all ages and fitness levels can enter in this fun-filled day - just gather your partner, a friend, a family member or a work colleague and form a team of two.

Unlike a marathon, fun run or obstacle event, the Great Amazing Race will have teams deciphering clues and puzzles as they discover the hidden secrets of Melbourne, visiting famous landmarks and locations while completing a variety of fun and challenging activities along the way.

You are guaranteed to do more fun, diverse and crazy stuff in a single day than in any other event, while supporting a great cause.

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Around the Bay 2015 – Ride for a Child in Need
11 October 2015 until 11 October 2015

Around the Bay 2015 – Ride for a Child in Need

Around the Bay - Ride for a Child in Need is the one day of the year where Melbourne unites to celebrate cycling.

Now in its 23rd year, Around the Bay is Australia's largest bike ride and caters for all levels and styles of riding.

From the 20 kilometres option to the iconic 250 kilometres loop of the bay, there is a ride for you.

One day, one bay - this is Melbourne's ride.

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Lior 10th Anniversary Tour
16 October 2015 until 16 October 2015

Lior 10th Anniversary Tour

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary since the release of his acclaimed debut album - "Autumn Flow" - renowned Australian singer songwriter Lior is heading out on a national theatre tour, performing the album in its entirety from start to finish, as well as selected favourites from his back catalogue.

Joining Lior on stage will be some of Australia's most talented and respected musicians, including Brett Hirst who originally played on "Autumn Flow" and who has been a live main-stay in Lior's band ever since. Evan Mannell who has played with Faker, James Morrison, King Curly and Elana Stone will be on drumming duties alongside Sydney based percussionist, drummer and composer Bree Van Reyk (Sydney Dance Company, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sarah Blasko and Darren Hanlon ). The highly regarded Melbourne musician Ben Edgar will be on guitar duties, a man of many genres who has performed with the likes of Missy Higgins, Megan Washington, Vika and Linda Bull and Gurrumul. Rounding out the world class band is Newcastle native Gerard Masters on piano, a long-time friend and cohort of Lior's.

With this stellar line up re-creating one of Australia most loved albums it's sure to make for an incredible evening of music!

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Getting Published as a Writer for Children
17 October 2015 until 17 October 2015

Getting Published as a Writer for Children

Learn what goes on inside a publishing house, how choices are made and how to give yourself the best chance of publication. Getting Published as a Writer for Children is presented by experienced Allen & Unwin publisher, Susannah Chambers, plus author Lili Wilkinson and illustrator Ann James as guests.

If you are new to writing for children, then this course will get you in-the-know and answer several key question including what are publishers looking for? Which publishers should I submit to? What should I submit? How can I polish my writing? What makes a persuasive covering letter? Do I need an agent? What should I know about genres, age groups and the current market? What happens once my book is accepted? How can I make the most of the publishing relationship?

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Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance
18 October 2015 until 18 October 2015

Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance

Join the Shrine's Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Jean McAuslan, and her team for a curator's talk and tour of the new Galleries of Remembrance. This talk will introduce visitors to some of the individual perspectives revealed within the galleries and consider our enduring efforts to keep our world stable and retain peace. Limited spaces available.

Meeting point at the reception area of the visitor centre.

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Afternoon Tea at Myer Mural Hall
18 October 2015 until 18 October 2015

Afternoon Tea at Myer Mural Hall

Come and enjoy an elegant high tea with your friends and family in the beautifully restored, heritage-listed Myer Mural Hall.

There'll be sparkling wine on arrival, exquisite pastries, fingers sandwiches, savoury tartlets and scones, as well as a jazz performance by the Julian Banks Trio and entertainment from the delightful Kenneth Parks who maintains a passionate professional interest in Napier Waller, who painted the 10 amazing murals in the Hall.

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2015 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival
18 October 2015 until 18 October 2015

2015 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

Melbourne staged its first marathon in 1978 on a course that began in Frankston, headed up Nepean Highway and finished outside the Melbourne Town Hall. Over 2000 runners took part in the inaugural event, which has since been held every year.

In 2012 the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival made history, becoming the largest marathon in Australia with 7,112 participants entering the event. The event retained its title in 2013 with 8,066 entries in the marathon and 6,857 finishers.

The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival offers a choice of five distances - the Medibank Melbourne Marathon (42.195 kilometres), Half Marathon (21.1 kilometres), 10 Kilometre Run, ASICS 5.7 Kilometre Run and ASICS Three Kilometre Walk.

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Friends Super Spring Plant Sale
24 October 2015 until 25 October 2015

Friends Super Spring Plant Sale

Friends Super Spring Plant Sale is on at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Hundreds of plants are for sale for the the home gardener including shrubs, trees, perennials, natives, herbs and succulents.

10 per cent off plants for Members of the Friends of the RBG Melbourne (remember to bring Membership Card).

Entry Free.

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Hope in My Pocket – Album Launch
28 October 2015 until 28 October 2015

Hope in My Pocket – Album Launch

'Hope in my pocket' is the new album from celebrated Australian musicians Sean Foran (piano), Rafael Karlen (saxophone) and Kristin Berardi (voice). Drawing on content from ANZAC letters, this suite of music explores themes of hope, fear, separation, loss, love, and conditions of war.

Sounds of jazz, folk and classical music combine in a way that is intimate and moving, with Berardi's sublime vocal sounds blending with the melodic contours of the piano and saxophone.

This performance is the Victorian premiere of the group as part of their album launch tour. This project is supported by the ANZAC Centenary arts and culture fund public grants program.

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Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade
02 November 2015 until 02 November 2015

Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade

The Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade, proudly supported by the City of Melbourne, will see tens of thousands of people, once again line Swanston Street for an exciting parade of thoroughbred, jockeys, trainers and celebrity guests.

This free event commences at noon. All are welcome to enjoy the free entertainment and last-minute interviews with Emirates Melbourne Cup trainers and jockeys.

Come and celebrate the 155th Emirates Melbourne Cup and feel the anticipation and excitement on the City of Melbourne streets in the build up to the race that stops a nation.

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Edmund. The Beginning
10 November 2015 until 22 November 2015

Edmund. The Beginning

Edmund. The Beginning is both an exercise in distorted biography and a confessional torrent. Brian Lipson summons a disordered array of characters from the impatient past and the murky present: some are familiar, some are famous, some are known only to Lipson. None are comfortable.

Fifteen years ago, Lipson's acclaimed solo show A Large Attendance in the Antechamber won two Green Room Awards before touring the world for the next seven years. Brian is now considerably older and considerably less wise, but he can still talk very fast.

Edmund. The Beginning is even more complex than its predecessor, and each of its many characters is both a real person and an imaginary figure. But who imagines whom? Who is Whom? Who is Alive? Who is Dead? And Why?

In Edmund. The Beginning, literary giants, sirens, reprobates and infants cavort in existential quadrille. A few you will recognise, others you won't. All will ring bells.

Preview Tuesday 10 November

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Bogan Bombshell – Janeen from Clarinda
20 November 2015 until 20 November 2015

Bogan Bombshell – Janeen from Clarinda

Direct from triumphant engagements in regional Victoria, the Bogan Bombshell herself, Janeen from Clarinda, is on a mission. After being caught embezzling hundreds of dollars from the McHappy Day Fund, Janeen’s hubby Johnno has landed in jail – with bail set at $176.

In a bur-les-q-ee spectacular featuring her hits 'Bogans Are People Too', 'Get 'Em Out' plus Janeen classics like 'All the BAM', she puts her sanitation skills to their biggest ever test. Can the sizzling siren of the SR6 raise the cash to save her hubby from prison popularity?

Written and performed by Susie McCann, with original compositions by David Peake, Greg Mason, Matt Fennell and Susie McCann. Musical direction and accompanist by Greg Mason.


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A Little Night Music
20 November 2015 until 20 November 2015

A Little Night Music

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Virtuosi presents an array of delicious night-themed music.

This program features stunning Tchaikovsky andantes for cello and strings, performed by cello soloist Michael Dahlenburg, Boccherini's evocative homage to street music in 18th century Madrid, and the most famous night music ever written, Mozart's joyous Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

Directed by Lerida Delbridge.

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Jerry's Girls
21 November 2015 until 06 December 2015

Jerry's Girls

Created to showcase his leading ladies, this new staging of Jerry Herman's Jerry's Girls will feature the dazzling talents of twelve of Australia's leading ladies including Rhonda Burchmore, Nancye Hayes, Silvie Paladino, Christie Whelan-Browne and Kirby Burgess. Herman's hits in this musical feast include Hello, Dolly!, Bosom Buddies, Wherever He Ain't, I Won't Send Roses, The Best of Times and I Am What I Am. More than most songwriters, Jerry Herman has put the leading ladies of his shows centre stage - Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, Auntie Mame in Mame, Mabel Normand in Mack and Mabel and female impersonator Zaza in La Cage Aux Folles. Jerry's Girls affectionately celebrates Jerry Herman's unique gift for writing songs that capture the true spirit of these extraordinary characters of musical theatre.

The dynamic duo Director Dean Bryant and Choreographer Andrew Hallsworth (Anything Goes, The Producers, and La Cage Aux Folles) together with Musical Director Mathew Frank are shaping this musical to be a unique celebration of Australia's leading ladies.

Jerry's Girls from November 21. Tickets available now through Arts Centre Melbourne.

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Letters to Evie
24 November 2015 until 24 November 2015

Letters to Evie

Letters to Evie is a theatrical reading of letters written to VAD nurse Evie Percy, from the sailing of troopships from Melbourne in 1914 to the end of the war in 1918. This performance was compiled and edited by her granddaughter Penny Gutteridge, and is performed by Graeme Russell and Rachael Tidd.

Located in the Auditorium of the Education Centre in the Shrine of Remembrance.

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Basically Beethoven '2'
25 November 2015 until 25 November 2015

Basically Beethoven '2'

Thriving in a festival-like atmosphere, Selby and Friends concerts create a strong and intimate connection with the audience, allowing the performers to share not only their brilliance and flair but also warmth, humour and personal musical experiences.

In 2015 they welcome back many favourite artists and present several stunning new guests artists, whose performances are much anticipated.

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Kokko Quartet (Finland)
03 December 2015 until 03 December 2015

Kokko Quartet (Finland)

In Finnish Kalevala mythology, kokko refers to a gigantic eagle, a mythical creature of the air having many forms, as does the music of Kokko Quartet. Established in 2010 and based in Helsinki, the group plays recognizably Nordic jazz, but draws influences from Indian and Arabic music as well as Cuban rhythms, thus creating a distinctive overall sound.

Kokko Quartet performs songs written by pianist Johanna Pitkänen, saxophone player Kaisa Siirala and bass player Timo Tuppurainen. Together with drummer Risto Takala, these four musicians share an interest in free expression, jazz and world music.

The group's debut album Like a River was released in March 2013.

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Australian DanceSport Championship
11 December 2015 until 13 December 2015

Australian DanceSport Championship

Experience the glitz, glamour and intense competition as Australian and International champions of dancesport kick up their heels at Australia's only International dancesport event, the 70th anniversary of the Australian DanceSport Championship at Hisense Arena.

The annual Australian DanceSport Championship offers audiences the opportunity to see the absolute best dancesport in the world, right here in Melbourne, with exciting and intense competition as couples compete to defend their titles and take out the 2015 Australian DanceSport Championship.

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Georgy Girl, The Seekers Musical
15 December 2015 until 31 January 2016

Georgy Girl, The Seekers Musical

Celebrating one of Australia's most loved groups, Georgy Girl - The Seekers Musical will have its world premiere in Melbourne this December at Her Majesty's Theatre. The musical will tell the remarkable story of legendary pop group The Seekers, the first Australian band to achieve international success.

Opening in Melbourne on Tuesday December 22, Georgy Girl - The Seekers Musical, features all their hit songs including The Carnival is Over, I'll Never Find Another You, Morningtown Ride, A World of Our Own and of course, the Oscar-nominated Georgy Girl. Classic songs enjoyed by generations of music lovers around the world, and particularly by Australians, for whom The Seekers are part of their musical DNA.

Written by Patrick Edgeworth, Georgy Girl - The Seekers Musical tells the incredible story of one of the country's true national treasures. A band whose modest beginnings at a café in South Yarra took them to concerts around the world. It is a journey full of laughter, a few tears, but most of all, featuring the magnificent songs everybody all knows and loves.

And now the carnival continues with Georgy Girl - The Seekers Musical having its world premiere in Melbourne at Her Majesty's Theatre on Tuesday December 22.

Georgy Girl - The Seekers Musical is directed by Gary Young with musical direction by Stephen Amos

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Jekyll and Hyde
16 December 2015 until 28 December 2015

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde, with its glorious melodies and sumptuous designs, will take you on an unforgettable musical journey.

A phenomenal Australian cast including Teddy Tahu Rhodes (The King and I, South Pacific), Jemma Rix (Wicked) and Lucy Maunder (Doctor Zhivago, Grease) will transport you to the alluring world of Jekyll and Hyde.

Brilliant scientist, Dr. Henry Jekyll, must confront his inner demons in a classic story of good and evil. His darkest impulses manifest in his alter ego Hyde, when Jekyll creates a drug that alters his body and mind.

Based on the novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, the acclaimed musical opened on Broadway in 1997 and has become one of the most popular stage shows in the world today.

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Cats
18 December 2015 until 10 January 2016

Cats

Following its triumphant season in London's West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical Cats comes to Melbourne for a strictly limited season.

The hit revival, which was reworked for the most recent season in the West End by the original creative team-Director Trevor Nunn, Choreographer & Associate Director Gillian Lynne, Set Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber-received excellent reviews and extended its season due to overwhelming demand.

The 2015 Olivier Award-nominated Cats introduces a rapping 'street cat' in the famous Rum Tum Tugger role, who performs some serious breakdancing moves. 'I've come to the conclusion that having read Eliot again, maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap', says Lloyd Webber.

Based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the show is set in a larger than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favourite feline characters including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year - the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

The magnificent musical score composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, includes the poignant hit song 'Memory', which has been recorded by more than 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.

Cats is quite simply a phenomenon. Featuring a fantastical over-sized set, a superb score, inspired choreography and mischievous costumes, Cats is a brilliant song and dance spectacular not to be missed.

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CATS
18 December 2015 until 10 January 2016

CATS

Following its triumphant season in London's West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical CATS comes to Melbourne for a strictly limited season.

The hit revival, which was reworked for the most recent season in the West End by the original creative team-Director Trevor Nunn, Choreographer & Associate Director Gillian Lynne, Set Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber-received excellent reviews and extended its season due to overwhelming demand.

The 2015 Olivier Award-nominated CATS introduces a rapping 'street cat' in the famous Rum Tum Tugger role, who performs some serious breakdancing moves.

Based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the show is set in a larger than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favourite feline characters including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year - the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

The magnificent musical score composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, includes the poignant hit song 'Memory', which has been recorded by more than 150 artists from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace and Barry Manilow.

CATS is quite simply a phenomenon. Featuring a fantastical over-sized set, a superb score, inspired choreography and mischievous costumes, CATS is a brilliant song and dance spectacular not to be missed.

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International Cricket 2015/16
26 December 2015 until 30 December 2015

International Cricket 2015/16

There are few events in the Australian sporting calendar that evoke as much passion as International Cricket.

Cricket Australia offers a range of options for individuals, groups and organisations looking to attend.

Fixture and ticketing details are due to be released mid-late June.

Contact Cricket Australia for further information or to express your interest in attending.

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2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix
31 March 2016 until 03 April 2016

2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

There is nothing as exciting as a Formula One race. It has the power to stop traffic in Asia, make America sit up and take notice and rouse Europe from its slumber.

The 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix will be no exception, with the world's fastest cars, coolest celebrities and latest technology converging on Melbourne for four days of breathtaking action.

Don't miss your chance to book and join a crowd of thousands to watch the world's premier drivers light up Melbourne and the Albert Park circuit. There are many ticket options available, from corporate to general admission.

Be there as the world watches Melbourne.

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Garden DesignFest
12 November 2016 until 13 November 2016

Garden DesignFest

Garden DesignFest is the largest designer open garden weekend held in Melbourne. Started under the patronage of John Patrick this event commenced in 2004 and has since raised some $285,000 for worthwhile charities. The event attracts visitors locally, interstate and internationally.

The 2014 event will continue to account for every possible taste from family to formal, traditional to artistic and native to Hollywood. This year not only will there be a large variety of metropolitan gardens but also a number of spectacular large gardens in central Victoria and the Mornington Peninsula. Designers include Rick Eckersley, Paul Bangay, Robert Boyle, John Patrickand and Steve Taylor. Each designer and their staff will be in attendance at their garden to meet and talk with visitors about their garden and answer any questions they have.

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