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 30 September 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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China Up Close
02 December 2014 until 15 March 2015

China Up Close

China has the world's fastest growing economy which has triggered a dramatic transformation within Chinese society.

China Up Close explores how this profound change has influenced Chinese moving image art and cinema through a deeply rich program of exhibitions, talks, live events and film.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Craft Summer Series Workshop
13 January 2015 until 12 March 2015

Craft Summer Series Workshop

Utilising the incredible expertise of some of Victoria's most experienced craftspeople, these workshops have been specifically designed to offer creative inspiration and skill building for makers of all levels. Tapestry, weaving, ceramics, basket making, leather work, jewellery, and fabric construction. Build up your technical repertoire or learn a new craft for the first time.

Adult classes will be offered midweek from January to March 2015 as successive weekly sessions. Learn fresh skills and meet new friends while you take advantage of the extended daylight hours and become part of Melbourne's bustling twilight scene this summer.

Craft members are eligible for discounted rates on all workshops.

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Banjo–B–Que
18 January 2015 until 26 April 2015

Banjo–B–Que

Hear American Southern-style Old Time claw hammer banjo, fiddle and Cajun accordion tunes by Craig Woodward of Melbourne's own Flying Engine Stringband at Fancy Hank's American-style BBQ joint every Sunday lunchtime.

Last Sunday of each month Craig is joined by the Flying Engine Stringband for Fancy Hank's Monthly Whole Hog Roast Party.

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Baby bounce
21 January 2015 until 30 June 2015

Baby bounce

Join in a fun session of stories, songs and rhymes, designed for children two and under to explore language with the Library's own show-stopping storytellers.

Please see the website for session times.

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Hellenic Museum Summer Cinema 2015
07 February 2015 until 21 March 2015

Hellenic Museum Summer Cinema 2015

Set up Athenian style in the garden pavilion at the inner-city Hellenic Museum.

This summer the big screen will be playing Greek-inspired films from Z to Shirley Valentine and The Slap that Came from Paradise.

You can also quench the summer heat with Melbourne's favourite ice-cream, Gelateria Primavera from the Spring Street Grocer.

Please see the website for further information.

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 90's Dance workshop
09 February 2015 until 30 November 2015

90's Dance workshop

Yo! Let's Go dance is a workshop that ignites your most inner motivation. A flashback to the nineties, a blast from your past featuring inspired choreography from 90's legends, you will be reminded of your 11 year old self dancing shamelessly in your bedroom.

During the six-week course you will learn to grind to Biggie, cartwheel to the Venga Boys, pop and lock to Salt n Pepa or possibly even slow dance to Celine Dion.

Yo Let's goers describe the class as outrageously fun, interactive, inclusive and creative.

Alternatively if you're already feeling the pressure of a successful 2015 break your boundaries, let off some steam and dance your heart out in a Michael and Janet Jackson scream dance course.

After disembarking your fearless and nostalgic rollercoaster ride join in an optional flash mob to show of your new sweet moves.

Grab your peeps, try something new, get fit, book yourself in and get jiggy with it.

Bookings are essential.

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At Dusk, Under the Clocks
12 February 2015 until 21 April 2015

At Dusk, Under the Clocks

From 1968 to 1971, high school teacher Angus O’Callaghan walked Melbourne in the evening in his spare time, photographing its streets, people and events on two Yashicaflex medium-format cameras.

Drawing from his archive, At Dusk, Under the Clocks uncovers O’Callaghan’s cinematic observations of iconic city locations in low light: at dusk, in winter and on neon-filled nights.

Shot on St Kilda Road, Princes Bridge, at the National Gallery of Victoria and around the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets, nearly five decades later O’Callaghan’s mood-filled photographs show us a Melbourne that is both familiar and marked by time.

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Dunkunjaka (Bush Medicine)
12 February 2015 until 31 March 2015

Dunkunjaka (Bush Medicine)

Dunkunjaka (bush medicine) is an exhibition by Joe Geia. Geia's painting style combines his Aboriginal heritage with a contemporary approach.

Joe Geia says that his paintings are about his Aboriginal and Islander cultural interpretations, due to his ability to understand the language, dance, visual arts and song. Furthermore he explores how these mediums are used to create communication techniques and establish contact with different tribes.

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Chinese New Year at ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel
19 February 2015 until 04 April 2015

Chinese New Year at ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays and as one of Accor's Chinese Optimum Standards accredited hotels, ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel will be celebrating Chinese New Year with their guests.

2015 is the Year of the Sheep which is the eighth sign in the Chinese zodiac calendar and according to Chinese astrology the number eight signifies comfort and prosperity.

ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel will celebrate the Year of the Sheep with traditional offering such as red envelopes which symbolise good luck and to ward off evil spirits as well as fortune cookies.

The lobby and restaurant will be transformed to celebrate this special time of year with lanterns, colourful umbrellas, vibrant fresh flowers, blossoms and blessings for the year ahead specially decorated by Key Passion.

Chinese New Year is a very bright and colourful time full of well wishes, blessings and hopes of a prosperous and successful year ahead. Ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel offer their blessing and best wishes for a wonderful 2015 Year of the Sheep.

Come in and enjoy all that Melbourne has on offer with Dragon and lion dances, fireworks, exhibitions and concerts to ring in the New Year. With events starting from 19th February it really is a great time to visit Melbourne.

ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel welcomes all our guests to join in the celebrations and to their international guests, they welcome you and wish you a very Happy New Year or G?ngx? f?cái.

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Good Beer Week Hop Garden & Beer College
27 February 2015 until 09 March 2015

Good Beer Week Hop Garden & Beer College

The Hop Garden is the newest addition to Good Beer Week's annual calendar of events.

Taking place at the 2015 Festival Hub, Beer DeLuxe at Federation Square, the Hop Garden offers an insight into how hops help add flavour, aroma and bitterness to beer, while the pop-up Good Beer College offers free masterclasses and education sessions on both weekends.

The journey of hops from paddock to pot will also be demonstrated by interactive hop garden display through to the finished product: beer available onsite at the Beer DeLuxe Hop Garden bar, including brews from Boatrocker, Feral Brewing, Mountain Goat and Holgate.

Hop Garden launch 6:00pm 27 February. See website for masterclass schedule.

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Bust My Buffers, Thomas is 70!
02 March 2015 until 10 March 2015

Bust My Buffers, Thomas is 70!

Thomas and Friends are hosting the ultimate 70th birthday celebration at Flinders Street Station, with a huge life-sized Thomas birthday cake and pop-up shop.

Thomas and Friends have been much-loved characters for generations of Australian boys and girls. To honour 70 years of friendship, friends of all ages are invited to join the celebrations to visit the life-size replica Thomas cake and take their photograph with the enormous creation.

Measuring over three metres long and one and a half metres high, the bespoke cake is created by Christopher Montebello, founder of Melbourne bakery Let Them Eat Cake.

Limited edition Thomas and Friends products are available to purchase in the pop-up shop, located next to the cake, so fans can take home their own special memento of Thomas' 70th birthday celebrations and be in with a chance to win an overseas holiday to visit their best friend Thomas!

The pop-up shop will be open from 2 to 10 March; the cake will be on display from 5 to 10 March.

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Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage
04 March 2015 until 03 May 2015

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage returns to Melbourne for the first time for a 10th Anniversary Tour.

An unprecedented live experience, this worldwide smash-hit explodes with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing.

Seen by millions across the globe, it is the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Featuring hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I've Had) The Time Of My Life, it is an unforgettable live experience.

Please visit the website for more information including ticket sales.

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Beer and Food Matching Dinner
05 March 2015 until 07 March 2015

Beer and Food Matching Dinner

There is more to food and beer than simply a plate and a pot.

Learn about different styles of beer and how best to team them with your favourite foods over a fun evening of delicious dishes and matched beers.

To see if your palate agrees with the experts, there will be beer quizzes (lots of pre-dinner study required) and fabulous door prizes (beer, of course).

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Fed Square Live
05 March 2015 until 05 March 2015

Fed Square Live

Soak up the warmer evenings with weekly outdoor concerts featuring some of Melbourne's most talented artists.

Fed Square's free live music series features a huge line-up of independent and emerging acts that will launch you into the heart of the local music scene.

Unwind after-work by pulling up a deck chair and immersing yourself in a sonic feast of live unplugged music.

Visit the website for the weekly lineup.

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Felicity Ward - The Iceberg
05 March 2015 until 05 March 2015

Felicity Ward - The Iceberg

As seen on the ABC's 2014 documentary Felicity Ward's Mental Mission.

One of the Australia's rising stars of comedy takes a break from television and film in the United Kingdom to perform at home for a short time only.

The Iceberg - it has nothing to do with Leonardo Di Caprio. And it ain't about lettuce.

It's about perspective - what you see, what you think you know, and what is actually going on. You know what's underneath the tip of the iceberg? The rest of the iceberg.

In 2012, Felicity was nominated for or won every Best Comedy award at Australia's four main comedy festivals for her critically acclaimed show, The Hedgehog Dilemma. She is the first comedian to ever achieve this.

Her follow up, The Iceberg, has already sold out in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth Comedy Festivals and the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014. Make sure you do not miss this special encore season.

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Flavour Exchange
05 March 2015 until 06 March 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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Health Qigong
06 March 2015 until 06 March 2015

Health Qigong

Exercise your mind, body and soul with free Qigong classes every Friday morning at Federation Square.

Qigong combines integrated physical movement, mental cultivation and regulated breathing. In traditional Chinese medicine the flow of energy, Qi (Chi) along channels in the body is viewed as central to a person's health and wellbeing, with illness being attributed to restricted or blocked Qi flow.

Learn to regulate your Qi with expert instructors from Tai Chi Australia. You can also join instructors from Tai Chi Australia every Tuesday for free Tai Chi classes at Fed Square.

Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels.

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Cavalleria Rusticana
06 March 2015 until 14 March 2015

Cavalleria Rusticana

Cavalleria Rusticana is a story of love, lust, blood-feud and betrayal played out in a Sicilian village which delivers an emotional wallop because of the youthful vigour and musical wealth of its great score.

This opera, in one act, has all the elements of a grand opera compressed into a single highly dramatic time span that all music lovers will enjoy.

Stella Axarlis' production allows the music to take centre stage while exploring the deeply psychological love triangle at the heart of the story.

Under the baton of renowned Italian conductor, Gaetano Colajanni, the sweeping music will come to life and fill the Hawthorn Arts Centre. Featuring some of Australia's finest principal singers and CitiOpera's chorus in conjunction with Melbourne's own Southern Voice ensemble, this is a production not to be missed.

The evening will begin with a behind the scenes exploration of Cavalleria Rusticana, hosted by 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne's, Julie Houghton. Modelled on Scottish Opera's Unwrapped series, audiences will be taken on an entertaining journey through the history of the opera, Mascagni's musical development, the rehearsal process, costuming and other facets of the opera.

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Holi Fest Weribee / Wyndham 2015
07 March 2015 until 07 March 2015

Holi Fest Weribee / Wyndham 2015

Wyndham will witness Melbourne's biggest Holi Mela/Festival this year.

Festivals of South Asia Inc is organising a festival of music, dance and colours. The venue will have a massive dance area, organic colours at a cheap rate, multi-ethnic cuisine food court.

This is one festival that can truly called as a complete family festival. So pack your picnic mats and make a Big Day Out of Holi Fest at Werribee.

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Fed Square Book Market
07 March 2015 until 07 March 2015

Fed Square Book Market

Love books? Then join Melbourne's bibliophiles at the Fed Square Book Market, one of the largest weekly book markets in Melbourne, in The Atrium at Fed Square.

Each week you can immerse yourself in over 5000 new and pre-loved titles, including literature, history, gardening, travel, art and kids stories.

The Book Market regularly features around fifteen of Melbourne's most experienced book dealers as well as authors and illustrators.

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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
08 March 2015 until 08 March 2015

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Every Sunday local artisans fill Arts Centre Melbourne's Lawn to showcase their unique, handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies.

Everything on offer is produced locally, making the market a real favourite for those seeking one-of-a-kind treasures for themselves or as gifts.

Just a short walk over the bridge from Flinders Street Station, the Sunday Market is a much-loved weekly event, with the relaxed feel of a regional craft market set against the backdrop of Melbourne's buzzing arts precinct.

Please note that all stallholders at the Sunday Market rotate positions regularly. If you are looking for your favourites, please be sure to have a wander along St Kilda Rd and behind along the lawn until you can find what you are looking for!

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Birdman Rally
08 March 2015 until 08 March 2015

Birdman Rally

Head down to the Yarra at noon to watch one of the most surprising spectacles of creativity and community spirit – the Birdman Rally.

Bound to set new heights in 2015, the Birdman Rally will amaze spectators all afternoon as a flock of entrants don their inventive homemade flying devices and jump from the banks of the Yarra to see who can soar the furthest for charity.

A longstanding feature of Moomba, the Birdman Rally is packed with just the right amount of silliness and loads of goodwill as participants compete as either Hawks or Penguins for the charity jackpot.

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Comedy at Spleen
09 March 2015 until 09 March 2015

Comedy at Spleen

Every Monday; Comedy at Spleen is the city's hottest show in town, with a packed room every single week.

With drop-in guests in the past like Jimeoin, Arj Barker, Adam Hills, Wil Anderson, Dave Hughes, Josh Thomas, Charlie Pickering, Claire Hooper, Tom Gleeson and many more. You will never know which special guest you are going to get. They also feature all the hottest young acts in Melbourne who will be household names of tomorrow.

It's always a cracker of a show, and you always have to get in early to snare a seat!

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Crochet at Fed Square
09 March 2015 until 09 March 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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Get Organ–ised
09 March 2015 until 09 March 2015

Get Organ–ised

'The organ will ever be the king of instruments' said Mozart. Now is your chance to get up close and personal with the crown jewels – the 10,000 pipe Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ - with a day of extraordinary activities.

Backstage tours will visit the Organ Museum and view the pipes at close range, and experienced organists can be guided through the wonders of the Grand Organ. Red Symons will narrate Peter and the Wolf, illuminating the many wonders of the pipe organ for children.

The day also includes a Young Organists' concert with the next generation of Victoria's concert organists, then youngsters will get a chance to play it.

Program:
11am-:.30pm: open console 15-minute sessions for organists. Bookings essential.

2pm-2:45pm: Red Symons (ABC 774) narrates Peter and the Wolf, with Brendon Lukin at the organ.

3pm-4pm: Young Organists' concert.

4pm-5:30pm: a hands-on session for youngsters. If you play piano, feel free to bring your music. Bookings not required.

Backstage tours (30 mins) run at 11am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm and 4pm. Bookings essential. Presented by City of Melbourne and Society of Organists (Victoria).

Event sponsor: Bernie's Music Land.


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Dance Massive 2015 at Dancehouse
10 March 2015 until 22 March 2015

Dance Massive 2015 at Dancehouse

At the vanguard of contemporary dance, Dancehouse is profoundly committed to presenting rigorous, cutting-edge and challenging research and performance, thus playing a significant role in the development of innovative dance, new audiences and ongoing artistic enquiry.

For Dance Massive 2015, the Dancehouse peer panel has selected a mix of new and existing works, including a dance-on-screen work and an off-site performance.

Please visit the website for dates and times of each performance.

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Dance Massive at Arts House
10 March 2015 until 22 March 2015

Dance Massive at Arts House

Australia's premier contemporary dance festival, Dance Massive, returns to Arts House this March.

The festival will feature nine new dance works from some of Australia's leading choreographers and arts companies, including Rawcus, Phillip Adams BalletLab, Vicki Van Hout, Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe, Melanie Lane, Lucy Guerin Inc, Rebecca Jensen and Sarah Aiken, Tim Darbyshire, and Rosalind Crisp.



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10th Boroondara Volunteer Expo
11 March 2015 until 11 March 2015

10th Boroondara Volunteer Expo

Discover how you can make a difference by visiting the 10th Boroondara Volunteer Expo.

The Boroondara Volunteer Expo is an opportunity to discover more about the diverse and numerous volunteering opportunities available within the community. The popular event brings together 50 not-for-profit organisations which undertake important work to support people of all ages and abilities and foster participation in community life.


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Gary Watling Quartet
11 March 2015 until 11 March 2015

Gary Watling Quartet

Gary Watling is an exciting guitarist who is embracing jazz as an improvising platform; his style borrows heavily from the blues and country traditions.

As a sideman, Gary plays with numerous groups (including country artist Jasmine Rae) throughout Melbourne and Australia. The quartet was formed in late 2013 and draws from the rich repertoire of jazz standards and American music.

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2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix
12 March 2015 until 15 March 2015

2015 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix

There's 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 2015 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 in March. There are many ticket options available, from corporate to general admission.

Be there as the world watches Melbourne.

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Belly Dancing at Fed Square
12 March 2015 until 12 March 2015

Belly Dancing at Fed Square

Shimmy and shake with free 30 minute Belly Dancing at Fed Square classes.

Led by professional instructor Trisnasari, the gentle aerobic dance is perfect for toning and strengthening core muscles.

Classes are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 12:30pm to 1:00pm. No bookings required.

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Feel Young
12 March 2015 until 12 March 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.

Classes are held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, 10:30am to 12:30pm.

All ages are welcome and bookings not required.

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Filming Screening: Beneath Hill 60
12 March 2015 until 12 March 2015

Filming Screening: Beneath Hill 60

Beneath Hill 60 is an Australian war movie set underneath the trenches of World War One.

This never-before told Australian story is set in 1916, where Queensland miner Oliver Woodward, under-trained and having never faced hostile fire before, finds himself on the Western Front known as the bloodiest battlefield in history.

Come along for this special screening of a fully Australian production directed by Jeremy Sims. Two sessions are available. This is a free screening in the Shrine's new auditorium. Bookings are essential.

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Apodictic Benjamin Skepper Live
13 March 2015 until 13 March 2015

Apodictic Benjamin Skepper Live

Following on from performances at MONA FOMA, the Hermitage Foundation in Russia and Milan Fashion Week, Benjamin Skepper brings his multi-media installation and site-specific performance art to Melbourne.

The evening will include a solo performance by Skepper in celebration of his latest release, Apodictic, and a premiere performance of Cartesian Spheres, a collaboration between Steven Ward and Benjamin Skepper challenging current understandings of music within the electronica and classical music archetypes.

Peruvian duo Alfonso Casabonne will project images generated by sound onto the Art Deco structure of Ormond Hall.

With special guest DJs Steve Ward (Kiss FM), Simon Winkler (3RRR) and Edd Fisher (PBS FM).



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Bryn Terfel and Lisa McCune sing Broadway Classics
14 March 2015 until 15 March 2015

Bryn Terfel and Lisa McCune sing Broadway Classics

International superstar bass-baritone Bryn Terfel joins Lisa McCune, Australia's sweetheart of the stage, for this thrilling night of Broadway classics.

Raconteur, conductor and musician par excellence, Bramwell Tovey will lead the orchestra and tinkle the ivories in this program of classic showtunes from legendary songwriters including Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe.

Enjoy songs from musicals such as Carousel, Anything Goes, Camelot, The King and I and Fiddler on the Roof.

Please see the website for further information.

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Hack to Your Future
14 March 2015 until 15 March 2015

Hack to Your Future

Are you ready to show off your coding skills? Join HackToYourFuture #HTYF for a fun weekend of coding, networking, food & drinks, and to hack your way to cash prizes & career opportunities!!

If you are a frontend or backend developer, register for the event at the website.

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Fed Square Laughter Club
15 March 2015 until 15 March 2015

Fed Square Laughter Club

Join in a 30 minute laughter session at Federation Square at 11:00am on the first and third Sunday of each month.

Laughter Clubs come together for a session and people laugh for no reason without having to resort to jokes or humour. The sessions last about half an hour and are mostly held outdoors. They are run along the lines established by Dr Madan Kataria, who founded the global laughter movement 14 years ago with one club, and there are now over 5,000 clubs worldwide.

Everyone is welcome to experience first-hand the fun of a laughter session, and gain the benefits of laughter, which improves the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health of individuals, workplaces, and society.

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Green Cities
17 March 2015 until 19 March 2015

Green Cities

Come along to Australia's premier sustainability conference for the built environment - Green Cities.

Hear from world-leading thought leaders as they share their insights on how to build, shape and create sustainable cities. The father of the Vancouver model of new urbanism, Larry Beasley CM, will explore how to rekindle the urban love affair. Biomimicry expert Michael Pawlyn will apply nature's genius to architecture. World-renowned researcher Professor Vivian Loftness will explore solutions - from the simple to the spectacular - for creating high-performance buildings. Jillian Broadbent AO, Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, will talk about how to help business competitiveness in a carbon constrained world. Planner and architect Professor Rob Adams AM will look at how we reinvent old spaces to create enduring and extraordinary places for people. Change Strategist Holly Ransom will have you big-picture thinking to tackle the challenges facing leadership teams today.

Get up close and personal with the latest green building innovations and learn the tools, tactics and techniques to construct a greener built environment.

Conference from 9am to 4.30pm, networking from 6pm to 10pm.

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6th Annual National Disability Summit 2015
18 March 2015 until 19 March 2015

6th Annual National Disability Summit 2015

The 6th Annual National Disability Summit 2015 will offer discussion around the trial sites specifically and how the rollouts are faring, in addition to considering the transitional considerations for service providers and for access issues for specific minority population groups.

On top of this, discussion will be broadened out beyond the NDIS specifically, focusing on the pivotal issues of education and housing more generally for individuals with a disability, drawing on case studies and academic study.

Speakers confirmed in 2015 include: Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Toby O'Connor, CEO, St Laurence Community Services Inc., David Meldrum, Executive Director, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia and Rohan Braddy, CEO, Mambourin Enterprises.

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Build Wealth With A Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF)
18 March 2015 until 18 March 2015

Build Wealth With A Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF)

Controlling your superannuation will give you control of your retirement. Growing your superannuation through a Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) is easier than you think and this free evening seminar will show you step by step how you can create tax free wealth to access in your retirement.

Come along to this 90 minute seminar that will smash the myths around using a SMSF to build your wealth in retirement.


Topics covered will include the seven benefits of a Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF), how to purchase residential and commercial property with a SMSF, pro's and con's of investing in property with your SMSF, how to structure your investments so you can live tax free from aged 55 (even if you are not retired) and an open question and answer session to get all your SMSF questions answered by the qualified team.

Presented by Michael Carter this information session will discuss a three step plan to generate wealth for financial security and comfort in your retirement.


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Gelibolu: A Turkish–Australian Perspective on Gallipoli
18 March 2015 until 25 April 2015

Gelibolu: A Turkish–Australian Perspective on Gallipoli

Ahead of the centenary Anzac Day, the City of Melbourne invites you to Gelibolu, a contemporary art exhibition that explores the Turkish–Australian perspective of Gallipoli.

The exhibition, held at No Vacancy Gallery, shares stories of identity, peace, death, family and the impacts of war as told by 16 Turkish-Australians through art, film, poetry, animation, voice recordings and historical narratives.

A contemporary interpretation of a well-known chapter of Australia's and Turkey’s history, Gelibolu commemorates the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli and celebrates the strong bond that has formed between the two countries over the last century. By sharing the broad range of voices that have a connection to the Battle of Gallipoli, and recognising the mix and contrast of histories that exist within a community, Gelibolu contributes to an inclusive and welcoming conversation for future generations.

Speaking about the Battle of Anzac, Kemal Ataturk, the first President of Turkey, famously said: 'Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives. You are now living in the soil of a friendly country therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours.'

Including local, national and international artists, this immersive and interactive exhibition brings together a range of media and narratives that convey a variety of Turkish and Turkish–Australian perspectives on Anzac Day and the Battle of Gallipoli.

Opening night Wednesday 18 March, 6–8pm; see website for more details.

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Aerial All Stars
20 March 2015 until 21 March 2015

Aerial All Stars

Aerial All Stars is a two-day pole art and circus art competition spectacular.

Australia's up and coming talent will be showcased at Rising All Stars, then the brightest stars the pole and aerial industries have to offer will be highlighted in Aerial All Stars show.

Winning competitors from Friday night will get to compete on stage on Saturday night in the Aerial All Stars.

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Divas and the City
21 March 2015 until 21 March 2015

Divas and the City

Popular Melbourne pianist Hoang Pham goes 'Diva' in this one-off concert with Adam Przewlocki and his award-winning ladies, the Divine Divas of Sunbury, with stunning choreography by Gwynda O'Donovan.

From the enchanting melodies of Chopin's piano music to the grand choir arrangements of popular songs, this concert will have everything for everyone. Bring your friends and family, and enjoy a sing-along with Hoang, Adam and the Divas!

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FoodSocial Global Feast Colombia
21 March 2015 until 21 March 2015

FoodSocial Global Feast Colombia

Go on a global cultural journey to Colombia, with a cooking demo, tapas and a shared dining experience with new friends.

You'll be greeted with a Colombian cocktail as you meet and mingle with other food lovers in an ice-breaker session. As you get seated, watch a cooking demo and enjoy a taste of Colombia with four different Colombian tapas.

Relax, eat and make new friends over a shared cultural dining experience, plus there are prizes to be won.

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Children’s Book Festival 2015
22 March 2015 until 22 March 2015

Children’s Book Festival 2015

Calling all kids! Get ready to dive into books and reading at the Children's Book Festival.

The big day out for little readers is back. It's time for the annual Children's Book Festival celebrating the wonderful world of children's literature and storytelling.

It's a day when kids are invited ? and parents ? to dive into the pleasures of books and reading, in as many different ways as possible. Roam across the lawns and throughout the Library and the Wheeler Centre ? there's plenty to discover. For one big day, it's all been turned into a children's literary playground.

Meet favourite authors and illustrators ? from big names like Shaun Tan, Hazel Edwards and Andy Griffiths, to terrific emerging talents in the world of children's books. There are storytellers, musical acts and performers of all sorts to discover. Grab a book from the picnic library and sink into a beanbag to get lost in it. Help create a giant book that will become a memento of the day. And drop by the Children's Book Festival Monster Marquee.

Read, listen, dance and make things - it's an active day of fun for the whole family to enjoy together.

Suitable for ages 5 to 11. Please visit the website for full event program.

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Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance
22 March 2015 until 22 March 2015

Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance

Join the Shrine's Director of Exhibitions, Jean McAuslan, and her team for a curator's talk and tour of the new Galleries of Remembrance. Over 800 objects, photographs, uniforms and works of art are displayed in permanent and temporary exhibition spaces.

The exhibitions illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice. Limited spaces available. Bookings are essential.

Entry is free, gold coin donations are welcomed.

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ArtPlay for Artists – Philosophy and Art with Children
23 March 2015 until 23 March 2015

ArtPlay for Artists – Philosophy and Art with Children

Children are full of important questions and big ideas, and art can help them to explore, express and challenge the world around (and inside!) them.

Join ArtPlay for a mind-expanding session on the many ways art, philosophy and children can intersect. The panel includes arts educator Yvette Walker, The Philosophy Club’s David Urbinder and artist Rebecca Russell.

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15th Anniversary Mineral Sands Conference
24 March 2015 until 25 March 2015

15th Anniversary Mineral Sands Conference

We are delighted to bring you the 15th Anniversary Mineral Sands Conference, which will be hosted on the 24th-25th March 2015 at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Melbourne. Register at the Super Early Bird Rate - Save $880 if you book before 23rd December 2014.

Price : Two day conference (24-25 March 2015) - $2414.50

Speakers : Dr Victor Hugo, General Manager - Exploration, Iluka Resources Ltd, Trevor Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, MZI Resources Ltd, Bruce McQuitty, Managing Director, Sheffield Resources Ltd, Stewart Hagan, General Manager, Oresome Australia Pty Ltd, William F Bloking FAICD, Managing Director, Gunson Resources Ltd, Peter Klein, Chief Executive Officer, Mid West Ports Authority, Murray Lines, Director, Stratum Resources, Nic Lim

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Dirty Sexy Politics
25 March 2015 until 29 March 2015

Dirty Sexy Politics

The musky scent of political dissatisfaction hangs heavily on the wind. This nation yearns for leadership, rulers who will steer it down a new path, unshackled by petty morality.

Vaudevillian roustabouts Tom Albert and Sam Valentine are rising from the ashes to take up the mantle, and they're seizing power the only way they know how: unbridled, sex-driven chaos.

Featuring all-original music and up-to-the-minute commentary, Tom and Sam are charging boldly into the world of political satire in this seductively cruel, multi-award-winning cabaret. From humble beginnings performing on the mean streets of Brisbane, they have swiftly forged a reputation as the most dynamic comedy duo since Cain and Abel.

How can you stroke your electorate for optimum results? What other uses can be found for the Party Whip? These answers, along with other suppositories of wisdom, will be revealed in the most intimately entertaining 60 minutes of your life.

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Cam Knight: Almost Bulletproof
26 March 2015 until 05 April 2015

Cam Knight: Almost Bulletproof

Cam Knight is back with his show Almost Bulletproof as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015.

After sell-out shows and rave reviews in 2014, performing all around the country in some of the biggest theatres and festivals including Splendour in the Grass and Rottofest, plus featuring on Backseat Drivers on ABC2, Cam returns with a brand-new show which will have him weaving his way through a series of brutally honest stories.

Covering masculinity, femininity, gender equality, his own body image problems, growing up, moving on and what kind of world everyone is leaving behind, let Cam take you on an exhilarating ride with an hour of punchy stand-up filled with pep and cheek!

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Celebrating Maxwell and Scientific Curiosity
26 March 2015 until 26 March 2015

Celebrating Maxwell and Scientific Curiosity

It's hard to imagine life without radio, television, mobile phones, and wireless computers, so it's worth celebrating the fact that the wireless revolution was initially founded on pure, curiosity-driven research.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of James Clerk Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism, which predicted the existence of wireless electromagnetic waves. It also revealed the electromagnetic nature of light, and it facilitated the development of other electromagnetic technologies, whose modern applications include microelectronic devices, electromagnetic shielding and transmission, medical diagnostics and therapies, mineral detection and production, and more.

This revolutionary theory was first published in the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions, in 1865. It would take nearly a quarter of a century before Maxwell's prediction was verified, when Hertz generated the first deliberately engineered radio waves, and it took another two decades for the birth of radio as we know it.

A century after Maxwell's prediction, Australia's famous Dish played a crucial role in relaying images of the first human steps on the moon, while today, the immensely powerful square kilometre array radio telescope is being built in Australia and South Africa. Radio waves are a vital key to the cosmos, and they also underpin our sophisticated communications technologies. WiFi is an Australian invention arising from research in radio astronomy.

Maxwell's curiosity was renowned among his contemporaries, but he was such a humble, gentle genius that until recently he has remained unsung and unknown outside the scientific community.

This talk, presented by writer and mathematician Dr Robyn Arianrhod, celebrates Maxwell. In particular, it will aim to give insight into how he used mathematics to take the world beyond physical senses, beyond even conscious imagination, to predict the existence of new, undreamed-of physical phenomena.

Presented by The Royal Society of Victoria.

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FNC at The Butterfly Club
26 March 2015 until 28 March 2015

FNC at The Butterfly Club

A few comedians. A projector. Your phone.

It's FNC and it's the newest game in town that takes improv to the next level.

Each week four comedians hit the stage with no script and have no idea what they will be talking about until you fill in the blanks via random suggestions sent via your smart phone. Comedians improvise their routines to match the audience texts and the hilarity ensues.

It's anonymous. It's easy. And it's terrifying for the comedians but hilarious for you.

Season extended for Melbourne Comedy Festival 2015 with shows on Thursday - Saturday nights.

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Gin Pop–Up Bar at Old Melbourne Gaol
27 March 2015 until 27 March 2015

Gin Pop–Up Bar at Old Melbourne Gaol

Experience the Old Melbourne Gaol in a new light when it's transformed into a pop-up gin bar for one night only. Your ticket gives you access to all areas of the Gaol where some of Australia's most infamous prisoners were held and includes two drinks from a selection of gin-based cocktails, wine and beer. Delicious food will be available and extra drinks can also be purchased.

There will also be intimate master classes held during the night, where you can learn from experts. These classes are an additional cost to the ticket price.

Bring your business cards for a fantastic door prize of a night tour and tickets to the National Trust of Victoria's next pop-up bar for you and three of your friends valued at $312.

Last year this event sold out, so book your tickets early.

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Car Club Showcase
29 March 2015 until 29 March 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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Dancing the Bones of Irish Myth and Legend
29 March 2015 until 29 March 2015

Dancing the Bones of Irish Myth and Legend

This theatre piece takes the audience deep into the ancient Irish landscape, complete with heroes, lovers, tricksters and wily crones.

Actor/storyteller Niki na Meadhra is a theatre practitioner with 30 years' experience and is committed to bringing the Irish saga lore to a new audience. Her aim is to show how inventive, extravagant and funny this tradition is.

This is a show for adults, but older children (8+) accompanied by an adult will gain a lot from her performance, as these heroic and folklore tales have always been performed for mixed audiences.

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ArtPlay for Artists – Rajasthani Potters
30 March 2015 until 30 March 2015

ArtPlay for Artists – Rajasthani Potters

Manohar Lal and his son Jagdish Prajapat are part of a generational continuum of traditional Rajasthani potters that have worked with clay for millennium, making low fired utilitarian objects. The grace of their craft has enthralled and entranced the uninitiated, as well as the experienced, to the ceramic process.

You will have the opportunity to make a simple pot on one of their traditional wheels and to decorate a pot made by the potters with locally found earth colours. The quiet, 'in the moment' connection with these potters, without a common language, is memorable.

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Dr Brown: Befrdfgth
30 March 2015 until 30 March 2015

Dr Brown: Befrdfgth

Dr Brown: Befrdfgth returns to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for one performance only of this now famous production.

This unpronounceable show by the world-renowned king of cult clowning, Gaulier-trained performer Dr Brown (Philip Burgers), won two prestigious comedy awards in 2012 (Melbourne's Barry Award and Edinburgh's Fosters Comedy Award).

This is visual comedy like you have never seen before. Physical, subversive and mischievous, strange, in-your-face and entirely original. Dr Brown is funny in ways you did not know were possible.


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7th Annual Melbourne Latin Festival
03 April 2015 until 05 April 2015

7th Annual Melbourne Latin Festival

Latin America is taking over Melbourne once again in a three-day dancing festival of performances, workshops and parties. For the first time ever, the Melbourne Latin Festival (MLF) is moving to Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance in North Melbourne where performers and participants from around the world will share their greatest passion.

Leading Latin dancers from Norway, Sweden and Australia will strut their stuff both on the stage and as part of 30 dance workshops covering all styles from salsa to samba and for all levels from beginner to professional.

Cuban artist Greydis Liranza will bring the flavour of her home country to the Festival in a 'Cuban Immersion' course. Her 20 years of experience include film, television, theatre and music videos.

Sweden's hottest exports, Zerjon & Nina, will bring their unique fusion of salsa and hip hop to Melbourne. Their 'Salsa Street Fusion' has won international titles and was the first ever streetdance production in a Scandinavian Opera.

Nightly performances will see local, interstate and international artists bedazzle the crowds including Juan Carlos Ospina and Angela McCrystal - 2013 finalists for Australia's Got Talent - and World Champion finalists Ania and JT.

International DJs and live Latin bands will spice up the parties each night (18+) across three rooms so whether you are a lover of dance, looking to learn world-class skills, or a dancing wannabe, the Melbourne Latin Festival will have you dancing the night away.

Proudly supporting the Leukaemia Foundation.

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7th Annual Melbourne Latin Festival
03 April 2015 until 05 April 2015

7th Annual Melbourne Latin Festival

Latin America is taking over Melbourne once again in a three-day dancing festival of performances, workshops and parties. For the first time ever, the Melbourne Latin Festival (MLF) is moving to Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in North Melbourne where performers and participants from around the world will share their greatest passion.

Leading Latin dancers from Norway, Sweden and Australia will strut their stuff both on the stage and as part of 30 dance workshops covering all styles from salsa to samba and for all levels from beginner to professional.

Cuban artist Greydis Liranza will bring the flavour of her home country to the Festival in a Cuban immersion course. Her 20 years of experience include film, television, theatre and music videos.

Sweden’s hottest exports, Zerjon and Nina, will bring their unique fusion of salsa and hip hop to Melbourne. Their Salsa Street Fusion has won international titles and was the first ever streetdance production in a Scandinavian Opera.

Nightly performances will see local, interstate and international artists dazzle the crowds including Juan Carlos Ospina and Angela McCrystal – 2013 finalists for Australia's Got Talent – and World Champion finalists Ania and JT.

International DJs and live Latin bands will spice up the parties each night (18+) across three rooms so whether you’re a lover of dance, looking to learn world-class skills, or a dancing wannabe, the Melbourne Latin Festival will have you dancing the night away.

Proudly supporting the Leukaemia Foundation.


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Classics at Fed Square
06 April 2015 until 06 April 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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Dreamer in Space at City Library
07 April 2015 until 07 April 2015

Dreamer in Space at City Library

Enjoy brilliant black light and imaginative puppet theatre from Dream Puppets.

In this story Dreamer lives in the outback of Australia and has a hobby - astronomy. Dreamer's computer, via his satellite dish, picks up a message from an intelligent life form in a distant solar system. Dreamer who has his own space ship, decides to investigate.

Suits ages three and older.

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Electric Cabaret
09 April 2015 until 14 April 2015

Electric Cabaret

Tomás Ford presents, as a part of the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Electric Cabaret.

Award-winning cabaret lunatic Tomás Ford is losing control. His computers are broken, his songs are too weird and his charisma is backfiring. The show is imploding. This is either the best party ever, or a one hour nervous breakdown.

Electric Cabaret is a unique experience that mixes the darkest depths of cabaret with pulsing pop songs, David Lynch-inspired video projections, and Tomás Ford's one-of-a-kind brand of demented showmanship.

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Crap Music Rave Party
10 April 2015 until 11 April 2015

Crap Music Rave Party

Tomás Ford presents, as a part of the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Crap Music Rave Party.

Hit the dance floor for four nights only in the European Bier Café, the dumbest party ever with party monster Tomás Ford.

He will play any request - so long as it's crap.

Tomás Ford is best known as Australia's mad prince of alt-cabaret, but for these shows he tucks away his techno-crooning in favour of a ridiculous do-it-yourself spectacle; think handheld disco lights, boy band ballads, breakdance battles, trashy disco hits, Dannii Minogue lipsynchs, the tackiest imaginable video projections, glostick-friendly trance, new romantic nightmares, nightmare Eurovision flashbacks, hands in the air, horrific dubstep drops, imaginary laser shows and whatever else you may want.

If it sucks, he's in.

Sold out every night at Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Fringe World, in 2015 Crap Music Rave Party hits the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the first time.

You are welcome.

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Fitness & Health Expo
10 April 2015 until 12 April 2015

Fitness & Health Expo

If you are bored with your training schedule, want to start a new fitness kick or need valuable training or diet advice, then head to the ultimate workout for fitness, wellness and health - the Fitness & Health Expo - and find the best new fitness solution for you.

Try and test the absolute latest fitness equipment, accessories, classes and clothing, watch live sporting events and meet some of Australia's top fitness experts and athletes as they share their advice on leading a healthy lifestyle and maximising training results.

For more information visit the website or follow Facebook and Twitter for updates on features, timetables and celebrities.

General visitors can pre-book tickets online to avoid the queues. If you work in the industry, it is free to enter on the Friday if you pre-register online and provide the appropriate identification.

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Bonsai Exhibition of Australian Native Plants
11 April 2015 until 12 April 2015

Bonsai Exhibition of Australian Native Plants

Visit a display of quality bonsai using Australian native trees in the picturesque Botanic Gardens.

Bonsai have been grown in Melbourne since the 1950s but only recently has the art embraced the use of Australian trees. See Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Banksia, Grevillea, Leptospermum and many other Australian trees in miniature at Victoria's premier native bonsai exhibition.

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Gallipoli
16 April 2015 until 16 April 2015

Gallipoli

Now approaching it's centenary, the Gallipoli campaign, commemorated each year on Anzac Day, reverberates with importance as a symbol of what it truly means to be Australian. However, the facts of the battle - which was minor against the scale of the First World War and cost less than a sixth of the Australian deaths on the Western Front - are often forgotten or obscured.

Peter FitzSimons, with his trademark vibrancy and expert melding of writing and research, recreates the disaster as experienced by those who endured it or perished in the attempt.

Arrival at 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start.
Entry is free, gold coin donations welcomed.

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Class Clowns National Grand Final
17 April 2015 until 17 April 2015

Class Clowns National Grand Final

Fresh, funny and fearless, this comedy competition brings together teenage state finalists from around the country to bring on the jokes and battle it out for a $2,500 prize package.

If you really want to know what is going on, come and see the best new comic talent under 18 in this awe-inspiring event hosted by pop-music comedy duo Die Roten Punkte and featuring performances by YouTube sensation Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) and Andy Saunders (WhiteBLACKatcha).

Special guest judges include Joel Creasey.

Information on school booking forms (teachers go free), cheap tickets and travel for students in regional Victoria on the website.

Proudly supported by triple j and headspace.

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Battlefield Challenge
18 April 2015 until 19 April 2015

Battlefield Challenge

The Battlefield Challenge is seven kilometres long with over 40 obstacles. The event is suitable for every level of fitness from first time mud runner/obstacle racer couch potato, to seasoned weekend warriors.

Designed and led by Soldier Dan you will take part in a genuine military themed obstacle course. Above all the course is a lot of fun and the perfect way to spend the day getting down and dirty with your mates. Clothes are provided for you to get dirty in.

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Anzacs on the Wall
19 April 2015 until 19 April 2015

Anzacs on the Wall

Once again the Shrine welcomes Jim Brown and Vince Brophy to perform on the Lone Pine Guitar. Singers, songwriters and entertainers, Jim and Vince present to us ANZAC On The Wall. Their performance includes songs, poems and stories about our ANZACs. The song The Anzac On The Wall is the story of Danny Clancy who, like so many young Australians, set off to fight in the First World War. Join us for this special performance in the lead up to Anzac Day. Bookings essential.

Presenters: Jim Brown and Vince Brophy
Entry is free, gold coin donations welcomed.

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Harp in the Gardens: Harp Meditations
19 April 2015 until 19 April 2015

Harp in the Gardens: Harp Meditations

Deeply relaxing harp music, composed in the gardens by our resident harpist, Michael Johnson. This blissful experience is to aide mindfulness meditation, Inspiring feelings of peace, calm and a deep sense of wellbeing. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Observatory Gate. Birdwood Avenue As well as a concert performer , Michael has been working in the field of music for meditation in schools, hospitals and meditation centres. For over twenty years he has worked at the Gawler Foundation

Three Sunday's in Autumn 15/3/15
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FoodSocial Pizza Cook Off
19 April 2015 until 19 April 2015

FoodSocial Pizza Cook Off

Want to meet new friends and cook at the same time? This popular FoodSocial Cook Off event is a fun, social and interactive way to cook and connect.

You'll be greeted with a glass of sparkling as you arrive and meet others in an ice-breaker session before the cook off starts.

Don't think you can cook? It doesn't matter. You'll be given tips and demonstration of how to make a pizza before you are divided into small teams for the cook off. The pizza dough will be ready for you to add the toppings. Your team will be provided with all the ingredients to cook up a storm. The best team will win a prize by serving the best pizza judged by a judging panel, and of course you'll get to enjoy your pizzas.

Having fun in great company sounds like a perfect recipe for a leisurely Sunday.

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ANZAC Tribute
23 April 2015 until 24 April 2015

ANZAC Tribute

Beethoven Complete Incidental Music to Egmont
Beethoven Symphony No.9 'Choral'

Diego Matheuz conductor
William McInnes narrator
Susan Gritton soprano
Fiona Campbell mezzo-soprano
Bülent Bezdüz tenor
Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, Diego Matheuz conducts Beethoven's music to Goethe's Egmont, a score that positively crackles with the play's rich themes of love and heroic defiance. The composer's Ninth Symphony, with its message of brotherhood and unity, makes a fitting concert companion.

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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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ANZAC Day at the Shrine
25 April 2015 until 25 April 2015

ANZAC Day at the Shrine

ANZAC Day, originally a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915, has grown to become perhaps the most important national day in Australia.

In addition to recognising the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in war or on peacekeeping operations ANZAC Day has become core to the identity of Australia itself, a day on which Australians reflect on the Anzac spirit and its place in Australia today.

The Dawn Service is a major part of the tradition of ANZAC Day and harks back to the military practice of 'standing to' at dawn. Each dawn and dusk, the most favourable times for attack, soldiers were called to 'stand to' and manned their posts in full kit, ready to repulse enemy attacks or launch their own.

Dawn Services are held across Australia, including Victoria's State service held at the Shrine, at 6.00am each April 25 and are followed by the ANZAC Day March in many cities and towns. The March, led by veterans and serving personnel, now also includes the descendants of veterans, sometimes alongside their relatives but more often, as the men of the Second World War in particular pass on, in honour of those who served.

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Film Screening: Gallipoli From Above
25 April 2015 until 25 April 2015

Film Screening: Gallipoli From Above

Gallipoli From Above follows the Australian officers who planned the landing at Anzac Cove and the aircrew whose flimsy flying machines brought back the much needed information on which those plans were based.

This one-hour documentary overturns many of the myths about the Gallipoli landing, that the Australians landed at dawn, on the wrong beach, with little knowledge of the Turkish defences and they were led by incompetent British officers. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. Director, Wain Fimeri, will join introduce the film.

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Advanced Course on James Joyce's Ulysses
26 April 2015 until 26 April 2015

Advanced Course on James Joyce's Ulysses

James Joyce's novel Ulysses presents many challenges for readers. This course builds on the introductory course, Ulysses for Beginning Readers.

This session will focus on the very challenging Stephen chapters of Ulysses, as well as the last two chapter of 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'.

The course will raise questions about Stephen's philosophy of art, and Joyce's own practice, and see where they are aligned and different. The style of the course will be interactive and collaborative, aiming to make independent readers of the novel.

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Altitude Shift
30 April 2015 until 02 May 2015

Altitude Shift

Anglicare Victoria is searching for 300 courageous adventure seekers to abseil down a Melbourne skyscraper to raise funds for children in foster care.

Altitude Shift gives people the chance to test their nerve on St James building in Bourke Street, while raising funds for Victorian foster children.

The event is one of the most adventurous ways in which people can help a child in need. Altitude Shift will take you out of your comfort zone.

All money raised will go towards programs that create positive, lasting change in the lives of Victoria's most vulnerable children.

Anglicare Victoria aims to raise at least $200,000 from the 'bucket list' experience.

Do whatever you can to help you raise money - if you think dressing up as Superman will work, then do it.

Anglicare Victoria is Victoria's largest foster care provider, currently housing over 400 children per night. The placements and support services give stability and a sense of hope to children unable to live with their natural families.

Altitude Shift is open to anyone over 16 (with parental permission under 18), regardless of shape, fitness or ability. It's being run in conjunction with Zenith Events, an adventure/ abseil company with a 100 per cent safety record. Qualified abseil professionals will be on-site and will prepare and guide each participant on the day.

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Bearing Witness
30 April 2015 until 30 April 2015

Bearing Witness

Charles Bean was Australia's greatest and most famous war correspondent. He is the man who told Australia about the horrors of Gallipoli and the Western Front, created the Anzac legend and was central to the creation of the Australian War Memorial.

Yet we know so little about the real man. Peter Rees gives us insight into a key figure who helped shape the emerging Australian identity.

Entry is free, gold coin donations welcomed.

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Beethoven: The 1808 Vienna Concert
02 May 2015 until 02 May 2015

Beethoven: The 1808 Vienna Concert

Beethoven's Sixth Symphony
5PM-6:15PM
Symphony No.6 Pastoral
Ah! perfido
Mass in C: Gloria

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
7:30PM-8:45PM
Piano Concerto No.4
Symphony No.5

Beethoven's Choral Fantasy
9:30PM-10:15PM
Mass in C: Sanctus and Benedictus
Fantasia for Piano
Choral Fantasy

Diego Matheuz conductor
Saleem Ashkar piano
Susan Gritton soprano
Jacqueline Porter soprano
Fiona Campbell mezzo-soprano
Henry Choo tenor
Timothy Reynolds tenor
Christopher Richardson bass-baritone
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir

With a line-up of internationally acclaimed soloists and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir joining the Orchestra for this rare event, you are invited to sit back and relax in the company of one of music's greatest creative minds.

In December 1808, Beethoven - acting as promoter, conductor and concert pianist - staged a remarkable concert in Vienna's Theater an der Wien which premiered several of the most influential works in music history.

Works will be performed in the original order of the 1808 Concert. With time to catch up with fellow music-lovers for dinner and drinks during two extended interval breaks, this is a special night in the MSO's history not to be missed.

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Contemporary Book Design: Panel Discussion
13 May 2015 until 13 May 2015

Contemporary Book Design: Panel Discussion

The State Library's exhibition Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum (from 20 March to 14 June) explores some of the world's finest examples of book design from across the ages.

Complementing the exhibition, this panel of experts will discuss the most interesting and challenging aspects of contemporary book design and the multitude of messages that a design can convey. Perfect for designers and design-lovers alike.

Presented as part of Melbourne International Design Week.

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Gallipoli Victoria Cross
19 May 2015 until 19 May 2015

Gallipoli Victoria Cross

Gallipoli, most well-known for the landing on Anzac day, was also a place where the ANZACs distinguished themselves. Ten Victoria Crosses alone were awarded to the Australian and New Zealanders in the eight months that the ANZACs were on the peninsula.

Dr Lawriwsky, author of Hard Jacka and Return of the Gallipoli Legend: Jacka VC, will discuss the Gallipoli Victoria Cross on the 100th anniversary since the first Victoria Cross was awarded to Albert Jacka VC.

Entry is free, gold coin donations welcomed.

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Beethoven's Symphony No. 7
22 May 2015 until 25 May 2015

Beethoven's Symphony No. 7

One of the world's most sought-after composers, Matthias Pintscher, returns to conduct the Australian premiere of idyl, a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra co-commission with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

This program also includes Beethoven's majestic Seventh Symphony.

Japanese-Canadian violinist Karen Gomyo joins the Orchestra for Saint-Sae?ns's eloquent Third Violin Concerto, in her first appearance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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Facts to Fiction creative writing workshop
23 May 2015 until 23 May 2015

Facts to Fiction creative writing workshop

Have you ever read a newspaper article and thought it would make a good book? Author Lisa Lang knows how to turn the bones of fact into rich and compelling fiction.

Lisa is teaching a one-day workshop for people who want to draw on real stories, a slice of history, a family tale, a newspaper article to create a short story or novel.

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Anything Goes
31 May 2015 until 20 June 2015

Anything Goes

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

This dazzling musical celebration features a hilarious tale of topsy-turvy relationships, mistaken identities and foiled plots, peppered with some of musical theatre's most memorable standards including You're the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You and, of course, the title song, Anything Goes.

Starring Caroline O'Connor, Todd McKenney, Wayne Scott Kermond, Alex Rathgeber, Claire Lyon, Carmen Duncan, Debora Krizak and Alan Jones.

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Good Food and Wine Show
05 June 2015 until 08 June 2015

Good Food and Wine Show

The Good Food and Wine Show is back in 2015 and guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling!

A dream day out for food fanatics and wine connoisseurs alike - hundreds of the country's finest food producers, wineries and chefs come together for one sensational long weekend. With a line-up that will leave you hungry for more, one day may not be enough!

There's a magnificent menu of things to see, taste and do including 300 food and wine producers, 15 celebrity chefs including Donna Hay, Miguel Maestre, Michelle Bridges, Maggie Beer and Tobie Puttock plus 100s of show specials. How much fun can you handle?

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Britten's War Requiem
11 June 2015 until 12 June 2015

Britten's War Requiem

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, a haunting piece interweaving the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead with the works of First World War poet Wilfred Owen, is paired with the profoundly moving Elegy in memoriam Rupert Brooke.

Written by an Australian composer stationed in Gallipoli, shortly before his death at the Battle of the Somme, the elegy makes for a stirring memorial to one of the defining conflicts of the twentieth century.

This performance is brought to you by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus in partnership with the National Boys Choir of Australia, conductor Sir Andrew Davis, soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya, tenor Ian Bostridge and bass baritone Dietrich Henschel.

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Hennessy’s Beethoven at Federation Square
13 June 2015 until 13 June 2015

Hennessy’s Beethoven at Federation Square

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra's Artistic Director William Hennessy's stellar career has seen him perform as soloist in over 250 concerto performances around the world. In celebration of his 60th birthday, William performs as the soloist with Melbourne Chamber Orchestra in Beethoven's soaring, spiritual and spectacular Violin Concerto.

Also on the program will be Il Distratto (The Distracted One), the most eccentric of all Haydn's symphonic creations. With violins stopping to 'tune' in the middle of the piece and a stream of musical jests, this is Haydn at his fast-paced, fiercely imaginative best.

The program features:
- Haydn's Symphony No 60 in C major, Il Distratto
- Walton's Incidental Music to Henry V
- Schubert's Quartettsatz D703
- Beethoven's Violin Concerto Op 61.

Conducted by Michael Dahlenburg.


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Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance
25 June 2015 until 25 June 2015

Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance

Join the Shrine's Manager of Exhibitions, Jean McAuslan, and her team for a curator's talk and tour of the new Galleries of Remembrance.

Over 800 objects, photographs, uniforms and works of art are displayed in permanent and temporary exhibition spaces. The exhibitions illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice.


There are limited spaces available. Please see the website for more information.

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Babe The Twentieth Anniversary Concert
11 July 2015 until 12 July 2015

Babe The Twentieth Anniversary Concert

George Miller's Babe, the 1995 family movie about a pig who wants to be a sheepdog conceived by writer / producer George Miller and director Chris Noonan, is an icon of Australian cinema.

To coincide with its twentieth anniversary, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and original soundtrack composer, Nigel Westlake, join forces to present the world premiere of Babe: The Twentieth Anniversary Concert.

This is an exclusive, all-ages screening with Nigel Westlake conducting the Orchestra in a performance of the film's score adapted especially for the concert hall.



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David Bowie is
16 July 2015 until 01 November 2015

David Bowie is

Put on your red shoes and celebrate 50 years of one of the era's most influential artists in rock, pop, fashion and performance. This acclaimed immersive, multi-media exhibition from London's Victoria and Albert Museum includes costumes, original stage set designs, handwritten lyric sheets, album artwork, rare film, video and photographs. Book ahead.

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2015 International Champions Cup
18 July 2015 until 24 July 2015

2015 International Champions Cup

Nine Touring and Events, TLA Worldwide and RSE Ventures are bringing the most significant football event ever to be seen in this country, The International Champions Cup Australia, presented by Audi, to Melbourne in 2015.

The highly anticipated competition will feature three of the best football teams in the world; Real Madrid CF, Manchester City FC and AS Roma. It will be the first and perhaps the only time that football fans have the opportunity to see this inimitable group of European league champions compete in Australia.

Supported by the Victorian Government all three matches will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the International Champions Cup expands to include an Asia Pacific tournament running in parallel with the established US competition.

The competition will be fierce, with all three participating clubs presently vying for their respective national titles. Currently, AS Roma are second in Serie A, Real Madrid lead La Liga and Manchester City are second in the EPL.

The opening match will see champions of Europe, Real Madrid clash with Italian super club AS Roma. The historic opening match will showcase world class football talent like never before.

Melbourne City's sister club, Manchester City, will face off against AS Roma in what will be an entertaining match played in the open and attacking style of football that both clubs are known for.

The final match is a must-see for any sports fan. World famous Real Madrid will go head to head with Manchester City in one of the largest football matches ever played outside of Europe.

Get in early to ensure you secure the best seat in the house.

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High School Dance Competition
25 July 2015 until 25 July 2015

High School Dance Competition

High School Dance Competition is a fun and great way to meet new friends and develop essential social skills through interaction with other students. Group choreography fosters teamwork, communication, trust and cooperation.

This free style competition dance can be choreographed in any dance style but the base music should be a Bollywood movie song and can be remixed with any other language songs.

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Beethoven and Mozart
31 July 2015 until 31 July 2015

Beethoven and Mozart

Copland's Appalachian Spring is a defining work of the twentieth century, evocatively capturing the wide-open spaces of frontier America.

Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor, a work that inspired a young Beethoven, is complemented by the latter composer's majestic Seventh Symphony.

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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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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 kilometre), Flight Centre Half Marathon (21.1 kilometre), The Coffee Club 10 kilometre, ASICS five kilometre Run and ASICS three kilometre Walk

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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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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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