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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Christmas at the Johnston Collection
06 November 2014 until 24 February 2015

Christmas at the Johnston Collection

Artists and makers from Victoria's Geelong and Surf Coast region come together to create a spectacular new arrangement for Christmas at the Johnston Collection.

Some 45 artists and craftspeople from the Geelong Artisans Group have been busy putting the final touches to over 180 exquisite new creations which will feature in this year's T'was the Night Before Christmas tour.

Participants include members of Geelong and District Porcelain Painters, Geelong Handweavers and Spinners Guild Inc, Geelong Patchworkers and Quilters' Guild Inc, Leopold Lacemakers, The Bead Society of Victoria (Geelong branch), The Embroiderers Guild of Victoria (Geelong branch) and The Trolly Dolly Cloth Doll Club Inc, as well as individual artists.

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Emily Floyd: The Dawn
21 November 2014 until 01 March 2015

Emily Floyd: The Dawn

Emily Floyd: The Dawn is a survey exhibition of the work of Melbourne based artist Emily Floyd. The exhibition will feature keynote works dating from 2001 to 2014 including major installations, lesser-known early works and a newly commissioned kids' project based on Feminist activism from the 1970s and 80s.

Emily Floyd, known for her bold and seductive colourful works, celebrates the opening weekend of The Dawn with a series of discussions and hands-on workshops.

Sat 22 Nov
12.30pm: Play sculptures for the 21st century - Artist Emily Floyd and curator Jane Devery give an introductory tour of The Dawn.
1.15pm: Mary Featherston and Emily Floyd discuss the children's commission and The Dawn for Kids.
2-4pm: Drop into Small Press and join Sticky Institute for a hands-on zine workshop.

Sun 23 Nov
12.30pm: Discover why theory doesn't have to be boring with Nikos Papastergiadis looking at cultural studies as a form of play.
1pm: Dr. Wes Hill explores hands-on learning, 19th century style.

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Emily Floyd: The Dawn for Kids
21 November 2014 until 01 March 2015

Emily Floyd: The Dawn for Kids

In 'The Dawn for Kids', Emily Floyd invites visitors to experience two interactive spaces that encourage creativity using letters and words.

The first project in collaboration with designer and educator Mary Featherston, provides a social space for families, inviting young visitors to make ephemeral sculptures using specially made letter blocks.

In an adjacent space, experimentation with design and typography is encouraged through a Small Press equipped with copiers and typewriters, where visitors can put their thoughts on paper, creating their own short-run publication.


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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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Bohemian Melbourne
12 December 2014 until 22 February 2015

Bohemian Melbourne

Artist, rebel, hippie, hipster?

Revealing Melbourne's enduring counter-cultures, Bohemian Melbourne celebrates a who's who of creative free spirits through their art and the bohemian legacy that has shaped the character of this city.

This exhibition shines a light on Melbourne's cultural bohemians from 1860 to today, tracing individuals who have pushed against convention in their lives and art, from Marcus Clarke, Albert Tucker and Mirka Mora to Barry Humphries, Vali Myers and Nick Cave.

Venture into history's backstreets and smoky salons to discover the stories of the daring poets, artists, visionaries, rebels and rock stars who changed Melbourne forever.

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13 Frames of Mind – Photography Exhibition
07 January 2015 until 13 February 2015

13 Frames of Mind – Photography Exhibition

An exhibition featuring 13 Diploma of Photo Imaging students, 13 frames of mind, 13 bold, personal, humorous, inspirational and adventurous visual narratives.

Whether through the viewfinder of a camera or surrounding an image, frames direct our gaze and subvert our attention. An exploration of life and land, 13 Frames of Mind builds on classic photographic concepts backed by inspiration and exposition. The artists’ passion for photography is communicated through their images, framed by diversity and teamwork.

13 Frames of Mind is supported by industry partners, Borge’s Imaging, michaels Camera, Video, Digital and Paperazzi, who have sponsored best practice student awards to be presented on opening night, 11 December.

Opening night is Thursday 11 December from 6pm to 9pm. CATC is closed over the Christmas/New Year break from 20 December 2014 to 6 January 2015.

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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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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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Chinese New Year Festival
28 January 2015 until 01 March 2015

Chinese New Year Festival

Expect fireworks, food and spectacular dragons to take over Melbourne as the city celebrates the arrival of the Year of the Goat.

The official start of Chinese New Year is 19 February, but you'll find the party happening both before then and well into the following weeks. Enjoy dragon and lion dances at Fed Square, Queen Victoria Market and Ballarat's Sovereign Hill, watch the fireworks from Eureka Skydeck 88 and Melbourne Star, or learn more about Chinese culture at ACMI's China Up Close program of exhibitions, films and talks.

Some of Melbourne's favourite attractions are also offering discounts during February: kids younger than 16 who dress as sheep or goats will get free entry into Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, while there's a 20 per cent discount on tickets to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

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Der Freischütz (The Marksman)
31 January 2015 until 14 February 2015

Der Freischütz (The Marksman)

Melbourne Opera presents a new production of Weber's Romantic masterpiece, the powerful Der Freischütz/The Marksman, not seen in Melbourne since 1969. Sung in English, directed by Suzanne Chaundy and conducted by David Kram and Greg Hocking, Der Freischütz/The Marksman is steeped in folklore and depicts sinister forces at work in the life of rural Germany.

Melbourne Opera has assembled a superb international cast led by Jason Wasley, Steven Gallop, Sally Wilson and Andrea Creighton, combined with the acclaimed Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

Director Suzanne Chaundy has chosen to stage the story through the lens of German Expressionism of the early 20th Century. Using viscous and textural imagery to represent the landscape of Wolf's Glenn, Zoe Scoglio's projections suggest the moody landscape through brightly coloured wet paint in various styles and states.

The opera contains much memorable music including the famous Overture, the Huntsman's Chorus and the soprano and tenor arias.

Der Freischütz/The Marksman continues Melbourne Opera's commitment to perform less frequently seen German masterpieces, building on the company's successful performances of Fidelio and Rienzi over the last two years.

Limited performances, times vary. See website for details.

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Classics at Fed Square
02 February 2015 until 02 February 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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Comedy at Spleen
02 February 2015 until 02 February 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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corps(e)
02 February 2015 until 14 February 2015

corps(e)

In the time of King Louis XV, a royal spy successfully dresses as a woman in order to infiltrate the court of Czarina Elizabeth of Russia. So begins the diplomatic career of d'Eon de Beaumont, a champion fencer, secret agent and first female Freemason.

Enter a world of politics, secrets and scandals as seven-foot drag chanteuse Lady Diamond returns to Melbourne's home of cabaret as Le Chevalier d'Eon, a royal spy to King Louis XV and an unusual figure from a fascinating age, whose first 49 years were spent as a man and whose last 33 years were spent as a woman.

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Fitness at Fed Square
02 February 2015 until 02 February 2015

Fitness at Fed Square

Get active with free Fitness at Fed Square, led by health coaches and fitness instructors from Healthy Lifestyle Lounge.

These classes, aimed to help city workers keep fit and healthy, include circuit-based exercise which incorporates body weight exercises, cardio training and core strength movements.

Classes are simple, fun and great for invigorating the mind, body and soul. All ages and fitness levels welcome.

In the case of wet weather, classes will be held in the Atrium.

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African Drumming at Fed Square
04 February 2015 until 04 February 2015

African Drumming at Fed Square

Are you ready to dance to the beat of your own drum? Then take part in a series of African Drumming workshops led by Asanti Dance Theatre at Fed Square.

Asanti Dance Theatre is an internationally recognised African drum and dance performance company.

The highly energetic ensemble will give you an unforgettable experience of African music and culture fused with the contemporary influences of Australia.

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Blender Ln Artists Market
04 February 2015 until 04 February 2015

Blender Ln Artists Market

The Blender Ln Artists Market is an outdoor event held every Wednesday, located in one of Melbourne's most diverse and vibrant street art covered lane ways.

Take a walk through the quirky and colourful market stalls showcasing a variety of art, illustration, craft, design, textile and jewellery.

You can find that unique gift for any occasion, taste some yummy treats and get involved in a variety of creative workshops.

There is also performing arts and live music acts to soak up. Enjoy the chilled atmosphere and take the opportunity to view the open studios of the resident artists or see what's on exhibit at the Dark Horse Experiment Gallery.

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From Whore to Eternity
04 February 2015 until 08 February 2015

From Whore to Eternity

From Sweet Charity to Les Mis, Maxine to Roxanne or Mary Magdalene to Lady Marmalade, From Whore to Eternity is a tribute to the ladies of the night and their cultural influence through the ages.

Written by award-winning playwright Cerise de Gelder and directed by Graham Clarke, this is a must see Midsumma caberet event.

Featuring some of the best songs ever written about the oldest profession in the world. Songs will be performed by Ruth Katerelos and Heidi Weatherald who will be joined by Gabrielle Farrugia and extra special guests including Maude Davey (4th, 5th and 8th) and Dolly Diamond (6th and 7th).

You can bet your week's wages on one thing, these ladies are going to show you a real good time.

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Bohemian Like You? A Panel Discussion
05 February 2015 until 05 February 2015

Bohemian Like You? A Panel Discussion

What does it mean to be Bohemian today, in a day and age where anything goes and there's little left to rebel against? Is a Bohemian an artist, rebel, hippie, hipster, or something else entirely?

The State Library has Bohemian on the mind so come along and celebrate the exhibition Bohemian Melbourne, which follows the creative free spirits who have shaped the culture of Melbourne city.

Hear as a panel of colourful characters debate and discuss what it means to be a Bohemian and where the Bohemian edge is today.

Chaired by Richard Watts, who presents Smart Arts on RRR, in discussion with performer and writer Jane Clifton, performer and director Noel Tovey, and Dr Tony Moore, author of Dancing with empty pockets: Australia's Bohemians and special advisor to Bohemian Melbourne.

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Fed Square Live
05 February 2015 until 05 February 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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'Pretty Good Friends' Independent Feature Film Screening
06 February 2015 until 06 February 2015

'Pretty Good Friends' Independent Feature Film Screening

'Pretty Good Friends' is a Melbourne-made, feature-length dramedy that explores the struggles of re-inventing yourself and the boundaries of friendship.

It tells the story of Jules Thompson, who moves home to Melbourne with the hopes of of re-inventing herself in time for her twenty-fifth birthday. She moves in with her childhood friend, Sam, and they soon discover something isn't quite right between them. Juggling the awkwardness of a stale relationship whilst an exciting new one emerges tests the boundaries of friendship and puts Jules in a dangerous position.

Cast and crew will be present.

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A State of Trance Festival
06 February 2015 until 06 February 2015

A State of Trance Festival

A State of Trance Festival promises to deliver a unique vibe and electrifying atmosphere by bringing together some of the best DJs within the trance and electronic music industry.

The line-up of each festival will be revealed at a later stage along with subsequent tour dates. See website for more information.

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Blak Nite Screen – Charlie's Country
06 February 2015 until 06 February 2015

Blak Nite Screen – Charlie's Country

'Charlie's Country' was selected to screen in the prestigious Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival this year, where not only did it receive a standing ovation, but David Gulpilil was awarded Best Actor for his phenomenal performance as Charlie.

The film pairs renowned director Rolf de Heer with screen legend David Gulpilil in their third movie collaboration following the multi-award-winning 'Ten Canoes' and their first feature, 'The Tracker'.

'Charlie's Country' offers a deeply affecting portrait of contemporary Aboriginal Australia and award-winning actor David Gulpilil is absolutely captivating as Charlie. Filmed in Gulpilil's home country of Ramingining, Arnhem Land, the story was inspired by his own experiences. Gulpilil and de Heer worked collaboratively on the screenplay and with the skillful direction of de Heer the heartbreaking, humorous and ultimately hopeful story of one man's search for belonging was brought to life.

Part of Blak Nite Screen 2015, a City of Melbourne event.

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Blak Nite Screen – Gulpilil: One Red Blood
06 February 2015 until 06 February 2015

Blak Nite Screen – Gulpilil: One Red Blood

Gulpilil: One Red Blood (2002) is a documentary by Darlene Johnson on acclaimed actor and dancer David Gulpilil.

In this honest portrait of the unique and fascinating Australian actor, Gulpilil reveals how he lives a spartan and demanding life at home in Ramingining and explains his life as a respected film actor.

Also see Screen Art from Gordon Hookey with Terrarist and Vexed by Fiona Foley as part of the film program.

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Health Qigong
06 February 2015 until 06 February 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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Blak Nite Screen - Gods of Wheat Street and Redfern Now
07 February 2015 until 07 February 2015

Blak Nite Screen - Gods of Wheat Street and Redfern Now

Blak Nite Screen 2015 highlights the new blak wave of Australian film and television, which has seen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people take control of the creative process to tell their stories their way.

Make sure you arrive early to catch live music by Ursula Yovich and band, and film talks hosted by Aaron Pedersen.

Screen Art
Runner: Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser (2009)

TV Screening
9.30PM- Gods of Wheat Street (2014)
Series 1, Episode 3 - The Games People Play
Created and written by Jon Bell, directed by Adrian Russell Wills

Screen Art
Remember Me: Reko Rennie (2012)

Feature Screening
10.30PM - Redfern Now (2013)
Series 2, Episode 5 - Pokies
Written by Steven McGregor, directed by Beck Cole

Thanks to:
Blackfella Films
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Please note that as some films in the program have not been classified, all screenings are restricted to viewers 18 years and over (R18+).

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Blak Nite Screen - The Turning
07 February 2015 until 07 February 2015

Blak Nite Screen - The Turning

Come to a special screening of three chapters from the 2013 film The Turning, based on the popular book by Tim Winton.

Eighteen directors worked on the original film, however Blak Nite Screen has been given special permission to screen those directed by Jub Clerc (Abbreviation), Stephen Page (Sand) and Warwick Thornton (Big World).

Head along to watch these chapters screen in the open air cinema at Treasury Gardens.

Make sure you arrive early to catch The Honey and the Bunny, screen art by Karla Dickens and Nils Crompton.

Part of Blak Nite Screen 2015, a City of Melbourne event.


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Blak Nite Screen – The New Blak Wave
07 February 2015 until 07 February 2015

Blak Nite Screen – The New Blak Wave

Aaron Pedersen leads a panel discussion that aims to explore the new opportunities that Aboriginal and Torres Strait film makers and actors now have in telling their stories, as they take control of the creative process.

Panel includes Ursula Yovich, Jon Bell, Bruce Carter and Jub Clerc.

Make sure you arrive early to hear a live music performance by Ursula Yovich and band.

Bring a picnic or grab dinner from one of the food trucks set up for Blak Nite.

Part of Blak Nite Screen 2015, a City of Melbourne event.

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Blak Nite Screen – Ursula Yovich
07 February 2015 until 07 February 2015

Blak Nite Screen – Ursula Yovich

Arrive early to Blak Nite Screen for a special performance by Ursula Yovich and her band.

Known for her television roles in Redfern Now and Gods of Wheat Street, Ursula Yovich performs with her band for one night only. Growing up with a Serbian father in her mother's country, Maningrida, in far North Arnhem Land, Ursula Yovich has become one of Australia's most celebrated performers.

She has dazzled audiences all over the world with performances in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, to the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House. Recently listed as one of the top 21 most iconic women of the Australian stage, page and screen by The Age, five time Helpmann nominee Ursula Yovich kicks off the night with a special music performance for Blak Nite Screen.

Part of Blak Nite Screen 2015, a City of Melbourne event.

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Geoff Allan – Dressed Up and Messy
07 February 2015 until 07 February 2015

Geoff Allan – Dressed Up and Messy

Dress up and hang with the bad boys of Melbourne jazz.

Join Geoff Allan and Bob Sedergreen as they swing through the Great American Song book. Backed up by hard-hitters Conrad Tracey thumping skins, James Clarke's freight train bass, and Phil Bywater's hurricane horn.

Tickets will sell so book now.

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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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Harp in the Gardens - Renaissance of the Celtic Harp
08 February 2015 until 08 February 2015

Harp in the Gardens - Renaissance of the Celtic Harp

Join the Gardens' resident harpist, Michael Johnson, as he performs music in Medieval, Celtic and Renaissance styles inspired by beautiful gardens, birds, forests and flowers.

Michael will interweave stories of how the compositions came to life through his experience working in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

For more information or to book please contact operator.

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Crochet at Fed Square
09 February 2015 until 09 February 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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Finding Families
10 February 2015 until 10 February 2015

Finding Families

Who were your ancestors and how did they live their lives?

Start to build your family tree in this workshop and learn the principles of family history. You will be able to access research resources and tour the Family History collection.

Recommended for beginners. Bookings required.

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Belly Dancing at Fed Square
12 February 2015 until 12 February 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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Antipodes Lonsdale Street Festival
14 February 2015 until 15 February 2015

Antipodes Lonsdale Street Festival

The Antipodes Lonsdale Street Festival is the highlight of the Greek Community's calendar, which sees Melbourne's Greek Precinct transform into one giant, free, street party.

The festival features local and international performers, children's activities and lots of food for a giant weekend of fun and feasting.

This year's festival will also include the Barbaresso Oyzo pop-up bar, a giant shark slide and other carnival rides, the Flavours of Greece market, cooking demonstrations, Greek Karaoke and Zorba 'til you drop!

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Cirque La Crima Present Rasputin
14 February 2015 until 14 February 2015

Cirque La Crima Present Rasputin

Mighty Caesar and Elena Disco as Cirque La Crima present a performance of unparalleled skill, comedy, circus genius and acrobatics in Rasputin.

Classically trained in Paris and toured by Cirque du Soleil, Mighty Caesar is the quintessential emblem of circus and sideshow strongmen. As he performs his internationally renowned solo act, The Keg Dance, every age of audience will be staggered by his sheer strength, amazed at his agility and laugh uncontrollably from his comedy and Clown Nuevo skills.

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FoodSocial Valentine's Day Cook Off
14 February 2015 until 14 February 2015

FoodSocial Valentine's Day 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 before you are divided into small teams for the cook off. 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 dish judged by a judging panel. And of course you'll get to enjoy your dishes in great company.

Having fun in great company with a chance to meet someone new may be your most memorable Valentine's Day yet.

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Car Club Showcase
15 February 2015 until 15 February 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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Chinese New Year at the Chinese Museum
16 February 2015 until 01 March 2015

Chinese New Year at the Chinese Museum

To coincide with Melbourne Chinatown's celebrations, the Chinese Museum has launched a 14-day program to welcome the Year of the Goat.

Events include traditional tea tastings in the Penjing Tea Garden, bonsai workshops, a dragon parade, feng shui talks and Chinatown heritage tours.


See website for full program details.

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dirtgirlworld Wheelie Workshop
17 February 2015 until 17 February 2015

dirtgirlworld Wheelie Workshop

Bring your bikes, scooters, skates or skateboards to ArtPlay during the Sustainable Living Festival and pimp them sustainable style.

Start at the top of the track and have Wheelie Doctors check your gear and set of wheels for safety and sustainability. Pedal up to Decoration Stations manned by your favourite characters from dirtgirlworld who will help with reflective gear, helmets, spoke bands and ankle bands that are environmentally friendly and wheelie good to look at.

This free family-friendly event makes educating kids about the importance of safety on their first set of wheels both fun and functional. All ages welcome.

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For Five. A Gala for five year olds with Julia Donaldson.
17 February 2015 until 17 February 2015

For Five. A Gala for five year olds with Julia Donaldson.

The Wheeler Centre has invited children's author and entertainer Julia Donaldson, creator of The Gruffalo, to take young readers on a musical and storytelling adventure - along with her many creations, from Zog to Princess Mirror-Belle (the badly behaved reflection of a well-behaved girl).

Though best known for her creations on the page, she has a passion for music and drama. Julia has performed street theatre, and written and directed musicals for children.

This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to meet and be entertained by a favourite children's author, and to see another side of the acclaimed former UK Children's Laureate.

This event is perfect for five year olds, but open to all ages, and suitable for all children who love music, storytelling and the stories of Julia Donaldson.

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6th Annual National Dementia Congress
19 February 2015 until 20 February 2015

6th Annual National Dementia Congress

With a focus on Making Dementia Care Transformation Happen Today, the 6th Annual National Dementia Congress conference showcases across two days exciting new cases studies and the latest innovations from across the whole dementia pathway, from diagnosis to end of life.

Key highlights included the interactive round table session focused on high-achieving innovative projects that have been implemented in a range of dementia care settings, hands-on sessions with the latest assistive technologies and targeted sessions on risk reduction, societal inclusion, caregiver support and handling stigma.



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Chinese New Year Festival at Queen Victoria Market
19 February 2015 until 01 March 2015

Chinese New Year Festival at Queen Victoria Market

Celebrate the Year of the Goat as Queen Victoria Market marks the beginning of a new lunar year with over ten days of festivities.

Experience traditional Chinese lion and dragon dances, stunning lantern displays and a 15 meter long dragon lighting up Queen Street. Sample fare from the Market's Chinese traders and forage through hundreds of market stalls for lucky goat charms.

See the website for more information.

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FoodSocial Global Feast Brazil
21 February 2015 until 21 February 2015

FoodSocial Global Feast Brazil

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

You'll be greeted with a Brazilian 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 Brazil with four different Brazilian tapas.

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

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Couch Guerillas Performance
22 February 2015 until 22 February 2015

Couch Guerillas Performance

Is the family couch a hotly contested piece of territory at your place?

Do you like to roll and slide on your couch, or build amazing cushion worlds? Do your pesky parents always get in the way with their trying to 'relax'?

Come and see how family couch interactions are played out in both familiar and unexpected ways at the first showing of a work-in-development dance theatre piece.

For ages 3 to 10 years.

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Dirty Dancing
23 February 2015 until 17 May 2015

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage, returns to Australia for a 10th anniversary tour.

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

It's 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 unforgettable (I've Had) The Time Of My Life.



See website for dates and times.

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Big ideas under the dome Tim Costello Our patch - is Victoria different?
24 February 2015 until 24 February 2015

Big ideas under the dome Tim Costello Our patch - is Victoria different?

Staid and conservative or social laboratory? Birthplace of the wowsers or bohemian enclave? Sports mad or culture vultures? Jewel in the Liberal crown or Labor's last bastion? Victoria doesn't conform to a stereotype, and it doesn't always conform to what happens elsewhere in Australia.

In a fast-paced and entertaining exploration Tim Costello will unpack Victoria's past, consider some of its extraordinary characters, and offer a frank exploration of our present. What's changed, and what never changes? What should change and what's worth celebrating?

A life-long resident of Victoria, Tim Costello is one of Australia's most sought-after voices on issues of social justice, leadership and ethics. Since 2004 Tim has been CEO of World Vision, Australia's largest international development agency. Trained in economics, law, education and theology, Tim has practised law, served as a Baptist minister, and has been active in church and community leadership, local government and national affairs.

After the lecture, broadcaster and journalist Jill Singer will host a question and answer session to discuss some of Tim Costello's thoughts with the audience.

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Dinner in French
27 February 2015 until 27 February 2015

Dinner in French

The Alliance Française de Melbourne gives you the opportunity to improve your spoken French while enjoying a delicious French-style menu.

Intermediate and advanced speakers can enjoy a three-course dinner and a glass of wine along with lively conversation with other Francophiles and lovely French teacher.

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Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience
28 February 2015 until 01 March 2015

Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience

Across two bold sessions, a panel of some of Australia's foremost wine experts and educators will take you on a journey through the best of the new and the old - a lively tour through the constantly shifting landscape of wine, from the classic to the not-so-classic.

The Classics panellists include:
- David Bicknell, Oakridge Wines
- Vanya Cullen, Cullen Wines
- Tim Kirk, Clonakilla
- Ainslie Lubbock, Gourmet Traveller's Maitre d' of the Year, Pei Modern.

The Not-So-Classics panellists include:
- Rollo Crittenden, Crittenden Estate
- Sebastian Crowther, MS
- Lisa Perotti-Brown MW
- Kathleen Quealy, Quealy Wines.

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Acqua Panna Perfect Match
28 February 2015 until 01 March 2015

Acqua Panna Perfect Match

Come along to this invigorating six-session series of food and wine matching moderated by wine writer, Matt Skinner.

Sessions include: Beat and Burgers: Raph Rashid (Beatbox Kitchen) and wine writer Mike Bennie (Sydney) explore if there's more to street food than burgers and beer.

New Wave Korean Meets New Wave Wine: Winemaker Brad Hickey matches the bold Brash Higgins wines to punchy Korean flavours from Ben Sear's Moon Park.

Of Spice And Wine: Biodynamic winemaker Shashi Singh (Avani) teams up with Adam D'Sylva (Tonka) to find perfect partners for his Indian-inspired dishes.

Shellfish Synergy: Seafood expert John Susman (Fish Tales) and winemaker Stephen Pannell (S.C. Pannell) think "outside the shell" to enhance delicate dishes from oysters to mudcrabs.

Renegade Masters: Victor Leong's (Lee Ho Fook) reworked Chinese classics meets William Downie's (Thousand Candles) inventive wine matching.

Rural Revolutionaries: Jim McDougall (Stefano's Cellar) and close friend Kim Chalmers (Chalmers Wines) will bring a taste of Mildura to Melbourne.

Check individual sessions for specific times.

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Chinese New Year at Fed Square
28 February 2015 until 01 March 2015

Chinese New Year at Fed Square

Join a vibrant Chinese New Year celebration at Fed Square to welcome the Year of the Sheep.

See one of Melbourne's most exciting multimedia artists, Georgie Pinn, present the specially commissioned work, Electric Dragon, on both evenings. The work invites you to follow the story of Fang, a dragon character animated with motion graphics technology, shadow puppetry and live performance by artist Anna Yen.

The celebration also features cultural performances from the Melbourne Chinese Choir and the Chinese Performing Arts Development, as well as free Tai Chi and Health Qigong demonstrations and mahjong lessons.

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Crawl 'n' Bite
02 March 2015 until 03 March 2015

Crawl 'n' Bite

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival cult hit, Crawl 'n' Bite, uncovers Melbourne's hidden gems, hottest restaurants and most talked about drinks.

Have a quintessentially Melbourne experience visiting three top venues on a progressive crawl in an event series that boasts stop-off points including Epocha, Pastuso, Stokehouse City, Bad Frankie, Supernormal and Eau-de-Vie.



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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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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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FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix
12 March 2015 until 15 March 2015

FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix

There's nothing as exciting as a FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix race. It has the power to stop traffic in Asia, make America sit up and take notice and rouse Europe from its slumber. The 2014 Formula 1™ 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.

There are many ticket options available, from corporate to general admission. 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.

Be there as the world watches Melbourne.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Altitude Shift
22 May 2015 until 23 May 2015

Altitude Shift

Anglicare Victoria is searching for 200 brave volunteers to abseil down a Melbourne skyscraper in support of children living in foster care.

Altitude Shift gives people the chance to test their nerve on St James building in Bourke St, while raising funds for Victorian children who can't live with their parents.

The event is probably the most adventurous way people can help a child in need.

Altitude Shift is all about taking people out of their comfort zone.

Abseiling down a skyscraper is a 'bucket list' experience, but it's also an extraordinary way to raise money for an incredibly important cause.

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

Anglicare Victoria are aiming to raise at least $150,000, but they are putting the challenge out there to participants to raise even more.

If you think dressing up as Spiderman will help you raise money, 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 Urban Descent, 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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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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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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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
01 October 2015 until 31 October 2015

2015 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

The 2015 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival date is yet to be confirmed.

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 (42.195km), Flight Centre Half Marathon (21.1km), The Coffee Club 10km, ASICS 5km Run and ASICS 3km 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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