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:



Capoeira Angola Classes
05 February 2013 until 31 December 2014

Capoeira Angola Classes

So what is Capoeira Angola all about? Imagine participating in a challenging art form that involves energetically play-acting to indulge in dance fights that are in synch with Afro-Brazilian music and songs that describe life, the country, community and the players within a circle. This sort of activity is called a Capoeira Angola Roda, one of the rituals of Afro-Brazilian culture that is still alive and practised today, not only in remembrance of the cultural and physical resistance that was used by Brazilian slaves to gain freedom but also because Capoeira Angola has health benefits and ensures mental, emotional and physical well-being.

The ritual of the Roda and the practice of Capoeira Angola have been passed down through several centuries as an oral tradition - there are no 'How to do Capoeira Angola' books! The only ways to learn are to ask, and to practise. For a newcomer there are no stupid questions about Capoeira Angola. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, to be curious and to seek guidance from the teacher, the experienced students and the Mestres. The school creates a safe place to learn both the movement and the traditions of Capoeira, regardless of physical ability, musical skill or native language.

Classed are supervised by Mestre Roxinho, director of the Capoeira Angola Cultural Centre, and Treinel Martinica from the ECAMAR school. The Capoeira Angola Cultural Centre Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim to provide access to Capoeira Angola to the community.

New students are first introduced to the basic movements. As their confidence and skill develop, they are introduced to more advanced movements. Classes are dictated by the level of ability of the students who attend. Where appropriate, parts of a class will be split between beginners and advanced students.

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Health Qigong
15 November 2013 until 19 December 2014

Health Qigong

Exercise your mind, body and soul with free Qigong classes every Friday morning at Fed 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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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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Belly Dancing at Fed Square
27 March 2014 until 11 December 2014

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 until 1pm. No bookings required.

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Dreamworks Animation – The Exhibition
10 April 2014 until 26 October 2014

Dreamworks Animation – The Exhibition

In a world premiere event, the studio that brought you the animated classics Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda is offering unprecedented access to its extraordinary archive, in DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition.

This is ACMI's largest ever exhibition, featuring over 400 items including never-seen-before concept drawings, models, original artworks, interviews and interactive experiences for children and adults.

Presented alongside is ACMI's series of exciting films, workshops, panels and late night entertainment that offers a unique insight into the studio's lush worlds and beloved characters.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition is a truly remarkable experience for the whole family.


The exhibition is open every Thursday until 9pm.

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David McDiarmid: When This You See Remember Me
09 May 2014 until 31 August 2014

David McDiarmid: When This You See Remember Me

Defying classification, the work of David McDiarmid encompasses the complex and interconnected histories of art, craft, fashion, music, sex, gay liberation and identity politics; happily residing in the spaces between high and low art, popular culture and community engagement.

At once kaleidoscopic, celebratory and darkly humorous in tone, the artist's idiosyncratic, highly personal and at times, confessional work highlights the redefinition and deconstruction of identities - 'from camp to gay to queer' - drawing on the experiences of a life intensely lived in Melbourne, Sydney and New York.

Charting the shifts in politics and individual and community expression that unfold across the decades of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, this exhibition also reveals McDiarmid's artistic and grassroots political response to the impact of HIV/AIDS during the 1980s and beyond, for which he is best known internationally.

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Fashion Detective
09 May 2014 until 31 August 2014

Fashion Detective

More than 70 unattributed garments and accessories from the National Gallery of Victoria's world-class Fashion and Textiles Collection will be examined under the microscope in 'Fashion Detective', an intriguing, investigative exhibition that seeks to uncover the people and histories behind these extraordinary pieces. Using material evidence, hearsay and forensics, along with specially commissioned fictional stories, the exhibition considers these fascinating pieces drawn from the NGV's extensive collection of over 8,000 items.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV said, 'While the NGV holds one of the most substantial collections of fashion and textiles in the world, there are a large number of works that remain unattributed, and this is common throughout museum collections world-wide. These enigmatic objects incite our curiosity and make us question how these objects came to be; who created them, why were they made and who wore them? Fashion Detective will present a series of cases for close examination encouraging visitors to think differently about what we see and what we know,' Mr Ellwood said.

From poisonous dyes, concealed clues, mysterious marks, fakes and forgeries, to missing persons, 'Fashion Detective' is comprised of small vignettes that reveal the extraordinary stories behind these garments. Displayed within a stylised black and white exhibition design reminiscent of an ornate Victorian house, the exhibition will be a compelling encounter with the art of detection and the long forgotten makers and owners.


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Experience over 130 years of history - Hotel Windsor Afternoon Tea
17 June 2014 until 02 November 2014

Experience over 130 years of history - Hotel Windsor Afternoon Tea

The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1883.

Their luxury hotel in Melbourne serves its renowned afternoon tea of freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches on tiered silver stands daily.

Upon arrival at The Hotel Windsor Melbourne, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, whilst afternoon delicacies and unlimited freshly brewed tea and coffee is brought to your table.

Vegetarian and gluten free options can be catered for at no extra cost. Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

The Hotel Windsor's Luxury Melbourne hotel Afternoon Tea is served in their signature Melbourne hotel restaurant every day of the week.

Please contact reservations for more details regarding session times.

Reservations are essential. They recommend at least three to four weeks advance notice for weekend bookings.

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Bushido: Way of the Samurai
04 July 2014 until 30 November 2014

Bushido: Way of the Samurai

Bushido explores the fascinating world of the samurai who were the warriors, rulers and aristocratic elite of Japanese society for more than 800 years.

From the 12th century through to the end of the Edo period in 1868 the Shogun, regional lords and their warrior retainers (all samurai in their own right) ruled the country and lived to a strict code of ethics. This military aristocracy aspired to a life of spiritual harmony that not only perfected the art of war but also embodied an appreciation of the fine arts that established their life as an art form itself.

Throughout these tumultuous times of war and peace samurai virtues of honesty, courage, benevolence, respect, self-sacrifice, self-control, duty, and loyalty combined with their passion for a cultural lifestyle not only established social stability, but also cultivated a legacy of art and culture in Japanese society that continues to this day.

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Centenary of the First World War (1914-19) - Shrine of Remembrance travelling exhibition
04 July 2014 until 18 November 2014

Centenary of the First World War (1914-19) - Shrine of Remembrance travelling exhibition

Through historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition will present the chronology of the First World War (1914-18). It will provide you with the opportunity to discover the fascinating stories of the 416,809 Australian men, 114,000 of whom were from Victoria, who enlisted, as well as the Australian women who served overseas as nurses.

Throughout Europe and the Middle East, find out about the hardships that our Diggers endured and the battles that they fought alongside Allied nations; from the landings at Gallipoli, Palestine in the Middle East, to Passchendaele and Fromelles on the Western Front.

Away from the frontline, discover the experiences of the home front. Whilst the contributions of those at home made the war effort possible, social divisions also grew, climaxing in the bitterly contested (and unsuccessful) conscription referendums in 1916 and 1917.

Focusing on Victorian perspectives on the frontline and home front experiences, this exhibition will retell the stories and review the mythology that we have inherited over the past 100 years.

The Centenary of the First World War exhibition will tour to regional and outer metropolitan venues in Victoria, August 2014 to August 2019. Throughout the tour local people from each area will be encouraged to share their stories for inclusion in the exhibition.

The exhibition opens at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne on 4 August 2014.

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Fed Square Book Market
05 July 2014 until 27 December 2014

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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Forgotten Chinese ANZACs Remembered
14 July 2014 until 19 December 2014

Forgotten Chinese ANZACs Remembered

When World War One was declared in 1914, Australia rallied behind the Allied efforts. More than 330,000 mobilised personnel were called to action, of which, a small proportion were Australians of Chinese descent. Billy Sing, Caleb Shang and Hunter Poon are some of the well-known Chinese-Australians who served in the frontline. Other stories remain untold.

As the centenary of World War One dawns on Australia, its history and stories are fast slipping from public memory. In the lead up to this centenary, the Chinese Museum has been researching these untold stories of Chinese-Australian war contributions both at home and abroad. Some of this research will be presented in an exciting new exhibition which seeks to reignite public and community interest in World War One and to present an alternative, community-centred commemoration of World War One which cannot be achieved through history books.

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An Englishman Abroad – At Home in British India
18 July 2014 until 21 October 2014

An Englishman Abroad – At Home in British India

The Johnston Collection house-museum, Fairhall, will be recreated as a British-style interior found in India in the 1830s. Presented as part of the continuing 'house of ideas' series, An Englishman Abroad: At Home in British India, explores the fascinating world of the British Raj, and will provide visitors with an insight into what it was like to live as an Englishman in India at the time of British colonial rule.

Fairhall will be used in this unique house-museum tour as an evocative background in which to consider the British response to things Indian, the domestic interior and the factors which shaped its appearance, and offer insights into the relationships between European, Indian and Chinese craftsmen.

There will be a focus on the early 19th century British-Indian items in The Johnston Collection, along with other elements of British-Indian culture and society during this period.

An Englishman Abroad: At Home in British India will be curated by James Broadbent, a well-known historian of domestic interiors, built heritage conservator and author, with a special interest in colonial houses, their furnishings, gardens and the people that built and lived in them.


Daily 10am-11:30am, 12pm-1:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm.

Extended hHours tours available on the second Saturday of each month at 10am and 12pm and on the third Thursday evening of each month at 6pm.

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Craft Cubed 2014
01 August 2014 until 31 August 2014

Craft Cubed 2014

This August Craft Cubed returns, this time with a major focus at Federation Square as well as venues big and small across Melbourne & regional Victoria.

Craft Cubed is Craft's annual festival of experimental, skilled and ideas-based craft and design. Featuring exhibitions, installations, open studios, workshops and events, Craft Cubed is a unique umbrella for practitioners and the public to engage with contemporary craft and design. Encompassing a Victoria-wide program throughout August, this year Craft Cubed will orbit around core happenings at Fed Square.

Craft Cubed 2014
The Art of Handmade
1 to 31 August 2014

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Craft Cubed Festival
01 August 2014 until 31 August 2014

Craft Cubed Festival

Craft is presenting a program of over 120 events spread across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The festival features exhibitions, public installations, open studios, markets, online events, films, talks and seminars.

There will be unrivalled access to craft makers and educators and opportunities to learn new skills, master techniques, collaborate on public works, make new friends and celebrate the amazing creativity and diversity of craft culture.

Highlights include Big Ceramics at Fed Square, curated by Craft CEO and Artistic Director Jane Scott, which features some of Australia's most celebrated ceramic artists as well as exhibitions onsite, three with a jewellery focus: Transplantation (local/international jewellery ), Vito Bila (Melbourne) and Bin Dixon Ward (Melbourne). Textile designer and illustrator, Sandra Eterovic will also be featured in the Craft Window.

Free activities presented by Craft feature creative and cultural groups, artists, makers, sector professionals and educators in a dynamic and engaging program that covers everything from Lost Trades to Craftivism.

The Festival also features the highly anticipated Craft Hatch market - an incubator event for emerging creatives - as well as a seminar that will provide unique insights for anyone considering starting, or already involved in, the craft and design sector. The seminar features leading craft makers, designers and industry professionals who have successfully managed to make the most of their creative talent.

Please see website for full program of events.

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Australia Will Be There
05 August 2014 until 12 October 2014

Australia Will Be There

Through historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition presents the chronology of the First World War (1914-19) with particular reference to the contribution of Victorians.

Find out about the hardships that Australians endured and the battles they fought alongside Allied nations, from the landings at Gallipoli to the battles in Palestine, Passchendaele and Fromelles. Away from the frontline, discover the experiences of Australians back home in Victoria, and their contribution to the war effort. Also learn about the growing social divisions which climaxed in the bitterly contested and ultimately unsuccessful conscription referenda in 1916 and 1917.

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A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard
14 August 2014 until 13 September 2014

A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard

Melbourne's newest performance warehouse, The Grange, will be transformed into America's West to host Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, directed by Caleb Rixon.

This site-specific production of this classic American play redefines the experience of theatre, with a pop-up bar kindly supported by Stone & Wood and Custard & Co.

A Lie of the Mind sees a young married couple, Jake and Beth, return to their families in the aftermath of a horrific act of violence. Heartbreaking and humourous, this much-loved play explores each family as they struggle to come to terms with Jake's actions.

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd, London.

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Czech & Slovak Film Festival
21 August 2014 until 10 September 2014

Czech & Slovak Film Festival

The mission of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia is to showcase, celebrate and promote a contextualised range of classic and modern Czech and Slovak live-action and animated films to Australasian and expatriate audiences through a yearly, not-for-profit arts festival.

To encourage active participation in and from the Czech and Slovak communities for the advancement of their culture in Australasia.

To cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships with Czech, Slovak and local businesses and cultural organisations.

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Detective Special
21 August 2014 until 13 September 2014

Detective Special

In her new series, Detective Special, artist Prudence Murphy builds upon her photographic inquiry into domestic rituals and the gestural acts of playtime by considering the role of social conditioning.

Photographically depicting fragments of guns and reflecting on their social significance and modes of operation, Detective Special conceptually shifts gears by moving away from Murphy's previous focus of playtime in the personal domestic realm to understanding its effects in society at large.

By presenting arsenal in lieu of their complete forms, Murphy's most recent body of work favours a fragmented approach to the documentation of her subject that intricately outlines the slippery terrain it occupies as a societal norm.

Prudence Murphy is based in Sydney and lectures at the University of NSW ' Art and Design. She has exhibited widely in Australia and was recently selected to exhibit in the 2014 Ulsan International Photography Festival in South Korea. She was a finalist in the 2014 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, 2013 Bowness Photography Prize, and the 37th Alice Art Prize. In 2007 she was short-listed for the Art and Australia Contemporary Art Award. Murphy's work is represented in national and private collections in Australia and overseas.

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A Secret Place
23 August 2014 until 27 December 2014

A Secret Place

If you fancy a 1950s New York vibe on your Saturday night, complete with romantic and spirited jazz, ice-cold cocktails and even a cigar room, you will want to book a table at A Secret Place, a members-only club that now opens to the public only on Saturday nights.

This Saturday features the Connie Lansberg Quartet.





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Annual and Awards Exhibition
25 August 2014 until 12 September 2014

Annual and Awards Exhibition

Come to the ASV Annual and Awards Exhibition, a showcase of works by a group of sculptors, from aspiring to professional, who share a passion for expressing their ideas in bronze, ceramic, glass, steel, wire, wood and stone. It is the climax of the exhibiting year for the members and the culmination of a year's work.

As well as exhibiting their work, the artists are acknowledged and encouraged with various awards. A panel of judges award the prizes for emerging sculptors' work whilst peers judge more experienced members' work and visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for the People's Choice Award. All works are selected by a panel and most are for sale. The exhibition will be officially opened, and prizes awarded, by Dr. J Patrick Greene OBE, CEO Museums Victoria, on 29th August, so come along for big night or browse the works and talk to the artists during business hours.

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Blindside Festival – Meet the Public
27 August 2014 until 06 September 2014

Blindside Festival – Meet the Public

This event features a series of Commissions by four Australian artists and art collectives, who explore the parameters for artist and audience engagement through live art, participatory and site-specific interventions, and inter-subjective encounters.

Each commissioned project will transform Gallery One over three days, through participatory design or explorations in social practice where the public becomes central to the work. A workshop or performance is also presented as an extension of each project, allowing structures and concepts for audience interaction to be further investigated.

Collision, a space for ideas to collide and populate, will be presented in Gallery Two over the duration of the festival. Featuring a built conversation pit, visitors are invited to perform their own interventions utilising a variety of modes of communication and technologies.

A dedicated publication, featuring three critical essays by Australian arts writers, will be published, and art debate, an event with guest speakers who will debate what the role of the public is in art practice today, will be presented in conjunction with the Festival.

Blindside invites you to meet the public.

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Bloom
28 August 2014 until 11 October 2014

Bloom

Internationally renowned architect Alisa Andrasek will be a special guest of Design Hub, in partnership with RMIT School of Architecture and Design. Andrasek's interactive installation Bloom will be on show in conjunction with The Future is Here, an exhibition touring from the London Design Museum.

The urban toy, distributed social game and collective 'gardening' experience was first installed in London as part of the capital's city-wide celebration during the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Bloom seeks the engagement of people to construct its organic, blooming formations - so come to Design Hub and play!

Bloom is designed and developed by Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez from The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.

The Future is Here will be accompanied by a full program of associated talks and workshops, including an opportunity for local Melbourne design firms to come and play with Bloom.

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Adornment
29 August 2014 until 14 September 2014

Adornment

Adornment, 'the act or process of making someone or something attractive by decorating', is the theme for the latest collection on display at Lord Coconut during Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

For as long as human beings have existed, we have sought to adorn ourselves to display status and beauty. Temporary ornaments such as jewellery and permanent markings including tattoos have been observed since before recorded history.

Animal bones have played a special role in adornment from hunter-gatherer times until now. In ancient China they were decorated with inscriptions and put to the flame in a practice of divination; a way of communicating with their gods. Many cultures believe people embody the traits of different animals.

Lord Coconut is presenting a new take on this time-honoured tradition.

Jewellers, artisans and designers have been given a found bone and instructed to adorn it in a masculine way, or use the bone when producing a piece of adornment for men, especially jewellery. The resulting works will be featured in the Adornment exhibition, as a comment on the current explosion of body adornment, both permanent and temporary, seen in fashion today.

Participating jewellers and artist include Ali Alexander, Melissa Baldock, Emily Becher, Dianne Beevers, Beth Croce, Patricia Denis, Amanda Fox, Max Honigsberg, Emma Luke, Dan McGill, Fiona Meller, Jason Paterson, Suse Scholem, Aimee Sutanto and Roxanne Watts.

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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
31 August 2014 until 31 August 2014

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Every Sunday, 10am - 4pm, 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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Car Club Showcase
31 August 2014 until 31 August 2014

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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Classics at Fed Square
01 September 2014 until 01 September 2014

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 program includes plenty of old favourites from the Melbourne Strings Ensemble to some of the best creative schools 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
01 September 2014 until 01 September 2014

Comedy at Spleen

Every Monday; Comedy@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 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 that 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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Fitness at Fed Square
01 September 2014 until 01 September 2014

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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From the Urban Garden
02 September 2014 until 02 September 2014

From the Urban Garden

Join Pete Evans, chef, author, wellness practitioner and one half of boutique caterers Baker & Evans for 'Fashion and Food - Foraged From the Urban Garden'.

This unique, one-off pop up event is a collaboration between MSFW and Baker & Evans. It's an evening celebrating wholesome, healthy eating as part of any fashionable lifestyle. Guests will enjoy three shared courses created with a considered approach to wellness and stylish, restaurant-quality dining using the best, locally sourced produce.

Tickets including beverages and a copy of Pete Evans' recent cookbook 'Healthy Every Day', which he will be signing for guests on the night.

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A Painter in Revolutionary Times: John Singleton Copley
03 September 2014 until 03 September 2014

A Painter in Revolutionary Times: John Singleton Copley

This lecture by Peter McPhee tells the harrowing story of an outstanding portraitist caught up in the deadly divisions of the American Revolution.

Copley, born to poor Irish parents in Boston, became a highly sought-after painter of the élites of the small colonial port. Increasing friction between Britain and her American colonies after 1763 polarised this élite into warring camps. Copley found himself caught between old friends and family, and by 1774 had to make a choice that would change his life tragically and permanently.

Peter McPhee is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he was the university's first provost. He has published widely on the history of modern France, including most recently 'Living the French Revolution, 1789–99'.

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Flavour Exchange
04 September 2014 until 05 September 2014

Flavour Exchange

Celebrate the flavours of each incoming season at Fed 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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Cup Viewing Dinner
04 September 2014 until 04 September 2014

Cup Viewing Dinner

Grossi Florentino, one of Melbourne’s finest Italian restaurants, provides a unique opportunity to get up close to view the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy as it journeys across Australia and New Zealand in the lead-up to the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Enjoy fine dining and racing insights at this exclusive annual dinner, as part of the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour and to celebrate Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

The evening will be hosted by racing radio personality Jason Richardson, and includes champagne on arrival. Dress code: lounge suit.

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Environmental Film Festival Melbourne
04 September 2014 until 12 September 2014

Environmental Film Festival Melbourne

Attend the Environmental Film Festival Melbourne for groundbreaking films that challenge the way you think about the natural world.

This year the EFF is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the return of Bob Brown as patron, as well as Adam Bandt, Nicola Paris and Julian Cribb.

This year's program hosts exciting films and events including eco-art exhibitions, discussion panels, IMAX screenings, food tastings, the Indigenous film Ringbalin's special ceremony and, of course, the Opening and Closing Night parties!




See specific session times at effm.org.au/program

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Five Boroughs Comedy
04 September 2014 until 04 September 2014

Five Boroughs Comedy

Melbourne's best quality night of comedy is here!
Every Thursday night in the city, Five Boroughs Comedy has some of the biggest names in Australian comedy, in a funky inner-city surrounding.

Get out of the house on Thursday night, get dinner and watch big television and radio names, plus some of the best new Melbourne faces, at Five Boroughs Comedy!

Five Boroughs has hosted Dave Hughes, Wil Anderson, Jimeoin, Adam Hills, Sarah Silverman, Fiona O'Loughlin, Frank Woodley, Charlie Pickering, Glenn Robbins, Hannibal Buress, Tom Ballard, Tony Martin, Dave Callan and heaps more!

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Footy Colours Day at Fed Square
05 September 2014 until 05 September 2014

Footy Colours Day at Fed Square

You're invited to a Footy Colours Day spectacular! For the first time, Fight Cancer Foundation is hosting a family fun day at Fed Square to celebrate Footy Colours Day.

Wear your team's colours and join in a myriad of free activities for both young and old.

There will be freestyle football, handball competitions, an ice cream van, face painting, balloon twisting, live stage shows, footy mascots and so much more!

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Australian Football League Finals Series
05 September 2014 until 27 September 2014

Australian Football League Finals Series

Don't miss the spectacular crescendo of 23 weeks of fantastic competition in the Australian Football League Finals Series.

From March to September Australian Rules Football teams fight it out to make the top eight and qualify for the final series.

This titanic contest is between two teams with one emerging as the premier side for the year.

Close to 95,000 fans pack the stands of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the grand final while millions watch it worldwide on cable, satellite and free to air television.

The final series offers sheer atmosphere and excitement and is a truly unique Australian experience.

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Gringo Trails
06 September 2014 until 06 September 2014

Gringo Trails

Are tourists destroying the planet? This compelling documentary raises urgent questions about one of the most powerful globalising forces of our time: tourism. Spanning South America, Africa and Asia, the tourist pathway known as the 'gringo trail' has facilitated both life-altering adventures and serious damage to once-pristine environments.

This film follows stories along the trail from the Bolivian Jungle to the deserts of Timbuktu to reveal the complex relationships between colliding cultures: host countries hungry for financial security and the tourists who provide it in their quest for authentic experiences. As travellers are altered by new landscapes, values and belief systems, they also unavoidably alter the people and places they visit.

A panel discussion will take place after the film.

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Fed Square Laughter Club
07 September 2014 until 07 September 2014

Fed Square Laughter Club

Join in a 30 minute laughter session at Federation Square at 11am 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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Crochet at Fed Square
08 September 2014 until 08 September 2014

Crochet 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'.

This arts and craft 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 goal of the 5000 poppies project is to create a field of 5000 poppies for display on ANZAC Day 2015, as part of Australia's 100th Anniversary commemoration of the Gallipoli landing.

Workshops are held on the second Monday of every month.

Please note that the workshop in April 2014 will be on Friday 25 April in commemoration of ANZAC Day.

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Acoustica – Read to Me Tuesday
09 September 2014 until 09 September 2014

Acoustica – Read to Me Tuesday

Come to the City Library for Read to Me Tuesday with musician Dave Evans and reader Steph Francis.

Steph Francis initiated Read to Me Tuesday with Dave Evans as a means to bring great fiction writing into a public space.

It's a very different experience to reading a short story alone. When stories are performed with music and voice, they acquire vivid new dimensions - and the focus of those listening creates an atmosphere that is quite magical.

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Chinese Anzacs Exhibition Tour
10 September 2014 until 10 September 2014

Chinese Anzacs Exhibition Tour

In the lead-up to the centenary of the First World War, Melbourne’s Chinese Museum is staging the exhibition Chinese Anzacs: Chinese-Australians and World War One.

Join this special guided tour of the exhibition, which explores some of the stories of the Chinese-Australians who served on the frontline. Limited spaces available.

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Deli Hall Graze
10 September 2014 until 10 September 2014

Deli Hall Graze

Celebrate spring at the Deli Hall Graze at Queen Victoria Market.

The historic Deli Hall will be open after hours for this private showcase during Market Week. You'll be able to sip, taste and graze on a mouthwatering collection of specially prepared seasonal bites, plates and drinks showcasing the very best of the Market traders, all to the back drop of the beautiful the art deco surrounds.

Experience the Deli Hall like never before and meander to meet makers, delight in new tastes, watch food being prepared and imbibe on local wines and micro brews.

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Feel Young
11 September 2014 until 11 September 2014

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 - 12.30pm.

All ages are welcome and bookings not required.

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Elegies & Dances at Federation Square
12 September 2014 until 12 September 2014

Elegies & Dances at Federation Square

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra presents an homage to the two great moods of the string orchestra: the sparkling drive of the dance, and the poignancy of the elegy.

MCO Artistic Director William Hennessy will be the violinist for Bach's Concerto in A minor in this program.

The program includes:
- JS Bach's Sonata for Solo Violin in A minor BWV 1003: Andante
- JS Bach's Concerto for Violin in A minor BWV 1041
- Purcell arr Stokowski - Dido and Aeneas: Dido's Lament (arr. full strings)
- Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances
- Grieg's Suite From Holberg's Time
- Paul Stanhope's Elegies and Dances (Victorian premiere season)
- JS Bach arr Bachrich - Suite for Strings: Adagio


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Family art-ivity: Where Sport Meets Art
13 September 2014 until 13 September 2014

Family art-ivity: Where Sport Meets Art

Held at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, in each workshop families will enjoy a tour of the exhibition, before making their own artwork inspired by a special blend of art and sport.

Culture Mamas was established in 2012 by two art-loving mums and lifelong friends, Rebecca Asp and Claire McClelland.

Committed to helping parents connect to the very best arts and culture in Melbourne, Culture Mamas encourages mums dads and carers to connect with the arts to stimulate their intellect and connect with a supportive network of like-minded souls.

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2014 Big Red Kidney Walk
14 September 2014 until 14 September 2014

2014 Big Red Kidney Walk

The only event of its kind in Australia, Kidney Health Australia's Big Red Kidney Walk calls on the kidney community, their families, friends and colleagues, to come together and raise funds and awareness to better support those affected by kidney disease.

Also open to the general public, it is a family fun day that includes a walk or run, barbecue and entertainment.

If you have a special connection with kidney health and want to help raise awareness of this important cause then this walk is for you. Come by yourself, or invite your family and friends. Dress in red - if you choose - and walk proud in one of Kidney Health Australia's national Big Red Kidney Walks!

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All Out of Pride: An Evening of Songs You're Ashamed to Love
19 September 2014 until 21 September 2014

All Out of Pride: An Evening of Songs You're Ashamed to Love

Let award-winning musical ponces Geraldine Quinn ('Spicks & Specks') and Michael de Grussa ('Fantastic' - Faster Louder) seduce you with a smooth hour of 'shame songs'. Those torch songs you belt after a pint or two of gin - and you know all the words.

Featuring Babs, the Barrys (Manilow and Gibb), Bolton, Braithwaite, oh, and that duet from 'Dirty Dancing'. And we got nothing to be guilty of.

Presented as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

No show Monday.

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A Four-Eyed Guide To The Galaxy
19 September 2014 until 21 September 2014

A Four-Eyed Guide To The Galaxy

Explore space flight and reach for the stars with Rowena Hutson's A Four-Eyed Guide to the Galaxy on at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Drawn from her life-long love of tacky DIY sci-fi sets and an obsessive desire to grow up to be Han Solo, Rowena recreates the vastness of space out of cardboard and tinfoil, taking us into orbit to discover what happens in the great black beyond.

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Before I Fell Asleep
20 September 2014 until 21 September 2014

Before I Fell Asleep

Before I Fell Asleep is an immersive theatrical experience that follows the story of a young child who builds an imaginary city in the transient moment between going to bed and falling asleep.

As the city is created before your eyes, you are invited to enter into it; to wander its streets and peer in its windows. Speeding trains, puffing factories and low-flying helicopters are part of a familiar bustling cityscape, but as the city's architect grows towards adulthood something strange begins to happen to the city.

Please note: contains theatrical smoke, loudish noises and dark shadowy spaces.

Animateur/Director: Lara Tumak
Collaborators: Bronwen Kamasz, Claudia Tory, Jethro woodward, Jodee Mundy, John Shearman, Marta Kaczmarek, Paul Lim, Rory Kelly, Benjamin Cisterne

As part of this season of Before I Fell Asleep, there are two workshops on offer.

For six to 12 year olds, come along to build your own illuminated cardboard cityscape.

For nine to 12 year olds, meet the artists and go behind the scenes to find out how shadow puppetry works and test your new skills in the set!

Please note: it is essential you see the show before doing the workshop.

Age: 6 to 12 years

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For King and Country: Panel Discussion
24 September 2014 until 24 September 2014

For King and Country: Panel Discussion

Two of Australia's renowned military historians will be joined by the Ambassador to Belgium to discuss the outbreak of the First World War which, in its time, was considered to be the war to end all wars. Not only focusing on the Australian perspective and contribution, this talk will provide an international perspective to the War which so many felt the cost of.

Presenters: Professor Bruce Scates, Dr Michael McKernan and His Excellency, Jean-Luc Bodson.

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ArtPlay Backyard
24 September 2014 until 26 September 2014

ArtPlay Backyard

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

Don't forget to wear appropriate clothes and bring a rain coat. The program will run whatever the weather!

Free, no bookings required. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Flashpoint theatre at the Library
25 September 2014 until 25 September 2014

Flashpoint theatre at the Library

Listen to rehearsed excerpts from winning scripts from the 2013 R E Ross Trust Playwrights' Script Development Awards.

The evening will feature the following readings:

Mari Lourey: Dirt Cloud
Didem Caia: Vile
Merrilee Moss: Oriel

After the readings there will be an 'in conversation' with the three playwrights, moderated by the artistic director of Playwriting Australia, Tim Roseman, followed by an opportunity for an audience Q&A.

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Believe in Belief
26 September 2014 until 28 September 2014

Believe in Belief

Enjoy an evocative portrayal of spiritual beliefs in Lanna (Northern Thailand) through dance and workshops.

Believe in Belief is presented by a Melbourne-based Northern Thai (Lanna) contemporary artist, an award-winning sculptor, and an independent contemporary composer from Thailand and Lanna.

The event is led by Nakarin Jaikla, a Melbourne-based Lanna contemporary artist and features Pimpisa Tinpalit's sculpture art. This exhibition includes a contemporary dance performance and craft-art workshops and exhibits the way people believe and worship sacred supernatural beings.

Special guests include Ronnarong Khampha and Thitipol Kanteewong. The event is directed and choreographed by Nakarin Jaikla.

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AFL Grand Final: Footy Free Zone
27 September 2014 until 27 September 2014

AFL Grand Final: Footy Free Zone

Ditch the boys and forget the AFL footy finals this year at Campari House! Gather the girls for afternoon drinks on the Rooftop, then continue the party in the Lounge Room with Mamma Got Soul in the evening.

For more information or to make a booking, please refer to website.

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Gilbert and Sullivan Concert
28 September 2014 until 28 September 2014

Gilbert and Sullivan Concert

Whether you are a Gilbert and Sullivan devotee, a casual fan or are not even sure you know who they are, this uplifting concert of musical theatre will have you humming along in your seat.

Come along for an afternoon of wit, parody and music with a selection of favourite songs from Gilbert and Sullivan performed by the Savoy Opera Company.

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Action Photography Workshop for Dads
28 September 2014 until 28 September 2014

Action Photography Workshop for Dads

Capture your kids in action at this exclusive outdoor photography workshop for dads and little ones.

Photographer and artist, Terry Murphy, will join the fellas at Birrarung Marr to show them how to create show-stopping photos of their kids on the move. Dads will learn how to capture the perfect sporty shot, with tips on composition, managing light and colour and relevant camera controls, while the little ones can play, run and jump, with plenty of space for them to romp and roam in.

Terry Murphy works in performing arts and visual arts photography through his school, Kommune. He advocates creativity in the camera through refined management of luminosity, colour and design. He teaches distinctive portrait techniques, and a variety of photography courses at CAE, as well as being an exhibiting photographic artist.

Suitable for all levels and all camera types.

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Festival of Colours Celebration
28 September 2014 until 28 September 2014

Festival of Colours Celebration

Th wonderful, playful, sensory experience of Holi is a vibrant celebration of tradition and truth. Participants bless one another by throwing, smearing and showering each other in brightly coloured powders.

If you can’t make it for the Festival of Colours workshop (visit the ArtPlay website for more details), then come along for the celebration which will include a performance of traditional Indian dancing, rituals and the famous Holi colour throwing. (All powders will be made from natural, non-toxic ingredients.)

For ages 5-12 years. All children under eight years must be accompanied by an adult.





Starts at 3pm sharp.

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Get animated! School holiday workshops
29 September 2014 until 30 September 2014

Get animated! School holiday workshops

Explore the art of animation and make your own movie in these hands-on workshops for children.

Choose from traditional hand-drawn animation or get hands-on with claymation techniques. You'll learn all the tricks from one of three top animators, and produce your very own creation to take home.

See website for more information.

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A Hard Day's Night of Beatles Parodies
30 September 2014 until 05 October 2014

A Hard Day's Night of Beatles Parodies

Beatlemania is set to sweep Melbourne again when the musical comedy show A Hard Day's Night of Beatles Parodies hits the stage at the Last Jar during the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

The show will be a Magical Mystery Tour where the Beatles' timeless tunes Come Together with amusing, clever lyrics from musical funnyman Stew Walker.

Stew's Beatles parodies poke fun at modern life - from Myki, hipsters and politicians to celebrities, ageing and technology. And with Stew being a proud Melburnian, this is likely to be the only Melbourne Fringe show to feature songs about Melbourne's weather, laneway venues and local identities like Shane Warne, Franco Cozzo and Frank Walker from National Tiles.

Stew Walker was discovered on 'Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight' in 2012 when he was granted a 'bucket list' request to perform a show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In just six weeks, Stew wrote a half-hour show and then wowed a packed room at the Melbourne Town Hall, including a live cross on national TV.

Since then, Stew has gone on to win new fans at Melbourne's comedy rooms with his original songs and parodies, playing alongside musical comedy legends like Greg Champion and winning a place as a finalist in the 2013 Search for a Funnybone.

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Desperately Young At Heart
30 September 2014 until 05 October 2014

Desperately Young At Heart

Desperately Young At Heart is an outrageously original and award-winning musical comedy cabaret!

The imposing frame of six foot six inch operatic baritone Robert Hofmann channels a spectacular array of hilarious characters as Desperately Young At Heart makes it Melbourne Fringe Festival debut.

The hit show features an Irish nun, a 'gifted' church musician and a sexually-frustrated German relationship counsellor: all young at heart, all desperate, and all comic alter egos of singer Robert Hofmann in slick quick-change costumes by Cherie Hewson. Plus Tommaso Pollio on piano, direction by the legendary Stuart Maunder and special guest singer Cherie Boogaart.

You'll meet Dr Kay Overit, singing teacher and key-note speaker; Helmut Wunderlicher, a sexually frustrated singer turned relationship counsellor; Susan Higgins, a guitar playing church musician; and Sister Maureen Virgillious, an opera singer who took the veil and started teaching.

They sing an eclectic mix of songs including the Sinatra-esque, Richard Rodgers,original and classic music theatre numbers.

Robert Hofmann is a versatile singer who has starred for the West Australian Opera (The Mikado, Die Fledermaus, Orpheus) as well as on the classical concert platform and in cabaret (Divalicious). Costume designer Cherie Hewson has decades of elite credits to her name including the Edinburgh and NY Fringe, while at the keyboard is experienced maestro Tommaso Pollio. And to complete the 'A Team', famous Australian and international opera and theatre personality Stuart Maunder pulls the directorial strings.

If you've ever suffered hearing lousy church music, wished you'd had more fun in your twenties, have already turned 40 (or might do one day), then this is the show for you!

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D-Day
01 October 2014 until 01 October 2014

D-Day

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings on 6 June 1944, Dr Mark Johnston discusses the largest seaborne invasion in history. Involving more than 150,000 Allied troops, including 3,000 Australians, the invasion of Normandy began the liberation of German-occupied Western Europe and contributed significantly to Allied victory in Second World War.

General Rommel, commanding German forces in France, prophesied that the day of the invasion would be 'the longest day', and as this talk will reveal, it was indeed a day of great stress, conflict and achievement.

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ElbowSkin: From Beer to Eternity
01 October 2014 until 05 October 2014

ElbowSkin: From Beer to Eternity

ElbowSkin presents From Beer to Eternity - a time-travelling journey through the history of beer.

Seven thousand years ago, something amazing happened that would save lives, empower women and lubricate the gears of society. They called this magnificent, golden elixir of life 'beer'.

The Melbourne musical comedy duo ElbowSkin started entertaining crowds in their high school days in Eltham, circa 1997, and have had audiences all around the world in stitches with their cheeky songs and hilarious sketches since 2003. Well known in the beer industry for their anthemic beer songs, they've travelled the globe sampling the finest ales, and have returned with a passion to inspire others about this ancient art form.

Presented as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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Art and Big Ideas
02 October 2014 until 02 October 2014

Art and Big Ideas

Do you know what philosophy is? It means 'the love of wisdom', and Plato wrote that philosophy begins with wonder.

Lots of things can make us wonder. And in this fun workshop, you'll start with art: drawing, building, dancing. Let your creativity be your guide, as you play with big ideas.

Maybe Together artists Alex Desebrock & Dan Goronszy, and philosopher/author Damon Young will help you along the way.

Age: 7 to 12 years

All children under eight years must be accompanied by an adult.

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Font Factory
04 October 2014 until 05 October 2014

Font Factory

Workers are needed to create a font out of nothing but rubbish. Use recycled materials to make an R out of bottle caps or an M out of sticks, put it on the factory line, and watch it be turned into a font that you can type with. What crazy letters can be made? We need your help to make every letter in the alphabet. Make a letter or simply have fun typing messages to your friends and family using the Font Factory font.

This is a free, with no bookings required. l children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Hear the People Sing
04 October 2014 until 04 October 2014

Hear the People Sing

Whether you're a shower soloist or bedroom diva, come and join in this joyous community singing event inspired by the Victor Hugo: Les Misérables - From Page to Stage exhibition!

Learn the words and melody to the Les Misérables classic 'Do you hear the people sing?', then sing along with a massive community choir under the baton of original Australian Les Misérables cast member Martin Croft.

Performing on the State Library forecourt, the massed choir will be joined by special guest Chris Durling, currently starring in the Melbourne production of Les Misérables in the role of Enjolras, with piano accompaniment provided by musical director Vicky Jacobs.

To prepare for this celebratory event, download the lyrics and four-part harmonies, and start practicing.

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Bonjah Beautiful Wild Album Tour at the Hi-Fi Bar
04 October 2014 until 04 October 2014

Bonjah Beautiful Wild Album Tour at the Hi-Fi Bar

Bonjah are thrilled to embark on their most extensive national tour yet, supporting their brand new critically acclaimed record 'Beautiful Wild'. Playing over 20 shows across six states the guys want to thank their fans in all corners of Australia.

'Beautiful Wild' debuted at #41 on the ARIA chart, #11 on the ARIA Australian chart and #2 on the AIR Independent Album chart, a massive achievement for the Melbourne based independent band.

The shows will see the band playing their new record in full whilst delving into their past two albums. With a sold out launch show at The Corner on May 9, the explosive live act never disappoint making these shows a must see.

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Bach's Back – Seniors Festival Organ Concert
08 October 2014 until 08 October 2014

Bach's Back – Seniors Festival Organ Concert

One of the greatest composers of all time regarded himself simply as a conscientious craftsman, doing his job as best he could in order to satisfy his employers, teach his equals and glorify God. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) would probably have been astounded to learn that 264 years after his death, his name is so revered.

Bon vivant Martin Setchell appears as master Baroque organist and composer Johann Sebastian Bach in an entertaining and educational theatrical performance in which the great composer introduces and plays his personal selection of favourite organ music, and reminisces about his life and times.

Martin Setchell is an English born, international concert organist, now based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since 1997, he has been curator of the pipe organ in Christchurch Town Hall. He performs across the world with the express desire to perform music that entertains.

Doors open at 12:30pm.

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Chewing the scene: playwrights' workshop
11 October 2014 until 11 October 2014

Chewing the scene: playwrights' workshop

In these intensive, four-hour workshops for budding playwrights at the State Library of Victoria, Victorian theatre professionals will deliver the insider information on how to get your script off the slush pile.

The behind-the-scenes workshops also look at script development, writing for companies, critiquing your own work and developing your craft.

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2014 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival
12 October 2014 until 12 October 2014

2014 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

The 2014 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival will be held on Sunday October 12.

In 2013, over 34,000 who took part in the five events and with 6850 competitors completing the Medibank Melbourne Marathon making the event the largest marathon in Australian history.

In 2013, the race lost its national marathon status, but gained more credibility both in Australia and overseas with phenomenal achievements and by far the best marathon race, ever had.

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Great Ocean 'Rode' Luxury Bike Ride
16 October 2014 until 19 October 2014

Great Ocean 'Rode' Luxury Bike Ride

Great Ocean 'Rode' Luxury Bike Ride is an annual four day bike ride taking in the best highlights of the Great Ocean Road. This is the official four day extension ride for one of Australia's premier cycling events 'Around the Bay in a Day' held every October.

This magnificent ride starts on the Thursday and finishes as part of the exciting Around the Bay in a Day Bike Ride on Sunday. In between is the bike ride that you have always wanted to do and that you will remember forever.

AllTrails will guide you along the internationally renowned Great Ocean Road for three days, winding past the Twelve Apostles and around popular beach resort towns that are the home of the surfing revolution. The pounding surf against limestone cliffs is the perfect backdrop for some power pedalling, climbing hills and descending through thick forest from Warrnambool to Port Campbell, to Apollo Bay to Queenscliff.

After the last overnight stop at Queenscliff, take the ferry across the bay to Sorrento to join one of Australia's premier cycling events 'Around the Bay in a Day'. The final 100km leg will see you ride proudly in through the finish arch at Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne to the festival atmosphere at the finish line that this famous ride generates.

Everything that you will need is organised for the duration of this ride including accommodation, food, safety vehicles, bike mechanic, massage, luggage transfer and much more. You can pedal away each morning knowing that you are being looked after by the best Tour Guides in the business, your luggage will be taken care of, food will be ready at the next stop, and all you need to do is decide which way to look to enjoy the scenery of this magnificent part of the world.

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Australian Audio & AV Show 2014
17 October 2014 until 19 October 2014

Australian Audio & AV Show 2014

One location, hundreds of top Hi-Fi and AV Brands; the Australian Audio & AV Show is your only chance to hear all the world's best audio & AV in one place.

New technology and digital delivery to classic vinyl and glowing valves - compare hundreds of hi-fi, headphone and home theatre brands before you buy.

Sit down and listen to the world's best systems - many valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Learn about the latest tech - how to stream music around your home, how to turn your computer into a high-end audio source, how to control everything from smart phone and tablet.

Live music, competitions, and special events - it's all in Melbourne from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October.

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Bupa Around the Bay
19 October 2014 until 19 October 2014

Bupa Around the Bay

Over the past 20 years Bupa Around the Bay - Fundraise for The Smith Family has grown to become Australia's largest mass participation bike ride and one of Melbourne's major sporting events. With five ride options to select from, there is a ride to suit everyone. With limited places available, claim your spot in cycling history now by registering on the website.

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ANZACS on the Wall
23 October 2014 until 23 October 2014

ANZACS on the Wall

Singers, songwriters and entertainers, Jim Brown and Vince Brophy perform on the Lone Pine Guitar, crafted from a branch of the Shrine's former Lone Pine tree, to tell the story of Danny Clancy who, like so many young Australians, set off to fight in the First World War. Following the performance, the Lone Pine Guitar will be officially presented to the Shrine of Remembrance by its craftsman at Maton Guitars.

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Diwali Indian Festival of Light
25 October 2014 until 25 October 2014

Diwali Indian Festival of Light

Head to Fed Square and experience the charms of Indian culture at the Diwali Festival of Light.

The much-loved festival will fill Fed Square once more with diverse stalls and activities exploring the different traditions, cuisines and crafts of India.

Savour the tastes of authentic Indian food with a huge array of food stalls along River Terrace. Admire delicate hand-made Indian jewellery, fine fashion and a great range of Indian cinema and music.

There will also be demonstrations of traditional Henna painting and classical Indian and Bollywood dance performances and workshops.

You can enjoy the films and performances every evening in The Square from 21 October in the lead up to Diwali Festival.

While Diwali is commonly referred to as the 'festival of lights', for Hindus it is actually about celebrating inner light and the belief that good will triumph over evil.

Come down to Fed Square for this beautiful festival renowned for its brilliant displays of fireworks and hundreds of glittering lamps to light up the 'darkness'.

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2014 Great Amazing Race
25 October 2014 until 25 October 2014

2014 Great Amazing Race

Uplift Events is proud to present Melbourne with the 2014 public Great Amazing Race which will once again be raising funds to support the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation.

Running since 2005, the event is considered Melbourne's ultimate Urban Adventure Race allowing competitors to experience the thrill and excitement of an Amazing Race in their own city. Competing in teams of two, competitors will race around Melbourne visiting famous landmarks and locations while completing a variety of activities along the way.

Teams will race against the clock and other teams, deciphering clues and puzzles as they navigate their way through the course, relying on their teamwork to try and complete the mandatory challenges in the least amount of time.

In 2014, the event will have an eco-friendly feel and motto of 'Go Green in 2014' to help promote awareness on being green!

The event is made up of the Pursuit, Challenge and Collect Stages, but also features the Amazing Race Stage. Just like the television series, teams will also receive Obstacle (Roadblock) or Decision (Detour) Clue Cards during the Amazing Race Stage.

After receiving the clue sheet at the start of the race, teams need to decipher the clues and map out the best route for the race to try and complete all the mandatory stages in the least amount of time. There is no set course and the stages can be completed in any order. Each stage may comprise of a variety of fun, mental, thrilling and physical challenges!

The Great Amazing Race is scored on a points system. Each Pursuit, Challenge, Collect and Amazing Race Stage will attract a certain amount of points. The team that collects the required minimum number of points from each of the stages in the least amount of time wins the event!

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Forty Thousand Horsemen
30 October 2014 until 30 October 2014

Forty Thousand Horsemen

In a cinematic tribute to the mounted troops of the Australian Light Horse regiments, director Charles Chauvel presents his 1940 feature-length film Forty Thousand Horsemen. Featuring iconic Australian actors Grant Taylor, Chips Rafferty and Pat Twohill, the story follows three best mates through challenging times as soldiers - from mischief in Cairo in 1916 through to the action of the Australian Light Horse in the charge of Beersheba. Join them for their first film screening in the Shrine's new auditorium.

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Friends Only: Opening of the Galleries of Remembrance
31 October 2014 until 31 October 2014

Friends Only: Opening of the Galleries of Remembrance

This October, Friends of the Shrine are exclusively invited to preview the new Galleries of Remembrance before it opens to the public. Be among some of the first visitors to see remarkable exhibits, including the SS Devanha landing boat and Rolls of Honour displaying the names of all Victorians who enlisted in the Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War. Full details, including the date of the event, will be announced on the Shrine website.

Support the Shrine and become a Friend. For further information contact David Howell, Fundraising and Friends Coordinator or visit the website.

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Halloween Fright Night – Dis–organ–eyes
31 October 2014 until 31 October 2014

Halloween Fright Night – Dis–organ–eyes

The Night Terrors launch Pavor Nocturnus, a vinyl release (Dual Planet/Twisted Nerve Australia) that combines Grand Organ with theremin, drums and synthesisers. Quiet drops of sepulchral voltage and cacophonous whirls of intricate acoustic phenomena intermingle to prise open the maddening space between sentience and expiration. Miles Brown, Damian Coward and Sarah Lim combine to create a euphorically terrifying dream sequence, just perfect for Halloween.

Students from RMIT's Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice course will add to the drama with a series of short premieres in which the Grand Organ is triggered by computers. Pushing the boundaries beyond the humanly possible, expect to hear profound sub-bass, rippling sonic textures, and a précis of Melbourne's new sound of the decade ahead.

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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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Appalachian Spring
07 November 2014 until 07 November 2014

Appalachian Spring

A soaring evocation of the American spirit in sound, Appalachian Spring is the most enduringly popular work by American composer, Aaron Copland. Originally written as a chamber ballet for Martha Graham, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra performs this Pulitzer Prize-winning work in its original chamber suite form.

As part of the program, London and Melbourne-based pianist Daniel de Borah will perform Shostakovich's high-octane Piano Concerto No.1.

The program includes:
- Schubert's String Quartet in E flat D87 (arr full strings)
- Shostakovich's Concerto in C minor for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra
- Veress's Transylvanian Dances
- Copland's Appalachian Spring (version for 13 instruments).

Directed by William Hennessy.


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Australasian Worldwide Music Expo 2014
13 November 2014 until 16 November 2014

Australasian Worldwide Music Expo 2014

The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo showcases the finest indigenous folk, roots, and world music, whilst providing delegates the opportunity to foster stronger relationships within the music industry in Australia, Asia and the Pacific region.

The Expo attracts the world's most prominent and influential festival bookers, agents, record labels, and media for workshops, panel discussions and industry networking. As a result of performing at AWME, many artists have scored touring and recording opportunities in Europe and America.

Now in its sixth year, Australasian Worldwide Music Expo has cemented itself as the southern hemisphere's premier roots music industry showcase, conference and trade event, building recognition and understanding of the music and culture from this region.

The Expo takes place in November across the Arts Centre Melbourne, The Hi-Fi, The Toff In Town, Ding Dong Lounge and the Lounge.

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Azimuth
13 November 2014 until 21 November 2014

Azimuth

Azimuth makes reference to the 'points of view' from which people view, experience and create in the world.

This exhibition is an exploration of the trajectories of practices borne out of ceramics, and gold and silver smithing traditions and brings together a group of contemporary object makers.

See website for more information.

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Garden DesignFest
15 November 2014 until 16 November 2014

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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Going Nowhere
21 November 2014 until 23 November 2014

Going Nowhere

Going Nowhere is one event happening on two sides of the globe simultaneously – in Melbourne and in Cambridge, UK – exploring how artists, communities and audiences can sustainably generate international creative experiences without getting on an airplane.

Through four local/international arts collaborations, an eco-sound installation, a barn dance and a program of interactive public forums and workshops, Going Nowhere rehearses possible futures and embraces the shared delights of staying put and reaching out.

Full program on website from 22 September.

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Couch Guerillas
27 November 2014 until 27 November 2014

Couch Guerillas

Do you like playing on your couch? What are your moves? What does your couch become in your imaginary games?

Join dance and design artists to explore the way we use the family couch. Discover how to put your moves together to make a dance sequence, and design the ideal family couch - however fantastical!

These workshops are part of the creative development of Couch Guerillas, a dance theatre show reflecting family life in the lounge room. Come back and see the show...and the couch in 2015!

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A Tale of Two Organs
30 November 2014 until 30 November 2014

A Tale of Two Organs

For the first time in history, both the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ and the stunning Regent Theatre Wurlitzer organ will be showcased in the same concert.

The two outstanding pipe organs will be played by two of the world's most revered and versatile musicians. Richard Hills is one of the very few organists to have mastered both the world of the classical organ and that of the theatre organ. Named Organist of the Year in 2010 by the American Theatre Organ Society, Richard is a sensational performer known for his lightning-quick hands and his infectious rhythmic improvisations. Born and bred in the United Kingdom, this is Richard's first trip to Australia.

Tony Fenelon is one of Australia's best loved musicians, a virtuoso on both piano and organ. Internationally acclaimed, Tony has completed 18 major concert tours and is an artist of choice for demonstrating new organs. In performance, Tony brings drama and fun in equal measures and is equally adept playing major classical works or accompanying silent films.

Hear these two brilliant entertainers play two inspirational instruments, as soloists and in duo performance. The progressive concert on either side of Collins Street will be a mix of classical and theatre organ styles that also includes vocals, piano and a film screening.

A Tale of Two Organs is presented as part of the Good Friday Appeal supporting the Royal Children's Hospital. All profits will be donated to the Appeal.

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Australian DanceSport Championship
05 December 2014 until 07 December 2014

Australian DanceSport Championship

The Australian Dancing Society invites you to join us for the 68th Australian DanceSport Championship.

A celebration of Australian and International DanceSport at its best.

Be part of the action at the home of DanceSport, Hisense Arena located in the sporting heart of fabulous Melbourne from the 5th to the 7th of December, 2014.

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GREASE
11 December 2014 until 11 January 2015

GREASE

The number one party musical Grease is returning to Australia in a new multi-million dollar production. It's got groove, it's got meaning and it's burning up the quarter mile!

Starring Rob Mills, Gretel Scarlett, Todd McKenney, Anthony Callea, Val Lehman and Bert Newton, Grease returns to the Australian stage in a live production that's truly Electrifying.

Since the show's Broadway premiere in 1972 and the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, which went on to become the highest grossing movie-musical of all time; Grease has triumphed across the globe, with its irresistible mix of adolescent angst, vibrant physicality and 1950s pop culture.

So get ready to dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as "bad boy" Danny and "the girl next door" Sandy fall in love all over again.

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Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test
26 December 2014 until 26 December 2014

Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test

Crowds will flock to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day for the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test, to witness one of the biggest rivalries in world sport and to cheer on the Aussies as they take on England in their battle to win the Ashes on home soil.

Australia's sporting colosseum will be abuzz with excitement and national pride will be on the line as the Aussies fight it out against their traditional and historic rival to reclaim the sport's most sought after prize.

In a coup for families, day three of the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Test match is Toyota Family Day and kids get in free!

There is no bigger sporting event this summer and a seating bay at the MCG will be transformed into the Milo Play Bay, providing a kid friendly zone with plenty of fantastic activities such as a giant slide, interactive cricket games, a couch and beanbag area and giveaways.

The Outfield will also be set up outside each Test venue, providing a family friendly zone with plenty of free activities and entertainment for kids such as face painting, cricket based skill testers, balloon artists, player signing sessions and plenty of giveaways.

Kids in free means one child (aged 15 or under) per full-priced adult ticket enters free for day three of any Test match, but tickets (full-priced adult and free child) must be purchased in the same transaction to verify availability. Offer is subject to availability.

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AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015
09 January 2015 until 31 January 2015

AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015

The countdown is on to Australia's biggest ever football tournament - AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.


The best 16 countries of Asia will compete for Asia's biggest sporting prize, the Asian Cup.

It will be a 32 game, 23 day festival of football with Melbourne playing host to seven games at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, at Olympic Park.

The tournament will open in Melbourne with Australia taking on Kuwait on January 9, 2015. The opening game will also feature an Opening Ceremony.

Other games in Melbourne include a quarter-final plus five group matches involving past Asian Cup champions.

Melbourne will provide the stage for defending champions Japan and former champions Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Between them they have won 11 of the 15 Asian Cups decided so far, so Melbourne will definitely be the "City of Champions".

The Asian Cup is held every four years and is the premier men's football competition throughout Asia.

It will be the biggest sporting event in Australia in a decade and the largest football tournament that Australia has hosted.

With a TV reach of over 2.5 billion people throughout Asia and viewed in 80 countries, Asian Cup 2015 will bring in about 45,000 overseas visitors to Australia.

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Australia Day in Melbourne
26 January 2015 until 26 January 2015

Australia Day in Melbourne

Join in the myriad of celebrations taking place in Melbourne's city centre on Australia Day including the Official Flag Raising Ceremony, the Australia Day March, events in St Kilda Road, Queen Victoria Gardens and Kings Domain Gardens, at the National Gallery of Victoria and conclude the day with celebrations and a spectacular fireworks display at Docklands.

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Coopers Australian Music Prize
26 January 2015 until 26 January 2015

Coopers Australian Music Prize

Five of the shortlisted artists of this year's Coopers Australian Music Prize will perform live showcase sets as part of the Australia Day Concert at the Bowl.

The Coopers AMP is about discovering, promoting and rewarding excellence in Australian music.

Stay tuned for 2015's program to be announced for another brilliant day out!

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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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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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Good Food and Wine Show
05 May 2015 until 08 May 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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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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