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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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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Free Floor Talks at Old Treasury
01 March 2015 until 31 May 2015

Free Floor Talks at Old Treasury

Come along to the Old Treasury Museum on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 11am for these free floor talks, complementing the museum's 'School Days' exhibition:

12 May: 'Building Our Schools' with Ivar Nelsen
26 May: 'Women in Education' with Gabrielle Keating

Talks held fortnightly.

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A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795)
27 March 2015 until 21 June 2015

A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795)

Hidden treasures from Beijing's Palace Museum in the Forbidden City will come to Melbourne for the first time, in an Australian exclusive exhibition. A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795) tells the story of China's foremost art collector Qianlong Emperor, one of China's most successful rulers and fourth and longest living emperor of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).

This exhibition provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore a rich concentration of more than 120 works from the Palace Museum's art collection, which is built on the imperial collection of the Ming and Qing dynasties and holds some of China's most rare and valuable works of art in its collection.

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Batmania
01 April 2015 until 31 May 2015

Batmania

See 200 flying bat sculptures suspended from the cavernous heights of The Atrium in an awe-inspiring new exhibition by Melbourne artist, Kathy Holowko.

Commissioned by Fed Square's Creative Program, Kathy Holowko's Batmania celebrates the fruit bat as an intriguing and iconic addition to Melbourne city and will be brought to life with an accompanying soundscape by sound artist Darius Kedros.

The project stems from Kathy's fascination with the fruit bat, the unique wild urban animal that adds a touch of gothic beauty to Melbourne skies.

As successful colonisers in urban areas, fruit bats are a rare example of the coexistance of human and wild animal in a shared habitat. The bat is experienced by people up to 50 kilometres from its roost in Melbourne's CBD as it travels vast distances each night in search of food, yet for many it still remains a mystery and an unacknowledged presence. Batmania explores this complex interconnection between the human and bat, with the aim of demystifying and highlighting the beauty of the animal.

Kathy studied Fine Art and Sculpture at RMIT and is renowned for her immersive sculptural works and installations. Her projects often involve interactive or participatory experiences in public places.

Some of the bat sculptures were made during workshops held at Kathy's Brunswick studio in early 2015. Participants were invited to workshops to help make a bat that would be added to the installation using casting, painting and other processes. These workshops also became a space to share stories about experiences and knowledge of local fruit bats. St Columbus Girls College hosted Kathy as an artist in residence during 2014 where students could also participate in the bat making process.

Supported by Fed Square Creative Program and the City of Melbourne 2015 Arts Grants Program.

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Expert insight: art, fashion and photography
09 April 2015 until 02 June 2015

Expert insight: art, fashion and photography

Delve into art, fashion or photography at the Library as you discover highlights from this incredible collection.

These insightful sessions are inspired by State Library Victoria's exhibition Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum which showcases some of the world's finest book art, graphics, photography and illustration.

Hear from experts and see significant State Library books and artworks up close in one of three sessions.

Please see the website to book.

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Buddha's Birthday Education Project
13 April 2015 until 05 June 2015

Buddha's Birthday Education Project

Welcome to the Buddha's Birthday Education Project, a multimedia art exhibition and range of educational activities celebrating the birth of the Buddha.

The exhibition, Through These Doors: Connecting Past and Present, East and West, makes its way to Australia after successful celebrations in Southern California, USA. The exhibition hopes to educate and promote understanding of Buddhism, and records the historical spread of Buddhism from India to China, as well as the extraordinary celebrations of the Buddha's birthday conducted over the centuries.

The Buddha's Birthday Education Project also incorporates a unique Australia art exhibition that will supplement several exhibition pieces that have travelled from the United States to Australia.

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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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Burlesque by the Marquise
25 April 2015 until 30 May 2015

Burlesque by the Marquise

With a cult following of fans who adore her stunning, quirky and sensual tease performances, the Marquise is the royal mistress to all burlesque fans!

The Marquise will perform her stunning live burlesque set as Speakeasy HQ's headline attraction.

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

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

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

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

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Charity High Tea for McAuley Community Services for Women
01 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Charity High Tea for McAuley Community Services for Women

Stamford Plaza Melbourne will be opening up their doors to host an exclusive high tea fundraiser for McAuley Community Services for Women's family violence program.

Guests will enjoy a sparkling High Tea with an assortment of meticulously crafted savoury bites, fluffy homemade scones and traditional finger sandwiches served on an elegant three-tiered stand. It will be made all the more luxurious with a tantalising Pavlova Bar, indulgent Chocolate Fountain and a raffle where entrants go into the draw to win a high tea for two plus a deluxe hamper of goodies.

McAuley Community Services for Women is a small but impactful charity that works to protect women and their children from family violence. McAuley Community Services for Women operate Victoria's only accessible safe house open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing crisis accommodation to those in need.

A percentage of proceeds from the high tea will go towards the initiative along with all sales from the raffle.

Bookings are essential.

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ArtClub
02 May 2015 until 30 May 2015

ArtClub

In the second season of ArtClub, explore different approaches to making sculptures in the work of Yinka Shonibare and Giacometti. The workshops also explore photography using the theme of Photo Alphabets.

Week 1 (2 May) – Photo Alphabets
Explore the local environment in search of the letters of the alphabet and capture them in photographs.

Week 2 and 3 (9 and 16 May) – Yinka Shonibare
Yinka Shonibare is a Nigerian/British artist who often uses brightly coloured African fabrics in his work to create dresses or alien sculptures. The workshop will look at the reasons why he creates these works, and participants will create their own works using these African fabrics.

Week 4 and 5 (23 and 30 May) – Giacometti
Why do Alberto Giacometti’s tall, thin sculptures of figures look so sad? Why did he want to make sad figures? Find out why and experiment with plaster, the material he became so well known for, and create your own figures that express emotions.

Age: 9 to 12 years

Every Saturday in May.

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Adult Fairy Party
03 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Adult Fairy Party

How come kids always know what they wanna be when they 'grow up'?

After years of being a professional fairy, Natasha York (These Things Take Wine, Impromptunes) doesn’t know who’s in control anymore – the fairy or her. In this outrageous show where her two worlds combine, come and see how the fairy party should really go - without any kids around!

York is on an undertaking to find out why being a grown up sucks through party games, her tales of life as a children’s entertainer and even some magic (ooooo).

DO: expect pass the parcel, glitter and alcohol.

DON’T: expect free fairy bread.

DO: Dress up for a special discount!*

Featuring the music of party favourites like 'Incy Wincy Spider', 'Ring Around The Rosy' and of course the one hit wonder 'Happy Birthday'. It’s time to be reacquainted with your inner child.

If you want to ignore the fact you have work on Monday, then it’s time to join the ADULT FAIRY PARTY every Sunday night in May!

'Natasha York, such a fabulous cabaret artist... delightfully witty and fun.' - Melb Arts Fash

'Not only can the girl sing, but she is extremely intelligent with her comedy.' – Theatre People

'One of Melbourne’s great cabaret artists.' – We Know Melbourne

'Natasha came to the party hungover, smelling of booze and it looked like her hair hadn’t seen a brush in weeks.' – Disgruntled Mother of the Birthday Girl

*If you're not dressed up there will be a box of dress ups at the door which are really ugly and you'll have to wear....... and Fairy Tash will be alerted and you'll get picked on the whole show... and probably terribly face-painted...

Every Sunday in May - Downstairs at the Butterfly Club!

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Femail Art
07 May 2015 until 30 May 2015

Femail Art

Femail Art is an exhibition focusing on the Mail Art practice of Pat Larter (1936-1996).

For this exhibition at Mailbox Art Space, performance objects, mail art, video works and ephemera have been drawn from the Larter Archives at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, giving an overview of this often overlooked aspect of Pat Larter's work.

A figurehead of the International Mail Art movement, Pat was well known for her transgressive performances and humour. this will be the first solo exhibition dedicated to Pat's Mail Art in Australia.

Mailbox would like to acknowledge the generous assistance of The Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Pat Larter Estate for making this exhibition possible. The Pat Larter Estate is represented by Watters Gallery, Sydney.



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Femail Art: Pat Larter
07 May 2015 until 30 May 2015

Femail Art: Pat Larter

Femail Art is an exhibition focusing on the Mail Art practice of Pat Larter (1936-1996).

This exhibition at Mailbox Art Space includes performance objects, mail art, video works and ephemera that have been drawn from the Larter Archives at AGNSW, giving an overview of this often overlooked aspect of Pat Larter's work.

A figurehead of the International Mail Art movement, Pat was well known for her transgressive performances and humour, this will be the first solo exhibition dedicated to Pat's Mail Art in Australia.

Mailbox would like to acknowledge the generous assistance of The Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Pat Larter Estate for making this exhibition possible. The Pat Larter Estate is represented by Watters Gallery, Sydney.

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Blurb
08 May 2015 until 30 May 2015

Blurb

Whilst secretly loving the florid -alities, -isations and -isms of art-speak, Blurb is a collaborative project that sees artists Theia Connell and Jake Preval come together to question the authority of the written word in contemporary art.

The exhibition text which can be seen as a device that imposes meaning on materials, recommends a way to view and digest artwork. What happens if this logic is inverted? Can objects speak in place of words?

Cutting and pasting excerpts of exhibition texts from Melbourne ARI's over the past three years, the artists have created a new absurdist blurb. Placing this text in the role of artwork, the artists will then endeavour to create an installation where the objects communicate and describe this strange new text.

Theia Connell and Jake Preval are both recent graduates from the Victorian College of the Arts Sculpture and Spatial Practice department. They have participated in a number of group and solo shows. This is the first time they have collaborated together.

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Early retirement
08 May 2015 until 30 May 2015

Early retirement

Early retirement is a visual art exhibition by artist Zac St. Clair.

Early retirement has been created to serve as a form of self mockery. The artist has been experimenting with painting and drawing tutorials in order to understand how by not following his intuition a genuine dumbness within his work will be uncovered.

To read the official artist statement please see the website.


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Audi Festival of German Films
14 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Audi Festival of German Films

The Audi Festival of German Films, orchestrated by the Goethe-Institut Australia, is the key event for German culture in Australia's arts calendar.

Ambitious in its scope, this year's program includes extraordinary dramas, thrillers, comedies, romances, westerns, historical epics and coming-of-age tales, most of which will be screening as Australian premieres.

There’s also a joyous selection of films for the young and the young-at-heart that the whole family will enjoy, as well as designated school sessions and numerous special events which, in addition to the Festival's screenings, frame the enormous variety of the Audi Festival of German Films.

Please see website for screening details

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BREED - The Australian Premiere
19 May 2015 until 30 May 2015

BREED - The Australian Premiere

The Owl and Cat Theatre proudly present the Australian Premiere of Lou Ramsden's BREED as part of the season one Intense program.

Liv is in trouble, her mum's planning a dog fight, her dad's getting out of jail, her brother's getting too close to her baby, the police are sniffing around and the pack is closing in. A sharp and savage story of the animals we are and the people we aspire to be.

Directed by JD Ness. Curated by Gabrielle Savrone and Thomas Ian Doyle. Performed by Honor Wolff, Pat Moonie, Jennifer Monk, Oliver Bailey and Damian Vuleta.

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Experience Antarctica Exhibiton, Charity Auction and Interactive Display
21 May 2015 until 13 June 2015

Experience Antarctica Exhibiton, Charity Auction and Interactive Display

Visit the Experience Antarctica at Collins234 Boutique Place for the exhibition including over 60 Antarctic themed artworks plus memorabilia items from Mawson's Hut, silent auction and interactive Antarctica display.

This charity auction event will take place 11 June from 4:00 to 8:00pm. Guests will experience a live auction with specialty auction items on offer, entertainment, canapés and wine and special guest speakers including David Jensen, CEO of Mawson's Huts Foundation and Expedition Specialist and CEO from Antarctica Travel Centre, Alex Burridge.

Tickets to the silent auction are available at the website. Proceeds from the event will go to Mawson's Huts Foundation.

Collins234 is helping you to experience Antarctica from 8 to 13 June through an augmented reality experience, where people can interact with penguins, orca whales and seals in a realistic projected display. Footage can be filmed and photographed to share with friends and is an exciting way to experience Antarctica without even leaving Victoria.

Please visit the website for more information.

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Close Encounters
24 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Close Encounters

Make a real Japanese lantern from shoji paper and wood, and find out about all the animals and plants that used to inhabit Australia but have since become extinct since colonisation (1788). Choose an extinct species, and imagine what it looked like and where it lived. Then draw what you imagine onto your lantern to decorate it.

Before or after the workshop, visit the Park Ranger Education and Display Trailer in the ArtPlay Backyard and find out about the rare and beautiful animals of Victoria. Learn about the role habitat plays in saving endangered animals and what we can do to help in our own neighbourhoods.

The lanterns you make will be kept at ArtPlay until 6 June, when you are invited to join us for a special event. On this night, all of the lanterns will be lit and hung together in the ArtPlay space. This breathtaking installation will pay respect to the extinct species of Australia in a timely reminder of the extinction crisis that we currently face on a global scale.

For ages 6 to 12 years.

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Dome to dungeons tour
25 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Dome to dungeons tour

Take a tour behind the scenes and explore the Library from top to bottom.

This is a rare opportunity to sneek a peek behind the scenes at the iconic State Library. Through the Library's historic building, from the dome to the basement and every nook in between. See a different side of the Library, such as collection storage areas not usually open to the public, an aerial view of the dome from the Library's 6th floor and the original Melbourne Museum catacombs.

Presented as part of Library and Information Week, which showcases library resources, facilities, events, contacts and services.

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Exhibition of Entries – Victorian Architecture Awards
26 May 2015 until 08 June 2015

Exhibition of Entries – Victorian Architecture Awards

The Exhibition of Entries for the 2015 Victorian Architecture Awards will feature the work of Victoria's leading design and architecture firms.

Featuring almost 200 entrants, the free exhibition provides a unique opportunity to interact with the designs through videos created by the firms.

The Australian Institute of Architects Architecture Awards are the most prestigious national awards in the country recognising excellence in design. Winners of the Victorian Architecture Awards will be honoured for their work on projects all over the state, from the CBD to regional Victoria. Firms are assessed across 15 categories, ranging from residential, sustainability and urban design to educational and heritage.

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Autumn Discovery Tour
26 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Autumn Discovery Tour

Explore the changing hues of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne this autumn on a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Experience deciduous trees as their leaves transition through shades of yellow, orange and red.

Enjoy a wonderful day out. For times and more details please see the website.

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Amelia Ryan is Lady Liberty
26 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Amelia Ryan is Lady Liberty

Having played to sold-out houses throughout Australia and New York City with her hit show, A Storm in a D-Cup, multi-award-winning cabaret darling Amelia Ryan returns with Lady Liberty.

In a brand-new hour of entertainment, Ryan takes the audience on her personal quest to transcend from Queen of Calamity to Lady of Liberty; a quest that often departs from what is proper, prudent and polite!

Through her signature blend of scintillating stories, clever parodies and pop-musical mash-ups, Amelia asks: how does one even become a Lady of Liberty? From Bombo NSW to Broadway NYC, from meditation to Moet, and from monogamy to menage a trois, you're about to find out!

Colouring the music of artists such as Queen, ACDC, Pharrell Williams and the Beach Boys with her own witty lyricism, Amelia shares her stellar stories through razor-sharp humour and heart-warming honesty. She takes liberties, she swears liberally, and she may even have a dig at the Liberal Leader. But ultimately, she encourages everyone to let go, to let live, and be liberated.

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Anything Goes
27 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Anything Goes

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

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

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

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

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Food Truck Local
29 May 2015 until 30 May 2015

Food Truck Local

Food Truck Local brings together forces of the street food scene as it continues to grown. Cluster Truck are coupling with a different food truck each night to showcase the most coveted food vendors in Melbourne.

Lulie Street is a testing ground for pop-ups and as winter sets in it is a great opportunity to create a vibrant 'local' to bring people together in a warming space protected from the colder nights ahead.

The concept of these nights is to bring to life a local space where craft brews and whisky can be matched to a good feed at a reasonable price - both Lulie Street and Food Trucks boast humble prices and some of the best 'cheap eats' in Melbourne.

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Guinness Oyster Festival
30 May 2015 until 30 May 2015

Guinness Oyster Festival

The Last Jar, in ode to the annual Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, is hosting their own annual Guinness Oyster Festival.

The 2015 Guinness Oyster Festival will provide an abundance of both the Irish delicacies. Sample Tasmanian and South Australian Pacific and Sydney Rock oysters served natural, Kilpatrick or Guinness battered whilst enjoying Celtic folk/rock fusion tunes from Sisterix and the enchanting musical stylings of The Bloomin' Heathers.

In addition to the traditional Irish oysters and Guinness, the 2015 festival will feature an oyster shooter bar, serving oyster and liquor based concoctions from the classic Bloody Mary to customised Irish blends.

Live entertainment and entry to the festival is free of charge. A wide selection of other beverages will also be available on the day.

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For the Fallen and The Armed Man
30 May 2015 until 30 May 2015

For the Fallen and The Armed Man

Experience a spectacular symphonic concert featuring almost 200 choral and orchestral musicians to mark the ANZAC centenary at St Paul's Cathedral.

The program includes the international smash hit, The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, as well as Elgar's iconic Nimrod and WWI masterpiece For the Fallen. The concert also features the world premiere of Nathan Warfe's Digger's Overture, Christopher Willcock's We Will Remember Them and Colin Brumby's The Last To Leave.

The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and Melbourne University Choral Society will be conducted by Andrew Wailes with soloists Merlyn Quaife AO and Sally Anne Russell.

Over 125 voices and a full symphony orchestra will combine to fill the cathedral with glorious sounds in a concert not to be missed!

Doors open at 7pm for general admission. Premium seating available.

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Australia's Biggest Morning Tea at Krimper Cafe
30 May 2015 until 30 May 2015

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea at Krimper Cafe

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is an opportunity for friends, family or workmates to come together, share a cuppa and some delicious food, and help those affected by cancer.

Every year almost 30,000 Victorians will be diagnosed with cancer and 11,000 will die from cancer. Survival rates will improve as we get better at early detection and treatment for cancer. The funds raised will help in scientific research, clinical trails and resources to help the profession.

Come join the fight to beat cancer in this afternoon tea event.

This afternoon tea will take place at the cosy and inviting converted warehouse space Krimper Cafe. There will be an unlimited dessert buffet by Luxbite, a destination for anyone who has a sweet tooth. This dessert mecca has cakes inspired by childhood memories, Asian flavours used in French patisserie technique, along with a sense of fun and popular culture.

To spice up the event there will also be guest speakers, a mini health and beauty booth, a lucky draw as well as games and prizes to win.

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Casa de Reboco
30 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Casa de Reboco

Casa de Reboco is a cultural project created to help share and connect Brazilians and non-Brazilians with a night full of music and dance.

Maria Mulambo ensemble will take you deep into one of Brazil's most culturally rich areas, the Nordeste (Northeast) where an exciting folkloric dancing rhythm called Forró was born! It's an earthy, organic, melodic sound featuring vocals, accordion and sizzling Brazilian percussion with a unique rhythmic pulse.

The evening will be supported by DJ Seu Antonio and Oz Forró, who will facilitate a free basic class at the start of the night with some easy to follow steps that party goers can use and develop.

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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
31 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

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

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

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

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

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Car Club Showcase
31 May 2015 until 31 May 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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Crafty Mondays at Fed Square
01 June 2015 until 01 June 2015

Crafty Mondays at Fed Square

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

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

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

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

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Comedy At Spleen
01 June 2015 until 01 June 2015

Comedy At Spleen

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

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

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

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Classics at Fed Square
01 June 2015 until 01 June 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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Expert insight: Art, Fashion and Photography
02 June 2015 until 02 June 2015

Expert insight: Art, Fashion and Photography

Delve into art, fashion or photography at the Library as they reveal highlights from their incredible collection. These insightful sessions are inspired by their exhibition 'Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum', which showcases some of the world's finest book art, graphics, photography and illustration.

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Cassandra and Joseph Beckitt – Cabaret
03 June 2015 until 03 June 2015

Cassandra and Joseph Beckitt – Cabaret

Cassandra and Joseph Beckitt are a Melbourne-based husband and wife duo.

Cassandra, being a huge musical theatre fan, would like to take you on a journey through the A to Z of musical theatre, some old school, some fresh and new, but all with the hope of enlightening and entertaining.

Who knows, you might hear some of your all-time favourites. There may be audience participation. There may be props. There will most definitely be laughs. And Joseph might be coaxed into a duet.

Cassandra and Joseph have been involved in the Melbourne musical theatre scene for the last 18 years, Joseph as rehearsal pianist, in the pit, and as musical director, and Cassandra on stage in many lead roles with many different companies.

Cassandra and Joseph's credits include shows such as Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wiz, The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden, Assassins, Ragtime, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Godspell.

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

Good Food and Wine Show

The Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show is back and guaranteed to provide a never-before-seen food experience.

Alongside the food, wine and gastronomic creations there will be the biggest line up of renowned local and international chefs including popular British television star Ainsley Harriott, Spanish chef Miguel Maestre and Australian television chef Alastair McLeod.

Hundreds of well-known as well as boutique exhibitors will be showcasing their gourmet food, wine and micro brewery products, with a focus on on-trend foods and beverages.

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Atlantis
05 June 2015 until 05 June 2015

Atlantis

Paul van Dyk, MaRLo, Mark Sixma, Roxanne Emery and Driftmoon are on the lineup for this incredible one-day electronic music festival - Atlantis.

The lost city will reveal its magic for the first time in recent history to modern Atlanteans, across the Queen's Birthday long weekend, celebrating the true essence of Atlantean ideals. Misunderstood, but ultimately progressive, considerate and kind, Atlanteans think not of material possessions, instead striving to advance their soul and spirit. Friendship, peace and respect were celebrated lovingly, intertwined with music, laughter and dance. Submerging together to an underwater reunification, the citizens of Atlantis will defy modern concepts and negativity.

Paul van Dyk, MaRLo, Mark Sixma, Roxanne Emery (a live, world first performance) and Driftmoon will perform upon the stage, celebrating with you a journey to the forgotten island home.

Paul van Dyk, a legend of the music world, will step upon the Atlantis stage to deliver a performance that will advance your soul and mind. MaRLo, a much loved and admired artist, will join Paul on our almighty stage to capture your attention with an unforgettable sensory experience.

The emerging masters, Mark Sixma, Roxanne Emery (live) and Driftmoon will call upon us to relinquish the negativity of present-day society and dive deep into your most celebrated subaqueous selves. They will captivate you and make your body move to a beat heard only in your Atlantean hearts.

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Continuum
05 June 2015 until 08 June 2015

Continuum

Continuum is Melbourne's annual fan-run convention for science fiction and fantasy fans. Now in its eleventh year, the 2015 event is based around the theme of Southern Skies.

Guests include RJ Anderson (Canada), author of middle-grade fantasy and YA science fiction, and Tasmania's Tansy Rayner Roberts, author, editor and podcaster. Plus there will be panels, workshops, debates and more.

The Friday night of the Convention will be open to anyone who registers at the door with a gold coin donation, allowing first timers to get a feel for what goes on over the weekend. The panels are designed to appeal to people with a variety of interests, and some of the panel topics include: Battlestar Galactica and feminism; new 52; J-Pop; feathered dinosaurs; horror movies; elder scrolls; and what life was really like in the medieval times.

There will also be a board games room, chill out spaces, and events designed to help you get to know people who might be into the same things you are, or help you find new things to like! A major highlight of the weekend is the Maskobalo, a costume parade followed by masked ball that takes place on the Saturday night. This year's Maskobalo takes the theme Bushrangers of the Apocalypse.

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Close Encounters Installation
05 June 2015 until 06 June 2015

Close Encounters Installation

View over 240 lanterns lighting up the ArtPlay space in a beautiful display, drawn from the Japanese obon festival tradition, where the lanterns (toro) guide the spirits of the dead to their worldly home, and then back to their resting place.

In the month of May, children at ArtPlay will be constructing hundreds of Japanese lanterns from shoji paper and wood; each with the name and drawing of a species of plant or animal that has become extinct in Australia since colonisation, 1788 (according to the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and other state-based legislation).

This breathtaking installation will pay respect to the extinct species of Australia, in a timely reminder of the extinction crisis that we currently face on a global scale.

Ken + Julia Yonetani are collaborative installation artists who have exhibited large-scale works across the world, including a major solo exhibition in Paris (until August 2015), the Singapore Biennale (2013) and the Venice Biennale (2009).

Age: 5+ and family

Special event: Saturday 6 June, 5pm to 8pm

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Boombox - World Premiere The Australian Voices
06 June 2015 until 06 June 2015

Boombox - World Premiere The Australian Voices

Melbourne International Singers Festival presents The Australian Voices World Premiere, Boombox.

No robes, no rules, no worries.

An old-school boombox sits on stage. A choir enters, presses play, and a travesty of choral music ensues. The ensemble plays with toy instruments, stand-up comedy, rap-battles, sporting commentary, mime, beatboxing, recordings from an unruly parliament and frankly whatever else.

Each piece melts into the next, without clear distinctions between composers, works or genres. There is no plot, no repetition, no rules, no robes.

Featuring music by Amanda Cole, Robert Davidson, Gordon Hamilton, Isabella Gerometta and Nigel Butterley.

Proceeds support School of Hard Knocks. For more information and Festival program, please visit the website.

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 Where do I belong?
06 June 2015 until 06 June 2015

Where do I belong?

Imagine a map of Melbourne where the landmarks are memories, anecdotes, sound bites and images. How would you shape and present this data?

For the Map of Melbourne Firsts you will create a digital map using personal and public experiences of first Melbourne encounters through text, art and voice. The project provides opportunities to develop your writing, interviewing and sound editing skills.

Work with artists Simmone Howell and Lisa Donofrio to discover social cartography, discovery, happenstance and city stories.

Where do I belong? Is a workshop run at Signal, a creative arts studio for young people 13 to 25.

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A Taste of Portugal
07 June 2015 until 07 June 2015

A Taste of Portugal

Come to Queen Victoria Market for A Taste of Portugal, a lively annual event organised by the Portuguese Speaking Communities (CLP Inc.) to coincide with Portuguese National Day. It celebrates Portuguese culture and showcases Portuguese cuisine, music, dance, history, language and tourism.

The Festival unites all the Portuguese-speaking communities from countries including Portugal, Brazil and East Timor, to celebrate historical ties. There'll be traditional street food and handcrafts for sale, plus samba dance classes, fado singers, tourism and cultural displays, exhibitions and lots of activities for the kids. It's a day of fun, food and entertainment for the whole family, Portuguese-style.

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Best of British - Queen’s Birthday Concert
08 June 2015 until 08 June 2015

Best of British - Queen’s Birthday Concert

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2015 presents Best of British, Queen's Birthday Concert.

Come and celebrate with a right-royal musical romp and all your favourite Best of British music including the Beatles, John Rutter's Gloria, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.

This concert is celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's milestone as the longest reigning British monarch!!

Featuring Kirby Shaw, Kathleen McGuire and Jonathon Welch AM (Conductors), The Australian Voices, Massed voices of Melbourne International Singers Festival and the Footscray-Yarraville City Band.

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Crochet at Fed Square
08 June 2015 until 08 June 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
09 June 2015 until 09 June 2015

Finding Families

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

Recommended for beginners.

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Grafik Nova
11 June 2015 until 12 June 2015

Grafik Nova

Grafik Nova is a collaboration of various graphic design projects, self-directed by the emerging designers of the Associate Degree of Graphic Design at RMIT.

The exhibition features a diverse range of work, including packaging, film, cartography, typography, music, web, textiles and more. These works bring forward new ideas and approaches to the status quo when designing for certain markets and situations.

Opening night Thursday 5:30pm to 8pm

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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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A Journey - Johannes Moller (Classical Guitar)
11 June 2015 until 11 June 2015

A Journey - Johannes Moller (Classical Guitar)

Johannes Moller, 2010 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) winner, returns to present a full recital, with a short support act featuring two of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music's tertiary guitar students, Julia Bakowski and Yunjia Liu.

Free refreshments provided during intermission.

The concert will feature many of Johannes' own compositions, which are heavily influenced by traditional Indian music. It is quite an experience witnessing this on the classical guitar.

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FreekÀ Runway
13 June 2015 until 13 June 2015

FreekÀ Runway

FreekÀ Runway is an African inspired runway show to showcase upcoming and established fashion designers in celebration of the creative freedom of Africa. It is a time to celebrate the evolution of African talent through fashion, dance, music and the creative arts to display the rich African culture, paying homage to the old and embracing the new Africa.

Designers include Thrd Eye, Atong Moli for The Social Studio, Hanaan Designs, Wa-nyika Mshila, L'friq Hut, Tanache, Orla Dee, Wachena Africa, Klassic Designs, Neoh Couture and Haus of Stone.

Music by Joys Soul, DJ Flex and DJ Chris Ng.

Ticket price includes entry to the official FreekA after party 'Afrocan' until 11:30pm at The Sub Club - basement rear of 35 Elizabeth Street featuring Chris NG, Flex, Datboy, Yenzi, Speranza Drum Live & Threenity dance showcase.

FreekÀ Runway is a L'entendre & Button Brothers production.

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Egarr & The Golden Age
14 June 2015 until 14 June 2015

Egarr & The Golden Age

When Richard Egarr, the director of the Academy of Ancient Music, toured with the ACO in 2012, they fell in love with his music-making. Intelligent, irreverent and bristling with energy, he brought new life to forgotten gems.

Hearing the music of Henry Purcell and William Lawes on the ACO's burgeoning collection of seventeenth and eighteenth century instruments is like travelling in time. Led by a master of historically informed performance, Bach and Haydn will be a revelation.

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Coffee Fest
14 June 2015 until 14 June 2015

Coffee Fest

Melbourne's coffee obsession goes global.

Discover the role of coffee in cuisine, culture and community, from ceremonies, cup readings and daily rituals to the magic of Melbourne's local coffee scene.

Join Brazilian, Ethiopian, Finnish, Turkish, Vietnamese and coffee-loving communities from around the globe as we brew up a full-flavoured festival at the Immigration Museum.

Come and meet up with friends, have a date with Melbourne and feast on culture at Coffee Fest, part of North South Feast West Festival.


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Dopa-kinesia
15 June 2015 until 05 July 2015

Dopa-kinesia

Dopa-kinesia, created with the assistance of support artist/curator Kim Anderson, is artist Pezaloom's series of experimental self-portraits intended to challenge the many myths and misconceptions surrounding Parkinson's Disease.

The juxtaposition of beauty and ugliness, tenderness and fear, desire and anxiety runs through all of
Pezaloom's work, challenging ideas of the body in art, cognitive functionality, notions of the erotic, and systems of control.

Since being diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's Disease, his work in visual and sound art has mostly been driven by an exploration of the physical and mental symptoms of his illness, even using these symptoms as tools to create his own distinctive style of artistic expression.

The title – an amalgamation of 'dopamine' and 'hypokinesia' – relates to one of the major symptoms of the disease, namely the failure of certain cells in the brain to manufacture dopamine, a substance that allows for smooth, coordinated function of the body’s muscles and movement.

Pezaloom has immersed his entire body in approximately 160 kilograms of petroleum jelly to represent the weight, slowness and restriction of movement he experiences (a state known as hypokinesia).

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne 2015 Arts Grants Program.

Opening event 6pm Thurs 18 Jun

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Circus Oz 2015 – But Wait...There’s More
17 June 2015 until 12 July 2015

Circus Oz 2015 – But Wait...There’s More

Circus Oz rockets back under the Big Top this June and July with the red-hot return season of But Wait...There's More. After standing ovations across North America, don't miss this smash hit!

This show features a creative bunch of fabulous weirdos – graceful men, strong women, intricate and innovative jugglers, lyrical and virtuosic unicyclers, brazen hula hoopers, hilarious flying trapeze artists, booty-shaking hip-hoppers, highly musical acrobats and highly acrobatic musicians.

But Wait...There's More is punchier and gutsier than ever, with exuberant circus performances presented at increased velocity and electrifying original live music. Expect two hours of pure entertainment for humans of all ages!

Wednesday 1 and 8 July: 1.30pm matinee and 7.30pm show; Thursday 2 and 9 July: 1.30pm matinee only; Friday 3 July: 1.30pm matinee only.

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Circus Oz 2015: But Wait...There's More
17 June 2015 until 12 July 2015

Circus Oz 2015: But Wait...There's More

Circus Oz rockets back under the Big Top this June and July with the red-hot return season of But Wait...There's More. After standing ovations across North America and Canada, don't miss this smash hit.

This show features a creative bunch of fabulous weirdos including graceful men, strong women, intricate and innovative jugglers, lyrical and virtuosic unicyclers, brazen hula hoopers, hilarious flying trapeze artists, booty-shaking hip-hoppers, highly musical acrobats and highly acrobatic musicians.

But Wait...There's More is punchier and gutsier than ever, with exuberant circus performances presented at increased velocity and electrifying original live music. Expect two hours of pure entertainment for humans of all ages.

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Flavour Exchange
18 June 2015 until 19 June 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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Emerging Artist Award 2015
23 June 2015 until 04 July 2015

Emerging Artist Award 2015

Fortyfivedownstairs and Future Leaders are inviting submissions from Visual Arts students in their final year of undergraduate study and first year of postgraduate study in the fields of Painting and Drawing for the inaugural Emerging Artist Award 2015.

A selection of approximately 20 artworks will be chosen for a two-week exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs.

With $3000 of prize money on offer, esteemed judge and former National Gallery of Australia Director Ron Ramsey will select the two submissions that best demonstrate originality and innovation, with $2000 going to the First Prize winner and $1000 to the Second Prize winner.

As well, gallery visitors will have their say in choosing the Emerging Art Australia People's Choice Award winner from the impressive collection of works submitted by Victoria's best young artists.

Please contact the operator for more information.

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Beak to Tail Duck Degustation
24 June 2015 until 24 June 2015

Beak to Tail Duck Degustation

You have heard of eating nose to tail, but what about beak to tail?

Demonstrating whole animal butchery, Collins Square Group Executive Chef Alex Drobysz will provide expert instructions on how to break down and utilise an entire duck.

Afterwards, enjoy a four course duck degustation with matched wines from Crawford River in Chiara. The menu will feature dishes created by Chiara Head Chef Gomez Braham for the upcoming Great Ocean Road Ducks cookbook.

The event will run across two sessions. Please contact the operator for more information.

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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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Botanical Art Beginners Workshops 1 & 2
29 June 2015 until 29 June 2015

Botanical Art Beginners Workshops 1 & 2

Workshop one is an intensive four-day course provides an introduction to botanical art via pencil and watercolour. Students will begin to develop skills in outline drawing, foreshortening, tonal work and rendering of surfaces, basic colour work and paint application.

The cost of each course includes equipment to be used during the workshop - drawing materials, paint, watercolour paper and brushes. All workshops will include morning and afternoon tea but not lunch.

Workshop Two is an intensive four-day course provides an introduction to botanical art via pencil and watercolour. Students will begin to develop skills in outline drawing, foreshortening, tonal work and rendering of surfaces, basic colour work and paint application.

The cost of each course includes equipment to be used during the workshop - drawing materials, paint, watercolour paper and brushes. All workshops will include morning and afternoon tea but not lunch.

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Hair Braiding 101
30 June 2015 until 30 June 2015

Hair Braiding 101

From straight to curly hair, there is a braid for every person and every occasion. From the fishtail to the waterfall, the French braid to the Dutch braid, you will learn myriad ways to plait your hair.

Demonstrations will begin on a model before participants practise the braids on one another. You will walk out knowing how to create half a dozen new looks on yourself and your friends.


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An Evening with Chris Botti
05 July 2015 until 05 July 2015

An Evening with Chris Botti

Join Grammy Award-winning trumpet virtuosi Chris Botti and his seven-piece band, returning to Melbourne for one night only.

Please visit the website for further information and to book for this great event.

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Dreamcatchers Workshop
07 July 2015 until 07 July 2015

Dreamcatchers Workshop

Make Your Own Dream Catchers at the Plant Craft Cottage at the Winter School Holiday Craft Workshop: Fibre Workshop for Young Teens. Make a Dream Catcher or Dream Web pendant and ear rings. The techniques are adapted from those of North American Indians.

Please bring a light lunch. Suitable for 11 years and older.

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Argus
08 July 2015 until 09 July 2015

Argus

Argus explores the attempts of a little creature trying to find a home in a world where he just doesn’t fit in.

As he journeys over vast terrains to the four corners of the earth – the ocean, the North Pole, the desert and even to a pirate ship and outer space...he learns what it means to be alive, to fall in love, to feel fear and curiosity, and what it means to have a home.

In this theatrical puppet show, the central character (made only of hands) is incredibly versatile as he has no fixed form and can be summoned, transformed and dismissed at will simply through the movements of the performers’ bodies. The entire world in Argus is built from found objects where the readily available materials are given a new lease on life in the creation of symbolic and poetic environments.

This show is suitable for ages 5 to 12 years and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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

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

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

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

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

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Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill - Curator Tour
17 July 2015 until 17 July 2015

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

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

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

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

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Getting Published
25 July 2015 until 25 July 2015

Getting Published

Find out what really goes on inside a publishing house, how publishers make choices and how to improve one's chances of publication. The program will include sessions on sure-fire proposals, editing your first page, opening chapters, how to write a great covering letter and the top ten reasons manuscripts are rejected.

The day will include group sessions along with individual feedback, for this you are required to please send in the first two pages of your manuscript, double-spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 with your name, the title and the genre in the header or footer at least two weeks ahead of the course date.

The course includes a full day of intensive tuition with Sue Hines, lunch and regular tea and coffee breaks. A complimentary copy of an A&U publication and a 10 per cent discount on full priced books purchased at any Readings shop, the official bookseller for the Academy (not valid for online purchases, other offers, lay-bys or special orders)

Please note that Getting Published is targeted at students who have manuscripts written for the adult market, either fiction or nonfiction. If your manuscript is for young adults, children or is a picture book, Faber Writing Academy also runs Getting Published as a Writer for Children.

Sue Hines is the Group Publishing Director at Allen & Unwin and Murdoch Books where she has responsibility for the company's publishing, and manages the publishing teams. Sue's career stretches back nearly thirty years to the independent publishing house McPhee Gribble, when that company was the powerhouse of Australian literary publishing. Sue has been a publisher of fiction, non-fiction and illustrated books.

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

2015 Squash Australian Open Championships

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

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

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

Schedule of Play:

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

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

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

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

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Claire Bridge Solo Exhibition
04 August 2015 until 08 August 2015

Claire Bridge Solo Exhibition

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

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

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

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A Walk in the Park for Parkinson's
30 August 2015 until 30 August 2015

A Walk in the Park for Parkinson's

Join the Walk in the Park and help support and create positive change for people living with Parkinson's. This leisurely, non-competitive walk takes place along the banks of the Yarra River, and includes a range of fun, family activities.

Participants can complete either a two or four kilometre circuit before reaching the finishing line at Federation Square. The course is mobility friendly and suitable for wheelchairs and prams. Course marshals will be available to guide people in wheelchairs or with prams to ramps.

Every dollar raised through A Walk in the Park helps to support people living with Parkinson's in Victoria.

Pre-walk entertainment including a warm up, music and fun family activities begins early.

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

Edge of Reality UFO Conference

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

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

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

Presented by Victorian UFO Action.

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

Future Sound of Egypt 400

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

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

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

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

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Deep Hollow
30 September 2015 until 17 October 2015

Deep Hollow

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

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

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

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2015 Great Amazing Race
10 October 2015 until 10 October 2015

2015 Great Amazing Race

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

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

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

The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival offers a choice of five distances - the Medibank Melbourne Marathon (42.195 kilometre), Flight Centre Half Marathon (21.1 kilometre), The Coffee Club 10 kilometre, ASICS five kilometre Run and ASICS three kilometre Walk

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

Friends Super Spring Plant Sale

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

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

Entry Free.

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Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade
02 November 2015 until 02 November 2015

Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade

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

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

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

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A Little Night Music
20 November 2015 until 20 November 2015

A Little Night Music

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

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

Directed by Lerida Delbridge.

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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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Australian DanceSport Championship
11 December 2015 until 13 December 2015

Australian DanceSport Championship

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

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

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

Georgy Girl, The Seekers Musical

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

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

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

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

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

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CATS
18 December 2015 until 10 January 2016

CATS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boxing Day Test - International Cricket 2015/16
26 December 2015 until 30 December 2015

Boxing Day Test - International Cricket 2015/16

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

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

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

2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

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

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

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

Be there as the world watches Melbourne.

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Garden DesignFest
12 November 2016 until 13 November 2016

Garden DesignFest

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

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

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