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

Capoeira Angola is a challenging art form that involves energetically play-acting to indulge in dance fights to Afro-Brazilian music and songs that describe life, the country, community and the players within a circle.

These classes are a safe place to learn both the movement and the traditions of Capoeira, regardless of physical ability, musical skill or native language.

The 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.

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.


Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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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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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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Experience over 132 years of history - Hotel Windsor Afternoon Tea
01 November 2014 until 31 January 2015

Experience over 132 years of history - Hotel Windsor Afternoon Tea

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

The five star hotel in Melbourne serves its famous afternoon tea to your table on a three-tiered silver stand and consists of exquisite French pastries and finger sandwiches. Freshly baked scones are served warm to you during Afternoon Tea with jam, lemon curd and double cream.

Upon arrival at The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne, you will receive a glass of French sparkling wine, whilst freshly brewed speciality teas and coffee are brought to your table throughout the afternoon.

On weekends, guests enjoy an indulgent dessert buffet and chocolate fountain.


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

Christmas at the Johnston Collection

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

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

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

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

Emily Floyd: The Dawn

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

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

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

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

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

Emily Floyd: The Dawn for Kids

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

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

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


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China Up Close
02 December 2014 until 15 March 2015

China Up Close

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

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

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Christopher Jewitt: The Workers
04 December 2014 until 10 January 2015

Christopher Jewitt: The Workers

Christopher Jewitt presents The Workers.

In his series of artworks presented at Mailbox Art Space, Christopher Jewitt draws attention to maintenance workers, people who are mostly unseen but are integral to the function of a workplace.
Depicting various workers interacting with their tools and instruments, preparing workplaces for daily happenings; cleaning, these artworks act as reminders of the importance of these people and celebrate their duties.

Jewitt is a Melbourne based multi-disciplinary artist. He predominantly works in the medium of painting using traditional oil paints and processes. His work is strongly influenced by the aesthetic beauty and storytelling powers of Australian Indigenous works and Paleolithic cave painting.

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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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Bohemian Melbourne
12 December 2014 until 22 February 2015

Bohemian Melbourne

Artist, rebel, hippie, hipster?

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

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

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

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Art Aquarium Makes a Splash at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
20 December 2014 until 27 January 2015

Art Aquarium Makes a Splash at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

This summer, see hundreds of amazing tropical fish, then bring your own ideas to life in the interactive Art Aquarium, proudly supported by Crayola. Marvel at your creation as it moves like a real sea creature in the virtual underwater world.

Each day throughout the school holidays, kids can use their imagination to create their very own sea creature and watch it come to life as it’s magically released into the huge nine-metre virtual aquarium, part of the all-new Coral Caves tropical wonderland at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

With special presentations, interactive animal encounters and 12 amazing zones of discovery, visitors can spend hours learning about how fish swim, what they like to eat and how they survive in the wild. Follow SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s Breed, Rescue and Protect characters Tyler, Mia and Magnus on an interactive quiz trail, to learn all there is to know about the aquarium’s many conservation initiatives, and discover how you can do your bit to help protect the ocean and its creatures for generations to come.

Whether it’s watching your underwater creatures come to life in the amazing Art Aquarium, or discovering fun fishy facts on the interactive quiz trail, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium this school holidays.

Last admission is 5pm each day.

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Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test
26 December 2014 until 30 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 cheer on the Aussies as they take on India in the third Commonwealth Bank Test match.

Australia's sporting colosseum will be abuzz with excitement and national pride will be on the line as the Aussies fight it out against cricket powerhouse India, for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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

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 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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Fed Square Book Market
27 December 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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Health Qigong
27 December 2014 until 27 December 2014

Health Qigong

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

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

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

Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels.

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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
28 December 2014 until 28 December 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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McGrath Foundation High Tea at the G
28 December 2014 until 28 December 2014

McGrath Foundation High Tea at the G

The Melbourne Cricket Ground will dazzle on day three of the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test as the popular High Tea at the G returns for a seventh year in support of the McGrath Foundation.

Emceed by Stephen Curry and Dave Lawson, the afternoon celebrates the late Jane McGrath's legacy. Guests will be treated to a spectacular line-up of entertainment, including 'The Voice' 2014 contestant Julian Simonsz, along with flowing champagne, delicate sandwiches and decadent treats, all the while supporting the official partner of Cricket Cares, the McGrath Foundation.

Following the function, attendees will be able to catch the all-important cricket action on the field between Australia and India as the High Tea ticket includes a Silver Admission seat.

Kicks off at midday for a 12:30pm start.

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Comedy at Spleen
29 December 2014 until 29 December 2014

Comedy at Spleen

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

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

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

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A Great Gatsby Inspired NYE @ The Antique Bar
31 December 2014 until 01 January 2015

A Great Gatsby Inspired NYE @ The Antique Bar

A Great Gatsby Inspired NYE @ The Antique Bar

Time to get into the roaring twenties swing.

Come & embrace the decadence of a bygone era where the suits were sharp,the gin was dry & the city was a playground for the rich & influential.

Electro swing, classic cocktails, pearls & flappers, millionaires & bootleggers, glitz & glamour

Beverage packages available 8pm-1am

Silver Package
$89 - all inclusive package
basic spirits, tap beer, house
sparkling/white/red

Members, groups (8+) & Earlybird $79

Gold Package
$125 - all inclusive package
Grey Goose, Hendricks Gin, Woodford Reserve, Glenfiddich 12yo, 1800 Anejo Tequila, Premium Wines, GH Mumm, Tap Beer.

Members, groups (8+) & Earlybird $115

Earlybird until the 15th of December.

Free Entry - 5pm till 1am.

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Four Seasons New Year's Eve Party
31 December 2014 until 31 December 2014

Four Seasons New Year's Eve Party

See in the new year with a 'four seasons' themed party at Campari House. There will be live DJs spinning commercial and house mash-ups, cocktails, canapés and a great view of the fireworks.

There are a couple of food and beverage packages to choose from, so wear your finest cocktail outfit, add a touch of your favourite season and see the new year in with style.


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Kate Cebrano and Mark Vincent
31 December 2014 until 31 December 2014

Kate Cebrano and Mark Vincent

Welcoming in the New Year this December will be some of Australia's favourite contemporary and classical artists as The Australian Philharmonic and Pops Orchestra return to the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne with their much-loved New Year's Eve Concert Series.

Joining the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra for this musical spectacular will be celebrated Australian conductor John Foreman, alongside the effortlessly cool vocal styles of Kate Ceberano, one of the nation's favourite tenors, Mark Vincent and young artists from the Victorian Opera.

Joining the concert as a special guest will be Young Talent Time legend and master of ceremonies Denis Walter, who will entertain the audience in song alongside the orchestra.

Featuring a magnificent selection of popular classical and operatic music, the New Years Eve Concert Series promises to be a spectacular feast for the senses and the perfect way to welcome the New Year in style!

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Above & Beyond New Year's Day
01 January 2015 until 01 January 2015

Above & Beyond New Year's Day

Above & Beyond will deliver their iconic live performance, taking fans on an interactive and immersive adventure this New Year.

While so many superstar DJs place themselves at the heart of their performance, Above & Beyond's focus is always on getting closer to their crowd and making them part of the action.

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Choose Happiness - Free Talk
04 January 2015 until 04 January 2015

Choose Happiness - Free Talk

Join internationally renowned teacher and Buddhist Nun, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, at Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne for a life-changing free public talk on happiness.

Each and every one us is able to tap in to an endless supply of inner peace and happiness. Modern Buddhism presents the meditation and positive thinking techniques we need to achieve this. At this event, open to everyone, Gen-la Dekyong will explain the methods that free us from negative emotions, making joy and happiness our everyday reality. Choose happiness for 2015. Everyone is welcome. Bring a cushion.

THE TEACHER
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, General Spiritual Director of the NKT- IKBU, is a modern Buddhist nun dedicated to helping people from all walks of life attain lasting happiness through developing inner, mental peace. Gen-la is loved and respected throughout the world for the sincerity of her practice and the power of her wisdom and compassion.

EVENT INFORMATION
Cost free - no need to book - bring a cushion.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Fed Square Laughter Club
04 January 2015 until 04 January 2015

Fed Square Laughter Club

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

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

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

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Meditate in Melbourne at Fed Square
04 January 2015 until 04 January 2015

Meditate in Melbourne at Fed Square

Join thousands of Melburnians wishing for inner peace and happiness at an extraordinary 'Choose Happiness' event at Federation Square.

International teacher and Buddhist nun Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong will give a free public talk explaining how every single one of us can enjoy lasting happiness and fulfilment in our lives. You will then experience this directly as she leads in a meditation that connects with your immense potential for inner peace and love.

This is the essence of modern Buddhism: ancient methods, made accessible to all, that free you from painful emotions and lead you to the true source of happiness within your heart.

Everyone is welcome to this free event - the perfect way to ensure a truly happy new year. Bring your own cushion.

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KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers
05 January 2015 until 05 January 2015

KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers

Melbourne Stars take on the Sydney Sixers in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, the exciting national cricket competition set to ignite this summer.

After a blockbuster season, the fun and excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League returns this summer, with international cricket stars playing alongside Australia's best home grown T20 talent.

With non-stop action, the Big Bash League is the hottest and best value entertainment for teens and families. The League will be shown live and exclusively on Channel 10 and will be played over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

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

13 Frames of Mind – Photography Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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African Drumming at Fed Square
07 January 2015 until 07 January 2015

African Drumming at Fed Square

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

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

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

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An Evening with Liverpool Football Club Legends
07 January 2015 until 07 January 2015

An Evening with Liverpool Football Club Legends

Liverpool Football Club's legendary players Fowler, McAteer and Hamann are coming to Australia. For one night only in Melbourne come along and hear hilarious stories from Robbie Fowler, Didi Hamann and Jason McAteer about their time playing for five times European Cup winning Liverpool FC.

Then it's your turn to ask the questions you wont hear on TV. Find out what really happened in the changing room at half time in Istanbul? Ask Jason what it was like to come so close to winning the league in 98? And discover inside gossip from club ambassador Robbie Fowler about how he thinks LFC are moving forward.

Held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel it is walking distance from the CBD and public transport.

Standard tickets are for the show and Q&A. You can upgrade to meet and greet tickets which include the opportunity to get a photo, a signature and of course meet the lads before and after the show.

It's a truly unforgettable experience for any football fan and would make a unique Christmas present.

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Blender Ln Artists Market
07 January 2015 until 07 January 2015

Blender Ln Artists Market

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

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

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

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

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Fitness at Fed Square
07 January 2015 until 07 January 2015

Fitness at Fed Square

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

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

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

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

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Meet the Liverpool Football Club Legends
07 January 2015 until 07 January 2015

Meet the Liverpool Football Club Legends

For one night only, fans are invited to hear inspiring and hilarious stories from Robbie Fowler, Didi Hamann and Jason McAteer about their time playing for five-times European Cup winners, Liverpool Football Club. There will be a chance for audience members to ask questions, and the players will also be raffling off some unique merchandise to raise money for charity.

There are standard tickets available as well as Meet and Greet tickets which include access to an exclusive after-show area where you can meet the players personally and get photos and signatures.

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Belly Dancing at Fed Square
08 January 2015 until 08 January 2015

Belly Dancing at Fed Square

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

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

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

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Fed Square Live
08 January 2015 until 08 January 2015

Fed Square Live

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

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

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

Visit the website for the weekly lineup.

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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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Impossible Occurrences - Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
09 January 2015 until 09 January 2015

Impossible Occurrences - Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show

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

Award winning magician Luke Hocking intrigues and amazes with astounding displays of magic, illusion and mind reading. The performance blends elegance and astonishment to create an unbelievable entertainment experience like no other. Showcased in Melbourne's 5 star Marriott Hotel, this is a performance of utter distinction.

Show opens July 4th 2014.

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KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melborune Stars vs Melbourne Renegades
10 January 2015 until 10 January 2015

KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melborune Stars vs Melbourne Renegades

Melbourne Stars take on the Melbourne Renegades in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, the exciting national cricket competition set to ignite this summer.

After a blockbuster season, the fun and excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League returns with international cricket stars playing alongside Australia's best home grown T20 talent.

With non-stop action, the Big Bash League is the hottest and best value entertainment for teens and families. The League will be shown live and exclusively on Channel 10 and will be played over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

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Melbourne Latin Summer Festival 2015
10 January 2015 until 10 January 2015

Melbourne Latin Summer Festival 2015

Melbourne's Latin Summer Festival is a celebration of art, culture and entertainment from Latin America.

This year the focus will be on Latin America's environmental, economic and social issues that impact Australia and the world.

Artists will showcase Latin music styles such as salsa, cumbias, samba, capoeira and batucada and DJs will perform throughout the event.

The festival will also feature roving circus performers and outdoor dance classes.

Enjoy a wide range of street foods from Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil. A fully licensed bar will also be available.

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Harp in the Gardens - Renaissance of the Celtic Harp
11 January 2015 until 11 January 2015

Harp in the Gardens - Renaissance of the Celtic Harp

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

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

For more information or to book please contact operator.

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Crochet at Fed Square
12 January 2015 until 12 January 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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Imagined animals animated with Neil Sanders
12 January 2015 until 13 January 2015

Imagined animals animated with Neil Sanders

Learn the art of hand-drawn animation with Neil Sanders, an illustrator and animator based in Melbourne. Inspired by the giant Illustrated index of imagined animals, work with professional animators to bring imagined animal to life in these hands-on workshops.

Neil Sanders teaches illustration at Melbourne Polytechnic and is a co-founder of and contributor to LoopdeLoop, a blog and monthly screening dedicated to animated loops. He loves to make up characters and then bring them to life through animation, and he has a lot of fun working with other creative people on their ideas too.

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Craft Summer Series Workshop
13 January 2015 until 12 March 2015

Craft Summer Series Workshop

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

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

Craft members are eligible for discounted rates on all workshops.

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Desert Days Exhibition by Warlukurlangu Arts Community
13 January 2015 until 31 January 2015

Desert Days Exhibition by Warlukurlangu Arts Community

Desert Days exhibition at Flinders Lane Gallery brings together a glorious and vibrant selection of quality works from the Warlukurlangu Arts Community, located north-west of Alice Springs.

The artworks tell Dreamtime stories of country, water soakages, ancestral sisters and brothers, rainbow serpents, bush food, rock shelters, flying ants, dogwood trees, snake vine, love stories and tragedies and are retold with vision and vigour as the artists re-interpret their strong cultural heritage in contemporary ways.

Please see the gallery website for more information.

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Melbourne International Jazz Festival Summer Sessions
15 January 2015 until 29 January 2015

Melbourne International Jazz Festival Summer Sessions

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival Summer Sessions program brings you world-class jazz in January, building on the growing success of the main Festival in June.

Over six nights Bennetts Lane Jazz Club will play host to a series of intimate gigs including Belgian piano virtuoso Jef Neve, a celebration of John Coltrane's seminal album A Love Supreme and a showcase of some of this country's finest jazz pianists.

Enjoy balmy evenings and cool jazz this summer, with tickets on sale now.

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Carlton Mid ODI Tri Series – Australia vs India
16 January 2015 until 16 January 2015

Carlton Mid ODI Tri Series – Australia vs India

This summer the Carlton Mid One Day International (ODI) Tri-Series will hit Australia, with the Australian men's team competing against India and England for bragging rights and a final chance to polish their performance ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.

This first match of the series sees Australia play India.

Throughout the series fans will be a part of summer's biggest dress-up party with each stadium being transformed into a colourful celebration of cricket. Fans can look forward to a fun-filled day with plenty of fantastic prizes up for grabs for the best dressed in the crowd.

If that wasn't enough, match-goers will be able to take up the '4 for 3' offer and get four adult tickets for less than the price of three.

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Kids Tennis Day Presented By Nickelodeon
17 January 2015 until 17 January 2015

Kids Tennis Day Presented By Nickelodeon

Game, set, match! Tennis Australia and Nickelodeon Australia are thrilled to announce that ARIA chart toppers, Justice Crew will wow the crowds and "let the good times roll" at Kids Tennis Day presented by Nickelodeon, taking place at Melbourne Park on Saturday, 17 January 2015.

Now in its third year, Kids Tennis Day is a national event that brings kids and families together to celebrate and share in the excitement of the Australian Open. Nickelodeon's big kid presenters, Luke and Wyatt will host the event alongside SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and Diego, who will act as ballkids for a friendly exhibition match between the biggest stars in tennis. On the outside courts, kids will have the chance to experience tennis and play ANZ Tennis Hot Shots - Tennis Australia's official development program.

Throughout the day, a number of tennis legends and celebrities will dust off their racquets and charm the crowd on Nickelodeon's 'Wreck it or Racquet it' court. Kids will also be able to enjoy Nickelodeon's Slime Time Live Show, Dora's Dance Party Live Show and SpongeBob SquarePants: Stories from Bikini Bottom Live Show, which will take place on the Garden Square stage, as well as activities such as face painting, balloon artists, autograph signing and photo opportunities.

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Midsumma Festival
18 January 2015 until 08 February 2015

Midsumma Festival

Midsumma Festival is Melbourne's annual celebration of LGBTI arts and culture. With 141 events across 100 venues, 2015's program is set to be the biggest ever.

Midsumma 2015 opens on 18 January with a free day of entertainment at Alexandra Gardens.

Midsumma Festival features a range of events including cabaret, comedy, live music, theatre, parties and exhibitions.

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Lunchtime Meditation
20 January 2015 until 20 January 2015

Lunchtime Meditation

Escape the stress and busyness of life and discover the peace of meditation for yourself in these free lunchtime classes.

Your guide, Buddhist Monk Gen Dornying, is the resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne, teaching with a warmth and humility that you will find is naturally inspiring.

Classes are held every Tuesday in The Atrium at Fed Square.

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Adolescent featuring Michael Griffiths
21 January 2015 until 01 February 2015

Adolescent featuring Michael Griffiths

Michael Griffiths isn't going to let turning 40 stop his prolonged adolescence. His really prolonged adolescence...

In his new cabaret, Griffiths recalls falling in love, why he can't go ten-pin bowling and how touring in jukebox musicals has happily kept him emotionally immature. The Midsumma Festival show features songs he knows all too well from Jersey Boys, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and his first love, 1980s pop, including Culture Club, A-ha, Duran Duran and Dusty Springfield.

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Jim Morrison: Kaleidoscope featuring Luigi Lucente
21 January 2015 until 25 January 2015

Jim Morrison: Kaleidoscope featuring Luigi Lucente

Break on through to the other side as the one-man circus Luigi Lucente (Rocky Horror, Wicked, Jersey Boys) leads you through the mind of one of pop-culture's most iconic sons, Jim Morrison. Poet. Prophet. Showman. Shaman.

Masterfully accompanying himself, Lucente reimagines the explosive 1960s through the timeless genius of the Doors in this Midsumma show.

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KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers
21 January 2015 until 21 January 2015

KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers

Melbourne Stars take on the Perth Scorchers in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, the exciting national cricket competition set to ignite this summer.

After a blockbuster season, the fun and excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League returns this summer, with international cricket stars playing alongside Australia's best home grown T20 talent.

With non-stop action, the Big Bash League is the hottest and best value entertainment for teens and families. The League will be shown live and exclusively on Channel 10 and will be played over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

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Car Club Showcase
25 January 2015 until 25 January 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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Marrakech Magic Melbourne
25 January 2015 until 25 January 2015

Marrakech Magic Melbourne

Experience Morocco in Melbourne when a laneway in the CBD gets transformed into a Marrakech marketplace with live music and lush food.

Linger amongst the sounds of Moroccan electro, jazz, live tabla and singing. Cherry pick from Moroccan barbecue laced in exotic herbs, vegetable tagine with couscous and freshly cooked meats.

Languish on pillows while you receive a henna tattoo or a coffee cup reading or just relax and let the aromas of musk jasmine and orange blossom drench your senses.

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Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony
26 January 2015 until 26 January 2015

Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony

Come to the official flag raising ceremony as part of the Australia Day celebrations. His Excellency, the Honourable Alex Chernov, AC QC, Governor of Victoria officiates as the National Flag is raised at 10:30am.

The Governor will inspect the Tri-Service Royal Guard of Honour and the Premier of Victoria will lead the public in the Australia Day Affirmation.

Supported by the City of Melbourne.


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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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A Chardonnay and Shiraz Experience on The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
01 February 2015 until 01 February 2015

A Chardonnay and Shiraz Experience on The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Come aboard The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant and enjoy a night like no other with the world's first travelling tramcar dining experience.

Cruise the city streets of Melbourne while dining on scrumptious dishes complimented with exquisite beverages supplied by Top Australian Wines who will supply a collection of its best Chardonnays and Shiraz from the likes of Andraos Bros, Heathcote, Izway wineries, and more.

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Melbourne Barbecue Festival
01 February 2015 until 01 February 2015

Melbourne Barbecue Festival

The Melbourne Barbecue Festival will be a celebration of local produce, cooking and summer in Melbourne, the culinary and events capital of Australia.

Supported by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), the Melbourne Barbecue Festival culminates in a free admission barbecue food festival at the Queen Victoria Market with live entertainment, demonstrations, exhibitors and the southern hemisphere's first barbecue cook-off sanctioned by the KCBS.

The Melbourne Barbecue Festival has been developed to build on the increasing popularity of barbecue and low-and-slow style cooking (both in Melbourne and globally) and to connect Melbourne's vibrant food culture with the KCBS and its rapidly expanding international network of barbecue enthusiasts.

Established in 1986, the KCBS is the world's largest organisation of barbecue enthusiasts, with over 19,000 members globally and the largest sanctioning body of barbecue contests throughout America, sanctioning over 450 contests annually.


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Classics at Fed Square
02 February 2015 until 02 February 2015

Classics at Fed Square

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

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

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

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

A State of Trance Festival

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

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

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

6th Annual National Dementia Congress

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

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



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8th National Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Festival
21 February 2015 until 22 February 2015

8th National Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Festival

The 8th National Clydesdale Festival showcases the best of the heavy horse breeds as they compete for prizes over the weekend at the National Equestrian Centre.

Step back in time and see the traditional harness displays, working horse, in hand displays, ridden heavy horse and heavy horse dressage. Lots of trade stands, hot/cold food, great coffee with lots of things to see for the whole family.

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Dirty Dancing
23 February 2015 until 17 May 2015

Dirty Dancing

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

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

It's the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

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



See website for dates and times.

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Knitting at Fed Square
23 February 2015 until 23 February 2015

Knitting at Fed Square

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

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

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

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Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
27 February 2015 until 15 March 2015

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne will take a journey to new frontiers of flavour with international guests Dan Barber (Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, USA), Bill Granger (Bills, Sydney, Tokyo and London), Ruth Rogers (River Café, UK), Janice Wong (2am: dessert bar, Singapore) and many more for 17 days of unforgettable events.

From famous dining spots to unexpected venues, rooftop bars to hidden cellars, each year the Festival goes beyond eating and drinking to create memory-making experiences.

Now in its 23rd year, the Festival highlights why Melbourne is a world-class gastronomic destination, attracting visitors from across Australia and around the globe.

A pop-up artisan bakery rising daily in the heart of the city; a long lunch for 1,500; a rollicking 'low and slow' barbecue opening party; and a global discussion on the future of food are just some of the unique ways that Melbourne's culinary spirit will be celebrated in 2015.

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

Chinese New Year at Fed Square

Join a vibrant Chinese New Year celebration at Federation Square and welcome the Year of the Sheep.

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

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

Please see the website for more details.

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March Against Melanoma
01 March 2015 until 01 March 2015

March Against Melanoma

The March Against Melanoma™ provides a supportive network for all those affected by skin cancer or melanoma and aims to raise funds for research.

The Melbourne event will start from the Kings Domain in the Botanical Gardens and participants are encouraged to sign up to two and four kilometre walks or the eight kilometre fun run.

The event has now been running for nine years. The March was originated by Louise White in 2007 after her daughter Emily died from melanoma just after her 27th birthday.

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Flavour Exchange
05 March 2015 until 06 March 2015

Flavour Exchange

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

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

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Macy Gray Athenaeum Theatre
07 March 2015 until 07 March 2015

Macy Gray Athenaeum Theatre

Celebrating the recent release of her highly acclaimed ninth album, The Way, Macy will kick off her Australian tour in Melbourne at the beautifully intimate Athenaeum Theatre (rescheduled from the Palais Theatre).

Note: ticket holders for the original concert at the Palais Theatre will be automatically given new tickets from Ticketek for the new venue. As The Athenaeum is a Ticketek venue and Palais Theatre is a Ticketmaster venue, all tickets must be replaced in advance of the show. Original Ticketmaster tickets will not gain fans access to the Athenaeum Theatre; they will require new Ticketek tickets for entry.

Macy Gray first sauntered onto the popular stream of consciousness at the turn of the century with her debut multi-platinum album On How Life Is, featuring the international chart-topping hit single, I Try. The success of her debut album kicked off a career that includes multiple Grammy award nominations and a thriving acting career (Training Day, Spiderman, Scary Movie 3, The Paperboy).

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Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival 2015
08 March 2015 until 08 March 2015

Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival 2015

The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival is a family-friendly event bringing a vibrant taste of Japan to Melbourne with spectacular cultural demonstrations.

Held every summer, the festival honours the tradition of the Bon Matsuri, a festival held in Japan to give thanks to one's ancestors. Immerse yourself in a jam-packed day of all things Japanese.

Indulge in food and beverage delights by the River Terrace, join one of the many family-friendly activities including origami classes, or take part in the cultural highlight of the day, the 'Bon' dance, where everyone is welcome to participate.

The main stage hosts martial arts demonstrations, song and dance performances, and the announcement of the winners of the grand raffle draw with prizes including two business-class tickets to Tokyo provided by Jetstar.

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Feel Young
12 March 2015 until 12 March 2015

Feel Young

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

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

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

All ages are welcome and bookings not required.

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

6th Annual National Disability Summit 2015

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

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

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

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

6th Annual National Disability Summit 2015

The 2015 National Disability Summit will offer discussion around the trial sites specifically and how the rollouts are faring, in addition to considering the transitional considerations for service providers and for access issues for specific minority population groups.On top of this, discussion will be broadened out beyond the NDIS specifically, focusing on the pivotal issues of education and housing more generally for individuals with a disability, drawing on case studies and academic study. 2015 speakers already confirmed include:Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesToby OConnor, CEO, St Laurence Community Services IncDavid Meldrum, Executive Director, Mental Illness Fellowship of AustraliaRohan Braddy, CEO, Mambourin Enterprises

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

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

15th Anniversary Mineral Sands Conference

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

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

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

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival
25 March 2015 until 19 April 2015

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

There is a living, breathing and growing Melbourne institution that is forever in fashion: The Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Now in its third decade, Melbourne International Comedy Festival continues to break records and attract more converts every year.

Those yet to catch 'Festival fever' will be over-awed as the Melbourne city and fringes turn into a swirling, whirling comedy twister emanating from its 'eye' of the Melbourne Town Hall.

"Not a single metropolis comes close to Melbourne for hilarity." Herald Sun

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

Gin Pop–Up Bar at Old Melbourne Gaol

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

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

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

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

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Indonesia Street Festival
19 April 2015 until 19 April 2015

Indonesia Street Festival

The Annual Indonesia Street Festival brings together the Indonesian Community living and supporting in the state of Victoria. This annual event ensures community collaborations and opportunities for the Indonesian businesses to showcase the best of culture, taste, sights and sounds of Indonesia.

This events also celebrate a significant day in Indonesian tradition called Kartini Day. This event symbolises Mothers day and a day celebrating women's role within Indonesian society.

There will be 20 restaurants featuring traditional and authentic Indonesian cuisine added with the twist of high quality food from the South East Asian neighbours. They will definitely ensure your taste buds are fulfilled. Immerse yourself in the wonderful traditional dancers from the Indonesian archipelago from Sumatra, to the Eastern sea of Indonesia.

Come dressed in your traditional Indonesian outfits and enjoy this wonderful celebration.

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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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Human Nature: The Jukebox Tour
09 May 2015 until 09 May 2015

Human Nature: The Jukebox Tour

Celebrating 25 successful years since founding their iconic group Human Nature are thrilled to announce they will tour the country on their The Jukebox Tour - A 25th Anniversary Celebration in April and May 2015 with tickets on sale now via various outlets.

On the back of their new album 'Jukebox', the talented foursome will visit Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Sydney, performing an eclectic mix of great feel-good vocal songs from the 50s and 60s. Music that has always been their inspiration and now brought to sonic life by Human Nature, thanks to the collaborative producer efforts of Dave Pierce and the legendary Bob Rock on their new album. This collaboration alone makes 'Jukebox' one of the must-have albums of 2014.

The release of 'Jukebox' coincides with Human Nature's upcoming 25th anniversary since forming in high school in their home city of Sydney. The Jukebox Tour - A 25th Anniversary Celebration will also feature performances from all the albums Human Nature have released over their 20-year recording career with Sony Music Australia. Fans can expect a big night of music and dancing with the incredible Human Nature seven piece band and string players joining them on stage. This is one trip down memory lane that fans will not want to miss!

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Melbourne International Design Week 2015
11 May 2015 until 17 May 2015

Melbourne International Design Week 2015

Melbourne International Design Week is a celebration of design excellence. It has been created to highlight the best of design in the State of Victoria and internationally in order to nurture a strong design culture. Events give everyone the opportunity to be inspired by the benefits of outstanding design for our lives and our economy.

Melbourne International Design Week highlights the role of design as a catalyst for innovation, linking creativity with business, technology and society.
Design Matters is a series of landmark events presented in partnership with agIdeas and provides a platform to support and promote other presenters from the local and international community. We encourage programs and activities that build collaboration between, design disciplines, industry sectors and the local and international community.

If you would like to get involved please register your event to be considered for inclusion in the 2015 Melbourne International Design Week program.

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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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Melbourne International Jazz Festival
29 May 2015 until 07 June 2015

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

The 2015 Melbourne International Jazz Festival is set to bring the world's modern masters of jazz to Australia, with a thrilling program of big-name artists, straight-ahead jazz, genre-bending crossovers, blistering instrumentalists and soulful singers, alongside the best Australian artists.

The 10 day festival is the largest of its kind in Australia and includes headline shows at Melbourne's iconic venues, intimate club gigs, film screenings, events for families and children and a range of free events including lunchtime concerts, the Festival's late-night art party, The Cave, artist talks, soundwalks, and the new Jazz Out West series in Footscray.

For a full list of artists, please see website.

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Anything Goes
31 May 2015 until 20 June 2015

Anything Goes

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

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

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

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

Hennessy’s Beethoven at Federation Square

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

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

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

Conducted by Michael Dahlenburg.


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David Bowie is
16 July 2015 until 01 November 2015

David Bowie is

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

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Melbourne International Film Festival
30 July 2015 until 16 August 2015

Melbourne International Film Festival

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is an iconic Melbourne event with a devoted audience.

MIFF hosts a feast of cinematic delicacies from over 50 countries for 17 days each winter, heavily garnished with red carpet galas, parties and special events that envelop the CBD. Screening the very best in world cinema, MIFF is Australia's largest showcase of new Australian cinema and most vocal champion of both emerging and established local filmmaking talent.

Boasting a rich history, MIFF celebrates 64 years in 2015, and is one of the oldest film festivals in the world (one year younger than Cannes). Melbourne International Film Festival provides audiences with a unique window on the world and has acted as the leading intellectual and artistic catalyst in Australia's screen cultural landscape.

The Festival enjoys annual admissions of more than 170,000, making it one of Melbourne's significant public events.

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Melbourne Fringe Festival
16 September 2015 until 04 October 2015

Melbourne Fringe Festival

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is Victoria's largest celebration of independent art, featuring local, national and international artists activating a variety of Melbourne spaces with works across every conceivable art form.

Thousands of artists participate in the Festival to present some of the most exciting new work from Australia and beyond. With hundreds of shows, events and exhibitions across theatre, comedy, dance, visual art, circus, music and more, the Melbourne Fringe Festival has something for everyone.

You can plan your Festival experience and book tickets on the Melbourne Fringe website.

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2015 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival
01 October 2015 until 31 October 2015

2015 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

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

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

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

The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival offers a choice of five distances - the Medibank Melbourne Marathon (42.195km), Flight Centre Half Marathon (21.1km), The Coffee Club 10km, ASICS 5km Run and ASICS 3km Walk

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Melbourne Festival
08 October 2015 until 25 October 2015

Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Festival is one of Australia's flagship international arts festivals and one of the major multi-arts festivals of the world, in terms of quality of work, innovation of vision, and scale and breadth of program.

Each Festival brings an unparalleled feast of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and International companies and artists to Melbourne.

Melbourne Festival is a key destination festival within Australia's cultural calendar, ensuring interstate and international visitation by exclusively debuting and premiering some of the finest national and international artists and companies, and by ensuring that the only place in Australia that many of the key festival projects are seen is in Melbourne.

Melbourne Festival is quintessentially Melbourne's festival - physically by reaching out into the topography and geography of the city itself, artistically by presenting Melbourne's finest artists in new works and international collaborations, and demographically by engaging with as many people of Melbourne as possible, giving them ownership of their annual international festival.

Through excellence, diversity and accessibility, Melbourne Festival has presented the best possible artistic experience to as many people as possible since its inception in 1986. It proudly offers a wide variety of venues and ticket prices, plus many free events each year.

The 30th Melbourne Festival will take place between 8 - 25 October 2015.

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

Basically Beethoven '2'

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

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

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Garden DesignFest
12 November 2016 until 13 November 2016

Garden DesignFest

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

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

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