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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Meditation at Federation Square
05 February 2015 until 10 December 2015

Meditation at Federation Square

For a calm, focused and empowering way to start the day, take time out once a week for the practice of meditation - the method to recharge the mind with peace, clarity and balance.

The half-hour meditations offer guidance through gentle commentary, soothing music and a bit of quiet.

Suitable both for experienced meditators and those new to meditation.

Every Thursday at the Atrium in Federation Square.

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Indigenous Art: Moving Backwards into the Future
04 April 2015 until 16 August 2015

Indigenous Art: Moving Backwards into the Future

Significant historical and contemporary Indigenous art works will sit side by side, exploring place and identity in this exhibition which will explore the past 130 years of Indigenous Australian history through the National Gallery of Victoria’s Indigenous Art collection.

The works range from 19th-century shields and drawings, works in ochre on bark and Western Desert paintings to contemporary works using glass, photography and light to reinterpret ancestral stories and symbols in new ways.

The exhibition explores recurring visual language, materials and subjects used in Indigenous art, such as geometric symbols, cross hatching and dots as well as ancestral spirits and ceremonies, which are used to represent Indigenous culture across time and space.

The exhibition coincides with the launch of a significant new publication, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in the Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, which explores over 100 works in the NGV's collection.

In a first for the NGV, a new adult education course will be run in conjunction with the exhibition as part of the NGV's commitment to lifelong learning. The course will explore different systems of representation in Indigenous art, introducing many of its important artists, both historical and contemporary. Weekly guest speakers will address themes spanning the origins and context of significant aspects of Indigenous art practice, revealing the ways artists have responded to change and have incorporated new aesthetic principles and artistic concepts, images and techniques over time.

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John Wolseley – Heartlands and Headwaters
11 April 2015 until 16 August 2015

John Wolseley – Heartlands and Headwaters

Over the past four years, John Wolseley has explored the waterways and wetlands of Australia in a major series of new works commissioned by Sir Roderick Carnegie.

In this series of monumentally scaled works on paper, the artist celebrates the variety and unique nature of water forms in Australia. The mangrove swamps in Roebuck Bay (WA), the floodplains of Garanalli in the Northern Territory, the Finke River in the Simpson Desert and the sphagnum swamps of Skullbone Plains in Tasmania are just some of the sites detailed in these impressive works.

The different geographical features and unique plant and animal forms of these wetlands are depicted in the finely worked drawing and rich watercolour washes that characterise Wolseley’s work. Many also combine collage elements and markings made 'in collaboration' with the natural environment. Through this way of working, which includes burying works and drawing with carbonised wood found in the bush, the artist subverts traditional approaches to the depiction of landscape.

These works celebrate the beauty of the Australian wilderness, and encourage an understanding of the significance and environmental fragility of these remote and little-known sites.

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John Wolseley: Heartlands and Headwaters
11 April 2015 until 16 August 2015

John Wolseley: Heartlands and Headwaters

For four years, artist John Wolseley has roamed the coastal floodplains of the Northern Territory through to the glacial lakes of Tasmania, exploring and recording in exquisite detail the diverse wetlands of Australia.

This series of eighteen evocative works on paper, many of them monumental in scale (up to 10 metres in size), detail the geographical features and unique plants and animals of these wetlands in works characterised by minutely-observed drawing and rich watercolour washes.

Many works combine collage and unusual markings made through burying works or hoisting large sheets of paper across the charred remains of burnt tree trunks and branches. Through this 'collaboration' with the natural environment, Wolseley subverts traditional approaches to the depiction of landscape and seeking to give the natural world a more active presence in the work of art.

The mangrove swamps of Roebuck Bay in Western Australia, the flood plains of the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory, the Finke River in the Simpson Desert and the sphagnum swamps of Skullbone Plains in central Tasmania are just some of the sites detailed in these impressive works.

Commissioned by Sir Roderick Carnegie AC, these works celebrate the beauty of the Australian wilderness and encourage an understanding of the significance and environmental fragility of these remote and little-known sites.

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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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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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Impossible Occurrences - Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
26 May 2015 until 30 October 2015

Impossible Occurrences - Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show

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

If you are Melbourne local or visitor this a must see.

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 five star Marriott Hotel, this is a performance of utter distinction.

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Feel Young
04 June 2015 until 17 December 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.

All ages are welcome and bookings not required.

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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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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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Animals in Wartime: Winter School Holiday Program
29 June 2015 until 10 July 2015

Animals in Wartime: Winter School Holiday Program

Explore the Animals in Wartime Exhibition and get out of the cold this winter with a family friendly guided tour at The Shrine of Remembrance. Come and learn about animal service and mascots of both the Anzac and Allied forces.

Join Shrine volunteers for a tour of the brand new Galleries of Remembrance that highlights artefacts that tell the stories of the beautiful War Horse of the First World War, the Airmen's cute and fury mascots of the Second World War, as well as brave Australian dogs in action through all conflicts.

Family tours are 45 minutes in duration for children aged six to twelve years old.

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Holiday Program – Heroes and Villains
29 June 2015 until 11 July 2015

Holiday Program – Heroes and Villains

Under the guidance of professional performers and educators, participants will spend the week acting, directing and performing with like-minded students, bringing some of the meanest and most heroic characters of all time to life.

The week-long intensive course will finish with a performance in the Athenaeum Theatre 2, where students will perform their adaptations for family and friends.

Presented by The Australian Shakespeare Company.

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Anything Goes
30 June 2015 until 05 July 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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ArtPlay Backyard
01 July 2015 until 06 September 2015

ArtPlay Backyard

Come and play in the ArtPlay Backyard.

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

Don't forget to wear appropriate clothing, as the program will run whatever the weather. This is a great family friendly activity that every can get involved in.

Workshops are on 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12 July; 2 August; and 6 September. Please contact for further details.

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Botanical Art Beginners Workshops 1 & 2
01 July 2015 until 05 July 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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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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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
05 July 2015 until 05 July 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 Road and behind along the lawn until you can find what you are looking for.

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Classics at Fed Square
06 July 2015 until 06 July 2015

Classics at Fed Square

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

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

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

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Comedy At Spleen
06 July 2015 until 06 July 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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Crafty Mondays at Fed Square
06 July 2015 until 06 July 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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Boats by Polyglot
07 July 2015 until 12 July 2015

Boats by Polyglot

Bring your kids to Boats for an adventure on the high seas of Fed Square over the school holidays!

Boats is a brand new work by Polyglot Theatre that allows children to use colourful vessels to navigate urban seascapes. The playful and interactive activity will transform Fed Square into an island dotted seascape exploring ideas of migration and adventure.

At a central mooring place, large lightweight boats await patiently for children's imagination and energy. Once aboard, the boats are propelled by a flurry of feet, with kids working as a crew to find their own path and voyage across the high seas.

As they journey, Polyglot artists float as castaways to be rescued or as mysterious elements of the deep blue sea. Together they guide the boats to safe harbour ready for new crew, and the next adventure!

Running over the second week of the school holidays, large boat sculptures will travel through The Atrium to The Square. People of all ages will also be encouraged to make paper boats to add to a growing fleet.

Commissioned by Fed Square's Creative Program.

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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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Feathering the Nest: Richard Nylon Meets William Johnston
07 July 2015 until 20 October 2015

Feathering the Nest: Richard Nylon Meets William Johnston

Renowned Melbourne-based milliner, Richard Nylon, is the guest curator of Fairhall House Museum at the Johnston Collection as part of the continuing 'House of Ideas' series.

In Feathering the Nest: Richard Nylon meets William Johnston, Nylon applies his consummate knowledge of the English Regency period to Fairhall and William Johnston's magnificent collection in this personally guided house museum tour.

After-hours tours second Saturday of each month at 10am and noon, and the third Thursday of each month at 6pm.

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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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Crochet at Fed Square
13 July 2015 until 13 July 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
14 July 2015 until 14 July 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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Hamlet
14 July 2015 until 25 July 2015

Hamlet

Welcome to Elsinore, a place threatened by secret tyranny where no one is safe from prying eyes and eavesdropping. All are under constant surveillance.

Tormented by indecision and haunted by his mother's perceived crime, Hamlet knows that dark acts result in darker consequences. There is little that is darker than the act of revenge.

Off the back of directing the critically acclaimed, award winning Henry V in 2014, Damien Ryan will deliver a new production of Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.

Anguish, passion and desperation collide in this telling of Hamlet, touring from July 2015.

Please visit the website for ticketing information.

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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 at 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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Mark Webber Booksigning
16 July 2015 until 16 July 2015

Mark Webber Booksigning

In the exhilarating, high-stakes world of Formula One, only the fastest make it to the top - and no one knows this better than Australian Formula One legend, Mark Webber.

His career in F1 stretched for an incredible eleven years, seeing him garner thirteen poll positions, earn forty-two podiums and win nine races including the crown jewel of F1, the Monaco Grand prix, twice.

But there's more than F1 to the story of the boy from Queanbeyan. In this candid book, Aussie Grit, Webber divulges his personal struggles and reveals for the first time what really went down at Red Bull and the truth behind his rivalry with teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Meet Mark Webber instore at Dymocks Melbourne as he signs copies of his new book Aussie Grit.

(Please be advised - signing is for copies of Aussie Grit Book only - due to time restraints, no other merchandise will be signed.)

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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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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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ISM
17 July 2015 until 17 July 2015

ISM

Born out of a love for contemporary jazz, ISM's quirky compositions range from minimalist soundscapes to wild frenzies.

Predominantly influenced by musicians of the ECM recording label, ISM offers an intriguing European jazz sound. Formed in 2013, the trio has already succeeded in winning the Victorian College of the Arts' Ensemble Series competition and performs regularly at many prestigious jazz venues around Melbourne.

ISM is made up of bass player Isaac Gunnoo, pianist Selene Messinis and drummer Maddison Carter.

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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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Bastille Day French Festival
18 July 2015 until 19 July 2015

Bastille Day French Festival

With a growing French community, Melbourne now has the opportunity to showcase its French influence and the presence of French people who contribute to making it the multicultural, food and entertainment hub it is today.

Join Melbourne's francophone and francophile community and be a part of a unique celebration of the French National Day. The French revolution will take the State Library Victoria by storm on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July.

Come and enjoy a traditional French festive atmosphere with family and friends. With free entry over two days and something for everyone, join in the revolutionary fun and immerse yourself in French culture, cinema, food, wine and the chance to win a trip to France in the Grand raffle.

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Bastille Day French Festival
18 July 2015 until 19 July 2015

Bastille Day French Festival

Melbourne celebrates Bastille Day in style with French food, wine and entertainment in and around the State Library this July.

With a growing French community, the most liveable city in the world now has the opportunity to showcase its French influence and the presence of French people who contribute to making Melbourne the multicultural, food and entertainment hub it is today. French people are known for their passion and romanticism as well as their revolutionary spirit which shapes their identity and makes Bastille Day unique.

In partnership with French-Australian associations, the Bastille Day French Festival program offers free, accessible and family-oriented activities that will allow the broader community to experience French language and culture.

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Bette: Your Life – The Bette Midler Tribute Performance
18 July 2015 until 22 August 2015

Bette: Your Life – The Bette Midler Tribute Performance

One of the greatest personalities to ever perform on any stage, and adored by all ages, Bette Midler inspired and charmed a generation with her songs and movies.

Now, for a limited season, Australia's only vaudeville theatre, Speakeasy HQ, presents a truly stunning tribute performance by the cabaret icon Belinda Hanne Reid, as she sings some of Bette Midler's biggest hits of all time.

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Air Force Band - Smetana, Susato and Hindemith
19 July 2015 until 19 July 2015

Air Force Band - Smetana, Susato and Hindemith

The Air Force Band is one of Australia's premier military wind ensembles. Boasting a long and proud association with the Melbourne Town Hall, they not only cater for ceremonial and commemorative events, but also use the evocative and transformative power of music to thrill concert-going audiences worldwide.

From the Bohemian Forest through to Prague, follow the flow of the Vltava River with Bedrich Smetana's programmatic symphonic poem The Moldau. The band will then travel west to the Netherlands for Susato's Renaissance Dances, then back to Germany to present Paul Hindemith's Symphony in Bb.

To commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC, this concert, directed by Squadron Leader Mathew Shelley, will include a musical tribute to the service and sacrifice of our Australian service personnel involved in military operations over the last 100 years.

The program will also include Stamp's Cloudsplitter Fanfare and Gershwin's Second Prelude.

Doors open at 1:30pm

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Film Screening: La guerre de Bill (Bill's War)
19 July 2015 until 19 July 2015

Film Screening: La guerre de Bill (Bill's War)

Join Lambis Englezos AM and Tim Whitford as they introduce the Australian premiere of La guerre de Bill. A documentary using archival footage interwoven with coverage of the confirming dig of the mass burial pits at Pheasant Wood, Fromelles in 2008. This film has English subtitles.

The commemorative service for the Battle of Fromelles will be held at the Cobbers Memorial on the Shrine Reserve, Sunday 19 July 2015, at 1.30pm.

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French Wine Masterclass
19 July 2015 until 19 July 2015

French Wine Masterclass

Hosted by a French sommelier and vigneron from Burgundy, in this masterclass you will discover the stories behind different French wines and terroir while tasting five wines from the Champagne, Burgundy, Loire Valley and Provence regions. The wines will be accompanied by a selection of savoury bites.

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Harp in the Gardens: Nature's Inspirations
19 July 2015 until 19 July 2015

Harp in the Gardens: Nature's Inspirations

A concert of music composed in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne over the past seven years. Includes stories and experiences of plants and animals of the Gardens that have provided much of the creative inspiration behind Michael Johnson's music.

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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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Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children's Book Illustrations
25 July 2015 until 04 October 2015

Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children's Book Illustrations

Enchanting large-scale works from more than 60 of Australia's best-loved book illustrators will feature in Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children's Book Illustrations. Original and instantly recognisable images will be showcased including award-winning work by Graeme Base for The Eleventh Hour, Shaun Tan for the popular John Marsden book The Rabbits and Ron Brooks' cover of The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek, as well as familiar characters such as Leigh Hobbs' cheeky cat Old Tom.

Providing an insight into the development of children's book illustrations over the past forty years, the works are inspired by Australia's unique natural environment, telling stories of family, home, fantasy and adventure in the distinctive settings of the bush, the beach and the city.

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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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High School Dance Competition
25 July 2015 until 25 July 2015

High School Dance Competition

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

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

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Car Club Showcase
26 July 2015 until 26 July 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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Knitting at Fed Square
27 July 2015 until 27 July 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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Curator tour of the Anzac Battlefield: Landscape of War and Memory exhibition
30 July 2015 until 30 July 2015

Curator tour of the Anzac Battlefield: Landscape of War and Memory exhibition

Join Professor Christopher Mackie of La Trobe University and Neil Sharkey, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Shrine of Remembrance, on a tour of the Anzac Battlefield exhibition before it returns to Turkey. This exclusive exhibition presents over 100 items recovered from the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the Gallipoli Battlefield (2010-14) along with the maps and engravings on loan from the University of Melbourne, the Mehmet Ugurlu print collection and the Turkish Naval Forces Command.

Located in the Western Gallery, Visitor Centre, Shrine of Remembrance

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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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Benjamin Lichtenstein - Living in Oblivion
04 August 2015 until 29 August 2015

Benjamin Lichtenstein - Living in Oblivion

Benjamin Lichtenstein does not simply take photographs - he creates them. For this young, upcoming artist, the process does not end at the camera, but extends to the darkroom and beyond. Manipulating the images by hand, strong lines and restrained patterns begin to arise. Merging photography with collage and drawing, the surface of the image is blended to the point where the original medium is no longer recognisable.

For his solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery, Lichtenstein will present a new body of monochromatic works. The multi-paneled compositions embody the artist's unique imagery through painting masks in the darkroom printing process. Living in Oblivion is Lichtenstein's most ambitious body of work to date, exceeding the usual dimensions of his work and pushing the limits during the printing process. Living in Oblivion references the film of the same name, described as 'a film about film making', alluding to Lichtenstein's technical proficiency and experimentation with photography as a medium.

Lichtenstein's images capture the hand of the artist in a way the medium usually denies. The resulting monochromatic creations are unique prints, each work personifying an intimate and distinctive vision.

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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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Gian Manik - Umbrella
04 August 2015 until 29 August 2015

Gian Manik - Umbrella

Gian Manik's work is highly conceptual and deeply rooted in materiality. His creative process stems from his artistic materials, which act as a springboard for imagined systems or structures. The potential for creation is the driving force; a space of growth and of bringing something into existence is essential.

For his solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery, Gian Manik will present a new body of work that continues his engagement with painting images of mirrored surfaces. The works are rooted in an element of chance, as the subjects of his paintings are dependent on what appears in the reflection. This includes abstracted images of the artist's body, windows, walls and even other paintings in the studio. Worlds within worlds are created and manipulated, and what is produced on the canvas arrives through multifaceted pathways.

Manik explores the liminal space that exists when numerous visual devices are utilised. The space 'in between' also exists in the physical realm, between the mirror, the object, the painter and the canvas. These elements vibrate and coalesce into an image that transcribes the essence of the artist's environment.


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Lunchtime Meditation
04 August 2015 until 04 August 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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 Nice Work If You Can Get It
15 August 2015 until 23 August 2015

Nice Work If You Can Get It

This bubbling 1920s-era musical sparkles with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and a delicious love story between a wealthy playboy and the feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. Set in the Prohibition era, Nice Work If You Can Get It with book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis). This madcap tale combines laughter, romance and Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, gangsters, glamour and Gershwin. Nice Work features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin's most beloved tunes including Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, Someone to Watch Over Me, 'S Wonderful and Fascinating Rhythm.

Rohan Browne (Strictly Ballroom) is Jimmy Winter, a wealthy and handsome playboy. Esther Hannaford (King Kong) is Billie Bendix, a feisty but beautiful bootlegger who is on the run from the law and steals Jimmy's heart. Christie Whelan-Browne (Singin' in the Rain, Rocky Horror Show) is Jimmy's fiancé Eileen Evergreen, the self-proclaimed finest interpreter of modern dance in the world.

Gina Riley (Kath & Kim) is Duchess Estonia Dulworth, a prohibitionist who succumbs to the bottle and falls in love with a gangster. Nicki Wendt (Mother & Son) is Jimmy's mother Millicent, a wealthy matron with great élan. George Kapiniaris (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) is Cookie McGee, a fast-talking bootlegger. John Wood (Blue Heelers) is Senator Max Evergreen, a humourless career politician who lightens up by the end! Tony Farrell (Rocky Horror Show) is Chief Berry, head of the Long Island Police Department and fiercely dedicated to his job. With Monica Swayne (Wicked) as Jeannie, a happy go lucky chorus girl and Jensen Overend (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Duke, Cookie's not-so-bright sidekick.

Directed by Helpmann Award winner, Roger Hodgman (Show Boat,) with Musical Director John Foreman (The Boy From Oz, ) and Choreography by Dana Jolly (Show Boat)

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Brahms 3
23 August 2015 until 23 August 2015

Brahms 3

After triumphant performances of Beethoven in 2012, Brahms in 2013 and Mahler and Sibelius in 2014, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra return, in grand style, to Johannes Brahms.

Experience an exploration of the world's great symphonies in grand style with Brahms' 3rd Symphony, a work that really is perfect for the ACO. It's concise and confident, mixing grandeur and intimacy in equal parts.

To complement the Brahms, bask in two beautiful works by Mozart, including an opportunity to hear Richard Tognetti and Christopher Moore perform the dazzling Sinfonia Concertante.

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Love Letters from a War
25 August 2015 until 25 August 2015

Love Letters from a War

Love Letters from a War is an ABC TV production, starring Andrew Blackman and Trudy Hellier. Separated by war, John and Josie Johnson keep their love alive and their family of eight together through the letters they send each other, to and from a small Australian country town and the front line in Tobruk. This screening will include an introduction by writer and director Wain Fimeri.

Located in the Auditorium of the Education Centre, Shrine of Remembrance

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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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Melbourne Day 2015
30 August 2015 until 30 August 2015

Melbourne Day 2015

The Melbourne Day Committee is inviting Melburnians to come along and help celebrate 180 marvellous years of Melbourne on August 30, 2015 with a full day of celebrations in the heart of the city.

Witness the official flag raising ceremony by Melbourne's Lord Mayor and Junior Lord Mayor located in Enterprize Park, celebrate Melbourne's rich history as a port recognising its maritime culture and rich maritime heritage of the first settlement of Melbourne along the Yarra at the regatta re-enactment - culminating in a big free concert in the Docklands headlined by Melbourne born and Australian music legends - Daryl Braithwaite and Russell Morris.

Melbourne Day's aim is to educate citizens on the founding of Melbourne, which was August 30, 1835. Clarifying the historical events about the passengers and crew of Fawkner's Enterprise who actually founded Melbourne.

Over the past 19 years, the Melbourne Day committee have coordinated a number of entertaining activities and events to raise awareness of Melbourne's history and celebrate its anniversary - but this year - it is bigger and better than ever - to celebrate the special 180th Birthday - pulling out all stops.

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Impermanence – Ruby Aitchison and Thomas O’Hara
01 September 2015 until 06 September 2015

Impermanence – Ruby Aitchison and Thomas O’Hara

Ruby and Thomas create tactile jewellery and small objects, with an emphasis on the material and its expression. Both artists use materials with an inherent transient and imperfect nature, to create objects that are rudimentary, irregular, intricate, textured, subtle, individual, and have a quiet authority in their projection of sensory information.

Ruby combines vegetables with metal and uses heat to preserve the organic matter, while Thomas uses wood, which he erodes with fire. Presented together in ‘Impermanence’, the works demonstrate the variation of each material and its ability to change through different processes.

The focus of Ruby’s research is the performative role of the organic in the manifestation of object. In her practice, she activates a dialogue between materials by juxtaposing a fixed component with contingency to create objects that are a tangible description of the organic material’s vitality and flux. Cracks and impurities are desired, and reveal evidence of the processes and conditions involved.

Thomas uses controlled systematic processes but is interested in the free, organic characteristic of the material and the natural world it comes from. Thomas makes objects that blur the line between what has been formed in nature and what has been constructed by the hand of the artist.

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Legends!
02 September 2015 until 20 September 2015

Legends!

Welcome to the satirical and sentimental world of Legends! A funhouse of gossip, rivalry, reminiscence, longing, scandal and a sexy male stripper named Boom Boom.

As the sun sets in Manhattan the claws come out as two famous but fading movie stars try to upstage one another. Leatrice Monsee (Hayley Mills) and Sylvia Glenn (Juliet Mills) are hustled by a theatre producer played by the versatile Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2, Dynasty, The Colbys) to kick-start their once-luminous careers by starring in a Broadway-bound play. There is just one problem, they loathe one another.

The fast-paced play takes audiences on a joyous journey from the glamour of Hollywood to the excitement and promise of a new lease of life on Broadway.

The pairing of Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills promises to be a sensational sister act full of back-stabbing and banter, wisdom and wit. Their consummate talents will shine in this riotous new production directed by Christopher Renshaw (The King and I) and designed by Justin Nardella. Also starring Maxwell Caulfield and Leah Howard.

Written by Pulitzer Prize winner James Kirkwood (A Chorus Line) and produced by John Frost, the Australian premiere of Legends!, opens in Brisbane at QPAC in May 2015 for a strictly limited season, followed by a national tour.

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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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Flavour Exchange
03 September 2015 until 04 September 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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Hummingbirds Keon Couture Fashion Parade Luncheon
11 September 2015 until 11 September 2015

Hummingbirds Keon Couture Fashion Parade Luncheon

The Hummingbirds present a delicious two-course lunch with unlimited beverages, gift bag and a stunning Keon Fashion Parade to support the O'Brien Institute of regenerative surgery, internationally renowned for it's work in Microsurgery and Tissue Engineering.

Internationally acclaimed violinst, Patrick Roberts, will strut the catwalk playing exciting music introducing the couture fashion. The catwalk will feature stunning racing outfits, beautifully crafted day-wear and glamorous evening gowns, tailor made from exquisite French and Italian fabrics.

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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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Lord of the Dance
29 September 2015 until 04 October 2015

Lord of the Dance

Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games is a spectacular new staging of the much-loved traditional master piece. The show stars James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith as the "Lords of the Dance" and is choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley

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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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Isaiah B Brunt
30 September 2015 until 30 September 2015

Isaiah B Brunt

Isaiah B Brunt, a former studio owner, worked with some of Australia’s iconic bands, including Steve Prestwich’s (Cold Chisel) solo album and Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), along with popular overseas acts. When Keanu Reeves wanted to rehearse and record his band Dog Star, when Randy Jackson visited down under or Julio Iglesias and his orchestra hit town, Ïsaiah was their go-to man.

All the while Isaiah was listening to other people's music, he never forgot the first time he heard his father strum the ukelele, blow the harmonica or unleash on the lap steel.

In 2010 Isaiah became Sydney Blues Society’s performer of the year, and travelled to Memphis to get a taste of things to come. Now having produced his own album, Isaiah delivers a classic blues album recently recorded in New Orleans and released worldwide to much acclaim and success in 2015.

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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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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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Lior 10th Anniversary Tour
16 October 2015 until 16 October 2015

Lior 10th Anniversary Tour

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary since the release of his acclaimed debut album - "Autumn Flow" - renowned Australian singer songwriter Lior is heading out on a national theatre tour, performing the album in its entirety from start to finish, as well as selected favourites from his back catalogue.

Joining Lior on stage will be some of Australia's most talented and respected musicians, including Brett Hirst who originally played on "Autumn Flow" and who has been a live main-stay in Lior's band ever since. Evan Mannell who has played with Faker, James Morrison, King Curly and Elana Stone will be on drumming duties alongside Sydney based percussionist, drummer and composer Bree Van Reyk (Sydney Dance Company, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sarah Blasko and Darren Hanlon ). The highly regarded Melbourne musician Ben Edgar will be on guitar duties, a man of many genres who has performed with the likes of Missy Higgins, Megan Washington, Vika and Linda Bull and Gurrumul. Rounding out the world class band is Newcastle native Gerard Masters on piano, a long-time friend and cohort of Lior's.

With this stellar line up re-creating one of Australia most loved albums it's sure to make for an incredible evening of music!

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Getting Published as a Writer for Children
17 October 2015 until 17 October 2015

Getting Published as a Writer for Children

Learn what goes on inside a publishing house, how choices are made and how to give yourself the best chance of publication. Getting Published as a Writer for Children is presented by experienced Allen & Unwin publisher, Susannah Chambers, plus author Lili Wilkinson and illustrator Ann James as guests.

If you are new to writing for children, then this course will get you in-the-know and answer several key question including what are publishers looking for? Which publishers should I submit to? What should I submit? How can I polish my writing? What makes a persuasive covering letter? Do I need an agent? What should I know about genres, age groups and the current market? What happens once my book is accepted? How can I make the most of the publishing relationship?

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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 kilometres), Half Marathon (21.1 kilometres), 10 Kilometre Run, ASICS 5.7 Kilometre Run and ASICS Three Kilometre Walk.

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Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance
18 October 2015 until 18 October 2015

Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance

Join the Shrine's Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Jean McAuslan, and her team for a curator's talk and tour of the new Galleries of Remembrance. This talk will introduce visitors to some of the individual perspectives revealed within the galleries and consider our enduring efforts to keep our world stable and retain peace. Limited spaces available.

Meeting point at the reception area of the visitor centre.

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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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Melbourne Design Market
08 November 2015 until 08 November 2015

Melbourne Design Market

Federation Square's undercover carpark will be overflowing with design products as dozens of design businesses launch hundreds of new products at the Melbourne Design Market - making it a must for design-savvy shoppers.

There is an outstanding mix of talent and products from Australia and around the world, including fashion, jewellery, homewares, furniture, textiles, stationery and bags.

This biannual market has over the past decade welcomed over 350,000 visitors, many of whom make a point of returning each event. Enjoy many designs from so many great local creatives - they value your take on their products and no doubt their special designs will make life richer in your home or for your loved ones.

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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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Jerry's Girls
21 November 2015 until 06 December 2015

Jerry's Girls

Created to showcase his leading ladies, this new staging of Jerry Herman's Jerry's Girls will feature the dazzling talents of twelve of Australia's leading ladies including Rhonda Burchmore, Nancye Hayes, Silvie Paladino, Christie Whelan-Browne and Kirby Burgess. Herman's hits in this musical feast include Hello, Dolly!, Bosom Buddies, Wherever He Ain't, I Won't Send Roses, The Best of Times and I Am What I Am. More than most songwriters, Jerry Herman has put the leading ladies of his shows centre stage - Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, Auntie Mame in Mame, Mabel Normand in Mack and Mabel and female impersonator Zaza in La Cage Aux Folles. Jerry's Girls affectionately celebrates Jerry Herman's unique gift for writing songs that capture the true spirit of these extraordinary characters of musical theatre.

The dynamic duo Director Dean Bryant and Choreographer Andrew Hallsworth (Anything Goes, The Producers, and La Cage Aux Folles) together with Musical Director Mathew Frank are shaping this musical to be a unique celebration of Australia's leading ladies.

Jerry's Girls from November 21. Tickets available now through Arts Centre Melbourne.

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Letters to Evie
24 November 2015 until 24 November 2015

Letters to Evie

Letters to Evie is a theatrical reading of letters written to VAD nurse Evie Percy, from the sailing of troopships from Melbourne in 1914 to the end of the war in 1918. This performance was compiled and edited by her granddaughter Penny Gutteridge, and is performed by Graeme Russell and Rachael Tidd.

Located in the Auditorium of the Education Centre in the Shrine of Remembrance.

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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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Markit@FedSquare
29 November 2015 until 29 November 2015

Markit@FedSquare

Markit@FedSquare comes but twice a year to showcase the very best in Australian independent design. Federation Square in Melbourne will become a shopping mecca with 100 of Australia's most talented creatives selling their own ranges of homewares, ceramics, jewellery, clothing, stationery, and limited edition artwork and prints.

All products are hand-made by the designers themselves or ethically manufactured in limited runs using sustainable production methods and locally sourced materials.

To preview the complete line-up of designers at the next event, visit the website.

Prizes to be won - one lucky Markit visitor will win a hamper filled with amazing products from market stallholders stallholders, valued at over $1800. See website for more information. There will also be prizes from stallholders on the Markit@FedSquare Facebook page in the lead up to the event.

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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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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. 'I've come to the conclusion that having read Eliot again, maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap', says Lloyd Webber.

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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International Cricket 2015/16
26 December 2015 until 30 December 2015

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.

Fixture and ticketing details are due to be released mid-late June.

Contact Cricket Australia for further information or to express your interest in attending.

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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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