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Here are some of the many cultural and sporting events coming up in the city and around Victoria:
Capoeira Angola Classes
So what is Capoeira Angola all about? Imagine participating in a challenging art form that involves energetically play-acting to indulge in dance fights that are in synch with Afro-Brazilian music and songs that describe life, the country, community and the players within a circle. This sort of activity is called a Capoeira Angola Roda, one of the rituals of Afro-Brazilian culture that is still alive and practised today, not only in remembrance of the cultural and physical resistance that was used by Brazilian slaves to gain freedom but also because Capoeira Angola has health benefits and ensures mental, emotional and physical well-being.
The ritual of the Roda and the practice of Capoeira Angola have been passed down through several centuries as an oral tradition - there are no 'How to do Capoeira Angola' books! The only ways to learn are to ask, and to practise. For a newcomer there are no stupid questions about Capoeira Angola. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, to be curious and to seek guidance from the teacher, the experienced students and the Mestres. The school creates a safe place to learn both the movement and the traditions of Capoeira, regardless of physical ability, musical skill or native language.
Classed are supervised by Mestre Roxinho, director of the Capoeira Angola Cultural Centre, and Treinel Martinica from the ECAMAR school. The Capoeira Angola Cultural Centre Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim to provide access to Capoeira Angola to the community.
New students are first introduced to the basic movements. As their confidence and skill develop, they are introduced to more advanced movements. Classes are dictated by the level of ability of the students who attend. Where appropriate, parts of a class will be split between beginners and advanced students.
Exercise your mind, body and soul with free Qigong classes every Friday morning at Fed Square.
Qigong combines integrated physical movement, mental cultivation and regulated breathing. In traditional Chinese medicine the flow of energy, Qi (Chi) along channels in the body is viewed as central to a person's health and wellbeing, with illness being attributed to restricted or blocked Qi flow.
Learn to regulate your Qi with expert instructors from Tai Chi Australia. You can also join instructors from Tai Chi Australia every Tuesday for free Tai Chi classes at Fed Square.
Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels.
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.
Car Club Showcase
See your favourite cars up close and meet the proud owners at the Federation Square car club showcase series.
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. See them all lovingly restored.
From vintage classics to V8 Commodores, this will surprise and delight even the biggest car enthusiast.
On the last Sunday of each month.
Belly Dancing at Fed Square
Shimmy and shake with free 30 minute Belly Dancing at Fed Square classes.
Led by professional instructor Trisnasari, the gentle aerobic dance is perfect for toning and strengthening core muscles.
Classes are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 12.30pm until 1pm. No bookings required.
All ages and skill levels welcome.
Dreamworks Animation – The Exhibition
In a world premiere event, the studio that brought you the animated classics Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda is offering unprecedented access to its extraordinary archive, in DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition.
This is ACMI's largest ever exhibition, featuring over 400 items including never-seen-before concept drawings, models, original artworks, interviews and interactive experiences for children and adults.
Presented alongside is ACMI's series of exciting films, workshops, panels and late night entertainment that offers a unique insight into the studio's lush worlds and beloved characters.
DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition is a truly remarkable experience for the whole family.
The exhibition is open every Thursday until 9pm.
Experience over 130 years of history - Hotel Windsor Afternoon Tea
The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1883.
Their luxury hotel in Melbourne serves its renowned afternoon tea of freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches on tiered silver stands daily.
Upon arrival at The Hotel Windsor Melbourne, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, whilst afternoon delicacies and unlimited freshly brewed tea and coffee is brought to your table.
Vegetarian and gluten free options can be catered for at no extra cost. Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
The Hotel Windsor's Luxury Melbourne hotel Afternoon Tea is served in their signature Melbourne hotel restaurant every day of the week.
Please contact reservations for more details regarding session times.
Reservations are essential. They recommend at least three to four weeks advance notice for weekend bookings.
Bushido: Way of the Samurai
Bushido explores the fascinating world of the samurai who were the warriors, rulers and aristocratic elite of Japanese society for more than 800 years.
From the 12th century through to the end of the Edo period in 1868 the Shogun, regional lords and their warrior retainers (all samurai in their own right) ruled the country and lived to a strict code of ethics. This military aristocracy aspired to a life of spiritual harmony that not only perfected the art of war but also embodied an appreciation of the fine arts that established their life as an art form itself.
Throughout these tumultuous times of war and peace samurai virtues of honesty, courage, benevolence, respect, self-sacrifice, self-control, duty, and loyalty combined with their passion for a cultural lifestyle not only established social stability, but also cultivated a legacy of art and culture in Japanese society that continues to this day.
Centenary of the First World War (1914-19) - Shrine of Remembrance travelling exhibition
Through historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition will present the chronology of the First World War (1914-18). It will provide you with the opportunity to discover the fascinating stories of the 416,809 Australian men, 114,000 of whom were from Victoria, who enlisted, as well as the Australian women who served overseas as nurses.
Throughout Europe and the Middle East, find out about the hardships that our Diggers endured and the battles that they fought alongside Allied nations; from the landings at Gallipoli, Palestine in the Middle East, to Passchendaele and Fromelles on the Western Front.
Away from the frontline, discover the experiences of the home front. Whilst the contributions of those at home made the war effort possible, social divisions also grew, climaxing in the bitterly contested (and unsuccessful) conscription referendums in 1916 and 1917.
Focusing on Victorian perspectives on the frontline and home front experiences, this exhibition will retell the stories and review the mythology that we have inherited over the past 100 years.
The Centenary of the First World War exhibition will tour to regional and outer metropolitan venues in Victoria, August 2014 to August 2019. Throughout the tour local people from each area will be encouraged to share their stories for inclusion in the exhibition.
The exhibition opens at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne on 4 August 2014.
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.
Forgotten Chinese ANZACs Remembered
When World War One was declared in 1914, Australia rallied behind the Allied efforts. More than 330,000 mobilised personnel were called to action, of which, a small proportion were Australians of Chinese descent. Billy Sing, Caleb Shang and Hunter Poon are some of the well-known Chinese-Australians who served in the frontline. Other stories remain untold.
As the centenary of World War One dawns on Australia, its history and stories are fast slipping from public memory. In the lead up to this centenary, the Chinese Museum has been researching these untold stories of Chinese-Australian war contributions both at home and abroad. Some of this research will be presented in an exciting new exhibition which seeks to reignite public and community interest in World War One and to present an alternative, community-centred commemoration of World War One which cannot be achieved through history books.
An Englishman Abroad – At Home in British India
The Johnston Collection house-museum, Fairhall, will be recreated as a British-style interior found in India in the 1830s. Presented as part of the continuing 'house of ideas' series, An Englishman Abroad: At Home in British India, explores the fascinating world of the British Raj, and will provide visitors with an insight into what it was like to live as an Englishman in India at the time of British colonial rule.
Fairhall will be used in this unique house-museum tour as an evocative background in which to consider the British response to things Indian, the domestic interior and the factors which shaped its appearance, and offer insights into the relationships between European, Indian and Chinese craftsmen.
There will be a focus on the early 19th century British-Indian items in The Johnston Collection, along with other elements of British-Indian culture and society during this period.
An Englishman Abroad: At Home in British India will be curated by James Broadbent, a well-known historian of domestic interiors, built heritage conservator and author, with a special interest in colonial houses, their furnishings, gardens and the people that built and lived in them.
Daily 10am-11:30am, 12pm-1:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm.
Extended hHours tours available on the second Saturday of each month at 10am and 12pm and on the third Thursday evening of each month at 6pm.
Australia Will Be There
Through historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition presents the chronology of the First World War (1914-19) with particular reference to the contribution of Victorians.
Find out about the hardships that Australians endured and the battles they fought alongside Allied nations, from the landings at Gallipoli to the battles in Palestine, Passchendaele and Fromelles. Away from the frontline, discover the experiences of Australians back home in Victoria, and their contribution to the war effort. Also learn about the growing social divisions which climaxed in the bitterly contested and ultimately unsuccessful conscription referenda in 1916 and 1917.
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.
Internationally renowned architect Alisa Andrasek will be a special guest of Design Hub, in partnership with RMIT School of Architecture and Design. Andrasek's interactive installation Bloom will be on show in conjunction with The Future is Here, an exhibition touring from the London Design Museum.
The urban toy, distributed social game and collective 'gardening' experience was first installed in London as part of the capital's city-wide celebration during the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Bloom seeks the engagement of people to construct its organic, blooming formations - so come to Design Hub and play!
Bloom is designed and developed by Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez from The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.
The Future is Here will be accompanied by a full program of associated talks and workshops, including an opportunity for local Melbourne design firms to come and play with Bloom.
Alphabet Soup: Simon Mee
Simon Mee is a mid-career artist based in Toowoomba, Queensland. He has exhibited regularly throughout Australia since 1995 and is currently employed as a lecturer in drawing at the University of Southern Queensland. Mee draws fluently on a number of styles in his drawings and paintings, and is informed by a wide-ranging knowledge of art history.
The artist is characteristically drawn to the absurdist elements of everyday scenarios. In the series scheduled for Mailbox, Mee employs his recognisable palette of blues, greys and whites in a series of drawings which form Alphabet Soup.
Flame On Glass
Kirra Galleries presents the exhibition Flame On Glass, their annual overview of contemporary flame-formed glass. The exhibition features 29 Australian artists with live demonstrations on the opening weekend.
Visit Kirra Galleries to view the works and demonstrations and to meet the artists.
Live demonstrations by artists on select days, see website for more information.
Craft Pop Up Shop!
Craft is thrilled to announce its first Pop Up Shop at the Melbourne Town Hall.
A breathtaking emporium, showcasing the very best in ceramics, textiles, timber, glass, jewellery and much more. Art work representing over sixty Australian makers will include special installations by paper artists Dear Plastic, plant enthusiasts Pop Plant, giant metal rabbits by Peter Mclisky and much much more!
Swanston St will be transformed by three Yarn Bomb installations by the wonderful people of Yarn Corner!
Key artists include, Pop Plant, Like Butter, Andrei Davidoff, Kris Coad, Christopher Plumridge, Anna Davern, Anna Varendorff and Emma Davies.
Craft is proud to add a pop up to its already impressive retail store on Flinders Lane, Melbourne and provide tourists and locals even greater opportunities to enjoy and participate in our exciting calendar of craft exhibitions, festivals, workshops and markets.
Come along, join in the fun and take home the very best in Australian handmade craft.
Flinders Lane Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition
Since opening its doors in 1989, the gallery has actively supported Australian artists. This exhibition celebrates their love of Melbourne.
Twenty-five years and over 500 curated exhibitions later, Flinders Lane Gallery is determined to celebrate this remarkable milestone with an exhibition that pays respect to Melbourne - an incredible city that continues to actively support and nurture Australian artists.
The gallery's represented artists have created an artwork specifically for the exhibition based around the curatorial premise of representing Melbourne, and what our city means to each individual artist. The responses are varied and rich. There is a nod to Melbourne's rag trade with photographic artist Meg Cowell's striking floating dress, Agneta Ekholm makes a cheeky reference to Melbourne's love of all things black and Naomi White presents a fresh Autumn morning walk through the much loved Carlton Gardens.
Artists featured in the 25th Anniversary Exhibition include, Margaret Ackland, Sarah Amos, Susan Baird, Richard Blackwell, Terri Brooks, Meg Cowell, Jo Davenport, Julie Davidson, Jon Eiseman and many more.
Please note, that on the last Saturday of the exhibition the gallery will be closing at 3pm.
Art of the Cuff
Back for a third year Art of the Cuff is an in-store exhibition of French cuffs which have been painted, plastered, drawn upon, deconstructed and modified by local jewellers, artisans and designers.
Curated by Lord Coconut, Melbourne's only handcrafted men's accessories boutique, Art of the Cuff is back due to popular demand and will draw the focus back to the humble men's cuff in this wonderful exhibition.
The exhibition features a select group of Melbourne-based contemporary artists, jewellers and designers who will customise a French cuff. The cuffs will link to their own artistic practice and will reflect the contemporary jewellery in-store at Lord Coconut.
Footy Fever Hits the Mighty MCG These School Holidays
As the most exciting part of the footy season comes about, the National Sports Museum offers kids the chance to embrace footy fever, as well as share in the greatest moments in Australia's sporting history and participate in interactive activities.
MCG Open Day:
On Sunday September 28, the day after the 2014 AFL Grand Final, the MCG will be open for everyone to enjoy. MCG Open Day is a free event allowing families to gain rare access to the hallowed turf for kick-to-kick and visit the National Sports Museum at a discounted rate. Register your interest in attending to be in the running for some cool MCG prizes!
A Day in the Life of a Footballer:
Kids will be able to imagine what it's like to be a professional footballer when they take part in the new AFL Victoria program. Representatives from other sports, including Melbourne United basketball players, will visit the Museum to share their sporting tips.
Challenge a Champ in Game On:
Kids can test their goal-kicking skills against AFL players, run out the batsman on a virtual cricket pitch, put their hand-eye coordination to the test and kick, throw, shoot, ride, race and run to their heart's content in Game On!
The Coaches Courtyard:
At the Coaches Courtyard, kids will be able to participate in a range of sports-themed 'make and take' activities, including creating and decorating their own paper sports shoes.
There are sports films also being screened, the Paddock Cafe is serving coffee and snacks, and you can top off your day with a tour around the mighty MCG.
Weekend hours may vary during major events. During MCG major event days, access to the museum will be restricted to those patrons holding a match day ticket. See the National Sports Museum website for details.
Highly Flammable Love
A twisted romantic comedy for adorable couples, desperate singles and psychopathic hipsters alike. Marcus Doherty brings his 'wit, insight, understated emotion - and not a small amount of skill' (Shepparton News) to the Melbourne Fringe with the story of awkward 20-something Dennis falling in love with eccentric pyromaniac Zoe.
The crazy adventures that follow are funny, romantic and oddly heart-warming.
10 Things You Can't Do On Stage
Ever wondered what you're not supposed to do on stage, and why? What happens if you break the
Top Ten Rules? What type of madness and mayhem ensues? Jak and Coby plan to find out!
This innovative brand new show comprises exciting elements of theatre and improvisation, woven together to delight and surprise both the players and their audience!
These two cheerful theatre gurus are tired of hearing what you can't or shouldn't do on stage. This warm-hearted duo tackles 10 famous theatre Don'ts, making it their mission to explore (and beat) each one - with your help!
It's world Premiere this Melbourne Fringe, truly a show not to be missed.
A Four-Eyed Guide To The Galaxy
Explore space flight and reach for the stars with Rowena Hutson's A Four-Eyed Guide to the Galaxy on at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Drawn from her life-long love of tacky DIY sci-fi sets and an obsessive desire to grow up to be Han Solo, Rowena recreates the vastness of space out of cardboard and tinfoil, taking us into orbit to discover what happens in the great black beyond.
A Hard Day's Night of Beatles Parodies
Beatlemania is set to sweep Melbourne again when the musical comedy show A Hard Day's Night of Beatles Parodies hits the stage at the Last Jar during the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
The show will be a Magical Mystery Tour where the Beatles' timeless tunes Come Together with amusing, clever lyrics from musical funnyman Stew Walker.
Stew's Beatles parodies poke fun at modern life - from Myki, hipsters and politicians to celebrities, ageing and technology. And with Stew being a proud Melburnian, this is likely to be the only Melbourne Fringe show to feature songs about Melbourne's weather, laneway venues and local identities like Shane Warne, Franco Cozzo and Frank Walker from National Tiles.
Stew Walker was discovered on 'Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight' in 2012 when he was granted a 'bucket list' request to perform a show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In just six weeks, Stew wrote a half-hour show and then wowed a packed room at the Melbourne Town Hall, including a live cross on national TV.
Since then, Stew has gone on to win new fans at Melbourne's comedy rooms with his original songs and parodies, playing alongside musical comedy legends like Greg Champion and winning a place as a finalist in the 2013 Search for a Funnybone.
Desperately Young At Heart
Desperately Young At Heart is an outrageously original and award-winning musical comedy cabaret!
The imposing frame of six foot six inch operatic baritone Robert Hofmann channels a spectacular array of hilarious characters as Desperately Young At Heart makes it Melbourne Fringe Festival debut.
The hit show features an Irish nun, a 'gifted' church musician and a sexually-frustrated German relationship counsellor: all young at heart, all desperate, and all comic alter egos of singer Robert Hofmann in slick quick-change costumes by Cherie Hewson. Plus Tommaso Pollio on piano, direction by the legendary Stuart Maunder and special guest singer Cherie Boogaart.
You'll meet Dr Kay Overit, singing teacher and key-note speaker; Helmut Wunderlicher, a sexually frustrated singer turned relationship counsellor; Susan Higgins, a guitar playing church musician; and Sister Maureen Virgillious, an opera singer who took the veil and started teaching.
They sing an eclectic mix of songs including the Sinatra-esque, Richard Rodgers,original and classic music theatre numbers.
Robert Hofmann is a versatile singer who has starred for the West Australian Opera (The Mikado, Die Fledermaus, Orpheus) as well as on the classical concert platform and in cabaret (Divalicious). Costume designer Cherie Hewson has decades of elite credits to her name including the Edinburgh and NY Fringe, while at the keyboard is experienced maestro Tommaso Pollio. And to complete the 'A Team', famous Australian and international opera and theatre personality Stuart Maunder pulls the directorial strings.
If you've ever suffered hearing lousy church music, wished you'd had more fun in your twenties, have already turned 40 (or might do one day), then this is the show for you!
ElbowSkin: From Beer to Eternity
ElbowSkin presents From Beer to Eternity - a time-travelling journey through the history of beer.
Seven thousand years ago, something amazing happened that would save lives, empower women and lubricate the gears of society. They called this magnificent, golden elixir of life 'beer'.
The Melbourne musical comedy duo ElbowSkin started entertaining crowds in their high school days in Eltham, circa 1997, and have had audiences all around the world in stitches with their cheeky songs and hilarious sketches since 2003. Well known in the beer industry for their anthemic beer songs, they've travelled the globe sampling the finest ales, and have returned with a passion to inspire others about this ancient art form.
Presented as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Get animated! School holiday workshops
Explore the art of animation and make your own movie in these hands-on workshops for children.
Choose from traditional hand-drawn animation or get hands-on with claymation techniques. You'll learn all the tricks from one of three top animators, and produce your very own creation to take home.
See website for more information.
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.
I am T-Pain Concert
Two-time Grammy award-winner T-Pain returns to Melbourne for an exclusive tour, I am T-Pain, with special supports to be announced soon.
The Tallahassee born multi-hyphenate American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor, is widely credited for infusing the use of auto-tune into pop music - his influence on hip hop is undeniable.
Throughout the mid-2000s he gained massive success for guest appearances on hits like Kanye West's Good Life, Jamie Foxx's Blame It and Flo Rida's Low.
I'll Be There – Songs and Stories of Solidarity
I'll Be There is an inspiring music theatre show featuring songs and stories of solidarity, produced and performed by the Victorian Trade Union Choir in collaboration with award-winning playwright Rebecca Lister and Michael Roper.
Previous performances include sold-out seasons at Trades Hall in 2012 and at La Mama in 2013.
Workers are needed to create a font out of nothing but rubbish. Use recycled materials to make an R out of bottle caps or an M out of sticks, put it on the factory line, and watch it be turned into a font that you can type with. What crazy letters can be made? We need your help to make every letter in the alphabet. Make a letter or simply have fun typing messages to your friends and family using the Font Factory font.
This is a free, with no bookings required. l children must be accompanied by an adult.
Bonjah Beautiful Wild Album Tour at the Hi-Fi Bar
Bonjah are thrilled to embark on their most extensive national tour yet, supporting their brand new critically acclaimed record 'Beautiful Wild'. Playing over 20 shows across six states the guys want to thank their fans in all corners of Australia.
'Beautiful Wild' debuted at #41 on the ARIA chart, #11 on the ARIA Australian chart and #2 on the AIR Independent Album chart, a massive achievement for the Melbourne based independent band.
The shows will see the band playing their new record in full whilst delving into their past two albums. With a sold out launch show at The Corner on May 9, the explosive live act never disappoint making these shows a must see.
Con Air 2: Con Voyage
Con Air 2: Con Voyage is a live-action sequel to the greatest movie of all time. When a luxury cruise ship is taken over by the world's most notorious white collar criminal, there's only one man who can stop him: Cameron Poe. You know, the main guy from the first movie? Nicholas Cage? Yeah, him.
Con Air 2: Con Voyage is a joyous celebration of Hollywood excess from Tommy Dassalo (Little Dum Dum Club) and Kate Dehnert (2014 RAW Comedy State Finalist).
Fed Square Laughter Club
Join in a 30 minute laughter session at Federation Square at 11am on the first and third Sunday of each month.
Laughter Clubs come together for a session and people laugh for no reason without having to resort to jokes or humour. The sessions last about half an hour and are mostly held outdoors. They are run along the lines established by Dr Madan Kataria, who founded the global laughter movement 14 years ago with one club, and there are now over 5,000 clubs worldwide.
Everyone is welcome to experience first-hand the fun of a laughter session, and gain the benefits of laughter, which improves the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health of individuals, workplaces, and society.
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!
Classics at Fed Square
Enjoy your favourite music all year round with Classics at Fed Square.
Held in the stunning surrounds of the Deakin Edge, these free monthly concerts offer something for everyone, from classical and swing to big band, jazz and even contemporary pop!
The program includes plenty of old favourites from the Melbourne Strings Ensemble to some of the best creative schools across Victoria. Bring a friend and make a day of it, with free exhibitions at ACMI and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and plenty of great cafes open for lunch or coffee.
Comedy Corner Tuesdays
Do you like to laugh? Of course you do, because Endorphins!
Every Tuesday you can get high on brain chemicals as Happy Palace presents Comedy Corner, the new Tuesday night spot welcoming amateurs, up and comers and special guests to the open stage for their chance to burn bright like a star or fade into oblivion never to be heard of again like Kony 2012.
The Comedy Corner: guaranteed more laughter than a dentists chair.
The Melbourne University Shakespeare Company is proud to present a striking contemporary adaptation of Hamlet.
In this unique reconceptualisation of William Shakespeare's most famous work, ghostly visitations become a digitised glitch, courtly politics are accelerated by skype conferences, and the young princess Hamlet is a troubled university student trapped in a horrifying situation.
Featuring a strong ensemble cast, this production invites us to see ourselves in the world of the play and encounter the text anew, revealing the universality and profundity of this central text of world literature.
Bach's Back – Seniors Festival Organ Concert
One of the greatest composers of all time regarded himself simply as a conscientious craftsman, doing his job as best he could in order to satisfy his employers, teach his equals and glorify God. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) would probably have been astounded to learn that 264 years after his death, his name is so revered.
Bon vivant Martin Setchell appears as master Baroque organist and composer Johann Sebastian Bach in an entertaining and educational theatrical performance in which the great composer introduces and plays his personal selection of favourite organ music, and reminisces about his life and times.
Martin Setchell is an English born, international concert organist, now based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since 1997, he has been curator of the pipe organ in Christchurch Town Hall. He performs across the world with the express desire to perform music that entertains.
Doors open at 12:30pm.
Family art-ivity: Where Sport Meets Art
Held at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, in each workshop families will enjoy a tour of the exhibition, before making their own artwork inspired by a special blend of art and sport.
Culture Mamas was established in 2012 by two art-loving mums and lifelong friends, Rebecca Asp and Claire McClelland.
Committed to helping parents connect to the very best arts and culture in Melbourne, Culture Mamas encourages mums dads and carers to connect with the arts to stimulate their intellect and connect with a supportive network of like-minded souls.
Drawing from ancient Chinese traditions, Feel Young combines gentle exercise and dance in a program suitable for all ages.
Led by expert instructors from the Federation of Chinese Associations, Feel Young is designed to invigorate the mind and the body, building fitness, balance and mobility.
Classes are held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, 10.30am - 12.30pm.
All ages are welcome and bookings not required.
Beyond Heidi – An Introduction to the Cheeses of Switzerland
While the French generally get a lot of recognition for being the great European cheese nation, Switzerland has long been known by connoisseurs as home to some of the world's finest fromage.
The depth of Swiss cheese goes well beyond the common clichés of bland, holey cheese. Switzerland is in fact the world's largest producer of raw milk cheeses, and the great Parmiggiano-Reggiano is actually descended from the Swiss cheese Sbrinz. Busloads of French tourists also make their way across the Swiss border each year for the chance to buy a wedge of the iconic L’Etivaz.
Switzerland produces many innovative, exciting and diverse raw milk styles, many of which are only available in Australia. All of them share the common link of honouring the age old tradition of transhumance where the farmers lead their animals up the Alps during the height of summer to graze on fresh, rich alpine pastures. Recently returned from the Alps, cheesemonger, Anthony Femia will host an insightful tasting and introduction to cheeses such as like Vacherin, Viamala, Sbrinz, Appenzeller and L'Etivaz.
Chewing the scene: playwrights' workshop
In these intensive, four-hour workshops for budding playwrights at the State Library of Victoria, Victorian theatre professionals will deliver the insider information on how to get your script off the slush pile.
The behind-the-scenes workshops also look at script development, writing for companies, critiquing your own work and developing your craft.
2014 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival
The 2014 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival will be held on Sunday October 12.
In 2013, over 34,000 who took part in the five events and with 6850 competitors completing the Medibank Melbourne Marathon making the event the largest marathon in Australian history.
In 2013, the race lost its national marathon status, but gained more credibility both in Australia and overseas with phenomenal achievements and by far the best marathon race, ever had.
Browse 'N' Buy Collectables & Nostalgia Market-Fair
Take a trip down memory lane at this big browse and buy collectables, memorabilia, nostalgia fair. This premier event attracts collectors, enthusiasts and sellers from everywhere.
If it's old, new, rare or just hard to find, there's a good chance you'll find it here. Grown ups will find collecting the ideal way to rekindle memories of the past as they discover a lost childhood toy, like a teddy, doll or tin toy. It can also be very rewarding, as collectables almost always increase in value over the years.
For those interested in home decorating or restoring period homes, this is the perfect place to find original, genuine items like china, porcelain, pottery, glassware, kitchenalia and other household items, with prices that are often comparable with mass-produced reproductions.
You'll find lots of bargains, price reductions and sale items from the thousands of 20th century collectables, including, vintage and collectable dolls, teddy bears, tin toys, movie music sporting and science fiction memorabilia, personality autographs, comics, die cast models, Olympics, militaria, toy soldiers, Australiana, jewellery, advertising material, books, swap and trade cards and a whole lot more. If it's collectable, it probably will be for sale at the fair.
This one stop family friendly event is staged undercover at the market and features approximately 50 well known and diverse dealers from suburban Melbourne, country victoria and some from other states will partake at this event.
This will be a fun filled day for the whole family to enjoy.
Entry is free on the day.
Crochet at Fed Square
Crochet workshops are led by a small group of volunteer crochet enthusiasts who are working towards making poppies for the '5000 Poppies project'.
This arts and craft project gives crafters of all persuasions an opportunity to contribute to a large community tribute of respect and remembrance to Australian servicemen and women who have fought in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
The goal of the 5000 poppies project is to create a field of 5000 poppies for display on ANZAC Day 2015, as part of Australia's 100th Anniversary commemoration of the Gallipoli landing.
Workshops are held on the second Monday of every month.
Please note that the workshop in April 2014 will be on Friday 25 April in commemoration of ANZAC Day.
Big ideas under the dome: Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston
As a prelude to the 2015 Anzac centenary, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, AC, AFC (Retired) explores ideas of service and sacrifice, and Australia's special relationship with New Zealand. The 30 minute talk will be followed by Q&A with Jill Singer.
ACM Angus Houston was the Chief of the Defence Force from 4 July 2005 until 4 July 2011, when he retired from the military after 41 years of service. In 2011, Angus was named the Australian Father of the Year and in 2012 the ACT Australian of the Year. Angus was Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board from July 2011 until March 2014. In 2012, he led the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.
Great Ocean 'Rode' Luxury Bike Ride
Great Ocean 'Rode' Luxury Bike Ride is an annual four day bike ride taking in the best highlights of the Great Ocean Road. This is the official four day extension ride for one of Australia's premier cycling events 'Around the Bay in a Day' held every October.
This magnificent ride starts on the Thursday and finishes as part of the exciting Around the Bay in a Day Bike Ride on Sunday. In between is the bike ride that you have always wanted to do and that you will remember forever.
AllTrails will guide you along the internationally renowned Great Ocean Road for three days, winding past the Twelve Apostles and around popular beach resort towns that are the home of the surfing revolution. The pounding surf against limestone cliffs is the perfect backdrop for some power pedalling, climbing hills and descending through thick forest from Warrnambool to Port Campbell, to Apollo Bay to Queenscliff.
After the last overnight stop at Queenscliff, take the ferry across the bay to Sorrento to join one of Australia's premier cycling events 'Around the Bay in a Day'. The final 100km leg will see you ride proudly in through the finish arch at Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne to the festival atmosphere at the finish line that this famous ride generates.
Everything that you will need is organised for the duration of this ride including accommodation, food, safety vehicles, bike mechanic, massage, luggage transfer and much more. You can pedal away each morning knowing that you are being looked after by the best Tour Guides in the business, your luggage will be taken care of, food will be ready at the next stop, and all you need to do is decide which way to look to enjoy the scenery of this magnificent part of the world.
Connected Art Exhibition
More than 150 new and emerging artists with a disability or experience of mental illness will showcase their work in the 12th State Trustees Connected Art Exhibition.
Curated by Andrew Chew from No Vacancy Gallery, Connected features artists selected from 600 entries across Victoria. The works display a range of artistic styles and mediums to showcase the diversity of artistic expression that can be explored through the lens of disability and mental illness.
State Trustees Connected Art Exhibition is sponsored by Maurice Blackburn, Ern Jensen Funerals, Thomson Real Estate, Noel Jones Real Estate and Nous Group.
Champagne and Oysters
Celebrate Sofitel Wine Days with an evening of Champagne and Oysters in Sofitel's Lounge.
This stylish event will showcase Champagne labels including, Taittinger, Bollinger, Laurent Perrier, Billecart Salmon, Ayala, Perrier Jouet, & Louis Roederer.
Indulge in a range of delectable oysters with a selection of fresh seafood prepared by our outstanding Chefs.
Hard Kandy 15th Birthday
Celebrate the 15th anniversary of Hard Kandy, the longest running hard dance brand in the country.
Thanks to Hard Kandy, Australia has one of the most sophisticated and diverse dance club scenes in the world, but It has been no easy task to achieve this kind of success. In the late 1990s, Hard Kandy had the hunger and vision to give Melbourne a new standard to expect from DJs and promoters, with record numbers of Melbourne clubbers looking palpably shocked that they could be having such an amazing night out. Hard Kandy was born!
Having taken the brand to Malaysia, South Africa and New Zealand, more excitement is on the horizon for Hard Kandy. The 15th-anniversary celebrations include DJ Isaac from the Netherlands, Luca Antolini from Italy, Sydney's Toneshifterz, Josh Lang and Steve Hill from New Zealand.
Australian Audio & AV Show 2014
One location, hundreds of top Hi-Fi and AV Brands; the Australian Audio & AV Show is your only chance to hear all the world's best audio & AV in one place.
New technology and digital delivery to classic vinyl and glowing valves - compare hundreds of hi-fi, headphone and home theatre brands before you buy.
Sit down and listen to the world's best systems - many valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Learn about the latest tech - how to stream music around your home, how to turn your computer into a high-end audio source, how to control everything from smart phone and tablet.
Live music, competitions, and special events - it's all in Melbourne from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October.
Children's Week Workshops
During Children's Week, discover what is important about where you live in our free creative arts workshops for children aged five to eight, and nine to 12.
Children's Week workshop with Trace Balla:
Trace Balla is the author and illustrator of Rivertime. Trace lives in central Victoria, and is an illustrator, community artist, art therapist, animator, and writer of songs and stories.
Children's Week workshop with Kylie Dunstan:
Kylie Dunstan is an award-winning author and illustrator of children's picture books. Her first book, Collecting colour, won the CBCA Picture Book of the Year in 2009. She has since written and illustrated four more books and is working on her sixth.
Children's Week is an annual event held during the fourth week in October. Celebrating the right of children to enjoy childhood, it is also a time for youngsters to discover and demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.
These Children's Week events are presented in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Bupa Around the Bay
Over the past 20 years Bupa Around the Bay - Fundraise for The Smith Family has grown to become Australia's largest mass participation bike ride and one of Melbourne's major sporting events. With five ride options to select from, there is a ride to suit everyone. With limited places available, claim your spot in cycling history now by registering on the website.
Finding Families at the State Library of Victoria
Enter the intriguing world of genealogy and learn how to start building a family tree in this free introductory workshop for beginners at the State Library of Victoria.
Librarians from the Family History team will introduce the key principles of family history research. Learn how to access and use a range of resources, and take on a tour of the Library's Family History collection.
ANZACS on the Wall
Singers, songwriters and entertainers, Jim Brown and Vince Brophy perform on the Lone Pine Guitar, crafted from a branch of the Shrine's former Lone Pine tree, to tell the story of Danny Clancy who, like so many young Australians, set off to fight in the First World War. Following the performance, the Lone Pine Guitar will be officially presented to the Shrine of Remembrance by its craftsman at Maton Guitars.
2014 Great Amazing Race
Uplift Events is proud to present Melbourne with the 2014 public Great Amazing Race which will once again be raising funds to support the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation.
Running since 2005, the event is considered Melbourne's ultimate Urban Adventure Race allowing competitors to experience the thrill and excitement of an Amazing Race in their own city. Competing in teams of two, competitors will race around Melbourne visiting famous landmarks and locations while completing a variety of activities along the way.
Teams will race against the clock and other teams, deciphering clues and puzzles as they navigate their way through the course, relying on their teamwork to try and complete the mandatory challenges in the least amount of time.
In 2014, the event will have an eco-friendly feel and motto of 'Go Green in 2014' to help promote awareness on being green!
The event is made up of the Pursuit, Challenge and Collect Stages, but also features the Amazing Race Stage. Just like the television series, teams will also receive Obstacle (Roadblock) or Decision (Detour) Clue Cards during the Amazing Race Stage.
After receiving the clue sheet at the start of the race, teams need to decipher the clues and map out the best route for the race to try and complete all the mandatory stages in the least amount of time. There is no set course and the stages can be completed in any order. Each stage may comprise of a variety of fun, mental, thrilling and physical challenges!
The Great Amazing Race is scored on a points system. Each Pursuit, Challenge, Collect and Amazing Race Stage will attract a certain amount of points. The team that collects the required minimum number of points from each of the stages in the least amount of time wins the event!
Face Your Fears Week at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Does the thought of spiders leave your hair standing on end? Or perhaps the thought of a slithering snake makes you quiver with fear? Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is hosting Face Your Fears Week, allowing visitors to come face-to-face with some of the most feared animals, while highlighting the vital role these often misunderstood creatures play in the environment.
With daily presentations featuring creepy crawlies and all things scaley and slimey, Face Your Fears Week will challenge visitors to overcome their phobias, while discovering fun facts about those animals with a bad reputation, including spiders, snakes and sharks and saltwater crocodiles.
Meet Pinjarra, the resident five-metre mega-croc, see venomous marine creatures up close, and encounter the toothy smile of Mitch, the fierce-looking Grey Nurse shark.
Not for the faint hearted, the creepy crawly discovery zone is a must see for visitors wanting to conquer their greatest fears, plus kids can follow the interactive quiz trail.
Check website for special session times.
Diwali Indian Festival of Light
Experience the charms of Indian culture at the Diwali Festival of Light 2014 at Fed Square.
Each year, Fed Square comes to life with diverse stalls and activities exploring the different traditions, cuisines and crafts of India.
Savour the tastes of authentic Indian food with an array of food stalls, admire delicate hand-made Indian jewellery and fine fashion and unwind with a great range of Indian cinema and music. There will also be demonstrations of traditional Henna painting and classical Indian and Bollywood dance performances and workshops.
While Diwali is commonly referred to as the 'festival of lights', for Hindus it is actually about celebrating inner light and the belief that good will triumph over evil.
Don't miss this beautiful festival renowned for its brilliant displays of fireworks and hundreds of glittering lamps to light up the 'darkness'.
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.
Australian Sparkling Wine Show Champagne Master Class
Last year's participants joined International Champagne Writer of the Year 2011, Tyson Stelzer, for a masterclass where they explored the latest trends in champagne.
Tyson also gave them a competitive look at some champagne highlights currently retailing at $50 on Australian shelves.
Featured Champagnes included Pol Roger Pure Brut NV, Veuve Fourny Cuvee Blanc de Blancs Vertus Premier Cru NV, Lanson Brut Vintage Gold Label 2002, Lenoble Cuvee Intense Brut NV, Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV, Camille Saves Carte Blanche Brut NV, Jacquesson Cuvee 736 NV and Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Sous Bois Brut NV.
The Australian Sparkling Wine Show are excited to announce that Tyson Stelzer will once again run the masterclass in 2014.
This year Marysville will be taking the Masterclass to Melbourne, where it will be held at the Vibe Savoy.
Australian Sparkling Wine Show Gala Dinner
The Gala Awards Dinner is where the winners of the Australian Sparkling Wine Show will be announced to all.
This unique culinary experience will see a showcase of local produce matched to Australia's finest Sparkling Wines in a glittering event. The Chairman of Judges will take the dinner guests through course after course of mouth-watering delights matched to the winning wines.
In 2014, Marysville will be taking the Gala Dinner to Melbourne, where it will be held at the beautiful Vibe Savoy.
With live entertainment, this is a wine-lover's dinner not to be missed!
Cathedrals of Culture
A meditation on the souls of buildings, this documentary opens by delving deep inside the Berlin Philharmonic, a great unconventional beauty that stands at the centre of a once-divided city. As Wim Wenders' camera roams the halls, foyers, practice spaces and main auditorium, the building articulates its relationship to humanity – those who clean it, perform in it, walk on its roof and the man who gave it life.
In a very different vein, Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen gives voice to a modern architectural marvel in Halden Prison. A place of great duality and social complexity, this exploration offers a fascinating view of how a building shapes its inhabitants and the society that exists beyond its high walls.
As each of the six segments, led by different directors, unfurl, the audience is drawn into a series of spaces that exemplify bold ideas and ingenuity. Paris' Centre Pompidou, Oslo's magnificent Opera House and California's Salk Institute are each given a unique voice. The inner workings of these iconic structures ask us to consider how the purpose, placement and history of all buildings enrich and shape those who encounter them.
Check ACMI website for session times.
Forty Thousand Horsemen
In a cinematic tribute to the mounted troops of the Australian Light Horse regiments, director Charles Chauvel presents his 1940 feature-length film Forty Thousand Horsemen. Featuring iconic Australian actors Grant Taylor, Chips Rafferty and Pat Twohill, the story follows three best mates through challenging times as soldiers - from mischief in Cairo in 1916 through to the action of the Australian Light Horse in the charge of Beersheba. Join them for their first film screening in the Shrine's new auditorium.
Friends Only: Opening of the Galleries of Remembrance
This October, Friends of the Shrine are exclusively invited to preview the new Galleries of Remembrance before it opens to the public. Be among some of the first visitors to see remarkable exhibits, including the SS Devanha landing boat and Rolls of Honour displaying the names of all Victorians who enlisted in the Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War. Full details, including the date of the event, will be announced on the Shrine website.
Support the Shrine and become a Friend. For further information contact David Howell, Fundraising and Friends Coordinator or visit the website.
Halloween Fright Night – Dis–organ–eyes
The Night Terrors launch Pavor Nocturnus, a vinyl release (Dual Planet/Twisted Nerve Australia) that combines Grand Organ with theremin, drums and synthesisers. Quiet drops of sepulchral voltage and cacophonous whirls of intricate acoustic phenomena intermingle to prise open the maddening space between sentience and expiration. Miles Brown, Damian Coward and Sarah Lim combine to create a euphorically terrifying dream sequence, just perfect for Halloween.
Students from RMIT's Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice course will add to the drama with a series of short premieres in which the Grand Organ is triggered by computers. Pushing the boundaries beyond the humanly possible, expect to hear profound sub-bass, rippling sonic textures, and a précis of Melbourne's new sound of the decade ahead.
Halloween Spooky Storytime at East Melbourne Library
It's time for fearless families to bring their little ghouls and boos to celebrate Spooky Storytime!
Celebrate with jokes, stories, music and party games. Wear your best costume and have a scream during storytime. There will be face painting, dress-ups and loads of scary activities to do. Plus special guest Wizard Silvernose.
Cautionary note, there will be nuts and colourants in food items. Suits ages three to six years.
Children of the Night at East Melbourne Library
Come and celebrate Spook Night at East Melbourne Library, with devilish host Mr Lou Cyfer.
Show your ticket to the Ferry Man and bring out your inner demon with face painting. Win prizes for best joke, costume and story, and feast away the evening.
For your trick and treat, prepare your dance moves to Monster Mash, Ghost Busters or Time Warp, and get ready to hit the dance floor.
Please note that nuts and colourants will be in food items served.
This event suits children aged seven and over and their keepers.
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.
A soaring evocation of the American spirit in sound, Appalachian Spring is the most enduringly popular work by American composer, Aaron Copland. Originally written as a chamber ballet for Martha Graham, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra performs this Pulitzer Prize-winning work in its original chamber suite form.
As part of the program, London and Melbourne-based pianist Daniel de Borah will perform Shostakovich's high-octane Piano Concerto No.1.
The program includes:
- Schubert's String Quartet in E flat D87 (arr full strings)
- Shostakovich's Concerto in C minor for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra
- Veress's Transylvanian Dances
- Copland's Appalachian Spring (version for 13 instruments).
Directed by William Hennessy.
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.
Australasian Worldwide Music Expo 2014
The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo showcases the finest indigenous folk, roots, and world music, whilst providing delegates the opportunity to foster stronger relationships within the music industry in Australia, Asia and the Pacific region.
The Expo attracts the world's most prominent and influential festival bookers, agents, record labels, and media for workshops, panel discussions and industry networking. As a result of performing at AWME, many artists have scored touring and recording opportunities in Europe and America.
Now in its sixth year, Australasian Worldwide Music Expo has cemented itself as the southern hemisphere's premier roots music industry showcase, conference and trade event, building recognition and understanding of the music and culture from this region.
The Expo takes place in November across the Arts Centre Melbourne, The Hi-Fi, The Toff In Town, Ding Dong Lounge and the Lounge.
Azimuth makes reference to the 'points of view' from which people view, experience and create in the world.
This exhibition is an exploration of the trajectories of practices borne out of ceramics, and gold and silver smithing traditions and brings together a group of contemporary object makers.
See website for more information.
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.
Cut Copy (DJ Set) Present Ocean's Apart
Cut Copy launch Oceans Apart, a compilation record with an exclusive showcase of the best of Melbourne's current live artists who are defining dance music and club culture in Melbourne.
Grammy-nominated Melbourne locals Cut Copy have been instrumental in carving the path for local artists, both here and overseas. Founding member Dan Whitford thought it important to document this success and broaden exposure to a wider audience in the form of a compilation; Oceans Apart.
In celebration of the launch Cut Copy will play a DJ set joined by sets from featured Oceans Apart artists Andras & Oscar, producer Roland Tings (Rohan Newman), No Zu, World's End Press, Sleep D, Speed Painters and Nile Delta.
Going Nowhere is one event happening on two sides of the globe simultaneously – in Melbourne and in Cambridge, UK – exploring how artists, communities and audiences can sustainably generate international creative experiences without getting on an airplane.
Through four local/international arts collaborations, an eco-sound installation, a barn dance and a program of interactive public forums and workshops, Going Nowhere rehearses possible futures and embraces the shared delights of staying put and reaching out.
Full program on website from 22 September.
Cream of the Crop Festival
In November, the best of Australia's dairy produce comes to Melbourne for the first ever Cream of the Crop Festival, hosted by the Dairy Industry Association of Australia. The festival is part of The Age Good Food Month.
Admission includes unlimited samples of cheese, ice-cream, yogurt and butter, as well as entry into dairy masterclasses throughout the day. Wine, beer and cheese platters are available for sale.
Do you like playing on your couch? What are your moves? What does your couch become in your imaginary games?
Join dance and design artists to explore the way we use the family couch. Discover how to put your moves together to make a dance sequence, and design the ideal family couch - however fantastical!
These workshops are part of the creative development of Couch Guerillas, a dance theatre show reflecting family life in the lounge room. Come back and see the show...and the couch in 2015!
A Tale of Two Organs
For the first time in history, both the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ and the stunning Regent Theatre Wurlitzer organ will be showcased in the same concert.
The two outstanding pipe organs will be played by two of the world's most revered and versatile musicians. Richard Hills is one of the very few organists to have mastered both the world of the classical organ and that of the theatre organ. Named Organist of the Year in 2010 by the American Theatre Organ Society, Richard is a sensational performer known for his lightning-quick hands and his infectious rhythmic improvisations. Born and bred in the United Kingdom, this is Richard's first trip to Australia.
Tony Fenelon is one of Australia's best loved musicians, a virtuoso on both piano and organ. Internationally acclaimed, Tony has completed 18 major concert tours and is an artist of choice for demonstrating new organs. In performance, Tony brings drama and fun in equal measures and is equally adept playing major classical works or accompanying silent films.
Hear these two brilliant entertainers play two inspirational instruments, as soloists and in duo performance. The progressive concert on either side of Collins Street will be a mix of classical and theatre organ styles that also includes vocals, piano and a film screening.
A Tale of Two Organs is presented as part of the Good Friday Appeal supporting the Royal Children's Hospital. All profits will be donated to the Appeal.
Celebrate the flavours of each incoming season at Fed Square's quarterly tasting event, Flavour Exchange.
Here is your opportunity to explore Victoria's superb wine, beer and cider and enjoy sensational seasonal produce while meeting all the producers, winemakers and growers. Work your way through the tasting trail, hear the stories behind these much-loved local products and purchase your favourites directly from the producer.
As the summer season begins, join Flavour Exchange for a foodie celebration. Sample the fruits of summer with Pale Ales, Lagers, Moscatos and lightly chilled reds alongside your barbeque essentials. Plus prepare for the party season with food and beverage classes.
Australian DanceSport Championship
The Australian Dancing Society invites you to join us for the 68th Australian DanceSport Championship.
A celebration of Australian and International DanceSport at its best.
Be part of the action at the home of DanceSport, Hisense Arena located in the sporting heart of fabulous Melbourne from the 5th to the 7th of December, 2014.
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.
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra present Handel's Messiah, the world's most-loved oratorio, famous for its sparkling arias, powerful choruses and surging climaxes including the magnificent Hallelujah chorus and the equally thrilling Amen chorus which concludes the work.
Featuring over 100 talented musicians from the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, and an exceptional cast of internationally acclaimed soloists, this concert promises to thrill under the direction of one of Australia's foremost exponents of this great work.
Conducted by Andrew Wailes and featuring Rachelle Durkin (soprano), Deborah Humble (mezzo soprano), John Longmuir (tenor) and Teddy Tahu Rhodes (bass baritone).
Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test
Crowds will flock to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day for the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test, to witness one of the biggest rivalries in world sport and to cheer on the Aussies as they take on England in their battle to win the Ashes on home soil.
Australia's sporting colosseum will be abuzz with excitement and national pride will be on the line as the Aussies fight it out against their traditional and historic rival to reclaim the sport's most sought after prize.
In a coup for families, day three of the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Test match is Toyota Family Day and kids get in free!
There is no bigger sporting event this summer and a seating bay at the MCG will be transformed into the Milo Play Bay, providing a kid friendly zone with plenty of fantastic activities such as a giant slide, interactive cricket games, a couch and beanbag area and giveaways.
The Outfield will also be set up outside each Test venue, providing a family friendly zone with plenty of free activities and entertainment for kids such as face painting, cricket based skill testers, balloon artists, player signing sessions and plenty of giveaways.
Kids in free means one child (aged 15 or under) per full-priced adult ticket enters free for day three of any Test match, but tickets (full-priced adult and free child) must be purchased in the same transaction to verify availability. Offer is subject to availability.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.