Visiting Melbourne

Visiting Melbourne

Destination Melbourne are the proud publishers of the Official Visitors Guide to Melbourne. In addition to picking up a hard copy version of this must-have guide as you arrive through the airport, the guide is now available in iphone app, ipad and Android app versions. Download here for Melbourne's best guide, including interactive maps, itineraries, and to enjoy the special offers.

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If you are flying into Melbourne, make sure you go to visitvictoria.com to find out everything you need to know about the city and its attractions, Victoria's must-see destinations, accommodation options and travel ideas for every budget.

For business visitors stay up to date with meetings and events at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre or plan your next conference with the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau.

Here are some of the many cultural and sporting events coming up in the city and around Victoria:



Blueherring Pop-up
20 January 2014 until 30 September 2015

Blueherring Pop-up

The Blueherring pop-up is a mini-exhibition and retail stand for photographic artwork about Melbourne.

Unique memories and moments of Melbourne are available on quality cards, calendars, fridge magnets, limited edition prints, canvases, and other one-off artworks. All work is created by local Melbourne artist and photographer, Analise.

Artwork focuses on architecture, Melbourne's famous laneways and other iconic scenes.

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Baby bounce
21 January 2015 until 30 June 2015

Baby bounce

Join in a fun session of stories, songs and rhymes, designed for children two and under to explore language with the Library's own show-stopping storytellers.

Please see the website for session times.

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Dirty Dancing
04 March 2015 until 03 May 2015

Dirty Dancing

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

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

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

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

See website for all performance dates and times.

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

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

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

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

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Downtown Vaudeville
27 March 2015 until 30 April 2015

Downtown Vaudeville

Unlike any other venue in the country, Speakeasy HQ is Australia's only vaudeville theatre and bar, bringing you the biggest line-up of circus, burlesque, stand-up, jazz, cabaret, tap, acrobats, prop comics and boylesque stars, all on the same program.

Downtown Vaudeville showcases Speakeasy HQ's most vast and varied acts in a fast-paced program.

VIP and premium packages are available.

Show dates: Fri 27 March 6pm-8pm, Fri 3 Apr 6pm-8pm, Thurs 9 Apr 8:30pm-11pm, Fri 10 Apr 8:30pm-11pm, Thurs 16 Apr 8:30pm-11pm, Wed 22 Apr 8:30pm-11pm, Fri 24 Apr 6pm-8pm, Thurs 30 Apr 8:30pm-11pm.

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Batmania
01 April 2015 until 28 April 2015

Batmania

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Design a font
02 April 2015 until 28 May 2015

Design a font

A well-designed font has the power to influence and delight. Learn the subtleties of type as graphic designer Paul Hanslow teaches you to 'fontify' your hand-drawn letters in this design workshop.

These workshops are inspired by the graphic design and font work in our exhibition, Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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

Buddha's Birthday Education Project

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

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

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

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Battlefield Gallipoli:Landscape of War and Memory
14 April 2015 until 31 August 2015

Battlefield Gallipoli:Landscape of War and Memory

The enduring fascination with Gallipoli is explored in this exclusive exhibition which presents some 100 items recovered from the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the Gallipoli battlefield (2010 to 2014) supported by the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish governments.

Historical and geographical context is provided by maps and engravings on loan from the University of Melbourne, the Mehmet Ugurlu print collection and the Turkish Naval Forces Command.

This exhibition is proudly supported by the Australian, Turkish and Victorian governments, The University of Melbourne, The Calvert-Jones Foundation and City of Melbourne.


Entry is free, gold coin donations are welcomed.

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As You Like It
23 April 2015 until 10 May 2015

As You Like It

What's the craziest thing you have ever done for love?

As You Like It is an adventure of the heart, a journey through a forest of poetry (and lions), and a tale of a love so grand all the rules are broken to win the heart of a boy.

Passionate and disarming, As You Like It, one of Shakespeare's most beloved romantic comedies, will be directed by Bell Shakespeare's Artistic Director, Peter Evans.

Featuring an inspiring cast, including John Bell as the melancholic Jaques, in his final role with Bell Shakespeare as an Artistic Director, and the exuberant Zahra Newman (twice Helpmann Award nominated) as Rosalind.

Villains. Heroes. Wrestling. Cross dressing. And love at first sight. What's not to love about As You Like It?

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Burlesque by the Marquise
25 April 2015 until 30 May 2015

Burlesque by the Marquise

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

The Marquise will perform her stunning live burlesque set as Speakeasy HQ's headline attraction. Your ticket to see the Marquise also entitles you to see Speakeasy HQ's 10-act vaudeville show, along with the pre-show jazz act.

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A Fair & Regenerative Food System For Australia Workshop With Presentation By Joel Salatin
27 April 2015 until 27 April 2015

A Fair & Regenerative Food System For Australia Workshop With Presentation By Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin is a full time farmer in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley where his farm services more than 5000 families and many retail outlets and restaurants. His models aim to encourage emotionally, economically, and environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprises.

The food system in Australia is not solely focused on servicing global commodity markets or corporate-scale value chains. A growing number of family-scale producers and food industry enterprises are opting to support the escalating demand of consumers for directly-sourced local produce.

Regulatory frameworks unfortunately have not kept in step with the changes in the profile of the food system and serve to favour industrial scale operations. These market conditions are increasingly restrictive and a more balanced set of frameworks and approaches are required.

Regrarians, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) and the Grossi family are hosting this workshop to initiate the establishment of a Membership for the Australian-based producer, food industry and consumer-supported Legal Defence Fund. This Fund would seek to support and defend the interest of its members towards a fair and regenerative food system for Australia.

Please see the website for further information and schedule of activities on the day.

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Anzac Centenary – Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance
28 April 2015 until 28 April 2015

Anzac Centenary – Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance

See history come to life as the events of World War One are illustrated through storytelling and performance.

On the morning of 25 April 1915, allied troops came ashore at Gallipoli in an attempt to seize the peninsula. Mistakenly landing a mile from their target location, by evening over 2000 Australians had been killed or wounded.

From 2014 to 2018 Australia marks the centenary of World War One and the Gallipoli landing, a pivotal moment in forging our national identity.

Illustrating the stories and events of World War One, this special event will feature live storytelling and theatre performances, film screenings and readings from wartime diaries held in the State Library's collection. Join us to learn about Australia's past and reflect on the Anzac centenary.

This roadshow will travel to communities across Victoria from 2014 to 2015. This event is brought to you by the Victorian Government, Veterans Branch, Department of Premier and Cabinet as part of the Anzac centenary.

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Celebrate The Festival of Lunchtimes At Melbourne Central This April
28 April 2015 until 28 April 2015

Celebrate The Festival of Lunchtimes At Melbourne Central This April

Melbourne Central is showing you how to maximise your lunch break with the Festival of Lunchtimes throughout the month of April. Get out of the office and into Melbourne Central for a unique, midday reboot.

Melbourne Central will be holding exciting workshops and sessions over lunchtime, helping you make the most of your hard earned lunch break. Pop into the centre to experience one of the delicious daily lunch offerings followed by an exciting half hour workshop.

For a midday style refresh attend one of the half hour Styling Masterclass sessions with a top-tier stylist.

Clear your head and open your mind with a free Laneway Learning workshop held every Tuesday in April. With half hour sessions, you will still have plenty of time to enjoy the other food and retailers on offer in the centre.

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Cocktail Degustation
29 April 2015 until 29 April 2015

Cocktail Degustation

Come and enjoy a wonderful cocktail degustation, series number seven: across the galaxy.

Plot your path to the hidden cellar bar, and escape velocity. Join the guest barman extraordinaire as he tunes taste buds to dance under the stars!

Comfortable below your zenith, enjoy four cocktail courses, brilliantly matched to Chef's entrée, main and dessert




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Altitude Shift
30 April 2015 until 02 May 2015

Altitude Shift

Anglicare Victoria is searching for 300 courageous adventure seekers to abseil down a Melbourne skyscraper to raise funds for children in foster care.

Altitude Shift gives people the chance to test their nerve on St James building in Bourke Street, while raising funds for Victorian foster children.

The event is one of the most adventurous ways in which people can help a child in need. Altitude Shift will take you out of your comfort zone.

All money raised will go towards programs that create positive, lasting change in the lives of Victoria's most vulnerable children.

Anglicare Victoria aims to raise at least $200,000 from the 'bucket list' experience.

Do whatever you can to help you raise money - if you think dressing up as Superman will work, 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 Zenith Events, an adventure/ abseil company with a 100 per cent safety record. Qualified abseil professionals will be on-site and will prepare and guide each participant on the day.

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Digital Leadership Program
30 April 2015 until 01 May 2015

Digital Leadership Program

The digital revolution has created a new reality in openness, participation, collaboration and knowledge sharing. Are new technologies a cause of disruption, or are they to be embraced and harnessed by leaders? What does the future hold? And what does it mean for leadership?

You will learn to understand the potential impact of digital media in driving change and achieving objectives in the workplace and the community and explore the skills and attributes of Digital Leaders.

Explore the barriers, challenges and risks of Digital Leadership, increase the motivation, confidence and knowledge to become a Digital Leader. Through activities and sharing experiences and insights with peers and presenters, develop strategies to apply the learning's to achieve workplace or community objectives and review personal strengths and weaknesses as a Digital Leader and commence an action plan for further development.

This program endeavours to connect program participants to provide ongoing peer support during and beyond the program.

Guest speakers include Michael Short, Editor, The (Ideas) Zone, The Age, David Hua, Head of Digital Operations, ABC International, Tim Lo Surdo, Head of Campaigns, Oaktree Foundation, Laura Chisholm (WCLP'12), Director, Inlight Media, Will Dayble, Director, Squareweave and Seamus Bradley, Media and Communication Strategist, Editor and Journalist Associate, The Agenda Group.


This is a two-day workshop.

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Elision
30 April 2015 until 30 April 2015

Elision

Elision, Australia's international contemporary music ensemble, will perform the Australian premiere of Richard Barrett's world-line cycle, along with Timothy McCormack's Heavy Matter (with Ben Marks on solo trombone) and Liza Lim's Weaver of Fictions (Genevieve Lacey on solo Ganassi recorder).

Elision has established a reputation for delivering authoritative and virtuosic interpretations of complex, unusual and challenging aesthetics, often developed in close collaboration with the composer. The group has recorded over 22 CDs, undertaken close to 40 international tours to over 14 different countries, and initiated international commissions and projects supported by cultural organisations in the UK, Germany, Canada, Holland, France and Japan.

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Bearing Witness
30 April 2015 until 30 April 2015

Bearing Witness

Charles Bean was Australia's greatest and most famous war correspondent. He is the man who told Australia about the horrors of Gallipoli and the Western Front, created the Anzac legend and was central to the creation of the Australian War Memorial.

Yet we know so little about the real man. Peter Rees gives us insight into a key figure who helped shape the emerging Australian identity.

Entry is free, gold coin donations welcomed.

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Administrative Professionals Day
01 May 2015 until 01 May 2015

Administrative Professionals Day

Are you a hard working Office Professional? Well Administrative Professionals Day is all about raising a glass to all the wonderful Administrative Professionals out there who work tirelessly to keep businesses running like clockwork.

Munich Brauhaus are inviting local Executive Assistants, Personal Assistants and Administrative Assistants down for a glass of bubbles on the haus.

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Black Ink Book Launch
01 May 2015 until 01 May 2015

Black Ink Book Launch

Join this event to launch Margarita Yerusalimsky's poetry collection entitled 'Black Ink'.

This is a not-for-profit book launch. Books will be sold on the night for $20 a copy and all proceeds of the sale will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The event also includes a catwalk fashion show of dresses by Aron and silent auctions of artwork by various Australian artists. All proceeds from the auctions will be donated to the selected charities.

The venue has a limited capacity. Please arrive early to ensure entry.

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ArtClub
02 May 2015 until 30 May 2015

ArtClub

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

The first week explores Photo Alphabets where children will look within the local environment in search of the letters of the alphabet and capture them in photographs.

Weeks two and three are presented by Yinka Shonibare, a Nigerian/British artist who often uses brightly coloured African fabrics in his work to create dresses or alien sculptures. The workshop will look at the reasons why he creates these works, and participants will create their own works using these African fabrics.

Weeks four and five will explore why Alberto Giacometti's tall, thin sculptures of figures look so sad. Why did he want to make sad figures? Find out why and experiment with plaster, the material he became so well known for, and create your own figures that express emotions.

These workshops are for children aged nine to 12.

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Ageing in Australia Expo 2015
02 May 2015 until 02 May 2015

Ageing in Australia Expo 2015

The Ageing in Australia Expo is a unique Victorian event connecting older people and their families to aged care providers and support services.

The expo will provide an opportunity for people to find out about the range of support services available to them and their families as they age. Visitors can speak to representatives from aged care services, health services, government departments, peak organisations and ethnic community organisations relating to the care and wellbeing of older Australians.

The event is particularly targeted to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to ensure equitable information access.

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Dig the Archives
02 May 2015 until 02 May 2015

Dig the Archives

Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia are opening their doors and inviting you to dig the archives at the Victorian Archives Centre Open Day.

Come along on and take a tour of our massive collection of almost 100 kilometres of archives, listen to historians amazing discoveries and start your own family or Victorian research journey.

Guest speakers include journalist and author Gideon Haigh, Ancestry.com.au's Ben Mercer, author and historian Liz Rushen, and many more.

Register for talks, free tours of the collection and researcher workshops via the website.

Talks, tours and workshops run throughout the day. Visit the website to see the full schedule and book for preferred sessions in advance.

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Dig the Archives: Victorian Archives Centre Open Day
02 May 2015 until 02 May 2015

Dig the Archives: Victorian Archives Centre Open Day

Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia are opening their doors and inviting you to Dig the Archives at the Victorian Archives Centre Open Day.

Come along on the 2nd of May to take a tour of the massive collection of almost 100km of archives, listen to historians amazing discoveries and start your own family or Victorian research journey.

Guest speakers include journalist and author Gideon Haigh, Ancestry.com.au’s Ben Mercer, author and historian Liz Rushen, and more.

It’s set to be a busy day so it is highly recommend you register for your chosen talks, tours, researcher workshops and presentations in advance to avoid disappointment!

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Beethoven: The 1808 Vienna Concert
02 May 2015 until 02 May 2015

Beethoven: The 1808 Vienna Concert

Beethoven's Sixth Symphony
5PM-6:15PM
Symphony No.6 Pastoral
Ah! perfido
Mass in C: Gloria

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
7:30PM-8:45PM
Piano Concerto No.4
Symphony No.5

Beethoven's Choral Fantasy
9:30PM-10:15PM
Mass in C: Sanctus and Benedictus
Fantasia for Piano
Choral Fantasy

Diego Matheuz conductor
Saleem Ashkar piano
Susan Gritton soprano
Jacqueline Porter soprano
Fiona Campbell mezzo-soprano
Henry Choo tenor
Timothy Reynolds tenor
Christopher Richardson bass-baritone
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir

With a line-up of internationally acclaimed soloists and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir joining the Orchestra for this rare event, you are invited to sit back and relax in the company of one of music's greatest creative minds.

In December 1808, Beethoven - acting as promoter, conductor and concert pianist - staged a remarkable concert in Vienna's Theater an der Wien which premiered several of the most influential works in music history.

Works will be performed in the original order of the 1808 Concert. With time to catch up with fellow music-lovers for dinner and drinks during two extended interval breaks, this is a special night in the MSO's history not to be missed.

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 Put Your Foot Down: Walk for Pancreatic Cancer
03 May 2015 until 03 May 2015

Put Your Foot Down: Walk for Pancreatic Cancer

The Fifth annual Melbourne Put Your Foot Down Walk will once again start at Alexandra Gardens on the banks of the Yarra River.

The five kilometre route will follow the scenic river paths and return along Southbank Promenade. The purple-clad supporters will help raise awareness in the broader community as they walk through this vibrant city precinct.

All profits raised will go towards research to help achieve the organisers' vision of doubling the number of pancreatic cancer survivors by 2020.

Participants are encouraged to wear purple, the colour of pancreatic cancer. There will be a sausage sizzle, refreshments and face painting for a gold coin donation. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed.

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Adult Fairy Party
03 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Adult Fairy Party

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

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

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

DO: expect pass the parcel, glitter and alcohol.

DON’T: expect free fairy bread.

DO: Dress up for a special discount!*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Sunday in May - Downstairs at the Butterfly Club!

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Beyond the Cage: The Nonhuman Rights Project
04 May 2015 until 04 May 2015

Beyond the Cage: The Nonhuman Rights Project

A huge legal wall separates humans from animals. Right now, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) is challenging this convention using strategic litigation to liberate four chimpanzees held in wrongful captivity.

The 2015 Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series welcomes the President of NhRP, Professor Steven Wise, as international keynote speaker to discuss NhRP's mission to revolutionise the way the law considers nonhuman animals.

This lecture will be chaired by Voiceless Legal Counsel, Emmanuel Giuffre. An introduction to the lecture will be given by philanthropist Philip Wollen OAM.

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Classics at Fed Square
04 May 2015 until 04 May 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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Crafty Mondays at Fed Square
04 May 2015 until 04 May 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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2015 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival
07 May 2015 until 21 May 2015

2015 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

Spanning documentary, drama, animation and more, the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival's diverse program of film premieres, arts and speaker events will introduce you to incredible people and fascinating places.

Kicking off in Melbourne then touring nationally, our entertaining and innovative program seeks to inform, engage, inspire and drive conversation on human rights issues.

For two weeks The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival will take over Melbourne's iconic Federation Square with screenings at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and art exhibitions at various Melbourne CBD galleries.

Hang out at the HRAFF HUB for post-film discourse, or come by on weekends for speakers and talks at the inaugural Breakfast Sessions.

All HRAFF art and film venues are accessible by wheelchair, except for Fort Delta.

HRAFF has been restricted from classification: only a few films including CineSeeds are available for people under 18 years of age. Please check your film before purchasing.

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Backstreet Boys – In a World Like This Tour
08 May 2015 until 08 May 2015

Backstreet Boys – In a World Like This Tour

It's time to clear your schedule for May because Backstreet Boys are back and they are bringing Kevin.

After reuniting with original member Kevin Richardson in 2013, all five original members recorded a new album, In a World Like This, and filmed a revealing documentary, Show Em What You're Made Of, while embarking on a sold-out tour across Europe and North America to crowds, celebrating 20 years of making music.

Now it's Australia's turn.

Selling more than 130 million albums worldwide, Backstreet Boys have been dominating the music scene for two decades. True entertainers, masters of some of the greatest pop songs ever recorded, their concerts are not to be missed.

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Classic Speak as You Eat Four Course Dinner
10 May 2015 until 10 May 2015

Classic Speak as You Eat Four Course Dinner

Enjoy a special four-course dinner with guest chef Olivier Kohen from Seven Seeds Cafe.

Other special guests include Lukas Schrank, a filmmaker and designer from London, founder of Visitor studio and director of Nowhere Line, an animated documentary that tells stories from detainees at the Manu island detention centre.

Also attending will be photojournalist Matthew Lyn, who uses his camera as an excuse to talk to people. Mat has worked in Melbourne and around Asia, watching, listening, laughing and learning.

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Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards
11 May 2015 until 17 May 2015

Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards

The Design Institute of Australia is the peak industry body representing designers across all disciplines. The Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards are the DIA's flagship program for emerging designers.

Entries are drawn from a wide range of categories, including industrial design, furniture design and interior design.

The entries are judged by an esteemed panel and the winners of each category are awarded. All of the work is then displayed for the remainder of the week for the public to admire and enjoy.

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Crochet at Fed Square
11 May 2015 until 11 May 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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David Walliams: The New Roald Dahl
11 May 2015 until 11 May 2015

David Walliams: The New Roald Dahl

Loved, admired, and perhaps somewhat reviled by adults as part of the comedy duo of Little Britain, David Walliams is far better known by kids across the globe as the author, of rock star proportions of seven hilarious and often moving illustrated children's novels.

Often dubbed the Roald Dahl of the 21st Century, his books have been published in 40 languages, selling over four million copies in the UK alone. His first book, The Boy in the Dress (released in late 2008), was illustrated by Dahl's longtime collaborator Quentin Blake.

David has since published six more novels and two picture books in quick succession, and to much acclaim. Just this year, sales of his novels all firmly geared to a tween readership have outstripped that of JK Rowling. And it's all seemingly happened by stealth.

Walliams will drop by the Athenaeum Theatre for a chat with television presenter and comedian Charlie Pickering and a budding legion of young Australian fans. Come along, bring your kids and meet the international children's publishing sensation.

This event is perfect for children aged seven to 12, but open to all ages.

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Emerging Leaders Twilight Talks
12 May 2015 until 12 May 2015

Emerging Leaders Twilight Talks

Opera Australia together with Trans-Tasman Business Circle, are delighted to present the Emerging Leaders Twilight Talks. The Emerging Leaders Twilight Talks will open the discussion on ways to challenge the status quo and create thought provoking dialogue for the next generation of business leader.

The series of Talks, across Melbourne and Sydney, sees Captains of industry in the Business and Arts sectors open an informal and interactive discussion around Design Thinking, Creative Leadership, Influence and Persuasion to encourage, challenge and stimulate your thinking and practices.

Jim Moser, CEO, Clemenger Group, Josephine Ridge, Artistic Director, Melbourne Festival,
Simon Abrahams, Creative Director and CEO, Melbourne Fringe are the panellists.

Companies are scouring the world for new ideas. In their quest for creativity and innovation, there is something to be learnt from the creative industries. Insights from art experiences inform leadership and inspire breakthrough ideas for innovation.

Some of the greatest difficulties that leaders face today revolve around the need to instil passion, mobilise teams toward achieving a common vision, and motivate change in employees. Organisations led by creative leaders have a higher success rate in innovation, employee engagement, change and renewal.

Enjoy drinks and canapés at the launch of the Emerging Leaders Twilight Talks Series, the inaugural forum, with the panel of high profile key speakers plus a stunning performance from Opera Australia Artist - Soprano Julie Lea Goodwin

Evening Cocktail Reception.

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Design for Business: Research Conference
12 May 2015 until 13 May 2015

Design for Business: Research Conference

In its fifth year, this trans-disciplinary conference presents the latest studies on the role of design as a strategic resource in the development of new business platforms, communication strategies, products and services. This world class platform is held over two days and includes a Research Forum, Round Table Symposium and a number of networking opportunities.

An impressive line up of local and international scholars, academics and professionals will present rigorous academic research and business case studies on Business Model Design and Innovation, Design Thinking for Creative Entrepreneurs, Educating for Tomorrow, Digital Design Innovation, Food Design, Strategic Design, Consumer vs Customer vs User, Designing New Markets, Products and Packages, New Product Design and Innovation and Urban and Spatial Design and Innovation.

Do not miss your chance to make new contacts, reinvigorate old ones, discuss publishing opportunities, and join the conversation on the theory and practice of design and how the two can inform and interact with one another and offer strategic advantage that can lead to improved productivity and increased economic prosperity.

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Business Advantage Breakfast Seminar
13 May 2015 until 13 May 2015

Business Advantage Breakfast Seminar

Presenting the latest in global thinking about design’s role as a strategic resource for building business advantage. Hear from past editor at BusinessWeek and world-renowned author, Jay Greene, whose latest book, Design Is How It Works, presents in-depth discussions with CEO’s from design driven corporations and SME’s across the world.

Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with executives such as Virgin Atlantic Chairman, Richard Branson and Nike CEO, Mark Parker, Jay illuminates in a series of fascinating case studies of design-oriented companies—from OXO to Clif Bar to LEGO—that design isn’t merely about style and form.

Jay will be joined by Senior Product Designer from Twitter, Miki Setlur, to look at how one of the world’s largest and most successful social media platforms has integrated design into their DNA.

The Business Advantage Breakfast Seminar is a landmark event at the annual Melbourne International Design Week. The program is presented by Ideas on Design in partnership with the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and the State Government of Victoria.

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Contemporary book design: panel discussion
13 May 2015 until 13 May 2015

Contemporary book design: panel discussion

State Library Victoria's exhibition Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum explores some of the world's finest examples of book design from across the ages.

This panel of experts will discuss the most interesting and challenging aspects of contemporary book design and the multitude of messages that a design can convey. Perfect for designers and design-lovers alike.

Presented as part of Melbourne International Design Week.

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Contemporary Book Design: Panel Discussion
13 May 2015 until 13 May 2015

Contemporary Book Design: Panel Discussion

The State Library's exhibition Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum (from 20 March to 14 June) explores some of the world's finest examples of book design from across the ages.

Complementing the exhibition, this panel of experts will discuss the most interesting and challenging aspects of contemporary book design and the multitude of messages that a design can convey. Perfect for designers and design-lovers alike.

Presented as part of Melbourne International Design Week.

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Design Futures Secondary Schools Forum and Careers Expo
14 May 2015 until 14 May 2015

Design Futures Secondary Schools Forum and Careers Expo

Design Futures 2015 is an informative and enthralling way for 2,500 secondary school students to discover the different design disciplines and choose a course. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of agIdeas, students will learn from a hand-picked line up of designers from across disciplines who stand out in the world for ideas and execution of work.

The Secondary School Forum assists in the transition from secondary into the tertiary education sector and explores pathways to a career in a broad range of design disciplines including communication design, branding and identity, product and industrial design, interactive and multimedia design and design for the built environment.

Students will also have the chance to navigate a Design Course Careers Expo at which universities, TAFE colleges and design academies set up information stalls sharing details about career pathways. The Secondary School Forum assists in the transition from secondary into the tertiary education sector and explores pathways to a career in a broad range of design disciplines including communication design, branding and identity, product and industrial design, interactive and multimedia design and design for the built environment.

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Beneath the Surface: Urban Renewal and our Industrial Legacy
14 May 2015 until 14 May 2015

Beneath the Surface: Urban Renewal and our Industrial Legacy

Australia's industrial heritage, combined with lower environmental standards for much of the last 150 years has resulted in parts of urban soil environment becoming contaminated.

Healthy soils are important for the ongoing viability of our urban areas by nourishing parks/backyards, food growing, biodiversity and filtering contaminants.

Join Christian Wallis as he explores the practices that have caused soil contamination, their impacts and the measures that can be applied to support urban renewal for healthy communities.

Presented by The Royal Society of Victoria.

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Electro Swing Club First Birthday featuring Slamboree UK
15 May 2015 until 15 May 2015

Electro Swing Club First Birthday featuring Slamboree UK

The Electro Swing Club is celebrating its first birthday.

Headlining the birthday jamboree is Slamboree Soundsystem (UK). Join them as they present their high-octane, genre-defining mix of Big Bass Swing, Pyro Circus and general on stage madness.

The line-up also features Australia's only seven-piece fully live electro swing band, Ensemble Formidable, plus an entire nine-piece swing band, headed by the legendary big band leader Andrew Nolte, to deliver classics by Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and many more.

Don your finest vaudeville steampunk and 1920s attire.

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Beer Cocktail Degustation
16 May 2015 until 16 May 2015

Beer Cocktail Degustation

Although some beer purists maintain that mixing a beer with anything other than a cold glass is sheer blasphemy, the crew at 1806 love to experiment and have created cocktails that highlight and accentuate the fantastic flavours in beer.

Bridging the 'grand canyon' sized gap between lager lovers and cocktail connoisseurs, 1806 have devised a special beer cocktail degustation. The event showcases a collaboration of theatre, beer, cocktails and cuisine over three-courses.

Created with the discerning beer drinker and foodie in mind, let them take you on a journey of the senses.

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Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival
16 May 2015 until 17 May 2015

Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival

The 20th annual Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival celebrates Buddha's birthday and the diversity of multicultural society.

The festival promotes inclusiveness, cultural awareness and understanding whilst enhancing community spirit and social harmony. It celebrates hope for the future through multicultural and multi-faith concerts, inter faith ceremonies, educational lectures, world peace and baby blessing ceremonies, meditation for body and mind, glorious cuisine and much more.

As a significant event in the Melbourne calendar, acknowledged by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, its primary goals are to promote peace and harmony, respect and magnanimity, compassion and cultural awareness and to share the spirit of joy and happiness within the community and families.

This year's theme is hope and future. It is through hope for the Earth and the people, that there will be a brighter future. This hope for the future of the Earth will come from nurturing the fragile environment, restoring a balance in humanity and providing compassion to the earth through recycling, sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.

The hope for sentient beings lies in restoring the balance in humanity through the three acts of goodness (do good deeds, say kind words, think honourable thoughts), four offerings (give others confidence, joy, convenience and service) and five harmonies (self-serenity, family tranquillity, peer respect, social harmony and world peace).

There is hope that each and every person will plant this seed of hope for a brighter and better future for all beings. Come and be part of the hope for a harmonious future within oneself, families, peers, society and the world.

The festival is organised by Fo Guang Shan and Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA), a not-for-profit organisation. The association engages in activities that are beneficial to society at large. It places emphasis on education, culture, cultivation and service.

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A Sunday Session With Thunder Road Brewing
17 May 2015 until 17 May 2015

A Sunday Session With Thunder Road Brewing

Enjoy the European-style beer hall for a three-course lunch with the Thunder Road Brewing Co team as they talk you through an interesting range of their more exclusive beers. This relaxed and casual Sunday session will be the perfect way to get into the spirit of Good Beer Week 2015.

Some of TRB's more recently developed beers will be accompanied by three courses designed to share with friends and family.

Marcus Cox, senior brewer at TRB, will talk you through the background and brewing approach for each of these delicious beers. Other members of the Thunder Road Brewing team will also be on hand to discuss some of their small batch and R&D programs.

Thunder Road's newly released Double Ferment Series will be also available both to enjoy at the event and to take away.

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Beer, Barrel 'n' Whisky
17 May 2015 until 17 May 2015

Beer, Barrel 'n' Whisky

Join beer and whisky lovers as and get back to the roots of oak. Expert presenters will guide you through four beers from North Coast California and four whiskies that express the influence of oak.

Come and delve into the impact of cask ageing and its transformation of the drinks that are consumed today.

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Chloe Talks Dinner
18 May 2015 until 18 May 2015

Chloe Talks Dinner

The iconic Chloe painting at Young & Jackson's Chloe's Bar has seen some sights. Chloe's cool gaze has overseen a patchwork of patrons from soldiers to labourers and prime ministers. And Chloe has seen a lot of beer drunk by all of them.

Tasmania's Moo Brew also has a strong connection to Art - originally built at the Moorilla winery on the banks of the River Derwent, the brewery's heritage became strongly tied to MONA the Museum of Old and New Art when this incredible building and now cultural draw card opened to the public in 2011.

Hence Moo Brew loves a good art story and a good beer story and want to share those stories and Chloe's at this Chloe Talks evening, over dinner and beers. You will hear stories about beer and art, and Chloe's story, literally coming from the walls.

A social and interactive night, with patrons enjoying a suite of stories, fine food, delicious Tasmanian beer and a chance to walk away with a special prize at the end of the night.

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 Eat Feral with Feral: A Nieuw Safari
19 May 2015 until 19 May 2015

Eat Feral with Feral: A Nieuw Safari

Come along to Nieuw Amsterdam's 'Eat Feral with Feral' to ravage a four course tasting safari of wild produce, matched to a range of limited release Feral beers.

Taste extra special brews coming out of the West Coast just for Good Beer Week, including favourites from the Brewpub Series and a new feral brew.

The Nieuw Safari will feature such animals as bush pig or boar, rabbit, wallaby and crocodile. Dress on the night will be safari themed with Feral prizes for the most wild get-up. Expect wild jungle beats all night.

There will also be a special appearance from the Feral brewers who will give a short talk about their beer and meet foodies/beer lovers alike.

Nieuw Amsterdam is an on premise and take-away licensed venue, so punters will also have the opportunity to purchase the beers they drink to take home.

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Eat Street Melbourne - Supporting Variety Victoria
19 May 2015 until 19 May 2015

Eat Street Melbourne - Supporting Variety Victoria

Join the foodie event of the year as three ballrooms at the Sofitel Melbourne, at the celebrated Paris end of Collins Street, are transformed into something out of this world for Eat Street.

This year's theme is Around the World in 40 Dishes, showcasing great food and marking the 40th anniversary of Variety in Australia.

Some of Melbourne's top chefs will provide an entree-sized dish to sampled in the hawker-style setting. As you stroll around you will be able to savour dishes from the likes of Anthony Liu from the celebrated Flower Drum, Scott Pickett from Estelle, Saint Crispin and Scott McVeigh from Union Food and Wine.

With plenty of chefs boasting The Age Good Food Guide coveted hats, it will be a night to remember.
The all-inclusive ticket price of $160 covers beverages sourced from Australia and overseas.

Rub shoulders with celebrities, meet top chefs, be entertained by Lisa Edwards, share in prizes and bid for some wonderful auction items. Come with a big appetite and bring your friends.

Visit the website for more information and to secure your ticket. Ticket bookings can also be taken by telephone.

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brewing, breeding and butchering.
19 May 2015 until 19 May 2015

brewing, breeding and butchering.

The Royal Mail on Spencer love beer and love butchery too and it's what The Royal Mail is known for.

Come for a night where you and the team will brew a small batch of beer, feast on a spit-roasted whole pig fed on chocolate malt grain and fresh Saaz hops and turn a pig into charcuterie, bacon, salami, prosciutto and fresh chorizo sausages.

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Chuck & Crafty Present David vs Goliath: The Taste-Off
19 May 2015 until 19 May 2015

Chuck & Crafty Present David vs Goliath: The Taste-Off

Craft beer pioneer Chuck Hahn and The Crafty Pint's James Smith join forces for a blind tasting pitting beers from the bigger craft brewers against their smaller peers.

Since founding Hahn in the 80s, Chuck has created the James Squire range, Kosciuszko and more, while The Crafty Pint helps shine a light on the contemporary craft beer scene in Australia.

Over five flights of different styles, each featuring four beers, some from big and some from small breweries. They will guide you through a blind tasting in which your eyes, nose and mouth will decide who you think brews the best beers, David or Goliath?

Upstairs in the Duke's new space, The Dutchess, you will get 20 samples, a welcome beer, nibbles, surprises, prizes and the combined knowledge of Chuck and Crafty all for just $20.

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2015 CERA Scientific Exchange
20 May 2015 until 20 May 2015

2015 CERA Scientific Exchange

Please join Chairman Mr Peter Nankivell and the Directors of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) for the 2015 CERA Scientific Exchange.

Meet CERA's international leaders and rising stars in eye research. Explore latest research advances in macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. Learn about new areas of CERA research, including vision regeneration and stem cell research. Connect with CERA's partners and supporters
The 2014/2015 CERA Awards will be presented during this event.

RSVP is essential for catering purposes (acceptances only). Please see the website for further information.

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Chin Chin X Quiet Deeds: Brewing up a Banquet
20 May 2015 until 20 May 2015

Chin Chin X Quiet Deeds: Brewing up a Banquet

Set underground in Chin Chin's GoGo Bar, chef Benjamin Cooper will serve a banquet of the finest South East Asian dishes especially crafted to complement five Quiet Deeds brews.

Drink and dine amidst beer-inspired art created by Melbourne's up-and-coming artsits in honour of Good Beer Week and listen as Quiet Deeds brewer Bobby Henry talks all things beer and food matching.

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A Fruity Affair with Bryan Baird
21 May 2015 until 21 May 2015

A Fruity Affair with Bryan Baird

Attention Beer Lovers. Come for a night to remember with head brewer and founder of Baird Beer, Bryan Baird. Learn all about the Baird Fruitful Life series and taste a never-before-seen-in-Australia brew from their range.

Allow Baird to take you on a journey of his techniques sourcing local Japanese produce for his Fruitful Life series of beers in this exclusive event. Baird will also talk about his unique sustainable techniques for brewing this range, something which he feels passionately about.

Special guests include Adam Betts, head brewer of the Edge Brewing Project, who will showcase a one-off brew made especially for the event and inspired by the Baird Fruitful Life series. Entry fee includes six different beers to try.

Nieuw Amsterdam is an on premise and takeaway licensed venue, so punters will also have the opportunity to purchase the beers from this event to take home.

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Biltong & Beer
21 May 2015 until 21 May 2015

Biltong & Beer

Come and join the team at the Hotel Spencer for a free event introducing the art of biltong making.

Participants will be shown how to prepare and air dry your own meaty beer snacks at home. This free skill-sharing session will be followed by a craft beer pairing event where guests can purchase a paddles of craft beer perfectly matched to different styles of biltong.

Alternatively, limited tickets are sold for a degustation dinner with matching beers in the dining room showcasing Western Victoria grass fed Angus beef over five courses each paired with a craft beer - with an African twist.

The Hotel Spencer has nine craft beers on tap and, during Good Beer Week, the hotel will also stock specially hand picked selection of Australian and New Zealand bottled craft beers, some specifically imported for the event.

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Crafty Cans!
21 May 2015 until 21 May 2015

Crafty Cans!

Craft beer in cans has grown rapidly in America over the past year and now it's Australia's time. Try a crafty canned brew from here and around the would in a celebration of the return of the Tinnie.

With canned craft brews and bar food crafted out of canned produce. Come see how good life is out of a can.

Caned beer, canned food, yes you can. Other crafty cans available at bar.

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Beer Innovation
22 May 2015 until 22 May 2015

Beer Innovation

In celebration of the Kelvin Club's 150th anniversary, the exclusive members club is opening its doors to non-members during Good Beer Week.

Please join in for an informative evening on how emerging brewers use innovative technology and digital platforms to grow their business, whilst enjoying a specially curated tasting menu accompanied with matching boutique beers.

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Beethoven's Symphony No. 7
22 May 2015 until 25 May 2015

Beethoven's Symphony No. 7

One of the world's most sought-after composers, Matthias Pintscher, returns to conduct the Australian premiere of idyl, a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra co-commission with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

This program also includes Beethoven's majestic Seventh Symphony.

Japanese-Canadian violinist Karen Gomyo joins the Orchestra for Saint-Sae?ns's eloquent Third Violin Concerto, in her first appearance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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Brewers Brains
22 May 2015 until 22 May 2015

Brewers Brains

Brewers Brains is the ultimate pub quiz. Get a team together for an interactive mind-boggling evening of questions, games and tastings.

Hosted by Nomad & Beavertown breweries, there will be six rounds and six beers. Meet the brewers, ask them the tricky home brew questions or just enjoy their beers while we twist your mind.

Prizes, dares and all the great things beer makes you do.

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African Beers, Meat & Three Veg
23 May 2015 until 23 May 2015

African Beers, Meat & Three Veg

African Beers, Meat & Three Veg at polepole bar celebrates two of life's greatest pleasures: meat and beer. Pairing locally sourced ingredients with subtle African flavours, the special menu features:

Pulled pork, almond and cinnamon cigar with black lava salt and pomegranate molasses
House-cured Black Angus beef biltong
Chickpea and corn cake with okra and kusundi
Harissa lamb ribs with red pepper salsa, tahini yoghurt and mint
Rum-n-raisin brownie mousse cake

All served with matching African beers:

The cigars, filled with slow-roasted pulled pork, almond, cinnamon and laced with black lava salt and pomegranate molasses, are washed down nicely with a Phoenix ale from Mauritius. Golden in colour and a touch sweet, it has a well-rounded finish that compliments the spiciness and saltiness of the cigars.

An ideal partner for the intensely rich and meaty flavour of the Black Angus biltong is its countryman Castle Lager from South Africa. This lager offers flavours of sweet corn and grass from the bottom fermented African Gold Barley it uses.

To balance proceedings, the vegie - Chickpea and Corn Cake with okra and kasundi - is complemented well with the premium Tusker Malt from Kenya which is lightly floral and crisp on the palate.

The tender, spicy flesh of the Harissa Lamb Ribs falls delicately off the bone, and is paired with the aroma and flavour of mild hops used in the Tusker Lager from Kenya that provides just a hint of earthy bitterness.

To finish off, taste buds will be treated to the chocolate, malty notes of the St George Amber from Ethiopia, matched brilliantly with the devilishly rich Rum and Raisin Brownie Mousse Cake.

Don't miss African Beers, Meat & Three Veg at polepole bar.

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Classic Speak as You Eat Four Course Dinner
24 May 2015 until 24 May 2015

Classic Speak as You Eat Four Course Dinner

Enjoy a special four-course dinner with guest chefs Christy Tania from Om Nom and MasterChef, and Alejandro Saravia from Pastuso and Morena.

Guest of the night is Catie Gett, clinical naturopath and nutritionist. Catie is the owner of the Staple store, and a passionate advocate of local food and food as medicine.

There'll also be live music from Zvi Belling from the afriobiotics, the pubblic opinion orchestra, the royal swazispa and many others.

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Close Encounters
24 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Close Encounters

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

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

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

For ages 6 to 12 years.

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Dome to dungeons tour
25 May 2015 until 31 May 2015

Dome to dungeons tour

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

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

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

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Battle of the Brews
26 May 2015 until 26 May 2015

Battle of the Brews

Battle of the Brews features Two Birds & Thunder Road Brewers.

Chef Alex Drobysz and Scott Spence will be serving up a five course dinner not to be missed. Battle of the Brews will sell out quickly, with a beer from each brewery served with each course.

There will be giveaways and prizes on the night.

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Anything Goes
27 May 2015 until 19 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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A Jail Sentence That Really Gives Back - 'Bail Out' 2015
29 May 2015 until 29 May 2015

A Jail Sentence That Really Gives Back - 'Bail Out' 2015

Whitelion invites this year's brave Aussies to make a real difference in the life of a young person by getting involved in Bail Out 2015.

Bail Out 2015 is a truly unique, emotional and inspiring experience, set to be even bigger, better and badder than ever!

To get involved, participants (known as inmates) must register online and start raising bail to secure their release and also place in Bail Out 2015.

The minimum bail target that need raise to participate in the 10th annual official Bail Out event is set at $1,000.

On the night of the event, inmates are stripped of possessions, fingerprinted, photographed and subjected to interrogation, the whole nine yards.

Inmates also appear before a Magistrate in a mock court proceeding before they are sentenced to some cell time where there is an opportunity to get on the phone to request some final donations and to even bribe wardens with on-the-spot donations for contraband' to help the night pass more smoothly, but choose wisely.

It's a night of real highs and lows with some very comedic and theatrical moments provided by actors (playing the roles of guards). 'Inmates' also meet young people who have been through the system and learn about the heart wrenching situations that lead them there.

Whitelion's mentors come from all walks of life in the community including business people who see a very real need to help.

Each year in Australia alone, there are more than 46,000 child protection cases, almost 36,000 young people in out-of-home care and 14,500 young people in the court system.

For more information about Whitelion and Bail Out 2015 please see the website.

Help Australia's disadvantaged young people to live more positive and fulfilled lives.

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Atlantis
05 June 2015 until 05 June 2015

Atlantis

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

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

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

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

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

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Close Encounters Installation
05 June 2015 until 06 June 2015

Close Encounters Installation

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

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

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

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

Age: 5+ and family

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

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A Taste of Portugal
07 June 2015 until 07 June 2015

A Taste of Portugal

A taste of Portugal Festival is organised annually by the Portuguese speaking communities (CLP Inc.) to coincide with the Portuguese National day at Queen Victoria Market.

It is a cultural festival which celebrates Portuguese culture and showcases Portuguese cuisine, music and dance, history, language and tourism. The Festival unites all the Portuguese speaking communities, including Portugal, Brazil and East Timor, to celebrate historical ties.

The event caters for all ages with Portuguese street food, Brazilian delicacies and beverages available for purchase, Portuguese merchandise for sale, samba dance classes, tourism and cultural displays, art and photographic exhibition, children's activities (including puppet theatre, face painting, drawing competitions, art and craft and book readings), handcrafts demonstrations, and a diverse entertainment program with music and dance from Portugal, Brazil and East Timor.

At this event you can savour a Portuguese custard tart, purchase colourful Portuguese ceramics, jewellery and handbags, listen to traditionalfado singers, learn about the tourism spots of Portugal or find out where to learn the Portuguese language.

A day of fun, food and entertainment Portuguese- style

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Britten's War Requiem
11 June 2015 until 12 June 2015

Britten's War Requiem

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, a haunting piece interweaving the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead with the works of First World War poet Wilfred Owen, is paired with the profoundly moving Elegy in memoriam Rupert Brooke.

Written by an Australian composer stationed in Gallipoli, shortly before his death at the Battle of the Somme, the elegy makes for a stirring memorial to one of the defining conflicts of the twentieth century.

This performance is brought to you by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus in partnership with the National Boys Choir of Australia, conductor Sir Andrew Davis, soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya, tenor Ian Bostridge and bass baritone Dietrich Henschel.

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

Egarr & The Golden Age

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

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

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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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Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance
25 June 2015 until 25 June 2015

Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance

Join the Shrine's Manager of Exhibitions, Jean McAuslan, and her team for a curator's talk and tour of the new Galleries of Remembrance.

Over 800 objects, photographs, uniforms and works of art are displayed in permanent and temporary exhibition spaces. The exhibitions illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice.


There are limited spaces available. Please see the website for more information.

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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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Babe The Twentieth Anniversary Concert
11 July 2015 until 12 July 2015

Babe The Twentieth Anniversary Concert

George Miller's Babe, the 1995 family movie about a pig who wants to be a sheepdog conceived by writer / producer George Miller and director Chris Noonan, is an icon of Australian cinema.

To coincide with its twentieth anniversary, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and original soundtrack composer, Nigel Westlake, join forces to present the world premiere of Babe: The Twentieth Anniversary Concert.

This is an exclusive, all-ages screening with Nigel Westlake conducting the Orchestra in a performance of the film's score adapted especially for the concert hall.



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David Bowie is
16 July 2015 until 01 November 2015

David Bowie is

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

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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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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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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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Deep Hollow
30 September 2015 until 17 October 2015

Deep Hollow

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

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

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

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

2015 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

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

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

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

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Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade
02 November 2015 until 02 November 2015

Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade

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

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

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

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A Little Night Music
20 November 2015 until 20 November 2015

A Little Night Music

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

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

Directed by Lerida Delbridge.

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

Basically Beethoven '2'

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

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

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Australian DanceSport Championship
11 December 2015 until 13 December 2015

Australian DanceSport Championship

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

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

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

Boxing Day Test - International Cricket 2015/16

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

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

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