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:



Feel Young
04 June 2015 until 17 December 2015

Feel Young

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

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

All ages are welcome and bookings not required.

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

Feathering the Nest: Richard Nylon Meets William Johnston

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

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

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

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David Bowie is
16 July 2015 until 01 November 2015

David Bowie is

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

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

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

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

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

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ella's Live Swing Quartet
20 July 2015 until 28 December 2015

Ella's Live Swing Quartet

Ella's Live Swing Quartet features Bernadeta Glow on vocals with Scott Griffiths on piano and guitar, with a rhythm section, playing 50s style swing.

Bring your dancing shoes and swing the night away to all those Ella Fitzgerald tunes you love.

Check the website for event updates.

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

Bunyips and Dragons: Australian Children's Book Illustrations

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

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

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Craft Cubed Festival
01 August 2015 until 21 September 2015

Craft Cubed Festival

Presented by Craft Victoria, with support from City of Melbourne, Craft Cubed 2015 showcases the breadth and diversity of Melbourne’s maker community.

Experience exhibitions, workshops, markets, talks, open studios – if you're into ceramics, textiles, jewellery, glass or papercraft, there's something for you.

Festival highlights include:

- Victorian Craft Award. The inaugural Victorian Craft Award celebrates excellence in craft and design, with 116 works exhibited over four venues.
-Craft Hatch Market at 1000 £ Bend. A bumper event, with emerging makers at the ground-floor market and hands-on workshops upstairs.
- Craft Window Walk. A collaboration between venues and makers presenting innovative window displays from Spring Street to Docklands.
- Craft and Design as a Career. Craft's annual conference for makers and designers. Speakers include artists and experts at the forefront of the creative industries.
- Koorie Showcase. A selection of craft from Victorian Aboriginal artists in association with the Koorie Heritage Trust and the Gandel Foundation.


See website for program times and details.

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Hands In Print
04 August 2015 until 04 November 2015

Hands In Print

Hands In Print, an art installation recognising 14 leading authors and celebrating the wonder of the written word, is on display at Melbourne's Readers' Walk in Collins Street.

Hands In Print is the reinterpretation of 14 authors' hands by Melbourne artist Bridget Nicholson, and was commissioned by the Readers' Walk partners - the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, Reader's Feast Bookstore and Kay Craddock, Antiquarian Bookseller.

The authors are Graeme Base, Professor Geoffrey Blainey, Michael Connelly, Mem Fox, Kerry Greenwood, Kate Grenville, Andy Griffiths, Thomas Keneally, Stuart MacBride, Maureen McCarthy, David Malouf, Alex Miller, Ian Rankin and Christos Tsiolkas.

Bridget Nicholson met the authors, captured their hands through a series of photographs and translated them into one of two mediums - clay sculpture or pencil drawing. The pieces have been framed and installed in each of the three Readers' Walk locations, and a map has been produced to aid a 'literary tour' of the precinct.


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Ella
05 August 2015 until 23 December 2015

Ella

Ella is a multi-talented performer who will be performing on the Steinway piano and singing jazz, Edith piaf ballads, pop and also French and Italian songs. Ella will also be performing on her accordion.

Playing every fortnight: 5 and 19 August; 2, 16 and 30 September; 14 and 18 October; 11 and 25 November; 9 and 23 December.

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Benjamin Woods
21 August 2015 until 26 September 2015

Benjamin Woods

This exhibition explores relations between what is possible and what is impossible within Benjamin Woods' practice. By extracting from past work, new activities will be unfurled to open up other ways of observation/sensation. The material arrangements of the exhibition will emerge according to their ability to effectively bring about movement, change, attention to chance and intense particularity.

There will be several example action sessions throughout the exhibition.

Complementing the exhibition will be two example action sessions on Sat 29th Aug, 2-3pm and Sat 5th Sept, 2-3pm

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FM[X]? - Liquid Architecture
21 August 2015 until 26 September 2015

FM[X]? - Liquid Architecture

Liquid Architecture is proud to present 28 remarkable women over four nights of performances, talks, interactions and more at West Space. All welcome to come, listen, dance, chill, and be a part of this evolving conversation. FM[X]? is amplified by a sound system designed, built and generously loaned by Lucreccia Quintanilla.

There are many feminisms, and many speaking for feminism. Instead of looking for answers, or speaking for women, we have some questions for feminism coming from within systems of sonic affect, or using sound as an acoustic mirror for society.

How is music one of the desire industries? How do everyday practices and cultures of hearing work to police some utterances but not others? Baffling, muffling and amplifying: What is emitting the noise that is in itself a silence? Can lower frequency listening help us to hear how power works on and through us sonically? What tones, what attunement is required if we want to do this? And what volume?

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Carousel
01 September 2015 until 12 September 2015

Carousel

The carousel turns, and with each revolution comes an evolution as familiar views are given fresh insight. In the context of contemporary jewellery and object design, as new generations of artists emerge, old ideas are reimagined, familiar forms become strange, and with new hands and well-loved materials, striking innovations are born.

Curated by Claire McArdle and Chloë Powell, Carousel aims to capture a moment in contemporary jewellery and object design. The exhibition frames 11 artists from Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, New Zealand and Thailand at a crucial point on their career trajectory, between graduation and life as an established artist.

This is a rare opportunity to see the work of a diverse and accomplished range of makers, already fêted by their peers and the jewellery community at large. As well as capturing a snapshot of here and now, Carousel offers a glimpse of the future as these 11 artists, with boldness and optimism, re-imagine the contemporary jewellery landscape.

Artists: Zoe Brand (AU), Sian Edwards (AU), Benedikt Fischer (NL), Marcos Guzman (AU), Inari Kiuru (FI/AU), René Martin (DE), Lindy McSwan (AU), Amelia Pascoe (NZ), Noon Passama (TH/NL), Nadja Soloviev (DE/AU), Kate Wischusen (AU).

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Fiona Scott–Norman presents The Needle and the Damage Done
01 September 2015 until 06 September 2015

Fiona Scott–Norman presents The Needle and the Damage Done

A joyous romp through a Top Ten of the worst records in the world. Ever.

The Needle is part stand-up, part slide-show, part Ted Talk, part Listicle.

This reboot of Needle is a limited return of Scott-Norman's satiric masterpiece which played at the Sydney Opera House and featured on ABC television Collectors.

Increasingly relevant, The Needle and the Damage Done is a reminder of how far we've come, and how much those nostalgic rose-coloured glasses really hid. Dark, silly, fun and shocking, it features everyone from John Laws and Abigail to those pesky Black and White Minstrels.

Come along for the ride and join in the ultimate Top Ten Record countdown. You won't believe what wins the Worst Record Ever. No seriously, you won't.

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Go, Said the Bird
01 September 2015 until 12 September 2015

Go, Said the Bird

Go, Said the Bird borrows its title from a poem by TS Eliot, and presents the work of four artists who examine the ambiguous nature of time through images, objects and jewellery: Shaun Tan, Courtney Jackson, Marcos Guzman and Inari Kiuru.

Shaun Tan's large-format oil paintings contemplate the experience of wild birds living within inner-city environments. We often forget that cities belong to not only humans but also countless generations of other animals, both native and introduced.

Courtney Jackson's jewellery pieces reference an industrial landscape distorted by nature and time. Wintry tones of bone-white silver and pale gold combined with repetition and texture produce relic-like delicate, spindly structures and geometric patterned forms.

The future is a destination for an imaginative traveller. Volar, navegar and caminar - to fly, sail and walk in Marcos Guzman's native Spanish - are modes of journeying towards dreamed-up treasures. Guzman's jewellery explores the awe-inspiring and the familiar sharing the same transient light of discovery.

Inari Kiuru envisions a future where familiar manmade structures and elements of nature are beginning to converge into new and strange forms through evolution. Kiuru's mixed-media installation of images, objects and jewellery highlights the extraordinary within everyday subjects.

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Baby bounce
02 September 2015 until 02 September 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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Amour et Vie (Love and Life)
02 September 2015 until 05 September 2015

Amour et Vie (Love and Life)

Amour et Vie (Life and Love) is the latest exhibition of paintings by acclaimed Melbourne fine artist, Dagmar Cyrulla.

Having just returned from a successful solo exhibition in Dijon, France, Cyrulla's new works build on her trademark intensity and strong narratives with a bold sensuality and arresting emotional gravitas.

Well recognised for producing works of stirring psychological intensity. Cyrulla's paintings imbue ordinary situations and subjects with an almost breathtaking intimacy. Experiencing the death of her mother-in-law, welcoming a new baby into her extended family and coming to terms with her own parents' ageing have influenced her latest works, which never shy away from exploring the deepest emotions.

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Comedy at the European Bier Cafe
03 September 2015 until 03 September 2015

Comedy at the European Bier Cafe

Melbourne's best quality night of comedy is here at Comedy at the European Bier Cafe where some of the biggest names in Australian comedy come to play and entertain in a funky inner-city surrounding.

The weekly Thursday show has hosted Dave Hughes, Wil Anderson, Jimeoin, Adam Hills, Sarah Silverman (United States), Fiona O'Loughlin, Frank Woodley, Charlie Pickering, Glenn Robbins, Hannibal Buress, Tony Martin, Ronny Chieng and many more.

So make your next Thursday a night to remember and enjoy big names from television and radio, plus some of the best new Melbourne faces, only at Comedy at the European Bier Cafe.

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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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All Ears – Kate McIntosh
03 September 2015 until 06 September 2015

All Ears – Kate McIntosh

New Zealand-born, Brussels-based artist Kate McIntosh creates an improvised laboratory for unusual recordings and acoustic experiments, using everyday objects and materials. Chairs are dragged, paper is torn, glasses are toppled; sounds are recorded and played back along the way.

As curious scientist, mischievous questioner and eclectic storyteller, McIntosh creates a distinctive journey made of parables, fragments and jokes: of human and animal behaviour, of crowd control and linguistics, politics and group dynamics, birds and traffic jams, societies and social interactions.

In the silences in between, questions arise about who people are alone and how people are together; about what it might take to change a culture, and what people might miss in the push for self-sufficiency.

All Ears beautifully balances on the thin line between experiment and entertainment.

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David Bowie is: Strange Fascinations with Bruce Butler
03 September 2015 until 03 September 2015

David Bowie is: Strange Fascinations with Bruce Butler

Bruce Butler has had a fascinating, interwoven history with David Bowie. Showcasing articles from his own personal collection, including Record Mirror magazines from the 1970s, promotional posters, personal letters, signed memorabilia and personal photographs, this very special presentation is an intimate snapshot into the connection between an icon and his fans.

Through this personal Bowie slideshow, Butler traces his interconnected history with Bowie, from his first meetings as a fan in 1978 through to numerous meetings, gigs and correspondences that have peppered his life as both a music fan and industry professional.

Bruce Butler is a veteran of the Australian music industry, having begun his career at an early age at Melbourne's iconic specialist record store, Gaslight. Having worked both in Australia and the United Kingdom, Bruce has run his own management companies, held positions at CBS Records and Virgin Records, and worked on ABC television's The Factory and Countdown Revolution. He has been on the board of youth organization The Push, and wrote the book The Young Players Guide, which gave general advice to young musicians and managers in dealing with various aspects of the local music industry.


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Dome to dungeons tour
03 September 2015 until 03 September 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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Flavour Exchange
03 September 2015 until 04 September 2015

Flavour Exchange

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

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

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Glory Box La Revolucion
03 September 2015 until 06 September 2015

Glory Box La Revolucion

The beginning of the next decade. Wilder than ever.

It's the evolution to La Revoluci?n. Finucane and Smith's Glory Box; a Franken-Spectacular of erotically charged, monstrous and electrifying acts that shoves a fork into the toaster of cabaret, circus, burlesque and performance art. A beloved Melbourne institution since 2004 with acclaimed incarnations on every continent of the planet (except perhaps Antarctica) bursts forth anew again.

At the dawn of their next decade and with their eyes on Paradise, Moira Finucane has conjured a massive black bird to take you to heaven and hell. Demon dancers Holly Durant and Lily Paskas are bringing twinfreak-Bollywood-gyrations, sideshow siren Azaria Universe is swinging naked on a silver thread, singer Clare St Clare is slinking South of the Border, and special guests include beautiful Countertenor Diva Mama Alto, and circus' most surreal aerial strongwoman, Rockie Stone. Rock 'n' roll, nudity, and wild abandon.

Those who have seen it come back every year. Those who haven't should prepare themselves to be charmed and alarmed like no other. A dangerous and excitable beast that chews holes in its fish nets, tears apart conformity, and always guarantees its audience a great night out.

"Always puts a velvet clad boot into any preconceptions you may have about 'burlesque'. It's outrageous, hilarious sometimes shocking, and stronger than ever." - The Age

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Hats and High Tea
04 September 2015 until 04 September 2015

Hats and High Tea

To celebrate Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto in conjunction with Collins Street Precinct is holding a special afternoon tea event Hats and High Tea.

Tickets are all-inclusive of a mini fashion show by Aron Katona, entertainment, high tea with a glass of sparkling wine. Plus a prize for best dressed and a raffle. A part of the proceeds is supporting Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

Dress code is high fashion and hats. For bookings please call operator.

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Book Launch with Paul Filev
05 September 2015 until 05 September 2015

Book Launch with Paul Filev

Come to Reader's Feast for the launch of The Last Summer in the Old Bazaar by Vera Buzarovska, translated by Paul Filev.

The Last Summer in the Old Bazaar is a powerful autobiographical story of the author's childhood and her hometown of Bitola, Macedonia, under German and, later, Bulgarian occupation, during the Second World War.


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Exaudi Youth Choir: Gathering Voices
05 September 2015 until 05 September 2015

Exaudi Youth Choir: Gathering Voices

Originally established in 2007 to bridge the gap between children's choirs and adult community choirs. Exaudi Youth Choir is now 60 voices strong, and is bringing together choristers from many different backgrounds.

Exaudi has toured extensively and performed at many events, including White Night Melbourne and touring for a week in July this year as part of Hobart's Festival of Voices.

Now, Exaudi invites you to join them for an evening of exquisite and breathtaking choral music in "Exaudi: Gathering Voices".

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Exaudi Youth Choir: Gathering Voices
05 September 2015 until 05 September 2015

Exaudi Youth Choir: Gathering Voices

Originally established in 2007 to bridge the gap between children’s choirs and adult community choirs, Exaudi Youth Choir is now 60 voices strong, and is bringing together choristers from many different backgrounds.

Exaudi has toured extensively and performed at many events, including White Night Melbourne and touring for a week in July this year as part of Hobart’s Festival of Voices.

Now, Exaudi invites you to join them for an evening of exquisite and breathtaking choral music in “Exaudi: Gathering Voices”.

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ArtPlay Backyard
06 September 2015 until 04 October 2015

ArtPlay Backyard

Come and play in the ArtPlay Backyard.

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

Don't forget to wear appropriate clothing – the program will run whatever the weather.

Age: Family

Workshops Sunday 6 September, Wednesday 23 September, Friday 25 September, Sunday 27 September, Wednesday 30 September, Friday 2 October, Sunday 4 October.

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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
06 September 2015 until 06 September 2015

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

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

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

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

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

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Dads Go Free This Father’s Day at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
06 September 2015 until 06 September 2015

Dads Go Free This Father’s Day at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Spoil dad this father's day with a visit to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. Dad can visit for free when accompanied by any paying guest. Take dad on an underwater adventure as you explore the 12 zones of discovery together.

Download the voucher from the website and present it on arrival when purchasing your tickets to take part in this special offer.

Dad can also register online to be in the running to win a Father's Day Adventure Pack including a 'Premium Merlin Annual Pass' for a family of four - valued at $360. This pass gives the whole family 12 months of unlimited entry to 11 amazing attractions. Plus either a Shark Dive Xtreme at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, for one person, or a Zipline Tour at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, for two people.

Feel like spoiling dad even more? Kick-start Father's Day with a dad-sized sit-down breakfast topped off with art and craft activities for the little ones. Share this special day in the close company of some of the most magnificent tropical animals in the world as they swim right next to you in the spectacular Fish Bowl area.

For further information regarding upcoming events at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium visit the website.

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Classics at Fed Square
07 September 2015 until 07 September 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
07 September 2015 until 07 September 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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Anything Goes
08 September 2015 until 31 October 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 Postmodern Striptease
09 September 2015 until 13 September 2015

A Postmodern Striptease

A night of highbrow entertainment disguised as a journey of self-actualisation, A Postmodern Striptease stars Irene Nicola, the adorable chanteuse who leads her audience into a territory so vast and unexplored that few have come back intact: her mind.

Irene Nicola not only tears strips off herself verbally, she literally tears strips of her clothes off to discover her truest possible self, discussing identity, gender politics, performance theory and psychoanalysis. All in the name of semi-erotic, comedic burlesque.

With an all original soundtrack, Irene Nicola asks the question 'what is it to be a performer?', and combines it with a fun evening of art jokes, penis jokes, psychoanalysis jokes, feminist jokes and even more penis jokes!

Come and join in a light-hearted, not-taking-itself-too-seriously, sexy lecture in performance theory and psychoanalysis, with all original music, burlesque and a few more surprises!

Times are subject to change - please check the website before booking.

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A Drone Opera – Matthew Sleeth
10 September 2015 until 13 September 2015

A Drone Opera – Matthew Sleeth

A Drone Opera viscerally explores the rapidly developing technology of unmanned aerial vehicles, colloquially known as drones, and their social and cultural impact. Artist Matthew Sleeth directs an experimental multimedia performance featuring drones, their pilots and opera singers, combined with a new sound score, laser light design and moving image.

Feeling the drones' air displacement and hearing their rotor sound, audiences will experience this robotic technology first hand, shifting their knowledge of drones from political abstraction into embodied experience in time and space. Curious about their potential to reshape our world, Sleeth has designed, built and programmed customised drones specifically for the performance context.

Sleeth's largest work to date, A Drone Opera also features an inspiring line-up of collaborators, including experimental artists Kate Richards, Robin Fox, Phil Samartzis and Susan Frykberg, lighting designer Bosco Shaw and choreographer Shelley Lasica.

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Australian Poetry Slam Final
11 September 2015 until 11 September 2015

Australian Poetry Slam Final

Join the search for Australia's next slam champion. Fierce competition. High-energy performance. Judges chosen at random. This is poetry let loose from page to stage. The Australian poetry slam is a national competition with more than 1000 poets, performing to 20,000 people across the country. Watch ten finalists at this Victorian final at the State Library.

Stories, lyrics and monologues are celebrated by the Australian Poetry Slam - a live literary performance competition where the audience is the judge. Slam heats will be held in city and regional venues across Australia from June until October 2015. Two finalists from each slam heat will compete in their state final. Then the winners will make their way to the national final in Sydney.

Keen to see some of the heats in the lead up to the Victorian final at the State Library? Maybe you think you have what it takes to mix it with the poets on stage? Please visit operator website for specific heat details.

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Dance of the Bee – Martin Friedel and Michael Kieran Harvey
11 September 2015 until 13 September 2015

Dance of the Bee – Martin Friedel and Michael Kieran Harvey

The signs are there: over the past few decades, humanity's 5000-year collaboration with the honey bee has been building towards a grim conclusion. If we fail to heed their warning, could we be casually swept into the fossil record alongside them?

Dance of the Bee is a remarkable interspecies musical collaboration: a work performed by three pianists, the vocalists of the Astra Choir and a live swarm of bees, housed inside a sculpted, transparent hive.

Woven through the mysterious song of the bees, the pieces range from soundscapes to intense virtuosic arrangements, punctuated by semi-improvised sonic excursions.

As the bees sing, live video allows the audience to observe the marvel of the hive at work - and to ponder on the fragile connection between the human world and the bees.

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Absolutely Everybody Loves The Movies
12 September 2015 until 12 September 2015

Absolutely Everybody Loves The Movies

School of Hard Knocks presents Absolutely Everybody Loves The Movies, a spectacular concert of all your favourite songs from the silver screen.

Conducted by Dr Jonathon Welch AM with special guests including Danielle Matthews, Footscray-Yarraville City Band, Choir of Hope & Inspiration, THECHO!R and the 300 voice Absolutely Everybody Massed Choir including All Together Choir, Voices of Frankston, Western Health Choir, Voices of Brimbank, Latrobe Valley Community Choir, Voices Without Borders and The City of Casey Choir.

Tickets available online from the website or via telephone.

Proceeds support of School of Hard Knocks: Empowering Through The Arts.

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2015 Victorian State Schools Spectacular
12 September 2015 until 12 September 2015

2015 Victorian State Schools Spectacular

Talented young circus performers, acrobats, skaters, skippers, musicians, dancers and singers will feature in the 2015 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: What's Your Story? Many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, technical experience too.

The live show involving more than 3,000 students from over 200 Victorian government schools will be performed twice at Hisense Arena - on Saturday 12 September at 1:00pm and 6:30pm. Tickets will be available from Ticketek from 20 July, 2015.

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

Edge of Reality UFO Conference

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

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

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

Presented by Victorian UFO Action.

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David Bowie is: Strange Fascinations with Mel Campbell
13 September 2015 until 13 September 2015

David Bowie is: Strange Fascinations with Mel Campbell

From Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to The Thin White Duke, David Bowie has been as much of a fashion innovator as he is been a musical icon - breaking barriers, pushing sartorial buttons and shaping the way history sees fashion.

Exploring the links between costume and character, Mel Campbell will explore how Bowie flagged his changing musical directions through the changing of his costume, how his sartorial choices are tied to the performance of gender and sexuality, and how the costumes of an icon informed an entire generation.

Mel Campbell is a journalist, author and cultural critic who researches and writes about fashion, film and television, books and ideas, advertising and branding, media, and the wonderful, underrated banalities of everyday life.


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 Postcards 4 Change - R U OK? Art Exhibit
13 September 2015 until 13 September 2015

Postcards 4 Change - R U OK? Art Exhibit

Australian artists are uniting for the single cause of spreading the message of 'R U OK?', a not-for-profit suicide prevention charity, encouraging and equipping everyone to regularly and meaningfully ask, 'Are you okay?'

This event is aiming to showcase pieces that evoke hope and joy, raise awareness and reach the long-term goal of breaking the stigma of mental illness.

Come and enjoy the food, one-off art pieces (available for sale), entertainment and guest speakers for one magical afternoon.


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Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of ST Gill - Curator Tour
14 September 2015 until 14 September 2015

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

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

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

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Crochet at Fed Square
14 September 2015 until 14 September 2015

Crochet at Fed Square

Learn the old craft of crochet with free workshops at Fed Square.

Crochet workshops are led by a small group of volunteer crochet enthusiasts who are working towards making poppies for the "5000 Poppies project".

The project gives crafters of all persuasions an opportunity to contribute to a large community tribute of respect and remembrance to Australian servicemen and women who have fought in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

The original goal of the project was to create a field of 5000 poppies for display at Fed Square on ANZAC Day 2015, as part of Australia's 100th Anniversary commemoration of the Gallipoli landing. To date there has already been tens of thousands of crocheted, knitted and felted poppies collected and thousands more are expected by ANZAC Day 2015.

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Finding Families
15 September 2015 until 15 September 2015

Finding Families

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

Recommended for beginners.

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G'Day Australia
16 September 2015 until 22 September 2015

G'Day Australia

G'Day Australia! Wake up (at 10.30pm) with your good mates at Australia's third-favourite morning show. Scott Same, Jess Perkins and Tim Hewitt help you start the day (at 10.30pm) with some news, some chat and a hot cup of good times (at 10.30pm). Oh, and a few special guests just might drop in too.

Presented as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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Cirque des Femmes
18 September 2015 until 18 September 2015

Cirque des Femmes

Speakeasy HQ is proud to present Cirque des Femmes, the iconic show that started it all and set a new standard for Melbourne Burlesque.

Join Mama as she takes you on an enticing journey into the art of tease, featuring some of the country's most sensational starlets performing their signature acts for this very special event. From the sauciest of stage sirens to the down and dirty divas of the new generations, Mama has them all. Let your hair down, leave your inhibitions at the door and get ready for a night of raunchy humour, ribald entertainment and sexual abandon.

Cirque des Femmes is a celebration of women and the women want to play. But don't worry, they only bite if you ask them to.

VIP and premium packages available via the ticketing link

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All the Animals We Ate
18 September 2015 until 24 September 2015

All the Animals We Ate

All the Animals We Ate is a new Nothing Hurts production by Sean M. Whelan with Thomas Ingram, Damian Stephens/Isnod, James Tresise and Maize Wallin

All the Animals We Ate is a playful theatrical engagement, existing somewhere between a poetry night at your best friend's house, a walk in the park with your dog, and a moving tribute to a cherished departed pet.

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Gorilla, lovely Gorilla
18 September 2015 until 25 September 2015

Gorilla, lovely Gorilla

Zoo worker, animal advocate, meat eater - Michelle Nussey is all three.

Gorilla, lovely Gorilla uses comedy and drama, sound and silence to explore the strangeness and complexity of human relationships with the animal kingdom. It speaks about animals and the notion of evil; of the hierarchy of the food chain; and the inevitability of death.

With a beautiful and occasionally shocking sound score, the storytelling is raw and based on real life events. Overlapping images are matched to a dynamic auditory atmosphere infused with original music.

A first time collaboration between actor Michelle Nussey (Unpack This!, Melbourne Playback, The Big Hoo-Haa!), director Vanessa Chapple (JG and the Girl, Greenroom Award winning Haul Away and Her Secret Face) and sound designer Caleb Garfinkel (Dolly Diamond Under a Big Top, Dreamgirls, Feminerd).

Empathy is examined. Human intelligence is pitted against animal. Sense is lost and found.

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#DearDiary
22 September 2015 until 27 September 2015

#DearDiary

Andi Snelling takes to the Melbourne Fringe Festival stage this September in her self-penned solo debut, #DearDiary. Unwittingly written over 20 years, this cabaret-infused romp is full of honesty and self-quoting satire.

In a forgotten suitcase sits a lifetime of secret observations obsessively documented. 5000 pages never before read. Dating from 1992, this soul-baring catalogue exposes our endless search for identity.

Come on this existential joy-ride, plucked directly from the diaries of a child, a teenager and an adult with one thing in common.

Andi Snelling is an accomplished actor and improviser with a diverse, international career. She has been on stage her entire life, having grown up as a dancer competing at national level. She trained at London's prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and performed in Europe for seven years, including in London's West End, and for the BBC. Now back to her Melbourne roots, Andi is ready to unpack her suitcase and sing her heart out on The Butterfly Club stage.

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Australia Day
24 September 2015 until 25 September 2015

Australia Day

The country town of Coriole is getting ready for Australia Day - a time to crack open a frothy, stick a snag on the barbie and celebrate what it means to be a true blue Aussie.

The Australia Day committee is gearing up to put on the town's biggest party - but they have a few issues of their own to sort out first. With everyone from the Greens to the local mayor to the CWA wanting a piece of the party pie, it is proving hard yakka to work out what an Aussie celebration should look like. Nothing is sacred as the national identity is put through the wringer in this thoroughly modern ripper of a comedy.

Will the day be fair dinkum after all? Or are there too many roos loose in the community hall?

Written and directed by acclaimed playwright and Sydney Theatre Company satirist Jonathan Biggins (The Wharf Revue), Australia Day returns to Melbourne in a brand new production starring Geoff Kelso (The Club, ART), David James (The Speechmaker, Hollowmen), Sharon Davis (Mother and Son), Dennis Coard (Home & Away), Robyn Arthur (Mother and Son, Boy From Oz) and Kenneth Moraleda (War Horse, Lion King).

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Creative Conversations: Crossing enemy lines
24 September 2015 until 24 September 2015

Creative Conversations: Crossing enemy lines

Explore the transient lives of three German-Australians before, after and during WWII. Using memoirs, letters and newspapers of the time, Berry Family Fellow Minna Muhlen captures the emotional dimension of wartime stories, complicated by personal memory and family love.

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

Future Sound of Egypt 400

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

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

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

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

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Good Show: Robots Robots Robots
26 September 2015 until 03 October 2015

Good Show: Robots Robots Robots

Good Show has seen the future - and now they want to show you how goddamn hilarious it is.

So, what happens when the machines are smarter than people? What happens when the computers come for your jobs? What happens when President Robobama takes the White House?

Good Show is the first comedic outing of a new sketch supergroup consisting of Big Hoo-Haa alumni and all-round talented gits Sophie Kneebone (Impromptunes, Braveface), Matt Saraceni (Lords of Luxury, Funny or Die's Written it Down), Brianna Williams (Perth Fringe sell-out hit Shakesprovisation) and Luke Ryan (Lords of Luxury, author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo).

Together they have created a fast, furious and funny riff on the ever-more-dependent relationship with technology: connector, enabler, distractor, and destroyer. This isn't just the same tired old satire on Facebook updates and Tinder politics - this is a thought-provoking sequence of interconnected sketches touching on isolation, obsolescence, awe, addiction and the questionable motives of the new robot overlords.

Part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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His Ghostly Heart - Melbourne Fringe
26 September 2015 until 03 October 2015

His Ghostly Heart - Melbourne Fringe

His Ghostly Heart is a one act play performed in the dark. Written by Ben Schiffer of Skins fame and first performed in the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe to rave reviews, the play explores the intricacies and intimacies of love.

Set in the privacy of a young couple's bedroom, His Ghostly Heart is a voyeuristic, poignant and profound experience. It is often only in the dark that you truly see clearly.

Featuring Riley Nottingham and Bundy Marston. Directed by Richard Edge.

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Car Club Showcase
27 September 2015 until 28 September 2015

Car Club Showcase

See your favourite cars up close and meet the proud owners at the Fed Square Car Club Showcase - a free monthly motor show in the heart of Melbourne.

On the last Sunday of every month car aficionados transform the Flinders Street frontage of Federation Square into the most glamorous car park in town. Classic cars one month, vintage the next and modern sports cars another. All lovingly restored and cared for.

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Australian Sketchbook: Floor talk in Chinese
27 September 2015 until 27 September 2015

Australian Sketchbook: Floor talk in Chinese

Australian sketchbook: Colonial life and the art of ST Gill provides a window onto colonial Australia from the cities to the goldfields, where many Chinese people travelled in search of their fortunes. Introducing the exhibition to Chinese Mandarin speakers, these floor talks pay special attention to ST Gill's depictions of Chinese immigrants in 19th-century Australia.

Book online for tickets.

Presented in partnership with the Chinese Museum.

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Blake Willoughby - Brewed Thoughts
30 September 2015 until 03 October 2015

Blake Willoughby - Brewed Thoughts

This 2015 Melbourne Fringe, prepare for an innovative show from Blake Willoughby who, after performing in several Melbourne International Comedy Festivals as part of an ensemble cast, is fusing comedy and beer together. Finally, you might say. Blake is not only experienced in the art of telling funny stories, but he is also an experienced brewer. Bringing these two art forms together, Blake has crafted a very unique show where he has brewed three distinct beers, sharing them with the audience, and also sharing tales and stand up as we drink.
Why is an IPA called an IPA? How much Lager does it take to make a fully grown man wet himself? What kind of drink did Edgar Ellen Poe like to smash? These are just some of the questions you might have had in your life, and with Brewed Thoughts, Blake will be answering them and more.
(Three beers are included in the ticket price).

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Double D, The Dolly Parton Cabaret
30 September 2015 until 04 October 2015

Double D, The Dolly Parton Cabaret

After winning the Julie Michael Cabaret Competition at WAAPA, Double D, The Dolly Parton Cabaret will have its Melbourne debut in the Melbourne Fringe Festival at the Butterfly Club.

Double D features the very best of Dolly Parton in this comedic tribute to the queen of country music. Alongside Diablo, her sassy cowboy sidekick, Dolly will have you in fits as she shares her rags to riches story, complete with excessive costumes and all the great songs that helped her on her way.

The production comes from recent WAAPA graduates Eloise Cassidy (Parton) and Max Bimbi (Diablo). The Double D duo put their own hilarious spin on Dolly's incredible career, providing brand-new insights into 'Backwoods Barbie' and 'Coat of Many Colours', dishing the dirt on 'Jolene' and detailing the dullness of a nine to five life. No wig will be left unstyled, no bra unfilled, and no song unsung.

So tumble out of bed and stumble to the Butterfly Club this Fringe season, where diehard Dolly fans and newcomers alike are set to discover that behind all that hair and makeup is a woman with a heart to match her cup size.

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Footy Festival
30 September 2015 until 03 October 2015

Footy Festival

The Footy Festival celebrates all that is great about Melbourne and puts it in one place! Showcasing the best Melbourne has to offer in food, music, movies and, of course, footy, the Foxtel Footy Festival will help you finish the footy year in style.

Located in Yarra Park outside the MCG and running for four days from Wednesday 30 September until Grand Final day on Saturday 3 October, come and join the party and celebrate the greatest time of the year, Finals time.

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David Bowie is: Strange Fascinations with Emma Beddows
01 October 2015 until 01 October 2015

David Bowie is: Strange Fascinations with Emma Beddows

Presenting a surreal unity between rock and science fiction, Bowie's 1972 release, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, is seminal for its ground-breaking and artistic approach to the concept album and its radicalisation of the rock scene.

Exploring the prominent science fiction themes that feature in Bowie’s work, Emma Beddows examines how recognisable sci-fi tropes are reflected in, and have had deep influence on, the work of the music icon.

Emma Beddows is a freelance narrative and media consultant, co-hosts for the pop-culture podcast The Whatcha Show, and works for Swinburne Online where she teaches university students in media and communications.


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Golf Month
01 October 2015 until 31 October 2015

Golf Month

Golf Month is inviting those who have never hit a ball, or need a little help with their pro-aspirations to those who are on the course every week to play golf during October.

Activities will be on offer for people of all ages and abilities with golf facilities nation-wide encouraging golfers new, returning and existing to benefit from great offers throughout October.

For Golf Month there will be come and try clinics, women's programs, open and family days, new formats of the game, community events, MyGolf junior programs, lessons and coaching with a professional for all levels of golfers, and there's also the chance to win a money can't buy Emirates Australian Open experience for club members who introduce a new member during the month of October.

If you are a keen golfer or a novice just wanting to give it a try visit their website to see the Golf Month activities happening in your local area during October. The event is being held in many different places across Australia.

Come on Australia, rediscover your drive and get involved in Golf Month!

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Becoming Material - Vittoria Di Stefano
02 October 2015 until 07 November 2015

Becoming Material - Vittoria Di Stefano

Becoming Material is a performative and open-ended sculptural installation in which material, objects and sound are generated on-site over several weeks. The gallery space will function as an evolving site for re-editing relationships between objects and materials and the investigation of material processes. This project considers the notion of the immanence of materials and the implication of one thing in another, for example, spirit in matter or movement in stillness and the vitality of becoming, as opposed to the stasis of being.

Becoming Material's continuous, generative moment will function as a means to realise that the self is intrinsically malleable also – in a perpetual state of becoming.

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Because Magic - Leanne Hermosilla
02 October 2015 until 07 November 2015

Because Magic - Leanne Hermosilla

Through multimodal practice, Leanne Hermosilla explores the doctrines, tools and practices of marginalised and alternative knowledge as a methodological framework for art making. Her research has spanned facets of psi phenomena, alternative therapies, spiritual practices, pagan rituals and divining practices. The 'othering' of these ideas and activities to those of science has led to a consideration of the boundaries between science and 'pseudo-science' in recent work.

Because Magic shifts the focus away from this boundary and toward the territory of the magical. Hermosilla investigates a series of processes rooted in esoteric philosophies in order to consider alternative concepts of causality. New works are facilitated through the use of esoteric tools and instruments, and are enacted and documented utilising strategies and considerations embedded in both marginalised epistemologies and contemporary art practice.

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Bronx Gothic – Okwui Okpokwasili
08 October 2015 until 12 October 2015

Bronx Gothic – Okwui Okpokwasili

A solo creation at the intersection of theatre, dance and visual art installation, Bronx Gothic gives palatable force to the charged relationship between two girls on the verge of adolescence in 1980s outer-borough New York City - where Newport cigarettes are bought in singles at the corner bodega, sex-saturated notes are passed in class and Orchard Beach erupts in flames.

Created by New York-based writer, performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, in collaboration with director and designer Peter Born, Bronx Gothic is a performance of psychic and physical collisions that threaten to break the body.

Collecting a prestigious 'Bessie' award during its New York run, this powerhouse work takes an unflinching look into the exquisite turbulence of one woman's memory, drawing inspiration from both Victorian-era novels and West African griot storytelling.

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An Evening With Ilyasah Shabazz - Daughter of Malcolm X
10 October 2015 until 10 October 2015

An Evening With Ilyasah Shabazz - Daughter of Malcolm X

Variety - the Children's Charity, presents a once in a lifetime evening with Ilyasha Shabazz, daughter of revered American civil rights activist, Malcolm X.

Listen to Ilyasah share intimate details of her early life, discuss lessons learned from her inspirational father and explain how she is working to better the lives of disadvantaged young people around the world.

Please visit the website for more information.

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Great Australians Gala Dinner
10 October 2015 until 10 October 2015

Great Australians Gala Dinner

The Great Australians Gala Dinner raises awareness and funds for the charity initiative Growing Hope.

This year the event will see a host of Great Australian icons gather together for one amazing evening, sending a message of hope for people in need. Any Australian can achieve greatness if given the chance, and this event provides an opportunity to celebrate the Great Australian within us all.

Distinguished guests will have the honour of having a Great Australian joining them at their table for an evening of fine dining, conversation and entertainment from some of Australia's music legends including Kate Ceberano, Jon Stevens, Glenn Shorrock and Ross Wilson.

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2015 Great Amazing Race
10 October 2015 until 10 October 2015

2015 Great Amazing Race

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

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

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

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

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Around the Bay 2015 – Ride for a Child in Need
11 October 2015 until 11 October 2015

Around the Bay 2015 – Ride for a Child in Need

Around the Bay - Ride for a Child in Need is the one day of the year where Melbourne unites to celebrate cycling.

Now in its 23rd year, Around the Bay is Australia's largest bike ride and caters for all levels and styles of riding.

From the 20 kilometres option to the iconic 250 kilometres loop of the bay, there is a ride for you.

One day, one bay - this is Melbourne's ride.

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Eureka Challenge
11 October 2015 until 11 October 2015

Eureka Challenge

Join in the Eureka Challenge by deciphering clues and discovering the influences of Greek design on some of Melbourne's most monumental landmarks.

This is not a race as you know it. Firstly, you don't have to get the fastest time to win. Secondly, you are meant to stop and savour the architectural gems of the city as you tick them off the list. And thirdly, it's just as much fun for the little kids as it is for the big ones.

Those who complete the race go into a draw to win fabulous prizes, including return trips to Greece, with cultural tours in Athens, in partnership with the Benaki Museum, as well as solid gold medallions for the fastest times.

Start times stagger, commencing from 8:30am, with the last groups leaving at 11:30am. Select your start time when you get your tickets.

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Decadance - Melbourne Festival
15 October 2015 until 15 October 2015

Decadance - Melbourne Festival

Israel's internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company Batsheva returns to Melbourne Festival with revered choreographer Ohad Naharin's ever-evolving showcase Decadance.

First created in 1990, this kaleidoscopic survey of Naharin's repertoire offers audiences a multi-faceted selection of memorable moments from the company's 50 year history.

In Decadance Naharin reconstructs his oeuvre by taking sections of existing works and reorganising them into a fresh new theatrical experience.

With a soundtrack that veers from Vivaldi to Dean Martin, this dynamic showcase of dance features heartbreakingly intimate moments and exhilarating full company pieces.

Choreographer and Artistic Director: Ohad Naharin

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1984 - Melbourne Festival
16 October 2015 until 25 October 2015

1984 - Melbourne Festival

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love.

But Big Brother is always watching, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye.

Seen by more than a quarter of a million people, the international smash hit production of Orwell's dystopian masterpiece-from United Kingdom theatre renegades Headlong-arrives in Australia for an exclusive season at Melbourne Festival.

The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in this radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell's vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

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

Getting Published as a Writer for Children

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

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

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Afternoon Tea at Myer Mural Hall
18 October 2015 until 18 October 2015

Afternoon Tea at Myer Mural Hall

Come and enjoy an elegant high tea with your friends and family in the beautifully restored, heritage-listed Myer Mural Hall.

There'll be sparkling wine on arrival, exquisite pastries, fingers sandwiches, savoury tartlets and scones, as well as a jazz performance by the Julian Banks Trio and entertainment from the delightful Kenneth Parks who maintains a passionate professional interest in Napier Waller, who painted the 10 amazing murals in the Hall.

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

Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance

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

Meeting point at the reception area of the visitor centre.

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

2015 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

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

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

The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival offers a choice of five distances - the Medibank Melbourne Marathon (42.195 kilometres), Half Marathon (21.1 kilometres), 10 Kilometre Run, ASICS 5.7 Kilometre Run and ASICS Three Kilometre Walk.

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

Friends Super Spring Plant Sale

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

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

Entry Free.

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Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade
02 November 2015 until 02 November 2015

Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade

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

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

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

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Duncan Trussell
06 November 2015 until 06 November 2015

Duncan Trussell

Duncan’s name will be a familiar one to anyone with even a passing interest in comedy podcasts. A staple on the Australian charts, the Duncan Trussell Family Hour deftly blends humour with fringe ideas, eclectic guests and excellent interviews.

Duncan is a regular guest on the Joe Rogan Experience and was one of the first comedians to embrace the podcast format. Alongside fellow comic Natasha Leggero, Duncan co-hosted the breakout podcast Lavender Hour between 2010 and 2012.

A fixture on the LA comedy scene and a regular at the legendary Comedy Store, Duncan has also appeared on a variety of television programs such as Joe Rogan Questions Everything, Drunk History, This Isn’t Happening, Curb Your Enthusiasm and as the voice of Ron James on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time.

Joining Duncan for his upcoming Australian tour is Los Angeles-based rising star Johnny Pemberton, who is known for his experimental approach to stand-up and foul mouth, and appeared at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.

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Great Strides
08 November 2015 until 08 November 2015

Great Strides

Great Strides is a fun run and walk that raises awareness and funds for cystic fibrosis organisations around Australia.

Great Strides Melbourne is held at the picturesque Tan track, which wraps around the Botanical Gardens on Linlithgow Avenue. The start to finish line is the same for both the four kilometres and eight kilometres events on Linlithgow Avenue alongside the track.

Main stage presentations after the race.

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Edmund. The Beginning
10 November 2015 until 22 November 2015

Edmund. The Beginning

Edmund. The Beginning is both an exercise in distorted biography and a confessional torrent. Brian Lipson summons a disordered array of characters from the impatient past and the murky present: some are familiar, some are famous, some are known only to Lipson. None are comfortable.

Fifteen years ago, Lipson's acclaimed solo show A Large Attendance in the Antechamber won two Green Room Awards before touring the world for the next seven years. Brian is now considerably older and considerably less wise, but he can still talk very fast.

Edmund. The Beginning is even more complex than its predecessor, and each of its many characters is both a real person and an imaginary figure. But who imagines whom? Who is Whom? Who is Alive? Who is Dead? And Why?

In Edmund. The Beginning, literary giants, sirens, reprobates and infants cavort in existential quadrille. A few you will recognise, others you won't. All will ring bells.

Preview Tuesday 10 November

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Blender Lane Artists Market
11 November 2015 until 11 November 2015

Blender Lane Artists Market

The Blender Lane 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 weekly 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 Darkhorse Experiment Gallery.

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Bogan Bombshell – Janeen from Clarinda
20 November 2015 until 20 November 2015

Bogan Bombshell – Janeen from Clarinda

Direct from triumphant engagements in regional Victoria, the Bogan Bombshell herself, Janeen from Clarinda, is on a mission. After being caught embezzling hundreds of dollars from the McHappy Day Fund, Janeen’s hubby Johnno has landed in jail – with bail set at $176.

In a bur-les-q-ee spectacular featuring her hits 'Bogans Are People Too', 'Get 'Em Out' plus Janeen classics like 'All the BAM', she puts her sanitation skills to their biggest ever test. Can the sizzling siren of the SR6 raise the cash to save her hubby from prison popularity?

Written and performed by Susie McCann, with original compositions by David Peake, Greg Mason, Matt Fennell and Susie McCann. Musical direction and accompanist by Greg Mason.


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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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An Evening with Buzz Aldrin - Mission to Mars
29 November 2015 until 29 November 2015

An Evening with Buzz Aldrin - Mission to Mars

Join legendary Apollo 11 Astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, on a journey through space history and into the future from man's first moon landing and his historic walk on another world to his revolutionary vision for a future manned mission to Mars.

Buzz Aldrin is a living legend of space exploration. Mission to Mars is a journey with Buzz through space history and into the future - a future beyond planet Earth. Relive his incredible missions from fighter pilot in Korea, his pioneering flight in Gemini 12, where he made the world's first successful record-setting complex space walk EVA, the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing where together with Neil Armstrong, he became one of the first two humans to set foot on another world.

Now Buzz is on a new mission, a mission to land humans on Mars by 2035, and he has a revolutionary plan to do it. Hosted by Australia's most experienced journalist, Ray Martin, and using stunning images and footage from Buzz's own personal library of material, this is an opportunity to see and learn about the future of space exploration from one of the greatest heroes of time.

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Australian DanceSport Championship
11 December 2015 until 13 December 2015

Australian DanceSport Championship

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

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

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

Georgy Girl, The Seekers Musical

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

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

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

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

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

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CATS
18 December 2015 until 10 January 2016

CATS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cats
18 December 2015 until 10 January 2016

Cats

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

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

The 2015 Olivier Award-nominated Cats introduces a rapping 'street cat' in the famous Rum Tum Tugger role, who performs some serious breakdancing moves. 'I've come to the conclusion that having read Eliot again, maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap', says Lloyd Webber.

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

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

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

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

2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

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

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

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

Be there as the world watches Melbourne.

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Garden DesignFest
12 November 2016 until 13 November 2016

Garden DesignFest

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

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

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