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Here are some of the many cultural and sporting events coming up in the city and around Victoria:
Capoeira Angola Classes
So what is Capoeira Angola all about? Imagine participating in a challenging art form that involves energetically play-acting to indulge in dance fights that are in synch with Afro-Brazilian music and songs that describe life, the country, community and the players within a circle. This sort of activity is called a Capoeira Angola Roda, one of the rituals of Afro-Brazilian culture that is still alive and practised today, not only in remembrance of the cultural and physical resistance that was used by Brazilian slaves to gain freedom but also because Capoeira Angola has health benefits and ensures mental, emotional and physical well-being.
The ritual of the Roda and the practice of Capoeira Angola have been passed down through several centuries as an oral tradition - there are no 'How to do Capoeira Angola' books! The only ways to learn are to ask, and to practise. For a newcomer there are no stupid questions about Capoeira Angola. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, to be curious and to seek guidance from the teacher, the experienced students and the Mestres. The school creates a safe place to learn both the movement and the traditions of Capoeira, regardless of physical ability, musical skill or native language.
Classed are supervised by Mestre Roxinho, director of the Capoeira Angola Cultural Centre, and Treinel Martinica from the ECAMAR school. The Capoeira Angola Cultural Centre Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim to provide access to Capoeira Angola to the community.
New students are first introduced to the basic movements. As their confidence and skill develop, they are introduced to more advanced movements. Classes are dictated by the level of ability of the students who attend. Where appropriate, parts of a class will be split between beginners and advanced students.
Exercise your mind, body and soul with free Qigong classes every Friday morning at Fed Square.
Qigong combines integrated physical movement, mental cultivation and regulated breathing. In traditional Chinese medicine the flow of energy, Qi (Chi) along channels in the body is viewed as central to a person's health and wellbeing, with illness being attributed to restricted or blocked Qi flow.
Learn to regulate your Qi with expert instructors from Tai Chi Australia. You can also join instructors from Tai Chi Australia every Tuesday for free Tai Chi classes at Fed Square.
Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels.
Fed Square Laughter Club
Join in a 30 minute laughter session at Federation Square at 11am on the first and third Sunday of each month.
Laughter Clubs come together for a session and people laugh for no reason without having to resort to jokes or humour. The sessions last about half an hour and are mostly held outdoors. They are run along the lines established by Dr Madan Kataria, who founded the global laughter movement 14 years ago with one club, and there are now over 5,000 clubs worldwide.
Everyone is welcome to experience first-hand the fun of a laughter session, and gain the benefits of laughter, which improves the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health of individuals, workplaces, and society.
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.
Fitness at Fed Square
Get active with free Fitness at Fed Square, led by health coaches and fitness instructors from Healthy Lifestyle Lounge.
These classes, aimed to help city workers keep fit and healthy, include circuit-based exercise which incorporates body weight exercises, cardio training and core strength movements.
Classes are simple, fun and great for invigorating the mind, body and soul. All ages and fitness levels welcome.
Belly Dancing at Fed Square
Shimmy and shake with free 30 minute Belly Dancing at Fed Square classes.
Led by professional instructor Trisnasari, the gentle aerobic dance is perfect for toning and strengthening core muscles.
Classes are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 12.30pm until 1pm. No bookings required.
All ages and skill levels welcome.
Dreamworks Animation – The Exhibition
In a world premiere event, the studio that brought you the animated classics Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda is offering unprecedented access to its extraordinary archive, in DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition.
This is ACMI's largest ever exhibition, featuring over 400 items including never-seen-before concept drawings, models, original artworks, interviews and interactive experiences for children and adults.
Presented alongside is ACMI's series of exciting films, workshops, panels and late night entertainment that offers a unique insight into the studio's lush worlds and beloved characters.
DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition is a truly remarkable experience for the whole family.
The exhibition is open every Thursday until 9pm.
Inge King: Constellation
At the forefront of Australian abstract sculpture for more than six decades, the formidable career of Inge King AM will be celebrated with a major survey at the National Gallery of Victoria in May.
Now in her 99th year, King is one of the country’s most respected artists, holding a distinguished place in Australian art history.
Inge King: Constellation will be staged throughout the foyer spaces across NGV Australia’s three levels. It will present 92 works, from small maquette studies to larger, full-scale pieces, alongside King’s recent sculptures and collages, her lesser-unknown jewellery designs and many early works, some of which have never been on public display.
More than 70 unattributed garments and accessories from the National Gallery of Victoria's world-class Fashion and Textiles Collection will be examined under the microscope in 'Fashion Detective', an intriguing, investigative exhibition that seeks to uncover the people and histories behind these extraordinary pieces. Using material evidence, hearsay and forensics, along with specially commissioned fictional stories, the exhibition considers these fascinating pieces drawn from the NGV's extensive collection of over 8,000 items.
Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV said, 'While the NGV holds one of the most substantial collections of fashion and textiles in the world, there are a large number of works that remain unattributed, and this is common throughout museum collections world-wide. These enigmatic objects incite our curiosity and make us question how these objects came to be; who created them, why were they made and who wore them? Fashion Detective will present a series of cases for close examination encouraging visitors to think differently about what we see and what we know,' Mr Ellwood said.
From poisonous dyes, concealed clues, mysterious marks, fakes and forgeries, to missing persons, 'Fashion Detective' is comprised of small vignettes that reveal the extraordinary stories behind these garments. Displayed within a stylised black and white exhibition design reminiscent of an ornate Victorian house, the exhibition will be a compelling encounter with the art of detection and the long forgotten makers and owners.
David McDiarmid: When This You See Remember Me
Defying classification, the work of David McDiarmid encompasses the complex and interconnected histories of art, craft, fashion, music, sex, gay liberation and identity politics; happily residing in the spaces between high and low art, popular culture and community engagement.
At once kaleidoscopic, celebratory and darkly humorous in tone, the artist's idiosyncratic, highly personal and at times, confessional work highlights the redefinition and deconstruction of identities - 'from camp to gay to queer' - drawing on the experiences of a life intensely lived in Melbourne, Sydney and New York.
Charting the shifts in politics and individual and community expression that unfold across the decades of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, this exhibition also reveals McDiarmid's artistic and grassroots political response to the impact of HIV/AIDS during the 1980s and beyond, for which he is best known internationally.
Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court, Museo del Prado
The finest collection of Italian masterpieces ever to come to Australia will open at the National Gallery of Victoria on 16 May. Featuring some of the most outstanding works from masters such as Raphael, Titian and Tiepolo the exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Australia to see some of the most extraordinary Italian works produced during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, many from the Royal Court in Spain.
This Melbourne exclusive exhibition has been drawn from one of the most celebrated collections, Museo del Prado, Madrid, and will showcase over 100 works comprising 70 paintings, some measuring over three metres, alongside more than 30 superb drawings - the largest number of Italian works the Museo del Prado has ever loaned to one exhibition.
Tony Ellwood said that the holdings of Italian art in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, are unique and unrivalled in museums outside Italy. Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court, Museo del Prado will present a rich selection of paintings and drawings spanning 300 years of Italian art, from the early sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. He also said Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court, Museo del Prado will captivate and amaze visitors and will be complemented by a diverse range of engaging programs, lectures and events.
In the sixteenth century, the Spanish ruler Emperor Charles V began a tradition of acquiring Italian paintings. Successive rulers also commissioned works directly from the artists in Italy or enticed them to Spain to work in the Royal Household. Many of these works are at the heart of the Prado's collection and have never before left Spain.
Such is the scale of this exhibition that visitors will be able to trace the stylistic development of Italian art across three centuries drawn from Italy's key cultural centres including Rome, Venice and Naples.
Experience over 130 years of history - Hotel Windsor Afternoon Tea
The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1883.
Their luxury hotel in Melbourne serves its renowned afternoon tea of freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches on tiered silver stands daily.
Upon arrival at The Hotel Windsor Melbourne, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, whilst afternoon delicacies and unlimited freshly brewed tea and coffee is brought to your table.
Vegetarian and gluten free options can be catered for at no extra cost. Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
The Hotel Windsor's Luxury Melbourne hotel Afternoon Tea is served in their signature Melbourne hotel restaurant every day of the week.
Please contact reservations for more details regarding session times.
Reservations are essential. They recommend at least three to four weeks advance notice for weekend bookings.
Centenary of the First World War (1914-19) - Shrine of Remembrance travelling exhibition
Through historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition will present the chronology of the First World War (1914-18). It will provide you with the opportunity to discover the fascinating stories of the 416,809 Australian men, 114,000 of whom were from Victoria, who enlisted, as well as the Australian women who served overseas as nurses.
Throughout Europe and the Middle East, find out about the hardships that our Diggers endured and the battles that they fought alongside Allied nations; from the landings at Gallipoli, Palestine in the Middle East, to Passchendaele and Fromelles on the Western Front.
Away from the frontline, discover the experiences of the home front. Whilst the contributions of those at home made the war effort possible, social divisions also grew, climaxing in the bitterly contested (and unsuccessful) conscription referendums in 1916 and 1917.
Focusing on Victorian perspectives on the frontline and home front experiences, this exhibition will retell the stories and review the mythology that we have inherited over the past 100 years.
The Centenary of the First World War exhibition will tour to regional and outer metropolitan venues in Victoria, August 2014 to August 2019. Throughout the tour local people from each area will be encouraged to share their stories for inclusion in the exhibition.
The exhibition opens at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne on 4 August 2014.
Bushido: Way of the Samurai
Bushido explores the fascinating world of the samurai who were the warriors, rulers and aristocratic elite of Japanese society for more than 800 years.
From the 12th century through to the end of the Edo period in 1868 the Shogun, regional lords and their warrior retainers (all samurai in their own right) ruled the country and lived to a strict code of ethics. This military aristocracy aspired to a life of spiritual harmony that not only perfected the art of war but also embodied an appreciation of the fine arts that established their life as an art form itself.
Throughout these tumultuous times of war and peace samurai virtues of honesty, courage, benevolence, respect, self-sacrifice, self-control, duty, and loyalty combined with their passion for a cultural lifestyle not only established social stability, but also cultivated a legacy of art and culture in Japanese society that continues to this day.
Fed Square Book Market
Love books? Then join Melbourne's bibliophiles at the Fed Square Book Market, one of the largest weekly book markets in Melbourne, in The Atrium at Fed Square.
Each week you can immerse yourself in over 5000 new and pre-loved titles, including literature, history, gardening, travel, art and kids stories.
The Book Market regularly features around fifteen of Melbourne's most experienced book dealers as well as authors and illustrators.
Forgotten Chinese ANZACs Remembered
When World War One was declared in 1914, Australia rallied behind the Allied efforts. More than 330,000 mobilised personnel were called to action, of which, a small proportion were Australians of Chinese descent. Billy Sing, Caleb Shang and Hunter Poon are some of the well-known Chinese-Australians who served in the frontline. Other stories remain untold.
As the centenary of World War One dawns on Australia, its history and stories are fast slipping from public memory. In the lead up to this centenary, the Chinese Museum has been researching these untold stories of Chinese-Australian war contributions both at home and abroad. Some of this research will be presented in an exciting new exhibition which seeks to reignite public and community interest in World War One and to present an alternative, community-centred commemoration of World War One which cannot be achieved through history books.
Artists Emerge at WTC
The Artists Emerge at WTC exhibition follows on from the success of the 2013 collaboration between WTC and MARS Gallery, 25 Sculptures at the WTC, and will showcase works from some of Victoria's most promising emerging sculptors.
The six-week exhibition, curated by Andy Dinan of MARS Gallery, will feature works created or finished in the last 12 months.
Running alongside the exhibition, a 'People's Choice Award' will be conducted through WTC social media.
Featured artists include: Daniel Agdag, Dr. Lisa Anderson, Merric Brettle, Piers Buxton, Nicole Byrne, ACAB Collective, Julie Collins & Derek John, Steve Cook, Melissa Cussell, Emma Davies, Sarah Field, Lloyd Godman, Matthew Harding, Kasia Lynch, Harley Manifold, Ana Cristina Jorge-Moore, Mike Nicholls, Jackie Ralph, GT Sewell, Maria Simonelli, Shoso Shimbo, Greer Taylor, Frank Veldze & Suzanne Donisthorpe, Marc Vellekoop, Tricky Walsh, Jud Wimhurst, Tim J S Wise, Bethany Wheeler and Christabel Wigley.
An Englishman Abroad – At Home in British India
The Johnston Collection house-museum, Fairhall, will be recreated as a British-style interior found in India in the 1830s. Presented as part of the continuing 'house of ideas' series, An Englishman Abroad: At Home in British India, explores the fascinating world of the British Raj, and will provide visitors with an insight into what it was like to live as an Englishman in India at the time of British colonial rule.
Fairhall will be used in this unique house-museum tour as an evocative background in which to consider the British response to things Indian, the domestic interior and the factors which shaped its appearance, and offer insights into the relationships between European, Indian and Chinese craftsmen.
There will be a focus on the early 19th century British-Indian items in The Johnston Collection, along with other elements of British-Indian culture and society during this period.
An Englishman Abroad: At Home in British India will be curated by James Broadbent, a well-known historian of domestic interiors, built heritage conservator and author, with a special interest in colonial houses, their furnishings, gardens and the people that built and lived in them.
Daily 10am-11:30am, 12pm-1:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm.
Extended hHours tours available on the second Saturday of each month at 10am and 12pm and on the third Thursday evening of each month at 6pm.
Itty Bitty T*tty Committee
Hurry in to the biggest little b**b show in town! The Itty Bitty T*tty Committee has arrived!
Join Betty Blood, Peachey Dream, and Lou Le Belle, and special guest Raven Mr. Boylesque 2012), as they lead the backlash against the big b**b trend and other bullsh*t expectations of the female form!
Join this retro-sexual celebration of the body beautiful in all its forms.These queens of striptease get it all out for you to be titillated, challenged, and maybe even terrified.
A schlock fuelled romp that is sure to shock, amaze and entertain!
A Score to Settle
Award-winning New York harpist and musical theatre actor, Rita Costanzi brings her acclaimed one-woman show A Score to Settle to Australia in July for a strictly limited season.
Described as a 'tell-all tale of music, passion-and a very large instrument', the work is a funny and poignant musical monologue based on Ms Costanzi's life. By turns sensuous, hilarious and deeply moving, A Score to Settle shares her story from growing up as the musically gifted child of a famous violist father to training as a concert harpist and performing with orchestras across the world, to performing for dying patients in palliative care, confronting her own mortality and, finally, reconciling her art and life.
Ms Costanzi seamlessly integrates the compelling dialogue, written by Canadian playwright, Kico Gonzalez-Risso, with the virtuoso harp playing for which she is internationally renowned, featuring original compositions as well as famous classical works written for harp.
The show is directed by Arthur Masella, a long-time associate of Hal Prince (arguably America's most successful Broadway theatrical producer-director) and a distinguished Broadway show director in his own right.
A Score To Settle starring Rita Costanzi
Award-winning New York harpist and musical theatre actor, Rita Costanzi, brings her acclaimed one-woman show A Score To Settle to Australia in July, appearing at the World Harp Congress in Sydney and The Butterfly Club, Melbourne for a strictly limited season.
Described as a 'tell-all tale of music, passion-and a very large instrument', A Score To Settle is a funny and poignant musical monologue based on Ms Costanzi's life.
Four Seasons Exhibition
Four painters weave through the four seasons of nature and humanity at Steps Gallery. The artists - Angela Abbott, Maggie Chiara Cowling, Margaret Cowling, Jacqueline Fowler - use oils and watercolour to weave through the four seasons of nature and humanity.
Images range from winter in Carlton to summer grasses of the countryside, cool autumnal mists and reflections in clearest water, new leaves of spring's emergence and the colour burst of flowers in formal and informal settings, to the consistencies and inconsistencies in human life and activity wrought by time and circumstance, as seen in figurative work.
Artists will be in attendance.
Happiness Comix NYC
Happiness is a comic and art anthology printed in New York City and distributed worldwide. Celebrating the release of its fourth issue, Leah Wishnia has recruited past and present Happiness contributors to transform their comic narratives into small-scale sculptural pieces for the Mailbox exhibition space.
Featuring artwork by Krysta Brayer, Mimi Chrzanowski, Katrina Clark, Antoine Cossé, Krystal Difronzo, O Horvath, Thomas Hunter, Courtney Loberg, KJ Martinet, oh Laura Perez Harris, A.T. Pratt, Conor Stechschulte, Lasse Wandschneider, Leah Wishnia and Lena Zilber.
Craft Cubed Festival
Craft is presenting a program of over 120 events spread across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The festival features exhibitions, public installations, open studios, markets, online events, films, talks and seminars.
There will be unrivalled access to craft makers and educators and opportunities to learn new skills, master techniques, collaborate on public works, make new friends and celebrate the amazing creativity and diversity of craft culture.
Highlights include Big Ceramics at Fed Square, curated by Craft CEO and Artistic Director Jane Scott, which features some of Australia's most celebrated ceramic artists as well as exhibitions onsite, three with a jewellery focus: Transplantation (local/international jewellery ), Vito Bila (Melbourne) and Bin Dixon Ward (Melbourne). Textile designer and illustrator, Sandra Eterovic will also be featured in the Craft Window.
Free activities presented by Craft feature creative and cultural groups, artists, makers, sector professionals and educators in a dynamic and engaging program that covers everything from Lost Trades to Craftivism.
The Festival also features the highly anticipated Craft Hatch market - an incubator event for emerging creatives - as well as a seminar that will provide unique insights for anyone considering starting, or already involved in, the craft and design sector. The seminar features leading craft makers, designers and industry professionals who have successfully managed to make the most of their creative talent.
Please see website for full program of events.
Craft Cubed 2014
This August Craft Cubed returns, this time with a major focus at Federation Square as well as venues big and small across Melbourne & regional Victoria.
Craft Cubed is Craft's annual festival of experimental, skilled and ideas-based craft and design. Featuring exhibitions, installations, open studios, workshops and events, Craft Cubed is a unique umbrella for practitioners and the public to engage with contemporary craft and design. Encompassing a Victoria-wide program throughout August, this year Craft Cubed will orbit around core happenings at Fed Square.
Craft Cubed 2014
The Art of Handmade
1 to 31 August 2014
A Secret Place
Due to popular demand A Secret Place is now open every Saturday. If you fancy a 1950s New York vibe on your Saturday night, complete with romantic and spirited jazz, ice-cold cocktails and even a cigar room, then you will want to be booking a seat at A Secret Place, a members-only club that opens to the public just every Saturday of the month.
Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
Every Sunday, 10am - 4pm, local artisans fill Arts Centre Melbourne's Lawn to showcase their unique, handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies.
Everything on offer is produced locally, making the market a real favourite for those seeking one-of-a-kind treasures for themselves or as gifts.
Just a short walk over the bridge from Flinders Street Station, the Sunday Market is a much-loved weekly event, with the relaxed feel of a regional craft market set against the backdrop of Melbourne's buzzing arts precinct.
Please note that all stallholders at the Sunday Market rotate positions regularly. If you are looking for your favourites, please be sure to have a wander along St Kilda Rd and behind along the lawn until you can find what you are looking for!
Comedy at Spleen
Every Monday; Comedy@Spleen is the city's hottest show in town, with a packed room every single week.
With drop-in guests in the past like Jimeoin, Arj Barker, Adam Hills, Wil Anderson, Dave Hughes, Josh Thomas, Charlie Pickering, Claire Hooper and many more. You will never know which special guest you are going to get. They also feature all the hottest young acts in Melbourne that will be household names of tomorrow.
It's always a cracker of a show, and you always have to get in early to snare a seat!
Classics at Fed Square
Enjoy your favourite music all year round with Classics at Fed Square.
Held in the stunning surrounds of the Deakin Edge, these free monthly concerts offer something for everyone, from classical and swing to big band, jazz and even contemporary pop!
The program includes plenty of old favourites from the Melbourne Strings Ensemble to some of the best creative schools across Victoria. Bring a friend and make a day of it, with free exhibitions at ACMI and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and plenty of great cafes open for lunch or coffee.
Baptism of Fire
Six teams of first time wine makers will be paired with Australian winemaking gurus as they race to develop the best Shiraz from either Mount Langi Ghiran, De Bortoli or Thousand Candles' grapes.
As well as receiving assistance with the wine making process, the groups partnered with design experts from Alquimie, Ultra Studio, Andrew Ashton, Salmon Design, Ortolan and Tin & Ed to develop their packaging.
At the preview event on August 4, industry experts and consumers will meet the team members, taste their wines, and bid at auction to receive the packaged product, which is due for release in October. A portion of sales proceeds will be donated to SecondBite.
Renegade Films captured the contestants' adventures and will broadcast a series of webisodes, aimed at people who are curious about wine.
For bookings, go to the website.
In a shift back to the urban environment, William Breen's attention to detail is meticulous, with every cranny and layer illuminated in a pale, comic light. It is clear that the artist has a penchant (not to mention, skill) for conjuring these spaces in every nuance with his subject matter including graffiti, signage, aged facades, bicycles, grime and remnants of human activity. However, these inner-north neighbourhoods (think Fitzroy, Brunswick and Thornbury) contain not a single human soul.
This emptiness, where no one can be found, is especially unsettling in Breen's urban works. It might be natural for a blustering wilderness to be void of human trace, yet in the city, human activity etches itself on every available flank of concrete. In turn, the quiet of these paintings is uncanny. People are replaced with their trace. What remains is a stilled landscape of habitual living, where the figure in the scene becomes the viewer.
Australia Will Be There
Through historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition presents the chronology of the First World War (1914-19) with particular reference to the contribution of Victorians.
Find out about the hardships that Australians endured and the battles they fought alongside Allied nations, from the landings at Gallipoli to the battles in Palestine, Passchendaele and Fromelles. Away from the frontline, discover the experiences of Australians back home in Victoria, and their contribution to the war effort. Also learn about the growing social divisions which climaxed in the bitterly contested and ultimately unsuccessful conscription referenda in 1916 and 1917.
Five Boroughs Comedy
Melbourne's best quality night of comedy is here!
Every Thursday night in the city, Five Boroughs Comedy has some of the biggest names in Australian comedy, in a funky inner-city surrounding.
Get out of the house on Thursday night, get dinner and watch big television and radio names, plus some of the best new Melbourne faces, at Five Boroughs Comedy!
Five Boroughs has hosted Dave Hughes, Wil Anderson, Jimeoin, Adam Hills, Sarah Silverman, Fiona O'Loughlin, Frank Woodley, Charlie Pickering, Glenn Robbins, Hannibal Buress, Tom Ballard, Tony Martin, Dave Callan and heaps more!
Adrian Wootton Talks Mavericks – Humphrey Bogart
Adrian Wootton Talks Mavericks at the Melbourne International Film Festival. In this lecture, he discusses Humphrey Bogart - tough guy and romantic hero.
A late developing actor, Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) went from second-rank, tough guy gangster roles to become one of Hollywood's greatest romantic movie hero icons. With a plethora of clips, Wootton explores Bogart's life and career and the behind-the-series stories of classic movies such as Casablanca, The Big Sleep and The African Queen.
Champagne Degustation at Vue de Monde
Join the Champagne Dame, Kyla Kirkpatrick, and awarded chef Shannon Bennett at Vue de Monde as they create the quintessential champagne degustation dinner with the 'wine of Kings' perfectly partnered with each spectacular course.
To further highlight the wonderful gastronmic virtues of champagne, champagne will be intricately and discerningly interwoven into each course by Shannon Bennett and the Vue de Monde team.
Impossible Occurrences - Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
Witness Impossible Occurrences, one of Melbourne's most exclusive magic show at The Marriott Hotel.
Award winning magician Luke Hocking intrigues and amazes with astounding displays of magic, illusion and mind reading. The performance blends elegance and astonishment to create an unbelievable entertainment experience like no other. Showcased in Melbourne's 5 star Marriott Hotel, this is a performance of utter distinction.
Show opens July 4th 2014.
Adrian Wootton Talks Mavericks – Patricia Highsmith
Adrian Wootton talks mavericks at Melbourne International Film Festival. In this lecture, he discusses Patricia Highsmith - from strangers to Ripley.
One of the 20th century's most influential crime and suspense novelists, the 20 novels of the publicity-shy Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) inspired numerous screen adaptations including Alfred Hitchcock famously filming her first novel, Strangers on a Train, and her series of Ripley stories, as well as the more recent release, The Two Faces of January.
Examining the significance of Highsmith's work, Wootton plays clips from various adaptations and footage of a rarely-seen documentary about her, and recounts his own encounter with the legendary writer.
A Midwinter Christmas
Located in the beautiful Chapter House at 197 Flinders Lane, 'A Midwinter Christmas' showcases some of the very best choral repertoire of the festive season, often overlooked in a Southern Hemisphere Christmas.
Mulled wine and Christmas treats will be served from 6:30pm with the concert beginning at 7:30pm, so wrap up in your winter woollies and come for this delightful evening of carols and Christmas cheer!
Spaces are limited, so bookings are essential.
Black Tie Charity Ball For Cancer Council Victoria
Join the Cancer Council at Melbourne's beautiful Plaza Ballroom at the Regent Theatre, for 'Tuxedo Junction - In Full Swing'. It's going to be one of the best nights out in town!
Your ticket price is all inclusive and is your entree to an evening of fine food and wine, and a live show that features the cream of Australia's entertainment industry, including the B# Big Band.
This is your chance to make a real difference to cancer research and support services, and contribute to the first class research projects that will benefit cancer patients for generations to come.
Have a great night out and make a difference.
Adrian Wootton Talks Mavericks – John Le Carre
Adrian Wootton talks mavericks at the Melbourne International Film Festival. In this lecture he discusses John Le Carre - spy to page to celluloid.
John Le Carre (aka David Cornwall) is one of the world's greatest living spy thriller/espionage novelists. His acclaimed and popular body of work has spawned celebrated screen adaptations, ranging from 1965's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and, most recently, A Most Wanted Man.
Wootton looks at Le Carre's fascinating life (including a stint as a spy), his glittering career and the many classic filmed versions of his books, and describes his own experiences meeting and interviewing Le Carre.
A Secret Place
If you fancy a 1950s New York vibe on your Saturday night, complete with romantic and spirited jazz, ice-cold cocktails, tapas and even a cigar room, then you will want to be booking a seat at A Secret Place, a members-only club that opens to the public every second and fourth Saturday of the month.
This is a high end experience for a low end price. Seats are limited.
Felix Hell – Pipe Organ Prince
Young German organ phenomenon Felix Hell returns to the Melbourne Town Hall in a free Sunday afternoon concert.
Felix has had an active concert career since the age of nine and has already performed more than 700 recitals throughout his native Germany and worldwide.
At the age of 21, Felix Hell received global recognition for his performances of the entire organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach in three full cycles. Most recently, he was engaged by the German Embassy in Seoul to perform the complete organ works of Bach and has performed the complete organ works of Felix Mendelssohn in New York City, commemorating the composer's 200th birthday.
Felix Hell's discography includes eight CDs, encompassing an organ repertoire of five centuries.
Adrian Wootton Talks Mavericks – Katharine Hepburn
Adrian Wootton talks mavericks at Melbourne International Film Festival. In this lecture, he discusses Katharine Hepburn - a maverick's diamond career.
With a career lasting more than 60 years, Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) was one of Hollywood's greatest stars and the long-time on-and-off-screen romantic companion of Spencer Tracey.
Wootton traces the life and sparkling career of this independent and strong-willed intelligent actress who defied studio bosses and social convention, and will play clips from some of Hepburn's greatest roles like Bringing Up Baby, The African Queen and On Golden Pond.
Crochet at Fed Square
Crochet workshops are led by a small group of volunteer crochet enthusiasts who are working towards making poppies for the '5000 Poppies project'.
This arts and craft project gives crafters of all persuasions an opportunity to contribute to a large community tribute of respect and remembrance to Australian servicemen and women who have fought in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
The goal of the 5000 poppies project is to create a field of 5000 poppies for display on ANZAC Day 2015, as part of Australia's 100th Anniversary commemoration of the Gallipoli landing.
Workshops are held on the second Monday of every month.
Please note that the workshop in April 2014 will be on Friday 25 April in commemoration of ANZAC Day.
Curator tours of Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage Exhibition
Coinciding with the arrival of Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables in Melbourne, Victor Hugo: Les Misérables - From Page to Stage brings together an extraordinary collection of rarely seen material from around the world.
Join the exhibition curators for insightful and entertaining tours in both English and French.
From the Depths
William Elm will weave instrumental stories steeped in heavy mythology and nuance, from the depths of his imagination to the depths of The Butterfly Club.
Featuring piano, accordion, glockenspiel and mountain dulcimer, From the Depths will make its debut at The Butterfly Club with all-original compositions, from quiet piano bagatelles and aleatoric music, to dark rhapsodies and impromptus.
Koffia Korean Film Festival
The Korean Film Festival in Australia is back for its milestone fifth year and it promises to be bigger than ever!
Koffia is the most celebrated annual festival in Australia to showcase the very best and latest in Korean cinema. From ground breaking blockbusters to heart warming rom-coms there truly is something for everybody!
Presented by the Korean Cultural Office Australia and Samsung, this year's festival will offer a deep insight into the world behind Korean films which has been steadily taking the world by storm.
The festival welcomes you to Hallyuwood, the exciting industry which continues to amaze the world through its consistent output of quality content taking to heart the practices and ideals of Hollywood. It's time to mark the dates in your diary, select the films you want to see and get ready for something spicy!
Drawing from ancient Chinese traditions, Feel Young combines gentle exercise and dance in a program suitable for all ages.
Led by expert instructors from the Federation of Chinese Associations, Feel Young is designed to invigorate the mind and the body, building fitness, balance and mobility.
Classes are held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, 10.30am - 12.30pm.
All ages are welcome and bookings not required.
Coonawarra National Wine Tasting Roadshow
The Coonawarra Roadshow is a highly anticipated event which travels to capital cities during the month of August.
Coonawarra winemakers, winery owners and their families embark on a nationwide road trip to conduct tastings and chat to you about their wines in very special venues in your home towns. Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience the best Coonawarra has to offer all in the one place!
Andrew Swann – Jazz Thursdays at the Commune
Versatile and talented, singer-musician, Andrew Swann joins the John Montesante Quintet as they bring New York-style bebop and fine jazz standards to the city's edge. This is Melbourne's longest running jazz residency, now into its 10th year.
The John Montesante Quintet is one of Melbourne's most entertaining and versatile jazz combos, with a vast repertoire of bebop and timeless jazz standards.
The regular JMQ line-up features John Montesante (trumpet and flugel), Dean Cooper (drums), Michael Harding (piano), Ben Robertson (bass) and Tony Hicks (saxophone), with some of Melbourne's finest jazz singers, including tonight's performer, highly regarded Andrew Swann.
Relax after work, enjoy a light dinner and listen to outstanding music.
Gourmet Cheese Making Class
Halloumi, a unique cheese originating from Cyprus, is mostly eaten grilled, while ricotta can be used in dishes as varied as pasta, lasagne, cheesecakes and pastries.
In this two-hour, hands-on class, you'll learn how to make these fresh cheeses (with plenty of tastings along the way). You'll also receive a take-home kit and instructions on how to make other cheeses like bocconcini, burrata and mascarpone.
Spaces are limited so book early!
Holy Trinity Arts Festival
The Holy Trinity Arts Festival returns with an exciting program of words, art, music and dance. First launched in 2013 the festival builds on the success of the regular program of recitals at the church throughout the year.
The art exhibition 'Of Beauty and Sadness' will feature works by Michael Galovic, an artist who pursues both the artistic tradition of iconography alongside his contemporary exploration of the spirit.
Performers include the international pianist Anthony Halliday and soprano Merlyn Quaife, The Melbourne Opera Chorus, St Francis Choir, local biographer Ann Blainey and the Baker Trio. The program encompasses a range of musical and artistic experiences to appeal to a wide range of audiences: it celebrates the centenary of Dylan Thomas, reflects on the anniversary of World War One through dance, along with 'Spirited Storytelling' to enthrall the young and the young at heart.
See website for full program schedule.
An evening of Fondue
Get pictures of 1970's turtle-necked cheese fondue party guests right out of your mind. Dip into the world of fondue and you'll discover why it remains the national dish of Switzerland and an exquisite meal of cheesy warmth, perfect for the onset of colder days.
This winter, Swiss artisan cheese importer, Tom Merkli of 'The Red Cow' and The Kelvin Club are showcasing a decadent package of fondue excellence with a one-night-only fondue experience. On Friday 15 August you will share in an authentic cheese fondue made from the finest, Swiss raw milk cheese, white wine and Kirsch alongside accompaniments and beverages selected by the Kelvin Club's sommelier, all presented by Tom who will also share some of the Swiss traditions that go alongside this iconic dish (be careful you don't lose your bread in the caquelon!).
Dimensional is an acrobatic exploration of geometry. Two clowns invite audiences into their world of angles, faces, vertices and a giant mono-dodeca-tr-tetra-flexagon (say that three times fast!). Join us as we play with the geometry of everyday objects and uncover the beauty of a flipping pyramid. And you'll be part of the fun too, as you help us create a large collaborative artwork which asks its own questions about shape. After this, we promise you'll look at the world from a different angle1
Dimensional was developed in partnership with the Bendigo Discovery Centre and year 7s from Bendigo South East College.
Keep Everything is a unique and uninhibited fusion of dance, light, sound and image by one of Australia's most innovative choreographers, Antony Hamilton.
Featuring sound design by ARIA award-winning musicians Kim Moyes and Julian Hamilton (The Presets), and powerful AV design by Robin Fox, this dance work splices choreography, electronica, spoken text and improvised movement to trace human evolution from primates to robots and back again.
Presented by Chunky Move.
James Morrison and His Big Band
Step back in time for a toe-tapping, finger-snapping musical treat with international trumpet maestro James Morrison and his Big Band as they bring big band swing classics to life at the magnificent Melbourne Town Hall.
James is joined by one of the finest jazz vocalists in the country, Emma Pask, who is famous for her work with big bands. This year she'll be celebrating 20 years of performing with James.
You'll be swingin' from the first note as they bring you a heap of big band classics made famous by greats like Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Frank Sinatra.
Annual and Awards Exhibition
Come to the ASV Annual and Awards Exhibition, a showcase of works by a group of sculptors, from aspiring to professional, who share a passion for expressing their ideas in bronze, ceramic, glass, steel, wire, wood and stone. It is the climax of the exhibiting year for the members and the culmination of a year's work.
As well as exhibiting their work, the artists are acknowledged and encouraged with various awards. A panel of judges award the prizes for emerging sculptors' work whilst peers judge more experienced members' work and visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for the People's Choice Award. All works are selected by a panel and most are for sale. The exhibition will be officially opened, and prizes awarded, by Dr. J Patrick Greene OBE, CEO Museums Victoria, on 29th August, so come along for big night or browse the works and talk to the artists during business hours.
Czech & Slovak Film Festival
The mission of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia is to showcase, celebrate and promote a contextualised range of classic and modern Czech and Slovak live-action and animated films to Australasian and expatriate audiences through a yearly, not-for-profit arts festival.
To encourage active participation in and from the Czech and Slovak communities for the advancement of their culture in Australasia.
To cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships with Czech, Slovak and local businesses and cultural organisations.
Inspire your senses and be entertained at this circus-themed cocktail degustation entitled 'Come One, Come All'.
Hosted by a guest barman extraordinaire, Come One, Come All showcases brilliant food and innovative cocktails based around a circus theme. So quit clowning around and come along to this four-course cocktail performance, accompanied by a delectable round of canapés, a main course and a shared dessert.
Blindside Festival – Meet the Public
This event features a series of Commissions by four Australian artists and art collectives, who explore the parameters for artist and audience engagement through live art, participatory and site-specific interventions, and inter-subjective encounters.
Each commissioned project will transform Gallery One over three days, through participatory design or explorations in social practice where the public becomes central to the work. A workshop or performance is also presented as an extension of each project, allowing structures and concepts for audience interaction to be further investigated.
Collision, a space for ideas to collide and populate, will be presented in Gallery Two over the duration of the festival. Featuring a built conversation pit, visitors are invited to perform their own interventions utilising a variety of modes of communication and technologies.
A dedicated publication, featuring three critical essays by Australian arts writers, will be published, and art debate, an event with guest speakers who will debate what the role of the public is in art practice today, will be presented in conjunction with the Festival.
Blindside invites you to meet the public.
Diego El Cigala
Three-time Grammy Winner Diego El Cigala has captivated audiences around the world with his gravelly voice and passionate interpretation of Flamenco.
He seamlessly melds the rhythms and melodies of his Spanish Gitano heritage with styles ranging from Bolero to Tango, and Afro-Caribbean jazz.
"He radiates a magnetic mix of winking charm and unpredictable vitriol." The New York Times
"Flamenco royalty...just listen to his extraordinary sobbing voice" BBC
Into the Mystic – The Music of Van Morrison
After a very successful run last year, Joe Creighton and the Belfast Horns take to the stage to perform all your favourite Van Morrison songs in celebration of Van's birthday weekend.
Australian singer and bassist Creighton grew up in Belfast, at the same time and on the same streets as Morrison and he would often watch Van perform live in the early days of his first band 'Them' at Belfast's Maritime Club. It is this connection that allows Creighton to bring a raw honesty and authenticity to his show which results in a world class act.
Creighton grew up in Belfast during the late 1960s under the backdrop of the civil rights movement, riots, religious and social unrest - remarkable times played out to the soundtrack of Van Morrison and a band simply known as Them. From the boutiques and coffee shops of Belfast's Royal Avenue, the anthemic chorus of G.L.O.R.I.A boomed, cementing a style of music that Creighton has carried with him through a career that has seen him tour with John Farnham, Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton John.
Into the Mystic sees Creighton and band effortlessly recreate the feeling of those heady days. He takes the audience on a journey that begins in the 1960s and moves through the decades encompassing Van's worldwide hits with a sprinkling of some of the more mystical poetic songs from Astral Weeks.
Doors 6:30pm for reserved table seating. General admission from 7:45pm. Show 8:30pm.
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.
Celebrate the flavours of each incoming season at Fed Square's quarterly tasting event, Flavour Exchange.
Here is your opportunity to explore Victoria's superb wine, beer and cider and enjoy sensational seasonal produce while meeting all the producers, winemakers and growers. Work your way through the tasting trail, hear the stories behind these much-loved local products and purchase your favourites directly from the producer.
Environmental Film Festival Melbourne
The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne began in 2010 with a vision to inform, engage and inspire on the environmental issues that affect us today and has since grown into one of Melbourne's most notable 'green' events.
Showcasing a dynamic range of the best environmental films from Australia and around the world and drawing large crowds from all over Victoria, Environmental Film Festival Melbourne has stitched its way into the colourful tapestry of Melbourne's arts and cultural life.
A not-for-profit event, Environmental Film Festival Melbourne is run by a dedicated and passionate team of volunteers. Our team brings together a wide variety of experience to curate a bigger and better festival each year, in a creative and exciting environment.
In its fifth year, Environmental Film Festival Melbourne remains dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of environmental issues. Over nine days, the festival uses the power of film, music and debate to unite filmmakers, environmentalists, politicians, scientists, experts, and the broader public in their desire to actively engage in issues that affect all of our futures.
From exquisitely shot documentary features and spellbinding short narratives, to thought-provoking expert panel discussions and conversations with filmmakers, our program engages people from all walks of life. With strong partnerships and the support of people and organisations that share our values, Environmental Film Festival Melbourne continues to challenge the way people think about the natural world.
Program details to be released closer to the date.
Faces of War – P2
Inspired by Zaha Hadid, Australian art director and concept designer Fatima Jarrari will be presenting couture garments, sculpture and jewellery.
The evening will begin in the laneway where you can eat and drink to a soundtrack of Middle Eastern influenced electro sounds before heading in to the gallery for this inspired exhibition.
Live production exhibit Friday 5th Sept.
Australian Football League Finals Series
Don't miss the spectacular crescendo of 23 weeks of fantastic competition in the Australian Football League Finals Series.
From March to September Australian Rules Football teams fight it out to make the top eight and qualify for the final series.
This titanic contest is between two teams with one emerging as the premier side for the year.
Close to 95,000 fans pack the stands of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the grand final while millions watch it worldwide on cable, satellite and free to air television.
The final series offers sheer atmosphere and excitement and is a truly unique Australian experience.
Chinese Anzacs Exhibition Tour
In the lead-up to the centenary of the First World War, Melbourne’s Chinese Museum is staging the exhibition Chinese Anzacs: Chinese-Australians and World War One.
Join this special guided tour of the exhibition, which explores some of the stories of the Chinese-Australians who served on the frontline. Limited spaces available.
Elegies & Dances at Federation Square
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra presents an homage to the two great moods of the string orchestra: the sparkling drive of the dance, and the poignancy of the elegy.
MCO Artistic Director William Hennessy will be the violinist for Bach's Concerto in A minor in this program.
The program includes:
- JS Bach's Sonata for Solo Violin in A minor BWV 1003: Andante
- JS Bach's Concerto for Violin in A minor BWV 1041
- Purcell arr Stokowski - Dido and Aeneas: Dido's Lament (arr. full strings)
- Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances
- Grieg's Suite From Holberg's Time
- Paul Stanhope's Elegies and Dances (Victorian premiere season)
- JS Bach arr Bachrich - Suite for Strings: Adagio
Battle of the Bubbles
Come and experience the Battle of the Bubbles in this top Australian wines and wine tasting event.
Exquisite champagnes, award-winning wines and amazing cuisine battle it out to win over your taste buds. The undisputed winner; you!
When was the last time you enjoyed a first class lunch with an ocean view and all the champagne you longed for?
When was the last time you savoured course after course of modern cuisine cooked by top chefs while savouring the world's best wines?
When was the last time you had the time of your life with your family and friends while sharing champagne, sharing food, and sharing stories.
On 21 September, partake in the greatest battle you will ever love!
Champagne and sparkling wine; there's just something magical about those tiny bubbles. The unmistakable effervescence enhances the flavour and experience of every glass.
From the moment you arrive at this one-of-a-kind wine lunch at Port Melbourne's The Pier, you'll enjoy glass after glass of our highest quality champagne and wines.
Compare each sip. Choose your favourite. Then decide for yourself which bottle deserves to win in this Battle of the Bubbles.
For King and Country: Panel Discussion
Two of Australia's renowned military historians will be joined by the Ambassador to Belgium to discuss the outbreak of the First World War which, in its time, was considered to be the war to end all wars. Not only focusing on the Australian perspective and contribution, this talk will provide an international perspective to the War which so many felt the cost of.
Presenters: Professor Bruce Scates, Dr Michael McKernan and His Excellency, Jean-Luc Bodson.
Friends Only: Opening of the Galleries of Remembrance
This October, Friends of the Shrine are exclusively invited to preview the new Galleries of Remembrance before it opens to the public. Be among some of the first visitors to see remarkable exhibits, including the SS Devanha landing boat and Rolls of Honour displaying the names of all Victorians who enlisted in the Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War.
Full details, including the date of the event, will be announced on the Shrine website.
Visit their website to find out more or to become a Friend.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings on 6 June 1944, Dr Mark Johnston discusses the largest seaborne invasion in history. Involving more than 150,000 Allied troops, including 3,000 Australians, the invasion of Normandy began the liberation of German-occupied Western Europe and contributed significantly to Allied victory in Second World War.
General Rommel, commanding German forces in France, prophesied that the day of the invasion would be 'the longest day', and as this talk will reveal, it was indeed a day of great stress, conflict and achievement.
Bonjah Beautiful Wild Album Tour at the Hi-Fi Bar
Bonjah are thrilled to embark on their most extensive national tour yet, supporting their brand new critically acclaimed record 'Beautiful Wild'. Playing over 20 shows across six states the guys want to thank their fans in all corners of Australia.
'Beautiful Wild' debuted at #41 on the ARIA chart, #11 on the ARIA Australian chart and #2 on the AIR Independent Album chart, a massive achievement for the Melbourne based independent band.
The shows will see the band playing their new record in full whilst delving into their past two albums. With a sold out launch show at The Corner on May 9, the explosive live act never disappoint making these shows a must see.
2014 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival
The 2014 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival will be held on Sunday October 12.
In 2013, over 34,000 who took part in the five events and with 6850 competitors completing the Medibank Melbourne Marathon making the event the largest marathon in Australian history.
In 2013, the race lost its national marathon status, but gained more credibility both in Australia and overseas with phenomenal achievements and by far the best marathon race, ever had.
Great Ocean 'Rode' Luxury Bike Ride
Great Ocean 'Rode' Luxury Bike Ride is an annual four day bike ride taking in the best highlights of the Great Ocean Road. This is the official four day extension ride for one of Australia's premier cycling events 'Around the Bay in a Day' held every October.
This magnificent ride starts on the Thursday and finishes as part of the exciting Around the Bay in a Day Bike Ride on Sunday. In between is the bike ride that you have always wanted to do and that you will remember forever.
AllTrails will guide you along the internationally renowned Great Ocean Road for three days, winding past the Twelve Apostles and around popular beach resort towns that are the home of the surfing revolution. The pounding surf against limestone cliffs is the perfect backdrop for some power pedalling, climbing hills and descending through thick forest from Warrnambool to Port Campbell, to Apollo Bay to Queenscliff.
After the last overnight stop at Queenscliff, take the ferry across the bay to Sorrento to join one of Australia's premier cycling events 'Around the Bay in a Day'. The final 100km leg will see you ride proudly in through the finish arch at Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne to the festival atmosphere at the finish line that this famous ride generates.
Everything that you will need is organised for the duration of this ride including accommodation, food, safety vehicles, bike mechanic, massage, luggage transfer and much more. You can pedal away each morning knowing that you are being looked after by the best Tour Guides in the business, your luggage will be taken care of, food will be ready at the next stop, and all you need to do is decide which way to look to enjoy the scenery of this magnificent part of the world.
Australian Audio & AV Show 2014
One location, hundreds of top Hi-Fi and AV Brands; the Australian Audio & AV Show is your only chance to hear all the world's best audio & AV in one place.
New technology and digital delivery to classic vinyl and glowing valves - compare hundreds of hi-fi, headphone and home theatre brands before you buy.
Sit down and listen to the world's best systems - many valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Learn about the latest tech - how to stream music around your home, how to turn your computer into a high-end audio source, how to control everything from smart phone and tablet.
Live music, competitions, and special events - it's all in Melbourne from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October.
Bupa Around the Bay
Over the past 20 years Bupa Around the Bay - Fundraise for The Smith Family has grown to become Australia's largest mass participation bike ride and one of Melbourne's major sporting events. With five ride options to select from, there is a ride to suit everyone. With limited places available, claim your spot in cycling history now by registering on the website.
ANZACS on the Wall
Singers, songwriters and entertainers, Jim Brown and Vince Brophy perform on the Lone Pine Guitar, crafted from a branch of the Shrine's former Lone Pine tree, to tell the story of Danny Clancy who, like so many young Australians, set off to fight in the First World War. Following the performance, the Lone Pine Guitar will be officially presented to the Shrine of Remembrance by its craftsman at Maton Guitars.
2014 Great Amazing Race
Uplift Events is proud to present Melbourne with the 2014 public Great Amazing Race which will once again be raising funds to support the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation.
Running since 2005, the event is considered Melbourne's ultimate Urban Adventure Race allowing competitors to experience the thrill and excitement of an Amazing Race in their own city. Competing in teams of two, competitors will race around Melbourne visiting famous landmarks and locations while completing a variety of activities along the way.
Teams will race against the clock and other teams, deciphering clues and puzzles as they navigate their way through the course, relying on their teamwork to try and complete the mandatory challenges in the least amount of time.
In 2014, the event will have an eco-friendly feel and motto of 'Go Green in 2014' to help promote awareness on being green!
The event is made up of the Pursuit, Challenge and Collect Stages, but also features the Amazing Race Stage. Just like the television series, teams will also receive Obstacle (Roadblock) or Decision (Detour) Clue Cards during the Amazing Race Stage.
After receiving the clue sheet at the start of the race, teams need to decipher the clues and map out the best route for the race to try and complete all the mandatory stages in the least amount of time. There is no set course and the stages can be completed in any order. Each stage may comprise of a variety of fun, mental, thrilling and physical challenges!
The Great Amazing Race is scored on a points system. Each Pursuit, Challenge, Collect and Amazing Race Stage will attract a certain amount of points. The team that collects the required minimum number of points from each of the stages in the least amount of time wins the event!
Forty Thousand Horsemen
In a cinematic tribute to the mounted troops of the Australian Light Horse regiments, director Charles Chauvel presents his 1940 feature-length film Forty Thousand Horsemen. Featuring iconic Australian actors Grant Taylor, Chips Rafferty and Pat Twohill, the story follows three best mates through challenging times as soldiers - from mischief in Cairo in 1916 through to the action of the Australian Light Horse in the charge of Beersheba. Join them for their first film screening in the Shrine's new auditorium.
Friends Only: Opening of the Galleries of Remembrance
This October, Friends of the Shrine are exclusively invited to preview the new Galleries of Remembrance before it opens to the public. Be among some of the first visitors to see remarkable exhibits, including the SS Devanha landing boat and Rolls of Honour displaying the names of all Victorians who enlisted in the Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War. Full details, including the date of the event, will be announced on the Shrine website.
Support the Shrine and become a Friend. For further information contact David Howell, Fundraising and Friends Coordinator or visit the website.
A soaring evocation of the American spirit in sound, Appalachian Spring is the most enduringly popular work by American composer, Aaron Copland. Originally written as a chamber ballet for Martha Graham, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra performs this Pulitzer Prize-winning work in its original chamber suite form.
As part of the program, London and Melbourne-based pianist Daniel de Borah will perform Shostakovich's high-octane Piano Concerto No.1.
The program includes:
- Schubert's String Quartet in E flat D87 (arr full strings)
- Shostakovich's Concerto in C minor for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra
- Veress's Transylvanian Dances
- Copland's Appalachian Spring (version for 13 instruments).
Directed by William Hennessy.
Azimuth makes reference to the 'points of view' from which people view, experience and create in the world.
This exhibition is an exploration of the trajectories of practices borne out of ceramics, and gold and silver smithing traditions and brings together a group of contemporary object makers.
See website for more information.
Australasian Worldwide Music Expo 2014
The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo showcases the finest indigenous folk, roots, and world music, whilst providing delegates the opportunity to foster stronger relationships within the music industry in Australia, Asia and the Pacific region.
The Expo attracts the world's most prominent and influential festival bookers, agents, record labels, and media for workshops, panel discussions and industry networking. As a result of performing at AWME, many artists have scored touring and recording opportunities in Europe and America.
Now in its sixth year, Australasian Worldwide Music Expo has cemented itself as the southern hemisphere's premier roots music industry showcase, conference and trade event, building recognition and understanding of the music and culture from this region.
The Expo takes place in November across the Arts Centre Melbourne, The Hi-Fi, The Toff In Town, Ding Dong Lounge and the Lounge.
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.
Going Nowhere is one event happening on two sides of the globe simultaneously – in Melbourne and in Cambridge, UK – exploring how artists, communities and audiences can sustainably generate international creative experiences without getting on an airplane.
Through four local/international arts collaborations, an eco-sound installation, a barn dance and a program of interactive public forums and workshops, Going Nowhere rehearses possible futures and embraces the shared delights of staying put and reaching out.
Full program on website from 22 September.
Australian DanceSport Championship
The Australian Dancing Society invites you to join us for the 68th Australian DanceSport Championship.
A celebration of Australian and International DanceSport at its best.
Be part of the action at the home of DanceSport, Hisense Arena located in the sporting heart of fabulous Melbourne from the 5th to the 7th of December, 2014.
The number one party musical Grease is returning to Australia in a new multi-million dollar production. It's got groove, it's got meaning and it's burning up the quarter mile!
Starring Rob Mills, Gretel Scarlett, Todd McKenney, Anthony Callea, Val Lehman and Bert Newton, Grease returns to the Australian stage in a live production that's truly Electrifying.
Since the show's Broadway premiere in 1972 and the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, which went on to become the highest grossing movie-musical of all time; Grease has triumphed across the globe, with its irresistible mix of adolescent angst, vibrant physicality and 1950s pop culture.
So get ready to dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as "bad boy" Danny and "the girl next door" Sandy fall in love all over again.
Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test
Crowds will flock to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day for the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test, to witness one of the biggest rivalries in world sport and to cheer on the Aussies as they take on England in their battle to win the Ashes on home soil.
Australia's sporting colosseum will be abuzz with excitement and national pride will be on the line as the Aussies fight it out against their traditional and historic rival to reclaim the sport's most sought after prize.
In a coup for families, day three of the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Test match is Toyota Family Day and kids get in free!
There is no bigger sporting event this summer and a seating bay at the MCG will be transformed into the Milo Play Bay, providing a kid friendly zone with plenty of fantastic activities such as a giant slide, interactive cricket games, a couch and beanbag area and giveaways.
The Outfield will also be set up outside each Test venue, providing a family friendly zone with plenty of free activities and entertainment for kids such as face painting, cricket based skill testers, balloon artists, player signing sessions and plenty of giveaways.
Kids in free means one child (aged 15 or under) per full-priced adult ticket enters free for day three of any Test match, but tickets (full-priced adult and free child) must be purchased in the same transaction to verify availability. Offer is subject to availability.
AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015
The countdown is on to Australia's biggest ever football tournament - AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.
The best 16 countries of Asia will compete for Asia's biggest sporting prize, the Asian Cup.
It will be a 32 game, 23 day festival of football with Melbourne playing host to seven games at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, at Olympic Park.
The tournament will open in Melbourne with Australia taking on Kuwait on January 9, 2015. The opening game will also feature an Opening Ceremony.
Other games in Melbourne include a quarter-final plus five group matches involving past Asian Cup champions.
Melbourne will provide the stage for defending champions Japan and former champions Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Between them they have won 11 of the 15 Asian Cups decided so far, so Melbourne will definitely be the "City of Champions".
The Asian Cup is held every four years and is the premier men's football competition throughout Asia.
It will be the biggest sporting event in Australia in a decade and the largest football tournament that Australia has hosted.
With a TV reach of over 2.5 billion people throughout Asia and viewed in 80 countries, Asian Cup 2015 will bring in about 45,000 overseas visitors to Australia.
Coopers Australian Music Prize
Five of the shortlisted artists of this year's Coopers Australian Music Prize will perform live showcase sets as part of the Australia Day Concert at the Bowl.
The Coopers AMP is about discovering, promoting and rewarding excellence in Australian music.
Stay tuned for 2015's program to be announced for another brilliant day out!
Australia Day in Melbourne
Join in the myriad of celebrations taking place in Melbourne's city centre on Australia Day including the Official Flag Raising Ceremony, the Australia Day March, events in St Kilda Road, Queen Victoria Gardens and Kings Domain Gardens, at the National Gallery of Victoria and conclude the day with celebrations and a spectacular fireworks display at Docklands.
FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix
There's nothing as exciting as a FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix race. It has the power to stop traffic in Asia, make America sit up and take notice and rouse Europe from its slumber. The 2014 Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix will be no exception, with the world's fastest cars, coolest celebrities and latest technology converging on Melbourne for four days of breathtaking action.
There are many ticket options available, from corporate to general admission. Don't miss your chance to book and join a crowd of thousands to watch the world's premier drivers light up Melbourne and the Albert Park circuit in March.
Be there as the world watches Melbourne.
Indonesia Street Festival
The Annual Indonesia Street Festival brings together the Indonesian Community living and supporting in the state of Victoria. This annual event ensures community collaborations and opportunities for the Indonesian businesses to showcase the best of culture, taste, sights and sounds of Indonesia.
This events also celebrate a significant day in Indonesian tradition called Kartini Day. This event symbolises Mothers day and a day celebrating women's role within Indonesian society.
There will be 20 restaurants featuring traditional and authentic Indonesian cuisine added with the twist of high quality food from the South East Asian neighbours. They will definitely ensure your taste buds are fulfilled. Immerse yourself in the wonderful traditional dancers from the Indonesian archipelago from Sumatra, to the Eastern sea of Indonesia.
Come dressed in your traditional Indonesian outfits and enjoy this wonderful celebration.
ANZAC Day at the Shrine
ANZAC Day, originally a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915, has grown to become perhaps the most important national day in Australia.
In addition to recognising the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in war or on peacekeeping operations ANZAC Day has become core to the identity of Australia itself, a day on which Australians reflect on the Anzac spirit and its place in Australia today.
The Dawn Service is a major part of the tradition of ANZAC Day and harks back to the military practice of 'standing to' at dawn. Each dawn and dusk, the most favourable times for attack, soldiers were called to 'stand to' and manned their posts in full kit, ready to repulse enemy attacks or launch their own.
Dawn Services are held across Australia, including Victoria's State service held at the Shrine, at 6.00am each April 25 and are followed by the ANZAC Day March in many cities and towns. The March, led by veterans and serving personnel, now also includes the descendants of veterans, sometimes alongside their relatives but more often, as the men of the Second World War in particular pass on, in honour of those who served.
Good Food and Wine Show
The Good Food and Wine Show is back in 2015 and guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling!
A dream day out for food fanatics and wine connoisseurs alike - hundreds of the country's finest food producers, wineries and chefs come together for one sensational long weekend. With a line-up that will leave you hungry for more, one day may not be enough!
There's a magnificent menu of things to see, taste and do including 300 food and wine producers, 15 celebrity chefs including Donna Hay, Miguel Maestre, Michelle Bridges, Maggie Beer and Tobie Puttock plus 100s of show specials. How much fun can you handle?
Anglicare Victoria is searching for 200 brave volunteers to abseil down a Melbourne skyscraper in support of children living in foster care.
Altitude Shift gives people the chance to test their nerve on St James building in Bourke St, while raising funds for Victorian children who can't live with their parents.
The event is probably the most adventurous way people can help a child in need.
Altitude Shift is all about taking people out of their comfort zone.
Abseiling down a skyscraper is a 'bucket list' experience, but it's also an extraordinary way to raise money for an incredibly important cause.
All money raised will go towards programs that create positive, lasting change in the lives of Victoria's most vulnerable children.
Anglicare Victoria are aiming to raise at least $150,000, but they are putting the challenge out there to participants to raise even more.
If you think dressing up as Spiderman will help you raise money, then do it.
Anglicare Victoria is Victoria's largest foster care provider, currently housing over 400 children per night. The placements and support services give stability and a sense of hope to children unable to live with their natural families.
Altitude Shift is open to anyone over 16 (with parental permission under 18), regardless of shape, fitness or ability. It's being run in conjunction with Urban Descent, an adventure/ abseil company with a 100 per cent safety record. Qualified abseil professionals will be on-site and will prepare and guide each participant on the day.