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:



Capoeira Angola Classes
05 February 2013 until 31 December 2014

Capoeira Angola Classes

Capoeira Angola is a challenging art form that involves energetically play-acting to indulge in dance fights to Afro-Brazilian music and songs that describe life, the country, community and the players within a circle.

These classes are a safe place to learn both the movement and the traditions of Capoeira, regardless of physical ability, musical skill or native language.

The 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.

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.


Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Health Qigong
15 November 2013 until 19 December 2014

Health Qigong

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.

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Blueherring Pop-up
20 January 2014 until 30 September 2015

Blueherring Pop-up

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

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

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

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Belly Dancing at Fed Square
27 March 2014 until 11 December 2014

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.

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Les Misérables
04 July 2014 until 20 December 2014

Les Misérables

The Australian premiere of Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production, Les Misérables is now playing at Her Majesty's theatre Melbourne.

Experience the emotional power and spectacle of Les Misérables. Final tickets have just been released - On sale now! Must close 20 December.

This new production is Les Mis like you have never seen it before. Don't miss this unforgettable theatrical event.

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Bushido: Way of the Samurai
04 July 2014 until 30 November 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.

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Fed Square Book Market
05 July 2014 until 27 December 2014

Fed Square Book Market

Love books? Then join Melbourne's bibliophiles at the Fed Square Book Market, one of the largest weekly book markets in Melbourne, in The Atrium at Fed Square.

Each week you can immerse yourself in over 5000 new and pre-loved titles, including literature, history, gardening, travel, art and kids stories.

The Book Market regularly features around fifteen of Melbourne's most experienced book dealers as well as authors and illustrators.

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Forgotten Chinese ANZACs Remembered
14 July 2014 until 19 December 2014

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.

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A Secret Place
23 August 2014 until 27 December 2014

A Secret Place

If you fancy a 1950s New York vibe on your Saturday night, complete with romantic and spirited jazz, ice-cold cocktails and even a cigar room, you will want to book a table at A Secret Place, a members-only club that now opens to the public only on Saturday nights.

This Saturday features the Connie Lansberg Quartet.





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Experience over 132 years of history - Hotel Windsor Afternoon Tea
01 November 2014 until 31 January 2016

Experience over 132 years of history - Hotel Windsor Afternoon Tea

The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1883.

Our 5 star hotel in Melbourne serves its famous afternoon tea to your table on a three-tiered silver stand and consists of exquisite French pastries and finger sandwiches. Freshly baked scones are served warm to you during Afternoon Tea with jam, lemon curd and double cream.

Upon arrival at The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne, you will receive a glass of French sparkling wine, whilst freshly brewed speciality teas and coffee are brought to your table throughout the afternoon.

On weekends, guests enjoy an indulgent dessert buffet and chocolate fountain.

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Fitness at Fed Square
05 November 2014 until 19 December 2014

Fitness at Fed Square

Get active with free Fitness at Fed Square, led by health coaches and fitness instructors from Healthy Lifestyle Lounge.

These classes, aimed to help city workers keep fit and healthy, include circuit-based exercise which incorporates body weight exercises, cardio training and core strength movements.

Classes are simple, fun and great for invigorating the mind, body and soul. All ages and fitness levels welcome.

In the case of wet weather, classes will be held in the Atrium.

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Dreamers
06 November 2014 until 30 November 2014

Dreamers

See the Australian premiere production of the play Dreamers, written by Daniel Keene and directed by Ariette Taylor.

Dreamers deals with questions at the heart of contemporary life – the struggle against intolerance, the fear of difference and a love that is perceived as inappropriate.

Dreamers explores a young man's experience trying to establish himself in a new country, amid growing fear and animosity as he begins a relationship with an older woman, who is also familiar with isolation and loneliness.

The team at fortyfivedownstairs are thrilled to bring together this extraordinary creative team for the first time in over a decade. They previously collaborated in the highly successful and ground-breaking Keene Taylor Theatre Project which ran from 1997 until 2002.

Dreamers will build upon this extraordinary collaboration, whilst producing a play with searing contemporary relevance. The cast includes Helen Morse, Paul English, Nicholas Bell, Marco Chiappi and Natasha Herbert.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Christmas at the Johnston Collection
06 November 2014 until 24 February 2015

Christmas at the Johnston Collection

Artists and makers from Victoria's Geelong and Surf Coast region come together to create a spectacular new arrangement for Christmas at the Johnston Collection.

Some 45 artists and craftspeople from the Geelong Artisans Group have been busy putting the final touches to over 180 exquisite new creations which will feature in this year's T'was the Night Before Christmas tour.

Participants include members of Geelong and District Porcelain Painters, Geelong Handweavers and Spinners Guild Inc, Geelong Patchworkers and Quilters' Guild Inc, Leopold Lacemakers, The Bead Society of Victoria (Geelong branch), The Embroiderers Guild of Victoria (Geelong branch) and The Trolly Dolly Cloth Doll Club Inc, as well as individual artists.

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Dank: Spectres of Lignite
20 November 2014 until 07 December 2014

Dank: Spectres of Lignite

Dank: Spectres of Lignite is inspired by the strange aesthetic of the photographer's home in the Latrobe Valley, the centre of the brown coal power industry in Victoria. The natural valley landscape is marred by the monumental industrial forms of power stations shrouded in clouds of mist - at once magnificent, menacing and surreal. Since power generation was privatised in the 1990s, the area has existed under a systemic cloud of socio-economic problems, and a pervading sense of unease and anxiety exacerbated by the recent Hazelwood coalmine fire.

Built in 1922, the hulking form of the Yallourn Production Centre administrative building now stands derelict and empty. Simultaneously beautiful and ugly, it exists as the last remnant of an earlier period of optimism and industrialisation. Overshadowed by the monolithic chimneys of the newer power plant nearby, after a short-lived reincarnation as a nightclub (and rumoured brothel), it now stands like an oversized headstone memorialising an era of growth and decay.

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Emily Floyd: The Dawn for Kids
21 November 2014 until 01 March 2015

Emily Floyd: The Dawn for Kids

In 'The Dawn for Kids', Emily Floyd invites visitors to experience two interactive spaces that encourage creativity using letters and words.

The first project in collaboration with designer and educator Mary Featherston, provides a social space for families, inviting young visitors to make ephemeral sculptures using specially made letter blocks.

In an adjacent space, experimentation with design and typography is encouraged through a Small Press equipped with copiers and typewriters, where visitors can put their thoughts on paper, creating their own short-run publication.


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Emily Floyd: The Dawn
21 November 2014 until 01 March 2015

Emily Floyd: The Dawn

Emily Floyd: The Dawn is a survey exhibition of the work of Melbourne based artist Emily Floyd. The exhibition will feature keynote works dating from 2001 to 2014 including major installations, lesser-known early works and a newly commissioned kids' project based on Feminist activism from the 1970s and 80s.

Emily Floyd, known for her bold and seductive colourful works, celebrates the opening weekend of The Dawn with a series of discussions and hands-on workshops.

Sat 22 Nov
12.30pm: Play sculptures for the 21st century - Artist Emily Floyd and curator Jane Devery give an introductory tour of The Dawn.
1.15pm: Mary Featherston and Emily Floyd discuss the children's commission and The Dawn for Kids.
2-4pm: Drop into Small Press and join Sticky Institute for a hands-on zine workshop.

Sun 23 Nov
12.30pm: Discover why theory doesn't have to be boring with Nikos Papastergiadis looking at cultural studies as a form of play.
1pm: Dr. Wes Hill explores hands-on learning, 19th century style.

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A Necessary Evil
21 November 2014 until 13 December 2014

A Necessary Evil

A Necessary Evil is an exhibition by artists Bryan Spier, Noriko Nakamura, Renee Cosgrave, Merryn Lloyd and Dionisia Salas, that stage the process of creation as a kind of capturing, or trapping. These five artists seek to manipulate immaterial factors – such as colour, time, possibility, and culture – but their efforts are tempered and stymied by the dumb fact of matter. The material support presents a compromise upon which the immaterial is reluctantly contained for the purpose of presentation.

Propositional images are threatened by the resolution of the given material. Weight, organisation, application and physical labor expose kernels of conflict that becomes explicit subject matter. A continuous negotiation suffuses the work of these artists with irreconcilable tension. At the heart of this struggle is a question of will: the will of the artist versus the will of the material.

Opening night Friday 21 November, 6pm–8pm

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Keringke Arts - Eastern Arrernte Art
25 November 2014 until 06 December 2014

Keringke Arts - Eastern Arrernte Art

Experience the bold, cultural colours of Keringke.

Various Keringke Artists have developed this painting style over twenty five years. It is most identifiable from the intricate detail and high colour.

Keringke Arts is Aboriginal owned and operated.

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Cosi by Louis Nowra
26 November 2014 until 06 December 2014

Cosi by Louis Nowra

It's 1971. Lewis has just graduated from university. As his best friend and girlfriend campaign against the Vietnam War, Lewis battles to stage a play with the patients in a mental hospital. When your government's actions seem insane, is a mental hospital the sanest place to be?

Directed by Mark Doggett

Featuring:
Kate Allnutt, Kate Bindley, Belinda Campbell, Matthew Dorning, Josiah Lulham, Colin Morley, Jennifer Piper, David Price and Tammy Weller.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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A Christmas Tale
26 November 2014 until 30 November 2014

A Christmas Tale

Jennifer Monk, Sarah Plummer and Constance Washington bring their newest Australian play, A Christmas Tale, presented by Girls Act Good (GAG), to The Butterfly Club.

Inspired by real-life conversations and stories about Christmas from women across Australia, the play takes a comedic and heartfelt look at the Aussie festivities and celebrates how we can come together to remember the magic of Christmas.

All profits from the show will be donated to the McAuley Community Services for Women.

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Exhibition of Melbourne Chinese Philanthropy
28 November 2014 until 02 December 2014

Exhibition of Melbourne Chinese Philanthropy

This historical exhibition of Melbourne Chinese Philanthropy highlights records of donations and meetings of the Melbourne Kong Chew Society (from the collection of Noel Butlin Archives at the Australian National University), and similar records from the archives of the Chinese Consulate-General in Melbourne (Kuo Min Tang Society of Melbourne), covering a period in the early 20th century. This is the first public display of these valuable records of Chinese Australian history.

Melbourne's Chinese community has a proud record of collective philanthropic activities sustained even during periods of great difficulties in the 19th and 20th centuries. By bringing together historical materials from many long-established community organisations, today's public might learn what the Chinese community of previous generations did to promote the well-being and welfare of the community by their generous giving.

Looking back at these philanthropic activities viewers can gain a better appreciation of the main lesson from Chinese Australian heritage - the generous support toward harmony, democracy and impartiality among diversity. Philanthropic activities also played an important role for creating solidarity of purpose and maintaining the living environment for Chinese migrants in Melbourne. These stories, told in historic photographic imagery, also show how Chinese community leaders strengthened their leadership role by their generous giving and services to the community, which was not limited by native ties or international borders.

Presented by the Asian-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy at Swinburne University of Technology, in association with the Kuo Min Tang Society of Melbourne.

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ART+MEL
29 November 2014 until 30 November 2014

ART+MEL

Melbournians are invited to experience ART+MEL, an immersive two day art event without the white walls on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014.

Presented by Redbubble, Australia's finest online marketplace for independent artists, ART+MEL will take local art out of the galleries and onto the streets, with two interactive 'hot spots' in the heart of the CBD.

Head quartered and founded in Melbourne, Redbubble represents over 250,000 creatives world-wide, and the event is set to showcase local artists whose work is currently found on the Redbubble website. ART+MEL is designed to bring art into the everyday, encouraging people to experience art through unique creations.

An unexpected bedroom setting and floating gallery at Federation Square will display the original work of over 100 Melbourne artists, with live art courtesy of local illustrator Justine McAllister. Art lovers can grab a free Code Black coffee at Federation Square before moving on to witness a pop-up installation by prominent street artists Kaitlin Beckett and Matthew Dunn, and watch as they add another layer of vibrance to one of Melbourne's infamous laneways.

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Art plus Mel
29 November 2014 until 30 November 2014

Art plus Mel

Melburnians are invited to experience ART + MEL- an immerse two day art event without the white walls on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014.

Presented by Redbubble, Australia's finest online marketplace for independent artists, ART+MEL will take local art out of the galleries and onto the streets, with two interactive hot spots in the heart of the CBD.

Head quartered and founded in Melbourne, Redbubble represents over 250,000 creative artists world-wide. The event is set to showcase local artists whose work is currently found on the Redbubble website. ART+MEL is designed to bring art into the everyday, encouraging people to experience art through unique creations.

An unexpected bedroom setting and floating gallery at Federation Square will display the original work of over 100 Melbourne artists, with live art courtesy of local illustrator Justine McAllister.

Art lovers can grab a free Code Black coffee at Federation Square before moving on to witness a pop-up installation by prominent street artists Kaitlin Beckett and Matthew Dunn, and watch as they add another layer of vibrancy to one of Melbourne's infamous laneways.

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Car Club Showcase
30 November 2014 until 30 November 2014

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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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
30 November 2014 until 30 November 2014

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!

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Alyce Alexandra Cooking Classes - Thermomix Class
30 November 2014 until 30 November 2014

Alyce Alexandra Cooking Classes - Thermomix Class

The Alyce Alexandra Cooking School is the ticket to your cooking success! Whether it's for cheese making or meat curing, pickling or paleo, real or raw chocolate - they will get you conquering the kitchen in no time.

The Alyce Alexandra Thermomix Cooking Classes are a great opportunity to relax, have fun and learn fantastic Thermomix tips and tricks!

The Thermomix classes are unique and intimate in a café style setting; with a maximum of 24 attendees per class, you can be assured that our team will be able to answer all your questions and cater to all your needs while they inspire you from our state-of-the-art kitchen.

Extending on from the school's cookbooks, these classes will show you how to get the most out of your Thermomix and will leave you feeling confident in the kitchen and excited to start cooking.

Each class is designed to be highly informative and educational in a fun and casual setting, and taught by absolute experts in their fields. So come hang out with the friendly team and get hands on in the kitchen, or simply sit back, relax, and learn how to make gourmet delicacies at home!

Alyce Alexandra Cooking School can't wait to see you there. And in the meantime - happy cooking!

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Alfa Romeo Club Spettacolo Concorso and Show and Shine
30 November 2014 until 30 November 2014

Alfa Romeo Club Spettacolo Concorso and Show and Shine

The Alfa Romeo Owners Club (Vic Div) is holding its annual Spettacolo Concorso and Show 'n' Shine at a well known location at Wesley College, St Kilda Road campus.

On Sunday, Spettacolo is expected to have up to 300 Alfa Romeos on the field. This year's theme will be 60 years of the Giulietta sponsored by Essendon Alfa Romeo in addition to a 'Zagato Showcase' sponsored by Tiamo Restaurant and 10 years of the 932 GT sponsored by Berwick and Pakenham Alfa Romeo. The club warmly invites all Alfa Romeo owners to join us for the day.

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A Tale of Two Organs
30 November 2014 until 30 November 2014

A Tale of Two Organs

For the first time in history, both the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ and the stunning Regent Theatre Wurlitzer organ will be showcased in the same concert.

The two outstanding pipe organs will be played by two of the world's most revered and versatile musicians. Richard Hills is one of the very few organists to have mastered both the world of the classical organ and that of the theatre organ. Named Organist of the Year in 2010 by the American Theatre Organ Society, Richard is a sensational performer known for his lightning-quick hands and his infectious rhythmic improvisations. Born and bred in the United Kingdom, this is Richard's first trip to Australia.

Tony Fenelon is one of Australia's best loved musicians, a virtuoso on both piano and organ. Internationally acclaimed, Tony has completed 18 major concert tours and is an artist of choice for demonstrating new organs. In performance, Tony brings drama and fun in equal measures and is equally adept playing major classical works or accompanying silent films.

Hear these two brilliant entertainers play two inspirational instruments, as soloists and in duo performance. The progressive concert on either side of Collins Street will be a mix of classical and theatre organ styles that also includes vocals, piano and a film screening.

A Tale of Two Organs is presented as part of the Good Friday Appeal supporting the Royal Children's Hospital. All profits will be donated to the Appeal.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Gingerbread Village
01 December 2014 until 24 December 2014

Gingerbread Village

Can you smell that sweet, gingery scent in the air? It's the Gingerbread Village, on display at Melbourne Town Hall.

Epicure's Executive Pastry Chef Deniz Karaca, his 12-strong team and a brigade of sweet-toothed volunteers will spend over 2,000 hours creating the Gingerbread Village. This year you'll see some recognisable landmarks, including the Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Luna Park and a zoo, all connected by the Christmas train - a feature no gingerbread village should be without.

If seeing this remarkable feat of pastry is making you hungry, Epicure's pastry chefs will be creating delicious gingerbread treats that can be purchased on site, including gingerbread men, hearts and ice-cream.

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Christmas at Queen Victoria Market
01 December 2014 until 24 December 2014

Christmas at Queen Victoria Market

There is something on at Queen Victoria Market every market day in December.

Share the joy of giving by donating a present to a child in need at the market's Giving Tree.

On 9, 11 and 12 December at 11am and noon, join Kirsten Tibballs for a festive cooking demonstration highlighting the use of food as delicious Christmas gifts.

Visit Santa every weekend in December at the market to tell him about your Christmas wish list.

Follow the Christmas Trail every market day – pick up a map and follow Rudolph's footprints on a magical Christmas journey through the market.

Christmas trading hours from 22 December 22 (see the website for details).

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An Evening with Thomas Keneally
01 December 2014 until 01 December 2014

An Evening with Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally is one of Australia's most celebrated and recognised writers. This year he celebrates fifty years as a published author and Reader's Feast is delighted to welcome him to Melbourne.

In the third volume of his 'Australians' series, celebrated author Thomas Keneally illuminates life in Australia as the twentieth century unfolded. The end of the First World War marked a new beginning and a period of enormous change; Keneally captures this in his chronicling of critical moments and his descriptions of national characters. In every sphere, the author can point to a person or situation that encapsulates Australia's evolution and its response to world events. Whether it be politics, religion or other aspects of the society, Keneally draws on his masterly writing skill to bring this period in our history to life.

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Groove Dance Classes at Fed Square
02 December 2014 until 02 December 2014

Groove Dance Classes at Fed Square

Shake up your work day with the new fitness classes just added to Fed Square's Health and Exercise program.

The program runs throughout the year with free classes offered in the morning, lunchtime and evening at various locations around Fed Square.

The program is being expanded to include popular new exercise forms such as zumba and old favourites salsa and swing dancing, alongside freestyle dancing and African drumming to encourage movement and health in an accessible format that anyone can try.

Groove Dance: a simple, fun and interactive dance class where you can forget complex choreography and just groove with Mizz Fitness! Groove Dance.

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China Up Close
02 December 2014 until 15 March 2015

China Up Close

China has the world's fastest growing economy which has triggered a dramatic transformation within Chinese society.

China Up Close explores how this profound change has influenced Chinese moving image art and cinema through a deeply rich program of exhibitions, talks, live events and film.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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In Between Sounds
03 December 2014 until 03 December 2014

In Between Sounds

Experience potent and powerful hip hop from Chinese-Australian MC and spoken word artist Joelistics (aka Joel Ma of TZU) and Filipino-Dutch-Australian producer/songwriter James Mangohig of Sietta as they explore the soundtrack of their mixed heritage.

The duo weave songs and stories that span the music of mixed race families, the songs of modern Australia and the politics of belonging.

Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria as part of Mapping Melbourne 2014.

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Blender Ln Artists Market
03 December 2014 until 03 December 2014

Blender Ln Artists Market

The Blender Ln Artists Market is an outdoor event held every Wednesday, located in one of Melbourne's most diverse and vibrant street art covered lane ways.

Take a walk through the quirky and colourful market stalls showcasing a variety of art, illustration, craft, design, textile and jewellery.

You can find that unique gift for any occasion, taste some yummy treats and get involved in a variety of creative workshops.

There is also performing arts and live music acts to soak up. Enjoy the chilled atmosphere and take the opportunity to view the open studios of the resident artists or see what's on exhibit at the Dark Horse Experiment Gallery.

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Interrobang presents Propellor and ?!
04 December 2014 until 04 December 2014

Interrobang presents Propellor and ?!

Propellor is improvised theatre at its best, combining short-form games and scenes, and a full improvised play...created from your suggestions.

The first half features popular impro games and scenes inspired by props, propelling the show forward. In the second half, audience suggestions will be intervowen into an improvised long form, and a play will be made up before your very eyes, on the spot! Inspired, and delightfully surprised, by your pre-written statements and questions.

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Five Boroughs Comedy
04 December 2014 until 04 December 2014

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!

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Flavour Exchange
04 December 2014 until 05 December 2014

Flavour Exchange

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

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

As the summer season begins, join Flavour Exchange for a foodie celebration. Sample the fruits of summer with Pale Ales, Lagers, Moscatos and lightly chilled reds alongside your barbeque essentials. Plus prepare for the party season with food and beverage classes.

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Celebrate with the Little Heroes
04 December 2014 until 04 December 2014

Celebrate with the Little Heroes

Head into town for one night of discovery and exclusive offers as you explore the Russell Place laneway. Join the Little Heroes as they showcase the best in independent retail, food and wine.

Each business will be offering a unique mix of special offers and gifts - just the thing to celebrate the festive season!

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Impossible Occurrences - Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
05 December 2014 until 05 December 2014

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.

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Australian DanceSport Championship
05 December 2014 until 07 December 2014

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.

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Arabian Night
05 December 2014 until 05 December 2014

Arabian Night

It's said that Saint-Saëns heard one of the sensuous themes of his Egyptian Concerto sung by Nubian boat-men as he was sailing down the Nile - and wrote it down on his shirt-cuff then and there.

Australian-born pianist Andrea Lam, lauded for her 'thrilling virtuosity' (Sydney Morning Herald) joins the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for this exciting concerto - part of a celebration of great orchestral music inspired by the Middle East, which culminates in Rimsky-Korsakov's magical collection of tales from the 1001 Nights, Scheherazade.

The concert will be preceded by free organ recital at 6.30pm, performed by Doctor Calvin Bowman on the Town Hall organ.

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City Sessions Freestyle Dance Battle Grand Final
06 December 2014 until 06 December 2014

City Sessions Freestyle Dance Battle Grand Final

This is one of Australia's largest freestyle arts event. City Sessions Freestyle Dance Battle Grand Final features a crowd-judged two versus two dance battle as well as emcee, street art and DJ performances and battles.

City Sessions is presented by the Freestyle Dance Academy, led by Filipino Australian Efren Pamilacan and Indian Australians Sid Mathur and Nish Mathur, who host dance programs to inspire Melbourne's youth and embrace the challenges of life with spontaneity and confidence.

Presented by Freestyle Dance Academy and Multicultural Arts Victoria.

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Fed Square Laughter Club
07 December 2014 until 07 December 2014

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.

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Emma Pask Band
07 December 2014 until 07 December 2014

Emma Pask Band

Emma Pask performs at Bennetts Lane as part of the Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival.

Emma was spotted by James Morrison during one of his regular visits to high schools when she was just 16. She first sang with his band that night and has been touring with Morrison around Australia and overseas, ever since. In 2006, she was awarded the Mo Award for Jazz Vocalist of the Year.

While Emma's voice and style are uniquely her own, her performances are reminiscent of the classic era of jazz, when swing was top of the charts.

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Crochet at Fed Square
08 December 2014 until 08 December 2014

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.

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Andrew Blanch - Spanish Guitar Virtuoso
10 December 2014 until 10 December 2014

Andrew Blanch - Spanish Guitar Virtuoso

Multi-award winning classical guitarist Andrew Blanch performs in Melbourne for one night only.

He is a regular performer as a soloist and in chamber settings and has performed at prestigious events such as the Canberra International Music Festival and at the Sydney Opera House.


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Feel Young
11 December 2014 until 11 December 2014

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.

Classes are held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, 10.30am - 12.30pm.

All ages are welcome and bookings not required.

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GREASE
11 December 2014 until 11 January 2015

GREASE

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.

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13 Frames of Mind - Opening Night
11 December 2014 until 11 December 2014

13 Frames of Mind - Opening Night

13 Diploma of Photo Imaging students, 13 frames of mind, 13 bold, personal, humorous, inspirational and adventurous visual narratives.

Whether through the viewfinder of a camera or surrounding an image, frames direct our gaze and subvert our attention. An exploration of life and land, 13 Frames of Mind builds on classic photographic concepts backed by inspiration and exposition. The artists’ passion for photography is communicated through their images, framed by diversity and teamwork.

“Photographers are violent people. First they shoot you, then they frame you, then they hang you on a wall!” (Anon)

13 Frames of Mind is proudly supported by industry partners, Borge’s Imaging, michaels Camera, Video, Digital and Paperazzi, who have sponsored best practice student awards to be presented on opening night.

The exhibition runs until the 13th February - excluding the Christmas/NY break 20 Dec 2014 – 6 Jan 2015.

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13 Frames of Mind – Photography Exhibition
11 December 2014 until 20 December 2014

13 Frames of Mind – Photography Exhibition

An exhibition featuring 13 Diploma of Photo Imaging students, 13 frames of mind, 13 bold, personal, humorous, inspirational and adventurous visual narratives.

Whether through the viewfinder of a camera or surrounding an image, frames direct our gaze and subvert our attention. An exploration of life and land, 13 Frames of Mind builds on classic photographic concepts backed by inspiration and exposition. The artists’ passion for photography is communicated through their images, framed by diversity and teamwork.

13 Frames of Mind is supported by industry partners, Borge’s Imaging, michaels Camera, Video, Digital and Paperazzi, who have sponsored best practice student awards to be presented on opening night, 11 December.

Opening night is Thursday 11 December from 6pm to 9pm. CATC is closed over the Christmas/New Year break from 20 December 2014 to 6 January 2015.

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Bohemian Melbourne
12 December 2014 until 22 February 2015

Bohemian Melbourne

Artist, rebel, hippie, hipster?

Revealing Melbourne's enduring counter-cultures, Bohemian Melbourne celebrates a who's who of creative free spirits through their art and the bohemian legacy that has shaped the character of this city.

This exhibition shines a light on Melbourne's cultural bohemians from 1860 to today, tracing individuals who have pushed against convention in their lives and art, from Marcus Clarke, Albert Tucker and Mirka Mora to Barry Humphries, Vali Myers and Nick Cave.

Venture into history's backstreets and smoky salons to discover the stories of the daring poets, artists, visionaries, rebels and rock stars who changed Melbourne forever.

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Belly Dance Showcase and Souk
12 December 2014 until 12 December 2014

Belly Dance Showcase and Souk

The Assiut and Tie Belly Dance Club presents a unique event that resurrects the 1920s fascination with the exotic east. Come along in cocktail-style dress to enjoy a souk, photo booth and captivating show that combines traditional styles of belly dance through to American tribal style and tribal fusion.

Featuring: Phynia (Bellydance Evolution/WA), Aiveen (WA), Josie Palermo, Prue, Elena Fosteri, Tanyeli, Andrea Makris, Ianessa and dancers, Melusina, Belly Dance with Trisnasari, Red Belly Black, Shimmying Flames, Bellydance Eclipse and Antaresia.

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KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melborune Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes
20 December 2014 until 20 December 2014

KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melborune Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes

Melbourne Stars take on the Hobart Hurricanes in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, the exciting national cricket competition set to ignite this summer.

After a blockbuster season, the fun and excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League returns this summer, with international cricket stars playing alongside Australia's best home grown T20 talent.

With non-stop action, Big Bash League is the hottest and best value entertainment for teens and families. The League will be shown live and exclusively on Channel 10 and will be played over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

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African Music and Cultural Festival
20 December 2014 until 20 December 2014

African Music and Cultural Festival

The inaugural African Music and Cultural Festival features a jam-packed program of family entertainment, live performances, sumptuous cuisines and colourful displays of African fashion.

Join a party in Fed Square, where you can move to the rhythms of local musicians including dynamic Afrobeat band the Alariiya Afro Beat Group, who will be serving up traditional Nigerian sounds live from the Main Stage.

The festival is presented by the African Australian Communities and Organisations in Victoria – come along and celebrate with African Australians and their community leaders from over 40 African countries.

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Christmas lunch at GG
25 December 2014 until 25 December 2014

Christmas lunch at GG

Every year, following the burnt turkey, the arguments over who finished the last of the red wine and which sibling is going to tackle the pile of washing up, you vow that next year you will take the family out to enjoy lunch on Christmas day, make 2014 the year that it happens

Bring the whole family - children under 12 are half price

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Christmas Lunch at GG
25 December 2014 until 25 December 2014

Christmas Lunch at GG

If every year - following the burnt turkey, the arguments over who finished the last of the red wine and which sibling is going to tackle the pile of washing up - you vow that next year you will take the family out to enjoy lunch on Christmas day, then make 2014 the year that it happens.

GG is now taking bookings for Christmas lunch, featuring a four-course set menu of traditional festive treats.

Bring the whole family. All you need to do is show up, relax and enjoy.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Christmas Day Lunch at Merchant
25 December 2014 until 25 December 2014

Christmas Day Lunch at Merchant

An Italian 'osteria' is a place for food, wine and the company of others, not a restaurant of rigid style but a relaxed informal environment to drink or eat.

Merchant Osteria Veneta celebrates Christmas Day with a four course lunch menu featuring some of the most popular Venetian dishes. Share chicheti, then your choice of entrée, main and dessert. Children under 13 can order from the 'a la carte' menu available on the day.

And there just might even be a special visit from Santa.

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Christmas Day Dinner Buffet at Hilton on the Park-Melbourne
25 December 2014 until 25 December 2014

Christmas Day Dinner Buffet at Hilton on the Park-Melbourne

For a truly memorable occasion, gather family and friends to celebrate with a delectable Christmas buffet and holiday-inspired drinks.

The buffet includes:
- seasonal seafood station with fresh prawns, mussels, oysters and crab
- carving station with honey-glazed ham, roasted turkey and baked salmon
- hot station with slow-cooked wagyu bourguignon
- salad station with seasonal vegetables and Christmas specials
- festive desserts including Christmas pudding, petite fours, cakes and an ice cream parlour
- selected beer, wine and soft drinks.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Christmas at World
25 December 2014 until 25 December 2014

Christmas at World

Join us for some Christmas cheer at World Restaurant and Bar.

Christmas lunch includes a three course feasting menu with a glass of bubbles on arrival.

Christmas dinner features s limited a la carte menu which will be available until late.

Kids menu and activity pack available for children 10 years and under.

Lunch bookings essential.



Lunch from 12pm, dinner from 5pm.

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Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test
26 December 2014 until 30 December 2014

Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test

Crowds will flock to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day for the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test, to cheer on the Aussies as they take on India in the third Commonwealth Bank Test match.

Australia's sporting colosseum will be abuzz with excitement and national pride will be on the line as the Aussies fight it out against cricket powerhouse India, for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

In a coup for families, day three of the Commonwealth Bank Test match is Toyota Family Day and kids get in free!

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 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.

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Kate Cebrano and Mark Vincent
31 December 2014 until 31 December 2014

Kate Cebrano and Mark Vincent

Welcoming in the New Year this December will be some of Australia's favourite contemporary and classical artists as The Australian Philharmonic and Pops Orchestra return to the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne with their much-loved New Year's Eve Concert Series.

Joining the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra for this musical spectacular will be celebrated Australian conductor John Foreman, alongside the effortlessly cool vocal styles of Kate Ceberano, one of the nation's favourite tenors, Mark Vincent and young artists from the Victorian Opera.

Joining the concert as a special guest will be Young Talent Time legend and master of ceremonies Denis Walter, who will entertain the audience in song alongside the orchestra.

Featuring a magnificent selection of popular classical and operatic music, the New Years Eve Concert Series promises to be a spectacular feast for the senses and the perfect way to welcome the New Year in style!

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Four Seasons New Year's Eve Party
31 December 2014 until 31 December 2014

Four Seasons New Year's Eve Party

See in the new year with a 'four seasons' themed party at Campari House. There will be live DJs spinning commercial and house mash-ups, cocktails, canapés and a great view of the fireworks.

There are a couple of food and beverage packages to choose from, so wear your finest cocktail outfit, add a touch of your favourite season and see the new year in with style.


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A Great Gatsby Inspired NYE @ The Antique Bar
31 December 2014 until 01 January 2015

A Great Gatsby Inspired NYE @ The Antique Bar

A Great Gatsby Inspired NYE @ The Antique Bar

Time to get into the roaring twenties swing.

Come & embrace the decadence of a bygone era where the suits were sharp,the gin was dry & the city was a playground for the rich & influential.

Electro swing, classic cocktails, pearls & flappers, millionaires & bootleggers, glitz & glamour

Beverage packages available 8pm-1am

Silver Package
$89 - all inclusive package
basic spirits, tap beer, house
sparkling/white/red

Members, groups (8+) & Earlybird $79

Gold Package
$125 - all inclusive package
Grey Goose, Hendricks Gin, Woodford Reserve, Glenfiddich 12yo, 1800 Anejo Tequila, Premium Wines, GH Mumm, Tap Beer.

Members, groups (8+) & Earlybird $115

Earlybird until the 15th of December.

Free Entry - 5pm till 1am.

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Above & Beyond New Year's Day
01 January 2015 until 01 January 2015

Above & Beyond New Year's Day

Above & Beyond will deliver their iconic live performance, taking fans on an interactive and immersive adventure this New Year.

While so many superstar DJs place themselves at the heart of their performance, Above & Beyond's focus is always on getting closer to their crowd and making them part of the action.

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Choose Happiness - Free Talk
04 January 2015 until 04 January 2015

Choose Happiness - Free Talk

Join internationally renowned teacher and Buddhist Nun, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, at Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne for a life-changing free public talk on happiness.

Each and every one us is able to tap in to an endless supply of inner peace and happiness. Modern Buddhism presents the meditation and positive thinking techniques we need to achieve this. At this event, open to everyone, Gen-la Dekyong will explain the methods that free us from negative emotions, making joy and happiness our everyday reality. Choose happiness for 2015. Everyone is welcome. Bring a cushion.

THE TEACHER
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, General Spiritual Director of the NKT- IKBU, is a modern Buddhist nun dedicated to helping people from all walks of life attain lasting happiness through developing inner, mental peace. Gen-la is loved and respected throughout the world for the sincerity of her practice and the power of her wisdom and compassion.

EVENT INFORMATION
Cost free - no need to book - bring a cushion.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers
05 January 2015 until 05 January 2015

KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers

Melbourne Stars take on the Sydney Sixers in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, the exciting national cricket competition set to ignite this summer.

After a blockbuster season, the fun and excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League returns this summer, with international cricket stars playing alongside Australia's best home grown T20 talent.

With non-stop action, the Big Bash League is the hottest and best value entertainment for teens and families. The League will be shown live and exclusively on Channel 10 and will be played over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

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An Evening with Liverpool Football Club Legends
07 January 2015 until 07 January 2015

An Evening with Liverpool Football Club Legends

Liverpool Football Club's legendary players Fowler, McAteer and Hamann are coming to Australia. For one night only in Melbourne come along and hear hilarious stories from Robbie Fowler, Didi Hamann and Jason McAteer about their time playing for five times European Cup winning Liverpool FC.

Then it's your turn to ask the questions you wont hear on TV. Find out what really happened in the changing room at half time in Istanbul? Ask Jason what it was like to come so close to winning the league in 98? And discover inside gossip from club ambassador Robbie Fowler about how he thinks LFC are moving forward.

Held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel it is walking distance from the CBD and public transport.

Standard tickets are for the show and Q&A. You can upgrade to meet and greet tickets which include the opportunity to get a photo, a signature and of course meet the lads before and after the show.

It's a truly unforgettable experience for any football fan and would make a unique Christmas present.

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AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015
09 January 2015 until 31 January 2015

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.

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KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melborune Stars vs Melbourne Renegades
10 January 2015 until 10 January 2015

KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melborune Stars vs Melbourne Renegades

Melbourne Stars take on the Melbourne Renegades in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, the exciting national cricket competition set to ignite this summer.

After a blockbuster season, the fun and excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League returns with international cricket stars playing alongside Australia's best home grown T20 talent.

With non-stop action, the Big Bash League is the hottest and best value entertainment for teens and families. The League will be shown live and exclusively on Channel 10 and will be played over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

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Carlton Mid ODI Tri Series – Australia vs India
16 January 2015 until 16 January 2015

Carlton Mid ODI Tri Series – Australia vs India

This summer the Carlton Mid One Day International (ODI) Tri-Series will hit Australia, with the Australian men's team competing against India and England for bragging rights and a final chance to polish their performance ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.

This first match of the series sees Australia play India.

Throughout the series fans will be a part of summer's biggest dress-up party with each stadium being transformed into a colourful celebration of cricket. Fans can look forward to a fun-filled day with plenty of fantastic prizes up for grabs for the best dressed in the crowd.

If that wasn't enough, match-goers will be able to take up the '4 for 3' offer and get four adult tickets for less than the price of three.

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KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers
21 January 2015 until 21 January 2015

KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers

Melbourne Stars take on the Perth Scorchers in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, the exciting national cricket competition set to ignite this summer.

After a blockbuster season, the fun and excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League returns this summer, with international cricket stars playing alongside Australia's best home grown T20 talent.

With non-stop action, the Big Bash League is the hottest and best value entertainment for teens and families. The League will be shown live and exclusively on Channel 10 and will be played over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

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Coopers Australian Music Prize
26 January 2015 until 26 January 2015

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!

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Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony
26 January 2015 until 26 January 2015

Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony

Come to the official flag raising ceremony as part of the Australia Day celebrations. His Excellency, the Honourable Alex Chernov, AC QC, Governor of Victoria officiates as the National Flag is raised at 10:30am.

The Governor will inspect the Tri-Service Royal Guard of Honour and the Premier of Victoria will lead the public in the Australia Day Affirmation.

Supported by the City of Melbourne.


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Australia Day in Melbourne
26 January 2015 until 26 January 2015

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.

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A Chardonnay and Shiraz Experience on The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
01 February 2015 until 01 February 2015

A Chardonnay and Shiraz Experience on The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Come aboard The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant and enjoy a night like no other with the world's first travelling tramcar dining experience.

Cruise the city streets of Melbourne while dining on scrumptious dishes complimented with exquisite beverages supplied by Top Australian Wines who will supply a collection of its best Chardonnays and Shiraz from the likes of Andraos Bros, Heathcote, Izway wineries, and more.

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Classics at Fed Square
02 February 2015 until 02 February 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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A State of Trance Festival
06 February 2015 until 06 February 2015

A State of Trance Festival

A State of Trance Festival promises to deliver a unique vibe and electrifying atmosphere by bringing together some of the best DJs within the trance and electronic music industry.

The line-up of each festival will be revealed at a later stage along with subsequent tour dates. See website for more information.

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6th Annual National Dementia Congress
19 February 2015 until 20 February 2015

6th Annual National Dementia Congress

With a focus on Making Dementia Care Transformation Happen Today, the 6th Annual National Dementia Congress conference showcases across two days exciting new cases studies and the latest innovations from across the whole dementia pathway, from diagnosis to end of life.

Key highlights included the interactive round table session focused on high-achieving innovative projects that have been implemented in a range of dementia care settings, hands-on sessions with the latest assistive technologies and targeted sessions on risk reduction, societal inclusion, caregiver support and handling stigma.



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Dirty Dancing
23 February 2015 until 17 May 2015

Dirty Dancing

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

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

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

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



See website for dates and times.

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FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix
12 March 2015 until 15 March 2015

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.

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6th Annual National Disability Summit 2015
18 March 2015 until 19 March 2015

6th Annual National Disability Summit 2015

The 2015 National Disability Summit will offer discussion around the trial sites specifically and how the rollouts are faring, in addition to considering the transitional considerations for service providers and for access issues for specific minority population groups.

On top of this, discussion will be broadened out beyond the NDIS specifically, focusing on the pivotal issues of education and housing more generally for individuals with a disability, drawing on case studies and academic study.

Speakers confirmed for 2015 include: Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Toby O'Connor, CEO, St Laurence Community Services Inc., David Meldrum, Executive Director, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, Rohan Braddy, CEO, Mambourin Enterprises.

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6th Annual National Disability Summit 2015
18 March 2015 until 19 March 2015

6th Annual National Disability Summit 2015

The 6th Annual National Disability Summit 2015 will offer discussion around the trial sites specifically and how the rollouts are faring, in addition to considering the transitional considerations for service providers and for access issues for specific minority population groups.

On top of this, discussion will be broadened out beyond the NDIS specifically, focusing on the pivotal issues of education and housing more generally for individuals with a disability, drawing on case studies and academic study.

Speakers confirmed in 2015 include: Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Toby O'Connor, CEO, St Laurence Community Services Inc., David Meldrum, Executive Director, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia and Rohan Braddy, CEO, Mambourin Enterprises.

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15th Anniversary Mineral Sands Conference
24 March 2015 until 25 March 2015

15th Anniversary Mineral Sands Conference

We are delighted to bring you the 15th Anniversary Mineral Sands Conference, which will be hosted on the 24th-25th March 2015 at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Melbourne. Register at the Super Early Bird Rate - Save $880 if you book before 23rd December 2014.

Price : Two day conference (24-25 March 2015) - $2414.50

Speakers : Dr Victor Hugo, General Manager - Exploration, Iluka Resources Ltd, Trevor Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, MZI Resources Ltd, Bruce McQuitty, Managing Director, Sheffield Resources Ltd, Stewart Hagan, General Manager, Oresome Australia Pty Ltd, William F Bloking FAICD, Managing Director, Gunson Resources Ltd, Peter Klein, Chief Executive Officer, Mid West Ports Authority, Murray Lines, Director, Stratum Resources, Nic Lim

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Gin Pop–Up Bar at Old Melbourne Gaol
27 March 2015 until 27 March 2015

Gin Pop–Up Bar at Old Melbourne Gaol

Experience the Old Melbourne Gaol in a new light when it's transformed into a pop-up gin bar for one night only. Your ticket gives you access to all areas of the Gaol where some of Australia's most infamous prisoners were held and includes two drinks from a selection of gin-based cocktails, wine and beer. Delicious food will be available and extra drinks can also be purchased.

There will also be intimate master classes held during the night, where you can learn from experts. These classes are an additional cost to the ticket price.

Bring your business cards for a fantastic door prize of a night tour and tickets to the National Trust of Victoria's next pop-up bar for you and three of your friends valued at $312.

Last year this event sold out, so book your tickets early.

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Indonesia Street Festival
19 April 2015 until 19 April 2015

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.

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ANZAC Day at the Shrine
25 April 2015 until 25 April 2015

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.

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Good Food and Wine Show
05 May 2015 until 08 May 2015

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?

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Human Nature: The Jukebox Tour
09 May 2015 until 09 May 2015

Human Nature: The Jukebox Tour

Celebrating 25 successful years since founding their iconic group Human Nature are thrilled to announce they will tour the country on their The Jukebox Tour - A 25th Anniversary Celebration in April and May 2015 with tickets on sale now via various outlets.

On the back of their new album 'Jukebox', the talented foursome will visit Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Sydney, performing an eclectic mix of great feel-good vocal songs from the 50s and 60s. Music that has always been their inspiration and now brought to sonic life by Human Nature, thanks to the collaborative producer efforts of Dave Pierce and the legendary Bob Rock on their new album. This collaboration alone makes 'Jukebox' one of the must-have albums of 2014.

The release of 'Jukebox' coincides with Human Nature's upcoming 25th anniversary since forming in high school in their home city of Sydney. The Jukebox Tour - A 25th Anniversary Celebration will also feature performances from all the albums Human Nature have released over their 20-year recording career with Sony Music Australia. Fans can expect a big night of music and dancing with the incredible Human Nature seven piece band and string players joining them on stage. This is one trip down memory lane that fans will not want to miss!

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Altitude Shift
22 May 2015 until 23 May 2015

Altitude Shift

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.

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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.

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