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Here are some of the many cultural and sporting events coming up in the city and around Victoria:
Bomber Command is a Shrine of Remembrance temporary exhibition dedicated to the stories of the men, tasked with a grim duty, who risked their lives in the most dangerous campaign fought by Australians during the Second World War.
It features period photographs, plus the stories of individual airmen and squadrons. Visitor's will see original uniforms, equipment and keepsakes, plus a host of original art on loan from the Australian War Memorial.
Bomber Command was the branch of the Royal Air Force responsible for the strategic bombing of Germany during the Second World War (1939 - 45).
Approximately 10,000 Australians served in the command, joining aircrews from Britain, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and elsewhere.
These Royal Australian Air Force airmen served primarily in the air - as pilots, engineers, navigators, wireless operators, observers and air gunners. Although their numbers amounted to less than 2 per cent of Australia's Second World War enlistments, the 3,486 Australians killed flying with Bomber Command accounted for 20 per cent of this nation's combat deaths during the war.
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!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
This summer will mark a quarter of a century of Shakespeare in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens.
This season features a brilliant new adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, featuring a dynamic young cast of lovers as well as the Australian Shakespeare Company's troupe of talented regulars.
For more information, visit the website.
A conspiracy of cartographers: a series of book sculptures
Leading book sculptor Nicholas Jones created a fantastic new body of sculptural works inspired by the groundbreaking atlas Terrarum Orbis Theatrum by Abraham Ortelius (1574), as part of his 2012-13 Creative Fellowship at the Library. Inspired by the topographical contours and line-work present in maps, his altered books turn two-dimensional maps into three-dimensional sculptures.
Artist in Residence 2014 - Chris Beaumont
Artist Chris Beaumont is the second artist to take up residence in the studio which is attached to fortyfivedownstairs' large gallery space.
It's particularly appropriate to Chris' work that the studio was formerly used as a kitchen space for gallery functions, as Chris Beaumont has always been fascinated by still life, and in particular the humble everyday aspects of our daily life and bread - in his hands the potato, the pumpkin, the eggplant and onion become precious, their apparently simplicity transformed into objects of beauty.
A committee that included Julian Burnside, Chair of fortyfivedownstairs, and artists Jon Cattapan and Kate Dawe, decided that Chris Beaumont, with his dedicated and determined art practice, was an ideal candidate for the studio residency, which also involves talking to some of the numerous senior student groups that visit the gallery each year.
The residency culminates in a two week exhibition from 27 May 2014. It will be almost ten years since Chris Beaumont last exhibited at fortyfivedownstairs!
Curator Tour – Bomber Command Exhibition
Join Shrine Curator Neil Sharkey on a tour of the current exhibition and explore the most dangerous campaign fought by Australians during the Second World War.
Having worked closely with veterans and collectors, Neil will relay some of the incredible stories of the 10,000 Australian airmen who served in Bomber Command and the 3,486 who did not return home.
Art of the Table
An exhibition exploring the history of European dining practices featuring decorative objects that adorned dining tables of the Renaissance to today.
A well-laid dining table is a work of art. But more than this, the changing forms and appearances of all these familiar objects over the last 500 years tell a history of the food we eat and how we eat it.
Explorations of the globe brought new foods and drinks to the tables of Europe, requiring new equipment to facilitate their consumption.
Shifting social patterns changed when we ate and with whom we ate. This exhibition examines these histories through examples of dining wares drawn from the NGV's rich collections including porcelain plates, silver cutlery and sparkling glassware.
Navigate Melbourne's famous laneways in search of a specially crafted water-inspired cocktail.
Mixology is an art-form that Melbourne perfects with ease, so throughout the Festival drop into some of the city's favourite watering havens for a specially crafted water-inspired cocktail. Whether you want to unwind or revive, there's a glass of something for everyone. Be sure to have map in hand as you navigate Melbourne's famous laneways in search of elusive watering destinations.
Download your copy of the Bar Express map and start exploring Melbourne's famous laneway watering holes
Batsmen's Happy Hour
State of Grace is proud to announce their involvement in the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival - Official Bar Express Program.
For a limited time only we are shaking things up with 'Coconut Honey Bee Cocktail', using the chilled liquid inside young coconuts as a base, this on-trend potion combines white rum, lemon juice, and dripping honey in a 'coconut' rimmed glass with strawberry garnish to finish
Available from 5pm during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
28th February - 13th March 2014
Get your hands on this little baby for just $15 a pop.
Dehydrate, Simmer and Boil
Enjoy a three-course meal with a main course that features fish cooked through unique dehydration, simmering and boiling methods.
Situated between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Southern Thailand is famous for its deliciously fresh seafood. Growing up, Pla (whose name in Thai translates to 'Fish') quickly learnt diverse and interesting methods of cooking local fish. Pla invites guests to her CBD restaurant, Mr Nice Guy, to enjoy a three-course meal with a main course that features fish cooked through different dehydration, simmering and boiling methods.
A Highly Unadvisable Undertaking
A Highly Unadvisable Undertaking is a handmade parachute apparatus built by filling in the gaps and constructing through a process of guesswork and sheer intuition. A garage built stand-in that may do the job but could kill the user in the same stroke.
This exhibition has been graciously supported by The Australian Artist Grant, a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.
Anton Delecca Quartet
The Anton Delecca Quartet play powerful, emotionally driven jazz with influences spanning Alice Coltrane, Chris Potter's Underground to the Keith Jarrett European Quartet. They have just released their third album "The Healer", which is out now on Australia's premiere jazz label, Jazzhead. Their music is underscored by the band members' passion for songwriting, song form, and love of the transformative power of music.
They have performed at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, recorded for ABC Radio National's programme "Jazztrack" and recently played a sold out show at the 2013 Stonnington Jazz Festival.
Tenor saxophonist Anton Delecca plays in internationally renowned band The Bamboos and is a sort after instrumentalist performing and recording regularly in Melbourne and throughout Australia. He has studied in New York City with saxophonists Dave Liebman, George Garzone and Chris Potter.
Aqua Panna Tuscan Experience
Experience the formidable union of Florentine life and food as articulated by owner and chef, Guy Grossi. Guy creates a menu that highlights the effect Acqua Panna (mineral water) has on its environment, people and culture.
Acqua Panna natural mineral water encompasses the very essence of Tuscan lifestyle, heritage and fine dining elegance. An extraordinary water rooted in the heart of the Italian culinary, artistic and historical tradition. Acqua Panna flows from the Tuscan Apennines, surrounded by 1300 hectares of natural reserve preserved and untouched since 1564, and continues to surface in all its purity.
Grossi Florentino has a heritage and history dating back to the advent of fine dining in Melbourne. The famous murals of Florentine life and the Florentine food espoused by owner and chef, Guy Grossi present a formidable union. Guy creates a menu that highlights the effect Acqua Panna has on its environment, people and culture through produce and tradition. Wines from Villa Panna's close neighbour, Castello Frescobaldi complete this triumvirate.
Cooking Sustainable Seafood
One of William Angliss Institute's culinary experts will show guests how to prepare and serve seafood as well as explaining what to look for when shopping for the best sustainable produce.
Join one of William Angliss Institute's highly skilled chefs for a seafood cooking demonstration. Learn what to look for when purchasing seafood and how to ensure your choice is as environmentally responsible as it is succulent. William Angliss Institute is the specialist training centre for foods, tourism, hospitality and events, bring over 70 years experience in cookery training to this event.
Acoustica at City Library – Matt Glass
Matt's storytelling - couched as it is in a timeless melodic style - explores themes of love and loss with a rare and poignant universality.
Since his debut release in 2010, Matt's alt-country style and talented band 'The Loose Cannons' have been gathering momentum and stealing audiences across the country. With the recent release of his single 'The Last Time', and a new album and national tour due in February 2014, Matt Glass is a man to watch.
Beethoven and Dvorak
Australian-born prize winner at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition, Jayson Gilham is soloist in Beethoven's youthful second concerto, with its echoes of earlier classical masters, while the concert opens and closes with two Dvorák masterpieces blazingly alive with the fiery rhythms of Czech folk music.
The program includes Dvorák's Overture Carnival, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.2 and Dvorák's Symphony No.8.
At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Academy Award winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker bring great heart and spirit - and some salty humour - to their roles as a feisty pair of septuagenarians standing their ground.
Stella (Dukakis) and Dot (Fricker) have shared their lives together for more than thirty years, but due to Dot's failing sight, Dot's grand-daughter insists that the 'best' place for her is a nursing home.
Faced with a separation neither woman wants, the women decide to take to the wide open road with Nova Scotia, Canada (and a marriage celebrant) in their sights.
En route, the reluctant outlaws pick up a 'small-town boy turned interpretative dancer' hitch-hiking to reconnect with his ailing mother, whose paper-thin bravado is soon undone by Dot and Stella's zest for life.
An Evening With John Cleese
One of the most influential and important comedians in entertainment history returns with his hit one man show "An Evening With John Cleese" to Australia for a limited number of shows in 2014.
Few comedy troupes have reached the same fame of Monty Python or Fawlty Towers, and a large part of that success was due to John Cleese and his impeccable timing and sense of humour.
John Cleese will regale fans with stories and exclusive clips from his illustrious 40 year career. It's an opportunity to get up close and personal with a true living legend.
Birchall and Woolhouse CD Launch
The Scenery of Life Unfolding tells tales of intrigue and evokes images of haunting beauty. The duo's new album celebrates the drama and melancholy of contemporary jazz. Equanimity meets passion in an idiosyncratic take on the piano and bass duo lineup, with a respectful nod to the duet recordings of Charlie Haden.
Pianist composer Jeremy Woolhouse and bassist Shannon Birchall first collaborated in the Estuary Three jazz-tango project in 2002 for the album Thumbnails. Shannon went on to tour extensively with John Butler who described him as part of "the best line up I have performed with .... a pleasure to live, love, learn, record and tour with." Shannon's credits also include the MSO, The Hoodangers, Sally Ford and the Pachuco Playboys, Texicali Rose, Deborah Conway, and The Spaghetti Western Orchestra.
Relaxed vibe, lyrical melodies and elegant use of harmony are trademarks Jeremy has consolidated through his work leading Woolhouse-Michailidis-Robertson trio and solo project The Persistence of Dreaming. His recent Silverbeat quintet project has also been highly regarded.
The duo reunited in 2012 to record The Scenery of Life Unfolding and continue the journey into lightness and darkness, illusion and delusion.
Adrian Cunningham Quartet
Adrian Cunningham, a New York based musician originally hailing from Sydney; is one of his home country's best jazz exports having performed locally with artists as diverse as Marcia Hines, Australian Idol Band, James Morrison, and Galapagos Duck as well as his own Quartet. He is returning to his favourite Melbourne home, Paris Cat, as part of his 2013 Australian tour. He is one of the finest multi-instrumentalists; known for swapping seamlessly from sax to clarinet to flute.
Since relocating to New York City in 2008 he has performed at some of the Big Apple's finest clubs- Blue Note, Smalls, Birdland, 55 Bar, Apollo Theatre, Fat Cat, Dizzy's Club (Lincoln Centre) and even a private event at the hallowed Village Vanguard; with such luminaries as Lew Soloff, Wycliffe Gordon, George Coleman Jr, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Chris Potter.
Adrian is currently performing with world-class trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, which included a performance at the London Jazz festival and a recording in Abbey Road studios alongside Wess Anderson, Reginald Veal and Herlin Riley. Adrian has appeared on 2 of Wycliffe's album releases to rave reviews. ("One of the unexpected joys of the album is the rich, woody clarinet of Cunningham" album review; Hot House NYC)
In Australia, Adrian's Sydney based quartet, together since 2004, has recorded 4 CD's and a live DVD through the Newmarket label. Adrian has also performed with artists as diverse as Marcia Hines, Tim Freedman, Diesel, Australian Idol Band, James Morrison, and Galapagos Duck.
Dave Hughes - Pointless
As seen on heaps of stuff and after 12 years of Nova Breakfast, Hughesy's decided that his 2014 is all about stand up and he's got a brand new show to prove it.
For a night of comedy gold you can't look past this laid back legend of Australian Comedy.
David O'Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything
Award-winning whimsical Irishman David O'Doherty heads to the Melbourne Comedy Festival with his new show 'David O'Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything.
He'll do some standing-up, sitting down, and songs from a small plastic 1980s keyboard. He'll charm you silly.
For more information on this event and other Comedy Festival events, please see the website.
Acoustica at City Library – Oakley Grenell
Acoustica at City Library; Ex-pat Cantabrian musician Oakley Grenell is a considerable musical force in Aotearoa, an accomplished guitarist, producer, and a seasoned performer, having released his 10th album in New Zealand.
For the Acoustica program he plans to perform originals from his back catalogue and a few covers thrown in for good measure. At any given moment Oakley has several groups and projects on the go which led to the development of record label: Central Records, which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year.
All Guns Blazing - Jeff Green
British comedy legend Jeff Green returns with a brand new trademark show of hilarious observations, stories and rapid fire jokes. What keeps Jeff awake at night? Who's in his comedy sights this year - Australian pollies, fatherhood, Yoga teachers, Italians, the under 25's? Join him to find out.
Jeff is a well known face and voice on Australian TV and radio. Amongst his many credits are Spicks and Specks (ABC), Good News Week (Ten) as well as numerous appearances on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Ten). Two of his stand-up specials Jeff Green - Up West and Back From The Bewilderness were recently shown on consecutive prime time Saturday night ABC 1.
Adam Richard: Gaypocalypse
Are there boatloads of gay zombies trying to enter Australia illegally? Will gay marriage be the end of civilisation as we know it? Adam will be answering none of these questions in his new standup comedy show, Gaypocalypse.
In 2014 Adam Richard joined ABC TV's all-new Spicks and Specks as a Team Captain alongside Ella Hooper and host Josh Earl. Last year, after a decade presenting gossip on Melbourne's top-rating Fox FM breakfast radio show, Adam hung up his headphones and headed back to the stage. Also in 2013, Adam managed to get a concussion, in water, while competing on the Seven Network's Celebrity Splash competitive diving reality show.
Adam was a presenter and producer of the popular Talking Poofy podcast, The Poofcast, and was a co-star, co-writer and co-creator of the ABC TV comedy series Outland, about a gay science fiction club. During this year's Comedy Festival he will also be co-presenting The Shelf with Justin Hamilton, a weekly live comedy event and associated podcast.
Craig Smith - EP Launch
This project by Craig Smith is recordings of playing more than one musical instrument on each track came about while being inspired by Bill Evans' album "Conversations with myself". His is a very clever album with two simultaneous piano tracks interacting with the other.
There is an amazing overlay of ideas and interesting interaction from the same musical brain working synergistically together.
Come down to the Paris Cat Jazz Club for a unique music experience.
'Psychic', the debut album by Darkside (Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington), was released in Australia last month to worldwide critical acclaim. The band is pleased to announce some much-anticipated tour dates
Sydney's up-and-comers Movement will be supporting all shows.
Currently on tour in North America, the 'Psychic Tour' follows on from sold-out shows in London, Berlin and Brussels.
Bernadette Peters in Concert
At Her Majesty's Theatre; performing a rich selection of Broadway songs from her extensive songbook, including standards, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim to name a few, Broadway's brightest star, Bernadette Peters will dazzle audiences in a glamorous and magical evening of song with a full orchestra as only Bernadette can do.
Throughout her illustrious career, the Tony Award-winning actress has amazed critics and audiences with her performances on stage and television, in concert and on recordings.
Cathy Menezes - Singer, Improviser and Composer
Jazz singer/Songwriter Cathy Menezes awarded the "2012 Outstanding Creative Performance" at the Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne; will be treating you to an evening of "cool smooth Jazz", performing her own compositions and jazz standards re-arranged by her.
She will be singing music of Victor Fields, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, George Benson, and her own compositions which is a mixture of Latin and contemporary music.
9th Indonesian Film Festival 2014
Film lovers, get along to the 9th Indonesian Film Festival, the largest celebration of Indonesian screen culture in Australia.
The Indonesian Film Festival is hosting a cinematic feast of Indonesian movies, as well as special events with the filmmakers and actors of the featured films. Non-screening events will include a workshop and public talk.
Presented by Indonesian Film Festival Inc. in association with Melbourne University Indonesian Students Association (MUISA).
For details about Indonesian Film Festival including session time and how to buy tickets, please visit the website.
A Requiem for ANZAC Day
Brahms' grand Requiem is his largest and yet also his most personal work, here performed in the composer's authorised arrangement for choir and piano four hands.
Created to be not so much a mass for the dead as a source of solace for the living, it offers a message of comfort and consolation, irrespective of one's nation or creed.
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.
Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival
Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival is a truly unique annual event which celebrates Melbourne's diverse multicultural society.
Running over two days, the Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival begins in the heart of Melbourne, at Federation Square.
The Festival commemorates the birth of the Buddha, one of the most significant days of the Buddhist calendar, and highlights and promotes cooperation, community understanding and harmony in our inclusive and culturally diverse community.
The Festival incorporates the traditions of Buddhist ceremony including the 'Bathing of the Buddha', daily Dharma ceremonies, the Wishing Bell and traditional incense offerings; a vegetarian culinary tour of Asia along the River Terrace and cooking demonstrations; cultural dance and performances from around the globe; cultural demonstrations in BMW Edge; music; art and craft, community service groups providing information and assistance; and special activities and programs for children at ArtPlay.
A festival for the mind, body and spirit.
Catherine Evans Exhibition
Catherine Evans seeks to transpose the marks on our bodies into a large-scale map using basalt boulders, textiles and photography.
With reference to indigenous stone arrangements, the exhibition encompasses both the geographic and corporeal time scales in order to examine the latent histories of these materials, traversing the mineral to the organic, and the infinite to the micro.
This exhibition is supported by the Victorian College of the Arts and Arts Victoria through its Graduate Mentorship program.
For many Australians the First World War is the event that defined our nation - larrikin diggers, trench warfare, and the landing at Gallipoli. But it was also the families at home who made the war effort possible with their resilience in the face of hardship.
Join Joan Beaumont, internationally recognised historian and author of Broken Nation, as she brings these war years to life.
Article 14.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
Millions of people fled Vietnam at the fall of Saigon, with an estimated 500,000 people perishing at sea. Decades later, hope still lingers for many of those that may have survived.
As part of the Next Wave Festival, artist Phuong Ngo will live in public view for 10 days, on the same supplies his parents had on their boat, occupying his time by folding origami boats out of hell bank notes. Audience members are invited to fold boats and listen to narrative recordings from other Vietnamese refugees.
At the conclusion of Article 14.1, the paper boats will be burnt in honour of those who were lost and continue to be lost at sea.
Work is viewable 24/7 and accessible from 10am until late daily.
Australian Octet – Chamber Masterworks
Australian Octet is Melbourne Chamber Orchestra's new flagship chamber ensemble, dedicated to performing music for five to eight strings. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, William Hennessy, their debut season will showcase three very different monuments of the chamber repertoire and the first new Australian string octet in 20 years, by Batavia composer Richard Mills.
The program includes:
- Richard Mills' Lachrymae, Chorales and Postlude (world premiere season)
- Shostakovich's Two Pieces for String Octet, Op.11
- Brahms' Quintet in F major, Op 88
- Enescu's Octet Op.7
Armin Only – Intense World Tour
Armin van Buuren, the world's number one DJ, promises to deliver a stunning live performance with dance acts and incredible technical effects that have never been used before in electronic dance music at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne.
With concept development by ALDA Events, expect to be blown away by an exclusive six hour set.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australian Open - The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific
Summer in Australia is tennis. Balmy nights, world-class tennis players, colourful fans, live entertainment at Grand Slam Oval and all the tennis action live on the big screen at Garden Square. For two weeks in January, Melbourne Park has it all.
Witness the drama unfold as the world's greatest athletes dominate the courts at Melbourne Park and test each other's skill, determination, courage and endurance. More than mere sporting heroes, the likes of Rafa, Roger, Novak, Andy, Maria, Victoria, Caroline and Serena are global superstars, all striving to claim the first Grand Slam® title of the tennis season. Every year the Australian Open gets bigger, better, more intense and more breathtaking as these stunning athletes leave nothing to chance in their quest for the ultimate prize.
Visit the Australian Open website, or sign up to Australian Open Update for all the latest news and offers from the Australian Open.