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Here are some of the many cultural and sporting events coming up in the city and around Victoria:
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.
Hear American Southern-style Old Time claw hammer banjo, fiddle and Cajun accordion tunes by Craig Woodward of Melbourne's own Flying Engine Stringband at Fancy Hank's American-style BBQ joint every Sunday lunchtime.
Last Sunday of each month Craig is joined by the Flying Engine Stringband for Fancy Hank's Monthly Whole Hog Roast Party.
Join in a fun session of stories, songs and rhymes, designed for children two and under to explore language with the Library's own show-stopping storytellers.
Please see the website for session times.
90's Dance workshop
Yo! Let's Go dance is a workshop that ignites your most inner motivation. A flashback to the nineties, a blast from your past featuring inspired choreography from 90's legends, you will be reminded of your 11 year old self dancing shamelessly in your bedroom.
During the six-week course you will learn to grind to Biggie, cartwheel to the Venga Boys, pop and lock to Salt n Pepa or possibly even slow dance to Celine Dion.
Yo Let's goers describe the class as outrageously fun, interactive, inclusive and creative.
Alternatively if you're already feeling the pressure of a successful 2015 break your boundaries, let off some steam and dance your heart out in a Michael and Janet Jackson scream dance course.
After disembarking your fearless and nostalgic rollercoaster ride join in an optional flash mob to show of your new sweet moves.
Grab your peeps, try something new, get fit, book yourself in and get jiggy with it.
Bookings are essential.
At Dusk, Under the Clocks
From 1968 to 1971, high school teacher Angus O’Callaghan walked Melbourne in the evening in his spare time, photographing its streets, people and events on two Yashicaflex medium-format cameras.
Drawing from his archive, At Dusk, Under the Clocks uncovers O’Callaghan’s cinematic observations of iconic city locations in low light: at dusk, in winter and on neon-filled nights.
Shot on St Kilda Road, Princes Bridge, at the National Gallery of Victoria and around the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets, nearly five decades later O’Callaghan’s mood-filled photographs show us a Melbourne that is both familiar and marked by time.
Dunkunjaka (Bush Medicine)
Dunkunjaka (bush medicine) is an exhibition by Joe Geia. Geia's painting style combines his Aboriginal heritage with a contemporary approach.
Joe Geia says that his paintings are about his Aboriginal and Islander cultural interpretations, due to his ability to understand the language, dance, visual arts and song. Furthermore he explores how these mediums are used to create communication techniques and establish contact with different tribes.
Chinese New Year at ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel
Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays and as one of Accor's Chinese Optimum Standards accredited hotels, ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel will be celebrating Chinese New Year with their guests.
2015 is the Year of the Sheep which is the eighth sign in the Chinese zodiac calendar and according to Chinese astrology the number eight signifies comfort and prosperity.
ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel will celebrate the Year of the Sheep with traditional offering such as red envelopes which symbolise good luck and to ward off evil spirits as well as fortune cookies.
The lobby and restaurant will be transformed to celebrate this special time of year with lanterns, colourful umbrellas, vibrant fresh flowers, blossoms and blessings for the year ahead specially decorated by Key Passion.
Chinese New Year is a very bright and colourful time full of well wishes, blessings and hopes of a prosperous and successful year ahead. Ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel offer their blessing and best wishes for a wonderful 2015 Year of the Sheep.
Come in and enjoy all that Melbourne has on offer with Dragon and lion dances, fireworks, exhibitions and concerts to ring in the New Year. With events starting from 19th February it really is a great time to visit Melbourne.
ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel welcomes all our guests to join in the celebrations and to their international guests, they welcome you and wish you a very Happy New Year or G?ngx? f?cái.
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage returns to Melbourne for the first time for a 10th Anniversary Tour.
An unprecedented live experience, this worldwide smash-hit explodes with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing.
Seen by millions across the globe, it is 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 heart stopping (I've Had) The Time Of My Life, it is an unforgettable live experience.
Please visit the website for more information including ticket sales.
99 Schnitzels (Veal Ain't One)
Join Joshua Glanc for a one-man sketch odyssey as he makes no attempt to answer the question how many crumbed cutlets can you handle?
After performing to sell-out crowds at the 2013 and 2014 Melbourne Comedy Festivals, Joshua makes his solo debut in a larger-than-life one-man sketch show.
Expect characters, music, pathos and schnitzel.
See website for performance dates, times and venues.
Dirty Sexy Politics
The musky scent of political dissatisfaction hangs heavily on the wind. This nation yearns for leadership, rulers who will steer it down a new path, unshackled by petty morality.
Vaudevillian roustabouts Tom Albert and Sam Valentine are rising from the ashes to take up the mantle, and they're seizing power the only way they know how: unbridled, sex-driven chaos.
Featuring all-original music and up-to-the-minute commentary, Tom and Sam are charging boldly into the world of political satire in this seductively cruel, multi-award-winning cabaret. From humble beginnings performing on the mean streets of Brisbane, they have swiftly forged a reputation as the most dynamic comedy duo since Cain and Abel.
How can you stroke your electorate for optimum results? What other uses can be found for the Party Whip? These answers, along with other suppositories of wisdom, will be revealed in the most intimately entertaining 60 minutes of your life.
An Evening with Sammy J & Randy
Since the moment of your conception, your entire existence has been leading to this glorious moment. The moment you settle into your seat, switch off all electronic devices, and immerse yourself in the sheer comedic powerhouse that is Sammy J & Randy.
After winning the biggest comedy award in OZ, hosting and headlining TV galas from Melbourne to Montreal, travelling to South Africa as Oxfam Ambassadors, and now appearing in their very own ABC sitcom Sammy J & Randy in Rickett's Lane in 2015, it's probably best to catch this pair before they get way too famous and have a classic McCartney and Lennon level fall-out.
Arj Barker - Get In My Head
What are you waiting for? Hop on in and ride. There's plenty of room. Join Arj Barker and together you will contemplate everything from the social evolution of humanity, to the intriguing and elusive nature of non-sexually derived boners.
Arj will even mention fondue at some point, and that's a promise. So take a load off your mind and get into Arj Barker's already.
Arj Barker is arguably Australia's favourite American comedian. In recent years, he has spent more time in Australia than his own and has come to understand the culture perhaps better than most people understand it. His stand-up is both insightful and pointed, like a mind-reading thumb tack, if there was one of those.
Best of the Edinburgh Fest
Best of the Edinburgh Fest is an unbeatable night of world-class comedy featuring three international acts for the price of one.
In 2015 stand out performers of the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Chris Martin (UK) and John Hastings (Canada) are joined by the hilarious Jimmy McGhie (UK).
This iconic show continues to be a highlight of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival every year. Best of the Edinburgh Fest always showcases the hottest up and coming talent from the international comedy scene.
Cam Knight: Almost Bulletproof
Cam Knight is back with his show Almost Bulletproof as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015.
After sell-out shows and rave reviews in 2014, performing all around the country in some of the biggest theatres and festivals including Splendour in the Grass and Rottofest, plus featuring on Backseat Drivers on ABC2, Cam returns with a brand-new show which will have him weaving his way through a series of brutally honest stories.
Covering masculinity, femininity, gender equality, his own body image problems, growing up, moving on and what kind of world everyone is leaving behind, let Cam take you on an exhilarating ride with an hour of punchy stand-up filled with pep and cheek!
Dave Bloustien: The Tinder Profile of Dorian Gray
Dave Bloustien (Good News Week, Back Seat Drivers) is going through changes.
At the age of 39, Dave is broke and has been single for over a year but still lives with his ex. He can't listen to youth music and has given up fighting for his right to party, while his seven-year-old daughter is going through a Goth phase.
But in other ways, Dave has not aged a day.
An hour of stand-up comedy, and too much information, about love, ageing, relationships and unusual families from an award-winning TV comedy writer.
Dave has written jokes for top-rating TV comedy shows, and produced and hosted sell-out live comedy events.
As part of the writing team on The Glass House and Good News Week, Dave won five Awgie awards for writing comedy and light entertainment. He performs regularly at Paul Provenza's improvised stand-up show Set List all over Australia, won the Theatresports Grand Final in Sydney, was nominated for 2011 Time Out Sydney Comedian of the Year and for the grand prize (WA Arts Editor Award) at the 2015 Perth Fringe World.
Dr. Professor Neal Portenza's Catchy Show Title
What is a Neal Portenza show? Think of it as an interactive symbiosis of jazz-funk comedy infused with an organic blend of mega-funz. No. Wait. That's wrong. Think of it as an anti-boring live, spontaneous and unsafe.
Five glorious, chaotic, hilarious years of Neal Portenza with 42 per cent comedy plus 27 per cent terrorism and 31 per cent WTFOMGLOL.
Winner Best Comedy 2012 Melbourne Fringe. Sold out 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, 2014 Perth Fringe and 2014 Adelaide Fringe.
A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795)
Hidden treasures from Beijing's Palace Museum in the Forbidden City will come to Melbourne for the first time, in an Australian exclusive exhibition. A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795) tells the story of China's foremost art collector Qianlong Emperor, one of China's most successful rulers and fourth and longest living emperor of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).
This exhibition provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore a rich concentration of more than 120 works from the Palace Museum's art collection, which is built on the imperial collection of the Ming and Qing dynasties and holds some of China's most rare and valuable works of art in its collection.
Burlesque Nation showcases some of the finest burlesque performers in the world.
Experience this stunning performance, choreographed and staged by Burlesque impresario Miss Holly Delight Me, in the unique ambience of Australia's only vaudeville theatre – Speakeasy HQ.
Performances include a short interval.
Unlike any other venue in the country, Speakeasy HQ is Australia's only vaudeville theatre and bar, bringing you the biggest line-up of circus, burlesque, stand-up, jazz, cabaret, tap, acrobats, prop comics and boylesque stars, all on the same program.
Downtown Vaudeville showcases Speakeasy HQ's most vast and varied acts in a fast-paced program.
VIP and premium packages are available.
Show dates: Fri 27 March 6pm-8pm, Fri 3 Apr 6pm-8pm, Thurs 9 Apr 8:30pm-11pm, Fri 10 Apr 8:30pm-11pm, Thurs 16 Apr 8:30pm-11pm, Wed 22 Apr 8:30pm-11pm, Fri 24 Apr 6pm-8pm, Thurs 30 Apr 8:30pm-11pm.
Captain Fun Pants and the Mystery of the Fun-o-Matic Fun Wand
Two of Australia's funniest comedians, Harley Breen (ABC's Comedy Up Late, The Project) and Heath Franklin ('Chopper', Wednesday Night Fever) are swapping late night comedy clubs for late afternoon tents to finally play to an audience their own mental age: children.
Sammy the Seagull has fled with the Fun-o-matic Fun Wand all the way to WrongTown. Enter our heroes - Captain Fun Pants and his best mate Pirate No Beard. It's up to the Captain and No Beard to retrieve the fun wand before all the fun has been drained from Funtown forever! But they need your help!
Calling all super dooper big boys and girls on a magical adventure. But you need to brave! Can you survive the Forest of Farts (pee-yew!) or win a pillow fight to escape Bed Time Island?
Captain Funpants and the Mystery of the FuNomatic Fun Wand
Two of Australia's funniest comedians, Harley Breen (ABC's Comedy Up Late, The Project) and Heath Franklin ('Chopper', Wednesday Night Fever) are swapping late night comedy clubs for late afternoon tents to finally play to an audience their own mental age, children.
Being swallowed by a dinosaur is a pretty bad way to start the day. It couldn't get any worse, right? Wrong!
Shane Matheson and Madeleine Culp are strangers who find themselves trapped in a dinosaur's stomach. They seem too different to be friends, in fact, they don't get along at all. But they will have to put aside their differences and face many challenges as they try to find their way out, whatever it takes.
Can they work together to escape in time for Holly Spolly's biggest party ever?
This incredible kids comedy show takes place entirely inside a dinosaur belly and features zany songs, unpredictable slapstick, surprise guests, loads of jokes and, of course, audience participation. Dinosaur Guts is a hilarious and engaging extravaganza for kids aged fived to 500. It's stupid and fun, in that order.
Fair Trade Easter Egg Trail
Discover the story of the fair trade Easter egg as you travel through Melbourne's CBD guided by cryptic clues to find fair trade chocolate eggs from Divine Chocolate.
Discover hidden fair trade cafes and retailers on the way, and learn more about how your favourite Easter eggs are produced. At the end of the trail you can collect a fair trade goody bag and action pack!
Celebrate Easter the fair way and enjoy a fun day out with family and friends.
Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
Every Sunday local artisans fill Arts Centre Melbourne's Lawn to showcase their unique, handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies.
Everything on offer is produced locally, making the market a real favourite for those seeking one-of-a-kind treasures for themselves or as gifts.
Just a short walk over the bridge from Flinders Street Station, the Sunday Market is a much-loved weekly event, with the relaxed feel of a regional craft market set against the backdrop of Melbourne's buzzing arts precinct.
Please note that all stallholders at the Sunday Market rotate positions regularly. If you are looking for your favourites, please be sure to have a wander along St Kilda Rd and behind along the lawn until you can find what you are looking for!
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.
Dancing the Bones of Irish Myth and Legend
This theatre piece takes the audience deep into the ancient Irish landscape, complete with heroes, lovers, tricksters and wily crones.
Actor/storyteller Niki na Meadhra is a theatre practitioner with 30 years' experience and is committed to bringing the Irish saga lore to a new audience. Her aim is to show how inventive, extravagant and funny this tradition is.
This is a show for adults, but older children (8+) accompanied by an adult will gain a lot from her performance, as these heroic and folklore tales have always been performed for mixed audiences.
Experience over 132 years of history - Hotel Windsor Afternoon Tea
The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1883.
The five 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.
ArtPlay for Artists – Rajasthani Potters
Manohar Lal and his son Jagdish Prajapat are part of a generational continuum of traditional Rajasthani potters that have worked with clay for millennium, making low fired utilitarian objects. The grace of their craft has enthralled and entranced the uninitiated, as well as the experienced, to the ceramic process.
You will have the opportunity to make a simple pot on one of their traditional wheels and to decorate a pot made by the potters with locally found earth colours. The quiet, 'in the moment' connection with these potters, without a common language, is memorable.
Bev Killick - Party Tricks
Everyone has a party trick, it's just that some are stranger than others... See how strange at Bev Killick's latest comedy show.
Gasp at strange and extraordinary feats. Absurd, bizarre and just plain ridiculous. Tricks you never knew your favourite comedians could do. Plus an audience segment.
Part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Dr Brown: Befrdfgth
Dr Brown: Befrdfgth returns to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for one performance only of this now famous production.
This unpronounceable show by the world-renowned king of cult clowning, Gaulier-trained performer Dr Brown (Philip Burgers), won two prestigious comedy awards in 2012 (Melbourne's Barry Award and Edinburgh's Fosters Comedy Award).
This is visual comedy like you have never seen before. Physical, subversive and mischievous, strange, in-your-face and entirely original. Dr Brown is funny in ways you did not know were possible.
Known for his incredible ability to deal with hot topics in a hilarious and slightly offensive way, Akmal is one of Australia's most respected and accomplished comedians.
Akmal draws on his Arabic heritage, migrating to Australia at the age of 11, his disillusionment with religion, and the modern world to deliver a stand-up show that is fresh, honest and ridiculously funny.
Commissioned by Fed Square's Creative Program, Batmania was inspired by artist Kathy Holowko's fascination with the fruit bat – the unique wild urban animal that adds a touch of gothic beauty to Melbourne skies.
Two hundred life-sized bat sculptures are individually hung from the ceiling of the Atrium, accompanied by a soundscape created by Darius Kedros that will play for 15 minutes on the hour from 7am to 9am, and 7pm to 9pm, each day throughout April. Time your visit to coincide with the soundscape, made by recording colonies of bats, for a full, immersive experience.
As successful colonisers in urban areas, fruit bats are a rare example of the coexistence of humans and wild animals in a shared habitat. Batmania explores this complex interconnection between the human and the bat, with the aim of creating a sense of curiousity about these creatures of the night.
This project is supported by the City of Melbourne 2015 Arts Grants Program.
Claws at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Colossal Claws is coming to Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium.
The world's largest species of crab will take centre stage in an amazing new exhibit, Claws, opening this Easter.
Six new tanks with six new species, featuring fun, interactive displays, will give visitors a real insight into all things crustacean, how a crab claw works and how they eat - even the display tanks themselves will look like giant crabs.
One of the star creatures is the Japanese Spider Crab, they can reach three metres across when fully grown, big enough to straddle a small car. Visitors need not worry, as these colossal crustaceans will be kept safely behind glass.
Claws will no doubt have the whole family crawling with excitement.
Design a font
A well-designed font has the power to influence and delight. Learn the subtleties of type as graphic designer Paul Hanslow teaches you to 'fontify' your hand-drawn letters in this design workshop.
These workshops are inspired by the graphic design and font work in our exhibition, Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum.
7th Annual Melbourne Latin Festival
Latin America is taking over Melbourne once again in a three-day dancing festival of performances, workshops and parties. For the first time ever, the Melbourne Latin Festival (MLF) is moving to Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in North Melbourne where performers and participants from around the world will share their greatest passion.
Leading Latin dancers from Norway, Sweden and Australia will strut their stuff both on the stage and as part of 30 dance workshops covering all styles from salsa to samba and for all levels from beginner to professional.
Cuban artist Greydis Liranza will bring the flavour of her home country to the Festival in a Cuban immersion course. Her 20 years of experience include film, television, theatre and music videos.
Sweden’s hottest exports, Zerjon and Nina, will bring their unique fusion of salsa and hip hop to Melbourne. Their Salsa Street Fusion has won international titles and was the first ever streetdance production in a Scandinavian Opera.
Nightly performances will see local, interstate and international artists dazzle the crowds including Juan Carlos Ospina and Angela McCrystal – 2013 finalists for Australia's Got Talent – and World Champion finalists Ania and JT.
International DJs and live Latin bands will spice up the parties each night (18+) across three rooms so whether you’re a lover of dance, looking to learn world-class skills, or a dancing wannabe, the Melbourne Latin Festival will have you dancing the night away.
Proudly supporting the Leukaemia Foundation.
7th Annual Melbourne Latin Festival
Latin America is taking over Melbourne once again in a three-day dancing festival of performances, workshops and parties. For the first time ever, the Melbourne Latin Festival (MLF) is moving to Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance in North Melbourne where performers and participants from around the world will share their greatest passion.
Leading Latin dancers from Norway, Sweden and Australia will strut their stuff both on the stage and as part of 30 dance workshops covering all styles from salsa to samba and for all levels from beginner to professional.
Cuban artist Greydis Liranza will bring the flavour of her home country to the Festival in a 'Cuban Immersion' course. Her 20 years of experience include film, television, theatre and music videos.
Sweden's hottest exports, Zerjon & Nina, will bring their unique fusion of salsa and hip hop to Melbourne. Their 'Salsa Street Fusion' has won international titles and was the first ever streetdance production in a Scandinavian Opera.
Nightly performances will see local, interstate and international artists bedazzle the crowds including Juan Carlos Ospina and Angela McCrystal - 2013 finalists for Australia's Got Talent - and World Champion finalists Ania and JT.
International DJs and live Latin bands will spice up the parties each night (18+) across three rooms so whether you are a lover of dance, looking to learn world-class skills, or a dancing wannabe, the Melbourne Latin Festival will have you dancing the night away.
Proudly supporting the Leukaemia Foundation.
Bao Down at Ms Collins
Bao Down at Ms Collins - bringing you the best in Bao, paired with beer or wine, every Friday through March and April.
Ms Collins is open from 4:00pm with soulful and down tempo beats to unwind after work. Featuring an international street food menu by four of Australia's most celebrated chef's Jacques Reymond, Paul Wilson (Icebergs), Daniel Wilson (Huxtable) and Riccardo Momesso (Valentino).
With cocktails by award-winning bar tender, David Debattista. Nominated for Best Cocktail Maker of the Year 2014 by The Urban List.
Easter High Tea - InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
Get together with friends and family and spend time together over the Easter long weekend with Easter High Tea at Market Lane Bar at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto.
This special High Tea includes sumptuous Easter delicacies including marbled Easter bunnies filled with hazelnut praline from Gânache Chocolate, mini hot cross buns and hot cross bun macarons. Easter High Tea is available each day of the Easter long weekend and is the perfect way to spend Easter in Melbourne.
Please note bookings are essential.
Fed Square Laughter Club
Join in a 30 minute laughter session at Federation Square at 11:00am 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.
Easter Breakfast at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Have an Egg-cellent start to Easter this year and join in the fun at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium's Easter breakfast!
With arts and crafts activities for the kids and an Easter egg for every child, Easter breakfast at the aquarium is sure to bit a cracking good time for the whole family.
As well as a personal presentation from one of the aquarium's marine experts, this special experience is one not to be missed. Enjoy the sit down breakfast with friends and family, indulge in the pastries platters and fill up on breakfast before heading off to explore the 12 amazing zones of discovery at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium including the brand new exhibit 'Claws', opening 1 April featuring the world's largest species of crabs.
This special event includes:
Sit down breakfast (allocated tables) with [latter of pastries to the table and individually plated breakfast (kids meals for children under 12).
Unlimited juice, tea and coffee
Presentation by one of SEA LIFE Melbourne's marine experts
Art and craft activities for the kids
Bookings are essential. Please call or visit the website for more information.
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.
Crafty Mondays at Fed Square
Discover the creativity of embroidery with members from the Embroiderer's Guild of Victoria on the first Monday of each month. In these free sessions you can watch various techniques or stitch up a piece yourself.
Learn the old craft of crochet on the second Monday of each month with workshops led by a group of volunteer crochet enthusiasts who are making red crochet poppies for display on ANZAC Day 2015.
Explore the simple but intricate craft of basket making in a new program led by the weaving wonders from the Basketmakers of Victoria. Basket making classes run on the third Monday of each month.
Whether you are a knitting Nanna, cabling crusader or stitching superstar, bring your knitting needles to The Atrium on on the fourth Monday of each month to knit one, purl two under the guidance of experts from The Handknitters Guild.
Carmina or Blow Up
Between cigarettes at her kitchen table, Carmina, a 58-year-old tavern manager in Seville, tells her story.
Carmina have been struggling to support her family after her insurance company failed to pay compensation when the tavern was burgled. Desperate, Carmina decides to fake the perfect break-in to ensure an insurance payout.
While her plan unfolds, Carmina reflects on the crazy, tragic and comic situations that have piled up along the way.
Family and friends (many playing themselves) add authenticity to this incredibly funny, and unapologetically vulgar film which León maintains is based on his mother's real life.
The central, unstoppable force of the film is Carmina, a strong, coarse and unflinching woman. This is a film and a character that audiences will never forget.
Dreamer in Space at City Library
Enjoy brilliant black light and imaginative puppet theatre from Dream Puppets.
In this story Dreamer lives in the outback of Australia and has a hobby - astronomy. Dreamer's computer, via his satellite dish, picks up a message from an intelligent life form in a distant solar system. Dreamer who has his own space ship, decides to investigate.
Suits ages three and older.
Enhance the future of your child: opt for French.
Alliance Française de Melbourne offers French courses for children from the age of 3.
The programs are designed to expose early learners to French and provide them with basic skills through games and fun activities (mimes, drawing, craft, stories, songs, dancing). Children learn in a vibrant, playful and stimulating environment.
Enrollments are now open for Easter intensive classes from Mon April 7 – Fri April 10 (mornings) and Term 2 courses beginning Mon April 13.
Give your child the best start in life: opt for French and accompany your little one on a French journey s/he will never forget.
Les Petits loups : from 10.00am to 12.00pm
French is fun: from 10.00am to 1.00pm
Are you a Minecraft Master
North Melbourne Library is the place to be these school holidays when they host an inter-library Minecraftathon. Building skills are a must, as it will be library versus library at play.
Potential building projects include roller-coasters, libraries, adventure parks, burger restaurants, 7-Elevens, pools, schools of the future, animals and more.
For ages 8 to 15 years, bring your own laptop.
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 to 12:30pm.
All ages are welcome and bookings not required.
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 to 1:00pm. No bookings required.
All ages and skill levels welcome.
Award-winning cabaret lunatic Tomás Ford is losing control. His computers are broken, his songs are too weird and his charisma is backfiring. The show is imploding! Electric Cabaret is either the best party ever, or a one-hour nervous breakdown.
Electric Cabaret mixes the darkest depths of cabaret with pulsing synthy pop songs, David Lynch-inspired video projections and Tomás Ford’s one-of-a-kind brand of demented showmanship.
Part of the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Tomás Ford presents, as a part of the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Electric Cabaret.
Award-winning cabaret lunatic Tomás Ford is losing control. His computers are broken, his songs are too weird and his charisma is backfiring. The show is imploding. This is either the best party ever, or a one hour nervous breakdown.
Electric Cabaret is a unique experience that mixes the darkest depths of cabaret with pulsing pop songs, David Lynch-inspired video projections, and Tomás Ford's one-of-a-kind brand of demented showmanship.
Expert insight: Art, Fashion and Photography
Delve into art, fashion or photography at the Library as they reveal highlights from their incredible collection. These insightful sessions are inspired by their exhibition 'Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum', which showcases some of the world's finest book art, graphics, photography and illustration.
Expert insight: art, fashion and photography
Delve into art, fashion or photography at the Library as you discover highlights from this incredible collection.
These insightful sessions are inspired by State Library Victoria's exhibition Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum which showcases some of the world's finest book art, graphics, photography and illustration.
Hear from experts and see significant State Library books and artworks up close in one of three sessions.
Please see the website to book.
Fitness & Health Expo
If you are bored with your training schedule, want to start a new fitness kick or need valuable training or diet advice, then head to the ultimate workout for fitness, wellness and health - the Fitness & Health Expo - and find the best new fitness solution for you.
Try and test the absolute latest fitness equipment, accessories, classes and clothing, watch live sporting events and meet some of Australia's top fitness experts and athletes as they share their advice on leading a healthy lifestyle and maximising training results.
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General visitors can pre-book tickets online to avoid the queues. If you work in the industry, it is free to enter on the Friday if you pre-register online and provide the appropriate identification.
Crap Music Rave Party
Tomás Ford presents, as a part of the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Crap Music Rave Party.
Hit the dance floor for four nights only in the European Bier Café, the dumbest party ever with party monster Tomás Ford.
He will play any request - so long as it's crap.
Tomás Ford is best known as Australia's mad prince of alt-cabaret, but for these shows he tucks away his techno-crooning in favour of a ridiculous do-it-yourself spectacle; think handheld disco lights, boy band ballads, breakdance battles, trashy disco hits, Dannii Minogue lipsynchs, the tackiest imaginable video projections, glostick-friendly trance, new romantic nightmares, nightmare Eurovision flashbacks, hands in the air, horrific dubstep drops, imaginary laser shows and whatever else you may want.
If it sucks, he's in.
Sold out every night at Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Fringe World, in 2015 Crap Music Rave Party hits the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the first time.
You are welcome.
Bonsai Exhibition of Australian Native Plants
Visit a display of quality bonsai using Australian native trees in the picturesque Botanic Gardens.
Bonsai have been grown in Melbourne since the 1950s but only recently has the art embraced the use of Australian trees. See Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Banksia, Grevillea, Leptospermum and many other Australian trees in miniature at Victoria's premier native bonsai exhibition.
Anzac Centenary – Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance
See history come to life as the events of World War One are illustrated through storytelling and performance.
On the morning of 25 April 1915, allied troops came ashore at Gallipoli in an attempt to seize the peninsula. Mistakenly landing a mile from their target location, by evening over 2000 Australians had been killed or wounded.
From 2014 to 2018 Australia marks the centenary of World War One and the Gallipoli landing, a pivotal moment in forging our national identity.
Illustrating the stories and events of World War One, this special event will feature live storytelling and theatre performances, film screenings and readings from wartime diaries held in the State Library's collection. Join us to learn about Australia's past and reflect on the Anzac centenary.
This roadshow will travel to communities across Victoria from 2014 to 2015. This event is brought to you by the Victorian Government, Veterans Branch, Department of Premier and Cabinet as part of the Anzac centenary.
Crochet at Fed Square
Learn the old craft of crochet with free workshops at Fed Square.
Crochet workshops are led by a small group of volunteer crochet enthusiasts who are working towards making poppies for the "5000 Poppies project".
The project gives crafters of all persuasions an opportunity to contribute to a large community tribute of respect and remembrance to Australian servicemen and women who have fought in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
The original goal of the project was to create a field of 5000 poppies for display at Fed Square on ANZAC Day 2015, as part of Australia's 100th Anniversary commemoration of the Gallipoli landing. To date there has already been tens of thousands of crocheted, knitted and felted poppies collected and thousands more are expected by ANZAC Day 2015.
A Critique of Creationism
The Atheist Society is hosting a public lecture on A Critique of Creationism with Robert Bender from the Humanist Society of Victoria. The lecture will be followed by questions and discussion.
The Atheist Society is for atheists, agnostics and free thinkers who agree to disagree.
Coffee and conversation from early evening.
Start to build your family tree in this workshop - learn the principles of family history, access research resources and tour the Family History collection.
Recommended for beginners.
Australasian Quilt Convention
Australian event pieces together the world's best quilts.
Hundreds of hours, thousands of stitches and a considerable dollop of dedication has helped quilters to fabricate more than 350 exquisite quilts including many celebrating the ANZAC Centenary which will be on show at the biggest, most celebrated quilting event in the southern hemisphere, the 11th annual Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC).
Returning to Melbourne's historic World-Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, this year's AQC will offer a distinctly Australian spin on select quilts, with some Australian-themed exhibitions set to impress alongside a plethora of remarkable and unique modern, international, art and competition quilts.
Bringing the world of quilting to Australia, an inspiring spread of international and home spun tutors will also lead seminars and workshops for every skill level, while an exceptional array of approximately 100 specialty retailers from around the world will feature the latest quilting products and gadgets at the shopping expo.
Class Clowns National Grand Final
Fresh, funny and fearless, this comedy competition brings together teenage state finalists from around the country to bring on the jokes and battle it out for a $2,500 prize package.
If you really want to know what is going on, come and see the best new comic talent under 18 in this awe-inspiring event hosted by pop-music comedy duo Die Roten Punkte and featuring performances by YouTube sensation Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) and Andy Saunders (WhiteBLACKatcha).
Special guest judges include Joel Creasey.
Information on school booking forms (teachers go free), cheap tickets and travel for students in regional Victoria on the website.
Proudly supported by triple j and headspace.
Autumn plant sale
The Growing Friends' hold two public plant sales each year. These are the only opportunities for members of the public to buy rare plants propagated from Royal Botanic Gardens stock and not necessarily available at commercial nurseries.
Please visit the website for times. Free entry, plant prices vary.
Presented by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
The Battlefield Challenge is seven kilometres long with over 40 obstacles. The event is suitable for every level of fitness from first time mud runner/obstacle racer couch potato, to seasoned weekend warriors.
Designed and led by Soldier Dan you will take part in a genuine military themed obstacle course. Above all the course is a lot of fun and the perfect way to spend the day getting down and dirty with your mates. Clothes are provided for you to get dirty in.
Anzacs on the Wall
Once again the Shrine welcomes Jim Brown and Vince Brophy to perform on the Lone Pine Guitar. Singers, songwriters and entertainers, Jim and Vince present to us ANZAC On The Wall. Their performance includes songs, poems and stories about our ANZACs. The song The Anzac On The Wall is the story of Danny Clancy who, like so many young Australians, set off to fight in the First World War. Join us for this special performance in the lead up to Anzac Day. Bookings essential.
Presenters: Jim Brown and Vince Brophy
Entry is free, gold coin donations welcomed.
Chilli Chilli Bang Bang, test your pain threshold as Autumn heats up with Chilli Fest at the Immigration Museum this April.
With a reputation that has brought tears to the eyes of many brave souls and an ancestry that delves deep into ancient central American history, the Chilli is a favourite addition to many multicultural dishes throughout the world. As part of North South Feast West, the Immigration Museum continues to explore the world of food with Chilli Fest.
Watch as the courtyard is transformed into a hot and spicy mouth-watering bearbecue courtesy of Burn City Smokers in addition to some daring chilli cocktails and Hot Sauce market set to pack a punch.
A Chilli Cocktail Workshop with Fred Siggins will also be available on the day for an additional cost.
Beethoven Complete Incidental Music to Egmont
Beethoven Symphony No.9 'Choral'
Diego Matheuz conductor
William McInnes narrator
Susan Gritton soprano
Fiona Campbell mezzo-soprano
Bülent Bezdüz tenor
Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
On the eve of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, Diego Matheuz conducts Beethoven's music to Goethe's Egmont, a score that positively crackles with the play's rich themes of love and heroic defiance. The composer's Ninth Symphony, with its message of brotherhood and unity, makes a fitting concert companion.
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.
Film Screening: Gallipoli From Above
Gallipoli From Above follows the Australian officers who planned the landing at Anzac Cove and the aircrew whose flimsy flying machines brought back the much needed information on which those plans were based.
This one-hour documentary overturns many of the myths about the Gallipoli landing, that the Australians landed at dawn, on the wrong beach, with little knowledge of the Turkish defences and they were led by incompetent British officers. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. Director, Wain Fimeri, will join introduce the film.
Advanced Course on James Joyce's Ulysses
James Joyce's novel Ulysses presents many challenges for readers. This course builds on the introductory course, Ulysses for Beginning Readers.
This session will focus on the very challenging Stephen chapters of Ulysses, as well as the last two chapter of 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'.
The course will raise questions about Stephen's philosophy of art, and Joyce's own practice, and see where they are aligned and different. The style of the course will be interactive and collaborative, aiming to make independent readers of the novel.
Anglicare Victoria is searching for 300 courageous adventure seekers to abseil down a Melbourne skyscraper to raise funds for children in foster care.
Altitude Shift gives people the chance to test their nerve on St James building in Bourke Street, while raising funds for Victorian foster children.
The event is one of the most adventurous ways in which people can help a child in need. Altitude Shift will take you out of your comfort zone.
All money raised will go towards programs that create positive, lasting change in the lives of Victoria's most vulnerable children.
Anglicare Victoria aims to raise at least $200,000 from the 'bucket list' experience.
Do whatever you can to help you raise money - if you think dressing up as Superman will work, then do it.
Anglicare Victoria is Victoria's largest foster care provider, currently housing over 400 children per night. The placements and support services give stability and a sense of hope to children unable to live with their natural families.
Altitude Shift is open to anyone over 16 (with parental permission under 18), regardless of shape, fitness or ability. It's being run in conjunction with Zenith Events, an adventure/ abseil company with a 100 per cent safety record. Qualified abseil professionals will be on-site and will prepare and guide each participant on the day.
Charles Bean was Australia's greatest and most famous war correspondent. He is the man who told Australia about the horrors of Gallipoli and the Western Front, created the Anzac legend and was central to the creation of the Australian War Memorial.
Yet we know so little about the real man. Peter Rees gives us insight into a key figure who helped shape the emerging Australian identity.
Entry is free, gold coin donations welcomed.
Beethoven: The 1808 Vienna Concert
Beethoven's Sixth Symphony
Symphony No.6 Pastoral
Mass in C: Gloria
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
Piano Concerto No.4
Beethoven's Choral Fantasy
Mass in C: Sanctus and Benedictus
Fantasia for Piano
Diego Matheuz conductor
Saleem Ashkar piano
Susan Gritton soprano
Jacqueline Porter soprano
Fiona Campbell mezzo-soprano
Henry Choo tenor
Timothy Reynolds tenor
Christopher Richardson bass-baritone
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir
With a line-up of internationally acclaimed soloists and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir joining the Orchestra for this rare event, you are invited to sit back and relax in the company of one of music's greatest creative minds.
In December 1808, Beethoven - acting as promoter, conductor and concert pianist - staged a remarkable concert in Vienna's Theater an der Wien which premiered several of the most influential works in music history.
Works will be performed in the original order of the 1808 Concert. With time to catch up with fellow music-lovers for dinner and drinks during two extended interval breaks, this is a special night in the MSO's history not to be missed.
Backstreet Boys – In a World Like This Tour
It's time to clear your schedule for May because Backstreet Boys are back and they are bringing Kevin.
After reuniting with original member Kevin Richardson in 2013, all five original members recorded a new album, In a World Like This, and filmed a revealing documentary, Show Em What You're Made Of, while embarking on a sold-out tour across Europe and North America to crowds, celebrating 20 years of making music.
Now it's Australia's turn.
Selling more than 130 million albums worldwide, Backstreet Boys have been dominating the music scene for two decades. True entertainers, masters of some of the greatest pop songs ever recorded, their concerts are not to be missed.
Fiesta Malaysia 2015: Celebrating Diversity
Fiesta Malaysia is a distinguished event based in Melbourne, Australia which aim to promote Malaysia's famous multi-racial culture and society.
With the theme of Celebrating Diversity, Fiesta Malaysia is an exciting event that offers everyone the opportunity to experience a potpourri of sights, sound, taste and aroma of Malaysia.
It is presented with a familiar open house style which is a common practice in various Malaysian festivals that see family, friends and even the whole neighbourhood coming together to celebrate with great fun and laughter.
Being one of the flagship events proudly organised by the MCulture arm of Malaysian Students' Council of Australia, Victoria Fiesta Malaysia is proudly supported by the Malaysia Government, Australia Government, corporate partners, various university and non-university organisations as well as the local community.
Fiesta Malaysia promises a commixture of activities and indulgences that we are certain there will be something for everyone to enjoy with friends and family.
Design for Business: Research Conference
In its fifth year, this trans-disciplinary conference presents the latest studies on the role of design as a strategic resource in the development of new business platforms, communication strategies, products and services. This world class platform is held over two days and includes a Research Forum, Round Table Symposium and a number of networking opportunities.
An impressive line up of local and international scholars, academics and professionals will present rigorous academic research and business case studies on Business Model Design and Innovation, Design Thinking for Creative Entrepreneurs, Educating for Tomorrow, Digital Design Innovation, Food Design, Strategic Design, Consumer vs Customer vs User, Designing New Markets, Products and Packages, New Product Design and Innovation and Urban and Spatial Design and Innovation.
Do not miss your chance to make new contacts, reinvigorate old ones, discuss publishing opportunities, and join the conversation on the theory and practice of design and how the two can inform and interact with one another and offer strategic advantage that can lead to improved productivity and increased economic prosperity.
Business Advantage Breakfast Seminar
The Business Advantage 2015 is a breakfast seminar event run by a host and a panel of business leaders and speakers.
Hear the latest in global thinking about design's role as a strategic resource for building business advantage from past editor at Business Week and world-renowned author, Jay Greene, whose latest book, Design is How It Works, presents in-depth discussions with CEO's from design driven corporations and SME's across the world.
Jay will be joined by Twitter's Design Director, Miki Setlur, to look at how one of the world's largest and most successful social media platforms has integrated design into their DNA. Local business leaders will form a panel to explore how these global examples relate to the Australian context.
Contemporary Book Design: Panel Discussion
The State Library's exhibition Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum (from 20 March to 14 June) explores some of the world's finest examples of book design from across the ages.
Complementing the exhibition, this panel of experts will discuss the most interesting and challenging aspects of contemporary book design and the multitude of messages that a design can convey. Perfect for designers and design-lovers alike.
Presented as part of Melbourne International Design Week.
Contemporary book design: panel discussion
State Library Victoria's exhibition Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum explores some of the world's finest examples of book design from across the ages.
This panel of experts will discuss the most interesting and challenging aspects of contemporary book design and the multitude of messages that a design can convey. Perfect for designers and design-lovers alike.
Presented as part of Melbourne International Design Week.
Entertainment Design Masterclass
A rare opportunity to meet the creative leaders from the entertainment industry and learn from their experience. This Masterclass includes presentations and demonstrations by highly accomplished designers from Los Angeles based Gnomon School of Visual Effects, who will take you inside their personal projects and processes. Gnomon was founded as a professional training center for designers looking to advance their studies within the visual effects industry.
This masterclass brings to you the strategic thinking, practices, processes and workflows of some of the entertainment industry's most highly regarded designers.
These designers have contributed to Academy Award winning film titles and Triple A games, including Tomb Raider, Assassins Creed, The Last of Us, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Prometheus and Star Trek amongst many others.
Design Futures Secondary Schools Forum and Careers Expo
Design Futures 2015 is an informative and enthralling way for 2,500 secondary school students to discover the different design disciplines and choose a course. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of agIdeas, students will learn from a hand-picked line up of designers from across disciplines who stand out in the world for ideas and execution of work.
The Secondary School Forum assists in the transition from secondary into the tertiary education sector and explores pathways to a career in a broad range of design disciplines including communication design, branding and identity, product and industrial design, interactive and multimedia design and design for the built environment.
Students will also have the chance to navigate a Design Course Careers Expo at which universities, TAFE colleges and design academies set up information stalls sharing details about career pathways. The Secondary School Forum assists in the transition from secondary into the tertiary education sector and explores pathways to a career in a broad range of design disciplines including communication design, branding and identity, product and industrial design, interactive and multimedia design and design for the built environment.
Beethoven's Symphony No. 7
One of the world's most sought-after composers, Matthias Pintscher, returns to conduct the Australian premiere of idyl, a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra co-commission with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
This program also includes Beethoven's majestic Seventh Symphony.
Japanese-Canadian violinist Karen Gomyo joins the Orchestra for Saint-Sae?ns's eloquent Third Violin Concerto, in her first appearance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Facts to Fiction creative writing workshop
Have you ever read a newspaper article and thought it would make a good book? Author Lisa Lang knows how to turn the bones of fact into rich and compelling fiction.
Lisa is teaching a one-day workshop for people who want to draw on real stories, a slice of history, a family tale, a newspaper article to create a short story or novel.
Dome to dungeons tour
Take a tour behind the scenes and explore the Library from top to bottom.
This is a rare opportunity to sneek a peek behind the scenes at the iconic State Library. Through the Library's historic building, from the dome to the basement and every nook in between. See a different side of the Library, such as collection storage areas not usually open to the public, an aerial view of the dome from the Library's 6th floor and the original Melbourne Museum catacombs.
Presented as part of Library and Information Week, which showcases library resources, facilities, events, contacts and services.
Australia's hottest new creative team, Helpmann Award winning Dean Bryant and Andrew Hallsworth stage a brand new production of Cole Porter's delightful and de-lovely musical Anything Goes.
This smash hit musical comedy, Anything Goes sets sail for Melbourne from May and touring to Brisbane from July and Sydney from September 2015.
Multi-award winning and internationally esteemed Caroline O'Connor and the critically acclaimed and hilarious Todd McKenney will be joined at sea by Alex Rathgeber (The Phantom of the Opera - London, An Officer and a Gentleman), Claire Lyon (The Phantom of the Opera - World Tour, Love Never Dies), Wayne Scott Kermond (The Producers, Singin' in the Rain), Carmen Duncan (A Country Practice, Winners & Losers), Debora Krizak (A Chorus Line, The Producers) and Australia's most popular talkback presenter, Alan Jones.
This is a first class musical extravaganza, a ship-shape production that will have you all at sea if you miss out on a ticket.
Britten's War Requiem
Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, a haunting piece interweaving the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead with the works of First World War poet Wilfred Owen, is paired with the profoundly moving Elegy in memoriam Rupert Brooke.
Written by an Australian composer stationed in Gallipoli, shortly before his death at the Battle of the Somme, the elegy makes for a stirring memorial to one of the defining conflicts of the twentieth century.
This performance is brought to you by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus in partnership with the National Boys Choir of Australia, conductor Sir Andrew Davis, soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya, tenor Ian Bostridge and bass baritone Dietrich Henschel.
Curator Tour: Galleries of Remembrance
Join the Shrine's Manager of Exhibitions, Jean McAuslan, and her team for a curator's talk and tour of the new Galleries of Remembrance.
Over 800 objects, photographs, uniforms and works of art are displayed in permanent and temporary exhibition spaces. The exhibitions illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice.
There are limited spaces available. Please see the website for more information.
An Evening with Chris Botti
Join Grammy Award-winning trumpet virtuosi Chris Botti and his seven-piece band, returning to Melbourne for one night only.
Please visit the website for further information and to book for this great event.
Babe The Twentieth Anniversary Concert
George Miller's Babe, the 1995 family movie about a pig who wants to be a sheepdog conceived by writer / producer George Miller and director Chris Noonan, is an icon of Australian cinema.
To coincide with its twentieth anniversary, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and original soundtrack composer, Nigel Westlake, join forces to present the world premiere of Babe: The Twentieth Anniversary Concert.
This is an exclusive, all-ages screening with Nigel Westlake conducting the Orchestra in a performance of the film's score adapted especially for the concert hall.
David Bowie is
Put on your red shoes and celebrate 50 years of one of the era's most influential artists in rock, pop, fashion and performance. This acclaimed immersive, multi-media exhibition from London's Victoria and Albert Museum includes costumes, original stage set designs, handwritten lyric sheets, album artwork, rare film, video and photographs. Book ahead.
2015 International Champions Cup
Nine Touring and Events, TLA Worldwide and RSE Ventures are bringing the most significant football event ever to be seen in this country, The International Champions Cup Australia, presented by Audi, to Melbourne in 2015.
The highly anticipated competition will feature three of the best football teams in the world; Real Madrid CF, Manchester City FC and AS Roma. It will be the first and perhaps the only time that football fans have the opportunity to see this inimitable group of European league champions compete in Australia.
Supported by the Victorian Government all three matches will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the International Champions Cup expands to include an Asia Pacific tournament running in parallel with the established US competition.
The competition will be fierce, with all three participating clubs presently vying for their respective national titles. Currently, AS Roma are second in Serie A, Real Madrid lead La Liga and Manchester City are second in the EPL.
The opening match will see champions of Europe, Real Madrid clash with Italian super club AS Roma. The historic opening match will showcase world class football talent like never before.
Melbourne City's sister club, Manchester City, will face off against AS Roma in what will be an entertaining match played in the open and attacking style of football that both clubs are known for.
The final match is a must-see for any sports fan. World famous Real Madrid will go head to head with Manchester City in one of the largest football matches ever played outside of Europe.
Get in early to ensure you secure the best seat in the house.
Beethoven and Mozart
Copland's Appalachian Spring is a defining work of the twentieth century, evocatively capturing the wide-open spaces of frontier America.
Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor, a work that inspired a young Beethoven, is complemented by the latter composer's majestic Seventh Symphony.
An Evening with Renée Fleming
Strauss Intermezzo: Four Symphonic Interludes
Canteloube A selection from Chants d'Auvergne
Various A selection of celebrated arias from the operatic repertoire
Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Renée Fleming soprano
Famed for her magnetic performances and sheer beauty of tone, celebrated American soprano Rene?e Fleming joins the MSO and Sir Andrew Davis for two Australian exclusive orchestral concerts. This special event sees Fleming perform her signature works, including Ravel's sensual song cycle She?he?razade, the luxurious melodies of Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne and a selection of beloved arias from the operatic repertoire.
2015 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival
Melbourne staged its first marathon in 1978 on a course that began in Frankston, headed up Nepean Highway and finished outside the Melbourne Town Hall. Over 2000 runners took part in the inaugural event, which has since been held every year.
In 2012 the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival made history, becoming the largest Marathon in Australia with 7,112 participants entering the event. The event retained its title in 2013 with 8,066 entries in the marathon and 6,857 finishers.
The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival offers a choice of five distances - the Medibank Melbourne Marathon (42.195 kilometre), Flight Centre Half Marathon (21.1 kilometre), The Coffee Club 10 kilometre, ASICS five kilometre Run and ASICS three kilometre Walk
Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade
The Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade, proudly supported by the City of Melbourne, will see tens of thousands of people, once again line Swanston Street for an exciting parade of thoroughbred, jockeys, trainers and celebrity guests.
This free event commences at noon. All are welcome to enjoy the free entertainment and last-minute interviews with Emirates Melbourne Cup trainers and jockeys.
Come and celebrate the 155th Emirates Melbourne Cup and feel the anticipation and excitement on the City of Melbourne streets in the build up to the race that stops a nation.
Basically Beethoven '2'
Thriving in a festival-like atmosphere, Selby and Friends concerts create a strong and intimate connection with the audience, allowing the performers to share not only their brilliance and flair but also warmth, humour and personal musical experiences.
In 2015 they welcome back many favourite artists and present several stunning new guests artists, whose performances are much anticipated.
Boxing Day Test - International Cricket 2015/16
There are few events in the Australian sporting calendar that evoke as much passion as International Cricket.
Cricket Australia offers a range of options for individuals, groups and organisations looking to attend.