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Here are some of the many cultural and sporting events coming up in the city and around Victoria:
Herbarium Discovery Walk
The Herbarium Discovery Walk turns the Herbarium inside out, with signs and displays that highlight the fascinating work of Royal Botanic Gardens' scientists and showcase the Herbarium collections.
Explore the work of scientists at Victoria's main plant biodiversity research centre, the National Herbarium of Victoria, for a glimpse into Australia's oldest and most comprehensive collection of preserved plants and fungi.
Open every day from 7:30am to sunset.
Free Secular and Democratic: Building the Public Library 1853-1913
Discover the cultural centrepiece of 19th-century Melbourne and the grand vision that inspired it.
This free exhibition traces the first 60 years of the Melbourne Public Library (now the State Library of Victoria), from its founding in 1853 to the opening of the magnificent dome in 1913. The Library and the cultural institutions that shared its site - the museum, gallery and art schools - were established by a group of colonial liberals including judge Sir Redmond Barry and architect Joseph Reed. They aimed to create a civic centre that was secular, democratic and enlightened.
The exhibition is curated by Harriet Edquist, Professor of Architecture at RMIT, as part of the Library's Dome Centenary celebrations.
Experience 130 years of history - Hotel Windsor High Tea
The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1883.
Our luxury hotel in Melbourne serves its renowned afternoon tea of freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches on tiered silver stands daily.
Upon arrival at The Hotel Windsor Melbourne, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, whilst afternoon delicacies and unlimited freshly brewed tea and coffee is brought to your table.
Vegetarian and gluten free options can be catered for at no extra cost. Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
Our Luxury Melbourne hotel Afternoon Tea is served in our signature Melbourne hotel restaurant, 111 Spring Street every day of the week.
Please contact reservations for more details regarding session times.
Reservations are essential. We recommend at least three to four weeks advance notice for weekend bookings.
Gigi Scaria: Dust
This major solo project will present new painting, photography, installation, sculpture and video works by leading New Delhi-based artist Gigi Scaria.
Scaria's interests span art history, architecture, planning, sociology and anthropology. Through his inventive, materially wide-ranging practice, he engages with some of the most pressing issues of our time: urban growth, migration, and social displacement and alienation.
Gigi Scaria's experience of moving from his village in the verdant southern state of Kerala to New Delhi, India's sprawling national capital, has informed his current project, which focuses on ideas about the land and geography. His new work explores the 'impermanence' and shifting patterns of the land and its ecological systems, the experience of indigenous inhabitants and later immigrant arrivals.
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.
Faith, Fashion, Fusion – Muslim Women's Style in Australia
Australian Muslim women dress in diverse styles and are increasingly choosing to engage with global fashion trends while also expressing their faith. This exhibition at the Immigration Museum explores an emerging modest fashion market and the work of a new generation of fashion designers, retailers and bloggers offering stylish clothing and fashion advice to Muslim women.
Faith, fashion and Muslim identity are further explored in the exhibition through the experiences and achievements of a group of Australian Muslim women. Their stories reflect on the diversity of the Muslim community and the importance of the Muslim faith in all aspects of their lives.
HK ID – Hong Kong Identity
This exhibition at the Chinese Museum presents a selection of work by local and international contemporary photographers exploring Hong Kong Identity after fifteen years have passed since the handing over of Hong Kong as a British Colony to Chinese rule.
During this time, the people of Hong Kong have been reflecting upon their transformed identities under these new social and political circumstances.
The photography in this show explores the transitions of this cultural shift, making investigations from the pluralist perspective of artists living in Hong Kong, and artists who frequently visit, or have a cultural connection to Hong Kong.
Chinese Museum Kids’ Trails
The Chinese Museum has launched two new Kids Trails for children up to 12 years of age. Download the trail before your visit to the Museum and make the most out of it!
Seven years and under Kids' Trail encourages your little ones to explore the Museum through light, touch and conversation. 8-12 year olds are able to discover through enquiry and self-directed learning.
Kids' Trails are available online and is free with admission.
Fitness at Fed Square
Get active with free fitness classes at Federation Square, led by health coaches and fitness instructors from Healthy Lifestyle Lounge.
These classes, aimed to help city workers keep fit and healthy, include circuit-based exercise which incorporates body weight exercises, cardio training and core strength movements.
Classes are simple, fun and great for invigorating the mind, body and soul. All ages and fitness levels welcome.
African Drumming at Fed Square
Are you ready to dance to the beat of your own drum? Then take part in a series of African Drumming workshops led by Asanti Dance Theatre at Fed Square.
Asanti Dance Theatre is an internationally recognised African drum and dance performance company.
The highly energetic ensemble will give you an unforgettable experience of African music and culture fused with the contemporary influences of Australia.
Fed Square Live
Soak up the summer evenings with weekly acoustic and semi-acoustic performances featuring some of Melbourne's most talented artists.
Presented by Melodic Music and MCS Music Group, Fed Square's free live music series features a huge line-up of independent and emerging acts that will launch you into the heart of Melbourne's music scene.
Unwind after-work by pulling up a deck chair and immersing yourself in a sonic feast of live unplugged music. Or take in the sounds with a well earned beverage from one of Fed Square's restaurants and bars.
Melbourne-based artist Zoë Croggon holds her second solo exhibition, Deuce, at Daine Singer. She is concurrently included in the National Gallery of Victoria's survey of contemporary art, Melbourne Now. Croggon is a finalist in the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize and is working towards a major new work to be exhibited for the prize at the Ian Potter Art Museum in 2014.
Zoë Croggon works with sculpture, video, drawing and primarily, collage. Her work brings different worlds and moments into collision, suggesting unexpected affinities of energy and form. Croggon's collages are composed of images gleaned from sources such as sports encyclopedias, photography manuals, film stills and dance catalogues. By exploring texture, light, and form through visual comparison and by making fluid or discordant juxtapositions and connections, she rouses the possibilities of metamorphosis and abstraction.
In the practice of collage, the identity of an object is suspended between its original context and the new conceptual whole in which it is set. An object in a collage surrenders its identity and function and undergoes an aesthetic transformation. Croggon is particularly interested in exploring the possibilities of subconscious perception and the power of suggestion over actual resemblance.
Exercise your mind, body and soul with free Qigong classes every Friday morning at Fed Square.
Qigong combines integrated physical movement, mental cultivation and regulated breathing. In traditional Chinese medicine the flow of energy, Qi (Chi) along channels in the body is viewed as central to a person's health and wellbeing, with illness being attributed to restricted or blocked Qi flow.
Learn to regulate your Qi with expert instructors from Tai Chi Australia. You can also join instructors from Tai Chi Australia every Tuesday for free Tai Chi classes at Fed Square.
Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels.
All that Glitters
All that Glitters showcases costumes from Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection that were designed to create a spectacle on stage.
The exhibition celebrates the vision behind these costumes, the creativity and skill of those who created them and the show-stopping performances that brought them to life.
This exhibition is free.
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!
City of Melbourne Christmas Festival
Melbourne is the home of Christmas in 2013 and to celebrate, the City of Melbourne has unveiled a month of free family entertainment throughout the city.
Christmas arrives on Friday 29 November, when City Square becomes Christmas Square, a dazzling wonderland that is the home of Christmas in Melbourne.
Christmas Square stars our beautifully decorated 9.2 metre living tree and a 'Where's Rudolph?' maze, where children can find Rudolph and his reindeer friends.
Santa takes time out from his busy schedule to meet and have his photo taken with the children of Melbourne for free from his special Christmas Square house every day until December 24. Santa's Post Box, supported by Australia Post, lets children post Santa a letter with their Christmas wishes.
The heart of Christmas in Melbourne, Christmas Square and Town Hall are the perfect place to get into the spirit of the season and set out to explore a trail of free events and decorations throughout the city.
By day, Town Hall is gift-wrapped and guarded by our famous 3m-tall Nutcracker soldiers. By night, it comes to life with awe-inspiring digital projections to reveal a uniquely Melbourne Christmas tale.
Other highlights of the City of Melbourne's Christmas include a Nativity Scene blessing and stunning decorations in the central city, Docklands, North Melbourne and Kensington.
Melbourne is also the home of Christmas shopping, with exclusive shopping events such as the Flinders Lane late-night shopping event on Thursday, November 28 and The Big Design Market on 6-8 December at the Royal Exhibition Building.
A full range of Christmas events, activities, festive offers and a Christmas decorations map is available on the website.
Chen Ping: To Feel, To Fly Preview
Chen Ping previews his new series at MiFA Gallery in his first Melbourne show since participating in Personal Structures at the 55th Venice Biennale of Art. His show is part of Multicultural Arts Victoria's Mapping Melbourne Festival celebrating the influence of contemporary Asian cultures on Melbourne.
Chen Ping is an artist with a truly unique perspective of painting as he was born in China and but now calls Australia home. He considers his work to be the product of existing between two different cultures and societies. In this series Chen explores new realities and encourages people to use their imaginations.
The centrepiece of Melbourne's Christmas decorations program, City Square will be transformed into a magical wonderland: Christmas Square.
Visitors can find Rudolph and his reindeer friends amongst the hedge maze, view a traditional nativity scene and an interactive story book, plus visit Santa in his house.
By night, experience daily sound and light shows, which bring a very special atmosphere to the city.
Gingerbread Village by Epicure
The award-winning pastry chefs at Epicure's Culinary Centre present an even bigger gingerbread village, displayed at a new venue at the Melbourne Town Hall from Sunday 1 December 2013.
Under the guidance of Asia-Pacific chocolate master Deniz Karaca, Epicure's executive pastry chef, the village will be built entirely out of gingerbread and will include popular iconic Melbourne landmarks including old favourites Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Luna Park, plus two new surprise additions.
There will be even more fun and mischievous characters to see in 2013 alongside a working water mill and special Christmas train. With plenty of treats for the kids, the Gingerbread Village by Epicure is sure to add smiles to everyone's festive season and delight both the young and young at heart.
Entry to the Gingerbread Village by Epicure is by a nominal gold coin donation that will in turn be donated to Make-A-Wish Australia.
Looking for delicious Christmas gifts? Epicure's pastry chefs will also be baking delicious treats that can be purchased at the village.
As part of Spirit of the Square, Federation Square invites you to enjoy your favourite festive songs performed by community Choirs.
Listen to your favourite festive songs each day with free performances by community choirs throughout the Square.
This event runs daily, however please refer to website for full program details.
In 2013, ADEC will again be proudly presenting ArtAbility to the public, with support from the City of Melbourne.
This exhibition unites a range of talented artists of all ages, from a variety of cultures, from all over Melbourne and Victoria, creating works on the theme of 'destinations'.
ArtAbility is now in its ninth year. It provides a high-profile platform for artists to express themselves in a way that transcends language, race, age, physical and mental health challenges.
Many up-and-coming artists have gone on to host their own exhibitions after taking part in ArtAbility. Artworks have been purchased by many high-profile customers and are on display in public and corporate venues around Melbourne.
Back and Beyond
Showing in December at the Gallery at City Library, Back and Beyond by Toby Dutton.
Toby's work displays scenes from everyday life, capturing the mood of the moment within a familiar perspective. In many of the pieces the subject is walking away from the observer, lending an element of mystery.
Launch on Thursday 5 December, 6pm to 7.30pm.
A Dream Named Human Tree
Close your eyes and take a deep breath while sitting under the shadow of a tree in a summer afternoon, you will have a dream. Dino Hien's exhibition at Gallery One Three, A Dream Named Human Tree, tells a story of the fusion of humans and trees to sustain nature and cultural identity.
The work combines Vietnamese and Australian Indigenous culture through the use of national flowers.
Dino Hien has exhibited in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and Melbourne. This exhibition is supported by the City of Melbourne through the arts grants program.
An Evening With Hoges
From the Harbour Bridge to Hollywood and everything in between, he made us proud to be Australian, sold our image around the world and broke down barriers like no other.
Now, after 40 years of making people laugh, gossip and accuse, Hoges is preparing to again do what he's always done best, to simply entertain.
Come and join Aussie Icon Paul Hogan as he hits the Princess Theatre stage with 'An Evening with Hoges' hilariously reminiscing through a most extraordinary life.
A Muppet Christmas Carol
Along with everyone's favourite Muppets, Michael Caine plays the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge - an old penny-pincher couldn't care less about Christmas - in this adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story.
Working for the skinflint is Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a holiday on Christmas Day. Scrooge reluctantly agrees and goes home on Christmas Eve angry at the festive merrymakers.
However a visit by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, forces Scrooge to face his sorrowful past and its consequences.
The festive season just wouldn't be the same without some Muppet magic.
A Lady in Paris - Film
Octogenarian screen icon Jeanne Moreau was the subject of an eclectic ACMI retrospective earlier this year, which charted Moreau's star-making French New Wave period of the 1960s.
In A Lady in Paris, the French acting legend plays a prickly Estonian émigré, Frida, who has abandoned all ties to her homeland and become every inch a glamorous, pampered Parisienne.
Still very much devoted to a considerably younger former lover, Stephane (Patrick Pineau), Frida challenges his not entirely altruistic efforts to improve her domestic circumstances with a fierce resistance.
Estonian actress Laine Magi is wonderfully sympathetic as Frida's live-in carer, Anne, a patient, steadfast foil to Moreau's formidable on screen prima donna.
Festive Foodie Market
Fed Square does Christmas a little bit differently, with Spirit of the Square. To get in to the festive season, Federation Square is throwing a Festive Foodie Market.
Browse through a Christmas food market that includes festive offerings from Fed Square's many restaurants and cafes.
For more information on this event, visit the website.
Fed Square Book Market
Love books? Then join Melbourne's bibliophiles at the Fed Square Book Market, one of the largest weekly book markets in Melbourne, in The Atrium at Fed Square.
Each week you can immerse yourself in over 5000 new and pre-loved titles, including literature, history, gardening, travel, art and kids stories.
The Book Market regularly features around fifteen of Melbourne's most experienced book dealers as well as authors and illustrators.
As part of the Spirit of the Square, Federation Square do Christmas a little differently. Take in the Square in a different light, take a quirky photo of you and the family among the trees with free family portrait services every weekend thanks to The Projects.
Please refer to website for more information on this event.
Christmas with the Croc at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Perfect for smaller corporate groups celebrating the end of 2013, Christmas with the Croc is your chance to party the night away at Melbourne's most jaw-some event!
In the close company of Melbourne's mega croc Pinjarra, enjoy the spectacular Oyster Bar, all-inclusive menu of hot and cold canapés and frosty delights at the ice-cream station. Dance to live music all night long, plus enjoy unlimited refreshments including beer, sparkling wine, red and white wine, soft drinks, juice and mineral water.
Bosnia & Herzegovina Festival and Women's Songs CD Launch
Get a taste for the food, arts and culture of Bosnia & Herzegovina at this festival, which will also incorporate the launch of Jasna Dolic's 'Women's Songs CD.
This event is a celebration of the positives of life by women artists whom collaborate and exchange ideas in multicultural Melbourne.
There will be an exhibition and sale of Australian-made gifts, as well as traditional craft, arts, food by Yassna's Pitteria, saz playing, dance, singing, gymnastics, music, stories and ensembles.
Hello Music Carols by Daylight
Hello Music Carols by Daylight is a sing along Christmas variety concert featuring both emerging and professional talent including the Australian Schools Orchestra Project, Hello Music Land friends Dimmie Drum and Penny Piano and, of course, Santa Claus!
The event supports Western Chances and Australian Schools Orchestra Project and is televised.
Fed Square Laughter Club
Join in a 30 minute laughter session at Federation Square at 11am on the first and third Sunday of each month.
Laughter Clubs come together for a session and people laugh for no reason without having to resort to jokes or humour. The sessions last about half an hour and are mostly held outdoors. They are run along the lines established by Dr Madan Kataria, who founded the global laughter movement 14 years ago with one club, and there are now over 5,000 clubs worldwide.
Everyone is welcome to experience first-hand the fun of a laughter session, and gain the benefits of laughter, which improves the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health of individuals, workplaces, and society.
Cathexis is a new project initiated by four of Melbourne's most innovative performers. They come together at fortyfivedownstairts to explore new possibilities in collaboration and interpretation of the music of our time.
All core members of Cathexis are widely respected in the field of classical music and improvisation, each having gained a profile nationally and internationally as well as being renowned for risk-taking in their art form. Come experience and be immersed in the world that Cathexis will create - with special guest artist Renae Shadler.
Candlelit Carols at La Trobe's Cottage
Celebrate Melbourne's first Christmas tree with distinguished soprano Merlyn Quaife AM, accompanied by a delightful choir.
The La Trobe family introduced the European idea of the Christmas tree to the Port Phillip District in the early 1840s and in letters home Swiss-born Sophie wrote of happy family Christmases at their cottage. On this special musical evening the Cottage will be illuminated and decorated in the traditional way.
Refreshments with a festive flavour will also be served. Bring a picnic to enjoy beforehand in the picturesque cottage grounds.
Big Screen Gaming at Federation Square
Challenge your friends and beat your high score with free gaming sessions on the Big Screen at Fed Square!
Claim your spot on the couch and enjoy classic arcade games and new releases. Button mashers and motion trackers of all ages welcome.
View the schedule of sessions online at fedsquare.com/gaming
Fed Square Outdoor Cinema
Held as part of Spirit of the Square, Federation Square is showing Christmas classics as well as block-buster successes on the Big Screen and it's all for free.
So pull up a deck chair, sit back and relax as you enjoy a great movie.
For further information on this event or full program details, visit the website.
Christmas Cupcake Decorating Workshop
Ever looked into the window at The Cupcake Family and wished you could make such beautiful little pieces of edible art? Now is your chance.
The kitchen experts from The Cupcake Family are opening their book of tips and tricks to run a masterclass in cupcake making. Learn to create four of their Christmas cupcakes, working with a combination of fondant and butter icings.
At the end of the workshop you walk home with a box of six Christmas-themed cupcakes of your own creation to either give away as a nice gift, or keep for yourself!
Christmas Auction: Typhoon Haiyan Appeal
This Christmas season MiFA Gallery would like to invite you to join in for a charity auction.
This event is in support of the Filipino people who have been recently affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, also known as "Typhoon Yolanda" in the Philippines. This will be a light evening with friends and colleagues to end 2013.
All proceeds will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.
MiFA Gallery is happy to announce that we have the support of John Ainger, E.J. Aingers Auction Rooms, who will be the official auctioneer for the night. Their other supporters include Kabo Lawyers, Mering Corporation, Kozminsky, and MiFA artists who will be donating exciting works for auction.
Bazaar Tales Storytelling
Bazaar Tales is a live story-telling show that brings together some of Australia's (and the world's) best storytelling comedians, musicians, writers, poets, taxi drivers, journalists and eccentrics to tell their very best stories based on a different theme every show.
Bazaar Tales runs on the first and third Tuesday of every month and entry is completely free.
The first and third Tuesday of each month.
Fun with Festive Trims Craft Workshop for Kids
Kimono House open their studio doors for a program of fun craft classes, starting with Christmas Trims in December. Classes are suitable for children aged between five to eight years and nine to twelve years. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Morning session for children five to eight years and afternoon session for children nine to twelve years.
All materials provided.
Blender Lane Artist Market
Blender Lane Artists Market is an Art and Design Market located in one of Melbourne's most iconic street-art covered laneway.
Although competing with Vic Market's iconic Wednesday night stroll, there's nothing mainstream or over whelming here. Small stalls of independent, local artists with reasonably priced goods, and all the time in the world for a good chin wag.
Don't miss out on having a sneak peak into the studio's artists' space too. The walls are cluttered with unfinished pieces and random sketches, and the diverse creative spaces give you a glimpse into the daily happenings of these talented folk.
Don't miss out! This can't be kept secret for long.
Wednesday nights from 5pm to 10pm.
Five Boroughs Comedy
Melbourne's best quality night of comedy is here! Every Thursday night in the city, Five Boroughs Comedy has some of the biggest names in Australian comedy, in a funky inner-city surrounding.
Get out of the house on Thursday night, get dinner and watch big television and radio names, plus some of the best new Melbourne faces, at Five Boroughs Comedy!
Five Boroughs has hosted Dave Hughes, Jimeoin, Adam Hills, Sarah Silverman, Wil Anderson, Claire Hooper, Frank Woodley, Charlie Pickering, Glenn Robbins, Hannibal Buress, Tom Ballard, Dave Callan and heaps more!
Film Clip Launch – Other Side of the Room
Ilbijerri Theatre Company welcomes you to the launch of Jessie Lloyd's music clip Other Side of the Room.
This event, with Lisa Maza as MC, will also feature performances from Jessie Lloyd, Deline Briscoe, Emma Donovan and Skin Choir as well as a Welcome to Country from Aunty Di Kerr.
This project is supported by the City of Melbourne 2013 Indigenous Arts grants program.
Christmas Terrarium Workshop
Learn to make your very own sphere terrarium with air plants and nature's own decorative embellishments.
Mix pine cones, tropical nuts, cinnamon sticks and more with air plants to create your own glass hanging terrarium. Makes a great gift idea for Christmas.
Light snacks and refreshments will be served throughout this workshop.
Christmas Wrapping & Tags Craft Workshop
A hands-on workshop, held at QV Square, where you'll turn your gift wrapping and tags from drab to fab without spending a fortune.
Bring along two to three Christmas gifts to be wrapped and learn how to:
- choose the perfect colour palette and Christmas wrapping theme
- simple ways to make your wrapping unique, special and personal
- the basic rules to creating gorgeous Christmas tags
- how to tackle odd shaped objects
- take-home inspiration mood boards and ideas
- where to find the best Christmas craft goodies in town
This year your gifts will be the best looking goodies under the tree.
ACO Christmas Oratorio
This Christmas, hear Bach's joyful telling of the Christmas story. The Christmas Oratorio comprises six cantatas, each depicting a scene from Christ's birth.
Richard Tognetti directs from the lead violin with his trademark infectious vigour. Those who attended our recent Beethoven 9 concerts will attest to Richard's captivating ability to marshal orchestral and choral forces. A review in The Age read: 'Tognetti's direction energised all his artists to deliver a jubilant performance'.
We are joined by acclaimed singers from the Choir of London who are hand-picked from Britain's leading choral baroque specialists, professional choirs and opera companies. This performance of the Christmas Oratorio, in the week before Christmas is an event not to be missed.
Great Expectations - Film
Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) follows in the cinematic footsteps of directors David Lean and Alfonso Cuaron (among notable others who have adapted Dickens for the screen) with a dazzling new version of Charles Dickens' enduring literary classic.
Cast in the role of the adult, orphaned Pip - whose fortunes Dickens' tale charts, is talented young British actor Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, The Railway Man). The film takes us on Pip's journey from a rough start in life to his ascent in society as a gentleman of means, 'raised up' by a mysterious benefactor.
Veteran thespians, including Robbie Coltrane as Jaggers, Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, make their mark in an impressive cast that also includes Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) and Holliday Grainger (who played Lucrezia Borgia in Neil Jordan's made-for-TV The Borgias).
Fallout - Film
Melbourne filmmaker Lawrence Johnston (Eternity, Night) has crafted a timely reminder of the dangers of nuclear armament as well as a fitting tribute to prolific British-Australian novelist, Nevil Shute.
Fallout provides a comprehensive backdrop for the screen adaptation of On the Beach (screening alternate weeks) by Stanley Kramer.
Featuring interviews with key cast members Gregory Peck and Donna Anderson and some wonderfully nostalgic amateur footage of Melbourne and its surrounds, this documentary captures a moment in time when Melbourne was a very different city to what it is today.
Christmas Corals at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Are you part of a small team and looking for somewhere to kick start the summer party season? Don't miss Christmas Corals at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium's all-new Coral Atoll event space.
The event includes a delicious sit-down three-course dinner in the close company of some of the most magnificent tropical animals in the world, plus Melbourne's very own mega croc, Pinjarra!
Bank Street Market
The Bank Street Market is set in the heritage grounds of the South Melbourne Commons. The Market runs on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am - 2pm.
Wander around inside the hall, the courtyard and garden stalls to see some of the best vintage, handmade, homemade, vintage, antique and flea stalls in Melbourne.
Have breakfast or lunch in the Commons Cafe and check out the children's workshop space upstairs.
A Swingin' Bella Christmas
Hark! It's the return of A Swingin' Bella Christmas, with your host Casey Bennetto, accompanied by the cracking Bella All-Star Band (Ben Hendry, Vincenzo Ruberto, Enio Pozzebon, Ross McFerran, Matt Bird and Mal Webb).
Enjoy a finger-snappin', toe-tappin' romp through traditional carols, modern favourites and specially-written original songs of the season.
Casey and the band will be joined by guests Eddie Perfect, Ali McGregor, Virginia Gay, Steven Gates, Simon Hall and Scott Edgar, all ready to share the spirit of the season and celebrate the end of the year.
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.
Cricket's Family Day at the 'G
Kick-start school holidays with Family Day at the 'G! With an action-packed summer of cricket ahead, what better way to start the school holidays than with an awesome day of family fun at the MCG where kids can meet their cricket idols!
Children can look forward to non-stop excitement as well as the chance to meet members Australian and English cricket teams during an autograph signing session. If that wasn't enough, there will also be an opportunity to walk onto the hallowed turf of the MCG for a photo, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Family Day at the 'G is set to provide endless fun for everyone. With a range of activities planned for the concourse and training sessions scheduled for both teams, there is sure to be something to entertain cricket fans both big and small!
Give your kids a start to the school holidays they'll never forget!
Set your sights on Christmas lights and join in an evening of merriment to celebrate the Christmas season with good friends and good cheer at Billboard the Venue.
Getting you into the Xmas spirit this year will be Santa's little helpers, and whether you've been naughty or nice, Kandy Clause is bound to make an appearance.
Featuring DJ Isaac from the Netherlands, at the forefront of harder dance music and one of the founders of Hardstyle, and Nick the Kid from the UK, having made an Australia debut at last year's Christmas Kandy and bringing to a close one of his most successful years to date.
Christmas Day Dinner Buffet at Gallery Restaurant
At Gallery Restaurant; look no further for a stylish Christmas Day celebration featuring the finest local ingredients.
Bonbons, roving carollers and a visit from Santa Claus with a gift for the kids will ensure you have a memorable, hassle-free celebration.
Overlooking the lush Fitzroy Gardens, this popular restaurant offers mouth-watering cuisine with exquisite wines in a relaxed setting.
The Christmas Day menu includes:
- Seasonal seafood station with fresh prawns, mussels, oysters and crab
- Carving station with honey glazed ham, roasted turkey and baked salmon
- Hot station with slow-cooked wagyu bourguignon and more
- Salad station with seasonal vegetables and Christmas specials including seafood, pumpkin fetta and potato salads
- Festive desserts including Christmas pudding, petite fours, cakes and an ice cream parlour
- Selected beer, wine and soft drinks
Christmas Day at Dish Restaurant
Spend Christmas Day at dish and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival and a spectacular three-course menu at Dish Restaurant.
Choose an entree of either prawn cocktail or pumpkin risotto, a main of turkey or seared Tasmanian salmon, and a dessert of either Christmas pudding or individual pavlovas.
There are vegetarian options and a children's menu available as well.
Christmas Day at Royce Grand Ballroom
Celebrate Christmas in style in the Royce Hotel's Grand Ballroom with a three-course buffet and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.
Enjoy a selection of entrees, including Pacific oysters and smoked Tasmanian salmon, turkey and lamb for mains and classic Christmas pudding or fruit-topped pavlova for dessert. There will also be a number of vegetarian options available.
Give Back with Many Happy Returns at Melbourne Central
Many Happy Returns will be back providing shoppers with the chance to return unwanted gifts, or make a donation, spreading the Christmas cheer to those less fortunate.
Shoppers can re-gift those presents that just weren't right, passing them on to someone less fortunate for 'tis the season of giving! All gifts will go to The Salvation Army, and for every gift donated, Streat will give a coffee in return.
Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test
Crowds will flock to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day for the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test, to witness one of the biggest rivalries in world sport and to cheer on the Aussies as they take on England in their battle to win the Ashes on home soil.
Australia's sporting colosseum will be abuzz with excitement and national pride will be on the line as the Aussies fight it out against their traditional and historic rival to reclaim the sport's most sought after prize.
In a coup for families, day three of the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Test match is Toyota Family Day and kids get in free!
There is no bigger sporting event this summer and a seating bay at the MCG will be transformed into the Milo Play Bay, providing a kid friendly zone with plenty of fantastic activities such as a giant slide, interactive cricket games, a couch and beanbag area and giveaways.
The Outfield will also be set up outside each Test venue, providing a family friendly zone with plenty of free activities and entertainment for kids such as face painting, cricket based skill testers, balloon artists, player signing sessions and plenty of giveaways.
Kids in free means one child (aged 15 or under) per full-priced adult ticket enters free for day three of any Test match, but tickets (full-priced adult and free child) must be purchased in the same transaction to verify availability. Offer is subject to availability.
Beefy's Boxing Day Breakfast
Enjoy a terrific breakfast with Sir Ian 'Beefy' Botham and a host of other cricket greats at The Hilton on the Park prior to heading across the road to your reserved seat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the first day of the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test Match.
All proceeds raised go directly to Eating Disorders Australia.
Computer Chess - Film
At ACMI; Best known for his intimate 20-something character studies (Funny Ha-Ha, Mutual Appreciation) Andrew Bujalski returns with a funny, complex and completely bonkers proposition.
It's the '80s and the best and brightest computer scientists have gathered at a dingy Motor Inn where geeky men (and one woman) battle it out in an annual computer chess convention.
Buried deep in codes and tactics the programmers hardly notice that they're sharing the motel with a group of new-age adventurers on a couples retreat. When worlds' collide hilarity ensues for Bujalski's main protagonist, the bespectacled and slightly lovestruck Peter but this is just one of the many intriguing narrative roads that Computer Chess travels.
Bujalski and long time cinematographer, Matthias Grunsky, decided to capture the very essence of the period by filming on a vintage tube video camera (the Sony AVC 3260 for any tech spotters out there). Once your eyes adjust to the vision of yesteryear, it becomes apparent that this formal choice is far from a gimmick but rather propels the audiences back in time - blurring the boundaries of documentary and fiction and begging the question of how we imagine(d) the future.
In a recent interview Bujalski said "there's nothing more exciting than when you watch a movie and it seems to shift and change forms before your very eyes." What begins as a seemingly unearthed documentary of the past morphs into a warm, humorous take on our relationship to technology, utopian visions of the future and a good old fashioned battle of wits and ego.
Baby Oscar is just like any other fun loving chimp in the Tai Forest on the Ivory Coast. He has plenty of friends to play with and a doting mother to care for him.
But Oscar's life takes a dramatic turn when he is separated from his tribe and together with Freddy, the alpha male leader; they form a new and exceptional bond as father and son.
Filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield have perfectly captured the lives of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom with beauty and respect. Three years in the making, this latest Disneynature film is narrated by Tim Allen. Suitable for all ages.
Heroes in Hollywood New Year's Eve Party
Dress as your favourite Hollywood hero and hit the red carpet at this Hollywood-themed party with DJs, professional photographers and even paparazzi!
This event sponsors real life heroes through the Firefighters Charity Fund.
Tickets include a 5 hour drink package (wine/beer/basic house spirits), canapés, free professional photos from the event and free admission the the after-party starting at 2am.
Drink package end at 2am when the official after party will start.
Bold Cosplay experts are hosting Melbourne's largest and brightest cosplay party. Veteran cosplayers and anime enthusiasts Josh Nicholson, Sian Bennet and Manny Kortooms, joined by CH Entertainment, are bringing cosplay to a new level with a fantasy event to welcome the new year.
Cosparty aims to be the number one destination for anime and pop culture fans celebrating the new year, with a selection of themed DJs, sponsors and key industry artists making appearances.
Aer Bar & European Bier Cafe New Years Eve Masquerade Ball
Aer Bar and European Bier Cafe welcomes you to their New Years Eve celebrations with a Masquerade Ball.
It will be four levels of awesome fun, with drink packages available, live music and DJ;s to keep you entertained as your welcome the new year and the opportunity to watch fireworks from the rooftop.
The number one party musical Grease is returning to Australia in a new multi-million dollar production. It's got groove, it's got meaning and it's burning up the quarter mile!
Starring Rob Mills, Gretel Scarlett, Todd McKenney, Anthony Callea, Val Lehman and Bert Newton, Grease returns to the Australian stage in a live production that's truly Electrifying.
Since the show's Broadway premiere in 1972 and the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, which went on to become the highest grossing movie-musical of all time; Grease has triumphed across the globe, with its irresistible mix of adolescent angst, vibrant physicality and 1950s pop culture.
So get ready to dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as "bad boy" Danny and "the girl next door" Sandy fall in love all over again.
At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image; winner of the Silver Bear for Best Direction at the 1965 Berlin Film Festival, Charulata, also known as The Lonely Wife, tells the story of a forbidden love and the dramatic consequences it wreaks on an upper class household.
Charu (Madhabi Mukherjee) is a beautiful woman of means living in 19th Century Bengal. Her husband, a wealthy newspaper man, is so motivated by political change that he unwittingly ignores his wife. He believes in her talent as a writer and to alleviate her boredom he asks his brother Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee) to visit and mentor her talents.
Awakened by Amal's artistic ideals and playful manner, Charu begins to see the world anew. As their love deepens, tensions become unbearable and Amal must take a drastic step.
One of India's greatest filmic exports, Satyajit Ray was raised in household of great intellectual tradition. He was exposed to an artistic and literary education at a university established by the Bengali author Rabindranath Tagore. Ray used Tagore's writings as the basis for many of his films including the 1901 novella Nastanirh (The Broken Nest) for Charulata.
On release, Sight and Sound praised Charulata noting "the interplay of sophistication and simplicity is extraordinary." Half a century later, the majesty of Ray's craft as a filmmaker remains astounding. The stunning photography, exquisite framing and performances full of enormous subtlety elicit grand emotion.
Groove at Fed Square
Discover the Groove, the ultimate group dance experience at Fed Square.
Groove is a simple, fun and interactive dance class that everyone can enjoy. Forget complex choreography and just groove.
Designed for beginners to advanced, the class will make you feel like busting out your wildest dance moves. Classes are led by an experienced 'groove' and dance instructor.
Bring along your best moves and see you on the dance floor.
Source: City of Melbourne What's On
ConFurgence 2014: Egyptian Nights will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center.
Catering to the anthropomorphic (humanized animals) friendly fandom, this furry convention targets those who never stopped dreaming as they grew up. Fans of cartoons, comic books, cosplay and so much more.
It will be a convention of magnitude and class, showcasing all the best that we as a convention, and you as the furry community, can achieve together. In January 2014 we will have more space for panels and workshops, Vendors, hanging out and event extravaganzas that we could only DREAM of 5 years ago.
ConFurgence has been a major contributor to a number of local charities, with over $50 000 worth of charity donations in just 5 years, and over 2000 all time members.
Battle of the Sexes - Film
At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image; One man; one woman and one hell of a tennis match.
In 1973 Billie Jean King played former Grand Slam Champion, and self-proclaimed male chauvinist pig, Bobby Riggs in the most watched tennis match in history. The prize money was high but the stakes for the future of women's tennis and gender equality were the real prize.
On learning that her male counterparts were paid greater prize money for matches, King singlehandedly spearheaded a campaign to form the Women's Tennis Association demanding equal pay for play. As an athlete at the top of her game - one who was also struggling with her sexuality - the personal and professional stakes were enormous at every stage of her campaign.
Incorporating rich archival footage alongside interviews with tennis players past and present, Erskine and Hayes never lose sight of the main subject - crafting King's story with a great deal of verve and suspense.
Billie Jean King looms large within the frame as an uncompromising and brave individual. More than just a tennis champion she was a woman motivated by the social milieu of change and a defiant sense of justice.
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.
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Yoga at Fed Square
Take a break from the busyness of city life and incorporate meditation and tranquillity into your day.
Yoga sessions will place emphasis on safe, thoughtful movements, promoting a sense of kinaesthetic awareness. Stretching and postures will focus on controlled breathing, aimed to improve key health areas of core strength and flexibility.
All skill levels welcome from beginners to advanced.
Days of Heaven
At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Bill (Richard Gere) and Abby (Brooke Adams) are poor, itinerant young Americans who, along with Bill's younger sister Linda (Linda Manz), leave the city and find seasonal work on a wheat farm in Texas. The farm's owner is a solitary, ailing but not unattractive man (the very attractive Sam Shepard, in one of his first acting roles).
Passing as brother and sister to avoid judgements about their unmarried state - the film is set in 1916 - Bill encourages Abby to accept the farmer's wedding proposal. Restored by Abby's affections, the farmer's health improves as Bill's jealous impatience foreshadows a reckoning that will dramatically alter each of their lives.
Malick's 1978 follow up to Badlands (1973) confirmed his reputation as a grandly poetic film iconoclast. Néstor Almendros' Oscar®-winning cinematography and Linda Manz's first person narration elevate Malick's elegiac narrative to the level of the cinematically sublime.
Held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Brickvention is an Australian-based convention for Lego fans.
The two-day event brings together Lego fans of all ages from all over Australia to view original and unusual creations built by Australian modellers and collectors.
If you love Lego, come along and view the amazing creations and models made out of Lego. The event features a huge collection of Lego models including trains, castles, pirate ships, Star Wars, Harry Potter, space ships, planes, famous buildings, sculptures and many more. There will also be Lego sets and merchandise for sale.
Session based entry times. Please select session when booking.
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.
Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony
Come to the official flag raising ceremony as part of the Australia Day celebrations. His Excellency, the Honourable Alex Chernov, AC QC, Governor of Victoria officiates as the National Flag is raised at 10:30am.
The Governor will inspect the Tri-Service Royal Guard of Honour and the Premier of Victoria will lead the public in the Australia Day Affirmation.
Supported by the City of Melbourne.
Australia Day in Melbourne
Join in the myriad of celebrations taking place in Melbourne's city centre on Australia Day including the Official Flag Raising Ceremony, the Australia Day March, events in St Kilda Road, Queen Victoria Gardens and Kings Domain Gardens, at the National Gallery of Victoria and conclude the day with celebrations and a spectacular fireworks display at Docklands.
Exitland is an exhibition of new works by Melbourne-based artist Kate James, comprising of a series of handmade objects which provide symbolic protection for the passage through uncertain and uncharted psychological realms, personal talismans that guide the way through fraught and turbulent transitions.
Kate James draws from a variety of media to produce objects, photographs, textile works and video. In creating her intricate, hand-crafted and psychologically-charged sculptures and objects, James employs repetitive and painstaking techniques, often adapted from uncommon, sometimes obsolete, craft practices.
Classics at Fed Square
Enjoy your favourite music all year round with Classics at Fed Square.
Held in the stunning surrounds of the Deakin Edge, these free monthly concerts offer something for everyone, from classical and swing to big band, jazz and even contemporary pop!
The program includes plenty of old favourites from the Melbourne Strings Ensemble to some of the best creative schools across Victoria. Bring a friend and make a day of it, with free exhibitions at ACMI and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and plenty of great cafes open for lunch or coffee.
Onelove Group present Dash Berlin, returning to Australia to perform shows across the East Coast in February 2014. As part of Dash Berlin's #musicislife #deluxe World Tour, Dash will be performing a show at Hisense Arena, Melbourne in the first weekend in February.
Returning to Australia after a sold out tour across six cities earlier this year, Dash Berlin will engage fans in a performance that features a rotation of chart-topping hits, fan favourites and new tracks from the #musicislife Deluxe album.
One of Australia's most loved artists, MaRLo, will also be performing on the Australian leg of the tour. Expect MaRLo to have fans doing the 'Boom' dance and delivering a performance that is packed full of energy.
At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Director Philippe Beziat offers audiences intimate access to the rehearsal process for a new production of Verdi's classic opera, La Traviata, staged for the prestigious Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in France.
Celebrated soprano, Natalie Dessay, and French theatre and opera director, Jean-Francois Sivadier, collaborate to explore and refine Dessay's portrayal of Verdi's tragic heroine.
Along with an international cast of singers who join Dessay on stage, the documentary also spotlights the artistic contribution of musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra and singers from the Estonian Philharmonic Choir.
Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch
Take your seat under the leafy canopy of historic Alexandra Gardens as the Festival celebrates Australia's rich culinary connection to the earth.
Enjoy a three-course, earth-inspired menu showcasing local ingredients, lovingly designed by Australia's cooking doyennes, Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer. The menu will be brought to life by Peter Rowland Catering and matched to wines from one of Victoria's finest vineyards, Yering Station.
With a touch of vintage Australiana, join the lively gathering at the signature 500-metre long table to toast the bounty of Australia's sun-drenched land.
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.
Discover and Dine
Trickle through Fed Square on a guided tour to discover the many ways rainwater is savoured and transformed.
Find out how Federation Square has saved enough water to fill 25 Olympic swimming pools, learn about how the Yarra River is used to cool the precincts temperature in summer and much more. Finish your guided tour with a 3-course progressive dinner at Fed Square's most eco-friendly restaurants.
FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix
There's nothing as exciting as a FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix race. It has the power to stop traffic in Asia, make America sit up and take notice and rouse Europe from its slumber. The 2014 Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix will be no exception, with the world's fastest cars, coolest celebrities and latest technology converging on Melbourne for four days of breathtaking action.
There are many ticket options available, from corporate to general admission. Don't miss your chance to book and join a crowd of thousands to watch the world's premier drivers light up Melbourne and the Albert Park circuit in March.
Be there as the world watches Melbourne.
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.
Federation Square's popular Wine and Microbreweries Showcases have now become the Flavour Exchange, offering visitors even more reason to explore Victoria's superb food and wine.
At this new quarterly event, you will have to opportunity to enjoy the best of Victoria's wine, beer and cider and taste sensational seasonal produce. Much more than just a tasting event, you can also meet all the producers, winemakers and growers to fully experience the finest food and beverages from some of Victoria's most talented producers.
Each event will have a theme linked to the incoming season. Think spring picnics, summer beach fun, mulled wines and smell of roasting chestnuts in winter.
Farewell My Queen
At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image; rising at dawn on 14 July 1789, Sidonie Laborde (Lea Seydoux) prepares for another day at the Royal Court in service to the beguiling Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger), unaware of the political tumult that is about to sweep Versailles.
French starlet Lea Seydoux (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) brings a captivating intensity to her role as Marie Antoinette's devoted reader. Sidonie is in thrall to a capricious queen who has no qualms exploiting such loyalty and who is herself vulnerable to the schemes and manipulations of others at Court.
Virginie Ledoyen makes the most of her small but pivotal role as the Duchess de Polignac, while French character actress Noemie Lvovsky invests the role of Madame Campan, the queen's proprietorial lady-in-waiting, with wily charm.
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.
Herald Sun CityLink Run for the Kids
Victoria's biggest fun run, the Herald Sun CityLink Run for the Kids is back for the ninth edition; raising much needed funds for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
In 2013, 35,000 runners raised $2million and they hope to raise even more in 2014.
Choose from the 15km super course including the Domain Tunnel and Bolte Bridge or 5km family-friendly course.
Entries open on Friday, 10 January but will sell out so enter early. For more information and to enter please visit the website.
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.
2013 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 race we have ever had.
Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Riders Unite! This is your chance to witness the New Era at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Whether you are an avid fan or new to the sport, MotoGP is an unforgettable experience, with bike enthusiasts from all walks of life coming together to enjoy world-class racing at the home of Australian motorcycle racing.
Make the pilgrimage with friends and family, meet up with old mates and celebrate on an island full of fans. It is your chance to eat, sleep and breathe motorcycle racing for three glorious days.
Of course, along with the fans and riders, watch the spectacular main event with the likes of Lorenzo, Rossi, Pedrosa and Crutchlow taking on the breath-taking Phillip Island Circuit to bring you the race of the year. It is one of the world's most unique and exciting racing tracks, with a stunning panoramic ocean backdrop and outstanding spectator viewing areas all around the circuit.
- The complete comfort of a VIP hospitality area, with tailored food and beverage packages
- Grandstand seating with super screen viewing, so you will not miss any of the thrills and spills
- General admission tickets giving you a choice of great places to view all the live action
There is range of ticket options available to suit every need.
Visit the website for more information.
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.