Regional Tourism Guide for City of Melbourne
Victoria , Australia  
Behind the Lines
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019 to Tue 23rd Apr 2019
Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Political Cartoons celebrates another year in Australia’s unique, vibrant and fearless tradition of political cartooning. No politician, party or policy is safe from the nation’s best cartoonists; witty, powerful or ribald, their images offer an astutely observed journey through twelve months in our political life.

Behind the Lines is a travelling exhibition developed by Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, proudly supported by the National Collection Institutions Touring and Outreach program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

In 2019, Behind the Lines is presented as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift is a microcosm of the world of haute couture and Parisian fashion from the late nineteenth century to the twenty-first century.

Featuring designers from Charles Frederick Worth, the celebrated father of haute couture, to the iconoclastic Alexander McQueen, the exhibition includes over 200 garments and archive works from the extensive fashion research collection comprising hundreds of designers’ sketches; workbooks; photographs; and fashion magazines, journals and periodicals from the early nineteenth century onwards. The selection is representative of Paris fashion and haute couture and demonstrates how a focused supporter can transform a museum collection.
Darren Sylvester: Carve A Future, Devour Everything, Become Something
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
Darren Sylvester: Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something is the Melbourne-based contemporary artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition in a public institution. Bringing together works spanning the entire twenty years of his career, this exhibition is a timely and unique opportunity to review Sylvester’s practice and reveals his continued discussions on desirability, authenticity and mortality, all presented in a high-gloss finish.

Sylvester is a truly multidisciplinary artist who works in staged photography, sculpture, video, installation, performance and music. Everything he creates is the result of a detailed process of planning and research, with handmade sets and props photographed in studio to resemble high street fashion campaigns and sculptural fabrications that twist subjects ranging from fast food design to an astronaut space suit to the moon itself.

Sylvester’s practice is controlled, autodidactic and constantly evolving. It represents a detailed knowledge of and interest in pop culture, pop music, advertising, cinema, fashion, our relationships with each other and perhaps most significantly, our place in the universe.
Smells Like A Song
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019 to Sat 17th Aug 2019
Smells Like A Song sees the multi-talented Impro Melbourne players pulling an entire musical out of thin air. And as with any Impro Melbourne show audience participation is an integral part of the fun.

Each member of the audience receives a rose and at any point during the show that rose can be tossed onstage with a cry of Smells Like a Song! Cue the players to stop dead in their tracks and belt out a show stopper.

Smells Like A Song is a glorious musical melting pot of styles and genres. When the curtain comes down the players are hoarse, the stage is ankle deep in roses and all that’s left to do is enjoy a nightcap in the Courthouse Hotel bar.

This is La La Land on your doorstep. A night of musical mayhem that celebrates the very best in improvisation and onstage collaboration.

Directed by Impro Melbourne’s Brenna Dixon and starring a wonderful cast of talented Impro Melbourne performers, this is a show that you could see over and over again. Enjoy a meal downstairs at the bar or in the bistro as part of a great Saturday night out.
Bottomless Brunch Brunswick
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Gather your friends and join Mary Eats Cake for a Bottomless Brunch. Free flowing mimosas and Pimms, what more could you want?

The brunch menu is High Tea style including: smashed avo, quiches, savoury and sweet scones, homemade bircher muesli and pastries.

Filtered coffee and tea are available.

Enjoy your high tea and free flowing mimosa and Pimms whilst surrounded by pretty decorations of flowers and vintage teaware.

Pirate Day at Polly Woodside
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019 to Sun 1st Dec 2019
Ahoy there me hearties. Come aboard the tall ship, Polly Woodside on the first Sunday of each month for Pirate Day.

Bring along your scallywags and buccaneers, join the Polly crew and discover what life was like on a tall ship sailing the seven seas.

The first treasure hunt kicks off a variety of activities throughout the day. The children get to scrub the decks, ring the bell and can also participate in pirate games, arts and craft.

Polly Woodside also offers a range of activities for visitors including a history gallery, wharf with picnic tables and guided tours.
Hawthorn Makers Market
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019 to Sun 1st Dec 2019
Celebrated as one of Melbourne’s oldest and most loved markets, the Hawthorn Makers Market brings together talented artisans and bespoke designers. The Makers Market is held on the first Sunday of every month (April to December) between 10:00am to 3:00pm, and is situated within the stunning and contemporary surrounds of the Hawthorn Arts Centre.

The Makers Market is a boutique offering that provides the perfect way to relax on a Sunday by discovering hidden gems and hearing stories from the designers. Visitors can get lost in a sea of crafted goods. Have a break and re-energise in the Second Empire cafe before continuing to shop.

The bespoke designs found at the Hawthorn Makers Market offer independent designers a chance to engage with the community, giving new lease on their beautiful products and allowing their stories to flourish in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Romeo and Juliet at Rippon Lea House and Gardens
Date Mon 4th Mar 2019 to Thu 21st Mar 2019
This Summer, the Australian Shakespeare Company invites audiences to watch the world's most famous star-crossed lovers under the stars, in one of Victoria’s most beautiful estates; Rippon Lea House and Gardens.

Set in Verona, Italy, where ongoing discord between the Montague and Capulet families rages on, Romeo and Juliet is a compelling drama about two young lovers whose deaths unite their feuding families. A timeless classic celebrating the joy of young love, the power of family, the value of friends, and the futility of hate, it's a tale that will melt the hardest heart and wet the driest eye. For never was there a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Shakespeare Under The Stars join The Australian Shakespeare Company as they bring Melbourne a brand new production of Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy a night of theatre under the stars with a blanket, wine, and great company.

Directed by Glenn Elston with music by Paul Norton. Bookings available online or via phone.
New York Postcards - Marco Luccio
Date Tue 5th Mar 2019 to Sat 30th Mar 2019
Award-winning artist Marco Luccio returns to fortyfivedownstairs from 5 to 30 March with his latest exhibition - New York Postcards - featuring over 150 works in varying mediums including ink, acrylic, and drypoint, composed on original postcards collected in New York.

An exhibition over ten years in the making, Luccio began collecting used postcards from New York’s flea markets, museums, antique and second-hand shops on his first trip to the city. In the artist’s words, he was drawn to their beautiful, tactile and fragile beauty and the stories they conveyed as precious intimate artefacts and remnants of the past.

While Luccio confesses that working over the hand-written messages often felt like vandalism, the final result is ultimately both a preservation and elevation of ephemera into enduring art. One piece features over 100 postcards in one frame, creating a monumental mosaic representing aspects of civilisation and art history through striking and memorable imagery.

Visitors to New York Postcards with a penchant for mysteries will receive an extra treat in fortyfivedownstairs’ small gallery, which is hosting a second Luccio exhibition - Immaginario - a series of monotypes that explore new landscapes and realms, showcasing the diversity of his artistic practice.
The Australian Ballet Centre Tour
Date Tue 5th Mar 2019 to Thu 30th May 2019
Discover the newly renovated Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre. You will be taken on a behind the scenes journey of the company's Melbourne home as you explore the wardrobe department, see the famed pointe shoe room, visit the world class dancer facilities and explore the studios. You will also catch a glimpse of the dancers in full flight. These exclusive tours are limited to 12 people.
Date Wed 6th Mar 2019 to Wed 3rd Apr 2019
Presented by Rawcus Theatre in partnership with Celebrate Ageing, the exhibition Becoming celebrates ageing and challenges ageism through creativity, community and connection through dance, movement, photography and film.

Becoming features community elders, Rawcus Ensemble and guest artists, Paul Dunn, Rinske Ginsberg, Tim O'Keefe and Marie Pangaud.
Corona Sunset Sessions
Date Thu 7th Mar 2019 to Thu 27th Jun 2019
Head along to Corona sunset sessions every Thursdays and Sundays with great tunes on the waterfront.

Chill out with your crew in the Corona garden with Corona bucketsand party with the DJ from 4:00pm to late on Thursdays and 2:00pm to late on Sundays.
Retaining the Form – Grazia Marin
Date Thu 7th Mar 2019 to Sat 4th May 2019
This body of work is a celebration of the human form and is the culmination of the artist’s long interest in figurative painting.

The works may be considered a bridge between realism and abstraction as the figures are placed in surreal settings.

This has the purpose of highlighting the figures and allowing the viewer to see them unfettered by ‘place’.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
Food and wine lovers in their hundreds and thousands each year indulge in bespoke events that fill Melbourne's labyrinthine network of restaurants, laneways, lights-turned-down basements, dizzying rooftops as well as spilling into spectacular regional Victoria.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival are all about supporting and cultivating the very things that make Melbourne - and the surrounding regions - a gastronomic playground.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne will return in 2019 from 8 to 24 March.
What Was That!
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019 to Sat 27th Apr 2019
What Was That! is an exciting theatrical production performed in the magnificent Werribee Park historic mansion. You will become old friends of the Chirnside family as you step back in time. Maggie will try to look after you whilst the head butler Mr Duncan is suspicious and would rather you leave. What follows is a night of comedy, history and scary elements with the story unfolding as you move from room to room.

Seen by over 16,000 patrons with an average rating of nine out of ten from hundreds of reviews posted on the Red Balloon website.

This play is suitable for ages 10 and up. There are no lifts in the mansion and guests will move up and down the grand staircase.

The evening ends with a glass of wine or soft drink as you mingle with the actors. Performances each weekend all year round.

Planetarium Nights
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019 to Fri 31st May 2019
On Friday nights the Melbourne Planetarium reawakens after hours for adults only with a stellar line-up of fulldome film screenings.

Journey through fluorescent coral reefs, marvel at the cosmos, dive into black holes and get ready for an alien invasion in the latest Melbourne Planetarium showcase of films on the dome.

There are two screenings a night. The 7:30pm session focuses on astronomy and also features What’s in the Sky Tonight (WITST), a presenter-led tour through the night sky. The 9:00pm session features a full dome art film offering an immersive voyage into unseen worlds. So, whether you are into science or art, or both, Planetarium Nights has got you covered.

Enjoy a drink from the bar in planetary surroundings. Planetarium Nights is for adults 18 years and over.
SO-IL: Viewing China
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
SO–IL (Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu) is an architectural design firm established in 2008 by Chinese-American architect Jing Liu and Dutchman Florian Idenburg. Acclaimed for its innovative use of materials, the firm won the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2010 and designed the inaugural venue of the Frieze Art Fair in New York City, as well as the award-winning Kukje Gallery in Seoul. SO-IL is a key feature of the NGV’s display of Chinese contemporary art and design.

Comprising a large group of geometrically shaped vitrines constructed from brightly coloured dichroic acrylic, SO–IL’s design recontextualises and draws into focus a broad selection of white porcelain objects from the NGV’s Decorative Arts collection, ranging from the seventeenth century to the present day. The display creates a unique dialogue between historical artefacts and contemporary design, as the architects explain: Through the organisation of colour, form and material, we seek to reduce the object-ness of the individual pieces. It is about a transition from object to experience, and the power of architecture to act as a mediator in that process.
Liquid Light: 500 Years of Venetian Glass
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019 to Mon 13th Apr 2020
Liquid Light: 500 Years of Venetian Glass draws upon the National Gallery of Victoria’s extensive holdings of Venetian glass, ranging in date from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The NGV’s Collections are especially rich in material from the nineteenth-century revival of the glass industry on the Venetian island of Murano.

In 1871 a large collection of Venetian glass was acquired directly from Venice by the proconsul to the Kingdom of Italy, and a further group of works was acquired in 1874, selected by Antonio Salviati, the father of the Venetian glass revival. Further important groups of nineteenth-century Venetian glass entered the Collection from the Italian displays at the 1880â€㦽 Melbourne International Exhibition. The twentieth century saw Venetian glass artists become key participants in the international Studio Glass movement, and a number of significant examples of their work are now in the Collection. It was to Venetian glass manufacturers that designers of the 1980s Memphis Group turned to realise their postmodern ideals.
Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art is the first major exhibition to bring together the work of Hans and Nora Heysen, father and daughter artists whose work spanned more than a century during which Australia and the world underwent numerous social, political and artistic transformations. In many ways, theirs is an archetypal twentieth-century Australian story of migration, family life, wartime separation and a deep connection to place.

Hans and Nora corresponded throughout their lives and their letters offer rare insight into their working methods, inspirations, and thoughts on the key artistic debates of their time. Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art also includes a large number of sketches and preparatory studies, many of which have never been exhibited before, that demonstrate not only the intricacies of their practice but also their extraordinary productivity.
Restaurant Express Lunch
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
Lello Pasta Bar x Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - Restaurant Express Lunch.

Receive two courses (entrée, main or dessert) with a glass of Victorian wine for $40.

Available for weekday lunches from March 8 to March 24.
A View from the Bridge
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019 to Thu 18th Apr 2019
Brooklyn dockworker Eddie Carbone and his wife Beatrice agree to take in two Sicilian relatives - illegal immigrants trying to find work. Hardworking Marco is sending money home to his wife and sick children. Rodolpho is chasing the American dream, but finds being different makes him an outsider. When Rodolpho falls for Eddie's niece Catherine, the protective uncle must confront his own feelings and his jealous mistrust threatens to expose an unspeakable secret.

Arthur Miller's tragic masterpiece A View from the Birdge confronts the American dream in a stripped back, muscular drama that simmers with tension and explodes with passion. We might be in 1950s Brooklyn, but the themes of family, loyalty, immigration and justice are as relevant for contemporary Australia as ever before.

Since it first premiered in 1955, A View from the Bridge has electrified audiences around the world. In the hands of award-winning director Iain Sinclair (The Beast), whose 2017 Sydney staging for Red Line Productions created a chorus of critical acclaim, this brand new production promises to be riveting and emotionally-charged night at the theatre, featuring Daniela Farinacci (Lantana).

Performing daily except Sundays.
Vera Möller: A Thousand Tides
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
Celebrating the amazing biosphere of the fauna, flora and terrain of Victoria’s Western Port Bay, artist Dr. Vera Möller will immerse audiences into a nature inspired wonderland with her upcoming exhibition A Thousand Tides at Bunjil Place Gallery.

Part of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival and commissioned by Bunjil Place Gallery, A Thousand Tides endeavours to increase public awareness of the extraordinary and vital local environment.

Through a sequence of large paintings, wall drawings, sculptures, sound recordings and works on paper, the esteemed artist will marry art and science to share the unique habitat of the UNESCO recognised Western Port Biosphere Reserve.

Having exhibited nationally and internationally for over 25 years, A Thousand Tides marks Vera Mӧller’s first major solo exhibition in Melbourne for more than a decade.

Image credit Vera Möller, ‘Lobelior' 2017.
Flemington Farmers Market
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
Flemington Farmers Market is a weekly open air authentic farmers market, featuring some of Victoria's best local and regional farm produce and artisan food producers.

The market operates every Sunday, 9:00am to 1:00pm.
Gin High Tea - Brunswick
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019 to Fri 22nd Mar 2019
As part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Gin High Tea at Mary Eats Cake is back.

Gin is a wonderful mixing spirit that the team at Mary Eats Cake are excited to match to a selection of high grade specialty teas and High Tea.

Partnering with Mary's favourite local distillery, Four Pillars Gin, Mary is putting on a few fabulous events to explore exotic botanicals, gin and tea alongside Mary's delicious High Tea.

Two dates only: Sunday 10 March, 1:00pm to 3:00pm and Friday 22 March, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Drop-in Meditation Class Tuesdays Melbourne CBD
Date Tue 12th Mar 2019 to Tue 28th May 2019
In each class a different aspect of meditation and Buddhism is explained. You can drop in any week.

Classes begin with a simple guided breathing meditation followed by a teaching and a second guided meditation based on the topic. There is an opportunity for discussion, followed by refreshments.

At Breaking bad habits learn to let go of the negative, limiting thought patterns that underlie our bad habits, and enjoy the peace of true contentment. Class dates are 5, 12, 19 and 26 March.

At Love without pain learn to distinguish between love and attachment, and start to enjoy stable and fulfilling relationships. Class dates are 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 April.

At Limitless discover special ways of thinking that allow you to connect with your limitless potential for peace, happiness and wisdom. Class dates are 7, 14, 21 and 28 May.

Classes will be held in a new venue from April 2019.

Muriel's Wedding The Musical
Date Tue 12th Mar 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Undateable. Unemployable. Unstoppable. Everybody is talking about Muriel.

Experience one of the most iconic and loved Australian films of all time in this big, brash and very cheeky new musical.

Muriel’s Wedding the Musical will play a strictly limited season at Her Majesty’s Theatre from 12 March.

Stuck in a dead-end life in Porpoise Spit, Muriel dreams of the perfect wedding - the dress, the church, the attention. Unfortunately, there is one thing missing. A groom. Following her dreams to Sydney, Muriel ends up with everything she ever wanted. That’s when things start to go really wrong.

After Muriel’s sold-out premiere season, the critics are raving. With music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical features an incredible soundtrack of addictive new songs plus your favourite ABBA hits.

Directed by Simon Phillips, this multi-award winning production is definitely the must-see musical of 2019.

Tickets are now on sale.
World Problems
Date Tue 12th Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
Written and performed across Melbourne and Amsterdam by multi-award winning artist Emma Mary Hall, World Problems is a funny and poetic reflection of the monolithic, interconnected world. Inspired by the German pop-historian Oswald Spengler, the feminist theorist Donna Haraway, and the multi-million-billion-trillion lifeforms living and dying together in the biosphere.

Emma is an actor, writer and theatre-maker from Adelaide, now based in Melbourne. She has written, performed and toured two award-winning and critically acclaimed solo works: We May Have to Choose (2015) and Ode to Man (2017), both directed by Prue Clark. We May Have to Choose was nominated for eight theatre awards and won five, including the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award and Best Theatre award at Auckland Fringe. It has most recently appeared at the Asociación Cultural Peruano Británica in Lima, Peru. Ode to Man received the Best Emerging Writer award and a nomination for Best Performance at 2017 Melbourne Fringe, and recently appeared at 2018 Brisbane Festival.
Jersey Boys
Date Wed 13th Mar 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
Jersey Boys tells the true-life story and the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons who were one of the most successful bands in pop music history.

The band sold over 175 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their worldwide hits including Can’t Take My Eyes off You, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby, Sherry and Big Girls Don’t Cry, which all feature in the musical.

Now playing to 14 April 2019.
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Date Thu 14th Mar 2019 to Mon 25th Mar 2019
In 2019, Melbourne Queer Film Festival heads into its 29th year to showcase the finest, contemporary queer cinema from Australia and beyond in the largest queer film festival in the Southern Hemisphere. From 14 to 25 March, MQFF will present over 100 sessions at ACMI, Cinema Nova and Village Cinemas, encompassing Australian and International features, documentaries and shorts, including World Premieres, Australian Premieres, and Melbourne Premieres.

In 2019, MQFF runs from March 14 to 25, screening across three Melbourne venues, as well as a program of panels, workshops and special events. Films from around the world include narrative features, documentaries and shorts.
Sunshine Food Fever
Date Thu 14th Mar 2019 to Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Sunshine Business Association presents the 2019 Sunshine Food Fever as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

Successive waves of Asian, African and Indian immigration have not only made Sunshine one of Australia’s most culturally diverse suburbs but one of its most delicious too.

This progressive dinner is a snapshot of who’s cooking what in Sunshine. Your food journey starts with flavourful tastings from the South Vietnamese community, a colourful and spicy experience with Ethiopian cuisine and a finale of traditional North Indian sweets.

Taste cultural traditional dishes that celebrate family, history and place and meet some of the people who call Sunshine home.
Hostile Infrastructure - Experience the world through a wheelchair
Date Thu 14th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Hostile Infrastructure is a participatory art installation created by Perth-based artist Bruno Booth which allows people to gain some insight into a world that is still largely inaccessible to the disabled community. Producing feelings of rebelliousness, slight indignity, failure and amusement, the installation sheds light on the everyday difficulties that appear when navigating the built environment in a wheelchair.

Participants are invited to wheel themselves down a long, narrow corridor, the walls painted with a subtle gradient that changes from hot pink to indigo as they travel through the work.
The Estate by Marnie Haddad
Date Fri 15th Mar 2019 to Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Marnie Haddad unveils her new exhibition, ‘The Estate’ at Graham Geddes salon from is opening from 15 to 22 March 2019.

Haddad’s new works draw inspiration from her love of classic film, depicted in her evocative and poetic portraits utilising shadow and subtle illumination. Haddad’s cinematic staging, rich painterly hues, technical precision and romantic undercurrents are beautifully articulated in this latest photographic essay.

In this series, Haddad illustrates ‘a time that stands still.’

The fantasy that cinema brings has long ignited Haddad’s artistic sensibilities, she recalls being mesmerized by a flickering theatre scene where ordinary objects take on deeper meanings - the pink fluted glass, the arranged flowers, the street lights casting stripes through the venetian blinds, the curtains locked in folds, the heavy velvet that sits and fades with the migrating sun.

Haddad’s quest is to keep alive and tangible the fantasy that sometimes exists only in our minds. The result is the creation of an etched memory that is everlasting and invites you to dance within the possibilities.
Cheese Making Class
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Sat 11th May 2019
Join Henry and The Fox for an in-depth cheese making masterclass, where not only will you learn to create your own cheeses, but you will also get to sample.

They offer a series of classes from easy to advanced where you can learn to make cheeses from all over the world.

Indulge in a glass of pinot noir or chardonnay upon arrival, while enjoying a decadent shared cheese board. With the added bonus of taking home all the cheese you make throughout the day.
Pleasure Garden
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
A listening garden and gently interactive sound installation, Pleasure Garden invites you into music and natural architecture – to play, to stroll, or to relax with friends and strangers.

Responding to your movement, different layers of the composition are triggered by your presence and move subtly across the space as you explore it – or sit a while and listen.

Inspired by the story and music of the 17th-century musician, composer, improviser and nobleman Jacob van Eyck, Pleasure Garden combines excerpts from his work set within newly
composed music by Genevieve Lacey and Jan Bang.

Throughout the season, world-renowned virtuoso recorder player and Pleasure Garden creator, Genevieve Lacey will perform concerts in Tecoma Pavilion.

The Sound Installation is open Saturday 16 March to Sunday 7 April from 7:30am to sunset at the Water Conservation Garden - entry via Gate C. Suitable for all ages.

Performance and Q and A on Sunday 31 March and Sunday 7 April at 3:00pm. Tickets are $20 per person and bookings are essential. Tecoma Pavilion, entry via Gate C. Suitable for ages 10 and over.
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
The latest exhibition at Hawthorn’s Town Hall Gallery highlights the diversity of contemporary drawing practice in Australia. Through the work of six artists, Delineation employs various interpretations of drawing to challenge the viewer’s expectations of an object and its representation.

Featuring artists Godwin Bradbeer, Todd Fuller, Hannah Quinlivan, Cameron Robbins, Carmel Seymour and Kylie Stillman, the artworks are experimental, sculptural, animated and altogether fascinating.
St Kilda Esplanade Market
Date Sun 17th Mar 2019 to Sun 29th Dec 2019
The St Kilda Esplanade Market is a makers market and has been a St Kilda Sunday delight since the 1970. Set against the iconic backdrop of the St Kilda Beach, close to Luna Park, Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. It is famous for a good reason - there is something for everyone and more.

Take a stroll along the Upper Esplanade and enjoy browsing through the markets many artisan products. Grab a bite to eat from the new food truck area foodie zone with flavours from around the world.

The vibrant makers market features over 150 unique stalls of hand crafted artwork, wood products, jewellery, accessories, children’s toys, original designed clothing, artisan food products and much more. All in Melbourne's open-air gallery by the sea.

Located on the Upper Esplanade in St Kilda Melbourne, it is a great day out with family, friends and fur babies, a must visit when in Melbourne.

Getting here is an easy 15 minute ride from the city on tram 16 or 96 and there is plenty of parking nearby.

Harp in the Gardens: Harp Meditations
Date Sun 17th Mar 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Relax to music composed by Michael Johnson in this series of special concerts in the new meditative gardens within Fern Gully. The performance starts with a mindfulness meditation followed by a meditative concert. This experience promotes feelings of peace and a deep sense of wellbeing.
Ocean Film Festival World Tour
Date Tue 19th Mar 2019 to Wed 20th Mar 2019
With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. 

Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. 

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Find out more at the Ocean Film Festival website.
Ocean Film Festival World Tour - The Astor
Date Tue 19th Mar 2019 to Wed 20th Mar 2019
With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. 

Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. 

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.
Coexen By Karul Projects
Date Tue 19th Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
There is a site, where the physical and spiritual meet. Where the passing of lore between two coexisting worlds occurs. Boomerangs clap, possum skin drums thud, singing and chanting echo while feet rhythmically stomp. And then silence. Conversation has been disconnected and commutes have ceased. The site is suspended; no longer activated.

Karul Projects invite you to experience the story of this site as a physical being in the world premiere of Coexen, a riveting new dance creation by Thomas E.S. Kelly. Using wit, humour and a choreographic style that is all his own, Kelly ignites a conversation about our past, present and future.

Presented by Arts House as part of Dance Massive.
Ondru - Walking in my Shoes
Date Tue 19th Mar 2019 to Thu 4th Apr 2019
In celebration of Harmony Day Ondru’s ‘Walking in My Shoes’ showcases the poetic stories of cultural, social and individual identity.

Walking in My Shoes is an art project that aims to tell stories of cultural, social and individual identity through personal objects and symbolism. It focuses on providing a voice of personal expression for Aboriginal and diverse communities.

Diverse groups of people co-exist within our society, but they do not necessarily enjoy a sense of community, a sense of belonging. There exists a challenge to build a sense of community which opposes racism, xenophobia and oppression. Whilst acknowledging that every community is unique and changeable, interaction is the key to social change, a central force to building a community that is inclusive of all.
The Australian Ballet presents Cinderella
Date Tue 19th Mar 2019 to Thu 28th Mar 2019
Made especially for The Australian Ballet by Alexei Ratmansky, the world’s most in-demand choreographer, this Cinderella has all the elements of the story you know and love – a feisty heroine, a dashing prince, a kindly godmother and a deliciously wicked stepmother – with some fantastical additions.

Ratmansky is artist in residence at American Ballet Theatre, a recipient of the MacArthur Geniu” grant, and the acknowledged master of the modern story ballet. His Cinderella, designed by the acclaimed Jérôme Kaplan, takes its vision from Prokofiev’s dark and surprising 1940s score and whirls with stars and planets, Surrealist-inspired projections and a Dior-worthy golden ball gown.

After playing to packed houses and adoring audiences in London, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane, this witty and romantic Cinderella returns to Melbourne for an exclusive performance that will delight every generation.

See why Cinderella is the perfect fit.
Date Tue 19th Mar 2019 to Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Presented in celebration of Phillip Adams BalletLab’s 20th anniversary year, Glory embodies a philosophical ritualising of choreographic traditions, cinema, irreverence and conceptual art.

Glory evolved from source material including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti, Hollywood television sit coms, and artist Yves Klein’s monochrome paintings. Frenetic, intricate and relentlessly virtuosic dancing culminates in a revelation of the almighty through a saturation of the colour pink.

Bringing together balletic opulence with seemingly incongruous pop culture references, Glory overstimulates the audience with an abundance of ideas in order to playfully validate and mock the notion of an artist-Creator.

Glory splices together revelations and experiences of the divine.

Glory is presented as part of Dance Massive 2019.

Simply Meditate -Wednesday Lunchtime Class
Date Wed 20th Mar 2019 to Wed 10th Apr 2019
Escape the stress and busyness of city life to discover the peace of meditation for yourself in these 45 minute meditation sessions.

Be guided through simple meditations that relax the mind and body, leading to a deep experience of inner peace and contentment.

Beginners welcome. Drop-in any week.
Simply Meditate - Wednesday Evening Class
Date Wed 20th Mar 2019
Escape the stress and busyness of city life to discover the peace of meditation for yourself in these 45 minute meditation sessions at Kadampa Meditation Centre.

Be guided through simple meditations that relax the mind and body, leading to a deep experience of inner peace and contentment.

Beginners welcome. Drop-in any week.
Briefs: Close Encounters
Date Wed 20th Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
Fresh from London’s West End, the boys are back in town with a dazzling new show, featuring their trademark heart-stopping blend of insanely talented cabaret burlesque, comic capery and circus to die for - all with punkish swagger.

Prepare yourself for interstellar aerial feats and warp-speed strippers from outer space as the Briefs boys apply their skill and humour to push the boundaries of artistry, masculinity and decency.

The third show from Briefs Factory, Close Encounters premiered at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2017, had its UK debut at London’s Underbelly Festival on The Southbank, enjoyed a successful run at Auckland’s Q Theatre, and in 2018 crash-landed at Sydney Festival with Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Edinburgh Fringe 2018 also on the flight path. The Melbourne run follows their London West End season.

See website for dates and show times. Friday 22 March is an Auslan interpreted performance.
Freda Payne
Date Wed 20th Mar 2019
Australian music fans will probably hear the name Freda Payne, and think of her 1970 hit, 'Band Of Gold'. Written and produced by former Tamla Motown team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, 'Band Of Gold' topped the charts in the USA, UK and Australia, earning Freda her first gold record.

There is much more to the Freda Payne story than one major hit. She grew up in Detroit, and was initially inspired by great jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. While in her teens, she attracted contract offers from Tamla Motown boss Berry Gordy Jr and jazz legend Duke Ellington, but her parents said no.

Through the 70s, Freda released a string of soul/pop albums that did well in the States, and regularly worked with Sammy Davis Jr. She focused on television from 1981, when she hosted her first talk show, Today's Black Woman. In the last 20 years, she has continued to record albums, appear on TV, and act in movies and on Broadway.

Recent career highlights include appearing as a judge on the 2009 series of American Idol, and the 2014 release of an acclaimed jazz album, Come Back To Me Love (Mack Avenue).
Date Wed 20th Mar 2019 to Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Dancer. Percussionist. Rivals. A strange and mesmeric double act.

Three-time APRA Art Music Award-winning percussionist Claire Edwardes and Helpmann Award-winning dancer Richard Cilli unite their distinct virtuosic talents in an unusual presentation of how movement sounds, and how sound moves.

From formal beginnings into virtuosic performance and competitive play, Edwardes and Cilli collaborate with acclaimed director and choreographer Gideon Obarzanek and Australia’s leading electro-pop composer Paul Mac to create an intriguing display.

Set in the orthodox world of a music and dance recital, the ambiguous relationship between the two performers intensifies. The outcomes are impressive, disturbing and wildly ecstatic.

Presented by The Substation as part of Dance Massive 2019.
Museum Lectures: Listening for Nature
Date Wed 20th Mar 2019
Come on a journey of discovery with a new program of talks in 2019 at Melbourne Museum Theatre this year.

Taking you on a sound journey from the forests of Indonesia to the plains of Victoria, Dr. Karen Rowe will show how new ways to record and analyse sound can help to catalogue wildlife and work to protect critically endangered species. She will also highlight a citizen-science project that uses sound to help community groups discover what lives in their local area and support habitat conservation.
Pathways for Change: Landscape Master Planning for Botanic Gardens
Date Wed 20th Mar 2019
How can design effectively balance preservation and respond to contemporary pressures and community needs?

Andrew Laidlaw, Landscape Architect, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens is the lead designer of the Master Plan that will guide our planning until 2038. Developed against the backdrop of a changing climate, increased recognition of Aboriginal cultural heritage values, construction of the new Anzac Station and the evolving role the Gardens play in the broader life and health of the city, the Master Plan sensitively balances these pressures with the preservation of the historic picturesque landscape designed by William Guilfoyle.

Hear from Andrew about the Master Plan and its evolutionary process to date, and about the challenges of working within a multi-layered space where history is deeply engrained in the living landscape.

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria as part of Melbourne Design Week – an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.
High Rise To High Tide
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019
Experience the best of the city's bar and dining scene as two of Melbourne’s most iconic venues, Garden State Hotel and the newly-opened Hotel Esplanade in St Kilda, team up to present a culinary journey that will take you from the urban landscape of Flinders Lane to the sunset views of St Kilda bay.

This epic journey invites you to immerse yourself in locally sourced food, wine, beer and cocktails from our city’s best providers.

Begin with drinks and canapés in the basement bar of Garden State Hotel in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, jump on the bus and journey to St Kilda to enjoy a two-course seated dining experience at Hotel Esplanade, finished with a nightcap on the top floor of The Ghost of Alfred Felton for a final cocktail.
High Rise to High Tide - Hotel Esplanade
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019
Experience the best of Melbourne's bar and dining scene as two of Melbourne’s most iconic venues, Garden State Hotel and the newly-opened Hotel Esplanade (The Espy) in St Kilda, team up for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival to present a culinary adventure that will take you from the urban landscape of Flinders Lane to the sunset views of St Kilda bay.

This epic journey invites you to immerse yourself in locally sourced food, wine, beer and cocktails from Melbourne’s best suppliers.

Begin with drinks and canapés in the basement bar of Garden State Hotel in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, jump on the bus and journey to St Kilda to enjoy a two-course seated dining experience at Hotel Esplanade, before you round off your evening with a nightcap.
One Night in Shanghai
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019
For one night only, Chapel Street’s Oriental Teahouse will transform their entire restaurant into a street-food block party.

The stand-up event will consist of themed food stations around the venue, with drinks flowing and a DJ playing.

One Night in Shanghai pays homage to the buzzing nightlife to be found at the Shanghai night markets, in which a lively lion dance will come out to traverse the stalls midway through the evening.
Unwinded – Rhysics and Charging Stallion
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019
Unwinded presents a night of '60s garage rock and surf.

Rhysics are a another half decent melbourne synth punk band but with a twist: this one has a guy with a straight fringe fronting the band. Over the years the band has evolved through many forms with the current lineup starring members from Swim Team, Jarrow, pting and Canada’s The Pink Flowers. Be sure to bring a raincoat because when Rhysics play it rains beer.

Charging Stallion are a seven-piece pub rock band. their live shows are notoriously loud, energetic and umm.. bananas? Is that a good word? You get it. Stallion have played alongside great bands such as Pist Idiots, Amyl and The Sniffers and Dumb Punts and the singers have a weekly podcast (of course) where they cover the odd news of the world, called ‘News We Like’.
Melbourne – Australian Volunteers Program Information Session
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019
The Australian Volunteers Program supports thousands of skilled Australians to volunteer overseas. Come and learn how to get involved.

The Australian Government has supported skilled Australians to volunteer overseas for over 60 years.

Australian volunteers are supported with: Training, return airfares, a living and accommodation allowance, language training, in-country support and a 24-hour health and emergency support and more.

Come to an information session and meet: Australian Volunteers Program staff who will share insights into the application process. They can also explain what support you receive as an Australian volunteer, returned Australian volunteers who can share their experience on the program and give you a glimpse of what life is like as a volunteer and other like-minded Australians interested in sharing their skills overseas.
Designing with Your Gut: Studio Tour at Melbourne Museum
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019
Come behind the scenes of the Melbourne Museum design studio, and hear from the design team currently working on Gut Feelings - the new exhibition all about the microbes in your gut and how they can affect your thoughts, behaviour and body.

Explore all the gory details of exhibition design, from process, audience analysis and material selection to prototyping, project challenges and outcomes.

This will be a rare opportunity to gain first hand insights into the practice of this award-winning design studio.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative by Creative Victoria in partnership with NGV.

Ben Van Gelder and Reinier Baas (Holland) Album Launch Live at The Jazzlab
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019
Guitarist Reinier Baas and saxophonist Ben van Gelder shared the stage over 200 times in the past years, but continue to challenge each other as performers and composers. They have developed a unique vocabulary that is rooted in the American jazz tradition, but is unmistakably European at the same time.

Baas’ spirited approach to the guitar is contagious, drawing the listener in with unexpected rhythmical and dynamic turns. Critics and peers alike praise him for his diversity in texture and idiosyncratic harmonic inventions.

Van Gelder is regarded internationally as an authority on the alto saxophone. He displays a remarkable amount of tranquility and overview and alternates diaphanous lyricism with explosive virtuosity.

Smash Hits, a registration of the duo’s collaboration with the multiple Grammy Award winning Metropole Orkest, was released on Basta Music in October 2018. A duo record is due for release in June 2019.
The Botanist, the Distiller and the Chef
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019
Dive deep into the world of gin in an evening of sensory discovery. Journey through Melbourne Gardens at dusk, and sit and sip on a delicious Pickett and Co gin by Anther as you hear from two experts in botanicals and distillation; the Botanist, Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of the Gardens; and the Distiller, one of Australia’s leading liquor experts, Sebastian Reaburn.

Then head to the spectacular Matilda restaurant, where you will be greeted by the Chef: esteemed restaurateur Scott Pickett. Explore all elements of the distillation process with Dr Dervilla McGowan and the Anther team, while enjoying bespoke cocktails and a delicious gin- infused canape menu.

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Matilda for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Byron Bay’s Barrio Takes Over ST. ALi Kitchen - Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019
A shining light of the thriving Byron Bay restaurant scene, chef Francisco Smoje from Barrio will be bringing the smoke and char of authentic Argentinian barbecue to ST. ALi for one night only during Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

In conjunction with Traeger Grills and ST. ALi head chef Daniel Dobra, expect Barrio’s signature wood-fired and charcoal-grilled whole meat and vegetables.

Argentinian-born Smoje’s cooking is authentic, vibrant and bold yet familiar and comforting; beautiful to look at, yet close to its original form. Here's a rare chance for a close-up look at what’s made Barrio such a destination.

With pisco sours served on arrival, the Barrio Feed Me Menu highlights Smoje’s specialities.
Down to Earth Historic Theatrical Tour
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019 to Sat 13th Apr 2019
The Down to Earth historic theatrical tour is a highly entertaining roaming play performed in the rustic historic farm at Werribee Park. Set in 1862, Joe and Esther greet you as new workers on the farm and what unfolds is a night of surprises and interactive fun.

Based on the history of the once active farm, the night is filled with comedy, history and scary elements as the evil creature Black Anny comes out of hiding.

The old farm is the perfect setting for a bit of night wandering as you are taken through the men's hut, stables, blacksmiths, rations hut and homestead.
The Friday Hooky: A VIP Whisky Experience
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019
To 'play hooky' is to be absent without permission. Who does not want to knock off at noon for whisky?

Join for a hearty two-course lunch with beer or wine in conversation with Timboon Railway Shed Distillery's owner and head distiller, Josh Walker. Lunch will include sampling of the Timboon range over tales of Victoria’s illicit whisky history.

After lunch, you will visit Starward Distillery to learn about founder David Vitale’s vision to produce and approachable, modern and distinctly Australian whisky. Enjoy VIP access at Starward’s impressive distillery and enjoy a guided whisky tasting of Starward’s core range and special projects.

Tour includes: Over eight tastings of whisky during the afternoon; two-course lunch with a glass of beer/wine; a VIP tour of the production process and master class tasting at Starward Distillery; transport from Lamaro's Restaurant to Starward distillery; and optional extra: bottle your own 200ml special bottle of cask-strength whisky, directly from the barrel.

Tour group will be limited to 12. All participants must be over 18 years old.
Pink Purse Performs Live at The Jazzlab
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Tortoni and Amenta draw on their vast musical influences to create an exciting, challenging and engaging experience who's ultimate aim is for everyone to lose themselves in the moment and to distract you from your mobile devices for a while.

Michael Tortoni - Bassist, Composer, Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Founder of the legendary Bennetts Lane Jazz club.

Joey Amenta- Guitar virtuoso, vocalist and songwriter with Australian rock band Taste.

David Rex - Since bursting onto the scene as a 17-year-old jazz saxophone prodigy, Rex has firmly established himself on the Australian Jazz scene, working with artists such as James Morrison and Barney McAll.

Anthony Baker- Rhythm master on drums.

Daniela Rosa- Sublime vocalist and composer.
Women in Business Luncheon with Tina Arena
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Iconic Australian singer-songwriter Tina Arena AM will be our keynote speaker at this years annual Women in Business Luncheon on Friday March 22. This popular luncheon in its 12th year is the highlight of the Moonee Valley business calendar and offer business women a chance to network and celebrate their achievements.

Tina will share her remarkable career with us, from growing up in Moonee Valley to becoming a world renown artist.

Starting out on Young Talent Time at just eight years of age to becoming one of Australia's highest selling female artists.

Her most recent performance in Evita has been breathtaking.

Tina's story is truly inspirational and tickets will sell fast.

Get in early to secure your ticket at this very special luncheon with Tina.

Autumn Gardens Tour
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019 to Thu 28th Mar 2019
Enjoy a tour of the Shrine Reserve and garden courtyards, including the Post-45 Memorial Garden. Devonshire tea follows the morning session, and precedes the midday session.

Experience the turn of the season exploring plantings reflecting service in war and peacekeeping, followed/preceded by Devonshire tea.
La Prima Donna
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019
The Fools In Progress Theatre Company presents La Prima Donna an original production featuring Bianca Bonino and Ben-Jamin.

The play was spored from the need to demonstrate as many characters of Commedia dell’Arte as possible to high school students approaching the subject. What was built to be a simple educational exercise and originally called Duo Commedia, became Fools in Progress most successful original production as it is at once hilarious, informative and entertaining.

The show remains a great introduction to Commedia as Fools In Progress perform in a comic sequence eight famous stock characters: Il Dottore, Flavio, Colombina, Brighella, Pulcinella, Il Capitano, Pantalone and of course Arlecchino. If you have never seen a Commedia dell’Arte performance before, this is the best way to get to know the main characters, the masks and the over the top acting style that Commedia dell’Arte requires.
Tipples, Tucker and Tumbling
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Tipples, Tucker and Tumbling is part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, taking place at the Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood.

This event will see the flavours of Innocent Bystander wines captured by both the evening’s food and performances. Guests will enjoy canapés on arrival, followed by three courses by Charcoal Lane, a Mission Australia social enterprise restaurant. Each course will be matched to three spectacular performances by Circus Oz and, of course, exceptional wines from Innocent Bystander.

Diners will be kept on the edge of their seats with entertainment including gravity-defying aerialist Rockie Stone, beats courtesy of the talented DJ Anna Pocket Rocket Lumb, who will also be hula hooping on the evening, comedy acts, and amazing jugglers.

A great event that showcases a creative mash-up of Melbourne's famous arts, food and wine cultures.
50 Shades! The Musical Parody
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
With over one million tickets sold since its world premiere in 2014, David Venn presents the Australian professional premiere of the hilarious, wildly entertaining spectacle 50 Shades! The Musical Parody.

Following sold out shows across the world including New York and Las Vegas, this laugh out loud send up of the global phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey is playing for a strictly limited season at Alex Theatre from 22 March to 7 April.
The Australian Ballet: Behind The Scenes
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019 to Fri 27th Sep 2019
Every morning, six days a week, the Australian Ballet's dancers take class. It helps them find new heights of technical excellence and maintain their peak fitness.

Get a privileged, in-theatre view of their training, with commentary by artistic staff, then sit in as the top dancers rehearse for an upcoming production.

Behind the Scenes is perfect for ballet lovers of all ages, and is a great school holiday activity.
Scrumptious St Albans - Twilight Market
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Enjoy an array of European, Asian and local cuisines synonymous to one of Melbourne’s most multicultural areas – St Albans. Meet friends and bring the family to enjoy the ambience of this wonderful market serving up authentic, delicious street food with live local music to add to the atmosphere. Join our food tours and explore some of St Albans Hidden Secrets.

Entertainment provided free of charge; guests pay for food, drinks and food tours.
Tracey Miller – 45 Packin' Mama
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019
45 Packin’ Mama is a show that pays tribute to the strength, resilience and toughness of the great female singers from the 20s to the 50s. Plus special guests Loretta Miller & Her Boyfriends.

This is a show that celebrates female singers who despite the odds, became legends in music. Women who came from poverty and hard times, endured violence and racism, yet still became unforgettable influential stars on stage. Tracey Miller and her stellar band will be narrating and performing songs by Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Dinah Washington, Koko Taylor, Billie Holiday, Big Mama Thornton and Gospel Legend, Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Think New Orleans Jazz spiced with Chicago Blues with the added bonus of a backstory to go with the music.

The band line up for this show is fabulous, check it out—Gideon Preiss (piano), Darcy McNulty (saxaphone), Jules Pascoe (double bass), Lachlan Mitchell (guitar), Ben Hendry (drums) and Loretta Miller.
Multifuturism – Cool Out Sun and The Senegambian Jazz Band
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Join for a night that fuses Afro jazz, deep world music beats, and funk to create some truly awe-inspiring rhythms and melodies, perfect to get cha body moving.

Senegambian Jazz Band. It is nearly impossible to describe in words, a world act that covers so much ground in a single performance. Trying to explain their musical spirit is like trying to paint an ethereal and intensely beautiful dream. Some clues reside in the band’s heritage. Their members, hailing from Gambia, Senegal, Ethiopia and Australia somewhat convey a groove characteristic of each of their cultural backgrounds, although their places of birth and artistic development only provide us with a clue into the underlying foundations in which this empire was built.

Constructed around the framework of jazz and a deep world beat, elements of their music seem to combine the improvisational spirit, found at the core of 1960s Miles Davis and wild raging fire of Jimi Hendrix at his most free, unorthodoxed and true. Before you ask, that instrument leading the band is a Kora (African Harp) diligently played by the virtuosic Amadou Suso.
Wyndham Holi - Festival of Colours
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
On behalf of the wider community, the Victorian Cultural Association Inc (VCA) would like to invite you to The Festival of Colors. This is the fifth successive year major celebration event. Last year's event had an attendance of around 15,000 people and the organisers are expecting similar attendance at this year's event as well.

The main objective of this event is to spread the message of peace and harmony, celebrate through the vibrant colors of the festival, and present an exquisite picture of multicultural Australia.
OZACT presents Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
In Much Ado About Nothing the road to true love never does run smooth.

This is Shakespeare’s strategic guide to the ‘battle between the sexes’, loaded with comic incident, bumbling security guards, squabbling brothers, and mismatched lovers. The play is full of suspense, high drama and delightful comedy, brought to life, with powerful acting and exquisite costumes.

This year marks the twelfth year OZACT has been performing at Williamstown Botanic Gardens, and over that time OZACT’s Shakespeare productions have become an Autumn tradition and a much anticipated Melbourne event. The seaside setting of one of Victoria's great heritage gardens, with its formal palm avenue surrounded with lush green lawns, meandering pathways and a stunning array of rare trees, and floral boarders make it an ideal setting for Shakespeare's plays.

So share with OZACT Shakespeare’s Autumn frolic Much Ado About Nothing in the glorious surrounds of Williamstown Botanic Gardens.

Visit the OZACT website for season tour dates and venues, ticket bookings, and detailed production information.
Beginners Photography Class
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Sat 25th Mar 2023
Enjoy a hands-on learning experience in some of the most photogenic parts of Melbourne.

If you have a DSLR or hybrid camera that allows for manual control of your camera then this is the perfect course for you.

You will learn to control ISO, shutter speed and aperture expertly and creatively to produce beautiful shots. Your teacher will critique your photos so that you get the instant feedback you need to keep improving and expanding your perspectives. You will become well acquainted with travel photography (street portraits, architecture, landscapes, still life, abstract, nature).
Fem Belling Quartet at The Jazzlab
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
South African born and bred vocalist and violinist, Fem Belling is a rising star on the international jazz scene and has become one of Australia's most formidable and in demand performers. Her African Jazz and theatre roots augment her unique musicality, choices and interpretations.

The jazz world hums with ubiquitous young singers revisiting the great American songbook. Then one comes along with stagecraft and an instrumentalist’s refrain. Fem Belling is an award winning West End leading lady with a spectacular breadth of range. A master force on old repertory bringing ideas from all angles to the familiar art of standard’s-singing.

With a sophisticated palate embracing unexpected genres, Fem has an energetic appetite for braiding musical styles. Fem shot to international attention when she turned all 4 chairs on ‘The Voice’ with Ricky Martin, Jessie J & Delta Goodrem fighting for the chance to mentor her.

Hailing from a musical dynasty, music in her blood, she has performed with many jazz greats, locally and internationally. Appearing with her own band, collaborations and residencies at Ronnie Scotts, and Bennett’s Lane.

Do not miss this performance at The Jazzlab, Brunswick.

Les Divas: An All-Male Revue
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Australia’s six-foot something songstress, Prada Clutch, is set to pay tribute to the world’s greatest divas in Les Divas: An All-Male Revue.

Les Divas will see Cher (aka Prada Clutch) opening her show on the Las Vegas strip and inviting some of her most famous diva friends to help celebrate including Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Diana Ross.

The 90-minute revue will take audiences down memory lane to relive their greatest hits including If I Could Turn Back Time, Get the Party Started, Proud Mary, I Will Always Love You, and I’m Coming Out.

Featuring a cast of seven, Les Divas is choreographed by Stephen Clarke who has worked with renowned divas including Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Cyndi Lauper and Diana Ross. Creative direction is by Monique Kelly, an original cast member of the Les Girls from 1973 to 1997.

Having headlined stage shows across the country for the past nine years, Prada is one of Australia’s most in-demand live-singing drag queens. In Les Divas, Prada and her ‘girls’ will dazzle audiences with wonderful wigs, colourful costumes dripping in diamantes, cheeky humour and diva impersonations like you’ve never seen before.
Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale - Pet Friendly Focus
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
The Jungle Collective will have all your indoor plant favourites including many rare plants. At this sale, The Jungle Collective will source as many cat and dog friendly plants as they can and have them on display for you.

Dress up. You will receive $5 off if you dress as a dog or a cat.

Tickets are free but this event will be ticketed to help manage the flow of the space and your experience on the day. Plants will be released for each time slot.

The sale will be open on Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm and will save some rare plants for the first slot only from 10:00am to 11:00am.
McAllister in Conversation at Arts Centre Melbourne
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Sat 21st Sep 2019
Do not miss this series of intimate talks, hosted by Artistic Director David McAllister, with key creatives and principal artists.

Hear all about what motivates them, what their favourite ballets are and what life is like for them on and off the stage. Moving, frank and funny insights into the lives of the Australian Ballet's top artists.
Convent Kids presents: Peek-A-Butoh
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Led by renowned performance artist Yumi Umiumare, this free workshop introduces the playful and imaginative world of Japanese Butoh to children and families.

Playing with everyday games like peekaboo and hide-and-seek, participants will jump headfirst into a world of transformation and shape-shifting, unleashing their inner animal, kook and spook. This free indoor and outdoor workshop is suitable for children and people of all ages – no previous dance experience is required to take part.

Convent Kids is an exciting year-round program developed by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation for children and families to explore and create art together. The Convent Kids program is generously supported by City of Yarra as part of the Investing in Community Grants Program.

This Convent Kids workshop is being held at the Convent as part of the ButohOUT! Festival, presented by Yumi Umiumare and Takashi Takiguchi in partnership with the Abbotsford Convent Foundation. ‘ButohOUT!’ brings Butoh, a Japanese theatre and dance form, into the context of Australia’s landscape, culture and history, through a series of workshops, performances and a public forum.
Birds Of Tokyo - Tokyo Tina's 4th Birthday
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
On Saturday, 23 March Melbourne's beloved Tokyo TIna is turning four, and in true Commune Group style, the team is throwing a big party.

Dubbed Birds of Tokyo, Tina's birthday bash will celebrate with all-things poultry, accompanied by free flowing booze and Karaoke. Think stand up canapés, a bao station, and birds of all breeds skewered including quail, chicken skins, plus Yakitori grilled street-side.

As Commune's youngest culinary sister, this is one party that friends of Tina won't want to miss.
Munich Strong Bier Fest
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
On March 23 and 24 Munich Brauhaus is doing an old-fashioned tap takeover and throwing limited edition strong German biers on the taps for your pleasure.

The stellar line up of strong biers includes: Imperial Pilsner – Strong Pilsner, Red Bock, Red Ipa, Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen and Hofbrau Oktoberfest.

It would not be a festival without entertainment. With the live oompah band and activities that will be running all weekend, you will experience the beloved Strong Bier Fest just like they do in Germany.

The Food. You can enjoy Munich Brauhaus' favourite dishes that are designed to match these limited edition strong beers such as the famous Crispy Pork Knuckle, Pork Belly and Munich Platters for the full Strong Bier Experience.
Celebrate Spain - A Wine Tasting
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Cava, Tempranillo, Albarino, Syrah, Rioja, Verdejo - it is a roll call that surprises and delights and you are invited to head to South Yarra on Saturday 23 March and spend an afternoon familiarising yourself with Spanish wine.

South Press share with you a range of styles from the third largest wine-producing country in the world.

What do you get at the tasting? More than 20 Spanish wines, a selection of tapas and special 'Tasting Day' pricing on wines.
Brat Kids Carnival
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
A wildly fun afternoon for mischief makers and their grown-ups.

Put on your party outfit and join the Brat Kids Carnival. Brought to you by the team behind international sensation, Briefs.

Featuring hula hoops at top speed, acrobatics at alarming heights and clowning antics, this cheeky show will get youngsters excited about expressing themselves. Get ready for pumping music, eye-popping party tricks and other ridiculous acts of amazement.

From awe-inspiring to downright hilarious, this high-energy mix of circus and cabaret is perfect for kids aged seven and up.
Late Set: James Bowers Trio Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
James is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most exciting pianists and keyboard players. With an upbringing in classical piano that has led to a career touring nationally and abroad playing funk, pop, disco, RnB, hip-hop and more to audiences far and wide, it is clear that James’ love of music knows very few limits. James is also a skilled producer, arranger and composer.

With special guests Tamara Murphy - bass and Nick Martyn - drums.
Fishermen's Bend Gymnastics Open Day
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Fishermen's Bend Gymnastics Open Day. Come and join the fun on Saturday 23 March from 2:30pm to 5:00pm.

3:00pm - Kinder Gym mini lesson (under 5's)
3:30pm - Cartwheel Clinic
4:00pm - Freestyle Challenge

Jump into Gymnastics as as there will be demonstrations, games and prizes to win.
James Morrison Live - Jasper's Grand Opening
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Jasper's will present world renowned Trumpet Maestro James Morrison for an exclusive, intimate performance for one night only.

James Morrison is known throughout the world as a jazz virtuoso. Described by Ray Brown as the Genius. On Saturday 23 March, 50 guests will have a rare opportunity to experience this mastery at Jasper’s - Melbourne’s finest cocktail bar and live music venue, and the city’s newest hidden gem.

Session One and Session Two ticket holders will receive a complimentary food platter per table, and a Jasper’s Signature Cocktail per guest.

Listen to James Morrison’s illustrious skills in elegant surrounds, from your own private table with personal table service and a carefully curated cocktail menu to complement the evening’s performance.

With a late license, stay on after the performance for the exclusive After Party. The resident band Shuffle Club will continue the entertainment, giving you the chance to mingle with fellow jazz aficionados over a cigar and a whisky or two.
New To You: Pre-loved Clothing Market - Footscray
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019 to Sun 22nd Sep 2019
New To You Markets are all about sharing the love of pre-loved clothing, shopping for bargains, never paying retail, prolonging the life of clothing, having fun, and community. The markets have between 45 to 75 stalls (depending on venue) selling quality pre-loved contemporary, designer, vintage and retro fashion in all sizes including A+.

The markets are indoors, accessible by public transport and close to points of interest.

There is a $2 shopper entrance fee.

Markets are held regularly throughout the year at Seaworks in Williamstown and The Line in Footscray, they are always on a Sunday and open between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Check the website for market dates.
Fromage a Trois Cheese Festival
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
Fromage a Trois – where cheese lovers gather for a day of cheesy indulgence.

Set in the stunning surrounds of Werribee Park Mansion, Fromage a Trois Cheese Festival will take you from farm gate to picnic blanket, with the best in artisan cheese and local produce.

Meet the makers, sample their wares and pair those delicious cheeses with handcrafted wine, beer cider or spirits for a leisurely picnic out on the lawn.

Watch chefs and cheesemakers in action, enjoy the live music and indulge with your cheese-loving friends, old and new.

Ticket price includes entry, entertainment, samples and festival glass to keep.

This Wyndham City event is proudly supported by Major Sponsor, Pyrenees Wine Region.
Shake at the Lake
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
Enjoy a dance-filled day out in the park, featuring swing, jazz and 60s British music, there will be something for everyone.

The ever popular Syncopators will delight with a range of swing classics and crowd favourites, while you will be dancing your socks off to 60s British songs from The Herberts.

Snacks and face-painting will also be available.
Bayside Chamber Orchestra - Bayside Bach Brilliance
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
You will be delighted by Bayside Chamber Orchestra's first concert of the 2019 season.

Featuring an ensemble of professional and local amateur musicians, the Bayside Chamber Orchestra players have a passion for chamber music.

Performing: Bach - Orchestral Suite No.1, Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin and Rimsky-Korsakov - Quintet for Piano and Winds.

This wonderful program is proudly supported by Bayside City Council.
Riesling Autumn Feast at The Barre
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
Victoria’s finest wine connoisseurs team up with The Barre for a fresh autumn feast inspired by the floral aromas and explosive fruit flavours of Riesling.

Enjoy a lively foray into the wonderful world of Riesling to be led by Hilary Fordham and Matt Withers from the Joval Wine Group. They will inspire a wine lunch like no other; showcasing the diversity and versatility of Riesling. Planted in a vast number of regions worldwide, the Riesling grape produces a surprising range of expressions; from crisp and tangy citrus styles (Clare and Eden Valley), to the floral wines of Tasmania and finally to the more rich, textural styles of Alsace.

Featuring dishes such as pickled kingfish with quinoa salad, yuzu sorbet and hijiki marinade, and a dessert not to be missed – Riesling poached pear with pain perdu, golden hazelnut dust and vanilla ice-cream. Embrace autumn with a Riesling lunch guaranteed to satisfy and inspire.
MJC Presents: David Rex Quintet Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
Alto saxophonist David Rex makes a welcome return to the MJC roster after some extended forced breaks from performing.

Since bursting onto the scene as a 17-year-old jazz saxophone prodigy, Rex had firmly established himself on the Australian Jazz scene, working with artists such as James Morrison and Barney McAll. In 2012 Rex released his third album, Tour of Fate, which was recorded in New York, and featured Aaron Goldberg (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Gregory Hutchinson (drums) performing Rex’s compositions.

He continues to impress audiences with his combination of prodigious technique and emotive musicality. On this performance he will be showcasing new originals with his latest group, which reunites him with longtime colleague, pianist Mark Fitzgibbon, bassist (and sibling) Philip Rex, and drummer Luke Andresen, plus trumpeter Matt Jodrell.
Space2b's Laneway Festival
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
Celebrate Cultural Diversity Week at the Space2b Laneway Market Festival, on Sunday 24 March 2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Come along and enjoy this festive day of art and culture. There will be a designer market, cultural cuisine and live performances from Përolas and Agobloco.

Workshops include: The Art of African Headwraps ($15) and learn African, Indian and Brazilian dance steps in the dance workshops for free.

Please visit the website to register for workshops.
Andrea Keller's Five Below Live at The Jazzlab
Date Mon 25th Mar 2019
Michael Tortoni Bennetts Lane Jazz Club founder, is so happy that the tradition established by the legendary Allan Browne over decades of Monday night performances at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, has been filled by the prolific talents of Andrea Keller.

Composing and nurturing a myriad of emerging and established artists.

Andrea Keller's new project featuring Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Mick Meagher (electric bass), Sam Anning (upright bass), James Mclean (drums), and Andrea Keller (piano) is not to be missed, so book in early.

Robot Song - St Kilda
Date Mon 25th Mar 2019 to Sat 13th Apr 2019
When eleven-year-old Juniper May receives a petition signed by her entire class stating that she is ‘the most hated person in the school’ her life is thrown into complete meltdown. Juniper stops eating, she refuses to return to school and her parents become increasingly desperate. Finally, after exhausting all other avenues her parents resort to the only thing they have left, a giant singing robot.

Based on a true story, Robot Song illustrates the profound, transformative nature of creativity that when combined with unconditional love, becomes an unstoppable force. For Juniper, creativity opens doors into places she never knew existed allowing her, for the first time, to be defined on her own terms.

Robot Song is a deeply personal story. It shares an honest, intensely funny and often unconventional window into writer, director Jolyon James’ experience parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum. The show poses and attempts to answer the question, how do we support, foster and celebrate difference in our children in the face of an increasingly rigid and homogenised world?
The Biggest Playgroup at SEA LIFE Melbourne
Date Mon 25th Mar 2019
Playgroup Victoria members can take the plunge at SEA LIFE Melbourne on Monday 25 March for The Biggest Playgroup under the sea.

To celebrate National Playgroup Week, SEA LIFE Melbourne is offering Playgroup Victoria families exclusive access to the aquarium with extra special activities for kids aged three and under to enjoy!

From 8:30am to 11:00am, families can meet SEA LIFE Melbourne’s magnificent marine creatures including Pinjarra the Saltwater Crocodile, Mitch the Grey Nurse Shark and Cleopatra the Maori Wrasse.

As part of the delightful Playgroup Victoria activities, children can embark on a scavenger hunt through the aquarium, enjoy arts and crafts in the Interactive Wonder Room and listen to fishy tales during story time in the Ocean Theatre.

SEA LIFE Melbourne is excited to partner with Playgroup Victoria and supports the important role the organisation plays in bringing young children, parents, families and communities together to learn and develop through informal play activities and social interaction.

Onstage Dating
Date Mon 25th Mar 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
Bron Batten is going on first dates. Watch from the safety of your seat or volunteer to be a part of the action as Bron takes modern romance to the next level—all in front of the audience! Featuring a different person each night, Onstage Dating pushes the boundaries of audience participation right to the edge, and then a little bit further.

Witness the terror, excitement and heartbreak of contemporary courtship up close with this hilariously personal perspective into the world of online dating.

Winner of the Adelaide Touring Award, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016.
Odette! Baby Daddy
Date Mon 25th Mar 2019 to Thu 4th Apr 2019
Perth Fringe World 2018 Best Comedy nominee Odette! is the fun, feisty, incredibly fertile cleaning lady everybody loves to love.

She will not let little things like the minimum wage and an ever-expanding baby bump get in the way of her lust for life. Join her for an hour of soap opera silliness as she shakes her booty to win the heart of immaculately coiffed super star Ridge. Yes, Odette is going for gold and she wants you to come too.
Here Come the Blues - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Date Tue 26th Mar 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
Twenty-three years ago, the Carlton Blues won the AFL Grand Final. It was the best day of Carol’s life. Since that day, however, Carol has endured a steady stream of heartaches, watching her once-proud club crumble into mediocrity. With nothing left to lose, Carol has made it her mission to end Carlton’s drought and get the boys to the finals. She will stop at nothing as she faces the greatest challenge in modern football history, making the blues good again.

Here Come the Blues is an eclectic sketch show for footy fans and comedy fans alike. Following the journey of Carlton-tragic Carol, we meet old and new favourites of the game from Anthony Koutoufides to that foul-mouthed old lady in the crowd, and everyone in between. Whether you’re a die-hard tragic like Carol or a band-wagon Doggies fan from 2016, you will find plenty to laugh at in this delightful take on Australia’s favourite game.

Fiannah de Rue is an actor, comedian and improviser who made her solo comedy debut in 2018 with It’s Not Funny at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe.
Aboriginal Tourism Workshop
Date Tue 26th Mar 2019
Australia is home to the oldest living culture on Earth – and every part of our country is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander country, each with stories and experiences that are unique to it. The Aboriginal tourism industry in Victoria remains small but consumer demand for these experiences are high.

The positioning of Aboriginal tourism as an urban and accessible experience, both as a stand-alone experience and as an integral component within the broader tourism industry, may not always be straightforward. Tourism businesses face a unique set of cultural considerations in finding connection between tourism and the Aboriginal culture and community.

This workshop will provide you with some knowledge around Aboriginal culture in Victoria from a business perspective, enabling you to respectfully approach Aboriginal communities and organisations and craft an authentic Indigenous component to your event or experience.
We're All Going to Die
Date Tue 26th Mar 2019 to Thu 28th Mar 2019
We're All Going To Die is a mini-festival here to remind you to celebrate life through the lens of death.

Why? Because it cuts out the bull and puts our everyday fears into perspective.

How? Through art.

Fear less, live more.

We’re All Going To Die is a creative community that uses death to empower you to fear less and live more.

In the past year, We're All Going To Die has travelled to Sydney, Auckland, Los Angeles and Byron Bay, including the first immersive arts festival of its kind.

The ‘Fear Less Live More’ message has been heard by thousands through talks, art events and the official book, which has been distributed in over twenty countries.

This is an 18+ event.
Danny Bhoy
Date Tue 26th Mar 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy returns to Melbourne with a brand new show in 2019.

Considered one of the biggest selling comedians in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as his home country of Scotland, he has recently taken the US by storm and is on his way back to Melbourne with a collection of new hilarious stories and observations.
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show returns with new Presenting Sponsor Lawn Solutions Australia, the country’s largest network of turf specialists.

This year, visitors will experience the 2019 Welcome Garden by Mark Browning, Landscape Design Show Gardens from Australia’s biggest names and a hub of activity in the Royal Exhibition Building’s Gallery Precinct.

New major charity partner, Beyond Blue, is set to bring a renewed focus on the impact outdoor spaces have on mental health, alongside the Beyond Blue Charity Garden space with fun and interactive activities for children of all ages.

Show stand-outs include The Great Hall of Flowers, Boutique Garden Competition, Baptcare Shop Window Floral Design Competition, RMIT Fashion Design student showcase, DIY floral workshops by The Melbourne Flower School and power tool specialists Ryobi.

Floral inspired treats will be a tasty delight at the ticketed Holland America Line High Tea and visitors will have the chance to frolic with clucking chickens and sample delicious heirloom fruits with The Diggers Club.

Friday 29 March will host Gardens by Twilight where city-dwellers can enjoy after-work drinks with gourmet foods and live music inside the softly lit gardens.

Tickets are now on sale online.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
The city will light up with laughs when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival takes over town! For three and a half weeks from 27 March to 21 April Melbourne will be the nation’s hive of happiness, injecting all-day, all-night infectious fun to the city. Be it family fun at Fed Square, glittering gala events or late-night laughs at Festival Club, there is a comedy thrill to fit everyone’s bill.

Comedians of all shapes and sizes take to theatres, pubs, clubs and broom cupboards citywide during Festival, shining a spotlight on the silly, the serious, the heart-breaking and the hilarious. Humour is what brings us together and what sets us apart. Celebrate it all at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Fanny Bouffante - Scandals
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
France's favourite fashion icon and TV celebrity Fanny Bouffante is back in Melbourne after sell-out shows in last year’s festival. This time she is running for French President.

In her new comedy festival show 'Scandals' Fanny talks about her 'cutting edge' vision for France, her bid for the keys to the Elysee Palace and her war with evil media vultures who trump out fake news about her.

With French youth unemployment skyrocketing Fanny reveals her terrifique platform for delivering more jobs including bringing back the caviar stirrer, the snail nutritionist and the frog conditioning coach.

Marvel as Fanny explains her simple yet cutting edge solutions to the immigration crisis including changes to the citizenship test to require new applicants be able to smoke, eat foie gras and make love, all at the same time.

This incessant Gallic Tweeter with 1.6 billion followers gives blow by blow accounts of her brilliant policies and insightful opinions as well as what she is wearing on the campaign trail as she inches her Christian Louboutin’s in the Elysee Palace door.
Firdi Billimoria: Milk The Bread – Melbourne Comedy Festival
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019 to Mon 8th Apr 2019
Firdi Billimoria is Australia’s first comedian to extract milk from bread. That'd be a mad skill if anyone still consumed those two things. Milk The Bread is Firdi’s brand new festival show with standup, stories and general madness.

Featuring on Channel 10’s How To Stay Married, ABC’s The InBESTigators and Channel 31 productions The Leak, About Tonight & Live on Bowen, Firdi Billimoria is a versatile comic and a big stage presence, captivating audiences with a healthy combination of charm, charisma and insanity.
Circa's Peepshow
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019
Circa’s Peepshow turns cabaret on its head, literally. Join Circa as they embark on a seductive dance through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination. Circa’s Peepshow lurches from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful. Expect teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials.

Circa’s Peepshow combines some of the finest acrobatic talent on the planet under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz to create a playfully exhilarating ride into the beautifully bizarre recesses of your mind.

Come to Circa’s Peepshow and see the world from the other side of the mirror.

Director Yaron Lifschitz, Technical Director and Co-Lighting Designer Jason Organ, Co-Lighting Designer Richard Clarke, Associate Director and Costume Design Libby McDonnell and Original Music by Ori Lichtik.
Lovely - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019 to Mon 8th Apr 2019
Ben and Raewyn are Lovely. Just real gems. They are also two exciting comedians that have been praised with delivering (often downright bizarre) stories from their lives in an extremely relatable, engaging way. They expertly weave quick wit into hilarious observations on sexism, what is cool, serial killers and treating children like greyhounds.

You will not only be entertained, but you will have a warm feeling inside while you scream Now that was Lovely.
Dirty Diana - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Diana Nguyen presents, as a part of the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Dirty Diana.

Diana's nickname is DD. If you say DD in Vietnamese it means go go. If you add the correct tonality it means something completely different.

Diana Nguyen just wants more work in the entertainment industry. She wants to buy a house and raise her fantasy children. And she suspects that if Pauline Hanson could focus more on Asians again she might be able to keep her dreams alive. Celebrating life through the trials of a 33-year-old single Vietnamese-Australian comedian, this is no longer her mother’s nightmare. It is hers.

A left of the middle stand-up show, Dirty Diana hits the ground running at Storyville Melbourne this March amidst a blaze of storytelling, song, and dance. Covering an array of lively topics including her Mum, men, and her Mum's opinion on the topic of her and men, join Diana as she masters the art of talking dirty during the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Floraleda Sacchi - Contemporary Harp Concert
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019
Floraleda Sacchi is a musician, composer and producer who creates her own musical world blending acoustic harp and electronics, classical, minimal and pop. Trained as a classical musician, she won 16 prizes, a Latin Grammy, played at Carnegie Hall New York and in top venues all around the world as one of the most sought-after harpist of her generation.

She recorded iTunes chart-topping albums for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, but then she decided to venture her own path, founded her recording label - Amadeus Arte and started writing her own music combining electronics, looper and fx pedals to the harp developing a unique sound and a new artistic identity.
Mountainfilm on Tour - Openair Cinemas
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019
Mountainfilm on Tour is back. The 2019 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado.

One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours - heart. Join them for a celebration of adventure, environment and the human spirit. Mountainfilm is one of the world's best mountain film festivals, featured in the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine.

The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world. Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. This year's films feature an awesome mix of short films featuring the likes of climber Alex Honnold, ultra runner Kilian Jornet as well as mountaineering, mountain biking, expedition travel, fly fishing, cultural and environmental stories. This is an event to inspire you to take on the world and experience all it has to offer. Please note: All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating with no refunds available.
Nurse Georgie Carroll - Treat Yourself
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019 to Fri 12th Apr 2019
Born and raised in Manchester, England, now a proud Australian, Georgie Carroll is a comedian, nurse, mother and wife. She is a regular panellist on channel 10's Have You Been Paying Attention? Saves lives, makes humans and on telly – what is not to love?

This combination of nationalities, home life and hospital provide a 24/7 training ground that boot camp Georgie’s naturally funny bones. Her bluntness and charm coupled with a razor-sharp wit, give her a broad-spectrum appeal that make her the multi-award-winning, internationally sold-out festival favourite she has become.

Best advice - buy tickets early, strap in, laugh hard.

'Adored by the audience. ★★★★' The Upside News

'Hilariously relatable. ★★★★' The Clothesline
Pamela's Palace at Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019 to Sat 6th Apr 2019
In the glittery underworld of combs, curlers and hormonal imbalance, time is running out.

Pamela is the hard working queen of a buzzing beauty salon, but behind the glitz and the glamour the 'Salon of the Year' competition threatens to bring the walls of her suburban palace crumbling down.

Lovesick Tiffany's body clock is ticking, bashful Bronwyn ‘needs to talk’ and attention-seeking Pamela has age-related problems from her head down to her camel-toe.

Featuring jaw dropping dance routines and brilliantly bonkers original music, Pamela and her girls bring you all the drama of a Mike Leigh works and the sparkle and humour of the ‘Strictly Ballroom’ culminating in a whirlwind of female insecurities, shameless gossip and some over-bleached highlights.

Pamela’s Palace was the hilarious smash-hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2018. This is the show’s first Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Nick Capper - Pig In The City
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Nick Capper is one of the only agricultural-based comedians in Australia or the world. He's also one of Australia's oldest comedians. Arriving here on the first fleet Nick opened Australia's first comedy club in 1788 entertaining mostly ship folk, stonemasons and sheep dogs. His best act was called Ratboy McGee, an emu that did great impressions of Captain Cook and the botanist Sir Joseph Banks.

After releasing his first comedy special on pianola, Ratboy was tragically killed in a knife accident, but Nick Capper lives on doing comedy over 200 years later. You can't match talent with this many years of experience.

Capper is a comedian who is comfortable in chaos. He may have you on the edge of your seat wondering if he knows what he’s doing, but don't be fooled—having been in the comedy game for over ten years, his fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants style is all part of the charm.
Mountainfilm on Tour - Melbourne
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019
The 2019 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours - HEART. Join for a celebration of adventure, environment and the human spirit.

Mountainfilm is one of the world's best mountain film festivals, featured in the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine. The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world.

Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. This year's films feature an awesome mix of short films featuring the likes of climber Alex Honnold, ultra runner Kilian Jornet as well as mountaineering, mountain biking, expedition travel, fly fishing, cultural and environmental stories. This is an event to inspire you to take on the world and experience all it has to offer.
Urzila Carlson - Loser
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sat 20th Apr 2019
Loser is almost always negative - I’ve lost my keys, a relative, my mind, money, dignity, it is only positive when you lose some weight. Why? If you meet someone awesome, would you not want to be more of that person? Why can your friends not see your fatness but your family and doctor can see nothing but your fatness? Why is losing so hard?

The truth is, everyone is a loser in some form and at some point, everyone hits their rock bottom. Are you prepared? Get ready losers, join the award-winning comedian Urzila Carlson as she tackles our failures. What’s the worst that can happen?

Presented by Live Nation.
Des Bishop – The Comments Section
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Des Bishop tries to be a good person, but it is so hard to know if you are doing the right thing nowadays. Is it ok to have strong opinions about sex being a cis, white, male? Is he woke, conformist or both? Pineapple on pizza—right or not?

Native New Yorker and one of Ireland’s most loved comedians, Des Bishop returns down under in 2019 with a brand-new hour of stand-up. His signature rapid-fire, open and inquisitive style brings in the laughs at a supersonic pace and makes you think. Unapologetic, charismatic and clever, Des Bishop is not to be missed.
The Vampires
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019
Sydney's world-roots-jazz quartet The Vampires are touring Australia in March. They will be launching their sixth album, 'Pacifica', following up on the success of their 2017 album 'The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke' which was nominated for an ARIA Award and shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize.

Combining risk-taking improvisation, sophisticated compositions and an uncanny sense of dialogue between the sax-trumpet frontline, the band has developed a style of its own that effortlessly combines influences from all corners of the world. No matter how sophisticated or adventurous their music can be, there is always a strong, even hypnotic, groove holding it all together. The band is now dispersed around the globe, with bassist Alex Boneham living in Los Angeles (since 1994, when he was invited to study at the Thelonious Monk Institute, which has allowed him to study and perform with such greats as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter) and trumpeter Nick Garbett living in Italy, so this tour will be the only chance to hear them as a quartet in Australia for 2019.

Band members:
Nick Garbett (trumpet)
Jeremy Rose (saxophones and bass clarinet)
Alex Boneham (bass)
Alex Masso (drums, percussion)
Luka Bloom – The Refuge Tour
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019
Much loved Irish troubadour Luka Bloom is a master of the concert stage. His incredibly gifted electro-acoustic guitar playing guarantees an impassioned live performance of his original, poetic and melodic songs. Luka’s concert arsenal includes both tender and dynamic original material and a surprisingly eclectic selection of other people’s work.

Over the years Bloom has brought his inspiring lyrics and sumptuous melodies to clubs, theatres, festivals, bars and arenas all over the world, but he has a special place in his heart for Australian audiences and has earned a devoted following in this country.
Luka Bloom
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Fri 29th Mar 2019
Much loved Irish troubadour Luka Bloom is a master of the concert stage. Luka is an incredibly gifted electro-acoustic guitar playing guarantees an impassioned live performance of his original, poetic and melodic songs.

Luka’s concert arsenal includes both tender and dynamic original material and a surprisingly eclectic selection of other people’s work.
Alliance Française French Film Festival – Dany
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019
One of French cinema’s most recognisable on-screen talents, François Damiens (The Bélier Family, Alliance Française French Film Festival 2015; Just to Be Sure, Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017), has gone down an unconventional path with his directorial debut Dany, shot entirely using hidden cameras.

While serving a long-term jail sentence, habitual criminal Dany (Damiens) learns that his teenage son, Sullivan (Matteo Salamone), has sought a legal emancipation order from the courts. Determined to atone for being an absent father, Dany stages a prison escape, entwining Sullivan and his ‘godfather’, Parrain (Christian Brahy), in a series of clumsy escapades. The trio desperately try to evade the police so Dany can reconcile with Sullivan.

Unapologetically combining the kind of provocation synonymous with MTV’s Jackass franchise with cringe-worthy moments on par with Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm television show, Dany is a bold and devilish cinematic experience. Despite its hidden-camera gimmickry, it delivers genuine cinematic pathos and makes a resounding statement about the shifting relationships between family members.
Garry Starr Conquers Troy
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Acting was invented by the ancient Greeks. Before that people were just pretending.

With the release of his new book Garry’s Way: How to do Good Acting, Garry Starr gives rebirth to the ancient art of pretendism, once again saving the performing arts from its inevitable extinction.

Following his multi-award-winning debut in 2018, comic wunderkind Damien Warren-Smith delivers another anarchic drama masterclass to remember.
Tanya Losanno - The Good, The Bad and the Elderly
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Tanya’s lived her adult life like a cowboy, doing whatever she wants. But now she is back where she grew up, with her own family in tow, and looking down the barrel of caring for her elderly Italian parents only to realise this ride is wilder than the wild west.

From dealing with scammers, telcos and buying a walker from Aldi on a specials day, this is a show about the chaos and absurdity affecting more and more people who are becoming part of the sandwich generation.

Drawing on the inspiration of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and the music of Ennio Morricone, this is what happens when a middle-aged cowboy tries to care for two old cowboys, only to realise that one of the greatest weapons in the fight for independence is belligerence.
Fringe Wives Club: Glittergrass
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Three comedy goddesses return with an all-new champagne-fuelled sucker punch. A disco-feminist hootenanny, these fierce femmes pay homage to the bad girls and dangerous women who strived for freedom and independence.

Starring the multi-award-winning Victoria Falconer, Tessa Waters, Rowena Hutson, Laura Frew and Sharnema Nougar, Glittergrass incorporates storytelling, slapstick comedy and a killer soundtrack, backed by a full live band playing us towards a brave and bold future.
Simon Taylor - Right Now
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Adelaide Advertiser put it best: 'Simon Taylor is not just a comedian – he is a singer, dancer, actor and magician all rolled into one'. Come see Australia’s most versatile comedian after his breakout ABC stand-up special, writing for The Tonight Show and his appearance in the hit Netflix series Magic for Humans.
Tom Allen
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working-class suburbia, Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour of Australia.

Tom Allen’s unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling has seen him fast become a household name, selling out almost 200 shows in the UK. He now brings his critically-acclaimed show, Absolutely, to Melbourne.
Space Force – Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
In 2018, the Federal Government established the Australian Space Agency. This Comedy Festival, Space Force is documenting Australia’s first intergalactic foray.

Space Force comes from the minds of Flat Pack, a brand new sketch comedy group comprised of five of Melbourne’s brightest up-and-coming comedic talents; Ella Lawry, Isabelle Knight, Madi Savage, Millie Holten and Georgie Daniels. Hailing from the training grounds of the Improv Conspiracy, LaughMasters Academy, 16th Street and the Melbourne University Law Revue, these five women are each directors, writers and actors from the cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

They have firm foundations in comedy and have been impressing audiences around Australia and the world, taking the stage in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Del Close Marathon in New York City.

In 2019, Flat Pack are proud to be making their MICF debut with Space Force, an intergalactic sketch show directed by Broni (I’m Here, Paradise, Who We Were) and produced by Nat Montalto (The Factory).
Annie Louey: Before I Forget – MICF
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
As seen in The Age M Magazine, triple j's Good Az Friday and heard weekly on JOY94.9.

Annie Louey's second solo stand-up show is bursting with hilariously relatable true stories, games and never-before-seen photographs that will blow your tiny mind. She had sell-out performances at the Comedy Festival last year and has toured Australia and internationally.

Did you know that millennials are more forgetful than people over 55? Turns out, young people are more likely to forget what day of the week it is, where their keys are and even forget to shower more often than old people.

In fact, Annie hasn’t showered since Tuesday. Or was it Friday? Who knows! Annie’s fresh perspective makes her one of the most exciting new acts you’ll see this year.
Daniel Connell - Piece of Piss
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Stand-up comedian Daniel Connell returns to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with a brand new show.

Daniel Connell is in a bizarre limbo land. Since last year’s Comedy Festival he has lost touch with the youth, had a near-death experience, met a killer and fallen out with dickhead friends.

What is ahead for Daniel as he embarks on the next stage of life?

As seen on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and Comedy Up Late (ABC). Daniel Connell could easily be described as the ideal Aussie comedian – affable, loveable and hilarious. His observational, dry, often unanticipated comedy has seen him take to stages all over the country and around the world, including the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
David Tieck: What Would Bill Murray Do?
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Mon 8th Apr 2019
David Tieck, is a big fat absurdist, idiotic, stupid-faced, teddy bear-type person.

In this new hour of surreal silliness, David is officially promising to show off at least 37 totally weird, reckless and flippantly foolish ideas, as well possibly up to as many as one profound ideas.

After touring internationally with Two Little Dickheads, David Tieck returns with a solo show of high voltage nonsense, inspired by Bill Murray’s "Let’s have some fun here" philosophy of life.

Directed by Sharnema Nougar - Fringe Wives Club, Two Little Dickheads.
Rose Callaghan - 12 Rules for Life
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Rose Callaghan developed an obsessive hatred of a controversial internet psychologist so strong that now she is doing this show. Free speech, stans, feminism and lobsters – in listicle form because it is 2019.

She answers the age old question: do men need YouTube masculinity coaches – or just a hug and a mental health plan?

Rose has been touring Australia selling out festivals, tearing the roof off comedy clubs and playing to packed theatres as opening act for Puppetry of the Penis (fully clothed). She's a regular on triple j, has appeared on ABC and NovaFM and won Best Comedy at the 2016 Sydney Fringe. Buy your tickets early because her shows sell out.
Steph Tisdell - The Pyramid
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
From Socrates to Twitter #checkyourprivilege, society has always been obsessed with social status. Society is led to believe that success is a pyramid that no one wants to be at the bottom of. Best Newcomer Nominee and Deadly Funny Winner Steph Tisdell is back to work out where you fit on the pyramid.
Beethoven, Mozart and Sibelius
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019 to Mon 1st Apr 2019
Italian pianist Alessio Bax was First Prize-winner at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions. In this concert he plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.27 in C minor, the most symphonic of concertos, for his Melbourne Symphony Orchestra debut.

Composed around the same time as Mozart’s Don Giovanni it shares much of the opera’s unrelenting tension and tragedy. So defiant and intense is the music, it’s as though Mozart has burst through the boundaries of his conventional times.

Sibelius’s First Symphony was written around the same time as his patriotic Finlandia: a time his native Finland was struggling for independence. Rich and romantic, the First Symphony is subtly flavoured with the Finnish folk-inspired melodies that would become quintessential Sibelius.

Full of the same drama and intensity as his Fifth Symphony, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture makes for an arresting opening to this dynamic program.
Ross Noble - Humournoid
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019 to Sat 30th Mar 2019
What happens when pure comedy takes human form? What happens when a creature is created and bred to do stand up? Nobody knows because that is not a thing. What is a thing is Ross Noble doing a show. You can come and see. This is it.
Sarah Maclaine Performs Live at The Jazzlab
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019
Australian singer/songwriter Sarah Maclaine constantly delights audiences with her rich, velvety voice, its beautiful tone and fantastic vocal range.

She moves with ease from pop to jazz, blues to RnB. You name it, she does it. Sarah has a vast and eclectic repertoire.

Performing live at The Jazzlab in Brunswick do not miss her.
Made of Ballarat Pop-Up Shop
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019 to Wed 24th Apr 2019
Like nothing else in Melbourne. And for one month only. The Makers of Ballarat are proud to present the most eclectic showcase of culture, collectibles, products and produce, each complete with the artisan’s story, as well as one-off events.

From Truffle salt and oil, bushfood spices, or fresh farmed trout smoked for your tasting pleasure to one-off ceramics, jewellery, hand-forged knives and cordwainer-crafted shoes. In all, a range of products as eclectic as Ballarat and as individual as the makers themselves.

Tastings, workshops, demonstrations, masterclasses. The Made of Ballarat Pop-Up Shop is where you can pick up hints from the experts, learn new skills, watch the makers in action and even try your own hand.

Head to the culinary capital of country Victoria. Because through May, Plate Up Ballarat Festival will celebrate all that makes a visit so delicious. To be in it to win, sign up to the monthly newsletter on their website.

The Pop-Up Shop is delivered in partnership with Visit Victoria.
ObstaSplash Inflatable Obstacle Course
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
ObstaSplash is a fully inflatable Obstacle course for adults with a mixture of wet and dry inflatable challenges. Spread over flat grassland you and your mates will slip, slide, stack and bounce your way around crazy inflatables such as "ObstaScream" ObstaFun-House and the nation's favourite and biggest ObstaBlue-Balls.

This event is not to be missed. Minimum age is 13.

ObstaSplash is proudly 100% Australian owned and operated.

Harriett Allcroft Quintet Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Stirring lyrics and soaring melodies, Harriett combines subtle, unexpected note choices and heart-rending lyrics, resulting in a room full of mesmerised listeners. Harriett Allcroft captivates audiences with her effervescent on stage presence and dynamic vocal style.

A remarkable and captivating vocalist and song-writer, Harriett and her offbeat humour will reel you in with interpretations of tunes both new and old. Tonight the band will be playing songs off of Harriett's recently recorded, yet to be released debut album Archie.

Joined by the excellent James Bowers, Tamara Murphy, Kieran Rafferty, and Shaun Rammers.
Katherine Hattam: The history pictures
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Katherine Hattam provides a feminist reading of the well-known colonial story of escaped convict William Buckley. Through the lens of Hattam’s contemporary domestic life, this new body of work explores the elusive life of Buckley, who lived for 32 years along Victoria’s coastline with the Wathaurong tribe before choosing to re-engage with white society.

'The history pictures' will also include other series of work that re-envisage and re-write the male-dominant stories, myths and beliefs that have had an impact on Hattam’s journey as a female artist.

Gallery open from Wednesday to Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Lawrence Leung - Growing Concerns
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
Acclaimed comedian, champion worrier and consistent escape room prisoner, Lawrence returns with tall tales, big concerns and dubious solutions. From Maximum Choppage, Unbelievable and Offspring.
Yang Yongliang
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
One of China’s most exciting contemporary artists, Yang Yongliang’s work combines the visual language of ancient Chinese scroll painting with digital technologies to create poetic yet disquieting works.

The large scale projection Endless Stream (2017) depicts a classically sublime landscape that is contaminated by an endless stream urban development. This fantastical scene evokes feelings of empathy for the ancient mountains rising from the mist, slowing being consumed by human inhabitation.

Part of Art + Climate = Change from 23 April to 19 May, a socially-engaged festival of exhibitions, theatre works, keynote lectures, events and artist talks considering climate change impacts and the challenges and opportunities arising from climate change. For more information:

Gallery open from Wednesday to Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
Bramleigh Estate Bridal Expo
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Brimming with Hamptons luxury and opulence, Bramleigh Estate will be launching their inaugural Bridal Expo.

The Bramleigh Bridal Expo will showcase more than 50 local exhibitors presenting their best products and services to an expected 1000-bride crowd. There will also be suite of transportation options on display from vintage delights, modern must-haves.

From couture bridal gowns, both modern and classic, florists, to photographers and cake makers, Bramleigh Estate will be transformed a bustling bridal hub, complete with delicious gourmet food and beverage samples for patrons.

According to Director Bramleigh Estate, Mary-Anne Lowe, the Bramleigh Bridal Expo will be a show-stopping affair against the backdrop of Bramleigh Estate’s breathtaking Hamptons style and décor.
Wild Deer Hunting, Guiding and Fishing Expo
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
The Wild Deer Hunting, Guiding and Fishing Expo has a new home at Sandown Racecourse.

With more than 200 exhibitor sites and a full schedule of practical demonstrations, education sessions and expert speakers the Expo will be a destination event for enthusiasts and the hunting, guiding and fishing industries.
A Romantic Rendezvous
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
The Australian Romance Readers Association is hosting a multi-city, multi-author Romantic Rendezvous series. Each event will be a full-day signing, featuring special guests Celeste Bradley and Keri Arthur, plus more than 30 local romance authors. There will also be special activities for ARRA members at each event.

Please note: Sherrilyn Kenyon is no longer able to attend this event.
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Be swept away on a gypsy slapstick adventure with a hint of circus and a pinch of cabaret as you are invited to see-in-to the light and shade of everyone's alter egos and intimate and emotional worlds.

Presented by BoilOver Inclusive Performance Ensemble this memorable and unique performance will leave you in both stitches and tears.
Summer Salty's at Power House
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Salty Sessions is proudly collaborating with Melbourne's Lord Somers Camp and Power House to bring you a pop-up summer event of great tunes and refreshing drinks. Hosted at the incredible Power House with stunning views, a bar on deck, and live music performed by Majak Door and Velvet Bloom.

Lord Somers Camp and Power Huse is a small organisation that work to create a stronger, more inclusive society through service to others. They have quietly and impressively been making a difference to the lives of thousands of people from all walks of life, ages and cultures since 1929.

A proportion of all ticket sales of this event are going towards programs that support young people from refugee and newly migrated backgrounds transition and adjust to their new lives in Australia.

A summer night overlooking Albert Park Lake with beautiful views of the city, a night not to be missed.
The Ultimate Vegas Show
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Showgirls. Legends. Feathers. Sequins. Circus. High-kicks and Illusions that astound.

All the sizzle and spectacle of a true Las Vegas show will be celebrated in 2019 with The Ultimate Vegas Show.

The Ultimate Vegas Show mixes world-class illusion and Circus acts with the best Vegas variety artists. The show pays tribute to Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and other legendary greats through Australia’s best impersonators, all framed by a bevy of gorgeous Vegas Showgirls and boys.

Show producer and co-star Michael Boyd, the magical mind behind recent show blockbusters Cabaret De Paris and Mystique, as well as one of the star finalists on Australia’s Got Talent, said The Ultimate Vegas Show would be a fantastic, sequin-studded journey direct to the Strip in Las Vegas.
The Soul Movers
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
With scorching new album 'Bona Fide', recorded across seven epic studios of the USA and featuring legendary 'Swampers' David Hood and Spooner Oldham, Murray Cook, everyone's favourite ex-Red Wiggle, Lizzie Mack and their Soul Movers guarantee to deliver to your ears something retro, something new and something that is sure to get you busting out your moves on the dance floor.

A cocktail of soul, blues and rockin' pop that will leave you feeling shaken and stirred, this 'once in many lifetime' unmissable event with The Soul Movers and special guests is bound to sell out fast. Signed albums and selfies are also a sure bet so grab your tickets early or be cryin' some very salty, soulful tears.
Luka Bloom
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
Much loved Irish troubadour Luka Bloom is a master of the concert stage.

His incredibly gifted electro-acoustic guitar playing guarantees an impassioned live performance of his original, poetic and melodic songs.
Top Designs
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Fri 14th Jun 2019
Top Designs returns to celebrate the innovation and creative problem-solving of Victoria's youngest designers.

Displaying the work of outstanding VCE and VET design students, this annual exhibition spans the breadth of furniture, fashion, graphic and product design, set, prop and costume design, film, print, photography, animation, mechanical, electronic and web design.

These remarkable student projects hint at the exciting future of Australian contemporary design.
2019 MS Melbourne Cycle and Half Marathon
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
Ride, run, jog or walk – it is your choice when it comes to participating in the MS Melbourne Cycle or Half Marathon.

No matter what takes your fancy, you are covered. Take in all the sights and sounds of the Flemington Racecourse and Melbourne as you ride or run for multiple sclerosis.

Visit the website for more information about the courses and register today.
Shostakovich, Raff & Brahms
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
Three works showing the full dramatic, virtuosic and emotional possibilities of chamber music: Shostakovich’s theatrical, short octet; Raff;s joyous Octet, and Brahms’ youthful and sonorous second sextet. A performance of enthralling energy and compelling intimacy.
MJC Presents: Tripataka and Daryl Pratt (Sydney) Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
Following their successful collaborations last year with Indian tabla master Pandit Abhijit Banerjee, and then Sandy Evans and Sai-Sarangan Ravichandhira, Tripataka are presenting a concert with another special guest, Sydney vibraphone maestro Daryl Pratt. Together they will perform original compositions by the ensemble, including world premiere performances.

An expatriate American, since migrating here in 1985, Pratt has worked in both contemporary classical music and jazz. In addition to his jazz quartet; Sonic Fiction - which recorded on Tall Poppies and NAXOS in the 1990s. He was also a member of the Australian Art Orchestra, AtmaSphere, and the Chad Wackerman Group.

Adrian Sherriff (bass trombone, percussion), Jonathan Dimond (electric bass guitar, percussion) and Adam King (drums, percussion) together with special guest, Daryl Pratt (vibraphone).
3207 PORT with Claire Besley
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
3207 PORT is giving Melbourne health enthusiasts a chance to explore what Port Melbourne businesses have to offer. This community event organised by Port Melbourne Business Association (PMBS) endeavours to promote local businesses that specialise in health and wellness to the community.

Life coach and founder of Inspirited Solutions, Claire Besley, will be taking the stage to discuss emotional stability and how to achieve it. Claire’s goal is to raise awareness regarding emotional health, which is usually overshadowed by society’s prioritisation of physical and mental wellbeing.

There will be local food vendors to cater to hungry crowds, as well as activities for children to keep them entertained.
Creative Innovation 2019 Asia Pacific
Date Mon 1st Apr 2019 to Wed 3rd Apr 2019
Creative Innovation 2019 Asia Pacific is the place to imagine the future, inspire your leadership and achieve business success. Creative Innovation Global is the premiere conference for anyone who cares about creativity, innovation, leadership, change, transformation and the future.

Bringing together 600 to 700 leaders from business, government, academia, community, not-for-profits and media, the aim of Creative Innovation 2019 Asia Pacific is to explain the drivers of the changes taking place, the implications for the future and the strategies and thinking that governments, businesses, NFPs and individuals will need to adopt to be successful.

This award-winning event will help you upgrade yourself and your organisation to Intelligence 2.0. It will give you the insights, knowledge and tools to develop the agility and leadership mindset you need to transform your organisation and inspire you to build a collective future for humanity.

Don’t miss the world class line-up of visionary innovators, futurists and leaders that are gathering at Ci2019 to help us better understand, collaborate and prepare for our rapidly changing world.
A-List Comedy Sampler hosted by Lawrence Mooney
Date Mon 1st Apr 2019 to Mon 8th Apr 2019
Hosted by Triple M’s Lawrence Mooney, the A-List Comedy Sampler features the hottest rising stars of the comedy world and a secret special guest or two, lovingly hand-picked to provide you with the ultimate comedy sampler.

If you are not sure what to see this Comedy Festival what better way to check out a short set from some of the best acts in the Festival?
The Big HOO-HAA! at Melbourne Comedy Festival
Date Mon 1st Apr 2019 to Mon 15th Apr 2019
After selling out 33 of their regular Friday night shows in 2018, Melbourne's masters of improvised comedy The Big HOO-HAA! return to Melbourne Town Hall for the 2019 Melbourne Comedy Festival with three hilarious marquee nights.

The Big HOO-HAA! is Melbourne’s longest running and best-loved improvised comedy show. Watch as two teams fight it out for your love and laughs, using nothing more than your suggestions as inspiration. It is fast-paced, it is high-octane – and it is completely different every night.

This year, each of The Big HOO-HAA!’s three Comedy Fest shows are themed to some of your favourite genres – horror, musicals and romance – giving this band of expert improvisers the chance to dive deep down into the characters and hilarious tropes that audiences love.

Starring Melbourne’s funniest improvisers, The Big HOO-HAA! Melbourne is an all-out battle for comedic supremacy where the audience always wins.
The 36th Annual Green Room Awards
Date Mon 1st Apr 2019
The Green Room Awards Association proudly presents The 36th Annual Green Room Awards.

Join Melbourne's Arts Industry at the iconic Comedy Theatre on the 1 April to celebrate and applaud the achievements of their talented peers. Now in its 36th year, the Green Room Awards Association (GRAA) is Victoria's peak body for honouring excellence and innovation across our vibrant Arts sector.

As peer-presented Performing Arts Industry accolades, the Green Room Awards recognise outstanding achievements in productions from Cabaret, Contemporary and Experimental Performance, Dance, Independent Theatre, Music Theatre, Opera, and Theatre Companies. The awards acknowledge the contributions of the many diverse Artists and Technicians who create work in our local industry. Across its long history previous winners include Australian playwright Michael Gow, Soprano Marina Prior, dancer and Australian Ballet CEO, David McAllister, the multi-talented Tim Minchin, and performer Rachel Griffiths.

Hosted by legends of Melbourne performance Anni Davey and Maude Davey, the 2019 ceremony will be a jam-packed, electric night with live performances.

Join Peppa Pig on an aquarium adventure
Date Mon 1st Apr 2019 to Tue 30th Apr 2019
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is helping Peppa Pig celebrate â€㭯 Years of Muddy Puddles’ during the April school holidays with a marine adventure.

Peppa Pig activities will run through the whole month with Peppa herself plunging into the aquarium for daily meet and greets from Sunday 7 April to Sunday 21 April.

Guests will begin their SEA LIFE Melbourne experience with a Peppa Pig mask and a special edition activity book before embarking on an underwater journey to find Peppa’s friends and family among the marvellous reef creatures.

Keep a lookout for Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig, George Pig, Suzie Sheep and Rebecca Rabbit amid the regal blue tang, sea stars, flatback turtles and clownfish!

An exclusive Peppa Pig photo opportunity will allow guests to share their SEA LIFE Melbourne “pigture” with family and friends.

Peppa Pig merchandise will be available from the SEA LIFE Melbourne gift shop to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the beloved cartoon character.

School holiday visitors can also experience all the weird and wonderful sea creatures that call SEA LIFE Melbourne home. From Leo the Leopard Shark to Charlie the Sawfish to Bowie the Bowmouth Guitarfish, there’s thousands of amazing animals to meet.

Bev Killick - Crummy Mummy
Date Mon 1st Apr 2019 to Mon 15th Apr 2019
In these days of competitive parenting, Bev Killick isn’t playing the game, Instead of a Yummy Mummy, she is a self-described Crummy Mummy – and proud of it.

Bev’s humour is a reality check for all women struggling to have a life after creating kids.

Writing For The Web Workshop / Short Course
Date Tue 2nd Apr 2019
Improve your writing skills. Whether it is for your website, email marketing, social media or newsletter. This a fun and practical writing for the web course covers all the key skills and techniques needed to make your writing as effective as possible – from how to write great headlines, intros and snappy sentences to formatting, structuring and writing for search engine optimisation (SEO).

Taught by a former Age and Sydney Morning Herald editor and journalist, this workshop only has nine places available to ensure every participant receives personalised attention.

Writing exercises are included throughout the workshop, so you can immediately practise what you have learnt.

Booklets and certificates will be handed out to each participant. This workshop is suitable for anyone whose writing ends up online.
Schubert: Grand Duo
Date Tue 2nd Apr 2019
Kiazma Piano Duo brings together the talents of pianists Tomoe Kawabata and Aura Go. Equally at home in twopiano and four-hand repertoire from the Baroque to the present day, Kiazma shares the unique combination of intimacy, intricacy and dynamism that each genre has to offer.

Atop the summit of Schubert’s unparalleled achievements in the four-hand repertoire sits the remarkable Sonata in C ‘Grand Duo’ of 1824. Kiazma Piano Duo gives audiences a rare opportunity to experience this epic work, one of the most glorious and significant neglected works by a major composer, in concert. The sublime Variations in A-flat on an Original Theme was composed in the same year, and, together with the Grand Duo, mark Schubert’s rediscovery of a sense of “happiness and peace”.
Tahir - You Had One Job!
Date Tue 2nd Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
Tahir explores the stupidity of the funniest animal on the planet - humans.

Dumb jobs, stupid actions and hard to believe decisions from an animal that is apparently on top of the food chain. The male species is especially guilty of butchering, getting wrong and not understanding simple jobs and tasks.

Tahir will explore the complex psyche of the human mind in a hilarious fashion as he takes you through a roller coaster and thought provoking ride full of laughs and surprises – all delivered by a world class award winning stand-up comedian. Those on Centrelink or on any type of welfare are welcome - but no discounts. He knows about the cash jobs.

Enter the Bank Vault - Ghost Tour with Dr Dubaj
Date Tue 2nd Apr 2019
Step back in time, to a period of heightened prosperity of Victoria’s gold rush in the 1860s. The late bank manager and resident ghost of this historical building may just invite you into his lair, where he lived and kept an extremely wealthy amount of gold. Access the story of his life, his tragic end and his remaining presence in this now, live boutique theatrette. Be informed of the history and culture of old Melbourne. Afterwards, enjoy a Vaudeville show.

Vladimir Dubaj, a real parapsychologist-investigator with will be present to show what his equipment picks up or what he senses. The tour is also limited to 12 people, to keep it cosy.

At the venue, drinks and food are available. Happy hour 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
Effective Office Management & Administrative Skills for EA/PA Masterclass
Date Wed 3rd Apr 2019
In order to remain competent in the workplace, EA/PAs, administrators, office managers and secretaries need to be equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills.

This masterclass is designed to provide office administrators, supervisors of clerical and administrative staff, executive secretaries and personal assistants the opportunity to review and develop the interpersonal and professional skills they need to do their jobs effectively – thereby contributing to their own, their boss’ and their organisation’s success.

The masterclass identifies and examines the key components of the role and within each element builds up a range of approaches and techniques for operating an efficient office or support team. These elements include interpersonal, communication, organizational and time management competencies.

As can be seen from the agenda outline below, the event is broken by the topics to broadly reflect the key components of the role. However, as you will discover when you attend the event, such skills and techniques will be required in a blended and integrated way as you meet the challenges of your workplace. Throughout the event, you will practice communication, organizational and planning skills on an ongoing and linked basis as you would within your normal working environment.
Boyzone Thank You and Goodnight Tour
Date Wed 3rd Apr 2019
After a quarter of a century together, the iconic Boyzone recently announced it is time to say goodnight as they prepare for their farewell tour.

Australian fans will also get a chance to say goodbye to them in March and April next year when the Irish superstars hit these shores.

Boyzone - one of the most endearing groups to emerge from the boy band music sphere and 90’s commercial pop. They arere also one of the most successful bands in Ireland and the UK. The group have sold 25 million albums worldwide, played stadiums and arenas all over the world, went onto release six albums and had almost two-dozen hits including six number one singles and five number one albums.

Boyzone have seen great success in Australia over the years as well where their hit singles became staples at pop radio in the 90’s – songs such as Picture of You, No Matter What, Love Me For a Reason and Father and Son.

Supporting Boyzone is fellow singer and songwriter, Brian McFadden, performing Westlife and solo hits.

Don’t your opportunity to farewell Boyzone.

Vinicius Cantuaria
Date Wed 3rd Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
Born in Manaus, Amazonas, Vinicius Cantuária grew up in Rio de Janeiro, and played with one of the first progressive Brazilian bands, O Terço. He released six albums in Brazil in the 80s. He moved to New York in the mid-90s and with his album Sol Na Cara, pioneered neo-Brazilian music in 1996. He then became one of the most important downtown New York figures, collaborating with artists as eclectic as Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Brad Mehldau and Arto Lindsay.

As a composer, Cantuaria has had many successes, with "Lua e Estrela" (recorded by Caetano Veloso in 1981), "Coisa Linda," "So Você," and "Na Cançao." As a sideman, he has performed with Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, to only name a few.

In New York, he released five internationally recognised studio albums and signed an artist contract with Naïve in 2008 which put out his album Cymbals, recorded with top New York musicians, Brad Mehldau, Michael Leonhardt, Dave Binney, and Erik Friedlander.
Federico Albanese - Piano Concert
Date Wed 3rd Apr 2019
Federico Albanese is a composer born in Milan, Italy in 1982. His musical versatility is a natural gift that pushes him to explore music in all its facets. Albanese’s compositions are airy and cinematic, blending classical music, pop and psychedelia.

He started studying piano and clarinet as a child before becoming fascinated by rock music performing in several bands. Influenced by black music, folk, electronic, modern and contemporary classical music his skills as a composer soon emerged. He worked for five years as prop man in several film sets. This experience made him understand the power of the connection between music and images and helped him to develop his personal musical path.
James Hazelden - Denouement
Date Wed 3rd Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
A sublimely silly and frenetically farcical comedy whodunnit for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. A stately English home, an amateur detective, a missing will, a bloody knife. Everyone is a suspect. Anyone could be the next victim. Nothing is what it seems.

A traditional thriller descends into a surreal and subversive celebration of the genre complete with surprise twists, suspicious characters and sparkling black comedy. From the makers of Mystery Radio Theatre, Man Bites God and Theatre of the World.
Dessert, Decadence and Drams Flight Night
Date Wed 3rd Apr 2019 to Wed 24th Apr 2019
Melbourne is renowned for its incredible food and drink culture and it was, in fact, the diversity of this city’s cuisine which inspired us to create Starward. Melbourne would not be the city it is without the laneway bars, café culture, award winning restaurants, chocolates and cakes. This month we intend to celebrate that with Bibelot, South Melbourne for a pairing not to be missed.

On Wednesday nights, throughout April Starward Whisky Distillery will indulge their decadence with a pairing of desserts and drams as Bibelot shows what they can do with Starward Whisky. You will examine both dessert and whisky production, with guest presenters straight from the kitchen and the distillery. So, get on down to Starward Whisky Distillery and join us for a South Melbourne celebration of desserts, decadence and drams.

You will receive a guided whisky tasting of four whiskies, dessert paired with each from Bibelot and an explanation of the deserts from the chefs behind them.

All Whisky Flight Nights start promptly at the advertised time. Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the start.
Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with Michael Collins and Paul Dean
Date Thu 4th Apr 2019
The clarinet is known as the smooth talker of the orchestra. Cheeky and sometimes raunchy, it’s also capable of stunning warmth and beauty. And in this concert, you’ll experience the clarinet’s dynamic versatility showcased in two works, performed by two brilliant virtuosi.

First is Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto; a perennial favourite, and the total package as far as concertos go. Its lyrical second movement has an endearing honesty, and is framed by two charming fast movements; a bright and cheery allegro, and a playfully elegant finale. Bringing it to life is world-class soloist Michael Collins, who also leads the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in this performance.

Collins then takes the conductor’s baton for the next work: a brand-new clarinet concerto by MSO Composer in Residence Paul Dean. And who better to perform the solo in this exciting premiere than Dean himself, another clarinetist of international renown.

You’ll struggle to stay still in Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, which makes for an exhilarating climax to this concert. A work with no real slow movement, the symphony was described by Richard Wagner as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’.
The Birdmann and Egg
Date Thu 4th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
Enter an out-of-this-world, beautifully absurd cabaret with acclaimed icons of alternative comedy. Direct from ten world tours comes the 'Most Original Comedy' nominees of the Edinburgh Fringe in the Coolest Variety Show Ever featuring hip tracks, happening flicks, and hilarious circus tricks.

Special guests from television's ABC2, Studio at the Memo and The Project.
Mountainfilm on Tour - Carlton
Date Thu 4th Apr 2019
Mountainfilm on Tour is back. The 2019 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours - heart. Join for a celebration of adventure, environment and the human spirit.

Mountainfilm is one of the world's best mountain film festivals, featured in the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine. The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world.

Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. This year's films feature an awesome mix of short films featuring the likes of climber Alex Honnold, ultra runner Kilian Jornet as well as mountaineering, mountain biking, expedition travel, fly fishing, cultural and environmental stories. This is an event to inspire you to take on the world and experience all it has to offer.

The event will feature prize draws and a free program for all attendees.

Please note: All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating with no refunds available.
Kitty Flanagan - Smashing
Date Thu 4th Apr 2019 to Sat 20th Apr 2019
Following a sold out, five star season of “Smashing” at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Kitty is back for a few special encore performances of her smash hit show.

One of Australia’s best known and loved comedians, Kitty appears regularly on the comedy/quiz show, Have You Been Paying Attention? She’s also known for her segments on The Project and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering as well as for playing the role of Rhonda on the award-winning ABC show, Utopia.

Do not miss this final opportunity to see Kitty Flanagan smashing it.

Extra show added on 13 April due to overwhelming demand.
Vladimir the Crow - Paul Bourke Theatre
Date Thu 4th Apr 2019 to Sat 20th Apr 2019
In this mime on steroids romp through the classic horror underworld, ghoul clown Vladimir the Crow illuminates the darkness with sublime physical clowning and a soundscape full of fun scares and sonic mayhem.
Essential Baby & Toddler Show
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
At Australia’s favourite parenting event, enjoy a fantastic day out for the whole family. The show supports parents, new and expectant mothers with education and free advice to assist with the parenting journey. The show will feature the hottest new products from around the world where you can discover and compare baby brands.

Shop from more than 150 fantastic pregnancy, baby and toddler brands including Baby and Toddler Town - Bugaboo, Silvercross, Redsbaby, Icandy, Love n Care and Jalna.

Head to The Advice Hub for personalized, one-on-one consultations with the Child Revive First Aid, Australian Doula College, Gidget Foundation, Red Nose, Dad’s Advice and more.

New this year, the Beginners Guide Live Forums cover a wide range of topics, including sex after childbirth, getting your body back, returning to work, birth plans, breastfeeding, safe sleeping, toddler tantrums and more.

Enjoy live performances all weekend from popular children’s entertainers Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly. Head to the Meet and Greet area after each show for a happy snap.

There will also be a limited series of First Aid courses available.

There’ll no doubt be something for everyone, no matter their stage in parenthood, so join in April.
Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor presents approximately one hundred sculptural and pictorial compositions made by renowned American artist Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976), drawn from private and museum collections in North America, including a substantial number of works lent by the Calder Foundation, New York.

Calder is widely regarded as the artist who made sculpture move, forging a practice in dialogue with the world in motion and the motion in things. His radical and pioneering methods of making art – understood both technically and conceptually – changed the course of modern art.

Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor introduces audiences to the full breadth of Calder’s influential career as an inventor of new artistic forms. The exhibition provides a rich overview of Calder’s extensive oeuvre, including his explorative two-dimensional studies of line and space, his three-dimensional wire portraits and circus figures, as well as his most acclaimed artistic inventions, the mobile and the stabile.
Tang Xianzu – The Playwright In Concert
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019
Over 100 talented musicians from the Symphony Orchestra and Opera of Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM) will make their Australian debut in Tang Xianzu the Playwright in Concert in April. 

Known as the Shakespeare of the East, Tang Xianzu is considered China’s greatest playwright. Tang is most famous for the Four Dreams—four works originally adapted to be performed as traditional Chinese operas (known as kunqu).

Tang the Playwright in Concert theatrically explores the different stages of Tang's life with references to his four main plays, banded together under the name The Four Dreams of Linchuan. The individual plays are: Zi chai ji (The Purple Hairpin), Nan ke ji (A Dream Under a Southern Bough), Handan Meng (Dream of Handan), and, most famous of all, the Mu Dan Ting (The Peony Pavilion).

In his first three plays, Tang explores through a dream narrative, the emotional dimension of human desires and ambitions, uncovering human nature beyond the social and political constraints of the feudal system of the time. Tang uses a similar dream motif adopted in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The fourth play, The Peony Pavilion, first performed in 1598, is a romantic tragicomedy, containing a grand total of 55 scenes.
Akmal - Transparent
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Sat 13th Apr 2019
ARIA nominated Akmal returns By Popular Demand with his funniest show ever in the history of comedy. Paramedics will be on call to transport audience members to hospital as their sides split from laughter.

Please note attendees must be aged 18 years and over. People under the age of 18 years will not be admitted.
The Otways Whisky Washout: Prickly Moses Brewery and Timboon Distillery
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
Get out of town for a day and experience the best of Victoria's scenery, local produce, craft beer and whisky.

Your journey will begin with a morning coffee in Melbourne, followed by brunch en route to Prickly Moses, where you will enjoy a brewery tour and beer or cider tasting, and learn about the wash used in Timboon Railway Shed Distillery's exceptional whisky.

In Timboon, you will enjoy a two-course lunch (with a beer or wine) at the distillery. Learn about the whisky making process, tour the secret bond store (where the whisky lives), and sample a range of whisky and liqueurs. You will then head to Timboon Fine Ice Cream for Sundae School - an ice cream making class of whisky caramel ripple.

Tour will include: all transport, morning coffee, brunch en route to the Otways, Prickly Moses brewery tour with beer or cider tastings, a two course lunch at Timboon Railway Shed Distillery, an exclusive tour of the secret Timboon Railway Shed Distillery bond store and tastings of whiskies and liqueurs, Sundae School (ice cream making class) at Timboon Ice Creamery.

Tour group will be limited to twelve. All participants must be over 18 years old.
West Side Story
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sat 20th Apr 2019
Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, the genius of West Side Story’s creators is unquestioned. The remarkable collaboration between Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins produced a timeless masterpiece.

Bernstein’s world-famous score features unforgettable songs including ‘ Maria’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’, that have been universally adored for generations; proving this iconic dance musical remains one of the most poignant stage works of the twentieth century.

A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; this tragic love story tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle. The “Jets”, sons of previous immigrants to America, battle the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the “Sharks”, for domination of the streets.
Brett Ashby - Blue Light
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
In a world of digital technology and mobile devices, the artist exposes his audience to blue light, digital technology and mobile device engagement. He explores the effects of blue light and how it can consume you. The QR codes featured in this exhibition reveal a series of works by the artist before being diagnosed with cancer.
Bach and Telemann
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
In April, Pinchgut performs Bach's Easter Oratorio, a masterly celebration of Eastertide joy. Presented in its original one-to-a-part setting, experience the artistry of each performer as they put their heart into the master's music for an evening of ravishing music-making.

Let the angelic beauty of soprano Alexandra Oomens' voice soar around you, and revel in the luminous mezzo-soprano tones of rising star Anna Dowsley as she makes her Pinchgut debut. Joining them in this stellar line-up are tenor Richard Butler, Pinchgut favourite David Greco (baritone) and Andrew O'Connor (bass).

Alongside Bach's jewel they present Telemann's Thunder Ode. Never before performed in Australia, this is one of Telemann's greatest masterpieces and a rousing work which calls forth the natural elements and celebrates the power of creation: a true showcase for the Orchestra of the Antipodes. An evening of sheer jubilation, uplifting elegance and grace.
La Fayette
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
Lafayette, is a show which explores the rich sounds of Cajun music from deep Louisiana, and draws on the origins of this glorious French-speaking culture. Emma, who is half-French/half-Australian is no stranger to examining her French heritage, after touring the world (opening for Tommy Emmanuel among others) on the back of her debut album of chansons, La Musique.

This show is lead by an amazing band and will feature Emma's dazzling solo's on accordion and piano, the magical sounds of George Washingmachine's formidable fiddle, accompanied by a groovin' rhythm section as they belt out the punchy songs of Clifton Chenier, Dr. John and Hank Williams.

Emma’s dynamic voice wails over her gritty accordion riffs, followed by the bands' virtuoso musicianship. This night will conjure up raucous music houses of the Deep South as you are compelled to move to a Cajun waltz or feverish two-step.

George Washingmachine is an entertainer. He works mainly in the jazz world and plays jazz violin and sings and sometimes plays the guitar and double bass. George tours regularly in Europe appearing at festivals in France, Switzerland and The UK.
Light Up Melbourne Festival
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Tue 9th Apr 2019
The Light Up Festival aims to bring a world-class lantern showcase to Melbourne on 6 to 9 April at Birrarung Marr.

With the banks of the Yarra River as the backdrop, this Festival will host a number of different large-scale lanterns, including the centrepiece, the Eternal Dragon, symbolising good fortune, strength and nobility.

Be immersed in the Festival's night market area and enjoy a variety of delectable cuisines - including a ‘Little Sichuan’ section specialising in tantalising Sichuanese treats, arts and cultural activities, entertainment and sideshow alley games.

This is a free event and one not to be missed. Join in as Melbourne lights up this year.

Billionaire Boy
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
12-year-old Joe has everything a boy could ever want, from a golden underwater Ferrari to his very own cinema. Joe and his Dad have more money than you could imagine, but what Joe really needs is a friend.

When Joe arrives at his new school, life really gets tough. Facing the school bully, his Dad’s new girlfriend and the world’s worst school canteen, Joe is about to learn that money might buy you a lot in Raj’s shop, but it cannot buy you everything.

David Walliams’ best-selling book comes to life on stage for children aged six and up - and their adults. Do not miss this original Australian adaptation as the team behind Mr Stink and The 13-, 26-, 52- and 78-Storey Treehouses live on stage return with songs, laughs and yes, that cat sick and sweet potato mash from the canteen.
Harcourts Werribee & Co Autumn Festival at the Races
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
It is the last day of Daylight Savings & the first day of school holidays! Harcourts Werribee Autumn Festival Race Day has country racing, craft markets, food trucks and an outdoor cinema on the lawn after the last race (Family Friendly Show Dogs). Bring your rug and spend the afternoon on lawn or wander through the markets up on the hill.

Entry is just a gold coin donation to the Werribee Racecourse and Recreation Reserve. Gate open: 12:00pm. See website for more information regarding the day's events.

Country Racing picnic packs available for purchase online only, pick up on the day. Parking is free. Bookings are not required, bring a rug, a picnic, your family and enjoy.

Markets run by the Wyndham Business and Tourism Association (stallholders must confirm by Friday 15 March).

Proudly supported by Harcourts Werribee & Co and the Wyndham City Council.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre celebrates The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Fans of Emmet, Wyldstyle, MetalBeard, Unikitty and Benny can rejoice. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is celebrating the long-awaited The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part with movie-themed school holiday activities from 6 to 22 April.

After LEGO fans rush to the cinema to watch the sequel to the first blockbuster, they can venture to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, the ultimate indoor LEGO playground amidst 10 LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema, rides and special movie-themed fun for families with children ages three to 10.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre will host the following intergalactic activities to celebrate the movie including: Stop Motion Video: Put your movie-making skills to the test by recreating a scene from The LEGO Movie 2 using your own LEGO creations at the brand new Stop Motion Video tables.

Create a Systar System: Build planets, stars or rockets to create your own Systar System and put it on display for everyone to see; Escape the Aliens: Build an escape vehicle that can glide down the zipline to dodge the intergalactic obstacles in your path; and Meet and Greets: Say hello to Emmet and Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie 2.
Autumn School Break at Luna Park
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Term one is done and now it is time for fun. With super-fun activities running throughout the break, it would be a shame to be entertained just once, especially with a special bonus week thrown in.

Visit during the school break and enjoy the many attractions and swinging high on all the thrilling rides including popular newbies - Speedy Beetle, Moon Balloons and sweet mini-train Betty Choo Choo.

For the creative bunnies out there, ‘Art Spaces’ will be set up the weekends of 6 and 7 April and 13 and 14 April where the littlies can let rip with their painting. To celebrate the release of ‘Wonder Park’, 35 easels will be set-up in the Park.

For Easter get to The Great Luna Park Easter Egg Hunt where all the choco-mad kids can once again hunt for more than 30,000 Chocolatier eggs on Saturday 20 April and Easter Sunday 21 April. Make sure to watch out for resident mad-as-mad Mad Hatter and the energetic Easter Bunny Acrobats bouncing about exuberantly entertaining on both days (12:30pm until 3:15pm) and entry to this activity is free with an Unlimited Ride Ticket.
Makers and Shakers Market
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019
Australia's premier mid-sized makers market returns to the Coburg Town Hall with its strongest lineup to date of both established and emerging makers of beautiful homewares, stunning lifestyle products to delicious food.

From vegan donuts, ceramics, candles, to original art and more, the event features a curated line where shoppers get the access to the very best in locally, handmade products.

If you appreciate where things come from, how things are made and who made them, then this is your event. You can meet the maker, support local business and come away with amazing and delicious treasures.

It is recommended that shoppers bring some cash, but there will be an ATM in the foyer. Many of the stallholders will accept cards (and cash). Lineup announced soon.

There will be plenty of vegan and vegetarian food options and indoor seating to enjoy the atmosphere.

Harlem Globetrotters World Tour
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019
The Original Harlem Globetrotters are globally known for their amazing feats on the basketball court, incredible humor, generous acts of goodwill and providing endless entertainment for their adoring fans, and this tour is no different.

This year, join them as they celebrate the fans during the all-new fan powered world tour. They will be bringing you closer than ever before, with more chances during and after the game to directly interact with the Globetrotters stars.

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, with some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, features a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Hammer Harrison, Thunder Law and Bull Bullard – plus women stars TNT Lister, Torch George and Hoops Green.

Don't forget to secure a spot at Magic Pass, the Globetrotters’ exclusive pre-game event. Before every game, Magic Pass gives you unprecedented access to the stars of the team, as you learn tricks, shoot hoops, and take photos on the court and after the game take part in a free autograph session too.

The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivalled in the world of family entertainment. Don’t miss out – get your tickets today.

Players subject to change
Herald Sun , Transurban Run for the Kids
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019
The 2019 Herald Sun , Transurban Run for the Kids is set for Sunday 7 April with Victoria’s most loved fun run to undergo a significant makeover for its 14th edition.

As the single biggest fundraising contributor to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, the event has raised $17.1 million dollars for the Appeal since its inception in 2006, with the exciting new updates sure to boost this tally in 2019.

Both the short (5.2 kilometres) and long (12.8 kilometres) courses have been revamped and will start and finish at the Docklands Harbour Esplanade and for the first time ever, both routes will include the Bolte Bridge.

The Docklands Harbour Esplanade will host a festival style atmosphere for everyone to enjoy whether running, walking or cheering.

Curiously Social Creatures
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019
People can be fun. Talking with people and getting to know them can be really fun! The social event 'Curiously Social Creatures' begins with a couple of fun little mingling activities, then the rules for the main game are introduced: 'Curious Q&A'. This is a structured way of having conversations with about five other people, at times funny, at times profound, at times, whatever you want it to be.

It's a way of getting to know people that doesn't hinge on the usual social laws; the structure allows people that normally carry the conversational load to sit back and relax, and it allows for quieter people to be heard.

It's a bit like speed-dating. Except it's not quick, and nor is it about dating. And nor does it feel like a dating or pick-up event. But you do get to connect with a bunch of folks. If you’re interested in this workshop you may want to check out our other offerings, ranging from psychology to sexuality.
Brandenburg Quartet in Melbourne
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019
Formed by the principal string players of the multi ARIA Award-winning Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Brandenburg Quartet has become Australia’s most imaginative period instrument ensemble.

Drawn from across the country, and performing exclusively on gut strings, the group explores lesser-known works and composers, in addition to well-loved quartets of the classical repertoire.

In a national tour covering Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, the Brandenburg Quartet will explore an inventive program of lesser-known works by Beethoven, Boccherini, Brunetti and Jadin.
The Melbourne Mermaid Makers Market
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019
The Melbourne Mermaid Makers Market select an array of hand crafted, quality designer brands from local makers from all regions of Victoria, presenting them all available under the one roof. A buyer's delight of the senses and a unique shopping event for the whole family.

Art, design, baked goods, sauces, jams, homewares, candles, lifestyle, plants, health, wellness, fashion, jewellery, handbags, accessories, baby, kids and more.

The brands at the events cater to a wide variety of shoppers including items for gluten free, vegans and vegetarian and we strive to bring you an ethical event of hand made and australian made goodness. They also feature wonderful live music with talented local musicians to bring our events to life.
Charisa Bossinakis – Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Date Mon 8th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
As a Gen Z, Charisa Bossinakis is in the age bracket where she is slightly more hopeful than a millennial, but the sparkle in her eye doesn’t gleam as bright as it once did.

Now at 22, Bossinakis begins to deconstruct where it all went wrong. Could it be the fact that she can name each Kardashian but not all of the four branches of government? Or maybe that she completed a mime credit at university? No, it’s definitely the latter.

Sold out - Melbourne Fringe 2017
Top ten - Melbourne Critique’s 2017
Fresh - Sydney Comedy Festival 2018
The Australian Ballet Production Centre Tour
Date Mon 8th Apr 2019 to Wed 11th Dec 2019
A warehouse filled with ghosts, stars, fairies and chickens. The Australian Ballet's custom-built Production Centre is where the company cherishes its trove of costumes, sets and props, dating back over 50 years.

A town car will whisk you away to the Production Centre for this exclusive tour, where you will hear about the history of some special treasures and learn what it takes to get a production out of storage and on the road.
Date Mon 8th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Failed Athlete Returns to Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Dead Weight. That was what Christ Grammar Coach Russel of the Immaculate Conception’s B Reserve netball team called Charisa Bossinakis. She then dutifully quit her dreams of competitive sports and instead settled for comedy. This show has nothing to do with any of that.

Paquito is her second and much better foray into Comedy. It comes off the back of what was a very important year as she completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts course (the ‘green on a four coloured pen’ of degrees) and presented her debut hour - BOSS - at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival.

Bossinakis returns to the festival in 2019 with her second-hour show, PAQUITO. In this show she questions where it all went wrong. Could it be the fact that she can name each Kardashian but not all three branches of government? Or maybe that she completed a mime credit at university?
Circus Day at Vision Australia
Date Mon 8th Apr 2019
Come along to Circus Day at Vision Australia and meet the friendly paediatric team who are specialists in supporting children who are blind or have low vision.

Circus Day at Vision Australia will include a live performance by Mik Maks, Feelix accessible children’s library, face painting and balloon twisting.

Learn the latest in adaptive technology and how to DJ.

Activities will run from 10:30am to 1:30pm at Vision Australia in Kooyong. This is a free event and aimed at children from birth to 12 years of age.

Bookings are essential via telephone or email.
Wonderland Theatre presents Aladdin
Date Tue 9th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
Wonderland Theatre presents the timeless story of Aladdin. Join the adventurous hero on his quest to find fortune and outwit the wicket wizard.

Featuring a magic cave of spectacular surprises and a lamp-full of laughter, this genie-ous production is the perfect treat and a wish come true for the whole family. Aladdin will need all the help he can get from the children to rescue the beautiful Princess but will that be enough to win her heart? Come along and find out.

Season runs from 9 to 14 April 2019 at Phoenix Theatre in Elwood. Two shows a day at 10:30am and 1:30pm.
Three Blind Men - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Date Tue 9th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
When society refuses to stop you succeeding, perhaps you’ll find your own ways to fail.

Not sure how to find your way through this crazy world? Three Blind Men will misguide you through a maze of terrorist magpies, awful children, anti-vaxxer parents and overpopulation. Through Taylor Coughtrie’s daring dissections, Nick Schuller’s amazing analysis, and Chris Marlton’s fictional feasts you’ll learn about the economic feasibility of heaven, how to name crocodiles, and whether or not it’s too easy to live. You’ll pray at a digital church, find out if Rose from Titanic was a good person, and even solve Australia’s gate-manufacturing crisis.

Taylor Coughtrie is a young millennial with a poor work ethic and all the answers. He'll entertain you, probably annoy you, but definitely introduce you to a different way of thinking about life, and maybe even force a few audience members to look in the mirror uncomfortably. Taylor guides you through the thought processes of a self-proclaimed ‘degenerate genius.’ He’s performed in sold out shows at the Canberra Comedy Festival, a prison, and came third place at the RAW Comedy state final.
The Book of Snorin’ – Sleep Apnea The Musical
Date Tue 9th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
Do you snore or love someone who does? Then Stew Walker’s new show songs about snoring and sleep apnea will not only amuse you, it could save your relationship or even your life.

Stew has sleep apnea and snores a lot. His snoring is so loud that his wife has banished him to the bungalow and the neighbours have lodged noise complaints. And sleep deprivation is causing havoc at work, where Stew nods off more often than a bored parliamentarian.

But it’s not all bad news. For one thing he’s saving heaps on drinks. Thanks to sleep apnea, he wakes up feeling hungover every morning despite not having touched a drop for months.

The Book of Snorin’ – Sleep Apnea The Musical follows Stew on his quest to treat his sleep apnea and escape the bungalow blues. The show features wacky original songs in genres ranging from pop, country and blues to rock, power ballads and Europop.

Stew began his comedy career in 2012 when Adam Hills called his comedic bluff on national television. Since then Stew has starred in hit shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and comedy clubs across Australia and Asia.
Jimeoin - Result!
Date Tue 9th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
The man with the best brows in the business brings you his new show Result. The master of observational humour will take you on a hilarious rollercoaster as he discusses the absurdities of everyday life.
Oxana Shevchenko
Date Tue 9th Apr 2019
Sydney International Piano Competition 2016 finalist Oxana Shevchenko is returning to Australia for an exclusive recital in Melbourne.

Shevchenko is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry, sensibility and versatility, and is equally in demand both as a soloist and as a chamber musician.

Shevchenko’s program will include Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.13 Op.27 No.1, Schumann’s Carnaval Op.9, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and two works by Tchaikovsky: 18 Pieces Op.72 No.5 Méditation and Dumka Op.59.

Born in Kazakhstan, Shevchenko gave her first performance as a soloist with the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra at age of nine and made her Western debut in Vilnius with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. Shevchenko has since performed with orchestras worldwide, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Norrlands Operan Symphony Orchestra.

In 2016 Shevchenko was one of the top six finalists at The Sydney and also won the prize for the best Piano Quintet. She is also a previous winner of the top prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition, International Premio Franz Liszt Competition and the Chappel Piano Competition.
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience at Stamford Plaza Melbourne
Date Tue 9th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
Find out why this original, internationally acclaimed show is officially the world’s most successful Fawlty tribute when it returns to Stamford Plaza Melbourne for MICF 2019 – and why people keep coming back.

Basil’s rude, Manuel’s confused and Sybil’s cracking the whip, and they are back in Melbourne for another round of Festival madness in this unforgettable show that sees audiences become paying guests at the Faulty Towers hotel, ready for three courses, five stars and two hours of chaos, comedy and action.

This MICF the line-up includes two world-wide Faulty favourites: Rob Langston from England as Basil and Melbournite Anthony Sottile as Manuel. Joining them is Australia’s Rebecca Fortuna, making her first MICF appearance as Sybil.
The Greatest Love of All starring Belinda Davids - A Tribute to Whitney Houston
Date Wed 10th Apr 2019
Whitney Houston’s musical legacy is brought to life in this critically acclaimed tribute show described as “mind-blowingly spot on”.

Be stunned by the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids -with the accompaniment of a live band, backing vocalists and choreographed dancers, plus state-of-the-art sound, lighting, vision and theatrical effects, this is a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers.

The two-hour production will fill you with joy, nostalgia and wonderment as it takes you on a heartfelt journey through Houston’s greatest hits including ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘How Will I Know’, ‘One Moment in Time’, ‘I Have Nothing’, ‘Run to You’, ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All’, ‘Greatest Love of All’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘Queen of the Night’, ‘Exhale (Shoop Shoop)’, ‘Million Dollar Bill’ and more.

The Greatest Love of All has already wowed audiences across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and continues to gather glowing reviews worldwide.

This special once-in-a-lifetime concert event will leave audiences wanting more and talking about it for years to come. Don’t miss the chance to experience it for yourself.

Not associated with the Estate of Whitney Houston.
Vegan Thai Dinner
Date Wed 10th Apr 2019
Bangpop’s Vegan Thai Dinner is back for the Autumn session on Wednesday 10 April.

The dining experience includes an amazing flavourful seven course meal, carefully crafted and beautifully presented just for you.

Bangpop brings the great flavours of Thailand to South Wharf, with Melbourne waterfront location and sunset views.

Beautiful vegan dishes with a mix of classic curries, mouth-watering Thai snacks and a range of dishes you’ll want to recreate at home. Happy to help with any recipe tips at any time.

Bangpop have taken that extra step to approach the local Victorian wineries to offer natural vegan wines to match, specially selected to pair with each course, adding that extra indulgence to compliment the food on the evening.

The chefs have ensured that this distinct vegan menu also suits gluten-free diets. Keep an eye out for the distinctive menu release.

Contact Bangpop for any enquiries.
Botanica: A Village in the Australian Garden
Date Wed 10th Apr 2019 to Sat 13th Apr 2019
Join the community of villagers in the world of Botanica. Immerse yourself in native plant materials collected from Cranbourne Gardens as you find ways to creatively construct makeshift cubbies and creatures. Learn new skills and work together to build this special community.

Curated by artist Darryl Cordell, and inspired by his childhood in the bush, Botanica has become a beloved school holiday family outing at the Gardens.

Come along for an hour or bring a picnic and spend the day.
Ordinary Elephant With Dan Parsons
Date Wed 10th Apr 2019
International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year, Ordinary Elephant are "as genuine as it gets."

As a singer-songwriter, Dan Parsons conjures up the essence of troubadour folk-rock and classic Americana influences, exploring the triumphs and anxieties of the human experience. Evoking the sun-hazed days of Laurel Canyon combined with the cinematic shine of the iPhone generation, his rich baritone voice and deft guitar style never fail to enthrall audiences of all ages.
Europa Night Market
Date Wed 10th Apr 2019 to Wed 8th May 2019
In celebration of Melbourne’s diverse European roots, Europa Night Market will transform the Market into a bustling European-style street party, gathering 20 food and 20 retail stalls celebrating the unique quirks, traditions and cultures from across the Continent.

Visitors can not only indulge in traditional and modern European dishes - think German currywurst, Portuguese barbecue, Spanish paella, Belgium frites and Irish Guinness wings - but also get involved in cultural activities such as Polish and Ukrainian egg-dyeing for Easter. The Brexit Bar will be the place to mingle, say prost with a beer, wine or cocktail, and take a break from the European action.

In a nod to all the glitter, lights and outrageous fun of Eurovision, night market-goers can immerse themselves in a different European region each week through a variety of musical performances live from the amphitheatre-style stage. Think Spanish flamenco dancing, Ukrainian Hopak dancing and much more. The Euro Zone will celebrate weekly themes of Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, Italy, Iberian Peninsula and French provinces.

A weekly silent disco led by très kitsch holiday tour guides will complete the night for those wishing to get into formation and transport themselves to a European getaway.
Australasian Quilt Convention
Date Thu 11th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
The Australasian Quilt Convention is Australia's international quilting event. Come along for classes with some of the best local and overseas quilting and textile art tutors, as well as a spectacular quilt show with pieces specially selected from Australia and around the world.

Add to this an expo packed with specialty patchwork and quilting suppliers, expert talks and sewing rooms, and you have got quilting paradise.
Verdi's Requiem
Date Thu 11th Apr 2019 to Sat 13th Apr 2019
Italian opera master Giuseppe Verdi was a ‘doubtful believer’ so why did a great sceptic leave us a full-blown Requiem?

The death of his great friend the poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni inspired this unique fusion of the sacred and secular, complete with near operatic theatrical moments. It is a powerful reminder of what life is all about.

The Dies Irae paints a terrifying picture of Judgement Day. Violent orchestral chords, swirling strings and offbeat cracks of doom on the bass drum punctuate the cries of the chorus, whilst the Lacrymosa (based on a duet from his opera Don Carlos) palpably weeps. Four additional trumpets placed antiphonally, call us into the next world off-stage in the sensational Tuba Mirum, and Leah Crocetto’s lonely soprano battles for the soul in the deeply personal Libera Me.

Rather than consolation at the end of life’s struggles, Verdi offers only trepidation about what is ahead. Perhaps only eternal silence.

Lawrence Renes and the combined forces of the near-100 musicians of the MSO, the same amount of choristers and four vocal soloists on stage, it will have you on the edge of your seat.
By a Thread
Date Thu 11th Apr 2019
Seven acrobats and 30 metres of rope.

Long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrap around bodies, explicitly connecting the artists’ movements above and off the ground. Like the booms and sheets of a sailing ship the performers are hoisted and swung by one another to create striking tableaux and breath-taking dynamics. The actions of one acrobat affect and implicate the movements of others in a precise negotiation of cause and effect.

By a Thread offers rich visuals of inventive aerial acrobatics from some of Australia’s best emerging circus artists. With intense training in a breadth of contemporary circus disciplines, the performers have pooled their knowledge and skills, and then exploded the traditional boundaries of these disciplines to create a show where classic techniques are used in expansive ways.
Clare Cavanagh: Literally
Date Thu 11th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Pocket rocket performer Clare Cavanagh makes her Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut with a brand-new, energetic hour of characters and improv comedy. Literally is about caring too much, inciting revolutions and defending teenage girls.

Official selection FRESH 2018 Sydney Comedy Festival.

Clare Cavanagh is a Sydney-based writer, actor and improviser. She has written for ABC Comedy's Tonightly, and has performed at the Sydney Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Fringe, Sydney Fringe and New York City's Del Close Marathon.

In 2018, her debut solo show Thrilled You're Here! was selected to be part of Sydney Comedy Festival's FRESH Program, which highlights the best up and coming talent at the festival. She is a member of Improv Theatre Sydney's faculty and is a founding member of all-women improv group Confetti Gun. Clare is a graduate of Improv Theatre Sydney and has trained at NYC's Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre and Chicago's Second City.
Date Fri 12th Apr 2019 to Sat 13th Apr 2019
Jim Cartwright’s timeless comedy Two introduces fourteen colourful characters, all skillfully played by Brian Meegan and Kate Raison.

Set in the local pub, you will meet all the regulars - a misfit crowd of eccentric and hilarious individuals. They all have their own story to tell. There is Moth, who loves Maud (and every other woman); Mrs Iger, with her passion for quiet, strong men; possessive Roy, jealous of anybody who looks at Lesley; there is Alice and Fred and their Elvis obsession; and the publicans themselves - a married couple with an unspoken secret: how will their story end?

Two is a universal piece capturing the essence of what it is like to live in a community. These characters are recognisable, truthful and very real. We’ll see life’s challenges; we will feel their frustration, boredom, love, longing and even death. Yet instead of a grim play we get a celebration in comedy of what it is to be human. By turns funny, heart-warming and poignant, do not miss this smash hit theatre experience.
Rosslynd Piggott: I Sense You But I Cannot See You
Date Fri 12th Apr 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
Rosslynd Piggott is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and has received critical acclaim since the early 1980s. With a foundation based in painting, her practice is wide and varied, encompassing drawing, photography, textiles, video, installation, sculpture and performance. Rosslynd Piggott: I sense you but I cannot see you comes twenty-one years after her first survey exhibition, Rosslynd Piggott: Suspended Breath, also held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1998.

The exhibition features more than 100 artworks, in varying media, linked by ideas that have sustained Piggott from the beginning of her career, such as dream states and Surrealism, synaesthesia and sensory perception, the beauty of gardens and the natural world and the poetics of space and place.

A number of important installations are re-created especially for this exhibition, such as Double breath (contained) of the sitter, 1993â€㧊, which draws on items from the NGV’s Collection of decorative arts and fashion and textiles, including nineteenth-century furniture, shoes and garments. The exhibition also features new paintings and a group of engraved glass sculptures that Piggott has made in collaboration with artisans on Murano island, Venice, in recent years. These exquisite works have never been exhibited in Australia before.
Patrick James - Melbourne - What We're Fighting For EP Tour
Date Fri 12th Apr 2019
Assured. Poised. Ready. Patrick James launches his next pivotal chapter with the release of UP, the first single from a new EP What We're Fighting For and arguably his most career defining work yet. All this alongside an intimate east coast tour this April.
Patrick James – What We're Fighting For EP Tour
Date Fri 12th Apr 2019
Assured. Poised. Ready. Today, Patrick James launches his next pivotal chapter with the release of 'UP', the first single from a new EP 'What We're Fighting For' and arguably his most career defining work yet. All this alongside an intimate east coast tour this April.

Channelling the alt-pop sensibilities of Honne, Oh Wonder, and The 1975, Patrick James' latest offering is a polished evolution for the multi-instrumentalist. A glimpse into his forthcoming EP, 'UP' is a smooth piano driven anthem about maturity and letting go of the past—all while plucking at heartstrings along the way. Plentiful with humble, semi-autobiographical tales, Patrick James' first full length release in four years, 'What We're Fighting' For EP is due Friday March 9. Sleek and modern, yet blossoming with hints of decades gone R&B elements, Patrick James is reinventing the typical love song masterfully across all five tracks.
'Synergy' Art Exhibition Opening , Brad Teodoruk and Neil Tomkins
Date Fri 12th Apr 2019
'Synergy' is a collaborative exhibition by Australian artists Brad Teodoruk and Neil Tomkins. Both artists have taken an expressive approach to the canvas, applying layers of paint that are both personal and unified. 
By revealing and concealing layers of paint, Teodoruk and Tomkins create a deep history within each piece. The audience is invited to fill in the gaps of the painting through curiosity and recognition.
The opening night of the exhibition will take place on Friday 12 April and will run until Monday 6 May.
Small Tales of Little Mercy
Date Fri 12th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Hellfire and damnation await. The Reverend Martin Dunlop invites all and sundry to the Little Mercy Chapel and Refectory for a dose of ol time storytelling to save your sweet immortal soul.

From the murky swamps of the gator-infested bayou to the sweltering foyer of a decrepit hotel awaiting a storm, gather round for a hilarious one-man sketch show of pure Southern Gothic parody in the spirit of A Streetcar Named Desire, To Kill a Mockingbird and other gloomy American stories you might have been forced to read for literature class at some point.

Watch in horror as long-held secrets are uncovered, long-buried passions unearthed and somebody turns out to have been somebody else’s mother all along. Who is that waiting in the deep shadows of the barn? Who claims the rights to the Salazar plantation? Why do all the women keep fainting? To answer in order: wait and see, wait and see and corsets.

Written and performed by Martin Dunlop.
Bubblegum Cabaret
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Sat 20th Apr 2019
Experience Circus Oz’s finest acrobats popping and snapping some seriously awesome tricks in Bubblegum Cabaret - a colourful, hilarious, circus cabaret created especially for kids.
Super Bloom Festival
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
Super Bloom Festival is a new two-day boutique wellbeing Festival.

Held in the grounds of Abbotsford Convent, Super Bloom Festival will transform the site into a sprawling village of discovery - bringing together a program of over 100 sessions that include wellbeing leaders, experts, practitioners, philosophers, performers and artists. Attendees will be immersed in a weekend of curated experiences, performances, classes and workshops.

Wellbeing leaders include clinical psychologist, life coach and yogi Dr. Lauren Tober; sexologist and relationship expert Dr. Nikki Goldstein; mindfulness and movement facilitator, Al Jeffery; and leadership coach and Victorian meditation teacher, Asher Packman.

Other incredible speakers include writer, speaker and feminist thinker Clementine Ford; female empowerment and leadership coach, Kemi Nekvapil; and culinary and nutrition experts Lola Berry, Reece Carter, Jess Sepel and Tobie Puttock.

Beyond the sessions with various experts and group classes, attendees can wander through independent markets, nourish themselves with delicious food from artisan food stalls, or simply lay in the lush grounds of Abbotsford Convent and soak up the environment.

Based upon five pillars: nourish, activate, restore, evolve and bloom, the Festival will explore each pillars integration into the lives of the individual, community and planet.

Enter curious, leave inspired.

Emma Pask
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Sydney-based Emma Pask is one of Australia's most popular and most accomplished jazz singers. She is a naturally talented vocalist who loves singing great songs with outstanding musicians to appreciative audiences.

That is what Emma has been doing ever since she was 16. That is when James Morrison did a concert at her high school, and recognised something special when she took a turn at the microphone. In the blink of an eye, she was the featured vocalist in James' band, and was soon performing with him at festivals and other venues around Australia and internationally. Highlights include a concert for a huge audience at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, a concert at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and a concert in China with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

Emma's 20-year association with James Morrison continues to be revived now and then, but these days she maintains a busy schedule as a bandleader or guest vocalist in her own right. She has released three successful albums, has regularly performed on various television shows - and won a lot of fans.
Simon Taylor - Right Now - Accessible performance
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Adelaide Advertiser put it best: 'Simon Taylor is not just a comedian – he is a singer, dancer, actor and magician all rolled into one'. Come see Australia’s most versatile comedian after his breakout ABC stand-up special, writing for The Tonight Show and his appearance in the hit Netflix series Magic for Humans.
Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks play the hits from Daddy Cool through Mondo Rock and into the 21st Century. Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks deliver a blistering set of hits from five decades of his spectacular career as singer, songwriter and producer. Two-time ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Ross "Mr Eagle Rock" Wilson continues to have a "Hell Of A Time" while "Living In The Land Of Oz".
Forest Therapy (Shinrin-yoku)
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Originating from Japan, ‘shinrin-yoku’ or ‘forest bathing’, now widely known as forest therapy, is a wellbeing practice that immerses your senses in nature. This guided Forest Therapy walk will bolster your mental and physical health by reducing stress levels, lowering your pulse and blood pressure and lifting you into a more positive mood. Slow down and move through a range of beautifully calming and healing activities in your sanctuary of nature in the city.

Now recognised and widely acclaimed as a public health initiative in China, Japan, South Korea and Europe, forest therapy is gaining global acclaim as an evidence-based, cost-effective and natural remedy – a ‘green prescription’ for a healthier you.

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and In My Nature.
Orchestra Victoria's Five at 5: Extraordinary Genius
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Experience the pinnacle of European and Australian compositional genius as Orchestra Victoria’s musicians perform the sublime Clarinet Quintet by Johannes Brahms and the remarkable String Quartet No.4 by Richard Mills.

You are invited to stay and meet the musicians and enjoy light refreshments after the performance.

MILLS String Quartet No. 4, Glimpses from my book of Dada. BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115.
Alice Skye
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Melbourne’s rising star Alice Skye will grace the stage at the Kew Court House, captivating audiences with brand new material from her upcoming album slated for release later this year, as well as sweet sounds from her previous album Friends With Feelings which featured on both Spotify and Apple Music.

Singer-songwriter Alice Skye is a Wergaia woman and universal little sister who grew up loving Missy Higgins. Her songwriting inspiration came from the majesty of her then hometown in the Grampians, and her stripped- back piano melodies elevate the gentle moodiness of her lyrics on love, loss and life.
Healthy Body and Soul Expo - Brunswick
Date Sun 14th Apr 2019
The Healthy Body and Soul Festival is an intimate and boutique event connecting you with the finest selection of exhibitors, psychics and therapists, along with world class speakers.

You are invited to relax and explore, be inspired at the Healthy Body and Soul Festival.
Allen Stone (US)
Date Sun 14th Apr 2019
Allen Stone's vocals and melodic style show the clear influence of classic soul and R&B of the 1960s and â€㮦s, while his lyrics reveal an idealism and passion that recall the folk-inspired singer-songwriters of the same era.

Earlier in 2018, Allen appeared on American Idol, performing a powerful duet of ‘Unaware’ with contestant Dennis Lorenzo and blew judges away with his powerful vocals, including Lionel Richie. His latest release, ‘Warriors’ was first performed at the Special Olympics opening ceremony in Seattle earlier this year, where Stone was back during the performance by a 2,000-member choir.

Allen Stone is currently working on his next album, recorded live in Nashville which is set to be released early 2019.

Flogging Molly at The Croxton
Date Sun 14th Apr 2019
Quintessential Irish-American Celtic folk/punk band Flogging Molly is leaving California this April to once again dazzle Australia with their wild live performance tactics. Known for their distinctive fusion of traditional Irish music and often abrasive hard-hitting punk rock, their impassioned live show has won the hearts of many Aussies over the past two decades. They will continue in that vein, playing an assortment of shows in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

With 20 years of performing together under their belts, the music is mature, well crafted, equally polished and almost aggressively topical. It is filled with rousing songs that are timeless in their sentiment, but directly related to today’s most pressing concerns: politics, the economy, unemployment, planned boomtowns gone bust, immigration policies gone awry and much more.

Taking cues from Irish folk acts such as The Dubliners and The Pogues, Flogging Molly have clear influences from the Emerald Isle in their music. With a plethora of instruments on stage - including acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bodhráns, violin, tin whistle, banjo, mandolin, accordion, piano, concertina, bass guitar, drums and percussion - their powerful live performance is sure to entertain audiences across Australia this April.

Autumn Gin Market
Date Sun 14th Apr 2019
From the team that brought you Melbourne’s first ever Gin Night Market and XMAS Gin Market, comes the next instalment, the Autumn Gin Market.

Once again, our local distillers have banded together with The Craft & Co for another day of juniper love, with over 10 market stalls where punters can meet some of the makers in person and find out all about their craft. The Craft & Co know Melbourne simply loves gin (last market sold out in four days) so best to act fast to secure your spots.

Stallholders include (but not limited to): Death Gin, Archie Rose, The Cannabis Co, Imbue Distillery, Tiny Bear, Never Never Distilling Co, Patient Wolf, Bass & Flinders, Reed & Co Distillery and The Craft & Co (of course). Plus special guest appearance by ADSA Liqueur Champions, Marionette.

Included in the entry price of $10 is a $5 voucher to use at the market checkout on the day and free tastings at all market stalls. What better way to get all your Easter holiday shopping done and all at the original home of some of Australia’s best gins, The Craft & Co in Collingwood.
Fantastic Negrito (US)
Date Mon 15th Apr 2019
Bluesfest Touring is super excited to bring Grammy Award winner, Fantastic Negrito to Australia this April. Fantastic Negrito represents Xavier Dphrepaulezz’s third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound, because the narrative is the sound. His songs are born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music.

Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to make it and with an incredible, self-taught musical talent, he managed to find his way back on track to stardom. His hard-earned life lessons show through on more than a few songs with his voice wringing with emotion over soulful guitar licks. When you listen to Negrito, you’re invited to hear the story of life after destruction.

His latest album, ‘Please Don’t Be Dead’ was released last June and received much critical acclaim. Fantastic Negrito is a poignant and exciting artist creating high-quality Blues and Groove music who is sure to entertain the masses this April.

Steph Tisdell - The Pyramid (accessible performance)
Date Mon 15th Apr 2019
From Socrates to Twitter #checkyourprivilege, society has always been obsessed with social status. Society is led to believe that success is a pyramid that no one wants to be at the bottom of. Best Newcomer Nominee and Deadly Funny Winner Steph Tisdell is back to work out where you fit on the pyramid.
Nikki Osborne - Bad Barbie
Date Tue 16th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
After her controversial show On The Spectrum, Nikki Osborne now presents Bad Barbie.

The world is rooted and Bad Barbie is not afraid to tell you why. Amidst multiple truth bombs and wardrobe changes, Bad Barbie lets rip on all the other Barbies... and Ken. Screw Marvel, the true heroes come from Mattel.
Welcome to Wareeny
Date Tue 16th Apr 2019 to Wed 17th Apr 2019
Delve into wareeny – season of the wombat and the time of year when native wildlife relies on new growth in the bush to feed. Join a First Nations guide to gain a deeper understanding of wareeny season and its importance to the Boonwurrung people and native animals. Enjoy storytelling and investigate the features of important flowers, leaves and bark under a microscope. Journey into the bushland and look for clues of wareeny, create your own animal tracks using ochre and pot up some Murnong (yam daisy) to take home.

This is a unique opportunity for families to uncover the secret lives of the sometimes shy animals that live in Cranbourne Gardens.
Flogging Molly
Date Wed 17th Apr 2019
Quintessential Irish-American Celtic folk/punk band Flogging Molly is leaving California this April to once again dazzle Australia with their wild live performance tactics. Known for their distinctive fusion of traditional Irish music and often abrasive hard-hitting punk rock, their impassioned live show has won the hearts of many Aussies over the past two decades. They will continue in that vein, playing an assortment of shows in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

With 20 years of performing together under their belts, the music is mature, well crafted, equally polished and almost aggressively topical. It is filled with rousing songs that are timeless in their sentiment, but directly related to today’s most pressing concerns: politics, the economy, unemployment, planned boomtowns gone bust, immigration policies gone awry and much more.

Taking cues from Irish folk acts such as The Dubliners and The Pogues, Flogging Molly have clear influences from the Emerald Isle in their music. With a plethora of instruments on stage - including acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bodhráns, violin, tin whistle, banjo, mandolin, accordion, piano, concertina, bass guitar, drums and percussion - their powerful live performance is sure to entertain audiences across Australia this April.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Date Wed 17th Apr 2019
Lukas Nelson is returning to tour Australia with his band Promise Of The Real on the heels of tremendous accolades for his work on Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack.

Since forming 10 years ago, the buzz surrounding Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real has been quietly intensifying. During that time, the singer/songwriter/guitarist and his bandmates have played hundreds of shows and major festivals all over the world and built a devoted following. Lukas’ profile continued to rise when he contributed three songs and heavenly vocals to his dad Willie Nelson’s 2012 album, Heroes, their voices blending with potent DNA. Then two years later, life took another turn skyward when Neil Young decided to make Promise of the Real his touring and studio band. Promise of The Real recently released their Forget About Georgia E.P. with a guest appearance by the angelic vocal duo Lucius, and a stunning cover of the David Bowie classic, Life On Mars?

Drawing lineage from his father, Willie Nelson and surrogate uncles like Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, J.J. Cale and Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have developed into a devastating, ‘can’t miss’ live act.

Phil Jupitus
Date Wed 17th Apr 2019 to Fri 19th Apr 2019
Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser and television stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions.

Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life. Since last touring Scotland, Phill Jupitus has upped sticks and moved there. In this new show Sassy Knack, Phill shares yarns and thoughts from his time north of Hadrian’s Wall.
Nature Play in the Gardens
Date Wed 17th Apr 2019
Slow down from busy schedules and find your joy in connecting with the natural world through a range of nature-based sensory experiences for children of all ages. Play among the autumn leaves, enjoy the calm, build a shelter or float a boat down the stream.
The Marcus King Band (US) - Melbourne
Date Wed 17th Apr 2019
South Carolina Blues Rockers, The Marcus King Band are making their Australian debut this April. Lead by the 22-year-old phenom Marcus King, the band have exploded over the last year bringing their southern fried brand of Blues and Psychedelia inspired Rock n’ Roll on a global tour.

The band operate as more of an improvisational juggernaut versus a one-man axe-wielding show backed by a few musicians. After being labelled a highlight of multiple European festivals earlier this year for delivering their own mix of Rock n’ Soul.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (US)
Date Wed 17th Apr 2019 to Thu 18th Apr 2019
Bluesfest Touring and Love Police are thrilled to announce that travelling merchants of R&B blues Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are taking to the road across Australia this April with live dates set for Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne in conjunction with their performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest.

The eight-piece Soul band will be gracing Australian stages again in 2019 but this time with a new album under their belt and an even larger Australian audience after a reinvention of Nathaniel’s style in 2015 which is designed to be performed live. Known as party animals on stage, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats offer a unique live performance with a front man who possesses a husky sixties styled voice with inflections of Gospel and a vibrant soulful band to support it.

Covert Neon Drawing
Date Wed 17th Apr 2019
Covert Characters Life Drawing presents its neon edition event. Flip your world upside down and experience life drawing under neon lights. Doors open 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start time. Intermission at halftime.

Don your brightest neon attire for spot prizes. All materials provided. Glow in the dark cocktail specials .
Trevor Hall (US)
Date Thu 18th Apr 2019
Trevor Hall is renowned for his emotionally moving and inspiring live shows which have a clear linear pattern of storytelling, particularly noting sentiments of love. His unique ability to mix and match different types of styles so effortlessly is a highlight of Hall’s live performance.

Hailing from a small island in South Carolina, Hall creates music that is an eclectic mix of roots, folk, rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting. His lyrics echo with the names and teachings of divinities, all the while maintaining an incredibly refreshing and universal message that has captured the hearts and ears of fans around the world. While on the road, Trevor sees the stage as his moving temple, a place where he can share in the experience of his spiritual journey with his audience. Trevor’s annual trips to India, where he supports young boys and girls, also continue to serve as a source of creativity and motivation for his music.

Throughout Hall’s career, he has toured with acts such as Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Matisyahu, Xavier Rudd and more. Trevor’s previous albums, Chapter Of The Forest (2014), and KALA (2015), debuted at numbers two and three on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts respectively.
Splash Test Dummies
Date Thu 18th Apr 2019
Dive into a swimming pool of slapstick stunts and comedy with this award-winning family circus trio.

Splash Test Dummies’ hour-long aquatic adventure brings together synchronised swimming on unicycles, ‘Muscle Beach’ human balancing acts and water skiing through the theatre, in a unique and whimsical show for all ages.
Good Friday Seafood Dinner
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019
Head to Altair Restaurant for a seafood dinner on Good Friday for a showcase of Australia's best seafood in dishes designed by Chef Kelvin Shaw. 6:30pm arrival for a 7:00pm start.
David Gray (UK)
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sat 20th Apr 2019
After scaling enormous heights with album sales over 12 million (including the highest selling album ever to-date in Ireland with ‘White Ladder’), BAFTA, Brit and Grammy nominations, a Q Award, two Ivor Novellos and much more, David Gray returns revitalised with a new perspective, energy and new sound to take to his adoring Australian fanbase.

The English singer-songwriter’s breakthrough album ‘White Ladder’ first introduced him to Australian audiences in 1998 and was a showcase for his tempered roar of a voice, as it is for his finely-honed powers of social observation. His wit’s-end ballad “This Year’s Love’’ proved that it is often the simplest emotions that hit the hardest. 

David’s eleventh studio album ‘Gold In A Brass Age’, will be released in early 2019 and will be performed live in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne next April along with his back-catalogue of career-defining songs.

With a loyal Australian fanbase and a plethora of albums to enjoy, there’s no doubt tickets to see David Gray live in Australia this April will be in high demand.
Mad Hatter's High Tea
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
This Easter you and your family are invited to the wonderful world of the bonkers and brilliant Mad Hatter's High Tea at Stamford Plaza Melbourne Hotel.

Take a seat at the Mad Hatter’s table as he once again sets the scene for an indulgent afternoon high tea, only madder this time.

Disappear down the rabbit hole with family and friends and come dressed in your maddest outfit – best dressed will be awarded a prize.

Adult tickets include a glass of sparkling wine and children's tickets include a a "drink me" potion.

For more information and the menu, please contact the hotel via phone or email.
AYO Young Symphonists in Concert
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Come and experience the next generation of orchestral talent. Presented by the Australian Youth Orchestra, join AYO Young Symphonists as they perform in Melbourne under the baton of Warwick Stengårds.

Audiences will be treated to Dvorak's high-spirited Carnival Overture, Rachmaninov's lush third symphony and The Killing Floors by Australian composer Stuart Greenbaum.

The concert is free admission.
Easter Fun Day
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
Bring the family, a picnic basket and your keenest eyes for a relaxing day and widespread Easter Egg Hunt among the magnificent grounds of Rippon Lea Estate.

There will be fairground rides, jumping castles and outdoor games, and the Mansion will be open hourly for all to explore. Children from two to twelve will be able to join in a special Easter Hunt that will lead them into every corner of the garden. Stay on the lookout for our Easter Bunny Team, who'll be guarding our giant Rippon Lea eggs.

The Koala and Rippon Lea Bear will also be doing the rounds.
Alexey Arkhipovskiy - Greatest balakaika player in the world
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
Presentedby Lunin Show Productions.

Alexey Arkhipovskiy is one of the world's most talented and inspiring musicians.

Russian born musician Alexey, has mesmerised listeners around the globe with his majestic and talented style of balalaika playing.

Among the many folk instruments of Russia, the balalaika stands out as not just the most recognised, but also as a symbol of Russian culture. Recently, the balalaika featured heavily in the movie soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Often compared with Paganini or Hendricks, musicians who revolutionised the violin and guitar, Arkhipovskiy has also created a unique different style combining methods of revolutionary innovation.

Join Alexey for an unforgettable evening of music. Free from style and genre frames, Alexey Arkhipovskiy is a must see.

Doors open at 7:00pm.

The Soul Movers
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
If you ain't into chocolate, church or Easter bunnies then how about getting your good self over to The Old Bar, Fitzroy for an afternoon of cleansing ale and awesome music with Rev Murray cook (ex-Red Wiggle) and his fabulous Soul Movers?

Their kinda church kicks off at 4:00pm, so wake up late and then sidle on over to get you good self a hit of gospel, old-school rhythm and blues you won't forget. Be prepared to warm up your 'old-fashioned' pipes with Muz's soul movin' choir to fully imbibe your share of musical/religious salvation.
Goons of Doom – The Black Skull Bong Tour
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
With special guests Drunk Mums, Blistar & Bunny Racket. Goons of Doom are proud to announce their first Australian tour in over two years in support of the critically unacclaimed upcoming new album 'Black Skull Bong'.

Goons of Doom are proud to announce their first Australian tour in over two years in support of the critically unacclaimed upcoming new album Black Skull Bong.

The limited shows run will take in five states, 10,000 beers, 80 spliffos, 340 servo pies and innumerable earthquake-sized hangovers and you can be assured of raging sets that will liquify even the most sinewed of party hard brain cells.
Iggy Pop (US) - Melbourne
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
The Godfather of Punk – Iggy Pop is making a welcome return to Australia this April with tour dates just announced at the Sydney Opera House, and Festival Hall Melbourne where he will celebrate his 72nd birthday.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of all time, Iggy Pop pre-figured both â€㮦s punk and â€㮺s grunge and has built a legendary career filled with both critical acclaim and fanatic cult success. Seeing Iggy Pop rock out is definitely a performance to put on every music lovers bucket list.
The Songs of Shirley Bassey
Date Tue 23rd Apr 2019
Award-winning singing sensation Danielle Matthews presents a show-stopping morning of the Dame’s greatest hits and hidden treasures.

Performing a dazzling line-up of classic songs including ‘Goldfinger’, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and ‘Big Spender’, Matthews will take you behind the glitz and glamour, and straight to the heart of one of the world’s most captivating icons.

Matthews has gained a loyal following in the musical theatre scene since her professional debut in ‘Respect’ (2007), and was rewarded the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award in 2009.
Shakey Graves
Date Tue 23rd Apr 2019
Shakey Graves a.k.a Alejandro Rose-Garcia was born in Austin Texas to a musical family and is best-known for playing a smoky, spectral fusion of blues, folk and rock in a stripped down one-man-band style established in 2007.

Shakey Graves live performances can be deceiving. Up to now, he has been categorized as an Americana singer-songwriter, thanks to his traditionally rooted songs, fluent acoustic-guitar picking, Texas roots and from wearing his cowboy hat, looking like a one-man country band. But, the tag will undoubtedly be dismissed as restrictive and irrelevant once discerning listeners hear his radical new album performed live in Melbourne and Sydney this April.
The California Honeydrops (US)
Date Wed 24th Apr 2019
The California Honeydrops are taking to the road to entertain fans across Australia with their unique brand of Bluesy, Brass-y, New Orleans Jazz.

Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area RnB, Funk, Southern Soul, Delta Blues, and New Orleans second-line; the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows.

The Honeydrops have come a long way since guitarist and trumpeter Lech Wierzynkski and drummer Ben Malament started busking in an Oakland subway station, but the band has stayed true to that organic, street-level feel. More like parties than traditional concerts, their shows feature extensive off-stage jamming and crowd interaction.
Larkin Poe (US)
Date Wed 24th Apr 2019
Originally from Atlanta, the now Nashville based sister duo are poised to make a mark all their own with the release of their fourth album Venom and Faith.

Unbound by tawdry embellishments, Larkin Poe infuse pop sensibilities into their sound, blending old-school elements of rock and soul with drum samples, hip-hop production values, and resonant lyrics like ‘California king-sized dreams in a twin bed’. Venom and Faith redefines what it means to make emotionally resonant music while also maintaining boundary-pushing musicality.

Creating their own brand of Roots Rock n Roll: gritty, soulful, and flavoured by their southern heritage, Larkin Poe are on the rise and rise. Do not miss their sideshow in Melbourne.
Your Q&A with Michelle Grattan
Date Wed 24th Apr 2019
By any estimation, politics in Australia is in a dire state. The Coalition government is led by its third prime minister in four years, two of whom were toppled by their own party. Before that, Labor ousted two prime ministers. And in the meantime, voters’ trust in politicians is at an all-time low, there is policy inertia on key issues, and ideology and internal politics too often trump good government. The have the diagnosis, but what’s the cure?

This event is your chance to ask one of Australia's most respected political reporters about the state of our nation's politics and what to expect from #AusVotes2019. Michelle Grattan has been a member of the Canberra parliamentary press gallery for more than 40 years, during which time she has covered all the most significant stories in Australian politics.

This event will also host the launch of: Advancing Australia: Ideas for a Better Country. Purchase your copy now for collection on the night.

The Conversation is a non-profit and relies on reader donations to produce independent journalism. If you would like to make a voluntary donation, please do so when purchasing a ticket.
The Miser
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Wealthy skinflint, Harpagon is so cheap he would rather bury his money in the backyard and steal oats from his horse before seeing a dollar spent.

Welcome to the world of The Miser, where passion and penny pinching go head to head in a ribald comedy of manners.

John Bell stars as the stingy, avaricious and obnoxious Harpagon, a money-lender who makes Ebenezer Scrooge look generous. This is a man who loves nothing more than his beloved cash - not even his own children.

With his eye on the prize - an inappropriately young bride who already has her sights set on his son - Harpagon is prepared to sacrifice his children and his dignity to win it all.

First performed in 1668, The Miser is the well-known satire by French playwright Molière, known for other classics such as Tartuffe and The Misanthrope.

Bell Shakespeare’s Founder, John Bell, will be directed by Artistic Director, Peter Evans, in this deliciously mean comedic Molière adaptation, exploring the depth of human greed, lust and manipulation.

A delightful farce about a tight-arse lacking in class.
Hozier Bluesfest Sideshows
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019 to Fri 26th Apr 2019
Irish superstar Hozier is returning to Australia in April next year for very special shows in Sydney and Melbourne on top of his Bluesfest performance.

The Grammy-nominated artist returns to Australia more than three years on from sold-out concerts in Perth and across the East Coast of Australia that left audiences yearning for more. With a transformative live show, monstrous vocals and swelling harmonies, Hozier is a performer of the highest calibre, revered the world over.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic - Melbourne
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will be ensuring that all Aussie fans have one last chance to see George perform live in Australia this April before his Funk-a-thon farewell to the land down under. He is sure to ‘Tear The Roof Off’’ with his Funk-melodies which still have a major influence and inspiration for today’s Hip-Hop and RnB artists.

Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionised R&B during the â€㮦s, twisting soul music into Funk by adding influences from several late 1960s acid heroes such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled music during the â€㮦s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles and recording three platinum albums.

Clinton’s inspiration, dedication and determination resulted in the elevation of Funk music to complete recognition and acceptance as a true genre in and of itself.
Vintage Trouble (US)
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019
Wowing audiences across the globe as Vintage Trouble, singer Ty Taylor, guitarist Nalle Colt, bassist Rick Barrio Dill and drummer Richard Danielson are making a much-anticipated return to Australian shores in 2019 for the 30th anniversary of Bluesfest.

The American Rhythm and Blues band possesses sharply honed instincts for rhythm and groove and unabashed showmanship. The band first played together in 2010 and soon brought their high energy brand of soul to weekly residencies at local venues like the Edison and Harvelle’s Blues Club.

The self-branded TroubleMakers have built an immense, fervent fan base with their brand of live-wired straight-shootin, dirty-mouthed, pelvis-pushing juke music – do not miss out as they take Australia by storm again in 2019. When describing their own sound, Vintage Trouble use the term formatted recklessness a fantastically paradoxical phrase that captures the spirit of a band whose music is wildly unhinged but rooted in real musicality, gut-punching but thought-provoking. Their music is steeped in the heritage of old-school soul but utterly and irresistibly timeless.

Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana – The History of Bella Ciao
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019
Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana are back to Australia in April to May 2019 on a tour called Argento (Silver) that aims at celebrating the group’s 25th anniversary.

On the occasion on the 25 April (Liberation Day) that celebrates the end of the fascist regime and the end of the Nazi occupation of Italy in 1945, Banditaliana presents a special show at the IIC Melbourne entitled "Bella ciao".

"Bella ciao" is a lesson of democracy that comes from below. A historical novel narrated through music, sounds and words. Today, its songs not only preserve all their expressive power, but also acquire a new urgency in the globalized world for their libertarian, pacifist and civil values. These songs talk about universal themes: work, oppression, emigration, love, party, as all popular songs do.

Limited seats. Booking essential.
Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
The Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival will return to Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building for an unmissable weekend of tattoos, live art, food trucks and entertainment.

The 2019 line-up will feature over 250 of Australia's most talented tattoo artists, as well as celebrated international artists travelling from all over the world to showcase their work.

Visitors will have the chance to meet their next artist, research the latest trends and techniques, and even treat themselves to a tattoo on the spot.

Retailers selling everything from tattoo supplies to the latest in street wear will be in attendance, and Melbourne's best food trucks will be serving up tasty treats all weekend on the Museum Plaza.

With live music, live art and daily tattoo competitions, you definitely do not want to miss out on this massive celebration of art, culture and diversity.
The Handmade Bicycle Show
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Come along to Handmade Bicycle Show Australia 2019. Featuring the finest brands of bespoke bicycles and accessories from around the country, the makers themselves will be in attendance to talk about their products and craft. This is an opportunity to savour the craft of handmade bicycles and mingle with the new-comers and the legends of the industry alike.

Great food, coffee and beer will also be on offer as a fitting accompaniment to the bicycles and accessories on show, making for a perfect evening or day out. Hosted at the stunning Meat Market in North Melbourne (VIC), with great public transport options and onsite bicycle parking to allow you to get there in style, it is a relaxed yet beautiful venue and we think the perfect setting for the show.
Heart and Music
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019 to Sat 27th Apr 2019
International musical theatre stars Simon Gleeson and Natalie O’Donnell share not just the stage, but also a life and two children.

Helpmann Award winner Simon Gleeson, best known for his acclaimed portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, is a leading man with credits that span the main stages of Australia and London’s West End.

Natalie O’Donnell most recently delighted audiences as Donna in Mamma Mia! for which she received a Helpmann Award nomination. Natalie has carved out a celebrated career in London and Australia on stage and screen.

Join them as they come together for an evening of classic songs ranging from Rodgers and Hammerstein through to The Greatest Showman, and even some Billy Joel. Heart and Music offers an intimate evening of song and storytelling, which celebrates the music that has shaped both their careers and lives together.
Snarky Puppy (US)
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019
The New York based quasi-collective has gone from the best kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that can reach the most critical or most carefree audience.

Formed in Texas 12 years ago by exceptional young musicians, the band is a collective that is orchestrated by bassist Michael League, whose creative grass roots approach to a tougher than ever industry has developed a new model for independent artists.

Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 25 members in regular rotation. They each maintain busy schedules as session musicians (with such artists as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and D’Angelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, David Crosby, and Salif Keïta), and solo artists (many of whom are on the band’s indie label, GroundUP Music). At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world.

Peter Rowsthorn and Fiona O’Loughlin: Ron and Brenda Go Country
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019
The official ‘Jungle Queen’, Fiona O’Loughlin and her unofficial King, Peter Rowsthorn escaped the Network Ten celebrity torture fest and have headed to the relative safety of stand-up comedy to share their stories on life, the world and the making of I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here in which they both starred in early 2018.

Forget Meghan and Harry, thanks to Australian comedy royalty, Pete and Fiona, the television wedding of the year occurred in the jungle when pseudo celebrities, Ron and Brenda, renewed their vows on camera in front of thousands of bugs, worms spiders, snakes and some celebrities. All were invited back for the wedding feast, some as food, others as guests.

For thousands of Australians the banter between Fiona and Pete’s alter egos Ron and Brenda was the highlight of the series and social media went nuts demanding the two do their own show, so what Twitter wants, Twitter gets. The new show Ron and Brenda Go Country, explores the world these ‘celebrities’ launched on the public this year with Fiona and Pete bringing their characters back to life, this time unleashed and uncensored.
Barnum The Circus Musical
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen and suspend your disbelief at the door as you are invited to experience Barnum the Circus Musical.

With its inspiring story, uplifting songs, amazing choreography and incredible circus acts, Barnum is the must-see event of 2019, starring Australia’s own greatest showman, Todd Mckenney, as P.T. Barnum.

Barnum the Circus Musical arrives at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre this April for a strictly limited season and tickets are on sale now.

Ray LaMontagne
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
The Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter will is make his long-awaited return Down Under after a 10-year hiatus, performing his intimate show with John Stirratt, bass player and founding member of Wilco.

Hitting the roads of Australia this April bringing his aptly named tour 'Just Passing Through’, LaMontagne will highlight songs from his vast and varying body of work with his alternately lush vocals and intimately earthy live performance.

Mozart vs Salieri?
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
Were Mozart and Salieri deadly enemies as portrayed in Amadeus, or did the film present a feud that never was?  This captivating concert brings Mozart and Salieri to life and showcases their music, including Mozart’s jubilant Coronation Mass and Salieri’s beautiful Gloria. The performance features an aria competition to pick Vienna's best composer!

Four stunning soloists, Janet Todd, Sally-Anne Russell, Nick Seidenman, and Peter Tregear retell the story of Mozart and Salieri with dynamic conductor Mario Dobernig and Victoria Chorale.

Conductor - Mario Dobernig 
Janet Todd - soprano
Sally-Anne Russell - mezzo-soprano
Nick Seidenman - tenor
Peter Tregear - baritone
Revolutions: Records and Rebels
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
Revolutions: Records and Rebels is an exciting exhibition that explores the explosive years of 1966 - 1970.

Developed by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, with a sound experience by Sennheiser, the exhibition looks at the seismic changes that occurred at this time.

Capturing the voices of disruptors in music, fashion, technology and politics, the exhibition explores the impact this period had on the way we live today and how we think about tomorrow.

With over 500 objects on display highlights include John Lennon’s signature glasses, hand written lyrics for the Beatles hit Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Iconic Mini dresses worn by Twiggy and protest materials that defined the anti Vietnam War movement. It is an exhibition not to be missed.

This exhibition contains mature content, including violence, drug references, nudity and adult themes, viewer discretion is advised by parents or guardians of children under the age of 18.
Pinots on Parade - A Wine Tasting
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
Pinot-philes gather round and indulge your desires. Spend a glorious afternoon dedicated solely to exploring what many consider to be the most elegant and complex red wine in the world.

Join Carboot Wines at Zanadu on Saturday 27 April and taste Pinot Noirs from Burgundy to NZ, from Germany to Tasmania.

How do the wine tastings work? Your ticket price gets you access to 20 Pinots Noir over the course of two hours, accompanied by tapas.

Who is this tasting for? Pinot Noir lovers, anyone who enjoys a little day drinking, wine beginners, wine students and those looking to supplement their cellars.
Zonte's Footstep Wine Lunch at The Barre
Date Sun 28th Apr 2019
Enjoy a Mediterranean Autumn lunch with wines from Zonte's Footstep. Grape Counter Anna Fisher has followed heart and passion for wines since 2007 and together with The Barre's Senior Chef de Partie Cecilia Salvante the duo have created a fabulous winter feast inspired by wines from Zonte's Footstep.

This lunch perfectly pairs wine and plate, such as a glass of Pinot Grigio alongside a delicious pumpkin velouté with crispy chicken wings, poached apples and amaretto, followed by tender hanger steak and black garlic pipis and served with a chervil and asparagus salad with wakame dressing matched to Zonte’s Footstep Lake Doctor Shiraz and Zonte’s Footstep Blackberry Patch Cabernet Sauvignon.

Anna will share her expert knowledge and passion for wines by Zonte's Footstep alongside Cecilia providing her inspiration for the dishes over the course of the lunch.
Ultimate Asian Cooking Five Day Workshop
Date Mon 29th Apr 2019 to Fri 4th Oct 2019
Otao Kitchen has teamed up with the chef experts to craft this exclusive Asian cooking workshop for you with flavours, smells and textures of gourmet delights from the true heart of India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japanese and more. The workshop is for your personal cooking and aspirations where you will learn the principles of food sources, preparation and cooking with focusing on recreating healthy Asian dishes at home.

This intensive classes will walk you through basic fundamentals of essential food safety, nutrition, market and shopping and knife skills plus many cooking methods. They will cover vegetables, salad, meats, fish and seafood dishes and cultural aspect of over 60 beautiful recipes. These cooking techniques can be also adapted into your kitchens with everyday budgeting and healthy food choices.

This is one in a lifetime cooking experience for you to appreciate culture, food and people of this amazing region. With no more than 12 guests you will have endless opportunities to explore, to ask questions and to learn more from your chef instructor(s).
Date Tue 30th Apr 2019 to Sat 8th Jun 2019
It is 1971 Australia and outside a nation is protesting the war in Vietnam. Inside, a cast of complete amateurs are preparing for a performance of Mozart's famous comic opera, Così Fan Tutte, even though no-one can sing, act or speak Italian. Its aspiring young director, Lewis, has just finished drama school and his first directing gig is at a psychiatric facility. What could possibly go wrong?

Welcome to the mayhem of Louis Nowra's Così. A darkly funny and deeply moving ensemble piece, Così has occupied a special place in the hearts of Australians since Toni Collette, Ben Mendelsohn and Barry Otto starred in the acclaimed 1996 film. With its motley crew of loveable characters, Così offers a poignant reminder of the transformative power of music and performance, and how it can make us soar - even if just for a moment.

Sarah Goodes (A Doll's House, Part 2) directs this warm-hearted, laugh-out-loud comedy classic with a stellar cast including the start of ABC's Cleverman series, Hunter Page-Lochard, Esther Hannaford, fresh from her acclaimed role in Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, and MTC favourite Katherine Tonkin (Three Little Words).
Human Nature 'Little More Love: A 30-Year Celebration' Tour
Date Wed 1st May 2019
Australia's most-popular vocal group, Human Nature, are making a triumphant return home in 2019.

They will embark on a dazzling national tour that will form a celebration for their loyal fans on the eve of the group's amazing 30 years of making music together.

Fresh from their smash hit Las Vegas headlining residency - where they have performed in excess of a staggering 1,770 shows - Human Nature's Toby Allen, Phil Burton, and brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney, will perform a collection of their iconic back catalogue together with instant-hits from their new album, Romance Of The Jukebox.

Human Nature's Little More Love tour will be their biggest live show ever produced. Kicking off on the Gold Coast on 26 April 2019, taking in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Wollongong, Newcastle and concluding in Sydney on Friday 10 May.
The HIA Melbourne Home Show
Date Thu 2nd May 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
Building, renovating or making home improvements? You will love Melbourne's favourite Home Show. It is packed to the rafters with the best products and new releases from around the world.

Proudly supported by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) the Home Show is the best place to get free expert advice from more than 280 leading Melbourne suppliers, so bring your plans and photos.
Bach Concertos
Date Thu 2nd May 2019
Recently praised for his “simply gorgeous” playing and “crystalline phrasing” by the Washington Post, pianist David Fung is an ideal match for two of Bach's immaculate keyboard concertos. Program includes Bartók’s folk-flecked Divertimento and music of Telemann & Dvořák.
Metropolis: Night One
Date Thu 2nd May 2019
A celebration of some of Australia’s, and the world’s finest living composers, Metropolis New Music Festival showcases the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's commitment to contemporary symphonic music.

In 2019, Metropolis – presented in partnership with Melbourne Recital Centre and our Metropolis New Music Festival Education Partner, Monash University – celebrates the work of Dutch master Louis Andriessen, whose 80th birthday will be celebrated around the world.

Composer Kate Moore studied under Andriessen, and the MSO will perform a world premiere of her Percussion Concerto, written especially for acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes.

Subscribe and be the first to know about an array of extra events, featuring MSO’s Artist in Residence, PLEXUS, taking place at Melbourne Recital Centre over the first weekend in May.

Presented in association with Melbourne Recital Centre and the Metropolis New Music Festival Education Partner, Monash University.
Ours - Melbourne
Date Thu 2nd May 2019 to Fri 3rd May 2019
Ours is an intimate evening of contemporary dance, featuring eight original dance works choreographed by members of the Impact Ensemble. With live music, lots of fairy lights and the audience seated in-the-round, Ours explores the the themes: belonging, ownership and community.

Experience a night of beautiful music and dance, featuring the ADC Impact Ensemble: Aj Armstrong, Megan Breguet, Sarah Glynne, Victoria Hadfield, Elyssa Mahr, Abbey O'Donnell, Tara O'Donnell, Monique Powe, Xavier Robertson and Ellen Robinson.

Ours is the second major original dance theatre work for the ADC Impact Ensemble after their successful debut production of Transience: a Triple-Bill.

Directed by Xavier McGettigan. Choreographed by the ADC Impact Ensemble.
The Temple
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Be someone else. Join The Temple.

Welcome to The Temple. Here, we are not ourselves.

No-one ever really wants to be boring old ‘just me’. That’s why the residents of The Temple are always being someone else. Feel free to jump in. It’s a liberating exercise that is really catching on.

Join an orgy of comedic performers for a short course on How to Be Human. Everything is set for a group session of gags, traumas, banter and tantrums - each as hysterical as the last.

Dubliner Gavin Quinn concocts a wild Irish brew with Australian ingredients, including Nicola Gunn (Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster), Ash Flanders (Blackie Blackie Brown), Mish Grigor (Ich Nibber Dibber), Aljin Abella and Marcus McKenzie.

Be honest with yourself. Admit that you want to pretend. There is nothing to lose but yourself. Would you really miss it?
The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sat 18th May 2019
Connor is 16 and angry. He does not know why. Lately everything and everyone is annoying him. He’s slamming doors, flipping desks and always fighting. But, when he takes his rage one step too far, his parents decide to leave him in the forest for a week, alone. That should sort him out. Until he meets Lotte – also 16, also angry, but maybe just the friend Connor needs.

As unpredictable as Connor himself, The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You tackles the ticking time bomb of adolescence with humour and heart. Multi-award-winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is renowned internationally as a leading figure in theatre for young people. His smart, sweet and fiery tale about two offbeat kids at war with the world will resonate with teenagers, and anyone who has ever been one.

Starring Harry Tseng (Jasper Jones) and directed by Prue Clark (Contest) this production forms part of MTC’s acclaimed Families and Education Program.
The Grigoryan Brothers: Songs Without Words
Date Fri 3rd May 2019
Songs Without Words will be a treat, highlighting Slava and Leonard’s deep appreciation for music across the spectrum of styles. This show will weave its way though their many collaborations, both written and improvised. Combine this with their classical training and we get to experience a unique sound melding all these influences.

Experience composers such as Bach, Elgar, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Faure, De Falla and Ponce, all are masterfully arranged by their father Edward. This collaboration with their father isn’t new. Grigoryan senior arranged the music of Tchaikovsky’s suite for piano The Seasons, for his sons’ critically acclaimed 2012 release.

Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation. They have a reputation for enthralling audiences with the energy of their performances and range of styles they play.

It is not classical, jazz or world music, it is the Grigoryan Brothers.

Show starts at 7.30pm (105 minutes, with interval).
A Taste Of Ireland
Date Fri 3rd May 2019
Witness the World Champions directly from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of Ireland in one incredible live performance.

Told through Irish music and dance, A Taste of Ireland explores magical tales, spanning generations of Irish storytelling and culture.

Created and produced by Pace Entertainment Group, the show transports the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition were the essence of expressing and celebrating the Irish spirit.

Gorgeous melodies are layered upon raw rhythmic beats to create a jaw dropping sensory delight that is like nothing you will have seen or heard before.

An unparalleled cast of World, All Ireland and National Champion Irish dancers perform in perfect harmony with some of the world’s most revered folk musicians and vocalists, A Taste of Ireland provides a unique live spin on the much loved Celtic song and dance experience.
Melbourne Dog Lovers Show
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
The Southern Hemisphere's premier dog-dedicated festival returns for its seventh year with more K9-inspired experiences than ever before.

An all-new VitaPet Arena will be headlined by the inaugural K9 Ninja Warrior competition, skipping dogs and Frisbee shows set to leave tongues wagging.

The Royal Exhibition Building’s forecourt will host the very first Outdoor Arena featuring the inaugural High Jump Competition and the spectacular return of the Sheepdog Speed Trials by AWDRI.

BlackHawk DockDogs will stun crowds once again with a wide range of talented canines launching themselves into a 100,000 litre swimming pool.

Australian television's latest veterinary talent will host educational talks on the all-new RACV Pet Insurance Stage including Victoria’s own Bondi Vet Dr Danni Dusek, Dr Lisa Chimes and devoted crowd favourites Dr Katrina Warren and Kelly Gill.

Over 40 clubs will feature in the Breed Showcase and more than 30 rescue groups will take part in the Dog Adoption Zone, providing trusted and reliable information to aspiring parents about adoption.

Visitors can also get up close and paw-sonal in Pat-A-Pooch, explore the Bow Wow Meow Pawfect Match Zone and solve pretty pooch problems in the new Ask-A-Groomer Zone presented by Melanie Newman Salon Essentials.
Neon Run
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Neon Run is a five kilometre night-time spectacular run with six unique neon zones full of music, black lights, strobes, dancers, DJs and more. Let the 2XU Neon Run take you on a journey full of lights, colour and action.

Neon Run is a fully enclosed venue, open to ticket holders only. Whether your run, jog or dance, it is all about the good times.
Whisky: A South Side Story
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Join Southern Whisky Trails for a daylong journey of Victoria’s distilling history and craft whisky revival.

Not for the faint-hearted, this tour will introduce you to at least three Melbourne distilleries and will bring together talented distillers, award-winning whiskies, and the best coffee, food and wine in Melbourne’s south side. You will learn about the whisky-making process, taste different styles of grain spirit and discover stories about the past, present and future of whisky in Victoria.

You will be picked up at a central CBD location at 10:00am and returned to the city at 6:30pm. What better place to end the tour than at Whisky and Alement, Australian Whisky Bar of the Year 2017.

The tour will include all transport, morning coffee and bagel, a guided visit and tastings at at least two Melbourne distilleries inlcuding Bakery Hill Distillery and Starward Distillery, a two course lunch with a premium whisky tasting to showcase regional craft from Timboon Railway Shed Distillery, and a whisky cocktail making class.

Tour group will be limited to twelve. All participants must be over 18 years old. Meeting point at Federation Square.
Metropolis: Night Two
Date Sat 4th May 2019
A celebration of some of Australia’s – and the world’s – finest living composers, Metropolis New Music Festival showcases the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's commitment to contemporary symphonic music.

In 2019, Metropolis – presented in partnership with Melbourne Recital Centre and our Metropolis New Music Festival Education Partner, Monash University – celebrates the work of Dutch master Louis Andriessen, whose 80th birthday will be celebrated around the world.

We will also showcase new works from a host of Australian composers, including MSO’s 2018 Young Composer in Residence, Ade Vincent, whose new piece features the versatile Australian artist Lior.

Subscribe and be the first to know about an array of extra events, featuring MSO’s Artist in Residence, PLEXUS, taking place at Melbourne Recital Centre over the first weekend in May.

Presented in association with Melbourne Recital Centre and the Metropolis New Music Festival Education Partner, Monash University.
The Australian Ballet presents Storytime Ballet: Coppélia
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Storytime Ballet is an enchanting dance experience that is brought to life as an interactive, narrated show created especially for young children. Kids are inspired by the delightful storytelling, graceful dancing and treasure trove of costumes and trinkets.

Join the narrator Dr Coppelius and young lovers Swanilda and Franz, as they sneak into the magician’s mysterious workshop and discover the secrets of his mechanical dolls.

Running for under an hour, children are fully immersed in the story and help make the magic happen on stage.
Bach Concertos - Melbourne Recital Centre
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Recently praised for his “simply gorgeous” playing and “crystalline phrasing” by the Washington Post, pianist David Fung is an ideal match for two of Bach's immaculate keyboard concertos. Program includes Bartók’s folk-flecked Divertimento and music of Telemann and Dvořák.
Wyndham City Werribee Mansion Run
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Set on the grounds of Werribee Mansion and Werribee Park, The Wyndham City Werribee Mansion Run starts and finishes on the lawns of the magnificent Werribee Mansion.

The event caters for all levels of fitness and all members of the family with a two lap half marathon and 10 kilometre runs for the experiences runner, six kilometres run/walk event for the less experienced.

There is also a 1.2 kilometre kids dash, to ensure no-one misses out.
Six Seasons of the Kulin (Koolin) Nation
Date Sun 5th May 2019 to Sat 11th May 2019
Many children grow up with the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter, but for the local Boonwurrung people, six seasons take place each year. These seasons are determined by the movement of the stars and changes in the weather, coinciding with the life cycles of plants and wildlife.

Journey through the Gardens with a First Nations guide and learn about the importance of different seasons to the Boonwurrung people and the land. Gain an understanding of Manameet (early winter) and the use of native plants during the season. Sow one of your very own seasonal foods to take home along with a recipe.

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and YIRRAMBOI Festival.
Bush Food Experience
Date Sun 5th May 2019 to Sat 11th May 2019
Have you ever wondered how native Australian plants have inspired the modern plate and palate? Awaken your senses and explore the delights of bush foods and stories on a guided walk with a passionate First Nations guide. Discover the thriving culture of the First Nations people and their connection to plants, and learn how plants within the Gardens have been traditionally used and continue to be used around the world today.

Finish off with a delicious tasting of foods inspired by the native plants seen on your walk, developed and prepared by First Nations trainee chefs.

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Charcoal Lane social enterprise restaurant, William Angliss Institute and YIRRAMBOI Festival.
Date Mon 6th May 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
The house at number one Cloud Street is a great continent where two damaged clans collide. The two families - the Lambs and the Pickles - are as contrasting as the Australia they inhabit. Teetotallers and tipplers, workhorses or wastrels, fate makers versus chance chasers. But really, they are two sides of the same coin; one that was tossed during World War II and remained in motion for decades.

The power of this staggering Australian saga is more haunting than the ghosts who speak out from the walls. It’s more elusive than the serial killer who prowls their neighbourhood. It is transcendent, like the Lambs and the Pickles themselves, whose lives and loves live on today.

This is a once-in-a-generation chance to see Tim Winton’s award-winning story on stage, and in 2019 Malthouse Theatre ups the ante.

Directed by Matthew Lutton, Cloudstreet will be a monumental new production unprecedented in scale and ambition. The ensemble cast swims in the depth and breadth of Australian theatrical talent, featuring Helpmann Award-winner Guy Simon (Jasper Jones), Natasha Herbert (Away), Bert LaBonté (The Book of Mormon), Greg Stone (The Government Inspector) and Alison Whyte (Love and Information).
Arisa Kwabe - The accumulation of our little narratives
Date Tue 7th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Artist in Residence Arisa Kwabe presents ‘The accumulation of our little narratives’.

Everyone has precious memories, but they will be lost over time. However, even if memory is lost from the body (the body being a container for the spirit), the being called “I” (which is made from past memories), appears in this world. The whole world consists of the accumulation of the small stories of “I” and this forms a large historical account.

The City of Whitehorse has a Sister City Relationship with Matsudo, a Japanese city on the outskirts of Tokyo. The relationship was developed by the former City of Box Hill in 1971 and was continued by the City of Whitehorse in 1994, when local government in Victoria amalgamated.

The two cities participate in an active exchange program for young people, which strengthens cultural understanding and promotes friendly relations. The relationship also promotes economic development opportunities between the two countries. This exhibition is a celebration of this enduring Sister City Relationship.
Boonwurrung Storytelling
Date Tue 7th May 2019 to Thu 9th May 2019
Tiny tots will discover the local Boonwurrung First Nation people’s culture through fun and engaging activities, stories and language games.

Discover the stories of Bunjil – the wedge-tailed eagle and creator being who watches over the people of the Kulin (Koolin) Nation and their country, and teaches us the importance of looking after the land and the children.

Experience a Welcome to Country and a traditional Smoking Ceremony with Jaeden Williams, a Yalukit William man of the Boonwurrung language group, teacher and custodian of the land.

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Bunjil’s Biik and YIRRAMBOI Festival.
Botanical Bag Exhibition at Cranbourne Gardens
Date Tue 7th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Featuring works by artists from all around Australia, this exhibition displays more than 200 bags of different shapes, sizes, forms and textiles, brought together through their botanical themes. See displays and demonstrations on how bags are designed and made, and cast your vote for the Viewer’s Choice Winner, who will take home a new sewing machine. Many of the pieces on display
will be for sale and there will also be a Chandler’s Cottage pop-up shop full of textiles and kits focused on bag making.

Fabric designer, Leesa Chandler will host High Tea Design Talks on handbag design on Tuesday 7 May at 2:00pm and Saturday 11 May at 11:00am at the Boon Wurrung Café.

Presented by Leesa Chandler in association with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.
Flats and Sharps
Date Wed 8th May 2019
Flats and Sharps are a high-energy contemporary Bluegrass band, from Penzance, Cornwall, in the South West of England, known for their own highly original songs as well as their blistering renditions of Bluegrass classics.

These five incredible young musicians, Kirk Bowman (banjo), Mikey Ponsford (mandolin), Josh Warner (guitar), Danny Hart (fiddle) and Liam Fitzharris (double bass), honed their skills in hundreds of live performances over the past six years, charming and wowing audiences along the way.
Romeo and Juliet
Date Fri 10th May 2019 to Mon 13th May 2019
After his memorable debut conducting Rachmaninov with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2017, rising Russian maestro Stanislav Kochanovsky returns to transport us to Shakespeare’s fabled tale of the star-cross’d lovers, Romeo and Juliet, in excerpts from Prokofiev’s masterful ballet score including the famous intimate balcony scene, dramatic climaxes like the Death of Tybalt and the pulsating beat of Dance of the Knights.

The eventual success of this powerful ballet which mirrors the bard’s tale with astonishing conviction, belies the tortured history of its creation in Soviet Russia when his early version of the score was heavily censored. This is Prokofiev at the height of his inspiration offering some of the composer’s most sensuous, melodic and dramatic music.

Mussorgsky’s A Night on the Bare Mountain, inspired by a witches’ sabbath in a story by Gogol, makes for an ominous, eerie curtain-raiser.
<Frame> Yiruma Live in Australia
Date Fri 10th May 2019
Korean pianist Yiruma is coming to Australia in 2019 with his new album <Frame> and classic original pieces.

With strong love and passion, Yiruma is bringing the breathtaking performance full of spirits of sharing and bliss back to Australia. Ever since the first album, Yiruma's warm and beautiful classical melody resonates with music lovers all around the world. Yiruma Live in Australia <Frame> 2019 will be presented in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney in the May 2019.

Enjoy the most romantic music journey with Yiruma's splendid music proudly presented by Castiglione Arts and Culture.
Jane Goodall: Rewind the Future
Date Sat 11th May 2019
Once more gracing Australia's shores is the iconic, inspirational and inimitable Dr Jane Goodall for her Australian tour, Rewind the Future, in May 2019.

The similarities between animals and humans might seem obvious to now (see: any major political race or the state of reality television), but this was not always the case. Dr Jane Goodall uncovered the complexity of social and familial life within groups of wild chimpanzees, highlighting the connection between humans and the closest living relatives.

Through her groundbreaking work in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park, Dr Goodall redefined how scientists interact with the wild, contributing to one of the greatest studies of primates the world has ever seen. She has lamented that Tarzan married the wrong Jane.

Dr Goodall’s quest for animal welfare and conservation is as relevant now as it ever has been. With the shifts in the global climate displacing not only chimpanzees but thousands of other species (including humans), her message of compassion and environmental responsibility is incredibly pertinent for 2019 and beyond.

Join Think Inc. and the Jane Goodall Institute Australia in celebrating the amazing life of one of the greatest scientific figures of all time.
Amy Shark
Date Sat 11th May 2019
Australia's award-winning indie pop artist Amy Shark will be playing two of her biggest shows to date in Sydney and Melbourne. She will be performing tracks from her critically-acclaimed debut album Love Monster including hit singles Adore and I Said Hi.

Released last July, Love Monster earned Amy three wins out of nine nominations at this year's ARIA Awards including Album of the Year, Best Pop Release and Best Female Artist awards. Meanwhile, producers of the album's lead single I Said Hi, Dann Hume and M-Phazes, bagged the Producer of the Year award.

Amy will be joined by Melbourne rock band Slowly Slowly and the up-and-coming teenage Sydney four-piece Erthlings. The shows will definitely be a showcase of rising Australian talent alongside a standout artist whose dominating presence shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Presented by Live Nation.
Meguiar's MotorEx
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Meguiar’s MotorEx is the largest and most prestigious car show of its kind in Australia. Each year Meguiar’s MotorEx attracts Australia’s best custom and modified cars, which travel from all over the country to create an amazing visual spectacle of colour, chrome and individual style.

Covering over 40,000 square metres, it features 700-plus vehicles with a collective value of over $50 million dollars along with the countries best automotive businesses showcase the industries newest and most exciting products. Meguiar’s MotorEx is a car crazy experience not to be missed.
Sushi Making Masterclass
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Sat 13th Jul 2019
Join the Sushi Making Masterclass to learn how to make authentic, delicious and impressive-looking sushi at home.

Discuss all things sushi: ingredients, how to put it together and how to make different types, including the pressed of ‘cake’ variety and the roll.

Sushi starts at the selection of the fish, the skilful slicing and preparing of high-quality pieces, and ends with the right combination of sauces and condiments.

Sushi is not just about learning how to roll with the seaweed. With the teachings of Akachochin’s Head Chef, you can identify what fish to choose and what you should be adding in to take your sushi to the next level.

After preparing the food, enjoy your meal on the waterside terrace with the Yarra River views. A glass of Japanese beer or wine adds the final touch to your meal for a real Japanese afternoon in the heart of Melbourne.

Highlights include: hands on masterclass with Akachochin's Head Chef, fresh ingredients from the fish market, step-by-step teaching, intimate class environment and leave with a new recipe book.

This class will teach you from the basics so no prior knowledge required.
Break it Down: A Composting Workshop for Families
Date Sat 11th May 2019
In this special workshop for families for International Composting Awareness Week, you will learn the break down the basics of recycling food waste at home. While you participate in a hands-on workshop exploring the basics of composting techniques, your little ones can engage in some earthy fun, including storytelling, potion making and investigating composting critters in the Gardens. Finish with a delicious soup from organically grown pumpkins.
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Wed 29th May 2019
From the moment he wrote it, Verdi knew he had a hit on his hands. The story had everything: royalty, loyalty, deformity, devotion, lust and revenge. Love and vengeance meet in the darkness and the opera draws to its dramatic, devastating conclusion. The morning after Rigoletto’s triumphant premiere, the shows sensational melody rang out in the streets: a hit for ever after.

Opera Australia is bringing Elija Moshinsky’s classic production of Verdi’s Rigoletto back to the Melbourne stage in full La Dolce Vita glamour. Booming baritone and rising opera star, Mongolian Amartuvshin Enkhbat will make his Australian debut as the clown faced Rigoletto.
Underwater Tour
Date Sun 12th May 2019
This year the Underwater Tour, Australia’s annual nationwide touring speaker event series, features international photographers David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes and William Tan live on stage, showcasing their extraordinary images and sharing stories of discovery from below the surface and behind the lens.

National Geographic legends David and Jennifer are on their way from upstate New York to Australia to keynote the Australian Tour.

David’s 75 plus feature publications with National Geographic document the diversity of marine environments - from equatorial coral reefs to life beneath the polar ice.

Multi-award winner, presenter, columnist, contributing editor, David is author of 12 books.

Jennifer’s photography and journalism is underpinned by her marine science background and focus on science communication and conservation of endangered species.

She is the recipient of the Presidents Medal for natural history, a trustee of the Shark Research Institute and Explorer Club National Fellow.

A pioneer of the blackwater macro underwater photography niche, Singapore’s William Tan captures images of the movement of plankton and wonderfully bizarre marine critters in their nightly vertical migration from the deep or mid-water column to the shallows.

William’s images are guaranteed to pique your curiosity and have you wanting to set out on new adventures.

Mother's Day High Tea at Melbourne Zoo
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Enjoy a very special Mother's Day High Tea in a beautiful private function room before enjoying the rest of the day at Melbourne Zoo.

Arrive at 1:00pm for some bubbles on arrival followed by the beautiful High Tea. You will be offered a selection of delicate sweet and savoury items from a buffet style High Tea as well as barista coffee and a selection of tea’s which will be served throughout the event. Wine, beer and soft drink will be available to purchase from the bar after arrival.

There will be a fun photo booth to capture the moments from the event with your family and friends before enjoying the rest of the day to wander the Zoo as admission is included with the ticket from 12:00pm. The kids will also enjoy a fun surprise activity and as a special treat, all mothers attending the High Tea will go in the draw to win an Endota Spa package which will be drawn on the day.

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Access to the Zoo from 12:00pm.
Mother's Day High Tea at Werribee Zoo
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Spoil mum with a beautiful High Tea at Werribee Open Range Zoo for Mother's Day.

This special event will include some bubbles on arrival followed by a buffet style High Tea at the Meerkat Bistro which will be exclusively available for guests attending this event. The High Tea will include a selection of delicate treats and delicious savoury specialties. Tea and barista coffee will be served throughout the High Tea and beer, wine and soft drinks will be available to purchase from the bar after arrival.

After the event the whole family can enjoy all the attractions of the Zoo together for a wonderful day out as admission to the Zoo from 12:00pm included with the Mother's Day ticket. There will also be a photo booth to get a fun picture together, a special kid activity and all mothers attending the High Tea will go in the draw to win an Endota Spa package that will be drawn live on the day.
National Manufacturing Week 2019
Date Tue 14th May 2019 to Fri 17th May 2019
National Manufacturing Week is Australia’s largest gathering of manufacturing decision-makers under one roof. It is the one place for the manufacturing community to come together to be inspired, innovate and connect with one another over three days.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from world-class speakers in the conference theatre, featuring presentations from experts in the manufacturing space.

Co-located with Austech, National Manufacturing Week will run from the 14 to 17 May 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Cosi Fan Tutte
Date Tue 14th May 2019 to Sat 25th May 2019
Sir David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte has its highly anticipated Melbourne premiere this autumn season. Conducting the performance will be Canadian Maestra Keri-Lynn Wilson, making her Australian debut.

Mozart’s opera about testing fidelity is an intriguing story set to music of impossible beauty. Two men disguise themselves as Albanians and attempt to seduce each other’s lover in an elaborate ruse to win a bet, at the urging of the cynical old philosopher Don Alfonso.
Sun Kil Moon
Date Wed 15th May 2019
San Francisco based singer-songwriter Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozelek) returns to Australia in May for a very special east-coast tour.

Take a seat and strap in for over two hours of Sun Kil Moon who is set to deliver an unparalleled, unforgettable live music experience. Please note. No support for this tour. Sun Kil Moon will be playing a two and a half hour set at all shows.
Good Beer Week: Tank Takeover
Date Wed 15th May 2019
What is something brewers do everyday that punters donot normally get to do? Probably not a heap, but getting to drink the fresh beer straight out of the tanks is definitely one of them.

As part of Good Beer Week Craft & Co are opening the brewery doors to invite everyone in to come and taste the difference between the fermenting wort, a beer out of the brite tank and then out of the keg. All the while the kitchen will be dishing up burgers, fries and other great food. Once you have tried the three stages of the brew, all of the other beers will be at half price for the rest of the evening as you enjoy the live entertainment.
Date Fri 17th May 2019 to Sat 29th Jun 2019
‘Is this the strangest thing that two people have ever done in the history of the world?’ At a bustling London train station, 42-year-old American, Georgie, kisses the neck of a much older Irish man, Alex. This electric encounter thrusts two perfect strangers into a fascinating and unlikely relationship, part friendship, part love-affair. But is Georgie really all she seems?

Simon Stephens astounded audiences with his remarkable The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2018. Now, this Tony Award-winning playwright is back with an intimate and life-affirming romantic comedy.

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle helped redefine the world of physics, but Stephens is less concerned with quantum mechanics than with the atomic uncertainty of the human heart. With wit and dry humour, Heisenberg asks us to take a chance on love and embrace the magic of the unknown.

Star of stage and screen, Kat Stewart (Offspring), will shine as the quirky, freespirited Georgie with acclaimed director Tom Healey (The Spook) making his debut with MTC for this Australian Premiere.
Great Australasian Beer Spectapular (GABS)
Date Fri 17th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Every year, they put the call out to the industry to create something special for GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest.

In 2019, almost 120 different brewers and cider makers around Australia and New Zealand have answered that call and created something special just for you. For those brewers, it’s an opportunity to be creative, to push boundaries, and to showcase their talents. These beers and ciders are unique, one-off’s, limited release, and exclusive in every sense.

On top of all the crazy beers and ciders, you can expect a range of food trucks, activities and live acts.
Icecream Hands
Date Sat 18th May 2019
With their 1992 debut self-titled EP began the long and successful career of Icecream Hands. Now, after downing the tools in 2007 having notched up 6 albums, 2 ARIA nominations, countless miles and many memorable shows, the iconic line-up are back to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their critically-acclaimed album ‘Sweeter Than The Radio’.In the last few years, they have regrouped to play exclusive sold out shows, cementing their popularity as crowd favourites.
Ghostemane Australian Tour
Date Sun 19th May 2019
Following the release of his album 'N / O / I / S / E' last year, underground American rapper and metal singer Ghostemane (Eric Whitney) is landing down under for his debut Australian tour this May.

The rapper and producer is known for fusing together hip hop, industrial, and metal. With a degree in Astrophysics, he draws his influences from a plethora of content including psychedelics, Nine Inch Nails, Outkast, medieval magic, occultism, and Ancient Egyptian books. He has so far racked up hundreds of millions of streams across songs such as 'Nihil', 'Mercury: Retrograde', 'Andromeda', '1000 Rounds (w/ Pouya)', and 'Flesh'.
Pint of Science
Date Mon 20th May 2019 to Wed 22nd May 2019
Pint of Science is a three day festival bringing the latest in science research to pubs across Australia - and the world.

In 2019 the festival will run on May 20, 21 and 22. Visit the Pint of Science Australia website for all updates regarding venues.
Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
Now in its fifth year, the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize has established itself as one of Victoria’s major annual art prizes.

The annual prize is an important opportunity for Bayside City Council to add exceptional works of art to its collection and to promote art and artists as a valuable part of the Bayside community. The three categories of the prize are judged by a panel of industry experts.

This year we welcome Jane Devery, Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, and Anthony Fitzpatrick, Curator, TarraWarra Museum of Art, who will join Joanna Bosse, Curator, Bayside Gallery on the 2019 judging panel.

Gallery open from Wednesday to Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
The Gospel According to Paul
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sat 25th May 2019
One of Australia’s favourite performers, Jonathan Biggins, is Paul Keating - visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser - in this highly anticipated new comedy. Full of intelligence and wit, this show is a funny, insightful and occasionally poignant portrait of Paul Keating; the man that - as he tells it - single-handedly shaped contemporary Australia.

Jonathan Biggins’ performance as Keating is well known from the long-running Sydney Theatre Company success story, The Wharf Revue. Beyond the canny impersonation, Jonathan, like so many Australians, has long been fascinated by Keating and what Keating means to Australia. Showcasing his eviscerating wit, rich rhetoric and ego the size of Everest, The Gospel According to Paul distils Keating’s essence, focusing on key biographical milestones, landmark political achievements and personal obsessions. It shows the man who grew up in the tribe of the Labor Party and gained an education at the knee of Jack Lang, who treated economics as an artform, and demanded we confront the wrongs of our colonial past.

Biggins asks the question - what can we learn today from this singular politician and the momentous time in our country’s history that he dominated?
The Real Ghostbusters of Australia
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
You may have seen the Ghostbusters movie, but have you ever wondered whether real Ghostbusters exist? Satisfy your curiosity and enjoy a series of stimulating talks from the mouths of The Real Ghostbusters of Australia.

Do not miss this intriguing conference featuring five speakers from various states of Australia.

They will share their personal experiences, studies and expertise in the subject of ghosts and haunted places.

There will be an opportunity to ask them questions towards the end.

Speakers include: Robb Tilley (NSW) from Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research and Ghostbuster, Johan Smit and Karen Scott (WA) who featured on Today Tonight as Perth's Ghostbusting Couple (July 2018), Dr Vladimir Dubaj a Neuroscientist, Parapsychologist and Paranormal Investigator and founder of the Australian Parapsychological Research Association (APRA), and Brett Farrell (Author and Clinical Hypnotherapist and Ghostbuster).

Friday 24 May - Ghost tour with the Ghostbusters, Saturday 25 May - Conference and networking and Sunday 26 May - Workshops with the speakers.

Il Viaggio a Reims
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sat 1st Jun 2019
Rossini’s exultant opera Il Viaggio a Reims finally has its Australian premiere in grand fashion with a first-rate cast performing this co-production of the Dutch National Opera, Royal Danish Opera and Opera Australia.

In Damiano Michieletto’s playful interpretation, the world’s most famous artworks come to life for a highly entertaining evening with some seriously impressive arias and ensemble pieces.
Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 13th Oct 2019
In a dual presentation of Chinese art and culture past and present, the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the National Gallery of Victoria presents China’s ancient Terracotta Warriors alongside a parallel display of new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang.

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality is a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor’s Terracotta Warriors, which, discovered in 1974 in China’s Shaanxi province, are regarded as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century and widely described as the eighth wonder of the world.

Presented in parallel, Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, sees contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, create all new art works inspired by his home country’s culture and its enduring philosophical traditions, including a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.
Garden Dance
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Highly acclaimed choreographer Jo Lloyd and a group of Melbourne performers have created a dance work specifcally for the Gardens, which explores the idea that grid systems are used to tame the city and behaviour in public places.

They came together to dance, to entertain one another, to be viewers and to be on view. Replacing the city grid for the gardens, they sought nature, unveiling a more complex setting. A public setting for private behaviour. Nature never completely tame, choreography never completely tame.

You can also experience a one-off free movement workshop on Wednesday 22 May at 7:30am.

Director/ Choreographer: Jo Lloyd
Designer: Andrew Treloar
Composer: Duane Morrison
Producer: Michaela Coventry, Sage Arts

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Jo Lloyd.

Proudly supported by City of Melbourne.
Helen's Hill Lunch at The Barre
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Helen's Hill chief Allan Nalder teams up with The Barre's Senior Chef de Partie Cecilia Salvante to create a Sunday feast to remember when the Hills, Helen’s Hill that is - come alive to the city for autumn.

This not to be missed luncheon will pair the ‘terroir’ driven, micro-climate influenced, Yarra Valley wines of Helen’s Hill Estate, with four courses from The Barre kitchen. Marinated salmon, oyster mustard and dill bruschetta teams with the Roma’s Grace Blanc de Blanc, while a vanilla panna cotta with infused strawberry in Chardonnay and raspberry foam and brandy biscuit for dessert, sits alongside ‘Lana’s Rose’, and that is only part of the story.

Experience for yourself the long and skinny of the Helen’s Hill range, hear the stories from the memory of Helen to the mysteries of row 25, the notion of dinosaurs and Mother Nature, the mystic of barrel oaks and all the ‘terroir’ that together define these anything but simple wines as they fuel Cecilia’s culinary inspiration over the course of one rare and special afternoon.
Botanic Gardens Day: Plants Up Close
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Celebrate Botanic Gardens Day by immersing yourself in the natural surroundings as we walk along Eucalypt Walk to Bloodwood Garden. During this journey, learn about sap and look down microscopes to see flowers, leaves and bark close up. Then get crafty with some leaf rubbing, and paint trees with water to see the colours pop. While you’re there, hug a tree and make a friend in the Gardens.
Australian String Quartet presents Moore Beethoven Brahms
Date Mon 27th May 2019
Kate Moore String Quartet no 3* (Premiere Season)
Beethoven String Quartet op 18 no 4
Brahms String Quartet op 51 no 1

A young man brimming with confidence and sure of a bright future: this is Beethoven at the time of creating his first string quartets. His opus 18 no 4 is quicksilver in its variety of moods and characters, thoroughly conveying both technical mastery and compelling artistic personality.

Seventy years later, Brahms displayed a devotion to chamber music that went against the spirit of his times. But like an artist who works in mezzotint rather than forging grand canvases, Brahms some of the most sublime and intimate creations that the world had ever heard. His first string quartet is the glorious flowering of his cultivated technique and searching artistry.

These masterworks are complemented by a new work from young Australian composer Kate Moore, also inspired by a fascination for the natural world.
Australian Ballet School
Date Tue 28th May 2019
Prepare to be amazed as the Australian Ballet School return to the Clocktower stage to present their annual performance.

Enjoy a spectacular showcase of works by their talented students, celebrating the art of ballet in a sublime meeting of music and dance.

This much-loved Morning Music tradition continues to thrill and delight audiences of all ages.
Matsudo Week Exhibition - Arisa Kwabe - The accumulation of our little narratives
Date Tue 28th May 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
Artist in Residence Arisa Kwabe presents The accumulation of our little narratives.

Everyone has precious memories, but they will be lost over time. However, even if memory is lost from the body (the body being a container for the sprit), the being called “I” (which is made from past memories), appears in this world. The whole world consists of the accumulation of the small stories of “I” and this forms a large historical account. Arisa states ‘an individual’s narrative gave me motivation and the opportunity to connect with other small stories of “I” and during these moments I felt that I could recognise the world a little’.

The City of Whitehorse has a Sister City Relationship with Matsudo, a Japanese city on the outskirts of Tokyo. The relationship was developed by the former City of Box Hill in 1971 and was continued by the City of Whitehorse in 1994, when local government in Victoria amalgamated.
The two cities participate in an active exchange program for young people, which strengthens cultural understanding and promotes friendly relations. The relationship also promotes economic development opportunities between the two countries. This exhibition is a celebration of this enduring Sister City Relationship.
Ruby Fields – Permanent Hermit Tour
Date Tue 28th May 2019 to Thu 30th May 2019
With special guests. Fresh from stunning audiences during her Laneway Festival run, Sydney’s raw-power Ruby Fields has announced a national in support of her upcoming EP, Permanent Hermit.

Ruby Fields announces national tour and New EP 'Permanent Hermit'.

Fresh from stunning audiences during her Laneway Festival run, Sydney’s raw-power Ruby Fields has announced a national in support of her upcoming EP, Permanent Hermit. The EP is set for a released early May and features seven new songs, as well as the nostalgic, slow burning anthem ‘Dinosaurs’, which nabbed the number eight spot on this year’s Hottest 100.
Mozart Symphony No. 29 directed by Christopher Moore
Date Wed 29th May 2019
Not interested in playing first or second fiddle, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Principal Violist Chris Moore leads the band in this concert, which features music of real emotional depth.

Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten is an iconic work. Composed in honour of the great British composer, this hauntingly beautiful music unfolds like the slow pealing of bells, in a series of minor scales scored for strings and a single chime.

Any darkness cast is lightly brushed away by the final piece on this program: the breezy Symphony No.29 of Mozart, one of the composer’s best-known early symphonic works.
Destination Melbourne LIVE
Date Thu 30th May 2019
Destination Melbourne LIVE is a uniquely curated tourism conference designed to transform the visitor industry in Melbourne. Fusing inspirational thought leadership from global destinations with expert local tourism talent and high flyers that are leading the way with innovation, this event is tailored specifically for tourism professionals by the team at Destination Melbourne.

In 2019, Destination Melbourne LIVE will showcase the value of cross-industry partnerships in meeting the needs of the visitor’s multi-faceted travel experience. The theme is Collaboration: exchange the rigid, silo way of thinking for an intelligent co-creative approach.
Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Date Fri 31st May 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
From 31 May to 9 June Melbourne will celebrate the energy, collaboration and constant evolution of jazz music and culture with 10 days of show-stopping performances. At grand theatres, tiny clubs, street corners and unexpected places all over the city local legends and international jazz stars will shake up everything you think you know about jazz.

In a packed program of modern masters, kid-friendly entertainment, free events and genre-bending experimental music there's something for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned jazz lover or a total newcomer, the Festival is the perfect way to discover something new and learn why the spirit of jazz is alive and well 150 years on.
Melbourne International Singers Festival
Date Thu 6th Jun 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
Play It Forward and Founding Artistic Director, Dr Jonathon Welch AM, invite you to the tenth Anniversary of the Melbourne International Singers Festival.

Be challenged, inspired and entertained.

Australia’s most exciting singers festival for all choirs, singing groups and individual singers, is proud to present a bigger and even more diverse program over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in Melbourne, with Founding Artistic Director Dr Jonathon Welch AM. Including world class venues, outstanding workshops and performance opportunities.

Melbourne International Singers Festival welcomes back The Velvetones, George Torbay and Kavisha Mazzella AM who will conduct and perform at Melbourne International Singers Festival 2019.

Registration includes entry to all MISF workshops, masterclasses, concerts, choruses and performances over the Festival weekend (with the exception of Special MISF events).

Register as a choir or singing group of 10 or more and receive complimentary registration for your Music Director and accompanist.
BOLÉRO! Slava Grigoryan and the Rhythms of Spain
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019
Off the back of his second consecutive ARIA win, celebrated Australian guitarist Slava Grigoryan dips into the melting pot of Spanish music and its myriad influences in the famous Aranjuez concerto. Classical and folk traditions converge in this work, but it’s the cor anglais melody that seduces at the start of the slow movement. This melody came to Rodrigo whilst he was waiting for a tram; commuting never sounded so inspirational!

Ravel once said the tune that underpins his pulsing ballet Boléro was inspired by sounds he heard in one of his father’s factories. That tune never changes, nor does the hypnotic rhythm on the snare drum. The movement, the variations and the song’s life is instead found in the orchestration, and of the volume!
The Australian Ballet presents Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019
After sell-out seasons in 2017, Christopher Wheeldon’s madcap Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland© returns in 2019.

Wheeldon translates the wit and charm of Lewis Carroll’s story into delightful dance, framed by extravagant sets, magnificent costumes and extraordinary music. Wonderland has never looked more magical, thanks to this ingenious production's puppetry, projections and eye-bending illusions. Join Alice as she meets a twitchy White Rabbit, a tap-dancing Mad Hatter and a hot-tempered Queen of Hearts in this family-friendly adventure.

Experience breathtaking visuals from Tony Award-winning designer Bob Crowley and a colourful, cinematic score by Joby Talbot. With all the scale and spectacle of Broadway, this ballet will transport you to the heights of your imagination.

The production of Alice won two Helpmann Awards in 2018: Best Ballet and Best Female Dancer (for Principal Artist Ako Kondo).

It is time to fall down the rabbit hole – do not be late for this very important date.
Jazz and the Silver Screen
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019
Showcasing jazz classics and selections from eclectic and celebrated film scores, Hook Turn Orchestra presents music that sprang to life on the silver screen.

The stunning vocals of musical theatre and film star Alinta Chidzey (West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wentworth) are accompanied by an ensemble of Melbourne’s most accomplished jazz musicians and members of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Orchestra Victoria.

Melding the worlds of jazz, musical theatre and classical concert halls, this project seeks to reinvent much-loved classics and under appreciated film score masterpieces alike. From Melbourne Recital Centre to Hamer Hall and their most recent album release, Jazz and the Silver Screen features evocative music from all continents of the world.
Nick Offerman - All Rise
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019
Award-winning US comedian, actor and writer Nick Offerman is returning down under this June for the first time since 2016 with his brand new live show, All Rise.

All Rise is an evening of deliberative talking and light dance that will compel you to chuckle whilst urging you to brandish a better side of humanity than the one to which we have grown accustomed. Genuflection optional: in my church, you kneel as you please.

Offerman is an accomplished entertainer known for Parks and Recreation (2009), The Founder (2016) and Fargo (2014). His role as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation earned him a Television Critics Association Award in the US for Individual Achievement in Comedy.

While having earned massive recognition for his work on-screen, Offerman also thrives on stage in front of a live audience. His solo show Full Bush met critical acclaim when he brought it to Australia three years ago.

Do not miss Nick Offerman’s Australian return in All Rise this 2019.
Oz Comic-Con Melbourne
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
Oz Comic-Con was introduced to Australian shores in 2012 and has since seen an overwhelming response from fans, offering a little bit of everything for everyone interested in film, television, comics, manga, cosplay and much more.

Convention goers can expect appearances from film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors, gaming demonstrations and out-of-this-world activations, industry talks and panels, and exclusive merchandise that cannot be bought anywhere else.
The Great Tenors
Date Tue 11th Jun 2019
One of Australia’s finest tenors Roy Best will be joined by international soprano Alison Jones as they celebrate 100 years of spectacular tenor and soprano.

In a tribute to the legends of the stage, the duo will perform an impressive repertoire of classic songs from the likes of Pavarotti, Bocelli, Caruso, Carreras, Lanza and Domingo.

Concert pianist Len Vorster will provide a wonderful backdrop to some of the greatest songs ever recorded including ‘Be My Love’, ‘La Donna e Mobile’, ‘Sun and Moon’, ‘Strangers in Paradise’ and many more.

Joining them is perennial favourite Chris McKenna, who will narrate this fascinating story of the world’s greatest tenors and their leading ladies.
Box Hill Hand Spinners and Weavers - Fabulous Fibres
Date Wed 12th Jun 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
This annual exhibition by the Box Hill Hand Spinners and Weavers is a colourful and skilful display of handspun, knitted and woven garments, as well as homewares and toys.

The exhibition will be held at Box Hill Community Arts Centre from 12 to 16 June.
RACV Marine 2019 Melbourne Boat Show
Date Thu 13th Jun 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
In 2019, the RACV Marine Melbourne Boat Show will be celebrating its 59th year of operation, promoting recreational boating, safe boating practises and the Life’s Better With A Boat message. The Show is Victoria’s annual celebration of the positive and rewarding lifestyle that boating provides.

Taking place at the state-of-the-art event venue, the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the RACV Marine Melbourne Boat Show welcomes visitors locally, nationally and internationally each year, and is a major event on Melbourne’s calendar.
Eumeralla: A War Requiem for Peace
Date Sat 15th Jun 2019
Southwest of Melbourne lies a battleground, haunted with the memory of war and loss. The scars of the Eumeralla Resistance War (1840 to 1863) lie heavily upon the country.

Eumeralla, a War Requiem for Peace brings into focus a period of Australia’s history yet to be fully understood. Written and composed by acclaimed Yorta Yorta soprano, composer and Artistic Director of Short Black Opera, Deborah Cheetham AO, this requiem for peace, will be sung entirely in the ancient dialects of the Gunditjmara people.

Eumeralla: A War Requiem for Peace will break the silence of so many decades and serve to amplify the importance of our nation’s shared history - Deborah Cheetham AO.
Storm Boy
Date Mon 17th Jun 2019 to Sat 20th Jul 2019
In a wild and remote area of coastline on South Australia’s Coorong, Storm Boy and his reclusive father live in a secluded shack, hidden away from the harsh realities of city life. After befriending a local Ngarrindjeri man, Storm Boy discovers three orphaned pelican chicks and decides to take them in. What follows is a remarkable journey of discovery that will change his life forever.

This much-loved story has enthralled generations of Australians both on the page and on screen. Now, Colin Thiele’s heart-warming classic Storm Boy is brought to life on stage in a theatrical event filled with unforgettable characters and a collection of astonishing life-size puppets by Dead Puppet Society. With epic scope and scale, this stunning Australian story is realised in a production that evokes the fragile wilderness of Storm Boy’s world.

Adapted by Tom Holloway (Double Indemnity), this powerful new production featuring John Batchelor (Red Dog) and Tony Briggs (Cleverman) is directed by Sam Strong, who will again bring his magic to another timeless coming-of-age story, as he did with MTC’s Helpmann Award-winning Jasper Jones.

A co-production with Queensland Theatre in association with Dead Puppet Society.
Box Hill Art Group - Mid Year Exhibition
Date Tue 18th Jun 2019 to Sun 23rd Jun 2019
The Mid Year Exhibition will showcase the art of Box Hill Art Group. This is an opportunity to experience a wide range of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the members of the very active Box Hill Art Group. With a wide range of both styles and subjects, there will be artworks that will appeal to everyone.
DENFAIR 2019 Design Exhibition
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Now in its fifth year, DENFAIR is Australia’s defining event for the best local and international design brands.

The exhibition provides a tangible moment, where design professionals and enthusiasts alike can touch and feel the latest, most innovative products. Exciting new collections will be launched in exclusivity, during three days of connection, conversation and ideas.

Engage directly with your favorite brands and the nation’s leading creatives – all within 12,000 square metres of pure design.

Saturday June 22 DENFAIR is open to the public from 10:00am to 5:00pm. For more information visit the website.
Baroque Oboe
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019
With its lucid, penetrating tone, the oboe captivates the ear and touches the heart. Australia’s greatest oboe star, Diana Doherty, joins Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for oboe masterpieces from the Italian Baroque by Vivaldi and Albinoni, with a new double concerto by popular Melbourne composer Joe Chindamo.
Classical Mozart’s Requiem
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Deceit, murder and a black masked stranger. The myths surrounding Mozart’s Requiem, his final unfinished work, go back far beyond Peter Shaffer’s film, Amadeus. But it did really happen; one of the world’s greatest composers died writing his own Requiem. Mozart himself was the first to start drawing sinister conclusions about the anonymous masked ‘middle aged, serious, impressive man’ who came to his door around July 1791, with a commission for a Requiem mass.

Already ill with an undiagnosed kidney disorder, he imagined he was writing his own Requiem. Using Bach and Handel’s earlier models of musical grief, and adding new orchestral colours with trombones, basset horn and a continuo section of organ and low strings, he creates music that is uniquely heartbreaking.

Contrast Mozart’s epic work with Ravel’s charming, nostalgic suite Mother Goose, in which the composer captures childhood innocence with beguiling perfection. Ravel’s signature elegance and luminous orchestral colours shine through as the Orchestra takes you through the mystery, magic and fantasy of these five fairy tales.
St Kilda Film Festival
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
The St Kilda Film Festival supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on a wide range of fascinating works that may not otherwise see the light of day. Exceptional films by both emerging talent and short works by accomplished industry professionals are shown on the big screen, where they look their shiny best.

St Kilda Film Festival provides the most comprehensive overview of the national short film industry, screening Australia's top short film entries received each year alongside a rich program of special screenings and events and a free Filmmaker Development Program.
Wake in Fright
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
If you're a good bloke, you'll be all right. Right?

G’day. Welcome to the Yabba. Just passing through?

It is the best little town in the world. Things a bit grim? Chin up.

John Grant is well-read, but an outback misadventure strands him - cashless and jobless - in a harsh and remote Aussie outpost, Bundanyabba.

So, he makes new ‘mates’: they are quick with a drink, but with every scull a dark violence lurches forward. Are these blokes fair dinkum, or is there something more sinister at the heart of this little Aussie town?

On the Beckett Theatre stage, the entire world of Wake in Fright is conjured by the always-evocative Zahra Newman (The Book of Mormon) accompanied by a sonic assault from art-electronica band, friendships. Under the direction of Declan Greene, Kenneth Cook’s iconic work of Australian Gothic horror is felt in the flesh. Bring sunscreen, buy a beer and wear your ear plugs.

Once you pierce the Yabba’s ocker veneer, you better be ready for the explosive brutality pent up inside.
Baroque Oboe - Melbourne Recital Centre
Date Sun 23rd Jun 2019
With its lucid, penetrating tone, the oboe captivates the ear and touches the heart. Australia’s greatest oboe star, Diana Doherty, joins MCO for oboe masterpieces from the Italian Baroque by Vivaldi and Albinoni, with a new double concerto by popular Melbourne composer Joe Chindamo.
Bayside Chamber Orchestra - Blazing Beaumaris Beauty
Date Sun 23rd Jun 2019
You will be delighted by Bayside Chamber Orchestra's Winter concert in Beaumaris.

Featuring an ensemble of professional and local amateur musicians, the Bayside Chamber Orchestra players have a passion for chamber music.

Performers include: W.A. Mozart - Serenade for Winds in B flat, G. Jacob - Old Wind In New Bottles, O. Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances Suite no 1. and C. Jenkins - Palladio for Strings.

This wonderful program is proudly supported by Bayside City Council.
TarraWarra Wine Lunch
Date Sun 23rd Jun 2019
TarraWarra Estate winemaker Clare Halloran and The Barre’s Senior Chef de Partie Ceclilia Salvante have teamed up to create a Sunday Feast inspired by TarraWarra wines.

From their stunning winery in the coolness of the Yarra Valley, TarraWarra wines are perfectly paired with four courses from The Barre kitchen including dishes such as soy-marinated and braised beef short rib with pickled carrots and crushed pistachio served with sweet potato dhal and cucumber raita matched to TarraWarra Estate Pinot Noir, 2016 and TarraWarra Reserve Pinot Noir, 2015.

Clare will bring 20 years of expertise with TarraWarra Estate wines and share her valuable knowledge alongside Cecilia providing her inspiration for the dishes over the course of lunch.
Ondru - Yumarrala Ngulu: give voice
Date Tue 25th Jun 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
To coincide with NAIDOC week BHCAC in collaboration with Ondru brings Yumarrala Ngulu: give voice, stories of courage and strength by the Stolen Generations.

Yumarrala Ngulu: give voice is an art project that aims to honour the Stolen Generations, embodying their courage and strength through their own voice and creating a space for healing. The project primarily focuses on providing a voice for women’s experiences of the Stolen Generations while sharing their stories of family, love, hope and their dreams for the future. The stories have been told directly by the women or in some cases shared by family members.

The project strives towards a more compassionate and connected society, creating a space for dialogue with the broader community that encourages shared understanding of the historic struggles of Aboriginal women. This dialogue begins by acknowledging and respecting their unique stories and communicating the need for recognition.

Reconciliation is about acknowledging and respecting the history and dignity of Aboriginal peoples to build better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal peoples.

Yumarrala Ngulu means ‘give voice’ in the language of Woiwurrung. Woiwurrung is an Indigenous language spoken by the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation of Central Victoria
The Australian Ballet presents Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo: Lac
Date Thu 27th Jun 2019 to Sat 6th Jul 2019
For the first time, the renowned Ballets de Monte-Carlo brings its full troupe to Australia, showcasing its superb dancers in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s modern take on Swan Lake.

Maillot, the company’s director, responds to Tchaikovsky’s immortal score with a provocative vision that pits black against white and good against evil. As in the traditional production, the Prince lives uneasily in his parents’ court, under pressure to marry. Nostalgic for his childhood love, the White Swan, he rejects all possible brides. But the villainous Her Majesty the Night, transforming her daughter into a Black Swan, has other plans for him.

A blend of neo-classical ballet and modern dance, LAC signals its departure from tradition and its plunge into the depths of the psyche with costumes by Winter Olympics designer Philippe Guillotel. Guillotel says on the one hand, the court, elegance and decorum, and on the other hand animal desire, inscrutability and violence. Set designer Ernest Pignon-Ernest constructs an architecture of black-and-white silk and black metal to frame the fears and desires of the characters.

Do not miss this unique chance to see an adventurous company turn tradition upside-down.
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
Mysterious planet. Incomprehensible intelligence. Ghosts of regret.

Within hours of arriving in orbit around the mercurial planet Solaris, Kris encounters evasive inhabitants, self-isolating scientists and the ghost of a lover who died long ago.

Yes. Here, on the other side of the galaxy, Earth's dead visit.

Above an uninhabitable world possessed by a powerful intelligence, the crew are sleepless and lost. They fight with the nature of the planet below, their mission, their own motivations, and the dark horrors of their past that haunt the space station.

Could the planet itself be to blame?

Tarkovsky and Soderbergh have tackled Stanisław Lem’s classic sci-fi novel on screen. Now, Malthouse Theatre and The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh bring this world-premiere thriller to the stage. Matthew Lutton directs a script by master Scottish writer David Greig, featuring Eamon Farren (Twin Peaks) and a stellar international cast.
Vadim Gluzman plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Mon 1st Jul 2019
Brilliant young Czech maestro Jakub Hrůša returns to the MSO with Dvořák’s subtly scored orchestral ballad, The Wood Dove, based on a Czech legend of infatuation and murder in a rural village. A muted funeral march, a typical Dvořákian wedding dance and the tragic epilogue, relieved by the song of the wood dove. Ukranian-born Vadim Gluzman is a superb violinist of the Russian school and his interpretation of the beloved Tchaikovsky concerto with its fiery virtuosity and wistful poetry is not to be missed.

Mussorgsky’s wrote his famous memorial to his dear friend, the artist Victor Harmann in the form of a suite of piano pieces depicting the composer “roving through the exhibition, now leisurely, now briskly, in order to come closer to a picture that had attracted his attention, and at times sadly, thinking of his departed friend.”

Ravel was on his own mission when he orchestrated the suite in 1922. With a strong experimental impulse he introduces new sounds with the saxophone and celeste, and explores the outermost reaches of instrumental possibilities in his search for new colours and contrasts. Revel in Ravel’s great 20th century orchestral showpiece.
Robot Song
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
When eleven-year-old Juniper May receives a petition signed by her entire class stating that she is ‘the most hated person in the school’ her life is thrown into complete meltdown. Juniper stops eating, she refuses to return to school and her parents become increasingly desperate. Finally, after exhausting all other avenues her parents’ resort to the only thing they have left, a giant singing robot.

Based on a true story, Robot Song illustrates the profound, transformative nature of creativity that when combined with unconditional love, becomes an unstoppable force. For Juniper, creativity opens doors into places she never knew existed allowing her, for the first time, to be defined on her own terms.

Robot Song is a deeply personal story. It shares an honest, intensely funny and often unconventional window into writer, director Jolyon James’ experience in parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum. The show poses and attempts to answer the question, how do we support, foster and celebrate difference in our children in the face of an increasingly rigid and homogenised world?
Stadium Stomp MCG
Date Sun 30th Jun 2019
CliStep it up in 2019. Get your legs ready for the ultimate stair climb as we send you on a mission to climb the thousands of stairs up, down and around the grandstands of the mighty MCG. With full, short, unlimited and junior course options available there’s a stair climb to suit all ages and fitness levels. Experience this stadium like never before as you sweat it out to music, killing some serious calories on the way.

Stadium Stomp supports official Charity Partner the Leukaemia Foundation and participants are encouraged to make every step count and fundraise for this amazing charity, or alternatively a cause close to their heart.
Ultimate Vegan Cooking Five Day Workshop
Date Mon 1st Jul 2019 to Fri 5th Jul 2019
Join OTAO Kitchen with this fully plant based cooking class to discover the smell, touch, taste and flavour profile of Asian cookings from India to Japan.

Take home your best vegetarian meal plans and cook up delicious regional vegetarian and vegan dishes in five inspiring cooking classes. Combine the traditional vegetarian foods and vegan food understanding with spending time with your chef to perfect your home cooking to its best.

This intensive course spans over five days, hosted by experienced chef to take concept and apply to ingredients, flavours and textures in order to multiply recipes.
Come From Away
Date Mon 1st Jul 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019
Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Do not miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony and Grammy nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley with musical staging by Tony nominee Kelly Devine.

On September 11, the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
Lang Lang: MSO's Mid-Season Gala
Date Thu 4th Jul 2019
Pursued by every orchestra in the world, and adored by legions of fans, Lang Lang is the singular piano sensation of the 21st century, but his renown depends on much more than dazzling technique alone. He couples his virtuosity with a voracious appetite for musical diversity and a charismatic personality that draws listeners deep into his musical world.

For his Melbourne audience, Lang Lang enters into the genius of Mozart, in whose music brilliance of expertise blends seamlessly with graceful charm. Mozart’s works provided the foundation for the entire development of classical music that followed, and the allure of compositions like the sparkling Piano Concerto No.24 remains timeless.

The concert reaches its climax in Rachmaninov’s majestic Third Symphony, where the composer looks forward from the traditions of his Russian heritage to forge a language of luxuriant emotional expressiveness.

The combination of Russian heritage and modernist exhilaration seems to suggest something of the symphony’s musical character, where Rachmaninov explores a rich terrain of thoughts and reflections with music that is by turns vivacious, sweetly melancholic, and ultimately ecstatic.
Melbourne Tartan Festival
Date Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
The Scots are coming to Melbourne.

Join them in celebration of modern Scottish culture.

Experience your first taste of haggis, it's delicious, promise! Wash it down with some unique single malt whisky sourced from the finest distilleries in Scotland.

Take in a film from the Mini British Film Festival Scottish selection or enjoy a high energy Ceilidh dance.

Don't forget to pack your black tie and dancing shoes for the gala dinner and concert at the iconic Melbourne Town Hall.

Families can see and try bagpipes, learn Scottish country dancing, try a haggis burger, design a tartan, have their photo taken with a cute Scottish terrier on Family Day.

There'll be pop up and 'flash mob' events in Melbourne's CBD throughout the ten days of the Melbourne Tartan Festival.

And you don't have to be Scottish to join in, all are welcome.

Don't miss it.

The Finders Keepers – Autumn, Winter 2019
Date Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
The Finders Keepers market returns to the glorious Royal Exhibition Building for three huge days this winter from July 12 to 14.

Discover over 200 stalls featuring unique work from local and interstate makers, designers and artists plus food and entertainment all weekend. There's happy hour at the bar on Friday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and shopping into the night until 9:00pm. The market magic then continues Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Join in supporting small creative business and come along to find, seek, love and keep this winter. Children under 12 enter free.
Last Night of the Proms
Date Sat 13th Jul 2019
Prepare yourself for some Pomp and Circumstance with the King of the Proms, Sir Andrew Davis.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's annual celebration of the best of British music, Last Night of the Proms is flag-waving, chorus-rousing music at its finest. What better way to warm the cockles of your heart.

Joining Sir Andrew on stage will be Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Soloist in Residence, Lu Siqing, who will perform one of Saint-Saëns’ genuine showpieces.
Shakespeare in Love
Date Mon 15th Jul 2019 to Wed 14th Aug 2019
The Oscar-winning film comes to the stage in a boisterous romantic comedy directed by the illustrious Simon Phillips (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical).

Young Will Shakespeare has a bad case of writer’s block and desperately needs a muse. His new comedy, Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter, is less than inspired and he’s running out of time to deliver his next masterpiece. That is, until he meets Viola, and a real-life Romeo and Juliet story starts to take hold. But Viola has a secret, and this damned Romeo play is turning out to be nothing like the comedy the Queen demanded.

Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars in 1998 when Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes stole our hearts on screen. Now, Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s Academy Award-winning script has been transformed by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) into a side-splitting stage comedy with a stirring love story at its heart.

In a coup for MTC, this Australian Premiere production from acclaimed director Simon Phillips has been specially licensed by Disney Theatrical Productions. Don’t miss this unique theatrical event, which guarantees a rollicking night of romance and backstage fun, with lavish musical accompaniment.
Much Ado About Nothing
Date Wed 17th Jul 2019 to Sat 27th Jul 2019
Claudio and Hero are deeply in love.

Beatrice and Benedick would rather swap sassy insults than sweet nothings.

Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love for each other.

Claudio however is quickly consumed by envy and his idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love – even if they can’t recognise it in themselves.

But will truth and honesty win the day, and does love really conquer all?

Directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans (Julius Caesar) and starring Zindzi Okenyo (Antony and Cleopatra, MTC’s An Ideal Husband) as Beatrice, this Much Ado About Nothing will be a powerful exploration of the struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. The pursuit of love is framed in a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. Or is it?
The Rite of Spring: Stravinsky Double Bill
Date Thu 18th Jul 2019 to Sat 20th Jul 2019
For Stravinsky, rhythm was king.

Paris, the Champs-Elysées theatre, May 29, 1913: A now-legendary riot breaks out amongst the audience as Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes unveils its brand new work, The Rite of Spring, Nijinsky’s tale of human sacrifice with a brutal, elemental score from Igor Stravinsky. Listening expectantly as the snake-charming bassoon uncoils its forlorn melody – based on a Lithuanian Wedding song – the crowd is confronted by a pack of knock-kneed dancers running around the stage in vibrant Russian folk costumes.

From the pit comes an accompaniment of off-kilter rhythms, dissonant eruptions and mood-swinging dynamics. The audience explodes into a cacophony of booing, catcalling, fighting and scuffling in the aisles. It was a musical revolution akin to what Beethoven’s Eroica had done a century before. The press predictably had a field day, which was “exactly what I wanted,” Diaghilev confided to Stravinsky the next day.

20 years later, Stravinsky created another ‘rite of spring’ around the fertility myth about the arrival of Spring. This is the story of Perséphone, Goddess of Spring and Queen of the Underworld, whose annual descent brings the winter months whilst her compassionate return to life on Earth brings spring.

This concert features subtitles.
Shiraz vs Syrah
Date Sun 21st Jul 2019
Spice up the winter chills with the ultimate wine showdown. Shiraz vs Syrah. Together special guests Hugh Waterman from Yangarra Estate Vineyard, and Mark Cunliffe from Craggy Range; will work with The Barre's Senior Chef de Partie Ceclilia Salvante pairing reds with a four course feast.

This lunch will match a variety of Shiraz and Syrah with courses from The Barre kitchen including dishes such as macadamia-crusted black cod fillet served with barley salad, tarragon and caper salsa served with Craggy Range Gimblett Gravel’s Syrah and Yangarra Shiraz.

Hugh and Mark will present and share their expert knowledge of these red wines alongside Cecilia providing her inspiration for the dishes over the course of lunch.
Australian World Orchestra conducted by Alexander Briger
Date Fri 26th Jul 2019
There is no other orchestra like the Australian World Orchestra (AWO), they are a unique and unforgettable experience. Once a year the AWO comes to town, assembling Australia’s finest musicians from home and overseas to present exhilarating classical music performances. In their short history they have attracted some of the greatest conductors of our time including Sir Simon Rattle, maestros Zubin Mehta & Riccardo Muti.

Fresh from their second Indian concert tour and their 2018 concert season under the incomparable Maestro Riccardo Muti the Australian World Orchestra returns to Arts Centre Melbourne in 2019 under the baton of AWO Artistic Director Alexander Briger AO for one breathtaking performance at Hamer Hall on the 26 July in a display of limitless talent.

Programme includes: Westlake, Nigel – Flying Dream, Janáček, Leoš – Taras Bulba, a Rhapsody for Orchestra and Sibelius, Jean – Symphony No. 2, Op.43, D major.

Australian musicians playing in the world’s great orchestras come together under one baton to deliver once in a lifetime performances.
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019
Join Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for a new chapter in its musical journey—the orchestra's first performance of music for chamber orchestra and choir. Polyphonic Voices, directed by Michael Fulcher, has gained a reputation for its extraordinary choral singing and collaborations with diverse ensembles including MSO and Plexus. They join us for Schubert’s second Mass, a work inspired by the composer’s divine gift for melody. Utterly gorgeous and infused with a gentle mystery, the Mass in G is a pure ray of heaven on Earth.
Orchestra Victoria's Five at 5: Luminous Encounters
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019
Encounter the vivacious and luminous music of four powerful twentieth-century voices in a concert including virtuosic performances of Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss and the extraordinary Quintet in G minor by Prokofiev.

Orchestra Victoria invites you to stay and meet the musicians and enjoy light refreshments after the performance.

Prokofiev Quintet in G minor, Op.39, Edwards Ecstatic Dances, Copland Two Threnodies for Flute and String Trio and Strauss Till Eulenspiegel, einmal anders!, Op.48.
Run Melbourne
Date Sun 28th Jul 2019
Join us on July 28 and take on the challenge with a community of thousands by your side, pushing you beyond what you ever imagined was possible.

Embrace the sights and sounds of our city and experience a feeling like no other when you cross the finish line and earn that bling!

With distances of 5K, 10K or the Half-Marathon, there's an option available for everyone.

It’s your chance to fundraise for a cause you love and celebrate running in ways you never thought possible.
Schubert Mass - Melbourne Recital Theatre
Date Sun 28th Jul 2019
Inspired by Schubert's divine gift for melody, Schubert's Mass in G is a pure ray of heaven on Earth. Melbourne choir Polyphonic Voices has gained a reputation for collaborations, and joins forces with MCO for these concerts, which also feature Schubert's joyous Symphony No 3.
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)
Date Thu 1st Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a film-lover's paradise. See international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best local, national and international cinema.

Established in 1952, MIFF is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events.

MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world, as well as retrospectives, tributes and talks. Since its inception, MIFF has also been committed to local film: it is Australia's largest showcase of new Australian cinema featuring world premieres, and the country's most vocal champion of emerging and established local film-making talent.

Immerse yourself in celluloid and the wonder of a Melbourne winter at one of the city's most cherished annual events.
Schubert Mass
Date Thu 1st Aug 2019
Inspired by Schubert's divine gift for melody, Schubert's Mass in G is a pure ray of heaven on Earth. Melbourne choir Polyphonic Voices has gained a reputation for collaborations, and joins forces with MCO for these concerts, which also feature Schubert's joyous Symphony No 3.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Date Thu 1st Aug 2019 to Sat 31st Aug 2019
Melbourne's Golden Ticket has arrived.

Roald Dahl’s delicious tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is a delectable treat featuring songs from the original film, including Pure Imagination, The Candy Man and I’ve Got a Golden Ticket, alongside a brand new, toe-tapping Broadway score.

Willy Wonka is opening his marvellous and mysterious chocolate factory to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with colour and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerising joyride through a world of pure imagination.

Now is your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka. Get ready for the Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, costumes and sets and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper.
My Dearworthy Darling
Date Fri 2nd Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
A gas light flickers through a fog of ages.

In modern day Australia, a marriage is pulled apart by mistrust, paranoia and violence. A woman breaks apart in the turmoil.

In medieval England, a woman has mystic visions. The patriarchs write them off as female madness, but she knows her truth. These visions allow her to be heard - maybe even to connect across centuries.

In My Dearworthy Darling, threads that run through history are woven into a tapestry. As the strands draw ever tighter, the old languages threaten to tear asunder. What new worlds might open?

The lyrical imagery of award-winning poet and novelist Alison Croggon, in a play written especially for feminist theatre mavericks The Rabble, is manifested in a visual feast.

There is no madness here. Only truths that a corrupted world does not want to hear.
Golden Shield
Date Mon 12th Aug 2019 to Sat 14th Sep 2019
A stunning new legal drama from a trail-blazer of contemporary theatre, Anchuli Felicia King. It’s 2006 and less than 10 percent of China is online. The Chinese government looks to Silicon Valley to protect their citizens from the unfiltered chaos of the internet, resulting in the construction of an epic firewall called the Golden Shield.

With American companies actively working to build it – stifling political debate in the process – are they responsible, or just doing good business? If they can be prosecuted for working against the promotion of democracy, should they? And if dissidents start disappearing, who should be put on trial?

With interweaving storylines from across the globe, Golden Shield is an urgent legal drama that explores the personal and political ramifications of corporate greed in the global economy. A trail-blazer of contemporary theatre, Anchuli Felicia King finds fascination in the space where technology and tradition meet for this piercing, funny and extremely timely new play.

This World Premiere production will be directed by Sarah Goodes (Switzerland), featuring Nicholas Bell (North by Northwest), Jing-Xuan Chan (Hungry Ghosts), Josh McConville(The Sublime) and Yuchen Wang (Little Emperors).
Australian Realness
Date Fri 16th Aug 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
A bogan and bourgeois battle for a suburban backyard.

The summery embrace of an Aussie family Christmas. Familiar characters pop the cork on mid-range bubbly for a raucous celebration of festive traditions. But, all is not well.

As adult kids regress to the parental homestead, Mum and Dad’s apparent wealth is waning. They have sold the Audi. There are fewer presents. They are even renting out the back shed to supplement their income.

There is a bunch of yobbos in the backyard.

Following a Christmas dinner invitation, ocker antics start to infect the house. First, it is the tracky dacks. Then, it is the durries. Before you know it, the working class are treading their unsophistication all over the polished floorboards, or so it may seem.

Zoey Dawson pries open social divides with incisive comedy and exacting satire. Directed by Janice Muller, the cast members shine twice, each playing two characters - one bourgeois, one bogan.

Australian Realness fast-forwards from the dawn of the Howard era to revel in the shattering of expectations and artificial class divisions.
Mould: A Cheese Festival
Date Fri 16th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
Australia’s favourite cheese festival, Mould, is back for its third year in 2019.

Presented by Revel - the team behind cult wine event Pinot Palooza - in collaboration with Nick Haddow of Bruny Island Cheese Co., Mould will bring together the best artisan producers from across the country for a day of cheese, wine, masterclasses and more.

Alongside the best Australian cheeses, there will also be a full food program featuring dishes from local cheesemongers and others available to purchase. Details will be updated on the website closer to the event.

To wash down all that delicious cheese, there will be wines, whisky, sake, beer and cider available to purchase at the bar. Taste the best cheese from all over Australia in one place.

Your ticket includes all cheese tastings.

Note: Tickets for each session are strictly limited to better manage queues/wait times.
Camellia, Garden and Floral Art Show
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
The iconic Camellia, Garden and Floral Art Show is the largest of its kind in Victoria, featuring hundreds of varieties of Camellias, creative floral art arrangements, unusual and healthy home grown fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, potted plants including Bonsai and a refreshing Children's competition.

There will be lots to feast the eyes in this indoor event which takes up the whole complex of the Mount Waverley Community Centre. There will be: expert advice on site; Camellia plants for sale; Devonshire teas; jam for sale and floral posies made on site.

The show has attracted visitors from metropolitan and regional Victoria, as well as from interstate. Organised jointly by Waverley Garden Club and Camellias Victoria since 1972.

Free entry for children and $5 entry for adults.
Boomers V USA Basketball
Date Thu 22nd Aug 2019 to Sat 24th Aug 2019
The biggest names in world basketball will square off in August 2019 when the Australian Boomers host USA Basketball at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne.

Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the USA’s best battle it out with Australia's local heroes in this important pre-FIBA World Cup series.

With eight Aussies lighting it up in the US this year, there has never been a better chance for the Boomers to beat the might of the USA Basketball on home soil.

This promises to be the biggest sporting event of the year.

August 22 and 24 at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne.

Symphonie Fantastique
Date Thu 22nd Aug 2019 to Sat 24th Aug 2019
Musical enchantment from Mendelssohn’s ethereal music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream sets the scene for Saint-Saëns’ captivating Cello Concerto No. 1. It is a work with special memories for soloist, Jian Wang who played it for his orchestral debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at just 11 years old.

Nikolaj Znaider, one of the most recent big-name violinists to take up the baton, unleashes a frenzy of emotions in Berlioz’s fantastical symphony which Leonard Bernstein described as “the first psychedelic musical trip.”

It is the story of a musician (Berlioz himself) and his unrequited passion for a woman (the Shakespearean actress Harriet Smithson), the woman of his dreams. Alongside the complex spectrum of emotions explored – passion, obsession, hallucination, depression and suicidal ideation – Berlioz weaves his idée fixe, his musical motif that represents the hero’s beloved, introduced by the violins and flutes. It is a motif that haunts him and the whole symphony, intensifying through subsequent movements.

Symphonie fantastique is full of theatrical effects that were ahead of its time. Listen out for your hero being decapitated with a massive chord in the March to the Scaffold, and the beloved, distorted and grotesque, dancing in the Witches Sabbath.
Piano Battle Live in Melbourne
Date Sun 25th Aug 2019
Who is the better pianist? That’s a challenge for you to tackle, with your ears, eyes and heart.

The debut version of the Piano Battle is a concert show that shines the spotlight on two rival pianists who compete to win the audience over with their distinctly different styles, techniques and artistic personalities.

The repertoire ranges from Schubert and Chopin to Scriabin and Ligeti. The two artists will even go so far as to spontaneously improvise tunes requested by the audience. At the end of each round, all members of the audience are invited to vote on the duo’s performances – and will eventually crown the winner. Yet your involvement in the show as a member of the audience may not stop here, as you shall see. Highly entertaining, and pleasing to the ear, the eye and the mind. That’s the first edition of Piano Battle – Andreas vs. Paul.

Presented by Castiglione Arts and Culture.
Soweto Gospel Choir
Date Wed 28th Aug 2019
The two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir has been spreading sheer joy to audiences across the globe for nearly two decades.

Hailing from the town of Soweto, the birthplace of South Africa’s democratic movement's struggle for freedom, Soweto Gospel Choir continues to inspire audiences around the world with their powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs, and international classics.

Comprised of 20 of the best artists in South Africa, these uplifting performers have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music including U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Josh Groban.

Don’t miss the spectacular Soweto Gospel Choir live in Australia in 2019.

Presented in association with Andrew Kay and Associates Pty Ltd.
Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death
Date Thu 29th Aug 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
The unstoppable Blackie Blackie Brown is back. The hilarious, arse-kicking comic-book superhero returns. She’s raining down vengeance again, so every descendant of the men who killed her ancestors is doomed.

Sold-out seasons in Melbourne and Sydney saw Blackie Blackie Brown rally audiences to laugh, cheer and bay for blood. In the process, she became our nation’s favourite Indigenous superhero.

In 2019, Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death revisits Malthouse Theatre for one more strictly limited season. Secure your ticket early to see Australia’s leading lady of live-action blaxploitation animation one last time on the Beckett Theatre stage.
Melbourne Writers Festival
Date Fri 30th Aug 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
The 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival is a bookish arts party that will bring the City of Literature to life.

For more than three decades, Melbourne Writers Festival has been bringing together the best writers, thinkers and performers from Australia and around the world to revel in the power of words to unite and inspire.

In 2019, artistic director Marieke Hardy will again sprinkle her unique brand of magic party glitter over a jam-packed program of events. As well as bringing together the authors you adore, Melbourne Writers Festival is pushing the boundaries of a traditional writers festival and creating more space for self-expression as they invite you to step outside your creative comfort zone.

MWF19 will run from Friday 30 August to Sunday 8 September. More details including program announcement to come.
Gaffigan and Mullova: Sibelius Violin Concerto
Date Fri 30th Aug 2019 to Mon 2nd Sep 2019
Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova captured international attention when she won the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky competitions in the early 1980s. Within three years she featured in a dramatic defection to Finland.

One of her signature works, the Sibelius’ concerto is symphonic in scope but also a virtuoso soloist’s dream. The vast breadth of the opening movement is mirrored in the still beauty of the melancholy, slow movement. The soloist throws in every trick in the book in the dazzling finale: double stops and octaves, harmonics and breath-taking passage-work building to a dramatic conclusion to this king of violin concertos.

Dvořák’s G major symphony is his most rustic and idyllic, written in the seclusion of the beautiful Bohemian countryside, with his beloved folk roots at its heart. The profusion of ideas and effects in this cheerful work is totally disarming. Enchanting melodies tumble forth like bird-song along with stamping country dances, a slow movement that alludes to Beethoven’s Eroica, elegant waltzes and unalloyed joy in the brilliant finale, launched by a bracing trumpet fanfare.

Janáček’s Jealousy began life as the overture to his late opera Jenůfa. A powerful, compact piece, it shares some of the opera’s explosive mood and underlying tension.
Spring Racing Carnival
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019 to Sun 24th Nov 2019
With winter behind us and spring in the air, Australians turn their attention to one of the highlights of Victoria’s sporting and social calendar.

Opening with the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield and closing with the Ballarat Cup at the end of November, the Spring Racing Carnival showcases some of the globe’s greatest equine athletes.

Whilst racing is the central theme, the Spring Racing Carnival is about more than horses and jockeys as the worlds of sport, entertainment, food and fashion collide in a unique spectacle.

The Australian Ballet presents Sylvia
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019 to Tue 10th Sep 2019
The story of Sylvia - an arrow-wielding nymph who scorns love, falls in love, outwits her abductor and wins through to happiness – first became a ballet in Paris over 150 years ago. The delightful Delibes score, which drew a rave review from Tchaikovsky, has since attracted some of the world’s leading choreographers, including Ivanov, Ashton, Balanchine and Neumeier.

In 2019, Stanton Welch’s new production of Sylvia will have its Australian premiere. Welch, who recently staged his versions of La Bayadère and Romeo and Juliet on The Australian Ballet’s stage, is a resident choreographer of the company, the artistic director of Houston Ballet and one of the art form’s great storytellers. His full-length Sylvia revolves around three intertwining love stories and features a striking new design by Jérôme Kaplan (sets and costumes) and Wendell K Harrington (projections), the creative dream team behind The Australian Ballet’s Cinderella.

Welch’s Sylvia (which requires the lead ballerinas to learn sword-fighting) promises three strong superheroines, all the passion and humour of Greek myth, virtuoso dancing and one of ballet’s most stirring scores.

Meet Sylvia: she’s a legend.
Haute Couture Beading with KHÃ’LÃ’
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019
Due to incredible demand, a second session of Haute Couture Beading by Australian fashion label Khòlò will be held at The Windsor Workshop.

With hand beaded, never generic and always inspiring designs, this is the very first time that Khòlò is bringing their unique beading techniques to Australia.

The workshop series will focus on ‘The Island Girl’ collection by Khòlò with beautiful tropical florals and colours that represent the memory of a childhood spent in Fiji.

Workshop goers will be privy to learning this special embroidery technique, used throughout Khòlò’s collections, and thought to have originated from India. This particular ancient technique is referred to as Ari work, and there are traces of it as stemming back as early as the 16th Century.

Over a fun-filled, coffee drinking, champagne sipping morning you will learn the history and mesmerising techniques of tambour beading.

You will get: all the materials you need - an embroidery frame (this is not the same as an embroidery hoop), a sequin set for each flower, a tambour needle, a how-to-guide with further resources and a very special goodie bag.
Bill Bryson - Observations On Life and The Human Body
Date Thu 5th Sep 2019
With his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson will exercise his razor-sharp wit in sharing his globe-trotting travel experiences, his forays into science and his latest endeavour - the human body, live on stage.
Healthy Body and Soul Exhibition - Malvern
Date Sun 8th Sep 2019 to Mon 9th Sep 2019
The Healthy Body and Soul Festival is an intimate and boutique event connecting you with the finest selection of exhibitors, psychics and therapists, along with world class speakers.

You are invited to relax and explore, be inspired at the Healthy Body and Soul Festival.
Lady Beatle
Date Wed 11th Sep 2019
From the creators of celebrated Australian works Rumour Has It and Wrecking Ball comes the must-see live music event of the year: Lady Beatle – a kaleidoscopic journey through the Beatles’ most monumental hits.

Starring UK-born Australian stage and screen star Naomi Price (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Rumour Has It, Ladies in Black, The Voice Australia) and inspired by true accounts, Lady Beatle is a rollicking magical mystery tour soundtracked by The Beatles’ biggest chart toppers, including 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds', 'Eleanor Rigby', 'Yellow Submarine' and 'Penny Lane'.

A Little Red Company and Critical Stages Production.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Date Thu 12th Sep 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019
Melbourne Fringe is a celebration of cultural democracy and art for anyone. By embracing diversity and a spirit of independence, Melbourne Fringe create a unique space for artistic self-expression linked to the life of this great city. That is why Melbourne Fringe is the most adventurous, inclusive, all-encompassing multi-art form festival in Australia.

Every year Melbourne Fringe feature thousands of artists from every discipline you can name (and a few others besides) performing 400 plus events in over 160 venues to an audience in excess of 350,000 people.

Melbourne Fringe love the weird and strange, the different and queer, the misfits and the freaks.

Melbourne Fringe is the place to go for pure, unadulterated, uncurated and unexpected artistic discovery. Melbourne Fringe help artists develop and provide a platform for a vast, diverse range of voices, in celebration of the idea that when Melbourne Fringe and artists come together, they create a safe space for risk raking. Melbourne Fringe find ideas from the margins and shout them to the world.

They are here to challenge perceptions and shake up the hierarchy, to be brave and unafraid, to explore the boundaries of art and to change the way you see the world.
Flute & Harp
Date Thu 12th Sep 2019
One of Mozart’s most loved works, the concerto for flute, harp & orchestra is pure elegance and magic. Don’t miss this reunion of legendary Australian musicians Alice Giles and Prudence Davis, who have performed this work together over decades. Includes music of CPE Bach, Haydn and Nicholas Buc.
Mozart 40
Date Fri 13th Sep 2019
Classical Masterpieces: The genius of Mozart.

The spirit of the 18th century hovers over Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. Nimble, puckish and delicately scored, it’s spiced with Prokofiev’s own very modern harmonies and jagged rhythms.

When divisions of the US Army rolled in and occupied Strauss’ Bavarian hometown of Garmisch in April 1945, one of the young soldiers who posed for photos with the octogenarian composer was John de Lancie. In civilian life, de Lancie was principal oboe with the Pittsburgh Orchestra. When he asked Strauss to write him an oboe concerto Strauss flatly refused but a seed was planted and the result is his charming oboe concerto, which you’ll hear tonight, played by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Thomas Hutchinson.

Concluding this evening of classical masterpieces is one of Mozart’s most popular and well-known symphonies. With its famous melancholy opening theme, his Symphony No.40 hints at a deep disquiet beneath its trademark refinement.
Flute & Harp - Melbourne Recital Centre
Date Sun 15th Sep 2019
One of Mozart’s most loved works, the concerto for flute, harp and orchestra is pure elegance and magic. Do not miss this reunion of legendary Australian musicians Alice Giles and Prudence Davis, who have performed this work together over decades. Includes music of CPE Bach, Haydn and Nicholas Buc.
Bayside Chamber Orchestra - Town Hall Musical Magnificence
Date Sun 15th Sep 2019
Do not miss Bayside Chamber Orchestra's Spring concert in the beautiful Brighton Town Hall.

Featuring an ensemble of professional and local amateur musicians, the Bayside Chamber Orchestra players have a passion for chamber music.

Conductor: Ingrid Martin.

Performers include: F. Mendelssohn - Italian Symphony, I. Stravinsky - Pulcinella Suite and C. Morris - New Work for Choir and Orchestra.

This wonderful program is proudly supported by Bayside City Council.
International Conference on Materials Science and Engineering
Date Mon 16th Sep 2019 to Wed 18th Sep 2019
Keeping updated on the latest trends in material science across a wide range of industries can be an intimidating task.

Realising this imperative, the organising committee is set to hold the International Conference on Materials Science and Engineering which is going to take place during September 16 to 18, 2019 in Melbourne.
The Australian Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Date Tue 17th Sep 2019 to Sat 28th Sep 2019
There is nothing like a traditional Nutcracker to get you in the mood for the festive season. And there is no traditional Nutcracker as magical as Peter Wright’s.

The artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet has created a gold-standard production of this beloved party piece, remaining faithful to the feel of the 19th-century original. Tchaikovsky’s last great score for ballet, with its lively motifs and bewitching melodies, draws us into the story of Clara, a young ballet student celebrating with her family on Christmas Eve. When the clock strikes twelve, we enter the realm of dream and Clara is whisked to the Land of Sweets in the arms of her Nutcracker Prince.

Veteran designer John F Macfarlane exquisitely evokes the world of this picture-perfect ballet: whirling snowflakes, crackling fires, band-box soldiers, a Christmas tree that grows until it brushes the ceiling and a Sugar Plum Fairy in luscious candy-floss pink.

With the holidays around the corner, there is no better way than The Nutcracker to rediscover the childlike joys of the season, or to create your own family tradition.
Mozart and Elgar: An Evening of Variations
Date Thu 19th Sep 2019
Friends from the UK take to the stage to share music across two keyboards. Acclaimed British pianist, Paul Lewis and conductor/composer, Ryan Wigglesworth join forces for Mozart’s brilliant double concerto in E flat, written by the young composer to play himself, with his sister Nannerl.

This brilliant and stylish early work conceived for the famous sibling act is one of Mozart’s most engaging concertos. There’s an almost operatic interplay between the two instruments, with plenty of racing scales and tinkling trills – all in duplicate, and a glorious expressive slow movement. Then Wigglesworth unveils his own Mozart Variations in an Melbourne Symphony Orchestra-commissioned Australian premiere.

Elgar dedicated his splendid Enigma Variations to my friends pictured within, adding initials to each variation and in some cases wittily suggesting the dedicatee’s personality. One example is the tenth, a featherlight intermezzo that captures the slight stutter of his friend Dora Penny, which is gently parodied by the woodwinds.

All the variations rotate around the noble ninth variation, Nimrod, Elgar’s heartfelt homage to his publisher and confidante, August Jaeger. He never divulged the origin of his mysterious theme, and some have said that it is not a melody at all but simply friendship itself.
Once Upon A Time: The Nutcracker
Date Thu 19th Sep 2019
Sugar plums, waltzing flowers and a giant Christmas tree. The Australian Ballet presents Once Upon a Time: The Nutcracker, created especially for girls and boys. The fully staged production is set to live music and has narration, interaction and a kid-friendly running time.
Australian String Quartet presents Ives Westlake Debussy
Date Fri 20th Sep 2019
Ives, String Quartet no 1 From the Salvation Army
Nigel Westlake, String Quartet no 3* (World Premiere)
Debussy, String Quartet op 10

The music of Charles Ives is made of pictures from a long-lost America, depicted with such vivid immediacy that they seem absolutely alive. Through the magic lantern of his musical imagery, this New England world appears like a nostalgic dream – white-painted churches in autumn forests filled with congregations joyously chanting hymns and spirituals.

Not dissimilar to the inquisition that Ives undertakes, Claude Debussy’s quest to liberate sensuality led to a revolution in French musical identity. His string quartet replaces rigid thematic structures with a free flow of colours, motifs and gestures in the search for melodic rapture, realising his decadent dictum, ‘Pleasure is the Law.’

The vibrant colour and energy for which Nigel Westlake is renowned make his eagerly-awaited new work a splendid companion to Debussy and Ives.
The Australian Ballet: Boys Day
Date Sat 21st Sep 2019
This boys-only event brings young male dancers together to take class from one of the Australian Ballet's artists, some of whom started out in Boys Day themselves. There will be male-specific coaching, the chance to ask questions and ringside seats at company class. Inspiration guaranteed.

Please note, these classes are for boys aged 9 to 14 with a foundation in ballet and are not designed for beginners.
Ghost Sonata
Date Wed 25th Sep 2019 to Sat 28th Sep 2019
Opera Australia returns, this time with Reimann's eerie Ghost Sonata based on the play by August Strindberg. This 1984 opera is a haunting and evocative chamber work, exploring Strindberg's moody text with complex rhythms and other-worldly tones.
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Dale Barltrop and Ray Chen
Date Thu 26th Sep 2019
Ray Chen is Australia’s golden boy of the violin, winning hearts around the world with his incredible skill and charming stage presence. Chen joins the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for Mendelssohn’s famous Violin Concerto, but not before Rossini’s sparkling overture to his opera The Italian Girl in Algiers sets the tone for this high-energy program.

The first movement of Mendelssohn’s concerto starts with a theme that tormented the composer for years, before he could begin serious work on the piece. It is followed by a lyrical andante movement, and then a finale that will bubble and fizz like champagne in Ray Chen’s very capable hands.

Then it is double trouble with a touch of Venetian zest, as Chen teams up with the orchestra’s Concertmaster Dale Barltrop in a concerto for two violins by Vivaldi.

How else can you finish such a vibrant concert, than with Schubert’s Third Symphony, its sunny D major charm and dizzying tarantella finale?
Possum Magic
Date Thu 26th Sep 2019
Based on the book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas.

For more than 30 years, Mem Fox’s Possum Magic has captivated and enchanted young people all over Australia.

Grandma Poss loves making magic. She makes wombats blue and kookaburras pink. She makes dingoes smile and emus shrink. But one day, when danger arrives in the form of a snake, Grandma uses her most magical spell to make Hush invisible. Hush has many wonderful adventures. But being invisible isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Hush longs to see herself again.

One problem. Grandma Poss can’t find the spell to make Hush visible again. And then she remembers, this particular magic requires something more, something special, something to do with food... people food.

Possum Magic takes us on a whimsical journey to cities around Australia to find the food that makes Hush visible again.

Joined by an extraordinary creative team, Monkey Baa brings to life the characters, journey and love that has made Possum Magic the most-loved and best-selling Australian picture book of all time.
The Australian Ballet: 15 Minutes of Fame
Date Sat 28th Sep 2019
You. On stage at Arts Centre Melbourne. Dancing The Nutcracker with one of the Australian Ballet's dancers. No, it is not one of those dreams – it is the next event on your ballet calendar.

Learn a section of choreography from our ultimate Christmas ballet, taught by one of the dancers from the production. Your moment awaits.
Melbourne International Arts Festival
Date Wed 2nd Oct 2019 to Sun 20th Oct 2019
Featuring the best international and local artists working in dance, theatre, circus, music and visual arts today, the Melbourne International Arts Festival will once again take over the city this October, celebrating both acclaimed and new work and demonstrating why Melbourne is such a culture hot spot.
Black is the New White
Date Wed 2nd Oct 2019 to Wed 6th Nov 2019
A mix of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Meet the Fockers, Nakkiah Lui’s smash hit comedy is set to delight Melbourne audiences.

Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love. The thing is, her fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer… and he’s white! When the families come together at the Gibson’s ritzy holiday home, the stage is set for a riotously funny struggle for dominance where insults fly, secrets come flooding out and sacred cows of all descriptions are mercilessly skewered.

Following two sell-out seasons at Sydney Theatre Company, Black is the New White is the hit new Australian comedy set to delight Melbourne audiences. Award-winning writer and TV personality Nakkiah Lui shows why she is one of this country’s most incisive comedy writers, with a home-grown satire that is both subversive and thoroughly entertaining.

STC Associate Director Paige Rattray directs this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy.

Performing daily except Sundays.
ANL Maritime Art Exhibition: The Relationship Between Humanity and the Sea
Date Fri 4th Oct 2019 to Fri 25th Oct 2019
Last year the Maritime Art Prize received an unprecedented number of high quality entries and were thrilled by the resulting exhibition of finalist works.

The theme - "The Relationship of Humanity and the Sea" attracted a diverse response of work ranging from traditional to contemporary mixed media. The winning works resonate with an outstanding level of creativity in response to the Brief. They are evocative, and show a great deal of ideation and originality.

Last year's winners include: 2018 ANL Maritime Art Prize Winner: Joni Dennis, for 'Aye Aye Captain', Nevile & Co Runner Up Award: Robert J Williams, 'Rust in Peace', ASP Shipping, Best Traditional work: David Rowe, 'The Naval Mechanic' and DP World Emerging Artist: Ben Tankard, 'Unpopular Penguin 286.'
Orchestra Victoria's Five at 5: Grand Septet
Date Sat 5th Oct 2019
Join Orchestra Victoria’s musicians for an evening of haunting lyricism, rhythmic vitality and symphonic beauty, featuring the remarkable works of Kreutzer, Hindson and Shostakovich.

Orchestra Victoria invite you to stay and meet the musicians and enjoy light refreshments after the performance.

Program Details:Kreutzer Grand Septet in E flat Major, Op.62, Hindson Light Music for Wind Quintet and Shostakovich Two Pieces for String Octet.
Cranbourne GP Run
Date Sat 26th Oct 2019
The roar of motorcycles and a sea of colour and chrome will fill the streets of Cranbourne on Saturday 26 October at the Cranbourne GP Run.

The City of Casey and the Victorian Motorcycle Council is proud to host one of the largest and most exciting events in Victoria, as thousands of motorcyclists gather in Cranbourne to travel en-masse to Phillip Island for the 2019 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

From 8:00am on the day, there will be plenty of entertainment to keep the whole family enthralled with a variety of children's activities.

At 10:00am, the pace picks up for the highlight of the day when a celebrity will wave-off thousands of gathered motorcyclists on their journey.

This year, the Cranbourne GP Run celebrates its 21st year. At the energy filled family event, people will gather at 10:00am to watch the guest celebrity wave-off thousands of motorcyclists as they travel en-masse to Phillip Island for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

There will be plenty of activities to keep the whole family enthralled with a variety of children’s activities, food stalls and entertainment.
Photograph 51
Date Fri 1st Nov 2019 to Sat 14th Dec 2019
Rosalind Franklin was one of the great scientists of the 20th Century. In 1952 she used X-ray diffraction photography to examine the intricate structure of DNA, but her trail-blazing work was never recognised. The scientific establishment at King’s College London simply could not cope with her genius, her self-confidence or her stern disregard for authority. Threatened by her brilliance, Franklin’s rivals scandalously stole her research and were awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering the double helix.

A massive hit on the West End, Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 relives the chase to find the secret of life amidst all the inherent ambition, sexism and isolation of the 1950s, while shining a spotlight on an unsung hero. This intriguing new play is a moving portrait of a brilliant British scientist, and a delicate exploration of what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.

MTC favourite Nadine Garner (Di and Viv and Rose) returns to the stage as the fiercely independent Rosalind Franklin, directed by Pamela Rabe (Jumpy) for this Australian Premiere production.
Tchaikovsky and Brahms: Drama in the Town Hall
Date Fri 1st Nov 2019
The young Brahms’ stormy First Piano Concerto is an epic, quasi-symphonic work, written under the shadow of his friend's suicide attempt. Australian pianist Daniel de Borah says it’s a concerto ‘that marries great drama and heroic struggle with moments of extreme intimacy. The slow movement is one of mankind’s sublime creations.’ Emotionally intense and, at 44 minutes, the longest concerto since Beethoven’s.

Tchaikovsky unburdened his soul in his Fourth Symphony like a poet in verse. Seriously depressed at the time following his catastrophic marital crisis, he declares its mood and fateful intentions from the start with the opening horn fanfares. The urgent waltz melody in the first movement collides with fate in a struggle that lasts the whole symphony. A plaintive oboe introduces the slow movement with sighing strings continuing to unsettle, whilst the brief Scherzo – with its flurry of plucking strings and chortling woodwinds – gives momentary relief before evaporating into thin air.

The finale is almost shockingly hyperactive as Tchaikovsky unleashes the full force of the orchestra in a manic, falsely festive theme and variations on a Russian folksong. Frenzied plucking strings and rushing scales race headlong to the exhilarating conclusion with the fate motif returning triumphant.
Melbourne Cup Carnival
Date Sat 2nd Nov 2019 to Sat 9th Nov 2019
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a world-class event that encompasses the finest racing, entertainment, fashion, food and wine – all in one place, Flemington Racecourse. It is the best week of the year, and a must-do event for Melburnians and visitors alike.

Glamorous, refined and full of history the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival welcomes everyone from the racing enthusiast to the social set, from families to fashionistas – everyone comes to Flemington to experience the exhilaration of horse racing on the world stage. Nothing beats the exhilaration and excitement of being there amongst the crowd during the celebration that stops a nation™.

Held over an exciting week, Cup Week hosts four incredible race days, each day has a different experience so you can attend one or all four and have an amazing first week of November.
The Lost Lands Festival
Date Sat 2nd Nov 2019 to Sun 3rd Nov 2019
The Lost Lands - A festival made for families and friends.

Established in 2016, The Lost Lands is the first festival of its kind in Australia: a genuine music, arts and camping festival for the whole family.

The Lost Lands returns November 2 and 3, 2019, on Melbourne Cup weekend at picturesque Werribee Park.

The festival is jam-packed with incredible music and a huge program of creative activities and entertainment for adults and kids to enjoy together.

The 2018 music line-up featured a mix-up of festival favourites and emerging musical talent, including Tim Finn, The Jungle Giants, You Am I, Kate Miller-Heidke and Clare Bowditch.

The Lost Lands is a family festival like no other, with camping, glamping and hotel options to suit everyone located onsite.

For more information visit the Lost Lands Festival website.
Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born
Date Thu 7th Nov 2019 to Sun 24th Nov 2019
Prancer, Dancer, Donner und Blitzen, Meow Meow's back.

Get ready for imminent cat-astrophe. Everyone’s favourite Wandering Star returns to glory in the silly season, bursting onto the Merlyn Theatre stage with a sizzling hot band, a swag of satire, childhood dreams and maybe even a mythical donkey.

Meow Meow’s chaotic carousel lights up with wild anthems, originals and a lullaby or two. These are not your typical Christmas carols. A glorious antidote to Christmas pandemonium, hilarious and heart-wrenching, Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born gleefully eviscerates traditional rituals, and unearths unexpected magic in the mayhem.
Two Weddings, One Bride
Date Thu 7th Nov 2019 to Sun 10th Nov 2019
The Melbourne premiere of Robert Greene's operetta loosely based on a story by Charles Lecocq is guaranteed to deliver plenty of laughs and beautiful music with some of the world’s most-loved tunes and favourite operetta waltzes, polkas and songs by Strauss, Offenbach, Lehár and Kálmán.
Supercars Sandown 500
Date Fri 8th Nov 2019 to Sun 10th Nov 2019
Get set for Retro Round at the Sandown 500.

Flash back to the 60s, 70s and 80s as Supercars celebrates its touring car heritage with historic liveries, team uniforms, fashions and merchandise at Sandown Raceway.

There is also plenty of race action from the stars of today, when the Supercars take to the track for the final race of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

Kids 12 and under receive free Trackside admission with a paying adult, so bring the whole crew for a weekend not to be missed.

Tickets available for purchase at Ticketek.
Star Wars: Return of the Jediâ„¢ in Concert
Date Fri 8th Nov 2019 to Sat 9th Nov 2019
In the spectacular, climactic sixth episode of the original Star Wars saga, Darth Vader readies the second Death Star to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance. Experience the scope and grandeur of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi live in concert as John Williams’ epic score comes to life courtesy of your Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Melbourne Pen Show
Date Sun 10th Nov 2019
The Melbourne Pen Show is the Southern Hemisphere's only pen show which has been conducted since 1998.

This years show will feature vintage and modern pens for display and sale, specialist collectors displays, ink and stationery, leather goods, hand-made paper, calligraphy displays and tuition, pen retailers and pen manufacturers and pen turning.

Melbourne Pen Show is conducted by a not for profit incorporated association which promotes greater awareness of the use of both vintage and modern writing equipment in the community.

Highlights are talks by calligraphers and a Pay it Forward station with gifts for you to pick up and a testing station for all sorts of inks and pens.
Brian Cox: A Symphonic Universe
Date Sat 16th Nov 2019
Who knew science could sound so beautiful?

One of the world’s pre-eminent physicists, Professor Brian Cox, takes to the stage for the first time with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in this special event. Be whisked through space and time as Professor Cox takes you through the human struggle against our finite existence in an infinite universe.

Joining them on stage will be conductor Daniel Harding, to lead the Orchestra through some of classical music’s most universal repertoire.
Eltham and District Wine Guild Annual Wine Show
Date Sun 17th Nov 2019
Members of the public as well as wine show entrants are welcome to attend the Public Tasting Day for the Eltham Wine Show, when all wines entered in the show will be available for tasting.

In addition to over 700 entered wines being offered for tasting, wine show classes include: Grape wines, country wines and hybrid wines.

Wokshops and demonstrations will also be available such as food making demonstration (such as salami, sausage and so forth), food and wine matching, olive oil sampling and sales and cheese sampling and sales.

Presentation of awards at 12:30pm and food will be available for purchase on the premises over the lunch period.

Amateur and professional winemakers. Do you want your wines assessed by professional and experienced wine judges? Enter the 48th Eltham Wine Show. There will be professional, highly experienced and independent wine judges.
Eureka Stair Climb
Date Sun 17th Nov 2019
The Eureka Stair Climb is a community challenge and fundraising event for The Fred Hollows Foundation at Australia's tallest residential building, the Eureka Tower in Southbank, Melbourne. Participants climb up 1,642 stairs to level 88 - Eureka Skydeck.

The Climb has event categories to challenge all ability levels, from elite racers and emergency services workers to fitness fanatics or walkers. Anyone over 12 years of age is welcome to participate.
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Date Mon 18th Nov 2019 to Sat 28th Dec 2019
In a dark South American prison, two very different men share a small cell. Valentin is a Marxist revolutionary who refuses to betray his comrades. Molina is a gay window dresser who distracts himself by escaping to a fantasy world of movies starring the glamorous diva, Aurora. Valentin cannot stand Molina’s cinematic fantasies and so draws a line on the floor to stop Molina from coming near him. Surely that will keep them apart.

From Kander and Ebb, the team behind smash-hit shows Chicago and Cabaret, and acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class), comes a provocative tale of love, imagination, and the friendship that develops when humanity is pushed to its limits. It is a powerful and emotive story made famous by the original novel and an Oscar-winning film, brought to life here as a dazzling major musical production for the first time ever in Australia.

Musical legend Caroline O’Connor (Bombshells) returns to MTC to take on the role of exotic film goddess, Aurora, in a show that’s set to sizzle and surprise, directed by Helpmann Award-winner Dean Bryant (Sweet Charity).
Date Tue 19th Nov 2019 to Fri 6th Dec 2019
Featuring one of the most recognised arias of all time, the stirring ‘Nessun dorma’, Graeme Murphy’s adaptation of Puccini’s final opera returns to Melbourne for the first time since 2012 under the baton of distinguished conductor Christian Badea.

Turandot is a fantasy opera of poetry and myth, set in an exotic world where fear and love go hand in hand and death is always just around the corner.
Mozart the King
Date Sun 24th Nov 2019 to Thu 28th Nov 2019
Elegant and expansive, Mozart's Piano Concerto No 22 delights with its subtle beauty and an ever-present gift for melody. To perform it with MCO, one of Australia’s best loved and most charismatic pianists, Stefan Cassomenos. Includes Haydn's 98th Symphony and music of Cimarosa and Beethoven.
Date Wed 27th Nov 2019 to Sat 7th Dec 2019
The Opera Australia 2019 season is rounded out with the Melbourne premiere of Sir David McVicar’s production of Faust. This production sets the opera in the composer's own time: the decadence and debauchery of 1870s Paris. Between towering cathedral columns and the crumbling proscenium arch of the theatre, Faust's terrible pact plays out in all of its sinister splendour.
Hansel and Gretel in Concert
Date Thu 28th Nov 2019 to Sat 30th Nov 2019
Do you believe in magic? Do you remember hiding under the bed covers gripped by the scary story of Hansel and Gretel, the wicked witch and her oversized gingerbread oven?

Grimm’s famous fairy tale is richly re-imagined in Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic version, first performed in Weimar in 1893. Humperdinck fell under the spell of Wagner while assisting him at Bayreuth and his influence wafts through the music, though he manages to express the best elements of Wagnerian style on a human level.

This is a story of real people; real children who wander into a magical domain where angels protect them from moral danger and they return happily to their parents embrace. Humperdinck’s memorable, simple melodies have the directness of folksongs. His beautiful score glows with warmth and spirituality in numbers like the Evening Prayer sung by the children as they fall asleep in the forest.

It concludes in thanksgiving for the miracle of good over evil and the sanctity of decent folk. Fairy tales aren’t just for children. Once upon a time, Sir Andrew Davis came to Melbourne. This concert is a fitting farewell to his fairy tale tenure as Chief Conductor of the MSO.

This concert features subtitles.
Land Rover Polo in the City
Date Sat 30th Nov 2019
Land RoverPolo in the City is an annual polo series held throughout the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

It is a rare opportunity to witness some of Australia's best professional polo talent. The event, conveniently located in Albert Park, will showcase the best of the best in a sport that has been around for two thousand years.

Witness the excitement of Australia's top professional polo players competing for the National Polo League for the Waterford Trophy from the comfort and glamour of the acclaimed all inclusive VIP Marquee, or the more casual Somersby Polo Lounge.

The day begins with two feature matches, enjoy an array of fine food, champagne and beverages and plenty of entertainment in between.

For more information and tickets please visit the website.

Professional Bull Riders Melbourne Invitational
Date Sat 30th Nov 2019
The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Monster Energy Tour will bring its thrilling, adrenaline-filled, edge-of-your-seat excitement back to Melbourne Arena Saturday, 30 November 2019.

For one-night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s toughest bovine athletes. The thrilling eight-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR’s Monster Energy Tour the toughest sport on dirt and one huge night that you won’t want to miss.

Choreographed with pyrotechnics, lasers, concert sound system and mega screen replays, with multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience.

This is a sport where eight seconds can cost you everything. Welcome to the world of the PBR.
Sir Andrew's Messiah
Date Sat 7th Dec 2019 to Sun 8th Dec 2019
Since its triumphant premiere in Dublin in 1742, Messiah has remained Handel’s most frequently performed work and is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season.

In 2019 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra present a new orchestration of the beloved work, this time by Sir Andrew Davis. Nominated at the 2018 Grammy Awards, Sir Andrew’s take on this Christmas tradition stems from a lifetime of hard work and dedication.
Melbourne Toyrun
Date Sun 8th Dec 2019
The 42nd Traditional Melbourne Toy-Run and Classic auto show will be held at Tabcorp Park.

Continuing the legacy of the Melbourne Toyrun from its humble inception in 1978, the Victorian Motorcycle Council is proud to announce that the 42nd anniversary of the traditional Melbourne Toyrun 2019 is now on Sunday 8th December at Tabcorp Park.

This date secures a spectacular location where motorcyclists on all formats of bikes from all of Victoria can share a fun filled day with their families and friends in support of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

The Melbourne Toy Run has always been a popular ride with Victorian motorcyclists. Riders dress up their bikes, trikes and scooters with Christmas decorations and ride to a destination to give toys and food for the kids for Christmas.

The Salvation Army trucks will be waiting to receive these generous gifts from the bikers. The Victorian Motorcycle Council invite riders and passengers of all motorbikes, from trikes to scooters of all shapes, sizes and vintage to participate and bring their families to participate in this spectacular event.
2019 Presidents Cup
Date Mon 9th Dec 2019 to Sun 15th Dec 2019
The 13th Presidents Cup will be contested at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne. Royal Melbourne Golf Club becomes the only international venue to host this prestigious international team competition for the third time.

Since its inception in 1994, the Presidents Cup has become one of the most eagerly awaited and highly watched events in the world of golf. Top players from the United States are pitted against an International Team culled from the ranks of the finest golfers outside Europe. The aura of international cooperation and civility that permeates the tournament has not served to cool the competitive fire that burns within these players.

The competition on the international team’s home soil promises to deliver the most exciting opportunity for the international and U.S team to break the tie that remains from two past playings at this illustrious golf course.
Orchestra Victoria's Five at 5: Corelli’s Christmas
Date Sat 21st Dec 2019
Bring on the Christmas cheer with Corelli’s wonderful Christmas Concerto. Partnered with the grandeur of Mussorgsky’s sonic impressions of Viktor Hartmann’s evocative artwork in a performance of the iconic Pictures at an Exhibition, and the charming Redgum Suite by Australia’s own Elena Kats-Chernin, this programme is the perfect way in which to usher in the holidays.

We invite you to stay and meet the musicians and enjoy light refreshments after the performance.

Corelli Concerto grosso in G minor Op.6 No.8, 'Fatto per la Notte di Natale' (Christmas Concerto).

Kats-Chernin Redgum Suite for Trumpet, Trombone and Double Bass.

Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition arr. for Wind Quintet.
New Year's Eve Chanting Meditation
Date Tue 31st Dec 2019
Celebrate with people who enjoy ecstatic chanting, meditation and healing music. Set against a backdrop of beautiful lighting in a charming air-conditioned venue. This alternative spiritual event was featured in The Age Newspaper's Weird and Wonderful Things To Do on New Year's Eve, and on ABC Radio.

The universal chants are very easy to sing.

Each chant is followed by a short silent meditation. You can sit on chairs or cushions, move to the music, or lie down, relax and soak up the positive energy. Bring your own cushion for extra comfort.

Traditionally everyone brings some vegan or vegetarian snacks to share. Chai will be available at no extra cost during the breaks. At midnight, waves of flowing om chants will greet the New Year, along with a deep natural meditation to manifest peace, good health and abundance in 2019.

New Year's Eve Chanting Meditation is presented by Jarek Czechowicz.

Australian Open
Date Mon 20th Jan 2020 to Sun 2nd Feb 2020
After non-stop action and entertainment for the best Australian summer? Head to Melbourne and get ready for the most thrilling and highly anticipated Grand Slam at Australian Open.

Over two adrenaline-charged weeks, see the world’s best tennis players hit the global stage at Melbourne Park to battle it out for the ultimate glory.

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 championship trophy.

With more entertainment, food and family friendly options than ever before, there is something for everyone at the Australian Open.

Visit the Australian Open website for tickets and travel packages, or sign up to Australian Open Update for all the latest news and offers.
ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Date Sat 15th Feb 2020 to Sun 8th Mar 2020
Headlined by hosting the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on International Women’s Day, Melbourne will see a series of blockbuster matches for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020.

The newly redeveloped Junction Oval will host five Group Matches, including hosts Australia against arch-rivals New Zealand on March 2 in what will be both team’s last opportunity to push for a semi-final berth. The White Ferns will play three matches at the Junction Oval, including a clash against India on February 27.

The final at the MCG on 8 March 2020, International Women’s Day, presents Australia with the ground breaking opportunity to set a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event.

You can be part of this record by heading to the T20 World Cup 2020 website to purchase your ticket to what will be an historic event at the biggest cricket stadium in the world.
Cupid's Undie Run Melbourne
Date Sun 16th Feb 2020
On Valentine’s Day weekend, put the hilarity in charity with hundreds of other Cupid’s runners taking to the streets in celebration of their fundraising for the Children’s Tumour Foundation.

Cupid’s Undie Run is the largest community fundraising event for the Children’s Tumour Foundation. It puts the fun in ‘fun run’ and provides an opportunity for Australia to come together and party our pants off, all for a good cause.