Regional Tourism Guide for City of Melbourne
Victoria , Australia  
Alice in Wonderland at Rippon Lea House and Gardens
Date Thu 3rd Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 2019
The Australian Shakespeare Company proudly presents Alice in Wonderland.

Lewis Carroll’s much loved classic Alice in Wonderland is coming to life again these Summer holidays in the beautiful surrounds of Rippon Lea House and Gardens.

Join Alice as she goes down the rabbit hole and follows the White Rabbit into the magical world of Wonderland. She’ll get taller and smaller, dance with the Dodo, talk with a Caterpillar, have tea with the Mad Hatter, and battle the Queen of Hearts.

With riddles and rhymes, singing, dancing and even acrobatics, there is lots of fun participation for everyone. The audience will even play croquet with the Queen of Hearts – or it is off with their heads.

This captivating promenade-style children’s production has been performed to sell out audiences in Australia and overseas, and is a delight that will keep the whole family enthralled.
Thursday Comedy Club
Date Thu 3rd Jan 2019 to Thu 28th Mar 2019
Thursday Comedy Club has been the place to see big names for over eight years.

Every single Thursday, they have seen huge names like Wil Anderson, Adam Hills, Sarah Silverman (US), Ross Noble (UK), Dave Hughes, Celia Pacquola, Fiona O'Loughlin, Peter Helliar, Akmal and more. Always a big name headliner, and usually a surprise famous guest or two.

All tickets on the door from 7:30pm on Thursdays.
Welcome to Biderap at Cranbourne Gardens
Date Thu 3rd Jan 2019 to Mon 21st Jan 2019
Welcome to Biderap, the dry season in the seven seasons of the local Aboriginal people. Journey through the Australian Garden on a guided sensory walk, and take in the sights and smells of the native bush.

Learn weaving techniques, wattle seed grinding and pot up some river mint to take home. End the walk with a cup of lemon myrtle tea and a paddle in the Rockpool Waterway.
Linden Postcard Show - Treasure Hunt
Date Thu 3rd Jan 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
Visit the Linden Postcard Show 2018-19 exhibition and pick up copies of the free treasure hunt kids activity. Draw your own mini masterpiece and solve the treasure hunt along the way.

How many can you find?
The Big HOO-HAA!
Date Fri 4th Jan 2019 to Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Fast, furious and funny, The Big HOO-HAA! is Melbourne's longest-running and best-loved weekly impro comedy show. Starring Melbourne's finest comedians, every Friday night. The Big HOO-HAA! ensemble dazzles audiences with its unique brand of high-octane impro, killer punchlines and sizzling (and occasionally fizzling) one-liners.

Hosted by The Butterfly Club in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, two teams, the Hearts and the Bones, battle for comedic supremacy before your very eyes, armed with only audience suggestions and a handful of props as they leave no song unsung, no joke undelivered and no pun unpunished in their mad dash for the punchline.
Pixar Putt
Date Fri 4th Jan 2019 to Sun 3rd Feb 2019
Inspired by the beloved stories, characters and icons from some of Disney-Pixar’s most iconic films including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Inside Out and Coco, Pixar Putt is anticipated to take guests to infinity and beyond.

Located on the River Terrace at Federation Square, guests can choose between playing nine holes for a bit of fun or just keep putting on the 18-hole course.

The newest must-do attraction on Melbourne’s summer events calendar, purchase tickets and get your friends and family ready to kick some serious putt when Pixar Putt tees off in Melbourne on Friday, 4 January.
Whittlesea Monday Market
Date Mon 7th Jan 2019 to Mon 29th Apr 2019
The Whittlesea Monday Market is a true community market and has become a meeting place for locals and visitors.

Whittlesea Monday Market is close to the city, with a friendly country atmosphere, open every Monday from 8:00am to 1:00pm, including public holidays.

Whittlesea Monday Market started in Mernda in 1888 and then moved to the present site at the Whittlesea Showgrounds in July 2012.

It has approximately 120 plus stalls selling a wide range of products including fresh fruit and vegetables, plants and gardening advice, toys, artisan breads, honey, eggs, clothing, work wear, tools, stock feeds and farm supplies, antiques and vintage collectables, bric-a-brac, electrical goods and more.

Everyone needs a snack whilst shopping, we offer a wide variety of food choices plus of course, coffee.

Animal farm, pony rides and more are in attendance for the kids on school and public holidays. Free parking. Enjoy the fun of the auction, commencing at 9:00am.

Come along, grab a bargain and embrace the friendly and community atmosphere and support the volunteers of the Whittlesea Showgrounds and Recreation Reserves Committee of Management in maintaining this beautiful part of Melbourne.

Changing Face of Victoria - Exhibition Tour
Date Mon 7th Jan 2019 to Sat 14th Dec 2019
Join a free guided tour of the magnificent domed La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library Victoria and see highlights of the Changing Face of Victoria exhibition.

Discover the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria. Meet historic characters from infamous bushranger Ned Kelly to ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills, and learn about the everyday lives of generations of Victorians.

New items and stories are added to this exhibition twice yearly, revealing different aspects of the Library's historic collection.

The Changing face of Victoria exhibition is on Level Five of the Dome Galleries, overlooking the La Trobe Reading Room in the heart of the Library.

Tours are held daily from 2:00pm to 3:00pm, except for public holidays and the extended Christmas period. Meet in the Library’s Russell Street Welcome Zone next to Readings at 2:00pm to join a tour.
Kids Can Cook X Little Wizard's and Witches
Date Mon 7th Jan 2019 to Fri 18th Jan 2019
Who will break the spell? Looking for family fun this summer? You can all come along to our next Kids Can Cook event, inspired by the most popular fantasy novels of our time about a young wizard. Whilst the kids get crafty with pastry chefs, you get to enjoy afternoon tea, a glass of sparkling and as much tea or coffee as you like. Kids of all ages are invited to to dress up.

Food decoration commences at 12:30pm. Includes Parisian Afternoon Tea, a glass of sparkling and complimentary parking. One child (Fiver12 years) per adult eats for free. No further discounts apply.

One parking spot per booking at Wilson car park 34-60 Little Collins Street only (self parking), subject to availability.
Convent Kids – Sensory Art Lab by Slow Art Collective
Date Mon 7th Jan 2019 to Sun 20th Jan 2019
This summer, the Convent is once again proud to present the not-to-be-missed Sensory Art Lab at the Convent’s c3 Contemporary Art Space.

Calling all children and families to join artists from Slow Art Collective in a creative takeover, as we transform the gallery and reimagine this public space in a brand new series of free, hands-on, participatory art activities.

Create new architectures with your child, using a special kit of materials to build a hive of cubbies and shape your own shelter. Get weaving on the glow-loom and help us create a magical glow-in-the-dark chamber, before taking aim in the skirmish-style, fishing-net world inspired by Japanese game Tamaire. Be mesmerised by the hypno-wall of art wheels, then take a swing in the giant-sized hammock.

Immerse yourself in the canvas of Slow Art Collective, taking inspiration from their creative practices relating to environmental sustainability, material ethics, DIY culture and collaboration. Add your own creative touch to the participatory exhibition space with recycled and repurposed materials.

The gallery will be reimagined through public participation daily.
Linden Postcard Show 2018-19
Date Tue 8th Jan 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
Visit the iconic Linden Postcard Show. Since 1990, this much-loved open-entry small artwork prize exhibition has been providing artists - from emerging to established - the opportunity to present their artwork on the walls of Linden New Art's beautiful Victorian-era building.

This year's show is back home in St Kilda following its presentation at Domain House for last year's show while Linden New Art's Acland Street home underwent a significant renovation by the City of Port Phillip.

All artworks in the Linden Postcard Show measure a perfectly collectible 8 x 10 inches. There is no set theme and artists can submit up to four artworks, which must have been completed this year.

All artworks are for sale, so visitors can buy a mini-masterpiece and support a living artist.
Pottery Painting Fun
Date Wed 9th Jan 2019 to Thu 31st Jan 2019
Pottery Painting at Glaze It Studio is a unique, fun and creative activity for all ages and occasions, which involves decorating ready-to-paint ceramics into beautiful and usable pottery pieces.

Once decorated by you, your artwork stays at Glaze It for a week for Glazing and Firing. All finished pieces are food safe, dishwasher and microwave safe.

Glaze It is open daily during public School Holidays (Wednesday to Sunday during school term).

Bookings are essential required, so please visit the website for details and opening hours or call to book a spot.
Date Wed 9th Jan 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019
With more than 20 major awards to its credit, the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Evita will have its Australian premiere at the Sydney Opera House in September, directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince and starring Tina Arena.

Evita charts the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the spiritual leader of the nation by the Argentine people.

With Evita coming to Arts Centre Melbourne this summer, Collingwood brewery, Stomping Ground Brewing Co, will be celebrating the spirit, sounds, smells and tastes of Argentina by creating a colourful, engaging and fun pop-up beer garden.

Stomping Ground La Boca will transport you to Argentina in a fully immersive experience through food, culture, music and live entertainment with Argentinian inspired performances, tango lessons and much more.

Alongside a range of Stomping Ground Brewing Co's locally brewed beers, including a new Argentinian-inspired lager brewed exclusively for the beer garden, visitors will be able to enjoy a range of Argentinian wines and food delights from Asado by San Telmo.
South Wharf Pop-Up Cinema
Date Wed 9th Jan 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
Grab your friends and family and head down to South Wharf this summer for the ultimate viewing experience with the arrival of Common Man’s riverside pop-up cinema.

Enjoy a night under the stars with a selection of all-time classics across a board of genres with twilight sessions run on Wednesday, Thursday, Select Saturdays and Sundays. With a special Valentine’s Day double screening 14 February at 5:30pm and 8:30pm.

The Riverside Garden Pop-up bar will also be in action, offering Kahula espresso Martini’s, summery cocktail jugs, Coopers beers, Squealing Pig Rosé in cans and wines. A range of food & drink packages will be available for purchase online plus an endless amount of popcorn and choc tops from Common Man’s candy bar.

Nothing beats a fun night out with friends and family by the beautiful Yarra River watching a movie under the stars.
Jazz Bazaar With Audrey Powne
Date Wed 9th Jan 2019 to Wed 30th Jan 2019
Trumpeter, vocalist and prolific staple of Melbourne’s live music scene, Audrey Powne presents 'Jazz Bazaar' every Wednesday night at Horse Bazaar.

Known to Melbourne audiences for fronting local soul stalwarts Leisure Centre and Au Dré and for her impressive career as a Trumpeter which has seen her play with the likes of Maceo Parker, Masta Ace and Vince Jones, Audrey is a seasoned performer and true gem of the Melbourne jazz circuit. With one foot in the modern Jazz world and the other deep in Melbourne’s thriving soul/funk/hip hop scene Audrey and her new trio deliver a smorgasbord of musical genres rooted in the jazz tradition.

Drawing on the resurgence of jazz in popular music from the likes of Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper and Kendrick Lamar, Audrey and her band mates James Bowers (Sex On Toast, The Vaudeville Smash) and Drummer Myka Wallace (MKO Sun, Bastard Amber) seek to bring this music seeped in Improvisation to the next generation of Melbournians.

Come expecting relentless grooves, blistering synth solos, soaring Trumpet and special guests then leave full of Japanese Fried Chicken and a feeling that maybe jazz is not a dirty word.
South Melbourne Night Market
Date Thu 10th Jan 2019 to Thu 28th Feb 2019
For eight glorious weeks, the city's oldest market will be transformed at twilight into a magical night market, offering hawker-style food, market stalls, entertainment and music in one big cultural feast.
Melbourne's love affair with dining out and new experiences will be intensified when the charming South Melbourne Night Market returns to the streets of South Melbourne this summer, each Thursday night from 10 January to 28 February 2019.

Now in its ninth year and set amongst the beautiful Victorian street-scape on Cecil and Coventry Streets in South Melbourne, the Night Market has become a must-do on the events calendar for southern city slickers and weary north-siders intrigued by the other side.
Calamity Jane
Date Thu 10th Jan 2019 to Sun 3rd Feb 2019
This madcap, pared-back re-imagining shucks off the buckskin and brings a barrel full of dirt and grit to the classic musical.

Directed by Richard Carroll, the production stars Virginia Gay (Channel 7’s All Saints and Winners and Losers) as the magnetic, masculine heroine - joined by a ragtag band of acclaimed comedic actors and musicians.
Summer of Sports
Date Thu 10th Jan 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
Head down to Fed Square this summer and watch live sport on the big screen. From cricket to the Australian Open to AFLW to NBA, Fed Square will screen it all, live, on the Digital Facade.
Date Fri 11th Jan 2019 to Wed 6th Feb 2019
Step inside, take a seat but do not get comfortable.

A spine-tingling theatre experience popping up at Queen Victoria Market in January.

Combining the concept of a traditional séance with sound technology and sensory deprivation, Séance blurs the bounds of perception and reality.

Expect to be engulfed in darkness for 20 intense minutes inside a pitch black 40 foot shipping container.

Warning: SÉANCE is not recommended for those who are claustrophobic, pregnant, suffer heart or back conditions, or are under the age of 15.
Misfit Mansion
Date Fri 11th Jan 2019 to Fri 22nd Feb 2019
Rubix Warehouse is being filled with Melbourne based artists and bringing that neon rainbow to Brunswick's nightlife. Music Makers will fill the speakers with a progressive slide through disco, house and techno, and Booty Shakers will be a vaudevillian mash of performance art on and off the stage.

Come together to dance, create, relax and be entertained as they wind down, wire up and weird out this dancefloor.
Aperol Garden
Date Fri 11th Jan 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
Fancy a spritz this summer? Of course you do. And there’s no better place to sip on your spritz than our stunning beer garden.

Terminus Hotel is transforming their tropical oasis beer garden into full blown Amalfi aperitivo vibes – you will not even need a summer in Italy once you step through the doors.

Enjoy $12 Aperol Spritz all summer long, while soaking up the sun in our hidden oasis.

Plus Happy Hour from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Fridays, and DJs until late on Saturdays.
Night Photography Class - Melbourne
Date Sat 12th Jan 2019 to Sat 29th Jun 2019
Enjoy a fun hands-on learning experience in some of the most photogenic areas 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'll get to shoot Melbourne's amazing cityscape, under their guidance.

You'll learn to control ISO, shutter speed and aperture expertly and creatively to produce beautiful low-light shots. They will critique your photos so that you get the instant feedback you need to keep improving and expanding your perspectives. You'll become well acquainted with travel photography (street portraits, architecture, landscapes, still life, abstract, nature).

You'll be guided by an expert photographer with many years of experience.

See the booking link for reviews and the most updated class schedule.
Beginners Photography Class (Melbourne)
Date Sat 12th Jan 2019 to Sat 23rd Feb 2019
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).
The Virtual Reality Cinema Summer Program
Date Sat 12th Jan 2019 to Sat 24th Aug 2019
The VRC launches its Summer Program of VR Sessions. See four VR shorts back to back.

Meet and spend time with Melbourne street artist, Rone. Be immersed in his epic murals and learn about the artist and what drives him to be one the world's top street artist in this VR documentary.

Be transported to the great plain of Africa and see the largest animal migration on the planet in Exodus. Lock stock and two smoking barrels style short The Invisible Man will keep you on the edge of your immersive seat in this gritty European short.

Collingwood Gas station gets taken over by apocalyptic Vampires and you are right there in the middle of interdimensional portals, having to help fight off chip packet monsters and vamps to boot. A great ride.

See the website for program details.
High Tea at Melbourne Zoo
Date Sun 13th Jan 2019 to Sun 24th Nov 2019
Spend one of your Sunday afternoons at Melbourne Zoo.

Wander around the beautiful gardens, see the amazing animals then join in the Rainforest Roo for a beautiful High Tea.

The package includes a selection of savoury and sweet items served with tea or coffee, and you can also choose to add some sparkling wine to the High Tea commencing at 1:30pm.

This is great for families, particularly with entry to the Zoo included in the price and access to the Zoo from 12:30pm.
The Old Married Couple - Trio
Date Sun 13th Jan 2019 to Sun 20th Jan 2019
Sweet, silly and suggestive, The Old Married Couple’s live show combines their distinctive energetic vintage style Folk and swing music with crowd participation, dancing, skits, double entendre and an undeniable sense of sincerity and joy.

The Old Married Couple have spread toots and hoots at festivals, dance halls, variety shows, cafes and bars around Australia and garnered a reputation as a unique, outrageous and celebratory live experience.

The Old Married Couple are sharing a rare free trio show in their hometown
Australian Open
Date Mon 14th Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 2019
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.
Herring Island Summer Arts Festival
Date Tue 15th Jan 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Herring Island Summer Arts Festival began in 2006 as a collaboration between the exhibiting arts groups, Parks Victoria and the Friends of Herring Island.

This followed the work of Maudie Palmer who, as curator of the Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park, established the permanent collection of art works on the island and ran art exhibitions in the renovated scout hall.

In 2018 the festival will feature exhibitions from the Association of Sculptors of Victoria, the Contemporary Art Society and A4Art Australia.

On Australia Day each year they run a program featuring all the exhibiting groups mostly with demonstrations in the courtyard plus self guided tours of the permanent collection and more activities as outlined on the website.
School Holiday Design Workshops
Date Tue 15th Jan 2019 to Fri 18th Jan 2019
These School Holiday Design Workshops are Arts and Crafts activities for school aged children, engaging their creative senses. Working alongside talented artists as part of programs at Space2b Social Design.
Garden State Hotel x Australian Open Pop Up
Date Tue 15th Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Garden State Hotel are serving up their iconic Melbourne hospitality at the 2019 Australian Open with their very own pop-up bar.

Located in the AO Tennis Club on Birrarung Marr, the two-story bar features a stunning rooftop deck overlooking the big screen showing daytime tennis action plus an evening film festival.
Haven’t purchased a ticket to the tennis? No stress. You can access the AO Tennis Club for free.

Whether you are looking for a drink pre or post-match or just looking for a spot to grab a drink with friends, we’ll see you in the garden for a cocktail or two.

Garden State Hotel will be serving up a selection of their favourite cocktails, including a frozen gin and tonic, espresso martini on tap and passionfruit punch. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic options will also be available.

Not heading down to Melbourne Park? Garden State Hotel will be showing the tennis action live in the venue on the big screen in the beer garden.

Located a short stroll from Flinders Street Station and Fed Square, you can access the AO Tennis Club via Batman Avenue or Princes Walk.
The Legend of Queen Kong Episode II: Queen Kong in Outer Space
Date Wed 16th Jan 2019 to Sun 20th Jan 2019
Sarah Ward, the artist behind Yana Alana, brings you her latest stage creation, Queen Kong, in a space-fiction rock-concert of meteoric proportions.

With complete disregard for conventional chronology, the narrative starts in the middle. Prodigal protagonist Queen Kong - part rock, part ape, immortal being - has been imprisoned by humans for being too large. Embarking on a journey of transmutations and bi-curious encounters through time and space, Queen Kong discovers what it means to be human.

This inclusive new work features a powerhouse performance by the subversive Sarah Ward, backed by all-queer, all-gender-diverse rock band The HOMOsapiens, led by Bec Matthews. Joining them on screen is deaf performer Asphyxia with live Auslan interpreting by Kirri Dangerfield. Queen Kong is directed by Susie Dee with lighting by Paul Lim, while mind blowing visual projections come courtesy of style icon Will Huxley and animator Finn Scholes.

All performances are Auslan interpreted – no Auslan bookings are required due to the nature of the performance.
Botanica: A Village Among the Oak Trees
Date Wed 16th Jan 2019 to Sat 19th Jan 2019
Back by popular demand, this beautiful free school holiday event is returning to Melbourne Gardens.

Curated by artist Darryl Cordell and inspired by his childhood in the bush, Botanica offers families the opportunity to work together to build their very own special world. Use your imagination and build a new community village with natural materials collected from the Gardens. Build cubbies and creatures and enjoy nature-based creative activities for all ages.
Butterbeer at Riverland Bar
Date Wed 16th Jan 2019 to Thu 28th Feb 2019
To celebrate Harry Potter and the Cursed Child debuting in Melbourne in January, Riverland Bar will be serving up its own boozy Butterbeer for muggles from 16 January.

Pop in before the show to experience the magical combination of whiskey, butterscotch schnapps, caramel, creaming soda and cream, for $15.
MTalks—Architecture is good for you
Date Thu 17th Jan 2019
A movement in renovating, sustainable living and good design in Melbourne is culminating in more renovation shows on television and is inspiring in many people the great Australian dream of one owning their own home. Yet across the general population and within much of our suburbs we can still see a reluctance to embrace the value of architecture, and therefore a gap between the practice of architecture and the public it aims to benefit.

'Architecture is good for you' discusses various modes of effective initiatives, modes of communication and the importance of education in order to build awareness in the general public about the valuable contributions that good architecture can provide. How can the architecture profession communicate its value more effectively and ultimately bring the value of good design to the masses and not only to those who can afford it? A panel of professionals will set the tone for an interactive and enlightening discussion.
Joe Chindamo Trio Live at The Jazzlab
Date Thu 17th Jan 2019
Melbourne-based Joe Chindamo is considered a world class jazz pianist, whose individual sound and style has won him many accolades and an international reputation that has seen him perform at such prestigious venues and events as Umbria Jazz Festival, The Tokyo Dome and The Lincoln Centre in New York.

He has also toured with famed US drummer Billy Cobham for over 10 years, recorded 18 CDs under his own name and collaborated on other recordings with distinguished artists, including Ray Brown, Shirley Bassey, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, as well as reaching number one on the modern jazz charts in Japan under his own name.

With the rare gift of making difficult and complex music sound accessible, Joe has twice won the MO award for Jazz instrumental performer of the year, two Bell awards for best album and the APRA award for best jazz composition of the year (2009). With his classical and jazz proficiency, Joe brings a unique quality to his performances that makes seeing him live an exceptional experience.
Gillette One Day International: Australia vs India
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019
Gillette ODI's bring a full day of action on and off the field. Experience world class cricket, with plenty of extra summer entertainment in and around the ground.

See some of the best players in the world compete for glory in one of the most exciting formats of the game. The likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dohni take the field against our Aussies who are looking to launch into the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup with confidence. Throw your support behind the Aussies.

Public tickets on sale.

For group bookings (20 or more tickets); official hospitality and travel packages visit the ticketing page on Cricket Australia's website for more details.
Florence + The Machine
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019
For the first time since their epic sold-out November 2015 tour, which featured four back-to-back Sydney Opera House Forecourt performances, Florence Welch and her band return to unleash their captivating live show on Australian audiences.

Released globally this week, Florence + The Machine's latest offering, Big God, is a raw and enchanting affair, and is the third single to be taken from their highly anticipated fourth album, High As Hope, out next Friday June 29.
Richard Clapton and Band
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019
Richard Clapton is one of Australia’s foremost singer/songwriters and paved the way for three generations of songwriters to write about the experience of being Australian. When Richard Clapton began his recording career in 1974, Australia was still in the vice-like grip of the cultural cringe. He plunged into the “deep water” and legends like Skyhooks and Paul Kelly, Cold Chisel, INXS, Midnight Oil, and hundreds of others, followed in his wake. Clapton’s songs are still omnipresent on the radio to this day, his records charting the political landscape of the nation and the turbulent lives of two generations.

In 2015, Richard travelled to the U.S. to record a new album with acclaimed producer Mark Moffatt.

The idea behind the album was to carefully select twelve songs—whether old or new—from Clapton’s vast catalogue, which would fit neatly into the “Americana” genre. The result is an album which many have wanted Clapton to make for a long time.

Electric Gardens Festival Melbourne
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019
Electric Gardens has announced a triumphant return to Melbourne on Friday 18 January 2019. Courtesy of T1000 events, 10,000 revellers will able to experience the very best local and international electronic music artists as part of a world-class production at Alumbra Shed 9, Docklands.

Following his electrifying 2016 Electric Gardens performance, Erick Morillo, the platinum-selling artist will be back with a bang in 2019, closing down the show until 3:00am (a new extended time).

The technical wizard, Eats Everything will be rounding off the bill of international heavyweights hitting all four garden venues.

Next up is Aussie electronic duo Bag Raiders, who are headed homeward bound for their first series of live shows after an extended hiatus.

Local legends, Set Mo, are starting 2019 as they mean to go on, promising punters an epic festival performance at Electric Gardens. Joining the lads on stage and completing the EG2019 touring party is an all-girl-line-up of live vocalists, Woodes, Asta and Thandi Phoenix - Set Mo collaborators past and present.

Velma Celli’s A Brief History of Drag
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019 to Sat 19th Jan 2019
The UK’s queen of live vocal drag, Velma Celli, is bringing her showstopping cabaret, A Brief History of Drag, to Australia.

Following a successful UK tour and a smash hit run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, A Brief History of Drag is a heartfelt, camp journey through some of the best moments in drag history including music, pop culture, film and theatre.

Velma’s killer vocals will have audiences dancing along to songs from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots, David Bowie, RuPaul and more.

Intercutting the musical performances are stories from drag history which shine a light on political decisions that affected gay culture and historical moments like the infamous Stonewall riots.

Velma is the alter-ego of West End star Ian Stroughair. Stroughair has appeared in hit musicals such as Cats and Fame and most recently, received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Angel in Rent.
The Voice Behind The Stars
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019 to Sat 19th Jan 2019
Old Hollywood’s biggest secret will be exposed in the acclaimed cabaret, The Voice Behind the Stars, hitting Australian shores following a sell-out run at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Voice Behind the Stars tells the story of the most prolific ghost singer of all time, Marni Nixon, and reveals the truth behind some of the world’s most loved movie musicals.

The best film diva the world (almost) never saw, Nixon dubbed for over 50 Hollywood films as the singing voice for the biggest movie stars of the time including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood.

Nixon was forbidden from telling anyone what films she sang on and for whom. She lived her life in the shadows before an interview with Oscar-winning actress, Deborah Kerr (The King and I), led to her story being uncovered.

The Voice Behind the Stars will feature much-loved songs from West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The King and I and many more, performed by Australian actress and singer Eliza Jackson as Nixon.
Les Misérables
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019 to Sat 26th Jan 2019
The YABC is well known for its programmes and productions for young people. Each year, thousands of children and young adults participate in musical theatre training with the organisation, culminating in incredible seasons of concerts at the National Theatre.

Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. This true modern classic is based on Victor Hugo's novel and features one of the most memorable scores of all time.

In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe that Valjean can change his ways.

This production features some of Melbourne's most outstanding young singers and actors, many of whom have been training with the YABC for many years.
Meet the Artists
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019
The Linden Postcard Show has been supporting artists for 28 years with this major open entry prize show. Over the years, Linden has exhibited thousands of small works from local to international artists and witnessed many grow from hobby artists to established artists.

Join Linden New Art Curator Juliette Hanson in conversation with this years Linden Postcard Show winners. Hear from the artists behind the winning works to learn about their practice, artistic process and their connection with the iconic Linden Postcard Show.
Wizardry High Tea
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019 to Sun 20th Jan 2019
Wizards and witches; gather your hats, broomsticks and wands for an enchanting afternoon at Stamford Plaza Melbourne's wizard’s lair.

Get ready for a magical adventure through delicious alchemy of sweets and savoury treats.

Enjoy a truly spellbinding afternoon and come dressed as your fantasy self and you might just pick up one of our prizes for best dressed.

Expect a visit from our wizard as he wanders through his lair, casting magical spells throughout the day.

$89 per person including a glass of sparkling wine and Butter Beer on arrival. Bookings of 10 or more will receive a 10 per cent discount.

Bookings Essential.

Please note this event is not affiliated with the Harry Potter brand/s, Wizardry World or Warner Brothers and their related brands or properties.
Sam Anning Sextet at The JazzLab
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019
The Sam Anning Sextet was formed upon Sam's return from New York in 2015. Comprising of an all star lineup, the group plays original compositions by Sam that are the culmination and distillation of his experiences and studies overseas.

The group features long time 'Speedball' cohorts Mat Jodrell (trumpet) and Carl Mackey (saxophone), 'Transients I' collaborators Andrea Keller (piano) and Julien Wilson, and ex-New York resident Danny Fischer (drums).

The Sam Anning Sextet recently recorded for the ABC at the sorely missed Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.
Pop Up Park in Werribee City Centre
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
Soak up those summer days and nights at Werribee City Centre’s free Pop up Park from 18 January – 24 February 2019 in Station Place.

Kate Ceberano will open the free Friday Night Live concert series, followed by winner of The Voice Sam Perry, Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, bluesman Ash Grunwald, folk duo The Audreys and legendary rockers, CHOIRBOYS.

On Saturdays the WBTA will host a Makers Market before the park is transformed into an outdoor cinema complete with beanbags and popcorn for the evening.

Street Food Sundays will return with the opportunity to try a different cuisine every Sunday from 12:00pm – 5:00pm along with live music, traditional dancing and themed kids craft.

On weekdays, the Pop Up Park will be buzzing with free community workshops and classes including free weekly Hey Dee Ho music and sports activities for the littlies, art classes, rhyme time, lunchtime music, pilates, tai chi and come and try sport sessions.

A green city oasis, with comfy deckchairs, umbrellas and lawn games, the Pop Up Park is your must-do this summer – perfect for lunch breaks, coffee dates and all-ages, family fun.
Carlton Farmers' Market
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019 to Sat 21st Dec 2019
Your local accredited farmers' market in Carlton, operating on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Proudly presented by Melbourne Farmers Markets, Carlton Farmers Markets brings you the very best local, seasonal produce at the best prices.

Located in the grounds of Carlton North Primary School, the market has more than 30 stallholders offering ethical, local food from free range meat, seasonal fruit and vegetables to nuts, eggs and cheese. Picked, baked and made fresh for the markets, you won't taste better produce.

With no wholesalers and no middle-men, accredited farmers' markets guarantee that you are buying direct from hardworking Victorian producers, so they earn the full dollar. Shop local and join the local food revolution.

Entry to the market is by gold coin donation which supports Carlton North Primary School's programs.

The market is plastic-bag free so bring your own bag. It is easily accessible by public transport and bicycle, plus parking is readily available on O'Grady Street.

Melbourne Farmers Markets is dedicated to Victorian food and producers, regional food cultures, seasonal produce, biodiversity, sustainable farming practices and the strengthening of relationships between the consumer and the producer. Visit their website to find your nearest market.
Saturday Session: Whisky and Shine South Melbourne
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019 to Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Join Southern Whisky Trails on an afternoon journey of Victoria’s distilling history and craft whisky revival.

This tour will introduce you to the whisky-making process and Melbourne’s thriving whisky culture. Enjoy an afternoon of whisky and shine, bringing together talented distillers and award-winning whiskies to discover stories about the past, present and future of whisky in Victoria.

The tour will include more than 10 tastings of whisky and grain spirit throughout the afternoon, including: light lunch at Melbourne Moonshine, including tastings of their range and a beer/cider; a comprehensive tour of the whisky-making process and sampling of whiskies at Bakery Hill Distillery; a boilermaker (whisky + beer) or highball (whisky + soda) at the Whisky Den, a Japanese-inspired bar in the centre of Melbourne; and transfers to/from Bakery Hill Distillery.

Meet at the Melbourne Moonshine Company, 8 George Street, South Melbourne at 12:00pm. The tour will end at the Whisky Den, 27 Russell Street Melbourne CBD at 5:00pm.

Tour group will be limited to 14. All participants must be over 18 years old.
MKids—Club Kids Music Academy
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
Calling all beats-loving kids. Bring your adults to MPavilion and join this wild takeover in which you, the kids, get the chance to learn about and play with electronic music gear. Club Kids Music Academy is a space in which children have the opportunity to share in the joy of electronic music, invited to experiment with samplers, drum machines and keyboards in an environment that fosters independence and creativity. No blip is too blippy. No squelch is too squawky. Play with 'grown-up toys' that are used by today's top producers.

This relaxed workshop is ideal for three- to eight-year-olds but is open to anyone—all kids with all abilities. Club Kids Music Academy is all about the learning, excitement and wonder found in pure experimentation.
KFC Big Bash League 08 - Match 35: Renegades vs Stars
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
The KFC Big Bash League (BBL) is back, with the competition moving to a full Home and Away fixture, making this the biggest BBL season yet.

With 59 matches across 61 days from December to February, BBL, 08 will offer fans more world-class on and off field entertainment than ever before.

Do not miss the Melbourne Renegades take on the Melbourne Stars at Marvel Stadium on Saturday 19 January.

Catch the summer of Big Bash across FOX Sports, Seven Network, Macquarie Media and Crocmedia, and get your tickets on the Big Bash League website.
National Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Festival
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019 to Sun 20th Jan 2019
The National Clydesdale Show and Heavy Horse Breed Show represents a variety of heavy draft breeds in Australia. There will be displays of an array of disciplines from your led breed stud stock, traditional working draught horses, tradesman and delivery harness, ridden classes and the fun long reining competition through a unique colourful obstacle course which is a real challenge for both horse and driver.

The Festival also provides a family atmosphere where the general public can get up close and personal to the horses, view historical displays of horse drawn equipment and celebrate the 100 year history of Clydesdales in Australia, plus a unique collection of heavy horse brasses, also obtain information from the other breeds on display such as Clydesdale, Shire, Fjord, Highland Pony from their information booths, interact with exhibitors and be able to browse through the Trade Village which has many unique gifts, merchandise and horse related products available for purchase.

With full ring commentary, seating and shade makes it an enjoyable weekend watching and interacting with the activities.

Werribee Park Equestrian Centre is part of the Werribee Park precinct with Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee Mansion and the State Rose Garden right next door.
Summer Pool Party
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
Grab a swimsuit this summer and join Rooftop Poolside Terrace for an afternoon of free flowing drinks and a sausage sizzle. Celebrate this summer at a Pool Party on the Rooftop Terrace.

This summer the Pool Party on the Rooftop Poolside Terrace will be the place to be. It is one of the hidden gems in the Melbourne CBD and it is waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by everyone this Summer.

Places are limited, book in today to reserve your place.
Ceberano and Co
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019 to Sun 20th Jan 2019
Caravan Music Club is pleased to announce that Kate Ceberano will be playing two very special shows for the first time at the iconic venue. Kate will be bringing something very special to Caravan shows which she describes as "bootleg session", including covers of her own songs, covers of some of her favourite Australian artists and just for fun she’ll sneak in a couple of new songs.

Under the banner of "Ceberano + Co.", Kate will be joined by her ever-faithful musicians Rodrigo Bustos, Kathleen Halloran, Alison Ainsworth, Jess Fairlie and Dave Matthews. And being her home town it’s likely Kate will invite a couple of friends to join her so stay tuned for announcements.
Consent Festival - Midsumma Festival
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
Consent Festival What does "consent" mean? Kick off your Midsumma Festival with this one-day, special event to explore conversations that connect ideas of consent with LGBTQIA+ communities, welcoming intersectionality and accessibility. Engage through open forums, practical workshops, deep-dive discussions, and even sparkling performances, all inside a safe space to unpack the taboos, share experiences, and unite in passion and curiosity.

Gather at the Melba Spiegeltent for an introduction to the day's key themes including Consent in Relationships, In Workplaces, In Health and In Art. From there, disperse into the Circus Oz building to choose your own journey of sessions including panel discussions, yoga, life drawing or workshops delivered by circus performers and thought leaders.

Between times, the Melba becomes a hub of craft, creativity and conversation for people to connect with speakers and each another. Once the day is done, celebrate this one-of-a-kind event with a range of cabaret and variety superstars hosted by Fringe Wives Club.

This event humbly acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands and waters on which we respectfully meet.

Trigger warnings apply. Some sessions will be 18+.
Midsumma Festival
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
Midsumma Festival is Melbourne’s preeminent queer arts and cultural festival. Celebrating the LGBTQIA+ communities, Midsumma offers audiences a diverse array of spectacular performances, talks and social events with leading international, national and local artists.

In 2019 Midsumma Festival will unite around the theme of "Body" - a suite of programming for and by Victoria’s trans, gender diverse and intersex communities. Championing the notion that individuals should have sovereignty over their own bodies, this initiative amplifies the cultural voices of marginalised queer voices, allowing them to set their own social and political agenda.

One of the highlights is MDLSX by Motus – a revolutionary intersex performance by international artist Silvia Calderoni.

Another highlight comes from cabaret icons Maude Davey and Mama Alto - Gender Euphoria is an explosive and joyous new variety work which celebrates trans and gender diverse identities. From Raina Peterson whose critically acclaimed Bent Bollywood was a major hit in last year’s festival, Third Nature is an Indian contemporary dance show which explores trans identity.

Midsumma Extravaganza returns in all its comic glory, boasting another fierce line up featuring Yummy, Zoe Coombs Marr, Mama Alto, Trevor Ashley, Carlotta, Joel Creasey and more, together with a rocking live band.
Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale - Rare Plant Party - Melbourne
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019 to Sun 20th Jan 2019
The Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale is returning in 2019 and they are going to make it a banger you won't forget. The focus for this sale is to bring you as many rare plants as they can find.

Dress up - wear a Jungle print for $5 off.

If you can't make it on Saturday. Don't worry, they've launched Jungle Sunday for this weekend from 5-6pm. This sale will be stock left over from Saturday and they often discount plants so they get re-homed. It's a much more intimate experience.

They will have all your indoor favourites and some rarer plants too.

The sale is located in a Bohemian style warehouse in Abbotsford (not normally open to public).

Please note no tickets are required for the Melbourne sale.

Please help share the word of The Jungle Collective and invite any friends that you think might be interested in coming along. Feel free to follow on Facebook for style and inspiration updates - The Jungle Collective.

Please note there will be a limited number of boxes and you may want to bring your own to be on the safe side.
Fem Belling Quartet at The Jazzlab
Date Sat 19th Jan 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.

Summer Sounds - Big T with Band
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
Celebrate summer in our Creative City. Enjoy free music in beautiful outdoor spaces in Hobsons Bay from some of the country’s finest artists – consider it a music festival in your own backyard. Make sure you are prepared with a rug and a picnic and enjoy the free music and an easy going outdoors vibe.

Laverton will come alive when New Zealand born X-Factor contestant BIGT and his band perform infectious pop tunes.

For more information about Summer Events in Hobsons Bay including Movies By The Bay screenings and other Summer Sounds sessions the Hobsons Bay website,
RAW Comedy - Heat Three
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
Launch into LOLs with RAW Comedy, Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition.

For over 20 years RAW Comedy has seen performers ride that comedy wave, with past competitors including Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola, Anne Edmonds, Luke McGregor and Rhys Nicholson.

Will this year’s competitors pull off a perfect 360, or have a total wipe out? Grab your tickets now to see who makes the biggest splash.

Heat Three will be hosted by Bob Franklin, with a special guest performance by Gavin Sempel.
Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink - Melbourne
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019
Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink Series consists of six fun triathlon events in various locations throughout Australia. Our triathlons are for all women and boys and girls aged 7 to 13.

The whole family can get involved in our Fun Run Pink which is open to all genders, young and old.

Also known as ‘Tri Pink’, these events are a great way for family and friends to come together and enjoy an active and fun day out.

With events in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, the national series aims to raise funds and awareness for charity partner the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

MMeets—Conversations of light
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019
How does architecture respond to and affect our experience with light? And how does light enhance our experience of architecture? Join this conversation and interactive experience, led by Studio Wonder, drawing on a panel of experienced designers and architects equally fascinated by light to explore the ephemeral conditions with which we engage—conscious or not.

The panel will be followed by a meditative, site-responsive drawing workshop with an aim to evoke a sense of wonder into the everyday. You will be led through an observation-based drawing technique, tracing light and shadow using a range of media with white paper as a canvas. The paper will fold across the surfaces of the MPavilion, offering an opportunity to document available light encounters in response to the architecture and conditions of the moment. At the end of the workshop you will be encouraged to take your segment of drawn experience with you.

People of all ages and skill sets are welcome.
Sourdough Bread Making Workshops
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
This fun workshop covers basic theory as well as the tactile pleasure of all the steps of making bread from wild yeast culture.

The day is suitable for novices and those who want to experience another artisan’s approach to bread-making.

Learn the theory of the essential ingredients and the principal steps of bread making. Understand the “Bakers’ percentage” and how to modify instant yeast recipes for sourdough culture.

Experience hands on expanding the wild yeast (the live sourdough culture) and making a dough from wild yeast, flour, salt and water: mixing, kneading and folding a dough ready for first prove.

Shape loaves for final proof, and slash and bake mature doughs.

Take home a bakers’ starter pack of wild yeast starter, one kilogram of organic flour, sourdough recipe as well as the dough you made to bake at home and the loaf you shaped, slashed and baked. You will need a basket to carry all this home.

Enjoy refreshments and sustenance of freshly baked sourdough delights.

Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019
Brides and Grooms, welcome to Melbourne’s longest running Bridal and Honeymoon Expo in Victoria run by Bridal Expos Australia. Be inspired by the friendly and experienced exhibitors who aim to help you get your planning sorted and your questions answered. On Sunday 20 January, bring your bride tribe and support crew for one big day of wedding planning and the ultimate best-day-of-your-life inspiration.

Be wowed by the stunning fashion parades at 11:00am and 1:00pm presenting the latest bridal fashions for men and women, the wonderful live entertainment to give you a taste of what your guests could be enjoying during your reception, free magazines for even more inspiration and ideas, gift bags for the first 500 brides with treats and fabulous exhibitor prizes on the day.

Sit in the glamorous vehicles on display and do not forget to save plenty of time for the experience lounge, where you will get the opportunity to experience some of the supplier’s services first hand – and maybe enjoy a mini cocktail or two.

With so much going on, this is an event not to be missed.
Discover Sailing Day
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019
At Discover Sailing Day you will be assigned a buddy who will show you all the boats theElwood Sailing Club have to offer. You can then choose which boat or water activity you would like to participate in whether it is on the fast motorboat, windsurf, paddleboard or try them all.

After an action packed morning, refresh yourself with a shower and have a tour of the club and learn how the club operates. There will also be a sausage sizzle for all to enjoy, and if you sign up for any training courses on the day you get 20 per cent off for all age groups.
Midsumma Carnival
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019
Feel the vibes as you come out of the closet and into the sun for an all-day and all-night party to celebrate the beginning of another fabulous festival.

Midsumma Festival are bringing back your favourites (yes and the dog show) and adding a pinch of lip-syncing, drag dazzling, stellar acts, fine food and a pop-up bar. If you didn't get through the array of stalls last year then make sure you arrive at 11:00am as the glitter begins to stir. There is more on offer than ever before.

Peek at the program with bite sized performances, relax in the chill-out zone, meet friends in the family domain, tackle the sports precinct and stay cool in the under 18s area. See all of the special events that lead you into the evening of T-Dance, featuring a fantastic line-up of sassy sounds and DJs.

With safe spaces for families, friendlies, queer kinds and groupies you know there will be something to suit everyone. Midsumma Carnival is a glass-free event and is conscious of their footprint on the environment. So bring your sustainable vessels and paper straws, slap on the sunscreen for a full day of festivities, then shimmy on into the night.
The Hits of Crowded House
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019
As part of the Summer Sounds of St Kilda Series.

The Hits of Crowded House join the line up for Summer Sounds of St Kilda. The Hits of Crowded House is a unique show giving you a taste of one of the most adored bands featuring hits ‘Don’t Dream Its Over’, ‘Something So Strong’ ‘Better Be Home Soon’, ‘Weather With You’, Fall At Your Feet and includes some of Split Enz hits as well that you will sing along to. Featuring four of Melbourne’s best musicians, this two hour show will be an experience to remember.
RAW Comedy - Heat Four
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019
Launch into LOLs with RAW Comedy, Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition.

For over 20 years RAW Comedy has seen performers ride that comedy wave, with past competitors including Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola, Anne Edmonds, Luke McGregor and Rhys Nicholson.

Will this year’s competitors pull off a perfect 360, or have a total wipe out? Grab your tickets now to see who makes the biggest splash.

Heat Four hosted by Daniel Connell and Stu Daulman.
MTalks—Asialink Arts presents Melanie Lane
Date Mon 21st Jan 2019
Internationally roaming choreographer and performer Melanie Lane, winner of the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award, has returned from an Asialink Arts creative exchange residency in Indonesia and will present a Q&A and short work-in-progress—developed during the exchange—in this lunchtime treat. Asialink Arts' long-standing residency program allows artists the opportunity to work in Asia and invest significant time to their creative practice to create new work, develop and test new ideas and engage with different cultural modalities.

Melanie is based between Berlin and Melbourne and has worked with various companies and artists such as Kobalt Works , Arco Renz, Club Guy and Roni, Tino Seghal, Antony Hamilton and Chunky Move.
Leigh in London - Robyn Beeche
Date Mon 21st Jan 2019 to Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Over her career, Robyn Beeche documented seemingly opposing worlds: the post-punk, new romantic fashion and music scenes of 1980s London, and Hindu ceremonies held in the Indian pilgrimage town of Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.

The works in this exhibition center on Beeche’s time in London and in particular the photographs she took of Leigh Bowery. Throughout this time she was renowned for collaborating with counter-culture personalities including Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Divine and also Leigh Bowery. She was drawn to personalities who were fascinated with the possibilities of physical transformation. Employing imaginative makeup and sophisticated lighting, bodies were fragmented, distorted and transformed into sculpture.
Unzipped Exhibition Opening
Date Mon 21st Jan 2019
A fruity exhibition of miniature dioramas and potty-mouthed puns. Unzipped features pun-tastic miniature dioramas by Melbourne street artist.

Tinky who brings her humorous work from the laneways of Melbourne into contemporary boutique Lord Coconut in a titillating exhibition. It celebrates Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival and diversity in all its glory (holes) through a unique world of miniature proportions.

The exhibition ‘Unzipped’ comprises tiny occupants that exist simply to amuse. Often finding themselves in questionable scenarios, each miniature character persists with a juicy adventure with unwitting wittiness - they know nothing other than fruity folly. Each diorama is complemented by a bawdy narrative that provides comical context.
Outdoor Escapades at Melbourne Gardens
Date Mon 21st Jan 2019 to Tue 22nd Jan 2019
Put aside your devices and step outside for an immersion in nature at Melbourne Gardens.

Engage your tactile senses, ignite your imagination and connect to the earth, in this hands-on workshop designed with the principles of leading international forest schools. Learn new skills, build confidence and be empowered to take risks in nature. Create a woodworking project with resources harvested from the Gardens, and embark on an escapade to explore the nooks and crannies of Melbourne’s living green heart of the city.

Enjoy the Garden’s urban natural environment and breathtaking scenery in this fun outdoor adventure.
Nahko and Medicine For The People (US)
Date Mon 21st Jan 2019
Known for their exciting, high-energy and powerful live shows, Nahko And Medicine For The People’s upcoming performances are not to be missed.

Over the last five years, Nahko And Medicine For The People have continued to gather dedicated members of their global Medicine Tribe of fans as they spread their powerful musical message. They incorporate a variety of sounds that artfully merge rustic acoustic guitars, upbeat energy, tribal flavour, and fiery percussion with ponderous lyrics. Their album HOKA debuted at number 10 on Billboard’s Rock Albums Chart and number six on the Alternative Albums Chart.

Nahko’s solo album, My Name is Bear, premiered at number one on iTunes and debuted on a number of Billboard charts. The album release was followed by a headline tour that boasted multiple sold-out dates stateside and a nearly sold-out tour in Europe and the UK.

My Name is Bear is a 16-track collection that reflects the soul, authenticity, and spirit that Nahko’s fans have come to know. As he puts it, the album serves as a prequel, that artfully merges rustic acoustic guitars, upbeat energy, tribal flavours, and fiery percussion with ponderous lyrics.
Stufflers Bear Making Event
Date Mon 21st Jan 2019 to Fri 25th Jan 2019
Join in these School Holidays with Stufflers Bear Building to make your own furry friend. No booking is required, just head down and make a morning of it. In addition to Teddy Bears they have all kinds of new friends including cats, dogs, dragons, monsters, jungle animals and more for you to love.
The Illusionists
Date Tue 22nd Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 2019
The world’s biggest selling magic spectacular, The Illusionists, direct from Broadway, returns to Melbourne 22 to 27 January with a brand new show.

The Illusionists is a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Collectively these performers have been seen by millions across the world and this production showcases their talents on stage together for the very first time. The Illusionists has shattered box office records and dazzled audiences of all ages around the world with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.

This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Prepare to witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading, and disappearance this summer.
The Miss Behave Gameshow
Date Tue 22nd Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Part gameshow, part freewheeling disco party. Everyone is a winner.

Direct from Las Vegas and following sold out seasons around the globe, this smash-hit show starring London’s queen of cabaret, Amy Saunders (La Soiree, La Clique, Absinthe), is unbridled variety entertainment at its best.

Join Miss Behave and her sidekick Tiffany for a night of satirically subversive fun and games that have even the most conservative audience turn unruly. No night is the same but every night is guaranteed to be riotous fun.

Do not miss this festival sensation when it takes over the Fairfax Studio for a strictly limited season this summer.

Performance dates and times:
Tuesday 22 January and Wednesday January 23 8:00pm.
Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January 9:30pm.
Sunday 27 January 8:00pm.
My Milonga – The Dance of The Heart
Date Tue 22nd Jan 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
The Dance of the Heart is a series of complex and large scale photographic images inspired by the Tango. Using the Tango as a visual metaphor, the artists visually explore the intricate details of diversity in humanity as it negotiates relationships on the (re) imagined dance floor. The exhibition narrative is also about Australia embracing the changing face of its people; as they open themselves to modern diversity.

Gerard O'Connor and Marc Wasiak are an award winning team of dynamic artists. Gerard is a photographer and filmmaker and Marc is a wardrobe and set designer. For over 20 years they have made massive, complex tabloid work together and their imagery receives acclaim both in Australia and internationally.

The Governor General of Australia has purchased four artworks by the artists for the Government House art collection in Canberra.
Date Tue 22nd Jan 2019 to Sat 16th Mar 2019
Chorus is a video and sound installation by artist Melanie Jame Wolf about the power of rumour. The work consists of a series of videos in which Wolf performs a cast of personas as they inhabit an imaginary Mythic Space.

From this stylised, darkly humorous pop space of "critical camp", Chorus explores the pleasures and perils of the unison voice of the group, and of speaking alone.

Chorus is not open on Sundays and Mondays during exhibition period.
Midsumma: Personal Touch
Date Tue 22nd Jan 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
Throughout history, self-portraiture has provided a means for artists to examine their place in society. In the time of the camera phone, self-representation by artists provokes needed discussion on the problematic binaries associated with gender and identity.

Personal Touch expresses the sensitivity with which artists are addressing the evolving nature of selfhood, at a time when the political status quo fails to do so.

Archie Barry, Bailee-Rose Farnham, Nunzio Madden, Bon Mott, Rowan Oliver, Bobuq Sayed and Tyza Stewart, with text by Nevo Zisin.

Opening Night on Friday 25 January, 6:00 to 8:00pm, all welcome.
Artist performance on Saturday 2 February 2:00pm.
Convent Kids – Your Story Garden
Date Tue 22nd Jan 2019 to Fri 25th Jan 2019
Children are invited to let their imaginations run wild at the Convent this summer, as the stunning gardens are brought to life with art and book making workshops with some of your favourite picture book artists.

Published writers and illustrators will be inspired by the gardens and share their storytelling secrets—children will then create artwork to create their very own book to take home. Renowned workshop leaders, Bern Emmerichs, Beci Orpin, Tai Snaith and Maxine Beneba Clarke are multi-talented storytellers and artists who can’t wait to celebrate the creation of books by kids for kids at the Convent.

Taking inspiration from a magical meander through the gardens, children will create their very own book inside ‘The Grand Imaginarium’—a bamboo pavilion on the c3 gallery forecourt. 'The Grand Imaginarium: Your Story Garden' sessions are recommended for children aged five â€㥶 years old. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Adults can attend for free.
Unzipped - in-store exhibition
Date Tue 22nd Jan 2019 to Sat 9th Feb 2019
The exhibition ‘Unzipped’ comprises tiny occupants that exist simply to amuse. Often finding themselves in questionable scenarios, each miniature character persists with a juicy adventure with unwitting wittiness - they know nothing other than fruity folly. Each diorama is complemented by a bawdy narrative that provides comical context.

Artist-in-residence at Melbourne’s Blender Studios and installation street artist, Tinky, works with miniatures and found objects, typically making use of gritty street landscapes in urban environments, where laneway fixtures, or missing bricks, become home to humorous dioramas. Her use of pun-ridden word-play completes each diorama.

Unzipped features pun-tastic miniature dioramas by Melbourne street artist Tinky who brings her humorous work from the laneways of Melbourne into contemporary boutique Lord Coconut in a titillating exhibition. It celebrates Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival and diversity in all its glory through a unique world of miniature proportions.

Melbourne City vs. Western Sydney Wanderers
Date Tue 22nd Jan 2019
Do not miss Melbourne City and Western Sydney Wanderers go head-to-head, as the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League action continues across the Summer of Heroes, with 45 matches over 28 days.

Joyce’s men will look to capitalize on the home ground advantage, aiming to get one over their interstate rivals. Bring the whole family along. Do not miss this opportunity to enjoy the Aussie summer, while enjoying world-class football.

To get your tickets for the Summer of Heroes, please visit Summer of Heroes website. If you can’t make it, be sure to not miss any of the action on Fox Sports 505 from 7:50pm AEDT, or stream on Fox Sports and My Football Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra Mobile Customers.

Terms and conditions apply. For details, please visit Summer of Heroes website.

Recent Drawings , Barry Dickins
Date Tue 22nd Jan 2019 to Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Renowned Australian playwright, actor and writer Barry Dickins returns to fortyfivedownstairs in January 2019, this time in his capacity as a visual artist.

In this series of recent pen and ink drawings, Dickins’ intricately detailed works combine mythology with his characteristic social realism in a seemingly endless stream of creativity. These cartoon imaginings inspire in the viewer a mixed sense of familiarity and, occasionally, discomfort.

Dickins began drawing in this pen and ink style in the 1950s as a young boy growing up in the Melbourne suburb of Reservoir. Inspired by the cartoons in his father’s Punch Magazines, his love of the medium has stayed with him throughout his lifetime. He has exhibited his works in solo exhibitions in galleries across Australia.
MTalks—Citizen-led, government dread: Why is it so hard to get civic-minded projects happening?
Date Wed 23rd Jan 2019
Melbourne is recognised as the world’s most liveable city, and the most intelligent. But what does the city do to remain relevant and maintain these accolades? European cities are seeing river and ocean pools open in the major cities almost monthly; urban farms are activating disused spaces and creating vital services and income to displaced members of the public; and events that encourage wide community participation have been created right across Asia to engage the active millennial traveler and growing population.

Join a vibrant and urgent discussion about the processes and challenges of gaining funding and approval for community- and market-led projects in Melbourne with a panel of speakers who will share their experiences of getting projects off the ground and developed. Led by Yarra Pools, this conversation will seek to understand whether we are hesitant as a city to move forward on validated and global ideas.

Mat Pember from the Little Veggie Patch Co will talk about his pop-up patch in Federation Square; Courtney Carthy will share the journey of the Inflatable Regatta, and lastly Mirerva Holmes will discuss the four-year journey to take the Yarra Pool from concept to community-driven reality.
Mad Hatters Tea Party
Date Wed 23rd Jan 2019
Don’t be late for this very important date. Are you 12-25 living in Victoria? Do you want to meet other gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer young people?

Join for a Mad Hatter Tea Party event. No cost for the event but please bring money for food. There will be DJs, prizes and give aways for best costume. Alcohol and drug free event. Friends and allies welcome.

Presented by Wyndham City Council as part of Midsumma Festival 2019 Midsumma Westside.
Livvy and Pete: The Songs Of Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen
Date Wed 23rd Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths and cabaret darling Amelia Ryan celebrate the songbooks of Aussie icons Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen.

From their humble small-town beginnings to world domination in sequins and jumpsuits, revisit all of their sing-a-long classics from Rio to Tenterfield, all the way to Xanadu and beyond. As camp as maracas and tender as Pete’s gift to Livvy ‘I Honestly Love You’, there promises to be rollerskates, T-Birds, Pink Ladies, 80s jazzercise and an Oscar winning song to boot.
I Sing Songs
Date Wed 23rd Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Award-winning and prolific musical director Steven Kreamer finally steps out from behind the keys in this dazzling cabaret debut, singing songs about love, songs not about love, and even songs about songs.

Having become a staple in the Sydney musical theatre scene as musical supervisor, associate musical director, sound designer, deputy keyboard player and performer, Steven has been seen and/or heard in some of the most lauded musicals in recent years including She Loves Me, Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, Side Show (Hayes Theatre Co), Beautiful The Carole King Musical (Michael Cassel Group), The Drowsy Chaperone (Squabbalogic), Nosferatutu (Griffin Theatre Company), Songs for the Fallen (Critical Stages), and Neighbourhood Watch (Illuminate Educate), and as an accompanist for Paloma Faith, Kate Ceberano, Michael Falzon, Trevor Ashley and Martin Crewes.

Unleashing a suite of original tunes, reinvented iconic showstoppers, and his favourite pop hits, I Sing Songs may contain traces of accordions and kicklines.
The Acland Street Express
Date Wed 23rd Jan 2019
As part of the Summer Sounds of St Kilda series.

There will be no stops. It will be express all the way from the dirt and grit of the subway straight to the sweet soul of the famous Acland cake shops. Catch Jake Mason (organ) Danny Spencer (guitar and vocals) and Andrew Swann (drums and vocals) as they drive The Acland St Express hard through blues, soul and roots, keeping the grooves right on the top of the tracks.

About Summer Sounds of St Kilda.

Over the years many, many musos, bands entertainers and artists have called and still call St Kilda home. MEMO Music Hall would like to put the spot light on a selection of these performers and hence is presenting Summer Sounds Of St Kilda 2019.

From January 8 to January 26, we are putting together an eclectic collection of artists, who live or have lived in St Kilda, to perform at MEMO Music Hall and the Ember Lounge.
Towards Zero Race Melbourne - Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Date Thu 24th Jan 2019
Get set for a dose of fast and furious cycling at Melbourne’s world-famous Australian Formula 1™ Grand Prix track.

Inspired by the prestigious "Spring Classics" of Europe, as the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race descends on Melbourne for one day with the world's best cycling, delivering high excitement and intense competition.

The Towards Zero Race Melbourne will kick-off the Event on Thursday 24 January. In a spectacular show of speed and strategy. Elite Men and Elite Women will line up on the world-famous Australian Formula 1â„¢ Grand Prix track in a criterium style race.

Cheer on the highest calibre of domestic and international riders as they test their power and team strategy on the fast and flat Australian Formula 1â„¢ Grand Prix track.

Ride4All - 3:00pm – 4:00pm
In 2019, families and riders of all ages can once again experience the buzz of riding on the official Towards Zero Race Melbourne course before the Elite Women’s and Men’s criterium on Thursday 24 January. Register now at the website.

Enjoy the flat 5.3 kilometre circuit with closed roads, pass under the official start/finish gantry and be cheered on by the crowds.

The best part? Entry is free.
Sunset Cinema Melbourne
Date Thu 24th Jan 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
Sink into a beanbag, sip on fine wine, laugh long and loud.

Sunset Cinema is at Williamstown during January and February. Featuring foot-stomping blockbusters, family favourites and VHS classics under the stars.

With full bar facilities and more food than you can poke a fork at, Sunset Cinema is the ultimate way to soak up Summer in Melbourne this year.

Feature films include Bohemian Rhapsody, Fantastic Beasts Two and Mary Poppins Returns. Check the website to see the full program.
Gender Euphoria
Date Thu 24th Jan 2019
Arts Centre Melbourne and Midsumma present Gender Euphoria

Goodbye gender dysphoria - hello Gender Euphoria.

Joined by a cavalcade of transgender legends, cabaret icons Mama Alto and Maude Davey embark upon a new variety adventure - nothing less than the pursuance and promulgation of Gender Euphoria, the state of being deliriously happy with one’s own and everyone else’s gender identities, gender choices and gender expressions.

What happens when we reject the binary? When we reject the expectation of misery? What happens when gender non-conforming people - trans, genderqueer, non-binary, agender, gender neutral, and anyone who steps outside the rigidly policed expectations of sex and gender roles - fully embrace their diversity, live their own truths, caress their traumas and triumphs alike, and do not just scrape by to survive, but flourish and thrive? What happens when the system crumbles in the face of their fabulous divinity?
Brenda Earle Stokes (NYC) at The Jazzlab
Date Thu 24th Jan 2019
New York City-based pianist/vocalist Brenda Earle Stokes is internationally recognized for her virtuostic piano chops, dynamic vocals and eclectic repertoire.

Originally from Canada, Brenda has performed internationally with her own groups and as a sideperson with Wycliffe Gordon and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.

An avid composer and arranger, her music blends solid jazz sensibility with Brazilian music, singer/songwriters and the contemporary jazz songbook.

Don’t miss her Melbourne debut.

Jack Howard Lightheavyweight Record Launch
Date Thu 24th Jan 2019
As part of the Summer Sounds of St Kilda series

In 2017, Jack Howard toured the world with Midnight Oil as their trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist. In the long hours of down time along the way, Jack wrote a series of instrumental travelogues and blogs—a kind of musical correspondence from far-flung corners of the globe. Out of this, Jack’s beautiful new record Lightheavyweight was born.

Lightheavyweight features Jack’s lyrical trumpet lines and arrangements layered over pulsing beats and a rich sonic palette of squelching synths, slide guitar and heavy bass. Think Gorillaz with brass.

As part of the venue's exciting Summer Sounds Of St. Kilda series, Jack is throwing a dance party to celebrate the release of the record. He’ll be joined live on stage by Nicky Del Rey on guitar and piano, Amy Valent Curlis on percussion and Fiona Lee Maynard on vocals, as they play to the record’s sinuous beats. Ash Wednesday will be providing splendid and evocative projections on the big screen. The whole night is going to be an aural and visual feast.
Date Fri 25th Jan 2019
FOREGROUND brings conversations and storytelling to the foreground at MPavilion—spoken and performed by those whose voices are usually in the background. Exploring themes of identity, oppression and intersectionality through a gender-sensitive lens, this event aims to create an experience that inspires inclusive social interaction and uses the poetics of space to connect people through shared experience.

Mapping the intersection between spoken-word poetry, performance and discussion, seven artists will interpret the seven stages of grief in the form of a spoken-word poem, each an abstract and poetic representation of each stage of grief. After the performance will be a mediated and interactive panel discussion between the artists and you, the audience, unpacking each theme.
Aretha Franklin: The Atlantic Years 1967�
Date Fri 25th Jan 2019
Often considered Aretha’s golden period, 1967� saw her team up with Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler to release a string of hits and iconic anthems including Chain Of Fools, Think, Natural Woman, Say a Little Prayer, and of course, her signature version of Respect.

For one night only, vocal powerhouse Raleigh Williams will be joined by Paul Slattery and the legendary Moreland City Soul Revue to bring this musical legacy to the Caravan Club Stage complete with a full horn section.
Harry Howard & The NDE plus Kim Salmon
Date Fri 25th Jan 2019
Living legends Harry Howard and the NDE team up with fellow demigod Kim Salmon down south to play for “Summer Sounds of St. Kilda”.

Featuring two of Melbourne’s most handsome rock couples, Harry Howard & the NDE hail from These Immortal Souls, Crime & the City Solution (Harry Howard), Coral Snakes, The Moodists, The MistLY (Dave Graney and Clare Moore), Moll Flanders Band (Edwina Preston) Harry Howard & the NDE have taken their music to the far corners of the mother continent and shared the stage with Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, The Pop Group, The Aints and Thurston Moore among others.

Kim Salmon originally aspired to be a nuclear physicist but was swayed by the sounds of rock’n’roll and became a Scientist. He later became a Beast of Bourbon and then a Surrealist. He’s been a seminal influence on Garage Rock and countless bands including Nirvana, Mudhoney, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, White Stripes and Spacemen 3. He will perform solo in support of his latest album, “Hookline & Singer”.
Australia Day Festival
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
Australia Day is a significant celebration for the Greater Dandenong community with over 11,000 local residents expected to enjoy the festival with family, neighbours and friends.

Australia Day presents a great opportunity for people of different backgrounds and experiences to gather together and reflect on what it means to be Australian, and to celebrate the things we have in common.

The award winning Australia Day Festival will be held in Dandenong Park, corner of Pultney and Foster streets on Saturday 26 January 2019, from 3pm to 9.30pm.

This all-ages event will include a Flag Raising Ceremony and the presentation of the Australia Day Awards on the main stage.

This free family friendly event will feature two stages with live entertainment, roving performers, a dedicated food court, community and market stalls, exciting rides, free family activities, and will conclude with a grand fireworks finale at 9:25pm.

For extra fun, ride your bike to the event and receive two free ride tokens and valet bike parking.

For more information contact Council.
Martin Breeze at The Jazzlab
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
Martin Breeze is one of the great Australian male voices. Martin was a regular at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club and now makes his long awaited debut at the JazzLab with his stellar band including: Luke Howard (piano), Jonathan Zion (acoustic bass) and Phil Collings (drums).
Australia Day in Wyndham
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
This Australia Day Wyndham City will be hosting a free event for the whole community in the Werribee City Centre.

‘Spin around’ with 100% Kylie and a full stage line up of great music acts.

Chill out in the Pop Up Park and bring your own picnic or select your dinner from an array of food trucks or local cafes and restaurants while enjoying the great Aussie movie ‘Babe’.

This family friendly event also includes amusement rides and kid’s activities with a new addition: The Makers Market featuring an array of handmade artisan products and of course like any great celebration, end the evening with stunning fireworks.

Wyndham City acknowledges the peoples of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land and waterways on which Wyndham is being built. We pay respects to their elders, past and present.

This event is an alcohol-free event.
Australia Day on The Rooftop
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
This Australia Day, live the high life on The Rooftop at QT.

It all kicks off at midday with a sizzling spread of artisanal barbeque goods. Think Kransky sausages topped with truffle mustard and caramelised onions on a brioche roll, lamb cutlets char grilled over Big Green Egg or a fresh hand picked vegetable kebab with marinated herbs and Hummus. How is that for your 'Straya day?

It all kicks off at midday, with the BBQ (or, big green egg) sizzling until 4:00pm, first come first serve.

Celebrate in style, with a mandatory barbeque, city views, tunes and of course—drinks. All of the drinks.
KFC Big Bash League 08: Match 42 - Stars vs Heat
Date Sun 27th Jan 2019
The KFC Big Bash League (BBL) is back, with the competition moving to a full home and away fixture, making this the biggest BBL season yet.

With 59 matches across 61 days from December to February, BBL 08 will offer fans more world-class on and off field entertainment than ever before.

Do not miss the Melbourne Stars take on the Brisbane Heat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday 27 January.
Linda Cable - Musical Chairs
Date Sun 27th Jan 2019
London born singer, songwriter and recording artist, Linda Cable, is set to wow Melbourne with her latest performance - Musical Chairs.

The golden girl of stage is known for her energetic and passionate performances. She has performed on television countless times, and appeared on-screen in a movie with USA superstar Jimmy Smits.

One minute she is the master of Torch Songs that connect with life's love and loss, then hits you with innovative original works enhanced by top musicians in a style that is uniquely hers. Well known Sydney pianist Ray Alldridge of Sydney Channel Nine Band and the Daly Wilson Big Band, will be coming to town to play this gig. This is a special occurrence and rare special treat.

Experience a powerhouse of emotions from this great performer in songs like "Save Your Love for Me" and Aretha Franklin's "Never Let Me Go", this performance is not to be missed.

Summer Sounds - The Logan Two
Date Sun 27th Jan 2019
Celebrate summer in our Creative City. Enjoy free music in beautiful outdoor spaces in Hobsons Bay.

Enjoy free outdoor music performances from some of the country’s finest artists – consider it a music festival in your own backyard. Come prepared with a rug and a picnic and enjoy the free music and an easy going outdoors vibe.

The Logan Two will perform on Sunday 27 January from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown. Enjoy the acoustic stylings and haunting vocals of The Logan Two when they serenade listeners at beautiful waterfront Williamstown.

For more information about Summer Events in Hobsons Bay including Movies By The Bay screenings and other Summer Sounds sessions, visit the website.
Lisa Miller Trio
Date Sun 27th Jan 2019
As part of the Summer Sounds of St Kilda series, the trio is back to celebrate the Summer Sounds of St Kilda at MEMO.

Summoning up the dynamics, mood and energy of their celebrated seven year residency at the old Chaucers, Lisa Miller and Guitar Hero Shane O’Mara are bringing it all home to The Grand Ol Dame, which is St Kilda’s Memo. Sometimes boogie sometimes folky, Lisa and the Trio will play songs from her past albums, some new tunes, and selected fun covers. It will be the best kind of loose with all kinds of guitars in this very special place.
Balee Koolin Bubup Bush Playgroup at Cranbourne Gardens
Date Tue 29th Jan 2019 to Tue 26th Feb 2019
Cranbourne Gardens welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children to join the unique Balee Koolin Bubup Bush Playgroup. Providing a cultural learning environment for early childhood, the program focuses on literacy, traditional culture and Boon Wurrung language within a beautiful bushland setting. Connect to country, celebrate culture and hear Indigenous children’s stories. Uncover plants and creatures that live in the bush, learn to identify animal tracks, and experience the joy of playing in nature.
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Date Tue 29th Jan 2019 to Sat 2nd Feb 2019
A dark, funny and high-energy klezmer-folk tale inspired by the real-life story of two Romanian Jews seeking refuge in Canada in 1908, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story can be seen at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio.

It is early 20th century Halifax and Chaim and Chaya, hounded from home, are waiting for immigration to decide their future, under threat of tuberculosis and typhus. Will they survive in this new land? With neo-klezmer songs written by director Christian Barry and acclaimed genre-bending performer and musician Ben Caplan, this quirky one-act musical is written by award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch, who based it on the story of her own Jewish great-grandparents.

This bewitching music-theatre hybrid and cautionary tale for modern times—performed with instruments ranging from fiddle to clarinet, accordion, banjo and megaphone—was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards for its recent off-Broadway season, won multiple Edinburgh Fringe awards and was a New York Times Critic's Pick.
The Scott van Gemert Big Band Live at The Jazzlab
Date Tue 29th Jan 2019
The Scott van Gemert Big Band (SvGBB) is the newest addition to Melbourne’s rich big band scene. Lead by young writer and trombonist Scott van Gemert, this band showcases his unique and innovative compositional style and features some of Melbourne best improvising and session musicians and young rising stars in the scene.

Recently graduating from the James Morrison Academy of Music in Mount Gambier (SA) with First Class Honours, Scott was the recipient of the major Academic Excellence award, as well the award for Excellence in Composition/Arranging in all three years of his Bachelor degree.


Saxophones: Angela Davis, Bernard Alexander, Julien Wilson, Tim Wilson, Liam Werrett
Trumpets: Mick Fraser, Ed Fairlie, Matt Jones, Pat Thiele
Trombones: Nick Mulder, Chris Vizard, Tom Panckridge, Andrew Hammon
Rhythm Section: Theo Carbo, Daniel Mougerman, Tamara Murphy, Hugh Harvey

Don's miss this amazing live performance at The Jazzlab.
The Ars Nova Production of Underground Railroad Game
Date Wed 30th Jan 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
All aboard for a wild ride, back to when rules were black and white. The history teachers at Hanover Middle School have an R-rated lesson in store. Take your seat. Today’s subject is race, with a little sex, history and power on the side. Let’s have fun with it. Let’s play a game. Yes, you are all invited to watch.

Underground Railroad Game is a darkly comedic take on how the post-colonial world has become jaundiced by its racially-charged back story. With repartee, acuity and nudity, creators and performers Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard interrogate the confusion of arguments and stereotypes that have arisen from the shadows of Western society.

The New York Times heralds it as one of the best, most influential American plays of the last 25 years. Join Malthouse Theatre on this wild ride, conducted by the original 2017 Obie Award-winning company, straight from the USA.

There is a shift-in-your-seat experience to be lived here. What you get from it will depend on how you play the game.
KFC Big Bash League 08 - Match 46: Renegades vs. Thunder
Date Wed 30th Jan 2019
The KFC Big Bash League (BBL) is back, with the competition moving to a full Home and Away fixture, making this the biggest BBL season yet.

With 59 matches across 61 days from December to February, BBL, 08 will offer fans more world-class on and off field entertainment than ever before.

Donot miss the Melbourne Renegades take on the Sydney Thunder at Marvel Stadium on Wednesday 30 January.

Catch the summer of Big Bash across FOX Sports, Seven Network, Macquarie Media and Crocmedia, and get your tickets on the Big Bash League website.
Cock by Mike Bartlett
Date Wed 30th Jan 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
John has a boyfriend but he’s just met the girl of his dreams and he’s going to have to choose. Hearts are on the line and everyone’s ready for a fight in Mike Bartlett’s razor-sharp comic drama.

Winner of a 2010 Olivier Award, Bartlett’s play on the ruthless pursuit of happiness has been an international sensation and is the break-through work from the writer of Doctor Foster, King Charles III and Love, Love, Love among many others. First seen in 2018, Beng Oh’s critically acclaimed production is back with the original cast for a new season at fortyfivedownstairs.
Confined 10
Date Wed 30th Jan 2019 to Wed 27th Feb 2019
The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community Program marks its 10th anniversary with Confined 10—its largest exhibition to date, featuring in excess of 200 artworks from over 190 Indigenous artists. The beautiful artworks are an expression of resilience, strength, the importance of cultural connection and the hope of a better future from Indigenous artists who are currently in prison or who have been recently released from incarceration.

In celebration of 10 years, The Torch recently released a hard cover book Indigenous Artists – A Selection of the Best – The Torch Collection. The strength of artwork created through the program is featured across 152 pages showcasing 126 artworks from 77 men and women in the program. The exhibitions provide income to the artists with 100% of the sales going to the artist. Post release participants receive the full sale value of their artwork directly whilst the proceeds for artists still in prison are held in trust by Corrections Victoria until release.
Rainbow Mob Storytelling Hour: being Aboriginal and Queer
Date Wed 30th Jan 2019
Anaiwan Queen and Miss First Nations 2018 finalist Zodiac and Midsumma Festival host a special Storytelling Hour. Everyone's queer experience is different and tonight you are invited to hear the stories of people who have grown up Aboriginal and Queer. These stories are funny, moving and surprising. Come along to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity in our communities.
Barefoot Cinema - Ripponlea Estate
Date Thu 31st Jan 2019 to Sat 16th Feb 2019
Fusing spectacular settings with the silver screen, Melbourne’s beloved Barefoot Cinema is back for the 2018/19 summer.

Recline in the majestic gardens of Ripponlea Estate as a sensational program of films lights up under the stars.

Launching Boxing Day, Barefoot Cinema will host 44 evening screenings with the program consisting of family-friendly favourites, cult hits, musicals, comedies, and some of the best films of 2018.

Throughout the season, Barefoot Cinema will celebrate summer in quintessential Australian style by presenting themed surfing nights as well as Australia’s most heralded comedy on Australia Day. There will also be many opportunities for the perfect date night, including the perfect rom-com for Valentine’s Day to get the girls together or take that special someone out for an unforgettable night under the star-studded sky.

Offering so much more than just a movie, Barefoot Cinema invites you to relax, absorb the spectacular views and ambiance and experience a memorable summer evening complete with pre-show live music and tasty treats from the food trucks and candy bar.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fireâ„¢ in Concert
Date Thu 31st Jan 2019 to Sun 3rd Feb 2019
Grab your broom and get ready for the tasks ahead. The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts™ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.

Rated M.
The Odditorium: Midsumma Festival
Date Thu 31st Jan 2019 to Sat 9th Feb 2019
The Odditorium brings an authentic vaudeville experience to Midsumma. In a 60-minute cabaret, The Odditorium fuses traditional and unique performance mediums with modern twists and turns, and this season brings together some of the most talented circus, cabaret and burlesque performers from the LGBTIQ+ community in Australia and beyond.

Starring and co-produced by The Quizzical Mr Jeff and Sophie deLightful, the production will also feature multi-talented UK circus performer, Nat Lunatrick alongside special guests. Combining experience from touring all over the world and possessing high-level skills in cabaret, circus, burlesque and theatre, this troupe will blow your minds, warm your hearts and tickle your funny bones.

The first production of The Odditorium ran in January 2018 and was extended due to popular demand, earning critical acclaim from reviewers and audience alike.

Invited to re-ignite the show at Midsumma 2019 by southside Midsumma hub, Gasworks Arts Park, The Odditorium is the vaudeville cabaret experience you need this summer.
Writers in Conversation
Date Thu 31st Jan 2019
Bobuq Sayed and Adolfo Aranjuez are friends and colleagues at Archer magazine. Archer is an award winning publication about sexuality, gender and identity. As writers and editors they are an intrinsic part of Melbourne’s queer lit scene.

Join them as they discuss their writing, their inspiration and the direction of queer stories for a new generation.

As part of Midsumma Festival 2019 and Midsumma Westside.
Jen Der Unpacks
Date Thu 31st Jan 2019 to Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Are you sick of the mundane and ready for a change? Is life going around like a hamster on a wheel? Stuck in a boring office job? Wanna snap out of it and get the hell outta here?

Melbourne female drag queen Jen Der feels you. Since coming out “bio” last year, life has been a hazy shade of neutral for Jen Der and she’s ready to turn it technicolour in her brand new show, Jen Der unpacks for Midsumma 2019 at Hares and Hyenas.

With a mind as busy as JFK airport Jen Der is ready to leave Melbourne, her destiny is waiting. Will she leave the dusty plains of Albury Wodonga and land in New York to set up her dream cabaret bar with her Cuban hip shaking Prince? Or buy a miniature house on wheels and drive around America? What about Trump though? Maybe shec will end up in a run down sharehouse in downtown LA and just stare at a wall? Or will she stay in Australia, marry a toxic male boofhead and settle down in regional Victoria? Jen Der is overwhelmed, lost in a crisis of choice and stuck in the departure gate of decision.
Become The One - Midsumma Festival
Date Thu 31st Jan 2019 to Sat 9th Feb 2019
Part romance, part comedy, all drama.

When Noah captures the attention of Tom, a celebrated AFL player nearing the end of his career, sparks immediately fly. But as the season progresses and their relationship grows, questions around identity, sexuality and our devotion to hyper masculinity begin to surface, forcing us to consider what happens to love when good intentions and patience aren’t enough anymore.

Winner of the 2018 Midsumma Playtime Staged Readings Event for new queer writing, this smart, sexy and challenging world premiere explores the true meaning of bravery, and what it might take – as both a lover and a high profile sportsman – to become the one.

This projects development and premiere season have been supported by Creative Victoria, a Jacky Winter Gardens Residency and the Victorian Government through the Pride Events and Festivals Fund.

Presented by: Gasworks Arts Park and Lab Kelpie. Written by Adam Fawcett, directed by Lyall Brooks, with Chris Asimos and Henry Strand, composition and sound design by Tom Backhaus, lighting design by Benjamin Morris, stage and production management by Tanje Ruddick and promo image by Pier Carthew.

Nudity, coarse language, smoke/haze and latecomer lockout.
Tim McMillan & Rachel Snow
Date Thu 31st Jan 2019
Tim McMillan and Rachel Snow are a duo from Melbourne currently based in Germany. They are known for entertaining and delighting audiences across Europe, performing over 120 concerts each year. Their musical influences range from Celtic rock, folk, metal and baroque pop

Tim and Rachel’s shows feature a mix of fingerstyle percussive guitar, violin, vocals, stomp box and whimsical storytelling. Their concerts are full of lively music and humour that has audiences toe tapping, dancing, laughing, crying and everything in between!

They will perform at the Caravan music club on Thursday 31 January as a part of their Australian summer tour 2019.
Jedekaih With Trudie & Fragile
Date Thu 31st Jan 2019
Special Guests: Trudie Potter and Fragile

After a solid end to 2018, Jedekaih a soul singer from Melbourne looks to do his second headliner. Musically he spent most of 2018 on his debut EP building a sound. His first single is set to release in January - February.

Set Times:
Fragile (Tom Baumann): 8:15pmâ€׆:45pm
Trudie Potter: 9:05pmâ€ׇ:45pm
Jedekaih: 10:00pmâ€㥷:00pm

No pre-sales.
Sustainable Living Festival
Date Fri 1st Feb 2019 to Thu 28th Feb 2019
The Sustainable Living Festival is the celebration that sustains the nation - the largest of its kind in Australia - returns 1 to 28 February 2019.

The Festival seeks to inspire and empower everyday Australians to accelerate their uptake of sustainable living. Many of the Festival events have been developed by and are being held within local communities ranging from city and metropolitan locations to regional cities and rural towns. The Big Weekend is the flagship three-day event held at Federation Square, Melbourne on 8 to 10 February 2019.

The Big Weekend Market is a prominent part of this event and showcases over 100 exhibitors offering sustainable home and lifestyle solutions, garden advice and gear, fair trade products, and local organic food. Visitors are encouraged to explore the Festival's rich and diverse program of forums and workshops, exhibitions, films and performance, markets and tours to make their world come alive. So come along and check out what's on offer at the Sustainable Living Festival.
Sunshine Boy, The Life of local legend, Leigh Bowery
Date Fri 1st Feb 2019
Leigh Bowery was born in Sunshine, Australia (west of Melbourne) in March 1961. In the early 80s, he moved to London and became a performance artist, club promoter and designer, as well as dancing with the Michael Clark Company, being painted by Lucien Freud, and setting up Taboo Night Club. Dance, text, fashion, art, sex and music feature in this in-your-face look at a life lived wildly, a long way from Sunshine.

Doors open at 7:00pm, for performance at 7:30pm to 8:30pm followed by Q&A.
Twilight Celebrations feat. Rainbow Storytime and Music on the Deck
Date Fri 1st Feb 2019
Newport Community Hub are throwing open the doors and inviting the whole neighbourhood. Join Rainbow Storytime with drag performers Rex Spandex and Jesse Dean for a very special storytime celebrating diverse families, celebrating identity, and embracing who you are.

All families welcome. Enjoy a sausage sizzle, fairy floss, face painting, local community information stalls, and from 5:00pm Music on the Deck kicks off out on the lawn. Music on the Deck features a great line up of local youth bands, and you can win movie passes and other great prizes on the night. A fantastic afternoon and evening for the whole family.

As part of Midsumma Festival 2019 and Midsumma Westside.
SPASA Pool & Spa and Outdoor Living Expo
Date Fri 1st Feb 2019 to Sun 3rd Feb 2019
The SPASA Pool & Spa and Outdoor Living Expo returns to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1- 3 February 2019.

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest pool and spa expo promises to wow with 75 exhibitors and a series of informative seminars from the industry’s most revered experts spread over the three days.

The Outdoor Design Junction will provide everything a budding backyard renovator could dream of. In addition to jaw-dropping pools and spas, visitors can expect stalls showcasing international ceramic tiles, designer greenery, luxury outdoor furniture, safety technology, award winning landscape design, sandstone finishes, custom-built gates and high end glass pool fencing.

The 2019 Show Garden will be designed by the award winning MINT Pool and Landscape Design team, led by two-time Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist Scott Wynd and Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show trophy winner Darin Bradbury. The pair brings a cumulative 35 years of experience, and promise to deliver a design that is aesthetically arresting as well as practical.

With well over 30 pools and spas on-site, visitors can learn that regardless of size, location, or budget, there really is a solution for every space
Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Summer Concert
Date Fri 1st Feb 2019
As part of the 2019 Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Festival program, the City of Port Phillip presents a special summer music concert at St Kilda’s iconic Memo Music Hall. Taking place on Friday 1 February, the line-up features Mojo Juju, The Merindas, Squid Nebula and Kalyani, with more special guests to be announced.
Sunset Cinema Dandenong
Date Fri 1st Feb 2019 to Fri 15th Mar 2019
Looking for a way to enjoy the balmy, relaxed summer nights? Sunset Cinema is returning once again in 2019 with its biggest line up of movies yet! Bring a blanket, some chairs or even a picnic, and head down to Harmony Square every Friday night from 1 February to 15 March.

Contact the number provided for more information.
Nocturnal X Midsumma Festival
Date Fri 1st Feb 2019
Nocturnal and Midsumma Festival present a special summer celebration: an exploration of queer and pan-African cultures through music, performance and talks. Featuring South African musician and queer rights advocate Nakhane, plus: Okenyo, The Cocoa Butter Club, and a spoken word line-up curated by Candy Bowers.

With a line-up of live music and DJs, plus bars, casual dining, and roving entertainment, guests can explore the exhibitions after-hours (with drinks in hand), gaze upon collection treasures and speed-meet Museum experts who will be scattered across the gallery spaces.
Mojo Juju, The Merindas, Squid Nebula, Kalyani Plus Guests
Date Fri 1st Feb 2019
Following the release of her critically-acclaimed third studio album Native Tongue, Mojo Juju has recently completed a national tour garnering rave reviews for her incredible live performance. Her raw and honest approach to song writing has resonated well with fans, making her latest album her most successful to date.

Catch Mojo Juju alongside powerhouse soul sisters, The Merindas, soul pop/neo-reggae quintet Squid Nebula and singer-songwriter Kalyani Mumtaz, plus more special guests to be announced!

This special event is part of the Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee celebration of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture, produced by The City of Port Phillip.
Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Festival
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee is a free Indigenous arts and cultural festival. Held annually in St Kilda’s O’Donnell Gardens, a significant contemporary Indigenous meeting place, Yaluk-ut brings you a deadly program of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts.

This annual celebration of Indigenous culture features activities and workshops for the whole family, plus dancers, market and food stalls, performers and more.
MRelay—The future is gender-neutral design
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Dutch-American sociologist and urban thinker Saskia Sassen wrote: “Urban planning is not gender neutral.” The way we make our cities affects people differently, and a large factor in that difference is gender. Far too often we’re reminded that our cities aren’t safe for everyone, and even more frequently that our spaces could be more inclusive, useable, convenient and enjoyable for all. Given the underrepresentation of women in architecture and urban design, how has gender influenced our built landscapes? Is there a gender-neutral approach to urban planning—and if so, what is it?

Join an esteemed line-up to explore immediate and ongoing ideas around gender and design in this tag-team conversation as part of our MRelay series.

More MRelay Talks:

Beyond diversity: Creating global cities
Ageing, ableism and architecture
Wayfinding and wellbeing
Regional Italian Pasta Masterclass
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Regional Italian Pasta Masterclass are held on Saturdays, and feature a different theme and selection of recipes each month. Learn the secrets to Italian cooking with Head Chef Leo Gelsomino over a two hour hands-on workshop, followed by lunch and wine.

Chef Leo takes will take you down the cobblestone paths of regional Italy and into the home kitchen with this hands-on pasta-making session. Learn the techniques behind three of his favourite handmade pastas, before sitting down to enjoy them over lunch and wine.
The Lady in the Van
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019 to Wed 6th Mar 2019
The Lady in the Van is a mostly true story of the fascinating relationship between the award-winning British writer and his long-term guest. Was she a fugitive on the run? A talented pianist? A nun? Or just an old lady struggling with mental health and homelessness?

Touching, uplifting and heartbreakingly funny, The Lady in the Van is classic Alan Bennett. Share the fondness and frustrations of the legendary writer as he navigates life with a very peculiar tenant in this moving, bittersweet comedy.

Best-known for the celebrated 2015 film starring Maggie Smith, this incredible new stage production stars international icon Miriam Margolyes - I’ll Eat You Last, as Miss Shepherd and Matilda the Musical co-stars Daniel Frederiksen and James Millar as the dual Alan Bennetts, directed by Dean Bryant - An Ideal Husband.

Performing daily except Sundays,
FIH Pro League: Kookaburras v Netherlands and Hockeyroos v Netherlands
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
The Hockeyroos and the Kookaburras will hit Melbourne in February in the world’s first-ever global home-and-away league, the FIH Pro League, where nine of the world’s best teams face off on a weekly basis.

Revenge is the theme and it is double the action as the world number two Kookaburras will face their 2018 World Cup semi-final conquerors Netherlands first, followed by the world number three Hockeyroos against world number one, Netherlands who beat Australia in both the 2018 World Cup semi-final and Champions Trophy final.

They are bringing Hockey home. You bring the noise.
Bowie Unzipped Starring Jeff Duff
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
The Flying Saucer Club presents Bowie Unzipped - so much more than just a tribute show. Jeff Duff has been singing Bowie’s songs for many years with the glowing support of Bowie's official website BowieNET.

Jeff’s unique and powerful take on the David Bowie songbook has fans returning night after night.

The Bowie Unzipped show is one that leaves audiences in absolute awe. The Bowie Unzipped band features some of Australia's best musicians including the legendary Jeff Duff on vocals and highly acclaimed musician, Glenn Rhodes on keyboards, bass and vocals, plus Australia's finest drummers and guitarists. As well as working with some of the biggest names in the industry Glenn Rhodes is an exceptional artist in his own right, performing, writing and recording locally and internationally with artists such as Margaret Urlich, Ian Moss, Albert Lee, Dione Warwick and Thelma Houston.

Miss Gay & Miss Transsexual Australia International
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Midsumma Festival is coming to Hobsons Bay for #MidsummaWestside. The Midsumma Westside program draws together the wonderful array of events that take place during Midsumma Festival in Melbourne’s west.

Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia International is the country’s biggest and most talked about pageant for drag queens and transgender beauties, promoting inclusion, diversity and equality for the LGBTQIA+ community. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, contestants go head to head competing for the title at the iconic Williamstown Town Hall. Contestants will proudly represent cultural diversity and celebrate uniqueness through this year’s theme, Colours of the World.
Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
Melbourne will soon be bursting with festive cheer as the Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival envelopes the city to welcome in the new Lunar New Year in February 2019. For 16 days from February 2 to 17, the city will come alive with events across some of Melbourne’s most treasured landmarks including the Melbourne Museum, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensbridge Square, the Docklands and South Wharf.

The Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival will open officially at Queensbridge Square on February 2 with incredible Lion and Dragon dance performances, ladies in exquisite clothing from an array of ancient dynasties along with a slew of Chinese cultural activities.

Among the list of must-see events at this year’s Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival is the Dragon Boat Regatta at the Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands, where members of the public can form teams to race authentic dragon boats.

Other exciting activities include Lion dances, a special dinner for international students, Chinese costume shows, stilt walking displays and opera performances.

The full list of programming, including regional events in Ballarat, can be found on the website.
RAW Comedy - Heat Five
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Launch into LOLs with RAW Comedy, Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition.

For over 20 years RAW Comedy has seen performers ride that comedy wave, with past competitors including Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola, Anne Edmonds, Luke McGregor and Rhys Nicholson.

Will this year’s competitors pull off a perfect 360, or have a total wipe out? Grab your tickets now to see who makes the biggest splash.

Heat Five will be hosted by Luke McGregor and Kate McLennan.
Midsumma Pride March
Date Sun 3rd Feb 2019
Paint on those stripes, fluff up your feathers, and douse yourself in glitter to march through St Kilda in Melbourne's iconic parade of rainbows and pride.

Victoria's annual queer march brings us together to stand tall and be proud, to honour community members who have brought the queer communities forth and most importantly, to revel in the celebrations with family, friends and allies.

This year's Midsumma Pride March will highlight the diverse groups, personalties, sexualities and experiences that make the queer community so beautifully colourful. Everyone deserves to march and everyone deserves to be heard, to feel safe and to belong. You will remember that you are stronger as one and greater together.

Rock up, frock up and fly your flags at the new start time of 11:00am, as you embark on the kilometer-long fanfare to Catani Gardens for an afternoon of post-Pride festivities.
FIH Pro League: Kookaburras v Belgium and Hockeyroos v Belgium
Date Sun 3rd Feb 2019
The Hockeyroos and the Kookaburras will hit Melbourne in February in the world’s first-ever global home-and-away league, the FIH Pro League, where nine of the world’s best teams face off on a weekly basis.

It’s double the action as the world number two Kookaburras will face 2018 World Cup winners and new number one Belgium first, followed by the world number three Hockeyroos against world number 13 Belgium.

They are bringing Hockey home. You bring the noise.
Sizzlefest – Celebrating the Barbeque
Date Sun 3rd Feb 2019
Everyone loves a summer barbeque and Prahran market are throwing their own at the first ever Sizzlefest.

Celebrating everything that is great about the barbeque, Sizzlefest will take place on Sunday 3 February 2019.

Keep an eye out for the sear-ious stuff with the annual Sausage Tasting Competition. Prahran Market’s amazing butchers will be turning up the heat, preparing their best for visitors to judge the best Prahran Market Sausage for 2019. They will have plenty of grilled eats from traders, and beats to chill to in Market Square.

You can learn how to spend less time cooking and more time relaxing with some barbecue cooking tips at our demonstrations. And who says barbecue can't be meat-free? There will be something for meat lovers, pescatarians, vegetarian and flexitarians alike.

The perfect Summer Sunday where all there is to worry about is what to food to choose - what better excuse for a barbie?
Inner Peace - a Meditation Day Course
Date Sun 3rd Feb 2019
In our modern world it seems whatever our lifestyle we will at times experience unhappiness, stress and anxiety. These states of mind prevent us from experiencing peace and enjoying life.

Since the real source of happiness is inner peace, if our mind is peaceful we will be calm and happy all the time, but if it is disturbed or troubled in any way, we will never be happy, no matter how good our external conditions may be.

On this day course Gen Kelsang Dornying will explain how to develop inner peace. He will explain how Buddhist meditation, combined with a change in our perspective on life, enables us to reduce and finally eliminate negative states of mind. By applying this advice in our daily life we will come to enjoy a relaxed and peaceful mind all the time, thereby creating a happy and meaningful life.

The teacher of this course is Gen Kelsang Dornying. Gen Dornying is the resident teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne and teaches with a warmth and humility that is naturally inspiring.
RAW Comedy - Heat Six
Date Sun 3rd Feb 2019
Launch into LOLs with RAW Comedy, Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition.

For over 20 years RAW Comedy has seen performers ride that comedy wave, with past competitors including Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola, Anne Edmonds, Luke McGregor and Rhys Nicholson.

Will this year’s competitors pull off a perfect 360, or have a total wipe out? Grab your tickets now to see who makes the biggest splash.

Heat Six hosted by David Quirk.
The Most Amazing Planet in the Universe - An Astronomers Ode to Earth
Date Mon 4th Feb 2019 to Sat 9th Feb 2019
People like to think they are special and live on the only planet. But astronomers have recently discovered thousands of weird and wonderful planets orbiting other stars – there may be billions more.

But Earth is still the most amazing planet - the reasons why will surprise you.

If an alien were to visit, they would be astounded. Earth is shrouded in a corrosive and unstable gas, oxygen. Water regularly falls from the sky in liquid and even solid form (rocks falling from the sky?).

And there are bizarre organisms covering the land that are green: logically, plants should be purple.

Dr Phil's songs and stories will take you on a trip around the cosmos and reveal the surprising things that make our world special.

An uplifting show that will thrill you, entertain you and wow you.

Dr Phil is a physicist, entertainer, pianist and singer. He’s performed shows in Science shows and festivals around the world including Glasgow, Sydney, and London. By day he’s a science writer for Cosmos Magazine, New Scientist, Australian Geographic and more, and was selected for the 2018 Anthology of Best Australian Science Writing.
Little Seeds - Early Years Nature Play and Gardening Program
Date Tue 5th Feb 2019 to Tue 26th Mar 2019
Calling all Little Seeds. Come and get your hands dirty and let your imagination run free as you tend to your very own garden patch and explore the magical secrets of the Gardens. Develop a sense of care for the natural world and connection to Melbourne Gardens while discovering new plants, animals and seasonal changes each week. Strengthen your connection to country through activities interwoven with exploration, creativity, story and song, and celebrate your group’s work through a harvest in the garden patch.

Developed and delivered by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s experienced Early Years Facilitators.
Art Club at the Incinerator Gallery
Date Tue 5th Feb 2019 to Tue 2nd Apr 2019
Join Art Club presenter Gina Panebianco as she sheds a light on the creative practices, challenges and issues faced by some of Australia’s most inspiring artists and designers.

Enjoy the conversation, connect with creative thinkers and discover and rediscover great stories through art and culture.

Art Club is fantastic opportunity to learn, engage in discussion and share stories and ideas with like-minded people, and welcomes everyone from beginners to art aficionados.

Art Club is free with light refreshments provided.

Registrations preferred.
Tasmina K Majles - Remnants of the Past
Date Tue 5th Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
Remnants of the Past aims to create a global awareness on the restoration of heritage architectures. Each painting is created to narrate a story of the ostentatious Mughal -inspired heritage architectures built in 13th century, Bangladesh.

Every artwork documents a piece of history. The collection includes a collaborative project with the talented US-based photographer, Usayed K Mahmood. Tasmina K Majles is a Melbourne based visual artist with a passion for heritage architectures. Tasmina, will be at the exhibition opening to talk about the background and influences of her work. A portion of the proceeds from sales will be used to support refugee children caught up in the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh.
Pause 2019
Date Wed 6th Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
Pause is Australasia's premier creative, tech and business festival empowering creators since 2011. Pause is the platform for the future.

A re-engineered experience designed with the curious in mind, Pause is retooled and ready for exploration, connection and creative collision. A new age of smart events has begun.
Live Jazz with Orlando Combo
Date Wed 6th Feb 2019 to Wed 11th Dec 2019
Experience the genuine live jazz experience while wining or dining in style. After an eight year weekly Wednesday night residency at the renowned Botanical Hotel, South Yarra, Orlando Combo brings its smooth live jazz, swing and lounge sounds to the amazing Sagra restaurant in Malvern. This event occurs every second Wednesday.

Enjoy modern Italian dining in an airy contemporary gallery with retro furniture, plus a rooftop bar and complemented by fine wine, coffee and quality live jazz. Free entry.
Merciless Gods
Date Wed 6th Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
Dan Giovannoni’s Green Room Award winning adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ Merciless Gods is a brutal and tender examination of queer immigrant experiences in Australia.

In this collection of theatrical vignettes based on the writings of acclaimed author and observer Christos Tsiolkas, humans are their prey. Or the fallen themselves.

Vicious and tender, here is Australia today. From migrant camps to gay saunas, pill-popping hipster dinner parties to porn sets, prison cells to the streets of the Cross; Merciless Gods captures haunting slices of our psyche and unveils the hidden faces of ancient deities on mortal ground. Intercutting between families, friends and accidental encounters, this is humanity laid-bare – virtuous and vengeful, domestic and divine.

Tsiolkas has entrusted this first ever stage adaptation of Merciless Gods to queer indie wunderkinds Little Ones Theatre, and award-winning playwright Dan Giovannoni. Critically acclaimed in Melbourne and Sydney, Merciless Gods is urgent, dirty, glorious queer theatre.

Held on 6, 7 and 8 February at 7:30pm, 9 February at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and 10 February at 5:00pm.

*Auslan interpreted performance and post-show conversation with author Christos Tsiolkas and director Stephen Nicolazzo.
Six Day Melbourne
Date Thu 7th Feb 2019 to Sat 9th Feb 2019
The world’s best track cyclists will descend upon Melbourne in February 2019 when the internationally-renowned Six Day Series comes to Australia.

A combination of bikes, beats and beers, the Six Day Series takes a traditional form of cycling and mixes it with an exciting party atmosphere to form the ultimate sporting event.

With both men’s and women’s competitions across the event, fans can expect household names and fierce competition. World Champions, Olympians and the next generation of cycling superstars make up the field at a typical Six Day event and Melbourne will be no exception.

The Six Day Series in Europe has attracted the likes of Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins as well as Australian superstars Callum Scotson and nine-time World Champion Cameron Meyer, who won the Six Day London event in 2017.

The Australian edition of the series will be an action-packed three day event with all the usual Six Day track racing formats including the madison, time trials, derny racing, team eliminations, scratch races and points races in a spectacular arena environment.

Barbara and the Camp Dogs
Date Thu 7th Feb 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Roar in on a motorbike, pull up a seat at the bar and settle in for unforgettable power ballads.

Barbara fronts a pub rock band, captivating crowds with cutting wit, diabolical rage and unrepentant sexuality. She may be fun, she may be dangerous, and she may be speeding headlong towards a dead end.

Rene, her ‘sister’, hears that Mum is sick. So, they set out on a wrenching road trip to reconnect with their disconnected family. The roar of motorbikes and growling dialogue are intercut with guitar-driven arias.

Malthouse Theatre’s Merlyn stage is made over into a sticky-carpet band venue - a transformation that will see some lucky audience members seated up-close and personal with Barbara and the band. There, Ursula Yovich (Heart is a Wasteland) and Elaine Crombie (Blaque Showgirls) are ready to rock out again after a sell-out season in Sydney. Their powerful vocals are accompanied, live, by an all-female three-piece outfit.

So, take a stool at the bar and amp up for a noisy night with Barbara and the Camp Dogs.
Arty Tales at the Incinerator Gallery
Date Thu 7th Feb 2019 to Thu 9th May 2019
Introduce your pre-schooler to art with our early learning program Arty Tales. Storyteller artist Emily Paterson leads children through the Gallery in awe and wonder to view the exhibitions on display.

Children will create and listen to stories and songs inspired by the art then undertake activities assisted by their carer.

Children and their carers will gain the confidence to explore simple materials to make art and enjoy looking at art together in a gallery setting.

Recommended for children aged two to five years old.

Light refreshments served.

Bookings essential as class sizes are limited.
Movies Under The Stars
Date Thu 7th Feb 2019 to Sat 9th Feb 2019
Invite your family, friends and work colleagues, pack a picnic basket and a blanket for Movies Under The Stars at Yarra’s Edge. Enjoy pre-movie entertainment and blockbuster films while you sit back and relax by the Yarra River this Summer.

On 7 February enjoy Baz Luhrman's Oscar-winning film The Great Gatsby, on Friday 8 February for Marvel Studios' blockbuster movie Black Panther, and on Saturday 9 February for the family-friendly Peter Rabbit.

Free bean bags are available for the first 100 movie-goers. Enjoy a pre-movie glass of wine or a bite to eat at a nearby riverside restaurant, feast on delicious on-site food and snacks or chill out to DJ tunes on the lawn. This is a dog-friendly event.

Point Park at Yarra’s Edge is perfectly positioned only 2.4 kilometres from the CBD. Catch the free City Circle tram, or the number 70 or number 75 tram via Flinders Street. Walk along the promenade from the Docklands or CBD. Take the free return ferry service from Federation Square departing at 6:00pm, or park your car on nearby Point Park Crescent.
National Sustainable Living Festival
Date Fri 8th Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
The Sustainable Living Festival raises awareness and provides tools for change by showcasing leading solutions to ecological and social challenges. This year the Festival continues to engage individuals and communities across Australia to host and promote their own sustainability events. The month-long program will extend the sustainability message to the cities, suburbs and streets of the nation.

The Festival will again present a rich program of home and lifestyle solutions including talks, workshops, art, film, performance and markets to educate and inform the audience about their state of sustainability.

It is 'climate crunch time' and everything we care about is now under threat. In 2019, the festival is making it a mission to present the very best discoveries to restore a safe climate as fast as humanly possible.

Shen Yun
Date Fri 8th Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
A Lost Civilisation - Revived

Art carries the very essence of a civilisation, and can bring the brilliance and wisdom of a lost culture back to life. Shen Yun’s unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures - the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

This epic production immerses you in stories from the most distant past, through to inspiring stories of the modern day, exploring realms beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms - classical Chinese dance - along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilisation of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.

Traditional Chinese culture – with its profoundly optimistic worldview and deep spiritual roots -was displaced by communism in China. Today, only the New York-based Shen Yun is keeping this precious heritage alive on stage. And it’s an experience that will take your breath away.
Sidney Myer Free Concerts
Date Fri 8th Feb 2019 to Wed 20th Feb 2019
The perfect soundtrack to summer in the city, at one of Melbourne’s favourite venues. In 2019, Melbourne celebrates 90 years of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) free concerts, and 60 years at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Admission is free and gates open at 4:30pm, entry is on a first in, best dressed basis.
Goompi Ugerabah Solo Exhibition
Date Fri 8th Feb 2019 to Tue 5th Mar 2019
Studio Gallery Melbourne invites you to celebrate the opening of Goompi Ugerabah's solo exhibition 'Birin Gowrayma (Saltwater Story)' at their Cheltenham gallery, on Friday 8 February from 6:30pm onwards.

Goompi Ugerabah’s artwork tells the stories of his ancestors, but also his experience of living and practicing the cultural stories that have been passed on to him. Goompi expresses his cultural identity through intricate and restrained dot patterns and fluid line.

The exhibition will be further extended through the song and dance of the Bundjalung Kunjiel Dance Troupe, who will be performing alongside of his artworks on the opening night of the exhibition.

'Birin Gowrayma (Saltwater Story)' will run from the 8 February until 5 March 2019.
Nitro Circus You Got This Stadium Tour
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
After ushering in a new era in action sports last year with the FMX Next Level tour, Nitro Circus is ready to take progression to new heights once again, and in 2019 Australia is set to reap the rewards of this boundary-breaking insanity.

The Nitro Circus crew has created not one, but two all new ramps which will make their world debut on the You Got This Stadium Tour.

These new ramps, one a radically expanded version of Nitro’s infamous Giganta Ramp along with a reimagined FMX setup, will be unveiled next February. Combined with the FMX Next Level ramp, this triple threat is literally too big for indoor arenas, and instead will take over Melbourne's Etihad Stadium.

These will be one of the biggest shows in Nitro Circus history, as the best in FMX, BMX and Skate push themselves to their absolute limits on the biggest ramps in action sports. Adding to the fear factor, You Got This will feature a host of new crazy contraptions that have no business flying through the air, along with a few other surprises that will be revealed as the tour dates near.

You do not want to miss this. Book now.
KFC Big Bash 08 Match 56: Stars vs Sixers
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
The KFC Big Bash League (BBL) is back, with the competition moving to a full home and away fixture, making this the biggest BBL season yet.

With 59 matches across 61 days from December to February, BBL 08 will offer fans more world-class on and off field entertainment than ever before.

Do not miss the Melbourne Stars take on the Sydney Sixers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday the 10 February.
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
Discover the incredible world of insects as we explore Melbourne Gardens in search of the creatures who roam the city.

Join ecologist Dr Luis Mata from RMIT University in this fascinating workshop where he will share stories about the insects we discover along the way. Construct your very own insect hotel while learning about the integral role insects play in spreading seeds, pollinating flowers and supporting biodiversity. Insectopia provides an opportunity for everyone to engage practically with climate action in the home and community garden. Take home an Indigenous plant to encourage insects into your garden.

Presented as part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2019.
Bayside Local
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
Bayside Local is a group exhibition that showcases the work of accomplished artists living in and around Bayside. A range of media, techniques and approaches to art-making demonstrates the creativity of local artists and their engagement with the unique qualities of the area.

Gallery open from Wednesday to Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
Crafternoon for Adults - Rainforest Terrariums
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
Terrariums are a beautiful way to keep plants indoors and decorate your home. A closed rainforest terrarium is a miniature ecosystem consisting of plants, stones, moss, other materials and figurines, crystals or ornaments for decoration.

In this eco-friendly Crafternoon at Linden New Art, you will learn how to build a healthy ecosystem and maintain it for years to come with the creative makers from
Put Your Heart Into It.

You will leave with your own large terrarium and a head full of ideas on how you can make more.

Presented by Linden New Art as part of the Sustainable Living Festival 2019.
Rainbow Pride in Altona
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
Celebrate all the colours of Altona at a very special event for Midsumma at Logan Reserve and Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre. There will be free colourful food at the Rainbow Pride Tea Party, as well as rainbow-inspired art, music and activities for all ages. Don’t forget to check out the LGBTQIA+ photography exhibition by local photographers at the Joel Gallery.

Afternoon tea is at 2:00pm.
St Kilda Festival
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019
Join Australia's biggest free celebration of summer, showcasing Australian artists and talents against the spectacular natural beauty of the St Kilda foreshore.

Held on the second Sunday in February each year, the St Kilda Festival attracts over 400,000 attendees. The streets of St Kilda are closed to traffic when the pick of Australia's best musicians play over multiple stages, while people are entertained with a vast range of performances, workshops, kids' entertainment, extreme sports, dance, carnival rides, buskers and a whole lot more.
Affordable Wedding Exhibition - Malvern
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019
Planning your perfect wedding can be expensive, so this very special event is catered just for you. By attending this event you can have your perfect wedding day whilst saving time and money.

Yes, you can have the same fabulous services and products from this selection of Melbourne’s finest wedding service providers but at a discounted price, without sacrificing the quality of your event.

Imagine what you could do with all the money you will be saving, enjoy a honeymoon, put it towards a deposit for your house or a new car, splurge on something you couldn’t previously afford. Your friends will be amazed at how much you’ve been able to achieve on your budget.

There is a limited number of free tickets available via our website. Gets yours today, before they are all gone.
The Great Local Lunch
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019
The Great Local Lunch is Australia's biggest crowd-farmed feast and a feature event of the National Sustainable Living Festival.

All of the ingredients for this free four-course banquet are grown or gleaned by the guests themselves and crafted into a completely original menu by innovative local chefs who will not know what produce they will get to work with until 24 hours before the Lunch.

Hosted by Costa Georgiadis, from ABC’s Gardening Australia, this unique event brings together over 200 local farmers, backyard growers, and eager gleaners for a delicious celebration of urban agriculture, native and seasonal ingredients, and sustainable food production.

Tickets cannot be bought, but rather exchanged for homegrown produce. Gleaned contributions are also encouraged in the form of safely recovered food that would otherwise go to landfill; products grown or made with a creative use of food waste; and foraged weeds, native plants, and herbs.

The Great Local Lunch invites forward-thinking foodies to gather on the banks of the Yarra River and share in the fruits of their labour, network with the movers and shakers of the city's local food scene, and exchange ideas about increasing food security, reducing waste, and disrupting traditional polluting food systems.
Footscray Finds
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019 to Sun 8th Dec 2019
Footscray has fast become home of all things vintage cool with the Footscray Finds Market quickly marking its post in the centre of the busy CBD.

Join in the fun of treasure hunting, on the second Sunday of each month. Whether it is fashion, records, books, gifts or handicrafts you are after, you are bound to find something to reclaim as your own.

Footscray Finds takes up-cycling to the next level and is the perfect place to hold your own fun weekend stall. To be part of this community event and claim your stall space head to book a Stall.

To get fossicking head to The Line. More information about booking a stall email Kellie at The Line.

Sugar Republic
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Sweet fun-lovers unite. After a sell-out season in Melbourne in 2018, Sugar Republic is coming back home with even more sugar launching in Myer Melbourne in February.

Sugar Republic is an incredible pop-up Insta-museum dedicated to the celebration of desserts, candy and all things sweet through a series of amazing sensory rooms.

Now Melbourne has a new sweet-spot with a whole raft of amazing new installations and visual eye-candy.

Relive your childhood as you visit a classic Milk Bar, splash about in a giant blue bubblegum ball pit and step inside an adult-sized cookie house made from giant Arnott’s biscuits. Visit the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Garden bought to life with a whole new twist.

Take a bath in a rainbow filled room, dance in an 80’s inspired neon disco and pose for a sweet selfie in our Valentine’s chocolate room. Other attractions include favourites - a new-look huge sugar-themed neon installation, giant birthday cake, ‘press for confetti’ button and sweet art by local artists.

Opening on the sixth floor in Myer Bourke Street on 10 February, Sugar Republic is open for a limited 12 week season and is a unique experience for adults and kids alike. Closed Wednesdays.
KFC BBL, 08: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019
Don't miss the Melbourne Stars take on Sydney Sixers at the MCG on Sunday 10 February.

Catch the Stars in action from 2:45pm for a match sure to be filled with thrills and spills as both sides contest their final group fixture against each other, potentially leading them through to the knock-out stages.

Gates and concourse open at 1:15pm with loads of giveaways, entertainment and activities available for the whole family to enjoy, with the game set to raise awareness for conservation.

Join Team Green on their quest to glory in BBL 08 and take in the immense surrounds of their home ground, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), located next to both Richmond and Jolimont Railway Stations, whilst also being just a short walk from Melbourne City Centre, ensuring easy access to all.
RAW Comedy - Heat Seven
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019
Launch into LOLs with RAW Comedy, Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition.

For over 20 years RAW Comedy has seen performers ride that comedy wave, with past competitors including Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola, Anne Edmonds, Luke McGregor and Rhys Nicholson.

Will this year’s competitors pull off a perfect 360, or have a total wipe out? Grab your tickets now to see who makes the biggest splash.

Heat Seven hosted by Geraldine Hickey and Celia Pacquola.
RAW Comedy - Heat Eight
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019 to Sat 16th Mar 2019
Launch into LOLs with RAW Comedy, Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition.

For over 20 years RAW Comedy has seen performers ride that comedy wave, with past competitors including Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola, Anne Edmonds, Luke McGregor and Rhys Nicholson.

Will this year’s competitors pull off a perfect 360, or have a total wipe out? Grab your tickets now to see who makes the biggest splash.

Heat 8 hosted by Dave Thornton with a special guest performance by Emma Holland.
Writing For The Web Workshop / Short Course
Date Tue 12th Feb 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.
Playful Tourism Workshop
Date Tue 12th Feb 2019
Drawing on playful innovations in tourism around the world, and utilising concepts from play theory, play science, theatre and game design, this workshop will show you how you can rethink and redesign your work space.

The tools provided in this workshop will equip you to create fun, unique and meaningful experiences for customers.
Chinese New Year - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Date Wed 13th Feb 2019
Visionary composer and conductor, Tan Dun returns to Melbourne to celebrate the Year of the Pig. An annual highlight of the city’s Chinese New Year celebrations since 2014, this year Tan Dun has curated a thrilling and, personal program.

Tan Dun’s Double Bass Concerto The Wolf was commissioned by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Taiwan Philharmonic (NSO), and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Inspired by the Chinese novel “Wolf Totem” by Jiang Rong, the piece reflects Tan Dun’s personal connection and fascination with the spirits of the natural world and the sounds and customs of the ancient cultures along the Silk Road. The symbol of the Mongolian wolf and its life in the grasslands for Tan Dun is a mirror of the human spirit and our relationship to the natural world.

Joining the maestro and the MSO is Hanggai, a troupe of traditional-meets-rock musicians from the steppes of Inner Mongolia via Beijing. Combining traditional instruments like the morin khuur (horsehair fiddle) and tobshuur (two-stringed lute) with a hearty serving of rock bravado, their performance with the MSO will be unlike anything else you will see all year.
Senior Moments - A Comedy Revue
Date Wed 13th Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
By popular demand, Senior Moments is back for another national tour from February 2019, with Gold Logie winner and veteran actor John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules) and Max Gillies (The Gillies Report, Once Were Leaders) joining Play School icon Benita Collings, Kim Lewis (Sons and Daughters, The Restless Years) and Russell Newman (A Country Practice, Underbelly) in this senior theatrical sensation, with Midday Show Maestro Geoff Harvey on piano.

Senior Moments is a comedy revue about old people and the young people they have to deal with, with sketches and songs and performers who are old enough to know better, all making wicked fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully.
Swell 4.0 - Music As Medicine
Date Wed 13th Feb 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Live music, reimagined.

Swell is a two-hour live art experience that invites you, the audience, to choose-your-own-adventure through multiple reimagined live music experiences and interactive installations. It's intimate, surprising and oozes adventure. No headliners and support acts. No stage and audience set up. No hard and fast rules for what you might discover.

This edition of Swell is the fourth in the series, set to take place throughout the iconic Espy. Each edition is site specific, drawing themes from the location to create a never-before-felt-experience. You can read more about past locations, artists and reviews at the website.

Still don't know quite what you're venturing into? That's the point. There's only one way to find out.
Gallery Sketchers at the Incinerator Gallery
Date Wed 13th Feb 2019 to Wed 15th May 2019
Practice and refine your drawing skills at the iconic Incinerator Gallery. Join alternating art educators Carly Richardson or Ben Guy as they demonstrate a drawing technique, then find a comfortable place to sit and work on your own sketch.

Participants are invited to come together at the session’s conclusion to view each other’s work over a cuppa.

Gallery Sketchers is free with light refreshments provided.

Paper and drawing materials are also provided.

Registrations preferred.
Beyond the Beehive: Amy Winehouse's Musical Mastery
Date Wed 13th Feb 2019 to Sat 16th Feb 2019
Returning to The Butterfly Club after a sell-out season. Ask most people what they know about Amy Winehouse, and they'll mention her addictions, over-the-top beehive and eyeliner, and early death. But beyond the tabloid coverage, Amy Winehouse was a masterful musician whose music drew on the rich history of jazz, Motown, 60s girl-groups, soul and hip hop, and influenced many who came after her.

Backed by a four-piece band, Carol Whitfield returns after her sell out season in May last year, to sing the Winehouse repertoire in a tribute to her early influences, her masterpiece album Back to Black, classic covers, and of course her iconic look.
Forgotten Places: An Immersive Experience
Date Wed 13th Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
An experience awaits to ignite the depths of your imagination. Here, places once forgotten are transformed into visions of the future, where voices sing enchanting songs, architecture comes to life and colour rules supreme. Let your curiosity guide you through a labyrinth of art, design and theatrical wonder and discover delight in what could be.

The Citizen Theatre team will create the Forgotten Places immersive experience by incorporating a selection of photographic submissions from local Stonnington residents. These will be transformed into an interactive future city where paintings, singing, storytelling, music and colour will give audiences of all ages an inspiring experience to change the way they view and interact with their local area.
Rüfüs Du Sol – Solace Australian Tour
Date Thu 14th Feb 2019 to Fri 15th Feb 2019
After dropping their anticipated third LP "Solace", one of the world’s pre-eminent electronic acts Rüfüs Du Sol have announced what will be their biggest Aussie tour yet - the Solace Australian tour.

Solace follows Rüfüs Du Sol’s previous two platinum-certified albums Atlas and Bloom, and is an album that is as sonically rich as it is emotionally intelligent. The Australian three-piece - comprised of members Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt - have explored new territory on Solace; born out of a particularly poignant period for the band, it tackles heavier themes such as the pain of loss and the persistence of memory. This is unequivocally the group’s most sophisticated work to date.

The Australian leg of the tour follows a rigorous two-year world tour which saw the band perform everywhere from legendary California festival Coachella, to Serbia’s Exit. This intensive period of touring helped pave the way for the Solace live show, crafted through years of varied live experience for the band.
Date Thu 14th Feb 2019 to Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Inspired by a tale as old as time, Matador is a fiery fusion of burlesque, dance and jaw-dropping circus acts.

Set across a fiery Spanish sunset, this is a tale of forbidden love, carnal desires, passion and pain, a tale of a love torn bull and the seductive Matador.

The show takes us on an emotionally charged journey through love and its many faces; from the first moments you lay your eyes on that someone special, the butterflies, the flirting and sometimes, the doubt. A journey of self discovery, identity and sexuality, of lust, sex and passion. The show also explores the trials and tribulations of love, from the pain of unrequited love to the effects of infidelity on a relationship. Matador is a celebration of love, friendship and the bonds that hold us together.

Comprised of a colourful cast of 14 incredible performers, Matador features non stop entertainment from start to finish. High energy commercial dance pieces, beautiful, touching contemporary and ballet acts as well as steamy latin numbers intertwine with saucy burlesque acts, pole dancing and hair raising aerial and circus acts.
Songs and Times of Sam Cooke
Date Thu 14th Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
A Change is Gonna Come starring ARIA-award winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist Gary Pinto (CDB) pays homage to one of the most influential songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke.

Revered for hits such as 'Bring It On Home To Me', 'Cupid, Twistin’ The Night Away' and 'A Change Is Gonna Come', Sam Cooke has an incredible legacy, still selling US$5 million a year more than five decades after his death.

The show will see Gary and his hand-picked six-piece band 'The Champions of Soul' traverse Sam Cooke’s biggest hits in a special stage show written by acclaimed theatre director Greg Carroll. With a nod to Cooke’s beloved concert at the Harlem Square Club in 1963, this is a rare chance to relive the music that shaped history.

In association with Sinclair Artists.
Arcadia Winds with Phillip Sametz
Date Thu 14th Feb 2019
Music and literature have gone hand in hand through the ages. Arcadia Winds and Phillip Sametz bring you 'Once upon a time signature', a concert that showcases both sides of this relationship. Come along and hear music from across the world, played in conjunction with readings and songs from the texts that inspired it.

Charles Perrault was the father of the French fairy tale; fellow countryman Maurice Ravel’s impressionist depiction of several of Perrault’s stories offer vivid and colourful musical expeditions through these magical, dark and grim tales. Craig Silvey’s dramatic coming of age story Jasper Jones serves as the inspiration for Australian composer Paul Dean, as he weaves this narrative through his high-octane, emotional and often bleak work, Jasper and Charlie. And tying these two disparate pieces together are Malcolm Arnold’s Three Shanties, inspired by bawdy old English songs of the sea.
Valentine's Day at Sea Life Melbourne
Date Thu 14th Feb 2019
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a deep-sea dining experience at Sea Life Melbourne. Enjoy a truly unique Valentine’s Day dinner surrounded by a mesmerising array of sea creatures at Sea Life Melbourne.

Choose one of three breathtaking locations within the aquarium for an unforgettable underwater evening.

Surround yourself with sharks, stingrays and an abundance of fish in the 2.2 million litre Oceanarium or feast your eyes on the vibrant tropical fish in Coral Atoll. For the cutest dining experience, venture to Antarctica to enjoy a meal next to the beloved King and Gentoo penguins.

Sea Life Melbourne’s exclusive Valentine’s Day offering includes a four-course dinner with unlimited beer, wine, sparkling, cider, soft drink, juice and mineral water.

Limited spaces are available so do not miss this opportunity for an evening with your loved one alongside Sea Life Melbourne’s beautiful sea creatures.

Valentine's Day Dinner - Sea Life Melbourne
Date Thu 14th Feb 2019
Enjoy a truly unique Valentine’s Day dining experience surrounded by a mesmerising array of sea creatures at Sea Life Melbourne. Choose one of three breathtaking locations within the aquarium for an unforgettable underwater evening.

Surround yourself with sharks, stingrays and an abundance of fish in the 2.2 million litre Oceanarium or feast your eyes on the vibrant tropical fish in Coral Atoll. For the cutest dining experience, venture to Antarctica to enjoy a meal next to the beloved King and Gentoo penguins.

Sea Life Melbourne’s exclusive Valentine’s Day offering includes a four-course dinner with unlimited beer, wine, sparkling, cider, soft drink, juice and mineral water. Limited spaces are available so don’t miss this opportunity for an evening with your loved one alongside Sea Life Melbourne’s beautiful sea creatures. For the full menu and booking, visit Melbourne Aquarium website.
Valentine's Day Dining
Date Thu 14th Feb 2019 to Sat 16th Feb 2019
Say je t'aime in the Paris end of Little Collins Street. Why limit romance to only one day? We’re celebrating love over three days, allowing you to indulge your loved one and yourself to a pre, actual or post Valentine’s Day celebration. Join for a lavish Parisian Valentine’s experience complete with a French-themed menu and a glass of Craigmoor Sparkling Rosé or Piper-Heidsieck Champagne on arrival.

Three course sharing menu for two persons.
2019 NRL Harvey Norman All-Stars
Date Fri 15th Feb 2019
The 2019 Harvey Norman NRL All-Stars event is transforming in 2019.

In what will be a modern tribal showcase of First Nations players proudly representing their cultures, the Australian Indigenous All-Stars are set to take on the New Zealand Maori Kiwis for the very first time at AAMI Park Melbourne on Friday 15 February 2019.

A marriage of cultures, history and community on the field for one night only.

Power. Passion. Pride. It’s more than just a game. Don't miss out.

For more information about tickets, please refer to the official Ticketek website.
Penny Quartet at Abbotsford Convent
Date Fri 15th Feb 2019
Penny Quartet, the dynamic young Australian string quartet, present a recital of two great classics. Known across the country and beyond for their vibrant approach to performance, this is a rare opportunity to hear them play an exclusively classical program.

Mozart's “Spring” quartet is an incredibly tender and finessed work, soaring melodies and dramatic passagework combining to create an electric atmosphere. Beethoven's Opus 18 no. 1 is a favourite for Penny Quartet, and despite it being only the second string quartet Beethoven ever wrote, it is an absolute pinnacle of the repertoire. Full of twists and turns, and a heart breaking second movement based on the tomb scene from Romeo and Juliet, this is a must-see-live masterpiece.
Ego Expo Australia: Australia's Streetwear and Lifestyle Expo
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019
Ego Expo is the leading expo that brings together independent streetwear brands in apparel, sneakers, art and accessories, all under one roof for one weekend only.

Over 100 independent streetwear labels in apparel, footwear and accessories are coming to town so you can meet the founders behind the brands. Receive exclusive discounts face-to-face, and discover new labels emerging straight off the streets.

Come and discover what makes street culture so unique with dance battles, live street art, street eats and exciting fashion runways, so you can buy the look instantly.

Take the weekend off with the entire family and come down to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for a day of shopping, fun and entertainment.

Exhibitor booths are now on sale. Get in early as this major expo will sell out. Early bird online tickets are released this November 2018, for those extra dollar savings for shopping.

Visit the official website to stay up to date with all the latest information.
Sonoptik – Tom Hall, Jannah Quill, Matt Leaf
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019
Special Guests: Jannah Quill, Matt Leaf (Adl), Lysdexic

Australian native now residing in Los Angeles, Tom Hall returns to Melbourne for his first live set in nine years. His practice involves micro exploration into place, space and time. Inspired by peripheral spaces, he focuses on using multiple approaches to engage and recontextualise them into live audiovisual works, installations and recordings. Using sound and visuals as a means to translate and create hybrid environments and notions of journey.

Stylistically these outcomes vary, including structured drone, noise, melody and installation; portrayed using synthesis, programming and synesthetic delivery. A versatile sound designer, programmer and live audio/visual artist working for over 15-years across many genres and sound domains, which has seen him also design, build and program a multitude of custom music hardware and software devices for some of Los Angeles’s top composers, musicians and bands.

Additionally Hall also works as a Content Developer for the revered Cycling â€㰎, makers of visual programming language Max/MSP.
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019 to Sat 23rd Mar 2019
A Vinyasa Yoga class guided by two Italian souls (Sara and Martine) who will let you explore movements on the notes of both languages English and Italian. The class is a great opportunity to move, learn a language, have fun and receive good vibes.

BYO yoga mat or beach towel.

Gold coin donation with proceeds to go to a selected charity.

Saturday 16 February to 22 March 2019 at 10:00am (Catani Gardens, St Kilda West).
Tar & Roses Wine Luncheon
Date Sun 17th Feb 2019
Tar & Roses winemaker Narelle King together with The Barre’s Senior Chef de Partie Ceclilia Salvante have created a Sunday feast inspired by sweet love and Tar & Roses wines. Starting lunch outdoors in The Barre Backyard with delicious canapes and Be My Valentine cocktail.

Moving indoors for lunch, enjoy Tar & Roses wines from their extensive range paired to four courses from The Barre kitchen, including dishes such as an entrée of yellowfin tuna served with Tar & Roses Riesling and braised lamb with Morello cherry ketchup serviced with Tar & Roses red wines including Heathcote Tempranillo and Shiraz.

Winemaker Narelle will share her expert wine knowledge and passion for Tar & Roses wines alongside Cecilia providing her inspiration for the dishes over the course of lunch.
The Gasworks Cabaret Project
Date Tue 19th Feb 2019 to Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Backpack On Productions and Gasworks Arts Park proudly present The Gasworks Cabaret Project.

Bringing an outstanding variety of Cabaret shows and workshops to the Gasworks Arts Park for four days only in February 2019, The Gasworks Cabaret Project launches the year at this much-loved venue with a sassy bang.

With a line-up including multi ARIA award-winning jazz singer Sally Cameron, Green Room award-winning female a cappella group Ginger and Tonic, acclaimed musician and comedian Selina Jenkins, multi-award-winning performer Jude Perl, and The Candy Topps - with a children’s cabaret show for the littlest arts lovers, The Candy Totts - The Gasworks Cabaret Project is a celebration of some of our finest Cabaret artists.

A series of workshops have also been scheduled throughout the four days to educate and inspire audiences and artists alike on the possibilities of singing, performing, and producing theatre.
Michael Cormick: Feelin' Good
Date Tue 19th Feb 2019
Join award-winning musical theatre star Michael Cormick for a wonderful morning of entertainment.

From Australian television screens to leading roles on the West End, Cormick will take you backstage and share stories of the many great composers and directors he has worked with over the years.

Accompanied by the talented David Cameron on guitar and piano, Cormick will perform songs from his favourite hit productions including ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Beauty & The Beast’, ‘The Boy from Oz’ and ‘Les Misérables’.

Do not miss this intimate performance with one of Australia’s greatest international musical theatre stars.
Ashwini Khiani - A decade of Celebrating Creativity
Date Tue 19th Feb 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019
To celebrate 10 years of successful art classes, Ashwini Khiani and her "Cre8tive Minds" students will showcase artworks inspired by nature.

These works celebrate the ways in which nature provides subtle yet limitless revealing and profound meaning. Nature is symbolic of freedom and free-will, it is subtle in essence, there is no limit to what we can find and the beauty cannot be captured or contained.
World Cup Gymnastics Melbourne
Date Thu 21st Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
Experience the spectacular this summer as world class gymnastics returns to Melbourne again in February for the 2019 edition of the World Cup Gymnastics.

Some of the top Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnasts from around the world, plus the Aussies of course, will battle it out across four days of competition and 10 apparatus all vying to be crowned Individual Apparatus Champions.
Transitions Film Festival
Date Thu 21st Feb 2019 to Fri 8th Mar 2019
The Transitions Film Festival returns to Melbourne this February with another enthralling line-up of cutting-edge documentaries about the existential challenges, mega-trends, game-changing technologies and creative visions that are redefining what it means to be human.

The Festival focuses on sharing inspirational stories about the solutions to society's greatest challenges and showcases the local heroes and changemakers who are building a better world.

Covering a huge range of mind-expanding themes including: climate change, the future of food, big data, artificial intelligence, startups and innovation, youth activism and virtual reality, this year’s Festival will change the way you look at the world.

Featuring a stellar line-up of powerful films and inspirational guest speakers, the Transitions Film Festival runs from the 21 February until the 8 March at Cinema Nova before touring to across Australia.
The Makers and Shakers Conference
Date Fri 22nd Feb 2019
The Makers and Shakers Conference will offer a day of interactive Q&A panel discussions with successful makers, branding, retail and social media gurus, and maker-movement academics that will offer usable insights and tools that will help you create, sustain and scale your creative business.

On offer to attendees too is complimentary seriously yummy food and drinks, and optimal conditions for learning, knowledge exchange, community building, and fun.

Whilst there are plenty of generic business conferences and workshops to choose from, they rarely are tailored around the issues and experiences of the emerging handmade maker scene.

The conference will be held at Deakin Edge at Federation Square in Melbourne, and we've curated experts and inspiring speakers including Marcus Westbury, Emily Green, Tiff Manuell, Laura Blythman, Maryanne Moodie, Kylie Lewis, Kate Berry, Kirbee Lawler, Madeleine Dore, Kelly Thompson, Sina Klug, Professor Susan Luckman and Dr Kath WIlson.

Mingle with other like-minded creatives and invest in the future of your creative business.
Arbus & West
Date Fri 22nd Feb 2019 to Sat 30th Mar 2019
Hollywood bombshell Mae West built her career on lookin' good - walkin' the walk and talkin' the talk - while legendary photographer Diane Arbus was famous for finding beauty in the everyday. When Diane turns up at Mae's glistening LA apartment in 1964 to take her portrait, tensions quickly flare. Mae's vision of herself is very different to the one Diane wants to catch on film. But whose version wins out when a master of illusion meets a master of truth?

Drawing on actual events, award-winning Australian playwright Stephen Sewell imagines what might have transpired between these to extraordinary women, creating a powerful portrait of beauty, sexuality, wildness and longing.

Melita Jurisic (The House of the Bernarda Alba) takes on the role of the irrepressible Mae West, with Diana Glenn (The Slap) as Diane Arbus in this World Premiere production, directed by MTC's 2018 Helpmann Award-winning Associate Director Sarah Goodes (The Children).

Performing daily except Sundays.
Abba-solutely Fabulous
Date Fri 22nd Feb 2019 to Sat 23rd Feb 2019
Australia’s most loved dancing queen Rhonda Burchmore has teamed up with the exceptionally talented Lara Mulcahy to bring their hilarious live concert ABBA-solutely Fabulous to the Whitehorse Centre.

The original dynamos from the worldwide sensation Mamma Mia! will delight with their irresistible humour and spectacular singing. Dressed in lycra jumpsuits with Rhonda in crystal-studded stiletto boots and Lara in chunky platforms, the banter flows freely as they tell stories about growing up being huge ABBA fans. Accompanied by a four piece band, the duo will sing their way through ABBA’s greatest hits, including Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Take a Chance, Ring Ring, Fernando and many more.

Unlike any ABBA show you will ever see, ABBA-solutely Fabulous is the ultimate party night to open the 2019 Season.
Moonlight Movie Night - Morack Golf Course
Date Fri 22nd Feb 2019
Pack the popcorn and enjoy an incredible family night of cinema under the stars. As voted by the community in an online poll, see Hugh Jackman and his talented troupe on the big screen in the singing sensation The Greatest Showman.

Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:00pm followed by the feature film at 8:00pm. Snacks will be available to purchase.
Victoria ObstaSplash
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 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.

Wonga Park Farmers' and Makers' Market
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019 to Sat 23rd Nov 2019
Buy direct from local and regional growers and speciality makers. Set in the beautiful township of Wonga Park, at the 120 year old primary school, the market has a relaxed, village style setting with live music, communal tables and panoramic views.

Fresh produce, honey, free range eggs, artisan smallgoods including maple cured free range bacon and sausages, breads, cakes, preserves, juices, coffee, wine, craft beers and ciders, take home meals, breakfast and lunch options. Selected craft stalls include jewellery, candles, soaps, natural beauty products, art and more - all made by the stallholders. Stalls can vary each month depending on availability.

So, grab a coffee and something tasty, meet the producers and head home with a bounty of locally grown and made food and other handmade products.

Kids' activities: jumping castle (free), face painting, other activities (check the Facebook page).

Gold coin donation at the gate. Dogs on leads welcome.
Melbourne Pregnancy and Newborn Special Expo
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
At the Expo you can chat face-to-face with a wide range of Exhibitors to gain up-to-date, expert advice on the early years of parenting. You can also see, touch, try and buy the products and services that best suit your needs, from the biggest and most well loved brands. Discover all you need to know for you, your pregnancy or young child.

Their Exhibitors and experts will be on hand to guide you through birthing options, breastfeeding, newborn care, safety and so much more, all associated with your pregnancy or bundle of joy. You can be confident you are accessing up-to-date information, as well as the latest products and services for your pregnancy, and for your baby as they grow.
Ultra Australia
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
Australia's premier music festival boasting the world's top Electronic Dance Music DJ's with unparalleled stage designs and top tier production.

The 2019 edition will feature an unforgettable experience with multiple stages, brand activations and a large variety of food options tailored for everyone.
Jersey Boys
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 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.

Coming to the Regent Theatre in February 2019.
Brewers Feast
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
Celebrate summer and join Brewers Feast, presented by Grand Ridge Brewery, for a fun day out filled with craft beer, cider, food, live music and wine set among the scenic gardens. Enjoy a day out with friends loaded with craft beer, food, wine, cider and live music.

Brewers Feast features over 20 Breweries including Grand Ridge, Stone & Wood, Hop Nation and Stomping Ground to name a few. Alongside regular beer favourites, will be ‘Bintani Festival Beers’, beers brewed specially for the festival. Taste new styles and flavours with these unique and exclusive brews.

If you do not like Craft Beer, why not try a local wine from Red Hill Estate, a cocktail or whisky from Melbourne's Starward Whisky or a refreshing ciders from Harcourt.

It would not be a festival without making sure there was a tastebud extravaganza from a range of tasty culinary options. Sample sumptuous smoked meats and ribs by Bigger Than Texas BBQ. Enjoy Melbourne’s best burger by the famous St Kilda Burger Bar, falafel from Dana’s Falafel, or treat yourself to one of the many other food options available.
Teddy Bears' Picnic
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019
Today’s the day at Rippon Lea Estate for our annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

Fetch your favourite ted for a fun-filled day of marvellous market stalls, wonderful food trucks and roaring entertainment.

And don not forget to enter the famous Teddy Bear Parade. You are sure of a big surprise.

Please note there is no ATM onsite at Rippon Lea Estate and most vendors will accept cash only.
Affordable Wedding Expo - Brunswick
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019
Planning your perfect wedding can be expensive, so this very special event is catered just for you. By attending this event you can have your perfect wedding day whilst saving time and money.

Yes, you can have the same fabulous services and products from this selection of Melbourne’s finest wedding service providers but at a discounted price, without sacrificing the quality of your event.

Imagine what you could do with all the money you will be saving, enjoy a honeymoon, put it towards a deposit for your house or a new car, splurge on something you could not previously afford. Your friends will be amazed at how much you have been able to achieve on your budget.

Secure your ticket online via our website for free, but hurry there is a limited number available.
Sunday Croquet
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
Train you brain, get into the game.

Situated by the beach on the Port Phillip Bay Elwood Croquet Club is a friendly and informal club. New members and visitors of all ages are from near and far who are interested in learning and playing croquet are welcome. Just bring your flat shoes and casual wear and you are ready to go.
RAW Comedy - Heat Nine
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019
Launch into LOLs with RAW Comedy, Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition.

For over 20 years RAW Comedy has seen performers ride that comedy wave, with past competitors including Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola, Anne Edmonds, Luke McGregor and Rhys Nicholson.

Will this year’s competitors pull off a perfect 360, or have a total wipe out? Grab your tickets now to see who makes the biggest splash.

Heat 9 hosted by Kirsty Webeck and Josh Earl.
Michael Dunstan
Date Tue 26th Feb 2019
Returning back to Melbourne on the back of an extensive sold out 'Partly Cloudy' Australian tour and four sold out shows in New Zealand, Michael Dunstan heads towards the Australian summer with anticipated new releases ‘Calais Road’ and ‘The Unknown’. This February 2019, Michael embarks on his fourth and largest headline Australian tour to date to hail the important release of the single 'The Unknown' and the forthcoming third chapter arriving early 2019, New Normal.

Dunstan's soulful, pensive and relatable song-writing reflects and explores periods of travel, transitions from light and dark, the calm and silence in between, and the accompanying revelations and growth. This is the last chance in the near future to catch Michael's dynamic live performance before heading overseas on his first bout of headline international shows this 2019.

New single 'The Unknown' out now.
Jovian Worlds
Date Thu 28th Feb 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019
A feast of brilliant and iconic music. One of the great violinists of his generation, Andrew Haveron joins MCO to bring to life the pyrotechnics and melting beauty of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. The orchestra also performs Mozart's greatest and final symphony, the Jupiter.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the MSO
Date Thu 28th Feb 2019 to Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Wynton Marsalis brings his legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) to Melbourne to perform, for the very first time, with the full symphonic sound of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

The nine-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter is one of the world’s most popular jazz musicians and has received countless accolades throughout his decades-long career. For three nights in Hamer Hall, experience Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO perform some of the biggest hits from the history of jazz music.

Marsalis’ career spans both jazz and classical music, and Melbourne audiences will be among the first in the world to see his latest orchestral masterwork, his Fourth Symphony The Jungle. Having debuted with the New York Philharmonic, The Jungle is an ode to The Big Apple and continues the jazz/symphonic orchestral traditions foretold by Dvořák, initiated by Ellington and Gershwin, and furthered by Bernstein and Schuller.

Wynton Marsalis last performed in Melbourne more than twenty years ago, and it is hard to imagine a more famous and important ensemble to partner with the MSO than the JLCO. Take your seat and experience one of music’s all-time greats.
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 2019
The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival is an annual celebration of fashion, beauty, business and creative endeavour for everyone to enjoy.

Established in 1997, the event stimulates and celebrates the Australian fashion industry whilst providing employment, networking and professional development opportunities for fashion, beauty, design, creative, marketing and retail industry professionals.

A true feast for the senses, the Festival presents the most stylish week-long entertainment on offer including world-class runway shows featuring Australia's established and emerging designers, state-of-the-art production, beauty workshops, live entertainment and much more.

In 2019, the Festival will hold the inaugural Australian Fashion Summit, an event that will bring an ambitious schedule of business discussions.

The Festival also offers premium tailored corporate entertainment packages and exclusive sponsorship opportunities that include unique experiential marketing and brand touch platforms.
Behind the Lines
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019 to Fri 26th Apr 2019
Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Political Cartoons 2018 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.
Anthony Jeselnik
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019
Anthony Jeselnik’s wicked wordplay has fuelled some of the most memorable Comedy Central Roasts and three widely-acclaimed solo comedy specials in the last decade. Don’t miss the ‘Dark Prince of Comedy’ when he brings his evil genius one-liners to Australian stages!

A household name in the USA thanks to his Comedy Central Presents; phenomenal performances on the roasts of Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr; as star and creator of The Jeselnik Offensive; and as host of the Emmy-nominated Last Comic Standing, Anthony has performed stand-up on Conan, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

From touring with Chris Rock in 2017 to an Emmy nomination, there is no holding Jeselnik back – either in his material or in his career.

Citing Jimmy Carr as a hero and "dead babies" as his subject of choice, charmingly wicked Jeselnik delivers with a winning smile, devilish charm and a writing prowess that is shooting him into the comedy stratosphere. Tickets for this white-hot comedy superstar will not last long.
Anthony Jeselnik – World Comedy Tour
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019
Anthony Jeselnik’s wicked wordplay has fuelled some of the most memorable Comedy Central Roasts and three widely-acclaimed solo comedy specials in the last decade. Don’t miss the ‘Dark Prince of Comedy’ when he brings his evil genius one-liners to Australian stages.

A household name in the USA, Anthony has performed stand-up on Conan, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. From touring with Chris Rock in 2017 to an Emmy nomination, there’s no holding Jeselnik back—either in his material or in his career.

Citing Jimmy Carr as a hero, charmingly wicked Jeselnik delivers with a winning smile, devilish charm and a writing prowess that is shooting him into the comedy stratosphere. Tickets for this white-hot comedy superstar will not last long.
Beats On Pointe
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019
There is an exciting new dance theatre experience hitting Melbourne this March. Coming off the back of a sold-out season on London's West End, Beats on Pointe is ready to charm Melbourne audiences with its new high energy, feel-good family show.

Beats On Pointe is a magnificent mix of classical ballet and street dance combined with singing, comedy and a thumping soundtrack. This tightly choreographed show follows the story of two opposing dance worlds and provides a night of entertainment for children and adults alike. With an electric fusion of classic and commercial music and an amazing cast, this is a show not to be missed.
Seddon Festival
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Turning 21 in 2019, the Seddon festival is a signature event for the wonderful Seddon Village situated in the heart of the City of Maribyrnong.

The Festival will include the annual waiter’s race, a popular competition of skill and speed, as waitstaff from Seddon’s iconic cafes and restaurants compete for the coveted trophy and title of Seddon’s most agile.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, there will be lots of entertainment and activities for the kids, families, visitors.

For more information head to the website.
Spartan Race Melbourne
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019
In March 2019 Spartan Australia's bringing the world’s best obstacle race back to Australia’s most liveable city, Melbourne. You will find yourself running through mud, jumping over fire and conquering obstacles in an epic new venue at Tooradin Estate.

Get your mates together and form a team or run solo, and find out what it means to race like a Spartan. Spartan is all about getting off the fence and committing to a real challenge. No one ever got fit or had an epic weekend lying on the couch, commit to Spartan Melbourne and you will see yourself conquer obstacles such as the Olympus, the Spear Throw, the Hercules Hoist, the Rings and many more.

Think you are not fit enough for Spartan? Think again. Spartan Melbourne’s got a race and a challenge for all fitness levels – from beginner to elite. If you are new to Spartan, try the 5km Sprint, and if you are a regular, step it up a notch and conquer the 13km Super.
Beer InCider Experience
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Beer InCider Experience is excited to announce its debut in yet another craft beer capital, Melbourne, kicking off at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

Founded by former lawyer, Marty Keetels, the Beer InCider Experience has been a fixture of Brisbane’s festival circuit for the past five years as a destination for craft beer, cider, music, art, food and good times.

Known for its fiercely independent format of local, interstate and international breweries and cideries, festival-goers can sample widely and discover new homegrown favourites.

Beer InCider will feature food trucks, pop-up restaurants, and a curated program of panel sessions with brewers and key industry players. A Ping Pong Arena with mini-stadium seating for those game enough to try Berlin-style ping pong will go hand in hand with the festival’s signature tasting paddles that take the shape of a ping pong racquet.

General admission tickets will include a festival program, an environmentally-friendly reusable festival cup and free public transport to and from the event, starting at $40 plus booking fee.
Corporate Triathlon Melbourne
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
If you are looking for a team building activity that not only promotes fun, team building and wellbeing, but also provides lasting benefits, then the Corporate Triathlon Melbourne is for you.

Corporate Triathlon Melbourne caters for every fitness level.

Workplaces can enter teams of three who individually complete the entire triathlon. Alternatively, there is the Relay Triathlon which splits the legs with one person doing the swim, one doing the cycle and one doing the run. It’s the perfect opportunity to do your first triathlon.

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.

Commonwealth Bank Women's One-Day International Series vs New Zealand
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Do not miss seeing the number one ranked team in the world, Australia take on Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in the third match of the Commonwealth Bank One-Day International Series at Melbourne's newly renovated CitiPower Centre at Junction Oval.

Led by captain Meg Lanning, the Aussies will have their hands full against their Trans-Tasman rivals in what promises to be a tightly-fought contest.
Wedding Showcase at Melbourne Zoo
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
You are invited to Zoo Events’ 2019 Wedding Showcase on Sunday 3 March.

Do not miss this opportunity to explore the beautiful wedding ceremony and unique reception venues at Melbourne Zoo, whilst learning about what they can offer for your special day.

You will be enchanted by the magical venue, from the gorgeous natural surrounds, manicured gardens and different habitats, each designed to reflect the native homes of animal communities.

Take away a bouquet of wedding inspiration from hand-picked wedding suppliers who will be showcasing their specialities. Lock in this date as the friendly wedding experts show you how Melbourne Zoo is the perfect setting for a unique and memorable wedding.

Start your day at Leopard Lodge, where you can be inspired by various reception settings, enjoy bubbles on arrival, sample delicious canapes and meet with some of our top suppliers and more.

We will be taking tours around the Zoo grounds, ceremony sites and reception venues at different times during the showcase and we will confirm your tour time closer to the date.

RSVP essential. Entry is by gold coin donation which will be donated to the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon, raising money for women’s cancer.
Melbourne Melanoma March
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Ready to find a cure, not-for-profit organisation Melanoma Institute Australia is marching its way across the country, uniting Australians with its biggest Melanoma March event in history.

Join the family friendly event in Princes Park on Sunday, 3 March 2019. Melanoma March is in its eighth year and is now Melanoma Institute Australia’s major annual fundraising campaign to support melanoma research. In each location, the March is a special event which brings together the whole melanoma community to raise awareness and funds for melanoma research.

Last year over 7,000 people from every state and territory supported their local Melanoma March and we invite you to join us in 2019 at your local March. Participating in Melanoma March is a great way to show your support for melanoma research, raise funds to find a cure and have a fun day out with your community. All funds raised will go towards crucial research dedicated to finding a cure for melanoma.
Walk for Monash Children's Hospital
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Register now for the Walk for Monash Children’s Hospital 2019. Enjoy a one, five or 10 kilometre walk around the beautiful Jells Park, Wheelers Hill, to help raise funds for Monash Children’s Hospital.

Have a fun day out with friends and family. Includes family entertainment, kid’s zone, free massages, animal farm, sausage sizzle, face painting and much more. Register now to support young patients and their families.
Opera in the Market
Date Mon 4th Mar 2019
For one memorable night, the historic Queen Victoria Market will be transformed into a theatre like no other - the famous fruit and vegetable stalls will make way for front stalls as Opera in the Market takes centre stage. You will enjoy all the drama and spectacle of some of the world's favourite operas as you sample fine wines, and wonderful food from a selection of Melbourne's famous food vans which will be available to purchase pre-concert and during interval.
Introduction to Motorcycle Maintenance
Date Mon 4th Mar 2019
The Kustom Kommune is a DIY motorcycle workshop and community based in Abbotsford, where members can roll in and wrench on the bikes when they like, and take part in courses.

This is an introductory course to motorcycle maintenance for beginners, where you will learn the practical skills required to keep your bike safe and running smooth. From changing the oil, to adjusting your chain and spotting safety issues. Trainers will help you understand the basic workings of your motorcycle and it's different mechanical components.

This is the perfect beginners course and one of the most popular. Instruction will be carried out on demo bikes and you won't be required to bring your own motorcycle. Drinks and snacks provided.
Sarah Ubik - 12.20 Million
Date Tue 5th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019
Come and celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 at Box Hill Community arts Centre. The vast and unique selection of works from Sarah Ubik explores the individual and collective resolve of Australian female humans.
Moomba Festival
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019 to Mon 11th Mar 2019
Love Melbourne, love Moomba.

Proudly presented by the City of Melbourne, Moomba Festival is Australia's largest community festival with a uniquely Melbourne program of activities and events running.

Each year the city's beloved festival attracts fun-loving crowds of all ages to Birrarung Marr and Alexandra Gardens on the banks of the iconic Yarra River to enjoy its bustling carnival and family-friendly program.

Moomba proudly beams with Melburnian charm. Enjoy a talented stable of local performers; the Moomba Masters' world-class water sports; pro scoot, skate and BMX competitions; hospitality offerings from local traders; artistically designed floats inspired by the community for the Moomba Parade; as well as the wild and wacky Birdman Rally.

Sixty-five years on, Moomba is wise with age, steeped in tradition, but undoubtedly young at heart – just like the city it calls home. Celebrate Melbourne's diversity and creativity at this year's festival.
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 - 24 March.
Fantasy and the Firebird
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019
Be entranced by evocative folksongs and dances of Norway and Russia in the 2019 Melbourne Town Hall opening concert. Excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite evoke a splendid sunrise, a near-death scene with angry trolls in the hall of the mountain king, and the siren song of the saintly Solveig, waiting patiently in the Norwegian mountains for Peer’s return. Jacqueline Porter sings Solveig and returns later for a song without words, the Vocalise by Rachmaninov. You can almost hear someone weeping in this heartfelt lament.

Pianist Kristian Chong loves Rachmaninov’s Paganini Variations - They are so much fun to play. The seemingly simple Paganini theme from his last violin caprice is developed in so many imaginative and inspiring ways. The famous 18th variation is pure ecstasy.

Stravinsky’s Firebird ballet catapulted the young Russian composer to fame in Paris. Create your own pictures of Prince Ivan and his magical helper the Firebird. Like any good tale, there is a happily ever after ending when the most beautiful princess is rescued by Ivan so the story can end with a wedding celebration.
International Women's Day Great Debate - Melbourne
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019
IML's annual International Women's Day (IWD) Great Debate seeks to change Australian society for the better by creating, supporting and championing women in Leadership.

With company policies like affirmative action, maternity leave and blind recruitment helping to combat the pay gap and the glass ceiling, Australia is making progress towards equal representation of genders in business. While there is still considerable progress to be made, it seems that the importance of feminism is now more widely embraced than ever.

Through international movements like the Women's Marches and high-profile campaigns like #MeToo, women in leadership have changes the world for future generations.

Please join Jo Stanley (2019 MC) and six hand picked, interesting and opinionated leaders who will debate the 2019 topic.

The IML International Women's Day Great Debate's are an inclusion Matters imitative at the Institute of Managers and Leaders and an IWD 2019 Flagship Event.
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.
Sun Rising - The Songs that made Memphis
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019
What do Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and many more all have in common? They launched their careers at the famous Sun Record Company in Memphis.

The talented musicians of Sun Rising pay homage to an unforgettable era of music and relive the incredible sounds and classic tales of the early years of Sun Records – where Rock ‘n’ Roll was born.

With infectious passion and standout renditions of some timeless music, this dynamic toe tapping show is one not to be missed.
A Dreadful Time for Mothers
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019
There are numerous accounts of the experiences of Australian men serving in World War I. But what of the women? Mothers, wives, sisters and girlfriends who were left at home to carry on. To eagerly await news of those so far away, to live in fear of the death of or injury to those they loved.

These Readings by Violet&Rose Productions, taken from Penny Bristol Jones' adaptation of her Great Grandmother Edie Digby's diaries and letters, 'A Dreadful Time for Mothers', raise questions about the price of War on families and those whose responsibility it was to 'keep the home fires burning.'
Muriel's Wedding The Musical
Date Tue 12th Mar 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 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.
The Difficult Comedown by Paea Leach and Alexandra Harrison
Date Tue 12th Mar 2019 to Sat 16th Mar 2019
Two women carry and haul, run, wait - and consider: what is clearly necessary, right now? Each asks with all that she is. In duet the women age the body, expand it, injure it. They change. The dance dwells in an ecosystem of seasonality, a rhythm of work that allows the women to persist in unsentimental relationship to the earth. Meanwhile, they don’t have to take care of each other—but they do.

The Difficult Comedown is interested in shared resilience and the labour of women. It considers a new epoch beyond the Anthropocene, past human predominance on earth. Borne of long-embodied knowledge, and compelled by wilfulness, this is performance from the ground up: an immersion in slow change.

Performers Paea Leach and Alexandra Harrison shatter their solo lives to come down to earth. It is difficult, but they make mountains.

Presented by Arts House as part of Dance Massive.
Cella by Paul White and Narelle Benjamin
Date Tue 12th Mar 2019 to Sat 16th Mar 2019
Leading contemporary dancers Narelle Benjamin and Paul White come together for an evolutionary new dance work.

Inspired by the building blocks of life - cells - Cella explores the idea that the most complex patterns imaginable in our biological systems can be found repeated in all of us. The culmination of the shared histories, practices and interests of its creators, the work is a stunning meditation on the wonder of the human body.

Human movement is taken to extremes as the dancers perform astonishing solos, then come together in wonderful mirror images that offer insight into the physiological world we inhabit and the natural symmetry that surrounds us. In a world where we’re all trying to be different, desperately striving to be individuals, Cella celebrates the beauty of our collective similarities.

Presented by Arts House as part of Dance Massive.
Practically Perfect
Date Tue 12th Mar 2019
For generations she has graced the stage and screen, fondly remembered for her unforgettable roles in ‘The Sound of Music’ and of course, ‘Mary Poppins’.

Now in one glorious stage production, ‘Practically Perfect’ celebrates the life and music of the legendary Dame Julie Andrews.

Join Karla Hillam and Jonathan Guthrie-Jones on and all singing, all dancing journey from West End to Hollywood, interwoven with stories from the Dame’s life on and off the stage, and songs from ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘My Fair Lady’, and ‘The Sound of Music’.
Common Ground
Date Wed 13th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019
Control. Co-ordinate. Collide. Check mate. A ritualistic battleground for two dance greats, Common Ground is a choreographic game of chess.

Ingrained rules are upturned by unexpected moves—intricate gambits, sacrifices and reactive attacks.

Chunky Move Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk evokes the birth of ballet in a modern milieu, as two of Australia’s most sought after dancers go move-for-move, through to the intense endgame. Tara Jade Samaya (ANTI—GRAVITY, Chunky Move) and Richard Cilli (CounterMove, Sydney Dance Company) perform a unique duel that lights the fuse on equality and betrayal.

What is common ground if not a place to collide?
B2BEXPO 2019 Melbourne
Date Wed 13th Mar 2019 to Thu 14th Mar 2019
B2BEXPO 2019 is Australia’s major business-to-business expo with a mission to help small and medium businesses to engage, connect and grow.

Recognising the many challenges that SMEs face from increased competition, the ability to adapt to rapidly changing market demand, technological change, and capacity constraints relating to knowledge, innovation, and creativity B2BEXPO 2019 serves as a platform for SMEs to showcase products and services, network, forge new business opportunities. B2BEXPO 2019 provides new and innovative ideas to manage and grow their business across all industry sectors.
Alejandro Escovedo
Date Wed 13th Mar 2019
Alejandro Escovedo is a seminal figure in American music and one of the most acclaimed songwriters of his generation. He’s a recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and, as has been recently announced, he will be honored with the Townes Van Zandt Songwriter Award at next year’s Austin Music Awards. He’ll be only the third recipient of that honor in the Awards’ 37-year history, in a town that he helped put on the musical map.

Alejandro has released 11 solo albums and contributed to numerous others, as both band member and guest. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams, Cowboy Junkies, and Calexico, and he’s shared stages with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to John Prine to Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter.

Alejandro will be performing completely solo—just one of the many configurations in which he works—enabling fans down here to hear something akin to what early fans heard in the small clubs and holes in the wall in Austin and elsewhere when he was starting his solo career.
World's Greatest Shave
Date Wed 13th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019
Sign up today and help shave the world from blood cancer.

Assemble your superheroes and sign up today to the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave and join thousands of Australians shaving their hair and raising money for a great cause. You’ll be taking a brave step to help the 60,000 Australians living with a blood cancer.

Money raised will give families facing blood cancer including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma the emotional and practical support they need and help fund vital research. Visit the website to find out more or get involved.
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2019
Date Thu 14th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019
There is only one race the whole world is watching. The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is the ultimate playground for the world’s biggest stars. Watch as the fastest cars in the world tear up the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit at the 2019 season opener.

Whether you are a motorsport fan after full throttle, or want to soak in the glamour of this star-studded event, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2019 presents something for everyone as it takes excitement and opulence to the next level.
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.
Le Dernier Appel/The Last Cry by Marrugeku
Date Thu 14th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019
Questions of cultural, political and personal decolonisation in Australia and New Caledonia are the focus of the bold and breathtaking Le Dernier Appel/The Last Cry. Inspired by the New Caledonian referendum on independence and Australia’s long-running debate on constitutional recognition for First Nations people, this energetic inter-cultural performance examines the ways dance has been shaped by colonisation.

Six dancers express the anger, longing, frustration and despair over years of talk that has yet to get the results the Indigenous people of both countries want. With rapid-fire contemporary movement, acrobatic street styles and traditional Indigenous dance, the performers move across the stage to the backing of electronic, techno, future soul and ambient soundscapes.

Le Dernier Appel/The Last Cry captures the forces of decolonisation through dance - the drive for independence, the collapse of old systems and the vulnerability of a future standing alone. Intense and visceral, the movement gathers into a driving pace and an urgent call to be heard.

Presented by Arts House and Marrugeku as part of Dance Massive.
Bruch's Violin Concerto
Date Fri 15th Mar 2019
The exhilarating drive of the dances from Borodin’s opera Prince Igor has thrilled listeners for more than a hundred years, and not just in the concert hall. This music’s popularity over several generations in movies, computer games, television commercials and pop songs, not to mention the delightful musical Kismet, testifies to Borodin’s tuneful genius. Even without knowing the context of its appearance as a scene-stealing fantasy of exotic splendour within its operatic original, the Dances’ delicious vitality and rich orchestral colour makes the heart rush and the spine tingle.

A few years younger than Borodin, Max Bruch was thoroughly schooled in the German tradition through the aesthetic line of Mendelssohn and Brahms. His first concerto is a bravura showpiece for violinists that has never waned in popularity with audiences or performers.
Jazz and the Silver Screen
Date Fri 15th Mar 2019
This intimate evening showcases jazz classics and selections from celebrated film scores that started life on the silver screen. The stunning vocals of award-winning musical theatre star Alinta Chidzey are accompanied by an ensemble of Melbourne’s most accomplished jazz musicians and members of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.

In Jazz and the Silver Screen, Hook Turn Orchestra melds the worlds of jazz and the classical concert hall, whilst reinventing much-loved classics and under-appreciated film score masterpieces. The show features toe-tapping tunes from Puttin’ on the Ritz, to Somewhere Over the Rainbow and all the way to Joni Mitchell’s masterpiece, Both Sides Now.

Experience iconic songs that will fill you with nostalgia, in what promises to be a magical evening in the theatre.
Vintage Clothing Sale at Como
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019
Melbourne's biggest and most authentic vintage clothing sale is back in March 2019.

The annual National Trust Vintage Clothing Sale is all set for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2019 at Como House.

Once again they have been working hard on an extensive collection of quality vintage and designer clothing, bringing together bold, unique and genuinely iconic pieces spanning the late 1800s through to the present day, including designer wear by the likes of Armani, Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Missoni, to name a few.

Items include aAmazing quality shoes and handbags, unique millinery, gloves and handkerchiefs, a massive range of jewellery, a great range of menswear, hundreds of scarves, haberdashery from the dressmakers and collectibles of all sorts.

Entry is $2. All proceeds from the sale will go towards furniture, furnishings and critical conservation projects for Como House.
Alice.D Magazine Launch Event
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Alice.D is a Melbourne based, fashion arts and culture magazine and is formally introducing themselves to the fashion world in an expected underground degenerate warehouse space in Melbourne.

The event incorporates fashion installations, referencing themes of repression, gender identity, ethnic diversity and the desire for freedom, all with alluring fashion, music and intriguing style.

The installations throughout the event will feature the abundance of upcoming artists and designers, showcasing the raw, homegrown and creative talent within Melbourne.

Whether you are a fashion savvy individual, a person who embraces Melbourne’s creative unconventional culture or a fan of anything with artistic style, there is something for everyone to appreciate at Alice’s launch event.

Follow Alice down; feed your head.

MSO's Season Opening Gala
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
To start his final season as Chief Conductor, there is no more fitting time for Sir Andrew Davis to appear on the podium with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra than at the Season Opening Gala.

Lu Siqing joined Sir Andrew and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on a 2018 tour of China, performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, Pathétique, to six rapturous, standing ovations across the country. Be the first in Australia to see this program performed by two stars, as well as your Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Died Pretty
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Died Pretty evoke many images for those who know and love Australian independent music. Formed in 1983 they became an integral part of the unfolding 80's Sydney scene. Building on a series of lauded albums and extensive domestic and international touring, the band built a loyal global following over a career that ended up lasting twenty years. Always determining their own musical directions, the band never deviated from the course they set themselves, ultimately earning their unique position in the Australian musical landscape.

Making very few appearances over the past decade, fans were ecstatic the last time they performed on their hugely successful double headline Australian tour with Radio Birdman in 2017. Special guests on this night will be Even and Greyjacks.
Whitehorse Global Fiesta
Date Sun 17th Mar 2019
Global Fiesta is Council’s national Harmony Day event and is a celebration of Whitehorse's wonderful, culturally diverse community.

Enjoy a day of free family fun and enjoy mouth-watering cultural cuisine, dance to music from across the globe, and check out the fun local community stalls.
St Patrick's Festival
Date Sun 17th Mar 2019
This Festival will be an opportunity for residents, tourist, locals and visitors to come together as a community, to celebrate to celebrate Irish Culture, to reflect the true nature of a diverse and modern Irish community and its contribution to the fabric of Australian Society.
Ocean Film Festival World Tour - Southbank
Date Mon 18th 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.
The Australian Ballet presents The Happy Prince
Date Tue 19th Mar 2019 to Thu 28th Mar 2019
Oscar Wilde’s lyrical story of a statue who gives his all to help humanity is full of poetic beauty, heartbreak, sly humour and sharp social commentary. In 2019, Graeme Murphy, who created The Australian Ballet’s acclaimed modern interpretations of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, turns his flair for transformative storytelling to Wilde’s moving tale.

The possibilities for dance in Wilde’s characters - the golden Prince, his loyal friend the Swallow, the seductive Reed, the pitiful Match Girl - will be fabulously realised in Murphy’s distinctive choreographic style.

This all-Australian world premiere will feature a specially commissioned score from the renowned composer Christopher Gordon, who composed the scores for the films Mao’s Last Dancer and Master and Commander, alongside the work of award-winning artist and director Kim Carpenter, who adapted the story and created the colourful design for the ballet.

Playful and poignant, The Happy Prince will capture children’s imagination with its vivid spectacle and adults’ attention with its timely message: a kind heart shines brighter than gold.
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.
Kenny G Live in Australia
Date Tue 19th Mar 2019
Legendary Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, Kenny G, is set to tour Melbourne this March.

With sales of over 75 million albums worldwide, Kenny G’s music made the pop, RnB and jazz charts in the 1980’s and 90’s, with hits including Going Home, Songbird, Silhouette and The Moment. Simon Foo, Tour Promoter, Three Angles Production, said the artist’s smooth melodies have roots in jazz, but his unique style also embraces genres such as instrumental pop, jazz pop and contemporary.

Tickets are now on sale. Presented by Three Angles Production.
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.
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 us 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.
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.

Wyndham Holi (Festival of Colors)
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
On behalf of the wider community, the Victorian Cultural Association Inc (VCA) would like to invite your presence on the occasion of the The Festival of Colors. This is the 5th successive year major celebration event. Last year's event had 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.
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.
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.
Robot Song
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?
Shake at the Lake
Date Mon 25th 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.
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.
Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
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.

The new major charity partnership with Beyond Blue marks a new chapter for the Show, and is set to bring a renewed focus on the impact gardens, plants and outdoor spaces have on mental health and wellbeing.

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

City dwellers can enjoy after-work drinks with gourmet foods and live music while getting their floral fix at Gardens by Twilight until 9:00pm on Friday 29 March.

The ticketed Holland America Line High Tea is the perfect place to enjoy floral inspired treats and Tokyo Ichiyo Ikebana Floristry School’s Naohiro Kasuya will showcase a spectacular Ikebana installation, celebrating the ancient floral art of Japan.

The Diggers Club will bring a taste of their Heronswood estate to the Show including samples of delicious heirloom fruits, tactile plants, clucking chickens and sweet perfumes of flower varieties.
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.
Nick Capper - Pig In The City - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
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 - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
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.
Autumn Gardens Tour
Date 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.
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.
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.
Shakespeare in the Gardens - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Shakespeare classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, gets a modern twist in this unforgettable evening of free outdoor theatre in the Brighton Library Gardens.

Performed by Melbourne-based theatre company Essential Theatre, renowned for Shakespeare in the Vines, a national tour of Shakespeare’s classics to wineries and gardens.

Pack your picnic rugs, bring some food and wine and get ready to be enchanted by this popular romantic comedy in the historic setting of the Brighton Cultural Precinct.

One night only. Free event, registrations essential.

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.
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?
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Comedy out West (COW) - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
This night of comedy is not quite raw - more medium to well done - as local and imported comedians battle it out for the all-important audience vote.

This free event gives the audience the power to decide who takes the award for Best Comedian in the West and walks away with the coveted Cow Bell for 2019.

Recommended for those aged 16 and over.

Calling all comedians - this is your chance to take open mic glory. All you need is five minutes of original material to impress a voting audience.
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.
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
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Date Fri 31st May 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
With a program catering for a range of audiences, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival is sure to fulfill your winter entertainment needs. Held in June each year, the Festival's diverse programming provides something for everyone.

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is Australia's pre-eminent jazz festival, internationally renowned as a programmer of creativity and innovation. It showcases Melbourne's thriving jazz sector nationally and internationally, and makes a unique contribution to Melbourne's artistic reputation. Its vision is to be one of the world's leading centres of creative jazz presentation by providing a platform for performance, collaboration, education and engagement.

This is achieved by the presentation of a 10-day annual festival with over 130 events in 25 locations across greater Melbourne.

Its diverse programming includes modern masters, late night art parties, free events, Australian and international collaborations and pathways for emerging artists.
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 10th Anniversary of the Melbourne International Singers Festival.

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.

We are thrilled to welcome back the following artists who will conduct and perform at Melbourne International Singers Festival 2019.

•The Velvetones
•George Torbay
•Kavisha Mazzella AM


Email us to register your interest NOW and receive information and updates to the 2019 program.

(Please note that times for the program and registration details are to be confirmed)

BOOKINGS OPEN late January 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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 MCO 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood ...

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia!

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?
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.'
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.
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).
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.
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.
Presidents Cup 2019
Date Mon 9th Dec 2019 to Sun 15th Dec 2019
The 13th Presidents Cup will be contested at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. 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.
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.