Regional Tourism Guide for City of Melbourne
Victoria , Australia  
A Secret Place Melbourne - Thursday Night Jazz and Dining Special
Date Thu 1st Nov 2018 to Thu 31st Jan 2019
A Secret Place Melbourne is presenting one of the city's best Jazz Quartets in a new and beautiful setting. With no cover charge, the $25 or more you would normally pay can go toward a beautiful meal or a fancy cocktail.

This intimate and beautiful room is at the very top of bohemian dining luxury in the heart of the city. It is close parking and transport, offers amazing food and cocktails, gold standard service and reserved seating for those who choose to dine.

You will be greeted by the lovely hostess and made to feel at home. This casual and elegant dining and entertainment experience is everything to make leaving home worthwhile and pleasurable. Do not forget to ask the hostess for the “Connie’s Guest List” specials.

Places are limited, so please book in advance or call Connie on the number provided.

There is a $10 booking fee that is taken deducted from your final bill. Hotmail accounts must call the number provided.
Whisky Flight Night – Whiskies of The World: Ireland
Date Thu 1st Nov 2018 to Thu 29th Nov 2018
Distillation of whisky as an alcoholic beverage has a long and contested history. While the practice of distillation moved to Ireland and Scotland no later than the late 15th century the origin of the spirit is a hotly contested subject. The first licence for distillation places the birthplace of commercial whisky distillation in Northern Ireland but a shipping ledger positions the first record of whisky production in Scotland.

While the Scottish whisky market has blossomed in Australia and grown dramatically in popularity, in modern times Irish whisky has become more obscure. Every week in November Starward Distillery will be tipping their hats to some of their lesser known Irish counterparts in a celebration of Irish whisky. Come down to Starward Distillery and remember the long history of new and old Irish whiskies.

Cost will get you a selection of five whiskies from Ireland, a pairing of cheese and meat and an hour-long guided tasting with a whisky expert.

All Whisky Flight Nights start promptly at the advertised time. Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the start.
Planetarium Nights
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018 to Fri 28th Dec 2018
On Friday nights the Melbourne Planetarium reawakens after hours for adults only with a stellar line-up of fulldome film screenings.

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

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

Enjoy a drink from the bar in planetary surroundings. Planetarium Nights is for adults 18 years and over.
Rebecca Barnard Does Joni Mitchell – High Tea
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Arts Centre Melbourne presents Rebecca Barnard does Joni Mitchell High Tea Live.

Rebecca Barnard (Rebecca’s Empire) brings her signature honeyed vocals to Arts Centre Melbourne's High Tea Live series, celebrating the songs of Joni Mitchell. Following the breakout success of her band Rebecca’s Empire, the much loved Melbourne songstress has released a number of solo albums. She’s collaborated with countless Australian artists, including; Paul Kelly, Tim Rogers, Renee Geyer, Deb Conway, The Meanies, The Audreys, The Fauves, You Am I and more.

Rebecca first heard Joni Mitchell in 1974. The song was ‘Carey’, and it changed her life there and then. She has been a Joni fan ever since. Across Rebecca’s body of work, you’ll find a subtle hint of Joni’s influence. She will be accompanied by fellow Joni fan, Peter Farnan (Pesky Bones), on piano and guitar.

Look at love from both sides now, as the duo perform their favourite Joni Mitchell songs - spanning each era from her extraordinary career. After a complimentary glass of Azahara bubbles on arrival, indulge in a three tiered stand of sweet and savoury delights and freshly brewed tea. All while enjoying an intimate set with Melbourne’s very own Rebecca Barnard.
Flying Fox Discovery Tours
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018 to Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Have you ever wondered why bats hang upside down?

Join a free Flying Fox Discovery Tour to learn all about Victoria's largest colony of Grey-headed flying foxes that inhabit the beautiful inner-city park at Yarra Bend.

Participants will get the chance to see these fascinating creatures up close in their natural habitat and experience a truly unique wildlife encounter on a volunteer-guided walk. Tours are fun, educational and suitable for all ages.

Flying Fox Discovery Tours will run only in November and December 2018.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm.
Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm.
Melbourne Blues Cruise
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018 to Sun 9th Dec 2018
Enjoy Melbourne Blues Cruise's popular event to see spectacular views, an exciting ambience and a fun party atmosphere on one of the most beautiful boats, Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat.

Melbourne Blues Cruise feature the most talented and entertaining Blues artists Australia has to offer for an unforgettable cruise experience. Each cruise will feature two leading Melbourne Blues acts playing live upstairs plus a rocking DJ on the lower level of the boat - both areas with plenty of room to dance.

Seating and couches abound, plus loads of outdoor decks and benches to enjoy the view whilst listening to the music.

There will be two fully stocked bars: upstairs and downstairs and food is available for purchase on-board.

Boarding is at 6:00pm, with departure at 6:30pm sharp. The cruise will return at 10:00pm.

See website for more information.
Bottomless Brunch Brunswick
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
Gather your friends and join Mary Eats Cake for a Bottomless Brunch. Free flowing mimosas and Pimms, what more could you want?

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

Filtered coffee and tea are available.

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

La Bohème
Date Wed 7th Nov 2018 to Sat 24th Nov 2018
The way that first love grabs hold and floods you with something you’ve never felt before. The fire that burns the first time jealousy flares. The growing up you do in the instant that you realise love can’t last forever.

Puccini takes these achingly human feelings and sets them to music — music that soars with the ecstasy of love, crackles with the pain of jealousy and cries with the agony of loss.

Some human emotions are too big for words alone, and for that, there is music.

La Bohème exposes your soul to the feelings that only music can express.

Circus Royale - Tarneit
Date Wed 7th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
Providing quality entertainment for the entire family, Circus Royal is an international, multi-million dollar daredevil circus and animal spectacular, all under the Mighty Big Top.

Circus favourites including aerial acts, clowning, magic, geese , camels, dancing horses and tail wagging dogs.

Staged in a modern Big Top tent, every seat is a comfortable chair with both fans and heating inside to ensure customer satisfaction is number one priority. Make sure you do not miss out on this spectacular event.
SMALL! at fortyfivedownstairs
Date Thu 8th Nov 2018 to Sat 17th Nov 2018
fortyfivedownstairs is hosting its first ever community-sourced, small works exhibition SMALL! in November of 2018.

Over 260 artists seized the opportunity to show work in the legendary Flinders Lane gallery with nearly 600 submissions.

SMALL! will see the large fortyfivedownstairs gallery filled with an endless variety of styles and media including painting, drawing and sketches, prints, textiles, and small sculptural works. Dotted among experimental works made from crockery, eggshells and fake eyelashes are traditional pieces, including landscapes, still-lifes and portraits in oils and acrylics.

SMALL! is a truly democratic exhibition, accessible for all artists, regardless of experience or status. The exhibition will include works from community arts groups, fine arts students and mid-career artists. And, artists from the fortyfivedownstairs community have supported us with some wonderful contributions

In the interests of being truly democratic, all the SMALL! artworks will be priced at $150, no matter the artist or the medium. fortyfivedownstairs want visitors to choose favourites based solely on what they love, so artist names will not be listed alongside the pieces.
Thursday Comedy Club
Date Thu 8th Nov 2018 to Thu 28th Feb 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.
A Life In Print - Ian Gardiner
Date Fri 9th Nov 2018 to Sat 22nd Dec 2018
This retrospective showcase of much-admired artist and teacher Ian Gardiner (1943-2008) features colourful etchings, linocuts, mono-prints, woodcuts and woodblock prints.

Bold, abstract and powerful interpretations of the human body are exhibited alongside stunning landscapes, many reflecting Gardiner’s lifelong passion for travel.

America, Italy and Japan are redolent in his art with later works highlighting the landscapes of Victoria, including the undulating hillsides of Somers on the Mornington Peninsula, expressed in painterly oil pastels.

A Life In Print is drawn primarily from a generous donation to the Whitehorse Art Collection from the artist’s estate in 2015.

This exhibition is curated by guest curator Rodney James.
Next Move 11
Date Fri 9th Nov 2018 to Sat 17th Nov 2018
Chunky Move presents Next Move 11. Featuring two new works by acclaimed dancers and emerging choreographers Lauren Langlois and Joel Bray, this dystopian double bill invites audiences into two surrealist worlds; one of technological obsession the other a ceremonial ground of light and sound. In these two distinct collaborative pieces, non-linear, looping narratives and the body become a site of investigation into the self, memory, and imagination.

Photo credit Pia Johnson.
Thai Cooking Masterclass
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018 to Sat 9th Feb 2019
Fresh fragrant and fun, is the philosophy behind Melbourne’s funkiest Thai restaurant. Bangpop is offering the chance to undertake a masterclass with their Head Chef to learn the secrets to two classic Thai dishes.

Pad Thai – A common street food found at the local eateries. Created over 60 years ago to assist with Thailand’s rice shortages, this dish quickly become a symbol of patriotism and nationalism. Full of all the fresh classic ingredients.

Green Papaya Salad – The "power fruit" is commonly found in Thai cuisine. Learn the basic salad style that you can take home and add your personal twist to. A real crowd pleaser and fantastic simple dish that always manages to surprise dinner guests at home.

The Thai Cooking Masterclass will run for two hours. All ingredients, equipment required and an apron to wear during the class supplied.

Enjoy the Yarra riverside location for your cooking experience and relax with a drink (glass of wine or beer) with your lunch. Suitable to all dietaries and levels of culinary expertise. Embrace the chance to learn the delicate balance of flavours that makes Thai cooking so delicious from the masters themselves is one not to miss.
A Dreadful Time for Mothers
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
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.'
Introduction to Oil Painting with Michelle Caithness
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018 to Sun 16th Dec 2018
This course is designed for people who are looking to learn the fundamentals of oil painting. Melbourne Art Class welcome complete beginners and people with some previous experience.

Over six weeks, artist Michelle Caithness will introduce you to: underpainting, composition, colour mixing, colour theory, value (light and dark) and application of paint.

Once you have covered the basics and have experimented with the medium, you will then create a painting over the final four weeks. Michelle will offer one-on-one tuition whilst you are working on your own painting. Melbourne Art Class encourage students to bring in a photo, or artwork which they would like to recreate. A simple still life will also be set up if students wish to paint from life.

All materials are included, except an A3 (ideally) or an A4 canvas pad, which can be purchased at art shops around Melbourne.
Twelfth Night
Date Mon 12th Nov 2018 to Sat 29th Dec 2018
This exquisite comedy is a timeless masterpiece, bursting at the seams with passion and music. Yet it starts with a twin sister and brother shipwrecked, grief-stricken, both believing the other to be drowned. Shakespeare’s lyrical fantasy slams poetry into melancholia, laced with drunkenness and misrule in bucket loads. Identity confusion abounds in a whirligig of capricious farce as everything spins out of control towards a sense of harmony.

Simon Phillips (Macbeth) again brings one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated works to life at MTC for this highly anticipated production, featuring music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall (Muriel’s Wedding The Musical).
Christmas at the Old Treasury
Date Mon 12th Nov 2018 to Mon 7th Jan 2019
Visit the Old Treasury Building’s annual Christmas display from the 1920s and immerse yourself in a time gone by.

By the 1920s there were quite sophisticated Christmas decorations for sale in the shops, but most people could not afford them. These are the kinds of decorations they made instead. Newspapers of the time printed designs and patterns for cheerful decorations which could be made at home using readily available materials. As a reminder of times past, the Old Treasury Building has used these patterns to recreate a homely Christmas in the caretakers’ basement flat. They will also share some old recipes for Christmas food.

You will recognise some things, but others will be an eye opener.
SCRgroup's Feelgood Hub Launch
Date Mon 12th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
SCRgroup, Australia’s leading and most effective clothing recycling service are launching a world first, a digital clothing drop-off hub, in Melbourne.

The launch also marks the start of National Recycling Week and aims to educate the public on the importance of clothing recycling and to show just how easy it can be.

SCRgroup’s Feelgood Hub will be unveiled at 9:30am on Monday 12 November and will remain at Bourke St Mall for the duration of National Recycling Week for the public to drop off their pre-loved clothing.

A number of prizes from well-known local businesses are also up for grabs - those who use the Feelgood Hub can post a picture of them doing so on social media to be in with the chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Date Tue 13th Nov 2018 to Thu 22nd Nov 2018
Wagner’s beloved comedy takes a joyful look at the art of music itself: what is wrong, what is right, and who decides. The mastersingers are holding a high-stakes singing competition, and Walther needs to win. He’s an outsider, an upstart, and he doesn’t know the rules. But to win the hand of his beloved Eva, he must sing the greatest song ever made.

Enter Hans Sachs: mastersinger, cobbler, and the beating human heart of this opera. He offers the newcomer all his warmth and wisdom, knowing it will cost his own chance at love.

Hans Sachs is a prized tour de force for a baritone with a rich voice and absorbing stage presence. James Johnson leads a huge, exciting cast including Stefan Vinke, Warwick Fyfe and Natalie Aroyan.

After his triumphs with the Ring Cycle, Pietari Inkinen returns to conduct the magnificent score.

Hear the Wagnerian forces of Orchestra Victoria and special guests in these performances, exclusive to Melbourne.

Kasper Holten’s extravagant staging for the Royal Opera House and Opera Australia celebrates change: how the deepest of traditions can give way to something powerful and new. Die

Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a glowing testament to the wonder of human artistry.
Six Degrees in Melbourne
Date Tue 13th Nov 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
Six short plays set in Melbourne's own Flinders Lane. In its second year, Six Degrees in Melbourne is an exciting departure from regular theatre fare.

Described by one critic last year as ‘nuggets of gold in a bleak modern city’, Six Degrees in Melbourne consists of six short plays that weave in and around each other while dipping into the darkness and surprises of Flinders Lane.

To prepare for this theatrical journey by degrees from Melbourne's most celebrated writers' theatre, six writers went down to Flinders Lane. Amidst the cobblestones, cafes, brass plates and bicycles, six stories emerged yet only two characters were created. Tally and Beaux, played by eight actors. Just to keep audiences guessing.

Original and inspiring, with stories ranging from the dramatic to the humorous, and often very funny, this is local theatre at its finest.

Writers: Maree Collie, Bruce Shearer, Adele Shelley, Mazz Ryan, Joe Austin-Crowe and Katie Lee. Performed by MWT's actor ensemble. Directed by: Mazz Ryan and Adele Shelley.

Proudly presented by Melbourne Writers' Theatre.
Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men
Date Tue 13th Nov 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
Melbourne, prepare to be charmed and dazzled by the breathtaking songs and captivating choreography in the scorching hot show that has already taken Australia by storm, playing to sold-out venues on its recent national tour.

Performing timeless hits such as 'Fly Me to the Moon', 'Be a Clown', 'Well Did You Evah', 'Singin in the Rain' and 'Mr Bojangles', listen to the sensational vocals and watch the sizzling tap dancing of Shay Debney and Mikey Halcrow, Australia's newest Song and Dance Men.

Recapturing a bygone era of Hollywood, with dashes of Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, Donald O'Connor, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and even a little bit of Bob Hope, Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men is not only cheeky and charming, it's delightful, it is delicious and it is de-lovely.

Accompanied by a three piece jazz ensemble under the musical direction of Shanon Whitelock, it is now Melbourne's turn to experience the glory and charm of classic Hollywood.
Louise Saxton: The Linen Project
Date Tue 13th Nov 2018 to Thu 27th Dec 2018
The latest exhibition at Hawthorn’s Town Hall Gallery pays homage to past lives and labour with a new, immersive installation created by Louise Saxton. Melbourne artist Louise Saxton has been collecting domestic linens since 1988 and has been extracting and reconstructing the embroidery and lace from the linen for more than a decade to build several major bodies of work, including two and three-dimensional assemblages.

For The Linen Project Louise has created an installation with the support of an 18-month artist in residence program through Caritas Christi at St Vincent’s hospital in Kew. The work acknowledges the intrinsic role of linens in the healing and care of patients in a hospital setting.

Louise said: “Many of the leftover doilies, tea cloths, tray and table cloths have a unique negative space, which mimics the embroidered motif that it once held. Others have more random negative shapes from less-painstaking extraction. The viewer will be surrounded and, in some way held by, the protective and comforting materiality of linen. The Linen Project pays homage to my mother, her mother and all the mothers who have made and used domestic linens to care for their families.”

Moral Panic By Rachel Perks and Bridget Balodis
Date Wed 14th Nov 2018 to Sat 24th Nov 2018
The award-winning team behind Ground Control and Angry Sexx unleashes the world premiere of their occult thriller, Moral Panic.

This savage new performance from writer Rachel Perks and director Bridget Balodis is an unsettling hallucination, a deep dive into witchcraft and a dark comedy that dares audiences to venture to strange and uncomfortable places.

Andy and Evie meet in the forest to hex Evie’s uncle. They have been talking to a dead witch online, she’s given them a spell but asked for a pretty big favour in return. What could possibly go wrong?

The arrival of Evie’s weird aunt, and Sue-Anne, the Mayor’s daughter, forges an unlikely coven and propels the story down into the nauseating dream-logic of the underworld. They must learn to speak the mother tongue. They must listen to the crone and the crow.

Two is company, three is a coven.
Live Jazz with Orlando Combo
Date Wed 14th Nov 2018 to Wed 23rd Jan 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.
EQUITANA Melbourne
Date Thu 15th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
In 2018, EQUITANA is proud to be celebrating 20 years since it first launched in 1999. The milestone is a major achievement, reflecting EQUITANA’s position as the premier all-encompassing equestrian event in the southern hemisphere.

EQUITANA continues to be the most anticipated bi-annual equine event of its kind in Australia, attracting over 50,000 visitors each year. EQUITANA Melbourne 2018 will be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds from the 15 to 18 November.

EQUITANA Melbourne is a true celebration of Australia’s diverse equine industry. When EQUITANA Melbourne takes over the Melbourne Showgrounds across four days in November, it will showcase everything equine in education, exhibition, entertainment and competition! The event will feature Olympic Medallists, the A to Z of horse breeds, world renowned educators, edge-of-your-seat entertainment, an elite competition program and over 300 exhibitors.
Rock Bang
Date Thu 15th Nov 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
Circus Oz present a collaboration with Otto and Astrid.

Rock Bang - A circus rock opera.

Rounding out their 40th year, Circus Oz has co-created an original hilarious rock’n’roll extravaganza - Rock Bang - with Otto and Astrid from the (self-proclaimed) best band in the world: Die Roten Punkte.

Part rock concert, part side-splitting comedy and smashed together with acrobatic punk anarchy, Rock Bang is a sensory feast of heart stopping stunts, physical ridiculousness, soaring guitars, thumping drums and contagious tunes.

Utterly dysfunctional siblings Otto and Astrid attempt to tell their fantastical life story of being orphaned as kids and growing up in artist filled squats to become the darlings of Berlin’s underground rock scene.

Distracted and inspired by the extraordinary bendy feats of the Circus Oz acrobats, Otto and Astrid quickly descend into squabbling, throwing rehearsed circus routines and songs into spectacular chaos.

Rock Bang is a riotous hard-rocking Circus Oz explosion detonated by Otto and Astrid.
Date Thu 15th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
An exciting early 20th Century musical from a prodigious maestro, Eileen is Victor Herbert’s grand Irish ode to his maternal homeland.

On the eve of Irish revolution, patriot Barry O’Day meets the winsome Eileen in France and falls in love. Torn between passion and duty, his sire land pulls his heart and he leaves, unsure if he’ll ever see her again.

Years later Barry journeys to his home in Sligo Bay ready to lead the rebellion against British occupation with the help of sympathetic English aristocrat, Lady Maude, the current owner of the O’Day lands. Imagine his surprise when Eileen turns out to be Lady Maude’s niece! Love rekindles, but with danger all around will their romance survive?

Directed by versatile auteur Suzanne Barton, with musical direction from multi-award nominee Kent Ross, and featuring authentic Irish dance choreography by Catherine Cosgriff with championship dancers from the Cosgriff Irish Dancing School, this rousing and romantic musical adventure is making its Australian premiere at the Kel Watson Theatre, Burwood East, following a successful 2017 season in New York.

With captivating characters and a joyful score, be swept away on a grand lyrical adventure.
Christmas Crafts
Date Thu 15th Nov 2018 to Thu 6th Dec 2018
Join in this fun and festive class to make your own personalised Christmas baubles, soft felted decorations, and traditional wooden decorations that will be beautiful for your own tree, as well as treasured momentos for friends and family. They will craft a different style of decoration each week.

Participants can choose to take part in the whole program, or just choose to attend those sessions that particularly interest them.

Book a session online or book the entire term or phone.
Broken by Mary Anne Butler
Date Thu 15th Nov 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama and the Victorian Prize for Literature, Mary Anne Butler’s poetic, evocative play receives its long-awaited Melbourne premiere from 15 to 25 November 2018 at fortyfivedownstairs.

A car crash in the Central Desert. A broken man, about to leave his wife. A damaged woman, struggling to stay intact. Broken entwines the stories of three complex lives as they unfold on a single fateful night in the heart of the Northern Territory’s desert country.

Poetic, visceral and extremely moving, this haunting story of resilience and survival takes you into the heart of its characters and the Australian landscape, offering up a devastatingly fresh look at our national identity.

Wrestling with matters of chance, choice, hope and fate, it poses the question: When you find yourself empty, how do you start again?
Live Jazz with Orlando Combo at the Wayside Inn
Date Thu 15th Nov 2018 to Thu 20th Dec 2018
Experience the genuine live Jazz experience while wining or dining in style at the Wayside Inn on Thursday nights from November 15.

After an eight year weekly Wednesday night residency at the Botanical Hotel, South Yarra, Orlando Combo brings its smooth live Jazz, Swing and Lounge sounds to the Wayside Inn. Entry is free.
Melbourne Music Week
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018 to Sat 24th Nov 2018
Melbourne Music Week (MMW) returns 16 to 24 November for a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene. Driven by its vision as a uniquely Melbourne event—it’s the only event of its type in Australia.

MMW teams up with a range of independent promoters, venues and labels to create a dynamic program that illuminates the connections between music, people and places.

Built on the reputation for re-imaging spaces for creative use, each year has a different flagship venue, such as the Argus Building in 2012, the Former Royal Women’s Hospital in 2015, and – last year – St Paul’s Cathedral.

From intimate, interactive experiences in non-traditional venues to headline performances at Melbourne Town Hall, the program is a direct result of the depth and diversity of Melbourne’s creative music industry.

MMW is proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
Melbourne Aces 2018/2019 Season
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018 to Sun 3rd Feb 2019
Baseball Australia is in charge of baseball of all levels all around the country. from T-Ball and Little League to pro's in the Australian Baseball League and Team Australia.

This year Baseball Australia is in charge of the Melbourne Ace's and they have a series of baseball games that occur on the weekends from 16 November to 3 February. These are family friendly events that have 25 inch hot dogs, nachos in a plastic helmet that you can take home, cheerleaders and many different games day events to keep you and the kids engaged all game long.

Baseball Australia would love to see you out supporting our Aces this season.
Little White Lies
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018 to Sat 17th Nov 2018
A night of storytelling, theatre and little white lies. Everyone has done it and everyone continues to do it - shifting the truth slightly to let a path run a little smoother. When it all goes well, you might call them acts of secret service, but when the proverbial hits the fan, well, a moral conundrum shared is a moral conundrum halved, so they say, so join to unearth stories from the slightly submerged truth.

Everyone is human, and everyone has a story that sit just below the surface - you might be surprised by what you have in common with your neighbour. Come and see these little white lies turn into unforgettable theatre.

Melbourne Playback Theatre Company presents its much awaited 2018 Spring Public Season: Little White Lies (for adults) and Little Big Surprise (specially aimed at children). Melbourne Playback Theatre Company is Melbourne’s foremost improvised storytelling company, specialising in drawing stories from an audience and turning those stories into insightful and highly entertaining theatre right on the spot.
Learning on the Edge
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018 to Sat 17th Nov 2018
Discover the wonders of learning in unconventional ways through a series of mind-expanding interactive events in Footscray.

Learning on the Edge is an inaugural two-day program developed by VU's Footscray University Town team in collaboration with Victoria University Polytechnic, Maribyrnong City Council and community partners. It offers unique learning and knowledge-exchange opportunities for everyone.

Featuring six unique events at locations across Footscray, Learning on the Edge puts a twist on everyday learning experiences by encouraging participants to get out of their comfort zones.
Rufus Reid (USA) Performs Live at The Jazzlab
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018 to Sat 17th Nov 2018
Rufus Reid, one of today’s premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena, now adds composition to his vitae.

Rufus participated in the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop for five years which has empowered him to move more deeply into the composing arena. He has written for string orchestra, jazz ensembles large and small, concert band, double bass ensemble pieces and a solo bass composition. Mass Transit, Rufus’ three movement symphony orchestra composition, was premiered in 2011.

Also premiered that year was the orchestral arrangement of Reid’s Caress The Thought with soloist, Joe Guastafeste, retired principal bassist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Reid composed Caress The Thought as a solo piece for bass virtuoso, Diana Gannett, who has performed it several times and recorded it on her 2015 CD Artemis in the Oak Grove with pianist Ellen Rowe.

Rufus Reid’s major professional career began in Chicago and continues since 1976 in New York City.

He has toured and recorded with Eddie Harris, Nancy Wilson, Harold Land & Bobby Hutcherson, The Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Barron and countless others.

Garden DesignFest
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
Garden DesignFest is the largest designer open garden weekend held in Melbourne. Created under the patronage of John Patrick, this event commenced in 2004 and has since raised some $530,000 for worthwhile charities. The event attracts visitors locally, interstate and internationally.

The event continues to account for every possible taste from family to formal, traditional to artistic and native to Hollywood. This year not only will there be a large variety of metropolitan gardens but also a number of spectacular gardens in rural Victoria and the Mornington Peninsula split across two consecutive weekends.

Representatives of the designers will be in attendance at their garden to meet and talk with visitors about their garden and answer any questions they have.

Smells Like A Song
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Welcome to Smells Like a Song, the improvised musical where the audience calls the songs.

Impro Melbourne’s company of incredible players, with jaw-dropping obedience, will perform an entirely improvised musical complete with tantalising narrative and big musical numbers. Audiences have all the power, deciding when the songs happen and what they should be about by throwing a rose onto the stage with cries of 'Smells Like A Song'.

Directed by Impro Melbourne’s Brenna Dixon and starring a wonderful cast of talented Impro Melbourne performers, this is 'a show that you could see over and over again'. Enjoy a meal downstairs at the bar or in the bistro as part of a great Saturday night out.
Teeny Tiny Stevies
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
This is music to get children and their parents dancing! Join alt-folk-pop band, Byll and Beth Stephen for a fun afternoon of melodies combined with captivating animated videos.

Sisters Byll and Beth will sing songs from their hit ABC Kids debut release Useful Songs for Little People which includes songs about getting dressed, being patient, eating well, manners and much more.

This concert is suitable for babies and toddlers.
Passenger – Runaway Tour
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Following the release of single ‘Hell Or High Water’ and the announce of his tenth studio album 'Runaway', Passenger has announced his 2018 Australia and New Zealand tour dates.

The British singer-songwriter will play in all the major cities in Australia to showcase his forthcoming album. 'Runaway' finds Passenger embracing the epic once again—the melodies are unforgettable, the choruses colossal. Even though it was recorded between the UK and Australia with co-producer Chris Vallejo (INXS, Empire Of The Sun, Josh Pyke), the 10-track album was imagined as unfolding against a backdrop of American landscapes.
André Rieu – Christmas With André Tour
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
The Dutch King of The Waltz, André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra will bring his “Christmas with André Tour” to Australia for the first time ever, touring in November 2018.

André Rieu's career spans more than 30 years. Thousands of fans from across the globe - including five continents - love his eclectic mix of waltz, score music, musical, opera and easy listening. And he sure knows how to stage a grand show including romantic moments and witty twists.

Evenings with André Rieu offer perfect entertainment composed of world-famous, romantic and emotional melodies, lots of surprises, a good deal of humour and top-class international soloists. Rieu’s charisma, passion and vibrancy make his appearance on stage a unique experience.

Together with his Johann Strauss Orchestra consisting of 60 members, André Rieu has initiated a world-wide revival of waltz music. His shows draw people of all age groups and nationalities and one thing is guaranteed: sooner or later everybody is up and dancing.

Jeff Mills "The Trip," Matt Radovich and ACM - Melbourne Music Week
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Deeply inspired by science-fiction, DJ, producer and artist Jeff Mills adopts ideas, concepts, stories and aesthetics from the outset. For him, space is an obsession and his music almost becomes musical science-fiction that embodies the future while both respecting the past and remaining well into the present.

In this very intimate performance exclusive to Melbourne Music Week, Jeff Mills will take the audience on “The Trip” where they will be heading into the unknown with an audio visual experience like no other.

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene, running from 16 to 24 November. Proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
Blue Black Beatz - Melbourne Music Week
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Get ready for a showcase of dope music that pays respect to African sounds within the Melbourne independent music scene. Afro Hub, in collaboration with Immigration Museum, presents a journey set to take your ears to places they’ve never before and re-live our childhoods.

Featuring Featuring REMI, Sophie Grophy, Consciously Kyah, Soli Tesema, Idil Ali, Maï, Alárìíyá, Sonik Waves, Band of Brothaz and P-Unique.

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene, running from 16 to 24 November. Proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
Emily Williams – Respect
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Platinum selling recording artist Emily Williams will showcase the hits of Aretha Frankin with her phenomenal talent and true powerhouse voice this November.

Emily Williams launched her eagerly awaited solo career with the dance track ‘Spellbound’ in late 2010 which was recognised globally, this time with a nomination for ‘Australian Female Artist of The Year’. Emily pursued a new musical direction with her second solo ‘You’re Mine’. This soulful single premiered live on Channel 7, instantly receiving rave reviews for it’s soft melody and Emily’s signature killer notes which won her the title as ‘Queens of the high Cs’.

Soon after the success of ‘You’re Mine’, Emily heard news of a devastating natural disaster faced in her native country New Zealand that inspired her to record the heartfelt ballad ‘Never Alone.’ This power ballad was set to bring hope to the thousands affected and get much needed funds into Christchurch through NZ Red cross Appeal with all proceeds from the release being donated to the cause.
Melbourne Playback – Little Big Surprise
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
You might be littler than the adults, you might seem small, but we know that really you are a giant inside. This is a special show for young people where you get to share how big you feel, and have a team of actors and musicians turn your story into an amazing show on the spot.

Come and share your big adventures, your big dreams, your big magical world, and hear stories from other ‘giants in disguise’ (aka kids) too. A 60-minute show, suitable for ages five and up (though littler ones are more than welcome too).

Melbourne Playback Theatre Company presents its much awaited 2018 Spring Public Season: Little White Lies (for adults) and Little Big Surprise (specially aimed at children). Melbourne Playback Theatre Company is Melbourne’s foremost improvised storytelling company, specialising in drawing stories from an audience and turning those stories into insightful and highly entertaining theatre right on the spot.
Sharon Davis at The Bean Sessions
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Sometimes going out at night with kids is a pain, so why not bring the family to a daytime show.

See Sharon Davis and Brian El Dorado and The Tuesday People do their thing. On top of the live music, enjoy some coffee and crepes.

This gig is a family friendly event. Entry is $10 per family or $5 per individual.
Open Spaces at Abbotsford Convent
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
Celebrate the people and places of Abbotsford Convent at their biggest weekend of the year. Bringing together the best of the Convent's creative community, Open Spaces is a festival of music, art, markets, good food and more.

Celebrate Wurundjeri culture with the Ngulu-nganjin opening event, including performances, workshops and traditional games. Catch a diverse array of music including Senegambian Jazz Band, Cool Out Sun, MzRizk, Dustin McLean and more.

Browse local artisanal wares – or even get a portrait of your dog – at the design and print markets.

Grab a bite at Melbourne’s best-loved food trucks including Taco Truck, Ghost Kitchen and Billy van Creamy, and your favourite onsite eateries. Plus, there are kids programs, participatory artworks, open studios, community music, guided tours, wellbeing activities and more to explore.
Miss Jane's Faux Fur Filofax - Glamour Puss Studios
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Melbourne’s Famous Tapping Glamour Kittens celebrate their 21st year with the dazzling tapstravaganza "Miss Jane's Faux Fur Filofax", to be held at the Athenaeum Theatre on Saturday 17 November 2018 for two taptastic shows.

With more glitter than ever, a dazzling array of costumes and tap shoes, and a non-stop parade of show-stopping classics, from Shirley Bassey to Ceelo Green, from "Singing in the Rain" to "A Chorus Line", not to mention elevator music and the soundtrack to the K-Mart ad.

Hosted by the camp and quirky Miss Jane, Melbourne’s doyenne of tap, this hilarious show delves into her dazzling diary through dance.

Please visit the website for more information.
Make Believe: The Story of the Myer Christmas Windows
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018 to Sat 9th Feb 2019
Make Believe is a magical, glittering experience for children and adults alike, inviting visitors to reconnect with a cherished Melbourne tradition or experience it for the very first time.

Meet over 250 characters from quirky and kitsch windows past, along with sketches, prototypes, props and animatronics. Marvel at the skill and artistry of the makers and creators behind miniature worlds of wit, wonder and whimsy based on beloved children’s storybooks. This is the rich heritage of the Myer Christmas Windows.

Make Believe: The Story of the Myer Christmas Windows is a truly unmissable experience this festive season. Plus, what is your tradition? Share your memories.

Since 1956, the Myer Christmas Windows have been delighting visitors to Bourke Street Mall. Melbourne Museum are seeking memories, stories and/or photos of your experiences of the magical Myer Christmas windows. If you remember visiting the windows, Melbourne Museum would love to hear from you.
Look At Us Now
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Melbourne Chorus is a group of women singing acapella four-part barbershop harmony covering many different music styles and they are celebrating 35 years of a capella singing, mainly in the barbershop style. They will bring you new and old songs and guest quartets. Their main guest artist is the three piece Baker Boys Band bringing us toe-tapping jazz.
What She Sees
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
The Fox Darkroom and Gallery is proud to host the Group Exhibition - What She Sees, in collaboration with She Shoots Film.

This project will launch issue three of SSF magazine - Metamorphosis, and exhibit the works of seven female artists. Featuring the works of, local and international photographic artists, Fiona Morris, Hilde Pank, Keira Hudson, Elizabeth Casasola, Regan Brantley, Shelley Horan and Stephanie Simcox.

This Exhibition presents works created to reflect the female gaze in portraiture, each artist contributing her personal interpretation within her artistic practice exploring this theme and is represented with seven independent photo series.

In addition to the exhibition opening, She Shoots Film will launch Issue three, Metamorphosis. This independent print publication features photography exploring life through the female gaze, encouraging and supporting emerging and established photographers from around the world.
Little Big Surprises
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
You might be littler than the adults, you might seem small, but we know that really you’re a giant inside! This is a special show for young people where you get to share how big you feel, and have a team of actors and musicians turn your story into an amazing show on the spot.

Come and share your big adventures, your big dreams, your big magical world, and hear stories from other ‘giants in disguise’ (aka kids) too.

A 60-minute show, suitable for ages five and up (though littler ones are more than welcome too).

Babes in arms free.

Melbourne Square's Spring Event Series
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
To celebrate the Spring Collection, Melbourne Square is excited to announce The Spring Design Series, hosted by key representatives from The Spring Collection design team, these creative workshops will span over three weekends.

As the Display Gallery will be transformed into a vibrant Spring carnival, attendees will enjoy live music, refreshments and have the opportunity to learn more about the limited Spring Collection package and ask our friendly panel questions.

Join on Saturday 17 November at Melbourne Square’s Southbank display gallery for an interior design workshop brought to you by Carr Design and Hub Furniture.

This is a rare opportunity to hear from leading design experts, Carr Design and Hub Furniture, to discover how to simplistically style and furnish your apartment as well as catch-up on current interior design trends.
Makers and Shakers Market
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
The Makers and Shakers Market is an indoor event that focuses on beautiful homewares, delicious gourmet foods and stunning lifestyle products. With 60 top-notch quality stalls, you will meet some of Melbourne’s best, as well as get to support emerging new talent.

There will be coffee, toasted sandwiches, donuts, baked treats, speciality coffee, and many more tasty things. There will be vegan and vegetarian food options. There is indoor seating.

The Makers and Shakers Market aims to bring together people who care about where things come from, how things are made and what they are made of.

It is recommend that shoppers bring some cash, but there will ben an ATM in the foyer. Many of the stallholders will accept cards (and cash).
Broderick Smith
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
After decades on the Australian music stage Brod has a long list of credits to his name most notably as chief dog for Australian legends, The Dingoes. He is considered to be a legend by his legion of fans, a consummate performer by many of his contemporaries and an elder statesman by the new guard of fellow musicians.

In 2018, Broderick releases his brand new album ‘Man Out of Time released simultaneously with his very first book. A study in vivid storytelling and mature restraint, Man Out of Time arrives 10 years since Brod’s last solo album, Unknown Country, and eight since Tracks, his brief return to his legendary 1970s band, the Dingoes.
Doggy Day Out Chelsea
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Doggy Day Out is a free family event to celebrate dogs, their owners and their admirers.

Doggy Day Out is the event to attend to enjoy time with your dog while also meeting like-minded dog lovers in your area.

The aim of these events is to have fun.! With food trucks, pet themed market stalls, a family fun market and activities that dogs and the whole family can get involved with.

Keep posted at our Facebook Event page to keep up to date with activities and events locked in for the day!

Do you know someone who would love to get involved in this event? Pet clubs and associations, market stall holders, local businesses, demonstrators, food masters - all are welcome.

East Malvern Food and Wine Festival 2018
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
The third annual East Malvern Food and Wine Festival will return to East Malvern’s picturesque Central Park, boasting a vast range of exquisite wineries from all across Victoria on Sunday 18 November 2018, from 10:30am to 5:30pm.

Last year saw over 3,000 Melbourne food and wine lovers flock to East Malvern, to enjoy over 100 wines, craft beers, and ciders, as well as a curated selection of local and regional culinary exhibitors.

Featuring more than 20 Victorian wine regions including Bendigo, Heathcote, Pyrenees, Yarra Valley, Rutherglen and Sutton Range the festival will also host a craft beer and cider producer alley featuring Coldstream Brewery, Yulli’s Brew and Bad Shepherd Brewing Co.

For the cocktail enthusiasts, unique distillers Mr Blacks and Four Pillars will be available along with refreshing Aperol Spritz partnered with central-European inspired antipasto tasting menu by Riserva.

That is not all, satisfy your hunger with a feast from local Melbourne favourite food trucks, local favourite restaurants and pop-up restaurant stalls like Richmond Oysters & Seafood Tapas, Nepal Dining, Assaggi Italani and more.

This is a free public event. All ages welcome in the picturesque Central Park. Wine tasting glasses and ticket packages are available starting at $20.
Manningham Family Festival
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
The Rotary Club of Templestowe will be running the ever-popular Manningham Family Festival. Like previous years, there will again be the famous camel rides, as well as kid’s attractions like pony rides, a jumping castle, a merry-go-round, and a baby animal farm.

Community talent will be celebrated on stage with performances from local adult and children entertainers. There will also be around 60 community and craft stalls, and a wide selection of food stalls to enjoy.

This day is always fun for all the family: from the babies and toddlers, to bigger children, teenagers, parents, grandparents and even the dog.

Entry is by gold coin donation. Mark your calendars and join the fun. For more details, visit Rotary Templestowe website.
Contrasting works by Jenkins and Puccini
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Heidelberg Choral Society and Orchestra are proud to present the Australian Premiere performance of Karl Jenkins’ major new work, Symphonic Adiemus.

This iconic work for choir and unusual percussions will be contrasted with the popular Messa di Gloria of Giacomo Puccini.

Symphonic Adiemus is a challenging and innovative work, drawing on and extending earlier works which have all been world-wide favorites. Through his use of invented language, unusual rhythms and extensive and rarely-heard percussion Jenkins pushes the boundaries of new music development.

Unashamedly operatic, the young Puccini’s Messa di Gloria reflects the influence of Puccini’s hero, Verdi, and provides a foretaste of his later major works.

The joyous themes which run throughout the work complement the exuberant nature of Jenkin’s work, and provide an orchestral contrast which will make this a concert not to be missed.
Bushland Bike Tour at Cranbourne Gardens
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Get on your bike and join a guide to explore the beauty of Cranbourne Gardens.

Weave through the bushland and open grasslands for over six kilometres, with stops to hear the wonderful stories depicted in the unique environment.

Keep a lookout for some of the local wildlife along the way, and end your ride with a refreshing drink at the Boon Wurrung Café, included in the tour.
Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave - Melbourne Music Week
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave is a Sunday afternoon family rave for music-loving parents and their mini-mes. With the theme ‘Rock Stars and Pop Stars’, the line-up is massive, bringing old school house, techno, trance and classic rave to ACMI. Expect a musical playground featuring top DJs, confetti cannons, bubbles, a craft area, play and chill zones – plus a licensed bar for the grownups.

Featuring Spacey Space, Scott Alert, Dave Juric, Simon Murphy and Narel.

Suitable for families with kids ages 0 – 8.

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene, running from 16 to 24 November. Proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
Rival Consoles, Leon Vynehall (DJ set) and Kate Miller - Melbourne Music Week
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Ryan Lee West, better known as Rival Consoles, comes to Melbourne off the back of his latest release ‘Persona’ – a cinematic and emotive driving force of an album that traverses the spectrum of lush, ambient meanderings to full blown four-to-the-floor techno pressure.

Leon Vynehall is one of the most exciting producers in dance music today. Known for his broad musical taste as selector and DJ, Vynehall is set to play exclusively in Melbourne for Melbourne Music Week.

Kate Miller’s style is always developing and takes influence from her time spent both in Berlin and back home in Melbourne. Her sets are varied and ever-evolving, from the most recent releases to classic old school gems, merging the funky and the dreamy, the uplifting and the dark.

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene, running from 16 to 24 November. Proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
You Am I plus special guests - Melbourne Music Week
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Beloved Aussie rock band You Am I plsu special guests will be making their Melbourne Music Week debut, headlining at Melbourne Town Hall for a legendary set incorporating The Grand Organ. A crowd favourite over the years, the Grand Organ can produce anything from the slightest whisper to a booming thunder, pushing 90,000 cubic feet of air a minute through its 10,000 pipes. Support will come from post-punk cult rockers New War in what promises to be an intensely memorable performance plus special guests to be announced.

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene, running from 16 to 24 November. Proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
Carta Marmorizzata - Hand Marbled Paper
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018 to Sun 16th Dec 2018
Experience a little piece of Florence with demonstrations in the 16th century technique of Carta Marmorizzata - Hand Marbled Paper.

An aperitivo during the evening or coffee and Italian pastries in the morning, will greet you upon arrival before the demonstration commences. Like artisans in the Florentine workshop, you will have the opportunity to create your own sheets of Carta Marmorizzata. Each participant will have the option to take their masterpieces home or they can be sent to Florence to be transformed into a selected product from the range.

Additional fee for selected product.

We are more than happy to accommodate for private or special groups on your preferred dates dates.

For all enquiries, please contact

Symphonic Adiemus: A Concert for Choir and Orchestra
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Heidelberg Choral Society and Orchestra are proud to present the Australian Premiere performance of Karl Jenkins’ major new work, Symphonic Adiemus. This iconic work for choir and unusual percussions will be contrasted with the popular Messa di Gloria of Giacomo Puccini.

Symphonic Adiemus, which received its first UK performance in London in late 2017, is a challenging and innovative work, drawing on and extending earlier works which have all been world-wide favourites. Through his use of invented language, unusual rhythms and extensive and rarely-heard percussion Jenkins pushes the boundaries of new music development.

Unashamedly operatic, the young Puccini’s Messa di Gloria reflects the influence of Puccini’s hero, Verdi, and provides a foretaste of his later major works. The joyous themes which run throughout the work complement the exuberant nature of Jenkin’s work, and provide an orchestral contrast which will make this a concert not to be missed.
Jex Saarelaht Trio Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Melbourne jazz pianist/composer Jex Saarelaht is one of Melbourne’s distinctive contemporary jazz pianists, who has been consistently honing his oeuvre over three decades, and for over twenty-five years with his long-time trio compatriot’s acoustic bassist Philip Rex and drummer Niko Schauble.

With an emphasis on robust interaction, they will continue to explore Saarelaht’s distinctive original music, as well as jazz compositions by the likes of Jason Moran, Geri Allen, Herbie Nichols, Andrew Hill, Abdullah Ibrahim and Thelonious Monk.

‘All three bring such ebullience to bear that the music never treads water, but rather is always picking you up and taking you off on another exhilarating joyride...’ - John Shand, review of Jex Saarelaht Trio’s CD, ‘Liminal’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 January, 2015
Rock 'n' Roll for Asylum Seekers
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Boomers' Jukebox presents Rock 'n' Roll for Asylum Seekers. Organise a table for a great afternoon to raise funds for Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Let your hair down as a big year gets closer to the end. Why not have lunch at the RSL and stay on for an amazing afternoon of 50s, to 80s Rock ‘n’ Roll. You’ll know all the songs - Elvis, the Big “O”, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Creedence, The Eagles, Chuck Berry plus.

There will be at least four opportunities during the show to come up and sing a song with the band - a solo or as a group. It is $10 per microphone. If there are more singers than spots, they will auction them with all the money going towards the ASRC.
Ainslie Wills, Gretta Ray and Angie McMahon - Melbourne Music Week
Date Mon 19th Nov 2018
All three of these outstanding independent artists will be performing their new releases for this exclusive MMW event. Expect music that is distinct and sincerely delivered from Ainslie Wills, bold vocals and beautiful guitar tones from Angie McMahon and strong lyrics paired with high calibre vocal ability from Gretta Ray. Five per cent of proceeds will be donated to charity in loving memory of Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit).

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene, running from 16 to 24 November. Proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
Leon Vynehall (live) with The Impossible Orchestra - Melbourne Music Week
Date Mon 19th Nov 2018
Leon Vynehall is renowned for music that evokes his childhood memories and transcends expectations of house music. He will be playing his debut release, Nothing is Still, exclusively in Melbourne for the first time with a 10-piece string ensemble. His passion is expressed in textural and atmospheric tunes that blazon his reputation as an eclectic musician, DJ and curator, and have led to him becoming a mainstay in festivals and dance halls around the world.

Co-presented with Melbourne Recital Centre.

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene, running from 16 to 24 November. Proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
Little Sparks - Movers and Shakers
Date Mon 19th Nov 2018 to Mon 17th Dec 2018
See what you can bang, twang or jangle as you explore concepts of sound and vibrations in the world around us. Discover ways of making your own music-maker, experimenting with different materials and objects. Can you make your instrument change its sound from quiet to loud? Low to high? Play it loud and proud as part of the Scienceworks Little Sparks Symphony.

Everyone knows that all little kids are natural scientists and problem solvers. Inspire your little learner to think big and nurture their curiosity for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Led by a Scienceworks educator, join us for hands-on Little Sparks workshops that explore different STEM topics and encourage children to use their senses to observe, question, predict and investigate the wonders of the world and everyday life.

Suitable for ages three to five years. Children aged under three are welcome to attend the workshop with their participating older sibling and parent/carer. Parents/carers are expected to participate in the workshop. Recommended maximum of two children per parent/carer.
Drop-In Meditation – Tuesday Evenings
Date Tue 20th Nov 2018 to Tue 26th Feb 2019
In each class a different aspect of meditation and Buddhism is explained. You can drop in any week.

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

At a life without stress, explore Buddhist meditations that help us calm the mind, overcome stress and respond to difficulties in positive ways, held on November 20, 27 and December 4 and 11.

At the Power to be Happy, give yourself the power to be happy in 2019 on February 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Learn methods for awakening your potential, overcome relationship problems and experience a joyful life.

No meditation experience is necessary, the classes are suitable for beginners and experienced meditators, and everyone is welcome.

MKids - Stories at MPavilion with State Library Victoria
Date Tue 20th Nov 2018
Calling all kids. Share the delight of stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities, brought to life by storytellers from State Library Victoria. These relaxed and engaging storytelling adventures are for divided into sessions for little ones up to five years old and five to nine years old, along with parents and carers.

Booking required.
Bad Girls Disco - Melbourne Music Week
Date Tue 20th Nov 2018
For one night only Melbourne Music Week transforms the Hub into an underground discotheque complete with a dance floor, glitter and spinning mirror balls.

Live acts and DJs will take you on a journey across four decades of dance music, featuring Renée Geyer, Kylie Auldist, Chelsea Wilson and DJ JNETT.

ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Renée Geyer has had records in the Australian charts every decade since the 1970’s. For one night only, Geyer is set to mix disco with her classic funk repertoire from albums such as Movin’ Along. Best known as the featured lead vocalist of The Bamboos and Cookin’ on 3 Burners, Kylie Auldist brings the boogie to the dance floor while Chelsea Wilson will be showcasing her newest disco-inspired album.

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene, running from 16 to 24 November. Proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
Kira Kira (Japan/Australia) Performs Live at The Jazzlab
Date Tue 20th Nov 2018
Explosive and beautiful. Kira Kira returns to Melbourne and the JazzLab after their spectacular debut at Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2017.

Kira Kira features internationally acclaimed Japanese improvisers and composers Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura, and Australian keyboard player composer, Alister Spence. Their work is a suite in four parts that mixes piano and trumpet with electronics and drums.

Satoko Fujii – piano, Natsuki Tamura – trumpet, Alister Spence – Fender Rhodes electric piano, preparations and effects and James McLean – drum kit.
Yenbena Lotjpa: Ancestors Speak Out - Lee Darroch
Date Tue 20th Nov 2018 to Sat 1st Dec 2018
Yenbena Lotjpa: Ancestors Speak Out documents and explores a series of heart-wrenching letters and petitions written by the Ancestors to the Aboriginal Welfare Board, missionaries, managers of reserves, governments and the Board of Protection of Aborigines in the 1800s and early 1900s.

The letters contain serious complaints by the Ancestors about forced separation from their children, inadequate food, inadequate housing, inadequate medical care, and punitive measures.

Extracts from the letters are painted onto wooden artefacts traditionally used by the Ancestors. The letters are an indictment on the society of that time.

It is timely to reflect on how this has reverberated through the generations and still effects black-white relations in Australia today. This is our shared history, here reflected in these letters. Everyone must be aware of the past and its ongoing effects today, in order to bring forth a new tomorrow.

For Treaty. For Sovereignty. For Recognition. For Justice. The Ancestors have spoken out. Hear them now.

Lee Darroch is a proud Yorta Yorta, Mutti Mutti, Boon Wurrung woman who has lived for the past 31 years on Raymond Island. She is a renowned visual artist and leader of the cultural revival of traditional cultural practices across South-Eastern Australia.
I AM. - Keren Dobia
Date Tue 20th Nov 2018 to Sat 1st Dec 2018
I AM. is a large-scale photographic portrait series of Australian creatives, exploring and depicting the diverse nature of those in the creative industry in a cinematic and stylised way.

These larger-than-life portraits are a feast for the eyes, inviting you to jump into the rabbit hole that is Keren Dobia’s more is more portrait style.

Learn and discover the personalities that make up some of our thriving artistic community.

Keren Dobia is a photographer and visual artist from Melbourne, Australia. Keren was awarded the 2017 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year and the 2018 Victorian Portrait Photographer of the Year, with images from her I AM. portrait series.

Keren’s background in painting, drawing and fashion design allow her to create intricate environmental portraits, that often blur the line between photography and illustration. Keren’s creativity extends to the design and fabrication of costumes and sets. With a natural attention to detail and her industry recognised post-production skills Keren moulds her inspirational work from concept to completion.

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf 2018
Date Wed 21st Nov 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
The 59th edition of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf will return to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, with The Metropolitan Golf Club, one of the best-conditioned and most beautiful courses in the country, playing host to 28 two-person teams representing their respective countries on November 21 to 25, 2018.

As one of five events co-sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours, the Melbourne World Cup of Golf is a truly global and historic event, which has been played 58 times since 1953 in 25 countries, and is the only event that sees the world’s best come together and compete for their countries, outside of the Olympics.

The 2018 event will mark the sixth time in the tournament’s history that it will be played in Australia, which is the second-most all-time behind the United States (11), and third consecutive in Melbourne. Twenty-One World Golf Hall of Fame members have at least one World Cup of Golf title on their resumes, including the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tiger Woods.
Open Mic Night at Busybird
Date Wed 21st Nov 2018
If you are a writer, a poet, singer, comic, mime – whatever your talent – and would like to perform your material for a live audience, why not come along?

Readings are a great way to test your material, as well as a means to promote yourself and give yourself exposure and experience in a public forum. They are great fun, too.

Or if you just want to come along and watch, that’s fine.

There are no bookings required to attend Open Mic Night, and attendees don’t have to perform. You can just come along, watch, and enjoy the night.

Hope to see you all there.
Gilles Peterson, Swooping Duck and Mandarin Dreams Allstars
Date Wed 21st Nov 2018
Party specialists Crown Ruler present a special night of international sounds featuring a DJ set from jazz, funk, tropocália (and everything in between) aficionado Gilles Peterson along with home-grown performances by Swooping Duck, Mandarin Dreams All Stars, Crown Ruler Sound System and Lori.

Gilles Peterson is one of our generation’s most prolific DJ’s, selectors and tastemakers in jazz and club music, and is the man behind BBC1’s ‘Worldwide’ radio and Brownswood Recordings – a UK based label championing the fresh sound of London’s modern jazz scene, holding a place as one of the most highly regarded interviewers in forward-thinking music.

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene, running from 16 to 24 November. Proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
Beginners Painting Event With a Twist
Date Wed 21st Nov 2018 to Mon 10th Dec 2018
Paint for Fun's ethos is “art made easy”. Paint for Fun is all about a relaxed class environment where you can eat, drink and chat, while letting your inner artist unfurl. You will learn to paint alongside a professional artist, and leave with an artwork you will.

No experience is necessary: you just need to be up for trying something new. At Paint for Fun, they believe that everyone has an artist aching to be unleashed. They use acrylic paints and provide everything you will need to develop your masterpiece.

Events last roughly two hours, at the end of which you will take home your new artwork. Seriously, you are gonna be amazed by what you can do. Please arrive at 6:45pm for events beginning at 7:00pm to give yourself time to find a space, and grab a beverage and a bite to eat.
80 Minutes No Interval
Date Wed 21st Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Written and directed by Travis Cotton, 80 Minutes No Interval is a short, sharp black comedy with big impact and a running time only as long as the title suggests.

Louis is a failing novelist, which would not be the case if he would stop messing with tense and obscuring narrative.

He used to be a theatre reviewer, and he would still be doing that if a red box had not been invented that writes perfect reviews. His girlfriend would still be around if he'd stopped taking her to the theatre, and he would have a home if he had not worn out his welcome at his parent's investment property.

One thing Louis does have is grit; he is not gonna let no thing or nobody bring him down.

Cotton is an award winning Australian actor and playwright. His plays have played around Australia and he was recently awarded the 2018 Lysicrates Prize for his play Starfish.

Joining Cotton in the cast are Martelle Hammer, Robin Goldsworthy, Tom O’Sullivan and Tamzen Hayes.
Summer Night Market
Date Wed 21st Nov 2018 to Wed 20th Mar 2019
Melbourne’s hottest summer hangout with more than 60 global street food stalls and festival bars, more than 100 specialty shopping stalls, plus a rotating weekly line-up of live music and entertainment.

Indulge in a range of heavenly summer-style dishes; everything from sizzling skewers and Japanese sliders, to loukoumades and French crêpes.

New stalls for the season include: Little Paris – French cheese and sweet crêpes, Miso Fresh – modern Japanese cuisine, Colombiantojos – traditional Colombian dishes, including arepas and empanadas, Pierogi Pierogi – authentic Polish dumplings with vegetarian and vegan options, Abruzzo Lab – Italian arrosticini skewers from the Abruzzo region, The Garden Bar – featuring Canadian Club and Coldstream Cider, showcasing the CC and Dry and Cider Mojito.

Brick Lane Brewing Co. will pour two new craft brews, One Love Pale Ale and Base Lager. Mitchelton winery will be showcasing a Preece Prosecco Spritz set to sparkle at the Night Market’s Preece Wine Bar.

Enjoy a variety of backyard-style games from the giant toybox, including giant Jenga, totem tennis and chess.
Jackie Bornstein: Dear Billie
Date Wed 21st Nov 2018
Captivating singer Jackie Bornstein is set to celebrate the music of Billie Holiday.

Exploring the life work of the great Lady Day, Jackie Bornstein and her top band will perform songs of love, sorrow, joy and protest from Billie Holiday's iconic recordings. Featuring the classic Holiday signature songs 'What a Little Moonlight Can Do' and 'Strange Fruit', Holiday's own compositions including 'Don't Explain' and 'Stormy Blues', plus tunes from Holiday's discography composed by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter. Featuring Jackie Bornstein (voice), Mark Fitzgibbon (piano), Paddy Fitzgerald (bass), James McLean (drums).

Jackie Bornstein is one of Melbourne's most captivating singers and is a regular at Melbourne's top jazz venues. She secured sold-out shows at her 2018 Melbourne Recital Centre debut and at the 2018 and 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Known for her rich tones and ability to get to the heart of a tune, Jackie brings a powerful energy to each performance.
Patricia Cornelius
Date Wed 21st Nov 2018
You are invited to a rehearsed play reading of In the Club, a recent work from the Melbourne Athenaeum Library's 2018 playwright-in-residence Patricia Cornelius.

Patricia, an award-winning playwright, is a founding member of the Melbourne Workers Theatre. Directed by Susie Dee, a cast of six will bring to life In the Club, a play about three women navigating the world of men in the club, men in packs, men at the top of their game strutting their stuff.

The play reading contains coarse language and adult themes, with explicit retellings of sexual violence.

The ticket price includes post-show refreshments in the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, an historic subscription library in the heart of Collins Street.
Bach Suites at Deakin Edge
Date Thu 22nd Nov 2018
Full of jubilation and the sheer splendour of sound, Bach's suites are among his most uplifting music.

This celebration of Bach includes the third and fourth suites, the much-loved double violin concerto, and a new concerto by national treasure Richard Mills.
Bach Suites
Date Thu 22nd Nov 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
Full of jubilation and the sheer splendour of sound, Bach's suites are among his most uplifting music. This celebration of Bach includes the third and fourth suites, the much-loved double violin concerto, and a new concerto by national treasure Richard Mills.
Copy of Melbourne Stitches & Craft Show
Date Thu 22nd Nov 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
See the latest trends, products and craft supplies, be inspired by the creators and speak directly to the experts. Sew it, bead it, knit it, paint it, stamp it. Make it.

There is a workshop and class program so you can learn something new and try some of the hot new crafting trends, and you can buy direct from specialty suppliers who design their own products.

Pick up clever new ideas, tips and techniques, see amazing displays and get loads of inspiration to make gorgeous things for your family and home.
The Coronas
Date Thu 22nd Nov 2018
After selling out their Sydney St Patricks Day pop up show in under 48 hours, and performing sold out shows across the country in 2017, one of Ireland’s biggest bands today return to Australia in November.

The Coronas are currently reaching new heights across the world performing huge stadium shows in their native Ireland, supporting one of Norway’s hottest acts Dagny on her Norwegian tour, playing some of the biggest festivals on the planet, and having four double platinum albums and numerous top 10 singles under their belt.

The band has a fast-growing army of Irish and Australian fans across the country, which has seen them play bigger venues every time they tour here. In January the band went into the studio to record a series of new songs, which will be released throughout the year. First song ‘Is There Still Time’ is now out digitally on iTunes and Spotify and is clocking up plays every minute. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Japanese Film Festival Classics Program
Date Thu 22nd Nov 2018
From star-crossed lovers in the Meiji era to early feminists fighting societal norms, the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) presents a free classic film program. The Festival will present a curated program: Passion and obsession with an abridged version in Melbourne.

Featuring works adapted from novels by celebrated authors such as Junichiro Tanizaki and Kyoka Izumi, the program showcases influential works from cinematic masters from the Japanese Golden Age and New Wave.

Highlights include: The Pornographers, Cannes Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Shohei Imamura’s darkly comical portrayal of a pornographer hustling to keep his business alive amidst Japan’s post-war economic boom; and Japanese auteur Seijun Suzuki’s multi-award-winner Kagero-za, an adaptation of Kyoka Izumi’s story of a playwright who meets a beautiful woman he suspects is the ghost of his patron's deceased wife.
Leading Digital Transformation - The Blueprint
Date Thu 22nd Nov 2018 to Fri 23rd Nov 2018
NKD CO, Australia's leading Digital and Agile Transformation experts, bring to life the fundamentals of their tried-and-trusted approach to Transformation. Inês and team share the approach they use when helping large businesses design and deliver company-wide transformation journeys.

This NKD COurse is jam-packed with interactive exercises and case studies from the NKD COnsulting practice, which serves a diverse cross-section of industries.

You will learn the art and science of company-wide transformation consulting so that you can drive your DIY transformations for your business.
Straight Arrows, Richard In Your Mind and REBEL YELL - Melbourne Music Week
Date Thu 22nd Nov 2018
Celebrate Rice is Nice Records’ 10th birthday at Melbourne Music Week. Party with special guests Rebel Yell, Sarah Mary Chadwick, Richard In Your Mind, SPOD, Summer Flake and more. Guest DJ’s Lowtide, You Beauty, Doug Wallen and Team Rice Is Nice will also be spinning their favourite tunes all night long.

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene, running from 16 to 24 November. Proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
Lucky Charm
Date Thu 22nd Nov 2018 to Sun 3rd Feb 2019
The concept of a lucky charm has endured across cultures, religions and timespans. Lucky Charm brings together eight contemporary artists from differing cultural backgrounds who explore the intangible and irrational magic that gives objects their perceived power.

Artists include Abdul Rahman-Abdullah, Kate Beynon, Helen Britton, Sai-Wai Foo, Hannah Gartside, Niharika Hukku, Jumaadi. Accompanying project space Luck Hall by Vipoo Srivilasa and Sai-Wai Foo.

Curated by Vipoo Srivilasa and Joanna Bosse.

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

Please note that Bayside Gallery is closed from 22 December and reopens on Wednesday 16 January 2019.

Santa's Magical Kingdom
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018 to Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Get ready to see a truly magical experience. Santa’s Magical Kingdom returns this November and December.

The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santa’s Magical Kingdom with an interactive walk-through adventure land including everything that you love about Christmas, plus an international Spectacular Christmas Show that will amaze everyone at Caulfield Racecourse.

Lasting memories of fun, laughter and special ‘family time’ will be remembered by guests long after the event has come to a close. Santa’s Magical Kingdom is for every child and the inner-child in all of us.
Japanese Film Festival
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018 to Mon 3rd Dec 2018
The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) has announced its 2018 program.

Full program and early bird tickets are available now via the website or Hoyts Melbourne Central and ACMI Cinemas.
Gillette T20 INTL: Australia vs India
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018
Get to the MCG to watch Australia take on India for second of three Gillette T20 INTL matches against India.

See your BBL heroes take centre stage before the KFC Big Bash season commences, as they put on a show in a series of exciting match ups.

It is the perfect family outing with loads of entertainment from fours and sixes, to amazing catches, fireworks, music and more. Do not miss out on the fun and excitement and support your Aussies against India.

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.
The Chinese Brush Painting Class Exhibition
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018 to Fri 11th Jan 2019
Creative works made by the participants of the Chinese Brush Painting class, some of which were exhibited at the Lingnan Museum in Chengdu, China earlier this year.

The exhibition opening is on Friday 23 November at 6:00pm.

The exhibition will run from 23 November to 11 January 2019.
Santa's Christmas Spectacular
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018 to Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Audience’s young and old will be all smiles and feeling the magic of Christmas this year at Santa’s Christmas Spectacular live at the beautiful Empire Theatre Docklands.

Celebrate Christmas with the whole family as Santa’s magical workshop comes to life this Christmas season in a fun-filled circus adventure for the whole family. A fantasy wonderland of family entertainment you will never forget – starring an amazing world class cast of acrobatic singing dancing characters performing astounding feats with hilarious antics to keep you enthralled and in wonder.

Will the mischievous Elves finish all the Christmas toys? Is Santa going to make it in time to deliver all the presents? Will the snow Fairy escape from the dome?
Of course, a Christmas spectacular wouldn’t be complete without a visit from the Big Man in Red, with Santa himself taking some time out of his very busy schedule to make an appearance in this extraordinary show.

Enjoy Wonderland Junior's rides for all ages with the Rockin’ Tug, Carousel, Mini Swing, Tea Cups and visit the Sweet Treats Diner.

Please see website for full details.
MMusic - Marshall McGuire recital
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018
Marshall McGuire returns to MPavilion with his harp for the fifth year in a row to perform a program of music new and old, featuring works from the French baroque, and Australian works. Bring a picnic rug and settle in for this lunchtime performance -the kiosk will be open, serving Three Thousand Thieves coffee, refreshments and eats.
Soul Sacrifice – The Music of Santana
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018
Soul Sacrifice is an eight piece band that pays genuine tribute to the great music of Santana. For the band, it is all about the music and putting on a great show focusing on classic Santana (late 60's/70's) with a splash of the later stuff, covering Latin rock, jazz, funk, Latin soul and rock genres.

Classics such as Black Magic Woman, Evil Ways, Oye Como Va and Smooth create the infectious grooves and rhythms of Santana. If you love Carlos Santana, you will be sure to enjoy every minute of this masterful fan band.
DJ Seinfeld, Andy Garvey and Andras - Melbourne Music Week
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018
When sourcing tracks for the release of DJ-Kicks, DJ Seinfeld looked no further than Melbourne’s burgeoning electronic music scene, with almost 50 per cent of the music featured on the mix from Melbourne artists. Of the 40 tour dates around the world, none seems more significant than this MMW performance, with supports by a number of local heavy hitters from the release – Andras, Fantastic Man, Roza Terenzi and Andy Garvey. Co-presented with WAT Artists and Hardware.

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene, running from 16 to 24 November. Proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
Eurogliders - Heaven - The 35th Anniversary Tour
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018
The Eurogliders are originally from Perth and formed in 1981. Within a decade of forming, Eurogliders had recorded four albums, enjoyed a multitude of chart topping singles and been awarded a swag of awards from around the globe, for both music and video.

Life was a long dizzying ride to the top of the charts and ten Top Ten charting singles and albums were the result. The duo travelled the world, charting in countries like Japan and America. ‘Heaven’ was a top five hit on the Billboard USA charts and the band won numerous Countdown and MTV awards. A darling of MTV, Eurogliders performed ‘live’ on MTV’s New Year’s Eve party in New York, broadcast to over 65 million people.
One Night In Footscray
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018
Spend a night in Footscray and discover the galleries, bars and hidden in-between spaces within the city.

Designed as a self-guided twilight journey through central Footscray, visitors will be able to view and engage in a wide variety of high-quality art experiences across different mediums and unexpected locations - all on one night.

See the website for more information.
Paint Your Cat
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018
Love your cat? Want to capture its likeness in a portrait made by your own hand and with love? Of course you do.

Join the Paint Your Cat painting class where the talented instructors will show you how to do your kitten justice with a paintbrush.

Paint for Fun use a acrylic paints and pencils and provide everything you will need. You do not have to bring anything - just show up with your buddies or be ready to make some new pals, while having a blast. At the end of class, you will take home your own unique masterpiece.

The ethos at Paint for Fun is “art made easy”. They are all about a relaxed class environment where you can eat, drink and chat, while letting your inner artist unfurl.

You will learn to paint alongside a professional artist, and leave with an artwork you will love. No experience is necessary: you just need to be up for trying something new.
Pink Purse Performs Live at The Jazzlab
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018
Tortoni and Amenta draw on their vast musical influences to create an exciting, challenging and engaging experience who's ultimate aim is for everyone to lose themselves in the moment and to distract you from your mobile devices for a while.

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

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

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

Anthony Baker- Rhythm master on drums.

Daniela Rosa- Sublime vocalist and composer.
Black Friday Party for Shop the City
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018
Melbourne Central is set to celebrate Melburnians’ love of black and shopping with its Black Friday Party for Shop the City. Catering to the interest, Melburnians are set to enjoy a themed party with free, fun experiences and Instagram-worthy picture opportunities in Melbourne’s favourite shade, black.

On top of all the must-see festivities, shoppers will also be able to experience huge discounts from over 100 retailers. Beauty fans will be in for a treat, with MAC’s Smoke and Mirrors Beauty Bar. While foodies will be spoiled for choice with special edition black themed treats available from multiple different retailers.

Between bargains and unique retail experiences, shoppers will also have the chance to win black themed prizes at the Black Party Blackjack Table and take part in a Treasure Hunt, solving clues to win gifts worth up to $100.

From Friday right across the weekend, Melbourne’s most instagrammable space will activate with the city’s first Night Garden Room. The room will provide the illusion of a decadent, black garden for as far the eye can see.

Saturday Christmas Market Arts Centre Melbourne
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018 to Sat 8th Dec 2018
Discover handcrafted treasures and festive gift ideas at Arts Centre Melbourne's Saturday Christmas Market.

This Christmas, rather than scouring catalogues or shuffling through brightly-lit aisles, find a gift for your loved one that is unique, beautifully crafted and locally made.

On Saturday 24 November, 1 December and 8 December, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, winding along St Kilda Road between Hamer Hall and the Spire building is Arts Centre Melbourne’s Christmas Market. A showcase of genuine talent, the market is the perfect option for those looking for a one-of-a-kind gift this Christmas.

Exclusively featuring local designers and artisans – meet the makers behind the creations, uncovering the inspiration and level of skill poured into each piece. From jewellery, soaps, scarves and candles, to woodcraft, leather goods, clothing and paintings, each item is lovingly handcrafted, making for a memorable gift.

Wander through the winding market while sampling one or four of the delicious delicacies on offer – far from your usual stressful holiday shopping experience. With no two stalls the same, uncover a truly unique treasure to put under the tree this Christmas.
Gardens of Remembrance Tour
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
For over 80 years the sprawling gardens surrounding the Shrine of Remembrance have provided a respite from the growing bustle of Melbourne. While the memorial trees on the Shrine Reserve have become well-known pilgrimage sites, the casual observer may not be aware of the creative vision and symbology behind our carefully landscaped gardens.

Join this unique tour of the Shrine Reserve, led by specially trained guides (and gardening enthusiasts). During this tour, you will discover which of our plants and trees have been immortalised in the enamelled emblems if the centenary exhibition 'Flowers of War' (opening in October). The tour includes Devonshire Tea.
Mazda Opera In the Bowl
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
It is a Saturday evening in summer. You are sitting in a park with family and friends, and a fabulous picnic dinner. The picture is complete when the glorious live music begins.
Hear the brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the magnificent backing of Orchestra Victoria.

Dress up—or not—it is your night to enjoy the power of the human voice in the kind of communal, cultural celebration Melbourne loves best.
Woodlands Bush Wander
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Join the Royal Botanica Gardens team for a walk around the woodlands and discover the incredible habitats of Australian animals, big and small as we explore the hidden life in the Cranbourne Gardens bushland.

Look out for evidence of wombats, echidnas, wallabies and the endangered southern brown bandicoots. Investigate the mini beasts of the wetlands and listen out for frogs and birds. Have fun making animals out of clay and share some lemon myrtle tea.

This hands-on and informative workshop gives participants a practical way to engage with conservation while having fun learning all about Australian animals, pond life, biodiversity and ecosystems.

MTalks - Liquid Architecture presents 'Why listen to microbes?'
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
The last decade has seen a huge shift in the understanding of the relationship between microorganisms and the macro world humans inhabit. Burrowing deep into current understandings of biological and social entanglement, this engaging and creative exploration finds Liquid Architecture zooming in on microbes and their vital importance to how we experience the world - including what we hear and how we hear it.

We listen all the time - whether we like it or not. Sounds come to us uninvited and shape our daily existences. We cannot un-hear. We feel the beat in our feet and skulls and hearts. But to what and whom do we listen, and why? While outside our optical range but omnipresent, microbial life cuts across established boundaries, mirroring Liquid Architecture's own interdisciplinary turn against the visual sensory hierarchy.
Nadia Rose, Eprom and Mark Pritchard - Melbourne Music Week
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
The Operatives have been a mainstay in Melbourne’s music scene for the last 14 years and now they are ready to take on the closing party for Melbourne Music Week 2018.

Featuring a retrospective set from Mark Pritchard, Nadia Rose live and Pure analogue bass from Eprom, this tribute to bass is not to be missed. The night also includes a special feature of Mark Pritchard’s short with Jonathan Zawada (The Four Worlds) and Melbourne natives Idle Minds Workshop, Raptorhandz, Lady Banton, Jade Zoe and Niki take us through a journey of bass music in all its forms.

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene, running from 16 to 24 November. Proudly presented by City of Melbourne.
Etsy Made Local Melbourne
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Local artisans from across Melbourne are stepping out of the online marketplace Etsy, and into a market where you can meet them in person and purchase their unique pieces all in one exciting showcase.

Going from strength to strength over the last three years, with an absolutely stellar market in November last year, the Etsy Melbourne Street Team are partnering with the most iconic market venue in Melbourne, The Queen Victoria Markets, to bring you our best market yet.

This year at the popular annual market there will be a huge range of products. With everything from prints to jewellery, handcrafted beauty products to traditionally hand-forged knives, it is the perfect chance to buy something unique and handmade for Christmas, and a great way to support artisans and creators from your local area.

Just look for the orange banners and signage for a great day of connection, craft and shopping.
Bombino Australian Tour - Melbourne
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Following the release of his fourth consecutive number one album "Deran" earlier this year, Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara "Bombino" Moctar who is currently on a European tour has announced Australia as his next tour destination. Travelling across seven dates, Bombino will bring his captivating band to Oz performing a set list of classic favourites alongside the all new Deran.

Born in the shade of an acacia tree about eighty miles north west of the ancient town of Agadez, Bombino has a deep connection to his home. While in recent years the rest of the world has largely written off Tuareg as a hot and savage Sahara wasteland, a bolt hole for religious extremists and terrorists with little to offer apart from the oil, gold and phosphates that lie beneath its soil, Bombino would like us to take a closer look and think again.
SCI-FI[LM]: Gattaca
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Take a trip back with us to the golden age of 90s sci-fi, with a special Lighting Room screening of cult classic Gattaca, presented in partnership with Melbourne Science Gallery.

Starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law, Gattaca delves into questions of genetic engineering and what it really means to be perfect. The power of genetic engineering is great when it comes to eradicating diseases, but what about its cosmetic application? Where is the ethical line, and how do you know when you have crossed it?

This screening event will include an introductory talk by a special guest speaker and an exploration of electrical engineering in the Lighting Room, as well as time on the Arena searching for Saturn's Moon Titan, inspired by Gattaca's main character Vincent Morrow.
Josh Kyle: Trombone Song Cycle Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Trombone Song Cycle is a new work by vocalist/composer Josh Kyle, in collaboration with arranger Andrew Murray.

Trombone Song Cycle is a collection of obscure love songs that seek to highlight the in between moments of a relationship.

What does that sigh sound like?

What does that smile really mean? The combination of the male voice imbedded into the sonic landscape of four trombones makes for a really exciting arranging playground, similar ranges and tonal quality make for playful distribution of role’s inside the ensemble. This piece was written with these specific trombonists in mind, showcasing there incredibly unique voice, masterful improvising and individual approach to playing the instrument.

The trombone quartet is made up of Jordan Murray, James Macaulay, James Greening and Adrian Sherriff.

In performance Josh Kyle (v) and Andrew Murray conducting. Trombone Song Cycle is an hour-long program that shifts and moves through set composition and freely improvised sections.

Flash Art Sale - Carmel Louise and Karen Standke
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Karen Standke and Carmel Louise are opening their doors at the Tinning St Studio to invite everyone to come together and check out their new and current projects.

Available for purchase directly from the artists at sale prices are landscape oil paintings, cards, small framed prints, original limited-edition abstract art, photographic art and for the crazy cat people, there's original cat art and cards.

Also, on sale is a selection of beautifully potted succulents and cacti, to drought proof your garden.

This is a flash sale just in time for Christmas. The artists look forward to hanging out and having a chat.

Refreshments will be provided and there is disability access available.
The Mantle Farm X The Social Food Project - Long Table Lunch
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
First look at The Mantle of Melbourne which is a farm to table hub devoted to foodies, local producers and families alike - where everyone is welcome to step away from the noise and rediscover natural foods at their source.

To celebrate the region and their progress, The Mantle Farm is holding a lunch to showcase their farm and the beautiful produce grown in the surrounding region: from Toolern Vale, Macedon Ranges, Kyneton, Daylesford and Bacchus Marsh.

Guests will be taken on an interactive tour of The Mantle Farm, before feasting on a two course Long Table Lunch created by Chef Ben McMenamin from the Social Food Project. Locally grown food will be featured alongside beverages from the Farm Cellar Door.
Melbourne Pen Show
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
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.
Theatresports Grand Final
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
This is it. The moment all the teams have been waiting for. They have played their hearts out and their funny bones are wrapped in bandages from over use.

Now they must dig deep to deliver comedy gold on this all or nothing night. Who will take home the glory and who will face defeat?

Taken from the genius brain of Keith Johnstone, Theatresports™ delights audiences around the world. Teams compete head to head in exciting rounds of improvised theatre based on audience suggestions. Sparks will fly in this fast-paced and action-packed game at the Melbourne Polytechnic’s David Williamson Theatre.

You never know what you might see at each exciting show. Theatresportsâ„¢ is a show for all ages, and an absolute family favourite. Make sure you do not miss out, the Grand Final does sell out, book early! Bookings open 29 October.

Meditation Classes For Kids
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
These meditation and buddhism for kids classes introduce children of all ages to simple Kadampa Buddhist teachings and meditations designed to help them solve their problems and develop a happy heart. Every class will emphasise loving kindness and cultivating a positive mind.

Classes also include simple prayers, fun activities and discussions relevant to their everyday experiences.

Classes are self-contained so it is easy for parents to bring their kids whenever they wish.

Suggested age: 5 to 10 years, children to be accompanied by an adult.
The Color Run Hero Tour
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
It’s a bird, It’s a plane, No… it’s The Color Run Hero Tour.

The happiest five kilometres on the planet zooms into the Melbourne with a brand-new hero-themed tour.

Color Runners will soar to new heights in the Hero Zone, confront double the color in Super Zones and suit up in limited edition participant merchandise at Flemington Racecourse.

With no winners or official times, The Color Run caters to everyone from beginners to seasoned athletes. Families, friends and first-timers are encouraged to join the fun at the unique paint race to celebrate health, happiness and individuality.

This year, The Color Run Hero Tour features an all new participant kit including a unicorn hero medal and lightning bolt tee, new course elements and a super-charged Finish Festival for the ultimate experience.

The Color Run is a five-kilometre, un-timed event in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:

Wear white at the starting line. Finish plastered in color.

The Color Run concludes with a spectacular Finish Festival complete with music, dancing and color throws, creating millions of vivid color combinations.
Eureka Stair Climb
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
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.
Workshop: Wish charms with Sai Wai Foo
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Internationally acclaimed artist Sai Wai Foo will help you make a ‘wish’ charm that will be displayed as part of the Lucky charm exhibition. At the completion of the exhibition, your charm will be available to take home. Sai Wai is offering a series of exclusive workshops for kids, teens and adults. All materials are supplied.

Sunday 25 November, 1:00pm to 2:00pm (kids), 2:00pm to 3:00pm (teens), 3:00pm to 5:00pm (adults) and Sunday 2 December 1:00pm to 2:00pm (kids) and 2:30 tp 4:30pm (adults).

Places are strictly limited. Lucky charm is on display from 22 November 2018 to 3 February 2019.
Dal Zotto Wine Lunch at The Barre
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
Dal Zotto winemaker Michael Dal Zotto, together with The Barre’s Senior Chef de Partie Cecilia Salvante, have created a Sunday Feast inspired by Dal Zotto Italian wines.

This lunch will pair Dal Zotto wines from their stunning winery in the heart of the King Valley with four courses from The Barre kitchen. Dishes include cured wild salmon, a 24-hour brined rack of lamb served with Dal Zotto 2018 Barbera, and for dessert a Cubo cassata served with a Dal Zotto 2015 Elena dessert wine.

Michael will share his expert knowledge and passion for Dal Zotto wines alongside Cecilia, who will provide her inspiration behind the dishes over the course of lunch.
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
A concert exploring expressions of European, Australian and American gothic from medieval to contemporary times. Featuring songs by award-winning composer Andrée Greenwell who merges contemporary classical, folk and post-punk music styles, alongside inventive covers of The Cure’s 'A Forest’ , Schubert’s ‘Erlkonig’, Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and more. Featuring singer Jessica O’Donoghue (Rape of Lucretia, Dark MOFO), David Trumpmanis on guitar, and Melbourne-based string quartet Ad Hoc Collective.

With stunning motion graphics by Michaela French.
The Kransky Sisters: A Very Kransky Christmas
Date Mon 26th Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Cloistered in the old rickety family house in their home town of Esk in Queensland 'The musical sisters' traditional Christmas festivities have until now been shrouded in secrecy. For this very special reason, they're about to let you into their world of eggnog, pantyhose and painted chokoes.

From Enya to Silent Night, Daft Punk to the Twelve Days of Christmas, these dysfunctional sisters take family get-togethers to a new level. With their unusual array of instruments from cheese graters to toilet brush, tuba to musical saw, settle in for what could be your kookiest Christmas party ever.
Spring Talismans
Date Tue 27th Nov 2018
Join this creative spring workshop as they use a plethora of brightly coloured recycled materials, to create their own spring Talismans. Yarn, beads, found objects and natural materials will combine to make a beautiful totem to the spring season.

Participants will be invited to imbue in creations with ‘good luck’, while meditating on the goals they wish to achieve and the things that make their hearts sing.

Bookings essential. Book online or phone.
All Levels Fun Painting Class
Date Tue 27th Nov 2018
At Paint For Fun’s two-hour classes a professional artist will guide you through painting, step-by-step, your own interpretation of the featured artwork.

You do not need to be good at drawing, painting or arty already. The only prerequisites are a love for trying something new and a willingness to give it a bash.

Paint For Fun use a variety of paints (including acrylic and watercolour) and provide everything you will need. You do not have to bring anything—just show up with your buddies or be ready to make some new pals, while having a blast. At the end of class, you will take home your own unique masterpiece.
The Melbourne Monologues
Date Tue 27th Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
The third year of this popular showcase, which features six humorous, whimsical and thought-provoking monologues.

A curious clown. A cabaret queen. And a beautiful bearded man. Inspired by the atmosphere and fun of a grand circus, this Cabaret of Souls sees esteemed local actors Alec Gilbert and Ruth Katerelos joined by a collection of rising stars.

Writers Bruce Shearer, Alison Knight, Neil McGovern, Brooke Fairley, Martin Rice and Christine Croyden have produced a collection of scripts that promise a rich experience, with stories ranging from the darkly comical to the dramatic. Director Elizabeth Walley, applauded for the 'care and sensitivity' with which she directed the 2017 production of 'The Melbourne Monologues', is thrilled to be directing this showcase once again, and looking forward to providing audiences with an immersive and enjoyable experience.

'The Melbourne Monologues’ will be presented by Melbourne Writers' Theatre as part of its 2018 season. Established in 1982, MWT has a history of supporting established playwrights and supporting those on the rise. The company is known for its ability to 'generate excellent programs of uniquely crafted and well-honed writing for performance' (Stage Whispers, 16/9/18), and this year's offering of 'The Melbourne Monologues' promises to continue the tradition.
Qu’est-ce Que C’est?
Date Tue 27th Nov 2018 to Sat 8th Dec 2018
The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) presents Qu’est-ce Que C’est? What are they doing here? A comedy slapstick mystery from acclaimed French Director Charlotte Saliou.

Expect the surprising and unexpected as acclaimed international Director, Charlotte Saliou brings characters to life through NICA’s cohort of 19 graduating students.

In their final production at NICA, this ensemble will serve up a spectacle of eccentricity, exultation, spontaneity and humour.

Enjoy a delightful display of physical theatre, falls, dance, slapstick and poetic stage imagery mixed with elite circus skills including acrobatics, adagio, aerials, unicycle, roue Cyr and handstands.

This is a classic tale of ‘whodunnit’ with a twist: someone has gone missing and the characters are on a hunt to solve the case. But in true slapstick style, things do not go to plan and comedic mayhem charmingly suspends the need for narrative.

Within the characters of Qu’est-ce Que C’est? you may find a friend, an enemy, someone loved, an icon, a star, a queen, a superman, a fool or a Madonna - the everyman who summons our humanity.

The Science of Sport: Women on and off the field
Date Wed 28th Nov 2018
Hear from three women who bring mind, body and data together to understand the science of sport.

Join V8 Supercar commentator and Sleeptite CEO, Cameron van den Dungen, as we explore a day in the life of an elite athlete and scientist, what research says about female participation in sport, and even how science and maths play a role in football.

Dr Erin Hoare plays for Geelong Cats and is a former Australian Netballer. She is also a psychologist and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Deakin University's Food and Mood Centre.

Associate Professor Rochelle Eime's research combines sports management, health promotion, behavioural epidemiology and big data analytics. She leads the Sport and Recreation Spatial project, a collaborative venture of Federation and Victoria Universities, which looks at sport participation, population demographics and population health.

Jess Tavrou is a Football Analyst at Carlton Football Club with degrees in Sports Engineering and Football Analytics. Hear from Jess about how maths is used each week to build game plans for the club. Whether it’s team selection, player rotations, match ups or formations, she analyses every team in the competition to identify patterns and strategies that might offer insight into how to approach the match.
Plant and Veg Swap Meet
Date Wed 28th Nov 2018
The City of Port Phillip is facilitating a public vote for the community’s favourite out of the 25 shortlisted designs in the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) – Melbourne 2018 competition.

The shortlisted designs and concepts, that use the St Kilda Triangle as a backdrop, will be displayed in a pop-up gallery exhibition in the Acland Street Plaza, St Kilda from 19 to 28 October 2018.

Join on Sunday, 28 October at the Acland Street Plaza and take part in our first exchange of cuttings, plants, seeds, knowledge and shared love for foliage.

It is encouraged that you bring along indoor or outdoor plant cuttings or young or full-grown plants for trade, but it is not a requirement, they will have plants you can take cuttings from for free at the event.
Kahlil Gibran: The Garden of the Prophet
Date Wed 28th Nov 2018 to Sun 17th Mar 2019
Kahlil Gibran: The Garden of the Prophet celebrates the life and work of literary genius Kahlil Gibran. His literary works have inspired some of the most influential figures of our time, from Indira Gandhi, to Elvis Presley, John Lennon and David Bowie.

Gibran’s poignant artistic representations of themes from The Prophet, which has never been out of print and is published in over 100 languages and dialects, are featured in the exhibition alongside a galley proof and plate that were created pre publishing. Reflect in Gibran’s world, gain insight into his key relationships and rediscover the power and relevance of his work today.

Kahlil Gibran: The Garden of the Prophet, opens November 28 at Immigration Museum. It is proudly presented by the Bank of Sydney, supported by the Gibran National Committee and has received grant funding from the Council for Australian-Arab Relations of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Moonlight Cinema - Melbourne
Date Thu 29th Nov 2018 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
Balmy weather, lush lawns and shimmering silver screens. Moonlight Cinema is Australia’s favourite and biggest outdoor cinema, will show advance screenings, new releases and cult favourites all summer long.

For session times and movies showing, see website.
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience Melbourne
Date Thu 29th Nov 2018
This made-in-Australia globetrotting show is truly quite legendary, selling out in venues from Sydney to Perth as well as on tour around Scandinavia, Europe and in London’s West End. It returns to the Stamford Plaza Melbourne in November – but be warned: it will sell out here too, so early booking is essential.

Fully immersive, highly interactive and acclaimed internationally, this is the five star show where Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a three course meal alongside a good, strong dollop of mayhem. And it is 70% improvised, so it is never the same twice. Great for comedy and theatre fans as well as anyone who fancies an unforgettable meal with a lot of laughs, this show is a truly unique comedy where chaos reigns right from the start.

The cast for Stamford Plaza Melbourne features Ayesha Tansey (Sybil), Stephen Lurvey (Basil) and Anthony Sottile (Manuel).
Cake Bake and Sweets Show Melbourne
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Australia's original live event for baking, cake decorating, sweets and desserts - a true festival of deliciousness.

The show will host a myriad of workshops, live demonstrations and a host of specialty classes - along with the spectacular Australian Cake Decorating Championships.

Culinary stars Kirsten Tibballs, Katherine Sabbath and Anna Polyviou are set to appear this year, alongside a star-studded line-up of international chefs, Candice Brown, Eric Lanlard, Lorraine Pascale, and Siba Mtongana. Each will bring their unique – and famous – flair to both the Sydney and Melbourne shows.

With a non-stop stream of excitement, this year’s show will feature all time favourite activities, along with some enticing new delights. For a little taste of what’s in store, Cake Bake and Sweets will feature masterclasses, mini classes, theatre events, workshops, demonstrations, savoury baking and healthy living.
Lawrence Mooney: An Evening with Malcolm Turnbull
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018
Lawrence Mooney: An Evening with Malcolm Turnbull.

Malcolm Bligh Turnbull is often ridiculed for being out of touch, aloof and ultimately humourless. Now it is time to discover the real Malcolm Turnbull – witty, charming, erudite and sexually explosive. Come and spend an evening with Malcolm.

This show has content that may offend. Strong language warning. Not suitable for under 15.

Transaction fees may apply at time of booking.
The Big Design Market
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Head to the The Big Design Market for three days of Christmas shopping with 230 stallholders, delicious food and drinks, designer showbags, prizes, free kids activities and more.

Opening hours: Friday 30 November 10:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday 1 December 10:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday 2 December 10:100am to 5:00pm.
MMusic—Mapping Melbourne launch
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018
Over sixteen days and fourteen venues, the sixth edition of Mapping Melbourne creates new perspectives, new possibilities and new expressions through a series of intercultural, multi-artform events in the heart of Melbourne.

Exhibiting and performing at some of Melbourne's most iconic institutions and public spaces, the festival profiles established and emerging artists form across Australia, China, India, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan. The series celebrates Melbourne's unique Asian Australian identity and highlights positive global creative connections.

Join for a special preview into the Mapping Melbourne festival in this night of surprises as they launch the 2018 program. The evening will include performances, live art interactions, music and dance.
Mary's Gatsby Soirée
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018
Join Mary Eats Cake Montrose for a super fabulous end of year Gatsby Soiree.

Mary is going to take you back to the roaring 20's with this magical event so get your pals together for a night of entertainment, dancing and surprises.

Your ticket includes: roaming high tea, welcome cocktail (all other cocktails available for purchase) and free flowing sparkling, wine, beer and soft drink for the duration of the event. There will be entertainment of live music, performers and more.

Dress to impress in your best 1920's gear. Think flappers, sequins, gangsta suits and fedoras.
Australian Tattoo Expo
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
The Australian Tattoo Expo is returning to Melbourne from 30 November to 2 December for a massive celebration of tattoos, art and entertainment. Proudly presented by Australian Tattoo Events, the biggest tattoo event in the country is bringing the most talented local and international tattoo artists together under one roof at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for an unmissable weekend.

The last stop on the 2018 Australian Tattoo Expo tour will feature line-up will feature over 300 of the most talented local and international tattoo artists, including artists travelling from as far and wide as Singapore, Russia, Germany, Korea and the USA to take part in the event.

Visitors will have the chance to meet their next (or first) artist, watch them in action, research the latest trends, or even treat themselves to a tattoo on the spot. Artists will be selling prints and merch, and retailers will be in attendance selling streetwear, jewellery and more so visitors can get a head start on their Christmas shopping, or kick back and enjoy the stage program.
The Art of Blending: A Make and Take Workshop
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018
In the last of GRY’s Oils Workshops for 2018 they explore how different combinations of essential oils can powerfully support mood. Be motivated and energised with citrus oils, refreshed and cleansed with herb essences, or calmed and relaxed with woody and floral tones.

Smell and feel on your skin various combinations and learn about the shared qualities of different oils that make them compatible for blending. Get hands on and learn how to make up your own blends for topical use in handy glass rollers and mist spray bottles.

One take home roller or mist spray is included. Make and take additional blends from just $10. Perfect for Christmas presents with that personal touch. And, as ever, essential oils based treats and tea included.

10 per cent discount for GRY Members.
Paris to Provence
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
This November, Melbourne’s highly anticipated three-day french festival Paris to Provence, presented by Mercedes Benz Toorak, will transform the grounds of Como House and Garden in South Yarra for the 10th year running.

Celebrating traditions from all regions of France, this year’s theme dubbed ‘Les Plus Beaux villages de France’ translating to ‘The Prettiest Villages of France’, promises to encapsulate just that. Guests will be transported to the charm of bustling Paris and provincial Provence with an array of authentic French food and wine on offer, alongside a variety of activities and workshops—escargot eating races included!

Other highlights will be the pop-up French cinema running continuously over the weekend, a curated marketplace featuring more than 70 exhibitors, live entertainment, croissant tossing, the famous Course de Garcons de Café waiters race and for Megan Hess fashionista’s—the world of Claris the chicest mouse in Paris will be brought to life in the pavilion. Plus much more.
Kimba Griffith's NightBeat Live at The Jazzlab
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018
Against the clock and on the road less travelled, Kimba Griffith and the Night Beat bring the now sound from way back when: Backbeat feels, reefer jazz and Blues shouters get your toes to tappin', and the odd aching ballad will stop your heart right in your chest.

Add to that rhumba and swing influenced reworkings of Aussie rock classics, and you're swimming deep in the backwaters of the Subterranean sound.

The group is fronted by vocalist Kimba Griffith, known for the warmest tone in town, and vocalist/trombonist Ben Gillespie, who brings his peerless musicality and powerful sweet sound. Together they bring light and shadow to music both well-loved and long forgotten.

The Night Beat Gents are the tasty sweet guitar of Ryan Griffith, double-bass sounds and slap by Hiroki Hoshino and back-beat feels by Sharky Ramos.
Espana El Vito
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018
Following sold out shows at Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 10-string guitarist Matthew Fagan performs two shows at Deakin Edge, Federation Square on Friday 30 November.

Beginning with España El Vito – The Spirit of Spain, Spanish Classical and flamenco to Modern Jazz with guest award winning pianist Nicholas Young- Then Direct from Edinburgh Fringe, Matthew then enters full band mode and costume to present the Australian Premiere of Lord of the Strings – performs the 20 of the greatest guitar solos of all time ,featuring rock, metal, classical and world music.
Land Rover Polo in the City
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
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.

Melbourne Singers of Gospel: This is Me
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
Performing gospel favourites and Broadway tunes and inspired by the energy, rhythms and harmonies of the large gospel choirs, the 100 soulful voices of Melbourne Singers of Gospel and the foot-stomping sound jazz-blues of The Soul Train band are guaranteed to move you, put a smile on your face and lift your spirit with songs of comfort, reassurance, hope and inspiration. There is only one way to experience a gospel choir and that is live.
Melbourne Invitational PBR
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
They do not rope calves and they do not chase barrels. This is bull riding and the first step is to just stay alive. There are no time outs, no towels to throw in. There is only one man, one bull and eight desperate seconds.

Welcome to the roller coaster world of the adrenalin cowboy as they take on the nation’s most extreme bucking bulls in a three hour action packed event, that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first bull of the night through to the last.

It is a showdown like no other – Twenty-two riders all eager for glory as they strive to overcome the power of the 52 most extreme bucking bulls in a head to head battle of power, agility and the fight of the fittest eight seconds at a time.
Cannonball Live at The JazzLab
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
Melbourne based sextet ‘Cannonball’ presents its take on the timeless works of jazz/groove/soul master Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley.

Fronted by acclaimed vocalist Chantal Mitvalsky, and featuring some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians, Cannonball will captivate you with its blend of soulful classics, infused with jazz, blues & gospel, and cemented in a deep, infectious groove.

The group has performed at the ‘Bell’ Awards (Australian Jazz Awards), Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Taichung Jazz Festival (Taiwan), Wangaratta Jazz Festival, White Night Festival, Stonnington Jazz and the Devonport Jazz Festival amongst others, and has released an album “Cannonball Live”.
Strange Tenants 'Militant Style' National Tour - Melbourne
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
Iconic Melbourne underground ska band Strange Tenants may be 37 years young, but this year promises to be one of their most exciting and productive with the release of their 8th album Militant Style. Featuring an eight piece line-up, the band is set to enthrall crowds with energetic performances across the country this November or December as part of a national tour, so music fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to catch these trailblazing legends of Australian ska bringing the house down once again.
Matt Taylor – 50 Years of Oz Blues
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
Matt Taylor returns to the Caravan and will take us through an epic solo journey that tells the very personal story of his career and the evolution of the blues in Australia through his songs. This is something that no blues aficionado, or anyone who has any interest in Australian Music history at all should miss.

Last time in the Blues to Oz blues show Matt told the story of his History and how Oz blues developed from Traditional US Blues. This time Matt will perform much of the story in music. He will start with a song about being an Australian Blues Musician on the road in 1970 then a song written 44 years later on the same subject.

Matt Taylor will take the Caravan stage in an epic solo journey that tells the very personal story of his career and the evolution of the blues in Australia.
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Never are the stakes so high as when you love somebody, and no reward is greater nor pain so intense.

Developed in partnership with Heide Museum of Modern art, Love combines visual art, historic and contemporary artefacts, and personal reflections from the community and visitors to explore love in all its joyous, illogical, heart-breaking and tender glory. The exhibition embraces all kinds of connections between people, as well as the range of emotional experiences that love entails, from joy, comfort and intimacy, to grief and sorrow.

Whether between kin, partners or friends, everyone has a love story. What's yours?
Rebel WBBL04 Opening Weekend
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018 to Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Come and join for a festival of cricket action and family fun. The Women’s Big Bash League is bringing together the best cricketers from all over the world for a blockbuster carnival weekend to officially launch the WBBL, 04 season.

With all eight WBBL clubs playing over two action-packed days, you will have the chance to get behind your hometown heroes from the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades, as well as all the biggest names in cricket from around Australia and the world. Best of all, the fun does not stop here.

CitiPower Centre at Junction Oval will be transformed into a summer festival atmosphere with entertainment on offer for the whole family including a Bounce Inc. Zone, heaps of food trucks, live music, a stack of giveaways PLUS the chance to meet your WBBL and BBL heroes.

Get the whole family down for free to The Big Weekend to witness your WBBL heroes reach for the stars.

On Saturday 1 December, see the Scorchers v Hurricanes in game one and and Stars v Sixers in game two.

On Sunday 2 December, see Strikers v Heat in game three and and the Renegades v Thunder in game four.
A Very Koorie Krismas
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
Kick-off the festive season in Koorie style with A Very Koorie Krismas at Federation Square on Saturday 1 December 2018.

Experience the magic of Krismas with free activities for families throughout the day; there will be weaving workshops, live music from Amos Roach, Brett Lee and dance from the Indigenous Hip Hop Projects along with a gum leaf performance by Uncle Herb Patten. Koorie Klaus will be coming to town, with a special appearance at 3:00pm.

For the first time, a special Koorie Krismas Market will showcase art, craft and design from the Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Here you will be able to buy unique gifts of exquisite jewellery, hand woven baskets, artwork, clothes, native bush products and much more.

Featured stalls include: Haus of Dizzy; Gammin Threads; weaving artist Donna Blackall; Winyarr Dreaming Creations; Miss Emily Aboriginal Arts; Karroong Craft; Yarn Strong Sista; Baluk Arts; Mabu Mabu and shopKOORIE along with many others.
Street Connection
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
Street Connection is a live exhibition and workshop featuring the work of Mue Bon, a Thai street artist who uses spray paint to create a cast of signature characters in public spaces. Bon excels at character work, with his most notable creation Pukruk The Love Bird, taking centre stage in Hosier Lane. Curated by Pimpisa Tinpalit.

Mue Bon is a Thai artist at the forefront of the Asian street art scene with his unmistakable characters appearing on local roadsides and shutters, to gallery walls and Art fairs worldwide.

Join Mue Bon in this unique experience as he paints his newest mural and be invited to leave your own mark in Melbourne’s iconic Hosier Lane. Stencils and paint will be supplied free of charge to the audience to participate.

Live painting will be held from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Workshop held from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Wheelchair accessible venue.
Ma3ka – The Triad Supreme
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
A dance theatre solo and artist talk by Dr. Anita Ratnam. She is energy, exuberant in play. The joy of experience passed on generously from within. She is a confluence, a woman, owning her powers. She is Ma3ka. Woman. Earth Mother, three times and more.

Using Vedic hymns, singing, silence, drumming, contemporary mythology and a distinctive movement vocabulary, MA3KA is the performative expression of the Holy Trinity of Hindu goddesses: Saraswati, Knowledge Mother; Lakshmi, Prosperity Mother; and Meenakshi, Warrior Mother refracted through the prism of personal narratives.

The performance will be followed by an artist talk and moderated panel with Dr. Anita Ratnam, in conversation with Dr. William Peterson (Senior Lecturer, Flinders University), Dr. Priya Srinivasan (Performing Artist , Associate Professor, Deakin University) and Dr. Nithya Nagarajan (Performing Artist , Manager – Community and Participation, NIDA).
Air Canada Ice Rink at Queen Victoria Market
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018 to Mon 24th Dec 2018
The Market has partnered with Air Canada to create Melbourne’s first outdoor summer ice rink for Christmas.

The Air Canada Ice Rink will pop-up under the Market’s 140-year-old historic sheds and invites you to enjoy the magical spirit of a northern hemisphere Christmas during the first three weeks of Australia’s summer (1 to 24 December 2018).

The rink will offer cool, festive fun for skaters of all ages and rink-side treats will include coffee, maple syrup ice cream from the Market’s Geloso Gelateria, Canada’s legendary poutine (a national treasure of French fries, cheese curds and gravy), plus fairy floss and popcorn for little ones.

So whether you are a total pro, a little bit wobbly, or have to hold onto the rink for dear life, it is time to get your skates on.

Located in C Shed, enter via Peel Street.
Joyful! Joyful!
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
Presented by Play It Forward – Inclusive Arts Programs for all Australians.

Under the direction of multi award winning conductor Dr Jonathon Welch AM.

This special celebratory concert features the Choir of Hard Knocks, acclaimed contralto Liane Keegan, Footscray-Yarraville City Band conducted by Phillipa Edwards, opera stars of the future from XL Arts, THECHO!R, Adam Przewlocki and the Play It Forward massed choir Latrobe Valley Community Choir, Voices of Casey, Choir of Opportunity, All Together Choir, Voices of the Alfred and Western Health Singers, drawn from right across Melbourne and into regional Victoria.

Carman's Women's Fun Run
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Welcome to the Carman’s Women’s Fun Run 2018 which is proudly supporting Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).

Whether you walk, run or just have fun, it is all about getting together with friends and family and having a great day full laughter and good times. Help turn St Kilda pink on Sunday 2 December and do not forget to start your fundraising page when you register and share it with your support crew.
With One BIG Voice 10th Anniversary Concert
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Come and celebrate With One BIG Voice community choirs at their 10th Anniversary Concert at the iconic Melbourne Town Hall, with inspiring performances from combined choirs from all over Australia in the presence of Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

Special guests include Tania de Jong AM (Creativity Australia founder and international Soprano), Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl fron 'Neighbours') and Lydia Griffiths (Les Miserables and The Royal Variety Show), with more guest artists to be announced.

Songs include Hallelujah, Imagine, What a Wonderful World, Fix You, The Greatest Showman and many more.

All proceeds go towards helping those in need.
Breath, Music for Choir Brass and Winds
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
The works in this concert revisit the ancient tradition of combining voices with brass and wind instruments. Anton Bruckner’s great Mass in e minor (1866, revised later), composed for eight part choir, winds and brass, references Gregorian chant and Palestrina. Also included are Bach’s short funeral motet BWV 118, and Stravinsky’s Mass, scored for chorus and double wind quintet.

Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir and Ensemble conducted by Rick Prakhoff.
Carols In Canterbury Gardens
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Come and enjoy the picnic atmosphere in the beautiful Canterbury Gardens. Face painting, animal farm and glow products from 6:30pm while you enjoy sausage sizzle, pancakes, strawberries and cream with hot or cold beverages. Carols features great local talent and all profits are split between Family Access Network and Eastern Emergency Network. Event is free.

In case of wet weather the carols will be partially reallocated to Canterbury Baptist opposite gardens corner Balwyn and Canterbury Roads.
Christmas Market at Rob Dolan Wines and The Farm Yarra Valley
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Join Rob Dolan Wines and The Farm Yarra Valley as they bring together the best of the local community for their Christmas Market.

The market stalls will run from 10:00am to 2:00pm with the Rob Dolan Wines cellar door and The Farm Yarra Valley remaining open until 5:00pm.

Food and Christmas goodies by The Farm, wine, Christmas gifts and Frose by Rob Dolan, beer and beer tastings by The Public Brewery, pate and terrines by City Larder, cheese and cheese tastings by Stone and Crow Cheese Company, coffee by Silva Coffee and Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches.

Enjoy olive oil, tapenade, sauces and liqueurs by Pietro Gallo Estate, fresh flowers and arrangements by Pinkie Promise, gluten free hand made cakes and biscuits by Yarralicious, small batch chocolates by Kennedy and Wilson and honey from Hampton Hives.

Entry is free and bookings are not required.
Bashka feat. Alisha Brooks (Aus/Turkey) Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
The 2018 Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival has just launched and the Jazzlab is proud to be hosting performances every night from the 2nd to the 9th of December.

Formed by Alisha Brooks and Murat Yucel, Melbourne based group Bashka are creating a new genre which slips between east and west with natural ease.

Musically spanning two continents and many centuries, Bashka explore the contrast between east and west, composed and improvised, original and traditional, acoustic and digital. Their live performances are energised with a truly new sound combined with the delicacy of traditional Turkish instruments and master players. Live samples and loops merge seamlessly with ancient acoustic and modern western instruments to create music that brings to life old folk songs, gypsy ballads and dance music from the dirt streets of old Turkey.

Alisha Brooks - Soprano saxophone, EWI, production
Murat Yucel - Electronic soundscapes, beats, loops, vocals, guitars, production
Elf Tranzporter - Emcee, vocals, beatboxing
Iskender Ozan Toprak - Bağlama, vocals, Yaylı Tambur
Matt Stonehouse - Darbuka, Davul and Req
Onur Puza - guitar
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
H:O:M:E is a durational performance-based installation exploring the ways in which locations, memories, stories, and histories are connected through personal and collective narratives. Inside a large gallery space, the performers weave an experiential landscape of storytelling, sound, art-making and performance. The audience are invited to enter the landscape of the work and engage with the space and the stories being shared as an aural, tactile and performative experience.

Acknowledging the transient and disrupted connections to homelands and heritage that are a feature of contemporary Australian discourse, H:O:M:E constructs a shifting framework to explore the relationship between geography and identity. Poetics, recollections, relational choreography, live and embodied art interactions are all drawn into the work to disrupt, dislodge and unpack the conflicted and paradoxical relationship between identity, place and belonging.

Working in collaboration, H:O:M:E is enlivened by the aural narratives of sound artist, Amy Hanley. Accompanying the work is an online portal through which members of the public are able to contribute their memories and stories of place and identity for use in the work.
Sounding the City In Bronze
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Sounding the City in Bronze brings together the Federation Bells, a popular and visually-striking Indonesian-inspired sound sculpture in central Melbourne, with Javanese gamelan in a dynamic mobile composition for both sets of instruments by Mitchell Mollison. Javanese gamelan, a large ensemble of mostly bronze percussion instruments from Indonesia, was one source of inspiration for the creators of the Federation Bells, the set of 39 bronze bells on high poles installed at Birrarung Marr. This is the first time that the two sets of instruments have sounded together.

Performed on site at Birrarung Marr, Sounding the City in Bronze showcases the sounds and instruments of Javanese gamelan—played by Melbourne Community Gamelan—in a new and exciting way. It also engages creatively with the space and history of Birrarung Marr. Indonesian-Australian dancer Ade Suharto adds movement to sound, weaving between the striking architecture of the Federation Bells and the traditional gleaming bronze of the gamelan instruments.

Co-presented by Melbourne Community Gamelan and the City of Melbourne.

Thanks to the University of Melbourne for gamelan rehearsal facilities.

Wheelchair accessible venue.
Co-Conspirators Brewing Company X Froth Craft Beer Magazine Birthday
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
CoConspirators Brewing Company is turning two and Froth Craft Beer Magazine is turning three.

They are teaming up and celebrate together and launch a collaboration beer called The Editor Passionfruit and Guava Hoppy Sour at the Flemington and Kensington Bowling Club.

The Froth Team will be launching their December edition of the magazine on the day so get down there and get your copy.

Beers on tap include the Bookie Pale Ale, Butcher Red IPA, Matriarch NE IPA, Undertaker Rye IPA and the Henchman West Coast IPA.

There will also be Dos Amigos Catering Food Truck available on the day, an ice cream cart by The Ice Cream Embassy and live music by Mr Black and Blues.

Lawn Bowl Competitions will be arranged by the bowls club and you can win merchandise and beer.
Able Art: All The Colours
Date Mon 3rd Dec 2018 to Fri 7th Dec 2018
Able Australia is collaborating with a number of service providers to showcase the creativity, art and performance of people of all abilities. Kicking off on International Day of People with Disability and running for the entire week, join Able Art: All The Colours to learn about artists from different backgrounds, learn alternative methods of communication, shop for unique pieces, discover new methods of artistry and experience life through a different scope.
Little Kids' Day In - Dino Day
Date Mon 3rd Dec 2018
Coming up in December, Little Kids' Day In will give your little learner the chance to enjoy a day of fun, play-based learning activities without the school groups.

Get ready to roar like you never have before at Little Kids' Day In – Dino Day on Monday 3 December.

Learn about the dinosaurs that once roamed Victoria, touch some real dinosaur fossils and make a T-rex mask to wear and take home.
MWIJF: Andrea Keller Leads The Composer's Circle - Live Recording
Date Mon 3rd Dec 2018
The 2018 Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival has just launched and they are proud to be hosting performances every night from the 2 to 9 December.

Founded and lead by Andrea Keller as part of her ongoing Monday night residency at the Jazzlab, the Composers Circle has performed on a monthly basis there since July 2017.

Featuring Angela Davis (alto saxophone), Carl Mackey (tenor saxophone), James Macaulay (trombone), Andrea Keller (piano), Sam Anning (double bass) and James McLean (drums), the sextet performs compositions by all members, often featuring world premiers, material written specifically for the ensemble, and re-imaginings of extant works.

This performance for the MWIJF will constitute a live recording with the view to a commercial release in 2019.
Andrea Keller Leads The Composer's Circle - Live Recording at The Jazzlab
Date Mon 3rd Dec 2018
Founded and lead by Andrea Keller as part of her ongoing Monday night residency at the Jazzlab, the Composers Circle has performed on a monthly basis there since July 2017.

Featuring Angela Davis (alto saxophone), Carl Mackey (tenor saxophone), James Macaulay (trombone), Andrea Keller (piano), Sam Anning (double bass) and James McLean (drums), the sextet performs compositions by all members, often featuring world premiers, material written specifically for the ensemble, and re-imaginings of extant works.

This performance for the MWIJF will constitute a live recording with the view to a commercial release in 2019.
Writing For The Web Workshop / Short Course
Date Tue 4th Dec 2018
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.
B# Big Band
Date Tue 4th Dec 2018
Enjoy the musical renditions of some of Australia’s highest calibre jazz and sessions musicians. The B# Big Band is an exciting swing jazz band from Melbourne, founded and directed by swinging sensation Henry Kovacevic.

With classical arrangements of Basie, Ellington, Goodman, Miller and other big cats of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

In addition, guest vocalists including the suave tenor notes of Frank Benedetto will perform tunes made famous by Anita O’Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Peggy Lee, amid others.

The performance will take part in a series of Morning Music at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds, with five show packages available to all shows.
Stomping Ground La Boca
Date Tue 4th Dec 2018 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
With Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 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.

Taking over the Arts Centre Melbourne forecourt, 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.
Bell City Square
Date Tue 4th Dec 2018 to Tue 18th Dec 2018
All December, Bell City Square will be taking up residence at Grace Darling Hotel.

2018 has been a crazy year for them, and they're so excited to spend the last weeks of it with you.
Since 1883 – Try Australia
Date Tue 4th Dec 2018 to Sun 9th Dec 2018
Try Australia focuses on the needs of young people, families and communities. Since 1883 they have been creating opportunities for young people to change their lives through the dignity of work. Today they are a social purpose organisation, delivering access to early learning, mentoring for the vulnerable and those at-risk, and training and employment opportunities for those wanting to try, but have not had the chance.

Since 1883
Since 1883, highlights their 135-year journey of making a meaningful difference to the lives of children, young people, families and communities. They will pay tribute to their past, founder WM Forster, and showcase how this has shaped the present day as they work and support young people and other cohorts who face disadvantage.

Intertwining the power of photography and storytelling, this exhibition is a unique insight into how a Not For Profit has successfully responded to the needs of society as time passes. WM Forster believed through ‘trying’, everyone had the opportunity to become good citizens and achieve greatness.
Pre-Christmas Lunch Buffet
Date Wed 5th Dec 2018 to Thu 20th Dec 2018
Do not want to wait until Christmas to indulge in your festive favourites? Christmas comes early to Harry’s Restaurant with our popular pre-Christmas festive buffet.

Gather friends, family and work colleagues over a festive buffet lunch right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Enjoy slow-roasted lamb shoulder, truffle mashed potatoes, traditional festive pudding and more. Add to the party with seafood and antipasto platter upgrade options.

Please see website for venue information.
Date Wed 5th Dec 2018 to Sun 3rd Feb 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.

Featuring some of the best-loved songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, Oh What A Circus, On this Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, this iconic show promises to be the theatrical event of the year.
The Four Tops - In Cabaret
Date Wed 5th Dec 2018 to Sat 8th Dec 2018
Head to the Sofitel Grand Ballroom for first class dining and beverage package with the exquisite harmonies of one of the biggest and the best groups ever - The Four Tops.

The Four Tops epitomise the Motown sound that shook the world in the 60s and still delight audiences around the globe.

Hailing from the heart of the RnB 60s – Detroit City, they will be harmonising their unforgettable hits Baby I Need Your Loving, I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), Reach Out I’ll Be There and many more Motown classics.

The line-up for the tour includes original member Duke Fakir plus Ronnie McNeir, Lawrence Payton Jr. and Harold ‘Spike’ Bonhart.
Matt Fraser - Medium with a Message
Date Wed 5th Dec 2018
Matt Fraser is an internationally-renowned psychic medium and best-selling author of The Secrets to Unlocking Your Psychic Ability.

Over his dynamic career, he has conducted thousands of readings for clients around the world, performed at sold-out events across the country, and appeared on numerous televisions shows and media outlets, all with the mission of reconnecting friends and family with the spirits of those who are no longer with us.

His vibrant messages of hope, comfort, and healing have touched the lives of all who meet him.

Psychic Medium Matthew Fraser can be described as dynamic, electric and the real deal. At his popular Medium with a Message live group reading events, Matt connects those who have passed with the loved ones they have left behind. The messages he is asked to deliver frequently include names, dates, and locations he couldn’t possibly know, and only add to his long-established credibility.

Matt’s personal and humorous interaction with the members of the audience guarantee that you will have a great time and leave feeling uplifted. What truly matters is that the messages from heaven will touch your heart and change your life for the better.

Presented by Wowza events.
The Embodied Landscape
Date Wed 5th Dec 2018 to Sun 16th Dec 2018
Two ancient cultures meet and collaborate through dance: Sampang Agung Centre for Performaing Arts (SACPA) from Pelem, East Java and Wotjobaluk dancers from the Wimmera, regional Victoria. From this remote and ancient land steeped in both aboriginal and colonial artefacts we enhance the visibility of our first nation footprint with a remote regional initiative.

This is an exhibition of photographs, film and a performance based in a remote regional town, Rainbow. The project was developed through the Small Town Transformations Grant. Small Town Transformations is a Victorian Government initiative delivered by Regional Arts Victoria.

Opening night performers from Wotjobaluk dancers: Ben Muir, Lochie Marks, Sonny Secombe and John Secombe.

Small Town Transformations is a Victorian Government initiative delivered by Regional Arts Victoria.
Jane Harper in conversation with Dr Angela Savage
Date Wed 5th Dec 2018
Come along and hear internationally-acclaimed author Jane Harper in conversation with Dr Angela Savage, the director of Writers Victoria.

The event is being presented by Sisters in Crime and the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, an historic subscription library in the heart of Collins Street.

Jane has had a stellar writing career, producing international bestsellers Force of Nature and The Dry. Film rights to The Dry have been bought by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Panadrea.

Angela and Jane will discuss Jane's latest book, The Lost Man, which is set in cattle country in outback Queensland.
Anticipation Is Half of The Seduction
Date Thu 6th Dec 2018 to Fri 21st Dec 2018
Anticipation is Half of the Seduction is an investigation into the fascination with gravity. From the tension before objects collide, or release of ones body weight onto another, the crescendo of gravity is everywhere. Manifesting in a myriad of mediums from choreography to glass and light installations, this exhibition is curated to observe the sensations felt before the inevitable inertia.

Blindside 2018 Emerging Curator Mentorship. Artists include: Helen Grogan, Christopher Boots, Shannon May Powell, Honey Long, Prue Stent, Kathleen Campone-Burn, Isabella Whawhai Mason. Curated by Jonathan Homsey and mentored by Hannah Matthews.

Anticipation Is Half of The Seduction will open on Thursday 7 December from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture: Alexis Wright
Date Thu 6th Dec 2018
Join 2018 Stella Prize winner and Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature, Alexis Wright, as she delivers the 2018 Stephen Murray Smith Memorial Lecture, Censorship and telling the untold stories. What would become of humankind if everyone stopped telling stories about who we are, or if the stories were diminished in a censored world? Or is society already controlled to the point where the do not recognise that they are being censored?

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The swan book, Wright has published three works of non-fiction: Take power, an oral history of the Central Land Council; Grog war, a study of alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory; and Tracker, an award-winning collective memoir of Aboriginal leader Tracker Tilmouth. Her books have been published widely overseas, including in China, US, UK, Italy, France and Poland. She is the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne.
Twilight Christmas Festival at Rippon Lea
Date Fri 7th Dec 2018
The spirit of Christmas is coming to Rippon Lea again this December. The Twilight Christmas Festival will be held on Friday 7 December from 5:00pm until 9:00pm within the grounds of the magnificent Rippon Lea Estate.

Bring the whole family to join in on fun filled Christmas activities during the evening with carols, food trucks, mansion tours, a gift market, arts and craft, a visit from Santa and more.

Spartan Race Australia - Melbourne Urban Sprint
Date Fri 7th Dec 2018 to Sat 8th Dec 2018
Come and conquer the Melbourne Urban Sprint this December.

This is the five kilometre like you have never seen it before. There are over 20 obstacles, with a banging festival area, will be dropped into Yarra Park right outside the MCG this December, when the World's best obstacle course race comes to town.

Get your mates together, form your team, don your Spartan helmets, and have a go at Spartan.

If you are thinking this is a whole new level from your usual fun run, then do not stress. At five kilometre, the Melbourne Urban Sprint has been designed as an entry into the world of Spartan and is therefore perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first-timers to seasoned racers.

You can race solo or get your mates together and form a team.

Click the link to find out more.
Vivica Genaux in Concert
Date Fri 7th Dec 2018
Pinchgut Opera is delighted to bring Vivica Genaux to Melbourne in this extraordinary Melbourne-only concert event.

One of the world’s great mezzo-sopranos, Vivica Genaux, joins an ensemble of Australia’s finest early music musicians, led by the Helpmann Award winning Erin Helyard, for a jaw-dropping evening of Handel, Hasse, Vivaldi and other baroque contemporaries.

This concert promises to be the very best of baroque splendour with stunning melodic lines interspersed with Vivica’s most famous vocal pyrotechnics.

Vivica Genaux is a four-time Grammy-nominated artist who has appeared with some of the world’s most famous early music ensembles, including Europa Galante, Le Concert Spirituel, Les Talens Lyriques and Akademie für Alte Musik.
The 73rd Australian DanceSport Championship
Date Fri 7th Dec 2018 to Sun 9th Dec 2018
From Friday 7 until Sunday 9 December, the 73rd Australian DanceSport Championship will bring together Australia’s dancing elite alongside a flock of international talent and the country’s most devoted dance enthusiasts at Melbourne Arena. Professional, adult and junior athletes will compete and perform in Standard, Latin and New Vogue catalogues over three-days to take out the 2018 Australian titles and represent Australia at all World Championships in 2019.

Held by the Australian Dancing Society, and run under the governing rules of DanceSport Australia, the Championship is not only the premier DanceSport event in Australia, but remains one of the key events on the international circuit and within the Oceanic region.

This year’s international talent includes World Latin Para Dance Champions Julius Obero and Rhea Marqez who will treat spectators to an astounding floor show of incredible skill. Global Professional Latin champions, Pavel Zvychaynyy and Oxana Lebedew from Germany, will also perform exclusive performances across the venerable Championship.

Proudly sponsored by Accor Hotels, the Victoria State Government and Sofitel Hotels and Resorts, the Australian DanceSport Championship is the ultimate showcase of the country’s best DanceSport athletes of all ages and abilities.
Date Fri 7th Dec 2018 to Sat 15th Dec 2018
A contemporary reflection of an ancient ritual. MURTI, (‘moor-thee’) is a communal participatory installation about worship and ritual in our contemporary age. A Sanskrit term, ‘murti’ is an embodied icon of the Divine. Reflecting on the ancient Hindu ritual of bathing stone idols in water and milk, MURTI invites people to pour vibrant paint upon a large-scale sculpture that reimagines the most revered and abstracted Hindu icon, the Lingam.

Lingam, meaning sign or mark, is also known as the cosmic egg. It is iconic of the formless deity Shiva, and is typically a phallic symbol made from stone, alluding to the qualities of creation, destruction, and the infinite. Inspired by the symbolism and worship of the Lingam, MURTI exhibits a grand sculptural idol as a site for public interaction, viewing and gathering. Through the re-enactment of these rituals by audience members, and the pouring of paint as a gesture of worship, MURTI questions ideas of sanctity, divinity and connection.

Conceived by visual and performance artist Devika Bilimoria, MURTI is an invitation to an experiential interpretation of consecration that gives people an opportunity to reconnect with paint, intention and their body.
Perpetual Frustration Machine
Date Fri 7th Dec 2018 to Sun 23rd Dec 2018
One of Australia’s leading circus directors Zebastian Hunter, premieres his most recent work, Perpetual Frustration Machine, featuring a stellar cast and acclaimed creatives at Theatre Works from 7 to 23 December.

Perpetual Frustration Machine is an explosive insight into the universal dilemma of modern human desire, combining surreal circus work with athletic brilliance, astonishing imagery and provocative text.

Four daring physical artists will throw themselves against the destructive desire for darkness, embracing the poetry of co-creator Stephen Sewell’s text whilst taking the audience on an adventure spanning great heights.

Comical, poignant, frenetic and poetic, this joyous dance of daring circus invites audiences to cavort along with performers until the worlds end.
The Pleasure Garden
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
A music, art and gastronomy gala. A feast for the senses, and a delight to behold. The Pleasure Garden is a fantastic festival of theatre, sculpture, music.

The Pleasure Garden Horticultural Society is thrilled to welcome you to Wonderland on Saturday 8 December.

Returning to Catani Gardens, St Kilda, The Pleasure Garden’s ‘Welcome to Wonderland’ edition will conjure an inner-city Eden of audible, visual and edible delights for the festival’s third instalment this summer.

2018 Lineup:The Temper Trap, Xavier Rudd, Northeast Party House, Confidence Man, Sampa The Great, Katchafire, Spoonbill, Stickybuds, Nora En Pure, Mad Professor, Harvey Sutherland (Dj Set), Deekline, A.skillz, Eva Lazarus, Haiku Hands, Jamie Stevens, Uone & Western, Mista Savona, K+lab, Slynk, Jfb, Staunch, Spacey Space, Handsdown & Leigh Boy, Mha Iri, Andee Frost, Chant Down Sound, Jps · Monkey Marc, Samsaruh, Adrian Eagle, Okenyo, The Senegambian Jazz Band, Kodiak Kid, Jesse I, Casey Leaver, Lady Banton, Adam Metwally and Dinob!tch.
MRelay - Wayfinding and Wellbeing
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
Everyone learns to navigate society and their lives differently. For some, the path to wellbeing and fulfilment comes with unimaginable obstacles, amongst them societal inequality, health-related setbacks, and housing and family instability. How can we as a community better help those in need to reorient themselves within complex systems? How do we seek and create alternative routes to healthy and happy lives? How do we give everyone the tools needed to find their way?

Join this lively tag-team discussion featuring a line-up of individuals working in and designing to address social inequality as part of the MRelay series.

More MRelay Talks include: Beyond diversity: Creating global cities, Ageing, ableism and architecture and The future is gender-neutral design.
MMusic - Victorian Guitar Orchestra presents Resonance
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
After the success of the Victorian Guitar Orchestra's debut MPavilion performance in 2017, the VGO returns to showcase another spectacular 'guitars en masse' event, as they immerse audiences in a wash of resonant harmonies and pulsating rhythms. Directed by Benjamin Dix of the Melbourne Guitar Quartet, the VGO program comprises a collection of contemporary inspired compositions that showcase the unique voice of the guitar through a range of colours, interweaving textures as well as evocative and life affirming melodies.

Whether you are a guitar enthusiast, a seasoned concert aficionado or even a concert first-timer, you are sure to enjoy this guitar orchestra like no other, in a space like no other.
Jack Howard and the Ambassadors of Love – Bacharach & Beyond
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
Jack is back performing on the Flying Saucer Club stage with his wonderful Ambassadors Of Love paying tribute to the timeless music of Burt Bacharach.

The songs of Burt Bacharach are undeniable - 'Say A Little Prayer', 'What The World Needs Now', 'Alfie', 'Close To You' and the list goes on. This show is all class and all heart and having Jack Howard at the helm, you can bet it will be a spectacular show. Jack plays with Hunters & Collectors and in 2017, toured the world with Midnight Oil. He has been described as “one of the great quiet achievers of Australian music. This show is a must see.

Premium Seating guarantees patrons the ‘best seats in the house’ which are positioned directly in front of the stage.
Mad Professor – The Pleasure Garden
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
The question is often asked, just how sane is The Mad Professor? Judging by the contents of his character and by the results of his recordings, and the variety of the artistes who has passed through Ariwa studios then he is certainly one of the sanest producers around. Neil Fraser began his musical career on the technical side of things as a service engineer for mixing desks and amplifiers. That skill and a good ear for "on key" music became his asset when he began building a four track studio at his home in Thornton Heath.

At school Neil was christened Mad Professor by friends who were amazed by the experiments he was carrying out. By the turn of the Eighties, Mad Professor launched the Ariwa label and released 'Come back Again' by Sgt. Pepper, then came 'Young Girl' by Family Love, 'Love Power/Love On A Two Way Street' by Divinia Stone, 'True True Loving' by Aquizim.
The African Music and Cultural Festival
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
Transport yourself to Africa at Australia's largest African festival in the heart of Melbourne. Join in the celebrations as Federation Square comes alive with vibrant music, dance, art, fashion and authentic street food. A free, family friendly event, showcasing 12 hours of non-stop entertainment from 10:00am to 10:00pm. An event not be missed.
A Very Vaudeville Christmas
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
Jingle your bells and deck the halls as The Old Married Couple presents a Very Vaudeville Christmas Variety show.

The vintage styled novelty jazz duo will fill your stocking with cheer as they share a night of distinctive 20’s inspired Dixieland toots and hoots with some extra special Christmas treats thrown in. These treats include devilishly delightful Christmas burlesque, a live music, comedy and more yuletide silliness than you can shake your candy cane at for a night of toots, hoots and naughty gifts to boot.
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
Lucky like a star. Lucky like a golden dime. The luckiest penny in the well, all is well, oh well. Get lucky, stay lucky, good luck! Lucky like rubbing a statue’s belly, like the number 8. Lucky like a clover, plucked like a daisy, lucky like a flower in the concrete. Honk twice if you’re lucky, like a rabbit with its tiny feet still attached, like finding a wishbone, or a plastic waving cat.

Liminal Magazine and Small fry come together to present a night of poetry and music. Featuring poets Chi Tran, Heather Joan Day, Jennifer Nguyen, Madison Griffiths, Manisha Anjali, Non Chalant and Tanya Ali, and followed by music by Chunyin, Tracy Chen, AIYA and SAL. This night might just be the luckiest night of your life.

Please note this venue is not wheelchair accessible as there is no elevator. Contact Multicultural Arts Victoria to discuss access options.
Death – Teachings for a happy life
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
Contemplating one's own mortality leads to a profoundly worry-free and happy life. By cutting through one's worldy concerns the meditation on death quickly eliminates all ordinary worries and anxieties.

On this day course Gen Kelsang Dornying will explain the meditation on death and how it destroys our uncontrolled desire, thereby leading us to an enjoyable and successful 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.
St Columba's Primary School Centenary Fete
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
St Columba's Primary School Centenary Fete is a celebration of 100 years of St Columba Primary School culminates on 8 December with a Village Fete for everyone to enjoy.

Amusement park style rides, food trucks, fully licensed bar and many other great attractions. Buy your wristbands early.

Melbourne Toyrun
Date Sun 9th Dec 2018
The 41st Traditional Melbourne Toy-Run and Classic auto show will be held at Tabcorp Park.

Continuing the legacy of the Melbourne Toyrun from its humble inception in 1978, the Victorian Motorcycle Council is proud to announce that the 40th anniversary of the traditional Melbourne Toyrun 2018 is now on Sunday 9th December at Tabcorp Park.

This date secures a spectacular location where motorcyclists on all formats of bikes from all of Victoria can share a fun filled day with their families and friends in support of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

The Melbourne Toy Run has always been a popular ride with Victorian motorcyclists. Riders dress up their bikes, trikes and scooters with Christmas decorations and ride to a destination to give toys and food for the kids for Christmas.

The Salvation Army trucks will be waiting to receive these generous gifts from the bikers. The Victorian Motorcycle Council invite riders and passengers of all motorbikes, from trikes to scooters of all shapes, sizes and vintage to participate and bring their families to participate in this spectacular event.
Date Sun 9th Dec 2018
Get lost in a swirl of dream pop and storytelling with Shoeb Ahmad.

A staple of the Canberra underground music scene, Shoeb proudly identifies as a person of Bangladeshi heritage and a transgender woman. Her music is known for exploring deeply personal experiences and vulnerabilities, in an evocative mix of acoustic and electronic indie pop.

Her latest project im/modesty will premiere as a live performance work with contemporary music ensemble, Australian Art Orchestra. Originally developed as a multi-speaker installation during a residency in Kerala, Southern India, this work is inspired by the cultural barriers people from the Indian sub-continent face when exploring their sexuality.

This ground-breaking work features text spoken by three voices in different stages of life—interspersed with electronic music and atmospheric recordings from the streets of India. The talented multi-instrumentalist emerged back in the mid-2000s when she released a string of exceptional bedroom recordings. Since then she hasn’t stopped creating, releasing the intricate and moving new album “quiver” earlier this year.

The concert im/modesty features Shoeb Ahmad, Sunny Kim, Peter Knight, Aviva Endean, Tilman Robinson and Maria Moles.

See Eventfinda for more information.
Christmas Melodies
Date Mon 10th Dec 2018
The ever-popular Christmas Melodies returns again to herald the arrival of the festive season.

Sing along to a collection of classics and new favourites with your special host and a range of well-known artists.

Bring the whole family or a group of friends and enjoy some Christmas themed entertainment with a big band, choir and special guest vocalists to be announced in spring 2018.

Summer Recomposed
Date Mon 10th Dec 2018
The Four Seasons. You have heard it all before, but not like this. This December, Momentum Ensemble will embark on a voyage through music and time, exploring some of history’s most familiar melodies, and discovering the impact they made upon the composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Under the baton of Ariel Zuckermann, Momentum Ensemble will perform Max Richter’s adaptation of Vivaldi’s Summer Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Miki Tsunoda; and Hindemith’s Kammermusik No.1. These two works bear a heavy influence from the past, yet both composers have cleverly twisted the traditional into something sensationally modern.

Returning to the roots of classical music itself, Momentum Ensemble will bring the concert to a close with Joseph Haydn’s Drum Roll symphony – a perfect ending to an uplifting evening of music.
Soni Irawan
Date Mon 10th Dec 2018 to Sun 16th Dec 2018
Bold, vibrant, evocative and reveling in spontaneity: Soni Irawan is a contemporary painter and printmaker from Indonesia.

Soni is also a musician and one of the founders of a Yogyakarta experimental band, Seek Six Sick, therefore his artwork is greatly influenced by the spirit and energy of rock music: his choice of artistic techniques and medium are in line with his musical practice. Like jamming sessions, his canvases are filled with spontaneous strokes, sketchy figures and cut out pieces.

He chooses oil bars to draw his lines since the medium gives him the similar feel of roughness and boldness as the sound created by a guitar - the instrument he plays in the band. His subject matters, however, are largely personal that revolve around his families and his environment with the underlying interest in capturing the spirit of human survival in everyday life.

Born in 1975, Soni Irawan completed his study in the Visual Art Faculty, Fine Arts Department, majoring in Printmaking at the Indonesian Art Institute situated in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Lockett-Kang-Zakaria Trio Live at The Jazzlab
Date Tue 11th Dec 2018
Veteran NZ jazz drummer Mark Lockett teams up with with 2018 Best Jazz Artist Tui Award winner Umar Zakaria on bass and guitarist Brad Kang, an alumni of the Grammy-winning University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band.

The triple-threat trio presents a collection of originals from their various groups re-imagined for the guitar-bass-drums setting, featuring the premiere of a new original suite Nusantara Sun - inspired by the landscape of the Malay Archipelago in Southeast Asia.

Do not miss this chance to catch these three leading artists on the NZ scene today at The Jazzlab Brunswick Melbourne, book your tickets now.
Living, Working and Networking in Melbourne
Date Wed 12th Dec 2018 to Wed 13th Mar 2019
Living, working and networking in Melbourne is an event where you will learn seven best settlement strategies - that you can apply with your personal style.

Culture shock - what is it and how to recognise the symptoms Australian culture - understanding the basics and job hunting - ways to find the work you want (despite your international background). The night will also feature information sources - the most reliable options finding the networks you need.

Suitable for expatriates and repatriates (people returning to Australia, international migrants and domestic relocatees, locals who would like to meet people from intrastate, interstate and overseas, people from any background, culture, faith and gender.
Christmas Spectacular
Date Wed 12th Dec 2018
Celebrating 30 years touring professional productions around Australia, Promac Productions returns to our stage with a fantastic show to get everyone in the festive spirit.

Leading a cast of four will be star tenor Roy Best who will herald in Christmas 2018 with some of the finest carols and Christmas songs ever written. Chris McKenna will compere and lead some fantastic sing-a-longs, with plenty of laughs included. Do not miss this perfect way to embrace the Christmas spirit.
Storytime Ballet: Coppélia - Narre Warren
Date Wed 12th Dec 2018 to Thu 24th Jan 2019
A sparkling tale of magic and mischief, where all is not what it seems.

Experience ballet’s most playful comedy live on stage in an interactive production of Coppélia created especially for children aged three and up. Join the young lovers Swanilda and Franz as they sneak into Dr Coppelius’ mysterious workshop and discover the secrets of his mechanical dolls.​​

Running for under an hour and brimming with magic tricks, life-size toys and enchanting costumes, this narrated version of Coppélia will surprise and delight little ones and have them dancing all the way home.
Performance Management - Every Office Is A Circus
Date Wed 12th Dec 2018 to Sun 16th Dec 2018
The musical that take the whip to the modern day office.

Where can you marvel at the antics of clowns, witness juggling on a grand scale, gawk at a cavalcade of crazies in a modern day freak show, and get paid for the privilege? Forget waiting for the circus to come to town, it all plays out in every office, every day.

Join Scott Hollingsworth and troupe as they reel off hit after spoofed hit. No song is safe in this satirical romp around the modern day office. Lady Gaga, Adele, Britney, Les Miserables, Chicago, and even Disney feel the sting of the Ringmasters whip in this comic musical cabaret.

Anyone that works in an office will relate to these laugh-out-loud shenanigans.
End of Year Run Party
Date Thu 13th Dec 2018
Join Sole Motive at Albert Park Lake for a run party to celebrate a year of achievements from thousands of runners who have laced up at their events, to the people who have visited their store and the millions of dollars they have raised for charity and our Runner’s World Magazine readers.

End of Year Run Party - Choose from three distances: five kilometre, 10 kilometre or the two kilometre Mini Motivators (kids run).

But to make this a party a run party - they need you.
Twenty One Pilots – The Bandito Tour
Date Thu 13th Dec 2018
Twenty One Pilots, the critically-acclaimed duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, will celebrate their new album 'Trench' with 'The Bandito Tour'. The massive world tour will see them performing in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United Kingdom.

'Trench' which follows the Grammy Award-winning duo’s Platinum (New Zealand) 2015 LP 'Blurryface', which has sold over 6.5 million copies worldwide—will be out on 5 October via Fueled By Ramen. Just recently, the duo have shared two new tracks off the new record—'Jumpsuit' and 'Nico And The Niners'. The former is joined by an official music video directed by longtime collaborator Andrew Donoho. It can now be streamed via the duo's official YouTube channel.
Christmas Special Painting Class – Paint and Pancakes
Date Thu 13th Dec 2018
With the magic of the holiday season coming up, it may be time to try something new and use your creative side to spice up the holidays with a touch of art.

With the Paint for Fun art made easy program, your family can try something new for the holidays, such as to make your own gift instead of stepping out into the hustle and bustle of regular Christmas shopping.

All levels of talent are welcome at these workshops. Their techniques allow our visitors to explore their creative side, even if they have never opened the door before.

There is nothing like a gift from the heart during the Christmas season, and nothing says to have a happy holiday season rather than good piece of art, namely a painting that you may have created yourself.
Bloods Summer
Date Fri 14th Dec 2018
With the announcement of their sophomore album 'Feelings' Bloods have also announced two summer parties to celebrate the release.

The parties held in Melbourne and Sydney this December will feature live performances, special guests and DJ sets.

Ticket Bundles Available with the pre-sale: Ticket and a copy of Bloods latest album 'Feelings' on CD or Vinyl and a free Bloods record bag.

Merch is available for collection upon entry to the venue. Bundles not available with door sales.
Market Place at Collins Place - Christmas
Date Fri 14th Dec 2018
Creators Assembly are delighted to have once again partnered with Collins Place to present a boutique Christmas Market experience this festive season.

Creators Assembly love to bring these special events to Melbourne and Market Place at Collins Place continues to be a point of difference to the Paris End of Collins Street. The December event will add some additional excitement to the end of the working week with a bespoke Christmas event, the clientele at Collins Place love to treat themselves and their loved ones with delicious handmade treats and beautiful gifts found in this stunning location.

Creators Assembly work with gifted individuals and especially love to bring new and upcoming small businesses to the forefront for the community to enjoy.

This will be an exclusive and carefully curated event showcasing the best of Melbourne's finest designers, creators and food makers from local and regional Victoria, staged within Collins Place.

Market Place at Collins Place will also bring you a pop-up bar from midday where you can enjoy a glass of bubbles in a relaxation area while swaying to some sweet tunes, ensuring a very special Christmas experience.

The Sound of Shadows: Sugar Coated
Date Fri 14th Dec 2018
‘Rare’ and ‘endangered’ are terms usually associated with animals and plants… but they can also be applied to three unique Indonesian musical instruments—the Bundengan from Central Java and the Rantok, and Gule Gending from Lombok. These instruments are barely heard and played outside of their home regions, much less anywhere else in the world.

But now, thanks to the work of musician and composer Bianca Gannon, they’re the centrepiece of an immersive, multicultural concert to be held at the Recital Centre in Melbourne on Friday 14 December.
Inter Dominion Championship
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018
The most prestigious event in Australasian harness racing, The Inter Dominion (ID18), is returning to Victoria after a decade-long hiatus. Australia and New Zealand have several headline events throughout all regions and across the calendar, but nothing matches the Inter Dominion for the interest of sports and racing fans.

Opening with the hard-fought Heats at Tabcorp Park Melton on December 1, Ballarat on December 4 and Cranbourne on December 8 and culminating in the Grand Final at Tabcorp Park on Saturday December 15, ID18 will showcase some of Australasia’s greatest equine athletes.

While racing is the central theme, ID18 is about more than horses and their trainers and drivers as the worlds of sport, entertainment, food and fashion collide in a unique spectacle.

The Grand Final will be a celebration for the young and the young at heart, with a food truck zone that boasts the finest cuisines and the fun of roving entertainment, children’s activities and celebrity guests.
MMeets - Side project lessons: How to start and sustain your creative project
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018
Side projects are a growing entry point for emerging and established creatives to build, expand and experiment with their practice. Yet so often, it is personal creative work that falls to the bottom of the to-do list. This event is for anyone who feels stuck or does not know where to start with their creative project. Side project lessons: How to start and sustain your creative project will cover everything from trusting your own ideas and building routines, to talking money and self-care strategies to keep up momentum.

Hosted by Madeleine Dore, creator of the interview project Extraordinary Routines and event series Side Project Sessions, in a series of candid conversations several creative minds will draw on personal challenges and triumphs of starting, sustaining and switching up there creative projects to help you do the same.
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018
Enigma is an interactive art performance that engages all five senses creating an experience that includes diverse forms of art including live percussion, soundscape, dance, acting, visual and fine arts.

The audience will be given an opportunity to interact with the performers, props, and the ceremony as a whole. They will not simply witness the performance but join in as part of the event. The audience is also asked to bring flowers or leaves from home which will act as a form of exchange allowing the audience to be part of the ceremony.

Doors will open for 15 minutes to let audiences walking through the soundscape and space to the seated area. The performance will run for approximately 45 minutes with no interval.

Director and choreographer: Nakarin Jaikla. Sound designers: Nampark Sribanditmongkol and Mitchell Waters

Wheelchair accessible venue.
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018
Art may be time and culture specific, but sound and sight knows no limits. The artists of SAtheCollective create their own sensescapes, exploring all possibilities not bound by time or culture.

SAtheCollective presents a unique blend of sounds and sonic-inspired visuals that reflects a Southeast Asian sensibility. Growing up in post-colonial Singapore, the artists explore their identities through an inquiry into sound and visuals. They value being in the moment: fleeting, transcendent.

For SAtheCollective, their exploration of sound begins with each instrument and every original composition is a bold experiment that combines traditional elements with modern techniques, such as live looping and video projection light shows. Their music is a culmination of their diasporic roots, innovative process and sonic exploration. Spontaneous at every turn, each performance is a risk that the band takes as they delve into the question of identity.

This will be SAtheCollective’s live debut performance in Melbourne - join them in this multi-sensory experience, immersing in collective time and space.

Wheelchair accessible venue.
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018
Scienceworks is staying up late for the return of their ultimate after dark party this summer. Adventure into unseen worlds at Sync; an all-ages event specifically designed to blow. Your. Mind.

Get your mates together for exclusive after-hours access to the mind-bending Beyond Perception and dive into the awesome science behind this exhibition in an adult-free setting.

With live music from Tones & I and Poppy Rose, virtual reality, eats and late night treats Sync will be a night out like no other.
Learn to Meditate Half-Day Course
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018
A Half-Day Meditation Course with Gen Kelsang Dornying. Meditation is a way of calming the mind, reducing stress and developing a more positive approach to life. These courses provide the perfect opportunity to discover for yourself the inner peace and happiness that naturally arises when our mind becomes still.

This feeling of inner peace will help individuals to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life and to feel warm and well disposed towards other people thereby improving one's relationships.

The teacher of this course is Gen Kelsang Dornying. Gen Dornying is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia and teaches with a warmth and humility that is naturally inspiring.
Celebrate Christmas at The Farm Yarra Valley
Date Sun 16th Dec 2018
Join The Farm Yarra Valley on Sunday 16 December 2018 for an extra special Farm Christmas Feast.

The delicious menu consists of a premium three course, sharing style Christmas themed lunch.

Including a glass of Rob Dolan White Label wine or a glass of The Public Brewery beer with the meal and tea or coffee with dessert.

Lunch will be served at 12:30pm.

Limited spots available.

To secure your booking , please contact The Farm on 9879 9064 or email

Whitehorse Carols
Date Sun 16th Dec 2018
Santa Claus is coming to town and so are a host of wonderful performers to entertain young and old alike.

Expect free rides and amusements for children along with the sounds of your favourite Christmas carols.

The entertaining line up will be released closer to the event.

Sunday Funday Concert for Vision Australia
Date Sun 16th Dec 2018
The fantastic Boomers’ Jukebox presents: Vision Australia singing, dancing fundraiser combo.

Let your hair down as a big year gets closer to the end. Why not have lunch at the RSL and stay on for an amazing afternoon of 50s, to 80s Rock n Roll. You will know all the songs - Elvis, the Big “O”, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Creedence, The Eagles, Chuck Berry plus.

There is more fun too – there will be at least four opportunities during the show to come up and sing a song with the band - a solo or as a group. It is $10 per microphone. If there are more singers than spots, they will be auctioned off, with all the money goes to Vision Australia.

There will also be musical trivia. For $5 you can enter with half of the winnings going to you and half going to Vision Australia.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Date Wed 19th Dec 2018 to Sun 6th Jan 2019
Following hot on the wobbly heels of the box office hit The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre brings its triumphant disaster Peter Pan Goes Wrong from London’s West End to Australia.

Nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Peter Pan Goes Wrong turns the J.M. Barrie classic, Peter Pan, into a joyous masterclass of physical comedy and general disaster.

Once again, the much-loved members of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes with hilarious and disastrous results.

Will they ever make it to Neverland?

Hook now for Peter Pan Goes Wrong.
KFC Big Bash League 08 - Match Two: Renegades vs Scorchers
Date Thu 20th Dec 2018
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 Perth Scorchers at Marvel Stadium on Thursday 20 December.
Brad Williams
Date Thu 20th Dec 2018 to Sat 22nd Dec 2018
One of the most in-demand comedians working in the US today, funnyman Brad Williams will dish out his raunchy, no-holds-barred comedy when he makes his Australian debut this December.

As seen on Legit with Jim Jefferies, Ricky Gervais’ Life Is Short, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a highlight of Netflix’s new stand-up showcase #TheDegenerates – Brad’s high energy performances and hilarious observations on disability, relationships, sex, and race are proof that anyone can overcome their shortcomings.

Do not miss Williams on his Australian debut – tickets will not last long.
Shared Christmas Party
Date Fri 21st Dec 2018
Purrrrfect for small or larger groups looking to have all the (Christmas) bells and whistles that come with grand end of year celebrations, without having to organise a thing (apart from that special outfit).

Enjoy delicious canapés, grazing dishes and mini desserts throughout the night, and unlimited sparkling, red and white wine, beer and soft drinks.

Guests will be taken to a secret location where they will enjoy a night in one of our private spaces with an outdoor terrace, unlimited cocktail style food and beverages, a special animal experience packed with entertainment. Get ready to dance the night away, have heaps of fun celebrating Christmas and the end of 2018.
Russell Morris
Date Fri 21st Dec 2018
Russell Morris is an Aria Hall of Fame inductee, number one selling Platinum artist, King of Pop and Australian Icon. Shooting to fame in the middle 60’s with Somebody’s Image, Russell had a string of hits including Hush and the Bob Dylan classic Baby Blue.

In 1969 he and producer Molly Meldrum released The Real Thing, Australia’s only true psychedelic number one hit and a song that is played regularly on commercial radio to this day. Following that, Russell penned breakthrough hits such as 'Sweet Sweet Love', 'Wings of an Eagle', 'Rachel', 'Part 3 into Paper Walls', 'The Girl That I Love' and many many more.
Carols In Colour
Date Fri 21st Dec 2018
Carols In Colour is an all ages, Christmas carols spectacular like no other—it's both a carols concert and colour festival rolled into one. Westfield Knox is excited to be hosting the event again in 2018.

You will be invited to celebrate the joy of Christmas with explosions of colour timed to the crescendo of your most loved Christmas carols and songs. The same Christmas covers band will return this year and timed colour blasts will occur every 15 minutes and Santa will also make a much anticipated visit. Coloured holi-powder packets are strictly limited to 2000 registrations, so customers will be encouraged to register via our website to book their space and avoid disappointment.

How to register: All customers participating in this event must be registered by the Eventbrite book link. Head to the Westfield Knox website and click 'Buy A Ticket' at the top of thepage to be taken to the registration website.

Please note: Once you click the 'Book Now' link, this will take you to a third party site.

Do you have more questions about the event? View FAQ's on the website event listing.
MMeets—Flamenco dance workshop with Flamenco Fiesta Group
Date Sat 22nd Dec 2018
Enjoy a summer afternoon of Flamenco music, dance performance and dance workshop with the Flamenco Fiesta Group. The group was formed in 2011 and is comprised of accomplished Spanish musicians—including the mesmerising sounds of Spanish guitar—and dancers, led by Belinda and Paul Martin.

Having performed for Opera Australia and provided Flamenco workshops around Victoria, the captivating group are stopping into MPavilion just for you. The workshop is open to people of all ages and abilities, so get your dancing shoes on. The Kiosk will also be open, serving refreshments and eats.
Wowza Comedy and Music Christmas Spectacular
Date Sat 22nd Dec 2018
Wowza Comedy and Music Christmas Spectacular 2018. Come and experience the most Amazing Christmas Celebration the City of Whittlesea has ever seen, with food trucks and fun roaming acts for the kids before the main event.

Fun for all the Family with Entertainment from the Finalists of this Years The Voice and some of Australia's Best Entertainers and Comedians.

Not to be Missed. The Kids will Love it. And so will you. You will leave with the words Wow in your Mouth.
Christmas with the National Boys Choir of Australia
Date Sat 22nd Dec 2018
The National Boys Choir of Australia will be celebrating Christmas at Hamer Hall on Saturday, December 22 2018 with an illustrious programme featuring George Frideric Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine (Birthday Ode for Queen Anne 1713); the Choir’s major work this year.

The National Boys Choir of Australia will be welcoming to the stage its 180-voice Boys and Men’s Choir with orchestra plus four of Australia’s premier soloists for the major work: Jacqueline Porter (Soprano), Max Riebl (Countertenor), Austin Haynes (Countertenor) and Jeremy Kleeman (Bass-Baritone). The second half of the programme will include Christmas favourites such as Ding dong! Merrily on High, O Come All Ye Faithful, Good King Wenceslas and God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.

The National Boys Choir of Australia’s recent tour of Tasmania saw the Tour Choir perform for the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, who said of the Ballroom recital performance: “Spine-tingling.” One of the selected choristers is the great, great grandson of Tasmania co- Governor Lieutenant Edward Lord, RM in 1810.
Dancing In The Street – 'A Tribute To Motown'
Date Sat 22nd Dec 2018
The Flying Saucer Club is thrilled to welcome this high-energy Motown tribute back to the stage this December. Featuring three highly dynamic and versatile singers, expect a recreation of well-known hits by Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and all of Motown’s superstars in a show featuring over 30 of the label’s biggest hits.

The six-piece band that backs these singers authentically recreates the sound of Motown and you won’t be able to hold yourself back from dancing the night away, so round up your friends for fun night out.

In 1962, the Motown Revue took the ‘Sound of Young America’ and hit the road, filling theatres and dance floors across the USA. With a band featuring some of the best and most experienced musicians in Melbourne, Dancing In The Street captures the essence of the great Motown sound and is guaranteed to fill theatres and dance floors across Melbourne.
Indian Summer Festival
Date Sun 23rd Dec 2018 to Thu 27th Dec 2018
The Indian Summer Festival is a celebration of modern India. An expressive, free thinking, creative and open minded India - the India of today.

The free three day festival is built upon five shared cultural pillars that unite modern India and modern Melbourne: food, music, art, film and cricket. Attendees will be able to enjoy live music from an array of international music talent, modern Indian street art painted by Indian and Melbourne artists, a host of family cricket activities, along with some of the best modern Indian food in Australia and even an open-air cinema screen showing short Bollywood films and music.

The festival is open to anyone and everyone, there is no need to have a ticket to the test match - if you want to experience modern Indian culture you can attend.
Christmas Lunch by the Yarra
Date Tue 25th Dec 2018
Join Meat Market this Christmas and enjoy a three-course sharing style lunch with all the trimmings, serving traditional Australian Christmas favourites like turkey, ham and seafood.

Sip on a glass of G.H Mumm champagne on arrival and join together with loved ones as you share in the festive fare and celebration of this special day by the Yarra.

Sit back, relax and leave the cleaning up to someone else with a quintessentially Australian Christmas lunch at Meat Market.

Kids menu (up to 16 years old) includes two courses with unlimited soft drink.
Bohemian Wine Bar X Meat Market Christmas Lunch
Date Tue 25th Dec 2018
Celebrate Christmas Day with a modern take on at Bohemian Wine Bar. Due to popular demand for Meat Market's sold out Christmas lunch, Bohemian Wine Bar have teamed up with their brother venue to bring you their three-course lunch with all the trimmings, serving traditional Australian Christmas favourites like turkey, ham and seafood.

Food by Meat Market and wine by Bohemian.

Meat Market chef's will be serving up traditional menu of seafood, turkey and ham with the opportunity to enjoy a few specially matched wines by the Bohemian Wine Bar.
Christmas Day Lunch at The Victoria Hotel
Date Tue 25th Dec 2018
The iconic Victoria Hotel Melbourne is hosting their inaugural Christmas Day Lunch – with a mouth-watering menu, beautiful table settings, floral arrangements and bon-bons creating a homely and warm atmosphere in the Victoria Ballroom.

Skip the hours’ of preparation, cooking and cleaning involved this silly season and head over to Little Collins Street from 12:00pm to 3:00pm on 25 December 2018 for a Christmas Feast. Guests are able to enjoy a charcharcuterie on arrival, a shared main menu and a delicious dessert buffet for only $70 per person. A fully stocked bar with all your favourite beverages will be available on consumption.

A visit from Santa will keep the little ones occupied and joyful, so all you need to do is sit back, relax and indulge with your loved ones.
Hotel Lindrum Christmas Day Lunch
Date Tue 25th Dec 2018
Celebrate Christmas Day with a sumptuous six-course lunch in felt restaurant. There will be three-hour beverage package included, with a selection of beer, wine, soft drink, tea and coffee.

For Christmas Day lunch enquiries, call on the number provided. Bookings can also be made via email.
Five Course Christmas Lunch at Akachochin
Date Tue 25th Dec 2018
Enjoy a five course Japanese lunch created by Akachochin’s head chef at their beautiful riverside restaurant.

Combining the freshest ingredients served in the customary Izakaya way, this unique experience will be sure to get ​everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Choose from two seating times: seating one at 12:00pm or seatng two at 1:30pm.
Melbourne Zoo Christmas Day Lunch
Date Tue 25th Dec 2018
Spoil the whole family by taking them to lunch at Melbourne Zoo on Christmas Day.

You will enjoy a four course lunch for three hours with all (wine, beer and soft drink) beverages included and in one of their special private event spaces that feature views to either its own animal enclosure (the tamarin monkeys or tree kangaroo) or picturesque views across the Japanese Gardens and Lake.

The children will love a surprise appearance from Santa, the photo booth will be a hit for all the family members and a visit from roving musicians will add to the wonderful and merry atmosphere.

The Christmas themed menu is a mixture of a contemporary Australian Christmas influences as well as the traditional favourites they all love. The menu showcases the best Victorian produce whilst being committed to sourcing sustainable and ethical ingredients.

Before and after lunch take a wander throughout the Zoo and enjoy the animals as well as the many talks taking place.

Christmas Day Lunch at Sirocco
Date Tue 25th Dec 2018
Christmas is the time to connect and reconnect with those that you love most and enjoy the warm summer weather. For Christmas Day Lunch this year, leave the work for them.

This Christmas Day celebrate in the Melbourne CBD with family and friends over a great spread. The buffet celebrates Australian seafood and all the Christmas favourites.

Forget about all food restrictions for one day and enjoy an Australian themed buffet with prawns, turkey and pavlova all making an appearance.

The dedicated team at Sirocco Restaurant will make sure your family have a memorable Christmas Day Lunch experience. This is so that all you have to do is enjoy the great food and even better company.

Spend the afternoon with your loved ones over a buffet lunch. To help your celebrations kick off on the right note, your first sparking wine, soft drink or juice is on us.
Domain Boxing Day Test: Australia vs India
Date Wed 26th Dec 2018 to Sun 30th Dec 2018
A new era for Australian Test cricket begins this summer, this is Australia's biggest challenge yet as they take on the world's best, India.

A new look Australian side led by Tim Paine and coached by Justin Langer will be looking to re-build their world standing against number-one ranked India, led by captain Virat Kohli - high quality cricket will be on show in this match for the ages.

The Domain Boxing Day Test is an institution in Melbourne, an event not to be missed.

Public tickets on sale.

For group bookings (20 or more tickets), travel packages and official hospitality, visit the Cricket Australia website.

Renee Geyer
Date Thu 27th Dec 2018
Renée Geyer’s career has spanned four decades and is still going strong with her 25th album of 2013 Swing. A precocious jazz, blues and soul singer in her late teens; countdown royalty in her 20s; a string of pop, soul and reggae hits spanning the 70s and 80s; her LA years in the studio with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sting, Joe Cocker and Chaka Kahn; her 90s renaissance with Paul Kelly.

She is a singer, a songwriter, producer, and author. In 2005, Renée was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, and in 2013 into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame, both proud occasions in which she joined the ranks of Australia’s most respected and accomplished musicians.

Renée Geyer started life as a sassy blues belter. Now she is the consummate entertainer with a proud body of work still transfixing audiences with the power of her music and voice. Supporting act is JR Reyne.

Tony Floyd (drums), Jex Saarelaht (keys), Yuri Pavlinov (bass) and Charlie Owen (guitar).
Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows
Date Fri 28th Dec 2018
The Black Sorrows have earned a reputation as a dynamic live act. There is a level of accessibility to The Black Sorrows that can appeal to the newest of fans. At the helm, Joe Camilleri steers the band through an energetic interplay of solid grooves and well-crafted songs that mix those well-worn ingredients of blues, soul, R&B, gospel, country and even Brill Building pop. Spontaneous (forget set lists) and emotionally driven, Joe ensures that no two performances are ever the same.

Writer of milestone Australian songs such as So Young, Hit And Run, Shape I’m In, Hold On To Me, Harley and Rose, Chained To The Wheel, Never Let Me Go and The Chosen Ones, Joe Camilleri’s music has become part of Australian music culture. As a member of Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons, Joe was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007. Camilleri has shown fans and critics alike that he is a performer with an undeniable energy and love of it all.
KFC Big Bash League 08 - Match 12: Renegades vs Sixers
Date Sat 29th Dec 2018
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 Sydney Sixers at Marvel Stadium on Saturday 29 December.

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
Ross Wilson: Mr Eagle Rock
Date Sat 29th Dec 2018
With a stellar career spanning more than 45 years and showing no signs of slowing, Mr Eagle Rock Ross Wilson is one of Australian rock music's most enduring and lauded talents. Twice inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame (1989 solo and 2006 with Daddy Cool), Wilson continues to win acclaim. Eagle Rock has been included in the National Film and Sound Archive 'Sounds of Australia Collection', his latest 3 singles from his new album 'I Come In Peace' have been added to playlists at over 50 commercial stations nationally and the title track is released as a single accompanied by a hot new video.

Ross again sets new records for a performer of his generation with his '5 Decades of Cool' concert series was nominated for the 2010 Helpmann Award for 'Best Contemporary Australian Concert'. Wilson released two albums in 2010, the contemporary 'I Come In Peace' and a new 'Best Of' entitled Mr Eagle Rock, both released independently through Shock Entertainment.

Ross Wilson will delight Bird’s Basement’s audience with a performance not to be forgotten.
Canyon's Celebration Of Crosby Stills & Nash with special guests
Date Sat 29th Dec 2018
The Flying Saucer Club are excited to present Canyon celebrating ‘Crosby Stills and Nash’ 50th Anniversary of their formation with special guests Mick Pealing (Stars, Raw Brit) and Tracy Kingman, James Reyne’s long-time backing vocalist.

Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Folk-Rock supergroup was made up of American singer-songwriters David Crosby and Stephen Stills and English singer-songwriter Graham Nash formed in Los Angeles in 1968.

The iconic band are major influence on Canyon and the distinctive sound of their original music which is why singer, songwriter and guitarist Peter Chapman, singer Louise Dempsey (yes, Paul's sister), Bruce Packard (Coolgrass, Concordia Mandolin Orchestra), Josh Bennett (Davidson Brothers, The Bombay Royale), Robi Parolin (Aus Bee Gees Show) plus special guests Mick Pealing and Tracy Kingman are coming together to celebrate 50 years since the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash.

You’ll hear some of the greatest songs ever written, performed by a stellar line up of musicians. A must see.

Doors open 7:00pm (seats/dining), 8:00pm (standing. Showtime is 8:40pm.
New Year's Eve Chanting Meditation
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
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.

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 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.

Eugene Hamilton and the Money
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Eugene Hamilton and the Money make an art form out of playing re-invented covers. As a front man, Eugene Hamilton never fails to deliver a knockout performance, and The Money features the absolute cream of Melbourne’s players' nine piece concert band. It’s a funkified, countrified, Latin Soul Boogaloo Joyride.

Formed by six of Melbourne’s most experienced, hard-working and talented musicians, Eugene Hamilton and the Money play with genres and styles in a joyfully unpredictable and seriously challenging way. They can turn Kylie into klezmer, Beyonce into cocktail swing, Divinyls into Northern Soul, Bob Marley into Texas swing, Steely Dan into â€㮜’s boogaloo and mash up Bob Dylan with Serge Gainsbourgh—mashing down musical boundaries, and doing it with skill, taste and attention to detail all the way.
Hotel Lindrum Melbourne New Year's Eve Dinner
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Bring in the New Year with a sumptuous dinner and a delicious assortment of desserts, in felt restaurant, located within the elegant surrounds of Hotel Lindrum Melbourne. They have two seatings available from 5:00pm and from 8:30pm. Dinner prices start from $99 per adult, and $35 per child.

Dinner consists of a five or seven course menu with an assortment of shared desserts served in felt restaurant, including a glass of French sparkling wine on arrival
NYE in the Garden
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Celebrate 2019 in one of Melbourne’s premier venues.

Spend the night roaming the multi-levelled building surrounded by ficus trees, delicious beverages and canapés. Have a choice of three different dance floors across the whole venue. Rnb in the Garden Grill, house/dance in the observatory and disco/funk in the rose garden.

All tickets include four hours of food and drink. Tickets are available now online.

See you in the garden.
Roof Masquerade NYE Party
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Bring in 2019 on Waterside Hotel's roof. Enjoy five hours of unlimited drinks and roaming canapés, plus a premium view of the fireworks. The DJ will be kicking off at 8:00pm.

The ground floor is business as usual. First in, best dressed. Stake out a spot in our Public Bar to while the night away or book a table for dinner.
New Beers Eve at Holliava
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Head to Holliava in the heart of Richmond for the ultimate Tap takeover by Pirate Life.

There will be a range of selected beer specials and games for everyone including a Mario Kart competition.
Endless Summer: New Year's Eve
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018 to Tue 1st Jan 2019
Celebrate the new year with live music, spectacular city views and handpicked food and booze to help you ring in 2019.

Purchase the Sunset Package and receive: Level One and rooftop access, two hour food and beverage package from 6:00pm.
NYE – Italiano Partito
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Pretend you’re in Italy for your last moments of 2018. Be surrounded by delicious pizza, antipasto boards and live authentic music.

Expect a range of drink and food specials. Live Italian band from 8:00pm.

Book a table now.
New Year's Eve at BangPop
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Bring in the New Year with a BANG at BangPop South Wharf with their New Year’s Eve Banquet.

Join family and friends and toast to the New Year over a seven-course dinner at BangPop, one of Melbourne’s best spots for high-quality, authentic, casual Thai street food.

Located on the banks of the Yarra River in South Wharf, BangPop is at the very centre of all the 2018 New Year’s Eve action and is the perfect place for celebrating the biggest night of the year.

Surrounded by a vibrant atmosphere, stunning water views and a seven-course dinner packed with flavourful dishes, aromatic condiments and endless sparkles, this New Year’s Eve banquet is too good to miss.

​The First sitting will run between 5:30pm and 7:30pm and the second sitting will run between 8:00pm and 1:00am. Prices vary.
New Year's Eve Riverside at Meat Market
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Welcome in the New Year with a mouth-watering three or four course feast at South Wharf’s Meat Market.

Kick your night off with at the raw bar featuring a selection of Australia’s finest seafood Coffin Bay oysters, Spencer Gulf prawns, Portarlington mussels, live sushi and sashimi station followed by a feasting platter with Meat Markets favourite producers including Robbins Island Wagyu, Barrowdale Pork, Nicholas Poultry free range chicken and Salt Grass lamb, finishing the night of with decedent dessert canapés.

Enjoy a true Victorian culinary experience and Melbourne’s best and most exclusive views along the Yarra River.

There will be two sittings available a family friendly three courses from 5:00 pm to 7:30pm and four courses with a glass of Champagne on arrival from 8:30 pm to 1:00am.
Count down to the new year at Akachochin
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Get together with family and friends and indulge in Akachochin’s New Year’s Eve degustation dining experience.

Sip on a glass of champagne and take in all of what a Melbourne New Year’s Eve has to offer at the restaurant’s riverside location.

With two sitting times available, this event can be enjoyed by kids and parents a like.

Akachochin’s modern approach to Japanese cuisine incorporates traditional techniques with modern flavours to create delicious dishes for everyone to enjoy.

Visit the website for further details.
New Year's Eve at the Bridge Hotel
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018 to Tue 1st Jan 2019
Just because it’s New Year’s Eve, it does not mean it will cost you an arm and a leg. Free drink on arrival this yearat the Bridge Hotel.

DJs from 9:30pm until close.
New Year's Eve White Party
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018 to Tue 1st Jan 2019
Dress in white and celebrate the night at Prahran Hotel. Let Prahran Hotel take care of you this New Year’s Eve - with indulgent canapés and beverage package from 7:00pm until the clock strikes midnight for $100 per person.

Unfortunately, no dinner bookings will be taken - so dress the part and join for an intimate cocktail party to bring in the new year. Open until 1:00am.
New Year's Eve - Jungle Party
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018 to Tue 1st Jan 2019
Get wild with Terminus Hotel this New Year’s Eve. They are turning the Termo into a jungle to help you celebrate the end of 2018 in savage style.

Five hours of ferocious canapés and beverages will get you into the celebrating mood - while a handpicked mix of DJs will make sure the party winds on until the wee hours of the morning.

Jungle dress ups are definitely encouraged, with massive prizes for first, second and third best dressed.
New Year's Eve Dinner at Stamford Plaza
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Ring in 2019 in the heart of the Melbourne CBD with a three course dinner at Harry’s Restaurant followed by celebratory drinks at Harry’s Bar. Situated within walking distance to the Yarra River, take a walk after your meal and enjoy the amazing Melbourne New Year's Eve fireworks.
New Years Eve at The Boatbuilders Yard
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018 to Tue 1st Jan 2019
Look no further because you will not find a better offer than New Year’s Eve at Boaties.

Ring in the new year at one of the biggest beer gardens in Melbourne with exclusive waterfront views of the fireworks. Tickets include a drinks package of beer, wine and bubbles, plus substantial food and our DJ spinning your favourite party anthems. Doors open at 8:00pm.
New Years Eve at Plus 5
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
​​Head over to Plus 5 South Wharf, this New Years Eve for a great night out Riverside. Plus 5 is hosting a riverside party bringing you live music, all night tapas and grazing plus a four-hour package of free flowing bubbles, wines and beers not to mention a great spot to catch the Docklands and CBD fireworks at midnight.

Doors open at 8:00pm. The theme is tropical so come dressed in your best tropical attire if you desire.

Tickets include live music, all night tapas and grazing plus four hours of free-flowing bubbles, wine and cider.
Let Them Eat Cake NYD
Date Tue 1st Jan 2019
Let Them Eat Cake is a unique New Years Day offering catering for the discerning patron, a boutique electronic music outing at the beautifully manicured lawns of the Werribee Mansion.
Calamity Jane
Date Tue 1st Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 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.
KFC Big Bash League 08 - Match 16: Stars vs Renegades
Date Tue 1st 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 Melbourne Renegades at the MCG on Tuesday 1 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.
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.
St Albans Lunar Festival
Date Sun 6th Jan 2019
The 22nd St Albans Lunar Festival will be held on Sunday, January 6 2019 from 10:00am to 10:00pm.

St Albans Lunar Festival is a popular event for Brimbank residents and kicks off a string of Lunar New Year celebrations in Melbourne.

The festival has a large variety of stalls, food, entertainment, community information, bands, rides, fireworks and dancing.

Join for the official opening including the traditional lion dance and the lighting of long-string firecrackers at 1:00pm.

The St Albans Lunar Festival concludes with a fantastic fireworks display at 9:30pm.

KFC Big Bash League 08 - Match 23: Renegades vs Hurricanes
Date Mon 7th 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 Hobart Hurricanes at Marvel Stadium on Monday 7 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.
Lindsay Lou
Date Wed 9th Jan 2019
Lindsay Lou and her band keep one foot in The Great Lakes State of Michigan with the soul of Motown, and one in Music City, USA: Nashville, TN. They still embody the soul of a good jam or late night pickin' session, and also have honed in on a sound thats entirely their own drawing from soul, blues, folk, jazz and maybe even a traces of that techno beat. As a vocalist, Lindsay falls into an elite category, along with her band of equally gifted musicians playing their own brand of Americana, Lindsay Lou is a not to be missed act.

Touring behind the release of their most recent record, Ionia, they’ve been featured in the lineup of prestigious affairs such as The Shetland Island Folk Festival and Celtic Connections in Scotland, Stagecoach Music Festival in California boasting around 55,000 attendees, The Bluegrass Jamboree in Germany, and a number of the best acoustic music festivals in the US.
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.
Inner Strength Public Talk
Date Thu 10th Jan 2019
What would our life be like if we always had a strong and peaceful mind regardless of our circumstances? Would life’s building pressures and uncertainties have the power to make us unhappy, or would this inner stability protect us?

In this public talk, join international teacher and Kadampa Buddhist monk, Gen-la Kelsang Jampa, to explore these questions and learn the practical methods for developing true inner strength and happiness.

By using these special ways of thinking, we can change our habitual responses to difficulties from anxiety to peace, from frustration to acceptance, and from sadness to inspiration.

Everybody is welcome to this very special event. Learn to be happy, whatever happens.

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is the Deputy Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher of International Kadampa Retreat Centre Grand Canyon. He is well-loved for his clear and inspiring teachings, and his ability to touch people’s hearts through his sincerity and loving kindness.
Luluc 'Sculptor' Tour at Howler
Date Fri 11th Jan 2019
A homecoming album launch for much loved Brooklyn-via-Melbourne duo, Luluc. Sculptor (Mistletone/Sub Pop) is the third album by Luluc (Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett) and has won universal acclaim including Album of the Week (3RRR, Double J, The Age) and four star reviews from MOJO, Uncut, Q and The Guardian.
MMusic—Polito: 'A crimson audiovisual landscape'
Date Sat 12th Jan 2019
Electronic composition and bodily practice conspire to display a mesmerising audiovisual landscape in this invigorating performance event at MPavilion. Polito x Visual Display is a collaboration between electronic music duo Robert Downie and Finnian Langham (Polito) and performers Arabella Frahn-Starkie and Hillary Goldsmith (Visual Display). Both parties engage with improvisational scores, responding to each other and their varied surroundings.

One of the aims of this collaboration is to diversify and expand how you, the audience, can experience dance and music. Through physical engagement with rhythmic music, time is subdivided into instances which are collectively experienced. At the heart of crafting live performance is creating space for human connection, and facilitating shared experiences which can transcend language and culture.
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.
So Frenchy So Chic
Date Sun 13th Jan 2019
Listen. Dance. Dine. Recline.

Celebrate France's epic wave of talent with an influential all-female line-up and groove under the summer sky, soak yourself in simple pleasures and forget the outside world.

Kids 12 and under attend free. Come share your joie de vivre mes amis. featuring Camille, Yelle, Clara Luciani, Cléa Vincent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Les Misérables
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019 to Sat 26th Jan 2019
Young Australian Broadway Chorus (YBAC) presents a new production of Boublil and Schönberg's masterpiece.

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.

This epic production of Les Misérables will be presented with a large cast of over 100 talented young performers and a full youth orchestra.

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia) and Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.
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.

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 a delicious alchemy of sweets and savoury treats. Join for 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 a wizard as he wanders through his lair, casting magical spells throughout the day.

Bookings essential. See website for menu.
Herring Island Summer Arts Festival
Date Sat 19th 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.
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.
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.
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. 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 glamourous 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. Get in quick – buy your tickets online today and save $5.00 on each ticket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whitehorse Australia Day Concert
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
Expect a fun filled night of entertainment. Whitehorse Australia Day Concert will be a stunning night of entertainment will end with a bang with a ten minute fireworks finale.

More details will be available closer to the event.
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.
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.
Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
Immerse your senses the 24th annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. The Southern Hemisphere’s largest and most loved horticultural event returns for five days at the heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.

Attracting floral fanatics and gardening enthusiasts, from home improvement, DIY and renovation buffs, to student design competitions, daily floral workshops, daily demos from industry experts and daily High Teas.

The hugely popular Gardens by Twilight returns for one night only on Friday. Inviting visitors to soak in the surrounds of the Show under the disappearing light with a glass of sparkling in hand.

There are more floral features, experts and unmissable botanical experiences to be announced in the coming months.

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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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).
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 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?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.