Regional Tourism Guide for City of Melbourne
Victoria , Australia  
Spring Racing Carnival
Date Sat 1st Sep 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
With winter behind us and spring in the air, Australians turn their attention to one of the highlights of Victoria’s sporting and social calendar.

Opening with the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on 1 September and closing with the Ballarat Cup at the end of November, the 2018 Spring Racing Carnival will showcase some of the globe’s greatest equine athletes.

The star player is Winx, who is aiming for an historic fourth win in the $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate. The scene is set for another blockbuster, with The Valley close to selling out for its showpiece on 27 October.

Before then, the Malibu-themed Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival will bring some California cool to Melbourne, culminating on 20 October with the world’s richest turf handicap over 2400m, the $5 million Caulfield Cup.

The $7.3 million Lexus Melbourne Cup will bring the nation to a standstill on 6 November, as 100,000 racegoers – and millions more watching around the world – hold their breath for three minutes of sporting drama.

Whilst racing is the central theme, the Spring Racing Carnival is about more than horses and jockeys as the worlds of sport, entertainment, food and fashion collide in a unique spectacle.

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
Date Sun 2nd Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Dec 2018
Every Sunday local artisans fill Arts Centre Melbourne's lawn to showcase their unique, handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies.

Everything on offer is produced locally, making the market a real favourite for those seeking one-of-a-kind treasures for themselves or as gifts.

Just a short walk over the bridge from Flinders Street Station, in front of the Arts Centre, the Sunday Market is a much-loved weekly event, with the relaxed feel of a regional craft market set against the backdrop of Melbourne's buzzing arts precinct.

Please note that all stallholders at the Sunday Market rotate positions regularly. If you are looking for your favourites, please be sure to have a wander along the stalls until you find what you are looking for.
Ich Nibber Dibber
Date Wed 5th Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Natalie Rose, Mish Grigor and Zoë Coombs Marr sure talk a lot of shit. First loves, bowel movements, birthing moans and the global financial crisis: they tackle the messy issues, and it’s all on tape.

post are an acclaimed collective known for fiercely intelligent and entertaining theatre. In this colossal act of self-examination, Nat, Mish and Zoë fast-forward through 10 years of camaraderie and captured key moments, embarrassing, hilarious and profound.

In a single sprawling conversation, the three post women come of age and a decade of history is distilled to gleeful incomprehensibility and wild revelations.
Harp In the Gardens: Coffee Concerts
Date Wed 5th Sep 2018 to Wed 28th Nov 2018
Coffee Concerts in the gardens on Wednesdays in Spring. With Michael Johnson (harp) and Evripides Evripidou (guitar). Come and join Michael and Evri for some meditative music in a beautiful garden.

Experience two master musicians composing in real time. Wednesdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Meet by The Terrace tearoom, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne at 10:45am. Coffee, tea and scone 10% off at the Terrace if you show your ticket.

Book online or call for more information.
Flight Night – Whisky and Music
Date Thu 6th Sep 2018 to Thu 27th Sep 2018
Whisky and music have been, incidentally, consumed side-by-side for years; from blues in the southern-states of the USA to traditional music in the British Isles. In September, Melbourne begins to awaken from its winters slumber and the season of music and festivals begins.

To continue the celebration of music, Starward will be purposefully pairing a selection of songs from our favourite artists with local and international whiskies. Come and witness the marriage of whisky and vinyl as we guide you through an ambitious and artistic pairing.

Tickets include: Five whiskies presented by a whisky expert, a selection of artisanal cheese and meats and five songs, hand selected to accentuate the tasting experience.

All Whisky Flight Nights start promptly at the advertised time. Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the start. Feel free to order a drink and prop at the bar to make sure you do not miss out on your booked event. If you happen to be running late, ask at the bar where you need to go to join the group.
Changing Mediums by Jeremy Kruckel
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Wed 17th Oct 2018
The exhibition of Changing Mediums reflects Jeremy’s practice shift over the past year from a concentration of stills to video media.

Continually being challenged by technical limitations, Jeremy’s solutions have put his work on the technical edge of conventional photography.
Coburg Farmers' Market
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018 to Sat 23rd Feb 2019
Your local accredited farmers' market in Coburg. Proudly presented by Melbourne Farmers Markets, Coburg Farmers’ Market brings you the very best local, seasonal produce at the best prices.

Held every Saturday on the grounds of Coburg Primary School’s senior campus, there is always a great supply of fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, nuts, oils, meats, eggs, bread, cheeses, pies, sweets, wine and more from over 30 stallholders. Picked, baked and made fresh for the markets, you won't taste better produce.

The school has a large playground for kids as well as face painting and an animal farm every third Saturday of the month. As well as fresh goods from farmers and growers who come from all regions across Victoria to attend, Coburg Farmers Market features live music entertainment and various popular breakfast and brunch stalls.

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

Entry to the market is by gold coin donation which supports Coburg Primary School's programs. The market is plastic bag free, so bring your own reusable one.
National Geographic's '50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs' Exhibition at Melbourne Zoo
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018 to Fri 30th Nov 2018
Melbourne Zoo will be the first venue in the world to unveil a brand new outdoor exhibition curated by National Geographic.

'50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs' is a pop-up photography exhibition, debuting in Melbourne Zoo’s historic Carousel Park, and features a selection of breathtaking images from some of National Geographic's most renowned photographers, including Paul Nicklen and David Doubilet.

The exhibition will only be on display for three months and is included with general admission to Melbourne Zoo.

In celebration of the exhibition, Melbourne Zoo are running activities for members and visitors.

Augmented Reality Air, Land and Sea: offers visitors a unique chance to travel to some incredible locations via INDE’s augmented reality. This includes an ever-changing watering hole where a diverse range of animals, from Africa to the Arctic, graze, drink and interact with the environment around them.

Members' Photography Competition: members have the chance to see their own photograph displayed alongside those of the 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs by simply entering their best photos of Melbourne Zoo animals.

Keeper Kids Photography Pop-up: kids will be able to imagine themselves as a National Geographic photographer by dressing up and creating their own wildlife photo shoot.
It's Talkie Time with Jackie Lime
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018 to Sat 1st Dec 2018
It's Talkie Time with Jackie Lime is a late-night style variety talk show starring Tom Burton as chaotic crooner Jackie Lime and Indiana Kiely as the contractually obligated HR manager that holds the show together.

Each month, Talkie Time will be smashing together improv and sketch comedy in a high-energy hour filled with all the things you love about late-night television and a few surprises along the way. Every show is completely unique, written and performed by a talented cast and a monthly rotation of special guests and musical performers.

His name may be sour, but you are going to have a sweet time with Jackie Lime.
Ace Girls Tennis Workshop
Date Mon 10th Sep 2018 to Mon 24th Jun 2019
Experienced women players will enjoy a tennis training session where you work up a sweat. A medium level of fitness is needed to complete the session.

Ace Girls, Melbourne's lesbian tennis training team will help you keep fit, improve your tennis, meet people and have fun. Women of all ages can participate in the tennis workshops and social dinners. Training nights are every Monday. Tourists and visitors from the gay and lesbian community are welcome. This workshop is not suitable for beginners.

The more experienced players travel to tournaments in country Victoria, interstate and internationally. Help can be provided to help you get ready for the International Gay Games and Outgames events. Ace Girls is part of Melbourne's vibrant gay and lesbian sports scene, and is a member of Team Melbourne, the network of gay sports clubs in Melbourne. New members are welcome, just send through an email for more details.
Bald Archy Exhibition
Date Tue 11th Sep 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
After a 20 year absence, Australia's most popular comic portrait competition, Bald Archy Exhibition is returning to Melbourne. This is the only such event in the world judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude.

Variously described as hilarious, shocking, contentious and wicked, this year's parody of the Archibald Prize consists of 45 finalists all motivated by the Australian larrikin sense of humour.

The NSW Parliament recently unanimously recognised the Bald Archy as an event of considerable cultural value.
Catherine Bainbridge: Of script and facture
Date Tue 11th Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Two Shanks, a play by Daniel Keene (Dreamers, 2014), was recently filmed in memory of Lewis Fiander, who first played the central role in the theatre production of the same name. The film and images in the piece probe the abstract ideas circulating around the words of the script, their written appearance, and spoken meaning. The sequenced paintings by Catherine Bainbridge convey one set of interpretations, and others from the script acted and filmed. Marco Chiappi plays the role of the late Lewis Fiander. Filming, soundscapes and editing by Philippe Charluet.

A second series of paintings and prints by Catherine Bainbridge form the second part of the exhibition, resulting from observations of the natural world and the experiencing of the surrounding space. Sometimes, these are seen as grand overviews from the air, or as close ups of tiny organisms and earth formations under magnification. These observations are taken back to the studio, analysed, worked up and sequenced, forming this organic series of paintings and prints.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
I am scattering like light - Marion Harper
Date Tue 11th Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
I am scattering like light proposes a visual journey through abstraction, amorphic forms, dimensional models, and demarcated spaces. Playing with alchemical metaphors - dissolving, coagulating, amalgamating, and precipitating - the works explore variegated points-of-focus, perspective and spatial depth.

Geometries become specimens in a cabinet of curiosity and bodily forms a vessel for transformation. Embracing both the irrational and the cogent, objects of pure perception and other-worldly spirits, Harper worked towards the metaphorical philosopher’s stone, or an illuminated painting scattering like light.

Harper’s oil paintings on wooden board are a contemporary interpretation of modern abstraction, harking back to Bauhaus sensibilities. Three-dimensional space collides with flat space, alongside geometric candy pigments and organic forms.

Marion Harper is a multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne.

Marion has exhibited extensively in Australia and New Zealand in galleries and institutions including Centre for Contemporary Photography, Monash University, Linden New Art and Teststrip.

Marion has also worked with the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne University’s Melbourne International Biennial, and Experimenta Media Arts. She has tutored at RMIT and Swinburne University. She was the recipient of an Australia Council grant for a Multimedia Residency in France.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
Lottie in the Late Afternoon
Date Wed 12th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
In a tiny house on the edge of a cliff, two couples try to have a relaxing weekend away because everything is amazing and under control... isn't it?

Comedy legend, Marg Downey (Fast Forward, Kath and Kim), directs a star-studded cast in Amelia Roper’s disturbing and hilarious new play with a Seinfeld meets Samuel Beckett feel to it.

Featuring The KIN Collective’s Michala Banas (MTC’s The Odd Couple, Upper Middle Bogan), Ally Fowler (Shrine, Wentworth), Laura Maitland (Yes, Prime Minister, The Lonesome West) and Linc Hasler (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Glimpse).
Melbourne Fringe 2018 at Pilgrim
Date Wed 12th Sep 2018 to Fri 28th Sep 2018
Celebrate Melbourne Fringe at Pilgrim with Melbourne’s most talked about comedians. Three shows per night from Wednesday 12 September to Friday 28 September.

Check out the full line up and get your tickets on the website.
Tomfoolery - The Words and Music of Tom Lehrer
Date Wed 12th Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Shake, rattle and roll your funny bones along to see Susan, Michael, Sean and Peter sing over 20 hilarious, ghoulish Lehrer songs including poisoning pigeons in the park, the masochism tango and the vatican rag in brainy, laugh like drainy, cabaret-ny tomfoolery.

Starring Susan-ann Walker, Michael Dalton, Peter Hurley and Sean Weatherly. Directed by Theresa Borg and lighting and Sound by Bob Weatherly.

For more information visit the Loaded Productions website. Book online via Gasworks or Melbourne Fringe websites.

Adapted by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray. Musical arrangements by Chris Walker and Robert Fisher. Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia). All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.
Wolfgang Sievers – 50 Years (1930s to 1980s)
Date Wed 12th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
This is a rare opportunity to both see and purchase signed prints from the archive of Wolfgang Sievers, one of Australia’s pre-eminent architectural and industrial photographers of the mid-20th Century.

Photographs in the exhibition include examples from his early career in Germany and Portugal from the 1930s as well as his later work for industry, mining companies, advertising companies and architectural practices.

All the prints are signed, annotated and dated by the photographer verso. They include a number of vintage 1930s silver gelatin prints, later black-and-white prints and Cibachrome colour prints. (Sievers’ notes indicate when a print was made in a later year along with the date when the photograph was taken).

This exhibition has been made available by Julian Burnside QC from his personal collection of Sievers prints, left to him by the photographer himself with the instruction to raise funds for Human Rights causes through sales.

This exhibition Wolfgang Sievers – 50 Years (1930s to 1980s) offers prints for sale to raise funds for The Human Rights Law Centre. All prints are offered for sale unframed as displayed.

This is also the launch of Magnet@docklands.
Wednesday Concerts in the Gardens
Date Wed 12th Sep 2018 to Wed 28th Nov 2018
Join harpist Michael Johnson and guitarist Evripides Evripidou in a coffee concert series at Melbourne Gardens this spring. Enjoy meditative music and experience two master musicians composing in real time.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Date Thu 13th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
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 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.

Melbourne Fringe love the weird and strange, the different and queer, the misfits and the freaks.

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 Space Between
Date Thu 13th Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Australia's sharpest creative minds have joined forces to reimagine opera for the twenty-first century in The Space Between, which makes its world premiere at Arts Centre Melbourne from 13 to 23 September 2018. Created by Paul Grabowsky and Steve Vizard, The Space Between is performed by Australia’s most highly-awarded soprano Emma Matthews.

A diva sings her final note and is plunged into an abyss of memory and madness. Can she find the thread of meaning to her existence that will lead her back out of the maelstrom?

A song cycle that resonates far beyond the theatre walls, the performance marks a major new monument in the landscape of Australian theatre.

Drawing its breath from the many great female roles across opera history, The Space Between follows a diva whose own history is just as full of parts: performer, singer, lover, wife, mother, daughter.

To Emma Matthews’ prodigious talents are added the unique abilities of jazz master Jamie Oehlers, musical polymath Paul Grabowsky, celebrated wordsmith Steve Vizard and director Leticia Caceres.

Together this powerhouse team pays tribute to the history of the opera heroine while dragging the form into our own age.

All of Us – Curated By Jessica Clark
Date Thu 13th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
In a world seemingly felt through the digitalisation of relationships, and experienced through the overwhelming access to data, All of us is a timely reminder of the importance to connect; with people, with a vast range or perceptions, ideas and knowledge.

The exhibition presents a contemporary framework by which to explore the importance of collaboration and the connections between artists, their practice, and the audiences they reach—providing an exploratory space to reflect on what it means to be a greater we.

In this context, and in acknowledgement of the land that binds all of us, the exhibition celebrates the creative rewards of collective activity as a cultural strategy to encourage new connections, reveal those that might otherwise remain latent, and to address the global on a local level.

Featuring: Liam Benson + Adorned, Jodie Haynes, Karen Casey, Teresa Hsieh, Mitch and Molly Mahoney and Justine Youssef.

The opening night of All of Us is on Thursday 13 September from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Performance by Justine Youssef.
The Mouse - Melbourne Fringe
Date Thu 13th Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Creative team Short Straw returns to the stage with their new original play The Mouse: a darkly twisted thriller from the mind of home grown talent Clancy Fraser.

Her mother is dead, the funeral is over and now Claire and her husband Rob must return to the family home to sort out the issue of the inheritance. After shocking revelations emerge, Claire desperately seeks to make amends with her troubled younger sister Beth, who, in turn, has her own dark motives for keeping Claire at the house.

Inspired by the myths and riddles behind the modern psychopath, The Mouse is a thoroughly creepy original thriller filled with intrigue and murderous intent.
Alone Outside
Date Fri 14th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Following their success with A Prudent Man in 2016, Lab Kelpie return to Fringe with this powerful one-woman play by West Australian playwright Liz Newell that explores the conflict, awkwardness and nostalgia of returning home.

Having just broken up with her long-time boyfriend, Daphne reluctantly returns from The Big Smoke to the tiny country town she grew up in to visit her ailing grandmother.

Experiencing run-ins with a revolving door of people she has not seen in years, Daphne eventually reconnects with former best-mate Aidan, sharing a long-held secret that finally brings her the sense of clarity she had not realised she’d been missing.

A meditation on the concept of home that examines the places and people that continually call us back – whether we like it or not – Alone Outside is a moving and ultimately uplifting look at the fraught paths we walk towards self-acceptance.

Written by Liz Newell, performed by Sharon Davis, directed by Lyall Brooks, sound design by Grace Ferguson, produced by Adam Fawcett and presented by Lab Kelpie.
The Actor Crack'd - Melbourne Fringe Festival
Date Fri 14th Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
There is madness in Stanley Gold’s method acting. Part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Obsessed with snaffling the plum role of Hamlet, Stanley’s sanity unspools and he is committed. This actor is well and truly ‘crack’d’ but is psychiatry the panacea which can join together the broken pieces of his mind? Highly charged sexuality, emotion and comedy are ever present but is heartbreak looming in the background?

A show that confronts hilariously the psychological perils inherent in artistic pursuit, where disappointment can severely outweigh expectation. Bill Marshall’s genial writing makes for a comic tragedy worthy of Milligan.

Please note that Trades Hall is undergoing significant renovations and unfortunately is not an accessible venue for this performance.
Annie Louey: Before I Forget - Melbourne Fringe Festival
Date Fri 14th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Stand-up comedian Annie Louey returns to the Melbourne Fringe with a brand new hour of jokes, improvisation and audience games.

Annie Louey (as heard on triple j's Good Az Friday) presents her second solo show about forgetfulness, lost objects and the pitfalls of the human mind. Imagine Dr Karl hosting Family Feud – except Annie is not qualified. This is a show for you if you have ever walked into a room and wondered, 'What the heck was I doing again?'

Warning: Contains infrequent coarse language.
Jurassic Creatures
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Did you hear a roar? A stomp? The Dinosaurs are coming.

Jurassic Creatures is set to open in Melbourne. These life-size creatures will be taking over St Kilda this September and October.

Jurassic Creatures is an exhibition with over 30 dinosaurs that will captivate young and old alike.

Explore a prehistoric world full of life-size moving dinosaurs and be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes and come alive.

Apart from this amazing animatronics show, you will be able to become a Paleontologist for the day. Children will be provided their expert digger outfit, and chip away at their very own fossil. Plus there will be many more dinosaur activities to take part in including dinosaur sand art, dinosaur 3D Jig-saw Land, fossil displays, dinosaur inflatable activity lands, dinosaur sand pit, a life sized dinosaur egg, walking dinosaurs and so much more.

The event includes: a spectacular dinosaur exhibition with realistic animatronics, an interactive fossil digging area, dinosaur sand art, 3D Jigsaw Land, Dinosaur Inflatable Activity Lands, plus so many other dinosaur activities for the whole family.

Rob McHaffie: 'This is living'
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sun 11th Nov 2018
‘This is living’ is a survey of the last five years of McHaffie’s practice. This period corresponds with McHaffie’s return to the beachside suburb of Brighton, which offers a fertile ground for his witty and astute observations of the people and events that make up his world.

The Gallery is open from Wednesday to Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Entry is free.
Evolution: Torres Strait Islander Masks
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Mon 28th Jan 2019
Evolution: Torres Strait Masks presents a rich history of mask making in the Torres Strait. The exhibition highlights the significance of masks in Torres Strait Islander ceremonies and culture and their evolution to the present day through the commission works of eight artists from the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area.

Masks from Zenadh Kes are striking objects of deep ritual and historical significance. While rooted in ancient protocols and spirituality, masks and mask making are celebrated today as expressions of artistic and cultural revival. Evolution: Torres Strait Masks provides audiences with a special insight into a revived practice that was once unmatched by all cultures of the world as well as tools, techniques and materials such bones, tusks, feathers, shells, nuts, seeds and natural tree fiber.

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks was developed by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with the Gab Titui Cultural Centreand its parent body, the Torres Strait Regional Authority.
Anatomy of a Power P*ssy – Melbourne Fringe Festival
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
After an award-nominated, five star debut at Adelaide Fringe Festival in February, Melbourne’s cabaret powerhouse, Sophie deLightful returns to the Melbourne Fringe Festival with her most personal, raw work to date.

Anatomy of a Power P*ssy continues with the Power P*ssy series Miss deLightful launched in February 2017 in Melbourne, which has also travelled to Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane, and had reviewers singing her praises:

A 60-minute exploration of life as a Power P*ssy, it features real-life stories from the deLightfully sassy bombshell herself, with inspiration from her community of fierce felines. Her signature powerhouse vocals will entice, inspire and excite with heartfelt interpretations and reworkings of classic and modern songs.

The show challenges perception and encourages thoughts, tackling issues close to deLightful's heart including life as a queer, love as a performer and loss…as a human. Not just a show for those identifying as female, Anatomy of a Power P*ssy, will appeal to people of all genders from all walks of life. This is a safe space. Being a Power P*ssy is about connecting yourself with that feminine sexuality within all of us, that empowering energy that challenges us to be the fiercest versions of ourselves.
8 Days of Summer
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Eastland will unveil its biggest installation to date 8 Days of Summer, eight colour-drenched rooms, each inspired by the best parts of the season. Think Sugar Republic.

The activation will be one not to be missed—there will be confetti pools, pina colada vending machines, raspberry pink swing and more. It is an ‘Instagram dream’.
Plant Craft Cottage Open Sundays
Date Sun 16th Sep 2018 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
Visit the heritage-listed Plant Craft Cottage, now part of the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

The cottage is located in the magnificent surroundings of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore Plant Craft Cottage, the oldest building in public gardens in Victoria.

Some of the plant-related items created by groups will be on display and for sale in this heritage-listed building.
Harp in the Gardens: Water Music
Date Sun 16th Sep 2018 to Sun 11th Nov 2018
Relax to music composed by harpist, Michael Johnson, who has been performing at Melbourne Gardens for many years. Celebrate the natural world, its spirit and beauty with uplifting musical textures and rhythms inspired by the experience of being in the Gardens.
Megan McCrae: Obsessed - Melbourne Fringe
Date Mon 17th Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Everyone knows that one person, the person who is teetering on the edges of hoarder and does not stop at one ‘Paris’ labelled item in their home. Megan McCrea (RAW Comedy National Finalist 2014) has been hooked on fads for far too long.

With paralysing FOMO, she jumps on band wagons and rides them 'til the end of the line. Do not miss Obsessed where Megan will take you on an hilarious journey of big laughs stand-up, searching for the next thing to hitch her wagon to. With relatable but innovative material, this show has something for everybody.

Warning: Contains moderate coarse language.
Age of Stephen
Date Mon 17th Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
John Peter Farnham is arguably one of Australia's most skilled, successful and adored male pop/rock singers of all time. Stephen Valeri - is most definitely not. But that will not stop him from attempting to convince you that he and Farnsey actually have more in common than first meets the eye.

With a little Help and Comic Conversation, this Farnsey Fanatic is ready to set Hearts on Fire and cram as many hits from Australia's favourite son as humanly possible into 60 minutes. Take The Pressure Down with Farnsey facts, high belting choruses, epic sing-a-longs and a make-shift budget bagpipe solo to end all others.

If you are a Farnsey Fanatic like Stephen, get ready for a night of unforgettable music, stories and laughs in a loving tribute to the greatest voice our country has ever produced. If you cringe at the opening chords of 'You're The Voice', probably best to sit this one out.
The Australian Ballet presents Spartacus
Date Tue 18th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
In 2018, one of The Australian Ballet’s most popular works springs to new life. Spartacus tells the story of a gladiator who led a slaves’ rebellion against the Roman empire. Charting the journey of a man finding passionate love, his mission and freedom, the ballet showcases the company’s men at their spirited and athletic best.

Lucas Jervies is a choreographer, a NIDA-trained director and a former dancer of The Australian Ballet: Spartacus is his passion project. His brand new production will feature the soaring music of Aram Khachaturian; sets and costumes by Jérôme Kaplan, who created the inventive designs for Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella; and the male dancers in their most powerful moment as the slaves who rise against the tyranny of their rulers.
Heide I: House of Ideas
Date Tue 18th Sep 2018 to Sun 19th May 2019
The home of John and Sunday Reed between 1935 and 1967, the Heide I cottage was a hub of progressive thinking and modernist ideas that centred on art, but which extended to literature, politics and sociology. The rise of Communism and Fascism in the 1930s and 1940s and the spectre of World War II spurred urgent debate concerning the role of the artist and the imperative of creative freedom.

Drawing on aspects of the European art movements of Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism, and their own personal experiences, the artists of the Heide circle forged a new humanist, antipodean modernism, the hallmark of which was a shift from objective to subjective reality.

Focussing on these turbulent decades, this exhibition presents many of the best known works from the Heide Collection by artists supported by the Reeds, including Sam Atyeo, Danila Vassilieff, Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester.
Idea to Exhibition
Date Tue 18th Sep 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
Students participating in the BHCAC youth course ‘Idea to Exhibition’ will produce a series of finished pieces using a variety of media. Students are involved in the preparation of their artwork, hanging and curation of this exhibition.

Opening: Thursday 20 September, 6:00pmâ€׆:00pm.
Anya Anastasia: The Executioners – Melbourne Fringe
Date Tue 18th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Gasworks Arts Park presents Anya Anastasia: The Executioners as part of the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Award-winning chanteuse Anya Anastasia brings a fierce, fresh, and tightly choreographed new breed of contemporary comedy cabaret to the stage this Melbourne Fringe. Running at Gasworks Arts Park from the 18 to 29 September, The Executioners cuts close to the bone as Anastasia dismembers the world's political and social current affairs.

Alongside musical-partner-in-crime, Gareth Chin, Anastasia stalks the 21st century landscape, launching thrilling attacks on ecological screw ups, techno obsessives, and self-congratulatory slacktivist keyboard warriors. This hard-hitting and hilarious show articulates the social discomfort and disconnect that now reigns supreme. It is time to unleash the fury.

Anya Anastasia: The Executioners is a digitally enhanced millennial neo-cabaret that cuts right to the (funny) bone.
Company 18 - A Circus Variety Show
Date Tue 18th Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Some of Australia’s hottest emerging contemporary circus artists will deliver breathtaking displays of physical endurance and gravity defying stunts, when the National Institute of Circus Arts’ (NICA) 2018 Bachelor Degree graduates present Company 18.

Inside the National Circus Centre, 18 performers will showcase the culmination of three years of elite training with dazzling roue Cyr, hula hoops, adagio, swinging trapeze, unicycle, handstands and aerial rope skills on display.

Curated by NICA’s Head of Circus, James Brown, each of Company 18’s acts has a different feel, from dark and moody to the pure ridiculous and everything in between. Amongst the performer line up is “hair hanger” Zoë Marshall, who stuns audiences whilst suspended from the roof by her dreadlocks; former ballet dancer Elanor Nunn, who combines her love for dance and circus with a hula hoop en pointe routine and martial artist Zion Martyn, who performs partner acrobatics and risley foot juggling with his fiancé Poppy Fairbairn.

Company 18 will be hosted by Jan van de Stool, Australia’s favourite Dutch/Australian musical therapist who will combine impressive vocals and cheeky comedy to add to the evening’s whimsical variety atmosphere.

Balee Koolin Bubup Bush Playgroup at Cranbourne Gardens
Date Tue 18th Sep 2018 to Tue 18th Dec 2018
Cranbourne Gardens welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children to join the unique Balee Koolin Bubup Bush Playgroup. Providing a cultural learning environment for early childhood, the program focuses on literacy, traditional culture and Boon Wurrung language within a beautiful bushland setting. Connect to country, celebrate culture and hear Indigenous children’s stories. Uncover plants and creatures that live in the bush, learn to identify animal tracks, and experience the joy of playing in nature.
Sweeney Reed and Strines Gallery
Date Tue 18th Sep 2018 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
At age 21, Sweeney Reed—the adopted son of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed—opened Strines in Carlton (1966â€㦲), and five years later launched Sweeney Reed Galleries in Fitzroy (1972â€�). Both galleries promoted a new wave of daring abstractionists now considered significant figures in the history of Australian art. Among them were hard-edge painters Sydney Ball, Col Jordan and Trevor Vickers; visual poets Russell Deeble and Alex Selenitsch; as well as artists exploring a pop vernacular like Mike Brown, Ken Reinhard and Gareth Sansom.

Sweeney Reed and Strines Gallery focuses on the relatively brief yet fruitful periods in which these galleries were operational, drawing works from Heide’s collection and further afield. The exhibition also celebrates Sweeney Reed’s own work as an artist, concrete poet and small press publisher, and considers the role of female artists during a time when they were under-acknowledged—including Lesley Dumbrell, Sandra Leveson, Margaret Worth and Bridget Riley.
Meditation On A Bone: Albert Tucker Beyond The Modern
Date Tue 18th Sep 2018 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
For this exhibition, artist and curator Glenn Barkley has mined Albert Tucker’s library and archive to explore how Tucker’s fascination with art of the past and other cultures informed his painting over the decades.

The exhibition title cites a poem by A.D. Hope that Barkley found bookmarked in the library, a text reflecting on the way a handcrafted object links two people across several centuries. Central to Meditation on Bone is the motif of the mask, another culturally loaded device that can have meaning in both the past and the present. The display includes books, photographs and archival material from Tucker’s personal collection, together with works by a range of artists who use the mask literally and conceptually as a way to obscure meaning, invite nostalgia, and connect histories.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Friends' Photo Group
Date Wed 19th Sep 2018 to Wed 21st Aug 2019
The Friends' Photo Group is just part of an exciting range of activities and events the Friends run for their members. The Friends support the Botanic Gardens providing financial and volunteer support for projects and events. Love the gardens? Join the friends.

The aims of the group are to enrich the Friends through photography in the RBG Melbourne, fellowship, and to improve member’s photographic techniques.

Established in 1846, the Gardens are a 38 hectare inner-city oasis of garden beds, tranquil lakes and sweeping lawns. Home to 50,000 individual plants there are infinite subjects and vistas to photograph for beginners through to the most experienced photographers in the group. All that is needed is a love of nature and gardens.

To join the Friends Photo Group you need to be a member of the Friends, so join now to get involved. Please bring your Friends' membership card to each meeting, they will supply a plastic holder and lanyard.

Please visit the website for details of the next Friends Photo Group meeting.
Hawker 88 Night Market
Date Wed 19th Sep 2018 to Wed 24th Oct 2018
Hawker 88 Night Market will bring the tastes, sights and sounds of the Orient to Melbourne’s favourite market.

Step under the Market’s iconic sheds and be transported to the streets of Asia to feast on authentic street food from right across the continent, from China to India, Vietnam to Korea, and Malaysia to Japan.

More than 20 street food stalls will sell traditional dishes such as Malay satay, Indian curries and Korean pork belly. Long communal tables will provide the perfect place to share great food with friends and family.

The experience will be complete with the colours and sounds of authentic music and entertainment from each region. Traditional Lion and Bollywood dancers, Malaysian bands, Filipino singers, and K-Pop performers will take centre stage. There will even be karaoke for those game enough to show off their talent, plus eating competitions for those with the right kind of hunger! Market-goers can also look on in awe as the professionals demonstrate the crafts of mooncake and noodle making.

Inspired by the number eight – the luckiest number in Chinese culture – Hawker 88 Night Market will have 88 lanterns hung from the Market sheds, creating an intimate and colourful canopy.
Circus Royale - Watergardens
Date Wed 19th Sep 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 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.
Rocky the Third
Date Wed 19th Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
For Lord Rocky of Balboa hath complacent grown and Clubber the Lang doth usurp his throne.
Now if he is to redeem'd be. Through Tigers eye must he learn to see.

At last, Shakespeare's long-lost play has been found! The tale of Lord Rocky of Balboa will finally be performed. Come witness one of cinemas most inarticulate heroes become one of Shakespeare's most verbose in this heavyweight epic.
BYO Vinyl Night
Date Wed 19th Sep 2018 to Wed 21st Nov 2018
Bring ‘em and spin ‘em. Free your vinyl collection from the lounge room and head to Fitzroy for BYO Vinyl Night. Bring along a few of your favourite records and sign up to give them a spin. No prior experience needed. All genres welcome (within reason).

So bring a few friends, grab a stack of wax and get down for a great evening of eclectic music and good times. Plus, they will shout you your first beer when you get up to play your records.
Boyd and Davey
Date Thu 20th Sep 2018 to Sat 3rd Nov 2018
After 20 years of creative collaboration, friends Kevin Boyd and Philip Davey join forces in this inspiring exhibition of landscapes and ceramics.

Both artists draw from an impressive body of artwork. Boyd’s talents lie in the creation of sublime ceramic art; Davey’s in his years of painting, drawing and creating prints with the Victorian landscape as his prime subject.

More recently, artworks created together and apart reveal the influences each artist has borne on the other. Students and practising artists alike will find stimulus in this exhibition and will appreciate the visual brilliance a 20 year collaboration has forged.
The Boy, George – Melbourne Fringe
Date Thu 20th Sep 2018 to Tue 25th Sep 2018
It is 2028 and Prince George is pissed off. The Queen is dead, the Monarchy is set to follow and he really, really wants to be King.

Fourteen, insta-famous and with the school year on the horizon George would literally rather die than leave the Palace. But a storm is brewing. Public and political unrest. The People want a revolution. Time is running out and plots must be laid. This pampered-up pup isn't planning on going quietly. Or at all.

With his first solo work since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Patrick Livesey presents a queer satire about privilege, growing up and failed expectations. The Boy, George is The Princess Diaries in reverse. A tanty of Shakespearean proportions. A meltdown fit for a would-be King.
The Sound of Falling Stars
Date Thu 20th Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Written and directed by Robyn Archer, The Sound of Falling Stars is a cabaret-style musical and theatrical event that features 31 of the world's most influential male singers and songwriters of the 20th century who lived fast and died young.

Performed by actor, singer and musician Cameron Goodall.
Illegitimate Love Children of Bob Downe and Magda Szubanski
Date Thu 20th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
What on earth happened after the after-party at Mardi Gras 1986? In this act, you meet the illegitimate love children of Bob Downe and Magda Szubanski.

Come listen to these two miracle children as they sing and dance their way through explaining why they are the way they are. Come hear stories from their childhood, growing up with two Australian comedy icons. Indulge them as they drink in all the limelight they missed out on in the shadow of their parents. This is Benjamin and Carmel Downe’s cry for attention.

This is part of the Melbourne Fringe.
Completely Improvised Potter
Date Thu 20th Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
The team behind Completely Improvised Potter solemnly swear that they are up to no good as they improvise new Harry Potter adventures before your very eyes. Using a suggestion from the audience of what could've been the title of a Harry Potter book, but wasn't, Completely Improvised Potter will show you a year at Hogwarts like you’ve never seen it before.

More magical than Merlin and funnier than a trip to Zonko’s, Completely Improvised Potter features some of the finest improvisers Melbourne has to offer. The show is completely unrehearsed, unplanned and made up completely on the spot.

Completely Improvised Potter returns to Melbourne Fringe direct from selling out show after show at Perth Fringeworld and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Appearing for two shows only, you best book before they disappear.
My Father's Runners by Annette Ruzicka
Date Thu 20th Sep 2018 to Fri 12th Oct 2018
In her debut solo exhibition, Sunstudios Emerging Photographer Award winner (2017) Annette Ruzicka begins uncovering a very personal story—beginning with a pair of new shoes found at the scene of her father’s death.

My Father’s Runners melds the past and the present to explore the impact of violence and buried trauma on generations that follow. Focusing on the reality of what happened to her own family, and told in her own words, Ruzicka’s account of tragedy and strength is wide-open and all-too familiar for countless families throughout Australia.

A small detail in big story, buried for almost thirty years. Annette Ruzicka is an award-winning documentary photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Annette’s life before photography developed in her a strong desire to share stories and reveal the heroes behind under-reported issues in Australia.
Our Carnal Hearts
Date Thu 20th Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Award winning UK theatre maker Rachel Mars and four belting female singers bring you a gleeful show about the hidden workings of envy, fresh from sell-outs at the Edinburgh Festival. With a soaring surround-sound choral score by Louise Mothersole, Our Carnal Hearts is part symphony, part exorcism - a thrilling and murky celebration of desire and competition.

A combination of performance, comedy, a singing lesson and a conjuring ritual, they have rocked up in Melbourne, and you are invited to this beautiful, raucous theatrical ceremony.
KooKoo the Bird Girl - Melbourne Fringe
Date Thu 20th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Internationally acclaimed circus and physical theatre performer, Sarah Houbolt celebrates the beauty of difference in her critically acclaimed one woman show, KooKoo the Bird Girl, as part of the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

The original Koo-Koo the Bird Girl, Minnie Woolsey was born in the US in the late 19th century. She performed in the side show and features in Tod Browning's now iconic 1932 film Freaks. Although Freaks was banned for 30 years for being too controversial, Minnie was considered a rock star of her times.
BYO Vinyl Night at Little Hop
Date Thu 20th Sep 2018 to Thu 15th Nov 2018
Melbourne Record Club and Little Hop present BYO Vinyl Night on Brunswick Street Fitzroy.

Have you ever wanted to spin some records at your local? Here is your chance.

Bring along a few records and get up and have a go on the decks. All genres are welcome (within reason) and encourage anyone to come down and join in. No experince? No worries, help will be available if you need.

This is not an open decks style DJ night, more of a guest DJ vibe with tunes, tacos and tequila. So grab a stack of records and a bunch of mates and head down on the night.

From Johnny to Jack - The John Farnham Story
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Whitehorse Centre presents The Little Red Company production - From Johnny to Jack. An unmissable concert experience about the making of Australian icon John Farnham.

20 years before Whispering Jack became the highest selling album in Australian history, a teenager named Johnny Farnham stormed onto the Australian music scene with the unconventional smash hit Sadie (The Cleaning Lady).

From Johnny to Jack canvasses the incredible rollercoaster journey of a teen pop idol’s rise and fall, and the making of a rock and roll icon that would become known as The Voice.

Journey with Australian vocal superstar Luke Kennedy (The Voice, The Ten Tenors, Swing On This) and his world-class band on a musical odyssey featuring songs from Farnham’s sensational back catalogue including Playing To Win, One, Don’t You Know It’s Magic and Please Don’t Ask Me, as well as smash hits Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Sadie and You’re The Voice.
St Kilda Art Crawl
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Mon 24th Sep 2018
The St Kilda Art Crawl is the third event by the St Kilda Arts Community after being launched in September 2017. The St Kilda Art Crawl provides a platform for business, artists, and community to get together and create a range of visual art exhibitions and small events over a three day period.

The last Art Crawl included 37 participating venues and businesses and over 100 artists. Artists included painters, sculptors, musicians, performers, photographers and other people involved in the arts showcasing the best in St Kilda.

The next September Art Crawl will run from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September and will feature some pop-up galleries, St Kilda Arts Alive - a stage in the Acland St Mall featuring entertainment for families, live music, performances, and art demonstrations. The businesses participating include art galleries, music venues, restaurants exhibiting art and photography. Maps will be made available online and in print at the beginning of September.
Gin High Tea - Brunswick
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Fri 26th Oct 2018
Gin is a wonderful mixing spirit that the team at Mary Eats Cake are excited to match to a selection of high grade specialty teas and High Tea.

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

Receive a gin and tea cocktail on arrival, along with a High Tea experience of four savoury items, unlimited scones with jam and cream and three desserts. You will also receive two gin drinks designed to match your savoury and sweet High Tea (gins by Four Pillars) and specialty teas designed by a Tea Sommelier.

Two seatings are available on 21 September and 26 October.
Anya Anastasia: Rogue Romantic - Melbourne Fringe Festival
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Nowhere does Melbourne Fringe like the west. This September see award-winning cabaret artist Anya Anastasia in Rogue Romantic - a seductive and exhilarating night of cabaret, physical comedy and extravagance.

Feisty, feminist, fierce. Multi award-winning, internationally acclaimed cabaret femme fatale Anya Anastasia has gone rogue. Armed with a biting wit, a lust for revenge and her kick-ass all-female band.

Experience the extravagance, glamour and chaos of this off-kilter diva at the hottest cabaret party in town.

Channeling Yma Sumac and Shirley Bassey, Anastasia's vocals range from husky cabaret to operatic soprano.
All That Is Right
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
All That is Right is a response to acclaimed Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed’s All That Is Wrong, which created a crushing picture of the world through the lens of Belgian teenager, Anna Jakoba Ryckewaert.

Created by director Prue Clark and playwright Morgan Rose with a team of emerging Australian artists, All That Is Right seeks to remind of the hope and optimism you can find in the world, if you know where to look.
Spin by Anna Seymour
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Presented by Melbourne Fringe and Darebin Arts Speakeasy, Spin is a participatory dance event with a DJ and Deaf Hosts.

Inspired by club scenes in San Francisco, Mexico, Cuba and Berlin, Spin celebrates the physical and social experience of dance parties, subcultures and the beats that bring everyone together.

Spin challenges the understanding of how dance and music can be experienced. It offers an immersive experience, combining visual and tactile elements of DJ music, sound vibration design from Russell Goldsmith, visual projections from Rhian Hinkley, dance performance and energetic collective movement.

Spin was created by contemporary dancer Anna Seymour in collaboration with engagement specialist Bec Reid, DJ Callum Padgham, Deaf Hosts Luke King, Robbie Burrows, Tahlia Hais and dancers Amanda Lever, Jon Clarke and Benjamin Hoopmann.

Spin is a physical and energetic dance performance event. There are no seats.

Participants will be divided into four groups and assigned with a Deaf Host who will guide participants through a series of super stylin’ moves leading into a dance party.

No experience necessary, just your favourite dance moves. All ages and abilities welcome.
Let’s dance.
Japanese Cooking Class Master
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sat 26th Jan 2019
The food of Japan is often based on freshest seafood, seasonal vegetable and Japanese ways of simplicity. Otao will present you a focus on fresh seasonal produce, prepared meticulously and presented beautifully.

Japanese inspired dining is a definitely memorable experience. Too many beautiful dishes to prepare, you will work on something you can make at home. In this class you will learn the most popular Japanese cooking.

Down to Earth Historic Theatrical Tour
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Dec 2018
The Down to Earth historic theatrical tour is a highly entertaining roaming play performed in the rustic historic farm at Werribee Park. Set in 1862, Joe and Esther greet you as new workers on the farm and what unfolds is a night of surprises and interactive fun.

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

The old farm is the perfect setting for a bit of night wandering as you are taken through the men's hut, stables, blacksmiths, rations hut and homestead.
Royal Melbourne Show
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Celebrating over 160 of years of bringing the country to the city, the Royal Melbourne Show is Victoria’s largest showcase of agriculture and is conducted annually by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV).

Visitors to the Royal Melbourne Show will be entertained all day with hundreds of all-inclusive, interactive and fun activities and attractions.

Get up close and see, pat and feed hundreds of farm animals at the Royal Melbourne Show’s expansive animal precincts and attractions.

Taste your way around the Royal Melbourne Show with a diverse offering of award-winning food and drink from some of Melbourne’s most popular eateries and acclaimed Australian chefs.

Enjoy hours of all-inclusive entertainment, with demonstrations, stunts and shows from talented performers and amazing animals, plus the thrills and excitement of carnival rides for all ages, the always-popular Showbag Pavilion and much more.
Greater Dandenong Children's Festival
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
Now in its seventh year the annual City of Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival is celebrating a magical theme.

Families are invited to let their imaginations run wild over the school holidays, with a series of free and low cost events happening across the city from 22 September to 7 October.

The festival features exciting and interactive programs, activities, performances, workshops, exhibitions and events for the whole family.

The headline event of the Children’s Festival is the Little Day Out for BIG Imaginations a free family event where everybody is encouraged to let their imaginations run wild. Little Day Out is on Sunday 30 September, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, at Noble Park’s Ross Reserve.
Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition is a new world-class, collections-rich exhibition on the inspirational life of Nelson Mandela. Produced in close collaboration with The Nelson Mandela Foundation of South Africa, this brand-new touring exhibit will make its world premiere in Australia at the prestigious Melbourne Museum, before embarking on its global museum tour in 2019. Opening in September 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary year of Mandela’s birth, this official Mandela Foundation exhibition is expertly curated from Mandela’s extensive physical and digital archives, much of which has never-before left South Africa.

This captivating new exhibition will be brought to life through a rich collection of original artefacts, rare and amazing film, sound and imagery, immersive multi-media environments and scenic re-creations that allow visitors of all ages to engage with, and honour the legacy of this extraordinary world leader.

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition will commemorate, illuminate and importantly share Nelson Mandela’s Living legacy with the world.

Live his journey.
Transience: a Triple-Bill by Attitude Dance Company
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Transience features three original works by choreographers Xavier McGettigan and Stacey Carmichael, Retroaction, A Brief Encounter and The Visitor.

Athletic skill, storytelling and emotion combine in this exciting debut for the Attitude Dance Company Impact Ensemble.

Retroaction by Xavier McGettigan is a collection of vinyl records can sit unattended or be constantly in play, but in either case they hold precious memories. Intended as a showcase of the ADC Impact Ensemble dancers incredible talent and versatility, Retroaction features a wishlist of music of artists like Paul Simon, Kate Bush, Hall and Oates, Nick Drake, Toto and more.

A Brief Encounter by Stacey Carmichael is about a girl who walks into a room, she sits. What if the couch she sits on could tell the stories it is seen - love, pain, sleep, violence, laughter. You encounter people, you encounter objects sometimes only for a fleeting moment, but what stories do you leave behind? A dance and physical theatre piece.

The Visitor by Xavier McGettigan is inspired by Jim O’Rourke’s incredible 38-minute masterpiece of the same name, ‘The Visitor’ explores how it feels to be the Other, yet as the Self, can anyone truly be an outsider?
Imaginations: Matt Withers and Acacia Quartet
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Matt Withers is an ambassador for Australian music, a well-established classical guitar pedagogue, performer and role model for musicians across the country.

His career to date has seen him perform with highly esteemed artists of the likes of William Barton, Sally Whitwell, the Carl Pini Quartet, many national orchestras as well as maintaining strong commitments in the leading Australian chamber music groups Guitar Trek alongside Timothy Kain, AM and with Dr Bradley Kunda in The Brew Guitar Duo (some of you may recall seeing Brew Duo perform at our 2016 festival).

The Acacia Quartet have won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs which couple established repertoire with the unorthodox.

Acacia has recorded six albums—three of which earned nominations for an ARIA Award for ‘Best Classical Album’ and an APRA-AMCOS Art Music ‘Award for Excellence’. Their CD recordings ‘Blue Silence’, the complete works for string quartet by Elena Kats-Chernin, and ‘An AIDS Activist’s Memoir in Music’, by Lyle Chan, have both received ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Limelight Magazine.

Matt will be teaming up with the illustrious Acacia Quartet to present a Saturday twilight recital at our festival.

Harvest Run
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
The Harvest Run event weekend is a favourite among wine-and-cheese-loving runners. With two distances to choose from (5.3 kilometres and 13.5 kilometres), enjoy all the beauty of running through the Yarra Valley region with the added fun of live music, gourmet food and local wines.

Work for your post-run wine by taking on the 13.5 kilometres with a course that winds through the scenic but hilly terrain. While you can count on testing your quads and lungs the views along the way and the wine at the end are well worth the effort.
The Show After Dark
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Tue 2nd Oct 2018
The Show After Dark is Melbourne’s newest night out with 11 consecutive evenings of pop-up restaurants, bars, live music and entertainment.

As the sun goes down across Melbourne Showgrounds, make your way to The Meadow to tuck into fun, delicious eats from the best restaurants in Melbourne, grab a drink and hear some bangin’ live tunes.

For an award-winning gastronomic experience, visit the Winning Tastes Pavilion or catch Circus Oz NEON live on stage as the 80’s and Flashdance make an acrobatic comeback.

Before they call it a night, grab a cuddle and an insta-worthy selfie from a baby animal in the Animal Nursery and don’t miss the intricate handmade crafts, one-off pieces of art and delicate designs of the decorated cakes in the Spotlight Makers Pavilion.

Immerse yourself in the lights, sounds and latest rides as they come alive in the carnival after the sun sets.

The fireworks light up the sky every night in a captivating display of colour and theatre (weather permitting).

It is the Royal Melbourne Show like you have never seen before. Tickets just $20 after 5:00pm.

Ron S Peno and The Superstitions
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Come down to the Memo Hall and listen to Ron S Peno and The Superstitions with guests The Stu Thomas Paradox and Duet (Harry Howard and Edwina Preston).

Iconic frontman and singer with the legendary Died Pretty, Ron S. Peno and his band The Superstitions to play a headline show.
Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Since the early 1800’s, Oktoberfest has been the world’s largest Volksfest (Beer Festival), and to celebrate over 200 years of fun, the Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest will see lederhosen clad partygoers shouting Prost from the top of their lungs once again in 2018.

Taking place at the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), this incredible heritage listed building rivals the great Bavarian beer halls of Germany and will play host to the most traditional Oktoberfest event Melbourne has seen, with German oompah bands, folk dancing, on-stage competitions and an atmosphere that is guaranteed to be electric.

Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest boasts a drinks list that will have even the most avid connoisseur licking their lips with the 2018 event featuring over 50 different imported German beers, plus cider, wine, schnapps and much more.

To tantalise your taste buds, the event will feature numerous German caterers serving up traditional meals such as pork hocks, schnitzels, bratwurst and other German sausages, brathendl (roast chickens), pretzels and German pastries.

Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest only runs over two sessions, a Day Session and an Evening Session. Last year sold out, so with tickets strictly limited again, make sure you get in quick.
Rutherglen in the City
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
The winemakers of Rutherglen are returning to Melbourne on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September for Rutherglen in the City 2018.

The two-day wine event at The Atrium in Fed Square will bring the essence of Rutherglen to the heart of Melbourne with a pop-up wine and cocktail bar alongside our region’s 17 winery cellar doors.

Rutherglen in the City offers more than the average wine tasting event without the hassle of pre-booking or purchasing tickets.

Simply purchase your Winemakers of Rutherglen glass for $5 from the bar upon arrival - this is your glass for the day and is yours to keep and wander from cellar door to cellar door tasting our world-famous Rutherglen Muscat, bold Durifs, playful sparkling reds and alternative aromatic whites.

Then, settle in to enjoy a bite to eat and a glass (or more) from the bar, all while soaking up the atmosphere with live music.
La Fiesta del Barrio – Melbourne Fringe Festival
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
Vamos. Choose your own adventure in a surprising, flamboyant, heart-warming Latin Barrio. Interact with residents in their houses, the cantina or piñata studio while discovering food, traditions, music and values throughout Latino nations. Together you will engage in an emotional journey of cross-cultural communication, empathy and belonging. A unique adventure, connecting immersive theatre with cultural awareness.

La Fiesta del Barrio will enthral with vibrant Latin-inspired party and will give you all a better understanding and appreciation in the value of cultural differences.

La Fiesta del Barrio is part of the Critical Mass curated Melbourne Fringe Festival program, and is produced by Tea For Tiger. The venue, staged throughout as a Barrio (neighbourhood), will have a town plaza, tango dance floor, shops, food vendors (empanadas, Argentinian barbeque and alfajores), a bar stocked with Latin liquors and intriguing installations to explore and interact with.

Activities will include Spanish poets and musicians, tango classes and an emotional freedom booth along with many surprises.
Melbourne Yarn and Fibre Festival
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Join in for a celebration of knitting, crochet and hand-spinning.

Crafters are taking over Darebin Arts Centre for a day of knitting, crocheting and basket weaving. The inaugural Melbourne Yarn and Fibre Festival kicks off at 10:00am, showcasing some of Victoria's top crafters and creative talents.

Crafting is good for the soul says Danielle of Raxor Yarns and Fibres. The fibre craft community in Melbourne is so generous, creative, and above all welcomes people from all walks of life. It's like a secret club, but everyone is invited - if a knitter spots another knitter, it's an instant connection, and can spark a friendship that lasts a lifetime.

With a curated craft market, workshops, and communal crafting space, the Melbourne Yarn and Fibre Festival is bringing Melburnians together for a fun day full of creativity, shopping, and skill sharing.

For those who want to find out what it is all about, Melbourne Yarn and Fibre Festival is offering a series of workshops. Learn about colour theory for textile projects, weave a basket, or crochet your own mittens.
Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale - Finals Fever
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
The Jungle Collectve are throwing a Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale with all your favourite Indoor plants, rare plants and a selection of designer pots.

Becauce it is Final Fever time, you will receive $5 off if you wear your favourite football jerseys, scarf or beanie.

As it gets closer to Finals Fever Time The Jungle Collective will be sharing with you what plants they get their hot little hands on. Previously they have had over 60 different species including Fiddle Leafs, Monstera, Giant Birds of Paradise, Pilea's, Rubber Figs, lots of ferns, Hanging plants, Bangalow palms and lots more. You will not be disappointed.

Please note there will be a limited number of boxes and you may want to bring your own to be on the safe side.
Skate Into Carnivale
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
The O’Brien Group Arena will be hosting Skate Into Carnivale these school holidays from Saturday 22 September to Sunday 7 October, including live circus performers and circus skill lessons.

Ranked 75th amongst the World’s Top Jugglers, Patrick Adderley, will be performing a live circus concert between 11:00am and 3:00pm daily.

The School Holiday Carnivale program will also include: all day unlimited public skating from 9:00am as well as under 8's Ice Fun between 9:00am to 11:00am daily. This includes toys, games and music, plus snow play areas for children to enjoy a totally different toddler experience with Ice Ambassadors to make sure both parents and children have some cool ice fun.
Kirsty Webeck: I Get It Now – Melbourne Fringe
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Kirsty Webeck has been storming the country alongside the biggest names in comedy with her relatable, hilarious brand of humour. Lately, she has been realising that things are not always what she first thought they were and her brand-new show I Get It Now is the hilarious culmination of these discoveries.
Claire Healy: (Get A) Real Job – Melbourne Fringe
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Claire has never had a real job.

With a resume that looks like a list of highly questionable life choices, from Croatian Busker to Tennis Tour Guide to Magic Salad Fingers, Claire attempts to answer the endlessly awkward question: “what do you do?”

Baring her soul over the sacrifices artists make in employment security, stability and consistency, Claire's musical romp (Get A) Real Job is filled with original songs, piano, ukulele and a requisite gin, of course.

Warning: Contains moderate coarse language.
Luna Park September School Holidays
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sat 13th Oct 2018
Luna park will be blossoming these September school holidays with the carousel and great scenic railway springing back into action.

As Melbourne shakes off the winter chills, Luna Park will be celebrating the warmer weather by springing open its doors bursting full of rides.

With the Carousel and the Great Scenic Railway back after their hibernation, the Park will be looking all bright and shiny for the school holiday crowds.

As well as all the favourite rides at Luna Park there will be plenty of Springtime action to keep the kids entertained. In the lead-up to the release of the new movie 'The House with a Clock in Its Walls', starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett in cinemas 20 September, families will be able to go hunting for eight clocks for a chance to win passes to see the film.

Also touching down at Luna Park these holidays will be The Famous Spiegeltent with a spectacular line-up of live entertainment. During the day the children’s entertainment includes ‘Le Petit Circus’ – a high-energy acrobatic delight and at night the fun will morph into adult entertainment including the fabulous Moira Finucane.

Visit the website for tickets and information.
Spiegel Et Luna - The Famous Spiegeltent at Luna Park Melbourne
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
The Famous Spiegeltent touches down at St Kilda’s Luna Park these September School Holidays with a spectacular line-up of live family and adult entertainment from 22 September to 14 October. Nestled in the heart of Melbourne’s iconic amusement park, The Famous Spiegeltent will deliver magic, music, thrills and spills to audiences of all ages inside its vintage carnival setting.

Catch Spring Fever with a ringside seat at one of the many exciting shows on offer including concerts, cabaret, comedy and carnival dreams.
Sync: science. music. snacks
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Turn it up westside this September because Sync is launching at Scienceworks. Kick off the spring school holidays and let loose with this new all-ages event designed especially for young adults. Journey through Beyond Perception and dive into the fascinating science behind this awe-inspiring new exhibition in an adult free setting.

Gather your friends and snack on delicious eats, cool science, and after-hours exclusive teen access while dancing alongside a whole bunch of rotating live performances.

With live music from Eilish Gilligan, SŸDE, and DJ sets from Halski, eats and late night treats Sync will be a night out like no other.

Stay tuned to the Facebook event for details!

Suitable for ages 13-18.
Carl Pannuzzo Quintet Performs Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Carl Pannuzzo, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, autodidact, songwriter, is joined by stellar musicians Stephen Magnusson, Sam Keevers, Frank DiSario and Niko Schauble for a special concert in a rare role as a front man in Jazz, interpreting more obscure standards and original songs.

Having usually appeared as a mostly instrumental voice with other projects Magnet, Drumbling, Paul Grabowsky, Zoe Frater Quintet, Snag, Bob Sedergreen, Julie O'Hara, Danny Fisher, Belinda Moody, Doug DeVries, Christine Sullivan to name a few, this special concert showcases Carl’s kaleidescopic voice, putting down the instruments in favour of the velvet ride of this world-class quartet.

Most known for his work as singing drummer with roots and impro band Checkerboard Lounge, a cappella trio Acapelicans and folk/dance outfit Totally Gourdgeous, Pannuzzo is in demand nationally and internationally, performing and recording with artists as varied as Opera Australia, Mia Dyson, Paul Grabowsky, Vika and Linda Bull, Shane Howard, Cirque du Soleil, Kylie Auldist, Fred Smith, Tripod, and Music Outback.

Carl Pannuzzo - voice, Stephen Magnusson - guitar, Sam Keevers - piano, Frank DiSario - double bass and Niko Schauble - drums.
Space Jump School Holidays
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
Space Jump inflatables open every day. Family-friendly venue is suitable for kids of all ages. They will be offering one free dodgem car ride to people booking online. Open from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Booking is essential as there are limited spots for each session and the free dodgem offer is only available to those who book.

To make sure you do not miss out on great fun head to the booking link to secure your spot.
Escape the Gaol
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Wed 3rd Oct 2018
The Old Melbourne Gaol’s hugely popular Escape the Gaol interactive and educational experience exclusively for kids is returning for a limited time during the school holidays from 22 September to 7 October. 

Aimed at children aged six and up, Escape the Gaol participants get to become inmates and must explore the Gaol to discover all the necessary clues to create the perfect escape plan – all without being discovered by the prison guards.

Each ‘prisoner’ will be given a notebook containing a number of riddles, which must be deciphered in order to receive directions to hidden clues.

Once the clues are discovered, prisoners must secretly hunt through the Gaol to uncover the answers to pull off a fool-proof escape plan.

The Old Melbourne Gaol is open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm, with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday.

For more information visit the Old Melbourne Gaol website or follow the Old Melbourne Gaol on Facebook or Instagram.
Flemington Farmers Market
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
Flemington Farmers Market is a weekly open air authentic farmers market, featuring some of Victoria's best local and regional farm produce and artisan food producers.

The market operates every Sunday, 9:00am to 1:00pm.
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
A fast-paced, completely improvised battle of the comedy titans.

Theatresportsâ„¢ is a thrilling family fun evening of improvisation where you can cheer your champion and boo the judges. Teams of skilled actor / improvisors dare each other to risk it all on stage under the scrutiny of the judges.

The teams could be rewarded with a score of five, punished with a one or disgraced with the warning for boring – losing the stage instantly.

Impro Melbourne is Melbourne’s oldest and most experience improvisational theatre company delivering a wide range of popular sell out shows over a thirty year history.

QUAD Series Australia v New Zealand and South Africa v England
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018
The third and final round of the QUAD Series will be held at Hisense Area in Melbourne with a double header, Australia versus New Zealand and South Africa versus England on Sunday 23 September.

Tickets on sale early June.
St Kilda Esplanade Market
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
The St Kilda Esplanade Market is a makers market and has been a St Kilda Sunday delight since the 1970. Set against the iconic backdrop of the St Kilda Beach, close to Luna Park, Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. It is famous for a good reason - there is something for everyone and more.

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

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

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

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

Sunshine Lantern Festival
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018
The Sunshine Lantern Festival is a free community event that takes place in the busy Sunshine shopping precinct along Hampshire Road, Sunshine on Sunday 23 September 2018, from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

It will be a full day of family fun, entertainment, rides, street performers, music, food from many nations, magical Lion and Dragon Dancing, a Lantern Parade to celebrate the full moon and ending with spectacular fireworks.

Mental As Anything
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Still as brilliant ever, award winning Mental As Anything are going strong with sell out performances. Their entertaining and timeless music will have you enjoying songs such as the classics The Nips are Getting Bigger, Too Many Times, Mr Natural and Live it Up, to name a few.

A fresh five track EP release titled “Mental as Anything – 5 Track EP” and a prime slot on the national Apia Good Times Tour sees Mentals rocketing into the future. The EP sees Greedy and Martin trading songs in their time-honoured tradition. Martin is currently off the road but Greedy and he are still creating new songs with that Mental Flavour.
Explore Art Materials and Techniques with Michelle Caithness
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Join artist Michelle Caithness and explore a range of art materials and techniques to gain a broad understanding of the different mediums you can use to create art. Each session, Michelle will introduce you to different mediums and demonstrate techniques, which you will be able to practice as well.

You will explore the following mediums, including brushes, paper, canvases and associated artists’ tools: pencil, charcoal, conte, chalk, graphite, pastels – dry, oil, watercolour, inks, gauche, acrylic paint and oil paint.

Michelle will offer you artists’ tips during the course, and you will have the opportunity to ask her any questions about particular mediums in which you are interested, including the right brands to purchase for you. You will also have the opportunity to discuss future artistic projects you plan to undertake, and which mediums would be suitable.

Materials: All materials included.
Echoes of Villers-Bretonneux – Melbourne Fringe
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
Travel back 100 years in the past to the muddy and nightmarish trenches of France. The story of the Australian involvement at the decisive World War I battle of Villers-Bretonneux, in 1918. A journey of sacrifice, mate-ship and a will to survive that guided the ANZACs through the horrors of the Western Front, while questioning the price of victory.

Echoes of Villers-Bretonneux is writer-performer Shane Palmer's first foray into solo-performance, and looks to examine how these men managed to survive in the worst environment on earth for a cause that offered them very little reward.

Directed by Robert Johnson, founder and artistic-director of Burning House. Debuting at the Courthouse Hotel, the production hopes to shine a light on a much-untold part of World War I and explore the real meaning behind 'Lest We Forget'.

Warning: Contains moderate coarse language, adult themes (violence).
Lou Wall's Drag Race - Melbourne Fringe
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Hey kitty girl, you gaggin' for some draggin'? Start your engines, comedy superstar Lou Wall is about to host five of the fiercest and most fabulous Queens in Melbourne. Charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. Do they have what it takes to become Melbourne's next drag superstar?

It is an eleganza extravaganza, so strap in. Everything you know about drag (after those ten seasons of Ru Paul’s you hungover-binge-watched last Saturday) is about to get stabbed in the eye by an intersectional, non-binary, stabby stiletto.

May the best woman (whatever that means) win.

Warning: Contains strobe lighting, some nudity, moderate coarse language, adult themes - staged violence.
MJC Presents: Cleverhorse Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Cleverhorse is a distinctive five piece ensemble led by composer/guitarist Robbie Melville. The band also comprises Monty Mackenzie - alto saxophone, Gideon Brazil - tenor saxophone, Zoe Frater - electric bass and Dan Macdonald - drums.

Their second album 50:fifty will be released on the Jazzhead label, and represents a culmination of many years work. The music on the album is at times gentle and optimistic, unrestrained and animated, and is always guided by a positive empathy between the performers.

It is informed in equal measure by contemporary jazz and Norwegian folk, the sonic space of Wim Wenders’ film soundtracks, the density of Shanghai city, and the sparse and playful writings of Richard Brautigan.
Break Up by Binge Culture – Melbourne Fringe Festival
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Binge Culture as part of Melbourne Fringe 2018 presents Break Up. There is no easy way to do this: five performers, five hours, one desperate conversation. Join Binge Culture as they lovingly create and destroy an entire relationship from scratch. Witness the desperation, negotiation, devastation and emotional blackmail. Come and go throughout the performance or stay until everything is worked through.

Featuring: Joel Baxendale, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Oliver Devlin, Fiona McNamara and Ralph Upton.
Whittlesea Monday Market
Date Mon 24th Sep 2018 to Mon 25th Feb 2019
The Whittlesea Monday Market is a true community market and has become a meeting place for locals and visitors.

Close to the city, with a friendly country atmosphere.

Whittlesea Monday Market is open every Monday from 8 am to 1 pm, including public holidays - rain, hail or shine.

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

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

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

Animal farm, pony rides and more are in attendance for the kids on school and public holidays.

Free parking. Enjoy the fun of the auction, commencing at 9:00am.

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

Simply Meditate - Monday Evening Class
Date Mon 24th Sep 2018 to Mon 25th Feb 2019
Escape the stress of city life to discover the peace of meditation for yourself in these 45 minute meditation sessions at Kadampa Meditation Centre.

Be guided through simple meditations that relax the mind and body, leading to a deep experience of inner peace and contentment. Beginners welcome. Drop-in any week.
Barbie Cooking and Baking High Tea
Date Mon 24th Sep 2018 to Fri 12th Oct 2018
Inspire and educate children in all things cookery at Barbie Cooking and Baking Themed High Tea. With a menu designed around the art of food your children might just aspire to be an executive chef or professional baker in no time. At home they can don their favourite apron and recreate their own special high tea menu for a special feast with friends.

Menu: Strawberry Churros Stacks; Meringue rings; Neapolitan Cupcake; Golden Pastry Baking Box with party pie and sausage roll; Pizza muffins; Corn fritter balls; Ham and cheese sandwiches; Cucumber ribbon sandwich; Cream cheese rolls sandwich; Warm buttermilk scones; Raspberry cordial and Hot chocolate.

Classes run weekdays from 24 September until 12 October.
The Story of Netflix ft. Marc Randolph
Date Mon 24th Sep 2018
What does it take to become a powerhouse like Netflix? Marc Randolph, the founding CEO, will be sharing his insights into how Netflix created the innovation that disrupted one of the world’s largest industries.

This exclusive event will be packed with stories that trace the secrets of how the founding team built one of the most successful startups.

Register for an opportunity to join Marc's keynote, network with like-minded individuals and engage in a Q and A session.
Andrea Keller's Five Below Live at The Jazzlab
Date Mon 24th Sep 2018
Michael Tortoni Bennetts Lane Jazz Club founder, is so happy that the tradition established by the legendary Allan Browne over decades of Monday night performances at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, has been filled by the prolific talents of Andrea Keller.

Composing and nurturing a myriad of emerging and established artists.

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

Mercedes me In-conversation
Date Mon 24th Sep 2018
Mercedes me Melbourne is excited to present an in-conversation with former champion AFL player, 2018 AFL Premiership Cup ambassador and coffee aficionado, Josh Gibson, and ST. ALi owner, Salvatore Malatesta, discussing Melbourne’s twin obsessions, Coffee and AFL on the evening of Monday September 24.

Topics will broadly range from Gibson’s AFL career highlights, to life after football, love and friendship, and will top it off with predictions on the 2018 AFL Grand Final.

All money raised from ticket sales will go towards supporting Shin Fukayama when he represents Australia and ST. ALi in the World Barista Competition in Boston, USA in April 2019. This will help Shin financially to make his dream become a reality.
Italian Cooking Classes
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Thu 28th Feb 2019
Come to La Cucina di Sandra for an Italian cooking and eating experience like no other. Learn how to cook Italian food like an Italian in this interactive cooking demonstration, plus a memorable lunch or dinner.

Sandra's classes are held in her European styled warehouse in Richmond, just minutes from Melbourne city. Sandra's food is presented with a modern approach never experienced before and you will learn how to do so yourself.

Your experience will include interesting and topical conversation on the history surrounding the origins, the culture and the stories behind the dishes cooked.

For four hours you will feel like you are on an Italian holiday as you enjoy Sandra's passionate and interactive demonstrations, with down to earth tips and advice on how to cook brilliant Italian food. You will be provided with advice on where to shop in Melbourne for the best ingredients.

Classes are public or a private group of up to eight people.

Free Meditation - Tuesday Lunchtime
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Tue 26th Feb 2019
Escape the stress and busyness of city life to discover the peace of meditation for yourself in a free thirty minute meditation sessions.

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

Drop-in any week. There is no charge for any of these sessions.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018
Based on Eric Carle’s books created by Jonathan Rockefeller, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is presented by Whitehorse Centre in association with JWR Productions Australia and Michael Sieders.

One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family.

Journey through Eric Carle’s incredible stories as they come to life on stage in this enchanting show. Featuring some other delightful characters from three of Eric Carle’s bestselling classics tales including, The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, Mr. Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly.

This Australian made show will excite, educate and entertain new readers, first-time theatre-goers and those who grew up with these books. This is a delightful and timeless classic for all generations.
Seizing Damascus, 1918
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018
In the last months of the First World War the light horsemen of the Australian Mounted Division took part in a remarkable advance that started in Central Palestine, near modern Tel Aviv, and finished at Aleppo in northern Syria. On the way the city of Damascus fell to the advancing Australian horsemen.

This lecture will examine these events, their historical context, and the Australian role in them, to highlight this dramatic conclusion to the fighting in the Middle East in 1918.

Presented by Dr Jean Bou.
Alice in Pantoland
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
Get set for another holiday experience to remember as Wonderland Theatre brings you the all-time favourite classic with a fresh new twist, Alice in Pantoland.

Come and join curious Alice as she embarks on a journey that once again promises to be as much fun for the audience as it is for the cast. Do not be late to book your tickets to this hilarious, magic, all-singing, all-dancing panto ride at Wonderland Theatre.

Season runs from 25 to 30 September at Phoenix Theatre in Elwood. Two shows a day at 10:30am and 1:30pm.
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018
Australia’s favourite kidult comedians, The Listies, bring their best-smelling book Ickypedia: A Dictionary of Disgusting New Words to the stage.

Ickypedia is a seriously silly show that answers all of life’s unimportant questions: How do you take a smellfie? What are udderpants? What’s Zomba?

The Listies mix clowning, slapstick, and improvised chaos slapped together with a bucket load of theatrical invention that everyone will enjoy. Undies for cows. Exercise for zombies.
Buffy Kills Edward
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Thu 27th Sep 2018
In an alternate universe, the Vampire Slayer is introduced to the characters of Twilight and chaos ensues. Upon slaying Bella’s beloved Edward, a war of the two worlds commences in which few will make it out alive. With original songs such as “I Slay” and “Everyone Loves a Bad Boy,” this musical explores the themes of vampire worlds and the characters within.

Created by Laura Wiley. Buffy Kills Edward won the Encore. Hollywood Fringe 2017 Award and was nominated for Best Musical, Best World Premiere, and the sponsored Theater Unleashed Award. Buffy Kills Edward was part of the Adelaide Fringe, with sell-out shows, in 2018.

The South Australian cast includes: Elle Nichelle, Josh Angeles, Maryann Boettcher, Dylan Rufus, Emma Wilczek, Mitchell Smith and Sahra Cresshull.

Presented by Emma Knights Productions, written by Wiley Original Musicals and directed by Megan Doherty.

Warning: Contains moderate coarse language, adult themes(staged violence).
Circalicious – Melbourne Fringe
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Circalicious is a mad cap mash up of Melbourne’s circus tribe, a spectacular display of jugglers, contortionists, trapeze artists, acrobats and more.

See the freshest, newest work from Melbourne's shiniest new circus stars. This show is a different line up every night, you never know who you will see next.
End Grain – Melbourne Fringe
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
End Grain is a sculptural performance by award-winning Australian Artist Skye Gellmann that contemplates our relationship to timber, objects and the subversion of violence.

Drawing on acrobatics, movement, and contemporary performance, see the artist on the ground and also in the air. Through the interplay of quiet moments, a hypnotic space is created where the mechanical becomes emotional.

Skye Gellmann is an Australian Artist known for bringing Circus to contemporary performance, installation and live-art.
Wide World of Esports – Game Boys – Melbourne Fringe
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
High-tech comedy from the Elympics of the future.

A nostalgic trip through the 90s executed with pitch perfect visuals and super slick comic timing, Wide World of Esports imagines what the 2092 ‘Elympics’ broadcast might look like. Utilising interactive screen graphics, live video feeds, immersive sound design and literally hundreds of audio/visual cues, the show seamlessly blends technology with live performance in ways both innovative and surprising.

Taking to the stage the same month as the inaugural Melbourne Esports Open, brothers Eden and Josh Porter present their vision of the future, where all traditional Games’ events have been retired in favour of virtual hybrids.

Wide World of Esports includes all the elements that have made the Game Boys’ previous shows so successful; including nostalgia, industry commentary, meticulous recreations of long-forgotten games, obscure â€㮺s Australian TV references and the occasional outburst of sibling rivalry.
Slips, Trips and Falls - Melbourne Fringe
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
When a pair of young tradesmen realise that their worksite is getting audited, they know that they can be totally relaxed and confident that their site will be 100 per cent satisfactory.

Sam and Grover deliver a brilliant combination of acrobatic skills and absurdity in their first work together after graduating from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus in 2017.
School Holiday Workshop – Dance Like Bruno Mars
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018
In this fun new Hip Hop dance workshop, Knox Community Arts Centre are bringing back the funk with Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk. Two hours of jammed packed moves, for everyone who loves to dance and have fun! Parents and friends are welcome to enjoy a local cafe, and then be back in time to see the dancers perform at the end of the workshop.

Please bring a hat/cap from home, a funky dance outfit, your friends and a water bottle. You will be amazed what you can learn in two hours with your dance teacher Chloe.

For ages: 5 and over.
Paper Planet
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Let your imagination run wild in this planet made of paper and natural materials from the Gardens. Enliven the space with your creatures and critters, vines and flowers, costumes and constructions.

During this installation, participants are invited to continually add to the forest and build whole communities. Theatre and play merge as children discover an imaginative world for adventures in this forest of their own making. Paper Planet is an experience that all ages will find inspiring and utterly blissful.

By Polyglot Theatre.
Manhattan Dreaming - Marco Luccio
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018 to Sat 20th Oct 2018
Award-winning artist Marco Luccio’s latest exhibition, Manhattan Dreaming, will open at Melbourne’s fortyfivedownstairs on September 25.

An astounding collection of paintings and drypoints, Manhattan Dreaming reveals an artist who, having achieved an enviable level of intimacy with his metropolitan muse, is now able to capture her lines, angles, moods and movement with a spontaneity bordering on instinct.

Long-term followers of Marco Luccio’s work will find their appreciation of his expertise and artistry taken to a new level, while first-time viewers will have the fortune of being introduced to an artist who continues to bravely explore and expand, creating beautifully striking works of art in the process.

Please note this exhibition is not open on Sundays and Mondays.
Aaron McCoullough Live at The Jazzlab
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018
This performance sees Melbourne based drummer/composer Aaron McCoullough embark on a national tour promoting the release of 'Provenience'. The night will feature musicians: Tom Noonan (alto saxophone), Claire Strasser (tenor saxophone), James Bowers (piano), Tamara Murphy (bass), and Aaron McCoullough (drums/compositions).

'Provenience' is embedded in the reflection, and rediscovery of specific localities unique to the Illawarra region in New South Wales, with each composition representing a personal response to the constructs of ‘time’ and ‘place’.

Born in Wollongong, Australia on the New South Wales coastline, Aaron relocated to Melbourne in 2004 to undertake studies at the Victorian College of Arts. Since completing his undergraduate studies, Aaron has been a mainstay of the Melbourne music scene, and is an active leading his own original projects with the result being two self released titles: 'Portrait of Thoughts' (2013), and 'Provenience' (2018). His work as a musical collaborator has been well documented with appearances nationally and internationally. These musical encounters have led to numerous tours of industry recognised recording projects.

Alongside his performance practice of composer/drummer, Aaron is a current PhD candidate. Aaron proudly endorses Sakae Drums.
Simply Meditate -Wednesday Lunchtime Class
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018 to Wed 27th Feb 2019
Escape the stress and busyness of city life to discover the peace of meditation for yourself in these 45 minute meditation sessions.

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

Beginners welcome. Drop-in any week.
Simply Meditate - Wednesday Evening Class
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018 to Wed 27th Feb 2019
Escape the stress and busyness of city life to discover the peace of meditation for yourself in these 45 minute meditation sessions at Kadampa Meditation Centre.

Be guided through simple meditations that relax the mind and body, leading to a deep experience of inner peace and contentment. Beginners welcome. Drop-in any week.
Colossus by Stephanie Lake Company
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
50 dancers flood the stage in this monumental new work by acclaimed choreographer Stephanie Lake.

One of Australia’s most inventive and celebrated choreographers, Stephanie Lake, brings Colossus to Arts Centre Melbourne. See the stage flooded with bodies in this monumental new dance work created with fifty dancers who will take over the Fairfax Studio stage and beyond.

Out of the darkness, the theatre gradually fills with a living, breathing, joyous mass of dancing bodies, moving in complex unison and wild individuality. They jostle and coexist in perfect imperfection, illustrating the push and pull of humanity and the exquisite patterning found in the natural world. Exploring the beauty and ugliness of the collective experience, Colossus builds and re-builds towards a united, frenetic and formidable utopia.

Working with a cast of fifty young and emerging dance artists and a team of Australia’s leading collaborators, Colossus is the latest project developed as part of the Take Over! program.

Take Over! is a unique and ground breaking partnership between Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe, that enables an independent artist, company or collective to develop a new creative idea and take over the Fairfax Studio stage for one week during Melbourne Fringe Festival.
David Binney
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
Acclaimed as a considerable and highly individual compositional talent, saxophonist David Binney is one of the most prolific jazz musicians on the scene today.

Known for his performances with such prestigious groups as the big bands of Gil Evans and Maria Schneider, as well as with Jim Hall, Uri Caine, Vinicius Cantuaria, Norah Jones, Bobby Previte, Cecil McBee quintet and countless others. David was also a co-founder of the hard-edged quintet "Lost Tribe" and the open-form collective quartet "Lan Xang." With these groups and on his own, he has recorded a dozen albums as leader or co-leader.

David was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Southern California. At the age of 19 moved to New York City to play gigs and to study with Phil Woods, Dave Liebman, and George Coleman.

David will be performing from 26 to 30 September at Bird's Basement.
Twink Ascending - Melbourne Fringe
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Twink Ascending is a raw and revealing insight into the realms of the modern gay man. From the beautiful, inspiring and sexy to the disgusting, embarrassing and hopeful, this show leaves no stone unturned in its exploration of queer male culture.

Creator and performer Andy Johnston describes this show as a second coming. he has written the cute, glittery cabaret about growing up, coming out and falling in love. That was funny and hopeful and came from a place of being blissfully unaware of struggle. This show - Twink Ascending - is about the next chapter in life. It is an exploration of heartbreak, adulting, sex, social politics, social media, masculinity, tribes and unsolicited d*ck pics.

A sass pot of cabaret, theatre, song and drag set amidst the ruins of a post-apocalyptic world, this piece is unlike anything you have seen before. Brought to you by Don’t Be Down Productions (Strangers In Between, It’s Not Me It’s Lou) in collaboration with Sarah X Spandex (Glitterfist: Libertine, Kongs Kings).
Agoy Relaxation Class
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018 to Wed 27th Feb 2019
Agoy is a group class that clears away stress, settles the mind and makes you feel relaxed.

Agoy is a gentle alternative to meditation, an effective complement to meditation and a preparation for meditation.
AFL Footy Festival
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
The AFL Footy Festival celebrates all that is brilliant about Melbourne and its food, entertainment and, of course, footy scene during a free four-day event in AFL Grand Final Week.

Located in Yarra Park, outside of the iconic MCG’s Gate Three, the event caters to fans of all ages.
Holidays in the Kids’ Backyard
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018 to Thu 27th Sep 2018
Play and relax in the Kids’ Backyard these school holidays and enjoy free nature-based experiences for families. Discover the wonders of the natural world and get creative, imaginative and hands-on with sensory activities including weaving, clay constructions and storytelling.
Luke Howard Trio Perform Live at The Jazzlab
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018
Australian Music Prize-nominated composer Luke Howard has been described as absolutely heavenly and his music as an ambient masterclass, but no words can fully capture the potency of Howard’s enthralling compositions.

A pianist since childhood, Howard has scored films and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills, capturing audiences with contemporary classical arrangements that curl and twist around the boundaries of a particular emotion. Though wordless, Howard’s songs perform a function unique to music as a medium – that of evoking without describing, bringing listeners to a feeling which defies articulating.

Now signed to UK label Mercury KX, 2017 has Howard working across several projects: arranging the keyboard works of photographer William Eggleston, a pioneer of colour photography, a European tour culminating with a sold-out performance at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and a new record.
Colossus – Melbourne Fringe Festival
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
50 dancers flood the stage in this monumental new work by acclaimed choreographer Stephanie Lake. One of Australia’s most inventive and celebrated choreographers, Stephanie Lake, brings Colossus to Arts Centre Melbourne. See the stage flooded with bodies in this monumental new dance work created with fifty dancers who will take over the Fairfax Studio stage and beyond.

Out of the darkness, the theatre gradually fills with a living, breathing, joyous mass of dancing bodies, moving in complex unison and wild individuality. They jostle and coexist in perfect imperfection, illustrating the push and pull of humanity and the exquisite patterning found in the natural world. Exploring the beauty and ugliness of the collective experience, Colossus builds and re-builds towards a united, frenetic and formidable utopia. Working with a cast of fifty young and emerging dance artists and a team of Australia’s leading collaborators, Colossus is the latest project developed as part of the Take Over! program.

Take Over! is a unique and ground breaking partnership between Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe, that enables an independent artist, company or collective to develop a new creative idea and take over the Fairfax Studio stage for one week during Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Museum of Missed Opportunity
Date Wed 26th Sep 2018 to Thu 27th Sep 2018
The Museum of Missed Opportunity (#MuMO) is a satirical pop-up exhibition celebrating the biggest missed opportunities in film, sport, history and politics.

The fun and quirky artwork included in MuMo aims to be thought provoking with highlight pieces featuring ‘if only’ moments of politicians at the last supper all the way through to famous blunders in sport and pop culture.

Promising to entertain all ages, MuMO also references some popular television shows, movies and Melbourne’s biggest blunder as a city.

Come and see the entrance to Southern Cross Station transform into one of Melbourne’s largest pop-up exhibitions aiming to rival MoMA, MONA and even the AFL Grand Final itself.
The Architect
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018 to Wed 31st Oct 2018
Hiring a temporary carer requires some serious vetting. When Helen’s partner John heads off on a brief overseas trip she takes in a dubious young drifter and jack-of-all-trades to look after her through her illness. With a winning smile and incorrigible zest for life, he could be just the medicine she needs – if it wasn’t for the titanic secret he’s hiding. As an unexpected bond forms between them, tables begin to turn and Helen faces choices that are both intimate and monumental.

After charming MTC audiences with What Rhymes with Cars and Girls and moving them with the powerful National Interest, playwright Aidan Fennessy returns with the world premiere of The Architect. This surprising and suspenseful story of two unlikely housemates is humorous, startling and deeply poignant.

Peter Houghton (The Odd Couple) directs Linda Cropper (Offspring) as the feisty and fiercely determined Helen.

Commissioned by MTC with the support of the Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust.
The Wharf Revue
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Those indefatigable kings of comedy, sorcerers of satire and masters of mockery, Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe are back in the saddle and gearing up for another glorious year of political satire – they are peddling at a faster speed than the NBN and will raise the roof with laughter.

So, politicians take cover and pundits stand back, because there will be songs, there will be dance, and there will be some very funny impressions. Join us as we sort the wets from the dries, the leaks from the fakes, and the factions from the fictions when this bigger, better and wharfier Revue cycles into town.

With Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe . Designer Charles Davis. Musical Director Andrew Worboys.

Presented by Whitehorse Centre. A Sydney Theatre Company production.
Red Racing Hood
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018
An inventive reimagining of the classic fairy-tale, Little Red Riding Hood.

Inventively brought to life using slot car racing, with cameras magnifying the action live on screen, the show puts the audience in the driving seat of Red and her adventure.

Recommended for five year olds and above, and their grown-ups.

Presenting artist - Terrapin Puppet Theatre.
Yundi – Touch of Chopin 2018
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018
Internationally acclaimed pianist Yundi Li tends to attract hyperbolic headlines wherever he performs. In 2018, he will head to Australia and New Zealand for his first-ever concert tour in this October 2018.

Yundi was propelled onto the international stage when he won first prize at the XIV Chopin International Piano Competition at the age of 18, becoming the youngest and first Chinese winner in the history of the renowned competition. Since then, he has been regarded as an international piano star, also a leading exponent of Chopin’s music.

One of the leading pianists in this generation of virtuosi will let you fall in love again with this most beloved instrument as Yundi brings his flair and warmth to music that piano lovers will rejoice in.

Please contact for more information.
Croatian Rhapsody: Maksim Mrvica Australian debut
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018
Croatian pianist Maksim Mrvica is coming to Australia this September for his debut tour. A world renowned live performer, Maksim excites the crowd with electrifying energy and compelling emotions.

A ground-breaking pianist, Maksim’s live performance showcases classical music reimagined with electronic elements, combining strong personal style and rock star charisma, Maksim started to play piano when he was nine and held his first concert by age 11.
Unconscious Volcanoes
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
Have you ever had a dream that is disconnected from reality and you can not understand how it came from your unconscious?

Society constructs social etiquette innately dictating how we are allowed to behave. Your subconscious however is free from these constraints and runs rampant in dreams, here anything is possible and everything is acceptable.

Unconscious Volcanoes is a new contemporary dance work choreographed by Rachel Huf and Tahlia Klugman premiering as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2018. Unconscious Volcanoes explores what lies hidden within the depths of our subconscious and how these manifest as repressed desires, symptomatic actions, and dreams.

Performed by Rachel Huf, Tahlia Klugman, Sade Brown, Momoko Nanri and Emily Shoesmith. Animation by Zachary Peterson. Unconscious Volcanoes is inspired by Isador H Coriat’s The Meaning of Dreams (1915) and asks the question: How do your subconscious thoughts shape you and allow you to escape as symptomatic actions, psychoneurotic symptoms or dreams?

Unconscious Volcanoes premieres in the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Bogan Shakespeare - Melbourne Fringe
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Bringing the Bard to the Backyard. Shakespeare gets the bogan treatment whether he likes it or not. Mixing classic literature and Aussie humour. William Shakespeare is widely considered the greatest English playwright, and his plays are still performed around the world, even 400 years after his death.

But who actually understands what the heck he was on about? Modern audiences often find "The Bard" confusing, frustrating, boring, irrelevant, incomprehensible and downright stupid. Bogan Shakespeare changes all that, and brings some of his classic works to life in easy to understand and relatable language, that any Aussie can comprehend.

Funny, irreverent, dramatic, serious, inappropriate, fast and crazy all at the same time, this is the treatment and interpretation everyone has been waiting for, and might make Willy role in his grave.

Presented in Melbourne Fringe by the award-winning Here There and Everywhere Theatre Co who presented Melbourne International Comedy Festival hits "Couples" and "Table 17".
School Holiday Kids Show – Super Amazing Giant Girl
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018
Action packed and interactive, this theatre show for kids combines thrilling circus, absurd comedy and ingenious physical theatre.

Featuring hula-hoops, roller skates, bananas and really awesome dancing. This is the show for all your little strong women and men, including a surprise guest star and a spectacular soundtrack even big kids will enjoy.

For Ages: 4 years and over.

Book your tickets now .
Harriett Allcroft Quintet Live at The Jazzlab
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018
Stirring lyrics and soaring melodies, Harriett combines subtle, unexpected note choices and heart-rending lyrics, resulting in a room full of mesmerised listeners. Harriett Allcroft captivates audiences with her effervescent on stage presence and dynamic vocal style.

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

Joined by the excellent James Bowers, Tamara Murphy, Kieran Rafferty, and Shaun Rammers.
Amore E Speranza – Italian Arias and Songs
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018
A delightful evening dedicated to Italian opera and music with a fine selection of arias and songs. Featuring performances by Melba Opera Trust scholars. Presented by Melba Opera Trust in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute. Performing artists: Cleo Lee-McGowan (soprano - Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholarship); Jessica Harper (soprano - Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship); Stephen Marsh (baritone - Paulette Bisley Opera Scholarship and Eleanor Blakemore Opera Scholarship); Rhodri Clarke (pianist - Associate Artist).

Light refreshments will be served after the performance. A chance to mingle with the artists.
BYO Vinyl Night Collingwood
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018 to Thu 29th Nov 2018
Bring ‘em and spin ‘em. Free your vinyl collection from the lounge room and head to Collingwood on the last Thursday of every month for BYO Vinyl Night.

Bring along a few of your favourite records and sign up to give them a spin. No prior experience needed. All genres welcome (within reason).

So bring a few friends, grab a stack of wax and get down for a great evening of eclectic music and good times.
BYO Vinyl Night at The Welcome Swallow
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018 to Thu 29th Nov 2018
Bring ‘em and spin ‘em.

Free your vinyl collection from the lounge room and head to Brunswick on the last Thursday of every month for BYO Vinyl Night.

Bring along a few of your favourite records and sign up to give them a spin. No prior experience needed. All genres welcome (within reason).

So bring a few friends, grab a stack of wax and get down for a great evening of eclectic music and good times.

Guau – Melbourne Fringe Festival
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
Guau! is a new interactive physical comedy about the hilarious consequences of consumerism in an offbeat gender fluid idiot with a stupid inclination towards pop music. In his very first solo show, Xavier Sisquella introduces his adorable yet embarrassing alter ego. The relationship with objects and people of this enthusiastic naive fool is as immediate and intense (yet frivolous and empty) as a pop song. A passionate maladjusted twit with an idealistic outlook trying to fit in a world full of conventions.

Guau! references pop songs and pop culture that symbolise the constraining values of a society that contrast with the needs of a naive sentimental fool.

A quirky and comedic reflection about a fool’s emotional challenges of living in the present Millennials’ society, created from the generous need of expressing, sharing and laughing about the universal sensation of feeling unfit.
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
Political theatre outlaws Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin of Belarus Free Theatre have conceived an explosive new work with five extraordinary Australian performers: Gregory Fryer, Sophie Ross, Niharika Senapati, Hazem Shammas, and Daniel Schlusser.

Together, they interrogate the Great Australian Silence: a struggle to speak out against atrocities both in our own country and abroad, and the danger of speaking the truth.
Liars - Wonderland Late Nights
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018
Enjoy a blistering live performance from Liars and explore the Wonderland exhibition after dark.

Supported by the ever charming pop champions Go Get Mum and passionate and electric hip hop artist Muma Doesa on the decks.

Liars have, as a matter of course, sounded radically different with each album, pursuing new concepts and occupying diverse mindsets. The band constantly blurs the lines between electronic and acoustic, between experimental impulse and addictive pop sensibility. Liars promise an energetic evening full of sampled elements, heavily processed sounds, “real” instruments, and abstract pop-y fun.

Exhibition, performances, cocktails and bar from 6:00pm.
1000 Doors
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
A door is a beginning and an end, a promise and a warning. What waits on the other side is limited only by the imagination and decided only by an action. Step across the threshold of you.

From the masterminds behind last year’s Melbourne Festival hit House of Mirrors comes a new invitation to lose yourself and find something else in the process. A seemingly endless series of doors, screens, portals and gateways give way to the many in-between spaces humanity has invented to fill the void - passageways and parlours and vestibules and holding pens - each haunted by the lingering traces of past inhabitants.

Will you feel like a time-traveller waltzing across eras as you pass through each door? Or one of the very ghosts these doors seem to summon? Every entrance into this house of possibility will begin at the same door, but no two visitors will leave the same as they entered.
Alice Tovey: Existential Crisis - Melbourne Fringe
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Sat 29th Sep 2018
A mental breakdown with lights, tights and electric guitars.

Existential Crisis (A Rock Opera) is the brand new cabaret by award winning duo Alice Tovey and Ned Dixon. Together with a live four-piece band, Tovey and Dixon’s fist pumping, velvet wearing, 80s dramatic rock opera explores the crushing sense of anxiety that goes hand-in-hand with the dreaded quarter life crisis.

Flipping cabaret on its head, this show hands steel instruments to classically trained musicians. Part narrative, part ballad and full balls-to-the-wall rock, Existential Crisis brings all the energy of a live band and big vocals and aims to kick nihilism in the proverbial d*ck.

Alice Tovey is a Melbourne based singer, songwriter, comedian, actress, writer and egomaniac. Her first solo show, Malice (written and performed with composer Ned Dixon) was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Original Songs and won an Adelaide Fringe Festival Weekly Award for Best Emerging Artist. Again collaborating with Ned Dixon, Alice premiered Personal Messiah (2016) and Mansplaining (2017) to much acclaim.

Warning: Contains mild coarse language.
Ascent - Melbourne Fringe
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
Citizen Theatre in association with Theatre Works presents, as a part of the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Ascent.

Would you improve yourself to death?

Creating optical illusions with movement and light, along with a unique combination of original vocal and musical elements, Ascent is an innovative new music theatre production that takes audiences on the journey of one woman ever reaching for the ideal.

Undergoing a series of physical transformations in a quest to feel forever fresh and relevant, Ascent is another premiere Australian season by local outfit Citizen Theatre that examines what it is to be a woman, and the lengths some people will go to to achieve "perfection".

Running for three shows only at Theatre Works this Melbourne Fringe Festival, Citizen Theatre proudly brings Melbourne audiences a pertinent new work.
Femmo Hysteria - Melbourne Fringe
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018
A Feminist Comedy Gala.

An entourage of the most formidable queens of comedy is assembling to bring you an unmissable celebration of all things femmo.

Delivering more razor-sharp wit and bloody-minded charm than you can shake your patriarchy fighting stick at, Femmo Hysteria is a one-night-only event featuring a ball-busting line up to quench the thirst of femedy loving fringe goers everywhere.

Warning: Contains moderate coarse language, adult themes.
Charlotte Jane Quartet Performs Live at The Jazzlab
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018
The Charlotte Jane Quartet, features original arrangements, rare tunes and stellar musicianship by Charlotte Jane with Joe Ruberto, Michael Tortoni, Gideon Marcus plus special guests. This long-standing collaboration has created onstage chemistry, freedom of improvisation and adventures foraging into new musical paths with outrageous swingin', smooth singin' and fusion jazz elements.

Charlotte Jane is a jazz vocalist, violinist and songwriter with a passion for jazz, fusion, classical and gospel. She has performed throughout Australia and New Zealand at jazz festivals, major corporate and outdoor events, musical theatre, gospel concerts and featured with many of Melbourne and Sydney's most in-demand musicians. She is a trained actress and as such delivers each lyric with a depth of connection that captivates the room. Early inspirations include Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Stephane Grapelli. Further passion has lead her to research modern jazz forerunners as diverse as Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, Herbie Hancock and Robert Glasper.

The Joe Ruberto Trio combines the art of jazz with experience, and the musicians together have headlined, collaborated and recorded with the best vocalists and musicians Australia has to offer.
Meat – Melbourne Fringe Festival
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
Meat is a contemporary dance work in collaboration with Dance Plant Collective, which unwraps the meat industry and explores its social and environmental implications. Meat offers an immersive and penetrating dive into the unsettling psychology of consumption; what are you consuming and what consumes you?

Meat is a contemporary dance and physical theatre work choreographed by Tui Hofmann in collaboration with Dance Plant Collective. Dance Plant was first established in 2016 by a group of six Auckland-based, contemporary dance artists.

Hofmann has worked closely with Alex Zielinski (sonic artist) from Poland, who came to New Zealand specifically to collaborate on this project, and Lisa McEwan who has designed the costumes.

Dance Plant Collective were the winners of 2018 Auckland Fringe Best Newcomer Award. Warning: Contains nudity.

Choreographed by: Tui Hofmann. Performed by: Bella Wilson, Brittany Kohler, Natasha Kohler, Jaz Yahel, Rosie Tapsell . Sound Design: Alexander Zielinski.
Marngrook Footy Rock N Roll Show
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018
With guests Kevin Kropineri and Big City Combo.

Love AFL footy, comedy and live music? The Marngrook Rock n Roll Footy Show is coming to Memo with a three hour jam-packed Grand Final Eve show.

Featuring all your Marngrook Footy Show favourites including Grant Hansen, Leila Gurruwiwi, Derek Kickett, Phil Egan and Simon Madden along with comedy from Kevin Kropinyeri and music from Grant’s all-star band ‘Big City Combo’.

This is one event not to be missed.
Little Day Out
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Little Day Out is a free, family event celebration. Featuring carnival rides, live entertainment, experiences, activities, workshops, incredible roving performers and even camel rides.

The headline event of only Children’s Festival in Melbourne will transform Ross Reserve, Noble Park into a magical wonderland these school holidays.
Australian Tap Dance Festival
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018 to Sat 6th Oct 2018
The seventh annual Australian Tap Dance Festival takes centre stage in Melbourne this spring, 29 September to 6 October, with a world class line-up of talented Tappers arriving for Australia’s premiere celebration of Tap.

The Australian Tap Dance Festival is the only festival of its kind in Australasia and offers an
action-packed week of Tap and choreography, lessons and master classes, dance battles, seminars, a Gala show and special events for all ages and levels.

The festival will run at Melbourne’s Ministry of Dance, a full accredited dance and training studio founded by renowned Australian dancer, choreographer, performer and presenter Jason Coleman.

This year’s line of up exciting events includes Never Tapped Before, a free beginners class open to the public, History of Tap Lecture, Talking Tap Faculty Q&A, Cutting Competition Dance Battle, the inaugural Tap Trivia Night and the penultimate event, the Australian Tap Dance Festival Gala, showcasing the superb skills of the highest caliber Australian and international Tap dancers. For more information visit the Australian Tap Dance Festival website.
AFL Grand Final at The Terminus Hotel
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
The Terminus Hotel's doors will open from 11:00am, for $100 you are covered for the entire game, with all beer, wine and food supplied from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

Online Booking is available. All seats in the public bar up for grabs for the quickest punters.
AFL Grand Final at Richmond Club Hotel
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Your favourite day of the year and the biggest day on the Melbourne calendar is here again. Swan Street will ignite for another massive Grand Final Day and the Richmond Club Hotel is ready for it.

Doors will open from 8:00am for a pre-game breakfast, including food and beverages for $80 a head. Perfect for those heading to the game or gearing up for a massive day. Kick back at your table before the game until 11:00am.

Lunch and dinner bookings are also being taken, with a limited menu available but be quick. Call to book a table or to book in a breakfast package
AFL Grand Final At Prahran Hotel
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Watch Grand Final from the comfort of Prahran.

$105 will get you a five hour food and beverage package in the Upton Bar from 12:00pm, with the game shown live with commentary.

The restaurant and Public Bar will be in full swing, with bookings available in the restaurant for a $55 shared banquet menu. Bookings can be made online or by calling the venue.
AFL Grand Final at Bridge Hotel
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Lock in the day with your crew by booking the Upstairs Package or take a punt at getting a seat in the Public Bar.

Upstairs Package includes five hours of local tap beer, house wine and roaming food from 12:30pm, with the game shown on the big screen and all other screens.

Purchase tickets now online.
AFL Grand Final Day at Waterside Hotel
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Melbourne's favourite day on the sporting calendar is back.

Buy tickets to The Roof where the game will be shown live and loud, with a five hour beverage package from 12:30pm for $100. Add on $25 for an unlimited barbecue from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

The Public Bar will still be roaring with the game shown live and loud on all screens. Doors open 10:00am.

Tickets are available online.
Date Day Painting Class – For The Romantic Ones
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Do something different and come to a day date on Saturday at the beautiful Manhattan Bar and create an amazing artwork together.

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. Paint for Fun believe that everyone has an artist aching to be unleashed. They use acrylic paints and provide everything you need to develop your masterpiece.

Events last roughly two hours, at the end of which you will take home your new artwork.
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS is the genre defying dance theatre parody that was protested by Sydney’s hipsters.

Hosted by the fierce and witty Mistress of Ceremonies, you will be transported into the surreal world of GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS where anything goes. This darkly satirical work explores the experiences of modern Australian women by parading their deepest, darkest thoughts insecurities on stage.

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS has something for everyone - a lucky door prize, forbidden romance, the Australian flag, provocative audience interaction and of course, objectified women. GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS is an entertaining and interactive night out that will give you plenty to talk about afterwards.

Performances: Saturday 29 September at 3:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday 30 September atÂك:00pm and 7:30pm.
Grand Final Day at Boaties
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Back by popular demand, Boaties will be throwing the biggest Grand Final screening which saw 800 footy fans scattered across the waterfront beer garden last year.

The Grand Final Party kicks off at 12:00pm with handball competitions, $20 jugs of Carlton Draught and an additional menu of crowd pleasing favourites including meat pies, hot dogs, loaded tater tots and poutine. Keep the festivities going after the final siren with a DJ spinning the decks into the night.

Come early to reserve the best seats in the house or make a booking for your crew of six or more at 2:30pm for kick-off. Boaties will be screening the Grand Final on the outdoor mega screen as well as five other screens around the massive waterfront beer garden.
Grand Final Day at Riverland
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Round up the crew and head to the heart of the footy action on the biggest day in the AFL calendar.

There will be multiple screens (with sound on) so you catch every bump, mark and goal live as it happens. Get amongst $20 jugs of Carlton Draught siren to siren and a menu of crowd pleasing favourites including Riverland’s famous loaded dogs straight off the barbecue and party pies for those that love a good Aussie classic. Keep the festivities going with a DJ spinning the decks throughout the official footy after party.

Get there early to reserve the best seats in the house or make a booking now for your crew. Limited bookings are available so get on it.
Grand Final Day at The General Assembly
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Can’t get to the ‘G on Grand Final Day? No worries. The General Assembly have got you covered with six screens across their weatherproof venue so you can be warm and dry regardless of what kind of weather Melbourne puts on.

Book your table now to get amongst the live footy action, footy food, footy tipping, $20 Carlton Draught jugs, and live music pre and post game.
Margie Lou Dyer Quintet with Special Guest Paul Kelly Live The Jazzlab
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Margie Lou has held down a residency at St Kilda’s fantastic jazz bar and seafood restaurant Claypots for nearly a decade, making Sunday nights a regular treasure for all. Her gravelly, astonishingly expressive voice is reminiscent of the best women of early jazz, like Bessie Smith or Billie Holiday; her blues tinged, heavy grooving, New Orleans-style piano playing is unique in Melbourne.

The launch of her latest album Old Digger's Picnic, is her first in 30 years without her late husband and musical mentor: Allan Browne. It traces her Jazz lineage, reflecting the powerful influence of her late father Warwick Dyer; Whose legacy to her was his vast collection of over 600 early jazz artists and his own jazz recordings from the Frank Johnson Band and countless Jazz concerts in the 1950s.
AFL Grand Final in the Garden
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
Enjoy the AFL Grand Final at Garden State. The public bar and beer garden will be open from 10:00am. The game will be live and loud on all screens so go early to steal a table. There are also Brunch and lunch reservations available.

Garden Grill Pre-Match Brunch - Start your grand final day in the Garden Grill and enjoy a delicious three course shared style menu with a drink on arrival. The MCG is just a short ten minute walk from Garden State Hotel. $88 per person, bookings are essential.
Lunch in the Observatory - Watch the game in Melbourne's premier venue, high above the hustle and bustle of the beer garden. You will score a three course meal and unlimited drinks fromÂف:30pm until the final siren. The game will be live with commentary on all screens in the Observatory. $170 per person, bookings are essential.
New To You: Pre-loved Clothing Market
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
New To You Markets are all about sharing the love of pre-loved clothing, shopping for bargains, never paying retail, creating your own style, having fun, and community.

New To You are a women’s pre-loved clothing market with over 60 stalls of contemporary, designer, vintage and retro fashion in all sizes including A+.

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

There is a $2 shopper entrance fee.

Markets are held regularly throughout the year, are always on a Sunday and open between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Check the website for market dates.

Confirmed markets are: Sunday 29 July, Sunday 30 September and Sunday 25 November at Seaworks in Williamstown.

High Tea and Flower Crown Workshop
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018
Channel your inner Marie Antoinette with a beautiful flower crown as you sip tea and eat cake. During this session you will be guided by our flower crown guru to assemble your very own flower crown to take home with you.

You will learn how to create your very own flower crown and the various types of floral crowns that you can make, and tips on keeping your flower crown fresh.

Price includes High Tea, unlimited scones, a glass of french sparkling and artisan teas and flower crown.

The teacher, Sarah Hannaford, is their resident Flower Crown Guru and Brunswick Venue Manager.
BYO Vinyl Night at Heartbreaker Bar
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018
Why request a song when you can play it yourself?

Together with the Melbourne Record Club, Heartbreaker is excited to present Hot Wax, a monthly BYO Vinyl Night, focusing on Rock 'n' Roll classics. Grab stack of your favourite wax and get down from 5:00pm to sign up for a 6:00pm kick off.

There is one rule and one rule only—all tunes must have been first released between the years of 1968 and 1982 inclusively. No need for any prior DJ experience.

Everyone gets a 20 minute slot, so it is best to have six or more records on hand. Registration is free. Prizes available.
Golf Month
Date Mon 1st Oct 2018 to Wed 31st Oct 2018
October is Golf Month and, to celebrate, golf clubs and facilities around the country are opening their doors and playing host to hundreds of exciting and interactive activities. Whether you are new to golf, dusting off an old set of clubs or have dreams of becoming the next Tiger, there is something for everyone.

From open days to glow in the dark golf, Golf Month activities give families and people of all ages and abilities the chance to experience golf in a fun, welcoming and social environment. Join in by heading to a participating golf club, driving range, mini golf course or virtual golf facility near you.

And if you are a passionate golfer, make sure you ‘share the game you love with the people you love’ this October. Those who do so will be in the running to win a once-in-a-lifetime prize of a trip to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Golf Month activities kick off on 1 October. For more information and to find Golf Month activities near you, visit Golf Month website.
Normie Rowe and The Playboys
Date Mon 1st Oct 2018
Relive Normie Rowe’s extraordinary performing career this October.

During the explosion of pop music in the mid-60s, Normie Rowe and The Playboys were Australia’s most successful pop stars, with a string of record breaking hits including ‘Que Sera Sera’, ‘Shakin’ All Over’, ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’, ‘It’s Not Easy’ and ‘Ooh La La’.

In the midst of Beatlemania, a teenage Normie became the first Melbournian to achieve a national No.1 hit, creating a fan and media hysteria never before seen for an Australian artist. At the peak of his popularity, Normie was famously called up for Army service. Following this, he turned his hand to television (Sons and Daughters) and theatre (Les Misérables).
U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year
Date Mon 1st Oct 2018 to Tue 13th Nov 2018
The Leukaemia Foundation’s U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year fundraising competition is the biggest fundraiser in the Australian Hospitality Industry, and celebrates a decade of success in 2018.

Throughout this quirky competition, bartenders and patrons embrace the Understanding Generous Likeable You spirit, raising funds in fun and fabulous ways in their venues.

From October 1 to November 13 help beat blood cancer by throwing your support behind your local bartender for the Leukaemia Foundation’s fun U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year. U.G.L.Y. stands for Understanding, Generous, Likeable, You.
Convent Kids: Books with Friends by Kids' Own Publishing
Date Mon 1st Oct 2018 to Fri 5th Oct 2018
Books with Friends by Kids' Own Publishing is a chance for children aged five to 10 years old to make books with the Abbotsford Convent’s creative community. There are five weekday workshops to choose from, each led by one of their friendly neighbours.

Please see the website for program details and dates.

Books with Friends is presented as part of Convent Kids – an exciting year-round program developed by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation for children and families to explore and create art together.
Helyard's Bach by Genesis Baroque
Date Mon 1st Oct 2018
Genesis Baroque welcomes irrepressible harpsichordist Dr Erin Helyard as director and soloist for a program of works by J.S. Bach’s two eldest sons, Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann, including CPE Bach’s captivating keyboard concerto in D Minor H.427.

Genesis Baroque is a vibrant Melbourne-based period instrument ensemble founded by Artistic Director, Jennifer Kirsner, and directed by renowned violinist Lucinda Moon. The ensemble comprises some of Australia’s finest historically-informed performers, and aims to explore the spontaneity, imagination, and richness of music from the 17th and 18th century. Moon brings her wealth of experience and energy to the ensemble, crafting a refined, emotive, and expressive approach to the repertoire, and providing audiences with deeply moving, engaging performance experiences.

The ensemble collaborates with renowned soloists based locally, interstate and overseas, and has a particular focus on providing a platform for Australian soloists, both local and expatriate, to perform for Victorian audiences.

Genesis Baroque is a rich addition to the Melbourne’s diverse and lively arts scene - a distinguished, locally-based period chamber orchestra at the forefront of the genre.
Australian String Quartet presents Schubert Ledger Shostakovich
Date Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Works by two of the great quartet composers bookend this fascinating program. Schubert considered his thirteenth quartet to be a new beginning, where a command of dramatic expressiveness, gathered from his recent experiments in composing for plays and opera, infuses his natural lyrical gift with a new dimension of emotional and pictorial power.

Shostakovich wrote his tenth quartet at the idyllic spa resort of Dilizhan and the spirit of respite and communion with nature lends the work a rare sense of ease. But powerful feelings are by no means absent and in its wild twists of mood and pace, the quartet essays a rich journey towards emotional wisdom.

A contemporary flavour is added with an electric new work by James Ledger, now a leading figure among Australia’s composers, renowned for his ability to create striking imagery in musical form.
The Gruffalo
Date Tue 2nd Oct 2018 to Sat 6th Oct 2018
The Gruffalo presented by CDP with Tall Stories based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

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

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there is no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged three and over and their grown-ups.
CIY Full Day Camp
Date Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Join other coders learning the basics or continuing training and mastering skills for the future. Introductory pathways start at the basics from game coding and 3D design with a range of puzzles, creativity and imagination being allowed to develop.

Develop those problem solving abilities, deeper critical thinking, team building and computational skills in a fun day out. For those more of an intermediate level, you can work on specific projects under the tutelage of coaches as you create and share with others, the ideas that you want to develop and bring to life. Explore electronics as you build the hardware and then code the outcomes to make the circuitry "Rock & Roll" take on our infrared sensor, develop a colour detector and more.
Manna Discovery Walk at Cranbourne Gardens
Date Tue 2nd Oct 2018 to Thu 4th Oct 2018
Go on this school holiday adventure and discover a slice of Cranbourne Gardens’ bushland.

Be led by an experienced guide along the Manna Walk and seek out the mysteries of the native environment.

Get in touch with the land through nature play and a hands-on activity. Pack a picnic and explore the rest of the Gardens after the tour.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Date Wed 3rd Oct 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
The course of true love never did run smooth.

Shakespeare’s whimsical masterpiece has been transformed into glorious dance thanks to acclaimed choreographer Liam Scarlett. Together with Mendelssohn’s evocative music, Scarlett’s witty choreography brings the magical, humorous and timeless story of love, jealousy and mistaken identities to life.

Appointed Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Associate in 2016, Liam Scarlett is in demand worldwide for his exceptional choreographic talent. He has created ballets for The Royal Ballet (where he is Artist in Residence), and commissions for international companies such as New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and English National Ballet. After it charmed Brisbane audiences in 2016, they are thrilled to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Melbourne.
Madiba the Musical
Date Wed 3rd Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
International critics have hailed it as ‘a story that touches our hearts’, ‘magnificent’, ‘breathtaking’ and ‘fascinating’. The powerful and uplifting Madiba the Musical is a soul-stirring celebration of the visionary leader Nelson Mandela.

The epic show pays tribute to the charismatic icon and activist whilst exploring the struggles, racial conflicts and divisions behind his unyielding crusade for reconciliation in South Africa. The show about destiny and desire springs to life with vigour and heart, and looks to forgiveness beyond the hate.

It is a story of forbearance, passion and hope in the fight for a brand new world of modernity and freedom. With its pulsating African dance, strident and haunting drama, stunning visuals and inspiring songs, Madiba the Musical is a unique theatrical experience to lift your spirits.
Melbourne International Arts Festival
Date Wed 3rd Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
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.
Date Wed 3rd Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
It has been 250 years since Philip Astley dreamed up the circus ring and along the way created modern circus as we know it. Now the UK's leading large-scale contemporary circus company NoFit State has taken that pivotal moment as the springboard from which to launch their latest spectacle.

Lexicon gathers from that common tongue as it has evolved down the centuries, creating a new voice to herald the past, present and future of the form. Daring, seductive and utterly contemporary, Lexicon is a close encounter of the circus kind, audiences placed nose to nose with international artists who have perfected their craft in ways nobody else has managed. Come feel what drives them.
Dragons and Unicorns High Tea - Brunswick
Date Wed 3rd Oct 2018
A special school holiday treat for the little unicorn or dragon in your life.

Join Mary this school holiday for some Dragons and Unicorns High Tea fun.

Serving delicious treats for you and your children with some very special children's entertainment.

Enjoy unlimited sweet and savoury High Tea served buffet and cocktail style for children and adults; live show featuring a fun magician; French sparkling, tea and filter coffee for adults; juice, lemonade and iced teas for children; craft activities for kids including cupcake decorating and colouring in and face painting.

Parents remain responsible for their children at all times. Suitable or children aged three to seven years alongside their parents or grandparents, although older siblings are welcome. Adults are not admitted unless accompanied by a child.

A maximum of three children per adult.

Dress as your favourite dragon or unicorn or any other magical character, let your imagination run wild. Dressing up is optional but highly encouraged.

Spring into Nature
Date Wed 3rd Oct 2018
Bask in the warming sun at Melbourne Gardens this spring. Join in the Children’s Garden for a series of relaxed activities that will stimulate the senses and enliven the soul.

Come ready to explore, play, create and observe the delights of spring, and take part in nature play activities.
Date Wed 3rd Oct 2018
Each year the first words of Melbourne International Arts Festival come from those who have carried this land’s stories the longest—the First Peoples of Melbourne.

Tanderrum is a ceremony bringing together the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nation—a ceremony of celebration that reaches across Aboriginal time.

This sacred ceremony had been hidden since European invasion, until six years ago the Eastern Kulin brought Tanderrum back to central Melbourne to open the Festival. Since then this cross-cultural moment has become an essential and living element of the Festival and a Welcome to Country for local and international artists and audiences.

Melbourne is sacred to the Traditional Custodians. Through this event we ensure that Aboriginal culture remains present and relevant to our city today. Tanderrum is your invitation to share this sacred place.
Jazz With Orlando Combo
Date Wed 3rd Oct 2018
Experience the genuine live Jazz experience while wining or dining in style. 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 amazing Sagra restaurant.

Enjoy modern Italian dining in an airy contemporary gallery with retro furniture, plus a rooftop bar and complimented by fine wine, coffee and quality live Jazz. Entry is free. Performing fortnightly (every second week). Contact the venue directly to confirm dates and book.

Visit the Orlando Combo jazz band website or Sagra website to find out more. Experience the genuine live jazz experience from Melbourne's best working band while wining or dining in style.
Emma May Live at The JazzLab
Date Thu 4th Oct 2018
Following a successful run of standout performances in the first season of The Voice, dazzling features in Channel 9’s smash hit drama Love Child, and a concert series with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Emma May (formerly Birdsall) is bringing her warm, sultry and soulful tone to The Jazz Lab in October for her Melbourne debut.

Described by soul-singer Seal as “impeccably classy”, May has travelled the globe songwriting, penned hit tunes for top Australian artists (Jessica Mauboy, Dami Im) and dipped her toes into the world of theatre as an actor.

A chameleon by nature, Emma May has found her feet, and yes, found her 'Voice' coming back to her first love - jazz. Echoing the sounds of Sinatra, Diana Krall, Julie London and Nat King Cole, May and her band of young-spirited musicians will take you on a nostalgic and romantic trip down memory lane.

Emma pairs delightfully with her Sydney trio, lead by her husband (and arranger) Daniel May on piano, Cameron Reid on drums, and will be joined by some of Melbourne's finest musicians for two very special evenings at The JazzLab.
Palestinian Film Festival Australia
Date Thu 4th Oct 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
The Palestinian Film Festival Australia is a social impact initiative dedicated to building intercultural understanding and to promoting Palestinian art and culture in a multicultural Australian context.

Showcasing the very best of Palestinian cinema from around the world, the Festival is proud to present its 2018 program filled with gripping, award-winning features, shorts and documentaries screening in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Pert and Adelaide.

This year’s Palestinian Film Festival Australia design is inspired by Hisham’s Palace, an archaeological site in Jericho, Palestine. Jericho is about 10,000 years old and one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.

This has been chosen as Hisham’s Palace window for its powerful historic, cultural and symbolic value in looking at Palestine’s past, present and future and reflecting on the 70th Anniversary of Al Nakba with continued hope and resilience.
Date Thu 4th Oct 2018 to Sat 13th Oct 2018
A wide-eyed stranger alights from a country train. The destination: Mr Knott’s house. The mission: to serve.

Samuel Beckett’s reputation as the twentieth century’s preeminent chronicler of the human condition often obscures a position as one of the finest comic minds in literature. Here Beckett’s wit and wisdom combine in the tale of a nomadic manservant never afforded a glimpse of their master.

Written as a novel while Beckett waited in the south of France for the Second World War to end, Watt has been recast for the stage in a one-man production of lyrical elegance and heart-stirring immediacy. It’s a tour de force performance by Irish actor Barry McGovern, the foremost interpreter of Beckett’s work in theatre today.

Life is a joke. If you did not laugh, you would die. You will die anyway.
BYO Vinyl Night and Pop-Up Record Store at the B.East
Date Thu 4th Oct 2018 to Thu 6th Dec 2018
Melbourne Record Club and The B.East present BYO Vinyl Night.

Have you ever wanted to play some of your favourite tracks at your local? Here is your chance. Bring along a selection of your records to BYO Vinyl Night at The B.East on the first Thursday each month and you be the DJ.

All genres welcome(within reason). No experience? No worries, help will be provided. Plus they will have JJ'S Vinyl Pop-Up Record Store selling hundreds of brand new, sealed records from their amazing selection spanning most genres.

Get down early and grab a bite and settle in for a great night of amazing food along with some fantastic, eclectic tunes.
October Friday Nights at Shadowfax
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018 to Fri 26th Oct 2018
Every Friday night in October, Shadowfax will open their to the restaurant from 6:00pm for a relaxed and fun night of live music, great food and wine.

Established in 1998, Shadowfax is a boutique winery located just 30 minutes from Melbourne, in the heart of Werribee Park. Dedicated to creating high quality and handcrafted wines, renowned varieties include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Shiraz as well as a selection of highly limited, single-vineyard wines.
Xylouris White – Encore
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
Xylouris White, the visionary duo formed of Cretan lute player George Xylouris and Australian post-punk drummer Jim White (Dirty Three) return to Australia for their album launch in Melbourne to celebrate the release of their third album.

Mother continues the duo’s visionary concoction of free-jazz, avant-rock and ages-old Greek folk traditions that saw their 2014 debut album Goats top the Billboard World Music chart.
Hiding in Plain Sight
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018 to Sat 15th Dec 2018
Hiding in Plain Sight focuses on Kim’s long-term experience of eating disorders and mental illness. Through deeply personal, psychological scrutiny she confronts the more difficult aspects of her human experience.

Presenting artist - Kim Anderson.
Lux Radio Theatre – Agatha Christie Radio Mysteries
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
Lux Radio Theatre presents the Agatha Christie Radio Mysteries. Engaging showmanship, from well before and beyond the box. Let your imagination run wild as a group of top Melbourne theatre and screen actors recreate the pre-television days using recently rediscovered radio scripts by Agatha Christie.

Chiefly remembered for her 78 detective novels, particularly those featuring legendary fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Agatha Christie was one of the most important writers in the development of the crime genre, earning the title the 'Queen of Crime'.

The Lux Radio Theatre actors play a wide range of roles, perform the soap commercials and do the live sound effects as actors did during live audience broadcasts generations ago. The show features Simon Russell, Lucy Gransbury, James Wright, Jenny Seedsman and Kirsty Child.
Lagrime di San Pietro
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018 to Sat 6th Oct 2018
A soaring monument towering over centuries of music history, Lagrime di San Pietro still strikes the soul like few other works.

In Orlando di Lasso’s final days thecomposer resolved to write an a cappella masterpiece that channelled the pain, despair and embattled faith of this final journey. Drawing on the poetry of Luigi Tansillo and the Biblical tale of St Peter’s grief after disavowing Jesus, di Lasso’s sublime last creation has gone on to become the world’s most famous madrigale spirituali (spiritual madrigal).

Now director Peter Sellars and artistic director Grant Gershon have refracted this luminescent work through a modern lens, maintaining its timeless beauty while bringing home its continuing relevance to contemporary audiences. Under their direction, the Los Angeles Master Chorale demonstrate why they have become one of the world’s leading choral ensembles of the last half century.

Drawing to the surface the deep themes of remorse, responsibility and acceptance, Sellars produces a potent allegory that provides an urgent tonic for turbulent times.
Light the Night
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
Light up Australia for blood cancer.

Now in its 11th year, the Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night is an inspiring lantern ceremony and walk that brings together the blood cancer community in solidarity to support each other.

Families and friends will come together at sunset on Friday 5 October to light up Australian skies with one of three coloured lanterns (gold, white and blue) relevant to their journey with blood cancer.

More than that, the event is an opportunity for the community to raise vital funds for breakthrough research in hopes of a future free of blood cancer.

Register for Light the Night now and reserve your lantern at the Light the Night website.
Chi Modu - Uncategorized
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
Inverse Culture proudly presents Uncategorized, a talk and a world first masterclass in photography by Chi Modu.

Alongside projected images of hip-hop royalty including Tupac, Biggie, Nas and ODB, Uncategorized also features previously unseen gems from Chi's photographic archive. The talk celebrates hip-hop's creative energy and raw, unrivaled ambition in its prime, showcasing Chi's documentation of the legends behind the sound. Chi Modu's compelling storytelling of his now iconic subjects will transport you to the gritty, uncompromising world of nineties hip-hop. Uncategorized is an ode to a movement, honouring the impact that the early hip-hop icons inimitably maintain today.

The legendary photographer for The Source and New York Times will teach the art of creating timeless images through two intimate three-hour master classes in Sydney and Melbourne. Chi will be displaying the tricks of the trade which led to his iconic status in both hip-hop and photography.
Ramble Tamble: The Australian Creedence Show
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
Certified Gold, the ultimate tribute, dinner and show experience featuring the music of both Neil Diamond and CCR is here. Start your trip down Memory Lane as Steve Rainsforth has you singing along to every word from all the amazing hits of Neil Diamond.

Then be prepared to be up on your feet as the classic play list of songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival is born again in the body and soul of Melbourne five-piece band, Ramble Tamble – The Australian Creedence Show.

Their attention to detail is outstanding and their passion for this music is inescapable. Ramble Tamble are as close as you will ever get to seeing and hearing the real thing, live on stage. The authenticity of the performance and musical production has left audience members in awe with it being said that if you closed your eyes, you could be listening to the original band.
Dear Lindy
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
A very special one night only event for St Kilda's Writers Week. Join for an evening of conversation with award-winning writer Alana Valentine and Geoffrey Williams, founding Artistic Director of The Laneway Artspace and the St Kilda Writers Centre, followed by a Q&A.

The story captivated a nation. A mother accused of murdering her child. Her claim—that the baby was taken by a dingo—denied and discredited by zealous police and a flawed legal system. The media circus, the rumours, the mob mentality and a nation’s prejudices laid bare.

Over three decades, from baby Azaria’s death to the final coroner’s report, the public wrote more than 20,000 letters to Lindy Chamberlain. From sympathy to abuse, letters from children and letters from those who have lost a child, these letters traverse the gamut of human response to Chamberlain’s story.

Alana Valentine’s book Dear Lindy and her play Letters to Lindy, draw on this correspondence, as well as extensive interviews with Lindy Chamberlain herself, to create an enthralling, moving and long-overdue dialogue between Chamberlain and the nation.
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Or as we like to call it, Hoptoberfest. It is like Christmas, New Year’s and your birthday all rolled into one, but with a lot more delicious bier. Join Hophaus as they bring Munich to Melbourne and celebrate Oktoberfest, with specially imported German Biers, DJs, live music and do not forget, the Dachshund Races.

Grab your lederhosen and dirndl and do not miss out on the Opening Party on Saturday 6 October, with live German music, a sausage eating competition, imported German FestBiers, Haus Party DJ and nothing but good times. Prost.
Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery After Dark
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
Hawthorn’s Town Hall Gallery will open After Dark on Friday 5 October for art-lovers to enjoy an evening of entertainment and a special late-night viewing of its latest exhibition, This Wild Song.

Gallery-goers will be serenaded throughout the evening with easy listening jazz guitarist and vocalist Jen Hawley. A graduate of the late, great jazz tutor, Bruce Clarke, Hawley’s sound is an eclectic mix of genres, with her style finding itself somewhere between jazz, folk and world music.
Nocturnal October
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018
Nocturnal has forged a mighty, party-promising line-up for its October edition. Featuring live performances from Electric Fields, Ngaiire, and Black Tree, plus DJ Christopher Port and a series of presentations and talks themed around power, in all its forms.

Fearless. Fearsome. Fabulous. Extravagant, soulful future-folk vocalist Ngaiire is close to taking over the world.

Expect boisterous costuming, stellar vocal force, tight beats, and big brave pop sounds. Drawing on her experiences growing up in PNG and NZ before calling Australia home, Ngaiire is one eclectic and talented artist who appreciates the true power of music.

Electric Fields
Electric Fields are full of vitality, fresh off touring the world with their stratospheric combination of electronic music and living traditional cultures. They have dished out uplifting, striking and often haunting sounds from China to Scotland and beyond.

Black Tree
Black Tree is the ethereal musical project of Sydney-based singer songwriter Kyle Linahan. Released in late 2017, Black Tree's debut independent EP, co-written with members of The Jezebels, evokes the delicate, reflective alt-pop power of artists like Elliot Smith and The Cure. Not to be missed, Black Tree will make your heart soar.

The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face - Race Five, Night Race - Yarra Bend and Kew
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face takes your running off-road with a series of popular races at breath-taking wilderness locations within a one hour drive from Melbourne.

Each of the five events in The Series includes a short, medium and long course race that gives you plenty of carefree, smile-inducing running through some magnificent natural landscapes.

The Race five night race returns in 2018 as the finale. A fantastic night race around the Yarra Trails race in Kew followed by a massive post event party at Yarra Bend Park immediately afterwards.

Enter the whole series or choose the races that suit you.

Race 5 distances: 5 kilometres, 11 kilometres and 15 kilometres.

2018 Race dates:
Race 1: Sunday June 17 – Westerfolds Park
Race 2: Sunday July 15 – Smiths Gully
Race 3: Sunday August 5 – Silvan, Dandenong Ranges
Race 4: Sunday September 16 – Anglesea
Race 5 - night race: Saturday October 6 – Yarra Bend, Kew
The Embroiderers Guild - Victoria Annual Members Exhibition
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sat 20th Oct 2018
The theme for 2018 will be Art Deco Now. This universally admired and accessible design movement is the inspiration for the annual members’ exhibition 2018.

Try googling and you will be bombarded with ideas for stitching. If you like the challenge of creating a small piece, think about what you can do with All That Jazz for the 2018 Challenge.

This annual exhibition features members' work. Contemporary and traditional textile art. Demonstrations of techniques daily. Children under 12 accompanied by adult and certified carer with client enter free.

WWE Super Show-Down
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
WWE will return to Australia with WWE Super Show-Down, a historic event taking place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday, October 6, 2018, featuring the largest roster of WWE Superstars and Legends ever to appear in the country.

Fans attending WWE Super Show-Down will be able to see The Undertaker take on Triple H for the first time since WrestleMania 28, plus all their favorite Superstars including John Cena, Ronda Rousey, Shane McMahon, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, Nia Jax, AJ Styles, Charlotte Flair, Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss, Big Show, Bray Wyatt, Australian tag team Billie Kay and Peyton Royce of The IIconics and many more*.

Tickets for WWE Super Show-Down are on sale now.
Baby et Lulu
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Join for what is sure to be another sell out show of gorgeous French music, full of joie de vivre, seductive harmony, and that Baby et Lulu je ne sais quoi. Lara Goodridge and Abby Dobson combine their amazing talents in an explosion of French chic. The Jazzy, French chanson will have you feeling like you are sitting in a Parisian café, even if you have never been to France.

See Baby et Lulu bring a passionate tour-de-force of French music, featuring a mix of classic and contemporary songs including tunes made famous by Edith Piaf, Brigitte Bardot and Francoise Hardy, as well as their original French compositions. They were the stand-out at Queensland Cabaret Festival, Mullum Music Fest, WOMADelaide, Woodford, Adelaide Cabaret Fest and more, and are not to be missed.

"A must-see act that will seduce your ears with its chansons."
Diva Party Melbourne
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
Dance to the Music of Mariah Carey, Cher, Celine Diion and Whitney Houston All Night Long. DJ Ray Isaac brings you the music to celebrate the concerts of Cher and Mariah Carey.

Tickets available now.
Australia Ninja Games Final – Adults
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
The Finals for The Australian Ninja Games is here.

Qualifiers have been chosen throughout the year.

This will be a three stage event. You must be qualified and over 18 to enter.

Buddha Passion
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
As part of Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents the Australian premiere of Tan Dun's monumental new work, Buddha Passion, an epic opera in six acts.

Inspired by the devotional carvings of generations of pilgrims at the Mogao Caves in western China - also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas - Buddha Passion is sung in Chinese and Sanskrit and tells the stories of love, forgiveness, sacrifice and redemption as they were told for generations along the Silk Road.
Unlimited Frequency
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Melbourne City Ballet’s annual contemporary showcase returns this year showing off the students contemporary and choreographic skills. This year held at Meat Market in North Melbourne, this season will deliver evening of cutting edge dance from some of Australia’s youngest choreographers.

All proceeds from the event go towards capital works for the Melbourne City Ballet Centre. One night only, do not miss out.

Choreographers: Jasmine Kyle, Beth Docker, Rebecca Willis, Amy Radford, Phoebe Parslow and Katherine Horner.

Guest Choreographer: Brendan Bradshaw (Melbourne City Ballet Principal Artist).
Innovative Monoprints Workshop
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
The Friends of the RBG Melbourne present a Monoprints Workshop. Explore a variety of contemporary monoprinting techniques with Bridget Hillebrand.

Explore a variety of contemporary monoprinting techniques including additive, reductive and trace monotypes.

Experiment with drawing, painting, stencils and layering using texture and materials from the natural environment.

Printing will be demonstrated with and without a press.

Working from drawings, photographs and native plant material, participants will be guided through the process of making prints for a slip cover concertina book that can be displayed in multiple forms.

Suitable for beginners or the more experienced.

Bookings essential.

Come and Try Circus
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Come and try circus at the National Institute of Circus Arts on Saturday 6 October.

Have you ever dreamed of tumbling? Wondered if you can climb a pole or do a handstand? Wanted to do tricks on a trampoline? These one hour adult sessions (ages 16 and over) will give you a little taste of what circus is all about.

See website for more information regarding sessions, times and cost.
Painting and Abstraction with David Palliser
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sat 20th Oct 2018
Melbourne Art Class welcomes one of Australia’s most extraordinary abstract artists, David Palliser, to conduct a workshop series about working in abstraction.

The workshops will focus on the following: Colour using collage and paint mixing, positive and negative space as the starting point for an image, intuition, gesture and risk.

David has had over twenty solo exhibitions and his work has been acquired by collections such as the Australian National Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. David has participated in numerous exhibitions, including Imagine, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2006 and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, 2013. David also attended a residency at Leipzig International Art Program, Germany in 2015.

Materials: All materials are included in the course fee. You will be using canvas paper during the course, however, if you would like to bring along a canvas, you are more than welcome to.

Artwork: Deep Sneeze, David Palliser, 2015.
Lili Reynaud-Dewar: Teeth, Gums, Machines, Future, Society and Alicia Frankovich: Exoplanets
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sat 15th Dec 2018
Opening in October 2018, presented with the Melbourne International Arts Festival, MUMA will bring together for the first time the work of French artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar and New Zealand artist Alicia Frankovich.

Both artists are known for their daring works that involve a total rethinking of the artwork and the collapsing of distinctions between image and text, film and sculpture, time-based kinetic elements and performance.
Josh X Muir
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
Josh Muir is a contemporary artist with a distinctive street art aesthetic. His brightly coloured and multi-layered work embodies the wonder of possibility. Josh X Muir is a solo exhibition by Josh Muir and is a continuation of the artist’s journey of self-exploration.

Muir’s kaleidoscopic work, inspired by hip-hop and street art culture, explores his personal story, capturing fragments of his struggles and moments of joy. Ultimately it is a story of hope told through self-portraits.

The exhibition is made up of eight new self-portraits created for the show, printed on aluminium and suspended from the gallery ceiling, along with immersive wallpaper, a neon installation and a three-channel animation.

Josh Muir came to prominence as the winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. In the same year, he won the Creative Victoria Award for Excellence in Any Media in the Koorie Heritage Trust’s Koorie Art Show, as well as winning the Ballarat Youth Awards Visual Art and Design prize.

Family Bush Dance
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
The Victorian Folk Music Club inc. is holding a family bush dance, everyone is welcome.

All the dances will be called so this event is suitable for all ages.

There will be a live band playing the music and a light supper is provided. Adults pay but children are free with a paying adult.
Champagne and Seafood Brunch Cruise
Date Sun 7th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Enjoy a special time with friends and family on this fabulous Champagne and Seafood Brunch Cruise which operates every Sunday during the spring and summer seasons.

This two and a half hour harbour cruise departs from the infamous Central Pier in the heart of the Docklands cruising through Melbourne's iconic waterways and bays, promising beautiful views of the city from the water, a fully licensed bar, live acoustic music and an impressive menu of scrumptious foods.

On arrival you will be greeted with a glass of champagne and a fine selection of hot and cold canapés as you find your table. Once out on the water, the hot and cold Seafood/Carvery buffet will be served while a resident acoustic musician will entertain you with ambient music. For dessert, enjoy our signature petit desserts with tea and coffee service.
The Pretty Things
Date Sun 7th Oct 2018
After 55 years of live performing, The Pretty Things—the iconic, first wave R'n'B/psychedelic cult heroes, formed by Ex-Rolling Stone Dick Taylor and singer Phil May—will retire from electric performances at the end of this year when they play one final show in London on 18 December with special friends including Van Morrison and Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour. Special guests Melbourne R'n'B Champs The Breadmakers.

Unbelievably, Australia has lucked out and will be able to witness to some of the band’s final performances. And it may have taken them half a century, but The Pretty Things will be performing for the first time ever to Brisbane, Adelaide, Geelong and Perth audiences. Of course, Sydney gets a show (supported by Pretty Things fans Tumbleweed), and there’s three Melbourne shows.
Lost Picnic
Date Sun 7th Oct 2018
Bohemian outdoor music experience, Lost Picnic, has announced its proudly antipodean line-up for 2018. Ground-breaking one-woman powerhouse, Tash Sultana, will be joined by Meg Mac, Marlon Williams, Odette, Sons of the East, Big Words and Hot Potato Band for an epic, family-friendly day of live entertainment and great food.

Festival-goers can choose from array of pop up restaurants, food trucks and hampers from the likes of Caravan of Caviar, Annam, French Saloon, Pho Nom, Beatbox Kitchen, Naughty Frenchy and St Gerry’s—all serving up picnic-perfect fare to a backdrop of Australia’s best music talent.
Writing For The Web Workshop / Short Course
Date Tue 9th Oct 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've learnt.

Booklets and certificates will be handed out to each participant. This workshop is suitable for anyone whose writing ends up online.
Swinging on Broadway
Date Tue 9th Oct 2018
Swinging on Broadway will take you back to the times when Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Julie London and Ol’ Blue Eyes regularly topped the charts.

Enjoy Broadway toe-tappers like ‘Hello Dolly’, ‘Mack the Knife’, ‘Almost Like Being in Love’ and ‘Big Spender.’

Melissa Langton will be swinging down Broadway with a mix of classic show tunes and some playful reinterpretations of more recent Broadway favourites including a Sweeney Todd samba. When you are swinging on Broadway, anything goes.

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.
Carl Barron: Drinking With A Fork - Narre Warren
Date Tue 9th Oct 2018 to Wed 10th Oct 2018
It seems audiences just can’t get enough of Carl Barron, having smashed box office records, this is the last chance to experience the magic of Carl Barron’s Drinking With A Fork before it’s released as a live special.

After sell out shows across Australia and New Zealand over the last four years, a UK and US tour and an appearance at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, don’t miss Australia’s most popular live comedian and the opportunity to see one of this country’s great comedic minds at work as he presents a hilarious evening of stand up with a bit of guitar.

With a non-threatening observational style of comedy and original approach, he touches the hearts of every audience. Carl has sold more live stand-up comedy DVDs than any other comedian in Australian retail history.

Be there for a night where Carl blends structure with chance, or as he likes to call it – drinking with a fork. It’s your last chance!

This is a strictly 16 years and over event. No babies in arms permitted.
Carl Barron: Drinking With a Fork at Bunjil Place
Date Tue 9th Oct 2018 to Wed 10th Oct 2018
It seems audiences just cannot get enough of Carl Barron, having smashed box office records, this is the last chance to experience the magic of Carl Barron’s Drinking With A Fork before it is released as a live special.

After sell out shows across Australia and New Zealand over the last four years, a UK and US tour and an appearance at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, do not miss Australia’s most popular live comedian and the opportunity to see one of this country’s great comedic minds at work as he presents a hilarious evening of stand up with a bit of guitar.

With a non-threatening observational style of comedy and original approach, he touches the hearts of every audience. Carl has sold more live stand-up comedy DVDs than any other comedian in Australian retail history.

Be there for a night where Carl blends structure with chance, or as he likes to call it—drinking with a fork. It is your last chance.

This is a strictly 16 years and over event. No babies in arms permitted.
Bomber Command to Resistance
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018
Join Michael Veitch and discover the extraordinary story of young Australian airman Barney Greatex. Shot down during his 20th mission over occupied France and rescued by the resistance, Barney seized the opportunity to continue fighting.
The History Salon – Aunty Wilma Reading
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018
The sixth History Salon is presented for the Victorian Seniors Festival 2018, and features Aunty Wilma Reading in conversation with Blak Betty.

Wilma Reading is a singer from Cairns, Queensland, who started her career in the 1950s.

After returning to Australia, Wilma performed concerts for Diane Cilento at Karknak Playhouse Theatre, Jazz Under the Stars at Cairns Festival, Relay for Life fundraising events for the Cancer Foundation, as well as the Palmer Street Jazz Festival and more.

Fire Gardens
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018 to Sat 13th Oct 2018
Mammoth spheres of leaping flames, sculptures that flicker and dance, fiery urns that cause shadows to play and a soundtrack every bit as brilliant as the garden itself - making your way through this dense and wondrous garden is both a personal journey full of surprises and a shared experience of elemental forces in full effect.

Fire Gardens will light Melbourne up like never before.
Roy Ayers
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Roy Edward Ayers, Jr. was born in Los Angeles on 10 September 1940. He comes by his affinity with music naturally, as his mother Ruby Ayers was a schoolteacher and local piano instructor and his father Roy Sr., a sometimes-parking attendant and trombonist.

Roy began to demonstrate his musical aptitude by the tender age of five, by which time he was playing boogie-woogie tunes on the piano. He turned to the steel guitar by the age of nice, had stints during his teens playing flute, trumpet, and drums before embracing the vibes as his instrument of choice.

He is now a well-rounded, full-fledged professional musician, and as is customary in nurturing African-American households, at twenty-one the keys to the door.

Roy Ayers will be performing at Bird's Basement from 10 to 14 October.
Margo Price
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018
Chugg Entertainment and Love Police present Margo Price. After thirteen years as a very independent artist performing in various styles and bands around Nashville, Margo Price became an 'overnight success' when Jack White discovered her and signed her to his Third Man Records label.

Now, just a couple of years later, she is one of the headline artists of the Americana genre, having shared the stage with legends such as Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris, an appearance on Saturday Night Live and upcoming shows at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Hollywood Bowl and Farm Aid. Special guest Courtney Marie Andrew.

This will be Margo and her six piece band’s first ever Australian tour that takes in a performance at Melbourne’s Out On The Weekend festival.
Layla and Majnun
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018 to Sat 13th Oct 2018
Their love is as clear as the desert sky, but for Layla and Majnun destiny is a cruel matchmaker.

Pre-dating Romeo and Juliet by a thousand years, the tragic love story of Layla and Majnun forms the basis for a dance and music work that is a sensory feast of swirling movement and eye-popping colour.

Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought the Silkroad Ensemble’s chamber arrangement of the Azerbaijani opera to prodigious choreographer Mark Morris, who draws from ballet, modern and folk dance to create a style of movement unique to this work. The Silkroad Ensemble’s virtuosic performers fuse musical traditions across cultures, centred by mugham singers Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, whose vocal commands have earned them rockstar status.

Backed by a dazzling design by Howard Hodgkin and accented by flowing gowns and tunics in coral and blue, this tragedy of unfulfilled yearning is ultimately elevated into a communal celebration of love's power beyond the temporal plane.
100 Keyboards
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018 to Sat 13th Oct 2018
The music of multi-instrumental sound artist Asuna has reshaped multiple facets of the experimental music scene of Japan, from ambient and drone to improvisation.

Asuna’s landmark work 100 Keyboards is a site-specific listening experience in which one hundred battery operated keyboards are sensitively brought to life, generating an undulating sonic harmony both mesmerising and mysterious. The crowd of sounds takes on its own kind of mass, while subtle acoustic variations emerge, hover and retreat.

Since the late 1990s Asuna has created experimental sound works that vault genre divides, crossing from hip-hop to hardcore punk to freak folk noise and low-fi pop. Performances might feature sound sources as diverse as popping candy, wind-up toys and kazoos, but the playfulness of the compositions belie the profound sensibilities of a true avant-garde artist.

This is part of Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Gruesome Playground Injuries
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018 to Sat 20th Oct 2018
Broadway's highly acclaimed smash hit play 'Gruesome Playground Injuries' is playing in Melbourne for a limited time.

Gruesome Playground Injuries isn’t your typical love story, it’s a poignant, heartbreaking and touching play that follows the intersecting lives of Kayleen and Doug over thirty years through injury, heartbreak and their tendency towards self-destruction.

Written by Pulitzer nominated playwright, Rajiv Joseph, ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ is a dark humoured and heartbreaking story about the intimacy between scar-crossed lovers and the pain they inflict upon each other.

Starring Christian Charisiou and Laura McIntosh.

Directed by Jessica Dick.

Claude Hay
Date Thu 11th Oct 2018
Featuring Justin Yap Band and White Lightning.

Blue Mountains man Claude Hay is one of the leading lights of the Aussie festival scene and boasts a slew of loyalists from coast to coast. After 12 years, four albums and countless shows and festivals, Claude shows no signs of slowing down as he announces a string of dates for this spring.

Wherever Claude goes his inventions go with him. He’s a master of DIY, and most of his ri is tailor-made for his one-man looping set that features at his shows. All of Claude’s stuff is made at home, custom, and difficult to fathom. The centerpiece of any Hay touring rig is his guitar—often made from found items, with several pickups, outputs, and necks; his new concoction is no exception—a banjo-shaped, semi acoustic, fretless bass/6 string double neck combo that he’s named Bessie.

Having returned from a string of shows in the UNESCO city of Bern, Switzerland, Claude Hay hits the road again back in Australia this October, performing both his world-renowned one man band show as well as taking his 3-piece band and new axe along for the ride.
Make Mama Proud – The Liza Minnelli Story
Date Thu 11th Oct 2018
A visual and musical sensation taking audiences through the career of one of the world’s finest and most recognised screen and stage performers, Liza Minnelli.

Celebrating one of the countries newest discoveries in Stage and Cabaret, Aurora MacKrill, who is fast becoming Australia’s own ‘Liza’ with an ‘A’. Make Mama Proud takes you on a spectacular journey through the life, music and fashion that elevated the star to shine from under the shadow of the legend, Judy Garland. A legend in her own right, Liza Minnelli.

Aurora MacKrill plays an outstanding vocal and visual resemblance to the multi-award-winning Minnelli. Framed by dancers and backed by a band of worldclass musicians. Aurora’s energy is infectious and see the audience touched, literally, with her up close and personal cabaret style.
Sidesault at The Melba
Date Thu 11th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
Now in its second year, Sidesault is returning to The Melba and is seeking to challenge and push the boundaries of contemporary circus. Featuring two action-packed weeks of thrilling circus works from six national and international companies, each one-hour performance is distinct, unconventional and sure to have you on the edge of your seat.

Visit the website to find out more information about the program.

Sidesault at The Melba is generously supported by the City of Yarra.
BYO Vinyl – Open Decks Night Northcote
Date Thu 11th Oct 2018 to Thu 13th Dec 2018
Bring ‘em and spin ‘em. Free your vinyl collection from the lounge room and head to Northcote on the second Thursday of every month for BYO Vinyl Night.

Bring along a few of your favourite records and sign up to give them a spin. No prior experience needed. All genres welcome (within reason).

So bring a few friends, grab a stack of wax and get down for a great evening of eclectic music and good times.
Environmental Film Festival Australia
Date Thu 11th Oct 2018 to Fri 19th Oct 2018
Melbourne will showcase the best films from around the word focusing on environmental issues, impacts, challenges and solutions.

From a record 580 films submitted for selection in this year’s festival, 43 films have been chosen from 16 countries, including a number of Australian feature and short films.

The volume and calibre of films submitted for EFFA 2018 highlight new perspectives and world-wide growth in environmental filmmaking, and EFFA co-director Chris Gerbin is delighted to bring the best films from home and abroad to Melbourne audiences.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Face the Films’, which calls for the community to face the facts around climate change, face the future impacts of the decisions we make today, and face the films which are capturing the situation unfolding around the world.

This year’s films focus on climate change, Indigenous voices, land conservation and animal rights.
Highlights include Anote’s Ark, fresh from its international premiere at Sundance Film Festival – which includes an In Conversation with the former Kiribati President, now acclaimed environmental campaigner, Anote Tong – and Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future, featuring global experts offering local solutions to reducing environmental impacts via small, everyday changes.
MMusic - Australian Music Vault presents Roger Knox in Song and Story
Date Thu 11th Oct 2018
Do not miss this rare and exciting opportunity to hear acclaimed Indigenous country musician Roger Knox perform and speak about his life at MPavilion, presented by the Australian Music Vault.

In a career spanning four decades, Roger has brought joy and healing to audiences in remote communities and capital cities, and in prisons throughout Australia and North America.

As a proud member of the Gomeroi nation, his story of survival and resilience has been an inspiration to many. Recently inducted into the National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame, Roger; also known as the Koori King of Country has been involved in the Australian music industry since he left the mission on which he grew up at seventeen and moved to Tamworth.

After hearing Roger play and speak at MPavilion, follow him across the road to the Australian Music Vault inside Arts Centre Melbourne to check out the free exhibition and stay for a yarn. Everyone is welcome.
Melbourne International HiFi Show
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Listening to music at home is one of life’s great pleasures, but many people think that good sound starts and stops with mass-advertised brands like Bose and Sonos. However, in the same way that the car industry has BMW, Alfa, Audi etc and watches have TAG, Omega, Rolex and more, the Hi-Fi industry has a wide selection of brands that go over and above in performance, without costing the earth.

Bring your eyes and ears to Melbourne's annual International Hi-Fi and Audio Visual Show Fair, where you can listen and see everything that is new and get a heads-up on current technology.

There will be over 150 Specialist Hi-Fi and Home Cinema brands, a literal shedload of new music streaming and replay technology, plus The Australian Record Fair and Live Music performances., This is Australia’s largest show of this type. Products on show range from $1 Record Covers to $75,000 headphones, with a wide range of bargains, offers and deals from the exhibitors, making a great day out for any music enthusiast.
Comedy Monster
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018
Stand up comedian Matt Nenkie is truly a monster. There is no question about it. As a ghetto home boy throwback, in a middle class world of privelege, Nenkie brings his side splitting stand up comedy to Melbourne for one show only.
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra – Melba Quartet
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018
Kingston Arts presents Melbourne Chamber Orchestra – Melba Quartet.

Beethoven’s late quartets propelled Classical music into the future—they are widely regarded as among the most important works in Western music and the pinnacle of Beethoven’s art. By turns profound, melancholy and exuberant, with a strong sense of striving towards some larger cosmos, these cherished quartets reward a close, live hearing.

In this performance, the 13th Quartet Op 130 is presented with its original finale, the Grosse Fuge Op 133. Melba Quartet is one of Australia’s most lauded chamber ensembles, made up of the musicians who worked together as the Australian String Quartet until 1996, establishing it as an important national and international ensemble.

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 13 Op. 130 (with Grosse Fuge).
Introduction to Life Drawing With Michelle Zuccolo
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018 to Fri 9th Nov 2018
This Introductory Life Drawing short course will focus on the fundamentals of life drawing.

Every session is conducted with a life model (undressed). You will be introduced to various strategies and techniques for drawing the figure. This course will assist a beginner and intermediate artists in developing fundamental drawing techniques.

The classes are limited to ten places to ensure one-on-one tuition. For more information, please contact us via our contact page. We are fortunate to have four talented and experienced Life Drawing teachers, including Michelle Zuccolo, who has over 25 years’ teaching experience and a strong following of life drawing students behind her.

All materials included
Jekyll and Hyde The Musical
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018 to Sat 27th Oct 2018
One of the most anticipated musical openings of the last 20 years is finally happening on the big stage in Melbourne.

Few musicals have been as eagerly awaited and talked about as Jekyll and Hyde. It is a music theatre phenomenon that is as chilling as it is spectacular, as thrilling as it is absorbing. After several professional productions failed to make the stage, CLOC’s memorable and heartstopping 2005 production remains one of the few to have been realised anywhere in Australia. It is therefore with great excitement and anticipation that CLOC will remount this timeless tale, to be directed by Shaun Kingma, who will bring his renowned creative genius to the production.

A sweeping gothic musical that pits murder and chaos against love and virtue, Jekyll and Hyde is filled with beautifully haunting melodies including Once Upon a Dream, Someone Like You, In His Eyes, and the modern-day classic This is the Moment.

CLOC’s riveting production of this timeless tale is something not to be missed. A music theatre event that will be thoroughly spellbinding.
MMeets - Morning yoga with Happy Melon
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018
Prepare your mind and body for the day ahead at one or all of four early morning mindful yoga flows led by Happy Melon's senior teachers Amy Dunstan, Emma Strembickyj and Michelle Jayne.

Learn tools to improve your focus, increase your connectivity and lower your stress levels in the sixty-minute sessions, which will finish with a short meditation to set you up for your day. All are welcome, no matter how often or how little you practice yoga - all you need to bring is your own mat. Face the day with confidence and clarity - and coffee also available from the Kiosk.
MMeets - RMIT Interior Design presents Interiorizt experiments: Series Two
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018
RMIT Interior Design brings to MPavilion an event of experiments by students from IN2, an RMIT undergraduate interior design specialisation. A laboratory for experimentation, IN2 invites students to inhabit the persona of an 'interiorizt' as a person who experiments with techniques of interiorisation such as folding, framing, drawing and containing in the production of interior and interiority. MPavilion will become a temporary classroom for collective learning as the interiorizts present their final experiments situated within a broader discussion about interior design, cities, public interiority and the twenty-first century.
MMeets - Assemble Papers Issue 10 Launch: Housing
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018
What role can humans play in the writing of the city? Taking inspiration from the discussions at this year’s Living Cities Forum, print issue number 10 of Assemble Papers, ‘Housing’, looks at how humans will live in the future, and how they can ensure that all citizens are provided for—from ‘housing first’ approaches in Finland, to housing co-ops in the Netherlands and innovative financing in Melbourne.

At this evening event, the Assemble Papers team is taking over MPavilion to launch ‘Housing’ with the help of Lyndelle Wilkinson, DJ of PBS FM’s The Afterglow, who will be spinning tunes until the party ends. Everyone is welcome, the Kiosk will be serving drinks, and you can pick up a copy of Assemble Papers over summer at MPavilion.
Heide Makers Market
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sat 11th May 2019
Heide Makers' Market is a collaboration between two well loved Melbourne institutions - Heide Museum of Modern Art and The Rose St. Artists' Market.

Set in the picturesque surrounds of the Heide Museum of Modern Art sculpture park, Heide Makers' Market is the perfect space for makers to showcase their works to the world.

On the second Saturday of every month you will find an eclectic mix of art, design and handcrafted goods all made with skill by our fabulous stallholders - so get inspired and plan your visit to the Heide Makers' Market today.

Limited free parking available on-site and in adjoining Banksia Park.

Parking also available in surrounding streets, a short walk away.

Hophaus Dachshund Race
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
Hophaus Bavarian Bier Bar Grill along with Southgate are proud to bring you the Hophaus Annual Dachshund Race as part of Oktoberfest celebrations.

The races will be held at the Southgate Podium Level where heats started at 11:00am, finals and then a costume parade competition.

An amazing day of fun to watch the gorgeous dachshunds running down a 18 meters long track, you should see them go.

There will be a big screen, MC, music, coffee and hot dog stand, prize, raffles and 100 odd cute Dachshunds running around showing off in and out of costume. Join in at Hophaus afterwards for a celebratory Stein.

All money raised from raffle and race entry goes to Dachshund Rescue Australia.

No entry fee to watch.

All dogs must be pre-registered.

Melbourne Oktoberfest in the Gardens
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
Australia’s biggest and best Oktoberfest celebration returns to Melbourne in 2018.

Inspired by our love of the traditional Bavarian festival and great beer, Oktoberfest in the Gardens features Melbourne’s largest heated beer hall, authentic German food stalls, roving performers, sideshow alley, silent disco and an eclectic mix of entertainment and competitions across multiple stages throughout the afternoon and evening.

Taste your way across Europe with a large selection of imported German beer, cider, wine and a range of other beverages.

Ticket’s to Oktoberfest in the Gardens includes a commemorative event stein.

Last year’s event sold out so make sure you get in quick.
Whisky: A South Side Story
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
Join Southern Whisky Trails for a daylong journey of Victoria’s distilling history and craft whisky revival.

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

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

The tour will include all transport, morning coffee and bagel, a guided visit and more than ten tastings at three Melbourne distilleries; Melbourne Moonshine Company, Bakery Hill Distillery and Starward Distillery, a two course lunch with a premium whisky tasting to showcase regional craft from Timboon Railway Shed Distillery, the chance to win a $155 bottle of Timboon’s Port Expression 500ml and a whisky cocktail making class.

Tour group will be limited to twelve. All participants must be over 18 years old. Meeting point at Federation Square.
Fitness Show Melbourne
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Start your journey to leading a fit and healthy life at the Fitness Show Melbourne. Whether you are into group fitness classes, strength training, fitness apparel, health foods, sports nutrition or just leading a fit and healthy lifestyle, the Fitness Show has something for you.

Join in a jam-packed and fun-filled health and fitness weekend, where you will walk away feeling inspired to take your fitness goals to the next level.

Your ticket to the Fitness Show includes entry to Melbourne’s largest fitness, health and wellness event, participation in nutrition, health and wellness workshops and seminars, a body composition scan from EVOLT, health food and sports supplement samples from a great range of exhibitors and much more.
Fitness Show
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Start your journey to leading a fit and healthy life at the Fitness Show Melbourne. Whether you are into group fitness classes, strength training, fitness apparel, health foods, sports nutrition or just leading a fit and healthy lifestyle, the Fitness Show has something for you.

Grab a friend and join in on a jam-packed and fun-filled health and fitness weekend, where you will walk away feeling inspired to take your fitness goals to the next level.

Your ticket to the Fitness Show includes: entry to Melbourne’s largest fitness, health and wellness event;free participation in nutrition, health and wellness workshops and seminars; free body composition scan from Evolt; free health food and sports supplement samples from a great range of exhibitors; free access to watch live powerlifting, calisthenics, CrossFit and muscle and model competitions; shop until you drop experience from over 400 leading health and fitness brands including Lorna Jane, Kellogg’s, Hello Fresh, PranaOn, Morlife and more.
Kiss Me Honey, Honey
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
After a three year stint in Los Angeles, Aurora set to work on her version of Dame Shirley Bassey, which she brings to the stage. With a history of costume indulgence and her engaging physicality, Aurora entertains in true cabaret style. Incorporating humor into the larger than life persona, Aurora includes popular James Bond themes, along with the wide variety of material Bassey covers.
Nothinge - 2nd Single Launch
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
Nothinge is the amalgamation of every human personality, every distinct particular feature of the mind. Amplifying the subtle distinct features of human emotion and animalistic behavior. Since the beginning of its creation, it has been listening to the likes of: The Residents, Severed Heads, James Brown, David Bowie, Suicide, Prince, Ariel Rosenberg, R. Stevie Moore, Jon Maus. The sound has grown into a wide variety of incisions in refined taste.
BYO Vinyl Night Preston
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
Bring ‘em and spin ‘em. Free your vinyl collection from the lounge room and head to Preston South for BYO Vinyl Night.

Melbourne Record Club and Hard Rubbish invite you to be the DJ on Saturday 13 October. Bring along a few of your favourite records and sign up to give them a spin. No prior experience needed. All genres welcome (within reason).

So bring a few friends, grab a stack of wax and get down for a great evening of eclectic music and good times.
Danica Chappell: Thickness Of Time
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
Melbourne based artist Danica Chappell works in an observational and exploratory way to ‘abstract and re-interpret’ concepts of photography. She uses elements of collage and wet darkroom techniques to create non-figurative motifs, drawing upon and extending the photographic experiments of the early twentieth-century avant-garde.

Chappell views the processes she uses in the darkroom as a kind of private performance involving a physical interaction with her materials, out of which her works emerge. She speaks of ‘a tactile engagement between process, the body and materials’.

Chappell’s works at Heide will explore what the artist calls ‘spatial-temporal abstraction’ rather than residing exclusively on the wall the photographs will be installed in a spatial three-dimensional manner that interacts with the gallery space, and with the viewer.
Self Esteem - a Meditation Day Course
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
The way in which humans relate to the self affects every area of life. Therefore, a positive self view and the ability to be strong and happy is needed regardless of life’s challenges and what others may think.

Buddha explained the art of self-acceptance and taught many positive thinking techniques for developing inner strength and confidence. On this meditation day course, you will learn these techniques for enjoying stable self esteem and happiness, and unlock limitless potential for self-transformation.

The teacher of this course is Gen Kelsang Tsalden, Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Centre on the Gold Coast. Having practiced Kadampa Buddhism for 12 years, her clear, inspiring teachings and joyful manner make Buddhist wisdom accessible to all.
Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival will attract runners from across the globe to take part in Australia’s largest marathon on Sunday, 14 October 2018.

Over 30,000 participants will hit the streets of Melbourne, running past some of the city’s most iconic landmarks before finishing with a lap of the renowned MCG. The course weaves past Flinders Street Station, the Botanic Gardens and Albert Park Lake for a truly unique way to experience Melbourne.

The festival offers five distances to cater for people of all ages and athletic ability. There is the full Medibank Melbourne Marathon (42.195 kilometres) and Half Marathon (21.1km) as well as three shorter distances - the ASICS 10 kilometre run, 5.7 kilometre run and 3 kilometre walk.

Participants are encouraged to fundraise for premier charity partner CPEC or associate charities Cathy Freeman Foundation, Australian Red Cross, The Heart Foundation and JMB Foundation.

Registrations are now open.

For more information and to register, visit the Melbourne Marathon website.
Medibank Melbourne Marathon
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
Melburnians are encouraged to tighten their laces and hit the ground running with the 2018 Medibank Melbourne Marathon taking over the city on Sunday 14 October!

More than 35,000 people are expected to participate in this year’s event.

Featuring cleverly curated courses for people of all ages, abilities and athletic stature, there is a circuit for everyone to experience the adrenalin fuelled and fun-filled fitness festival.

There will be five distances on offer this year, which will see entrants pass Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks including Flinders Street Station, Albert Park Lake, St Kilda Beach, the Shrine of Remembrance and the Botanical Gardens, with all distances finishing with a glorious lap of the hallowed MCG.

The 2018 distances are:
•Medibank Melbourne Marathon 42.195km
•Sri Lankan Airlines 21.1km Half Marathon
•ASICS 10km Run
â€ٙ.7km Run
â€ٗkm Walk

The Medibank Melbourne Marathon will take place on Sunday 14 October.

For more information and to register visit
The Sea Single Launch
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
Open Studio hosts Augustine Ang for his second single release 'The Sea'. The song evokes a bouncy and buoyant feel, akin to the waves of a deep ocean that inspire the story: (dis)comfort in solitude and isolation.

Accompanying himself on guitar, piano and harmonica, Greg Steps is a modern day story-teller. His songs exude an old-timey, world-weary feel, yet still sound fresh. As an artist he possesses a watchful eye and a razor sharp mind, allowing him to fashion lyrics that are sophisticated, poetic and timely. With his distinctive voice, unique song writing ability and spellbinding live performances, he has proven himself to be a true original.

Kendra Keller (aka Lady Longdrop) is a multidisciplinary artist, finding expression for her poetic vision on the page, the stage, in forests and on hillsides, throughout so-called Australia and Asia.
Bizet's Carmen
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
Emotionworks Cut Opera presents Bizet's Carmen – with a sexy mix of with Latin, Salsa, Jazz and Blues. Blood, sex, murder and intrigue in this cabaret version that will get your feet dancing.

Award winning director Julie Edwardson has combined Bizets wonderful music with these contemporary styles to produce an original gutsy, updated version of this much loved classic. Fast moving, irreverent and funny. This is “Opera Fusion” and they believe in integration by using a mix of musical genres and vocal styles. The show features wonderful Flamenco and Salsa dancing and fantastic opera and contemporary singing. 90 minutess in length.
Tahbilk Lunch at The Barre
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
Tahbilk Winery’s fourth generation winemaker Alister Purbrick together with The Barre’s Senior Chef de Partie Ceclilia Salvante have created a Sunday Feast inspired by Tahbilk’s wines.

This lunch will pair some of Tahbilk’s finest wines from their winery in Nagambie with four courses from The Barre kitchen including dishes such as prawn tartare matched to Tahbilk’s famed Marsanne and braised pork belly Dong Po Rou with Estate Shiraz.

Alister will share his expert knowledge and passion for Tahbilk’s wines alongside Cecilia providing her inspiration for the dishes over the course of lunch.
Art Studio Workshops at Incinerator Gallery
Date Mon 15th Oct 2018 to Thu 6th Dec 2018
The Incinerator Gallery is a premier visual arts destination located in Melbourne’s West.

The Gallery offers a curated program of contemporary art in an Incinerator designed by the office of Walter Burley Griffin, the only one remaining in Victoria, and one of only six left in the country.

The Incinerator has two main gallery spaces, as well as a community access space for emerging artists, curators and community groups. Year round, the Incinerator plays host to curated exhibition programs featuring works from both emerging and established artists.

This spring, the Gallery will be offering classes in Ceramics, Contemporary Textile Design, Observational Drawing and Acrylic Painting, Fusing and Slumping Glass and Egg Tempera Painting.

Led by inspiring and experienced artists, students can enjoy workshops in small groups, in a motivating and relaxed gallery setting.

Classes run for eight weeks, commencing Monday 15 October. Workshops include all materials unless specified. Bookings essential as class sizes are limited to small groups.

Visit the Incinerator Gallery website to book your place or call to find out more about the workshops on offer.
Jarrod Lawson
Date Wed 17th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
Jarrod Lawson is a composer, keyboardist, and singer who, is heavily inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. Like those legends, he incorporates social and spiritual messages into his uplifting sound. His chops suggest a broad range of musical knowledge, including artists with a deeper connection to jazz; as a vocalist alone, he has been favorably compared to Al Jarreau and Mark Murphy. Lawson grew up surrounded by music, due in large part to his father, who operated a recording studio in the family's Redwood City, California home.

Jarrod Lawson will be performing at the Bird's Basement from 17 to 21 October.
Van Walker
Date Wed 17th Oct 2018
Van Walker is a Tasmanian native whose prolific songwriting productivity has seen him become a 'cult figure locally' in his adopted Melbourne.

Having written over 500 songs across many genres, Van Walker has released six full length albums between 2008 and 2010, a selection of which the Fuse Music Group released in 2012 on the Underneath the Radar compilation, which met with national critical acclaim.

See Van Walker perform at the Caravan Music Club on 17 October.
Seven Course Vegan Thai Dinner
Date Wed 17th Oct 2018
Bangpop’s infamous Vegan Thai Dinner is back this spring on Wednesday October 17.

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

Bangpop will bring the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s hawker stalls to South Wharf, with Melbourne waterfront location and sunset views.

Clean vegan twists on classic curries, mouth-watering Thai snacks and a range of dishes you will
want to recreate at home. Keep a pen handy for the recipes.

With the option to add natural vegan wines to match, specially selected to pair with each
​course, adding that extra indulgence to compliment the food on the evening.

The vegan menu also suits gluten-free diets.

Looking forward to seeing you at this must attend wining and dining event
A Quiet Evening of Dance
Date Wed 17th Oct 2018 to Sat 20th Oct 2018
When William Forsythe breaks a rule, it stays broken.

Forsythe is one of the pivotal figures in contemporary dance and ballet. In the twentieth century Forsythe pushed the language of ballet to the outer limits and in the twenty-first century has continued to prod and stretch the form, making work that’s as physically demanding as it is conceptually rigorous.

A Quiet Evening of Dance is a suite of four works that showcases the depth and breadth of Forsythe’s practice. DUO2015 began life in 1996 and a renewed version was included in Sylvie Guillem’s farewell dance program.

2016’s Catalogue was created based on the rich physical knowledge of former Forsythe dancers Jill Johnson, Brit Rodemund and Christopher Roman. The remaining works are premieres for trio and seven dancers, taking viewers right up to the present minute of Forsythe’s ever evolving choreographic history.

Winner of the Fedora—Van Cleef and Arpels Prize for Ballet 2018.
Date Wed 17th Oct 2018
Zourouna specialies in the exquisite, melismatic music of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean, playing traditional and modern tunes from Israel, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon and Syria.

The groups is comprised of: Israeli born, Yuval Ashkar who specialises in oud, the deep voiced Middle Eastern lute. Ashkar also plays cumbus, darbuka, daf, riq, and zarb.

Byron Triandafyllidis is steeped in Greek and Mediterranean musical traditions and plays guitar, bouzouki, violin and darbuka.

Percussionist George El-Azar plays instruments from across the region: darbuka, riq, cajon, bendir and daf.

For this special concert, bassist Simon Starr joins the band on upright bass, for a unique Jazz infused performance.
Cheese Making Class - Mozzarella and Provola
Date Thu 18th Oct 2018
Work with Craft & Co's in house cheese-makers to fashion your own curds in this hands-on session focussing on mozzarella and provola cheese.

These classes give you the basics on creating your own cows milk cheeses at home, whilst also covering the fundamentals of cheese making overall. Included in the ticket price is a beverage on arrival made by The Craft & Co and a selection of house-made charcuterie and cheese.
Polish Film Festival
Date Thu 18th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
Presenting 12 critically acclaimed films, the 2018 programme will celebrate the very best movies of the past year as well as some memorable classics.

The selection of movies aims to provide a cinematic experience that may be appreciated by people of different tastes and cultural backgrounds. Polish Film Festival hope that you are going to share laughter and the sadness, the wonder and the happiness, and all of the universal emotions conjured by the most talented Polish filmmakers.
Date Thu 18th Oct 2018 to Sat 20th Oct 2018
For the first time in Melbourne following sell-out shows in Sydney, New Zealand and Norway.

Based on true stories, Lisa Brickell and Siri Embla weave a tale spanning four generations, multiple characters, and various dubious and devilish alter egos. Their tongue in cheek rendering of deeply flawed situations is dark and horrendously funny.

They explore the real-life experience of women who have been admitted to psychiatric hospitals with mental distress after child birth. The stories are based on the performers' own experiences and historical healthcare records from 1885 to 2001.
Katchafire and EarthKry
Date Thu 18th Oct 2018
New Zealand’s Katchafire will be joined by Jamaican maestros EarthKry on the ‘Legacy Love Today’ Australia 2018 tour. Whilst this will be EarthKry’s first trip down under, earlier this year they joined Katchafire on their USA tour and they are guaranteed to soothe your soul with their wholesome fusion of roots, reggae and rock.

The ‘Legacy’ album is exciting and fresh with messages of love, hope, togetherness, and family; with the 12 songs on this album being recorded in numerous studios around the world from New Zealand and Australia to LA and Hawaii to Jamaica, featuring collaborations with some of reggae’s finest.

Recent line-up changes have added new fuel to the ‘Fire and the first three singles from the ‘Legacy’ album—‘Addicted’, ‘Way Beyond’ and 'Love Today'—have been picking up airplay on roots reggae radio and added to playlists around the world with 'Love Today' hitting the Top20 on the Global Reggae Chart and a new video for â€𦇄” will be revealed soon.

There is no stopping the Fire.
A Ghost in My Suitcase
Date Thu 18th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
The spirits you carry, they carry you too.

Twelve year-old Celeste arrives in China to scatter Mother’s ashes, but in no time flat is thrust into a world of magic and adventure. Celeste’s grandmother has carried on the family tradition of ghost catching, and it turns out Celeste has a knack for the hairraising pursuit too.

This world premiere stage version of A Ghost in My Suitcase is adapted from Gabrielle Wang’s thrilling book of the same name, winner of the 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Novel.

From contemporary Australia to cosmopolitan Shanghai to the misty byways of rural China, the tale takes place in the overlap of cultures and histories both big and small.
A Ghost In My Suitcase
Date Thu 18th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
The spirits you carry, they carry you too. Twelve-year-old Celeste arrives in China to scatter Mother’s ashes, but in no time flat is thrust into a world of magic and adventure. Celeste’s grandmother has carried on the family tradition of ghost catching, and it turns out Celeste has a knack for the hair-raising pursuit too.

This world premiere stage version of A Ghost in My Suitcase is adapted from Gabrielle Wang’s thrilling book of the same name, winner of the 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Novel. From contemporary Australia to cosmopolitan Shanghai to the misty byways of rural China, the tale takes place in the overlap of cultures and histories both big and small.

This is part of Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Blues Brothers Boat Party
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018 to Fri 21st Dec 2018
This is such an incredible live music experience for any soul, funk, blues and rock 'n' roll fan where you can experience top tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s aboard Melbourne's best floating bar.

After another release from prison, Jake reunites with his brother, Elwood and their band, with one "Mission from God" - a three and a half hour boat cruise where you can explore the stunning views of Port Philip Bay whilst dancing to nostalgic music, featured in the Blues Brothers film.

Featuring boat chases (instead of cars) involving the Historic Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat and classic Blues Brothers performance by Melbourne blues and soul cover band, The Late Shift. Covering the memorable performances of the Blues Brothers musical, featuring songs of Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker.

Your ticket includes a three and a half hour boat cruise from Docklands to Port Melbourne, Williamstown and St. Kilda Beach, a live band upstairs and a professional DJ downstairs playing current modern music . There will be a fully-stocked licensed bar and food for purchase (with special pre-ordered online discounts available).
Sydney Welsh Choir at the Shrine
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018
Enjoy a special lunchtime performance by the Sydney Welsh Choir in our Education Courtyard (weather permitting). This concert will feature war time favourites, Welsh classics and songs of peace.

Bookings are essential.

The Sydney Welsh Choir has around 80 members, male and female, drawn from all parts of the greater Sydney area.

Since 1978 we have been responsible for putting the Wales into NSW. Not all choir members were born in Wales; some have Welsh family links while others simply like the music and the great atmosphere. We have a busy concert schedule and have enjoyed singing in some of the great performance venues in Sydney and around the world.

Since 1990 the choir has made six trips to Wales and parts of Europe, and we tour around NSW and interstate.

Penfolds and Robbins Island Wagyu Dinner
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018
Prepare for an evening of spectacular quality and taste. Two of Australia’s most well renowned producers in their respective areas are coming together to take you on a tantalizing journey.

Meat Market hosts the Penfolds and Robbins Island Wagyu Dinner. A veritable feast of the finest Wagyu beef cuts, presented through an engaging display by Executive Chef Malcolm Williams, teaching guests about the finer details of Wagyu beef and why it is considered some of the best in the world. Along with Penfolds opening their 2014 Grange amongst various specially picked wine pairings.

This is an evening for guests looking to immerse themselves in the breadth that the Penfolds 2018 range has to offer, perfectly paired with its ideal partner, Robbins Island Wagyu.
Melbourne Finders Keepers - Spring Summer
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
The Finders Keepers are kicking off their Spring, Summer tour this October - first stop, Melbourne.

The festival-style market will spring up in the iconic Royal Exhibition Building for three massive days from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October.

Discover unique finds while supporting independent Australian designers and makers, grooving along to live entertainment and fueling up with delicious food.
Gawurra and William Crighton – Trigger of Truth Tour
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018
Two of Australia’s unique artists, William Crighton and Gawurra, unite to present remarkable music and social storytelling tour this October.

Both artists returning from Europe and USA tours have been prominent in the music scene over the past year, with Crighton buoyed by the success of his fascinating self-titled debut album and the equally impressive follow-up Empire captivating audiences with his live work. He played a seamless string of shows on the East coast, West Australia, and Adelaide including WOMADelaide, alongside a plethora of festival appearances in Australia including Byron Bay Bluesfest and showcases in Canada, New York City and Kansas.

Since his 2016 debut album, Ratja Yaliyali, Yolngu singer-songwriter Stanley “Gawurra” Gaykamangu’s is hailed as a must see performer Gawurra sings in his native tongue of Gupapuynga, with deeply resonate and soulful voice audiences which won 4 NIMAs Awards and was nominated for an ARIA.

Apart from beautiful, visceral music, Arnhem Land song man and Riverina boy, Gawurra and William Crighton share a love for the Australia landscape and far flung corners of this wide land. They will travel together on this regional tour sharing their stories.
Katchafire and EarthKry - Hoppers Crossing
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018
New Zealand’s Katchafire will be joined by Jamaican maestros EarthKry on the ‘Legacy Love Today’ Australia 2018 tour. Whilst this will be EarthKry’s first trip down under, earlier this year they joined Katchafire on their USA tour and they are guaranteed to soothe your soul with their wholesome fusion of roots, reggae and rock.

The ‘Legacy’ album is exciting and fresh with messages of love, hope, togetherness, and family; with the 12 songs on this album being recorded in numerous studios around the world from New Zealand and Australia to LA and Hawaii to Jamaica, featuring collaborations with some of reggae’s finest.

Recent line-up changes have added new fuel to the ‘Fire and the first three singles from the ‘Legacy’ album—‘Addicted’, ‘Way Beyond’ and 'Love Today'—have been picking up airplay on roots reggae radio and added to playlists around the world with 'Love Today' hitting the Top20 on the Global Reggae Chart and a new video for â€𦇄” will be revealed soon.

There is no stopping the Fire.
MLIVE: The Dressmaker - A musical adaptation
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018 to Fri 26th Oct 2018
Monash University’s new Alexander Theatre in Clayton will play host to the musical adaptation of the highly acclaimed Australian novel, The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham as part of MLIVE’s program of events from 19 to 26 October 2018.

The production forms part of the Jeanne Pratt Musical Theatre Artists in Residence program, a ground-breaking collaboration between Monash performing arts students and professional artists that aims to create and promote the development of uniquely Australian musical theatre.

The adaptation, written by the 2018 Artists in Residence, James Millar and composer, Peter Rutherford (The Hatpin, Matilda) follows the story of Tilly, a girl who grew up under the label of murderer and returns to her home town as a glamorous woman offering the latest Parisienne fashion to the locals. Her exceptional tale is full of love, secrets and revenge.

Students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Monash’s Centre for Theatre and Performance join some of Melbourne’s finest music theatre artists and creatives including director, Suzanne Chaundy to magically bring to life this thrilling story that lovers of the novel will adore.

Tickets to The Dressmaker are on sale now. To book or for more information, visit the website.
Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018
From 70s synth-pop pioneer with Yellow Magic Orchestra to experimental minimalist to lauded film composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto has never been content keeping still.

A partial list of collaborators proves the expanses Sakamoto’s music roams: Brian Wilson, Iggy Pop, Youssou N’Dour and David Sylvian are just a few. Sakamoto’s most recent and enduring musical partner has been German glitch maestro Alva Noto. In the early days of this century what began as a swapping of files has ultimately led to raved-about albums, an exquisite soundtrack to the film The Revenant and a series of unmissable live events.

On the heels of the recent live improvised album Glass, witness these two distinct minds in communion once more.

This is part of Melbourne International Arts Festival.
MMusic - Arcadia Winds open rehearsal: Australiana
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018
Arcadia Winds presents an access-all-areas open rehearsal of new Australian works for winds instruments. Ahead of their Australiana concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday 30 October, these five brilliant young musicians will give you a guided tour of the music they love.

Get a sneak preview of two brand new works: Ian Whitney’s Five Scenes, and the winning entry in the inaugural Arcadia Winds Composition Prize. Share insights of how instrumentalists approach learning and rehearsing new compositions, and explore the inner workings of modern masterpieces by Brett Dean, Lachlan Skipworth and Natalie Williams.

The program feaures: Lachlan Skipworth's Echoes and Lines, Natalie Williams's Animalia, Brett Dean's Demons, Ian Whitney's Five Scenes, and a work by the inaugural Arcadia Winds Composition Prize winner. In collaboration with Melbourne Recital Centre.
Friends Super Spring Plant Sale
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
Friends Super Spring Plant Sale is on at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Hundreds of plants are for sale for the the home gardener including shrubs, trees, perennials, natives, herbs and succulents.

Ten per cent off plants for Members of the Friends of the RBG Melbourne (remember to bring Membership Card).
Smells Like A Song
Date Sat 20th Oct 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.
Welcome to The Music Hall
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
Step into a vintage speakeasy in your finest flapper dress and suit as The Old Married Couple presents Welcome to the Music Hall, A musical Vaudeville Variety show featuring a four piece Dixieland Jazz band, musical comedy, burlesque, physical comedy and more in a night of toots, hoots and naughty humour to boot.
Monster Jam
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
The most family-friendly, action-packed motorsport in the world is racing into Melbourne for two incredible gravity-defying shows.

Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam includes various competitions, like racing and freestyle, where Monster Jam trucks take a life of their own as they’re pushed to the limit.
13th Annual Art Show
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
In its thirteen year, the vibrant Noble Park Community Centre’s 13th Annual Art Show is organised by a dedicated voluntary committee made up of local artists, with administrative support from staff of Noble Park Community Centre.

The show also provides the opportunity for local students from schools in the area to exhibit alongside adult entrants and have their work judged. It aims to unite groups who have an interest in art across the City of Greater Dandenong, celebrating community art in a socially inclusive environment. The show offers the local community a unique opportunity to display their work in a non-threatening but professional setting where many artists may be first time exhibitors.

Join for this free one-of-kind community event. On display are some spectacular pieces from extremely talented artists.

Entries open Thursday 2 August and close Wednesday 26 September. All are welcome to enter the show.
Saturday Session: Whisky and Shine South Melbourne
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sat 10th Nov 2018
Join Southern Whisky Trails on an afternoon journey of Victoria’s distilling history and craft whisky revival.

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

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

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

Tour group will be limited to 14. All participants must be over 18 years old.
Basketry Workshop - Woven Colourful Raffia Table Mats
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
Learn a new skill at Woven Raffia Table Mats - a basketry craft workshop with Lydia Beshara at the Royal Botanic Gardens presented by the Friends of the RBGM.

Have some fun using brightly coloured Raffia to create a festive mat or coaster. Join Lydia in this one-day workshop where you will be using woven raffia to make your mat. Choose festive seasonal colours or hot for a summer table.

Your tutor will demonstrate all the techniques you will need from start to finish.

No experience needed. All materials included. Take home your creation at the end of the workshop. Suitable for both adults and teenagers. Morning tea and coffee provided. Bring your own lunch.

Lydia has Diplomas in Art and Horticulture and uses her passion for art, craft and plant materials to create unique baskets. Lydia is Basketry Group Coordinator at the Plant Craft Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and member of the Basket Makers of Victoria.

Please book online. Classes are limited with up to 10 per workshop. Enter via H Gate.

Docklands Blues Music Festival
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
After an epic event last year, the Docklands Blues Music Festival is back for 2018 and is ‘Goin’ Down to Memphis’ with a free celebration of Deep South blues.

With a line-up of more than 20 Australian artists and bands, this event will hit The District Docklands from 11:00am to 3:00pm Saturday 20 October and from 11:00am to 8:00pm on Sunday 21 October. Boasting some of the country’s foremost blues musicians, it’s one nonstop blues jam and a full weekend of continuous music across a variety of indoor and outdoor stages and licensed venue.

Over the two days, four stages including the Garden Stage (near Supre) and The Square (near H & M), Wonderland Jnr Stage and the Urban Alley Brewery Stage will feature headliners such as Chicago blues outfit Electric Blues Collective, Bendigo blues favourite Bill Barber, Sydney’s sensation PJ O’Brien, Geelong’s Brian Fraser, Melbourne Blues Society’s ‘Youth in Blues’ showcase, Kelly Auty, Dreamboogie and on the back of a European tour, Sweet Felicia and the Honeytones.

Produced by Wonderland Entertainment & Leisure Group in conjunction with The District Docklands.
Katchafire and EarthKry - Chelsea Heights Hotel
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
New Zealand’s Katchafire will be joined by Jamaican maestros EarthKry on the ‘Legacy Love Today’ Australia 2018 tour. Whilst this will be EarthKry’s first trip down under, earlier this year they joined Katchafire on their USA tour and they are guaranteed to soothe your soul with their wholesome fusion of roots, reggae and rock.

The ‘Legacy’ album is exciting and fresh with messages of love, hope, togetherness, and family; with the 12 songs on this album being recorded in numerous studios around the world from New Zealand and Australia to LA and Hawaii to Jamaica, featuring collaborations with some of reggae’s finest.

Recent line-up changes have added new fuel to the ‘Fire and the first three singles from the ‘Legacy’ album—‘Addicted’, ‘Way Beyond’ and 'Love Today'—have been picking up airplay on roots reggae radio and added to playlists around the world with 'Love Today' hitting the Top20 on the Global Reggae Chart and a new video for â€𦇄” will be revealed soon.

There is no stopping the Fire.
The Space In Between - Nick Hinch
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 4th Nov 2018
The Fox Darkroom and Gallery is thrilled to host an exhibition with Melbourne documentary photographer Nick Hinch.

The Space In Between is the product of a 3000 kilometres journey tracing snow covered roads carved out of volcanic rock between mountain and sea. The series explores today’s modern life in a sparsely populated Icelandic landscape, where signs of humanity are often more visible than life itself.

The exhibition will showcase a series of large format prints highlighting the vastitude of the landscape. Imagery was produced in both colour and black and white film during his expedition earlier this year.

Nick’s photographic journey has emerged over the years as he documented the streets of Melbourne, with a focus on life within the urban landscapes. More recently Nick transitioned into photographic story telling of typical family and human life before embarking on his latest adventure to Iceland. He has exhibited in multiple group exhibitions and is launching his first solo exhibition with The Space In Between.

Opening night on Saturday October 20 at 6:00pm.

Thomas Lorenzo - The Flamenco Guitar Celebration Tour
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
Performing on 21 October at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Richmond, Thomas will disclose 10 styles of Spanish music alongside the Flamenco Vocalist Angel Mellado, that reflect traditions, that in Spain, have almost been forgotten, but in Australia maintained by the Spanish migrant community.

As quoted by Thomas: “Through my guitar and music I bring to life special emotions, to feel replenished inspired and relaxed. Share with me my musical journey.”

The audience will enjoy a passionate Spanish Flamenco Guitarist in an intimate setting that brings to life-musical stories and traditions from afar, that where brought to Australia in the 1950s by his family and the Spanish community.

Thomas is a son of Spanish immigrants that fled fascism. The family returned to Spain after the dictator's death in 1975. Since 2012, Thomas has made Australia his home land again.

Thomas appears an ABC Get Kracking 2017, The Frankston Cube 2015, and 18 times at the Armadale Uniting Hall 2016-2018
Whitehorse Spring Festival
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
Celebrate all the fun, fabulous and quirky talents that make Whitehorse great. Enjoy rides, activities, live music, face painting, interactive workshops, roving performers and the opportunity to engage with the many community groups participating on the day.

This year's theme will celebrate and showcase the importance of artistic life in Whitehorse. From visual arts (painting, drawing, photography, ceramics) to performing arts (theatre, dance, music, acrobatics), to literary arts (writing and reading), the event will be hive of activity and creativity.
Stringybark Festival 2018
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
Stringybark Festival is a free community event with loads of free activities on offer, including: nature play spaces, Jurassic Knox dinosaur dig and the Imaginarium Art Extinction Project.

There will be pleanty of arts, crafts and science activities, games and challenges, plus entertainment featuring local artists, and headliners Nicky Bomba and The Mighty Buzzniks.

Do not forget to enjoy the delicious food trucks and cooking displays.
Hounds of Heide
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
Set in the wonderful surrounds of the museum’s sculpture park, Hounds of Heide is a special day for you and your fur baby. In collaboration with the Rose Street Artists’ Market, Heide presents a curated selection of stallholders presenting an eclectic mix of canine-themed art, design and handcrafted goods.

Renowned illustrator Oslo Davis will be on hand to take personalised portraits of your pooch, and there will be canine-inspired art activities for the kids.

The local veterinarian, Vets on Parker, will be on site to give free health and dental checks.
MMusic - Our Place, Our Home
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
Celebrate the closing day of the 2018 Melbourne International Arts Festival with this live music showcase and party. Melbourne International Arts Festival is launched by the First Peoples of the land, and it is only fitting that it is signed off by our newest arrivals.

Our Place, Our Home celebrates the extraordinary range of people making music in Victoria today, with performers tapping musical energies from Congolese, Oromo and Cuban cultures.

Our Place, Our Home springs from Multicultural Arts Victoria’s State of Culture Music Program, which for more than a decade has uncovered the most dynamic and diverse artists in Australia and propelled them into the spotlight. With a line-up featuring seasoned professionals and the vanguard of a new generation, it is the perfect high note to finish this year's Melbourne Festival. Performers include: Gadda Band, Ignite, Adrian Eagle, Limbs to Riddims and Sky Voltage.
Il Divo Timeless Tour 2018
Date Tue 23rd Oct 2018
Il Divo are the world's leading classical crossover quartet and have announced the Australian dates for their Timeless Tour 2018.

They have performed in front of the world’s great and good – from President Barack Obama to Her Majesty the Queen. They have shared microphones with fellow superstars from Barbara Streisand to Celine Dion and their sell-out concerts have been attended by Hollywood icons including Tom Hanks and Robert DeNiro.

Il Divo celebrate over 30 million album sales worldwide, with more than 50 number one records, 160 Gold and Platinum sales awards in 33 countries and four world tours.

They sold out their Amor & Pasion dates in 2016, delivering hit songs such as Regresa a mi (Unbreak My Heart), The Time Of Our Lives, Si voy a perderte (Don’t Wanna Lose You) and I Believe In You (Je crois en toi).

The group comprises of Switzerland’s Urs Bühler, Spaniard Carlos Marín, the USA’s David Millers, and Sébastien Izambard of France. Il Divo came together following an international search that discovered the fabulous four.

They have released seven studio albums to date and are about to release another album soon in Australia. Do not miss them in Melbourne this October.

John Montesante Dectect
Date Wed 24th Oct 2018
The John Montesante Dectet is a quality 10-piece Jazz band, that boasts six horns, a matchless rhythm section, with additional guest vocalists—performing exceptional jazz arrangements, based on the Blue Note & Bop epoch. Along with the 'who's who' of Australian jazz musicians, featured singers on October 24 shall be Samantha Morley and Craig Schneider.

This Dectet had its genesis in Montesante’s stylish, horn-led Quintet, (JMQ, formed 1990) which performs regularly at venues, events, and festivals, and is lauded for its quality, longevity and versatility. Over five years ago, Montesante added a further four horns and guitarist for special jazz events, to breathe life into his dedicated Blue Note arrangements. And he regularly creates new instrumental and vocal charts, constantly expanding the repertoire.

The John Montesante Dectet performs Jazz for those who savor undiluted virtuosity, outstanding soloists and big horn arrangements of Blue Note standards and bebop.
Date Thu 25th Oct 2018 to Sat 27th Oct 2018
Gregor is a broken man, exhausted by eternal work and an ungrateful family. Until one morning, he awakes, and is not a man at all. Kafka’s grotesque tragedy of a man turned insect is an engrossing story.

Music adds an edgy intensity: Metamorphosis as opera is riveting, shattering, morbidly fascinating theatre.

Brian Howard’s score is percussive, inventive and courageous. Twelve musicians and six singers ratchet up the horror and pathos of this work: a story of social alienation in a modern, inhuman world.

Director Tama Matheson and designer Mark Thompson focus their creative talents on an unusual stage. This chamber opera will take place in The Coopers Malthouse Merlyn Theatre.

Simon Lobelson performs the demanding role of Gregor and Paul Fitzsimon conducts.
Ethical Enterprise Conference
Date Thu 25th Oct 2018 to Fri 26th Oct 2018
Future-proofing for purpose, sustainable growth and impact

Future proofing business with purpose to ensure sustainable growth, and impact, is the theme of the 2018 Ethical Enterprise Conference, to be held at The University of Melbourne on 25 and 26 October 2018.

Continual change – as we all know – is the hallmark of life today, affecting our personal lives and impacting our industries and professions on multiple fronts. Today’s corporates and business owners and managers must be nimble to quickly adapt to and accommodate these impacts.

This conference will equip business with purpose with the tools to predict and manage future trends to ensure their businesses adapt smoothly to them and so continue on their purpose-orientated trajectory.
PAX Australia
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
PAX is the largest consumer games event in North America, first held in Seattle in 2004 and nearly doubling in size each successive year and expanding to a second show in Boston in 2010. A festival celebrating games culture, it connects the world's leading game publishers with their most avid fans, while providing an inclusive community environment.

PAX Australia will combine the exciting program from the international shows with local content and community events. International guests, speakers, musicians and developers will join local game industry representatives to showcase games and community events in Australia.
2018 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Night
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018
It is the Spring Racing Carnival event with a difference - Australia’s richest race under lights is the centrepiece to what is an unforgettable opening to the Ladbrokes Cox Plate Carnival.

The Valley flicks the switch on Group One racing and entertainment as headline acts entertain the energetic crowd on racing’s "Night of Nights".
Stephen Cummings
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018
Stephen Cummings has recorded over 20 studio albums as well as a film soundtrack to Not Quite Hollywood and two novels, in an influential career spanning more than forty years.

Two years ago, a feature documentary “Don’t Throw Stones” premiered at the Melbourne Film Festival and this will be released in 2018. Cummings prior to his solo career had a pop group The Sports, who had world record deals with Mushroom, Arista, Stiff and Sire Record labels and released Four albums.

After the Sports disbanded in late 1981 Cummings has made about 22 albums for mainstream and Independent labels, one of the few Australian artists to do so. He has worked at one stage or another with most of Australia’s leading musicians from Steve Kilbey to the Necks and Underground Lovers to Grant McClennan.

He has performed with The Australian Dance Theatre Company and had a newspaper column with the Age Newspaper for several years.
Arj Barker - We Need To Talk
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018
You had better sit down for this.

Hey, you got a hour? Look, Arj Barker has been doing a lot of thinking, and where the world is headed. It is not easy easy, but he needs to be 100% honest with you, even if what he says makes you laugh, very, very hard.

Australia's adopted son of comedy returns with his brand new show We Need To Talk.
Jeff Duff
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018 to Sat 27th Oct 2018
In 2017, during the October Long Weekend, the tiny NSW outback town of Carinda hosted their annual 'Let’s Dance' festival, paying tribute to David Bowie and drawing fans from all over the country. Headlined by Jeff’s Duff’s Bowie Unzipped, the festival demonstrated the dedication of Bowie fans in this country, many whom had travelled thousands of miles to attend the event.

Now in 2018, Jeff and his band are travelling thousands of miles themselves, taking their much acclaimed Bowie Unzipped show on the road, right across Australia, in their most extensive tour to date - beginning in Sydney before a nation wide tour through South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.
Colourboss by Rowena Martinich
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
World-renowned Australian abstract expressionist painter, Rowena Martinich, brings her latest solo exhibition, 'Colourboss', to Melbourne's OzDare Academy and Creative Space from Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28.

Known for her luscious use of colour and the ease in which she works with scale, Martinich’s career has traversed the realms of public art, installations, architectural application and works on canvas.

The Colourboss exhibition will be anchored by an expansive mural measuring 12 metres long x 2.4 metres high, demonstrating Martinich’s ability to work to extreme scale, flanked by large paintings on canvas, available for acquisition. The exhibition will also feature a photographic retrospective of Martinich’s public art projects and installations over the past 10 years, as well as video documentation of her process, in studio.
Cranbourne GP Run 2018
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
The roar of motorcycles and a sea of colour and chrome will fill the streets of Cranbourne on Saturday 27 October at the Cranbourne GP Run.

The City of Casey and the Victorian Motorcycle Council is proud to host one of the largest and most exciting events in Victoria, as thousands of motorcyclists gather in Cranbourne to travel en-masse to Phillip Island for the 2018 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

From 8:00am on the day, there will be plenty of entertainment to keep the whole family enthralled with a variety of children's activities.

At 10:00am, the pace picks up for the highlight of the day when a celebrity will wave-off thousands of gathered motorcyclists on their journey.

This year, the Cranbourne GP Run celebrates its 20th year. At the energy filled family event, people will gather at 10:00am to watch the guest celebrity wave-off thousands of motorcyclists as they travel en-masse to Phillip Island for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

There will be plenty of activities to keep the whole family enthralled with a variety of children’s activities, food stalls and entertainment.
2018 Family Open Cockpit Weekend
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
Announcing the Family Open Cockpit Day 2018, held at the Australian National Aviation Museum from 10:00am to 5:00pm on October 27 and 28.

There will be heaps of display cockpits including visiting cockpits including Sea Venom, Victa, DC-9 Simulator, Canberra Bomber, Kiowa, Hunter, Firefly, Viscount, Freighter, F-11 Module and more.

A huge favourite for familes and aviation enthusiasts alike. See the freshly restored Canberra Bomber, along with around 20 other aircraft cockpits open for getting into and feeling what its like to be a pilot.

Food, drink, models, engine runs, raffles, plenty of shade, plus more surprises yet to be announced. Tickets on sale soon.
Fast5 Netball World Series
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
The Fast5 Netball World Series will ignite your senses. It's netball, but not as you know it, the five-a-side game faster, with dynamic rule changes including a three-point scoring zone, rolling subs and more.

Returning to Melbourne's Hisense Arena in 2018, the top six netballing nations and some of the best netballers across the world will fight for the 2018 title.
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018 to Sat 8th Dec 2018
For a troubled but brilliant teenager in 1980s Geelong, the world is a small place. Thirteen-year-old Jiembra Djalu and his brother Sonny are the new kids in town, and while Jiembra may be a video game whizz and maths genius, he’s always getting into strife. A friendship with the owner of the local arcade and a chance at gaming glory could see him change his life forever, but could also mean leaving behind what means most – his brother and adoring mother. BMX bikes, Michael Jackson, Gary Ablett, Donkey Kong and Friday night Kentucky Fried Chicken all provide the backdrop for this joyous family show.

Astroman is playwright Albert Belz’s irresistible and touchingly humorous coming of age story. With a glorious charm reminiscent of Stand By Me and Jasper Jones, this love letter to the â€㰔s wraps audiences in the highs and lows of growing up, the exhilaration of learning, and what it means to be truly courageous.

MTC Associate Director Sarah Goodes directs this world premiere starring Elaine Crombie (Black Comedy), alongside Kamil Ellis (Macbeth), and Calen Tassone (Red Dog), with Tony Briggs (author of The Sapphires) as Associate Director.
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is the drop-dead, uproariously funny musical about Monty Navarro, a penniless clerk who discovers he is ninth in line to be Lord D’Ysquith, the Earl of Highhurst. But when the D’Ysquith family dismiss Monty’s claim, all eight family members in line to be Earl start dying from unnatural causes.

This dastardly plot has been created to feature a single virtuoso performer in all eight roles; triple Helpmann Award winner Mitchell Butel stars in these eight roles. Between murders, Monty is trying to woo money-minded Sibella Hallward until he finds himself drawn to the young Phoebe D’Ysquith.

How will all these convoluted storylines come together?

This hilarious show enjoyed a three year run on Broadway and in 2014 was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won four, including Best Musical.
2018 Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
Renowned as The Race Where Legends Are Made, Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day in 2018 will encompass Australia’s best horse race on a stage built for the big moments. The Valley’s cauldron will be rumbling as the crowd waits to crown their next legend.

With the question in the air of whether super mare Winx will return, the world will hold its breath as she potentially seeks to go beyond the deeds of any other racehorse in history and attempt to win an unprecedented fourth W.S. Cox Plate.
Mirka Mora: Pas De Deux, Drawing and Dolls
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
A beloved and central figure in the cultural life of Australia, Mirka Mora has long captured the public imagination with her distinctive art and inimitable personality.

In celebration of Mirka’s 90th birthday, this exhibition brings together some of the artist’s most personal work: drawings and soft-sculpture dolls from her home and studio where she has kept them close for many decades. For Mirka these two art forms go hand-in-hand. ‘My dolls are my drawings in three-dimensions’, she says.

The myriad works on display offer a glimpse into Mirka’s enchanting private universe, where hybrid characters derived from fairy tales, folk art, surrealism and the artist’s vivid daydreams intermingle. Together they create a compelling portrait of Mirka’s innermost self.
Creative Cyanotypes Workshop
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
Create wonderful cyanotype prints with Bridget Hillebrand inspired by the RBGV Melbourne Gardens

Create wonderful cyanotype prints on paper and cloth inspired by the flora of the Botanical gardens.

Cyanotype is an exciting printing process that produces a ghostly cyan-blue print. Bridget will discuss the history of this inventive technique and demonstrate how to mix chemicals, prepare supports and develop images with a variety of effects.

This is a great opportunity to produce a series of prints directly from nature.

Bookings essential. Classes are limited to 10 participants.
MMusic - Hope St Radio live from MPavilion
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
Pack your picnic rug and gather your mates because Hope St Radio is broadcasting live from MPavilion. Featuring Melbourne's finest tastemakers, artists and selectors, these broadcasts, in collaboration with this year's MRelay conversations, will attempt to sonically uncover what effects the built environments have on diversity, and how we can foster better and more inclusive spaces in which to live and listen. The Kiosk will be open, serving coffee, eats and a selection of boutique alcoholic drinks (please bring photo ID).
Bark For Life Victoria
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
Bark For Life is a unique event honouring the caring qualities of dogs during a human cancer experience.

Dogs from all areas come together with their human companion to walk to fight back against cancer. Vital funds are raised for Cancer Council Victoria’s research, prevention, information and support services. You are warmly welcomed to join and fight back against cancer today.

For more information or to register, visit the Bark For Life 2018 website.
Melbourne Kokoda Challenge
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
The ultimate team endurance event, the annual Melbourne Kokoda Challenge takes participants through a 15 kilometre or 30 kilometre challenge in the gorgeous Dandenong Ranges. Starting at Ferntree Gully Picnic Grounds amidst the history and awe of the Kokoda Memorial, competitors set off through challenging trails and beautiful scenery in teams of two, three or four.

Available to both open teams and school teams, the event is designed as an opportunity to bring together the community, change lives of local teens and realise potential, it is not a race – it is about crossing the finish line as a team.

Reminiscent of the battle Australian soldiers fought in Papua New Guinea, it is all about keeping the Kokoda Spirit of courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice alive.

Event proceeds fund the Kokoda Youth Foundation’s youth programs that take Australian teens through a life changing journey of adventure-based learning, community service, team building and to Papua New Guinea to hike the real Kokoda Track. Are you ready to conquer the Challenge?
Albury Standard Gauge Tour
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
Join the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre's first public Standard Gauge heritage train tour to Albury travelling behind recently restored P22 in a unfamiliar livery and T357. The border town of Albury blends country pace and city lifestyle with its offerings of historical buildings, cultural events, vibrant shopping precincts and tree-lined gardens.

P22 recently was painted blue and gold, a first for the P Class locomotive. The train will have limited seating and will consist of 1937 former Spirit of Progress S Class Compartment style Carriages. A kiosk will be on board serving hot and cold food, hot drinks, beer, wine and soft drinks. Our caterers Taste on Track have a fantastic dinner box for all bookings.

Enjoy a historic trip to Albury and help celebrate the first public heritage train on Standard Gauge.

More details at Seymour Railway Heritage Centre website. Very limited seats.
Rock Venus – The Songs of Linda Ronstadt
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
The legendary music of Linda Ronstadt comes to St Kilda.

No stranger to the girl singer of the ‘rock ‘n’ roll boys club’ during the Oz Rock, Countdown, Hey Hey It’s Saturday 70's and 80's era, Jane Clifton (Girl On The Wall, Taxi Mary) is delighted to pay tribute to one of her favourite singers Linda Ronstadt this October at MEMO. In company with rock ‘n’ roll gal royalty Clare Moore on drums and Rosie Westbrook on bass, ‘Rock Venus’ is the show to see.

Rock Venus – the songs of Linda Ronstadt is a celebration of that massive roll-call of toe-tapping, heart-rending, soul stirring hits recorded by the most successful, highest paid, female solo act of her era, Linda Ronstadt.
Walk for Prems
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
Walk for Prems 2018 is proudly presented by Baby Bunting and is the largest annual fundraiser by Life’s Little Treasures Foundation.

On Sunday 28 October, families across Australia will walk together in support of the 48,000 premature or sick babies born in Australia every year.

It is in its ninth year, and will take place simultaneously in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra and Perth – as well as regional locations such as Cairns, Townsville, Ballarat, Goulbourn Valley and Gippsland.
MTalks - Fringe Furniture presents 'Why exhibit design in a gallery context?'
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
Remember the last time you coveted a designed object on Instagram or obsessed about a piece of furniture in a store window? How would your perception change if you saw it in a gallery?

Join gallerist Sophie Gannon (director of Sophie Gannon Gallery), award-winning designer Dale Hardiman (co-founder of Dowel Jones) and talented designers of the 2018 Fringe Furniture exhibition Marinos Drakopoulos (Marino Made) and Dani Storm (Design by Storm) in a conversation facilitated by Fleur Watson (executive curator of Lyon Housemuseum Galleries). These makers and lovers of design will chat about their own experiences of design from commercial versus artistic perspectives, how context can prime an audience for the reception of ideas, and where shows like Fringe Furniture lie in this equation.

As conversation starting points, furniture, homewares, and less easily defined objects from Melbourne Fringe’s Fringe Furniture exhibition will be on show as part of the event for you to desire and question.

Presented by Melbourne Fringe.
MMusic—Australian Youth Orchestra chamber players
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
Soundtrack your Sunday afternoon with a captivating concert presented by chamber musicians from the Australian Youth Orchestra. Stay cool under the MPavilion's floating latticework as some of Australia’s most talented young musicians use their energy and enthusiasm to put a fresh spin on both classical favourites and modern Australian works for chamber ensemble.

Chamber music was written to be heard up close, but MPavilion’s unique garden setting will allow for this intimate music to run wild in the landscape.
5th annual International Mining and Resources Conference IMARC
Date Mon 29th Oct 2018 to Thu 1st Nov 2018
The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) is where global mining leaders connect with technology, finance and the future. Now in its 5th year, it has become Australia’s largest mining conference bringing together over 5000 decision makers, mining leaders, policy makers, investors, commodity buyers, technical experts, innovators and educators from over 90 countries for four days of learning, deal-making and unparalleled networking.

The programme covers all aspects of mining, from exploration to investment, production to optimisation through to new technologies. Along with future energy opportunities, as well as people, projects and infrastructure case studies that will benefit the industry.

This year’s event promises to be bigger and better having already confirmed speakers from organisations including Anglo American, Gold Fields, Oceana Gold, Evolution Mining, Centennial Coal, Goldcorp, Teck, Roy Hill, Newcrest Mining, Canaccord Genuity and Newmont.

Furthermore, the free exhibition features over 150 leading companies showcasing the latest innovations, technology and services the industry has on offer, including the biggest names in the industry such as Caterpillar, Scania, Komatsu, HATCH, Mercedez Benz, Thiess and Sandvik to name a few.

Claim your Free Expo Pass or receive a further 10 per cent off current early bird prices with the discount code MA1090EL.
kikki.K Dream Life Masterclass Series
Date Mon 29th Oct 2018
Promising to inspire in more ways than one, kikki.K’s Dream Life Masterclass will leave you with a page full of your own dreams, a list of clear actions and a roadmap on how to achieve set dreams as well as the knowledge and confidence your dreams are achievable.

Learn from the incredible real-life stories of two women who have deep experience in achieving their dreams - both starting from humble beginnings before applying simple practices of dreaming to transform their lives to achieve feats unbeknown to most.

Led by kikki.K founder and creative director, Kristina Karlsson, who went from selling product out of the back of her car to launching over 100 stores worldwide, she will be joined by Oprah Winfrey’s all-time favourite guest and author of The Awakened Woman, Dr Tererai Trent.

Secure your spot at kikki.K’s Dream Life Masterclass Series with a general pass; or combine the masterclass with a copy of Kristina’s debut book Your Dream Life Starts Here with a silver pass; or get an exclusive meet and greet with Kristina and keynote speakers, receive priority event seating, as well as a copy of Your Dream Life Starts Here with a platinum pass.
School of Rock - The Musical
Date Wed 31st Oct 2018 to Fri 1st Feb 2019
Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man who brought rock and romance to Broadway, is back with a new heart-stirring hit, School of Rock

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original songs from the movie, this high-octane smash delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses.
Carl Barron, Drinking With A Fork
Date Thu 1st Nov 2018
It seems audiences just cannot get enough Carl Barron, having smashed box office records, this is your last chance to experience the magic of Carl Barron’s Drinking With A Fork before it is released as a live special.

After sell out shows across Australia and New Zealand over the last four years, a U.K. and US tour and an appearance at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, do not miss Australia’s most popular live comedian* and the opportunity to see one of the country’s great comedic minds at work as he presents a hilarious evening of stand up with a bit of guitar.

With a non-threatening observational style of comedy and original approach he touches the hearts of every audience. Carl has sold more live stand-up comedy DVDs than any other comedian in Australian retail history.

Be there for a night where Carl blends structure with chance, or as he likes to call it – drinking with a fork.

Strictly 16 years and over. No babies in arms permitted.
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.
Do you know what your true purpose is?
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018
With Tibetan lama Dzogchen Rinpoche.

Many of us live our lives without asking ourselves what the real purpose of it is. We just keep going day in day out, following our routines and habits, attending to our families and children and work to provide for all that we accumulate. All of this keeps us so busy that we completely miss our purpose without even knowing it.

On a subtler level we are driven by our desire for success, power or recognition believing this is the purpose, or we try to maximise our comfort, safety, health, and happiness with pleasure being our main goal. However, even if we achieve this temporarily, we can never be sure to have it forever.

In this public talk, drawing on the Dzogchen Teachings, Dzogchen Rinpoche will point out that by recognising and following the real purpose of our lives, we will not only lead a truly meaningful and valuable life, we can also rest in everlasting happiness.

Doors open 7:00pm, talk begins at 7:30pm.
Melbourne City FC v Sydney FC
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018
Melbourne City's first home game of the 2018/19 Hyundai A-League against Sydney FC. One of the biggest home games to start the new season. You do not want to miss this
Carmouflage Rose - Taste Tour
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018
Camouflage Rose returns in celebration of his debut EP: Taste. Hot off the success of his hit singles Late Nights, Wildflowers and Let Me Down featuring George Maple for another round of explosive shows and cementing his place as one of the fastest growing and exciting acts in the country.

With the impending release of his debut EP Taste on October 12 and his current single Let Me Down featuring George Maple making waves, Camouflage Rose will be taking his now renowned show on the road to celebrate, bringing with him brand new music and visuals.

Supported nationally by CXLOE and more to be announced. The Taste tour is guaranteed to be his biggest yet - do not miss out.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Cup Week starts with a fusion of monochrome fashion, first-class racing and celebrations at AAMI Victoria Derby Day.

Regarded as one of the most prestigious days of spring racing, AAMI Victoria Derby Day features a card of nine Group races, four at the elite Group 1 level. The feature Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby, worth over AUD$1.5 million, is Australia's premier staying classic for three year olds.

Off the track, the fashion stakes are equally impressive, thanks to the Myer Fashions on the Field competition for both men and women. Ladies embrace the traditional black and white palette, while men often choose to wear a grey morning suit and top hat, creating classic racing elegance in a larger than life world of glamour and sophistication.
Melbourne Cup Carnival
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018 to Sat 10th Nov 2018
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a world-class event that encompasses the finest racing, entertainment, fashion, food and wine – all in one place, Flemington Racecourse. It’s the best week of the year, and a must-do event for Melburnians and visitors alike.

Glamorous, refined and full of history the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival welcomes everyone from the racing enthusiast to the social set, from families to fashionistas – everyone comes to Flemington to experience the exhilaration of horse racing on the world stage. Nothing beats the exhilaration and excitement of being there amongst the crowd during the celebration that stops a nation™.

Held over an exciting week, Cup Week hosts four incredible race days, each day has a different experience so you can attend one or all four and have an amazing first week of November.
The Lost Lands Festival
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018 to Sun 4th Nov 2018
The Lost Lands - A festival for families and friends.

Established in 2016, The Lost Lands is the first festival of its kind in Australia: a genuine music, arts and camping festival for the whole family.

The Lost Lands returns November 3 and 4, 2018 (Melbourne Cup long weekend) at picturesque Werribee Park, Melbourne and is jam-packed with incredible music and a huge program of creative activities and entertainment for adults and kids.

The music line-up features a mix-up of festival favourites and emerging talent, including Tim Finn, The Jungle Giants, You Am I, Kate Miller-Heidke and Clare Bowditch.

The Arts and Wonder line-up includes contemporary circus performers Gravity and Other Myths, performers Born in a Taxi, and a live performance from the star of ABC Kids hit show, Get Grubby TV (GGTV), dirtgirl.

The Lost Lands is a family festival like no other, with camping, glamping and hotel options to suit everyone located onsite.

For the full program and tickets visit the Lost Lands Festival website.
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.
Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
Australia's biggest off-road motorcycle event is set for Sunday 4 November.

Riders face the hardest course that mother nature can give them with plenty of rocks and hills over the 12 kilometre track. 150 riders will endeavour to finish the event and give spectators one of the highlights of the year.

Both international and Australia's best face off over the three hour and four hour time set.

The event starts off with a Prologue (timed race) at 9:00am followed by the main race at 11:00am.

Lock in the date now and be sure to check out all of last year videos and results.
MMusic - Mama Alto
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste, gender transcendent diva, and community activist. Drawing on legacies of vintage torch singers and her own identity as a queer person of colour, Mama Alto’s vocal and visual aesthetic transcend gender, disrupting and discomforting societal constructions of dichotomous boundaries.

Mama Alto will be performing a selection from her four recently released live-to-tape albums at MPavilion, presented by the Jewel Box Performances project. The albums were recorded on original vintage sound equipment - including a machine used by Nat King Cole and an RCA microphone of the kind favoured by Sarah Vaughan. Mama Alto will be accompanied by William Elm on keyboard and joined by some very special guests.
Melbourne Cup Eve Gala Dinner
Date Mon 5th Nov 2018
What better way to celebrate the Melbourne Cup than at the prestigious Melbourne Cup Eve Gala Dinner. Gather your friends, family and work colleagues, dress in your races best and secure a table at this fabulous event.

Hosted by channel Nine favourite Tony Jones, the evening will feature a special guest panel to preview the upcoming race, a Phantom Race Call with a $500 cash prize to be won, fantastic food and beverages, live music, dancing and much more.

With hot tips, fantastic food, live music and dancing, this will be a great night of celebration.

Your ticket includes: entry and reserved seat inside the Sofitel Grand Ballroom, an evening hosted by channel nine favourite Tony Jones, a special guest panel to give insights and tips for the upcoming Melbourne Cup, live music and dancing, roving entertainment, a dinner and beverage package and eclusive prizes to be won and much more.
Ross Wilson and the Peaceniks – Cup Eve Party
Date Mon 5th Nov 2018
From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock and as a solo artist with no less than 26 ARIA Top 40 hits to his credit as a singer, songwriter and producer, Ross Wilson is one of Australia’s most awarded, respected and well-known artists. Come see a legend of rock and his band ‘The Peaceniks’ perform a rockin' Cup Eve show at the Caravan.

From the legendary band Daddy Cool whose number one anthem Eagle Rock smashed all previous sales records in Australia, to the 1977 formation of Mondo Rock, delivering 80’s hits ‘Cool World’, ‘State of The Heart’, ‘Chemistry’, ‘No Time’, and ‘Come Said The Boy’ and into the 21st century as a solo performer, Wilson has never been out of the limelight.
Lexus Melbourne Cup Day
Date Tue 6th Nov 2018
Australia’s greatest sporting and cultural icon, the AUD$7.3 million Lexus Melbourne Cup, is the feature of Cup Week, and a must-do sporting spectacle to witness live.

The excitement of being part of the front lawn and in grandstands filled to the brim, the silent audience anticipating what will happen in the next three minutes, all waiting for their ‘I was at the Melbourne Cup when..’ moment.

While a racing event at its core, Cup Day transcends traditional sporting events with the combination of sport, fashion, celebrity and entertainment. With a reputation for fashion with a penchant for drama, it’s the day to make your strongest fashion statement with an exotic or outrageous ensemble that matches the scale and splendour of the event.

There is truly no other event like it.
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.

The Fratellis
Date Wed 7th Nov 2018
Quirky Scottish indie rock band, The Fratellis, are making their long-awaited return to Australia, playing a four-date tour this November.

Previously here in 2014, the band famed for the deathless, dauntless and iconic Chelsea Dagger, is on a 36-date world tour and will be hitting Fremantle, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to celebrate the launch of new album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’.

Before they began recording the album, The Fratellis had some past glories to revisit and, at the end of 2016, undertook a 16-date UK tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Costello Music. Their debut album was a huge success and they won a Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act.
MMusic—The Letter String Quartet open rehearsal: 'Urban Songs'
Date Wed 7th Nov 2018
In preparation for their return to The Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday 10 November, The Letter String Quartet presents an open rehearsal of music for strings, voices and electronics exploring the sonic possibilities of the string quartet.

This open rehearsal features compositions by TLSQ members Lizzy Welsh and Biddy Connor, taken from their recent, highly acclaimed FOLA performance season, TLSQ x ASMR, as well as 3 Songs, 2 Loops and an Interlude by Erik DeLuca (USA), and the world premiere of Andrew Batterham’s composition, Urban Songs, the 2017 Local Heroes Commission from the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Experience the transporting effects of these works in surround sound. In collaboration with Melbourne Recital Centre.
MTalks - A revolutionary city, by Millenials
Date Wed 7th Nov 2018
The city is challenged by over-stretched infrastructure, increasingly unaffordable housing and growing social inequality. But, does it have to be this way? How would Millennials reimagine the city? Come to MPavilion for this collaborative event exploring issues relevant to young city-makers.

Presented by the Victorian Young Planners Committee, this event will kick off with a series of provocations delivered by three influential Millennial city-makers. This won’t be your usual Q&A-style event: expect a participatory, improvised format—somewhere between PechaKucha and The Moth StorySlam—where, following each provocation, audience members will be invited and encouraged to give a two-minute presentation on their vision for the city. Following the presentations, the discussion will be opened to the floor.
Kennedy Oaks Day
Date Thu 8th Nov 2018
The tradition of Kennedy Oaks Day is beauty, femininity, style and grace. It’s a day where racegoers can embrace wonderment and escape the normal of a week day. The style is not just for the females, the men also take it up a notch, making it one of the best days of the year for men to dress up and explore fashion.

Kennedy Oaks Day's significance on the fashion calendar is further reinforced with the crowning of the Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear national winner.

The racing highlight is the AUD$1 million Group 1 Kennedy Oaks, which will see the best three-year-old fillies battle for victory in the ultimate test of their staying credentials.
Armistice in Australia, 1918
Date Thu 8th Nov 2018
News of the armistice that ended the First World War arrived in Australia late on 11 November 1918. That moment witnessed an outburst of emotion in public rarely seen. On the surface – and in the streets - the response was a mixture of exultation and relief. But only slightly less obvious were more difficult feelings of pain, loss and bitterness, as Australians took the opportunity to reassess what four years of war had meant.

Presented by Bart Ziino.
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.
Damien Dempsey
Date Fri 9th Nov 2018
After multiple sell out shows across Australia in recent years, Damien Dempsey returns with his full band in November to play some headline shows.

Dempsey’s voice is all Dublin, yet wholly distinctive. It is almost clichéd to say it, but he is part of a rich bloodline of Irish singers from Luke Kelly to Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore to Andy Irvine.

To describe Damien Dempsey’s music to someone who has not yet been exposed to it would be to take some reggae, fuse it with traditional Irish music, add in rock and folk and put it all through a grounded working class worldly aware yet caring consciousness, and you’re some bit of the way there.
MMusic—Multicultural Arts Victoria presents 'State of Culture Music #2'
Date Fri 9th Nov 2018
Victoria’s contemporary multicultural soul will come alive in this dynamic music showcase profiling some of the newest emerging talent alongside leading figures from Melbourne’s music scene.

State of Culture #2 will be hosted by creative powerhouse Syrene Favero and will feature:

Allara Briggs-Pattison, a proud Yorta Yorta artist creating orchestral bowed harmonies mixed with electronic beats and traditional clap sticks; Semina Tanzanian, whose captivating voice has been likened to the great Dinah Washington; Claudia Robertson and Peta Crombe, emerging young Pacific songstresses with soul and R&B vibes; TEAGAN, a singer-songwriter whose bold, layered pop tracks and writing intimately portray her life; Madi Colville Walker all the way from Moama is young Yorta Yorta country artist and singer-songwriter armed with her guitar and a beautiful voice; Marija Janev Macedonian, whose music transcends divides in culture, religion and race; collaborators Lay the Mystic and Pookie, who combine their love of hip hop, R&B, dancehall and poetry to create a magnetic and utterly unique performance; collaborators Kalala and Iki San, who create a lyrical tapestry of jazz and soul-inspired music that speaks of understanding of self, love and land; and Taj Aldeeb, an emerging young Iranian Australia singer-songwriter.
Garden DesignFest
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018 to Sun 11th 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 $400,000 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 large gardens in rural Victoria and the Mornington Peninsula split across two consecutive weekends.

Each designer and their staff will be in attendance at their garden to meet and talk with visitors about their garden and answer any questions they have.

Seppelt Wines Stakes Day
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
Friends, fun and the finale of Cup Week, Seppelt Wines Stakes Day at Flemington is not to be missed. It is the culmination of an amazing week of racing, fashion and entertainment. Let your hair and heels down a little as the pace off the track softens for a family-friendly day out.

On-track the pace does not slow down with two Group One races. The illustrious AUD$2 million Group One Seppelt International Stakes (LKS Mackinnon Stakes) is the ultimate weight-for-age test for middle distance horses at Australia’s premier track, while the AUD$1 million Group One VRC Sprint Classic will see some of the world’s fastest horses fly up the famous Flemington straight.

It is also a big day for fashion’s future trendsetters with Stakes Day Fashions on the Field focusing on children and family. With a fun, friendly atmosphere, an abundance of free activities for children, as well as great racing, Seppelt Wines Stakes Day is the perfect way to finish Cup Week.
Neon Run
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
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.
Hand Coloured Linocut Workshop
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018 to Sun 11th Nov 2018
Hand Coloured Linocut Workshop is a two day workshop where participants will be introduced to the basic skills and techniques of linocut printing and produce a small series of hand coloured prints. No prior experience is required.

Bridget will demonstrate a variety of safe and easy cutting techniques and provide samples of artworks for discussion.

Taking inspiration from the visual patterns and forms in the Botanical gardens, students will learn how to create unique prints that can be printed by hand or with a traditional printing press.

Editioning and professional methods of presentation will also be discussed.

Bookings essential. Maximum of ten students.

Thundamentals - ‘I Love Songs’ Album Tour
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
Following the release of lead single ‘I Miss You’, Thundamentals have announced their new album 'I Love Songs' will drop on 21 September, while offering yet another track from the album, ‘All I See Is Music’.

In more news, the hip-hop heavyweights have announced they will be taking their new album on the road for their I Love Songs Tour. The tour kicks off at The Forum in Melbourne on Saturday 10 November wrapping up at Fremantle Arts in Fremantle on Saturday 8 December.
Run For Freedom - Remembering the Victims of Communism
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
Run For Freedom is an inaugural run/walk event around Melbourne's iconic Tan Track.

It is a chance to join with other Victorians in commemorating the victims of communism from around the world, giving hope to those still oppressed under communist regimes today.

More than 766,000 refugees and humanitarian entrants were settled in Australia between 1948 and 2012 according to the Refugee Council of Australia, many of these were escaping communist oppression in their homeland. Run For Freedom are proud to support them and help them commemorate.

Show your support and register for the run today.
Retro Nostalgia and Collectables Christmas Fair
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Searching for a gift with a difference this Christmas? The annual Christmas Fair could be your answer. For something a little bit different give a collectable, it’s the ideal gift that will be treasured for year’s to come and passed down from generation to generation.

Items for sale include china, glassware, kitchenalia, jewellery, Coca-Cola memorabilia, militaria, medals, badges, comics, books, stamps, coins, movie and music items. Scale model enthusiasts will find plastic model kits, trains, toy soldiers, miniatures, sports items include Olympics, all football codes including AFL, motor racing, cricket and more.

Approximately 150 trading tables will be in operation on the day making it one of the biggest specialty fairs of its kind in Victoria. Traders will travel from country Victoria and throughout the metropolitan area to take part. The list of traders includes several first timers so it will be interesting to see what they bring along. There will literally be thousands of items on offer with prices starting from as low $1 to hundreds of dollars.

Check out the website under “What’s For Sale” for more details. Information constantly updated up to the last week before the fair for keen collectors to keep up to date.

Mandy Patinkin In Concert
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Before he was an Emmy-winning television and film actor, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway star. Patinkin, star of the hit television series Homeland and one of the most versatile and compelling actors, singers and storytellers of our age, returns to Australia in November for the first time in five years to perform in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

From Randy Newman to Stephen Sondheim, from Irving Berlin to Rufus Wainwright, Mandy takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget. Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Diaries 2018 with Adam Ben-David on Piano presents the acclaimed actor, singer and storyteller in his most electrifying role, concert performer.
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
After a sold out festival last year, Melbourne’s Coachella for dogs is back for 2018. Oscar’s Law & One Little Indian Enterprises present Dogapalooza. Lay about with every friendly doggo in Melbourne whilst sampling Melbourne’s finest artists, food trucks, and beer purveyors Moon Dog Brewery.

Featuring standout folk/down tempo beat smith, Hayden Calnin.

Plus Bec Sandridge, Saatsuma and DJ Lorde Florence Fleetwood. Lay about with every friendly doggo in Melbourne whilst sampling Melbourne’s finest artists, food trucks Hamsa Hummus Vegan Shawarma, Jerry’s Vegi Burgers, Bondi’s Funky Pies, Babajis Indian, Waffle & Shake Icecream, Pookie May Coffee and beer purveyors Moon Dog Brewery.

All proceeds directly benefit: Oscar’s Law, Puppy Tails, Melbourne Animal Rescue, Greyhound Rescue Victoria, Stafford Rescue, Kayas Mission, (along with Dogapolooza’s non-doggo beneficiaries, The Orangutan Project, Indonesia Species Conservation Project, SFR, Wildwood Shelter, Sugarshine, Andara Wildlife Sanctuary and Little Wild Sanctuary).
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
The stories of war most often highlighted are those that happen on the battlefield. Aftermath focusses on the stories of those who returned to Australia, all those irreparably damaged who tried to pick up their ‘normal’ lives after the war.

Through an evocative soundscape, Aftermath creates an alternative space for the contemplation of war and loss, and the nature of collective memory. It uses live instrumental performance as well as multiple audio sources, including vintage turntables playing bespoke dub plates cut with field and archival recordings. Aftermath creates an unconventional concert setting to consider those who survived the war, but didn’t survive the peace. It can be entered and exited as you please.

Aftermath is one of a series of performances by the Australian Art Orchestra commemorating the centenary of Armistice Day and is created in collaboration with MUMA, along with Monash University Faculty of Arts, which commissioned the 100 Stories archive that inspired this work. These are intimate accounts of lives remembered in fine grain detail away from the thrust of battle given sonic expression in original collaborative work by three extraordinary Australian composers: Aviva Endean, Tilman Robinson and Australian Art Orchestra’s artistic director Peter Knight.
MMusic - A Catalan experience
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Discover the culture of Catalonia, home of MPavilion 2018 architect Carme Pinós, in this entertaining afternoon event. Learn about the history and poetry of Catalonia, see Catalan folklore in action and listen to contemporary and traditional Catalan music. You can even witness the Catalan tradition of Castellets (human towers), demonstrated by the Koales group of performers. And of course the MPavilion Kiosk will be serving refreshing drinks and snacks to see you through.

The event is curated by Carlos Uxo, coordinator of the Spanish and Latin American Studies Program at Monash University.
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).
A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong with The Syncopators and Yvette Johansson
Date Mon 12th Nov 2018
A rapturous homage to the king and queen of jazz.

Beginning with jazz’s most powerful figure, Louis Armstrong, The Syncopators will take you back to the 1920s to explore his pioneering influence on the artform. Then moving forward to the big band era of the 1930s, with a joyous celebration of Satchmo’s famous vocal duets with America’s First Lady of Song: the unparalleled Ella Fitzgerald.

Hardly strangers to Arts Centre Melbourne, The Syncopators have raised the roof of Hamer Hall with sell-out concerts including Great American Songbook, Tribute to Bing Crosby and Best of British. They will be joined by the ever charming and immensely talented Yvette Johansson. Get ready for an afternoon of brass, blues and brilliance.
Eltham and District Wine Guild Annual Wine Show
Date Mon 12th Nov 2018
Members of the public as well as wine show entrants are welcome to attend the Public Tasting Day for the Eltham Wine Show, when all wines entered in the show will be available for tasting.

In addition to over 700 entered wines being offered for tasting, wine show classes include: Grape wines, country wines and hybrid wines.

Wokshops and demonstrations will also be available such as food making demonstration (such as salami, sausage and so forth), food and wine matching, olive oil sampling and sales and cheese sampling and sales.

Presentation of awards at 12:30pm and food will be available for purchase on the premises over the lunch period.

Amateur and professional winemakers. Do you want your wines assessed by professional and experienced wine judges? Enter the 48th Eltham Wine Show. There will be professional, highly experienced and independent wine judges.
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.
Date Tue 13th Nov 2018 to Wed 14th Nov 2018
A life of hedonism, grave misfortune, enduring love and a legacy that sparkles with wit and wisdom is the extraordinary life of Cole Porter, beautifully explored in this tour de force performance.

Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths explores the colourful life and timeless songs of Cole Porter including You’re The Top, It’s De-Lovely, Let’s Do It and Night And Day.

Cole premiered at the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival by invitation of Barry Humphries and was the top rated cabaret show Edinburgh Fringe 2016. Step back in time for a night of glorious cabaret.

With Michael Griffiths Writer Anna Goldsworthy. Musical Director Michael Griffiths.

Presented by Whitehorse Centre.
Oh Carole!
Date Tue 13th Nov 2018
They were two of the biggest hit-makers of the 60s and 70s – and they dated in high school. Yes, Neil Sedaka hired a tux, borrowed his dad’s car and drove Carole King to the Prom.

Oh Carole! celebrates young love, lifelong friendship and songs that go Doo, Dooby Doo, Wah Wah. Come and enjoy this tribute to the most joyful era of pop music and two of the greatest songwriters of all time.

Gina Hogan, renowned for her sassy, one-woman shows and roles in Cats, Mamma Mia! and more, will perform alongside popular musical director and six-time Green Room Awards winner Mark Jones.

Enjoy hits including Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Calendar Girl, Natural Woman, Go Away Little Girl, You’ve Got A Friend and many more.

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.
IML Leadership Impact Series - Melbourne
Date Tue 13th Nov 2018
The Institute of Managers and Leaders is proud to present the Leadership Impact Series, IML’s prestigious signature events that celebrate the history, importance and future of leadership and leaders who innovate, inspire and make an impact.

This year the Institute invites esteemed international neuroscientist and impactful leader Dr Hannah Critchlow to the stage to demystify leadership through neuroscience.

Dr Hannah Critchlow dives into the minds of leadership professionals, using neuroscience to unravel the thinking behind our decision-making and behaviour to help us get the most out of leadership.

- How are our minds unique? Are our actions predetermined and to what extent can we change?
- How do our perceptions of the world affect our decision-making?
- How does fear and stress affect our behaviour?
- How can neuroscience help promote creativity and problem solving?
- What can we do to refine our focus and attention?

Join Hannah at the Institute's Leadership Impact series as she taps into the neurons that will help us understand ourselves, others and our world.
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.
Jackie Bornstein – From Paris to Brazil
Date Thu 15th Nov 2018
Captivating singer Jackie Bornstein presents beautiful tunes from across the globe with "From Paris to Brazil" at Paris Cat Jazz Club. Driven by her love of languages Jackie has chosen an all French, Spanish and Portuguese program

. Bringing her rich tones and talent for storytelling through song, Jackie takes her audience on a journey through the jazz manouche of Paris, the nuevo canción of Chile and the bossa nova of Brazil.

Featuring Jackie Bornstein (voice), Nathan Slater (guitar), Sam Keevers (piano), Jonathan Zion (bass) and Ryan Menezes (drums).

Jackie Bornstein is one of Melbourne's most captivating singers. She secured sold out shows at the 2018 and 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival and she is a regular at Melbourne’s top jazz venues.
MMeets - RMIT Master of Fashion (Design) graduate showcase
Date Thu 15th Nov 2018
This collaborative presentation will celebrate the 2018 RMIT Master of Fashion (Design) cohort’s mastery of advanced fashion practice. Each designer in showing their collection will respond to the unique MPavilion architecture and site in an immersive experience. Discover these emerging design practices presented on the MPavilion stage, as we celebrate a culturally diverse, critically and aesthetically potent group of RMIT Master of Fashion (Design) graduates.
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.
YG - Stay Dangerous Tour
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018
YG is leaving the Bompton coupe to join you in Australia and New Zealand this November for a huge national tour in support of his third studio album ‘Stay Dangerous’.

The tour will coincide with his slot at Spilt Milk in Canberra which has sold out, making the national tour the only place to catch YG.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bach Suites
Date 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.
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.
Doggy Day Out - Pakenham
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
Doggy Day Out is a free family event in Melbourne that celebrates dogs, their owners and their admirers. Dogs provide so much love and joy, and 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, pet themed market stalls, a family fun market and activities that dogs and the whole family can get involved with.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 6th Jan 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.
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.
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.
Land Rover Polo in the City
Date Sat 8th 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.

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 2018.

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.

Reminiscent of established UK festivals such as Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Boomtown Fair, Melbourne’s Pleasure Garden is the first offering of its kind in Australia.

In its third year, The Pleasure Garden’s announcement of artists is imminent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas Lunch at Bohemian Wine Bar
Date Tue 25th Dec 2018
Celebrate Christmas Day with a modern take on at Bohemian Wine Bar.

A menu of sharing dishes including cured meats and country style ham before with pan seared king prawns, wagyu bresaola and prosciutto wrapped salmon. Delight in local and imported artisan cheeses, chocolates and plenty of wine professionals to guide you to the best drop to match your Christmas to remember.
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.
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.

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
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yalukut Weelam Ngargee
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Yalukut Weelam Ngargee (YWN) is an annual free Indigenous music and cultural festival. Held in St Kilda’s O’Donnell Gardens, a significant contemporary Indigenous meeting place, YWN brings you a deadly program of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and arts.

This annual celebration of Indigenous culture features emerging and established Indigenous musicians, dancers, performers and artists, market stall holders, plus activities for the whole family.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019 to Sun 17th 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, industry seminars, forums, live entertainment and much more.

The Festival also offers premium tailored corporate entertainment packages and exclusive sponsorship opportunities that include unique experiential marketing and brand touch platforms.
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.
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?
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2019
Date Thu 14th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019
There is only one race the whole world is watching. The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is the ultimate playground for the world’s biggest stars. Watch as the fastest cars in the world tear up the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit at the 2019 season opener.

Whether you are a motorsport fan after full throttle, or want to soak in the glamour of this star-studded event, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2019 presents something for everyone as it takes excitement and opulence to the next level.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Date Fri 15th 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.

In 2018, the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne (MFWF) shone a global spotlight on Victoria’s world-class food and wine industries.

From March 16 to 25, MFWF got together to celebrate with the theme of Community for the 26th Festival.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne will return in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
St Kilda Film Festival
Date Thu 16th May 2019 to Sat 1st 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 the Top 100 short film entries received each year alongside a rich program of music videos, Palm Springs International Showcase, special screenings and events plus a free Filmmaker Development Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.

Don’t 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 Etihad 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.