Regional Tourism Guide for City of Melbourne
Victoria , Australia  
Live Jazz with Orlando Combo
Date Wed 1st May 2019 to Wed 11th Dec 2019
Experience the genuine live jazz experience while wining or dining in style. After an eight year weekly Wednesday night residency at the renowned Botanical Hotel, South Yarra, Orlando Combo brings its smooth live jazz, swing and lounge sounds to the amazing Sagra restaurant in Malvern. This event occurs every second Wednesday.

Enjoy modern Italian dining in an airy contemporary gallery with retro furniture, plus a rooftop bar and complemented by fine wine, coffee and quality live jazz. Free entry.
Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition
Date Wed 1st May 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
The 2019 Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition is the most innovative and important annual event to take place in the Toorak Village, where the arts links with business to form a unique cultural experience. From 1 May to 9 June, browse 103 contemporary sculptural works in the shop windows and on the sidewalks of Toorak Road, Toorak Village. All sculptures are made in Australia.

This will be the 18th year of the exhibition where 93 new artists will display their sculptures in Toorak Village shop windows with large sculptures bolted to the sidewalks of Toorak Road. These will compliment the 10 permanent sculptures purchased by the Toorak Village businesses from previous shows and on display all year.

Presented by the Toorak Village Traders and directed by Tony Fialides, this years’ exhibition will showcase artists with some very interesting unique sculptures made from mediums including copper, clay, paper, steel, marble, mosaic, bronze, wood and found objects.

This is a free event and catalogues are available from any of the shops. All sculptures are for sale and easily purchased from Toorak Village Pharmacy.
QV Melbourne City Safari
Date Wed 1st May 2019 to Tue 21st May 2019
QV Melbourne is thrilled to announce City / Safari, part art installation and part digital game, launching on 1 May.

In his first Melbourne installation since 2011, Tom Ripon’s life-size neon animal art (NGV) will come together with a digital gaming experience to take users on a fast-paced scavenger hunt through QV Melbourne’s iconic laneways.

Best of all, City / Safari is completely free.
The HIA Melbourne Home Show
Date Thu 2nd May 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
Building, renovating or making home improvements? You will love Melbourne's favourite Home Show. It is packed to the rafters with the best products and new releases from around the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Directed by Xavier McGettigan. Choreographed by the ADC Impact Ensemble.
The Other Art Fair Melbourne
Date Thu 2nd May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
The Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art, gives you the opportunity to meet a curated selection of over 120 independent artists and browse thousands of pieces to suit every budget under one roof.

With prices starting from as little as $100, this is an art fair for everyone. Whether you are a first-time art buyer, seasoned collector, curator, investor, gallery owner, art lover or anything in between, you are guaranteed to find something to add to your collection.

Plus, with unique immersive experiences, live DJ sets, event tours, conversations with some of the art scene's leading names, live art activations, performances, street food and a fully-stocked bar, The Other Art Fair presents a unique opportunity to enjoy a cultural experience easily accessible from Melbourne's city centre.

View the full Fair Program on the website.
The Return Season of Mr Burns, a post-electric play
Date Thu 2nd May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
After a completely sold-out season, Lightning Jar Theatre is thrilled to announce the return of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play for those who missed out first time around.
Simon Schama: Wordy
Date Thu 2nd May 2019
Simon Schama is a British broadcaster and scholar who is famous for his limitless energy and grand-scale intellectual undertakings.

He is a familiar figure on the BBC as well as a professor at Columbia University, and he has produced multi-volume histories of Britain, documentaries with momentous names like The American Future and a television series called Simon Schama’s Power of Art.

Simon is a heavyweight scholar, best known for in-depth works on French history, Jewish history, art history and Dutch history. But he is also a writer of great versatility who has concerned himself – through his columns for the New Yorker and the Financial Times – with a dizzying array of topics, from poetry and baseball to Tom Waits and ice-cream.

His latest book, Wordy, is the product of a life-long love affair – with language. A collection of Schama’s greatest essays, spanning four decades of work, a testament to the flexibility of Schama’s own voice and the broad range of his interests, it is also a loving tribute to Schama’s writing heroes.

Meet the peerless and eloquent Schama, in conversation with Ramona Koval at the Athenaeum Theatre in May.

Neighbourhood Books will be the bookseller at this event.
ButohOUT! Festival: Forbidden Laughter Showcase
Date Thu 2nd May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Immerse yourself in the powerful performance art of Butoh with this showcase of short works celebrating the unique nature and cultural dialogue within this Japanese art form.

Featuring a cast of established Butoh performers, alongside a talented ensemble drawn from ButohOUT! Festival’s 2019 workshop series, this performance showcase explores the theme Forbidden Laughter.

The word for laughter in Japanese, warau, comes from the verb wareru – to break, crack or split. Multiple images, body movements and narratives are created through the focal point of laughing. The surreal narratives are woven between the short works – combining the sacred and the carnal, the earthly and the divine, the contemporary and the mythic, and Eastern and Western sensibilities.

This performance season is being held at the Convent as part of the ButohOUT! Festival, presented by Yumi Umiumare and Takashi Takiguchi in partnership with the Abbotsford Convent Foundation.
Jackie Bornstein – From Paris to Brazil
Date Thu 2nd May 2019
Jackie Bornstein brings her rich tones and beautiful tunes from across the globe to Paris Cat Jazz Club.

Be transported by a gorgeous French, Portuguese and Spanish program performed by a lineup of Australia's top jazz musicians. 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 a mixture of swing, bossa and poetry-driven songs by influential composers including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Maria Grever, Charles Trenet, Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel, Violetta Para and more.

Jackie is one of Melbourne's most captivating singers, with sold-out shows at her 2018 Melbourne Recital Centre debut and at the 2018 and 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Jackie is a regular at Melbourne’s top jazz venues and is known for her rich tones and ability to get to the heart of a tune. Embracing the sounds and perspectives of lyrics written in multiple languages, Jackie's repertoire features composers from across the globe.

Performers include Jackie Bornstein (voice), Nathan Slater (guitar), Anthony Schulz (accordian), Philip Rex (bass) and Ryan Menezes (drums).
Lara Travis
Date Thu 2nd May 2019
Lara Travis: songwriter, art writer and historian, curator, stripper.

Feeling it has been too long since she last played Melbourne, Lara hits the Ember Lounge this May with her delightfully weird and pretty songs from her debut album 'Pineapples', 'Greenbacks' and 'Glitter In the Air'.

Reeling and reckless at the end of a relationship, Lara Travis went and did what she feared and admired the most: she became a stripper on Melbourne’s notorious King Street. The door to everyday life quietly closed. And she descended into an endless, subterranean nocturne, where rooms and lives were swallowed in red and black chiaroscuro, suffused in smoke, cut through with a strobe, saturated in music and broken by flashes of glitter, diamantes and fluorescent lycra. Amidst a spectacle of embellished and augmented bodies, dramas were lived, night after night. And she watched.
The Palette of Painters
Date Thu 2nd May 2019 to Thu 30th May 2019
The Palette of Painters is a group of award-winning artists and members of the Victorian Artist Society (VAS) who have painted together for companionship and their love of art since the 1970s. This May, the group will take on the challenge to paint ‘en plein air’, amongst the Market sheds, stallholders, buskers and shoppers.

The participating artists are: Norma Sullivan, Joanne Sullivan, Colin Peel, Colin Shaw, Elly Abart, Gwendoline Krumins, David Pincus, Jane Peck, Ray Wilson, Stephen Doyle and Melanie Bardolia.

Come along and see them in action.
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?
Alma Zygier Band Live at The Jazzlab
Date Fri 3rd May 2019
Alma Zygier has been fascinated by the pre-war era of Jazz; the singers, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Memphis Minnie and the Broadway composers who largely provided the repertoire, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers.

She has a voice from another era and brings an emotional maturity to her performance that belies her years. Performing with a similarly minded group of young players she brings her American Songbook repertoire to the 21st century.
The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sat 18th May 2019
Connor is 16 and angry. He does not know why. Lately everything and everyone is annoying him. He’s slamming doors, flipping desks and always fighting. But, when he takes his rage one step too far, his parents decide to leave him in the forest for a week, alone. That should sort him out. Until he meets Lotte – also 16, also angry, but maybe just the friend Connor needs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visitors can also get up close and paw-sonal in Pat-A-Pooch, explore the Bow Wow Meow Pawfect Match Zone and solve pretty pooch problems in the new Ask-A-Groomer Zone presented by Melanie Newman Salon Essentials.
Writing On the Wall
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Part of this year's Yirramboi Festival, Blak Dot is proud to present: Writing On the Wall.

Writing on the Wall raises awareness of the threat of extinction of Australia's First Nations languages. The exhibition supports the United Nations 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages and the important role language play in our daily lives.

Language is part of one's identity and one's culture. We remind ourselves the various forms of language and communication like song and dance, storytelling, art, and the importance to continue teaching and sharing knowledge.

Step into the world of emerging First Nations artists from around the country and of varied artistic background including music, fashion design and photography. Follow their journeys and learn through their artistic work how they champion and celebrate the survival of our First Nations languages.

The exhibition strongly encourages the audience and visitors to share your stories and impart your knowledge of our First Nation languages to ensure the survival of our languages for generations to come.

Curated By: Perina Drummond. Artists include: Kyah, Haus of Dizzy, Aarli Fashion, Jalaru Photography, makeup for Mob, Little Rocket.

Welcome: Djirri Djirri Dancers.
Aurora Australian Tour
Date Fri 3rd May 2019
As she prepares to shine bright over regional fields as part of 2019’s epic Groovin The Moo line-up, Norwegian dream and a rising star of futuristic artistry Aurora has wasted no time in announcing huge sideshows across Australia.

Aurora will be heading out for theatre sized shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle and, much like the enchanting light display with which she shares her name, this prodigiously talented 22-year-old songwriter is an inspiring spectacle.

Having amassed over 200 million streams and huge sales of her debut album All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, Aurora recently released the first instalment of an ongoing project titled Infections Of A Different Kind – Step 1. Tracks like ‘Runaway’ and ‘Queendom’ showcase a powerful, angelic voice which has landed her a devoted following, both in Australia and all over the world.
Day of Immunology Discovery Tour
Date Fri 3rd May 2019
Go behind the scenes of one of Victoria's leading medical research institutes. As part of the Day of Immunology Victoria 2019, organised by the Australia and New Zealand Society for Immunology (ASI), the Peter Doherty Institute is opening its doors to the public.

Discovery tours provide a unique opportunity for the community to find out more about medical research, see our state-of-the-art facilities, learn about our exciting discoveries and talk to passionate scientists about their research.

The Peter Doherty Institute is a world-class institute combining research, teaching, public health and reference laboratory services, diagnostic services and clinical care in infectious diseases and immunity. We are offering you the opportunity to come and interact with scientists in their natural habitat.

See where the science is done, whom it is done by and ask the question of why we are doing it. You will be taken on a tour through the many facets that make up the collaborative heart of this institute, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza and the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory.
Kellybrook Cider Festival
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
The Kellybrook Cider Festival is the best weekend to enjoy Scrumpy Cider and listen to live bands, under the great oak of Kellybrook gardens. Grab a cider, craft beer or wine from the main bar or garden bar. In the cellar door, you can enjoy the full range of estate grown wines and ciders and listen to live music by Jo Pearson. Food trucks and grazing plates of local produce in the cellar door will keep your taste buds happy.

Bands to entertain include Tracy McNeil and the Good Life, Sal Kimber and the Rollin' Wheel, Ghost Towns of the Midwest, Mission Brown and Ginger Pony. Kids' entertainment include jumping castle, face painting, toffee apples and more.

Bring your picnic rug, invite your friends and celebrate the end of apple harvest. For full details, visit the website, Facebook or Instagram.
Neon Run
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Neon Run is a five kilometre night-time spectacular run with six unique neon zones full of music, black lights, strobes, dancers, DJs and more. Let the 2XU Neon Run take you on a journey full of lights, colour and action.

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

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

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

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

Tour group will be limited to twelve. All participants must be over 18 years old. Meeting point at Federation Square.
Late Set: The Rookies Live at The Jazzlab Brunswick
Date Sat 4th May 2019
The Rookies were born in the spring of 2014 on the forgotten end of Brunswick Street in a room full of sweat, beer and dim lights at The Rooks Return. What started as a quiet set of background jazz for punters while they imbibed their cocktails quickly devolved into an uninhibited, drunken dance party reminiscent of a time almost forgotten.

Band leader Greg Sher (alto saxophone) is joined by Tom Sly (trumpet), Joel Trigg (piano), Oscar Neyland (double bass) and Chris Cameron (drums and cymbals), with special guests from Australia and overseas sitting in every week.

The weekly parties are never the same as the band effortlessly jumps genres, twisting and contorting old world repertoire into something idiosyncratically their own. After the dust settles and the bar empties, an old broken down piano in the corner is the only vestige of the chaos that once was.

The parties blend a nostalgic sense of the old world with the freedom and spontaneity of the new. Not quite jazz club, not quite night club. The energy is carried by the bands long standing musical brotherhood, interspersed with Greg’s satirical and quirky commentary.
Metropolis: Night Two
Date Sat 4th May 2019
A celebration of some of Australia’s – and the world’s – finest living composers, Metropolis New Music Festival showcases the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's commitment to contemporary symphonic music.

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

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

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

Presented in association with Melbourne Recital Centre and the Metropolis New Music Festival Education Partner, Monash University.
Baluk Arts - Elements
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 23rd Jun 2019
This group exhibition showcases works made by artists from Baluk Arts, an urban Aboriginal Arts Centre based in Mornington. Featuring artists Lisa Waup and Dominic White, the exhibition includes works by six selected artists also from the Baluk studio.

Curated by Lisa Waup, this exhibition explores the concepts of the vessel, places of belonging, loss and motherhood. Through sculpture, prints and textiles, the artists have responded to ideas around what they carry and what they have let go.

The fragility and strength of our planet is also explored, and the materials used by the artists are inspired by the fundamental elements of nature – Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Wood and Metal.

Artists: Gillian Garvie, Tallara Gray, Robert Kelly, Cassie Leatham, Beverley Meldrum, Rebecca Robinson, Lisa Waup and Dominic White.
Dark Water - Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 23rd Jun 2019
Presented by artists Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari, this exhibition draws on their combined research into cephalopod anatomy, maritime history, ocean mythologies, psychogenesis and the experiences of deep-sea divers. Dark Water includes a film, shot underwater using submerged sets created by the artists, as well as an installation of the moulded silicon sculptures used in the film, drawings and scrimshaw prints.

The works centre on the nature of human grief and personal transformation, whilst being conceptually and aesthetically underpinned by the Australian Gothic in cinema.

Dark Water has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Modern Hand Embroidery Workshop
Date Sat 4th May 2019
To celebrate the launch of her new book "Thread Folk: A Modern Makers Book of Embroidery Projects and Artist Collaborations”, Libby Moore is hosting a special hand embroidery workshop.

Learn about the fundamentals of modern hand embroidery and discover the therapeutic art of stitching in the intimate and relaxing workshop. Libby will take you through a series of her favourite embroidery stitches and techniques so that you can progress on to complete an embroidery pattern from her new book.

You will be provided will all materials you will need for the workshop, some surprise treats and a copy of Libby's new book.
Bob Sedergreen and Friends – A Tribute to Jazz Pianists
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Saluting the great pianists/composers from Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines to Keith Jarrett. Jazz is a litany of great pianists Fats Waller and Earl Hines in the thirties, Duke Ellington in the forties and fifties, Les McCann and Bobby Timmins in the sixties. The big three, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea in the seventies as well as a few other surprises. Come on this musical journey with legendary pianist Bob Sedergreen whose career now spans sixty years of hard driving jazz of all genres.

Joining Bob for this musical tour will be bassist Gareth Hill , who plays with Bob in the Ted Vining Trio and his Canberra mate drummer Sam Young. A must see for lovers of jazz piano—a light-hearted fun romp.
The Australian Ballet presents Storytime Ballet: Coppélia
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Storytime Ballet is an enchanting dance experience that is brought to life as an interactive, narrated show created especially for young children. Kids are inspired by the delightful storytelling, graceful dancing and treasure trove of costumes and trinkets.

Join the narrator Dr Coppelius and young lovers Swanilda and Franz, as they sneak into the magician’s mysterious workshop and discover the secrets of his mechanical dolls. Running for under an hour, children are fully immersed in the story and help make the magic happen on stage.
Of This Earth
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Art, history, food and performance combine in Of This Earth, as Bunjil Place launches the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival through a spectacular collaboration with Carbon Arts.

Of this Earth is a one-night-only, roaming theatrical eight course degustation adventure limited to one hundred guests and set within the visionary architecture of Bunjil Place in the City of Casey. Each course explores different themes relating to ecology, native food history, colonised agricultural impacts and the possibilities for a new Australian fusion cuisine.

The Australian Future Foods Lab invites guests on a dizzying and delicious journey through deep geological time to the present, in the hope of inspiring a revolution in food culture. Collaborating with Scale Free Network, Sensory Empire and Future Crunch’s Musical Philosopher, guests can discover distinctively Australian tastes and tales, and enter into the complex and evolving story of this land.
Yarra’s Edge Progressive Marathon
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Melbourne’s most unique marathon has returned and there’s no need to be a professional athlete to make it across the finish line. Registrations have just opened for the Yarra’s Edge Progressive Marathon, now in its second consecutive year.

Melbourne’s only progressive marathon, and its most inclusive, encourages Melburnians to complete 42.2 kilometres at their own pace, from 4 to 18 May, in order to raise awareness and funds for independent breast cancer charity, Think Pink Foundation. To mark the end of the 'marathon’ period, participants can cross the finish line at a celebratory event at Yarra’s Edge.
Maestro Impro
Date Sun 5th May 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
Get ready for Maestro™ mayhem, Impro Melbourne’s annual high stakes showdown where the fate of the players rests solely in the hands of you the audience.

Rivalry is fierce, with the cast competing in a series of scenes, songs or games that culminate in an audience vote to decide who is eliminated and who advances to the next round. It’s a wonderful night of family friendly fun with each player hell bent on winning while simultaneously contributing to the collaborative magic that can only be created by a stellar ensemble cast.

These are experienced, world class improvisors at the top of their game. There will be laughter. There will be risk. There will be cut-throat competition. And at the end of each night the only player left standing will be The Maestroâ„¢.

Created by Keith Johnstone (Theatresports), Maestro Impro has become an audience favourite and one of Impro Melbourne’s popular yearly seasons of shows. Suitable for families.
Bach Concertos - Melbourne Recital Centre
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Recently praised for his “simply gorgeous” playing and “crystalline phrasing” by the Washington Post, pianist David Fung is an ideal match for two of Bach's immaculate keyboard concertos. Program includes Bartók’s folk-flecked Divertimento and music of Telemann and Dvořák.
Wyndham City Werribee Mansion Run
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Set on the grounds of Werribee Mansion and Werribee Park, The Wyndham City Werribee Mansion Run starts and finishes on the lawns of the magnificent Werribee Mansion.

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

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

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

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

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

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Charcoal Lane social enterprise restaurant, William Angliss Institute and YIRRAMBOI Festival.
Convent Live: Gintaute Gataveckaite
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Enjoy an autumn afternoon of music at the Convent with award-winning Lithuanian pianist Gintaute Gataveckaite. The musical form of theme and variations has played a vital role in keyboard music from the Baroque period through to the present day. This recital brings together three of the greatest sets of variations written for the piano.

Starting with Busoni’s arrangement of Bach’s Chaconne, written in the form of variations, the recital will then continue with a lesser-known yet beautiful and technically demanding set by Beethoven, and finally conclude with one of the most celebrated and favourite sets of piano variations by Rachmaninoff, on a Theme of Corelli. Don’t miss this journey of virtuoso piano music in the unique surrounds of the Convent’s Oratory.
Melbourne Vixens vs Giants Netball
Date Sun 5th May 2019
The Melbourne Vixens are proud to partner with Breast Cancer Network Australia to help ensure every Australian diagnosed with breast cancer receives the very best support, information, treatment and care.

To help raise awareness, all sporting clubs around Australia are encouraged to hold a Pink Sports Day, and for the Vixens’ round two match against Giants Netball, that is exactly what the Vixens are doing.

Melbourne Arena will turn pink for the game, with plenty of activities around to help the cause.
LIMS Day of Immunology Discovery Tour
Date Sun 5th May 2019
The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), a La Trobe University-embedded molecular research institute, is committed to solving global problems and improving the welfare of human societies. The Institute's research is supported by a state-of-the-art facility where scientists from different disciplines work together to achieve research outcomes.

In celebration of "Day of Immunology", join us on a public two hour Research Tour, featuring a public lecture, a case study, research demonstration, and building tour. You will be taken on a research journey throughout LIMS to explore cell death, its link to diseases such as cancer and infection, how we can study it and how this understanding overall leads to the development of new disease therapeutics. You will be given opportunities to have hands-on experience on our latest equipment and laboratory techniques.
Art Lane Cafe Grand Opening
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Whether you are grabbing coffee on the way to work or looking for a cosy lunch spot, the new Art Lane Cafe offers an array of options.

Offering a great selection of treats from decadent Brazilian chocolate truffles to a delicious pulled beef benedict sandwich.
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).
James Morrison and Kurt Elling
Date Mon 6th May 2019
Acclaimed jazz musicians Australian James Morrison, and Grammy Award Winning vocalist Kurt Elling will join forces for the first time this May to showcase their exceptional talents, in one special show.

Hear your favourite jazz numbers and be entertained by the brilliant showmanship of these gifted performers, with some of the best jazz musicians in the country, including the amazing New York based saxophonist, Troy Roberts.
Little Kids' Day In - Deep Sea Disco
Date Mon 6th May 2019
Coming up in May, Scienceworks hosts a Little Kids' Day In event that will give your little learner the chance to enjoy a day of fun, play-based learning activities without the school groups.

Discover light and colour under the deep, dark sea at Little Kids' Day In on Monday 6 May.

Dress up as your favourite sea creature and dive into a day filled with play-based activities and shows. Perfect for kids five and under, their parents and carers.
Arisa Kwabe - The accumulation of our little narratives
Date Tue 7th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Artist in Residence Arisa Kwabe presents ‘The accumulation of our little narratives’.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These five incredible young musicians, Kirk Bowman (banjo), Mikey Ponsford (mandolin), Josh Warner (guitar), Danny Hart (fiddle) and Liam Fitzharris (double bass), honed their skills in hundreds of live performances over the past six years, charming and wowing audiences along the way.
Selby & Friends: Love and Devotion
Date Wed 8th May 2019
This concert explores the music of Clara and Robert Schumann and their devoted friend, Johannes Brahms. ACO principal cellist, Timo-Veikko Valve and virtuoso young Australian violinist Grace Clifford join artistic director/pianist Kathryn Selby, AM for a program of great Romantic Piano Trios and a special duo to celebrate the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann. This program encapsulates the powerful story of three giants of the classical music world whose love and friendship has fascinated people to this day.
Standing In Red
Date Wed 8th May 2019 to Sat 25th May 2019
The works in Standing in Red are designed to create a relationship between the human body and a field of colour.

Emotion is a physiological experience that connects humans with the world around them. It can resonate inside us with such a vibrancy, it feels as though it could expand beyond our physical body and occupied the space around us. Through the design of vibrant colour, the works form a mirror to the emotions of the viewer.

This project is informed by the notion of colour having an emotional resonance, stretching back from Roy De Maistre’s “colour-music” to James Turrell’s 2018 “Seen Unseen” strobe light installation. The exhibition is about the power of colour in producing a physiological emotion, and the physical relationship between a human body and a field of colour. The sizes and installation of the works are carefully considered to create spatial relationship between the viewers eye, the painting, and their body.
History of Money Part 2: Abolishing Slavery
Date Wed 8th May 2019
The abolition of slavery is the first and most significant struggle for justice among many that have occurred throughout history.

As the second lecture in this series, we will trace the impact of slavery on our contemporary society and investigate ways in which slavery still exists today.

Delivered in collaboration with Humanities 21 as part of the Creating Space for Relevant Debate series.
Path to Everest - Jam Factory
Date Wed 8th May 2019 to Mon 13th May 2019
Kilian Jornet, the best mountain runner in history, wrote as a child a list of all the races he would like to win and all the mountains he dreamed of climbing.

In May 2017 he ticked off the last on the list with the historic double, solo ascent of Everest, without oxygen and in a single climb. It marked the climax of the Summits of My Life project which over five years took him to some of the world’s most famous peaks, accompanied by a small group of climbers.

Path to Everest, directed by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset and Josep Serra, follows the path that led Kilian Jornet to the highest peak in the world in an intimate portrait that reveals his fears, contradictions and his desire to keep seeking new challenges so that he can continue to dream, surrounded by the mountains and people who are his inspiration.

Path to Everest is presented by Adventure Entertainment and perfect for anyone who enjoyed the Oscar-winning documentary, Free Solo.
Path to Everest - Knox
Date Wed 8th May 2019 to Mon 13th May 2019
Kilian Jornet, the best mountain runner in history, wrote as a child a list of all the races he would like to win and all the mountains he dreamed of climbing.

In May 2017 he ticked off the last on the list with the historic double, solo ascent of Everest, without oxygen and in a single climb. It marked the climax of the Summits of My Life project which over five years took him to some of the world’s most famous peaks, accompanied by a small group of climbers.

Path to Everest, directed by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset and Josep Serra, follows the path that led Kilian Jornet to the highest peak in the world in an intimate portrait that reveals his fears, contradictions and his desire to keep seeking new challenges so that he can continue to dream, surrounded by the mountains and people who are his inspiration.

Path to Everest is presented by Adventure Entertainment and perfect for anyone who enjoyed the Oscar-winning documentary, Free Solo.
Path to Everest - Southland
Date Wed 8th May 2019 to Mon 13th May 2019
Kilian Jornet, the best mountain runner in history, wrote as a child a list of all the races he would like to win and all the mountains he dreamed of climbing.

In May 2017 he ticked off the last on the list with the historic double, solo ascent of Everest, without oxygen and in a single climb. It marked the climax of the Summits of My Life project which over five years took him to some of the world’s most famous peaks, accompanied by a small group of climbers.

Path to Everest, directed by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset and Josep Serra, follows the path that led Kilian Jornet to the highest peak in the world in an intimate portrait that reveals his fears, contradictions and his desire to keep seeking new challenges so that he can continue to dream, surrounded by the mountains and people who are his inspiration.

Path to Everest is presented by Adventure Entertainment and perfect for anyone who enjoyed the Oscar-winning documentary, Free Solo.
Path to Everest - Sunshine
Date Wed 8th May 2019 to Mon 13th May 2019
Kilian Jornet, the best mountain runner in history, wrote as a child a list of all the races he would like to win and all the mountains he dreamed of climbing.

In May 2017 he ticked off the last on the list with the historic double, solo ascent of Everest, without oxygen and in a single climb. It marked the climax of the Summits of My Life project which over five years took him to some of the world’s most famous peaks, accompanied by a small group of climbers.

Path to Everest, directed by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset and Josep Serra, follows the path that led Kilian Jornet to the highest peak in the world in an intimate portrait that reveals his fears, contradictions and his desire to keep seeking new challenges so that he can continue to dream, surrounded by the mountains and people who are his inspiration.

Path to Everest is presented by Adventure Entertainment and perfect for anyone who enjoyed the Oscar-winning documentary, Free Solo.
Bonachela / Nankivell / Lane
Date Wed 8th May 2019 to Sat 11th May 2019
Sydney Dance Company’s 50th Anniversary bursts into life with a thrilling triple bill from Rafael Bonachela, Gabrielle Nankivell and Melanie Lane, each having created a wildly inventive and spellbinding experience for the audience.

Be moved by a “\dazzling technical display of flexibility in the world premiere of Rafael Bonachela’s Cinco. Watch elastic dynamic dancing from award-winning dancers, in delicate costumes by revered fashion designer Bianca Spender, set to Alberto Ginastera’s soaring String Quartet No.2.

Also a premiere, Gabrielle Nankivell’s Neon Aether is a theatrical adventure into the infinite unknown. Inspired by science fiction and outer space, audiences will be transported into a vivid, ethereal world beyond the clouds.

Completing the triple bill is Melanie Lane’s electrifying and critically acclaimed WOOF. To a hypnotic electronic score by UK musician Clark, WOOF imagines a futuristic, apocalyptic fantasy with masterful choreography.
How it plays: Innovations in percussion Exhibition
Date Wed 8th May 2019 to Sun 1st Dec 2019
This exhibition and performance project shines a light on key innovations and experimentation in tuned percussion, focusing on Melbourne. It brings together a range of percussion instruments that have been created, composed for, and played by radical musicians, who have sought to change the way we can all hear, and play, music.

Starting with Percy Grainger’s ground-breaking compositional experiments in ‘tuneful percussion’ in the first half of the twentieth century, How it plays then explores the work of the Australian percussion group, APE, in the 1970s, who experimented on Percy Grainger’s own instruments as they evolved their practice.

Jumping to the twenty-first century, the exhibition explores the musical and social phenomenon of the Federation Handbells, which engages acoustic and artistic innovation to bring the playing of bells to a wide range of communities. It concludes with an immersion in the sonic and artistic adventures of Melbourne's Speak Percussion, an international leader in the field of experimental and new music.

How it plays features two octaves of Federation Handbells in an interactive composition hub, where visitors can improvise their own music, or be inspired by pre-existing scores. This exhibition continues the Grainger Museum’s commitment to creativity, community engagement and collaboration.
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll But I Like It – Exhibition
Date Thu 9th May 2019 to Fri 24th May 2019
Canon Australia and Sunstudios are proud to present "It’s only rock ‘n’ roll but I like it…"—an exhibition featuring the who’s who of Australian music from the past 40 years captured by award-winning photographer Wendy McDougall. A selection of more than 140 images from McDougall’s extensive collection will be on show. Images will be available for purchase at the venues and a selection online.
Stonnington Jazz Festival
Date Thu 9th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
The award-winning Stonnington Jazz 2019 returns for its 14th year to present more extraordinary performances by Australian artists, both established and emerging, across a wide variety of jazz styles.

Running from 9 to 19 May, this festival is set to challenge what you know about Australian jazz.

Stonnington Jazz Festival is firmly established as an important event on the national jazz calendar.

We have established a strong track record of presenting memorable performances from a variety of Australian artists based in Melbourne, interstate and internationally. Across a wide range of jazz styles, we feature both established names and those in the early stages of their career.

As always, Stonnington Jazz Festival is a proudly Australian event, reflecting the wealth of talent that can be heard throughout the year in Melbourne and around the country.

Whether you are a passionate jazz fan or a newcomer to the exciting world of jazz, there are plenty of shows in this year’s program that we’re sure you will enjoy.

Stonnington is located in Melbourne, just South of the Yarra River. Suburbs include South Yarra, Prahran, Malvern, Armadale, Hawksburn, Windsor, Malvern East, Toorak and Glen Iris.

Makeup for The Working Gal
Date Thu 9th May 2019
Are you constantly trying to find that makeup look for work or outings that is easy, polished, but not too time consuming? This is for you.

You will learn about products that can be used with ease in multiple ways to create balance, the brushes you need to take the hard work out of your look, makeup that will last all day and into the night and simple techniques that can create impact without being too much.

Enjoy some nibbles and bubbles during the one hour demonstration, following with an opportunity to practice the techniques on yourself, with expert guidance.

Receive an additional 30 percent off all makeup brushes and sets.
Piano Pictures
Date Thu 9th May 2019
Two modern American classics to open: John Adams’ jubilant Hallelujah Junction, inspired by the name of a truck stop near the California-Nevada border, and a seminal work of minimalism, Steve Reich’s Six Pianos.

On the other hand, the epic riff on Chopin’s Prelude by young, New Mexico-born composer Ben Wallace might be called ‘So Chopin walked into a bar, ordered a whiskey and headed straight for the pinball machine.’ One has to hear it to believe it. Likewise the epic arrangement of Mussorgsky’s musical art gallery which pianist/composer Paul Kerekes created for New York’s Piano Band. Kerekes is a member of the group as is Lisa Moore who returns to ANAM to direct this spectacular program.
Architects of Beauty 2019
Date Thu 9th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
The ultimate beauty event series is set to make over Melbourne’s west. Architects of Beauty will return for its fourth consecutive year. This year’s curated program of hands-on workshops and masterclasses will inspire beauty lovers to ‘Glow Your Own Way’—from natural to neon, simple skincare to stage makeup, and so much more.

Uniting the biggest names in Australian beauty, this category-defining event series will welcome an impressive line-up of beauty business experts, make-up visionaries and podcasting pioneers to deliver an experience like no other. This year’s ‘beauty architects’ include:

Erika Geraerts, Founder of casual cosmetics brand, Fluff, and Shella Ruby Martin, renowned Melbourne make-up artist, who have teamed up to deliver a striking conversation about the future of beauty, as well as a lesson to mastering Fluff’s iconic ‘makeunder’.

Globally recognised drag queen, Karen From Finance, who will step through the essential tips, tricks and trends in drag transformation.

Jack Cail, the Melbourne-based celebrity make-up artist known for his gorgeous glow, who will teach beauty lovers how to recreate this trending look by highlighting, contouring and adding pops of neon
Adult Pottery Class
Date Thu 9th May 2019 to Thu 20th Jun 2019
Experiment and learn how to make your own ceramics at this fun hand building clay class.

This pottery class is the perfect introduction for anyone wanting to have some hands on experience working with clay. This informative and fun workshop will teach you everything you need to know about how to prepare clay before it is thrown.

Your experienced pottery teacher will give lots of detailed live demonstrations and will be on hand to answer any questions and give help as you need it. During the course of the class you will have the chance to experiment and create a few different objects. To allow time for your pieces to dry, be glazed and fired, you won’t be able to take them home with you on the day. They will be ready for collection following your class.

This fun, hands on workshop is a perfect option for a hens party or corporate outing, just remember to wear casual clothing as they are guaranteed to get splattered with clay. All of your materials including the clay and tools will be provided on the day.
Curator's Floor Talk – How it Plays: Innovations in Percussion
Date Thu 9th May 2019
Join Grainger Museum Curator, Collections and Exhibition, Dr Heather Gaunt for a tour of How it Plays: Innovations in Percussion – a collaborative exhibition and performance project at the Grainger Museum.

This exhibition and performance project shines a light on key innovations and experimentation in tuned percussion, focusing on Melbourne. It brings together a range of percussion instruments that have been created, composed for, and played by radical musicians, who have sought to change the way we can all hear, and play, music.

Featuring Federation Handbells (Museums Victoria/Creative Victoria), Speak Percussion, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and the University's Melbourne School of Design.
Good Beer Week
Date Fri 10th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Good Beer Week is a celebration of beer and the people who make it. Taking place at over 300 events around Melbourne and Regional Victoria, it enters its ninth year with a more exciting program than ever.

This year, Good Beer Week is celebrating the good times, with the motto, Let The Good Times Roll, and that means plenty of live music, games and all round fun.

Head over to the website for all the information you need, including ticket sales (they have free events too), venue information and even discounts on accommodation while you are in the city.

Good Beer Week is a non-profit organisation run by people who are passionate about supporting good beer, small business and making positive spaces for socialising.
Romeo and Juliet
Date Fri 10th May 2019 to Mon 13th May 2019
After his memorable debut conducting Rachmaninov with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2017, rising Russian maestro Stanislav Kochanovsky returns to transport us to Shakespeare’s fabled tale of the star-cross’d lovers, Romeo and Juliet, in excerpts from Prokofiev’s masterful ballet score including the famous intimate balcony scene, dramatic climaxes like the Death of Tybalt and the pulsating beat of Dance of the Knights.

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

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

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

Enjoy the most romantic music journey with Yiruma's splendid music proudly presented by Castiglione Arts and Culture.
Sokquon Tran Paintings
Date Fri 10th May 2019
Through Tran's transcendental reflection, his sublime paintings in monochromatic tones of grey, capture the atmospheric ambience of the love story between land, sky and self. The artists delicate palette sympathetically embraces the mysterious landscape, upon self-refection of the intangible, into a sublime beauty, revealing a potential mystery greater than ourselves. A presence within a vast meditative landscape.

Sokquon's paintings, speak of art histories painting traditions, imbued within the works of Turner. What appears as landscape, passionately emanates notions of self, spirituality, time, refuge and reflection.

Sokquon Tran was born in Kampot, Cambodia in 1969, during the régime of Pol Pot. After finding refuge in Australia Tran studied Art at Liverpool Tafe and UWS. As a finalist in the Wynne Art Prize and associated exhibition at the Gallery of NSW, his work has become highly valued amongst Corporate and private collections.

Creative Framing proudly exhibits Sokquon Tran's beautiful paintings in our new location in North Balwyn for your viewing and purchase. Professional picture framing is available on site in North Balwyn and at our Burwood location on Highbury Road.
Jane Goodall: Rewind the Future
Date Sat 11th May 2019
Once more gracing Australia's shores is the iconic, inspirational and inimitable Dr Jane Goodall for her Australian tour, Rewind the Future, in May 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opera Australia is bringing Elija Moshinsky’s classic production of Verdi’s Rigoletto back to the Melbourne stage in full La Dolce Vita glamour. Booming baritone and rising opera star, Mongolian Amartuvshin Enkhbat will make his Australian debut as the clown faced Rigoletto.
Bendigo Heritage Unwrapped by Train
Date Sat 11th May 2019
Join 707 Operations as they head to Bendigo, for the Heritage Unwrapped Festival. The steam hauled train will feature the air conditioned and heated compartment and saloon carriages, plus the buffet car and club car.

The Heritage Unwrapped Festival showcase a wealth of attractions in Bendigo, including the Vintage Talking Trams, Bendigo Art Gallery, Central Deborah Goldmine, Golden Dragon Museum, and much more, with most attractions free of charge or by gold coin donation.
My Leonard Cohen
Date Sat 11th May 2019
Stewart D’Arrietta and his band celebrate the late, great and legendary Leonard Cohen, offering arresting and imaginative arrangements of Cohen’s most iconic music and poetry, punctuated by stories of his life and the motivations behind the songs.

A smash hit at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe in 2016 and 2017 as well as a sold-out show at Sydney’s iconic Opera House, the stories in My Leonard Cohen give an insight into Cohen's life and the motivations behind the songs, with a sprinkling of laconic humour.

Expect Cohen’s best, including the heartrending Suzanne, the iconic Tower Of Song, the desperately sensual I’m Your Man, and the mournful, but mighty Hallelujah - all delivered as you've never heard them before.

Few bodies of musical work rouse, seduce and are of such great solace as that of the great singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. Soulful lyrics are laced with raw emotion and sheer seductiveness. D’Arrietta’s arrangements add an uplifting, upbeat feel.

For two decades, Stewart D'Arrietta and his collaborators have brought their own musical personality to the works of great songwriters, including Tom Waits, John Lennon and Randy Newman, and have received praise for shows in Australia and overseas.
Mother's Day High Tea
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Celebrate all mums and mother-figures with a special Mother’s Day High Tea.

Spoil her with an afternoon of free flow sparkling rosé wine and mimosas. Relax and savour a traditional high tea served on an elegant three-tiered stand, featuring an assortment of meticulously crafted sweet and savoury bites, homemade scones and traditional finger sandwiches.

Each mum will receive a special gift, plus a lucky draw for mum to stand a chance to win a fabulous prize. While you celebrate mum, do not forget dad too. Bookings are essential.
All You Can Meat
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
All You Can Meat is back and this year Riverland Bar doubling up with two awesome events over two days, featuring Brewmanity, Shifty Lizard and Pirate Life on Saturday 11 May and Hop Nation, Hawkers Beer and Pirate Life on Sunday 12 May.
Indoor Pink Plant Party
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
The Jungle Collective have finally have finally decided to throw a Pink Plant Party and you're all invited.

The focus will be to find as many pink, red and purple plants as they can find. They will of course have all of your Indoor Plant favourites including as many rare plants as they can source for you.

Dress up - $5 off if you wear pink. Must be block colour pink to qualify. Minimum spend $10 and not applicable with other discounts.

Please note that this event will be ticketed to help them manage the flow on the day and tickets will release on Monday 6 May at 12noon on their event wall.

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

Please note they will have a limited number of boxes and you may want to bring your own to be on the safe side.

Luke Million's Excellent Adventure Tour
Date Sat 11th May 2019
Across May, everyone’s favourite synth lord Luke Million will be heading out across Australia, New Zealand and Asia on another long-awaited headline tour. Titled the ‘Excellent Adventure’ tour, this round is set to be just that as Luke makes his return to the circuit, keytar in hand, with an immersive live show in full effect.

Get ready to go on a journey through some of Luke Million’s biggest releases - from the viral sensation of his Stranger Things Theme remix to where it all began with ‘Arnold’. Punters are also promised an exclusive taste of new music.

Hand selected by Million himself, Reija Lee and Juno Disco represent the new generation of dance music. The artists are guaranteed to whip crowds into a funky frenzy and get fans dancing before Luke Million takes the stage.

Be sure to grab tickets to be one of the first to catch Million in action with his fully-fledged live show.
Masters of Vienna - Dramatically Brought to Life
Date Sat 11th May 2019
Hear Peter Bandy conduct 100 Heidelberg Choral singers and Orchestra. Thrill to Haydn and Schubert masterpieces. Delight in their well-known masses, and be dazzled by soloists Jacqueline Porter, Margaret Orr, Timothy Reynolds and Nathan Lay.
Life Writing Seminar
Date Sat 11th May 2019
The Society of Women Writers Victoria and Busybird Publishing are proud to present a day dedicated to life writing.

Content includes author talks, panel sessions; and workshops.

The special guests include Michelle Scott Tucker, Haxel Edwards OAM, Ray Mooney plus more.
Bush Gothic - Album launch Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sat 11th May 2019
Bush Gothic have been invited to perform at some of the worlds most happening festivals including Mona Foma, Festival # 6 (Wales) and R.I.F.F (India). Over the past three years of international touring they have developed a cult following amongst those who like their jazz intelligent and their folk dark.

Using tales from Australian history as their source material their musical influences range from minimalist electro to euphoric britpop. Are they outsiders, lurking on the cultural fringe? Or have they penetrated to the inner core of Australian identity? BBC Music Magazine gave their previous release The Natural Selection Australian Songbook five stars and they are multiple Best Music Weekly Award winners at The Adelaide Fringe.

The Guardian described fiddle-singer and band leader Jenny M. Thomas as an ‘Edgy rising folk star’ and together with double bassist Dan Witton and drummer Chris Lewis they are now touring the country to celebrate the release of their new album Beyond The Pale.
Underwater Tour
Date Sun 12th May 2019
This year the Underwater Tour, Australia’s annual nationwide touring speaker event series, features international photographers David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes and William Tan live on stage, showcasing their extraordinary images and sharing stories of discovery from below the surface and behind the lens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After the event the whole family can enjoy all the attractions of the Zoo together for a wonderful day out as admission to the Zoo from 12:00pm included with the Mother's Day ticket. There will also be a photo booth to get a fun picture together, a special kid activity and all mothers attending the High Tea will go in the draw to win an Endota Spa package that will be drawn live on the day.
Claire Anne Taylor and Aine Tyrrell
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Born in Tasmania’s ancient Tarkine rainforest, Claire Taylor’s music is reflective of her wild and remote upbringing. With her colossal vocals and powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary.

In January, 2019 Taylor released her second studio album, titled ‘All The Words’. A rich, soulful masterpiece from the Tasmanian songstress, ‘All The Words’ was recorded in a wooden cabin in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. The album sees Taylor’s powerful, smokey voice set amongst a rich musical palette of soul, folk, gospel and blues. Don’t miss out on seeing this powerhouse live as she launches her new album at the Winnebago Lounge.

Story is at the forefront for troubadour Áine Tyrrell whose rich songwriting practice draws deeply on her Irish roots. Her latest offering ‘Return to the Sea’ was written and recorded in her homeland but mastered and crowdfunded with one boot in the red dirt of her adopted country of Australia. Fiercely independent Tyrrell is not one to bend to the demands of conventional production arrangements, which saw ‘Return To The Sea’ going rogue, recording in lounge rooms, front bars, old churches, and remote islands.

Better get booking.
Mother's Day Floral Embroidery Workshop
Date Sun 12th May 2019
You will learn the art of floral hand embroidery in this special Mother's Day workshop taught by New Zealand artist Fleur Woods.

This class is perfect for beginners and expert embroiderers alike. Fleur Woods, who is a self-taught contemporary embroidery artist will take you through demonstrations of the stitches and techniques she uses to create beautiful floral artworks on linen, and then you and your mum will create your own mini embroidered flower.

You will also learn about how to blend threads, the best needles and tools to use for painting with thread, and how to view embroidery through a painter's eye. Most importantly of all, you will begin to understand how to utilise embroidery as a mindfulness practice.

All materials will be provided on the day.
Mothers Day High Tea - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Date Sun 12th May 2019
A treat for all Mothers this Mothers day as The Syncopators take you on a trip through the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, accompanied with a delicious high tea.

Who better to present this than Australia’s premier jazz group – The Syncopators, who are no strangers to sell-out concerts. With 35 years of experience, they will team up with the vocal skills and musicality of one of Australia’s foremost Ella exponents - Yvette Johansson - to create a delightful program that is sure to be both entertaining and exhilarating.

Doors open at 12:00pm. Concludes at 3:30pm.
Mother's Day at Prahran Hotel
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Spoil mum this Mother’s Day at the Prahran Hotel. Treat her to a delicious spread and book out a booth for the whole family in one of our famous concrete pipes. Your mum will also score a complimentary glass of bubbles.

Bookings available for lunch and dinner.
Celebrate Mother's Day at The Farm Yarra Valley
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Join The Farm in celebrating Mother’s Day 2019

The lunch will feature a shared lunch menu, dessert and cheese station, peach Bellini for Mum on arrival and dessert served with tea and coffee. The day will also include lawn games if the weather permits.
Mother's Day Morning and Afternoon Tea at Sage Hotel Ringwood
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Morning or Afternoon High Tea Events at Sage Hotel.

Treat mum (and yourself) to High Tea with Sage Hotel Ringwood. Choose one of the two sittings (11:00am and 2:30pm) on Sunday, 12 May 2019 and enjoy a welcome drink and chef-curated High Tea delights.

Each guest will receive a drink on arrival (local sparkling wine for the adults), high tea, gift bags and the chance to win some incredible prizes.

For bookings please contact the number or email provided, or visit the website.
MJC Presents: Maddison Carter Quintet Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sun 12th May 2019
The Maddison Carter Quintet is a contemporary jazz ensemble, seeking to blur the lines between improvisation and composition, pulse and tempo. Made up of prominent musicians with a thirst for new Australian music, the quintet will feature works by young drummer/composer Maddison Carter.

With a sound palette ranging from simple melodies to layered-multi-tempi structures, this ensemble steps in to fill a gap in the Melbourne music scene. Comprising Eugene Ball (trumpet), Theo Carbo (electric guitar), Joe O’Connor (piano), Tamara Murphy (bass), and Maddison Carter (drums), the ensemble will debut with a series of performances around Melbourne, followed by an album release later in the year.
Mother’s Day High Tea at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Families can spend Mother’s Day enjoying a delightful high tea at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium surrounded by beautiful sea creatures.

Guests can enjoy a glass of bubbles or a mocktail on arrival, before indulging in an array of tasty treats from 11:00am – 1:30pm in the Coral Atoll zone, which is home to a variety of exotic multi-coloured fish.

Tickets include full access to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium so families can wander through the Coral Caves, Mermaid Garden and Penguin Playground before and after their high tea experience.

The special Mother’s Day High Tea menu includes finger sandwiches, hot canapes, scones and petit fours. For further information visit the website.
Good Beer Week 4 Pines Party
Date Mon 13th May 2019
Get amongst the Good Beer Week festivities at The Boatbuilders Yard and party with the crew from 4 Pines Brewing Company on Monday 13 May from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

Meet and greet the stars behind the tasty brews as they show you through their three special release Keller Door beers, usually only available from their Manly based Brew Pub. Grub on a tasty selection of beer food including wagyu sliders, Pale Ale brined fried chicken sandwiches, chorizo and chimichurri hot dogs, and cheese empanadas. Then wash it all down with the full seasonal 4 Pines line up available for purchase, alongside live acoustic tunes. Challenge the 4 Pines team at your favourite classic bar games including Cornhole, Ring toss, and Giant Jenga, with packs of beer to be won throughout the night.

Tickets are only $25 and includes a 4 Pines pint on arrival and delicious beer grub.
Power Chords Attached The Song Company and The Omnific
Date Mon 13th May 2019
The Song Company presents the sounds of Perotin and metal band The Omnific in collaboration with featuring Matthew Fackrell, Toby Peterson-Stewart, Susannah Lawergren, Ethan Taylor, Koen van Stade, Mark Donnelly and Antony Pitts.

A collaboration across genres with a uniting interest in the deep resonances of vocal cords, struck strings, and powerful harmonies. A cluster of rising stars from Melbourne, The Omnific has already made a name for their unique rhythmic interplay and wordless metallic fantasias. The Omnific’s two five-string bass guitarists’ classic duo Kismet and other works are interleaved with multi-voice chanting and improvisation from the male voices of The Song Company in music from Magister Pérotin’s masterpiece Viderunt omnes and its late 12th Century inspirations, echoed by a high soprano in his most haunting of songs, Beata viscera.
Baby Shark Live Shows at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Date Mon 13th May 2019 to Fri 24th May 2019
The unforgettable Baby Shark song that captivated the world will entertain families diving into SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium from 13 to 24 May as part of a series of interactive live shows.

Kids can sing and dance along to a lively performance from Pinkfong and Baby Shark in the underwater wonderland at 11:00am and 12:00pm daily. The characters will be also available to meet kids and pose for photos.

Baby Shark will feel right at home performing alongside extended family including SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s Grey Nurse Shark, Port Jackson Sharks and Speartooth Sharks.

With over 2.6 billion YouTube views, Pinkfong and Baby Shark are sure to delight children with their suite of engaging original tunes. For further information about Baby Shark Live Shows at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, visit the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium website.
National Manufacturing Week 2019
Date Tue 14th May 2019 to Fri 17th May 2019
National Manufacturing Week is Australia’s largest gathering of manufacturing decision-makers under one roof. It is the one place for the manufacturing community to come together to be inspired, innovate and connect with one another over three days.

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

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

Mozart’s opera about testing fidelity is an intriguing story set to music of impossible beauty. Two men disguise themselves as Albanians and attempt to seduce each other’s lover in an elaborate ruse to win a bet, at the urging of the cynical old philosopher Don Alfonso.
Nick Charles
Date Tue 14th May 2019
Roots and blues musician Nick Charles will be performing at The Victorian Folk Music Club - Ringwood Folk. The concert starts with open mic acts at 7:45pm and concludes at 10:15pm. Kids are free entry.

For info call 04 3804 9557, or visit Victorian Folk Music Club Inc. website.
Dan Tepfer (NYC) - Solo Live at The Jazzlab
Date Tue 14th May 2019
Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama.

The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to richly layered trio albums of original compositions.

His Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations / Variations saw the prize-winning pianist performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries and genres” (Wall Street Journal) in “an impressive feat that keeps coming back to a hearty and abiding respect” (New York Times).

As a composer, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for works including Concerto for Piano and Winds, premiered in the Prague Castle with himself on piano, and Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, premiered at Carnegie Hall.
Sun Kil Moon
Date Wed 15th May 2019
San Francisco based singer-songwriter Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozelek) returns to Australia in May for a very special east-coast tour.

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

As part of Good Beer Week Craft and Co are opening the brewery doors to invite everyone in to come and taste the difference between the fermenting wort, a beer out of the brite tank and then out of the keg. All the while the kitchen will be dishing up burgers, fries and other great food. Once you have tried the three stages of the brew, all of the other beers will be at half price for the rest of the evening as you enjoy the live entertainment.
Rob Burke presents: Paul Williamson and the Young Guns Live at The Jazzlab
Date Wed 15th May 2019
Paul has built his reputation on the Australian jazz and improvisation scene as an individual voice in trumpet and composition. In addition to his own projects, Paul also performs with many of Australia’s most innovative ensembles including The Australian Art Orchestra, Los Cabrones, and The Monash Art Ensemble.

Williamson has performed with international jazz artists at festivals and venues in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He was active in the European jazz scene whilst based in Dublin and performed with Bill Carothers, Dave Liebman, Reggie Washington, Paul Wertico, Ronan Guilfoyle, Lindsay Horner, Michael Buckley and Métier before returning to Melbourne in 2009. His recent performances include collaborations with Eddie Palmieri, Tomasz Stańko, Charlie Haden, Kenny Werner, John Abercrombie, the Australian Art Orchestra, Hermeto Pascoal, Aaron Goldberg, Django Bates, Mike Nock, Tony Gould, Nasheet Waits, Mark Helias, and the Monash Art Ensemble.

Tonight he is joined by some of the rising stars of the Australian jazz scene: Miles Henry (drums), Hiroki Hoshino (bass), Theo Carbo (guitar), Flora Carbo (alto) - second set and Callum Mintzis (trombone) - second set.
Joe Chindamo Trio Live at The Jazzlab
Date Thu 16th May 2019
Melbourne-based Joe Chindamo is considered a world class jazz pianist, whose individual sound and style has won him many accolades and an international reputation that has seen him perform at such prestigious venues and events as Umbria Jazz Festival, The Tokyo Dome and The Lincoln Centre in New York.

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

With the rare gift of making difficult and complex music sound accessible, Joe has twice won the MO award for Jazz instrumental performer of the year, two Bell awards for best album and the APRA award for best jazz composition of the year (2009). With his classical and jazz proficiency, Joe brings a unique quality to his performances that makes seeing him live an exceptional experience.
MLive Presents Progress - A Festival of Ideas
Date Thu 16th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Progress – A Festival of Ideas taking place at Monash University’s Clayton campus as part of MLIVE’s 2019 program, offers music, arts, theatre and comedy lovers an exciting line-up of performances that challenge the idea of progress.

Music performances include Canadian artist and pianist Eve Egoyan in Solo for Duet; powerful protest music from Thando, N’fa Jones, Sophie Koh, and Mama Alto in Songs of Freedom; and celebrated Australian artist, Archie Roach featuring Paul Grabowsky. OK EG, will reframe the idea of live performance in Wavelength II.

The Festival of Ideas has been programmed to reflect the idea of progress and its impact on people and society.
Simplicious Flow With Sarah Wilson
Date Thu 16th May 2019
New York Times bestselling author and zero-waste practitioner, Sarah Wilson will host a delectable and informative dinner at Massi restaurant on 16 May. Simplicious Flow with Sarah Wilson will take diners on a journey of Sarah’s latest book, highlighting ways we can make simple changes to our everyday lives to decrease our impact on the environment while saving time and money. The event will give diners the opportunity to experience a four course meal of dishes from Sarah’s book Simplicious Flow, influenced by Massi’s modern Italian cuisine, each with matching wines.

The menu will include fresh and delicious dishes that illustrate how eating well—and sugar free—need not create food waste. The wines have been sourced from Tasmania based on their quality and sustainability practices.

Guests will hear from Sarah about her zero-waste journey and benefit from multiple tips that can enable them to make positive changes in their lives. There will also be opportunities for questions and answers and to purchase a signed copy of Sarah’s book.

The Simplicious Flow with Sarah Wilson event is perfect for those who enjoy great food and want to learn about the...
Date Fri 17th May 2019 to Sat 29th Jun 2019
‘Is this the strangest thing that two people have ever done in the history of the world?’ At a bustling London train station, 42-year-old American, Georgie, kisses the neck of a much older Irish man, Alex. This electric encounter thrusts two perfect strangers into a fascinating and unlikely relationship, part friendship, part love-affair. But is Georgie really all she seems?

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

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

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

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

On top of all the crazy beers and ciders, you can expect a range of food trucks, activities and live acts.
Thee Marshmallow Overcoat
Date Fri 17th May 2019
Christened Thee Marshmallow Overcoat during their first gig, Ash Naylor, Davey Lane and Brett Wolfenden all have an intrinsic passion for â€㮜s R'n'B, Garage, Freakbeat and Psychedelia. Two Big Sets Playing the hits and deep cuts of The Stooges, The Yardbirds, The Who, The Easybeats, The Small Faces, The Kinks and The Byrds.

This trio’s roots formed as an offshoot to backing the late Master’s Apprentice Jim Keay’s for whom they had recorded and performed live with. The reputations of the band members speak for themselves. As members of well-established bands who have extended their talents to the likes of artists such as Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Deniz Tek and Robyn Hitchcock, Thee Marshmallow Overcoat will perform for over two hours in an intimate setting.
Babes Ablaze Melbourne II
Date Fri 17th May 2019
Australia's only fire cabaret returns to Melbourne after a blazing debut in June last year, with more spellbinding fire fusion acts featuring the cream of Melbourne's fire performance crop.

Produced and hosted by Melbourne cabaret powerhouse Sophie deLightful, this edition of Babes Ablaze will amaze, surprise and stun - a truly unique spectacle of talent, creativity and daring feats.

Imagine eating fire while pole dancing? Or a sexy burlesque striptease made even hotter with fire fans? A somersaulting ninja with fire nunchucks? Imagine no more. On 17 May, the stunning Babes Ablaze cast will deliver your deepest desires, and literally light your night on fire.

Get your front-section view and personal service from a bartender with a Hot Seat VIP ticket, available to seat solo or in groups. This section always sells out, so do not delay - you just might miss out.

Doors open at 8:00pm and show begins at 9:00pm.
Ceramic Molding Class
Date Fri 17th May 2019
In this fun workshop you will create a ceramic of your adorable pet, or even a pet that you’ve always wanted.

This class is great for beginners and perfect for those who want to get creative using clay. In this enjoyable workshop, you will master a whole range of pottery techniques and the teacher will provide you with useful information such as, hand building, sculpting and casting.

Throughout the workshop your pottery teacher will be there to guide you and offer to help when needed. By the end of the workshop you will have created your own adorable ceramic pet. You will not be able to take it home immediately, as your ceramic object will have to dry, be coated and then fired. We will let you know when your piece is ready and you can drop into the studio and pick it up.

All materials occur at an additional cost and there is an extra firing cost of $8 per kilogram.
Elsen Price and Emma Sullivan Live at The Jazzlab
Date Fri 17th May 2019
This night features two Double Bass soloists in one of Melbourne's finest music venues, Elsen Price (Syd) and Emma Sullivan (Melbourne Chamber Orchestra)

Elsen Price is an Australian Double Bassist and Composer who specializes both as a soloist and as a collaborator in world music and new music. Price has released a new solo album Descent of the Free on ABC Jazz/ Universal, a forward thinking concept album demonstrating the new world of double bass, an instrument often found in background of music, but here used to create new unique sounds and act as a fully capable tool for composition and performance.

Emma is based in Melbourne, Australia, where she enjoys being principal double bass of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, playing regularly with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
David Jones Drums presents Ethnotrio Live at The Jazzlab
Date Fri 17th May 2019
Ethnotrio is a dynamic collaboration between Oud Player Yuval Ashkar, percussionist David Jones and double bassist Ben Robertson.

The trio creates a unique and harmonious colour, using Middle Eastern, jazz and contemporary influences to develop musical soundscapes from composed and improvised sources.

In its musical art, Ethnotrio interweaves ancient and contemporary sound, stirring distant memories while bringing the fabric of Eastern and Western music into a lively intersection. The group is a fascinating conversation of imagination and scope, a nexus between these three inventive musicians.
Icecream Hands
Date Sat 18th May 2019
With their 1992 debut self-titled EP began the long and successful career of Icecream Hands. Now, after downing the tools in 2007 having notched up 6 albums, 2 ARIA nominations, countless miles and many memorable shows, the iconic line-up are back to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their critically-acclaimed album ‘Sweeter Than The Radio’.In the last few years, they have regrouped to play exclusive sold out shows, cementing their popularity as crowd favourites.
English Baroque with Circa
Date Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
A tumbling commotion of musicians and acrobats collide in an explosive collaboration of contemporary circus and music from the English Baroque.

Our first collaboration with Circa French Baroque in 2015 won a Helpmann Award. In 2017 Spanish Baroque was a sold-out sensation.

In 2019 English Baroque with Circa becomes the third daring collaboration between the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa. An inspired pasticcio by Paul Dyer and Yaron Lifschitz, with music from 16th and 17th-century England and featuring the beautiful voice of soprano Jane Sheldon, English Baroque with Circa will have you gripping your seat and gasping in awe. This breathtaking combination of Circa acrobats and Brandenburg musicians will have you spellbound from the first note to the last.

English Baroque will be launched in May 2019 in a world premiere performance at the Canberra International Music Festival on the eve of its 25th Anniversary before touring to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Join us for this dazzling experience of contemporary circus and enchanting English masque and theatre music where the concert hall is transformed, exploding with sound, colour and movement.
Seriously Shiraz - Wine Tasting
Date Sat 18th May 2019
Ubiquitous in Australia, Shiraz is the best known and most widely planted variety and now grown in virtually every wine region in Australia. These different climates and terroirs, in combination with creative winemaking have provided a diverse array of styles and qualities. With vineyards dating back to 1843, Victoria have some of the world’s oldest Shiraz vines still in production.

Throughout this comprehensive two-hour tasting, expect to be introduced to some little known gems grown locally, as well as premium examples of Syrah from France, Italy, Spain, Chile and Argentina.

Seriously Shiraz is a stand-up wine tasting that runs over the course of two hours. You will enjoy over 20 varieties of Shiraz, a selection of canapes and have special access to Tasting Day prices on all wines. There will also be the opportunity to win lucky door prizes.
Sophie Min, James Sherlock and Shamin Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sat 18th May 2019
Thanks for the Hands is Sophie Min’s first jazz duet album with the legendary guitarist James Sherlock.

Min and Sherlock collaborated at the 2017 Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival and at Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre in May 2018, opening for Andrea Keller. The music captures a delicate sense of beauty and the exciting liveliness of the two musicians.

This album features original works that strike a balance between the harmonic properties of the guitar and the piano. These works were inspired by my fellow musicians John Hoffman, Zac Hurren, and Kristin Berardi. These songs represent the emotional journey Sophie has been on in her last few years of composing. This collection of works celebrates the idiosyncrasies of James Sherlock’s incredible guitar playing.

Ghostemane Australian Tour
Date Sun 19th May 2019
Following the release of his album 'N / O / I / S / E' last year, underground American rapper and metal singer Ghostemane (Eric Whitney) is landing down under for his debut Australian tour this May.

The rapper and producer is known for fusing together hip hop, industrial, and metal. With a degree in Astrophysics, he draws his influences from a plethora of content including psychedelics, Nine Inch Nails, Outkast, medieval magic, occultism, and Ancient Egyptian books. He has so far racked up hundreds of millions of streams across songs such as 'Nihil', 'Mercury: Retrograde', 'Andromeda', '1000 Rounds (w/ Pouya)', and 'Flesh'.
Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Date Sun 19th May 2019
Felicity Urquhart has long been one of the best-loved and most decorated singer-songwriters in Australian. In a career encompassing six studio albums she has netted eight Golden Guitars, an ARIA Award nomination for Best Country Album and 4 CMAA Australian CM Achiever Awards. Urquhart has been the host of ABC Radio’s flagship country music variety show Saturday Night Country since 2010.

With her stunning seventh studio album Frozen Rabbit set for release on April 26 2019, Felicity is set to add another unmissable and unforgettable chapter to her incredible story to date. Brad is the 2018 Golden Guitar Awards of Australia New Talent Of The Year, the 2018 Queensland Music Award for Country Song of the Year and Brad was named one of four artists to watch in 2019 by CMC’s Tim Daley.
MJC Presents: Eugene Ball Quartet Live at The Jazzlab
Date Sun 19th May 2019
With trombonist James Macaulay (winner of the National Jazz Award 2017) now living in Tokyo, this is a unique opportunity to hear this ensemble during his brief visit to Melbourne.

Trumpeter, composer and eternal sideman Eugene Ball took almost 20 years for to form a quartet under his own name, so it comprises some significant talents in drummer James McLean (winner of the 2017 Freedman Jazz Fellowship), and electric bassist Mick Meagher. Since the release of their debut album, Hi(gh) Curious, the Eugene Ball Quartet have performed at the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Perth jazz festivals.

For this performance, the quartet will perform predominantly new material, which they have developed in recent months.
Pint of Science
Date Mon 20th May 2019 to Wed 22nd May 2019
Pint of Science is a three day festival bringing the latest in science research to pubs across Australia - and the world.

In 2019 the festival will run on May 20, 21 and 22. Visit the Pint of Science Australia website for all updates regarding venues.
Australian Gymnastics Championships
Date Mon 20th May 2019 to Mon 3rd Jun 2019
Gymnastics Australia is excited to stage the 2019 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne. Hosted by sporting capital of Australia, at Melbourne Arena, spectators will witness the spectacle that is world-class gymnastics. Participants and audience members will not only be amazed by the standard of competition, they'll be immersed in an experience like never before.

Combining six Gymsports under one roof, the crowd at Melbourne Arena will see Australian Champions crowned in Men's Artistic, Women's Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline, Aerobic and Acrobatic Gymnastics.

Witness the nation's best gymnasts in action as they compete for the prestigious title of Australian National Champion, cheer on your home state, or simply watch in awe as gymnasts dare to take on challenges that would rattle even the bravest super heroes.
Truffle Melbourne
Date Tue 21st May 2019 to Sun 1st Sep 2019
The world's tastiest game of hide and seek returns, from 21 May to 1 September 2019.

Established in 2014, each season Truffle Melbourne's winter events program attracts thousands of dedicated foodies and the simply curious to its program of over 50 events. The free festival weekend at Queen Victoria Market on 22 and 23 June is now the largest truffle celebration outside Europe. Affordable truffle tastes and a great entertainment program last year attracted 40,000 to the Market - it's not to be missed!

The festival program runs all through the winter fresh truffle season and includes regional truffle hunts every weekend - with more than 50 truffle hunt and taste experiences to choose from.

The Truffle Melbourne's Dining Program features different cuisines with exquisite truffle dishes and feasts catering for every taste and budget. Truffle Melbourne partners with restaurants across Melbourne and regional Victoria to showcase the truffle right through winter.
Michael Stevenson: Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510 & CS183
Date Wed 22nd May 2019 to Sat 6th Jul 2019
Michael Stevenson is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed artists.

His solo exhibition, Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510 & CS183, is one of his most significant large-scale installations. It opens at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) on Wednesday 22 May until Saturday 6 July 2019.

Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510 & CS183 is commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki with commissioning partners the Biennale of Sydney 2018 and Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA).
A Night in Cambodia Fundraiser
Date Thu 23rd May 2019
Join for an incredible night of fun, entertainment, and prizes to raise funds for children and families in Cambodia.

Experience a night in Cambodia as our youth volunteers turn a school hall into a Cambodian market. Haileybury by day, Cambodia by night.

Not just that, you will have the chance to win some amazing prizes in the raffle and auction, hear from Shine's youth volunteers and find out how Shine Cambodia is helping youth shine in Cambodia and Australia. Help the team to raise $30,000.
LOVE by Patricia Cornelius
Date Thu 23rd May 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
LOVE is an unapologetic exploration of love and addiction. Tanya, Annie and Lorenzo are from the bottom of the heap. They have been abused, they are abusive, and they are difficult to like, let alone love, but it is love in all its distorted and mutated forms that holds them together.

'From the opening lines, Patricia Cornelius’ taut and gripping play grabs you by the throat and never lets go.’ Sydney Morning Herald

The first Australian artists ever to be invited to the Teatro Biennale di Venezia in 2019, award-winning writer/director team Patricia Cornelius and Susie Dee bring LOVE and SHIT to fortyfivedownstairs for limited seasons before travelling to Venice to present at the 47th International Festival of Theatre.
Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
Now in its fifth year, the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize has established itself as one of Victoria’s major annual art prizes.

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

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

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

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

Biggins asks the question - what can we learn today from this singular politician and the momentous time in our country’s history that he dominated?
The Real Ghostbusters of Australia
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Have you or someone you know had a ghostly encounter? Ever want to know what ghosts are? How to communiate with them? What are the different types? How to investigate unexplained disturbances? How to clear hauntings? How to protect yourself?

If so, then this conference is for you.

Five speakers from various states of Australia will share their personal experiences, research and expertise in the subject of ghosts, paranormal experiences and haunted places.

There will be an opportunity to ask them questions the Q & A.

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

Additional Activities: Friday 24 May - Ghost tour with the speakers at 8:00pm, Saturday 25 May night - networking with the speakers at 6:30pm and Sunday 26 May - Three hour workshops with the speakers 9:30am and 1:30pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Jo Lloyd.

Proudly supported by City of Melbourne.
The Abbotsford Mysteries
Date Fri 24th May 2019
Experience the history of the Convent like never before at this world premiere performance of Andrew Aronowicz’s “The Abbotsford Mysteries’, based on Patricia Sykes' evocative book of poetry of the same name. This song cycle is an intensely intimate and evocative exploration that draws together multiple strands of the Convent’s history, performed by leading contralto Liane Keegan and the vibrant and versatile PLEXUS collective – comprising of Monica Curro (violin), Philip Arkinstall (clarinet), and Stefan Cassomenos (piano).

Stories both light and dark will be woven together in an abstract narrative that tells the moving account of life for the various girls and women inhabiting the Convent during its period as a monastic site (1863 – 1975). Sykes herself was a child at the Convent, and interviewed over seventy people to research her book of poems. Aronowicz and Sykes have worked closely together to convey the incredible emotional weight and social significance of these stories, introducing a new perspective for visitors of the site. The evening will also involve an interview and discussion with Patricia Sykes about the process of creating the libretto.
Friday Night Drinks at Rob Dolan Wines
Date Fri 24th May 2019
Join for Friday Night drinks to celebrate the end of 2019 vintage at Rob Dolan Wines and The Farm Yarra Valley.

Live music from 6:00pm-9:00pm, meals by The Farm Yarra Valley, beers by The Public Brewery, wines by Rob Dolan Wines and cheese by Stone and Crow Cheese Company.
Beethoven and Bruckner with Nicholas Carter
Date Fri 24th May 2019
One of the finest Australian conductors of his generation returns to the Australian National Academy of Music to direct two symphonic masterpieces. Since his appointment as Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2016, Nicholas has established a reputation as a conductor of exceptional versatility, equally at home in the concert hall and opera house, and fluent in a diverse repertoire.

It is hard not to listen in awe at the vast emotional range of Beethoven’s music, as he takes us from sorrow to joy, all the while overcoming phenomenal personal odds. The Fourth is a symphony of breathtaking lyricism, greatly admired by Berlioz and Schumann, and a perfect companion to Bruckner’s sublime song of spiritual ecstasy, his own Symphony no. 4. This is music which is truly knocking on heaven’s door, and a perfect Friday night for aficionados.
The Creators Market
Date Sat 25th May 2019
The creators market is finally visiting Bayside.

Coming to Mentone, the market will run from 9:00am to 2:00pm with free entry and coffee on site.

All across one level with jewelry, fashion, candles, homewares, sweet treats, condiments and more. Bring your friends, family and support some amazing small business creators and make a day of it. Doors open at 9:00am with plenty of free parking in the area.

Be sure to follow the event on Instagram at [@]thecreatorsmarket for daily stall holder features and updates.
The Baroque Viola
Date Sat 25th May 2019
Take part in baroque violist Katie Yap’s musical trip to Europe and back - before she takes the journey in person.

Beginning with the sunrise theme of Handel’s first violin sonata (arranged for viola and cello), Katie and her travelling companion, cellist Lucy Price will explore beloved works from 18th Century Europe by J.S. Bach and Boccherini. Then they will hop in the Tardis to arrive in modern Australia, still armed with their baroque instruments.

Discover the enchanting and intimate sounds of gut strings and baroque bows, and how they can traverse time and place to tell the stories in music through the ages and across continents.

This concert is a fundraising event, to help Katie get to Europe to study at the Helicona International School of Improvisation, a summer course run by the renowned baroque violinist and improviser Davide Monti. Donations are gratefully accepted. Contact Katie if you wish to donate.

Tea and Katie's famous home-made cakes will be served following the concert.
Helen's Hill Lunch at The Barre
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Helen's Hill chief Allan Nalder teams up with The Barre's Senior Chef de Partie Cecilia Salvante to create a Sunday feast to remember when the Hills, Helen’s Hill that is - come alive to the city for autumn.

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

Experience for yourself the long and skinny of the Helen’s Hill range, hear the stories from the memory of Helen to the mysteries of row 25, the notion of dinosaurs and Mother Nature, the mystic of barrel oaks and all the ‘terroir’ that together define these anything but simple wines as they fuel Cecilia’s culinary inspiration over the course of one rare and special afternoon.
Botanic Gardens Day: Plants Up Close
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Celebrate Botanic Gardens Day by immersing yourself in the natural surroundings as we walk along Eucalypt Walk to Bloodwood Garden. During this journey, learn about sap and look down microscopes to see flowers, leaves and bark close up. Then get crafty with some leaf rubbing, and paint trees with water to see the colours pop. While you’re there, hug a tree and make a friend in the Gardens.
Textile Design Masterclass
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Want to be a textile designer? If the answer is yes this workshop is for you.

Jess and Lara from creative duo Home–Work will lead you through the entire textile design process, all the way from concepting, to creating and promoting your own label. During the hands-on workshop you will create your own repeat design as well as several design placements.

But more so, Jess and Lara are there to answer any questions you might have about starting your own textiles label. So come prepared with your list of questions and be ready to pick their brains about promoting and growing your brand and how to maintain a good work/life balance.

All materials needed for the workshop will be provided on the day.
Gold Foiling Screen Printing Workshop
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Make it shine, make it shimmer.

In this fun afternoon workshop you will learn how to screen print with gold foil and create your own gorgeous tote bag.

If you have never done this before do not worry. The class will cover screen printing, foiling glue and heat transferring gold foil onto the surface of fabric. You will get to experiment with designing, printing and foiling your own set of prints onto fabric testers. Then, when you are feeling confident you can move onto your master design of the day, your gold foil tote bag.

All materials will be provided on the day. If you have your own fabric items like t-shirts, bags and pillowcases you are welcome to bring them along too. Just remember that they need to be made of natural fibres.
Mike Rudd 50th Anniversary – Spectrum to Ariel
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Spectrum to Ariel is a retrospective celebration of Mike Rudd's 50th anniversary in Australian rock music history, with special guests Madder Lake and Chris Stockley and band (famed songwriter musician ex: Dingoes/Axiom/Stockley, See and Mason). Don’t miss this one show only.

Mike’s music has become a legacy within the music industry, influencing many and gaining respect from his peers. His creativity never diminishes, with some 25 albums later and still going strong. “I’ll Be Gone” is a national anthem to the “Baby Boomers” hitting number one and charting for 25 weeks.
Markit + BakeSale
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Markit + BakeSale brings together a fabulous line-up of Australian independent designers and local food icons, all under one roof at Federation Square. Set the day aside to meet the designers and revel in a rare, carefully curated offering of unique, thoughtful and uplifting delights.

Shoppers can expect to discover a hand-picked selection of the country's best contemporary ceramicists, jewellery makers, local fashion labels, unique homewares brands, illustrators creating stationery and prints from their original artworks and innovative product designers for this much-loved Melbourne shopping (and eating) event.⁣
A mouthwatering line-up of treats from Q le Baker, Coffee Supreme, 5 & Dime Bagel, Candied Bakery, Mörk Chocolate and All Day Donuts awaits at Markit's bake-sale, downstairs in the Deakin Edge Theatre at Federation Square.

Visitors are also invited to sign up for a chance to win a fabulous prize pack filled goodies from Markit stallholders. Plus, entry is free.
Melbourne Vixens vs NSW Swifts
Date Sun 26th May 2019
The Melbourne Vixens are out to seek redemption in the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season and you can see, hear and feel it live.

You want entertainment? The Vixens will bring it. The athleticism, the long shots and intercepts – this is netball, but not like you know it.
Australian String Quartet presents Moore Beethoven Brahms
Date Mon 27th May 2019
A young man brimming with confidence and sure of a bright future: this is Beethoven at the time of creating his first string quartets. His opus 18 no 4 is quicksilver in its variety of moods and characters, thoroughly conveying both technical mastery and compelling artistic personality.

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

These masterworks are complemented by a new work from young Australian composer Kate Moore, also inspired by a fascination for the natural world.

Kate Moore String Quartet no 3(Premiere Season), Beethoven String Quartet op 18 no 4, Brahms String Quartet op 51 no 1.
Australian Ballet School
Date Tue 28th May 2019
Prepare to be amazed as the Australian Ballet School return to the Clocktower stage to present their annual performance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any darkness cast is lightly brushed away by the final piece on this program: the breezy Symphony No.29 of Mozart, one of the composer’s best-known early symphonic works.
SHIT by Patricia Cornelius
Date Wed 29th May 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
Billy, Bobby and Sam are coming back after a sold-out season of Shit. These girls do not believe in anything. They are mean, foul-mouthed, downtrodden, hard-bitten, utterly damaged and the kind of women most would see on the street and decide to walk the other way. They are neither salt of the earth nor sexy. They love no one and no one loves them. They believe the world is shit, that their lives are shit, that they are shit.

The first Australian artists ever to be invited to the Teatro Biennale di Venezia in 2019, award-winning writer/director team Patricia Cornelius and Susie Dee bring Shit and Love to fortyfivedownstairs for limited seasons before travelling to Venice to present at the 47th International Festival of Theatre.

Winner of four Green Room Awards: Best Production, Best Writing, Best Set And Costume, and Best Ensemble.
Destination Melbourne LIVE
Date Thu 30th May 2019
Destination Melbourne LIVE is a uniquely curated tourism conference designed to transform the visitor industry in Melbourne. Fusing inspirational thought leadership from global destinations with expert local tourism talent and high flyers that are leading the way with innovation, this event is tailored specifically for tourism professionals by the team at Destination Melbourne.

In 2019, Destination Melbourne LIVE will showcase the value of cross-industry partnerships in meeting the needs of the visitor’s multi-faceted travel experience. The theme is Collaboration: exchange the rigid, silo way of thinking for an intelligent co-creative approach.
Sick Sad Blue – Photo Exhibition – Vernissage
Date Thu 30th May 2019
The Italian Cultural Institute presents Sick Sad Blue, an exhibition based on the creative research of young photographer Federica Sasso and her friendship with clairenough, a woman in her early twenties with a five-year history of anorexia.
Unfinished: Decor
Date Thu 30th May 2019 to Sat 15th Jun 2019
Damiano Bertoli, Peter Burke, Robert Mangion, Elizabeth Newman, David Thomas.

Unfinished: Décor is an ongoing project experimenting with spatial, material, temporal and narrative structures drawn out of historic conceptual-art contexts. The project resists the traditional boundaries that govern artistic presentation and actively seeks to emphasise porosity, precariousness and doubt as strategies for reflection.

Robert Mangion and Peter Burke invited artists Damiano Bertoli, Elizabeth Newman and David Thomas to respond to the notion of the unfinished in art. Together they trace connections between individual work processes that engage with notions of the unfinished, dealing with the indefinite postponement of closure and making inaccessible the object of certainty. The artists attempt to establish contexts by which the art object cannot be edified or concluded. Instead, there is a bid to establish deeper ontological structures through which artworks are revealed.

Unfinished: Décor draws upon the last work by Marcel Broodthaers entitled Décor: A Conquest (1974). Broodthaers’ exhibition was spread over two rooms and formed a temporary structure that framed the artworks as objects in a precarious way.
Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Date Fri 31st May 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
From 31 May to 9 June Melbourne will celebrate the energy, collaboration and constant evolution of jazz music and culture with 10 days of show-stopping performances. At grand theatres, tiny clubs, street corners and unexpected places all over the city local legends and international jazz stars will shake up everything you think you know about jazz.

In a packed program of modern masters, kid-friendly entertainment, free events and genre-bending experimental music there's something for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned jazz lover or a total newcomer, the Festival is the perfect way to discover something new and learn why the spirit of jazz is alive and well 150 years on.
Melb International Jazz Festival: Jackie Bornstein Quartet
Date Fri 31st May 2019
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2019 presents the Jackie Bornstein Quartet at Melbourne's newest jazz room, Classic Southside. Bringing her rich vocals, Jackie takes her audience on a journey through the cool jazz of the 1950s, the jazz manouche of Paris and the bossa nova of Brazil.

She will perform an infectious mix of ballads, bossa and swing tunes by influential composers from across the globe. Jackie enchants audiences with her emotive delivery and beautiful tone. A regular at Melbourne's top jazz venues, she secured sold-out shows at her 2018 Melbourne Recital Centre debut and at the 2018 and 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival. She explores a broad repertoire that sees her singing in French, Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Jackie Bornstein - voice
Mark Fitzgibbon - piano
Philip Rex - bass
Danny Fischer - drums

Classic Southside is a gorgeous new event space tucked away inside Classic Cinemas Elsterwick. Classic Southside presents live jazz every Friday and Saturday night.
NGV Friday Nights
Date Fri 31st May 2019 to Sat 12th Oct 2019
Warm up this winter at NGV Friday Nights and discover China’s ancient terracotta warriors alongside new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang. Dine at the Hutong Dumpling Bar, enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition and see some of Australia’s best bands and performers play live in NGV’s Great Hall.

NGV Friday Nights full line-up:

Friday 31 May – Husky
Friday 7 June – Amaya Laucirica
Friday 14 June – NGAIIRE
Friday 21 June – Approachable Members Of Your Local Community
Friday 28 June – Sloan Peterson
Friday 5 July – I Know Leopard
Friday 12 July – Sui Zhen
Friday 19 July – Adrian Eagle
Friday 26 July – Rainbow Chan
Friday 2 August – Kira Puru
Friday 9 August – Hobsons Bay Coast Guard
Friday 16 August – CLYPSO
Friday 30 August – Slum Sociable
Friday 6 September – The Audreys
Friday 13 September – Maribelle
Friday 20 September – LÂLKA
Friday 27 September – GRAACE
Friday 4 October – Thandi Phoenix
Friday 11 October – Yumi Zouma
Saturday 12 October – Young Franco

Disparate Scenes for Millennial Dreams
Date Fri 31st May 2019 to Thu 6th Jun 2019
Periscope presents a triple bill of brand new short plays by three of Australia’s most promising young playwrights. Following individual successes in their home cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Ang Collins (Blueberry Play) Fiona Spitzkowsky (Unicorn D*ck) and Lewis Treston (Raegan Kelly), three of Australia’s leading young playwrights, have come together to create a new work for Meat Market’s Stables. These exciting young playwrights have collaborated on a triple bill of short plays, each of which confront the anxieties, frustrations and insecurities of the millennial generation.

From overspending on superfluous homeware, inflating one’s appearance on social media, and existential concerns about the future of the planet, Disparate Scenes for Millennial Dreams aims to punch the zeitgeist squarely in the jaw.

The three new works are: Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale by Ang Collins, Dawn Chorus in A Minor by Fiona Spitzkowsky, Condo Oasaka by Lewis Treston.
Grand WaZoo
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019
Continuing Grand WaZoo's streak of Sold Out Shows, Australia's premier Soul Legends return to the band's CBD home, with a heart-warming soul show to welcome winter.

Featuring outstanding singers—Joys Njambi, Wylie J Miller & Samantha Morley, six piece WaZoo Horns and four Rocking Rhythm masters, this mighty band shall perform timeless songs that get your feet tapping or have you grooving in your seat. This will be another matchless evening in stellar company, where you round up your friends, book your tickets and lose yourself in the sweet soul sounds of the great Afro-American artists from the Golden Era of Soul including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Wilson Pickett, Tina Turner, Martha and The Vandellas, Etta James, Sam Cooke, The Supremes and many more.

Grand WaZoo was formed in 1981 by trumpeter-arranger-band leader, John Montesante and under his fine musical direction has performed continuously ever since—earning the band an enviable reputation as Australia's unmatched Kings of Soul. All are welcome.

Full Grand WaZoo artist line-up: Mat Jodrell, John Montesante, Andrew Serpell, Jim Glasson, Russell Praetz, Stuart Byrne, Peter Ford, Shane Goonan, Barney Loveland, Michael Rochford, Wylie J Miller, Joys Njambi and Samantha Morley.
Justine Clarke's Big Jazz Adventure
Date Sun 2nd Jun 2019
Award winning artist Justine Clarke will take little music lovers on a Big Jazz Adventure under the big top at the Melba Spiegeltent, the home of Circus Oz.

Junior jazz fans can sing along with all their favourites and learn some groovy dance moves in a special afternoon with one of Australia’s best loved children’s entertainers.

Clarke has released six children’s albums, winning the ARIA Award for Best Children’s Album twice for A Little Day Out With Justine Clarke (2012) and The Justine Clarke Show (2017).
Seasons of Love - Jonathon Welch Farewells Choir of Hard Knocks
Date Sun 2nd Jun 2019
After 13 years at the helm of Australia’s most loved award winning choir, Jonathon Welch gives his Melbourne farewell concert with his beloved Choir of Hard Knocks at Melbourne Town Hall.

A special event of Melbourne International Singers Festival.

Featuring Founding Artistic Director Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Special Guest MC – Jan van de Stool, Danielle Matthews, Play It Forward massed community choirs and surprise special guests.

Join for this very special concert to thank Jonathon for his amazing contribution to the choir as they relive the extraordinary legacy Jonathon leaves behind, and hear about the exciting future the choir has in store.

There are sure to be lots of laughs and tears as you remember the many seasons of love with Jonathon.

All proceeds will go to help keep the choir singing.
Managing Difficult Employee Behaviour Masterclass
Date Tue 4th Jun 2019
In Australia today, employers of choice take responsibility for ensuring fair and respectful dealings within the workforce.

The cost of not managing difficult employee behaviour is low productivity, absenteeism, workers compensation claims and high staff turnover.

An employer who fails to maintain standards for appropriate behaviours in the workplace will also face exposure to legal claims of unfair dismissal, workplace bullying and sexual harassment. Yet those entrusted with the important function of managing people confront an array of different avenues for employee to challenge management action.

The introduction of the general protections scheme in 2010 and the anti-bullying scheme in 2013 means that the Fair Work Commission has more scope than ever to interfere with and override human resource management decisions. This workshop will enable people managers to understand the legal framework that applies when managing employee behaviours in the workplace.

It will instruct how to resolve issues of employee behaviour in a way that minimises the risk of legal challenge.

Ten Thousand Birds
Date Tue 4th Jun 2019
Be a part of something extraordinary. Triple-Grammy-winning flautist, Tim Munro, joins Australian National Academy of Music musicians in Ten Thousand Birds, an event that blurs the line between performer and spectator.

The birds were my teachers, says composer John Luther Adams, whose music is a natural extension of his long-time environmental activism. Birds have inspired composers from Mozart to Messiaen; in Adams’ case, it was hearing the song of a wood thrush for the first time that set him on his path as a composer inspired by the beauty and majesty of the natural world. In Adams’ words, Ten Thousand Birds is not a fixed composition, but an atlas of musical possibilities for performers to use in creating their own unique realisations of the music. This ambitious, rarely-performed work – a true musical event – will be led by Tim Munro, Australian National Academy of Music Alumnus and former flautist in contemporary musical supergroup Eighth Blackbird.
Liabilities, Indemnities, Warranties and Insurance
Date Wed 5th Jun 2019
Liabilities, Indemnities, Warranties and Insurance Masterclass will improve your understanding of how liabilities arise through legislation and the common law, teaching you how the opportunities and risk can be managed through indemnities, warranties and insurance. You will gain insight into laws pertaining to indemnities, liabilities, warranties and insurance, giving you a competitive advantage at a time when all organisations are looking for the slightest edge.
Melbourne International Singers Festival
Date Thu 6th Jun 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
Play It Forward and Founding Artistic Director, Dr Jonathon Welch AM, invite you to the tenth Anniversary of the Melbourne International Singers Festival.

Be challenged, inspired and entertained.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The production of Alice won two Helpmann Awards in 2018: Best Ballet and Best Female Dancer (for Principal Artist Ako Kondo).

It is time to fall down the rabbit hole – do not be late for this very important date.
Jazz and the Silver Screen
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019
Showcasing jazz classics and selections from eclectic and celebrated film scores, Hook Turn Orchestra presents music that sprang to life on the silver screen.

The stunning vocals of musical theatre and film star Alinta Chidzey (West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wentworth) are accompanied by an ensemble of Melbourne’s most accomplished jazz musicians and members of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Orchestra Victoria.

Melding the worlds of jazz, musical theatre and classical concert halls, this project seeks to reinvent much-loved classics and under appreciated film score masterpieces alike. From Melbourne Recital Centre to Hamer Hall and their most recent album release, Jazz and the Silver Screen features evocative music from all continents of the world.
Nick Offerman - All Rise
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019
Award-winning US comedian, actor and writer Nick Offerman is returning down under this June for the first time since 2016 with his brand new live show, All Rise.

All Rise is an evening of deliberative talking and light dance that will compel you to chuckle whilst urging you to brandish a better side of humanity than the one to which we have grown accustomed. Genuflection optional: in my church, you kneel as you please.

Offerman is an accomplished entertainer known for Parks and Recreation (2009), The Founder (2016) and Fargo (2014). His role as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation earned him a Television Critics Association Award in the US for Individual Achievement in Comedy.

While having earned massive recognition for his work on-screen, Offerman also thrives on stage in front of a live audience. His solo show Full Bush met critical acclaim when he brought it to Australia three years ago.

Do not miss Nick Offerman’s Australian return in All Rise this 2019.
Oz Comic-Con Melbourne
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
Oz Comic-Con was introduced to Australian shores in 2012 and has since seen an overwhelming response from fans, offering a little bit of everything for everyone interested in film, television, comics, manga, cosplay and much more.

Convention goers can expect appearances from film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors, gaming demonstrations and out-of-this-world activations, industry talks and panels, and exclusive merchandise that cannot be bought anywhere else.
Epic Brass
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019
Jack Howard's Epic Brass is a celebration and an exploration of the great horn hits and hidden gems of Australian rock—from Hunters and Collectors and the Oils to The Saints, The Laughing Clowns and Wet Taxis. The show features an incredible set list of killer brass tunes.

Jack played trumpet in Hunters and Collectors and wrote and arranged most of the band’s iconic horn lines. Along the way, he’s also played with The Violent Femmes, Rodriguez, You Am I, The Living End and a host of others. Jack is the only trumpet player in the ARIA Rock’n’roll Hall of Fame.

Throughout 2017, Jack toured the world with Midnight Oil as their trumpeter/keyboard player/percussionist.
Tomorrow Is My Own: Claire Cross
Date Sun 9th Jun 2019
Claire Cross and the Tomorrow is My Turn band will perform Into Light – a darkly-hued, evocative composition exploring the ideas of discover, carving light from darkness and the bravery of dreaming.

With swells of ambiguous textures interwoven with improvisation, Into Light is inspired by ambient chamber ensemble works with a jazz sensibility.

Claire is an exciting and versatile performer and a passionate advocate for women in music. She leads a number of exciting projects and ensembles and has graced the stage at festivals and venues all over the country. This year, she is heading back into the studio to work with Myles Mumford to create her second album, Moving Targets.

Claire will perform with a hand selected band made up of professional musicians and students from the statewide tour, which will be followed by a Q and A with Claire.
Melbourne Vixens vs Collingwood Magpies
Date Mon 10th Jun 2019
The Melbourne Vixens are out to seek redemption in the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season and you can see, hear and feel it live.

You want entertainment? The Vixens will bring it. The athleticism, the long shots and intercepts – this is netball, but not like you know it.

Get your friends, family and work mates together and get behind the Vixens.
The Great Tenors
Date Tue 11th Jun 2019
One of Australia’s finest tenors Roy Best will be joined by international soprano Alison Jones as they celebrate 100 years of spectacular tenor and soprano.

In a tribute to the legends of the stage, the duo will perform an impressive repertoire of classic songs from the likes of Pavarotti, Bocelli, Caruso, Carreras, Lanza and Domingo.

Concert pianist Len Vorster will provide a wonderful backdrop to some of the greatest songs ever recorded including ‘Be My Love’, ‘La Donna e Mobile’, ‘Sun and Moon’, ‘Strangers in Paradise’ and many more.

Joining them is perennial favourite Chris McKenna, who will narrate this fascinating story of the world’s greatest tenors and their leading ladies.
Box Hill Hand Spinners and Weavers - Fabulous Fibres
Date Wed 12th Jun 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
This annual exhibition by the Box Hill Hand Spinners and Weavers is a colourful and skilful display of handspun, knitted and woven garments, as well as homewares and toys.

The exhibition will be held at Box Hill Community Arts Centre from 12 to 16 June.
Rudy and Cuthbert
Date Wed 12th Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Rudy and Cuthbert are two absurdist clowns readying to bump in their courtroom drama production version of 12 Angry Men. Surprised to already find an audience, they soon discover what they thought was a day of rehearsals, is in fact their opening night.

Rudy and Cuthbert are a new entry to the Australian stage in a long history of clowning partnerships, taking after such greats as Laurel and Hardy and our own Aussie lot, Los Trios Ringbarkus and Lano and Woodley.
When The Light Leaves
Date Wed 12th Jun 2019 to Sun 23rd Jun 2019
When The Light Leaves is a new Australian play that explores how people navigate the complex reality of facing an uncontrollable, wild death.

Dan’s dreaming of dead ducks and cartoon skeletons. He’s also dying. Terminal brain cancer has forced Dan to decide how he wants the end of his life to look. Despite his supportive partner, well-intentioned sister and nurse who comforts by-the-book—no one can give him what he needs. It’s time Dan chooses how he goes.

With access to assisted dying imminent, everyone has an opinion about how you live and die. In this gripping and deeply personal play, When The Light Leaves explores how people navigate the reality of death and reconcile their grief, leaving audiences to decide for themselves how they would want to go.

Written by Rory Godbold.
Directed by Jayde Kirchert

“I know from close observation that Rory Godbold understands the brutal nuances of this issue in ways that very few can claim. He brings a perspective to it, both as creator and as witness, which has the unmistakable ring of truth. Nothing in performance is more powerful than the truth.” – Andrew Denton...

See Eventfinda for more information.
RACV Marine 2019 Melbourne Boat Show
Date Thu 13th Jun 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
In 2019, the RACV Marine Melbourne Boat Show will be celebrating its 59th year of operation, promoting recreational boating, safe boating practises and the Life’s Better With A Boat message. The Show is Victoria’s annual celebration of the positive and rewarding lifestyle that boating provides.

Taking place at the state-of-the-art event venue, the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the RACV Marine Melbourne Boat Show welcomes visitors locally, nationally and internationally each year, and is a major event on Melbourne’s calendar.
Choirboys - Six Pack of Hits from Creedence Clearwater Revival
Date Thu 13th Jun 2019
Choirboys authentic pub rock icons, have given us a swag of enduring Australian pub rock anthems such as Run To Paradise, Boys Will Be Boys, Never Gonna Die and more.

The lads have embarked on a new venture to bring us the six pack of classic hits.

Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded and performed in their own inimitable style. This first six-pack is an indulgence, an homage, an acknowledgment and a salute to six of the best songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival. Not only have Choirboys recorded these hits but they have decided to take them to a small number of selected venues for the full live experience - loud sweat driven, gritty and in your face.

Choirboys - Six pack of hits from Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fawkner
Date Fri 14th Jun 2019
Choirboys authentic pub rock icons, have given us a swag of enduring Australian pub rock anthems such as Run To Paradise, Boys Will Be Boys, Never Gonna Die and more.

The lads have embarked on a new venture to bring us the six pack of classic hits.

Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded and performed in their own inimitable style. This first six-pack is an indulgence an homage an acknowledgment and a salute to six of the best songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival. Not only have Choirboys recorded these hits but they have decided to take them to a small number of selected venues for the full live experience - loud sweat driven, gritty and in your face.

The Australian Woodturning Exhibition - AWTEX
Date Fri 14th Jun 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
The Australian Woodturning Exhibition is the premier annual three day event in the country that attracts wood turned artwork from across Australia and New Zealand.

This exhibition features outstanding wood art that hobbyists, craft, wood, art enthusiasts and collectors will appreciate.

All items have an element of woodturning in them but also incorporate embellishments such as carving, painting and pyrography to name by a few.

There will be daily woodturning demonstrations by some of Australia's leading wood turners.

Visitors can take a break from the exhibition and relax in the cafe and lounge area. Refreshments served throughout the day .

The Aints!
Date Fri 14th Jun 2019
Ed Kuepper, Peter Oxley, Paul Larsen Loughhead, Alister Spence & Eamon Dilworth comprise The Aints!

Formed in 2017, The Aints! original brief was to recreate the sound and energy of The Saints, the band co-founded by Kuepper in 1973, as they celebrated 40 years since the release of that band's groundbreaking debut (I’m) Stranded in 1977. With such talent at play though, it wasn’t long before this inspired five piece created material of their own. An album The Church of Simultaneous Existence, comprised entirely of Kuepper originals written in the period 1969�, was was released internationally to much fanfare and was a hit with fans and critics alike.

"…it's like manna from heaven to anyone who’s worn smooth The Saints three Harvest albums." - Mojo

"It blisters. It belts. Man its so damned good." - 8/10 Classic Rock

"For songs that range from almost 40-50 years old, they sound timeless." - Baltimore Out Loud
Bobby Alu - Finally Tour
Date Fri 14th Jun 2019
Anyone familiar with a Bobby Alu live experience has witnessed the ease with which the Australian-Samoan moves from strumming blissfully away on his ukulele to raising the roof with a energetic percussion sequences, complete with traditional log drums.

Good vibes are definitely flowing for the hammock music aficionado. Fresh from a nomination in the Blues and Roots category at the Queensland Music Awards, Bobby Alu is a finalist in the 2018 International Songwriting Competition and just last month picked up a Pacific Music Award nomination for FLAVA Best International Pacific Artist.

With a third album dropping this year, Bobby Alu hits the road armed with the only tools he needs - a uke and smile from ear to ear.
Eumeralla: A War Requiem for Peace
Date Sat 15th Jun 2019
Southwest of Melbourne lies a battleground, haunted with the memory of war and loss. The scars of the Eumeralla Resistance War (1840 to 1863) lie heavily upon the country.

Eumeralla, a War Requiem for Peace brings into focus a period of Australia’s history yet to be fully understood. Written and composed by acclaimed Yorta Yorta soprano, composer and Artistic Director of Short Black Opera, Deborah Cheetham AO, this requiem for peace, will be sung entirely in the ancient dialects of the Gunditjmara people.

Eumeralla: A War Requiem for Peace will break the silence of so many decades and serve to amplify the importance of our nation’s shared history - Deborah Cheetham AO.
Alice Through the Opera Glass
Date Sat 15th Jun 2019
Peer into the magic looking glass and come on a fantastical journey with Alice and the White Rabbit. Leave Wonderland behind and step into an alternative opera universe, a marvellous world for curious minds that will fascinate young and old alike.

An imagination as abundant as the heroine’s is a prerequisite for this adventure that leaps across boundaries of opera time and space. Follow the White Rabbit through the corridors of time to meet famous characters from your favourite operas in this wonderfully creative pastiche, which includes music from Bizet, Delibes, Handel, Mozart and Verdi.

Unpredictable enchantment will be the order of the day, as well as a chance to hear the very best young singers from our company family, who are joined by the outstanding students from the University of Melbourne.

Encounter the joy of music, the fun of discovery and the magic of theatre in one special hour for this perfect introduction to opera to the whole family (ages six and over).
Homage to Gideon Klein
Date Sat 15th Jun 2019
In 2019 the world of music celebrates the centenary of one of the most gifted composers to emerge from Czechoslovakia, Gideon Klein, whose career was tragically cut short by the Nazis.

The music he produced in Theresienstadt concentration camp – under unimaginable circumstances – is powerful, original and captivating, and shows how greatly he was influenced by Czech master Janáček, whose suite Mládí is a gem of the wind ensemble repertoire. Dvořák’s influence on Janáček’s music was profound: how fitting then to end this concert with a work of sublime lyricism which breathes the air of the Czech countryside, Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds.
Do It Like An Italian - Wine Tasting
Date Sat 15th Jun 2019
Traverse Italy in a metaphorical Fiat Bambino, drinking old favourites (Ciao Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio) and making new friends (Benvenuto Negroamaro and Cataratto) all in a single Melbourne afternoon.

Italy will be showcased in all her glory. From north to south and red to white (with a couple of sparklers in there to keep things bubbling along).

Your ticket price gets you access to over 20 wines over the course of two hours, accompanied by platters of antipasto.

Do It Like An Italian is a stand-up wine tasting that runs over the course of two hours. You will enjoy over 20 varieties of wine, a selection of canapes and have special access to Tasting Day prices on all wines. There will also be the opportunity to win lucky door prizes.
Publish for Profit
Date Sat 15th Jun 2019
Don't have the time or money to complete your publishing dream?

In Publish for Profit workshop you will get great tips and tricks to making it all happen quickly and easily. Find out if your book idea is worth pursuing, how to market it and where to get the right advice before spending time and money on your dream.

Writer and publisher, Blaise van Hecke from Busybird Publishing, has worked with over 300 people to publish their book over the past eight years.

What you will learn -

Is your idea marketable? How to up-skill your writing, how to structure the book, what are your publishing options and marketing tips to get the project started.

This is a taster of what to expect for prospective authors.
Bloomsday in Melbourne Seminar and Lunch 2019
Date Sun 16th Jun 2019
Join Bloomsday in Melbourne's 26th annual seminar and lunch. Chaired by Bloomsday's patron and Joyce advocate, Professor Barry Jones, Joyce scholars Professor Ronan McDonald will talk on the Reception of Ulysses 1922-2019, and Dr Steve Carey on Joyce, Zurich 1917, and Stoppard's Travesties and all that Da-da' .

This will be followed by a Lunch provided by the Swiss Club with Entertainment.

Bookings Essential and they close on Thursday 14 June 2019.

Storm Boy
Date Mon 17th Jun 2019 to Sat 20th Jul 2019
In a wild and remote area of coastline on South Australia’s Coorong, Storm Boy and his reclusive father live in a secluded shack, hidden away from the harsh realities of city life. After befriending a local Ngarrindjeri man, Storm Boy discovers three orphaned pelican chicks and decides to take them in. What follows is a remarkable journey of discovery that will change his life forever.

This much-loved story has enthralled generations of Australians both on the page and on screen. Now, Colin Thiele’s heart-warming classic Storm Boy is brought to life on stage in a theatrical event filled with unforgettable characters and a collection of astonishing life-size puppets by Dead Puppet Society. With epic scope and scale, this stunning Australian story is realised in a production that evokes the fragile wilderness of Storm Boy’s world.

Adapted by Tom Holloway (Double Indemnity), this powerful new production featuring John Batchelor (Red Dog) and Tony Briggs (Cleverman) is directed by Sam Strong, who will again bring his magic to another timeless coming-of-age story, as he did with MTC’s Helpmann Award-winning Jasper Jones.

A co-production with Queensland Theatre in association with Dead Puppet Society.
Box Hill Art Group - Mid Year Exhibition
Date Tue 18th Jun 2019 to Sun 23rd Jun 2019
The Mid Year Exhibition will showcase the art of Box Hill Art Group. This is an opportunity to experience a wide range of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the members of the very active Box Hill Art Group. With a wide range of both styles and subjects, there will be artworks that will appeal to everyone.
Yoga and Wine
Date Wed 19th Jun 2019
If you are a regular you know that Retreat Here events are designed to connect you with like-minded people in Melbourne (and sometimes around the world). To celebrate their one year anniversary, Retreat Here are hosting an evening of Yoga, Wine and Dinner at one of their favourite places in Melbourne: Glamp Cocktail Bar.

You will enjoy a 60 minute Yoga class at Glamp, followed by a healthy dinner at Pole Pole Restaurant downstairs. Of course, your dinner would not be complete without a glass of wine. On Retreat Here.

If you love Yoga, wine, laughter, and a great goodie bag, they want you there.
Van Hunt
Date Wed 19th Jun 2019 to Thu 20th Jun 2019
Van Hunt has attracted critical praise touring both as a headliner and alongside such diverse acts as Kanye West, The Roots, Coldplay, Mary J. Blige and Dave Matthews Band.

Van's self-titled debut established him as a distinctive and original talent with its idiosyncratic melding of R'n'B, soul, funk, pop and rock 'n' roll. The single 'Dust' received a 2005 "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" Grammy nomination. 'On The Jungle Floor' followed two years later, highlighted by the single, 'Character'. In 2007, Hunt received a Grammy Award for "Best R'n'B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals" honouring Family Affair, a collaboration with John Legend and Joss Stone.
DENFAIR 2019 Design Exhibition
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Now in its fifth year, DENFAIR is Australia’s defining event for the best local and international design brands.

The exhibition provides a tangible moment, where design professionals and enthusiasts alike can touch and feel the latest, most innovative products. Exciting new collections will be launched in exclusivity, during three days of connection, conversation and ideas.

Engage directly with your favorite brands and the nation’s leading creatives – all within 12,000 square metres of pure design.

Saturday June 22 DENFAIR is open to the public from 10:00am to 5:00pm. For more information visit the website.
Baroque Oboe
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019
With its lucid, penetrating tone, the oboe captivates the ear and touches the heart. Australia’s greatest oboe star, Diana Doherty, joins Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for oboe masterpieces from the Italian Baroque by Vivaldi and Albinoni, with a new double concerto by popular Melbourne composer Joe Chindamo.
Classical Mozart’s Requiem
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Deceit, murder and a black masked stranger. The myths surrounding Mozart’s Requiem, his final unfinished work, go back far beyond Peter Shaffer’s film, Amadeus. But it did really happen; one of the world’s greatest composers died writing his own Requiem. Mozart himself was the first to start drawing sinister conclusions about the anonymous masked ‘middle aged, serious, impressive man’ who came to his door around July 1791, with a commission for a Requiem mass.

Already ill with an undiagnosed kidney disorder, he imagined he was writing his own Requiem. Using Bach and Handel’s earlier models of musical grief, and adding new orchestral colours with trombones, basset horn and a continuo section of organ and low strings, he creates music that is uniquely heartbreaking.

Contrast Mozart’s epic work with Ravel’s charming, nostalgic suite Mother Goose, in which the composer captures childhood innocence with beguiling perfection. Ravel’s signature elegance and luminous orchestral colours shine through as the Orchestra takes you through the mystery, magic and fantasy of these five fairy tales.
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson Live on Stage - Melbourne
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019
Come and spend an evening with two of the world's best climbers live on stage in their first Australian tour.

This is an opportunity to see Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson up close and personal sharing stories of their journey that spanned years to achieve what many thought was impossible, the world’s hardest rock climb: the Dawn Wall.

This is a rare opportunity to see Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson on stage together - not just two of the world’s best climbers, but two of the world’s best athletes and inspirational speakers. Tommy and Kevin have experience speaking on the world’s greatest stages including TEDx and will be bringing that same experience to you.

Tommy and Kevin share their inspiring personal stories and insights. Relive the critically acclaimed film The Dawn Wall on the big screen with Tommy and Kevin providing added commentary. Then a rare chance for a hosted Q&A with Tommy and Kevin that will take you behind the scenes and into their minds.

There will be opportunities for meet and greet, book signings and more at what will be the climbing event of the year in your capital city. Don’t miss out.
St Kilda Film Festival
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
The St Kilda Film Festival supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on a wide range of fascinating works that may not otherwise see the light of day. Exceptional films by both emerging talent and short works by accomplished industry professionals are shown on the big screen, where they look their shiny best.

St Kilda Film Festival provides the most comprehensive overview of the national short film industry, screening Australia's top short film entries received each year alongside a rich program of special screenings and events and a free Filmmaker Development Program.
Wake in Fright
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
If you're a good bloke, you'll be all right. Right?

G’day. Welcome to the Yabba. Just passing through?

It is the best little town in the world. Things a bit grim? Chin up.

John Grant is well-read, but an outback misadventure strands him - cashless and jobless - in a harsh and remote Aussie outpost, Bundanyabba.

So, he makes new ‘mates’: they are quick with a drink, but with every scull a dark violence lurches forward. Are these blokes fair dinkum, or is there something more sinister at the heart of this little Aussie town?

On the Beckett Theatre stage, the entire world of Wake in Fright is conjured by the always-evocative Zahra Newman (The Book of Mormon) accompanied by a sonic assault from art-electronica band, friendships. Under the direction of Declan Greene, Kenneth Cook’s iconic work of Australian Gothic horror is felt in the flesh. Bring sunscreen, buy a beer and wear your ear plugs.

Once you pierce the Yabba’s ocker veneer, you better be ready for the explosive brutality pent up inside.
Off the Leash
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019
Off The Leash is an 11-piece excitement machine, dedicated to performing the R'n'B/ Funk/ Soul classics of the renowned San Francisco-based band, Tower Of Power.

Formed in 1968, Tower Of Power soon made an impact with their distinctive sound and repertoire. Among their hits : 'What Is Hip?', 'You’re Still A Young Man' and 'This Time It’s Real'. Tower Of Power has always been about the blend of convincing vocals, a driving groove, and horn section riffs that threaten to lift the ceiling.

Replicating such a precise yet powerful sound is not a challenge to be taken lightly. Off The Leash includes musicians who have worked in diverse bands like Reverend Funk, Big and Horny, Funk Fiction, Los Cabrones and Pickpocket. They have done their homework on the Tower Of Power repertoire, and can’t wait to share the results. Are they ready to deliver? They’re off the leash!

Paul McVicar (vocals), Paul Slattery (vocals), Dave Carter (keyboards), Craig Strain (bass), Matthi Edwards (drums), Neil Boland (guitar, vocals), Steve Allan (trumpet), Matt Tubman (trumpet), Alex Howroyd (tenor sax), Andy O’Connell (tenor sax) and Brett Evans (baritone sax).
Taylor Sheridan
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019
Singer/songwriter Taylor Sheridan, started his career as a young teenager in rural Victoria and describes his music as 'soulfully acoustic' with influences varying from Stevie Wonder all the way to James Taylor. Taylor always tries to combine elements of these different styles and make something fresh.

Sheridan says he feels most comfortable when he is on stage with just a guitar and his voice.

Having released two independent EP's and a string of singles, Taylor has toured with some of Australia's finest acts—just him and his guitar—including Pete Murray, Thirsty Merc, Daryl Braithwaite and John Farnham.
Winter Solstice, Music by Girl on the Hill & Jade Alice
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019
Girl on the Hill and Jade Alice will have you wrapt in warm winter sounds.

Brrr. The taste of hot chocolate, smell of mulled wine and music to warm any heart should be temptation-enough to join Melbourne’s Jade Alice and Girl on the Hill for an all-ages double-headline show on Australia’s shortest day.

Come and bask in the musical after-glow of two of Australia’s most exciting upcoming singer-songwriters at the Albert Park Port Lounge on 21 June.
Bach B Minor
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019
A comment under a YouTube video can speak more directly than an elegantly written program note. About Bach’s B minor Mass, one user has written: “Probably the best piece of music EVER written, and I’m not even exaggerating, I’m being serious.” Completed the year before Bach’s death, the Mass is one of the most inspiring pieces of music ever composed. As musicologist Alberto Basso has put it: “The Mass in B minor is the consecration of a whole life.” The performance features the magnificent British vocal ensemble VOCES8 on their first Australian tour, and Australian conductor Benjamin Bayl, co-founder of the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra.

“The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.” — Gramophone
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Stylus has enjoyed unprecedented respect as a world-class musical collective, from the beginning having a huge hit with their version of Seals and Croft's Summer Breeze. With their third album being released through Motown Records in the US, and Japan's Toshiba-EMI re-issuing the entire catalogue of four albums in 1999.

Stylus were selected to open the Australian shows of Ike and Tina Turner, Average White Band and George Benson, among other leading world souls, funk and jazz artists, in 1975, 1976 and 1978.

Three original Stylus members—vocalist/songwriter Peter Cupples, pianist/keyboardist Sam McNally and guitar wizard Ronnie Peers—have done more in their careers since the 70's, than can possibly be listed here. Suffice to say, they are all better at their art, than ever.

Melbourne's Gerry Pantazis on drums and Chicago, USA born Doug Williams playing bass and lead vocals, complete this line-up of Stylus, making it the most powerful yet.

The Stylus song-list comprises their classic hits from the 70's, intelligent funk and dance cover versions and a chunk of new original material.

Four songwriters in Stylus means there's no shortage of great material.
Baroque Oboe - Melbourne Recital Centre
Date Sun 23rd Jun 2019
With its lucid, penetrating tone, the oboe captivates the ear and touches the heart. Australia’s greatest oboe star, Diana Doherty, joins MCO for oboe masterpieces from the Italian Baroque by Vivaldi and Albinoni, with a new double concerto by popular Melbourne composer Joe Chindamo.
Bayside Chamber Orchestra - Blazing Beaumaris Beauty
Date Sun 23rd Jun 2019
You will be delighted by Bayside Chamber Orchestra's Winter concert in Beaumaris.

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

Performers include: W.A. Mozart - Serenade for Winds in B flat, G. Jacob - Old Wind In New Bottles, O. Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances Suite no 1. and C. Jenkins - Palladio for Strings.

This wonderful program is proudly supported by Bayside City Council.
TarraWarra Wine Lunch
Date Sun 23rd Jun 2019
TarraWarra Estate winemaker Clare Halloran and The Barre’s Senior Chef de Partie Ceclilia Salvante have teamed up to create a Sunday Feast inspired by TarraWarra wines.

From their stunning winery in the coolness of the Yarra Valley, TarraWarra wines are perfectly paired with four courses from The Barre kitchen including dishes such as soy-marinated and braised beef short rib with pickled carrots and crushed pistachio served with sweet potato dhal and cucumber raita matched to TarraWarra Estate Pinot Noir, 2016 and TarraWarra Reserve Pinot Noir, 2015.

Clare will bring 20 years of expertise with TarraWarra Estate wines and share her valuable knowledge alongside Cecilia providing her inspiration for the dishes over the course of lunch.
Támar Davis
Date Sun 23rd Jun 2019 to Thu 27th Jun 2019
Ashley Támar Davis gained worldwide attention for the Grammy-nominated duet 'Beautiful, Loved & Blessed' with music icon Prince but dig a little deeper & you will discover a fiercely independent artist who continues to create her own path.

Described by the New York Times as having "a voice that can fill three stadiums and the moves of Tina Turner" Davis returns to Australia for the first time since her mesmerising performances out front of New Power Generation in 2018.

With the official release of her shelved 'Milk & Honey' album due in 2019 Davis hits the road for a series of performances throughout the USA, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

A veritable knockout with voluminous hair, desirable curves and feisty moves, Davis has sung for Presidents, appeared on 'Saturday Night Live' 'Good Morning America', BET, Brit and NAACP Image Awards. She launched 2 independent albums 'My Name is Támar' and 'I Am the Storm' with features in VIBE magazine, New York Times and US Weekly to name but a few.
Date Sun 23rd Jun 2019
Australia's most prestigious 70's soul /R'n'B group, Stylus, is enjoying a new lease of life—following great shows in 2015 and 2016, in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.

From the beginning, having a huge hit with their version of Seals 'n' Croft’s “Summer Breeze”, the debut album going gold in 1975, album number three being released through Motown Records in the US, and Japan’s Toshiba-EMI re-issuing the entire catalogue of 4 albums in 1999, Stylus enjoys unprecedented respect as a world-class musical collective.
Ondru - Yumarrala Ngulu: give voice
Date Tue 25th Jun 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
To coincide with NAIDOC week BHCAC in collaboration with Ondru brings Yumarrala Ngulu: give voice, stories of courage and strength by the Stolen Generations.

Yumarrala Ngulu: give voice is an art project that aims to honour the Stolen Generations, embodying their courage and strength through their own voice and creating a space for healing. The project primarily focuses on providing a voice for women’s experiences of the Stolen Generations while sharing their stories of family, love, hope and their dreams for the future. The stories have been told directly by the women or in some cases shared by family members.

The project strives towards a more compassionate and connected society, creating a space for dialogue with the broader community that encourages shared understanding of the historic struggles of Aboriginal women. This dialogue begins by acknowledging and respecting their unique stories and communicating the need for recognition.

Reconciliation is about acknowledging and respecting the history and dignity of Aboriginal peoples to build better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal peoples.

Yumarrala Ngulu means ‘give voice’ in the language of Woiwurrung. Woiwurrung is an Indigenous language spoken by the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation of Central Victoria
There Is a Wall Disolving
Date Wed 26th Jun 2019 to Sat 13th Jul 2019
Stephanie Hosler and Erin Hallyburton’s work involves exploring the relationships between the body and intuitive material play. These explorations often manifest themselves as site-responsive installations. While both Hosler and Hallyburton’s work have a similar approach to materiality, their different practices establish a dialogue about fluidity, transformation, mutation and decay.

This dialogue is the product of combining Hallyburton’s emphasis on gravitational power and entropic energy with Hosler’s focus on their rejection of Western binary classifications, which informs their exploration into transformative substances.

A quilt moisturised with lard; amorphous solids that are subjected to the gravitational pull of the earth upon their manifestation; sound-absorbing textiles which digest the vibrations and sonic matter in their environment. Oily cosmetics with sensual healing properties thickly painted onto white walls. The exchanges between Hallyburton and Hosler’s works implicate the audience as being just as crucial to the work as the space around them.
The Australian Ballet presents Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo: Lac
Date Thu 27th Jun 2019 to Sat 6th Jul 2019
For the first time, the renowned Ballets de Monte-Carlo brings its full troupe to Australia, showcasing its superb dancers in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s modern take on Swan Lake.

Maillot, the company’s director, responds to Tchaikovsky’s immortal score with a provocative vision that pits black against white and good against evil. As in the traditional production, the Prince lives uneasily in his parents’ court, under pressure to marry. Nostalgic for his childhood love, the White Swan, he rejects all possible brides. But the villainous Her Majesty the Night, transforming her daughter into a Black Swan, has other plans for him.

A blend of neo-classical ballet and modern dance, LAC signals its departure from tradition and its plunge into the depths of the psyche with costumes by Winter Olympics designer Philippe Guillotel. Guillotel says on the one hand, the court, elegance and decorum, and on the other hand animal desire, inscrutability and violence. Set designer Ernest Pignon-Ernest constructs an architecture of black-and-white silk and black metal to frame the fears and desires of the characters.

Do not miss this unique chance to see an adventurous company turn tradition upside-down.
A Little Night Music
Date Thu 27th Jun 2019 to Sat 6th Jul 2019
Capturing the uncertainties of love with playfulness and heartbreaking accuracy, A Little Night Music resonates with bittersweet wisdom, and speaks to us all.

From the romance of the night waltzes to the wistful Send in the Clowns, music theatre lovers will rejoice the return of one of Sondheim’s most beloved and sophisticated musicals.

Get ready to fall in love with some magical night music as Victorian Opera welcomes a cast of musical theatre, cabaret and opera stars, headed by Ali McGregor, Simon Gleeson, Nancye Hayes, Samuel Dundas, Verity Hunt-Ballard and Alinta Chidzey.
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
Mysterious planet. Incomprehensible intelligence. Ghosts of regret.

Within hours of arriving in orbit around the mercurial planet Solaris, Kris encounters evasive inhabitants, self-isolating scientists and the ghost of a lover who died long ago.

Yes. Here, on the other side of the galaxy, Earth's dead visit.

Above an uninhabitable world possessed by a powerful intelligence, the crew are sleepless and lost. They fight with the nature of the planet below, their mission, their own motivations, and the dark horrors of their past that haunt the space station.

Could the planet itself be to blame?

Tarkovsky and Soderbergh have tackled Stanisław Lem’s classic sci-fi novel on screen. Now, Malthouse Theatre and The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh bring this world-premiere thriller to the stage. Matthew Lutton directs a script by master Scottish writer David Greig, featuring Eamon Farren (Twin Peaks) and a stellar international cast.
Vadim Gluzman plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Mon 1st Jul 2019
Brilliant young Czech maestro Jakub Hrůša returns to the MSO with Dvořák’s subtly scored orchestral ballad, The Wood Dove, based on a Czech legend of infatuation and murder in a rural village. A muted funeral march, a typical Dvořákian wedding dance and the tragic epilogue, relieved by the song of the wood dove. Ukranian-born Vadim Gluzman is a superb violinist of the Russian school and his interpretation of the beloved Tchaikovsky concerto with its fiery virtuosity and wistful poetry is not to be missed.

Mussorgsky’s wrote his famous memorial to his dear friend, the artist Victor Harmann in the form of a suite of piano pieces depicting the composer “roving through the exhibition, now leisurely, now briskly, in order to come closer to a picture that had attracted his attention, and at times sadly, thinking of his departed friend.”

Ravel was on his own mission when he orchestrated the suite in 1922. With a strong experimental impulse he introduces new sounds with the saxophone and celeste, and explores the outermost reaches of instrumental possibilities in his search for new colours and contrasts. Revel in Ravel’s great 20th century orchestral showpiece.
Russell Morris and Band
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019
ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, #1 selling Platinum artist, King of Pop, Australian Icon.

A few phrases commonly used when describing Aussie legend Russell Morris. Shooting to fame in the middle 60’s with Somebody’s Image, Russell had a string of hits including Hush and the Bob Dylan classic Baby Blue.

In 1969 he and producer Molly Meldrum released “The Real Thing”, Australia’s only true psychedelic number one hit and a song that is played regularly on commercial radio to this day. Following that, Russell penned breakthrough hits such as Sweet Sweet Love, Wings of an Eagle, Rachel, Part three into Paper Walls, The Girl That I Love and many many more.

Plus Russell will be showcasing his new album Black and Blue Heart.

DYLANesque are playing Memo Music Hall St Kilda
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
Playing Melbourne for one night only, catch DYLANesque's new show True Confessions Revisited - the Bob Dylan Tom Petty Show.

What a brilliant way to spend your Saturday night, enjoying a two hour narrated concert taking inspiration from one of the 20th century’s most talked about concert tours - True Confessions back in 1986, when Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks shared a stage together.

Writer, producer, actor and voice of The Bob Dylan Story - frontman Jeff Jenkins now brings his new show to Garfield, with his stellar five piece band for one night only.

Rock out and dance to all your favourite Dylan / Petty hits including Running Down a Dream, American Girl, Don’t Come Around Here No More, The Waiting, Refugee, Like a Rolling Stone, All Along the Watchtower, Hard Rain, Tombstone Blues, House of the Rising Sun and many other class Dylan Petty Nicks hits. Tickets are now on sale, so grab your tickets early to get the best seats, and enjoy this extraordinary homage to Dylan, Petty and Stevie Nicks.
Robot Song
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
When eleven-year-old Juniper May receives a petition signed by her entire class stating that she is ‘the most hated person in the school’ her life is thrown into complete meltdown. Juniper stops eating, she refuses to return to school and her parents become increasingly desperate. Finally, after exhausting all other avenues her parents’ resort to the only thing they have left, a giant singing robot.

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

Robot Song is a deeply personal story. It shares an honest, intensely funny and often unconventional window into writer, director Jolyon James’ experience in parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum. The show poses and attempts to answer the question, how do we support, foster and celebrate difference in our children in the face of an increasingly rigid and homogenised world?
Stadium Stomp MCG
Date Sun 30th Jun 2019
CliStep it up in 2019. Get your legs ready for the ultimate stair climb as we send you on a mission to climb the thousands of stairs up, down and around the grandstands of the mighty MCG. With full, short, unlimited and junior course options available there’s a stair climb to suit all ages and fitness levels. Experience this stadium like never before as you sweat it out to music, killing some serious calories on the way.

Stadium Stomp supports official Charity Partner the Leukaemia Foundation and participants are encouraged to make every step count and fundraise for this amazing charity, or alternatively a cause close to their heart.
Family Open Cockpit Weekend
Date Mon 1st Jul 2019 to Mon 28th Oct 2019
Announcing the Family Open Cockpit Day 2019, held at the Australian National Aviation Museum from 10:00am to 5:00pm on October 26 and 27.

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-111 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.
Ultimate Vegan Cooking Five Day Workshop
Date Mon 1st Jul 2019 to Fri 5th Jul 2019
Join OTAO Kitchen with this fully plant based cooking class to discover the smell, touch, taste and flavour profile of Asian cookings from India to Japan.

Take home your best vegetarian meal plans and cook up delicious regional vegetarian and vegan dishes in five inspiring cooking classes. Combine the traditional vegetarian foods and vegan food understanding with spending time with your chef to perfect your home cooking to its best.

This intensive course spans over five days, hosted by experienced chef to take concept and apply to ingredients, flavours and textures in order to multiply recipes.
Come From Away
Date Mon 1st Jul 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019
Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Do not miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony and Grammy nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley with musical staging by Tony nominee Kelly Devine.

On September 11, the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
Tim Credible's Family Magic Show
Date Mon 1st Jul 2019 to Fri 12th Jul 2019
Fun, laughter and amazement for the whole family.Kids, parents and grandparents all love the Tim Credible Family Magic Show, and his friendly Ace the Poodle and Douzie the Dragon.

Recommended for ages 0 to 12 years old.

This show is 50 minutes.
Magic School with Tim Credible the Magician
Date Mon 1st Jul 2019 to Fri 12th Jul 2019
Learn magic with Tim Credible. Fun for the whole family. Learn to perform amazing magic to entertain your friends and family.

Recommended for ages 5 to 12 years old.

This workshop is 50 minutes.
Roola Boola Children Arts Festival
Date Tue 2nd Jul 2019 to Fri 12th Jul 2019
Brighten up the school holidays with the beloved Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival as it returns for its tenth year.

A program packed full of intimate performances, workshops and unique activities to bring children’s imaginations to life.
Lang Lang: MSO's Mid-Season Gala
Date Thu 4th Jul 2019
Pursued by every orchestra in the world, and adored by legions of fans, Lang Lang is the singular piano sensation of the 21st century, but his renown depends on much more than dazzling technique alone. He couples his virtuosity with a voracious appetite for musical diversity and a charismatic personality that draws listeners deep into his musical world.

For his Melbourne audience, Lang Lang enters into the genius of Mozart, in whose music brilliance of expertise blends seamlessly with graceful charm. Mozart’s works provided the foundation for the entire development of classical music that followed, and the allure of compositions like the sparkling Piano Concerto No.24 remains timeless.

The concert reaches its climax in Rachmaninov’s majestic Third Symphony, where the composer looks forward from the traditions of his Russian heritage to forge a language of luxuriant emotional expressiveness.

The combination of Russian heritage and modernist exhilaration seems to suggest something of the symphony’s musical character, where Rachmaninov explores a rich terrain of thoughts and reflections with music that is by turns vivacious, sweetly melancholic, and ultimately ecstatic.
Digital TV Studio Workshop
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019
This practical workshop, designed specifically for high school students, aims to provide an introduction to the film and television studio recording processes.

Students will learn practical skills using multi-camera operation and control room, have the pportunity to create and experience an in-house television production and the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced practitioners.
Perform, Record and Create Music Workshop
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019
Designed specifically for High School students, this workshop will be an immersive experience where you will join a band to perform songs ready for a live recording. You will move from the stage to the computer Lab engaging with music technology using Apple Garageband and Ableton Live.
The Chess Sessions Feat. Chris Stockely's Bram
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019
This show is a tribute to the incredible creation that was Chess Records. Across his 50 year plus career as a contemporary rock musician (Cam-Pact, The Dingoes, Axiom) Chris Stockley has never lost his passion for the Blues and particularly Chess Records. Along with his colleagues in his band Bram (Michael Bright, Guitar/Vocals, Les Oldman, drums/vocals and John Dynon, Bass), Chris and his special guests James Black, Kelly Auty and Robert Price are set to celebrate that extraordinary hot bed of Blues, Soul, R&B and Jazz.
BOO Seeka Millennium Drive Tour
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019
The road is the spiritual and literal home for BOO Seeka with the pair of dream-tronic beatmakers heading out on the Millennium Drive tour in support of fiery new single 'Millennium Drive'.

With an infectious live show that brings out an explosive energy impossible to replicate on record, BOO Seeka are ready to test-drive upcoming releases on new audiences across the nation. Taking 'Millennium Drive' for a spin, they'll hit eleven locations in June and July ahead of the release of their second album - the follow up to 2017's hugely successful 'Never Too Soon'.

Recently surpassing 50 million streams, BOO Seeka's catalogue has dominated national airwaves, speakers and headphones everywhere since their since their inception in 2015. Lyrics to tracks like 'Does This Last', 'Turn Up Your Light', 'Humans' and 'Deception Bay' are now ingrained in the Australian indie music fan vernacular. Also making waves abroad, their music has received airplay on stations such as KCRW (USA), and on XFM in the UK.

They're joined on all 'Millennium Drive' Australian Tour shows by good friend and party starter TUKA for this winter jaunt that will be anything but chill.
Bon But Not Forgotten
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019
Bon But Not Forgotten is the closest you will ever get to AC/DC in the 70's. This show brings together some of the world’s greatest rockers to pay tribute to the legend behind one of the world's greatest ever bands, AC/DC, and their iconic singer Bon Scott who celebrates his Birthday on 9 July.

Featuring a knock-out line-up, including past and present members of Aussie rock icons, Baby Animals, The Angels and The Poor, this band knows how to electrify a crowd with its explosive repertoire of AC/DC's greatest hits.

Not content with just performing a 'Best Of' set, the band also focuses on some gems that are not commercial in nature, but true fans will love to hear them live, some for the first time. This show replicates the sound, style and passion of AC/DC, without pretence.

It is quite simply the most natural sounding AC/DC performance of any band, other than AC/DC themselves. There is no other band on earth that can perform the show like these carefully selected musicians.
Illustrative Embroidery Workshop
Date Sun 7th Jul 2019
Learn all about embroidery and how to stitch your own textures and patterns in this relaxing afternoon class.

Led by Turkey-based fibre artist Irem Yazici, this workshop will cover all of the fundamentals of embroidery including how to choose the right fabric and thread, and embroidery techniques like needle painting and french knots. This class is all about experimentation and learning how to bring different fibre materials like beads, pom poms and sequins into your embroidered artwork.

At the end of the class you will have created your own embellished galaxy illustration to take home with you. As well as the skills to pursue a mindful embroidery practice in your own time.

All materials will be provided on the day and well as delicious snacks and drinks.

Bring It On The Musical
Date Thu 11th Jul 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
One, two, three, go! After an extended sell-out season and three Green Room Award nominations including Best Production of a Musical, David Venn is proud to announce the Broadway hit Bring It On The Musical will return to Melbourne.

Sparkling with sass and inspired by the cult 90s movie starring Kristen Dunst, this high energy hit comes from the minds of Broadway’s creative royalty, while the death-defying stunts performed by world-class cheerleading champions ensure broad appeal.

Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre will host the high energy feat for a strictly limited season from 12 to 28 July.
Date Thu 11th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
N’Dambi emerged as a background vocalist for Erykah Badu, contributing to her breakthrough album, Baduizm. While working with Badu, she released three critically acclaimed independent albums (Little Lost Girls Blues, Tunin’ Up and CoSignin’ and A Weird Kinda Wonderful) impressing audiences world-wide with performances across the globe. N’Dambi has also appeared on projects with Dallas jazz band, Snarky Puppy; hip-hop Lecrae; pop star Ariana Grande and many more.

As a result of N’Dambi’s successful career as an independent artist she was signed to the reactivated legendary Stax Records releasing Pink Elephant in late 2009. On her 2011 Grammy-nominated album Pink Elephant, N’Dambi’s purposeful songwriting offers the listener detailed lyrical snapshots largely created from observations, rather than her own life.

N’Dambi’s soulful vocal instrument rekindles our relationship with soul music flawlessly with insightful lyrics and tight arrangements that resound the energies of past soul sisters like Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Mahalia Jackson and Chaka Khan.
Melbourne Tartan Festival
Date Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
The Scots are coming to Melbourne. Join them in celebration of modern Scottish culture.

Experience your first taste of haggis, it's delicious, promise. Wash it down with some unique single malt whisky sourced from the finest distilleries in Scotland. Take in a film from the Mini British Film Festival Scottish selection or enjoy a high energy Ceilidh dance.

Don't forget to pack your black tie and dancing shoes for the gala dinner and concert at the iconic Melbourne Town Hall. Families can see and try bagpipes, learn Scottish country dancing, try a haggis burger, design a tartan, have their photo taken with a cute Scottish terrier on Family Day.

There will be pop up and 'flash mob' events in Melbourne's CBD throughout the ten days of the Melbourne Tartan Festival. You don't have to be Scottish to join in, all are welcome.
The Finders Keepers – Autumn, Winter 2019
Date Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
The Finders Keepers market returns to the glorious Royal Exhibition Building for three huge days this winter from July 12 to 14.

Discover over 200 stalls featuring unique work from local and interstate makers, designers and artists plus food and entertainment all weekend. There's happy hour at the bar on Friday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and shopping into the night until 9:00pm. The market magic then continues Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Join in supporting small creative business and come along to find, seek, love and keep this winter. Children under 12 enter free.
Perform, Record and Create Music Workshop
Date Fri 12th Jul 2019
Designed specifically for high school students, this workshop will be an immersive experience where you will join a band to perform songs ready for a live recording. You will move from the stage to the computer lab engaging with music technology using Apple Garageband and Ableton Live.
Last Night of the Proms
Date Sat 13th Jul 2019
Prepare yourself for some Pomp and Circumstance with the King of the Proms, Sir Andrew Davis.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's annual celebration of the best of British music, Last Night of the Proms is flag-waving, chorus-rousing music at its finest. What better way to warm the cockles of your heart.

Joining Sir Andrew on stage will be Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Soloist in Residence, Lu Siqing, who will perform one of Saint-Saëns’ genuine showpieces.
Andrew Pattison's 70th Birthday Bash
Date Sun 14th Jul 2019
Andrew Pattison’s 70th Birthday Concert Party with Dean and Carruthers, Glenn Cardier, Greg Champion, Khtistian Mizzi, Martin Pearson, Paul Wookey, Ross Ryan and more to be announced soon.

Andrew Pattison was the founder of Melbourne’s famed Troubadour music venue back in 1978, where he played host to many of Australia’s and the world’s greatest musicians and singer songwriters, people like John Denver, Jesse Winchester, John Hammond, Tom Paxton, Ralph McTell, Eric Bogle, Mike McClellan, etc.
Shakespeare in Love
Date Mon 15th Jul 2019 to Wed 14th Aug 2019
The Oscar-winning film comes to the stage in a boisterous romantic comedy directed by the illustrious Simon Phillips (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical).

Young Will Shakespeare has a bad case of writer’s block and desperately needs a muse. His new comedy, Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter, is less than inspired and he’s running out of time to deliver his next masterpiece. That is, until he meets Viola, and a real-life Romeo and Juliet story starts to take hold. But Viola has a secret, and this damned Romeo play is turning out to be nothing like the comedy the Queen demanded.

Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars in 1998 when Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes stole our hearts on screen. Now, Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s Academy Award-winning script has been transformed by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) into a side-splitting stage comedy with a stirring love story at its heart.

In a coup for MTC, this Australian Premiere production from acclaimed director Simon Phillips has been specially licensed by Disney Theatrical Productions. Don’t miss this unique theatrical event, which guarantees a rollicking night of romance and backstage fun, with lavish musical accompaniment.
Writing for the Web Workshop
Date Wed 17th Jul 2019
This writing for the web workshop will teach you how to write great copy that works online – whether it's for your company's website, your own blog, or for email marketing.

People find, read and interact with online content differently than with print – and what works on paper doesn’t necessarily work on the web.

Furthermore, online content needs to be optimised for search engines so it’ll be more easily found.

This workshop will teach you how to:
– write short, sharp and snappy sentences
– create great headlines and intros
– structure articles to make them flow better
– format copy to improve readability
– use links and subheads properly
– write with search engine optimisation (SEO) in mind
– edit print copy so it’ll work better online
– improve email newsletters/EDMs
– improve the usability and accessibility of a site.

Taught by a former Sydney Morning Herald editor and journalist who specialises in helping people improve web copy, this is a fun, relaxed and practical workshop.

Writing exercises are included throughout the class, so you can immediately practise what you've learnt.

Booklets and certificates will be handed out to each participant.
Much Ado About Nothing
Date Wed 17th Jul 2019 to Sat 27th Jul 2019
Claudio and Hero are deeply in love.

Beatrice and Benedick would rather swap sassy insults than sweet nothings.

Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love for each other.

Claudio however is quickly consumed by envy and his idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love – even if they can’t recognise it in themselves.

But will truth and honesty win the day, and does love really conquer all?

Directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans (Julius Caesar) and starring Zindzi Okenyo (Antony and Cleopatra, MTC’s An Ideal Husband) as Beatrice, this Much Ado About Nothing will be a powerful exploration of the struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. The pursuit of love is framed in a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. Or is it?
Healthcare Law for Non Lawyers Masterclass
Date Wed 17th Jul 2019
The legal obligations of healthcare providers are extremely varied and can be quite complex. It is therefore important for providers to understand the source of the obligations, the nature of the obligations, how to incorporate compliance into daily practice and what to do when things inevitably go wrong. Healthcare Law for Non Lawyers Masterclass will give you a practical understanding of medico legal issues and how they impact upon your healthcare practice.
The Midnight - Splendour In The Grass Sideshow
Date Wed 17th Jul 2019
Sometimes dark, sometimes sunny, a synth and sax-heavy experience with one foot in the glory days of nostalgia and one in some post-apocalyptic future, The Midnight are coming to Australia for the first time for Splendour and branching out for a tasty sideshow in Melbourne. This duo are as prolific as they are mysterious, releasing several EP’s, LP’s and remixes over the last few years and carving out a passionate and sizable niche.
The Rite of Spring: Stravinsky Double Bill
Date Thu 18th Jul 2019 to Sat 20th Jul 2019
For Stravinsky, rhythm was king.

Paris, the Champs-Elysées theatre, May 29, 1913: A now-legendary riot breaks out amongst the audience as Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes unveils its brand new work, The Rite of Spring, Nijinsky’s tale of human sacrifice with a brutal, elemental score from Igor Stravinsky. Listening expectantly as the snake-charming bassoon uncoils its forlorn melody – based on a Lithuanian Wedding song – the crowd is confronted by a pack of knock-kneed dancers running around the stage in vibrant Russian folk costumes.

From the pit comes an accompaniment of off-kilter rhythms, dissonant eruptions and mood-swinging dynamics. The audience explodes into a cacophony of booing, catcalling, fighting and scuffling in the aisles. It was a musical revolution akin to what Beethoven’s Eroica had done a century before. The press predictably had a field day, which was “exactly what I wanted,” Diaghilev confided to Stravinsky the next day.

20 years later, Stravinsky created another ‘rite of spring’ around the fertility myth about the arrival of Spring. This is the story of Perséphone, Goddess of Spring and Queen of the Underworld, whose annual descent brings the winter months whilst her compassionate return to life on Earth brings spring.

This concert features subtitles.
Moving up to Leadership for Women Masterclass
Date Thu 18th Jul 2019
Learning how to survive well in management as a woman can be daunting. Your workloads will inevitably start to expand, expectations will change and you will find the management of people requires a whole range of business skills.

It is not always easy, even for the most talented woman. But as you take on more responsibility to meet your targets, achieving your objectives and becoming a manager that people respect can be quite a challenge.

Nevertheless, if you are keen on spearheading the performance of your team, the Moving Up to Leadership for Women Masterclass is the right course for you. Moving Up to Leadership for Women Masterclass offers immediately applicable, practical training and aims to give women team leaders, supervisors and line managers the skills they need to improve their management styles.

The masterclass emphasises on building high achieving teams, dealing with an increased workload and developing the assertiveness and confidence necessary to be a competent woman leader. After just eight hours of masterclass, you will be able to prioritise activities that add the most value to your team and apply effective management techniques that will help you control and complete non-routine tasks.
The Nude Party - Splendour In The Grass Sideshow
Date Thu 18th Jul 2019
A whole mess of fun in the vein of The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and The Strokes, North Carolina natives The Nude Party will bring their effortless guitar pop to this intimate venue in Melbourne. Getting their kicks as teenagers in Brooklyn, these unstoppable forces of energy recently released their debut self-titled album and have maintained a jam-packed touring schedule ever since.
The Nude Party – Splendour In The Grass Sideshow
Date Thu 18th Jul 2019
A whole mess of fun in the vein of The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and The Strokes, North Carolina natives The Nude Party will bring their effortless guitar pop to intimate venues in Melbourne and Sydney.

Getting their kicks as teenagers in Brooklyn, these unstoppable forces of energy recently released their debut self-titled album and have maintained a jam-packed touring schedule ever since.
HONNE - Splendour In The Grass Sideshow
Date Fri 19th Jul 2019
A warm blend of addictive electronica and lush harmony, English duo HONNE are one of the most talked about acts on the planet right now. Their first two records Warm on a Cold Night and Love Me / Love Me Not have made them festival favourites around the UK and Europe and frequent collaborations with K-Pop King RM have sent the hype machine into outright overdrive. Having just completed sold-out tours in Asia and North America, HONNE will be at the peak of their powers for their first ever Australian show in Melbourne.
Charly Bliss – Splendour In The Grass Sideshow
Date Fri 19th Jul 2019
A power-pop explosion of melody and youthful urgency, Brooklyn’s Charly Bliss continue the New York migration as they take in some choice Splendour side-shows.

Breaking things wide open with 2017’s Guppy, this sparkling three piece are on the verge of releasing their hotly anticipated second record Young Enough and are positioned to go stratospheric in 2019.
High Notes: Michael Pollan on the New Science of Psychedelics
Date Fri 19th Jul 2019
For years, Michael Pollan's books have changed minds.

Pollan’s books, like The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – and Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, the latter now also a successful Netflix series – have strongly influenced contemporary ideas about agriculture, nature, nutrition and ethics. He's sparked debates on genetically modified organisms, and even on the definition of food and he has done it with charm, imagination and gusto, bringing serious scientific heft and optimism to all his work.

Pollan’s latest investigation is more explicitly concerned than ever with changing minds. This time, he has turned his attention to psychedelic drugs; their history and their potential. Pollan wants you to look beyond the myriad misconceptions and clichés to understand the groundbreaking new science around hallucinogens. In How To Change Your Mind, he discovers how they can help you learn more about human consciousness – as well as the benefits they may offer in the treatment of many illnesses.
Barossa. Be Consumed. Melbourne
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019
Coming to Melbourne this July, Barossa. Be Consumed is your one day, full immersion into all things Barossa.

With over 300 wines from 50 winemakers on tasting, plus artisan gin from Seppeltsfield Road Distillers, live music, delicious food, coffee from Barossa Coffee Roasters and new Meet the Maker sessions where you can talk to some of the region’s best producers about what makes Barossa a special place.

And there is Kegel. Don’t know what Kegel is? Grab a ticket to Be Consumed and find out.
Shiraz vs Syrah
Date Sun 21st Jul 2019
Spice up the winter chills with the ultimate wine showdown. Shiraz vs Syrah. Together special guests Hugh Waterman from Yangarra Estate Vineyard, and Mark Cunliffe from Craggy Range; will work with The Barre's Senior Chef de Partie Ceclilia Salvante pairing reds with a four course feast.

This lunch will match a variety of Shiraz and Syrah with courses from The Barre kitchen including dishes such as macadamia-crusted black cod fillet served with barley salad, tarragon and caper salsa served with Craggy Range Gimblett Gravel’s Syrah and Yangarra Shiraz.

Hugh and Mark will present and share their expert knowledge of these red wines alongside Cecilia providing her inspiration for the dishes over the course of lunch.
Iaki Vallejo
Date Sun 21st Jul 2019
Singer and composer Iaki Vallejo was born in Colombia and currently lives in Australia. Iaki blends many different styles into her compositions, including Afro-Colombian rhythms, jazz, funk, salsa, afrobeat, neo-soul and reggae.

Charisma and power are key words to describe Iaki's stage presence and performance. Her strong energy and voice combined with her sensual dancing are sure to have everyone engaged with her music.

At present, she is immersed in the promotion of her latest singles "India soy, negra soy" and "María se fue", in preparation for the release of her EP on 21 July, the same day she will be celebrating with an unforgettable show at Bird's Basement.

Latin music is a world unto itself and Iaki and her seven piece band are the perfect gateway to this rich musical world bringing a sense of fun, a dash of drama and vibration of sensuality.
Jacob Banks - Splendour In The Grass Sideshow
Date Mon 22nd Jul 2019
Armed with a voice that could stop a semi-trailer in its tracks, British singer-songwriter Jacob Banks will unleash his considerable talents in Melbourne as part of Splendour’s sideshow blitz. Having recently released his debut album The Village, this soulful, mesmeric, miracle maker has taken in millions of streams, talk show appearances and huge festival appearances like they were second nature. His tracks Unknown (To You) and Be Good To Me showcases a deep, sprawling baritone that has to be seen and heard to be believed.
Sam Fender - Splendour In The Grass Sideshow
Date Tue 23rd Jul 2019
Returning after leaving us all in his wake last year, English boy-genius Sam Fender will take in a sideshow in Melbourne on the eve of the release of his much- anticipated debut record.

Winner of a 2019 BRIT Award, Sam takes his lyrical cues from the likes of Billy Bragg and Paul Weller while his musical brush streaks the canvas of fellow Splendour alumni Foals and Warpaint. His searing honesty is evident in key track Dead Boys.
Phony Ppl – Splendour In The Grass Sideshow
Date Tue 23rd Jul 2019
Brooklyn’s Phony Ppl offer an around-the-world adventure on a multi-genre flight. Children of musicians with a world of sound at their fingertips from birth, this five-piece hydra take all they have learned, pop it in a blender and rejoice in what is produced. Hopping off the 'Splendour' train for shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland, Phony Ppl are riding high on the release of their latest album mō’zā-ik, which was released last year and catapulted them into the hearts of critics and fans alike.
SZA - Splendour In The Grass Sideshows
Date Tue 23rd Jul 2019
SZA has confirmed three massive headline shows during her upcoming visit for this year’s Splendour In The Grass.

Influenced by avant-garde jazz, alternative rock, and hardcore rap, American singer/songwriter SZA has become one of the most influential voices in modern RnB, a genre-blurring force akin to contemporaries such as Jorja Smith, Solange, H.E.R., Kehlani and Brent Faiyaz.

In 2018, SZA made her Australian debut with an exclusive, sold out Sydney show and left local audiences craving more. SZA’s return for this year’s Splendour In The Grass is complimented by three massive headline shows.
Australian World Orchestra conducted by Alexander Briger
Date Fri 26th Jul 2019
There is no other orchestra like the Australian World Orchestra (AWO), they are a unique and unforgettable experience. Once a year the AWO comes to town, assembling Australia’s finest musicians from home and overseas to present exhilarating classical music performances. In their short history they have attracted some of the greatest conductors of our time including Sir Simon Rattle, maestros Zubin Mehta & Riccardo Muti.

Fresh from their second Indian concert tour and their 2018 concert season under the incomparable Maestro Riccardo Muti the Australian World Orchestra returns to Arts Centre Melbourne in 2019 under the baton of AWO Artistic Director Alexander Briger AO for one breathtaking performance at Hamer Hall on the 26 July in a display of limitless talent.

Programme includes: Westlake, Nigel – Flying Dream, Janáček, Leoš – Taras Bulba, a Rhapsody for Orchestra and Sibelius, Jean – Symphony No. 2, Op.43, D major.

Australian musicians playing in the world’s great orchestras come together under one baton to deliver once in a lifetime performances.
Open House Melbourne
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
Since 2008, Open House Melbourne has been connecting people with good design and architecture in the city.

Open House Melbourne invites people to explore outstanding houses, buildings, infrastructure and landscapes that illustrate the city's rich history, reflect how people live and work within it, and offer insights into the future of the city. Open House Melbourne do this through their annual free weekend at the end of July and through a series of accessible, informative and entertaining talks, tours, workshops and events throughout the year.

The Weekend puts a spotlight on the unique spaces and places that form the foundation of Melbourne, providing an opportunity for you to consider what makes Melbourne unique. The Weekend showcases buildings of significance in a free and accessible format so everyone can experience the value of good design and architecture, and consider what makes a liveable city.
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019
Join Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for a new chapter in its musical journey—the orchestra's first performance of music for chamber orchestra and choir. Polyphonic Voices, directed by Michael Fulcher, has gained a reputation for its extraordinary choral singing and collaborations with diverse ensembles including MSO and Plexus. They join us for Schubert’s second Mass, a work inspired by the composer’s divine gift for melody. Utterly gorgeous and infused with a gentle mystery, the Mass in G is a pure ray of heaven on Earth.
Orchestra Victoria's Five at 5: Luminous Encounters
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019
Encounter the vivacious and luminous music of four powerful twentieth-century voices in a concert including virtuosic performances of Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss and the extraordinary Quintet in G minor by Prokofiev.

Orchestra Victoria invites you to stay and meet the musicians and enjoy light refreshments after the performance.

Prokofiev Quintet in G minor, Op.39, Edwards Ecstatic Dances, Copland Two Threnodies for Flute and String Trio and Strauss Till Eulenspiegel, einmal anders!, Op.48.
Book Writing Boot Camp
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
Kick start your book at Busybird’s Book-Writing Boot Camp. Dedicate one weekend to get your book on track.

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July, 2019 with an optional welcome dinner on Friday, 26 July.

Why? Because a book needs a plan of attack, expert advice and completion date. That’s what Book Boot Camp will do for you.

Book Boot Camp covers planning your book, writing, publishing and marketing.

Writing needs action. Stop making excuses. Get the right advice, get writing and get published. Do this for yourself, for your project, for your transformation, but just do it.

Lunch is included both days.
Run Melbourne
Date Sun 28th Jul 2019
Join us on July 28 and take on the challenge with a community of thousands by your side, pushing you beyond what you ever imagined was possible.

Embrace the sights and sounds of our city and experience a feeling like no other when you cross the finish line and earn that bling!

With distances of 5K, 10K or the Half-Marathon, there's an option available for everyone.

It’s your chance to fundraise for a cause you love and celebrate running in ways you never thought possible.
Schubert Mass - Melbourne Recital Theatre
Date Sun 28th Jul 2019
Inspired by Schubert's divine gift for melody, Schubert's Mass in G is a pure ray of heaven on Earth. Melbourne choir Polyphonic Voices has gained a reputation for collaborations, and joins forces with MCO for these concerts, which also feature Schubert's joyous Symphony No 3.
Melbourne Vixens vs Adelaide Thunderbirds
Date Sun 28th Jul 2019
The Melbourne Vixens are out to seek redemption in the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season and you can see, hear and feel it live.

You want entertainment? The Vixens will bring it. The athleticism, the long shots and intercepts – this is netball, but not like you know it.

Get your friends, family and work mates together and get behind the Vixens.
Australia China Business Leaders Luncheon 2019
Date Wed 31st Jul 2019
This luncheon is the feature event for Australia China Business Week.

The Australia China Business Leaders Luncheon, includes the annual ACBW Keynote Address and high profile Panel Discussion.

Australia-China BusinessWeek Keynote Address

Presented by the most notable Australians and Chinese Government officials: past speakers have included Prime Ministers, Premiers and Senior Ministers.

Australia China Business Leaders Panel Discussion

A highlight of Australia China Business Luncheon is the Australia China Business Leaders Panel Discussion,. The panel discussion provides delegates with high level insights and debate on critical business success topics panellists have included leaders of industry and government.

Past Speakers:

• Peter Nathan, Chief Executive Asia-Pacific- A2 Milk
• Radek Sali, ex-CEO -Swisse Vitamins
• Steven Foo, Director Asia Business Development- Australia Post
• Andrew Bassatt, CEO and Co- Founder SEEK Limited
• Bing Liu, General Manager Asia-Austrade
• Hon Ken Smith, AM President Australia China Business Council Victoria
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)
Date Thu 1st Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a film-lover's paradise. See international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best local, national and international cinema.

Established in 1952, MIFF is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events.

MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world, as well as retrospectives, tributes and talks. Since its inception, MIFF has also been committed to local film: it is Australia's largest showcase of new Australian cinema featuring world premieres, and the country's most vocal champion of emerging and established local film-making talent.

Immerse yourself in celluloid and the wonder of a Melbourne winter at one of the city's most cherished annual events.
Schubert Mass
Date Thu 1st Aug 2019
Inspired by Schubert's divine gift for melody, Schubert's Mass in G is a pure ray of heaven on Earth. Melbourne choir Polyphonic Voices has gained a reputation for collaborations, and joins forces with MCO for these concerts, which also feature Schubert's joyous Symphony No 3.
My Dearworthy Darling
Date Fri 2nd Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
A gas light flickers through a fog of ages.

In modern day Australia, a marriage is pulled apart by mistrust, paranoia and violence. A woman breaks apart in the turmoil.

In medieval England, a woman has mystic visions. The patriarchs write them off as female madness, but she knows her truth. These visions allow her to be heard - maybe even to connect across centuries.

In My Dearworthy Darling, threads that run through history are woven into a tapestry. As the strands draw ever tighter, the old languages threaten to tear asunder. What new worlds might open?

The lyrical imagery of award-winning poet and novelist Alison Croggon, in a play written especially for feminist theatre mavericks The Rabble, is manifested in a visual feast.

There is no madness here. Only truths that a corrupted world does not want to hear.
Melbourne Vixens vs West Coast Fever
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019
The Melbourne Vixens are out to seek redemption in the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season and you can see, hear and feel it live.

You want entertainment? The Vixens will bring it. The athleticism, the long shots and intercepts – this is netball, but not like you know it.

Get your friends, family and work mates together and get behind the Vixens.
Altered Routine
Date Wed 7th Aug 2019 to Sat 24th Aug 2019
Franco and Zang's work focuses on the first few minutes when the viewer enters a space. Mirroring the gallery architecture to induce a heightened moment of awareness by disori-enting and disrupting the viewer’s expectations of the space.

An enquiry into the relationship between humans and the spaces they inhabit, their work reflects on the human encounter with the environment explored through altering the architecture of the gallery. They also aim to alter the internal architecture of the beholder’s encounter.

Their work seeks to address the superficial relationships between humans and spaces—visiting and leaving, the difficulty of connecting and the lack of attention—to add a subtle energy and dynamism to the apparent inertness of the architecture, to “make the real, real again” in Hal Foster’s terms. They aim to make the gallery a felt space, to be comprehended anew, and to activate the aesthetic possibilities inherent in the everyday experience of attending a space.
Top Dog Film Festival - Astor
Date Wed 7th Aug 2019
Celebrate the canine connection through this carefully curated collection of heartwarming stories about dogs and their people at the 2019 Top Dog Film Festival screening in St Kilda.

Meet dogs from all walks of life on the big screen at the 2019 Top Dog Film Festival. From husky dogs of Alaska to working dogs of Australia, the pull on your heartstring is guaranteed. Meet four legged heroes, unbreakable bonds and canine companions that enrich the lives of all they encounter.

The 2019 Top Dog Film Festival presents a two hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people. Filled with delightfully doggy moments of joy and celebration of our beloved canine companions.

This carefully curated program of canine-themed films is comprised of the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent filmmakers around the globe.

Get tickets before they sell out – you would be barking mad to miss it.

The Top Dog Film Festival is exempt from classification but would obtain a General rating and is suitable for all ages.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Date Fri 9th Aug 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
Melbourne's Golden Ticket has arrived.

Roald Dahl’s delicious tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is a delectable treat featuring songs from the original film, including Pure Imagination, The Candy Man and I’ve Got a Golden Ticket, alongside a brand new, toe-tapping Broadway score.

Willy Wonka is opening his marvellous and mysterious chocolate factory to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with colour and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerising joyride through a world of pure imagination.

Now is your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka. Get ready for the Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, costumes and sets and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper.
Golden Shield
Date Mon 12th Aug 2019 to Sat 14th Sep 2019
A stunning new legal drama from a trail-blazer of contemporary theatre, Anchuli Felicia King. It’s 2006 and less than 10 percent of China is online. The Chinese government looks to Silicon Valley to protect their citizens from the unfiltered chaos of the internet, resulting in the construction of an epic firewall called the Golden Shield.

With American companies actively working to build it – stifling political debate in the process – are they responsible, or just doing good business? If they can be prosecuted for working against the promotion of democracy, should they? And if dissidents start disappearing, who should be put on trial?

With interweaving storylines from across the globe, Golden Shield is an urgent legal drama that explores the personal and political ramifications of corporate greed in the global economy. A trail-blazer of contemporary theatre, Anchuli Felicia King finds fascination in the space where technology and tradition meet for this piercing, funny and extremely timely new play.

This World Premiere production will be directed by Sarah Goodes (Switzerland), featuring Nicholas Bell (North by Northwest), Jing-Xuan Chan (Hungry Ghosts), Josh McConville(The Sublime) and Yuchen Wang (Little Emperors).
Song Cycles with Macliver
Date Wed 14th Aug 2019
Here is a sublime collaboration between one of Australia’s finest sopranos and the pianists of ANAM, in a program which includes two glorious 19th century song cycles.

If you love Grieg’s music for Peer Gynt or his piano concerto, you will be entranced by the songs he created about a young woman who is rejected by her lover and finds solace in nature and the powers of the underworld.

When Grieg first read the poems which inspired these songs, he found that they were “already set to music – it was only a question of writing it down.” Schumann’s set of songs, charting the course of a woman’s relationship, from first meeting to death and beyond, is one of the great expressions of the Romantic spirit in music.
Glow Winter Arts Festival
Date Thu 15th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
Glow Winter Arts Festival is set to light up Malvern East.

The winter night skies will shine with a spectacular world of light and colour in immersive outdoor installations in Malvern East’s beautifully historic Central Park.

Returning for a fifth year, The Glow Winter Arts Festival will run from 15 to 18 August, 6:00 to 10:00pm each night in Central Park.

The magic of larger than life installations; forests of colour, music of the trees and giant neon letters can all be experienced in this night time free festival.
Australian Realness
Date Fri 16th Aug 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
A bogan and bourgeois battle for a suburban backyard.

The summery embrace of an Aussie family Christmas. Familiar characters pop the cork on mid-range bubbly for a raucous celebration of festive traditions. But, all is not well.

As adult kids regress to the parental homestead, Mum and Dad’s apparent wealth is waning. They have sold the Audi. There are fewer presents. They are even renting out the back shed to supplement their income.

There is a bunch of yobbos in the backyard.

Following a Christmas dinner invitation, ocker antics start to infect the house. First, it is the tracky dacks. Then, it is the durries. Before you know it, the working class are treading their unsophistication all over the polished floorboards, or so it may seem.

Zoey Dawson pries open social divides with incisive comedy and exacting satire. Directed by Janice Muller, the cast members shine twice, each playing two characters - one bourgeois, one bogan.

Australian Realness fast-forwards from the dawn of the Howard era to revel in the shattering of expectations and artificial class divisions.
Mould: A Cheese Festival
Date Fri 16th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
Australia’s favourite cheese festival, Mould, is back for its third year in 2019.

Presented by Revel - the team behind cult wine event Pinot Palooza - in collaboration with Nick Haddow of Bruny Island Cheese Co., Mould will bring together the best artisan producers from across the country for a day of cheese, wine, masterclasses and more.

Alongside the best Australian cheeses, there will also be a full food program featuring dishes from local cheesemongers and others available to purchase. Details will be updated on the website closer to the event.

To wash down all that delicious cheese, there will be wines, whisky, sake, beer and cider available to purchase at the bar. Taste the best cheese from all over Australia in one place.

Your ticket includes all cheese tastings.

Note: Tickets for each session are strictly limited to better manage queues/wait times.
The National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo
Date Fri 16th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
The action-packed outdoors haven for fishermen, boaties and outback tourers, the National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo, is returning to the Melbourne Showgrounds from 17-18 August.

There’s entertainment for the whole family – learn about camping, fishing, boating and 4WD’ing from the experts while the kids are mesmerised by the awesome stunts and performances in the Action Arena.

The must-attend event will bring tens-of-thousands of fishing, boating, camping, outdoors and 4x4 products from over 200 leading exhibitors and retailers, together in one central location.

More at the website.
Camellia, Garden and Floral Art Show
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
The iconic Camellia, Garden and Floral Art Show is the largest of its kind in Victoria, featuring hundreds of varieties of Camellias, creative floral art arrangements, unusual and healthy home grown fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, potted plants including Bonsai and a refreshing Children's competition.

There will be lots to feast the eyes in this indoor event which takes up the whole complex of the Mount Waverley Community Centre. There will be: expert advice on site; Camellia plants for sale; Devonshire teas; jam for sale and floral posies made on site.

The show has attracted visitors from metropolitan and regional Victoria, as well as from interstate. Organised jointly by Waverley Garden Club and Camellias Victoria since 1972.

Free entry for children and $5 entry for adults.
Melbourne Vixens vs Sunshine Coast Lightning
Date Sun 18th Aug 2019
The Melbourne Vixens are out to seek redemption in the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season and you can see, hear and feel it live.

You want entertainment? The Vixens will bring it. The athleticism, the long shots and intercepts – this is netball, but not like you know it.

Get your friends, family and work mates together and get behind the Vixens.
Boomers V USA Basketball
Date Thu 22nd Aug 2019 to Sat 24th Aug 2019
The biggest names in world basketball will square off in August 2019 when the Australian Boomers host USA Basketball at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne.

Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the USA’s best battle it out with Australia's local heroes in this important pre-FIBA World Cup series.

With eight Aussies lighting it up in the US this year, there has never been a better chance for the Boomers to beat the might of the USA Basketball on home soil.

This promises to be the biggest sporting event of the year.

August 22 and 24 at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne.

Symphonie Fantastique
Date Thu 22nd Aug 2019 to Sat 24th Aug 2019
Musical enchantment from Mendelssohn’s ethereal music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream sets the scene for Saint-Saëns’ captivating Cello Concerto No. 1. It is a work with special memories for soloist, Jian Wang who played it for his orchestral debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at just 11 years old.

Nikolaj Znaider, one of the most recent big-name violinists to take up the baton, unleashes a frenzy of emotions in Berlioz’s fantastical symphony which Leonard Bernstein described as “the first psychedelic musical trip.”

It is the story of a musician (Berlioz himself) and his unrequited passion for a woman (the Shakespearean actress Harriet Smithson), the woman of his dreams. Alongside the complex spectrum of emotions explored – passion, obsession, hallucination, depression and suicidal ideation – Berlioz weaves his idée fixe, his musical motif that represents the hero’s beloved, introduced by the violins and flutes. It is a motif that haunts him and the whole symphony, intensifying through subsequent movements.

Symphonie fantastique is full of theatrical effects that were ahead of its time. Listen out for your hero being decapitated with a massive chord in the March to the Scaffold, and the beloved, distorted and grotesque, dancing in the Witches Sabbath.
Piano Battle Live in Melbourne
Date Sun 25th Aug 2019
Who is the better pianist? That’s a challenge for you to tackle, with your ears, eyes and heart.

The debut version of the Piano Battle is a concert show that shines the spotlight on two rival pianists who compete to win the audience over with their distinctly different styles, techniques and artistic personalities.

The repertoire ranges from Schubert and Chopin to Scriabin and Ligeti. The two artists will even go so far as to spontaneously improvise tunes requested by the audience. At the end of each round, all members of the audience are invited to vote on the duo’s performances – and will eventually crown the winner. Yet your involvement in the show as a member of the audience may not stop here, as you shall see. Highly entertaining, and pleasing to the ear, the eye and the mind. That’s the first edition of Piano Battle – Andreas vs. Paul.

Presented by Castiglione Arts and Culture.
Soweto Gospel Choir
Date Wed 28th Aug 2019
The two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir has been spreading sheer joy to audiences across the globe for nearly two decades.

Hailing from the town of Soweto, the birthplace of South Africa’s democratic movement's struggle for freedom, Soweto Gospel Choir continues to inspire audiences around the world with their powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs, and international classics.

Comprised of 20 of the best artists in South Africa, these uplifting performers have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music including U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Josh Groban.

Don’t miss the spectacular Soweto Gospel Choir live in Australia in 2019.

Presented in association with Andrew Kay and Associates Pty Ltd.
Sarah Maddock Sydney to Melbourne 125 Year Commemorative Cycling Tour
Date Wed 28th Aug 2019 to Wed 11th Sep 2019
Starting on August 28, Mulga Bicycle Tours will be honouring Sarah Maddock, the first woman to cycle from Sydney to Melbourne in 1894, with a 14 day tour.

This 125th anniversary tour is the initiative of another Sarah Maddock who Googled her name and came across her namesake, which led her to research further about Sarah’s life with the aim of designing and co-hosting this fully supported ride 125 years later.

The route is a modern day version of Sarah’s 1894 achievement, as riding the Hume Highway would be more gruelling than enjoyable. Instead the ride will take in some new towns such as Cootamundra and Wagga Wagga, and in Victoria you will explore the Murray to Mountains and Great Victorian rail trails, which will give a sense of what the scenery and ambience would have been like for Sarah.

The tour will cycle through: Narellan, Bundanoon, Goulburn, Yass, Cootamundra, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Beechworth, Whitfield, Mansfield, Yea and Melbourne.

Mulga Bicycle Tours will be trading in the corsets and bloomers, for your preferred cycling attire and while the route may be slightly different the essence of celebrating the adventurous spirit of Sarah is at the heart of the ride.
Melbourne Fashion Week
Date Wed 28th Aug 2019 to Thu 5th Sep 2019
The hallmark consumer fashion event of the season, M/FW presents spring/summer ready-to-wear collections and creatively showcases Melbourne as an iconic destination for fashion, retail, design and hospitality.

The diverse program features everything from runways and VIP experiences to pop-up fashion moments and talks with industry leaders.
Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death
Date Thu 29th Aug 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
The unstoppable Blackie Blackie Brown is back. The hilarious, arse-kicking comic-book superhero returns. She’s raining down vengeance again, so every descendant of the men who killed her ancestors is doomed.

Sold-out seasons in Melbourne and Sydney saw Blackie Blackie Brown rally audiences to laugh, cheer and bay for blood. In the process, she became our nation’s favourite Indigenous superhero.

In 2019, Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death revisits Malthouse Theatre for one more strictly limited season. Secure your ticket early to see Australia’s leading lady of live-action blaxploitation animation one last time on the Beckett Theatre stage.
Melbourne Writers Festival
Date Fri 30th Aug 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
The 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival is a bookish arts party that will bring the City of Literature to life.

For more than three decades, Melbourne Writers Festival has been bringing together the best writers, thinkers and performers from Australia and around the world to revel in the power of words to unite and inspire.

In 2019, artistic director Marieke Hardy will again sprinkle her unique brand of magic party glitter over a jam-packed program of events. As well as bringing together the authors you adore, Melbourne Writers Festival is pushing the boundaries of a traditional writers festival and creating more space for self-expression as they invite you to step outside your creative comfort zone.

MWF19 will run from Friday 30 August to Sunday 8 September. More details including program announcement to come.
Gaffigan and Mullova: Sibelius Violin Concerto
Date Fri 30th Aug 2019 to Mon 2nd Sep 2019
Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova captured international attention when she won the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky competitions in the early 1980s. Within three years she featured in a dramatic defection to Finland.

One of her signature works, the Sibelius’ concerto is symphonic in scope but also a virtuoso soloist’s dream. The vast breadth of the opening movement is mirrored in the still beauty of the melancholy, slow movement. The soloist throws in every trick in the book in the dazzling finale: double stops and octaves, harmonics and breath-taking passage-work building to a dramatic conclusion to this king of violin concertos.

Dvořák’s G major symphony is his most rustic and idyllic, written in the seclusion of the beautiful Bohemian countryside, with his beloved folk roots at its heart. The profusion of ideas and effects in this cheerful work is totally disarming. Enchanting melodies tumble forth like bird-song along with stamping country dances, a slow movement that alludes to Beethoven’s Eroica, elegant waltzes and unalloyed joy in the brilliant finale, launched by a bracing trumpet fanfare.

Janáček’s Jealousy began life as the overture to his late opera Jenůfa. A powerful, compact piece, it shares some of the opera’s explosive mood and underlying tension.
Calder Park Thunderdome - 24 Hours of Lemons
Date Fri 30th Aug 2019 to Sun 1st Sep 2019
24 Hours of Lemons is the biggest and cheapest motorsport event on the planet. Buy a stock standard 'Lemon' (no performance mods) and bung some safety gear into it. Theme and dress up your car and drivers and drive it around a professional racetrack for up to 24 hours.

Prizes for teams that last the distance - penalties for those with 'misplaced talent' - fun for everyone.

Taking place at Calder Park Raceway.
Spring Racing Carnival
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019 to Sun 24th Nov 2019
With winter behind us and spring in the air, Australians turn their attention to one of the highlights of Victoria’s sporting and social calendar.

Opening with the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield and closing with the Ballarat Cup at the end of November, the Spring Racing Carnival showcases some of the globe’s greatest equine athletes.

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

The Australian Ballet presents Sylvia
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019 to Tue 10th Sep 2019
The story of Sylvia - an arrow-wielding nymph who scorns love, falls in love, outwits her abductor and wins through to happiness – first became a ballet in Paris over 150 years ago. The delightful Delibes score, which drew a rave review from Tchaikovsky, has since attracted some of the world’s leading choreographers, including Ivanov, Ashton, Balanchine and Neumeier.

In 2019, Stanton Welch’s new production of Sylvia will have its Australian premiere. Welch, who recently staged his versions of La Bayadère and Romeo and Juliet on The Australian Ballet’s stage, is a resident choreographer of the company, the artistic director of Houston Ballet and one of the art form’s great storytellers. His full-length Sylvia revolves around three intertwining love stories and features a striking new design by Jérôme Kaplan (sets and costumes) and Wendell K Harrington (projections), the creative dream team behind The Australian Ballet’s Cinderella.

Welch’s Sylvia (which requires the lead ballerinas to learn sword-fighting) promises three strong superheroines, all the passion and humour of Greek myth, virtuoso dancing and one of ballet’s most stirring scores.

Meet Sylvia: she’s a legend.
Haute Couture Beading with KHÃ’LÃ’
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019
Due to incredible demand, a second session of Haute Couture Beading by Australian fashion label Khòlò will be held at The Windsor Workshop.

With hand beaded, never generic and always inspiring designs, this is the very first time that Khòlò is bringing their unique beading techniques to Australia.

The workshop series will focus on ‘The Island Girl’ collection by Khòlò with beautiful tropical florals and colours that represent the memory of a childhood spent in Fiji.

Workshop goers will be privy to learning this special embroidery technique, used throughout Khòlò’s collections, and thought to have originated from India. This particular ancient technique is referred to as Ari work, and there are traces of it as stemming back as early as the 16th Century.

Over a fun-filled, coffee drinking, champagne sipping morning you will learn the history and mesmerising techniques of tambour beading.

You will get: all the materials you need - an embroidery frame (this is not the same as an embroidery hoop), a sequin set for each flower, a tambour needle, a how-to-guide with further resources and a very special goodie bag.
Haute Couture Beading Workshop
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019
Learn the signature embroidery technique used by Melbourne-based fashion label Khòlò in this fun weekend workshop.

Khòlò's collection are known for their haute couture embroidery details. In this class you will create beautiful tropical floral designs inspired by the Khòlò The Island Girl collection. You will learn about the history of tambour beading and the ancient embroidery technique known as Ari work, that dates back as early as the 16th century.

With a coffee or glass of champagne in hand you will create your own beautifully beaded and sequinned floral design on an embroidery frame.

All materials will be provided on the day.
Melbourne Esports Open
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019 to Sun 1st Sep 2019
Melbourne Esports Open returns to Melbourne and Olympic Parks on 31 August and 1 September this year. Extended to include Melbourne Arena, this year’s event will be headlined by the League of Legends OPL Final and the Overwatch Contenders Australia Finals, bolstered by top notch Five v Five and Battle Royale action.

The weekend will be Australia’s biggest celebration of all things esport with competitive open tournaments, cosplay fanfare, influencer meet and greets and of course, the return of the JB HiFi Game On Zone.
Bill Bryson - Observations On Life and The Human Body
Date Thu 5th Sep 2019
With his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson will exercise his razor-sharp wit in sharing his globe-trotting travel experiences, his forays into science and his latest endeavour - the human body, live on stage.
Date Sat 7th Sep 2019
Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes changed the history of ballet and the history of music too. Stravinsky composed all of his early landmark ballet scores for Diaghilev’s company, including Petrushka. It’s all energy, lyricism, playfulness and pathos, wrapped up in kaleidoscopic orchestral colours; it doesn’t take much imagination to see Petrushka and the Ballerina in their fairground tale of love and jealousy. Romantic pursuit lies at the heart of de Falla’s El sombrero de tres picos also: the miller’s attractive young wife is being pursued by the pompous old magistrate, whose amorous designs are eventually undone, to music of ravishing beauty and fiery rhythms. The ballet from Borodin’s opera Prince Igor was one of the Ballets Russes’ first great successes; the treasure-chest of memorable melodies in these Polovtsian Dances makes for a dynamic curtain-raiser.

“Maestro Strausser is unquestionably one of the new faces in the music world, and part of its exciting future.” — Večernji list, Zagreb
Healthy Body and Soul Exhibition - Malvern
Date Sun 8th Sep 2019 to Mon 9th Sep 2019
The Healthy Body and Soul Festival is an intimate and boutique event connecting you with the finest selection of exhibitors, psychics and therapists, along with world class speakers.

You are invited to relax and explore, be inspired at the Healthy Body and Soul Festival.
Lady Beatle
Date Wed 11th Sep 2019
From the creators of celebrated Australian works Rumour Has It and Wrecking Ball comes the must-see live music event of the year: Lady Beatle – a kaleidoscopic journey through the Beatles’ most monumental hits.

Starring UK-born Australian stage and screen star Naomi Price (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Rumour Has It, Ladies in Black, The Voice Australia) and inspired by true accounts, Lady Beatle is a rollicking magical mystery tour soundtracked by The Beatles’ biggest chart toppers, including 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds', 'Eleanor Rigby', 'Yellow Submarine' and 'Penny Lane'.

A Little Red Company and Critical Stages Production.
Date Wed 11th Sep 2019
Clara Schumann was one of the great musicians of the 19th century. Acclaimed for her pianism by the crowned heads of Europe in her 20s, she went on to become one of the most respected performers and teachers of her age, in a life in which she was also a composer, wife and muse to Robert Schumann, mother to their eight children and, after Schumann’s death, mentor and muse to Brahms.

Her few compositions have a unique, poetic beauty, which will be celebrated in this concert to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth. This glorious program concludes with music Robert dedicated to – and was first performed by – Clara, and the first work ever composed for piano and string quartet. The joyous, passionate Piano Quintet is one of Robert Schumann’s masterpieces.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Date Thu 12th Sep 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019
Melbourne Fringe is a celebration of cultural democracy and art for anyone. By embracing diversity and a spirit of independence, Melbourne Fringe create a unique space for artistic self-expression linked to the life of this great city. That is why Melbourne Fringe is the most adventurous, inclusive, all-encompassing multi-art form festival in Australia.

Every year Melbourne Fringe feature thousands of artists from every discipline you can name (and a few others besides) performing 400 plus events in over 160 venues to an audience in excess of 350,000 people.

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

Melbourne Fringe is the place to go for pure, unadulterated, uncurated and unexpected artistic discovery. Melbourne Fringe help artists develop and provide a platform for a vast, diverse range of voices, in celebration of the idea that when Melbourne Fringe and artists come together, they create a safe space for risk raking. Melbourne Fringe find ideas from the margins and shout them to the world.

They are here to challenge perceptions and shake up the hierarchy, to be brave and unafraid, to explore the boundaries of art and to change the way you see the world.
Flute and Harp
Date Thu 12th Sep 2019
One of Mozart’s most loved works, the concerto for flute, harp and orchestra is pure elegance and magic. Don’t miss this reunion of legendary Australian musicians Alice Giles and Prudence Davis, who have performed this work together over decades. Includes music of CPE Bach, Haydn and Nicholas Buc.
Mozart 40
Date Fri 13th Sep 2019
Classical Masterpieces: The genius of Mozart.

The spirit of the 18th century hovers over Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. Nimble, puckish and delicately scored, it’s spiced with Prokofiev’s own very modern harmonies and jagged rhythms.

When divisions of the US Army rolled in and occupied Strauss’ Bavarian hometown of Garmisch in April 1945, one of the young soldiers who posed for photos with the octogenarian composer was John de Lancie. In civilian life, de Lancie was principal oboe with the Pittsburgh Orchestra. When he asked Strauss to write him an oboe concerto Strauss flatly refused but a seed was planted and the result is his charming oboe concerto, which you’ll hear tonight, played by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Thomas Hutchinson.

Concluding this evening of classical masterpieces is one of Mozart’s most popular and well-known symphonies. With its famous melancholy opening theme, his Symphony No.40 hints at a deep disquiet beneath its trademark refinement.
Flute and Harp - Melbourne Recital Centre
Date Sun 15th Sep 2019
One of Mozart’s most loved works, the concerto for flute, harp and orchestra is pure elegance and magic. Do not miss this reunion of legendary Australian musicians Alice Giles and Prudence Davis, who have performed this work together over decades. Includes music of CPE Bach, Haydn and Nicholas Buc.
Bayside Chamber Orchestra - Town Hall Musical Magnificence
Date Sun 15th Sep 2019
Do not miss Bayside Chamber Orchestra's Spring concert in the beautiful Brighton Town Hall.

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

Conductor: Ingrid Martin.

Performers include: F. Mendelssohn - Italian Symphony, I. Stravinsky - Pulcinella Suite and C. Morris - New Work for Choir and Orchestra.

This wonderful program is proudly supported by Bayside City Council.
International Conference on Materials Science and Engineering
Date Mon 16th Sep 2019 to Wed 18th Sep 2019
Keeping updated on the latest trends in material science across a wide range of industries can be an intimidating task.

Realising this imperative, the organising committee is set to hold the International Conference on Materials Science and Engineering which is going to take place during September 16 to 18, 2019 in Melbourne.
Dara O'Briain
Date Mon 16th Sep 2019
One of Ireland's funniest comedians, Dara O Briain is returning to Australia in 2019 with his new show Voice of Reason.

This is the chance to see one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today back in his natural environment.
The Australian Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Date Tue 17th Sep 2019 to Sat 28th Sep 2019
There is nothing like a traditional Nutcracker to get you in the mood for the festive season. And there is no traditional Nutcracker as magical as Peter Wright’s.

The artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet has created a gold-standard production of this beloved party piece, remaining faithful to the feel of the 19th-century original. Tchaikovsky’s last great score for ballet, with its lively motifs and bewitching melodies, draws us into the story of Clara, a young ballet student celebrating with her family on Christmas Eve. When the clock strikes twelve, we enter the realm of dream and Clara is whisked to the Land of Sweets in the arms of her Nutcracker Prince.

Veteran designer John F Macfarlane exquisitely evokes the world of this picture-perfect ballet: whirling snowflakes, crackling fires, band-box soldiers, a Christmas tree that grows until it brushes the ceiling and a Sugar Plum Fairy in luscious candy-floss pink.

With the holidays around the corner, there is no better way than The Nutcracker to rediscover the childlike joys of the season, or to create your own family tradition.
Date Wed 18th Sep 2019 to Sat 5th Oct 2019
Will Cooke, Ham Darroch, Annelies Jahn, Lieutenant and Vassallo, Katy Mutton, Nadia Odlum, Britt Salt.

Plexus is a group show of Australian artists who work with geometric abstraction and spatial intervention. These ‘process-based’ abstractionists each use self-designed systems to generate their artworks. Deriving from the Latin ‘to braid’, the title refers to an intricate system or network of parts. This term could refer to the intricacies in each individual’s art making. In bringing this group of artists together, their creative systems will interweave creating a larger ‘plexus’.

The artists in Plexus could be described as ‘process-based’ abstractionists. Using repetitious and laborious actions to create artworks, they share an interest in geometry and spatial intervention.
Chaos Creates Obstructions, Order Accelerates the Flow
Date Wed 18th Sep 2019 to Sat 5th Oct 2019
Yvette James
Chaos Makes Obstructions, Order Accelerates the Flow creates a space in which objects hang in balance and give rise to a hierarchical flip between body and object. Yvette James aims to impede on the space the body inhabits to create a transfer of tension. As magnets strain against the architecture, the body strains against its relationship with the magnets. This attraction toward the object is confronted with the fear of interrupting its balance.

The charge within the empty void creates a tension inside viewer, from which they reflect on the fragility of equilibrium and become highly aware of their physicality within the space. The space the viewer inhabits threatens the work; and thus, the viewer is threatened by the work.

Yvette James is a Melbourne/Naarm based artist and a Fine Art student at Monash University. Working with installation, James responds to an emotional relation between artist, artwork and viewer. By manipulating the way a viewer moves through the space, James’ work focuses on personal philosophies on consciousness, alongside psychological and emotional theory.
Mozart and Elgar: An Evening of Variations
Date Thu 19th Sep 2019
Friends from the UK take to the stage to share music across two keyboards. Acclaimed British pianist, Paul Lewis and conductor/composer, Ryan Wigglesworth join forces for Mozart’s brilliant double concerto in E flat, written by the young composer to play himself, with his sister Nannerl.

This brilliant and stylish early work conceived for the famous sibling act is one of Mozart’s most engaging concertos. There’s an almost operatic interplay between the two instruments, with plenty of racing scales and tinkling trills – all in duplicate, and a glorious expressive slow movement. Then Wigglesworth unveils his own Mozart Variations in an Melbourne Symphony Orchestra-commissioned Australian premiere.

Elgar dedicated his splendid Enigma Variations to my friends pictured within, adding initials to each variation and in some cases wittily suggesting the dedicatee’s personality. One example is the tenth, a featherlight intermezzo that captures the slight stutter of his friend Dora Penny, which is gently parodied by the woodwinds.

All the variations rotate around the noble ninth variation, Nimrod, Elgar’s heartfelt homage to his publisher and confidante, August Jaeger. He never divulged the origin of his mysterious theme, and some have said that it is not a melody at all but simply friendship itself.
Once Upon A Time: The Nutcracker
Date Thu 19th Sep 2019
Sugar plums, waltzing flowers and a giant Christmas tree. The Australian Ballet presents Once Upon a Time: The Nutcracker, created especially for girls and boys. The fully staged production is set to live music and has narration, interaction and a kid-friendly running time.
Australian String Quartet presents Ives Westlake Debussy
Date Fri 20th Sep 2019
The music of Charles Ives is made of pictures from a long-lost America, depicted with such vivid immediacy that they seem absolutely alive. Through the magic lantern of his musical imagery, this New England world appears like a nostalgic dream – white-painted churches in autumn forests filled with congregations joyously chanting hymns and spirituals.

Not dissimilar to the inquisition that Ives undertakes, Claude Debussy’s quest to liberate sensuality led to a revolution in French musical identity. His string quartet replaces rigid thematic structures with a free flow of colours, motifs and gestures in the search for melodic rapture, realising his decadent dictum, ‘Pleasure is the Law.’

The vibrant colour and energy for which Nigel Westlake is renowned make his eagerly-awaited new work a splendid companion to Debussy and Ives.

Ives, String Quartet no 1 From the Salvation Army, Nigel Westlake, String Quartet no 3* (World Premiere), Debussy, String Quartet op 10.
The Australian Ballet: Boys Day
Date Sat 21st Sep 2019
This boys-only event brings young male dancers together to take class from one of the Australian Ballet's artists, some of whom started out in Boys Day themselves. There will be male-specific coaching, the chance to ask questions and ringside seats at company class. Inspiration guaranteed.

Please note, these classes are for boys aged 9 to 14 with a foundation in ballet and are not designed for beginners.
LA Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Date Sat 21st Sep 2019
This exploration of classics for wind ensemble sees the Australian National Academy of Music in the company of a starry ensemble indeed: leading the ANAM musicians for this program is a group in which every member is a first among equals – a quintet comprising principal players from the Los AngelesPhilharmonic Orchestra, including ANAMHorn Faculty Andrew Bain.

With these musicians, you will be taken on a journey from late 19th Century France - and Gounod’s delicious evocation of the spirit of Mozart – to the United States in the mid 20th Century, and the warm, open-air lyricism of Samuel Barber’s Summer Music.
Ghost Sonata
Date Wed 25th Sep 2019 to Sat 28th Sep 2019
Opera Australia returns, this time with Reimann's eerie Ghost Sonata based on the play by August Strindberg. This 1984 opera is a haunting and evocative chamber work, exploring Strindberg's moody text with complex rhythms and other-worldly tones.
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Dale Barltrop and Ray Chen
Date Thu 26th Sep 2019
Ray Chen is Australia’s golden boy of the violin, winning hearts around the world with his incredible skill and charming stage presence. Chen joins the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for Mendelssohn’s famous Violin Concerto, but not before Rossini’s sparkling overture to his opera The Italian Girl in Algiers sets the tone for this high-energy program.

The first movement of Mendelssohn’s concerto starts with a theme that tormented the composer for years, before he could begin serious work on the piece. It is followed by a lyrical andante movement, and then a finale that will bubble and fizz like champagne in Ray Chen’s very capable hands.

Then it is double trouble with a touch of Venetian zest, as Chen teams up with the orchestra’s Concertmaster Dale Barltrop in a concerto for two violins by Vivaldi.

How else can you finish such a vibrant concert, than with Schubert’s Third Symphony, its sunny D major charm and dizzying tarantella finale?
Possum Magic
Date Thu 26th Sep 2019
Based on the book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas.

For more than 30 years, Mem Fox’s Possum Magic has captivated and enchanted young people all over Australia.

Grandma Poss loves making magic. She makes wombats blue and kookaburras pink. She makes dingoes smile and emus shrink. But one day, when danger arrives in the form of a snake, Grandma uses her most magical spell to make Hush invisible. Hush has many wonderful adventures. But being invisible isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Hush longs to see herself again.

One problem. Grandma Poss can’t find the spell to make Hush visible again. And then she remembers, this particular magic requires something more, something special, something to do with food... people food.

Possum Magic takes us on a whimsical journey to cities around Australia to find the food that makes Hush visible again.

Joined by an extraordinary creative team, Monkey Baa brings to life the characters, journey and love that has made Possum Magic the most-loved and best-selling Australian picture book of all time.
The Australian Ballet: 15 Minutes of Fame
Date Sat 28th Sep 2019
You. On stage at Arts Centre Melbourne. Dancing The Nutcracker with one of the Australian Ballet's dancers. No, it is not one of those dreams – it is the next event on your ballet calendar.

Learn a section of choreography from our ultimate Christmas ballet, taught by one of the dancers from the production. Your moment awaits.
Melbourne International Arts Festival
Date Wed 2nd Oct 2019 to Sun 20th Oct 2019
Featuring the best international and local artists working in dance, theatre, circus, music and visual arts today, the Melbourne International Arts Festival will once again take over the city this October, celebrating both acclaimed and new work and demonstrating why Melbourne is such a culture hot spot.
Black is the New White
Date Wed 2nd Oct 2019 to Wed 6th Nov 2019
A mix of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Meet the Fockers, Nakkiah Lui’s smash hit comedy is set to delight Melbourne audiences.

Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love. The thing is, her fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer… and he’s white! When the families come together at the Gibson’s ritzy holiday home, the stage is set for a riotously funny struggle for dominance where insults fly, secrets come flooding out and sacred cows of all descriptions are mercilessly skewered.

Following two sell-out seasons at Sydney Theatre Company, Black is the New White is the hit new Australian comedy set to delight Melbourne audiences. Award-winning writer and TV personality Nakkiah Lui shows why she is one of this country’s most incisive comedy writers, with a home-grown satire that is both subversive and thoroughly entertaining.

STC Associate Director Paige Rattray directs this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy.

Performing daily except Sundays.
ANL Maritime Art Exhibition: The Relationship Between Humanity and the Sea
Date Fri 4th Oct 2019 to Fri 25th Oct 2019
Last year the Maritime Art Prize received an unprecedented number of high quality entries and were thrilled by the resulting exhibition of finalist works.

The theme - "The Relationship of Humanity and the Sea" attracted a diverse response of work ranging from traditional to contemporary mixed media. The winning works resonate with an outstanding level of creativity in response to the Brief. They are evocative, and show a great deal of ideation and originality.

Last year's winners include: 2018 ANL Maritime Art Prize Winner: Joni Dennis, for 'Aye Aye Captain', Nevile & Co Runner Up Award: Robert J Williams, 'Rust in Peace', ASP Shipping, Best Traditional work: David Rowe, 'The Naval Mechanic' and DP World Emerging Artist: Ben Tankard, 'Unpopular Penguin 286.'
The Italian Sound
Date Fri 4th Oct 2019
Umberto Clerici, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Cello, has created this fascinating program.

Clerici will look at three centuries of music, taking in a jewel of the Italian baroque by Vivaldi, the string quartet Verdi composed while he was waiting for Aida rehearsals to begin in Naples, music by Philip Glass disciple Ezio Bosso and much more besides. How will it sound? Bellissimo.
Orchestra Victoria's Five at 5: Grand Septet
Date Sat 5th Oct 2019
Join Orchestra Victoria’s musicians for an evening of haunting lyricism, rhythmic vitality and symphonic beauty, featuring the remarkable works of Kreutzer, Hindson and Shostakovich.

Orchestra Victoria invite you to stay and meet the musicians and enjoy light refreshments after the performance.

Program Details:Kreutzer Grand Septet in E flat Major, Op.62, Hindson Light Music for Wind Quintet and Shostakovich Two Pieces for String Octet.
Hardenberger's Brass Explorations
Date Sat 5th Oct 2019
One of the greatest instrumentalists of our time, HÃ¥kan Hardenberger is renowned for his performance of the classics of the trumpet repertoire, and as a pioneer of significant new music.

In this compelling exploration of showpieces for brass, Hardenberger will both perform alongside and direct Australian National Academy of Music musicians in a program which will encompass a landmark work for brass and percussion, the Symphony by American composer and conductor Gunther Schuller and a work Hardenberger himself premiered, Confrontation by Swedish composer Benjamin Staern.
United Energy Around the Bay
Date Sun 6th Oct 2019
Choose from nine ride options ranging from 20 to 300 kilometres and explore Melbourne’s iconic Port Phillip Bay by bike.

No matter how you ride, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Chain of Ponds
Date Wed 9th Oct 2019 to Sat 26th Oct 2019
Jude Roberts and Helen Hardess

Chain of Ponds is part of an ongoing project stemming from field trips to Western Queensland in 2017 and 2018. Drawing on Jude Roberts’ long-term connections to local communities, the artists’ immersion in the Maranoa and Warrego catchments reveal shared interests in contemporary discourses on land and water access and usage. Jude’s interest comes from over twenty years on a pastoral property in the region. Helen Hardess’ metropolitan perspective is as an "outsider", coming to an understanding of the histories and workings of agricultural practices in Australia.

In July 2018, the artists returned to the Maranoa River, at the confluence of three water sources and a spiritual place for Gunggari peoples where they spent time with Elders and community to gain knowledge from the traditional custodians. The artists have since created work recalling histories, and considering shared futures for eco-systems in a changing climate and a time of contesting social issues. Chain of Ponds is a multi-media installation comprising works on paper, found objects, natural sediments and industrial materials, video, digital prints, and cast and constructed objects.
Up, Down and Hold for 30
Date Wed 9th Oct 2019 to Sat 26th Oct 2019
We move our body through, in, out, around, over and under spaces. We forget what was in the past and the impressions that we placed of ourselves onto our surroundings. These traces (in reference to a mark, object or other indication of the existence or passing of something) that are left are physical and psychological, visible and invisible. What are the implications of contact? A trace of energy? But then, contact— what are the boundaries of contact? Your hand touching my hand? Me looking at you, looking at me, looking at you. My vision touches the subject in my sight. My grasp on honey—something unattainable and uncontrollable? An embrace. What is it to manipulate and bear power on materials which contradictorily actually have the power over you?
Date Fri 11th Oct 2019 to Sun 13th Oct 2019
Australia’s premier annual exhibition of rare, classic, collectible and significant cars and motorcycles will celebrate its landmark 10th event this year, when it returns to Melbourne’s magnificent 19th Century Royal Exhibition Building from 11 to 13 October.

Motorclassica is Australia’s only internationally-significant exhibition of rare and exotic, heritage, vintage, veteran, classic and collectable cars and motorcycles.

Along with celebrating its own landmark, Motorclassica will as always host the Australian International Concours d’Elegance, the premier annual awards for rare, exotic and collectible cars and motorcycles, with an anticipated entry of 150 vehicles for 2019.

Key features for 2019 include the annual outdoor club sandwich activation, gourmet food and wine, VIP Lounge, automotive auction, tributes to Bentley, Alvis, Citroen and Abarth and special guest ambassador, Sandra Button, the Director of the prestigious and world-leading Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, USA.

Tour Classica, will officially kick off Motorclassica with select exhibits driving in convoy through Melbourne on the morning of Thursday 10 October prior to taking up residence at the Royal Exhibition Building.

PAX Australia 2019
Date Fri 11th Oct 2019 to Sun 13th Oct 2019
PAX is a festival for Australians to celebrate gaming culture. PAX connects the world's leading game publishers with thousands of their most avid fans in both video games and board games. As Australia's largest gaming festival, the event includes panels featuring industry experts, performances, gaming tournaments, a showcase of Australia's best indie games and much more.
Spring Into Gardening
Date Sun 13th Oct 2019
Stonnington’s gardening and sustainability festival, Spring into Gardening, is back for 2019 at Victoria Gardens on 13 October.

Whether you have a tiny balcony garden, a sprawling backyard jungle, or you dig all things green, Spring into Gardening is the perfect event for getting inspiration and tips on gardening and sustainable living.
Cranbourne GP Run
Date Sat 26th Oct 2019
The roar of motorcycles and a sea of colour and chrome will fill the streets of Cranbourne on Saturday 26 October at the Cranbourne GP Run.

The City of Casey and the Victorian Motorcycle Council is proud to host one of the largest and most exciting events in Victoria, as thousands of motorcyclists gather in Cranbourne to travel en-masse to Phillip Island for the 2019 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

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

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

This year, the Cranbourne GP Run celebrates its 21st year. At the energy filled family event, people will gather at 10:00am to watch the guest celebrity wave-off thousands of motorcyclists as they travel en-masse to Phillip Island for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

There will be plenty of activities to keep the whole family enthralled with a variety of children’s activities, food stalls and entertainment.
International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC)
Date Mon 28th Oct 2019 to Thu 31st Oct 2019
The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) is where global mining leaders connect with technology, finance and the future. Now in its 6th year, it is Australia’s largest mining event bringing together over 7000 decision makers, mining leaders, policy makers, investors, commodity buyers, technical experts, innovators and educators from over 100 countries to Melbourne for four days of learning, deal-making and unparalleled networking.

This year's conference programme will cover the entire mining supply chain, from exploration, to investment, production to optimisation through to new technologies and global opportunities. Alongside brand-new conferences on energy, the environment, workforce engagement as well as mine and plant optimisation.

Click here to download the programme

Furthermore, the free exhibition will feature over 250 leading companies across the 10,500m2 expo floor showcasing the latest mining projects, equipment and innovations the industry has on offer. Dyno Nobel, FLSmidth, Stavely Minerals, Komatsu, Yokogawa, HATCH and Downer Group are just some of the companies you can expect to meet. See who’s exhibiting here.

Photograph 51
Date Fri 1st Nov 2019 to Sat 14th Dec 2019
Rosalind Franklin was one of the great scientists of the 20th Century. In 1952 she used X-ray diffraction photography to examine the intricate structure of DNA, but her trail-blazing work was never recognised. The scientific establishment at King’s College London simply could not cope with her genius, her self-confidence or her stern disregard for authority. Threatened by her brilliance, Franklin’s rivals scandalously stole her research and were awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering the double helix.

A massive hit on the West End, Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 relives the chase to find the secret of life amidst all the inherent ambition, sexism and isolation of the 1950s, while shining a spotlight on an unsung hero. This intriguing new play is a moving portrait of a brilliant British scientist, and a delicate exploration of what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.

MTC favourite Nadine Garner (Di and Viv and Rose) returns to the stage as the fiercely independent Rosalind Franklin, directed by Pamela Rabe (Jumpy) for this Australian Premiere production.
Tchaikovsky and Brahms: Drama in the Town Hall
Date Fri 1st Nov 2019
The young Brahms’ stormy First Piano Concerto is an epic, quasi-symphonic work, written under the shadow of his friend's suicide attempt. Australian pianist Daniel de Borah says it’s a concerto ‘that marries great drama and heroic struggle with moments of extreme intimacy. The slow movement is one of mankind’s sublime creations.’ Emotionally intense and, at 44 minutes, the longest concerto since Beethoven’s.

Tchaikovsky unburdened his soul in his Fourth Symphony like a poet in verse. Seriously depressed at the time following his catastrophic marital crisis, he declares its mood and fateful intentions from the start with the opening horn fanfares. The urgent waltz melody in the first movement collides with fate in a struggle that lasts the whole symphony. A plaintive oboe introduces the slow movement with sighing strings continuing to unsettle, whilst the brief Scherzo – with its flurry of plucking strings and chortling woodwinds – gives momentary relief before evaporating into thin air.

The finale is almost shockingly hyperactive as Tchaikovsky unleashes the full force of the orchestra in a manic, falsely festive theme and variations on a Russian folksong. Frenzied plucking strings and rushing scales race headlong to the exhilarating conclusion with the fate motif returning triumphant.
Melbourne Cup Carnival
Date Sat 2nd Nov 2019 to Sat 9th Nov 2019
Be part of Australia’s most loved and iconic world-class event, the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Experience this incredible event that combines sport, entertainment, fashion and food – all in one place, the stunning Flemington Racecourse. Glamorous, refined and full of history, the Melbourne Cup Carnival is a must-do event for Melburnians and visitors alike.

With four big race days and a range of ticketing options, there is so many different ways to experience the Carnival - attend one or all of the racedays knowing you will have an amazing time at the most anticipated event on the calendar.

The Lost Lands Festival
Date Sat 2nd Nov 2019 to Sun 3rd Nov 2019
The Lost Lands - A festival made for families and friends.

Established in 2016, The Lost Lands is the first festival of its kind in Australia: a genuine music, arts and camping festival for the whole family.

The Lost Lands returns November 2 and 3, 2019, on Melbourne Cup weekend at picturesque Werribee Park.

The festival is jam-packed with incredible music and a huge program of creative activities and entertainment for adults and kids to enjoy together.

The 2018 music line-up featured a mix-up of festival favourites and emerging musical talent, including Tim Finn, The Jungle Giants, You Am I, Kate Miller-Heidke and Clare Bowditch.

The Lost Lands is a family festival like no other, with camping, glamping and hotel options to suit everyone located onsite.

For more information visit the Lost Lands Festival website.
Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born
Date Thu 7th Nov 2019 to Sun 24th Nov 2019
Prancer, Dancer, Donner und Blitzen, Meow Meow's back.

Get ready for imminent cat-astrophe. Everyone’s favourite Wandering Star returns to glory in the silly season, bursting onto the Merlyn Theatre stage with a sizzling hot band, a swag of satire, childhood dreams and maybe even a mythical donkey.

Meow Meow’s chaotic carousel lights up with wild anthems, originals and a lullaby or two. These are not your typical Christmas carols. A glorious antidote to Christmas pandemonium, hilarious and heart-wrenching, Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born gleefully eviscerates traditional rituals, and unearths unexpected magic in the mayhem.
Two Weddings, One Bride
Date Thu 7th Nov 2019 to Sun 10th Nov 2019
The Melbourne premiere of Robert Greene's operetta loosely based on a story by Charles Lecocq is guaranteed to deliver plenty of laughs and beautiful music with some of the world’s most-loved tunes and favourite operetta waltzes, polkas and songs by Strauss, Offenbach, Lehár and Kálmán.
Supercars Sandown 500
Date Fri 8th Nov 2019 to Sun 10th Nov 2019
Get set for Retro Round at the Sandown 500.

Flash back to the 60s, 70s and 80s as Supercars celebrates its touring car heritage with historic liveries, team uniforms, fashions and merchandise at Sandown Raceway.

There is also plenty of race action from the stars of today, when the Supercars take to the track for the final race of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

Kids 12 and under receive free Trackside admission with a paying adult, so bring the whole crew for a weekend not to be missed.

Tickets available for purchase at Ticketek.
Star Wars: Return of the Jediâ„¢ in Concert
Date Fri 8th Nov 2019 to Sat 9th Nov 2019
In the spectacular, climactic sixth episode of the original Star Wars saga, Darth Vader readies the second Death Star to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance. Experience the scope and grandeur of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi live in concert as John Williams’ epic score comes to life courtesy of your Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Melbourne Pen Show
Date Sun 10th Nov 2019
The Melbourne Pen Show is the Southern Hemisphere's only pen show which has been conducted since 1998.

This years show will feature vintage and modern pens for display and sale, specialist collectors displays, ink and stationery, leather goods, hand-made paper, calligraphy displays and tuition, pen retailers and pen manufacturers and pen turning.

Melbourne Pen Show is conducted by a not for profit incorporated association which promotes greater awareness of the use of both vintage and modern writing equipment in the community.

Highlights are talks by calligraphers and a Pay it Forward station with gifts for you to pick up and a testing station for all sorts of inks and pens.
You Shares, Me Shares...
Date Wed 13th Nov 2019 to Sat 30th Nov 2019
Lizzy Simpson

A study of the simultaneously distanced and interconnected relationship humans have with everything else.

Expressed through quotidian materials largely sourced from the artist's garden or accumulated while walking, a chaotic and sensory jumble is set within frames, grid forms devised to separate, elevate and control.

The viewer is invited into this ‘curiosity shop’ and while browsing, to find familiar or curious things that promote pleasure or surprise. Text pieces and games tell stories of interconnection. The gifts of food and conversation bring these stories forth. Thus engaged, the viewer becomes an integrated part of the work, activating it, then flipping the position of subject and object to level the ‘natural order’.

Peripheries are kept deliberately vague. Placing things outside the main exhibition area, ‘outside’ and ‘inside’ become confused carrying the latent possibilities of things out into the everyday world.
Digital Land(e)scape
Date Wed 13th Nov 2019 to Sat 30th Nov 2019
Zuza Banasinska
The exhibition is a set of tutorials, offering a critical ’didactic’ of approaching nature through digital interface. It operates through tensions between the idyllic representations of nature and its inherent artificiality. Through three projections of ’How to Meditate with Nature’, the viewer is immersed in the world of digital landscapes. Each video corresponds to a different space of meditation: home, outside, work. Yet all of them emphasise the non-specificity of the representations of nature, guiding the viewer towards a place that does not exist.

The videos are paired with "How to Create a Tree", a drawing made by following the cursor in a YouTube tutorial on how to create a tree in a 3D graphics program. The visual chaos of the drawing is to contrast the idyllic landscapes of the videos, adding a certain tension to the "meditations".
Melbourne Music Week
Date Fri 15th Nov 2019 to Sat 23rd Nov 2019
Melbourne Music Week (MMW) returns 15 to 23 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 is 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 – Acmi.

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.
Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert
Date Fri 15th Nov 2019
Gábor Takács-Nagy is the complete musician; a founding member of the Takács Quartet, he has gone on to become an inspirational conductor and teacher of chamber music performance. In this sumptuous concert, he directs Australian National Academy of Music musicians in a banquet of music from one of the golden ages of music in Vienna.

Mozart composed his miraculous Symphony no. 25 when he was just 17; Haydn’s jubilant Symphony no. 90 on the other hand, is a product of the composer’s rich maturity, by which time his fame had spread through Europe. Beethoven’s rarely-heard Overture honours Hungary’s first king, while Schubert’s delicious Overture is better known as the one to the play Rosamunde; a publisher appropriated it for that purpose decades after Schubert’s death.
Brian Cox: A Symphonic Universe
Date Sat 16th Nov 2019
Who knew science could sound so beautiful?

One of the world’s pre-eminent physicists, Professor Brian Cox, takes to the stage for the first time with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in this special event. Be whisked through space and time as Professor Cox takes you through the human struggle against our finite existence in an infinite universe.

Joining them on stage will be conductor Daniel Harding, to lead the Orchestra through some of classical music’s most universal repertoire.
Eltham and District Wine Guild Annual Wine Show
Date Sun 17th Nov 2019
Members of the public as well as wine show entrants are welcome to attend the Public Tasting Day for the Eltham Wine Show, when all wines entered in the show will be available for tasting.

In addition to over 700 entered wines being offered for tasting, wine show classes include: Grape wines, country wines and hybrid wines.

Wokshops and demonstrations will also be available such as food making demonstration (such as salami, sausage and so forth), food and wine matching, olive oil sampling and sales and cheese sampling and sales.

Presentation of awards at 12:30pm and food will be available for purchase on the premises over the lunch period.

Amateur and professional winemakers. Do you want your wines assessed by professional and experienced wine judges? Enter the 48th Eltham Wine Show. There will be professional, highly experienced and independent wine judges.
Eureka Stair Climb
Date Sun 17th Nov 2019
The Eureka Stair Climb is a community challenge and fundraising event for The Fred Hollows Foundation at Australia's tallest residential building, the Eureka Tower in Southbank, Melbourne. Participants climb up 1,642 stairs to level 88 - Eureka Skydeck.

The Climb has event categories to challenge all ability levels, from elite racers and emergency services workers to fitness fanatics or walkers. Anyone over 12 years of age is welcome to participate.
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Date Mon 18th Nov 2019 to Sat 28th Dec 2019
In a dark South American prison, two very different men share a small cell. Valentin is a Marxist revolutionary who refuses to betray his comrades. Molina is a gay window dresser who distracts himself by escaping to a fantasy world of movies starring the glamorous diva, Aurora. Valentin cannot stand Molina’s cinematic fantasies and so draws a line on the floor to stop Molina from coming near him. Surely that will keep them apart.

From Kander and Ebb, the team behind smash-hit shows Chicago and Cabaret, and acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class), comes a provocative tale of love, imagination, and the friendship that develops when humanity is pushed to its limits. It is a powerful and emotive story made famous by the original novel and an Oscar-winning film, brought to life here as a dazzling major musical production for the first time ever in Australia.

Musical legend Caroline O’Connor (Bombshells) returns to MTC to take on the role of exotic film goddess, Aurora, in a show that’s set to sizzle and surprise, directed by Helpmann Award-winner Dean Bryant (Sweet Charity).
Date Tue 19th Nov 2019 to Fri 6th Dec 2019
Featuring one of the most recognised arias of all time, the stirring ‘Nessun dorma’, Graeme Murphy’s adaptation of Puccini’s final opera returns to Melbourne for the first time since 2012 under the baton of distinguished conductor Christian Badea.

Turandot is a fantasy opera of poetry and myth, set in an exotic world where fear and love go hand in hand and death is always just around the corner.
Mozart the King
Date Sun 24th Nov 2019 to Thu 28th Nov 2019
Elegant and expansive, Mozart's Piano Concerto No 22 delights with its subtle beauty and an ever-present gift for melody. To perform it with MCO, one of Australia’s best loved and most charismatic pianists, Stefan Cassomenos. Includes Haydn's 98th Symphony and music of Cimarosa and Beethoven.
Date Wed 27th Nov 2019 to Sat 7th Dec 2019
The Opera Australia 2019 season is rounded out with the Melbourne premiere of Sir David McVicar’s production of Faust. This production sets the opera in the composer's own time: the decadence and debauchery of 1870s Paris. Between towering cathedral columns and the crumbling proscenium arch of the theatre, Faust's terrible pact plays out in all of its sinister splendour.
Hansel and Gretel in Concert
Date Thu 28th Nov 2019 to Sat 30th Nov 2019
Do you believe in magic? Do you remember hiding under the bed covers gripped by the scary story of Hansel and Gretel, the wicked witch and her oversized gingerbread oven?

Grimm’s famous fairy tale is richly re-imagined in Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic version, first performed in Weimar in 1893. Humperdinck fell under the spell of Wagner while assisting him at Bayreuth and his influence wafts through the music, though he manages to express the best elements of Wagnerian style on a human level.

This is a story of real people; real children who wander into a magical domain where angels protect them from moral danger and they return happily to their parents embrace. Humperdinck’s memorable, simple melodies have the directness of folksongs. His beautiful score glows with warmth and spirituality in numbers like the Evening Prayer sung by the children as they fall asleep in the forest.

It concludes in thanksgiving for the miracle of good over evil and the sanctity of decent folk. Fairy tales aren’t just for children. Once upon a time, Sir Andrew Davis came to Melbourne. This concert is a fitting farewell to his fairy tale tenure as Chief Conductor of the MSO.

This concert features subtitles.
Land Rover Polo in the City
Date Sat 30th Nov 2019
Land Rover Polo 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 2,000 years.

Witness the excitement of Australia's top professional polo players competing for the National Polo League from the comfort and glamour of the acclaimed all inclusive VIP Marquee, Miami Polo Club or Polo Lounge.

The day begins with two feature matches, enjoy an array of fine food, champagne and beverages and plenty of entertainment in between.

For more information and tickets please visit the website.

Professional Bull Riders Melbourne Invitational
Date Sat 30th Nov 2019
The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Monster Energy Tour will bring its thrilling, adrenaline-filled, edge-of-your-seat excitement back to Melbourne Arena Saturday, 30 November 2019.

For one-night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s toughest bovine athletes. The thrilling eight-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR’s Monster Energy Tour the toughest sport on dirt and one huge night that you won’t want to miss.

Choreographed with pyrotechnics, lasers, concert sound system and mega screen replays, with multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience.

This is a sport where eight seconds can cost you everything. Welcome to the world of the PBR.
Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne
Date Sat 30th Nov 2019
The Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne promises to be the biggest dirt bike racing event in Australian history with Supercross, Freestyle Motocross and non-stop entertainment under the one roof at Marvel Stadium.

AUS-X Open Melbourne is an incredible entertainment spectacle for all ages. Since launching in 2015, almost 100,000 fans have been left captivated by the T20 of motorsports. 2019 will the first time an international Supercross event of this scale and magnitude, featuring the world’s best riders, on a world championship sized Supercross track, is held in Australia.
Sir Andrew's Messiah
Date Sat 7th Dec 2019 to Sun 8th Dec 2019
Since its triumphant premiere in Dublin in 1742, Messiah has remained Handel’s most frequently performed work and is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season.

In 2019 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra present a new orchestration of the beloved work, this time by Sir Andrew Davis. Nominated at the 2018 Grammy Awards, Sir Andrew’s take on this Christmas tradition stems from a lifetime of hard work and dedication.
Melbourne Toyrun
Date Sun 8th Dec 2019
The 42nd Traditional Melbourne Toy-Run and Classic auto show will be held at Tabcorp Park.

Continuing the legacy of the Melbourne Toyrun from its humble inception in 1978, the Victorian Motorcycle Council is proud to announce that the 42nd anniversary of the traditional Melbourne Toyrun 2019 is now on Sunday 8th December at Tabcorp Park.

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

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

The Salvation Army trucks will be waiting to receive these generous gifts from the bikers. The Victorian Motorcycle Council invite riders and passengers of all motorbikes, from trikes to scooters of all shapes, sizes and vintage to participate and bring their families to participate in this spectacular event.
2019 Presidents Cup
Date Mon 9th Dec 2019 to Sun 15th Dec 2019
The 13th Presidents Cup will be contested at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne. Royal Melbourne Golf Club becomes the only international venue to host this prestigious international team competition for the third time.

Since its inception in 1994, the Presidents Cup has become one of the most eagerly awaited and highly watched events in the world of golf. Top players from the United States are pitted against an International Team culled from the ranks of the finest golfers outside Europe. The aura of international cooperation and civility that permeates the tournament has not served to cool the competitive fire that burns within these players.

The competition on the international team’s home soil promises to deliver the most exciting opportunity for the international and U.S team to break the tie that remains from two past playings at this illustrious golf course.
Orchestra Victoria's Five at 5: Corelli’s Christmas
Date Sat 21st Dec 2019
Bring on the Christmas cheer with Corelli’s wonderful Christmas Concerto. Partnered with the grandeur of Mussorgsky’s sonic impressions of Viktor Hartmann’s evocative artwork in a performance of the iconic Pictures at an Exhibition, and the charming Redgum Suite by Australia’s own Elena Kats-Chernin, this programme is the perfect way in which to usher in the holidays.

We invite you to stay and meet the musicians and enjoy light refreshments after the performance.

Corelli Concerto grosso in G minor Op.6 No.8, 'Fatto per la Notte di Natale' (Christmas Concerto).

Kats-Chernin Redgum Suite for Trumpet, Trombone and Double Bass.

Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition arr. for Wind Quintet.
New Year's Eve Chanting Meditation
Date Tue 31st Dec 2019
Celebrate with people who enjoy ecstatic chanting, meditation and healing music. Set against a backdrop of beautiful lighting in a charming air-conditioned venue. This alternative spiritual event was featured in The Age Newspaper's Weird and Wonderful Things To Do on New Year's Eve, and on ABC Radio.

The universal chants are very easy to sing.

Each chant is followed by a short silent meditation. You can sit on chairs or cushions, move to the music, or lie down, relax and soak up the positive energy. Bring your own cushion for extra comfort.

Traditionally everyone brings some vegan or vegetarian snacks to share. Chai will be available at no extra cost during the breaks. At midnight, waves of flowing om chants will greet the New Year, along with a deep natural meditation to manifest peace, good health and abundance in 2019.

New Year's Eve Chanting Meditation is presented by Jarek Czechowicz.

Australian Open
Date Mon 20th Jan 2020 to Sun 2nd Feb 2020
After non-stop action and entertainment for the best Australian summer? Head to Melbourne and get ready for the most thrilling and highly anticipated Grand Slam at Australian Open.

Over two adrenaline-charged weeks, see the world’s best tennis players hit the global stage at Melbourne Park to battle it out for the ultimate glory.

Every year the Australian Open gets bigger, better, more intense and more breathtaking as these stunning athletes leave nothing to chance in their quest for the championship trophy.

With more entertainment, food and family friendly options than ever before, there is something for everyone at the Australian Open.

Visit the Australian Open website for tickets and travel packages, or sign up to Australian Open Update for all the latest news and offers.
ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Date Sat 15th Feb 2020 to Sun 8th Mar 2020
Headlined by hosting the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on International Women’s Day, Melbourne will see a series of blockbuster matches for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020.

The newly redeveloped Junction Oval will host five Group Matches, including hosts Australia against arch-rivals New Zealand on March 2 in what will be both team’s last opportunity to push for a semi-final berth. The White Ferns will play three matches at the Junction Oval, including a clash against India on February 27.

The final at the MCG on 8 March 2020, International Women’s Day, presents Australia with the ground breaking opportunity to set a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event.

You can be part of this record by heading to the T20 World Cup 2020 website to purchase your ticket to what will be an historic event at the biggest cricket stadium in the world.
Cupid's Undie Run Melbourne
Date Sun 16th Feb 2020
On Valentine’s Day weekend, put the hilarity in charity with hundreds of other Cupid’s runners taking to the streets in celebration of their fundraising for the Children’s Tumour Foundation.

Cupid’s Undie Run is the largest community fundraising event for the Children’s Tumour Foundation. It puts the fun in ‘fun run’ and provides an opportunity for Australia to come together and party our pants off, all for a good cause.
World Cup Gymnastics Melbourne
Date Thu 20th Feb 2020 to Sun 23rd Feb 2020
Experience the spectacular this summer as world class gymnastics returns to Melbourne again in February for the 2020 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.
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Date Fri 28th Feb 2020 to Sun 8th Mar 2020
The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival is an annual celebration of fashion, beauty, business and creative endeavour for everyone to enjoy.

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

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

The Festival also offers premium tailored corporate entertainment packages and exclusive sponsorship opportunities that include unique experiential marketing and brand touch platforms.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Date Fri 6th Mar 2020 to Sun 22nd Mar 2020
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.
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2020
Date Thu 12th Mar 2020 to Sun 15th Mar 2020
There is more to the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix than ever before.

The Formula 1 Rolex 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 with the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Also, you will enjoy the electrifying atmosphere as Australia's very own Daniel Ricciardo vies for a podium spot in his Renault Sport.

Whether you are a motor sport fan after full throttle, or want to soak in the glamour of this star-studded event, the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix presents something for everyone as it takes excitement and opulence to the next level.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Date Wed 25th Mar 2020 to Sun 19th Apr 2020
The city will light up with laughs when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival takes over town For three and a half weeks from 25 March to 19 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.
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
Date Thu 26th Mar 2020 to Sun 29th Mar 2020
Immerse your senses in theannual 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.

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

Last year's show stand-outs included The Great Hall of Flowers, Boutique Garden Competition, Baptcare Shop Window Floral Design Competition, RMIT Fashion Design student showcase, DIY floral workshops by The Melbourne Flower School and power tool specialists Ryobi.
The Handmade Bicycle Show
Date Fri 24th Apr 2020 to Sun 26th Apr 2020
Come along to Handmade Bicycle Show Australia 2019. Featuring the finest brands of bespoke bicycles and accessories from around the country, the makers themselves will be in attendance to talk about their products and craft. This is an opportunity to savour the craft of handmade bicycles and mingle with the new-comers and the legends of the industry alike.

Great food, coffee and beer will also be on offer as a fitting accompaniment to the bicycles and accessories on show, making for a perfect evening or day out. Hosted at the stunning Meat Market in North Melbourne (VIC), with great public transport options and onsite bicycle parking to allow you to get there in style, it is a relaxed yet beautiful venue and we think the perfect setting for the show.