Events

MELBOURNE EVENTS   15 JUNE TO 15 SEPTEMBER 2019

JUNE

08/06/2019 to 22/06/2019
The Australian Ballet: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Wheeldon translates the wit and charm of Lewis Carroll’s story into delightful dance, framed by extravagant sets, magnificent costumes and extraordinary music. With all the scale and spectacle of Broadway, this ballet will transport you to the heights of your imagination
Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Road Melbourne
1300 369 741 www.australianballet.com.au

 

14/06/2019 to 16/06/2019
Shaam Syrian Film Festival
Come along to the Shaam Syrian Film Festival’s Red Carpet/Award Night on 14 June, and see the festival’s feature films on 15 and 16 June.
Hoyts Level 3, 211 La Trobe Street Melbourne
0411 122 259
www.shaamfilmfestival.com.au

 

15/06/2019 to 13/10/2019
Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang
Guardians of Immortality is a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor’s Terracotta Warriors, which, discovered in 1974 in China’s Shaanxi province.The exhibition will feature eight warrior figures and two life-size horses from the Imperial Army, as well as two half-size replica bronze chariots, each drawn by four horses.
NGV International 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne
03 8620 2222 www.ngv.vic.gov.au/

 

15/06/2019 to 06/10/2019
Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks
Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks is a suite of exhibitions and experiences exploring the art of tattoo, alongside themes of identity, self-expression, culture and community. Documenting the Body presents local and contemporary perspectives on tattooing as it intersects with themes of immigration, journeys, the body, heritage and identity.
Immigration Museum 400-424 Flinders Street Melbourne
www.museumsvictoria.com.au/

 

17/06/2019 to 20/07/2019
Storm Boy
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.
Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) 140 Southbank Boulevard Southbank Theatre, The Sumner
www.mtc.com.au/

 

19/06/2019 to 29/06/2019
Emerging Writers’ Festival
The Emerging Writers’ Festival is a celebration of Australia’s literary future. Immerse yourself in eleven days of exploration, professional development and entertainment. Connect with over 300 of Australia’s best and brightest emerging writers
The Wheeler Centre Books Writing Ideas 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9094 7839
www.emergingwritersfestival.org.au

 

20/06/2019 to 30/06/2019
Wunderage
Dive into a mesmerising world of total circus as the astonishing spectacle of Wunderage unfolds around, beside and above you. An emotional journey told through breathtaking physical feats, heart-stirring live music and honest humour, this world premiere collaboration invites you to dream.
Meat Market 3 Blackwood Street North Melbourne
www.circusoz.com/wunderage

 

22/06/2019
Collage, Friends, Family and Food
Learn the techniques of tearing, cutting, painting and gluing that Meg has used in her Melbourne Kitchen Project exhibition and book. Experiment with different papers and textures to express yourself through collage.Age: 13 to 25 years
Signal Northbank Flinders Walk Melbourne
03 8696 5400
www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/signal

 

28/06/2019 to 30/06/2019
Firelight Festival
Featuring over 40 free performances a night from all corners of the globe – from Bollywood dancers to a Mariachi band, and almost everything in between – you’ll also be able to indulge in some delicious, smoky, warm fare from some of your favourites including Limp Briskit, The Soup Factory and Frencheese.
Victoria Harbour New Quay Promenade Docklands
03 9658 9658
www.firelight@melbourne.vic.gov.au

 

28/06/2019 to 30/06/2019
Melbourne International Saxophone Festival
The Melbourne International Saxophone Festival returns in 2019 to bring together some of the best national and international musicians for a weekend of performances, masterclasses and workshops. A series of concerts will run throughout the weekend to innovate, explore and push the boundaries of the instrument and its performance.
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music 204-234 St Kilda Road Southbank www.melbournesaxophone.com.au

JULY

 

01/07/2019 to 12/07/2019
Winter Holiday Program at the Shrine
Be inspired by the ways in which flowers and plants have been used as symbols of remembrance. In a craft session following the tour, create an entry for the 2019 Remembrance Day Poster Competition. This year’s theme is ‘Flowers of War’ suitable for primary school-aged children.
Shrine of Remembrance Reserve St Kilda Road Melbourne
03 9661 8100
www.shrine.org.au/Visit-the-Sh…

 

03/07/2019 to 29/09/2019
Come From Away
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.
Comedy Theatre 240 Exhibition Street Melbourne
1300 795 267
www.comefromaway.com.au

 

04/07/2019 to 08/07/2019
Disney on Ice Celebrates Mickey and Friends
Grab your mouse ears and get ready for the ultimate interactive event at Disney on Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends.
Buckle in for the emotional rollercoaster of Inside Out and ‘Live Your Story’ alongside Disney Princesses
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne Park Batman Avenue Melbourne
www.disneyonice.com.au

 

08/07/2019
Classics Storytime at City Library
Children’s books come and go, but classic picture books have stayed in print for decades because they are simply the best.
Enjoy the books of yesteryear at Classics Storytime. Relive the pleasure of the books you read as a child and join in the songs, rhymes and craft.Part of Melbourne Rare Book Week 2019. City Library 253 Flinders Lane Melbourne
03 9658 9998
www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community

 

11/07/2019 to 28/07/2019
Bring It On The Musical
Sparkling with sass and inspired by the cult 1990s movie starring Kristen Dunst, this high energy feat comes from the minds of Broadway’s creative royalty, while the death-defying stunts performed by world-class cheer-leading champions ensure broad appeal.
Athenaeum Theatre 188 Collins Street Melbourne
www.bringitonthemusical.com.au

 

12/07/2019 to 13/07/2019
Bastille Day French Festival
Warm up in Melbourne this winter at the Bastille Day French Festival, a celebration of all things French. The French Winter Market will be full of joie de vivre with over forty of Melbourne’s best French food stalls serving warming glasses of mulled wine, pastries, saucissons, cheese and champagne.
Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets Melbourne The Atrium
www.bastilledaymelbourne.com/

 

to 14/07/2019
Amber-rose Hulme: Context
Graffiti is the domain of underground counter culture, its anonymous authors often operating outside of the law as they to scrawl their unintelligible language through public and private spaces. In contrast pastels, which have been used by fine artists since the Renaissance, have much more genteel connotations.
Flinders Lane Gallery MLevel 1, The Nicholas Building 37 Swanston Street Melbourne
03 9654 3332
www.flg.com.au

 

21/07/2019
Melbourne Tea Festival
Wander around a boutique tea market that features dozens of specialty and artisan tea stalls. You’ll discover teas and tisanes of all kinds from all over the world as you make your way around with a tea tasting cup in hand
Meat Market 3 Blackwood Street North Melbourne
www.melbourneteafestival.com.au/

 

27/07/2019 to 28/07/2019
Open House Melbourne
This July, the 12th annual Open House Melbourne weekend will fling open the doors to hundreds of our city’s most loved buildings. Learn what happens behind the scenes, experience a guided tour and celebrate your city and its architecture.
Various sites throughout Melbourne
03 8648 8612
www.openhousemelbourne.org

 

30/07/2019
Branch Out: Talking Trees
Just like humans, trees are influenced by their hormones.As we move deeper into winter, light levels and temperatures drop, causing the flow of auxin (a plant hormone) to diminish, ethylene to rise, and the leaves of deciduous trees to fall.Warm up after the walk with a botanical-inspired tea.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Birdwood Avenue Melbourne VIC 3004 Meet at the Visitor Centre
03 9252 2429
www.rbg.vic.gov.au/branchout

AUGUST

 

03/08/2019 to 11/08/2019
Thoroughly Modern Millie
It’s the height of the jazz age, the roaring 20s, and small-town girl Millie Dillmount has just arrived in New York City, ready to make her dreams come true.Millie’s plan is simple: find a job as a secretary for an eligible bachelor, and then marry him.Annie Aitken stars as Millie. Australia’s favourite leading lady, Marina Prior, is Mrs Meers. Michael Falzon (Evita) is Trevor Graydon and Claire Lyon is Miss Dorothy Brown.
State Theatre 100 St Kilda Road Southbank
1300 182 183

 

03/08/2019
Thurston Moore: In Conversation

Thurston Moore may be one of the most innovative, influential electric guitarists living today. With Sonic Youth, Moore and his bandmates connected America’s thriving experimental underground with the realm of punk, grunge and alternative rock – forging an unmistakable sound with their detuned, often dissonant and always loud guitars.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre1 Convention Centre Place South Wharf Plenary Theatre
miff.com.au

 

06/08/2019
Branch Out: Hidden Herbarium
Take a rare look inside the National Herbarium of Victoria.The Herbarium is both the state’s oldest scientific institution and home to the precious State Botanical Collection. Within the collection’s 1.5 million specimens are treasures gathered on famed expeditions, during the Endeavour voyage in 1770, on the Burke and Wills expedition of 1860 and during David Livingstone’s expedition to the Zambesi.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Birdwood Avenue Melbourne VIC 3004
03 9252 2429
08/08/2019 to 09/09/2019
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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.
Her Majesty’s Theatre 219 Exhibition Street Melbourne
13 2849

www.charliethemusical.com.au

 

to 17/08/2019
Melbourne Modern: European Art & Design at RMIT Since 1945
Melbourne Modern traces a legacy of European influence through successive generations of RMIT teachers and students to the present day.
RMIT Gallery 344 Swanston Street Melbourne
03 9925 1717
www.rmit.edu.au/rmitgallery

 

22/08/2019 to 24/08/2019
Boomers v USA Basketball
The biggest names in world basketball square off in August when the Australian Boomers host USA Basketball at Marvel Stadium.Don’t miss this opportunity to see the USA’s best battle it out with Australia’s local heroes in this important pre-FIBA World Cup series.
Marvel Stadium 122-148 Harbour Esplanade Docklands
www.teglive.com.au/events/boom…

 

24/08/2019
Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy
A return appearance to Australia for a special one-off show at Melbourne Arena. Originally launched in conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of Final Fantasy, the brand new, completely revamped live show features music from one of the most popular video game series of all time.
Melbourne Arena Melbourne Park Olympic Boulevard Melbourne
www.ffdistantworlds.com

 

25/08/2019
Melbourne Storm Multicultural Festival
Head to Melbourne Storm’s annual and much anticipated Multicultural Festival, featuring a pre-game multicultural ceremony. a number of food and drink vendors on-site offering a wide range of cuisines from across the world, as well as multicultural performances and market stalls, inflatable rides and face painting.
Gosch’s Paddock Olympic Boulevard Melbourne
https://www.melbournestorm.com.au

 

28/08/2019 to 05/09/2019
Melbourne Fashion Week
The hallmark consumer fashion event of the season, This uniquely Melbourne event is designed to position Melbourne as the fashion capital of Australia, providing a launching pad for emerging and established designers, models and brands.
Melbourne Town Hall 90-130 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9658 9658
melbourne.vic.gov.au/mfw

 

to 28/08/2019
Winter Night Market
Enjoy street food from across the globe, roaring fires, specialty shopping, quirky entertainers, deliciously spiced mulled wine and free live music at the Queen Victoria Winter Night Market. Wander the Market sheds and delight in the smells, sounds and tastes of winter, then top off the feasting and shopping with a boogie at the silent disco!
Queen Victoria Market Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria streets Melbourne
03 9320 5822

www.thenightmarket.com.au

SEPTEMBER

 

to 01/09/2019
The Winter Village at Fed Square
Set to be Melbourne’s landmark destination this winter, it’s equipped with an ice skating rink, a cosy igloo village with private igloos available to book, a larger-than-life mega igloo drinking and dining hall, plus a Feast kitchen and Sip bar.
Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets Melbourne Russell St extension, Fed Square car park rooftop
www.thewintervillage.com.au/

 

05/09/2019
The Art of Storytelling with Dumbo Feather
Join an evening with Dumbo Feather as they share tips and ideas for finding your stories through conversation and reflective practices. It will help you find meaning in some of the key experiences of your life and give them a narrative arc.
Mercedes me Store Melbourne 525 Collins Street Melbourne
www.mercedesme.melbourne/event

 

14/09/2019 to 15/09/2019
Mexican Festival
The Mexican Festival showcases the best of Mexico. Head on down to Federation Square and pick up handicrafts at the Mexican Market, drink and dine at the Mexican Cantina and , enjoy live music and folkloric dances on Viva Mexico Stage. There’ll also be Mexican cinema screening and a kids’ corner to keep the little ones entertained too.
Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets Melbourne
0457 707 578
www.mexfest.com.au

 

17/09/2019 to 28/09/2019
The Australian Ballet: The Nutcracker
There’s nothing like a traditional Nutcracker to get you in the mood for the festive season. And there’s no traditional Nutcracker as magical as Peter Wright’s.With the holidays around the corner, there’s no better way than The Nutcracker to rediscover the childlike joys of the season, or to create your own family tradition.
Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Road Melbourne
1300 369 741
www.australianballet.com.au

 

NOW PLAYING
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play is presented in two parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.
Princess Theatre 163-181 Spring Street Melbourne VIC 3000
1300 111 011
www.harrypottertheplay.com.au

 

26/09/2019 to 28/09/2019
The Australian Burlesque Festival
Celebrates ten years with three huge shows at the Wonderland Spiegeltent in Federation Square, showcasing international and local stars of the stage.New Follies – 26 September Noir Exotique – 27 September The Big Tease Gala – 28 Septembe
For details on performers, shows and workshops visit the website.
Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets Melbourne
0401 660 681
www.australianburlesquefest.com.au

 

to 30/09/2019
The Fire Garden
The Fire Garden is popping up on the Common Man Lawn this winter. This riverside space will host live music, footy on TV, fantastic Aussie wine from 19 crimes, craft beer sessions, unique dinners and speciality tastings, with a bespoke Moretti Italian Lager-inspired menu for June,
Common Man 39 Dukes Walk Melbourne
03 9696 3774
www.thecommonman.com.au/fire-g…

 

to 17/12/2019
Free Comedy at Highlander
features multiple short stand-up shows by some of Melbourne’s finest comedians, followed by some fresh open mic.
Free Comedy was inspired by the PBH Free Fringe that has revolutionised the Edinburgh Fringe and is a revolutionary comedy alternative.Join the revolution!
Highlander Bar 11a Highlander Lane Melbourne Upstairs in the Library Room.
03 9620 2228
www.freecomedy.com.au

 

30/09/2019
Australian Music Vault
The Australian Music Vault features a permanent free exhibition showcasing the Australian music story, interactive and digital experiences, iconic objects from the Australian Performing Arts Collection and an ongoing calendar of performances, education and public programs.
Arts Centre Melbourne100 St Kilda Road Melbourne
1300 182 183
www.australianmusicvault.com.au