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City Happenings – Melbourne

Music & Theatre

Kinky Boots 

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Melbourne audiences are raving about Kinky Boots, the hilarious and heart-warming new musical now playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.

When: 12 October 2016 – 26 February 2017

Where: NGV International 

Art & Culture

Australia Day Parade

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The Australia Day Parade is a vibrant and colourful procession with thousands of people lining the streets of Melbourne’s CBD to enjoy the entertainment and cheer on participants from more than 90 community and cultural groups, in a proud display and celebration of our culturally diverse community.

When: 26 January 2017 11am – noon

Where: Swanston Street,  Melbourne

David Hockney 

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The exhibition, curated by the NGV in collaboration with David Hockney and his studio, features more than 700 works from the past decade of the artist’s career – some new and many never before seen in Australia – including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works.

When: 11 November 2016 – 13 March 2017

Where: NGV International 

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 

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The Melbourne International Comedy Festival attracts audiences from near and far, from junior laughter-lovers at The (Very) Big Laugh Out, to late-night hijinks at the Festival Club and everything in between. Featuring a mass of local and international comedy stars, this is Melbourne’s yearly party and everyone is invited!

When: 29 March – 23 April 2017

Where: Melbourne Town Hall 90-130 Swanston Street Melbourne 

Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists

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The spectacular and avant-garde creations of Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf are on display in Australia for the first time in an exhibition organised by the National Gallery of Victoria in close collaboration with the designers.

When: 16 October – 26 February 2017

Where: NGV International 

Food & Dining

Summer Night Market 

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Now in it’s 19th year, the Summer Night Market is your weekly Wednesday ritual. Fill those summer nights with Melbourne’s largest and best array of global street food, curated bars, artisan and vintage stall holders and quirky activations.

When: 16 November 2016 – 8 March 2017

Where:Queen Victoria Market

Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunches

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Melbourne’s own Little Italy will host the 25th Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch, with the godfather of Italian cooking, Antonio Carluccio, at its helm.

When: 31 March – 9 April 2017

Where: Lygon Street


Sunset Series 2017

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The 2017 Sunset Series is a vibrant program consisting of a four-hour Saturday and Sunday program in Fitzroy Gardens held over two weekends in January.

When: 14-22 January 2017

Where: 230-298 Wellington Parade East Melbourne VIC 3002

Australian Open 2017

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January in Melbourne means only one thing – the Australian Open is back, taking over the city for two weeks of non-stop tennis action. There is no better place to be this summer.

When: 16 – 29 January 2017

Where: Rod Laver Arena Melbourne Park Batman Avenue 


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