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Music & Theatre

Moonlight Cinema

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There’s nothing quite like a film under the stars in the evening cool of the Botanic Gardens. Settle back with friends and family for a movie and BYO picnic on a balmy summer night, or let one of the food trucks take care of the edibles for you.

When: Until 2 April 2017

Where: Central Lawn in the Royal Botanic Gardens, South Yarra, Melbourne

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Aladdin the Musical

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From the producer of The Lion King, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy featuring exhilarating choreography, show-stopping production numbers and astonishing visual effects.

When: 26 April – 16 July 2017

Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

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Art & Culture

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 

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 Asia TOPA

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Asia TOPA is a celebration of our relationship with contemporary Asia. This festival-like event will demonstrate different creative disciplines of art, including performances, visual, screen and literary arts. All of them having one thing in common: showcasing the deeper connection with the many cultures of this region.

When: Until 30 April 2017

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

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Art + Climate = Change 2017

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This event displays climate-change related arts including 30 curated exhibitions and keynote lectures and public programs. Engage yourself into a series of creative exhibitions on sustainability to inform yourself on one of the most important issues of this century.

When: 19 April- 14 May 2017

Where: The Ian Potter Museum of Art, 801 Swanston Street, Carlton, Melbourne

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Van Gogh and the seasons


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Van Gogh’s blockbuster exhibition comes to Melbourne! It features more than 40 paintings and 25 drawings, including a collection of letters and art research of the artist himself. Borrowed from galleries around the world, these masterpieces come together in one exciting exhibition.

When: 28 April 2017 – 9 July, 10AM-5PM

Where: NGV International, Ground level, Temporary Exhibitions, Melbourne

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Food & Dining

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

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Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

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The 2017 MFWF will gather the world’s leading influencers of the culinary world in its 25th celebration including more than 250 events, dinners, tastings and classes. To mark this special occasion, the festival will coincide with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants announcement, which will see 50 of the world’s best chefs coming to Melbourne.

When: 31 March – 9 April 2017

Where: Various Venues Victoria, Melbourne

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Burger Block Party


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The House of Food and Wine will be hosting a wrap party to end the MFWF 2017 and of course, burgers are the best way to do that! Australia’s best burger makers join forces to flip their best paddies.

When: 9 April 2017, 5:30PM-10:00PM

Where: The House of Food and Wine, 361 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne

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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

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Historical Bells beach, home of the longest running surf competition in the world celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. Steeped in tradition, rich in heritage and history, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach has become a rite of passage for World Surf league athletes for an opportunity to ring the bell.

When: 12-24 April 2017

Where: Bells Beach, Victoria

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Formula 1, Australian Grand Prix

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Earplugs ready? The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix weekend kicks off on Thursday March 23, setting the city alight with fast cars and festive exhilaration. International superstars, heavyweight cars and present champions will speed to victory on the picturesque Albert Park track.

When: 23-26 March 2017

Where: Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, 12 Aughtie Drive, Victoria

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