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The 17 best photos of White Night Melbourne
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The 17 best photos of White Night Melbourne

Fire-breathing musical instruments, psychedelic spiders, trippy underwater worlds and impromptu dance parties were just the beginning of White Night

20 things to do this summer
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20 things to do this summer

From live music at the zoo to late night art and sound installations across the city, here's how to have the time of your life this summer

The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne
Film

The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne

Watch blockbusters and cult favourites under the stars

Summer night markets in Melbourne
Shopping

Summer night markets in Melbourne

Enjoy warm summer evenings at Melbourne's night markets

The best of Melbourne

50 things to do in Melbourne before you die
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50 things to do in Melbourne before you die

The definitive Melbourne bucket list: knock off these 50 activities and you'll really, properly know our great city

Cheap things to do in Melbourne
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Cheap things to do in Melbourne

If you know where to look, you can get by in this city for a lot less than you'd think

The best markets in Melbourne
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The best markets in Melbourne

From organic produce to arts and crafts, there's a Melbourne market happening near you this week

The best escape rooms in Melbourne
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The best escape rooms in Melbourne

The door is locked. The room is dark. The clock is ticking. Can you get out in time?

Where to go ice skating in Melbourne
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Where to go ice skating in Melbourne

Whether you're an edge-clinger or a total pro, ice skating is a cool way to spend a day

Our guide to Melbourne's best toilets (seriously)

Melbourne events calendar

Dating in Melbourne

The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne

Our favourite places for frocking up and impressing the pants off someone

The best bars for first dates in Melbourne
Bars

The best bars for first dates in Melbourne

Sit close, sip a cocktail and get to know one another at these cosy Melbourne drinking spots

The most adventurous dates in Melbourne
Sex and dating

The most adventurous dates in Melbourne

From cycling tours to rooftop glamping, here are our suggestions for dates with a difference in Melbourne

The 13 best make-out spots in Melbourne
Sex and dating

The 13 best make-out spots in Melbourne

This city's full of nooks and crannies, so lock lips and make the most of them

The best bars with board games in Melbourne
Bars

The best bars with board games in Melbourne

Long, tipsy games of Connect 4, Scrabble and Balderdash: now that's a foolproof date idea

The best places for Tinder dates
Restaurants

The best places for Tinder dates

Swipe right, eat right with our guide to setting up the perfect Tinder date in Melbourne

Or try a romantic weekend getaway

Outdoor activities in Melbourne

The best beaches in Melbourne
Attractions

The best beaches in Melbourne

Don't scoff: Melbourne has some beautiful beaches and splendid spots to cool down on a hot day

The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne
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The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne

Check out our ten best spots to enjoy the view of the rising and setting sun around the city

Five great Melbourne walks
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Five great Melbourne walks

Lace up your sneakers: our favourite places to promenade are all a stone's throw from the city

The best places to swim in Melbourne
Sport and fitness

The best places to swim in Melbourne

Don't restrict yourself to the pool: dip into Melbourne's most beautiful rivers, lakes and beaches

Where to get your nature fix in the city
Attractions

Where to get your nature fix in the city

Get close to Mother Nature without leaving the inner-city at these five urban oases

See Melbourne's best picnic spots

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Little Emperors at Malthouse
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Little Emperors at Malthouse

For the inaugural Asia TOPA festival, Malthouse Theatre paired award-winning Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott and maverick Beijing-based director Wang Chong to create a new work. The result explores the fraught legacy of China’s 40-year One Child Policy, through the prism of one family. The term ‘Little Emperors’ relates to a behavioural syndrome affecting the generations of only-children born in the lead up to 2016 (when the One Child Policy was officially abolished). Envisioned as a radical experiment to curb population growth, the policy unwittingly gave rise to a new breed of ultra-indulged children, who in turn will shape the future of a superpower. Philpott’s play pivots between Melbourne and Beijing, and between English language and Mandarin, to tell the story of a sister, her illegal brother, and the emotional and cultural fall-out of the environments in which they were raised. Wang Chong, founder of the world-renowned Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental, brings both his bold vision and personal experiences, as a someone born in the One Child Policy era, to bear on this rich and revelatory tale. Little Emperors runs from Feb 9-26 at Malthouse Theatre. 

WTC Wharf Outdoor Cinema
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WTC Wharf Outdoor Cinema

To celebrate February's long, balmy summer nights WTC Wharf is hosting its very own al fresco cinema every Friday and Saturday night until mid-March. To enjoy a movie under the stars, all you have to do is book dinner at one of the WTC Wharf's restaurants and dine in from $25 per person, then you will receive free entry to that night's movie screening. Relax back on deckchairs or bean bags and watch blockbusters and classics under the stars.  You can try a Chinese banquet from Man Mo, Lebanese cuisine at Byblos, Japanese fare from Kobe Jones or get a bistro feed from The Wharf Bar. Cinema highlights include The Danish Girl, The Secret Life of Pets and Les Misérables.  

Savour Wayside Inn's rotisserie dish for lunch and dinner
Restaurants

Savour Wayside Inn's rotisserie dish for lunch and dinner

South Melbourne pub Wayside Inn is the place to be if you're after a classic pub meal for lunch or dinner. On Monday to Saturday from noon to 9pm, the Wayside Inn kitchen is offering slow-cooked, rotisserie dishes complete with all the trimmings. For just $25, you can enjoy the day's rotisserie dish with a glass of wine in the bar area, or for $38 if you're dining in the restaurant. Dishes change seasonally, but they will no doubt be cooked to juicy perfection in the rotisserie oven.  446 City Rd, South Melbourne 3205. 03 9810 0083. Mon-Sat noon-9pm.

Cities of Architecture
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Cities of Architecture

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art presents this new series of talks exploring the architectural, urban and cultural history of some of the world’s most inspiring destinations, from the skyscrapers of Shanghai to historic Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona. The series kicks off with a free launch at MPavilion, followed by monthly editions exploring some of the world's most fascinating destinations and the built environments that make them so remarkable. Whether you're travelling to any of these destinations or just want to learn more about some of the globe's most inspiring cities, this series will offer insights from leaders in the architectural fields. You'll also get to enjoy a special cocktail created for each city the talk in inspired by, from the Melbourne Gin Company and Starward Whisky. For the full list of events in this series, click on the 'Dates and Times' tab.