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Things to do in Melbourne in July

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People shopping at Finders Keepers Market Melbourne
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Wondering what to do in Melbourne in July? We can help. Check out our guide to all the fun things to do in Melbourne, from free events to exhibitions, theatre shows, live music and lots and lots of comedy. Plus there's plenty of free attractionsart exhibitionstheatre showsactivities for kids to get amongst as well.

For rainy days, consult our guide to Melbourne's best indoor activities instead. Or pack a picnic and head out of the city on one of our best day trips from Melbourne.

 

The best things to do in July

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at Queen Victoria Night Markets
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Things to do

The Queen Victoria Night Market

icon-location-pin Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
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Spend your Wednesday nights surrounded by food at the Queen Victoria Market's legendary Winter Night Market. Rows and rows of street food stalls, festival bars, as well as more than 50 art, fashion, homewares and general knick-knack merchandise traders will feature alongside a rotating line-up of musicians and entertainment. Food stalls will be cooking up delicious snacks all night long. This season you can get amongst market favourites Burn City Smokers who are serving some smoky American-style barbecue; Churro Kitchen with their sugar and cinnamon dusted churro bowls; and ReWine who have your weekly fix of hot, spiced mulled wine sorted. New traders for winter 2019 include Mörk Chocolate with their ethically sourced hot chocolate; Melted Cheese Bar who are serving melted cheese baguettes and toasties; Ciao Chips with their take on Belgian frites; Pierogi Pierogi with pierogi, naturally; Melbourne Cocoa with some artisan chocolate; plus Turkish at QVM who are serving pideli kofte (a meatball-style kebab) with red sauce and yogurt. 

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Terracotta
Warriors: Guardians of
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Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

icon-location-pin NGV International, Southbank
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The National Gallery of Victoria's latest winter blockbuster was a look back at the last 130 years of modern art, but its major 2019 winter exhibitions are looking a fair bit further back. All the way to the third century BCE. For more than 2,000 years an army of 8,000 life-sized terracotta warriors have stood guard at the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, in the Shaanxi province. The army was entirely unknown until it was discovered by farmers digging a well in 1974. It's not every day you stumble across one of the wonders of the world. A delegation of eight warriors are visiting Melbourne as part of an exhibition at the NGV called Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality. True, eight warriors out of 8,000 feels a little bit measly, but they are presented alongside more than 150 treasures from ancient China.

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Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape NGV 2019 supplied photo
Photograph: Jason Edwards
Art

Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape

icon-location-pin NGV International, Southbank
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Cai Guo-Qiang is best known for unique, large-scale artworks that draw on his cultural heritage. In this exhibition, part of the National Gallery of Victoria's prestigious Winter Masterpieces series, he's presenting all new works, ranging from a monumental installation that will see 10,000 porcelain birds suspended over visitors heads to a 31-metre artwork created using silk and gunpowder.  This exhibition is being presented with Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality, which features eight of the world famous terracotta warriors and other archaeological and historical objects from China. A ticket grants entry to both exhibitions, which stand side by side. Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape is one half of a two-part exhibition, alongside Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality.

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Things to do, Markets

Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market

icon-location-pin Madame Brussels Lane, Melbourne
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Rug up and head to the Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market this winter, where food stalls, lots of mulled wine and entertainment are warming up your night. Every Friday in July, Madame Brussels Lane, located just off Lonsdale Street, transforms into a European winter hotspot.  Drawing inspiration from Christmas markets in countries like Switzerland and Germany as well as European discos, the European Night Market includes food and drink stalls to bring on the good times for the after-work crowds. Expect delicious food like Turkish gozleme from Göz City, piping hot mugs of spiced rum, German sausages from Bavarian Bangers and sticky, candied nuts from Chooh La La. 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Theatre, Drama

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

icon-location-pin Princess Theatre, Melbourne
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A new batch of tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are going on sale on Tuesday May 7 at 11am. The tickets are for dates from February 5 to March 22. The first rule of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is that you don’t talk about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Safeguarding spoilers is an expected responsibility for anyone who attends the Potter-verse’s first on-stage outing. There’s even a hashtag: #KeepTheSecrets. But in truth (as far as theatre critique is concerned, at least), JK Rowling needn’t have worried. This marathon, five-hour spectacle has a plot so dense and sprawling, so wonderfully, unashamedly elaborate, it would take many thousands of words more than any theatre review to even scratch the surface. While we may have been sworn to secrecy about Cursed Child’s plot, we can reveal that the hype – and rarely has a piece of theatre ever generated such fever-pitched buzz – is entirely deserved.

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1 Melbourne Quarter skypark
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Things to do, Walks and tours

Open House Melbourne

icon-location-pin Around Melbourne, Melbourne
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Open House Melbourne – held in July every year – is much more than the chance to stickybeak at some of Melbourne's most fascinating buildings (although that's a pretty huge drawcard, to be honest). It's also an opportunity to reflect on the role that design has played in the evolution of our city, to glimpse what Melbourne may become in the future, and to consider the significance of our heritage and what we can do to protect it. This year's line-up includes a total of 200 buildings, including 73 new sites to explore for 2019. Highlights of the program include the recently renovated Capitol Theatre, which has been closed to the public for five years; the brand-new Ian Potter Southbank Centre, which is the new home of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music; Melbourne Quarter's new skypark; Clifton Hill's new 122 Roseneath St development; plus the new Denton Corker Marshall studio located at Collins Place.

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Dingo encounters
Photograph: Cass Knowlton
Things to do

Dingo Puppy Encounters

icon-location-pin Dingo Discovery Sanctuary, Research and Education Centre, Melbourne
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Every weekend until September 22, the Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre is offering visitors the chance to cuddle, pat, feed, play and take photos with their adorable dingo cubs and friendly dingo adults. Every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm, guests will have the chance to spend some quality time with these little fuzz-balls, and also learn about what makes the dingos so special from the sanctuary’s team of keepers. Tickets are $49 for adults and $35 for children. Children must be seven or older, and seven to 12-year-olds must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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Revolutions exhibition - Melbourne Museum
Things to do, Exhibitions

Revolutions: Records and Rebels

icon-location-pin Melbourne Museum, Carlton
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There might never be another time in western history like the late 1960s. It was a time of the Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones, revolutions, civil rights, social justice and monumental change.  This exhibition comes from London's Victoria and Albert Museum and includes more than 500 objects. Highlights include John Lennon's real-life glasses and the uniform he wore on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, handwritten lyrics for "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", Mick Jagger's stage costume and a guitar the Who's Pete Townshend once smashed on stage. The handwritten lyrics to 'Revolution' show an insight into Lennon's songwriting process, with words that rhyme with 'revolution' scribbled down the left side of the page ('constitution', 'institution', 'revelation', 'dissolution', confusion', 'intrusion'...).  

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Cheeses for cheese making class at Henry and the Fox
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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Cheese Making Masterclass at Henry and the Fox

icon-location-pin Henry and the Fox, Melbourne
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If you've ever wanted to make your own cheese, this is the masterclass for you. Henry and the Fox is offering a series of masterclasses to teach you how to make all kinds of cheese from around the world – and yes, tasting is encouraged.  Classes offered include everything from brie to tallegio to peccorino, halloumi and mozzarella, and each class is marked with a level of difficulty.  Each class is $89 per person, and they run for three hours. The classes include a glass of chardonnay or pinot noir on arrival, plus a shared cheese board. You'll also get to take home your cheesy creations at the end. 

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NGV Friday Nights audience
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Things to do

NGV Friday Nights

icon-location-pin NGV International, Southbank
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The NGV's Friday Nights series is back for another round, and this time they’re pairing a string of gigs alongside the new Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition. Few things go hand-in-hand like music and art, and NGV Friday Nights’ set-up is the best way to take in the latest NGV exhibition after dark while enjoying the best in local and international acts. Performing in the NGV's Great Hall every Friday night until mid-October, this season's line-up will feature the likes of Ngairre, Rainbow Chan, Husky, Slum Sociable, the Audreys, Young Franco, Sui Zhen and heaps more. See the full line-up on NGV's website. This year, the NGV has teamed up with the dumpling heroes at Hutong Dumpling Bar. A selection of their signature dumplings will be available to purchase at NGV Friday Nights at the NGV Gallery Kitchen. 

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Whisky, Wine and Fire event
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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Whisky, Wine and Fire

icon-location-pin Caulfield Racecourse, Caulfield East
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The name says it all, really. Whisky. Wine. Fire. There can be no better way to stay warm and celebrate winter.  The festival will take over Caufield Racecourse the weekend of July 18-21, and there will be heaps of awe-inspiring fire displays in the fire garden. Your $16.50 ticket gets you entry, a souvenir glass to take home and a wine tasting.  You can buy additional tastings and full glasses, and boy, you'll want to, with whisky and wine from across the globe to try.  And don't forget the food – you'll want to match that wine and whisky with saucy, barbecue and smoky delights. 

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People on the rooftop having lunch at Provincial Winter rooftop
Things to do, Food and drink

The Provincial Hotel Winter Rooftop

icon-location-pin The Provincial, Fitzroy
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For a city with such temperamental weather, we sure do have a lot of rooftop bars. The reason? Because we know what to do with then when the weather heads south. Case in point: Fitzroy’s Provincial Hotel is back with another ripper winter rooftop session. This year, the Provincial has swapped crepes for bottomless waffles after teaming up with Wild Turkey American Honey. This breakfast feast will feature a mix of savoury and sweet waffles served with toppings like Tasmanian smoked salmon, various cheeses, curried eggs, pan-fried chorizo, charcuterie, fresh fruits and Melbourne-made honey. GF friends fear not – the waffles can easily be swapped out for gluten-free pikelets. You’ll also get bottomless drinks like wine, beer and sparkling for a two-hour period. Or if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can try one of the Provincial’s American Honey cocktails including a Bacon & Honey Old Fashioned, a Sweet and Sour Iced Tea, and an American Honey John Collins. The Provincial Winter Rooftop is running every Saturday and Sunday, from 11am until 1pm, until August 31. The brunch package is $60 per person for bottomless drinks and waffles with DIY toppings. And don’t worry about the wind chill factor. The Provincial has put up a huge rooftop marquee with plenty of heaters to keep you toasty on those cooler winter days.

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Andrew Cooper
Film, Comedy

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor...Sharon Tate.

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High Cheese The Westin Melbourne
Things to do, Food and drink

High Cheese

icon-location-pin The Westin Melbourne, Melbourne
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What’s better than gorging yourself on scones, finger sandwiches and Champagne at a regular high tea? Gorging yourself on piles and piles of cheese at the Westin’s un-brie-lievable High Cheese event. Running until August 31, High Cheese brings some favourites from last year's menu plus a few new additions to the table. Traditional scones and cream are swapped out for L'amuse Signature Gouda scones served with whipped spiced butter. There's also black truffle, porcini and walnut layered Brie Fermier la Tremblaye; Swiss Gruyere Vieux Gougères with burnt green leek; and Marcel Petite Comté Réservation custard tarts for the savoury section.  For the sweeter side, there's poached French pear with stracciatella, fresh honeycomb and smoked roasted macadamia crumble; ruby chocolate parfait with Brillat Savarin Frais and raspberry jam; caramelised salted white chocolate tiramisu; plus ricotta cassata cannoli.  The coup de gras (pun intended) is the whole baked Normandy camembert served with lavosh that you can dip right into the cheese, like your very own cheese fondue. 

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Come from Away 2018 Broadway cast photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Photograph: Matthew Murphy
Theatre, Musicals

Come from Away

icon-location-pin The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne
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Melbourne's theatre scene might look to be totally dominated by a certain boy wizard in 2019, but there's another big show headed our way from Broadway.  Come from Away is set to open at the Comedy Theatre in July. The historic theatre will get major refurbishment and new seats (anybody's who's sat through long show at the theatre knows the seating is a necessity) in time for Come From Away's Australian opening. The musical has been a bit of an unexpected hit in North America, set in a small Canadian town in the days following the September 11 attacks. Written by Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein, it tells the true story of Gander, where 38 international flights carrying 7,000 passengers were forced to land, effectively doubling the population of the town with stranded passengers for several days. The vibrant score has Celtic flavours, and the show's cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award. 

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See-through igloos on a Melbourne rooftop
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Things to do, Pop-up locations

The Winter Village

icon-location-pin Federation Square, Melbourne
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Melbourne is one of Australia’s cooler cities (in more ways than one), but it’s still pretty rare to see snow within the city limits. That’s changing this winter, though, with Federation Square transforming into a frosty winter wonderland. The Skyline Terrace at Federation Square (the roof of the Fed Square car park) is home to the Winter Village: a (faux) snow-covered pop-up bar inspired by European winter markets. The pop-up is surrounded by snowy pine trees à la the Black Forest, while inside guests can enjoy an ice skating rink, 21 toasty warm private igloos and a mega igloo where it snows (inside!) every hour.  You can stave off the winter chill at Feast Kitchen and Sip Bar. There are winter-themed treats to keep you warm or you can book a private igloo and get an inclusive food and beverage package. 

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Shakespeare in Love Melbourne Theatre Company 2019 promo
Photorah: Justin Ridler
Theatre, Drama

Shakespeare in Love

icon-location-pin Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
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There’s no individual who has had a bigger influence on modern theatre than ye olde William Shakespeare. So it makes sense that he’s a central character in Melbourne Theatre Company’s biggest show for 2019. They're pulling out the big guns for the show, with director Simon Phillips (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical, Love Never Dies). It’s based on the 1998 Academy Award-winning Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes film, which imagines an affair between Shakespeare and Viola de Lesseps, a woman who disguises herself as a man to audition for Shakespeare’s theatre. The film was previously adapted for the stage in 2014, when it premiered in a lavish production on London’s West End. The MTC production will use the same music and script, adapted from Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s screenplay, but will be otherwise entirely made by a local creative team. 

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Tiered plates of food at High Coffee
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Things to do, Food and drink

High Coffee

icon-location-pin Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne
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Sorry, tea – you’ve had plenty of time to be paired with finger sandwiches, scones and macarons. Now it’s time for High Coffee, Sheraton Hotel’s new twist on a classic high tea.  High Coffee features coffee (duh) but also coffee-infused food and Espresso Martinis. Think cappuccino macarons, chocolate hazelnut tarts with Kahlua and espresso eclairs, plus all your favourite savoury snacks like croque monsieurs, almond scones, smoked salmon frittatas and pumpkin and leek muffins.   High Coffee runs all throughout June and July at Little Collins Kitchen from 1 to 3pm. It’s $59 per person on Munday to Friday and $65 per person on weekends. This includes an Espresso Martini on arrival and unlimited coffee (plus tea, if you think all that coffee will give you the jitters).

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Builders Arms Hotel lit up during Gertrude Street Projection Festival
Photograph: Bernie Phelan
Art, Digital and interactive

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

icon-location-pin Around Fitzroy, Fitzroy
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Who doesn’t love seeing the city streets alight with colour and art? From July 26 to August 3, Gertrude Street Projection Festival invites you to open your mind and your imagination as it takes over Fitzroy's Atherton Gardens on Gertrude Street to put on a light display.  This year participating artists have been given the theme of "persist, resist, shift". Artists have also been asked to look into questions like "how do we reinterpret traditions?" and "how is projection as an art form shifting?". There will be more than 25 projection artworks on display from a mix of new artists and long-running festival contributors.  Guests to the winter festival can expect more than just dazzling lights. The streets will have performance, virtual reality, games and sound works that will add a little extra pizazz to the already buzzing neighbourhood. Gertrude Street Projection Festival also features guided walks plus opening and closing night celebrations. It runs from 6 to 9pm every night and best of all, it’s free. 

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Photo: Courtesy of A24 / Gabor Kotschy
Film, Horror

Midsommar

Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.

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Marvel: Journey of Heroes
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Things to do, Exhibitions

Marvel: Journey of Heroes

icon-location-pin Melbourne Central, Melbourne
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Long before Robert Downey Jr donned the Iron Man suit, Marvel Comics was delighting readers with the derring-do of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men and all their superhero pals and nemeses.  In fact, Marvel Comics has been around for 80 years, and in celebration, the company is bringing a free exhibition of Marvel art to Melbourne. The exhibition includes work from every decade of the company, from its start as Timely Comics in 1939 to the buff superheroes we love from modern movies.  You can find the exhibition next to the Shot Tower, and entry is free. It includes art from Australian artists including Patrick Brown, Jon Sommariva, David Yardin, BenTemplesmith and Wayne Nichols.

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Liquid Light NGV 2019
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Art

Liquid Light: 500 Years of Venetian Glass

icon-location-pin NGV International, Southbank
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Venetian glass is known across the world for its vibrant colour, elaborate designs and exquisite craftsmanship, honed over centuries by traditional glassblowers on the Venetian island of Murano. In Liquid Light, the National Gallery of Victoria brings together their extensive collection of glass pieces to explore the development of the Venetian glass tradition, from the Golden Age of the 16th century to the postmodern creations of the Memphis Group. Highlights include a Games of Thrones-worthy 17th century goblet, complete with intertwining dragons coiling around the stem, and a contemporary patchwork vase by renowned Murano glass artist Fulvio Bianconi.

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Dumplings 'N' Massage at Horse Bazaar
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Things to do, Food and drink

Dumplings ‘N’ Massage at Horse Bazaar

icon-location-pin Horse Bazaar, Melbourne
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When it comes to comfort foods dumplings are pretty high on the list. The team at Horse Bazaar are taking dumplings to a whole new level of cosy by offering a dumpling and massage combo on Tuesday nights.  Every Tuesday night at Horse Bazaar is Dumplings 'N' Massage night where you can get three dumplings and a ten-minute massage for $15 (plus online booking fee). There are six flavours to choose from ranging from Horse Bazaar's classic pork and vegan dumplings to stranger concoctions like fried cheese, Nutella and nuts and the very experimental 'Aussie breakfast' dumpling (that's egg, bacon and Vegemite).  Your massage will be delivered by resident masseuses from Soul Aquarian Therapy who will work the knots from your back as you work the dumplings into your mouth.  Make the worst day of the week just a little bit better – Dumplings 'N' Massage is on every Tuesday at Horse Bazaar. Bookings are a must and can be made online.

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Solaris Malthouse Theatre 2019
Photograph: Zan Wimberley
Theatre, Drama

Solaris

icon-location-pin Malthouse Theatre, Southbank
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Malthouse's artistic director Matthew Lutton is working with award-winning Scottish playwright David Greig on this adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s seminal sci-fi novel. It’s been turned into two films in the past, but Greig is going back to the original source material to tell a story about a mysterious planet where visitors encounter the ghosts of long-lost loved ones. Eamon Farren will star with a company of local and international performers in this co-production with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre. Expect something spooky and potentially even terrifying. 

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Woman on bench at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Photograph: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Things to do, Walks and tours

Forest Therapy

icon-location-pin Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne
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Living in the city sure is convenient, but sometimes we all need to trade the concrete jungle for an actual jungle. The Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens are giving you the chance to experience the restorative powers of nature by offering forest therapy (or forest bathing) classes for city stress-heads. Just what is forest therapy? The idea began in Japan, where it’s called ‘shinrin-yoku’ and is said to improve your wellbeing by immersing yourself in nature. It’s since been recognised as an effective (and cheap) way to improve public health. The Royal Botanic Garden’s forest therapy walk includes a guided tour through the gardens designed to lower your blood pressure, pulse and stress levels through a series of activities. The gardens have released three new dates to try forest therapy over winter – book into a session on July 28, August 11 or August 25.

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Sound of music
Photograph: Twentieth Century-Fox
Things to do

Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music

icon-location-pin Hamer Hall, Southbank
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This winter Hamer Hall will be alive with the sound of music. Sing-A-long-a will be presenting the classic 1960s Julie Andrews film The Sound of Music in sing-a-long mode this July. If singing along with Fräulein Maria, the Captain and all seven von Trapp children is one of your favourite things then this is your chance to do it in style. The Sing-A-Long-A events encourage guests to come in costume for the film screening. Don’t be afraid to pull down your curtains to make your outfit because there will be a competition. Sing-A-Long-A will be hosting two sing-a-long screenings of The Sound of Music, with a matinee and evening show available on Sunday, July 21. Both screenings include a vocal warm-up and subtitles for all the songs (just in case – gasp – you’re a little dusty). Tickets are on sale now.

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A bowl of smoked brisket ramen
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Restaurants, Barbecue

Texakaya Burn City Pop-Up

icon-location-pin Collins Kitchen, Melbourne
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Now that the weather has well and truly turned on us, our winter white knight for the days when the wind-chill factor makes it feel Arctic, not Australian, is Burn City Smokers. The low'n'slow barbecue maestros have revived their inner city pop-up at Collins Kitchen. But this year they're doing things differently. They've brought their custom-built smoker to town, but what they're serving is a fun mash-up of Japanese and Southern barbecue – they're calling it Texakaya.  Most importantly, there's a ramen on the menu that features 14-hour Texas-style wagyu brisket in place of the typical char siu pork. They're also ladling big bowls of Carolina-style tonkotsu made with a 12-hour smoked pork broth and crunchy smoked pork belly pieces. 

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Indian dancers
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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Indian Festival

icon-location-pin Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
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Shake off your winter blues for a weekend when the Indian Festival rolls into Queen Victoria Market. From July 27 to 28 the famous market will be partying down Delhi-style with authentic food, tunes and entertainment from India.  While the full program is still to be revealed, you can rest assured that you'll be able to feast on traditional Indian dishes like parathas (fried flatbreads) and enough curries to warrant bringing an emergency bottle of Gaviscon.  As well as food there will be Indian music and Bollywood and Bhangara dancers. It's free to attend the festival. 

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Food warriors at sofitel x ngv terracotta warriors
Things to do, Food and drink

Terracotta Warriors High Tea

icon-location-pin Sofitel Melbourne, Melbourne
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Treat yourself to an Asian-inspired high tea in which guests are invited to paint chocolate Terracotta Warriors using Dulux’s signature chocolate paint. China’s terracotta sculptures date back to around the 3rd Century BCE, but the original colours have remained unknown for over 2,200 years. Think you know what they would have looked like? Have a go at painting (and then eating) your own chocolate warriors. The high tea will feature an assortment of Asian-fusion dishes including smoked salmon, sweet chilli cream cheese and teriyaki sandwiches; sticky lemon, chilli and ginger beer; prawn and chive wontons; and char sui pork buns. The sweeter section includes a red bean curd white chocolate bombe on coconut shortbread; salted coconut sago with palm sugar caramel; pandan crème brûlée; crispy wontons with chocolate, ginger and pineapple; and black sesame matcha macarons.  

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Symphonica
Photograph: Brett Schewitz
Things to do, Walks and tours

The Melbourne Music Bus Tour

icon-location-pin Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
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The Melbourne Music Bus Tour, a collaboration between Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Music Vault, takes 22 lucky people on an almost four-hour tour of Melbourne's famous music venues, laneways, recording studios, rehearsal spaces, artists' homes and important Indigenous music spots. The tour visits current live music hotspots like the Tote, the Espy and the Palace, as well as famed venues of yesteryear like the Crystal Palace. It also visits recording studios including Mushroom Records, Bakehouse Studios and the Dogs in Space house, and even stops by Molly Meldrum's house.

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Queer Deluxe at Bimbo
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Things to do

Queer Deluxe

icon-location-pin Bimbo, Fitzroy
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Melbourne institution Bimbo (universally called Bimbo's) is celebrating LGBTQI pride each and every Sunday from 3pm.  Queer Deluxe is an all-inclusive day to relax, eat, drink, boogie and celebrate queer culture. There are performers, drag queens, DJs and drink specials, including $20 Bloody Mary, Spritz and Margarita cocktail jugs. Bimbo reopened after a devastating fire in May 2019 and has re-cemented its place in Melbourne's north for good times and great eats. And yes, of course, the pizza is still just $4.

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A Midnight Visit
Theatre

A Midnight Visit

icon-location-pin A Midnight Visit warehouse, North Melbourne
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The mysterious and macabre works of Edgar Allan Poe are scary enough when they're just on a page, but what happens when they burst to life across 34 rooms in a two-storey abandoned North Melbourne warehouse? That's what audiences will experience at A Midnight Visit, a large-scale site-specific theatre work encouraging visitors to choose their own adventure and encounter unusual characters across a number of surreal environments. The show premiered in Sydney last year in a former furniture factory to stellar reviews. It will have its Melbourne premiere season from July 30 to September 15 at 222 Macaulay Rd, North Melbourne. Time Out Sydney wrote: "With A Midnight Visit, it’s okay to let the story be second to the experience – to the simple pleasures of finding yourself in an unexpected crawlspace, of carefully looking through a doorway with bated breath, of suddenly looking at a beach in the middle of an old, repurposed building. It won’t be like any other night out." There'll be four to six sessions a night, with performances running from Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets range from $44 (for previews) up to $79 for Friday and Saturday nights, and you'll need about 60 to 75 minutes to explore the building at your own pace. 

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Rites of Passage exhibition
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Museums

Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks

icon-location-pin Immigration Museum, Melbourne
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Get ready to open up this winter season as the Immigration Museum introduces Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks, a collection of new exhibitions and experiences focusing on tattoos and the meaning behind them.  There will be two main photography exhibits that focus on the intersection between ancient and modern tattoo practices as well as a series of contemporary installations curated by tattoo artist Stanislava Pinchuk, also known as Miso.  Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World will explore the artistry and extensive history of Japanese tattoos, which has persevered despite the criminal stigma thanks to its association with the yakuza, the country’s most notorious mafia syndicate. Held in tandem with this is an exhibition exploring a traditional Samoan art form called Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, showcasing the works of both traditional tatau masters and emerging artists that are still practising this 2,000-year-old art form. 

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Curry on display for Heroes event
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Things to do, Food and drink

Heroes Curry-oke Sundays

icon-location-pin Heroes, Melbourne
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After the success of their monthly yum cha night, Heroes karaoke bar in the CBD is introducing ‘Curry-oke’ Sundays. As the name suggests, guests can expect a hearty Malaysian curry followed by endless sing-a-longs, with drink and cocktail packages available. For $25 per person, diners will get a choice of meat or vegan curry, plus a soy- braised dish, sambal stir-fried veggies, a variety of pickles and complementary rice or deep-fried buns.   For an additional $20, patrons can get a drink ticket that includes the signature ‘Curry on My Wayward Son’ cocktail on arrival. This punchy drink features lemongrass and chilli- infused vodka, coconut cream, jalapeno hot sauce and is garnished with dried curry leaf. Drink tickets also include two house drinks throughout the night. 

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Brickman Cities Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Things to do, Exhibitions

Brickman Cities

icon-location-pin Scienceworks, Spotswood
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There is something fascinating about seeing a world-famous skyline recreated in tiny Lego bricks. Ryan 'the Brickman' McNaught and his team have built some of the greatest cities in the world out of bespoke Lego for a new exhibition at Scienceworks.  The cities are New York, Dubai, Tokyo, Sydney and London, and the exhibition showcases their histories for almost a thousand years, from castles and forts to skyscrapers and instantly recognisable landscapes.   The centrepiece of the exhibition is a 3m by 4m to-scale model of lower Manhattan, built out of white Lego. Stories of New York are 3D projected onto the buildings for extra insight into the city's history.  Lego fans can also have a go of building their own cities of the future in an interactive section of the exhibition.   It took more than 1,900 hours and 1 million individual Lego bricks to build the exhibition. Catch it at Scienceworks until August 4. 

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Happy Ending Scandinavian Film Festival
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Film, Film festivals

Scandinavian Film Festival

icon-location-pin Around Melbourne, Melbourne
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From Noma to IKEA to the principles of hygge, the influence of Scandinavian culture continues to grow. So too the Scandinavian Film Festival, which returns this July for the sixth year, bringing the best of northern European cinema to audiences around Australia. The films come from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland. Opening night film is the Danish comedy Happy Ending, in which Helle (Birthe Neumann) looks forward to her husband’s retirement only for him to tell her he’s starting a new career that will see him commuting to France. From Iceland comes A White, White Day, about an off-duty police chief who begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife – the film was widely acclaimed at Cannes in May. Another Icelandic film, Let Me Fall, portrays former teenage junkies facing the consequences of their mistakes. 

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Much Ado About Nothing Bell Shakespeare 2019
Photograph: Pierre Toussaint
Theatre, Drama

Much Ado About Nothing

icon-location-pin Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
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Zindzi Okenyo will finally be front and centre where she belongs when she stars as the whip-smart Beatrice in Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Much Ado About Nothing. In case you missed reading it at school, Much Ado is pretty much the original romantic comedy, and features one of Shakespeare’s most-loved couples, Beatrice and Benedick, who banter and swap barbs until their friends decide to bring them together. Don’t expect it to be all hearts and flowers though – Bell Shakespeare associate director James Evans promises to bring out the play’s darker conflicts as well, in particular the female characters’ struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. "The story flips from uproarious comedy to utter heartbreak in an instant, and then back again. That is the genius of Shakespeare, and why this play is one of my favourites,” he says. Sparring with Okenyo as Benedick will be Duncan Ragg (The Dance of Death), alongside Mandy Bishop, Will McDonald, Vivienne Awosoga, Danny Ball, Marissa Bennet, Suzanne Pereira, Paul Reichstein and David Whitney.

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Art

A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection

icon-location-pin NGV International, Southbank
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White Rabbit, a privately owned four-storey temple to 21st century Chinese art, is a big deal in Sydney. It shows Judith Neilson’s epic and eclectic collection to hordes of Sydneysiders every week, ranging from small-scale works to massive installations. This is the first time the collection is being shown at the NGV, with a selection of 26 artists, and several works never before seen in Australia, all of which paint a contemporary portrait of China. Highlights include Zhu Jinshi’s ‘The Ship of Time’ (2018), a massive cylinder made of 14,000 sheets of xuan paper, 1,800 pieces of fine bamboo and 2,000 cotton threads. And yes, you can walk straight through the middle of it. There’s also Mao Tongqiang’s ‘Order’ (2015), a 45 square metre piece of mirrored stainless steel embedded with 2,000 bullets fired from a gun. And Yang Jiechang’s ‘Tale of the 11th Day’ (2012–14), an epic, 20-metre silk work depicting an imagined paradise.

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The Langham Chocolate Bar High Tea
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Things to do, Food and drink

Chocolate Bar High Tea

icon-location-pin The Langham, Southbank
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Imagine chocolate desserts of all kinds and colours, from Granny Smith apple, white chocolate and frangipane layer cake to 55% bitter chocolate terrine with raspberry croquant. Picture Belgian milk chocolate and Vittoria coffee éclairs with caramel pearls, miniature dark chocolate and hazelnut tarts with gianduja mousse, white chocolate and passionfruit pops, chocolate cannoli filled with coconut, Malibu gel, white chocolate and berry cream, Bailey’s Irish cream pannacotta with coffee crumbs and chocolate spaghetti, and vanilla and white chocolate mousse. Throw in a chocolate fountain with fruit, marshmallows and cake. Now imagine you can eat as many of these treats as you want. You've just imagined the Langham's Chocolate Bar High Tea. 

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The Moon Geelong Gallery 2019
Image courtesy Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Art

The Moon

icon-location-pin Geelong Gallery, Geelong
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July marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, so what better way to commemorate the occasion than by examining the ways the moon has inspired art over the centuries? Geelong Gallery’s exhibition features historical works alongside those created during the 1960s space race, contemporary reactions to space exploration and links to literature, film, music, science and popular culture. Among some of the earliest pieces are a 16th century woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, prints by acclaimed Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige and a rare copy of George Méliès’ 1902 silent film A Trip to the Moon, together with works by contemporary artists William Kentridge, Sidney Nolan and Michael Light.

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High Tea Live
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Things to do, Food and drink

High Tea Live

icon-location-pin Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
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On the first Sunday of the month Arts Centre Melbourne host High Tea Live, a traditional high tea with a different live act every month. Performances range from jazz to broadway and it's all paired with a traditional three-tier cake stand of sweet and savoury tea favourites. Make sure you leave room for the scones though – these fluffy, golden nuggets are served still warm from the oven.  Held upstairs in the Arts Centre Melbourne's Pavilion function space, High Tea Live is just fancy enough to impress without feeling stuffy. The sparkling wine on arrival is a nice touch, as is the free-flowing tea and coffee that staff will happily top up for you throughout the musical performance. Note that High Tea Live seats guests at eight-person tables. If you're not feeling up to meeting new people then make sure you book in with seven of your friends. 

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Storm Boy Melbourne Theatre Company 2019
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Theatre, Drama

Storm Boy

icon-location-pin Southbank Theatre (Melbourne Theatre Company), Southbank
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This adaptation of Colin Thiele's classic Australian novel about a boy and his pelican previously played at Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Theatre. Now Queensland Theatre’s artistic director, Sam Strong, is reimagining it for MTC’s much larger Sumner Theatre. “I loved the STC production,” Melbourne Theatre Company artistic director Brett Sheehy says. “I did think it was – and I’m not using this word pejoratively – but it was a ‘boutique’ rendering. Sam has a slightly more epic vision for what that work could be.”

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Shifting Surrounds Substation 2019 supplied
Photograph: Supplied
Art

Shifting Surrounds

icon-location-pin The Substation, Newport
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ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE is a major festival all about the ways that artists are approaching climate change, with more than 30 exhibitions around Melbourne. But this exhibition of immersive projection works by Melbourne artist Yandell Walton is one of our highlights. Developed over a series of international residencies in 2017 and 2018, the exhibition explores the human relationship with our natural world and looks at how our environments are shifting. But this isn’t a dry scientific experiment; Walton’s installations are inspired by – and respond to – the architecture of the Substation, where the exhibition is being presented.

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Catfish Comedy
Comedy, Stand Up

Catfish Comedy

icon-location-pin The Catfish, Fitzroy
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If you know Fitzroy's Catfish, you'll know that this little bar does a mean Philly cheesesteak and they sure know a good craft beer when they see one, but they also run comedy nights every Tuesday. Comedians including Nazeem Hussain, Claire Hooper, Joel Creasey, Tom Gleeson and Tommy Little have all graced the Catfish Comedy stage, so order a cheesy steak sanga on Tuesday nights and pull up a chair, laughs from the best comedic talents in town are guaranteed.

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Babydrag with Morgan McMichaels
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Things to do

Babydrag

icon-location-pin Sircuit Bar, Fitzroy
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Upcoming drag king and queens get the chance to practise their shows and refine their acts every Thursday night at Melbourne's favourite LGBTQIA+ venue (as voted by Time Out readers), Sircuit. Bio queens, drag queens, trash queens and drag kings all perform, and the event is hosted by famed drag queen Missy La ’Minx. It's a chance for up-and-coming performers to get experience, and for audiences of course it's a night of fantastic drag.  The bar offers $5 pints from 7pm until 10pm, and entry is free. 

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Rosslynd Piggott NGV exhibition 2019 supplied
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Art

Rosslynd Piggott: I Sense You But I Cannot See You

icon-location-pin The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne
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Rosslynd Piggott is one of Australia's most diverse contemporary artists, working seamlessly across painting, drawing, photography, textiles and installation to create her unique multisensory works. Presented 21 years after her last survey exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, I Sense You But I Cannot See You brings together more than 100 of Piggott’s works, many of which have not been seen in Australia before. Highlights include Collection of air 2.12.1992-28.2.1993, which saw Piggott travel Europe for three months capturing vials of air from 65 locations, and a group of engraved glass sculptures created in collaboration with artists on the Venetian island of Murano.

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Danielle Walker: Bush Rat Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018 photo supplied
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Comedy, Stand Up

Lido Comedy

icon-location-pin Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn
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Every Tuesday Lido Cinema's intimate Jazz Room hosts a free night of established and rising stand-up stars. Some big Melbourne names have graced the stage in recent months including Dave Thornton, Danielle Walker (pictured above), Corey White and Laura Davis.

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Mirka for Melbourne Heide 2019
Art

Mirka for Melbourne

icon-location-pin Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen
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After beloved Melbourne artist Mirka Mora passed away last year at the age of 90, many of her artworks and personal possessions were put up for public auction. Horrified at the thought of the artist’s legacy being split up, members of Melbourne’s art community set up a crowd funding campaign to allow Heide Museum of Modern Art, the museum co-founded by Mirka and her husband Georges, to purchase a selection of the auction’s contents. The campaign reached its target in just over 24 hours, and the resulting free exhibition, Mirka for Melbourne, is now at Heide. Featuring a collection of Mirka’s artworks, diaries, letters, furniture and personal effects, it recreates the artist’s colourful home and studio, as well as featuring major acquisitions, including the painting 'When the Soul Sleeps' (1970) and the famous 'Tolarno' mural (1966) from the wall of the Mora’s popular St Kilda restaurant.

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Harry Potter still life painting
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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Tipples and Tints

icon-location-pin StoryVille, Melbourne
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If you are someone whose creative juices are stimulated by beverages stronger than, well, actual juice, this could be the perfect event for you.  Fairytale-themed bar StoryVille is hosting twice-weekly art classes – with cocktails. Artist Liam Waldie teaches participants how to recreate a painting based on pop culture themes like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Dr Seuss and Alice in Wonderland. Entry is $63 and includes a cocktail – plus, more cocktails and jaffles are available for purchase at the bar.  Waldie has been teaching art for 12 years, and his work has been used in posters, T-shirts, wrapping paper and children's books. He guides participants through the painting process step by step, so depending on how many cocktails you've had, you should be able to create your own masterpiece to take home. Each class takes two hours. The classes are on offer every Wednesday at 7pm and every Sunday at 4pm.

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TarraWarra International 2019 supplied
Photograph: Jeju Biennale
Art

Tarrawarra International 2019: The Tangible Trace

icon-location-pin TarraWarra Museum of Art, Tarrawarra
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The Yarra Valley isn’t just good for wine; it’s also home to an outstanding collection of Australian contemporary art courtesy of the TarraWarra Museum of Art in Healesville. The gallery’s latest exhibition examines the fragments we leave behind, and places works by Australian artists such as Simryn Gill and Sangeeta Sandrasegar in a more global context by hanging them alongside those by international artists such as Belgian-Mexican artist Francis Alÿs video installation 'Paradox of Praxis 5: Sometimes we dream as we live & sometimes we live as we dream, Ciudad Juárez, México'; new works by Carlos Capelán and Shilpa Gupta; and refugee Hiwa K, whose works trace his journey from Kurdistan to Germany on foot.

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At Footscary Finds Melbourne
Things to do, Markets

Footscray Finds

icon-location-pin The Line, Footscray
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If you love Camberwell Market's flea market every Sunday, you'll love Footscray Finds. This monthly market (located at the schmick, lo-fi events venue the Line) is set up similarly to Camberwell Market, with a combination of stalls on offer. Stalls are different each month, but you can expect everything vintage clothing, locally designed and made goods and homewares, vinyl records, and even locally grown fresh produce. The market will also feature live music from local musicians and food trucks for when hunger strikes. Keep your eyes out for food and drink from Biggie Smalls, Cobb Lane, Brew Sisters, Oscar's Vintage Coffee Van, Boho Blends and the Copper Pot. The market is free to enter and runs from 9am-2pm on the second Sunday of every month.

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Houses with projected images on them
Photograph: Teagan Glenane
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Winter Wonderlights

icon-location-pin Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
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Celebrating Christmas in the southern hemisphere is more about sunburns than snow. Yet antipodeans are still sold the story that Christmas is a time to enjoy hearty winter treats, frosty windows and garlands of twinkling fairy lights. If you’ve a hankering to experience a wintry Christmas for real then we suggest heading to Sovereign Hill. Throughout winter Sovereign Hill is hosting Winter Wonderlights – a Christmas-in-July festival where punters can taste limited edition treats, frolic in faux snow showers and gaze starry-eyed at the more than 15 kilometres of fairy light displays. The dark midwinter nights at Sovereign Hill will also be lit up by large-scale light projections that will be shown on 25 different buildings. There will even be a new “light tunnel” that will undoubtedly attract the Instagram crowd. 

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Alexander Calder Radical Inventor NGV supplied image
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Art

Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor

icon-location-pin NGV International, Southbank
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It’s not an exaggeration to say Alexander Calder changed the face of modern art. Known as “the man who made sculpture move”, his gravity-defying mobiles are instantly recognisable. Now, in conjunction with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Victoria presents the first retrospective of Calder’s work at an Australian public institution. Bringing together more than 100 of the artist’s works, from childhood pieces to three-dimensional wire portraits and the mobiles and “stabiles” (grounded sculptures) with which he made his name, at the heart of the exhibition will be an immersive canopy display of Calder’s hanging mobiles, including 'Jacaranda' (1949), and the landmark 'Black Mobile with Hole' (1954).

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ACCA On Vulnerability and Doubt 2019 supplied
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Art

On Vulnerability and Doubt

icon-location-pin Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - ACCA, Southbank
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Putting yourself out there – whether in love, work or friendship – is one of most terrifying things a person can do, so it’s the perfect inspiration for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s winter exhibition. Bringing together local and international artists to engage with questions of intimacy, awkwardness, modesty, fear and desire, highlights of the exhibition include German artist Andrea Büttner’s moving collection of woodcut portraits; the irreverent paintings and animations of Iranian artist Tala Madani; and Sydney photographer and lecturer Cherine Fayd’s depictions of personal fears in public spaces.

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Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art NGV 2019
Art

Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art

icon-location-pin The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne
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Father and daughter artists Hans and Nora Heysen helped shaped the course of 20th century Australian art. Both accomplished artists in their own right, Hans is recognised as one of the pioneers of Australian landscape painting, while Nora was an established portraitist and still life painter who became the first female winner of the Archibald Prize and Australia’s first female war artist. Yet, until now, there has not been a major exhibition incorporating both their works. The NGV is changing that, bringing together 270 works from the artists, including Hans’ famous landscape Driving into the light 1914-21, letters, sketches and preparatory studies, and furniture and homewares from the Heysen family home in South Australia.

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Bingo Academy at Tokyo Tina
Photograph: Supplied
Things to do, Food and drink

Bingo Academy at Tokyo Tina

icon-location-pin Tokyo Tina, Windsor
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Tokyo Tina is entering Melbourne's overstuffed brunch scene, but it is doing things a little differently. This year it has launched 'bingo academy' – a rather illustrious title for what is essentially a boozy, Japanese-style brunch with some bingo thrown in.  Every Sunday the venue runs two bingo brunches complete with Bloody Marys, bottomless Aperol spritzes, bubbly and beer. Feast on Tokyo Tina's sumptuous brunch menu including okonomiyaki, smoked duck bibimbap and Tina's own twist on a brunch favourite, a bacon and egg bao.  The bingo itself will be hosted by the giggle-inducing Granny Bingo trio, who will give you a new appreciation of the age-old game. 

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Melbourne Book Market
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Shopping, Markets

Melbourne Book Market

icon-location-pin Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
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The famous weekly Fed Square book market shut up shop in Whether you eat, sleep and breathe books or are just curious, the market has over 5,000 new and second-hand titles to browse from. From sci-fi to non-fiction, the Melbourne Book Market has every genre presented by a revolving cast of veteran Melbourne booksellers. Tweed jackets are encouraged, but not compulsory. There will be around 20 pop-up stalls giving bibliophiles plenty of options to spend all their life savings on, including stalls by the founding members of the book market. After deciding on your next bedtime read take some time to stroll around the market and check off your grocery list with the fresh produce or go into one of the cafés and satiate your hunger. 

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Bring it On the Musical
Photograph: Nico Photography
Theatre, Musicals

Bring It On: The Musical

icon-location-pin Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
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Did we need a musical based on Bring It On, the popular 2000 cheerleading movie that had so much to say it needed five sequels? It’s not the worst idea, but we did not need this iteration of Bring It On, which suffers from turgid dialogue, forgettable songs, a predictable and overdone plot, and at least in this production, a significant lack of pep. That Bring It On is not better is a mystery, since it was written by an A-Team of contemporary musicals, with a book by Tony Award-winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) and a score by Hamilton genius Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt (another Tony Award-winner for Next to Normal) and Tony nominee Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody). But while there are flashes of Miranda’s exquisite harmonies and clever wordplay (particularly in ‘Move’, the big number that opens the second act, and in some of the raps), the music is mostly underwhelming. 

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Imperial Comedy
Comedy, Stand Up

Imperial Comedy

icon-location-pin Imperial Hotel, Melbourne
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Imperial Comedy is named as such not because of a policy of expansion via colonisation, but after the hotel in which it is housed. The comedy is more the descriptive here as every Tuesday night a fleet of Melbourne's best comedy talent set foot on the stage and plant their flag of foolery. With previous guests including Celia Pacquola, Rove McManus, Adam Hills, Claire Hooper and Wil Anderson, this comedy night is one of the best in Melbourne. Tickets (online or at the door) are $10.

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Man looking off camera in a blue shirt and glasses, surrounded by hedges
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Music, Classical and opera

Wood, Metal and Vibrating Air

icon-location-pin Monash University: Clayton, Clayton
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MLIVE is reinventing the piano recital with their event series Wood, Metal and Vibrating Air, where four pianists from contemporary, classical or progressive backgrounds will give a performance from June 27 to September 26.  After a successful run at the Robert Blackwood Hall, this year’s event will be at the newly opened Sound Gallery at the Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts at Monash University Clayton campus. This venue is a new 130-seat intimate space with incredible acoustics that will be on show through this series.

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The Big Hoo Ha
Comedy, Improv

The Big HOO-HAA!

icon-location-pin The Butterfly Club, Melbourne
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The Melbourne's longest running and most successful improv comedy night, the Big Hoo Haa, is improvised comedy at its rawest: minimal pretension, audience participation and maximum laughter. Anything could happen! Well, not anything. Scripted comedy, for example. That definitely won't happen.

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Sound of music
Photograph: Twentieth Century-Fox
Things to do

Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music

icon-location-pin Hamer Hall, Southbank
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This winter Hamer Hall will be alive with the sound of music. Sing-A-long-a will be presenting the classic 1960s Julie Andrews film The Sound of Music in sing-a-long mode this July. If singing along with Fräulein Maria, the Captain and all seven von Trapp children is one of your favourite things then this is your chance to do it in style. The Sing-A-Long-A events encourage guests to come in costume for the film screening. Don’t be afraid to pull down your curtains to make your outfit because there will be a competition. Sing-A-Long-A will be hosting two sing-a-long screenings of The Sound of Music, with a matinee and evening show available on Sunday, July 21. Both screenings include a vocal warm-up and subtitles for all the songs (just in case – gasp – you’re a little dusty). Tickets are on sale now.

More things to do in Melbourne

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2017 The Australian Ballet production still 01 feat Ako Kondo with Cheshire Cat photographer credit Jeff Busby
Photograph: Jeff Busby
Theatre

Melbourne theatre and musicals in June

If the chill isn't enough reason to take your culture indoors, then something below should take your fancy. There are a stack of musicals, plays and ballets opening in Melbourne this June. We're particularly looking forward to Malthouse's fresh, one-woman take on Wake in Fright and Melbourne Theatre Company's lavish staging of Storm Boy.

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Princes Bridge. Melbourne
Photograph: Robert Blackburn
Things to do

The best free things to do in Melbourne

Guess what? Not everything in Melbourne costs a bunch of money. From art shows to coffee tastings, there are a bunch of things to do in this fine city that you can do for free – here are our favourites.

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