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This venue is precisely what it claims to be: your place. From March 16, 2020, Melbourne started incrementally closing its theatres, galleries, live music venues, pubs, restaurants and other venues to help slow the spread of Covid-19.
However, a number of enterprising businesses and organisations have embraced the online realm, creating events that you can engage with from the comfort of (you guessed it) your place. If you see a Time Out event that's located at your place, it means you can take part in it at home via the internet.
Find out more things you can do while physically distanced in our 'Time In' feature, plus stay updated on what Melbourne venues and events have been closed or cancelled.
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Ballarat Virtual Winter Fest
Ballarat has long had a reputation as Victoria's 'Creative City', and one of the highlights of its cultural calendar is, of course, the Ballarat Winter Festival. An artistic, cultural and food festival, Ballarat Winter Festival warms the heart (and the...Until Sunday July 19 2020
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Melbourne Documentary Festival goes online for its 2020 edition but promises a superb line-up of gripping, thought-provoking non-fiction movies. More than half the films shown will be Australian, more than 45 are from women directors, and more than 90...Documentary Until Wednesday July 15 2020
Since 2017 the Victorian Opera has been developing Three Tales, an adaptation of renowned French writer Gustave Flaubert’s Trois Contes. The new Australian production was scheduled to premiere this June 26, but 2020 had other plans. Luckily opera aficionados...Classical and opera Free
Melbourne is home to some of the most daring and fabulous drag and cabaret talent on the planet. Local drag queen and dancer Valerie Hex (James Welsby) has brought together several of our faves, and with their powers combined, they are Yummy. The show...Until Tuesday July 7 2020
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Virtual Yoga and Wine
It is important (perhaps now more than ever) to prioritise our health, both physically and emotionally. With that in mind, Handpicked Wines is hosting virtual yoga and wine tasting classes every Saturday through until mid July. The online yoga and wine...Classes and workshops Until Saturday July 18 2020
Arts Centre Melbourne’s Big Night In
You can still have a big night of fun with the Arts Centre Melbourne, albeit remotely. Arts Centre Melbourne has paired up with John Foreman and his Aussie Pops Orchestra to host a weekly variety night online. Arts Centre Melbourne’s Big Night In with...Wednesday July 8 2020 Free
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Melbourne Aquarium livestreams
Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium has officially reopened to visitors but the team is still keen to showcase the work of its aquarists and divers to those who aren't visiting IRL via a series of livestreams. Here's what's on the schedule for the school holidays. On...Thursday July 9 2020 Free
When things are bad (*cough* 2020 *cough*) sometimes all you can do is laugh. That will certainly be easier thanks to the news that Adam Hills is hosting a new digital comedy night. Every Thursday nights from June 25, Hills is hosting Easey Comedy – a...Thursday July 9 2020 - Thursday July 23 2020
Age of Crowns
Shakespeare famously wrote in As You Like It that, “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Thanks to producer, actor, writer and director David Meadow, that holds truer now than ever before in these midsummer-dreaming days...Drama Monday July 13 2020 - Monday August 31 2020 Free
C-Doc in the Clouds
It’s about this time every year that film fans in Victoria might start packing their bags and heading to the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival. With 2020 being what it is, the annual film festival is heading online this year, screening three films...Documentary Friday July 17 2020 - Sunday July 19 2020