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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.
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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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Melbourne International Film Festival
Lockdown 2.0 has sadly vindicated the decision to make MIFF 2020 an online event. However, any concerns that the festival would lack in lustre in its ‘MIFF 68½’ incarnation have been quashed by the announcement of the festival’s fully digital, anyone-in...Film festivals Until Sunday August 23 2020
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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 Sunday August 2 2020
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Shortly after the first round of shutdowns were announced in mid-March, Pride of our Footscray brought us a livestreamed drag night – a way to celebrate pride inside. After a brief hiatus, the bar and its drag queens are back hosting good old fashioned...Wednesday July 15 2020
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 16 2020 - Thursday July 23 2020
When things are bad sometimes all you can do is laugh about it. Serious Comedy is a series of livestreamed comedy nights that lets you pay what you feel for your laughs. The platform kicked off during the first shutdowns in March, following the eleventh-hour...Thursday July 16 2020 - Thursday August 6 2020
Melbourne Queer Film Festival Online
Melbourne Queer Film Festival is returning for its 30th anniversary in 2020 with a strong line-up of queer films that share ‘stories in every colour’. After its original March dates became untenable due to shutdowns, the festival is back and online this...Film festivals Friday July 17 2020 - Sunday July 19 2020
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
Geelong Arts Centre Friday Nights
This year’s shutdowns have really forced our creative industries to be, well, creative. Unable to host audiences physically, many of our favourite arts precincts have turned online to keep audiences engaged and artists performing. That innovative group...Friday July 17 2020 - Friday July 31 2020 Free
Mr McClelland's Finishing School
Mr McClelland’s Finishing School is hands down one of the best dance parties in Melbourne. The monthly dance party of all things indie, pop, rock and soul usually cuts loose on dance floors across Melbourne (in the past it’s been held at Bella Union,...Friday July 17 2020