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Arts & culture
​Our city’s diverse range of art and cultural activities are like no other – discover cultural festivals, music, visual art, theatre and more.​​​​
Image of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Wed 16 Jan 2019 to Sun 01 Dec 2019
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.
Image of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis & MSO
Thu 28 Feb 2019 to Sat 02 Mar 2019
Wynton Marsalis brings his legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) to Melbourne to perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Image of Macbeth
Fri 21 Dec 2018 to Sat 23 Feb 2019
The Australian Shakespeare Company brings audiences the Bard's greatest drama, in Victoria's greatest garden.
Image of Julian Opie
Fri 09 Nov 2018 to Sun 17 Feb 2019
The National Gallery of Victoria presents the work of Julian Opie, one of Britain's most influential living artists.
Image of Love
Sat 01 Dec 2018 to Sun 28 Apr 2019
We all have a love story, what's yours?
Image of Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo
Sun 02 Dec 2018 to Sun 07 Apr 2019
The world-premiere exhibition Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo is the centrepiece of the NGV's Spring/Summer 2018/19 season.
Image of The Koorie Art Show
Sat 08 Dec 2018 to Sun 24 Feb 2019
The Koorie Art Show is an annual event showcasing the diverse talent of Victoria's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
Image of The Theatre is Lying: The Inaugural Macfarlane Commissions
Sat 15 Dec 2018 to Sun 24 Mar 2019
The Theatre is Lying, the first in a new series of exhibitions, presents five major new commissions.
Image of Ned Kelly Tour
Wed 23 Jan 2019 to Sat 09 Feb 2019
Discover the story of Victoria's infamous bushranger Ned Kelly, read his letters, and see photos and historic objects related to him.
Image of School of Rock – The Musical
Wed 31 Oct 2018 to Sun 10 Feb 2019
Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man who brought rock and romance to Broadway, is back with a new heart-stirring hit, School of Rock.
Image of Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu
Tue 08 Jan 2019 to Sat 02 Feb 2019
Warlukurlangu is renowned for their spectacular use of colour and pattern, depicting traditional Dreamtime stories in an enriched, contemporary way.
Image of Mozart by Moonlight
Sun 17 Feb 2019, 6pm – 7:30pm
Experience a very special concert under the stars in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, presented in conjunction with Melbourne Opera Company.
Image of Lygon Street Multicultural Festival
Sat 02 Feb 2019, noon – 10pm
The Lygon Street Multicultural Festival is a family fun day with live performances, delicious food and plenty of kids' entertainment.
Image of Evita
Wed 05 Dec 2018 to Sat 23 Feb 2019
Don't miss the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical, Evita, starring Tina Arena.
Image of Art Tours
Sat 12 Jan 2019 to Sun 31 Mar 2019
Join an exclusive tour guided by an art historian, prints and drawings specialist Dina Gavrilova.
Image of Laura Imbruglia Single Launch: The Creeps
Thu 07 Feb 2019, 8pm – till late
Laura Imbruglia and band launch the new single, The Creeps, at The Toff. It's Auslan-interpreted, captioned and free!
Image of Free Comedy at Highlander
Tue 13 Nov 2018 to Tue 19 Mar 2019
Free Comedy at Highlander features multiple short stand-up shows by Melbourne's finest comedians.
Image of Midsumma Festival
Sat 19 Jan 2019 to Sun 10 Feb 2019
Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premier three-week LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural festival celebrating diversity and inclusion.
Image of The Miss Behave Gameshow
Tue 22 Jan 2019 to Sun 27 Jan 2019
Direct from Las Vegas comes a part gameshow, part freewheeling disco party where everyone's a winner!
Image of The Illusionists
Tue 22 Jan 2019 to Sun 27 Jan 2019
The world's biggest selling magic spectacular, The Illusionists, returns to Melbourne.
Image of Unzipped
Mon 21 Jan 2019 to Sat 09 Feb 2019
See a fruity exhibition of miniature dioramas and potty-mouthed puns.
Image of The Clock
Wed 23 Jan 2019 to Sun 10 Mar 2019
Take an epic journey through cinematic history in the award-winning 24-hour video installation.
Image of The Ars Nova Production of Underground Railroad Game
Wed 30 Jan 2019 to Sun 17 Feb 2019
All aboard for a wild ride, back to when rules were black and white. The history teachers at Hanover Middle School have an R-rated lesson in store.
Image of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert
Thu 31 Jan 2019 to Sun 03 Feb 2019
Grab your broom and get ready for the tasks ahead! The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert.
Image of Quick Bites Comedy
Sun 05 Aug 2018 to Mon 02 Dec 2019
See some of the best comedians from Melbourne and the rest of Australia at Quick Bites Comedy, every Monday night at Boney.
Image of Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition
Sat 22 Sep 2018 to Sun 03 Mar 2019
A new world class exhibition on Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life, curated from the extensive collections of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Image of National Sustainable Living Festival
Fri 01 Feb 2019 to Thu 28 Feb 2019
The Sustainable Living Festival raises awareness and provides tools for change by showcasing leading environmental solutions.
Image of The Lady in the Van
Sat 02 Feb 2019 to Wed 06 Mar 2019
The Lady in the Van is a mostly true story of the fascinating relationship between the award-winning British writer and his long-term guest.
Image of So Pop
Sat 02 Feb 2019, 4pm – 11:59pm
For the ultimate throwback pop experience, see some of the biggest names in 1990s pop music: Aqua, Vengaboys, Blue, B*witched and Eiffel 65.
Image of The Music Gym Choir
Mon 04 Feb 2019 to Mon 25 Feb 2019
Singing is like going to the gym, in that it releases those happy chemicals in the brain. Come along and let's sing together!
Image of Barbara and the Camp Dogs
Thu 07 Feb 2019 to Sun 03 Mar 2019
Roar in on a motorbike, pull up a seat at the bar and settle in for unforgettable power ballads.
Image of The Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair
Sat 09 Feb 2019 to Sun 10 Feb 2019
Calling all zine fans! The Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair is the largest zine fair in Australia.
Image of Melbourne Women in Film Festival
Thu 21 Feb 2019 to Sun 24 Feb 2019
The Melbourne Women in Film Festival is back in 2019 with an array of films and talks by Australian women.
Image of Transitions Film Festival
Thu 21 Feb 2019 to Sat 09 Mar 2019
The Transitions Film Festival is a social and environmental impact film festival that presents visions for a better world.
Image of Ultra Australia
Sat 23 Feb 2019, noon – 10pm
Come along to Australia's premier music festival, boasting the world's top EDM DJs with unparalleled stage designs and top-tier production.
Image of Jersey Boys
Sat 23 Feb 2019 to Sun 14 Apr 2019
Jersey Boys tells the true-life story and the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Image of Australian Music Vault
Tue 19 Dec 2017 to Thu 31 Dec 2020
The Australian Music Vault is a celebration of the Australian contemporary music story.
Image of Changing Face of Victoria Tour
Mon 07 Jan 2019 to Fri 15 Feb 2019
Join a free guided tour to see highlights of the 'Changing Face of Victoria' exhibition in the State Library's Dome Galleries.
Image of Children's Kimono of Japan
Tue 15 Jan 2019 to Fri 25 Jan 2019
Visit Kimono House gallery this summer for a unique exhibition of Japanese children's kimono.
Image of Merciless Gods
Wed 06 Feb 2019 to Sun 10 Feb 2019
Dan Giovannoni's adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas' Merciless Gods is a brutal and tender examination of queer immigrant experiences in Australia.
Image of A Secret Place Melbourne
Wed 16 Jan 2019 to Wed 27 Feb 2019
A Secret Place Melbourne presents one of the city's most popular jazz quartets in a new and beautiful setting.
Image of Lisa Walker and All the Jewellery
Tue 29 Jan 2019 to Sat 04 May 2019
Two exhibitions examining local and international contemporary jewellery.
Image of Hearth Galleries Pop-Up at DoubleTree by Hilton
Thu 17 Jan 2019 to Sun 24 Mar 2019
See an exhibition of large-scale paintings featuring artists from the Central Australian Aboriginal communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi.
Image of Chinatown's Chinese New Year Festival 
Sun 10 Feb 2019, 10am – 9pm
Chinatown's Chinese New Year Festival is a celebration of Chinese culture, culminating in the famous Dai Loong Big Dragon Parade.


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