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Geoffrey Falk, MacDonnell Ranges, 2016, Indian ink and oil on canvas, 168cm x 102cm
Juxtapositional - Geoffrey Falk

2nd May 2017  -  13th May 2017
Ph: (03) 9662 9966

Juxtapositional explores Australian and Asian landscape and cityscape in relation to concepts of emptiness and richness both physically and culturally. It is inspired by the overlaying of the shadows of the past and the foreshadowing of the future which are in evidence in our cities, towns and countryside.

What may appear to be, on first sight, an empty landscape carries within it deep indigenous knowledge and culture, stories of creation and landforms. People moved through this landscape for many thousands of years treading lightly on the land and taking care of it. Contrast the impact of human development on landscape, the tilled fields of Vietnam, the urban landscape of the city, the cleared hills of Gippsland where native vegetation has been replaced by imported grasses and windbreaks of cypress trees.

The severe impact of a few hundred years of anthropogenic climate change, compared to millennia of humankind walking lightly on the land which is a part of them, taking only what is necessary, taking care of the source of all being.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 12pm-4pm.

Two women  in 60s clothing stand against separate backgrounds. Blue sea and blonde wood

3rd May 2017  -  28th May 2017
Ph: (03) 9685 5111

It is summer, 1967, and three families head for the coast to 
get away, to move on, to change. Set against the backdrop of an Australia recovering from the Vietnam War, and wrestling with social upheaval, this production of one of Australia’s greatest classics pits the internal conflict of family life against the struggle of a country shaping its indeterminate future.

A triptych of glorious mothers—one recovering from the loss
 of a child, one who fears the same for her own, and one learning to let go—are each determined to take this holiday as a restful time of rejuvenation.

Taking up playwright Michael Gow’s challenge to break apart the rules of theatre, Matthew Lutton’s production unleashes the full theatricality of the text; intimacy gives way to the epic, and suburbia 
is replaced with the dark spectacle of a tempest. As the pressure of family secrets gather into a storm and break, each mother and each family feels their way towards new, more hopeful ground.

Carmen - Opera at Arts Centre Melbourne

4th May 2017  -  26th May 2017
Ph: (03) 9685 3700

The ultimate femme fatale is here to stamp her feet, toss her hair and dance. Will she love Don José? Maybe. Will you fall for her sultry Habañera? Definitely.

In the heat, dust and danger of the city, fiery Carmen sings her siren song. With each seductive note, the guileless Don José is drawn into her world: a world of smugglers in suits, a world outside society's bounds.

This new take on Bizet's famous opera hones in on the relationships at its heart, on the wild love that promises freedom while binding the lovers in an unbreakable web of fate.

Subscriptions on sale now from the website. Single Tickets on sale 12 October, 2016.

Hong Kong Philharmonic
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

4th May 2017

For the first time ever in Australia, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in Melbourne with internationally acclaimed Jaap van Zweden conducting and renowned violinist Ning Feng as soloist.

Part of an ambitious five-city international tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the programmes include masterpieces by Mahler, Mozart, Bartók and Brahms.

The orchestra will present two programmes during the tour. The first, for audiences in Seoul and Osaka, includes the Bartók Violin Concerto and Brahms’ Symphony no. 1. The second programme for Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney will feature Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 4 and Mahler’s Symphony no. 1.

One night only in Melbourne on Thursday 4 May at Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall and Sydney on Friday 5 May at the Sydney Opera House.

Autumn in the vines
Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk

6th May 2017
Ph: (03) 5989 2377

Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk takes participants alongside local vignerons and friends to celebrate the end of harvest and experience current vintage wines.

Taste a variety of wines along the way complemented by a fine selection of food from Red Hill, to Merricks. A beautiful meandering historical rail track provides the perfect way.

The group will proceed to amble along a purpose built walking track to Red Hill South. After stopping at Red Hill, you will walk along a beautiful historic rail trail to a private vineyard to meet winemakers showcasing a range of their wines and then down to Stonier and Merricks General Wine Store in Merricks.

Join local vignerons to celebrate the end of the 2017 harvest from Red Hill to Merricks; around ten kilometres.

Latitude 37
Latitude 37: The Things That Blind Us

6th May 2017
Ph: (03) 9929 9600

Latitude 37 present a program of new music from near and far, including such far flung countries as Iceland, the United Kingdom and the United States, and then those countries closer to home, New Zealand and Australia.

The program focuses on the passage of music and time, and that which makes all human beings essentially the same.

The heart beat which brings all music to life can be seen in the recurrent musical techniques of the past and present, such as ostinato bass-lines, or rhythmic patterns, all woven together with a pendulum-like sense of beat.

Image from 1854 showing the falls of Melbourne looking toward Williams street Customs House
Melbourne: Foundations of a City

7th May 2017  -  12th May 2017
Ph: (03) 9651 2233

Did you know that the first attempt to settle Melbourne was in 1803? Or that Melbourne was the first capital city of Australia? New displays at the Old Treasury Building trace the growth of Melbourne, from the earliest European settlements, to Federation, when Melbourne became the interim capital city of the newly formed Commonwealth of Australia.

Join the Old Treasury Building for a week-long celebration for the opening of this wonderful exhibition from 7 May to 12 May for free talks and giveaways. Free entry.

Kate Ceberano & Paul Grabowsky
Kate Ceberano & Paul Grabowsky

11th May 2017
Ph: 1300 368 333

An intimate evening with two of Australia’s most legendary musical talents.

Join Kate Ceberano, veteran performer and high priestess of Australian pop as she reunites with prolific composer and jazz pianist Paul Grabowsky for an unforgettable evening of song.

Love Songs is an intimate and emotive collection featuring the greatest love songs of our time, handpicked and re-imagined by the incomparable duo. Working in close collaboration for the first time in almost twenty years, Paul meets his whimsical, improvisational style with Kate’s soulful energy for a truly unique musical journey through a suite of well-loved classics.

Casual listeners, popular music fans and jazz aficionados alike will delight in this warm and engaging collaboration from two of Australia’s most distinguished performing artists.


11th May 2017  -  21st May 2017
Ph: (03) 5364 2359

BLOC Music Theatre presents, Wicked, one of the most popular musicals of our time. At Her Majesty’s Theatre in May, 2017.

This acclaimed musical is based on Gregory Maguire’s novel with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The untold story of the Witches of Oz. It shares the journey and unlikely friendship between two exceptional young women destined to make their mark on Oz. Elphaba - born with Emerald Green skin, smart, fiery and misunderstood and Galinda, beautiful, ambitious and very popular.

From unadulterated loathing to best friends in the course of the show, the Witches of Oz sing up a storm and lead audiences on an extraordinary roller coaster ride through a world that is dazzling and surprising.

You do not want to miss this - 'Everyone deserves a chance to fly'.

BLOC Music Theatre is an award winning amateur theatre company which has been entertaining Ballarat audience for over 60 years.

Anna O'Byrne and Charles Edwards
My Fair Lady

12th May 2017  -  30th Jul 2017
Ph: (03) 9299 9800

Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady comes to the Regent Theatre, Melbourne from 12 May, under the direction of Julie Andrews.

Opera Australia and John Frost take pride in presenting the beloved story of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins to a new generation of theatre audiences.

Director Julie Andrews has assembled a cast of theatre royalty for this 60th anniversary production. The stellar line-up includes Downton Abbey star Charles Edwards as Henry Higgins, Anna O’Byrne as Eliza Doolittle, Reg Livermore as Alfred P. Doolittle, Robyn Nevin as Mrs. Higgins and Mark Vincent as Freddy. The role of Colonel Pickering is played by Tony Llewellyn-Jones and Deidre Rubenstein plays Mrs. Pearce.

CLOC Musical Theatre presents a new production of BOUBLIL and SCHÖNBERG's Les Misérables
Les Misérables

12th May 2017  -  27th May 2017
Ph: 1300 362 547

The world's most popular musical is coming to St Kilda for 12 performances only. Be it your first trip to the barricade or your thirtieth, CLOC's Les Misérables will be one to remember, one for today's audience, one that will stick in your mind for years to come.

This highly anticipated production is being brought to the stage by the same team that brought you Phantom of the Opera in 2013. It features 36 of Melbourne's finest performers, a 14 piece orchestra and a new concept in staging, something never before seen in Melbourne.

Abstraction: Kids Mixed Media Workshop
Abstraction: Kids Mixed Media Workshop

14th May 2017
Ph: (03) 9261 9111

Be inspired by some of Australia's top painters in this year's Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize.

Using a mixture of materials, budding young artists will learn a variety of techniques to create their own abstract masterpiece. Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize is on display at The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre from 6 May to 18 June, 2017.

Suitable for ages six and older (parent or guardian are welcome).

What to bring: materials will be supplied however if you have some magazine cutouts you would like to use in your creation, bring them along

Session time: Saturday 14 May, 2:00 to 4:00pm.

St Kilda Film Festival
St Kilda Film Festival

18th May 2017  -  27th May 2017
Ph: (03) 9209 6490

The St Kilda Film Festival supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on a wide range of fascinating works that may not otherwise see the light of day. Exceptional films by both emerging talent and short works by accomplished industry professionals are shown on the big screen, where they look their shiny best.

St Kilda Film Festival provides the most comprehensive overview of the national short film industry, screening the Top 100 short film entries received each year alongside a rich program of music videos, Palm Springs International Showcase, special screenings and events plus a free Filmmaker Development Program.

Great Ocean Road Marathon
Great Ocean Road Running Festival

20th May 2017  -  21st May 2017
Ph: (03) 9864 1119

The Great Ocean Road Running Festival, 20-21 May attracts thousands of participants seeking to conquer one of the most stunning and unique marathons in the world.

Formerly the Great Ocean Road Marathon, the two day festival of running across Lorne and Apollo Bay has grown to allow runners of all ages and abilities to participate in events ranging from the 1.5 Kilometre Kid’s Gallop all the way up to the 60 Kilometre Ultra Marathon.

In addition to the six running distances on offer, 2017 sees the introduction of the Great Ocean Road Walk, a Kite Festival in Lorne and Apollo Bay, Live Music at the Lorne Hotel, Free Movies at the Lorne Theatre and a Wellness program involving Yoga and Meditation classes on the Lorne Foreshore in conjunction with the Lorne Sea Baths.

To take in the picturesque, panoramic views of the Southern Ocean and famous surf beaches along Australia’s iconic Great Ocean Road, register now at the website.

painted and glazed earthenware,  31.6 x 41.4 cm
Making History: The Boyd Family

27th May 2017  -  12th Nov 2017
Ph: (03) 9850 1500

The third exhibition in the Heide I Making History series, this display highlights the museum’s rich collection of paintings, works on paper and ceramic objects by various members of the acclaimed Boyd dynasty and their close collaborators.

With a focus on the achievements of the 1940s and 50s, the exhibition’s highlights include elegant art nouveau-style pots by family patriarch Merric Boyd, Arthur Boyd’s masterful group portrait painted in 1946 and a vibrant array of domestic ware produced by artists working for the celebrated Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery in the postwar period.

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