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David and Dianne- Side Walk Tango
The 9th Melbourne Latin Festival

4th Apr 2014  -  9th Apr 2017
Ph: 0413 503 262

The 9th International Melbourne Latin Festival brings you a weekend of parting, workshops, dancers and hours of absolute fun. Featuring some of the best Latin dance artists from New York, Colombia, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and more.

You can learn to Latin dance or upgrade your skills with more than 40 dance workshops to choose from in various genres including; Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Kizomba, Tango and more.

Over 60 performances, 40 workshops, three huge parties, six DJ'S, Salsa room, Bachata Room, Zouk room, Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing and lots of fun be had - it's definitely an event not to be missed.

The event will be held at the Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in North Melbourne. Saturday evening will be the Great Gatsby theme night so dress to impress in your best Gatsby themed costumes. Many smiles and sequins are expected throughout the three days of this Latin extravaganza.

Proudly supporting the Homeless In Melbourne. Tickets from $40 to $350 for the whole weekend of fun. Book online at the website.

A Land of Medieval Adventure
Easter School Holidays at Kryal Castle

20th Dec 2014  -  17th Apr 2017
Ph: (03) 5334 8500

Kryal Castle is a fantasy based Medieval Theme Park & Resort offering a great day out for the whole family. Featuring a special 'Birds of Prey' educational session during the Easter holidays, you will discover myths and magic, be entertained by live jousting, arena and theatre shows, the Torture Museum, and special effects in the Dungeon & Dragon's Labyrinth.

Try archery and sword play, visit the Wizards Workshop & Tooth Fairy Lolly shop, or enjoy a quiet drink at the Ale House.

Sleep like royalty. Make a night of it when you book your family’s accommodation stay in a castle suite.

Please visit the website for further information.

Discovery Walk
Autumn Discovery Tour

28th Feb 2016  -  31st May 2017
Ph: (03) 9252 2429

Explore the changing hues of Melbourne Gardens this autumn on a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide.

Experience deciduous trees as their leaves transition through shades of yellow, orange and red.

Enjoy a wonderful day out in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

Tours operate 10:30am to 12:00pm and 2:00 to 3.30pm daily (except Public Holidays)

Carlo Cracco MFWF 2017
Masterclass - Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

1st Apr 2017  -  2nd Apr 2017
Ph: (03) 9823 6100

Celebrating 15 years of The World's 50 Best Restaurants.

The biggest event on the global culinary stage is taking place in Melbourne in 2017. To celebrate, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is inviting eight chefs whose restaurants have featured on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list to host their signature MasterClass series.

As always, these MasterClasses are an incredible opportunity to learn from the best heads and hands in the game. In 2017, you will learn from some of the most interesting chefs to have ever featured on the list – from those who prefer traditional techniques to those who chose the scientific, experimental route.

Saturday 1 April:
Carlo Cracco - Milan’s Ristorante Cracco, W50B ranking: #34 (2011)
David Thompson - Nahm Bangkok, W50B ranking: #37 (2016)
Wylie Dufresne - wd~50, W50B ranking: #45 (2010)
Zaiyu Hasegawa - Den, W50B ranking: #77 (2016)

Sunday 2 April:
Jorje Vallejo - Quintonil, W50B ranking: #12 (2016)
Ashley Palmer - Watts- Dinner by Heston (both London and Melbourne), W50B ranking: #45 (2016)
Gaston Acurio - Astrid y Gaston Lima, W50B ranking: #30 (2016)
Grant Achatz - (Sold out)

Storyfest 2017
Storyfest Geelong

1st Apr 2017  -  13th Apr 2017
Ph: (03) 5272 4297

Central Geelong Marketing are excited to announce that Storyfest, a 13-day festival celebrating storytelling in all its forms, is happening across Central Geelong these school holidays.

Children can participate in over 150 exciting events and activities including plays, comedy and pantomimes, interactive, traditional and indigenous storytelling, Minecraft, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and board games, photography, arts and craft, music, technology, puppets, magic, writing and calligraphy, live performances and more.

Party in the Park

4th Apr 2017
Ph: 1300 322 322

Join Cruden Farm for a free fun day out for all the family at Party in the Park, with exciting activities for the kids including sports, face painting, animal farms and live interactive stage performances.

Bring your own picnic or treat yourself to the community barbecues and visit the stalls for more activities and information on local children's services.

DYLANesque - eerily like Dylan
DYLANesque - the Bob Dylan Story

8th Apr 2017
Ph: (03) 9568 1432

Jeff Jenkins, lead singer, opens the show with the tale of how a young 19 year old Bob Dylan hitch-hiked his way from Duluth Minnesota to New York City with a guitar and $10 in his pocket - and went on to become one of the world’s most successful songwriters of all time.

Starting from Dylan's humble beginnings busking in cafes, ‘DYLANesque - The Bob Dylan Story’ is a two-hour narrated rock show that leads you through the songs and events that shaped him; his relationships and breakups, religious conversions, the dramatic scenes when Bob ‘went electric’ at Newport Folk Festival in 1965, how he went from playing solo to playing with The Band, through all his incarnations including the much loved Travelling Wilbury's. This Bob Dylan tribute is a theatre piece that takes you on a moving and powerful musical journey.

Jenkins, together with his electrifying four-piece band, is stunning audiences with this authentic, powerful homage to one of the 20th Century’s greatest songwriters, giving incredible performances of 30 Dylan favourites inc ‘Blowin in the Wind’, ‘Lay Lady Lay’, ‘Tangled up in Blue’, ‘Rolling Stone’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘All Along the Watchtower’ - a show not to be missed.

Doctor Blake Series
Doctor Blake's Ballarat exhibition

11th Apr 2017  -  3rd Sep 2017
Ph: (03) 5337 1199

A new exhibition of ABC and BBC series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries will run at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in Ballarat from 11th April – 3rd September.

The exhibition, presented in conjunction with December Media, will consist of two parts; ‘cast and crew’, providing a sneak peek behind the camera of everyone involved in the series to life; and ‘on location’, looking at the Ballarat locations involved in the show.

Cast and crew – will provide a glimpse into the people and props involved in the production design, cinematography, hair and make-up, and costume design. Featuring eleven of the Doctor Blake costumes, as well as images, fabric swatches, set sketches, and props, this section of the exhibition will show how the series comes to life.

On location – this section of the exhibition looks at how the show uses historical Ballarat locations to set the story, how the show has showcased Ballarat to the world, and how locals have embraced the series. Props and photography will showcase several Ballarat locations, including Lake Wendouree, and the Old Colonist’s Club.

Mick Fanning, Bells Beach, 2016
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

12th Apr 2017  -  24th Apr 2017
Ph: (03) 5261 0022

Historical Bells Beach, home of the longest running surf competition in the world celebrates it's 56th anniversary this year.

Steeped in tradition, rich in heritage and history, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach has become a rite of passage for World Surf League athletes to compete against themselves and fellow surfers for an opportunity to ring the bell.

Defending Champions are Matt Wilkinson from Avoca, New South Wales and Courtney Collogue from Santa Ana, California.

AYO Young Symphonist Participant
AYO Young Symphonists

15th Apr 2017
Ph: (02) 9356 1402

Experience the youthful energy and enthusiasm of Australia’s leading young musicians on Saturday 15 April, in a free concert held at Deakin Edge, Federation Square.

Under the baton of AYO Alumnus and Music Director Brett Kelly and following a week of intensive rehearsals aimed at inspiring and challenging our young musicians, aged 12 to 17 years, you will hear an exciting range of popular classical works performed live.

Come along for a wonderful afternoon of music as the exceptional talent, charisma and joy of Australia’s best young musicians fills Federation Square.

The Shanghai Ballet
The Shanghai Ballet - Swan Lake

20th Apr 2017  -  24th Apr 2017
Ph: (03) 9299 9860

Experience the perfection of 80 dancers with 48 beautiful swans in Derek Deane's Exquisite Production.

In a unique collaboration between the world class Shanghai Ballet and British choreographer Derek Deane, the grandest version of Swan Lake will arrive at Melbourne’s glorious Regent Theatre this April.

From China’s cultural capital, The Shanghai Ballet boasts some of the most precise and skillful dancers Australia has ever seen. Deane’s impressive interpretation of the world’s most loved ballet features a company of 80 beautiful dancers including a corps de ballet of 48 gracefully dancing swans.

With 450 superbly beautiful costumes and 10 tonnes of scenery, this is an incomparable and extraordinary production. Don’t miss your chance to see The Shanghai Ballet perform their lavish and spectacular production of Tchaikovsky’s immortal classic, Swan Lake.

Film Still
Spanish Film Festival

20th Apr 2017  -  7th May 2017
Ph: (03) 8660 4823

Palace Cinemas presents the 20th Spanish Film Festival, kicking off in Melbourne 20 April - 7 May and also taking place nationally across various dates. Highlights from the specially selected line-up of films include the award-winning comedy, Kiki, Love to love opening the festival; the Reel Infantil program delivering kids films for the whole family to enjoy; and an Ana Belen retrospective paying homage to the multi-talented actress, singer and director.

Other star-studded films in the incredible program feature performances by Penélope Cruz, Maribel Verdú, and Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in a new instalment of The Trip.

Lunar and Storm
The Melbourne Collective Design Market

23rd Apr 2017
Ph: 0438 324 232

The Melbourne Collective is an alternative Design Market for emerging brands and independent designers. A lifestyle retail event that showcases the very latest in design, homewares, fashion and art.

The aim is to provide a platform for all of Melbourne's independent designers and makers to showcase their wares to the community at the iconic Federation Square in the sunlit Atrium. Serving up over 75 plus designer brands and emerging artists.

A family friendly event with styling workshop throughout the day, cool tunes and great food. There's something for everyone to enjoy.

oil on canvas 64.9 x 81.2 cm Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo © Kröller-Müller Museum
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: Van Gogh and the Seasons

28th Apr 2017  -  9th Jul 2017
Ph: (03) 8620 2222

The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with Art Exhibitions Australia, presents Van Gogh and the Seasons for the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series in 2017. Curated by Sjraar van Heugten (independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), Van Gogh and the Seasons is internationally exclusive to Melbourne.

The exhibited works depict places that were the setting for many defining moments in the artist’s tumultuous life – the Dutch region of Brabant, where Van Gogh was born in 1853 and lived for much of his early life; Arles, where the artist experienced his most defining period of creativity; Saint-Rémy de Provence, where he was treated for mental illness in the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum; and Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh committed suicide in 1890.

The exhibition invites viewers to contemplate Van Gogh’s life and experiences through his observations of the seasonal changes within the natural world. Drawing extensively from Van Gogh’s letters and from research into his deep interest in literature and nature, Van Gogh and the Seasons explores the influences and themes that dominate much of this visionary artist’s work.

The exhibition is organised by the National Gallery of Victoria and Art Exhibitions Australia.

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