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Melbourne International Film Festival

3rd Aug 2017  -  20th Aug 2017
Ph: (03) 8660 4888

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a film-lover's paradise. See international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best global cinema.

Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events.

MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world, as well as retrospectives, tributes and discussion programs. Since its inception, MIFF has also been committed to local film: it is Australia's largest showcase of new Australian cinema, and the country's most vocal champion of emerging and established local film-making talent.

The festival also hosts many celebratory world premieres of local films.

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Melbourne Guitar Show

5th Aug 2017  -  6th Aug 2017
Ph: 0400 641 474

It was big in 2015, huge in 2016, and today the Australian Music Association has announced the 2017 return of the Melbourne Guitar Show to rock Caulfield Racecourse and this year, it will be bigger than ever.

Proudly presented by Triple M and Australian Musician, the line-up boasts not only an incredible haul of local guitarists, but also massive international artists – UK’s legendary Steve Hackett (Genesis), Canada’s renowned Nick Johnston and UK superstar Alex Hutchings.

In addition to some killer performances, MGS will also hold a monster exhibition that will feature a gigantic variety of electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, amps and more state-of-the-art guitar technology, both home-grown and from around the world.

It will continue to be Australia’s biggest guitar pop-up shop and that’s not all.

In addition to this, the Melbourne Guitar Show will host information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented guitarists, including: Lloyd Spiegel, Nick Charles and Bob Spencer with many more to be announced.

Twins Pantry at The Creators Market Ballarat. Ballart Design Market
The Creators Market Ballarat

5th Aug 2017
Ph: (03) 9995 2804

The Creators market is returning to Ballarat on Saturday August 5, 2017 showcasing some of the region’s most talented artists, designers, crafters and culinary creators, the event will take place from 10:00am until 3:00pm at Housey Housey located at 12 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat.

This family-friendly event offers something for everyone with nearly 40 stall holders selling handmade items.

This particular event will also have a larger food component than ever before so it’s certain to be the tastiest event yet with locally made jams, cordials, chutneys, baked goods, sweet treats and more.

The best part? It is free to attend.

Melbourne Opera presents Lohengrin
Melbourne Opera presents Lohengrin

7th Aug 2017  -  12th Aug 2017
Ph: 1300 111 011

Following the great critical and public success of Tannhäuser last year, Melbourne Opera is returning to the Regent Theatre to stage a new production of Richard Wagner's magnificent romantic opera Lohengrin, not performed in Melbourne for 15 years.

Melbourne Opera’s second season for 2017 will see an extended company of over 160 singers and musicians fill the Regent Theatre with the powerful sound of opera for the second time in history.

Dawn by Zac Koukoravas
Zac Koukoravas: Blue Lines

8th Aug 2017  -  26th Aug 2017
Ph: (03) 9654 3332

Melbourne-based artist Zac Koukoravas creates kaleidoscopic abstract paintings, sculptures and multimedia works. Colour and form play a key role in the aesthetics of his work featuring fragmented geometric arrangements. Embedded within his practice are a diverse range of cultural references including graffiti, electronic music, architecture and our relation to natural and urban environments.

His current exhibition, Blue Lines, is inspired by nightlife in Melbourne. Darkness equalizes everything – clearing the landscape of detail and context; filling it with the unknown where buildings become rectangular shapes and trees become amorphous masses. An uneasy emotional response is triggered when dusk falls and night blankets us with darkness. The imagination takes over and fears manifest.

In his recent paintings, Koukoravas has utilised a range of spray-painting techniques on multiple sides and layers of glass and acrylic sheets to create striking geometric configurations that play with refraction. His luminous paintings give the illusion of three-dimensional depth because the flat application sits on different levels of glass and acrylic panels. His new works layer panels to create complexity, multiplicity, depth and illusion.

Glow Winter Arts Festival
Glow Winter Arts Festival

10th Aug 2017  -  20th Aug 2017
Ph: (03) 8290 1333

The winter darkness is spectacularly illuminated during the Glow Winter Arts Festival, across the City of Stonnington, from twilight until after-dark.

Stonnington’s most iconic venues and public spaces will light up like never before with glowing neon installations, architectural projections and larger than life illuminations. Now in its fourth year, the festival will kick-off with a spectacular opening night unveiling new commissioned works for the Festival and works never before seen in Victoria.

See buildings transform before your eyes, discover illuminous butterflies on light posts, find glowing giant flowers and colossal mushrooms, journey through an enchanted village, discover multi-coloured and oversized neon glow letters in corners, parks and gardens across Stonnington plus much more.

Wander and discover the magical whimsy of these beautiful pieces.

Andrew Gunnell, Eventide (Melaleuca lanceolata) (detail) 2017 etching , aquatint, drypoint; 1/8
2017 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards

12th Aug 2017  -  8th Oct 2017
Ph: (03) 5229 3645

2017 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards are a nationally acclaimed acquisitive prize exhibition, featuring entries from around Australia by established and emerging printmakers, representing the diversity of current practice through both traditional printmaking techniques as well as contemporary processes.

38 works by 39 leading and emerging Australian artists have been shortlisted for the 2017 Geelong acquisitive print awards. The acquisitive awards and biennial exhibition will feature works by Benjamin Armstrong, Rosalind Atkins, Elizabeth Banfield, G.W Bot, Laura Castell, Jock Clutterbuck, Marian Crawford, Ben Fennessy, Dianne Fogwell, Peter Garnick, Kaye Green, Sue Grossman, Andrew Gunnell, Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, Robert Hague, Rew Hanks, Carolyn Hawkins, Clare Humphries, Anita Iacovella, Michael Kempson, Deborah Klein, Jo Langley, Marion Manifold, Megan McPherson, David Nixon, Jiri Tibor Novak, Sharron Okines, Glenda Orr, Janet Parker-Smith, Jim Pavlidis, Stieg Persson, Ben Rak, Brian Robinson, Kati Thamo, Bridgit Thomas, Vanessa Wallace, Halina Wolski and Joel Wolter.

Round She Goes Fashion Market
Round She Goes Women's Fashion Market

13th Aug 2017

Round She Goes is Melbourne’s must-do fashion event when you need new clothes but do not want to (or can’t) pay full price.

Make sure Sunday 13 August is in your diary and come and visit the Coburg Town Hall for the final Round She Goes market of 2017.

The team have assembled 60 handpicked women (many who have careers in retail, television, styling and fashion blogging) who have cleared out their wardrobes of amazing finds. For one day only, they will be selling their stuff and you get the opportunity to snap up their bargains.

There are also stallholders who specialise in vintage fashion, as well as handmade jewellery, fashion and accessories.

Plenty of free parking and an ace barista serving up the finest specialty coffee.

Do not miss this affordable and very fun girls day out. Visit the website for more details.

The Home Show
The Home Show

17th Aug 2017  -  20th Aug 2017
Ph: (03) 9276 5555

You will love Melbourne’s favourite Home Show. It is gigantic, packed with the best products and new releases from around the world.

You will meet more than 280 of Australia’s premier suppliers all under one roof. You can see, try and buy all the latest products at this one-stop shop. Get lots of ideas and free expert advice for your home project.

National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing and Boating Expo
National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing and Boating Expo

18th Aug 2017  -  20th Aug 2017
Ph: (03) 9321 6755

The action-packed outdoors haven for fishermen, boaties and outback tourers - the National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing and Boating Expo is returning to the Melbourne Showgrounds.

There will be entertainment for the whole family - learn about camping, fishing, boating and 4WD-ing from the experts while the kids are mesmerised by the awesome stunts and performances in the Action Arena.

The must-attend event will bring tens-of-thousands of fishing, boating, camping, outdoors and 4x4 products from over 200 leading exhibitors and retailers, together in one central location.

Visit the website for more information.

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale

19th Aug 2017  -  17th Sep 2017
Ph: (03) 5331 4833

Spanning 31 days and nights, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale provides a focus for the most exciting and innovative Australian and international photographers through exhibitions held in the Art Gallery of Ballarat, The Mining Exchange and 90 other significant venues across Ballarat.

The Biennale comprises a curated Core Program showcasing both Australian and international artists and a Fringe Program that fosters the development of new artists. The festival has positively impacted the Ballarat region and was honoured at the Ballarat 2016 Australia Day Awards as the Community Activity of the Year.

The vision for this year's Biennale raises the bar, with more events and chances for audiences to engage with the photographic image in all its forms – from established to amateur. The 2017 program also has workshops, portfolio reviews, talks and outdoor activities spread over five weekends. Encouraging you to plan your stay, strolling Ballarat’s charming streets and engaging deeply with the photographic image.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale will present the world on your doorstep - celebrating and creating a shared, exciting perspective of how you see your surrounds, your community and yourself.

Camellia & Garden Show
Camellia & Garden Show 2017

19th Aug 2017  -  20th Aug 2017
Ph: 0412 914 388

The iconic Camellia and Garden Show has been running annually for 45 years. Hundreds of varieties of Camellias, the most beautiful of all winter flowers, are showcased at this event.

A unique opportunity to see different and rare varieties of Camellias all under one roof. Indoor event. The Victorian climate lends itself to produce some of the best Camellias in the world.

There are three sections to the show:

The Victorian Camellia Championships, the Floral Art Winter and General Garden Exhibits Championships.

The Floral Art Section has produced some of the best flower arrangements in Victoria which continue to amaze visitors year after year.

The Show's Garden Section gives gardeners from all classes an opportunity to compete in Cut Flowers, Trees and Shrubs, and Fruit and Vegetables.

There will be lots to see in the three halls of the Mount Waverley Community Centre Complex. Expert advice, Camellia plants, Devonshire teas and jam for sale. The Show is a fantastic in-door winter event.

The show has attracted visitors from metropolitan and regional Victoria, as well as from interstate. Organised jointly by Camellias Victoria Inc and Waverley Garden Club Inc since 1972 and still going strong.

Melbourne Writers Festival

25th Aug 2017  -  3rd Sep 2017
Ph: (03) 9094 7859

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne's annual, two-week celebration for everyone who reads.

The Festival brings together writers from around the world to celebrate literature, explore ideas, and inspire readers through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events.

The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free.

In 2017 MWF will take audiences on a literary tour of Australia and all corners of the globe.

Coquette dress autumn−winter 1948 haute couture collection - Wenda Rogerson (Parkinson)
The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture

27th Aug 2017  -  7th Nov 2017
Ph: (03) 8620 2222

In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the most prestigious couture houses in the world, the National Gallery of Victoria will present the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture at NGV International from 27 August to 7 November, 2017.

Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior and will feature a sumptuous display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed 1947 to 2017.

Highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic Spring 1947 ‘New Look’ collection, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ballgowns and evening dresses, as well as current contemporary designs from the House’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

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