What's on Melbourne

  • Firelight Festival

    28-30 June 19

    Light up your night as Docklands is taken over by fire! Flame jets, fire drums and nightly fireworks are sure to keep you warm. Also keep an eye out for the new water and light show after dark!

    For more information, click here

    Book your stay with us for easy access to the festival and enjoy the nights' view from the event. We have multiple packages and believed there will be 1 package that may suite you best!

  • The Winter Village at Federation Square

    3 May 19 - 31 August 19 

    The Winter Village is a euro-style winter wonderland atop the Skyline Terrace at Fed Square. The Winter Village will be equipped with an ice skating rink, a cozy igloo village, a larger-than-life mega igloo where it snows on the hour, a Graze kitchen and a Sip bar. 

    It's free entry. Open 7 days a week.

    For more information about igloo hires and skate sessions, click here.

    Stay with us and ride the 70 or 75 tram stopping at Flinders Street Station, right across from Federation Square. 

  • Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang at NGV

    24 May 19 - 13 October 19 

    In a dual presentation of Chinese art and culture past and present, the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the National Gallery of Victoria presents China’s ancient Terracotta Warriors alongside a parallel display of new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang.

    This exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, in partnership with Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, Shaanxi History Museum, Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre, and Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum of the People’s Republic of China.

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  • Hugh Jackman at Rod Laver Arena

    16-18 August 19 & 27 August 19 

    Academy Award® nominated, Golden Globe, Grammy and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will be bringing his The Man. The Music. The Show. WORLD TOUR to Australia in August this year.

    Making a very special guest appearance on the Australian tour is actress and singer Keala Settle who will perform the Academy Award® nominated and Golden Globe Award winning song “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman and more.

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    Stay with us and ride the 70 tram stopping directly at Rod Laver Arena 

  • White Night

    22 August 19 - 24 August 19 

    This all-night light festival has now been moved to winter!

    This year for the first time, over three consecutive nights in three key precincts, Melbourne’s inner city parks and gardens will undergo a transformation to host White Night Reimagined.

    Melbourne’s iconic cultural institutions will, once again, come alive with their own special programming and will open for extended hours. 

    For updates, click here!

  • Elton John | The Final Tour

    10 & 11 December 2019 

    Music icon Elton John will traverse Australia and New Zealand in 2019-2020, on his epic Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

    The legendary performer will deliver his famed songbook to spellbound audiences, on his very last tour, playing across a mammoth run that includes Capital City concerts, along with stops at some of Australia’s finest outdoor venues.

    Elton’s legendary catalogue, including beloved songs "Bennie and the Jets", "Rocket Man", "Tiny Dancer", and more will be showcased in this musical masterpiece. 

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    Stay with us and ride the 70 tram stopping directly at Rod Laver Arena 

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    January 2019

    Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne is coming exclusively to Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most awarded production in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director. The production has won 22 major theatre awards in the UK since opening in July 2016 in London. It makes its Broadway premiere in April 2018.

    Written by BAFTA and Olivier award winner Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony Award winner John Tiffany, 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, bringing together some of the most exciting talent working in the theatre today.

    It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

    While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison and music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe. International Casting Consultant is Jim Carnahan and Australian casting is by Janine Snape CGA. Executive Producer of the Australian production is Michael Cassel.

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

    Venue: Melbourne’s Princess Theatre

    Website: www.harrypottertheplay.com/au

  • Dialogue in the Dark

    Dialogue in the dark is a sensory journey set in total darkness. It’s an incredible, enlightening experience where you step out of your comfort zone and take on the challenges of a bustling, simulated Melbourne in the dark. How would you respond to sensing your everyday world, rather than seeing it? Get ready to find out!

    Location: The District Docklands | (Upstairs, opposite ArtVo), Level 1, 29 – 31 Star Crescent, Docklands

    Website: www.dialogueinthedark.com.au

  • Broadsheet

    Through breaking news, features, event guides and insight from industry experts, Broadsheet is the authority on the cultural life of your city. We’re here to keep you across the goings on around town and to cover, analyse and comment on it all with accurate reporting, sharp photography and clear, clean design.

    Our aim is not simply to tell you about a restaurant opening – we’ll spend time in the kitchen, chatting with chefs over the clatter of pans, and to the designers while poring over their drawings. What we’re excited about is not led by breathless hyperbole, but specifics. We don’t need to tell you your city has great cafes. But by telling you who’s making them great, and why, and where you can find them, we want to add to your insight into what makes the city tick.

    There’s no exact science here; at the end of the day we’re writing about what we like. But we think that’s important.

    On Broadsheet you’ll find daily coverage of the most talked-about openings and big-ticket events alongside the emerging, the lesser-known, and the people, businesses and movements that may have been overlooked, but are no less worthy of your attention.

    We’ll keep you across the simple must-haves, too – what’s worth seeing in the galleries, or where’s the best place in town to buy a tailored suit.

    We’re excited about the cities we cover. New shops, bars and restaurants continue to open, festivals pop-up every other week and decision-makers take our culture seriously. Subscribe to the newsletter and don’t forget keep in touch.

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  • Concrete Playground

    With incredible places, events and news at your fingertips, think of Concrete Playground as a personal concierge for your social life.

    Concrete Playground is a digital city guide that helps you find the best and most interesting things happening on around you. Launched in 2009, Concrete Playground now connects with a wide and engaged audience in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland and Wellington.

    Our collective of editors and contributors cast a critical eye over our cities and provide the highest standard of filtered cultural content. We handpick the most electrifying experiences, sort the signal from the noise, profile new innovators and review the latest openings honestly and independently. Browse through our restaurants, bars, shops, events and guides to discover your new favourite places.

    We believe your city is only as good as you make it. That's why we think globally and play locally so that you have access to the most inspiring ideas and trends from around the world. Exploring and dissecting the latest issues affecting your cultural life, Concrete Playground has you covered, every day, and on any occasion.

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  • The Urban List

    The Urban List is a curated guide to your life in the city – trusted recommendations that connect our readers with businesses and brands we love.

    Since September 2011, we have built an influential, discerning audience of 2.38 million readers/month*: all passionate about food, fashion, travel, health and beauty. They live local, visit often, and trust our tips implicitly – looking to us for daily inspiration for a life, optimised.

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