Oh, 2017. I’m going to start praying now that this year is not nearly as catastrophic as last year, because what with the partying, dancing, and regrettable drunken decisions we made on NYE, we need a bit of a break. Thank goodness this list is heading in the right direction. Here are 5 awesome things to do in Melbourne this week.
All Week Long
VR At The Car Wash
Wondering what that hot pink car wash is still doing at the NGV? Answers have arrived with 2017, in the form of VR experience ‘If Only…’. A multi-sensory platform designed by RMIT’s Centre For Game Design Research, enter a visual world where you can put on a headset and become your own architect of the car wash. The bright wash of white will change colours, materials, and surfaces to your liking, just at the point of your controller. Get ready to step into the future at the NGV this summer, with all the info up for grabs here.
Monday 2nd January
The Museum Comes Alive At IMAX
Australia’s love of David Attenborough is deeply profound, so this movie launch should be good news to us all. 3D documentary ‘David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Comes Alive’ explores the famous London museum with ridiculously realistic CGI, and brings to life all the extinct skeletons that call the museum halls home. This nocturnal adventure exists thanks to a unique collaboration between scientists across the globe, and with IMAX’s laser projection, all their hard work is sure to impress on the big screen. Tickets and session times are available here, with any ticket purchased during January also giving you free access to the Melbourne Museum.
Tuesday 3rd January
Circus 1903 Hits Melbourne
From the producers behind The Illusionists, the world’s biggest magic show, comes Circus 1903 – a thrilling turn of the century spectacular. By teaming up with award-winning puppeteers from War Horse, this show puts elephants back in the ring, as well as showcasing a huge suite of daring circus acts from around the world. Think strong men, contortionists, knife throwers, acrobats – the whole lot is on show in this golden summer age of circus, suitable for all audiences. Tickets are available online here, with more dates soon to come.
Thursday 5th January
Shimmerlands Is Finally Open!
The highly anticipated Shimmerlands Festival launches this week at the University of Melbourne, kicking off two months of food, music, cinema and arts entertainment. From sunrise to sunset, you can catch the latest new releases at the outdoor cinema, listen to the best bands from Melbourne and across the globe at the outdoor music amphitheatre, and eat from Melbourne’s finest restaurants in multiple bars and dining areas. Unveiling the festival will be opening act Parquet Courts, whose tunes will resonate across the gorgeous Parkville campus. This new festival is sure to be a huge hit, and with both January and February dedicated to the festivities, you really don’t have an excuse not to check it out. The full programme and more details are available here.
Saturday 7th January
Start Your Fitness Goals With Portsea Twilight
If you’re looking for a fresh start to the New Year, then Food For Health’s Portsea Twilight is the perfect summer event to get the ball rolling. The fun run (or walk, let’s be honest), is available in a leisurely 4km, and a more challenging 8km, and is sure to boast some scenic views from the Mornington Peninsula. Kicking off the twilight strolling is also an Undie Run, just in case you didn’t spend enough of 2016 (almost) naked and wanted to catch up. With live music, food trucks, and chill-out zones up for the taking after the fun run, you can start ticking off your 2017 fitness resolutions and celebrate with a bit of R‘n’R. To enter, just visit here, with all funds raised going directly to the charity of your choice.
Image Credit: Shimmerlands via Instagram