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What’s On In Melbourne This Week, This Month And Beyond

By Amanda Gunn
4th Nov 2021

A shot of the Queen Victoria Market at night with the CBD in the background.

Ever since restrictions eased, Melbourne has been showing off how great our city really is. This week is no different, so head to the Melbourne Design to snatch yourself a new outfit. Or maybe you want to try Scott Pickett’s latest dining experience.

keep reading for all the awesome things happening this week, this month and beyond.

What's On This Week In Melbourne

Melbourne Design Sale  

The biannual Melbourne Design Sale is headed back to Fitzroy. This year they’re featuring some of the best fashion brands in Melbourne. The lineup includes brands like Permanent Vacation, Lois Hazel, Hara, Stan Ray and more. Get your hands on some end of season stock, sample products and concept fits for a fraction of the price.  

THE DETAILS:

When: Various Times, Thursday November 11 until Sunday November 14 
Where:
28 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne  
For more information, click here.

Higher Order   

Higher Order is the latest concept dining experience from Melbourne culinary king Scott Pickett, the chef and mind behind Estelle and Matilda. Extending beyond your usual dinner party, the immersive dining experience is accompanied by design, art, performance and installations. Pickett has also created a signature menu and cocktail list for the pop-up space. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 6pm & 8pm, Wednesday 10 November until Sunday 5 December     
Where:
 Level 5, Hanover House, 158 City Road Southbank   
For more information, click here.

Deep Blue Crossing 

In celebration of multicultural week at Fed Square, a fleet of origami boats will sail through the Fracture Gallery. They’ll be illuminated by rainbow laser beams dancing across space. This installation uses lots of colours to convey the diversity of nations that have travelled to Melbourne and transformed it into a multicultural society. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Now until Tuesday 30 November     
Where:
The Atrium, Fracture Gallery Federation Square, Swanston Street, Melbourne     
For more information, click here.

Jurassic World By Brickman 

In a world-first exhibition by Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught, The Melbourne Convention Centre has transformed into Jurassic World. Inspired by the blockbuster film, the Jurassic exhibition is filled with over 50 large-scale dinosaurs made completely from lego. Some of the exhibits recreate iconic film scenes and use as many as 6-million Lego blocks. There’s also an area with 2.5 million bricks, for you to have a play and show off your own building skills.  

THE DETAILS:

When: Now until Sunday 23 January 
Where:
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf 
For more information, click here.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child 

Live performances are back, so all you theatre kids can go watch some of Melbourne’s best live acts again. A no brainer to check out is Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Showing at the Princess Theatre the live theatre act immerses you in magic and the world of spectacular. The two-part show is playing exclusively in Melbourne, so run, don’t walk to buy tickets.    

THE DETAILS:

When: Wednesday 3 November until Sunday 27 March   
Where:
Princess Theatre, 163 Spring Street, Melbourne 
For more information, click here.

Lido On The Roof 

Lido Cinemas is back and screening blockbusters from their rooftop cinema. With a huge outdoor screen and comfy chairs enjoy both arthouse gems and family favourites in the open air. Their sessions are selling out fast, so get in quick. Also, did we mention that there is a rooftop bar? So, grab a drink, watch the sunset and then enjoy a great film.  

THE DETAILS:

When: Now  
Where: Lido Cinema, 675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
For more information,
click here.

What's On This Month In Melbourne 

The Koorie Heritage Trust’s Blak Jewellery

The KHT’s Blak Design Program is currently hosting a contemporary jewellery exhibition featuring 11 Victorian First Nations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants. The exhibition showcases a bespoke collection of carefully crafted jewellery that draws on influence from Indigenous culture, Country and family. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Now until Sunday 27 February    
Where: Koorie Heritage Trust, Level 2, Yarra Building, Fed Square    
For more information, 
click here.

Disney: The Magic Of Animation

Hakuna Matta. ACMI has extended their exhibition of ‘Disney: The Magic Of Animation.’ If you missed your opportunity to visit the magical gallery due to locky-d—the exhibition is back. Showing off a curation of Disney’s wonderful animations, the displays are all magnificent. Head over to check out over 500 original artworks from the 1920s to the current day. In honour of the exhibition, ACMI is also hosting a range of other Disney inspired events, like princess sing-alongs, to provide you with the full enchanting experience. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Now until Sunday 23 January    
Where: ACMI
Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne     
For more information, click here.

Piccolina's Ice Cream Sandwiches 

Over the next 8 weeks, Piccolina will feature a stack of limited-edition ice cream sandwiches, with every offering influenced by their team’s origins. Kicking off the flavours is owner Sandra’s Tiramisù sandwich which pays homage to her Italian roots. Next up is Zoe’s Baklava sandwich which plays on Greek flavours. A shoutout goes to Maria’s Argentinian Dulce de Leche gelato sandwich that you can look forward to later in the series, too.

Scope their Instagram for more details.

NGV Virtual Tour | Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories

If you craving some art, the NGV is offering a virtual tour featuring Maree Clarke’s artwork. The Indigenous artist is a pivotal figure in reviving and sharing elements of Aboriginal culture and this is explored in her collection. Her exhibition ‘Ancestral Memories’ is an engaging multidisciplinary practice featuring a range of photographs, sculptures, prints, jewellery and more. 

THE DETAILS

When: Wednesday 1 September until Friday 31 December 
Where: Online 
For more information,
click here.

What's On This Year In Melbourne 


NGV's Coco Chanel Exhibition

The NGV is about to get a whole lot fancier this December with the launch of Gabrielle Chanel, Fashion Manifesto, an exhibition that focuses on Coco’s incredible legacy and her innovation to style and clothing throughout her lifetime. Throughout the event, there’ll be over 100 pieces of clothing on display from Coco’s designs, jewellery, accessories and perfume collections of Chanel that date back to the 1920s. The exhibition will coincide with the NGV’s annual black-tie event, the NGV Gala on Saturday 4 December, a chance to don your Coco-chic fits. 

THE DETAILS

When: Thursday 4 December until Monday 25 April, 2021 
Where: 
The NGV 
For more information, click here

Van Gogh Digital Exhibition

This September The Lume Melbourne a bringing an immersive massive-scale digital art exhibition to life. Featuring works from the world’s most renowned artists to the Melbourne Convention Centre It all kicks off with the works of Vincent Van Gogh. The towering digital displays will be accompanied by musical soundscapes, aromas and themed food and drinks. Tickets are on sale now, so hop to it. 

THE DETAILS

When: TBC
Where: Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
For more information, 
click here

Firefly Zipline

A pop-up zipline is coming in hot to Melbourne CBD, flying across from Fed Square, over the Yarra before landing in Alexandra Gardens. The dual zipline means you can ride it with friends up to 40km—and at around 9m high—across the city's main arterial waterway. 

Firefly Zipline will be operating from Wednesday 1 December through to Tuesday 28 December. Tickets go on sale from Monday 1 November here

What's On Next Year In Melbourne
 

Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical

The hit 90s film Cruel Intentions has been given musical treatment and we are hyped. There are plenty of reasons why this one should be noted down in your calendar for next year; the first is the fact that the musical has been created by the original writer and director of the film, Roger Kumble, so you know it'll be legit. And the second has to be the absolutely banging 90s soundtrack. It's hitting the stage next May—don't sleep on tickets.

The Details:

When: From Wednesday 25 May
Where: Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
For more information and tickets, click here.

The MSO's Free Concerts At Sidney Myer 

Get ready to throw down the picnic blanket and pop the bubbly—the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's free concerts are returning to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this summer. Through February, the inner-city amphitheatre will play host to three nights of symphonic performances. Each night with its own unique feel from 'A Symphonic Soiree', a heavy string and horn centric orchestral journey—to the dedicated celebration of famous film composer John Williams, who crafted the iconic scores of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and more. 

THE DETAILS: 

When: 7.30pm until 9.30pm, Wednesday 9 February, Saturday 12 February, Saturday 19 February 
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
To find out more, 
click here

The Wedding Singer | The Musical Comedy

After a huge season and rave reviews, The Wedding Singer, The Musical Comedy is returning for an encore Melbourne season—this time, at the Arts Centre Melbourne's State Theatre. Plenty of capacity for those who missed out on the seats and laughs last time around where 80s die-hards will be able to revisit the film's iconic characters: Robbie Hart, Julia Guglia and of course the love-to-hate Glen Guglia.

The Details:

When: From Thursday 27 January, 2022
Where: State Theatre, Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Tickets are on sale from Thursday 28 October here.

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