It’s March already (when did that happen?) and if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably already given up on the whole New Year, new me thing. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to get a little cultured and expand your horizons, etc. so you can at least attempt to be the best version of you.
And because we only want the very best for you, we’ve teamed up with Wilson Parking to bring you this neat little list of the best cultural events happening in Melbourne this March. They’re all on after dark, so you can’t use work as an excuse #sorrynotsorry.
Go with your mate (or a date) and don’t let the idea of parking scare you off because Wilson Parking totally lets you Book-A-Bay (yes, you can pay with Amex) and secure yourself a park, without the stress, before you even leave the office. Genius? Next-level adulting? Yes, and yes.
Faster @ Arts Centre Melbourne
If you’re looking for a good excuse to get frocked up and be all ladylike/gentlemanly then get your culture injection at the ballet. For just over a week, the Australian Ballet will show off Faster, a contemporary ballet that’s all about the world of elite sport (think fast pace). Book-A-Bay at Southbank then treat yo’ self to a pre-show feast at one the riverside restaurants.
Melbourne Fashion Festival
Rub shoulders with the fash pack (they’re not that mean) and get amongst the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. For the next couple of weeks, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the best designs and designers in Australia (think Dion Lee, Acler and KITX) because as we all know, fashion is culture.
When: 1st to 19th March
Where: Royal Exhibition Building
Cost: From $159
Where to park: 90 Victoria Parade
International Melbourne Comedy Festival
Various locations around Melbourne
Summer might be over but that doesn’t mean the fun stops. Laugh the autumn days away and guarantee yourself bulk LOLs at the International Melbourne Comedy Festival. Even though you can Book-A-Bay nearby, don’t get there too early because you’re probs going to want to avoid the front row.
When: 29th March to 23rd April
Where: Various locations around Melbourne
Where to park: Galleria
2016 NGV Architecture Commission
The NGV Architecture Commission is an annual, open competition that asks architects to come up with innovative ways to activate one of Melbourne’s many community spaces. This year M@Studio Architects took the crown with playful reinvention of a suburban car wash that has to be seen to be believed. There’s a whole heap of cement, layered cricket netting, fluorescent light and yeah, go see it at NGV Friday Nights.
One of the best ways to get some culture in you is to eat it. Seat yourself at Tonka for an Indian feast like no other and get educated in all things pani puri, curry and sambal (with a modern twist). Decked out with jars of bright spices and wire mesh, the menu focuses on street food flavours from all over India. We highly recommend you wear stretchy pants.
Book of Mormon @ Princess Theatre
If you haven’t seen The Book of Mormon yet, you really do need to go get yourself cultured. No offence. Grab your squad and book tickets now to the most talked about show in town. The hilarious musical has won nine Tony Awards for a reason. Just sayin’.
When: Now until April
Where: Princess Theatre, CBD
Cost: From $50.80
Where to park: Parkade
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Tonka | Image credit: Michelle Jarni | Deisgn credit: Gabrielle Bjorklund