Author: Melbourning

Visitors to Werribee Park Mansion can enjoy a trip to the historic site for free as part of Open House Melbourne later this month. Parks Victoria will throw open the doors of the mansion on 28 July, with a range of fun things to do for all ages. The 60-room mansion is one of the most opulent historic homes in Australia, and this is a chance to explore and have fun, with free entry from 10am-4pm. Surprise musical performances and games will create a lively atmosphere inside the mansion and refreshments will be on offer from the café. Kids can sample life…

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The lineup has been revealed for the 2024 Phillip Island Festival of Stories to be held in Cowes on 2-4 August. The annual literary festival elebrates story-telling in all its forms. Designed to be inspiring, uplifting, entertaining, challenging and thought-provoking, no topic is off limits as the Festival of Stories empowers a diverse group of people to tell their tales in their favourite form.  This year’s line-up includes a Walkley Award winning journalist, a former Australian of the Year and several acclaimed authors and broadcasters. They include: The 2024 Phillip Island Festival of Stories will be held at Berninneit, 91-97 Thompson…

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I subscribe to all the things so you don’t have to. This is a curated list of what’s been announced over the past week so you can save the date, or swoop on tickets, and also a list of what’s coming up soon if you’re looking to make last-minute plans What’s new? Jet to play a one-off concert with MSO Internationally acclaimed Aussie rockers Jet are set to join forces with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Buc to rock the Sidney Myer Music Bowl for a one-off concert, exclusive to Melbourne on 8 November. Beloved singers Kate Ceberano and…

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RuPaul’s Drag Race icon Bianca Del Rio has officially announced her new stand-up world comedy tour titled Dead Inside, which will bring her Australia and New Zealand in January and February 2025. The tour, which will bring her to Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on 31 January 2025, will cover politics, pop culture, political correctness, current events, cancel culture and everyday life through the eyes of someone who’s “dead inside,” finding humour in everything. In announcing the tour, Bianca said: “I’m coming out of my crypt and hitting the road again to remind everyone that I’m still DEAD INSIDE!”  “If you enjoy irreverent…

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Longstanding Chapel Street institution Morris Jones has unveiled an exciting culinary makeover with the launch of INCA, Melbourne’s first Nikkei restaurant. Combining the precision of traditional Japanese cooking with the spirit of Peruvian food, INCA at Morris Jones has introduced the bright mix of both cultures to Melbourne with Michelin-trained chef Carlos Moreira leading the kitchen. The menu features Moreira’s unique take on Nikkei signature dishes, such as ceviche and tiradito, and a drinks list including Peruvian pisco sours, Japanese whiskeys, and crisp lagers. Signature dishes include Sydney rock oysters with pisco sour granita, tostada de carmarones with aji verde,…

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The Melbourne Fringe Festival has released one of the highlights of this year’s program – a Festival-first commission of cultural deviants The Huxleys presenting The Winner Takes It All – a grand slam queer takeover of the sporting world, where Melbourne’s queer community will be able to live out their own glamorous athletic dreams. The event will run over the first and second weekends o this year’s Fringe Festival and is described as “a large-scale participatory event come photoshoot where The Huxleys invite ordinary citizens en masse from the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies to enter a domain that they…

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Recharge your flux capacitor… and get ready to celebrate the unforgettable movie classic Back to the Future as you’ve never seen and heard it before when the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs the musical score live in synch with the movie at a special screening at Hamer Hall. The beloved cult classic was a box office chart topping blockbuster in 1985 that went on to spawn two wildly successful sequels, and has made an enduring mark on pop culture. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future is a classic sci-fi adventure film that blends humor, heart, and time travel. It…

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One of the most uniquely Melbourne things you can do is to take. your life into your own hands and attempt a hook turn in the CBD. A new poll from the RACV has found that 44% of Victorians think that it’s the most challenging parking practice on Victorian roads – beating parallel parking, reverse parking and three-point turns.. Mostly distinctive to Melbourne, hook turns are right turns made from a left-hand lane, originally introduced to mitigate the hold up and delay of tram routes. Hook turns allow trams and other motorists to travel through an intersection smoothly, while motorists…

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UGO Burrata Bar has announced a innovative collaboration with ramen experts Parco Ramen to create a unique and delicious dish, Ise-Ebi Burrata Ramen, for one weekend only on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July. The limited edition ramen is the perfect winter dish, serving up a warming lobster soup with noodles, UGO’s famous Abruzzese style porchetta, spring onion, sesame seeds and burrata for $28 a bowl. UGO Burrata Bar co-owner and chef Dario Di Clerico says he is thrilled to be offering a fun and tasty collaboration dish to Melburnians. “We know how much Melbourne loves ramen and our burrata…

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Legendary Aussie punk act, Frenzal Rhomb, are hitting the road in October to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their hit album A Man’s Not a Camel . The eight-date tour will see them play gigs in Victoria at The Corner Hotel in Richmond and the Torquay Hotel. The current lineup of sole original member Jason “Jay” Whalley alongside Lindsay “The Doctor” McDougall, Gordon “Gordy” Forman and Michael “Dal” Dallinger will be playing all the hits from their acclaimed fourth album along with fan favourites and deep cuts from their extensive catalogue of tunes. Often described as one of the greatest…

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The Melbourne Theatre Company’s upcoming play, English, will transport the audience to a small classroom in Iran in 2008. Here, Marjan is dedicatedly teaching English to a diverse group of adult learners, each driven by unique motivations. For some, mastering the new language opens doors to opportunities abroad, while for others, it’s a way to connect more deeply with their grandchildren. As they prepare for their final exam, these strangers experience a whirlwind of emotions—tensions flare, connections form, and truths emerge. English captures the imperfect, often humorous conversations that arise in a language lesson, highlighting the beauty and challenges of self-expression. The…

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A favourite winter craft beer festival is returning to Bendigo on 31 August. Bendigo on the Hop is held at venues across the city centre and at breweries. Enjoy rare beers, locally made craft beers, food and live entertainment. The annual event is one of Australia’s most unique winter beer festivals, will once again pair some of the city’s finest beer venues with Australia’s best independent breweries.  Meet and talk to the brewers, experience unique beers brewed just for this event, and be entertained by live music all while you take a leisurely stroll from venue to venue in beautiful, historic…

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