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Five Events to Chase the Winter Blues Away in Melbourne

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by EricaL (subscribe)
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Published May 9th 2018
Unmissable experiences for Melburnian's this winter
The cooler weather might be moving in on our beloved Melbourne, but there's no need to batten down the hatches just yet.

Chase those winter blues away by taking full advantage of what Victoria's capital city has in store for you over the coming months.

The Wizard of Oz Musical in Melbourne

Follow the yellow brick road all the way to the Regent Theatre to find the Wizard! This highly anticipated musical rendition of the much-loved classic "The Wizard of Oz" will perform in Melbourne from May to July 2018.

Wizard of Oz - The Musical
Wizard of Oz - The Musical

Join Dorothy (Samantha Dodemaide) and her dog Toto as the two friends find themselves lost in the land of Oz after a tornado rips through Kansas. Help the duo find their way to the Emerald City, alongside the Scarecrow (Eli Cooper), the Tin Man (Alex Rathgeber) and the Cowardly Lion (John Xintavelonis).

Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West (Jemma Rix) and her evil winged monkeys. With any luck, Glinda the Good Witch (Lucy Durack) will help you find the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Anthony Warlow).

Are you ready to take this magnificent, enchanting on-stage adventure with them?

When: From 12 May - July 2018
Where: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street Melbourne
Book: Here

Fall down the Rabbit Hole at ACMI's Wonderland Exhibition

Escape a wintery Melbourne day and fall down the Rabbit Hole into ACMI's Wonderland Exhibition in Gallery One.

The timeless tale of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland from the story's inception to current times is celebrated here at ACMI's world premiere exhibition.

Wonderland at ACMI
Wonderland at ACMI

See costumes to film snippets, interactive Wonderland themed activities to movie props, illustrations and much more.

Pop into the interactive Mad Hatter's Tea Party featuring stunning, moving art projections all around you as you see a table set for tea come to life in front of your eyes.

Enter the Queen's Croquet Ground designed by Mosster Studio, where you design your very own playing card. Place your head into a camera booth and see yourself transform into one of the Queen's playing cards!

Enter the Wonderland at ACMI via a selected session times. Book online in advance to avoid disappointment.

When: 5 April - 7 October 2018
Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
Web: Here

MoMA at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

Immerse yourselves in the modern and contemporary art as The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, opens MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art on 9 June, 2018.


This exciting exhibition will feature approximately 200 key works from 'the greatest modern art museum in the world'.

This is an opportunity to see some works never before seen in Australia from artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollock

Pop your winter jacket in the NGV's cloakroom and spend the day exploring MoMA at the National Gallery of Victoria from 9 June to 7 October, 2018.

Where: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC
When: 9 June - 7 October, 2018
Book: Here

Ballet Preljocaj's Snow White at Arts Centre Melbourne

Enjoy the warmth of the theatre this August and be dazzled by
Ballet Preljocaj's Snow White.

This isn't the Snow White you are familiar with and nor is it a light-hearted ballet performance, but a sensory treat is assured!

This captivating rendition of the age-old fairytale, taps into the darker side of Snow White.

Ballet Preljocaj's Snow White at Arts Centre Melbourne
Ballet Preljocaj's Snow White at Arts Centre Melbourne

Captivated global audiences worldwide, Ballet Preljocaj's Snow White is a collaboration with the artistic talents of the world's greatest creatives.

Put together by the award-winning French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, with costumes designed by legendary haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier and monumental sets designed by Thierry Leproust, Ballet Preljocaj's Snow White is a far cry from your "Disney" familiarity.

Enjoy this captivating performance of the classic story of Snow White, which follows the original Brothers Grimm fairytale of 1812, only this time depicting scenes in a much more malevolent manner.

Ballet Preljocaj's Snow White will perform at Arts Centre Melbourne will perform for 1 - 5 August, 2018.

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, St Kilda Road.
When: 1 - 5 August, 2018
Book: Here

Behind the Scenes Tours at Melbourne Museum

Tap into your inner geologist, scientist or historian at Melbourne Museum this winter, with a series of "behind the scenes" tours on select Thursday evenings.

Melbourne Museum
Image c/o Melbourne Museum

As a Museum Member, you can book onto any one of the following tours:

17 May – Preparation and Vertebrate Mount Store

See a range of bird and mammal mounts ranging from recently prepared specimens to material acquired during the Museum's early years and enter the Preparators' Workshop to see 'where the magic happens'.

14 June – Geoscience Store and Live Exhibits

Get up close and personal with amazing crystals, meteorites and unusual rocks from Museum Victoria's collection.

You will also meet a selection of fascinating and unusual animals living behind the scenes in the Live Exhibits collection (live spiders, snakes, lizards and other creatures included!)

19 July – Conservation and Vertebrate Wet Store

Visit the Conservators Laboratory and the Vertebrate Wet Store and learn what it takes to be involved in the Museum's Conservation team. It is here you will meet see evidence of the real 'creatures of the deep'; specimens from The Abyss.

16 August – History and Technology and Museum Archives

Wander through our History and Technology collection store where. you will be educated on Melbourne's social history, in a room filled with timeless pieces from the past.

Book on Behind the Scenes tours at Melbourne Museum on either a 4pm or 6:30pm slot.

Where: 1 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053
When: Various dates, listed above.
Book: Here

If none of the above Melbourne events chase your winter blues away, then we don't know what will. Perhaps it is time for you to enter hibernation! See you on the other side.
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Why? Don't hide away this winter, there's so much you'll miss out on
When: Various dates throughout winter
Where: ACMI, Regent Theatre, NGV International, Melbourne Museum, Arts Centre Melbourne
Cost: $-$$
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