Get ready for a month of virtual events and activities while on lockdown or self isolation. You and your family can look forward to animals, movies and music. Whatever your choice, there are still enough free reasons to enjoy life in Melbourne this July.
If you are an animal lover, here are some good news. Zoos Victoria has launched a 24/7 live streaming program throughout various zoos so that you can view these animals from anywhere you want. Live streams include the Melbourne Zoo's snow leopard cubs, penguins, giraffes and lions. If you can't see them, don't worry. The animals live in huge enclosures which cannot be fully captured by the cameras. Hence it's likely they have wandered off-screen. Just wait for a little while, and they will be back!
The show must go on! The world-renowned Victorian Opera is still performing and offering access to their opera performances via the Virtual Victorian Opera, available to all Australians. Every Wednesday night, they will be releasing short, never-before-seen videos from their archives. Virtual Victorian Opera will also feature brand new content, including performances and interviews from their artists in isolation.
Dates and Times: Every Wednesday till 31 July 2020, 7:30 pm to 12 am AEST
Are you missing the cinema? Then Join this event, hosted by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the Melbourne Cinémathèque Committee. You can look forward to a weekly movie night from the comfort of your own home.
Every Tuesday, details of the Virtual Cinémathèque will be released on Melbourne Cinémathèque Committee's and ACMI's social media. The film will be live-streamed on Wednesdays from 6 pm onwards. The films are chosen by the Melbourne Cinémathèque Committee and ACMI's Film Department. Where possible, they will have accompanying annotations and introductions for screenings.
Dates and Times: Every Wednesday till 29 July 2020, 6:30 pm – 12 am UTC 10
While concert halls remain closed, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is still active on its YouTube channel and streaming the wonders of music right into your home. You can enjoy live-streaming fortnightly performances via their Youtube channel this month.
Dates and Times:
2 July 2020, 7:30 pm
16 July 2020, 7:30 pm
30 July 2020, 7:30 pm
Dogs bring so much love and pleasure to their families, especially Vision Australia's adorable seeing-eye dogs. However, they require compassionate caretakers for these dogs in training. If you are looking for some companionship, Vision Australia is launching a series of information sessions to recruit prospective carers for their puppies.
Before signing up, be aware that Vision Australia expects carers to commit 12 months towards caring for their puppies, and their duties include providing a secure shelter as well as taking care of their physical and emotional needs. However, to help allay the financial burden, all expenses, including equipment, food, vet costs, puppy health care and training, will be covered.
If you require advice, fret not, as one of Vision Australia's dog carers, you will receive help from their Seeing Eye Dogs team.
Participate online and hear from actual volunteer carers and staff on how you can play an essential role supporting someone who is blind or has low vision.
Dates and Times:
Friday, 24 July 2020, 10:30 am – 11:30 am AEST
Thursday, 30 July 2020, 11 am – 12 pm AEST