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Top FREE Things to Do at Home in Melbourne - August 2020

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Published August 2nd 2020
Melbourne for Free in August
Enjoy events and activities at home in Melbourne this month!

Get ready for another month of virtual events and activities while on lockdown or self-isolation. You and your family can look forward to talks, movies and music. Whatever your choice, there are still enough reasons to enjoy life in Melbourne this August.

1 to 31 Aug - ACO HomeCasts

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Enjoy an immersive Digital Season of music presented online by the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) this month. It features new recordings, live streamed performances, access to archival and never-released footages. Look out for the specially curated playlists and in-depth interviews. The new content for the week is available at ACO's website on Monday.

4 Aug - Crime Scenes in a Ghost Town: The Atmospherics of Lockdown

melbourne deserted

The global COVID-19 pandemic has led to lockdowns being implemented around the world. Cities from New York to London to Sydney are being emptied of their usual crowd. They have become 'ghost towns'.

Professor Alison Young and Dr Bianca Fileborn will discuss how a city street looks and feels like without crowds, shifting notions of 'crime' during the pandemic, and the consequences of how emergency powers have been implemented. These issues brought into focus by the lockdowns, have serious implications for future uses of public space and for the ways in which people experience cities. Register here to join the talk.

Time: 5pm - 6.15pm

6 to 23 Aug - Shorts at MIFF 68

Photo courtesy of Melbourne International Film Festival -

The Melbourne International Film Festival is back but in a virtual version. It will still be a celebration of cinema, with a fantastic program of streamable films and virtual special events. Although you will need to purchase a ticket to 40 feature films planned for this year's festival, there are still several free content such as shorts presented by Film Victoria, City of Melbourne, University of Melbourne and many others. Visit the website for the full program.
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