Winter maybe a bit late in hitting Melbourne, but it’s finally here.
So what does Melbourne have in store for its winter visitors? Quite a lot actually; exciting shows, exhibits, festivals, and movies, Melbourne’s got it all.
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Singin’ in the Rain, the award winning motion picture, now a musical, is set to delight theatre fans in Melbourne as it continues its Australian tour in Victoria’s capital city.
With multiple nominations from both the Olivier Awards and the Tonys, the musical has been enjoyed by people from around the world. It tells a story of a simpler time when the movie industry is just transitioning from silent movies to talkies.
Starring Adam Garcia, Gretel Scarlett, Jack Chambers, and Erika Heynatz, the show runs from the 7th of May up to the 5th of June at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne.
Photo credit: soundofmusictour.com.au
The next show will transport you to Austria during the height of WWII. The Sound of Music follows the true to life events surrounding the Von Trapp family as they try to escape the Nazis.
Starring Cameron Daddo as Captain Von Trapp, and Amy Lehpamer as Maria Rainer, The Sound of Music will be showing at the Regent Theatre from the 13th of May until the 26th of June.
Degas: A New Vision
Starting on the 24th of June on The National Gallery of Victoria will be showing Digas: A New Vision featuring over 200 paintings from 19th-century French artist Edgar Digas.
The exhibit showcases work which was inspired by modern life as experienced by Digas in Paris during his time.
Tickets are at $28 for adults. Check out this link for more details.
The Melbourne International Film Festival
From 28 Jul to 14 Aug, you can catch films from over 50 participating countries as well as sample Australia’s newest talents in filmmaking.
Now on its 64th year, the MIFF is one of the oldest film festivals in the world, and one of the most iconic events in Melbourne.
Not only is the festival a venue for showcasing the best that international and local cinema has to offer, it also touts an investment fund (The Premiere Fund), and the director’s development program (Accelerator) which provides a talent “hot-housing” environment for promising short filmmakers preparing to become feature filmmakers.
Last year, the MIFF generated almost $9.8 million for the local economy. Ticket information can be found at their website: http://miff.com.au/tickets
Winter Night Market at the Queen Victoria Market
Winter nights at the Queen Victoria Market tend to be more laid back affair than the Summer Nights Market. Browse the different stalls while being warmed by the crackling fires while nursing a glass of mulled wine in your hand. Roving entertainers will be there to add to the festivities.
Location: On the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets in Melbourne’s CBD.
Dates: Wednesdays, 5pm to 10pm from 3rd June to 26th August.
Located just a couple of hours away by train from Melbourne, the quaint city of Ballarat holds the Ballarat Winterlude yearly. Whether a school break trip with friends, a romantic getaway with your special someone, or an out of town family trip, the Winterlude will have something to offer you.
Catch the falling snowflakes as you walk along Sovereign Hill’s Main Street, take pictures of the snow covered Victorian buildings, lace up your ice skates and try out the pop-up ice skating rink in the heart of the city, watch the Joust of the Flame at Kryal Castle; all of these and more await you at the Ballarat Winterlude.
The event runs from 25 June to 24 Jul 2016.
Whether you are interested in musicals, art, markets, or going on an out of town winter adventure, Melbourne’s definitely got it all. To go around and see all these very worthwhile activities, the most convenient and cost effective solution is to get a car hire in Melbourne. Now what are you waiting for? Go book your tickets and get the most out of your winter getaway!