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What’s On in Melbourne this April

With Easter Sunday sharing a date with April Fools Day this year, it looks like Melbourne is in for a tonne of laughs, food, film, music and sport throughout April.

Providing laughs is Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival which carries through to April 22, providing edible goods is the tasty Fromage a Trois festival and providing spades of entertainment is Melbourne’s NGV Triennial, the Spanish Film Festival and so much more. Take a look at how to make this April a big one.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

(Image: World Surf League/Visit Melbourne)

For it’s 57th annual event, the Rip Curl Pro will return to Bells Beach as a part of the World Surf League’s international tour. For one and a half weeks, organisers will wait until the best surfing conditions to hold the championship event as Bells Beach and it’s killer waves are not for the faint-hearted. Sitting just above the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach commonly cops strong southerly winds, treacherous Victorian storms and huge swell. With unpredictable weather and swell, the championship event’s time and date is usually unknown until a few days before so it’s best to keep an eye on Rip Curl Pro’s Twitter for more information. Previous champions include Stephanie Gilmore, Courtney Conlogue, Sally Fitzgibbons, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Jordy Smith. For more info on how to get a glimpse of the world’s best carving up Bells Beach, take a look at the World Surf League’s event guide.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2018
Where: Bells Beach, Victoria
When: March 29 – April 8
More info here

Spanish Film Festival

Kicking off Melbourne’s Spanish Film Festival is the award-winning provocative comedy, Kiki: Love to Love (Image: Spanish Film Festival)

April will see film venues across Melbourne come to life with Spanish culture as the Spanish Film Festival splashes its effortless cinematic talent throughout the city. Kicking off its Victorian leg at the Astor Theatre, film-goers will be treated to a screening of a Spanish box-office smash, Kiki: Love to Love. With screenings every day at the the Astor Theatre, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth and Kino Cinemas, question and answer sessions with actors, actresses and directors and flamenco performances, this film festival provides a close look at Spain’s diverse film and arts culture which is capturing the world’s attention.

Spanish Film Festival
Where: Venues across Melbourne
When: April 20 – May 14
More info here

Fromage a Trois

With more than just three cheeses to choose from, Fromage a Trois will offer cheese-lovers hundreds of artisan cheeses and craft ciders, wines and ales to match. After the festival’s hiatus last year, this year’s event is set to be hugely popular and will take place at the majestic Werribee Mansion which sits between Melbourne and Geelong. With options to build-your-own cheese-filled picnic and cheese hampers, cheesy gnocchi, pizza and fondue available across the grounds, not one person will go without their favourite (mouldy) dairy product. Artisan cheese brands include Boosey Creek Cheese, Maker & Monger, Dolci Momenti, Frencheese, Floridia Cheese, Meredith Dairy and Australia’s favourite, Maggie Beer. Tickets start from $35 per person.

Fromage a Trois
Where: Werribee Mansion, Gate 2, K Road, Werribee
When: Sunday April 8, 10am-5pm
More info here

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Multi-talented Matt Okine will host the mammoth Gala on April 21 as part of Melbourne’s Comedy Festival (Image: www.mattokine.com)

The world’s third largest comedy festival is once again returning to Melbourne for a full month of endless laughs. With 400 events to choose from, including free shows, comedy galas and interviews, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is almost impossible to miss as it spreads across the CBD and beyond. Kicking off the world-renowned event a week before launch, former musician, actor and comedian Matt Okine will be hosting The Gala – a star-studded performance of international and Australian comedians. Following The Gala is the 29th Annual Great Debate which will see six comedians go head to head under Magda Szubanski’s watchful eye at the Melbourne Town Hall. International comedians include Arj Barker, Stephen K Amos, Jim Gaffigan and Lady Rizo while Aussie comedians Akmal, Becky Lucas, Cal Wilson and Charlie Pickering will grace stages across the city.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Where: Venues across Melbourne
When: March 28 – April 22
More info here

NGV Triennial

(Image: Ntoazakhe II, Parktown, 2016/Visit Melbourne)

With Sydney home to the Biennale and Adelaide home to Biennial, Melbourne recently realised it needed its own contemporary art festival. In comes the National Gallery of Victoria’s Triennial. A large-scale exhibition of design, architecture and art, Triennial celebrates over 100 artists from 30 countries and displays works across four levels of the NGV. Of the hundreds of art pieces, 20 have been specifically commissioned for the Triennial, including pieces from Chinese couture queen Guo Pei, Australian hyper-realistic sculptor Ron Mueck and Japanese large-scale installation team teamLab. Although Triennial has been open to the public since December, the mammoth exhibition will end on April 15 meaning there are only a couple weeks to experience the works. Local artists on display include Ben Quilty, Reko Rennie, Sean O’Connell, Tom Crago and many more. Entry is free so head down there soon!

NGV Triennial
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Victoria
When: Until April 15
More info here

Ability Fest

Dylan Alcott: Paralympian, tennis champion, radio presenter and professional wheelchair crowdsurfer (Image: Tone Deaf)

Announced and launched just weeks ago, the very first Ability Fest will be held at the Coburg Velodrome on April 7 to raise awareness and funds to assist those living with disabilities. Ability Fest is the first fully accessible Australian music festival that will donate 100 per cent of proceeds to helping young Australians with disabilities. Viewing platforms for wheelchair users and AUSLAN translators for the hearing impaired will be available during the main acts. Born from an idea by Paralympian and Triple J presenter Dylan Alcott, Ability Fest will raise money for his own foundation which provides support for young people through scholarships, grants and mentoring. Ability Fest’s lineup is reminiscent of Triple J and will feature Tkay Maidza, Client Liaison, Kingswood, Japanese Wallpaper, Boo Seeka, Jack River and more. Limited tickets are available for Ability Fest so get in quick.

Ability Fest
Where: Coburg Velodrome, North Victoria
When: April 7, 2pm-10pm
More info here

Featured Image: Concrete Playground

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