What’s On: Melbourne in January
As January readily approaches, so does a new year in which we will have even more opportunities to explore, experience and enjoy what Melbourne has to offer.
To help shake off the post-Christmas and New Years blues, let’s see what you can get up to this January.
The Australian Open
The Australian Open will once again return to Melbourne Park, signalling the New Year and all the summer vibes. If watching the tennis isn’t a part of your summer memories, are you even an Aussie?
The Nutcracker and I
This one day event is a different take on Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker by Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu’s. The re-imagining merges piano, ballet and state-of-the-art digital animations in a multimedia treat for all ages.
Gillette One Day International: Australia vs India
Gillette One Day International can always be expected to put on a day full of action both on and off the field. Experience world class cricket, with plenty of extra summer entertainment in and around the ground.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter is back, this time on stage. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, starting 19 years on from where the last Harry Potter book ends.
Midsumma Festival is Victoria’s premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality that runs across January and February, which is being kicked off by Midsumma Carnival. With even more activities and events, it’s sure to be an festival to remember.
Festival of Sails
The annual Festival of Sails in Geelong is the largest keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere. There is free entertainment including live music, kids entertainers, spectacular waterski and flyboard shows, family-friendly activities, rides, a ‘discover sailing’ program, food trucks, market stalls, plus the iconic Australia Day fireworks display.
School of Rock Musical
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical has come to Melbourne. Based on the hit movie, this new musical follows dropout Dewey Finn, a failed rock star forced to earn some extra cash by posing as a teacher at a prestigious prep school. What ends up happening is a lot more special, funny and touching.
Gothic Beauty Exhibition
The gothic era within literature started with Horace Walpole’s novel ‘The Castle of Otranto’ and now is a recognised literary and art genre in which Bendigo Art Gallery is excited to share. This exhibition traces the Victorian gothic into contemporary art, bringing together the work of a variety of artists who explore these ideas including: Bill Henson, Jess Johnson, Jane Burton, Janet Beckhouse and Julia deVille.
The Moonlight Cinema is back featuring summer blockbusters and some all time classics. What could be better than the cinema, you might ask? Placing the screen outside and exchanging your seats for bean bags would be the answer. This is a fun summer activity that is hard to pass up!
United States of Food
The United States of Food, which works alongside the Queen Victoria Markets, is a tour around American joints in Melbourne, in which you can learn about American and Aussie barbecues’ shared heritage, and discover a secret bar playing host to an American tradition from 1869: pinball.
Love is something we all experience and can marvel at, which the Immigration Museum, in partnership with Heide Museum of Modern Art, are exploring through ‘Love.’ This exhibition combines visual art, historical and contemporary artifacts, and personal reflections from the community and visitors to explore love between siblings, parents, romantic love and more.