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What's On This Month In Melbourne | April 2016

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Updated: 7 October 2016
This April, temperatures may be dropping but that’s no reason to prepare for hibernation. Quite the opposite, thank you very much! Melbourne’s cultural calendar is always packed – regardless of season – and we’ve locked at this month’s hottest events to present you with a real smorgasbord of music, art, literature, film, history and much more. With this list, there is no reason to stop – and definitely no time to be bored.

FRIDAY 1st – SUNDAY 3rd APRIL

Credits (from left to right): The Godfather, © Steve Troughton/Flickr | Image courtesy of MAD Showcase, Corset by Lyris Designs, skirt by Clockwork Butterfly, Photograph by Teardrop Studio, Model: Silhouettê d’Amour | Lorne, © IK's World Trip/Flickr | A Dinner To Die For, Image courtesy of Barefoot Productions
Credits (from left to right): The Godfather, © Steve Troughton/Flickr | Image courtesy of MAD Showcase, Corset by Lyris Designs, skirt by Clockwork Butterfly, Photograph by Teardrop Studio, Model: Silhouettê d’Amour | Lorne, © IK’s World Trip/Flickr | A Dinner To Die For, Image courtesy of Barefoot Productions

MUSIC | The Godfather in Concert

This is an offer you cannot refuse. Join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as it performs the iconic soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film The Godfather while you enjoy a screening of the acclaimed motion picture at Hamer Hall.

FASHION | M.A.D. Showcase

Feeling the jitters because Autumn Fashion week is over and the Spring shows are a lifetime away? Help is at hand from the Melbourne Alternative Designers as they present the M.A.D. Fashion Showcase, presenting creations from some of Australia’s most talented designers.

Food | A Dinner To Die For

Join Lord Quinten Daventy and his guests at one of his legendary parties. When a dead body appears, it’s up to you to find out who’s behind the gruesome murder and which saucy secrets the other characters can hide no longer.

ART | Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2016

The acclaimed Lorne Sculpture Biennale returns this year for the fifth time with an eclectic program.

MONDAY 4th – SUNDAY 10th APRIL

Credits (from left to right): ACMI, © Travis/Flickr | Marilyn Monroe while filming The Seven Year Itch on the streets of New York | Midget Library, Image courtesy of State Library of Victoria | Wine and Cheese, © falco/Pixabay
Credits (from left to right): ACMI, © Travis/Flickr | Marilyn Monroe while filming The Seven Year Itch on the streets of New York | Midget Library, Image courtesy of State Library of Victoria | Wine and Cheese, © falco/Pixabay

FILM | Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Australia’s largest and longest-running queer film festival, MQFF, returns to the heart of Melbourne for 12 days of cinematographic PRIDE.

HISTORY | Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox present Marilyn Monroe

In celebration of this cultural icon, Bendigo Art Gallery proudly presents a collection which never before has been shown to this extent in Australia.

LITERATURE | Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas

Books are humanity in print, Barbara W. Tuchman once said, and avid readers must not miss Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas now on show at the State Library of Victoria.

MUSIC | Cinemusica

With Cinemusica, Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and Synergy Percussion have collaborated for the first time to bring you iconic scores from movies which would not be considered the masterpieces they are without their music.

FOOD | Wine & Cheese Fest at Meat Market

If you’re a cheese and wine fan who wants more out of life than a block of cheese on offer down at the supermarket and a bottle of red that isn’t dictated solely by the price tag, the Wine and Cheese Fest should be a highlight in your calendar.

MONDAY 11th – SUNDAY 17th APRIL

Credits (from left to right): Elephant in the Dark Exhibition, Image courtesy of MAFAS | Mexican Paletas, Image courtesy of Batman Night Market | Pop Culture, © Jalal Gerald Aro/Flickr | Sand Sculptures, © june8/Pixabay | PAVE celebrations, Image courtesy of PAVE Festival
Credits (from left to right): Elephant in the Dark Exhibition, Image courtesy of MAFAS | Mexican Paletas, Image courtesy of Batman Night Market | Pop Culture, © Jalal Gerald Aro/Flickr | Sand Sculptures, © june8/Pixabay | PAVE celebrations, Image courtesy of PAVE Festival

ART | Melbourne Artists for Asylum Seekers: Elephant in the Dark

As part of cultural diversity week, Melbourne Artists for Asylum Seekers (MAFAS) attempt to tackle the subject of refugee issues through creativity with their Elephant In The Dark exhibition.

FOOD | Batman Night Market

Saturday Nights are Covered with Coburg’s Latest Night Market, bringing you food, craft beer, street art and live music for one spectacular Saturday evening out.

ART | A Day at The Zoo – Sand Sculpting Exhibition

What happens when you give 20 of the world’s finest sculptors about 3,500 tonnes of sand to play with? A whole lotta fun and bit of magic, that’s what you get!

EXPO | Supanova Pop Culture Expo 2016

The Supanova Pop Culture Expo is touring Australia and will set up shop in Melbourne for one weekend only this April, bringing together the worlds of science fiction, console gaming, comic books, anime and many more under one roof.

MUSIC | PAVE Festival 2016

The year’s festival of Performing and Visual Arts in Emerald (PAVE) promises to be a feast for all your senses as artists from all backgrounds come together to spoil you with events, live music and exhibitions.

MONDAY 18th – SUNDAY 24th APRIL

Credits (from left to right): Tattooing, © licel/Pixabay | Autumn leaves, © stux/Pixabay | Maiasaura Embroyo, © tracy the astonishing/Pixabay | It’s Hot Tub Time, © Rick Maloy/Flickr | Carlton Museum, © Jes/Flickr
Credits (from left to right): Tattooing, © licel/Pixabay | Autumn leaves, © stux/Pixabay | Maiasaura Embroyo, © tracy the astonishing/Pixabay | It’s Hot Tub Time, © Rick Maloy/Flickr | Carlton Museum, © Jes/Flickr

EXPO | Rites of Passage – Tattoo, Music & Art Festival

Rites of Passage (ROP) returns to the city for the fifth year, setting up shop in one of Melbourne’s most iconic world heritage buildings, the Royal Exhibition Building, for a packed weekend celebrating tattoos, art, music and culture.

FESTIVAL | Bright Autumn Festival 2016

If you’ve been thinking about a weekend break away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, you should consider a visit to Bright. Situated close to the Victorian Alps in the Ovens Valley, the picturesque small town is a popular holiday destination throughout the year and now plays host to its annual Autumn Festival.

HISTORY | Jurassic World: The Exhibition

Based on the latest and top-grossing iteration in the iconic Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World: The Exhibition transports the dinosaur experience from the big screen into the 3D realm of reality.

FILM | Hot Tub Cinema Presents …

If you enjoyed rooftop cinema this summer, you’ll be excited to hear that Melbourne’s cinema scene just got hotter. 40° celsius hotter to be precise, and a bit wet. On show this weekend are 1990s classics which prove that the hot tub time machine really exists!

FESTIVAL | Heritage Festival Victoria 2016

Our heritage is more than the sum of our collective memory. This year, the organisers of the Heritage Festival Victoria are asking participants to dig deep, to discover the past and rediscover the region.

MONDAY 25th – SATURDAY 30th APRIL

Credits (from left to right): Installation view of the Andy Warhol - Ai Weiwei exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, 11 December 2015 – 24 April 2016. Andy Warhol artwork © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Administered by Viscopy, Sydney; Ai Weiwei artwork © Ai Weiwei. Photo: John Gollings | Islamic Coin Collection, Image courtesy of Islamic Museum of Australia, © Misheye | A Secret Room, © Connie Landsberg | It’s Hot Tub Time, © Rick Maloy/Flickr | Evidence of origin 1971 wood, lacquer, 260.0 x 126.0 x 160.0 cm, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Victor Smorgon, 1972, A13-1972, © C. Elwyn Dennis
Credits (from left to right): Installation view of the Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, 11 December 2015 – 24 April 2016. Andy Warhol artwork © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Administered by Viscopy, Sydney; Ai Weiwei artwork © Ai Weiwei. Photo: John Gollings | Islamic Coin Collection, Image courtesy of Islamic Museum of Australia, © Misheye | A Secret Room, © Connie Landsberg | It’s Hot Tub Time, © Rick Maloy/Flickr | Evidence of origin 1971 wood, lacquer, 260.0 x 126.0 x 160.0 cm, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Victor Smorgon, 1972, A13-1972, © C. Elwyn Dennis

ART | Thoughtography: How Your Mind Sees Art

Prepare to be blown away as Thoughtography: How Your Mind Sees Art takes you to the intersection of science and art – with mind-boggling results.

HISTORY | Islamic Coins: A journey through Islamic civilisation

Islamic Coins: A Journey Through Islamic Civilisation’ is a special visiting exhibition which history fans, coin collectors, and antique lovers will not want to miss.

MUSIC | A Secret Place

What do a prohibition-era speakeasy and Melbourne’s ‘A Secret Place’ in common? You have to know its exact location, to be in for a chance for an unforgettable night out.

FILM | Hot Tub Cinema Presents…

If you enjoyed rooftop cinema this summer, you’ll be excited to hear that Melbourne’s cinema scene just got hotter. 40° celsius hotter to be precise, and a bit wet. This weekend takes you back once more for a stint in Bowie’s Labyrinth and more.

ART | Hard Edge at the NGV

Fans of abstract art will get their money’s worth at the ‘Hard Edge’ exhibition currently on show at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).