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What's On This Month In Melbourne | March 2016

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Updated: 7 October 2016
March officially marks the beginning of autumn but with memories of a fantastic summer still fresh, Melbourne shows no signs of slowing down. On the contrary! We’ve sifted through the hottest festivals, the best exhibitions, the coolest movies, and much more to present you with a real smorgasbord of exciting cultural events this month.


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Credits (from left to right): “Ahead of the Odds” Image courtesy of Silver K Gallery, © Disney and Lucasfilm | Image courtesy of Brunswick Music Festival | Image courtesy of Transitions Festival | © Tourism Victoria/Flickr | Image courtesy of Auguste Clown Gallery

ART | Made In Melbourne @Auguste Clown Gallery

In a city that constantly celebrates its passion for art and all things creative and quirky, the Auguste Clown Gallery opens its doors for Made In Melbourne, showcasing works from the city’s best and brightest.

MUSIC | Sydney Road Street Party

Sydney Road Street Party is not only the prelude to Brunswick Music Festival, it’s also Melbourne’s biggest annual multicultural gathering.

ART | The Art of Star Wars and Superheroes

Having taken over two years to assemble, The Art of Star Wars and Superheroes exhibition currently on display at the Silver K Gallery is the largest display of Star Wars art ever presented in Australia.

FOOD | Melbourne Food And Wine Festival 2016

Foodies better loosen their belts, as Melbourne’s legendary Food and Wine Festival opens its larders again this March with a range of special treats in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

FILM | Transitions Festival 2016

Catch the last week of Transitions Film Festival with a range of game-changing documentaries screening, all of which showcase cutting-edge ideas to solve worldwide issues faced by the global community.


Credits (from left to right): Image courtesy of RooftopCinema | © Macinate/Flickr | Image courtesy of ACMI, © Julian Rosefeldt | Image courtesy of ChillOut Festival | Image courtesy of French Festival

FILM | Rooftop Cinema presents Iris

If you haven’t managed to net yourself tickets for the Melbourne Fashion Festival, here’s an alternative way to satisfy your fashion cravings.

MUSIC | Zoo Twilights

The penultimate concert of the Zoo Twilights is set to finish the series with a bang as the most successful tribute band of all time, critically acclaimed ABBA tribute and parody show Björn Again, takes to the stage.

ART | Julian Rosefeldt’s MANIFESTO

In Julian Rosefeldt’s latest exhibition, Manifesto, the artist collaborated with Australian actress Cate Blanchett to create a 13-channel work challenging the role of the artist in today’s society.

MUSIC | ChillOut Festival 2016

The biggest LGBTIQ regional fest in the southern hemisphere returns to Victoria for its 20th anniversary and for a (Labour Day) weekend of music, food, and fun and.

FILM | French Film Festival 2016

Cinephiles and francophiles rejoice, as the Alliance Française French Film Festival returns to Melbourne for the 27th time.


Credits (from left to right): Image courtesy of Brunswick Festival, © Jennifer Samuel | Image courtesy of Rooftop Cinema | © Steven Gerner/Flickr | © Kheel Center/Flickr | Image courtesy of Melbourne International Comedy Festival

MUSIC | Brunswick Music Festival

Within the packed Melbourne festival calendar, the Brunswick Music Festival claims the spot as Victoria’s premier music festival and one of the biggest multicultural events in Australia.

FILM | Rooftop Cinema presents Trainspotting

Choose Life. Continuing its quest to bring blockbusters and cult movies right to the edge of deck chairs this summer, this Wednesday, Rooftop Cinema is screening Trainspotting.

FESTIVAL | Holi Mela 2016 Festival of Colours

After a successful initiation to the Melbourne festival scene, the Holi Festival of Colours returns to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl for the second time, promising an all-around unforgettable experience.

ART | Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 30th Anniversary Exhibition (ACM)

In honour of the 30th anniversary of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the curators at the Arts Centre Melbourne (ACM) are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the festival with a complimentary exhibition.

PHOTOGRAPHY | No Lilies – ‘Women and Work’

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In celebration of Internal Women’s Day on March 8th, MAGNET Galleries is hosting the 6th annual photographers’ fundraiser exhibition.


Credits (from left to right): O’Connell Street/WkiCommons (Public Domain)
Credits (from left to right): O’Connell Street/WkiCommons (Public Domain) | Image courtesy of Melbourne International Comedy Festival | 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 | Image courtesy of NGV, Rainbow tartan feather suit by Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales for Romance Was Born (2005) | William L. Shirer in Compiegne/WikiCommons (Public Domain)

HISTORY | Commemorating the Irish Easter Rising 2016

At the centenary of the historic Easter Rising in Ireland in 1916, the State Library and the University of Melbourne have partnered to join in the global commemoration of one of the defining moments in Irish history.

COMEDY | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

As one of the top three largest comedy festivals in the world, alongside Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival means (serious) business.

ART | 200 Years Of Australian Fashion

Fashion fans and history buffs take note: in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Melbourne Fashion Festival, the National Gallery of Victoria launches 200 Years Of Australian Fashion.

PHOTOGRAPHY | Media Legends (State Library of Victoria)

Celebrating people who have made significant contributions to the craft of journalism in Australia, Media Legends: The Media Hall of Fame is showcasing the works of Australian war correspondents.

ART | Andy Warhol & Ai Wei Wei

Bringing together two of the most significant artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, the exhibition Andy Warhol — Ai Weiwei exhibition explores modern and contemporary art, life, and cultural politics.


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.