August is a huge month for arts and cultural events in Melbourne, so it’s the perfect time to head into the city, attend an event (or two, or three), soak up the atmosphere and indulge in stimulating conversation over a great coffee. Don’t forget, if you’re from out of town you can book your tickets, plan your accommodation, dining, transport – and access some great offers – on our new site, makeadatewithmelbourne.com.au.
Melbourne Art Fair
One of Australasia’s most celebrated contemporary art events, Melbourne Art Fair showcases outstanding work from the region’s best galleries. This year’s inspiring program shines a light on Melbourne’s thriving contemporary art scene with a focus on cutting-edge, emerging and new media artists. The festival also includes The Angry Penguin, a pop-up restaurant by The European’s Ian Curley and Bay Leaf Catering’s Head Chef Derek Boath.
13-17 August at Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
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Melbourne International Film Festival
This year’s program includes the directing debut of Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch (God Help The Girl), a Nick Cave biography (20,000 Days On Earth), Richard Linklater’s drama about a boy between the age of six and 18, shot over 12 years with the same young actor (Boyhood), and several new programming strands including a special focus on 35mm films. Don’t miss this iconic Melbourne event.
Until 17 August, various locations
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Melbourne Writers Festival
Melbourne’s annual two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers, features another incredible line-up this year including Helen Garner and Salman Rushdie. Checkout the program and book your events early to avoid disappointment.
21-31 August, various locations
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The Effect by Lucy Prebble
A sexy, funny and thought-provoking look at our pill-popping culture and our love of being in love, The Effect stars TV favourites Sigrid Thornton and William McInnes (their first performance together since ABC’s SeaChange) alongside stage favourites Zahra Newman and Nathaniel Dean. It’s a love story for the neuroscience age that’s sure to warm up your winter.
16 August to 20 September, Southbank Theatre
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