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The 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival opens with an extraordinary collaboration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - A Celebration of Ella and Louis featuring Patti Austin and James Morrison, and closes with the world’s most-awarded female jazz vocalist, the divine Dianne Reeves.With a program catering for a range of audiences, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival is sure to fulfil your winter entertainment needs. For those trying jazz for the first time, there is the legendary Kenny Barron Trio. For families and children, there is Play School’s Big Jazz Adventure at the Melbourne Town Hall.For those looking for some gospel and funk gold, try Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles at 170 Russell. And there’s also the amazing Donny McCaslin Group, who rose to world-wide prominence for their involvement in David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar.Don’t forget the intimacy of the club gigs, held at The Jazzlab in Brunswick and The Toff in Town in the CBD. For those to the north of the city, there are two shows at the Darebin Arts Centre. There is also an impressive line up of free events including the Second Line Street Party and Jazz Out West.
Make your way around Melbourne's 100-plus galleries, ranging from large public institutions to smaller commercial spaces and artist cooperatives.
Do a modern version of "the block", a century-old form of cruising Melbourne's arcades that takes in cutting-edge artwork, fashion, music and design.
Perch in a Brunswick Street bar and celebrate the way that sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same in this bohemian enclave.
Choose any night of the week to indulge in Melbourne's local and international opera, ballet, comedy, live music, plays, performing arts and openings.
Delve deep into the history of places near and far at Melbourne's varied museums, dedicated to all manner of the city's quirky local stories.
Explore Aboriginal culture and heritage in Melbourne and surrounds. Take a heritage walk and visit cultural centres, galleries and museums.