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Find an inspiring range of classes and workshops, talks and demonstrations at learning centres, libraries, galleries, bars and cafes in and around Melbourne's city centre.  

Brain food

Browse the Wheeler Centre's year-round program of events relating to books, writing and ideas; feed your mind at a lunchtime session. Learn up on library skills and hear from authors and experts at the State Library of Victoria's free talks and workshops.

Ponder life's questions at classes and lectures at the School of Life, or follow a lecture series held by the Melbourne Free University.

To join the conversation about issues affecting Melburnians, join Melbourne Conversations, a free initiative run by the City of Melbourne.

Culinary classes

Up your culinary game at hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations at restaurants, cafes and dedicated cooking schools across the city, or take a foodie tour and get to know new ingredients in local neighbourhoods.

For a deeper appreciation of your favourite tipple, look out for wine, whisky and cocktail classes at city bars. 

Multi skilling

Sign up for cheap, fun classes in everything from balloon-animal creation to neuroplasticity to sake tasting at Laneway Learning classes in cafes and bars in the CBD, Brunswick and St Kilda. Discover an eclectic mix of offerings at creative hub the Abbotsford Convent, head to Fitzroy to broaden your mind with Work-Shop's program of classes in life skills and alternative art, or shop the Knowledge Market at Victoria Harbour.

At Federation Square, boost your health with free yoga, meditation and tai chi, get crafty with free monthly basket making and embroidery workshops, and keep an ear out for public lectures and talks.

Arts and crafts

Explore the program at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for arty events ranging from sketching classes and art appreciation lectures to ten-minute talks from curators.

For dressmaking and basic sewing skills, visit Collingwood's Thread Den sewing lounge, or to master the art of tapestry, visit South Melbourne's Australian Tapestry Workshop.

Boundless energy? Leap into classes at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) or find your stage presence at the National Theatre.

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AIM Conference - Seven skills of very successful leaders

As the peak body for managers and leaders AIM is delighted to bring you their 2017 Conference: The seven skills of very successful leaders. Following...

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Learning

The Dumpling Party

For things to do in Richmond, Melbourne you can't get more immersed in food culture than the Dumpling Party. Learning to make dumplings is a true...

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Learning

Ned Kelly tour

Ned Kelly has split public opinion for over a century. Hero or criminal? Decide for yourself as you spot the holes in Kelly's armour, read his...

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Learning

Polymer Clay Jewellery Workshop Melbourne

Want to learn to make beautiful polymer clay necklaces, earrings and rings? Polymer clay is a safe and easy material to work with to create fun and...

25 Mar 2017
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Food & wine

Sausage Making Masterclass at Common Man

Common Man South Wharf is excited to be hosting a number of sausage making masterclasses. Head Chef Lorenzo Casu will teach guests everything they...

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Learning

The Future Monument

Does better understanding the mistakes of our past encourage us to build a peaceful future? The Shrine was created to ensure that the sacrifices of...

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Work-Shop

Broaden your mind with Work-Shop's program of short courses in life skills and alternative art, ranging from oil painting to terranium building.

Literature

State Library of Victoria

Leaf through tomes and browse exhibitions in the Domed Reading Room at this grand library and enjoy the great program of events for kids and adults.

Art galleries

NGV International

See one of the Southern Hemisphere's most impressive collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art at this iconic Melbourne gallery.

Performing arts

National Theatre

Catch local and international music, dance and theatre performances or enrol at Australia's oldest performing arts schools at this historic theatre.

Heritage buildings

Abbotsford Convent

Home to some of Melbourne's best visual artists, writers and illustrators, the convent is a calm, creative haven on the inner city fringe.

Fashion

Thread Den Collingwood

When the apocalypse finally comes, your mastery of Microsoft Excel may no longer be enough to keep clothes on your back. Luckily, Thread Den holds...

Literature

The Wheeler Centre

Play with words and hear from the country's best at Australia's first centre for books, writing and ideas, located in the State Library of Victoria.

Art galleries

Australian Tapestry Workshop

The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) enjoys an international reputation as a leader in the creation of contemporary tapestry. Established in 1976,...

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