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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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Exhibitions

Melbourne: Foundations of a City

Did you know that the first attempt to settle Melbourne was in 1803. Or that Melbourne was the first capital city of Australia. New displays at the...

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28 Aug 2017

Learning

Self-made: zines and artist books

This bold exhibition delves into the evolution of do-it-yourself culture, from limited-run artist books to cut-and-paste photocopy fanzines. Discover...

Until 12 Nov 2017

Learning

The Soldiers' XI

The Soldiers' XI explores the conflicts in Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan from the unique perspective of cricket. Sergeant H has played cricket on...

Until 1 Apr 2018

Learning

Bali Cooking Class at OTAO Kitchen

Deliciously fun, interactive and suitable for everyone. Take home a taste of Bali Cooking plus a few secret local recipes. Sampling the local...

25 Aug 2017
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17 Nov 2017

Food & wine

Beef up your burger game

Throughout July and August, beef-up your burger making game with the head chef as he details the subtle nuances of the perfect burger in a two-hour...

26 Aug 2017

Food & wine

Bohemian Paella Cooking Classes

Warm your winter and discover the secrets of traditional Spanish cuisine with paella cooking classes at Bohemian Bar and Restaurant. Due to popular...

26 Aug 2017
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Performing arts

National Theatre Melbourne

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

Art, theatre & culture

The School of Life

Get schooled in good ideas for everyday life at classes and workshops, or simply stop for coffee and browse the shelves at the cafe and shop.

Art, theatre & culture

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

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,...

Art, theatre & culture

Laneway Learning

Sign up for an adultcation experience: cheap, fun classes in anything and everything, in cafes, bars and bookshops in the CBD, Brunswick and St Kilda.

Architecture & design

Federation Square

In the tradition of the world's busiest public spaces, "Fed Square" buzzes with a daily program of events, restaurants and cafes and bold galleries.

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.

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