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From 29 March to 23 April 2017, Melbourne will once again gear up to giggle as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival returns. Forget the doom, gloom and stresses of the modern world – the Festival brings three and a half weeks of wholehearted happiness to all corners of the city. As Australia’s largest provider of laughs, Melbourne Comedy Festival leaves no stone unturned (or un-tickled) with free family entertainment all school holidays, hundreds of the world’s funniest presenting stellar shows each evening and a late-night Festival Club that keeps the vibe alive through to the wee hours.Now entering its fourth decade, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival hosts the world’s most engaging, exciting and inspiring comics, drawing in and delighting huge audiences from Melbourne and beyond. Comedy entertains and equalizes, embracing all with the common goal of grins and good times. Drink it up Melbourne – it’s time to let go and laugh.
Explore Aboriginal culture and heritage in Melbourne and surrounds. Take a heritage walk and visit cultural centres, galleries and museums.
Choose any night of the week to indulge in Melbourne's local and international opera, ballet, comedy, live music, plays, performing arts and openings.
Keep your eyes peeled for Melbourne's striking modern and historic architecture, and see why the city has become a centre for contemporary design.
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.