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It’s a Saturday evening in summer. You are sitting in a park with family and friends, and a fabulous picnic dinner. The picture is complete when the glorious live music begins. Hear the brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera’s most famous arias with the magnificent backing of Orchestra Victoria.Dress up — or not — it is your night to enjoy the power of the human voice in the kind of communal, cultural celebration Melbourne loves best.Hosted by Christopher Lawrence and conducted by Tahu Matheson, Opera in the Bowl features Stacey Alleaume, Sian Pendry, Diego Torre, Luke Gabbedy and Orchestra Victoria.
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.
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.
Keep your eyes peeled for Melbourne's striking modern and historic architecture, and see why the city has become a centre for contemporary design.