Culture Vulture

Stories are bought to life of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia in the Old Customs House on Flinders Street. The Immigration Museum explores the lives and times of those people who left their homeland to live in Victoria from the 1800s through to the present day. The moving journeys of family and culture inhabit the vaults of this exquisitely restored 19th century building. The Immigration Museum runs workshops and presentations throughout the year including tracing your family history, ship reunions and a literary series. The museum encourages the pursuit of personal and general history research thus you can take your own journey of discovery. For more information visit www.immigration.museum.vic.gov.au.

Noted for their opulence and glamour the foremost theatres of Melbourne truly embody the escapism of days gone by. The Regent Theatre, Princes Theatre and Forum Theatre are landmark buildings dating back over 100 years. The restoration efforts over the years have preserved and enhanced the magnificent facades and rich interiors. The Princess Theatre is famous for shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserable and Cats. The Forum Theatre is an exciting venue for live acts from international rock bands to stand up comics, variety shows, screenings and special events, and over the years the Regent Theatre has been host to an array of productions. Spotted throughout central Melbourne you can simply walk pass and enjoy the architecture or pop into the foyer and if anything takes your fancy, have an evening out and experience live a show. Throughout every year these notable theatres showcase such a variety of shows that people from all walks of life will have something see. For more information visit www.marrinertheatres.com.au

Melbourne’s progressive thinking in all things design and culture is reflected in the much talked about architecture of Federation Square. Located directly opposite historic Flinders Street Station and St Paul’s Cathedral, this cultural heartland is home to an abundance of venues including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Sitting outside in the square you can be entertained by the cultural offerings that regularly take place. From a live concert to a live broadcast of the soccer, Federation square has attracted a capacity of 12,000 for such festivities. The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is the home of Australian art with fine collections of indigenous and non-indigenous art. The Ian Potter Centre has more Australian art on permanent display than any other gallery in the world. Federation Square is a very interesting place to gain a new perspective of the city especially through the glass matrix, a beautifully engineered glass atrium that often holds the Food and Wine Festival. Sit and relax in the celebrated restaurants and cafés that line the square and overlook the river.

The NGV International at 180 St Kilda Road is Melbourne’s home to a world of international art. The NGV has breathtaking collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art, from ancient artefacts to contemporary fashion. Since the iconic building opened in 1968 the collection has grown to more than 70,000 works of art. Just recently the gallery interior has been redesigned to accommodate its very impressive collection and proudly holds anticipated annual shows of many great masters of art from around the world. Attached to the NGV is a comprehensive bookshop covering all of your art and design needs. A licensed restaurant and cafe can also be enjoyed while you ponder the meaning of the art. The NGV is closed Tuesdays. For more information visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au.

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