With the weather improving, more of us are looking for activities to fill out our calendars.

October is shaping up to be a very exciting month in Melbourne!

If you’re deep into the arts scene, you’ll no doubt be aware that the Melbourne International Arts Festival (MIAF for short) is coming to town next month. 

Or are you, in fact, looking to cling onto the last few weeks of wintery weather? The Winter Village is still open, and will stay open until the end of September – perfect if you’re spending a day in the city with the whole family!

This week, we’re taking you through some exciting highlights from both these events! 

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If you’re in Melbourne for either of these events, you’ll need a place to leave your car. 

Preferably, you’ll want CBD parking that’s clean and safe, and allows you to turn up and leave with minimal hassle.

And that’s exactly what Le Garage offers.

We’re also right across the river from the Arts Centre. Once you drop your car off with us, you’ll only be a short walk away from Melbourne’s world-class arts district.

And if you’re attending an event at Federation Square, it’s even more convenient – we’re located just a minute by foot from Fed Square and all of its fantastic events, making us the number one choice for Fed Square parking!

Melbourne International Arts Festival 2019

Art lovers will be pleased to know that the Melbourne International Arts Festival will be once again making its way to Melbourne for its 33rd year.

Featuring a smorgasbord of different artists and mediums, MIAF 2019 is the place to be if you have even a passing interest in art.

The world of art is broad – to make things easier, MIAF 2019 has broken it into 6 main categories:

As you can see from the list, there’s a large variety in exhibits and performances on display this year. There’s bound to be something for everyone, no matter what you’re into. 

We’ve put together a quick list of some of the most exciting events happening this year. 

Click here to check out this year’s program in full. 

Free and special events – Tanderrum

When: Wednesday 2nd October

Where: Federation Square

Dedicated to the first people of Melbourne, Tanderrum is a traditional ceremony unique to the people of the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Djd Dja Wurrung.

These are all different language groups of the East Kulin Nation. Come the 2nd of October, they’ll come together to perform this sacred ceremony, which had previously only been practiced in secret. 

However, six years ago it was brought back into the public eye when it was first performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Since then, it has served as an opener to MIAF, as well as a tribute to the first Australians.

Theatre – The Nico Project

When: Friday 11th to Sunday 20th October

Where: Arts Centre 

Described by the Hollywood Reporter as “hypnotically beautiful” and earning a 4-star rating from The Guardian, The Nico Project is a performance theatre-lovers won’t want to miss.

Born in Germany, Nico (originally named Christa Päffgen) breaks down the walls between her audience and her own imagination in The Nico Project and ensures that her memory lives on even 30 years after her untimely passing.

Performed by Maxine Peake and backed by 15 world-class musicians, this performance celebrates this remarkable woman, and pays tribute to her impact on the world of art.

It’s an experience you won’t want to miss – click here to get your tickets!

Dance – Rite of Spring

When: Thursday 3rd to 6th October

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne

With a name like that, there’s really no better way to kick off spring!

Makeup. Costume. Design. Choreography.

Rite of Spring is a striking and riveting exploration of terms of morality, expressed through contemporary dance.

Combining original music that draws inspiration from traditional Tibetan music with lavish effects and elaborate choreography, Rite of Spring promises a performance that’ll engage each of your senses.

Brought to you by the same dance company had the audience’s jaws on the floor with Under Siege, this performance is bound to be just as good!

Spiegeltent – Gender Euphoria

When: Tuesday 15th to Sunday 20th October

Where: Arts Centre 

This performance will be one of the biggest trans and gender diverse acts of the entire festival. 

Featuring 10 outstanding performers, Gender Euphoria is an ensemble show explores the concepts of gender and identity while simultaneously celebrating and empowering trans artists. 

Winter doesn’t have to end just yet – visit the Winter Village

Are you the type of person who prefers cold weather over warm weather? Don’t want winter to wrap up just yet?

If so, we’ve got good news: you can hang onto the last few days of winter at the Winter Village!

 

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Now’s your chance to experience a proper white winter – even though we live in Australia!

Ever wished for a winter that involved ice skating or drink mulled wine as you walk through a market?

Normally, these simple pleasures are out of reach for Melburnians. This is Australia, after all, and most of the populated areas of our country don’t see snow, ever.

That’s exactly what the Winter Village is for. You can experience all the good things of a white winter without having to worry about the sub-zero temperatures.

Some of the attractions available include:

The Winter Village is located at Federation Square and will continue to run until the 29th September, allowing people of all ages to enjoy winter, and everything that comes with it.

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  2. Enter the date and time you’re arriving in the city
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  4. We’ll send a unique PIN that you can use to enter on the day

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