The temperature has dropped and we have by now well and truly entered winter. But that doesn’t mean Melbourne’s events and entertainment is cooling off, too!
June, just like any other month in the best city in the world, is jam-packed with a variety of events for all.
We want to take a look at two major events happening this month. Will you be attending?
Van Gogh and the Seasons at the NGV
- NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
- Open weekdays 9am 5pm; weekends 8am-5pm
- Special NGV Friday Nights series ends on Friday 7th July
- Exclusive Saturday Night at NGV performance on 8th July
This spectacular exhibition carries us through each of the four seasons, showcasing Van Gogh’s finest work.
Former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Sjraar van Heugten, has curated this exclusive show at Melbourne’s NGV.
With almost 50 paintings and drawings on display, this is the largest collection of Van Gogh work to ever make its way to Australia!
Van Gogh was captivated by the seasons
Van Gogh believed that the seasons represented the cycle we take in life: birth, bloom, maturity, and death.
In 1885, he wrote this timeless sentiment about the four seasons:
“It is something to be deep in the snow in winter, to be deep in the yellow leaves in the autumn, to be deep in the ripe wheat in the summer, to be deep in the grass in the spring.
It is something to always be with the mowers and the peasant girls, in summer with the big sky above, in the winter by the black fireplace.
And to feel – this has always been so and always will be.”
The four seasons played an integral role in his work; he saw them as a representation of a higher force.
When you visit the expo, you’ll travel through each season, seeing how his style changed along with the seasons.
About Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh was born on the 30th March, 1853, in a small town in the Netherlands called Zundert.
After leaving his family to work with his uncle in another Dutch town, he transferred to London before returning to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. He then made his way to Belgium, where in 1879, encouraged by his brother, he became an artist.
From June 1888 to 1890, Vah Gogh lived in several towns in the south of France, before moving to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town just northwest of Paris, where he lived the last two months of his life. He died on 29th July, 1890, aged just 37.
Require CBD parking when you visit the Van Gogh expo?
In just a few minutes on foot, pass Fed Square and head over the Princes Bridge (St Kilda Road) and you’ll find yourself at the NGV’s International division (the Ian Potter Centre, a branch of the NGV, is found at Fed Square).
With evening and weekend rates more than half the cost of other parking facilities nearby, Le Garage is the number one choice for safe, convenient, and affordable CBD parking. Book online NOW!
The Sleeping Beauty
- State Theatre, 100 St Kilda Road
- Friday 16th June – Tuesday 27th June, 2017 (evening performances)
- Saturday 17th June, Wednesday 21st June, Saturday 24th June (matinee performances)
- Buy tickets here
In a strictly limited season spanning from the 16th to the 27th of June, prepare to be immersed in the captivating world of The Australian Ballet’s adaptation of The Sleeping Beauty.
The story of The Sleeping Beauty
This production follows the same plot as the Disney film you watched as a child.
The spellbinding story of Princess Aurora, cursed by the evil Carabosse (you might know her as Maleficent in the movie!) is brought to life in a decadent stage setting.
You’ll be swept off your feet in this stunning adaptation of a Disney classic.
The Sleeping Beauty is here just until the end of June, so you better snap up your tickets quickly!
Arts Centre parking
Arts Centre parking can be rather costly – even their evening rates – so we suggest pre-booking cheap night rate parking at Le Garage!
Evening rates are an incredibly low $8 from Monday – Thursday, while on Friday nights, pay just $10 parking. Simply enter after 4pm and leave before 5:30am the following day. Remember, to get these super low Melbourne CBD parking rates, you must book online in advance!