What could be a more fitting performance during October to inhabit the Circus Oz Melba Spiegeltent than a wicked, tragic tale of lost loves and conflicting desires against the backdrop of a 19th century circus? A dramatic combination of music, dance, and circus performance, The Carnival of Lost Souls succeeds in capturing the audience in an eerie atmosphere and inspiring awe at the mastery of its cast. There could be no other venue than the Melba Spiegeltent, its mirrored walls reflecting the spectacles before us and magnifying their impact.Read More
How does walking into total darkness sound? Being in a space where you can’t really tell the difference between having your eyes open or closed? Having to rely on your guide’s voice, and your other senses, to make your way?Read More
The royalty of immersive experiences, Secret Squirrel Productions, staged one of their twice-yearly productions of Underground Cinema over 20th - 30th July, with the thrilling medieval theme 'kingdom'. This was our first encounter with Underground Cinema and we dove into the opportunity to dress up and rove through the grounds of Eltham's Montsalvat, Jameson Whiskey night warmer in hand. Our night was full of fun, frivolity, intrigue, adventure and cinematic delight The Princess Bride at the end! Underground Cinema, we are hooked, when's the next one?Read More
July 14: La Fête Nationale française; the perfect excuse for a day of immersion in French food. To commemorate Bastille Day this year the Hotel Sofitel charged their Executive Pastry Chef, David Hann, with producing Éclairs with Flair!
We began our day in Sofi's Lounge with Chef Hann's pastry magic, feeling like 24 carat gold after indulging in some divine food art. All the eclairs were delicious and we had one or two stand out favourites, namely the lemon meringue and nutella fillings, the most beautifully decorated however was the violet.
We'll certainly be on the lookout for another fine dining dessert event from Chef Hann and the Sofitel!Read More
With June’s arrival winter descends and this year it feels right on time. Each season holds its charms and a Melbourne winter is very much a diamond in the rough. The wind blows a gale and can chill to the bone, true. People rush up and down the city streets, cloaked in Brack’s black, shoulders hunched, dodging the slippery cobbles. Winter falls elegantly, the city twinkling through rain soaked nights almost like walking through the stars.
During the day cups of Proud Mary, Axil and Seven Seeds warm cold hands and in the evenings the haloed street lamps light the way to the revelry writhing beneath. Melbourne is nothing short of vibrant in the warmer months, as you would expect any city to be, but in winter it truly comes alive.Read More
Good Beer Week is one of those beautiful opportunities that Melbourne throws at you to indulge, to step right up to some challenging flavours and come out the other side with a story of your own.Read More
MICF attracts over 770,000 patrons annually and many comedy superstars of the likes of Russell Howard, Judith Lucy, Wil Anderson, Ross Noble, Hannah Gadsby, Dave Hughes, Jason Byrne and Ruby Wax return at least every second year. The Festival is also a crucible for break out acts and many a devotee can recall the beginnings of a well-known comedian.
While the Comedy Festival runs for nearly a month the CBD is quite full each evening and finding a place to eat or drink either side of an show, let alone a place that matches the act that you are seeing, can be difficult. Planning and booking ahead can make or break your night.
Never fear, Melburnian Guide to has you covered. We give you our pick of the MICF acts and their paired restaurants and bars. Enjoy your Comedy Festival, we wish you delicious quips and tasty bites!Read More