Culture in Comfort

Melbourne is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, and while conditions have changed during the global pandemic, it seems that nothing will stop the city's artists bringing culture to audiences! 

Whether you're into art, festivals, writing, music or more, there is a cultural event out there for you. Simply log on to enjoy Melbourne's culture from the comfort of your home.

Vault Sessions

Available until 6 August

Live from Hamer Hall, these Vault Sessions are a series of digital concerts featuring Australian musicians. You can view them “live” on Thursday nights – with each session being available to stream for two weeks afterwards.

ArtLife goes Digital

Available until 31 August

ArtLife goes Digital is a series of online workshops for artists with a disability to work alongside professional facilitating artists, covering a range of mediums including digital arts, visual arts, dance, animation and stage craft.

The New Black Vanguard

Available until 27 September

‘The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion’ is a feature of the PHOTO 2020 International Festival of Photography, hosted at the Bunjil Place Gallery. The exhibition aims to “open up conversations around the roles of the black body and black lives as subject matter”. With the gallery closed due to Covid-19, you can now explore the entire exhibition via virtual tour.

YPRL Online Groups

With our branches closed at the moment, we’ve created online groups to help you connect with like-minded members of the community. From English and French conversations, to stitch crafts, ‘Discussions after Dark’, and writing groups, meetings are hosted weekly.

Ballet TV

The Australian Ballet is bringing full-length performances of Spartacus and The Merry Widow to you for free in their At Home with Ballet TV digital season.

Virtual Victorian Opera

The Victorian Opera is publishing new videos each week, so you can experience the joy of Opera in your own home.

Animals at Home

Zoos Victoria has released a virtual tour of Melbourne Zoo, with tours of Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary to be uploaded in the coming week (1 and 8 August, respectively). They’re also hosting weekly keeper talks, virtual animal encounters, and live animal cams.

Museum at Home

While the Museum might be closed, you can still take a virtual tour, explore collections online, take part in games and activities, and discover curriculum-aligned resources for home-based learning. The Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum and Scienceworks can all be explored. 

NGV Collection

The National Gallery of Victoria has made 75,000 works of art and approximately 90% of its records available to view online. From Australian art, contemporary design and architecture, fashion and textiles, and photography, there is much to explore and discover.

Festivals from Home

We may be stuck at home right now, but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on Melbourne’s iconic festivals. Here are some great Victorian festivals you can explore from the comfort of your couch!

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