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 or cultural activities this year! With venues closing their doors, and public gatherings ruled out, a wide range of events and institutions have moved to the online space. So, get into your comfiest clothes, put the kettle on, grab your favourite snacks, and get ready for some culture.

Here are some great Victorian festivals you can explore from the comfort of your couch!

31 July – 2 August

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is hosting a Virtual Common Rooms mixtape of events this weekend. With 13 inclusive shows and workshops to choose from, you’ll find everything from stand-up comedians to dance parties!

They’re also providing a digital foyer, where you can chat with other audience members after each show.

Open House Melbourne

If you missed the live Open House Melbourne event earlier this week, never fear! You can still take a virtual tour of some incredible and iconic buildings in and around Melbourne. There are also talks available to watch, and online events running up until the end of August.

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)

6-23 August

2020’s MIFF 68½ brings you an online showcase of over 60 new-release films, five shorts packages, talks, events, and activations, streamed across Australia. Explore films from around the world, without leaving the comfort of your couch!

Melbourne Writers Festival

7-16 August

This year, the Melbourne Writers Festival is going digital! Tickets are free, or you can make a donation – pay what you can. Discover a range of blog posts and interviews, podcasts, and streamed events featuring popular and emerging Australian authors.

We recommend the opening night event on Finding the Heart of the Nation

Ballarat Virtual Winter Fest

Available until 31 August

The annual Ballarat Winter Fest has moved entirely online this year. Take a virtual tour around the city, participate in games and activities, and check out the local businesses without having to leave your house or navigate through traffic.

Victorian Seniors Festival

Available until 31 October

In 2020, the Victorian Seniors Festival is reimagined. With weekly video performances and interviews, and monthly radio entertainment, explore carefully curated content including musical performances, poetry, dancing, puppetry, and more! 

YPRL #StayAtHome Film Festival

Our YPRL created Film Festival is free and available to access online. Featuring a range of films to choose from, there’s something for the whole family!

Tarahumara: Festival of The Easter Moon

Neighborhood Tokyo

Spoleto USA: A Festival Discovers America

The Best Film I Never Made

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