Our Calendar of Events and listings of events, festivals, markets, etc on various pages are usually updated several times a day and there is usually a new newsletter every week.

Pages added or substantially altered since 1st November 2016:

Seven Journalists of Melbourne - overview

  1. Little Johnny Fawkner

John Pascoe Fawkner - profile

Old Treasury Building

The White Hat Guide to the naming of Australia

The White Hat Guide to to The 8 Hour Movement in Australia

The White Hat Guide to 08-08 - The Battle of Amiens

The White Hat Guide to Australian Place Names

The White Hat Guide to Melbourne Street Names

Events, attractions & activities added (or details altered) in the week beginning Monday 5th December 2016:

These listings can be found on various pages throughout the White Hat web site.

Szymanowski's opera King Roger

Opera Australia together with the Opera Australia Chorus and Opera Australia Orchestra (Sydney) / Orchestra Victoria (Melbourne) conducted by Andrea Molino present

Cast - King Roger Michael Honeyman; Roxana Lorina Gore; Shepherd Saimir Pirgu (Sydney) / Arthur Espiritu (Melbourne); Edrisi James Egglestone; Deaconess Dominica Matthews; Archiereios Gennadi Dubinsky.

This is a co-production with the Royal Opera House and Dallas Opera. Running time: approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including one interval. Sung in Polish with English surtitles.

Sydney: Sydney Opera House; 7.30pm 20th, 28th & 31st Jan plus 2nd, 4th & 8th Feb; 1pm 15th Feb 2017
Melbourne: State Theatre; 7.30pm 19th, 23rd & 25th May; 1pm 27th May 2017

Our rating - 5 Hats

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Fairfield Summer Series 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Fairfield Summer Series brings a variety of performers to the Fairfield Amphitheatre for a series of free shows each Sunday in February from 5pm to7:30pm. Featuring serious local talent from established and emerging artists, Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with the City of Yarra. Enjoy tantalising international delicacies from the Social Studio.

Fantastic Voyage - Sunday 5th February

Be ready to be taken on a Fantastic Voyage through genre and tradition as we kick off the Fairfield Summer Series with an eclectic line-up headed by The Cactus Channel. Melbourne’s flamenco rockers Malcura will get your heart racing whilst Kozmik County will supply Psychedelic Eastern music to make your feet slide and your mind expand. Top this off with unique and specialized dance stylings from Studio J and you’re set on a journey beyond the leafy banks of the Yarra.

Station to Station - Sunday 12th February

PBS 106.7 FM Stone Love presenter Richie 1250 will be taking punters from Station to Station of the African musical diaspora. Foreign Brothers’ The Core-tet will be laying down the funk and soul with moves from Metaphysical Groove. Alariiya is bringing the Afro-beat. Dig Deep will be showcasing local hip-hop talent. International stars from I Love Dancehall will show you how to shake.

Let’s Dance - Sunday 19th February

Chris Gill, the host of 3RRR’s ’102.7FM’ Get Down, is hosting a dance party ripe for busting out some serious moves. Neil Morris is opening the show with a very special performance. Latin heroes San Lazaro will be there preceded by a Bindaas Salsa workshop for those not in the know. New-kids-on-the-Melbourne-Soul-Block, The Do Yo Thangs, are going to get you up and moving.

Changes - Sunday 26th February

Celebrating the next wave of Melbourne’s biggest talent Changes will be headed up by Billy Davis & The Good Lords. After a smashing year Thando will be showing audiences what she has been cooking up. See what’s happening in Melbourne’s poetry scene with spoken word fusion darlings Lay & Soreti: The Moment. As well as hosting the evening, Anna ’Pocket Rocket’ Lumb will be reveling in the renaissance of the Hula with an interactive performance.

Bring your friends, family and a picnic rug to witness a range of of Melbourne’s music and arts. Ride a bike, walk the Main Yarra Trail or catch a train – the Fairfield Amphitheatre is a 5 minute walk from Fairfield Station and just 16 minutes by train from Melbourne’s CBD.

Our rating - 4 Hats

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’Tis Pity - An Operatic Fantasia on Selling the Skin and the Teeth

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An operatic fantasia by Richard Mills, ’Tis Pity reunites the creative forces of international chanteuse Meow Meow and director Cameron Menzies to create a brand new work, following their acclaimed production of The Seven Deadly Sins.

 Richard Mills composes a flight of fancy on ‘selling the skin and the teeth’. A song cycle on the complexities of sex, pleasure, survival and salvation, trade transactions and razzle dazzle rouge through the ages, from Ishtar to the Internet, the vamp, the saint and the mirror, suckers and succour, preaching and pragmatism.

Be drawn into a fantastical history of the concubine, the courtesan, the conqueror, the queen and the sing song girl. With texts ancient and modern, old and original.

With Meow Meow, Kanen Breen and Orchestra Victoria conducted by Richard Mills.

See The White Hat Review of 'Tis Pity

Our rating - 3 Hats

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The Book of Mormon

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From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, it’s The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical. 

The Book of Mormon made its world premiere in March 2011 at Broadway's Eugene O'Neil Theater. The London production opened in February 2013 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The show has set house records at 27 theatres around the US, and broken the house record at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre more than 50 times. The London production broke box office records for the highest single day of sales in West End history.

White Hat can thoroughly recommend The Book of Mormon as one of the best and most entertaining musical productions to be seen in Melbourne for quite some time

Our rating - 5 Hats

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Sidney Myer Free Concerts - The Russians

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The Sidney Myer free concerts at the Music Bowl is always one of White Hat's favourite Melbourne events. Relax under the stars with a picnic and perhaps some champagne while listening to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra play some of the world's great music.

In this concert the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Benjamin Northey (conductor) and Jayson Gillham (piano) perform:

Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

Admission is free and gates open at 4.30pm, entry is on a first in, best dressed basis. Full conitions of entry can be viewed here.

Our rating - 5 Hats

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Sidney Myer Free Concerts - Romeo & Juliet

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The Sidney Myer free concerts at the Music Bowl is always one of White Hat's favourite Melbourne events. Relax under the stars with a picnic and perhaps some champagne while listening to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra play some of the world's great music.

In this concert the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Benjamin Northey (conductor) and Claire Edwardes (percussion)  perform:

Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

Admission is free and gates open at 4.30pm, entry is on a first in, best dressed basis. Full conitions of entry can be viewed here.

Our rating - 5 Hats

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Sidney Myer Free Concerts - La Valse

Crwd at Sidney Myer Free Concert

The Sidney Myer free concerts at the Music Bowl is always one of White Hat's favourite Melbourne events. Relax under the stars with a picnic and perhaps some champagne while listening to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra play some of the world's great music.

In this concert the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Kazuki Yamada (conductor) perform:

Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

Admission is free and gates open at 4.30pm, entry is on a first in, best dressed basis. Full conditions of entry can be viewed here.

Our rating - 5 Hats

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Meeniyan Garlic Festival

With over 50 stalls and over 300 garlic varieties, the Meeniyan Garlic Festival also features  lots of family activities in this delightful rural setting. Full details at Meeniyan Garlic Festival.




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Lonsdale Street Greek Festival

The Lonsdale St Greek Festival celebrates 30 years in 2017, when Melbourne’s biggest Greek street party brings a weekend of Greek culture, food and entertainment to the city’s historic Greek Precinct. Featuring 3 stages of free entertainment, children’s rides and activities, and over 60 food, drink and craft stalls, Melbourne’s largest celebration of Greek culture will take over Lonsdale Street. Details at Lonsdale Street Greek Festival >>

Our rating - 4 Hats

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Port Phillip Mussel Festival

White Hat can thoroughly recommend this vibrant seafood festival come street party. Enjoy mussels and other seafood cooked in a wide variety of ways all accompanied by one of Melbourne's best free jazz festivals. Street vendors combine with the market's own restaurants to provide plenty of variety from the cheap and cheerful through to chef-prepared restaurant dishes. Sit in the sun with a cold sangria and a hot mussel paella or enjoy a craft beer with wok cooked drunken mussels.

Details at Port Phillip Mussell Festival

Our rating - 4 Hats

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