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Gay Melbourne

Melbourne's premier cultural center
Arts Centre Melbourne

Ongoing events in complex of theatres and concert halls includes circus, theater, classical and pop music concerts, roller and ice skating, cinema and dance. See the Melbourne Festival 2014 in October, for 17 days of cultural events spanning continents, cultures and every kind of creative endeavour. See their website for details:

www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
A new city club for you and yours
Poof Doof

Every Saturday, 10pm-5am at backdoor of Bottom End, upstairs. A warehouse dance club from the past, today. "devastating door policy, demanding decor, delicious house music, deluded dancers." POOF DOOF DJs: Gavin Campbell, Sunshine, Chris Wilson, Courtney Marson, China, Tamara Kiti.

www.facebook.com/PoofDoof
Sexy, playful, stylish, and fashionable
Gossip Sundays

Sunday Industry Nights at Love Machine, 18+ dress to impress, gay/lesbian and friends dance night, international celebrities, DJs, sexy go-go dancers, special monthly theme nights include Super White Party and Pink Party.

www.facebook.com/sundaygossLOVE
Pride March will celebrate it's 21st Anniversary
Melbourne’s Midsumma 2016

January 17 - February 7, 2016 annual cultural festival. Melbourne's Queer Celebration of arts and culture: 145+ events, 85+ different venues throughout Melbourne region; performing arts, dance parties, visual art exhibitions, community events, forums. Carnival + T-Dance, food and drinks; Jan 17 - ALEXANDRA GARDENS, 5-hrs free entertainment; Jan 31 - Pride March on Fitzroy.

www.midsumma.org.au
Late night voyage through your deepest desires with musical comedian Grant Busé
Midsumma: The Late Night Sexy Show

January 19-24, 2016. Celebration of sex through song! Using his unique brand of satirical striptease standup, the show features Grant's original songs, creamy vocals and cheeky antics; Tim Minchin meets Magic Mike! Songs such as 'Undress Me', 'Car Sex' and 'The Spots That Make You O' - debaucherous, hilarious enlightening entertainment. Pants optional!

thebutterflyclub.com/show/the-late-night-sexy-show-2016
From the creative minds behind Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo comes
La Verità

January 21-23, 2016, Arts Centre Melbourne. Dream-like, acrobatic poem/ surrealist circus extravaganza; astonishing acts, fantastic visuals, decadent Vaudeville channeling of Salvador Dali. Acrobats play, sing, juggle, contort, clown, Can-Can amidst unfurling flowers, distorting shadows, suspended ladders, impossible balances, dismantled corpses, blindfolds, feathers and sequins.

www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/circus-physical-theatre/la-verita
Darcy and Kent are brothers... Yeah, they're close. Some would say too close...
Midsumma: Fraternal

January 22 - February 5, 2016. You could say they're best friends, but that's kinda lame, but they're brothers, so yeah, they're close. They live together in a not-overwhelmingly-tedious section of suburbia in an okay size little brick apartment, and their mother just died. But yeah, Darcy and Kent are close. Because they like, I dunno, because they're brothers....

www.outix.net/booktickets/event/Fraternal
Join in the fight against wildlife extinction
Melbourne Zoo Twilights

January 29 - March 12, 2016, Fri/ Sat nights at 7pm, the Melbourne Zoo. Fourteen local and international musicians live in concert as Zoo Twilights returns this summer in the fight against wildlife extinction. Explore the Zoo at dusk with animal exhibits open exclusively for Zoo Twilights guests 5:30-7pm with a special lions and elephants keeper presentation each concert night.

www.zoo.org.au/melbourne/twilights
Melbourne's Premier Bare-Arse & Wet Jock Competition
Mooning 2016 - Benefit for David Williams Fund

January 29, 2016, at The Laird Hotel. Bare-arse & wet jock competition, raising funds for people living with HIV/AIDS for over 20 years. Guys bare all to win prizes, and maybe a few fans. With 'talent' and 'wet-jock' segments, the crowd are guaranteed all-round views of the contestants. Half time comedy act, rapid-auction, bugger-all money at 15 bucks entry!

midsumma.org.au/event/mooning-2015
Celebrating 21 years
Pride March Victoria 2016

January 31, 2016, Pride March Victoria. Parade departs 2pm from the park at the corner of Lakeside Drive & Fitzroy Street, along Fitzroy Street, to Catani Gardens on the St Kilda foreshore, where the energy and pride will continue for a family-friendly, dynamic picnic in the park. Local traders will be selling devilishly good picnic baskets. 2016 theme: Marriage Equality!

midsumma.org.au/participate/pride-march/info
The NWPL Pride Cup - The annual National Water Polo League Championship Season
The National Water Polo League Pride Cup

February 5, 2015, 5:30pm MELBOURNE SPORTS/ AQUATIC CENTRE. The Victorian Seals and the Melbourne Surge GLBTIQ water polo team will showcase Men's and Women's Elite National League matches between the Seals and the KFC Brisbane Breakers; plus the Melbourne Surge and Sydney Stingers will fight it out in the Grudge Match Series 'Pride Round'!

www.outix.net/booktickets/event/2016NationalWaterPoloLeague
Festival of the Photocopier
ZINE FAIR 2016

February 14, 2016, noon-5pm, at Melbourne Town Hall. Sticky Institute's annual FESTIVAL OF THE PHOTOCOPIER ZINE FAIR will return bigger than ever in 2016, as over 150 stalls take over Melbourne's Town Hall.

www.facebook.com/events/1653817774896815
One of the towering figures of Italian cinema, a giant of postwar neo-realism
The Parades Gone By: The World of Luchino Visconti

February 17 - March 2, 2016 at Melbourne Cinémathèque, Federation Sq. Known for luscious mise en scène defined by often epic exteriors, sumptuous interiors, and ornamental detail. FEB 17, 7pm – THE LEOPARD; FEB 24, 7pm – OSSESSIONE + 9:30pm – BELLISSIMA; MAR 2, 7pm – THE STRANGER + 8:55pm – LA TERRA TREMA.

www.melbournecinematheque.org
A gastronomic playground
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

March 4-13, 2016 Food/ wine lovers come out to play (taste, cook, eat, learn, drink, discover) each year with artisan producers, trail-blazing chefs and inspiring winemakers. Events in every location imaginable - among wine barrels at cellar doors, in early autumn countryside sunshine, lights-down-low basement bars, hidden city lanes + award-winning restaurants.

MelbourneFoodandWine.com.au
"Four days of everything colourful & queer"
Chill Out Bush Dance 2016

March 11-14, 2016, Queer Country Pride Labour Day Long Weekend dances at Daylesford Town Hall. Street Parade & Carnival, Vincent Street, Daylesford. Thousands of friend for a great weekend of entertainment including the famous and truly unique street parade and all-day, all-star, open-air carnival. See website for updates:

www.chilloutfestival.com.au
Presented by: Live Nation
Madonna: The Rebel Heart Tour

March 12-13, 2016 at The Rod Laver Arena, Batman Avenue and Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne Park. Madonna will make a historic return to Australia, performing live for the first time in 23 years with The Rebel Heart Tour.

premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MADONNA16&v=RLA
Epic Long Weekend in the Greatest of Outdoors
Golden Plains Nine Music Festival

March 12-14, 2016, Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Meredith, Golden Plains, VIC, 90km W of Melbourne, Geelong/Ballarat. Camping. Featuring: Sleater-Kinney, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Violent Femmes, HTRK, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, The Necks, The Black Madonna, John Grant, CW Stoneking, Freddie Gibbs, Natalie Prass, US Girls, Kenji Takimi, Royal Headache, Buzzcocks + 14 more....

Goldenplains.com.au
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016
Quiz In My Pants

March 22 - April 3, 2016, 10pm at The Butterfly Club. Quiz Mistress Cassie tests your knowledge of all things X-rated in live game show at adults-only time. Cassie and sidekick Rusty fire off the questions, award points and prizes, sing a saucy song or two, and lead the audience through the weird and wonderful world of modern S-E-X.

thebutterflyclub.com
In Time for April Fool's Day
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

March 23 - April 17, 2016, various clubs & venues around town; comedy acts, theater, cabaret & stand-up artists of all kinds, including queer talents. One of the three largest comedy festivals in the world. Also: Deadly Funny, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedy program for Australia’s traditional owners. See 2016 competition dates at website:

www.comedyfestival.com.au
Maribyrnong City Council & Melbourne Queer Film Festival present
Melbourne Queer Film Festival

March 31 - April 11, 2016. Each year screening over 150 features, shorts, documentaries and experimental films from Australia and around the world over 12 days; Australia's largest, oldest, most successful queer film festival, at 3 Melbourne venues including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. The MQFF also tours highlights of its program to various parts of Australia.

www.mqff.com.au
Find Your Best Fit in 2016
Fitness & Health Expo

April 29 - May 1, 2016, 10am-5pm at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Bored with your training schedule? Want to start a new fitness kick or need valuable training or diet advice? Head to the ultimate workout for fitness, wellness and health, to find the best solution for you.

www.fitnessexpo.com.au
Celebrate the Australia Day long weekend
Melbourne Cabaret Festival

June 15-26, 2016, at Alex Theatre, St Kilda, Chapel Off Chapel, Prahran, The Butterfly Club, Melbourne and The Melba Spiegeltent, Collingwood. Second largest cabaret festival in the world, a major winter arts events. See website for the 2016 line-up.

melbournecabaret.com
The best dance music talent
Stereosonic 2016

December, 2016 (TBC) at Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale VIC. Kick off the summer with Australia's biggest dance & music festival - scores of top talent groups & DJs. For full line-up and more info see website:

stereosonic.com.au
"Music, nature, humanity at its most wonderful, wild times, excursions..."
Meredith Music Festival 26

December, 2016 (TBC), at Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Meredith/ Golden Plains, VIC, 90km W of Melbourne. Among world's best indie music festivals. With no commercial sponsors/signage/market stalls/timetable clashes, no telling you where to camp, no curfew, etc.

www.mmf.com.au