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What's On? April 2019

/ 04 Apr 2019
The temperature cools, but the opportunity to embrace events in Melbourne doesn’t as April rolls around.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Melbourne continues to laugh until 21 April as comedians from across Australia and the world continue to deliver jokes a plenty for locals and visitors alike.

Comedians of all shapes and sizes take to theatres, pubs, clubs and broom cupboards citywide during Festival, shining a spotlight on the silly, the serious, the heart-breaking and the hilarious. Humour is what brings us together and what sets us apart.

Dine on Flinders Lane, take your seats for a show before a rooftop cocktail before the weather cools, it’s the ultimate night out in the nation’s capital of laughter.

Various Locations, until 21 April
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Jersey Boys
Set to leave Melbourne mid-month, April presents the final opportunity to see Jersey Boys - the true-life story and the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, one of the most successful bands in music history.

The band sold over 175 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their worldwide hits including Can’t Take My Eyes off You, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby, Sherry and Big Girls Don’t Cry, which all feature in the musical.

Regent Theatre, until 14 April
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Muriel’s Wedding
Experience one of the most iconic and loved Australian films of all time in this big, brash and very cheeky new musical - Muriel’s Wedding the Musical.

Stuck in a dead-end life in Porpoise Spit, Muriel dreams of the perfect wedding - the dress, the church, the attention. Unfortunately, there is one thing missing. A groom. Following her dreams, Muriel ends up with everything she ever wanted. That’s when things start to go wrong.

With music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, Muriel’s Wedding features an incredible soundtrack of addictive new songs plus your favourite ABBA hits.

Her Majesty’s Theatre, until 16 June

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Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia - Federation Square


AFL @ the MCG

Sugar Republic
After a sell-out season in 2018, Sugar Republic is coming home with even more sugar launching in 2019.

Sugar Republic is an incredible pop-up dedicated to the celebration of desserts, candy and all things sweet through a series of amazing sensory rooms.
Relive your childhood as by visiting a classic Milk Bar, splash about in a giant blue bubble gum ball pit and step inside an adult-sized cookie house made from giant biscuits.

Take a bath in a rainbow filled room, dance in an 80’s inspired neon disco and pose for a sweet selfie in our Valentine’s chocolate room.

6th floor - Myer Melbourne, until early May
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Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro
2019 sees the Rip Curl Pro celebrating 57 years and the world's best male and female surfers are in town to compete for professional surfing's most treasured trophy - the Rip Curl Pro Bell.

The second event on the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) World Tour, the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro holds a very special place in surfing folklore, as the longest running world championship level contest on the World Tour.

Thrilling surf enthusiasts across the Easter long weekend, be sure to keep your eye on surf conditions as action only takes place in the best possible conditions.

Bells Beach, 17-27 April
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Australian Football League (AFL)
For a unique and truly Melbourne sporting experience, head to the Melbourne Cricket Ground or Marvel Stadium to watch Australian rules football.

The popularity of the game in Victoria often approaches obsession, so join the masses and revel in the excitement of one of Melbourne’s favourite pastimes.

The 2019 season is well underway, with matches across the month in Melbourne and the regional hub of Geelong.

Various Locations, across April
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Darren Sylvester: carve a future, devour everything, become something
The Melbourne-based contemporary artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition in a public institution, this exhibition brings together works spanning the entire twenty years of his career.

A timely and unique opportunity to review Sylvester’s practice, the exhibit reveals his continued discussions on desirability, authenticity and mortality, all presented in a high-gloss finish.

Sylvester’s practice is controlled, autodidactic and constantly evolving. It represents a detailed knowledge of and interest in pop culture, pop music, advertising, cinema, fashion, our relationships with each other and perhaps most significantly, our place in the universe.

The Ian Potter Centre (NGV Australia), until 30 June
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