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Journeys : Jun Jul 2012
I t’s nearly impossible to provide a panoramic view of Victoria’s cultural scene – with so many performance spaces, galleries, events and festivals, there’s something for everyone at any time of the year. Annie, one of the world’s most beloved musicals, is currently filling the stately Regent Theatre with its cherished songbook until 12 August. Starring Anthony Warlow and a roll call of some of Australia’s favour ite performers, this brilliant production breathes new life into a timeless classic. With a strictly limited season, it’s best not to wait until tomorrow to secure tickets. Until October, Melbourne is home to the treasures of two very different though equally stunning epochs. Part of the acclaimed Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, Napoleon: Revolution to Empire i s a n exploration of French art, culture and life from the 1770s to the 1820s. Showcasing paintings, sculpture, furniture, fashion, armour and more, this exhibition (open from 2 June to 7 October at the National Galler y of Victoria) vividly animates one of the world’s most opulent and tumultuous eras. From 28 June to 28 October the Australian Centre for the Moving Image will present Game Masters, a highly interactive videogame exhibition as part of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces. The exhibition will showcase the world of leading local and international game designers, with over 125 playable games from the arcade era through to the latest console and mobile technology. Following the success of the Tutankhamen exhibition, the Melbourne Museum has turned back the calendar even further to br ing The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia to Australia. Featuring a remarkable collection of artefacts from Sumer, Assyria and Babylon, the exhibition prov ides an illuminating and captivating insight into the customs, practices and mythology of three of the great centres of ancient civ ilisation. With a cluster of world-class stadiums on the doorstep of the CBD, athletic spectacles fill Melbourne’s calendar. With the 2012 Toyota AFL Premiership Season under way, the city is alive with the drama, colour and passion of Australia’s ow n game. As the ladder begins to take shape approaching September, every contest becomes pivotal, every statistic is subject to minute analysis and every result is critiqued and measured against past and future predictions. And that’s often just on the walk to the game! Tens of thousands of fans will cheer their team to victory every week in the majestic MCG. One of the world’s premier stadiums, it’s also home to the National Sports Museum, where illuminating and interactive exhibitions take visitors on a journey through the country’s relationship to sport and our most decorated athletes. The state-of-the-art Etihad Stadium brings fans closer to the action than ever before. As the primary home ground of five Melbour ne football clubs, the stadium has hosted a wealth of classic encounters in its short but colourful history. On 16 June, Etihad Stadium will add another chapter to its ever-growing history when the Qantas Wallabies take on Wales in rugby union’s Castrol Edge Wales Tour Following the home side’s victory over the Welsh in the Bron ze Final of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, this Test series is set to be explosive. Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s sporting precinct, A AMI Park is a multi-purpose venue that plays host to both the Melbourne Storm (NRL) and newcomers the Melbourne Rebels (Super Rugby). With the capacity to seat 30,000 fans, the unique design of the stadium adds another dimension to the already thrilling contests that unfold on the pristine surface. The proximity of the sporting precinct to some of Melbourne’s favourite restaurants, bars and cafes also means that a celebratory (or commiserative) meal or beverage is never more than a short stroll from the game. To plan your Melbourne getaway, call RACT Travelworld on 1300 368 111 or visit your local branch. It’s all happening in Melbourne Jacques- Louis DAVID French 1748–1825 Nap oleon Bonaparte, First Consul, crossing the Alps at Great St Bernard Pass, 20 May 1800 1803 (detail) oil on canvas 267.5 x 223.0 cmVersailles, musée n ation al du château (MV 8550) © RMN (Château d e Versailles) / Franck Raux June / July 2012 53
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