5 February

The School of Life returns to Melbourne!

School of Life

Looking for a bit of inspirational and philosophical guidance? For a school offering something a little different, try the classes from the School of Life – the brainchild of philosopher Alain de Botton, who set the London school up in 2008. In 2012/2013 the first international campus opened in Collingwood, but for 2014 it’s moved to the more central location of Bourke Street. Each class is limited to 26 attendees. Some are favourites from last year and many have a couple of date options.

The School of Life, 669 Bourke St, Melbourne. 27 Mar-22 Apr, $65 per class.Read more

12 November

Skywhale set to soar over Melbourne

Skywhale

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Nope, it’s a whale, with boobs?

Patricia Piccinini’s grand SKYWHALE will be floating into the forecourt of the ACCA. The kooky yet majestic hot air creature will be in Melbourne for just two hours from 7-9am and its creator Piccinini will be hanging around for a special open-conversation with impresario, Robyn Archer. Archer, is also the creative director for the Centenary of Canberra and commisioned the SKYWHALE for the celebrations.

Patricia Piccinini In Conversation, ACCA, Mon Dec 2, 8-9am.

Photo: Nick-DRead more

6 November

Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Australia

Aung San Suu KyiThis folks, is a big one. In her first official visit to Australia, Burmese activist and 2015 Myanmar presidential candidate Aung San Suu Kyi will speak in Melbourne.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who founded the National League for Democracy, spent 15 years under house arrest until being released in 2010, and recently announced she would seek the presidency of Myanmar in two years. If you want to take advantage of this chance to hear one of the world’s most significant political figures, get in quickly.

Public Lecture by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Robert Blackwood Hall, Sat 30 NovRead more