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Find an inspiring range of classes and workshops, talks and demonstrations at learning centres, libraries, galleries, bars and cafes in and around Melbourne's city centre.  

Brain food

Browse the Wheeler Centre's year-round program of events relating to books, writing and ideas; feed your mind at a lunchtime session. Learn up on library skills and hear from authors and experts at the State Library of Victoria's free talks and workshops.

Ponder life's questions at classes and lectures at the School of Life, or follow a lecture series held by the Melbourne Free University.

To join the conversation about issues affecting Melburnians, join Melbourne Conversations, a free initiative run by the City of Melbourne.

Culinary classes

Up your culinary game at hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations at restaurants, cafes and dedicated cooking schools across the city, or take a foodie tour and get to know new ingredients in local neighbourhoods.

For a deeper appreciation of your favourite tipple, look out for wine, whisky and cocktail classes at city bars. 

Multi skilling

Sign up for cheap, fun classes in everything from balloon-animal creation to neuroplasticity to sake tasting at Laneway Learning classes in cafes and bars in the CBD, Brunswick and St Kilda. Discover an eclectic mix of offerings at creative hub the Abbotsford Convent, head to Fitzroy to broaden your mind with Work-Shop's program of classes in life skills and alternative art, or shop the Knowledge Market at Victoria Harbour.

At Federation Square, boost your health with free yoga, meditation and tai chi, get crafty with free monthly basket making and embroidery workshops, and keep an ear out for public lectures and talks.

Arts and crafts

Explore the program at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for arty events ranging from sketching classes and art appreciation lectures to ten-minute talks from curators.

For dressmaking and basic sewing skills, visit Collingwood's Thread Den sewing lounge, or to master the art of tapestry, visit South Melbourne's Australian Tapestry Workshop.

Boundless energy? Leap into classes at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) or find your stage presence at the National Theatre.

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Learning

AIM Conference - Seven skills of very successful leaders

As the peak body for managers and leaders AIM is delighted to bring you their 2017 Conference: The seven skills of very successful leaders. Following...

24 Mar 2017

Learning

The Dumpling Party

For things to do in Richmond, Melbourne you can't get more immersed in food culture than the Dumpling Party. Learning to make dumplings is a true...

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Learning

Ned Kelly tour

Ned Kelly has split public opinion for over a century. Hero or criminal? Decide for yourself as you spot the holes in Kelly's armour, read his...

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Learning

Polymer Clay Jewellery Workshop Melbourne

Want to learn to make beautiful polymer clay necklaces, earrings and rings? Polymer clay is a safe and easy material to work with to create fun and...

25 Mar 2017
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Food & wine

Sausage Making Masterclass at Common Man

Common Man South Wharf is excited to be hosting a number of sausage making masterclasses. Head Chef Lorenzo Casu will teach guests everything they...

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Learning

The Future Monument

Does better understanding the mistakes of our past encourage us to build a peaceful future? The Shrine was created to ensure that the sacrifices of...

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Art galleries

Australian Tapestry Workshop

The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) enjoys an international reputation as a leader in the creation of contemporary tapestry. Established in 1976,...

Art galleries

NGV International

See one of the Southern Hemisphere's most impressive collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art at this iconic Melbourne gallery.

Art, theatre & culture

Work-Shop

Broaden your mind with Work-Shop's program of short courses in life skills and alternative art, ranging from oil painting to terranium building.

Literature

The Wheeler Centre

Play with words and hear from the country's best at Australia's first centre for books, writing and ideas, located in the State Library of Victoria.

Architecture & design

Federation Square

In the tradition of the world's busiest public spaces, "Fed Square" buzzes with a daily program of events, restaurants and cafes and bold galleries.

Art, theatre & culture

The School of Life

Get schooled in good ideas for everyday life at classes and workshops, or simply stop for coffee and browse the shelves at the cafe and shop.

Art, theatre & culture

Laneway Learning

Sign up for an adultcation experience: cheap, fun classes in anything and everything, in cafes, bars and bookshops in the CBD, Brunswick and St Kilda.

Performing arts

National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA)

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is Australia's Centre of Excellence in contemporary circus arts training. NICA is a national...

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