Seven things to do indoors this winter (besides eating and drinking)

There are plenty of (warm) indoor activities this winter to feed your mind, as well as your stomach. Here are some inside adventures well worth taking.

Cities of Architecture at ACCA

Explore architectural feats and unique urban spaces from around the globe, without ever leaving Melbourne. Presented by Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Cities of Architecture covers the urban and cultural history of one city each month. Book now for Barcelona in August, with featured guest Mark Burry, the Executive Architect and Researcher at Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia basilica.

A ornate ceiling of an old building

Barcelona and the Sagrada Familia will be in focus in the August session of ACCA’s City of Architecture series.

Talks program at Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)

MIFF’s talks program is a fascinating insight into the filmmaking process. Creatives in conversation include Jane Campion, Ben Elton and David Wenham. Melbourne’s street artists will also be in focus at a special event at Library at the Dock on 11 August. Panellists include Anthony Lister; artist and Blender Studios director Adrian Doyle; illustrator and contemporary street artist Kaff-eine; and Rone director Lester Francois. The event coincides with the world premieres of Have You Seen the Listers? and VR experience Rone.

Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum is filled with some of the most entertaining, unique exhibitions in the city.  Drop into the exhibition Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers, to explore the secret life of bugs and their ingenious ways of living.  Or, have your own ‘Night at the Museum’ experience (with added drinks and live music) at Nocturnal, a speciality-formatted after-hours event for adults.

A museum display of an insect

Orchid Mantis exhibit in Bug Lab at Melbourne Museum. Image: Joel Checkley

Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre

Located at Federation Square, the Koorie Heritage Trust is a space where people can experience, learn, connect and reconnect with Aboriginal culture. As well housing the only public collection in Australia dedicated solely to Koorie art and culture, it also hosts creative workshops and exhibitions. Their guided cultural walk is a must-do.

State Library of Victoria

A wealth of knowledge calls the State Library of Victoria home. A range of free exhibitions run daily, along with exclusive tours.

Laneway Learning

Classes at Laneway Learning are kept small, intimate and affordable. Their Ethics for Our Future World series, held at Embiggen Books, postulates potential future scenarios with discussions including time travel and climate change.

People in a drawing class

Laneway Learning

 

School of Life

Developing emotional intelligence rather than academic knowledge, The School of Life is an exceptional type of education in Melbourne. Immerse yourself in their calendar of life-enhancing events.