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Swanston’s Pick: May in Melbourne

As winter creeps in and the nights grow longer, our city continues to come to life



The Melbourne's writers festival is one of many treats you can enjoy this month across the city


Melbourne is a cultural trifecta jam-packed with music, food and the arts.

Here are some must-sees you don’t want to miss this May.


Calling all writers! The city’s biggest reading and writing festival returns in 2023. Australia’s most prominent literary figures will take the stage with a series of talks, workshops and storytelling.


When: Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 7

Where: Various locations across the CBD and Victoria.

Price: Varies per show.


Renowned Wiradjuri, Ngiyampaa artist Charlotte Allingham’s art showcase is something to behold


Wiradjuri, Ngiyampaa artist Charlotte Allingham’s graphic artwork exhibit reflects her thoughts on culture, identity, colonisation, and how we can make change happen.


Renowned for her presentation of Indigenous women through illustrations, zines and comics. Allingham knows how to evoke a sense of self-empowerment and freedom, giving us new ways to re-read history.


When: Thursday, May 4 to Sunday, May 14

Where: Metro Hoardings, 44-86 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000.

Price: Free


The long walk returns again this year


The iconic Long Walk continues its 19-year-long legacy to support Indigenous education across the country. This year, Melbourne will see live music performed by Australia’s leading Indigenous artists, free sports and art activities, and food trucks to keep everyone going.


The event will conclude with former AFL legend and founder Michael Long leading the walk to the MCG for the Dreamtime AFL match.


When: Saturday, May 20

Where: Alexandra Gardens, 3 Boathouse Drive, Melbourne, 3004.

Price: Free


At Federation Square a free tour through cultures is available one weekend


Head to Fed Square for three days of celebrating art, music and multicultural performances. Attendees can enjoy guided meditation and participate in various cultural ceremonies and performances. Patrons can also enjoy a stellar lineup of multicultural performances over the weekend.


When: Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21

Where: Federation Square

Price: Free


Wines & an celebration of women who challenge social norms awaits you at Goodness Nights


Experience ACMI’s Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion exhibition after dark with a dynamic program honouring women who challenge social norms and express their creativity and artistry. Ticketholders can enjoy food from Hero with drinks from Campari and Handpicked Wines throughout the exhibition.


When: Thursday, May 25

Where: Gallery 4, lower ground ACMI Federation Square.

Price: $30 - $35






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