What's on in Boroondara?

What’s on at your neighbourhood house

If there’s an interest or a passion you’d like to pursue, your local neighbourhood house has a range of courses, classes and workshops to explore. Nurture a creative talent, learn a language, develop your skills or join a social group. We have options for children and teens through to the senior members of our community. Get in touch with your local neighbourhood house to find out what it offers.

Computer basics and beyond

Gain skills and confidence using computers to navigate, manage files, surf the web and more.

Where: Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning

When: 9:30am to 12pm, Tuesdays from 26 April

Phone: (03) 9885 9401

Cost: $110 (for 10 sessions)

Pop-up craft market

Feast on the sausage sizzle, gourmet food truck fare and artisan cupcakes, and choose an original gift in time for Mother’s Day. Bring the family and reconnect with your Ashburton community.

Where: Craig Family Centre

When:12pm to 5pm, Saturday 30 April

Phone: (03) 9885 7789

Persian cooking

Embark on a culinary journey through the wonders of Persian cuisine. In this hands-on class with host Forouzan, you will prepare a healthy 4-course Middle Eastern meal with traditional spices, ingredients and techniques from the region.

Where: Hawthorn Community House

When: 2pm to 5pm, Sunday 15 May

Phone: (03) 9819 2629

Cost: $65

Life drawing

Participants will develop their skills in observation and the structure of form.

Where: Ashburton Community Centre

When: 10am to 12pm, Saturdays, starting 23 April

Phone: (03) 9885 7952

Cost: $280 ( for 9 classes)

Path to employment

Meet with a Jobs Australia Advocate to get on the right path.

Where: Bowen Street Community Centre

When:10:30am to 12pm, the first Tuesday of each month

Phone: (03) 9889 0791

Cost: Free

Make a mosaic wall plaque

Make a beautiful mosaic garden wall plaque over 3 Friday nights in May.

Where: Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre

When: 7pm to 9pm, from 6 to 20 May

Phone: (03) 9890 2467

Cost: $170

Watercolour workshop

Vivi Palegeorge will take a deep dive into colour, tone and composition to create a textural and captivating watercolour.

Where: Camberwell Community Centre

When: 10am to 1pm, Sunday 27 March

Phone: (03) 9882 2611

Cost: $65

Open art

Explore your favourite art including drawing, watercolour, painting or Copic markers. Beginners are welcome and a free class trial is  available.

Where: Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre

When: 1pm to 3pm, Tuesdays from 26 April

Phone: (03) 9830 4214

Cost: $220 (for 9 sessions)

Rendezvous to write

Learn useful strategies to develop your writing skills.

Where: 1pm to 3pm, Thursdays every 2 weeks from 28 April

When: Trentwood at the Hub

Phone: (03) 9006 6590

Cost: $8 (per session)

Tai chi for beginners

Traditional Chinese mind-body relaxation exercise.

Where: Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre

When: 2:45pm to 3:45pm, Thursdays from 28 April

Phone: (03) 9853 3126

Cost: $155 (for 9 sessions)

Life drawing

Learn the basic skills to draw the human body with confidence.

Where: Balwyn Community Centre

When: 10am to 12pm, Tuesdays weekly from 26 April

Phone: (03) 9836 7942

Cost: $220 (for 9 sessions)

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What's on at Boroondara Arts

The Intrigue of Images by Donald Bate

The Intrigue of Images by Donald Bate is a community exhibition featuring high-energy, vibrant paintings inspired by the beauty of the Australian landscape and its myriad forms.

Where: Town Hall Gallery

When: Tuesday 12 April to Saturday 14 May

An abstract painting with flowing, watery shapes in cream, pink and red.

Image: Donald Bate, Freedom Flow, 2017, acrylic on stretched canvas, 203 x 99 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Interpreted Landscape by Kew Historical Society

The Interpreted Landscape explores the history of Kew through the eyes of cartographers, artists and photographers, working between 1830 and 1950.

Where: Town Hall Gallery

When: Tuesday 12 April to Saturday 21 May

W Nicholls Anderson, ‘Adeney Avenue’, 1906, framed oil on canvas, 30 x 22 cm, courtesy of Kew Historical Society

Image: W Nicholls Anderson, Adeney Avenue, 1906, framed oil on canvas, 30 x 22 cm, courtesy of Kew Historical Society

Expanded Canvas

Expanded Canvas is a major exhibition at Town Hall Gallery exploring the dynamic and innovative nature of contemporary painting. The traditional grid and 2-dimensional picture planes are replaced by modern surfaces, including drop sheets, sign vinyl, virtual space, and the gallery wall itself.

Featuring: David Harley, Lara Merrett, Judy Millar, Tom Polo, Bundit Puangthong and Huseyin Sami.

Where: Town Hall Gallery

When: Saturday 23 April to Saturday 2 July

There will also be a kids’ exhibition tour on Saturday 23 April from 11am to 12pm – for ages 5 to 12.

large sheets of canvas painted with bright colours and draped across the walls and piled on the ground

Main image: Lara Merrett, Time after time (compendium of gestures), 2017, acrylic on canvas, dimensions variable. Installation view, Superposition of 3 types, 2017, curated by Talia Linz and Alexie Glass-Kantor, Artspace, Sydney. Image courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf. Photography by Jek Maurer. 

Street Sounds

Local shopping and community precincts continue to come alive with the return of Streets Sounds throughout April, creating vibrant  entertainment as you shop, dine and explore at locations across Boroondara. Enjoy free live music for all audiences. Keep your eyes and ears open while enjoying your local area. For up-to-date program information, visit our Boroondara Arts page

Inventi Ensemble Enchanted Forest

Inventi Ensemble presents a music and art experience that turns the Hawthorn Arts Centre Main Hall into a ‘living’ enchanted forest. Inventi’s 7-piece ensemble will perform a new arrangement of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and an exciting new work from composer Melody Eotvos.

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre

When: 8pm, Friday 22 April

Cost: $38 adult, $30 concession

Inventi on stage

Women of Soul

Women of Soul presents an epic program of heart-breaking ballads, empowering lyrics, soulful grooves and storytelling. Making their debut appearance at Hawthorn Arts Centre, artists Thando, Chelsea Wilson, Carla Troiano, Stella Angelico and Monique Boggia present a mix of soul, blues, jazz and R’n’B. Performing original repertoire accompanied by beautiful arrangements featuring voice, piano, violin and
guitar, the all-female line-up presents a new unplugged program.

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre

When: 8pm, Friday 29 April

Cost: $38 adult, $30 concession

A collage of female singers

School holiday program

Book the kids into a sustainability workshop, library event, craft or cooking classes these autumn school holidays.

To find out more about all the activities on offer, visit our School holiday activities page.