Comedy, music, magic and more at our Library on the Lawn Festival

State Library Victoria

Our Festival is back for 2022! For the next three Fridays and Saturdays, the upper forecourt will come alive with entertainment and activities for all.

This weekend, adults can enjoy Yorta Yorta musician and composer Allara, Comedy Festival-favourite Jude Perl, plus Book Perfect Match with Readings (It’s like the game show Perfect Match – but this time you get to find your perfect book).

For the kids, there will be Literary Yoga with Little Warriors Yoga, handpainting with Little Party Faces, a little bit of magic with Nicholas J Johnson, and a comic workshop with Squishface Studio.

Library on the Lawn Festival
Fridays & Saturdays, 18 February to 5 March

Women’s voices from the past

Patricia Karvelas smiling, wearing a blue top

Join award-winning journalist Patricia Karvelas for our celebration of International Women’s Week.

Hear about the Library’s new Women Writers Fund, created to address historical bias and increase the representation of 19th and 20th century female authors in the State Collection. Patricia will be joined in conversation by Fund founder Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and Senior Librarian Dr Anna Welch.

This event includes a viewing of recent acquisitions to the Women Writers Fund with light refreshments provided. 

Women’s voices from the past
Friday, 11 March
Free, tickets strictly limited

 Introducing SLV Studios
Yellow wall in background, with recording equipment (headphones, microphone, switchboard) on a white table in the foreground)

Got a great podcast idea or audio project? We’ve got a new space you can use to record it.

Introducing SLV Studios, our new self-facilitated studios with state of the art equipment to help you produce your next audio project.

Studios are free to use – just get a free Library Access membership, book into an induction session, and then you can get into our studios and start recording!

Mystery Box: Burke and Wills expedition

Could this be the most bizarre item in the Library’s collection?

In this episode of Mystery Box, Librarian Daniel Wee shows us a small collection of 160-year-old hair belonging to the ill-fated explorers Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills, along with a handful of camel hair, which form part of the wide-ranging Burke and Wills Collection.

 What’s on
Angela Pippos, smiling, with her right hand up to the right side of her face

2022 Redmond Barry Lecture

Join award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Angela Pippos for the 2022 Redmond Barry Lecture: the power of sport.

Book now

Nevo Zisin smiling and touching their glasses, which sit on their head

Teen Writing Bootcamp: Nevo Zisin

Discover your own voices writing style at this Teen Writing Bootcamp with writer, performer and activist Nevo Zisin.

Book now

Sue Dymoke, smiling, with hands clasped in front of her face

Gandel Storytelling workshop: Sue Dymoke

Passionate young writers are invited to explore the art of poetry in this online workshop with published Poet and Associate Professor Sue Dymoke.

Book now


Plan ahead before you visit

The Library is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Be sure to check in, wear a mask and be kind to our staff. Visit our website for more information on how to make the most of your visit. 

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