MELBOURNE | Tuesday 21st May to Monday 27th May 2013
This week the Emerging Writers’ Festival makes a proudly bookish appearance while in Southbank, stepping freshly on to the stage, there’s the inaugural Neon Festival of Independent Theatre.
There’s also an extensive range of events held throughout Melbourne and Victoria to celebrate National Reconciliation Week.
And Melbourne shows its enormous fondness for a cuppa and all things caffeinated with the Melbourne International Coffee Expo taking place at the Showgrounds.
Have a great week in Melbourne!
Melbourne’s Premier Dinner Club
Tablemates, Melbourne’s Premier Dinner Club
has been established since 1994 and has been the secret behind many success stories of their members meeting new friends or their life partner through their quality group dinners for 6 people, 3 men and 3 women in compatible age-groups, held at some of Melbourne’s best restaurants.
Learn More About Tablemates
Children’s Resilience & Confidence Programs
Resilience & Confidence Programs
offered by LONGFORD & FRASER Leadership Academy for Boys and their sister-school SHINE Academy for Girls, offers classes for boys and girls aged from 5 to 19. Held on individual days, weekly or during school holidays, programs cover self-esteem, dealing with bullies, social values and more.
More About Resilience & Confidence Programs
From 1st Draft to the Stage
Emerging Writers’ Festival
, held in various venues, offers a program of performances, panels, readings, workshops and much more. Featuring special events that include forums that explore the art, craft and business elements of being a writer, the festival program has events for people of many ages.
When: May 23 to June 2
Also See: Dandenong Ranges Writers Festival
Also See: Bayside Literary Festival
Neon Festival of Independent Theatre
, presented by Southbank’s Melbourne Theatre Company, showcases the works of five of Melbourne’s top independent companies who will stage their work, their way. The performance seasons also feature a program of free events with in depth forums, workshops and more.
When: Until July 21
National Reconciliation Week
, held across Australia, with the theme this year of 'Let's talk recognition' features an extensive program of events across Victoria that focus on how Australians as a whole can better recognise the contributions, cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
When: May 27 to June 3
For People Like Us
Flowerchildren - The Mamas and The Papas Story
is the Green Room Award Winning musical by Peter Fitzpatrick. Playing at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre for a limited time, the cast include Casey Donovan in the role of Mama Cass as the turbulent story of one of the most iconic groups of the 1960s is brought to life.
When: Until June 23
If It Ain’t Baroque...
Great Moments from Opera
, held at the Performing Arts Centre of Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School, brings together the Heidelberg Choral Society and Box Hill Chorale to perform arias, duets and choruses from some of the world's best loved operas. Soloists include Alexandra Flood, Lotte Betts Dean, Michael Lapina and Nathan Lay.
When: Saturday May 25 – 2:30pm & 7:30pm
, performed by The Melbourne Musicians, is a program of brilliant music by the great baroque masters. Directed by Frank U. Pam, they’ll be joined by prizewinning soprano Kari Lyon and brilliant trumpeter Tristram Williams who will perform Bach's scintillating cantata No.51. It’s held at St Johns Southgate.
When: Sunday May 26 – 3pm
In Cider Trading
Brunswick Street Cider House’s 1st Birthday Party
will present a grand celebration to thank those who’ve supported the Fitzroy venue, the first of its kind in Australia to dedicate itself to cider. Following their Acoustic Arvo Sessions with Dean Hatini, they’ll launch their new Saturday Nights event with drink specials and more.
When: Saturday May 25 - 12pm to Late
Lynchie the Mouse
, showing at 69 Smith Street Gallery in Fitzroy, is the follow-up exhibition by J A.F. Perkins whose latest works take a more personal turn from his previous exhibitions. With his own spin on art-as-therapy, his works depict a vigilante cartoon mouse who explores shadows of demons past in the artists' life.
When: May 22 to June 9
Official Opening: Saturday May 25 – 4pm to 6pm
One of the Things That Makes Me Doubt
, showing at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Southbank, is the first ever survey of works presented in Australia by the American, British based artist Daria Martin, whose works blend theatre, design and art in cinematic spaces of dream and unconscious.
When: May 25 to July 28
No Pain, No Gain
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
, screening at Melbourne’s ACMI Cinemas, draws on an enormous wealth of music, studio footage and photographs to present a tribute to the brilliance of one of America's greatest pre-punk bands whose early career was thwarted by distribution difficulties that would be unheard of today.
When: May 26 to June 13
Croydon Film Society
hold regular screenings at Chirnside Park’s Reading Cinema, showcasing quality films with annual membership including all screenings and attendance of their end of year party. They’ll next screen Asghar Farhadi’s award winning Iranian, A Separation, about a couple affected by Alzheimer’s in the family.
When: Monday May 27 – 7:15pm
For the Morning After the Night Before
Melbourne International Coffee Expo
returns to offer a premium experience for coffee lovers. Taking place at Melbourne Showgrounds, the expo features a wide range of coffee industry exhibitors including cafes, franchises, green bean traders, wholesale roasters, commercial and domestic equipment and more.
When: Thursday to Sunday, May 23 to 26
Note: Thursday & Friday, May 23 & 24 TRADE ONLY
Good Beer Week
presents a wide range of events that celebrate quality beer and the people that brew and drink it. With over 140 events that include dinners, masterclasses, showcases and tours, the festival features brewers from all over the world with 115 venues taking part across Melbourne and regional Victoria.
When: May 18 to 26
Fancy a Shotgun Wedding?
, taking place at Melbourne Showgrounds, is the largest event for the Sports Shooting Industry in Australia. Showcasing shooting, hunting and outdoor trades to the general public along with seasoned enthusiasts, the expo is also held with the aim of improving public awareness, professionalism and safety.
When: Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26
Visionary Wedding Expo
, taking place at the Ballarat Mining Exchange, offers the chance to see to all of your wedding planning needs at one convenient venue. Linking brides and grooms to-be with leading industry businesses for advice on creating a dream wedding, the event also features door prizes and fashion parades.
When: Sunday May 26 - 10am to 4pm
will hit Phillip Island for an enormous weekend of action in its Third Round when Australia's fastest race cars and sports cars hit the track in the Australian GT Championship and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, while the Commodore Cup and Saloon Cars will provide entertaining touring car racing.
When: Friday to Sunday, May 24 to 26
AFL Premiership | Round 9
Collingwood v Sydney
Friday May 24, 7:50pm - MCG
St Kilda v Western Bulldogs
Saturday May 25, 4:40pm – Etihad Stadium
Richmond v Essendon
Saturday May 25, 7:45pm - MCG
+ The Long Walk | Walk to the G
Hawthorn v Gold Coast Suns
Sunday May 26, 1:10pm - MCG
North Melbourne v Adelaide
Sunday May 26, 3:15pm - Etihad
Super Rugby Season | Round 15
Melbourne Rebels v Waratahs
Friday May 24 – 7:30pm
AAMI Park, Melbourne
ANZ Championships | Round 9
Melbourne Vixens Home Game
Melbourne Vixens v Steel
Monday May 27 – 7:40pm
Hisense Arena, Melbourne
More Sports Events HERE
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