Welcome to this week's OnlyMelbourne newsletter guide to Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community – August 6 – August 12, 2007.
This Week… PJ Day & the Winter Sleep Out, have a taste of The Royal Melbourne Wine Show, Energise Enterprise - Melbourne’s Small Business program continues, and get to the Melbourne International Film Festival before it ends!
We also have AFL and NRL match details and much more info on many upcoming events and highlights in beautiful Melbourne, so read on and enjoy!
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Major Events Guide
PJ Day & Winter Sleep Out
This Friday is your chance to help Melbourne Citymission by participating in PJ Day and the annual Winter Sleep Out. Wearing your PJs to work or a Sleep Out is fun, but also a reminder of the safe, cosy bed you left at home. Melbourne Citymission is a charity organisation that assists the homeless community through volunteer support programs.
The Royal Melbourne Wine Show is one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious wine competitions. Home to the nation’s most sought after wine award, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy.
With entries from more than 450 Australia wineries, the show is a chance for winemakers to benchmark their wines and a chance for you to taste them!
Small Business | Older and Bolder Expos
The Small Business Expo and the Older and Bolder Expo will be running in unison this week at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Offering not only the largest opportunity to further business growth, the Older and Bolder expo will also feature special guest, Belinda Green (pictured) with a talk about "Loving Life over 50" on Saturday.
Melbourne International Film Festival celebrates its 56th year, presenting a diverse range of contemporary cinema that includes features, documentaries and short films.
Running till August 12 and with over 300 films due to be screened, approximately 80 percent of the programmed films will be Australian premieres.
The Portable Film Festival, featuring the best in short film and internet video culture, takes place through August.
Costing nothing at all to sign up, you can use any portable device such as iPod, Sony PSP, laptop computer or even your mobile phone to download films from this years festival programme.
Energise Enterprise 07 is Victoria’s premier Small Business Festival, taking place throughout August with a huge range of events, workshops and information sessions and forums.
With over 400 events in metropolitan and regional Victoria to choose from Energise Enterprise 07 has something to offer everyone.
The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest running musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber has made its triumphant return to Melbourne at the Princess Theatre with Performances selling quickly.
Starring the extraordinary Anthony Warlow in his career defining role, this sweepingly romantic hit is a breathtaking phenomenon not to be missed!
Giant Sky Wheel
The Giant Sky Wheel at Birrarung Marr offers stunning panoramic views of Melbourne’s city that are simply breathtaking!
The Giant Sky Wheel offers a view that just shouldn’t be missed.
Come ride the largest travelling ferris wheel in the southern hemisphere at Birrarung Marr from 11th April to 7th October 2007.
Birrarung Marr is located adjacent to Federation Square easily accessed from Swanston Street and Flinders Street.
Read more about Giant Sky Wheel...
Melbourne has a splendid range of hotels on offer, perfect for those visiting Melbourne for special events, a show or that special luxurious weekend away from the home!
OnlyMelbourne recommends the following:
Hotel Sophia is a very stylish new 49 room boutique hotel conveniently located in the heart of Melbourne.
It is the ideal choice for the price conscious traveller who desires modern and comfortable surrounds. Hotel Sofia is set in a central city location, close to all the latest events!
Also see Melbourne Accommodation Guide | Melbourne Hotels
Also on this Week…
Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
A Kind of You is the first Australian solo exhibition of works by renowned New York artist Roni Horn, who explores the variability of human identity through sequential photographs, capturing subtle shifts in expression, time and atmosphere.
Continuum, an exhibition by Bronwen Garner features collage works on paper, explores the notion of imaginary space. Using a diverse range of colours and textures, the collages of torn paper are layered and arranged to create a feeling of depth.
Winter in Banyule is Banyule’s annual arts festival, featuring many and varied local artists. Beginning August 4th, the festival offers a broad range of art, music, dance, heritage and film events in locations all around the district.
Melbourne Pinhole is an exhibition of the photography of David Tatnall, a resident of Melbourne and a committed conservationist. Instrumental in gaining public support for this cause, his work is on show at the City Library’s Gallery.
Printmaking, on show from August 1st at Jenny Port Gallery, is an exhibition that looks into the current state of printmaking, as shown by Melbourne-based. The works display the union of spirit and mechanics that lies behind printmaking’s broad disciplines.
Melbourne Festivals Guide | August Events
Arts & Theatre
The Australian String Quartet will be performing at Collins Street Baptist Church, this Wednesday. Beginning this year’s season with passion and romance, they’ll be performing Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden”, and pieces by Berg and Carl Vine.
Chapters from the Pandemic is an atmospheric performance by Angus Cerini. Using dance and theatre, the performance is the story of a lone survivor set in a desolate Earth, and told through breathtaking movement and visual design.
In Other Words is a theatrical performance that explores the significance of storytelling. Using slide-projected imagery, the production examines how various countries have provided official platforms in which their citizens can speak to their pasts.
Criminology is a play in which easy assumptions about guilt, innocence, and the value of life are shaken to the core. Based on a shocking true story, it is the chronicle of a death foretold, but not prevented - an erotic, adrenaline-fuelled ride into the dark blood of a killer.
Dark Angels, performing at Ondergronds Bar, is a murder mystery using a comedy format set in a strip cum fetish club. Featuring Katie Underwood, Dark Angels is a controversial new musical which is a grand mix of burlesque, mystery and comedy.
Music & Cabaret at The Butterfly Club | onlyMelbourne Arts & Theatre Guide
Restaurants, Clubs & Bars
Zia Teresa are known for their generous home styled traditional Italian meals and commitment to quality. The special's menu is continually updated, offering you classic gourmet dishes from all regions of Italy, in addition to Zia originals.
Special Dining Offer
Melbourne offers a splendid range of food styles to enjoy. Here are just a few classic food styles to choose from…
For more restaurants...
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Or you can View & Book a Table @ MenuLog
Menulog Home Delivery is a great chance to eat fine cuisine at home! With over 300 of the best restaurants on offer, you’re sure to find something to suit any taste or occasion. To find fast and easy delivery in your area, Visit Here.
AFL - Round 19
4 weeks till the Finals, 4 matches in Melbourne, and 4 coaches down… It’s all very Nostradamus ain’t it! Somebody call Dan Brown!
Friday at The MCG
Richmond v Collingwood at 7:40 PM
Saturday at The MCG
Hawthorn v Brisbane Lions at 2:10 PM
Saturday at Telstra Dome
Melbourne v Western Bulldogs at 7:10 PM
Sunday at Telstra Dome
Kangaroos v West Coast at 1:10 PM
- www.afl.com.au - AFL League
- Australian Rules Football
Melbourne Storm Home Games
- Melbourne Storm vs Broncos
Sunday August 12th - 3pm
Aussie Rules Football - Live with a Local Host! Experience the unique Australian game of football with a local host to explain the rules, bumps and brawls. Your package includes meeting your host near the ground before the match, for a welcome drink.
Your host will explain the rules and involve you in the game using competitions and awarding prizes. You will also receive a show bag of Aussie Rules goodies!
- Reserved Undercover Seating
- Souvenir Program
- Footy Record & Club Song Sheets
- Aussie Footy Food - Meat Pie and Sauce (with beer or soft drink) at Quarter Time!
Entertainment & Nightlife
The Cure are will be performing in Melbourne this Sunday. With almost 3 hours of music drawn from their 30 year career, The Cure are renowned for their stunning lighting, stage design and in-concert visuals, making this a must-see event for fans.
Heaven & Hell - The metal event of the year, this event sees Black Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice reunited for the first time in 15 years! These undisputed kings of heavy metal will be playing loud and proud on Friday!
The Impro Cave is back to light up your Sunday nights with its monstrously funny collection of formats and shows - different every week! With shows running until August 26, you can eliminate your winter blues as Impro Melbourne lights up the stage!
Live Music Guide Melbourne Venues and Gig guide.
Art & Craft Markets, Fetes and Fairs
The 9 x 5 Quality Makers Market features hand crafted and painted object’s d’art to tantalise and tempt your eye. Beginning this Sunday at 10am in Ivanhoe, the market will continue every second Sunday of the month, offering original wares.
With winter and that “much-needed rain” already here, make the most of those rare sunny days at one of Melbourne's excellent markets, fetes and fairs.
An increasing number of food and produce markets including wine are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!
Queen Victoria Market this week:
- A Greek Day at Queen Victoria Market
3XY Radio Hellas are broadcasting live at Queen Victoria Market this Friday from 11.00am to 2.00pm!! Bring the whole family and be entertained by the St John's College Dancegroup, the Zorba Brothers are back with goodies for the kids, Bouzouki players and the Manasis School of Dance!!
- Coby Grant and Indiana Avent
Coby’s live performing experience and ability to draw a crowd into her world when on stage is what sets her apart. Her songs are acoustic / folk style of music is easy on the ears. This Sunday 12 – 2 pm.
For Melbourne Kids
Amazing Human Body Exhibition is an educational exhibition that provides audiences with a unique, educational view of the human body. Using a unique preservation method called plastination, the exhibition features approximately 400 human specimens.
Pixar - 20 Years of Animation takes you behind the scenes of the studio that created Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, Cars and The Incredibles. Pixar’s fascinating processes are revealed through concept sketches, drawings and sculptures.
The Independent Games Festival Exhibition is an interactive showcase of selected winners and nominees of the Independent Games Festival. The exhibition features a stunning selection of work such as Samarost 2 (pictured).
Puffing Billy Tour - take a tour the whole family can enjoy with a ride on Puffing Billy, Australia’s best-loved steam train! Winding its way through lush ferns and towering timbers, this fantastic tour offers may treats, including wine tasting for the adults and also a trip to Healesville Sanctuary that kids will love!
Silvers Grand Magic Circus proudly present an ever-changing program that features artists from all parts of the world.
Silvers will be performing from August 8 to August 26 in Nunawading, at Burvale Hotel Car Park, located on the corner of Springvale Rd & Burwood Highway.
Performances are held Wednesday to Sunday.
What’s On for August
National Missing Persons Week - Every year approximately 30,000 people are reported missing in Australia – that’s one every 18 minutes. National Missing Persons Week is held annually to raise community awareness regarding this issue.
You Can Help
There are many social causes that are relevant to people from all walks of life, many of which rely on public support to better the community or assist those who are less fortunate. This week we ask you to consider the following…
Kids with Cancer Foundation is a totally non-profit organisation, raising profits from raffles and donations that are donated back to the State from which the funds originated, assisting medical staff and families who care for children suffering with childhood cancer.
To find out more about the Kids with Cancer Foundation, and how you can help Visit Here.
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