Newsletter | #027 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #027 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #027 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's OnlyMelbourne newsletter guide to Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community - July 9 - July 15, 2007.

This Week.. take the high road with Scotland The Brave! The Melbourne Design Festival & Docklands Winter Wonderland continue this week, and be sure to check out our School Holiday Guide featuring Free Events at shopping centres, Exhibitions & Theatre for kids, and much more to entertain the kids!

We also have AFL match details and much more info on many upcoming events and highlights in beautiful Melbourne, so read on and enjoy!

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School Holidays Guide

School HolidaysSchool Holidays end this week when school returns on July 16th, so get out there and have a ball while you can!

Highlighting the best events and exhibitions on offer for the young and young at heart, our guide will help you find perfect ways to enjoy the holidays with events, tours and holiday care programs.. all in marvellous Melbourne!

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Pearlie in the Park, the theatre adaptation of Wendy Harmer's children's book, will be playing at the Whitehorse Centre this Saturday July 14.

Pearlie in the Park is just one of the many events and attractions featured in our School Holidays Guide - make sure you don't miss out on the fun!

Major Events Guide

Scotland The BraveScotland The Brave is the smash hit celebration of the best of Scottish music, featuring more than 100 performers, including 38 members of the MSO and dancers, pipers, fiddlers and singers! This stunning musical event takes place at Hamer Hall this Friday 13th and Saturday 14th.

Melbourne Design Festival is a Ten Day Celebration of Design, taking place between July 5 and July 15. Presented by the National Design Centre, over 50 events will take place across all disciplines of design.

The Festival features many events from exhibitions to forums, workshops to design tours and many other events including the hugely popular, Melbourne Design Market on Sunday.

Docklands Winter WonderlandDocklands Winter Wonderland is back in 2007 to bring ice skating, snow and family fun to the city throughout the winter school holidays!

A highlight of the holidays, this winter extravaganza will run until Sunday 15 July. The Winter Wonderland will be brought to life within the specially themed white marquee, The Snow Dome at Waterfront City.

Winter Wonderland will feature a large ice-skating rink and a host of wintry themed activities.

With entertainment, surprises and fun for all the family, the Docklands Winter Wonderland is the perfect winter school holidays outing!

Emerge Festival continues this week, celebrating Victoria's many diverse refugee and emerging cultures in a series of exciting events around Melbourne.

With shows running up until July 22, this dynamic arts festival commemorates the United Nations World Refugee Day and this year will officially launch Refugee Week in Victoria this Sunday.

Showcasing cultures from Africa to the Far East, the traditional to the contemporary, music, dance, theatre, visual arts, cultural foods, crafts and ceremonies - the Emerge Festival has something for everyone!

National Ride to Work Day National Ride To Work Day takes place in October, but this month's your chance to win a double pass for a 5-day Grape Escapade - Taste of the Hunter Valley cycling holiday!

With over 2500 workplaces already registered to host their own breakfasts after the ride, make sure YOUR workplace shares in the fun!

Register by 31 July to be part of Australia's biggest active workplace event and go into the Prize Draw!

Giant Sky Wheel

 Giant 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 Accommodation

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 SofiaHotel 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!

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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Savage LuxurySavage Luxury details the 'thrifty thirties' during which Melbourne was elevated to Australia's modernist capital.

On exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art from 14th July to 4th November, Savage Luxury is the first comprehensive survey of modern interiors and furnishings designed and commissioned in Australia prior to World War II.

The exhibition includes vintage works such as the 1937 painting, Portrait of Moira Madden (pictured) by Arthur Thomas Challen.

Famous - Karin CattFamous - Karin Catt Portrait Exhibition
This free exhibition presents striking celebrity portraits by high-profile Australian photographer Karin Catt.

Featuring portraits of celebrities such as Elton John, Muhammad Ali, Yoko Ono and many more, her iconic images display many famous faces, from rock gods and movie stars to world leaders.

Beginning July 13 at the Keith Murdoch Gallery, State Library of Victoria , the exhibition of colourful and provocative work includes photographs from Catt's impressive portfolio, with work that has appeared in many well known magazines such as Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Harpers Bazaar.

Spooks: Stories Of Haunted Melbourne is an exhibition at City Museum at Old Treasury, running till August 26.

Presenting documentary evidence of ghosts, the exhibition combines contemporary art and historical artefacts to bring to life Melbourne's supernatural heritage in an ethereal shroud of mystery!

Winter Garden @ Fed Square - Escape the dreary weather and enter into a winter garden wonder world at the Atrium.

Created by artist, Emma van Leest, Winter Garden is a three dimensional installation of massive proportions, on display until August 21.

Guggenheim CollectionThe Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now is the long-awaited exhibition in the NGV's Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, on show till October 7.

This remarkable exhibition features iconic artworks from renowned artists such as Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Gilbert & George, and Jeff Koons with his work, Sandwiches (pictured).

Great Wall of China Exhibition
One of the world's great wonders is now a major international exhibition. The epic story of the Great Wall of China comes to life through an extraordinary collection of treasures never before seen outside China.

National treasures including majestic robes, the armour of emperors and ancient warriors' weapons all tell a 2,000 year old story - the building of the walls across China.

Breathtaking 12 metre wide panoramas create an immersive experience of the Great Wall, snaking its way across China, from remote deserts to the sea.

Arts & Theatre

An Air Balloon Across Antarctica tells the powerful and poignant story of Caitlin Evans, a female explorer travelling across Antarctica in a hot air balloon to scatter her son's ashes, accompanied by Ham, a lemming trapped in a hamster's body.

An Air Balloon Across Antarctica premiered in October 2004 as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, enjoying a sellout season and a positive and enthusiastic response from audience members and theatre critics alike.

Performances begin July 11 at the Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall, and will run until July 14.

5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition
5th Melbourne International Chamber Music CompetitionHeld every four years, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition is one of the most highly regarded competitions in the world. This Sunday, the finals will see sixteen of the world's best piano trios and string quartets competing at Hamer Hall for the most prestigious prize in chamber music.

Sleeping Beauty is a performance where goth-punk meets classical elegance while gospel collides with glam. Running until July 28 at the Malthouse's Merlyn Theatre, Sleeping Beauty delivers the power and the passion of the great song-writers of our time, including Nick Cave, Elvis Costello and David Bowie.

Sleeping Beauty is a blood-pulsing, dream-scouring take on one of the great stories of our collective consciousness where fear and desire are as interchangeable as twin blades.

RespectRespect is an exuberant and funny look at the lives of women, as told through your favourite Top-40 songs.

Starring Rhonda Burchmore, Respect is playing at The Palms, Crown Casino, until July 15. This entertaining show features a stunning array of much loved songs!

Restaurants, Clubs & Bars

Bistro 1Bistro 1 is one of Melbourne's most desirable dining destinations. Conveniently located in the heart of the city's financial and theatre district. The warm lamp lighting and attentive service create a special feeling for couples in the mood for romance.

Bistro 1 offers superb French and Italian cuisine, a national award winning wine list, beautiful surroundings and attentive service, making it so popular with the locals.

Special Dining Offer

Melbourne offers a splendid range of food styles to enjoy. Here are just a few classic food styles to choose from..
DiningFor more restaurants...
Check out onlyMelbourne's Restaurant Directory
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Sporting Events

AFL - Round 15

With only 8 weeks to go until the Finals, Round 15 sees 4 matches taking place this week..

    Friday at Telstra Dome
    St Kilda v Adelaide at 7:40 PM

    AFLSaturday at The MCG
    Geelong v Collingwood at 2:10 PM
    Saturday at Telstra Dome
    Essendon v Western Bulldogs at 7:10 PM

    Sunday at The MCG
    Hawthorn v Richmond at 2:10 PM

AFL Tour

AFL TourAussie 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!

Tour Includes:

Entertainment & Nightlife

Burlesque Hour MoreBurlesque Hour MORE!! is the smash hit sell-out success of festivals everywhere, returning to Melbourne at last! The shows, held at fortyfivedownstairs, will continue until July 15.

The multi award winning show is a mind-cracking mixture of shock cabaret, brand new acts, and luminous guest stars!

Internationally acclaimed Queen of Cabaret Bizarre, Moira Finucane is joined by burlesque star, Azaria Universe and Japanese butoh dancer, Yumi Umiumare to shake, stir and shock your sensibilities in a whole new way!

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 every Sunday as Impro Melbourne's indomitable league of improvisers materialise from the shadows to light up the stage!

Art & Craft Markets, Fetes and Fairs

The Victorian Miniatures and Dolls House Fair is an exhibition of dolls' houses and miniature detailed works, presented by the Victorian Association of Miniature Enthusiasts, an organisation of both makers and collectors.

The Fair takes place at Mount Waverley Community Centre on July 14th & 15th.

Markets, Fetes & FairsWith winter already here and that 'much-needed rain' on the way, be sure to get out to grab a bargain in the sun while you can 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:

Queen Victoria Market Holiday Events - Queen Victoria Market will be hosting special activities and events these school holidays, including an Animal Farmyard, art activities, cooking classes for kids and live music!
More Details Here

For Melbourne Kids

YMCA Vacation Care Programs are suitable for Primary School aged children, with 50 locations across the state.

YMCA Vacation CareWith a commitment to family friendly facilities and programs, you'll be sure to find something to keep everyone happy - and that includes mums and dads!

Activities include films, swimming, water sports, arts and crafts, excursions and sporting activities, all supervised by fully qualified YMCA staff. Costs range from $32 to $44 a day (less with child care rebate benefits), with hours usually from 8am to 6pm.

Gasworks School Holiday Program - Situated in Albert Park, Gasworks offers a range of varied and interesting school holiday programs running until Sunday, July 15. Visit the website to download a brochure of the full program, which includes Photography Classes, Sword Fighting, Badge Making and more!

Pixar - 20 YearsPixar - 20 Years of Animation is the international exhibition that takes you behind the scenes of the studio that created Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, Cars and The Incredibles.

Through hundreds of concept sketches, drawings, and sculptures, the fascinating processes behind Pixar's animation art are revealed.

Open from now till October at ACMI, this magnificent collection includes iconic artefacts from Pixar's award-winning masterpieces including the upcoming release, Ratatouille!

The Feared - Melbourne AquariumThe Feared at Melbourne Aquarium exposes the most feared creatures of the sea and uncovers which fears are real and which are merely imagined.. With free activities, special presentations, arts & crafts and more, be BRAVE and visit The Feared at Melbourne Aquarium these school holidays!

Family Tours

Puffing BillyPuffing 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 includes wine tasting for the adults and also a trip to Healesville Sanctuary!

Circus Shows

Circus ShowsCircus Oz returns to Melbourne, with performances from June 20 to July 15. They will be performing Under the Big Top at Birrarung Marr, situated near Federation square.

Circus Royale is an unforgettable 2 hour show featuring high wire walkers, swing trapeze, comedy, acrobats and more!

Circus Royale will be performing from June 27 to July 15 in Airport West at Westfield Shopping Centre, located on Westfield Drive.

For more ideas about what to do this week check out the What's On for July.


CAE Sampler WeekCAE Sampler Week takes place between 9 to 13 July, offering free week long events for learners wanting to experience new cultures and languages. Regardless of previous experience or motivations these classes will be fun, enlightening and engaging, with courses such as Art, Design, Crafts & Fashion, Writing, Fitness and more! Open the mind, heart and mouth!

School Holidays Guide
Shopping Centre Events - Check out the wide range of activities and free events at a shopping centre near you these School Holidays!

Many shopping centres offer special events ranging from craft workshops for kids to celebrity appearances and live shows, you're sure to find something special these holidays!

OnlyMelbourne Welcomes..

Each week we highlight five of the latest additions to OnlyMelbourne's ever growing guide to services, businesses and information sites for your community.

This week we suggest the following:
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We've rearranged the letters of three of the attractions featured in this week's newsletter.. See if you can figure them out!

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There are 5 Differences between these two pictures of Luna Park... See if you can spot them!

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    Gran Views - Swing Rave
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Melbourne Trivia

The Black Box

A Melbourne man invented the "black box" flight recorder. However, nobody in Australia was interested in David Warren's invention, developed at the Aeronautical Research Laboratories in Melbourne in 1956, but he was invited to develop it in the UK.

Soon, the "black box"was in use world-wide and in 1960 all Australian airlines were compelled to install them.
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