Newsletter | #046 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #046 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #046 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for November 19 - November 25, 2007.

This week there's the Manna Gum Festival with fun for all, Maribyrnong's biennial Big West Festival, and plenty of food on offer with Spring's Harvest Picnic and the Yarra Velley Strawberry Festival. There's also a taste of Mexico with the Hola Mexico Film Festival and a celebration of music with the Queenscliff Music Festival. Cinema fans are also treated to the Festival of Jewish Cinema and the Greek Film Festival!

We also have NBL and sport details, special dining offers 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

Manna Gum FestivalManna Gum Festival, taking place this Saturday in Greensborough, is a festival that celebrates the creative culture reflecting the colour, imagination and personality of the city of Banyule.

The festival has activities and attractions for people of all ages and tastes, offering arts, food, music, fun and more at Greensborough's Poulter Reserve.

The Hola Mexico Film FestivalThe Hola Mexico Film Festival returns for it's second year at the Palace Westgarth in Northcote, beginning November 22 and running until November 28. With something for everyone, the festival features everything from comedies to documentaries and everything in between! Don't miss the opening night fiesta this Thursday, celebrating all things Mexican with food, beer and music!

The Big West FestivalThe Big West Festival is a biennial arts and cultural festival that runs over 10 days with special attractions and performances taking place throughout the West Melbourne suburbs of Maribyrnong. The Festival, which runs from November 23 to December 2, is a series of contemporary art, multicultural and community events designed to reflect, engage, energise and excite those participating in or attending the Festival.

Australia Post Opera in the BowlAustralia Post Opera in the Bowl - Bring your picnic basket and rugs and enjoy the glorious music under the stars as Opera Australia presents a FREE performance of 'The Pearlfishers' by Bizet at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The performance will also be relayed live to screens at Federation Square.

Gates to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl open at 4pm.

2007 Festival of Jewish CinemaThe 2007 Festival of Jewish Cinema is now running at ACMI, showcasing contemporary films from around the world on Jewish themes. Featuring a stunning collection of films, the festival includes screenings of newly restored archive prints, once thought lost to cinema audiences. These little-known Yiddish classics represent a hitherto forgotten chapter in world cinema. The Festival runs until November 28.

Giant Sky Wheel


The Giant Sky Wheel has extended its stay at Birrarung Marr until January 4th, 2008.

The Sky Wheel offers panoramic views of the city that are breathtaking and with the lights illuminating the skyline at night there's no better way to end your evening than on top of the Giant Sky Wheel.

Come along and check out the fantastic views of Melbourne Skyline or stroll down during the evening to see the spectacular light show.

It's a view that just shouldn't be missed!

Giant Sky Wheel

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Federal Election - November 24

The 2007 Federal ElectionThe 2007 Federal Election is held this Saturday, November 24th - just in case it's escaped your attention! This year's bout is shaping up to be one of the most interesting yet! Dramas, Mud-slinging, even Earwax..! This year's election has it all!

For information on how to vote and where, and also links to political party websites Visit Here..

Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Drawings And Such By PierreDrawings And Such By Pierre is an exhibition held at Brunswick's 696 gallery. An amazingly talented illustrator, Pierre will transform 696's second room into a world of sketches and imagination. The exhibition opens November 22 and runs until December 5.

Festival of AfricaFestival of Africa - This weekend, Melbourne will experience the joy, rhythm and excitement of the fabulous Festival of Africa, taking place in Camberwell. The Festival presents a rare blend of African arts, culture, theatre, dance and much more!

The Nuclear Poster ExhibitionThe Nuclear Poster Exhibition invites you to step up and celebrate creative dissent with an exhibition of provocative and affecting political posters, all of which were chosen for Breakdown Press' 3rd Poster Series, debating Australia's role in the nuclear cycle.

The Mind Body Spirit FestivalThe Mind Body Spirit Festival, held from this Friday to Saturday at the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, is Australia's longest running and most respected of new age events, bringing together everything you need for health and well-being.

Clothing & Textiles ExpoThe Clothing & Textiles Expo showcases what's new in the world of fashion and design with more than 100 textiles and clothing suppliers from China, India and other parts of Asia, the expo begins Wednesday at the Melbourne Exhibition & Conference Centre.

2007 Greek Film FestivalThe Greek Film Festival is now in its 15th year, celebrating Greek cinema with a selection of films playing at Palace Cinemas Como and Balwyn until November 25. This year, the festival presents the most innovative Greek films along with many classics.

History Begins at HomeHistory Begins at Home is the current exhibition on show at the Royal Historic Society of Victoria. Illustrating the history of the area around the Society's building in A'Beckett Street, the exhibition is drawn from the Society's rich collection of maps, photos and drawings.

ArtefactArtefact is an exhibition in which thirteen contemporary artists have woven small-scale works through historical artefacts, putting a new twist on the traditional forms of display at City Museum's Making Melbourne Galleries.

See what's on @ Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this week!

Arts & Theatre

Monty Python's SPAMALOTMonty Python's SPAMALOT, the smash hit Broadway and West End musical, has finally hit Melbourne, playing at Her Majesty's Theatre. Directed by Mike Nichols, the play is based on one of the Pythons' best-loved films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Four Dogs and a BoneFour Dogs and a Bone is the Australian premiere of John Patrick Shanley's cynically humorous look at the world of showbiz. Centred around a troubled film production, performances will be held at South Yarra's Cromwell Road Theatre.

She's landed at The Gatwick!She's landed at The Gatwick! - playing at Chapel Off Chapel - is a performance and exhibition that tells the story of Queeny, the owner of a Hotel set for demolition, the patrons who call it home, and their passionate fight to keep their rooming house.

Sentido FunfSentido Funf offer two entertaining performances in November with Both Sides of the Bar - a comical love triangle with a twist, and The Fellatio Monologues - a performance that is both amusing and confronting as it explores the differences between men and woman.

Priscilla Queen of the DesertPriscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the popular Oscar-winning film, the play is fun, daring, over-the-top and unforgettable! Experience the beauty of the outback on stage with over 20 full-scale production numbers that will take your breath away!

Theatresports 07Theatresports is back in 2007, presented by Impro Melbourne. In a thrilling mix of both theatre and sport, 5 teams will compete for a chance to play in the Grand Final, creating scenes out of audience suggestions with skill and daring every Sunday at Theatreworks.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Queenscliff Music FestivalThe Queenscliff Music Festival, running this year from November 23 to 25, features a huge line up of musicians and bands including Paul Kelly, Clare Bowditch, Mia Dyson, The Vasco Era and international guests The Last Town Chorus and Bob Log III also taking the stage. Queenscliff offers a wide range of ticket options including weekend passes, session tickets and special family offers.

Queens of the DiscoQueens of the Disco - Join Jackie Stevens, Jillette Jones and DJ Claire with the Hair every Friday night at Collingwood's Temple Bar Precinct for The Jack and Jill Drag Show as the girls take to the stage as only drag queens can!

The John Montesante QuintetThe John Montesante Quintet brings a hint of New York Be-Bop to town, offering timeless Jazz Standards and improvisations by some of Melbourne's finest Jazz players. They perform every Thursday at The Commune Cafe Bar and every Friday at Commuters Cafe Bar.


Name the Eastlink Tunnels CompetitionName the Eastlink Tunnels - This is your chance to make history by naming the new Eastlink Tunnels, which will connect Melbourne's Eastern Freeway to Frankston Freeway in 2008.

$12,000 Cash Bonanza$12,000 Cash Bonanza! Here's your chance to share in a $12,000 CASH BONANZA, courtesy of Financial Services Online! Apply free online for any comparative quote & you automatically qualify for free entry into their monthly prize draw of $1,000!

Dining & Drink

Food Festivals

Spring Harvest Picnic at Werribee ParkThe Age Spring Harvest Picnic at Werribee Park
This Sunday, food and wine producers gather in Werribee Park to showcase their tasty products. The wonderful day includes cooking demonstrations, live music all day and free children's activities.

Yarra Valley Strawberry FestivalYarra Valley Strawberry Festival - Come and be tempted this Sunday and celebrate Victoria's strawberry season at St Patrick's Primary School in Lilydale. This years festival will be the best ever with FREE entry, kids' rides, entertainment and more!

Wining sell premium Australian wines direct to the public at up to 50% off retail prices, offering Free Home Delivery and a 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Perfect for all lovers of wine, their impressive range of wines and service were recommended on Channel 7's Today Tonight and Channel 9's A Current Affair.


Bistro 1Bistro 1 is one of Melbourne's most desirable dining destinations. With superb French and Italian cuisine and a national award winning wine list, the warm lamp lighting and attentive service create a special feeling for couples in the mood for romance.

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...
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Dining In

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.

Sporting Events


MasterCard MastersMasterCard Masters sees some of the world's best golfers playing in Melbourne from November 22 to November 25 in a showdown perfect for all golfing and sporting enthusiasts! The Masters takes place in Oakleigh South's Huntingdale Golf Club.


Cycling RevolutionCycling Revolution has sent a buzz within Melbourne's track cycling aficionados because Track really is Back! This Saturday, Vodafone Arena will host Revolution 1, the first in a series of cycling events that are all about entertainment, atmosphere and top-level racing!

Spring Racing Carnival

Spring Racing CarnivalVictoria's Spring Racing Carnival showcases 50 days of premier world-class thoroughbred racing and a party atmosphere unmatched at any other Australian sporting event! Each year, the Spring Racing Carnival puts Victoria on the international map with its high-quality horse racing that incorporates 79 race meetings across the state, with more than 770,000 people attending! It runs until November 21st.

National Basketball League

Melbourne RebelsSouth Dragons Home Game

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Magnolia SquareMagnolia Square is a boutique fair that showcases women's and children's attire, homewares, jewellery and more! Running from Thursday to Saturday at Malvern Town Hall, Magnolia Square reveals the work of some of Melbourne's most talented designers.

Taralye Twilight Christmas MarketTaralye Twilight Christmas Market - Taralye will be holding their inaugural Twilight Christmas Market on Friday November 23th, and this is your chance to pick up bargains before Christmas or get rid of unwanted junk before the relations join you for Christmas! The Twilight Market includes a sausage sizzle and will raise funds for Taralye, the oral language centre for deaf children located in Blackburn.

Munchkin MarketsMunchkin Markets offer quality used baby and kids clothes, toys, prams, cots, nursery furniture and anything to do with babies and children! All at a fraction of the price you would pay for brand new! It takes place this Sunday in Waverley Gardens.

Markets, Fetes & FairsShake off those winter blues and Spring along to one of Melbourne's many excellent markets, fetes and fairs this weekend for a bargain!

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:

Melbourne For Kids

Big Dog Day OutBig Dog Day Out, hosted by DOGS Victoria's Companion Dog Club, will be held at KCC Park in Cranbourne this Saturday. Commencing at 11am, it promises to be a fun filled day for all, and a chance for family dogs to be winners in a busy program of events!

Masks of ChinaMasks of China at the Immigration Museum features handmade masks from China, some which are over 200 years old. With free entry for children the exhibition includes fun kids activity trail with the chance to sketch and colour-in their own mask!

Independent Games Festival ExhibitionThe 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).

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 offers may treats, including wine tasting for the adults and also a trip to Healesville Sanctuary that kids will love!

Circus Shows

Circus ShowsCircus Royale is a totally professional traditional circus staged in a luxury tent featuring International circus stars.

What's On for November


The Hobsons Bay Relay For LifeThe Hobsons Bay Relay For Life, taking place this weekend at Newport Athletics Track, is an 18-hour, overnight team event raising funds for The Cancer Council Victoria's research and support programs. In its first year, held in 2006, the event raised over $30,000.

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..

The Kmart Wishing Tree AppealThe Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is Australia's largest Christmas gift appeal. The Wishing Tree supports some of Australia's largest welfare organisations and Trees can be found nationally in Kmart stores, with gifts collected up until Christmas Eve.

Heart of Melbourne AppealThe Heart of Melbourne Appeal is the annual Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund appeal to support charities providing essentials such as accommodation, food and clothing for people who are homeless.

For more information on how you can help Visit Here

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There are 5 Differences between these two pictures of Melbourne's Federation Bells found at Birrarung Marr... See if you can spot them!

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Melbourne Trivia

I'd Swear Someone Lunched Over My Grave!

Many people assume the first cemetery in Melbourne was the Old Melbourne Cemetery, whereas in fact it was Burial Hill, known today as Flagstaff Gardens.

These days, the park is the most highly used garden in Melbourne (per square metre) and a popular lunchtime oasis for workers in the city's northwest.

Willie, the child of James Goodman was the first person to buried in Melbourne, Port Phillip District. He was buried on 13th May 1836 at Burial Hill. This site was only used for about 6 burials.

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