Newsletter | #053 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #053 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #053 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for January 7 - January 13, 2008.

This week, get festive in Fed Square with Viva Brazil! For music fans there's the Red Hill Country Music Festival, while Herring Island begins a month long festival of Summer Arts. Frankston gets a visit from the MIFF Travelling Film Festival, and the Port Fairy Moyneyana Festival continues! The School Holidays also hold plenty of action for the kids and new events in the School Holiday Guide!

There are sport details, special dining offers and info on upcoming events and highlights in beautiful Melbourne, so read on and enjoy!

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Major Events Guide

Viva BrazilViva Brazil - This Summer, Federation Square is set to be transformed by the Sights, Sounds and Spirit of the Brazilian Carnival! This free event will take place on Sunday 13th January 2008 at Federation Square, from 12pm to 7pm. A broad range of Brazilian and Australian artists will be performing at the event. A number of marquees will be set up offering traditional finger food, beverages, arts and craft and many other products.

The Red Hill Country Music FestivalThe Red Hill Country Music Festival, held on Sunday January 13th, 2008 at the Red Hill Showgrounds offers performances with a blend of Country and Country Rock music along with many food and clothing stalls to make this a great family day of entertainment and fun for all! Gates open at 8am with admission being $20 and children under 14 admitted free. The program will run from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm.

The Herring Island Summer Arts FestivalThe Herring Island Summer Arts Festival begins January 12, with special events taking place every Saturday and Sunday until February 20. Held at the Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park in Toorak, there will be five groups exhibiting throughout the festival and special events on Australia Day weekend. The work on show includes painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, drawing and more.

Port Fairy's Moyneyana FestivalPort Fairy's Moyneyana Festival celebrates 60 years this year with a huge range of events and activities. Beginning on December 24, 2007, the Moyneyana Festival runs till January, 31, 2008. During the festival the Village Green comes alive with an Emergency Services Day, plus Art on the Green. There will also be a Giant 60th Birthday Party on the Village Green on Australia Day, with cake, games, and fun for all!

School Holiday Guide

School Holiday GuideCheck out our School Holiday Guide for a head start on things to do with the kids during the school holidays in January, 2008.

Updated Weekly with all the Latest Events!!

The guide is updated weekly to highlight the best things to do over the holiday period for the young and young at heart, to help you find perfect ways to enjoy the holidays with events, tours and holiday care programs.. all in marvellous Melbourne!

For More Great Activities Visit School Holiday Guide

Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

The Travelling Film FestivalThe Travelling Film Festival, held as part of Melbourne International Film Festival, continues to bring great films to screens around Australia with the Travelling Film Festival arriving at Frankston Arts Centre this week. Running from Tuesday to Thursday, the final day of films in the Frankston Travelling Film Festival includes the Australian film Forbidden Lies, short films, and the British film This Is England.

Great Wall of BooksThe Great Wall of Books is a public display of the biggest book ever bound! Free to the public, it is a large-scale sculpture, interactive installation, outdoor performance, exhibition space and more! It will be on display from January 5th to 10th at Fed Square.

Clothes for Modern LoversClothes for Modern Lovers showcases the work of Katie Pye, whose experimental and highly unorthodox fashions constantly challenged the conventional limitations of fashionable dress. This exhibition at NGV charts Pye's work from the late 1970s to 1990.

People, Places, AnimalsPeople, Places, Animals is a major survey of work by acclaimed British artist , whose real-life photos of his family became a notorious part of the 1997 Saatchi exhibition Sensation. It begins December 20 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Power and Beauty - Indigenous Art NowPower and Beauty - Indigenous Art Now, is showing at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. With works from contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in all areas of Australia, the exhibits attest to the artists' resilience in holding on to their culture.

Arts & Theatre

Jazz in the GardensJazz in the Gardens returns this summer with Stonnington's parks and gardens hosting a series of sensational free outdoor concerts. This Sunday, at Prahran's Victoria Gardens, performances run from 6 to 8pm, with special guest, Nichaud Fitzgibbon.

The Wind in the WillowsThe Wind in the Willows - Pack a picnic, pack the kids... and enjoy a day out in Melbourne's beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens with Rat, Mole, Badger, and, of course, Mr Toad! A must for the holidays, there will be performances running until January 26.

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.

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!

Entertainment & Nightlife

OutrageOutrage, one of the UK's most prominent DJs and known for pushing the boundaries of dance music, will be headlining a night of entertainment in support of the launch of Backlash Records. The night will be held Friday at Word Bar from 10pm to 5am.

Spensers LiveSpensers Live presents superb entertainment and quality food in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Every Tuesday night you'll find Jazz with the Michael Jordan Trio, featuring Steve Magnussen.

Nissan Moonlight CinemaNissan Moonlight Cinema is Australia's favourite summer outdoor cinema screening latest release, classic and contemporary films in the Royal Botanic Gardens' stunning parklands! This Tuesday the haunting fantasy, Pan's Labyrinth screens.

Rooftop CinemaThe Rooftop Cinema at Curtin House flickers into action during Summer, with films screening Tuesday to Sunday. Enjoy the night lights, classic cinema and the rooftop bar! This week's program includes Hitchcock's classic, The Birds, screening Saturday.


Southern Star Observation Wheel CompetitionBe the first to ride the Wheel - a ride to remember!
Win a ride to remember on Waterfront City's stunning 120m high Southern Star Observation Wheel.

Scheduled for completion in late 2008, the winners will also recieve two guided tours throughout 2008 to see the construction progress, a commemorative gift and invitations to the official VIP launch!

$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

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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.


Saganaki Greek Cuisine & GrillSaganaki Greek Cuisine & Grill offer sensational cuisine, and a perfect atmosphere set amidst quality design with floor to ceiling windows displaying the Docklands' water views. The Modern Greek cuisine is prepared using only the very best local produce.

Special Dining Offer

Melbourne offers a splendid range of food styles to enjoy. Here are just a few classic food styles to choose from..
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Sporting Events


AAMI ClassicAAMI Classic celebrates its 20th anniversary this year when it returns to returns to Kooyong on January 9. Eight of the world's top male players will take to the famed centre court with play beginning 11am on Wednesday to Friday and at 1pm on Saturday's final.


29th Australian Blind Cricket ChampionshipsThe 29th Australian Blind Cricket Championships brings together the cream of Australia's blind and vision-impaired cricketers. The Blind Cricket Championships will see teams from across Australia play each other twice in a round-robin format, culminating in a Grand final on Friday January 11th. The Championships will be held at the rear of Vision Australia building, Glenferrie Road in Kooyong.

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Markets, Fetes & FairsMelbourne Market Guide - 2nd Week of this Month
Make the most of the sunny days and hop 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!

The Suzuki Night MarketThe Suzuki Night Market has returned for summer at Queen Victoria Market, running Wednesday nights weekly through to February. Now a summer tradition, the Suzuki Night Market offers a great mix of unusual products, great food and atmosphere!

Queen Victoria Market this week:

Melbourne For Kids

Hi-5 The Circus Stage ShowHi-5 The Circus Stage Show is the most spectacular Hi-5 stage show yet! Be active and daring along with Hi-5 as they explore all the fun and magic of the circus world at the Arts Centre these holidays! Performances run from January 11th to 16th.

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).

Circus Shows

Circus ShowsCircus Royale is a totally professional traditional circus staged in a luxury tent featuring International circus stars, high wire walkers, swing trapeze, clowns, acrobats, drummers, jugglers and more!

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!

What's On for December


Cranbourne Turf ClubCranbourne Turf Club will be holding a School Holiday Fun Day on January 10th, with a huge day of activities that includes a Jumping Castle, Chair-o-plane, an Animal Farm and more! Children under 18 are admitted Free on the day. Adults are $10, and Concession is $7.

Yoga at the ParkYoga at the Park is an initiative of The Health and Yoga Council of Australia, presenting Yoga classes in some of Victoria's most beautiful parks and gardens. Set in a relaxed environment, classes are designed to suit many age groups and levels of experience.

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 Help LineKids Help Line is Australia's only free, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25. Dealing with issues ranging from bullying to sexual abuse, homelessness, suicidal thoughts, and drug and alcohol usage. Counsellors respond to more than 10,000 calls each week. However, due to lack of funding, thousands more continue to go unanswered..

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Melbourne Trivia

Pieces Of Eight..? Peace After Eight!

The Eight Hour Day was a landmark achievement, recognised internationally as a world first, which began in Victoria.. Action taken by Victorian stonemasons on 21 April 1856 led to the establishment and maintenance of the Eight Hour Day.

The Eight Hour Day has since become a symbol of the rights of workers to organise to achieve their rights not only as workers, but also as citizens in a democratic society.

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