Newsletter | #060 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for February 25 - March 2, 2008.
This week, celebrate Melbourne's diverse culture with the Armenian Cultural Festival, Brunswick Music Festival and Thai Culture and Food Festival at Fed Square! There's also Tibetan New Year celebrations and the Melbourne International Motor Show revs up with two weeks of the latest from the auto industry. And if all that wears you out, have a coffee at Celebrate the Bean - Waterfront City's one-day festival that showcases all that's coffee and chocolate!
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
Armenian Cultural Festival - Melbourne's first ever festival celebrating Armenian Cultural takes place this Sunday with a day of fun featuring live entertainment, delicious cuisine and much more! Held in Mulgrave, the festival highlights Armenia's spirit and identity through music, food and entertainment from the Armenian Dance Ensemble, Zvartnots Armenian Choir, and other traditional bands from both Melbourne and Interstate.
Brunswick Music Festival begins on Wednesday, celebrating its 20th year with three weeks of music and entertainment featuring some of the finest performers from around the world. One of Victoria's most celebrated multicultural events, the Brunswick Music Festival highlights the diversity of the City of Moreland, one of the most culturally rich communities in Australia with 35% of its residents born overseas.
Thai Culture & Food Festival - Melbourne's 5th annual Thai Culture and Food Festival takes place on Sunday, beginning with a traditional blessing by seven monks, and an opening ceremony. Held at Federation Square, the free festival features live music, cinema, cultural displays and performances. Fed Square's riverbank side will also hold 20 Thai restaurant food tents serving specialities at the amazing price of $7 per dish!
Tibetan New Year Festival - The Tibetan Buddhist Society's annual festival takes place this weekend offering a rare opportunity to learn about this ancient culture with a taste of profound Buddhist teachings from the Tibetan, Thai, Zen and other traditions. The festival, set amidst gardens boasting over 2,000 rose bushes, features a photo exhibition, food, and an exotic market with many Tibetan and local handicrafts.
The Melbourne International Motor Show begins on Friday, showcasing the latest in design and technology, futuristic prototypes, concept vehicles and more auto attractions than you could shake a dipstick at! Held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, the Motor Show will run until March 10th with exciting demonstrations, entertainment for the whole family, and even a vintage and classic vehicles auction.
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival - Loosen your belt because one of Melbourne's best loved festival returns for it 16th year! Running until March 8th, this year's festival is bigger than ever before with over 200 events to tempt your tastebuds, celebrating Victoria's diversity in both food and culture. With everything from special dinners and wine tastings to kids' events, cooking classes and more!
Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Justice & Hope is a photographic exhibition of Jenn Dobson's visual documentation of children throughout India and South East Asia. Profits from photograph sales will go to Jacob's Well, providing fresh water wells and other assistance for impoverished villages.
The Wedding Guide Bridal Expo, running from Friday till Sunday at Melbourne Town Hall, offers everything you need to know about weddings. With information about wedding venues, dresses, catering and wedding rings, it's a must for every blushing bride!
All of Us is Australia's largest ever photographic portrait show, displayed across the outer walls of Federation Square's Crossbar Building. The photos by Michel Lawrence, celebrate Australia's diverse culture with over 200 residents from different backgrounds.
Power 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
St David's Day Gala Concert - The internationally acclaimed Melbourne Welsh Male Choir, which features 70 members, will be performing at Malvern Town Hall this Saturday. Singing traditional and modern classics, the choir will be accompanied by piano, harp and flute.
Bazaar & Rummage, performed at Heidelberg theatre Company, is a play written by Sue Townsend, author of the infamous 'Adrian Mole' books. Set in a London church hall, the poignant, funny play tells of an agoraphobic group's efforts to rejoin society.
Keating! - 'the musical we had to have' - will be playing at the Melbourne's Comedy Theatre for a strictly limited season. One of the most talked about Australian musicals in years, the play cheekily follows the rise and fall of its namesake with hilarious lyrics!
Entertainment & Nightlife
Judy Campbell's MOSAIC will be performing this Saturday along with Bandika Ngao at Northcote's Boite World Music Cafe. Playing music from their latest CD release, "Colours of Kenya", there will also be a Percussion Workshop beginning at 6pm.
The Wandong Country Music Festival offers a special day for all with music, market stalls and a wide variety of food stalls. There will also be trucks from the American Truck Historical Society on display, and some of the best country bands such as The Prairie Oysters.
Daryl Braithwaite will be performing this Friday at the Kingston Arts Centre. In this special acoustic performance, he'll perform songs from his impressive back catalogue, including classic hits such as, 'As the Days Go By', 'One Summer' and 'The Horses'.
FloorPlay, is the latest production of Burn the Floor, an award-winning troupe of twenty international dancers. Performing at The Palms at Crown, the stunning show features breathtaking dance styles that range from the Samba and Salsa to the Foxtrot and Tango!
Nissan Moonlight Cinema is Australia's favourite summer outdoor cinema screening recent, classic and contemporary films in the Royal Botanic Gardens' stunning parklands! This Sunday, the cult comedy, Withnail and I is screening. The fear!!
The Rooftop Cinema at Curtin House flickers into action all Summer, with films screening Tuesday to Sunday. Enjoy the night lights, classic cinema and the rooftop bar! This Thursday... Stand By Me. Boom-bada-boom-bada-boom!
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Dining & Drink
The World's Longest Lunch, a highlight of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, will take place Friday. Held at Flemington Racecourse, the three-course luncheon, which runs for two and a half hours, is the premier event for Melbourne's foodies!
Celebrate the Bean - Perfect for all coffee lovers, this one-day festival, celebrating Melbourne's love affair with coffee and all things chocolate. Featuring music, food display and even Barista competitions, it takes place Sunday at Waterfront City in Docklands.
A Taste of Slow, traditionally held in winter, will this year be held to coincide with Melbourne's Food & Wine Festival. With a philosophical slant on the food we eat, the festival features spoken word, film and of course lots of delicious food! The festival runs until March 8.
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Commonwealth Bank One Day Series:
Australia v Sri Lanka
Fri February 29 - MCG
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Markets, Fetes and Fairs
The 4th Annual Plant Fair will be held this weekend at Bolobek Gardens, one of the finest in Australia. An ideal opportunity for gardeners to meet and talk with expert growers, the fair even has a Plant Crèche to mind your leafy babies while you browse around!
Animal Protection Society's Massive Garage Sale
This Sunday, the Animal Protection Society will be raising funds with a huge sale of everything from clothes and linen to collectibles, sports goods and more! Held in Keysborough, it runs from 8am to Noon.
-::-St. Raphael's Twilight Fete | Preston West
St. Raphael's School Fete offers rides, performances, activities, games and more! Saturday - 12noon - 6pm.
-::-Pre-loved Toy & Clothing Fair | Collingwood
Come to Collingwood Toy Library's annual fundraiser for a great family day! Held Sunday - 9am to 1pm.
-::-St Anthony's Twilight Fair | Alphington
St Anthony's Primary School's Twilight Fair with live music, stalls, food & more! Friday - 3:30pm to 8:30pm.
Melbourne Market Guide - Last Week of the 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 Market has returned for summer at Queen Victoria Market, running Wednesday nights weekly through to February 27. Now a summer tradition, the Suzuki Night Market offers a great mix of unusual products, great food and atmosphere!
Melbourne For Kids
Guide Dogs Victoria Open Day - Join Guide Dogs Victoria for a day of family fun, raising funds for one of Australia's most well known charities. Held this Sunday, special guests include Dr Harry Cooper and Wags the Dog. Entry is only a Gold Coin Donation!
Masks 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!
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).
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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!
What's On for February
Learn to Knit at Prahran Library - Every Wednesday at Prahran Library there is a free one-hour knitting class for people of all ages and experience. A great way to make friends and be creative, the classes begin at 1:30pm - needles and wool can be provided.
Yoga 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.
Come & Try Rowing Day - The Y Rowing Centre, located in beautiful Albert Park Lake, invites you to try your hand at rowing. Held on the first Sunday of each month, these sessions are open to participants of all ages. Just turn up and have fun!
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..
World's Greatest Shave - Be Brave and Shave!
The Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave takes place between March 13th and 15th, raising much-needed funds for the many Australians living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. Go it alone or get together with friends, workmates or club members to form a group with public shave events soon to be held across Australia!
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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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It Was All Just A Dreamland...
Melbourne's iconic Luna Park, which opened in 1912, is the world's oldest amusement park held under private management.
The well-known landmark, and ever smiling face of both Melbourne and St Kilda, rests on the site of what was once Dreamland, which closed in 1909.
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World FIRSTS for Melbourne
Australia's first comic came off the press in Melbourne in May 1934 and was called Fatty Finn's Weekly. The comic's namesake, Fatty Finn, inspired a live-action film made in 1980, starring Bert Newton as the head of the Finn family.
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