Newsletter | #066 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for April 7 - April 13, 2008.
This week, the Cambodian New Year Festival celebrates the Year of the Rat with three days of events, Tour de Moreland offers a car-free festival on Sydney Road, and there are two big music events with The Basin Music Festival and Moonee Valley Youth Week Festival! Both the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the PAVE Festival continue this week, and the City of Whitehorse goes green with Sustainable Living Week!
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
The Cambodian New Year Festival, also known as Khmer New Year, celebrates the year of the Rat with festivities held for three days starting from Friday at Wat Buddhrangsi Melbourne, located in Springvale South. Over 5,000 Cambodians are expected to come and celebrate this traditional and cultural event that includes music, food, traditional New Year ceremonies, games and more!
Tour de Moreland, an event formerly known as Cyclovia, sees Sydney Road free of all motorised vehicles, other than trams from 8am to 2pm this Sunday. The festival allows people of Moreland to enjoy congestion-free breakfasts and carefree retail therapy from Bell Street to Brunswick Road. Special offers, discounts and workshops are offered exclusively for this great community event!
Moonee Valley Youth Week Festival, an all-ages, outdoor event is an exciting celebration of the achievements of all young people. Held this Sunday at Queens Park in Moonee Ponds. The festival is one of the nation's largest Youth Week events and one of the biggest youth specific festivals in Victoria with BMX displays, Graffiti walls, heaps of food, market stalls and more! Best of all, it's FREE!
The Basin Music Festival, held this Saturday and Sunday, is a celebration of the musical and creative talents of the local Dandenong hills and wider community. Organised by volunteers, this yearly event features the Big Break Youth Stage with musicians ranging from talented beginners to red-hot pros! Sunday includes the Village Fair and Family Day in the Park with music, stalls, activities and more!
Sustainable Living Week, presented by the City of Whitehorse, begins this Sunday with a week of events to inform, involve and encourage the whole community to make a difference. Sustainable Living Week features a range of activities the community can participate in with Open Sustainable Houses, a Public Transport Challenge, a Recycled Art competition, and a free expo held on April 20 at Box Hill Town Hall.
PAVE Festival, held annually in the in the Dandenong Ranges' township of Emerald, offers 9 days that are packed with free and low price events for everyone! Running until Saturday April 12th, the festival features free music, art shows, children's performances and activities, a craft market, live theatre, living history, circus shows, exhibitions hip-hop dance demo and workshop and much, much more!
Brunswick Music Festival continues this week, 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.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs until Sunday April 13 with a huge program of performances from every corner of Australia and from overseas. Every Year the Festival entertains people of all ages, with special shows for family and kids included as part of the huge program. The Comedy Festival Program has something for people of all walks of life with comedy, circus, theatre and more!
Take The 'L' Out Of Lover is a hilarious Cabaret about the trials and triumphs in the quest for true love told through re-styled classic pop and rock songs. Performed by Fringe Festival Award Winner, Aurora Kurth, it is playing at Manchester Lane.
Comicide, the smash hit Sydney comedy show has arrived in Melbourne for the Comedy Festival. Shambolic, absurd and edgy, the fast paced show features seasoned performers from Comedy Inc. and The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, as well as special guests.
The Spray, featuring former AFL personality Glenn Manton and award winning performer Jim Lawson, gives its audience a hilarious glimpse into the dark corners of the locker room. An expose of the elite level of AFL football, it plays at the Carlton Football Club.
Go for your life! Festival of Cycling
Next week, on Sunday April 20, Go for your life Festival of Cycling brings together the Albert Park Cycling Grand Prix and People's Day at Albert Park. Incorporating a wide variety of cycling events, the festival will also feature a range of family entertainment and events involving many aspects of human powered locomotion, children's activities, displays, expos and more!
Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
The Melbourne Travel XPO, held this weekend at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, offers a one-stop shop for travellers with inspirational ideas for trips ranging from leisurely cruising holidays to local getaway destinations, extreme adventures and more.
The Lowana Exhibition will be held for one night only this Thursday at Boscia Gallery in Flinders Lane. With photography by Wayne Quilliam, one of Australia's most prominent Aboriginal photographic artists, the exhibition explores abstracts of the female form.
Top Designs, on display at Melbourne Museum, is an exhibition that showcases some of last year's outstanding VCE student designs including an electric rockabilly guitar, decadent denim inspired by Marie Antoinette, and even a remote-controlled helicopter!
The Melbourne Story lets you explore Melbourne's history, learning about the unique evolvement in this latest exhibition at Melbourne Museum. With evocative stories, icons and personalities that have shaped Melbourne, the exhibition features over 1200 objects.
NEW08 | Emerging Artists Exhibition - Held at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, NEW reveals the latest in artistic practice from the freshest crop of young Australian artists. Showcasing works of surprise and invention, the exhibition runs until May 11th.
The Fitzgibbons Dynasty is an exhibition that honours the Fitzgibbons, one of Australia's most prominent families in entertainment. On show at the Victorian Jazz Archive, the exhibition features three generations including late jazz icon, Graham "Smacka"Fitzgibbon.
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.
Arts & Theatre
Guys And Dolls, playing at Princess Theatre, features a sensational cast that includes Lisa McCune, Garry McDonald, Shane Jacobson and Magda Szubanski. Set during 1940's New York, the must-see musical is one of Broadway's greatest shows!
The Removalists, David Williamson's classic play, will be performed by the Frankston Theatre Group at Monash University's George Jenkins Theatre. The play blends drama and humour as it takes a close up look at Australian social issues in the 1970s.
The Idea Of North will be performing this Friday and Saturday at Chapel Off Chapel with two shows only. With four great voices on stage, the a cappella group are renowned for their slick arrangements that blend jazz, soul, gospel and musical comedy.
Dimboola, A Wedding Reception Play - is the latest performance by Fly-On-The-Wall Theatre. One of Australia's most performed plays, Dimboola returns home to La Mama to celebrate it's premiere 39 years ago. It begins Wednesday and runs until April 13.
This is not a shoe! - The Caravan of Love return for their third Comedy Festival, digging in their heels once more with a cabaret that takes a probing and comical look at the cultural significance of the humble shoe. The show runs until April 12 at Cherry Bar.
The Winterling, written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Andrew Gray, is a darkly humorous play set in a farmhouse where West waits for Wally, an old associate in a particularly disturbing business. When Wally arrives, it's with an unexpected accomplice.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Fringe Fest is an awesome performance of rock and hardcore bands at Cranbourne Public Hall. Held this Friday from 6pm to 11pm, the all-ages drug and alcohol free event features a brilliant lineup of bands, headlined bv The Getaway Plan.
Hug Night - Melbourne's first-ever Hug Night takes place this Tuesday at Brunswick's Imbibe Bar. A fun night for single people, Hug Night lets you meet new people in a safe and fun environment with Hug Coupons to break the ice!
Vibes on the Vineyard, held at Rochford Wines, presents Rhythm & Vines this Sunday with an afternoon of grapes and grooves featuring Dirty Laundry, a live show encompassing 2 DJ's, 3 vocalists, sax and percussion.
Late Nite Impro, a Comedy Festival favourite for many years, returns this year with performances held on Friday and Saturday nights at the Cloak Room, Town Hall. With improvisers pitching concepts for scenes, the audience chooses who flies or falls on the stage!
Nelly Thomas is not a Yummy Mummy - Melbourne comedian and 1st time mum Nelly Thomas premieres her show at Trades Hall, tackling the pressures of modern parenting and the big issues, such as a future for Incy Wincy on a planet with no water!
Stuff - Energetic UK comedian, Nik Coppin returns to Melbourne this year for his third successive solo show at Melbourne's The Elephant & Wheelbarrow, covering everything from superheroes to spiders, sharks to serial killers, and much more in between!
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AFL - Round 4
This week sees Round 4 playing out with 4 AFL matches held in Melbourne - that's 4 by 4, making the 4th Round more of a Square...
- Friday at Telstra Dome
Essendon v Western Bulldogs at 7.40pm
Saturday at Telstra Dome
St Kilda v Geelong at 2.10pm
Sunday at The MCG
Carlton v Collingwood at 2.10pm
AFL Tour Package
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!
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Markets, Fetes and Fairs
Baby & Kids Market, the biggest market of preloved and recycled children's goods, will be held this Sunday at Hawthorn Town Hall. The market provides quality pre-loved at bargain prices with everything from prams and cots to toys, books, kids' shoes and more!
Avenel Produce & Craft Market is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Only an hour's drive from Melbourne, the market offers fresh produce and wine, plants, jewellery, crafts and much more. While there you can even squeeze in a shiatsu massage!
A Giant Market Day will be held at Lancaster Preschool this Saturday from 9am to 2pm. With fantastic stalls selling new and preloved goods the market offers Trash n Treasure, Tupperware, kid's gear, children's clothing, showbags and more!
Melbourne Market Guide
2nd Weekend of Month
Make the most of the sunny days and head to one of Melbourne's many excellent markets, fetes and fairs 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!
Melbourne For Kids
Unity Cup Family Day, taking place on Sunday at Essendon Football Club is an event to unite our diverse multicultural communities through football. With plenty of entertainment for the entire family, the day features a game featuring former Essendon players, Police members and the United Youth Team. The day also features Multicultural Entertainment, Police Expos, Jumping Castle, Face painting, and more!
Game On, a special exhibition held at ACMI, almost literally features the A-Z of video and computer gaming history with an extensive collection of artwork, playable games, footage and more! With gaming consoles on display from the earliest era of arcade games through to modern consoles like the Playstation 3 and WII, the exhibition also shows the future of games and where the next adrenaline rush lies!
The Maths Olympics, playing Friday and Saturday at Federation Square's Bosco Theatre, is an hour of music, comedy, dance and MATHS, performed by Simon Pampena. Suitable for children, the show is educational, high-energy entertainment!
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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 March
Science Issues Cafe is a monthly discussion group that allows lay people to get together and discuss the big issues in science today. Held at Princes Hill Community Centre, this Monday Dr Andrew Melatos discusses Einstein's Astronomy.
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.
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..
Oxfam Walk Against Want - Sunday April 20
Support people in need across 29 countries with the annual Oxfam Walk Against Want on Sunday 20th April 2008 with walks starting at Williamstown and Blackburn. Oxfam is Australia's leading agency working with communities around the world for solutions to poverty and social injustice. Refreshments provided en route and a free sausage sizzle at the end of the walk.
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It's More Than Just Cricket...
Melbourne holds the world record for the highest attendance at a cricket match. In February 1961, 90,800 people watched the 2nd day of the 5th test between Australia and the West Indies.
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