Newsletter | #076 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for June 16 - June 22, 2008.
This week, the Gertrude Digital Media Festival sees a week of arts in Fitzroy, Melbourne International Animation Festival returns to ACMI, and on Friday the Dockland's winter festival Ignite begins. The Emerge Festival continues with a free forum, and the Melborn Short Play Festival still has more readings to offer from its top 30 manuscripts. There's also the ongoing display at Fed Square's Light in Winter.
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
Gertrude Digital Media Festival begins this week with the launch party held at Dante's in Fitzroy this Friday. Running until June 27th, the festival is a week of projected media that will span along Gertrude Street, turning one of Fitzroy's main strips into an outdoor gallery. With many of the street's venues participating in the festival, there will be special events held during the festival featuring projection, music and more.
Melbourne International Animation Festival, now in its 8th year, begins this week with a program that features the latest and best animation from around the world. Running from Monday to Sunday, the festival held at ACMI will be showcasing hundreds of films that highlight recent productions and favourites from the past along with films ranging from those that are beautifully hand drawn to digital animation.
Ignite, held at Docklands, is a celebration that draws together international musicians, performance artists and lighting experts to create a blazing wonderland to beat back the winter chill. Highlights include the Fire Garden with projections dancing embers and flames set to soundtrack, and the spectacular Pyrophone, a fire fuelled organ that will erupt twice nightly during the festivities which begin Friday.
Emerge Festival continues this week with a free public forum on Tuesday at BMW Edge. Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria, the dynamic arts festival celebrates Victoria's many diverse refugee and emerging cultures in a series of exciting events, exhibitions and concerts around Melbourne that will run until July 20th. With events from the traditional to the contemporary, the festival has something for all.
Melborn, the Short Play Festival organised by the Melbourne Writers' Theatre, will be held in September as part of Melbourne Fringe. If you missed last week's taste of what's to come, you can still catch readings of more of the top 30 manuscripts that were submitted for the festival with the last run of readings held at the Australian Centre of Performing Arts in North Melbourne this Tuesday.
The Light in Winter, the lighting display currently held at Federation Square, will be featuring the special event this Saturday, The Gift of Light, celebrating light and enlightenment with nine of Melbourne's diverse communities taking part in the celebration. Including members of the Indigenous, Japanese, African and Indian community, each group will install a piece of light inspired art as a their gift to Melbourne.
Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Tjukurrpa Arts are holding an exhibition of extraordinary new paintings from artists of the Central Desert communities Utopia and Watiyawanu in Central Australia. Held for one day only on Saturday, it takes place at Elwood Community Centre.
People Like Us | Love and Loss - Off the kerb gallery in Collingwood are hosting two series of work by Adam Brozinski and Elizabeth Nigol. The combined works capture a moment of the subject's lives, exploring the human condition in parallel representations.
Darwin with Tears celebrates Lyndal Jones' successful career at the forefront of Australian video and performance art. Showing at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, it includes work that represented Australia at the 2001 Venice Biennale.
A Mosquito Net Once Told Me... is an exhibition of weird and wonderful photos from southern Sudan. Presented by the Tomorrow Foundation, which helps Sudanese refugees in resettling in Australia, the photos will be on display at APTE Cafe in Alphington.
Around Australia in a 4x4 is an exhibition of work by John Waldron Taylor, raising money for Chances for Children to help socially disadvantaged youths in the Mallee region. On display at Stefano's Gallery in Mildura, Taylor's work can also be viewed online.
Black in Fashion: Mourning to Night, an exhibition running at both NGV International and NGV Australia, explores the impact and influences that black has had within many facets of clothing, tracing the changing significance of black in Western fashion.
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.
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!
Expos & Open Days
Melbourne Career Expo is one of Melbourne's premier Education and Employment events, offering a valuable platform to enhance and build the career prospects of all Victorians. Beginning Friday at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, the Career Expo will reach out to those in their final years of secondary school, providing a wide range of information for further educational preferences and career choices.
Melbourne Bride Wedding Expo, the equivalent of fashion week for Brides, takes place this weekend at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Featuring daily catwalk parades of the latest in bridal gowns, the expo offers all you need to plan your wedding.
Designbuild Australasia, running at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre until Wednesday, features over 400 exhibitors displaying the very latest in building and design ideas and products for both professionals and anyone interested in home improvement.
Arts & Theatre
Melbourne Playback Theatre is a performance group who re-tell the audience's stories through improvisation. With the show supported by live music on violin, piano and percussion, they will be performing this weekend at North Carlton's Dancehouse.
From Phantom to Figaro is a gala performance featuring Pot-Pourri, held at Melbourne Town Hall this Friday. Held to aid and raise awareness in ovarian cancer research, the concert will see the performers presenting highlights from opera and popular musicals.
The Underwood is a play that tells of eight friends who, after falling victim to binge drinking, awaken in the dense Australian bush with no idea how they got there or how to get home. Presented by Doorslam Productions, it runs at Theatreworks in St Kilda.
The Australia Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra will be performing this Sunday and the following Monday as part of this year's concert series, The Range of Light. Celebrating 18th century musical ideals, the concerts will be performed at BMW Edge in Federation Square.
VCA Dance are celebrating their 30th Anniversary with special performances that will run at VCA's Space 28. Featuring students both past and present, the performances explore and also honour the significant influence that VCA has had in the past three decades.
Boeing-Boeing, starring Shaun Micallef, is one of the most enjoyable and mischievously funny shows to hit Melbourne in years. Offering a seriously sexy and funny twist on classic comedy, performances begin Saturday at the Comedy Theatre and run until June 22.
Scarlett O'Hara at the Crimson Parrot, written by David Williamson, tells the story of Scarlett, a woman whose imagination helps her escape a job that is all too dull. Starring Caroline O'Connor in the title role, the whimsical fantasy begins Saturday at the Arts Centre.
Frost/Nixon, playing at The Arts Centre, tells of one of the most curious events in media history when Richard Nixon left the political stage and it fell to TV personality David Frost, who was no journalist, to ask the many lingering questions about Watergate.
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!
Entertainment & Nightlife
The 15/15 Film Festival will be holding special screenings this week as part of their travelling film program. The program features finalists from the 15/15 Film Festival competition, held earlier this year held earlier this year when filmmakers had only 15 hours to create a film in one day. Screenings held this week will take place in Frankston's AMC Cinemas, the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine, and Village Cinemas in Geelong.
The Intrepid Foundation will be holding a fundraiser on Friday at the Sandridge Centre of Life Saving Victoria. Organised by students of Box Hill Institute the event will depict a train journey with each carriage themed as a region that the foundation funds.
Eltham High School celebrates 25 Years of Bands this week with a special anniversary concert planned on Thursday evening. Taking place at the Monash University in Clayton, a highlight will be the graduate band with ex-students from the past 25 years.
The Berlin Sessions, presented by Future Classic Records, features guest DJ/producers Jazzanova, Quarion and Heiko Laux from Berlin. Aiming to musically reflect a night out in their hometown, they will be performing this Friday at Miss Libertine.
Singles Night at Imbibe, held this Tuesday evening, will feature a unique icebreaker for people to get out and meet new friends. With their own version of the game celebrity heads played at the event, the night is a safe, fun way to try and meet your perfect partner.
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AFL - Round 13
Round 13 sees 4 AFL matches held in Melbourne this week.
- Friday at Telstra Dome
St Kilda v Fremantle at 7.40pm
Saturday at The MCG
Hawthorn v Kangaroos at 2.10pm
Sunday at The MCG
Carlton v Essendon at 2.10pm
Sunday at Telstra Dome
Collingwood v Western Bulldogs at 4.40pm
Markets, Fetes and Fairs
The Big Red Book Fair, held annually by the New International Bookshop, takes place at Trades Hall this weekend. There will plenty of bargains with pre-loved books covering Australian and international history, crime and popular fiction, kids books and much more.
Nunawading Market - Come to Nunawading Market, where you'll find almost 100 stalls of high quality craft & produce. Held this Sunday from 9am, proceeds support the cultural, performing and visual arts throughout the City of Whitehorse.
Melbourne Market Guide
4th 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
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!
Luna Freeze - Luna Park will be making the most of the winter months with Melbourne's newest ice skating venue, held in the middle of Luna Park's Winter Wonderland. With ice-skating set to cool tunes and all under dazzling lights, Luna Freeze runs until October.
Hatching the Past: Dinosaur Eggs & Babies is a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. The exhibition will be at Melbourne Museum with life-like models of hatchlings, illustrations of dinosaur life and stunning photographs.
Circus Oz are celebrating 30 years with a huge Birthday Bash! A high-energy and animal free spectacular, their show is bursting with colour, comedy and breathtaking feats designed to excite audiences of all ages. Pushing the boundaries of conventional circus their show blends imagery, contemporary music and comedy with a live band. They will be performing at Birrarung Marr from June 18 to July 13.
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Gasworks Art for the Heart Workshop Series
With the theme of Art, Design and Wellbeing, Gasworks will be offering weekend workshops in a diverse range of art forms with classes taught by some of Melbourne's most creative tutors.
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 or to benefit others. This week we ask you to consider the following..
Red Nose Day | June 27th - The much-loved Red Nose Day campaign is back again, held annually on the last Friday in June. Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, SIDS and Kids is calling on the public to help support this worthwhile cause. Proceeds from Red Nose Day assist in providing vital services in research and bereavement support for families.
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White's In A Name?
Melburnian 'Mac' Robertson, regarded as the greatest entrepreneur and philanthropist in contemporary Australian History was the founder of confectionery company MacRobertson's, which gave us the tasty icons of the Cherry Ripe and Freddo Frog.
A philanthropist and flagrant self-promoter, Robertson funded Mawson's Antarctic expeditions and a series of international air races. There is even an area of Antarctica named after Melbourne's legendary confectionary wizard.
Sir Douglas Mawson named a part of the Antarctic Mac Robertson Land in honour of the great entrepreneur. It was a fitting landscape to pay tribute to the Melbourne icon, who wore white suits, painted his factories white, and even used white draught horses to pull his white carts.
More about Sir Macpherson Robertson | Read Melbourne Trivia...
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