Newsletter | #105 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for January 5 - January 11, 2009.
This week.. the New Year starts to pick up its heels and even dares to scoot its boots with the Red Hill Country Music Festival this Sunday. The Herring Island Arts Festival returns with a bigger program this year, offering special exhibitions each weekend all the way through to April. Meanwhile, for the kids these holidays, the Immigration Museum will be holding a special festival day for children, showcasing Indian culture with a range of activities.
And with Australia Day just around the corner, there's our guide to all the events you can enjoy on the day throughout Melbourne.
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 Red Hill Country Music Festival, held this Sunday, promises to be a great event with a bigger program in 2009 that now includes Country and Country Rock. Held at the Red Hill Showgrounds on Arthurs Seat Road, the festival features fabulous entertainers, line dancing demos, a Classic Car Show and much more in a great family atmosphere.
The Herring Island Summer Arts Festival begins this week, with special events taking place every Saturday and Sunday until April 13th. Held at the Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park in Toorak, which is accessible by boat with a punt service, this weekend you can see an exhibition by the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia along with special artists demonstrations.
Australia Day is just a few weeks away, held on Monday January 26. With a wide range of special events held to celebrate the day, our guide can help you find something to do with plenty of free events and activities that you'll find in Melbourne and throughout the suburbs with many local councils offering events such as BBQ days, Ceremonies and more.
Great Australia Day Duck Race - It will be all ducks for themselves on Monday January 26th, when thousands of rubber ducks race along a section of the Yarra River in Melbourne's Great Australia Day Duck Race! Watch a flotilla of numbered rubber ducks (with Lifesaver caps!) race in the middle of the Yarra River, located between the Engineers Lawn and the boatsheds.
Cricket Victoria will be hosting a Free Community Cricket Day for boys and girls aged 10 to 14, offering the chance to play with the Victorian Cricket players! Come and join in all the fun and activities on Wednesday 14th January at Preston Cricket Club. Highlights include autographs, prizes and giveaways mini cricket matches and special guest, Ned Ranger.
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School Holiday Guide
Check out our School Holiday Guide for all the latest on what to do with the kids during the Summer School Holidays continuing through December and running until January 27 in 2009. The guide is Updated Weekly to highlight the best things to do over the holiday period for the young and young at heart, with events, tours and holiday care programs.. all in marvellous Melbourne!
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Kids Fest | Experience Ancient India - The Immigration Museum will hold a special children's festival this Sunday, celebrating Ancient Indian culture. In celebration of the special exhibition, Ancient Hampi: The Hindu Kingdom Brought to Life, the festival includes an Indian dance workshop, making Hindu God shadow puppets and much more. General admission applies.
Fairy Fanfare returns for the school holidays in Summer with a brand new twist and fabulous fairy antics for both boys and girls who can wave a wand and share in the magic! Dress up in your most fantastic costume and get ready to join in the song and dance fun. Fairy Fanfare will run until January 17 with two shows daily at Fitzroy Gardens in East Melbourne.
Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
The Dolls House is an intriguing (and not to mention small!) exhibition space in West Preston which is held in a shopfront that plays host to a miniature gallery set in a dolls house built in the 1970s. On display until January 10 is the installation Family Mistletoe by Rebecca Mayo, with mistletoe branches wrapped and secured within recycled felted jumpers.
The Cunningham Dax Collection is currently showcasing two exhibitions, Beyond the Three Trees and Healing Childhood Trauma. With over 12,000 works by people who've experienced mental illness or psychological trauma, the Collection in Parkville is dedicated to the ethical exhibition of these works, using art to raise awareness of public mental health education.
Speaking for the Ordinary Man, now showing at St Kilda's Jewish Museum of Australia, is an exhibition of sculptures by Charles Aisen, a tinsmith whose sculptures trace not only his own life journey but that of many Jews who settled in Australia. His touching works evoke the traditional world of pre-war Poland and the immigrant experience in Carlton.
Lucy Benson is currently holding an Open Studio exhibition of her work as a video artist and multimedia designer. Using her residency at Melbourne's Guildford Lane Gallery to develop new video work which will then be installed in the studio upon completion, she will be testing out work in progress in the space, as well as displaying a rotation of previous pieces.
The Water Hole is an exhibition by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger, who have created a stunning ecological fantasy-world in the main gallery of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Bringing together made and found objects to create extravagant, magical installations that are full of allegory and beauty, the exhibition will run until March 1st, 2009.
Hocus Pocus - Science and physics become mere playthings as the world of magic, with all its baroque, buoyant charm, comes to City Museum. Proving that magic is in Melbourne's blood, the exhibition shows how our city has radiated with wonder and possibility since its streets were first paved with gold, featuring souvenirs, tools, artworks and more dating back to the 1850s.
Greenhouse by Joost is an Australian first in self-sustaining planning with this temporary event venue, currently open at Federation Square. Made entirely from recycled materials, Joost's Greenhouse will run until January and will be open daily as a gallery, cafe and social hub, while at night the unique venue will transform to become a vibrant hub to entertain the public.
Performances & Theatre
Shakespeare in the Vines, presented by Essential Theatre, is a theatre series that sees Shakespeare's classic plays brought to the outdoors with performances held at various wineries and estates across Victoria. Their theatrical tour in 2009 will present the romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, with a performance held this Saturday at Highton Manor in Mansfield.
James and the Giant Peach, presented by RMIT Union Arts, is an energetic production of Roald Dahl's classic tale, adapted for the stage by David Wood. Bringing to life the crazy characters of the much-loved story, the play involves the audience in every step of the adventure. Loud, hilarious and inspiring, it begins Tuesday at RMIT's Kaleide Theatre.
Grace, a collaboration between philosopher AC Grayling and theatre director Mick Gordon. Combining a powerful debate about faith with heartrending drama, the play sees scientist Grace Friedman become the country's most vocal advocate for atheism, while her own son becomes an Anglican priest. Performances are held at the Arts Centre.
The Taming of the Shrew is a fun night of Shakespeare Under The Stars with Glenn Elston's wildly entertaining production of the Bard's classic play. A story of a relationship that starts with fire and brimstone but leads to deep love and admiration, performances are being held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, with shows then running from Tuesday to Sunday.
Billy Elliot the Musical is now playing at Her Majesty's Theatre. Based on the cult film, the stage production features music by Elton John and follows the journey of a young boy in a small mining town who stumbles across a ballet class while on his way to a boxing lesson, and realises that his future lies not in the boxing ring, as his father hoped, but on stage as a dancer.
Shane Warne the Musical is a leg-spun yarn about what it means to fall arse-backwards into the Australian Dream and emerge a champion. With a sizzling live band and an exceptional cast, including Eddie Perfect as the man himself, the show brings to life a brilliant score fusing soul, gospel, rock, and even a touch of Bollywood. It's currently playing at the Athenaeum Theatre.
The Rocky Horror Show brings Richard O'Brien's classic musical to the stage with the outrageous role of Dr Frank N Furter played by ARIA-nominated singer iota, who last gave a remarkable performance in Melbourne in the rock musical of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Bursting at the seams with timeless classics, the long time cult hit is now playing at the Comedy Theatre.
Wicked, based on Gregory Maguire's novel, is the hit musical that tells the untold story of the legendary witches from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. When Dorothy famously triumphed in Oz, we only ever heard one side of the story. Now playing at the Regent Theatre, the creative team that brings the story to life includes many of Broadway's most celebrated talent.
Entertainment & Nightlife
My Favourite Sins, running from Thursday to Sunday at the Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, is a performance by Jacob Diefenbach, who was last year's winner of the Best Cabaret award at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Known for his beautiful voice, the Brisbane based singer has been compared to many performers including Tori Amos and Rufus Wainwright.
The Rooftop Cinema flickers into action with film screenings held each week from Tuesday to Sunday. Screening everything from cult favourites to new releases and documentaries, it's the height of entertainment with screenings held on the rooftop of Curtin House, located in Swanston Street, offering night lights, classic cinema and the rooftop bar.
Moonlight Cinema is back, held at the Royal Botanic Gardens. With screenings running until March 15th, the open air cinema features a program that includes latest releases, contemporary films and cult classic movies. A great way to spend a night out with friends and family, you can bring your own picnic or purchase dinner and drinks at the cinema.
Melbourne For Kids
DinoStory | Sand Sculpting Exhibition - Sand Sculpting Australia will again present a special display at the Frankston Waterfront with their newest theme, DinoStory. Featuring the work of sculptors from Australia and overseas, the sand carvings will take the form of dinosaurs in stunning detail. The exhibition runs throughout the holidays.
The Wind in the Willows - Melbourne's favourite family entertainment is currently running, continuing its well-loved tradition of bringing the animals home to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Pack a picnic, pack the kids... and join Rat, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and, of course, Mr Toad, as they bring to life Kenneth Grahame's immortal story of life on the riverbank.
Amazing Antarctica - Melbourne Aquarium's amazing new Antarctica exhibit is open during the summer school holidays, offering a completely unique experience as Australia's only venue to feature sub-Antarctic penguins. Don't miss the daily penguin feeds where the keepers will help you discover more about the daily life of the Aquarium's newest residents!
The Myer Christmas Windows, which have delighted families and kids for more than 50 years now, are displayed outside the Bourke Street store where you can now find this year's offering, inspired by Alan Snow's children's book, How Santa Really Works. A tradition that began in 1956, the marvellous Myer Christmas Windows display will be running until Sunday.
Circus Sunrise Holiday Spectacular is an action-packed show for all the family, currently showing at Water Front City, located under the Southern Star Ferris Wheel. With special holiday shows held throughout the School Holidays, the circus will be presenting their Holiday Spectacular until January 26. Circus Sunrise is a true family circus with lineage going back to 1648!
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Artz Blitz, held by Kingston Arts Centre is a 24-hour competition where entrants get the opportunity to create an artwork to a specific theme, exhibit in a dynamic exhibition and go into the running for over $3000 worth of prizes. With 180 places available for artists to pre-register, registrations close February 6 with the theme announced on 3RRR on later in February.
The Aussie Millions Poker Championship will be hitting Crown Casino next year in January, beginning 23 days of competition as poker players from the world over and across Australia try their hand (pun intended) at winning one of the world's biggest poker prizes. To play in an Aussie Millions event you must be a Crown Club member, so register soon if you plan to buy in.
Speakers Forum | Soapbox Oratory - Every Sunday afternoon, soapbox orators (that means you if you have something to say) take turns speaking on various topics from differing viewpoints on the State Library Lawns. Questions, comments, heckling and interjections are welcome from all, simply turn up on the day to participate or hear what others have to say.
Dynamic Drawing Classes, held by Ron Curran, can help you discover your creative identity and find your power through drawing. Classes take place every week on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, held at Brunswick Street Gallery. Classes cost $18, with no need to book, and each class includes a model, music and facilitation provided on the day.
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..
The Great Australian Sunny Sizzle, presented by Interchange and held at Federation Square on 27th March, is a celebration to raise awareness of the needs of young people with a disability and their families. You can also hold a Sunny Sizzle BBQ at your workplace, school, sports club, or anywhere else, and help Interchange raise awareness of volunteering opportunities.
Markets, Fetes and Fairs
The Federation Square Book Market is held every Saturday from 11 am until 5 pm in Fed Square's Atrium. Each week, with around 15 independent and small booksellers, the market has nearly 5000 second-hand and new books covering a diverse range of interests including literature, history, gardening, travel, art, children's books and much more.
The Suzuki Night Market has returned to Queen Victoria Market, held weekly and running Wednesday nights through to February. Now a summer tradition, the Suzuki Night Market offers a great mix of unusual products, great food and atmosphere. The Suzuki Night Market offers a stunning mix of world food, eclectic wares, bars and even two stages showcasing the best live music!
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A growing number of food, produce and even wine markets are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!
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The KFC Twenty20 International returns this week when Australia goes up against South Africa, hot on the heels of the Boxing Day Test and the One Day International Series.
Australia v South Africa
Sunday 11 January - 7:35pm
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Heatwave, presented by Ground Zero Wrestling LIVE! is two nights of Australian pro wrestling that will feature some of the most entertaining performers in all of Australia in the craziest, wildest, hardest-hitting matches wrestling fans will ever see. It takes place Friday at Seaford Community Centre and on Saturday at Dandenong's Ella Athorn Pavilion.
National Basketball League
Melbourne Tigers Home Game
Sunday 11 January
Game starts at 7:30pm
State Netball & Hockey Centre, Parkville
Dining & Drink
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Special Dining Offers
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Sun Wah in Mordialloc. Sun Wah will be offering an 8 Course Menu with Succulent Seafood, Specially Created New Year Dishes, Deakin Estate Champagne and much more. Held on January 30th and 31st, each night includes live entertainment, Karaoke, Traditional Lion Dance, Games, Prizes and Horoscopes, all for just $48.80 Per Head!
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