Newsletter | #113 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #113 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #113 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for March 2 - March 8, 2009.

This week.. There's plenty of fun in the water with Moomba Waterfest and the Nagambie on Water Festival offering some cool, slippery fun this summer, while Geelong kicks up its kilts (and that's not a caber under their sporran, they really are happy to see you!) with the Highland Gathering celebrating all things Scottish.

Foodies can also rejoice as the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival begins this week, along with two other festivals further afield with the Harcourt Applefest offering more apples and fun than you can shake a branch at, and the Talbot Yabbie Fest offering more yabbies and fun than you can shake a bit of twine with some meat on it at..

There's also some great music festivals across the long weekend leading into Labour day next Monday with the Inverloch Jazz festival, ChillOut in Daylesford, the Port Fairy Folk Festival and a huge line up of bands at the Espy's one day festival, Rock The Bay.

You'll also notice we've added Start and End dates to all the events listed here in the newsletter, and a big thankyou to one of our readers, Lauren for that suggestion.


What's On this Week is an overview of the (too many to mention) events happening this week in Melbourne. To see everything that is happening on any given day this week, view our What's On MELBOURNE Calendar

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

Moomba Waterfest Moomba Waterfest, Melbourne's biggest free festival for the community, returns to run across four days with a great program this year including old favourites like the Birdman Rally, water sport activities, celebrity challenges on the Yarra, the ever popular Moomba Parade and much more.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival The Port Fairy Folk Festival offers a great chance to leave the city and enjoy the coastal village with over 100 acts and around 500 artists performing at the festival's hub in Southcombe Park and 12 other venues. Now in its 33rd year, the festival includes concerts, workshops, theatre and much more.

The Ballarat Begonia Weekend The Ballarat Begonia Weekend is a celebration of gardening, arts and culture in one of Victoria's most prominent historical towns. With the Ballarat Botanical Gardens featuring a display of 600 begonias in 230 varieties, there's also the Apex Art Show and the Annual Ballarat Antique Fair with over 95 exhibitors.

The Geelong Highland Gathering The Geelong Highland Gathering, held in Queens Park, 1 hours drive from Geelong, is the biggest celebration of Scottish culture in Victoria with historic military re-enactments, Celtic markets and food, pipe bands, Highland Dancing and displays of includes Scottish Heavy Games including caber tossing.

The Nagambie on Water Festival The Nagambie on Water Festival is a great weekend of free activities and events at Buckley Park by Lake Nagambie. With something for the whole family, the water festival includes live entertainment with music, free water sports, kids activities and rides, a market and much more.

Upcoming Events

To find out about future events in Melbourne, have a look at our new calendar, with details about many more events that lie ahead, including Exhibitions, Gigs, Markets, Expos and more..

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Bushfire Fundraisers

Bushfire Fundraising Events Bushfire Fundraising Events - There are quite simply hundreds of Bushfire Fundraising Events taking place all over Victoria to raise funds for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. Australians have rallied to help bushfire victims, setting up a range of fundraising events and appeals to raise money for survivors of Australia's worst natural disaster. More Details Here

Circus Sunrise Bush Fire Appeal Circus Sunrise Bush Fire Appeal - Circus Sunrise, a true family circus with lineage going back to 1648, will be performing at Epping Plaza to raise money for the Bush Fire Appeal. Beginning this Saturday, their show is an action-packed performance for all with juggling, acrobatics and whip-cracking excitement!

Please Note: The Australian Red Cross is no longer accepting donations of goods. The Red Cross is still gratefully accepting cash donations, however, which can be made by calling 1800 811 700.

Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Trepidation - I Report a Concern Trepidation - I Report a Concern, a group exhibition at North Fitzroy's J-Studios, examines the external factors of influence that pervade our lives. With themes of concerns such as money, political and social apocalypse, sex, death and more, burdens both real and imagined are given voice in the work of each artist.

Beneath and Beyond Beneath and Beyond, by Julie Stephenson, is an exhibition of her photographs that use the bubble to explore the philosophy of scientific theories such as String Theory. Showing at Fitzroy North's red gallery, the exhibition also includes artist books offer a more tactile expression of her work.

People and their Rivers People and their Rivers is an art exhibition by painter, Alan Stainton. Held at the Upper Yarra Arts Centre in Warburton, where Alan Stainton is a local to the area, the exhibition features portraits of other locals in the picturesque area with scenes of the river that they live by.

Artz Blitz Artz Blitz is an arts competition where entrants get 24 hours to create an artwork set to a specific theme, with over $3000 worth of prizes up for grabs. The resulting work of Artz Blitz is currently featured in a dynamic exhibition at Kingston Arts Centre, showcasing the diversity of the entries.

Lost Lines Lost Lines, now showing at Unpretentiously Underground in Fitzroy's Brunswick St, is an exhibition by Ears, whose work playfully combines abstract expressionism with character based street art. Living up to his moniker, the exhibition is inspired by snippets of conversations heard on trains and buses.

Natural Adaptations Natural Adaptations, currently showing at Chapel Off Chapel, is an exhibition by Sally White that celebrates Charles Darwin's bicentenary with a show that embraces the adaptations and artistic cross-overs by applying several schools of Chinese brush painting to Australian natural history subjects.

John Lennon: Imagine! John Lennon: Imagine! is an exhibition of never-before-seen and rare photos of the late musician on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the only gallery in Australia to host the exhibition. The exhibition features rare black and white images by world-class photographers such as Dixie Dean and Tom Hanley.

Step Right Up! The Circus in Australian Art Step Right Up! The Circus in Australian Art is a free exhibition at Gallery I of the Arts Centre. Drawing together commissioned works by contemporary Australian artists, the exhibition also includes selected paintings and sculptures that show varied interpretations of all the colour and humour of the circus.

Karst Karst, by Julia Chiu, explores the ambiguities of cross cultural identity by exploring her Dutch-Indonesian and Hong Kong Chinese heritage with an installation using abstract ink work and photography. Now showing at Northcote's Immersion Therapy, the exhibition coincides with that of Hong Tong's Wind Changes.

Max Dupain on Assignment Max Dupain on Assignment is an exhibition that features many never seen before works by the late and legendary Australian photographer, Max Dupain, whose government work from the National Archives and Noel Butlin Archives Centre collections are being showcased at North Melbourne's Victorian Archives Centre.

The Cunningham Dax Collection 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 uses art to raise awareness of public mental health education.

Speaking for the Ordinary Man 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 with his touching works evoking the immigrant experience in Carlton.

Expos, Seminars & Open Days

Women Behaving Politically Women Behaving Politically, held as part of Women's History Month during March, is a free seminar held at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne. The event examines the impact and achievements of women who acted politically in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Scoresby Steamfest Scoresby Steamfest is a great event for fans of big engines and vehicles from little tykes who adore "Thomas the Tank Engine"to the big kids who love machinery with lots of grunt. Held annually by the Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club, the event includes Miniature railway rides and model displays.

Penthouse Mouse AW09 Penthouse Mouse AW09, held at The Capitol in South Yarra, is a 16-day program offering everything in the latest of fashion, artworks, accessories and more. The event sees designers and artists unite under the one roof with runway shows, launches, films, champagne shopping nights and infamous parties.

The Melbourne International Motor Show The Melbourne International Motor Show, continuing at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, is a flagship event for Australia's automotive industry and auto enthusiasts. With the latest in displays of futuristic prototypes and concept vehicles, the event includes family attractions and more.

Performances & Theatre

Copenhagen Copenhagen, performed at Chapel Off Chapel, is the award winning controversial play by Michael Frayn that explores the relationship between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, two of the 20th Century's most important scientists who meet in 1941, during the Nazi occupation of the city the play is named after.

Julius Caesar Julius Caesar, Shakespeare's famed political drama about Roman ambition and betrayal, will be performed this week by the Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group, an amateur community theatre company. The first of four plays in this year's season, performances will be held at Strathmore Community Hall.

Moonlight and Magnolias Moonlight and Magnolias, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company, is Ron Huchinson's hilarious play that captures the truelife madness behind the scenes of Gone with the Wind, offering a humorous look at the off-set dramas that unfolded in the writing of the greatest movie in Hollywood history.

Poor Boy Poor Boy, playing at the Sumner Theatre in Southbank, features songs by Matt Cameron and Tim Finn. With an impressive cast that includes Guy Pearce, the thoughtful play tells the story of Jeremy Glass, a boy who on his 7th birthday announces that he is really a deceased man called Danny.

The Taming of the Shrew 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.

Billy Elliot the Musical Billy Elliot the Musical, playing at Her Majesty's Theatre, features music by Elton John and follows the journey of a young boy in a small mining town who stumbles across a ballet class and realises that his future lies not in the boxing ring, as his father hoped, but on stage as a dancer.

WickedWicked, 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. Now playing at the Regent Theatre, the creative team that brings the story to life includes many of Broadway's most celebrated talent.


Dance Massive is a brand new contemporary dance event that begins this Tuesday and will span 12 days across three venues, the Arts House, Malthouse Theatre and Dancehouse. Celebrating the breadth and richness of Australia's dance culture, the event presents a diverse and visually spectacular program.

Mortal Engine Mortal Engine, presented by Chunky Move at the Malthouse Theatre, is a dance performance that uses movement-responsive laser technology to distort the human body, creating a stunning performance that's ever-shifting and illusionary. The performance is just one of many held as part of Dance Massive.

Beat N' Move Euphoric Beat N' Move Euphoric is the second program instalment of Collaboration The Project, Australia's freshest new dance project. Combining the styles of Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop, the performance at St Kilda's Theatreworks features an array of live music in an energy packed extravaganza.

Classical Performances

Kalkadunga Man Kalkadunga Man is a performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre that merges the contrasting worlds of Aboriginal and classical music when the renowned indigenous musician, William Barton will be joined by The Song Company in this innovative concert with imagery of the Kalkadunga land near Mount Isa.

The Lunchtime Concert Series The Lunchtime Concert Series, presented by the School of Music-Conservatorium at Clayton's Monash University, provides staff, students and anyone in the community a chance to enjoy a musical lunch break. Performed each Thursday, this week's concert is Traditional Folk and Classical Music from Afghanistan.

Entertainment & Nightlife

The Inverloch Jazz Festival The Inverloch Jazz Festival, held across the Labour Day weekend, is a chance to listen to top class jazz in the beauty of South Gippsland. With performers ranging from big band and traditional to mainstream and other styles the festival includes the popular Jazz Picnic in the Glade held on Labour Day.

ChillOut ChillOut returns to Daylesford over the Labour Day long weekend, celebrating 12 years as the largest gay and lesbian festival in regional and rural Australia. This year's ChillOut goes all out with a Disco Stampede, blending the best of country and disco along with a wide range of special events.

Rock The Bay Rock The Bay is a one-day music festival held at St Kilda's iconic home of rock, The Espy (The Esplanade to you laymen) featuring a huge line-up of over 30 bands on 3 stages including Bushido, Six Shooter and Bugdust... and all for less than a dollar per band - perfect in these dire financial times!

Donna & The Aspinauts Donna & The Aspinauts - Donna Williams will perform with Victoria's first autism-spectrum band The Aspinauts this Wednesday at South Melbourne's Butterfly Club. With Donna's vocal delivery reminiscent of Laurie Anderson, the band has a unique performance with video backdrops and gestural signing.

Melbourne Zoo Twilights Melbourne Zoo Twilights is a chance to enjoy music performed live at Melbourne Zoo with this year's season boasting one of their best musical line-ups ever. Held on the zoo's concert lawn areas, each concerts evening also includes special displays of selected species that are open until 7.30pm.


The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, now in its 20th year screens in Melbourne at selected Palace Cinemas with a program that presents 34 new features that encompass the best of French Cinema with documentaries, dramas, action, romance as only the French can do it, and even kids' films.

The Rooftop Cinema The Rooftop Cinema flickers into action with film screenings of everything from cult favourites and documentaries to new releases. Held on the rooftop of Curtin House, located in Swanston Street, it's the height of entertainment offering night lights, classic cinema and the rooftop bar.

Moonlight Cinema Moonlight Cinema at the Royal Botanic Gardens is Melbourne's favourite open-air cinema with 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 food and drinks there.

Melbourne For Kids

Short Pants No Holes Short Pants No Holes is a great show for kids using puppetry and improvisation games, with kids helping to create the story on the stage. It's held as part of La Mama for Kids, a popular monthly program of performances held especially for children at the historic Carlton home of Australian theatre, La Mama.

DinoStory | Sand Sculpting Exhibition 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 take the form of dinosaurs in stunning detail.

Circus Shows

Silvers Grand Magic Circus Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be appearing in Templestowe with performances at Pettys Reserve located on Reynolds Road. Established in 1976, Silvers Grand Magic Circus offers a great show for the kids and the whole family, with everything from jugglers and clowns to acrobats and more.

Spotlight on Melbourne

Famous Melburnians

Spotlight on Melbourne Dr John Cade, the Australian psychiatrist who made one of the most important discoveries in mental health by discovering the use of Lithium, was so modest about his own discovery that a book he published in 1979, Mending the Mind, made mention of the successful use of Lithium without mentioning any part that he himself played in its applications.

Puzzles & Competitions

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The Melbourne Amazing Race The Melbourne Amazing Race returns to Melbourne for the 10th time and all Melburnians are invited to register now to enter and compete in the charity event inspired by the hit TV show of the same name. Raising funds for the Royal Children's Hospital, there are fantastic prizes up for grabs.


The Existentialist Society The Existentialist Society host free public lectures that cover diverse and often conflicting schools of thought followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Held monthly at East Melbourne's Unitarian Church Hall, this Tuesday Dr. Maurita Harney discusses "The History of Existentialism in Australasian Philosophy."

Melbourne Sustainability Drinks Melbourne Sustainability Drinks, held the first Wednesday of every month at Melbourne Central's 100 Mile Cafe, provides a forum for professionals and anyone interested in sustainability to exchange ideas and meet other passionate people who are interested in making a positive difference.

The Summerhill Dance Group The Summerhill Dance Group hold a social event for people of all ages and backgrounds each week at the Oakhill Community Centre in Reservoir. Supported by Darebin Council, the dance evenings feature music from a professional D.J. playing strict tempo music for people of all dance level skills.

Yoga at the Park 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, the classes suit many age groups and levels of experience with lessons held in various public parks around Melbourne.

Speakers Forum | Soapbox Oratory Speakers Forum | Soapbox Oratory - Soapbox orators (that means you if you've something to say) can take turns speaking on various topics and viewpoints on the State Library Lawns. Questions, comments, heckling and interjections are welcome from all, simply turn up on the day to participate or listen.

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..

Bangers and Cash Bangers and Cash is an annual campaign that's a deliciously fun way to raise money and awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. Register with CFV and you'll receive a kit that has all the information you need to get a barbeque sizzling at home, work or at your school to collect a donation for each sausage sold.

Knitting Wool Appeal Knitting Wool Appeal - The Inner Wheel Club of Bundoora is currently appealing for donations of wool to help them supply nursing homes, hospitals and the needy in the Diamond Valley with knitted patchwork knee rugs. After a particularly bitter winter, their supply of rugs has completely gone, as has their wool to produce more. To find how you can help Visit Here

Markets, Fetes and Fairs


View MARKETS on any day of the week to make the most of the rare sunny days (it's a coin toss lately, isn't it!) and head to one of Melbourne's many excellent markets, fetes and fairs for a bargain!

Markets, Fetes & FairsA growing number of food, produce and even wine markets are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!

Dining & Drink

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival returns with yet another delicious program of over 200 events held across the state over 16 delicious days. Showcasing the best that Victoria has to offer in food, culinary skills, winemaking and much more, the festival program this year is bigger and better than ever.

The Talbot Yabbie Festival, normally held on Easter Saturday, arrives early this year when the main streets of Talbot in the heart of the Victorian Goldfields come alive with a day of fun for all the family. Aside from yabbie eating, yabbie racing and yabbie catching, there's also local wines, music and kids' entertainment.

The Harcourt Applefest The Harcourt Applefest, now in its 18th year, is bigger and better than ever with a wide variety of events and activities across the weekend. With a street parade featuring floats and dancers, live bands, a street market with local produce, art exhibitions and more the festival has something for everyone.

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Sporting Events


WRESTLEROCK WRESTLEROCK returns to The Corner Hotel on Friday with another night of explosive wrestling action as wrestlers from both here and overseas go head to head in the entertainment phenomenon that combines the very best in Australian pro-wrestling with premier live music acts.

National Basketball League | Grand Final

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Last Week's Puzzle Answers

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Melbourne Trivia

A Wheelie Big Deal!

The world record for the largest human wheelbarrow race was broken in 2008 on September 9th when Melbourne's own Carey Baptist Grammar School in Kew set out to break the previous record that had been held by a high school in Singapore.

Aside from breaking the Guinness World record for the largest number of participants with a staggering number of 1,044 people, one pair of students decided to take it further and managed to break a second world record that day, also breaking the record for the fastest time in a 50-metre Human Wheelbarrow Race by making the distance in just 14.87 seconds.

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