Newsletter | #129 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for the week running from Tuesday June 23 - Monday June 29, 2009.
This week.. the School Holidays kick off with the ever faithful bang of Warrnambool's Fun4Kids Festival offering a huge program of attractions and performances for kids. And if you reach into the hat, you'll also the find Melbourne Magic Festival held at Northcote Town Hall, which features a Junior Magic Championship this year for aspiring tricksters.
There's also this year's Kilmore Celtic Festival, where you can celebrate your Irish, Scottish and Celtic Heritage or even your fondness for bagpipes and Guinness - don't get the two confused lest you inhale that barley based icon. You'll also find a few freebies about town this week with a special preview of the new musical The Jungle Book, along with Under an Eastern Moon, a free concert presented by our favourite Auntie's ABC Music Deli. The Melbourne International Animation Festival also continues this week offering a swag of animated films from across the globe.
And with just a taste further down, check here to view more of the following..
School Holiday Guide
Check out our School Holiday Guide for all the latest on what to do with the kids during the Winter School Holidays running from June 27 to July 12 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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Major Events Guide
The Fun4Kids Children's Festival, held in Warrnambool, is an extravaganza of fun with a huge program of children's performers and creative, energetic activities and workshops. This year's event features shows performed by the Scared Weird Little Guys, Playschool host, Justine Clarke, magicians, clowns and more.
The Kilmore Celtic Festival, held just 60km from Melbourne, takes place on Victoria's oldest inland settled town. A stronghold of early settlers from Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall, the festival celebrates these early settlers and the heritage that remains today with music, dancing markets, workshops and more.
The Melbourne Magic Festival, held at Northcote Town Hall, is the biggest gathering of magicians in Australia with a program that boasts 70 performances of 20 different shows. Presented by the Australian Institute of Magic, the festival features magic classes, workshops, auctions and even Magic Championships.
The Melbourne International Animation Festival features the latest and best animation from around the world with films sourced from over 35 countries. Held at ACMI Cinemas, the festival showcases recent works and old favourites with films ranging from beautifully hand drawn films to digital animation.
The Scarf Festival, held primarily at the National Wool Museum in Geelong and various venues in Melbourne, offers a program of workshops and events that includes The Transformation Showcase, an exhibition of original scarves created by entrants using this year's theme of Transformation.
The Light in Winter, a spectacular lighting display on show at Federation Square, returns this year with another bright offering to help make the winter a little warmer. Directed by Robyn Archer, the light-based festival brings together artists and designers to explore their ideas of light, enlightenment and hope.
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The Gertrude Street Projection Festival is a program of projected media that spans along Gertrude Street, literally turning one of Fitzroy's main strips into an outdoor gallery with free projection art to view and special events held during the festival featuring animation, music and more.
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
The Night Photographers, an exhibition by The InnerNortherns Photography Group, an Australian based artists' collective that includes photographers from overseas, showcases photos of some of the world's great metropolises as the cities sleep. The show is held at the Gallery of Michaels in Elizabeth Street.
One Tooth is an exhibition of the latest body of work by up and coming Brisbane artist Kitty Horton, whose work has created a buzz among collectors of work by emerging artists. With artwork that explores imagery and portraits holding hidden agendas and meanings, her work will be showing at Brunswick's 696 Gallery.
SCHMUCK, exhibiting at the RMIT Gallery in Swanston Street, is a collection of the world's most dynamic contemporary jewellery. Shown in Australia for the first time, it's also only fourth time the prestigious collection of jewellery from designers around the world has been seen outside of Munich in its 50-year history.
The Salvador Dali Deseo Liquido Exhibition, held at Artiq Galleries in South Yarra, is an intimate collection of paintings and sculptures by the celebrated master of surrealism. Exhibited for the first time in Australia, and exclusively at Artiq Galleries, the authenticated works are free to view and all are for sale.
Aspirational Interlude, the first solo photographic exhibition by artist, Stu Morley, features soulful streetscapes of New York. Capturing the atmospheric, gritty and street orientated nature of the city, the artist's work can be seen at No Vacancy Gallery, located in the QV complex.
James Makin Gallery will be holding an exhibition of works for its Winter Collection, marking the opening of the new gallery in Collingwood. The exhibition will feature select major works by each artist represented by James Makin Gallery, also showcasing the new inspiring light-filled venue.
Love Burma Love Freedom, held at Forty-five Downstairs, is a unique exhibition that reflects the people and the rich traditions of Burma. Using the different mediums of digital art, painting and photography, three artists have come together, exploring their own connections with Burma.
Go Font Ur Self, showing at Melbourne's Don't Come Gallery, is the second instalment of this exhibition series that returns with a new line-up of some of the most respected typographers worldwide, showcasing a diverse range of techniques and forms that portray the art of lettering.
The FUYU (WINTER) Exhibition, held at Northcote's Immersion Therapy gallery, marks the onset of winter with work by local photographers who were given the task of presenting imagery that captured the spirit of the change in seasons, offering unique interpretations of the theme.
Textiles in Winter is an exhibition that showcases an array of unique handcrafted gifts created by local artisans in Box Hill. Held annually at the Alcove Art Shop and Gallery, located within the Box Hill Community Arts Centre, the exhibition features handcrafted textiles, paintings, jewellery, ceramics and more.
Evolution, an exhibition by Karl Persson, explores the relationship between humans, animals, evolution and morality with paintings that fundamental elements that link us all in these themes. Revealing deeply personal fears, anxieties and fetishes, his works will be showing at Unpretentiously Underground.
Totem City, showing at Steps Gallery in Carlton, is an exhibition of drypoints, etchings, drawings, paintings and sculptures by Marco Luccio, inspired by construction sites and monumental structures of Melbourne. The impressive exhibition also includes a special series of talks, workshops and presentations.
In The Black, held at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art Gallery in Caulfield North, is an exhibition of black and white imagery that showcases drawing, photography and prints from a variety of genres. The exhibition featuring work by many diverse artists, ranging from colonial to contemporary and aboriginal art.
The International Next Big Thing Award, held at Melbourne Museum, features the designs of finalists' innovations. This year's entries reflecting the challenges of our time in the medical, environmental and ICT fields with designs including a paper water bottle, a musical robot and many more amazing creations.
The Independent Type, held at the State Library of Victoria, is an exhibition that celebrates the history of Victoria's literary culture with displays and exhibits that mark the progression of writing by exploring traditional Indigenous storytelling through to colonial classics and today's vibrant writing scene.
Launches, Expos & Seminars
Dreams and Roses, the new poetry collection by Professor Paddy Dewan, will be launched with his appearance at Hawthorn's Readings Bookstore. Brilliant, enigmatic and controversial, the poetry, which is raw and beautiful, draws on Paddy's experiences of working as a surgeon in developing and war-torn countries.
Planning For A Secure Future is a series of free public seminars presented by the Law Institute of Victoria. Held at various venues, the seminars provide people with information on legal issues that they, or members of their family, or friends may need to take into account as we all live longer.
The Forever Barbie Exhibition, held at Federation Square, is the largest collection of Barbie Dolls ever assembled in Southern Hemisphere. One of the most prominent characters in pop culture, the exhibition celebrates Barbie's 50th Anniversary with some of the quirkiest dolls released in her long history.
The Building & Home Improvement Expo, held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, offers three days of demonstrations and seminars along with displays of the latest innovations and products for homebuilders and renovators including the newest ways to help make sustainable living easier.
Performances & Theatre
Art Revue, held at The Flying Duck in Prahran, is a weekly evening of entertainment that presents performances that that feature belly dancing and Indian dancers, mime, theatre artists and the exotic, along with the chance to be inspired and capture the night with drawing materials included with entry on the night.
The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling's classic tale, will be brought to life on the stage in a musical production that sees Mowgli, now in his early twenties, returning to the jungle to revisit his animal mentors Baloo and Bagheera. A free preview will be held at the Athenaeum Theatre before it tours Australia.
Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story returns to Melbourne with a brand new production held at the Palms at Crown. The live music extravaganza, which has become one of the biggest hits on the stage, presents the story of the iconic singer with two hours of his greatest hits that inspired many other performers.
The Birthday Party, the classic play by Harold Pinter, will be performed by Melbourne Theatre Company at the Arts Centre's Fairfax Studio. Now regarded as a classic post-war drama, the play tells of how one man's life in a seaside boarding house is unsettled when two new lodgers arrive.
Lobby Hero, a production by Red Stitch Actors Theatre in St Kilda, is a play from the writer of This is Our Youth and the screenplays You Can Count on Me and Gangs of New York. In the lobby of a city high-rise, Jeff, a luckless young security guard, is drawn into a murder investigation that stretch his loyalties.
The Man from Mukinupin, written by one of Australia's greats of playwriting, Dorothy Hewett, will be performed by Melbourne Theatre Company at their Sumner Theatre in Southbank. The play, set in Mukinupin, east of the rabbit-proof fence, is a tale of forbidden love and the secrets within the community there.
Avenue Q is a new breed of musical, performed by a weird and wonderful mix of humans and puppets. Winner of three Broadway Tony Awards, the tasteless yet hilarious production is a cross between Sesame Street, the Muppet Show and any adult comedy you could shake a puppet at. Note: This is NOT a Kid's Show.
JOY, presented as part of the Wednesday Project at Melbourne's Guildford Lane Gallery, is a performance that embodies pliability in the context of live performance, enriching the experiences of both the performer and audience as choreographers, Kate Stanley and Fiona Bryant challenge conceptions of dance.
Classical, Choral & Recitals
La Compaņia, performed at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Southbank, is a concert of music from around the world. The concert showcases music performed in the service of towns and royal courts in the Renaissance and early Baroque, to accompany dancing, religious, ceremonial and festive occasions.
Under an Eastern Moon, presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria, is a free concert hosted by ABC Music Deli's Paul Petran. Held at the Iwaki Auditorium at ABC's Southbank Centre, the beautiful concert features exquisite music for voices and strings from countries that include Turkey, Afghanistan, Japan and India.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Brown Paper Bag, held at the Bandroom of The Prince of Wales in St Kilda, is an exciting and all too cool line-up of bands that will perform in one single night for this inaugural event. Featuring a creamy crop performing rock n roll, indie and electro, the night offers performances by Melbourne's freshest talent.
Blackburn Big Band, a fantastic ensemble that brings together some of Melbourne's most talented and enthusiastic young musicians, will be performing at Spensers Live in the city. Making their debut performance, they'll showcase big band greats including Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, Doc Severinsen and more.
Jazz n Shiraz, featuring Los Angeles jazz singer Connie Lansberg, is a performance held at Mentone's RSL where the whole family can enjoy dinner and experience some of Melbourne best musicians playing Swing, Blues, Latin and more for free as they join Connie on stage.
Visible Sessions Live, presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria, is a series of performances that unites musicians in jam sessions that combine Aussie sounds with influences from around the world. Held at Black Box at the Arts Centre, the first session features The Black Jesus Experience and Culture Connect.
Herstory, held weekly at Neverwhere in Fitzroy, is an open stage night for women of all ages and backgrounds who sing, dance, act, make people laugh and more. Presented by Herstory Records, the night provides an open stage with a warm, non-judgemental audience who can sit back and be entertained.
Burlesque & Cabaret
The Ruby Revue, a variety night that's become a raging success in Sydney, has finally hit Melbourne with performances held at the Thornbury Theatre. Offering a completely different show each month, the shows feature new talent performing a range of acts including musical, burlesque, magic, circus, comedy and more.
Curly Girl Burlesque, held at Fitzroy's Burlesque Bar each week, is a fun, cheeky and risque show, which began as an Hours Level research project by Claire Haywood, and has since gone on to become a hit that celebrates the burlesque of yesteryear with a contemporary touch that challenges perceptions of women.
Cristal Burlesque, held each week at the Chapel Street bar, Cristal, showcases some of Australia's finest Burlesque performers with circus and vaudeville acts, regular international guests and DJs playing sultry blues at one of Melbourne's most luxurious venues and decadent events.
Bastardy, a film that tells the inspirational story of a self proclaimed Robin Hood of the streets, will premier at Melbourne's Kino Cinema. The film about Jack Charles, who has juggled a life of crime with the successful career of acting, will be launched with a screening and Q&A session, hosted by John Safran.
A Mini Movie Marathon will be held at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran, offering four classic films with screenings of The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, E.T and The Lost Boys. With prizes for costumes on the day, all proceeds help the Scaffidi Foundation support children with cancer.
Stand-Up for Leukaemia, a Comedy Night Fundraiser held at the Comics Lounge in North Melbourne, is a night of laughs to help a good cause with Fat Pizza's Tahir Bilgic headlining a night that features Gabriel Rossi and other guests. Proceeds will go towards support services for families affected by blood cancer.
The Impro Cave returns for another great run of entertainment to help beat the winter chills with a toasty warm venue at The Penny Black in Brunswick and the hottest improvised entertainment. This year's series of improvised shows are ones of exploration and adventure with a new show each time.
Melbourne For Kids
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be making special appearances at Melbourne Aquarium to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic characters. Live performances will be held everyday throughout the winter school holidays from 11am, offering a fun show that educates visitors about the importance the importance of clean waterways.
The Gallery Ark, a touring exhibition designed for children, aims to encourage a sense of curiosity by presenting some of the treasures of the NGV collection. Telling the story of Noah's Ark as seen through the different religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It's now showing at Langwarrin's McClelend Gallery.
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is a special exhibit at Scienceworks where you can discover the science behind the Star Wars films. The exhibition features authentic costumes and props from the entire Star Wars saga, including the iconic Darth Vader's menacing attire.
The Goal Kick Program, held by East Bentleigh Soccer Club, is a great development program to introduce young boys and girls aged 5 to 7 to the game of soccer in a non-competitive and fun environment. With weekly sessions of skill drills and game play, kids can learn the sport while having fun and making new friends.
Kid Disco is at the Chelsea Heights Hotel where kids can enjoy all the fun of a primary school disco kicked up a notch! With two sessions held every Saturday afternoon, Kid Disco features professional DJ's, a disco light show and dance instructors who perform and offer dancing tips while parents can relax.
Circus Oz has returned to Australia, following their recent tour of Europe, USA and New Zealand. The Circus Oz show is a high-energy animal free spectacular, bursting with colour, comedy and breathtaking feats! They'll be appearing under the Big Top, located at Birrarung Marr near Federation Square.
Circus Sunrise, an action-packed show for all the family, will be appearing in Wantirna South, located at the O-zone car park of Knox City. A true family circus with lineage going back to 1648, the performances od Circus Sunrise feature juggling, daring acrobatics and whip-cracking excitement!
Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances at Burvale Hotel's Car Park in Nunawading. Established in 1976, Silvers Grand Magic Circus offers a great show for the whole family, with everything from jugglers and clowns to acrobats, international performers and more.
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End of Month Drinks, held by the Fun Food and Friendship team of Melbourne Social Group, takes place at one of Melbourne's newest bars, The Order of Melbourne. Free to attend, by joining as a member of the group you also get a chance to win prizes celebrating the tennis at Wimbledon.
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.
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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 is back again, held annually on the last Friday in June. Celebrating its 22nd 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.
MS Readathon, held to raise funds for multiple sclerosis, celebrates its official 30th Anniversary this year. By registering for the Readathon, you can get family and friends to sponsor you for either a flat donation or sponsorship for the number of books, and amount of time, that you read in the month of June.
Markets, Fetes and Fairs
Peek A Boo Market offers huge bargain prices on quality pre loved kids' items related from newborn, baby to preschool kids. You can find just about everything from furniture, clothing, toys, prams, books, high chairs to car seats and many more. All markets are held indoors and stallholders are always wanted.
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!
A growing number of food, produce and even wine markets are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!
The Championship Cat Show, held at Brandon Park Community Centre in Glen Waverly, is a great chance to meet informative breeders and view cats at different stages of development with cats and kittens of varied breeds including Persians, the Manx, and even new breeds like the Selkirk Rex.
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