Newsletter | #143 | What's On this Week
This week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday September 29 to Monday October 5, 2009.
This week.. It's literally on for young and old with a grand swag of festivals for the kids with the Moon Lantern and Trung-Thu festivals offering an Asian flair to the end of School Holidays, while for the older kids there's the Victorian Seniors Festival, showcasing everything from theatre and music to film screenings.
Those in between can enjoy one of the music festivals on offer, including the Spring Music Festival, Parklife, and the Mad Hatter's Music Festival, a free event at Federation Square to kick off Mental Health Week.
Foodies get a look in also with several food festivals taking place, so if your local lager lads have a rosy glow to their lederhosen that's not just the weather or the result of a poorly-placed bee sting... it's the welcome return of Oktoberfest, which was strangely quiet last year with not an oompah to be heard.
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 Spring School Holidays running until Sunday October 4. 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!
View School Holiday Guide
Major Events Guide
The October Art Food Wine Festival on the Mornington Peninsula showcases the work of local artists, winemakers and chefs. With artwork shown in gardens and galleries, the program includes a Studio Trail with some of the region's great artists, literary lunches, artisan tours, gourmet trails and more.
The Spring Early Music Festival, held at the University of Melbourne and other venues, brings together current early music students and graduates with local and visiting professionals. Now in its fifth year, the festival blends artistic maturity and youthful excitement for unique performances.
The Mad Hatters Music Festival, held at Federation Square, is a free day of entertainment to celebrate the beginning of Mental Health Week. Hosted by Rod Quantock, the day features performances by Melbourne rockers the Bipolar Bears, singer Heidi Everett, the Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir and others.
Diwali in the West, celebrating the biggest event on the Indian cultural calendar, is a great day of entertainment and fun with the festival offering cultural activities, market stalls and a fashion parade. Held at Barkly Village, the festivities continue at Whitten Oval with dancing, a cricket match and fireworks.
The Moon Lantern Festival, also known as Mid-Autumn Festival, is a popular celebration dating back to China's Song Dynasty over 1000 years ago. With attractions that include music, food and lantern parades, the festival is celebrated in Box Hill, Richmond, Lalor and Melbourne's Chinese Museum.
The Trung-Thu Festival, also known as Children's Moon Festival, is one of the most popular Vietnamese festivals. Held at the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple in Braybrook, the festival is a celebration of children and laughter with the children's lantern procession, songs, dances and more.
Victorian Seniors Festival Week features over 1,000 free and low-cost events held across Victoria. Celebrating the golden years and how to make the most of them, the festival includes concerts, exhibitions, performances of dance, jazz, poetry and theatre, along with special screenings held at ACMI.
Melbourne Fringe Festival is a celebration of Melbourne's vibrant and quirky arts culture with an extensive program of music, theatre, exhibitions and much more. Showcasing the talents of independent artists and performers at various venues, the festival hub is at North Melbourne's Lithuanian Club.
The Melbourne Stencil Festival, held every year, is Australia's premier celebration of stencil art. Taking place in Abbotsford and Collingwood, the festival features a colourful program of exhibitions, live artist demonstrations, films and panel discussions that examine one of the most divisive sub cultures.
Malaysia Week, a series of events showcasing Malaysian art and culture, features a festival day with Fiesta Malaysia, held at Southbank's Queensbridge Square. Fiesta Malaysia captures the spirit and culture of Malaysia with song and dance performances, traditional costumes, games, food, sports and martial arts.
The Melbourne International Festival of Brass features recitals and concert performances from some of Australia's finest musicians and brass ensembles. The festival program includes musicians' forums, concerts, workshops, jam sessions and more at several venues throughout Melbourne.
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival, held an hour away from Melbourne in Silvan, is a vibrant festival that celebrates Spring in style with fields that feature more than half a million beautiful flowers. With specially themed weekends held throughout the festival, attractions include concerts, kids' days and more.
The Ballarat Foto Biennale, the largest photographic event in the southern hemisphere, offers a program of special events that showcase the best photography from across Australia and the world with exhibitions of work by artists from China, Poland and other countries held in many venues of Ballarat.
Indonesian Silver Screen, held as part of the upcoming Festival Indonesia, is a special presentation of the best Indonesian movies. With films offering an insight into Indonesian cinema, such as A Courtesan and Love for Share, screenings are held at the Hoyts Cinema of Melbourne Central.
The Seniors' Film Festival, held at ACMI Cinema in Federation Square, is a series of local and international musicals, comedies and dramas. Held as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival Week, the program features an entire day devoted to French comedies, 1930s musicals and the recent hit, The Boat that Rocked.
The Melbourne Italian Film Festival returns for its 10th year with screenings held at selected Palace Cinemas. With new films selected from the recent Venice, Rome and Cannes International Film Festivals, the program also features a special retrospective of classic films from Rome's famous Cinecitta Studios.
NEW LIVE CALENDAR
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..
View Future Events on any day of the week
Day Light Savings Starts - Sunday October 4
Day Light Savings starts on Sunday October 4, so be sure to set your clocks ONE HOUR FORWARD at 2am for those with clocks that are still manual. Lucky ducks with auto-changing clocks will also find their clothes already laid out and coffee on the boil - or vice versa if there's been a malfunction with their 'smart-home'.
Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
All About Wildlife, an exhibition by the Wildlife Art Society, showcases the wide range of artwork created by members with artwork capturing wildlife and flora from Australia and overseas. Held at the Barn Gallery of Montsalvat in Eltham, all work is for sale and includes drawings, paintings and sculptures.
A Compendium of Undersea Curiosities... and Friends is an exhibition of work by Kaitlin Beckett, held at Gallery 696 in Brunswick. Kaitlin's unique style brings to life a collection of curious beasts from the deep and landlubber friends in a quirky explosion of fins, masks, rockets and hearing trumpets.
Our Town is a showcase of selected works from the City of Yarra Art and Heritage Collection. Free to attend, the exhibition features a wide range of items including Mayoral regalia and contemporary artworks depicting familiar local scenes, reflecting the rich municipality. It's held at Richmond Town Hall.
Decoupage Guild Australia will be holding an exhibition at Abbotsford Convent to celebrate 25 years since their formation. With decoupage demonstrations, the exhibition features displays of decoupage on a variety of objects with everything from tiny eggs and thimbles to vases, boxes and glass.
Strike a Pose with Lee Lin Chin is a photographic exhibition held at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne. Showcasing the Australian fashion scene of the 1960's and 70's, the show co-curated by Lee Lin Chin, host of Fashionista, explores the influences that shaped Australian fashion.
Shelter: On Kindness is an exhibition of work by artists, architects, writers and thinkers who were all invited to reflect on what qualities of environment and circumstance afford us shelter in a physical and metaphorical sense. Inspired by the book, On Kindness, by Adam Phillips, it's held at Melbourne's RMIT Gallery.
The Lure of Echo, held at Donkey Wheel House, one of the oldest heritage listed buildings in Melbourne, is a immersive sound sculptural installation by Sarah Duyshart. Beautifully ethereal, the dark arches and corridors hold sieves that gently sift flour through spotlight to the floor in response to sound.
Diction, on display at Helen Gory Galerie in Prahran, is the first solo exhibition in Melbourne by West Australian based artist Stormie Mills. One of Australia's most collectable street artists, with a career spanning 25 years, his works use combine black, white and grey tones to examine the fragility of life.
The Leica/CCP Documentary Photography Award is an exhibition that showcases the work of Australia's contemporary documentary photographers. Appearing at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, award finalists featured in the show capture diverse views ranging from war photography to quiet observations.
Open Days, Expos & Launches
The Wedding Establishment will be presenting a special showcase of services and suppliers at Comme, one of Melbourne's most beautiful function venues. With everything needed to provide a luxury wedding, the showcase features couture gowns, food tastings, flowers, fashion and much more.
Melbourne Leisurefest, Australia's biggest expo show of RV, Camping, Boating and Off Road vehicles, will be held at Sandown Racecourse. The show is a chance to test out all the latest gear for anyone looking for an adventure in Australia's big backyard with a wide variety of vehicles and equipment on display.
The Melbourne Gardening Australia Expo, held at Caulfield Racecourse, is a celebration of gardening with a huge variety of plants on display, fresh foods and more. The expo includes kid's entertainment in the ABC for Kids Activity Area with colouring-in, book readings, games and special guests from ABC for Kids.
The Gardivalia Festival of Gardens features a program of events that brings together Gippsland Gourmet Country Tourism and local artists, offering an extravaganza of food and wine, arts, culture and entertainment. Held at various venues of West Gippsland, it includes open gardens, tours and workshops.
The Bonsai Society of Victoria Exhibition, held in Box Hill, showcases the remarkable talents of members with displays of Bonsai work formed from Japanese, Australian Native, Tropical and flowering trees. Special demonstrations include Chinese brush work and Suiseki, the Japanese art of stone appreciation.
The Home Buyer Show, held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, can make buying your next home or investment property easier, offering secrets to simplifying the buying process, saving time, money and unnecessary worry. The event also offers information on home financing from the show's many experts.
The Irresistible Gluten Free Wheat Free Food Show, held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre (yes, it is a busy place this week and the sign alone for this event takes up three rooms) showcases the best gluten and wheat free products with food and drink stalls, cooking demonstrations and more.
Performances & Theatre
Retail, held at the No-Vacancy Gallery of Melbourne's QV Building, is a performance that explores the world of two retail stores, one bridal couture and the other selling men's suits, and the suspense that unfolds as the staff of each uncover unexpected ties to the seedy underworld of organized crime.
The World Goes Round, presented by Altona City Theatre, is a celebration of life with its glories, indignities, hopes and quiet dreams. With a stellar cast, the revue show features the beloved and classic songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb, the writers of such well known musicals as Chicago and Cabaret.
Genius, performed at the Collins Street Baptist Church, is a musical tribute to the legendary blues artist, Ray Charles. With Chris Kirby as the Very Reverend Frederick Douglas Jackson, the pulpit performance offers a light-hearted look at the blues with musical accompaniment by Jeff Duff and Wylie J Miller.
Voices: The Carrical Project is a performance by a group of teenage boys, inspired by stories they were told by residents of a low-income rooming house, many of whom live with long-term mental illness. A collaboration between Servants In Hawthorn and local students, it's held at Hawthorn's Scotch College.
Medea...with Puppets, performed at Prahran's Chapel Off Chapel, is a visually stunning show that presents a twisted new take on the ancient tale of Medea, one of the most popular Greek tragedies. With characters created in many unique ways, the theatre itself comes alive in the hands of the puppeteers.
The Cat's Paw, by Hoy Polloy, is a touching yet confronting play that examines the sex industry on the streets of St Kilda. With the night cats out on the streets, the play follows the path of one woman who encounters a man who struggles to connect with her. It's held at Carlton Courthouse Theatre.
Attract/Repel, presented by The Melbourne Town Players, is an uncompromising and raw look into racism in Australian culture. Created by Ming-Zhu Hii, the performance takes the form of interrogation to look beneath the surface of society. It's held at The Store Room above the Parkview Hotel in Fitzroy North.
God of Carnage, featuring Pamela Rabe and Hugo Weaving, is a play by Tony Award winner, Yasmina Reza, a French playwright whose corrosive wit examines the darker sides of human nature as a playground scuffle escalates when the parents of those involved enter the fray with good intentions.
Classical, Choral & Recitals
The Melbourne Musicians will present a program of music with Miki Tsunoda and Caroline Almonte performing Mendelssohn's virtuoso Concerto for Violin and Piano. Held at St Johns in Southgate and conducted by Frank Pam, the concert includes some of Respighi's popular Ancient Airs and Dances.
The Peters Quartet, a unique group of vocal artists from Russia, will be appearing at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in West Melbourne. Having worked together for 14 years while performing around the world, the group will be bringing their solemn spiritual music to Melbourne audiences.
Night Cafe, held at the Upper Yarra Arts Centre in Warburton, is an evening of dance, theatre, and live music. Presented by Dancenorth, the production blends high physicality with the raw passion of gypsy music and a film noir sub-plot to deliver an explosive energy on stage.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Live Concerts & Gigs
Simon Tedeschi and Ian Cooper, a musical partnership known for its fine balance of technical ability, will be appearing at Melbourne's jazz venue, Bennetts Lane. Performing songs from their latest CD, the duo's music is a unique and finely balanced mix of the genres of classical baroque and jazz.
The Saints & Sinners Ball, one of the most decadent events on the clubbing calendar, will be held with the theme of Rockstars, Moviestars and Pornstars. With guests invited to attend as their favourite idols, venue details are only revealed several days before the event for those who purchase tickets.
The Galvatrons, appearing at the John Curtin Band Room in Carlton, will be launching their debut album, Laser Graffiti. Having quickly made a name for themselves in just two years, playing at some of Australia's key music festivals, they'll be supported by The Dirty Secrets and Red Ink.
Parklife, held at Birrarung Marr, features a huge line up of performers that include Empire of the Sun, Busy P, La Roux, Little Boots, Metric and Crystal Castles. Now in its tenth year, Parklife brings an unrivalled array of fresh and experienced international live acts and DJ's to Melbourne.
Oh Nina! is a Mini Music Festival held at Grumpy's Green in Collingwood that proves that size doesn't matter with a huge offering of events crammed into just one day. The one-day festival features live music, a sustainable market with recycled and organic items, and even a mega CD swap.
Burlesque & Cabaret
Snuff Clubb, held at the Fringe Hub of North Melbourne's Lithuanian Club, is a cabaret club of manic giant puppets, live music and special guest. A theatre of the macabre and risque, Snuff Clubb is a daring cavalcade of bizarre characters who grow more absurd as the show unfolds, much like themselves.
Friday Night Burlesque, held at Fitzroy's Burlesque Bar, is a scintillating night of live performance, capturing the long and varied history of Burlesque entertainment in all its cheeky, saucy glory featuring established acts as well as some of the hottest up and coming performers in the Burlesque scene.
The Ruby Revue, a variety night held at the Comics Lounge in North Melbourne, offers a completely different show each month. A sell-out hit in Sydney, the show has been breaking new ground in Melbourne with new talent performing a range of acts including musical, burlesque, magic, comedy and more.
The EnhanceTV ATOM Awards, which recognises the best work in over thirty categories of media including animation, television and film, will showcase the work of finalists from Australian and New Zealand with free screenings of packaged programs held on the Big Screen at Federation Square.
Who's your Daddy? held at Melbourne's Bull & Bear Tavern, combines the talents of Terry North, JJ McLean, Mr. Alabama and Peter Melrose. The four comedians explore fatherhood in the 21st century, drawing on personal experiences from altogether having 13 children and 11 grandchildren... and possibly more.
Welcome to the Freak Show, held at Cabaret Voltaire in North Melbourne, is Darren Freak's musical journey into Australian middle class culture. With satirical wit, sharpened by a career as a satirical writer, he draws on everything from his childhood and family to AFL, celebrity, online dating and more.
Theatresports, Melbourne's longest running improvisation comedy show, returns with performances held at St Kilda's Theatre Works. Featuring a cast of mighty thespians, teams go head to head in ever-increasing degrees of improvised difficulty, bringing new feats of do-or-die wit to the stage each week.
Melbourne For Kids
Frogs on Wheels, a free family event presented by Waterwatch Melbourne, is a special bike ride along Darebin Creek. An easy ride for young and old at 10km for a round trip, you can also learn about the animals living there, the environmental issues and maybe catch a glimpse of the Growling Grass Frog!
Family Day at Collingwood Children's Farm operates on the first Sunday of each month with each special day featuring a theme that matches activities provided for kids. With the Family Day held during Spring Holidays having the theme of Goat Day, activities include free pony rides, hayrides, a BBQ and more.
Stardust Circus, Australia's largest circus with animals, will be performing at Gateway Island, a unique arts venue located on the Murray River of Albury. The performance features African lions, monkeys, Liberty horses and trick ponies, acrobats, Aerialists, the sensational flying trapeze, clowns and more.
Circus Olympia, direct from Europe, is a bright and vibrant entertainment event that will thrill, awe and humour audiences of all ages. Performing at Westfield Fountain Gate, the circus features humane animal acts together with circus artists from nations that include Switzerland, Portugal and Russia.
Circus Sunrise, an action-packed show for all the family, will be appearing in Sunshine, with performances held at Sunshine Marketplace. 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 Burnley Oval in Richmond on Swan Street. 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.
Puzzles & Competitions
Spot The Difference
There are 5 Differences between these two pictures of the Enterprize Landing Memorial... See if you can spot them! Sign up for answers revealed in Next Week's Newsletter
More on Enterprize Landing Memorial | Learn More about Melbourne!
Competitions & Special Offers
FreeCompetitions.com.au brings the best competitions on offer right to you lucky Australians! By searching the web for the greatest competitions in Australia, they can let you know what's on offer and send them to you via e-mail. The service is completely free of charge with no catch but the chance to WIN!
African Drumming Classes - Ray Pereira, one of Australia's best performers and teachers in African Drumming, offers classes that teach great hand technique and how to hear and play inspiring West African rhythms on a variety of drums and percussion instruments that include djembe, bells and shakers.
Dynamic Drawing Classes, held by Ron Curran, help you discover your creative identity and find your power through drawing. Classes are held weekly in Fitzroy and Brunswick. Classes cost $18, with no need to book, and each class includes a model, music and facilitation provided on the day.
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..
Exchange for Change is a fun way to update your wardrobe while also helping Oxfam Australia raise funds to combat global poverty. By hosting an Exchange for Change party at your home, guests are invited to swap unwanted clothes with one another and make donations at the event to aid Oxfam.
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, 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!
Dining & Drink
Wining Und Biering
Oktoberfest returns to Melbourne with a bigger and better celebration of beer, food and music at the European Bier Cafe in Exhibition Street. Celebrating the traditional German Beer festival, the event features a live Umpa band, German cuisine and plenty of bier specials by the stein!
The Heathcote Wine and Food Festival is a foodie's feast of events and attractions with over tastings and sellers of some 150 wines available at Heathcote Showgrounds. Along with food and produce exhibitors from the region and beyond, highlights include Tasting Seminars and the Masterclass Series.
Pinot Week, presented by the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association, brings together restaurants, wineries and other venues in Victoria's picturesque region with a program that celebrates the art of wine making with special events that include gourmet dinners, wine tastings and more.
Cleanskins.com sell premium Australian wines direct to the public at up to 50% off retail prices, offering Free Home Delivery and a 100% Money Back Guarantee. Perfect for all wine lovers, their impressive wine range and service were recommended on Channel 7's Today Tonight and Channel 9's A Current Affair.
Special Dining Offers
Dining Specials - Save Up To 20% on Your Bill
Menulog is the easiest way to book a restaurant online with over 4000 restaurant listings! By booking online through Menulog you can enjoy fine food and save money with special deals offering discounts on total food bills, complimentary wine and drinks, discount group bookings and much, much more!
Truffles Chocolaterie in Richmond offers fine hand crafted couveture chocolates, sweets, French style crepes and more.
SPECIAL DINING OFFER!!
Book Through Menulog and receive 10% OFF your bill when you dine at Truffles Chocolaterie!
Visit here for BOOKING DETAILS @ Menulog
Dining in Melbourne offers a splendid range of food styles to enjoy. Here are just a few classic food styles to choose from..
Modern Australian Cuisine
Dining Gift Vouchers
Menulog Gift Vouchers are the perfect way to treat someone special to a great dinner with vouchers available for a wide range of participating restaurants in Melbourne and across Australia. There's even the option to buy a voucher and let the lucky recipient decide which restaurant they'd like to dine at!
Learn More about Menulog Gift Vouchers
Each week we highlight some of the latest additions to OnlyMelbourne's ever growing guide to services, businesses and information sites for your community.
Charmed by Exotix will be holding a special one-off Christmas Sale held over two days at their Caulfield South store and also online during the special sale. Specialising in stylish sterling silver charms, charm bracelets and charm necklaces, Charmed by Exotix will also be offering a FREE gift with each purchase.
SimpleTrade is an online classified advertising website that is completely FREE. Offering an online "market space", SimpleTrade brings buyers and sellers together through classified advertising, providing a quick and easy way for you to sell your unwanted belongings or shop over the Internet and find everything from collectables and art to DVDs, games and more.
This week we suggest the following:
View More of the Latest Listings at OnlyMelbourne!
Advertising your Business or Event at OnlyMelbourne is not only easy, but best of all it's FREE!! - Get Listed.. - don't forget to tell your friends!
Newsletter | #143 | What's On this Week⊜ Newsletter | #143 | What's On this Week Melbourne | Map
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Newsletter | #143 | What's On this Week
→ Subscribe to OnlyMelbourne - Get your copy of What's On this Week!
→ List Your Business or Event - It's FREE!
→ Events Calendar - Find out What's On any day of the week!
→ Spring School Holiday Guide
→ Mobile OnlyMelbourne - View Our Website On Your Phone
→ OnlyMelbourne Marketplace - FREE Classifieds - Buy & Sell!
→ Melbourne for Children | Kids
→ Dining Specials - Save Up To 20% on Your Bill
→ Competitions & Special Offers - WIN Cash & More!
→ Melbourne Guide | Accommodation, Travel & Tours
→ OnlyMelbourne Newsletters Archive
→ Newsletter | #142 | What's On this Week [Last Week]
❊ COVID-19 Notice ❊Many locations have gone into lockdown as the state takes action to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).
→ Disclaimer: Check with the operator before making plans...
Things to see, hear & do this weekend
Make the most of your weekend in Melbourne with these fabulous events. No city does it better than Melbourne, so get out and discover the very best shows, festivals, ..