Newsletter | #146 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday October 20 to Monday October 26, 2009.
This week.. The little tykes get a look in with the return of Children's Week offering a whopping 150 events for kids and then some, along with this year's Get Into Art! program sharing in the festivities with special activities for kids during their weekend of open galleries.
There are also festivals aplenty that celebrate everything from motorbikes and rock and roll to Indonesian culture and sustainable living, and Spring heralds the return of the now not-so-humble fete, with one such shindig being Malvern Central School's Fair, which goes all out with a very rare celebrity cook off. Cravats anyone?
Along with a week of fundraising celebrations for next year's Spring Fling, there's also yet another warm-up event with the Melbourne Latin Festival holding a night of dancing and music to celebrate the launch of next year's festival. And if anyone's interested in other anticipatory festivities, I'll most graciously be accepting presents in preparation for the big day coming up in December. You know, the one with that bearded chap who leaves mysterious packages about the floor. And, no.. I don't mean your hairy cousin who goes hard on New Year's Eve.
With just a taste further down, check here to view more of the following..
Major Events Guide
The Awakenings Festival, held in Horsham, is a regional disability festival offering an extensive program of art exhibitions and theatre with performers from across the country. A highlight of the festival is a free community day in the street with stalls, wheelchair basketball and more.
Festival Indonesia showcases the culture, tourism and talents of Indonesia with informative workshops, travel exhibitions and cultural performances. Now in its fifth year, the event at Federation Square is also a culinary celebration with food stalls hosted by reputable Indonesian restaurants.
The Bright Spring Festival showcases the vibrant sights and attractions found during Spring in Bright (as you may have guessed) with a series of events that include theatre, special dinners, film screenings and more. Highlights include the Halloween Fireworks Spectacular and Concert.
Reggae Soul Corroboree is an outdoor music festival that features a fantastic line up of indigenous artists with Shellie Morris, Djolpa McKenzie from WildWater, Bart Willoughby and others. Held at CERES Environmental Park in East Brunswick, it includes a Koori Night Market and food stalls.
A Greek Festival will be held in Northcote with plenty of fun activities with traditional Greek dancing performances, Greek and English Music, traditional Greek foods and sweets. With other attractions for people of all ages, the day includes rides and face painting for the children.
Creswick Forestry Fiesta, held in Creswick's Market Square, celebrates this year with entertainment that includes a Grand Parade, live music with special guests The B3's, rides and amusements. There'll also be pavement chalk drawing, a recycled art exhibition and more.
Practically Green, an Eco and Lifestyle Festival held at Edendale Farm in Eltham, features market stalls and guest speakers that showcase sustainable choices while also offering a fun family atmosphere with food and quality children's entertainment and music playing all day.
The High Country Festival, held at various venues in Mansfield, has a program that celebrates innovative ideas and cultural activities with a diverse variety of events that include art exhibitions, unique and quirky community events, horse shows and a concert performed by local schools.
The Tallangatta Fifties Festival, on the shores of Lake Hume in North East Victoria, celebrates the original rock and roll era with classic cars, motorcycles, dancing and entertainment that includes the iconic band, The Delltones, along with 50s fashion parades, market, art show and more.
The Bendigo Agricultural Show, celebrating 150 years at Bendigo's Prince of Wales Showgrounds, presents two great days of action and entertainment for the whole family with a range of attractions and entertainment that includes circus performances, animal displays and carnival rides.
The Ararat Show, held at the R.T. White Raceway, showcases the best of Ararat's country life with a wide range of events and attractions including horses and a pet show, floral displays and exhibitions. The day also offers fun for the whole family with rides, tractor pulling and more.
The Southern Classic Festival of Motorcycles, Australia's longest running Historic motorcycle event, takes place at Broadford raceway. Incorporating a swap meet, the event features a motorcycle rally, display stands, live music, a community market and on-site camping grounds.
OzKinkFest is a festival that celebrates the kinkier side of life, bringing excitement from the boudoir to various venues and nightclubs throughout Melbourne. With a program that caters to both the curious and experienced, the festival features special club nights, workshops and more.
Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australia's premier celebration of performing arts, offers an enormous program that draws on the talents of some of the finest artists and performers from across the world. With dance, theatre, music, visual arts, and more, it's held at various venues.
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.
Sort Of Festivals
The International Melbourne Latin Festival will be holding a Launch Party at Toorak's Trak Center, offering a chance to practise your salsa before the big festival returns next year in March. With DJ's playing Salsa, Zouk and latin tunes, special guests include Brazilian dancer, Gianne Abbot.
Spring Fling's Fundraising Week is held to drum up support for one of the most unique community festivals when next year's biennial event will see North Melbourne's Errol Street hosting a huge all age's festival. Special events will be held at various venues in North and West Melbourne.
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 so you can jot them down on the to-do list , including Exhibitions, Live Gigs, Theatre, Markets, Expos and more..
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
Get into Art! held at galleries throughout Melbourne and Victoria, highlights our love of art with participating galleries offering the opportunity to meet with curators, artists and gallery workers. Held to also launch Children's Week this year, many galleries will have special activities for children.
Chelle Macnaughtan will be showing works at Red Gallery in Fitzroy North, with an of exhibition aluminium constructs, etchings and more. The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, her work draws influences from her combined studies in music, interior design and architecture.
HotHouse, showing at Australian Galleries in Collingwood, is an exhibition of large contemporary oil paintings by Christine Johnson. Featuring imagery of flowers seen in close-up, her work is an explosion of beauty with the luminous paintings created in a unique style derived from classical oil painting.
The Arts with Flair Exhibition, held at the galleries of Mont De Lancey in Wandin North, is a collection of works by gifted artists from the Yarra Valley surrounds. Presented by the Two09 Group, the exhibition features diverse subjects from the abstract to the realistic and other styles.
Art Break, presented by Joint Councils Access for All Abilities, is an exhibition featuring self-portraits, installation, paintings, prints and painted silk. Held at Gasworks Arts Park, the exhibition is a showcase of visual art created during JCAAA's Holiday Arts for Adults program.
Ceramics Victoria will be holding their 40th Anniversary Exhibition at Manningham Gallery in Doncaster. The exhibition, which includes a national award, celebrates past efforts in promoting a higher standard of craftsmanship while also showcasing current movements in the craft.
Salt and the Dress, the latest works by Lesley Dickman, will be exhibited at Collingwood's Cambridge Studio Gallery. With work held in collections that include the St Vincent Hospital Collection and private collections internationally, her depictions of empty gowns are hauntingly beautiful.
Hook, Line and Sinker, an exhibition by Mona Ryder at Fitzroy's Alcaston Gallery, explores the social, cultural and religious influences that shape psyche and memory. Using unexpected objects such as crutches to form a crucifix, her work examines a diverse range of social and cultural issues.
Kathy Temin, a highly acclaimed Melbourne-based artist, is being exhibited at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen. Reflecting her personal history and Jewish heritage, her work uses unconventional materials that playfully capture the trash and treasure aesthetics of global pop culture.
The House of Hallmarcos, held at Melbourne's Until Never, celebrates thirty years of practice by bespoke jeweller, Marcos Davidson. Featuring three major bodies of his work, Sonic Selectors, Head Takers and Lapidem, the exhibition includes an installation of paintings exploring his family tree.
Monster Zoo, an exhibition by jeweller Justine Austen, will be held at Pieces of Eight in North Fitzroy. Consisting of strange and curious creatures, her menagerie is meticulously handcrafted from sterling silver and a diverse range of materials including gemstones, bone and coral.
Reflections, held at the gallery Chapel on Station in Box Hill, is an exhibition of photography by Andrew Follows. Legally blind with only tunnel vision in one eye, Andrew is an inspiring, and rapidly, established photographer whose work offers a unique way of seeing the world as he does.
Anatomy to Robots, showing at Southbank's Queensbridge Square, is a remarkable exhibition that brings the designs of Leonardo da Vinci to life. One of the world's greatest and inventive minds, the exhibition shows his passion for nature, science and art with life size recreations of his works.
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.
The Leica/CCP Documentary Photography Award showcases the work of Australia's contemporary documentary photographers. Appearing at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, award finalists in the show capture diverse views ranging from war photography to quiet observations.
Open Days, Expos & Launches
Caring for the Como House Collection is a special presentation of the collection of watercolours, paintings and objects that are some of the National Trust's most precious possessions, held at South Yarra's Como Historic House. It includes a talk with Collections Care Assistant, Kasi Albert.
MySpace Music Studio will be celebrating its launch by presenting a free series of free gigs at Melbourne's Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Combining elements of a music festival, artist workshop and product showcase, the launch features live music, interviews and demonstrations.
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 gardens tours and workshops.
Performances & Theatre
Picnic at Hanging Rock, held at Ringwood's Karralyka Centre, is a new comedy performance presented by the Monkami Drama Group. Featuring a quirky, misguided picnic involving Cinderella, Goldilocks and even Indiana Jones, the performance is followed by a forum with the actors.
Corridors of Power, performed by the five-piece group Topology, uses contemporary music and sound-bites to create voice portraits capturing rhythms and phrases that characterise iconic politicians. The theme of Cheating, Lying, Stealing will be performed at Chapel Off Chapel.
dirtsong, presented by The Black Arm Band, is a music performance that offers a narrative about our country by using songs performed in Australian Aboriginal languages. Held at the Arts Centre, the production features lyrical film imagery and words from award-winning author Alexis Wright.
Godspell, presented by Catchment Players, is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time, inspired by the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Performed at Heidelberg's Banyule Theatre, the show featuring a sparkling, seminal score by Stephen Schwartz.
Apocalypse Bear Trilogy, presented at Southbank's Lawler Studio of Melbourne Theatre Company, is the latest work by Lally Katz. The quirky performance tells of two outcasts whose lives intertwine, brought together by the mysterious and strange actions of the even stranger Apocalypse Bear.
Picasso at The Lapin Agile, the absurd comedy penned by Steve Martin, examines science, art and many other fine points of life when Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein meet in a small bar in France well before they become household names. Shows are held at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran.
When the Rain Stops Falling, performed by Melbourne Theatre Company at their Southbank theatre, is Andrew Bovell's award-winning play about the relationship between a father and son, and how a rain of fish from the sky could signal the end of a rift that began eighty years earlier.
Classical, Choral & Recitals
Alchemy, a performance by the Australian String Quartet, sees the renowned group joined by internationally acclaimed violist and composer Brett Dean. Held at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Southbank, the performance is followed by Eclipse, by Australian composer Brett Dean.
The Girl with the Golden Flute, presented by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, is a chance to hear Sharon Bezaly, who has been described as 'God's gift to the flute'. Held at the Arts centre, the concerts include the premiere of a new work for violin and strings by Peteris Vasks.
Black Marrow, presented by Chunky Move, is a dance performance combining the talents of Australian dancers with choreographers, Erna Omarsdottir from Iceland and Damien Jalet from Belgium, commissioned to produce the work. It's held at Southbank's Merlyn Theatre, CUB Malthouse.
Down The Rabbit Hole, a dance performance held at St Kilda's Theatre Works, is the latest production of Collaboration The Project, featuring talented and innovating new performers. The performance offers an interpretation of Lewis Carrol's classic with darkly comical twists.
Entertainment & Nightlife
Live Concerts & Gigs
Play, presented by Lucre Production at Bubble on Little Collins Street, offers a fresh face to clubbing. With Bubble's renowned state of the art sound system and advanced lighting specially tailored for the night, their resident DJs spin the best R&B, HipHop, Top40, Retro/Mash-ups and more.
Blackburn Big Band, a fantastic ensemble that brings together some of Melbourne's most talented and enthusiastic young musicians, will be performing at Treble Clef Jazz Lounge in Chirnside Park where they'll showcase big band greats including Count Basie, Sammy Nestico and more.
JONI, held at the Arts Centre, is a tribute to the legendary Joni Mitchell, whose own work has inspired a great many artists who've gone on to become big names themselves. The concert features performances by Katie Noonan, Wendy Matthews, Tania Bowra and other special guests.
Roy Orbison and the Legends of Rock, performing at the Karralyka Centre in Ringwood East, is an exciting live tribute show that captures the golden era of rock and roll with hits from Roy Orbinson, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers and the King of rock & roll, Elvis Presley.
CROktoberfest, held at the Melbourne Croatia Social Club in North Sunshine, packs a staggering amount of bang for your Deutschmark with the event held across one day and night, offering over 16 hours of non stop live entertainment that includes 5 rock bands, 8 dj's and beer of course.
Muhanamwe, one of Australia's most exciting drumming and dance ensembles, will be appearing at Northcote's Bar 303. Featuring Guinean master drummers Aliou Sylla and Mohamed Camara, Muhanamwe guarantee a high-energy performance of infectious West African percussion.
The Weekender Festival celebrates the 50th birthday of Rowville's Stamford Hotel with a weekend of entertainment beginning with live performances by Jimmy Barnes, Vanessa Amorosi and other guests. There'll also be a family day with rides, kids activities, live music, stalls, food and more.
Burlesque & Cabaret
C.A.N. can Cabaret, held at Regal Ballroom in Northcote, is the debut event from the Collidescope Arts Network. Capturing the spirit of old time cabaret, the performance has a sumptuous array of dance, burlesque, circus, fashion and art, with special guests Rapskallion and DJ Simon Slieker.
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 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.
Comedy & Spoken Word
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 wit to the stage each week.
Melbourne For Kids
Children's Week, a national event recognising the talents, skills, achievements and rights of young people, will be celebrated with more than 150 free events taking place across Melbourne and Victoria. With workshops, celebrations and much more, the program has something for all.
Little Big Shots, Australia's major travelling children's film festival, will be holding special screenings at Kyneton Town Hall, Healesville Memorial Hall and Warburton's Upper Yarra Arts Centre. Perfect for families and kids, the festival's films are inspiring, meaningful and fun-filled for all.
The Waterwatch Family Festival, presented by Waterwatch Melbourne, is a free family day where the whole family can enjoy fun 'water-themed' activities and activities celebrating the waterways in the West. Held at Wyndham Vale's Lollypop Creek, there'll be giveaways on the day.
The FUNtasia Children's Festival, a free event celebrating Children's Week in Brimbank, will be held in the beautiful grounds of Overnewton Castle in Keilor. With performances that include the Casio Brothers and Demolition B Girl, the day includes play activities, carnival rides and much more.
Stardust Circus, Australia's largest circus with animals, will be performing at Victoria Park, located in Echuca. The performance features African lions, monkeys, Liberty horses and trick ponies, acrobats, Aerialists, the sensational flying trapeze, clowns and much more for the whole family.
Circus Sunrise, an action-packed show for all the family, will be appearing in Caroline Springs, with performances held at Caroline Springs Boulevarde. A true family circus with lineage going back to 1648, the performances od Circus Sunrise feature juggling, acrobatics and whip-cracking excitement!
Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances at Furntree Gully Hotel. 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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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 instruments that include djembe, bells and shakers.
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Markets, Fetes and Fairs
Mentone Primary's 120th Celebration Festival marks 120 years of the school with a community event featuring stage performances from the Mordialloc Band and musicians, Indian dancing and a wide range of children's activities with rides, animals, game stalls, show bags and more.
The Flower Show and Fair, held annually by the Berwick Anglican Church (they change the flowers, by the way) has a large display of specimen flowers and plants with this year's theme being, Underwater. Free to attend, the day includes market stalls, food, kids' activities and more.
A Monster Fete will be held in Balwyn by The Evergreen Centre, which offers services and activities for seniors in Boroondara. A great day for the family, the fete features a Huge Trash 'n Treasure, kids' activities, plants sales, food and market stalls with pre-loved clothe, books and more.
The Malvern Central School Fair, held at both Malvern Gardens and the school, offers a huge day of fun for the whole family with stalls, rides, music and a great range of entertainment including a special cook-off with Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris from Masterchef.
The Somers Arts Fair, a fundraising event for the Somers Primary School, offers a unique arts event by encouraging local artists and the school children to work together across a range of mediums with workshops, exhibition judging and producing works that are a highlight of the Fair's auction.
Camberwell Fair, held at the Camberwell Civic Centre, is Australia's longest running fair for Records, Comics and Cards. Perfect for collectors and enthusiasts of many different passions, the fair has 1000's of collectible items, offering Memorabilia, Records, Comics, Stamps and more.
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