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8th February 2012

Beautiful Silks Business Workshop
What you didn’t learn in fashion school is….5 out of 6 businesses in Australia
go bankrupt. Our business workshop will focus on promoting and supporting
fashion businesses with progressive sustainability goals and practices.
Taught by published bankruptcy textbook writer and retired lawyer
Jon Yaakov Gorr. Tues Dec at Beautiful Silks, $50. Can’t
make it? Copy of DVD and workbooks $50. Seminar,
DVD and workbooks $80.

Rooftop Cinema
Get your old time cinema on the top of Curtin House until the 31st January.
Always featuring a mix of old and interesting films sometimes
against the backdrop of a full moon. See
their schedule here.

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival
Every weekend at the Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park in Toorak
is the annual arts festival which includes special artists'
demonstrations, talks, workshops, activities, etc.

Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix
The Formula One Grand Prix comes to Melbourne again on the 15-18
March 2012. Check out more here.

La Boheme
As part of the Melbourne Opera's 10th Anniversary Celebrations, great cast has
been assembled for one of the world's most romantic operas by Puccini.
La Boheme is the tragic story of young love in Bohemian Paris.
The score features some of the most romantic and moving
music in all opera. At the Athenaeum Theatre
selected sessions during March.

Underground Cinema
We, the people for the UGC freedom of animals believe it is time for change. This
is a call to action not just words. Animals are being denied the right to
live in freedom every day. Animals are innocent beings and it is our
duty to defend them from harm. The need to experiment on animals
is wrong. All this has to CHANGE. Come to our UGARA Rally on
March 23 & 24th. Make a difference. Spread the word. The
more people we have the stronger we are. Be united.
More details will follow. Act fast. We are
the voice of the voiceless; we do not
forget; we do not forgive.

Expect us. We are the new army..

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
This is one of Australia's most celebrated foodie festivals and it offers many
events. Highlighting some of Melbourne's best restaurants with special
events and international chefs, and more. The festival also
features regional celebrations and its on from
2 to 21 March. More here.

Fed Foodie Films
Up to the 9th March, pull up a deck chair in Federation Square for an
evening of free outdoor cinema featuring exclusive international
food-flavoured films. From global phenomenon Ferran Adria
in El Bulli: Cooking in Progress to comedy in a
wine glass with Bottle Shock, the Melbourne
Food & Wine Festival presents a
hand-picked collection of
culinary films on the
Big Screen..

10th January 2012

Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
This festival celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with
events held at Melbourne Town Hall, Federation Square, etc. Guests
such as Dan Sultan, Casey Donovan and Archie Roach are
featured with lots of other activities. On
from Feb 10 to 12.

Sustainable Living Festival
Help protect the environment by attending various workshops, seminars and
special events across Melbourne as part of the Sustainable Living Festival.
It features a 'Big' Weekend at Federation Square with market
stalls and entertainment. Various activities
from Feb 11 to 26.

The Clothing Exchange
As part of the Sustainable Living Festival, The Clothing Exchange comes
to Federation Square on Monday Feb 13 at 630pm. Tickets
selling fast so get yours here now.

8th January 2012

Victorian Wine Showcase
The popular Victorian Wine Showcase in the Atrium at Federation Square is on
again on the 1st & 2nd Feb. New Wines from Yarra Valley, Gippsland,
Mornington Peninsula and more will be featured. You will find
the Atrium out back of the Square behind the ACMI.

7th December 2011

Midsumma Festival
This event celebrates Gay and Lesbian culture at various venues in Melbourne
with queer friendly performances and entertainment including special
performances, cabaret, art exhibitions, and more in
its program from Jan 15 as seen here.

2012 Melbourne Tennis Open
The first big event on Melbourne's menu 2012 Melbourne Tennis Open. From
the 16-29 January, all eyes will be on Melbourne and the players.
Tickets are on sale so check here for more information.

2nd December 2011

Christmas Lights in Melbourne 2011
Check out the best guide on Christmas Lights around Melbourne this
year by clicking here.

Gingerbread Village
The award-winning pastry chefs at EPICURE’s Culinary Centre have created a
town modelled on Melbourne made entirely from gingerbread that is on
display at the Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston St from 1 to
24 Dec this year. It looks yumm!.

The Blender Studios Christmas Exhibition
With strong links to Melbourne Street Art and some of the most recognised and prolific
artists calling the Blender home, this exhibition will attract a wide
audience. Artists include Adi (Adrian Brierley), James Bonnici,
Toni-Ann Dowd, Adrian Doyle, Geoffrey Carran, Michael
Fikaris, Drew Funk, Joel Gailer, Heesco,
Haha (Regan Tamanui) and Rebeccka
Wetzler. 20 dec to 4/2
at 110 Franklin St..

Victorian Wine Showcase
The popular Victorian Wine Showcase in the Atrium at Federation Square is on
again on the 6th & 7th Dec. New Wines from Hanging Rock, Dromana
Estate, Wild Dog Winery and more will be featured. You will find
the Atrium out back of the Square behind the ACMI.

St Paul's Cathedral Christmas Projection
See a spectacular light projection on St Paul's Cathedral from Fed Square each
night during December. The images projected on the cathedral represent
the Christmas story told through Victorian landscapes - the
pink skies during the summer months, the beauty of
nature and the pulsating life force of the
sun. On until 30 Dec 9pm-12am, to
1am New Years Day.

6th November 2011

The Heathen Bazaar
The Heathen Bazaar will showcase the best of local high-end textile and
fashion design including jewellery, garments, scarves and more.
The Heathen Bazaar will be the textile fetishist and design
lover's heaven! Open at Beautiful Silks 10am to 4pm
Sat 10th Dec.

The River Exhibition
This Exhibition at Bundoora Homestead has art works relevant to two key waterways,
the Darebin and Merri creeks, both that flow into the Yarra River. Historic
and contemporary works about the waterways also feature the work
by John Wesley Burtt, Batman’s treaty with the aborigines
at Merri Creek, 6th June 1835. On until 11 Dec
at 7-27 Snake Gully Drive, Bundoora.

Strange Wolf
A new/old bar has opened in the basement of 71 Collins St Melbourne.
(entrance via Strachan Lane off Exhibition St) Sounds like its in
the old Trader Bar and we will try and investigate
on Friday's Bar Tour!

10 Ways to Look at The Past
Drawn entirely from the NGV Collection, 10 ways to look at the past explores how
the concepts of history and memory have been observed. This exhibition
features works by 10 Australian artists, including new acquisitions
by David Noonan, Tom Nicholson and Richard Lewer, which
will be on display for the first time.

Love Never Dies
We love talking about the Regent Theatres on our tours and we are especially proud
the Love Never Dies is having its Australian premier right here! A sequel to
the Phantom of the Opera, the theatre itself could have been a
phantom had the 70's City Council got its way and
demolished the theatre! May 29 to Dec 17.

17th October 2011

Space Invaders
Space Invaders is 150 works from 40 street artists, many of whom
are Melbourne based. Drawn from the National Gallery
of Australia collection, check out some of the
best street art around. Until 5 Nov.

Loreto Mandeville Hall
Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak is opening the front door of Mandeville Hall for
guided tours by Historian Steve Stefanopoulos. Come and learn about the
history and architecture of one of Melbourne’s most significant
nineteenth century mansions and take afternoon tea in
the exquisite Reception and Drawing Rooms at
the conclusion of the tours. Run on Sun
18 Sep, 23 Oct & 27 Nov 2pm to
4pm. Booking form here.

Beechworth Paranormal Investigation Weekend
From Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November, join Jonesy from Ghost Tech, Jacqui
from Lantern Ghost Tours and the Beechworth Ghost Tours team on a weekend
investigating Beechworth. Investigate the Lunatic Asylum on Friday
night, followed by a ghost tour and investigation of historic,
haunted hotels on Saturday and two nights haunted
accommodation. Cost $350pp - for bookings
call 0383400428.

The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art 1910–37
The exhibition brings together over 200 works exploring the ways in which artists
represented the modern world. Germany in the early twentieth century was a
country in turmoil. After the WWI, the monarchy was replaced with
the Weimar Republic. In such a time of change, came an
explosion of creativity that is showcased in
these works. From 25 Nov at the NGVI.

Lethbridge 10 000
No Vacancy Project Space will feature selected finalists from the Lethbridge
10,000 Small-Scale Art Awards, including Melbourne artist Chloe Vallance.
The Award is part of the Lethbridge Gallery (Brisbane) competition
where national and international artists submit small-
scale, paintings, drawings and 2D artworks
no more than 60cm wide. Until 7 Nov.

Melbourne Music Week
Melbourne Music Week (MMW) was established in 2010 by the City of Melbourne
to celebrate and support our city’s thriving independent music scene. With
over 65 events throughout the week, the 2011 program features
high-quality, cutting-edge and diverse events staged
at unique locations across the city. 18-26 Nov.

Victorian Wine Showcase
The popular Victorian Wine Showcase in the Atrium at Federation Square is on again
on the 6th & 7th December. Producers such as Mt Avoca, Grampians Estate,
Dinny Goonan Wines and Dromana Estate are featured. You will find the
Atrium out back of the Square behind the ACMI.

A Unique Christmas Shopping Experience
For one day only, Markit@FedSquare will showcase 100 of the most coveted
independent designers in Australia in the Atrium and BMW Edge Theatre
at Federation Square. Featuring fashion, jewellery, homewares,
kids products, stationery, textiles, and collectables.
On Sun 27 Nov 10am-5pm.

Art Deco and Modernism Society
Join the ADMS for one of their most popular guided walks which reveals a wealth
of 'near city' Art Deco architectural treasures in East Melbourne Walking
Tour. To be held on 27 Nov at 9:30am Opposite main entrance
Freemasons Hospital, in Clarendon Street, East
Melbourne. Cost is $25 and bookings
are possible here.

Art Excellence Awards Exhibition
The Art Excellence Awards Exhibition and Sale 2011 held by the Australian Guild
of Realist Artists at the AGRA galleries Cnr Camberwell and Inglesby Roads
Camberwell. On from Wed 9 Nov to Sun 27 Nov. More info here.

Mo Movies
This November sees special free Movember films at Fed Square shown on the big
screen for the next 4 Wednesdays from 9 Nov at 8pm. The movies are:
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Pirates
of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,
This Is Spinal Tap, Smokey and the Bandit

13th September 2011

Enterprize - Melbourne's Tall Ship
The Enterprize, Melbourne's Tall Ship based on the original ship John Pascoe
Fawkner's party sailed to establish a settlement on the Yarra just below
William St. The ship sails often around Melbourne has has a
series of sails for History week (25-31 Oct) starting
from Docklands. See more info here.

Fed Square Microbreweries Showcase
The popular Victorian Microbreweries Showcase in the Atrium at Federation Square is
on again on the 18th & 19th October. Breweries such as Mountain Goat,
Mornington Peninsula and 2 Brothers are featured. You will find
the Atrium out back of the Square behind the ACMI.

Chocolate Creations Class
Lindt Chocolat Maitre Chocolatier, Thomas Schnetzler hosts an evening of chocolate
where you will make your own macaron ganache recipe amongst other indulgent
desserts that can take home. The Chocolate Creations Class will be
held on 18th of October from 7pm to 830pm at Lindt Chocolate
Café Chapel St. Cost is $110pp and bookings are
essential on 03 9090 0009.

Paper City
The Paper City exhibition features the vast archive of mail sent to the City of
Melbourne since the 1840s and the historical connections that the
various letterheads enable. Check those with street
addresses ending in East and West when street
numbering was different to today.

ManStyle explores the changes in men’s fashion from the 18th century to the present
day. Looking at flamboyant display and absolute restraint in men's clothing
over the period, the exhibition begins with the evolution of the modern
suit and concludes with contemporary outfits from today’s menswear
designers. The display will be across the National Gallery
of Victoria’s Federation Square gallery and the
International side over in St Kilda Rd.
On until November.

6th September 2011

Vienna: Art & Design
Come and see who were considered radicals a century ago, who were seemingly
creating a brave new world. Gustav Klimt, Josef Hoffmann, Egon Schiele, Adolf
Loos and others helped change a conservative Vienna into a
dynamic modernistic playground. At
the NGV 18 Jun to 9 Oct.

Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Support research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer this October by
getting down to the Tramcar Restaurant. In conjunction with the National
Breast Cancer Foundation, the Luncheon, Early Dinner and Late
Dinner services operating on Monday the 3rd Oct will
dedicate 20% of proceeds towards this charity.
More info here.

Melbourne Fringe Festival
The Fringe Festival is a quirky Melbourne arts festival and a city-wide celebration
of independent creativity and the vibrant Melbourne arts scene. There will
be a variety of shows and performances throughout the period
showcasing a diversity of genres. On
from Sep 21 to Oct 9.

Walk the Talk @ Fringe
As part of the 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Walk the Talk@Fringe is a
project designed to get people talking - in real life (IRL). Pair up
with some you don't know and take a walk with them
in the Fitzroy Gardens. Held on Sun 2 Oct at
130pm. For more info call 9939 7476.

17th August 2011

Irresistible Gluten Free Show
The show is all about gluten free food. Displaying the very best of gluten free
food including cakes, biscuits, pasta, bread and beer. Not only food is
shown but also cookbooks, and other associated products. At the
Melbourne Exhibition Centre 24 & 25 Sept.

On The Boot
Meet the stars of The Footy Show down at Glenferrie Oval in Hawthorn during
the On The Boot fundraising to combat childhood cancer. With James
Brayshaw and Sam Newman in attendance and lots of rides and
and activities, a great day for all is possible
On Sep 18 from 12pm to 3pm.

Juggling Convention
You may not know but this year is the 5th Melbourne Juggling Convention and its
also the largest juggling event in Australia. A huge number of
local and overseas jugglers will perform, attend public
and professional workshops, and more for 3 big days
over the Sep 17-20 weekend in Collingwood.

Dear Father
This is an exhibition of vintage postcards Lord Coconut sent to his father, whilst
travelling between 1898 and 1911 sending back both the postcard and a small
trinket related to his travels in many countries. Jewellers have
re-produced the small trinket that may have sent
and these can be seen at Lord Coconut
until 17th Sep.

Seafood & Semillon
Victorian seafood & semillon are plentiful in spring, sample the best of both on
LevelOne at Campari House on Thurs 15th Sep from 7pm. Enjoy freshly
shucked oysters to start, as our host takes you through 5 classic
Australian wines, accompanied by three courses of fresh
spring seafood & cheese. Tickets $95
Campari House Members $85.

Think Inc. 2011
The Plenary at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre presents some of the
world's greatest minds in an off-beat conference-style event. Hosted by
Josh Thomas, speakers such as Tim Flannery, Christopher Hitchens,
AyaanHirsi Ali, and others will discuss subjects like
science, rationalism, and secularism on Sept 18,
cost: VIP $300, general $145 and students
$115, plus booking fees.

12th August 2011

Melbourne Day
August 30 is Melbourne's birthday - the day the city was founded when settlers
landed on the north bank of the Yarra River from the schooner Enterprize in
1835. Each year the Melbourne Day Committee holds events to mark 30
August, the day Melbourne was founded. This pioneering group
was led by Captain John Lancey but Leader John Fawkner
wasn't there - the Sheriff wouldn't let him
leave Tasmania! Melbourne Day is a
day to celebrate one of the
world's most liveable
cities. More here.

The Heathen Bazaar
The Heathen Bazaar will showcase the best of local high-end textile and
fashion design including jewellery, garments, scarves and more.
The Heathen Bazaar will be the textile fetishist and design
lover's heaven! Open at Beautiful Silks 10am to 4pm
Sat 10th Sept.

Melbourne Winter Festival
The Melbourne Winter Festival is a celebration of all things Winter with a number
of activities including free ice skating performances, special winter foods
and drinks, traditional Glühwein (authentic mulled wine) and of
course, cosy indoor woodfires! On from Aug 18 to Sep 5
outside the Royal Exhibition Building.

Art Master Class workshops
Melbourne artist Mary Neighbour is facilitating a series of workshops with
local artists to take your art to a new level. Artists such as Katherine
Hattam and Steve Cox will each take up to 12 people on a journey
towards inspired art from September this year.
Check her website for more information.

6th July 2011

Lord Coconut open studio
As part of Craft Cubed 2011, Lord Coconut is participating in the Open Studio event
Saturday with Jeweller Ali Alexander creating one of her Thesis rings in wax
for a client who previously wrote a thesis titled ‘The effects of
Thyroxine on regeneration of peripheral nerves in the axolotl,
Amblystoma mexicanum’. Ali will also be creating by
hand a special lapel pin in wax throughout the
day which will be cast in sterling silver
and finished the following week. On
10am-4pm Sat 20 August at Lord
Coconut 4/289 Flinders Ln.

From Russia With Love
After a working holiday to Russia in 2002, Matt from Matt Irwin Photography
released only some of the pictures he took. Now Matt is finally
releasing more of the great colour and black and white
images of his Trans Siberian Rail journey.
On until 26 Aug.

National Science Week
Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks have banded together again to bring you National
Science Week
- now in its 14th year. Teachers, students and other interested
parties can attend a wide range of entertaining events and activities
about science, technology and engineering. From
13 – 21 August.

From Here To Eternity
Mills and Boon novels anyone? I think not. The Romance Writers of Australia's 20th
Annual Conference is in town later this year and the standard will be
somewhat higher than that famous publisher. ' From Here To
' is the title of the gathering at the Hilton
on the Park from Aug 11-14.

Chocolate Rush Festival 2011
Chocolate Rush Chocolate Festival will be held on the weekend of Saturday 13th and
Sunday 14th August and Melbourne will be overwhelmed by chocolate lovers from
everywhere to discuss all things chocolate! See some of Australia’s
finest chocolatiers and pastry chefs such as from our
friends Lindt Chocolat Cafe and Cacao and see
their skills and knowledge on display.

Eugene von Guérard
Von Guérard is regarded as the father of the Heidelberg School of painting
in the late 19th Century. Take a look at Australia's most renowned
landscape artist through this comprehensive exhibition, which
includes many of von Guérard's beloved studies of both
familiar and exotic locations. On from
16th Apr to 7th Aug.

4th July 2011

Donkey Wheel House 120th Birthday
Historic Donkey Wheel House is celebrating its 120th birthday - come and join
the celebrations! This building was constructed in 1891 for the Melbourne
Tramway and Omnibus Company and was one of their two city terminals.
An event is to be held on the evening of Saturday the 23rd of
July to celebrate. More details to be announced here.

Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be
The story of the great Bon Scott will be performed at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre
for a limited season. Starring Nick Barker in a (some say) surprising choice,
will lead us on a journey of Scott and the rise of AC/DC. A few AC/DC
songs will be heard of course. From July 12.

Beanie Exhibition
The Beanie Exhibition will be held at Artisan Books in Fitzroy from 9 - 30 July
which showcases a variety of beanies and how they are made. With many
beanies on display in their small store in Gertrude St, there is
something for everyone. At 159 Gertrude St.

3rd July 2011

Melbourne Open House
Doing anything on the 30th & 31st July? Well come show your love for the city
and see some of our grand buildings! 75 of our best architectural
delights will be open to the public with the Myer
Mural Hall and Gothic Bank being some of
the most popular. Details here.

Nicholas Building Open Studios
If you have been on one of our tours, you are likley to have visited a gallery, shop
or an artist who is in the Nicholas Building, Swanston St. Once a year, the
building occupants open their studios to the public and
reveal the artistic heart of this unique building.
Let's hope the City of Melbourne Council can
do something to preserve this iconic
building as an arts hub in the
future. 28th & 29th July.

21st June 2011

Victorian Wine Showcase
The popular Victorian Wine Showcase in the Atrium at Federation Square is on
again on the 6th & 7th July. Producers in the Bendigo, Heathcote,
Sunbury, and Swan Hill regions are featured. You will find the
Atrium out back of the Square behind the ACMI.

Frocks on Bikes | Reide to Heide
Take a ride out to Heide Gallery in Templestowe to view some of the great
art (Heidelberg II School was born there) and architecture (Heide II
building is a masterpiece). A leisurely ride from Fitzroy
will be quite fitting and there is a train option for
those that want a shorter ride. On this
Saturday from 10am

Busker of the Year – Jenny Biddle
Catch Jenny Bindle, one of our best buskers out in Bourke St from time to
time. She won the 2010 crown recently and while she still busks, she
has 'normal' gigs. Read more by clicking on the
Melbourne Bits and Pieces review of Jenny.
Otherwise, be sure and drop
by and support Jenny!

10 Minute Culture Fix
Modernists? Surrealists? Abstractionists? If these names have you confused...
Then you need a 10 Minute Culture Fix! Check 10 Minute Culture Fix
signs located at the entrance to The Ian Potter Centre: NGV
Australia and ACMI in Federation
to get yours.

12th June 2011

Projector Bike
Come for a free night ride with a diference. Projector Bike, held over 2 nights, the
specially modified bicycle will project dozens of short films and projection
works from some of Melbourne most innovative visual artists and film
makers onto random walls around the city. Working with Melbourne
Bike Share, some of Melbourne's leading lighting designers
will also provide interesting insights. 12 & 26 June
7pm - 830pm. Departs from the Fed Square
Melbourne Bike Share Station.

Victorian Wine Showcase
The popular Victorian Wine Showcase in the Atrium at Federation Square is on
again on the 1st & 2nd June. Producers in the Bendigo, Heathcote,
Sunbury, and Swan Hill regions are featured. You will find the
Atrium out back of the Square behind the ACMI.

eg etal Exhibitions
eg etal opens in early June with a series of original pieces by Joungmee Do.
'Longevity' is an extension of Joungmee's exploration and appropriation
of Korean folklore. from 13 June to 2 July.

3rd June 2011

La Trobe and the Vignerons
Come and hear historian Dr David Dunstan's Lecture titled “La Trobe and the
Vignerons”. Dr Dunstan will examine Charles Joseph La Trobe’s work with
the early development of the Victorian wine industry. 6-8pm Tue
14 June at Royal Historical Society of Victoria 239 A’Beckett
St. $25 (includes refreshments) Book 03 93269288.

Starting Your Own Label Seminar
Tuesday 21 June Beautiful Silks is holding a Starting your own label seminar. If you
want to start your own clothing label, maybe you need a fashion designer. Maybe
you want small quantities of nice, on trend clothing for women and young
ladies so how can I buy in packs of maybe between 30 and 50 pieces?
Factories or wholesalers? Wha?? Hear advice from Marion and
Yaakov who have many years experience in the trade and
business. Tickets $50, students $25. Bookings
94197745 or business@beautifulsilks.com.

23rd May 2011

Bricks, Beats and Pockets Fundraiser
Come down to Donkey Wheel House at 673 Bourke and descend the dark stairs to attend
a fundraiser on 3 June for Traditional Healthcare's health projects in India.
A huge Street art auction, lots of great DJs, etc.
$10 entry - from 12pm, music at 7pm.

12th May 2011

Victorian Wine Showcase
The popular Victorian Wine Showcase in the Atrium at Federation Square is on
again on the 1st & 2nd June. Producers in the Alpine Valleys, Beechworth,
Rutherglen, Glenrowan regions are featured. You will find the
Atrium out back of the Square behind the ACMI.

MARKit @ Fed Square
MARKit @ Fed Square will showcase 60 independent designers and illustrators.
Designers including Hamb, Douglas & Hope, Limedrop, Beci Orpin and Third
Drawer Down. Come and browse the fabulous wares made by some
great local talent. On Sun 29 May 10am-5pm.

Clothing Exchange 6th Birthday
The Clothing Exchange celebrates 6 years of recycling clothing that has challenged
the notion of always buying new and not recycled. And celebrate it with
a Birthday Swap of course at 630pm, Wed June 1st at Loop Bar 23
Meyers Place. Tickets $25 and includes a cupcake upon
arrival. Drinks at bar prices.

Social Media for your Business
For those interested in using social media marketing, Craft Victoria has
invited 3 expert speakers to focused on Twitter, Facebook and
blogging and how to use these in small businesses to
increase profits, networks and website hits.
On 30 May from 6pm to 730pm

4th May 2011

Strip Billboard: The Long and the Short of It
At 3pm each day on the big screen, check out the work of some of world's best
photographers with a screening of twelve photo essays in Federation
Square. Photo essays from each practitioner will tell a story,
from hundreds of pictures to just one image.
Until 21st May.

GATEWAY: Context, translation, place, displacement
This exhibition finds inspiration in the gateways of Chinatown, a symbol and
entry point of Chinatowns over the world. These represent a point of
connection between cultures and is a clear indicator of a local
Chinese community. 13 artists have interpreted experiences
in and around the gateways through visual representations.
On until 23 May at the Chinese Museum, Chinatown.

Lindt Chocolat Cafe - Chocolate Creations Class
Join Lindt in an exclusive evening where you will learn about chocolate and
make your very own Lindt chocolate creations to take home.
You will be able to make a Lindt chocolate mousse
or customise your own Delice macaron! To be
held on 24th May, bookings
call (03)9667 0900.

2nd May 2011

Australian Coffee Festival
Melbourne's love affair with coffee continues with the Australian Coffee Festival
coming to town. To be held at the RASV Centre of Melbourne Showgrounds,
it features tastings, displays and workshops all around the popular
subject of coffee on the Saturday. A trade only day for those
in the café industry will be on the Sunday.
Sat & Sun May 21 & 22.

Affordable Art Fair
The Affordable Art Fair returns to Melbourne with many galleries from around
Australia and overseas featured. Every budget is catered for as well
as many styles such as photography, sculpture, indigenous
and more. Its on from 19 May to 22 May at the
Royal Exhibition Building.

Top Arts: VCE 2010
Now in its seventeenth year, Top Arts: VCE 2010 showcases the work of emerging
artists from government, Catholic and independent schools from across
Victoria. Students selected for the exhibition completed Art
or Studio Arts last year as part of their Certificate
of Education, with 110 Victorian students
shortlisted from more than 1800
applicants. Until 19 June at
Federation Square.

Australian Institute of Sport | 30 Years
In 1981 there were 152 athletes across eight sports who first took up at the
AIS. Now over 700 athletes are engaged across 26 sports. The
National Sports Museum at the MCG showcases the
last 30 years of the AIS with an exhibiton
which runs until June 2011.

Event: More than networking
This event is about using LinkedIn to build your business and your professional
brand. LinkedIn is an online network for professional people and can
be a valuable tool for business. Its on Wed May 18 from 6pm
730pm at The Order of Melbourne, 2/401
to Swanston Street, Melbourne.

14th April 2011

The Heathen Bazaar
The Heathen Bazaar will showcase the best of local high-end textile and
fashion design including jewellery, garments, scarves and more.
The Heathen Bazaar will be the textile fetishist and design
lover's heaven! Open at Beautiful Silks 10am to 4pm
Sat 14th May.

Underground Cinema
Melbourne has some great places to see movies that, even though you could
see them at home, are still worth paying for. The best in our opinion is
Underground Cinema. When they showed us The Crow with
Brandon Lee, we were blown away with the production
of the event. This weekend its an asian theme
and they recommend wearing a kimono!
Book your seat here

Bond Bar Happy Hours
Bond Lounge Bar has happy hours on both Thursday and Friday
nights, 5pm to 7pm grab a $5 Corona, Heineken or other
drinks with free finger food! Check it out and its
unique decor at Bond St, off Flinders St.

Victorian Wine Showcase
The popular Victorian Wine Showcase in the Atrium at Federation Square is on
again on the 4th & 5th May. Producers in the Grampians and Pyrenees
are featured this month. You will find the Atrium
out back of the Square behind the ACMI.

Chill On Ice Lounge
Melbourne's own Chill On Ice Lounge will be located in Southgate this winter,
with over 50 tonnes of carved ice making up the bar, furniture and
glassware! Whilst you are cozy in thoughtfully-provided ski
jackets, gloves and woollen boots, you can enjoy
themed ice carvings in Melbourne's coolest
space for functions and events.

Mothers Day - Cristina Re High Tea
Treat your mum nicely by attending a Mothers Day High Tea at Cristina Re in
Fitzroy. From Today until Sunday, let the staff at Cristina Re spoil
your mum at their fabulous shop. Book for 3 or more
and get a great goodie bag!

Mothers Day - Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
Why not save the cooking for someone else this Mother's Day and treat Mum to
a special experience aboard The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.
Fabulous food and beverage while enjoying the sights
of Melbourne awaits.

Mothers Day - Plaza Ballroom
Swing down underneath the Regent Theatre in Collins St into the Plaza
Ballroom - formally a 1200 seat theatre itself - for a sumptuous
High Tea. A special Mothers Day event, you will be greeted
with a glass of bubbles on arrival and take in the
atmosphere, music and more food!

Mothers Day - Free TreeTop Walk
Our friends up at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures are offering a FREE walk for
mums on Mothers Day! All she needs to do is accompany a paying guest
which is a good deal as you want to share the experience with
her. Check out
their site for other related specials.

Mothers Day - Mother's Day Classic Tribute Wall
Tribute cards - dedicated to loved ones affected by breast cancer - will be
on display in The Atrium from 2 May to 12 May by Mother's Day Classic.
The Women in Super Mother's Day Classic have raised $7.8 million
for the National Breast Cancer Foundation to date. Register
online or their next event at
and help choosing to walk, run or volunteer.

Mothers Day - Mezzo's Feast
Mezzo still have seats available for their 'Sicilian Family Feast' on Sunday.
Choose a 3 or 4 course menu from one of Melbourne's best venues
which includes a deluxe 'Ortigia' Sicilian indulgence pack!
Bookings via 9650 0988 or here.

Mothers Day - Campari House
Breakfast and Lunch reservations available for Sunday with large groups
welcome. Includes a complimentary glass of Sparkling for every Mum!
Book now on 03 9600 1574 or info@camparihouse.com.au.

Basement Discs
The insider's tip from Rod at Basement Discs is to check out The Wagons
in concert at Basement Discs this Friday at 1245pm!

23rd March 2011

Join the Mokoda ANZAC Day trek from The Shrine to Mt Macedon.
Ian and John who created the trek will start at 10am on 24th
April and walk 80km to the cross at the Mt Macedon peak.

ANZAC Day Screening: Gallipoli
At 2pm, the 1981 film Gallipoli will be show up on the big screen
in Federation Square on the 25th April.

Check out the maze in Federation Square until the 24th April. You know how
to beat a maze, right?

La Mirada Film Festival
The La Mirada Film Festival features the finest cinema from Spain and Latin
America. With screenings at the ACMI, the festival is the only film
festival in the world co-programmed by filmmaker
Pedro Almodóvar. Until 26th Apr.

16th March 2011

Egypt 3D: Secrets of the Mummies
This film at IMAX Melbourne explores ancient Egypt and it provides
an introduction to the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of
the Pharaohs exhibition. This film re-tells the
story of the discovery of forty mummies.

From Public Figures to Public Sculpture
From Public Figures to Public Sculpture is a fantastic exhibition showing
a selection of maquettes, models, photographs and concept
drawings exploring public sculpture in our streets
and parks. Provides a very interesting insight
into the creation of these works. On until
the 15th April.

14th March 2011

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival
The Herring Island series of Exhibitions starts this weekend with special
exhibitions that are on until the end of March. For instructions
on how to get there and other details click on
the exhibition website to find out more.

Based on John Waters' cult movie, Hairspray is on at the Princess Theatre.
Follows the life of Tracy Turnblad in the 60s town of Baltimore,
with a passion to dance. On until March 31.

Victorian Wine Showcase
The popular Victorian Wine Showcase in the Atrium at Federation Square is on
again on the 6th & 7th April. Producers in the Upper Goulburn, Goulburn
and Strathbogie regions are featured. You will find the
Atrium out back of the Square behind the ACMI.

Rising 5
Rising 5 is an exhibition by an expert in 3D photography Mark Ruff. Local
directors and stylists Simone Ling and Izabel Caligore and some
Australian fashion designers have created a three hundred
and sixty degree view of Australian fashion. On
Thursday 31 Mar & Friday 1 Apr.

Sustainable Living Week
City of Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week shows Whitehorse residents how
they can achieve a more sustainable lifestyle in all areas of their lives.
Many activities are listed here and it runs until 1 April.

5th March 2011

Turkish Pazar Festival
After having lived in Istanbul for a short while, I really have a taste for
Turkish food. The Queen Victoria Market is holding the Turkish
Pazar Festival to bring you the food, music, dance and more
for you to get a sense of the rich Turkish culture. On
the 27 Mar, 10am to 4pm.

Earth Hour
On Saturday 26 March citizens around the world from many different countries
will unite by turning their lights out. Earth Hour is an event to focus on
the health of the planet and the challenges ahead. Federation
Square will turn off all non-essential lighting for one
hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Rising 5
The L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival moves beyond the runway with
Rising 5 - a fashion photography exhibition in 3D including the work
of Lui Hon, Dhini, Richard Nylon Millinery, Nadia Napreychikov,
Cami James and Alistar Trung. Until 24 Mar at the
Federation Square Atrium.

Brunswick Music Festival
The Brunswick Music Festival offers a great program of concerts that
showcase a great range of music with local musicians performing
with interstate and international guests. Until 27 Mar.

Melbourne Queer Film Festival
The Melbourne Queer Film Festival started out in 1990 as an event at the Prahran house of
filmmaker Lawrence Johnston that has developed 21 years later into a festival
now displayed across Melbourne’s major movie screens.
From 17 to 27 Mar.

Michael Koro Galleries
Michael Koro Galleries presents Phil Edwards and Tess McKenzie in the
gallery's debut show for 2011. Their collaboration includes painting,
sculpture and new media and represents and interesting
partnership for a Senior Lecturer (Edwards) and a
recent VCA (McKenzie). Until 27 Mar.

Japanese Tea Ceremony
Join the Melbourne chapter of the Ueda Soko Ryu tea school for a traditional
Japanese tea ceremony on the 26 Mar at 10am, 1130am, 1pm, 230pm
or 4pm. In celebration of the change of seasons, the preparation
of green tea will be performed as part of a peaceful Zen
ceremony. At the Nicholas Building, Swanston St.

To round out 3 posts about Street Artists, AWOL Crew have just finished
their NGV Studio collaboration in Federation Square. They are the
third crew to paint there with the last being the artists
from the 80s or so which will be interesting.

2nd March 2011

Underground Cinema
Melbourne has some great places to see movies that, even though you could
see them at home, are still worth paying for. The best in our opinion is
Underground Cinema. When they showed us The Crow with
Brandon Lee, we were blown away with the whole production
around the movie. This weekend you take a train to
Newport to prepare for some time travel! Book
your seat here

22nd February 2011

JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters
Cartoon characters from the '50s to today such as Astro Boy, Hello Kitty, and the
popular Pokemon series are being shown by RMIT Gallery from 21 January to
19 March. Hours are Mon to Fri 11 am – 5 pm, Sat 12 noon – 5 pm.

China and Revolution
China and Revolution: History, Parody and Memory in Contemporary Art
explores the relationship between the political poster art of the
Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and its impact
on contemporary Chinese art.
On until 19th March.

Phoenix the Street Artist Solo Show
Phoenix is holding his very first solo exhibition at Surface POP-UP
exhibition/shop. Phoenix has been quite prolific around Melbourne
with his unique street art style. The exhibition can be found
at 11-13 Carlisle St, St KIlda from 10 to 21 Mar.

St Patrick's Day at PJ O'Brien's
Thursday 17 March is St Patrick's day! Start your day with a traditionally
hearty Irish Breakfast (bookings essential) at PJ O'Brien's Southbank,
and enjoy the day with live Irish music and dancers including The
Coogans, The Bad Penguins, Pat McKernan and
Party DJ Marcus Knight.

Fed Square Microbreweries Showcase
More than 20 of the State's best boutique producers come together under one
roof at the Fed Square Microbreweries Showcase. With more than 100 top
brews for tasting, don't miss out. On the 16 and 17 Mar
with $25 per glass and access to all brewers.

‘Designs for Good…Not Evil’ T-shirt Competition
Enter the competition to design a T-shirt for Etiko Fair Trade and
win a $300 Etiko gift voucher. The top 3 designs will get printed.

19th February 2011

Labour Day Free BBQ at Campari House
Swing over to Campari House on March 14 from 2pm-4pm for free BBQ
on the rooftop! They also have a special on Summer Bright Lager.

Warrior Princess
Warrior Princess, the book depicting the life of Princess Kasune Zulu will be
the subject of a public conversation by co-authors Princess Kasune Zulu
and Belinda Collins. The talk will follow the Princess’ remarkable
journey from the poorest villages of Zambia to the UN. 6pm on
9 Mar at BMW Edge, Federation Square.

The Heathen Bazaar
The Heathen Bazaar will showcase the best of local high-end textile and
fashion design including jewellery, garments, scarves and more.
The Heathen Bazaar will be the textile fetishist and design
lover's heaven! Open at Beautiful Silks 10am to 4pm
Sat 12th March.

James Cochran
James Cochran’s London Works exhibition kicks off at Lindberg Contemporary
Gallery on 4 March. Cochran started out as a street artist and is
particularly interested in the study of ordinary people on
the street. For a sneak preview, check his
piece in Hosier Lane. Until 12 Mar.

An evening with Makers Mark
Experience the tasting Maker’s Mark throughout the production process with
special guest Victoria MacRae-Samuels, Vice President of
Distillery Operations. Held at Lily Blacks, 12 Meyers
Place on 10 Mar at 7pm - tickets $30 - more
information click here.

Margaret Ackland - Histories
A remarkable exhibition at Flinders Lane Gallery, Margaret captures the
memories seemingly held within the clothes that we wear. After
the garments have been used, they appear to retain some
memory of the previous wearer(s) which Ackland
skillfully captures. Until 12 Mar.

14th February 2011

Swoon Exhibition
Lots of interesting people came out to the opening of the exhibition by New
York based street artist Swoon. Ted Baillieu and Jeff Kennett to name
a surpising guest list for such an exhibition. Held at Metro
until 5 Mar. Punters may want to see the paste-
up in Duckboard Pl which looks like a Swoon.

Suzuki Night Market
The Suzuki Night Market @ Queen Vic Market is on this
Wednesday for the last time.

6th February 2011

Our Station - Flinders Street: Matters of Design & Construction
Jenny Davies uses her immense knowledge of Flinders St Station to
examine the original designs and construction over 100 years
ago. This gives us thoughts of what any new work could
look like or perhaps actioning some of the original
design features not yet used. On at the City
until 28th Feb.

Melbourne Ukulele Festival
Want to see something different? Try the Melbourne Ukulele Festival!
See some of the best players, both local and international at
venues around Melbourne. On until 1st Mar.

4th February 2011

Street Party- Julian Roberts
Julian Roberts is a fashion designer and film-maker, who has shown 13
collections at London Fashion Week under 5 label names: nothing
nothing, JULIANAND, Julian and Sophie, Parc deS EXpositions,
and Tunnel Technique. After his current Workshops at
Beautiful Silks, a street party will be held. $10
entry to the public from 5pm 27 February.

Cargo Bike Picnic
The second Cargo Bike Picnic will be in Edinburgh Gardens in
North Fitzroy. Its on at 11am, 27 February.

Noir Nights at Fed Square
Every Friday night in February at 10pm a classic crime film is
being screened on the main screen at Federation Square.

Sustainable Living Festival
Sustainable Living Festival is in its 12th year now and boasts a mind boggling
array of events. The activities across Melbourne include
the "Big Weekend" at Federation Square 18-20 Feb.
The full program is February 12 to 27.

Towards an Understanding
The Towards an Understanding exhibition is on in the Atrium in Federation
Square. (its in the glass building behind the front area) Its an
exhibition that asks the question about 'sort of 'man'
we want the males around us to be.
in a series of large photographs
hanging in the ceiling space.

2nd February 2011

Nicholas Jones Book Sculptor
Nicholas Jones is a Melbourne-based sculptor who uses books and printed
paper to create incredibly detailed artworks. Jones transforms discarded
books by folding, tearing and sewing the leaves to highlight
the poetic nature of the books as sculptural form.
Nicholas will give a talk at the Athenaeum
Library 5.30pm Wed 23 February.
$5 for non members.

1st February 2011

Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo
The Expo is a free event held in the Exhibition Buildings with over
100 vendors attending. Lots of information sessions, special
and travel deals so don't miss it. Held on the 19th
and 20th February.

27th January 2011

Yarra Valley Winery Tour
For $75 per person including a champagne breakfast at Campari, you
can take a winery tour that also includes lunch and bus travel to
Kellybrooke, Dominique Portet and Yerring Station wineries
on Sunday 13th Feb. Book on 03 9600 1574 or

Blak Nite Cinema
Blak Nite Cinema is a free two-night film event highlighting Indigenous film writers, actors
and directors. Held in the Treasury Gardens, come along with a rug and some
refreshments and enjoy some great films. Held from 7.30pm to 11pm
Friday 11th & 12th February. A map of the gardens is here.

The Heathen Bazaar
The Heathen Bazaar will showcase the best of local high-end textile and
fashion design including jewellery, garments, scarves and more.
The Heathen Bazaar will be the textile fetishist and design
lover's heaven! Open at Beautiful Silks 10am to 4pm
Sat 12th February.

Open Garden at The Melbourne Club
Take the rare opportunity to see one of Melbourne's famous institutions.
The Melbourne Club is intimately tied in with the history and
development of our city and their garden is available for
inspection. Held on Sunday 13th Feb 10am
- 430pm. Entry $6.

EPA Victoria and Environment Victoria Community Forum
Environment Victoria has joined forces with EPA Victoria to help them
understand what communities want for our environment. To do
this they're starting with a bi-monthly Community Forum
to allow communities to have their say on
environmental issues important to them,
and to hear from the EPA about what
they are doing to safeguard our
environment. Melbourne Town
Hall 10 Feb 530pm.

25th January 2011

St Kilda Festival
The St Kilda Festival is on now until the 13th February.
Check the Festival website for more information.

I Am Typewriter Festival
Sticky Institute celebrates the old mechanical typewriter as a creative
outlet still and how it relates to the Zine. (Photocopied Magazine)
On until Feb 13 in Degraves Subway.

Chinese New Year 2011
There are a number of different activities around Chinese New Year 2011
in Melbourne. For details whats on in the city and suburbs
check out the Only Melbourne list here.

Midsumma Festival
The Midsumma Festival celebrates queer culture in Melbourne with many events,
community activities and art exhibitions being held between
January 16 to February 6 2011.

22nd January 2011

Victorian Wine Showcase
The popular Victorian Wine Showcase in the Atrium at Federation Square is on
again on the 3rd & 4th February. New wines are featured from the
cool climate regions of Gippsland and the Yarra Valley.
You will find the Atrium out back of the
Square behind the ACMI.

Australia Day 2011
Check the Australia Day program for Melbourne here for some typical Aussie events
as the Big Breakfast, RACV Vehicle display and Fireworks.

The Australian Open
From the 17th to the 30th January, tennis takes over Melbourne when the
Australian Open commences at Melbourne Park. Some of the best
tennis players in the world are on show.

Laneway Commissions 2010
The Laneway Commissions 2010 is currently being held in the city laneways
and Public Writing is an interesting project located at Lingham Lane
off Flinders Lane, between Swanston and Elizabeth Sts.
Last Days! (See the new graffiti there too!)

Audi Victoria Week
The Audi Victoria Week is one of Australia's largest sailing events dating
back to 1844. Starting at Waterfront City in Docklands, it is
followed by sailing events in Geelong and other
entertainment for the entire family.

Gippsland and Yarra Valley Wine Showcase
The popular Wine Showcase in the Atrium at Federation Square is on again on
the 2nd & 3rd February. Cool climate regions wines are featured from
across Victoria this time. You will find the Atrium out
back of the Square behind the ACMI.

The Clothing Exchange
Sunday 30th January see the Rose Street Market hosting one of the Clothing Exchange
events in Melbourne. Bring your old clothes and swap with like
minded individuals who are interested in recycling instead
of consuming. Cost is $25.

The Australia Project
The Australia Project is an evolving collection of graphic interpretations
of Australia, Australian life and Australian ways of seeing the
world. How many of us have asked the questions,
'who are we? What are we doing here?
Where are we going? Do we
even belong here?'.

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