Author: Melbourning

Art

Melbourne enjoys a vibrant and thriving arts scene. There’s always something new to check out that will stimulate your senses and challenge your perspectives. Here are some of the diverse exhibitions on display around Melbourne this month. 1. Pierre Bonnard designed by India Mahdavi at the NGV Until 8 October 2023, National Gallery of Victoria. One of the twentieth century’s most beloved painters, Pierre Bonnard has been celebrated for using colour to convey emotion. See is iridescent paintings presented within immersive scenography by Paris-based designer India Mahdavi, at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of its Winter Masterpieces. 2.…

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The annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Cherryhill Orchards in the Yarra Valley kicks off this weekend, with a fortnight of blossom viewing and cherry related activities for the cherry enthusiasts out there. You can wander through 85 acres of blossoming cherry trees in the established Wandin East orchard and take lots of stunning photos. The cherry trees in the orchard burst into bloom at different intervals during the festival, their schedules dictated by the whims of Mother Nature and the specific tree varieties. Of course there are plenty of other things to do while you are there. This year there…

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I subscribe to all the things so you don’t have to. This is a curated list of what’s been announced over the past week so you can save the date, or swoop on tickets, and also a list of what’s coming up soon if you’re looking to make last-minute plans. What’s new? AFL confirms KISS will play Grand Final The AFL has confirmed that 1970s glam rockers KISS will be the pre-game entertainment at the MCG for this year’s Grand Final. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival goes regional The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is heading to regional Victoria…

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Get ready to be entranced by the enchanting blend of nature and creativity, as the Arthurs Seat Eagle Spring Festival unveils a mesmerizing display of light from 21 September to 1 October.The Festival of Light is part of the Spring Festival itself, which runs from 16 September. Teaming up with the celebrated Lanternist, the event will showcase a breathtaking light installation inspired by native plants and animals, casting a radiant glow over the entire area. Stretching from the Base Station to the Summit Station and all along the route, colossal lanterns will light up the nighttime landscape, promising eight evenings…

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Rainbow communities across Victoria will be celebrated over spring and summer with more than a dozen events and activities as part of the Regional Activation Program for Victoria’s Pride. Geelong, Gippsland, Mildura, Shepparton, Wangaratta and Warrnambool are just some of the locations to host the events as part of the annual celebration of Victoria’s diverse LGBTIQ+ communities.  Minister for Equality Harriet Shing announced 13 community groups, organisations and artists will receive grants to host LGBTIQ+ focused events, workshops and activities in the 2023-24 program. The regional projects selected include: More information is available at midsumma.org.au/regional-activation.

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Black Star Pastry – the cult dessert brand that proudly claims to be “the creator of the world’s most Instagrammed cake” (the strawberry watermelon cake) is launching a pop-up at The Glen in Glen Waverley this Thursday 14 September. You won’t be able to miss their pop-up – it will resemble their iconic pink boxes, and will be at The Glen until Wednesday 27 September. You’ll be able to sample their newest pastry, the “Yuzu Meringue Croissant” exclusively at The Glen pop-up. They’ll also have limited edition strawberry watermelon versions of mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn festival – also the only…

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A unique musical experience will be held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this summer to commemorate and pay tribute to one of the most iconic figures in the world of pop music, George Michael, who died aged 53 in 2016. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will be accompanied by some of the most electrifying voices in the nation as they perform some of George Michael’s greatest hits. George Michael’s extraordinary legacy encompasses a remarkable music catalog spanning pop, soul, and disco, with more than 100 million records sold worldwide. Recent global recognition through the Netflix documentary “WHAM!” has reignited…

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Art

Nature and technology will come together in a new major exhibition from one of the world’s leading immersive art collectives set to open this summer at ACMI. The exhibition Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature will have its world-premiere at ACMI, taking over Gallery 4 at the Fed Square Museum from 23 November to host the art collective’s first major exhibition in Australia. Featuring five large-scale digital works, the exhibition uses cutting-edge technology to explore the majesty of the natural world – from droplets of water and cells of the human body all the way through to black holes. Marshmallow Laser Feast is a…

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More than 53,000 spectacular tulips will be on display from approximately mid-September in Bendigo, the centrepiece of its annual Bloom Festival. It’s worth the day trip up the Calder to check them out along Pall Mall and in the Conservatory Garden of the beautiful gold-rush era city. The blooms are on show usually until early October, and come in an an assortment of sizes, colours and blooming times. This year marks the 20th year of the display. As well as the stunning tulips, there’s more than 50 other events and experiences to choose from in the Bloom spring program. this…

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A major new free event has been announced as part of Melbourne International Games Week, which is headed our way from 30-8 October. This year Big Games Night Out has been included on Thursday 5 October as a major new free event that will transform Fed Square and ACMI into a games wonderland with free activities, tournaments and performances for fans of all ages to enjoy for the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest digital games celebration.  Gamers can put their skills to the test on the latest games releases, indie arcade games and vintage 80s games all available to play alongside games tournaments, a…

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An 8-metre high swing will be in the State Library Forecourt from 3-22 October as part of this year’s Fringe Festival, while another one will be located outside the Footscray Station. Soar high and see the city from a new perspective and escape the everyday – and feel like a kid all over again. Part of Melbourne Fringe. Swing is commissioned with Principal Partner support from the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. Swing is supported through the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund – a $200 million partnership of the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne. Limited tickets are reserved for pre-booking, and…

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Melbourne’s favourite reality TV stars, the Peregrine Falcons who call a nesting box on the rooftop at 367 Collins Street home, are back for the 2023 nesting season. Peregrine Falcons have been nesting on this building since 1991 and this is the only nesting site of the species in the entire Melbourne CBD. The nesting box has been viewable via a livestream for the past few years, and became exceptionally popular with viewers during Melbourne’s lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. At the time of writing (5th September 2023) one egg is visible in the nesting box via the livestream with…

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