Year: 2012

… and a happy new year

    And so we come to the end of another year. A year of the Higgs boson, the London Olympics, continuing economic crisis,  mega elections, natural disasters and a space-jumping daredevil. We said a sad goodbye to Lonesome George, the last surviving Pinta Island Tortoise, and laughed along with a South Korean determined to show the world how to ride an invisible horse. Throughout the year we mourned, and continue to mourn, the victims of conflicts around the world. On a personal note, I would like to send my love and hopeful wishes to my friends in Syria. For a domestic take on the past year, head to The Monthly website. They’ve put together some great ‘Best of’…’ reads, videos, cartoons and photographs from 2012. I hope 2013 will be safe, memorable and rewarding for you all. Here’s to a new year filled with rich experiences, peace, learning and creativity.   سنة جديدة سعيدة     Godt Nyttår     新年好 sretna nova godina      с Новым годом Gelukkig Nieuwjaar    onnellista uutta vuotta masaya bagong taon      heureuse nouvelle année שנה טובה       ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος …

2012 RISE festival

If you haven’t already made plans for tomorrow, head to Federation Square for the third annual RISE Festival. The not-for-profit organisation behind this festival is the first asylum seeker and refugee advocacy group to be run by refugees, asylum seekers and ex-detainees themselves — an initiative well worth supporting. There will be family-friendly music, stalls, food and activities. For more information about the festival or the organisation, visit the 2012 RISE Festival facebook page or the RISE website.   2012 RISE Festival Where: Federation Square, Melbourne Vic 3000 When: 15 December 2012, 1pm–8pm Free  

National indigenous television launched nationwide

    At 12pm today, National Indigenous Television (NITV) launched free-to-air on Channel 34. Tune in and lend your support to this great initiative, which is providing a much-needed training ground and creative outlet for our indigenous media professionals. You can read more about the launch here. A worthy piece of news to get The Melbourne Local rolling again after a fairly long hiatus, methinks. I hope you’re all enjoying the silly season.      

melbourne writers festival

  Flowers are blooming, leaves unfurling. The skies are beginning to clear and the insipid winter sun is finally rediscovering its bite. While our friends in the north sigh with the last throws of summer, here at the bottom of the world the coldest months of the year are finally coming to an end. As Mr Tolstoy once wrote,  ‘Spring is the time of plans and projects’ – a conjecture with which Melbourne clearly agrees. Because in this city, spring brings festivals – and more festivals. And then a few more. It all kicks off on 23 August with the Melbourne Writers Festival, which stitches together the end of winter and the start of spring with a programme full of brain-itching events. The MWF features panel discussions, seminars, book launches, readings, film screenings … the list goes on. This year I’m particularly excited to see a group of events featuring writers and editors from The New Yorker, that bastion of great long-form journalism. Most events cost around the $20 mark, but there are also a number of free ones. Some events are already sold out, so if you’re keen …

get miffed

           Just in case you’re not already onto it, here’s a gentle reminder that the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is running 2–19 August (yep, that’s right now).    The program includes a selection of current cinema releases plus tributes, retrospectives and ‘Talking Pictures’ discussion events. You can check out the festival program and book tickets at the MIFF website.         

Introducing Tajette O’Halloran

    Who are you? My name is Tajette. I’m a photographer, a filmmaker, a left-handed Scorpio. I love cheese and airports, I love the wind and creative magazines. I run my own little photography business called SHOT OF SOUL. How long have you lived in Melbourne? Almost four years now. Why Melbourne? After six years of Sydney and still not feeling at home, I finally came to the freeing realisation I could pack up and leave … and I did. Within two weeks of entertaining the idea in my head I packed everything I owned and drove down the Hume. I fell in love with this city and never left. Favourite cafe? Penny Farthing in Northcote. They see me with the worst bed hair and sleepy eyes every morning and are still so lovely to me. They know my coffee without me having to say a word. It feels a bit like family. Favourite restaurant? I’m a vegetarian so I’m not the most free and easy when it comes to eating out. A few …

on the big screen

      Nowadays, what with the high value of the Australian dollar compared with many major world currencies, Australia is one of the more expensive countries in which to live and travel. For some reason, cinema tickets are particularly pricey in this country; you’ll pay around $18 for a standard adult ticket and up around $22–$25 for 3D films. But where there’s a will, there’s always a way. Most cinemas have a ‘cheap-arse’ day, always at the beginning of the week, when ticket prices are slashed. Here’s a run-down of inner-city Melbourne’s cheap-arse cinema days and times for your cheap-arse viewing pleasure…   Cinema Nova Address: 380 Lygon St, Carlton Cheap arse: Mondays Tickets: $6 before 4pm, $9 after 4pm   Kino Cinemas Address: 45 Collins St, Melbourne Cheap arse: Mondays Tickets: $7 all day   Sun Theatre Address: 8 Ballarat St, Yarraville Cheap arse: Mondays and Tuesdays Tickets: $10 ($3 extra for 3D)   Astor Theatre Address: 1 Chapel St, St Kilda  Cheap arse: Wednesdays Tickets: $10   Hoyts Cinemas Address: Various Cheap arse: Tuesdays Tickets: $11.50   Village Cinemas Address: Various Cheap arse: …

Introducing Chris Mulhall

    Who are you? My name is Chris. I live in Fairfield. I am a musician. I guitar, I sing, write, produce. I eat food, love to cook it, get inventive with it, shop for it, smell it, feel it, share it, think about it, plant it, watch it grow. Work a casual retail job. Passionate about the environment, sustainability, ethical produce, conservation, awareness, family, friends, music, life. A city-dwelling, sport-playing, Rudolf Steiner–influenced spiritual being. How long have you lived in Melbourne? Twenty-seven years, three months – minus travel times. Why Melbourne? Difficult… I was born here and haven’t yet been scared away. I suppose if you’ve been shown the secret laneways, bars, pubs, festivals, coffee hang-outs, live music venues, markets, gardens, suburbs (north, south, east and now even west all have lovely places to spend a day) then you have cool friends and you’re lucky! That’s the ‘Melbourne’ that we Melbourne folk miss when we’re anywhere else in the world. The fresh and vibrant farmers’ and community markets are without a doubt simply wondrous! …