Month: April 2013

event: anzac day is more puff than substance

    Every year on 25 April, Australians and Kiwis commemorate soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) who have fought in wars throughout history. Originally held to remember the victims of the devastating WWI Gallipoli offensive, the day has since become a memorial for all soldiers who have served in combat up until the present day. If you ask a handful of Australians how they feel about ANZAC Day, you will likely hear many conflicting answers. Some believe this memorial day glorifies war, while others seem to feel it’s entirely appropriate to do so. Others, myself included, feel that ANZAC Day is a sad and sobering reminder of the horrors of war. These issues and many more will be debated at a Wheeler Centre event to be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on 30 April. ‘Intelligence Squared Debates: Anzac Day is More Puff Than Substance‘ will feature a panel of five, including a war journalist (arguing against the proposition) and a former soldier (arguing for it). If you’re interested in …

free event: ‘more than honey’ film screening

Multi-award-winning documentary More Than Honey will show on the big screen in Federation Square on Thursday 18 April. Directed by Markus Imhoof, the film looks into the plight of honey bees in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Professor Boris Baer and his wife Dr Barbara Baer-Imhoof (who is also the director’s daughter), both from the University of Western Australia–based Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER). There will also be a short talk by Vanessa Kwiatkowski and Mat Lumalasi, founders of ‘Melbourne City Rooftop Honey’. More Than Honey Date: 18 April 2013 Time: 6pm–8pm Venue: Big screen, Federation Square, Melbourne Tel: 9864 8923

mosaic festival 2013

  Melbourne has given birth to another exciting festival, this time in celebration of Victoria’s multicultural women. Featuring music, cooking demonstration, traditional ceremonies and a marketplace, the Mosaic Festival is focussed on helping the state’s multicultural women share their stories with the wider community — an initiative well worth supporting. The festival is just over two weeks away, so mark it in your diaries and get down to QV Square to enjoy this inaugural event. And if you are yourself from a multicultural background, the festival organisers welcome you to attend in traditional dress.   Mosaic Festival Date: 21 April 2013 Time: 12pm–4pm Venue: QV Square (behind Queen Victoria Centre), corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, Melbourne Email: Facebook: Twitter: @virwc #mosaicfestival