All posts tagged: culture

Evening of Korean culture in Melbourne

It’s not often we get a chance to see a free event at Hamer Hall. But on Tuesday 23 September, the Melbourne Arts Centre’s premier venue will open its doors for a cultural evening hosted by the Korean Consulate-General. Held in celebration of the South Korean president’s G20 visit as well as the opening of the Melbourne Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea, the event promises ‘a beautiful Hanbok fashion show, followed by a traditional/modern fusion performance, a traditional music performance and modern dance (b-boying)’. Good enough for me. If you’ve never had the chance to see a concert in the beautiful Hamer Hall, now’s your chance. And as haphazard as this event sounds, my rudimentary knowledge of Korea’s fascinating culture tells me this should be a show worth seeing. It’s a little unclear whether any bookings are necessary, but if you’re keen you may as well email rsvp@mofa.go.kr just in case. The event’s still three weeks away, but it’s always a good idea to get in early.   Evening of Korean Culture — Hanbok Fashion, Music & Dance …

Brunswick community space

Recently, a section of a short dead-end road opposite Barkly Square in Brunswick was transformed into a community space. I stumbled across an event here one day, where people were dancing in the street and painting the road with beautiful colours. You’ll also find some lovely street art here, including yarn bombs and gorgeous poster art. There are some large umbrellas and recycled crates to sit on if you feel like relaxing on Sydney Road. These community spaces only work if the community gets involved, so if you’re a Brunswick local why not check it out? Update: The Brunswick Community Art Space no longer exists.  

Classical concerts and White Nights

No excuses to stay in this Saturday night, folks, with two great free events happening over the weekend. The Sidney Myer Music Bowl will showcase the last of three free summer concerts performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on Saturday 22 Feburary (the second of these will take place tonight). Take a picnic blanket and some nibbles and stretch out under the stars — this is one of my favourite events of the summer. Both tonight’s and Saturday’s concerts begin at 7pm, but it’s best to arrive early to stake out a decent spot on the grass. Also kicking off this Saturday evening is White Night Melbourne, an event that will see Melbourne’s CBD transformed with light installations, street performances, film screenings, music, food, fashion and much more from 7pm until 7am on Sunday. There will be over 100 free events happening over the 12 hours, with many of Melbourne’s major cultural institutions taking part. Last year’s inaugural White Night event attracted over 300,000 visitors, so this year will surely be a busy one. To …

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: events@virwc.org.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/virwc Twitter: @virwc #mosaicfestival      

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 …