Melbourne is the events capital of Australia, but sometimes it is easy to miss out on the gems because there are too many to choose from. Each week I want you to tell me where to go.
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THIS WEEK’S RECOMMENDATIONS:
Melbourne Music Week
For the next nine days, Melbourne will be all about music. With over 200 artists in the Melbourne Music Week (MMW) line-up there is something for everyone. From a retro clothing market and gourmet food hall in the Festival hub’s Where?House to an art exhibition, a music market, activities for kids and of course a veritable feast of gigs.
MMW kicks off on Friday 16 November at Where?House which will take over the historic Argus building, on the corner of La Trobe and Elizabeth Streets in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.
The Argus building will be transformed into a multi-faceted music hub with club nights and workshops featuring local and international DJs and bands. International and local headliners will take the stage this weekend, including Housse de Racket, Pillowtalk, Mike Huckaby, Ben Sims, New War, Naysayer & Gilsun and Matt Radovich.
Johnson Street Fiesta
November 17th & 18th
The annual Johnston Street Fiesta will be held on November 17th & 18th, 2012 at Johnston St. Fitzroy.
This two-day street event showcases the culture, heritage and traditions of Spanish-speaking nations in a feast for the senses!
Fiesta features a program that’s fun and interactive for the whole family – dance off those churros to Latin grooves on Saturday night and Sunday, and don’t miss the colourful street performers’ parade on Sunday at midday.
Sat: 12-11pm | Sun: 12-10pm
Polish Festival at Federation Square
Sunday, 18 November
Did you know Victoria has the largest concentration of Polish born people and their descendants in Australia? So it is not surprising that Australia’s largest Polish festival should be found in the centre of Melbourne.
The Polish Festival at Federation Square is a celebration of Australian Polish culture in a festival format. There are stalls of various Polish wares and culinary treats, performances from Polish language schools and folkloric groups, children's activities and craft demonstrations. Immerse yourself in all the colour and culture of Poland.
The festival starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm and is a free event.
With One Big Voice Concert
Sunday, 2nd December
Creativity Australia presents its “With One BIG Voice” concert at the Melbourne Town Hall to celebrate and showcase the skills of its 14 choir programs with over 400 voices from all walks of life.
The 14 choirs combine for the annual “With One BIG Voice” concert performing with celebrated artists including leading soprano Tania de Jong AM, baritone Jonathan Morton, chief conductor Shaun Islip and conductors Marianne Black, Kym Dillon, Bridget a’Beckett, Jacinta Caruana, Shannon Brown, Elizabeth Lecoanet, Andrea Khoza and Adrian Portell.
The 400 voices performing “With One BIG Voice” are those of migrants, the unemployed, disabled and disadvantaged, public housing tenants and ordinary Australians keen to be involved and find their voice.
All concert proceeds go to providing places for Creativity Australia’s “With One BIG Voice” charity choir program, which inspires people to find their voice, wellbeing, jobs and joy.
Suzuki Night Market
14 November 2012 – 27 February 2013
Now in its 15th year, the Suzuki Night Market (located at the Queen Victoria Market) attracts over 200 stall holders and showcases some of Melbourne's finest artisans, producing locally made clothing, jewellery, prints and an array of cultural goods once the sun goes down. The hawker–style food stalls offer everything from traditional African curries through to the sweetest of honey dumplings. Don't stop at one stall; take a trip around the world one dish at a time.
War Horse and The Breath of Life Exhibition
Saturday 10 November 2012 to Sunday 17 March 2013
Horse puppets from Arts Centre Melbourne’s upcoming War Horse production and a five-metre long Raptor dinosaur puppet and are among the highlights of the upcoming exhibition War Horse and the Breath of Life celebrating the art of puppetry. Developed in collaboration with The National Theatre of Great Britain to support the Arts Centre Melbourne’s season of War Horse, the exhibition will be staged in Arts Centre Melbourne Gallery from Saturday 10 November 2012 to Sunday 17 March 2013.
War Horse and the Breath of Life features all kinds of puppets, animatronic creatures, costumes, films, photographs, original designs and purpose-built interactives. The exhibition brings together the best elements of the National Theatre’s exhibition Staging War Horse, which will be displayed alongside examples of contemporary Australian puppetry from Art Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection, which is the largest in Australia and is home to more than 500,000 items, relating to the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre.
Ethiopian Singer Mahmoud Ahmed
January 20, 2013
The Playhouse will host an exclusive cross-continent collaboration between legendary Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed – in his first Melbourne visit – performing live with Melbourne-based Ethio-jazz band the J Azmaris on 20 January.
Described as ‘the Red Sea’s most seductive soul singer’ and a living legend in his native country, Mahmoud Ahmed deftly combines the traditional Amharic music of Ethiopia -- essentially a five-note scale that features jazz-style singing offset by complex circular rhythm pattern -- with pop and freestyle jazz.
Known for his swooping multi-octave voice, Ahmed’s recordings defy the normal definitions of Afro pop, with jazztimes.com describing his music as “a deeply melancholy mixture of guitar, organ and horns that sounds somewhere between a Southern soul band and James Brown's Famous Flames”.