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The Finders Keepers 2018

Melbourne is the final stop on the Finders Keepers Autumn / Winter 2018 tour, with the festival-feel market returning to The Royal Exhibition Building over three epic days, 13-15 July. With extended shopping hours on Friday ‘day’, visitors can join the festivities from the new opening time of 12 noon on Friday 13th July and shop the day away until 9pm. Trading hours continue all weekend from 10am – 6pm Saturday 14th and 10am – 5pm Sunday 15th July. Finders Keepers managing director and co-founder Sarah Thornton said there was no doubt the Melbourne Autumn/Winter event was the highlight of the Finders Keepers year. “We love the fashion focus that comes with our Melbourne events, with so much local talent coming out of arguably Australia’s fashion capital,” Sarah Thornton said. “Slow fashion lovers will be treated to the locally-made, up-cycled garments by Good Sport Australia who use salvaged, pre-loved kimonos, as well as the new ‘ethically made, gloriously worn’ collection from East Geelong-based Frank and Dolly’s.” “Solomon Street will bring their ethical prints and textiles …

Boogie your way into Melbourne Winter

Melbourne is set for some serious night fever with the arrival of newly launched Boogie Nights Dance, a series of disco-inspired classes and workshops from professional dancer (and disco diva) Ally McNaughton. Heavily focused on the music and moves from the halcyon days of disco, soul, boogie, funk and everything in between, all Boogie Nights Dance classes are designed to get everyone’s hips movin’ and hearts groovin’ with a few nifty manoeuvres and mini routines ideal for absolute beginners and disco aficionados alike. Professional singer, dancer and performer McNaughton encourages all her attendees ‘To let the music wrap you in it’s soulful embrace and help unleash your inner disco deity upon the world.’ Following a 6 week series of classes earlier in the year in Abbotsford, Boogie Nights Dance is getting geared up to get down again on Tuesday evenings this July – August with another 6 week series of casual classes at Dancehouse in Carlton North. Talking about the birth of Boogie Nights Dance McNaughton says the concept came about out of a deep obsession with the music …

Wild Nights at Werribee Open Range Zoo

A must-do winter tradition, Wild Nights offers a range of awesome activities for all night owls, including dazzling fire shows, marshmallow toasting, late night animal spotting and a secret garden to discover. Explore the African Trail by torchlight and spot animals along the way.  Listen out for the calls, squeaks and hoots of the night and watch for dancing shadows as nocturnal critters wake and get ready to start their ‘day’. Head into the Bandicoot Hideout and introduce yourselves to some special, native nocturnal species, but remember to whisper – they’re just waking up! Find your way to Ranger Kids which transforms itself into the amazing Glow Zone where you will be wowed by twirling, whirling spectacular fire dancers. As the temperature drops, warm up with friends and family around a flickering camp fire toasting marshmallows or head to the Meerkat Bistro for a steaming cup of hot chocolate while mum and dad enjoy some mulled wine. For the ultimate Wild Nights experience, upgrade your experience and book in for a special Dusk Safari Tour* …

The Finest Après-Ski Lodge – Mont Plonk

Mont Plonk; a complete alpine-themed takeover of Melbourne Public’s terrace, opens for its second season from 28 June – 26 August, promising an authentic après – ski experience slap – bang in the middle of Melbourne. Having teamed up with Ugg Australia to provide fur blankets, sheepskin rugs, and deliciously cosy fire-pits – this urban ski lodge creates the true look and feel of an après-ski bar, despite being over 200km away from any hint of snow-kissed mountain caps.   Featuring a selection of warming wintery offerings, passionate (après) skiers will keep toasty with mulled wine, boozy hot chocolate and hot toddys. Mont Plonk will also be home to an array of traditional food that wouldn’t be out of place on the Alps, with cheese fondues and bratwurst sausages.  Owner of Melbourne Public, Alysha Darcy, can’t wait for this second season. “Mont Plonk was such a success last year that we are excited to see what our guests think of our new additions, including our dazzling new terrace bar.” Access to Mont Plonk is free, but …

The Music Gym opens at Melbourne’s Galleria

Galleria is thrilled to announce an all new music hub in the heart of the CBD, The Music Gym officially launching on Make Music Day, 21 June. Make Music Day is a worldwide phenomenon observed by hundreds of millions of people in 800 cities across 120 countries. The day brings people of all styles, ages and skill levels together to make and enjoy music, with 2018 the first year Australia is participating. The Music Gym is the brainchild of Catherine Prifti, a music teacher of 21 years. Catherine has been immersed in the world of music for over two decades, working across Australia and Europe with her specialised skill set as a pianist, conductor and teacher. The concept for a music gym came about after Catherine noticed that while many adults have a strong interest in learning and performing music, expensive instruments and costly private lessons stopped many from realising their passion. Enter, The Music Gym: grown-ups only group classes with state-of-the-art instruments provided, at a convenient location where you can fit in a class …

Bastille Day French Festival 2018

Back for its fourth year, winner of the 2017 Award for Contribution to Multiculturalism by a Corporation, this popular festival brings together all the major French-Australian associations and businesses in Victoria to celebrate the best of French culture and its national day. Calling Francophones and Francophiles of all ages, our program ensures there is something for everyone. Held under the iconic arches of the heritage-listed North Melbourne Meat Market, the festival will be hosting movie screenings, an art exhibition, talks, masterclasses, live performances and a kid’s corner. Navigate the stalls and taste our selection of delicious food and drink: whether its pastries, raclette cheese, snails, wine, beer, crepes or macarons. There will also be a raffle with some sensational prizes to be won thanks to event sponsors. Tickets are $10 or 3 for 20$, and can be purchased on-site or online before the draw on the 15th July at 4:45pm. Prizes include: Paris for two on Singapore Airlines with 5 nights accomodation in Sofitel Paris Baltimore Tour Eiffel hotel New Caledonia for two on Aircalin …

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival

What originally began as a push to back local venues, musicians and business through the quiet of winter, Leaps and Bounds Music Festival continues to nurture our thriving music community, showcasing homegrown talent from up and coming locals, to internationally acclaimed artists alike. Leaps and Bounds Music Festival brings the warmth that our thriving music community inevitably craves at this time of year, and provides continued support to local artists, venues, and businesses with a smorgasbord of gigs to suit any punter’s palate. Leaps and Bounds is a venues focused live music festival that specifically showcases home grown talent and in music venues and music outlets across the City of Yarra. It nurtures the next generation of musicians, celebrates the unique Australian music voice of our musical legends and makes connections for audiences. There are gigs to suit music fans of every genre from electronic to hip hop and jazz to rock, for all age groups and every budget, including many free gigs. This year Leaps and Bounds has enabled Yarra venue bookers to put on some …