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For the Love of Books

If, like us, you love losing yourself in a good book and currently own too many books to fit into your existing shelf space, there is a gorgeous little event coming up in Melbourne for Bibliophile’s just like you. Find yourself purposely lost down the rabbit hole of rare, old books, breathing in the musty scent of a thousand stories, at the sixth annual Melbourne Rare Book Fair presented by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Book Sellers. This Melbourne event, which runs during the first week of July offers lectures, presentations, exhibitions, readings, tours and more, all free and all about books. The 2017 lineup also includes a new addition of 3 programs specifically designed for kids including a school holiday book-making workshop, an illuminated manuscript calligraphy art lesson and a museum drawing studio session. There are quite a lot of events during Melbourne Rare Book week, but our program highlights include: Readings from Jane Austen To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austin, Sydney author Susannah Fullerton, and …

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

This year Melbourne’s largest celebration fashion is running for ten, gorgeous days. Aiming to be bigger and better than the previous years, the festival will include world-class runway events from well-known, and up and coming Australian designers, beauty workshops, industry Q&A’s, live entertainment and more. Not just restricted to Melbourne CBD, the festival will this year kick off with smaller Fashion Weekend events in key shopping meccas like Chapel Street, High Street, Chadstone and Glenferrie Road – all activated with exclusive discounts and activities for shoppers, but will really ramp up with the Vogue / David Jones Gala Runway to be held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton on the 14th of March. For those who are more into the countercultural or functional elements of fashion, there are several interesting workshops running like ‘Sequin-Savvy: The History of Calisthenics Fashion’ and an International Women’s Day forum breakfast on 8 March, presented by Marie Claire and Mimco. Don’t forget to check out the Priceline Pharmacy Festival of Beauty pop, located in the Plaza, just outside the …

Arts Review: All This Living

As the intro to this piece states, ‘age comes to us all you know,’ we’re reminded of this in the opening act, a recollection of a bathroom encounter, when some young pretty things, applying lipstick in the mirror, label the character, Jay, portrayed beautifully by Camilla Blunden, ‘just an old woman.’ This comment, makes it real for her, and thus launches the rest of the performance where she digs deeply into the phenomenon of getting old, and how over time, older women somehow lose their voice, become invisible, and incorrectly feel they have become a burden to society. As the piece progresses, she attempts to turn these beliefs on their head, re-empowering women, as wise, important, highly visible beings with stories to tell, all the while batting off the inner voices that creep up, and try to convince her otherwise. This show was difficult to follow in parts, as the narrative jumped from whimsical inner thought to thought, from real life to fantasy through paint stores, pots and pans, to magical woods filled with fiery …

Free Asia Pop Courtyard

Be a part of Asia TOPA (Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts) this February at the Immigration Museum. Every Friday evenings this February from 5pm – 9pm, the courtyard area will come to life with free Asia Pop, food, drinks and general fun. The event will feature DJ Japandaman and Sihouette d’Amore, The Pink Tiles, K-pop Melbourne dancers, a karaoke lounge and Kung Fu motion installation. The bonus, you can enter all of these exhibitions for free! Definitely a fun way to explore cultures from over 200 countries and be inspired by their stories at the Immigration Museum, and a great alternative to the usual Friday night drinks.             Where: 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000 When: Friday evenings, this February from 5pm – 9pm More information: Check their website.

Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese new year is all about gathering with family, eating lots of delicious food, playing with firecrackers, buying new clothes and the giving and receiving of red envelopes. It is a time for families to be together. Melbourne offers you a 17 day Chinese New Year festival with activities located from Queensbridge Square, Queen Victoria Market, Chinatown, the Chinese Museum, Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck and Southgate, through to Docklands and DFO South Wharf. Things you can do while staying with us at The Swanston Grand Mercure and Mercure Welcome – Experience “God of Prosperity’s visit” at Emporium Melbourne Enjoy a Chinese New Year’s Eve Feast sponsored by Secret Kitchen, located at the corners of Exhibition and Little Bourke Street. Be memorized by the dragons at the Dragon Parade Day throughout Chinatown on 29th of Jan, Sunday. Buy a lantern and hang it on The Lantern Wishing Tree at Cohen Place Watch Asian short films, also at Cohen Place For more activities and festival info visit

Melbourne Comedy Festival – 2017

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is returning in 2017 with a spectacular line up of local and international performers in over 500 shows – running for four, hilariously entertaining weeks. With ticket prices averaging at $28 each, you’ll be able to see all of your favorites, plus maybe try a few new shows to broaden your comedy experience. Larger name Comedy Festival favourite likes Arj Barker, Jason Byrne, Ruby Wax, Jimeoin, Bob Franklin, Cal Wilson, Claire Hooper, Frank Woodley, Judith Lucy and Denise Scott and Rove McManus headline, but for a full experience – we recommend checking out some of the independent shows in and around Melbourne’s smaller venues. For Harry Potter fans, you can watch a performance of ‘Completely Improvised Potter’, or for all the single ladies (or those with a  wicked sense of humor) we recommend ‘Desperettes – A Guide to being a Wingman’ and for some awkward but fun humor try Barry Morgan (remember Barry Morgan from the World of Organs on Spicks and Specks…. check out this sweet medley to refresh …

Tea-infused cocktails: a refreshing summer alternative

If you are sick of the usual stock standard cocktail lists this summer, and looking to to change up your usual Espresso Martini order, pack up your favourite people and check out Melbourne Public’s brand new selection of Tea-se Me, Tea-se Me’ iced-tea cocktails launching on 20th January, and available until the close of February, when Summer sadly ends. An awesome accompaniment to a hot summer day, and beautifully aligned as an old-fashioned after-event complement to a day spent at the Australian Open, some of the new flavors include ‘The Earl of Grey’, ‘Min-Tea Mojito’ and ‘Keep Calm & Drink Tequila’ all with a different tea twist, perfectly matched with alcohol (of course). We Know Melbourne tip: head along to the official launch on Friday 20th January, and you can taste these little beauties for only $5 each! Where: Melbourne Public, 11 Dukes Walk, South Wharf When: 20th January – 28th February 2017 More information: Checkout their website.