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The Espy

Saint Kilda’s iconic Esplanade Hotel fondly known as The Espy, opened its doors to the public November last year. The hotel went through a massive revamp and the wait was absolutely worth it! The hotel was built in 1878 and stands as one of the most prominent 19th-century resort hotels in Victoria. The Espy also remains one of the longest running live music venue in Australia. Aside from the breath-taking ocean views and sunsets, The Espy spoils you with variety, featuring live music stages, dining options including a flavour-filled Cantonese restaurant and 12 bars across 5 levels. Options, options and more options!

Midsumma Review: Rebel

It’s been three years this January since the passing of legendary rock star David Bowie, and since his death many tribute shows have popped up – but none have pushed the boundaries of blended performance crafts quite like Rebel. Premiering as part of the 2019 Midsumma Festival program, and choreographed, directed and produced by Melbourne’s Highwire Entertainment, Rebel is a solid act, combining music, circus acrobatics and visual art into a live concert, glam rock and roll cabaret with heart stopping physical feats, a costume selection to die for and enough talent to make you sick. We witnessed roller skating trapeze, a hoops routine performed in eleven inch wedges, flames, flare and a bloke working an aerial pole in a pair of high top chucks like it was nothing, backed by a band of triple talented musicians. Bowie’s best hits were brought to life by the exceptionally charismatic Stewart Reeve, who’s amazing voice features enough embodiment of the Thin White Duke to bring each song perfectly to life, but still retain his own vocal flavour. …

WIN: 1 x Double pass to Barefoot Cinema

****COMPETITION TIME*** Barefoot Cinema Returns for Summer 18/19. Win x1 double pass and celebratesummer in quintessential Australian style. Fusing spectacular settings with the silver screen, Melbourne’s beloved Barefoot Cinema is back for the 2018 / 19 summer. Recline in the breath-taking surrounds of Point Nepean in Portsea, The Briars in Mount Martha or the heritage-listed and majestic gardens of Ripponlea Estate as a sensational program of films lights up under the stars. Launching Boxing Day, Barefoot Cinema will host 44 evening screenings with the program consisting of family-friendly favourites, cult hits, musicals, comedies, and some of the best films of 2018. Here is your chance to win 1 x double pass on us. Simply share this post on Facebook and tag us @weknowmelbourne (your profile must be public so we can see the share!). Get a bigger chance to win by filling the form below. Competition closes on 28thJanuary 2019.

Australia Day Festival

Australia Day is a significant celebration for the Greater Dandenong community with over 11,000 local residents expected to enjoy the festival with family, neighbours and friends. Australia Day presents a great opportunity for people of different backgrounds and experiences to gather together and reflect on what it means to be Australian, and to celebrate the things we have in common. The award winning Australia Day Festival will be held in Dandenong Park, corner of Pultney and Foster streets on Saturday 26 January 2019, from 3pm to 9.30pm. This all-ages event will include a Flag Raising Ceremony and the presentation of the Australia Day Awards on the main stage. This free family friendly event will feature two stages with live entertainment, roving performers, a dedicated food court, community and market stalls, exciting rides ($2-$6), free family activities, and will conclude with a grand fireworks finale at 9.25pm. For extra fun, ride your bike to the event and receive two free ride tokens and valet bike parking. Event highlights: Australia Day Award Ceremony Cultural performances on the Main Stage …

Village Market comes to Werribee Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo’s lawns will come to life this February and March with the Village Market. Stalls, performances, food, drink and craft activities will infuse each Sunday with all the colours and flavours of Africa in this brand-new experience. What: Village Market is a new Sunday experience at Werribee Open Range Zoo featuring stalls, musical performances, food, drink and craft activities. When: 11am – 3pm each Sunday in February and March 2019. Cost: Free with a general admission ticket (kids under 16 free on weekends). Food, drink and wares available for purchase.

Unveiling of the biggest rhino sculpture in Melbourne

On 2nd February 2019, the Melbourne public will be bewildered by the unveiling of The Wonderful Two, which will offer the creation of lifelong memories through a unique and interactive sculpture experience. The bronze immortalization of Najin and Fatu by Australian eco-warrior artists Gillie and Marc will be instrumental in bringing hope to the survival of rhinos! The sculpture will be proudly launched at Republica, St. Kilda Sea Baths, right on the St Kilda foreshore, on Melbourne’s second most visited destination, St Kilda Beach. This is an incredible location that will give visibility and create awareness for this very important cause, so Gillie and Marc are extremely grateful for this opportunity. The sculpture is set to be aligned with the hashtag #LoveTheLast. Visitors will be asked to take a photo with the artwork and share it with the hashtag, jump starting efforts to spread critical awareness. Signage will also educate, and direct the public to a donations page set-up for Najin and Fatu, so they can live out their much-deserved final days in peace at Ol …

Johnny’s Green Room

Australia Day ‘s tradition is always meeting in the sunshine with friends and family and enjoy a good BBQ. This year let’s celebrate this long weekend a little differently by meeting on the rooftop at Johnny’s Green Room as it is hosting its first ever “Italian BBQ” on Sunday 27thJanuary, with shrimp on the Barbie (Italian style), Johnny’s classic drinks on tap and local DJs playing from midday til late. Forget the usual suspects you would find at an Aussie BBQ, Johnny’s will be swapping out the burnt sausages and onion for arrosticini and seafood on the grill. Modern-Italian bar snacks will also be on offer, including pork & veal polpetti, arancini and caprese salad. Or, enjoy a selection of antipasto: cured meats with mozzarella, bread with pickles & cheese. Local and imported beer will be flowing on tap, as well as spritzes, highballs and a wide range of wines. Johnny’s cocktails will also be at the ready; including the crowd favourite Johnny’s Smash – a combination of gin, sparkling yuzu, ginger & mint. Woody …