Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 01/03/2020

Steam your silk and coiff your quiff, Russell Brand’s coming to town.


10) International Women’s Day 2020: How She Got There Panel Discussion

5th March

What: Celebrate International Women’s Day with women leaders and entrepreneurs and learn their story of how they got where they are today. This event is an opportunity to learn from the best – serious wisdom, from seriously cool women, all designed to supercharge you and your organisation’s success. Come along if you want to learn, be inspired, connect with great people and have some fun while you’re doing it. The panel will discuss how they’ve pioneered in their fields, share the challenges they faced, and provide key tips and strategies on taking action.

Why: Nothing says ‘relevant advice for the current exponentially advancing technological job era’ quite like the use of the phrase “seriously cool”.’s-Day-2020:-How-She-Got-There-Panel-Discussion/910d2cc0-59d4-11ea-96b7-b132cf2a7536


9) Underwater Pet Expo

1st March

What: Curious about keeping underwater pets? Underwater Pet Expo is Australia’s largest aquarium show, aimed at families and hobbyists of all levels. Come along to see the latest in aquarium technology, meet Australian and International experts and grab show special pricing on aquariums and livestock. Featuring Australia’s first Dymax National Aquascaping contest – this is one not to be missed.

Why: We don’t need to sell this. This event clearly sells itself.


8) Dream, Girl (Screening and Panel)

4th March

What: We know the names of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. But what about the female entrepreneurs? What’s their story? From brand new startups to million dollar industries, it’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader. Dream, Girl premiered in May 2016 at the White House as part of their United State of Women Summit, and continues to be screened at theatres across the world as a celebration of what women can achieve. A panel with three female leaders from ANZ will follow the screening, where key themes touched on in Dream, Girl will be discussed.

Why: Nothing says ’empowered female’ like being able to engage in sophisticated market manipulation just as well as, if not ten times more efficiently than, the guys.


7) Metahaven (Film Screening)

7th March

What: A special screening of key Metahaven films The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda) and Information Skies with an introduction by Daniel Van der Velden and Vinca Kruk of Metahaven. This event is part of the exhibition Metahaven: Field Report, held at RMIT Design Hub Gallery. Metahaven: Field Report reflects upon today’s condition of information overload that has replaced the Cold War’s information shortages. Everybody has become a broadcaster, designer, filmmaker, prosecutor, judge, key witness, perpetrator and storyteller. This is not merely a political and social fact, but an aesthetic and cinematic regime. Propaganda is now a lived reality, necessitating novel forms of media literacy.

Why: This era is too overloaded with information and all of a sudden everyone’s a filmmaker. What? You don’t believe us? You filthy heretic. You need tear your eyes and brain away from your own ignorance and come watch our film. Join us. Join us.


6) Soul Star Festival 

1st March

What: A day of inspirational talks, workshops, outdoor dance & yoga, a group meditation healing room, wellness food, holistic market stalls & fun! Choose between the likes of an energy healing yoga class, a cacao dance celebration, a group reiki meditation healing. Bio-hack your life with a selection of inspiring talks from Australia’s best facilitators, have your chakras balanced, shop the holistic market stalls, indulge in a vegan doughnut, gluten free cakes, fresh organic juices and so much more! There will be plenty of activities in the market space for kids and lots of tasty food and entertainment. All set in an ultra cool warehouse space in the heart of industrial Port Melbourne!

Why: The biggest ideologically fascist gathering of white people since…well…a couple of days ago.


5) Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL (Live)

3rd March

What: Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL returns to prick the Canberra bubble, tickle your funny bone and poke the bear. Experience the madness as part of the live studio audience.

Why: The voice from Dogstar: Christmas in Space has a show out.’s-MAD-AS-HELL-(Live)/01873b40-59d4-11ea-96b7-b132cf2a7536


4) Transitions Film Festival

1st March-4th April

What: Showcasing films about the innovations shaping our collective future, Transitions is an event which exists in order to not only shine a light on important environmental and technological issues, but also begin to search for solutions to them. The film will showcase local and international films and then pair those films with local, expert panel discussions with the hope of showcasing what is happening on the ground locally, and providing a pathway for people to get engaged with their local change-maker communities. This year’s festival has the overarching theme of ‘Resilience’. This is the ability to adapt, survive and thrive in the face of chronic stresses and acute shocks.

Why: Be progressive without having to talk or look at anyone or move your limbs.


3) Port Fairy Folk Festival

6th-9th March

What: The Port Fairy Folk Festival was established in 1977. Since that date it has grown to become one of the most regarded festivals both in Australia and on the international festival network, born from music, but also embracing theatre, visual arts, spoken word, children’s programs, interactive workshops and street theatre. This year, international folk legends comprise the line-up for Port Fairy Folk Festival in the first round of artists set to perform. Hailing from the United States, The Blind Boys of Alabama, John McCutcheon and Patty Griffin will perform alongside Britain’s YolanDa Brown, Ireland’s Eleanor McEvoy, and Australia’s own C.W. Stoneking and The Maes.

Why: If you believe…clap your hands! People might just buy that you enjoy contemporary folk music.


2) Russell Brand ‘Recovery’ Live

6th & 7th March

What: A funny and profane exploration into personal development and wellness from a comedian who has dedicated himself to spirituality to avoid self-destruction. This 90-minute experience will introduce you to the system that saved his life, continues to save his sanity and will work for anyone who is willing to commit to it. This is a program for living for those aspiring to be saints who have lived too long among demons. This is an alternative vision for life at a time devoid of real values and connection. This could be the thing you have been looking for and it’s weird that this is the way you’re going to find it.

Why: It’s not a cult. He’s just asking you to spend hundreds of dollars to listen to a 90-minute presentation on how you’ve lived too long among the demons and how you too can save your spirit from destruction with his alternative vision for life. It’s not a cult. He’s a cockney with his shirt open, so it’s not a cult.


1) Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 

4th-14th March

What: The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival is Australia’s largest fashion event, and an annual celebration of fashion, beauty, business and creative endeavour for everyone to enjoy. Established in 1997, the event stimulates and celebrates the Australian fashion industry whilst providing employment, networking and professional development opportunities for fashion, beauty, design, creative, marketing and retail industry professionals. A true feast for the senses, the Festival presents the most stylish program of entertainment on offer including world-class runway shows and parties featuring Australia’s established and emerging designers, state-of-the-art production, beauty workshops, interactive experiences, live entertainment and much more.

Why: We’re glad they followed the word ‘feast’ with the clarification ‘for the senses’. We’d hate to, by proxy, promise some form of edible, non-Ipecac-laced nutritive sustenance.

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