Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 02/02/2020

It’s the twilight of humanity and there’s still 6 hours of contemporary dance to endure.


10) Dessert 4 Difference Bushfire Fundraiser

8th February

What: A collaboration that brings you a night filled with plated desserts from some of Melbourne’s best pastry chefs; Rod Shokuhi (Sixtene Melbourne, Jacques Reymond Restaurant, Stones of the Yarra Valley, Natural Tucker Bakery) and Santiago Cuyugan (Head Chocolatier Bibelot, Savour Patissier of the Year Winner). Help raise money for the much needed bushfire victims through raffles, desserts and donations as every cent goes to the Australian Red Cross. With the evening held at picturesque Miss Pryor Cafe in Eltham guests can expect to enjoy house made mocktails, sweet canapes, 4 courses of stunning desserts and a live performance by industry heavy weight cover-band Fluid Live!

Why: The second-most ethical way to develop diabetes. The first-most involves a charity that actually uses the money to aid the victims.


9) Botanicals and Brews

8th February

What: Meet Boatrocker founder Matt Houghton and their head distiller Joel Robertson and sample their wares in cocktails by their inhouse mixologist. Start with a classic gin and tonic on arrival, then embark on a journey discovering the secret upstairs spaces at PAs whilst sampling cocktails made from small batch craft spirits and beers.

Why: One of the few evenings with two guys named Matt and Joel to occur on this earth that won’t end up in manslaughter-by-hazing.


8) Uncle-8 x SakeBox: Stik + Sake To Me

7th March

What: For one night only, Melbourne’s new urban hot spot Uncle-8 and SakeBox come together to bring you Stik + Sake To Me. Come to this Friday sunset sesh to sip refreshing summer Chu-hai and fill up on perfectly grilled Izakaya bites. All sales from Rising Sun-gria Signature Chu-hai will be donated to Wildlife Victoria for Bushfire Relief.

Why: Alcoholism to aid the bushfire crisis. Looks like two wrongs can make a right.


7) Prahran Summer Jam

8th February

What: The Summer Jam is a celebration of Australia’s booming basketball culture starring the biggest names in the Australian and international streetball and slam-dunk scene. Prahran Summer Jam offers the best elements of a summer block party with DJs, MCs, live artists, open air bars, food trucks, prizes and more. This two-day family friendly festival is a roaring celebration of basketball and street culture.

Why: Apparently Australia has a booming basketball culture. The more you know.


6) The National Sustainable Living Festival

2nd-29th February

What: The National Sustainable Living Festival is not just an event, it is a movement of change-makers. Its mission is simple: accelerate the uptake of sustainable living and to seek solutions to global warming. With over 100,000 visits every year, the event is the largest sustainability festival in Australia — and not just in numbers, but also in impact. By showcasing cutting-edge solutions to ecological and social challenges, the Festival fosters and provides tools for the change we want to see and the difference we want to make in the world. Be part of the action — and join the sustainability movement with a month of workshops, talks, demonstrations, artworks, exhibitions, films and live performances. This year, they are shaking things up by featuring a new Climate Week program highlighting climate-focused events and exhibits in Melbourne and all across Victoria.

Why: We assume those 100,000 visitors each travel to the event via vehicles that don’t hurt mother earth. Individual go carts powered by their own sense of self satisfaction, for example.


5) Arts at Twilight

8th & 9th February

What: After a sell-out inaugural event in 2019, Arts at Twilight is back for a two-night season featuring live arts entertainment, food trucks and audience members enjoying the show from the comfort of their picnic blankets under the stars.

Why: Pay money to sit on the ground in a field with children and contemporary dance performers. Because traditional forms of masochism eventually get dull.


4) High Country Comeback

2nd February

What: Enjoy a beautiful showcase of food, wine, experiences, goodies and entertainment on offer in the North East of Victoria. Come and show support of this bushfire affected community by showing up with your #emptyesky and help revive the region.

Why: Nothing reeks more of perfect morality with no ulterior motives like cramming your gullet full of meat and wine…for a good cause.


3) Melbourne Russian Festival

8th February

What: Only for one day, one of the most iconic places of Melbourne, the Royal Exhibition Building, will be turned into a traditional Russian village for a sensational day of delicious food, stunning performances, and unique masterclasses. The festival will showcase traditional Russian culture in a lively, exciting atmosphere. It will include Russian dancing, music and entertainment, food stalls with authentic cuisine and a beer garden, beautiful arts and crafts, colourful Russian decorations and costumes, interactive activities and games, a children’s village with fun activities for the whole family, and unique masterclasses, featuring some of the well-known traditional folk crafts, many of which are centuries old and cannot be found elsewhere.

Why: A vision of the folksier side of an annexed WWIII Australia.


2) Geelong Rainbow Festival

4th-9th February

What: The third annual Geelong Rainbow Festival is back bigger and better than ever so book your accommodation, get your fabulous outfits sorted and gather your crew for a huge week of rainbow fun! This year’s festival features the Geelong Pride Film Festival’s Rainbow Shorts, ballroom dancing, an LGBTIQ+ family violence workshop, a GRF Health Forum, opening night at Piano Bar, Saturday brunch, a dance party, a pride march, fair day and much more!

Why: Possibly one of the only ways left in which to see a rainbow in this apocalyptic climatic wasteland.


1) Midsumma Festival

2nd-9th February

What: Midsumma Festival is Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural festival, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences. The festival program is made up of diverse art forms and genres, including visual arts, live music, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, parties, sport, social events, and public forums. Featuring over 194 events in 2020, with involvement by over 5000 culture-makers in over 100 different venues across Melbourne and wider Victoria to anticipated audiences of over 284,000.

Why: A far superior way to say “F**k ScoMo”.

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