Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 04/08/2019

This week, Melbourne’s coming alive with festivals! None of which, as of yet, have been responsible for the deaths of teenagers (except perhaps the Hot Chocolate Festival, but the death-by-diabetes statistic doesn’t tend to come up often in sensationalist media).


10) Top Dog Film Festival 

7th August

What: A 2 hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people. This carefully curated program of short canine-themed films is comprised of the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent filmmakers around the globe.

Why: We can’t wait to see sweet old Cujo again.


9) Come From Away

4th August-10th November

What: Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony and Grammy nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein.

Why: We have to admit, we’re warming to this new trend of post-political scandal musicals. A poetic, jazzy refrain is a much more enjoyable ear-worm than ‘SNC-Lavalin’ or ‘incomprehensible tweet no. 8300’.


8) Extrasensory

10th August

What: At this event combining performance, storytelling, and experimentation, make sense of the world of the senses, and find the limits to your own. Learn about how our senses mingle in synesthetic experiences, and sometimes fool us with hallucinations. Can you avoid being tricked in the food sensory testing lab? Congratulate yourself with a drink from the bar, and discover why champagne is so bubblicious. Tune your ears, engage your nose, ready your tastebuds, and flex your fingers in preparation for an evening sure to be extra sensory.

Why: The organisers of this event should have made it clear that they are not responsible for any bodily sensations you may experience once you have left the premises.


7) Italian Cine-scapes #2: Honey/Miele

4th August

What: The IIC Melbourne, in collaboration with Palace Cinemas and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, presents the second edition of the successful series Italian Cine-scapes with a new exciting selection of movies that speak of inner and external landscapes showing both a long gone and contemporary Italy.

Why: Experience a culture beyond terrifying, quasi-racist pasta sauce puppets.


6) Hot Chocolate Festival

4th-29th August

What: Enjoy 31 hot new delicious and exotic hot chocolate flavours to warm up your winter. A selection of eight flavours will be available each day throughout the festival with each one served with an extra shot of hot couverture chocolate plus a handcrafted giant marshmallow.

Why: Write the above down. Send it to your doctor. Set an appointment for the end of the month. Check if your insurance covers insulin shots.


5) Craft Cubed Festival

4th-31st August

What: Now in its tenth year, the Craft Cubed Festival, a month-long, state-wide celebration of making, community and creative experimentation returns with a program embracing events, exhibitions and happenings from across the Victorian maker landscape. The theme of Crafting Culture invites the community to think about the ways in which the act of making connects and forges our cultural lives, be it across generations, across time, across geography. Expect both traditional and experimental interpretations of what it means to be involved in craft in 2019.

Why: Come one, come all to the sacred land of things Vinnie’s considers ‘unsaleable’.


4) Write on the Fringe Festival 

4th-10th August

What: Showcasing the work of local writers and visual artists from Bendigo and surrounds. Join the festival for workshops, speakers and performances, and enjoy artistic and literary exhibitions all from a local perspective. Something for everyone!

Why: Quirky? Too ‘quirky’ to be appreciated by those damn Writers Festivals? Well, look no further than the fringe (i.e. Bendigo). A week to tickle your typewriter (we know you have one and it wasn’t cheap), and stick it to the man.


3) Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne

8th-17th August

What: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is the largest festival of its kind in Australia, celebrating the best of Indian cinema in all its forms, from Bollywood’s Hindi blockbusters to regional cinemas in various languages and films from the Indian sub-continent. The theme of this year’s film festival is ‘courage’.

Why: One of the newest cultural fetishes of film-goers the world over is opening itself out face-ward, skyward, frontward and backward and you better get in damn quick to be able to consider yourself as one of the cultural elite who liked it before it was cool.


2) West Projections Festival

9th-18th August

What: West Projections Festival Inc. and Victoria University are proud to present the Festival in its sixth year. The artists involved have been invited to investigate their sense of place and their own definition of home using the eclectic canvas of Footscray, Seddon and West Footscray. The theme of ‘Home’ will be illuminated in shopfronts, bars, artist galleries and studios, public spaces, Victoria University campuses and laneways.

Why: A living monument to the capacity for contemporary artists to confuse and intimidate the living f-k out of tourists and Melbournians alike.


1) Melbourne International Film Festival 

4th-18th August

What: MIFF is one of the world’s oldest film festivals, alongside Cannes and Berlin. Presenting a curated global program of innovative screen experiences and the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking, MIFF is an accessible, iconic cultural event that provides transformative experiences for audiences and filmmakers alike.

Why: One of the oldest film festivals in the world is hobbling its way back onto the screens providing hundreds of contexts wherein you won’t have to figure out how to strap a secret whisky flask to your person without danger of spillage. In other words: it’s practically a film festival mandate to be buzzed 95% of the time.

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