Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 06/10/2019

Get revved up for this week. You’ll need a lot of mental horsepower to sustain the will to live through a 2 hour childrens’ book festival.


10) National Swap Day

6th October

What: This year will be the ninth annual National Swap Day and to commemorate the day, The Clothing Exchange will host clothing swaps. National Swap Day is the biggest swap on the calendar and it’s a great time to share the joys of swapping. Bring up to eight items and celebrate the global phenomenon of swapping over a glass of bubbles and nibbles!

Why: Bored of being internally riddled with your own strain of mould? Sample someone else’s!


9) Ultimate Fighting Championship 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya

6th October

What: Australia’s first UFC champion, middleweight Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker, will defend his 185-pound belt against interim title holder, Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya, in a five-round championship bout.

Why: It’s strangely comforting experiencing barbarism without an accompanying hailstorm of complex morality. Just two idiots beating the crap out of each other.


8) Kids Book Fest: Listen Up! Speak Up!

12th October

What: The Little Bookroom is thrilled to present Kids Book Fest in partnership with Yarra Libraries: they are taking over the entire Fitzroy Town Hall to celebrate the magic of storytelling! Enjoy two hours of discussion and performances that will engage and inspire young readers and writers to speak up!

Why: Then enjoy six hundred thousand hours of increasing illiteracy as iPads replace all major independent brain functions.!-Speak-Up!/58e52820-e661-11e9-b14f-a713526e5192


7) Ballarat International Foto Biennale

6th-20th October

What: The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is one of Australia’s pre-eminent photographic festivals. Program highlights include To the Moon and Back, in recognition of the Apollo moon landing 50 years ago, A History of Misogyny, Chapter One: On Abortion, a stark look at women’s reproductive rights, and Adi Nes’s homoerotic portraiture, which delves into questions of gender, masculinity and humanism.

Why: One of the few events that features the art of photography in which your data won’t be sold at a major profit. Though if you do decide to use Instagram while you’re there, that’s your prerogative.


6) United Energy Around the Bay

6th October

What: United Energy Around the Bay is the best day you’ll have on the bike all year! With nine ride options between 20km and the full 300km loop, there’s a route for everyone to enjoy. Best of all, kids under 15 ride free for the 20km and 50km ride options! Everyone’s invited back to the Albert Park event village to celebrate with food trucks, live music, kids activities and much more!

Why: Celebrate a 300km loop on a pollution-free mode of transport with a smokey engine-fume flavoured taco.


5) Chelsea Handler: Life Will Be The Death of Me Tour 

7th October

What: Fresh from her 27-date tour in the US, this brand-new stand up show is classic Chelsea Handler. The brash candour and self-deprecating humour that fuelled her previous bestselling essays collections and wildly successful TV shows is here in spades. Regarded as one of the most successful figures in entertainment today, Chelsea Handler’s talk shows, best-selling books and stand-up comedy have attracted millions of fans worldwide.

Why: If there’s one way to measure how good a stand up comedian is, it’s by what they said to 50 cent on their talk show.


4) Italian Cine-scapes #2: Indivisible/Indivisibili

6th October

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.


3) Hans Zimmer – Live on Tour

7th October

What: With a career that spans several decades, and a resume that includes The Dark Knight trilogy, Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, Interstellar, Inception, Blue Planet II, The Amazing Spiderman 2, The Simpsons Movie, Pirates of The Caribbean, The Da Vinci Code, Black Hawk Down and The Lion King, there remains few areas of cinema untouched by Zimmer’s musical genius. Combining stunning visuals, an expansive lightshow and music from cinematic masterpieces of the past several decades, ‘Hans Zimmer Live’ is an experience not to be missed.

Why: All the greatest, most emotionally affecting moments of cinema that crafted your childhood and stoked the flames of your impassioned youth. Experience that but without the story part and just the disassociated accompanying soundtrack. After all, there’s nothing historically troubling about a piece of music removed from its original context and venerated in a…different one.


2) Motorclassica

11th-13th October

What: Motorclassica stands on the world’s stage as Australasia’s largest and most prestigious concours d’elegance and exhibition of classic and new exotic and prestige cars and motorcycles. In this it’s 10th year, Motorclassica draws an affluent and engaged audience from around Australia and abroad for three days in celebration of the motoring lifestyle. Hosted in the world heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and its surrounds, more than 500 vehicles mix with fine food and wine, cinema, educational displays and more than 100 trade exhibitors. Key features for 2019 include the annual outdoor club sandwich activation, gourmet food and wine, VIP Lounge, tributes to Bentley, Alvis, Citroen and Abarth and special guest ambassador, Sandra Button, the Director of the prestigious and world-leading Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, USA.

Why: If there’s one thing we know about the Mad Max dystopia we’re heading into as a result of carbon-monoxide-belching vehicles and industry, it’s that you’ll need to have a bitchin’ ride.


1) Melbourne International Arts Festival

6th-20th October

What: Provoking and inspiring, Melbourne International Arts Festival seeks to connect art forms, people and ideas. At the heart of Melbourne’s culture of creativity, it curates unique experiences that bring people together and break new ground in culture and the arts.

Why: There’s nothing more unique than experiencing random explosions of unsolicited live performance art in Melbourne.

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