Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 14/04/2019

Dreaming of summer? The incense-wielding drum-circling yogi in the tent probably has a cream for that.


10) Healthy Body and Soul Festival 

14th April

What: The Healthy Body & Soul Festival is an intimate and boutique event connecting you with the finest selection of exhibitors, psychics and therapists. A full day of speakers, meditations, etc for you to enjoy! Relax and explore, be inspired and pampered.

Why: Nothing makes you feel more intellectually superior than spending a day with people who have dedicated their lives to divining the future from shiny rocks.


9) Alkanofer Exhibition Season 3

18th April

What: A new media art exhibition featuring Melbourne’s 20 emerging artists and Melbourne based startup Alkanofer. They only handle authentic hand-made, limited and genuine artworks! Come and view them, ask about them and own them on their opening night event.

Why: The one thing that can one-up the ego of a new media contemporary artist is exploiting the exhibition in which their work is featured in a transparent Instagram post.


8) Bendigo Easter Antique Fair

20th April

What: Bendigo Easter Antique Fair is back and bigger than ever! With well over 20 dealers selling a wide range of wares it sure is an event not to be missed. The same wonderful and exciting fair that has been at Kangaroo Flat for well over 20 years!

Why: Invest in something mouldy and ancient that doesn’t actively spout racist epithets.


7) Art Battle

14th April

What: A live painting tournament showcasing local artists and connecting Melbourne to towns and cities around the world! Come watch as artists transform blank canvases into beautiful pieces of art in just 20 minutes, and then help vote to determine the winner of the event!

Why: Nothing says ‘legitimate artistic expression’ like a twenty minute time limit.


6) It Began in Africa: South African Wine Tasting

18th April

What: How is your South African wine knowledge? Does it need a little work? Well here is your chance to taste some of the best South African wines available in Australia. Importers EX AMINO and BRAVE NEW WORLD will be on hand showing 40 wines from across the Cape plus it will be a chance to load up the for the long Easter weekend.

Why: An area of knowledge so niche that if you memorise enough phrases from this night, everyone at every future party will assume you’re a legitimate member of the intelligentsia.


5) Carnival at Melbourne Easter Show

19th April

What: Can’t wait to get your thrills on? The Melbourne Easter Show Carnival Zone has all the rides to satisfy all your thrill needs, big or small! From the little through to the teens there’s a ride for everyone. Jumping castles,Trains, Chair-o-plane and more will keep your little ones busy, while the Cha-Cha, Alpine and Zorb Balls will thrill the socks off any teenager.

Why: This one’s strictly for the kids. Apparently surrendering your own future to an emotional, intellectual and financial death-hole isn’t enough.


4) Summer Dreaming: A Female-led Fest

14th April

What: Summer Dreaming is a new, female-led, alcohol-free music festival that celebrates the female and gender diverse music and creative talents of Melbourne’s inner North. Summer Dreaming was organised by a diverse and passionate group of young women dedicated to creating a music festival that tackles the gender imbalance in the creative industries and fosters a sense of true community. On one stage, Summer Dreaming will shine a spotlight on a predominantly female and gender diverse line-up, with a soft-pop sound.

Why: A music festival of soft pop without alcohol? That feels pretty damn imbalanced to us.


3) Sri Lankan Festival 

14th April

What: Comedian Dilruk Jayasinha will be hosting the Sri Lankan Festival Melbourne – a celebration that will bring together some of Sri Lanka’s favourite foods, cultural dance performances and musicians. No celebration is complete without Sri Lankan food and with a mouthwatering line up including kottu roti, deviled chicken, hoppers and so much more from food trucks like Taka Taka and Lankan Feast to food stalls like Drums Cafe, Raw Sip, and Kulfi Bar, this is sure to be a festival your tastebuds will not soon forget.

Why: Pretending to be culturally au fait whilst cramming your gut full of food is one of life’s greatest deceits and pleasures.


2) The Male Gayz Live

14th April

What: Special guest comedian Rhys Nicholson and award-winning gay kiwi comedians Eli Matthewson and Chris Parker are coming out… to Melbourne! This one-off live show will be an unmissable record of their hit podcast (and now, TVNZ web series) which has drawn huge popularity and critical acclaim for the humour, heart and honesty of these two queer boys’ rainbow journeys.

Why: A recommended podcast you’ll actually enjoy. Because you won’t have to experience it as a podcast.


1) Melbourne International Comedy Festival 

13th-21st April

What: An annual event, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival literally takes over Australia’s comedy capital, Melbourne, each autumn with an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts.

Why: Laugh with something other than bitter resentment. Unless you accidentally bought tickets to Dave Hughes.

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