Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 21/03/2021

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10) The Improvised Superhero Movie

24th March

What: Love comic books? Love movies? Come check out what happens when the two spontaneously combine in ‘Issue 1: The Improvised Superhero Movie.’ It’s like DC and Marvel studios had an illegitimate baby and it was one of those hilarious babies in a viral video clip, and not one of those boring regular ones your friends have and make you look at pictures of. This show will, through an audience suggestion, use improvisation, comic book tropes, camera angles and creatively unique characters to tell the origin story of a superhero that’s never been seen before and may never be seen again.

Why: Recognise the value of Marvel.


9) Sanitary Secrets: Exhibition Opening

26th March

What: One hundred ‘pad ads’ from 1920 to 2020 will lead you to question the role of the designer in creating a shameful or liberating world for consumers. Visual communicators have an ethical obligation to not only design the world they want but to design a world for marginalised voices. Opening night includes a discussion with Jamal Hakim and designers Amber Bonney and Reg Abos and performance from drag queen Bae L’Amour.

Why: Every lazy, offensive 90s parody of a university feminist in one handy exhibition.


8) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

21st March onwards

What: The magic has begun in Melbourne’s East End Theatre District. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a “wildly imaginative continuation of J.K. Rowling’s wizardry saga” (The Hollywood Reporter). Prepare to experience a thrilling new adventure that the Herald Sun Melbourne calls “Spellbinding – Like nothing on earth”.

Why: We haven’t read or seen it yet. Fingers crossed “the cursed child“ isn’t some reference to Rowling’s latest fun opinions concerning the transgender community.


7) Imaginaria

24th March onwards

What: Are you ready to step into the future? Imaginaria at The District Docklands brings you a celebration of imagination, technology and play. Fully interactive bespoke sounds, scents and lights activate in response to your movement as you walk, slide and glide through the dreamlike landscapes. Walk into a giant inflatable bubble, navigate a futuristic light maze or jump into a cosmic abyss. Check your shoes in at the departure lounge and prepare to venture into another dimension.

Why: If you can imagine something more olfactorily powerful than athlete’s foot it will help.


6) Jazz in the Hangar with James Morrison

28th March

What: Experience an extraordinary afternoon of music on Sunday with the legendary multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and his band at the Kirkhope Aviation Hangar with Jake Barden on Saxophone. This will be an afternoon filled with great music, great stories and some beautiful aircrafts on display.

Why: You’ll have technically seen Jim Morrison in concert. You don’t have to mention the trumpet part.


5) XR Autumn Resistance

22nd-28th March

What: Extinction Rebellion Victoria will be disrupting Melbourne as part of a coordinated national Rebellion. This is a critical act of non-violent civil disobedience, to disrupt business as usual, and draw attention to the climate and ecological emergency we are facing and that the government is ignoring – endangering the lives of all of us, and all future generations of life.

Why: You can’t tell us this won’t be entertaining.


4) The JaimZ Project: Live

25th March

What: The JaimZ Project is a dynamic and exciting 5-piece instrumental band that combines the spirit of jazz with the textures of groove, fusion and Latin. The band performs a collection of original compositions and iconic jazz- fusion covers, featuring strong melodies, diverse rhythms and rich harmonies. Experience them live.

Why: Come on shake your body, baby, release those airborne pathogens.


3) Free Movies at Fed Square: Stand By Me

27th March

What: The Big Screen at Fed Square is lighting up this summer with a stack of classic films, and they’re all completely free. This iteration will feature Stand By Me.

Why: Watch a crowd of 20-something-year-olds pretend they remember the 80s.


2) Melbourne Design Week 

26th March-5th April

What: In 2021, Melbourne Design Week explores the theme ‘design the world you want’ where designers demonstrate how they can collaborate to create a better and healthier future for the planet. Over eleven days, Melbourne Design Week presents emerging and established designers to address the theme in an array of talks, tours, workshops, exhibitions and launches across Melbourne and Victoria. Through this, it celebrates the diversity of the Australian design and architectural sector offering both industry professionals and design enthusiasts the opportunity to engage with individuals, institutions and practices at the vanguard of design world-wide. The design festival is complemented by specially curated programs: Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne Design Week Film Festival and Waterfront.

Why: The pandemic has us all reflecting on what we truly value and the essential truths to which we ascribe. But it’s pretty much over, so it’s time to d**k around with crafts again!


1) Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 

21st-31st March

What: The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is back – bringing you some of the longest-running festival favourites and a handful of new events, plus events in restaurants and bars all over town. Close to 50 events are happening in restaurants and other venues all around Melbourne, with tickets to suit all budgets. Choose from pasta-making workshops, riesling and Thai dinners, one-off chef collaborations and more, as you get out there and support local hospitality businesses.

Why: You’ve been edging closer and closer to that heart attack with your COVID melted cheese on gin-soaked coco-pops diet. Well, restrictions are over. It’s time you classed-up your coronary.

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