Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 25/08/2019

Channel your inner connoisseur. It’s the only way you’ll impress your father. Well…you won’t impress him. But you might get close.


10) Cheese & Wine Masterclass

31st August

What: Wine Selectors have sourced 12 of the best cheeses from around the globe to taste alongside the finest Australian examples, all matched to stunning Australian wines. Your hosts, Black Pearl Epicure’s General Manager and cheese expert Peter Gross, and Selector’s Paul Diamond, will guide you through the cheesemaking process, explain the vast array of cheese styles, and reveal the art of cheese and wine appreciation.

Why: Who knew stuffing cheese into your mouth whilst tearfully moaning about your father’s emotional distance could be considered an art?


9) Come From Away

25th 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) Animus Gin Masterclass

28th August

What: Come and learn all about craft Australian gin from the team at Animus Distillery. The distillers or as they like to call themselves Spirit Geeks, will take you through their entire range of gins and immerse you in the Animus story. Come and enjoy this fragrant spirit at the relaxed Garage Wine Store & Bar.

Why: The alcohol-pushers have claimed the mantle ‘geek’. It’s a lovely example of how the appropriation of a subset of a society’s culture doesn’t always have to be offensive.


7) The Battle of Bendigo: Jeff Horn vs Michael

31st August

What: Jeff Horn, Australia’s greatest active boxer makes his Victorian debut against tough Melbourne boxer, Michael Zerafa. The Battle of Bendigo for Horn is crucial. His team are in discussions for a world title in his next fight and a loss to Zerafa will destroy those aspirations. While for Zerafa a win will elevate him as the only Australian to beat Jeff Horn and put himself into contention for World Title glory.

Why:Apparently, two grown men literally beating the crap out of each other is life-affirming to some. Considering what the majority of grown men have been doing to each other on the world stage in recent history it’s hard to argue with that.


6) Father’s Day Whisky High Tea

31st August

What: Bring dad in for an indulgent affair of sweet and savoury delights with whisky infused treats and a paired whisky flight. A truly memorable experience for flavour aficionados!

Why: A fathers day event that doesn’t require you to sow extra pockets inside your jacket to stash the thing that makes your father’s views on politics and race tolerable.’s-Day-Whisky-High-Tea/56d36800-c2e7-11e9-b14f-a713526e5192


5) Hot Chocolate Festival

25th-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.


4) Gin, Wine Tasting & BBQ with Andrew Marks

31st August

What: Gin Society and The Local Drop have teamed up with local wine and gin maker, Andrew Marks. Andrew makes wines under Gembrook Hill and The Wanderer labels, and is also the man behind Melbourne Gin Company. Enjoy a showcase of both of his gins and a selected line up of his wines. There’ll gourmet snags on the BBQ and a selection of cheese from Harper & Blohm.

Why: Wine, Gin, processed meat. It’s a faster and far more meaningful way to go out than world war three precipitated by a tweet.


3) Craft Cubed Festival 

25th-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’.


2) Ballarat International Foto Biennale

25th August-20th October

What: The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is one of Australia’s pre-eminent photographic festivals. Pprogram 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.


1) Channels Festival: International Biennial of Video Art

25th August-15th September

What: The 2019 Channels Festival highlights Australian and international artists working across video and performance. The festival, curated by Kelli Alred, will present artworks that blur fact with fiction and deconstruct notions of belonging, complicity and resistance to challenge our understanding of difference, connectivity, power and place.

Why: We know. It reads like an HSC syllabus. But then again, wouldn’t it be a lovely thing to regress to that era when you could say ‘ugh, I just want to kill myself’, rather than, ‘I hope I can go to the movies without someone trying murder me’?

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