Briefing Melbourne: 19 June – 25 June

Monday 19 June – Sunday 25 June


A Night at the Nicholas

Explore the 9 story Nicholas building filled with art studios, shops and exhibition spaces. You can grab a drink, meet designers and wander through the shops including Vintage Sole, Obus, Kuwaii and Retrostar. From the top floor you will have a brilliant view of the city.

When: 5pm – 9pm Thursday 22 June

Where: Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street Melbourne

Gold coin donation

Winter Solstice Light Show

The incredible 888 Collins Street is fitted with solar lighting across the outside paneling. For five nights this week, the building will be showing a festive light display of weather forecasts and the nights sky to celebrate Winter Solstice on Wednesday 21 June. Best viewed from Buluk Park in Docklands.

When: every hour from 5pm – midnight, Tuesday 20 June – Sunday 25 June

Where: 888 Collins Street, Docklands


University of Melbourne Farmers Market

Head to the market for your midweek groceries with produce from across regional Victoria. While you are there, spend some time exploring the beautiful grounds of Melbourne University with the Billibellary’s Walk.

When: 10:30am – 2:30pm, every Wednesday

Where: Union Lawn, University of Melbourne

Melbourne Design Market

There will be fashion, jewellery, homewares, furniture, craft, bags and textiles from designers across the world.

When: 10am – 5pm, Sunday 25 June

Where: Level 3 carpark, Federation Square

Free entry

Weekend Events

Friends Garden Book Sale

Get some second-hand, priceless expert knowledge on gardening at a book sale with the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens. If you’ve ever wanted to obtain that elusive green thumb, this could be your moment!

When: 10am – 3pm, Saturday 24 June

Where: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens

Second World War Swing

After picking up some gardening gems, head over to the Shrine while the six piece jazz group, the Air Force Band pay two-hour long performances.

When: 12pm – 1pm and 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Sunday 25 June

Where: Shrine of Remembrance

Cost: $5, book online or turn up on the day if not sold out.

While you are there, head up to the top of the Shrine to get amazing views of Melbourne or check out some of the exhibitions about Australians at war.

Refugee Week

When: Sunday 18 June –  Saturday 24 June

Winter Solstice Courtyard

Head down to see Hiatus Kaiyote and soul musician Nad Palm play in the forecourt of the Immigration museum while enjoying mulled wine, spiced chocolate and food trucks.

When: 5pm – 9pm, Friday 23 June

Where: Immigration Museum

Cost: Entry to courtyard free and museum entry half price on the day

For more events listed for Refugee Week and World Refugee Day, check out last week’s Briefing Melbourne.

Festival of Welcome

Celebrating winter solstice (a few days late), Federation Square will play host to a lineup of fantastic live music throughout the afternoon featuring Dan Sultan at 7:15pm. There will also be food trucks.

When: 3pm – 8pm, Saturday 24 June

Where: Federation Square

Exhibition updates: Van Gogh at the NGV

Van Gogh has been mega crowded so if you are planning a visit (which I recommend), plan ahead and book in advance. It has also been extended.

9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

8am – 5pm Saturday/Sunday

The exhibition will be open 10pm – 10pm Saturday 8 July – Sunday 9 July. Following this, it was be open 8am – 11pm Monday 10 July – Wednesday 11 July.

This week’s NGV Friday night with The Blackeyed Susans is already booked out.

Melbourne Facts

Did you know that the first feature-length film in the world was made in Melbourne?  In 1906 ‘The Story of the Kelly Gang was produced, running for over an hour and followed the lives of the original Aussie hipster, Ned Kelly. It was first shown in the Athenaeum Hall which still stands in Collins Street as a live theatre venue.


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