Briefing Melbourne: 10 July – 16 July

Monday 10 July – Sunday 16 July


Brave New World: Australia 1930s

Explore this turbulent decade, the Depression and its aftermath, nationalism and body culture, the growing awareness of Indigenous rights, the celebration of technological progress and its antithesis in nostalgia for pastoralism, the changing role of women and increasing anxiety about modern lifestyles, and ultimately the spectre of another world war. During this decade women artists came to the fore as leaders of the modern movement, Abstraction, Surrealism and Expressionism first made their mark, and conservative forces waged a bitter battle against modern art.

When: 10am – 5pm, opens Friday 14 July until 15 October

Where: NGV Australia

Tickets: $12 adult, $8 concession, $5 children (5-15 years), $30 family (2+3)

Featured: Australian Jazz Tunes

Enjoy the music of the 1930s with Jon Delaney performing jazz guitar in the exhibition space.

When: 1pm, Saturday 15 July

Tickets: included in exhibition entry


Nelson Mandela Day

Pay homage to Mr Mandela’s extraordinary humanitarian values and leadership with a celebration of music, dance, spoken word and more.

When: 2pm – 6pm, Saturday 15 July

Where: Federation Square

Mozart & Boccherini

As part of the Mozart Festival, explore the NGV while the MSO performs excerpts of Mozart’s classics and experts discuss the portrait of Luigi Boccherini, a cellist, composer and contemporary of Mozart. This will be followed by a free showing of ‘In Search of Mozart’ at 3:15pm.

Times: 2pm, Saturday 15 July

Where: Level 2, NGV International

Free, no bookings required

Bastille Day

Celebrate all things French! With something for everyone, this event will have food and drinks, conferences, workshops, an art exhibition, live performances, masterclasses, a kids’ area and prizes to win on the day.

When: 10am – 5pm, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July

Where: Meat Market, North Melbourne

Entry: $2

Air Force Band: Escapades

Listen to music from the film ‘Catch Me If you Can’ with leading Aircraftman, Stuart Byrne showcasing the versatility of the saxophone in the beautiful Melbourne Town Hall

When: 2pm – 3pm, Sunday 16 July, doors open 1:30pm

Where: Melbourne Town Hall

Entry: free


Finders Keepers Market

The Finders Keepers Market features over 250 independent art and design stalls from across Australia. There will be clothes, jewellery, craft, gifts and much more. You will also get the opportunity to visit the Royal Exhibition Building for a steal!

Times: 5pm – 10pm Friday 14 July, 10am – 6pm Saturday 15 July, 10am – 5pm Sunday 16 July

Where: Royal Exhibition Building

Entry: $2 or free for under 12’s

Indian Festival Melbourne

Queen Street will be transformed into the famous Chandri Chowk Market of Delhi. Surround yourself with colours, traditional music, delicious food, crafts and cultural displays. Learn how to use authentic Indian spices through cooking demonstrations, or join a Bollywood dance workshop!

When: 9am – 3pm Saturday 15 July, 9am – 4pm Sunday 16 July

Where: Queen Victoria Market

School Holidays

Captain Cook’s Compass Trail

Follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook’s first voyage as you explore Captain Cook’s parents home straight from England. This self-guided adventure teaches kids to use a compass by searching for hidden clues that will lead them to lost items.

Times: 9am – 4:30pm daily, until Sunday 16 July

Where: Cook’s Cottage, Fitzroy Gardens

Entry: $6 children (including compass), $6.50 adults, $20 family of four

ECOCITY Summit Community Hub

Come along to the Hub at the Melbourne Town Hall during ECOCITY World Summit week between 10am and 4pm. You will find information on City of Melbourne sustainability initiatives and fun FREE holiday activities for little eco warriors.

Activities: Play with Trash Puppets (on Tuesday), become a park ranger (11am-1pm on Wednesday, ages 5-12), explore the biodiversity benefits of understory plants (Wednesday 2pm-4pm) and make Baluk Bush Toys (on Thursday and Friday)


The free children’s tickets come with plenty of activities on the day, including Macca’s Kick 2 Kick, Lego Play Zones, family activities inside and outside the grounds, photo opportunities with team mascots, prize giveaways and affordable food specials to enjoy.

When: Every Sunday until 27 August

Where: MCG and Etihad Stadium

Tickets: valid for kids under 15 with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Planning Ahead

Open House Weekend is Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July. This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of the weekend so they have specially designed covers for the book. It is $19.95 and currently available at the Melbourne Visitor Centre and Readings bookshops.

If you want to book tours for any of the venues, bookings open at 8:30am on Monday 17 July. I recommend checking out the listings as some venues are by bookings only.

Handy Hints

There is now an digital ticket lottery for Aladdin shows! The lottery opens every Wednesday for performances 2 weeks in advance. Winners can get up to two tickets and are notified by email on Thursday of the following week, giving you 48 hours to complete purchase.

My friend did this last week and scored tickets for tonight so definitely worth a try!


The bollards at Federation Square, Bourke Street Mall and other areas around the city have been a point of contention over the last couple of weeks. Whether you love them or hate them, there is no denying that the creativity and ingenuity of Melbournian’s exceeds all expectations. From chess sets to Melbourne Football scarves, there is something comforting about brightening the bollards.


As always, if you have any tips about Melbourne or have something  you would like to see come up on the weekly Briefing Melbourne let me know. Always looking for new and fun things to do around the city!

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