Briefing Melbourne: 24 – 30 July

Monday 24 July – Sunday 30 July



Katsushika Hokusai is regarded as one of the most influential and creative minds in the history of Japanese art. For the first time in Australia, seven of Hokusai’s major series, including Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji and The Great Wave, are on display, as well as selected works representing his great passion for the classical subjects of birds and flowers and historical poetry.

Get in early for this one, sounds like it has already been quite busy!

When: 10am – 5pm daily, until 15 October

Where: NGV International

Tickets: Adult $16, Concession $13, Child $7, Senior Card only available Wednesday $13

Code Breakers

Press play on Code Breakers, the first Australian exhibition celebrating the achievements of women working in the games industry. Whether it’s making commercial hits or indie titles, these women know games, contributing as directors, programmers, developers, artists, writers, producers and designers.

When: Opens Tuesday 25 July, 10am – 5pm daily

Where: ACMI

Free entry!

The Omega Project

‘The Omega Project’ by street artist Rone remodels the last-home-standing at the site of the YarraBend Alphington housing development, for a unique exhibition.

When: 12pm – 5pm daily, until Sunday 30 July

Where: 28 Parkview Road, Alphington

Light projects across the city

Nite Art

Make a date with art and explore galleries, museums, artist-run initiatives and undiscovered spaces open long into the night. Free and open to all, Nite Art presents the work of more than 50 artists across 25 locations in the city. Curate your own night or join an Artwalk for an immersive experience of art up late in Melbourne.

When: Thursday 27 July, from 6pm

Where: venues across Melbourne including Craft, Nicolas Building, the Chin Chin laneway wall and Chapter House Lane. Check out the map on the website.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

In its 10th year, wander down to Gertrude Street to reimagine familiar spaces in new and inspired ways. It’s a collaborative, volunteer effort of artists and traders, residents and community groups all brought together by The Gertrude Projection Association.

The festival hub is located at Catfish, 30 Gertrude St. It will be open from 3pm Monday to Thursday and from midday Friday to Sunday.

When: 6pm – midnight, Friday 21 – Sunday 30 July

Where: Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Northside Winter Festival

The Northside Winter Festival celebrates everything unique about the precinct. This new 10-day festival brings the historic streets of North Melbourne to life with an exciting line up of live music, light projections, walking tours, pop-up cinemas, theatre, comedy retail markets, special dining experiences and local trader events.

The light projections begin on Thursday night and the festival hub will be open 5pm to 10pm Monday to Friday and 3pm to 10pm on weekends.

When: Thursday 27 July – Saturday 5 August

Where: Hub located at the Lithuanian Club, events going throughout Errol Street, Victoria Street, Queensberry Street and surrounding laneways

For the weekend

Run Melbourne Friendship Dash

Come together as one to walk, skip, run or jog over William Barak Bridge, around Melbourne’s iconic MCG, before heading back to Birrarung Marr. The event is free, non-competitive and untimed. All participants will receive a commemorative bracelet that celebrates Friendship & Run Melbourne.  There will be activities including face painting, free bungee trampoline and yoga at the finish line!

When: Saturday 29 July 10am

Where: Birrarung Marr

Free Entry!

Elegance of the Orient

International Music and Art Guild of Australia presents one of the best Chinese instrument ensembles from Beijing, Elegance of the Orient, featuring two acclaimed Pipa masters, Ms Gao Wei and Ms Wang Chaohui. The ensemble consists of 15 regular members and has toured more than 10 countries over the last 15 years.

When: 6:30pm – 8pm, Sunday 30 July

Where: Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Tickets: register online, gold coin donation at the door

Open House

Celebrating 10 years in 2017, the weekend invites the general public to explore outstanding public houses, commercial buildings and civic buildings. These buildings celebrate our rich culture, reflect our daily lives and offer insights to our future.

The printed programs are available at the Melbourne Visitor Centre and Readings stores for $19.95. Otherwise, the website can be filtered to show what buildings accessed without bookings on the day.

It’s best to plan ahead before you start if you plan on heading out for the weekend. But if not, you can follow the Open House twitter or Facebook page to see the best places with no lines on the day!

When: 10am – 4pm, Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July

Where: Various venues across Melbourne.


Local Insights

As part of the Greening Laneways in the City of Melbourne four laneways will be coming onto the scene! Guildford Lane, Meyers Place, Coromandel Place and Katherine Place are all currently getting facelifts with new plants and street art.

The featured photo this week is of Coromandel Lane.
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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