Briefing Melbourne: 31 July – 5 August

Monday 31 July – Sunday 5 August


Northside Winter Festival

The Northside Winter Festival is bringing the streets of North and West Melbourne to life this winter with an exciting lineup of live music, walking tours, pop-up cinemas, theatre, comedy, retail markets, dining experiences and local trader events.

There is a program on their Facebook page.

Festival market

When: 5pm – 9pm Friday and 9am – 4pm Saturday

Where: The Ballroom, Raglan Street

Craft Cubed

Experience exhibitions, workshops, markets, talks and open studios. There is something for anyone interested in textiles, jewellery, glass or ceramics.

This years festival will focus on Crafting Communities, aiming at showcasing this through diverse and multi-disciplinary practice, hidden networks and contemporary craft. There are exhibitions and events across the city. check out the program online or collect a Craft Cubed booklet at the hub or Melbourne Visitor Centre.

When: Tuesday 1 August – 31 August

Hub: Craft Australia, 45 Collins Street

Leempeeyt Weeyn’

Fitting with the traditions of many cultures, the Leempeeyt Weeyn’, meaning ‘campfire’ in the Gunditjmara language group of Western Victoria, is central to Melbourne’s winter celebrations.
There will be an opening on Saturday with an Indigenous Welcome to Country and the campfire will burn continuously for three weeks. Be mesmerised by the fire as it becomes the centre of live performances, storytelling, learning and sharing over the course of Fed Square’s winter program.

When: Campfire will be lit Saturday 5 August, burn for three weeks

Where: Federation Square

Melbourne International Film Festival

With hundreds of films to choose from, you really need to spent some time studying the program, or head down to the MIFF box office and get some recommendations. You can grab printed programs at the festival venues, Melbourne Visitor Centre and the Bourke Street Mall Visitor Booth.

When: opens Thursday 3 August, until 20 August

Hub: Level 1, ACMI at Federation Square

Hub opening hours: 10am – beginning off last session

Tickets: prices vary, generally under $20/ticket


Game Changers: Diversity in Football

Explore Indigenous and multicultural representation in the AFL and in the hugely successful Women’s League in this new exhibition. It features stories from the Western Bulldogs Football Club, the 2016 Premiers from Melbourne’s diverse inner west, including players Lin Jong and Jason Johannisen.

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

Where: Immigration Museum

Tickets: $14 adults, free concession/senior/children

Dark Side of Fashion

This exhibition takes a critical look behind the scenes of the fashion industry and consumer habits, presented by RMIT Gallery and Goethe-Institut. In response, the exhibition’s Slow Fashion Studio explores new fashion practices and experiences to bring about positive change, featuring work students from RMIT Fashion and Textiles.

If you watched War on Waste earlier this year, this one will speak to you.

When: 11am – 5pm Monday – Friday, 12pm – 5pm Saturday, until 9 September

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston St


Madame Brüssels Lane European Night Market

Wrap yourselves up in scarves and winter woolies and head down the laneway as it comes to life. Browse stalls, listen to tunes spun by the laneway’s resident DJ Cobbler, sip mulled wine and grab a snack – Polish dumplings, German sausages, French crepes or something equally delicious.

Enjoy  live music, entertainment, a digital artwork by artist Collagism and a festive atmosphere that will have everyone greeting the weekend with a new-found enthusiasm.

When: 4pm – 10:30pm, every Friday night in August

Where: Madam Brussels Lane

Live Music

Fed Square Live

Taking Fed Square Live to the winter months for the very first time, Fed Square and ACMI present a series of five free concerts throughout August. Nestled into the upper plaza and ACMI Bar & Café, this music series will engage local and emerging artists, from a number of genres. The first performance will be Rya Park and Au Dré.

When: 7pm, every Thursday in August

Where: Main Stage, Federation Square


This is the second Nocturnal event at the Museum and it is one that I would highly recommend. Grab a glass of wine, nibble some cheese and explore the exhibitions you haven’t been to since high school. To top it off, you can boogie to live performances from sellout Melbourne bands Gold Class, RVG and a DJ set from Millú.

When: 6pm – 11pm Friday 4 August (first Friday of the month)

Where: Melbourne Museum

Tickets: $25 online, $35 on the door

The featured photo this week is Bunjil’s Nest where we listened to Koorie Elders recite the story of Bunjil singing the Country, Law and Kulin peoples into being at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre.


As always, if you have any tips about Melbourne to share let me know, I am always looking for new and fun things to do around the city!

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