Briefing Melbourne: 8 August – 13 August

Tuesday 8 August – Sunday 13 August


Supreme Court Library

Our tours offer an opportunity to learn more about the library and its place in the Supreme Court. After the tour, you can spend some time to view the exhibitions and take in the beautiful surrounds under the dome of the Supreme Court Library

Where: Supreme Court Library

Times: 1:15pm, Tuesday 8 August (every second Tuesday of the month)

Register online or turn up on the day

Note: The library is open to the public 8:30am – 6pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am – 5pm Friday.


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: The campfire is burning 24 hours until 20 August

Where: Federation Square

Art of Science

See the beautiful and bizarre images created and captured by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute scientists at this free exhibition. Experience a stunning insight into the intriguing world of biomedical research as experienced by our world-class cancer, infectious disease and immune disease researchers.

When: 10am – 6pm, Friday 11 August until 20 August

Where: Main Square, Federation Square

Ongoing Activities

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 Ariela Jacobs and Mike Waters.

When: 7pm, every Thursday in August

Where: ACMI bar and cafe, Federation Square

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

Queen Victoria Winter Night Market

Pull on your winter woolies and head up to the Vic Market for great food, music and  mulled wine. Nab a spot next to one of the warm fires and enjoy the ambiance.

When: 5pm-10pm, starts Wednesday 7 June (every Wednesday)

Where: Queen Victoria Market

For the Weekend

Dancing Sculpture

Ecstatic, theatrical and sensual – experience modern dance and its transformation of movement and gesture in the twentieth century with performances Gertrud Bodenwieser’s The Demon Machine (1924) performed by VCA Dancers and Carol Brown’s Acts of Becoming (1995).

Times: 3pm Friday 11 August, 3pm Saturday 12 August, 12pm/3pm Sunday 13 August

Where: Level 3 Foyer, NGV Australia

Free entry

Living Science at the Market

Head to the Market to explore the relationships between food, science, innovation, technology and the environment. Interactive presentations, hands-on activities for adults and children, shows and demonstrations run throughout the day.

Times: 10am – 4pm, Sunday 13 August

Where: Queen Victoria Market

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Celebrate 70 years of Indian independence by joining community members in dancing, feasting and colour!

Times: from 11am, Saturday 12 August

Where: Federation Square

Togetherness: Community Choir

Children and families, come along to ACCA to collaborate and learn how to perform a song together with the First Chorus Band of Singers

Where: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Times: 11:30am – 1:30pm, Saturday 12 August

Tickets: Free

Melbourne Facts

Before we had eftpos machines and credit cards, the Lamson Cash Tube system was the main cash transfer system in large department stores like Myer. From the cash register the sales assistant would input the transaction, place the cash into a tube and send it to a main exchange before receiving the change by the same process.

You can still see an example of this system on level 6 of Myer in the Bourke Street Mall, its pretty amazing! It is located outside the Myer Mural Hall, unfortunately now only used as a function room and only accessible for Open House Weekend.


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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