Bells, Bells, Bells
Hear the bells at St Michael’s Uniting Church, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Federation Bells chime in unison to signal the start and finale of White Night. Make a visit to the NGV International where you can see the Melbourne Now exhibition, listen to the music outdoors, or get the kids busy with some family-friendly activities. On your way out, don’t miss the Tattooed City projections on the walls of the NGV. Alternatively, if you want to start big, head straight to Client Liaison at the Northern Lights Music Stage and boogie to some synth-pop-meets-swing.
The skies will be starting to darken enough for the Wonderland precinct to start lighting up properly. See as your usual commute route and its office buildings are transformed into a moving mass of light and colour by The Electric Canvas. Head towards RMIT to check out Purple Rain and be absorbed in the amazing visual and sound installation.
Molecular Kaleidoscope – Virus One Billion Times
Biomedical animator Drew Berry has blown up images of human virus cells a billion times and animated the cells into a giant 360-degree projection that will be projected on to the State Library’s dome. Herpes, HIV, papilloma, polio, small pox and the flu are never nice things to think about, but you’ll be amazed at how fascinating and even beautiful these nasty diseases can be when shifted from a medical narrative to an artistic one. If all that microbiology makes you hungry, Taco Truck, Beatbox Kitchen and more food trucks will be waiting in the Wonderland precinct.
Get Creeped out at the Cabinet of Curiosities
Among the spectacles in this over-18s-only venue at the Forum Theatre will be Lisa Roat’s Monkey Heart featuring footage from her own heart surgery and gnarly videos of artist Stelarc’s body suspension acts and videos of surgeries he’s done to his own body.
City of Lights
Check out the Crepuscular Beam by Paul Collison and Russell Goldsmith. Not unlike Hobart’s tower of light by Ryoji Ikeda switched on as part of Dark MoFo last year, visitors will be able to walk through the lights at Alexandra Gardens and the light will be visible for miles out of the CBD. Also check out The Vortex – a portal of light on the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge guiding your way to south of the river.
Boogie down at I Could Have Danced All Night
Featuring 12 different styles of dance from Bollywood to West African, midnight is all about go-go as dancers from Anna’s Go-Go Academy bust a move on stage and take you through each shimmy and groove.
After that you surely will have worked up an appetite for a midnight snack. There are plenty of eateries that will be staying open (subject to demand on the night), including Chin Chin, Nieuw Amsterdam, Shebeen, The Toff, Supper Inn and plenty more; along with scattered mobile food vendors like White Guy Cooks Thai, Smoking Barry BBQ, Hoy Pinoy and Yogurddiction.
Jazz sounds best after midnight. Boasting some of the best jazz musicians in the country (Eugene Ball, for starters), The Hoodangers bring a bit of everything from turn-of-the-century New Orleans jazz to pop, but always with a vibrant energy. They’ll be taking the J + R&B Music Stage at Bourke Street Mall from 1am.
Spend a good hour or two at ACMI. Entry is free to the ongoing exhibitions as well as the ones held for White Night. Get euphoric at the Vladmaster Viewmaster Experience. Everyone in the audience will be handed a ViewMaster viewer and a set of disks. Participants will then be guided through the simultaneous experience with narration, sound effects and cues to change images. After that, sidle over to Title: Sequence, a compiled program of some of the most epic and inventive opening title sequences in film ever produced.
Wander around the bucolic surrounds of the Queen Victoria Gardens and discover Arcadian Reverie, a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring works from a mix of local and international artists inspired by the pleasure gardens of the 18th century. Take your time with it – there are hidden artworks between flowerbeds and behind trees to find.
Next, check out the FashGif projections nearby at Rainbow Alley where Greta Larkins’ runway gifs will be taken off Tumblr and onto to the streets. Then make your way down to Young Prayer, an installation that will involve an electric guitar repeatedly lifted and dropped in a bizarre representation of punk and rock’n’roll culture at St Michael’s Uniting Church. We suspect there won’t be much left of the guitar by 4am, but it’ll still be worth seeing.
See authors at work as they reach the last few chapters of The Book Of The Night. Writers will have their progress projected on a screen as they write. At 5am, it will be blogger and online editor of Writers Bloc, Sam van Zweden’s turn.
Fraser A Gorman & Big Harvest is the last act on the bill at the Northern Lights Music Stage, so you know there’s going to be big energy. Walk back along towards the Yarra as the sun rises at about 6.30am, or head towards the Princes Bridge where the illuminated White Night letters will have transformed from monochrome to a full burst of colour.
You made it. As the bells chime for the last time you’re probably feeling a satisfying sense of camaraderie with the sleepy-looking people standing around you. Time to head back and get some sleep (and tell all your friends who stayed home what they missed).
(These words are courtesy of Broadsheet Melbourne and I do not claim them in anyway)
Queen Victoria Market’s Night Market is the original night market and the place to meet every Wednesday night of summer. For all things global street food, vintage fashion, eclectic wares, wine bars and live music, the night market has your summer fix covered.
Set beneath the historic sheds, you will find limited edition pieces ranging from jewellery, fashion and accessories to homewares, ceramics and prints. The Night Market also boasts one of Melbourne’s most impressive food line ups with over 60 foodies serving up street food from across the globe. Running every Wednesday night until March 26th 2014, you’ll find a little bit of everything at this Melbourne Summer mid-week tradition.
Words courtesy of the Night Market Website.
Laneway festival took place in Melbourne over the weekend. Here are some images courtesy of Raised by the Wolves, to help you reminisce.
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Check out my review of One Hot Yoga on Coutruing now.
Words and images courtesy of One Hot Yoga
Situated on Louttit Bay, Lorne is a seaside town along Victoria’s well-known Great Ocean Road. Officially beginning in Torquay, The Great Ocean Road is a 243-kilometre winding stretch of road notoriously known for its epic views of picturesque Victorian coastline. Lorne is located roughly 140 kilometres from Melbourne and is about an hour and 50-minute drive from the CBD.
Well known amongst local Victorian’s as the Surf Coast, Lorne is no doubt a hot spot for surfers of all calibers. With endless stretches of beach to claim, the opportunity to catch a gnarly wave is endless. Lorne’s beach is not only for surfers though. Surfers, locals and tourists all share the clear aqua coloured bay, under the watchful eye of the Lorne Surf Lifesaving club.
Along with its pristine coastline Lorne’s national parks are also a must see. There are a number of scenic bush walking tracks on offer, all complete with their own waterfall backdrop. The Lorne information centre will provide helpful maps in order to navigate your way around the various national parks. In particular the Erskine Falls are not to be missed. The Falls are a 17-minute drive from Lorne’s town centre but if you’re feeling adventurous the Erskine River walk will get you there in 7.5 kilometers, roughly two hours and 15 minutes! If you’re after something to substitute your routine run with, the Doug Stirling Walk is an easy three-kilometer run with some epic coastline views.
If you do indeed decide on trekking the entire 7.5 kilometers to the Erskine Falls, the recently refurbished Lorne Sea Baths have exactly what you need. A fully equipped heath, fitness and leisure facility, the Lorne Sea Baths strive to provide patrons with optimal comfort and convenience all with a nature beach backdrop as you enjoy their amenities. In particular over the summer season, the sea baths host daily yoga classes as well. Classes are available to students of all levels of yoga experience. Sessions times run from 7:45am and 9am, until the 2nd of February.
Despite its array of sport and leisure activities, Lorne definitely boasts some hip eateries and social venues as well. Always packed and blasting some mellow tunes is The Bottle of Milk is Lorne’s very own take on the humble Grilled burger. Filled with some juicy goodness, these burgers are pure wholesome yumminess and should definitely be on your things to eat in Lorne! Two doors up from The Bottle of Milk is a newly opened fresh-faced café called Shells. Always greeting their customers with a friendly face, their food is modern and tasteful, which accompanies their funky décor and overall vibe. If you’re craving some spicy and exotic Mexican, then Mexican Republic provides you with all the flavors of Mexico in one mouthful. Their fresh and tasty menus are to either share or have all for yourself, complimented with none other than Mexican beers and Spanish wines of course.
More than just a regular seaside settlement, Lorne has become a hip and upbeat beach town bustling with good vibes and all the right people. If you’re looking for something that’s got it all, Lorne is hard to be beaten.
The Australian Open has officially kicked off for another year in 2014. Held in Melbourne’s Olympic Park from the 13th to the 26th of January, the tournament is always a favourite for patrons over the summer break. With all the world’s major tennis players coming together for the Grand Slam of the Asia Pacific, The Australian Open no doubt attracts stellar crowds throughout its two week duration. Along with the tennis, the atmosphere of the tournament is like no other. The images below are a recap of the first two days of the open so far. So if you’re in Melbourne be sure to catch the tennis action live and grab yourself a ticket!
Images courtesy of The Australian Open
Sundays are all about DIY. Seeing as how lately I’ve been obsessed with coloured pot plants by Nosha, I’ve decided to have a go at making my own. Whilst doing some neon pot plant research online I came across The Proper Pinwheel. A blog totally devoted to all things DIY. Below is their simple instructions on how to make some super cute interior neon pot plants.
- brown pot (from IKEA or Bunnings)
- painter’s tape
- Neon Pink fluorescent spray paint (found at Bunnings)
Start off by wrapping the tape around your pot at your desired height. After you have taped, paint the bottom of the pot with light, short bursts of paint. Hold the can far enough away to avoid paint drips. After about 3 coats, let it dry. Then… You’re done!
Words from The Proper Pinwheel.
Kicking off last weekend, Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of Melbourne.
This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and NGV International presents the various ways in which visual artists and creative practitioners profoundly contribute to the society in which we live, and to Melbourne as a city with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.
Melbourne Now is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project that has involved staff from all areas of the NGV, as well as a team of guest curators and artistic collaborators whose expertise and networks represent the excellence and diversity of Melbourne’s cultural community.
Words courtesy of the Melbourne Now website.
On Wednesday night, Nike opened a landmark Nike Only Store in Melbourne’s Chapel Street, Prahran.
Guests were treated to a preview of the new store, which featured the best of Nike Running and Nike Sportswear products. Including Nike’s signature Sportswear, Running, Training, Skate, Basketball footwear and young athletes footwear ranges.
The new Nike Air Trainer Max ’94 Premium, was exclusively revealed at the launch event. The Nike Air Trainer Max ’94 Premium, is a relentless dedication of innovation in the field of Nike Sportswear.
The trainer includes a vibrant glow on the dark outsole, the ES sportS logo on the tongue, heel, outsole and inside of the shoe. A lenticular rainbow swoosh and reflective side panels are also a signature feature of this show.